The table below looks at the statistics for PhD in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited PhD over the 3 months to 2 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
PhD
Rank 493 467 513
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +46
Permanent jobs citing PhD 474 577 426
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 0.50% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.57% 1.84% 1.46%
Number of salaries quoted 406 493 356
Average salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.55%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £28,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £42,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-4.76% +12.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
30213 31356 29211
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.32% 27.01% 27.11%
Number of salaries quoted 24442 24295 23735
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £44,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

PhD
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing PhD within the UK.

PhD Salary Trend in the UK

PhD
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing PhD over the 3 months to 2 September 2015 within the UK.

PhD Salary Histogram in the UK

PhD
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing PhD within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -17 455 £47,500 - 79
London -8 314 £60,000 +20.00% 39
City of London -7 58 £65,000 +6.55% 14
East of England +13 55 £42,500 +21.42% 24
South East -84 46 £40,000 +11.88% 8
Cambridgeshire +27 30 £50,000 +25.00% 23
Cambridge +20 29 £53,750 +34.37% 22
East Midlands +11 26 £40,000 +10.34% 1
Hertfordshire +2 17 £28,500 -16.78%
Borehamwood - 16 £28,250 -
Surrey -55 12 £43,000 +26.47% 1
Northamptonshire +10 11 £40,000 +10.34% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +9 11 £40,000 -
Northampton +6 11 £40,000 +10.34% 1
North East +3 11 £40,000 - 4
Sunderland 0 11 £40,000 +3.22%
Tyne and Wear -2 11 £40,000 -
Buckinghamshire -10 10 £40,000 +6.66%
Scotland -11 10 £75,000 +77.51%
Nottinghamshire - 10 - -
Nottingham - 10 - -
Oxfordshire +1 9 £45,000 +23.28% 6
Edinburgh -14 9 £75,000 +76.47%
Watford +4 8 £28,500 +35.71%
Milton Keynes -16 8 £40,000 -
West Sussex - 8 £35,000 -
Horsham - 8 £35,000 -
West Midlands -3 7 £40,000 -
Coventry -5 7 £40,000 -
Teddington -13 7 £47,500 +43.93% 1

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited PhD.

1 470 (51.99%) Computer Science
2 409 (45.24%) Degree
3 380 (42.04%) C++
4 367 (40.60%) Mathematics
5 364 (40.27%) Java
6 352 (38.94%) Python
7 330 (36.50%) Software Engineering
8 249 (27.54%) Finance
9 235 (26.00%) SQL
10 232 (25.66%) C#
11 225 (24.89%) Physics
12 220 (24.34%) Algorithms
13 218 (24.12%) Analytical Skills
14 206 (22.79%) Linux
15 189 (20.91%) Analytics
16 188 (20.80%) Agile Software Development
17 168 (18.58%) R
18 164 (18.14%) Statistics
19 160 (17.70%) Big Data
20 143 (15.82%) C
21 137 (15.15%) Windows
22 135 (14.93%) OO
23 101 (11.17%) Machine Learning
24 100 (11.06%) MATLAB
25 99 (10.95%) Hadoop
26 98 (10.84%) JavaScript
27 84 (9.29%) Visualisation
28 79 (8.74%) Hedge funds
28 79 (8.74%) Oracle
29 77 (8.52%) Data Mining

PhD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited PhD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 72 (7.96%) SAS
2 30 (3.32%) MS Exchange
3 24 (2.65%) Apache Spark
4 20 (2.21%) Apache Pig
5 16 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
5 16 (1.77%) Lync
5 16 (1.77%) Node.js
6 14 (1.55%) Apache Solr
7 8 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.44%) JBoss
9 3 (0.33%) Apache
9 3 (0.33%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.22%) CMS
11 1 (0.11%) Moodle
11 1 (0.11%) OpenStack
Applications
1 42 (4.65%) MS Office
2 32 (3.54%) SPSS
3 23 (2.54%) MS Excel
4 6 (0.66%) CPLEX
5 4 (0.44%) Stata
5 4 (0.44%) Simulink
6 3 (0.33%) Mathematica
7 2 (0.22%) FrameMaker
7 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.22%) Weka
8 1 (0.11%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.55%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.32%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (1.11%) SaaS
2 10 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
3 8 (0.88%) Google Analytics
4 7 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.66%) Amazon EMR
5 6 (0.66%) Azure Machine Learning
6 3 (0.33%) IaaS
6 3 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.11%) Google App Engine
7 1 (0.11%) PaaS
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
7 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.11%) GitHub
7 1 (0.11%) HP Helion
7 1 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 33 (3.65%) TCP/IP
2 21 (2.32%) SAN
3 19 (2.10%) Internet
3 19 (2.10%) HTTP
4 18 (1.99%) DNS
4 18 (1.99%) DHCP
4 18 (1.99%) Ethernet
5 17 (1.88%) Firewall
6 16 (1.77%) VPN
6 16 (1.77%) Broadband
6 16 (1.77%) VoIP
6 16 (1.77%) Cisco ASA
7 13 (1.44%) Wireless
8 7 (0.77%) Software-Defined Radio
9 4 (0.44%) WAN
9 4 (0.44%) LAN
10 3 (0.33%) 3GPP
11 2 (0.22%) Radio Access Network
11 2 (0.22%) Network Security
11 2 (0.22%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (17.70%) Big Data
2 99 (10.95%) Hadoop
3 77 (8.52%) Data Mining
4 50 (5.53%) NoSQL
5 42 (4.65%) MongoDB
6 31 (3.43%) MySQL
7 28 (3.10%) Relational Database
8 27 (2.99%) Apache Hive
9 19 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
10 16 (1.77%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (1.55%) HBase
12 12 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
13 11 (1.22%) Text Mining
13 11 (1.22%) Mahout
14 9 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
15 8 (0.88%) SQL Server
15 8 (0.88%) Redis
15 8 (0.88%) CouchDB
16 7 (0.77%) QlikView
17 6 (0.66%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 39 (4.31%) Visual Studio
2 38 (4.20%) Git (software)
3 29 (3.21%) Mercurial
4 19 (2.10%) LabVIEW
5 14 (1.55%) Subversion
6 13 (1.44%) Eclipse
7 9 (1.00%) Maven
8 7 (0.77%) Selenium
8 7 (0.77%) Rational DOORS
8 7 (0.77%) Gradle
9 6 (0.66%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (0.44%) LLVM
10 4 (0.44%) Eclipse RCP
10 4 (0.44%) JUnit
11 3 (0.33%) YourKit
12 2 (0.22%) WinDbg
13 1 (0.11%) Hudson
13 1 (0.11%) Ant
13 1 (0.11%) gulp
General
1 249 (27.54%) Finance
2 74 (8.19%) Games
3 53 (5.86%) Marketing
4 46 (5.09%) Front Office
5 45 (4.98%) Banking
6 41 (4.54%) Electronics
7 37 (4.09%) Retail
8 30 (3.32%) Telecoms
9 15 (1.66%) Financial Institution
10 10 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
10 10 (1.11%) Aerospace
10 10 (1.11%) Military
11 8 (0.88%) Wholesale Banking
12 7 (0.77%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.66%) Publishing
14 4 (0.44%) Law
14 4 (0.44%) Avionics
15 3 (0.33%) Manufacturing
15 3 (0.33%) Automotive
16 2 (0.22%) Legal
Job Titles
1 321 (35.51%) Developer
2 157 (17.37%) Software Engineer
3 154 (17.04%) Data Scientist
4 76 (8.41%) Graduate
5 75 (8.30%) Java Developer
6 64 (7.08%) C# Developer
7 52 (5.75%) C++ Software Engineer
8 50 (5.53%) Consultant
9 49 (5.42%) Analyst
10 45 (4.98%) Software Developer
10 45 (4.98%) Junior
11 42 (4.65%) Python Developer
12 36 (3.98%) Senior Developer
12 36 (3.98%) C++ Developer
13 29 (3.21%) Quantitative Developer
13 29 (3.21%) Senior Java Developer
14 28 (3.10%) C# .NET Developer
15 22 (2.43%) IT Support
15 22 (2.43%) Research Engineer
15 22 (2.43%) Data Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (7.85%) .NET
2 48 (5.31%) HTML
3 40 (4.42%) NumPy
4 38 (4.20%) XML
5 37 (4.09%) jQuery
6 35 (3.87%) SciPy
6 35 (3.87%) D3.js
6 35 (3.87%) CSS
6 35 (3.87%) Pandas
7 33 (3.65%) OpenGL
8 29 (3.21%) Highcharts JS
8 29 (3.21%) Matplotlib
8 29 (3.21%) Pyramid
9 23 (2.54%) Web Services
10 22 (2.43%) WPF
11 20 (2.21%) ASP.NET
12 18 (1.99%) DirectX
12 18 (1.99%) Ajax
12 18 (1.99%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 17 (1.88%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 470 (51.99%) Computer Science
2 367 (40.60%) Mathematics
3 225 (24.89%) Physics
4 220 (24.34%) Algorithms
5 218 (24.12%) Analytical Skills
6 164 (18.14%) Statistics
7 84 (9.29%) Visualisation
8 79 (8.74%) Hedge funds
9 49 (5.42%) Data Structures
10 42 (4.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 37 (4.09%) Artificial Intelligence
12 34 (3.76%) Derivative
13 29 (3.21%) 3D Graphics
14 24 (2.65%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 23 (2.54%) Applied Mathematics
16 21 (2.32%) Fixed Income
17 20 (2.21%) Economics
17 20 (2.21%) Embedded Systems
18 18 (1.99%) Chemistry
18 18 (1.99%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 206 (22.79%) Linux
2 137 (15.15%) Windows
3 56 (6.19%) UNIX
4 17 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (1.77%) Windows XP
5 16 (1.77%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (1.77%) Windows 8
6 15 (1.66%) Android
6 15 (1.66%) Windows 7
7 5 (0.55%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.44%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.33%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.22%) CentOS
10 2 (0.22%) Solaris
10 2 (0.22%) VxWorks
11 1 (0.11%) SUSE
11 1 (0.11%) Debian
11 1 (0.11%) Fedora
11 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (36.50%) Software Engineering
2 189 (20.91%) Analytics
3 188 (20.80%) Agile Software Development
4 135 (14.93%) OO
5 101 (11.17%) Machine Learning
6 76 (8.41%) Data Analysis
7 63 (6.97%) Continuous Integration
8 62 (6.86%) TDD
8 62 (6.86%) OOD
9 55 (6.08%) Unit Testing
10 50 (5.53%) Refactoring
10 50 (5.53%) Multithreading
10 50 (5.53%) Statistical Modelling
11 47 (5.20%) Web Development
12 44 (4.87%) Image Processing
13 38 (4.20%) Signal Processing
14 36 (3.98%) Software Architecture
14 36 (3.98%) Open Source
15 35 (3.87%) Business Intelligence
16 34 (3.76%) Predictive Modelling
Programming Languages
1 380 (42.04%) C++
2 364 (40.27%) Java
3 352 (38.94%) Python
4 235 (26.00%) SQL
5 232 (25.66%) C#
6 168 (18.58%) R
7 143 (15.82%) C
8 100 (11.06%) MATLAB
9 98 (10.84%) JavaScript
10 62 (6.86%) Perl
11 49 (5.42%) Scala
12 42 (4.65%) Ruby
13 41 (4.54%) VBA
14 18 (1.99%) HLSL
15 17 (1.88%) Embedded C
16 14 (1.55%) PowerShell
16 14 (1.55%) Shell Script
17 12 (1.33%) Fortran
18 11 (1.22%) PHP
18 11 (1.22%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 409 (45.24%) Degree
2 12 (1.33%) Security Cleared
3 10 (1.11%) CCNA
3 10 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 8 (0.88%) MCP
5 8 (0.88%) MCSA
5 8 (0.88%) CCNP
6 4 (0.44%) SC Cleared
6 4 (0.44%) DV Cleared
7 3 (0.33%) Chartered Engineer
7 3 (0.33%) PMP
7 3 (0.33%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.22%) MBA
8 2 (0.22%) GCIH
8 2 (0.22%) GCFA
8 2 (0.22%) CFA
8 2 (0.22%) Postgraduate
8 2 (0.22%) GREM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (0.88%) QA
2 2 (0.22%) DO-178B
2 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
2 2 (0.22%) CRD IV
3 1 (0.11%) Basel II
3 1 (0.11%) Basel III
System Software
1 34 (3.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 32 (3.54%) Active Directory
3 17 (1.88%) Firmware
4 16 (1.77%) VMware ESX
4 16 (1.77%) VMware Workstation
4 16 (1.77%) XenApp
4 16 (1.77%) XenServer
4 16 (1.77%) vSphere
5 4 (0.44%) HDFS
6 2 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.11%) pfSense
7 1 (0.11%) Docker
7 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.11%) NFS
7 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.11%) Squid
7 1 (0.11%) Samba
Systems Management
1 16 (1.77%) Backup Exec
2 12 (1.33%) OPNET
3 2 (0.22%) Hadoop YARN
3 2 (0.22%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (0.11%) Puppet
4 1 (0.11%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.11%) Nagios
4 1 (0.11%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 79 (8.74%) Oracle
2 45 (4.98%) Microsoft
3 34 (3.76%) VMware
4 18 (1.99%) EMC
4 18 (1.99%) Cisco
5 17 (1.88%) HP
6 16 (1.77%) IronPort
6 16 (1.77%) Polycom
6 16 (1.77%) Veeam
6 16 (1.77%) Citrix
6 16 (1.77%) Hortonworks
6 16 (1.77%) Cloudera
7 14 (1.55%) Greenplum
7 14 (1.55%) Google
8 12 (1.33%) Tableau
9 11 (1.22%) ESRI
10 9 (1.00%) i2
11 8 (0.88%) IBM
12 5 (0.55%) Intel
12 5 (0.55%) ILOG
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: £Excellent
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Salary: £50000 - £140000 per annum + stock options
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Colston Consulting
Salary: £45k - 90k per year
Posted: 4 hours ago
Durham, County Durham
IT Connections
Salary: £20,000 to £30,000
Posted: 5 hours ago
Durham, County Durham
IT Connections
Salary: £25,000 to £35,000
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Parallel Consulting
Salary: £80000 - £120000 per annum + package
Posted: 5 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Quant Capital
Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Client Server
Salary: benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
First Point
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Salary: stock options
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £26k - 35k per year + bonus + shares
Posted: 21 hours ago
Surrey
ECM Selection
Salary: to £50k DoE
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £100000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £65000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Verticality Ltd
Salary: To £50k DOE + Extensive benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Parallel Consulting
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
Provide Consulting Ltd
Salary: benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: £40,000 DoE
Posted: Yesterday