Period
to 21 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Programmer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 850 827 881
Rank change year-on-year -23 +54 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 41 31 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.039% 0.032% 0.028%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.041% 0.034% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 26 16
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +13.48% +6.42%
10th Percentile £359 £259 £294
90th Percentile £529 £519 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £306 £355
% change year-on-year +42.86% -13.73% +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £42.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £42.25

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 98,820 91,098 104,627
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,745 59,055 68,056
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,198 2,930 3,131
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.40
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 21 July 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 9 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 21 July 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 -20 40 £450 +12.50% 8
London -49 24 £450 +5.88% 1
UK excluding London -5 16 £438 +42.86% 8
South East -8 9 £450 +68.22%
East of England 0 3 £291 -13.70% 2
Midlands - 3 £413 - 2
East Midlands - 2 £450 -
South West - 1 £400 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £375 - 2

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 35 (85.37%) Software Engineering
2 27 (65.85%) Java
3 23 (56.10%) AngularJS
4 22 (53.66%) Agile Software Development
5 21 (51.22%) Big Data
6 20 (48.78%) E-Commerce
6 20 (48.78%) Scrum
7 18 (43.90%) NoSQL
7 18 (43.90%) Spring
8 16 (39.02%) Spring Boot
8 16 (39.02%) Relational Database
9 9 (21.95%) JavaScript
10 8 (19.51%) SQL
11 7 (17.07%) Finance
11 7 (17.07%) .NET
11 7 (17.07%) C#
12 5 (12.20%) Python
13 4 (9.76%) REST
13 4 (9.76%) MongoDB
14 3 (7.32%) Wireshark
14 3 (7.32%) Linux
14 3 (7.32%) FTP
14 3 (7.32%) SSL
14 3 (7.32%) C++
14 3 (7.32%) HTML
14 3 (7.32%) PHP
14 3 (7.32%) SAP
14 3 (7.32%) CSS
14 3 (7.32%) MVC
14 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills

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 2 (4.88%) Anypoint
1 2 (4.88%) Mule
2 1 (2.44%) Apache Spark
2 1 (2.44%) CMS
2 1 (2.44%) IIS
2 1 (2.44%) Umbraco
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.32%) FTP
1 3 (7.32%) SSL
1 3 (7.32%) Wireshark
2 2 (4.88%) HTTP
2 2 (4.88%) HTTPS
3 1 (2.44%) 3GPP
3 1 (2.44%) 5G
3 1 (2.44%) APPN
3 1 (2.44%) Bluetooth
3 1 (2.44%) Firewall
3 1 (2.44%) LTE
3 1 (2.44%) OSPF
3 1 (2.44%) Peer-to-Peer Networking
3 1 (2.44%) SMTP
3 1 (2.44%) SNA
3 1 (2.44%) SNMP
3 1 (2.44%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.44%) Telnet
3 1 (2.44%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.44%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (51.22%) Big Data
2 18 (43.90%) NoSQL
3 16 (39.02%) Relational Database
4 4 (9.76%) MongoDB
5 2 (4.88%) Power BI
6 1 (2.44%) Hadoop
6 1 (2.44%) KDB
6 1 (2.44%) Kdb+
6 1 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
6 1 (2.44%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.44%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.44%) Mercurial
2 1 (2.44%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.44%) TeamCity
2 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Back Office
2 2 (4.88%) Banking
2 2 (4.88%) French Language
3 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (2.44%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (56.10%) AngularJS
2 18 (43.90%) Spring
3 16 (39.02%) Spring Boot
4 7 (17.07%) .NET
5 4 (9.76%) REST
6 3 (7.32%) CSS
6 3 (7.32%) HTML
7 2 (4.88%) Angular 2
7 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET
7 2 (4.88%) Hibernate
7 2 (4.88%) jQuery
7 2 (4.88%) Redux
7 2 (4.88%) Spring MVC
8 1 (2.44%) .NET Core
8 1 (2.44%) .NET Framework
8 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (2.44%) Backbone.js
8 1 (2.44%) Entity Framework
8 1 (2.44%) HTML5
8 1 (2.44%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.44%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (2.44%) Hedge funds
2 1 (2.44%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (2.44%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.44%) User Experience
2 1 (2.44%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.32%) Linux
2 1 (2.44%) VxWorks
2 1 (2.44%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (85.37%) Software Engineering
2 22 (53.66%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (48.78%) E-Commerce
3 20 (48.78%) Scrum
4 3 (7.32%) MVC
4 3 (7.32%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (7.32%) SDLC
5 2 (4.88%) Configuration Management
5 2 (4.88%) Data Modelling
5 2 (4.88%) Service Design
5 2 (4.88%) SOA
5 2 (4.88%) Test Automation
5 2 (4.88%) Validation
6 1 (2.44%) Asset Management
6 1 (2.44%) Content Management
6 1 (2.44%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (2.44%) Front End Development
6 1 (2.44%) Non-Blocking Code
6 1 (2.44%) Quality Management
6 1 (2.44%) Visual Effects
Programming Languages
1 27 (65.85%) Java
2 9 (21.95%) JavaScript
3 8 (19.51%) SQL
4 7 (17.07%) C#
5 5 (12.20%) Python
6 3 (7.32%) C++
6 3 (7.32%) PHP
7 2 (4.88%) C
8 1 (2.44%) Go
8 1 (2.44%) JCL
Qualifications
1 2 (4.88%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.44%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (2.44%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 1 (2.44%) Docker
Vendors
1 3 (7.32%) SAP
2 2 (4.88%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.88%) MuleSoft
2 2 (4.88%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (2.44%) Cisco
3 1 (2.44%) Dynatrace
3 1 (2.44%) IBM
3 1 (2.44%) Micro Focus
3 1 (2.44%) Splunk