Period
to 24 May 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Computer Science skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Computer Science over the 6 months to 24 May 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.

Computer Science (Computing Science, Comp Sci)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 169 183 189
Rank change year-on-year +14 +6 -29
Contract jobs citing Computer Science 783 765 657
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.60% 1.44% 1.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.86% 1.69% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 427 415 386
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £300 £215 £200
90th Percentile £590 £550 £525
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +11.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 49 55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.67 £50.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.66% +56.25% -28.89%
10th Percentile £13.25 £17.55 £10.60
90th Percentile £52.75 £67.25 £52.37
UK median hourly rate £44.35 £44.50 £33.50
% change year-on-year -0.35% +32.84% -22.09%

Computer Science is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 42,027 45,364 41,118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 85.71% 85.48% 84.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,065 27,769 25,221
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +5.00% +1.01%
10th Percentile £270 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,664 1,669 1,647
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.06 £20.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.31% -20.38% -5.93%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.06 £11.35
90th Percentile £50.69 £48.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +11.36% -12.00% -

Computer Science
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Computer Science as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Computer Science in the UK excluding London

Computer Science
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Computer Science in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Computer Science in the UK excluding London

Computer Science
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Computer Science in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 24 May 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Computer Science in the UK excluding London

Computer Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Computer Science in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Computer Science in the UK excluding London

Computer Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Computer Science in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 24 May 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Computer Science in the UK excluding London

Computer Science
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Computer Science within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 24 May 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
South East +1 280 £450 +11.11% 65
South West +70 144 £425 +30.77% 35
Midlands +28 103 £450 -10.00% 24
North of England -14 88 £375 +7.14% 36
East of England +30 84 £463 +26.71% 64
Scotland -25 64 £400 +1.27% 17
West Midlands +16 58 £413 -17.50% 13
East Midlands +17 45 £450 -14.29% 11
Yorkshire +19 40 £360 -20.00% 4
North West +4 38 £380 +8.57% 28
Northern Ireland +15 14 £500 +15.87% 2
North East -24 10 £450 +50.00% 4
Wales 0 7 £488 +35.42% 4
Computer Science
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Computer Science 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Computer Science.

1 567 (72.41%) Degree
2 331 (42.27%) Agile Software Development
3 281 (35.89%) Computer Science Degree
4 172 (21.97%) Java
5 169 (21.58%) Python
6 163 (20.82%) Linux
6 163 (20.82%) Software Engineering
6 163 (20.82%) Mathematics
7 158 (20.18%) SQL
8 148 (18.90%) Amazon AWS
8 148 (18.90%) Problem-Solving
9 147 (18.77%) Analytical Skills
10 136 (17.37%) DevOps
11 127 (16.22%) Microsoft
12 121 (15.45%) Windows
13 108 (13.79%) Scrum
14 101 (12.90%) JavaScript
15 99 (12.64%) Finance
15 99 (12.64%) Microsoft Azure
16 96 (12.26%) Analytics
17 92 (11.75%) C#
18 89 (11.37%) Security Cleared
19 87 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
20 83 (10.60%) Web Services
21 82 (10.47%) Test Automation
22 80 (10.22%) Git (software)
22 80 (10.22%) C++
23 75 (9.58%) C
24 74 (9.45%) Management Information System
25 73 (9.32%) ITIL

Computer Science
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 30 (3.83%) SharePoint
2 27 (3.45%) Apache Spark
3 25 (3.19%) Apache
4 20 (2.55%) IIS
5 19 (2.43%) Confluence
5 19 (2.43%) Skype for Business
6 18 (2.30%) SharePoint 2013
7 15 (1.92%) JBoss
7 15 (1.92%) Tomcat
8 10 (1.28%) Jupyter
8 10 (1.28%) nginx
9 9 (1.15%) OpenStack
9 9 (1.15%) SAS
9 9 (1.15%) WebSphere
10 8 (1.02%) CMS
10 8 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (1.02%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.77%) Cloud Foundry
12 4 (0.51%) WebLogic
13 3 (0.38%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 59 (7.54%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (4.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.02%) CATIA
4 8 (1.02%) InfoPath
4 8 (1.02%) Pro/ENGINEER
4 8 (1.02%) PTC Creo
5 6 (0.77%) SPSS
6 5 (0.64%) Stata
7 4 (0.51%) Camtasia
7 4 (0.51%) Simulink
7 4 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.51%) XMetaL
8 2 (0.26%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe XD
9 1 (0.13%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.13%) InVision
9 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.13%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 9 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.51%) Eikon
2 4 (0.51%) Revive Adserver
3 3 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.38%) SAP R/3
3 3 (0.38%) Teamcenter
4 2 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.26%) PeopleSoft HCM
4 2 (0.26%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.13%) Primavera
5 1 (0.13%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 148 (18.90%) Amazon AWS
2 99 (12.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 49 (6.26%) Office 365
4 35 (4.47%) AWS CloudFormation
5 31 (3.96%) Google Cloud Platform
6 30 (3.83%) GitHub
7 29 (3.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 28 (3.58%) Power Platform
9 25 (3.19%) Cloud Computing
10 24 (3.07%) PaaS
10 24 (3.07%) SaaS
11 17 (2.17%) OpenShift
12 16 (2.04%) IaaS
13 14 (1.79%) Azure Active Directory
13 14 (1.79%) Serverless
14 13 (1.66%) Amazon S3
15 9 (1.15%) Amazon Glacier
15 9 (1.15%) AWS Lambda
16 7 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
17 5 (0.64%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 50 (6.39%) Firewall
2 43 (5.49%) DNS
3 33 (4.21%) Skype
4 30 (3.83%) Internet
5 28 (3.58%) TCP/IP
6 27 (3.45%) LAN
7 25 (3.19%) WAN
8 19 (2.43%) DHCP
9 17 (2.17%) VPN
10 15 (1.92%) Unified Communications
11 14 (1.79%) NAS
12 12 (1.53%) SAN
13 11 (1.40%) Network Security
14 10 (1.28%) Kerberos
14 10 (1.28%) Wireless
15 9 (1.15%) BGP
15 9 (1.15%) HTTP
15 9 (1.15%) MPLS
15 9 (1.15%) SSL
16 8 (1.02%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (9.20%) SQL Server
2 50 (6.39%) Big Data
3 43 (5.49%) NoSQL
4 38 (4.85%) Hadoop
5 29 (3.70%) Relational Database
6 28 (3.58%) Power BI
7 27 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
8 26 (3.32%) MySQL
9 22 (2.81%) Apache Hive
10 19 (2.43%) MongoDB
11 17 (2.17%) Amazon RDS
12 16 (2.04%) RDBMS
13 15 (1.92%) Oracle Database
13 15 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
14 13 (1.66%) GIS
14 13 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
15 12 (1.53%) Geospatial Data
15 12 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 9 (1.15%) Apache Cassandra
16 9 (1.15%) HBase
Development Applications
1 80 (10.22%) Git (software)
2 73 (9.32%) JIRA
3 66 (8.43%) Jenkins
4 46 (5.87%) Visual Studio
5 31 (3.96%) Maven
6 24 (3.07%) Team Foundation Server
7 22 (2.81%) Cucumber
8 20 (2.55%) Eclipse
8 20 (2.55%) Selenium
9 17 (2.17%) Visual Studio Team System
10 14 (1.79%) JUnit
11 11 (1.40%) Ant
11 11 (1.40%) Subversion
12 10 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 9 (1.15%) Bitbucket
13 9 (1.15%) GitLab
13 9 (1.15%) Gradle
13 9 (1.15%) JMeter
13 9 (1.15%) Mockito
14 8 (1.02%) Jasmine
General
1 99 (12.64%) Finance
2 49 (6.26%) Telecoms
3 35 (4.47%) Manufacturing
4 31 (3.96%) Electronics
5 25 (3.19%) Banking
6 24 (3.07%) Legal
7 22 (2.81%) Retail
8 21 (2.68%) Pharmaceutical
9 15 (1.92%) Back Office
10 14 (1.79%) Marketing
11 13 (1.66%) Aerospace
12 8 (1.02%) Automotive
13 6 (0.77%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.77%) German Language
13 6 (0.77%) Law
14 4 (0.51%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.51%) Social Science
15 3 (0.38%) Advertising
16 2 (0.26%) Games
16 2 (0.26%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 194 (24.78%) Developer
2 93 (11.88%) Architect
3 75 (9.58%) Analyst
4 67 (8.56%) Software Engineer
5 36 (4.60%) Java Developer
6 32 (4.09%) Solutions Architect
7 30 (3.83%) Data Scientist
8 25 (3.19%) C# Developer
8 25 (3.19%) Data Analyst
8 25 (3.19%) Python Developer
9 24 (3.07%) Software Developer
10 20 (2.55%) .NET Developer
10 20 (2.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 19 (2.43%) Consultant
11 19 (2.43%) Senior Developer
11 19 (2.43%) Senior Software Engineer
12 18 (2.30%) AWS Developer
13 16 (2.04%) Android Developer
13 16 (2.04%) C# .NET Developer
14 15 (1.92%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (10.60%) Web Services
2 71 (9.07%) .NET
3 64 (8.17%) HTML
3 64 (8.17%) XML
4 62 (7.92%) CSS
5 44 (5.62%) AngularJS
6 43 (5.49%) JSON
6 43 (5.49%) RESTful
6 43 (5.49%) Spring
7 40 (5.11%) REST
8 33 (4.21%) HTML5
9 29 (3.70%) CSS3
10 26 (3.32%) Middleware
11 24 (3.07%) Kafka
11 24 (3.07%) SOAP
12 22 (2.81%) J2EE
12 22 (2.81%) jQuery
13 20 (2.55%) .NET Framework
14 17 (2.17%) ASP.NET
14 17 (2.17%) React
Miscellaneous
1 147 (18.77%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (9.45%) Management Information System
3 70 (8.94%) Algorithms
4 58 (7.41%) Self-Motivation
5 49 (6.26%) Data Centre
6 30 (3.83%) Public Cloud
7 27 (3.45%) Virtual Team
8 25 (3.19%) Data Structures
8 25 (3.19%) Mobile App
9 24 (3.07%) Embedded Systems
10 16 (2.04%) User Experience
11 14 (1.79%) Life Science
12 11 (1.40%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
13 9 (1.15%) Cloud Native
13 9 (1.15%) Device Driver
13 9 (1.15%) Replication
13 9 (1.15%) VHDL
14 8 (1.02%) Mainframe
14 8 (1.02%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 163 (20.82%) Linux
2 121 (15.45%) Windows
3 72 (9.20%) Unix
4 56 (7.15%) Windows Server
5 37 (4.73%) Android
6 26 (3.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 23 (2.94%) Solaris
8 22 (2.81%) Apple iOS
9 18 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 15 (1.92%) CentOS
11 11 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (1.15%) Ubuntu
12 9 (1.15%) Windows 10
12 9 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.89%) Windows 7
14 5 (0.64%) AIX
14 5 (0.64%) VMS
14 5 (0.64%) zOS
15 4 (0.51%) Oracle Linux
16 3 (0.38%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 331 (42.27%) Agile Software Development
2 163 (20.82%) Mathematics
2 163 (20.82%) Software Engineering
3 148 (18.90%) Problem-Solving
4 136 (17.37%) DevOps
5 108 (13.79%) Scrum
6 96 (12.26%) Analytics
7 87 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
8 82 (10.47%) Test Automation
9 73 (9.32%) ITIL
10 71 (9.07%) OO
10 71 (9.07%) Project Management
11 65 (8.30%) Open Source
12 58 (7.41%) Visualisation
13 54 (6.90%) Data Science
13 54 (6.90%) Migration
14 53 (6.77%) Workflow
15 52 (6.64%) Configuration Management
16 51 (6.51%) Mentoring
17 50 (6.39%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 172 (21.97%) Java
2 169 (21.58%) Python
3 158 (20.18%) SQL
4 101 (12.90%) JavaScript
5 92 (11.75%) C#
6 80 (10.22%) C++
7 75 (9.58%) C
8 42 (5.36%) PowerShell
9 26 (3.32%) Perl
9 26 (3.32%) TypeScript
10 22 (2.81%) R
11 19 (2.43%) PHP
12 17 (2.17%) Shell Script
13 15 (1.92%) Scala
14 14 (1.79%) MATLAB
15 11 (1.40%) Objective-C
15 11 (1.40%) Ruby
16 10 (1.28%) Apple Swift
17 9 (1.15%) Java 8
17 9 (1.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 567 (72.41%) Degree
2 281 (35.89%) Computer Science Degree
3 89 (11.37%) Security Cleared
4 60 (7.66%) SC Cleared
5 55 (7.02%) Master's Degree
6 40 (5.11%) CISSP
7 38 (4.85%) Cisco Certification
8 31 (3.96%) Microsoft Certification
9 29 (3.70%) CISM
9 29 (3.70%) DV Cleared
9 29 (3.70%) PhD
10 28 (3.58%) CISA
11 26 (3.32%) CCNA
12 25 (3.19%) MCSE
13 20 (2.55%) Numerate Degree
14 19 (2.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 17 (2.17%) CCNP
16 15 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
17 14 (1.79%) ISTQB
17 14 (1.79%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (6.00%) QA
2 18 (2.30%) SLA
3 14 (1.79%) GDPR
4 13 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (1.53%) Data Quality
6 11 (1.40%) PCI DSS
7 9 (1.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.77%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.64%) ISAE 3402
9 5 (0.64%) ISO 22301
9 5 (0.64%) ISO 31000
9 5 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 4 (0.51%) COBIT
10 4 (0.51%) HL7
10 4 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (0.51%) MISRA
10 4 (0.51%) MISRA C
11 3 (0.38%) JTAG
12 2 (0.26%) PMO
13 1 (0.13%) IEC 61131
System Software
1 41 (5.24%) Docker
2 39 (4.98%) Active Directory
3 32 (4.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (1.53%) Hyper-V
5 10 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (1.28%) VMware NSX
6 9 (1.15%) LXC
6 9 (1.15%) vSphere
7 5 (0.64%) ACF2
7 5 (0.64%) Firmware
7 5 (0.64%) ISA Server
7 5 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
7 5 (0.64%) RACF
7 5 (0.64%) Slurm Workload Manager
8 3 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.26%) HDFS
9 2 (0.26%) KVM
10 1 (0.13%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.13%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 40 (5.11%) Ansible
2 38 (4.85%) Puppet
3 35 (4.47%) Kubernetes
4 21 (2.68%) Opscode Chef
5 15 (1.92%) vCenter Server
6 14 (1.79%) Terraform
7 13 (1.66%) Nessus
8 11 (1.40%) PowerCLI
9 10 (1.28%) Nagios
9 10 (1.28%) Tivoli
10 8 (1.02%) SCCM
11 7 (0.89%) Single Sign-On
11 7 (0.89%) vRealize
12 6 (0.77%) SCOM
13 5 (0.64%) IBM Guardium
13 5 (0.64%) Oozie
13 5 (0.64%) Trend Micro Deep Security
14 4 (0.51%) Data Guard
15 3 (0.38%) CA Endevor
15 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 127 (16.22%) Microsoft
2 72 (9.20%) Oracle
3 52 (6.64%) Cisco
4 48 (6.13%) Tableau
5 44 (5.62%) VMware
6 35 (4.47%) Google
7 32 (4.09%) IBM
8 23 (2.94%) Red Hat
8 23 (2.94%) SAP
9 16 (2.04%) BMC
9 16 (2.04%) Splunk
10 12 (1.53%) HP
10 12 (1.53%) Informatica
11 11 (1.40%) Qualys
12 10 (1.28%) Atlassian
12 10 (1.28%) Remedy
12 10 (1.28%) Teradata
13 8 (1.02%) ANSYS
13 8 (1.02%) Netezza
13 8 (1.02%) Trend Micro