Period
to 16 June 2019

The median contractor rate for a Programmer was £435 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 16 June 2019.

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
16 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 495 531 461
Rank change year-on-year +36 -70 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 122 123 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.25% 0.23% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.25% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 62 111
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £381 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.10% -4.69% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £301 £249
90th Percentile £515 £500 £506
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 3
UK excluding London median hourly rate £56.25 £33.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% -32.50% +86.92%
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £37.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year +46.67% -25.00% +51.52%

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 46,000 49,886 46,630
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.96% 94.91% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,450 30,212 28,222
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £225
90th Percentile £600 £568 £548
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,203 2,292 2,331
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% -10.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £19.06 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +5.86% -5.26% -5.00%

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 16 June 2019.

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 16 June 2019.

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 16 June 2019. 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 +3 33 £453 +11.04% 29
Midlands +27 32 £400 +6.67% 63
North of England +46 27 £440 +17.33% 55
West Midlands +17 22 £438 +16.67% 36
East of England +6 14 £435 +16.00% 23
North West +20 13 £450 +16.13% 35
Yorkshire +22 9 £425 -15.00% 16
East Midlands +17 9 £325 -30.03% 27
Scotland +22 8 £420 +20.00% 7
South West -24 6 £475 +26.67% 10
North East +15 5 £500 +41.84% 4
Wales - 2 £289 - 4
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Programmer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 16 June 2019, 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 38 (31.15%) Microservices
2 37 (30.33%) REST
3 36 (29.51%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (24.59%) TDD
5 27 (22.13%) Java
6 25 (20.49%) SQL
7 21 (17.21%) Scala
8 20 (16.39%) Spring
9 19 (15.57%) MongoDB
9 19 (15.57%) Spring Boot
9 19 (15.57%) Play Framework
9 19 (15.57%) Java 8
10 14 (11.48%) Git (software)
10 14 (11.48%) C#
11 13 (10.66%) Oracle
11 13 (10.66%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (9.84%) .NET
12 12 (9.84%) Finance
13 11 (9.02%) Mainframe
13 11 (9.02%) C++
13 11 (9.02%) SQL Server
13 11 (9.02%) Degree
14 10 (8.20%) JavaScript
15 9 (7.38%) IBM
15 9 (7.38%) AS400
15 9 (7.38%) Software Engineering
15 9 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
16 8 (6.56%) Creative Thinking
16 8 (6.56%) Innovative Thinking
16 8 (6.56%) PL/SQL

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 7 (5.74%) SAS
2 3 (2.46%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.64%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.64%) CICS
3 2 (1.64%) NetWeaver
3 2 (1.64%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.82%) CMS
4 1 (0.82%) IIS
4 1 (0.82%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.82%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.28%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.64%) JDE World
3 1 (0.82%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.82%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.82%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.82%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.82%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.28%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.46%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.57%) MongoDB
2 11 (9.02%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.10%) Oracle Database
4 4 (3.28%) SAP HANA
5 3 (2.46%) Apache Hive
5 3 (2.46%) Big Data
5 3 (2.46%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.64%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.64%) IDMS
6 2 (1.64%) MS Access
6 2 (1.64%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 2 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.82%) Cognos Report Studio
7 1 (0.82%) MySQL
7 1 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.82%) SAS Data Integration Studio
7 1 (0.82%) SAS EBI
7 1 (0.82%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 14 (11.48%) Git (software)
2 6 (4.92%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.28%) ProC
4 3 (2.46%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.82%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.82%) Maven
5 1 (0.82%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.82%) PVCS
5 1 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.82%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 12 (9.84%) Finance
2 7 (5.74%) Banking
3 5 (4.10%) Games
4 4 (3.28%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.46%) German Language
5 3 (2.46%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.64%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.64%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.64%) Marketing
6 2 (1.64%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.82%) Automotive
7 1 (0.82%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (30.33%) REST
2 20 (16.39%) Spring
3 19 (15.57%) Play Framework
3 19 (15.57%) Spring Boot
4 12 (9.84%) .NET
5 5 (4.10%) JSON
5 5 (4.10%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 4 (3.28%) Qt
6 4 (3.28%) Web Services
6 4 (3.28%) XML
7 2 (1.64%) BAPI
7 2 (1.64%) CSS
7 2 (1.64%) HTML
7 2 (1.64%) IBM Integration Bus
7 2 (1.64%) ISPF
7 2 (1.64%) Middleware
7 2 (1.64%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (1.64%) WPF
8 1 (0.82%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.82%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.02%) Mainframe
2 9 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (7.38%) AS400
3 5 (4.10%) iSeries
4 4 (3.28%) Digital Media
4 4 (3.28%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (2.46%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (1.64%) VSAM
7 1 (0.82%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.82%) CUDA
7 1 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.82%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.82%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 7 (5.74%) zOS
2 6 (4.92%) Linux
2 6 (4.92%) Windows
3 4 (3.28%) Unix
4 2 (1.64%) OS/2
4 2 (1.64%) VME
5 1 (0.82%) MVS
5 1 (0.82%) OpenVMS
5 1 (0.82%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (31.15%) Microservices
2 36 (29.51%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (24.59%) TDD
4 13 (10.66%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (7.38%) Software Engineering
6 8 (6.56%) Creative Thinking
6 8 (6.56%) Innovative Thinking
7 6 (4.92%) Service Delivery
8 5 (4.10%) Time Management
9 4 (3.28%) Analytics
9 4 (3.28%) Business Analysis
9 4 (3.28%) Computer Science
9 4 (3.28%) Data Security
9 4 (3.28%) Migration
9 4 (3.28%) Project Management
9 4 (3.28%) Visualisation
10 3 (2.46%) Data Modelling
10 3 (2.46%) ERP
10 3 (2.46%) Mathematics
10 3 (2.46%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 27 (22.13%) Java
2 25 (20.49%) SQL
3 21 (17.21%) Scala
4 19 (15.57%) Java 8
5 14 (11.48%) C#
6 11 (9.02%) C++
7 10 (8.20%) JavaScript
8 8 (6.56%) PL/SQL
9 7 (5.74%) C
9 7 (5.74%) RPG
10 5 (4.10%) Assembly Language
10 5 (4.10%) R
10 5 (4.10%) VB
11 4 (3.28%) ABAP
11 4 (3.28%) COBOL
11 4 (3.28%) X++
12 3 (2.46%) JCL
12 3 (2.46%) Python
12 3 (2.46%) REXX
13 2 (1.64%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 11 (9.02%) Degree
2 4 (3.28%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.46%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (2.46%) Numerate Degree
3 3 (2.46%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.64%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.82%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.82%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.46%) GxP
1 3 (2.46%) MISRA
1 3 (2.46%) MISRA C
System Software
1 5 (4.10%) Time Sharing Option
2 4 (3.28%) RACF
3 2 (1.64%) ACF2
3 2 (1.64%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (3.28%) OMEGAMON
1 4 (3.28%) Tivoli
2 2 (1.64%) Tivoli NetView
3 1 (0.82%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.82%) zSecure
Vendors
1 13 (10.66%) Oracle
2 9 (7.38%) IBM
3 6 (4.92%) JD Edwards
3 6 (4.92%) SAP
4 4 (3.28%) Microsoft
5 3 (2.46%) hybris
6 2 (1.64%) CA
6 2 (1.64%) ICL
7 1 (0.82%) Cognos
7 1 (0.82%) Compuware
7 1 (0.82%) Intel
7 1 (0.82%) Micro Focus
7 1 (0.82%) Progress
7 1 (0.82%) Rockwell
7 1 (0.82%) Telerik
7 1 (0.82%) Temenos