Coding is the fastest growing profession in the UK by numbers of employees, and there are now more than 600,000 developers working in the private sector, according to research by developer recruitment platform CodinGame. Analysis of the most up-to-date ONS business population data1 reveals that the number of computer programmers working for private companies has increased by 74,000 in the past three years, from 536,000 to 610,000. A third (196,000) of those developers are employed by large companies. However, just under 300,000 programmers are working in micro and small businesses.

Money isn’t everything

The best developers aren’t simply attracted by the biggest salary, they are stimulated by the technical challenges, and a business with a clear roadmap and a compelling vision. Over the past decade, as the digital revolution gathered momentum, the number of computer programmers working in the private sector has increased by 51%, from 405,000 to 610,000. The explosion of new digital businesses and the digitisation of traditional companies, has generated huge demand for highly skilled developers. In comparison, ONS figures show that across all industries in the private sector, the business population has increased by a more modest 20% over the same period, less than half the rate of growth seen within the computer programming profession.

Only other two industries in the private sector that have seen employee numbers grow by more than 50,000 over the same time period are construction (54,000) and mobile food service industry (52,000). Other industries have seen employee numbers grow by more than 10,000 over the past three years include; accountants (22,000), tradespeople, such as electricians and plumbers (21,000), car dealers (17,000), estate agents (16,000) and management consultants (11,000).