Period
to 19 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Graduate was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Graduate
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 776 760 756
Rank change year-on-year -16 -4 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Graduate 79 93 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.079% 0.096% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.083% 0.10% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 42 48
UK median daily rate £150 £125 £124
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +0.60% +12.95%
10th Percentile £105 £83 £85
90th Percentile £197 £238 £238
UK excluding London median daily rate £155 £125 £105
% change year-on-year +24.00% +19.05% +1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 21
UK median hourly rate £10.50 £13.74 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.58% +37.40% -4.76%
10th Percentile £9.50 £9.33 £8.00
90th Percentile £20.00 £80.00 £13.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.50 £12.49 £10.00
% change year-on-year -15.93% +24.90% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 95,011 91,868 102,819
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.80% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,133 59,980 65,551
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £599
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,784 3,231 3,883
UK median hourly rate £18.36 £18.00 £18.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.01% -3.64% +13.21%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

Graduate
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Graduate in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Graduate in the UK

Graduate
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Graduate.

Contractor daily rate trend for Graduate in the UK

Graduate
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Graduate over the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Graduate in the UK

Graduate
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Graduate.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Graduate in the UK

Graduate
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Graduate over the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Graduate in the UK

Graduate
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Graduate within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 -24 70 £150 +20.00% 445
UK excluding London -4 40 £155 +24.00% 339
London -42 38 £138 +12.24% 129
South East -15 16 £168 +48.89% 89
North of England +25 6 - - 73
Wales +13 6 £135 - 8
Midlands +5 5 £140 -31.54% 39
North West +2 5 - - 47
West Midlands +9 4 £140 -3.45% 22
East of England -5 3 £250 - 64
South West +2 2 - - 51
Scotland -13 2 - - 12
North East +46 1 - - 4
East Midlands -3 1 - - 17

Graduate Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, Graduate contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Graduate in the job title.

1 39 (49.37%) Degree
2 23 (29.11%) Computer Science
3 20 (25.32%) HTML
4 18 (22.78%) CSS
5 13 (16.46%) SQL
6 12 (15.19%) Java
6 12 (15.19%) Finance
7 11 (13.92%) User Experience
7 11 (13.92%) C#
7 11 (13.92%) Microsoft
7 11 (13.92%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (12.66%) JavaScript
9 9 (11.39%) Windows
9 9 (11.39%) Microsoft Excel
10 8 (10.13%) .NET
10 8 (10.13%) SQL Server
11 7 (8.86%) Microsoft Office
11 7 (8.86%) Project Management
11 7 (8.86%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (8.86%) Git (software)
12 6 (7.59%) Windows 7
12 6 (7.59%) Software Testing
12 6 (7.59%) Web Development
13 5 (6.33%) GWT
13 5 (6.33%) Test Automation
13 5 (6.33%) Mobile App
13 5 (6.33%) MariaDB
13 5 (6.33%) Analytics
13 5 (6.33%) Active Directory
13 5 (6.33%) MySQL

Graduate Skill Set
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 5 (6.33%) CMS
2 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.53%) TYPO3
2 2 (2.53%) Umbraco
2 2 (2.53%) WordPress
3 1 (1.27%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (11.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (8.86%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (3.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.27%) Photoshop
4 1 (1.27%) Stata
Business Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.80%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (3.80%) SaaS
2 1 (1.27%) npm
2 1 (1.27%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.80%) VPN
2 2 (2.53%) DHCP
2 2 (2.53%) DNS
2 2 (2.53%) LAN
2 2 (2.53%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.53%) WAN
3 1 (1.27%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.27%) Intranet
3 1 (1.27%) SMS
3 1 (1.27%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.33%) MariaDB
2 5 (6.33%) MySQL
3 3 (3.80%) Cosmos DB
3 3 (3.80%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.27%) Big Data
4 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.27%) GIS
4 1 (1.27%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (8.86%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.53%) Subversion
3 1 (1.27%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.27%) JIRA
3 1 (1.27%) Robot Framework
3 1 (1.27%) Selenium
General
1 12 (15.19%) Finance
2 3 (3.80%) Banking
2 3 (3.80%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.53%) Retail
4 1 (1.27%) Advertising
4 1 (1.27%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.27%) French Language
4 1 (1.27%) Legal
4 1 (1.27%) Mandarin Language
4 1 (1.27%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.27%) Marketing
4 1 (1.27%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.27%) Portuguese Language
4 1 (1.27%) Spanish Language
4 1 (1.27%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (25.32%) HTML
2 18 (22.78%) CSS
3 8 (10.13%) .NET
4 5 (6.33%) GWT
4 5 (6.33%) Hibernate
5 4 (5.06%) AngularJS
5 4 (5.06%) Web Services
6 3 (3.80%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.53%) CSS3
7 2 (2.53%) HTML5
8 1 (1.27%) Angular 2
8 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.27%) Behat
8 1 (1.27%) Node.js
8 1 (1.27%) Sass
8 1 (1.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (29.11%) Computer Science
2 11 (13.92%) User Experience
3 7 (8.86%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (6.33%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.53%) EPoS
5 2 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.53%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.27%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.27%) FMCG
6 1 (1.27%) iPad
6 1 (1.27%) iPhone
6 1 (1.27%) SCADA
6 1 (1.27%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.39%) Windows
2 6 (7.59%) Windows 7
3 4 (5.06%) Windows 8
4 3 (3.80%) Windows 10
4 3 (3.80%) Windows XP
5 2 (2.53%) Android
5 2 (2.53%) Linux
5 2 (2.53%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (8.86%) Project Management
2 6 (7.59%) Software Testing
2 6 (7.59%) Web Development
3 5 (6.33%) Analytics
3 5 (6.33%) ITIL
3 5 (6.33%) ITSM
3 5 (6.33%) Test Automation
4 4 (5.06%) Data Analysis
4 4 (5.06%) SDLC
5 3 (3.80%) Analytical Thinking
5 3 (3.80%) Business Analysis
5 3 (3.80%) Change Management
5 3 (3.80%) Data Analytics
5 3 (3.80%) Data Extraction
5 3 (3.80%) Mathematics
5 3 (3.80%) OOP
5 3 (3.80%) Time Management
6 2 (2.53%) Manual Testing
6 2 (2.53%) Test Scripting
6 2 (2.53%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (16.46%) SQL
2 12 (15.19%) Java
3 11 (13.92%) C#
4 10 (12.66%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.06%) PHP
6 3 (3.80%) Objective-C
6 3 (3.80%) Python
7 2 (2.53%) C++
7 2 (2.53%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.27%) C
8 1 (1.27%) ES6
8 1 (1.27%) R
8 1 (1.27%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.27%) VB
8 1 (1.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 39 (49.37%) Degree
2 11 (13.92%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (3.80%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.27%) CCNA
4 1 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.27%) ISEB
4 1 (1.27%) SAP Certification
4 1 (1.27%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.06%) SLA
2 3 (3.80%) Data Quality
2 3 (3.80%) QA
3 1 (1.27%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (6.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.27%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.27%) AirWatch
1 1 (1.27%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (1.27%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (13.92%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.06%) Cisco
2 4 (5.06%) SAP
3 3 (3.80%) Xamarin
4 2 (2.53%) Apple
4 2 (2.53%) Avaya
4 2 (2.53%) Blue Prism
4 2 (2.53%) Google
4 2 (2.53%) Ivanti
5 1 (1.27%) Adobe
5 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.27%) VMware