The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Programmer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 4 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Programmer
Rank 633 619 586
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -33
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 14 17 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.025% 0.030% 0.064%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.027% 0.032% 0.068%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 13 23
Median daily rate £350 £300 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £215 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £546 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £42.25 - £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 - £39.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52732 52894 51448
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.87% 94.71% 94.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 34355 32133 31426
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1512 2114 2112
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+6.98% -1.02%

Software Programmer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Programmer in the job title.

Software Programmer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Programmer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Programmer within the UK.

Software Programmer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Programmer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Programmer within the UK.

Software Programmer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Programmer
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 4 May 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -22 12 £388 +29.16% 9
South East - 7 £400 - 3
Kent - 6 - -
London -11 3 - - 4
Somerset +10 2 £375 -
South West +2 2 £375 -
South Wales - 1 £300 -
Cardiff - 1 £300 -
Bath - 1 £375 -
Middlesex - 1 £400 -
Wales - 1 £300 -

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 May 2016, Software Programmer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Programmer in the job title.

1 23 (62.16%) SQL
2 21 (56.76%) Finance
3 17 (45.95%) Java
4 15 (40.54%) C#
4 15 (40.54%) .NET
4 15 (40.54%) OO
4 15 (40.54%) Migration
5 13 (35.14%) Software Engineering
5 13 (35.14%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (32.43%) SDLC
6 12 (32.43%) Banking
6 12 (32.43%) Linux
7 10 (27.03%) Unix
8 9 (24.32%) Sybase
8 9 (24.32%) JavaScript
8 9 (24.32%) N-Tier
8 9 (24.32%) OOD
8 9 (24.32%) Risk Management
8 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (24.32%) Electronic Trading
9 8 (21.62%) Oracle
10 7 (18.92%) SQL Server
10 7 (18.92%) HTML
10 7 (18.92%) .NET Framework
11 6 (16.22%) PL/SQL
11 6 (16.22%) ETL
11 6 (16.22%) DataStage
12 5 (13.51%) Python
12 5 (13.51%) PHP
12 5 (13.51%) ASP.NET

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (8.11%) Node.js
2 1 (2.70%) Apache
2 1 (2.70%) Moodle
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (18.92%) SQL Server
2 6 (16.22%) DataStage
3 4 (10.81%) MongoDB
3 4 (10.81%) Relational Database
4 3 (8.11%) MySQL
5 2 (5.41%) Oracle Database
6 1 (2.70%) NoSQL
6 1 (2.70%) RDBMS
6 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Git (software)
1 2 (5.41%) JUnit
1 2 (5.41%) Subversion
2 1 (2.70%) Bower
2 1 (2.70%) ClearCase
2 1 (2.70%) EasyMock
2 1 (2.70%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.70%) Hudson
2 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.70%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.70%) Toad
2 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.70%) Xcode
General
1 21 (56.76%) Finance
2 12 (32.43%) Banking
3 3 (8.11%) Investment Banking
4 2 (5.41%) Aerospace
4 2 (5.41%) Military
5 1 (2.70%) Games
5 1 (2.70%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (40.54%) .NET
2 7 (18.92%) .NET Framework
2 7 (18.92%) HTML
3 5 (13.51%) ASP.NET
4 4 (10.81%) CSS
4 4 (10.81%) jQuery
4 4 (10.81%) Web Services
5 3 (8.11%) Ajax
5 3 (8.11%) AngularJS
5 3 (8.11%) HTML5
5 3 (8.11%) JSON
5 3 (8.11%) Middleware
5 3 (8.11%) XML
6 2 (5.41%) Flash
6 2 (5.41%) Hibernate
6 2 (5.41%) J2EE
6 2 (5.41%) JAXB
6 2 (5.41%) SOAP
6 2 (5.41%) Spring
6 2 (5.41%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (35.14%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (24.32%) N-Tier
3 3 (8.11%) Computer Science
3 3 (8.11%) Derivative
4 1 (2.70%) e-Learning
4 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.70%) Mathematics
4 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.70%) NHS
4 1 (2.70%) PlayStation
4 1 (2.70%) User Experience
4 1 (2.70%) Visualisation
4 1 (2.70%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 12 (32.43%) Linux
2 10 (27.03%) Unix
3 3 (8.11%) Windows
4 1 (2.70%) Mac OS
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (40.54%) Migration
1 15 (40.54%) OO
2 13 (35.14%) Software Engineering
3 12 (32.43%) SDLC
4 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (24.32%) Electronic Trading
4 9 (24.32%) OOD
4 9 (24.32%) Risk Management
5 6 (16.22%) ETL
6 4 (10.81%) Web Development
7 3 (8.11%) Microservices
7 3 (8.11%) Scrum
7 3 (8.11%) TDD
7 3 (8.11%) Unit Testing
8 2 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (5.41%) MVC
8 2 (5.41%) UML
9 1 (2.70%) ITIL
9 1 (2.70%) OOP
9 1 (2.70%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 23 (62.16%) SQL
2 17 (45.95%) Java
3 15 (40.54%) C#
4 9 (24.32%) JavaScript
5 6 (16.22%) PL/SQL
6 5 (13.51%) PHP
6 5 (13.51%) Python
7 3 (8.11%) C++
8 2 (5.41%) VB.NET
9 1 (2.70%) Ada
9 1 (2.70%) CoffeeScript
9 1 (2.70%) Delphi
9 1 (2.70%) Groovy
9 1 (2.70%) Objective-C
9 1 (2.70%) Perl
9 1 (2.70%) Ruby
9 1 (2.70%) Scala
9 1 (2.70%) Shell Script
9 1 (2.70%) T-SQL
9 1 (2.70%) VC++
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) Degree
2 1 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.70%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 9 (24.32%) Sybase
2 8 (21.62%) Oracle
3 2 (5.41%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.70%) Telerik
4 1 (2.70%) VMware