Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 34 37
Rank change year-on-year -8 +3 -2
Contract jobs citing Degree 4819 5243 4959
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.85% 4.97% 4.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 26.07% 23.64% 22.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3018 3206 2858
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -2.44% +2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £230 £238
90th Percentile £625 £588 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 243 277
UK median hourly rate £31.58 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.84% -15.38% +8.33%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.05 £12.02
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.81 £49.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year - -13.33% +24.17%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -6 4396 £445 +5.95% 1218
UK excluding London -2 2482 £400 +6.67% 814
London -7 2217 £475 +5.56% 460
South East -1 889 £400 +2.89% 235
North of England -13 413 £400 +17.30% 188
Midlands +6 368 £395 -1.25% 91
South West +16 251 £420 +5.00% 70
East of England -13 240 £350 - 174
Scotland -15 205 £373 +12.88% 39
West Midlands +2 198 £375 -2.91% 46
East Midlands +14 167 £400 - 44
Yorkshire +7 158 £414 +8.88% 65
North West -5 153 £370 -12.94% 104
North East -3 105 £406 +26.95% 19
Wales +42 64 £350 +1.82% 16
Northern Ireland -19 55 £450 +25.00% 1
Isle of Man +1 3 £225 -50.00%
Channel Islands 0 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 1468 (30.46%) Agile Software Development
2 1450 (30.09%) Computer Science
3 1401 (29.07%) Finance
4 939 (19.49%) Analytical Skills
5 852 (17.68%) SQL
6 839 (17.41%) Computer Science Degree
7 792 (16.43%) Microsoft
8 752 (15.60%) Project Management
9 693 (14.38%) Java
10 518 (10.75%) Linux
11 497 (10.31%) ITIL
12 493 (10.23%) Windows
13 479 (9.94%) Scrum
14 478 (9.92%) Banking
15 474 (9.84%) JavaScript
15 474 (9.84%) C#
16 456 (9.46%) HTML
17 452 (9.38%) Mathematics
18 441 (9.15%) Analytics
19 425 (8.82%) Python
20 418 (8.67%) SQL Server
21 393 (8.16%) Oracle
22 390 (8.09%) Security Cleared
23 387 (8.03%) CSS
24 381 (7.91%) .NET
25 371 (7.70%) Stakeholder Management
26 366 (7.59%) User Experience
27 363 (7.53%) Management Information System
28 352 (7.30%) TDD
29 351 (7.28%) Test Automation

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
1 152 (3.15%) SharePoint
2 105 (2.18%) CMS
3 92 (1.91%) Confluence
4 88 (1.83%) SAS
5 80 (1.66%) Apache
6 71 (1.47%) Apache Spark
7 64 (1.33%) IIS
8 62 (1.29%) WebSphere
9 57 (1.18%) MS Exchange
10 52 (1.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 47 (0.98%) Tomcat
12 44 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
13 36 (0.75%) Skype for Business
14 34 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
14 34 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
15 27 (0.56%) JBoss
15 27 (0.56%) WebLogic
16 22 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
17 21 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
18 19 (0.39%) WordPress
Applications
1 348 (7.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 312 (6.47%) Microsoft Office
3 150 (3.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 120 (2.49%) Microsoft Project
4 120 (2.49%) MS Visio
5 38 (0.79%) Photoshop
6 23 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.42%) Adobe Illustrator
8 17 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 17 (0.35%) OmniGraffle
9 16 (0.33%) SPSS
10 15 (0.31%) Stata
11 13 (0.27%) InVision
12 11 (0.23%) Adobe After Effects
13 9 (0.19%) AutoCAD
14 7 (0.15%) Simulink
14 7 (0.15%) SmartSuite
15 6 (0.12%) Adobe Premiere
16 5 (0.10%) InDesign
16 5 (0.10%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 28 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
1 28 (0.58%) Payment Gateway
2 17 (0.35%) Maximo
3 15 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.31%) ION MarketView
4 13 (0.27%) SAP CO
5 12 (0.25%) SAP FI
5 12 (0.25%) SAP FI/CO
6 10 (0.21%) SAP ERP
6 10 (0.21%) Teamcenter
7 9 (0.19%) SAP MM
8 8 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
8 8 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
8 8 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
9 7 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 7 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 7 (0.15%) SAP SD
10 6 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 6 (0.12%) Eloqua
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 224 (4.65%) Amazon AWS
2 205 (4.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 101 (2.10%) Office 365
4 79 (1.64%) GitHub
5 58 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
6 57 (1.18%) PaaS
7 56 (1.16%) SaaS
8 34 (0.71%) npm
9 29 (0.60%) Google Analytics
9 29 (0.60%) IaaS
10 21 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 18 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
12 16 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
13 14 (0.29%) Amazon S3
14 13 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
14 13 (0.27%) Mimecast
15 12 (0.25%) Serverless
16 11 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
16 11 (0.23%) Heroku
17 10 (0.21%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 186 (3.86%) Firewall
2 143 (2.97%) Internet
3 137 (2.84%) TCP/IP
4 131 (2.72%) LAN
5 128 (2.66%) WAN
6 122 (2.53%) Wireless
7 108 (2.24%) DNS
8 78 (1.62%) DHCP
9 67 (1.39%) Network Security
9 67 (1.39%) VPN
10 53 (1.10%) SAN
11 52 (1.08%) HTTP
12 49 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
13 38 (0.79%) NAS
14 36 (0.75%) LTE
14 36 (0.75%) SMS
14 36 (0.75%) SSL
15 35 (0.73%) Intranet
16 33 (0.68%) LDAP
17 32 (0.66%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 418 (8.67%) SQL Server
2 221 (4.59%) Relational Database
3 184 (3.82%) Big Data
4 150 (3.11%) NoSQL
5 129 (2.68%) Hadoop
6 120 (2.49%) MySQL
7 118 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
8 90 (1.87%) RDBMS
9 85 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 78 (1.62%) MongoDB
11 57 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
12 54 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
12 54 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 53 (1.10%) Oracle Database
14 52 (1.08%) Power BI
15 48 (1.00%) Apache Cassandra
16 44 (0.91%) Apache Hive
17 37 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
17 37 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
18 36 (0.75%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 312 (6.47%) Git (software)
2 253 (5.25%) JIRA
3 172 (3.57%) Jenkins
4 101 (2.10%) Subversion
5 94 (1.95%) Visual Studio
6 86 (1.78%) Cucumber
7 85 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
8 79 (1.64%) JUnit
9 71 (1.47%) Maven
10 64 (1.33%) Eclipse
11 61 (1.27%) Selenium
12 56 (1.16%) TeamCity
13 49 (1.02%) Gradle
14 44 (0.91%) Bitbucket
15 38 (0.79%) Mockito
16 37 (0.77%) Jasmine
16 37 (0.77%) Xcode
17 33 (0.68%) Rational DOORS
18 32 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 31 (0.64%) Grunt
General
1 1401 (29.07%) Finance
2 478 (9.92%) Banking
3 337 (6.99%) Telecoms
4 305 (6.33%) Marketing
5 185 (3.84%) Manufacturing
6 167 (3.47%) Front Office
7 158 (3.28%) Legal
7 158 (3.28%) Retail
8 154 (3.20%) Investment Banking
9 109 (2.26%) Electronics
10 83 (1.72%) Automotive
11 77 (1.60%) Financial Institution
12 75 (1.56%) Publishing
13 60 (1.25%) Billing
14 59 (1.22%) Games
15 58 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
16 55 (1.14%) Law
17 54 (1.12%) Aerospace
18 48 (1.00%) Advertising
19 44 (0.91%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1087 (22.56%) Developer
2 872 (18.10%) Analyst
3 334 (6.93%) Business Analyst
4 314 (6.52%) Project Manager
5 306 (6.35%) Architect
6 251 (5.21%) Java Developer
7 186 (3.86%) Consultant
8 160 (3.32%) Designer
9 154 (3.20%) Senior Developer
10 123 (2.55%) C# Developer
11 122 (2.53%) User Researcher
12 116 (2.41%) .NET Developer
13 114 (2.37%) Software Engineer
14 111 (2.30%) Data Analyst
15 96 (1.99%) Software Developer
16 93 (1.93%) Network Engineer
17 90 (1.87%) Junior
18 85 (1.76%) Data Scientist
19 83 (1.72%) SQL Developer
20 80 (1.66%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 456 (9.46%) HTML
2 387 (8.03%) CSS
3 381 (7.91%) .NET
4 322 (6.68%) Web Services
5 213 (4.42%) AngularJS
5 213 (4.42%) XML
6 203 (4.21%) RESTful
7 193 (4.00%) HTML5
8 191 (3.96%) Spring
9 181 (3.76%) REST
10 152 (3.15%) JSON
11 130 (2.70%) jQuery
12 126 (2.61%) Node.js
13 125 (2.59%) ASP.NET
14 107 (2.22%) SOAP
15 102 (2.12%) CSS3
15 102 (2.12%) Hibernate
16 89 (1.85%) WCF
17 84 (1.74%) React
18 77 (1.60%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1450 (30.09%) Computer Science
2 939 (19.49%) Analytical Skills
3 366 (7.59%) User Experience
4 363 (7.53%) Management Information System
5 140 (2.91%) Mobile App
6 128 (2.66%) Algorithms
7 126 (2.61%) Data Centre
8 124 (2.57%) Virtual Team
9 99 (2.05%) PMI
10 94 (1.95%) Data Structures
10 94 (1.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 75 (1.56%) NHS
12 73 (1.51%) Equities
13 70 (1.45%) Derivative
14 63 (1.31%) Credit Risk
15 62 (1.29%) Social Media
16 61 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
17 50 (1.04%) Fixed Income
18 44 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
18 44 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 518 (10.75%) Linux
2 493 (10.23%) Windows
3 310 (6.43%) Unix
4 122 (2.53%) Windows Server
5 110 (2.28%) Apple iOS
6 109 (2.26%) Android
7 78 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 62 (1.29%) Windows 7
9 50 (1.04%) Windows 10
10 42 (0.87%) Windows Server 2012
11 38 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
12 36 (0.75%) CentOS
13 28 (0.58%) Solaris
14 24 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
15 22 (0.46%) Windows 8
16 13 (0.27%) Mac OS X
16 13 (0.27%) VMS
17 12 (0.25%) Embedded Linux
18 9 (0.19%) Mac OS
19 8 (0.17%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1468 (30.46%) Agile Software Development
2 752 (15.60%) Project Management
3 497 (10.31%) ITIL
4 479 (9.94%) Scrum
5 452 (9.38%) Mathematics
6 441 (9.15%) Analytics
7 371 (7.70%) Stakeholder Management
8 352 (7.30%) TDD
9 351 (7.28%) Test Automation
10 349 (7.24%) PRINCE2
11 323 (6.70%) Software Engineering
12 320 (6.64%) SDLC
13 273 (5.67%) Continuous Integration
14 272 (5.64%) Business Intelligence
15 258 (5.35%) Change Management
16 246 (5.10%) Migration
17 243 (5.04%) OO
18 241 (5.00%) Business Analysis
19 236 (4.90%) Continuous Improvement
20 228 (4.73%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 852 (17.68%) SQL
2 693 (14.38%) Java
3 474 (9.84%) C#
3 474 (9.84%) JavaScript
4 425 (8.82%) Python
5 274 (5.69%) C++
6 155 (3.22%) C
7 150 (3.11%) R
8 113 (2.34%) PowerShell
8 113 (2.34%) Shell Script
9 100 (2.08%) Perl
10 97 (2.01%) Ruby
11 91 (1.89%) VBA
12 90 (1.87%) T-SQL
13 88 (1.83%) Bash Shell
14 73 (1.51%) Scala
15 65 (1.35%) PL/SQL
16 61 (1.27%) PHP
17 51 (1.06%) Apple Swift
18 47 (0.98%) VB
Qualifications
1 839 (17.41%) Computer Science Degree
2 390 (8.09%) Security Cleared
3 239 (4.96%) SC Cleared
4 228 (4.73%) Master's Degree
5 202 (4.19%) PMI Certification
6 166 (3.44%) PMP
7 164 (3.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 152 (3.15%) Numerate Degree
9 139 (2.88%) CISSP
10 117 (2.43%) Cisco Certification
11 109 (2.26%) ISEB
12 100 (2.08%) CISM
13 76 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
14 70 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
15 62 (1.29%) MCSE
16 56 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 55 (1.14%) ISTQB
18 53 (1.10%) CCNP
19 52 (1.08%) HND
20 51 (1.06%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 281 (5.83%) QA
2 99 (2.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 99 (2.05%) PMO
3 89 (1.85%) GDPR
4 88 (1.83%) Data Quality
5 77 (1.60%) SLA
6 72 (1.49%) PCI DSS
7 37 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 36 (0.75%) COBIT
9 33 (0.68%) MiFID
10 30 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
11 20 (0.42%) HL7
12 18 (0.37%) Actionable Recommendations
12 18 (0.37%) HIPAA
13 14 (0.29%) IFRS
14 13 (0.27%) EMIR
15 12 (0.25%) IFRS 9
16 10 (0.21%) Basel II
16 10 (0.21%) ISO 9001
17 9 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 187 (3.88%) Active Directory
2 94 (1.95%) Docker
3 84 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 45 (0.93%) Hyper-V
5 34 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
6 29 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (0.60%) vSphere
7 28 (0.58%) Firmware
8 25 (0.52%) XenApp
9 23 (0.48%) Xen
10 18 (0.37%) HDFS
11 17 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
12 11 (0.23%) iptables
13 10 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 10 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (0.21%) XenDesktop
14 9 (0.19%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
14 9 (0.19%) XenServer
15 8 (0.17%) VMware NSX
16 7 (0.15%) GlusterFS
Systems Management
1 80 (1.66%) Puppet
2 72 (1.49%) Ansible
3 64 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
4 46 (0.95%) SCCM
5 41 (0.85%) HP Quality Center
6 31 (0.64%) SCOM
7 23 (0.48%) FortiGate
8 19 (0.39%) Nagios
9 18 (0.37%) NetBackup
10 15 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 14 (0.29%) Salt
12 13 (0.27%) McAfee ePO
12 13 (0.27%) Oozie
13 12 (0.25%) Mesos
13 12 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
14 11 (0.23%) MOM
14 11 (0.23%) WSUS
15 10 (0.21%) Backup Exec
15 10 (0.21%) BladeLogic
15 10 (0.21%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 792 (16.43%) Microsoft
2 393 (8.16%) Oracle
3 203 (4.21%) SAP
4 180 (3.74%) Cisco
5 132 (2.74%) HP
6 127 (2.64%) VMware
7 90 (1.87%) Tableau
8 86 (1.78%) Citrix
9 77 (1.60%) IBM
10 68 (1.41%) Google
11 67 (1.39%) Adobe
12 65 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
13 59 (1.22%) Red Hat
14 46 (0.95%) Apple
14 46 (0.95%) Juniper
15 44 (0.91%) Splunk
16 43 (0.89%) Sitecore
17 41 (0.85%) CheckPoint
18 39 (0.81%) Atlassian
19 38 (0.79%) Sybase