Period
to 17 January 2019

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 17 January 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.

Academic Degree
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 43 41 38
Rank change year-on-year -2 -3 +6
Contract jobs citing Degree 2,433 2,469 2,473
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.60% 4.76% 4.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 21.27% 23.11% 19.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,255 1,441 1,440
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £379
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.61% +1.00%
10th Percentile £286 £248 £219
90th Percentile £575 £560 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £448 £425
% change year-on-year +0.56% +5.29% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 203 200
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +16.67% -25.00%
10th Percentile £15.52 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £37.52 £32.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year +15.45% +20.37% -28.00%

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 11,438 10,685 12,383
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.63% 20.60% 23.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,552 6,193 7,630
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £210 £225
90th Percentile £588 £563 £556
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 697 635 721
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.42 £25.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.68% -7.41% -1.82%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £24.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +18.75% -5.88% -5.56%

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 17 January 2019.

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 17 January 2019.

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 17 January 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 -5 813 £450 +11.80% 814
North of England +2 473 £425 +3.03% 530
Midlands -6 347 £450 +12.50% 399
South West 0 289 £400 -4.76% 350
North West +17 255 £405 +1.25% 309
East of England -3 220 £425 +16.44% 508
West Midlands -1 213 £475 +18.75% 242
Scotland -4 212 £400 +6.67% 188
Yorkshire -13 147 £438 +2.94% 153
East Midlands -2 129 £425 +4.94% 157
Wales -1 88 £403 +5.92% 117
North East -22 72 £425 +3.03% 68
Northern Ireland +15 30 £412 -8.44% 23
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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.

1 907 (37.28%) Agile Software Development
2 745 (30.62%) Computer Science
3 509 (20.92%) Problem-Solving
4 498 (20.47%) Analytical Skills
5 475 (19.52%) Finance
6 436 (17.92%) Microsoft
7 422 (17.34%) Computer Science Degree
8 373 (15.33%) Java
9 344 (14.14%) Linux
10 335 (13.77%) SQL
11 319 (13.11%) Windows
12 308 (12.66%) Project Management
13 286 (11.76%) Security Cleared
14 284 (11.67%) Software Engineering
15 270 (11.10%) C#
16 262 (10.77%) JavaScript
17 254 (10.44%) ITIL
18 251 (10.32%) Scrum
19 222 (9.12%) .NET
20 215 (8.84%) SC Cleared
21 214 (8.80%) Management Information System
22 213 (8.75%) Mathematics
23 212 (8.71%) Web Services
24 207 (8.51%) Test Automation
25 205 (8.43%) HTML
26 197 (8.10%) SQL Server
27 195 (8.01%) Python
28 194 (7.97%) Analytics
29 190 (7.81%) Microsoft Azure
30 179 (7.36%) TDD

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 87 (3.58%) SharePoint
2 56 (2.30%) CMS
3 53 (2.18%) Apache
4 44 (1.81%) IIS
5 41 (1.69%) Confluence
6 31 (1.27%) Tomcat
7 26 (1.07%) Apache Spark
8 24 (0.99%) WebSphere
9 23 (0.95%) MS Exchange
10 22 (0.90%) Drupal
10 22 (0.90%) OpenStack
11 17 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
11 17 (0.70%) SAS
12 16 (0.66%) JBoss
12 16 (0.66%) WebLogic
13 13 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
14 11 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 11 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
14 11 (0.45%) Skype for Business
15 9 (0.37%) WordPress
Applications
1 161 (6.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 157 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
3 91 (3.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 51 (2.10%) Microsoft Project
5 31 (1.27%) MS Visio
6 26 (1.07%) Photoshop
7 14 (0.58%) InVision
8 12 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 11 (0.45%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.45%) InfoPath
10 9 (0.37%) Simulink
10 9 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
11 7 (0.29%) Adobe After Effects
12 6 (0.25%) InDesign
13 5 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
13 5 (0.21%) Stateflow
14 4 (0.16%) AutoCAD
14 4 (0.16%) Final Cut Pro
15 3 (0.12%) UXPin
16 2 (0.082%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 17 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 13 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.29%) Primavera
4 6 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.21%) SAP GRC
5 5 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.16%) CiviCRM
6 4 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.12%) BASE24
7 3 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.12%) Eloqua
7 3 (0.12%) Maximo
7 3 (0.12%) Oracle CRM
7 3 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.12%) SAP BPC
7 3 (0.12%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.12%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.12%) Teamcenter
8 2 (0.082%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 190 (7.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 127 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
3 81 (3.33%) Office 365
4 47 (1.93%) GitHub
5 46 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
6 35 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
7 29 (1.19%) Amazon EC2
7 29 (1.19%) SaaS
8 28 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
9 27 (1.11%) PaaS
10 26 (1.07%) Serverless
11 24 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
12 23 (0.95%) Amazon S3
12 23 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
12 23 (0.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 22 (0.90%) IaaS
14 19 (0.78%) Amazon ELB
14 19 (0.78%) Mimecast
15 15 (0.62%) npm
16 13 (0.53%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 114 (4.69%) Firewall
2 72 (2.96%) DNS
3 71 (2.92%) Internet
4 62 (2.55%) Network Security
5 61 (2.51%) Wireless
6 55 (2.26%) VPN
7 54 (2.22%) LAN
7 54 (2.22%) TCP/IP
8 49 (2.01%) WAN
9 39 (1.60%) VoIP
10 37 (1.52%) HTTP
11 33 (1.36%) DHCP
11 33 (1.36%) SAN
12 32 (1.32%) SNMP
13 31 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
14 28 (1.15%) BGP
15 26 (1.07%) Ethernet
16 25 (1.03%) MPLS
17 24 (0.99%) OSPF
18 22 (0.90%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 197 (8.10%) SQL Server
2 88 (3.62%) Relational Database
3 81 (3.33%) Big Data
4 77 (3.16%) NoSQL
5 59 (2.42%) Hadoop
6 50 (2.06%) DB2
7 49 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
8 43 (1.77%) RDBMS
9 42 (1.73%) MySQL
10 38 (1.56%) Oracle Database
11 36 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
12 31 (1.27%) MongoDB
13 30 (1.23%) Power BI
14 29 (1.19%) HBase
15 28 (1.15%) GIS
16 27 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
17 24 (0.99%) Parquet
17 24 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
18 21 (0.86%) DB2 UDB
18 21 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 160 (6.58%) Git (software)
2 155 (6.37%) JIRA
3 108 (4.44%) Jenkins
4 80 (3.29%) Visual Studio
5 58 (2.38%) Eclipse
6 54 (2.22%) JUnit
7 53 (2.18%) Selenium
8 51 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
9 39 (1.60%) Gradle
10 37 (1.52%) Cucumber
10 37 (1.52%) Maven
11 34 (1.40%) AccuRev
11 34 (1.40%) NetBeans
12 32 (1.32%) Rational DOORS
13 30 (1.23%) Subversion
14 27 (1.11%) Jasmine
15 24 (0.99%) TeamCity
16 23 (0.95%) Grunt
17 21 (0.86%) NUnit
18 18 (0.74%) MSTest
General
1 475 (19.52%) Finance
2 145 (5.96%) Telecoms
3 99 (4.07%) Banking
4 95 (3.90%) Manufacturing
5 87 (3.58%) Marketing
6 81 (3.33%) Electronics
7 75 (3.08%) Legal
8 69 (2.84%) Retail
9 57 (2.34%) Aerospace
10 50 (2.06%) Pharmaceutical
11 46 (1.89%) Law
12 42 (1.73%) Games
13 32 (1.32%) Military
14 28 (1.15%) Investment Banking
15 25 (1.03%) Automotive
16 21 (0.86%) Back Office
16 21 (0.86%) Mandarin Language
17 20 (0.82%) German Language
18 16 (0.66%) Publishing
19 14 (0.58%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 496 (20.39%) Developer
2 349 (14.34%) Analyst
3 169 (6.95%) Architect
4 139 (5.71%) Project Manager
5 132 (5.43%) Software Engineer
6 125 (5.14%) Java Developer
7 103 (4.23%) Designer
8 101 (4.15%) Business Analyst
9 86 (3.53%) Consultant
10 81 (3.33%) User Researcher
11 78 (3.21%) C# Developer
12 75 (3.08%) .NET Developer
13 67 (2.75%) Software Developer
14 64 (2.63%) Senior Developer
15 61 (2.51%) Tester
16 53 (2.18%) C# .NET Developer
17 52 (2.14%) Solutions Architect
18 50 (2.06%) Administrator
19 47 (1.93%) Senior Software Engineer
20 46 (1.89%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 222 (9.12%) .NET
2 212 (8.71%) Web Services
3 205 (8.43%) HTML
4 156 (6.41%) CSS
5 116 (4.77%) AngularJS
6 112 (4.60%) Spring
7 104 (4.27%) RESTful
8 103 (4.23%) REST
9 94 (3.86%) XML
10 86 (3.53%) JSON
11 77 (3.16%) .NET Framework
12 73 (3.00%) Kafka
13 70 (2.88%) HTML5
14 69 (2.84%) Middleware
15 66 (2.71%) SOAP
16 65 (2.67%) WPF
17 61 (2.51%) ASP.NET
18 59 (2.42%) Node.js
19 51 (2.10%) jQuery
20 49 (2.01%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 498 (20.47%) Analytical Skills
2 214 (8.80%) Management Information System
3 159 (6.54%) User Experience
4 155 (6.37%) Self-Motivation
5 88 (3.62%) Data Centre
6 78 (3.21%) Mobile App
7 57 (2.34%) Virtual Team
8 50 (2.06%) Algorithms
9 40 (1.64%) Linux Command Line
10 39 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
10 39 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
11 37 (1.52%) Life Science
12 36 (1.48%) Data Structures
13 35 (1.44%) Public Cloud
14 34 (1.40%) PMI
15 29 (1.19%) Social Media
16 27 (1.11%) Client/Server
17 23 (0.95%) Blog
18 22 (0.90%) NHS
19 21 (0.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 344 (14.14%) Linux
2 319 (13.11%) Windows
3 125 (5.14%) Windows Server
4 116 (4.77%) Unix
5 66 (2.71%) Android
6 61 (2.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 55 (2.26%) Apple iOS
8 50 (2.06%) Windows Server 2012
9 34 (1.40%) Windows 10
10 30 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (1.15%) Embedded Linux
12 24 (0.99%) Solaris
13 23 (0.95%) Windows 7
14 14 (0.58%) Kali Linux
14 14 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
15 9 (0.37%) SUSE
16 8 (0.33%) CentOS
16 8 (0.33%) Oracle Linux
17 4 (0.16%) Windows 8
18 3 (0.12%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 907 (37.28%) Agile Software Development
2 745 (30.62%) Computer Science
3 509 (20.92%) Problem-Solving
4 308 (12.66%) Project Management
5 284 (11.67%) Software Engineering
6 254 (10.44%) ITIL
7 251 (10.32%) Scrum
8 213 (8.75%) Mathematics
9 207 (8.51%) Test Automation
10 194 (7.97%) Analytics
11 179 (7.36%) TDD
12 150 (6.17%) Mentoring
13 148 (6.08%) Stakeholder Management
14 145 (5.96%) Continuous Integration
15 144 (5.92%) DevOps
16 139 (5.71%) PRINCE2
17 136 (5.59%) Change Management
18 129 (5.30%) Waterfall
19 121 (4.97%) SDLC
20 120 (4.93%) OO
Programming Languages
1 373 (15.33%) Java
2 335 (13.77%) SQL
3 270 (11.10%) C#
4 262 (10.77%) JavaScript
5 195 (8.01%) Python
6 157 (6.45%) C++
7 146 (6.00%) C
8 112 (4.60%) PowerShell
9 63 (2.59%) Shell Script
10 42 (1.73%) TypeScript
11 41 (1.69%) VB.NET
12 40 (1.64%) PHP
13 35 (1.44%) Bash Shell
14 33 (1.36%) Ruby
15 29 (1.19%) Perl
15 29 (1.19%) T-SQL
16 26 (1.07%) Java 8
16 26 (1.07%) MATLAB
17 23 (0.95%) Apple Swift
17 23 (0.95%) R
Qualifications
1 422 (17.34%) Computer Science Degree
2 286 (11.76%) Security Cleared
3 215 (8.84%) SC Cleared
4 108 (4.44%) Master's Degree
5 97 (3.99%) CISSP
6 84 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
7 77 (3.16%) Microsoft Certification
8 66 (2.71%) PMI Certification
9 65 (2.67%) CISM
10 64 (2.63%) MCSE
11 61 (2.51%) PMP
12 60 (2.47%) ISTQB
13 57 (2.34%) CISA
14 53 (2.18%) CCNA
15 52 (2.14%) ITIL Certification
16 50 (2.06%) ISEB
17 49 (2.01%) Numerate Degree
18 41 (1.69%) DV Cleared
19 39 (1.60%) HND
20 38 (1.56%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (4.69%) QA
2 50 (2.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 50 (2.06%) SLA
3 44 (1.81%) PMO
4 40 (1.64%) GDPR
5 36 (1.48%) Data Quality
6 30 (1.23%) PCI DSS
7 21 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.70%) ISO 9001
9 13 (0.53%) COBIT
10 9 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 8 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
11 8 (0.33%) ISAE 3402
11 8 (0.33%) ISO 22301
11 8 (0.33%) ISO 31000
12 7 (0.29%) Actionable Recommendations
12 7 (0.29%) GxP
13 6 (0.25%) COSO
14 5 (0.21%) JSP 440
14 5 (0.21%) P3O
System Software
1 135 (5.55%) Active Directory
2 92 (3.78%) Docker
3 51 (2.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (1.44%) HDFS
4 35 (1.44%) Hyper-V
5 32 (1.32%) vSphere
6 27 (1.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 26 (1.07%) Firmware
8 24 (0.99%) Oracle RAC
9 18 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
10 12 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
11 10 (0.41%) ISA Server
11 10 (0.41%) XenApp
11 10 (0.41%) XenDesktop
12 9 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
13 5 (0.21%) KVM
13 5 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.21%) VMware NSX
13 5 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 67 (2.75%) Ansible
2 55 (2.26%) SCCM
3 44 (1.81%) Puppet
4 36 (1.48%) Kubernetes
5 29 (1.19%) Hadoop YARN
6 28 (1.15%) Terraform
7 26 (1.07%) Nessus
8 19 (0.78%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 19 (0.78%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 17 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
10 16 (0.66%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 16 (0.66%) SCOM
11 15 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
12 14 (0.58%) Nmap
13 12 (0.49%) Netcool
14 11 (0.45%) Nagios
15 9 (0.37%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 8 (0.33%) Trend Micro Deep Security
17 7 (0.29%) HP ALM
17 7 (0.29%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 436 (17.92%) Microsoft
2 170 (6.99%) Oracle
3 101 (4.15%) SAP
4 99 (4.07%) Cisco
5 93 (3.82%) VMware
6 58 (2.38%) Google
7 55 (2.26%) Red Hat
8 54 (2.22%) HP
9 52 (2.14%) Citrix
10 51 (2.10%) IBM
11 49 (2.01%) Adobe
12 43 (1.77%) Remedy
13 31 (1.27%) Splunk
14 26 (1.07%) Tableau
15 24 (0.99%) F5
15 24 (0.99%) ServiceNow
16 22 (0.90%) Dell
16 22 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
17 20 (0.82%) SolarWinds
18 19 (0.78%) Proofpoint