The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for PhD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 April 2017 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.

PhD
UK / England
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 487 551 573
Rank change year-on-year +64 +22  
Contract jobs citing PhD 93 80 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.16% 0.069%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.07% 0.74% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 53 26
Median daily rate £620 £700 £436
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.42% +60.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £450 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £1,100 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £375 £450
% change year-on-year +22.66% -16.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £37.50

PhD is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8654 10775 9998
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.18% 20.97% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 5380 6853 5750
Median daily rate £425 £405 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.93% +2.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 426 347 473
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.49 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.55 £47.83 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.96% +33.78%  

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing PhD as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for PhD in England

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing PhD in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for PhD in England

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing PhD in England over the 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for PhD in England

PhD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for PhD in England

PhD
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 PhD within the England region over the 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +23 79 £620 -11.42% 52
East of England +4 5 - - 37
North West +32 4 £425 +30.76% 12
South East +23 4 £555 +85.00% 7
South West -1 1 £495 +7.02% 5
PhD
UK

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PhD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for PhD.

1 103 (52.82%) Python
2 79 (40.51%) Mathematics
3 76 (38.97%) C++
4 72 (36.92%) Computer Science
5 66 (33.85%) R
6 63 (32.31%) Statistics
6 63 (32.31%) Banking
7 56 (28.72%) SQL
7 56 (28.72%) Investment Banking
8 53 (27.18%) Analytics
9 46 (23.59%) Agile Software Development
9 46 (23.59%) Front Office
10 45 (23.08%) Degree
11 44 (22.56%) Big Data
11 44 (22.56%) Quantitative Research
12 36 (18.46%) Finance
12 36 (18.46%) Linux
13 35 (17.95%) Machine Learning
14 33 (16.92%) Hadoop
14 33 (16.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 32 (16.41%) Java
15 32 (16.41%) Scala
16 31 (15.90%) Apache Spark
17 27 (13.85%) Windows
17 27 (13.85%) Memory Management
17 27 (13.85%) Release Management
17 27 (13.85%) Algorithms
17 27 (13.85%) Tick Data
18 24 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
19 22 (11.28%) Spreadsheet

PhD
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 31 (15.90%) Apache Spark
2 6 (3.08%) SAS
3 4 (2.05%) Apache Pig
4 2 (1.03%) Apache
5 1 (0.51%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.51%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.51%) Oracle Coherence
5 1 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 22 (11.28%) Spreadsheet
2 4 (2.05%) LaTeX
2 4 (2.05%) SPSS
3 3 (1.54%) Doxygen
3 3 (1.54%) S-PLUS
4 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.51%) Weka
Business Applications
1 1 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.10%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.03%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.51%) Amazon Kinesis
3 1 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (0.51%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.03%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.51%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (22.56%) Big Data
2 33 (16.92%) Hadoop
3 27 (13.85%) Tick Data
4 15 (7.69%) NoSQL
5 12 (6.15%) MongoDB
6 11 (5.64%) Data Mining
7 10 (5.13%) QlikView
8 9 (4.62%) Apache Cassandra
8 9 (4.62%) PostgreSQL
8 9 (4.62%) RDBMS
8 9 (4.62%) Relational Database
9 8 (4.10%) Apache Hive
10 5 (2.56%) Spotfire
11 3 (1.54%) KDB
12 2 (1.03%) Amazon Redshift
12 2 (1.03%) HBase
12 2 (1.03%) MySQL
12 2 (1.03%) Text Mining
13 1 (0.51%) Flink
13 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 13 (6.67%) Git (software)
2 7 (3.59%) JIRA
3 1 (0.51%) Visual Studio
General
1 63 (32.31%) Banking
2 56 (28.72%) Investment Banking
3 46 (23.59%) Front Office
4 36 (18.46%) Finance
5 9 (4.62%) Marketing
5 9 (4.62%) Retail
6 4 (2.05%) Financial Institution
7 3 (1.54%) Electronics
7 3 (1.54%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (1.54%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.03%) Games
8 2 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.03%) Publishing
9 1 (0.51%) Advertising
9 1 (0.51%) Automotive
9 1 (0.51%) Military
Job Titles
1 86 (44.10%) Developer
2 54 (27.69%) Quantitative Developer
3 50 (25.64%) Data Scientist
4 29 (14.87%) Analyst
5 27 (13.85%) C++ Developer
6 23 (11.79%) Python Developer
7 20 (10.26%) Front Office Developer
8 17 (8.72%) Qualitative Analyst
8 17 (8.72%) Quantitative Analyst
9 11 (5.64%) C++ Quantitative Developer
9 11 (5.64%) Data Analyst
10 10 (5.13%) Analyst Developer
10 10 (5.13%) Risk Analyst
11 9 (4.62%) Data Engineer
12 8 (4.10%) Consultant
12 8 (4.10%) Machine Learning Scientist
13 7 (3.59%) Big Data Engineer
13 7 (3.59%) Hadoop Engineer
13 7 (3.59%) Risk Data Analyst
13 7 (3.59%) SQL Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.15%) Natural Language Processing
2 9 (4.62%) Pandas
2 9 (4.62%) scikit-learn
3 8 (4.10%) NumPy
4 7 (3.59%) SciPy
5 5 (2.56%) D3.js
6 4 (2.05%) .NET
6 4 (2.05%) Kafka
7 3 (1.54%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.03%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.03%) Akka
8 2 (1.03%) REST
8 2 (1.03%) Swing
8 2 (1.03%) WCF
8 2 (1.03%) WPF
9 1 (0.51%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.51%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 1 (0.51%) MLlib
9 1 (0.51%) React
9 1 (0.51%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 72 (36.92%) Computer Science
2 33 (16.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 27 (13.85%) Algorithms
4 24 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (6.15%) Market Risk
6 10 (5.13%) Derivative
7 9 (4.62%) Credit Risk
8 8 (4.10%) Fintech
9 6 (3.08%) Credit Derivative
9 6 (3.08%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (3.08%) User Experience
10 4 (2.05%) Hedge funds
11 3 (1.54%) Fixed Income
11 3 (1.54%) Social Media
12 2 (1.03%) Embedded Systems
12 2 (1.03%) Equities
12 2 (1.03%) Life Science
12 2 (1.03%) Management Information System
12 2 (1.03%) Smartphone
12 2 (1.03%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 36 (18.46%) Linux
2 27 (13.85%) Windows
3 3 (1.54%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (40.51%) Mathematics
2 63 (32.31%) Statistics
3 53 (27.18%) Analytics
4 46 (23.59%) Agile Software Development
5 44 (22.56%) Quantitative Research
6 35 (17.95%) Machine Learning
7 27 (13.85%) Memory Management
7 27 (13.85%) Release Management
8 19 (9.74%) OO
9 17 (8.72%) Scrum
10 16 (8.21%) E-Commerce
11 15 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (6.67%) Visualisation
13 12 (6.15%) OOP
14 11 (5.64%) Economics
14 11 (5.64%) Open Source
14 11 (5.64%) Physics
14 11 (5.64%) PnL Attribution
15 10 (5.13%) Neural Network
15 10 (5.13%) Statistical Modelling
Programming Languages
1 103 (52.82%) Python
2 76 (38.97%) C++
3 66 (33.85%) R
4 56 (28.72%) SQL
5 32 (16.41%) Java
5 32 (16.41%) Scala
6 22 (11.28%) C#
7 19 (9.74%) MATLAB
8 8 (4.10%) Go
8 8 (4.10%) Rust
9 5 (2.56%) C
10 4 (2.05%) JavaScript
11 3 (1.54%) Perl
11 3 (1.54%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.54%) VBA
12 1 (0.51%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.51%) Clojure
12 1 (0.51%) Haskell
12 1 (0.51%) Julia
12 1 (0.51%) ML
Qualifications
1 45 (23.08%) Degree
2 6 (3.08%) MBA
3 2 (1.03%) Postgraduate
4 1 (0.51%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.51%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.03%) QA
2 1 (0.51%) GxP
2 1 (0.51%) IAS 39
2 1 (0.51%) IFRS
2 1 (0.51%) IFRS 9
2 1 (0.51%) ISO 9000
2 1 (0.51%) PMO
2 1 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (1.54%) HDFS
2 1 (0.51%) Docker
2 1 (0.51%) Firmware
2 1 (0.51%) Platform Symphony
Systems Management
1 2 (1.03%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 22 (11.28%) Bloomberg
1 22 (11.28%) Reuters
2 11 (5.64%) Tableau
3 8 (4.10%) Google
4 5 (2.56%) Oracle
5 4 (2.05%) Alteryx
5 4 (2.05%) SAP
6 3 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.54%) Splunk
7 1 (0.51%) Cadence
7 1 (0.51%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.51%) Mapinfo
7 1 (0.51%) Microsoft
7 1 (0.51%) MicroStrategy
7 1 (0.51%) Snowplow
7 1 (0.51%) Teradata
7 1 (0.51%) VMware
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