Period
to 19 January 2022

The median annual salary for a Senior Programmer was £125,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 January 2022.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Senior Programmer
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 747 703 996
Rank change year-on-year -44 +293 +72
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Programmer 318 73 50
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.12% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.12% 0.042%
Number of salaries quoted 42 28 44
10th Percentile £53,596 £37,500 £42,500
25th Percentile £114,688 £41,250 £47,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £125,000 £52,500 £57,500
Median % change year-on-year +138.10% -8.70% +15.00%
75th Percentile £232,500 £87,500 £76,250
90th Percentile - £89,750 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £50,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year +20.00% -13.04% +27.78%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 118,046 59,650 119,051
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.03% 95.13% 95.59%
Number of salaries quoted 80,065 48,927 96,345
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,000 £28,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Senior Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Programmer in the UK

Senior Programmer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Senior Programmer.

Salary trend for Senior Programmer in the UK

Senior Programmer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Senior Programmer over the 6 months to 19 January 2022.

Salary histogram for Senior Programmer in the UK

Senior Programmer
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Programmer within the UK over the 6 months to 19 January 2022. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England -179 138 £125,000 +66.67% 12
Work from Home -102 128 - - 1
London -186 79 £170,000 +126.67% 6
UK excluding London -152 63 £60,000 +20.00% 6
South East -100 23 - - 2
East of England -85 20 - - 1
Midlands -95 11 £60,000 +37.14% 1
West Midlands -81 6 £60,000 +37.14%
East Midlands -64 5 - - 1
North of England -116 5 - - 1
Yorkshire -62 4 - -
Channel Islands - 4 - -
North West -94 1 - - 1

Senior Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2022, Senior Programmer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Senior Programmer in the job title.

1 245 (77.04%) SAS
2 148 (46.54%) Degree
3 127 (39.94%) Computer Science
4 116 (36.48%) CDISC
4 116 (36.48%) Social Skills
5 115 (36.16%) Biostatistics
5 115 (36.16%) Pharmaceutical
6 105 (33.02%) Validation
7 103 (32.39%) Mentoring
8 94 (29.56%) Statistics
9 88 (27.67%) Mathematics
10 87 (27.36%) Analytics
11 86 (27.04%) Data Management
12 85 (26.73%) Project Management
13 70 (22.01%) Problem-Solving
14 62 (19.50%) Statistical Analysis
15 57 (17.92%) R
16 56 (17.61%) Analytical Skills
17 53 (16.67%) C++
18 52 (16.35%) Finance
19 49 (15.41%) Python
19 49 (15.41%) Computer Science Degree
20 48 (15.09%) Data Science
21 41 (12.89%) Good Clinical Practice
21 41 (12.89%) Life Science
22 40 (12.58%) Data Structures
23 39 (12.26%) Bioinformatics
24 38 (11.95%) Biotechnology
24 38 (11.95%) SAS Macro
24 38 (11.95%) Process Improvement

Senior 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
1 245 (77.04%) SAS
2 21 (6.60%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 33 (10.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 31 (9.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 21 (6.60%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.60%) AWS
2 1 (0.31%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.63%) Internet
1 2 (0.63%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (9.75%) Base SAS
2 26 (8.18%) Spotfire
3 21 (6.60%) Oracle Reports
4 15 (4.72%) DTS
5 10 (3.14%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.94%) Tableau
7 1 (0.31%) Big Data
7 1 (0.31%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.31%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 21 (6.60%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (1.26%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.63%) ProC
4 1 (0.31%) PowerBuilder
General
1 116 (36.48%) Social Skills
2 115 (36.16%) Pharmaceutical
3 56 (17.61%) Analytical Skills
4 52 (16.35%) Finance
5 19 (5.97%) Presentation Skills
6 12 (3.77%) Influencing Skills
7 10 (3.14%) Billing
7 10 (3.14%) Games
8 8 (2.52%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 5 (1.57%) Social Housing
10 4 (1.26%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.63%) Front Office
11 2 (0.63%) Law
11 2 (0.63%) Social Science
12 1 (0.31%) Documentation Skills
12 1 (0.31%) Marketing
12 1 (0.31%) Organisational Skills
12 1 (0.31%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.97%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 19 (5.97%) STL
2 14 (4.40%) XML
3 13 (4.09%) PyTorch
3 13 (4.09%) SciPy
3 13 (4.09%) TensorFlow
4 7 (2.20%) .NET
5 5 (1.57%) Unreal Engine
6 4 (1.26%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 3 (0.94%) Shiny
8 2 (0.63%) FIX Protocol
8 2 (0.63%) Play Framework
8 2 (0.63%) React
9 1 (0.31%) .NET Core
9 1 (0.31%) CSS
9 1 (0.31%) Direct3D
9 1 (0.31%) HTML
9 1 (0.31%) Middleware
9 1 (0.31%) Node.js
9 1 (0.31%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 41 (12.89%) Life Science
2 40 (12.58%) Data Structures
3 38 (11.95%) Biotechnology
4 31 (9.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 24 (7.55%) Hedge funds
6 20 (6.29%) Algorithms
7 19 (5.97%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (3.46%) Equities
8 11 (3.46%) Fixed Income
9 7 (2.20%) Management Information System
10 6 (1.89%) User Experience
11 4 (1.26%) Animation
11 4 (1.26%) Client/Server
11 4 (1.26%) Replication
11 4 (1.26%) Self-Motivation
12 3 (0.94%) CUDA
13 2 (0.63%) Eurex
13 2 (0.63%) GPGPU
13 2 (0.63%) Social Media
13 2 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (0.63%) Linux
2 1 (0.31%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (39.94%) Computer Science
2 115 (36.16%) Biostatistics
3 105 (33.02%) Validation
4 103 (32.39%) Mentoring
5 94 (29.56%) Statistics
6 88 (27.67%) Mathematics
7 87 (27.36%) Analytics
8 86 (27.04%) Data Management
9 85 (26.73%) Project Management
10 70 (22.01%) Problem-Solving
11 62 (19.50%) Statistical Analysis
12 48 (15.09%) Data Science
13 39 (12.26%) Bioinformatics
14 38 (11.95%) Process Improvement
15 36 (11.32%) Agile Software Development
16 34 (10.69%) OO
17 30 (9.43%) Artificial Intelligence
18 29 (9.12%) Order Management
19 27 (8.49%) Business Development
19 27 (8.49%) Data Transformation
Programming Languages
1 57 (17.92%) R
2 53 (16.67%) C++
3 49 (15.41%) Python
4 38 (11.95%) SAS Macro
5 30 (9.43%) C#
6 29 (9.12%) SQL
7 23 (7.23%) VB
8 22 (6.92%) PL/SQL
9 15 (4.72%) Java
10 5 (1.57%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.94%) C
12 2 (0.63%) Groovy
12 2 (0.63%) PROC SQL
12 2 (0.63%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.63%) VBA
13 1 (0.31%) HLSL
13 1 (0.31%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.31%) Scala
Qualifications
1 148 (46.54%) Degree
2 49 (15.41%) Computer Science Degree
3 38 (11.95%) Master's Degree
4 29 (9.12%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (36.48%) CDISC
2 41 (12.89%) Good Clinical Practice
3 22 (6.92%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 4 (1.26%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (0.31%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 36 (11.32%) Microsoft
2 22 (6.92%) Oracle
3 19 (5.97%) Facebook
4 17 (5.35%) SAP
4 17 (5.35%) YouTube
5 1 (0.31%) Google