Period
to 16 January 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 16 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil, EngD, Doctorate)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 608 598 606
Rank change year-on-year -10 +8 +16
Contract jobs citing PhD 47 46 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.089% 0.089% 0.072%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.41% 0.43% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 25 24
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £500 £675
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% -25.93% +63.64%
10th Percentile £311 £250 £215
90th Percentile £578 £641 £825
UK median daily rate £588 £620 £620
% change year-on-year -5.24% - +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £24.90 -
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £37.75 £37.02
% change year-on-year +16.56% +1.97% +29.03%

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 11,441 10,680 12,280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.62% 20.59% 23.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,553 6,204 7,565
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £210 £228
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 689 636 715
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -7.41% -1.82%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.03
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +14.58% -5.88% -5.56%

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 16 January 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
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 16 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
East of England -9 14 £375 +24.58% 83
South East -8 11 £488 +8.33% 46
North of England +5 10 £525 +10.53% 22
Yorkshire -3 9 £513 +28.13% 6
Midlands -2 7 £469 -25.00% 12
West Midlands -17 5 £400 -36.00% 9
Scotland 0 2 £350 - 14
East Midlands - 2 £494 - 3
Wales - 2 - - 2
North West -3 1 £650 +18.18% 11
South West - 1 £600 - 24
PhD
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 34 (72.34%) Python
2 32 (68.09%) Data Science
3 28 (59.57%) Machine Learning
4 25 (53.19%) Computer Science
5 21 (44.68%) Mathematics
6 17 (36.17%) R
7 14 (29.79%) Visualisation
8 11 (23.40%) C++
8 11 (23.40%) SQL
9 10 (21.28%) Finance
9 10 (21.28%) Physics
9 10 (21.28%) Artificial Intelligence
9 10 (21.28%) Data Visualisation
10 9 (19.15%) Analytics
10 9 (19.15%) MATLAB
10 9 (19.15%) C#
11 8 (17.02%) Natural Language Processing
11 8 (17.02%) TensorFlow
11 8 (17.02%) Problem-Solving
12 7 (14.89%) Apache Spark
12 7 (14.89%) Hadoop
12 7 (14.89%) Deep Learning
12 7 (14.89%) Software Engineering
12 7 (14.89%) Degree
12 7 (14.89%) Statistics
13 6 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
13 6 (12.77%) Big Data
13 6 (12.77%) Tableau
13 6 (12.77%) Data Structures
14 5 (10.64%) Data Munging

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 7 (14.89%) Apache Spark
2 2 (4.26%) Apache
2 2 (4.26%) Jupyter
2 2 (4.26%) SAS
3 1 (2.13%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (4.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.13%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.64%) Google Cloud Platform
2 4 (8.51%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (8.51%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (6.38%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (4.26%) Azure Machine Learning
4 2 (4.26%) PaaS
5 1 (2.13%) Office 365
5 1 (2.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.89%) Hadoop
2 6 (12.77%) Big Data
3 5 (10.64%) NoSQL
4 4 (8.51%) MongoDB
5 3 (6.38%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (6.38%) Power BI
6 2 (4.26%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (4.26%) Apache Hive
6 2 (4.26%) Data Mining
6 2 (4.26%) Geospatial Data
6 2 (4.26%) GIS
6 2 (4.26%) HBase
6 2 (4.26%) MySQL
6 2 (4.26%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (4.26%) Sqoop
7 1 (2.13%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 4 (8.51%) Git (software)
2 3 (6.38%) Visual Studio
3 2 (4.26%) ERwin
3 2 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (21.28%) Finance
2 4 (8.51%) Banking
2 4 (8.51%) Marketing
3 3 (6.38%) Arabic Language
3 3 (6.38%) Electronics
3 3 (6.38%) Hindi Language
4 2 (4.26%) Games
4 2 (4.26%) Indonesian Language
4 2 (4.26%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.26%) Law
4 2 (4.26%) Malayalam Language
4 2 (4.26%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.26%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (4.26%) Tamil Language
4 2 (4.26%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (59.57%) Data Scientist
2 8 (17.02%) Developer
3 6 (12.77%) C# Developer
4 3 (6.38%) C# WPF Developer
4 3 (6.38%) C++ Developer
4 3 (6.38%) C++/C# Developer
4 3 (6.38%) WPF Developer
5 2 (4.26%) .NET Developer
5 2 (4.26%) Analyst
5 2 (4.26%) C Developer
5 2 (4.26%) C# .NET Developer
5 2 (4.26%) C/C++ Developer
5 2 (4.26%) Machine Learning Scientist
5 2 (4.26%) MATLAB Developer
5 2 (4.26%) Software Engineer
5 2 (4.26%) Systems Developer
6 1 (2.13%) Architect
6 1 (2.13%) IT Consultant
6 1 (2.13%) Junior
6 1 (2.13%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (17.02%) Natural Language Processing
1 8 (17.02%) TensorFlow
2 4 (8.51%) scikit-learn
2 4 (8.51%) WPF
3 3 (6.38%) .NET
3 3 (6.38%) .NET Framework
3 3 (6.38%) Entity Framework
3 3 (6.38%) Keras
3 3 (6.38%) Managed Extensibility Framework
3 3 (6.38%) Silverlight
3 3 (6.38%) SpaCy
3 3 (6.38%) WCF
4 2 (4.26%) Bokeh
4 2 (4.26%) D3.js
4 2 (4.26%) ggplot
4 2 (4.26%) Kafka
4 2 (4.26%) Pandas
4 2 (4.26%) PySpark
4 2 (4.26%) Seaborn
4 2 (4.26%) Theano
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.77%) Data Structures
2 4 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.38%) Algorithms
3 3 (6.38%) Virtual Team
4 2 (4.26%) CUDA
4 2 (4.26%) GPGPU
4 2 (4.26%) User Experience
5 1 (2.13%) Hedge funds
5 1 (2.13%) Life Science
5 1 (2.13%) PMI
5 1 (2.13%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.64%) Windows
2 4 (8.51%) Linux
3 2 (4.26%) Solaris
3 2 (4.26%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (68.09%) Data Science
2 28 (59.57%) Machine Learning
3 25 (53.19%) Computer Science
4 21 (44.68%) Mathematics
5 14 (29.79%) Visualisation
6 10 (21.28%) Artificial Intelligence
6 10 (21.28%) Data Visualisation
6 10 (21.28%) Physics
7 9 (19.15%) Analytics
8 8 (17.02%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (14.89%) Deep Learning
9 7 (14.89%) Software Engineering
9 7 (14.89%) Statistics
10 6 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (10.64%) Business Intelligence
11 5 (10.64%) Data Munging
11 5 (10.64%) Neural Network
11 5 (10.64%) Predictive Modelling
12 4 (8.51%) Anomaly Detection
12 4 (8.51%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 34 (72.34%) Python
2 17 (36.17%) R
3 11 (23.40%) C++
3 11 (23.40%) SQL
4 9 (19.15%) C#
4 9 (19.15%) MATLAB
5 5 (10.64%) C
5 5 (10.64%) Java
6 2 (4.26%) Perl
6 2 (4.26%) Scala
6 2 (4.26%) XAML
Qualifications
1 7 (14.89%) Degree
2 4 (8.51%) Master's Degree
2 4 (8.51%) Numerate Degree
3 3 (6.38%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.38%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.13%) PMI Certification
4 1 (2.13%) PMP
4 1 (2.13%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.26%) Data Quality
1 2 (4.26%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.26%) Apache Flume
Vendors
1 6 (12.77%) Tableau
2 3 (6.38%) Google
3 2 (4.26%) Dataiku
3 2 (4.26%) Facebook
3 2 (4.26%) Hortonworks
3 2 (4.26%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.26%) SAP
4 1 (2.13%) Intel