Period
to 19 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Programmer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 October 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
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 850 865 880
Rank change year-on-year +15 +15 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 36 15 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.015% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.016% 0.026%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 12 20
UK median daily rate £450 £560 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.64% +57.75% +1.43%
10th Percentile £375 £352 £287
90th Percentile £525 £900 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £363 £355
% change year-on-year +24.14% +2.11% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 97,664 94,376 100,916
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.92% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,189 61,985 65,717
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,134 2,810 3,301
UK median hourly rate £17.99 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.82% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 19 October 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 10 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 19 October 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 -4 34 £450 -19.64% 15
London +6 22 £450 -24.69% 1
UK excluding London -9 13 £450 +24.14% 14
South East -3 5 £450 - 1
Midlands - 4 £470 -
East of England +3 2 £208 -38.52% 9
West Midlands - 2 £484 -
East Midlands - 2 £450 -
Scotland -25 1 - -
South West - 1 £400 - 3

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 27 (75.00%) Software Engineering
2 17 (47.22%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (44.44%) Java
4 13 (36.11%) Scrum
4 13 (36.11%) AngularJS
5 12 (33.33%) Big Data
5 12 (33.33%) E-Commerce
6 11 (30.56%) Spring
6 11 (30.56%) Spring Boot
7 10 (27.78%) NoSQL
7 10 (27.78%) Relational Database
8 7 (19.44%) JavaScript
9 6 (16.67%) .NET
10 5 (13.89%) HTML
10 5 (13.89%) SQL
10 5 (13.89%) CSS
10 5 (13.89%) REST
11 4 (11.11%) DevOps
11 4 (11.11%) Redux
11 4 (11.11%) C#
11 4 (11.11%) Python
11 4 (11.11%) Finance
11 4 (11.11%) Wireshark
12 3 (8.33%) HTML5
12 3 (8.33%) Test Automation
12 3 (8.33%) SSL
12 3 (8.33%) FTP
12 3 (8.33%) C++
12 3 (8.33%) Linux
12 3 (8.33%) Docker

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 (5.56%) Anypoint
1 2 (5.56%) Mule
2 1 (2.78%) Confluence
2 1 (2.78%) Umbraco
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (5.56%) Serverless
2 1 (2.78%) GitHub
2 1 (2.78%) Google Analytics
2 1 (2.78%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.11%) Wireshark
2 3 (8.33%) FTP
2 3 (8.33%) SSL
3 2 (5.56%) APPN
3 2 (5.56%) Firewall
3 2 (5.56%) HTTP
3 2 (5.56%) HTTPS
3 2 (5.56%) Peer-to-Peer Networking
3 2 (5.56%) SNA
3 2 (5.56%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.78%) Bluetooth
4 1 (2.78%) OSPF
4 1 (2.78%) Skype
4 1 (2.78%) SMTP
4 1 (2.78%) SNMP
4 1 (2.78%) Telnet
4 1 (2.78%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (33.33%) Big Data
2 10 (27.78%) NoSQL
2 10 (27.78%) Relational Database
3 2 (5.56%) Power BI
4 1 (2.78%) Data Mining
4 1 (2.78%) KDB
4 1 (2.78%) Kdb+
4 1 (2.78%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.78%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 3 (8.33%) gulp
2 2 (5.56%) Grunt
3 1 (2.78%) Artifactory
3 1 (2.78%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.78%) Gatling
3 1 (2.78%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.78%) IntelliJ
3 1 (2.78%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.78%) JIRA
3 1 (2.78%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (2.78%) PHPUnit
3 1 (2.78%) Selenium
3 1 (2.78%) Sublime Text
3 1 (2.78%) TeamCity
3 1 (2.78%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.78%) Visual Studio Code
3 1 (2.78%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (11.11%) Finance
2 2 (5.56%) Back Office
2 2 (5.56%) Games
3 1 (2.78%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (36.11%) AngularJS
2 11 (30.56%) Spring
2 11 (30.56%) Spring Boot
3 6 (16.67%) .NET
4 5 (13.89%) CSS
4 5 (13.89%) HTML
4 5 (13.89%) REST
5 4 (11.11%) Redux
6 3 (8.33%) HTML5
6 3 (8.33%) Node.js
6 3 (8.33%) React
6 3 (8.33%) Sass
7 2 (5.56%) Angular 2
7 2 (5.56%) React Native
7 2 (5.56%) Serverless Framework
7 2 (5.56%) Software Packaging
7 2 (5.56%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 2 (5.56%) Unreal Engine
7 2 (5.56%) Vue.js
8 1 (2.78%) phpspec
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.56%) Computer Science
1 2 (5.56%) Fintech
1 2 (5.56%) Mainframe
1 2 (5.56%) User Experience
2 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.78%) Hedge funds
2 1 (2.78%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (2.78%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.33%) Linux
2 2 (5.56%) zOS
3 1 (2.78%) Mac OS
3 1 (2.78%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (75.00%) Software Engineering
2 17 (47.22%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (36.11%) Scrum
4 12 (33.33%) E-Commerce
5 4 (11.11%) DevOps
6 3 (8.33%) SDLC
6 3 (8.33%) Test Automation
7 2 (5.56%) 3D Modelling
7 2 (5.56%) Asset Management
7 2 (5.56%) Configuration Management
7 2 (5.56%) Data Modelling
7 2 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (5.56%) ITIL
7 2 (5.56%) Microservices
7 2 (5.56%) SOA
7 2 (5.56%) Software Asset Management
7 2 (5.56%) Software Delivery
7 2 (5.56%) TDD
7 2 (5.56%) Validation
7 2 (5.56%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 16 (44.44%) Java
2 7 (19.44%) JavaScript
3 5 (13.89%) SQL
4 4 (11.11%) C#
4 4 (11.11%) Python
5 3 (8.33%) C++
6 2 (5.56%) ES6
6 2 (5.56%) JCL
6 2 (5.56%) PHP
6 2 (5.56%) TypeScript
7 1 (2.78%) Bash Shell
7 1 (2.78%) C
7 1 (2.78%) Go
7 1 (2.78%) Groovy
7 1 (2.78%) Ruby
7 1 (2.78%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) Degree
1 2 (5.56%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.78%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.78%) QA
System Software
1 3 (8.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) Grafana
1 1 (2.78%) Graphite
1 1 (2.78%) Kibana
Vendors
1 2 (5.56%) IBM
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft
1 2 (5.56%) MuleSoft
1 2 (5.56%) Salesforce.com
1 2 (5.56%) SAP
2 1 (2.78%) Cisco
2 1 (2.78%) Google
2 1 (2.78%) Splunk