Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 35 41
Rank change year-on-year -6 +6 -5
Contract jobs citing Degree 4705 5257 4937
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.92% 4.83% 4.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.47% 22.82% 22.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2887 3288 2768
UK median daily rate £428 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.39% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £250 £225 £225
90th Percentile £620 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 250 226 265
UK median hourly rate £31.68 £30.10 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.22% +0.34% -3.23%
10th Percentile £12.77 £11.38 £12.02
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £35.00 £32.75
% change year-on-year -8.57% +6.87% +3.97%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18473 23037 21886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.31% 21.18% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11197 14368 12827
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 813 1069
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.80 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +17.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £51.22 £48.75 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £28.00 £24.32
% change year-on-year +8.93% +15.16% +21.58%

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 17 August 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 17 August 2017.

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 17 August 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 -5 4324 £443 +5.36% 1619
UK excluding London -1 2447 £400 +6.67% 982
London 0 2136 £475 +5.56% 715
South East +2 927 £400 - 252
North of England -14 439 £400 +17.65% 211
Midlands +4 348 £375 -6.25% 125
East of England -5 228 £350 - 187
South West 0 221 £425 +6.25% 125
West Midlands +2 186 £375 -6.25% 74
Scotland -1 186 £373 +7.35% 62
Yorkshire +9 180 £413 +3.13% 65
North West -13 171 £363 -4.73% 126
East Midlands +10 161 £400 +6.67% 51
North East -10 88 £440 +57.14% 20
Wales +37 61 £356 +21.28% 14
Northern Ireland -17 45 £433 +44.17% 7

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 1413 (30.03%) Agile Software Development
2 1371 (29.14%) Computer Science
3 1318 (28.01%) Finance
4 908 (19.30%) Analytical Skills
5 872 (18.53%) SQL
6 773 (16.43%) Computer Science Degree
7 747 (15.88%) Microsoft
8 725 (15.41%) Project Management
9 701 (14.90%) Java
10 550 (11.69%) ITIL
11 499 (10.61%) Banking
12 483 (10.27%) Mathematics
13 474 (10.07%) JavaScript
14 470 (9.99%) Scrum
15 462 (9.82%) Linux
16 460 (9.78%) Windows
17 452 (9.61%) HTML
18 451 (9.59%) Oracle
19 449 (9.54%) Python
20 442 (9.39%) C#
21 429 (9.12%) Analytics
22 419 (8.91%) SQL Server
23 383 (8.14%) CSS
24 379 (8.06%) Security Cleared
25 365 (7.76%) PRINCE2
25 365 (7.76%) User Experience
26 358 (7.61%) Management Information System
27 355 (7.55%) Telecoms
27 355 (7.55%) Stakeholder Management
28 348 (7.40%) .NET

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
1 160 (3.40%) SharePoint
2 109 (2.32%) SAS
3 101 (2.15%) Confluence
4 100 (2.13%) Apache
5 94 (2.00%) CMS
6 81 (1.72%) Apache Spark
7 67 (1.42%) WebSphere
8 58 (1.23%) Tomcat
9 54 (1.15%) IIS
10 51 (1.08%) JBoss
11 48 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
12 46 (0.98%) MS Exchange
13 38 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 33 (0.70%) SharePoint 2013
15 32 (0.68%) Skype for Business
15 32 (0.68%) WebLogic
16 29 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
17 27 (0.57%) GlassFish
18 24 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
18 24 (0.51%) OpenStack
Applications
1 346 (7.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 312 (6.63%) Microsoft Office
3 144 (3.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 140 (2.98%) MS Visio
5 122 (2.59%) Microsoft Project
6 66 (1.40%) Photoshop
7 27 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
7 27 (0.57%) SPSS
8 25 (0.53%) Adobe Illustrator
9 18 (0.38%) Stata
10 13 (0.28%) InVision
10 13 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
11 12 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 11 (0.23%) AutoCAD
13 10 (0.21%) Adobe After Effects
14 5 (0.11%) Adobe Premiere
14 5 (0.11%) InfoPath
14 5 (0.11%) Pixate
14 5 (0.11%) Simulink
15 4 (0.085%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 33 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.36%) Eloqua
4 14 (0.30%) Maximo
4 14 (0.30%) SAP ERP
5 13 (0.28%) ION MarketView
6 12 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
6 12 (0.26%) SAP CO
7 11 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 11 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
7 11 (0.23%) SAP FI
7 11 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
8 8 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
8 8 (0.17%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
9 7 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
10 6 (0.13%) Actimize
10 6 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 6 (0.13%) FastStats
10 6 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 185 (3.93%) Amazon AWS
2 147 (3.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 88 (1.87%) Office 365
4 64 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
5 59 (1.25%) SaaS
6 58 (1.23%) GitHub
7 53 (1.13%) PaaS
8 25 (0.53%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 25 (0.53%) Google Analytics
9 22 (0.47%) IaaS
10 18 (0.38%) Heroku
11 14 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
11 14 (0.30%) OpenShift
12 13 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
13 10 (0.21%) Adobe Analytics
14 9 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
15 7 (0.15%) Amazon EMR
15 7 (0.15%) G Suite
15 7 (0.15%) Mimecast
15 7 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 176 (3.74%) Firewall
2 166 (3.53%) Internet
3 145 (3.08%) LAN
4 142 (3.02%) WAN
4 142 (3.02%) Wireless
5 109 (2.32%) TCP/IP
6 94 (2.00%) DNS
7 69 (1.47%) DHCP
8 67 (1.42%) VPN
9 53 (1.13%) Wi-Fi
10 51 (1.08%) HTTP
11 50 (1.06%) Network Security
12 46 (0.98%) SAN
13 36 (0.77%) LDAP
14 35 (0.74%) SSL
15 34 (0.72%) NAS
16 32 (0.68%) BIG-IP
17 31 (0.66%) Intranet
18 30 (0.64%) LTE
19 29 (0.62%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 419 (8.91%) SQL Server
2 242 (5.14%) Relational Database
3 184 (3.91%) Big Data
4 159 (3.38%) NoSQL
5 149 (3.17%) Hadoop
6 133 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
7 102 (2.17%) MySQL
8 92 (1.96%) RDBMS
9 87 (1.85%) MongoDB
10 85 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 79 (1.68%) Oracle Database
12 66 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 61 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
14 56 (1.19%) Apache Hive
15 53 (1.13%) Power BI
15 53 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
16 51 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
17 49 (1.04%) QlikView
18 41 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
18 41 (0.87%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 291 (6.18%) Git (software)
2 256 (5.44%) JIRA
3 171 (3.63%) Jenkins
4 117 (2.49%) Subversion
5 89 (1.89%) Visual Studio
6 84 (1.79%) Maven
7 82 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
8 62 (1.32%) JUnit
9 53 (1.13%) Bitbucket
9 53 (1.13%) Eclipse
10 50 (1.06%) Selenium
11 47 (1.00%) TeamCity
12 45 (0.96%) Cucumber
13 40 (0.85%) Gradle
13 40 (0.85%) Rational DOORS
14 34 (0.72%) Ant
15 32 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 28 (0.60%) Axure RP
17 27 (0.57%) WebDriver
18 26 (0.55%) Grunt
General
1 1318 (28.01%) Finance
2 499 (10.61%) Banking
3 355 (7.55%) Telecoms
4 318 (6.76%) Marketing
5 203 (4.31%) Retail
6 178 (3.78%) Investment Banking
7 158 (3.36%) Front Office
8 156 (3.32%) Legal
9 154 (3.27%) Manufacturing
10 107 (2.27%) Electronics
11 72 (1.53%) Automotive
12 65 (1.38%) Games
13 63 (1.34%) Billing
14 62 (1.32%) Financial Institution
15 54 (1.15%) Publishing
16 53 (1.13%) Law
17 48 (1.02%) Retail Banking
18 46 (0.98%) Aerospace
19 40 (0.85%) Back Office
19 40 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1063 (22.59%) Developer
2 860 (18.28%) Analyst
3 323 (6.87%) Business Analyst
4 299 (6.35%) Architect
5 274 (5.82%) Project Manager
6 242 (5.14%) Java Developer
7 192 (4.08%) Consultant
8 160 (3.40%) Designer
9 132 (2.81%) Senior Developer
10 120 (2.55%) User Researcher
11 119 (2.53%) .NET Developer
12 115 (2.44%) C# Developer
13 105 (2.23%) Data Analyst
14 94 (2.00%) Junior
14 94 (2.00%) Network Engineer
15 88 (1.87%) Software Developer
16 87 (1.85%) Software Engineer
17 84 (1.79%) C++ Developer
17 84 (1.79%) Data Scientist
18 77 (1.64%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 452 (9.61%) HTML
2 383 (8.14%) CSS
3 348 (7.40%) .NET
4 258 (5.48%) Web Services
5 210 (4.46%) HTML5
6 209 (4.44%) AngularJS
7 206 (4.38%) XML
8 175 (3.72%) Spring
9 171 (3.63%) REST
10 149 (3.17%) RESTful
11 134 (2.85%) jQuery
12 133 (2.83%) Node.js
13 123 (2.61%) JSON
14 114 (2.42%) CSS3
15 110 (2.34%) ASP.NET
16 95 (2.02%) SOAP
17 82 (1.74%) J2EE
18 79 (1.68%) React
19 78 (1.66%) Hibernate
20 76 (1.62%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 1371 (29.14%) Computer Science
2 908 (19.30%) Analytical Skills
3 365 (7.76%) User Experience
4 358 (7.61%) Management Information System
5 149 (3.17%) Data Centre
6 124 (2.64%) Mobile App
7 108 (2.30%) Virtual Team
8 104 (2.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 99 (2.10%) Algorithms
10 86 (1.83%) PMI
11 85 (1.81%) Derivative
12 84 (1.79%) Data Structures
13 82 (1.74%) NHS
14 79 (1.68%) Equities
15 65 (1.38%) Credit Risk
16 62 (1.32%) Fixed Income
17 52 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
18 47 (1.00%) Social Media
19 39 (0.83%) Driving Licence
20 38 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 462 (9.82%) Linux
2 460 (9.78%) Windows
3 333 (7.08%) Unix
4 116 (2.47%) Windows Server
5 101 (2.15%) Apple iOS
6 97 (2.06%) Android
7 58 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 56 (1.19%) Windows 7
9 50 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
10 48 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 42 (0.89%) CentOS
12 41 (0.87%) Solaris
13 40 (0.85%) Windows 10
14 25 (0.53%) Windows 8
14 25 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
15 21 (0.45%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.26%) AIX
16 12 (0.26%) VMS
17 8 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
18 7 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1413 (30.03%) Agile Software Development
2 725 (15.41%) Project Management
3 550 (11.69%) ITIL
4 483 (10.27%) Mathematics
5 470 (9.99%) Scrum
6 429 (9.12%) Analytics
7 365 (7.76%) PRINCE2
8 355 (7.55%) Stakeholder Management
9 331 (7.04%) TDD
10 299 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
11 282 (5.99%) Test Automation
12 274 (5.82%) SDLC
13 272 (5.78%) Migration
14 268 (5.70%) Software Engineering
15 258 (5.48%) Change Management
16 253 (5.38%) Continuous Integration
17 242 (5.14%) OO
18 236 (5.02%) Business Analysis
19 225 (4.78%) Continuous Improvement
19 225 (4.78%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 872 (18.53%) SQL
2 701 (14.90%) Java
3 474 (10.07%) JavaScript
4 449 (9.54%) Python
5 442 (9.39%) C#
6 259 (5.50%) C++
7 160 (3.40%) C
8 155 (3.29%) R
9 125 (2.66%) Shell Script
10 109 (2.32%) Perl
11 108 (2.30%) Ruby
12 97 (2.06%) VBA
13 92 (1.96%) PowerShell
14 86 (1.83%) Bash Shell
15 85 (1.81%) T-SQL
16 71 (1.51%) Scala
17 68 (1.45%) PHP
18 65 (1.38%) PL/SQL
19 56 (1.19%) VB
20 39 (0.83%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 773 (16.43%) Computer Science Degree
2 379 (8.06%) Security Cleared
3 231 (4.91%) Master's Degree
4 229 (4.87%) SC Cleared
5 181 (3.85%) PMI Certification
6 151 (3.21%) PMP
7 148 (3.15%) Numerate Degree
8 137 (2.91%) Microsoft Certification
9 128 (2.72%) Cisco Certification
10 107 (2.27%) ISEB
11 105 (2.23%) CISSP
12 79 (1.68%) CISM
13 70 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
14 68 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
15 66 (1.40%) ISTQB
16 65 (1.38%) CCNP
17 60 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 56 (1.19%) DV Cleared
19 54 (1.15%) HND
20 53 (1.13%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 258 (5.48%) QA
2 111 (2.36%) PMO
3 108 (2.30%) Data Quality
4 78 (1.66%) SLA
5 71 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 70 (1.49%) PCI DSS
7 57 (1.21%) GDPR
8 45 (0.96%) MiFID
9 31 (0.66%) COBIT
10 28 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
11 21 (0.45%) EMIR
12 15 (0.32%) IFRS
13 14 (0.30%) ISO 9001
13 14 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 13 (0.28%) IFRS 9
15 10 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
15 10 (0.21%) MIL-STD-1553
16 8 (0.17%) Basel II
16 8 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 7 (0.15%) JSP 440
System Software
1 157 (3.34%) Active Directory
2 101 (2.15%) Docker
3 80 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 42 (0.89%) Hyper-V
5 30 (0.64%) vSphere
6 29 (0.62%) XenApp
7 27 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
8 22 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (0.40%) Firmware
9 19 (0.40%) Xen
10 18 (0.38%) HDFS
10 18 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 10 (0.21%) XenDesktop
12 10 (0.21%) XenServer
13 9 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
14 8 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 7 (0.15%) GlusterFS
15 7 (0.15%) KVM
16 6 (0.13%) iptables
Systems Management
1 76 (1.62%) Ansible
2 71 (1.51%) Puppet
3 67 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
4 45 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
5 37 (0.79%) SCCM
6 32 (0.68%) FortiGate
7 18 (0.38%) SCOM
8 17 (0.36%) Nagios
9 16 (0.34%) WSUS
10 15 (0.32%) Kubernetes
11 14 (0.30%) Graphite
11 14 (0.30%) Mesos
12 13 (0.28%) BladeLogic
12 13 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
12 13 (0.28%) Oozie
13 12 (0.26%) Salt
13 12 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 11 (0.23%) NetBackup
15 10 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
15 10 (0.21%) Netcool
Vendors
1 747 (15.88%) Microsoft
2 451 (9.59%) Oracle
3 203 (4.31%) SAP
4 188 (4.00%) Cisco
5 158 (3.36%) HP
6 124 (2.64%) VMware
7 82 (1.74%) IBM
8 81 (1.72%) Tableau
9 77 (1.64%) Adobe
10 69 (1.47%) Citrix
11 67 (1.42%) Red Hat
11 67 (1.42%) Sybase
12 64 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
13 61 (1.30%) Atlassian
13 61 (1.30%) Google
14 59 (1.25%) Juniper
15 57 (1.21%) CheckPoint
16 47 (1.00%) F5
17 46 (0.98%) Splunk
18 42 (0.89%) Sitecore