Period
to 21 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 132 155 179
Rank change year-on-year +23 +24 -18
Contract jobs citing Computer Science 2001 1841 1590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.94% 1.76% 1.40%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.77% 5.31% 4.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1321 1207 969
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £250 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £365
% change year-on-year +8.57% -4.11% +2.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 69 60
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £28.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +25.90% -28.51%
10th Percentile £12.35 £12.13 £8.98
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.40 £42.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.15 £41.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.37% +9.33% +8.70%

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 34682 34666 36957
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.63% 33.10% 32.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 23021 22730 23492
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £616
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1016 1189 1465
UK median hourly rate £20.92 £20.67 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.22% +6.00% +8.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +10.53% +8.57%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 +22 1847 £475 +8.57% 858
London +16 1144 £525 +5.00% 449
UK excluding London +5 811 £380 +8.57% 438
South East -5 279 £400 +3.90% 154
Midlands +49 152 £381 +8.93% 37
Scotland -15 99 £363 +9.85% 20
South West +43 94 £425 - 38
North of England -61 94 £350 +16.67% 73
East Midlands +39 89 £413 +22.22% 19
East of England +19 79 £385 +10.00% 107
West Midlands +9 56 £350 +6.06% 18
North West +11 54 £338 +8.00% 52
Yorkshire +3 20 £500 +37.93% 16
North East -36 20 £304 +7.52% 5
Northern Ireland -39 9 £356 +78.13% 1
Wales +10 6 £388 +10.71% 8

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Computer Science also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Computer Science.

1 1531 (76.51%) Degree
2 835 (41.73%) Computer Science Degree
3 663 (33.13%) Agile Software Development
4 614 (30.68%) Java
5 537 (26.84%) Finance
6 497 (24.84%) SQL
7 393 (19.64%) Linux
8 391 (19.54%) Python
9 372 (18.59%) C#
10 365 (18.24%) Analytical Skills
11 356 (17.79%) Mathematics
12 348 (17.39%) JavaScript
13 259 (12.94%) HTML
13 259 (12.94%) TDD
14 254 (12.69%) Scrum
15 248 (12.39%) Windows
15 248 (12.39%) Test Automation
16 244 (12.19%) Git (software)
17 243 (12.14%) .NET
18 241 (12.04%) Web Services
18 241 (12.04%) Software Engineering
19 238 (11.89%) OO
20 229 (11.44%) Microsoft
21 228 (11.39%) Banking
22 227 (11.34%) SQL Server
23 219 (10.94%) C++
24 210 (10.49%) Continuous Integration
25 207 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
26 196 (9.80%) Oracle
27 193 (9.65%) CSS

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 66 (3.30%) Apache Spark
2 62 (3.10%) Confluence
3 47 (2.35%) Apache
4 36 (1.80%) CMS
4 36 (1.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 35 (1.75%) IIS
5 35 (1.75%) Tomcat
6 32 (1.60%) SharePoint
7 28 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
8 19 (0.95%) OpenStack
9 18 (0.90%) SAS
10 17 (0.85%) Cloud Foundry
10 17 (0.85%) MS Exchange
11 14 (0.70%) WebSphere
12 12 (0.60%) Oracle Coherence
13 11 (0.55%) Apache Pig
13 11 (0.55%) Skype for Business
14 10 (0.50%) Apache Airflow
14 10 (0.50%) JBoss
14 10 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 53 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 35 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (0.85%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.50%) Pipeline Pilot
7 9 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.30%) SPSS
9 5 (0.25%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.25%) Weka
10 3 (0.15%) Simulink
11 2 (0.100%) Stata
11 2 (0.100%) Stateflow
11 2 (0.100%) UserZoom
12 1 (0.050%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.050%) Doxygen
12 1 (0.050%) GIMP
12 1 (0.050%) GNU Octave
12 1 (0.050%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 19 (0.95%) Payment Gateway
2 13 (0.65%) ION MarketView
3 8 (0.40%) RMDS
4 7 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.35%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.15%) Adobe Campaign
5 3 (0.15%) BondVision
5 3 (0.15%) Radian6
5 3 (0.15%) Social Studio
6 2 (0.100%) BusinessWorks
6 2 (0.100%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.100%) Infor LN
6 2 (0.100%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.100%) SAP GRC
6 2 (0.100%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.100%) SAP R/3
7 1 (0.050%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.050%) Endur
7 1 (0.050%) Findur
7 1 (0.050%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 207 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
2 140 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (2.55%) GitHub
4 50 (2.50%) Office 365
5 33 (1.65%) SaaS
6 32 (1.60%) PaaS
7 31 (1.55%) npm
8 25 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
9 24 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
10 20 (1.00%) IaaS
11 14 (0.70%) Amazon EMR
12 13 (0.65%) Serverless
13 12 (0.60%) Amazon S3
14 10 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
15 9 (0.45%) Heroku
16 7 (0.35%) Google Analytics
16 7 (0.35%) OpenShift
17 5 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
17 5 (0.25%) Mimecast
18 4 (0.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 99 (4.95%) TCP/IP
2 83 (4.15%) Firewall
3 57 (2.85%) DNS
4 52 (2.60%) HTTP
5 47 (2.35%) Internet
6 46 (2.30%) VPN
7 42 (2.10%) WAN
7 42 (2.10%) Wireless
8 41 (2.05%) LAN
9 34 (1.70%) SAN
10 33 (1.65%) LDAP
10 33 (1.65%) Network Security
10 33 (1.65%) SSL
11 32 (1.60%) DHCP
12 24 (1.20%) BGP
13 23 (1.15%) MPLS
14 21 (1.05%) Wi-Fi
15 20 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
16 19 (0.95%) BIG-IP
17 18 (0.90%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 227 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 130 (6.50%) Relational Database
3 124 (6.20%) NoSQL
4 122 (6.10%) Big Data
5 105 (5.25%) Hadoop
6 73 (3.65%) MySQL
7 69 (3.45%) MongoDB
8 50 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
8 50 (2.50%) RDBMS
9 49 (2.45%) Data Mining
10 44 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
11 39 (1.95%) Oracle Database
12 26 (1.30%) Apache Cassandra
12 26 (1.30%) Apache Hive
12 26 (1.30%) HBase
13 24 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
14 23 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 22 (1.10%) Power BI
16 17 (0.85%) DB2
16 17 (0.85%) Redis
Development Applications
1 244 (12.19%) Git (software)
2 154 (7.70%) JIRA
3 132 (6.60%) Jenkins
4 74 (3.70%) Cucumber
5 68 (3.40%) Subversion
6 62 (3.10%) Visual Studio
7 60 (3.00%) Maven
8 51 (2.55%) Selenium
9 47 (2.35%) TeamCity
10 38 (1.90%) JUnit
11 36 (1.80%) gulp
12 35 (1.75%) webpack
13 34 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
14 33 (1.65%) Bitbucket
15 32 (1.60%) GitLab
16 30 (1.50%) Gradle
16 30 (1.50%) Mockito
17 24 (1.20%) Eclipse
18 22 (1.10%) Jasmine
18 22 (1.10%) WebDriver
General
1 537 (26.84%) Finance
2 228 (11.39%) Banking
3 129 (6.45%) Telecoms
4 127 (6.35%) Front Office
5 99 (4.95%) Marketing
6 76 (3.80%) Investment Banking
7 57 (2.85%) Electronics
8 56 (2.80%) Manufacturing
9 46 (2.30%) Retail
10 42 (2.10%) Games
11 41 (2.05%) Publishing
12 38 (1.90%) Financial Institution
13 30 (1.50%) Automotive
14 25 (1.25%) Legal
15 20 (1.00%) Advertising
16 16 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
17 14 (0.70%) Back Office
18 12 (0.60%) German Language
18 12 (0.60%) Spanish Language
19 10 (0.50%) Billing
Job Titles
1 821 (41.03%) Developer
2 230 (11.49%) Java Developer
3 198 (9.90%) Analyst
4 150 (7.50%) Architect
5 125 (6.25%) C# Developer
6 92 (4.60%) Software Engineer
7 87 (4.35%) Data Scientist
8 83 (4.15%) Python Developer
9 78 (3.90%) Project Manager
10 75 (3.75%) Senior Developer
11 68 (3.40%) .NET Developer
12 64 (3.20%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 62 (3.10%) Consultant
14 57 (2.85%) C++ Developer
15 51 (2.55%) Software Developer
16 49 (2.45%) Business Analyst
17 47 (2.35%) Administrator
18 45 (2.25%) JavaScript Developer
18 45 (2.25%) SQL Developer
19 43 (2.15%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 259 (12.94%) HTML
2 243 (12.14%) .NET
3 241 (12.04%) Web Services
4 193 (9.65%) CSS
5 167 (8.35%) AngularJS
5 167 (8.35%) Spring
6 152 (7.60%) REST
7 141 (7.05%) RESTful
8 132 (6.60%) HTML5
9 114 (5.70%) XML
10 108 (5.40%) JSON
11 84 (4.20%) ASP.NET
12 80 (4.00%) Node.js
13 76 (3.80%) React
14 73 (3.65%) Hibernate
14 73 (3.65%) WPF
15 68 (3.40%) WCF
16 65 (3.25%) jQuery
17 61 (3.05%) CSS3
18 59 (2.95%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 365 (18.24%) Analytical Skills
2 129 (6.45%) Management Information System
3 127 (6.35%) Algorithms
4 89 (4.45%) Data Structures
5 73 (3.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 73 (3.65%) User Experience
6 58 (2.90%) Mobile App
7 51 (2.55%) Data Centre
8 46 (2.30%) Derivative
9 44 (2.20%) Greenfield Project
10 42 (2.10%) Fixed Income
11 41 (2.05%) Equities
12 38 (1.90%) Hedge funds
13 34 (1.70%) Fintech
14 33 (1.65%) Credit Risk
15 30 (1.50%) Life Science
15 30 (1.50%) PMI
16 24 (1.20%) Market Risk
17 23 (1.15%) Embedded Systems
18 20 (1.00%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 393 (19.64%) Linux
2 248 (12.39%) Windows
3 175 (8.75%) Unix
4 74 (3.70%) Windows Server
5 62 (3.10%) Android
6 55 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 54 (2.70%) Apple iOS
8 32 (1.60%) Windows Server 2012
9 30 (1.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 27 (1.35%) CentOS
11 18 (0.90%) Solaris
12 13 (0.65%) Windows 10
13 12 (0.60%) VMS
14 11 (0.55%) Windows 7
15 10 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
16 9 (0.45%) Embedded Linux
17 5 (0.25%) AIX
18 4 (0.20%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 4 (0.20%) Ubuntu
19 2 (0.100%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 663 (33.13%) Agile Software Development
2 356 (17.79%) Mathematics
3 259 (12.94%) TDD
4 254 (12.69%) Scrum
5 248 (12.39%) Test Automation
6 241 (12.04%) Software Engineering
7 238 (11.89%) OO
8 210 (10.49%) Continuous Integration
9 186 (9.30%) Project Management
10 181 (9.05%) Analytics
11 180 (9.00%) SDLC
12 157 (7.85%) DevOps
13 143 (7.15%) ITIL
14 133 (6.65%) Machine Learning
15 123 (6.15%) Multithreading
16 117 (5.85%) Physics
17 111 (5.55%) Statistics
18 110 (5.50%) BDD
19 107 (5.35%) Configuration Management
20 106 (5.30%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 614 (30.68%) Java
2 497 (24.84%) SQL
3 391 (19.54%) Python
4 372 (18.59%) C#
5 348 (17.39%) JavaScript
6 219 (10.94%) C++
7 104 (5.20%) C
8 97 (4.85%) R
9 91 (4.55%) Perl
10 77 (3.85%) Ruby
11 70 (3.50%) PowerShell
12 68 (3.40%) Bash Shell
13 59 (2.95%) Shell Script
14 52 (2.60%) Scala
15 50 (2.50%) PHP
15 50 (2.50%) T-SQL
16 38 (1.90%) VBA
17 34 (1.70%) ES6
17 34 (1.70%) PL/SQL
18 31 (1.55%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 1531 (76.51%) Degree
2 835 (41.73%) Computer Science Degree
3 136 (6.80%) Security Cleared
4 114 (5.70%) Master's Degree
5 84 (4.20%) SC Cleared
6 72 (3.60%) PhD
7 63 (3.15%) Numerate Degree
8 54 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
9 46 (2.30%) Cisco Certification
10 45 (2.25%) PMI Certification
11 44 (2.20%) PMP
12 38 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
13 28 (1.40%) CCNA
13 28 (1.40%) MCSE
14 26 (1.30%) CCNP
14 26 (1.30%) CISSP
15 22 (1.10%) ISEB
15 22 (1.10%) ISTQB
16 21 (1.05%) DV Cleared
17 20 (1.00%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (7.80%) QA
2 27 (1.35%) Actionable Recommendations
2 27 (1.35%) PCI DSS
2 27 (1.35%) SLA
3 25 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 23 (1.15%) Data Quality
4 23 (1.15%) GDPR
5 22 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 20 (1.00%) HIPAA
7 13 (0.65%) PMO
8 11 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
9 10 (0.50%) MiFID
10 9 (0.45%) GCP
11 7 (0.35%) AS 2805
11 7 (0.35%) HL7
11 7 (0.35%) ISO 8583
12 6 (0.30%) COBIT
13 5 (0.25%) MISRA
14 4 (0.20%) ISO 9001
15 3 (0.15%) GxP
System Software
1 78 (3.90%) Active Directory
1 78 (3.90%) Docker
2 45 (2.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (1.95%) Hyper-V
4 31 (1.55%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (1.00%) Xen
6 16 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (0.55%) HDFS
8 10 (0.50%) iptables
8 10 (0.50%) vSphere
9 9 (0.45%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
10 8 (0.40%) Firmware
11 7 (0.35%) Apache Flume
11 7 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.35%) NFS
12 6 (0.30%) Openswan
13 5 (0.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 5 (0.25%) XenApp
13 5 (0.25%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.25%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 58 (2.90%) Puppet
2 51 (2.55%) Ansible
3 46 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
4 24 (1.20%) SCCM
5 20 (1.00%) Kubernetes
6 13 (0.65%) FortiGate
7 12 (0.60%) NetBackup
7 12 (0.60%) Terraform
8 11 (0.55%) Nagios
8 11 (0.55%) Oozie
9 10 (0.50%) SELinux
10 9 (0.45%) Backup Exec
10 9 (0.45%) Hadoop YARN
11 8 (0.40%) BladeLogic
11 8 (0.40%) Packer
12 7 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
12 7 (0.35%) Salt
12 7 (0.35%) SCOM
12 7 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 7 (0.35%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 229 (11.44%) Microsoft
2 196 (9.80%) Oracle
3 85 (4.25%) Cisco
4 69 (3.45%) VMware
5 47 (2.35%) HP
6 46 (2.30%) Tableau
7 44 (2.20%) Red Hat
8 42 (2.10%) Sybase
9 40 (2.00%) SAP
10 39 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
11 33 (1.65%) Google
12 31 (1.55%) IBM
13 29 (1.45%) F5
14 28 (1.40%) Atlassian
14 28 (1.40%) Splunk
15 27 (1.35%) CheckPoint
15 27 (1.35%) Citrix
16 26 (1.30%) Juniper
17 24 (1.20%) Xamarin
18 22 (1.10%) Twitter