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 3 months to 28 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 / South East
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 241 265 257
Rank change year-on-year +24 -8  
Contract jobs citing PhD 2 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.026% 0.045% 0.032%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 0.16% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Median daily rate £555 £350 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +58.57% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £425 £550
% change year-on-year +29.41% -22.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £46.50
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 South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1859 2517 2321
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 24.06% 28.04% 24.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 2497 3322 2953
Median daily rate £408 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.87% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £538 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 292 213 293
Median hourly rate £18.00 £40.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.00% +85.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.25 £14.02
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £58.75 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing PhD as a percentage 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

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PhD in the South East

PhD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor 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 3 months to 28 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
Berkshire +17 1 £550 +57.14% 4
Buckinghamshire - 1 £560 -
PhD
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 South East region with a requirement for PhD.

1 4 (100.00%) Degree
2 3 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (75.00%) Statistics
2 3 (75.00%) Analytics
3 2 (50.00%) Algorithms
3 2 (50.00%) Wireframes
3 2 (50.00%) Matrix Organization
3 2 (50.00%) Innovation Management
3 2 (50.00%) Visualisation
3 2 (50.00%) Line Management
3 2 (50.00%) Coaching
3 2 (50.00%) User Experience
3 2 (50.00%) Computer Science
3 2 (50.00%) UX Design
3 2 (50.00%) Master's Degree
4 1 (25.00%) Scala
4 1 (25.00%) Hadoop
4 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (25.00%) Mathematics
4 1 (25.00%) Java
4 1 (25.00%) Python
4 1 (25.00%) GxP
4 1 (25.00%) RDBMS
4 1 (25.00%) Project Management
4 1 (25.00%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
4 1 (25.00%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (25.00%) Scrum
4 1 (25.00%) Apache Spark
4 1 (25.00%) Open Source

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 (25.00%) Apache Spark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Big Data
1 1 (25.00%) Hadoop
1 1 (25.00%) MongoDB
1 1 (25.00%) NoSQL
1 1 (25.00%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (25.00%) RDBMS
1 1 (25.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (25.00%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1 (25.00%) Associate Director
1 1 (25.00%) Big Data Developer
1 1 (25.00%) Developer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Algorithms
1 2 (50.00%) Computer Science
1 2 (50.00%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (75.00%) Analytics
1 3 (75.00%) Statistics
2 2 (50.00%) Coaching
2 2 (50.00%) Innovation Management
2 2 (50.00%) Line Management
2 2 (50.00%) Matrix Organization
2 2 (50.00%) UX Design
2 2 (50.00%) Visualisation
2 2 (50.00%) Wireframes
3 1 (25.00%) Data Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Mathematics
3 1 (25.00%) Open Source
3 1 (25.00%) Project Management
3 1 (25.00%) Regulatory Compliance
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (25.00%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) Java
1 1 (25.00%) Python
1 1 (25.00%) R
1 1 (25.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Degree
2 2 (50.00%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) GxP
1 1 (25.00%) PMO