Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 44 40 35
Rank change year-on-year -4 -5 +5
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,870 4,758 5,282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.70% 5.01% 4.80%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.02% 25.31% 22.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,834 2,959 3,322
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £259 £225 £225
90th Percentile £650 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 250 228
UK median hourly rate £35.79 £30.00 £34.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.30% -13.01% +18.91%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.85 £12.43
90th Percentile £52.58 £51.21 £49.16
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +16.13% -11.43% +11.32%

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 19,468 18,802 23,695
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.78% 19.79% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,603 11,576 14,824
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £245 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £590 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 928 962 847
UK median hourly rate £24.68 £30.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.73% +5.26% +26.67%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.08 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.87
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.17 £31.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -20.10% +8.62% +28.89%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 17 July 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 -4 4,428 £450 +2.86% 3,599
UK excluding London -3 2,613 £425 +6.25% 2,601
London -11 2,153 £500 +11.11% 1,233
South East -4 1,012 £438 +8.02% 700
North of England +4 563 £400 - 520
Midlands -9 311 £425 +11.84% 393
Scotland -3 264 £413 +21.77% 149
North West +10 232 £400 +6.67% 292
East of England -9 204 £425 +13.33% 491
Yorkshire -8 200 £425 +6.25% 174
South West -11 171 £363 -14.71% 261
West Midlands -23 168 £450 +20.00% 240
North East +23 141 £380 -13.64% 54
East Midlands +3 139 £411 +2.81% 151
Wales -13 69 £400 +24.80% 60
Northern Ireland +12 37 £432 +3.98% 27

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 1,598 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 1,550 (31.83%) Computer Science
3 1,312 (26.94%) Finance
4 945 (19.40%) Analytical Skills
5 865 (17.76%) Computer Science Degree
6 847 (17.39%) SQL
7 822 (16.88%) Problem-Solving
8 807 (16.57%) Microsoft
9 794 (16.30%) Java
10 716 (14.70%) Project Management
11 600 (12.32%) Python
12 583 (11.97%) Windows
13 573 (11.77%) JavaScript
14 546 (11.21%) Analytics
15 540 (11.09%) ITIL
16 528 (10.84%) Linux
17 487 (10.00%) Mathematics
18 480 (9.86%) Scrum
19 459 (9.43%) C#
19 459 (9.43%) HTML
20 444 (9.12%) Software Engineering
21 402 (8.25%) SQL Server
22 394 (8.09%) CSS
23 391 (8.03%) User Experience
24 382 (7.84%) Oracle
25 374 (7.68%) Git (software)
26 372 (7.64%) .NET
27 371 (7.62%) Microsoft Excel
28 368 (7.56%) Amazon AWS
29 365 (7.49%) Security Cleared

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
1 163 (3.35%) SharePoint
2 130 (2.67%) Apache Spark
3 116 (2.38%) Confluence
4 97 (1.99%) Apache
4 97 (1.99%) SAS
5 84 (1.72%) IIS
6 81 (1.66%) CMS
7 76 (1.56%) MS Exchange
8 60 (1.23%) Skype for Business
9 48 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
10 47 (0.97%) OpenStack
11 45 (0.92%) Tomcat
12 41 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2010
13 34 (0.70%) Cloud Foundry
13 34 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
13 34 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
14 32 (0.66%) JBoss
15 30 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
16 28 (0.57%) WebSphere
17 21 (0.43%) Ethereum
Applications
1 371 (7.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 264 (5.42%) Microsoft Office
3 176 (3.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 88 (1.81%) MS Visio
5 77 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
6 57 (1.17%) Photoshop
7 46 (0.94%) InVision
8 31 (0.64%) InfoPath
9 30 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
10 26 (0.53%) SPSS
11 22 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
12 19 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 15 (0.31%) UserZoom
14 9 (0.18%) Stata
15 8 (0.16%) Acrobat
16 7 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
16 7 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
16 7 (0.14%) Chatbot
16 7 (0.14%) InDesign
17 6 (0.12%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 28 (0.57%) SAP HR
2 26 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 24 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
4 21 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 20 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
6 18 (0.37%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 15 (0.31%) SAP ERP
8 13 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
8 13 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
8 13 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
9 11 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
9 11 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
10 9 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
10 9 (0.18%) Eloqua
10 9 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
10 9 (0.18%) SAP FI
10 9 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
11 8 (0.16%) SAP CO
11 8 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
12 7 (0.14%) HFM
Cloud Services
1 368 (7.56%) Amazon AWS
2 361 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 163 (3.35%) Office 365
4 100 (2.05%) SaaS
5 84 (1.72%) GitHub
6 83 (1.70%) PaaS
7 57 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
8 50 (1.03%) IaaS
9 41 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
10 39 (0.80%) Google Analytics
11 33 (0.68%) Serverless
12 25 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
12 25 (0.51%) Force.com
13 24 (0.49%) Amazon S3
13 24 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
14 21 (0.43%) OpenShift
15 19 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
15 19 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
15 19 (0.39%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 18 (0.37%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 183 (3.76%) Firewall
2 132 (2.71%) DNS
3 105 (2.16%) TCP/IP
4 95 (1.95%) DHCP
5 93 (1.91%) Internet
6 88 (1.81%) WAN
7 85 (1.75%) LAN
8 69 (1.42%) SMS
9 64 (1.31%) Network Security
10 62 (1.27%) VPN
11 58 (1.19%) Skype
12 53 (1.09%) Wireless
13 47 (0.97%) HTTP
14 44 (0.90%) SAN
15 36 (0.74%) Unified Communications
16 34 (0.70%) BGP
16 34 (0.70%) MPLS
17 31 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
18 30 (0.62%) SNMP
18 30 (0.62%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 402 (8.25%) SQL Server
2 238 (4.89%) Relational Database
3 189 (3.88%) Big Data
4 138 (2.83%) MySQL
5 129 (2.65%) PostgreSQL
6 128 (2.63%) NoSQL
7 124 (2.55%) Hadoop
8 98 (2.01%) MongoDB
9 85 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
10 81 (1.66%) Oracle Database
11 66 (1.36%) Power BI
12 63 (1.29%) HBase
13 61 (1.25%) RDBMS
14 57 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 54 (1.11%) Apache Cassandra
16 50 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 49 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
18 42 (0.86%) Redis
19 40 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
20 39 (0.80%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 374 (7.68%) Git (software)
2 263 (5.40%) JIRA
3 231 (4.74%) Jenkins
4 109 (2.24%) Visual Studio
5 92 (1.89%) Selenium
6 83 (1.70%) JUnit
7 78 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
8 76 (1.56%) Subversion
9 69 (1.42%) Cucumber
10 68 (1.40%) Maven
11 66 (1.36%) Gradle
12 54 (1.11%) Eclipse
13 51 (1.05%) SpecFlow
13 51 (1.05%) TeamCity
14 40 (0.82%) Bitbucket
15 38 (0.78%) Axure RP
16 34 (0.70%) NUnit
17 27 (0.55%) webpack
18 26 (0.53%) JMeter
18 26 (0.53%) WebDriver
General
1 1,312 (26.94%) Finance
2 355 (7.29%) Banking
3 307 (6.30%) Marketing
4 224 (4.60%) Retail
4 224 (4.60%) Telecoms
5 190 (3.90%) Legal
6 171 (3.51%) Front Office
7 125 (2.57%) Manufacturing
8 115 (2.36%) Investment Banking
9 76 (1.56%) Advertising
10 75 (1.54%) Games
11 67 (1.38%) Back Office
12 62 (1.27%) Electronics
12 62 (1.27%) Law
13 59 (1.21%) Financial Institution
14 55 (1.13%) Pharmaceutical
15 41 (0.84%) Military
16 40 (0.82%) Automotive
17 39 (0.80%) French Language
17 39 (0.80%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,062 (21.81%) Developer
2 761 (15.63%) Analyst
3 295 (6.06%) Architect
4 283 (5.81%) Java Developer
5 273 (5.61%) Project Manager
6 256 (5.26%) Business Analyst
7 183 (3.76%) Consultant
8 171 (3.51%) Designer
9 138 (2.83%) C# Developer
10 133 (2.73%) User Researcher
11 124 (2.55%) Senior Developer
12 123 (2.53%) IT Manager
13 112 (2.30%) Software Engineer
14 105 (2.16%) Data Analyst
15 101 (2.07%) .NET Developer
16 96 (1.97%) Administrator
17 88 (1.81%) Support Engineer
18 83 (1.70%) Data Scientist
19 76 (1.56%) Junior
20 75 (1.54%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 459 (9.43%) HTML
2 394 (8.09%) CSS
3 372 (7.64%) .NET
4 283 (5.81%) Web Services
5 210 (4.31%) Spring
6 197 (4.05%) AngularJS
7 190 (3.90%) XML
8 187 (3.84%) REST
9 169 (3.47%) RESTful
10 155 (3.18%) HTML5
11 145 (2.98%) JSON
12 143 (2.94%) jQuery
13 131 (2.69%) Node.js
14 126 (2.59%) Kafka
15 116 (2.38%) ASP.NET
16 112 (2.30%) SOAP
17 104 (2.14%) React
18 83 (1.70%) Middleware
19 80 (1.64%) .NET Framework
20 78 (1.60%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1,550 (31.83%) Computer Science
2 945 (19.40%) Analytical Skills
3 391 (8.03%) User Experience
4 365 (7.49%) Management Information System
5 216 (4.44%) Self-Motivation
6 190 (3.90%) Algorithms
7 175 (3.59%) Data Centre
8 156 (3.20%) Mobile App
9 117 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
10 97 (1.99%) Data Structures
10 97 (1.99%) Virtual Team
11 75 (1.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 70 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
12 70 (1.44%) Fixed Income
13 67 (1.38%) PMI
14 61 (1.25%) Fintech
15 52 (1.07%) Credit Risk
15 52 (1.07%) Derivative
16 46 (0.94%) Social Media
17 45 (0.92%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 583 (11.97%) Windows
2 528 (10.84%) Linux
3 306 (6.28%) Unix
4 224 (4.60%) Windows Server
5 130 (2.67%) Android
6 121 (2.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 119 (2.44%) Apple iOS
8 109 (2.24%) Windows Server 2012
9 72 (1.48%) Windows 7
10 66 (1.36%) Windows 10
11 64 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
12 37 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 19 (0.39%) Mac OS
13 19 (0.39%) Solaris
14 18 (0.37%) Windows 8
15 13 (0.27%) VMS
16 10 (0.21%) CentOS
16 10 (0.21%) Mac OS X
17 9 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
18 7 (0.14%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,598 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 822 (16.88%) Problem-Solving
3 716 (14.70%) Project Management
4 546 (11.21%) Analytics
5 540 (11.09%) ITIL
6 487 (10.00%) Mathematics
7 480 (9.86%) Scrum
8 444 (9.12%) Software Engineering
9 349 (7.17%) Stakeholder Management
10 344 (7.06%) TDD
11 343 (7.04%) SDLC
12 307 (6.30%) Decision-Making
13 299 (6.14%) Continuous Integration
14 298 (6.12%) DevOps
15 295 (6.06%) Test Automation
16 292 (6.00%) OO
17 273 (5.61%) Business Analysis
18 271 (5.56%) Migration
19 265 (5.44%) PRINCE2
20 241 (4.95%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 847 (17.39%) SQL
2 794 (16.30%) Java
3 600 (12.32%) Python
4 573 (11.77%) JavaScript
5 459 (9.43%) C#
6 302 (6.20%) C++
7 202 (4.15%) C
8 157 (3.22%) PowerShell
9 128 (2.63%) R
10 106 (2.18%) Shell Script
11 105 (2.16%) Perl
12 93 (1.91%) Java 8
13 88 (1.81%) Ruby
13 88 (1.81%) Scala
14 84 (1.72%) Bash Shell
15 78 (1.60%) PL/SQL
16 76 (1.56%) VBA
17 71 (1.46%) PHP
18 61 (1.25%) T-SQL
19 46 (0.94%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 865 (17.76%) Computer Science Degree
2 365 (7.49%) Security Cleared
3 314 (6.45%) Master's Degree
4 283 (5.81%) SC Cleared
5 199 (4.09%) CISSP
6 169 (3.47%) PMI Certification
7 149 (3.06%) Numerate Degree
8 147 (3.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 139 (2.85%) Cisco Certification
10 130 (2.67%) PMP
11 112 (2.30%) CISM
12 84 (1.72%) ISEB
13 82 (1.68%) CISA
14 72 (1.48%) CCNA
14 72 (1.48%) MCSE
15 70 (1.44%) CCNP
16 65 (1.33%) PhD
17 64 (1.31%) MBA
18 58 (1.19%) ISTQB
19 55 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 238 (4.89%) QA
2 121 (2.48%) GDPR
3 95 (1.95%) PMO
4 94 (1.93%) SLA
5 93 (1.91%) Data Quality
6 78 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 72 (1.48%) PCI DSS
8 38 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 30 (0.62%) ISO 9001
10 28 (0.57%) COBIT
11 25 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
12 18 (0.37%) GCP
13 16 (0.33%) IFRS
14 15 (0.31%) IFRS 9
15 14 (0.29%) Def Stans
16 13 (0.27%) ISO 22301
17 9 (0.18%) HIPAA
17 9 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 8 (0.16%) ISAE 3402
18 8 (0.16%) NIST 800
System Software
1 235 (4.83%) Active Directory
2 152 (3.12%) Docker
3 109 (2.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 62 (1.27%) XenApp
5 46 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 46 (0.94%) XenDesktop
6 35 (0.72%) HDFS
7 30 (0.62%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 29 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
9 28 (0.57%) vSphere
10 25 (0.51%) Apache Flume
10 25 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
11 18 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
12 14 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
13 12 (0.25%) XenServer
14 11 (0.23%) Firmware
15 9 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
16 7 (0.14%) Xen
17 6 (0.12%) NFS
17 6 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 102 (2.09%) Ansible
2 67 (1.38%) Puppet
3 62 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
4 55 (1.13%) Kubernetes
5 46 (0.94%) SCCM
6 42 (0.86%) Terraform
7 26 (0.53%) Hadoop YARN
8 23 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
8 23 (0.47%) Nagios
9 22 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
10 21 (0.43%) SCOM
11 20 (0.41%) Salt
11 20 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 15 (0.31%) BladeLogic
13 14 (0.29%) HP ALM
14 11 (0.23%) AirWatch
14 11 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 11 (0.23%) Microsoft Clustering
14 11 (0.23%) Oracle Identity Manager
14 11 (0.23%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 807 (16.57%) Microsoft
2 382 (7.84%) Oracle
3 208 (4.27%) SAP
4 201 (4.13%) Cisco
5 166 (3.41%) VMware
6 133 (2.73%) Google
7 111 (2.28%) Citrix
8 109 (2.24%) HP
9 94 (1.93%) Tableau
10 93 (1.91%) Adobe
10 93 (1.91%) Salesforce.com
11 78 (1.60%) IBM
12 75 (1.54%) Splunk
13 57 (1.17%) Atlassian
14 52 (1.07%) Red Hat
14 52 (1.07%) Remedy
15 51 (1.05%) Ivanti
16 46 (0.94%) Apple
17 40 (0.82%) McAfee
17 40 (0.82%) ServiceNow