Period
to 21 June 2018

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 June 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.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 585 606 598
Rank change year-on-year +21 -8 +15
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 299 243 310
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.27% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.58% 1.32% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 141 199
UK median daily rate £503 £460 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.24% +11.52% -5.71%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £255
90th Percentile £675 £650 £614
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £450 £330
% change year-on-year -7.50% +36.36% -8.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 10 0
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £32.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £34.12 -
% change year-on-year +5.51% - -

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 18,956 18,412 22,930
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.95% 20.20% 21.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,335 11,371 14,304
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.23% +1.94%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 861 935 852
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -6.25% +42.22%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -20.63% -10.00% +55.56%

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 June 2018.

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 June 2018.

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

Master's Degree
Top 15 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 June 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 -7 282 £513 +10.81% 171
London -24 173 £550 +14.88% 68
UK excluding London +42 121 £416 -7.50% 112
South East +19 68 £425 -5.56% 46
Midlands 0 16 £380 +102.67% 15
East of England -2 11 £288 -36.11% 8
Scotland -27 11 £420 -6.67% 7
North of England -37 11 £625 +16.64% 18
East Midlands - 10 £340 - 3
North East +4 8 £625 +38.89% 4
West Midlands -9 6 £700 +273.33% 12
South West +3 2 £525 -2.33% 16
Wales -5 2 £425 +41.67% 2
Yorkshire -23 2 - - 6
North West -10 1 - - 8

For the 6 months to 21 June 2018, 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.

1 299 (100.00%) Degree
2 155 (51.84%) Computer Science
3 116 (38.80%) Agile Software Development
4 105 (35.12%) Finance
5 77 (25.75%) Python
6 73 (24.41%) Computer Science Degree
7 69 (23.08%) Java
8 68 (22.74%) Scrum
9 59 (19.73%) SQL
10 51 (17.06%) Problem-Solving
11 50 (16.72%) Analytical Skills
12 49 (16.39%) Amazon AWS
13 47 (15.72%) Data Science
14 46 (15.38%) Project Management
15 45 (15.05%) Analytics
16 44 (14.72%) Algorithms
17 40 (13.38%) Mathematics
18 34 (11.37%) JavaScript
18 34 (11.37%) Microsoft
18 34 (11.37%) Marketing
18 34 (11.37%) Machine Learning
19 33 (11.04%) Git (software)
20 32 (10.70%) TDD
21 31 (10.37%) Software Engineering
22 30 (10.03%) Linux
23 29 (9.70%) SDLC
24 27 (9.03%) SAP
24 27 (9.03%) Microsoft Azure
25 26 (8.70%) Spring
25 26 (8.70%) ITIL

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 21 (7.02%) Apache Spark
2 7 (2.34%) Apache
3 6 (2.01%) Apache Pig
3 6 (2.01%) SAS
3 6 (2.01%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.34%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (1.00%) Confluence
6 2 (0.67%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.67%) Drupal
6 2 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.67%) JBoss
6 2 (0.67%) Jupyter
6 2 (0.67%) Liferay
6 2 (0.67%) MS Exchange
6 2 (0.67%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.33%) CMS
7 1 (0.33%) DNN
7 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.33%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (4.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (3.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.67%) SPSS
4 4 (1.34%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.34%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.33%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.33%) InVision
7 1 (0.33%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.33%) PaintShop Pro
Business Applications
1 4 (1.34%) SAP CO
1 4 (1.34%) SAP FI
1 4 (1.34%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (0.67%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.67%) SAP BPC
2 2 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.33%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.33%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.33%) SimCorp Dimension
3 1 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 49 (16.39%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (9.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.67%) AWS CloudFormation
3 5 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
3 5 (1.67%) Serverless
4 3 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.00%) Google Analytics
4 3 (1.00%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.00%) Office 365
4 3 (1.00%) PaaS
5 2 (0.67%) Heroku
5 2 (0.67%) SaaS
6 1 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.33%) Firebase
6 1 (0.33%) G Suite
6 1 (0.33%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.02%) Firewall
2 14 (4.68%) Internet
3 4 (1.34%) BGP
3 4 (1.34%) Cisco Nexus
3 4 (1.34%) LAN
3 4 (1.34%) MPLS
3 4 (1.34%) OSPF
3 4 (1.34%) SSL
3 4 (1.34%) VPLS
3 4 (1.34%) VPN
3 4 (1.34%) WAN
4 3 (1.00%) 3G
4 3 (1.00%) 3GPP
4 3 (1.00%) 4G
4 3 (1.00%) 5G
4 3 (1.00%) 802.11
4 3 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (1.00%) DMZ
4 3 (1.00%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (1.00%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (8.03%) PostgreSQL
2 23 (7.69%) MySQL
3 20 (6.69%) Hadoop
4 19 (6.35%) Redis
4 19 (6.35%) Relational Database
5 17 (5.69%) MongoDB
5 17 (5.69%) SQL Server
6 16 (5.35%) Big Data
7 12 (4.01%) HBase
8 11 (3.68%) NoSQL
8 11 (3.68%) RDBMS
9 10 (3.34%) Power BI
10 9 (3.01%) Data Lake
10 9 (3.01%) SAP HANA
10 9 (3.01%) Spotfire
11 8 (2.68%) Apache Cassandra
11 8 (2.68%) Lumira
11 8 (2.68%) Oracle Database
12 7 (2.34%) SAP BW
13 6 (2.01%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 33 (11.04%) Git (software)
2 14 (4.68%) Maven
3 13 (4.35%) Jenkins
4 12 (4.01%) TeamCity
5 11 (3.68%) Cucumber
5 11 (3.68%) Gradle
6 8 (2.68%) Appium
6 8 (2.68%) Selenium
6 8 (2.68%) Subversion
7 7 (2.34%) Visual Studio
8 6 (2.01%) GitLab
8 6 (2.01%) JUnit
8 6 (2.01%) Visual Studio Team System
9 5 (1.67%) JIRA
10 4 (1.34%) TestNG
10 4 (1.34%) Xcode
11 2 (0.67%) Axure RP
11 2 (0.67%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 2 (0.67%) Calabash
11 2 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 105 (35.12%) Finance
2 34 (11.37%) Marketing
3 24 (8.03%) Banking
4 13 (4.35%) Retail
5 11 (3.68%) Investment Banking
6 10 (3.34%) Games
6 10 (3.34%) Manufacturing
7 9 (3.01%) Telecoms
8 8 (2.68%) Back Office
8 8 (2.68%) Legal
9 7 (2.34%) Automotive
10 6 (2.01%) Electronics
11 5 (1.67%) Financial Institution
11 5 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (1.34%) Advertising
12 4 (1.34%) French Language
12 4 (1.34%) Front Office
12 4 (1.34%) Law
13 2 (0.67%) Billing
13 2 (0.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 75 (25.08%) Developer
2 37 (12.37%) Java Developer
3 24 (8.03%) Project Manager
4 23 (7.69%) Analyst
5 22 (7.36%) Consultant
6 21 (7.02%) Architect
7 18 (6.02%) Data Scientist
8 16 (5.35%) Senior Developer
9 14 (4.68%) Security Engineer
10 12 (4.01%) Senior Java Developer
11 11 (3.68%) Investment Banking Java Developer
11 11 (3.68%) IT Manager
11 11 (3.68%) Senior Investment Banking Java Developer
12 9 (3.01%) Core Java Developer
13 8 (2.68%) Business Analyst
13 8 (2.68%) Data Engineer
13 8 (2.68%) Senior Manager
14 7 (2.34%) Cloud Engineer
14 7 (2.34%) Java Engineer
15 6 (2.01%) Computer Scientist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (8.70%) Spring
2 19 (6.35%) Web Services
3 18 (6.02%) TensorFlow
4 16 (5.35%) REST
4 16 (5.35%) XML
5 14 (4.68%) RESTful
6 11 (3.68%) Hibernate
6 11 (3.68%) JMS
6 11 (3.68%) XSD
7 10 (3.34%) Theano
8 9 (3.01%) Kafka
9 8 (2.68%) .NET
9 8 (2.68%) Keras
10 7 (2.34%) MXNet
10 7 (2.34%) OpenCV
11 6 (2.01%) CNTK
11 6 (2.01%) HTML
11 6 (2.01%) React Native
11 6 (2.01%) Ruby on Rails
11 6 (2.01%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 155 (51.84%) Computer Science
2 50 (16.72%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (14.72%) Algorithms
4 26 (8.70%) Management Information System
5 19 (6.35%) User Experience
6 15 (5.02%) Data Centre
7 11 (3.68%) Greenfield Project
8 10 (3.34%) Hedge funds
8 10 (3.34%) PMI
8 10 (3.34%) Virtual Team
9 9 (3.01%) Data Structures
9 9 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (3.01%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (2.01%) Clustering
11 5 (1.67%) Credit Risk
11 5 (1.67%) Fintech
11 5 (1.67%) iPhone
12 4 (1.34%) iPad
12 4 (1.34%) Mobile App
12 4 (1.34%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 30 (10.03%) Linux
2 18 (6.02%) Apple iOS
3 13 (4.35%) Android
4 8 (2.68%) Windows
5 6 (2.01%) Unix
6 2 (0.67%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (0.33%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.33%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.33%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (38.80%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (22.74%) Scrum
3 51 (17.06%) Problem-Solving
4 47 (15.72%) Data Science
5 46 (15.38%) Project Management
6 45 (15.05%) Analytics
7 40 (13.38%) Mathematics
8 34 (11.37%) Machine Learning
9 32 (10.70%) TDD
10 31 (10.37%) Software Engineering
11 29 (9.70%) SDLC
12 26 (8.70%) ITIL
13 25 (8.36%) Multithreading
14 24 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
14 24 (8.03%) Kanban
14 24 (8.03%) OO
14 24 (8.03%) Open Source
15 23 (7.69%) OOP
15 23 (7.69%) Physics
15 23 (7.69%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 77 (25.75%) Python
2 69 (23.08%) Java
3 59 (19.73%) SQL
4 34 (11.37%) JavaScript
5 26 (8.70%) C++
6 24 (8.03%) Java 8
7 20 (6.69%) Bash Shell
7 20 (6.69%) Scala
8 18 (6.02%) C
9 17 (5.69%) C#
10 15 (5.02%) R
10 15 (5.02%) Ruby
11 11 (3.68%) Apple Swift
11 11 (3.68%) Groovy
11 11 (3.68%) XPath
12 8 (2.68%) Go
13 7 (2.34%) Perl
14 6 (2.01%) ES6
14 6 (2.01%) MATLAB
15 4 (1.34%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 299 (100.00%) Degree
2 73 (24.41%) Computer Science Degree
3 23 (7.69%) PMI Certification
3 23 (7.69%) PMP
4 21 (7.02%) MBA
5 20 (6.69%) Security Cleared
6 19 (6.35%) PhD
7 14 (4.68%) SC Cleared
8 10 (3.34%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (3.01%) CISSP
10 8 (2.68%) CCNA
10 8 (2.68%) CISM
10 8 (2.68%) MCSE
10 8 (2.68%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (2.68%) Numerate Degree
11 6 (2.01%) CCIE
11 6 (2.01%) CCSA
11 6 (2.01%) ISEB
12 5 (1.67%) CCSP
12 5 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.69%) QA
2 8 (2.68%) GDPR
3 5 (1.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (1.34%) IFRS
4 4 (1.34%) IFRS 9
4 4 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.34%) PMO
5 3 (1.00%) COBIT
5 3 (1.00%) JSP 440
5 3 (1.00%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.33%) COSO
6 1 (0.33%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.33%) GCP
6 1 (0.33%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.33%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.33%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (6.02%) Docker
2 7 (2.34%) Apache Flume
3 3 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.67%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (4.01%) Terraform
2 11 (3.68%) Ansible
3 9 (3.01%) Kubernetes
4 8 (2.68%) Puppet
5 7 (2.34%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (2.01%) Salt
7 4 (1.34%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (1.00%) QRadar
9 2 (0.67%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.67%) Grafana
9 2 (0.67%) Kibana
9 2 (0.67%) Mesos
9 2 (0.67%) Nagios
10 1 (0.33%) Graphite
10 1 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.33%) logstash
10 1 (0.33%) NetCrunch
10 1 (0.33%) StatsD
10 1 (0.33%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 34 (11.37%) Microsoft
2 27 (9.03%) SAP
3 25 (8.36%) Oracle
4 12 (4.01%) Alteryx
4 12 (4.01%) Google
4 12 (4.01%) Talend
5 9 (3.01%) Cisco
6 7 (2.34%) CheckPoint
7 5 (1.67%) Fortinet
7 5 (1.67%) Juniper
8 4 (1.34%) Adobe
8 4 (1.34%) Apple
8 4 (1.34%) Interwoven
8 4 (1.34%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.00%) Capita
9 3 (1.00%) EMC
9 3 (1.00%) IBM
9 3 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (1.00%) TIBCO
9 3 (1.00%) VMware