Period
to 4 June 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for PhD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 4 June 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil, EngD, Doctorate)
England > South East
6 months to
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 214 345 359
Rank change year-on-year +131 +14 -11
Contract jobs citing PhD 15 20 7
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.22% 0.14% 0.042%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.86% 0.59% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 20 5
Median daily rate £500 £475 £484
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -1.86% -35.47%
10th Percentile £413 £136 £438
90th Percentile £590 £543 £644
England median daily rate £475 £575 £575
% change year-on-year -17.39% - -7.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £57.50 £33.19 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.27% - -
England median hourly rate £57.50 £47.50 £33.25
% change year-on-year +21.05% +42.86% +0.76%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,747 3,400 3,798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 25.57% 23.47% 22.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 974 1,999 2,065
Median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +2.41%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £613 £588 £565
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 218 183
Median hourly rate £31.39 £27.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.15% -21.43% +75.00%
10th Percentile £15.95 £12.00 £12.63
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.13 £55.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.22
% change year-on-year +4.79% +32.46% -15.95%

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing PhD as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for PhD in the South East

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Daily rate trend for PhD in the South East

PhD
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PhD in the South East over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for PhD in the South East

PhD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Hourly rate trend for PhD in the South East

PhD
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 PhD within the South East region over the 6 months to 4 June 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
Surrey +65 9 £425 -7.86% 5
Thames Valley +81 3 £500 +2.56% 9
Berkshire +62 2 £500 +5.26% 1
Hampshire +56 1 - - 3
Buckinghamshire +27 1 £630 +26.00%
PhD
England

For the 6 months to 4 June 2020, IT contractor jobs citing PhD 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 South East region with a requirement for PhD.

1 10 (66.67%) Python
1 10 (66.67%) Mathematics
1 10 (66.67%) Computer Science
1 10 (66.67%) Data Science
2 9 (60.00%) Machine Learning
2 9 (60.00%) Statistics
3 7 (46.67%) Analytics
4 6 (40.00%) Visualisation
4 6 (40.00%) Artificial Intelligence
5 5 (33.33%) Data Mining
5 5 (33.33%) Degree
5 5 (33.33%) Tableau
6 4 (26.67%) Business Analytics
6 4 (26.67%) Azure
6 4 (26.67%) Operations Research
6 4 (26.67%) Validation
6 4 (26.67%) Power Platform
6 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (26.67%) Power BI
7 3 (20.00%) TensorFlow
7 3 (20.00%) GCP
7 3 (20.00%) ARIMA
7 3 (20.00%) Numerate Degree
7 3 (20.00%) Keras
7 3 (20.00%) Physics
7 3 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (20.00%) Java
7 3 (20.00%) SQL
7 3 (20.00%) AWS

PhD
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 1 (6.67%) Jupyter
Cloud Services
1 4 (26.67%) Azure
1 4 (26.67%) Power Platform
2 3 (20.00%) AWS
2 3 (20.00%) GCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (33.33%) Data Mining
2 4 (26.67%) Power BI
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon Athena
3 1 (6.67%) Big Data
3 1 (6.67%) QlikView
3 1 (6.67%) Relational Database
3 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
General
1 3 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (13.33%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Police
3 1 (6.67%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (60.00%) Data Scientist
2 2 (13.33%) Developer
2 2 (13.33%) Java Developer
2 2 (13.33%) Senior Data Scientist
2 2 (13.33%) User Researcher
3 1 (6.67%) Data Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Development Director
3 1 (6.67%) Digital User Researcher
3 1 (6.67%) Machine Learning Scientist
3 1 (6.67%) Project Director
3 1 (6.67%) Research Scientist
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Digital User Researcher
3 1 (6.67%) Senior User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (20.00%) Keras
1 3 (20.00%) NumPy
1 3 (20.00%) Pandas
1 3 (20.00%) TensorFlow
2 2 (13.33%) Hibernate
2 2 (13.33%) PyTorch
2 2 (13.33%) scikit-learn
2 2 (13.33%) Spring
3 1 (6.67%) J2EE
3 1 (6.67%) PySpark
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Algorithms
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (66.67%) Computer Science
1 10 (66.67%) Data Science
1 10 (66.67%) Mathematics
2 9 (60.00%) Machine Learning
2 9 (60.00%) Statistics
3 7 (46.67%) Analytics
4 6 (40.00%) Artificial Intelligence
4 6 (40.00%) Visualisation
5 4 (26.67%) Business Analytics
5 4 (26.67%) Operations Research
5 4 (26.67%) Validation
6 3 (20.00%) ARIMA
6 3 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (20.00%) Deep Learning
6 3 (20.00%) Physics
6 3 (20.00%) Statistical Modelling
6 3 (20.00%) Time Series Forecasting
7 2 (13.33%) Decision-Making
7 2 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
7 2 (13.33%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 10 (66.67%) Python
2 3 (20.00%) Java
2 3 (20.00%) SQL
3 1 (6.67%) C
3 1 (6.67%) C++
3 1 (6.67%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (33.33%) Degree
2 3 (20.00%) Numerate Degree
3 2 (13.33%) SC Cleared
3 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
3 2 (13.33%) Sun Certification
4 1 (6.67%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) PMO
Vendors
1 5 (33.33%) Tableau
2 1 (6.67%) Samsung