Period
to 11 May 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 11 May 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
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 481 464 543
Rank change year-on-year -17 +79 +34
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 127 154 306
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.33% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.34% 1.46% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 92 199
10th Percentile £315 £264 £310
25th Percentile £400 £361 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% -9.52% +5.00%
75th Percentile £616 £586 £588
90th Percentile £676 £705 £700
UK median daily rate £500 £469 £525
% change year-on-year +6.67% -10.71% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 6
10th Percentile £48.05 £34.80 £48.50
25th Percentile £51.50 £43.13 £50.88
Median hourly rate £55.00 £48.50 £55.00
Median % change year-on-year +13.40% -11.82% +76.00%
75th Percentile £57.63 £52.63 £63.13
90th Percentile £65.05 £53.00 £67.50
UK median hourly rate £54.00 £49.89 £55.00
% change year-on-year +8.24% -9.30% +76.00%

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 9,482 10,559 16,531
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.34% 22.86% 19.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,122 6,813 10,414
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £364
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £485 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +2.00% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 383 668
10th Percentile £14.69 £14.50 £12.50
25th Percentile £20.33 £17.50 £16.94
Median hourly rate £39.25 £27.50 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +42.73% -8.33% +33.33%
75th Percentile £50.22 £47.97 £47.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £53.15
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +31.67% - +36.67%

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 11 May 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 11 May 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 11 May 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 -37 66 £525 +7.69% 33
South East +29 24 £488 +62.50% 34
North of England +36 11 £503 -8.64% 9
Midlands +18 9 £438 - 8
West Midlands 0 8 £400 - 4
North West +22 7 £530 +21.14% 3
East of England +35 4 £196 - 8
Yorkshire +26 4 £375 -37.50% 1
South West +37 3 £425 +13.33% 7
East Midlands +16 1 £650 - 4
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 11 May 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.

1 127 (100.00%) Degree
2 80 (62.99%) Computer Science
3 50 (39.37%) Social Skills
4 48 (37.80%) Computer Science Degree
5 47 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
6 46 (36.22%) Java
7 41 (32.28%) Problem-Solving
8 40 (31.50%) Finance
9 35 (27.56%) Analytical Skills
10 33 (25.98%) Python
11 31 (24.41%) Azure
12 28 (22.05%) DevOps
13 27 (21.26%) Algorithms
14 26 (20.47%) AWS
14 26 (20.47%) Git (software)
14 26 (20.47%) SQL
15 25 (19.69%) Continuous Integration
16 24 (18.90%) Microservices
17 23 (18.11%) Open Source
17 23 (18.11%) Presentation Skills
18 22 (17.32%) Linux
18 22 (17.32%) OO
19 21 (16.54%) Jenkins
20 20 (15.75%) Middleware
20 20 (15.75%) Scrum
20 20 (15.75%) Data Pipeline
21 19 (14.96%) JavaScript
22 18 (14.17%) Data Science
23 17 (13.39%) Apache
23 17 (13.39%) Relational Database

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 (13.39%) Apache
2 9 (7.09%) DNN
3 8 (6.30%) Red Hat Fuse
4 7 (5.51%) Apache Spark
4 7 (5.51%) Tomcat
5 5 (3.94%) Apache Qpid
5 5 (3.94%) SAS
6 3 (2.36%) Confluence
7 2 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.79%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.79%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.79%) CMS
8 1 (0.79%) Drupal
8 1 (0.79%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.79%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.79%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (7.09%) Microsoft Excel
1 9 (7.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 7 (5.51%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (3.94%) MS Visio
4 4 (3.15%) AutoCAD
4 4 (3.15%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (3.15%) Revit
5 1 (0.79%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (0.79%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
1 1 (0.79%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 31 (24.41%) Azure
2 26 (20.47%) AWS
3 14 (11.02%) GitHub
4 5 (3.94%) Power Platform
5 4 (3.15%) GCP
6 3 (2.36%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (2.36%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 3 (2.36%) IaaS
6 3 (2.36%) OpenShift
6 3 (2.36%) PaaS
6 3 (2.36%) SaaS
7 2 (1.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (1.57%) Amazon S3
7 2 (1.57%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.79%) Apigee
8 1 (0.79%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.79%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.79%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.79%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.79%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.51%) VPN
2 6 (4.72%) BGP
2 6 (4.72%) MPLS
2 6 (4.72%) Multicast
2 6 (4.72%) OSPF
3 3 (2.36%) Firewall
3 3 (2.36%) HTTP
4 2 (1.57%) LAN
4 2 (1.57%) Network Security
4 2 (1.57%) WAN
4 2 (1.57%) Wireless
5 1 (0.79%) 3GPP
5 1 (0.79%) 4G
5 1 (0.79%) DNS
5 1 (0.79%) GGSN
5 1 (0.79%) Internet
5 1 (0.79%) LTE
5 1 (0.79%) MIMO
5 1 (0.79%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (0.79%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (13.39%) Relational Database
2 13 (10.24%) SQL Server
3 8 (6.30%) Big Data
4 7 (5.51%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (4.72%) Hadoop
5 6 (4.72%) NoSQL
6 5 (3.94%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (3.94%) HBase
6 5 (3.94%) Power BI
7 3 (2.36%) Apache Hive
7 3 (2.36%) Data Lake
7 3 (2.36%) HDInsight
7 3 (2.36%) Lumira
7 3 (2.36%) MongoDB
7 3 (2.36%) MySQL
7 3 (2.36%) Redis
7 3 (2.36%) SAP BW
7 3 (2.36%) SAP HANA
7 3 (2.36%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 26 (20.47%) Git (software)
2 21 (16.54%) Jenkins
3 16 (12.60%) GitLab
4 10 (7.87%) Maven
5 9 (7.09%) Gradle
6 7 (5.51%) CMake
7 5 (3.94%) JIRA
8 4 (3.15%) Appium
8 4 (3.15%) Jasmine
8 4 (3.15%) JUnit
8 4 (3.15%) Karma Test Runner
8 4 (3.15%) Selenium
8 4 (3.15%) Subversion
8 4 (3.15%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (2.36%) JMeter
9 3 (2.36%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (2.36%) Visual Studio
10 2 (1.57%) Ant
10 2 (1.57%) IntelliJ
10 2 (1.57%) Zephyr
General
1 50 (39.37%) Social Skills
2 40 (31.50%) Finance
3 35 (27.56%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (18.11%) Presentation Skills
5 14 (11.02%) Banking
6 5 (3.94%) Influencing Skills
6 5 (3.94%) Marketing
6 5 (3.94%) Telecoms
7 4 (3.15%) Public Sector
8 3 (2.36%) Games
8 3 (2.36%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (2.36%) Publishing
9 2 (1.57%) Front Office
9 2 (1.57%) General Ledger
9 2 (1.57%) Investment Banking
9 2 (1.57%) Law
10 1 (0.79%) Danish Language
10 1 (0.79%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.79%) Legal
10 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 20 (15.75%) Architect
2 17 (13.39%) Developer
3 10 (7.87%) DevOps Engineer
4 9 (7.09%) Azure DevOps
4 9 (7.09%) Designer
5 8 (6.30%) Azure DevOps Engineer
5 8 (6.30%) Azure Engineer
5 8 (6.30%) Java Developer
6 7 (5.51%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (4.72%) Analyst
7 6 (4.72%) Data Engineer
7 6 (4.72%) Project Manager
7 6 (4.72%) Senior Developer
8 5 (3.94%) Network Designer
8 5 (3.94%) Senior Java Developer
9 4 (3.15%) Business Analyst
9 4 (3.15%) Data Scientist
9 4 (3.15%) Performance Architect
9 4 (3.15%) Software Engineer
9 4 (3.15%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (15.75%) Middleware
2 15 (11.81%) REST
3 14 (11.02%) YAML
4 13 (10.24%) AngularJS
5 12 (9.45%) Spring
6 11 (8.66%) HTML
7 10 (7.87%) Apache Camel
7 10 (7.87%) HTML5
8 8 (6.30%) Ajax
8 8 (6.30%) GWT
8 8 (6.30%) Hibernate
8 8 (6.30%) JDBC
8 8 (6.30%) JMS
8 8 (6.30%) jQuery
8 8 (6.30%) JSF
8 8 (6.30%) Kafka
8 8 (6.30%) OSGi
8 8 (6.30%) Web Services
9 7 (5.51%) SOAP
9 7 (5.51%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (21.26%) Algorithms
2 12 (9.45%) Enterprise Software
3 9 (7.09%) Augmented Reality
4 8 (6.30%) Clustering
4 8 (6.30%) Data Structures
5 5 (3.94%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.94%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (3.94%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.15%) Equities
6 4 (3.15%) Mobile App
6 4 (3.15%) NHS
6 4 (3.15%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (2.36%) Analytical Mindset
7 3 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (2.36%) User Experience
8 2 (1.57%) Social Media
8 2 (1.57%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.79%) Blog
9 1 (0.79%) FMCG
9 1 (0.79%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 22 (17.32%) Linux
2 16 (12.60%) Windows
3 12 (9.45%) Android
4 5 (3.94%) Unix
5 4 (3.15%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.79%) AIX
7 1 (0.79%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.79%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (62.99%) Computer Science
2 47 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (32.28%) Problem-Solving
4 28 (22.05%) DevOps
5 25 (19.69%) Continuous Integration
6 24 (18.90%) Microservices
7 23 (18.11%) Open Source
8 22 (17.32%) OO
9 20 (15.75%) Data Pipeline
9 20 (15.75%) Scrum
10 18 (14.17%) Data Science
11 16 (12.60%) Machine Learning
12 15 (11.81%) Analytics
12 15 (11.81%) High Availability
13 14 (11.02%) Test Automation
14 13 (10.24%) Mathematics
14 13 (10.24%) Project Delivery
14 13 (10.24%) Visualisation
15 12 (9.45%) Decision-Making
15 12 (9.45%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (36.22%) Java
2 33 (25.98%) Python
3 26 (20.47%) SQL
4 19 (14.96%) JavaScript
5 13 (10.24%) C++
6 11 (8.66%) PowerShell
7 9 (7.09%) Bash Shell
8 8 (6.30%) C#
8 8 (6.30%) Java 8
8 8 (6.30%) PL/SQL
9 6 (4.72%) R
9 6 (4.72%) Scala
9 6 (4.72%) TypeScript
10 4 (3.15%) Objective-C
11 3 (2.36%) Apple Swift
11 3 (2.36%) Go
11 3 (2.36%) Ruby
11 3 (2.36%) VBScript
12 2 (1.57%) Groovy
12 2 (1.57%) XPath
Qualifications
1 127 (100.00%) Degree
2 48 (37.80%) Computer Science Degree
3 7 (5.51%) PhD
4 6 (4.72%) JNCIP
4 6 (4.72%) JNCIS
5 5 (3.94%) Security Cleared
6 4 (3.15%) BICSI Certification
6 4 (3.15%) BICSI RCDD
7 3 (2.36%) CIMA
7 3 (2.36%) CISSP
7 3 (2.36%) ISEB
7 3 (2.36%) MBA
7 3 (2.36%) SANS
7 3 (2.36%) SC Cleared
8 2 (1.57%) ACCA
8 2 (1.57%) GIAC
8 2 (1.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.57%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.57%) PMP
9 1 (0.79%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (8.66%) QA
2 3 (2.36%) GAAP
2 3 (2.36%) GDPR
2 3 (2.36%) IFRS
2 3 (2.36%) MiFID
3 2 (1.57%) COBIT
3 2 (1.57%) GxP
3 2 (1.57%) NIST
3 2 (1.57%) NIST 800
3 2 (1.57%) PMO
3 2 (1.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.79%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.79%) GMP
4 1 (0.79%) HL7
4 1 (0.79%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 11 (8.66%) Docker
2 6 (4.72%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (2.36%) Active Directory
3 3 (2.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.57%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.79%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.79%) vSphere
5 1 (0.79%) XenApp
5 1 (0.79%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (5.51%) Ansible
2 6 (4.72%) Kubernetes
3 4 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.36%) Puppet
5 2 (1.57%) Grafana
5 2 (1.57%) Hadoop YARN
5 2 (1.57%) Istio
5 2 (1.57%) Knative
6 1 (0.79%) Consul
6 1 (0.79%) Control-M
6 1 (0.79%) CSIRT
6 1 (0.79%) Nessus
6 1 (0.79%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.79%) Salt
6 1 (0.79%) SCCM
6 1 (0.79%) Terraform
Vendors
1 16 (12.60%) Microsoft
2 13 (10.24%) Oracle
3 10 (7.87%) SAP
4 8 (6.30%) Cisco
5 7 (5.51%) Juniper
6 6 (4.72%) ADVA
7 5 (3.94%) Red Hat
8 4 (3.15%) Twitter
8 4 (3.15%) VMware
9 3 (2.36%) Alteryx
9 3 (2.36%) Apple
9 3 (2.36%) Google
9 3 (2.36%) IBM
9 3 (2.36%) Intel
9 3 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (2.36%) SnapLogic
9 3 (2.36%) Splunk
10 2 (1.57%) Citrix
10 2 (1.57%) Solace
10 2 (1.57%) TIBCO