Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 39 37
Rank change year-on-year -4 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing Degree 5050 4937 5133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.89% 4.81% 4.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 26.12% 23.44% 22.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3203 2999 3045
UK median daily rate £438 £415 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.42% +0.61% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £238
90th Percentile £638 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 251 297
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £36.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.36% -25.01% +22.44%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.00 £11.90
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £29.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year +16.95% -24.36% +31.20%

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 19332 21060 22665
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.72% 20.51% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 11890 13170 13726
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +1.27%
10th Percentile £220 £239 £245
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 884 851 1079
UK median hourly rate £25.60 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.06 £48.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.93 £27.00 £25.31
% change year-on-year -0.25% +6.68% +33.21%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 -4 4634 £450 +5.88% 1594
UK excluding London +1 2540 £400 +6.67% 1015
London -5 2393 £488 +8.33% 635
South East -2 929 £400 +3.23% 294
North of England -5 432 £400 +14.29% 223
Midlands -1 362 £400 +3.23% 123
East of England -10 254 £365 +4.29% 222
South West +20 247 £420 +5.00% 92
Scotland -10 209 £344 +4.24% 51
West Midlands -3 199 £388 +10.71% 68
Yorkshire +7 173 £413 +10.00% 79
North West +10 165 £375 -7.41% 114
East Midlands +5 161 £400 - 55
North East +7 102 £413 +26.92% 30
Wales +32 64 £310 -8.15% 8
Northern Ireland -20 47 £450 +24.14% 4
Isle of Man +2 3 £225 -50.00%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 1583 (31.35%) Agile Software Development
2 1533 (30.36%) Computer Science
3 1434 (28.40%) Finance
4 984 (19.49%) Analytical Skills
5 883 (17.49%) SQL
6 873 (17.29%) Computer Science Degree
7 815 (16.14%) Microsoft
8 802 (15.88%) Project Management
9 738 (14.61%) Java
10 565 (11.19%) Linux
11 542 (10.73%) Windows
12 512 (10.14%) C#
13 504 (9.98%) Scrum
14 502 (9.94%) ITIL
15 499 (9.88%) Analytics
16 487 (9.64%) HTML
16 487 (9.64%) JavaScript
17 484 (9.58%) Python
18 458 (9.07%) Banking
19 440 (8.71%) SQL Server
20 438 (8.67%) Mathematics
21 409 (8.10%) .NET
22 407 (8.06%) CSS
23 394 (7.80%) TDD
24 383 (7.58%) Stakeholder Management
25 381 (7.54%) Oracle
26 380 (7.52%) Security Cleared
27 376 (7.45%) Software Engineering
28 373 (7.39%) Test Automation
28 373 (7.39%) User Experience

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
1 159 (3.15%) SharePoint
2 118 (2.34%) CMS
3 107 (2.12%) Confluence
4 99 (1.96%) SAS
5 93 (1.84%) Apache Spark
6 66 (1.31%) Apache
7 61 (1.21%) MS Exchange
8 58 (1.15%) IIS
9 56 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 52 (1.03%) WebSphere
11 45 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
12 40 (0.79%) Tomcat
13 33 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
14 32 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
14 32 (0.63%) Skype for Business
15 28 (0.55%) OpenStack
16 25 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
17 24 (0.48%) JBoss
17 24 (0.48%) WebLogic
18 22 (0.44%) Drupal
Applications
1 362 (7.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 330 (6.53%) Microsoft Office
3 166 (3.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 116 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
5 109 (2.16%) MS Visio
6 47 (0.93%) Photoshop
7 24 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
8 21 (0.42%) Adobe Illustrator
8 21 (0.42%) SPSS
9 17 (0.34%) OmniGraffle
9 17 (0.34%) Stata
10 16 (0.32%) InVision
11 13 (0.26%) Adobe After Effects
11 13 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 10 (0.20%) Adobe Premiere
13 8 (0.16%) Simulink
14 7 (0.14%) AutoCAD
14 7 (0.14%) InDesign
14 7 (0.14%) InfoPath
15 5 (0.099%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 31 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.46%) Payment Gateway
3 16 (0.32%) ION MarketView
4 13 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.26%) Maximo
5 12 (0.24%) SAP CO
6 11 (0.22%) SAP FI
6 11 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 9 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
7 9 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
7 9 (0.18%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.18%) SAP MM
7 9 (0.18%) SAP SD
8 8 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 8 (0.16%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.14%) Kondor
9 7 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
11 5 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.099%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 264 (5.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 250 (4.95%) Amazon AWS
3 110 (2.18%) Office 365
4 78 (1.54%) GitHub
5 71 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
6 69 (1.37%) SaaS
7 66 (1.31%) PaaS
8 51 (1.01%) npm
9 44 (0.87%) IaaS
10 36 (0.71%) Google Analytics
11 28 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
12 21 (0.42%) Amazon S3
12 21 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
13 20 (0.40%) Mimecast
14 16 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
15 15 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Cloud
15 15 (0.30%) OpenShift
16 14 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
16 14 (0.28%) Serverless
17 11 (0.22%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 177 (3.50%) Firewall
2 151 (2.99%) TCP/IP
3 129 (2.55%) Internet
4 127 (2.51%) WAN
5 122 (2.42%) LAN
6 101 (2.00%) DNS
6 101 (2.00%) Wireless
7 72 (1.43%) DHCP
8 70 (1.39%) Network Security
9 63 (1.25%) VPN
10 55 (1.09%) HTTP
11 54 (1.07%) SAN
12 43 (0.85%) SMS
12 43 (0.85%) SSL
13 39 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
14 38 (0.75%) Intranet
14 38 (0.75%) NAS
15 35 (0.69%) LTE
16 34 (0.67%) VoIP
17 29 (0.57%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 440 (8.71%) SQL Server
2 227 (4.50%) Relational Database
3 217 (4.30%) Big Data
4 162 (3.21%) NoSQL
5 147 (2.91%) Hadoop
6 118 (2.34%) MySQL
7 108 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
8 93 (1.84%) RDBMS
9 87 (1.72%) MongoDB
10 81 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 69 (1.37%) Power BI
12 60 (1.19%) Apache Cassandra
12 60 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
13 58 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
14 53 (1.05%) Oracle Database
15 50 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 46 (0.91%) HBase
17 43 (0.85%) Apache Hive
18 42 (0.83%) Data Mining
19 40 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 335 (6.63%) Git (software)
2 272 (5.39%) JIRA
3 185 (3.66%) Jenkins
4 115 (2.28%) Cucumber
5 107 (2.12%) Subversion
6 94 (1.86%) Visual Studio
7 84 (1.66%) Team Foundation Server
8 83 (1.64%) Selenium
9 82 (1.62%) JUnit
10 79 (1.56%) Maven
11 67 (1.33%) TeamCity
12 66 (1.31%) Gradle
13 55 (1.09%) Eclipse
14 52 (1.03%) gulp
15 48 (0.95%) Jasmine
16 46 (0.91%) webpack
17 44 (0.87%) Bitbucket
18 39 (0.77%) GitLab
19 38 (0.75%) Xcode
20 37 (0.73%) Grunt
General
1 1434 (28.40%) Finance
2 458 (9.07%) Banking
3 329 (6.51%) Telecoms
4 294 (5.82%) Marketing
5 194 (3.84%) Manufacturing
6 180 (3.56%) Front Office
7 155 (3.07%) Legal
8 141 (2.79%) Retail
9 138 (2.73%) Investment Banking
10 91 (1.80%) Electronics
11 83 (1.64%) Publishing
12 79 (1.56%) Financial Institution
13 66 (1.31%) Automotive
13 66 (1.31%) Games
14 62 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
15 54 (1.07%) Law
16 53 (1.05%) Advertising
17 46 (0.91%) Billing
18 39 (0.77%) Aerospace
19 33 (0.65%) Military
Job Titles
1 1155 (22.87%) Developer
2 908 (17.98%) Analyst
3 341 (6.75%) Business Analyst
4 339 (6.71%) Project Manager
5 278 (5.50%) Architect
6 273 (5.41%) Java Developer
7 192 (3.80%) Consultant
8 170 (3.37%) Designer
9 164 (3.25%) Senior Developer
10 157 (3.11%) C# Developer
11 136 (2.69%) User Researcher
12 125 (2.48%) .NET Developer
13 117 (2.32%) Software Engineer
14 111 (2.20%) Data Analyst
15 98 (1.94%) Senior Analyst
16 97 (1.92%) Software Developer
17 95 (1.88%) Data Scientist
18 87 (1.72%) IT Manager
19 83 (1.64%) Administrator
19 83 (1.64%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 487 (9.64%) HTML
2 409 (8.10%) .NET
3 407 (8.06%) CSS
4 363 (7.19%) Web Services
5 233 (4.61%) AngularJS
6 221 (4.38%) XML
7 215 (4.26%) Spring
8 213 (4.22%) HTML5
9 212 (4.20%) RESTful
10 194 (3.84%) REST
11 178 (3.52%) JSON
12 129 (2.55%) ASP.NET
13 114 (2.26%) SOAP
14 112 (2.22%) Hibernate
15 111 (2.20%) jQuery
16 108 (2.14%) WCF
17 104 (2.06%) Node.js
17 104 (2.06%) WPF
18 99 (1.96%) React
19 92 (1.82%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1533 (30.36%) Computer Science
2 984 (19.49%) Analytical Skills
3 373 (7.39%) User Experience
4 368 (7.29%) Management Information System
5 144 (2.85%) Mobile App
6 136 (2.69%) Algorithms
7 131 (2.59%) Virtual Team
8 126 (2.50%) Data Centre
9 114 (2.26%) Data Structures
10 107 (2.12%) PMI
11 100 (1.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 77 (1.52%) NHS
13 64 (1.27%) Derivative
14 63 (1.25%) Equities
15 59 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
15 59 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
16 58 (1.15%) Credit Risk
16 58 (1.15%) Fixed Income
17 57 (1.13%) Social Media
18 49 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 565 (11.19%) Linux
2 542 (10.73%) Windows
3 295 (5.84%) Unix
4 133 (2.63%) Windows Server
5 121 (2.40%) Android
6 110 (2.18%) Apple iOS
7 81 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 76 (1.50%) Windows 7
9 67 (1.33%) Windows 10
10 49 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
11 45 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
12 25 (0.50%) CentOS
12 25 (0.50%) Windows 8
13 21 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
14 16 (0.32%) Solaris
15 14 (0.28%) VMS
16 13 (0.26%) Mac OS X
17 10 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
18 7 (0.14%) Windows XP
19 6 (0.12%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1583 (31.35%) Agile Software Development
2 802 (15.88%) Project Management
3 504 (9.98%) Scrum
4 502 (9.94%) ITIL
5 499 (9.88%) Analytics
6 438 (8.67%) Mathematics
7 394 (7.80%) TDD
8 383 (7.58%) Stakeholder Management
9 376 (7.45%) Software Engineering
10 373 (7.39%) Test Automation
11 357 (7.07%) SDLC
12 356 (7.05%) PRINCE2
13 296 (5.86%) Continuous Integration
14 269 (5.33%) Change Management
15 254 (5.03%) Business Intelligence
16 246 (4.87%) Migration
16 246 (4.87%) Risk Management
17 241 (4.77%) Continuous Improvement
18 240 (4.75%) OO
19 234 (4.63%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 883 (17.49%) SQL
2 738 (14.61%) Java
3 512 (10.14%) C#
4 487 (9.64%) JavaScript
5 484 (9.58%) Python
6 290 (5.74%) C++
7 192 (3.80%) C
8 155 (3.07%) R
9 140 (2.77%) PowerShell
10 131 (2.59%) Shell Script
11 108 (2.14%) T-SQL
12 103 (2.04%) Ruby
13 98 (1.94%) Scala
14 96 (1.90%) Perl
15 84 (1.66%) Bash Shell
16 67 (1.33%) VBA
17 57 (1.13%) PHP
18 48 (0.95%) Apple Swift
19 44 (0.87%) VB
20 43 (0.85%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 873 (17.29%) Computer Science Degree
2 380 (7.52%) Security Cleared
3 263 (5.21%) Master's Degree
4 225 (4.46%) SC Cleared
5 204 (4.04%) PMI Certification
6 191 (3.78%) PMP
7 175 (3.47%) Microsoft Certification
8 174 (3.45%) CISSP
9 158 (3.13%) Numerate Degree
10 139 (2.75%) Cisco Certification
11 117 (2.32%) CISM
12 95 (1.88%) ISEB
13 72 (1.43%) CCNA
13 72 (1.43%) MCSE
14 70 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
15 68 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
16 58 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 56 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 55 (1.09%) ISTQB
19 54 (1.07%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 342 (6.77%) QA
2 119 (2.36%) GDPR
3 114 (2.26%) PMO
4 107 (2.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 88 (1.74%) Data Quality
6 69 (1.37%) PCI DSS
6 69 (1.37%) SLA
7 38 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 33 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
9 32 (0.63%) COBIT
10 24 (0.48%) MiFID
11 21 (0.42%) HIPAA
12 19 (0.38%) Actionable Recommendations
13 18 (0.36%) HL7
14 12 (0.24%) ISO 22301
14 12 (0.24%) ISO 9001
15 11 (0.22%) GCP
16 9 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 9 (0.18%) IFRS
16 9 (0.18%) P3O
System Software
1 209 (4.14%) Active Directory
2 94 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (1.74%) Docker
4 46 (0.91%) Hyper-V
5 35 (0.69%) HDFS
6 33 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
7 32 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
8 27 (0.53%) Xen
9 25 (0.50%) vSphere
10 24 (0.48%) Firmware
11 22 (0.44%) XenApp
12 20 (0.40%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 18 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (0.28%) XenDesktop
15 10 (0.20%) iptables
15 10 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (0.18%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
17 8 (0.16%) XenServer
18 7 (0.14%) Apache Flume
18 7 (0.14%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 79 (1.56%) Ansible
2 70 (1.39%) Puppet
3 64 (1.27%) SCCM
4 54 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
5 40 (0.79%) SCOM
6 35 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
7 22 (0.44%) NetBackup
8 21 (0.42%) Kubernetes
8 21 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 20 (0.40%) Terraform
10 18 (0.36%) Backup Exec
11 17 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
11 17 (0.34%) Nagios
11 17 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
12 16 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
13 15 (0.30%) WSUS
14 14 (0.28%) Salt
15 13 (0.26%) Oozie
15 13 (0.26%) Packer
16 12 (0.24%) MOM
Vendors
1 815 (16.14%) Microsoft
2 381 (7.54%) Oracle
3 191 (3.78%) Cisco
4 188 (3.72%) SAP
5 135 (2.67%) VMware
6 114 (2.26%) HP
6 114 (2.26%) Tableau
7 87 (1.72%) Citrix
8 77 (1.52%) Google
8 77 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
9 76 (1.50%) Adobe
10 68 (1.35%) IBM
11 60 (1.19%) Red Hat
12 52 (1.03%) Splunk
13 44 (0.87%) Apple
14 41 (0.81%) Sitecore
15 37 (0.73%) Sybase
16 36 (0.71%) Atlassian
16 36 (0.71%) Twitter
17 35 (0.69%) CheckPoint