Period
to 6 April 2020

The median contractor rate for a Data Scientist was £540 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Data Scientist
England > South East
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 196 323 325
Rank change year-on-year +127 +2 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Data Scientist 81 53 57
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.84% 0.34% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.36% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 36 39
Median daily rate £540 £525 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.44% +15.49%
10th Percentile £413 £411 £411
90th Percentile £660 £575 £575
England median daily rate £550 £544 £525
% change year-on-year +1.15% +3.57% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £46.25
% change year-on-year - -24.32% +77.88%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 9,098 14,871 15,895
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.87% 94.47% 94.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,332 8,997 9,320
Median daily rate £432 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.06% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £250 £256
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
England median daily rate £473 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -0.53% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 568 617 614
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +10.79% +3.57%
10th Percentile £12.18 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.50 £50.85 £50.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.70
% change year-on-year +6.95% - -

Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Data Scientist in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Data Scientist in the South East

Data Scientist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Data Scientist in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Data Scientist in the South East

Data Scientist
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Data Scientist in the South East over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Data Scientist in the South East

Data Scientist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Data Scientist in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Data Scientist in the South East

Data Scientist
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Data Scientist within the South East region over the 6 months to 6 April 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
Hampshire +62 30 £561 +6.90% 1
Thames Valley +60 21 £598 +19.50% 5
Surrey +59 17 £550 +33.33% 2
East Sussex +38 14 £425 -22.73%
Berkshire +41 13 £600 +23.08% 5
Oxfordshire - 7 £575 -
Buckinghamshire +15 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Data Scientist
England

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 6 April 2020, Data Scientist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South East region featuring Data Scientist in the job title.

1 81 (100.00%) Data Science
2 59 (72.84%) Python
3 58 (71.60%) Machine Learning
4 48 (59.26%) Visualisation
5 43 (53.09%) Analytics
6 35 (43.21%) SQL
7 34 (41.98%) Agile Software Development
8 33 (40.74%) Mathematics
9 32 (39.51%) Data Visualisation
10 31 (38.27%) Algorithms
11 29 (35.80%) Azure
12 28 (34.57%) Deep Learning
12 28 (34.57%) Computer Science
12 28 (34.57%) Artificial Intelligence
13 27 (33.33%) Apache Spark
13 27 (33.33%) Jupyter
14 25 (30.86%) Tableau
14 25 (30.86%) Statistics
15 24 (29.63%) Pandas
16 22 (27.16%) PySpark
16 22 (27.16%) Big Data
17 21 (25.93%) NumPy
17 21 (25.93%) PhD
18 19 (23.46%) Data Analysis
19 17 (20.99%) Git (software)
19 17 (20.99%) TensorFlow
19 17 (20.99%) Keras
20 16 (19.75%) AWS
20 16 (19.75%) PaaS
21 15 (18.52%) Azure Machine Learning

Data Scientist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 27 (33.33%) Apache Spark
1 27 (33.33%) Jupyter
2 14 (17.28%) Apache
3 4 (4.94%) Confluence
4 1 (1.23%) GeoServer
Applications
1 5 (6.17%) SPSS
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (6.17%) SAP CRM
1 5 (6.17%) SAP ERP
1 5 (6.17%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 29 (35.80%) Azure
2 16 (19.75%) AWS
2 16 (19.75%) PaaS
3 15 (18.52%) Azure Machine Learning
4 12 (14.81%) Power Platform
5 8 (9.88%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (4.94%) Azure Data Factory
7 3 (3.70%) GCP
8 1 (1.23%) Amazon SageMaker
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.47%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (27.16%) Big Data
2 15 (18.52%) Data Mining
3 14 (17.28%) Geospatial Data
3 14 (17.28%) GIS
3 14 (17.28%) NoSQL
4 12 (14.81%) Hadoop
4 12 (14.81%) Power BI
5 4 (4.94%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (2.47%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 2 (2.47%) Data Lake
7 2 (2.47%) Neo4j
8 1 (1.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (1.23%) Apache Zeppelin
8 1 (1.23%) Flink
8 1 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (1.23%) QlikView
8 1 (1.23%) Spatial Data
8 1 (1.23%) SQL Server
8 1 (1.23%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 17 (20.99%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.70%) JIRA
General
1 9 (11.11%) Marketing
2 6 (7.41%) Finance
3 2 (2.47%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.47%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.47%) Retail
4 1 (1.23%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.23%) Police
4 1 (1.23%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (29.63%) Pandas
2 22 (27.16%) PySpark
3 21 (25.93%) NumPy
4 17 (20.99%) Keras
4 17 (20.99%) TensorFlow
5 13 (16.05%) scikit-learn
6 6 (7.41%) Natural Language Processing
7 1 (1.23%) PostGIS
7 1 (1.23%) Samza
7 1 (1.23%) SpaCy
Miscellaneous
1 31 (38.27%) Algorithms
2 15 (18.52%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (12.35%) Lidar
4 8 (9.88%) Smart City
5 5 (6.17%) Analytical Mindset
6 3 (3.70%) Data Structures
7 2 (2.47%) User Experience
8 1 (1.23%) Clustering
8 1 (1.23%) DataPower
8 1 (1.23%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (100.00%) Data Science
2 58 (71.60%) Machine Learning
3 48 (59.26%) Visualisation
4 43 (53.09%) Analytics
5 34 (41.98%) Agile Software Development
6 33 (40.74%) Mathematics
7 32 (39.51%) Data Visualisation
8 28 (34.57%) Artificial Intelligence
8 28 (34.57%) Computer Science
8 28 (34.57%) Deep Learning
9 25 (30.86%) Statistics
10 19 (23.46%) Data Analysis
11 15 (18.52%) Physics
12 14 (17.28%) Data Analytics
13 13 (16.05%) Data Modelling
14 12 (14.81%) Business Intelligence
15 11 (13.58%) DevOps
15 11 (13.58%) Reinforcement Learning
16 10 (12.35%) Data Munging
16 10 (12.35%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 59 (72.84%) Python
2 35 (43.21%) SQL
3 12 (14.81%) R
4 2 (2.47%) Scala
5 1 (1.23%) Java
5 1 (1.23%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 21 (25.93%) PhD
2 13 (16.05%) Degree
3 10 (12.35%) Numerate Degree
4 9 (11.11%) Master's Degree
5 3 (3.70%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.70%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 25 (30.86%) Tableau
2 6 (7.41%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.41%) SAP
3 3 (3.70%) Google
4 1 (1.23%) Databricks