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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
PhD
Rank 563 543 469
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -74
Contract jobs citing PhD 50 49 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.093% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.48% 0.48% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 40 55
Average daily rate
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£600 £600 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £285 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £778 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £550 £480 £250
% change year-on-year
+14.58% +92.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
Average hourly rate £46.50 £30.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.00% -29.41%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.50 £30.00 £65.00
% change year-on-year
+55.00% -53.84%

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
10437 10204 8844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.69% 19.28% 17.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6117 5810 4731
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 464 498
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.94 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 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
Top 27 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 3 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 -30 49 £600 - 87
London -13 38 £625 +4.16% 40
City of London -3 12 £650 - 18
South East -15 4 £325 -32.29% 10
West Yorkshire - 3 - -
Yorkshire - 3 - -
Leeds - 3 - -
East of England +3 2 £588 - 28
Hampshire +2 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -1 1 £325 -32.29% 1
West Midlands -1 1 - -
Birmingham -3 1 - -
Oxfordshire -23 1 - - 2
Hertfordshire - 1 £625 - 3
Norfolk - 1 £550 -
North West - 1 - -
Abingdon - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £325 - 1
Newport - 1 - -
Norwich - 1 £550 -
St Albans - 1 £625 -
Berkshire - 1 - - 1
Hammersmith - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
Daresbury - 1 - -

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 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 35 (38.89%) Computer Science
2 34 (37.78%) Mathematics
3 33 (36.67%) Python
4 32 (35.56%) C++
5 26 (28.89%) Finance
6 25 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
7 24 (26.67%) Java
7 24 (26.67%) Analytics
8 23 (25.56%) Degree
9 22 (24.44%) Big Data
10 21 (23.33%) Physics
11 20 (22.22%) R
12 19 (21.11%) Statistics
13 18 (20.00%) Linux
14 16 (17.78%) Hadoop
15 15 (16.67%) Algorithms
16 13 (14.44%) Software Engineering
16 13 (14.44%) SQL
17 12 (13.33%) Machine Learning
18 11 (12.22%) C#
19 10 (11.11%) C
19 10 (11.11%) Data Analysis
19 10 (11.11%) Visualisation
20 9 (10.00%) Predictive Modelling
21 8 (8.89%) MATLAB
21 8 (8.89%) Data Mining
21 8 (8.89%) Banking
21 8 (8.89%) Scala
21 8 (8.89%) Cyber Security
22 7 (7.78%) Economics

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 6 (6.67%) SAS
2 5 (5.56%) Apache Spark
3 4 (4.44%) Node.js
4 3 (3.33%) Apache
5 1 (1.11%) WebLogic
5 1 (1.11%) Apache Solr
5 1 (1.11%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 3 (3.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.22%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.11%) SPSS
3 1 (1.11%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.22%) SaaS
2 2 (2.22%) Amazon EMR
2 2 (2.22%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.56%) Broadband
2 4 (4.44%) Internet
3 3 (3.33%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.22%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (2.22%) Network Security
5 1 (1.11%) ATM
5 1 (1.11%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (24.44%) Big Data
2 16 (17.78%) Hadoop
3 8 (8.89%) Data Mining
4 4 (4.44%) MySQL
4 4 (4.44%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (4.44%) Amazon Redshift
5 3 (3.33%) KDB
5 3 (3.33%) HBase
6 2 (2.22%) NoSQL
6 2 (2.22%) Text Mining
7 1 (1.11%) Data Mart
7 1 (1.11%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (1.11%) SQL Server
7 1 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.11%) Star Schema
7 1 (1.11%) Oracle Database
7 1 (1.11%) Relational Database
7 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (1.11%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 1 (1.11%) ClearCase
1 1 (1.11%) HP UFT
1 1 (1.11%) ProC
1 1 (1.11%) JIRA
1 1 (1.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 26 (28.89%) Finance
2 8 (8.89%) Banking
3 7 (7.78%) Telecoms
4 5 (5.56%) Investment Banking
4 5 (5.56%) Front Office
5 4 (4.44%) Marketing
6 3 (3.33%) Financial Institution
7 2 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (2.22%) Japanese Language
7 2 (2.22%) Retail
7 2 (2.22%) Games
8 1 (1.11%) Military
8 1 (1.11%) Billing
8 1 (1.11%) Back Office
8 1 (1.11%) Electronics
8 1 (1.11%) Aerospace
8 1 (1.11%) Legal
8 1 (1.11%) Manufacturing
8 1 (1.11%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 24 (26.67%) Data Scientist
2 16 (17.78%) Developer
3 9 (10.00%) Analyst
4 8 (8.89%) Software Engineer
4 8 (8.89%) C++ Developer
5 7 (7.78%) Senior Developer
6 5 (5.56%) Quantitative Developer
6 5 (5.56%) Java Developer
7 4 (4.44%) Senior Java Developer
7 4 (4.44%) Data Consultant
7 4 (4.44%) C++ Quantitative Developer
7 4 (4.44%) Research Manager
7 4 (4.44%) Big Data Consultant
7 4 (4.44%) Quantitative Analyst
7 4 (4.44%) Data Analyst
7 4 (4.44%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (4.44%) Programmer
7 4 (4.44%) Consultant
7 4 (4.44%) Architect
8 3 (3.33%) Cyber Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.67%) OpenMP
2 5 (5.56%) XML
2 5 (5.56%) Middleware
3 3 (3.33%) STL
4 2 (2.22%) Web Services
5 1 (1.11%) HTML
5 1 (1.11%) .NET
5 1 (1.11%) CSS
5 1 (1.11%) OpenGL
5 1 (1.11%) SciPy
5 1 (1.11%) NumPy
5 1 (1.11%) Matplotlib
5 1 (1.11%) D3.js
5 1 (1.11%) Highcharts JS
5 1 (1.11%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.11%) Pyramid
5 1 (1.11%) Pandas
Miscellaneous
1 35 (38.89%) Computer Science
2 34 (37.78%) Mathematics
3 25 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (23.33%) Physics
5 19 (21.11%) Statistics
6 15 (16.67%) Algorithms
7 10 (11.11%) Visualisation
8 7 (7.78%) Credit Risk
8 7 (7.78%) Economics
8 7 (7.78%) Data Structures
9 6 (6.67%) Management Information System
10 3 (3.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 3 (3.33%) Neural Network
10 3 (3.33%) Hedge funds
10 3 (3.33%) Internet of Things
10 3 (3.33%) User Experience
11 2 (2.22%) Social Media
11 2 (2.22%) Xbox
11 2 (2.22%) Life Science
11 2 (2.22%) Equity Derivative
Operating Systems
1 18 (20.00%) Linux
2 7 (7.78%) UNIX
2 7 (7.78%) Windows
3 1 (1.11%) Mac OS X
3 1 (1.11%) Mac OS X Server
3 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.11%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (26.67%) Analytics
2 13 (14.44%) Software Engineering
3 12 (13.33%) Machine Learning
4 10 (11.11%) Data Analysis
5 9 (10.00%) Predictive Modelling
6 8 (8.89%) Cyber Security
7 7 (7.78%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (7.78%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (6.67%) ETL
8 6 (6.67%) Validation
9 5 (5.56%) Statistical Modelling
9 5 (5.56%) Capacity Planning
9 5 (5.56%) Network Planning
9 5 (5.56%) Algorithmic Trading
9 5 (5.56%) Parallel Computing
10 4 (4.44%) Regression Analysis
10 4 (4.44%) Low Latency
10 4 (4.44%) Project Management
10 4 (4.44%) Data Modelling
10 4 (4.44%) Logistic Regression
Programming Languages
1 33 (36.67%) Python
2 32 (35.56%) C++
3 24 (26.67%) Java
4 20 (22.22%) R
5 13 (14.44%) SQL
6 11 (12.22%) C#
7 10 (11.11%) C
8 8 (8.89%) MATLAB
8 8 (8.89%) Scala
9 5 (5.56%) Fortran
10 3 (3.33%) JavaScript
10 3 (3.33%) Bash Shell
10 3 (3.33%) Clojure
10 3 (3.33%) Haskell
11 2 (2.22%) Go
12 1 (1.11%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (25.56%) Degree
2 4 (4.44%) SC Cleared
2 4 (4.44%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.22%) CISSP
3 2 (2.22%) CISA
3 2 (2.22%) CISM
4 1 (1.11%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.22%) COBIT
2 1 (1.11%) QA
System Software
1 5 (5.56%) HDFS
2 2 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (5.56%) OPNET
2 2 (2.22%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (7.78%) Oracle
2 6 (6.67%) Tableau
3 4 (4.44%) Hortonworks
3 4 (4.44%) Cloudera
4 3 (3.33%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.22%) MicroStrategy
5 2 (2.22%) Symantec
5 2 (2.22%) VMware
5 2 (2.22%) Netezza
5 2 (2.22%) Veeam
5 2 (2.22%) Vertica
6 1 (1.11%) Apple
6 1 (1.11%) Adobe
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