Web Developer

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Web developers design, construct and maintain the back end applications and databases of websites and web-based systems, for individuals and organisations. Job titles sometimes include the names of relevant programming languages, such as .NET or Java.

The Work

You could be:

There is often some overlap between the job a web developer does and that of a front end developer.


The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary widely, depending on:

The starting salary can be in the range of £20,000 to £30,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £35,000 a year and senior or lead web developers can up to around £60,000 a year, sometimes more.

If you work freelance, your income will vary, depending on the contracts you get.


Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs in almost all industries, including retail, IT, education, the media, central and local government, finance, the communications industry and health care. Jobs are advertised in the press and on the internet.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland



Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

3.3 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT, take a look at the Tech Future Careers website. You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.


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Computing and ICT

Career Sectors

Computer Skills

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