Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 44 38 34
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4 +2
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,879 4,535 5,140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.83% 4.93% 4.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.19% 24.07% 22.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,939 2,827 3,226
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £424
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.24% +4.68%
10th Percentile £255 £224 £225
90th Percentile £644 £613 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 275 238 265
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £30.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.83% -14.29% +16.67%
10th Percentile £13.39 £11.47 £11.55
90th Percentile £61.20 £52.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £31.48 £39.00
% change year-on-year +21.53% -19.29% +24.05%

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 19,368 18,843 22,562
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.16% 20.48% 21.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,659 11,929 13,956
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £252 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £386
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.76% +2.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 860 928 901
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £29.92 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.79% +3.17% +45.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.51 £52.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £32.50
% change year-on-year -16.44% -7.94% +60.49%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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 -6 4,468 £455 +6.26% 3,897
UK excluding London -8 2,480 £425 +6.25% 2,736
London -8 2,292 £500 +11.11% 1,379
South East -6 939 £450 +12.50% 768
North of England +4 534 £405 +1.25% 469
Midlands -7 338 £425 +11.84% 429
Scotland +2 234 £380 +10.55% 143
East of England -17 206 £375 - 553
North West -2 203 £400 +6.67% 256
Yorkshire -4 195 £425 +6.25% 170
West Midlands -5 187 £425 +21.43% 295
North East +46 148 £400 -4.76% 43
East Midlands +6 148 £401 +0.13% 134
South West -22 139 £425 - 298
Wales +9 69 £400 +26.98% 54
Northern Ireland -9 30 £432 +12.08% 20

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 1,656 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
2 1,483 (30.40%) Computer Science
3 1,291 (26.46%) Finance
4 988 (20.25%) Analytical Skills
5 881 (18.06%) Problem-Solving
6 869 (17.81%) SQL
7 846 (17.34%) Computer Science Degree
8 778 (15.95%) Java
9 741 (15.19%) Microsoft
10 718 (14.72%) Project Management
11 610 (12.50%) Python
12 547 (11.21%) Analytics
13 544 (11.15%) Linux
14 514 (10.53%) Windows
15 508 (10.41%) ITIL
16 491 (10.06%) JavaScript
17 476 (9.76%) Scrum
17 476 (9.76%) Mathematics
18 440 (9.02%) User Experience
19 436 (8.94%) C#
20 435 (8.92%) SQL Server
21 423 (8.67%) Software Engineering
22 419 (8.59%) HTML
23 377 (7.73%) Stakeholder Management
23 377 (7.73%) TDD
24 375 (7.69%) CSS
25 372 (7.62%) SDLC
26 370 (7.58%) .NET
27 360 (7.38%) Git (software)
28 356 (7.30%) 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
1 133 (2.73%) Apache Spark
2 132 (2.71%) SharePoint
3 109 (2.23%) Apache
4 107 (2.19%) SAS
5 105 (2.15%) Confluence
6 89 (1.82%) CMS
7 65 (1.33%) MS Exchange
8 62 (1.27%) IIS
9 46 (0.94%) Cloud Foundry
10 43 (0.88%) OpenStack
10 43 (0.88%) Skype for Business
11 36 (0.74%) Tomcat
12 33 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 31 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
14 28 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
15 27 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
16 26 (0.53%) JBoss
17 24 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 24 (0.49%) Apache Pig
17 24 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 356 (7.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 302 (6.19%) Microsoft Office
3 172 (3.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 88 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
5 75 (1.54%) MS Visio
6 61 (1.25%) Photoshop
7 38 (0.78%) InVision
8 34 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
9 31 (0.64%) SPSS
10 27 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
11 26 (0.53%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 22 (0.45%) InfoPath
13 12 (0.25%) Adobe After Effects
13 12 (0.25%) Stata
14 11 (0.23%) InDesign
14 11 (0.23%) UserZoom
15 10 (0.20%) Adobe Premiere
16 9 (0.18%) Acrobat
16 9 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
17 5 (0.10%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 23 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.41%) SAP HR
3 16 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 15 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
5 14 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
6 12 (0.25%) Adobe Campaign
7 9 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.18%) ReMetrica
7 9 (0.18%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.18%) SAP FI
8 8 (0.16%) NetSuite
8 8 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 8 (0.16%) SAP CO
8 8 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
9 7 (0.14%) Eloqua
9 7 (0.14%) HFM
9 7 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
9 7 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
9 7 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
10 6 (0.12%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 324 (6.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 295 (6.05%) Amazon AWS
3 108 (2.21%) Office 365
4 96 (1.97%) PaaS
5 91 (1.87%) GitHub
6 87 (1.78%) SaaS
7 66 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
8 57 (1.17%) IaaS
9 55 (1.13%) Google Analytics
10 42 (0.86%) Google Cloud Platform
11 38 (0.78%) npm
11 38 (0.78%) OpenShift
12 24 (0.49%) Amazon S3
13 17 (0.35%) Amazon SQS
13 17 (0.35%) Force.com
14 16 (0.33%) Mimecast
14 16 (0.33%) Serverless
15 14 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
16 13 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
17 12 (0.25%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 150 (3.07%) Firewall
2 118 (2.42%) DNS
3 116 (2.38%) Internet
4 107 (2.19%) TCP/IP
5 94 (1.93%) WAN
6 85 (1.74%) LAN
7 81 (1.66%) DHCP
8 70 (1.43%) SMS
9 67 (1.37%) Network Security
10 57 (1.17%) VPN
11 51 (1.05%) HTTP
12 43 (0.88%) SAN
12 43 (0.88%) SSL
13 40 (0.82%) Wireless
14 37 (0.76%) Kerberos
15 33 (0.68%) VoIP
16 31 (0.64%) MPLS
17 30 (0.61%) 3G
18 29 (0.59%) IP Telephony
18 29 (0.59%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 435 (8.92%) SQL Server
2 270 (5.53%) Relational Database
3 241 (4.94%) Big Data
4 160 (3.28%) Hadoop
5 147 (3.01%) MySQL
6 142 (2.91%) NoSQL
7 124 (2.54%) PostgreSQL
8 117 (2.40%) MongoDB
9 98 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
10 85 (1.74%) HBase
11 81 (1.66%) Power BI
12 77 (1.58%) RDBMS
13 74 (1.52%) Oracle Database
14 68 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 63 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
16 61 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 55 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
18 53 (1.09%) Apache Hive
19 49 (1.00%) SQL Server 2014
20 45 (0.92%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 360 (7.38%) Git (software)
2 259 (5.31%) JIRA
3 241 (4.94%) Jenkins
4 95 (1.95%) Selenium
5 87 (1.78%) Cucumber
6 85 (1.74%) Subversion
7 80 (1.64%) Gradle
8 79 (1.62%) Visual Studio
9 73 (1.50%) Maven
10 72 (1.48%) JUnit
11 71 (1.46%) Team Foundation Server
12 60 (1.23%) Bitbucket
13 55 (1.13%) TeamCity
14 52 (1.07%) gulp
15 49 (1.00%) webpack
16 38 (0.78%) Axure RP
16 38 (0.78%) Jasmine
17 37 (0.76%) SonarQube
18 36 (0.74%) NUnit
19 31 (0.64%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,291 (26.46%) Finance
2 351 (7.19%) Banking
3 302 (6.19%) Marketing
4 253 (5.19%) Telecoms
5 220 (4.51%) Retail
6 193 (3.96%) Legal
7 159 (3.26%) Front Office
8 126 (2.58%) Investment Banking
9 119 (2.44%) Manufacturing
10 77 (1.58%) Games
11 68 (1.39%) Electronics
12 65 (1.33%) Law
13 62 (1.27%) Advertising
14 48 (0.98%) Back Office
15 47 (0.96%) Automotive
16 44 (0.90%) French Language
17 43 (0.88%) Financial Institution
17 43 (0.88%) German Language
17 43 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
18 37 (0.76%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,080 (22.14%) Developer
2 743 (15.23%) Analyst
3 299 (6.13%) Java Developer
4 293 (6.01%) Project Manager
5 291 (5.96%) Architect
6 276 (5.66%) Business Analyst
7 197 (4.04%) Consultant
8 181 (3.71%) Designer
9 179 (3.67%) User Researcher
10 161 (3.30%) C# Developer
11 144 (2.95%) Senior Developer
12 109 (2.23%) Data Analyst
13 106 (2.17%) Software Engineer
14 95 (1.95%) IT Manager
15 94 (1.93%) Data Scientist
16 92 (1.89%) .NET Developer
17 91 (1.87%) Senior Analyst
18 85 (1.74%) Administrator
19 83 (1.70%) UX Designer
20 76 (1.56%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 419 (8.59%) HTML
2 375 (7.69%) CSS
3 370 (7.58%) .NET
4 310 (6.35%) Web Services
5 235 (4.82%) Spring
6 210 (4.30%) REST
7 182 (3.73%) XML
8 180 (3.69%) AngularJS
9 178 (3.65%) JSON
10 168 (3.44%) HTML5
11 163 (3.34%) RESTful
12 124 (2.54%) Kafka
13 113 (2.32%) jQuery
13 113 (2.32%) SOAP
14 99 (2.03%) WPF
15 97 (1.99%) ASP.NET
16 92 (1.89%) Node.js
16 92 (1.89%) React
17 87 (1.78%) RabbitMQ
18 82 (1.68%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 1,483 (30.40%) Computer Science
2 988 (20.25%) Analytical Skills
3 440 (9.02%) User Experience
4 345 (7.07%) Management Information System
5 266 (5.45%) Self-Motivation
6 147 (3.01%) Algorithms
7 136 (2.79%) Mobile App
8 130 (2.66%) Data Centre
9 117 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
10 116 (2.38%) Virtual Team
11 104 (2.13%) Data Structures
12 89 (1.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 82 (1.68%) PMI
14 63 (1.29%) Fixed Income
15 58 (1.19%) Linux Command Line
16 54 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
17 52 (1.07%) Derivative
18 49 (1.00%) Hedge funds
19 47 (0.96%) Credit Risk
19 47 (0.96%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 544 (11.15%) Linux
2 514 (10.53%) Windows
3 297 (6.09%) Unix
4 182 (3.73%) Windows Server
5 140 (2.87%) Android
6 119 (2.44%) Apple iOS
7 101 (2.07%) Windows Server 2008
8 71 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 64 (1.31%) Windows 10
10 53 (1.09%) Windows 7
11 48 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 44 (0.90%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (0.31%) Windows 8
14 14 (0.29%) Mac OS X
14 14 (0.29%) Solaris
15 11 (0.23%) Mac OS
16 9 (0.18%) CentOS
16 9 (0.18%) Ubuntu
17 8 (0.16%) SUSE
18 7 (0.14%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,656 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
2 881 (18.06%) Problem-Solving
3 718 (14.72%) Project Management
4 547 (11.21%) Analytics
5 508 (10.41%) ITIL
6 476 (9.76%) Mathematics
6 476 (9.76%) Scrum
7 423 (8.67%) Software Engineering
8 377 (7.73%) Stakeholder Management
8 377 (7.73%) TDD
9 372 (7.62%) SDLC
10 339 (6.95%) Continuous Integration
11 333 (6.83%) Decision-Making
12 317 (6.50%) Test Automation
13 301 (6.17%) DevOps
14 278 (5.70%) PRINCE2
15 275 (5.64%) OO
16 272 (5.57%) Business Analysis
17 241 (4.94%) Open Source
18 235 (4.82%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 869 (17.81%) SQL
2 778 (15.95%) Java
3 610 (12.50%) Python
4 491 (10.06%) JavaScript
5 436 (8.94%) C#
6 317 (6.50%) C++
7 211 (4.32%) C
8 142 (2.91%) PowerShell
9 141 (2.89%) R
10 125 (2.56%) Shell Script
11 105 (2.15%) Scala
12 102 (2.09%) Ruby
13 96 (1.97%) Perl
14 84 (1.72%) T-SQL
15 83 (1.70%) Bash Shell
16 74 (1.52%) VBA
17 73 (1.50%) Java 8
18 58 (1.19%) MATLAB
19 51 (1.05%) PHP
20 50 (1.02%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 846 (17.34%) Computer Science Degree
2 333 (6.83%) Security Cleared
3 319 (6.54%) Master's Degree
4 219 (4.49%) SC Cleared
5 203 (4.16%) CISSP
6 198 (4.06%) Numerate Degree
7 186 (3.81%) PMI Certification
8 166 (3.40%) PMP
9 147 (3.01%) Microsoft Certification
10 140 (2.87%) Cisco Certification
11 106 (2.17%) CISM
12 79 (1.62%) CCNA
13 74 (1.52%) CCNP
14 71 (1.46%) MCSE
15 68 (1.39%) ISEB
16 62 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
17 60 (1.23%) CISA
17 60 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
18 58 (1.19%) PhD
19 56 (1.15%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 264 (5.41%) QA
2 138 (2.83%) GDPR
3 111 (2.28%) PMO
4 86 (1.76%) Data Quality
5 75 (1.54%) SLA
6 64 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 64 (1.31%) PCI DSS
7 36 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
8 28 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 23 (0.47%) ISO 9001
10 22 (0.45%) COBIT
11 18 (0.37%) Def Stans
12 14 (0.29%) GCP
13 13 (0.27%) IFRS
14 10 (0.20%) IFRS 9
14 10 (0.20%) ISO 22301
14 10 (0.20%) MiFID
15 7 (0.14%) GxP
15 7 (0.14%) NIST 800
16 6 (0.12%) GMP
System Software
1 189 (3.87%) Active Directory
2 118 (2.42%) Docker
3 104 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 58 (1.19%) HDFS
5 52 (1.07%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 52 (1.07%) XenApp
6 39 (0.80%) XenDesktop
7 37 (0.76%) Hyper-V
8 28 (0.57%) vSphere
9 26 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
10 21 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
11 18 (0.37%) Apache Flume
12 16 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
13 14 (0.29%) Firmware
14 11 (0.23%) Xen
15 9 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
15 9 (0.18%) XenServer
16 8 (0.16%) BitLocker
16 8 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
16 8 (0.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 92 (1.89%) Ansible
2 55 (1.13%) SCCM
3 48 (0.98%) Hadoop YARN
3 48 (0.98%) Kubernetes
4 47 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
5 46 (0.94%) Puppet
6 29 (0.59%) HP ALM
7 28 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
8 25 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
9 24 (0.49%) Terraform
10 23 (0.47%) SCOM
11 19 (0.39%) Salt
12 18 (0.37%) Oozie
12 18 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 17 (0.35%) Nagios
14 14 (0.29%) NetBackup
15 13 (0.27%) Backup Exec
15 13 (0.27%) Cisco CUCM
15 13 (0.27%) McAfee ePO
15 13 (0.27%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 741 (15.19%) Microsoft
2 322 (6.60%) Oracle
3 188 (3.85%) SAP
4 175 (3.59%) Cisco
5 146 (2.99%) VMware
6 125 (2.56%) Adobe
7 124 (2.54%) Google
8 122 (2.50%) Tableau
9 115 (2.36%) HP
10 105 (2.15%) Citrix
11 88 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
12 70 (1.43%) Splunk
13 60 (1.23%) IBM
14 59 (1.21%) Red Hat
15 43 (0.88%) Atlassian
15 43 (0.88%) Ivanti
16 40 (0.82%) CheckPoint
17 33 (0.68%) Apple
18 32 (0.66%) CA
18 32 (0.66%) McAfee