The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Operations Research skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Operations Research over the 3 months to 28 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Operations Research (or Operational Research)
London / City of London
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 165 164 204
Rank change year-on-year -1 +40  
Contract jobs citing Operations Research 1 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.031% 0.030% 0.017%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.035% 0.035% 0.021%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £550 £425 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.41% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £335 £425
% change year-on-year +38.05% -21.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Operations Research is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2879 2886 4657
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 88.23% 85.71% 81.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2211 2359 3662
Median daily rate £500 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £335 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 24 56
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -22.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £12.50 £15.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £33.35 £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Operations Research
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing Operations Research as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Operations Research in the City of London

Operations Research
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Operations Research in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Operations Research in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Operations Research also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Operations Research.

1 5 (100.00%) Python
1 5 (100.00%) Machine Learning
2 4 (80.00%) Mathematics
2 4 (80.00%) Predictive Modelling
2 4 (80.00%) PhD
2 4 (80.00%) Statistics
3 3 (60.00%) Java
3 3 (60.00%) SQL
3 3 (60.00%) R
3 3 (60.00%) Big Data
3 3 (60.00%) Apache Spark
4 2 (40.00%) Statistical Modelling
4 2 (40.00%) Natural Language Processing
4 2 (40.00%) Computer Science
4 2 (40.00%) Analytics
4 2 (40.00%) Postgraduate
4 2 (40.00%) Degree
4 2 (40.00%) Retail
4 2 (40.00%) Neural Network
5 1 (20.00%) Predictive Analytics
5 1 (20.00%) C
5 1 (20.00%) C++
5 1 (20.00%) Data Modelling
5 1 (20.00%) Data Mining
5 1 (20.00%) Finance
5 1 (20.00%) Validation
5 1 (20.00%) Grid Computing
5 1 (20.00%) Banking
5 1 (20.00%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (20.00%) Mentoring

Operations Research
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (60.00%) Apache Spark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) Big Data
2 1 (20.00%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (20.00%) Data Mining
2 1 (20.00%) Hadoop
General
1 2 (40.00%) Retail
2 1 (20.00%) Banking
2 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Data Scientist
2 1 (20.00%) Machine Learning Scientist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (40.00%) Natural Language Processing
2 1 (20.00%) MLlib
2 1 (20.00%) scikit-learn
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (20.00%) Grid Computing
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) Machine Learning
2 4 (80.00%) Mathematics
2 4 (80.00%) Predictive Modelling
2 4 (80.00%) Statistics
3 2 (40.00%) Analytics
3 2 (40.00%) Neural Network
3 2 (40.00%) Statistical Modelling
4 1 (20.00%) Data Modelling
4 1 (20.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (20.00%) Predictive Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (100.00%) Python
2 3 (60.00%) Java
2 3 (60.00%) R
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
3 1 (20.00%) C
3 1 (20.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 4 (80.00%) PhD
2 2 (40.00%) Degree
2 2 (40.00%) Postgraduate