The UK's top 12 in-demand programming languages

Christina Mercer
Christina Mercer

Christina Mercer

Christina is audience development editor. 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 and innovative tech.


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. 

Other notable changes include Ruby moving up two places from 10th to 8th and most UK annual salaries either remaining the same or increasing slightly.

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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