Period
to 24 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for PhD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 August 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil, EngD, Doctorate)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
24 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 563 619 593
Rank change year-on-year +56 -26 +47
Contract jobs citing PhD 63 53 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.13% 0.096% 0.092%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.58% 0.47% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 19 22
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £525 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -4.55% +29.41%
10th Percentile £136 £358 £376
90th Percentile £825 £605 £735
UK median daily rate £600 £550 £606
% change year-on-year +9.09% -9.28% +1.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.03 £30.21 £19.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.60% +56.54% -
10th Percentile £19.95 £29.00 £16.64
90th Percentile £55.74 £30.80 £21.95
UK median hourly rate £52.50 £40.75 £27.40
% change year-on-year +28.83% +48.74% -39.12%

PhD 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 10,781 11,345 10,961
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 22.19% 20.62% 21.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,279 6,358 6,347
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £468 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.00% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 668 727 745
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £23.65 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.22% -23.71% +11.87%
10th Percentile £13.61 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.72 £50.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £23.00 £29.75
% change year-on-year +54.35% -22.69% +8.18%

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Job vacancy trend for PhD in the UK excluding London

PhD
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 PhD in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for PhD in the UK excluding London

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for PhD in the UK excluding London

PhD
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 PhD in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for PhD in the UK excluding London

PhD
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for PhD in the UK excluding London

PhD
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 PhD within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 24 August 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 +39 29 £188 -65.91% 35
East of England +37 21 £600 +48.59% 36
North of England +30 8 £750 +36.36% 15
North West +21 8 £750 +30.43% 7
Wales +14 3 £450 - 3
Scotland +29 1 - - 19
Midlands +28 1 - - 7
West Midlands +19 1 - - 1
PhD
UK

For the 6 months to 24 August 2019, IT contractor jobs citing PhD 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 PhD.

1 43 (68.25%) Python
2 40 (63.49%) Mathematics
2 40 (63.49%) Data Science
3 38 (60.32%) Machine Learning
4 36 (57.14%) Degree
5 33 (52.38%) SQL
6 30 (47.62%) Visualisation
7 29 (46.03%) Computer Science
8 27 (42.86%) Statistics
9 26 (41.27%) Data Analysis
9 26 (41.27%) Algorithms
10 25 (39.68%) Analytics
11 19 (30.16%) R
11 19 (30.16%) Analytical Skills
12 18 (28.57%) Statistical Analysis
13 16 (25.40%) Artificial Intelligence
13 16 (25.40%) Pandas
13 16 (25.40%) Master's Degree
14 15 (23.81%) Software Engineering
15 14 (22.22%) Finance
16 13 (20.63%) C++
17 12 (19.05%) Operations Research
17 12 (19.05%) Physics
17 12 (19.05%) Tableau
18 11 (17.46%) Deep Learning
18 11 (17.46%) Git (software)
19 10 (15.87%) Hadoop
19 10 (15.87%) Power BI
19 10 (15.87%) Power Platform
20 9 (14.29%) Jupyter

PhD
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 9 (14.29%) Jupyter
2 6 (9.52%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.59%) Apache
3 1 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.59%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.59%) Maya
Cloud Services
1 10 (15.87%) Power Platform
2 9 (14.29%) AWS
3 7 (11.11%) Azure
4 6 (9.52%) GitHub
5 1 (1.59%) Azure Machine Learning
5 1 (1.59%) GCP
5 1 (1.59%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.59%) VSAT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (15.87%) Hadoop
1 10 (15.87%) Power BI
2 7 (11.11%) Big Data
2 7 (11.11%) Data Mining
3 6 (9.52%) BusinessObjects
3 6 (9.52%) QlikView
4 4 (6.35%) NoSQL
5 3 (4.76%) Apache Hive
5 3 (4.76%) MySQL
5 3 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.59%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (1.59%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (1.59%) GIS
6 1 (1.59%) Impala
6 1 (1.59%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 11 (17.46%) Git (software)
2 4 (6.35%) Bitbucket
3 1 (1.59%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.59%) LabVIEW
3 1 (1.59%) Metasploit
3 1 (1.59%) Snyk
3 1 (1.59%) SonarQube
3 1 (1.59%) Subversion
3 1 (1.59%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (22.22%) Finance
2 6 (9.52%) Retail
3 5 (7.94%) Marketing
4 3 (4.76%) Games
5 2 (3.17%) Banking
5 2 (3.17%) Law
5 2 (3.17%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.59%) Automotive
6 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (47.62%) Data Scientist
2 7 (11.11%) Graduate
2 7 (11.11%) Statistical Researcher
3 6 (9.52%) Data Engineer
3 6 (9.52%) Machine Learning Engineer
3 6 (9.52%) Software Engineer
4 5 (7.94%) Machine Learning Scientist
4 5 (7.94%) Research Engineer
5 3 (4.76%) Developer
5 3 (4.76%) Senior Data Scientist
6 2 (3.17%) Architect
6 2 (3.17%) C++ Developer
6 2 (3.17%) C++ Software Developer
6 2 (3.17%) Software Architect
6 2 (3.17%) Software Developer
6 2 (3.17%) Technical Architect
7 1 (1.59%) IC Design Engineer
7 1 (1.59%) RF Design Engineer
7 1 (1.59%) RF Engineer
7 1 (1.59%) Senior C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (25.40%) Pandas
2 8 (12.70%) Flask
3 7 (11.11%) scikit-learn
4 4 (6.35%) Keras
4 4 (6.35%) NumPy
4 4 (6.35%) OpenMP
4 4 (6.35%) TensorFlow
5 3 (4.76%) Caffe
5 3 (4.76%) JSON
5 3 (4.76%) SciPy
6 2 (3.17%) WS-I
7 1 (1.59%) .NET
7 1 (1.59%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.59%) MFC
7 1 (1.59%) Natural Language Processing
7 1 (1.59%) OAuth
7 1 (1.59%) OpenID
7 1 (1.59%) SAML
7 1 (1.59%) STL
7 1 (1.59%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 26 (41.27%) Algorithms
2 19 (30.16%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.17%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.59%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.59%) Lidar
4 1 (1.59%) Life Science
4 1 (1.59%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.59%) MMIC
4 1 (1.59%) Optoelectronics
4 1 (1.59%) Robotics
4 1 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.59%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 8 (12.70%) Linux
2 6 (9.52%) Unix
3 1 (1.59%) Kali Linux
3 1 (1.59%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (63.49%) Data Science
1 40 (63.49%) Mathematics
2 38 (60.32%) Machine Learning
3 30 (47.62%) Visualisation
4 29 (46.03%) Computer Science
5 27 (42.86%) Statistics
6 26 (41.27%) Data Analysis
7 25 (39.68%) Analytics
8 18 (28.57%) Statistical Analysis
9 16 (25.40%) Artificial Intelligence
10 15 (23.81%) Software Engineering
11 12 (19.05%) Operations Research
11 12 (19.05%) Physics
12 11 (17.46%) Deep Learning
13 8 (12.70%) Decision-Making
13 8 (12.70%) Microservices
14 7 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
14 7 (11.11%) Anti-Money Laundering
14 7 (11.11%) Economics
14 7 (11.11%) Psychology
Programming Languages
1 43 (68.25%) Python
2 33 (52.38%) SQL
3 19 (30.16%) R
4 13 (20.63%) C++
5 5 (7.94%) C
6 4 (6.35%) Fortran
6 4 (6.35%) Java
6 4 (6.35%) MATLAB
7 3 (4.76%) Scala
8 2 (3.17%) C#
9 1 (1.59%) Go
9 1 (1.59%) JavaScript
9 1 (1.59%) Perl
9 1 (1.59%) VC++
Qualifications
1 36 (57.14%) Degree
2 16 (25.40%) Master's Degree
3 7 (11.11%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (3.17%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (1.59%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (1.59%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.94%) GxP
2 4 (6.35%) Data Quality
2 4 (6.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (3.17%) QA
4 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (12.70%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.59%) Nessus
1 1 (1.59%) Nmap
1 1 (1.59%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 12 (19.05%) Tableau
2 3 (4.76%) Dataiku
2 3 (4.76%) Palantir
3 1 (1.59%) Agilent
3 1 (1.59%) Qualys
3 1 (1.59%) Sun
3 1 (1.59%) Sybase