Period
to 22 September 2019

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 22 September 2019 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 562 597 638
Rank change year-on-year +35 +41 -25
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 254 313 237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.31% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.49% 1.65% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 181 157
UK median daily rate £550 £486 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.17% +2.32% -
10th Percentile £310 £310 £300
90th Percentile £825 £713 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £426 £400 £438
% change year-on-year +6.56% -8.57% +26.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 5
UK median hourly rate £51.50 £37.75 £34.36
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.42% +9.87% -
10th Percentile £42.50 £20.68 £21.20
90th Percentile £61.25 £64.00 £49.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.50 £41.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +24.10% +118.42% -

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 17,059 18,951 18,715
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.53% 18.59% 18.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,389 11,199 11,335
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £263 £246 £238
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 826 979 909
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.06% -15.52% +5.45%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £50.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.87 £25.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +55.47% -20.63% +14.05%

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 22 September 2019.

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 22 September 2019.

Contractor 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 22 September 2019. 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 +19 235 £550 +11.39% 114
London +40 138 £617 +12.09% 47
UK excluding London +38 108 £426 +6.56% 83
South East -3 43 £375 -6.25% 25
North of England +38 26 £675 +8.00% 9
East of England +40 14 £380 +32.17% 10
Yorkshire +29 10 £320 -57.33% 3
North West +26 10 £750 +87.50% 6
Scotland +41 8 £348 -17.26% 10
Midlands +29 7 £513 +49.64% 13
North East +24 6 £365 -42.75%
South West -22 6 £675 +31.71% 10
East Midlands +5 5 £513 +49.64% 7
Northern Ireland +5 3 £469 +17.19% 1
West Midlands +34 2 £550 - 6
Wales +25 1 £125 -70.59% 5

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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.

1 254 (100.00%) Degree
2 108 (42.52%) Computer Science
3 77 (30.31%) Agile Software Development
4 75 (29.53%) Python
5 73 (28.74%) SQL
6 60 (23.62%) Finance
7 58 (22.83%) Computer Science Degree
8 55 (21.65%) Analytics
9 51 (20.08%) Machine Learning
10 48 (18.90%) Java
10 48 (18.90%) Data Science
11 47 (18.50%) Visualisation
12 44 (17.32%) Project Management
13 41 (16.14%) Microsoft
13 41 (16.14%) Analytical Skills
14 39 (15.35%) Security Cleared
15 35 (13.78%) Statistics
16 33 (12.99%) Azure
17 32 (12.60%) Problem-Solving
18 31 (12.20%) AWS
18 31 (12.20%) Mathematics
18 31 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
19 30 (11.81%) Algorithms
20 29 (11.42%) PhD
20 29 (11.42%) Artificial Intelligence
20 29 (11.42%) SC Cleared
21 28 (11.02%) JavaScript
22 27 (10.63%) Physics
22 27 (10.63%) Data Visualisation
22 27 (10.63%) Apache Spark

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 27 (10.63%) Apache Spark
2 12 (4.72%) Apache
3 9 (3.54%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (2.76%) BizTalk Server
4 7 (2.76%) SAS
5 6 (2.36%) SharePoint
6 5 (1.97%) CMS
7 4 (1.57%) JBoss
8 3 (1.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 3 (1.18%) Confluence
8 3 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (1.18%) MS Exchange
8 3 (1.18%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.79%) IIS
10 1 (0.39%) Apache Airflow
10 1 (0.39%) GeoServer
10 1 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (3.94%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.97%) Oracle Assets
1 5 (1.97%) Oracle Cash Management
1 5 (1.97%) Oracle General Ledger
1 5 (1.97%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (1.97%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (1.57%) Eikon
3 3 (1.18%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle AML
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.39%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.39%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 33 (12.99%) Azure
2 31 (12.20%) AWS
3 23 (9.06%) GCP
4 15 (5.91%) Cloud Computing
4 15 (5.91%) Power Platform
5 10 (3.94%) GitHub
6 6 (2.36%) Amazon S3
7 5 (1.97%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (1.97%) Amazon EMR
8 4 (1.57%) Amazon Kinesis
8 4 (1.57%) OpenShift
9 3 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (1.18%) Office 365
9 3 (1.18%) Stackdriver
10 2 (0.79%) Amazon Glacier
10 2 (0.79%) IaaS
10 2 (0.79%) PaaS
10 2 (0.79%) SaaS
11 1 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.39%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.76%) Internet
2 4 (1.57%) MPLS
2 4 (1.57%) Skype
2 4 (1.57%) VPN
3 3 (1.18%) Intrusion Detection
3 3 (1.18%) Kerberos
3 3 (1.18%) Multicast
3 3 (1.18%) SSL
4 2 (0.79%) 2G
4 2 (0.79%) 3G
4 2 (0.79%) 4G
4 2 (0.79%) LAN
4 2 (0.79%) Network Security
4 2 (0.79%) Radio Access Network
4 2 (0.79%) RNC
4 2 (0.79%) WAN
5 1 (0.39%) 5G
5 1 (0.39%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.39%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (0.39%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (9.84%) Big Data
2 24 (9.45%) Hadoop
3 22 (8.66%) SQL Server
4 16 (6.30%) NoSQL
5 15 (5.91%) PostgreSQL
5 15 (5.91%) Power BI
6 14 (5.51%) MySQL
6 14 (5.51%) QlikView
7 13 (5.12%) Apache Cassandra
7 13 (5.12%) MongoDB
8 12 (4.72%) Relational Database
9 11 (4.33%) BusinessObjects
10 9 (3.54%) Amazon Redshift
10 9 (3.54%) CouchDB
10 9 (3.54%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (2.76%) Amazon RDS
11 7 (2.76%) Flink
12 6 (2.36%) Triplestore
13 4 (1.57%) Amazon Athena
13 4 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (6.69%) Git (software)
2 12 (4.72%) Jenkins
3 10 (3.94%) JIRA
4 8 (3.15%) Rational DOORS
4 8 (3.15%) TeamCity
5 3 (1.18%) Maven
6 2 (0.79%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.79%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.79%) Gatling
6 2 (0.79%) JMeter
6 2 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (0.79%) Subversion
6 2 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.39%) CppUnit
7 1 (0.39%) GoogleTest
7 1 (0.39%) Gradle
7 1 (0.39%) Karma Test Runner
7 1 (0.39%) Selenium
7 1 (0.39%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 60 (23.62%) Finance
2 17 (6.69%) Retail
3 16 (6.30%) Front Office
4 14 (5.51%) Banking
4 14 (5.51%) Marketing
4 14 (5.51%) Telecoms
5 8 (3.15%) Investment Banking
5 8 (3.15%) Legal
5 8 (3.15%) Military
5 8 (3.15%) Public Sector
6 7 (2.76%) Electronics
7 6 (2.36%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.97%) Aerospace
8 5 (1.97%) Billing
8 5 (1.97%) General Ledger
8 5 (1.97%) Law
9 4 (1.57%) Back Office
9 4 (1.57%) Social Science
10 3 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.79%) German Language
Job Titles
1 38 (14.96%) Data Scientist
2 35 (13.78%) Data Engineer
3 31 (12.20%) Developer
4 24 (9.45%) Analyst
5 14 (5.51%) Architect
5 14 (5.51%) Python Engineer
6 13 (5.12%) Consultant
7 12 (4.72%) Project Manager
8 11 (4.33%) Software Engineer
9 10 (3.94%) Business Analyst
10 8 (3.15%) Systems Engineer
11 7 (2.76%) DevOps Engineer
11 7 (2.76%) Java Developer
11 7 (2.76%) User Experience Researcher
12 6 (2.36%) C# Developer
12 6 (2.36%) Data Analyst
12 6 (2.36%) Full Stack Developer
12 6 (2.36%) Java Engineer
12 6 (2.36%) Senior Analyst
13 5 (1.97%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.91%) JSON
1 15 (5.91%) Natural Language Processing
2 14 (5.51%) CSS
3 13 (5.12%) J2EE
4 12 (4.72%) HTML
5 11 (4.33%) Apache Beam
5 11 (4.33%) Web Services
6 10 (3.94%) Kafka
7 8 (3.15%) Pandas
7 8 (3.15%) REST
8 7 (2.76%) D3.js
8 7 (2.76%) React
9 6 (2.36%) .NET
9 6 (2.36%) HTML5
9 6 (2.36%) Spring
10 5 (1.97%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.97%) SOAP
10 5 (1.97%) XML
11 4 (1.57%) Spark Streaming
11 4 (1.57%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 41 (16.14%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (11.81%) Algorithms
3 19 (7.48%) Management Information System
3 19 (7.48%) User Experience
4 9 (3.54%) Robotics
5 8 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (2.76%) Acoustics
6 7 (2.76%) Mobile App
6 7 (2.76%) Virtual Team
7 6 (2.36%) Fixed Income
7 6 (2.36%) Internet of Things
7 6 (2.36%) Semantic Web
8 5 (1.97%) Data Structures
8 5 (1.97%) Equities
8 5 (1.97%) PMI
9 3 (1.18%) Hedge funds
9 3 (1.18%) Life Science
10 2 (0.79%) Credit Risk
10 2 (0.79%) FMCG
10 2 (0.79%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 21 (8.27%) Linux
2 12 (4.72%) Unix
3 10 (3.94%) Windows
4 4 (1.57%) Android
5 3 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.18%) Windows 2000
5 3 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.39%) CentOS
6 1 (0.39%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (42.52%) Computer Science
2 77 (30.31%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (21.65%) Analytics
4 51 (20.08%) Machine Learning
5 48 (18.90%) Data Science
6 47 (18.50%) Visualisation
7 44 (17.32%) Project Management
8 35 (13.78%) Statistics
9 32 (12.60%) Problem-Solving
10 31 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
10 31 (12.20%) Mathematics
11 29 (11.42%) Artificial Intelligence
12 27 (10.63%) Data Visualisation
12 27 (10.63%) Physics
13 26 (10.24%) Data Analysis
13 26 (10.24%) Data Analytics
14 25 (9.84%) Project Delivery
15 24 (9.45%) Data Management
15 24 (9.45%) Open Source
16 20 (7.87%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 75 (29.53%) Python
2 73 (28.74%) SQL
3 48 (18.90%) Java
4 28 (11.02%) JavaScript
5 19 (7.48%) R
6 17 (6.69%) C#
6 17 (6.69%) Perl
7 14 (5.51%) Scala
8 13 (5.12%) C++
9 11 (4.33%) C
10 10 (3.94%) PL/SQL
11 6 (2.36%) TypeScript
12 5 (1.97%) Go
13 4 (1.57%) Clojure
13 4 (1.57%) MATLAB
13 4 (1.57%) PowerShell
14 3 (1.18%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.79%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.79%) Ruby
15 2 (0.79%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 254 (100.00%) Degree
2 58 (22.83%) Computer Science Degree
3 39 (15.35%) Security Cleared
4 29 (11.42%) PhD
4 29 (11.42%) SC Cleared
5 15 (5.91%) DV Cleared
5 15 (5.91%) PMI Certification
6 12 (4.72%) CISSP
7 11 (4.33%) MBA
8 10 (3.94%) PMP
9 9 (3.54%) CISM
10 6 (2.36%) CCNP
10 6 (2.36%) CISA
10 6 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
11 5 (1.97%) GIAC
12 4 (1.57%) SANS
13 3 (1.18%) Chartered Engineer
13 3 (1.18%) MCSE
13 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (1.18%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.30%) QA
2 11 (4.33%) Data Quality
3 6 (2.36%) PMO
3 6 (2.36%) SLA
4 4 (1.57%) GDPR
4 4 (1.57%) NIST
5 3 (1.18%) ECSS
5 3 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (1.18%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.79%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.79%) NEBOSH
6 2 (0.79%) NIST 800
6 2 (0.79%) SEPA
7 1 (0.39%) COBIT
7 1 (0.39%) GLBA
7 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 19 (7.48%) Docker
2 7 (2.76%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.18%) Apache Flume
3 3 (1.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (1.18%) Gluster
4 2 (0.79%) Slurm Workload Manager
5 1 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (5.12%) Kubernetes
2 9 (3.54%) Ansible
3 7 (2.76%) Terraform
4 6 (2.36%) Prometheus
5 5 (1.97%) Kibana
6 3 (1.18%) CASB
6 3 (1.18%) CloudForms
6 3 (1.18%) Consul
6 3 (1.18%) HAProxy
6 3 (1.18%) Mesos
6 3 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.79%) Puppet
8 1 (0.39%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.39%) IBM Guardium
Vendors
1 41 (16.14%) Microsoft
2 26 (10.24%) Google
3 25 (9.84%) Oracle
4 20 (7.87%) Tableau
5 13 (5.12%) SAP
6 6 (2.36%) Informatica
7 5 (1.97%) Remedy
7 5 (1.97%) Splunk
7 5 (1.97%) StreamSets
8 4 (1.57%) Cisco
8 4 (1.57%) Databricks
8 4 (1.57%) ForgeRock
8 4 (1.57%) Veracode
9 3 (1.18%) Adobe
9 3 (1.18%) New Relic
9 3 (1.18%) Polycom
9 3 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.79%) Huawei
10 2 (0.79%) IFS
10 2 (0.79%) Xamarin