Period
to 20 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Programmer was £410 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Programmer
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 547 520 490
Rank change year-on-year -27 -30 -143
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 102 110 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.19% 0.21% 0.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.22% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 65 122
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% +13.33% +3.81%
10th Percentile £313 £275 £281
90th Percentile £522 £488 £486
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £388
% change year-on-year -2.70% +19.35% -1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 4
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £41.50 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +16.08% -15.88%
10th Percentile £30.60 £21.85 £33.30
90th Percentile £49.50 £50.00 £43.65
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £41.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year +8.43% +22.06% -15.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 51,687 49,574 56,229
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.06% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,492 30,234 34,573
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £243 £225 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £544
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,441 2,253 2,662
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.23
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.07 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £17.73 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -5.19% +3.89% -

Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Programmer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Programmer in the UK excluding London

Programmer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Programmer in the UK excluding London

Programmer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Programmer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Programmer in the UK excluding London

Programmer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Programmer in the UK excluding London

Programmer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Programmer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Programmer in the UK excluding London

Programmer
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 20 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -16 25 £425 -2.30% 34
North of England -18 19 £410 +5.81% 32
Scotland -24 17 £425 +44.07% 1
Midlands -17 15 £450 +20.00% 42
East of England +13 14 £350 +5.66% 29
West Midlands -17 12 £455 +10.30% 25
South West -27 11 £410 -3.53% 17
Yorkshire -14 10 £350 -9.68% 7
North West -10 8 £575 +53.33% 25
East Midlands +6 2 £450 +38.46% 17
North East +1 1 £470 +34.29%
Wales -19 1 - - 6
Programmer
UK

Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, Programmer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region featuring Programmer in the job title.

1 31 (30.39%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (24.51%) SQL
3 23 (22.55%) C#
4 20 (19.61%) JavaScript
5 17 (16.67%) Finance
6 16 (15.69%) SQL Server
7 15 (14.71%) REST
8 14 (13.73%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (13.73%) Java
8 14 (13.73%) Scrum
9 13 (12.75%) HTML
9 13 (12.75%) .NET
9 13 (12.75%) Mainframe
10 12 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
10 12 (11.76%) DevOps
11 11 (10.78%) TDD
11 11 (10.78%) Software Engineering
11 11 (10.78%) Microsoft
11 11 (10.78%) CSS
11 11 (10.78%) RPG
12 10 (9.80%) zOS
12 10 (9.80%) Node.js
12 10 (9.80%) HTML5
13 9 (8.82%) MongoDB
13 9 (8.82%) GitHub
13 9 (8.82%) MVC
13 9 (8.82%) Visual Studio
13 9 (8.82%) Python
13 9 (8.82%) Mathematics
14 8 (7.84%) Git (software)

Programmer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 4 (3.92%) SAS
2 3 (2.94%) Confluence
3 2 (1.96%) CICS
3 2 (1.96%) IIS
3 2 (1.96%) LiveCycle
4 1 (0.98%) Apache
4 1 (0.98%) CMS
4 1 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.98%) JBoss
4 1 (0.98%) nginx
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.98%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.98%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.98%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.98%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.98%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 4 (3.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.94%) Endur
3 2 (1.96%) CODA-Financials
4 1 (0.98%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.98%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.82%) GitHub
2 7 (6.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.92%) Azure Data Factory
3 4 (3.92%) Dynamics 365
3 4 (3.92%) Google Analytics
4 3 (2.94%) Slack
5 1 (0.98%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.98%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (0.98%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.86%) TCP/IP
2 6 (5.88%) Wireshark
3 5 (4.90%) SNA
3 5 (4.90%) SSL
4 4 (3.92%) APPN
4 4 (3.92%) Firewall
4 4 (3.92%) FTP
4 4 (3.92%) Peer-to-Peer Networking
5 3 (2.94%) HTTP
5 3 (2.94%) Skype
5 3 (2.94%) SNMP
6 2 (1.96%) HTTPS
6 2 (1.96%) OSPF
6 2 (1.96%) SMTP
6 2 (1.96%) Telnet
7 1 (0.98%) Bluetooth
7 1 (0.98%) Broadband
7 1 (0.98%) PuTTY
7 1 (0.98%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.69%) SQL Server
2 9 (8.82%) MongoDB
3 5 (4.90%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (3.92%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (3.92%) DB2
4 4 (3.92%) MySQL
5 3 (2.94%) Big Data
6 2 (1.96%) IBM InfoSphere
6 2 (1.96%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.96%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.96%) Power BI
6 2 (1.96%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.96%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.98%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.98%) IDMS
7 1 (0.98%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.98%) PowerCenter
7 1 (0.98%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 9 (8.82%) Visual Studio
2 8 (7.84%) Git (software)
3 5 (4.90%) Cucumber
3 5 (4.90%) gulp
3 5 (4.90%) IntelliJ
3 5 (4.90%) Jenkins
4 4 (3.92%) Gatling
4 4 (3.92%) JIRA
4 4 (3.92%) Selenium
4 4 (3.92%) Sublime Text
5 3 (2.94%) Artifactory
5 3 (2.94%) Visual Studio Code
5 3 (2.94%) WebDriver
6 2 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.98%) Ant
7 1 (0.98%) JDeveloper
7 1 (0.98%) JUnit
7 1 (0.98%) Maven
7 1 (0.98%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.98%) PVCS
General
1 17 (16.67%) Finance
2 4 (3.92%) Banking
2 4 (3.92%) Legal
3 3 (2.94%) Games
3 3 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.96%) Back Office
4 2 (1.96%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.96%) Marketing
5 1 (0.98%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.98%) Electronics
5 1 (0.98%) Front Office
5 1 (0.98%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.98%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.71%) REST
2 13 (12.75%) .NET
2 13 (12.75%) HTML
3 11 (10.78%) CSS
4 10 (9.80%) HTML5
4 10 (9.80%) Node.js
5 8 (7.84%) ASP.NET
6 7 (6.86%) Play Framework
6 7 (6.86%) XML
7 5 (4.90%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (4.90%) Gherkin
7 5 (4.90%) GraphQL
7 5 (4.90%) SOAP
8 4 (3.92%) JSON
8 4 (3.92%) JSON Schema
8 4 (3.92%) LESS
8 4 (3.92%) Sass
8 4 (3.92%) Software Packaging
8 4 (3.92%) Vue.js
8 4 (3.92%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.75%) Mainframe
2 4 (3.92%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.92%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (2.94%) 3D Graphics
3 3 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.94%) AS400
3 3 (2.94%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (2.94%) iSeries
4 2 (1.96%) PACS
5 1 (0.98%) BBC
5 1 (0.98%) Biotechnology
5 1 (0.98%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.98%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.98%) LPAR
5 1 (0.98%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.98%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.98%) VHDL
5 1 (0.98%) Video\Live Streaming
5 1 (0.98%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.80%) zOS
2 8 (7.84%) Linux
3 4 (3.92%) Windows
4 3 (2.94%) Mac OS
4 3 (2.94%) Unix
5 1 (0.98%) Android
5 1 (0.98%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.98%) Nucleus RTOS
5 1 (0.98%) OpenVMS
5 1 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.98%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.98%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (30.39%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (13.73%) Problem-Solving
2 14 (13.73%) Scrum
3 12 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
3 12 (11.76%) DevOps
4 11 (10.78%) Software Engineering
4 11 (10.78%) TDD
5 9 (8.82%) Mathematics
5 9 (8.82%) MVC
6 8 (7.84%) Microservices
7 7 (6.86%) Service Delivery
8 6 (5.88%) Analytics
8 6 (5.88%) Test Automation
9 5 (4.90%) Artificial Intelligence
9 5 (4.90%) CRM
9 5 (4.90%) ITIL
9 5 (4.90%) SDLC
9 5 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (4.90%) Workflow
10 4 (3.92%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 25 (24.51%) SQL
2 23 (22.55%) C#
3 20 (19.61%) JavaScript
4 14 (13.73%) Java
5 11 (10.78%) RPG
6 9 (8.82%) Python
7 8 (7.84%) Scala
8 6 (5.88%) C
8 6 (5.88%) C++
8 6 (5.88%) RPG IV
9 5 (4.90%) COBOL
9 5 (4.90%) Ruby
10 4 (3.92%) Bash Shell
10 4 (3.92%) Groovy
10 4 (3.92%) JCL
10 4 (3.92%) Perl
11 3 (2.94%) PHP
11 3 (2.94%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.96%) Delphi
12 2 (1.96%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (6.86%) Security Cleared
2 6 (5.88%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.94%) Degree
4 1 (0.98%) CTC Cleared
4 1 (0.98%) HNC
4 1 (0.98%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.90%) QA
2 1 (0.98%) Data Quality
System Software
1 6 (5.88%) Docker
2 3 (2.94%) ACF2
2 3 (2.94%) RACF
3 1 (0.98%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.98%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.98%) Time Sharing Option
3 1 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (4.90%) Grafana
1 5 (4.90%) Kibana
2 4 (3.92%) Graphite
3 2 (1.96%) Ansible
3 2 (1.96%) Puppet
4 1 (0.98%) Mesos
4 1 (0.98%) Nagios
4 1 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.98%) Salt
4 1 (0.98%) StatsD
4 1 (0.98%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (10.78%) Microsoft
2 8 (7.84%) IBM
3 5 (4.90%) Oracle
4 4 (3.92%) Google
4 4 (3.92%) Splunk
5 3 (2.94%) CA
5 3 (2.94%) JD Edwards
6 2 (1.96%) Adobe
6 2 (1.96%) Borland
6 2 (1.96%) Cisco
6 2 (1.96%) CODA
6 2 (1.96%) Unisys
7 1 (0.98%) BMC
7 1 (0.98%) BT
7 1 (0.98%) Informatica
7 1 (0.98%) MicroStrategy
7 1 (0.98%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.98%) Remedy
7 1 (0.98%) SAP
7 1 (0.98%) Siemens