The median contractor rate for a Data Scientist was £519 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Data Scientist
UK
Rank 461 541 564
Rank change year-on-year +80 +23  
Contract jobs requiring a Data Scientist 138 87 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.16% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.17% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 67 33
Median daily rate £519 £550 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.68% +22.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £435 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £481 £550 £425
% change year-on-year -12.54% +29.41%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £16.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42403 50275 49651
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.18% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27453 32530 30008
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 1573 1955
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Data Scientist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Data Scientist over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Data Scientist within the UK over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +81 132 £513 -6.81% 76
London +65 111 £525 -4.54% 41
City of London +16 21 £550 -2.22% 9
South East +9 8 £463 -15.90% 11
Scotland +30 4 £650 - 2
Glasgow +7 4 £650 -
North West +23 3 £425 -15.00% 9
Surrey - 3 - - 2
Manchester +20 2 £425 -15.00% 7
West Midlands +15 2 £600 +19.76%
South West +2 2 - - 2
East Midlands - 2 £494 -
East of England - 2 £500 - 8
Birmingham - 2 £600 -
Havant - 2 £469 - 1
Hampshire - 2 £469 - 1
Staines - 2 - - 1
Bristol +3 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -2 1 £481 -12.54%
North East -6 1 £481 -12.54% 1
Tyne and Wear -12 1 £481 -12.54%
West Sussex - 1 - - 1
Southend-on-Sea - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £500 - 6
Derby - 1 £550 -
Worthing - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £500 - 6
Derbyshire - 1 £550 -
Essex - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, Data Scientist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Data Scientist in the job title.

1 202 (72.14%) Python
2 158 (56.43%) R
3 152 (54.29%) Machine Learning
4 125 (44.64%) Analytics
5 108 (38.57%) Hadoop
5 108 (38.57%) SQL
6 96 (34.29%) Big Data
7 94 (33.57%) Statistics
7 94 (33.57%) Apache Spark
8 92 (32.86%) Algorithms
9 87 (31.07%) Mathematics
10 71 (25.36%) Scala
11 68 (24.29%) Java
11 68 (24.29%) Analytical Skills
12 64 (22.86%) Computer Science
13 56 (20.00%) PhD
14 55 (19.64%) SAS
15 51 (18.21%) Apache Hive
16 48 (17.14%) Visualisation
17 45 (16.07%) Finance
18 44 (15.71%) Data Mining
19 43 (15.36%) Business Intelligence
19 43 (15.36%) Degree
20 41 (14.64%) Agile Software Development
21 40 (14.29%) Data Analysis
22 39 (13.93%) Tableau
23 37 (13.21%) Data Visualisation
24 32 (11.43%) MATLAB
25 31 (11.07%) Data Analytics
26 29 (10.36%) Predictive Modelling

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top Related 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 94 (33.57%) Apache Spark
2 55 (19.64%) SAS
3 22 (7.86%) Apache Pig
4 15 (5.36%) Apache
5 11 (3.93%) Apache Solr
6 7 (2.50%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.71%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.36%) Apache Airflow
8 1 (0.36%) CMS
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 25 (8.93%) SPSS
2 7 (2.50%) MS Excel
3 6 (2.14%) Weka
4 3 (1.07%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (1.07%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (1.07%) MS Office
4 3 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.07%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.07%) Photoshop
4 3 (1.07%) SPSS Modeler
5 2 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.71%) Stata
6 1 (0.36%) GNU Octave
6 1 (0.36%) Mathematica
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 24 (8.57%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (4.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (3.93%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (3.57%) Amazon EMR
5 6 (2.14%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.71%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.36%) Amazon Kinesis
8 1 (0.36%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.36%) Flurry Analytics
8 1 (0.36%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.36%) Heroku
8 1 (0.36%) IaaS
8 1 (0.36%) PaaS
8 1 (0.36%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.36%) Internet
1 1 (0.36%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (38.57%) Hadoop
2 96 (34.29%) Big Data
3 51 (18.21%) Apache Hive
4 44 (15.71%) Data Mining
5 27 (9.64%) NoSQL
6 19 (6.79%) QlikView
7 18 (6.43%) MongoDB
8 16 (5.71%) Apache Cassandra
8 16 (5.71%) Relational Database
9 13 (4.64%) Power BI
10 9 (3.21%) SAS Enterprise Miner
11 8 (2.86%) Data Lake
11 8 (2.86%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 7 (2.50%) RDBMS
12 7 (2.50%) Spotfire
13 6 (2.14%) Amazon Redshift
13 6 (2.14%) Impala
13 6 (2.14%) Text Mining
14 5 (1.79%) Cloudera CDH
14 5 (1.79%) HBase
Development Applications
1 1 (0.36%) Git (software)
1 1 (0.36%) ProC
1 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
General
1 45 (16.07%) Finance
2 27 (9.64%) Marketing
3 25 (8.93%) Banking
4 18 (6.43%) Retail
5 7 (2.50%) Investment Banking
6 6 (2.14%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.43%) Legal
8 3 (1.07%) Aerospace
8 3 (1.07%) Automotive
8 3 (1.07%) Electronics
8 3 (1.07%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.71%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.71%) Games
9 2 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.71%) Publishing
10 1 (0.36%) Front Office
10 1 (0.36%) German Language
10 1 (0.36%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (10.36%) scikit-learn
2 22 (7.86%) Natural Language Processing
2 22 (7.86%) NumPy
3 21 (7.50%) Pandas
4 13 (4.64%) SciPy
5 12 (4.29%) D3.js
6 10 (3.57%) Kafka
7 8 (2.86%) Lucene
8 6 (2.14%) Flask
8 6 (2.14%) TensorFlow
9 5 (1.79%) Regular Expression
10 4 (1.43%) Java EE
11 2 (0.71%) AngularJS
11 2 (0.71%) HTML
11 2 (0.71%) HTML5
11 2 (0.71%) Three.js
12 1 (0.36%) .NET
12 1 (0.36%) Django
12 1 (0.36%) SQLAlchemy
12 1 (0.36%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 92 (32.86%) Algorithms
2 68 (24.29%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (22.86%) Computer Science
4 8 (2.86%) Virtual Team
5 7 (2.50%) Credit Risk
6 6 (2.14%) Fintech
7 5 (1.79%) Data Structures
7 5 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.79%) FMCG
8 3 (1.07%) Clustering
8 3 (1.07%) Infotainment
9 2 (0.71%) IBM Mainframe
9 2 (0.71%) Life Science
9 2 (0.71%) Mainframe
9 2 (0.71%) Minimum Viable Product
9 2 (0.71%) Social Media
9 2 (0.71%) Social Network
10 1 (0.36%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.36%) Online Games
10 1 (0.36%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 14 (5.00%) Linux
2 3 (1.07%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (54.29%) Machine Learning
2 125 (44.64%) Analytics
3 94 (33.57%) Statistics
4 87 (31.07%) Mathematics
5 48 (17.14%) Visualisation
6 43 (15.36%) Business Intelligence
7 41 (14.64%) Agile Software Development
8 40 (14.29%) Data Analysis
9 37 (13.21%) Data Visualisation
10 31 (11.07%) Data Analytics
11 29 (10.36%) Predictive Modelling
12 24 (8.57%) Statistical Analysis
13 23 (8.21%) Data Modelling
13 23 (8.21%) E-Commerce
14 20 (7.14%) ETL
15 19 (6.79%) Neural Network
15 19 (6.79%) TDD
16 18 (6.43%) A/B Testing
16 18 (6.43%) MapReduce
16 18 (6.43%) OO
Programming Languages
1 202 (72.14%) Python
2 158 (56.43%) R
3 108 (38.57%) SQL
4 71 (25.36%) Scala
5 68 (24.29%) Java
6 32 (11.43%) MATLAB
7 17 (6.07%) C++
8 3 (1.07%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.07%) VBA
9 2 (0.71%) C#
9 2 (0.71%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.71%) Perl
10 1 (0.36%) Clojure
10 1 (0.36%) Haskell
10 1 (0.36%) Julia
10 1 (0.36%) ML
10 1 (0.36%) PHP
10 1 (0.36%) PROC SQL
10 1 (0.36%) Ruby
10 1 (0.36%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 56 (20.00%) PhD
2 43 (15.36%) Degree
3 5 (1.79%) Postgraduate
4 2 (0.71%) SC Cleared
4 2 (0.71%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.50%) Data Quality
2 3 (1.07%) QA
System Software
1 11 (3.93%) Docker
2 6 (2.14%) HDFS
3 3 (1.07%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (4.64%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (1.79%) Hadoop YARN
2 5 (1.79%) Kibana
3 3 (1.07%) Ambari
3 3 (1.07%) Terraform
4 2 (0.71%) Oozie
Vendors
1 39 (13.93%) Tableau
2 13 (4.64%) RapidMiner
3 10 (3.57%) Microsoft
4 8 (2.86%) Google
5 7 (2.50%) Alteryx
6 6 (2.14%) Cognos
6 6 (2.14%) SAP
7 4 (1.43%) Cloudera
7 4 (1.43%) IBM
8 3 (1.07%) Adobe
9 2 (0.71%) Hortonworks
9 2 (0.71%) MicroStrategy
9 2 (0.71%) Oracle
10 1 (0.36%) Datameer
10 1 (0.36%) Minitab
10 1 (0.36%) Snowplow
10 1 (0.36%) Splunk
10 1 (0.36%) Teradata
10 1 (0.36%) TIBCO
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