Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 503 553 581
Rank change year-on-year +50 +28 +8
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 187 312 287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.35% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.42% 1.77% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 204 189
England median daily rate £475 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £263
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £475 £525 £500
% change year-on-year -9.52% +5.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 9
England median hourly rate £48.50 £40.75 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.02% +27.34% -17.14%
10th Percentile £27.05 £27.63 £24.30
90th Percentile £53.00 £96.88 £72.50
UK median hourly rate £49.64 £40.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year +21.81% +27.34% -17.14%

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 13,153 17,587 17,682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.57% 19.53% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,155 10,544 10,832
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £231
90th Percentile £640 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 571 799 794
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.25 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Master's Degree as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Master's Degree in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Master's Degree in England over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Master's Degree in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Master's Degree in England

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Master's Degree in England over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor 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 23 February 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 +62 111 £503 -4.29% 52
South East +71 56 £367 -5.83% 16
South West +26 8 £375 -31.82% 8
North of England +38 5 £368 -36.09% 8
Midlands +37 4 £205 -59.00% 17
West Midlands +46 3 £205 -62.73% 13
North West +29 3 - - 5
East of England +26 2 £363 -12.12% 22
Yorkshire +42 1 £368 -42.35% 2
East Midlands +29 1 - - 4
North East +19 1 - - 1
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 23 February 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.

1 187 (100.00%) Degree
2 102 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
3 98 (52.41%) Computer Science
4 55 (29.41%) Python
5 48 (25.67%) Mathematics
6 45 (24.06%) Java
7 44 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
8 41 (21.93%) SQL
8 41 (21.93%) Analytics
9 39 (20.86%) Computer Science Degree
10 36 (19.25%) JavaScript
11 35 (18.72%) Git (software)
12 34 (18.18%) Finance
13 32 (17.11%) Data Science
13 32 (17.11%) Problem-Solving
14 31 (16.58%) Physics
15 30 (16.04%) Azure
15 30 (16.04%) Machine Learning
16 28 (14.97%) Test Automation
17 27 (14.44%) Security Cleared
18 25 (13.37%) Scrum
19 24 (12.83%) Artificial Intelligence
19 24 (12.83%) Microsoft
19 24 (12.83%) SC Cleared
19 24 (12.83%) Visualisation
19 24 (12.83%) Big Data
20 23 (12.30%) Jenkins
20 23 (12.30%) Statistics
20 23 (12.30%) C#
20 23 (12.30%) Oracle

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 21 (11.23%) Apache Spark
2 11 (5.88%) Apache
2 11 (5.88%) Jupyter
3 6 (3.21%) CMS
3 6 (3.21%) DNN
4 5 (2.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (2.14%) SharePoint
6 3 (1.60%) IIS
6 3 (1.60%) Moodle
6 3 (1.60%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.07%) JBoss
7 2 (1.07%) Oracle Coherence
7 2 (1.07%) SAS
8 1 (0.53%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.53%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.53%) Confluence
8 1 (0.53%) Drupal
8 1 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 7 (3.74%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.67%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (2.14%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (1.60%) InVision
4 3 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.60%) Sketch
5 1 (0.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.60%) SAP ERP
2 2 (1.07%) Oracle AML
2 2 (1.07%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (1.07%) SAP WM
3 1 (0.53%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.53%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.53%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.53%) SAP FI-GL
Cloud Services
1 30 (16.04%) Azure
2 17 (9.09%) GCP
3 10 (5.35%) PaaS
4 8 (4.28%) AWS
4 8 (4.28%) Azure Machine Learning
4 8 (4.28%) GitHub
5 5 (2.67%) Oracle Service Cloud
6 3 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (1.60%) SaaS
7 2 (1.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (1.07%) Datadog
7 2 (1.07%) Office 365
8 1 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.53%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.53%) Slack
8 1 (0.53%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.14%) LAN
1 4 (2.14%) WAN
2 3 (1.60%) 2G
2 3 (1.60%) 3G
2 3 (1.60%) 4G
2 3 (1.60%) 5G
2 3 (1.60%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (1.60%) Radio Access Network
2 3 (1.60%) RNC
3 2 (1.07%) HTTP
3 2 (1.07%) Internet
3 2 (1.07%) Multicast
3 2 (1.07%) Network Security
3 2 (1.07%) Node B
3 2 (1.07%) SIGTRAN
3 2 (1.07%) VPN
4 1 (0.53%) GSM
4 1 (0.53%) UMTS
4 1 (0.53%) VoIP
4 1 (0.53%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (12.83%) Big Data
2 13 (6.95%) NoSQL
3 9 (4.81%) GIS
4 8 (4.28%) Geospatial Data
5 7 (3.74%) MySQL
6 6 (3.21%) Flink
6 6 (3.21%) Relational Database
6 6 (3.21%) SQL Server
7 5 (2.67%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (2.67%) Jackrabbit
8 4 (2.14%) Hadoop
9 3 (1.60%) Data Mining
9 3 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.60%) Redis
10 2 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (1.07%) Hazelcast
10 2 (1.07%) MongoDB
10 2 (1.07%) RDBMS
10 2 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 35 (18.72%) Git (software)
2 23 (12.30%) Jenkins
3 17 (9.09%) JIRA
4 9 (4.81%) Cucumber
5 6 (3.21%) Clang
6 5 (2.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (2.14%) Bower
7 4 (2.14%) Grunt
7 4 (2.14%) gulp
7 4 (2.14%) TeamCity
8 3 (1.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (1.60%) JUnit
8 3 (1.60%) Postman
8 3 (1.60%) Selenium
9 2 (1.07%) Bitbucket
9 2 (1.07%) Karma Test Runner
9 2 (1.07%) Maven
9 2 (1.07%) Mocha
9 2 (1.07%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (1.07%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 34 (18.18%) Finance
2 14 (7.49%) Marketing
3 10 (5.35%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.74%) Front Office
4 7 (3.74%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.74%) Public Sector
5 6 (3.21%) Banking
6 4 (2.14%) Dutch Language
6 4 (2.14%) Legal
6 4 (2.14%) Military
6 4 (2.14%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (2.14%) Retail
7 3 (1.60%) Advertising
7 3 (1.60%) Electronics
7 3 (1.60%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.07%) Games
8 2 (1.07%) Publishing
8 2 (1.07%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.53%) Finnish Language
9 1 (0.53%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 38 (20.32%) Developer
2 27 (14.44%) Analyst
3 24 (12.83%) Data Scientist
4 16 (8.56%) C# Developer
5 12 (6.42%) Architect
6 11 (5.88%) Software Developer
6 11 (5.88%) Software Engineer
7 10 (5.35%) Java Developer
7 10 (5.35%) Test Analyst
8 9 (4.81%) .NET Developer
9 8 (4.28%) Azure Developer
9 8 (4.28%) C# .NET Developer
9 8 (4.28%) C# Software Developer
9 8 (4.28%) Data Analyst
9 8 (4.28%) Machine Learning Scientist
10 7 (3.74%) .NET Software Developer
10 7 (3.74%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
10 7 (3.74%) Senior Data Scientist
10 7 (3.74%) Tester
11 6 (3.21%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (11.23%) HTML
1 21 (11.23%) Pandas
2 20 (10.70%) React
3 18 (9.63%) TensorFlow
4 14 (7.49%) CSS
5 13 (6.95%) .NET
5 13 (6.95%) Kafka
5 13 (6.95%) NumPy
5 13 (6.95%) REST
5 13 (6.95%) scikit-learn
6 11 (5.88%) AngularJS
6 11 (5.88%) HTML5
6 11 (5.88%) Keras
6 11 (5.88%) PySpark
6 11 (5.88%) Spring
7 8 (4.28%) MLlib
7 8 (4.28%) SciPy
8 7 (3.74%) LAMP
8 7 (3.74%) RESTful
8 7 (3.74%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 44 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (9.09%) Algorithms
3 13 (6.95%) User Experience
4 9 (4.81%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.21%) Lidar
5 6 (3.21%) Smart City
6 5 (2.67%) Data Structures
6 5 (2.67%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (2.67%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.67%) Social Media
6 5 (2.67%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.60%) Digital Media
7 3 (1.60%) e-Learning
7 3 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.60%) PMI
8 2 (1.07%) Acoustics
8 2 (1.07%) Fixed Income
8 2 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (1.07%) NHS
8 2 (1.07%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 10 (5.35%) Linux
2 9 (4.81%) Unix
3 4 (2.14%) Windows
4 2 (1.07%) Android
4 2 (1.07%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.53%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (52.41%) Computer Science
3 48 (25.67%) Mathematics
4 41 (21.93%) Analytics
5 32 (17.11%) Data Science
5 32 (17.11%) Problem-Solving
6 31 (16.58%) Physics
7 30 (16.04%) Machine Learning
8 28 (14.97%) Test Automation
9 25 (13.37%) Scrum
10 24 (12.83%) Artificial Intelligence
10 24 (12.83%) Visualisation
11 23 (12.30%) Statistics
12 22 (11.76%) DevOps
13 21 (11.23%) Scenario Testing
14 20 (10.70%) Project Management
14 20 (10.70%) Test Scripting
15 19 (10.16%) Business Continuity
15 19 (10.16%) Microservices
16 18 (9.63%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 55 (29.41%) Python
2 45 (24.06%) Java
3 41 (21.93%) SQL
4 36 (19.25%) JavaScript
5 23 (12.30%) C#
6 15 (8.02%) Scala
7 10 (5.35%) C++
7 10 (5.35%) R
8 7 (3.74%) TypeScript
9 6 (3.21%) Objective-C
10 5 (2.67%) Haskell
10 5 (2.67%) Java 8
10 5 (2.67%) Kotlin
11 4 (2.14%) C
12 3 (1.60%) Bash Shell
12 3 (1.60%) Ruby
13 1 (0.53%) F#
13 1 (0.53%) Perl
13 1 (0.53%) PHP
13 1 (0.53%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 187 (100.00%) Degree
2 39 (20.86%) Computer Science Degree
3 27 (14.44%) Security Cleared
4 24 (12.83%) SC Cleared
5 22 (11.76%) PhD
6 16 (8.56%) Numerate Degree
7 7 (3.74%) CISM
7 7 (3.74%) CISSP
8 6 (3.21%) PMI Certification
9 5 (2.67%) GIAC
9 5 (2.67%) PMP
10 4 (2.14%) DV Cleared
10 4 (2.14%) MBA
11 3 (1.60%) CCNA
11 3 (1.60%) CCNP
11 3 (1.60%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (1.60%) IISP
11 3 (1.60%) SANS
12 2 (1.07%) Postgraduate
12 2 (1.07%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.09%) QA
2 4 (2.14%) Data Quality
2 4 (2.14%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.60%) PMO
4 2 (1.07%) GDPR
4 2 (1.07%) GxP
5 1 (0.53%) IFRS
5 1 (0.53%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.53%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (10.70%) Docker
2 2 (1.07%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.53%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 6 (3.21%) Kubernetes
2 3 (1.60%) Kubeflow
3 2 (1.07%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.07%) Nagios
3 2 (1.07%) Terraform
4 1 (0.53%) Ansible
4 1 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.53%) OPNET
4 1 (0.53%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.53%) QRadar
4 1 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 24 (12.83%) Microsoft
2 23 (12.30%) Oracle
3 16 (8.56%) Tableau
4 12 (6.42%) Google
5 9 (4.81%) Databricks
5 9 (4.81%) StreamSets
6 8 (4.28%) Adobe
7 7 (3.74%) SAP
8 5 (2.67%) Perforce
9 3 (1.60%) Ericsson
9 3 (1.60%) Huawei
9 3 (1.60%) Remedy
10 2 (1.07%) CA
10 2 (1.07%) Cloudera
10 2 (1.07%) Mapinfo
10 2 (1.07%) Nokia Networks
10 2 (1.07%) Splunk
11 1 (0.53%) Informatica
11 1 (0.53%) Juniper
11 1 (0.53%) MicroStrategy