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Web development contractors see demand and pay rates surge


Contracting web developers saw demand for their talents surge by 22 per cent between Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, new research from UK-based recruitment finance provider Sonovate reveals.

The study, which was based on a sample of 4,289 listings from jobs boards, shows the following increases in postings during Q1 on the previous quarter:

  • Web developers: 5 per cent
  • PHP developers: 25 per cent
  • Front end web developers: 27 per cent
  • Web application developers 127 per cent
  • Senior web developers: 84 per cent
  • Website developers: 206 per cent

The figures indicate steady, and in some cases appreciable, growth.

Commenting on the findings, Sonovate’s Co-CEO, Richard Prime, said: “Our research serves as confirmation of something many in the staffing and IT sectors already suspected: the web development jobs market is in rude health.

“Good, qualified talent is highly coveted across all niches, and it’s an excellent time to enter (or re-enter) the job market.”

The statistics were collated using cutting-edge real-time intelligence and analytics software Innovantage, which draws data from half a million employer websites and more than 180 global jobs boards.

Contracting professionals operating as Web Solutions Architects commanded the highest pay rate overall at £650 per day, but the highest rate by volume went to Senior Web Developers, who on average earned £389 per day across 72 postings.

The study also reveals that pay for these sought-after contracting workers is rising: the average daily rate in Q4 2015 was £317, but by Q1 2015, this had climbed to £333 – a growth of 5 per cent.

Prime continued: “UK companies are seeking quality web development contractors in high volume, and they’re willing to pay very competitive wages to do so.

“Web development contractors are getting better compensation than ever before – which speaks to both a serious appetite for quality work and the UK’s increased stature in the world tech market.”

It remains to be seen, however, whether these positive trends will continue following the Government’s controversial decision to proceed with legislation abolishing tax relief on travel and subsistence (T&S) expenses incurred by contracting professionals. The latter have traditionally been prepared to travel far greater distances than permanent employees in order to bring their skills to remote workplaces for temporary projects.

The latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation found demand for these flexible workers rising steeply in March, but candidate availability continuing to fall. This may worsen should these professionals choose to confine their project work to businesses in their immediate home locales in an effort to minimise T&S costs.

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