Period
to 2 March 2021

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 2 March 2021 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
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 469 507 559
Rank change year-on-year +38 +52 +33
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 109 187 309
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.31% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.25% 1.44% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 122 210
Median daily rate £475 £475 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -9.52% +5.00%
10th Percentile £326 £287 £325
90th Percentile £650 £699 £663
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £525
% change year-on-year +5.26% -9.52% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 5
Median hourly rate £54.00 £48.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.34% +42.65% +11.48%
10th Percentile £42.68 £27.05 £26.90
90th Percentile £61.25 £53.00 £62.25
UK median hourly rate £53.00 £49.64 £34.00
% change year-on-year +6.77% +45.99% +11.48%

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 8,741 13,010 17,640
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.61% 21.65% 19.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,600 8,501 10,931
Median daily rate £475 £475 £454
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.63% +0.89%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £468 £450
% change year-on-year +1.55% +3.94% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 465 481 748
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% +12.73% +10.09%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.32 £12.53
90th Percentile £61.25 £56.25 £52.33
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% +16.36% +11.97%

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 2 March 2021.

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 2 March 2021.

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 2 March 2021. 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 +13 64 £500 -0.50% 29
South East +55 18 £413 +14.74% 35
North of England +83 9 £503 +15.85% 10
Midlands +47 7 £438 +113.41% 5
North West +48 6 £475 -5.00% 5
West Midlands +39 6 £475 +131.71% 2
East of England +54 3 £229 - 9
Yorkshire +46 3 £650 +76.87% 1
South West +63 2 £425 +13.33% 7
East Midlands +27 1 £365 - 3
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 2 March 2021, 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.

1 109 (100.00%) Degree
2 77 (70.64%) Computer Science
3 49 (44.95%) Computer Science Degree
4 47 (43.12%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (41.28%) Java
6 43 (39.45%) Problem-Solving
7 34 (31.19%) Finance
8 33 (30.28%) Analytical Skills
9 31 (28.44%) Microservices
10 27 (24.77%) Python
11 26 (23.85%) SQL
12 25 (22.94%) Linux
12 25 (22.94%) Continuous Integration
13 24 (22.02%) Scrum
14 23 (21.10%) OO
14 23 (21.10%) Algorithms
15 22 (20.18%) Jenkins
15 22 (20.18%) Relational Database
15 22 (20.18%) Open Source
16 21 (19.27%) Git (software)
17 20 (18.35%) Middleware
17 20 (18.35%) JavaScript
17 20 (18.35%) HTML
17 20 (18.35%) Oracle
18 19 (17.43%) Software Engineering
18 19 (17.43%) HTML5
18 19 (17.43%) High Availability
19 18 (16.51%) Azure
20 17 (15.60%) DevOps
20 17 (15.60%) Apache

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 17 (15.60%) Apache
2 13 (11.93%) Red Hat Fuse
3 8 (7.34%) Apache Spark
4 6 (5.50%) DNN
5 5 (4.59%) Tomcat
6 4 (3.67%) Apache Qpid
7 3 (2.75%) SAS
8 2 (1.83%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (1.83%) CMS
8 2 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.92%) Drupal
9 1 (0.92%) IIS
9 1 (0.92%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.92%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.92%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.75%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.92%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (0.92%) SAP S/4HANA
1 1 (0.92%) Temenos Globus
1 1 (0.92%) Temenos T24
1 1 (0.92%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 18 (16.51%) Azure
2 14 (12.84%) AWS
3 10 (9.17%) GitHub
4 3 (2.75%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (2.75%) Amazon EKS
4 3 (2.75%) GCP
4 3 (2.75%) SaaS
4 3 (2.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 2 (1.83%) IaaS
5 2 (1.83%) OpenShift
5 2 (1.83%) PaaS
5 2 (1.83%) Power Platform
6 1 (0.92%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.92%) Datadog
6 1 (0.92%) Google Compute Engine
6 1 (0.92%) Microsoft 365
6 1 (0.92%) npm
6 1 (0.92%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.92%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.50%) VPN
2 5 (4.59%) BGP
2 5 (4.59%) MPLS
2 5 (4.59%) Multicast
2 5 (4.59%) OSPF
3 2 (1.83%) Firewall
4 1 (0.92%) DNS
4 1 (0.92%) HTTP
4 1 (0.92%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.92%) Internet
4 1 (0.92%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (0.92%) LAN
4 1 (0.92%) MQTT
4 1 (0.92%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (0.92%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (0.92%) VLAN
4 1 (0.92%) VoIP
4 1 (0.92%) WAN
4 1 (0.92%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (20.18%) Relational Database
2 11 (10.09%) Big Data
3 9 (8.26%) SQL Server
4 8 (7.34%) NoSQL
5 6 (5.50%) Hadoop
6 5 (4.59%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (3.67%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (2.75%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (2.75%) ArangoDB
8 3 (2.75%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.83%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (1.83%) Apache Hive
9 2 (1.83%) DB2
9 2 (1.83%) HBase
9 2 (1.83%) Impala
9 2 (1.83%) MySQL
9 2 (1.83%) Power BI
10 1 (0.92%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.92%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 22 (20.18%) Jenkins
2 21 (19.27%) Git (software)
3 9 (8.26%) GitLab
4 7 (6.42%) CMake
4 7 (6.42%) Gradle
5 5 (4.59%) Maven
6 4 (3.67%) JUnit
7 3 (2.75%) Ant
7 3 (2.75%) JIRA
7 3 (2.75%) JMeter
8 2 (1.83%) Appium
8 2 (1.83%) Bitbucket
8 2 (1.83%) IntelliJ
8 2 (1.83%) LoadRunner
8 2 (1.83%) Selenium
8 2 (1.83%) SonarQube
8 2 (1.83%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (1.83%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.92%) Postman
9 1 (0.92%) REST Assured
General
1 34 (31.19%) Finance
2 16 (14.68%) Banking
3 5 (4.59%) Marketing
3 5 (4.59%) Public Sector
3 5 (4.59%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.83%) Electronics
4 2 (1.83%) Front Office
4 2 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.92%) Automotive
5 1 (0.92%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.92%) German Language
5 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Law
5 1 (0.92%) Legal
5 1 (0.92%) Private Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (19.27%) Developer
2 15 (13.76%) Architect
3 9 (8.26%) Java Developer
3 9 (8.26%) Senior Developer
4 7 (6.42%) Analyst
4 7 (6.42%) DevOps Engineer
5 6 (5.50%) Azure DevOps
5 6 (5.50%) Designer
5 6 (5.50%) Senior Java Developer
5 6 (5.50%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (4.59%) Azure DevOps Engineer
6 5 (4.59%) Azure Engineer
7 4 (3.67%) Business Analyst
7 4 (3.67%) Consultant
7 4 (3.67%) Java Architect
7 4 (3.67%) Java Solutions Architect
7 4 (3.67%) Network Designer
7 4 (3.67%) Software Engineer
8 3 (2.75%) Project Manager
8 3 (2.75%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (18.35%) HTML
1 20 (18.35%) Middleware
2 19 (17.43%) HTML5
3 16 (14.68%) AngularJS
3 16 (14.68%) REST
4 15 (13.76%) Apache Camel
5 14 (12.84%) JDBC
5 14 (12.84%) JMS
5 14 (12.84%) jQuery
6 13 (11.93%) Ajax
6 13 (11.93%) GWT
6 13 (11.93%) Hibernate
6 13 (11.93%) JSF
6 13 (11.93%) OSGi
6 13 (11.93%) Spring
7 10 (9.17%) YAML
8 9 (8.26%) Kafka
9 8 (7.34%) .NET
10 7 (6.42%) TensorFlow
11 5 (4.59%) Spark Streaming
Miscellaneous
1 33 (30.28%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (21.10%) Algorithms
3 15 (13.76%) Enterprise Software
4 13 (11.93%) Clustering
5 9 (8.26%) Data Structures
6 6 (5.50%) Augmented Reality
7 5 (4.59%) CUDA
7 5 (4.59%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (4.59%) NHS
8 4 (3.67%) Equities
8 4 (3.67%) Management Information System
8 4 (3.67%) User Experience
9 2 (1.83%) Blog
9 2 (1.83%) Fixed Income
9 2 (1.83%) Hedge funds
9 2 (1.83%) SIMD
9 2 (1.83%) W3C
10 1 (0.92%) Analytical Mindset
10 1 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 25 (22.94%) Linux
2 9 (8.26%) Android
2 9 (8.26%) Windows
3 4 (3.67%) Unix
4 1 (0.92%) AIX
4 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (70.64%) Computer Science
2 47 (43.12%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (39.45%) Problem-Solving
4 31 (28.44%) Microservices
5 25 (22.94%) Continuous Integration
6 24 (22.02%) Scrum
7 23 (21.10%) OO
8 22 (20.18%) Open Source
9 19 (17.43%) High Availability
9 19 (17.43%) Software Engineering
10 17 (15.60%) DevOps
11 16 (14.68%) Data Science
12 15 (13.76%) Machine Learning
13 14 (12.84%) Mathematics
13 14 (12.84%) Performance Tuning
13 14 (12.84%) Web Development
14 13 (11.93%) Extreme Programming
14 13 (11.93%) RUP
14 13 (11.93%) Software Delivery
14 13 (11.93%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 45 (41.28%) Java
2 27 (24.77%) Python
3 26 (23.85%) SQL
4 20 (18.35%) JavaScript
5 16 (14.68%) C++
6 14 (12.84%) Java 8
7 10 (9.17%) C#
8 9 (8.26%) Bash Shell
8 9 (8.26%) PL/SQL
9 8 (7.34%) PowerShell
10 7 (6.42%) Scala
11 6 (5.50%) C
12 5 (4.59%) TypeScript
13 4 (3.67%) ES6
14 3 (2.75%) R
15 2 (1.83%) ES7
15 2 (1.83%) Ruby
15 2 (1.83%) Shell Script
15 2 (1.83%) XPath
16 1 (0.92%) XAML
Qualifications
1 109 (100.00%) Degree
2 49 (44.95%) Computer Science Degree
3 11 (10.09%) PhD
4 5 (4.59%) JNCIP
4 5 (4.59%) JNCIS
4 5 (4.59%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.67%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.75%) CISSP
6 3 (2.75%) MBA
6 3 (2.75%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (1.83%) CIMA
7 2 (1.83%) CSPO
7 2 (1.83%) GIAC
7 2 (1.83%) ISEB
7 2 (1.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.83%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.92%) ACCA
8 1 (0.92%) CISA
8 1 (0.92%) CISM
8 1 (0.92%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.50%) QA
2 4 (3.67%) MiFID
3 2 (1.83%) COBIT
3 2 (1.83%) GAAP
3 2 (1.83%) IFRS
3 2 (1.83%) NIST
3 2 (1.83%) NIST 800
3 2 (1.83%) PMO
4 1 (0.92%) CDISC
4 1 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.92%) GMP
4 1 (0.92%) GxP
4 1 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.92%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 12 (11.01%) Docker
2 3 (2.75%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 2 (1.83%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.92%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.92%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (8.26%) Kubernetes
2 4 (3.67%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.75%) Ansible
4 2 (1.83%) Grafana
4 2 (1.83%) Hadoop YARN
4 2 (1.83%) Istio
4 2 (1.83%) Knative
4 2 (1.83%) Puppet
5 1 (0.92%) Control-M
5 1 (0.92%) CSIRT
5 1 (0.92%) Nagios
5 1 (0.92%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 20 (18.35%) Oracle
2 13 (11.93%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.50%) Cisco
3 6 (5.50%) Juniper
4 5 (4.59%) Databricks
4 5 (4.59%) SAP
5 4 (3.67%) Google
5 4 (3.67%) IBM
6 3 (2.75%) Red Hat
6 3 (2.75%) Splunk
6 3 (2.75%) StreamSets
6 3 (2.75%) TIBCO
7 2 (1.83%) Adobe
7 2 (1.83%) Solace
7 2 (1.83%) VMware
8 1 (0.92%) HP
8 1 (0.92%) Mitel
8 1 (0.92%) Murex
8 1 (0.92%) Omniture
8 1 (0.92%) Teradata