Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 43 37 36
Rank change year-on-year -6 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,909 4,744 5,026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.89% 4.88% 4.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.87% 23.89% 22.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,114 2,875 3,021
UK median daily rate £448 £424 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.67% +2.05% +2.47%
10th Percentile £263 £230 £240
90th Percentile £638 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £376 £375
% change year-on-year +6.52% +0.13% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 270 257 287
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £27.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.37% -28.00% +25.21%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.15 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £30.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +15.83% -25.00% +33.33%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 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 18 January 2018.

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 18 January 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 -3 4,498 £450 +5.88% 4,211
UK excluding London -4 2,471 £400 +6.52% 2,882
London -4 2,334 £500 +11.11% 1,564
South East +2 924 £410 +7.89% 666
North of England 0 420 £413 +10.00% 595
Midlands -1 346 £400 +5.26% 496
East of England -8 248 £365 +4.29% 600
South West +17 214 £420 +5.00% 287
Scotland -9 213 £375 +13.64% 125
West Midlands -5 192 £400 +14.29% 359
North West +4 168 £394 -7.35% 337
Yorkshire -8 153 £425 +13.33% 189
East Midlands +13 152 £405 +1.25% 137
North East +17 107 £413 +17.86% 69
Wales +29 67 £385 +40.00% 79
Northern Ireland -8 43 £450 +25.00% 32
Isle of Man -1 3 £225 -50.00%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 - 3

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 1,611 (32.82%) Agile Software Development
2 1,462 (29.78%) Computer Science
3 1,391 (28.34%) Finance
4 938 (19.11%) Analytical Skills
5 870 (17.72%) SQL
6 844 (17.19%) Computer Science Degree
7 774 (15.77%) Project Management
8 755 (15.38%) Microsoft
9 729 (14.85%) Java
10 548 (11.16%) Linux
11 507 (10.33%) Analytics
12 505 (10.29%) Scrum
13 492 (10.02%) Python
14 487 (9.92%) Windows
15 476 (9.70%) C#
16 468 (9.53%) HTML
17 464 (9.45%) JavaScript
18 440 (8.96%) SQL Server
19 428 (8.72%) Mathematics
20 427 (8.70%) ITIL
21 423 (8.62%) Banking
22 400 (8.15%) .NET
23 399 (8.13%) CSS
24 390 (7.94%) TDD
25 383 (7.80%) Software Engineering
26 372 (7.58%) Test Automation
27 365 (7.44%) Web Services
28 363 (7.39%) User Experience
29 358 (7.29%) SDLC
30 354 (7.21%) Stakeholder Management

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
1 146 (2.97%) SharePoint
2 110 (2.24%) CMS
3 105 (2.14%) SAS
4 100 (2.04%) Confluence
5 98 (2.00%) Apache Spark
6 81 (1.65%) Apache
7 54 (1.10%) MS Exchange
8 51 (1.04%) IIS
9 49 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
10 47 (0.96%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 40 (0.81%) WebSphere
12 38 (0.77%) Tomcat
13 37 (0.75%) Skype for Business
14 33 (0.67%) OpenStack
15 31 (0.63%) Cloud Foundry
16 29 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
17 23 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
17 23 (0.47%) WebLogic
18 20 (0.41%) Drupal
19 18 (0.37%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 352 (7.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 327 (6.66%) Microsoft Office
3 171 (3.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 108 (2.20%) Microsoft Project
5 91 (1.85%) MS Visio
6 52 (1.06%) Photoshop
7 28 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
8 26 (0.53%) SPSS
9 23 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
10 20 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 18 (0.37%) InVision
12 16 (0.33%) Stata
13 15 (0.31%) OmniGraffle
14 11 (0.22%) InDesign
15 10 (0.20%) Adobe After Effects
16 8 (0.16%) Adobe Premiere
16 8 (0.16%) Simulink
17 7 (0.14%) AutoCAD
18 6 (0.12%) InfoPath
19 5 (0.10%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 31 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
3 16 (0.33%) ION MarketView
4 12 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 12 (0.24%) SAP SD
5 11 (0.22%) Maximo
5 11 (0.22%) SAP CO
5 11 (0.22%) SAP FI
5 11 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
6 10 (0.20%) SAP MM
7 9 (0.18%) ReMetrica
7 9 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 9 (0.18%) SAP ERP
8 8 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
8 8 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
9 7 (0.14%) Kondor
10 6 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
10 6 (0.12%) Radian6
Cloud Services
1 280 (5.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 249 (5.07%) Amazon AWS
3 103 (2.10%) Office 365
4 92 (1.87%) GitHub
5 75 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
6 69 (1.41%) SaaS
7 66 (1.34%) PaaS
8 52 (1.06%) Google Analytics
9 51 (1.04%) npm
10 43 (0.88%) IaaS
11 27 (0.55%) OpenShift
12 26 (0.53%) Google Cloud Platform
13 22 (0.45%) Amazon S3
14 17 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
14 17 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
14 17 (0.35%) Mimecast
15 15 (0.31%) Serverless
16 12 (0.24%) Silverpop
17 11 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Cloud
18 9 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 175 (3.56%) Firewall
2 140 (2.85%) TCP/IP
3 126 (2.57%) Internet
4 103 (2.10%) WAN
5 102 (2.08%) LAN
6 100 (2.04%) DNS
7 74 (1.51%) Wireless
8 71 (1.45%) DHCP
9 67 (1.36%) Network Security
10 63 (1.28%) VPN
11 52 (1.06%) HTTP
12 46 (0.94%) SAN
13 44 (0.90%) SSL
14 37 (0.75%) SMS
15 36 (0.73%) Intranet
16 33 (0.67%) LTE
16 33 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
17 32 (0.65%) NAS
18 31 (0.63%) MPLS
18 31 (0.63%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 440 (8.96%) SQL Server
2 228 (4.64%) Relational Database
3 210 (4.28%) Big Data
4 149 (3.04%) Hadoop
5 144 (2.93%) NoSQL
6 120 (2.44%) MySQL
7 112 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
8 85 (1.73%) RDBMS
9 84 (1.71%) Power BI
10 83 (1.69%) MongoDB
11 80 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 73 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
13 60 (1.22%) HBase
14 56 (1.14%) Oracle Database
15 55 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
16 54 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 51 (1.04%) Apache Cassandra
18 44 (0.90%) Apache Hive
19 41 (0.84%) Data Mining
20 38 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 338 (6.89%) Git (software)
2 259 (5.28%) JIRA
3 203 (4.14%) Jenkins
4 119 (2.42%) Cucumber
5 97 (1.98%) Subversion
6 93 (1.89%) Selenium
7 79 (1.61%) Visual Studio
8 77 (1.57%) Gradle
9 75 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
10 73 (1.49%) Maven
11 72 (1.47%) JUnit
12 57 (1.16%) gulp
12 57 (1.16%) TeamCity
13 56 (1.14%) Jasmine
14 50 (1.02%) Eclipse
15 49 (1.00%) webpack
16 46 (0.94%) Bitbucket
17 43 (0.88%) GitLab
18 39 (0.79%) Karma Test Runner
19 38 (0.77%) Xcode
General
1 1,391 (28.34%) Finance
2 423 (8.62%) Banking
3 291 (5.93%) Telecoms
4 279 (5.68%) Marketing
5 175 (3.56%) Manufacturing
6 165 (3.36%) Front Office
7 146 (2.97%) Legal
8 139 (2.83%) Retail
9 133 (2.71%) Investment Banking
10 86 (1.75%) Electronics
11 76 (1.55%) Publishing
12 68 (1.39%) Games
13 67 (1.36%) Financial Institution
14 63 (1.28%) Automotive
15 62 (1.26%) Law
15 62 (1.26%) Pharmaceutical
16 55 (1.12%) Advertising
17 36 (0.73%) Billing
18 35 (0.71%) Aerospace
19 34 (0.69%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,137 (23.16%) Developer
2 852 (17.36%) Analyst
3 330 (6.72%) Business Analyst
3 330 (6.72%) Project Manager
4 296 (6.03%) Java Developer
5 289 (5.89%) Architect
6 182 (3.71%) Consultant
7 168 (3.42%) Designer
8 162 (3.30%) C# Developer
9 157 (3.20%) Senior Developer
10 151 (3.08%) User Researcher
11 116 (2.36%) Data Analyst
12 115 (2.34%) Software Engineer
13 114 (2.32%) .NET Developer
14 99 (2.02%) Senior Analyst
15 96 (1.96%) Data Scientist
16 85 (1.73%) Software Developer
17 81 (1.65%) IT Manager
18 74 (1.51%) Tester
19 72 (1.47%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 468 (9.53%) HTML
2 400 (8.15%) .NET
3 399 (8.13%) CSS
4 365 (7.44%) Web Services
5 239 (4.87%) Spring
6 225 (4.58%) AngularJS
7 215 (4.38%) XML
8 202 (4.11%) RESTful
9 201 (4.09%) REST
10 195 (3.97%) HTML5
11 181 (3.69%) JSON
12 121 (2.46%) ASP.NET
13 116 (2.36%) jQuery
14 113 (2.30%) SOAP
15 112 (2.28%) WPF
16 111 (2.26%) WCF
17 100 (2.04%) Hibernate
18 98 (2.00%) Node.js
19 92 (1.87%) React
20 88 (1.79%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1,462 (29.78%) Computer Science
2 938 (19.11%) Analytical Skills
3 363 (7.39%) User Experience
4 315 (6.42%) Management Information System
5 137 (2.79%) Algorithms
5 137 (2.79%) Virtual Team
6 133 (2.71%) Mobile App
7 110 (2.24%) Data Structures
8 102 (2.08%) Data Centre
9 99 (2.02%) PMI
10 92 (1.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 71 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
12 60 (1.22%) Credit Risk
13 59 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
14 56 (1.14%) Fixed Income
14 56 (1.14%) Social Media
15 55 (1.12%) Equities
15 55 (1.12%) NHS
16 54 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
17 53 (1.08%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 548 (11.16%) Linux
2 487 (9.92%) Windows
3 277 (5.64%) Unix
4 113 (2.30%) Windows Server
5 106 (2.16%) Android
6 97 (1.98%) Apple iOS
7 79 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 67 (1.36%) Windows 7
9 63 (1.28%) Windows 10
10 44 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
11 40 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
12 23 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
13 22 (0.45%) Windows 8
14 18 (0.37%) CentOS
15 13 (0.26%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.24%) Solaris
17 7 (0.14%) VMS
17 7 (0.14%) Windows XP
18 6 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
18 6 (0.12%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,611 (32.82%) Agile Software Development
2 774 (15.77%) Project Management
3 507 (10.33%) Analytics
4 505 (10.29%) Scrum
5 428 (8.72%) Mathematics
6 427 (8.70%) ITIL
7 390 (7.94%) TDD
8 383 (7.80%) Software Engineering
9 372 (7.58%) Test Automation
10 358 (7.29%) SDLC
11 354 (7.21%) Stakeholder Management
12 311 (6.34%) Continuous Integration
13 303 (6.17%) PRINCE2
14 257 (5.24%) Change Management
15 253 (5.15%) Risk Management
16 242 (4.93%) OO
17 241 (4.91%) DevOps
18 237 (4.83%) Business Intelligence
19 234 (4.77%) Business Analysis
20 226 (4.60%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 870 (17.72%) SQL
2 729 (14.85%) Java
3 492 (10.02%) Python
4 476 (9.70%) C#
5 464 (9.45%) JavaScript
6 293 (5.97%) C++
7 201 (4.09%) C
8 163 (3.32%) R
9 129 (2.63%) PowerShell
10 127 (2.59%) Shell Script
11 111 (2.26%) T-SQL
12 108 (2.20%) Scala
13 95 (1.94%) Ruby
14 78 (1.59%) Perl
15 75 (1.53%) Bash Shell
16 67 (1.36%) VBA
17 50 (1.02%) Apple Swift
18 48 (0.98%) MATLAB
18 48 (0.98%) PHP
19 43 (0.88%) ES6
Qualifications
1 844 (17.19%) Computer Science Degree
2 348 (7.09%) Security Cleared
3 294 (5.99%) Master's Degree
4 205 (4.18%) SC Cleared
5 198 (4.03%) PMI Certification
6 193 (3.93%) CISSP
7 190 (3.87%) PMP
8 169 (3.44%) Numerate Degree
9 164 (3.34%) Microsoft Certification
10 134 (2.73%) Cisco Certification
11 119 (2.42%) CISM
12 80 (1.63%) ISEB
13 76 (1.55%) CCNA
14 73 (1.49%) MCSE
15 59 (1.20%) PhD
16 58 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
17 53 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
18 51 (1.04%) CCNP
19 50 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
20 46 (0.94%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 318 (6.48%) QA
2 121 (2.46%) GDPR
3 109 (2.22%) PMO
4 99 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 88 (1.79%) Data Quality
6 69 (1.41%) SLA
7 66 (1.34%) PCI DSS
8 41 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 36 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
10 26 (0.53%) COBIT
11 22 (0.45%) MiFID
12 20 (0.41%) HIPAA
13 19 (0.39%) Actionable Recommendations
13 19 (0.39%) HL7
14 15 (0.31%) ISO 9001
15 12 (0.24%) ISO 22301
16 10 (0.20%) GxP
17 9 (0.18%) Def Stans
17 9 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 9 (0.18%) P3O
System Software
1 182 (3.71%) Active Directory
2 94 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (1.73%) Docker
4 51 (1.04%) HDFS
5 37 (0.75%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 37 (0.75%) Hyper-V
6 33 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
7 31 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
8 23 (0.47%) Firmware
9 22 (0.45%) vSphere
9 22 (0.45%) Xen
10 17 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
11 16 (0.33%) XenDesktop
12 15 (0.31%) XenApp
13 12 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (0.20%) iptables
15 9 (0.18%) Apache Flume
15 9 (0.18%) Terminal Services
16 8 (0.16%) BitLocker
17 6 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 81 (1.65%) Ansible
2 67 (1.36%) Puppet
3 64 (1.30%) SCCM
4 42 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (0.69%) Hadoop YARN
6 32 (0.65%) SCOM
7 30 (0.61%) Kubernetes
8 29 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
9 24 (0.49%) Terraform
10 22 (0.45%) Backup Exec
11 21 (0.43%) NetBackup
12 20 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
13 18 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
13 18 (0.37%) Oozie
13 18 (0.37%) Salt
14 17 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 12 (0.24%) MOM
15 12 (0.24%) Packer
16 11 (0.22%) Microsoft Clustering
16 11 (0.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 755 (15.38%) Microsoft
2 327 (6.66%) Oracle
3 179 (3.65%) SAP
4 169 (3.44%) Cisco
5 128 (2.61%) VMware
6 127 (2.59%) Tableau
7 94 (1.91%) HP
8 92 (1.87%) Adobe
8 92 (1.87%) Google
9 80 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
10 77 (1.57%) Citrix
11 63 (1.28%) IBM
12 57 (1.16%) Red Hat
13 52 (1.06%) Splunk
14 40 (0.81%) Apple
15 39 (0.79%) Twitter
16 37 (0.75%) Sitecore
17 35 (0.71%) CheckPoint
17 35 (0.71%) McAfee
18 29 (0.59%) Symantec