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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PhD
UK
Rank 486 532 589
Rank change year-on-year
+46 +57
Contract jobs citing PhD 110 92 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.18% 0.060%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 0.85% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 56 25
Median daily rate £620 £700 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.42% +75.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £464 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £1,100 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £600 £300
% change year-on-year
-17.50% +99.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 0
Median hourly rate £33.00 £100.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-67.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.50 - -

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
9432 10878 10377
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.80% 21.26% 20.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 6090 6726 5935
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 445 488
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +74.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.09 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

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 21 February 2017.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PhD within the UK over the 3 months to 21 February 2017.

PhD Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

PhD
Top 19 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 21 February 2017. 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 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 +56 109 £620 -11.42% 126
London +43 102 £620 -11.42% 61
City of London -4 13 £500 -28.57% 16
North West +24 2 £313 -53.70% 5
Warrington - 2 £313 -
Cheshire - 2 £313 - 1
Berkshire +19 1 - - 1
South East +9 1 - - 14
Cambridgeshire +5 1 - - 29
East of England +1 1 - - 32
West Midlands - 1 - - 2
South West - 1 £495 - 6
Yorkshire - 1 £900 - 3
Wiltshire - 1 £495 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £900 - 1
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Salisbury - 1 £495 -
Leeds - 1 £900 - 1
Bracknell - 1 - - 1

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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.

1 105 (51.98%) Python
2 97 (48.02%) Mathematics
3 77 (38.12%) Computer Science
4 75 (37.13%) R
4 75 (37.13%) Analytics
5 68 (33.66%) C++
6 60 (29.70%) Statistics
6 60 (29.70%) Big Data
7 57 (28.22%) Banking
8 55 (27.23%) Degree
9 53 (26.24%) Machine Learning
10 51 (25.25%) SQL
11 49 (24.26%) Hadoop
12 48 (23.76%) Agile Software Development
13 47 (23.27%) Investment Banking
14 45 (22.28%) Finance
15 42 (20.79%) Front Office
15 42 (20.79%) Scala
16 40 (19.80%) Apache Spark
17 39 (19.31%) Java
18 34 (16.83%) Algorithms
19 28 (13.86%) C#
20 26 (12.87%) Business Intelligence
20 26 (12.87%) Analytical Skills
21 25 (12.38%) Linux
22 24 (11.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
23 23 (11.39%) MATLAB
23 23 (11.39%) OO
24 21 (10.40%) Windows
24 21 (10.40%) Visualisation

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 40 (19.80%) Apache Spark
2 10 (4.95%) Apache
3 8 (3.96%) Apache Pig
3 8 (3.96%) SAS
4 6 (2.97%) Apache Solr
4 6 (2.97%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.99%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.50%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 16 (7.92%) Spreadsheet
2 5 (2.48%) SPSS
3 4 (1.98%) LaTeX
4 3 (1.49%) Doxygen
4 3 (1.49%) Stata
5 2 (0.99%) MS Excel
6 1 (0.50%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.50%) MS Office
6 1 (0.50%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.50%) Weka
Business Applications
1 2 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.94%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (2.97%) PaaS
2 6 (2.97%) SaaS
3 4 (1.98%) GitHub
4 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.99%) Amazon Kinesis
5 2 (0.99%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.50%) Flurry Analytics
6 1 (0.50%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.50%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.49%) HTTP
1 3 (1.49%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (29.70%) Big Data
2 49 (24.26%) Hadoop
3 19 (9.41%) NoSQL
4 18 (8.91%) Tick Data
5 16 (7.92%) Apache Hive
6 14 (6.93%) MongoDB
7 12 (5.94%) Data Mining
7 12 (5.94%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (5.94%) RDBMS
7 12 (5.94%) Relational Database
8 9 (4.46%) Apache Cassandra
8 9 (4.46%) QlikView
9 6 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (2.48%) Spotfire
11 4 (1.98%) HBase
12 3 (1.49%) Data Lake
12 3 (1.49%) Flink
12 3 (1.49%) KDB
12 3 (1.49%) Neo4j
12 3 (1.49%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 14 (6.93%) Git (software)
2 9 (4.46%) JIRA
3 4 (1.98%) CasperJS
3 4 (1.98%) HP UFT
3 4 (1.98%) Selenium
4 3 (1.49%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.99%) NUnit
5 2 (0.99%) Visual Studio
General
1 57 (28.22%) Banking
2 47 (23.27%) Investment Banking
3 45 (22.28%) Finance
4 42 (20.79%) Front Office
5 10 (4.95%) Retail
6 9 (4.46%) Marketing
7 4 (1.98%) Electronics
7 4 (1.98%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.49%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.49%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.99%) Automotive
9 2 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.99%) Publishing
10 1 (0.50%) Advertising
10 1 (0.50%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.50%) French Language
10 1 (0.50%) Games
10 1 (0.50%) German Language
10 1 (0.50%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.50%) Military
Job Titles
1 71 (35.15%) Developer
2 55 (27.23%) Data Scientist
3 40 (19.80%) Quantitative Developer
4 29 (14.36%) Analyst
5 25 (12.38%) C++ Developer
6 17 (8.42%) Qualitative Analyst
6 17 (8.42%) Quantitative Analyst
7 16 (7.92%) Python Developer
8 14 (6.93%) Architect
8 14 (6.93%) Risk Analyst
9 12 (5.94%) Machine Learning Scientist
10 11 (5.45%) C++ Quantitative Developer
10 11 (5.45%) Data Engineer
10 11 (5.45%) Front Office Developer
11 10 (4.95%) Data Analyst
12 9 (4.46%) Analyst Developer
12 9 (4.46%) Big Data Engineer
12 9 (4.46%) Data Architect
12 9 (4.46%) Hadoop Engineer
13 8 (3.96%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (6.93%) Pandas
1 14 (6.93%) scikit-learn
2 13 (6.44%) Natural Language Processing
3 10 (4.95%) NumPy
4 9 (4.46%) .NET
4 9 (4.46%) D3.js
4 9 (4.46%) SciPy
5 6 (2.97%) AngularJS
5 6 (2.97%) Kafka
6 4 (1.98%) Ajax
6 4 (1.98%) Akka
6 4 (1.98%) HTML
6 4 (1.98%) jQuery
7 3 (1.49%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.49%) CSS
7 3 (1.49%) Middleware
7 3 (1.49%) REST
7 3 (1.49%) WCF
7 3 (1.49%) WPF
8 2 (0.99%) Managed Extensibility Framework
Miscellaneous
1 77 (38.12%) Computer Science
2 34 (16.83%) Algorithms
3 26 (12.87%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (11.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 14 (6.93%) Market Risk
6 13 (6.44%) Credit Risk
7 11 (5.45%) Derivative
8 10 (4.95%) Fintech
9 6 (2.97%) Credit Derivative
10 5 (2.48%) FMCG
10 5 (2.48%) User Experience
11 4 (1.98%) Fixed Income
12 3 (1.49%) Life Science
12 3 (1.49%) Social Media
13 2 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
13 2 (0.99%) Equities
13 2 (0.99%) SCADA
13 2 (0.99%) Smartphone
13 2 (0.99%) Wiki
14 1 (0.50%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 25 (12.38%) Linux
2 21 (10.40%) Windows
3 1 (0.50%) Android
3 1 (0.50%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.50%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (48.02%) Mathematics
2 75 (37.13%) Analytics
3 60 (29.70%) Statistics
4 53 (26.24%) Machine Learning
5 48 (23.76%) Agile Software Development
6 26 (12.87%) Business Intelligence
7 23 (11.39%) OO
8 21 (10.40%) Visualisation
9 19 (9.41%) Scrum
10 18 (8.91%) Memory Management
10 18 (8.91%) Release Management
11 17 (8.42%) Open Source
12 15 (7.43%) Data Modelling
12 15 (7.43%) Data Visualisation
13 14 (6.93%) Data Analytics
13 14 (6.93%) PnL Attribution
14 13 (6.44%) Applied Mathematics
14 13 (6.44%) Artificial Intelligence
14 13 (6.44%) Software Engineering
15 12 (5.94%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 105 (51.98%) Python
2 75 (37.13%) R
3 68 (33.66%) C++
4 51 (25.25%) SQL
5 42 (20.79%) Scala
6 39 (19.31%) Java
7 28 (13.86%) C#
8 23 (11.39%) MATLAB
9 8 (3.96%) Go
9 8 (3.96%) Rust
10 7 (3.47%) JavaScript
11 6 (2.97%) Shell Script
12 4 (1.98%) C
13 2 (0.99%) Clojure
13 2 (0.99%) PowerShell
13 2 (0.99%) VBA
14 1 (0.50%) Haskell
14 1 (0.50%) Lisp
14 1 (0.50%) PHP
14 1 (0.50%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 55 (27.23%) Degree
2 8 (3.96%) MBA
3 4 (1.98%) ISEB
3 4 (1.98%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.49%) Postgraduate
5 2 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.50%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.48%) QA
2 3 (1.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (0.99%) SDET
4 1 (0.50%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 5 (2.48%) HDFS
2 1 (0.50%) Docker
2 1 (0.50%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (1.98%) Hadoop YARN
2 3 (1.49%) Puppet
3 2 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.50%) Mesos
Vendors
1 16 (7.92%) Bloomberg
1 16 (7.92%) Reuters
2 15 (7.43%) Tableau
3 9 (4.46%) Google
4 7 (3.47%) Hortonworks
4 7 (3.47%) SAP
5 4 (1.98%) Alteryx
5 4 (1.98%) Oracle
5 4 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (1.98%) Sybase
6 3 (1.49%) Cloudera
6 3 (1.49%) IBM
6 3 (1.49%) MuleSoft
6 3 (1.49%) Splunk
7 1 (0.50%) Cadence
7 1 (0.50%) Microsoft
7 1 (0.50%) Siemens
7 1 (0.50%) Snowplow
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