Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 530 397 563
Rank change year-on-year -133 +166 +29
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 211 101 235
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.37% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.67% 1.49% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 44 139
10th Percentile £351 £334 £313
25th Percentile £456 £404 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £500 £550
Median % change year-on-year +7.50% -9.09% +7.58%
75th Percentile £650 £650 £694
90th Percentile £711 £768 £825
UK median daily rate £503 £500 £550
% change year-on-year +0.60% -9.09% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 6
10th Percentile " £37.53 £35.25
25th Percentile £47.75 £42.68 £42.50
Median hourly rate £54.00 £52.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +16.67% +19.21%
75th Percentile £72.50 £57.50 £47.50
90th Percentile £80.00 £59.75 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £56.75 £52.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +8.10% +16.67% +19.21%

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 12,672 6,796 15,586
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.74% 24.96% 20.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,152 4,606 9,973
10th Percentile £307 £300 £263
25th Percentile £411 £390 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £482 £470
Median % change year-on-year +3.84% +2.45% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £568
90th Percentile £689 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 602 250 660
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.14 £17.50
Median hourly rate £31.75 £32.75 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -3.05% -18.13% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £64.50 £61.45
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £31.61 £39.75
% change year-on-year +2.82% -20.48% +73.09%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -174 116 £575 +15.00% 57
South East -58 45 £500 +42.86% 22
North of England -60 14 £502 -22.85% 12
East of England -48 9 £337 -22.48% 20
North West -53 9 £428 - 7
South West - 9 £625 - 12
Yorkshire -44 4 £588 -9.62% 2
Midlands -70 4 £625 +71.23% 5
East Midlands -35 3 £600 +64.38% 1
North East - 1 - - 3
West Midlands - 1 £750 - 4
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 211 (100.00%) Degree
2 117 (55.45%) Computer Science
3 100 (47.39%) Social Skills
4 87 (41.23%) Agile Software Development
5 83 (39.34%) Finance
6 57 (27.01%) Project Management
6 57 (27.01%) Computer Science Degree
7 55 (26.07%) Problem-Solving
7 55 (26.07%) Analytical Skills
8 44 (20.85%) Python
9 40 (18.96%) Azure
10 39 (18.48%) DevOps
11 37 (17.54%) Analytics
12 35 (16.59%) Presentation Skills
13 31 (14.69%) Microsoft
14 30 (14.22%) Java
15 29 (13.74%) SQL
16 27 (12.80%) JavaScript
17 26 (12.32%) User Experience
18 24 (11.37%) Telecoms
19 23 (10.90%) React
20 22 (10.43%) Algorithms
20 22 (10.43%) Data Science
20 22 (10.43%) Influencing Skills
20 22 (10.43%) Machine Learning
21 21 (9.95%) Product Management
21 21 (9.95%) Stakeholder Management
21 21 (9.95%) Scrum
21 21 (9.95%) HTML
21 21 (9.95%) Windows

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 (5.21%) Confluence
2 8 (3.79%) SAS
2 8 (3.79%) SharePoint
3 7 (3.32%) Apache
4 6 (2.84%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.42%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.42%) Jupyter
5 3 (1.42%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.47%) Apache Qpid
6 1 (0.47%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.47%) CICS
6 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (6.16%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (5.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (2.84%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.90%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.47%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.47%) Open Workbench
5 1 (0.47%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (2.37%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 3 (1.42%) SAP MDG
3 1 (0.47%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.47%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 40 (18.96%) Azure
2 12 (5.69%) AWS
3 5 (2.37%) Collibra
4 4 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.90%) GCP
5 3 (1.42%) Azure Pipelines
5 3 (1.42%) GitHub
5 3 (1.42%) IaaS
5 3 (1.42%) Power Platform
5 3 (1.42%) SaaS
5 3 (1.42%) Serverless
6 2 (0.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.95%) Azure Machine Learning
6 2 (0.95%) iPaaS
6 2 (0.95%) PaaS
6 2 (0.95%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 2 (0.95%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.47%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.69%) Firewall
2 11 (5.21%) 5G
2 11 (5.21%) LAN
2 11 (5.21%) WAN
3 10 (4.74%) 2G
3 10 (4.74%) 4G
4 8 (3.79%) 3G
4 8 (3.79%) Node B
4 8 (3.79%) Radio Access Network
4 8 (3.79%) RNC
5 7 (3.32%) Network Security
6 5 (2.37%) HTTP
7 3 (1.42%) LTE
7 3 (1.42%) MVNO
7 3 (1.42%) Unified Communications
7 3 (1.42%) VoLTE
7 3 (1.42%) VoWiFi
7 3 (1.42%) Wireless
7 3 (1.42%) Wireshark
8 2 (0.95%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.69%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.21%) Data Lake
3 8 (3.79%) Big Data
4 7 (3.32%) Data Mining
4 7 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (3.32%) NoSQL
4 7 (3.32%) Parquet
4 7 (3.32%) Relational Database
4 7 (3.32%) Tableau
5 6 (2.84%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (2.84%) QlikView
6 5 (2.37%) Text Mining
7 4 (1.90%) DB2
7 4 (1.90%) Metadata
7 4 (1.90%) Spotfire
8 3 (1.42%) Power BI
9 2 (0.95%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.95%) Electronic Patient Records
9 2 (0.95%) MySQL
9 2 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 16 (7.58%) Git (software)
1 16 (7.58%) JIRA
2 10 (4.74%) GitLab
3 8 (3.79%) Jenkins
4 7 (3.32%) Jasmine
4 7 (3.32%) Karma Test Runner
5 6 (2.84%) Maven
6 4 (1.90%) webpack
7 3 (1.42%) Subversion
8 2 (0.95%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.95%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.95%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.95%) TestRail
9 1 (0.47%) Appium
9 1 (0.47%) Babel
9 1 (0.47%) Grunt
9 1 (0.47%) Mercurial
9 1 (0.47%) Mockito
9 1 (0.47%) Ranorex
General
1 100 (47.39%) Social Skills
2 83 (39.34%) Finance
3 55 (26.07%) Analytical Skills
4 35 (16.59%) Presentation Skills
5 24 (11.37%) Telecoms
6 22 (10.43%) Influencing Skills
7 18 (8.53%) Banking
8 15 (7.11%) Manufacturing
9 13 (6.16%) Public Sector
10 12 (5.69%) Marketing
11 10 (4.74%) Pharmaceutical
12 9 (4.27%) Legal
13 6 (2.84%) Financial Institution
14 5 (2.37%) French Language
14 5 (2.37%) German Language
15 4 (1.90%) Aerospace
15 4 (1.90%) Electronics
15 4 (1.90%) Retail
16 3 (1.42%) Advertising
16 3 (1.42%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 34 (16.11%) Developer
2 21 (9.95%) Architect
3 15 (7.11%) Java Developer
4 10 (4.74%) Mobile Engineer
4 10 (4.74%) Solutions Architect
4 10 (4.74%) User Experience Researcher
5 9 (4.27%) Consultant
5 9 (4.27%) Data Engineer
6 8 (3.79%) Machine Learning Engineer
6 8 (3.79%) Systems Engineer
7 7 (3.32%) Full Stack Developer
8 6 (2.84%) Analyst
8 6 (2.84%) Azure Engineer
8 6 (2.84%) Design Engineer
8 6 (2.84%) Project Manager
8 6 (2.84%) Service Manager
8 6 (2.84%) Software Engineer
9 5 (2.37%) C# Developer
9 5 (2.37%) Designer
9 5 (2.37%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (10.90%) React
2 21 (9.95%) HTML
3 19 (9.00%) AngularJS
4 18 (8.53%) CSS
5 17 (8.06%) REST
6 14 (6.64%) .NET
6 14 (6.64%) SOAP
6 14 (6.64%) XML
7 13 (6.16%) JSON
8 12 (5.69%) D3.js
9 11 (5.21%) Spring
10 10 (4.74%) Node.js
10 10 (4.74%) Web Services
11 9 (4.27%) Middleware
11 9 (4.27%) RESTful
12 8 (3.79%) WPF
13 7 (3.32%) CSS3
13 7 (3.32%) HTML5
13 7 (3.32%) Keras
13 7 (3.32%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 26 (12.32%) User Experience
2 22 (10.43%) Algorithms
3 14 (6.64%) Management Information System
4 13 (6.16%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (5.21%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (4.27%) Data Centre
7 7 (3.32%) Data Protection Act
8 6 (2.84%) FMCG
8 6 (2.84%) Hedge funds
8 6 (2.84%) Mobile App
8 6 (2.84%) NHS
9 5 (2.37%) e-Learning
10 4 (1.90%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.90%) Digital Media
10 4 (1.90%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.42%) Augmented Reality
11 3 (1.42%) Biotechnology
11 3 (1.42%) Credit Risk
11 3 (1.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 3 (1.42%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 21 (9.95%) Windows
2 20 (9.48%) Linux
3 11 (5.21%) Unix
4 6 (2.84%) Android
4 6 (2.84%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.95%) FreeRTOS
7 1 (0.47%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (55.45%) Computer Science
2 87 (41.23%) Agile Software Development
3 57 (27.01%) Project Management
4 55 (26.07%) Problem-Solving
5 39 (18.48%) DevOps
6 37 (17.54%) Analytics
7 22 (10.43%) Data Science
7 22 (10.43%) Machine Learning
8 21 (9.95%) Product Management
8 21 (9.95%) Prototyping
8 21 (9.95%) Scrum
8 21 (9.95%) Stakeholder Management
9 20 (9.48%) Validation
10 19 (9.00%) Decision-Making
10 19 (9.00%) OO
10 19 (9.00%) Visualisation
11 18 (8.53%) Data Protection
11 18 (8.53%) Mathematics
11 18 (8.53%) Software Engineering
12 16 (7.58%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (20.85%) Python
2 30 (14.22%) Java
3 29 (13.74%) SQL
4 27 (12.80%) JavaScript
5 14 (6.64%) C#
6 13 (6.16%) C++
6 13 (6.16%) R
7 8 (3.79%) C
8 7 (3.32%) TypeScript
9 5 (2.37%) Julia
9 5 (2.37%) MATLAB
9 5 (2.37%) Ruby
10 4 (1.90%) Go
10 4 (1.90%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.42%) Apple Swift
11 3 (1.42%) Objective-C
11 3 (1.42%) PHP
11 3 (1.42%) Scala
11 3 (1.42%) XAML
12 2 (0.95%) Perl
Qualifications
1 211 (100.00%) Degree
2 57 (27.01%) Computer Science Degree
3 16 (7.58%) PMI Certification
4 15 (7.11%) PMP
5 9 (4.27%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (3.79%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (3.79%) MBA
7 7 (3.32%) CCNA
7 7 (3.32%) CCNP
8 5 (2.37%) CISSP
8 5 (2.37%) PhD
9 3 (1.42%) CEH
9 3 (1.42%) RHCA
9 3 (1.42%) Security Cleared
9 3 (1.42%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.95%) CISM
10 2 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.95%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (0.95%) PCI QSA
10 2 (0.95%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.64%) QA
2 11 (5.21%) Data Quality
2 11 (5.21%) PMO
3 8 (3.79%) GDPR
4 4 (1.90%) GRC
5 3 (1.42%) SLA
6 2 (0.95%) GxP
6 2 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.95%) NIST 800
6 2 (0.95%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.47%) Accessibility
7 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.47%) GAAP
7 1 (0.47%) HL7
7 1 (0.47%) IFRS
7 1 (0.47%) NIST
7 1 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.47%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 8 (3.79%) Docker
2 6 (2.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (1.42%) Active Directory
4 3 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (1.42%) vSphere
5 1 (0.47%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.47%) XenApp
5 1 (0.47%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (4.27%) Kubernetes
2 7 (3.32%) Tivoli
3 4 (1.90%) Ansible
4 3 (1.42%) HP ALM
4 3 (1.42%) Puppet
4 3 (1.42%) Terraform
5 2 (0.95%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (0.95%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.47%) Icinga
6 1 (0.47%) Nessus
6 1 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.47%) SCCM
6 1 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 31 (14.69%) Microsoft
2 12 (5.69%) Databricks
2 12 (5.69%) IBM
2 12 (5.69%) Salesforce.com
3 11 (5.21%) SAP
4 10 (4.74%) Cisco
4 10 (4.74%) ServiceNow
5 9 (4.27%) HP
6 8 (3.79%) Ericsson
6 8 (3.79%) Mapinfo
6 8 (3.79%) Remedy
7 7 (3.32%) Atlassian
7 7 (3.32%) BMC
7 7 (3.32%) MuleSoft
8 6 (2.84%) Huawei
8 6 (2.84%) Juniper
8 6 (2.84%) Nokia Networks
8 6 (2.84%) VMware
9 5 (2.37%) Twitter
9 5 (2.37%) Workday