The median contractor rate for a Data Scientist was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 June 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.

Data Scientist
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 463 539 589
Rank change year-on-year +76 +50  
Contract jobs requiring a Data Scientist 140 104 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.19% 0.089%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.20% 0.094%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 81 35
Median daily rate £525 £480 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £425 £394
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £700 £690
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £550
% change year-on-year +1.69% -19.54%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £30.21 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +88.78%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £30.21 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +88.78%  

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 44357 51050 53273
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28704 33277 33414
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1368 1510 2064
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

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 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 June 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 +65 134 £525 +9.37% 70
London +61 116 £525 +5.00% 37
City of London +8 20 £575 - 7
South East -2 6 - - 5
Scotland +42 5 £388 - 7
Edinburgh +20 5 £388 - 4
East of England - 5 £500 - 7
West Midlands +18 4 £450 -35.71% 1
Berkshire +17 3 - -
Birmingham - 3 £450 -
Croydon - 3 £435 -
North West +24 2 £425 +21.42% 5
Manchester +13 2 £425 +21.42% 3
Havant - 2 - -
Hampshire - 2 - - 2
Staines +10 1 - -
Surrey +8 1 - - 1
East Anglia - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - - 3
Westminster - 1 £575 -
Welwyn Garden City - 1 £575 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £500 -
Essex - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £575 - 1
Lincolnshire - 1 - -
Norfolk - 1 £400 -
Lincoln - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 - -
Newbury - 1 - -
Luton - 1 £500 -

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 183 (65.83%) Python
2 152 (54.68%) Analytics
3 140 (50.36%) Machine Learning
4 137 (49.28%) R
5 127 (45.68%) SQL
6 91 (32.73%) Big Data
7 89 (32.01%) Apache Spark
8 85 (30.58%) Hadoop
9 83 (29.86%) Algorithms
10 74 (26.62%) Analytical Skills
10 74 (26.62%) Mathematics
11 73 (26.26%) Statistics
12 62 (22.30%) Degree
13 60 (21.58%) Visualisation
14 56 (20.14%) Computer Science
15 54 (19.42%) Java
16 53 (19.06%) Finance
17 52 (18.71%) Scala
18 48 (17.27%) SAS
19 46 (16.55%) Business Intelligence
19 46 (16.55%) Data Analysis
20 43 (15.47%) Data Mining
21 41 (14.75%) PhD
22 37 (13.31%) Agile Software Development
23 36 (12.95%) Data Visualisation
24 35 (12.59%) Predictive Modelling
24 35 (12.59%) Tableau
25 34 (12.23%) Apache Hive
26 33 (11.87%) Data Analytics
27 31 (11.15%) Statistical Modelling

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 89 (32.01%) Apache Spark
2 48 (17.27%) SAS
3 14 (5.04%) Apache Pig
4 11 (3.96%) Apache
5 10 (3.60%) Apache Solr
6 4 (1.44%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (1.08%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.36%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.36%) Confluence
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Spatial
8 1 (0.36%) SharePoint
Applications
1 18 (6.47%) SPSS
2 8 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.80%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.72%) S-PLUS
5 2 (0.72%) SPSS Modeler
5 2 (0.72%) Weka
6 1 (0.36%) GNU Octave
6 1 (0.36%) Mathematica
6 1 (0.36%) Stata
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 3 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (3.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (3.60%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (2.88%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.08%) GitHub
5 2 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.72%) Azure Machine Learning
5 2 (0.72%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.72%) SaaS
6 1 (0.36%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.36%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.36%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 1 (0.36%) Flurry Analytics
6 1 (0.36%) Heroku
6 1 (0.36%) IaaS
6 1 (0.36%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.36%) Internet
1 1 (0.36%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (32.73%) Big Data
2 85 (30.58%) Hadoop
3 43 (15.47%) Data Mining
4 34 (12.23%) Apache Hive
5 27 (9.71%) MongoDB
5 27 (9.71%) NoSQL
6 15 (5.40%) QlikView
7 12 (4.32%) Power BI
8 11 (3.96%) BusinessObjects
8 11 (3.96%) Relational Database
9 9 (3.24%) Apache Cassandra
9 9 (3.24%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (2.88%) Qlik Sense
10 8 (2.88%) Spotfire
11 7 (2.52%) Neo4j
11 7 (2.52%) RDBMS
11 7 (2.52%) SQL Server
12 5 (1.80%) Amazon Redshift
13 4 (1.44%) BigQuery
13 4 (1.44%) Impala
Development Applications
1 6 (2.16%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.72%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.36%) JIRA
3 1 (0.36%) RStudio
General
1 53 (19.06%) Finance
2 30 (10.79%) Marketing
3 24 (8.63%) Banking
4 13 (4.68%) Investment Banking
4 13 (4.68%) Retail
5 7 (2.52%) Financial Institution
5 7 (2.52%) Front Office
5 7 (2.52%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.44%) Legal
7 3 (1.08%) Electronics
7 3 (1.08%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.72%) Games
8 2 (0.72%) Publishing
9 1 (0.36%) Advertising
9 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.36%) French Language
9 1 (0.36%) German Language
9 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (9.35%) Natural Language Processing
2 20 (7.19%) NumPy
3 19 (6.83%) scikit-learn
4 18 (6.47%) Pandas
5 12 (4.32%) Kafka
6 11 (3.96%) D3.js
6 11 (3.96%) SciPy
7 10 (3.60%) JSON
8 8 (2.88%) Lucene
9 7 (2.52%) TensorFlow
10 5 (1.80%) GraphX
10 5 (1.80%) Regular Expression
11 4 (1.44%) Flask
11 4 (1.44%) Matplotlib
12 3 (1.08%) PySpark
13 2 (0.72%) ggplot
13 2 (0.72%) MLlib
13 2 (0.72%) Seaborn
13 2 (0.72%) SparkR
13 2 (0.72%) Three.js
Miscellaneous
1 83 (29.86%) Algorithms
2 74 (26.62%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (20.14%) Computer Science
4 14 (5.04%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (2.88%) Data Structures
5 8 (2.88%) Virtual Team
6 7 (2.52%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.16%) Fintech
8 5 (1.80%) User Experience
9 3 (1.08%) Credit Risk
9 3 (1.08%) Hedge funds
9 3 (1.08%) Market Risk
10 2 (0.72%) Clustering
10 2 (0.72%) IBM Mainframe
10 2 (0.72%) Mainframe
11 1 (0.36%) Equities
11 1 (0.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 1 (0.36%) Grid Computing
11 1 (0.36%) NHS
11 1 (0.36%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 10 (3.60%) Linux
2 5 (1.80%) Unix
3 1 (0.36%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (54.68%) Analytics
2 140 (50.36%) Machine Learning
3 74 (26.62%) Mathematics
4 73 (26.26%) Statistics
5 60 (21.58%) Visualisation
6 46 (16.55%) Business Intelligence
6 46 (16.55%) Data Analysis
7 37 (13.31%) Agile Software Development
8 36 (12.95%) Data Visualisation
9 35 (12.59%) Predictive Modelling
10 33 (11.87%) Data Analytics
11 31 (11.15%) Statistical Modelling
12 28 (10.07%) Predictive Analytics
13 24 (8.63%) Statistical Analysis
14 23 (8.27%) Artificial Intelligence
14 23 (8.27%) Neural Network
15 20 (7.19%) E-Commerce
16 19 (6.83%) Data Modelling
16 19 (6.83%) Physics
17 17 (6.12%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 183 (65.83%) Python
2 137 (49.28%) R
3 127 (45.68%) SQL
4 54 (19.42%) Java
5 52 (18.71%) Scala
6 18 (6.47%) MATLAB
7 13 (4.68%) C++
8 6 (2.16%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.44%) C
9 4 (1.44%) C#
9 4 (1.44%) JavaScript
9 4 (1.44%) VBA
10 3 (1.08%) Ruby
10 3 (1.08%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.72%) Julia
12 1 (0.36%) Go
12 1 (0.36%) Perl
12 1 (0.36%) PHP
12 1 (0.36%) VB
Qualifications
1 62 (22.30%) Degree
2 41 (14.75%) PhD
3 15 (5.40%) Security Cleared
4 13 (4.68%) SC Cleared
5 10 (3.60%) Computer Science Degree
6 9 (3.24%) Master's Degree
7 6 (2.16%) Numerate Degree
8 5 (1.80%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.36%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.52%) Data Quality
2 2 (0.72%) QA
System Software
1 9 (3.24%) HDFS
2 6 (2.16%) Apache Flume
3 5 (1.80%) Docker
4 1 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (0.36%) Ambari
1 1 (0.36%) Hadoop YARN
1 1 (0.36%) Oozie
1 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 35 (12.59%) Tableau
2 12 (4.32%) RapidMiner
3 11 (3.96%) Google
3 11 (3.96%) Microsoft
4 7 (2.52%) Alteryx
4 7 (2.52%) Cognos
5 4 (1.44%) MicroStrategy
5 4 (1.44%) SAP
6 3 (1.08%) Cloudera
6 3 (1.08%) IBM
6 3 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.08%) Splunk
7 2 (0.72%) Mapinfo
8 1 (0.36%) Ab Initio
8 1 (0.36%) Informatica
8 1 (0.36%) Minitab
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle
8 1 (0.36%) SIMUL8
8 1 (0.36%) Teradata
8 1 (0.36%) TIBCO
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 400 - 450pd
Posted: 15 hours ago
Derby, Derbyshire
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Austin Fraser
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £450.00 - £575.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Green Park Interim & Executive Ltd
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
University of Portsmouth
Rate: From £28,000 to £32,000 per annum plus £4,000 personal training budget
Posted: Yesterday
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £650.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 14 days ago