The median contractor rate for a Programmer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Programmer
UK
Rank 426 451 350
Rank change year-on-year +25 -101  
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 170 193 292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.36% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.38% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 126 200
Median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £309 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £501 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £342
% change year-on-year +12.50% +16.95%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 5
Median hourly rate £52.50 £28.63 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +83.40% -32.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £15.00 £18.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.50 £44.18 £123.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £70.00 £15.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +366.66% -64.70%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Programmer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Programmer in the UK

Programmer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Programmer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Programmer in the UK

Programmer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Programmer over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Programmer in the UK

Programmer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Programmer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Programmer in the UK

Programmer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Programmer over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Programmer in the UK

Programmer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 157 £450 +12.50% 78
London +29 79 £450 +5.88% 27
South East +25 35 £475 +16.92% 17
West Midlands +8 18 £450 - 7
West Sussex +4 12 £481 +8.45% 3
Scotland +20 9 £300 -27.71% 3
City of London -2 9 £525 +10.52% 7
North West +24 7 £350 +5.66% 3
Hampshire +14 7 £388 +14.81% 2
Surrey +14 6 - - 3
Glasgow +7 6 £300 -3.22% 1
West Yorkshire +10 5 £525 +55.55% 2
Leeds +8 5 £525 +55.55% 1
Yorkshire +6 5 £525 +55.55% 2
East of England -7 4 £450 - 14
Berkshire +24 3 £500 +29.03% 1
Manchester +10 3 £300 -4.00% 1
East Sussex +7 3 £233 -35.86% 1
East Midlands -2 3 £283 -
Birmingham -3 3 £388 +13.97% 5
Portsmouth - 3 £480 -
Bracknell - 3 £500 -
Staffordshire - 3 £225 -
Crawley +8 2 £308 -38.50%
Cambridgeshire +6 2 - - 8
Brighton +2 2 £233 -35.86%
Ipswich - 2 £450 -
Guildford - 2 - -
Cambridge - 2 - - 7
Stoke-on-Trent - 2 £225 -

Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Programmer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Programmer in the job title.

1 102 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (36.76%) Java
3 85 (31.25%) SQL
4 68 (25.00%) C#
5 61 (22.43%) Linux
6 53 (19.49%) .NET
7 52 (19.12%) CSS
7 52 (19.12%) Scala
8 49 (18.01%) XML
9 46 (16.91%) JavaScript
10 42 (15.44%) Finance
10 42 (15.44%) Open Source
11 40 (14.71%) Puppet
11 40 (14.71%) Microservices
12 39 (14.34%) MongoDB
12 39 (14.34%) JSON
12 39 (14.34%) SQL Server
13 37 (13.60%) Docker
14 36 (13.24%) IntelliJ
14 36 (13.24%) Play Framework
15 34 (12.50%) Degree
15 34 (12.50%) C++
16 33 (12.13%) Software Engineering
17 31 (11.40%) NoSQL
18 29 (10.66%) Oracle
19 25 (9.19%) MVC
19 25 (9.19%) Computer Science
19 25 (9.19%) Continuous Integration
20 24 (8.82%) AngularJS
20 24 (8.82%) Visual Studio

Programmer Skill Set
Top Related 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 13 (4.78%) SAS
2 9 (3.31%) WebSphere
3 7 (2.57%) Apache Spark
4 6 (2.21%) Tomcat
5 5 (1.84%) GlassFish
5 5 (1.84%) JBoss
5 5 (1.84%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.84%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.10%) CMS
6 3 (1.10%) Drupal
7 2 (0.74%) CICS
7 2 (0.74%) Liferay
8 1 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.37%) Documentum
8 1 (0.37%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.37%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.37%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 22 (8.09%) MS Excel
2 14 (5.15%) MS Office
3 5 (1.84%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.10%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.74%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.37%) Misys Midas
2 1 (0.37%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 13 (4.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.21%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.74%) GitHub
4 1 (0.37%) Adobe Analytics
4 1 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.37%) Google App Engine
4 1 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.37%) Office 365
4 1 (0.37%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.84%) LAN
1 5 (1.84%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.10%) FTP
2 3 (1.10%) WAN
2 3 (1.10%) X.25
3 2 (0.74%) HTTP
3 2 (0.74%) SSL
4 1 (0.37%) IP Telephony
4 1 (0.37%) SNMP
4 1 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.37%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (14.34%) MongoDB
1 39 (14.34%) SQL Server
2 31 (11.40%) NoSQL
3 11 (4.04%) Big Data
3 11 (4.04%) Relational Database
4 10 (3.68%) Hadoop
4 10 (3.68%) Oracle Database
5 8 (2.94%) MySQL
6 7 (2.57%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (2.57%) Oracle Database 11g
7 6 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (2.21%) DB2
7 6 (2.21%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (1.84%) Crystal Reports
8 5 (1.84%) RDBMS
9 4 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (1.10%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (1.10%) MS Access
10 3 (1.10%) SAP BW
10 3 (1.10%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 36 (13.24%) IntelliJ
2 24 (8.82%) Visual Studio
3 23 (8.46%) Git (software)
4 17 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 14 (5.15%) Jenkins
6 7 (2.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (1.84%) Hudson
8 4 (1.47%) Eclipse
9 3 (1.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (1.10%) JUnit
9 3 (1.10%) NUnit
9 3 (1.10%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (1.10%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (1.10%) ProC
9 3 (1.10%) Subversion
9 3 (1.10%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.74%) Bower
10 2 (0.74%) Grunt
10 2 (0.74%) JIRA
10 2 (0.74%) Moq
General
1 42 (15.44%) Finance
2 16 (5.88%) Banking
3 13 (4.78%) Front Office
3 13 (4.78%) Games
4 7 (2.57%) Pharmaceutical
5 5 (1.84%) Financial Institution
5 5 (1.84%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.10%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.10%) Publishing
7 2 (0.74%) Legal
7 2 (0.74%) Marketing
8 1 (0.37%) Back Office
8 1 (0.37%) Electronics
8 1 (0.37%) Private Banking
8 1 (0.37%) Retail
8 1 (0.37%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (19.49%) .NET
2 52 (19.12%) CSS
3 49 (18.01%) XML
4 39 (14.34%) JSON
5 36 (13.24%) Play Framework
6 24 (8.82%) AngularJS
7 20 (7.35%) .NET Framework
8 19 (6.99%) HTML
8 19 (6.99%) Web Services
9 18 (6.62%) Entity Framework
10 12 (4.41%) jQuery
10 12 (4.41%) Spring
11 10 (3.68%) ASP.NET
11 10 (3.68%) ASP.NET MVC
11 10 (3.68%) J2EE
11 10 (3.68%) LINQ
11 10 (3.68%) Node.js
11 10 (3.68%) REST
11 10 (3.68%) Unity (Game Engine)
12 9 (3.31%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 25 (9.19%) Computer Science
2 24 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (4.04%) Equities
4 10 (3.68%) Fixed Income
5 8 (2.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 8 (2.94%) Mainframe
6 6 (2.21%) AS400
6 6 (2.21%) Fintech
6 6 (2.21%) NHS
7 5 (1.84%) Xbox
8 4 (1.47%) Derivative
8 4 (1.47%) iSeries
9 3 (1.10%) Equity Derivative
9 3 (1.10%) Exotic Derivative
9 3 (1.10%) Life Science
9 3 (1.10%) LPAR
10 2 (0.74%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.74%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.74%) Mobile Games
10 2 (0.74%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 61 (22.43%) Linux
2 20 (7.35%) Unix
3 13 (4.78%) Windows
4 9 (3.31%) Ubuntu
5 4 (1.47%) zOS
6 3 (1.10%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.74%) Android
7 2 (0.74%) Solaris
7 2 (0.74%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.74%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.37%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.37%) MVS
8 1 (0.37%) VME
8 1 (0.37%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.37%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (15.44%) Open Source
3 40 (14.71%) Microservices
4 33 (12.13%) Software Engineering
5 25 (9.19%) Continuous Integration
5 25 (9.19%) MVC
6 22 (8.09%) Mathematics
6 22 (8.09%) TDD
7 20 (7.35%) Scrum
7 20 (7.35%) SDLC
8 18 (6.62%) OO
9 14 (5.15%) Investment Management
10 13 (4.78%) Asset Management
11 12 (4.41%) Waterfall
12 11 (4.04%) Web Development
13 10 (3.68%) Inversion of Control
13 10 (3.68%) Migration
13 10 (3.68%) Workflow
14 9 (3.31%) Dependency Injection
14 9 (3.31%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 100 (36.76%) Java
2 85 (31.25%) SQL
3 68 (25.00%) C#
4 52 (19.12%) Scala
5 46 (16.91%) JavaScript
6 34 (12.50%) C++
7 23 (8.46%) T-SQL
8 20 (7.35%) C
9 15 (5.51%) PL/SQL
10 14 (5.15%) VBA
11 13 (4.78%) Shell Script
12 11 (4.04%) Python
12 11 (4.04%) RPG
13 10 (3.68%) COBOL
14 9 (3.31%) PowerShell
14 9 (3.31%) Ruby
15 7 (2.57%) RPG IV
15 7 (2.57%) TypeScript
16 6 (2.21%) PHP
17 5 (1.84%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (12.50%) Degree
2 10 (3.68%) Security Cleared
3 8 (2.94%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.10%) CFA
4 3 (1.10%) MBA
5 2 (0.74%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.37%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.37%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.47%) QA
2 3 (1.10%) CDISC
3 2 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.37%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.37%) EMIR
4 1 (0.37%) ISO15022
4 1 (0.37%) ISO20022
4 1 (0.37%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 37 (13.60%) Docker
2 2 (0.74%) Samba
Systems Management
1 40 (14.71%) Puppet
2 3 (1.10%) Ansible
2 3 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (1.10%) Tivoli NetView
3 1 (0.37%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.37%) Oozie
3 1 (0.37%) vRealize
Vendors
1 29 (10.66%) Oracle
2 23 (8.46%) Microsoft
3 13 (4.78%) SAP
4 11 (4.04%) Sybase
5 5 (1.84%) hybris
5 5 (1.84%) IBM
5 5 (1.84%) Teradata
5 5 (1.84%) webMethods
6 4 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (1.47%) Siemens
7 3 (1.10%) Ab Initio
7 3 (1.10%) Atlassian
7 3 (1.10%) CA
7 3 (1.10%) Infragistics
8 2 (0.74%) HP
8 2 (0.74%) Informatica
8 2 (0.74%) ServiceNow
8 2 (0.74%) Typemock
8 2 (0.74%) Xamarin
9 1 (0.37%) MuleSoft
West Sussex
Bentley Whitaker
Rate: £425 - £500+ per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
North
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Rate: £425 - £500+ per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North of England
Bentley Whitaker
Rate: £425 - £500+ per day
Posted: 4 days ago
UK Wide
Bentley Whitaker
Rate: £450 - £500+ per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
TIMES Resources Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
University Of Cambridge
Rate: From £25,298 to £38,183 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
England
Aerotek
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