Degree Contracts

Academic Degree
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Degree qualifications. It includes a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months leading up to 25 June 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
25 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 18 28 31
Rank change year-on-year +10 +3 -7
Contract jobs citing Degree 3,597 3,717 5,487
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.24% 6.69% 6.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 27.54% 24.78% 28.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,943 2,295 3,408
10th Percentile £225 £270 £300
25th Percentile £375 £414 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £530 £520
Median % change year-on-year -5.66% +1.92% +4.00%
75th Percentile £615 £675 £625
90th Percentile £738 £798 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -2.50% +11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 418 201 262
10th Percentile £14.25 £16.25 £14.25
25th Percentile £21.90 £22.50 £20.43
Median hourly rate £40.00 £50.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year -20.00% +42.86% -7.65%
75th Percentile £61.30 £65.00 £51.75
90th Percentile £72.50 £81.37 £67.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.33 £49.28 £31.00
% change year-on-year -18.17% +58.97% -18.42%

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

Degree falls under the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications.

Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 13,062 15,003 18,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.91% 27.01% 21.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,100 9,981 12,683
10th Percentile £310 £349 £345
25th Percentile £425 £450 £430
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £638 £650 £630
90th Percentile £738 £740 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +10.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,112 750 778
10th Percentile £13.99 £15.19 £14.25
25th Percentile £18.34 £21.67 £20.00
Median hourly rate £40.00 £55.00 £44.50
Median % change year-on-year -27.27% +23.60% +34.85%
75th Percentile £63.49 £68.75 £59.22
90th Percentile £76.15 £80.00 £67.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.27 £52.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -21.40% +50.00% +25.00%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Degree as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Degree in the UK

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Degree in the UK

Degree
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Degree over the 6 months to 25 June 2024.

Daily rate histogram for Degree in the UK

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Degree in the UK

Degree
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Degree over the 6 months to 25 June 2024.

Hourly rate histogram for Degree in the UK

Degree
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 Degree within the UK over the 6 months to 25 June 2024. 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 +9 3,096 £500 -9.09% 4,890
UK excluding London +11 1,822 £488 -2.50% 3,464
London +7 1,428 £515 -10.43% 1,875
Work from Home +15 1,204 £510 -2.90% 2,518
South East +14 508 £500 - 923
North of England +21 396 £510 +4.94% 807
South West +4 249 £525 -8.70% 542
Midlands +10 245 £425 -10.53% 619
North West +10 239 £525 +8.02% 451
Scotland +12 185 £450 +5.88% 191
East of England +11 178 £470 -6.00% 407
West Midlands +7 158 £475 - 381
Yorkshire +34 115 £483 -12.27% 258
East Midlands +9 86 £255 -47.22% 238
Wales +9 45 £508 -3.33% 101
North East +23 40 £575 +105.36% 117
Northern Ireland +4 27 £400 +3.23% 34

Degree
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 131 (3.64%) SharePoint
2 120 (3.34%) Microsoft Exchange
3 110 (3.06%) Confluence
4 26 (0.72%) CMS
5 25 (0.70%) Apache Spark
5 25 (0.70%) SAS
6 22 (0.61%) Apache
7 11 (0.31%) Apache Airflow
8 10 (0.28%) ArcGIS
8 10 (0.28%) IIS
9 7 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.19%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 6 (0.17%) Drupal
11 5 (0.14%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.14%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.14%) WordPress
12 4 (0.11%) IBM Domino
12 4 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.11%) Tomcat
Applications
1 388 (10.79%) Microsoft Office
2 309 (8.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 158 (4.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 144 (4.00%) Chatbot
5 91 (2.53%) MS Visio
6 72 (2.00%) Microsoft Project
7 38 (1.06%) Simulink
8 29 (0.81%) Photoshop
9 28 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
10 18 (0.50%) Adobe Illustrator
11 15 (0.42%) Acrobat
12 14 (0.39%) Sketch
13 13 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 11 (0.31%) Stateflow
15 10 (0.28%) Trello
16 8 (0.22%) Adobe XD
16 8 (0.22%) AutoCAD
16 8 (0.22%) SPSS
17 7 (0.19%) Adobe After Effects
17 7 (0.19%) InVision
Business Applications
1 47 (1.31%) SAP S/4HANA
2 29 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 18 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.36%) Endur
4 13 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
5 12 (0.33%) Dynamics GP
5 12 (0.33%) Teamcenter
6 9 (0.25%) SAP ERP
6 9 (0.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 8 (0.22%) Magento
7 8 (0.22%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 7 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 7 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
9 6 (0.17%) ENOVIA
9 6 (0.17%) ION MarketView
9 6 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
10 5 (0.14%) NetSuite
10 5 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
10 5 (0.14%) SAP PM
10 5 (0.14%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 646 (17.96%) Azure
2 347 (9.65%) AWS
3 219 (6.09%) Microsoft 365
4 198 (5.50%) Power Platform
5 156 (4.34%) GCP
6 121 (3.36%) Azure DevOps
7 91 (2.53%) SaaS
8 81 (2.25%) Dynamics 365
9 70 (1.95%) Entra ID
10 63 (1.75%) GitHub
11 61 (1.70%) PaaS
12 58 (1.61%) PowerApps
13 57 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
14 46 (1.28%) Power Automate
15 44 (1.22%) Serverless
16 39 (1.08%) Snowflake
17 37 (1.03%) IaaS
18 29 (0.81%) Azure Monitor
18 29 (0.81%) OCI
19 28 (0.78%) Figma
Communications & Networking
1 161 (4.48%) Firewall
2 107 (2.97%) DNS
3 87 (2.42%) LAN
4 86 (2.39%) DHCP
5 84 (2.34%) WAN
6 65 (1.81%) VPN
7 54 (1.50%) Network Security
8 52 (1.45%) SSL
9 50 (1.39%) TCP/IP
10 47 (1.31%) SAN
10 47 (1.31%) VoIP
11 44 (1.22%) Ethernet
11 44 (1.22%) Internet
12 39 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
13 32 (0.89%) Wireless
14 26 (0.72%) VLAN
15 24 (0.67%) 5G
16 20 (0.56%) SD-WAN
17 19 (0.53%) Wireshark
18 18 (0.50%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 169 (4.70%) SQL Server
2 158 (4.39%) Power BI
3 90 (2.50%) Relational Database
4 84 (2.34%) Tableau
5 74 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
6 63 (1.75%) Big Data
7 62 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
8 59 (1.64%) MySQL
9 57 (1.58%) Data Lake
10 51 (1.42%) NoSQL
11 44 (1.22%) Metadata
12 28 (0.78%) Oracle Database
13 26 (0.72%) Hadoop
14 24 (0.67%) MongoDB
15 22 (0.61%) Data Mining
15 22 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 19 (0.53%) GIS
17 18 (0.50%) BigQuery
17 18 (0.50%) Qlik Sense
18 16 (0.44%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 216 (6.01%) JIRA
2 169 (4.70%) Git
3 67 (1.86%) Jenkins
4 47 (1.31%) GitLab
5 40 (1.11%) Bitbucket
6 38 (1.06%) Rational DOORS
7 24 (0.67%) Visual Studio
8 20 (0.56%) Selenium
9 16 (0.44%) Gradle
9 16 (0.44%) Subversion
9 16 (0.44%) TeamCity
10 15 (0.42%) JUnit
11 12 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 12 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (0.31%) Oracle APEX
12 11 (0.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 11 (0.31%) webpack
13 10 (0.28%) Maven
14 8 (0.22%) Artifactory
14 8 (0.22%) Postman
General
1 1,598 (44.43%) Social Skills
2 798 (22.19%) Finance
3 772 (21.46%) Analytical Skills
4 318 (8.84%) Public Sector
5 207 (5.75%) Telecoms
6 196 (5.45%) Marketing
7 195 (5.42%) Banking
8 147 (4.09%) Legal
9 146 (4.06%) Presentation Skills
10 127 (3.53%) Manufacturing
11 116 (3.22%) Organisational Skills
12 107 (2.97%) Retail
13 106 (2.95%) Electronics
14 91 (2.53%) Front Office
15 78 (2.17%) Influencing Skills
16 67 (1.86%) Pharmaceutical
17 55 (1.53%) Documentation Skills
18 51 (1.42%) Law
19 50 (1.39%) Inclusion and Diversity
20 47 (1.31%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 464 (12.90%) Analyst
2 460 (12.79%) Developer
3 373 (10.37%) Architect
4 311 (8.65%) Senior
5 215 (5.98%) Project Manager
6 193 (5.37%) Business Analyst
7 190 (5.28%) Lead
8 168 (4.67%) Consultant
9 141 (3.92%) Software Developer
10 126 (3.50%) Solutions Architect
11 116 (3.22%) Software Engineer
12 84 (2.34%) Designer
13 80 (2.22%) Support Engineer
14 65 (1.81%) DevOps Engineer
15 64 (1.78%) Data Analyst
16 61 (1.70%) Network Engineer
17 60 (1.67%) Java Developer
18 54 (1.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 53 (1.47%) Administrator
20 52 (1.45%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 241 (6.70%) HTML
2 122 (3.39%) .NET
3 120 (3.34%) CSS
4 96 (2.67%) React
5 88 (2.45%) Web Services
6 82 (2.28%) REST
7 72 (2.00%) AngularJS
8 60 (1.67%) XML
9 50 (1.39%) Kafka
10 46 (1.28%) Spring
11 43 (1.20%) .NET Framework
11 43 (1.20%) RESTful
12 39 (1.08%) JSON
13 34 (0.95%) Middleware
14 31 (0.86%) Node.js
15 29 (0.81%) ASP.NET
15 29 (0.81%) Pandas
16 25 (0.70%) ARM Templates
17 24 (0.67%) .NET Core
17 24 (0.67%) NumPy
Miscellaneous
1 284 (7.90%) Management Information System
2 203 (5.64%) Self-Motivation
3 113 (3.14%) Data Centre
4 107 (2.97%) Algorithms
5 97 (2.70%) PKI
6 76 (2.11%) Product Ownership
7 67 (1.86%) Data Structures
8 61 (1.70%) Virtual Team
9 59 (1.64%) Data Protection Act
10 58 (1.61%) Derivative
11 57 (1.58%) FPGA
12 53 (1.47%) VHDL
13 40 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
14 39 (1.08%) Fixed Income
14 39 (1.08%) Onboarding
15 38 (1.06%) Distributed Systems
16 37 (1.03%) Cyber Threat
16 37 (1.03%) Security Operations Centre
17 34 (0.95%) Security Posture
18 33 (0.92%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 382 (10.62%) Windows
2 214 (5.95%) Linux
3 126 (3.50%) Windows Server
4 118 (3.28%) Unix
5 85 (2.36%) Windows 10
6 51 (1.42%) Android
6 51 (1.42%) Windows Server 2019
7 47 (1.31%) Windows Server 2016
8 40 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 29 (0.81%) Windows 7
10 24 (0.67%) Apple iOS
11 20 (0.56%) Mac OS
12 14 (0.39%) Windows XP
13 13 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 13 (0.36%) Solaris
14 9 (0.25%) Embedded Linux
14 9 (0.25%) VMS
15 8 (0.22%) Windows 8
15 8 (0.22%) zOS
16 7 (0.19%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,252 (34.81%) Computer Science
2 1,006 (27.97%) Problem-Solving
3 817 (22.71%) Agile
4 559 (15.54%) Project Management
5 408 (11.34%) Software Engineering
6 349 (9.70%) DevOps
7 344 (9.56%) Analytics
8 309 (8.59%) ITIL
9 291 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
10 273 (7.59%) Decision-Making
11 267 (7.42%) Continuous Improvement
12 252 (7.01%) Migration
13 241 (6.70%) Artificial Intelligence
14 227 (6.31%) Business Intelligence
15 216 (6.01%) Project Delivery
15 216 (6.01%) Roadmaps
16 206 (5.73%) Scrum
17 205 (5.70%) CI/CD
18 198 (5.50%) Cybersecurity
19 193 (5.37%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 595 (16.54%) SQL
2 554 (15.40%) Python
3 325 (9.04%) JavaScript
4 298 (8.28%) C#
5 233 (6.48%) Java
6 188 (5.23%) PowerShell
7 115 (3.20%) C++
8 79 (2.20%) C
9 59 (1.64%) Bash
10 55 (1.53%) R
11 49 (1.36%) TypeScript
12 42 (1.17%) MATLAB
13 41 (1.14%) PL/SQL
14 40 (1.11%) Perl
15 35 (0.97%) Shell Script
16 31 (0.86%) VBA
16 31 (0.86%) VBScript
17 27 (0.75%) Scala
17 27 (0.75%) VB
18 26 (0.72%) Go
Qualifications
1 844 (23.46%) Computer Science Degree
2 529 (14.71%) Security Cleared
3 447 (12.43%) Master's Degree
4 373 (10.37%) SC Cleared
5 182 (5.06%) DV Cleared
6 134 (3.73%) PMI Certification
7 128 (3.56%) PMP
8 127 (3.53%) Cisco Certification
9 99 (2.75%) Microsoft Certification
10 89 (2.47%) CISSP
11 82 (2.28%) CCNA
12 80 (2.22%) Azure Certification
13 76 (2.11%) PhD
14 64 (1.78%) CCNP
15 60 (1.67%) Numerate Degree
16 55 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
17 48 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
18 42 (1.17%) HND
19 41 (1.14%) CISM
20 36 (1.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (5.34%) QA
2 108 (3.00%) Data Quality
3 74 (2.06%) GDPR
4 69 (1.92%) PMO
5 67 (1.86%) SLA
6 50 (1.39%) Accessibility
7 46 (1.28%) PCI DSS
8 40 (1.11%) NIST
9 31 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 17 (0.47%) GRC
11 16 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
11 16 (0.44%) GxP
12 15 (0.42%) HIPAA
13 12 (0.33%) Good Clinical Practice
13 12 (0.33%) NIST 800
14 11 (0.31%) California Consumer Privacy Act
14 11 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
14 11 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 10 (0.28%) MiFID
16 9 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 278 (7.73%) Active Directory
2 117 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (2.45%) Docker
4 62 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
5 42 (1.17%) Hyper-V
6 38 (1.06%) Firmware
7 32 (0.89%) vSphere
8 30 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
8 30 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (0.67%) VMware NSX
10 15 (0.42%) KVM
11 12 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (0.14%) BitLocker
13 5 (0.14%) Embedded Firmware
14 4 (0.11%) HDFS
14 4 (0.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
14 4 (0.11%) vCloud
14 4 (0.11%) VirtualBox
15 2 (0.056%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 128 (3.56%) Kubernetes
2 113 (3.14%) SCCM
3 95 (2.64%) Terraform
4 65 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
5 46 (1.28%) Ansible
6 45 (1.25%) WSUS
7 42 (1.17%) SCOM
8 33 (0.92%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 29 (0.81%) vCenter Server
10 26 (0.72%) NetBackup
11 25 (0.70%) Single Sign-On
12 14 (0.39%) EMC NetWorker
12 14 (0.39%) Grafana
13 12 (0.33%) Nagios
14 11 (0.31%) Kibana
14 11 (0.31%) PingFederate
15 10 (0.28%) logstash
15 10 (0.28%) Nessus
16 9 (0.25%) Jamf Pro
17 8 (0.22%) OpenView
Vendors
1 754 (20.96%) Microsoft
2 196 (5.45%) Oracle
3 193 (5.37%) SAP
4 134 (3.73%) VMware
5 131 (3.64%) Cisco
5 131 (3.64%) Google
6 121 (3.36%) PayPal
7 112 (3.11%) ServiceNow
8 78 (2.17%) Adobe
9 75 (2.09%) Salesforce
10 56 (1.56%) EMC
11 55 (1.53%) Atlassian
12 40 (1.11%) HP
13 39 (1.08%) Databricks
13 39 (1.08%) IBM
14 38 (1.06%) Juniper
15 33 (0.92%) Citrix
16 31 (0.86%) Alteryx
17 29 (0.81%) Palo Alto
17 29 (0.81%) Splunk