Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Programmer was £560 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 November 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.

Software Programmer
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 865 868 854
Rank change year-on-year +3 -14 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 13 26 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.025% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.013% 0.026% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 20 34
UK median daily rate £560 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +57.75% +1.43% +7.69%
10th Percentile £364 £287 £279
90th Percentile £900 £550 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +2.11% +1.43% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
UK median hourly rate - £39.88 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -10.39% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £39.88 £44.50
% change year-on-year - -10.39% -

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 97472 100409 109082
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.75% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64264 65451 69386
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2912 3320 4146
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.26 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.54% - +8.29%

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 17 November 2017.

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 8 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 17 November 2017. 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 +4 11 £560 +57.75% 2
London -6 8 £598 +38.95%
UK excluding London +20 5 £363 +2.11% 2
Scotland - 2 - -
North of England +53 1 £388 +3.33%
Yorkshire +29 1 £388 +31.91%
South East +4 1 - -
East of England - 1 £338 - 1

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, Software 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 Software Programmer in the job title.

1 10 (76.92%) Software Engineering
2 6 (46.15%) SQL
2 6 (46.15%) .NET
3 5 (38.46%) T-SQL
4 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (30.77%) C#
4 4 (30.77%) MiFID
4 4 (30.77%) .NET Core
5 3 (23.08%) Ruby
5 3 (23.08%) C++
5 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
5 3 (23.08%) Windows
6 2 (15.38%) Equities
6 2 (15.38%) CQG
6 2 (15.38%) Finance
6 2 (15.38%) Fixed Income
6 2 (15.38%) Front Office
6 2 (15.38%) Back Office
6 2 (15.38%) Linux
6 2 (15.38%) IIS
6 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
6 2 (15.38%) Java
6 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
6 2 (15.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (15.38%) CSS
6 2 (15.38%) XML
6 2 (15.38%) IntelliJ
6 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
6 2 (15.38%) Fidessa
6 2 (15.38%) SunGard

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 (15.38%) IIS
Business Applications
1 2 (15.38%) SunGard GMI
2 1 (7.69%) Aareon QL
2 1 (7.69%) Academy Housing
2 1 (7.69%) Kypera Housing
2 1 (7.69%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (7.69%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (7.69%) OPENHousing
2 1 (7.69%) Orchard Housing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 2 (15.38%) MongoDB
3 1 (7.69%) Adabas
3 1 (7.69%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (7.69%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (7.69%) MySQL
3 1 (7.69%) Oracle Database
3 1 (7.69%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (7.69%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) IntelliJ
1 2 (15.38%) Jasmine
1 2 (15.38%) JIRA
1 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
2 1 (7.69%) Toad
General
1 2 (15.38%) Back Office
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
1 2 (15.38%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (46.15%) .NET
2 4 (30.77%) .NET Core
3 2 (15.38%) CSS
3 2 (15.38%) Ext JS
3 2 (15.38%) JSON
3 2 (15.38%) Play Framework
3 2 (15.38%) XML
4 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET
4 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 1 (7.69%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (7.69%) iOS SDK
4 1 (7.69%) JNI
4 1 (7.69%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Data Structures
1 2 (15.38%) Derivative
1 2 (15.38%) Equities
1 2 (15.38%) Fixed Income
1 2 (15.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) Windows
2 2 (15.38%) Android
2 2 (15.38%) Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
3 1 (7.69%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (76.92%) Software Engineering
2 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (15.38%) Microservices
3 2 (15.38%) Open Source
3 2 (15.38%) Project Planning
3 2 (15.38%) Web Application Development
4 1 (7.69%) Customer Requirements
4 1 (7.69%) MVC
4 1 (7.69%) Systems Analysis
4 1 (7.69%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 6 (46.15%) SQL
2 5 (38.46%) T-SQL
3 4 (30.77%) C#
4 3 (23.08%) C++
4 3 (23.08%) Ruby
5 2 (15.38%) Java
5 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
5 2 (15.38%) Scala
6 1 (7.69%) JCL
6 1 (7.69%) NATURAL
6 1 (7.69%) PL/SQL
6 1 (7.69%) Python
6 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) MiFID
2 2 (15.38%) EMIR
System Software
1 2 (15.38%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) CQG
1 2 (15.38%) Fidessa
1 2 (15.38%) FIS
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
1 2 (15.38%) SunGard
2 1 (7.69%) Aareon
2 1 (7.69%) Capita
2 1 (7.69%) Castleton
2 1 (7.69%) Civica
2 1 (7.69%) Cognos
2 1 (7.69%) Fujitsu
2 1 (7.69%) IBM
2 1 (7.69%) Northgate
2 1 (7.69%) Oracle
2 1 (7.69%) Orchard
2 1 (7.69%) Software AG