Period
to 1 August 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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 522 419 559
Rank change year-on-year -103 +140 +41
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 178 106 280
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.33% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.60% 1.34% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 49 169
10th Percentile £345 £328 £310
25th Percentile £424 £400 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £550
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -9.09% +13.40%
75th Percentile £650 £613 £675
90th Percentile £694 £775 £825
UK median daily rate £506 £500 £525
% change year-on-year +1.10% -4.76% +9.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 6
10th Percentile £49.80 " £42.50
25th Percentile £55.88 £49.25 £44.56
Median hourly rate £70.00 £50.50 £52.00
Median % change year-on-year +38.61% -2.88% +61.24%
75th Percentile £80.00 £51.75 £59.38
90th Percentile " " £62.50
UK median hourly rate £75.00 £50.50 £52.00
% change year-on-year +48.51% -2.88% +61.24%

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 11,153 7,907 15,989
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.48% 24.49% 19.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,155 5,256 10,084
10th Percentile £306 £298 £263
25th Percentile £402 £400 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +1.21% +5.56%
75th Percentile £595 £575 £575
90th Percentile £679 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 566 275 658
10th Percentile £12.50 £15.25 £12.50
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.00 £31.61 £33.50
Median % change year-on-year +1.23% -5.64% +52.27%
75th Percentile £52.50 £48.46 £48.75
90th Percentile £63.38 £60.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £28.90 £31.61 £35.00
% change year-on-year -8.57% -9.69% +60.44%

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 August 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 1 August 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 1 August 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 -126 97 £525 +5.00% 48
South East -12 37 £506 +88.97% 25
North of England -36 13 £530 -3.64% 18
Yorkshire -23 7 £588 -2.08% 6
East of England -20 6 £276 -36.43% 12
North West -28 5 £530 +21.14% 10
Midlands -40 5 £600 +11.63% 10
South West - 4 £625 - 6
East Midlands -19 3 £600 +11.63% 3
West Midlands -34 2 £400 - 7
North East - 1 - - 2
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 178 (100.00%) Degree
2 99 (55.62%) Computer Science
3 74 (41.57%) Agile Software Development
3 74 (41.57%) Social Skills
4 63 (35.39%) Finance
5 52 (29.21%) Computer Science Degree
6 47 (26.40%) Python
7 40 (22.47%) Java
7 40 (22.47%) Problem-Solving
8 39 (21.91%) Analytical Skills
9 36 (20.22%) Project Management
10 31 (17.42%) JavaScript
10 31 (17.42%) Analytics
11 28 (15.73%) Azure
12 27 (15.17%) Presentation Skills
13 26 (14.61%) AWS
14 25 (14.04%) DevOps
15 24 (13.48%) React
15 24 (13.48%) Git (software)
15 24 (13.48%) SQL
15 24 (13.48%) Scrum
16 23 (12.92%) Algorithms
16 23 (12.92%) Data Pipeline
17 22 (12.36%) Telecoms
17 22 (12.36%) Linux
17 22 (12.36%) AngularJS
18 20 (11.24%) REST
18 20 (11.24%) Project Delivery
19 19 (10.67%) HTML
20 18 (10.11%) User Experience

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 13 (7.30%) Apache
2 7 (3.93%) Tomcat
3 6 (3.37%) Apache Spark
3 6 (3.37%) Confluence
3 6 (3.37%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.69%) SAS
5 2 (1.12%) Apache Qpid
5 2 (1.12%) Jupyter
5 2 (1.12%) Red Hat Fuse
6 1 (0.56%) Apache Pig
6 1 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.56%) CMS
6 1 (0.56%) Drupal
6 1 (0.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 15 (8.43%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (5.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (5.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (4.49%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (3.93%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.25%) AutoCAD
5 4 (2.25%) Revit
6 1 (0.56%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.56%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (1.69%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (1.12%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.56%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 28 (15.73%) Azure
2 26 (14.61%) AWS
3 5 (2.81%) GCP
3 5 (2.81%) GitHub
3 5 (2.81%) Power Platform
4 4 (2.25%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (1.69%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.69%) Azure Cosmos DB
5 3 (1.69%) Azure Pipelines
5 3 (1.69%) IaaS
5 3 (1.69%) PaaS
5 3 (1.69%) SaaS
5 3 (1.69%) Serverless
6 2 (1.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (1.12%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.56%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.56%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.18%) 5G
2 10 (5.62%) 2G
2 10 (5.62%) 4G
3 9 (5.06%) LAN
3 9 (5.06%) WAN
4 8 (4.49%) 3G
4 8 (4.49%) Node B
4 8 (4.49%) Radio Access Network
4 8 (4.49%) RNC
5 7 (3.93%) Firewall
5 7 (3.93%) HTTP
6 4 (2.25%) BGP
6 4 (2.25%) MPLS
6 4 (2.25%) Multicast
6 4 (2.25%) OSPF
6 4 (2.25%) VPN
6 4 (2.25%) Wireless
7 3 (1.69%) MVNO
7 3 (1.69%) Network Security
7 3 (1.69%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.18%) NoSQL
2 11 (6.18%) Relational Database
3 9 (5.06%) Apache Cassandra
3 9 (5.06%) Big Data
4 7 (3.93%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (3.93%) Spotfire
5 6 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (2.81%) Power BI
7 4 (2.25%) Data Lake
7 4 (2.25%) Hadoop
7 4 (2.25%) MongoDB
7 4 (2.25%) MySQL
8 3 (1.69%) HBase
8 3 (1.69%) HDInsight
8 3 (1.69%) Lumira
8 3 (1.69%) Redis
8 3 (1.69%) SAP BW
8 3 (1.69%) SAP HANA
9 2 (1.12%) Riak
Development Applications
1 24 (13.48%) Git (software)
2 15 (8.43%) Jenkins
3 12 (6.74%) GitLab
3 12 (6.74%) JIRA
4 10 (5.62%) Maven
5 8 (4.49%) Jasmine
5 8 (4.49%) Karma Test Runner
6 7 (3.93%) Subversion
7 4 (2.25%) Visual Studio
7 4 (2.25%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (2.25%) webpack
8 3 (1.69%) Appium
8 3 (1.69%) Selenium
9 2 (1.12%) Eclipse
9 2 (1.12%) Gradle
9 2 (1.12%) Mercurial
9 2 (1.12%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (1.12%) Rational Rhapsody
9 2 (1.12%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (1.12%) Zephyr
General
1 74 (41.57%) Social Skills
2 63 (35.39%) Finance
3 39 (21.91%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (15.17%) Presentation Skills
5 22 (12.36%) Telecoms
6 17 (9.55%) Banking
7 15 (8.43%) Influencing Skills
8 12 (6.74%) Marketing
9 9 (5.06%) Public Sector
10 8 (4.49%) Legal
10 8 (4.49%) Manufacturing
11 7 (3.93%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (3.37%) Financial Institution
13 4 (2.25%) Aerospace
13 4 (2.25%) Games
13 4 (2.25%) Publishing
14 3 (1.69%) Advertising
14 3 (1.69%) Automotive
14 3 (1.69%) French Language
14 3 (1.69%) German Language
Job Titles
1 29 (16.29%) Developer
2 17 (9.55%) Architect
2 17 (9.55%) Java Developer
3 11 (6.18%) Data Engineer
4 10 (5.62%) Mobile Engineer
4 10 (5.62%) Project Manager
4 10 (5.62%) Systems Engineer
5 7 (3.93%) Designer
5 7 (3.93%) Full Stack Developer
5 7 (3.93%) Solutions Architect
6 6 (3.37%) Data Scientist
6 6 (3.37%) Design Engineer
6 6 (3.37%) User Experience Researcher
7 5 (2.81%) IT Manager
7 5 (2.81%) Security Engineer
8 4 (2.25%) Analyst
8 4 (2.25%) Delivery Manager
8 4 (2.25%) iOS Developer
8 4 (2.25%) Network Designer
8 4 (2.25%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (13.48%) React
2 22 (12.36%) AngularJS
3 20 (11.24%) REST
4 19 (10.67%) HTML
5 16 (8.99%) CSS
5 16 (8.99%) Middleware
6 15 (8.43%) Spring
7 12 (6.74%) Web Services
8 11 (6.18%) Node.js
9 10 (5.62%) D3.js
9 10 (5.62%) HTML5
9 10 (5.62%) Kafka
9 10 (5.62%) XML
10 8 (4.49%) Electron Framework
10 8 (4.49%) OpenFin
10 8 (4.49%) SOAP
11 7 (3.93%) .NET
11 7 (3.93%) CSS3
11 7 (3.93%) JSON
12 5 (2.81%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.92%) Algorithms
2 18 (10.11%) User Experience
3 12 (6.74%) Enterprise Software
4 8 (4.49%) Mobile App
5 7 (3.93%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.93%) Management Information System
5 7 (3.93%) NHS
6 6 (3.37%) Data Protection Act
7 5 (2.81%) Data Structures
7 5 (2.81%) Hedge funds
7 5 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (2.25%) Cloud Native
8 4 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.69%) Augmented Reality
9 3 (1.69%) Credit Risk
9 3 (1.69%) e-Learning
9 3 (1.69%) Fixed Income
9 3 (1.69%) FMCG
10 2 (1.12%) Clustering
10 2 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 22 (12.36%) Linux
2 13 (7.30%) Windows
3 8 (4.49%) Unix
4 7 (3.93%) Apple iOS
5 6 (3.37%) Android
6 2 (1.12%) FreeRTOS
6 2 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.56%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.56%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (55.62%) Computer Science
2 74 (41.57%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (22.47%) Problem-Solving
4 36 (20.22%) Project Management
5 31 (17.42%) Analytics
6 25 (14.04%) DevOps
7 24 (13.48%) Scrum
8 23 (12.92%) Data Pipeline
9 20 (11.24%) Project Delivery
10 17 (9.55%) Data Science
10 17 (9.55%) Microservices
10 17 (9.55%) OO
11 16 (8.99%) Decision-Making
11 16 (8.99%) Mathematics
11 16 (8.99%) Open Source
11 16 (8.99%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (8.99%) Test Automation
11 16 (8.99%) Validation
12 15 (8.43%) Visualisation
13 14 (7.87%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (26.40%) Python
2 40 (22.47%) Java
3 31 (17.42%) JavaScript
4 24 (13.48%) SQL
5 10 (5.62%) TypeScript
6 9 (5.06%) R
7 8 (4.49%) C#
8 7 (3.93%) C++
8 7 (3.93%) Ruby
9 5 (2.81%) Go
9 5 (2.81%) Objective-C
9 5 (2.81%) PowerShell
9 5 (2.81%) Scala
10 4 (2.25%) Apple Swift
10 4 (2.25%) C
11 3 (1.69%) PHP
11 3 (1.69%) VBScript
11 3 (1.69%) XAML
12 2 (1.12%) Erlang
12 2 (1.12%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 178 (100.00%) Degree
2 52 (29.21%) Computer Science Degree
3 14 (7.87%) PMI Certification
3 14 (7.87%) PMP
4 8 (4.49%) PhD
5 7 (3.93%) CCNA
5 7 (3.93%) CCNP
5 7 (3.93%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (3.37%) MBA
7 5 (2.81%) Security Cleared
8 4 (2.25%) BICSI Certification
8 4 (2.25%) BICSI RCDD
8 4 (2.25%) JNCIP
8 4 (2.25%) JNCIS
9 3 (1.69%) SANS
10 2 (1.12%) CISSP
10 2 (1.12%) ISEB
10 2 (1.12%) ISTQB
10 2 (1.12%) PCI QSA
10 2 (1.12%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.87%) QA
2 11 (6.18%) PMO
3 10 (5.62%) GDPR
4 6 (3.37%) Data Quality
5 4 (2.25%) GxP
6 2 (1.12%) HL7
6 2 (1.12%) NIST 800
6 2 (1.12%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.56%) Accessibility
7 1 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.56%) GAAP
7 1 (0.56%) GMP
7 1 (0.56%) GRC
7 1 (0.56%) IFRS
7 1 (0.56%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.56%) MiFID
7 1 (0.56%) NIST
7 1 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.56%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (5.62%) Docker
2 8 (4.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.12%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.56%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.56%) XenApp
5 1 (0.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (5.62%) Kubernetes
2 8 (4.49%) Ansible
3 4 (2.25%) Puppet
3 4 (2.25%) Terraform
4 3 (1.69%) HP ALM
5 2 (1.12%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (1.12%) NSN NetAct
5 2 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.56%) Consul
6 1 (0.56%) CSIRT
6 1 (0.56%) Icinga
6 1 (0.56%) Nessus
6 1 (0.56%) Salt
6 1 (0.56%) SCCM
6 1 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 11 (6.18%) Microsoft
2 10 (5.62%) Cisco
3 9 (5.06%) SAP
4 8 (4.49%) Ericsson
4 8 (4.49%) Mapinfo
4 8 (4.49%) Remedy
4 8 (4.49%) Twitter
5 7 (3.93%) Juniper
5 7 (3.93%) Oracle
6 6 (3.37%) Huawei
6 6 (3.37%) Nokia Networks
6 6 (3.37%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (2.81%) HP
8 4 (2.25%) ADVA
8 4 (2.25%) Alteryx
8 4 (2.25%) Apple
9 3 (1.69%) CheckPoint
9 3 (1.69%) Databricks
9 3 (1.69%) Marketo
9 3 (1.69%) ServiceNow