Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 48 42 36
Rank change year-on-year -6 -6 +4
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,302 4,343 4,846
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 4.57% 4.80% 4.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 24.63% 25.46% 23.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,438 2,707 3,013
England median daily rate £450 £445 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +5.95% +1.51%
10th Percentile £280 £262 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.99% -0.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 250 224 222
England median hourly rate £38.75 £32.00 £27.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.09% +18.18% -16.68%
10th Percentile £13.73 £12.15 £11.56
90th Percentile £52.75 £48.75 £47.82
UK median hourly rate £37.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +15.63% +16.36% -12.53%

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 17,464 17,059 20,532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.54% 18.85% 20.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,320 10,381 12,803
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
10th Percentile £250 £242 £244
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.17% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 860 807 739
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +7.84% +10.87%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - +17.65%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -11 2,039 £500 +5.26% 1,231
South East -2 906 £425 +6.25% 812
North of England +6 562 £413 +3.13% 542
Midlands -28 285 £425 +9.68% 454
North West +26 273 £400 +10.34% 315
South West 0 269 £400 -5.33% 360
East of England -7 230 £425 +21.43% 528
Yorkshire -5 196 £450 +5.88% 159
West Midlands -24 162 £450 +20.00% 261
East Midlands -10 126 £420 +5.00% 191
North East -11 94 £425 +1.19% 68
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 1,498 (34.82%) Computer Science
2 1,461 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
3 1,139 (26.48%) Finance
4 857 (19.92%) Computer Science Degree
5 746 (17.34%) Analytical Skills
6 744 (17.29%) Microsoft
7 698 (16.23%) Problem-Solving
8 688 (15.99%) Java
9 653 (15.18%) SQL
10 633 (14.71%) Project Management
11 572 (13.30%) JavaScript
12 525 (12.20%) C#
13 520 (12.09%) Python
14 495 (11.51%) Windows
15 471 (10.95%) HTML
16 462 (10.74%) Mathematics
17 452 (10.51%) Analytics
18 448 (10.41%) Linux
19 445 (10.34%) Software Engineering
20 416 (9.67%) Scrum
21 400 (9.30%) Microsoft Azure
22 396 (9.21%) .NET
23 395 (9.18%) ITIL
24 379 (8.81%) CSS
25 355 (8.25%) Git (software)
26 346 (8.04%) Amazon AWS
27 343 (7.97%) TDD
28 338 (7.86%) Microsoft Excel
29 329 (7.65%) SQL Server
30 318 (7.39%) DevOps

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
1 138 (3.21%) SharePoint
2 106 (2.46%) Confluence
3 95 (2.21%) Apache Spark
3 95 (2.21%) CMS
4 81 (1.88%) SAS
5 74 (1.72%) Apache
6 59 (1.37%) IIS
7 46 (1.07%) MS Exchange
8 44 (1.02%) Tomcat
9 40 (0.93%) Skype for Business
10 39 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
11 38 (0.88%) WebSphere
12 29 (0.67%) Drupal
13 25 (0.58%) OpenStack
14 24 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
15 21 (0.49%) JBoss
16 18 (0.42%) Ethereum
16 18 (0.42%) Hyperledger
16 18 (0.42%) nginx
17 17 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 338 (7.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 255 (5.93%) Microsoft Office
3 164 (3.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 89 (2.07%) MS Visio
5 75 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
6 48 (1.12%) Photoshop
7 30 (0.70%) InVision
8 28 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
9 25 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
10 21 (0.49%) SPSS
11 16 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 13 (0.30%) Chatbot
13 12 (0.28%) InfoPath
14 9 (0.21%) InDesign
15 8 (0.19%) Adobe After Effects
15 8 (0.19%) OmniGraffle
16 7 (0.16%) Stata
17 6 (0.14%) UserZoom
18 4 (0.093%) Final Cut Pro
19 3 (0.070%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 27 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
2 26 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 20 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
4 18 (0.42%) SAP HR
5 17 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 16 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 15 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 14 (0.33%) Distributed Ledger
8 14 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
9 13 (0.30%) R3 Corda
10 11 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
11 10 (0.23%) SAP ERP
12 9 (0.21%) SAP GRC
13 7 (0.16%) Eloqua
13 7 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
14 6 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
14 6 (0.14%) SAP BPC
14 6 (0.14%) Workday HCM
15 5 (0.12%) NetSuite
16 4 (0.093%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 400 (9.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 346 (8.04%) Amazon AWS
3 159 (3.70%) Office 365
4 73 (1.70%) Google Cloud Platform
4 73 (1.70%) SaaS
5 68 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
6 62 (1.44%) Serverless
7 57 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
7 57 (1.32%) GitHub
8 53 (1.23%) PaaS
9 47 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
10 44 (1.02%) IaaS
11 43 (1.00%) Azure Active Directory
12 40 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
13 35 (0.81%) Amazon S3
14 33 (0.77%) Mimecast
15 27 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 25 (0.58%) npm
17 23 (0.53%) Amazon ELB
18 22 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 175 (4.07%) Firewall
2 90 (2.09%) DNS
3 82 (1.91%) LAN
4 75 (1.74%) Network Security
5 73 (1.70%) TCP/IP
5 73 (1.70%) WAN
6 66 (1.53%) Internet
7 62 (1.44%) DHCP
8 60 (1.39%) Wireless
9 53 (1.23%) VPN
10 51 (1.19%) HTTP
11 41 (0.95%) Skype
12 37 (0.86%) SAN
12 37 (0.86%) VoIP
13 34 (0.79%) Ethernet
14 31 (0.72%) MPLS
15 30 (0.70%) BGP
16 29 (0.67%) OSPF
17 25 (0.58%) Cisco IOS
18 24 (0.56%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 329 (7.65%) SQL Server
2 147 (3.42%) Big Data
3 126 (2.93%) Relational Database
4 121 (2.81%) NoSQL
5 108 (2.51%) Hadoop
6 95 (2.21%) PostgreSQL
7 86 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
8 83 (1.93%) MySQL
9 57 (1.32%) Power BI
10 51 (1.19%) Oracle Database
11 50 (1.16%) MongoDB
12 40 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
13 38 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
14 36 (0.84%) Redis
14 36 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 34 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 33 (0.77%) MS Access
17 32 (0.74%) RDBMS
18 31 (0.72%) Apache Hive
18 31 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 355 (8.25%) Git (software)
2 283 (6.58%) JIRA
3 211 (4.90%) Jenkins
4 121 (2.81%) Selenium
5 102 (2.37%) Visual Studio
6 97 (2.25%) Maven
7 78 (1.81%) JUnit
7 78 (1.81%) TeamCity
8 68 (1.58%) Eclipse
8 68 (1.58%) Subversion
9 63 (1.46%) Gradle
10 57 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
11 54 (1.26%) Cucumber
12 39 (0.91%) SpecFlow
13 38 (0.88%) NetBeans
14 35 (0.81%) AccuRev
15 32 (0.74%) JMeter
16 29 (0.67%) WebDriver
17 27 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 27 (0.63%) Jasmine
General
1 1,139 (26.48%) Finance
2 301 (7.00%) Banking
3 263 (6.11%) Marketing
4 226 (5.25%) Telecoms
5 168 (3.91%) Retail
6 156 (3.63%) Front Office
7 141 (3.28%) Legal
8 118 (2.74%) Manufacturing
9 99 (2.30%) Games
10 90 (2.09%) Investment Banking
11 80 (1.86%) Advertising
12 79 (1.84%) Pharmaceutical
13 69 (1.60%) Electronics
14 66 (1.53%) Law
15 65 (1.51%) Back Office
16 64 (1.49%) Financial Institution
17 56 (1.30%) Publishing
18 38 (0.88%) Aerospace
19 36 (0.84%) Mandarin Language
20 33 (0.77%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,051 (24.43%) Developer
2 712 (16.55%) Analyst
3 256 (5.95%) Java Developer
4 241 (5.60%) Project Manager
5 233 (5.42%) Architect
6 225 (5.23%) Business Analyst
7 175 (4.07%) C# Developer
8 151 (3.51%) Consultant
9 148 (3.44%) Software Engineer
10 137 (3.18%) Designer
11 136 (3.16%) .NET Developer
12 115 (2.67%) Senior Developer
13 103 (2.39%) IT Manager
14 93 (2.16%) Data Analyst
15 92 (2.14%) C# .NET Developer
16 89 (2.07%) User Researcher
17 80 (1.86%) Software Developer
18 73 (1.70%) Solutions Architect
19 70 (1.63%) Junior
20 69 (1.60%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 471 (10.95%) HTML
2 396 (9.21%) .NET
3 379 (8.81%) CSS
4 267 (6.21%) Web Services
5 247 (5.74%) AngularJS
6 189 (4.39%) HTML5
7 166 (3.86%) Spring
8 165 (3.84%) Node.js
9 153 (3.56%) RESTful
10 145 (3.37%) REST
11 142 (3.30%) React
12 140 (3.25%) XML
13 128 (2.98%) ASP.NET
14 125 (2.91%) .NET Framework
15 113 (2.63%) Kafka
16 111 (2.58%) jQuery
17 103 (2.39%) CSS3
18 88 (2.05%) JSON
19 83 (1.93%) SOAP
19 83 (1.93%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1,498 (34.82%) Computer Science
2 746 (17.34%) Analytical Skills
3 303 (7.04%) Management Information System
4 296 (6.88%) User Experience
5 212 (4.93%) Self-Motivation
6 197 (4.58%) Algorithms
7 155 (3.60%) Data Centre
8 150 (3.49%) Mobile App
9 95 (2.21%) Data Structures
10 84 (1.95%) Greenfield Project
11 70 (1.63%) Fintech
11 70 (1.63%) Virtual Team
12 64 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 60 (1.39%) PMI
14 59 (1.37%) Fixed Income
15 49 (1.14%) Blog
15 49 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
15 49 (1.14%) Private Cloud
16 46 (1.07%) Derivative
17 42 (0.98%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 495 (11.51%) Windows
2 448 (10.41%) Linux
3 195 (4.53%) Unix
4 155 (3.60%) Windows Server
5 109 (2.53%) Android
6 93 (2.16%) Apple iOS
7 68 (1.58%) Windows Server 2012
8 64 (1.49%) Windows 10
9 63 (1.46%) Windows 7
10 50 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
11 32 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 25 (0.58%) Embedded Linux
13 20 (0.46%) Solaris
14 19 (0.44%) CentOS
15 16 (0.37%) VMS
16 15 (0.35%) Debian
16 15 (0.35%) Ubuntu
17 14 (0.33%) Mac OS
17 14 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
18 13 (0.30%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,461 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
2 698 (16.23%) Problem-Solving
3 633 (14.71%) Project Management
4 462 (10.74%) Mathematics
5 452 (10.51%) Analytics
6 445 (10.34%) Software Engineering
7 416 (9.67%) Scrum
8 395 (9.18%) ITIL
9 343 (7.97%) TDD
10 318 (7.39%) DevOps
11 302 (7.02%) OO
12 295 (6.86%) Stakeholder Management
13 292 (6.79%) Test Automation
14 275 (6.39%) Continuous Integration
15 247 (5.74%) SDLC
16 226 (5.25%) Business Analysis
17 209 (4.86%) Information Security
18 203 (4.72%) Business Intelligence
18 203 (4.72%) Continuous Improvement
19 200 (4.65%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 688 (15.99%) Java
2 653 (15.18%) SQL
3 572 (13.30%) JavaScript
4 525 (12.20%) C#
5 520 (12.09%) Python
6 303 (7.04%) C++
7 166 (3.86%) C
8 136 (3.16%) PowerShell
9 113 (2.63%) R
10 104 (2.42%) TypeScript
11 79 (1.84%) Perl
12 76 (1.77%) PHP
13 74 (1.72%) Java 8
14 73 (1.70%) Shell Script
15 71 (1.65%) Scala
16 66 (1.53%) Bash Shell
17 56 (1.30%) Ruby
18 54 (1.26%) Go
18 54 (1.26%) VBA
19 50 (1.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 857 (19.92%) Computer Science Degree
2 298 (6.93%) Master's Degree
3 295 (6.86%) Security Cleared
4 226 (5.25%) SC Cleared
5 170 (3.95%) CISSP
6 120 (2.79%) Cisco Certification
7 118 (2.74%) Numerate Degree
8 117 (2.72%) PMI Certification
9 112 (2.60%) CISM
10 99 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
11 98 (2.28%) PMP
12 97 (2.25%) CISA
13 77 (1.79%) MBA
14 75 (1.74%) ISEB
15 72 (1.67%) PhD
16 69 (1.60%) CCNA
16 69 (1.60%) ISTQB
17 56 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
18 50 (1.16%) Postgraduate
19 47 (1.09%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 205 (4.77%) QA
2 84 (1.95%) GDPR
3 82 (1.91%) SLA
4 80 (1.86%) PMO
5 70 (1.63%) Data Quality
6 66 (1.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 48 (1.12%) PCI DSS
8 37 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 27 (0.63%) ISO 9001
10 18 (0.42%) COBIT
11 11 (0.26%) ISO 22301
12 10 (0.23%) HIPAA
12 10 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 9 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 9 (0.21%) ISAE 3402
13 9 (0.21%) ISO 31000
14 8 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
14 8 (0.19%) GxP
14 8 (0.19%) IFRS
15 7 (0.16%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 208 (4.83%) Active Directory
2 206 (4.79%) Docker
3 93 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 43 (1.00%) Hyper-V
5 27 (0.63%) XenApp
6 26 (0.60%) XenDesktop
7 21 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
8 20 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
9 19 (0.44%) Apache Flume
9 19 (0.44%) vSphere
10 17 (0.40%) Firmware
10 17 (0.40%) HDFS
10 17 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
10 17 (0.40%) VirtualBox
11 15 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
12 13 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
13 9 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
14 8 (0.19%) KVM
15 7 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 7 (0.16%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 116 (2.70%) Ansible
2 83 (1.93%) Puppet
3 81 (1.88%) Terraform
4 71 (1.65%) Kubernetes
5 64 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
6 50 (1.16%) SCCM
7 29 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
8 28 (0.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 27 (0.63%) Nagios
10 26 (0.60%) Salt
11 25 (0.58%) Kibana
12 22 (0.51%) Packer
13 19 (0.44%) logstash
14 15 (0.35%) Graylog
15 14 (0.33%) CASB
15 14 (0.33%) Host Intrusion Detection System
15 14 (0.33%) Nessus
15 14 (0.33%) Network Intrusion Detection System
16 13 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
17 11 (0.26%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 744 (17.29%) Microsoft
2 280 (6.51%) Oracle
3 180 (4.18%) SAP
4 177 (4.11%) Cisco
5 147 (3.42%) VMware
6 135 (3.14%) Google
7 77 (1.79%) HP
8 75 (1.74%) Tableau
9 74 (1.72%) Citrix
10 72 (1.67%) Splunk
11 70 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
12 66 (1.53%) Red Hat
13 64 (1.49%) Adobe
14 60 (1.39%) IBM
15 56 (1.30%) Remedy
16 42 (0.98%) Apple
16 42 (0.98%) Atlassian
17 40 (0.93%) McAfee
18 35 (0.81%) CA
19 33 (0.77%) Huawei