The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Postgraduate qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Postgraduate
UK / England
Rank 563 599 592
Rank change year-on-year +36 -7  
Contract jobs citing Postgraduate 20 18 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.048% 0.037% 0.023%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.18% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 15 6
Median daily rate £350 £375 £625
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -40.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £96 £208 £388
10% offered a daily rate of more than £527 £550 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £300 -
% change year-on-year +4.16% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Median hourly rate £16.53 - £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £18.00

Postgraduate 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 8637 10248 9600
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.66% 20.97% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5425 6467 5553
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 373 428
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +60.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

Postgraduate
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Postgraduate in England

Postgraduate
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Postgraduate in England

Postgraduate
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Postgraduate in England over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Postgraduate in England

Postgraduate
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Postgraduate in England

Postgraduate
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 Postgraduate within the England region over the 3 months to 24 March 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 +32 12 £450 -9.09% 3
West Midlands - 3 £350 -
South East +22 2 - -
East of England - 2 £513 - 3
South West - 1 £190 - 1
Postgraduate
UK

Postgraduate
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate.

1 26 (83.87%) Degree
2 16 (51.61%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (41.94%) SQL
4 11 (35.48%) Mathematics
4 11 (35.48%) R
5 10 (32.26%) SAS
5 10 (32.26%) Microsoft
6 9 (29.03%) Statistics
7 7 (22.58%) Python
7 7 (22.58%) MS Excel
7 7 (22.58%) Big Data
8 6 (19.35%) Project Management
8 6 (19.35%) Stata
9 5 (16.13%) Management Information System
9 5 (16.13%) Data Management
10 4 (12.90%) Analytics
10 4 (12.90%) Spreadsheet
10 4 (12.90%) Security Cleared
10 4 (12.90%) Line Management
10 4 (12.90%) Machine Learning
10 4 (12.90%) Data Analysis
10 4 (12.90%) Operations Research
10 4 (12.90%) Computer Science
10 4 (12.90%) Data Security
10 4 (12.90%) Finance
10 4 (12.90%) Programme Management
10 4 (12.90%) MS Office
10 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
11 3 (9.68%) ITIL
11 3 (9.68%) PRINCE2

Postgraduate
Top Related 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 (32.26%) SAS
2 3 (9.68%) Apache Spark
3 2 (6.45%) ArcGIS
4 1 (3.23%) Apache
4 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.23%) MS Exchange
4 1 (3.23%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (22.58%) MS Excel
2 6 (19.35%) Stata
3 4 (12.90%) MS Office
3 4 (12.90%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (6.45%) EViews
4 2 (6.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (6.45%) MS Project
4 2 (6.45%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.45%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (6.45%) IBM Cloud
1 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (6.45%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.23%) LAN
1 1 (3.23%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (22.58%) Big Data
2 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
3 2 (6.45%) Data Mining
3 2 (6.45%) GIS
3 2 (6.45%) QGIS
3 2 (6.45%) Text Mining
4 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (3.23%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (3.23%) MySQL
4 1 (3.23%) NoSQL
4 1 (3.23%) RDBMS
4 1 (3.23%) Relational Database
4 1 (3.23%) Spatial Data
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 4 (12.90%) Finance
2 2 (6.45%) Marketing
2 2 (6.45%) Retail
3 1 (3.23%) Advertising
3 1 (3.23%) Law
Job Titles
1 9 (29.03%) Analyst
2 5 (16.13%) Data Scientist
2 5 (16.13%) Junior
3 4 (12.90%) Data Analyst
3 4 (12.90%) Developer
3 4 (12.90%) Statistical Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Graduate
4 3 (9.68%) Graduate Developer
4 3 (9.68%) Junior Developer
4 3 (9.68%) Junior Software Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Applications Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Database Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Graduate Software Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Junior .NET Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Junior C# Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Programmer
5 2 (6.45%) Software Developer
5 2 (6.45%) SQL Database Developer
5 2 (6.45%) SQL Developer
5 2 (6.45%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.45%) .NET
1 2 (6.45%) Web Services
2 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.23%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.23%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 16 (51.61%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (16.13%) Management Information System
3 4 (12.90%) Computer Science
4 3 (9.68%) NHS
5 2 (6.45%) Credit Risk
5 2 (6.45%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (6.45%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (6.45%) PMI
5 2 (6.45%) Private Cloud
5 2 (6.45%) Public Cloud
6 1 (3.23%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.23%) Windows
1 1 (3.23%) Windows 10
1 1 (3.23%) Windows 7
1 1 (3.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (35.48%) Mathematics
2 9 (29.03%) Statistics
3 6 (19.35%) Project Management
4 5 (16.13%) Data Management
5 4 (12.90%) Analytics
5 4 (12.90%) Data Analysis
5 4 (12.90%) Data Security
5 4 (12.90%) Line Management
5 4 (12.90%) Machine Learning
5 4 (12.90%) Operations Research
5 4 (12.90%) Programme Management
6 3 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (9.68%) Coaching
6 3 (9.68%) Data Visualisation
6 3 (9.68%) ITIL
6 3 (9.68%) PRINCE2
6 3 (9.68%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (9.68%) Visualisation
7 2 (6.45%) Econometrics
7 2 (6.45%) Neural Network
Programming Languages
1 13 (41.94%) SQL
2 11 (35.48%) R
3 7 (22.58%) Python
4 2 (6.45%) C#
4 2 (6.45%) Java
5 1 (3.23%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 26 (83.87%) Degree
2 4 (12.90%) Security Cleared
3 2 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (6.45%) PhD
3 2 (6.45%) PMI Certification
3 2 (6.45%) PMP
3 2 (6.45%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.23%) A+ Certification
4 1 (3.23%) MBA
4 1 (3.23%) Network+ Certification
4 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.45%) IFRS
1 2 (6.45%) IFRS 9
2 1 (3.23%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.23%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (3.23%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 10 (32.26%) Microsoft
2 3 (9.68%) IBM
3 2 (6.45%) Rackspace
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle
4 1 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (3.23%) VMware