Period
to 22 May 2018

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 22 May 2018 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
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 45 40 34
Rank change year-on-year -5 -6 +4
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,361 4,107 4,713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 4.74% 4.93% 4.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 24.88% 24.25% 22.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,617 2,547 3,012
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%
10th Percentile £258 £231 £243
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 205 226
England median hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.33% -14.29% +16.67%
10th Percentile £15.09 £11.45 £12.01
90th Percentile £62.45 £52.50 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £37.75 £29.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +27.96% -15.71% +16.67%

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 17,527 16,935 20,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.04% 20.32% 21.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,482 10,572 13,094
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 776 862 758
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +24.49%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £49.74 £52.50 £53.23
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -21.67% -7.69% +47.73%

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 22 May 2018.

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 22 May 2018.

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 22 May 2018. 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 -9 2,204 £500 +11.11% 1,373
South East -5 949 £450 +12.50% 729
North of England 0 533 £400 - 507
Midlands -10 314 £425 +13.33% 401
North West 0 211 £400 +4.58% 275
East of England -12 200 £375 - 494
Yorkshire -12 190 £425 +6.25% 163
West Midlands -16 180 £450 +20.00% 275
South West -12 143 £400 -5.88% 268
North East +24 141 £400 -0.62% 69
East Midlands +7 131 £401 +4.03% 126
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 22 May 2018, 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 1,505 (34.51%) Agile Software Development
2 1,283 (29.42%) Computer Science
3 1,197 (27.45%) Finance
4 874 (20.04%) Analytical Skills
5 777 (17.82%) Problem-Solving
6 769 (17.63%) SQL
7 724 (16.60%) Java
8 677 (15.52%) Computer Science Degree
9 673 (15.43%) Project Management
10 620 (14.22%) Microsoft
11 573 (13.14%) Python
12 516 (11.83%) Analytics
13 497 (11.40%) Linux
14 471 (10.80%) ITIL
15 460 (10.55%) JavaScript
16 446 (10.23%) Mathematics
17 420 (9.63%) Scrum
18 419 (9.61%) Windows
19 410 (9.40%) User Experience
20 402 (9.22%) Software Engineering
21 386 (8.85%) HTML
22 378 (8.67%) C#
23 353 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
24 351 (8.05%) Microsoft Excel
25 350 (8.03%) SQL Server
26 345 (7.91%) Git (software)
27 337 (7.73%) SDLC
28 331 (7.59%) TDD
29 330 (7.57%) Management Information System
30 326 (7.48%) .NET

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
1 112 (2.57%) Apache
2 111 (2.55%) Apache Spark
3 104 (2.38%) SAS
4 99 (2.27%) SharePoint
5 98 (2.25%) Confluence
6 64 (1.47%) CMS
7 47 (1.08%) MS Exchange
8 46 (1.05%) IIS
9 42 (0.96%) Tomcat
10 41 (0.94%) OpenStack
11 40 (0.92%) Skype for Business
12 33 (0.76%) Cloud Foundry
13 30 (0.69%) JBoss
14 28 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
15 25 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 24 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
16 24 (0.55%) WebSphere
17 23 (0.53%) Apache Pig
18 20 (0.46%) Mule
19 19 (0.44%) nginx
Applications
1 351 (8.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 249 (5.71%) Microsoft Office
3 165 (3.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 78 (1.79%) MS Visio
5 69 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
6 55 (1.26%) Photoshop
7 47 (1.08%) InVision
8 32 (0.73%) Adobe Illustrator
9 29 (0.66%) SPSS
10 24 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 23 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
12 16 (0.37%) UserZoom
13 11 (0.25%) Adobe After Effects
13 11 (0.25%) Stata
14 10 (0.23%) InDesign
15 9 (0.21%) Acrobat
16 8 (0.18%) Adobe Premiere
16 8 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
17 5 (0.11%) Simulink
18 4 (0.092%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 21 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 19 (0.44%) SAP HR
3 17 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
4 14 (0.32%) SAP ERP
5 13 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
5 13 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.23%) Adobe Campaign
7 9 (0.21%) NetSuite
7 9 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.21%) SAP FI
8 8 (0.18%) Eloqua
8 8 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.18%) ReMetrica
8 8 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 8 (0.18%) SAP CO
8 8 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
9 7 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
10 6 (0.14%) ENOVIA
10 6 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
10 6 (0.14%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 317 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 315 (7.22%) Amazon AWS
3 90 (2.06%) PaaS
4 86 (1.97%) GitHub
5 85 (1.95%) SaaS
6 84 (1.93%) Office 365
7 54 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
8 53 (1.22%) IaaS
9 50 (1.15%) Google Analytics
10 37 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
11 35 (0.80%) OpenShift
12 22 (0.50%) Serverless
13 21 (0.48%) Force.com
14 20 (0.46%) npm
15 19 (0.44%) Amazon S3
15 19 (0.44%) AWS Lambda
16 17 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
17 15 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
18 14 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
18 14 (0.32%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 160 (3.67%) Firewall
2 109 (2.50%) Internet
3 98 (2.25%) DNS
3 98 (2.25%) TCP/IP
4 86 (1.97%) LAN
5 81 (1.86%) WAN
6 70 (1.61%) DHCP
7 64 (1.47%) SMS
8 59 (1.35%) Network Security
9 50 (1.15%) HTTP
10 49 (1.12%) VPN
11 48 (1.10%) Wireless
12 44 (1.01%) SAN
13 40 (0.92%) SSL
14 39 (0.89%) Kerberos
15 35 (0.80%) MPLS
16 33 (0.76%) Skype
17 32 (0.73%) BGP
17 32 (0.73%) SNMP
18 28 (0.64%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 350 (8.03%) SQL Server
2 221 (5.07%) Relational Database
3 204 (4.68%) Big Data
4 130 (2.98%) PostgreSQL
5 128 (2.94%) Hadoop
5 128 (2.94%) MySQL
6 120 (2.75%) NoSQL
7 100 (2.29%) MongoDB
8 80 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
9 72 (1.65%) Power BI
10 71 (1.63%) HBase
11 63 (1.44%) Oracle Database
12 54 (1.24%) Apache Cassandra
13 52 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
13 52 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 50 (1.15%) SQL Server 2014
14 50 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 47 (1.08%) Apache Hive
16 45 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
17 41 (0.94%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 345 (7.91%) Git (software)
2 238 (5.46%) JIRA
3 229 (5.25%) Jenkins
4 86 (1.97%) Selenium
5 84 (1.93%) Gradle
6 71 (1.63%) JUnit
7 70 (1.61%) Subversion
8 65 (1.49%) Maven
9 63 (1.44%) Cucumber
9 63 (1.44%) Visual Studio
10 51 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
11 50 (1.15%) TeamCity
12 49 (1.12%) Bitbucket
13 43 (0.99%) Axure RP
14 37 (0.85%) SonarQube
14 37 (0.85%) SpecFlow
15 36 (0.83%) gulp
16 33 (0.76%) Eclipse
16 33 (0.76%) webpack
17 28 (0.64%) Jasmine
General
1 1,197 (27.45%) Finance
2 314 (7.20%) Banking
3 297 (6.81%) Marketing
4 231 (5.30%) Retail
5 222 (5.09%) Telecoms
6 185 (4.24%) Legal
7 149 (3.42%) Front Office
8 124 (2.84%) Investment Banking
9 106 (2.43%) Manufacturing
10 67 (1.54%) Games
11 65 (1.49%) Electronics
12 64 (1.47%) Advertising
13 59 (1.35%) Law
14 47 (1.08%) Back Office
15 45 (1.03%) Automotive
16 42 (0.96%) Financial Institution
17 38 (0.87%) French Language
17 38 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
18 36 (0.83%) Publishing
19 35 (0.80%) German Language
Job Titles
1 976 (22.38%) Developer
2 663 (15.20%) Analyst
3 282 (6.47%) Java Developer
4 268 (6.15%) Architect
5 258 (5.92%) Project Manager
6 244 (5.60%) Business Analyst
7 177 (4.06%) Consultant
8 171 (3.92%) Designer
9 167 (3.83%) User Researcher
10 149 (3.42%) C# Developer
11 129 (2.96%) Senior Developer
12 96 (2.20%) Data Analyst
13 95 (2.18%) Software Engineer
14 86 (1.97%) IT Manager
15 85 (1.95%) UX Designer
16 81 (1.86%) Data Scientist
17 77 (1.77%) Senior Analyst
18 76 (1.74%) .NET Developer
19 73 (1.67%) Administrator
20 72 (1.65%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 386 (8.85%) HTML
2 326 (7.48%) .NET
3 308 (7.06%) CSS
4 267 (6.12%) Web Services
5 203 (4.65%) Spring
6 188 (4.31%) REST
7 166 (3.81%) AngularJS
8 148 (3.39%) XML
9 146 (3.35%) JSON
10 142 (3.26%) RESTful
11 137 (3.14%) HTML5
12 119 (2.73%) Kafka
13 108 (2.48%) Node.js
14 102 (2.34%) SOAP
15 91 (2.09%) jQuery
16 86 (1.97%) WPF
17 79 (1.81%) RabbitMQ
17 79 (1.81%) React
18 77 (1.77%) ASP.NET
18 77 (1.77%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1,283 (29.42%) Computer Science
2 874 (20.04%) Analytical Skills
3 410 (9.40%) User Experience
4 330 (7.57%) Management Information System
5 224 (5.14%) Self-Motivation
6 149 (3.42%) Data Centre
7 145 (3.32%) Algorithms
8 137 (3.14%) Mobile App
9 120 (2.75%) Greenfield Project
10 98 (2.25%) Virtual Team
11 91 (2.09%) Data Structures
12 74 (1.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 74 (1.70%) PMI
13 59 (1.35%) Fixed Income
14 57 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
15 48 (1.10%) Hedge funds
15 48 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
16 46 (1.05%) Fintech
17 44 (1.01%) Blog
17 44 (1.01%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 497 (11.40%) Linux
2 419 (9.61%) Windows
3 279 (6.40%) Unix
4 118 (2.71%) Android
4 118 (2.71%) Windows Server
5 108 (2.48%) Apple iOS
6 64 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 49 (1.12%) Windows 10
8 43 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
9 40 (0.92%) Windows 7
10 35 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 18 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (0.32%) Solaris
13 12 (0.28%) Mac OS
14 10 (0.23%) CentOS
14 10 (0.23%) Mac OS X
14 10 (0.23%) Ubuntu
15 9 (0.21%) VMS
16 8 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
17 6 (0.14%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,505 (34.51%) Agile Software Development
2 777 (17.82%) Problem-Solving
3 673 (15.43%) Project Management
4 516 (11.83%) Analytics
5 471 (10.80%) ITIL
6 446 (10.23%) Mathematics
7 420 (9.63%) Scrum
8 402 (9.22%) Software Engineering
9 353 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
10 337 (7.73%) SDLC
11 331 (7.59%) TDD
12 314 (7.20%) Continuous Integration
13 298 (6.83%) Decision-Making
14 296 (6.79%) DevOps
15 275 (6.31%) Test Automation
16 261 (5.98%) OO
17 255 (5.85%) Business Analysis
18 234 (5.37%) PRINCE2
19 228 (5.23%) Continuous Improvement
20 222 (5.09%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 769 (17.63%) SQL
2 724 (16.60%) Java
3 573 (13.14%) Python
4 460 (10.55%) JavaScript
5 378 (8.67%) C#
6 268 (6.15%) C++
7 198 (4.54%) C
8 122 (2.80%) R
9 112 (2.57%) PowerShell
10 108 (2.48%) Shell Script
11 102 (2.34%) Perl
12 96 (2.20%) Scala
13 91 (2.09%) Ruby
14 82 (1.88%) Bash Shell
15 79 (1.81%) VBA
16 76 (1.74%) Java 8
17 63 (1.44%) T-SQL
18 60 (1.38%) PL/SQL
19 54 (1.24%) PHP
20 53 (1.22%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 677 (15.52%) Computer Science Degree
2 312 (7.15%) Master's Degree
3 309 (7.09%) Security Cleared
4 214 (4.91%) SC Cleared
5 197 (4.52%) CISSP
6 176 (4.04%) PMI Certification
7 169 (3.88%) Numerate Degree
8 136 (3.12%) PMP
9 121 (2.77%) Cisco Certification
10 96 (2.20%) CISM
11 94 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
12 72 (1.65%) CCNP
13 66 (1.51%) CISA
14 65 (1.49%) ISEB
15 63 (1.44%) CCNA
15 63 (1.44%) MBA
16 53 (1.22%) PhD
17 50 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 49 (1.12%) TOGAF Certification
19 47 (1.08%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (4.72%) QA
2 124 (2.84%) GDPR
3 89 (2.04%) PMO
4 75 (1.72%) Data Quality
5 68 (1.56%) PCI DSS
6 58 (1.33%) SLA
7 56 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 33 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 26 (0.60%) COBIT
10 23 (0.53%) ISO 9001
11 16 (0.37%) Def Stans
12 15 (0.34%) GCP
13 14 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
14 10 (0.23%) IFRS
15 8 (0.18%) ISO 22301
16 7 (0.16%) IFRS 9
16 7 (0.16%) MiFID
17 6 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
17 6 (0.14%) HL7
17 6 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 152 (3.49%) Active Directory
2 132 (3.03%) Docker
3 83 (1.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 46 (1.05%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 42 (0.96%) HDFS
5 42 (0.96%) XenApp
6 36 (0.83%) XenDesktop
7 31 (0.71%) Hyper-V
8 27 (0.62%) vSphere
9 22 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
10 16 (0.37%) Apache Flume
11 15 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
12 14 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.25%) Firmware
14 9 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
15 8 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
16 7 (0.16%) BitLocker
16 7 (0.16%) NFS
16 7 (0.16%) Terminal Services
16 7 (0.16%) Xen
Systems Management
1 98 (2.25%) Ansible
2 52 (1.19%) Kubernetes
3 49 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
4 48 (1.10%) Puppet
5 44 (1.01%) Hadoop YARN
6 32 (0.73%) Terraform
7 29 (0.66%) SCCM
8 23 (0.53%) HP ALM
8 23 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
8 23 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
9 22 (0.50%) Salt
10 18 (0.41%) SCOM
11 16 (0.37%) Nagios
12 14 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
13 13 (0.30%) Oozie
14 12 (0.28%) BladeLogic
15 11 (0.25%) CA Single Sign-On
16 10 (0.23%) Cisco Prime
16 10 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
16 10 (0.23%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 620 (14.22%) Microsoft
2 293 (6.72%) Oracle
3 183 (4.20%) SAP
4 163 (3.74%) Cisco
5 129 (2.96%) VMware
6 123 (2.82%) Google
7 103 (2.36%) Adobe
8 102 (2.34%) Tableau
9 93 (2.13%) HP
10 89 (2.04%) Citrix
11 83 (1.90%) Salesforce.com
12 61 (1.40%) Splunk
13 60 (1.38%) IBM
14 57 (1.31%) Red Hat
15 42 (0.96%) Atlassian
16 36 (0.83%) CheckPoint
17 34 (0.78%) ServiceNow
18 33 (0.76%) Ivanti
19 31 (0.71%) CA
20 28 (0.64%) Juniper