The median contractor rate for a Programmer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 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.

Programmer
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 453 477 362
Rank change year-on-year +24 -115  
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 157 179 316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.33% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.35% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 114 197
Median daily rate £450 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.12% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £480 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £375 £325
% change year-on-year +16.66% +15.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 12
Median hourly rate £50.00 £33.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.51% -14.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.30 £20.78 £23.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.50 £37.60 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £33.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +51.51% -17.50%  

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 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Programmer in the UK

Programmer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 -16 125 £450 +12.50% 53
London +5 64 £450 +12.50% 16
South East +9 29 £413 -8.33% 10
Scotland +33 13 £313 -16.66% 1
West Sussex +13 8 £325 -27.77% 1
Sussex - 8 £463 -
Crawley 0 7 £325 -27.77% 1
West Midlands +22 6 £400 -12.08% 6
City of London -6 6 £450 -5.26% 7
Berkshire +28 5 £315 -21.25% 1
Edinburgh +20 5 £285 -28.75% 1
South West +4 4 £450 +27.65% 2
North West +2 4 £550 +46.66% 2
Stirling - 4 £475 -
Yorkshire +27 3 £325 +4.83% 2
Surrey +8 3 £475 +58.33% 3
East of England -20 3 £338 +14.40% 14
Belfast - 3 - -
County Antrim - 3 - -
Northern Ireland - 3 - -
Tyne and Wear +72 2 - -
North East +71 2 - -
Leeds +15 2 £381 -4.68%
Birmingham +13 2 £350 -23.07% 3
Cheshire +13 2 £550 +57.14% 1
West Yorkshire +12 2 £381 +22.98%
Manchester +9 2 - - 1
Sunderland +6 2 - -
Glasgow +5 2 - -
East Midlands -7 2 £363 -7.64% 1

Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 137 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (39.20%) Java
3 100 (30.86%) SQL
4 93 (28.70%) Linux
5 85 (26.23%) CSS
6 77 (23.77%) Open Source
7 69 (21.30%) XML
7 69 (21.30%) Scala
8 68 (20.99%) Docker
9 67 (20.68%) Microservices
10 64 (19.75%) Puppet
11 63 (19.44%) MongoDB
12 61 (18.83%) JavaScript
12 61 (18.83%) C#
12 61 (18.83%) JSON
13 58 (17.90%) IntelliJ
13 58 (17.90%) Play Framework
14 55 (16.98%) NoSQL
15 52 (16.05%) Finance
16 40 (12.35%) .NET
17 38 (11.73%) Oracle
18 37 (11.42%) C++
19 36 (11.11%) C
20 34 (10.49%) Software Engineering
21 33 (10.19%) HTML
22 31 (9.57%) SQL Server
23 30 (9.26%) Degree
23 30 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
24 27 (8.33%) Unix
24 27 (8.33%) Microsoft

Programmer Skill Set
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 18 (5.56%) SAS
2 11 (3.40%) CMS
3 10 (3.09%) WebSphere
4 7 (2.16%) Tomcat
5 6 (1.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 6 (1.85%) GlassFish
5 6 (1.85%) JBoss
5 6 (1.85%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.85%) WebLogic
6 5 (1.54%) Apache Spark
6 5 (1.54%) Drupal
7 3 (0.93%) CICS
8 2 (0.62%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.62%) MQSeries
8 2 (0.62%) OpenEdge
9 1 (0.31%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.31%) Liferay
9 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.31%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 13 (4.01%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.23%) SPSS
4 2 (0.62%) S-PLUS
5 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.31%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.31%) Cognos TM1
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.31%) Movex
2 1 (0.31%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 12 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (3.40%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.62%) Adobe Analytics
3 2 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.62%) GitHub
3 2 (0.62%) SaaS
4 1 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (0.31%) Google App Engine
4 1 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.31%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.23%) TCP/IP
2 3 (0.93%) FTP
2 3 (0.93%) HTTP
2 3 (0.93%) LAN
2 3 (0.93%) SSL
2 3 (0.93%) WAN
2 3 (0.93%) X.25
3 2 (0.62%) Kerberos
3 2 (0.62%) SSH
4 1 (0.31%) Link 11
4 1 (0.31%) Tactical Data Link
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (19.44%) MongoDB
2 55 (16.98%) NoSQL
3 31 (9.57%) SQL Server
4 20 (6.17%) Oracle Database
5 16 (4.94%) Oracle Database 12c
6 15 (4.63%) Oracle Database 11g
7 12 (3.70%) Big Data
7 12 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (3.40%) Hadoop
8 11 (3.40%) MySQL
9 10 (3.09%) DB2
10 9 (2.78%) Relational Database
11 8 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
11 8 (2.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (1.23%) BusinessObjects
12 4 (1.23%) QlikView
12 4 (1.23%) RDBMS
12 4 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 3 (0.93%) Apache Hive
14 2 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 58 (17.90%) IntelliJ
2 20 (6.17%) Git (software)
3 17 (5.25%) Jenkins
4 16 (4.94%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (4.94%) Visual Studio
5 14 (4.32%) ProC
6 6 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 6 (1.85%) Hudson
6 6 (1.85%) Jasmine
7 5 (1.54%) JUnit
7 5 (1.54%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (1.54%) Vagrant
8 4 (1.23%) JIRA
9 3 (0.93%) Maven
9 3 (0.93%) NUnit
9 3 (0.93%) Selenium
9 3 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.62%) Grunt
10 2 (0.62%) gulp
10 2 (0.62%) Robot Framework
General
1 52 (16.05%) Finance
2 23 (7.10%) Banking
3 10 (3.09%) Front Office
3 10 (3.09%) Games
4 9 (2.78%) Pharmaceutical
5 6 (1.85%) Investment Banking
6 5 (1.54%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.93%) Retail
8 2 (0.62%) Legal
8 2 (0.62%) Marketing
8 2 (0.62%) Publishing
9 1 (0.31%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (26.23%) CSS
2 69 (21.30%) XML
3 61 (18.83%) JSON
4 58 (17.90%) Play Framework
5 40 (12.35%) .NET
6 33 (10.19%) HTML
7 26 (8.02%) REST
8 24 (7.41%) AngularJS
8 24 (7.41%) Web Services
9 18 (5.56%) Spring
10 13 (4.01%) Hibernate
11 12 (3.70%) .NET Framework
12 11 (3.40%) J2EE
12 11 (3.40%) jQuery
12 11 (3.40%) Node.js
12 11 (3.40%) SOAP
13 9 (2.78%) Elastic Stack
13 9 (2.78%) Entity Framework
14 8 (2.47%) HTML5
14 8 (2.47%) React
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (6.17%) Computer Science
3 11 (3.40%) Mainframe
3 11 (3.40%) Mobile App
4 8 (2.47%) AS400
5 7 (2.16%) Fixed Income
6 6 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (1.54%) Fintech
7 5 (1.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 5 (1.54%) iSeries
7 5 (1.54%) NHS
7 5 (1.54%) User Experience
8 4 (1.23%) Equities
9 3 (0.93%) Clustering
9 3 (0.93%) Derivative
9 3 (0.93%) Equity Derivative
9 3 (0.93%) Exotic Derivative
9 3 (0.93%) Life Science
9 3 (0.93%) LPAR
10 2 (0.62%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 93 (28.70%) Linux
2 27 (8.33%) Unix
3 16 (4.94%) Windows
4 11 (3.40%) Android
5 10 (3.09%) Apple iOS
6 9 (2.78%) Ubuntu
7 6 (1.85%) zOS
8 2 (0.62%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.62%) Solaris
8 2 (0.62%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.62%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.31%) AIX
9 1 (0.31%) CentOS
9 1 (0.31%) MVS
9 1 (0.31%) VMS
9 1 (0.31%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (23.77%) Open Source
3 67 (20.68%) Microservices
4 34 (10.49%) Software Engineering
5 30 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
6 26 (8.02%) Scrum
7 23 (7.10%) TDD
8 20 (6.17%) MVC
9 19 (5.86%) Mathematics
10 18 (5.56%) OO
11 15 (4.63%) DevOps
11 15 (4.63%) Multithreading
12 14 (4.32%) ETL
13 13 (4.01%) Front End Development
14 12 (3.70%) SDLC
15 11 (3.40%) Business Intelligence
15 11 (3.40%) Test Automation
16 10 (3.09%) Inversion of Control
16 10 (3.09%) Investment Management
16 10 (3.09%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 127 (39.20%) Java
2 100 (30.86%) SQL
3 69 (21.30%) Scala
4 61 (18.83%) C#
4 61 (18.83%) JavaScript
5 37 (11.42%) C++
6 36 (11.11%) C
7 24 (7.41%) Python
8 20 (6.17%) PL/SQL
9 18 (5.56%) RPG
10 17 (5.25%) T-SQL
11 15 (4.63%) Shell Script
12 12 (3.70%) VBA
13 11 (3.40%) PHP
13 11 (3.40%) RPG IV
14 10 (3.09%) Assembly Language
14 10 (3.09%) Ruby
15 9 (2.78%) PowerShell
16 8 (2.47%) R
17 7 (2.16%) Perl
Qualifications
1 30 (9.26%) Degree
2 4 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
2 4 (1.23%) Numerate Degree
3 3 (0.93%) CFA
3 3 (0.93%) MBA
3 3 (0.93%) Security Cleared
4 2 (0.62%) PhD
4 2 (0.62%) Postgraduate
4 2 (0.62%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.31%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.31%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.31%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.31%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.16%) CDISC
2 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.31%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (0.31%) EMIR
2 1 (0.31%) ISO 15022
2 1 (0.31%) ISO 20022
2 1 (0.31%) MiFID
2 1 (0.31%) QA
System Software
1 68 (20.99%) Docker
2 3 (0.93%) HDFS
2 3 (0.93%) RACF
3 2 (0.62%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 2 (0.62%) Samba
3 2 (0.62%) Time Sharing Option
4 1 (0.31%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.31%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 64 (19.75%) Puppet
2 7 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (1.54%) Ansible
4 3 (0.93%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.93%) Tivoli NetView
4 3 (0.93%) zSecure
5 2 (0.62%) Oozie
6 1 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.31%) vRealize
Vendors
1 38 (11.73%) Oracle
2 27 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 11 (3.40%) Sybase
4 10 (3.09%) IBM
5 9 (2.78%) Apple
5 9 (2.78%) SAP
6 6 (1.85%) Adobe
6 6 (1.85%) hybris
6 6 (1.85%) webMethods
7 5 (1.54%) CA
7 5 (1.54%) Informatica
7 5 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (1.23%) Ab Initio
8 4 (1.23%) Atlassian
8 4 (1.23%) Infragistics
8 4 (1.23%) Teradata
9 3 (0.93%) Progress
9 3 (0.93%) ServiceNow
9 3 (0.93%) Siemens
10 2 (0.62%) HP
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