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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
PhD
Rank 548 554 493
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -61
Contract jobs citing PhD 72 57 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.10% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.67% 0.55% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 44 56
Average daily rate
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£538 £700 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.21% +21.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £302 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £800 £688
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £350 £250
% change year-on-year
+17.85% +40.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 4
Average hourly rate £28.69 £30.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.36% -25.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.69 - -

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
10819 10417 9038
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.03% 19.06% 17.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 6459 5859 4848
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 521 459 499
Average hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 31 July 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
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 31 July 2015.

PhD Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

PhD
Top 28 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 31 July 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 -11 69 £538 -23.21% 80
London +1 52 £600 -14.28% 40
City of London +1 21 £650 -8.80% 15
South East -6 7 £413 +17.85% 7
East of England +3 4 £588 - 25
Oxfordshire -21 4 £413 +25.95% 4
Oxford -18 3 £413 +25.95% 2
Yorkshire - 3 - -
Leeds - 3 - -
West Yorkshire - 3 - -
Hertfordshire - 3 £625 - 1
West Midlands +4 2 - - 1
Birmingham +3 1 - -
Scotland -10 1 - - 1
North West -26 1 - - 2
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Warwick - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - - 1
Berkshire - 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 £325 - 1
Hampshire - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £325 - 1
Daresbury - 1 - -
St Albans - 1 £625 -
Norwich - 1 £550 -
Abingdon - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - - 1
Norfolk - 1 £550 -

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 45 (40.54%) C++
2 43 (38.74%) Python
3 40 (36.04%) Computer Science
4 36 (32.43%) Mathematics
5 34 (30.63%) Degree
6 33 (29.73%) Finance
7 31 (27.93%) Analytical Skills
8 30 (27.03%) Analytics
9 25 (22.52%) R
10 24 (21.62%) Java
11 23 (20.72%) SQL
11 23 (20.72%) Physics
12 22 (19.82%) Linux
13 19 (17.12%) Statistics
13 19 (17.12%) Big Data
13 19 (17.12%) Algorithms
14 18 (16.22%) Hadoop
15 17 (15.32%) C#
16 14 (12.61%) Machine Learning
17 13 (11.71%) Credit Risk
17 13 (11.71%) Banking
17 13 (11.71%) Front Office
17 13 (11.71%) Windows
18 12 (10.81%) Predictive Modelling
19 11 (9.91%) Statistical Modelling
19 11 (9.91%) MATLAB
19 11 (9.91%) Manufacturing
20 10 (9.01%) Agile Software Development
20 10 (9.01%) SAS
20 10 (9.01%) Visualisation

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 10 (9.01%) SAS
2 6 (5.41%) Apache Pig
3 5 (4.50%) Apache Spark
4 4 (3.60%) Node.js
5 3 (2.70%) Apache
6 1 (0.90%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.70%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.80%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.90%) SPSS
3 1 (0.90%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.60%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.80%) SaaS
2 2 (1.80%) Amazon EMR
2 2 (1.80%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.41%) Internet
2 5 (4.50%) Broadband
3 3 (2.70%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.80%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (1.80%) Network Security
5 1 (0.90%) ATM
5 1 (0.90%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (17.12%) Big Data
2 18 (16.22%) Hadoop
3 6 (5.41%) Apache Hive
3 6 (5.41%) KDB
3 6 (5.41%) Data Mining
4 4 (3.60%) Spotfire
5 3 (2.70%) HBase
6 2 (1.80%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.80%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (1.80%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.80%) MySQL
7 1 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.90%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.90%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.90%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.90%) ClearCase
1 1 (0.90%) HP UFT
1 1 (0.90%) ProC
1 1 (0.90%) JIRA
1 1 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 33 (29.73%) Finance
2 13 (11.71%) Front Office
2 13 (11.71%) Banking
3 11 (9.91%) Manufacturing
4 8 (7.21%) Investment Banking
4 8 (7.21%) Telecoms
5 5 (4.50%) Financial Institution
6 4 (3.60%) Marketing
7 3 (2.70%) Electronics
8 2 (1.80%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.80%) Japanese Language
8 2 (1.80%) Retail
8 2 (1.80%) Games
8 2 (1.80%) Legal
9 1 (0.90%) Military
9 1 (0.90%) Advertising
9 1 (0.90%) Back Office
9 1 (0.90%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.90%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 30 (27.03%) Developer
2 28 (25.23%) Data Scientist
3 14 (12.61%) Analyst
3 14 (12.61%) C++ Developer
4 13 (11.71%) Quantitative Developer
4 13 (11.71%) Senior Developer
4 13 (11.71%) C++ Quantitative Developer
5 8 (7.21%) Data Analyst
5 8 (7.21%) Java Developer
6 7 (6.31%) Senior Java Developer
7 5 (4.50%) Quantitative Analyst
8 4 (3.60%) Data Modeller
8 4 (3.60%) C# Developer
8 4 (3.60%) Programmer
8 4 (3.60%) Architect
8 4 (3.60%) Research Manager
9 3 (2.70%) Research Engineer
9 3 (2.70%) Senior C++ Developer
9 3 (2.70%) Cyber Security Engineer
9 3 (2.70%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.50%) Middleware
2 3 (2.70%) XML
2 3 (2.70%) STL
2 3 (2.70%) WPF
3 2 (1.80%) SciPy
3 2 (1.80%) NumPy
3 2 (1.80%) Web Services
3 2 (1.80%) .NET
3 2 (1.80%) OpenMP
4 1 (0.90%) OpenGL
4 1 (0.90%) CSS
4 1 (0.90%) Matplotlib
4 1 (0.90%) D3.js
4 1 (0.90%) Highcharts JS
4 1 (0.90%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.90%) Pyramid
4 1 (0.90%) Pandas
4 1 (0.90%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (36.04%) Computer Science
2 36 (32.43%) Mathematics
3 31 (27.93%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (20.72%) Physics
5 19 (17.12%) Statistics
5 19 (17.12%) Algorithms
6 13 (11.71%) Credit Risk
7 10 (9.01%) Data Structures
7 10 (9.01%) Visualisation
8 7 (6.31%) Economics
9 6 (5.41%) Management Information System
9 6 (5.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (4.50%) Internet of Things
11 3 (2.70%) User Experience
11 3 (2.70%) Hedge funds
11 3 (2.70%) Neural Network
12 2 (1.80%) Equity Derivative
12 2 (1.80%) Applied Mathematics
12 2 (1.80%) Fixed Income
12 2 (1.80%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 22 (19.82%) Linux
2 13 (11.71%) Windows
3 5 (4.50%) UNIX
4 1 (0.90%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.90%) Mac OS X Server
4 1 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.90%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (27.03%) Analytics
2 14 (12.61%) Machine Learning
3 12 (10.81%) Predictive Modelling
4 11 (9.91%) Statistical Modelling
5 10 (9.01%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (9.01%) Software Engineering
6 9 (8.11%) Data Analysis
6 9 (8.11%) Statistical Analysis
7 8 (7.21%) Logistic Regression
7 8 (7.21%) Algorithmic Trading
7 8 (7.21%) Cyber Security
8 7 (6.31%) Low Latency
8 7 (6.31%) Regression Analysis
8 7 (6.31%) OO
8 7 (6.31%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (5.41%) Project Management
9 6 (5.41%) Multithreading
9 6 (5.41%) Market Making
9 6 (5.41%) FX Algorithmic Trading
10 5 (4.50%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 45 (40.54%) C++
2 43 (38.74%) Python
3 25 (22.52%) R
4 24 (21.62%) Java
5 23 (20.72%) SQL
6 17 (15.32%) C#
7 11 (9.91%) MATLAB
8 7 (6.31%) Scala
8 7 (6.31%) C
9 4 (3.60%) Perl
10 3 (2.70%) Bash Shell
10 3 (2.70%) Clojure
10 3 (2.70%) C++/CLI
10 3 (2.70%) Haskell
10 3 (2.70%) JavaScript
10 3 (2.70%) VBA
11 2 (1.80%) Go
12 1 (0.90%) Fortran
Qualifications
1 34 (30.63%) Degree
2 2 (1.80%) SC Cleared
2 2 (1.80%) Security Cleared
2 2 (1.80%) Postgraduate
2 2 (1.80%) CISSP
2 2 (1.80%) CISA
2 2 (1.80%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.80%) COBIT
2 1 (0.90%) QA
System Software
1 5 (4.50%) HDFS
2 2 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (4.50%) OPNET
2 2 (1.80%) NetBackup
3 1 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (4.50%) Oracle
2 4 (3.60%) Tableau
3 3 (2.70%) Microsoft
3 3 (2.70%) Perforce
4 2 (1.80%) VMware
4 2 (1.80%) Netezza
4 2 (1.80%) Veeam
4 2 (1.80%) MicroStrategy
4 2 (1.80%) Vertica
4 2 (1.80%) Hortonworks
4 2 (1.80%) Cloudera
4 2 (1.80%) Symantec
5 1 (0.90%) Apple
5 1 (0.90%) Adobe
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