Period
to 30 May 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 30 May 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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 444 518 570
Rank change year-on-year +74 +52 +21
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 139 303 298
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.33% 0.36% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.43% 1.92% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 200 197
Median daily rate £475 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £281 £307 £307
90th Percentile £713 £715 £675
UK median daily rate £475 £525 £500
% change year-on-year -9.52% +5.00% +7.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 14
Median hourly rate £48.89 £55.00 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +76.00% -2.34%
10th Percentile £32.88 £45.13 £22.67
90th Percentile £53.00 £66.00 £63.08
UK median hourly rate £48.89 £55.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year -11.11% +76.00% -2.34%

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 9,741 15,797 17,608
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.43% 19.03% 19.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,786 9,589 10,524
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £273 £275 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 432 698 776
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.53 £13.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.98 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%

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 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 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 +105 83 £488 -7.14% 17
South East +115 29 £302 -36.33% 7
North of England +78 14 £550 +34.97% 2
Yorkshire +53 8 £600 +126.42% 1
Midlands +77 6 £750 +36.36% 6
North West +52 5 £438 -41.67% 1
South West +47 4 £375 -31.82% 2
East Midlands +34 4 £750 +47.06% 3
West Midlands +60 2 - - 3
East of England +47 2 £538 +19.44% 2
North East +25 1 - -
Master's Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 30 May 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.

1 139 (100.00%) Degree
2 64 (46.04%) Computer Science
3 52 (37.41%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (30.22%) Python
5 37 (26.62%) Mathematics
6 35 (25.18%) Finance
7 31 (22.30%) Computer Science Degree
8 29 (20.86%) Java
8 29 (20.86%) Analytical Skills
9 26 (18.71%) SQL
10 25 (17.99%) Azure
11 24 (17.27%) Statistics
12 22 (15.83%) Microsoft
13 21 (15.11%) Analytics
13 21 (15.11%) Data Science
14 19 (13.67%) Security Cleared
15 18 (12.95%) Project Management
15 18 (12.95%) .NET
16 17 (12.23%) Oracle
16 17 (12.23%) JavaScript
16 17 (12.23%) Big Data
16 17 (12.23%) SC Cleared
16 17 (12.23%) Scenario Testing
17 16 (11.51%) Problem-Solving
17 16 (11.51%) Test Automation
17 16 (11.51%) C#
17 16 (11.51%) Software Engineering
18 15 (10.79%) Physics
18 15 (10.79%) Machine Learning
19 14 (10.07%) Algorithms

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 10 (7.19%) Apache Spark
2 8 (5.76%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.04%) IIS
4 4 (2.88%) SAS
4 4 (2.88%) Tomcat
5 3 (2.16%) Apache
5 3 (2.16%) Jupyter
6 2 (1.44%) DNN
7 1 (0.72%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.72%) Confluence
7 1 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 5 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 3 (2.16%) InVision
2 3 (2.16%) Sketch
3 2 (1.44%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.44%) Oracle AML
Cloud Services
1 25 (17.99%) Azure
2 11 (7.91%) AWS
3 8 (5.76%) GCP
4 5 (3.60%) Oracle Service Cloud
5 4 (2.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 4 (2.88%) Datadog
5 4 (2.88%) Power Platform
6 3 (2.16%) Office 365
7 2 (1.44%) Azure Machine Learning
7 2 (1.44%) PaaS
8 1 (0.72%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.72%) GitHub
8 1 (0.72%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.72%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.44%) Firewall
1 2 (1.44%) HTTP
1 2 (1.44%) Multicast
1 2 (1.44%) Network Security
1 2 (1.44%) TCP/IP
1 2 (1.44%) VoIP
1 2 (1.44%) VPN
2 1 (0.72%) 2G
2 1 (0.72%) 3G
2 1 (0.72%) BGP
2 1 (0.72%) DNS
2 1 (0.72%) Internet
2 1 (0.72%) IPv4
2 1 (0.72%) LAN
2 1 (0.72%) MPLS
2 1 (0.72%) OSPF
2 1 (0.72%) RNC
2 1 (0.72%) SIGTRAN
2 1 (0.72%) VLAN
2 1 (0.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (12.23%) Big Data
2 14 (10.07%) SQL Server
3 7 (5.04%) MySQL
4 6 (4.32%) NoSQL
4 6 (4.32%) Relational Database
5 5 (3.60%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (3.60%) RDBMS
6 4 (2.88%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.88%) Power BI
7 3 (2.16%) MongoDB
8 2 (1.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (1.44%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.44%) Flink
8 2 (1.44%) Geospatial Data
8 2 (1.44%) GIS
8 2 (1.44%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.44%) Triplestore
9 1 (0.72%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (10.07%) Git (software)
2 8 (5.76%) Jenkins
3 7 (5.04%) JIRA
4 6 (4.32%) Clang
5 5 (3.60%) Visual Studio
6 3 (2.16%) Bower
6 3 (2.16%) Grunt
6 3 (2.16%) gulp
6 3 (2.16%) Postman
6 3 (2.16%) Selenium
7 2 (1.44%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.44%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.72%) Ant
8 1 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.72%) ERwin
8 1 (0.72%) JMeter
8 1 (0.72%) JUnit
8 1 (0.72%) Maven
8 1 (0.72%) Mockito
8 1 (0.72%) PowerDesigner
General
1 35 (25.18%) Finance
2 9 (6.47%) Marketing
2 9 (6.47%) Retail
3 8 (5.76%) Banking
4 5 (3.60%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.88%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.16%) Legal
6 3 (2.16%) Manufacturing
6 3 (2.16%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (2.16%) Public Sector
6 3 (2.16%) Publishing
7 2 (1.44%) Advertising
7 2 (1.44%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.44%) Games
7 2 (1.44%) Military
7 2 (1.44%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.72%) Back Office
8 1 (0.72%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.72%) Electronics
8 1 (0.72%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (17.27%) Developer
2 18 (12.95%) Data Scientist
3 17 (12.23%) Analyst
4 11 (7.91%) Architect
5 8 (5.76%) Consultant
6 7 (5.04%) C# Developer
6 7 (5.04%) Software Developer
6 7 (5.04%) Software Engineer
6 7 (5.04%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (5.04%) Test Analyst
7 6 (4.32%) Java Developer
8 5 (3.60%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 5 (3.60%) Senior Developer
8 5 (3.60%) Tester
9 4 (2.88%) .NET Developer
9 4 (2.88%) Azure Developer
9 4 (2.88%) Data Analyst
9 4 (2.88%) Machine Learning Scientist
9 4 (2.88%) Project Manager
9 4 (2.88%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (12.95%) .NET
2 11 (7.91%) Pandas
3 10 (7.19%) TensorFlow
4 7 (5.04%) LAMP
4 7 (5.04%) REST
5 6 (4.32%) H2O
5 6 (4.32%) HTML
5 6 (4.32%) LDAP
5 6 (4.32%) MLlib
5 6 (4.32%) SciPy
5 6 (4.32%) WCF
5 6 (4.32%) XML
6 5 (3.60%) HTML5
6 5 (3.60%) Kafka
6 5 (3.60%) OAuth
6 5 (3.60%) OpenID
6 5 (3.60%) React
6 5 (3.60%) scikit-learn
6 5 (3.60%) SPML
6 5 (3.60%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 29 (20.86%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (10.07%) Algorithms
3 7 (5.04%) User Experience
4 6 (4.32%) Data Structures
4 6 (4.32%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.60%) PKI
5 5 (3.60%) Virtual Team
6 4 (2.88%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.88%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (2.88%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (2.16%) Acoustics
7 3 (2.16%) Social Media
8 2 (1.44%) Credit Risk
8 2 (1.44%) Fixed Income
8 2 (1.44%) Hedge funds
8 2 (1.44%) Market Risk
8 2 (1.44%) NHS
8 2 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.72%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.07%) Linux
2 11 (7.91%) Unix
3 5 (3.60%) Windows
4 3 (2.16%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.44%) Android
5 2 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.72%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (46.04%) Computer Science
2 52 (37.41%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (26.62%) Mathematics
4 24 (17.27%) Statistics
5 21 (15.11%) Analytics
5 21 (15.11%) Data Science
6 18 (12.95%) Project Management
7 17 (12.23%) Scenario Testing
8 16 (11.51%) Problem-Solving
8 16 (11.51%) Software Engineering
8 16 (11.51%) Test Automation
9 15 (10.79%) Machine Learning
9 15 (10.79%) Physics
10 14 (10.07%) Business Continuity
11 13 (9.35%) Test Scripting
11 13 (9.35%) Visualisation
12 12 (8.63%) Artificial Intelligence
13 11 (7.91%) Microservices
14 10 (7.19%) Data Analysis
14 10 (7.19%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 42 (30.22%) Python
2 29 (20.86%) Java
3 26 (18.71%) SQL
4 17 (12.23%) JavaScript
5 16 (11.51%) C#
6 11 (7.91%) C++
7 8 (5.76%) R
8 7 (5.04%) Java 8
9 6 (4.32%) Objective-C
9 6 (4.32%) PowerShell
9 6 (4.32%) Scala
10 5 (3.60%) Haskell
10 5 (3.60%) Shell Script
10 5 (3.60%) VB.NET
11 4 (2.88%) Bash Shell
11 4 (2.88%) Ruby
12 3 (2.16%) C
13 2 (1.44%) Perl
13 2 (1.44%) SHACL
13 2 (1.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 139 (100.00%) Degree
2 31 (22.30%) Computer Science Degree
3 19 (13.67%) Security Cleared
4 17 (12.23%) SC Cleared
5 14 (10.07%) PhD
6 11 (7.91%) Numerate Degree
7 9 (6.47%) CISSP
8 7 (5.04%) Postgraduate
9 6 (4.32%) NVQ Level 4
10 4 (2.88%) CISM
11 3 (2.16%) MBA
12 2 (1.44%) CISA
12 2 (1.44%) DV Cleared
12 2 (1.44%) GIAC
12 2 (1.44%) IISP
12 2 (1.44%) ISSAP
12 2 (1.44%) PMI Certification
12 2 (1.44%) PMP
12 2 (1.44%) TOGAF Certification
13 1 (0.72%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.91%) QA
2 5 (3.60%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.16%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.16%) GDPR
4 2 (1.44%) PMO
5 1 (0.72%) IFRS
5 1 (0.72%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.72%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 7 (5.04%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.32%) Docker
3 1 (0.72%) DFS Replication
3 1 (0.72%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.72%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (4.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
1 6 (4.32%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (2.88%) Nagios
3 3 (2.16%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.72%) Kubeflow
4 1 (0.72%) OPNET
4 1 (0.72%) Terraform
4 1 (0.72%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 22 (15.83%) Microsoft
2 17 (12.23%) Oracle
3 10 (7.19%) Tableau
4 6 (4.32%) Google
5 4 (2.88%) Databricks
5 4 (2.88%) Splunk
6 3 (2.16%) Adobe
6 3 (2.16%) StreamSets
7 2 (1.44%) CA
7 2 (1.44%) SAP
8 1 (0.72%) Citrix
8 1 (0.72%) Cloudera
8 1 (0.72%) CyberArk
8 1 (0.72%) Dell
8 1 (0.72%) Ericsson
8 1 (0.72%) Huawei
8 1 (0.72%) Juniper
8 1 (0.72%) MapR
8 1 (0.72%) Varonis
8 1 (0.72%) VMware