Period
to 20 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Programmer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

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.

Software Programmer
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 863 811 857
Rank change year-on-year -52 +46 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 21 37 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.021% 0.040% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.022% 0.042% 0.035%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 28 15
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £363 £262 £255
90th Percentile £580 £486 £423
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £413 £350
% change year-on-year +6.06% +17.86% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
UK median hourly rate - £37.25 £43.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -14.12% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £37.25 £43.38
% change year-on-year - -14.12% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96,041 87,961 101,443
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.86% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 57,163 65,399
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,023 3,334
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.96 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.43% -2.77% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

Software Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Software Programmer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Software Programmer in the UK

Software Programmer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Programmer in the UK

Software Programmer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Programmer over the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Programmer in the UK

Software Programmer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Programmer in the UK

Software Programmer
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Programmer within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 2018. 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 -45 21 £450 +12.50% 16
London -59 11 £450 +12.50% 3
UK excluding London -25 10 £438 +6.06% 15
South East -13 6 £450 +63.64% 2
East of England -1 3 £375 -11.76% 4
West Midlands +3 1 £375 -18.48% 3
Midlands -3 1 £375 -18.48% 3

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, Software Programmer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Software Programmer in the job title.

1 18 (85.71%) Software Engineering
2 17 (80.95%) Java
3 12 (57.14%) AngularJS
4 10 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (47.62%) Big Data
5 9 (42.86%) Spring
5 9 (42.86%) NoSQL
5 9 (42.86%) Scrum
5 9 (42.86%) E-Commerce
6 7 (33.33%) Relational Database
6 7 (33.33%) Spring Boot
7 6 (28.57%) JavaScript
8 4 (19.05%) C#
8 4 (19.05%) SQL
8 4 (19.05%) .NET
8 4 (19.05%) MongoDB
9 3 (14.29%) Linux
9 3 (14.29%) MVC
9 3 (14.29%) Finance
10 2 (9.52%) Hibernate
10 2 (9.52%) Banking
10 2 (9.52%) Telecoms
10 2 (9.52%) Python
10 2 (9.52%) ASP.NET
10 2 (9.52%) C++
10 2 (9.52%) PHP
10 2 (9.52%) 5G
10 2 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
10 2 (9.52%) Spring MVC
10 2 (9.52%) jQuery

Software 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 1 (4.76%) Apache Spark
1 1 (4.76%) CMS
1 1 (4.76%) IIS
1 1 (4.76%) Smallworld
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.76%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) 5G
2 1 (4.76%) 3GPP
2 1 (4.76%) Internet
2 1 (4.76%) LTE
2 1 (4.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (47.62%) Big Data
2 9 (42.86%) NoSQL
3 7 (33.33%) Relational Database
4 4 (19.05%) MongoDB
5 1 (4.76%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (4.76%) GIS
5 1 (4.76%) Hadoop
5 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Jenkins
2 1 (4.76%) Git (software)
2 1 (4.76%) Mercurial
2 1 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (14.29%) Finance
2 2 (9.52%) Banking
2 2 (9.52%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.76%) French Language
3 1 (4.76%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.76%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (4.76%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (57.14%) AngularJS
2 9 (42.86%) Spring
3 7 (33.33%) Spring Boot
4 4 (19.05%) .NET
5 2 (9.52%) ASP.NET
5 2 (9.52%) Hibernate
5 2 (9.52%) jQuery
5 2 (9.52%) REST
5 2 (9.52%) Spring MVC
6 1 (4.76%) .NET Core
6 1 (4.76%) .NET Framework
6 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (4.76%) Backbone.js
6 1 (4.76%) CSS
6 1 (4.76%) Entity Framework
6 1 (4.76%) HTML5
6 1 (4.76%) React
6 1 (4.76%) RequireJS
6 1 (4.76%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.76%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (4.76%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (4.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (14.29%) Linux
2 1 (4.76%) VxWorks
2 1 (4.76%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (85.71%) Software Engineering
2 10 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (42.86%) E-Commerce
3 9 (42.86%) Scrum
4 3 (14.29%) MVC
5 2 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
6 1 (4.76%) Content Management
6 1 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (4.76%) DevOps
6 1 (4.76%) Front End Development
6 1 (4.76%) Multithreading
6 1 (4.76%) Non-Blocking Code
6 1 (4.76%) OO
6 1 (4.76%) OpenUP
6 1 (4.76%) SDLC
6 1 (4.76%) Visual Effects
Programming Languages
1 17 (80.95%) Java
2 6 (28.57%) JavaScript
3 4 (19.05%) C#
3 4 (19.05%) SQL
4 2 (9.52%) C++
4 2 (9.52%) PHP
4 2 (9.52%) Python
5 1 (4.76%) C
5 1 (4.76%) Java 8
5 1 (4.76%) Magik
Qualifications
1 1 (4.76%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (4.76%) Degree
Vendors
1 1 (4.76%) Dynatrace
1 1 (4.76%) Micro Focus
1 1 (4.76%) SAP
1 1 (4.76%) Splunk