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Demand for UK Web Development Contractors Rapidly Increasing


UK demand for contract web developers rose by 22% between Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, according to research conducted by Sonovate, the leading recruitment finance provider.

Taken from a sample of 4289 listings from job boards, this research indicates significant appetite for qualified candidates in a number of key positions. Postings for web developers in Q1 2016 were up 5% on Q4 2015, PHP developers 25%, front end web developers 27%, web application developers 127%, senior web developers 84%, and website developers 206% demonstrating steady, or, in some cases, significant growth.

Richard Prime, co-CEO of Sonovate, comments:

“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 sourced using Innovantage, which compiles data from IT jobs postings across over 180 global job boards and half a million employer websites. The highest paid position overall was Web Solutions Architect (£650), while the highest paid position by volume was Senior Web Developer, with an average day rate of £389 across 72 postings.

The findings also suggest an uptick in overall pay. In Q4 2015, the average day rate was £317; in Q1 2016, the figure is £333 – a 5% QoQ improvement.

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

says Prime.

He adds:

“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.”

Sonovate was co-founded by Prime and Damon Chapple (who formerly served as directors of a FTSE 250 recruitment agency) in 2012. Designed to provide working capital solutions to staffing firms all over the country, Sonovate ensures the integrity of cash flow for all its clients and removes much of the accounting and administrative burden on companies employing contractors.

Prime adds:

“The web development market is stronger than ever, and everyone’s going to benefit. It’s looking really good for candidates, and there are plenty of opportunities for enterprising recruiters as well. A high tide lifts all boats.”


With over 15 years experience within the Recruitment industry, Mark considers digital publishing, digital engagement, recruitment marketing and advertising (all media), digital video production, creative design and more recently social media development as his core knowledge and where a lot of his experience lays.

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