Period
to 26 September 2017

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 September 2017 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 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 34 41
Rank change year-on-year -8 +7 -5
Contract jobs citing Degree 4792 5327 4866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.84% 4.99% 4.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.82% 23.48% 22.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 2964 3294 2745
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -2.55% +2.61%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £240
90th Percentile £624 £588 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 250 239 277
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £28.00 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -10.94% -0.19%
10th Percentile £12.68 £11.48 £12.02
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.01 £47.62
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £36.59
% change year-on-year +1.54% -11.17% +14.33%

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 18557 22686 21774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 21.25% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11261 14098 12915
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £233 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 828 1077
UK median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.36% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.12 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.42 £47.88 £48.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.36% +14.01% +20.60%

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 September 2017.

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 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Degree in the UK

Degree
Top 18 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 September 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 -7 4368 £438 +4.17% 959
UK excluding London -4 2481 £400 +6.67% 642
London -6 2176 £475 +5.56% 372
South East +1 918 £400 +1.27% 158
North of England -14 427 £400 +21.21% 176
Midlands +6 358 £400 - 82
South West +11 239 £425 +6.25% 59
East of England -9 230 £350 +2.19% 112
Scotland -11 196 £375 +13.64% 41
West Midlands 0 188 £375 -3.85% 44
East Midlands +15 167 £410 +2.50% 37
Yorkshire +15 166 £425 +10.39% 58
North West -5 156 £363 -7.05% 104
North East 0 105 £440 +46.67% 14
Wales +35 62 £356 +3.64% 6
Northern Ireland -12 58 £435 +45.00% 6
Isle of Man +1 1 £225 -48.57% 1
Channel Islands -2 1 £190 - 1

For the 6 months to 26 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Degree.

1 1457 (30.40%) Agile Software Development
2 1416 (29.55%) Computer Science
3 1379 (28.78%) Finance
4 929 (19.39%) Analytical Skills
5 858 (17.90%) SQL
6 808 (16.86%) Computer Science Degree
7 774 (16.15%) Microsoft
8 758 (15.82%) Project Management
9 682 (14.23%) Java
10 532 (11.10%) ITIL
11 491 (10.25%) Linux
12 481 (10.04%) Banking
13 478 (9.97%) Windows
14 469 (9.79%) Scrum
15 468 (9.77%) JavaScript
16 460 (9.60%) Mathematics
17 452 (9.43%) C#
18 431 (8.99%) HTML
19 419 (8.74%) Oracle
20 414 (8.64%) SQL Server
20 414 (8.64%) Analytics
21 411 (8.58%) Python
22 391 (8.16%) Security Cleared
23 375 (7.83%) CSS
24 368 (7.68%) .NET
25 365 (7.62%) PRINCE2
25 365 (7.62%) Management Information System
26 361 (7.53%) Telecoms
26 361 (7.53%) Stakeholder Management
27 358 (7.47%) Microsoft Excel

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
1 157 (3.28%) SharePoint
2 102 (2.13%) SAS
3 95 (1.98%) CMS
4 92 (1.92%) Apache
5 86 (1.79%) Confluence
6 72 (1.50%) Apache Spark
7 70 (1.46%) WebSphere
8 63 (1.31%) IIS
9 51 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 50 (1.04%) Tomcat
11 49 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
11 49 (1.02%) MS Exchange
12 40 (0.83%) Skype for Business
13 39 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
13 39 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
14 37 (0.77%) JBoss
15 30 (0.63%) WebLogic
16 24 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
17 22 (0.46%) Apache Solr
18 21 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 358 (7.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 301 (6.28%) Microsoft Office
3 154 (3.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 122 (2.55%) MS Visio
5 115 (2.40%) Microsoft Project
6 39 (0.81%) Photoshop
7 27 (0.56%) SPSS
8 25 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
9 19 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
10 18 (0.38%) Stata
11 12 (0.25%) OmniGraffle
12 11 (0.23%) InVision
13 10 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 10 (0.21%) AutoCAD
14 8 (0.17%) Adobe After Effects
15 7 (0.15%) SmartSuite
16 5 (0.10%) InfoPath
16 5 (0.10%) Simulink
17 4 (0.083%) Adobe Premiere
17 4 (0.083%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 29 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.52%) Payment Gateway
3 19 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
4 15 (0.31%) SAP CO
5 14 (0.29%) SAP FI
5 14 (0.29%) SAP FI/CO
6 13 (0.27%) Maximo
6 13 (0.27%) SAP ERP
7 11 (0.23%) Eloqua
8 10 (0.21%) ION MarketView
8 10 (0.21%) Teamcenter
9 9 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
9 9 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
10 8 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
10 8 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
10 8 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
10 8 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
10 8 (0.17%) SAP MM
10 8 (0.17%) SAP SD
11 7 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 201 (4.19%) Amazon AWS
2 178 (3.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 102 (2.13%) Office 365
4 82 (1.71%) GitHub
5 61 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
6 59 (1.23%) SaaS
7 56 (1.17%) PaaS
8 28 (0.58%) IaaS
9 27 (0.56%) Google Analytics
10 23 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 23 (0.48%) npm
11 16 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
11 16 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
11 16 (0.33%) Heroku
12 13 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
12 13 (0.27%) OpenShift
13 11 (0.23%) Mimecast
14 10 (0.21%) Amazon EMR
14 10 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
15 8 (0.17%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 192 (4.01%) Firewall
2 154 (3.21%) Internet
3 148 (3.09%) LAN
4 143 (2.98%) WAN
5 137 (2.86%) Wireless
6 125 (2.61%) TCP/IP
7 103 (2.15%) DNS
8 73 (1.52%) DHCP
9 68 (1.42%) Network Security
9 68 (1.42%) VPN
10 52 (1.09%) HTTP
10 52 (1.09%) SAN
11 50 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
12 39 (0.81%) SSL
13 38 (0.79%) LTE
14 36 (0.75%) NAS
15 34 (0.71%) LDAP
16 33 (0.69%) Intranet
16 33 (0.69%) SMS
17 32 (0.67%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 414 (8.64%) SQL Server
2 238 (4.97%) Relational Database
3 179 (3.74%) Big Data
4 139 (2.90%) NoSQL
5 138 (2.88%) Data Warehouse
6 135 (2.82%) Hadoop
7 116 (2.42%) MySQL
8 94 (1.96%) RDBMS
9 85 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 79 (1.65%) MongoDB
11 61 (1.27%) Power BI
12 60 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
12 60 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 56 (1.17%) Oracle Database
14 51 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
15 46 (0.96%) Apache Hive
16 43 (0.90%) Apache Cassandra
17 42 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
17 42 (0.88%) MS Access
18 40 (0.83%) DB2
Development Applications
1 297 (6.20%) Git (software)
2 251 (5.24%) JIRA
3 166 (3.46%) Jenkins
4 96 (2.00%) Subversion
5 94 (1.96%) Visual Studio
6 84 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
7 78 (1.63%) Cucumber
8 72 (1.50%) JUnit
9 71 (1.48%) Maven
10 63 (1.31%) Eclipse
11 56 (1.17%) Bitbucket
12 50 (1.04%) Selenium
13 47 (0.98%) TeamCity
14 41 (0.86%) Gradle
15 37 (0.77%) Rational DOORS
16 33 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 33 (0.69%) Mockito
16 33 (0.69%) Xcode
17 31 (0.65%) Grunt
17 31 (0.65%) Jasmine
General
1 1379 (28.78%) Finance
2 481 (10.04%) Banking
3 361 (7.53%) Telecoms
4 316 (6.59%) Marketing
5 200 (4.17%) Retail
6 183 (3.82%) Manufacturing
7 160 (3.34%) Front Office
7 160 (3.34%) Investment Banking
8 147 (3.07%) Legal
9 111 (2.32%) Electronics
10 78 (1.63%) Automotive
11 69 (1.44%) Publishing
12 68 (1.42%) Financial Institution
13 64 (1.34%) Billing
14 56 (1.17%) Games
15 54 (1.13%) Pharmaceutical
16 52 (1.09%) Aerospace
17 51 (1.06%) Law
18 46 (0.96%) Military
18 46 (0.96%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1054 (21.99%) Developer
2 881 (18.38%) Analyst
3 335 (6.99%) Business Analyst
4 307 (6.41%) Architect
5 293 (6.11%) Project Manager
6 245 (5.11%) Java Developer
7 199 (4.15%) Consultant
8 155 (3.23%) Designer
9 144 (3.01%) Senior Developer
10 125 (2.61%) User Researcher
11 119 (2.48%) C# Developer
12 118 (2.46%) .NET Developer
13 112 (2.34%) Data Analyst
14 98 (2.05%) Software Engineer
15 97 (2.02%) Network Engineer
16 94 (1.96%) Junior
17 89 (1.86%) Software Developer
18 86 (1.79%) Administrator
19 84 (1.75%) C++ Developer
20 82 (1.71%) Data Scientist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 431 (8.99%) HTML
2 375 (7.83%) CSS
3 368 (7.68%) .NET
4 296 (6.18%) Web Services
5 219 (4.57%) XML
6 196 (4.09%) AngularJS
7 190 (3.96%) RESTful
8 187 (3.90%) Spring
9 183 (3.82%) HTML5
10 181 (3.78%) REST
11 150 (3.13%) JSON
12 123 (2.57%) jQuery
13 120 (2.50%) Node.js
14 116 (2.42%) ASP.NET
15 104 (2.17%) SOAP
16 96 (2.00%) CSS3
17 94 (1.96%) Hibernate
18 85 (1.77%) WCF
19 79 (1.65%) .NET Framework
20 74 (1.54%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1416 (29.55%) Computer Science
2 929 (19.39%) Analytical Skills
3 365 (7.62%) Management Information System
4 349 (7.28%) User Experience
5 143 (2.98%) Data Centre
6 135 (2.82%) Mobile App
7 122 (2.55%) Virtual Team
8 111 (2.32%) Algorithms
9 106 (2.21%) PMI
10 95 (1.98%) Data Structures
11 93 (1.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 74 (1.54%) Derivative
13 73 (1.52%) NHS
14 70 (1.46%) Equities
15 63 (1.31%) Credit Risk
16 61 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
17 54 (1.13%) Fixed Income
18 52 (1.09%) Social Media
19 45 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
20 40 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 491 (10.25%) Linux
2 478 (9.97%) Windows
3 324 (6.76%) Unix
4 118 (2.46%) Windows Server
5 111 (2.32%) Apple iOS
6 101 (2.11%) Android
7 77 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 64 (1.34%) Windows 7
9 50 (1.04%) Windows 10
9 50 (1.04%) Windows Server 2012
10 49 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
11 42 (0.88%) CentOS
12 39 (0.81%) Solaris
13 28 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
14 22 (0.46%) Windows 8
15 15 (0.31%) Mac OS X
16 13 (0.27%) VMS
17 10 (0.21%) AIX
18 9 (0.19%) Mac OS
19 8 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1457 (30.40%) Agile Software Development
2 758 (15.82%) Project Management
3 532 (11.10%) ITIL
4 469 (9.79%) Scrum
5 460 (9.60%) Mathematics
6 414 (8.64%) Analytics
7 365 (7.62%) PRINCE2
8 361 (7.53%) Stakeholder Management
9 341 (7.12%) TDD
10 331 (6.91%) Test Automation
11 315 (6.57%) SDLC
12 303 (6.32%) Business Intelligence
13 294 (6.14%) Software Engineering
14 276 (5.76%) Migration
15 262 (5.47%) Continuous Integration
16 258 (5.38%) Change Management
17 238 (4.97%) OO
18 237 (4.95%) Business Analysis
19 236 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
20 221 (4.61%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 858 (17.90%) SQL
2 682 (14.23%) Java
3 468 (9.77%) JavaScript
4 452 (9.43%) C#
5 411 (8.58%) Python
6 258 (5.38%) C++
7 148 (3.09%) C
8 147 (3.07%) R
9 112 (2.34%) Shell Script
10 111 (2.32%) Perl
11 99 (2.07%) PowerShell
12 96 (2.00%) Ruby
13 92 (1.92%) T-SQL
13 92 (1.92%) VBA
14 89 (1.86%) Bash Shell
15 65 (1.36%) Scala
16 63 (1.31%) PHP
17 57 (1.19%) PL/SQL
18 50 (1.04%) VB
19 47 (0.98%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 808 (16.86%) Computer Science Degree
2 391 (8.16%) Security Cleared
3 244 (5.09%) SC Cleared
4 230 (4.80%) Master's Degree
5 200 (4.17%) PMI Certification
6 164 (3.42%) PMP
7 152 (3.17%) Microsoft Certification
8 150 (3.13%) Numerate Degree
9 132 (2.75%) Cisco Certification
10 130 (2.71%) CISSP
11 115 (2.40%) ISEB
12 99 (2.07%) CISM
13 75 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
14 67 (1.40%) CCNP
15 65 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
16 62 (1.29%) MCSE
17 57 (1.19%) ISTQB
18 55 (1.15%) HND
19 54 (1.13%) DV Cleared
20 53 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 280 (5.84%) QA
2 102 (2.13%) Data Quality
3 90 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 90 (1.88%) PMO
4 87 (1.82%) SLA
5 80 (1.67%) GDPR
5 80 (1.67%) PCI DSS
6 41 (0.86%) MiFID
7 36 (0.75%) COBIT
8 31 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 27 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
10 17 (0.35%) EMIR
11 16 (0.33%) IFRS
12 14 (0.29%) IFRS 9
13 13 (0.27%) ISO 9001
14 10 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
14 10 (0.21%) Basel II
14 10 (0.21%) HIPAA
14 10 (0.21%) HL7
15 9 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 172 (3.59%) Active Directory
2 91 (1.90%) Docker
3 85 (1.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 42 (0.88%) Hyper-V
5 30 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (0.63%) vSphere
6 29 (0.61%) Firmware
7 28 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
7 28 (0.58%) XenApp
8 22 (0.46%) Xen
9 20 (0.42%) HDFS
9 20 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
10 10 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 10 (0.21%) XenDesktop
11 9 (0.19%) iptables
11 9 (0.19%) XenServer
12 8 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 8 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (0.15%) GlusterFS
13 7 (0.15%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 91 (1.90%) Puppet
2 77 (1.61%) Ansible
3 68 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
4 44 (0.92%) SCCM
5 43 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
6 31 (0.65%) FortiGate
7 25 (0.52%) SCOM
8 20 (0.42%) Nagios
9 14 (0.29%) Kubernetes
9 14 (0.29%) Salt
9 14 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 13 (0.27%) Hadoop YARN
10 13 (0.27%) NetBackup
11 12 (0.25%) BladeLogic
11 12 (0.25%) Mesos
11 12 (0.25%) Oozie
12 11 (0.23%) Graphite
12 11 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
12 11 (0.23%) WSUS
13 10 (0.21%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 774 (16.15%) Microsoft
2 419 (8.74%) Oracle
3 205 (4.28%) SAP
4 198 (4.13%) Cisco
5 145 (3.03%) HP
6 129 (2.69%) VMware
7 91 (1.90%) Tableau
8 83 (1.73%) IBM
9 81 (1.69%) Citrix
10 69 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
11 66 (1.38%) Red Hat
12 65 (1.36%) Google
13 56 (1.17%) Juniper
14 55 (1.15%) Adobe
14 55 (1.15%) CheckPoint
15 49 (1.02%) Atlassian
16 47 (0.98%) Splunk
17 46 (0.96%) F5
17 46 (0.96%) Sybase
18 43 (0.90%) Apple