Period
to 26 February 2020

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 February 2020 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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 524 558 588
Rank change year-on-year +34 +30 +6
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 204 337 306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.34% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.40% 1.75% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 218 195
UK median daily rate £475 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +5.00% +8.70%
10th Percentile £300 £324 £266
90th Percentile £695 £663 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £475 £330
% change year-on-year -21.58% +43.94% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 10
UK median hourly rate £49.64 £40.75 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.81% +30.40% -19.08%
10th Percentile £29.45 £27.63 £24.65
90th Percentile £57.50 £96.88 £70.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £33.25 £32.00
% change year-on-year +42.86% +3.91% -25.58%

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 14,604 19,253 19,131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.48% 19.43% 18.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,990 11,519 11,712
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £258 £260 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 659 909 847
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.70 £12.55 £12.15
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.35 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.72 £26.22
% change year-on-year +18.41% +9.54% -4.67%

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020. 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 +52 186 £475 -9.52% 124
London +64 110 £503 -4.29% 54
UK excluding London +86 83 £373 -21.58% 82
South East +78 57 £367 -7.03% 10
South West +32 8 £375 -31.82% 7
Scotland +17 6 £385 -9.41% 9
North of England +56 5 £368 -31.63% 8
Midlands +31 4 £205 -59.41% 23
West Midlands +48 3 £205 -62.73% 11
North West +27 3 - - 4
Wales +32 2 - - 3
Yorkshire +49 1 £368 -42.35% 3
East of England +26 1 - - 21
East Midlands +25 1 - - 11
North East +20 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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.

1 204 (100.00%) Degree
2 105 (51.47%) Computer Science
3 103 (50.49%) Agile Software Development
4 62 (30.39%) Python
5 51 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
6 50 (24.51%) Mathematics
7 48 (23.53%) Java
8 44 (21.57%) Analytics
9 43 (21.08%) Computer Science Degree
10 41 (20.10%) Git (software)
10 41 (20.10%) SQL
11 38 (18.63%) JavaScript
11 38 (18.63%) Data Science
12 36 (17.65%) Finance
13 32 (15.69%) Problem-Solving
14 31 (15.20%) Machine Learning
14 31 (15.20%) Azure
15 30 (14.71%) Test Automation
16 29 (14.22%) Security Cleared
16 29 (14.22%) Physics
17 28 (13.73%) Microsoft
18 26 (12.75%) Project Management
18 26 (12.75%) C#
18 26 (12.75%) Scrum
18 26 (12.75%) Artificial Intelligence
18 26 (12.75%) SC Cleared
18 26 (12.75%) Apache Spark
19 25 (12.25%) Big Data
20 24 (11.76%) Jenkins
20 24 (11.76%) Visualisation

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 26 (12.75%) Apache Spark
2 13 (6.37%) Apache
3 11 (5.39%) Jupyter
4 6 (2.94%) CMS
4 6 (2.94%) DNN
5 5 (2.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 5 (2.45%) SharePoint
6 4 (1.96%) IIS
7 3 (1.47%) Moodle
7 3 (1.47%) SAS
7 3 (1.47%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.98%) JBoss
8 2 (0.98%) Oracle Coherence
9 1 (0.49%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.49%) Confluence
9 1 (0.49%) Drupal
9 1 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 11 (5.39%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.43%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (2.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.47%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (1.47%) InVision
5 3 (1.47%) Sketch
6 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.49%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.47%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.98%) Oracle AML
2 2 (0.98%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (0.98%) SAP WM
3 1 (0.49%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.49%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.49%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.49%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.49%) SAP FI-GL
Cloud Services
1 31 (15.20%) Azure
2 17 (8.33%) GCP
3 10 (4.90%) GitHub
3 10 (4.90%) PaaS
4 8 (3.92%) AWS
4 8 (3.92%) Azure Machine Learning
5 5 (2.45%) Oracle Service Cloud
6 3 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (1.47%) SaaS
7 2 (0.98%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.98%) Datadog
7 2 (0.98%) Office 365
8 1 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.49%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.49%) Slack
8 1 (0.49%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.43%) WAN
2 5 (2.45%) LAN
3 4 (1.96%) 2G
3 4 (1.96%) 3G
3 4 (1.96%) 4G
3 4 (1.96%) Radio Access Network
3 4 (1.96%) RNC
4 3 (1.47%) 5G
4 3 (1.47%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (1.47%) SIGTRAN
5 2 (0.98%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.98%) HTTP
5 2 (0.98%) Internet
5 2 (0.98%) IPv6
5 2 (0.98%) Multicast
5 2 (0.98%) Network Security
5 2 (0.98%) Node B
5 2 (0.98%) VPN
6 1 (0.49%) MPLS
6 1 (0.49%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (12.25%) Big Data
2 13 (6.37%) NoSQL
3 9 (4.41%) GIS
4 8 (3.92%) Geospatial Data
4 8 (3.92%) SQL Server
5 7 (3.43%) Hadoop
5 7 (3.43%) MySQL
6 6 (2.94%) Flink
7 5 (2.45%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (2.45%) Jackrabbit
7 5 (2.45%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (1.47%) Apache Hive
9 3 (1.47%) Data Mining
9 3 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.47%) Redis
9 3 (1.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.98%) Hazelcast
10 2 (0.98%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 41 (20.10%) Git (software)
2 24 (11.76%) Jenkins
3 16 (7.84%) JIRA
4 9 (4.41%) Cucumber
5 6 (2.94%) Clang
6 5 (2.45%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (1.96%) Bower
7 4 (1.96%) Grunt
7 4 (1.96%) gulp
7 4 (1.96%) Selenium
8 3 (1.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (1.47%) JUnit
8 3 (1.47%) Postman
8 3 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (1.47%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.98%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.98%) Karma Test Runner
9 2 (0.98%) Maven
9 2 (0.98%) Mocha
9 2 (0.98%) Redmine
General
1 36 (17.65%) Finance
2 14 (6.86%) Marketing
3 12 (5.88%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.43%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.43%) Pharmaceutical
5 6 (2.94%) Banking
5 6 (2.94%) Front Office
5 6 (2.94%) Public Sector
6 4 (1.96%) Dutch Language
6 4 (1.96%) Legal
6 4 (1.96%) Military
6 4 (1.96%) Retail
7 3 (1.47%) Advertising
7 3 (1.47%) Electronics
7 3 (1.47%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.98%) Games
8 2 (0.98%) Publishing
8 2 (0.98%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.49%) Finnish Language
9 1 (0.49%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (19.12%) Developer
2 26 (12.75%) Analyst
3 25 (12.25%) Data Scientist
4 16 (7.84%) C# Developer
5 14 (6.86%) Architect
6 13 (6.37%) Software Engineer
7 12 (5.88%) Software Developer
8 10 (4.90%) .NET Developer
8 10 (4.90%) Java Developer
8 10 (4.90%) Test Analyst
9 9 (4.41%) Azure Developer
9 9 (4.41%) C# .NET Developer
9 9 (4.41%) C# Software Developer
10 8 (3.92%) .NET Software Developer
10 8 (3.92%) Data Engineer
10 8 (3.92%) Machine Learning Scientist
10 8 (3.92%) Project Manager
11 7 (3.43%) Data Analyst
11 7 (3.43%) Senior Data Scientist
11 7 (3.43%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (10.78%) Pandas
2 21 (10.29%) HTML
3 19 (9.31%) React
3 19 (9.31%) TensorFlow
4 16 (7.84%) .NET
5 14 (6.86%) Kafka
6 13 (6.37%) CSS
6 13 (6.37%) NumPy
6 13 (6.37%) PySpark
6 13 (6.37%) REST
6 13 (6.37%) scikit-learn
7 12 (5.88%) AngularJS
8 11 (5.39%) HTML5
8 11 (5.39%) Keras
8 11 (5.39%) Spring
9 9 (4.41%) MLlib
9 9 (4.41%) SciPy
10 8 (3.92%) RESTful
10 8 (3.92%) XML
11 7 (3.43%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (9.31%) Algorithms
3 13 (6.37%) User Experience
4 9 (4.41%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.94%) Lidar
5 6 (2.94%) Smart City
5 6 (2.94%) Virtual Team
6 5 (2.45%) Data Structures
6 5 (2.45%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (2.45%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.45%) Social Media
7 4 (1.96%) Life Science
8 3 (1.47%) Digital Media
8 3 (1.47%) e-Learning
8 3 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (1.47%) PMI
9 2 (0.98%) Acoustics
9 2 (0.98%) Digital Signage
9 2 (0.98%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 11 (5.39%) Linux
2 10 (4.90%) Unix
3 4 (1.96%) Windows
4 2 (0.98%) Android
4 2 (0.98%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (51.47%) Computer Science
2 103 (50.49%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (24.51%) Mathematics
4 44 (21.57%) Analytics
5 38 (18.63%) Data Science
6 32 (15.69%) Problem-Solving
7 31 (15.20%) Machine Learning
8 30 (14.71%) Test Automation
9 29 (14.22%) Physics
10 26 (12.75%) Artificial Intelligence
10 26 (12.75%) Project Management
10 26 (12.75%) Scrum
11 24 (11.76%) DevOps
11 24 (11.76%) Software Engineering
11 24 (11.76%) Visualisation
12 23 (11.27%) Statistics
13 22 (10.78%) Scenario Testing
14 21 (10.29%) Microservices
15 20 (9.80%) Test Scripting
16 19 (9.31%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 62 (30.39%) Python
2 48 (23.53%) Java
3 41 (20.10%) SQL
4 38 (18.63%) JavaScript
5 26 (12.75%) C#
6 19 (9.31%) Scala
7 16 (7.84%) R
8 11 (5.39%) C++
9 7 (3.43%) TypeScript
10 6 (2.94%) Objective-C
11 5 (2.45%) C
11 5 (2.45%) Haskell
11 5 (2.45%) Java 8
11 5 (2.45%) Kotlin
12 4 (1.96%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.47%) Ruby
13 3 (1.47%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.98%) Perl
14 2 (0.98%) VBA
15 1 (0.49%) PHP
Qualifications
1 204 (100.00%) Degree
2 43 (21.08%) Computer Science Degree
3 29 (14.22%) Security Cleared
4 26 (12.75%) SC Cleared
5 23 (11.27%) PhD
6 16 (7.84%) Numerate Degree
7 7 (3.43%) CISM
7 7 (3.43%) CISSP
8 6 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (2.94%) PMI Certification
8 6 (2.94%) PMP
9 5 (2.45%) GIAC
10 4 (1.96%) CCNA
10 4 (1.96%) CCNP
10 4 (1.96%) MBA
11 3 (1.47%) IISP
11 3 (1.47%) SANS
12 2 (0.98%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 2 (0.98%) ISTQB
12 2 (0.98%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (8.82%) QA
2 6 (2.94%) PMO
3 4 (1.96%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.47%) Data Quality
4 3 (1.47%) SLA
5 2 (0.98%) GDPR
5 2 (0.98%) GxP
6 1 (0.49%) IFRS
6 1 (0.49%) IFRS 9
6 1 (0.49%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 22 (10.78%) Docker
2 2 (0.98%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.49%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 7 (3.43%) Kubernetes
2 3 (1.47%) Kubeflow
2 3 (1.47%) Terraform
3 2 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.98%) Nagios
4 1 (0.49%) Ansible
4 1 (0.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.49%) HP Fortify
4 1 (0.49%) Netcool
4 1 (0.49%) OPNET
4 1 (0.49%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.49%) QRadar
4 1 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 28 (13.73%) Microsoft
2 24 (11.76%) Oracle
3 16 (7.84%) Tableau
4 12 (5.88%) Google
5 9 (4.41%) Databricks
5 9 (4.41%) StreamSets
6 8 (3.92%) Adobe
6 8 (3.92%) SAP
7 5 (2.45%) Perforce
8 4 (1.96%) Cloudera
8 4 (1.96%) Ericsson
8 4 (1.96%) Huawei
8 4 (1.96%) Remedy
9 3 (1.47%) Nokia Networks
10 2 (0.98%) CA
10 2 (0.98%) Mapinfo
10 2 (0.98%) Splunk
11 1 (0.49%) Cisco
11 1 (0.49%) Cognos
11 1 (0.49%) Juniper