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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Programmer
Rank 605 586 541
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -45
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 21 19 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.037% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.043% 0.039% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 15 34
Average daily rate £370 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.84% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £520 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £283
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +15.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £32.50

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
48768 48345 46356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.58% 94.48% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 31355 30091 27314
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1699 1902 2042
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.22 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.62% -1.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 14 February 2016.

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 16 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 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -3 21 £370 +11.69% 14
London +13 13 £425 -5.55% 5
City of London +49 3 - - 2
North East - 3 £350 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 3 £350 - 1
South East +5 2 £325 - 2
North West - 2 £350 - 2
North Shields - 2 - -
West Midlands -14 1 £365 +21.66%
Cheshire - 1 £350 - 1
Kent - 1 £250 - 1
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
Middlesex - 1 £400 -
Chester - 1 £350 - 1
Coventry - 1 £365 -
Gateshead - 1 £350 -

Software Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 26 (61.90%) SQL
2 22 (52.38%) .NET
3 21 (50.00%) C#
4 17 (40.48%) Software Engineering
5 16 (38.10%) HTML
6 15 (35.71%) ASP.NET
7 14 (33.33%) Finance
7 14 (33.33%) OO
7 14 (33.33%) Java
8 12 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
9 11 (26.19%) JavaScript
9 11 (26.19%) Microsoft
10 10 (23.81%) Visual Studio
10 10 (23.81%) SQL Server
10 10 (23.81%) Linux
10 10 (23.81%) CSS
10 10 (23.81%) Banking
10 10 (23.81%) SDLC
10 10 (23.81%) jQuery
11 9 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (21.43%) Unix
12 8 (19.05%) SharePoint
12 8 (19.05%) SharePoint 2013
13 7 (16.67%) Electronic Trading
13 7 (16.67%) N-Tier
13 7 (16.67%) OOD
13 7 (16.67%) Migration
13 7 (16.67%) Risk Management
13 7 (16.67%) Workflow

Software Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 8 (19.05%) SharePoint
1 8 (19.05%) SharePoint 2013
2 6 (14.29%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (7.14%) Node.js
4 1 (2.38%) Apache
Applications
1 7 (16.67%) MS Office
2 6 (14.29%) InfoPath
3 4 (9.52%) MS Excel
4 1 (2.38%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.38%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 6 (14.29%) Intranet
2 1 (2.38%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (23.81%) SQL Server
2 5 (11.90%) Relational Database
3 4 (9.52%) MySQL
4 3 (7.14%) MongoDB
5 2 (4.76%) Oracle Database
5 2 (4.76%) RDBMS
6 1 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (23.81%) Visual Studio
2 9 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.76%) JUnit
4 1 (2.38%) ClearCase
4 1 (2.38%) EasyMock
4 1 (2.38%) Eclipse
4 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.38%) Mercurial
4 1 (2.38%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (2.38%) Subversion
4 1 (2.38%) Toad
4 1 (2.38%) Xcode
General
1 14 (33.33%) Finance
2 10 (23.81%) Banking
3 3 (7.14%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.76%) Games
4 2 (4.76%) Military
5 1 (2.38%) Aerospace
5 1 (2.38%) Legal
5 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.38%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (52.38%) .NET
2 16 (38.10%) HTML
3 15 (35.71%) ASP.NET
4 10 (23.81%) CSS
4 10 (23.81%) jQuery
5 5 (11.90%) HTML5
5 5 (11.90%) Web Services
6 4 (9.52%) AngularJS
6 4 (9.52%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (9.52%) Middleware
7 3 (7.14%) Ajax
7 3 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 3 (7.14%) JSON
7 3 (7.14%) REST
7 3 (7.14%) SOAP
7 3 (7.14%) WPF
7 3 (7.14%) XML
8 2 (4.76%) Hibernate
8 2 (4.76%) J2EE
8 2 (4.76%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 12 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (16.67%) N-Tier
3 3 (7.14%) Computer Science
3 3 (7.14%) Derivative
4 2 (4.76%) PlayStation
4 2 (4.76%) Xbox
5 1 (2.38%) Algorithms
5 1 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.38%) Mathematics
5 1 (2.38%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.38%) User Experience
5 1 (2.38%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 10 (23.81%) Linux
2 9 (21.43%) Unix
3 3 (7.14%) Windows
4 1 (2.38%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.38%) Mac OS
4 1 (2.38%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.38%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (40.48%) Software Engineering
2 14 (33.33%) OO
3 10 (23.81%) SDLC
4 9 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (16.67%) Electronic Trading
5 7 (16.67%) Migration
5 7 (16.67%) OOD
5 7 (16.67%) Risk Management
5 7 (16.67%) Workflow
6 6 (14.29%) Document Management
6 6 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
7 5 (11.90%) MVC
8 4 (9.52%) TDD
9 3 (7.14%) Microservices
9 3 (7.14%) Scrum
9 3 (7.14%) Unit Testing
10 2 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
10 2 (4.76%) Front End Development
10 2 (4.76%) Validation
11 1 (2.38%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (61.90%) SQL
2 21 (50.00%) C#
3 14 (33.33%) Java
4 11 (26.19%) JavaScript
5 7 (16.67%) C++
6 6 (14.29%) PHP
6 6 (14.29%) Python
7 3 (7.14%) T-SQL
7 3 (7.14%) VB.NET
8 2 (4.76%) Perl
9 1 (2.38%) Ada
9 1 (2.38%) Bash Shell
9 1 (2.38%) Delphi
9 1 (2.38%) Go
9 1 (2.38%) Groovy
9 1 (2.38%) Objective-C
9 1 (2.38%) Ruby
9 1 (2.38%) Scala
9 1 (2.38%) Shell Script
9 1 (2.38%) VC++
Qualifications
1 6 (14.29%) Degree
2 2 (4.76%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.38%) BC Cleared
3 1 (2.38%) SC Cleared
Vendors
1 11 (26.19%) Microsoft
2 7 (16.67%) Sybase
3 3 (7.14%) Oracle
4 1 (2.38%) Facebook
4 1 (2.38%) Telerik
4 1 (2.38%) Twitter