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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
PhD
Rank 546 518 552
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +34
Contract jobs citing PhD 54 57 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.097% 0.11% 0.058%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.52% 0.61% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 40 12
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£700 £563 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £349 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £758 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £450
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -24.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 2
Average hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +18.51%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £20.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -33.33%

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
10478 9373 10269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.85% 17.56% 17.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 5959 5127 5276
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 492 633
Average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.60 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 -19 52 £700 +24.44% 66
London -3 48 £700 +16.66% 28
City of London +23 11 £725 +20.83% 13
South East - 2 £328 - 12
Oxfordshire - 2 £328 - 5
Oxford - 2 £328 - 2
Scotland - 1 - - 1
Canary Wharf - - - -
Perth and Kinross - - - -
East of England - - - - 18
Farnborough - - - -
Wimbledon - - - -
South Wales - - - -
South West - - - - 1
Tyne and Wear - - - - 1
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 4
North East - - - - 1
Portsmouth - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Saffron Walden - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
Sunderland - - - -
Surbiton - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Teddington - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Watford - - - -

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 62 (52.99%) C++
2 58 (49.57%) Mathematics
3 55 (47.01%) Degree
4 43 (36.75%) Computer Science
5 40 (34.19%) Finance
6 33 (28.21%) Front Office
7 31 (26.50%) Analytics
8 29 (24.79%) Physics
9 28 (23.93%) Statistics
9 28 (23.93%) SQL
10 21 (17.95%) Big Data
11 20 (17.09%) Python
12 19 (16.24%) VBA
13 17 (14.53%) Java
13 17 (14.53%) R
13 17 (14.53%) Hadoop
14 15 (12.82%) Data Analysis
15 14 (11.97%) C#
16 12 (10.26%) Software Engineering
17 11 (9.40%) Economics
17 11 (9.40%) Multithreading
17 11 (9.40%) Linux
18 10 (8.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 10 (8.55%) Banking
18 10 (8.55%) Validation
19 9 (7.69%) C
20 8 (6.84%) STL
20 8 (6.84%) Data Mining
20 8 (6.84%) MATLAB
20 8 (6.84%) Boost C++ Libraries

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 6 (5.13%) SAS
2 4 (3.42%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.71%) Confluence
3 2 (1.71%) Node.js
3 2 (1.71%) IIS
4 1 (0.85%) Apache
Applications
1 4 (3.42%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.85%) SPSS
2 1 (0.85%) Simulink
2 1 (0.85%) S-PLUS
2 1 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.85%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.85%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.27%) CDMA
2 3 (2.56%) WCDMA
2 3 (2.56%) LTE
3 1 (0.85%) SNA
3 1 (0.85%) Firewall
3 1 (0.85%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.95%) Big Data
2 17 (14.53%) Hadoop
3 8 (6.84%) Data Mining
4 6 (5.13%) KDB
4 6 (5.13%) Apache Hive
5 4 (3.42%) MongoDB
6 3 (2.56%) NoSQL
6 3 (2.56%) Text Mining
6 3 (2.56%) MySQL
6 3 (2.56%) Amazon Redshift
6 3 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.71%) SQL Server
7 2 (1.71%) RavenDB
7 2 (1.71%) HBase
8 1 (0.85%) Mahout
8 1 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.85%) Base SAS
8 1 (0.85%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 1 (0.85%) SAS Enterprise Miner
8 1 (0.85%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Subversion
1 2 (1.71%) JIRA
1 2 (1.71%) TeamCity
1 2 (1.71%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.71%) LLVM
1 2 (1.71%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (0.85%) Eclipse RCP
2 1 (0.85%) Grunt
2 1 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.85%) JUnit
2 1 (0.85%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.85%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.85%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 40 (34.19%) Finance
2 33 (28.21%) Front Office
3 10 (8.55%) Banking
4 5 (4.27%) Electronics
5 4 (3.42%) Telecoms
5 4 (3.42%) Investment Banking
5 4 (3.42%) Games
6 2 (1.71%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.71%) German Language
6 2 (1.71%) Advertising
7 1 (0.85%) Publishing
7 1 (0.85%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.85%) Law
7 1 (0.85%) Legal
7 1 (0.85%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.85%) Military
7 1 (0.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 39 (33.33%) Developer
2 28 (23.93%) Analyst
3 18 (15.38%) Quantitative Developer
4 16 (13.68%) Quantitative Analyst
5 14 (11.97%) C++ Developer
6 12 (10.26%) Data Scientist
7 11 (9.40%) C++ Quantitative Developer
8 10 (8.55%) Data Analyst
9 9 (7.69%) Software Engineer
9 9 (7.69%) Front Office Developer
10 5 (4.27%) Java Developer
10 5 (4.27%) Research Scientist
11 4 (3.42%) Senior Quantitative Analyst
11 4 (3.42%) Senior Analyst
12 3 (2.56%) Programmer
12 3 (2.56%) Data Manager
12 3 (2.56%) Developer Analyst
12 3 (2.56%) Excel Developer
13 2 (1.71%) Data Programmer
13 2 (1.71%) Junior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.84%) STL
1 8 (6.84%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 6 (5.13%) .NET
3 4 (3.42%) OpenGL
3 4 (3.42%) Qt
4 3 (2.56%) Web Services
4 3 (2.56%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.56%) OpenGL ES
5 2 (1.71%) Pandas
5 2 (1.71%) Direct3D
5 2 (1.71%) SciPy
5 2 (1.71%) NumPy
5 2 (1.71%) Classic ASP
5 2 (1.71%) jQuery
5 2 (1.71%) WPF
6 1 (0.85%) Django
6 1 (0.85%) LAMP
6 1 (0.85%) Spring
6 1 (0.85%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.85%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 58 (49.57%) Mathematics
2 43 (36.75%) Computer Science
3 29 (24.79%) Physics
4 28 (23.93%) Statistics
5 11 (9.40%) Economics
6 10 (8.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (5.98%) Fixed Income
7 7 (5.98%) Derivative
8 6 (5.13%) Visualisation
9 4 (3.42%) Hedge funds
9 4 (3.42%) Market Risk
10 3 (2.56%) Wiki
10 3 (2.56%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (2.56%) Equity Derivative
10 3 (2.56%) Equities
10 3 (2.56%) 3D Graphics
11 2 (1.71%) RenderMan
11 2 (1.71%) Mobile App
11 2 (1.71%) Open Source
11 2 (1.71%) Neural Network
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.40%) Linux
2 5 (4.27%) Android
2 5 (4.27%) Windows
3 4 (3.42%) UNIX
4 2 (1.71%) CentOS
4 2 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.85%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (26.50%) Analytics
2 15 (12.82%) Data Analysis
3 12 (10.26%) Software Engineering
4 11 (9.40%) Multithreading
5 10 (8.55%) Validation
6 6 (5.13%) Statistical Analysis
6 6 (5.13%) Monte Carlo Method
6 6 (5.13%) MapReduce
6 6 (5.13%) Machine Learning
7 5 (4.27%) Workflow
7 5 (4.27%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (3.42%) Risk Management
8 4 (3.42%) Configuration Management
8 4 (3.42%) Project Management
8 4 (3.42%) Algorithmic Trading
8 4 (3.42%) Low Latency
8 4 (3.42%) Statistical Modelling
9 3 (2.56%) Data Analytics
9 3 (2.56%) Signal Processing
9 3 (2.56%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 62 (52.99%) C++
2 28 (23.93%) SQL
3 20 (17.09%) Python
4 19 (16.24%) VBA
5 17 (14.53%) R
5 17 (14.53%) Java
6 14 (11.97%) C#
7 9 (7.69%) C
8 8 (6.84%) MATLAB
9 4 (3.42%) Perl
10 3 (2.56%) Ruby
10 3 (2.56%) GLSL
10 3 (2.56%) HLSL
10 3 (2.56%) Scala
11 2 (1.71%) PowerShell
11 2 (1.71%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.85%) PHP
12 1 (0.85%) VB
12 1 (0.85%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 55 (47.01%) Degree
2 6 (5.13%) MBA
3 2 (1.71%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.85%) BC Cleared
4 1 (0.85%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.85%) Postgraduate
4 1 (0.85%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.71%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (0.85%) Basel II
2 1 (0.85%) QA
2 1 (0.85%) CDISC
2 1 (0.85%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2 (1.71%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 2 (1.71%) Nagios
1 2 (1.71%) Ganglia
1 2 (1.71%) YUM
1 2 (1.71%) Puppet
2 1 (0.85%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (3.42%) Microsoft
1 4 (3.42%) Tableau
2 2 (1.71%) Red Hat
2 2 (1.71%) Perforce
2 2 (1.71%) Atlassian
2 2 (1.71%) Oracle
3 1 (0.85%) SAP
3 1 (0.85%) IBM
3 1 (0.85%) HP
3 1 (0.85%) i2