Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 42 35
Rank change year-on-year -4 -7 +6
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,736 4,743 5,252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.63% 4.92% 4.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 24.79% 25.31% 22.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,668 2,912 3,282
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +4.88% +2.50%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £225
90th Percentile £650 £620 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 253 250 231
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £31.68 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.50% +5.58% -3.23%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.77 £11.50
90th Percentile £51.25 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +9.38% -8.57% +5.18%

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 19,104 18,740 23,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.69% 19.43% 21.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,315 11,359 14,388
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £249 £250 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 926 949 813
UK median hourly rate £22.66 £29.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.83% +8.18% +22.22%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.19 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £31.25 £28.00
% change year-on-year -26.40% +11.61% +16.67%

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 19 August 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 19 August 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 19 August 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 -5 4,323 £450 +1.12% 3,575
UK excluding London -5 2,549 £425 +6.25% 2,587
London -10 2,086 £500 +5.26% 1,211
South East -2 993 £438 +9.38% 662
North of England +5 545 £410 +2.50% 517
Midlands -23 274 £438 +16.67% 416
Scotland -6 251 £414 +11.07% 147
North West +11 235 £400 +10.34% 281
South West -1 208 £400 -5.88% 295
East of England -5 203 £425 +21.43% 472
Yorkshire -7 198 £425 +3.03% 176
West Midlands -27 153 £475 +26.67% 285
East Midlands -3 123 £425 +6.25% 131
North East +7 119 £378 -14.20% 60
Wales -5 82 £405 +15.71% 47
Northern Ireland +17 33 £432 -0.23% 29

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 1,579 (33.34%) Computer Science
2 1,560 (32.94%) Agile Software Development
3 1,295 (27.34%) Finance
4 915 (19.32%) Computer Science Degree
5 872 (18.41%) Analytical Skills
6 817 (17.25%) Microsoft
7 783 (16.53%) Problem-Solving
8 771 (16.28%) Java
9 765 (16.15%) SQL
10 710 (14.99%) Project Management
11 597 (12.61%) JavaScript
12 561 (11.85%) Python
13 558 (11.78%) Windows
14 538 (11.36%) Analytics
15 514 (10.85%) Linux
16 489 (10.33%) ITIL
17 474 (10.01%) C#
18 470 (9.92%) HTML
19 464 (9.80%) Software Engineering
20 463 (9.78%) Scrum
21 453 (9.57%) Mathematics
22 406 (8.57%) CSS
23 383 (8.09%) .NET
24 369 (7.79%) Git (software)
25 367 (7.75%) Oracle
26 366 (7.73%) Microsoft Azure
27 356 (7.52%) Amazon AWS
28 354 (7.47%) Banking
29 353 (7.45%) SQL Server
30 352 (7.43%) 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
1 170 (3.59%) SharePoint
2 119 (2.51%) Apache Spark
3 106 (2.24%) Confluence
4 89 (1.88%) Apache
5 87 (1.84%) SAS
6 85 (1.79%) IIS
7 80 (1.69%) CMS
8 76 (1.60%) MS Exchange
9 64 (1.35%) Skype for Business
10 51 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
11 48 (1.01%) Tomcat
12 44 (0.93%) OpenStack
13 40 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
14 39 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
15 35 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
16 32 (0.68%) WebSphere
17 28 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
18 27 (0.57%) JBoss
19 26 (0.55%) Ethereum
20 25 (0.53%) Hyperledger
Applications
1 349 (7.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 273 (5.76%) Microsoft Office
3 168 (3.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 87 (1.84%) MS Visio
5 83 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
6 50 (1.06%) Photoshop
7 43 (0.91%) InVision
8 37 (0.78%) InfoPath
9 23 (0.49%) Adobe Illustrator
9 23 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
9 23 (0.49%) SPSS
10 14 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 13 (0.27%) Chatbot
12 11 (0.23%) UserZoom
13 9 (0.19%) OmniGraffle
14 8 (0.17%) Stata
15 6 (0.13%) InDesign
15 6 (0.13%) Windchill
16 5 (0.11%) Acrobat
16 5 (0.11%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 26 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
1 26 (0.55%) SAP HR
2 25 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
3 20 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 20 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 17 (0.36%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 16 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
6 15 (0.32%) SAP ERP
7 14 (0.30%) Distributed Ledger
7 14 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
8 12 (0.25%) R3 Corda
9 11 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
10 10 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
10 10 (0.21%) Eloqua
10 10 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
11 9 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
12 7 (0.15%) HFM
13 6 (0.13%) Remedy AR System
13 6 (0.13%) SAP FI
13 6 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 366 (7.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 356 (7.52%) Amazon AWS
3 196 (4.14%) Office 365
4 90 (1.90%) SaaS
5 72 (1.52%) PaaS
6 70 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
7 69 (1.46%) GitHub
8 49 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
9 47 (0.99%) Serverless
10 46 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
11 39 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
11 39 (0.82%) IaaS
12 34 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
13 29 (0.61%) Google Analytics
14 28 (0.59%) Amazon S3
15 26 (0.55%) Force.com
16 23 (0.49%) OpenShift
17 22 (0.46%) Amazon ELB
18 21 (0.44%) Mimecast
18 21 (0.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 195 (4.12%) Firewall
2 123 (2.60%) DNS
3 93 (1.96%) TCP/IP
4 88 (1.86%) WAN
5 87 (1.84%) LAN
6 86 (1.82%) DHCP
7 82 (1.73%) Internet
8 76 (1.60%) Network Security
9 55 (1.16%) VPN
10 54 (1.14%) HTTP
10 54 (1.14%) Skype
11 51 (1.08%) SMS
12 50 (1.06%) Wireless
13 36 (0.76%) BGP
14 35 (0.74%) MPLS
15 32 (0.68%) VoIP
16 31 (0.65%) OSPF
17 30 (0.63%) Unified Communications
17 30 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
18 27 (0.57%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 353 (7.45%) SQL Server
2 202 (4.27%) Relational Database
3 170 (3.59%) Big Data
4 116 (2.45%) Hadoop
4 116 (2.45%) NoSQL
5 113 (2.39%) MySQL
6 108 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
7 81 (1.71%) MongoDB
8 79 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
9 73 (1.54%) Oracle Database
10 51 (1.08%) Power BI
11 50 (1.06%) Apache Cassandra
12 44 (0.93%) HBase
12 44 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 43 (0.91%) RDBMS
14 39 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 38 (0.80%) DB2
16 37 (0.78%) Blockchain
17 36 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
18 35 (0.74%) Redis
Development Applications
1 369 (7.79%) Git (software)
2 252 (5.32%) JIRA
3 234 (4.94%) Jenkins
4 118 (2.49%) Visual Studio
5 102 (2.15%) Selenium
6 91 (1.92%) JUnit
7 82 (1.73%) Team Foundation Server
8 72 (1.52%) Maven
9 71 (1.50%) Cucumber
9 71 (1.50%) Subversion
10 61 (1.29%) Gradle
11 58 (1.22%) Eclipse
12 57 (1.20%) TeamCity
13 54 (1.14%) SpecFlow
14 40 (0.84%) Axure RP
15 32 (0.68%) NUnit
16 31 (0.65%) JMeter
17 27 (0.57%) WebDriver
18 24 (0.51%) Bitbucket
18 24 (0.51%) Mockito
General
1 1,295 (27.34%) Finance
2 354 (7.47%) Banking
3 287 (6.06%) Marketing
4 231 (4.88%) Telecoms
5 201 (4.24%) Legal
6 197 (4.16%) Retail
7 168 (3.55%) Front Office
8 123 (2.60%) Manufacturing
9 110 (2.32%) Investment Banking
10 94 (1.98%) Games
11 82 (1.73%) Advertising
12 72 (1.52%) Back Office
13 68 (1.44%) Law
14 61 (1.29%) Pharmaceutical
15 60 (1.27%) Electronics
16 59 (1.25%) Financial Institution
17 50 (1.06%) Publishing
18 41 (0.87%) Aerospace
19 39 (0.82%) Automotive
19 39 (0.82%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,032 (21.79%) Developer
2 782 (16.51%) Analyst
3 273 (5.76%) Architect
3 273 (5.76%) Project Manager
4 265 (5.60%) Java Developer
5 263 (5.55%) Business Analyst
6 188 (3.97%) Consultant
7 162 (3.42%) Designer
8 131 (2.77%) C# Developer
9 130 (2.74%) Software Engineer
10 120 (2.53%) IT Manager
11 113 (2.39%) User Researcher
12 111 (2.34%) Senior Developer
13 109 (2.30%) .NET Developer
14 101 (2.13%) Data Analyst
15 86 (1.82%) Administrator
16 80 (1.69%) Solutions Architect
17 77 (1.63%) IT Project Manager
18 75 (1.58%) Data Scientist
19 73 (1.54%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 470 (9.92%) HTML
2 406 (8.57%) CSS
3 383 (8.09%) .NET
4 292 (6.17%) Web Services
5 217 (4.58%) AngularJS
6 210 (4.43%) Spring
7 187 (3.95%) XML
8 183 (3.86%) REST
9 173 (3.65%) RESTful
10 169 (3.57%) HTML5
11 139 (2.93%) Node.js
12 138 (2.91%) JSON
13 135 (2.85%) jQuery
14 122 (2.58%) Kafka
15 119 (2.51%) ASP.NET
16 114 (2.41%) SOAP
17 112 (2.36%) React
18 83 (1.75%) .NET Framework
19 81 (1.71%) CSS3
20 76 (1.60%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1,579 (33.34%) Computer Science
2 872 (18.41%) Analytical Skills
3 349 (7.37%) User Experience
4 346 (7.31%) Management Information System
5 209 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
6 197 (4.16%) Algorithms
7 168 (3.55%) Data Centre
8 164 (3.46%) Mobile App
9 103 (2.17%) Data Structures
10 94 (1.98%) Virtual Team
11 93 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
12 85 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
13 76 (1.60%) PMI
14 72 (1.52%) Fixed Income
15 69 (1.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 68 (1.44%) Fintech
17 50 (1.06%) Blog
18 49 (1.03%) Derivative
18 49 (1.03%) Social Media
19 47 (0.99%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 558 (11.78%) Windows
2 514 (10.85%) Linux
3 274 (5.79%) Unix
4 221 (4.67%) Windows Server
5 113 (2.39%) Apple iOS
6 112 (2.36%) Android
7 106 (2.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 104 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 74 (1.56%) Windows 7
10 70 (1.48%) Windows 10
11 63 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
12 44 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 20 (0.42%) Solaris
14 19 (0.40%) Windows 8
15 15 (0.32%) VMS
16 14 (0.30%) Mac OS
17 13 (0.27%) CentOS
17 13 (0.27%) SUSE
18 12 (0.25%) Embedded Linux
19 10 (0.21%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,560 (32.94%) Agile Software Development
2 783 (16.53%) Problem-Solving
3 710 (14.99%) Project Management
4 538 (11.36%) Analytics
5 489 (10.33%) ITIL
6 464 (9.80%) Software Engineering
7 463 (9.78%) Scrum
8 453 (9.57%) Mathematics
9 341 (7.20%) TDD
10 323 (6.82%) SDLC
11 318 (6.71%) Stakeholder Management
12 312 (6.59%) Continuous Integration
13 307 (6.48%) DevOps
14 305 (6.44%) Test Automation
15 293 (6.19%) OO
16 276 (5.83%) Business Analysis
17 274 (5.79%) Decision-Making
18 265 (5.60%) Migration
19 253 (5.34%) PRINCE2
20 238 (5.03%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 771 (16.28%) Java
2 765 (16.15%) SQL
3 597 (12.61%) JavaScript
4 561 (11.85%) Python
5 474 (10.01%) C#
6 309 (6.52%) C++
7 196 (4.14%) C
8 162 (3.42%) PowerShell
9 116 (2.45%) R
10 100 (2.11%) Java 8
11 96 (2.03%) Perl
12 91 (1.92%) Shell Script
13 84 (1.77%) Bash Shell
14 82 (1.73%) Scala
15 79 (1.67%) Ruby
16 76 (1.60%) PHP
17 73 (1.54%) PL/SQL
18 63 (1.33%) TypeScript
19 57 (1.20%) T-SQL
20 56 (1.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 915 (19.32%) Computer Science Degree
2 352 (7.43%) Security Cleared
3 301 (6.36%) Master's Degree
4 285 (6.02%) SC Cleared
5 182 (3.84%) CISSP
6 176 (3.72%) PMI Certification
7 140 (2.96%) Microsoft Certification
8 138 (2.91%) PMP
9 134 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
10 121 (2.55%) Numerate Degree
11 115 (2.43%) CISM
12 91 (1.92%) CISA
13 85 (1.79%) ISEB
14 72 (1.52%) MCSE
15 71 (1.50%) CCNA
16 66 (1.39%) MBA
17 65 (1.37%) PhD
18 63 (1.33%) ISTQB
19 61 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
20 59 (1.25%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 233 (4.92%) QA
2 107 (2.26%) GDPR
3 103 (2.17%) SLA
4 93 (1.96%) PMO
5 89 (1.88%) Data Quality
6 76 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 64 (1.35%) PCI DSS
8 40 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 27 (0.57%) GCP
10 26 (0.55%) ISO 9001
11 25 (0.53%) COBIT
12 24 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
13 15 (0.32%) IFRS
14 13 (0.27%) IFRS 9
15 11 (0.23%) Def Stans
15 11 (0.23%) ISO 22301
16 10 (0.21%) HIPAA
17 9 (0.19%) ISAE 3402
17 9 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 9 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 222 (4.69%) Active Directory
2 157 (3.32%) Docker
3 104 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 50 (1.06%) XenApp
5 49 (1.03%) Hyper-V
6 34 (0.72%) XenDesktop
7 30 (0.63%) HDFS
8 28 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
9 24 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
10 23 (0.49%) vSphere
11 21 (0.44%) Apache Flume
11 21 (0.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 21 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
12 20 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
13 12 (0.25%) Firmware
13 12 (0.25%) XenServer
14 9 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
15 8 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (0.17%) VirtualBox
16 7 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 130 (2.74%) Ansible
2 70 (1.48%) Puppet
3 69 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
4 68 (1.44%) Terraform
5 52 (1.10%) Kubernetes
6 48 (1.01%) SCCM
7 28 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
7 28 (0.59%) Nagios
8 26 (0.55%) Salt
9 21 (0.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 19 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
11 18 (0.38%) SCOM
12 16 (0.34%) Hadoop YARN
13 15 (0.32%) BladeLogic
13 15 (0.32%) Kibana
13 15 (0.32%) Packer
14 12 (0.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 12 (0.25%) Nessus
15 11 (0.23%) AirWatch
15 11 (0.23%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 817 (17.25%) Microsoft
2 367 (7.75%) Oracle
3 205 (4.33%) SAP
4 191 (4.03%) Cisco
5 157 (3.32%) VMware
6 126 (2.66%) Google
7 94 (1.98%) HP
8 93 (1.96%) Citrix
9 85 (1.79%) Tableau
10 81 (1.71%) IBM
11 79 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
12 74 (1.56%) Splunk
13 69 (1.46%) Adobe
14 63 (1.33%) Red Hat
15 57 (1.20%) Remedy
16 51 (1.08%) Atlassian
17 46 (0.97%) Apple
18 43 (0.91%) Ivanti
19 40 (0.84%) ServiceNow
20 38 (0.80%) McAfee