Period
to 15 January 2021

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 15 January 2021 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
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 173 287 363
Rank change year-on-year +114 +76 -10
Contract jobs citing PhD 7 30 11
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.16% 0.25% 0.069%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.50% 1.03% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 20 9
Median daily rate £350 £595 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -41.18% +19.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £325 £449 £413
90th Percentile £575 £675 £557
England median daily rate £600 £600 £588
% change year-on-year - +2.13% -5.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £57.50 £17.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +228.57% - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £52.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year -14.29% +19.32% +44.26%

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 1,408 2,912 3,694
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 32.88% 24.69% 23.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 758 1,654 2,121
Median daily rate £460 £434 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.05% +2.06% +6.25%
10th Percentile £278 £226 £240
90th Percentile £627 £588 £585
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 194 188
Median hourly rate £37.50 £41.21 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.00% +9.89% +57.89%
10th Percentile £14.72 £15.03 £13.03
90th Percentile £58.53 £78.75 £57.38
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.88 £25.00
% change year-on-year +21.67% +31.50% +16.89%

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 15 January 2021.

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 15 January 2021. 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 +62 6 £350 -41.67% 7
PhD
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, 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 7 (100.00%) Python
2 6 (85.71%) Mathematics
2 6 (85.71%) Computer Science
3 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (71.43%) Artificial Intelligence
3 5 (71.43%) Algorithms
4 4 (57.14%) Machine Learning
4 4 (57.14%) Software Engineering
4 4 (57.14%) C++
4 4 (57.14%) TensorFlow
5 3 (42.86%) Master's Degree
5 3 (42.86%) Federated Learning
5 3 (42.86%) Data Science
5 3 (42.86%) Problem-Solving
5 3 (42.86%) Statistics
5 3 (42.86%) C
5 3 (42.86%) CUDA
5 3 (42.86%) Git (software)
5 3 (42.86%) Azure
5 3 (42.86%) Analytics
5 3 (42.86%) Degree
5 3 (42.86%) Deep Learning
6 2 (28.57%) OpenCV
6 2 (28.57%) Natural Language Processing
6 2 (28.57%) Data Structures
6 2 (28.57%) Linear Algebra
6 2 (28.57%) GCP
6 2 (28.57%) scikit-learn
6 2 (28.57%) AWS
6 2 (28.57%) Image Processing

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 (14.29%) Apache Spark
1 1 (14.29%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (14.29%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (42.86%) Azure
2 2 (28.57%) AWS
2 2 (28.57%) GCP
3 1 (14.29%) Google Analytics
3 1 (14.29%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (14.29%) Big Data
1 1 (14.29%) Hadoop
1 1 (14.29%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) Git (software)
2 1 (14.29%) JIRA
General
1 2 (28.57%) Electronics
1 2 (28.57%) Marketing
2 1 (14.29%) Advertising
2 1 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Machine Learning Engineer
1 2 (28.57%) Research Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Computer Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Computer Vision Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Data Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Data Scientist
2 1 (14.29%) Head of Architecture
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (57.14%) TensorFlow
2 2 (28.57%) Natural Language Processing
2 2 (28.57%) OpenCV
2 2 (28.57%) PyTorch
2 2 (28.57%) scikit-learn
3 1 (14.29%) Caffe
3 1 (14.29%) Keras
3 1 (14.29%) NumPy
3 1 (14.29%) OpenCL
3 1 (14.29%) Theano
3 1 (14.29%) Torch
Miscellaneous
1 5 (71.43%) Algorithms
2 3 (42.86%) CUDA
3 2 (28.57%) Data Structures
4 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (14.29%) SIMD
4 1 (14.29%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) Computer Science
1 6 (85.71%) Mathematics
2 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) Artificial Intelligence
3 4 (57.14%) Machine Learning
3 4 (57.14%) Software Engineering
4 3 (42.86%) Analytics
4 3 (42.86%) Data Science
4 3 (42.86%) Deep Learning
4 3 (42.86%) Federated Learning
4 3 (42.86%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (42.86%) Statistics
5 2 (28.57%) Computer Vision
5 2 (28.57%) Image Processing
5 2 (28.57%) Linear Algebra
5 2 (28.57%) Project Management
5 2 (28.57%) Reproducible Research
6 1 (14.29%) Econometrics
6 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (14.29%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (100.00%) Python
2 4 (57.14%) C++
3 3 (42.86%) C
4 2 (28.57%) Java
4 2 (28.57%) SQL
5 1 (14.29%) R
Qualifications
1 3 (42.86%) Degree
1 3 (42.86%) Master's Degree
2 2 (28.57%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) SLA
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Adobe
1 1 (14.29%) Facebook
1 1 (14.29%) Google
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft