Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 43 37 35
Rank change year-on-year -6 -2 +2
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,495 4,324 4,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 4.86% 4.94% 4.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.93% 24.14% 23.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,849 2,659 2,950
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £263 £245 £250
90th Percentile £646 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.41% +2.41% +0.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 224 258
England median hourly rate £34.11 £29.75 £36.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.66% -19.05% +24.58%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.58 £11.14
90th Percentile £57.50 £48.75 £52.83
UK median hourly rate £34.11 £29.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +17.62% -22.67% +25.21%

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 17,337 17,914 20,632
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.75% 20.45% 20.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,635 11,267 12,710
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £230 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £576
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 789 823 937
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +2.14% +41.71%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £50.77
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%

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 19 February 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 19 February 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 19 February 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 -4 2,360 £500 +11.11% 1,343
South East -6 890 £425 +7.59% 730
North of England +1 432 £413 +4.83% 520
Midlands 0 357 £400 +3.23% 486
East of England -6 250 £365 -2.67% 622
South West +15 192 £400 -4.76% 308
West Midlands -7 190 £400 +8.11% 328
Yorkshire -7 167 £425 +9.68% 162
North West 0 166 £400 -11.11% 291
East Midlands +11 162 £405 +1.25% 157
North East +20 110 £413 +15.79% 67
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 1,489 (33.13%) Agile Software Development
2 1,310 (29.14%) Computer Science
3 1,206 (26.83%) Finance
4 906 (20.16%) Analytical Skills
5 792 (17.62%) SQL
6 730 (16.24%) Computer Science Degree
7 680 (15.13%) Java
8 665 (14.79%) Project Management
9 643 (14.30%) Microsoft
10 515 (11.46%) Python
11 512 (11.39%) Analytics
12 484 (10.77%) Linux
13 463 (10.30%) Scrum
14 449 (9.99%) JavaScript
15 440 (9.79%) HTML
16 437 (9.72%) Mathematics
17 434 (9.66%) Windows
18 426 (9.48%) C#
19 397 (8.83%) User Experience
20 380 (8.45%) SQL Server
21 378 (8.41%) ITIL
22 368 (8.19%) Software Engineering
23 360 (8.01%) CSS
24 352 (7.83%) TDD
25 350 (7.79%) Stakeholder Management
26 345 (7.68%) SDLC
27 341 (7.59%) Banking
28 337 (7.50%) .NET
29 332 (7.39%) Microsoft Excel
30 325 (7.23%) Test Automation

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 (2.49%) SharePoint
2 108 (2.40%) Confluence
3 104 (2.31%) Apache Spark
4 98 (2.18%) CMS
5 97 (2.16%) SAS
6 81 (1.80%) Apache
7 42 (0.93%) MS Exchange
8 38 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
9 34 (0.76%) IIS
10 33 (0.73%) Cloud Foundry
11 31 (0.69%) Skype for Business
12 28 (0.62%) Tomcat
13 27 (0.60%) OpenStack
14 24 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 21 (0.47%) Drupal
16 20 (0.44%) Apache Pig
16 20 (0.44%) WebSphere
17 19 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 18 (0.40%) JBoss
19 17 (0.38%) nginx
Applications
1 332 (7.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 287 (6.38%) Microsoft Office
3 157 (3.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 89 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
5 82 (1.82%) MS Visio
6 54 (1.20%) Photoshop
7 32 (0.71%) Adobe Illustrator
8 31 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
9 28 (0.62%) SPSS
10 26 (0.58%) InVision
11 25 (0.56%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 15 (0.33%) OmniGraffle
13 14 (0.31%) Adobe After Effects
14 13 (0.29%) Stata
15 12 (0.27%) InDesign
16 11 (0.24%) Adobe Premiere
17 7 (0.16%) UserZoom
18 5 (0.11%) Acrobat
19 4 (0.089%) AutoCAD
19 4 (0.089%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 29 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.29%) Adobe Campaign
3 13 (0.29%) Elite 3E
3 13 (0.29%) ION MarketView
4 11 (0.24%) SAP CO
4 11 (0.24%) SAP FI
4 11 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
5 10 (0.22%) SAP ERP
5 10 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 9 (0.20%) ReMetrica
6 9 (0.20%) SAP SD
7 8 (0.18%) Maximo
8 7 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
8 7 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 7 (0.16%) SAP MM
9 6 (0.13%) Kondor
9 6 (0.13%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
10 5 (0.11%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 285 (6.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 267 (5.94%) Amazon AWS
3 87 (1.94%) Office 365
4 76 (1.69%) PaaS
5 74 (1.65%) SaaS
6 69 (1.54%) GitHub
7 57 (1.27%) IaaS
8 55 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
9 51 (1.13%) Google Analytics
10 49 (1.09%) npm
11 31 (0.69%) Amazon S3
12 30 (0.67%) Google Cloud Platform
13 28 (0.62%) OpenShift
14 17 (0.38%) Serverless
15 16 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
16 15 (0.33%) Mimecast
17 12 (0.27%) Amazon SQS
18 11 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
18 11 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
19 10 (0.22%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 149 (3.31%) Firewall
2 120 (2.67%) Internet
3 109 (2.42%) TCP/IP
4 88 (1.96%) DNS
5 72 (1.60%) Network Security
6 63 (1.40%) DHCP
6 63 (1.40%) WAN
7 59 (1.31%) LAN
8 56 (1.25%) VPN
9 48 (1.07%) SAN
9 48 (1.07%) SSL
10 47 (1.05%) HTTP
10 47 (1.05%) Wireless
11 46 (1.02%) SMS
12 35 (0.78%) LTE
13 29 (0.65%) Kerberos
14 27 (0.60%) VoIP
15 25 (0.56%) MPLS
15 25 (0.56%) VLAN
16 24 (0.53%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 380 (8.45%) SQL Server
2 220 (4.89%) Big Data
3 207 (4.61%) Relational Database
4 150 (3.34%) NoSQL
5 145 (3.23%) Hadoop
6 131 (2.91%) MySQL
7 97 (2.16%) Data Warehouse
8 94 (2.09%) MongoDB
9 87 (1.94%) PostgreSQL
10 81 (1.80%) Power BI
11 67 (1.49%) HBase
11 67 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 57 (1.27%) RDBMS
13 51 (1.13%) Apache Cassandra
13 51 (1.13%) Oracle Database
14 47 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
14 47 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 43 (0.96%) SQL Server 2016
16 42 (0.93%) SQL Server 2014
17 41 (0.91%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 307 (6.83%) Git (software)
2 247 (5.49%) JIRA
3 182 (4.05%) Jenkins
4 86 (1.91%) Selenium
5 82 (1.82%) Subversion
6 79 (1.76%) Gradle
7 76 (1.69%) Cucumber
8 70 (1.56%) Maven
9 64 (1.42%) Bitbucket
10 59 (1.31%) Visual Studio
11 57 (1.27%) TeamCity
12 56 (1.25%) gulp
13 54 (1.20%) webpack
14 51 (1.13%) JUnit
15 48 (1.07%) Team Foundation Server
16 41 (0.91%) Jasmine
17 37 (0.82%) Karma Test Runner
17 37 (0.82%) Xcode
18 32 (0.71%) Axure RP
19 31 (0.69%) SonarQube
General
1 1,206 (26.83%) Finance
2 341 (7.59%) Banking
3 273 (6.07%) Marketing
4 249 (5.54%) Telecoms
5 173 (3.85%) Retail
6 156 (3.47%) Legal
7 150 (3.34%) Manufacturing
8 148 (3.29%) Front Office
9 108 (2.40%) Investment Banking
10 78 (1.74%) Electronics
11 74 (1.65%) Games
12 66 (1.47%) Law
13 61 (1.36%) Financial Institution
13 61 (1.36%) Publishing
14 57 (1.27%) Advertising
15 54 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
16 48 (1.07%) Automotive
17 32 (0.71%) Military
18 30 (0.67%) Back Office
19 29 (0.65%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,051 (23.38%) Developer
2 736 (16.37%) Analyst
3 291 (6.47%) Project Manager
4 279 (6.21%) Java Developer
5 278 (6.18%) Business Analyst
6 275 (6.12%) Architect
7 177 (3.94%) Consultant
8 170 (3.78%) Designer
9 160 (3.56%) C# Developer
10 154 (3.43%) Senior Developer
11 153 (3.40%) User Researcher
12 108 (2.40%) Data Analyst
13 99 (2.20%) Senior Analyst
14 91 (2.02%) Data Scientist
15 89 (1.98%) Software Engineer
16 81 (1.80%) Software Developer
17 76 (1.69%) UX Designer
18 71 (1.58%) .NET Developer
19 68 (1.51%) Junior
20 67 (1.49%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 440 (9.79%) HTML
2 360 (8.01%) CSS
3 337 (7.50%) .NET
4 291 (6.47%) Web Services
5 198 (4.40%) AngularJS
6 188 (4.18%) HTML5
7 186 (4.14%) REST
8 183 (4.07%) Spring
9 151 (3.36%) XML
10 144 (3.20%) RESTful
11 142 (3.16%) JSON
12 110 (2.45%) jQuery
13 105 (2.34%) WPF
14 101 (2.25%) Node.js
15 100 (2.22%) SOAP
16 94 (2.09%) React
16 94 (2.09%) WCF
17 86 (1.91%) CSS3
18 85 (1.89%) Kafka
19 83 (1.85%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1,310 (29.14%) Computer Science
2 906 (20.16%) Analytical Skills
3 397 (8.83%) User Experience
4 285 (6.34%) Management Information System
5 132 (2.94%) Algorithms
6 120 (2.67%) Mobile App
7 119 (2.65%) Virtual Team
8 100 (2.22%) Data Structures
9 99 (2.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 92 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
11 89 (1.98%) Data Centre
12 86 (1.91%) PMI
13 54 (1.20%) Fixed Income
14 53 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
15 51 (1.13%) NHS
16 50 (1.11%) Equities
17 49 (1.09%) Social Media
18 48 (1.07%) Derivative
19 46 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
19 46 (1.02%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 484 (10.77%) Linux
2 434 (9.66%) Windows
3 250 (5.56%) Unix
4 117 (2.60%) Android
5 99 (2.20%) Windows Server
6 96 (2.14%) Apple iOS
7 46 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (0.98%) Windows 10
9 41 (0.91%) Windows 7
9 41 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
10 31 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (0.36%) CentOS
12 14 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
13 13 (0.29%) Mac OS X
14 8 (0.18%) Mac OS
14 8 (0.18%) Windows 8
15 7 (0.16%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
16 6 (0.13%) Solaris
17 4 (0.089%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,489 (33.13%) Agile Software Development
2 665 (14.79%) Project Management
3 512 (11.39%) Analytics
4 463 (10.30%) Scrum
5 437 (9.72%) Mathematics
6 378 (8.41%) ITIL
7 368 (8.19%) Software Engineering
8 352 (7.83%) TDD
9 350 (7.79%) Stakeholder Management
10 345 (7.68%) SDLC
11 325 (7.23%) Test Automation
12 282 (6.27%) Continuous Integration
13 269 (5.98%) DevOps
14 252 (5.61%) PRINCE2
15 232 (5.16%) OO
16 223 (4.96%) Risk Management
17 221 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
18 219 (4.87%) Business Intelligence
19 216 (4.81%) Business Analysis
20 213 (4.74%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 792 (17.62%) SQL
2 680 (15.13%) Java
3 515 (11.46%) Python
4 449 (9.99%) JavaScript
5 426 (9.48%) C#
6 289 (6.43%) C++
7 195 (4.34%) C
8 153 (3.40%) R
9 130 (2.89%) PowerShell
10 113 (2.51%) Shell Script
11 109 (2.42%) Scala
12 87 (1.94%) Ruby
13 75 (1.67%) Perl
13 75 (1.67%) T-SQL
13 75 (1.67%) VBA
14 63 (1.40%) Bash Shell
15 48 (1.07%) Apple Swift
16 46 (1.02%) ES6
17 45 (1.00%) MATLAB
17 45 (1.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 730 (16.24%) Computer Science Degree
2 305 (6.79%) Security Cleared
3 293 (6.52%) Master's Degree
4 206 (4.58%) CISSP
5 189 (4.20%) Numerate Degree
6 186 (4.14%) SC Cleared
7 166 (3.69%) PMI Certification
8 144 (3.20%) PMP
9 122 (2.71%) Microsoft Certification
10 121 (2.69%) Cisco Certification
11 113 (2.51%) CISM
12 68 (1.51%) CCNA
13 65 (1.45%) ISEB
14 63 (1.40%) PhD
15 60 (1.33%) MCSE
16 58 (1.29%) CCNP
17 53 (1.18%) MBA
18 52 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
19 49 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
20 47 (1.05%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 280 (6.23%) QA
2 123 (2.74%) GDPR
3 104 (2.31%) PMO
4 85 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 78 (1.74%) Data Quality
6 60 (1.33%) SLA
7 56 (1.25%) PCI DSS
8 36 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 22 (0.49%) COBIT
10 20 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
10 20 (0.44%) HIPAA
11 18 (0.40%) Actionable Recommendations
11 18 (0.40%) ISO 9001
12 15 (0.33%) MiFID
13 13 (0.29%) Def Stans
14 12 (0.27%) ISO 22301
15 10 (0.22%) HL7
15 10 (0.22%) IFRS
15 10 (0.22%) P3O
16 8 (0.18%) WAI
System Software
1 158 (3.52%) Active Directory
2 91 (2.02%) Docker
3 83 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 50 (1.11%) HDFS
5 41 (0.91%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 30 (0.67%) Hyper-V
7 28 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
8 27 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
9 20 (0.44%) XenApp
9 20 (0.44%) XenDesktop
10 18 (0.40%) Firmware
11 17 (0.38%) vSphere
12 13 (0.29%) Apache Flume
13 11 (0.24%) Terminal Services
13 11 (0.24%) Xen
14 10 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
15 8 (0.18%) iptables
16 7 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
17 5 (0.11%) NFS
18 4 (0.089%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
Systems Management
1 65 (1.45%) Ansible
2 43 (0.96%) SCCM
3 39 (0.87%) Kubernetes
4 38 (0.85%) Puppet
5 37 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
6 35 (0.78%) Hadoop YARN
7 27 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
7 27 (0.60%) SCOM
8 26 (0.58%) Terraform
9 20 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
10 19 (0.42%) Backup Exec
11 18 (0.40%) NetBackup
12 15 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
12 15 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
12 15 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
13 14 (0.31%) Salt
14 12 (0.27%) Oozie
15 11 (0.24%) Packer
16 10 (0.22%) HP Data Protector
16 10 (0.22%) MOM
Vendors
1 643 (14.30%) Microsoft
2 250 (5.56%) Oracle
3 165 (3.67%) SAP
4 145 (3.23%) Cisco
5 134 (2.98%) Tableau
6 113 (2.51%) Adobe
7 111 (2.47%) VMware
8 101 (2.25%) Google
9 91 (2.02%) HP
9 91 (2.02%) Salesforce.com
10 76 (1.69%) Citrix
11 58 (1.29%) Splunk
12 45 (1.00%) IBM
13 44 (0.98%) Red Hat
14 41 (0.91%) Apple
15 34 (0.76%) Twitter
16 31 (0.69%) Atlassian
16 31 (0.69%) McAfee
16 31 (0.69%) Sybase
17 30 (0.67%) CheckPoint