The table below looks at the statistics for the Graduate role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Graduate in their job title over the 3 months to 22 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Graduate
Rank 525 484 483
Rank change year-on-year
-41 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Graduate 61 92 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.19% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 33 26
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£123 £115 £125
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.52% -8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £86 £68 £98
10% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £245 £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £118 £108 £133
% change year-on-year
+9.30% -18.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 16 21
Average hourly rate £10.50 £11.25 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £7.50 £10.03 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £17.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.63 £11.25 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-5.55% -22.41%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50176 47637 45728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.03% 92.46% 92.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 32014 28679 25821
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2025 2106 2605
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Graduate
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Graduate in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Graduate Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Graduate
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Graduate within the UK.

Graduate Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Graduate
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Graduate within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Graduate Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Graduate
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Graduate within the UK.

Graduate Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Graduate
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Graduate within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -58 56 £125 +8.69% 183
London +10 21 £123 +2.08% 44
South East -30 19 £135 +17.39% 48
Berkshire +8 7 £138 +111.53% 16
East of England -15 6 - - 27
City of London -4 5 £150 -14.28% 18
Surrey -7 5 £135 -22.85% 9
Scotland +3 4 £90 - 5
Hampshire -14 4 £190 - 11
Hertfordshire +3 3 - - 4
Bracknell -4 3 - - 6
South West -36 3 £133 +10.41% 14
Reading - 3 £75 - 7
East Midlands -3 2 £103 +50.73% 9
West Midlands -7 2 - - 7
North West -8 2 - - 19
Cambridgeshire -11 2 - - 15
Wiltshire - 2 £133 - 2
St Albans - 2 - -
Reigate - 2 £135 -
Peterborough - 2 - -
Stirling - 2 £94 -
Watford - 2 - - 2
Derbyshire +11 1 £103 +50.73%
Yorkshire -6 1 £130 - 10
Manchester -9 1 - - 9
Buckinghamshire -12 1 - - 6
Milton Keynes -14 1 - - 5
Bedfordshire -17 1 - - 2
Oxfordshire -20 1 - - 1

Graduate
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Graduate in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Graduate in their job title.

1 61 (48.41%) Degree
2 25 (19.84%) Finance
3 24 (19.05%) Computer Science
4 21 (16.67%) Windows
4 21 (16.67%) MS Excel
5 20 (15.87%) SQL
6 19 (15.08%) MS Office
7 17 (13.49%) Microsoft
8 14 (11.11%) Telecoms
9 13 (10.32%) C#
10 11 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
11 10 (7.94%) Software Engineering
12 9 (7.14%) HTML
12 9 (7.14%) SQL Server
12 9 (7.14%) Mathematics
13 8 (6.35%) C++
13 8 (6.35%) Java
13 8 (6.35%) JavaScript
13 8 (6.35%) PHP
13 8 (6.35%) .NET
13 8 (6.35%) CSS
13 8 (6.35%) Banking
13 8 (6.35%) MS PowerPoint
14 7 (5.56%) VBA
14 7 (5.56%) Linux
14 7 (5.56%) Active Directory
14 7 (5.56%) Marketing
15 6 (4.76%) Oracle
16 5 (3.97%) VB
16 5 (3.97%) ITIL

Graduate
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Graduate in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Graduate in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.59%) Apache
1 2 (1.59%) CMS
2 1 (0.79%) Drupal
2 1 (0.79%) Lync
2 1 (0.79%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 21 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 19 (15.08%) MS Office
3 8 (6.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (2.38%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.59%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.79%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.79%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (2.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.59%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.79%) Endur
3 1 (0.79%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.79%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.79%) ATM
1 1 (0.79%) Intranet
1 1 (0.79%) Internet
1 1 (0.79%) Wireless
1 1 (0.79%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.17%) MS Access
2 4 (3.17%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.38%) MySQL
4 1 (0.79%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.59%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.79%) LabVIEW
General
1 25 (19.84%) Finance
2 14 (11.11%) Telecoms
3 8 (6.35%) Banking
4 7 (5.56%) Marketing
5 3 (2.38%) Front Office
5 3 (2.38%) Electronics
5 3 (2.38%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.38%) Advertising
5 3 (2.38%) Publishing
6 2 (1.59%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.79%) French Language
7 1 (0.79%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.79%) Retail
7 1 (0.79%) Law
7 1 (0.79%) Legal
7 1 (0.79%) Games
7 1 (0.79%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.79%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.14%) HTML
2 8 (6.35%) .NET
2 8 (6.35%) CSS
3 4 (3.17%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.38%) jQuery
4 3 (2.38%) HTML5
5 2 (1.59%) Yii
5 2 (1.59%) CSS3
5 2 (1.59%) Razor View Engine
5 2 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (1.59%) XML
5 2 (1.59%) WPF
5 2 (1.59%) LAMP
5 2 (1.59%) WinForms
5 2 (1.59%) Ajax
5 2 (1.59%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.79%) JSON
6 1 (0.79%) SOAP
6 1 (0.79%) STL
6 1 (0.79%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 24 (19.05%) Computer Science
2 11 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (7.14%) Mathematics
4 3 (2.38%) GIS
4 3 (2.38%) Statistics
5 2 (1.59%) User Experience
5 2 (1.59%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.59%) Social Media
5 2 (1.59%) iPad
5 2 (1.59%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.59%) DTV
5 2 (1.59%) Physics
5 2 (1.59%) Derivative
6 1 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.79%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.79%) PDA
6 1 (0.79%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.79%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.79%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.79%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 21 (16.67%) Windows
2 7 (5.56%) Linux
3 5 (3.97%) Windows 7
3 5 (3.97%) Windows 8
4 4 (3.17%) UNIX
5 3 (2.38%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.59%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.79%) Android
7 1 (0.79%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (7.94%) Software Engineering
2 5 (3.97%) Web Development
2 5 (3.97%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (3.97%) OO
2 5 (3.97%) ITIL
3 4 (3.17%) MVC
3 4 (3.17%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (3.17%) Network Architecture
3 4 (3.17%) Analytics
4 3 (2.38%) Test Scripting
4 3 (2.38%) Project Management
4 3 (2.38%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (2.38%) Migration
4 3 (2.38%) Logistics
4 3 (2.38%) Software Testing
5 2 (1.59%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (1.59%) Asset Management
5 2 (1.59%) Programme Management
5 2 (1.59%) Data Analysis
5 2 (1.59%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 20 (15.87%) SQL
2 13 (10.32%) C#
3 8 (6.35%) C++
3 8 (6.35%) Java
3 8 (6.35%) JavaScript
3 8 (6.35%) PHP
4 7 (5.56%) VBA
5 5 (3.97%) VB
6 2 (1.59%) Perl
7 1 (0.79%) C
7 1 (0.79%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.79%) VBScript
7 1 (0.79%) Python
7 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.79%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.79%) XAML
7 1 (0.79%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 61 (48.41%) Degree
2 5 (3.97%) CCNA
2 5 (3.97%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (1.59%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (1.59%) CISA
3 2 (1.59%) CISSP
4 1 (0.79%) BC Cleared
4 1 (0.79%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.79%) MOS
4 1 (0.79%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.38%) QA
2 2 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (5.56%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (0.79%) SCCM
1 1 (0.79%) ZABBIX
1 1 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.79%) Puppet
1 1 (0.79%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 17 (13.49%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.76%) Oracle
3 3 (2.38%) SAP
4 2 (1.59%) Adobe
4 2 (1.59%) Google
4 2 (1.59%) Zend
4 2 (1.59%) Juniper
4 2 (1.59%) Apple
4 2 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.79%) Symantec
5 1 (0.79%) Remedy
5 1 (0.79%) Autodesk
5 1 (0.79%) SolidWorks
5 1 (0.79%) VMware
5 1 (0.79%) Teradata
5 1 (0.79%) Mitel
5 1 (0.79%) Tableau
5 1 (0.79%) Citrix