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 4 March 2015 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
PhD
Rank 545 519 511
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -8
Contract jobs citing PhD 36 47 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.069% 0.093% 0.051%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.47% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 31 13
Average daily rate
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£400 £650 £525
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-38.46% +23.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £450 £380
10% offered a daily rate of more than £655 £750 £740
UK excluding London average daily rate £301 £400 -
% change year-on-year
-24.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 1
Average hourly rate - £35.00 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +3.70%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £13.43 £33.75
% change year-on-year
- -60.20%

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
11771 9919 8306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.41% 19.59% 18.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6838 5340 4439
Average daily rate £400 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £532
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 463 489
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.51 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.33%

PhD
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing PhD within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 4 March 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PhD within the UK over the 3 months to 4 March 2015. 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 -13 35 £400 -38.46% 68
London -17 28 £400 -38.46% 25
City of London -1 7 £600 -7.69% 8
South East - 6 £301 - 13
Middlesex - 3 £301 -
Surrey - 2 £450 - 8
Leatherhead - 2 £450 -
South West -8 1 £248 -
Scotland -10 1 - - 2
Oxfordshire - 1 £300 - 1
Dorset - 1 £248 -
East Sussex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 3
Hertfordshire - - - - 3
Staffordshire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - - 2
West Midlands - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
North East - - - - 2
North West - - - - 5
Canary Wharf - - - -
East of England - - - - 22
Wimbledon - - - -
New Malden - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - - 1
Oxford - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PhD also 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 that cited PhD.

1 39 (51.32%) Mathematics
2 38 (50.00%) Python
3 37 (48.68%) C++
4 26 (34.21%) Physics
5 25 (32.89%) Computer Science
6 21 (27.63%) R
7 20 (26.32%) Java
8 18 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
8 18 (23.68%) Statistics
9 17 (22.37%) MATLAB
10 16 (21.05%) Finance
10 16 (21.05%) Degree
11 15 (19.74%) Analytics
12 14 (18.42%) Big Data
12 14 (18.42%) Software Engineering
13 13 (17.11%) Hadoop
14 12 (15.79%) C
15 11 (14.47%) C#
15 11 (14.47%) Linux
16 9 (11.84%) Banking
16 9 (11.84%) SQL
16 9 (11.84%) Data Mining
17 8 (10.53%) UNIX
17 8 (10.53%) Windows
17 8 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
17 8 (10.53%) Validation
17 8 (10.53%) Games
17 8 (10.53%) Multithreading
17 8 (10.53%) Machine Learning
18 7 (9.21%) Image Processing

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PhD also 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 that cited PhD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (7.89%) Apache Spark
2 5 (6.58%) SAS
3 4 (5.26%) Apache
4 2 (2.63%) Node.js
4 2 (2.63%) Apache Pig
4 2 (2.63%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (1.32%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Mathematica
2 1 (1.32%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (1.32%) MS Office
2 1 (1.32%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.32%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.32%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.63%) Amazon EC2
1 2 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.63%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.95%) Internet
2 2 (2.63%) DMZ
2 2 (2.63%) DHCP
2 2 (2.63%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.63%) DNS
2 2 (2.63%) NetScaler
3 1 (1.32%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (18.42%) Big Data
2 13 (17.11%) Hadoop
3 9 (11.84%) Data Mining
4 5 (6.58%) Amazon Redshift
4 5 (6.58%) MySQL
5 4 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (3.95%) Apache Hive
6 3 (3.95%) NoSQL
6 3 (3.95%) HBase
6 3 (3.95%) Text Mining
7 2 (2.63%) SQL Server
7 2 (2.63%) Relational Database
8 1 (1.32%) MongoDB
8 1 (1.32%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (1.32%) KDB
Development Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Subversion
2 1 (1.32%) Eclipse RCP
2 1 (1.32%) ReSharper
2 1 (1.32%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.32%) JUnit
2 1 (1.32%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.32%) Eclipse
2 1 (1.32%) NetBeans
General
1 16 (21.05%) Finance
2 9 (11.84%) Banking
3 8 (10.53%) Games
4 7 (9.21%) Front Office
5 6 (7.89%) Investment Banking
6 3 (3.95%) Law
6 3 (3.95%) Publishing
7 2 (2.63%) Retail
7 2 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (2.63%) Japanese Language
8 1 (1.32%) Marketing
8 1 (1.32%) French Language
8 1 (1.32%) Billing
8 1 (1.32%) Legal
8 1 (1.32%) Electronics
8 1 (1.32%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (26.32%) Developer
2 15 (19.74%) Data Scientist
3 11 (14.47%) Quantitative Developer
4 9 (11.84%) C++ Developer
5 8 (10.53%) Software Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Computer Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) C++ Quantitative Developer
7 4 (5.26%) Analyst
7 4 (5.26%) Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Data Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Data Modeller
7 4 (5.26%) Junior
7 4 (5.26%) Big Data Consultant
8 3 (3.95%) Junior Quantitative Developer
8 3 (3.95%) Quantitative Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Junior Developer
8 3 (3.95%) Statistician
9 2 (2.63%) Java Developer
9 2 (2.63%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.89%) .NET
2 5 (6.58%) XML
2 5 (6.58%) OpenMP
3 2 (2.63%) Web Services
4 1 (1.32%) JFreeChart
4 1 (1.32%) Kafka
4 1 (1.32%) Task Parallel Library
4 1 (1.32%) Reactive Extensions
4 1 (1.32%) WPF
4 1 (1.32%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.32%) SWT
4 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (1.32%) SciPy
4 1 (1.32%) NumPy
4 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.32%) CSS
4 1 (1.32%) HTML
4 1 (1.32%) Swing
4 1 (1.32%) J2SE
4 1 (1.32%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 39 (51.32%) Mathematics
2 26 (34.21%) Physics
3 25 (32.89%) Computer Science
4 18 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (23.68%) Statistics
5 6 (7.89%) Algorithms
6 5 (6.58%) Fixed Income
6 5 (6.58%) Clustering
7 4 (5.26%) Data Structures
7 4 (5.26%) User Experience
8 3 (3.95%) Internet of Things
8 3 (3.95%) Mobile App
8 3 (3.95%) Credit Risk
8 3 (3.95%) Visualisation
8 3 (3.95%) Management Information System
9 2 (2.63%) Derivative
9 2 (2.63%) Equity Derivative
9 2 (2.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (2.63%) Social Media
9 2 (2.63%) Applied Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 11 (14.47%) Linux
2 8 (10.53%) UNIX
2 8 (10.53%) Windows
3 3 (3.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.32%) Mac OS X Server
5 1 (1.32%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.32%) CentOS
5 1 (1.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (19.74%) Analytics
2 14 (18.42%) Software Engineering
3 8 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (10.53%) Validation
3 8 (10.53%) Multithreading
3 8 (10.53%) Machine Learning
4 7 (9.21%) Image Processing
4 7 (9.21%) Video Processing
4 7 (9.21%) Predictive Modelling
5 6 (7.89%) Monte Carlo Method
5 6 (7.89%) Statistical Modelling
5 6 (7.89%) Signal Processing
6 5 (6.58%) Parallel Computing
6 5 (6.58%) Logistic Regression
6 5 (6.58%) Data Modelling
7 4 (5.26%) ETL
7 4 (5.26%) Operations Research
7 4 (5.26%) MapReduce
7 4 (5.26%) Regression Analysis
8 3 (3.95%) Linear Regression
Programming Languages
1 38 (50.00%) Python
2 37 (48.68%) C++
3 21 (27.63%) R
4 20 (26.32%) Java
5 17 (22.37%) MATLAB
6 12 (15.79%) C
7 11 (14.47%) C#
8 9 (11.84%) SQL
9 6 (7.89%) Scala
10 5 (6.58%) Fortran
11 3 (3.95%) Bash Shell
11 3 (3.95%) Haskell
11 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
11 3 (3.95%) VBA
12 2 (2.63%) Perl
12 2 (2.63%) Clojure
12 2 (2.63%) Golang
13 1 (1.32%) PowerShell
13 1 (1.32%) F#
13 1 (1.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 16 (21.05%) Degree
2 4 (5.26%) SC Cleared
2 4 (5.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.63%) CDISC
2 1 (1.32%) QA
2 1 (1.32%) GCP
System Software
1 4 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.95%) HDFS
3 2 (2.63%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.63%) XenApp
3 2 (2.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (5.26%) NetBackup
2 1 (1.32%) yum
2 1 (1.32%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (6.58%) Tableau
2 4 (5.26%) VMware
2 4 (5.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.26%) Symantec
2 4 (5.26%) Oracle
2 4 (5.26%) Hortonworks
2 4 (5.26%) Cloudera
3 2 (2.63%) Netezza
3 2 (2.63%) Citrix
3 2 (2.63%) MicroStrategy
3 2 (2.63%) NetApp
3 2 (2.63%) Veeam
3 2 (2.63%) Vertica
4 1 (1.32%) Sybase
4 1 (1.32%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.32%) Apple
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