Period
to 19 September 2019

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 19 September 2019 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
19 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 321 367 359
Rank change year-on-year +46 -8 +17
Contract jobs citing PhD 28 17 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.19% 0.10% 0.091%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.79% 0.46% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 4 12
South East median daily rate £188 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -65.91% - -8.33%
10th Percentile £136 £473 £264
90th Percentile £575 £667 £599
England median daily rate £600 £575 £620
% change year-on-year +4.35% -7.26% +5.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
South East median hourly rate £37.03 - £19.30
10th Percentile £19.95 - £16.64
90th Percentile £55.74 - £42.39
England median hourly rate £52.50 £44.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year +19.32% +23.94% -21.11%

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 3,529 3,700 3,798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.39% 22.31% 23.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,030 2,054 2,152
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £235 £231
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £426
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.76% +2.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 233 218 214
South East median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +90.48% -8.70%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £79.75 £55.00 £49.63
England median hourly rate £35.95 £24.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +49.79% -12.73% +7.84%

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing PhD in the South East over the 6 months to 19 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing PhD in the South East over the 6 months to 19 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 19 September 2019. 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
Thames Valley +28 9 £500 - 15
Hampshire +9 9 £138 - 3
Oxfordshire - 7 - - 12
Surrey +29 6 £500 -17.08% 1
West Sussex - 4 £219 - 7
Berkshire -14 1 - - 3
Buckinghamshire - 1 £500 -
PhD
England

For the 6 months to 19 September 2019, 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 18 (64.29%) Degree
2 17 (60.71%) Mathematics
3 16 (57.14%) Data Science
4 15 (53.57%) Statistics
5 14 (50.00%) Python
6 13 (46.43%) Data Analysis
7 11 (39.29%) Computer Science
7 11 (39.29%) Visualisation
7 11 (39.29%) Analytical Skills
8 10 (35.71%) Statistical Analysis
8 10 (35.71%) C++
9 9 (32.14%) Algorithms
9 9 (32.14%) Machine Learning
10 8 (28.57%) Decision-Making
11 7 (25.00%) Analytics
11 7 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 7 (25.00%) Data Mining
11 7 (25.00%) Psychology
11 7 (25.00%) Physics
11 7 (25.00%) Economics
12 6 (21.43%) Software Engineering
12 6 (21.43%) SQL
12 6 (21.43%) Finance
12 6 (21.43%) Parallel Programming
13 5 (17.86%) Azure
14 4 (14.29%) C
14 4 (14.29%) Chemistry
14 4 (14.29%) Biology
14 4 (14.29%) Operations Research
14 4 (14.29%) Marketing

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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (17.86%) Azure
2 4 (14.29%) Power Platform
3 2 (7.14%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) VSAT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (25.00%) Data Mining
2 4 (14.29%) Power BI
3 3 (10.71%) Apache Hive
3 3 (10.71%) MySQL
3 3 (10.71%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (3.57%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Git (software)
2 1 (3.57%) LabVIEW
General
1 6 (21.43%) Finance
2 4 (14.29%) Marketing
3 1 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (32.14%) Data Scientist
2 7 (25.00%) Graduate
2 7 (25.00%) Statistical Researcher
3 5 (17.86%) Research Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Software Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Architect
5 2 (7.14%) C++ Developer
5 2 (7.14%) C++ Software Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Software Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Software Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Technical Architect
6 1 (3.57%) IC Design Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Python Developer
6 1 (3.57%) RF Design Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) RF Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Senior C++ Developer
6 1 (3.57%) Senior RF Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Senior Software Developer
6 1 (3.57%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) OpenMP
2 3 (10.71%) JSON
2 3 (10.71%) NumPy
2 3 (10.71%) Pandas
2 3 (10.71%) scikit-learn
3 1 (3.57%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (39.29%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (32.14%) Algorithms
3 1 (3.57%) Data Structures
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.57%) MMIC
3 1 (3.57%) PMI
3 1 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.57%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.71%) Linux
2 1 (3.57%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (60.71%) Mathematics
2 16 (57.14%) Data Science
3 15 (53.57%) Statistics
4 13 (46.43%) Data Analysis
5 11 (39.29%) Computer Science
5 11 (39.29%) Visualisation
6 10 (35.71%) Statistical Analysis
7 9 (32.14%) Machine Learning
8 8 (28.57%) Decision-Making
9 7 (25.00%) Analytics
9 7 (25.00%) Economics
9 7 (25.00%) Physics
9 7 (25.00%) Psychology
10 6 (21.43%) Parallel Programming
10 6 (21.43%) Software Engineering
11 4 (14.29%) Artificial Intelligence
11 4 (14.29%) Biology
11 4 (14.29%) Business Analytics
11 4 (14.29%) Chemistry
11 4 (14.29%) Operations Research
Programming Languages
1 14 (50.00%) Python
2 10 (35.71%) C++
3 6 (21.43%) SQL
4 4 (14.29%) C
4 4 (14.29%) R
5 3 (10.71%) Fortran
5 3 (10.71%) MATLAB
5 3 (10.71%) Scala
6 1 (3.57%) C#
6 1 (3.57%) Java
Qualifications
1 18 (64.29%) Degree
2 7 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 4 (14.29%) Master's Degree
4 1 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (3.57%) DBS Check
4 1 (3.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (3.57%) MBA
4 1 (3.57%) PgMP
4 1 (3.57%) PMI Certification
4 1 (3.57%) PMP
4 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) SLA
Vendors
1 4 (14.29%) Tableau
2 3 (10.71%) Dataiku
2 3 (10.71%) Palantir
3 1 (3.57%) Agilent
3 1 (3.57%) Sun