Period
to 13 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 13 November 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.

Academic Degree
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
13 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 44 38 38
Rank change year-on-year -6 0 +8
Contract jobs citing Degree 2,586 2,534 2,689
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.67% 4.74% 4.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 22.30% 22.92% 19.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,309 1,481 1,595
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £220 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £540
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 210 186
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £32.50 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.77% +16.07% -25.33%
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.00 £10.88
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £36.13 £30.00 £26.49
% change year-on-year +20.42% +13.24% -22.54%

Degree 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 UK excluding London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 11,598 11,054 13,832
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 20.95% 20.70% 23.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,525 6,395 8,509
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +1.44%
10th Percentile £233 £208 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 723 717
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £28.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +3.70% +8.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.14
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.74
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +0.96% +7.30%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Job vacancy trend for Degree in the UK excluding London

Degree
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 Degree in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Degree in the UK excluding London

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Degree in the UK excluding London

Degree
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 Degree in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Degree in the UK excluding London

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Degree in the UK excluding London

Degree
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 Degree within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 13 November 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 -4 891 £438 +9.38% 789
North of England +7 545 £420 +5.00% 566
Midlands -7 322 £428 +6.88% 486
South West +2 288 £400 -4.76% 389
North West +25 271 £400 +6.67% 311
East of England -5 227 £425 +21.43% 547
Scotland -10 226 £390 +4.00% 185
West Midlands -16 192 £450 +20.00% 301
Yorkshire +3 182 £450 +12.50% 182
East Midlands -8 128 £425 +4.94% 184
Wales +7 102 £425 +23.19% 87
North East -10 93 £425 +0.59% 73
Northern Ireland +21 33 £412 -8.44% 43
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 13 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Degree 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 Degree.

1 925 (35.77%) Agile Software Development
2 787 (30.43%) Computer Science
3 552 (21.35%) Finance
4 493 (19.06%) Problem-Solving
5 487 (18.83%) Analytical Skills
6 479 (18.52%) Microsoft
7 434 (16.78%) Computer Science Degree
8 403 (15.58%) Java
9 384 (14.85%) SQL
10 364 (14.08%) Project Management
11 342 (13.23%) Windows
12 311 (12.03%) JavaScript
13 308 (11.91%) Linux
14 307 (11.87%) C#
15 303 (11.72%) Software Engineering
16 270 (10.44%) Scrum
17 260 (10.05%) .NET
18 255 (9.86%) Security Cleared
19 253 (9.78%) HTML
20 244 (9.44%) Mathematics
21 239 (9.24%) ITIL
22 224 (8.66%) Python
23 222 (8.58%) Analytics
24 216 (8.35%) Microsoft Azure
24 216 (8.35%) Oracle
25 213 (8.24%) SQL Server
26 209 (8.08%) Management Information System
27 207 (8.00%) Test Automation
28 204 (7.89%) CSS
29 202 (7.81%) Web Services

Degree
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 97 (3.75%) SharePoint
2 66 (2.55%) CMS
3 51 (1.97%) Confluence
4 44 (1.70%) IIS
5 43 (1.66%) Apache Spark
6 36 (1.39%) Apache
7 35 (1.35%) MS Exchange
8 29 (1.12%) SAS
9 27 (1.04%) OpenStack
10 23 (0.89%) Tomcat
11 21 (0.81%) Drupal
11 21 (0.81%) WebSphere
12 20 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
13 19 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
14 16 (0.62%) JBoss
14 16 (0.62%) WebLogic
15 14 (0.54%) WordPress
16 13 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
16 13 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
17 11 (0.43%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 186 (7.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 160 (6.19%) Microsoft Office
3 103 (3.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 54 (2.09%) Microsoft Project
5 36 (1.39%) MS Visio
6 33 (1.28%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.62%) InVision
8 11 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 11 (0.43%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
10 9 (0.35%) InfoPath
11 8 (0.31%) SPSS
12 6 (0.23%) Adobe After Effects
12 6 (0.23%) InDesign
12 6 (0.23%) Simulink
13 5 (0.19%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.19%) OmniGraffle
14 4 (0.15%) Final Cut Pro
14 4 (0.15%) Stateflow
14 4 (0.15%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 29 (1.12%) Remedy ITSM
2 18 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
4 12 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
5 10 (0.39%) SAP HR
6 8 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
7 6 (0.23%) Remedy AR System
7 6 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 5 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
8 5 (0.19%) Primavera
8 5 (0.19%) SAP GRC
9 4 (0.15%) Eloqua
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
10 3 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
10 3 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
10 3 (0.12%) Global One
10 3 (0.12%) Teamcenter
11 2 (0.077%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 216 (8.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 137 (5.30%) Amazon AWS
3 104 (4.02%) Office 365
4 56 (2.17%) Cloud Computing
5 47 (1.82%) SaaS
6 37 (1.43%) Google Cloud Platform
7 33 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
8 28 (1.08%) Serverless
9 27 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
9 27 (1.04%) GitHub
10 26 (1.01%) PaaS
11 25 (0.97%) IaaS
12 24 (0.93%) Amazon S3
12 24 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
12 24 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 21 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
13 21 (0.81%) npm
14 20 (0.77%) Amazon ELB
15 18 (0.70%) Mimecast
16 15 (0.58%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 112 (4.33%) Firewall
2 68 (2.63%) DNS
3 60 (2.32%) Network Security
4 59 (2.28%) Wireless
5 53 (2.05%) LAN
6 52 (2.01%) WAN
7 48 (1.86%) Internet
7 48 (1.86%) TCP/IP
7 48 (1.86%) VPN
8 36 (1.39%) VoIP
9 33 (1.28%) DHCP
10 31 (1.20%) SAN
11 29 (1.12%) HTTP
12 26 (1.01%) SNMP
13 25 (0.97%) Ethernet
14 23 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
15 22 (0.85%) BGP
16 21 (0.81%) MPLS
16 21 (0.81%) OSPF
17 18 (0.70%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 213 (8.24%) SQL Server
2 102 (3.94%) Relational Database
3 83 (3.21%) NoSQL
4 78 (3.02%) Big Data
5 62 (2.40%) Hadoop
5 62 (2.40%) Oracle Database
6 51 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
6 51 (1.97%) MySQL
6 51 (1.97%) PostgreSQL
7 50 (1.93%) DB2
8 48 (1.86%) RDBMS
9 36 (1.39%) MongoDB
10 32 (1.24%) Power BI
11 29 (1.12%) Oracle Database 12c
12 28 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
13 27 (1.04%) MS Access
14 25 (0.97%) DB2 UDB
15 23 (0.89%) Amazon RDS
16 20 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
16 20 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 180 (6.96%) Git (software)
2 161 (6.23%) JIRA
3 100 (3.87%) Jenkins
4 84 (3.25%) Visual Studio
5 63 (2.44%) Selenium
6 62 (2.40%) Eclipse
7 53 (2.05%) JUnit
8 52 (2.01%) Team Foundation Server
9 49 (1.89%) Subversion
10 36 (1.39%) Cucumber
11 35 (1.35%) AccuRev
11 35 (1.35%) NetBeans
12 31 (1.20%) Maven
13 29 (1.12%) TeamCity
14 28 (1.08%) Gradle
14 28 (1.08%) Jasmine
15 27 (1.04%) Grunt
16 24 (0.93%) Axure RP
17 22 (0.85%) NUnit
18 20 (0.77%) Rational DOORS
General
1 552 (21.35%) Finance
2 149 (5.76%) Telecoms
3 127 (4.91%) Marketing
4 114 (4.41%) Manufacturing
5 91 (3.52%) Banking
6 87 (3.36%) Legal
7 71 (2.75%) Retail
8 67 (2.59%) Games
9 65 (2.51%) Pharmaceutical
10 62 (2.40%) Electronics
11 37 (1.43%) Aerospace
12 33 (1.28%) Military
13 30 (1.16%) Mandarin Language
14 28 (1.08%) Law
15 25 (0.97%) Automotive
15 25 (0.97%) Back Office
16 23 (0.89%) Advertising
17 18 (0.70%) German Language
18 17 (0.66%) Publishing
19 16 (0.62%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 530 (20.49%) Developer
2 413 (15.97%) Analyst
3 170 (6.57%) Architect
4 154 (5.96%) Project Manager
5 130 (5.03%) Software Engineer
6 126 (4.87%) Business Analyst
7 125 (4.83%) Java Developer
8 98 (3.79%) Designer
9 92 (3.56%) .NET Developer
10 88 (3.40%) C# Developer
11 77 (2.98%) Consultant
12 74 (2.86%) IT Manager
13 69 (2.67%) Software Developer
13 69 (2.67%) User Researcher
14 66 (2.55%) Tester
15 65 (2.51%) Solutions Architect
16 62 (2.40%) C# .NET Developer
17 59 (2.28%) Administrator
17 59 (2.28%) Senior Developer
18 51 (1.97%) IT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 260 (10.05%) .NET
2 253 (9.78%) HTML
3 204 (7.89%) CSS
4 202 (7.81%) Web Services
5 146 (5.65%) AngularJS
6 109 (4.22%) Spring
7 105 (4.06%) XML
8 104 (4.02%) RESTful
9 93 (3.60%) ASP.NET
10 89 (3.44%) REST
11 85 (3.29%) .NET Framework
12 78 (3.02%) HTML5
13 76 (2.94%) Kafka
14 75 (2.90%) SOAP
15 71 (2.75%) JSON
16 70 (2.71%) jQuery
17 64 (2.47%) Node.js
18 61 (2.36%) WPF
19 53 (2.05%) React
20 51 (1.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 787 (30.43%) Computer Science
2 487 (18.83%) Analytical Skills
3 209 (8.08%) Management Information System
4 159 (6.15%) User Experience
5 150 (5.80%) Self-Motivation
6 90 (3.48%) Data Centre
7 78 (3.02%) Mobile App
8 69 (2.67%) Algorithms
9 49 (1.89%) Virtual Team
10 45 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
11 38 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
12 37 (1.43%) PMI
13 34 (1.31%) Life Science
14 33 (1.28%) Social Media
15 29 (1.12%) NHS
16 26 (1.01%) Public Cloud
17 25 (0.97%) Blog
18 24 (0.93%) Client/Server
18 24 (0.93%) Driving Licence
19 23 (0.89%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 342 (13.23%) Windows
2 308 (11.91%) Linux
3 129 (4.99%) Windows Server
4 123 (4.76%) Unix
5 63 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 57 (2.20%) Android
7 46 (1.78%) Apple iOS
8 40 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 34 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
10 32 (1.24%) Windows 10
11 27 (1.04%) Embedded Linux
12 24 (0.93%) Windows 7
13 19 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
14 15 (0.58%) Solaris
15 12 (0.46%) Kali Linux
16 9 (0.35%) SUSE
17 8 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
18 7 (0.27%) Windows 8
19 5 (0.19%) Mac OS
20 3 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 925 (35.77%) Agile Software Development
2 493 (19.06%) Problem-Solving
3 364 (14.08%) Project Management
4 303 (11.72%) Software Engineering
5 270 (10.44%) Scrum
6 244 (9.44%) Mathematics
7 239 (9.24%) ITIL
8 222 (8.58%) Analytics
9 207 (8.00%) Test Automation
10 160 (6.19%) TDD
11 155 (5.99%) Stakeholder Management
11 155 (5.99%) Waterfall
12 150 (5.80%) Continuous Integration
13 148 (5.72%) PRINCE2
14 138 (5.34%) Mentoring
15 137 (5.30%) Change Management
16 135 (5.22%) Business Analysis
17 131 (5.07%) OO
17 131 (5.07%) SDLC
18 127 (4.91%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 403 (15.58%) Java
2 384 (14.85%) SQL
3 311 (12.03%) JavaScript
4 307 (11.87%) C#
5 224 (8.66%) Python
6 152 (5.88%) C++
7 144 (5.57%) C
8 127 (4.91%) PowerShell
9 65 (2.51%) Shell Script
10 43 (1.66%) PHP
10 43 (1.66%) PL/SQL
10 43 (1.66%) VB.NET
11 40 (1.55%) R
12 39 (1.51%) TypeScript
13 35 (1.35%) Bash Shell
13 35 (1.35%) T-SQL
14 34 (1.31%) Perl
14 34 (1.31%) Ruby
15 30 (1.16%) Java 8
16 27 (1.04%) Scala
Qualifications
1 434 (16.78%) Computer Science Degree
2 255 (9.86%) Security Cleared
3 189 (7.31%) SC Cleared
4 120 (4.64%) Master's Degree
5 91 (3.52%) CISSP
6 81 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
7 76 (2.94%) Microsoft Certification
8 70 (2.71%) PMI Certification
9 62 (2.40%) CISA
10 61 (2.36%) PMP
11 56 (2.17%) Numerate Degree
12 53 (2.05%) CISM
13 52 (2.01%) MCSE
13 52 (2.01%) Postgraduate
14 49 (1.89%) ISEB
15 47 (1.82%) CCNA
16 42 (1.62%) ISTQB
17 41 (1.59%) MBA
18 39 (1.51%) CCNP
19 38 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (4.33%) QA
2 54 (2.09%) PMO
3 50 (1.93%) SLA
4 44 (1.70%) Data Quality
5 43 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 39 (1.51%) GDPR
7 28 (1.08%) PCI DSS
8 26 (1.01%) ISO 9001
9 24 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 12 (0.46%) ISO 22301
10 12 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 11 (0.43%) ISAE 3402
11 11 (0.43%) ISO 31000
12 9 (0.35%) GxP
12 9 (0.35%) ISO 13485
13 7 (0.27%) COBIT
13 7 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
14 6 (0.23%) Actionable Recommendations
14 6 (0.23%) IFRS
14 6 (0.23%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 151 (5.84%) Active Directory
2 100 (3.87%) Docker
3 39 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (1.08%) HDFS
5 23 (0.89%) Hyper-V
6 22 (0.85%) Oracle RAC
7 17 (0.66%) Firmware
7 17 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
7 17 (0.66%) XenDesktop
8 16 (0.62%) XenApp
9 15 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
10 14 (0.54%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 12 (0.46%) vSphere
12 7 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
13 6 (0.23%) ISA Server
13 6 (0.23%) VMware NSX
14 5 (0.19%) Apache Flume
14 5 (0.19%) KVM
14 5 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 61 (2.36%) Ansible
2 43 (1.66%) SCCM
3 37 (1.43%) Puppet
4 31 (1.20%) Kubernetes
5 29 (1.12%) Terraform
6 27 (1.04%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 24 (0.93%) Nessus
8 17 (0.66%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 17 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
8 17 (0.66%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 15 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
10 12 (0.46%) Kibana
10 12 (0.46%) Nmap
11 11 (0.43%) Hadoop YARN
11 11 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
11 11 (0.43%) Trend Micro Deep Security
12 10 (0.39%) Nagios
12 10 (0.39%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 9 (0.35%) Data Guard
14 8 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 479 (18.52%) Microsoft
2 216 (8.35%) Oracle
3 107 (4.14%) Cisco
4 106 (4.10%) SAP
5 85 (3.29%) VMware
6 66 (2.55%) Google
7 55 (2.13%) Remedy
8 50 (1.93%) Citrix
9 46 (1.78%) Adobe
9 46 (1.78%) HP
10 43 (1.66%) Red Hat
11 41 (1.59%) IBM
11 41 (1.59%) Splunk
12 34 (1.31%) Tableau
13 32 (1.24%) Huawei
14 27 (1.04%) BMC
14 27 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
15 23 (0.89%) ServiceNow
15 23 (0.89%) Workday
16 22 (0.85%) F5