Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 201 167 170
Rank change year-on-year -34 +3 -32
Contract jobs citing PHP 720 796 1,520
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.58% 1.67%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.11% 3.87% 3.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 510 549 1,093
10th Percentile £255 £275 £250
25th Percentile £313 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +5.26%
75th Percentile £500 £500 £488
90th Percentile £556 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £371
% change year-on-year -12.50% +7.74% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 19
10th Percentile £25.50 £13.28 £13.50
25th Percentile £27.00 £14.08 £23.38
Median hourly rate £45.00 £21.50 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year +109.30% -38.57% +14.75%
75th Percentile £57.50 £37.50 £38.13
90th Percentile " £46.35 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £14.15 £25.83
% change year-on-year +80.21% -45.21% -26.21%

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 23,180 20,544 39,138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.56% 40.74% 42.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,299 14,491 27,539
10th Percentile £325 £325 £325
25th Percentile £406 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +2.70%
75th Percentile £594 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £660 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -5.00% +5.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 366 627
10th Percentile £17.21 £17.25 £17.50
25th Percentile £25.00 £21.57 £26.25
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year - -1.16% +7.50%
75th Percentile £51.63 £50.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £62.25 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year -5.88% -3.41% +10.00%

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 14 May 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 14 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for PHP in the UK

PHP
Top 17 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 14 May 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 -29 595 £401 -5.65% 991
UK excluding London +4 333 £350 -12.50% 844
Work from Home -96 263 £413 - 263
London -67 254 £450 - 198
North of England +35 130 £375 +3.45% 296
North West +13 72 £375 -6.25% 173
South East -19 56 £350 -22.22% 150
Yorkshire +42 53 £350 -3.45% 101
East of England +22 39 £381 -10.29% 51
South West +20 39 £400 +3.23% 113
Midlands +2 32 £306 -12.50% 182
Scotland -38 20 £425 +3.03% 30
East Midlands +20 18 £300 -7.69% 78
Wales +10 15 £425 +9.68% 18
West Midlands -9 14 £319 -8.93% 104
North East +17 5 £380 +38.18% 22
Northern Ireland - 2 £450 - 4

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 364 (50.56%) JavaScript
2 254 (35.28%) CSS
3 251 (34.86%) HTML
4 202 (28.06%) MySQL
5 185 (25.69%) Agile Software Development
6 168 (23.33%) Laravel
7 166 (23.06%) Git (software)
8 161 (22.36%) Docker
9 153 (21.25%) DevOps
10 141 (19.58%) AWS
11 120 (16.67%) SQL
11 120 (16.67%) Social Skills
12 118 (16.39%) Linux
13 111 (15.42%) Python
14 107 (14.86%) Azure
15 99 (13.75%) Java
16 94 (13.06%) HTML5
16 94 (13.06%) Symfony
17 90 (12.50%) E-Commerce
18 87 (12.08%) MVC
18 87 (12.08%) WordPress
18 87 (12.08%) AngularJS
19 86 (11.94%) CSS3
19 86 (11.94%) React
20 82 (11.39%) Web Development
21 81 (11.25%) Node.js
22 73 (10.14%) Jenkins
23 72 (10.00%) Magento
24 71 (9.86%) Kubernetes
25 69 (9.58%) Vue.js

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 (12.08%) WordPress
2 65 (9.03%) Drupal
3 48 (6.67%) CMS
4 41 (5.69%) Apache
5 23 (3.19%) Jadu
6 14 (1.94%) Apache Solr
6 14 (1.94%) Tomcat
7 13 (1.81%) IBM Domino
7 13 (1.81%) SharePoint
8 10 (1.39%) Confluence
8 10 (1.39%) WebSphere
8 10 (1.39%) WebSphere Application Server
9 9 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
10 8 (1.11%) nginx
11 7 (0.97%) Apache ServiceMix
12 6 (0.83%) IIS
12 6 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 4 (0.56%) JBoss
14 2 (0.28%) SAS
14 2 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 9 (1.25%) Chatbot
1 9 (1.25%) Sketch
2 7 (0.97%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.56%) Adobe Illustrator
3 4 (0.56%) Adobe XD
3 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.56%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (0.42%) Figma
4 3 (0.42%) InVision
5 2 (0.28%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.14%) CINEMA 4D
6 1 (0.14%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.14%) Maya
6 1 (0.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 72 (10.00%) Magento
2 17 (2.36%) Shopify
3 3 (0.42%) Payment Gateway
3 3 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.28%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.14%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 141 (19.58%) AWS
2 107 (14.86%) Azure
3 36 (5.00%) GCP
4 34 (4.72%) GitHub
5 31 (4.31%) PaaS
6 24 (3.33%) Serverless
7 21 (2.92%) SaaS
8 18 (2.50%) IaaS
9 17 (2.36%) OpenShift
10 13 (1.81%) AWS Lambda
11 12 (1.67%) Amazon EKS
11 12 (1.67%) Oracle CX
11 12 (1.67%) Oracle Service Cloud
12 11 (1.53%) AWS CloudFormation
12 11 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.97%) npm
14 6 (0.83%) AWS CodeCommit
15 5 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
15 5 (0.69%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 5 (0.69%) AWS CodePipeline
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.89%) Firewall
2 18 (2.50%) HTTP
2 18 (2.50%) SSH
2 18 (2.50%) SSL
3 16 (2.22%) DNS
4 8 (1.11%) FTP
4 8 (1.11%) Internet
4 8 (1.11%) LAN
5 7 (0.97%) TACACS
5 7 (0.97%) WAN
6 6 (0.83%) Intranet
6 6 (0.83%) SNMP
7 5 (0.69%) IPv4
8 4 (0.56%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.42%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.28%) 2G
10 2 (0.28%) Broadband
10 2 (0.28%) DHCP
10 2 (0.28%) SAN
10 2 (0.28%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 202 (28.06%) MySQL
2 50 (6.94%) PostgreSQL
3 29 (4.03%) SQL Server
4 25 (3.47%) MongoDB
5 24 (3.33%) NoSQL
6 23 (3.19%) Relational Database
7 15 (2.08%) Redis
8 11 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (1.25%) Azure SQL Database
9 9 (1.25%) MariaDB
10 7 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (0.97%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.83%) DB2
12 4 (0.56%) Big Data
12 4 (0.56%) BigQuery
13 3 (0.42%) DbVisualizer
13 3 (0.42%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 3 (0.42%) Power BI
13 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 166 (23.06%) Git (software)
2 73 (10.14%) Jenkins
3 46 (6.39%) JIRA
4 17 (2.36%) gulp
5 16 (2.22%) Bitbucket
6 13 (1.81%) PHPUnit
6 13 (1.81%) webpack
7 12 (1.67%) Grunt
8 11 (1.53%) Visual Studio
9 10 (1.39%) Vagrant
10 8 (1.11%) Cypress.io
10 8 (1.11%) GitLab
10 8 (1.11%) Oracle APEX
10 8 (1.11%) Xcode
11 7 (0.97%) fastlane
11 7 (0.97%) Selenium
12 6 (0.83%) Bower
12 6 (0.83%) Burp Suite
12 6 (0.83%) CocoaPods
12 6 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 120 (16.67%) Social Skills
2 57 (7.92%) Finance
3 37 (5.14%) Marketing
4 31 (4.31%) Public Sector
5 30 (4.17%) Banking
6 26 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
7 22 (3.06%) Retail
8 17 (2.36%) Law
9 12 (1.67%) Local Government
9 12 (1.67%) Organisational Skills
10 11 (1.53%) Investment Banking
11 8 (1.11%) Games
12 7 (0.97%) Telecoms
13 6 (0.83%) Front Office
13 6 (0.83%) Presentation Skills
14 5 (0.69%) Back Office
14 5 (0.69%) Manufacturing
15 4 (0.56%) Automotive
15 4 (0.56%) French Language
15 4 (0.56%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 487 (67.64%) Developer
2 259 (35.97%) PHP Developer
3 72 (10.00%) Full Stack Developer
4 41 (5.69%) PHP Laravel Developer
4 41 (5.69%) Senior Developer
5 39 (5.42%) React Developer
6 37 (5.14%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 33 (4.58%) Architect
7 33 (4.58%) DevOps Engineer
8 29 (4.03%) Magento Developer
9 27 (3.75%) Backend Developer
9 27 (3.75%) Drupal Developer
9 27 (3.75%) Web Developer
10 24 (3.33%) Consultant
11 22 (3.06%) JavaScript Developer
12 21 (2.92%) WordPress Developer
13 18 (2.50%) Senior PHP Developer
14 17 (2.36%) Symfony Developer
15 16 (2.22%) Cloud Engineer
15 16 (2.22%) PHP Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 254 (35.28%) CSS
2 251 (34.86%) HTML
3 168 (23.33%) Laravel
4 94 (13.06%) HTML5
4 94 (13.06%) Symfony
5 87 (12.08%) AngularJS
6 86 (11.94%) CSS3
6 86 (11.94%) React
7 81 (11.25%) Node.js
8 69 (9.58%) Vue.js
9 66 (9.17%) jQuery
9 66 (9.17%) Sass
10 60 (8.33%) Web Services
11 51 (7.08%) .NET
12 48 (6.67%) LAMP
13 41 (5.69%) JSON
14 39 (5.42%) RESTful
15 37 (5.14%) REST
16 35 (4.86%) LESS
17 27 (3.75%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (5.97%) User Experience
2 41 (5.69%) Greenfield Project
3 34 (4.72%) Social Media
4 26 (3.61%) Mobile App
5 17 (2.36%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.81%) Public Cloud
7 12 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
8 11 (1.53%) Data Centre
9 8 (1.11%) Digital Media
9 8 (1.11%) iPad
9 8 (1.11%) iPhone
10 7 (0.97%) Clustering
11 6 (0.83%) Cloud Native
11 6 (0.83%) Data Structures
11 6 (0.83%) Equities
11 6 (0.83%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (0.83%) Self-Motivation
11 6 (0.83%) Taxonomies
12 5 (0.69%) Apple TV
12 5 (0.69%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 118 (16.39%) Linux
2 42 (5.83%) Windows
3 36 (5.00%) Unix
4 17 (2.36%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.67%) Android
6 8 (1.11%) Mac OS X
7 7 (0.97%) CentOS
7 7 (0.97%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.83%) Debian
8 6 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.69%) Kali Linux
9 5 (0.69%) Windows Server
10 4 (0.56%) AIX
11 3 (0.42%) Alpine Linux
11 3 (0.42%) VMS
11 3 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2016
13 1 (0.14%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (25.69%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (21.25%) DevOps
3 90 (12.50%) E-Commerce
4 87 (12.08%) MVC
5 82 (11.39%) Web Development
6 69 (9.58%) Software Engineering
7 55 (7.64%) TDD
8 51 (7.08%) Front End Development
9 46 (6.39%) Problem-Solving
10 40 (5.56%) OO
11 39 (5.42%) Test Automation
12 38 (5.28%) Microservices
13 36 (5.00%) Scrum
14 31 (4.31%) Infrastructure as Code
15 30 (4.17%) SEO
16 25 (3.47%) Continuous Integration
16 25 (3.47%) Project Management
17 24 (3.33%) API Integration
18 23 (3.19%) Unit Testing
19 22 (3.06%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 364 (50.56%) JavaScript
2 120 (16.67%) SQL
3 111 (15.42%) Python
4 99 (13.75%) Java
5 52 (7.22%) Bash Shell
6 50 (6.94%) C#
7 41 (5.69%) Perl
8 39 (5.42%) PowerShell
8 39 (5.42%) Ruby
9 36 (5.00%) TypeScript
10 33 (4.58%) Go
11 24 (3.33%) Shell Script
11 24 (3.33%) VB
12 18 (2.50%) ES6
12 18 (2.50%) PHP 7
13 14 (1.94%) C++
14 11 (1.53%) Apple Swift
14 11 (1.53%) C
15 9 (1.25%) PL/SQL
16 7 (0.97%) ES7
Qualifications
1 30 (4.17%) Security Cleared
2 20 (2.78%) SC Cleared
3 17 (2.36%) Degree
4 10 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (0.56%) CISSP
5 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.28%) AWS Certification
6 2 (0.28%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.14%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.14%) CCNA
7 1 (0.14%) CEH
7 1 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.14%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.14%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.14%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.14%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.14%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (3.47%) GDPR
2 14 (1.94%) QA
3 4 (0.56%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.56%) SLA
4 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (0.28%) NCSC
4 2 (0.28%) NIST
4 2 (0.28%) WCAG
5 1 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
5 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 161 (22.36%) Docker
2 24 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (2.92%) Active Directory
4 10 (1.39%) Hyper-V
5 8 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.97%) Postfix
6 7 (0.97%) qmail
7 3 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.28%) KVM
9 1 (0.14%) Ceph
9 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.14%) NFS
9 1 (0.14%) QEMU
9 1 (0.14%) Samba
9 1 (0.14%) Snort
9 1 (0.14%) Varnish
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 71 (9.86%) Kubernetes
2 45 (6.25%) Terraform
3 36 (5.00%) Ansible
4 26 (3.61%) Puppet
5 23 (3.19%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (1.67%) SCCM
7 8 (1.11%) Grafana
7 8 (1.11%) Nagios
8 6 (0.83%) HP NNM
9 5 (0.69%) HP SIM
9 5 (0.69%) Icinga
9 5 (0.69%) Nessus
9 5 (0.69%) Opsview
9 5 (0.69%) Prometheus
10 3 (0.42%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.42%) Packer
11 2 (0.28%) Galera Cluster
12 1 (0.14%) Consul
12 1 (0.14%) FreeIPA
12 1 (0.14%) Kibana
Vendors
1 57 (7.92%) Oracle
2 36 (5.00%) Microsoft
3 25 (3.47%) VMware
4 24 (3.33%) Google
5 23 (3.19%) Zend
6 20 (2.78%) Cisco
7 15 (2.08%) Dynatrace
7 15 (2.08%) HP
7 15 (2.08%) IBM
7 15 (2.08%) New Relic
8 13 (1.81%) Apple
8 13 (1.81%) Xerox
9 10 (1.39%) Fortinet
9 10 (1.39%) WooCommerce
10 9 (1.25%) Adobe
10 9 (1.25%) AppDynamics
11 8 (1.11%) Citrix
11 8 (1.11%) hybris
11 8 (1.11%) Red Hat
12 6 (0.83%) Salesforce.com