Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 592 642 591
Rank change year-on-year +50 -51 +24
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 313 225 326
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.23% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 1.21% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 153 196
UK median daily rate £505 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.32% - +1.06%
10th Percentile £310 £290 £262
90th Percentile £675 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £388 £340
% change year-on-year - +13.97% +0.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 1
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £34.93 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.66% +18.41% +1.72%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.75 - £29.50

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 19,198 18,588 22,554
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.61% 18.72% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,366 11,299 14,005
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 958 896 857
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +19.57%
10th Percentile £12.60 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.06 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.47% +9.09% +13.10%

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 17 October 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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 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 +48 298 £511 +7.63% 134
London +45 186 £550 +4.76% 61
UK excluding London +18 119 £388 - 81
South East +16 55 £388 -0.64% 24
Midlands -23 20 £343 +7.03% 15
East Midlands +11 19 £343 +42.71% 9
North of England -22 19 £625 +51.52% 13
South West -19 10 £513 +5.13% 5
North East +7 8 £638 +41.67% 2
North West -13 8 £400 -11.11% 6
East of England -2 7 £300 -4.00% 16
Wales -11 4 £450 -
Scotland -16 3 £420 +30.03% 8
Yorkshire -19 3 £750 +108.33% 5
West Midlands -28 1 - - 6
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 313 (100.00%) Degree
2 189 (60.38%) Computer Science
3 139 (44.41%) Agile Software Development
4 109 (34.82%) Finance
5 92 (29.39%) Computer Science Degree
6 77 (24.60%) Python
7 64 (20.45%) Java
8 63 (20.13%) Analytical Skills
9 61 (19.49%) Algorithms
10 57 (18.21%) Scrum
11 52 (16.61%) Problem-Solving
12 49 (15.65%) Data Science
13 46 (14.70%) SQL
14 45 (14.38%) Mathematics
15 43 (13.74%) Project Management
16 42 (13.42%) Machine Learning
16 42 (13.42%) Analytics
17 39 (12.46%) SDLC
18 36 (11.50%) Linux
18 36 (11.50%) Marketing
19 35 (11.18%) Amazon AWS
20 34 (10.86%) Software Engineering
21 33 (10.54%) JavaScript
21 33 (10.54%) Microsoft
22 31 (9.90%) C#
23 27 (8.63%) MBA
23 27 (8.63%) OOP
23 27 (8.63%) Continuous Integration
24 26 (8.31%) TDD
24 26 (8.31%) Statistics

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 (6.71%) Apache Spark
2 20 (6.39%) SAS
3 16 (5.11%) SharePoint
4 13 (4.15%) Ethereum
4 13 (4.15%) Hyperledger
5 8 (2.56%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (2.24%) CMS
7 6 (1.92%) Apache
7 6 (1.92%) Apache Airflow
7 6 (1.92%) Confluence
7 6 (1.92%) Drupal
8 5 (1.60%) Apache Qpid
8 5 (1.60%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.96%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.64%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
11 1 (0.32%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 15 (4.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (4.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
4 9 (2.88%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (2.56%) SPSS
6 6 (1.92%) MS Visio
7 4 (1.28%) InVision
8 1 (0.32%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.32%) Pixate
8 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (4.15%) Distributed Ledger
1 13 (4.15%) R3 Corda
2 2 (0.64%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.64%) SAP BPC
2 2 (0.64%) SAP CO
2 2 (0.64%) SAP FI
2 2 (0.64%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (0.64%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.32%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.32%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.32%) Primavera
3 1 (0.32%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.32%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 35 (11.18%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (3.83%) Serverless
3 11 (3.51%) AWS Lambda
4 10 (3.19%) Microsoft Azure
5 7 (2.24%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (1.60%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (1.60%) Amazon S3
6 5 (1.60%) Office 365
7 4 (1.28%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 4 (1.28%) Amazon EMR
7 4 (1.28%) PaaS
7 4 (1.28%) SaaS
8 3 (0.96%) BrowserStack
8 3 (0.96%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.96%) IaaS
9 2 (0.64%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.64%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.32%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.15%) Firewall
2 8 (2.56%) VPN
3 6 (1.92%) Internet
4 4 (1.28%) Intranet
5 3 (0.96%) 4G
5 3 (0.96%) IPsec
5 3 (0.96%) Skype
5 3 (0.96%) SNMP
5 3 (0.96%) SSL
5 3 (0.96%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.96%) WAN
6 2 (0.64%) Broadband
6 2 (0.64%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.32%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.32%) BGP
7 1 (0.32%) DMZ
7 1 (0.32%) DVB
7 1 (0.32%) SMS
7 1 (0.32%) SMTP
7 1 (0.32%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (8.31%) Relational Database
2 24 (7.67%) Big Data
3 22 (7.03%) SQL Server
4 21 (6.71%) Hadoop
5 19 (6.07%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (5.11%) DB2
7 15 (4.79%) Blockchain
7 15 (4.79%) Redis
8 12 (3.83%) Apache Hive
9 11 (3.51%) Oracle Database
9 11 (3.51%) RDBMS
10 8 (2.56%) Apache Cassandra
10 8 (2.56%) DB2 UDB
10 8 (2.56%) Oracle Database 10g
10 8 (2.56%) Oracle Database 11g
10 8 (2.56%) Snowflake Schema
10 8 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
10 8 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (2.24%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 25 (7.99%) Git (software)
2 16 (5.11%) Jenkins
3 15 (4.79%) JIRA
4 14 (4.47%) Cucumber
4 14 (4.47%) Maven
5 13 (4.15%) Selenium
6 9 (2.88%) Appium
7 6 (1.92%) WebDriver
8 5 (1.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (1.60%) Eclipse
8 5 (1.60%) GitLab
8 5 (1.60%) Gradle
8 5 (1.60%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.96%) JMeter
9 3 (0.96%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.96%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.64%) Axure RP
10 2 (0.64%) Balsamiq Mockups
10 2 (0.64%) Bitbucket
General
1 109 (34.82%) Finance
2 36 (11.50%) Marketing
3 26 (8.31%) Telecoms
4 25 (7.99%) Banking
5 15 (4.79%) Manufacturing
5 15 (4.79%) Retail
6 13 (4.15%) Pharmaceutical
7 8 (2.56%) Electronics
8 7 (2.24%) Investment Banking
9 6 (1.92%) Back Office
9 6 (1.92%) Financial Institution
9 6 (1.92%) Legal
10 4 (1.28%) Advertising
10 4 (1.28%) Automotive
10 4 (1.28%) Games
11 3 (0.96%) Front Office
11 3 (0.96%) Law
11 3 (0.96%) Private Banking
12 2 (0.64%) Corporate Banking
12 2 (0.64%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 84 (26.84%) Developer
2 35 (11.18%) Analyst
3 31 (9.90%) Java Developer
4 26 (8.31%) Consultant
5 22 (7.03%) Project Manager
6 16 (5.11%) Python Engineer
7 15 (4.79%) Security Engineer
8 14 (4.47%) Architect
8 14 (4.47%) Data Scientist
9 13 (4.15%) C# Developer
10 10 (3.19%) Blockchain Consultant
10 10 (3.19%) Business Analyst
10 10 (3.19%) Cloud Engineer
11 9 (2.88%) Software Engineer
12 8 (2.56%) .NET Developer
12 8 (2.56%) Designer
12 8 (2.56%) Informatica Developer
12 8 (2.56%) IT Manager
12 8 (2.56%) Senior Developer
12 8 (2.56%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (6.71%) Spring
2 19 (6.07%) TensorFlow
3 16 (5.11%) Web Services
4 15 (4.79%) Kafka
4 15 (4.79%) RabbitMQ
4 15 (4.79%) REST
5 14 (4.47%) HTML
6 13 (4.15%) XML
7 12 (3.83%) Caffe
7 12 (3.83%) Keras
8 11 (3.51%) Node.js
9 10 (3.19%) .NET
9 10 (3.19%) Middleware
10 8 (2.56%) AngularJS
10 8 (2.56%) ASP.NET
10 8 (2.56%) Celery
10 8 (2.56%) Flask
10 8 (2.56%) SOAP
11 7 (2.24%) ASP.NET Web API
11 7 (2.24%) NumPy
Miscellaneous
1 189 (60.38%) Computer Science
2 63 (20.13%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (19.49%) Algorithms
4 24 (7.67%) Management Information System
5 19 (6.07%) User Experience
6 17 (5.43%) PMI
7 15 (4.79%) Fintech
8 13 (4.15%) Bitcoin
8 13 (4.15%) Blog
8 13 (4.15%) Data Centre
9 12 (3.83%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (3.19%) Data Structures
10 10 (3.19%) Greenfield Project
11 9 (2.88%) Credit Risk
11 9 (2.88%) Hedge funds
11 9 (2.88%) Social Media
12 8 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (2.56%) PKI
13 6 (1.92%) Fixed Income
14 5 (1.60%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 36 (11.50%) Linux
2 14 (4.47%) Android
3 13 (4.15%) Apple iOS
4 12 (3.83%) Windows
5 7 (2.24%) Unix
6 3 (0.96%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.96%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.64%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (0.64%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (44.41%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (18.21%) Scrum
3 52 (16.61%) Problem-Solving
4 49 (15.65%) Data Science
5 45 (14.38%) Mathematics
6 43 (13.74%) Project Management
7 42 (13.42%) Analytics
7 42 (13.42%) Machine Learning
8 39 (12.46%) SDLC
9 34 (10.86%) Software Engineering
10 27 (8.63%) Continuous Integration
10 27 (8.63%) OOP
11 26 (8.31%) Statistics
11 26 (8.31%) TDD
12 25 (7.99%) Matrix Organization
12 25 (7.99%) Microservices
13 24 (7.67%) Validation
14 23 (7.35%) OO
14 23 (7.35%) Open Source
14 23 (7.35%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 77 (24.60%) Python
2 64 (20.45%) Java
3 46 (14.70%) SQL
4 33 (10.54%) JavaScript
5 31 (9.90%) C#
6 25 (7.99%) C++
7 20 (6.39%) R
8 19 (6.07%) Scala
9 13 (4.15%) Bash Shell
9 13 (4.15%) Solidity
10 10 (3.19%) C
10 10 (3.19%) MATLAB
10 10 (3.19%) Perl
11 9 (2.88%) Java 8
12 8 (2.56%) Ruby
13 7 (2.24%) COBOL
13 7 (2.24%) Go
14 6 (1.92%) Apple Swift
14 6 (1.92%) Groovy
15 5 (1.60%) AWK
Qualifications
1 313 (100.00%) Degree
2 92 (29.39%) Computer Science Degree
3 27 (8.63%) MBA
4 26 (8.31%) PhD
4 26 (8.31%) PMP
5 24 (7.67%) PMI Certification
6 22 (7.03%) Security Cleared
7 16 (5.11%) SC Cleared
8 8 (2.56%) Numerate Degree
9 7 (2.24%) CISM
9 7 (2.24%) CISSP
10 5 (1.60%) CIMA
10 5 (1.60%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (1.60%) ISEB
10 5 (1.60%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.28%) ACCA
11 4 (1.28%) CCSP
11 4 (1.28%) CISA
11 4 (1.28%) JNCIP
11 4 (1.28%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.75%) QA
2 6 (1.92%) IFRS
3 5 (1.60%) IFRS 9
4 4 (1.28%) GDPR
4 4 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.96%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.96%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.96%) PMO
5 3 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.64%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.64%) PMBOK
6 2 (0.64%) SLA
7 1 (0.32%) EMIR
7 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 1 (0.32%) MiFID
System Software
1 25 (7.99%) Docker
2 3 (0.96%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.32%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.32%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.32%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (5.43%) Ansible
1 17 (5.43%) Puppet
2 16 (5.11%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (4.15%) Terraform
4 10 (3.19%) Salt
5 9 (2.88%) Kubernetes
6 6 (1.92%) Nagios
7 4 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.64%) Mesos
9 1 (0.32%) CSIRT
9 1 (0.32%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.32%) Grafana
9 1 (0.32%) Graphite
9 1 (0.32%) Kibana
9 1 (0.32%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.32%) RSA Archer
9 1 (0.32%) RSA Security Analytics
9 1 (0.32%) StatsD
9 1 (0.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 33 (10.54%) Microsoft
2 26 (8.31%) Oracle
3 14 (4.47%) SAP
4 13 (4.15%) Google
5 11 (3.51%) Teradata
6 9 (2.88%) Cisco
7 8 (2.56%) Informatica
7 8 (2.56%) Netezza
8 7 (2.24%) TIBCO
9 6 (1.92%) Interwoven
10 4 (1.28%) Juniper
10 4 (1.28%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.28%) Talend
11 3 (0.96%) Atlassian
11 3 (0.96%) Fortinet
11 3 (0.96%) Tableau
12 2 (0.64%) Dell
12 2 (0.64%) HP
12 2 (0.64%) Sage
12 2 (0.64%) Temenos