The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for PhD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 June 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
England / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 134 161 151
Rank change year-on-year +27 -10  
Contract jobs citing PhD 1 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.034% 0.027% 0.027%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.19% 0.13% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £425 £500 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £425 £550
% change year-on-year +29.41% -22.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £46.50

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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 525 773 771
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.10% 20.60% 20.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 434 367
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £270 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £570 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 27 77
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +102.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £12.53 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.39 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PhD in the North West

PhD
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PhD within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 June 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
Manchester - 1 £425 - 3
PhD
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 North West region with a requirement for PhD.

1 5 (100.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (80.00%) Mathematics
3 3 (60.00%) SQL
3 3 (60.00%) Python
3 3 (60.00%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (60.00%) Retail
4 2 (40.00%) Software Engineering
4 2 (40.00%) OOP
4 2 (40.00%) OO
4 2 (40.00%) .NET
4 2 (40.00%) C#
4 2 (40.00%) C++
4 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 1 (20.00%) Device Driver Development
5 1 (20.00%) WCF
5 1 (20.00%) WPF
5 1 (20.00%) jQuery
5 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (20.00%) NoSQL
5 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
5 1 (20.00%) Firmware
5 1 (20.00%) MVC
5 1 (20.00%) Device Driver
5 1 (20.00%) Scrum
5 1 (20.00%) Ajax
5 1 (20.00%) .NET Framework

PhD
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) NoSQL
General
1 3 (60.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Data Scientist
2 2 (40.00%) .NET Software Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) C# Software Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) C++ Software Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (40.00%) .NET
2 1 (20.00%) .NET Framework
2 1 (20.00%) Ajax
2 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 5
2 1 (20.00%) jQuery
2 1 (20.00%) WCF
2 1 (20.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (100.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (20.00%) Device Driver
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Mathematics
2 3 (60.00%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (40.00%) OO
3 2 (40.00%) OOP
3 2 (40.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (20.00%) Device Driver Development
4 1 (20.00%) MVC
4 1 (20.00%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) Python
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) C#
2 2 (40.00%) C++
System Software
1 1 (20.00%) Firmware