Period
to 1 December 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Master's Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 1 December 2020 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.

Master's Degree
UK > England
6 months to
1 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 421 556 586
Rank change year-on-year +135 +30 +36
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 96 219 304
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.30% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 1.43% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 136 174
Median daily rate £488 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.36% +4.76% +10.53%
10th Percentile £333 £341 £313
90th Percentile £650 £725 £675
UK median daily rate £481 £550 £525
% change year-on-year -12.50% +4.76% +10.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 11
Median hourly rate £53.00 £45.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.78% +32.35% -1.05%
10th Percentile £40.96 £36.70 £20.75
90th Percentile £61.25 £55.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £53.00 £48.75 £34.00
% change year-on-year +8.72% +43.38% -1.05%

Master's 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 7,405 15,322 17,844
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.70% 20.70% 19.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,487 9,472 10,609
Median daily rate £475 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +4.29%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £260
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 456 712 860
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +35.06% +3.66%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.32 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.00 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year - +32.08% +5.49%

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Master's Degree as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree in England.

Daily rate trend for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Master's Degree in England over the 6 months to 1 December 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree in England.

Hourly rate trend for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Master's Degree in England over the 6 months to 1 December 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Master's Degree in England

Master's 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 Master's Degree within the England region over the 6 months to 1 December 2020. 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 +86 74 £500 -13.04% 28
South East +112 11 £350 -38.86% 14
North of England +112 4 £563 +62.45% 10
Midlands +75 2 £345 +9.09% 5
North West +72 2 - - 5
East of England +70 2 £332 -11.47% 7
Yorkshire +61 2 £563 +53.06% 4
East Midlands +45 2 £345 -19.30% 4
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 1 December 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Master's 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 Master's Degree.

1 96 (100.00%) Degree
2 71 (73.96%) Computer Science
3 41 (42.71%) Computer Science Degree
4 40 (41.67%) Problem-Solving
4 40 (41.67%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
5 34 (35.42%) SQL
6 29 (30.21%) Big Data
7 28 (29.17%) HTML
8 27 (28.13%) Java
9 26 (27.08%) Statistics
9 26 (27.08%) HTML5
10 25 (26.04%) C#
10 25 (26.04%) Python
10 25 (26.04%) Finance
10 25 (26.04%) Scrum
11 24 (25.00%) .NET
12 22 (22.92%) Microservices
12 22 (22.92%) Docker
13 20 (20.83%) Kafka
13 20 (20.83%) Jenkins
13 20 (20.83%) Microsoft
13 20 (20.83%) Git (software)
14 18 (18.75%) Software Engineering
14 18 (18.75%) JavaScript
14 18 (18.75%) Data Science
15 17 (17.71%) Relational Database
15 17 (17.71%) C++
15 17 (17.71%) Marketing
15 17 (17.71%) Azure

Master's 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 11 (11.46%) Apache Spark
2 8 (8.33%) Apache
3 7 (7.29%) Red Hat Fuse
3 7 (7.29%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.08%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (2.08%) CMS
5 1 (1.04%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (1.04%) Apache Qpid
5 1 (1.04%) Drupal
5 1 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (1.04%) IIS
5 1 (1.04%) Luigi
5 1 (1.04%) NServiceBus
5 1 (1.04%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (1.04%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.04%) Temenos Globus
1 1 (1.04%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 17 (17.71%) Azure
2 13 (13.54%) AWS
3 8 (8.33%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (8.33%) Amazon EKS
3 8 (8.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 6 (6.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 6 (6.25%) Datadog
5 3 (3.13%) GitHub
6 2 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (2.08%) GCP
6 2 (2.08%) Power Platform
6 2 (2.08%) SaaS
7 1 (1.04%) Amazon Cognito
7 1 (1.04%) Amazon Kinesis
7 1 (1.04%) Google Compute Engine
7 1 (1.04%) npm
7 1 (1.04%) Office 365
7 1 (1.04%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.13%) Internet
2 1 (1.04%) BGP
2 1 (1.04%) Firewall
2 1 (1.04%) HTTP
2 1 (1.04%) HTTPS
2 1 (1.04%) MPLS
2 1 (1.04%) MQTT
2 1 (1.04%) Multicast
2 1 (1.04%) Network Security
2 1 (1.04%) OSPF
2 1 (1.04%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (1.04%) VoIP
2 1 (1.04%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (30.21%) Big Data
2 17 (17.71%) Relational Database
3 15 (15.63%) NoSQL
4 9 (9.38%) Hadoop
4 9 (9.38%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (8.33%) Amazon RDS
5 8 (8.33%) ArangoDB
5 8 (8.33%) MySQL
6 6 (6.25%) Apache Cassandra
6 6 (6.25%) SQL Server
7 4 (4.17%) RDBMS
8 2 (2.08%) Power BI
8 2 (2.08%) Triplestore
9 1 (1.04%) Azkaban
9 1 (1.04%) DB2
9 1 (1.04%) Spotfire
9 1 (1.04%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 20 (20.83%) Git (software)
1 20 (20.83%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.13%) JIRA
3 1 (1.04%) Ant
3 1 (1.04%) CMake
3 1 (1.04%) Gradle
3 1 (1.04%) gulp
3 1 (1.04%) JMeter
3 1 (1.04%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.04%) Maven
3 1 (1.04%) MSTest
3 1 (1.04%) NUnit
3 1 (1.04%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.04%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.04%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.04%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.04%) webpack
General
1 25 (26.04%) Finance
2 17 (17.71%) Marketing
3 10 (10.42%) Banking
4 5 (5.21%) Public Sector
5 4 (4.17%) Legal
5 4 (4.17%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.08%) Electronics
6 2 (2.08%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.04%) Advertising
7 1 (1.04%) Automotive
7 1 (1.04%) German Language
7 1 (1.04%) Law
7 1 (1.04%) Private Banking
7 1 (1.04%) Retail
7 1 (1.04%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 31 (32.29%) Developer
2 11 (11.46%) Azure Developer
2 11 (11.46%) C# Developer
2 11 (11.46%) C# Developer - Commodities
3 7 (7.29%) Applications Engineer
3 7 (7.29%) Java Developer
4 6 (6.25%) Analyst
4 6 (6.25%) Applications Support
4 6 (6.25%) Applications Support Engineer
4 6 (6.25%) Operations Engineer
4 6 (6.25%) Operations Support Engineer
4 6 (6.25%) Senior Developer
4 6 (6.25%) Support Engineer
5 5 (5.21%) Technical Leader
6 4 (4.17%) Architect
6 4 (4.17%) Consultant
6 4 (4.17%) Software Engineer
7 3 (3.13%) Java Architect
7 3 (3.13%) Senior C# Developer
7 3 (3.13%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (29.17%) HTML
2 26 (27.08%) HTML5
3 24 (25.00%) .NET
4 20 (20.83%) Kafka
5 12 (12.50%) GraphQL
5 12 (12.50%) REST
5 12 (12.50%) Velocity
6 9 (9.38%) .NET Framework
6 9 (9.38%) AngularJS
6 9 (9.38%) ASP.NET Web API
6 9 (9.38%) Entity Framework
6 9 (9.38%) jQuery
7 8 (8.33%) .NET Core
7 8 (8.33%) Apache Camel
7 8 (8.33%) Elastic Stack
7 8 (8.33%) JDBC
7 8 (8.33%) JMS
7 8 (8.33%) Middleware
7 8 (8.33%) Spark Streaming
7 8 (8.33%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 40 (41.67%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (11.46%) Algorithms
3 10 (10.42%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (7.29%) Clustering
5 6 (6.25%) Linux Command Line
5 6 (6.25%) User Experience
6 5 (5.21%) CUDA
6 5 (5.21%) Data Structures
7 3 (3.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (3.13%) NHS
8 2 (2.08%) Blog
8 2 (2.08%) Derivative
8 2 (2.08%) Hedge funds
8 2 (2.08%) Internet of Things
8 2 (2.08%) Management Information System
8 2 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (2.08%) Semantic Web
8 2 (2.08%) SIMD
8 2 (2.08%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 16 (16.67%) Linux
2 7 (7.29%) Unix
3 3 (3.13%) Android
4 2 (2.08%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (73.96%) Computer Science
2 40 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (41.67%) Problem-Solving
3 26 (27.08%) Statistics
4 25 (26.04%) Scrum
5 22 (22.92%) Microservices
6 18 (18.75%) Data Science
6 18 (18.75%) Software Engineering
7 17 (17.71%) Mathematics
8 15 (15.63%) Analytics
8 15 (15.63%) Data Management
8 15 (15.63%) Open Source
8 15 (15.63%) Project Delivery
9 14 (14.58%) Collaborative Working
9 14 (14.58%) Informatics
9 14 (14.58%) Kanban
9 14 (14.58%) OO
10 12 (12.50%) Data Architecture
10 12 (12.50%) Software Deployment
11 11 (11.46%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 34 (35.42%) SQL
2 27 (28.13%) Java
3 25 (26.04%) C#
3 25 (26.04%) Python
4 18 (18.75%) JavaScript
5 17 (17.71%) C++
6 10 (10.42%) Java 8
7 7 (7.29%) Scala
8 6 (6.25%) Bash Shell
8 6 (6.25%) C
8 6 (6.25%) ES6
8 6 (6.25%) Ruby
9 4 (4.17%) R
9 4 (4.17%) TypeScript
10 3 (3.13%) PL/SQL
10 3 (3.13%) VBA
11 2 (2.08%) ES7
12 1 (1.04%) Assembly Language
12 1 (1.04%) Kotlin
12 1 (1.04%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 96 (100.00%) Degree
2 41 (42.71%) Computer Science Degree
3 14 (14.58%) PhD
4 3 (3.13%) CISA
4 3 (3.13%) CISSP
4 3 (3.13%) MBA
4 3 (3.13%) Numerate Degree
5 2 (2.08%) CISM
5 2 (2.08%) CSPO
5 2 (2.08%) Postgraduate
5 2 (2.08%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.08%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.04%) CPIM
6 1 (1.04%) JNCIE
6 1 (1.04%) JNCIP
6 1 (1.04%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.42%) QA
2 6 (6.25%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.04%) CDISC
3 1 (1.04%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.04%) GDPR
3 1 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.04%) MiFID
3 1 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (22.92%) Docker
Systems Management
1 12 (12.50%) Kubernetes
2 6 (6.25%) Nagios
3 1 (1.04%) CASB
3 1 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 20 (20.83%) Microsoft
2 16 (16.67%) Oracle
3 14 (14.58%) Databricks
4 12 (12.50%) StreamSets
5 6 (6.25%) Splunk
6 5 (5.21%) Google
7 3 (3.13%) IBM
8 2 (2.08%) Adobe
8 2 (2.08%) MarketAxess
9 1 (1.04%) Ariba
9 1 (1.04%) Cognizant
9 1 (1.04%) Dynatrace
9 1 (1.04%) HP
9 1 (1.04%) JD Edwards
9 1 (1.04%) Juniper
9 1 (1.04%) Marketo
9 1 (1.04%) Mitel
9 1 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (1.04%) Teradata
9 1 (1.04%) TIBCO