The table below looks at the statistics for PhD in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PhD over the 3 months to 30 September 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
PhD
Rank 564 593 589
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -4
Contract jobs citing PhD 88 80 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.14% 0.089%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.80% 0.70% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 57 37
Median daily rate £610 £500 £700
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.00% -28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £375 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £750 £800
UK excluding London median daily rate £563 £413 £350
% change year-on-year
+36.36% +17.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 4
Median hourly rate £45.00 £25.66 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.37% -14.46%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.66 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10981 11377 11557
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.60% 19.66% 19.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 6808 6876 6383
Median daily rate £400 £400 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £254 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 526 491
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.71 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +25.56%

PhD
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing PhD as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

PhD Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

PhD
Daily Rate Trend

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

PhD Daily Rate Trend in the UK

PhD
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PhD within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2016.

PhD Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

PhD
Hourly Rate Trend

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

PhD Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

PhD
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PhD within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +9 86 £620 +24.00% 101
London +20 60 £620 +18.09% 45
South East +20 12 £750 +81.81% 15
Berkshire +12 10 £750 - 3
Maidenhead - 8 £750 - 1
East of England 0 4 £300 - 32
City of London -1 4 £413 -21.42% 6
Cambridgeshire +19 3 - - 28
Yorkshire +17 3 £450 -
Cambridge +17 3 - - 28
West Midlands -28 3 £220 - 2
South West - 3 - - 1
Bristol - 3 - -
Leeds +11 2 £375 -
West Yorkshire +8 2 £375 -
Warwick -1 2 £220 -
Warwickshire -5 2 £220 -
Wales - 2 £160 - 1
South Wales - 2 £160 - 1
Newport - 2 £160 -
Buckinghamshire +18 1 £600 +84.61%
Milton Keynes +12 1 £600 +84.61%
Hertfordshire +3 1 £300 - 1
North West - 1 - - 2
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 - - 1
South Yorkshire - 1 £525 -
Sheffield - 1 £525 -
Middlesex - 1 £375 -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - - 2

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing PhD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for PhD.

1 92 (60.93%) Python
2 73 (48.34%) R
3 72 (47.68%) Machine Learning
4 68 (45.03%) Mathematics
5 67 (44.37%) Degree
6 63 (41.72%) Computer Science
7 59 (39.07%) C++
8 58 (38.41%) Analytics
9 56 (37.09%) Big Data
10 55 (36.42%) SQL
11 50 (33.11%) Finance
12 42 (27.81%) Java
13 41 (27.15%) Statistics
14 37 (24.50%) Hadoop
14 37 (24.50%) Analytical Skills
15 33 (21.85%) Algorithms
16 29 (19.21%) Apache Spark
16 29 (19.21%) Business Intelligence
16 29 (19.21%) MATLAB
17 27 (17.88%) Visualisation
18 23 (15.23%) Scala
19 22 (14.57%) Software Engineering
20 21 (13.91%) Artificial Intelligence
20 21 (13.91%) Data Mining
21 20 (13.25%) Data Modelling
22 19 (12.58%) Linux
22 19 (12.58%) C#
22 19 (12.58%) Front Office
22 19 (12.58%) Data Analytics
23 18 (11.92%) Statistical Modelling

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 29 (19.21%) Apache Spark
2 18 (11.92%) SAS
3 11 (7.28%) Apache Pig
4 9 (5.96%) Elasticsearch
5 8 (5.30%) Apache Solr
6 7 (4.64%) Apache
7 2 (1.32%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 11 (7.28%) SPSS
2 3 (1.99%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.30%) PaaS
1 8 (5.30%) SaaS
2 4 (2.65%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.32%) GitHub
5 1 (0.66%) Amazon Kinesis
5 1 (0.66%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.66%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.66%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.65%) HTTP
1 4 (2.65%) Network Security
2 2 (1.32%) Internet
3 1 (0.66%) Bluetooth
3 1 (0.66%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.66%) InfiniBand
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (37.09%) Big Data
2 37 (24.50%) Hadoop
3 21 (13.91%) Data Mining
4 16 (10.60%) Apache Hive
5 14 (9.27%) NoSQL
6 11 (7.28%) QlikView
7 10 (6.62%) Spotfire
8 8 (5.30%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (3.31%) SAP HANA
10 4 (2.65%) Relational Database
11 3 (1.99%) Text Mining
12 2 (1.32%) GIS
12 2 (1.32%) HBase
12 2 (1.32%) Impala
12 2 (1.32%) Mahout
12 2 (1.32%) QGIS
12 2 (1.32%) RDBMS
13 1 (0.66%) Mixpanel
13 1 (0.66%) MySQL
13 1 (0.66%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (2.65%) CasperJS
1 4 (2.65%) HP UFT
1 4 (2.65%) Selenium
2 2 (1.32%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.32%) NUnit
3 1 (0.66%) Visual Studio
General
1 50 (33.11%) Finance
2 19 (12.58%) Front Office
3 16 (10.60%) Banking
4 11 (7.28%) Investment Banking
5 8 (5.30%) Marketing
6 3 (1.99%) Retail
7 2 (1.32%) Advertising
7 2 (1.32%) Automotive
7 2 (1.32%) Games
8 1 (0.66%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.66%) French Language
8 1 (0.66%) German Language
8 1 (0.66%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.66%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 60 (39.74%) Data Scientist
2 42 (27.81%) Developer
3 25 (16.56%) Quantitative Developer
4 15 (9.93%) Machine Learning Scientist
5 12 (7.95%) Analyst
6 11 (7.28%) Architect
7 10 (6.62%) C# Developer
7 10 (6.62%) Data Architect
7 10 (6.62%) Qualitative Analyst
7 10 (6.62%) Quantitative Analyst
8 9 (5.96%) C# Quant Developer
9 8 (5.30%) Consultant
9 8 (5.30%) Hadoop Architect
9 8 (5.30%) Java Architect
9 8 (5.30%) Solr Architect
10 6 (3.97%) C++ Developer
10 6 (3.97%) C++ Quantitative Developer
11 4 (2.65%) QA Leader
11 4 (2.65%) Quantitative Risk Analyst
11 4 (2.65%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (10.60%) Pandas
2 14 (9.27%) D3.js
2 14 (9.27%) Natural Language Processing
3 9 (5.96%) HTML
4 8 (5.30%) .NET
5 7 (4.64%) NumPy
5 7 (4.64%) scikit-learn
5 7 (4.64%) SciPy
6 6 (3.97%) CSS
7 4 (2.65%) Ajax
7 4 (2.65%) AngularJS
7 4 (2.65%) jQuery
7 4 (2.65%) REST
8 3 (1.99%) RESTful
9 2 (1.32%) Cascading
9 2 (1.32%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (1.32%) HTML5
9 2 (1.32%) Middleware
10 1 (0.66%) Managed Extensibility Framework
10 1 (0.66%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 68 (45.03%) Mathematics
2 63 (41.72%) Computer Science
3 41 (27.15%) Statistics
4 37 (24.50%) Analytical Skills
5 33 (21.85%) Algorithms
6 27 (17.88%) Visualisation
7 21 (13.91%) Artificial Intelligence
8 17 (11.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 14 (9.27%) Applied Mathematics
9 14 (9.27%) Physics
10 10 (6.62%) Derivative
11 9 (5.96%) Fixed Income
11 9 (5.96%) Neural Network
12 7 (4.64%) Life Science
13 6 (3.97%) Credit Risk
14 5 (3.31%) Credit Derivative
15 4 (2.65%) Grid Computing
15 4 (2.65%) Smart Energy
16 3 (1.99%) CUDA
16 3 (1.99%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 19 (12.58%) Linux
2 5 (3.31%) Windows
3 3 (1.99%) Android
3 3 (1.99%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.66%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (47.68%) Machine Learning
2 58 (38.41%) Analytics
3 29 (19.21%) Business Intelligence
4 22 (14.57%) Software Engineering
5 20 (13.25%) Data Modelling
6 19 (12.58%) Data Analytics
7 18 (11.92%) Statistical Modelling
8 17 (11.26%) Predictive Analytics
9 16 (10.60%) Data Analysis
10 15 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
11 14 (9.27%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (9.27%) Data Visualisation
12 13 (8.61%) E-Commerce
12 13 (8.61%) Unit Testing
13 12 (7.95%) DevOps
14 11 (7.28%) Validation
15 10 (6.62%) Asset Management
15 10 (6.62%) HOOD
15 10 (6.62%) Statistical Analysis
16 9 (5.96%) Prototyping
Programming Languages
1 92 (60.93%) Python
2 73 (48.34%) R
3 59 (39.07%) C++
4 55 (36.42%) SQL
5 42 (27.81%) Java
6 29 (19.21%) MATLAB
7 23 (15.23%) Scala
8 19 (12.58%) C#
9 7 (4.64%) JavaScript
10 5 (3.31%) C
10 5 (3.31%) VB
11 4 (2.65%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.99%) VBA
13 2 (1.32%) PHP
13 2 (1.32%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.66%) XAML
Qualifications
1 67 (44.37%) Degree
2 4 (2.65%) ISEB
2 4 (2.65%) ISTQB
3 2 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (1.32%) Postgraduate
4 1 (0.66%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.31%) QA
2 2 (1.32%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.32%) SDET
3 1 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (1.32%) HDFS
2 1 (0.66%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (1.32%) Puppet
2 1 (0.66%) Mesos
Vendors
1 13 (8.61%) Tableau
2 5 (3.31%) SAP
3 4 (2.65%) Sybase
4 3 (1.99%) Hortonworks
4 3 (1.99%) IBM
5 2 (1.32%) Cloudera
5 2 (1.32%) Google
5 2 (1.32%) MuleSoft
5 2 (1.32%) Oracle
6 1 (0.66%) ION Trading
6 1 (0.66%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.66%) Splunk
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