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 3 months to 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 33 41
Rank change year-on-year -8 +8  
Contract jobs citing Degree 2283 2670 2401
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.85% 4.97% 4.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.30% 22.74% 22.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1375 1660 1315
Median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 118 129
Median hourly rate £31.93 £33.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.25% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.83 £14.35 £14.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.11 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year -8.57% +2.94%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9023 11739 10605
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.86% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 11468 16146 12734
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1188 1038 1097
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +16.08%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.88 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.92 £51.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.07% +24.44%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Degree in the UK

Degree
Top 11 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -8 2085 £435 +2.35% 1643
UK excluding London -2 1183 £400 +6.66% 1041
London -1 1030 £470 +3.69% 665
South East -4 418 £400 - 279
North of England -16 211 £400 +21.21% 265
Midlands +14 188 £400 - 109
South West -4 113 £425 +6.25% 126
East of England -2 111 £350 - 194
Scotland -2 85 £350 +6.06% 43
Wales +28 37 £375 +11.11% 18
Northern Ireland -22 24 £400 +33.33% 8

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 1323 (28.18%) Agile Software Development
2 1293 (27.54%) Finance
3 1247 (26.56%) Computer Science
4 875 (18.64%) Analytical Skills
5 864 (18.40%) SQL
6 723 (15.40%) Computer Science Degree
7 699 (14.89%) Java
8 692 (14.74%) Project Management
9 684 (14.57%) Microsoft
10 564 (12.01%) ITIL
11 506 (10.78%) HTML
12 493 (10.50%) JavaScript
13 472 (10.05%) Python
13 472 (10.05%) Mathematics
14 466 (9.93%) Oracle
15 457 (9.73%) Banking
16 441 (9.39%) Linux
17 439 (9.35%) Scrum
18 436 (9.29%) Analytics
19 425 (9.05%) Windows
20 406 (8.65%) CSS
21 398 (8.48%) SQL Server
22 386 (8.22%) C#
23 381 (8.12%) Security Cleared
24 372 (7.92%) User Experience
25 366 (7.80%) PRINCE2
26 362 (7.71%) Telecoms
27 347 (7.39%) Stakeholder Management
28 344 (7.33%) Microsoft Excel
29 342 (7.28%) 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
1 146 (3.11%) SharePoint
2 108 (2.30%) Apache
3 105 (2.24%) SAS
4 99 (2.11%) Confluence
5 75 (1.60%) CMS
6 73 (1.55%) Apache Spark
6 73 (1.55%) Tomcat
7 56 (1.19%) WebSphere
8 54 (1.15%) JBoss
9 42 (0.89%) WebLogic
10 41 (0.87%) IIS
11 37 (0.79%) Skype for Business
12 32 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
13 30 (0.64%) MS Exchange
14 27 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
15 25 (0.53%) nginx
16 22 (0.47%) GlassFish
17 21 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
17 21 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 21 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 344 (7.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 318 (6.77%) Microsoft Office
3 176 (3.75%) MS Visio
4 142 (3.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 114 (2.43%) Microsoft Project
6 71 (1.51%) Photoshop
7 32 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
8 29 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
9 27 (0.58%) SPSS
10 24 (0.51%) OmniGraffle
11 15 (0.32%) Stata
12 14 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 11 (0.23%) AutoCAD
14 9 (0.19%) Adobe After Effects
15 8 (0.17%) InVision
16 5 (0.11%) Pixate
16 5 (0.11%) Simulink
17 4 (0.085%) Adobe Premiere
17 4 (0.085%) Fireworks
17 4 (0.085%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 42 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 27 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
4 22 (0.47%) SAP ERP
5 19 (0.40%) Eloqua
5 19 (0.40%) ION MarketView
6 15 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
7 12 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
7 12 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
8 11 (0.23%) SAP CO
9 10 (0.21%) Maximo
9 10 (0.21%) SAP FI
9 10 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
10 9 (0.19%) FastStats
10 9 (0.19%) Teamcenter
11 8 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
11 8 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
11 8 (0.17%) SAP SD
12 6 (0.13%) iTrent
12 6 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 139 (2.96%) Amazon AWS
2 134 (2.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 96 (2.04%) Office 365
4 57 (1.21%) SaaS
5 50 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
6 43 (0.92%) GitHub
7 42 (0.89%) PaaS
8 19 (0.40%) IaaS
9 17 (0.36%) Heroku
10 16 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 16 (0.34%) Google Analytics
11 13 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
12 12 (0.26%) OpenShift
13 10 (0.21%) Adobe Analytics
13 10 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
13 10 (0.21%) G Suite
14 8 (0.17%) Amazon S3
14 8 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
14 8 (0.17%) Mimecast
14 8 (0.17%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 185 (3.94%) Firewall
2 178 (3.79%) Internet
3 132 (2.81%) LAN
4 130 (2.77%) Wireless
5 128 (2.73%) WAN
6 82 (1.75%) DNS
7 67 (1.43%) TCP/IP
8 60 (1.28%) VPN
9 52 (1.11%) DHCP
10 50 (1.06%) Network Security
11 47 (1.00%) BIG-IP
12 42 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
13 38 (0.81%) LDAP
14 37 (0.79%) HTTP
14 37 (0.79%) SSL
15 34 (0.72%) LTE
16 32 (0.68%) 4G
17 30 (0.64%) SAN
18 24 (0.51%) Intranet
18 24 (0.51%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 398 (8.48%) SQL Server
2 253 (5.39%) Relational Database
3 186 (3.96%) Big Data
4 149 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
5 146 (3.11%) Hadoop
6 143 (3.05%) NoSQL
7 97 (2.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 90 (1.92%) Oracle Database
9 88 (1.87%) MySQL
10 80 (1.70%) RDBMS
11 76 (1.62%) MongoDB
12 74 (1.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 61 (1.30%) QlikView
14 52 (1.11%) Apache Cassandra
14 52 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
15 51 (1.09%) Apache Hive
16 43 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
17 42 (0.89%) MS Access
17 42 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
18 41 (0.87%) DB2
Development Applications
1 275 (5.86%) Git (software)
2 235 (5.01%) JIRA
3 187 (3.98%) Jenkins
4 108 (2.30%) Subversion
5 89 (1.90%) Maven
6 71 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
7 70 (1.49%) Visual Studio
8 57 (1.21%) TeamCity
9 53 (1.13%) Selenium
10 51 (1.09%) JUnit
11 44 (0.94%) Bitbucket
12 42 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
13 38 (0.81%) Cucumber
14 33 (0.70%) Axure RP
14 33 (0.70%) Eclipse
14 33 (0.70%) Gradle
15 32 (0.68%) Ant
16 27 (0.58%) gulp
16 27 (0.58%) WebDriver
17 26 (0.55%) webpack
General
1 1293 (27.54%) Finance
2 457 (9.73%) Banking
3 362 (7.71%) Telecoms
4 280 (5.96%) Marketing
5 198 (4.22%) Retail
6 174 (3.71%) Legal
7 151 (3.22%) Investment Banking
8 147 (3.13%) Front Office
9 133 (2.83%) Manufacturing
10 113 (2.41%) Electronics
11 69 (1.47%) Billing
12 63 (1.34%) Automotive
13 62 (1.32%) Games
14 58 (1.24%) Law
14 58 (1.24%) Publishing
15 55 (1.17%) Back Office
16 45 (0.96%) Financial Institution
17 42 (0.89%) Retail Banking
18 39 (0.83%) Advertising
19 38 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1052 (22.41%) Developer
2 867 (18.47%) Analyst
3 343 (7.31%) Architect
4 309 (6.58%) Business Analyst
5 256 (5.45%) Project Manager
6 224 (4.77%) Java Developer
7 200 (4.26%) Consultant
8 180 (3.83%) Designer
9 130 (2.77%) Senior Developer
10 125 (2.66%) User Researcher
11 117 (2.49%) Data Analyst
12 113 (2.41%) Junior
13 107 (2.28%) C# Developer
14 99 (2.11%) .NET Developer
15 88 (1.87%) Network Engineer
16 85 (1.81%) C++ Developer
17 84 (1.79%) Software Developer
18 81 (1.73%) Solutions Architect
19 76 (1.62%) UX Designer
20 74 (1.58%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 506 (10.78%) HTML
2 406 (8.65%) CSS
3 295 (6.28%) .NET
4 244 (5.20%) Web Services
5 240 (5.11%) HTML5
6 202 (4.30%) AngularJS
7 200 (4.26%) XML
8 155 (3.30%) Spring
9 152 (3.24%) REST
10 146 (3.11%) jQuery
10 146 (3.11%) Node.js
11 145 (3.09%) CSS3
12 112 (2.39%) RESTful
13 107 (2.28%) JSON
14 93 (1.98%) SOAP
15 84 (1.79%) React
16 82 (1.75%) ASP.NET
17 70 (1.49%) WPF
18 68 (1.45%) .NET Framework
18 68 (1.45%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 1247 (26.56%) Computer Science
2 875 (18.64%) Analytical Skills
3 372 (7.92%) User Experience
4 342 (7.28%) Management Information System
5 155 (3.30%) Data Centre
6 133 (2.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 115 (2.45%) Mobile App
8 89 (1.90%) Virtual Team
9 88 (1.87%) Derivative
10 87 (1.85%) PMI
11 86 (1.83%) Algorithms
12 85 (1.81%) NHS
13 82 (1.75%) Data Structures
14 72 (1.53%) Equities
15 65 (1.38%) Fixed Income
16 53 (1.13%) Credit Risk
16 53 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
17 46 (0.98%) Fintech
18 43 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
19 36 (0.77%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 441 (9.39%) Linux
2 425 (9.05%) Windows
3 328 (6.99%) Unix
4 111 (2.36%) Windows Server
5 95 (2.02%) Android
6 94 (2.00%) Apple iOS
7 56 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
8 49 (1.04%) Windows 7
9 48 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 46 (0.98%) CentOS
11 41 (0.87%) Solaris
12 32 (0.68%) AIX
12 32 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 30 (0.64%) Windows 10
14 28 (0.60%) Mac OS X
15 19 (0.40%) Windows 8
16 16 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
17 13 (0.28%) Ubuntu
18 8 (0.17%) Windows Vista
19 7 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1323 (28.18%) Agile Software Development
2 692 (14.74%) Project Management
3 564 (12.01%) ITIL
4 472 (10.05%) Mathematics
5 439 (9.35%) Scrum
6 436 (9.29%) Analytics
7 366 (7.80%) PRINCE2
8 347 (7.39%) Stakeholder Management
9 328 (6.99%) Business Intelligence
10 295 (6.28%) SDLC
11 287 (6.11%) Software Engineering
12 286 (6.09%) TDD
13 266 (5.67%) Test Automation
14 264 (5.62%) Business Analysis
15 245 (5.22%) OO
16 239 (5.09%) Migration
17 237 (5.05%) Change Management
18 228 (4.86%) Continuous Integration
19 227 (4.83%) DevOps
20 222 (4.73%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 864 (18.40%) SQL
2 699 (14.89%) Java
3 493 (10.50%) JavaScript
4 472 (10.05%) Python
5 386 (8.22%) C#
6 268 (5.71%) C++
7 208 (4.43%) C
8 156 (3.32%) R
9 130 (2.77%) Shell Script
10 100 (2.13%) Perl
11 96 (2.04%) VBA
12 85 (1.81%) Ruby
13 84 (1.79%) PowerShell
14 79 (1.68%) PHP
14 79 (1.68%) PL/SQL
15 74 (1.58%) T-SQL
16 73 (1.55%) Scala
17 60 (1.28%) Bash Shell
18 57 (1.21%) VB
19 39 (0.83%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 723 (15.40%) Computer Science Degree
2 381 (8.12%) Security Cleared
3 240 (5.11%) Master's Degree
4 236 (5.03%) SC Cleared
5 172 (3.66%) PMI Certification
6 149 (3.17%) Numerate Degree
7 139 (2.96%) PMP
8 131 (2.79%) Cisco Certification
9 126 (2.68%) Microsoft Certification
10 110 (2.34%) CISSP
11 109 (2.32%) ISEB
12 81 (1.73%) CCNP
13 73 (1.55%) CISM
14 64 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
15 62 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
16 59 (1.26%) ISTQB
17 57 (1.21%) DV Cleared
18 55 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 53 (1.13%) HND
20 51 (1.09%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 260 (5.54%) QA
2 109 (2.32%) Data Quality
3 104 (2.22%) PMO
4 82 (1.75%) SLA
5 68 (1.45%) PCI DSS
6 65 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 56 (1.19%) GDPR
8 52 (1.11%) MiFID
9 32 (0.68%) COBIT
10 24 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
11 21 (0.45%) EMIR
11 21 (0.45%) IFRS
12 19 (0.40%) IFRS 9
13 13 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 11 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
14 11 (0.23%) ISO 9001
14 11 (0.23%) JSP 440
15 10 (0.21%) Basel II
15 10 (0.21%) HL7
15 10 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 146 (3.11%) Active Directory
2 91 (1.94%) Docker
3 83 (1.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 33 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
5 31 (0.66%) Hyper-V
6 25 (0.53%) vSphere
7 20 (0.43%) HDFS
7 20 (0.43%) XenApp
8 17 (0.36%) Firmware
8 17 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
9 10 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
10 8 (0.17%) KVM
10 8 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 7 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 7 (0.15%) GlusterFS
12 6 (0.13%) Apache Flume
12 6 (0.13%) vCloud
12 6 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.11%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 68 (1.45%) Puppet
2 63 (1.34%) Ansible
3 59 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
4 45 (0.96%) FortiGate
5 43 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
6 25 (0.53%) SCCM
7 16 (0.34%) Nagios
8 14 (0.30%) WSUS
9 13 (0.28%) Kibana
9 13 (0.28%) Mesos
10 12 (0.26%) Netcool
10 12 (0.26%) SCOM
11 11 (0.23%) BladeLogic
11 11 (0.23%) Graphite
11 11 (0.23%) Kubernetes
11 11 (0.23%) NetBackup
12 10 (0.21%) logstash
13 9 (0.19%) Salt
13 9 (0.19%) Tivoli
14 8 (0.17%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 684 (14.57%) Microsoft
2 466 (9.93%) Oracle
3 200 (4.26%) SAP
4 174 (3.71%) Cisco
5 163 (3.47%) HP
6 122 (2.60%) VMware
7 85 (1.81%) Tableau
8 82 (1.75%) Adobe
9 76 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
10 75 (1.60%) IBM
11 74 (1.58%) Red Hat
11 74 (1.58%) Sybase
12 68 (1.45%) Juniper
13 64 (1.36%) CheckPoint
14 62 (1.32%) F5
15 59 (1.26%) Atlassian
16 52 (1.11%) Splunk
17 46 (0.98%) Citrix
17 46 (0.98%) Remedy
18 45 (0.96%) Riverbed
London
onezeero.
Rate: £650 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: 13 hours ago
Scotland
Spring Technology
Posted: 22 hours ago
Weymouth, Dorset
Software Personnel International Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Intec Select
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day (6 month contract)
Posted: 19 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Search Consultancy
Rate: £30000 - £33000 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Cititec
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Northern Ireland
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Intec Select
Rate: From £700 to £800 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Cititec
Posted: 5 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £16.08 - £20.00 per hour
Posted: 20 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 50000 per year
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £23.75 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
BOSCH Automotive Service Solutions
Rate: £Competitive + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Shefford, Bedfordshire
EXCELerate
Rate: Up to £270 per day €310/Per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £27000 - £31000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
FIS Global
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
IT Connections
Rate: £250 to £300 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago