Period
to 18 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Data Scientist was £528 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 June 2018.

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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 517 564 699
Rank change year-on-year +47 +135 +65
Contract jobs requiring a Data Scientist 388 274 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.30% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.32% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 188 148
UK median daily rate £528 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.55% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £400 £389 £388
90th Percentile £675 £704 £679
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £469 £480
% change year-on-year +1.33% -2.34% +9.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
UK median hourly rate £37.75 - £30.21
10th Percentile £26.50 - £29.79
90th Percentile £128.38 - £30.62
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 - £30.21

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 94,397 86,272 100,584
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.98% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,783 55,878 65,278
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.09% +5.10%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,055 2,875 3,066
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.96 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.06% -5.20% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -10.00% +18.96%

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 18 June 2018.

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 18 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 15 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 18 June 2018. 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 +44 370 £538 +2.38% 66
London -1 268 £550 +4.76% 37
UK excluding London +51 117 £475 +1.33% 29
South East +31 49 £500 +8.11% 4
East of England +13 22 £500 - 6
Midlands 0 15 £475 +2.70% 3
North of England -7 15 £450 +5.88% 11
Scotland -38 11 £450 -10.00% 1
East Midlands +8 9 £675 +36.71%
Yorkshire - 9 £438 -
West Midlands -19 6 £475 +2.70% 3
North West -28 4 £431 +1.47% 11
Wales - 3 - - 1
South West +18 2 £450 - 3
North East +4 1 £525 +9.15%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, Data Scientist contract jobs required the following IT 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.

1 384 (98.97%) Data Science
2 328 (84.54%) Python
3 256 (65.98%) Machine Learning
4 214 (55.15%) R
5 156 (40.21%) Analytics
6 149 (38.40%) Mathematics
7 131 (33.76%) Big Data
8 125 (32.22%) SQL
9 118 (30.41%) Apache Spark
10 110 (28.35%) Statistics
10 110 (28.35%) Computer Science
11 107 (27.58%) Hadoop
12 105 (27.06%) Algorithms
13 102 (26.29%) Visualisation
14 85 (21.91%) Analytical Skills
15 81 (20.88%) PhD
16 78 (20.10%) Scala
17 77 (19.85%) Degree
17 77 (19.85%) Deep Learning
18 75 (19.33%) Finance
19 72 (18.56%) Java
20 63 (16.24%) Agile Software Development
21 62 (15.98%) Data Analysis
22 57 (14.69%) TensorFlow
23 51 (13.14%) Artificial Intelligence
24 50 (12.89%) Apache Hive
24 50 (12.89%) Pandas
25 48 (12.37%) Natural Language Processing
25 48 (12.37%) SAS
26 47 (12.11%) Tableau

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
1 118 (30.41%) Apache Spark
2 48 (12.37%) SAS
3 37 (9.54%) Jupyter
4 28 (7.22%) Apache Pig
5 26 (6.70%) Apache
6 8 (2.06%) Elasticsearch
6 8 (2.06%) nginx
7 7 (1.80%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.77%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.26%) DNN
Applications
1 9 (2.32%) Chatbot
2 4 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.52%) SPSS
4 1 (0.26%) Weka
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) Finacle
1 1 (0.26%) FLEXCUBE
Cloud Services
1 39 (10.05%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (3.61%) Google Cloud Platform
4 10 (2.58%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (1.80%) Azure Machine Learning
6 5 (1.29%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.77%) Amazon Kinesis
8 2 (0.52%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (0.52%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.26%) Adobe Analytics
9 1 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
9 1 (0.26%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.26%) Dialogflow
9 1 (0.26%) GitHub
9 1 (0.26%) PaaS
9 1 (0.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.03%) SMS
2 1 (0.26%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (33.76%) Big Data
2 107 (27.58%) Hadoop
3 50 (12.89%) Apache Hive
4 34 (8.76%) Data Mining
5 27 (6.96%) NoSQL
6 26 (6.70%) Power BI
7 20 (5.15%) HBase
8 18 (4.64%) Apache Cassandra
9 16 (4.12%) MongoDB
10 15 (3.87%) Impala
11 11 (2.84%) Geospatial Data
12 9 (2.32%) Relational Database
13 8 (2.06%) Amazon RDS
13 8 (2.06%) QlikView
14 7 (1.80%) BigQuery
15 6 (1.55%) MySQL
15 6 (1.55%) Neo4j
15 6 (1.55%) SQL Server
16 5 (1.29%) RDBMS
16 5 (1.29%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 28 (7.22%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.03%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.52%) JIRA
3 2 (0.52%) LabVIEW
3 2 (0.52%) RStudio
4 1 (0.26%) CMake
4 1 (0.26%) Jasmine
4 1 (0.26%) Karma Test Runner
4 1 (0.26%) Mocha
4 1 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 75 (19.33%) Finance
2 45 (11.60%) Retail
3 36 (9.28%) Banking
4 33 (8.51%) Marketing
5 18 (4.64%) Games
6 9 (2.32%) Retail Banking
7 7 (1.80%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.55%) Manufacturing
9 4 (1.03%) Advertising
9 4 (1.03%) Automotive
9 4 (1.03%) Military
10 3 (0.77%) Private Banking
10 3 (0.77%) Publishing
11 2 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.26%) Billing
12 1 (0.26%) Law
12 1 (0.26%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (14.69%) TensorFlow
2 50 (12.89%) Pandas
3 48 (12.37%) Natural Language Processing
4 34 (8.76%) NumPy
5 33 (8.51%) PySpark
6 28 (7.22%) Keras
7 22 (5.67%) scikit-learn
8 20 (5.15%) Matplotlib
9 16 (4.12%) D3.js
10 15 (3.87%) Kafka
11 12 (3.09%) Unity (Game Engine)
11 12 (3.09%) Unreal Engine
11 12 (3.09%) Velocity
12 10 (2.58%) Flask
12 10 (2.58%) Seaborn
12 10 (2.58%) Theano
13 7 (1.80%) Deeplearning4j
13 7 (1.80%) SciPy
14 6 (1.55%) Akka
14 6 (1.55%) OpenCV
Miscellaneous
1 110 (28.35%) Computer Science
2 105 (27.06%) Algorithms
3 85 (21.91%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (4.12%) Data Structures
5 12 (3.09%) User Experience
6 6 (1.55%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (0.77%) Derivative
7 3 (0.77%) Equity Derivative
7 3 (0.77%) Equity Risk
7 3 (0.77%) Fintech
7 3 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (0.77%) Management Information System
7 3 (0.77%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.52%) Blog
8 2 (0.52%) Clustering
8 2 (0.52%) FMCG
8 2 (0.52%) iPad
8 2 (0.52%) New Media
8 2 (0.52%) Robotics
8 2 (0.52%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 25 (6.44%) Linux
2 6 (1.55%) Unix
3 2 (0.52%) Windows
4 1 (0.26%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 384 (98.97%) Data Science
2 256 (65.98%) Machine Learning
3 156 (40.21%) Analytics
4 149 (38.40%) Mathematics
5 110 (28.35%) Statistics
6 102 (26.29%) Visualisation
7 77 (19.85%) Deep Learning
8 63 (16.24%) Agile Software Development
9 62 (15.98%) Data Analysis
10 51 (13.14%) Artificial Intelligence
11 41 (10.57%) Open Source
12 40 (10.31%) ETL
13 39 (10.05%) Business Intelligence
13 39 (10.05%) Data Analytics
14 37 (9.54%) Problem-Solving
15 34 (8.76%) Data Visualisation
16 30 (7.73%) MapReduce
17 26 (6.70%) Decision-Making
17 26 (6.70%) Software Engineering
18 25 (6.44%) Physics
Programming Languages
1 328 (84.54%) Python
2 214 (55.15%) R
3 125 (32.22%) SQL
4 78 (20.10%) Scala
5 72 (18.56%) Java
6 28 (7.22%) MATLAB
7 22 (5.67%) C++
8 11 (2.84%) C#
9 7 (1.80%) C
10 6 (1.55%) PL/SQL
11 5 (1.29%) JavaScript
11 5 (1.29%) Perl
12 4 (1.03%) VBA
13 2 (0.52%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.52%) Julia
14 1 (0.26%) Kotlin
14 1 (0.26%) Ruby
14 1 (0.26%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.26%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 81 (20.88%) PhD
2 77 (19.85%) Degree
3 18 (4.64%) Master's Degree
4 16 (4.12%) Security Cleared
5 15 (3.87%) Numerate Degree
5 15 (3.87%) SC Cleared
6 12 (3.09%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.26%) GIAC
7 1 (0.26%) MBA
7 1 (0.26%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.35%) Data Quality
2 5 (1.29%) QA
3 2 (0.52%) GCP
System Software
1 15 (3.87%) Docker
2 10 (2.58%) Apache Flume
3 2 (0.52%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 7 (1.80%) Terraform
2 6 (1.55%) Kubernetes
3 4 (1.03%) Ambari
4 3 (0.77%) Ansible
5 2 (0.52%) Apache Slider
Vendors
1 47 (12.11%) Tableau
2 27 (6.96%) Google
3 14 (3.61%) MapR
4 13 (3.35%) Microsoft
5 12 (3.09%) Cloudera
5 12 (3.09%) Oracle
6 11 (2.84%) Alteryx
6 11 (2.84%) Hortonworks
7 6 (1.55%) Splunk
8 5 (1.29%) Capita
8 5 (1.29%) RapidMiner
9 4 (1.03%) Talend
10 3 (0.77%) Sybase
11 2 (0.52%) Attivio
11 2 (0.52%) Cognos
11 2 (0.52%) Databricks
11 2 (0.52%) IBM
11 2 (0.52%) MuleSoft
11 2 (0.52%) Omniture
11 2 (0.52%) Salesforce.com