Period
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The median contractor rate for a Data Scientist was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 May 2022.

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.

Data Scientist
UK
6 months to
27 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 515 406 365
Rank change year-on-year -109 -41 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Data Scientist 340 322 291
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.54% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.59% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 219 183
10th Percentile £408 £363 £369
25th Percentile £498 £450 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £545 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.50% +3.81% -4.55%
75th Percentile £626 £625 £588
90th Percentile £675 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £543 £511 £475
% change year-on-year +6.11% +7.63% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 7
10th Percentile £22.43 £19.00 £16.55
25th Percentile £32.60 £23.02 £18.22
Median hourly rate £48.50 £30.40 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +59.57% +21.58% -13.69%
75th Percentile £61.75 £38.14 £32.38
90th Percentile £70.95 £42.38 £52.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.91 £16.64 £19.18
% change year-on-year +19.65% -13.24% -16.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 82,188 54,902 44,145
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.18% 92.79% 93.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,818 37,622 29,311
10th Percentile £313 £294 £250
25th Percentile £425 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £485 £470
Median % change year-on-year +8.25% +3.19% -0.53%
75th Percentile £638 £586 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,974 1,706 1,594
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.50 £11.51
25th Percentile £15.75 £14.50 £14.06
Median hourly rate £23.91 £21.96 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.90% +15.55% +5.23%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.94 £39.29
90th Percentile £65.00 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%

Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Data Scientist in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Data Scientist.

Daily rate trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Data Scientist over the 6 months to 27 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Data Scientist.

Hourly rate trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Data Scientist over the 6 months to 27 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
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 Data Scientist within the UK over the 6 months to 27 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -133 266 £575 +5.50% 87
London -117 164 £575 +4.55% 40
Work from Home -115 157 £575 +4.55% 18
UK excluding London -81 91 £543 +6.11% 49
South East -71 29 £536 +2.14% 11
Midlands -31 14 £625 +35.14% 8
West Midlands -29 11 £625 +66.67% 4
South West -32 11 £538 -20.37% 4
North of England -45 11 £556 +23.61% 15
Scotland -3 9 £555 -5.53% 1
Wales -8 8 £543 +35.63% 2
East of England -25 7 £415 -16.37% 8
Yorkshire -37 6 £450 +5.88% 5
North West -42 4 £588 +30.56% 9
East Midlands -16 2 £550 - 4
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
North East - 1 £635 - 1

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2022, Data Scientist contract jobs required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Data Scientist in the job title.

1 337 (99.12%) Data Science
2 263 (77.35%) Python
3 174 (51.18%) Machine Learning
4 152 (44.71%) SQL
5 116 (34.12%) Statistics
6 114 (33.53%) Analytical Skills
7 113 (33.24%) Analytics
8 111 (32.65%) Visualisation
9 106 (31.18%) R
10 73 (21.47%) Pandas
10 73 (21.47%) Algorithms
11 70 (20.59%) Mathematics
12 67 (19.71%) TensorFlow
13 64 (18.82%) NumPy
13 64 (18.82%) Artificial Intelligence
14 61 (17.94%) Social Skills
15 60 (17.65%) Agile
16 56 (16.47%) Data Visualisation
17 55 (16.18%) Decision-Making
18 54 (15.88%) AWS
18 54 (15.88%) Finance
18 54 (15.88%) Degree
19 52 (15.29%) scikit-learn
20 50 (14.71%) Data Mining
21 49 (14.41%) Big Data
22 48 (14.12%) Computer Science
23 47 (13.82%) Azure
24 46 (13.53%) Data Modelling
24 46 (13.53%) Apache Spark
25 44 (12.94%) Statistical Analysis

Data Scientist Skill Set
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 46 (13.53%) Apache Spark
2 22 (6.47%) SAS
3 20 (5.88%) Jupyter
4 6 (1.76%) Apache
5 4 (1.18%) Apache Airflow
6 2 (0.59%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.59%) Luigi
6 2 (0.59%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.29%) Confluence
Applications
1 13 (3.82%) Microsoft Excel
1 13 (3.82%) SPSS
2 5 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 5 (1.47%) Stata
3 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.29%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 4 (1.18%) Oracle AML
2 1 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 54 (15.88%) AWS
2 47 (13.82%) Azure
3 41 (12.06%) Power Platform
4 37 (10.88%) GCP
5 16 (4.71%) Amazon SageMaker
6 15 (4.41%) GitHub
7 12 (3.53%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (3.53%) Snowflake
8 9 (2.65%) Amazon S3
9 7 (2.06%) Amazon EMR
10 6 (1.76%) AWS Lambda
10 6 (1.76%) Serverless
11 4 (1.18%) Azure Machine Learning
11 4 (1.18%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.88%) AWS CodeCommit
12 3 (0.88%) Google Data Studio
13 2 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.59%) Azure Stack
13 2 (0.59%) Azure Storage
13 2 (0.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.18%) SSH
2 2 (0.59%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (14.71%) Data Mining
2 49 (14.41%) Big Data
3 41 (12.06%) Power BI
4 34 (10.00%) Tableau
5 20 (5.88%) Apache Hive
6 16 (4.71%) Hadoop
7 15 (4.41%) NoSQL
8 14 (4.12%) Relational Database
9 10 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
9 10 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (1.76%) BigQuery
10 6 (1.76%) Data Lake
10 6 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (1.76%) Triplestore
11 5 (1.47%) Amazon QuickSight
11 5 (1.47%) Looker
11 5 (1.47%) Metadata
11 5 (1.47%) MySQL
11 5 (1.47%) Presto
11 5 (1.47%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 26 (7.65%) Git (software)
2 5 (1.47%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.47%) MLflow
3 4 (1.18%) Visual Studio Code
4 3 (0.88%) Bitbucket
4 3 (0.88%) PyCharm
5 2 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.59%) JIRA
6 1 (0.29%) LabVIEW
6 1 (0.29%) ProC
6 1 (0.29%) RStudio
6 1 (0.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 114 (33.53%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (17.94%) Social Skills
3 54 (15.88%) Finance
4 38 (11.18%) Marketing
5 25 (7.35%) Pharmaceutical
6 17 (5.00%) Public Sector
7 16 (4.71%) Retail
8 13 (3.82%) Banking
9 12 (3.53%) Advertising
9 12 (3.53%) Presentation Skills
10 11 (3.24%) Telecoms
11 8 (2.35%) Influencing Skills
11 8 (2.35%) Law
12 6 (1.76%) Games
12 6 (1.76%) Manufacturing
13 4 (1.18%) German Language
13 4 (1.18%) Legal
14 1 (0.29%) Billing
14 1 (0.29%) Digital Economy
14 1 (0.29%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (21.47%) Pandas
2 67 (19.71%) TensorFlow
3 64 (18.82%) NumPy
4 52 (15.29%) scikit-learn
5 42 (12.35%) Matplotlib
6 32 (9.41%) PySpark
7 25 (7.35%) PyTorch
8 14 (4.12%) Keras
9 11 (3.24%) Shiny
10 9 (2.65%) NLTK
11 8 (2.35%) XGBoost
12 6 (1.76%) Kafka
12 6 (1.76%) SciPy
13 5 (1.47%) Statsmodels
14 4 (1.18%) Seaborn
14 4 (1.18%) Velocity
15 3 (0.88%) Elastic Stack
15 3 (0.88%) Flask
15 3 (0.88%) REST
15 3 (0.88%) Torch
Miscellaneous
1 73 (21.47%) Algorithms
2 14 (4.12%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (2.65%) Renewable Energy
4 8 (2.35%) Data Structures
5 6 (1.76%) Clustering
6 5 (1.47%) Social Media
7 4 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
7 4 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (1.18%) NHS
8 3 (0.88%) Analytical Mindset
9 2 (0.59%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.59%) User Experience
10 1 (0.29%) Cybercrime
10 1 (0.29%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.29%) IoT
10 1 (0.29%) Life Science
10 1 (0.29%) Music Streaming
10 1 (0.29%) Reinsurance
10 1 (0.29%) Replication
10 1 (0.29%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (2.06%) Linux
2 3 (0.88%) Unix
3 2 (0.59%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 337 (99.12%) Data Science
2 174 (51.18%) Machine Learning
3 116 (34.12%) Statistics
4 113 (33.24%) Analytics
5 111 (32.65%) Visualisation
6 70 (20.59%) Mathematics
7 64 (18.82%) Artificial Intelligence
8 60 (17.65%) Agile
9 56 (16.47%) Data Visualisation
10 55 (16.18%) Decision-Making
11 48 (14.12%) Computer Science
12 46 (13.53%) Data Modelling
13 44 (12.94%) Statistical Analysis
14 42 (12.35%) Natural Language Processing
15 36 (10.59%) Data Analysis
16 35 (10.29%) Predictive Modelling
17 32 (9.41%) Deep Learning
18 31 (9.12%) MLOps
19 27 (7.94%) Data Management
19 27 (7.94%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 263 (77.35%) Python
2 152 (44.71%) SQL
3 106 (31.18%) R
4 19 (5.59%) Scala
5 15 (4.41%) MATLAB
6 7 (2.06%) Java
7 5 (1.47%) C
7 5 (1.47%) C++
8 4 (1.18%) Julia
9 3 (0.88%) Bash
10 2 (0.59%) Search Processing Language
11 1 (0.29%) C#
11 1 (0.29%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.29%) Perl
11 1 (0.29%) PHP
11 1 (0.29%) Ruby
11 1 (0.29%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 54 (15.88%) Degree
2 38 (11.18%) Security Cleared
3 33 (9.71%) PhD
4 28 (8.24%) SC Cleared
5 9 (2.65%) Master's Degree
6 6 (1.76%) DV Cleared
7 5 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.29%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (7.35%) Data Quality
2 19 (5.59%) QA
3 6 (1.76%) Actionable Recommendations
4 3 (0.88%) Accessibility
5 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 26 (7.65%) Docker
Systems Management
1 14 (4.12%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.88%) Terraform
3 2 (0.59%) Kibana
3 2 (0.59%) logstash
Vendors
1 35 (10.29%) Google
2 10 (2.94%) Databricks
2 10 (2.94%) Oracle
3 7 (2.06%) Alteryx
3 7 (2.06%) Teradata
4 5 (1.47%) MicroStrategy
5 3 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (0.59%) Cadence
6 2 (0.59%) Cloudera
6 2 (0.59%) Microsoft
6 2 (0.59%) Splunk
7 1 (0.29%) Cognos
7 1 (0.29%) Facebook
7 1 (0.29%) SAP
7 1 (0.29%) Sparx