Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 36 37
Rank change year-on-year -7 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Degree 5020 5168 5072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.87% 4.91% 4.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 26.08% 23.79% 22.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 3163 3161 2989
UK median daily rate £438 £413 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +0.61% +2.50%
10th Percentile £254 £230 £240
90th Percentile £638 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 282 253 298
UK median hourly rate £31.66 £26.99 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.31% -22.90% +16.86%
10th Percentile £12.80 £11.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.54 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.04 £29.00 £38.43
% change year-on-year +17.38% -24.54% +28.31%

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 19249 21726 22502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.64% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11801 13552 13564
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £221 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 871 1086
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.54 £25.06
% change year-on-year +3.63% +5.90% +31.89%

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 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 4607 £450 +5.88% 1772
UK excluding London 0 2536 £400 +6.67% 1080
London -9 2365 £480 +6.67% 765
South East +1 927 £400 +1.27% 292
North of England -7 417 £400 +14.29% 222
Midlands +1 376 £400 +1.27% 129
East of England -9 254 £350 - 262
South West +19 251 £420 +5.00% 98
Scotland -10 208 £350 +6.06% 55
West Midlands +1 202 £380 +4.47% 85
East Midlands +10 171 £405 +1.25% 44
Yorkshire +5 164 £410 +6.56% 74
North West 0 155 £375 -6.25% 114
North East +3 106 £423 +32.03% 34
Wales +32 62 £323 -7.60% 15
Northern Ireland -24 46 £450 +24.14% 7
Isle of Man +2 3 £225 -50.00%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 1569 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
2 1543 (30.74%) Computer Science
3 1442 (28.73%) Finance
4 1014 (20.20%) Analytical Skills
5 891 (17.75%) Computer Science Degree
6 879 (17.51%) SQL
7 829 (16.51%) Microsoft
8 772 (15.38%) Project Management
9 735 (14.64%) Java
10 556 (11.08%) Linux
11 530 (10.56%) Windows
12 511 (10.18%) ITIL
13 509 (10.14%) Scrum
14 503 (10.02%) C#
15 500 (9.96%) HTML
16 497 (9.90%) Analytics
17 488 (9.72%) JavaScript
18 469 (9.34%) Python
19 464 (9.24%) Banking
20 458 (9.12%) Mathematics
21 445 (8.86%) SQL Server
22 416 (8.29%) CSS
23 412 (8.21%) .NET
24 392 (7.81%) TDD
25 385 (7.67%) Stakeholder Management
26 383 (7.63%) Security Cleared
27 379 (7.55%) Oracle
28 377 (7.51%) User Experience
29 373 (7.43%) Test Automation
30 372 (7.41%) Management Information System

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 (3.13%) SharePoint
2 121 (2.41%) CMS
3 100 (1.99%) Confluence
4 93 (1.85%) SAS
5 89 (1.77%) Apache Spark
6 66 (1.31%) Apache
7 58 (1.16%) IIS
8 57 (1.14%) MS Exchange
9 53 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 53 (1.06%) WebSphere
10 45 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
11 43 (0.86%) Tomcat
12 33 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
13 31 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
13 31 (0.62%) Skype for Business
14 25 (0.50%) WebLogic
15 23 (0.46%) Drupal
16 22 (0.44%) JBoss
16 22 (0.44%) OpenStack
17 21 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 365 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 329 (6.55%) Microsoft Office
3 164 (3.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 122 (2.43%) Microsoft Project
5 121 (2.41%) MS Visio
6 43 (0.86%) Photoshop
7 26 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
8 21 (0.42%) SPSS
9 18 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 18 (0.36%) OmniGraffle
10 17 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
10 17 (0.34%) Stata
11 13 (0.26%) Adobe After Effects
11 13 (0.26%) InVision
12 8 (0.16%) Adobe Premiere
13 7 (0.14%) AutoCAD
13 7 (0.14%) Simulink
13 7 (0.14%) SmartSuite
14 6 (0.12%) InDesign
15 5 (0.100%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 34 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.46%) Payment Gateway
3 17 (0.34%) ION MarketView
3 17 (0.34%) Maximo
4 13 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.24%) SAP CO
6 11 (0.22%) SAP FI
6 11 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 9 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
7 9 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 9 (0.18%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.18%) SAP MM
8 8 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 8 (0.16%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
9 7 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
9 7 (0.14%) SAP SD
10 6 (0.12%) Kondor
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 245 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 242 (4.82%) Amazon AWS
3 106 (2.11%) Office 365
4 80 (1.59%) GitHub
5 66 (1.31%) PaaS
6 64 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
6 64 (1.27%) SaaS
7 45 (0.90%) npm
8 38 (0.76%) IaaS
9 35 (0.70%) Google Analytics
10 23 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
11 21 (0.42%) Amazon S3
11 21 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
12 19 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 18 (0.36%) Mimecast
14 16 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
15 15 (0.30%) Serverless
16 14 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
17 13 (0.26%) Amazon EMR
18 11 (0.22%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 176 (3.51%) Firewall
2 148 (2.95%) TCP/IP
3 137 (2.73%) Internet
4 124 (2.47%) WAN
5 121 (2.41%) LAN
6 107 (2.13%) Wireless
7 103 (2.05%) DNS
8 76 (1.51%) Network Security
9 72 (1.43%) DHCP
10 65 (1.29%) VPN
11 55 (1.10%) HTTP
12 52 (1.04%) SAN
13 42 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
14 39 (0.78%) LTE
14 39 (0.78%) SMS
15 37 (0.74%) Intranet
15 37 (0.74%) NAS
16 35 (0.70%) VoIP
17 34 (0.68%) SSL
18 28 (0.56%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 445 (8.86%) SQL Server
2 226 (4.50%) Relational Database
3 207 (4.12%) Big Data
4 158 (3.15%) NoSQL
5 143 (2.85%) Hadoop
6 115 (2.29%) MySQL
7 111 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
8 95 (1.89%) RDBMS
9 86 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 80 (1.59%) MongoDB
11 63 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
11 63 (1.25%) Power BI
12 58 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
13 55 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
14 50 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 47 (0.94%) Oracle Database
16 43 (0.86%) Data Mining
17 42 (0.84%) Apache Hive
18 39 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
18 39 (0.78%) HBase
Development Applications
1 320 (6.37%) Git (software)
2 269 (5.36%) JIRA
3 178 (3.55%) Jenkins
4 109 (2.17%) Cucumber
5 102 (2.03%) Subversion
6 94 (1.87%) Visual Studio
7 88 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
8 81 (1.61%) JUnit
9 77 (1.53%) Selenium
10 73 (1.45%) Maven
11 62 (1.24%) Gradle
12 60 (1.20%) TeamCity
13 57 (1.14%) Eclipse
14 44 (0.88%) gulp
15 43 (0.86%) Jasmine
16 40 (0.80%) Bitbucket
17 39 (0.78%) webpack
18 36 (0.72%) Grunt
18 36 (0.72%) Xcode
19 34 (0.68%) GitLab
General
1 1442 (28.73%) Finance
2 464 (9.24%) Banking
3 339 (6.75%) Telecoms
4 298 (5.94%) Marketing
5 192 (3.82%) Manufacturing
6 176 (3.51%) Front Office
7 152 (3.03%) Retail
8 149 (2.97%) Legal
9 135 (2.69%) Investment Banking
10 98 (1.95%) Electronics
11 80 (1.59%) Automotive
12 79 (1.57%) Financial Institution
12 79 (1.57%) Publishing
13 66 (1.31%) Games
14 61 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
15 56 (1.12%) Advertising
16 49 (0.98%) Law
17 46 (0.92%) Billing
18 45 (0.90%) Aerospace
19 37 (0.74%) Military
Job Titles
1 1153 (22.97%) Developer
2 908 (18.09%) Analyst
3 340 (6.77%) Business Analyst
4 335 (6.67%) Project Manager
5 304 (6.06%) Architect
6 272 (5.42%) Java Developer
7 181 (3.61%) Consultant
8 164 (3.27%) Designer
9 161 (3.21%) Senior Developer
10 148 (2.95%) C# Developer
11 134 (2.67%) User Researcher
12 129 (2.57%) .NET Developer
13 117 (2.33%) Data Analyst
14 115 (2.29%) Software Engineer
15 98 (1.95%) Data Scientist
16 96 (1.91%) Software Developer
17 88 (1.75%) Senior Analyst
18 86 (1.71%) IT Manager
19 84 (1.67%) Administrator
19 84 (1.67%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 500 (9.96%) HTML
2 416 (8.29%) CSS
3 412 (8.21%) .NET
4 356 (7.09%) Web Services
5 233 (4.64%) AngularJS
6 220 (4.38%) XML
7 214 (4.26%) HTML5
8 208 (4.14%) Spring
9 207 (4.12%) RESTful
10 204 (4.06%) REST
11 169 (3.37%) JSON
12 134 (2.67%) ASP.NET
13 121 (2.41%) jQuery
14 114 (2.27%) Node.js
15 113 (2.25%) SOAP
16 110 (2.19%) Hibernate
17 100 (1.99%) React
18 99 (1.97%) WCF
19 98 (1.95%) CSS3
20 93 (1.85%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1543 (30.74%) Computer Science
2 1014 (20.20%) Analytical Skills
3 377 (7.51%) User Experience
4 372 (7.41%) Management Information System
5 144 (2.87%) Mobile App
6 140 (2.79%) Algorithms
7 129 (2.57%) Virtual Team
8 118 (2.35%) Data Centre
9 112 (2.23%) Data Structures
10 104 (2.07%) PMI
11 100 (1.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 83 (1.65%) NHS
13 71 (1.41%) Derivative
14 70 (1.39%) Equities
15 62 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
16 60 (1.20%) Credit Risk
16 60 (1.20%) Social Media
17 58 (1.16%) Fixed Income
18 57 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
19 48 (0.96%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 556 (11.08%) Linux
2 530 (10.56%) Windows
3 299 (5.96%) Unix
4 134 (2.67%) Windows Server
5 120 (2.39%) Android
6 106 (2.11%) Apple iOS
7 78 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 70 (1.39%) Windows 7
9 60 (1.20%) Windows 10
10 48 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
11 41 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
12 33 (0.66%) CentOS
13 24 (0.48%) Windows 8
14 22 (0.44%) Solaris
15 20 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
16 14 (0.28%) VMS
17 12 (0.24%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
19 7 (0.14%) AIX
19 7 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1569 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
2 772 (15.38%) Project Management
3 511 (10.18%) ITIL
4 509 (10.14%) Scrum
5 497 (9.90%) Analytics
6 458 (9.12%) Mathematics
7 392 (7.81%) TDD
8 385 (7.67%) Stakeholder Management
9 373 (7.43%) Test Automation
10 354 (7.05%) PRINCE2
10 354 (7.05%) Software Engineering
11 347 (6.91%) SDLC
12 291 (5.80%) Continuous Integration
13 267 (5.32%) Business Intelligence
14 264 (5.26%) Change Management
15 252 (5.02%) Migration
16 238 (4.74%) Continuous Improvement
16 238 (4.74%) Risk Management
17 237 (4.72%) OO
18 235 (4.68%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 879 (17.51%) SQL
2 735 (14.64%) Java
3 503 (10.02%) C#
4 488 (9.72%) JavaScript
5 469 (9.34%) Python
6 291 (5.80%) C++
7 179 (3.57%) C
8 161 (3.21%) R
9 133 (2.65%) PowerShell
10 123 (2.45%) Shell Script
11 106 (2.11%) T-SQL
12 102 (2.03%) Ruby
13 101 (2.01%) Perl
14 91 (1.81%) Scala
15 85 (1.69%) Bash Shell
16 75 (1.49%) VBA
17 65 (1.29%) PHP
18 50 (1.00%) PL/SQL
19 47 (0.94%) Apple Swift
20 45 (0.90%) VB
Qualifications
1 891 (17.75%) Computer Science Degree
2 383 (7.63%) Security Cleared
3 250 (4.98%) Master's Degree
4 234 (4.66%) SC Cleared
5 201 (4.00%) PMI Certification
6 183 (3.65%) PMP
7 171 (3.41%) Microsoft Certification
8 167 (3.33%) Numerate Degree
9 152 (3.03%) CISSP
10 129 (2.57%) Cisco Certification
11 112 (2.23%) CISM
12 101 (2.01%) ISEB
13 73 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
13 73 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
14 65 (1.29%) MCSE
15 62 (1.24%) CCNA
16 58 (1.16%) ISTQB
17 54 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 53 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 52 (1.04%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 340 (6.77%) QA
2 108 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 107 (2.13%) GDPR
4 106 (2.11%) PMO
5 93 (1.85%) Data Quality
6 75 (1.49%) SLA
7 71 (1.41%) PCI DSS
8 40 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 36 (0.72%) COBIT
10 31 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
11 26 (0.52%) MiFID
12 20 (0.40%) HIPAA
13 19 (0.38%) HL7
14 18 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
15 12 (0.24%) ISO 9001
16 11 (0.22%) IFRS
16 11 (0.22%) ISO 22301
17 9 (0.18%) EMIR
17 9 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 9 (0.18%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 205 (4.08%) Active Directory
2 93 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 86 (1.71%) Docker
4 47 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 36 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
7 32 (0.64%) HDFS
8 27 (0.54%) Xen
9 25 (0.50%) vSphere
10 23 (0.46%) Firmware
10 23 (0.46%) XenApp
11 18 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 17 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.22%) XenDesktop
14 10 (0.20%) iptables
15 9 (0.18%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
15 9 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
16 8 (0.16%) XenServer
17 7 (0.14%) Terminal Services
18 6 (0.12%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 72 (1.43%) Ansible
2 71 (1.41%) Puppet
3 59 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
4 57 (1.14%) SCCM
5 40 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
6 37 (0.74%) SCOM
7 22 (0.44%) NetBackup
8 21 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 17 (0.34%) Nagios
10 16 (0.32%) Backup Exec
10 16 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
11 15 (0.30%) Kubernetes
11 15 (0.30%) McAfee ePO
11 15 (0.30%) Terraform
12 14 (0.28%) FortiGate
12 14 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
12 14 (0.28%) Packer
12 14 (0.28%) WSUS
13 12 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
13 12 (0.24%) MOM
Vendors
1 829 (16.51%) Microsoft
2 379 (7.55%) Oracle
3 197 (3.92%) Cisco
4 191 (3.80%) SAP
5 134 (2.67%) VMware
6 123 (2.45%) HP
7 116 (2.31%) Tableau
8 83 (1.65%) Citrix
9 81 (1.61%) Adobe
10 76 (1.51%) Salesforce.com
11 74 (1.47%) Google
12 73 (1.45%) IBM
13 62 (1.24%) Red Hat
14 48 (0.96%) Splunk
15 43 (0.86%) Apple
15 43 (0.86%) Sitecore
16 39 (0.78%) Atlassian
17 37 (0.74%) Sybase
18 34 (0.68%) CheckPoint
19 33 (0.66%) Nintex