Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Data Scientist was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 512 634 814
Rank change year-on-year +122 +180 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Data Scientist 409 261 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.25% 0.071%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.26% 0.075%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 168 53
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +25.00%
10th Percentile £363 £346 £412
90th Percentile £699 £625 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £500
% change year-on-year +11.76% -15.00% +63.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 0
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £26.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.08% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £26.00 -
% change year-on-year +73.08% - -

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 23 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Data Scientist over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 14 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 23 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 +124 390 £525 +5.00% 101
London +70 276 £563 +10.29% 57
UK excluding London +81 131 £475 +11.76% 45
Midlands +53 44 £475 +11.76% 5
West Midlands +55 32 £450 -2.70% 3
South East +8 29 £525 +40.00% 10
East of England -10 19 £500 +44.82% 9
North of England +69 17 £500 +3.90% 14
Scotland +11 14 £461 -2.89% 1
East Midlands -1 12 £543 +31.52% 2
Yorkshire +27 10 £500 +8.11% 4
North West +24 7 £500 +3.90% 9
South West -15 6 £475 +11.76% 6
Wales +10 2 - -

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 335 (81.91%) Python
2 257 (62.84%) R
3 254 (62.10%) Machine Learning
4 171 (41.81%) Analytics
5 147 (35.94%) SQL
6 140 (34.23%) Apache Spark
7 133 (32.52%) Mathematics
8 128 (31.30%) Hadoop
9 125 (30.56%) Algorithms
9 125 (30.56%) Big Data
10 118 (28.85%) Analytical Skills
11 116 (28.36%) Statistics
12 107 (26.16%) Visualisation
13 98 (23.96%) Degree
14 93 (22.74%) Computer Science
15 86 (21.03%) Tableau
16 71 (17.36%) Scala
17 59 (14.43%) Neural Network
18 58 (14.18%) PhD
19 56 (13.69%) Finance
20 55 (13.45%) Data Visualisation
21 54 (13.20%) Java
22 50 (12.22%) Business Intelligence
22 50 (12.22%) Agile Software Development
22 50 (12.22%) Amazon AWS
23 47 (11.49%) Natural Language Processing
23 47 (11.49%) Data Mining
24 46 (11.25%) Predictive Modelling
24 46 (11.25%) Predictive Analytics
25 45 (11.00%) Apache Hive

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
1 140 (34.23%) Apache Spark
2 30 (7.33%) SAS
3 20 (4.89%) Apache Pig
4 18 (4.40%) Jupyter
5 9 (2.20%) Apache
6 3 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.49%) Apache Solr
7 2 (0.49%) Confluence
7 2 (0.49%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.24%) Jetty
8 1 (0.24%) nginx
8 1 (0.24%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (2.20%) SPSS
2 5 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.22%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.22%) Weka
3 4 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.24%) Gephi
4 1 (0.24%) GNU Octave
4 1 (0.24%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (0.73%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.24%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 50 (12.22%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (6.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (5.13%) Google Cloud Platform
4 9 (2.20%) GitHub
5 4 (0.98%) Amazon S3
5 4 (0.98%) Azure Machine Learning
5 4 (0.98%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.49%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (0.49%) SaaS
7 1 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.24%) Amazon Kinesis
7 1 (0.24%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.24%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.24%) Heroku
7 1 (0.24%) PaaS
7 1 (0.24%) Route 53
7 1 (0.24%) Serverless
7 1 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.49%) Kerberos
2 1 (0.24%) Broadband
2 1 (0.24%) Internet
2 1 (0.24%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (31.30%) Hadoop
2 125 (30.56%) Big Data
3 47 (11.49%) Data Mining
4 45 (11.00%) Apache Hive
5 43 (10.51%) MongoDB
6 27 (6.60%) NoSQL
7 23 (5.62%) Power BI
8 19 (4.65%) Amazon Redshift
9 18 (4.40%) SQL Server
10 16 (3.91%) Apache Cassandra
11 15 (3.67%) QlikView
12 14 (3.42%) Geospatial Data
12 14 (3.42%) HBase
13 13 (3.18%) Spotfire
14 12 (2.93%) BigQuery
14 12 (2.93%) Neo4j
15 11 (2.69%) Text Mining
16 10 (2.44%) Mahout
16 10 (2.44%) MySQL
16 10 (2.44%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 9 (2.20%) JIRA
2 6 (1.47%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.73%) RStudio
3 3 (0.73%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (0.49%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.49%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.49%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.24%) Babel
5 1 (0.24%) Bower
5 1 (0.24%) GitLab
5 1 (0.24%) GoCD
5 1 (0.24%) Gradle
5 1 (0.24%) Grunt
5 1 (0.24%) Subversion
5 1 (0.24%) Talend Open Studio
5 1 (0.24%) Travis CI
General
1 56 (13.69%) Finance
2 44 (10.76%) Retail
3 38 (9.29%) Marketing
4 16 (3.91%) Telecoms
5 15 (3.67%) Banking
6 7 (1.71%) Electronics
6 7 (1.71%) Investment Banking
6 7 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.47%) Publishing
8 5 (1.22%) Advertising
8 5 (1.22%) Games
8 5 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.98%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.98%) Local Government
10 3 (0.73%) Automotive
11 2 (0.49%) Music Industry
12 1 (0.24%) Billing
12 1 (0.24%) Front Office
12 1 (0.24%) Law
12 1 (0.24%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (11.49%) Natural Language Processing
2 41 (10.02%) Pandas
3 35 (8.56%) scikit-learn
4 34 (8.31%) TensorFlow
5 33 (8.07%) D3.js
6 32 (7.82%) NumPy
7 24 (5.87%) Keras
8 17 (4.16%) Theano
9 13 (3.18%) JSON
9 13 (3.18%) Matplotlib
9 13 (3.18%) PySpark
9 13 (3.18%) SciPy
10 10 (2.44%) Web Services
11 9 (2.20%) Seaborn
12 8 (1.96%) Bokeh
12 8 (1.96%) ggplot
13 7 (1.71%) Kafka
13 7 (1.71%) MLlib
14 5 (1.22%) Unity (Game Engine)
14 5 (1.22%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 125 (30.56%) Algorithms
2 118 (28.85%) Analytical Skills
3 93 (22.74%) Computer Science
4 8 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (1.96%) User Experience
5 7 (1.71%) Linked Data
5 7 (1.71%) Semantic Web
6 5 (1.22%) Clustering
6 5 (1.22%) Management Information System
7 4 (0.98%) Digital Media
7 4 (0.98%) Fintech
7 4 (0.98%) Music Streaming
8 3 (0.73%) Blog
8 3 (0.73%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.73%) Life Science
9 2 (0.49%) Market Risk
10 1 (0.24%) Online Banking
10 1 (0.24%) PDA
10 1 (0.24%) Social Media
10 1 (0.24%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 10 (2.44%) Unix
2 9 (2.20%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 254 (62.10%) Machine Learning
2 171 (41.81%) Analytics
3 133 (32.52%) Mathematics
4 116 (28.36%) Statistics
5 107 (26.16%) Visualisation
6 59 (14.43%) Neural Network
7 55 (13.45%) Data Visualisation
8 50 (12.22%) Agile Software Development
8 50 (12.22%) Business Intelligence
9 46 (11.25%) Predictive Analytics
9 46 (11.25%) Predictive Modelling
10 43 (10.51%) Data Analysis
10 43 (10.51%) Deep Learning
10 43 (10.51%) Physics
11 41 (10.02%) Statistical Modelling
12 38 (9.29%) Artificial Intelligence
13 30 (7.33%) Data Analytics
14 29 (7.09%) Actionable Insight
14 29 (7.09%) Data Modelling
15 28 (6.85%) Bayesian Methods
Programming Languages
1 335 (81.91%) Python
2 257 (62.84%) R
3 147 (35.94%) SQL
4 71 (17.36%) Scala
5 54 (13.20%) Java
6 16 (3.91%) MATLAB
7 15 (3.67%) C#
8 12 (2.93%) C++
9 10 (2.44%) GraphQL
9 10 (2.44%) JavaScript
10 8 (1.96%) Shell Script
11 7 (1.71%) Ruby
11 7 (1.71%) SPARQL
12 6 (1.47%) VBA
13 4 (0.98%) C
14 3 (0.73%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.73%) VB
15 2 (0.49%) AWK
15 2 (0.49%) sed
15 2 (0.49%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 98 (23.96%) Degree
2 58 (14.18%) PhD
3 26 (6.36%) Computer Science Degree
4 17 (4.16%) Numerate Degree
5 15 (3.67%) Security Cleared
6 13 (3.18%) Master's Degree
7 11 (2.69%) SC Cleared
8 3 (0.73%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.24%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.24%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (6.36%) Data Quality
2 10 (2.44%) QA
3 3 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.24%) BS7666
4 1 (0.24%) GCP
System Software
1 9 (2.20%) Docker
2 7 (1.71%) HDFS
3 5 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.49%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 5 (1.22%) Hadoop YARN
2 3 (0.73%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.73%) Terraform
3 2 (0.49%) Ansible
3 2 (0.49%) Oozie
4 1 (0.24%) Ambari
Vendors
1 86 (21.03%) Tableau
2 24 (5.87%) Google
3 22 (5.38%) Microsoft
4 13 (3.18%) SAP
5 7 (1.71%) Hortonworks
5 7 (1.71%) MicroStrategy
6 6 (1.47%) Alteryx
7 5 (1.22%) Cloudera
7 5 (1.22%) Oracle
7 5 (1.22%) Splunk
8 4 (0.98%) ATG
8 4 (0.98%) Citrix
9 3 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.73%) Twitter
10 2 (0.49%) Apple
10 2 (0.49%) Cognos
10 2 (0.49%) Databricks
10 2 (0.49%) Teradata
11 1 (0.24%) BMC
11 1 (0.24%) Mapinfo