Period
to 26 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Master's Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 26 July 2021 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.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 551 453 557
Rank change year-on-year -98 +104 +57
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 212 123 320
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.33% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.55% 1.35% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 55 193
10th Percentile £325 £334 £311
25th Percentile £402 £400 £433
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £503 £500 £525
Median % change year-on-year +0.50% -4.76% +7.42%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £650
90th Percentile £679 £775 £793
UK excluding London median daily rate £506 £463 £500
% change year-on-year +9.30% -7.50% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 6
10th Percentile £50.81 £49.63 £42.50
25th Percentile £59.41 £50.19 £44.56
Median hourly rate £75.00 £51.75 £52.00
Median % change year-on-year +44.93% -0.48% +61.24%
75th Percentile £80.00 £52.69 £59.38
90th Percentile " £52.88 £62.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 £53.00 £52.00
% change year-on-year +50.94% +1.92% +52.94%

Master's 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 13,655 9,089 17,625
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.23% 24.23% 19.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,821 5,964 11,050
10th Percentile £311 £288 £263
25th Percentile £401 £397 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +0.54% +2.78% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 339 771
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.75 £12.86
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.26 £17.50
Median hourly rate £29.00 £31.39 £35.07
Median % change year-on-year -7.61% -10.48% +59.39%
75th Percentile £51.41 £48.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £64.42 £59.80 £55.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year +0.92% -24.31% +60.00%

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Master's Degree as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree.

Daily rate trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 26 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree.

Hourly rate trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 26 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's 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 Master's Degree within the UK over the 6 months to 26 July 2021. 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 -66 184 £525 +5.00% 135
London -108 100 £525 +5.00% 59
UK excluding London -41 74 £506 +9.30% 87
South East -3 39 £506 +44.43% 31
Work from Home -247 37 £495 -1.00% 14
North of England -38 12 £530 -3.64% 15
Midlands -38 7 £600 +11.63% 11
East of England -10 6 £276 -48.59% 14
Yorkshire -21 6 £575 -4.17% 5
North West -26 5 £530 +21.14% 7
West Midlands -38 4 £400 - 8
Scotland -66 4 £409 +2.19% 8
South West - 4 £625 - 5
East Midlands -13 3 £600 +11.63% 3
Wales -5 2 - - 3
North East - 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 26 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Master's 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 Master's Degree.

1 212 (100.00%) Degree
2 117 (55.19%) Computer Science
3 87 (41.04%) Social Skills
4 85 (40.09%) Agile Software Development
5 67 (31.60%) Finance
6 61 (28.77%) Computer Science Degree
7 52 (24.53%) Python
8 49 (23.11%) Analytical Skills
9 48 (22.64%) Problem-Solving
10 47 (22.17%) Java
11 45 (21.23%) Project Management
12 41 (19.34%) Azure
13 34 (16.04%) Presentation Skills
14 33 (15.57%) Analytics
15 32 (15.09%) DevOps
15 32 (15.09%) AWS
15 32 (15.09%) JavaScript
16 29 (13.68%) SQL
17 28 (13.21%) Scrum
18 27 (12.74%) Git (software)
18 27 (12.74%) Algorithms
19 26 (12.26%) Linux
20 25 (11.79%) Data Pipeline
21 24 (11.32%) Project Delivery
21 24 (11.32%) React
21 24 (11.32%) AngularJS
21 24 (11.32%) Telecoms
22 23 (10.85%) Microsoft Office
22 23 (10.85%) OO
22 23 (10.85%) Microservices

Master's 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 14 (6.60%) Apache
2 8 (3.77%) Confluence
3 7 (3.30%) Tomcat
4 6 (2.83%) Apache Spark
4 6 (2.83%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.36%) SAS
6 3 (1.42%) Red Hat Fuse
7 2 (0.94%) Apache Qpid
8 1 (0.47%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.47%) CMS
8 1 (0.47%) Drupal
8 1 (0.47%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
Applications
1 23 (10.85%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (9.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 18 (8.49%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (4.72%) MS Visio
5 8 (3.77%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (1.89%) AutoCAD
6 4 (1.89%) Revit
7 1 (0.47%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.47%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (1.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (0.94%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.94%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.47%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 41 (19.34%) Azure
2 32 (15.09%) AWS
3 9 (4.25%) Power Platform
4 7 (3.30%) GCP
4 7 (3.30%) GitHub
5 4 (1.89%) Azure Pipelines
5 4 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (1.89%) SaaS
6 3 (1.42%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.42%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 3 (1.42%) IaaS
6 3 (1.42%) PaaS
6 3 (1.42%) Serverless
7 2 (0.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.94%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.94%) Google Workspace
7 2 (0.94%) Microsoft 365
8 1 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.66%) 5G
2 10 (4.72%) 2G
2 10 (4.72%) 4G
2 10 (4.72%) LAN
2 10 (4.72%) WAN
3 9 (4.25%) Firewall
4 8 (3.77%) 3G
4 8 (3.77%) Node B
4 8 (3.77%) Radio Access Network
4 8 (3.77%) RNC
5 7 (3.30%) HTTP
5 7 (3.30%) Network Security
6 5 (2.36%) VPN
6 5 (2.36%) Wireless
7 4 (1.89%) BGP
7 4 (1.89%) Internet
7 4 (1.89%) MPLS
7 4 (1.89%) Multicast
7 4 (1.89%) OSPF
8 3 (1.42%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.13%) Relational Database
1 13 (6.13%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.19%) NoSQL
3 10 (4.72%) Big Data
4 9 (4.25%) Apache Cassandra
4 9 (4.25%) Power BI
5 8 (3.77%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (3.30%) Spotfire
7 4 (1.89%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.89%) Hadoop
7 4 (1.89%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.89%) MySQL
8 3 (1.42%) HBase
8 3 (1.42%) HDInsight
8 3 (1.42%) Lumira
8 3 (1.42%) Redis
8 3 (1.42%) SAP BW
8 3 (1.42%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.94%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 27 (12.74%) Git (software)
2 17 (8.02%) Jenkins
3 16 (7.55%) JIRA
4 15 (7.08%) GitLab
5 10 (4.72%) Maven
6 8 (3.77%) Jasmine
6 8 (3.77%) Karma Test Runner
6 8 (3.77%) Subversion
7 5 (2.36%) Visual Studio
7 5 (2.36%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (1.89%) Gradle
8 4 (1.89%) webpack
9 3 (1.42%) Appium
9 3 (1.42%) JUnit
9 3 (1.42%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (1.42%) Selenium
10 2 (0.94%) CMake
10 2 (0.94%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.94%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.94%) Zephyr
General
1 87 (41.04%) Social Skills
2 67 (31.60%) Finance
3 49 (23.11%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (16.04%) Presentation Skills
5 24 (11.32%) Telecoms
6 22 (10.38%) Banking
7 17 (8.02%) Influencing Skills
8 14 (6.60%) Marketing
9 10 (4.72%) Public Sector
10 8 (3.77%) Legal
10 8 (3.77%) Manufacturing
11 6 (2.83%) Financial Institution
11 6 (2.83%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (2.36%) Games
13 4 (1.89%) Aerospace
13 4 (1.89%) Automotive
13 4 (1.89%) French Language
13 4 (1.89%) German Language
13 4 (1.89%) Organisational Skills
13 4 (1.89%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 32 (15.09%) Developer
2 19 (8.96%) Architect
3 18 (8.49%) Java Developer
4 12 (5.66%) Data Engineer
5 11 (5.19%) Systems Engineer
6 10 (4.72%) Mobile Engineer
6 10 (4.72%) Project Manager
7 9 (4.25%) Analyst
8 8 (3.77%) Consultant
8 8 (3.77%) Designer
8 8 (3.77%) Solutions Architect
9 7 (3.30%) Design Engineer
9 7 (3.30%) Full Stack Developer
9 7 (3.30%) Security Engineer
9 7 (3.30%) Senior Developer
10 6 (2.83%) Data Scientist
10 6 (2.83%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (2.83%) IT Manager
10 6 (2.83%) User Experience Researcher
11 5 (2.36%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (11.32%) AngularJS
1 24 (11.32%) React
2 21 (9.91%) REST
3 20 (9.43%) HTML
4 17 (8.02%) Middleware
5 16 (7.55%) CSS
5 16 (7.55%) Spring
6 12 (5.66%) Web Services
7 11 (5.19%) HTML5
7 11 (5.19%) XML
8 10 (4.72%) D3.js
8 10 (4.72%) Kafka
8 10 (4.72%) Node.js
9 9 (4.25%) SOAP
10 8 (3.77%) .NET
10 8 (3.77%) Electron Framework
10 8 (3.77%) OpenFin
11 7 (3.30%) CSS3
11 7 (3.30%) JSON
11 7 (3.30%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (12.74%) Algorithms
2 17 (8.02%) User Experience
3 15 (7.08%) Management Information System
4 13 (6.13%) Enterprise Software
5 9 (4.25%) Data Centre
6 8 (3.77%) Mobile App
7 7 (3.30%) NHS
8 6 (2.83%) Data Protection Act
8 6 (2.83%) Data Structures
9 5 (2.36%) Hedge funds
9 5 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (1.89%) Augmented Reality
10 4 (1.89%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.89%) Credit Risk
10 4 (1.89%) FMCG
10 4 (1.89%) PKI
10 4 (1.89%) Social Media
10 4 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
11 3 (1.42%) Analytical Mindset
11 3 (1.42%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 26 (12.26%) Linux
2 18 (8.49%) Windows
3 10 (4.72%) Unix
4 8 (3.77%) Android
5 7 (3.30%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.94%) FreeRTOS
6 2 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.47%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.47%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (55.19%) Computer Science
2 85 (40.09%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (22.64%) Problem-Solving
4 45 (21.23%) Project Management
5 33 (15.57%) Analytics
6 32 (15.09%) DevOps
7 28 (13.21%) Scrum
8 25 (11.79%) Data Pipeline
9 24 (11.32%) Project Delivery
10 23 (10.85%) Microservices
10 23 (10.85%) OO
11 22 (10.38%) Validation
12 21 (9.91%) Data Science
13 20 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
14 19 (8.96%) Mathematics
14 19 (8.96%) Test Automation
15 17 (8.02%) Continuous Integration
15 17 (8.02%) Decision-Making
15 17 (8.02%) Open Source
15 17 (8.02%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 52 (24.53%) Python
2 47 (22.17%) Java
3 32 (15.09%) JavaScript
4 29 (13.68%) SQL
5 11 (5.19%) TypeScript
6 10 (4.72%) R
7 9 (4.25%) C#
7 9 (4.25%) C++
8 8 (3.77%) Ruby
9 7 (3.30%) PowerShell
10 5 (2.36%) C
10 5 (2.36%) Objective-C
10 5 (2.36%) Scala
11 4 (1.89%) Apple Swift
11 4 (1.89%) Bash Shell
11 4 (1.89%) Go
11 4 (1.89%) PHP
12 3 (1.42%) Groovy
12 3 (1.42%) Java 8
12 3 (1.42%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 212 (100.00%) Degree
2 61 (28.77%) Computer Science Degree
3 14 (6.60%) PMI Certification
3 14 (6.60%) PMP
4 8 (3.77%) PhD
4 8 (3.77%) Security Cleared
5 7 (3.30%) CCNA
5 7 (3.30%) CCNP
5 7 (3.30%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (3.30%) MBA
6 5 (2.36%) CISSP
7 4 (1.89%) BICSI Certification
7 4 (1.89%) BICSI RCDD
7 4 (1.89%) JNCIP
7 4 (1.89%) JNCIS
8 3 (1.42%) CISM
8 3 (1.42%) SANS
9 2 (0.94%) ISEB
9 2 (0.94%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.94%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.08%) QA
2 12 (5.66%) PMO
3 11 (5.19%) GDPR
4 6 (2.83%) Data Quality
5 4 (1.89%) GxP
6 3 (1.42%) MiFID
6 3 (1.42%) NIST 800
6 3 (1.42%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.94%) HL7
7 2 (0.94%) NIST
8 1 (0.47%) Basel III
8 1 (0.47%) COBIT
8 1 (0.47%) GAAP
8 1 (0.47%) GMP
8 1 (0.47%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.47%) PSD2
8 1 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.47%) SLA
8 1 (0.47%) Solvency II
System Software
1 9 (4.25%) Docker
2 8 (3.77%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.94%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.47%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.47%) XenApp
5 1 (0.47%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (4.25%) Kubernetes
2 8 (3.77%) Ansible
3 4 (1.89%) Puppet
3 4 (1.89%) Terraform
4 3 (1.42%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.94%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (0.94%) Icinga
5 2 (0.94%) NSN NetAct
5 2 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.47%) Consul
6 1 (0.47%) CSIRT
6 1 (0.47%) Nessus
6 1 (0.47%) Salt
6 1 (0.47%) SCCM
6 1 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 19 (8.96%) Microsoft
2 11 (5.19%) Cisco
2 11 (5.19%) SAP
3 9 (4.25%) Oracle
4 8 (3.77%) Ericsson
4 8 (3.77%) Juniper
4 8 (3.77%) Mapinfo
4 8 (3.77%) Remedy
4 8 (3.77%) Twitter
5 6 (2.83%) Huawei
5 6 (2.83%) Nokia Networks
5 6 (2.83%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (2.36%) Alteryx
6 5 (2.36%) HP
7 4 (1.89%) ADVA
7 4 (1.89%) Apple
7 4 (1.89%) CheckPoint
7 4 (1.89%) Google
7 4 (1.89%) VMware
8 3 (1.42%) Nokia