The median contractor rate for a Software Programmer was £463 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.

Software Programmer
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 602 642 626
Rank change year-on-year +40 -16  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Programmer 8 12 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.022% 0.029%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.018% 0.023% 0.031%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 11
Median daily rate £463 £343 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +35.03% +5.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £296 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £369 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £343 £331
% change year-on-year -24.08% +3.39%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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%  

Software Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Software Programmer in the job title.

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 3 months to 27 June 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 5 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 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 +20 8 £463 +31.20% 9
London +9 7 £475 - 1
South East +13 1 £260 - 5
Crawley - 1 £260 -
West Sussex - 1 £260 -

Software Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 27 (87.10%) Software Engineering
2 22 (70.97%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (41.94%) Linux
4 12 (38.71%) C#
4 12 (38.71%) Java
4 12 (38.71%) .NET
5 11 (35.48%) SQL
6 10 (32.26%) JavaScript
7 9 (29.03%) T-SQL
7 9 (29.03%) Visual Studio
7 9 (29.03%) CSS
7 9 (29.03%) Dependency Injection
7 9 (29.03%) Inversion of Control
7 9 (29.03%) Git (software)
7 9 (29.03%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (29.03%) Microsoft Azure
7 9 (29.03%) Load Balancing
7 9 (29.03%) PowerShell
7 9 (29.03%) Ubuntu
7 9 (29.03%) Elastic Stack
7 9 (29.03%) Break/Fix
7 9 (29.03%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (25.81%) Degree
8 8 (25.81%) Computer Science
8 8 (25.81%) REST
8 8 (25.81%) Open Source
8 8 (25.81%) Microsoft
8 8 (25.81%) HTML
9 7 (22.58%) SOAP
9 7 (22.58%) Web Services

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 6 (19.35%) GlassFish
1 6 (19.35%) JBoss
1 6 (19.35%) Tomcat
1 6 (19.35%) WebLogic
1 6 (19.35%) WebSphere
2 5 (16.13%) CMS
2 5 (16.13%) Drupal
2 5 (16.13%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (29.03%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (16.13%) MySQL
2 3 (9.68%) SQL Server
3 2 (6.45%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 9 (29.03%) Git (software)
1 9 (29.03%) Team Foundation Server
1 9 (29.03%) Visual Studio
2 5 (16.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 5 (16.13%) Hudson
2 5 (16.13%) Jenkins
2 5 (16.13%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (16.13%) Vagrant
3 2 (6.45%) IntelliJ
General
1 3 (9.68%) Finance
2 1 (3.23%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (38.71%) .NET
2 9 (29.03%) CSS
2 9 (29.03%) Elastic Stack
3 8 (25.81%) HTML
3 8 (25.81%) REST
4 7 (22.58%) SOAP
4 7 (22.58%) Web Services
5 6 (19.35%) J2EE
5 6 (19.35%) JSTL
5 6 (19.35%) Spring
5 6 (19.35%) Struts
6 2 (6.45%) JSON
6 2 (6.45%) JSP
6 2 (6.45%) Play Framework
6 2 (6.45%) XML
7 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
7 1 (3.23%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 9 (29.03%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (25.81%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.23%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 13 (41.94%) Linux
2 9 (29.03%) Ubuntu
3 2 (6.45%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (87.10%) Software Engineering
2 22 (70.97%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (29.03%) Break/Fix
3 9 (29.03%) Dependency Injection
3 9 (29.03%) Inversion of Control
3 9 (29.03%) Load Balancing
4 8 (25.81%) Open Source
5 7 (22.58%) OO
6 6 (19.35%) Customer Requirements
6 6 (19.35%) E-Commerce
6 6 (19.35%) Mathematics
6 6 (19.35%) RAD
6 6 (19.35%) RUP
6 6 (19.35%) Scrum
6 6 (19.35%) TDD
6 6 (19.35%) Test Scripting
6 6 (19.35%) UML
6 6 (19.35%) Validation
6 6 (19.35%) Waterfall
7 5 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 12 (38.71%) C#
1 12 (38.71%) Java
2 11 (35.48%) SQL
3 10 (32.26%) JavaScript
4 9 (29.03%) PowerShell
4 9 (29.03%) T-SQL
5 5 (16.13%) PHP
6 3 (9.68%) C
6 3 (9.68%) C++
7 2 (6.45%) Scala
Qualifications
1 8 (25.81%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (6.45%) Postgraduate
System Software
1 2 (6.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (22.58%) Puppet
2 5 (16.13%) Ansible
2 5 (16.13%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (3.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 8 (25.81%) Microsoft
2 6 (19.35%) hybris
3 5 (16.13%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (12.90%) Atlassian
5 1 (3.23%) Kofax
5 1 (3.23%) VMware