Period
to 18 December 2018

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 18 December 2018 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
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 145 167 193
Rank change year-on-year +22 +26 +20
Contract jobs citing Computer Science 1,030 820 744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.84% 1.53% 1.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.14% 1.81% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 550 496 444
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £378 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.26% +7.86% -6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £246 £200
90th Percentile £575 £560 £529
UK median daily rate £495 £470 £438
% change year-on-year +5.32% +7.43% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 74 47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £41.15 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.36% -0.84% +10.67%
10th Percentile £13.75 £11.25 £12.13
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.25 £50.50
UK median hourly rate £43.63 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +9.06% +14.29% +19.27%

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 48,089 45,273 46,697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 86.11% 84.42% 84.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,719 28,061 29,006
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £270 £255 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,792 1,640 1,967
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.23 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.10% +11.11% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.26 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +2.27%

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 18 December 2018.

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 18 December 2018.

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 18 December 2018. 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 +19 363 £425 +6.25% 290
North of England +55 170 £400 +14.29% 154
Midlands -5 158 £425 +6.25% 142
South West +11 138 £450 +5.88% 100
East of England +6 97 £410 +12.33% 211
Scotland -14 85 £400 +14.29% 49
West Midlands +2 83 £434 +30.94% 96
North West +17 76 £355 +5.19% 85
Yorkshire +49 74 £511 +13.93% 51
East Midlands -5 72 £425 +3.03% 46
North East -7 20 £638 +109.88% 18
Northern Ireland +36 14 £325 +23.81% 17
Wales -24 7 £550 +37.50% 33
Computer Science
UK

For the 6 months to 18 December 2018, 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.

1 803 (77.96%) Degree
2 459 (44.56%) Agile Software Development
3 421 (40.87%) Computer Science Degree
4 244 (23.69%) Software Engineering
5 215 (20.87%) Java
6 207 (20.10%) Mathematics
7 198 (19.22%) C#
8 197 (19.13%) SQL
9 189 (18.35%) Problem-Solving
10 183 (17.77%) Linux
11 181 (17.57%) Analytical Skills
12 173 (16.80%) Python
13 164 (15.92%) Test Automation
14 150 (14.56%) .NET
15 144 (13.98%) Microsoft
16 143 (13.88%) Finance
17 139 (13.50%) Scrum
18 134 (13.01%) JavaScript
19 127 (12.33%) Web Services
20 124 (12.04%) Windows
21 121 (11.75%) SQL Server
22 120 (11.65%) C++
23 116 (11.26%) JIRA
24 113 (10.97%) Microsoft Azure
25 108 (10.49%) Amazon AWS
25 108 (10.49%) Analytics
26 106 (10.29%) OO
27 105 (10.19%) Oracle
28 103 (10.00%) Management Information System
29 102 (9.90%) HTML

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 34 (3.30%) Apache
2 33 (3.20%) Apache Spark
3 25 (2.43%) SharePoint
4 23 (2.23%) Confluence
5 22 (2.14%) IIS
5 22 (2.14%) OpenStack
6 19 (1.84%) CMS
7 16 (1.55%) Tomcat
8 14 (1.36%) Drupal
8 14 (1.36%) Elasticsearch
9 13 (1.26%) MS Exchange
10 12 (1.17%) SAS
10 12 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
11 11 (1.07%) JBoss
12 10 (0.97%) Cloud Foundry
12 10 (0.97%) IBM Notes
13 9 (0.87%) nginx
14 8 (0.78%) Apache Qpid
15 7 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
15 7 (0.68%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 37 (3.59%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (1.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.97%) SPSS
5 6 (0.58%) Photoshop
5 6 (0.58%) Simulink
6 5 (0.49%) InfoPath
6 5 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.49%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.19%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.19%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.19%) InVision
7 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.097%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.097%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.097%) Stata
Business Applications
1 22 (2.14%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.58%) Remedy AR System
3 5 (0.49%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.39%) SAP GRC
5 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.19%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.097%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.097%) Eikon
6 1 (0.097%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.097%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.097%) SAP MDG
6 1 (0.097%) SAP MDM
6 1 (0.097%) SAP R/3
6 1 (0.097%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 113 (10.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 108 (10.49%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (3.88%) Cloud Computing
4 36 (3.50%) Office 365
5 32 (3.11%) Amazon S3
6 28 (2.72%) Amazon EC2
6 28 (2.72%) SaaS
7 23 (2.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 22 (2.14%) Serverless
9 21 (2.04%) AWS Lambda
10 20 (1.94%) Amazon ELB
10 20 (1.94%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.55%) Google Cloud Platform
11 16 (1.55%) Mimecast
12 15 (1.46%) GitHub
13 12 (1.17%) npm
14 11 (1.07%) IaaS
14 11 (1.07%) PaaS
15 8 (0.78%) SuccessFactors
16 7 (0.68%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 79 (7.67%) Firewall
2 35 (3.40%) Internet
3 32 (3.11%) DNS
4 30 (2.91%) HTTP
4 30 (2.91%) VPN
5 27 (2.62%) Wireless
6 24 (2.33%) LAN
7 19 (1.84%) TCP/IP
7 19 (1.84%) VoIP
7 19 (1.84%) WAN
8 16 (1.55%) BGP
8 16 (1.55%) SAN
9 14 (1.36%) SNMP
10 13 (1.26%) 802.11
11 12 (1.17%) Bluetooth
11 12 (1.17%) NAS
11 12 (1.17%) OSPF
11 12 (1.17%) Wi-Fi
12 10 (0.97%) DHCP
12 10 (0.97%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (11.75%) SQL Server
2 77 (7.48%) NoSQL
3 50 (4.85%) Hadoop
4 48 (4.66%) Big Data
5 47 (4.56%) Relational Database
6 33 (3.20%) PostgreSQL
7 31 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
8 25 (2.43%) Oracle Database
9 24 (2.33%) MySQL
10 21 (2.04%) Amazon RDS
10 21 (2.04%) DB2
10 21 (2.04%) MongoDB
11 20 (1.94%) SQL Server 2000
12 18 (1.75%) Apache Hive
13 16 (1.55%) RDBMS
14 15 (1.46%) SQL Server 2012
15 14 (1.36%) Power BI
16 12 (1.17%) Apache Cassandra
17 10 (0.97%) Redis
18 9 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 116 (11.26%) JIRA
2 90 (8.74%) Git (software)
3 66 (6.41%) Jenkins
4 51 (4.95%) Selenium
5 47 (4.56%) Visual Studio
6 34 (3.30%) AccuRev
7 28 (2.72%) Maven
8 20 (1.94%) JUnit
9 19 (1.84%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 17 (1.65%) Gradle
11 17 (1.65%) gulp
12 16 (1.55%) Jasmine
13 14 (1.36%) Burp Suite
13 14 (1.36%) Eclipse
13 14 (1.36%) Metasploit
14 12 (1.17%) Ant
15 11 (1.07%) SonarQube
15 11 (1.07%) Subversion
16 10 (0.97%) Grunt
General
1 143 (13.88%) Finance
2 58 (5.63%) Telecoms
3 45 (4.37%) Manufacturing
4 36 (3.50%) Electronics
5 29 (2.82%) Banking
6 28 (2.72%) Legal
7 26 (2.52%) Marketing
8 25 (2.43%) Pharmaceutical
9 23 (2.23%) Retail
10 21 (2.04%) Games
11 17 (1.65%) Back Office
12 14 (1.36%) Automotive
13 9 (0.87%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.87%) German Language
14 8 (0.78%) Aerospace
15 7 (0.68%) Mandarin Language
16 6 (0.58%) Front Office
16 6 (0.58%) Law
16 6 (0.58%) Publishing
17 5 (0.49%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 273 (26.50%) Developer
2 139 (13.50%) Software Engineer
3 109 (10.58%) Analyst
4 94 (9.13%) Architect
5 61 (5.92%) Java Developer
6 55 (5.34%) C# Developer
6 55 (5.34%) Tester
7 54 (5.24%) Software Developer
8 48 (4.66%) .NET Developer
9 43 (4.17%) Senior Software Engineer
10 40 (3.88%) C++ Software Engineer
11 37 (3.59%) C# .NET Developer
12 36 (3.50%) Solutions Architect
13 34 (3.30%) Data Scientist
14 33 (3.20%) Automation Tester
14 33 (3.20%) Consultant
15 32 (3.11%) Embedded Engineer
16 30 (2.91%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
17 28 (2.72%) Business Analyst
17 28 (2.72%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (14.56%) .NET
2 127 (12.33%) Web Services
3 102 (9.90%) HTML
4 84 (8.16%) AngularJS
5 79 (7.67%) CSS
6 75 (7.28%) RESTful
7 58 (5.63%) XML
8 56 (5.44%) REST
8 56 (5.44%) WPF
9 51 (4.95%) JSON
9 51 (4.95%) Spring
10 50 (4.85%) HTML5
11 48 (4.66%) ASP.NET
12 44 (4.27%) WinForms
13 43 (4.17%) SOAP
14 42 (4.08%) Kafka
14 42 (4.08%) Node.js
15 39 (3.79%) .NET Framework
16 35 (3.40%) WCF
17 29 (2.82%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 181 (17.57%) Analytical Skills
2 103 (10.00%) Management Information System
3 52 (5.05%) Algorithms
4 51 (4.95%) User Experience
5 50 (4.85%) Self-Motivation
6 46 (4.47%) Mobile App
7 35 (3.40%) Data Centre
7 35 (3.40%) Enterprise Software
8 27 (2.62%) Data Structures
8 27 (2.62%) Greenfield Project
9 24 (2.33%) PMI
10 23 (2.23%) Public Cloud
11 21 (2.04%) Life Science
12 18 (1.75%) Cyberthreat
13 16 (1.55%) Embedded Systems
14 15 (1.46%) SCADA
15 14 (1.36%) Client/Server
15 14 (1.36%) Virtual Team
16 11 (1.07%) Device Driver
16 11 (1.07%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 183 (17.77%) Linux
2 124 (12.04%) Windows
3 71 (6.89%) Unix
4 58 (5.63%) Windows Server
5 38 (3.69%) Android
6 34 (3.30%) Apple iOS
7 28 (2.72%) Embedded Linux
8 23 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (1.94%) Windows 10
10 18 (1.75%) Windows 7
11 16 (1.55%) Solaris
12 15 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
13 14 (1.36%) Kali Linux
14 11 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
15 8 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
16 7 (0.68%) Oracle Linux
16 7 (0.68%) zOS
17 6 (0.58%) CentOS
18 2 (0.19%) Mac OS
18 2 (0.19%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 459 (44.56%) Agile Software Development
2 244 (23.69%) Software Engineering
3 207 (20.10%) Mathematics
4 189 (18.35%) Problem-Solving
5 164 (15.92%) Test Automation
6 139 (13.50%) Scrum
7 108 (10.49%) Analytics
8 106 (10.29%) OO
9 89 (8.64%) DevOps
10 84 (8.16%) ITIL
11 73 (7.09%) TDD
11 73 (7.09%) Unit Testing
12 69 (6.70%) Microservices
12 69 (6.70%) Project Management
13 66 (6.41%) Cybersecurity
13 66 (6.41%) SDLC
14 63 (6.12%) Continuous Integration
14 63 (6.12%) Mentoring
14 63 (6.12%) Open Source
14 63 (6.12%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 215 (20.87%) Java
2 198 (19.22%) C#
3 197 (19.13%) SQL
4 173 (16.80%) Python
5 134 (13.01%) JavaScript
6 120 (11.65%) C++
7 77 (7.48%) C
8 72 (6.99%) PowerShell
9 40 (3.88%) TypeScript
10 39 (3.79%) VB.NET
11 28 (2.72%) R
12 27 (2.62%) Ruby
13 25 (2.43%) Go
13 25 (2.43%) Java 8
14 24 (2.33%) Perl
15 22 (2.14%) Scala
16 21 (2.04%) Bash Shell
17 20 (1.94%) Apple Swift
18 19 (1.84%) PHP
18 19 (1.84%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 803 (77.96%) Degree
2 421 (40.87%) Computer Science Degree
3 93 (9.03%) Security Cleared
4 63 (6.12%) Master's Degree
5 59 (5.73%) SC Cleared
6 48 (4.66%) CISSP
7 42 (4.08%) CISA
8 41 (3.98%) Cisco Certification
9 40 (3.88%) Microsoft Certification
10 28 (2.72%) CISM
10 28 (2.72%) PMI Certification
11 27 (2.62%) DV Cleared
12 25 (2.43%) MCSE
13 22 (2.14%) Numerate Degree
13 22 (2.14%) PhD
14 21 (2.04%) PMP
15 19 (1.84%) CCNP
15 19 (1.84%) CREST Certified
16 18 (1.75%) CCNA
16 18 (1.75%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (4.76%) QA
2 26 (2.52%) SLA
3 15 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (1.36%) ISO 9001
5 12 (1.17%) GDPR
5 12 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 10 (0.97%) Data Quality
7 9 (0.87%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.78%) ISAE 3402
8 8 (0.78%) ISO 22301
8 8 (0.78%) ISO 31000
8 8 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 5 (0.49%) PMO
10 4 (0.39%) ARP4754
10 4 (0.39%) IFRS
10 4 (0.39%) IFRS 9
11 3 (0.29%) GxP
11 3 (0.29%) HL7
12 2 (0.19%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 2 (0.19%) JTAG
System Software
1 79 (7.67%) Docker
2 47 (4.56%) Active Directory
3 25 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (1.26%) Firmware
5 10 (0.97%) Oracle RAC
5 10 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (0.78%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.78%) ISA Server
7 7 (0.68%) ACF2
7 7 (0.68%) HDFS
7 7 (0.68%) RACF
7 7 (0.68%) XenApp
8 5 (0.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 5 (0.49%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.39%) KVM
9 4 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.29%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.29%) vSphere
11 2 (0.19%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 33 (3.20%) Puppet
2 29 (2.82%) Ansible
3 27 (2.62%) Kubernetes
4 22 (2.14%) Nessus
4 22 (2.14%) Terraform
5 18 (1.75%) SCCM
6 17 (1.65%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 17 (1.65%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 14 (1.36%) Nmap
8 13 (1.26%) vCenter Server
9 12 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
10 8 (0.78%) Kibana
10 8 (0.78%) Nagios
10 8 (0.78%) Trend Micro Deep Security
11 7 (0.68%) Data Guard
11 7 (0.68%) logstash
12 6 (0.58%) Microsoft Clustering
12 6 (0.58%) Netcool
12 6 (0.58%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 6 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 144 (13.98%) Microsoft
2 105 (10.19%) Oracle
3 59 (5.73%) Cisco
4 39 (3.79%) IBM
4 39 (3.79%) VMware
5 36 (3.50%) Google
6 30 (2.91%) Red Hat
7 28 (2.72%) Remedy
8 27 (2.62%) SAP
9 26 (2.52%) BMC
10 25 (2.43%) HP
11 18 (1.75%) Splunk
12 17 (1.65%) Citrix
12 17 (1.65%) Proofpoint
13 15 (1.46%) Atlassian
13 15 (1.46%) ServiceNow
14 12 (1.17%) F5
14 12 (1.17%) Huawei
15 11 (1.07%) McAfee
15 11 (1.07%) TIBCO