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 18 December 2014 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
PhD
Rank 571 526 489
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -37
Contract jobs citing PhD 37 43 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.067% 0.083% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.47% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 22 41
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£600 £650 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +18.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £410 £500
10% offered a daily rate of more than £690 £698 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 - £413
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 3
Average hourly rate - £40.75 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.44%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year
- -80.00%

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
11413 9164 8889
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.63% 17.73% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 6633 5091 4657
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 547 394 612
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -21.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 -35 37 £600 -7.69% 74
London +5 22 £625 -3.84% 21
City of London +11 12 £600 -7.69% 8
South East - 9 £310 - 16
Oxfordshire - 4 £310 - 2
North West - 4 £375 - 1
Berkshire - 3 - - 2
Oxford - 3 £310 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 26
Cheshire - 1 £375 -
Middlesex - 1 £285 -
East of England - 1 - - 29
Surrey - 1 - - 7
Staines - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - - 24
Cheltenham - - - - 1
Chessington - - - -
Dorking - - - -
Dundee - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Guildford - - - - 3
Leatherhead - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Aberdeen - - - -
Abingdon - - - -
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Bedford - - - -
Borehamwood - - - -
Bracknell - - - - 1

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 48 (55.17%) C++
2 42 (48.28%) Mathematics
3 39 (44.83%) Degree
4 33 (37.93%) Computer Science
5 29 (33.33%) Python
6 27 (31.03%) Front Office
6 27 (31.03%) Finance
6 27 (31.03%) Physics
7 22 (25.29%) Analytical Skills
8 20 (22.99%) Statistics
9 17 (19.54%) MATLAB
9 17 (19.54%) Java
10 15 (17.24%) SQL
11 13 (14.94%) Multithreading
11 13 (14.94%) R
11 13 (14.94%) Big Data
11 13 (14.94%) Analytics
12 11 (12.64%) Banking
12 11 (12.64%) Validation
13 10 (11.49%) C#
13 10 (11.49%) Linux
13 10 (11.49%) Algorithms
14 9 (10.34%) Windows
15 8 (9.20%) Hadoop
15 8 (9.20%) Agile Software Development
16 7 (8.05%) Data Structures
16 7 (8.05%) Data Analysis
16 7 (8.05%) Investment Banking
16 7 (8.05%) Games
16 7 (8.05%) .NET

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 4 (4.60%) SAS
2 3 (3.45%) Apache Pig
3 2 (2.30%) Apache Spark
3 2 (2.30%) Confluence
3 2 (2.30%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.30%) Node.js
3 2 (2.30%) Apache
3 2 (2.30%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (3.45%) Mathematica
2 2 (2.30%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.15%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.15%) SPSS
3 1 (1.15%) MS Office
3 1 (1.15%) S-PLUS
3 1 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.15%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.45%) Internet
2 2 (2.30%) NetScaler
2 2 (2.30%) DMZ
2 2 (2.30%) DHCP
2 2 (2.30%) DNS
3 1 (1.15%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.94%) Big Data
2 8 (9.20%) Hadoop
3 5 (5.75%) KDB
3 5 (5.75%) NoSQL
4 4 (4.60%) Apache Hive
4 4 (4.60%) MySQL
5 3 (3.45%) Data Mining
5 3 (3.45%) MongoDB
6 2 (2.30%) Relational Database
6 2 (2.30%) RavenDB
7 1 (1.15%) SQL Server
7 1 (1.15%) Text Mining
7 1 (1.15%) Base SAS
7 1 (1.15%) SAS Enterprise Guide
7 1 (1.15%) SAS Enterprise Miner
7 1 (1.15%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (1.15%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (1.15%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 4 (4.60%) Subversion
2 3 (3.45%) TeamCity
3 2 (2.30%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (2.30%) Eclipse RCP
3 2 (2.30%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.30%) JIRA
3 2 (2.30%) JUnit
3 2 (2.30%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.15%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (1.15%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.15%) NetBeans
4 1 (1.15%) ReSharper
4 1 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.15%) Grunt
General
1 27 (31.03%) Front Office
1 27 (31.03%) Finance
2 11 (12.64%) Banking
3 7 (8.05%) Investment Banking
3 7 (8.05%) Games
4 3 (3.45%) Law
5 2 (2.30%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.30%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (2.30%) Publishing
6 1 (1.15%) Electronics
6 1 (1.15%) Advertising
6 1 (1.15%) French Language
Job Titles
1 37 (42.53%) Developer
2 15 (17.24%) Analyst
2 15 (17.24%) Quantitative Developer
3 12 (13.79%) C++ Developer
4 9 (10.34%) C++ Quantitative Developer
5 8 (9.20%) Data Scientist
6 7 (8.05%) Quantitative Analyst
6 7 (8.05%) Data Analyst
6 7 (8.05%) Java Developer
6 7 (8.05%) Front Office Developer
6 7 (8.05%) Computer Engineer
7 3 (3.45%) Data Manager
7 3 (3.45%) Data Modeller
7 3 (3.45%) Developer Analyst
8 2 (2.30%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
8 2 (2.30%) DevOps Engineer
8 2 (2.30%) Python Developer
8 2 (2.30%) Administrator
8 2 (2.30%) Junior
8 2 (2.30%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.05%) .NET
2 3 (3.45%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.45%) Web Services
3 2 (2.30%) LAMP
3 2 (2.30%) Classic ASP
3 2 (2.30%) HTML
4 1 (1.15%) J2SE
4 1 (1.15%) OpenGL
4 1 (1.15%) J2EE
4 1 (1.15%) XML
4 1 (1.15%) CSS
4 1 (1.15%) STL
4 1 (1.15%) Swing
4 1 (1.15%) Spring
4 1 (1.15%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.15%) SWT
4 1 (1.15%) JSON
4 1 (1.15%) WPF
4 1 (1.15%) jQuery
4 1 (1.15%) Natural Language Processing
Miscellaneous
1 42 (48.28%) Mathematics
2 33 (37.93%) Computer Science
3 27 (31.03%) Physics
4 22 (25.29%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (22.99%) Statistics
6 10 (11.49%) Algorithms
7 7 (8.05%) Data Structures
7 7 (8.05%) Economics
8 6 (6.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (5.75%) Fixed Income
9 5 (5.75%) Clustering
10 4 (4.60%) User Experience
10 4 (4.60%) Mobile App
10 4 (4.60%) Derivative
11 3 (3.45%) Equity Derivative
11 3 (3.45%) Wiki
11 3 (3.45%) Visualisation
11 3 (3.45%) Internet of Things
12 2 (2.30%) Social Media
12 2 (2.30%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.49%) Linux
2 9 (10.34%) Windows
3 5 (5.75%) UNIX
4 3 (3.45%) CentOS
5 2 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.15%) Android
6 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (14.94%) Multithreading
1 13 (14.94%) Analytics
2 11 (12.64%) Validation
3 8 (9.20%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (8.05%) Data Analysis
4 7 (8.05%) Image Processing
4 7 (8.05%) Video Processing
4 7 (8.05%) Signal Processing
5 5 (5.75%) Software Engineering
5 5 (5.75%) Algorithmic Trading
5 5 (5.75%) Low Latency
5 5 (5.75%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (5.75%) Market Making
6 4 (4.60%) Monte Carlo Method
6 4 (4.60%) Operations Research
7 3 (3.45%) Data Modelling
7 3 (3.45%) OO
7 3 (3.45%) Scrum
7 3 (3.45%) MapReduce
7 3 (3.45%) Statistical Modelling
Programming Languages
1 48 (55.17%) C++
2 29 (33.33%) Python
3 17 (19.54%) MATLAB
3 17 (19.54%) Java
4 15 (17.24%) SQL
5 13 (14.94%) R
6 10 (11.49%) C#
7 5 (5.75%) JavaScript
8 4 (4.60%) Perl
8 4 (4.60%) C
9 3 (3.45%) VBA
9 3 (3.45%) Ruby
9 3 (3.45%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.15%) XQuery
10 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.15%) VB
10 1 (1.15%) VB.NET
10 1 (1.15%) PHP
10 1 (1.15%) Haskell
10 1 (1.15%) F#
Qualifications
1 39 (44.83%) Degree
2 1 (1.15%) ISEB
2 1 (1.15%) Postgraduate
2 1 (1.15%) BC Cleared
2 1 (1.15%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.30%) CDISC
2 1 (1.15%) GCP
2 1 (1.15%) Basel II
2 1 (1.15%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2 (2.30%) GPFS
1 2 (2.30%) vSphere
1 2 (2.30%) XenApp
1 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (2.30%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (3.45%) Puppet
1 3 (3.45%) yum
2 2 (2.30%) Ganglia
2 2 (2.30%) NetBackup
2 2 (2.30%) Nagios
3 1 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (6.90%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.45%) Red Hat
3 2 (2.30%) Atlassian
3 2 (2.30%) VMware
3 2 (2.30%) NetApp
3 2 (2.30%) Symantec
3 2 (2.30%) Citrix
4 1 (1.15%) HP
4 1 (1.15%) Sybase
4 1 (1.15%) Tableau
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