Period
to 16 October 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 16 October 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
16 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 232 188 157
Rank change year-on-year -44 -31 -25
Contract jobs citing PHP 976 433 1,490
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.17% 1.40% 1.75%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.96% 3.30% 4.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 704 314 1,100
10th Percentile £281 £213 £263
25th Percentile £338 £281 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £414 £375 £400
Median % change year-on-year +10.33% -6.25% -
75th Percentile £500 £500 £488
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 12
10th Percentile £19.80 £22.25 £6.73
25th Percentile £37.25 £22.50 £21.69
Median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.57% +16.67% -7.69%
75th Percentile £58.75 £40.00 £35.44
90th Percentile £65.15 £42.08 £47.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.73 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +32.42% +9.09% -15.38%

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 32,943 13,106 35,766
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.61% 42.44% 41.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,657 9,166 25,097
10th Percentile £360 £313 £320
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £483 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.75% +1.63% -
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £681 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.24% - +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 440 256 628
10th Percentile £17.49 £12.88 £19.18
25th Percentile £25.50 £21.19 £34.00
Median hourly rate £45.50 £37.71 £44.53
Median % change year-on-year +20.65% -15.31% +6.03%
75th Percentile £58.75 £47.50 £51.00
90th Percentile £67.76 £55.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £39.25 £44.00
% change year-on-year +14.65% -10.80% +3.53%

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 16 October 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 16 October 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 16 October 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 -37 797 £410 +11.56% 906
London -81 388 £440 +11.39% 237
UK excluding London -26 365 £400 +14.29% 720
Work from Home -84 331 £425 +9.68% 245
North of England -20 117 £400 +18.52% 268
South East -53 74 £410 -8.89% 107
South West +12 71 £400 +11.50% 104
Yorkshire -8 63 £425 +28.30% 94
Midlands -50 54 £300 - 148
North West -31 52 £400 +6.31% 156
West Midlands -49 34 £350 +21.74% 85
East of England -43 24 £425 +38.78% 41
East Midlands -25 20 £263 -12.50% 62
Scotland -73 16 £450 +16.13% 31
Wales -23 9 £438 +118.75% 17
North East -11 2 £160 -50.77% 18

For the 6 months to 16 October 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.

1 449 (46.00%) JavaScript
2 308 (31.56%) MySQL
3 293 (30.02%) HTML
4 280 (28.69%) CSS
5 261 (26.74%) Agile Software Development
6 245 (25.10%) Laravel
7 222 (22.75%) Git (software)
8 213 (21.82%) DevOps
9 204 (20.90%) Docker
9 204 (20.90%) AWS
10 196 (20.08%) Python
11 182 (18.65%) Java
12 178 (18.24%) Full Stack Development
13 177 (18.14%) React
14 162 (16.60%) Azure
15 156 (15.98%) Linux
16 152 (15.57%) SQL
17 142 (14.55%) Social Skills
18 138 (14.14%) Node.js
19 135 (13.83%) AngularJS
20 121 (12.40%) HTML5
21 120 (12.30%) Software Engineering
22 119 (12.19%) Vue.js
23 117 (11.99%) TDD
24 112 (11.48%) C#
25 96 (9.84%) Web Development
26 95 (9.73%) MVC
27 94 (9.63%) Jenkins
28 91 (9.32%) Kubernetes
28 91 (9.32%) Terraform

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 87 (8.91%) WordPress
2 80 (8.20%) Drupal
3 61 (6.25%) CMS
4 37 (3.79%) Apache
5 34 (3.48%) Elasticsearch
6 20 (2.05%) Apache Solr
7 19 (1.95%) Moodle
8 14 (1.43%) nginx
9 13 (1.33%) Confluence
9 13 (1.33%) IBM Domino
10 12 (1.23%) Appian
10 12 (1.23%) SharePoint
11 10 (1.02%) Apache Pig
12 9 (0.92%) Apache Spark
13 8 (0.82%) Cloud Foundry
13 8 (0.82%) Jadu
13 8 (0.82%) Totara
14 6 (0.61%) Mule
14 6 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 4 (0.41%) Umbraco
Applications
1 9 (0.92%) Sketch
2 8 (0.82%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 8 (0.82%) InVision
3 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (0.20%) Figma
5 2 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.20%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.10%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 67 (6.86%) Magento
2 15 (1.54%) NetSuite
2 15 (1.54%) Shopify
3 5 (0.51%) Payment Gateway
4 4 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 204 (20.90%) AWS
2 162 (16.60%) Azure
3 63 (6.45%) GitHub
4 47 (4.82%) GCP
5 45 (4.61%) Serverless
6 33 (3.38%) SaaS
7 31 (3.18%) PaaS
8 27 (2.77%) AWS CloudFormation
9 25 (2.56%) Amazon EC2
10 21 (2.15%) Amazon S3
10 21 (2.15%) npm
11 15 (1.54%) AWS Lambda
11 15 (1.54%) IaaS
12 12 (1.23%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 12 (1.23%) Azure Functions
12 12 (1.23%) GitHub Actions
13 10 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
13 10 (1.02%) Azure Storage
14 9 (0.92%) Azure Data Factory
14 9 (0.92%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.97%) Internet
2 24 (2.46%) DNS
3 21 (2.15%) SAN
4 20 (2.05%) Firewall
5 15 (1.54%) HTTP
6 12 (1.23%) TCP/IP
7 9 (0.92%) SNMP
7 9 (0.92%) SSH
8 8 (0.82%) TACACS
9 7 (0.72%) Intranet
9 7 (0.72%) LAN
9 7 (0.72%) WAN
10 6 (0.61%) 2G
11 5 (0.51%) FTP
11 5 (0.51%) IPv4
12 3 (0.31%) DKIM
12 3 (0.31%) DMARC
12 3 (0.31%) Fibre Channel
12 3 (0.31%) Wi-Fi
13 2 (0.20%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 308 (31.56%) MySQL
2 54 (5.53%) PostgreSQL
3 49 (5.02%) MongoDB
4 42 (4.30%) SQL Server
5 41 (4.20%) Redis
6 37 (3.79%) Relational Database
7 31 (3.18%) NoSQL
8 24 (2.46%) MariaDB
9 21 (2.15%) Big Data
10 20 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.74%) Amazon RDS
12 16 (1.64%) Apache Cassandra
12 16 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
13 13 (1.33%) Oracle Database
14 11 (1.13%) Data Lake
14 11 (1.13%) RDBMS
15 9 (0.92%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 9 (0.92%) CouchDB
15 9 (0.92%) SAP HANA
16 6 (0.61%) Riak
Development Applications
1 222 (22.75%) Git (software)
2 94 (9.63%) Jenkins
3 71 (7.27%) JIRA
4 40 (4.10%) Bitbucket
5 37 (3.79%) webpack
6 30 (3.07%) PHPUnit
7 26 (2.66%) Grunt
8 25 (2.56%) Subversion
9 23 (2.36%) Cypress.io
9 23 (2.36%) Selenium
10 21 (2.15%) gulp
11 20 (2.05%) Maven
11 20 (2.05%) Sonatype Nexus
12 16 (1.64%) Bower
12 16 (1.64%) GitLab
12 16 (1.64%) Gradle
13 15 (1.54%) SonarQube
14 10 (1.02%) fastlane
14 10 (1.02%) Vagrant
14 10 (1.02%) Xcode
General
1 142 (14.55%) Social Skills
2 65 (6.66%) Finance
3 55 (5.64%) Marketing
4 51 (5.23%) Public Sector
5 35 (3.59%) Analytical Skills
6 28 (2.87%) Banking
7 19 (1.95%) Retail
8 14 (1.43%) Games
9 13 (1.33%) Legal
10 12 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
11 11 (1.13%) Telecoms
12 10 (1.02%) Documentation Skills
12 10 (1.02%) Investment Banking
13 8 (0.82%) Advertising
13 8 (0.82%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.72%) Automotive
14 7 (0.72%) Law
15 6 (0.61%) Electronics
15 6 (0.61%) Front Office
15 6 (0.61%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 614 (62.91%) Developer
2 329 (33.71%) PHP Developer
3 97 (9.94%) Full Stack Developer
4 58 (5.94%) Senior Developer
5 53 (5.43%) React Developer
6 52 (5.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 49 (5.02%) DevOps Engineer
8 44 (4.51%) PHP Laravel Developer
9 42 (4.30%) Drupal Developer
10 40 (4.10%) Architect
11 37 (3.79%) Backend Developer
12 34 (3.48%) Consultant
13 33 (3.38%) Software Engineer
14 30 (3.07%) WordPress Developer
15 28 (2.87%) Administrator
16 26 (2.66%) Systems Administrator
17 24 (2.46%) Senior PHP Developer
18 21 (2.15%) JavaScript Developer
19 19 (1.95%) Web Developer
20 17 (1.74%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 293 (30.02%) HTML
2 280 (28.69%) CSS
3 245 (25.10%) Laravel
4 177 (18.14%) React
5 138 (14.14%) Node.js
6 135 (13.83%) AngularJS
7 121 (12.40%) HTML5
8 119 (12.19%) Vue.js
9 90 (9.22%) CSS3
10 88 (9.02%) Symfony
11 83 (8.50%) Sass
12 75 (7.68%) Web Services
13 74 (7.58%) jQuery
14 72 (7.38%) REST
15 69 (7.07%) .NET
16 56 (5.74%) XML
17 53 (5.43%) LAMP
18 52 (5.33%) RESTful
19 43 (4.41%) JSON
20 41 (4.20%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 41 (4.20%) User Experience
2 26 (2.66%) Mobile App
3 23 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
4 20 (2.05%) Cloud Native
5 19 (1.95%) Data Centre
6 18 (1.84%) Greenfield Project
7 15 (1.54%) Legacy Systems
8 13 (1.33%) e-Learning
8 13 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
8 13 (1.33%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.23%) iPad
9 12 (1.23%) Legacy Applications
10 11 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
10 11 (1.13%) Data Structures
11 10 (1.02%) iPhone
11 10 (1.02%) Taxonomies
12 9 (0.92%) Learning Management System
12 9 (0.92%) Legacy Code
12 9 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (0.82%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 156 (15.98%) Linux
2 54 (5.53%) Windows
3 40 (4.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 30 (3.07%) Unix
5 18 (1.84%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.33%) Mac OS X
6 13 (1.33%) Ubuntu
7 10 (1.02%) Android
8 8 (0.82%) Debian
8 8 (0.82%) Windows Server
9 4 (0.41%) CentOS
9 4 (0.41%) VMS
10 3 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.20%) Solaris
11 2 (0.20%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.10%) AIX
12 1 (0.10%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.10%) SUSE
12 1 (0.10%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (26.74%) Agile Software Development
2 213 (21.82%) DevOps
3 178 (18.24%) Full Stack Development
4 120 (12.30%) Software Engineering
5 117 (11.99%) TDD
6 96 (9.84%) Web Development
7 95 (9.73%) MVC
8 88 (9.02%) Problem-Solving
9 87 (8.91%) E-Commerce
10 85 (8.71%) Test Automation
11 80 (8.20%) OO
12 72 (7.38%) Front End Development
13 69 (7.07%) OOP
14 55 (5.64%) Microservices
15 45 (4.61%) Migration
16 40 (4.10%) Mentoring
17 38 (3.89%) Scrum
18 35 (3.59%) Digital Marketing
19 34 (3.48%) SOLID
20 33 (3.38%) API Development
Programming Languages
1 449 (46.00%) JavaScript
2 196 (20.08%) Python
3 182 (18.65%) Java
4 152 (15.57%) SQL
5 112 (11.48%) C#
6 90 (9.22%) Perl
7 85 (8.71%) Ruby
8 69 (7.07%) Bash Shell
9 67 (6.86%) Go
10 59 (6.05%) TypeScript
11 49 (5.02%) PowerShell
12 35 (3.59%) ES6
13 30 (3.07%) PHP 7
14 28 (2.87%) C++
14 28 (2.87%) VB
15 26 (2.66%) Shell Script
16 22 (2.25%) C
17 17 (1.74%) ES7
18 12 (1.23%) T-SQL
19 11 (1.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 33 (3.38%) Security Cleared
2 26 (2.66%) Degree
3 18 (1.84%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.41%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.31%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.20%) CCNA
8 2 (0.20%) CCNP
8 2 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.20%) CISSP
8 2 (0.20%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.20%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.20%) VCAP
8 2 (0.20%) VCP6
8 2 (0.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.10%) CISM
9 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.10%) OSCP
9 1 (0.10%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (4.71%) Accessibility
2 22 (2.25%) QA
3 16 (1.64%) GDPR
4 10 (1.02%) WCAG
5 9 (0.92%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.20%) HL7
7 2 (0.20%) SLA
8 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.10%) GxP
8 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.10%) SOC 2
System Software
1 204 (20.90%) Docker
2 19 (1.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (1.84%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.72%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.31%) vSphere
7 2 (0.20%) Postfix
7 2 (0.20%) RACF
7 2 (0.20%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.20%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.10%) Ceph
8 1 (0.10%) GlusterFS
8 1 (0.10%) iptables
8 1 (0.10%) KVM
8 1 (0.10%) NFS
8 1 (0.10%) QEMU
8 1 (0.10%) Samba
8 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.10%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 91 (9.32%) Kubernetes
1 91 (9.32%) Terraform
2 86 (8.81%) Ansible
3 29 (2.97%) Puppet
4 19 (1.95%) Grafana
5 15 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
5 15 (1.54%) Prometheus
6 12 (1.23%) Argo
7 11 (1.13%) Kibana
8 10 (1.02%) Packer
9 8 (0.82%) HP NNM
10 7 (0.72%) SCCM
11 5 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.51%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.31%) BladeLogic
12 3 (0.31%) Nagios
12 3 (0.31%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 3 (0.31%) PowerCLI
12 3 (0.31%) vCenter Server
13 2 (0.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 66 (6.76%) Oracle
2 40 (4.10%) Red Hat
3 35 (3.59%) VMware
4 34 (3.48%) MuleSoft
5 33 (3.38%) Salesforce.com
6 31 (3.18%) HP
7 30 (3.07%) Google
8 26 (2.66%) Microsoft
9 24 (2.46%) Zend
10 21 (2.15%) SAP
11 16 (1.64%) Dell
12 15 (1.54%) 3PAR
13 14 (1.43%) Apple
14 13 (1.33%) Adobe
14 13 (1.33%) Atlassian
14 13 (1.33%) Xerox
15 11 (1.13%) hybris
16 10 (1.02%) Cloudera
16 10 (1.02%) IBM
16 10 (1.02%) Micro Focus