The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Programmer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Programmer in their job title over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 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.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Programmer
Rank 596 559 578
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 10 20 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.038% 0.022%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.041% 0.024%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 12 11
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£248 £325 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.84% +18.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £125 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £359 £600 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £248 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
-23.84% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

Software Programmer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Programmer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Software Programmer Daily Rate Histogram 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 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -28 8 £213 -32.00% 6
South East -18 3 £200 -27.27% 1
Oxfordshire -1 2 £270 +116.00%
West Midlands -13 2 £225 -62.50% 1
Berkshire +9 1 £200 -42.85%
South West -37 1 £360 -40.00%
North West - 1 £294 - 1
Manchester - 1 £294 - 1
Scotland - 1 £350 - 2
East of England - 1 - - 1
Newbury - 1 £200 -
Glasgow - 1 £350 -
Essex - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 £200 -
Basingstoke - 1 £200 -
Reading - 1 £200 -
Redditch - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Rugeley - - - -
Sale - - - -
Salford - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - -
Solihull - - - -
St Albans - - - - 1
Stafford - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Sunderland - - - -
Towcester - - - -
Warrington - - - -

Software Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Programmer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Programmer in their job title.

1 17 (62.96%) Software Engineering
2 16 (59.26%) .NET
3 12 (44.44%) C#
4 8 (29.63%) JavaScript
4 8 (29.63%) SQL Server
4 8 (29.63%) CSS
5 7 (25.93%) SQL
5 7 (25.93%) C++
5 7 (25.93%) HTML
6 6 (22.22%) MVC
6 6 (22.22%) WPF
6 6 (22.22%) jQuery
7 5 (18.52%) LINQ
7 5 (18.52%) WCF
7 5 (18.52%) ASP.NET
8 4 (14.81%) Windows
8 4 (14.81%) UML
8 4 (14.81%) Degree
8 4 (14.81%) Qt
9 3 (11.11%) Boost C++ Libraries
9 3 (11.11%) Software Testing
9 3 (11.11%) Google
9 3 (11.11%) Automated Testing
9 3 (11.11%) VB6
9 3 (11.11%) Validation
9 3 (11.11%) LabVIEW
9 3 (11.11%) Migration
9 3 (11.11%) Linux
9 3 (11.11%) Configuration Management
9 3 (11.11%) DTV

Software Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Programmer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Programmer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.70%) IIS
1 1 (3.70%) OpenEdge
1 1 (3.70%) ArcGIS
1 1 (3.70%) Moodle
Applications
1 2 (7.41%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.70%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (3.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (7.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.41%) DVB
2 1 (3.70%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.70%) Intranet
2 1 (3.70%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (29.63%) SQL Server
2 3 (11.11%) MongoDB
2 3 (11.11%) NoSQL
2 3 (11.11%) Couchbase
3 2 (7.41%) MySQL
3 2 (7.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (3.70%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (3.70%) Oracle Database
4 1 (3.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (11.11%) LabVIEW
1 3 (11.11%) GoogleTest
2 2 (7.41%) Visual Studio
2 2 (7.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (3.70%) MSTest
3 1 (3.70%) Moq
3 1 (3.70%) WebSpeed
General
1 3 (11.11%) Electronics
2 2 (7.41%) Telecoms
2 2 (7.41%) Finance
2 2 (7.41%) Manufacturing
2 2 (7.41%) Marketing
3 1 (3.70%) Back Office
3 1 (3.70%) Retail
3 1 (3.70%) Multimedia
3 1 (3.70%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (59.26%) .NET
2 8 (29.63%) CSS
3 7 (25.93%) HTML
4 6 (22.22%) WPF
4 6 (22.22%) jQuery
5 5 (18.52%) WCF
5 5 (18.52%) LINQ
5 5 (18.52%) ASP.NET
6 4 (14.81%) Qt
7 3 (11.11%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 3 (11.11%) HTML5
7 3 (11.11%) CSS3
7 3 (11.11%) STL
7 3 (11.11%) Web Services
7 3 (11.11%) XML
8 2 (7.41%) WinForms
8 2 (7.41%) .NET Framework
8 2 (7.41%) ActiveX
8 2 (7.41%) OCX
9 1 (3.70%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.11%) DTV
2 2 (7.41%) Streaming Video
2 2 (7.41%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.70%) RIA
3 1 (3.70%) Client/Server
3 1 (3.70%) MPEG
3 1 (3.70%) IPTV
3 1 (3.70%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.81%) Windows
2 3 (11.11%) Linux
3 2 (7.41%) UNIX
4 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (3.70%) SUSE
4 1 (3.70%) Debian
4 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.70%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.70%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (62.96%) Software Engineering
2 6 (22.22%) MVC
3 4 (14.81%) UML
4 3 (11.11%) Configuration Management
4 3 (11.11%) Validation
4 3 (11.11%) Migration
4 3 (11.11%) Software Testing
4 3 (11.11%) Automated Testing
5 2 (7.41%) Digital Marketing
5 2 (7.41%) Programme Management
5 2 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (3.70%) OO
6 1 (3.70%) TDD
6 1 (3.70%) Unit Testing
6 1 (3.70%) Web Testing
6 1 (3.70%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (3.70%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 12 (44.44%) C#
2 8 (29.63%) JavaScript
3 7 (25.93%) C++
3 7 (25.93%) SQL
4 3 (11.11%) VB6
4 3 (11.11%) C
4 3 (11.11%) VB
4 3 (11.11%) VB.NET
5 2 (7.41%) PHP
6 1 (3.70%) Java
6 1 (3.70%) Fortran
6 1 (3.70%) Lisp
6 1 (3.70%) Pascal
6 1 (3.70%) Prolog
6 1 (3.70%) ALGOL
6 1 (3.70%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (14.81%) Degree
2 2 (7.41%) DV Cleared
2 2 (7.41%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.70%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.70%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (11.11%) Microsoft
1 3 (11.11%) Google
2 2 (7.41%) ION Trading
2 2 (7.41%) SAP
3 1 (3.70%) Progress
3 1 (3.70%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.70%) ESRI
3 1 (3.70%) Oracle