Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 43 37 34
Rank change year-on-year -6 -3 +3
Contract jobs citing Degree 4,914 4,805 5,209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.88% 5.01% 4.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 25.94% 24.19% 23.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,082 2,967 3,190
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +1.82%
10th Percentile £250 £224 £238
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £385 £380
% change year-on-year +6.17% +1.32% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 250 286
UK median hourly rate £34.11 £29.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.62% -22.00% +30.71%
10th Percentile £13.31 £11.23 £12.01
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £52.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £31.45 £39.00
% change year-on-year +15.26% -19.36% +29.14%

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 18,943 19,863 22,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.82% 20.71% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,583 12,574 13,763
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 845 921 1,001
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.60 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.22 £27.50 £30.17
% change year-on-year -4.67% -8.85% +54.72%

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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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 4,499 £450 +5.88% 4,088
UK excluding London -5 2,449 £409 +6.17% 2,997
London -5 2,361 £500 +11.11% 1,328
South East -5 891 £425 +8.28% 718
North of England 0 439 £413 +6.11% 549
Midlands -3 361 £400 +5.26% 527
East of England -12 244 £373 -0.67% 654
Scotland -10 215 £350 +7.69% 152
West Midlands -8 193 £400 +10.34% 356
South West +9 188 £420 - 308
Yorkshire -9 172 £425 +11.84% 168
North West -2 166 £400 -10.11% 314
East Midlands +6 163 £405 +1.25% 169
North East +25 112 £413 +17.86% 67
Wales +23 79 £375 +25.00% 66
Northern Ireland -4 35 £450 +17.65% 24
Isle of Man -1 3 £225 -50.00%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 1,625 (33.07%) Agile Software Development
2 1,427 (29.04%) Computer Science
3 1,314 (26.74%) Finance
4 964 (19.62%) Analytical Skills
5 890 (18.11%) SQL
6 826 (16.81%) Computer Science Degree
7 737 (15.00%) Java
8 725 (14.75%) Microsoft
9 707 (14.39%) Project Management
10 547 (11.13%) Python
11 538 (10.95%) Analytics
12 530 (10.79%) Linux
13 496 (10.09%) Scrum
14 484 (9.85%) Windows
15 476 (9.69%) JavaScript
15 476 (9.69%) Mathematics
16 465 (9.46%) HTML
17 463 (9.42%) C#
18 443 (9.02%) ITIL
19 438 (8.91%) SQL Server
20 430 (8.75%) User Experience
21 406 (8.26%) Software Engineering
22 388 (7.90%) CSS
23 384 (7.81%) Banking
24 380 (7.73%) SDLC
25 375 (7.63%) TDD
26 373 (7.59%) .NET
27 367 (7.47%) Stakeholder Management
28 353 (7.18%) Microsoft Excel
29 345 (7.02%) 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
1 119 (2.42%) SharePoint
2 116 (2.36%) Confluence
3 113 (2.30%) Apache Spark
4 102 (2.08%) SAS
5 101 (2.06%) CMS
6 86 (1.75%) Apache
7 57 (1.16%) MS Exchange
8 44 (0.90%) IIS
9 43 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
10 38 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 37 (0.75%) Skype for Business
12 34 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
13 29 (0.59%) Tomcat
14 28 (0.57%) OpenStack
15 26 (0.53%) WebSphere
16 23 (0.47%) Apache Pig
17 21 (0.43%) Drupal
18 20 (0.41%) JBoss
19 19 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
20 18 (0.37%) Jupyter
Applications
1 353 (7.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 308 (6.27%) Microsoft Office
3 173 (3.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 101 (2.06%) Microsoft Project
5 93 (1.89%) MS Visio
6 59 (1.20%) Photoshop
7 36 (0.73%) Adobe Illustrator
8 31 (0.63%) InVision
8 31 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
9 29 (0.59%) SPSS
10 28 (0.57%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 17 (0.35%) OmniGraffle
12 15 (0.31%) Adobe After Effects
12 15 (0.31%) Stata
13 13 (0.26%) InDesign
14 12 (0.24%) Adobe Premiere
15 7 (0.14%) Acrobat
15 7 (0.14%) Simulink
15 7 (0.14%) UserZoom
16 5 (0.10%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 32 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
3 16 (0.33%) ION MarketView
4 14 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
5 13 (0.26%) Adobe Campaign
5 13 (0.26%) Elite 3E
6 12 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 11 (0.22%) SAP CO
7 11 (0.22%) SAP FI
7 11 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
8 10 (0.20%) SAP ERP
8 10 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 9 (0.18%) ReMetrica
9 9 (0.18%) SAP SD
10 8 (0.16%) Maximo
11 7 (0.14%) SAP MM
12 6 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
12 6 (0.12%) Kondor
12 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
12 6 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 309 (6.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 265 (5.39%) Amazon AWS
3 99 (2.01%) Office 365
4 90 (1.83%) GitHub
5 79 (1.61%) SaaS
6 78 (1.59%) PaaS
7 64 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
8 61 (1.24%) IaaS
9 54 (1.10%) Google Analytics
10 52 (1.06%) npm
11 30 (0.61%) Amazon S3
11 30 (0.61%) OpenShift
12 29 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
13 16 (0.33%) Serverless
14 14 (0.28%) Mimecast
15 13 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
16 12 (0.24%) Adobe Analytics
16 12 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
16 12 (0.24%) Amazon SQS
17 11 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 163 (3.32%) Firewall
2 121 (2.46%) Internet
3 117 (2.38%) TCP/IP
4 97 (1.97%) DNS
5 82 (1.67%) WAN
6 77 (1.57%) LAN
7 72 (1.47%) DHCP
8 71 (1.44%) Network Security
9 61 (1.24%) VPN
10 55 (1.12%) SMS
11 50 (1.02%) SSL
12 49 (1.00%) SAN
13 48 (0.98%) Wireless
14 44 (0.90%) HTTP
15 35 (0.71%) LTE
16 31 (0.63%) VoIP
17 30 (0.61%) Kerberos
18 29 (0.59%) MPLS
19 27 (0.55%) VLAN
19 27 (0.55%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 438 (8.91%) SQL Server
2 234 (4.76%) Relational Database
3 229 (4.66%) Big Data
4 157 (3.19%) Hadoop
5 151 (3.07%) NoSQL
6 140 (2.85%) MySQL
7 108 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
8 98 (1.99%) MongoDB
9 95 (1.93%) PostgreSQL
10 85 (1.73%) Power BI
11 79 (1.61%) RDBMS
12 77 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 69 (1.40%) HBase
14 63 (1.28%) Oracle Database
15 56 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
15 56 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 53 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
17 46 (0.94%) Apache Hive
18 44 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
19 43 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 337 (6.86%) Git (software)
2 254 (5.17%) JIRA
3 207 (4.21%) Jenkins
4 103 (2.10%) Cucumber
5 94 (1.91%) Selenium
6 85 (1.73%) Subversion
7 80 (1.63%) Gradle
8 71 (1.44%) Maven
9 67 (1.36%) Bitbucket
10 63 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
11 58 (1.18%) gulp
11 58 (1.18%) JUnit
11 58 (1.18%) Visual Studio
12 57 (1.16%) TeamCity
13 55 (1.12%) webpack
14 45 (0.92%) Jasmine
15 39 (0.79%) Axure RP
16 37 (0.75%) GitLab
16 37 (0.75%) Karma Test Runner
17 35 (0.71%) Xcode
General
1 1,314 (26.74%) Finance
2 384 (7.81%) Banking
3 284 (5.78%) Marketing
4 255 (5.19%) Telecoms
5 190 (3.87%) Retail
6 163 (3.32%) Legal
7 162 (3.30%) Front Office
8 156 (3.17%) Manufacturing
9 127 (2.58%) Investment Banking
10 81 (1.65%) Electronics
10 81 (1.65%) Games
11 68 (1.38%) Law
12 64 (1.30%) Advertising
13 61 (1.24%) Publishing
14 59 (1.20%) Financial Institution
15 55 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
16 53 (1.08%) Automotive
17 36 (0.73%) Back Office
18 34 (0.69%) Military
19 32 (0.65%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,146 (23.32%) Developer
2 788 (16.04%) Analyst
3 307 (6.25%) Architect
4 306 (6.23%) Project Manager
5 300 (6.11%) Java Developer
6 299 (6.08%) Business Analyst
7 189 (3.85%) Consultant
8 185 (3.76%) Designer
9 174 (3.54%) User Researcher
10 170 (3.46%) Senior Developer
11 168 (3.42%) C# Developer
12 114 (2.32%) Data Analyst
13 111 (2.26%) Software Engineer
14 101 (2.06%) Senior Analyst
15 93 (1.89%) Data Scientist
16 89 (1.81%) .NET Developer
17 87 (1.77%) IT Manager
18 84 (1.71%) UX Designer
19 83 (1.69%) Software Developer
20 74 (1.51%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 465 (9.46%) HTML
2 388 (7.90%) CSS
3 373 (7.59%) .NET
4 331 (6.74%) Web Services
5 219 (4.46%) Spring
6 208 (4.23%) AngularJS
7 201 (4.09%) REST
8 195 (3.97%) HTML5
9 178 (3.62%) RESTful
10 177 (3.60%) XML
11 170 (3.46%) JSON
12 122 (2.48%) jQuery
13 110 (2.24%) SOAP
14 107 (2.18%) WPF
15 103 (2.10%) React
16 100 (2.04%) Node.js
17 98 (1.99%) ASP.NET
18 92 (1.87%) CSS3
18 92 (1.87%) WCF
19 90 (1.83%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 1,427 (29.04%) Computer Science
2 964 (19.62%) Analytical Skills
3 430 (8.75%) User Experience
4 319 (6.49%) Management Information System
5 140 (2.85%) Algorithms
6 137 (2.79%) Virtual Team
7 126 (2.56%) Mobile App
8 110 (2.24%) Data Structures
9 103 (2.10%) Data Centre
9 103 (2.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 99 (2.01%) Greenfield Project
11 84 (1.71%) PMI
12 63 (1.28%) NHS
13 58 (1.18%) Fixed Income
14 56 (1.14%) Linux Command Line
15 54 (1.10%) Derivative
16 52 (1.06%) Equities
17 51 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
18 50 (1.02%) Social Media
19 49 (1.00%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 530 (10.79%) Linux
2 484 (9.85%) Windows
3 273 (5.56%) Unix
4 137 (2.79%) Windows Server
5 126 (2.56%) Android
6 104 (2.12%) Apple iOS
7 57 (1.16%) Windows 10
8 55 (1.12%) Windows 7
9 54 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
10 48 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
11 47 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (0.37%) Windows 8
13 17 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (0.26%) Mac OS X
15 11 (0.22%) CentOS
16 9 (0.18%) Mac OS
16 9 (0.18%) Solaris
17 6 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
17 6 (0.12%) Windows XP
18 5 (0.10%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,625 (33.07%) Agile Software Development
2 707 (14.39%) Project Management
3 538 (10.95%) Analytics
4 496 (10.09%) Scrum
5 476 (9.69%) Mathematics
6 443 (9.02%) ITIL
7 406 (8.26%) Software Engineering
8 380 (7.73%) SDLC
9 375 (7.63%) TDD
10 367 (7.47%) Stakeholder Management
11 345 (7.02%) Test Automation
12 316 (6.43%) Continuous Integration
13 280 (5.70%) PRINCE2
14 275 (5.60%) DevOps
15 251 (5.11%) OO
15 251 (5.11%) Risk Management
16 241 (4.90%) Business Analysis
17 236 (4.80%) Continuous Improvement
18 231 (4.70%) Change Management
19 226 (4.60%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 890 (18.11%) SQL
2 737 (15.00%) Java
3 547 (11.13%) Python
4 476 (9.69%) JavaScript
5 463 (9.42%) C#
6 324 (6.59%) C++
7 202 (4.11%) C
8 167 (3.40%) R
9 139 (2.83%) PowerShell
10 117 (2.38%) Shell Script
11 113 (2.30%) Scala
12 95 (1.93%) T-SQL
13 89 (1.81%) Ruby
14 80 (1.63%) VBA
15 76 (1.55%) Perl
16 61 (1.24%) Bash Shell
17 55 (1.12%) PHP
18 50 (1.02%) MATLAB
19 49 (1.00%) Apple Swift
20 48 (0.98%) ES6
Qualifications
1 826 (16.81%) Computer Science Degree
2 308 (6.27%) Security Cleared
3 302 (6.15%) Master's Degree
4 212 (4.31%) CISSP
5 199 (4.05%) Numerate Degree
6 181 (3.68%) SC Cleared
7 168 (3.42%) PMI Certification
8 158 (3.22%) PMP
9 157 (3.19%) Microsoft Certification
10 132 (2.69%) Cisco Certification
11 111 (2.26%) CISM
12 78 (1.59%) CCNA
13 73 (1.49%) ISEB
14 65 (1.32%) CCNP
15 64 (1.30%) MCSE
16 63 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
17 61 (1.24%) PhD
18 55 (1.12%) MBA
19 52 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
20 47 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 299 (6.08%) QA
2 132 (2.69%) GDPR
3 108 (2.20%) PMO
4 92 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 84 (1.71%) Data Quality
6 72 (1.47%) SLA
7 63 (1.28%) PCI DSS
8 36 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
9 34 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 18 (0.37%) COBIT
10 18 (0.37%) HL7
10 18 (0.37%) ISO 9001
11 17 (0.35%) HIPAA
12 15 (0.31%) Actionable Recommendations
12 15 (0.31%) MiFID
13 13 (0.26%) Def Stans
13 13 (0.26%) ISO 22301
14 10 (0.20%) IFRS
14 10 (0.20%) P3O
15 9 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 187 (3.81%) Active Directory
2 94 (1.91%) Docker
3 93 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 52 (1.06%) HDFS
5 44 (0.90%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 35 (0.71%) Hyper-V
7 28 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
8 25 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
9 24 (0.49%) vSphere
9 24 (0.49%) XenApp
10 20 (0.41%) XenDesktop
11 19 (0.39%) Firmware
12 14 (0.28%) Apache Flume
13 13 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
14 11 (0.22%) Terminal Services
15 9 (0.18%) Xen
16 8 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
17 7 (0.14%) BitLocker
17 7 (0.14%) iptables
18 6 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 65 (1.32%) Ansible
2 57 (1.16%) SCCM
3 53 (1.08%) Puppet
4 40 (0.81%) Kubernetes
5 39 (0.79%) Hadoop YARN
6 35 (0.71%) HP ALM
7 34 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
8 32 (0.65%) SCOM
9 27 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
10 26 (0.53%) Terraform
11 25 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
12 23 (0.47%) Backup Exec
13 21 (0.43%) NetBackup
14 20 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
14 20 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
15 15 (0.31%) Microsoft Clustering
15 15 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 14 (0.28%) Oozie
17 11 (0.22%) Salt
18 10 (0.20%) Packer
Vendors
1 725 (14.75%) Microsoft
2 288 (5.86%) Oracle
3 169 (3.44%) SAP
4 159 (3.24%) Cisco
5 137 (2.79%) Tableau
6 128 (2.60%) VMware
7 126 (2.56%) Adobe
8 103 (2.10%) Google
9 100 (2.04%) HP
10 96 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
11 83 (1.69%) Citrix
12 57 (1.16%) Splunk
13 50 (1.02%) IBM
14 44 (0.90%) Red Hat
15 40 (0.81%) Apple
16 37 (0.75%) McAfee
17 35 (0.71%) Twitter
18 34 (0.69%) Atlassian
18 34 (0.69%) CheckPoint
18 34 (0.69%) Symantec