Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 219 192 169
Rank change year-on-year -27 -23 -34
Contract jobs citing PHP 881 525 1,549
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.24% 1.40% 1.68%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.07% 3.38% 3.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 620 345 1,107
10th Percentile £250 £263 £256
25th Percentile £325 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £420 £400
Median % change year-on-year -1.79% +5.00% +3.23%
75th Percentile £500 £500 £488
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 18
10th Percentile £19.45 £16.25 £23.83
25th Percentile £29.94 £21.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate £44.00 £25.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year +76.00% -28.57% +20.69%
75th Percentile £57.50 £27.50 £39.19
90th Percentile £58.38 £35.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.86 £13.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +158.24% -55.00% +36.36%

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 28,659 15,518 39,154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.26% 41.36% 42.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,263 10,946 27,395
10th Percentile £350 £325 £324
25th Percentile £413 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.22%
75th Percentile £606 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 273 666
10th Percentile £16.22 £16.50 £20.23
25th Percentile £25.00 £21.57 £33.06
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £44.50
Median % change year-on-year - -4.49% +8.54%
75th Percentile £54.88 £50.00 £50.84
90th Percentile £64.75 £57.90 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -3.53% -5.56% +9.76%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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 -22 723 £406 -3.45% 1,033
UK excluding London -17 359 £375 -6.25% 838
London -43 338 £450 +5.88% 246
Work from Home -72 329 £416 - 276
North of England -6 113 £388 +5.44% 299
South East -15 83 £350 -22.22% 133
North West -4 64 £380 -7.32% 163
South West +18 60 £400 -4.48% 137
Yorkshire +4 47 £400 +6.67% 112
Midlands -17 45 £275 -15.38% 150
East of England -25 29 £375 -6.25% 63
East Midlands -1 25 £250 -23.08% 62
West Midlands -37 20 £281 -19.64% 88
Scotland -65 17 £450 +5.14% 34
Wales -9 10 £475 +22.58% 14
North East -9 2 £160 -46.67% 24
Northern Ireland - 2 £450 - 7

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 413 (46.88%) JavaScript
2 289 (32.80%) HTML
3 281 (31.90%) MySQL
4 274 (31.10%) CSS
5 237 (26.90%) Agile Software Development
6 216 (24.52%) Git (software)
7 214 (24.29%) Laravel
8 192 (21.79%) DevOps
9 191 (21.68%) Docker
10 180 (20.43%) AWS
11 178 (20.20%) Python
12 158 (17.93%) Java
13 149 (16.91%) SQL
14 147 (16.69%) React
15 144 (16.35%) Linux
16 142 (16.12%) Social Skills
17 141 (16.00%) Azure
18 121 (13.73%) Node.js
19 120 (13.62%) AngularJS
20 118 (13.39%) E-Commerce
21 108 (12.26%) HTML5
22 98 (11.12%) Jenkins
23 92 (10.44%) MVC
23 92 (10.44%) Symfony
24 91 (10.33%) CSS3
25 90 (10.22%) Web Development
26 89 (10.10%) TDD
26 89 (10.10%) Vue.js
27 88 (9.99%) Software Engineering
28 87 (9.88%) Magento

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 78 (8.85%) WordPress
2 74 (8.40%) Drupal
3 50 (5.68%) CMS
4 44 (4.99%) Apache
5 22 (2.50%) Elasticsearch
6 18 (2.04%) IBM Domino
7 15 (1.70%) Apache Solr
8 13 (1.48%) SharePoint
9 12 (1.36%) Confluence
9 12 (1.36%) Tomcat
10 11 (1.25%) Jadu
10 11 (1.25%) nginx
11 8 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
11 8 (0.91%) WebSphere
11 8 (0.91%) WebSphere Application Server
12 6 (0.68%) Apache Pig
12 6 (0.68%) Apache ServiceMix
12 6 (0.68%) IIS
12 6 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 4 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 12 (1.36%) Sketch
2 9 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.79%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 7 (0.79%) InVision
4 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.45%) Figma
6 3 (0.34%) Adobe XD
7 2 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.23%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.23%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 87 (9.88%) Magento
2 18 (2.04%) Shopify
3 7 (0.79%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.34%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 180 (20.43%) AWS
2 141 (16.00%) Azure
3 53 (6.02%) GCP
4 42 (4.77%) GitHub
5 37 (4.20%) PaaS
6 34 (3.86%) Serverless
7 31 (3.52%) SaaS
8 22 (2.50%) IaaS
9 21 (2.38%) AWS CloudFormation
10 19 (2.16%) npm
11 16 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
11 16 (1.82%) AWS Lambda
12 14 (1.59%) Amazon S3
13 11 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
14 9 (1.02%) Amazon EKS
14 9 (1.02%) OpenShift
15 8 (0.91%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 7 (0.79%) Amazon ECS
16 7 (0.79%) Oracle CX
16 7 (0.79%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.18%) DNS
2 26 (2.95%) Firewall
3 22 (2.50%) HTTP
3 22 (2.50%) Internet
4 18 (2.04%) SSH
5 17 (1.93%) SSL
6 12 (1.36%) SAN
6 12 (1.36%) TCP/IP
7 9 (1.02%) LAN
7 9 (1.02%) SNMP
7 9 (1.02%) TACACS
8 8 (0.91%) FTP
8 8 (0.91%) WAN
9 6 (0.68%) Intranet
10 5 (0.57%) 2G
10 5 (0.57%) IPv4
11 3 (0.34%) HTTPS
11 3 (0.34%) Wireshark
12 2 (0.23%) VLAN
12 2 (0.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 281 (31.90%) MySQL
2 54 (6.13%) PostgreSQL
3 42 (4.77%) MongoDB
4 40 (4.54%) SQL Server
5 33 (3.75%) NoSQL
6 30 (3.41%) Relational Database
7 26 (2.95%) Redis
8 23 (2.61%) MariaDB
9 19 (2.16%) Big Data
10 15 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (1.59%) Azure SQL Database
11 14 (1.59%) Oracle Database
12 11 (1.25%) Amazon RDS
12 11 (1.25%) Apache Cassandra
12 11 (1.25%) RDBMS
13 8 (0.91%) Data Lake
14 7 (0.79%) DB2
15 5 (0.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 5 (0.57%) BigQuery
15 5 (0.57%) Riak
Development Applications
1 216 (24.52%) Git (software)
2 98 (11.12%) Jenkins
3 52 (5.90%) JIRA
4 33 (3.75%) Bitbucket
5 31 (3.52%) webpack
6 25 (2.84%) Grunt
7 23 (2.61%) gulp
7 23 (2.61%) PHPUnit
8 17 (1.93%) Subversion
9 16 (1.82%) Bower
10 14 (1.59%) Visual Studio
11 10 (1.14%) Maven
11 10 (1.14%) Selenium
12 9 (1.02%) Cypress.io
12 9 (1.02%) GitLab
12 9 (1.02%) Vagrant
13 8 (0.91%) Eclipse
13 8 (0.91%) fastlane
13 8 (0.91%) JUnit
13 8 (0.91%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 142 (16.12%) Social Skills
2 67 (7.60%) Finance
3 46 (5.22%) Marketing
4 39 (4.43%) Banking
5 35 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (3.29%) Public Sector
7 23 (2.61%) Retail
8 15 (1.70%) Organisational Skills
9 12 (1.36%) Investment Banking
9 12 (1.36%) Law
9 12 (1.36%) Telecoms
10 11 (1.25%) Documentation Skills
11 9 (1.02%) Legal
12 8 (0.91%) Presentation Skills
13 7 (0.79%) Automotive
13 7 (0.79%) Manufacturing
14 6 (0.68%) Front Office
14 6 (0.68%) Games
14 6 (0.68%) German Language
15 5 (0.57%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 572 (64.93%) Developer
2 321 (36.44%) PHP Developer
3 92 (10.44%) Full Stack Developer
4 60 (6.81%) Senior Developer
5 50 (5.68%) PHP Laravel Developer
6 45 (5.11%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 42 (4.77%) React Developer
8 41 (4.65%) Architect
9 36 (4.09%) Backend Developer
9 36 (4.09%) DevOps Engineer
9 36 (4.09%) Drupal Developer
10 30 (3.41%) JavaScript Developer
11 29 (3.29%) Magento Developer
12 28 (3.18%) Software Engineer
13 26 (2.95%) Senior PHP Developer
13 26 (2.95%) WordPress Developer
14 24 (2.72%) Consultant
15 22 (2.50%) Web Developer
16 21 (2.38%) Administrator
17 19 (2.16%) MySQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 289 (32.80%) HTML
2 274 (31.10%) CSS
3 214 (24.29%) Laravel
4 147 (16.69%) React
5 121 (13.73%) Node.js
6 120 (13.62%) AngularJS
7 108 (12.26%) HTML5
8 92 (10.44%) Symfony
9 91 (10.33%) CSS3
10 89 (10.10%) Vue.js
11 82 (9.31%) Web Services
12 80 (9.08%) Sass
13 72 (8.17%) jQuery
14 58 (6.58%) .NET
14 58 (6.58%) LAMP
15 57 (6.47%) REST
16 50 (5.68%) JSON
17 47 (5.33%) RESTful
18 45 (5.11%) LESS
18 45 (5.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.11%) User Experience
2 31 (3.52%) Greenfield Project
3 26 (2.95%) Mobile App
4 24 (2.72%) Management Information System
5 18 (2.04%) Social Media
6 17 (1.93%) Data Centre
7 16 (1.82%) Cloud Native
8 15 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
9 14 (1.59%) Legacy Systems
9 14 (1.59%) Public Cloud
10 12 (1.36%) Data Structures
10 12 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
11 10 (1.14%) Data Protection Act
11 10 (1.14%) iPad
12 9 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
12 9 (1.02%) Taxonomies
13 8 (0.91%) iPhone
14 6 (0.68%) Clustering
14 6 (0.68%) Equities
14 6 (0.68%) Legacy Applications
Operating Systems
1 144 (16.35%) Linux
2 53 (6.02%) Windows
3 38 (4.31%) Unix
4 21 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 14 (1.59%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.48%) Ubuntu
7 10 (1.14%) Android
7 10 (1.14%) CentOS
8 9 (1.02%) Mac OS X
8 9 (1.02%) Windows Server
9 8 (0.91%) Debian
10 6 (0.68%) VMS
11 5 (0.57%) AIX
11 5 (0.57%) Kali Linux
12 3 (0.34%) Alpine Linux
12 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.23%) Solaris
13 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2016
14 1 (0.11%) SUSE
14 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (26.90%) Agile Software Development
2 192 (21.79%) DevOps
3 118 (13.39%) E-Commerce
4 92 (10.44%) MVC
5 90 (10.22%) Web Development
6 89 (10.10%) TDD
7 88 (9.99%) Software Engineering
8 73 (8.29%) Problem-Solving
9 70 (7.95%) Front End Development
10 55 (6.24%) Test Automation
11 51 (5.79%) OOP
12 50 (5.68%) OO
13 47 (5.33%) Microservices
14 43 (4.88%) Scrum
15 38 (4.31%) Migration
16 35 (3.97%) SEO
17 34 (3.86%) Mentoring
18 31 (3.52%) Continuous Integration
19 30 (3.41%) Infrastructure as Code
19 30 (3.41%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 413 (46.88%) JavaScript
2 178 (20.20%) Python
3 158 (17.93%) Java
4 149 (16.91%) SQL
5 78 (8.85%) Perl
6 74 (8.40%) Bash Shell
6 74 (8.40%) C#
7 59 (6.70%) Go
7 59 (6.70%) Ruby
8 53 (6.02%) PowerShell
9 47 (5.33%) TypeScript
10 33 (3.75%) C++
11 32 (3.63%) Shell Script
12 31 (3.52%) ES6
13 26 (2.95%) PHP 7
14 25 (2.84%) C
14 25 (2.84%) VB
15 14 (1.59%) ES7
16 9 (1.02%) Scala
17 8 (0.91%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (3.18%) Security Cleared
2 26 (2.95%) Degree
3 14 (1.59%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.36%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (0.68%) CISSP
7 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (0.34%) AWS Certification
8 3 (0.34%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.23%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.23%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.11%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.11%) CCNA
10 1 (0.11%) CEH
10 1 (0.11%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.11%) CISM
10 1 (0.11%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.11%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.11%) RHCE
10 1 (0.11%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.20%) Accessibility
2 20 (2.27%) QA
3 16 (1.82%) GDPR
4 8 (0.91%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.34%) SLA
6 2 (0.23%) HL7
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.11%) SOC 2
7 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 191 (21.68%) Docker
2 21 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (2.27%) Active Directory
4 11 (1.25%) Hyper-V
5 9 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.68%) Postfix
6 6 (0.68%) qmail
7 4 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.23%) KVM
8 2 (0.23%) RACF
9 1 (0.11%) Ceph
9 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.11%) NFS
9 1 (0.11%) QEMU
9 1 (0.11%) Samba
9 1 (0.11%) Snort
9 1 (0.11%) Varnish
9 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.11%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 80 (9.08%) Kubernetes
2 62 (7.04%) Terraform
3 47 (5.33%) Ansible
4 29 (3.29%) Puppet
5 17 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (1.48%) SCCM
7 8 (0.91%) HP NNM
8 7 (0.79%) Grafana
8 7 (0.79%) Nagios
8 7 (0.79%) Packer
9 6 (0.68%) Prometheus
10 5 (0.57%) HP ALM
10 5 (0.57%) Nessus
10 5 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.45%) Galera Cluster
11 4 (0.45%) HP SIM
11 4 (0.45%) Icinga
11 4 (0.45%) Opsview
11 4 (0.45%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.34%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 78 (8.85%) Oracle
2 43 (4.88%) Microsoft
3 34 (3.86%) Google
4 28 (3.18%) HP
5 26 (2.95%) VMware
6 25 (2.84%) Red Hat
6 25 (2.84%) Zend
7 22 (2.50%) Salesforce.com
8 19 (2.16%) MuleSoft
9 18 (2.04%) Xerox
10 16 (1.82%) IBM
10 16 (1.82%) New Relic
11 12 (1.36%) Adobe
11 12 (1.36%) Dynatrace
11 12 (1.36%) Splunk
12 11 (1.25%) Cisco
12 11 (1.25%) hybris
12 11 (1.25%) SAP
13 10 (1.14%) 3PAR
13 10 (1.14%) Micro Focus