Period
to 4 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PHP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PHP over the 6 months to 4 March 2021 with a comparison to the 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.

PHP
UK
6 months to
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 180 146 162
Rank change year-on-year -34 +16 -22
Contract jobs citing PHP 702 1,201 1,749
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.45% 1.78% 1.78%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.52% 4.36% 4.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 659 943 1,352
Median daily rate £393 £413 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.85% +5.77% +4.00%
10th Percentile £238 £275 £256
90th Percentile £551 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -10.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 6 17
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% -5.71% +6.87%
10th Percentile £21.41 £20.79 £13.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.25 £39.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £30.83
% change year-on-year -15.00% -2.68% -14.97%

PHP is in the Programming Languages category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 19,953 27,550 42,918
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.17% 40.89% 43.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,927 19,293 30,437
Median daily rate £485 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.11% - +3.26%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £321
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £435 £425
% change year-on-year -2.30% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 521 656
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £15.46 £17.21 £17.00
90th Percentile £61.00 £55.00 £52.50
Median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -5.88% - +6.25%

PHP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PHP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PHP in the UK

PHP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PHP.

Daily rate trend for PHP in the UK

PHP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PHP over the 6 months to 4 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for PHP in the UK

PHP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PHP.

Hourly rate trend for PHP in the UK

PHP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing PHP over the 6 months to 4 March 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for PHP in the UK

PHP
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PHP within the UK over the 6 months to 4 March 2021. 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
England -34 598 £393 -4.85% 931
UK excluding London -6 311 £338 -10.00% 788
London -52 267 £425 -5.56% 208
Work from Home -88 254 £393 -7.65% 238
North of England +18 111 £350 -6.67% 281
North West +5 66 £350 -12.50% 174
South East -9 51 £350 -17.65% 123
Midlands +21 46 £300 - 154
Yorkshire +25 41 £338 -6.90% 83
East of England +17 40 £363 -15.94% 43
South West +9 32 £371 +0.34% 120
West Midlands +33 26 £288 -11.54% 94
East Midlands +9 20 £300 +6.67% 60
Wales +25 18 £388 -3.13% 26
Scotland -7 13 £300 -21.31% 36
North East +32 4 £450 +44.00% 24

For the 6 months to 4 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing PHP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PHP.

1 354 (50.43%) JavaScript
2 263 (37.46%) HTML
3 261 (37.18%) CSS
4 191 (27.21%) Laravel
5 174 (24.79%) Agile Software Development
6 159 (22.65%) MySQL
7 158 (22.51%) Docker
8 151 (21.51%) Git (software)
9 130 (18.52%) AWS
10 129 (18.38%) DevOps
11 98 (13.96%) Symfony
12 97 (13.82%) Web Development
13 96 (13.68%) Linux
14 94 (13.39%) SQL
15 92 (13.11%) Java
15 92 (13.11%) HTML5
16 91 (12.96%) AngularJS
17 90 (12.82%) Python
18 88 (12.54%) jQuery
19 86 (12.25%) WordPress
20 85 (12.11%) Vue.js
21 84 (11.97%) React
22 83 (11.82%) CSS3
23 80 (11.40%) E-Commerce
24 79 (11.25%) Azure
25 78 (11.11%) MVC
26 74 (10.54%) Kubernetes
27 71 (10.11%) Software Engineering
28 66 (9.40%) .NET
29 65 (9.26%) Jenkins

PHP
Co-occurring 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 86 (12.25%) WordPress
2 43 (6.13%) Drupal
3 34 (4.84%) CMS
4 28 (3.99%) Apache
5 23 (3.28%) Confluence
6 21 (2.99%) Elasticsearch
7 18 (2.56%) Jadu
8 14 (1.99%) Tomcat
9 10 (1.42%) WebSphere
10 9 (1.28%) Oracle Workflow
11 8 (1.14%) IBM Domino
12 7 (1.00%) Apache Solr
12 7 (1.00%) nginx
12 7 (1.00%) WebSphere Application Server
13 5 (0.71%) Apache ServiceMix
13 5 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
14 4 (0.57%) SharePoint
14 4 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
15 3 (0.43%) JBoss
16 2 (0.28%) SAS
Applications
1 11 (1.57%) Chatbot
2 6 (0.85%) Photoshop
3 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (0.57%) Sketch
5 3 (0.43%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe After Effects
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.14%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.14%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.14%) InVision
7 1 (0.14%) Maya
7 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Excel
7 1 (0.14%) Quicktime
7 1 (0.14%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 64 (9.12%) Magento
2 16 (2.28%) Shopify
3 4 (0.57%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.28%) Fredhopper
4 2 (0.28%) OpenCart
4 2 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.28%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.14%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 130 (18.52%) AWS
2 79 (11.25%) Azure
3 26 (3.70%) GitHub
4 25 (3.56%) Serverless
5 23 (3.28%) Oracle Service Cloud
6 22 (3.13%) GCP
6 22 (3.13%) PaaS
7 16 (2.28%) AWS Lambda
8 14 (1.99%) OpenShift
8 14 (1.99%) Oracle CX
9 11 (1.57%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (1.28%) Amazon S3
10 9 (1.28%) SaaS
11 8 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (1.14%) IaaS
12 7 (1.00%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 6 (0.85%) Amazon EKS
13 6 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.57%) npm
14 4 (0.57%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.99%) Firewall
2 19 (2.71%) HTTP
3 13 (1.85%) DNS
3 13 (1.85%) SSL
4 9 (1.28%) SSH
5 7 (1.00%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.85%) BGP
6 6 (0.85%) HTTPS
6 6 (0.85%) MPLS
7 5 (0.71%) FTP
7 5 (0.71%) Internet
7 5 (0.71%) LAN
7 5 (0.71%) SNMP
7 5 (0.71%) WAN
8 4 (0.57%) Network Security
9 3 (0.43%) Intranet
10 2 (0.28%) Broadband
10 2 (0.28%) VPN
11 1 (0.14%) Extranet
11 1 (0.14%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (22.65%) MySQL
2 31 (4.42%) PostgreSQL
3 27 (3.85%) NoSQL
4 23 (3.28%) MongoDB
4 23 (3.28%) SQL Server
5 22 (3.13%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.57%) Amazon RDS
7 10 (1.42%) Redis
8 8 (1.14%) MariaDB
8 8 (1.14%) Neo4j
9 4 (0.57%) Big Data
9 4 (0.57%) BigQuery
9 4 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.43%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.43%) Power BI
11 2 (0.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (0.28%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.28%) Presto
Development Applications
1 151 (21.51%) Git (software)
2 65 (9.26%) Jenkins
3 50 (7.12%) JIRA
4 15 (2.14%) Selenium
5 13 (1.85%) gulp
6 12 (1.71%) Bitbucket
6 12 (1.71%) Xcode
7 11 (1.57%) fastlane
8 9 (1.28%) Grunt
9 8 (1.14%) webpack
10 7 (1.00%) Burp Suite
10 7 (1.00%) Oracle APEX
10 7 (1.00%) PHPUnit
11 6 (0.85%) Jasmine
12 5 (0.71%) CocoaPods
12 5 (0.71%) Cypress.io
12 5 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
12 5 (0.71%) Vagrant
12 5 (0.71%) Visual Studio
12 5 (0.71%) Visual Website Optimizer
General
1 42 (5.98%) Finance
2 33 (4.70%) Marketing
3 26 (3.70%) Public Sector
4 21 (2.99%) Retail
5 18 (2.56%) Law
6 14 (1.99%) Games
7 13 (1.85%) Banking
7 13 (1.85%) Telecoms
8 12 (1.71%) Local Government
9 9 (1.28%) French Language
10 7 (1.00%) Dutch Language
11 4 (0.57%) Welsh Language
12 3 (0.43%) Advertising
12 3 (0.43%) Billing
12 3 (0.43%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.28%) Automotive
13 2 (0.28%) Back Office
13 2 (0.28%) Danish Language
13 2 (0.28%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 491 (69.94%) Developer
2 249 (35.47%) PHP Developer
3 64 (9.12%) Full Stack Developer
4 41 (5.84%) Senior Developer
5 39 (5.56%) PHP Laravel Developer
6 36 (5.13%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 35 (4.99%) React Developer
8 33 (4.70%) DevOps Engineer
8 33 (4.70%) Magento Developer
9 32 (4.56%) Backend Developer
10 31 (4.42%) Web Developer
11 30 (4.27%) WordPress Developer
12 29 (4.13%) Architect
12 29 (4.13%) JavaScript Developer
13 22 (3.13%) Consultant
14 21 (2.99%) Symfony Developer
15 18 (2.56%) PHP Symfony Developer
16 16 (2.28%) Drupal Developer
16 16 (2.28%) PHP Web Developer
16 16 (2.28%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 263 (37.46%) HTML
2 261 (37.18%) CSS
3 191 (27.21%) Laravel
4 98 (13.96%) Symfony
5 92 (13.11%) HTML5
6 91 (12.96%) AngularJS
7 88 (12.54%) jQuery
8 85 (12.11%) Vue.js
9 84 (11.97%) React
10 83 (11.82%) CSS3
11 66 (9.40%) .NET
12 63 (8.97%) Node.js
13 62 (8.83%) Sass
14 61 (8.69%) Web Services
15 48 (6.84%) REST
16 45 (6.41%) LAMP
17 41 (5.84%) JSON
18 36 (5.13%) LESS
18 36 (5.13%) RESTful
19 28 (3.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 48 (6.84%) Greenfield Project
2 42 (5.98%) User Experience
3 31 (4.42%) Social Media
4 28 (3.99%) Mobile App
5 22 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (2.14%) iPad
6 15 (2.14%) iPhone
7 12 (1.71%) Management Information System
8 10 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
9 9 (1.28%) Digital Media
9 9 (1.28%) Virtual Team
10 7 (1.00%) Apple TV
10 7 (1.00%) NHS
10 7 (1.00%) Over-the-Top Content
11 6 (0.85%) Self-Motivation
12 5 (0.71%) Clustering
13 4 (0.57%) Vector Graphics
13 4 (0.57%) W3C
14 3 (0.43%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 96 (13.68%) Linux
2 28 (3.99%) Windows
3 25 (3.56%) Apple iOS
4 23 (3.28%) Unix
5 19 (2.71%) Android
6 12 (1.71%) Mac OS X
7 5 (0.71%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.57%) CentOS
8 4 (0.57%) Kali Linux
9 3 (0.43%) AIX
10 2 (0.28%) Debian
10 2 (0.28%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.28%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.14%) Solaris
11 1 (0.14%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (24.79%) Agile Software Development
2 129 (18.38%) DevOps
3 97 (13.82%) Web Development
4 80 (11.40%) E-Commerce
5 78 (11.11%) MVC
6 71 (10.11%) Software Engineering
7 55 (7.83%) TDD
8 51 (7.26%) Front End Development
9 47 (6.70%) OO
10 43 (6.13%) Microservices
11 41 (5.84%) Test Automation
12 33 (4.70%) Problem-Solving
13 30 (4.27%) Scrum
14 29 (4.13%) Open Source
15 28 (3.99%) Artificial Intelligence
15 28 (3.99%) Migration
16 25 (3.56%) API Development
16 25 (3.56%) Information Security
16 25 (3.56%) Unit Testing
17 23 (3.28%) Fintech
Programming Languages
1 354 (50.43%) JavaScript
2 94 (13.39%) SQL
3 92 (13.11%) Java
4 90 (12.82%) Python
5 43 (6.13%) C#
6 37 (5.27%) Bash Shell
7 31 (4.42%) TypeScript
8 29 (4.13%) Ruby
9 26 (3.70%) Go
10 25 (3.56%) Perl
11 21 (2.99%) PHP 7
11 21 (2.99%) PowerShell
12 19 (2.71%) C++
13 18 (2.56%) Apple Swift
14 17 (2.42%) PL/SQL
14 17 (2.42%) Shell Script
15 16 (2.28%) C
16 8 (1.14%) VB.NET
17 6 (0.85%) ES6
17 6 (0.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 29 (4.13%) Security Cleared
2 21 (2.99%) SC Cleared
3 15 (2.14%) Degree
4 7 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (0.43%) CISSP
5 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.28%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.14%) CCIE
7 1 (0.14%) CCNP
7 1 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.14%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.14%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.13%) GDPR
2 20 (2.85%) QA
3 10 (1.42%) NIST
4 8 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.43%) SLA
6 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.28%) NCSC
6 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 158 (22.51%) Docker
2 17 (2.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (1.85%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.71%) Postfix
4 5 (0.71%) qmail
5 4 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.14%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.14%) iptables
7 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.14%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 74 (10.54%) Kubernetes
2 29 (4.13%) Terraform
3 28 (3.99%) Ansible
4 17 (2.42%) Puppet
5 13 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (1.57%) HP ALM
7 9 (1.28%) Nagios
8 8 (1.14%) HP Fortify
8 8 (1.14%) Netcool
9 7 (1.00%) HP SIM
9 7 (1.00%) Icinga
9 7 (1.00%) Opsview
10 4 (0.57%) Kibana
10 4 (0.57%) Nessus
11 3 (0.43%) Galera Cluster
11 3 (0.43%) Grafana
12 2 (0.28%) cPanel
12 2 (0.28%) logstash
12 2 (0.28%) SCCM
13 1 (0.14%) WSUS
Vendors
1 45 (6.41%) Oracle
2 25 (3.56%) Zend
3 23 (3.28%) Apple
4 21 (2.99%) Google
5 20 (2.85%) Cisco
5 20 (2.85%) Microsoft
6 18 (2.56%) HP
6 18 (2.56%) VMware
7 17 (2.42%) AppDynamics
8 14 (1.99%) Dynatrace
8 14 (1.99%) WooCommerce
9 10 (1.42%) Fortinet
9 10 (1.42%) IBM
10 8 (1.14%) Adobe
10 8 (1.14%) ArcSight
10 8 (1.14%) Black Duck
10 8 (1.14%) Micro Focus
10 8 (1.14%) Qualys
10 8 (1.14%) Sonatype
10 8 (1.14%) Xerox