Period
to 18 October 2021

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 18 October 2021 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 562 424 577
Rank change year-on-year -138 +153 +31
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 255 107 253
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.35% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 1.40% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 47 149
10th Percentile £348 £335 £309
25th Percentile £411 £403 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £501 £500 £550
Median % change year-on-year +0.10% -9.09% +10.00%
75th Percentile £619 £650 £688
90th Percentile £700 £760 £825
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £451 £413
% change year-on-year +10.80% +9.39% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 6
10th Percentile £47.75 £37.53 £35.25
25th Percentile £48.03 £42.68 £42.50
Median hourly rate £63.38 £52.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +20.71% +16.67% +19.21%
75th Percentile £80.00 £57.50 £47.50
90th Percentile " £59.75 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £64.25 £47.66 £45.00
% change year-on-year +34.80% +5.92% +19.21%

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 15,621 7,664 17,000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.63% 24.83% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,129 5,151 10,818
10th Percentile £313 £290 £261
25th Percentile £413 £387 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £644 £649
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £461 £441
% change year-on-year +2.98% +4.59% +6.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 693 301 772
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.04 £14.01
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £54.00 £48.17 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.53 £61.25 £59.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% -31.25% +73.91%

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree.

Daily rate trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree.

Hourly rate trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Top 17 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 18 October 2021. 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 -140 214 £525 +5.00% 133
London -169 120 £563 +12.50% 59
UK excluding London -97 90 £500 +10.80% 83
Work from Home -198 63 £506 +6.42% 25
South East -54 46 £500 - 24
North of England -68 13 £575 -11.54% 13
South West - 10 £500 - 11
East of England -45 8 £337 -22.48% 19
North West -52 8 £428 - 7
Scotland - 7 £400 - 6
Yorkshire -48 4 £588 -9.62% 3
Midlands -76 4 £625 +71.23% 6
East Midlands -37 3 £600 +64.38%
North East - 1 - - 3
Wales - 1 £325 - 3
West Midlands - 1 £750 - 6
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, 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.

1 255 (100.00%) Degree
2 134 (52.55%) Computer Science
3 114 (44.71%) Social Skills
4 103 (40.39%) Agile Software Development
5 92 (36.08%) Finance
6 68 (26.67%) Project Management
7 67 (26.27%) Analytical Skills
8 64 (25.10%) Computer Science Degree
8 64 (25.10%) Problem-Solving
9 52 (20.39%) Azure
10 51 (20.00%) Python
11 44 (17.25%) Analytics
12 41 (16.08%) Presentation Skills
12 41 (16.08%) Microsoft
13 39 (15.29%) DevOps
14 36 (14.12%) Java
15 34 (13.33%) JavaScript
16 31 (12.16%) SQL
16 31 (12.16%) Scrum
17 29 (11.37%) User Experience
17 29 (11.37%) React
18 28 (10.98%) HTML
19 26 (10.20%) Validation
19 26 (10.20%) Algorithms
20 25 (9.80%) Telecoms
21 24 (9.41%) CSS
21 24 (9.41%) AngularJS
21 24 (9.41%) Influencing Skills
21 24 (9.41%) Data Science
22 23 (9.02%) Decision-Making

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 (4.71%) Confluence
2 10 (3.92%) SAS
3 8 (3.14%) Apache
3 8 (3.14%) SharePoint
4 6 (2.35%) Tomcat
5 5 (1.96%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.18%) CICS
6 3 (1.18%) CMS
6 3 (1.18%) Jupyter
6 3 (1.18%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.39%) Apache Pig
7 1 (0.39%) Apache Qpid
7 1 (0.39%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.39%) OpenStack
Applications
1 19 (7.45%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (7.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (4.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (3.14%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (2.35%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.78%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.78%) Revit
7 1 (0.39%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 5 (1.96%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 3 (1.18%) SAP MDG
3 2 (0.78%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.39%) SAP EWM
4 1 (0.39%) SAP LE
4 1 (0.39%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.39%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.39%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.39%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 52 (20.39%) Azure
2 18 (7.06%) AWS
3 8 (3.14%) Power Platform
4 5 (1.96%) Collibra
4 5 (1.96%) GCP
5 4 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (1.57%) GitHub
5 4 (1.57%) SaaS
6 3 (1.18%) Azure Pipelines
6 3 (1.18%) IaaS
6 3 (1.18%) Serverless
7 2 (0.78%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.78%) Azure Machine Learning
7 2 (0.78%) Google Workspace
7 2 (0.78%) iPaaS
7 2 (0.78%) Microsoft 365
7 2 (0.78%) PaaS
7 2 (0.78%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 2 (0.78%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 13 (5.10%) Firewall
2 12 (4.71%) 5G
3 11 (4.31%) LAN
3 11 (4.31%) WAN
4 10 (3.92%) 2G
4 10 (3.92%) 4G
5 8 (3.14%) 3G
5 8 (3.14%) Node B
5 8 (3.14%) Radio Access Network
5 8 (3.14%) RNC
6 7 (2.75%) Network Security
7 6 (2.35%) HTTP
7 6 (2.35%) Wireless
8 3 (1.18%) LTE
8 3 (1.18%) MVNO
8 3 (1.18%) Unified Communications
8 3 (1.18%) VoLTE
8 3 (1.18%) VoWiFi
8 3 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (1.18%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.49%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.71%) Big Data
2 12 (4.71%) Data Lake
3 10 (3.92%) NoSQL
4 9 (3.53%) Tableau
5 8 (3.14%) Apache Cassandra
5 8 (3.14%) Power BI
5 8 (3.14%) Relational Database
6 7 (2.75%) Data Mining
6 7 (2.75%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.75%) Parquet
7 6 (2.35%) DB2
7 6 (2.35%) QlikView
8 5 (1.96%) Spotfire
8 5 (1.96%) Text Mining
9 4 (1.57%) Metadata
9 4 (1.57%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (1.18%) Hadoop
10 3 (1.18%) MySQL
11 2 (0.78%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 23 (9.02%) Git (software)
2 21 (8.24%) JIRA
3 13 (5.10%) GitLab
3 13 (5.10%) Jenkins
4 8 (3.14%) Jasmine
4 8 (3.14%) Karma Test Runner
5 7 (2.75%) Maven
6 6 (2.35%) webpack
7 5 (1.96%) Subversion
8 3 (1.18%) Babel
8 3 (1.18%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (1.18%) Visual Studio
8 3 (1.18%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.78%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.78%) JMeter
9 2 (0.78%) Mocha
9 2 (0.78%) Rational Rhapsody
9 2 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.78%) TestRail
10 1 (0.39%) JUnit
General
1 114 (44.71%) Social Skills
2 92 (36.08%) Finance
3 67 (26.27%) Analytical Skills
4 41 (16.08%) Presentation Skills
5 25 (9.80%) Telecoms
6 24 (9.41%) Influencing Skills
7 20 (7.84%) Banking
8 17 (6.67%) Manufacturing
9 14 (5.49%) Marketing
9 14 (5.49%) Public Sector
10 11 (4.31%) Legal
11 10 (3.92%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (2.35%) Financial Institution
12 6 (2.35%) German Language
13 5 (1.96%) French Language
13 5 (1.96%) Retail
14 4 (1.57%) Aerospace
14 4 (1.57%) Electronics
15 3 (1.18%) Advertising
15 3 (1.18%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 44 (17.25%) Developer
2 22 (8.63%) Architect
3 15 (5.88%) Java Developer
4 14 (5.49%) Consultant
5 11 (4.31%) Project Manager
5 11 (4.31%) Solutions Architect
6 10 (3.92%) Data Engineer
6 10 (3.92%) Mobile Engineer
6 10 (3.92%) Systems Engineer
7 9 (3.53%) Analyst
7 9 (3.53%) Full Stack Developer
7 9 (3.53%) IT Manager
7 9 (3.53%) User Experience Researcher
8 8 (3.14%) Machine Learning Engineer
9 7 (2.75%) Software Engineer
10 6 (2.35%) C# Developer
10 6 (2.35%) Design Engineer
10 6 (2.35%) Designer
10 6 (2.35%) Senior Developer
10 6 (2.35%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (11.37%) React
2 28 (10.98%) HTML
3 24 (9.41%) AngularJS
3 24 (9.41%) CSS
4 20 (7.84%) REST
5 16 (6.27%) SOAP
5 16 (6.27%) Spring
6 15 (5.88%) .NET
7 13 (5.10%) D3.js
7 13 (5.10%) HTML5
7 13 (5.10%) JSON
7 13 (5.10%) RESTful
7 13 (5.10%) Web Services
7 13 (5.10%) XML
8 12 (4.71%) Kafka
8 12 (4.71%) Node.js
9 11 (4.31%) Middleware
10 10 (3.92%) CSS3
11 8 (3.14%) TensorFlow
12 7 (2.75%) Keras
Miscellaneous
1 29 (11.37%) User Experience
2 26 (10.20%) Algorithms
3 20 (7.84%) Management Information System
4 15 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (4.31%) Data Centre
5 11 (4.31%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (3.14%) NHS
7 7 (2.75%) Data Protection Act
7 7 (2.75%) FMCG
8 6 (2.35%) Cloud Native
8 6 (2.35%) Hedge funds
8 6 (2.35%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.96%) e-Learning
10 4 (1.57%) Data Structures
10 4 (1.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 4 (1.57%) PKI
10 4 (1.57%) Social Media
10 4 (1.57%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.18%) Digital Media
11 3 (1.18%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.02%) Linux
1 23 (9.02%) Windows
2 13 (5.10%) Unix
3 6 (2.35%) Android
3 6 (2.35%) Apple iOS
4 4 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.78%) FreeRTOS
6 1 (0.39%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (52.55%) Computer Science
2 103 (40.39%) Agile Software Development
3 68 (26.67%) Project Management
4 64 (25.10%) Problem-Solving
5 44 (17.25%) Analytics
6 39 (15.29%) DevOps
7 31 (12.16%) Scrum
8 26 (10.20%) Validation
9 24 (9.41%) Data Science
10 23 (9.02%) Decision-Making
10 23 (9.02%) Machine Learning
10 23 (9.02%) Product Management
10 23 (9.02%) Stakeholder Management
11 22 (8.63%) Visualisation
12 21 (8.24%) Mathematics
12 21 (8.24%) OO
13 20 (7.84%) Microservices
13 20 (7.84%) Project Delivery
13 20 (7.84%) Prototyping
13 20 (7.84%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 51 (20.00%) Python
2 36 (14.12%) Java
3 34 (13.33%) JavaScript
4 31 (12.16%) SQL
5 15 (5.88%) C#
5 15 (5.88%) R
6 13 (5.10%) TypeScript
7 12 (4.71%) C++
8 9 (3.53%) C
9 6 (2.35%) Ruby
10 5 (1.96%) Julia
10 5 (1.96%) MATLAB
11 4 (1.57%) Go
11 4 (1.57%) PHP
11 4 (1.57%) PowerShell
11 4 (1.57%) Scala
12 3 (1.18%) COBOL
12 3 (1.18%) JCL
12 3 (1.18%) Perl
12 3 (1.18%) XAML
Qualifications
1 255 (100.00%) Degree
2 64 (25.10%) Computer Science Degree
3 20 (7.84%) PMI Certification
4 18 (7.06%) PMP
5 10 (3.92%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (3.92%) MBA
6 8 (3.14%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (3.14%) PhD
6 8 (3.14%) Security Cleared
7 7 (2.75%) CCNA
7 7 (2.75%) CCNP
8 5 (1.96%) CISSP
9 3 (1.18%) CEH
9 3 (1.18%) Numerate Degree
9 3 (1.18%) RHCA
9 3 (1.18%) SC Cleared
9 3 (1.18%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.78%) BICSI Certification
10 2 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.78%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.27%) QA
2 13 (5.10%) PMO
3 11 (4.31%) Data Quality
4 9 (3.53%) GDPR
5 4 (1.57%) GRC
6 3 (1.18%) GxP
6 3 (1.18%) PCI DSS
6 3 (1.18%) SLA
7 2 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.78%) NIST 800
8 1 (0.39%) Accessibility
8 1 (0.39%) GAAP
8 1 (0.39%) HL7
8 1 (0.39%) IFRS
8 1 (0.39%) NIST
8 1 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.39%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 13 (5.10%) Docker
2 7 (2.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.35%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (1.18%) Active Directory
4 3 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (1.18%) vSphere
5 1 (0.39%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.39%) XenApp
5 1 (0.39%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (5.10%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.96%) HP ALM
2 5 (1.96%) Tivoli
3 4 (1.57%) Ansible
3 4 (1.57%) Terraform
4 3 (1.18%) Puppet
5 2 (0.78%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (0.78%) Icinga
5 2 (0.78%) NSN NetAct
5 2 (0.78%) Prometheus
5 2 (0.78%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.39%) Nessus
6 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.39%) SCCM
Vendors
1 41 (16.08%) Microsoft
2 14 (5.49%) SAP
3 13 (5.10%) Databricks
4 12 (4.71%) Cisco
4 12 (4.71%) Salesforce.com
5 10 (3.92%) HP
5 10 (3.92%) IBM
6 8 (3.14%) Ericsson
6 8 (3.14%) Juniper
6 8 (3.14%) Mapinfo
6 8 (3.14%) Remedy
6 8 (3.14%) ServiceNow
7 7 (2.75%) Atlassian
7 7 (2.75%) MuleSoft
7 7 (2.75%) VMware
8 6 (2.35%) Huawei
8 6 (2.35%) Nokia Networks
8 6 (2.35%) Twitter
9 5 (1.96%) BMC
9 5 (1.96%) Workday