Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 2022 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 267 182 147
Rank change year-on-year -85 -35 -4
Contract jobs citing PHP 884 635 1,277
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.01% 1.50% 1.79%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.62% 3.61% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 683 455 954
10th Percentile £310 £238 £275
25th Percentile £363 £306 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £375 £400
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% -
75th Percentile £513 £500 £488
90th Percentile £613 £560 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 14 9
10th Percentile - £21.34 £6.00
25th Percentile £35.00 £25.50 £14.08
Median hourly rate £42.50 £27.75 £31.00
Median % change year-on-year +53.15% -10.48% +16.32%
75th Percentile £48.44 £39.69 £39.75
90th Percentile £58.38 £47.50 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £25.50 £14.15
% change year-on-year +66.67% +80.21% -46.90%

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 33,749 17,581 29,153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.43% 41.41% 40.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,577 12,388 20,416
10th Percentile £369 £313 £325
25th Percentile £444 £389 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +13.16% - -
75th Percentile £638 £575 £575
90th Percentile £725 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £430
% change year-on-year +11.76% -1.16% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 444 428 535
10th Percentile £19.52 £14.93 £16.50
25th Percentile £31.25 £24.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate £49.00 £42.50 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +15.29% -1.16% +1.85%
75th Percentile £60.00 £50.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £71.46 £59.13 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £42.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +13.10% -1.18% -

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 27 January 2022.

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 27 January 2022.

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 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -80 731 £425 +13.33% 858
London -84 351 £450 +9.09% 254
UK excluding London -104 308 £400 +14.29% 657
Work from Home -94 278 £450 +14.65% 230
North of England -30 132 £400 +8.47% 240
North West -35 69 £400 +2.89% 144
Yorkshire -18 61 £438 +20.69% 75
Midlands -47 57 £363 +20.83% 125
West Midlands -30 45 £369 +18.00% 75
South East -78 42 £400 +1.59% 98
South West -52 31 £400 +14.29% 81
East of England -45 27 £475 +44.49% 59
East Midlands -32 12 £350 +16.67% 49
Wales -27 9 £425 +30.77% 16
Scotland -58 9 £400 +29.03% 36
North East -6 2 £350 -3.45% 21
Northern Ireland - 1 £475 - 5

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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.

1 499 (56.45%) JavaScript
2 270 (30.54%) MySQL
2 270 (30.54%) CSS
3 267 (30.20%) HTML
4 238 (26.92%) Agile Software Development
5 202 (22.85%) Java
6 187 (21.15%) Laravel
7 164 (18.55%) React
7 164 (18.55%) Git (software)
7 164 (18.55%) AWS
8 163 (18.44%) Python
9 153 (17.31%) Full Stack Development
10 149 (16.86%) Software Engineering
11 147 (16.63%) C#
12 145 (16.40%) Node.js
13 144 (16.29%) SQL
14 136 (15.38%) DevOps
15 132 (14.93%) Azure
16 122 (13.80%) TDD
16 122 (13.80%) AngularJS
17 120 (13.57%) Linux
18 115 (13.01%) Docker
19 111 (12.56%) Social Skills
20 110 (12.44%) MVC
21 109 (12.33%) jQuery
21 109 (12.33%) CI/CD
22 108 (12.22%) OO
23 106 (11.99%) Vue.js
24 100 (11.31%) OOP
24 100 (11.31%) Symfony

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 97 (10.97%) Drupal
2 66 (7.47%) WordPress
3 55 (6.22%) CMS
4 33 (3.73%) Apache
5 22 (2.49%) Elasticsearch
5 22 (2.49%) Moodle
6 13 (1.47%) Appian
7 11 (1.24%) nginx
8 10 (1.13%) Apache Solr
9 9 (1.02%) Confluence
9 9 (1.02%) IBM Domino
9 9 (1.02%) Totara
10 7 (0.79%) Apache Pig
11 5 (0.57%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.45%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.34%) IIS
13 3 (0.34%) Joomla!
13 3 (0.34%) Mule
14 2 (0.23%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 11 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.45%) Sketch
3 3 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 3 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.34%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.11%) Adobe XD
4 1 (0.11%) InVision
4 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 43 (4.86%) Magento
2 29 (3.28%) NetSuite
3 22 (2.49%) Shopify
4 8 (0.90%) Payment Gateway
5 6 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.34%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
8 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 164 (18.55%) AWS
2 132 (14.93%) Azure
3 56 (6.33%) GitHub
4 32 (3.62%) GCP
5 28 (3.17%) Serverless
6 21 (2.38%) Amazon EC2
6 21 (2.38%) SaaS
7 15 (1.70%) GitHub Actions
8 13 (1.47%) Azure Monitor
9 12 (1.36%) Amazon S3
9 12 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
10 11 (1.24%) AWS Lambda
10 11 (1.24%) npm
11 10 (1.13%) Azure Functions
12 9 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
12 9 (1.02%) PaaS
13 8 (0.90%) Power Platform
14 7 (0.79%) Amazon EKS
14 7 (0.79%) Amazon SQS
14 7 (0.79%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.60%) DNS
1 23 (2.60%) Internet
2 17 (1.92%) Firewall
2 17 (1.92%) HTTP
3 16 (1.81%) SAN
4 8 (0.90%) DMZ
5 7 (0.79%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.68%) DHCP
7 5 (0.57%) SNMP
8 4 (0.45%) FTP
9 3 (0.34%) Fibre Channel
9 3 (0.34%) Intranet
10 2 (0.23%) 2G
10 2 (0.23%) DKIM
10 2 (0.23%) DMARC
10 2 (0.23%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.23%) MQTT
10 2 (0.23%) SSH
10 2 (0.23%) VoIP
11 1 (0.11%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 270 (30.54%) MySQL
2 54 (6.11%) SQL Server
3 44 (4.98%) Relational Database
4 38 (4.30%) PostgreSQL
5 32 (3.62%) MongoDB
6 29 (3.28%) NoSQL
7 26 (2.94%) Redis
8 18 (2.04%) Amazon RDS
9 11 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
10 10 (1.13%) Apache Cassandra
11 9 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 9 (1.02%) CouchDB
12 8 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (0.90%) GIS
12 8 (0.90%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.79%) MariaDB
13 7 (0.79%) Tableau
14 6 (0.68%) Data Lake
14 6 (0.68%) Power BI
14 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 164 (18.55%) Git (software)
2 65 (7.35%) Jenkins
3 64 (7.24%) JIRA
4 29 (3.28%) webpack
5 28 (3.17%) Selenium
6 27 (3.05%) Cypress.io
7 25 (2.83%) PHPUnit
8 19 (2.15%) Bitbucket
9 18 (2.04%) Sonatype Nexus
10 16 (1.81%) Maven
10 16 (1.81%) SonarQube
11 15 (1.70%) Gradle
12 14 (1.58%) GitLab
13 13 (1.47%) Subversion
13 13 (1.47%) Visual Studio
14 11 (1.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 9 (1.02%) gulp
16 8 (0.90%) ESLint
16 8 (0.90%) Grunt
17 7 (0.79%) Burp Suite
General
1 111 (12.56%) Social Skills
2 47 (5.32%) Finance
3 40 (4.52%) Public Sector
4 36 (4.07%) Retail
5 35 (3.96%) Analytical Skills
6 32 (3.62%) Marketing
7 14 (1.58%) Banking
8 13 (1.47%) Games
9 11 (1.24%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.68%) Front Office
10 6 (0.68%) Organisational Skills
10 6 (0.68%) Telecoms
11 5 (0.57%) Advertising
11 5 (0.57%) Billing
11 5 (0.57%) General Ledger
11 5 (0.57%) Legal
12 4 (0.45%) Presentation Skills
13 3 (0.34%) French Language
13 3 (0.34%) German Language
13 3 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 564 (63.80%) Developer
2 293 (33.14%) PHP Developer
3 67 (7.58%) Full Stack Developer
4 54 (6.11%) Consultant
5 50 (5.66%) Drupal Developer
6 49 (5.54%) Senior Developer
7 44 (4.98%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 41 (4.64%) React Developer
9 38 (4.30%) Architect
9 38 (4.30%) Software Engineer
10 31 (3.51%) PHP Laravel Developer
11 30 (3.39%) DevOps Engineer
12 27 (3.05%) NetSuite Consultant
13 25 (2.83%) Web Developer
14 24 (2.71%) WordPress Developer
15 23 (2.60%) Lead Developer
15 23 (2.60%) Senior PHP Developer
16 19 (2.15%) Software Developer
17 18 (2.04%) JavaScript Developer
17 18 (2.04%) Magento Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 270 (30.54%) CSS
2 267 (30.20%) HTML
3 187 (21.15%) Laravel
4 164 (18.55%) React
5 145 (16.40%) Node.js
6 122 (13.80%) AngularJS
7 109 (12.33%) jQuery
8 106 (11.99%) Vue.js
9 100 (11.31%) Symfony
10 87 (9.84%) XML
11 86 (9.73%) HTML5
12 84 (9.50%) CSS3
13 82 (9.28%) .NET
14 78 (8.82%) REST
15 70 (7.92%) Sass
16 51 (5.77%) LAMP
17 45 (5.09%) RESTful
18 44 (4.98%) Web Services
19 38 (4.30%) JSON
20 31 (3.51%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 41 (4.64%) User Experience
2 35 (3.96%) Self-Motivation
3 22 (2.49%) Virtual Team
4 18 (2.04%) Data Structures
4 18 (2.04%) Mobile App
5 17 (1.92%) e-Learning
6 16 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
7 12 (1.36%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.24%) Cloud Native
8 11 (1.24%) Data Centre
8 11 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (1.24%) Legacy Applications
9 10 (1.13%) Learning Management System
10 9 (1.02%) Public Cloud
11 8 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (0.90%) Private Cloud
12 7 (0.79%) Legacy Systems
12 7 (0.79%) SCORM
13 6 (0.68%) Blog
13 6 (0.68%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 120 (13.57%) Linux
2 40 (4.52%) Windows
3 33 (3.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 28 (3.17%) Unix
5 16 (1.81%) CentOS
6 14 (1.58%) Apple iOS
7 12 (1.36%) SUSE
7 12 (1.36%) Ubuntu
8 11 (1.24%) Oracle Linux
9 9 (1.02%) Fedora
9 9 (1.02%) Mac OS X
9 9 (1.02%) Solaris
10 6 (0.68%) Android
11 4 (0.45%) Debian
11 4 (0.45%) VMS
11 4 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.23%) AIX
12 2 (0.23%) Windows Server
13 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 238 (26.92%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (17.31%) Full Stack Development
3 149 (16.86%) Software Engineering
4 136 (15.38%) DevOps
5 122 (13.80%) TDD
6 110 (12.44%) MVC
7 109 (12.33%) CI/CD
8 108 (12.22%) OO
9 100 (11.31%) OOP
10 93 (10.52%) Web Development
11 75 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
12 72 (8.14%) E-Commerce
13 69 (7.81%) Test Automation
14 68 (7.69%) Migration
15 44 (4.98%) Front End Development
16 42 (4.75%) SOLID
17 41 (4.64%) Microservices
18 38 (4.30%) Clean Code
19 37 (4.19%) Unit Testing
20 34 (3.85%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 499 (56.45%) JavaScript
2 202 (22.85%) Java
3 163 (18.44%) Python
4 147 (16.63%) C#
5 144 (16.29%) SQL
6 79 (8.94%) Go
7 69 (7.81%) Ruby
8 63 (7.13%) Perl
9 54 (6.11%) TypeScript
10 49 (5.54%) Bash
11 28 (3.17%) PowerShell
12 26 (2.94%) ES6
13 24 (2.71%) PHP 7
14 23 (2.60%) VB
15 22 (2.49%) VB.NET
16 15 (1.70%) Shell Script
17 10 (1.13%) T-SQL
18 9 (1.02%) VBA
18 9 (1.02%) VBScript
19 7 (0.79%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 29 (3.28%) Security Cleared
2 21 (2.38%) SC Cleared
3 18 (2.04%) Degree
4 11 (1.24%) RHCE
5 10 (1.13%) RHCSA
6 8 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (0.68%) CISSP
7 6 (0.68%) CSSLP
8 5 (0.57%) CEH
8 5 (0.57%) GIAC
9 4 (0.45%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.34%) AWS Certification
11 2 (0.23%) CCNA
11 2 (0.23%) CCNP
11 2 (0.23%) Numerate Degree
11 2 (0.23%) VCAP
11 2 (0.23%) VCP6
11 2 (0.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.11%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 1 (0.11%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (4.86%) QA
2 28 (3.17%) Accessibility
3 9 (1.02%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.02%) WCAG
4 5 (0.57%) Actionable Recommendations
5 4 (0.45%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.45%) GDPR
5 4 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 3 (0.34%) SLA
7 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.11%) GxP
7 1 (0.11%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 115 (13.01%) Docker
2 30 (3.39%) Active Directory
3 15 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (1.02%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 7 (0.79%) vSphere
7 4 (0.45%) FreeRADIUS
7 4 (0.45%) NFS
8 2 (0.23%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.23%) Postfix
8 2 (0.23%) Shibboleth
8 2 (0.23%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.11%) GlusterFS
9 1 (0.11%) iptables
9 1 (0.11%) Snort
Systems Management
1 74 (8.37%) Ansible
2 72 (8.14%) Terraform
3 49 (5.54%) Kubernetes
4 23 (2.60%) Puppet
5 19 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
6 17 (1.92%) Grafana
7 13 (1.47%) Argo
7 13 (1.47%) Prometheus
8 12 (1.36%) Kibana
8 12 (1.36%) Nessus
9 9 (1.02%) Packer
10 6 (0.68%) HAProxy
10 6 (0.68%) HP Fortify
10 6 (0.68%) WebInspect
11 3 (0.34%) PowerCLI
11 3 (0.34%) QRadar
11 3 (0.34%) SCCM
11 3 (0.34%) vCenter Server
11 3 (0.34%) ZABBIX
12 2 (0.23%) Podman
Vendors
1 45 (5.09%) Microsoft
2 37 (4.19%) Google
3 36 (4.07%) Red Hat
4 33 (3.73%) Oracle
5 32 (3.62%) Zend
6 29 (3.28%) VMware
7 22 (2.49%) SAP
8 21 (2.38%) MuleSoft
9 20 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
10 17 (1.92%) HP
11 14 (1.58%) Atlassian
12 11 (1.24%) Apple
12 11 (1.24%) Checkmarx
12 11 (1.24%) WooCommerce
13 10 (1.13%) Gigya
13 10 (1.13%) hybris
13 10 (1.13%) Okta
13 10 (1.13%) Ping Identity
13 10 (1.13%) SaltStack
14 9 (1.02%) Dell