The median contractor rate for a Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Developer
UK
Rank 1 1 1
Rank change year-on-year 0 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Developer 11612 12432 11893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.96% 23.36% 22.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 27.39% 24.54% 23.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 8286 8847 7938
Median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 161 132
Median hourly rate £40.50 £42.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.70% +18.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £19.85 £18.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £55.80 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year -5.32% +17.36%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42399 50658 50465
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.80% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27502 32772 30486
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1497 1585 2011
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.44 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Developer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Developer in the UK

Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Developer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Developer in the UK

Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Developer over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Developer in the UK

Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Developer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Developer in the UK

Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Developer over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Developer in the UK

Developer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. 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 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 0 10778 £425 +3.03% 4316
London 0 5745 £475 - 1706
South East 0 1511 £396 +5.46% 641
City of London +1 967 £488 -2.50% 394
North West 0 690 £375 +2.73% 493
Yorkshire 0 655 £375 +1.35% 320
South West -1 586 £375 - 300
West Midlands 0 488 £375 - 236
East of England 0 446 £375 - 313
West Yorkshire 0 435 £388 +3.33% 199
Scotland +2 423 £358 -4.66% 145
East Midlands 0 401 £368 +13.07% 225
Manchester +1 393 £375 +1.35% 296
Leeds 0 383 £389 +0.32% 151
Hampshire +4 292 £390 +11.42% 144
Surrey +1 235 £400 - 104
Berkshire +3 226 £400 +6.66% 85
Buckinghamshire -2 218 £375 +5.63% 59
Bristol +1 202 £400 +10.34% 116
Edinburgh +3 201 £375 -6.25% 63
North East 0 197 £350 - 66
Oxfordshire 0 197 £405 +8.00% 103
Glasgow +2 170 £350 +7.69% 65
Birmingham 0 159 £390 +11.42% 68
Tyne and Wear 0 157 £350 - 60
South Yorkshire -1 150 £400 +14.28% 42
Wales -2 147 £400 +6.66% 46
Nottinghamshire +1 141 £368 +6.90% 78
Newcastle upon Tyne 0 138 £350 - 51
Cheshire -1 131 £420 +20.00% 113

Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, Developer 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 Developer in the job title.

1 9096 (38.80%) Agile Software Development
2 8499 (36.25%) JavaScript
3 7065 (30.14%) HTML
4 7047 (30.06%) Java
5 6331 (27.00%) CSS
6 5602 (23.90%) SQL
7 5198 (22.17%) C#
8 5100 (21.75%) .NET
9 4440 (18.94%) TDD
10 4006 (17.09%) Finance
11 3977 (16.96%) AngularJS
12 3726 (15.89%) SQL Server
13 3285 (14.01%) HTML5
14 3169 (13.52%) MVC
15 2981 (12.72%) Scrum
16 2737 (11.67%) Git (software)
17 2633 (11.23%) Web Services
18 2577 (10.99%) jQuery
19 2471 (10.54%) Front End Development
20 2336 (9.96%) Microsoft
21 2301 (9.81%) Spring
22 2298 (9.80%) Oracle
23 2278 (9.72%) ASP.NET
24 2268 (9.67%) Banking
25 2261 (9.64%) CSS3
26 2238 (9.55%) Linux
27 2233 (9.52%) REST
28 2150 (9.17%) Web Development
29 2120 (9.04%) OO
30 2070 (8.83%) XML

Developer 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
1 810 (3.46%) CMS
2 707 (3.02%) SharePoint
3 519 (2.21%) Apache Spark
4 513 (2.19%) Apache
5 385 (1.64%) Confluence
6 377 (1.61%) Tomcat
7 352 (1.50%) Elasticsearch
8 344 (1.47%) Drupal
9 328 (1.40%) WebSphere
10 310 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 302 (1.29%) JBoss
12 282 (1.20%) WebLogic
13 249 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 243 (1.04%) WordPress
15 227 (0.97%) IIS
16 206 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
17 202 (0.86%) Umbraco
18 161 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
19 149 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
20 138 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 818 (3.49%) MS Excel
2 206 (0.88%) Photoshop
3 140 (0.60%) MS Office
4 68 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
5 63 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
6 42 (0.18%) MS Visio
7 38 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 21 (0.090%) MS PowerPoint
8 21 (0.090%) MS Project
9 14 (0.060%) InfoPath
10 13 (0.055%) OmniGraffle
11 10 (0.043%) GIMP
12 9 (0.038%) InVision
13 7 (0.030%) Adobe Captivate
13 7 (0.030%) EngageOne
13 7 (0.030%) Fireworks
13 7 (0.030%) InDesign
14 6 (0.026%) 3ds Max
15 5 (0.021%) Doxygen
15 5 (0.021%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 529 (2.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 184 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 157 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
4 138 (0.59%) Magento
5 76 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
6 65 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
7 50 (0.21%) ION MarketView
8 44 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
9 43 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
10 33 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
11 31 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
12 30 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
12 30 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
12 30 (0.13%) RMDS
13 29 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
14 28 (0.12%) Endur
15 26 (0.11%) Unica
16 24 (0.10%) Markit EDM
17 22 (0.094%) Maximo
17 22 (0.094%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 1079 (4.60%) Amazon AWS
2 889 (3.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 465 (1.98%) GitHub
4 217 (0.93%) PaaS
5 159 (0.68%) Office 365
6 154 (0.66%) SaaS
7 129 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
8 124 (0.53%) IaaS
9 73 (0.31%) Google Analytics
9 73 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
10 71 (0.30%) Amazon S3
11 65 (0.28%) Heroku
12 64 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
13 51 (0.22%) Amazon SQS
14 47 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
15 43 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
16 40 (0.17%) Force.com
16 40 (0.17%) Google Play
17 33 (0.14%) Adobe Analytics
18 30 (0.13%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 657 (2.80%) HTTP
2 226 (0.96%) Internet
3 149 (0.64%) TCP/IP
4 143 (0.61%) Intranet
5 89 (0.38%) SSL
6 76 (0.32%) LDAP
7 50 (0.21%) AMQP
7 50 (0.21%) FTP
8 48 (0.20%) SSH
9 40 (0.17%) DNS
10 34 (0.15%) HTTPS
11 32 (0.14%) Bluetooth
11 32 (0.14%) Network Security
12 29 (0.12%) Extranet
13 28 (0.12%) Firewall
14 27 (0.12%) Skype
15 25 (0.11%) VoIP
15 25 (0.11%) Wireshark
16 20 (0.085%) RTSP
17 19 (0.081%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3726 (15.89%) SQL Server
2 1236 (5.27%) MySQL
3 1188 (5.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1142 (4.87%) Relational Database
5 1011 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
6 957 (4.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 937 (4.00%) NoSQL
8 934 (3.98%) MongoDB
9 860 (3.67%) Big Data
10 663 (2.83%) Hadoop
11 649 (2.77%) Oracle Database
12 590 (2.52%) SQL Server 2008
13 586 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
14 585 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 510 (2.18%) SQL Server 2012
16 320 (1.36%) SQL Server 2014
17 311 (1.33%) Apache Cassandra
18 291 (1.24%) RDBMS
19 281 (1.20%) QlikView
20 248 (1.06%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 2737 (11.67%) Git (software)
2 1341 (5.72%) Jenkins
3 1036 (4.42%) JIRA
4 918 (3.92%) Maven
5 902 (3.85%) Subversion
6 784 (3.34%) Team Foundation Server
7 764 (3.26%) JUnit
8 747 (3.19%) Visual Studio
9 629 (2.68%) Cucumber
10 625 (2.67%) Selenium
11 478 (2.04%) Grunt
12 448 (1.91%) gulp
13 430 (1.83%) Jasmine
14 370 (1.58%) Gradle
15 359 (1.53%) Eclipse
15 359 (1.53%) Mockito
16 343 (1.46%) TeamCity
17 278 (1.19%) Ant
18 248 (1.06%) NUnit
19 228 (0.97%) webpack
General
1 4006 (17.09%) Finance
2 2268 (9.67%) Banking
3 934 (3.98%) Front Office
4 818 (3.49%) Investment Banking
5 701 (2.99%) Retail
6 595 (2.54%) Marketing
7 434 (1.85%) Advertising
8 388 (1.66%) Telecoms
9 320 (1.36%) Games
10 319 (1.36%) Manufacturing
11 250 (1.07%) Publishing
12 235 (1.00%) Back Office
13 219 (0.93%) Electronics
14 153 (0.65%) Financial Institution
15 118 (0.50%) Legal
16 85 (0.36%) Law
17 73 (0.31%) Automotive
18 68 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
19 60 (0.26%) Retail Banking
20 41 (0.17%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7065 (30.14%) HTML
2 6331 (27.00%) CSS
3 5100 (21.75%) .NET
4 3977 (16.96%) AngularJS
5 3285 (14.01%) HTML5
6 2633 (11.23%) Web Services
7 2577 (10.99%) jQuery
8 2301 (9.81%) Spring
9 2278 (9.72%) ASP.NET
10 2261 (9.64%) CSS3
11 2233 (9.52%) REST
12 2070 (8.83%) XML
13 1833 (7.82%) Node.js
14 1737 (7.41%) RESTful
15 1614 (6.88%) React
16 1571 (6.70%) JSON
17 1154 (4.92%) .NET Framework
18 1111 (4.74%) ASP.NET MVC
19 1092 (4.66%) SOAP
20 1040 (4.44%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 1275 (5.44%) User Experience
2 964 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
3 715 (3.05%) Mobile App
4 657 (2.80%) Computer Science
5 583 (2.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 459 (1.96%) Fixed Income
7 388 (1.66%) Derivative
8 383 (1.63%) Algorithms
9 340 (1.45%) Equities
10 301 (1.28%) Fintech
11 278 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
12 258 (1.10%) Data Structures
13 178 (0.76%) Management Information System
14 147 (0.63%) iPad
15 132 (0.56%) Market Risk
16 127 (0.54%) NHS
17 123 (0.52%) Equity Derivative
18 119 (0.51%) Client/Server
19 115 (0.49%) Virtual Team
20 113 (0.48%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 2238 (9.55%) Linux
2 1379 (5.88%) Unix
3 1066 (4.55%) Windows
4 868 (3.70%) Android
5 768 (3.28%) Apple iOS
6 203 (0.87%) Mac OS X
7 114 (0.49%) Windows Server
8 106 (0.45%) Solaris
9 104 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 85 (0.36%) Ubuntu
11 65 (0.28%) CentOS
12 54 (0.23%) Mac OS
13 32 (0.14%) AIX
14 26 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
15 22 (0.094%) Debian
15 22 (0.094%) Windows Server 2012
16 21 (0.090%) Windows Phone
17 20 (0.085%) Windows 10
18 19 (0.081%) HPUX
19 18 (0.077%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 9096 (38.80%) Agile Software Development
2 4440 (18.94%) TDD
3 3169 (13.52%) MVC
4 2981 (12.72%) Scrum
5 2471 (10.54%) Front End Development
6 2150 (9.17%) Web Development
7 2120 (9.04%) OO
8 1953 (8.33%) BDD
9 1905 (8.13%) Continuous Integration
10 1574 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
11 1356 (5.78%) Software Engineering
12 1271 (5.42%) E-Commerce
13 1214 (5.18%) Unit Testing
14 1199 (5.11%) DevOps
15 1196 (5.10%) Microservices
16 1034 (4.41%) ETL
17 926 (3.95%) Open Source
18 897 (3.83%) SDLC
19 874 (3.73%) Multithreading
20 860 (3.67%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 8499 (36.25%) JavaScript
2 7047 (30.06%) Java
3 5602 (23.90%) SQL
4 5198 (22.17%) C#
5 2032 (8.67%) Python
6 1353 (5.77%) PHP
7 1234 (5.26%) Scala
8 1178 (5.02%) C++
9 970 (4.14%) T-SQL
10 819 (3.49%) Ruby
11 706 (3.01%) PL/SQL
12 439 (1.87%) C
13 420 (1.79%) Perl
14 401 (1.71%) VB.NET
15 394 (1.68%) Shell Script
16 382 (1.63%) ES6
17 352 (1.50%) Objective-C
18 332 (1.42%) VBA
19 325 (1.39%) Apple Swift
20 277 (1.18%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1134 (4.84%) Security Cleared
2 982 (4.19%) Degree
3 710 (3.03%) SC Cleared
4 171 (0.73%) DV Cleared
5 151 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
6 80 (0.34%) PhD
7 60 (0.26%) Microsoft Certification
8 46 (0.20%) BC Cleared
9 40 (0.17%) Sun Certification
10 19 (0.081%) ISTQB
11 18 (0.077%) Oracle Certification
12 16 (0.068%) HNC
13 15 (0.064%) CTC Cleared
13 15 (0.064%) DBS Check
13 15 (0.064%) ISEB
14 14 (0.060%) ITIL Certification
14 14 (0.060%) MBA
15 13 (0.055%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 12 (0.051%) HND
17 11 (0.047%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 618 (2.64%) QA
2 152 (0.65%) Data Quality
3 117 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
4 108 (0.46%) MiFID
5 55 (0.23%) SDET
6 44 (0.19%) SLA
7 37 (0.16%) EMIR
8 36 (0.15%) PCI DSS
9 35 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
10 30 (0.13%) WCAG
11 22 (0.094%) FATCA
11 22 (0.094%) HL7
11 22 (0.094%) WAI
12 15 (0.064%) IFRS
13 14 (0.060%) IFRS 9
13 14 (0.060%) ISO 9001
14 9 (0.038%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 8 (0.034%) Basel III
16 7 (0.030%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 6 (0.026%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 881 (3.76%) Docker
2 89 (0.38%) HDFS
3 57 (0.24%) Apache Flume
4 56 (0.24%) Active Directory
5 49 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
6 26 (0.11%) VMware Infrastructure
7 23 (0.098%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 19 (0.081%) Shibboleth
9 14 (0.060%) Firmware
9 14 (0.060%) Time Sharing Option
10 13 (0.055%) Varnish
11 9 (0.038%) NFS
12 7 (0.030%) LXC
12 7 (0.030%) Oracle RAC
13 6 (0.026%) Hyper-V
13 6 (0.026%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 5 (0.021%) GlusterFS
14 5 (0.021%) VirtualBox
15 4 (0.017%) Virtual Servers
16 3 (0.013%) Corosync
Systems Management
1 323 (1.38%) Ansible
2 321 (1.37%) Puppet
3 215 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
4 75 (0.32%) Terraform
5 72 (0.31%) Kubernetes
6 55 (0.23%) Kibana
7 52 (0.22%) Oozie
8 38 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
9 33 (0.14%) Control-M
9 33 (0.14%) Oracle Identity Management
10 26 (0.11%) Grafana
11 25 (0.11%) Mesos
11 25 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Manager
12 21 (0.090%) logstash
12 21 (0.090%) SELinux
12 21 (0.090%) vRealize
12 21 (0.090%) WMI
13 14 (0.060%) HP Quality Center
13 14 (0.060%) Salt
14 13 (0.055%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2336 (9.96%) Microsoft
2 2298 (9.80%) Oracle
3 578 (2.47%) SAP
4 460 (1.96%) Adobe
5 432 (1.84%) Google
6 337 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
7 328 (1.40%) ServiceNow
8 325 (1.39%) Sitecore
9 296 (1.26%) IBM
10 227 (0.97%) Sybase
11 222 (0.95%) Tableau
12 198 (0.84%) Xamarin
13 174 (0.74%) Zend
14 171 (0.73%) TIBCO
15 139 (0.59%) Red Hat
16 118 (0.50%) Cloudera
16 118 (0.50%) Cognos
17 112 (0.48%) Informatica
18 111 (0.47%) Talend
19 110 (0.47%) hybris
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 per Day
Posted: Yesterday
South East
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Reco Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day 2 Month initial contract - likely to extend.
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £400 per day 3 Months Contract
Posted: 2 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 PD
Posted: Yesterday
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Whitby Munn
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Towcester, Northamptonshire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £275 to £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Ascend Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Source Technology
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Warwickshire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Northamptonshire
Oscar
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £250 - £365 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton, Somerset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day 4 months likely to extend.
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday