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Numbers of programmers and software developers in the United Kingdom (UK) 2011-2019

The statistic presents the total numbers of employed and self-employed programmers and software development professionals in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2011 to 2019. In 2019, there were 386.9 thousand programmers and software development professionals in employment in the United Kingdom.
Of course there are always supporting roles when it comes to professional IT occupations. In this case, there are almost 198 thousand support roles in the software and services sector. These are broken down further by the occupation itself.
There have been over 100 thousand professional employees outside of the creative industries in terms of software development.
One of the most well known software markets is the gaming software market. Entertainment software has been the leading type of gaming technology for quite some time. One of the key players in this sector is the gaming software publisher Electronic Arts, which has a market share of over 25 percent. This should come as no surprise considering that they bring out games such as FIFA, Madden, Sims, Battlefield and many more.

Total numbers of programmers and software development professionals in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2011 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Number of respondents


Special properties

UK households

Supplementary notes

* Number of respondents in the 2nd quarter 2018.
Most interviews conducted face-to-face, although rarely some might have been conducted by phone.
Labour Force Survey (LFS) data relating to employees and self-employed IT professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2136).
Figures from 2nd quarter 2011 to 2nd quarter 2014 can be found here.

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