Media

Web developer

Web developers design, build and maintain websites and website applications.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Web developer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You could work for a variety of businesses and public sector organisations. 

Projects you might work on could include:

  • creating a secure online shopping website
  • developing a virtual learning environment (VLE) for a college
  • setting up a company intranet for staff

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • working with the client, using test sites to see which ideas best suit their needs
  • building the framework – or 'architecture' – of the site
  • making sure the new site can be smoothly integrated into the client's existing network
  • working on the site's appearance
  • dealing with user access and security
  • testing the site under construction to find and fix any problems

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • web design and development
  • computer science
  • digital media development
  • software engineering

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

College

You could do a college course that may help you to get a trainee developer's job. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Web Development
  • Level 4 Diploma in Software Development
  • Level 5 Diploma in Computing

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

Apprenticeship

You could take a software developer higher apprenticeship, or a higher apprenticeship for IT, software and web professionals.

You could also do a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Work

You may be able to start as a junior developer and improve your skills and knowledge by completing further training and qualifications while you work.

Further Information

Make sure that you're up to date with the latest industry trends and web development standards.

You can get more advice about working in computing from Tech Future Careers and The Chartered Institute for IT.

£20,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £20,000 to £24,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some evening or weekend work may be needed to meet deadlines. If self-employed, you’ll work the hours needed to complete the job.

You’ll be mainly office-based. If you work for a company you’ll normally be at one site, but if you are self-employed, you might work from home or on the client's premises.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular area, like e-commerce, or move up to a more senior role like lead programmer or project leader. 

You could also move into other IT fields, like systems analysis or IT project management.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to write computer programs
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
My top 5 skills from the skills bank
Please sign in to compare your skills to this job. Sign in

To save or view your choices and results you must sign in or register (takes 1 minute).

Sign in Register