Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 637 586 602
Rank change year-on-year -51 +16 +78
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 248 307 293
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.29% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.29% 1.42% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 167 190 185
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +12.50%
10th Percentile £280 £261 £250
90th Percentile £600 £600 £646
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £333 £375
% change year-on-year -2.26% -11.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 5
UK median hourly rate £34.93 £29.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.41% -10.61% +103.08%
10th Percentile £25.97 £29.50 £21.55
90th Percentile £46.98 £29.50 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £29.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year - -21.33% +130.77%

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 19240 21636 22485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 20.66% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11789 13485 13553
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 902 856 1079
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.96
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +31.58%

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Master's Degree.

Contractor daily rate trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Master's Degree.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
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 Master's Degree within the UK over the 6 months to 21 November 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 -32 240 £475 - 69
London -44 151 £525 +5.00% 29
UK excluding London -10 93 £325 -2.26% 42
South East -18 37 £360 -12.73% 11
Midlands +38 23 £308 -49.80% 4
North of England +29 14 £400 +21.21% 10
East Midlands +8 12 £290 -60.00% 1
West Midlands +32 11 £419 +19.64% 3
Yorkshire +30 9 £320 -50.77% 4
South West -4 8 £533 +16.71% 7
East of England -6 6 £248 -17.50% 8
Scotland -12 5 £323 -19.25% 2
North West +13 3 £463 -7.50% 3
North East +44 2 £475 +68.14% 3

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Master's 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 Master's Degree.

1 248 (100.00%) Degree
2 114 (45.97%) Computer Science
3 81 (32.66%) Finance
4 65 (26.21%) Computer Science Degree
5 63 (25.40%) Agile Software Development
6 60 (24.19%) SQL
7 55 (22.18%) Analytical Skills
8 47 (18.95%) Python
9 45 (18.15%) Banking
10 39 (15.73%) Analytics
11 35 (14.11%) TDD
12 34 (13.71%) Scrum
13 33 (13.31%) PMI Certification
14 32 (12.90%) Project Planning
14 32 (12.90%) User Experience
15 30 (12.10%) Manufacturing
16 29 (11.69%) PMI
17 28 (11.29%) PMP
17 28 (11.29%) Java
17 28 (11.29%) Mobile Development
18 27 (10.89%) OO
19 26 (10.48%) Project Management
19 26 (10.48%) Apple iOS
19 26 (10.48%) R
20 24 (9.68%) Mentoring
20 24 (9.68%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
20 24 (9.68%) Resource Allocation
20 24 (9.68%) BDD
20 24 (9.68%) Mathematics
21 23 (9.27%) Unit Testing

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 12 (4.84%) CMS
2 10 (4.03%) SAS
3 7 (2.82%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.02%) Confluence
4 5 (2.02%) IIS
4 5 (2.02%) MS Exchange
5 4 (1.61%) Apache Pig
5 4 (1.61%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.21%) Apache
6 3 (1.21%) MS Project Server
6 3 (1.21%) OpenStack
6 3 (1.21%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.81%) Apache Solr
7 2 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.40%) JBoss
8 1 (0.40%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 7 (2.82%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.42%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.21%) SPSS
5 2 (0.81%) Weka
6 1 (0.40%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.42%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.40%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.40%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.40%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 12 (4.84%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.61%) Google Cloud Platform
3 3 (1.21%) Amazon EMR
4 2 (0.81%) PaaS
5 1 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.40%) G Suite
5 1 (0.40%) Google Play
5 1 (0.40%) IaaS
5 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.40%) Office 365
5 1 (0.40%) SaaS
5 1 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.82%) Firewall
2 5 (2.02%) LAN
3 3 (1.21%) Bluetooth
3 3 (1.21%) Network Security
3 3 (1.21%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.81%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (0.81%) LDAP
4 2 (0.81%) SAN
4 2 (0.81%) SSL
4 2 (0.81%) VPN
4 2 (0.81%) WAN
4 2 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.40%) 802.11
5 1 (0.40%) BGP
5 1 (0.40%) H.323
5 1 (0.40%) Internet
5 1 (0.40%) MGCP
5 1 (0.40%) MPLS
5 1 (0.40%) OSPF
5 1 (0.40%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (8.87%) SQL Server
2 17 (6.85%) Big Data
3 16 (6.45%) Hadoop
4 11 (4.44%) Apache Hive
4 11 (4.44%) Data Mining
4 11 (4.44%) NoSQL
5 10 (4.03%) Relational Database
6 9 (3.63%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (3.23%) Power BI
8 7 (2.82%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (2.82%) RDBMS
9 5 (2.02%) HBase
9 5 (2.02%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (1.61%) Data Lake
10 4 (1.61%) Redis
10 4 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (1.21%) MS Access
11 3 (1.21%) Spotfire
11 3 (1.21%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 16 (6.45%) Xcode
2 13 (5.24%) Git (software)
3 12 (4.84%) JIRA
4 7 (2.82%) Subversion
5 5 (2.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (2.02%) Cucumber
5 5 (2.02%) Jenkins
5 5 (2.02%) Maven
6 4 (1.61%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (1.21%) Appium
7 3 (1.21%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.21%) GitLab
7 3 (1.21%) Gradle
7 3 (1.21%) JUnit
7 3 (1.21%) Selenium
7 3 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (1.21%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.81%) Axure RP
8 2 (0.81%) SoapUI
8 2 (0.81%) WebDriver
General
1 81 (32.66%) Finance
2 45 (18.15%) Banking
3 30 (12.10%) Manufacturing
4 16 (6.45%) Marketing
4 16 (6.45%) Publishing
5 15 (6.05%) Investment Banking
6 12 (4.84%) Telecoms
7 7 (2.82%) Legal
8 6 (2.42%) Financial Institution
8 6 (2.42%) Front Office
8 6 (2.42%) Retail
9 5 (2.02%) Law
9 5 (2.02%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (1.61%) Private Banking
11 3 (1.21%) Automotive
12 2 (0.81%) Brand Awareness
12 2 (0.81%) Electronics
12 2 (0.81%) Games
12 2 (0.81%) Military
13 1 (0.40%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 65 (26.21%) Developer
2 41 (16.53%) Analyst
3 32 (12.90%) Project Manager
4 28 (11.29%) Business Analyst
5 20 (8.06%) iOS Developer
6 17 (6.85%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
7 13 (5.24%) Data Scientist
8 12 (4.84%) Banking Analyst
9 11 (4.44%) Regulatory Business Analyst
10 10 (4.03%) Android Developer
10 10 (4.03%) Architect
10 10 (4.03%) Consultant
11 9 (3.63%) IT Manager
11 9 (3.63%) Senior Developer
12 8 (3.23%) .NET Developer
13 7 (2.82%) Java Developer
14 6 (2.42%) Electronic Trading Business Analyst
14 6 (2.42%) Fixed Income Business Analyst
14 6 (2.42%) Service Manager
14 6 (2.42%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (8.47%) RESTful
2 16 (6.45%) Cocoa
3 15 (6.05%) .NET
3 15 (6.05%) AngularJS
4 11 (4.44%) Web Services
5 10 (4.03%) REST
5 10 (4.03%) Spring
6 9 (3.63%) ASP.NET
7 8 (3.23%) HTML
7 8 (3.23%) JSON
8 6 (2.42%) .NET Framework
8 6 (2.42%) Pandas
9 5 (2.02%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (2.02%) jQuery
9 5 (2.02%) NumPy
9 5 (2.02%) scikit-learn
9 5 (2.02%) WPF
10 4 (1.61%) HTML5
10 4 (1.61%) LINQ
10 4 (1.61%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 114 (45.97%) Computer Science
2 55 (22.18%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (12.90%) User Experience
4 29 (11.69%) PMI
5 23 (9.27%) Management Information System
6 15 (6.05%) Credit Risk
7 14 (5.65%) iPad
7 14 (5.65%) iPhone
8 12 (4.84%) Equities
9 9 (3.63%) Data Centre
10 7 (2.82%) Algorithms
10 7 (2.82%) Fixed Income
11 6 (2.42%) Fintech
11 6 (2.42%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (2.42%) Market Risk
12 5 (2.02%) Mobile App
13 3 (1.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 3 (1.21%) NHS
14 2 (0.81%) Life Science
14 2 (0.81%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 26 (10.48%) Apple iOS
2 18 (7.26%) Linux
3 16 (6.45%) Unix
4 15 (6.05%) Android
5 13 (5.24%) Windows
6 5 (2.02%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.40%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.40%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (25.40%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (15.73%) Analytics
3 35 (14.11%) TDD
4 34 (13.71%) Scrum
5 32 (12.90%) Project Planning
6 28 (11.29%) Mobile Development
7 27 (10.89%) OO
8 26 (10.48%) Project Management
9 24 (9.68%) BDD
9 24 (9.68%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
9 24 (9.68%) Mathematics
9 24 (9.68%) Mentoring
9 24 (9.68%) Resource Allocation
10 23 (9.27%) Unit Testing
11 21 (8.47%) OOD
12 20 (8.06%) iOS Development
12 20 (8.06%) Visualisation
13 19 (7.66%) Business Intelligence
14 18 (7.26%) Machine Learning
15 17 (6.85%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 60 (24.19%) SQL
2 47 (18.95%) Python
3 28 (11.29%) Java
4 26 (10.48%) R
5 20 (8.06%) Apple Swift
6 19 (7.66%) C#
7 17 (6.85%) Objective-C
8 13 (5.24%) JavaScript
9 12 (4.84%) VBA
10 11 (4.44%) C++
11 8 (3.23%) Bash Shell
11 8 (3.23%) C
12 6 (2.42%) Perl
13 5 (2.02%) MATLAB
13 5 (2.02%) PL/SQL
13 5 (2.02%) Ruby
14 4 (1.61%) Go
14 4 (1.61%) Groovy
14 4 (1.61%) Shell Script
15 3 (1.21%) Solidity
Qualifications
1 248 (100.00%) Degree
2 65 (26.21%) Computer Science Degree
3 33 (13.31%) PMI Certification
4 28 (11.29%) PMP
5 16 (6.45%) Security Cleared
6 13 (5.24%) SC Cleared
7 10 (4.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 9 (3.63%) MBA
9 5 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (2.02%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.61%) Chartered Engineer
10 4 (1.61%) CISSP
10 4 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.21%) CBAP
11 3 (1.21%) CCIE
11 3 (1.21%) CITP
11 3 (1.21%) IIBA
11 3 (1.21%) ISEB
11 3 (1.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 3 (1.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.02%) PMO
1 5 (2.02%) QA
2 4 (1.61%) Data Quality
2 4 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.81%) MiFID
3 2 (0.81%) SLA
4 1 (0.40%) GCP
4 1 (0.40%) GDPR
4 1 (0.40%) GMP
4 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (3.63%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.82%) Docker
3 4 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.40%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.40%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 6 (2.42%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.21%) Kubernetes
2 3 (1.21%) Oozie
2 3 (1.21%) Terraform
3 2 (0.81%) Ansible
4 1 (0.40%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (0.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.40%) FTK
4 1 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.40%) Puppet
4 1 (0.40%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 22 (8.87%) Microsoft
2 16 (6.45%) Apple
2 16 (6.45%) Oracle
3 14 (5.65%) Tableau
4 6 (2.42%) Google
4 6 (2.42%) ION Trading
4 6 (2.42%) VMware
5 5 (2.02%) Atlassian
6 4 (1.61%) Cisco
6 4 (1.61%) HP
6 4 (1.61%) SAP
7 3 (1.21%) Alteryx
7 3 (1.21%) Citrix
7 3 (1.21%) ServiceNow
8 2 (0.81%) Bloomberg
8 2 (0.81%) Cognizant
8 2 (0.81%) EMC
8 2 (0.81%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.40%) Sophos
9 1 (0.40%) Symantec