Period
to 17 September 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 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.

Academic Degree
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
17 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 48 43 39
Rank change year-on-year -5 -4 -1
Contract jobs citing Degree 2,046 2,583 2,445
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.26% 4.74% 4.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 18.98% 22.96% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,085 1,319 1,419
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £248 £263 £213
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £468 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.89% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 210 188
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £36.38 £32.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.84% +11.07% -6.43%
10th Percentile £16.25 £13.31 £11.75
90th Percentile £72.50 £51.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £36.38 £32.00
% change year-on-year +16.84% +13.67% +14.29%

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 10,782 11,250 10,861
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 22.46% 20.62% 21.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,318 6,259 6,253
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £240 £220 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 666 741 728
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £31.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -21.69% +15.67%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.76 £51.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £37.24 £24.08 £29.00
% change year-on-year +54.64% -16.97% +5.45%

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 September 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 September 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 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
South East -3 788 £450 +5.88% 704
North of England -23 323 £425 +3.98% 473
East of England +21 260 £411 -4.36% 469
South West -11 231 £473 +18.13% 356
Midlands +8 229 £450 +2.86% 384
Scotland -1 164 £375 -7.41% 190
North West -19 156 £425 +6.25% 256
West Midlands +14 145 £450 -5.26% 246
Yorkshire -12 121 £400 -11.11% 151
East Midlands -3 82 £423 -0.59% 136
North East -19 48 £450 +20.00% 66
Wales -21 38 £390 -3.70% 91
Northern Ireland -9 23 £338 -21.78% 21
Degree
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 579 (28.30%) Agile Software Development
2 541 (26.44%) Computer Science
3 442 (21.60%) Microsoft
4 401 (19.60%) Finance
5 348 (17.01%) Analytical Skills
6 321 (15.69%) Problem-Solving
7 313 (15.30%) Security Cleared
8 301 (14.71%) SQL
9 292 (14.27%) Project Management
10 279 (13.64%) Computer Science Degree
11 277 (13.54%) Windows
12 273 (13.34%) ITIL
13 256 (12.51%) Java
13 256 (12.51%) Software Engineering
14 240 (11.73%) Linux
15 231 (11.29%) SC Cleared
16 224 (10.95%) JavaScript
17 223 (10.90%) Mathematics
18 201 (9.82%) Python
19 199 (9.73%) Azure
20 183 (8.94%) C#
20 183 (8.94%) Microsoft Office
21 181 (8.85%) .NET
21 181 (8.85%) Scrum
22 174 (8.50%) DevOps
23 166 (8.11%) C++
24 163 (7.97%) Analytics
25 162 (7.92%) Management Information System
26 157 (7.67%) Git (software)
27 155 (7.58%) 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 69 (3.37%) SharePoint
2 47 (2.30%) Apache Spark
3 45 (2.20%) Skype for Business
4 29 (1.42%) Confluence
5 27 (1.32%) Apache
6 25 (1.22%) SAS
7 22 (1.08%) Tomcat
8 18 (0.88%) IIS
8 18 (0.88%) JBoss
8 18 (0.88%) MS Exchange
9 14 (0.68%) CMS
10 8 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
10 8 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (0.39%) WordPress
11 7 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.29%) ArcGIS
12 6 (0.29%) Jupyter
12 6 (0.29%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.24%) OpenStack
Applications
1 183 (8.94%) Microsoft Office
2 142 (6.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 88 (4.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 31 (1.52%) MS Visio
5 27 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.54%) Simulink
7 11 (0.54%) Sketch
8 10 (0.49%) AutoCAD
8 10 (0.49%) Stateflow
9 9 (0.44%) InVision
10 8 (0.39%) SPSS
11 6 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.20%) Photoshop
12 4 (0.20%) Zeplin
13 3 (0.15%) Stata
14 2 (0.098%) Adobe Illustrator
14 2 (0.098%) Figma
14 2 (0.098%) UserZoom
15 1 (0.049%) Avid Media Composer
Business Applications
1 12 (0.59%) Oracle Receivables
2 8 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
3 7 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.34%) Oracle Cash Management
3 7 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
4 6 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
4 6 (0.29%) SAP HCM
4 6 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 6 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
5 5 (0.24%) Oracle Assets
5 5 (0.24%) Primavera
5 5 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.24%) SAP HR
6 4 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 4 (0.20%) Oracle TCA
6 4 (0.20%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 199 (9.73%) Azure
2 128 (6.26%) AWS
3 90 (4.40%) Office 365
4 61 (2.98%) IaaS
5 59 (2.88%) Power Platform
6 58 (2.83%) PaaS
6 58 (2.83%) SaaS
7 40 (1.96%) Serverless
8 33 (1.61%) GCP
9 26 (1.27%) Azure Active Directory
9 26 (1.27%) GitHub
10 18 (0.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 18 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
11 17 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
12 16 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
13 15 (0.73%) Amazon S3
13 15 (0.73%) Azure Functions
13 15 (0.73%) Google Analytics
14 12 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 12 (0.59%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 107 (5.23%) Firewall
2 98 (4.79%) TCP/IP
3 79 (3.86%) Internet
4 64 (3.13%) DNS
5 63 (3.08%) LAN
5 63 (3.08%) Skype
5 63 (3.08%) Wireless
6 61 (2.98%) WAN
7 51 (2.49%) Ethernet
7 51 (2.49%) VPN
8 34 (1.66%) Network Security
8 34 (1.66%) SAN
9 28 (1.37%) MPLS
10 27 (1.32%) DHCP
11 26 (1.27%) Unified Communications
12 23 (1.12%) NAS
13 21 (1.03%) BGP
13 21 (1.03%) Radio Access Network
14 19 (0.93%) Intranet
14 19 (0.93%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 141 (6.89%) SQL Server
2 96 (4.69%) Big Data
3 57 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
4 56 (2.74%) Power BI
5 54 (2.64%) Hadoop
6 43 (2.10%) MySQL
7 41 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 39 (1.91%) Relational Database
9 36 (1.76%) NoSQL
10 30 (1.47%) Cosmos DB
11 25 (1.22%) Azure SQL Database
11 25 (1.22%) MongoDB
12 23 (1.12%) Apache Hive
12 23 (1.12%) Oracle Database
13 21 (1.03%) GIS
13 21 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
14 20 (0.98%) Data Lake
15 19 (0.93%) DB2
15 19 (0.93%) HBase
15 19 (0.93%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 157 (7.67%) Git (software)
2 91 (4.45%) Visual Studio
3 84 (4.11%) Jenkins
4 75 (3.67%) JIRA
5 51 (2.49%) Eclipse
6 44 (2.15%) NetBeans
7 38 (1.86%) Selenium
8 37 (1.81%) Maven
9 32 (1.56%) Cucumber
10 26 (1.27%) Rational DOORS
11 25 (1.22%) Team Foundation Server
12 21 (1.03%) Gradle
12 21 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
13 20 (0.98%) Bitbucket
14 17 (0.83%) JUnit
14 17 (0.83%) Subversion
15 14 (0.68%) Ant
15 14 (0.68%) SoapUI
16 12 (0.59%) GitLab
16 12 (0.59%) SpecFlow
General
1 401 (19.60%) Finance
2 147 (7.18%) Telecoms
3 137 (6.70%) Public Sector
4 78 (3.81%) Aerospace
4 78 (3.81%) Marketing
5 70 (3.42%) Banking
6 67 (3.27%) Military
7 66 (3.23%) Retail
8 61 (2.98%) Electronics
9 60 (2.93%) Legal
9 60 (2.93%) Manufacturing
10 49 (2.39%) Pharmaceutical
11 20 (0.98%) Law
12 18 (0.88%) Billing
12 18 (0.88%) Investment Banking
12 18 (0.88%) Publishing
13 16 (0.78%) Automotive
13 16 (0.78%) Back Office
13 16 (0.78%) Local Government
14 12 (0.59%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 297 (14.52%) Developer
2 289 (14.13%) Analyst
3 168 (8.21%) Architect
4 111 (5.43%) Project Manager
5 95 (4.64%) Software Engineer
6 86 (4.20%) Consultant
7 78 (3.81%) Business Analyst
8 62 (3.03%) Solutions Architect
9 55 (2.69%) Designer
10 51 (2.49%) Java Developer
11 50 (2.44%) Systems Engineer
12 49 (2.39%) Software Developer
13 48 (2.35%) IT Manager
14 43 (2.10%) Embedded Engineer
14 43 (2.10%) User Researcher
15 38 (1.86%) Data Analyst
15 38 (1.86%) Graduate
15 38 (1.86%) Senior Analyst
16 37 (1.81%) Test Engineer
17 35 (1.71%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 181 (8.85%) .NET
2 155 (7.58%) Web Services
3 121 (5.91%) HTML
4 108 (5.28%) CSS
5 83 (4.06%) XML
6 73 (3.57%) Node.js
7 64 (3.13%) AngularJS
8 61 (2.98%) REST
9 60 (2.93%) React
10 51 (2.49%) JSON
10 51 (2.49%) Spring
11 50 (2.44%) SOAP
12 47 (2.30%) RESTful
13 43 (2.10%) ASP.NET
14 40 (1.96%) Qt
15 35 (1.71%) OpenGL
16 33 (1.61%) .NET Framework
16 33 (1.61%) Kafka
16 33 (1.61%) MFC
17 31 (1.52%) ActiveX
Miscellaneous
1 348 (17.01%) Analytical Skills
2 162 (7.92%) Management Information System
3 126 (6.16%) Self-Motivation
4 118 (5.77%) User Experience
5 72 (3.52%) Data Centre
6 61 (2.98%) Algorithms
7 57 (2.79%) Virtual Team
8 47 (2.30%) Embedded Systems
9 34 (1.66%) Driving Licence
9 34 (1.66%) Mobile App
9 34 (1.66%) NHS
10 31 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
10 31 (1.52%) Public Cloud
11 28 (1.37%) Life Science
12 26 (1.27%) Data Structures
13 25 (1.22%) Clustering
14 23 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
15 22 (1.08%) Replication
16 21 (1.03%) PMI
17 19 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 277 (13.54%) Windows
2 240 (11.73%) Linux
3 94 (4.59%) Unix
4 91 (4.45%) Windows Server
5 46 (2.25%) Windows 10
6 35 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 25 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (1.08%) Android
8 22 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (0.98%) Windows 7
10 18 (0.88%) Windows Server 2008
11 16 (0.78%) Apple iOS
11 16 (0.78%) Solaris
12 12 (0.59%) Ubuntu
13 10 (0.49%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 8 (0.39%) AIX
15 7 (0.34%) SUSE
16 6 (0.29%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.20%) CentOS
17 4 (0.20%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 579 (28.30%) Agile Software Development
2 541 (26.44%) Computer Science
3 321 (15.69%) Problem-Solving
4 292 (14.27%) Project Management
5 273 (13.34%) ITIL
6 256 (12.51%) Software Engineering
7 223 (10.90%) Mathematics
8 181 (8.85%) Scrum
9 174 (8.50%) DevOps
10 163 (7.97%) Analytics
11 147 (7.18%) Stakeholder Management
12 135 (6.60%) Test Automation
13 134 (6.55%) Project Delivery
14 133 (6.50%) PRINCE2
15 122 (5.96%) Decision-Making
16 120 (5.87%) Migration
17 119 (5.82%) Information Security
17 119 (5.82%) Service Management
18 117 (5.72%) Business Intelligence
19 115 (5.62%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 301 (14.71%) SQL
2 256 (12.51%) Java
3 224 (10.95%) JavaScript
4 201 (9.82%) Python
5 183 (8.94%) C#
6 166 (8.11%) C++
7 137 (6.70%) C
8 60 (2.93%) PowerShell
9 39 (1.91%) PHP
10 38 (1.86%) R
11 37 (1.81%) T-SQL
12 34 (1.66%) Perl
13 31 (1.52%) GLSL
13 31 (1.52%) HLSL
14 26 (1.27%) Scala
15 25 (1.22%) MATLAB
16 22 (1.08%) TypeScript
17 21 (1.03%) Bash Shell
18 19 (0.93%) Shell Script
19 17 (0.83%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 313 (15.30%) Security Cleared
2 279 (13.64%) Computer Science Degree
3 231 (11.29%) SC Cleared
4 115 (5.62%) Master's Degree
5 78 (3.81%) Cisco Certification
6 77 (3.76%) CISSP
7 72 (3.52%) Microsoft Certification
8 66 (3.23%) HND
9 61 (2.98%) PMI Certification
10 49 (2.39%) ISTQB
11 47 (2.30%) Numerate Degree
12 46 (2.25%) ISEB
12 46 (2.25%) PMP
13 45 (2.20%) CCNA
14 43 (2.10%) DV Cleared
15 40 (1.96%) CISM
16 37 (1.81%) HNC
17 35 (1.71%) MCSE
17 35 (1.71%) PhD
18 33 (1.61%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (6.16%) QA
2 60 (2.93%) SLA
3 46 (2.25%) Data Quality
4 41 (2.00%) PMO
5 28 (1.37%) GDPR
6 23 (1.12%) PCI DSS
7 21 (1.03%) COBIT
8 19 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 18 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 15 (0.73%) NIST
11 14 (0.68%) MISRA
12 10 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
13 9 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.34%) DO-254
15 6 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
16 5 (0.24%) IEC 61131
16 5 (0.24%) MISRA C
16 5 (0.24%) P3O
17 4 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 4 (0.20%) NCSC
System Software
1 105 (5.13%) Active Directory
2 66 (3.23%) Docker
3 55 (2.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (1.32%) Firmware
5 24 (1.17%) Hyper-V
6 16 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (0.59%) vSphere
8 10 (0.49%) HDFS
9 9 (0.44%) LXC
10 8 (0.39%) XenApp
11 7 (0.34%) ProxySG
12 6 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 5 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
14 4 (0.20%) Apache Flume
14 4 (0.20%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.20%) VMware NSX
15 3 (0.15%) Gluster
15 3 (0.15%) XenDesktop
16 2 (0.098%) KVM
Systems Management
1 48 (2.35%) Kubernetes
2 32 (1.56%) Ansible
3 30 (1.47%) Puppet
4 27 (1.32%) SCCM
5 25 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
6 18 (0.88%) Terraform
7 13 (0.64%) Oozie
8 10 (0.49%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 9 (0.44%) Microsoft Clustering
9 9 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
10 8 (0.39%) SCOM
10 8 (0.39%) SCVMM
11 7 (0.34%) Nagios
12 6 (0.29%) HAProxy
12 6 (0.29%) Microsoft Intune
12 6 (0.29%) Oracle RMAN
12 6 (0.29%) PingFederate
12 6 (0.29%) Prometheus
12 6 (0.29%) vCenter Server
13 5 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 442 (21.60%) Microsoft
2 146 (7.14%) Oracle
3 96 (4.69%) Cisco
3 96 (4.69%) SAP
4 84 (4.11%) VMware
5 59 (2.88%) Google
6 34 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
7 32 (1.56%) Tableau
8 29 (1.42%) Red Hat
9 27 (1.32%) Citrix
9 27 (1.32%) HP
10 21 (1.03%) Adobe
10 21 (1.03%) Xamarin
11 18 (0.88%) Workday
12 17 (0.83%) Cloudera
12 17 (0.83%) IBM
12 17 (0.83%) Juniper
12 17 (0.83%) Remedy
13 16 (0.78%) Nokia
13 16 (0.78%) Splunk