The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
PhD
Rank 531 477 546
Rank change year-on-year
-54 +69
Contract jobs citing PhD 57 86 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.17% 0.074%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.55% 0.95% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 56 16
Average daily rate
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£700 £575 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% +4.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £325 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £688 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £250 £275
% change year-on-year
+40.00% -9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 1
Average hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +6.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10411 9079 9835
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.05% 17.76% 17.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 5857 4871 5075
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 502 611
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.96 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 30 July 2014.

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 30 July 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 -60 55 £700 +21.73% 86
London -3 49 £700 +16.66% 47
City of London -2 11 £713 +29.59% 13
South East - 3 £350 - 7
Oxfordshire - 2 £328 - 4
Oxford - 2 £328 - 4
West Midlands -15 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire -19 1 - - 19
Scotland -23 1 - -
East of England -26 1 - - 22
Surrey - 1 £800 - 1
Cambridge - 1 - - 19
Chessington - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Dundee - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Gloucester - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Leamington Spa - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leighton Buzzard - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
New Malden - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - - 1
Northampton - - - - 1
Aylesbury - - - -
Bath - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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 72 (54.55%) C++
2 71 (53.79%) Mathematics
3 61 (46.21%) Degree
4 52 (39.39%) Computer Science
5 48 (36.36%) Finance
6 38 (28.79%) Analytics
7 35 (26.52%) SQL
8 34 (25.76%) Statistics
9 33 (25.00%) Front Office
10 30 (22.73%) Physics
11 24 (18.18%) Big Data
12 22 (16.67%) R
12 22 (16.67%) Hadoop
13 21 (15.91%) Java
13 21 (15.91%) Python
14 20 (15.15%) VBA
15 18 (13.64%) Data Analysis
16 14 (10.61%) C#
16 14 (10.61%) Software Engineering
17 12 (9.09%) Economics
17 12 (9.09%) Statistical Analysis
17 12 (9.09%) Derivative
17 12 (9.09%) Multithreading
17 12 (9.09%) MBA
18 11 (8.33%) Banking
18 11 (8.33%) Linux
18 11 (8.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 11 (8.33%) Apache Hive
19 10 (7.58%) MapReduce
19 10 (7.58%) Boost C++ Libraries

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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 9 (6.82%) SAS
1 9 (6.82%) Apache Pig
2 2 (1.52%) IIS
2 2 (1.52%) Node.js
2 2 (1.52%) Confluence
Applications
1 5 (3.79%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.27%) SPSS
3 1 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.76%) Simulink
3 1 (0.76%) MS Office
3 1 (0.76%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.76%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.79%) CDMA
2 3 (2.27%) LTE
2 3 (2.27%) WCDMA
3 1 (0.76%) NFC
3 1 (0.76%) SNA
3 1 (0.76%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (18.18%) Big Data
2 22 (16.67%) Hadoop
3 11 (8.33%) Apache Hive
4 10 (7.58%) Data Mining
5 5 (3.79%) NoSQL
5 5 (3.79%) KDB
6 4 (3.03%) HBase
6 4 (3.03%) MongoDB
7 3 (2.27%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (2.27%) SQL Server
7 3 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (2.27%) Text Mining
7 3 (2.27%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (1.52%) RavenDB
9 1 (0.76%) Mahout
9 1 (0.76%) Base SAS
9 1 (0.76%) SAS Enterprise Guide
9 1 (0.76%) SAS Enterprise Miner
9 1 (0.76%) MySQL
9 1 (0.76%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
1 2 (1.52%) Subversion
1 2 (1.52%) TeamCity
1 2 (1.52%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.52%) JIRA
1 2 (1.52%) LLVM
2 1 (0.76%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (0.76%) Eclipse RCP
2 1 (0.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.76%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (0.76%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.76%) Eclipse
General
1 48 (36.36%) Finance
2 33 (25.00%) Front Office
3 11 (8.33%) Banking
4 7 (5.30%) Electronics
5 6 (4.55%) Games
6 4 (3.03%) Telecoms
6 4 (3.03%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (3.03%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.52%) Advertising
7 2 (1.52%) German Language
7 2 (1.52%) Marketing
8 1 (0.76%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.76%) Law
8 1 (0.76%) Legal
8 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.76%) Publishing
8 1 (0.76%) Military
8 1 (0.76%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (29.55%) Developer
2 36 (27.27%) Analyst
3 22 (16.67%) Quantitative Analyst
4 19 (14.39%) Quantitative Developer
5 17 (12.88%) C++ Developer
6 15 (11.36%) Data Scientist
7 11 (8.33%) Data Analyst
7 11 (8.33%) C++ Quantitative Developer
8 10 (7.58%) Software Engineer
9 9 (6.82%) Front Office Developer
10 5 (3.79%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (3.79%) Research Scientist
11 4 (3.03%) Java Developer
11 4 (3.03%) Senior Quantitative Analyst
12 3 (2.27%) Excel Developer
12 3 (2.27%) Consultant
12 3 (2.27%) Programmer
12 3 (2.27%) Data Manager
12 3 (2.27%) Developer Analyst
13 2 (1.52%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.58%) MapReduce
1 10 (7.58%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 10 (7.58%) STL
2 6 (4.55%) .NET
2 6 (4.55%) OpenGL
2 6 (4.55%) Qt
3 5 (3.79%) OpenGL ES
4 3 (2.27%) Direct3D
4 3 (2.27%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.52%) OpenCL
5 2 (1.52%) Classic ASP
5 2 (1.52%) WPF
5 2 (1.52%) SciPy
5 2 (1.52%) NumPy
6 1 (0.76%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.76%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (0.76%) Natural Language Processing
6 1 (0.76%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.76%) jQuery
6 1 (0.76%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 71 (53.79%) Mathematics
2 52 (39.39%) Computer Science
3 34 (25.76%) Statistics
4 30 (22.73%) Physics
5 12 (9.09%) Economics
5 12 (9.09%) Derivative
6 11 (8.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (7.58%) Fixed Income
8 6 (4.55%) Visualisation
9 5 (3.79%) 3D Graphics
9 5 (3.79%) Embedded Systems
10 4 (3.03%) Market Risk
10 4 (3.03%) Hedge funds
11 3 (2.27%) SCADA
11 3 (2.27%) RenderMan
11 3 (2.27%) Equities
12 2 (1.52%) Device Driver
12 2 (1.52%) Wiki
12 2 (1.52%) Neural Network
12 2 (1.52%) Equity Derivative
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.33%) Linux
2 6 (4.55%) Windows
2 6 (4.55%) Android
3 3 (2.27%) UNIX
4 1 (0.76%) CentOS
4 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (28.79%) Analytics
2 18 (13.64%) Data Analysis
3 14 (10.61%) Software Engineering
4 12 (9.09%) Statistical Analysis
4 12 (9.09%) Multithreading
5 10 (7.58%) Validation
6 8 (6.06%) Machine Learning
7 7 (5.30%) Monte Carlo Method
8 5 (3.79%) Workflow
8 5 (3.79%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (3.03%) Risk Management
9 4 (3.03%) Configuration Management
9 4 (3.03%) Statistical Modelling
10 3 (2.27%) Predictive Modelling
10 3 (2.27%) Data Analytics
10 3 (2.27%) Signal Processing
10 3 (2.27%) Logistics
10 3 (2.27%) Algorithmic Trading
10 3 (2.27%) Quantitative Analysis
10 3 (2.27%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 72 (54.55%) C++
2 35 (26.52%) SQL
3 22 (16.67%) R
4 21 (15.91%) Java
4 21 (15.91%) Python
5 20 (15.15%) VBA
6 14 (10.61%) C#
7 10 (7.58%) C
8 8 (6.06%) Scala
9 6 (4.55%) MATLAB
10 5 (3.79%) GLSL
10 5 (3.79%) HLSL
11 4 (3.03%) Perl
11 4 (3.03%) Ruby
12 2 (1.52%) JavaScript
12 2 (1.52%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.76%) Embedded C
13 1 (0.76%) VB
Qualifications
1 61 (46.21%) Degree
2 12 (9.09%) MBA
3 1 (0.76%) DV Cleared
3 1 (0.76%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.76%) CCNA
3 1 (0.76%) ISEB
3 1 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.76%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.52%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (0.76%) Solvency II
2 1 (0.76%) Basel III
2 1 (0.76%) QA
2 1 (0.76%) CDISC
2 1 (0.76%) Basel II
System Software
1 1 (0.76%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 1 (0.76%) Puppet
1 1 (0.76%) YUM
1 1 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.76%) Ganglia
1 1 (0.76%) Nagios
Vendors
1 5 (3.79%) Tableau
1 5 (3.79%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.27%) Oracle
3 2 (1.52%) Perforce
3 2 (1.52%) Atlassian
4 1 (0.76%) Talend
4 1 (0.76%) Cloudera
4 1 (0.76%) Splunk
4 1 (0.76%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.76%) IBM
4 1 (0.76%) HP
4 1 (0.76%) i2
4 1 (0.76%) MicroStrategy
4 1 (0.76%) SAP
4 1 (0.76%) Teradata
4 1 (0.76%) MapR
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