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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
PhD
Rank 533 573 553
Rank change year-on-year
+40 -20
Contract jobs citing PhD 93 39 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.075% 0.070%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.85% 0.37% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 32 23
Average daily rate £700 £469 £650
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+49.33% -27.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £461 £300 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £1,100 £673 £745
UK excluding London average daily rate £600 £301 £400
% change year-on-year
+99.66% -24.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 6
Average hourly rate £100.00 - £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £13.43

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
10906 10502 9640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.28% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6716 6074 5197
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 489 490 442
Average hourly rate £38.25 £20.00 £18.61
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.25% +7.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £46.50 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 11 February 2016.

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 17 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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +40 82 £700 +49.33% 107
London +43 68 £700 +31.76% 52
City of London +37 13 £700 +16.66% 17
South East +21 8 £338 +12.31% 21
Scotland - 6 - - 1
Aberdeen - 5 - -
Surrey -7 2 £700 - 3
North West -16 2 £675 - 4
East of England - 2 - - 24
Cambridgeshire - 2 - - 24
Manchester - 2 £675 - 4
Cambridge - 2 - - 24
York - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 £550 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £338 - 13
Yorkshire - 1 - - 1

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 79 (46.75%) C++
2 64 (37.87%) Mathematics
3 60 (35.50%) Finance
4 58 (34.32%) Python
5 49 (28.99%) Degree
6 44 (26.04%) Computer Science
7 40 (23.67%) Banking
8 36 (21.30%) Java
9 35 (20.71%) Front Office
10 34 (20.12%) Investment Banking
11 33 (19.53%) Analytics
12 30 (17.75%) R
13 29 (17.16%) Physics
13 29 (17.16%) SQL
14 27 (15.98%) Analytical Skills
14 27 (15.98%) Statistics
14 27 (15.98%) Algorithmic Trading
15 26 (15.38%) Linux
16 25 (14.79%) C#
17 24 (14.20%) Credit Risk
18 23 (13.61%) Derivative
18 23 (13.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 22 (13.02%) Validation
19 22 (13.02%) Machine Learning
20 19 (11.24%) Algorithms
20 19 (11.24%) QA
21 18 (10.65%) Hadoop
21 18 (10.65%) Visualisation
22 17 (10.06%) Market Risk
23 16 (9.47%) Monte Carlo Method

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 (5.92%) Apache Spark
1 10 (5.92%) SAS
2 6 (3.55%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.18%) Apache
3 2 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (1.18%) Node.js
4 1 (0.59%) CMS
4 1 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (2.37%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.78%) SPSS
3 2 (1.18%) MS Office
4 1 (0.59%) MS Project
4 1 (0.59%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.78%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.18%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.59%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.18%) HTTP
2 1 (0.59%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.65%) Hadoop
2 12 (7.10%) SQL Server
3 11 (6.51%) Apache Hive
3 11 (6.51%) Big Data
3 11 (6.51%) Data Mining
3 11 (6.51%) KDB
4 9 (5.33%) MySQL
5 8 (4.73%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (4.14%) NoSQL
7 5 (2.96%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.96%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.78%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (1.78%) HBase
8 3 (1.78%) Spotfire
9 2 (1.18%) QlikView
9 2 (1.18%) Redis
10 1 (0.59%) CouchDB
10 1 (0.59%) Impala
10 1 (0.59%) Mahout
10 1 (0.59%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 10 (5.92%) Selenium
2 8 (4.73%) HP UFT
3 6 (3.55%) Eclipse
4 4 (2.37%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.18%) Grunt
5 2 (1.18%) gulp
5 2 (1.18%) Protractor
5 2 (1.18%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.59%) Clang
6 1 (0.59%) Subversion
6 1 (0.59%) Visual Studio
General
1 60 (35.50%) Finance
2 40 (23.67%) Banking
3 35 (20.71%) Front Office
4 34 (20.12%) Investment Banking
5 10 (5.92%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.78%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (1.78%) Retail
7 2 (1.18%) Automotive
7 2 (1.18%) Electronics
7 2 (1.18%) Marketing
7 2 (1.18%) Private Banking
7 2 (1.18%) Retail Banking
7 2 (1.18%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.59%) Games
8 1 (0.59%) Law
8 1 (0.59%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 62 (36.69%) Developer
2 38 (22.49%) Analyst
3 28 (16.57%) Qualitative Analyst
3 28 (16.57%) Quantitative Analyst
4 27 (15.98%) Quantitative Developer
5 16 (9.47%) Data Scientist
6 12 (7.10%) Java Developer
7 11 (6.51%) C++ Developer
8 10 (5.92%) Analyst Developer
9 9 (5.33%) Credit Risk Manager
9 9 (5.33%) Data Analyst
9 9 (5.33%) Quantitative Analyst Developer
9 9 (5.33%) Quantitative Risk Manager
9 9 (5.33%) Risk Manager
10 8 (4.73%) Lead Tester
10 8 (4.73%) Machine Learning Scientist
10 8 (4.73%) QA Tester
10 8 (4.73%) Senior Penetration Tester
10 8 (4.73%) Senior Tester
10 8 (4.73%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.69%) .NET
2 8 (4.73%) HTML
2 8 (4.73%) MSMQ
2 8 (4.73%) scikit-learn
2 8 (4.73%) SciPy
3 6 (3.55%) JMX
4 5 (2.96%) AngularJS
4 5 (2.96%) CSS
4 5 (2.96%) Pandas
5 3 (1.78%) Django
5 3 (1.78%) jQuery
5 3 (1.78%) NumPy
5 3 (1.78%) Spring
5 3 (1.78%) Web Services
5 3 (1.78%) XML
6 2 (1.18%) D3.js
6 2 (1.18%) HTML5
6 2 (1.18%) OOCSS
6 2 (1.18%) OpenGL
6 2 (1.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 64 (37.87%) Mathematics
2 44 (26.04%) Computer Science
3 29 (17.16%) Physics
4 27 (15.98%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (15.98%) Statistics
5 24 (14.20%) Credit Risk
6 23 (13.61%) Derivative
6 23 (13.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 19 (11.24%) Algorithms
8 18 (10.65%) Visualisation
9 17 (10.06%) Market Risk
10 13 (7.69%) Data Structures
11 10 (5.92%) Credit Derivative
12 9 (5.33%) Life Science
12 9 (5.33%) Management Information System
13 8 (4.73%) Fixed Income
14 6 (3.55%) Biology
14 6 (3.55%) Economics
15 5 (2.96%) Equities
16 3 (1.78%) Interest Rate Derivative
Operating Systems
1 26 (15.38%) Linux
2 12 (7.10%) Unix
3 6 (3.55%) Windows
4 1 (0.59%) Android
4 1 (0.59%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (19.53%) Analytics
2 27 (15.98%) Algorithmic Trading
3 22 (13.02%) Machine Learning
3 22 (13.02%) Validation
4 16 (9.47%) Monte Carlo Method
5 15 (8.88%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (8.88%) Data Analysis
6 14 (8.28%) Risk Management
7 12 (7.10%) Low Latency
8 11 (6.51%) Business Intelligence
8 11 (6.51%) FX Algorithmic Trading
8 11 (6.51%) Market Making
8 11 (6.51%) Multithreading
9 10 (5.92%) Predictive Modelling
9 10 (5.92%) Risk Assessment
9 10 (5.92%) Test Automation
10 9 (5.33%) Bioinformatics
10 9 (5.33%) Data Analytics
11 8 (4.73%) Automated Testing
11 8 (4.73%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 79 (46.75%) C++
2 58 (34.32%) Python
3 36 (21.30%) Java
4 30 (17.75%) R
5 29 (17.16%) SQL
6 25 (14.79%) C#
7 13 (7.69%) VBA
8 11 (6.51%) JavaScript
8 11 (6.51%) MATLAB
9 10 (5.92%) Perl
10 7 (4.14%) C
11 5 (2.96%) Scala
12 3 (1.78%) Ruby
13 2 (1.18%) F#
14 1 (0.59%) Ada
14 1 (0.59%) PHP
14 1 (0.59%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.59%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 49 (28.99%) Degree
2 8 (4.73%) ISEB
2 8 (4.73%) ISTQB
3 3 (1.78%) Postgraduate
4 2 (1.18%) CFA
4 2 (1.18%) MBA
4 2 (1.18%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (11.24%) QA
2 1 (0.59%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (1.78%) Docker
2 1 (0.59%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.59%) Apache Flume
2 1 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 2 (1.18%) Kubernetes
1 2 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.59%) Hadoop YARN
2 1 (0.59%) Oozie
2 1 (0.59%) OPNET
Vendors
1 8 (4.73%) Sybase
2 4 (2.37%) Microsoft
3 2 (1.18%) BT
3 2 (1.18%) Cloudera
3 2 (1.18%) Hortonworks
3 2 (1.18%) Twitter
4 1 (0.59%) Alteryx
4 1 (0.59%) Google
4 1 (0.59%) IBM
4 1 (0.59%) MapR
4 1 (0.59%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.59%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.59%) Tableau
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