Period
to 11 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Computer Science skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Computer Science over the 6 months to 11 August 2020 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.

Computer Science (Computing Science, Comp Sci)
UK
6 months to
11 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 115 130 136
Rank change year-on-year +15 +6 +12
Contract jobs citing Computer Science 721 1,805 2,058
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.07% 1.99% 1.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.41% 2.29% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 410 1,144 1,203
Median daily rate £500 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £270
90th Percentile £723 £692 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 72 101
Median hourly rate £37.25 £47.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.58% +11.76% +30.77%
10th Percentile £33.53 £20.26 £13.25
90th Percentile £63.00 £87.00 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year -17.65% -2.30% +31.82%

Computer Science is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 29,901 78,904 89,846
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.99% 86.80% 86.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,677 51,813 59,243
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,090 2,302 2,418
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.50 £21.29
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% +15.09% -13.68%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.80 £11.18
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £30.29 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +26.20% +20.00% -20.00%

Computer Science
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Computer Science.

Daily rate trend for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Computer Science over the 6 months to 11 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Computer Science.

Hourly rate trend for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Computer Science over the 6 months to 11 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Computer Science in the UK

Computer Science
Top 17 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 11 August 2020. 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 +9 653 £519 +3.75% 633
London +20 447 £538 +2.38% 299
UK excluding London -11 236 £425 -5.56% 399
South East -14 61 £460 +2.22% 98
Work from Home -13 57 £425 -22.73% 160
South West +17 45 £625 +42.86% 47
Scotland +52 40 £413 +26.92% 33
North of England +72 33 £488 +18.90% 70
East of England +27 28 £388 -20.51% 66
Midlands +25 26 £425 -5.56% 51
North West +58 19 £456 -3.49% 30
West Midlands +39 19 £425 +17.24% 24
Yorkshire +48 13 £500 +29.03% 30
East Midlands +21 6 £288 -41.33% 27
Wales +31 2 £346 -37.05% 28
North East +37 1 £695 +58.86% 10
Northern Ireland +5 1 £390 -23.90% 5

For the 6 months to 11 August 2020, 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.

1 516 (71.57%) Degree
2 310 (43.00%) Agile Software Development
3 300 (41.61%) Computer Science Degree
4 245 (33.98%) Java
5 210 (29.13%) Python
6 198 (27.46%) Finance
7 179 (24.83%) SQL
8 169 (23.44%) Azure
9 156 (21.64%) JavaScript
10 155 (21.50%) Mathematics
10 155 (21.50%) Problem-Solving
11 143 (19.83%) AWS
12 141 (19.56%) Analytical Skills
13 118 (16.37%) DevOps
14 117 (16.23%) Software Engineering
15 108 (14.98%) CSS
16 105 (14.56%) C#
17 103 (14.29%) HTML
18 100 (13.87%) Data Science
19 98 (13.59%) Banking
20 94 (13.04%) Test Automation
21 86 (11.93%) Microsoft
22 84 (11.65%) Docker
23 83 (11.51%) TDD
23 83 (11.51%) Continuous Integration
24 82 (11.37%) Analytics
24 82 (11.37%) Linux
25 80 (11.10%) SQL Server
26 78 (10.82%) GCP
27 77 (10.68%) .NET

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 69 (9.57%) Apache Spark
2 22 (3.05%) Apache
2 22 (3.05%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.66%) Confluence
3 12 (1.66%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
4 10 (1.39%) IIS
5 7 (0.97%) Oracle Coherence
5 7 (0.97%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.83%) JBoss
6 6 (0.83%) SAS
6 6 (0.83%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.42%) Appian
8 3 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.42%) CMS
8 3 (0.42%) GlassFish
8 3 (0.42%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.42%) Jupyter
8 3 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 26 (3.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (2.77%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (1.66%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (1.11%) MS Visio
5 8 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.55%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.28%) CATIA
7 2 (0.28%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.28%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.28%) Sketch
7 2 (0.28%) UserZoom
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.14%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 8 (1.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 6 (0.83%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
5 2 (0.28%) Workday HCM
6 1 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.14%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.14%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.14%) Lawson
6 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle AML
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.14%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 169 (23.44%) Azure
2 143 (19.83%) AWS
3 78 (10.82%) GCP
4 26 (3.61%) SaaS
5 21 (2.91%) Cloud Computing
6 20 (2.77%) Power Platform
7 18 (2.50%) PaaS
8 15 (2.08%) IaaS
9 14 (1.94%) GitHub
10 12 (1.66%) Serverless
11 11 (1.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 11 (1.53%) Heroku
11 11 (1.53%) npm
12 10 (1.39%) Amazon S3
12 10 (1.39%) Office 365
13 7 (0.97%) Datadog
14 6 (0.83%) AWS Lambda
14 6 (0.83%) Stackdriver
15 5 (0.69%) Dynamics 365
15 5 (0.69%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.64%) SSL
2 17 (2.36%) Firewall
2 17 (2.36%) Internet
3 14 (1.94%) HTTPS
4 13 (1.80%) DNS
5 12 (1.66%) LAN
5 12 (1.66%) Network Security
6 9 (1.25%) TCP/IP
6 9 (1.25%) VPN
6 9 (1.25%) WAN
6 9 (1.25%) Wireless
7 8 (1.11%) Skype
8 7 (0.97%) HTTP
9 6 (0.83%) Broadband
10 5 (0.69%) DHCP
10 5 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (0.55%) 3G
11 4 (0.55%) 4G
11 4 (0.55%) SAN
11 4 (0.55%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (11.10%) SQL Server
2 75 (10.40%) Big Data
3 59 (8.18%) NoSQL
4 47 (6.52%) MySQL
5 40 (5.55%) Relational Database
6 36 (4.99%) Hadoop
7 27 (3.74%) Data Mining
8 23 (3.19%) MongoDB
9 21 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
10 18 (2.50%) Power BI
11 12 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
12 11 (1.53%) RDBMS
13 10 (1.39%) Apache Cassandra
14 9 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 9 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 6 (0.83%) Apache Hive
15 6 (0.83%) OLAP
15 6 (0.83%) QlikView
15 6 (0.83%) Redis
15 6 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 76 (10.54%) Git (software)
2 37 (5.13%) Jenkins
3 32 (4.44%) JIRA
4 18 (2.50%) Maven
5 17 (2.36%) webpack
6 15 (2.08%) Selenium
7 14 (1.94%) JUnit
8 12 (1.66%) Cypress.io
9 11 (1.53%) Subversion
10 10 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (1.11%) Cucumber
11 8 (1.11%) git-flow
11 8 (1.11%) Visual Studio
12 7 (0.97%) GitLab
12 7 (0.97%) Postman
12 7 (0.97%) TeamCity
13 6 (0.83%) Gradle
13 6 (0.83%) JMeter
13 6 (0.83%) Mocha
13 6 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 198 (27.46%) Finance
2 98 (13.59%) Banking
3 58 (8.04%) Front Office
4 54 (7.49%) Investment Banking
5 47 (6.52%) Public Sector
6 31 (4.30%) Marketing
7 24 (3.33%) Telecoms
8 19 (2.64%) Financial Institution
9 14 (1.94%) Retail
10 13 (1.80%) Electronics
11 12 (1.66%) Pharmaceutical
12 9 (1.25%) Automotive
12 9 (1.25%) Legal
13 8 (1.11%) Back Office
13 8 (1.11%) French Language
14 7 (0.97%) Local Government
14 7 (0.97%) Manufacturing
15 6 (0.83%) Games
15 6 (0.83%) German Language
16 4 (0.55%) Police
Job Titles
1 278 (38.56%) Developer
2 74 (10.26%) Java Developer
3 57 (7.91%) Analyst
4 48 (6.66%) Data Scientist
5 41 (5.69%) Architect
6 37 (5.13%) C# Developer
7 34 (4.72%) Python Developer
8 33 (4.58%) Senior Developer
9 24 (3.33%) Full Stack Developer
10 23 (3.19%) Data Engineer
11 22 (3.05%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 19 (2.64%) React Developer
12 19 (2.64%) Senior Data Scientist
12 19 (2.64%) Systems Analyst
13 18 (2.50%) Consultant
13 18 (2.50%) Front Office Developer
14 17 (2.36%) Software Engineer
15 16 (2.22%) Azure Developer
15 16 (2.22%) DevOps Engineer
15 16 (2.22%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (14.98%) CSS
2 103 (14.29%) HTML
3 77 (10.68%) .NET
4 66 (9.15%) AngularJS
5 60 (8.32%) React
6 58 (8.04%) Web Services
7 56 (7.77%) Node.js
8 53 (7.35%) Kafka
9 52 (7.21%) REST
10 50 (6.93%) RESTful
11 41 (5.69%) Spring
12 40 (5.55%) HTML5
13 32 (4.44%) Redux
14 29 (4.02%) XML
15 28 (3.88%) Jest
16 23 (3.19%) JSON
17 22 (3.05%) jQuery
17 22 (3.05%) TensorFlow
18 20 (2.77%) .NET Framework
19 19 (2.64%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 141 (19.56%) Analytical Skills
2 69 (9.57%) Algorithms
3 60 (8.32%) Management Information System
4 48 (6.66%) User Experience
5 33 (4.58%) Data Structures
6 32 (4.44%) Self-Motivation
7 28 (3.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 25 (3.47%) Fixed Income
9 24 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
10 21 (2.91%) Mobile App
11 16 (2.22%) Virtual Team
12 14 (1.94%) Linux Command Line
13 13 (1.80%) Derivative
13 13 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
13 13 (1.80%) Hybrid Cloud
13 13 (1.80%) Public Cloud
14 12 (1.66%) Data Centre
14 12 (1.66%) Social Media
15 10 (1.39%) Analytical Mindset
15 10 (1.39%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 82 (11.37%) Linux
2 56 (7.77%) Windows
3 47 (6.52%) Unix
4 28 (3.88%) Android
5 14 (1.94%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (1.66%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.55%) SUSE
8 4 (0.55%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.42%) AIX
9 3 (0.42%) CentOS
9 3 (0.42%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.28%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2016
11 1 (0.14%) DC/OS
11 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 310 (43.00%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (21.50%) Mathematics
2 155 (21.50%) Problem-Solving
3 118 (16.37%) DevOps
4 117 (16.23%) Software Engineering
5 100 (13.87%) Data Science
6 94 (13.04%) Test Automation
7 83 (11.51%) Continuous Integration
7 83 (11.51%) TDD
8 82 (11.37%) Analytics
9 77 (10.68%) Open Source
10 76 (10.54%) Machine Learning
11 75 (10.40%) Microservices
11 75 (10.40%) Scrum
12 74 (10.26%) SDLC
12 74 (10.26%) Statistics
13 72 (9.99%) OO
14 70 (9.71%) Project Management
15 45 (6.24%) Risk Management
16 44 (6.10%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 245 (33.98%) Java
2 210 (29.13%) Python
3 179 (24.83%) SQL
4 156 (21.64%) JavaScript
5 105 (14.56%) C#
6 55 (7.63%) Scala
7 43 (5.96%) C++
8 31 (4.30%) Kotlin
9 28 (3.88%) Java 8
10 25 (3.47%) R
10 25 (3.47%) TypeScript
11 24 (3.33%) PHP
12 22 (3.05%) C
12 22 (3.05%) ES6
13 19 (2.64%) Shell Script
14 18 (2.50%) T-SQL
15 17 (2.36%) PowerShell
16 16 (2.22%) Bash Shell
17 15 (2.08%) Go
17 15 (2.08%) Perl
Qualifications
1 516 (71.57%) Degree
2 300 (41.61%) Computer Science Degree
3 59 (8.18%) Master's Degree
4 42 (5.83%) PhD
5 40 (5.55%) Security Cleared
6 33 (4.58%) Numerate Degree
7 29 (4.02%) CISSP
8 24 (3.33%) SC Cleared
9 17 (2.36%) CISM
9 17 (2.36%) GIAC
10 16 (2.22%) CISA
11 15 (2.08%) PMI Certification
12 14 (1.94%) PMP
13 13 (1.80%) Cisco Certification
14 9 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (1.11%) CCNP
15 8 (1.11%) ISTQB
16 7 (0.97%) CCNA
16 7 (0.97%) Microsoft Certification
17 6 (0.83%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.96%) QA
2 16 (2.22%) NIST
3 11 (1.53%) SLA
4 10 (1.39%) COBIT
4 10 (1.39%) PCI DSS
5 9 (1.25%) NIST 800
6 8 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.97%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.83%) GDPR
9 4 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (0.55%) PSD2
10 3 (0.42%) HL7
10 3 (0.42%) PMO
11 2 (0.28%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.28%) ISO 9000
11 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.28%) WCAG
12 1 (0.14%) Basel II
12 1 (0.14%) FedRAMP
12 1 (0.14%) FISMA
System Software
1 84 (11.65%) Docker
2 14 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.66%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.55%) HDFS
6 3 (0.42%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.42%) vSphere
6 3 (0.42%) XenApp
7 2 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.28%) Squid
8 1 (0.14%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.14%) NFS
8 1 (0.14%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.14%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 68 (9.43%) Kubernetes
2 26 (3.61%) Terraform
3 15 (2.08%) Prometheus
4 14 (1.94%) Zipkin
5 12 (1.66%) Ansible
6 7 (0.97%) Nagios
6 7 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.55%) Grafana
7 4 (0.55%) Kibana
7 4 (0.55%) Packer
7 4 (0.55%) Puppet
7 4 (0.55%) SCCM
8 3 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.42%) Netcool
9 2 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.28%) Rancher
9 2 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.14%) Apache Brooklyn
10 1 (0.14%) Marathon
10 1 (0.14%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 86 (11.93%) Microsoft
2 63 (8.74%) Oracle
3 38 (5.27%) Google
4 22 (3.05%) Tableau
5 19 (2.64%) SAP
5 19 (2.64%) Splunk
6 18 (2.50%) Databricks
7 17 (2.36%) VMware
8 16 (2.22%) Cisco
9 14 (1.94%) StreamSets
10 13 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
11 12 (1.66%) ServiceNow
12 11 (1.53%) Bloomberg
12 11 (1.53%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.39%) IBM
14 8 (1.11%) Netsparker
15 7 (0.97%) Citrix
15 7 (0.97%) Sybase
16 6 (0.83%) Atlassian
17 5 (0.69%) Informatica