The UK's top 12 in-demand programming languages

Christina Mercer-Myers
Christina Mercer-Myers

Christina Mercer-Myers

Christina is Audience Development Editor for IDGC US & UK. After graduating from the University of Nottingham reading philosophy and theology in 2013, Christina joined a tech startup specialising in mobile apps. She has a keen interest in the mobile platform, innovative tech and the power of analytics.


The most sought-after programming languages in the UK are SQL, JavaScript and C#, according to market tracker IT Jobs Watch.

In terms of movement, C# has overtaken Java, which is probably understandable seeing as Java is primarily used for Android applications. 

Here are the top 12 programming languages most sought after by employers, listed top to bottom by frequency of mentions in UK job adverts. 

The top five are: 

  • SQL
  • JavaScript
  • C#
  • Java
  • Python

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