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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
PhD
Rank 553 522 549
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +27
Contract jobs citing PhD 53 52 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.092% 0.098% 0.075%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.57% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 39 24
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £321 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £765 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £291 -
% change year-on-year
+20.17% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 4
Average hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £38.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +3.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £25.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year
- -31.03%

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
11203 9083 10306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.38% 17.20% 17.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6169 5094 5327
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 423 625
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.79
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -24.32%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -37 51 £700 +16.66% 78
London +1 40 £725 +16.00% 36
City of London +28 11 £800 +33.33% 8
South East -2 7 £330 +36.08% 18
Oxfordshire - 6 £330 - 6
Oxford - 4 £310 - 4
West Midlands -12 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 - - 7
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 17
Scotland - 1 - - 2
East of England - 1 - - 19
Cambridge - 1 - - 17
Chessington - - - -
Cirencester - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Dorking - - - -
Edinburgh - - - - 2
Gloucester - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Leighton Buzzard - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
New Malden - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Northampton - - - - 1
Orpington - - - -
Abingdon - - - -
Aylesbury - - - -
Bedford - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - - 2

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 59 (55.14%) Mathematics
2 57 (53.27%) C++
3 49 (45.79%) Degree
4 43 (40.19%) Computer Science
5 33 (30.84%) Finance
5 33 (30.84%) Physics
6 32 (29.91%) Front Office
7 27 (25.23%) Statistics
8 26 (24.30%) Analytical Skills
9 25 (23.36%) Analytics
10 22 (20.56%) SQL
11 19 (17.76%) Python
12 17 (15.89%) VBA
12 17 (15.89%) Big Data
13 16 (14.95%) Java
14 14 (13.08%) C#
14 14 (13.08%) R
15 13 (12.15%) Hadoop
15 13 (12.15%) Data Analysis
16 12 (11.21%) Linux
17 11 (10.28%) Economics
18 10 (9.35%) Multithreading
18 10 (9.35%) MATLAB
18 10 (9.35%) Agile Software Development
18 10 (9.35%) Banking
18 10 (9.35%) Validation
19 9 (8.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 9 (8.41%) Software Engineering
20 7 (6.54%) Signal Processing
20 7 (6.54%) Windows

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 (5.61%) SAS
2 3 (2.80%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.87%) Confluence
3 2 (1.87%) Node.js
3 2 (1.87%) IIS
4 1 (0.93%) Apache
Applications
1 5 (4.67%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.87%) MS Office
3 1 (0.93%) SPSS
3 1 (0.93%) Simulink
3 1 (0.93%) S-PLUS
3 1 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.93%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.87%) CDMA
2 1 (0.93%) WCDMA
2 1 (0.93%) SNA
2 1 (0.93%) Firewall
2 1 (0.93%) NFC
2 1 (0.93%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (15.89%) Big Data
2 13 (12.15%) Hadoop
3 6 (5.61%) KDB
4 5 (4.67%) Data Mining
5 3 (2.80%) Text Mining
5 3 (2.80%) MySQL
5 3 (2.80%) SQL Server
5 3 (2.80%) Apache Hive
5 3 (2.80%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.80%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.80%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (1.87%) RavenDB
7 1 (0.93%) HBase
7 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.93%) Base SAS
7 1 (0.93%) SAS Enterprise Guide
7 1 (0.93%) SAS Enterprise Miner
7 1 (0.93%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 3 (2.80%) Subversion
2 2 (1.87%) JIRA
2 2 (1.87%) TeamCity
2 2 (1.87%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.87%) JUnit
2 2 (1.87%) Eclipse
2 2 (1.87%) Eclipse RCP
2 2 (1.87%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.93%) Grunt
3 1 (0.93%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (0.93%) NetBeans
3 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.93%) LLVM
General
1 33 (30.84%) Finance
2 32 (29.91%) Front Office
3 10 (9.35%) Banking
4 7 (6.54%) Games
5 4 (3.74%) Pharmaceutical
5 4 (3.74%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.87%) Electronics
6 2 (1.87%) Law
6 2 (1.87%) Advertising
7 1 (0.93%) Publishing
7 1 (0.93%) Legal
7 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.93%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.93%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.93%) Marketing
7 1 (0.93%) German Language
7 1 (0.93%) Military
Job Titles
1 37 (34.58%) Developer
2 25 (23.36%) Analyst
3 16 (14.95%) Quantitative Developer
4 13 (12.15%) Quantitative Analyst
5 12 (11.21%) C++ Developer
6 11 (10.28%) C++ Quantitative Developer
7 10 (9.35%) Data Analyst
8 9 (8.41%) Front Office Developer
9 8 (7.48%) Data Scientist
10 7 (6.54%) Java Developer
10 7 (6.54%) Software Engineer
11 5 (4.67%) Research Scientist
11 5 (4.67%) Computer Engineer
12 4 (3.74%) Senior Quantitative Analyst
12 4 (3.74%) Senior Analyst
13 3 (2.80%) Programmer
13 3 (2.80%) Data Manager
13 3 (2.80%) Developer Analyst
13 3 (2.80%) Excel Developer
14 2 (1.87%) Data Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.54%) .NET
2 4 (3.74%) STL
2 4 (3.74%) ASP.NET
2 4 (3.74%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 3 (2.80%) Web Services
4 2 (1.87%) HTML
4 2 (1.87%) Classic ASP
4 2 (1.87%) CSS
4 2 (1.87%) OpenGL
4 2 (1.87%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.87%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (1.87%) WPF
4 2 (1.87%) jQuery
4 2 (1.87%) Qt
4 2 (1.87%) SciPy
4 2 (1.87%) NumPy
5 1 (0.93%) REST
5 1 (0.93%) Natural Language Processing
5 1 (0.93%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (0.93%) Direct3D
Miscellaneous
1 59 (55.14%) Mathematics
2 43 (40.19%) Computer Science
3 33 (30.84%) Physics
4 27 (25.23%) Statistics
5 26 (24.30%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (10.28%) Economics
7 9 (8.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (3.74%) Derivative
8 4 (3.74%) Market Risk
8 4 (3.74%) Visualisation
9 3 (2.80%) Wiki
9 3 (2.80%) Hedge funds
9 3 (2.80%) Fixed Income
9 3 (2.80%) Equities
10 2 (1.87%) Equity Derivative
10 2 (1.87%) Chemistry
10 2 (1.87%) Mobile App
10 2 (1.87%) Social Media
11 1 (0.93%) User Experience
11 1 (0.93%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.21%) Linux
2 7 (6.54%) Windows
3 4 (3.74%) UNIX
4 3 (2.80%) Android
5 2 (1.87%) CentOS
5 2 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.93%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (23.36%) Analytics
2 13 (12.15%) Data Analysis
3 10 (9.35%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (9.35%) Validation
3 10 (9.35%) Multithreading
4 9 (8.41%) Software Engineering
5 7 (6.54%) Signal Processing
6 6 (5.61%) Monte Carlo Method
7 5 (4.67%) Image Processing
7 5 (4.67%) Video Processing
7 5 (4.67%) Low Latency
7 5 (4.67%) Statistical Analysis
7 5 (4.67%) Algorithmic Trading
8 4 (3.74%) Scrum
8 4 (3.74%) Project Management
8 4 (3.74%) MVC
8 4 (3.74%) Risk Management
8 4 (3.74%) Machine Learning
9 3 (2.80%) MapReduce
9 3 (2.80%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 57 (53.27%) C++
2 22 (20.56%) SQL
3 19 (17.76%) Python
4 17 (15.89%) VBA
5 16 (14.95%) Java
6 14 (13.08%) C#
6 14 (13.08%) R
7 10 (9.35%) MATLAB
8 7 (6.54%) C
9 3 (2.80%) JavaScript
9 3 (2.80%) Perl
9 3 (2.80%) Ruby
9 3 (2.80%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.87%) Scala
11 1 (0.93%) GLSL
11 1 (0.93%) HLSL
11 1 (0.93%) F#
11 1 (0.93%) PHP
11 1 (0.93%) VB
11 1 (0.93%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 49 (45.79%) Degree
2 3 (2.80%) MBA
3 2 (1.87%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.93%) BC Cleared
4 1 (0.93%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.93%) Postgraduate
4 1 (0.93%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.80%) CDISC
2 2 (1.87%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.93%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.93%) GCP
3 1 (0.93%) Basel II
3 1 (0.93%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.87%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 2 (1.87%) Nagios
1 2 (1.87%) Ganglia
1 2 (1.87%) YUM
1 2 (1.87%) Puppet
2 1 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (4.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.80%) Tableau
3 2 (1.87%) Atlassian
3 2 (1.87%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.93%) Perforce
4 1 (0.93%) HP
4 1 (0.93%) i2
4 1 (0.93%) Oracle
4 1 (0.93%) SAP
4 1 (0.93%) IBM
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