Period
to 26 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 26 May 2018 with a comparison to the 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.

Academic Degree
UK
6 months to
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 44 41 34
Rank change year-on-year -3 -7 +4
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,812 4,493 5,148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.74% 4.93% 4.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 24.88% 24.32% 22.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,888 2,784 3,250
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +1.82%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £230
90th Percentile £647 £613 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 230 250
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -14.29% +16.67%
10th Percentile £14.05 £11.47 £12.02
90th Percentile £62.50 £52.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +28.33% -20.00% +18.78%

Degree is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19,344 18,474 22,798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.06% 20.29% 21.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,595 11,562 14,174
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 863 930 850
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.46 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% -14.29% +55.56%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Degree in the UK

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Degree.

Contractor daily rate trend for Degree in the UK

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree over the 6 months to 26 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Degree in the UK

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Degree.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Degree in the UK

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree over the 6 months to 26 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Degree in the UK

Degree
Top 16 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 26 May 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 -5 4,373 £450 +5.76% 3,701
UK excluding London -6 2,496 £425 +6.25% 2,615
London -11 2,210 £500 +11.11% 1,310
South East -5 957 £445 +9.88% 705
North of England -2 536 £400 - 521
Midlands -9 308 £425 +11.84% 384
Scotland +3 256 £380 +8.57% 145
North West +6 217 £400 - 293
East of England -16 195 £400 +6.67% 505
Yorkshire -13 190 £425 +6.25% 164
West Midlands -15 175 £450 +20.00% 257
South West -12 148 £388 -8.82% 274
North East +28 138 £400 -1.23% 64
East Midlands +5 130 £405 +1.25% 127
Wales +8 70 £400 +14.29% 65
Northern Ireland +5 33 £432 +7.88% 16

For the 6 months to 26 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Degree.

1 1,613 (33.52%) Agile Software Development
2 1,440 (29.93%) Computer Science
3 1,286 (26.72%) Finance
4 933 (19.39%) Analytical Skills
5 849 (17.64%) SQL
6 844 (17.54%) Problem-Solving
7 813 (16.90%) Computer Science Degree
8 784 (16.29%) Java
9 739 (15.36%) Microsoft
10 733 (15.23%) Project Management
11 613 (12.74%) Python
12 549 (11.41%) Analytics
13 530 (11.01%) ITIL
14 525 (10.91%) Linux
15 522 (10.85%) Windows
16 508 (10.56%) JavaScript
17 468 (9.73%) Mathematics
18 465 (9.66%) Scrum
19 429 (8.92%) C#
20 428 (8.89%) Software Engineering
21 425 (8.83%) User Experience
22 420 (8.73%) SQL Server
23 405 (8.42%) HTML
24 381 (7.92%) Microsoft Excel
25 371 (7.71%) Stakeholder Management
26 367 (7.63%) .NET
27 363 (7.54%) Management Information System
28 362 (7.52%) Security Cleared
28 362 (7.52%) Git (software)
28 362 (7.52%) SDLC

Degree
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
1 141 (2.93%) SharePoint
2 127 (2.64%) Apache Spark
3 117 (2.43%) Apache
4 107 (2.22%) SAS
5 102 (2.12%) Confluence
6 74 (1.54%) MS Exchange
7 73 (1.52%) IIS
8 69 (1.43%) CMS
9 57 (1.18%) Skype for Business
10 50 (1.04%) OpenStack
11 48 (1.00%) Tomcat
12 42 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2010
13 40 (0.83%) Cloud Foundry
14 32 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
15 31 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
15 31 (0.64%) JBoss
16 30 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
17 28 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 28 (0.58%) WebSphere
18 26 (0.54%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 381 (7.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 278 (5.78%) Microsoft Office
3 187 (3.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 90 (1.87%) MS Visio
5 77 (1.60%) Microsoft Project
6 58 (1.21%) Photoshop
7 49 (1.02%) InVision
8 33 (0.69%) Adobe Illustrator
9 30 (0.62%) SPSS
10 26 (0.54%) InfoPath
11 24 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 24 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
12 16 (0.33%) UserZoom
13 11 (0.23%) Adobe After Effects
13 11 (0.23%) InDesign
14 10 (0.21%) Acrobat
14 10 (0.21%) Stata
15 8 (0.17%) Adobe Premiere
15 8 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
16 5 (0.10%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 21 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 19 (0.39%) SAP HR
3 17 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 14 (0.29%) SAP ERP
5 13 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
5 13 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.21%) Adobe Campaign
7 9 (0.19%) NetSuite
7 9 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 9 (0.19%) SAP FI
8 8 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
8 8 (0.17%) Eloqua
8 8 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.17%) ReMetrica
8 8 (0.17%) SAP CO
8 8 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
9 7 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
10 6 (0.12%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 337 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 334 (6.94%) Amazon AWS
3 127 (2.64%) Office 365
4 96 (2.00%) GitHub
5 91 (1.89%) PaaS
6 87 (1.81%) SaaS
7 57 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
8 55 (1.14%) IaaS
9 52 (1.08%) Google Analytics
10 39 (0.81%) Google Cloud Platform
11 34 (0.71%) OpenShift
12 23 (0.48%) Serverless
13 21 (0.44%) Force.com
14 20 (0.42%) Amazon S3
14 20 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
15 19 (0.39%) npm
16 17 (0.35%) Amazon SQS
17 15 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
17 15 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
18 14 (0.29%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 175 (3.64%) Firewall
2 129 (2.68%) DNS
3 113 (2.35%) Internet
4 102 (2.12%) TCP/IP
5 97 (2.02%) LAN
6 94 (1.95%) WAN
7 93 (1.93%) DHCP
8 69 (1.43%) SMS
9 63 (1.31%) Network Security
10 54 (1.12%) Wireless
11 53 (1.10%) VPN
12 52 (1.08%) HTTP
13 49 (1.02%) SAN
14 47 (0.98%) Skype
15 40 (0.83%) Kerberos
15 40 (0.83%) SSL
16 39 (0.81%) MPLS
17 34 (0.71%) SNMP
18 33 (0.69%) BGP
19 31 (0.64%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 420 (8.73%) SQL Server
2 257 (5.34%) Relational Database
3 224 (4.66%) Big Data
4 143 (2.97%) MySQL
5 141 (2.93%) PostgreSQL
6 139 (2.89%) Hadoop
7 128 (2.66%) NoSQL
8 105 (2.18%) MongoDB
9 99 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
10 76 (1.58%) Power BI
11 74 (1.54%) HBase
12 69 (1.43%) Oracle Database
13 66 (1.37%) RDBMS
14 62 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 60 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 58 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
17 56 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
18 52 (1.08%) Apache Hive
19 49 (1.02%) SQL Server 2014
20 45 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 362 (7.52%) Git (software)
2 248 (5.15%) JIRA
3 247 (5.13%) Jenkins
4 88 (1.83%) Visual Studio
5 86 (1.79%) Selenium
6 82 (1.70%) Gradle
7 76 (1.58%) JUnit
8 75 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
9 74 (1.54%) Subversion
10 70 (1.45%) Cucumber
10 70 (1.45%) Maven
11 52 (1.08%) TeamCity
12 49 (1.02%) Bitbucket
13 47 (0.98%) Axure RP
14 39 (0.81%) Eclipse
15 37 (0.77%) NUnit
15 37 (0.77%) SpecFlow
16 36 (0.75%) SonarQube
17 35 (0.73%) gulp
18 34 (0.71%) webpack
General
1 1,286 (26.72%) Finance
2 341 (7.09%) Banking
3 303 (6.30%) Marketing
4 237 (4.93%) Retail
5 230 (4.78%) Telecoms
6 197 (4.09%) Legal
7 153 (3.18%) Front Office
8 125 (2.60%) Investment Banking
9 111 (2.31%) Manufacturing
10 74 (1.54%) Electronics
11 67 (1.39%) Games
12 66 (1.37%) Advertising
13 61 (1.27%) Law
14 50 (1.04%) Back Office
15 47 (0.98%) Automotive
16 46 (0.96%) French Language
17 42 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
18 41 (0.85%) German Language
19 40 (0.83%) Financial Institution
20 38 (0.79%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,045 (21.72%) Developer
2 737 (15.32%) Analyst
3 302 (6.28%) Architect
4 299 (6.21%) Java Developer
5 277 (5.76%) Project Manager
6 269 (5.59%) Business Analyst
7 188 (3.91%) Consultant
8 187 (3.89%) Designer
9 174 (3.62%) User Researcher
10 153 (3.18%) C# Developer
11 140 (2.91%) Senior Developer
12 110 (2.29%) Software Engineer
13 104 (2.16%) Data Analyst
14 103 (2.14%) IT Manager
15 90 (1.87%) .NET Developer
16 86 (1.79%) UX Designer
17 83 (1.72%) Administrator
18 82 (1.70%) Senior Analyst
19 80 (1.66%) Data Scientist
20 76 (1.58%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 405 (8.42%) HTML
2 367 (7.63%) .NET
3 356 (7.40%) CSS
4 285 (5.92%) Web Services
5 235 (4.88%) Spring
6 198 (4.11%) REST
7 182 (3.78%) AngularJS
8 178 (3.70%) XML
9 160 (3.33%) JSON
10 153 (3.18%) RESTful
11 142 (2.95%) HTML5
12 128 (2.66%) jQuery
13 125 (2.60%) Kafka
14 114 (2.37%) Node.js
15 105 (2.18%) SOAP
16 95 (1.97%) ASP.NET
17 86 (1.79%) WPF
18 83 (1.72%) React
19 82 (1.70%) Middleware
20 81 (1.68%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 1,440 (29.93%) Computer Science
2 933 (19.39%) Analytical Skills
3 425 (8.83%) User Experience
4 363 (7.54%) Management Information System
5 232 (4.82%) Self-Motivation
6 165 (3.43%) Data Centre
7 162 (3.37%) Algorithms
8 147 (3.05%) Mobile App
9 123 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
10 109 (2.27%) Virtual Team
11 99 (2.06%) Data Structures
12 74 (1.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 74 (1.54%) PMI
13 62 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
14 61 (1.27%) Fixed Income
15 50 (1.04%) Derivative
16 49 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
17 48 (1.00%) Fintech
17 48 (1.00%) Hedge funds
18 47 (0.98%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 525 (10.91%) Linux
2 522 (10.85%) Windows
3 294 (6.11%) Unix
4 196 (4.07%) Windows Server
5 129 (2.68%) Android
6 121 (2.51%) Apple iOS
7 120 (2.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 88 (1.83%) Windows Server 2012
9 62 (1.29%) Windows 10
9 62 (1.29%) Windows Server 2003
10 56 (1.16%) Windows 7
11 46 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (0.33%) Solaris
13 15 (0.31%) Windows 8
14 12 (0.25%) Mac OS
15 10 (0.21%) CentOS
15 10 (0.21%) Mac OS X
15 10 (0.21%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.19%) VMS
17 8 (0.17%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,613 (33.52%) Agile Software Development
2 844 (17.54%) Problem-Solving
3 733 (15.23%) Project Management
4 549 (11.41%) Analytics
5 530 (11.01%) ITIL
6 468 (9.73%) Mathematics
7 465 (9.66%) Scrum
8 428 (8.89%) Software Engineering
9 371 (7.71%) Stakeholder Management
10 362 (7.52%) SDLC
11 346 (7.19%) TDD
12 332 (6.90%) Continuous Integration
13 326 (6.77%) Decision-Making
14 306 (6.36%) DevOps
15 299 (6.21%) Test Automation
16 284 (5.90%) OO
17 277 (5.76%) Business Analysis
18 257 (5.34%) PRINCE2
19 243 (5.05%) Migration
20 236 (4.90%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 849 (17.64%) SQL
2 784 (16.29%) Java
3 613 (12.74%) Python
4 508 (10.56%) JavaScript
5 429 (8.92%) C#
6 291 (6.05%) C++
7 213 (4.43%) C
8 152 (3.16%) PowerShell
9 128 (2.66%) R
10 111 (2.31%) Shell Script
11 102 (2.12%) Perl
12 100 (2.08%) Scala
13 93 (1.93%) Ruby
14 91 (1.89%) Bash Shell
15 88 (1.83%) Java 8
16 80 (1.66%) VBA
17 73 (1.52%) T-SQL
18 63 (1.31%) PL/SQL
19 55 (1.14%) PHP
20 54 (1.12%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 813 (16.90%) Computer Science Degree
2 362 (7.52%) Security Cleared
3 321 (6.67%) Master's Degree
4 260 (5.40%) SC Cleared
5 214 (4.45%) CISSP
6 185 (3.84%) PMI Certification
7 174 (3.62%) Numerate Degree
8 151 (3.14%) Microsoft Certification
9 145 (3.01%) PMP
10 136 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
11 100 (2.08%) CISM
12 80 (1.66%) CCNP
13 78 (1.62%) MCSE
14 75 (1.56%) ISEB
15 73 (1.52%) CISA
16 71 (1.48%) CCNA
17 61 (1.27%) PhD
18 59 (1.23%) MBA
19 57 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
20 55 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 227 (4.72%) QA
2 125 (2.60%) GDPR
3 95 (1.97%) PMO
4 82 (1.70%) Data Quality
5 69 (1.43%) PCI DSS
6 67 (1.39%) SLA
7 62 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 37 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 32 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
10 26 (0.54%) COBIT
11 23 (0.48%) ISO 9001
12 18 (0.37%) Def Stans
13 15 (0.31%) GCP
14 13 (0.27%) IFRS
15 10 (0.21%) IFRS 9
16 8 (0.17%) ISO 22301
16 8 (0.17%) MiFID
17 6 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
17 6 (0.12%) HL7
17 6 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 203 (4.22%) Active Directory
2 134 (2.78%) Docker
3 106 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 58 (1.21%) XenApp
5 46 (0.96%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 45 (0.94%) Hyper-V
7 44 (0.91%) HDFS
8 43 (0.89%) XenDesktop
9 31 (0.64%) vSphere
10 26 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
11 25 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (0.37%) Apache Flume
13 17 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
14 16 (0.33%) Firmware
15 10 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
15 10 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (0.19%) XenServer
17 8 (0.17%) BitLocker
18 7 (0.15%) Terminal Services
18 7 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 101 (2.10%) Ansible
2 58 (1.21%) Puppet
3 52 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
4 51 (1.06%) Kubernetes
4 51 (1.06%) SCCM
5 45 (0.94%) Hadoop YARN
6 32 (0.67%) Terraform
7 28 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
8 24 (0.50%) HP ALM
9 23 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
9 23 (0.48%) SCOM
10 22 (0.46%) Salt
11 17 (0.35%) Nagios
12 16 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 15 (0.31%) Microsoft Clustering
13 15 (0.31%) Oozie
14 12 (0.25%) BladeLogic
15 11 (0.23%) CA Single Sign-On
15 11 (0.23%) Cisco Prime
15 11 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 739 (15.36%) Microsoft
2 328 (6.82%) Oracle
3 194 (4.03%) SAP
4 182 (3.78%) Cisco
5 163 (3.39%) VMware
6 127 (2.64%) Google
7 113 (2.35%) Citrix
8 111 (2.31%) Adobe
9 107 (2.22%) Tableau
10 105 (2.18%) HP
11 89 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
12 67 (1.39%) IBM
13 65 (1.35%) Splunk
14 57 (1.18%) Red Hat
15 47 (0.98%) Ivanti
16 46 (0.96%) Atlassian
17 37 (0.77%) CheckPoint
17 37 (0.77%) ServiceNow
18 32 (0.67%) SolarWinds
19 31 (0.64%) Apple