Period
to 18 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 January 2019 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.

Academic Degree
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 48 43 40
Rank change year-on-year -5 -3 -4
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,176 4,498 4,374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 4.58% 4.87% 4.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 23.87% 25.56% 23.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,375 2,863 2,659
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £231
90th Percentile £638 £645 £625
UK median daily rate £454 £448 £424
% change year-on-year +1.40% +5.67% +2.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 216 248 226
England median hourly rate £41.00 £33.00 £27.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.24% +20.76% -27.13%
10th Percentile £15.02 £12.68 £11.33
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.25 £49.13
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year +23.08% +20.37% -28.00%

Degree is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17,493 17,597 18,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.19% 19.05% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,443 10,794 11,522
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.91%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 788 765 793
England median hourly rate £28.72 £23.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.19% -7.84% -1.92%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.09
90th Percentile £52.52 £50.00 £47.82
UK median hourly rate £28.52 £24.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +18.81% -5.88% -7.27%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Degree as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Degree in England

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Degree in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Degree in England

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in England over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Degree in England

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Degree in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Degree in England

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in England over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Degree in England

Degree
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Degree within the England region over the 6 months to 18 January 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -12 2,024 £500 - 1,256
South East -6 810 £450 +9.76% 806
North of England -4 472 £425 +3.03% 544
Midlands -6 348 £450 +12.50% 401
South West 0 287 £400 -4.76% 354
North West +17 257 £410 +4.13% 327
East of England -6 223 £425 +16.44% 497
West Midlands +1 213 £475 +18.75% 246
Yorkshire -20 144 £444 +4.41% 145
East Midlands -2 130 £425 +4.94% 155
North East -21 72 £425 +3.03% 72
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Degree.

1 1,474 (35.30%) Agile Software Development
2 1,432 (34.29%) Computer Science
3 1,081 (25.89%) Finance
4 839 (20.09%) Analytical Skills
5 793 (18.99%) Computer Science Degree
6 749 (17.94%) Problem-Solving
7 713 (17.07%) Microsoft
8 681 (16.31%) SQL
9 672 (16.09%) Java
10 531 (12.72%) Python
11 490 (11.73%) Mathematics
12 489 (11.71%) Project Management
13 488 (11.69%) Linux
14 478 (11.45%) JavaScript
15 475 (11.37%) C#
16 463 (11.09%) Windows
17 442 (10.58%) Analytics
18 417 (9.99%) Software Engineering
19 393 (9.41%) HTML
20 392 (9.39%) Scrum
21 386 (9.24%) ITIL
22 372 (8.91%) Microsoft Azure
23 365 (8.74%) DevOps
24 362 (8.67%) Microsoft Excel
25 352 (8.43%) TDD
26 349 (8.36%) SQL Server
27 344 (8.24%) .NET
28 342 (8.19%) Amazon AWS
28 342 (8.19%) Security Cleared
29 320 (7.66%) User Experience

Degree
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 147 (3.52%) SharePoint
2 101 (2.42%) Apache Spark
3 94 (2.25%) CMS
4 85 (2.04%) Apache
5 76 (1.82%) Confluence
6 71 (1.70%) SAS
7 56 (1.34%) IIS
8 48 (1.15%) Tomcat
9 38 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
10 37 (0.89%) MS Exchange
11 36 (0.86%) Skype for Business
12 33 (0.79%) WebSphere
13 29 (0.69%) Drupal
14 24 (0.57%) OpenStack
15 21 (0.50%) nginx
16 16 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
17 15 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 15 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 15 (0.36%) WordPress
18 14 (0.34%) JBoss
Applications
1 362 (8.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 270 (6.47%) Microsoft Office
3 145 (3.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 78 (1.87%) Microsoft Project
5 64 (1.53%) MS Visio
6 43 (1.03%) Photoshop
7 34 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
8 26 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
9 22 (0.53%) Chatbot
10 20 (0.48%) InVision
11 17 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 11 (0.26%) Adobe After Effects
12 11 (0.26%) InDesign
13 10 (0.24%) Simulink
14 9 (0.22%) InfoPath
15 8 (0.19%) OmniGraffle
15 8 (0.19%) SPSS
16 6 (0.14%) Stateflow
17 5 (0.12%) AutoCAD
18 4 (0.096%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 24 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 12 (0.29%) Distributed Ledger
3 12 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 11 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
4 11 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
5 9 (0.22%) SAP GRC
6 8 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
6 8 (0.19%) Primavera
6 8 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 8 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
7 7 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
7 7 (0.17%) Workday HCM
8 6 (0.14%) Eloqua
8 6 (0.14%) Endur
8 6 (0.14%) NetSuite
8 6 (0.14%) R3 Corda
8 6 (0.14%) thinkFolio
9 5 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 372 (8.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 342 (8.19%) Amazon AWS
3 151 (3.62%) Office 365
4 91 (2.18%) Google Cloud Platform
5 77 (1.84%) GitHub
6 65 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
7 60 (1.44%) PaaS
8 48 (1.15%) SaaS
9 47 (1.13%) IaaS
9 47 (1.13%) Serverless
10 45 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
11 43 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
12 42 (1.01%) Amazon S3
13 41 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
14 40 (0.96%) OpenShift
15 37 (0.89%) AWS Lambda
16 35 (0.84%) Amazon EMR
16 35 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 33 (0.79%) Mimecast
18 25 (0.60%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 164 (3.93%) Firewall
2 99 (2.37%) Internet
3 92 (2.20%) DNS
4 87 (2.08%) LAN
4 87 (2.08%) Network Security
5 84 (2.01%) VPN
6 76 (1.82%) WAN
7 75 (1.80%) Wireless
8 72 (1.72%) TCP/IP
9 66 (1.58%) HTTP
10 52 (1.25%) VoIP
11 45 (1.08%) DHCP
12 40 (0.96%) MPLS
12 40 (0.96%) SAN
13 39 (0.93%) BGP
13 39 (0.93%) OSPF
14 33 (0.79%) SNMP
15 32 (0.77%) Ethernet
15 32 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
16 31 (0.74%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 349 (8.36%) SQL Server
2 206 (4.93%) Big Data
3 163 (3.90%) Hadoop
4 159 (3.81%) NoSQL
5 136 (3.26%) Relational Database
6 106 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
7 86 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
8 84 (2.01%) MongoDB
9 83 (1.99%) MySQL
10 63 (1.51%) Apache Hive
11 55 (1.32%) Power BI
12 48 (1.15%) Redis
13 46 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
14 41 (0.98%) HBase
14 41 (0.98%) Oracle Database
15 39 (0.93%) DB2
16 38 (0.91%) Amazon RDS
16 38 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
17 36 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 33 (0.79%) GIS
Development Applications
1 308 (7.38%) Git (software)
2 263 (6.30%) JIRA
3 240 (5.75%) Jenkins
4 104 (2.49%) Selenium
5 95 (2.27%) Visual Studio
6 94 (2.25%) Maven
7 79 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
8 77 (1.84%) Gradle
9 74 (1.77%) JUnit
10 66 (1.58%) Eclipse
11 58 (1.39%) TeamCity
12 52 (1.25%) Cucumber
13 47 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
14 39 (0.93%) Subversion
15 37 (0.89%) NetBeans
16 36 (0.86%) AccuRev
17 35 (0.84%) Jasmine
18 34 (0.81%) Mocha
19 32 (0.77%) Rational DOORS
20 29 (0.69%) SoapUI
General
1 1,081 (25.89%) Finance
2 287 (6.87%) Banking
3 229 (5.48%) Marketing
4 228 (5.46%) Telecoms
5 167 (4.00%) Retail
6 145 (3.47%) Legal
7 108 (2.59%) Front Office
8 99 (2.37%) Investment Banking
9 98 (2.35%) Manufacturing
10 94 (2.25%) Electronics
11 82 (1.96%) Advertising
12 80 (1.92%) Games
13 72 (1.72%) Pharmaceutical
14 65 (1.56%) Law
15 57 (1.36%) Aerospace
16 50 (1.20%) Financial Institution
17 49 (1.17%) Publishing
18 41 (0.98%) Back Office
19 37 (0.89%) German Language
20 33 (0.79%) Military
Job Titles
1 994 (23.80%) Developer
2 643 (15.40%) Analyst
3 253 (6.06%) Architect
4 241 (5.77%) Java Developer
5 206 (4.93%) Project Manager
6 187 (4.48%) Business Analyst
7 166 (3.98%) Software Engineer
8 160 (3.83%) Consultant
9 153 (3.66%) C# Developer
10 135 (3.23%) Designer
11 127 (3.04%) Senior Developer
12 110 (2.63%) .NET Developer
13 108 (2.59%) User Researcher
14 92 (2.20%) Data Analyst
15 87 (2.08%) Data Scientist
16 82 (1.96%) Tester
17 79 (1.89%) C# .NET Developer
17 79 (1.89%) Software Developer
18 69 (1.65%) Network Engineer
19 68 (1.63%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 393 (9.41%) HTML
2 344 (8.24%) .NET
3 309 (7.40%) CSS
4 290 (6.94%) Web Services
5 223 (5.34%) AngularJS
6 193 (4.62%) REST
7 181 (4.33%) HTML5
8 166 (3.98%) Spring
9 165 (3.95%) Node.js
10 159 (3.81%) RESTful
11 140 (3.35%) React
12 132 (3.16%) JSON
13 125 (2.99%) Kafka
14 119 (2.85%) XML
15 113 (2.71%) CSS3
16 103 (2.47%) .NET Framework
17 102 (2.44%) SOAP
18 96 (2.30%) Middleware
19 94 (2.25%) jQuery
20 89 (2.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 839 (20.09%) Analytical Skills
2 320 (7.66%) User Experience
3 303 (7.26%) Management Information System
4 227 (5.44%) Self-Motivation
5 193 (4.62%) Algorithms
6 124 (2.97%) Mobile App
7 114 (2.73%) Data Centre
8 105 (2.51%) Data Structures
9 82 (1.96%) Virtual Team
10 78 (1.87%) Greenfield Project
11 61 (1.46%) Blog
11 61 (1.46%) Fintech
12 50 (1.20%) Derivative
13 49 (1.17%) Public Cloud
14 45 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 45 (1.08%) Life Science
15 42 (1.01%) PMI
16 41 (0.98%) Linux Command Line
17 40 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
17 40 (0.96%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 488 (11.69%) Linux
2 463 (11.09%) Windows
3 174 (4.17%) Unix
4 142 (3.40%) Windows Server
5 114 (2.73%) Android
6 87 (2.08%) Apple iOS
7 76 (1.82%) Windows 10
8 55 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 52 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
10 49 (1.17%) Windows 7
11 35 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
12 31 (0.74%) Embedded Linux
13 29 (0.69%) Solaris
14 25 (0.60%) CentOS
15 14 (0.34%) Debian
15 14 (0.34%) Fedora
15 14 (0.34%) Kali Linux
15 14 (0.34%) Ubuntu
16 13 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
17 11 (0.26%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,474 (35.30%) Agile Software Development
2 1,432 (34.29%) Computer Science
3 749 (17.94%) Problem-Solving
4 490 (11.73%) Mathematics
5 489 (11.71%) Project Management
6 442 (10.58%) Analytics
7 417 (9.99%) Software Engineering
8 392 (9.39%) Scrum
9 386 (9.24%) ITIL
10 365 (8.74%) DevOps
11 352 (8.43%) TDD
12 310 (7.42%) Test Automation
13 288 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
14 264 (6.32%) Continuous Integration
15 256 (6.13%) OO
16 221 (5.29%) SDLC
17 209 (5.00%) Data Science
18 205 (4.91%) BDD
18 205 (4.91%) Waterfall
19 204 (4.89%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 681 (16.31%) SQL
2 672 (16.09%) Java
3 531 (12.72%) Python
4 478 (11.45%) JavaScript
5 475 (11.37%) C#
6 267 (6.39%) C++
7 164 (3.93%) PowerShell
8 151 (3.62%) C
9 130 (3.11%) R
10 116 (2.78%) TypeScript
11 87 (2.08%) Bash Shell
11 87 (2.08%) Scala
12 73 (1.75%) Perl
12 73 (1.75%) Shell Script
13 68 (1.63%) Ruby
14 67 (1.60%) VBA
15 65 (1.56%) PHP
16 60 (1.44%) Java 8
17 51 (1.22%) MATLAB
18 50 (1.20%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 793 (18.99%) Computer Science Degree
2 342 (8.19%) Security Cleared
3 292 (6.99%) Master's Degree
4 248 (5.94%) SC Cleared
5 150 (3.59%) Numerate Degree
6 143 (3.42%) CISSP
7 124 (2.97%) Cisco Certification
8 105 (2.51%) Microsoft Certification
9 104 (2.49%) PhD
10 101 (2.42%) CISM
11 98 (2.35%) ISTQB
12 92 (2.20%) CISA
13 85 (2.04%) ISEB
14 79 (1.89%) PMI Certification
15 71 (1.70%) ITIL Certification
15 71 (1.70%) MCSE
16 68 (1.63%) PMP
17 66 (1.58%) CCNA
18 62 (1.48%) MBA
19 49 (1.17%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 213 (5.10%) QA
2 90 (2.16%) SLA
3 85 (2.04%) PMO
4 69 (1.65%) GDPR
5 68 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 54 (1.29%) Data Quality
7 38 (0.91%) PCI DSS
8 32 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 23 (0.55%) COBIT
10 21 (0.50%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.22%) ISAE 3402
11 9 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 8 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
12 8 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
12 8 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
12 8 (0.19%) ISO 22301
12 8 (0.19%) ISO 31000
13 7 (0.17%) COSO
13 7 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 7 (0.17%) MiFID
System Software
1 204 (4.89%) Active Directory
2 197 (4.72%) Docker
3 80 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 52 (1.25%) Hyper-V
5 38 (0.91%) HDFS
6 32 (0.77%) Firmware
7 30 (0.72%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 30 (0.72%) vSphere
8 27 (0.65%) Oracle RAC
9 21 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
10 20 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
11 19 (0.45%) XenApp
12 18 (0.43%) XenDesktop
13 14 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
13 14 (0.34%) VirtualBox
14 12 (0.29%) Apache Flume
15 10 (0.24%) ISA Server
15 10 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
16 9 (0.22%) KVM
17 7 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 151 (3.62%) Ansible
2 88 (2.11%) Puppet
3 76 (1.82%) Kubernetes
4 61 (1.46%) SCCM
5 59 (1.41%) Terraform
6 55 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
7 34 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
8 32 (0.77%) Hadoop YARN
9 26 (0.62%) Kibana
9 26 (0.62%) Nessus
10 25 (0.60%) logstash
11 24 (0.57%) Nagios
12 21 (0.50%) HP ALM
13 20 (0.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 18 (0.43%) Host Intrusion Detection System
14 18 (0.43%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 18 (0.43%) Salt
15 17 (0.41%) Packer
15 17 (0.41%) SCOM
16 15 (0.36%) Netcool
Vendors
1 713 (17.07%) Microsoft
2 256 (6.13%) Oracle
3 162 (3.88%) Cisco
4 158 (3.78%) SAP
5 156 (3.74%) Google
6 139 (3.33%) VMware
7 95 (2.27%) HP
8 93 (2.23%) Adobe
9 83 (1.99%) Citrix
10 74 (1.77%) Red Hat
11 71 (1.70%) Tableau
12 63 (1.51%) IBM
13 59 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
13 59 (1.41%) Splunk
14 48 (1.15%) Remedy
15 44 (1.05%) ServiceNow
16 35 (0.84%) Apple
17 33 (0.79%) CheckPoint
18 32 (0.77%) Cloudera
19 31 (0.74%) Atlassian