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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PhD
UK
Rank 490 530 572
Rank change year-on-year
+40 +42
Contract jobs citing PhD 107 92 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.18% 0.063%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 0.86% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 50 26
Median daily rate £620 £675 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.14% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £371 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £1,100 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £675 £550 £305
% change year-on-year
+22.72% +80.18%
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
9111 10677 10412
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.36% 21.02% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 5799 6487 6098
Median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 499 490
Median hourly rate £29.00 £37.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.66% +102.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-25.64% +100.00%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 20 January 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 +56 107 £620 -8.14% 134
London +47 95 £620 -9.81% 68
City of London -1 11 £563 -18.18% 17
South East +10 5 £675 +100.00% 10
Milton Keynes +7 3 £675 +154.71%
Buckinghamshire +5 3 £675 +154.71%
East of England +3 3 - - 36
Cambridgeshire +2 3 - - 28
North West +21 2 £463 -23.86% 8
Berkshire +15 2 - - 2
Leeds +13 1 £900 +260.00% 1
West Yorkshire +12 1 £900 +260.00% 1
Yorkshire +7 1 £900 +260.00% 1
Cambridge +3 1 - - 24
Warrington - 1 - -
Reading - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - - 3

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 97 (51.60%) Python
2 85 (45.21%) Mathematics
3 74 (39.36%) Computer Science
4 73 (38.83%) R
5 69 (36.70%) Analytics
6 64 (34.04%) Big Data
7 61 (32.45%) C++
8 60 (31.91%) Degree
9 56 (29.79%) Machine Learning
10 54 (28.72%) Statistics
11 51 (27.13%) Hadoop
12 47 (25.00%) Banking
13 45 (23.94%) SQL
13 45 (23.94%) Scala
14 43 (22.87%) Agile Software Development
14 43 (22.87%) Front Office
15 42 (22.34%) Finance
16 39 (20.74%) Apache Spark
17 38 (20.21%) Investment Banking
18 35 (18.62%) Java
19 32 (17.02%) Algorithms
20 29 (15.43%) Business Intelligence
21 27 (14.36%) Analytical Skills
22 24 (12.77%) Data Modelling
22 24 (12.77%) Visualisation
23 23 (12.23%) C#
24 22 (11.70%) MATLAB
25 21 (11.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
26 20 (10.64%) Linux
27 18 (9.57%) OO

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 39 (20.74%) Apache Spark
2 11 (5.85%) Apache
3 10 (5.32%) SAS
4 8 (4.26%) Apache Pig
4 8 (4.26%) Apache Solr
4 8 (4.26%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.06%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.53%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 11 (5.85%) Spreadsheet
2 4 (2.13%) LaTeX
3 3 (1.60%) Doxygen
3 3 (1.60%) SPSS
3 3 (1.60%) Stata
4 2 (1.06%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.53%) MS Excel
5 1 (0.53%) MS Office
5 1 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.06%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.38%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (4.26%) PaaS
2 8 (4.26%) SaaS
3 3 (1.60%) GitHub
3 3 (1.60%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.06%) Amazon Kinesis
4 2 (1.06%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
4 2 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.53%) Flurry Analytics
5 1 (0.53%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.53%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.13%) HTTP
1 4 (2.13%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (34.04%) Big Data
2 51 (27.13%) Hadoop
3 17 (9.04%) Apache Hive
4 15 (7.98%) NoSQL
5 13 (6.91%) Tick Data
6 12 (6.38%) RDBMS
6 12 (6.38%) Relational Database
7 11 (5.85%) MongoDB
8 10 (5.32%) PostgreSQL
8 10 (5.32%) QlikView
9 9 (4.79%) Data Mining
10 8 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (3.72%) Spotfire
12 6 (3.19%) Apache Cassandra
13 5 (2.66%) HBase
14 3 (1.60%) Data Lake
14 3 (1.60%) Flink
14 3 (1.60%) Neo4j
14 3 (1.60%) Text Mining
15 2 (1.06%) GIS
Development Applications
1 11 (5.85%) Git (software)
2 7 (3.72%) JIRA
3 4 (2.13%) CasperJS
3 4 (2.13%) HP UFT
3 4 (2.13%) Selenium
4 3 (1.60%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.06%) NUnit
5 2 (1.06%) Visual Studio
General
1 47 (25.00%) Banking
2 43 (22.87%) Front Office
3 42 (22.34%) Finance
4 38 (20.21%) Investment Banking
5 12 (6.38%) Marketing
6 9 (4.79%) Retail
7 4 (2.13%) Electronics
7 4 (2.13%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.60%) Automotive
8 3 (1.60%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.60%) Manufacturing
9 2 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (1.06%) Publishing
10 1 (0.53%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.53%) French Language
10 1 (0.53%) Games
10 1 (0.53%) German Language
10 1 (0.53%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.53%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 61 (32.45%) Developer
2 58 (30.85%) Data Scientist
3 31 (16.49%) Quantitative Developer
4 28 (14.89%) Analyst
5 23 (12.23%) C++ Developer
6 16 (8.51%) Architect
6 16 (8.51%) Qualitative Analyst
6 16 (8.51%) Quantitative Analyst
7 14 (7.45%) Machine Learning Scientist
7 14 (7.45%) Risk Analyst
8 11 (5.85%) Data Architect
8 11 (5.85%) Python Developer
9 10 (5.32%) C++ Quantitative Developer
10 9 (4.79%) Analyst Developer
10 9 (4.79%) Data Analyst
10 9 (4.79%) Data Engineer
11 8 (4.26%) Hadoop Architect
11 8 (4.26%) Java Architect
11 8 (4.26%) Solr Architect
12 7 (3.72%) Quantitative Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (7.98%) Natural Language Processing
1 15 (7.98%) scikit-learn
2 14 (7.45%) Pandas
3 12 (6.38%) D3.js
4 10 (5.32%) NumPy
4 10 (5.32%) SciPy
5 7 (3.72%) .NET
6 6 (3.19%) AngularJS
6 6 (3.19%) HTML
7 5 (2.66%) Ajax
7 5 (2.66%) jQuery
8 4 (2.13%) Akka
8 4 (2.13%) CSS
8 4 (2.13%) Kafka
8 4 (2.13%) REST
9 3 (1.60%) Middleware
9 3 (1.60%) RESTful
9 3 (1.60%) WCF
9 3 (1.60%) WPF
10 2 (1.06%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 85 (45.21%) Mathematics
2 74 (39.36%) Computer Science
3 54 (28.72%) Statistics
4 32 (17.02%) Algorithms
5 27 (14.36%) Analytical Skills
6 24 (12.77%) Visualisation
7 21 (11.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 16 (8.51%) Applied Mathematics
8 16 (8.51%) Artificial Intelligence
9 12 (6.38%) Physics
10 11 (5.85%) Derivative
10 11 (5.85%) Market Risk
11 10 (5.32%) Credit Risk
11 10 (5.32%) Neural Network
12 9 (4.79%) Fintech
13 6 (3.19%) Life Science
14 5 (2.66%) Credit Derivative
14 5 (2.66%) Economics
14 5 (2.66%) Fixed Income
14 5 (2.66%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 20 (10.64%) Linux
2 17 (9.04%) Windows
3 2 (1.06%) Android
3 2 (1.06%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.53%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (36.70%) Analytics
2 56 (29.79%) Machine Learning
3 43 (22.87%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (15.43%) Business Intelligence
5 24 (12.77%) Data Modelling
6 18 (9.57%) OO
7 17 (9.04%) Scrum
8 16 (8.51%) Software Engineering
9 14 (7.45%) Data Visualisation
9 14 (7.45%) Open Source
9 14 (7.45%) Predictive Analytics
10 13 (6.91%) Memory Management
10 13 (6.91%) Release Management
11 12 (6.38%) TDD
11 12 (6.38%) Validation
12 11 (5.85%) Data Analytics
13 10 (5.32%) PnL Attribution
14 9 (4.79%) E-Commerce
14 9 (4.79%) Quantitative Finance
15 8 (4.26%) Data Security
Programming Languages
1 97 (51.60%) Python
2 73 (38.83%) R
3 61 (32.45%) C++
4 45 (23.94%) Scala
4 45 (23.94%) SQL
5 35 (18.62%) Java
6 23 (12.23%) C#
7 22 (11.70%) MATLAB
8 8 (4.26%) Go
8 8 (4.26%) JavaScript
8 8 (4.26%) Rust
9 6 (3.19%) C
9 6 (3.19%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.06%) Clojure
10 2 (1.06%) PHP
10 2 (1.06%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.06%) VBA
11 1 (0.53%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.53%) Haskell
11 1 (0.53%) VB
Qualifications
1 60 (31.91%) Degree
2 7 (3.72%) MBA
3 4 (2.13%) ISEB
3 4 (2.13%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.06%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.13%) QA
2 3 (1.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.06%) SDET
4 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.53%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.13%) HDFS
2 1 (0.53%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (2.13%) Hadoop YARN
2 3 (1.60%) Puppet
3 2 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.53%) Mesos
Vendors
1 16 (8.51%) Tableau
2 11 (5.85%) Bloomberg
2 11 (5.85%) Reuters
3 9 (4.79%) Google
4 7 (3.72%) Hortonworks
4 7 (3.72%) SAP
5 4 (2.13%) Oracle
5 4 (2.13%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (2.13%) Sybase
6 3 (1.60%) Cloudera
6 3 (1.60%) IBM
6 3 (1.60%) ION Trading
6 3 (1.60%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.06%) Alteryx
7 2 (1.06%) Splunk
8 1 (0.53%) Cadence
8 1 (0.53%) Microsoft
8 1 (0.53%) Siemens
8 1 (0.53%) Snowplow
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