Period
to 21 May 2018

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Computer Science in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Computer Science over the 6 months to 21 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Computer Science (Computing Science)
UK
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 147 157 156
Rank change year-on-year +10 -1 +22
Contract jobs citing Computer Science 1,867 1,529 1,752
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.85% 1.70% 1.66%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.48% 5.03% 4.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,143 987 1,133
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +11.11% -2.53%
10th Percentile £263 £265 £275
90th Percentile £688 £650 £618
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +4.00% +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 69 51
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £32.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.06% -25.58% +49.88%
10th Percentile £13.75 £10.50 £19.23
90th Percentile £62.25 £52.24 £53.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.50 £33.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +50.75% -25.56% +53.35%

Computer Science is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 34,076 30,419 35,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.85% 33.76% 33.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,307 19,736 23,151
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £630 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,066 1,085 1,185
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.50% -4.76% +17.55%
10th Percentile £11.68 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £53.13 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.21 £18.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +14.62% -11.90% +20.00%

Computer Science
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Computer Science as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Computer Science.

Contractor daily rate trend for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Computer Science over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Computer Science.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Computer Science over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Computer Science within the UK over the 6 months to 21 May 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
England +7 1,684 £496 +10.22% 1,705
London +2 1,069 £548 +9.50% 821
UK excluding London +11 763 £390 +4.00% 974
South East +17 311 £400 +5.61% 298
Scotland -4 133 £390 +11.43% 57
North of England -6 124 £350 -6.67% 167
Midlands +4 89 £500 +48.15% 105
East of England -19 59 £365 +4.29% 201
North West -26 55 £350 -3.45% 113
East Midlands +26 48 £513 +39.93% 39
North East +31 44 £300 -9.77% 13
West Midlands -37 41 £500 +53.85% 66
South West -17 28 £325 -23.53% 113
Yorkshire -16 25 £413 -13.16% 41
Wales -7 11 £360 -11.11% 21
Northern Ireland +4 10 £432 -13.70% 13

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Computer Science 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 with a requirement for Computer Science.

1 1,428 (76.49%) Degree
2 777 (41.62%) Computer Science Degree
3 622 (33.32%) Agile Software Development
4 510 (27.32%) Java
5 473 (25.33%) SQL
6 451 (24.16%) Finance
7 435 (23.30%) Python
8 425 (22.76%) Mathematics
9 397 (21.26%) Problem-Solving
10 359 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
11 333 (17.84%) JavaScript
12 329 (17.62%) Linux
13 286 (15.32%) Microsoft
14 265 (14.19%) Windows
15 261 (13.98%) Software Engineering
16 246 (13.18%) C#
17 243 (13.02%) Analytics
18 240 (12.85%) C++
19 222 (11.89%) OO
20 215 (11.52%) Amazon AWS
21 214 (11.46%) .NET
22 209 (11.19%) Git (software)
23 207 (11.09%) HTML
24 202 (10.82%) Test Automation
25 195 (10.44%) SQL Server
26 193 (10.34%) CSS
27 190 (10.18%) Algorithms
28 189 (10.12%) Banking
29 184 (9.86%) TDD
29 184 (9.86%) Project Management

Computer Science
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 122 (6.53%) Apache Spark
2 78 (4.18%) Apache
3 67 (3.59%) SharePoint
4 47 (2.52%) Tomcat
5 46 (2.46%) IIS
6 39 (2.09%) SAS
7 36 (1.93%) Confluence
8 33 (1.77%) OpenStack
9 28 (1.50%) SharePoint 2013
9 28 (1.50%) Skype for Business
10 27 (1.45%) Apache Pig
11 26 (1.39%) MS Exchange
12 25 (1.34%) SharePoint 2010
12 25 (1.34%) SharePoint Server
13 23 (1.23%) JBoss
14 19 (1.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 17 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
15 17 (0.91%) WebSphere
16 15 (0.80%) Jupyter
17 14 (0.75%) WebLogic
Applications
1 90 (4.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 55 (2.95%) Microsoft Office
3 29 (1.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (1.50%) MS Visio
5 24 (1.29%) InfoPath
6 16 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
7 11 (0.59%) SPSS
8 10 (0.54%) Chatbot
9 9 (0.48%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.48%) Stata
10 7 (0.37%) InVision
11 5 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
12 4 (0.21%) UserZoom
12 4 (0.21%) Windchill
13 3 (0.16%) Simulink
14 2 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
14 2 (0.11%) GIMP
15 1 (0.054%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 1 (0.054%) OmniGraffle
15 1 (0.054%) Revit
Business Applications
1 6 (0.32%) Adobe Campaign
1 6 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
2 5 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.27%) Oracle General Ledger
2 5 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
2 5 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.21%) ENOVIA
3 4 (0.21%) HFM
3 4 (0.21%) HiPortfolio
3 4 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 4 (0.21%) SAP PLM
3 4 (0.21%) Teamcenter
3 4 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (0.16%) Magento
4 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.11%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 215 (11.52%) Amazon AWS
2 149 (7.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 62 (3.32%) Office 365
4 54 (2.89%) GitHub
5 33 (1.77%) PaaS
6 26 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
7 23 (1.23%) SaaS
8 22 (1.18%) Google Analytics
9 20 (1.07%) Heroku
10 18 (0.96%) OpenShift
11 15 (0.80%) Amazon S3
11 15 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
11 15 (0.80%) Serverless
12 14 (0.75%) AWS Lambda
13 13 (0.70%) Amazon SQS
13 13 (0.70%) IaaS
14 12 (0.64%) npm
15 11 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
16 9 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
17 8 (0.43%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 75 (4.02%) Firewall
2 70 (3.75%) DNS
3 52 (2.79%) DHCP
3 52 (2.79%) TCP/IP
4 47 (2.52%) Internet
5 31 (1.66%) HTTP
6 29 (1.55%) Skype
7 26 (1.39%) VPN
8 23 (1.23%) NetScaler
8 23 (1.23%) SSL
9 21 (1.12%) SNMP
10 18 (0.96%) SMS
11 17 (0.91%) LAN
11 17 (0.91%) Network Security
11 17 (0.91%) SAN
12 16 (0.86%) WAN
13 13 (0.70%) Kerberos
13 13 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (0.64%) 3G
14 12 (0.64%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 195 (10.44%) SQL Server
2 164 (8.78%) Big Data
3 116 (6.21%) Hadoop
4 103 (5.52%) NoSQL
5 101 (5.41%) Relational Database
6 91 (4.87%) MySQL
7 80 (4.28%) PostgreSQL
8 60 (3.21%) Apache Hive
8 60 (3.21%) Data Warehouse
8 60 (3.21%) MongoDB
9 48 (2.57%) Power BI
10 45 (2.41%) Apache Cassandra
11 41 (2.20%) HBase
12 40 (2.14%) Oracle Database
13 34 (1.82%) Data Mining
14 33 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 32 (1.71%) Data Lake
16 30 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 27 (1.45%) RDBMS
17 27 (1.45%) Redis
Development Applications
1 209 (11.19%) Git (software)
2 131 (7.02%) Jenkins
3 114 (6.11%) JIRA
4 60 (3.21%) Visual Studio
5 53 (2.84%) Selenium
6 52 (2.79%) webpack
7 51 (2.73%) Subversion
8 43 (2.30%) Cucumber
9 41 (2.20%) Bitbucket
10 39 (2.09%) JUnit
11 37 (1.98%) Team Foundation Server
12 33 (1.77%) TeamCity
13 30 (1.61%) Gradle
13 30 (1.61%) Maven
14 28 (1.50%) gulp
15 23 (1.23%) GitLab
15 23 (1.23%) SonarQube
16 20 (1.07%) Jasmine
17 18 (0.96%) Mockito
17 18 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 451 (24.16%) Finance
2 189 (10.12%) Banking
3 108 (5.78%) Front Office
4 85 (4.55%) Investment Banking
5 84 (4.50%) Marketing
6 68 (3.64%) Retail
7 58 (3.11%) Telecoms
8 56 (3.00%) Games
9 38 (2.04%) Manufacturing
10 27 (1.45%) Electronics
10 27 (1.45%) Legal
11 20 (1.07%) French Language
12 19 (1.02%) Automotive
12 19 (1.02%) Back Office
13 18 (0.96%) German Language
13 18 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
14 13 (0.70%) Advertising
14 13 (0.70%) Financial Institution
14 13 (0.70%) Publishing
15 10 (0.54%) Law
Job Titles
1 677 (36.26%) Developer
2 190 (10.18%) Java Developer
3 175 (9.37%) Analyst
4 116 (6.21%) Architect
5 112 (6.00%) Data Scientist
6 95 (5.09%) C# Developer
7 89 (4.77%) Software Engineer
8 70 (3.75%) Senior Developer
9 55 (2.95%) DevOps Engineer
10 53 (2.84%) Consultant
11 52 (2.79%) Python Developer
12 50 (2.68%) JavaScript Developer
13 49 (2.62%) Software Developer
14 45 (2.41%) .NET Developer
15 44 (2.36%) Administrator
16 42 (2.25%) Project Manager
17 40 (2.14%) C++ Developer
18 38 (2.04%) Business Analyst
18 38 (2.04%) Junior
19 35 (1.87%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 214 (11.46%) .NET
2 207 (11.09%) HTML
3 193 (10.34%) CSS
4 135 (7.23%) Web Services
5 130 (6.96%) AngularJS
6 106 (5.68%) Spring
7 99 (5.30%) HTML5
7 99 (5.30%) XML
8 97 (5.20%) REST
9 87 (4.66%) RESTful
10 69 (3.70%) jQuery
10 69 (3.70%) JSON
11 68 (3.64%) React
12 65 (3.48%) Node.js
13 61 (3.27%) Kafka
14 55 (2.95%) .NET Framework
15 52 (2.79%) WPF
16 51 (2.73%) SOAP
17 46 (2.46%) TensorFlow
18 40 (2.14%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 359 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
2 190 (10.18%) Algorithms
3 135 (7.23%) Management Information System
4 131 (7.02%) User Experience
5 120 (6.43%) Data Structures
6 97 (5.20%) Mobile App
7 72 (3.86%) Data Centre
8 66 (3.54%) Self-Motivation
9 55 (2.95%) Hedge funds
10 54 (2.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 52 (2.79%) Greenfield Project
12 51 (2.73%) Fixed Income
13 41 (2.20%) PMI
14 36 (1.93%) Derivative
14 36 (1.93%) Enterprise Software
15 32 (1.71%) Virtual Team
16 31 (1.66%) Fintech
17 22 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
18 19 (1.02%) PKI
19 17 (0.91%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 329 (17.62%) Linux
2 265 (14.19%) Windows
3 155 (8.30%) Unix
4 107 (5.73%) Windows Server
5 96 (5.14%) Android
6 93 (4.98%) Apple iOS
7 87 (4.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 57 (3.05%) Windows Server 2003
9 53 (2.84%) Windows Server 2012
10 34 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 24 (1.29%) Windows 7
12 22 (1.18%) Windows 10
13 10 (0.54%) Mac OS
13 10 (0.54%) Windows 8
14 9 (0.48%) CentOS
14 9 (0.48%) Solaris
15 6 (0.32%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.32%) VMS
16 5 (0.27%) AIX
16 5 (0.27%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 622 (33.32%) Agile Software Development
2 425 (22.76%) Mathematics
3 397 (21.26%) Problem-Solving
4 261 (13.98%) Software Engineering
5 243 (13.02%) Analytics
6 222 (11.89%) OO
7 202 (10.82%) Test Automation
8 184 (9.86%) Project Management
8 184 (9.86%) TDD
9 182 (9.75%) Scrum
10 178 (9.53%) Data Science
11 175 (9.37%) Continuous Integration
12 162 (8.68%) SDLC
13 159 (8.52%) Machine Learning
14 157 (8.41%) DevOps
15 149 (7.98%) ITIL
16 136 (7.28%) Visualisation
17 128 (6.86%) Statistics
18 123 (6.59%) Multithreading
19 121 (6.48%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 510 (27.32%) Java
2 473 (25.33%) SQL
3 435 (23.30%) Python
4 333 (17.84%) JavaScript
5 246 (13.18%) C#
6 240 (12.85%) C++
7 108 (5.78%) R
8 94 (5.03%) PowerShell
9 93 (4.98%) C
10 70 (3.75%) Scala
11 64 (3.43%) Java 8
12 62 (3.32%) Ruby
13 61 (3.27%) Perl
14 45 (2.41%) Bash Shell
14 45 (2.41%) ES6
15 42 (2.25%) Apple Swift
16 39 (2.09%) PL/SQL
16 39 (2.09%) Shell Script
17 32 (1.71%) PHP
18 31 (1.66%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1,428 (76.49%) Degree
2 777 (41.62%) Computer Science Degree
3 158 (8.46%) Master's Degree
4 131 (7.02%) Security Cleared
5 118 (6.32%) SC Cleared
6 93 (4.98%) PhD
7 82 (4.39%) Numerate Degree
8 67 (3.59%) Microsoft Certification
9 55 (2.95%) CISSP
10 50 (2.68%) PMI Certification
11 43 (2.30%) MCSE
12 40 (2.14%) Cisco Certification
13 35 (1.87%) PMP
14 28 (1.50%) CISM
15 26 (1.39%) GIAC
16 25 (1.34%) CISA
17 24 (1.29%) CCNP
18 22 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
18 22 (1.18%) CCNA
19 20 (1.07%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (4.66%) QA
2 33 (1.77%) Data Quality
3 31 (1.66%) GDPR
4 30 (1.61%) SLA
5 19 (1.02%) PMO
6 18 (0.96%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
8 14 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 8 (0.43%) CDISC
10 7 (0.37%) Basel II
10 7 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.27%) COBIT
11 5 (0.27%) GCP
12 4 (0.21%) ISO 8583
13 3 (0.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 3 (0.16%) IFRS
13 3 (0.16%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.16%) Solvency II
14 2 (0.11%) ISO 22301
14 2 (0.11%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 89 (4.77%) Docker
2 78 (4.18%) Active Directory
3 47 (2.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 37 (1.98%) XenApp
5 26 (1.39%) XenDesktop
6 22 (1.18%) HDFS
7 18 (0.96%) Apache Flume
8 17 (0.91%) vSphere
9 15 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
11 10 (0.54%) Hyper-V
12 9 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (0.48%) XenServer
13 6 (0.32%) Firmware
13 6 (0.32%) KVM
14 5 (0.27%) StorNext
14 5 (0.27%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.27%) Xen
15 4 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
16 3 (0.16%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 48 (2.57%) Ansible
2 44 (2.36%) Puppet
3 43 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
4 30 (1.61%) Kubernetes
5 26 (1.39%) Terraform
6 25 (1.34%) SCCM
7 23 (1.23%) Salt
8 18 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
9 13 (0.70%) Oozie
10 12 (0.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 11 (0.59%) CA Single Sign-On
12 9 (0.48%) HP ALM
12 9 (0.48%) Nagios
12 9 (0.48%) SCOM
13 7 (0.37%) Netcool
14 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
14 6 (0.32%) Tivoli
15 5 (0.27%) CASB
15 5 (0.27%) Netcool/OMNIbus
15 5 (0.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 286 (15.32%) Microsoft
2 160 (8.57%) Oracle
3 74 (3.96%) Google
4 66 (3.54%) VMware
5 63 (3.37%) Tableau
6 60 (3.21%) Citrix
7 59 (3.16%) SAP
8 51 (2.73%) Cisco
9 36 (1.93%) HP
10 34 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
11 33 (1.77%) Ivanti
12 32 (1.71%) Red Hat
13 31 (1.66%) Splunk
14 30 (1.61%) IBM
15 28 (1.50%) Twitter
16 25 (1.34%) Apple
17 24 (1.29%) Cloudera
18 23 (1.23%) Adobe
19 22 (1.18%) Talend
20 21 (1.12%) Nintex