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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 3 July 2022 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
3 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 619 537 468
Rank change year-on-year -82 -69 +97
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 248 203 126
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.31% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.40% 1.55% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 116 65
10th Percentile £363 £345 £308
25th Percentile £469 £412 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +15.00% +5.26% -9.52%
75th Percentile £750 £613 £600
90th Percentile £825 £675 £770
UK excluding London median daily rate £515 £500 £400
% change year-on-year +3.00% +25.00% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 3
10th Percentile £20.96 £49.13 £28.45
25th Percentile £28.63 £53.34 £36.25
Median hourly rate £45.50 £63.38 £50.50
Median % change year-on-year -28.21% +25.50% -8.18%
75th Percentile £54.69 £77.50 £52.38
90th Percentile £60.50 £80.00 £52.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £80.00 £38.25
% change year-on-year -65.00% +109.15% -27.14%

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 17,776 13,063 9,933
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.98% 19.69% 24.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,032 8,458 6,457
10th Percentile £350 £306 £290
25th Percentile £438 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £630 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £675 £639
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £463 £457
% change year-on-year +8.11% +1.27% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 751 654 388
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.96 £15.50
25th Percentile £20.00 £16.83 £18.48
Median hourly rate £44.50 £32.25 £30.03
Median % change year-on-year +37.98% +7.41% -10.10%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £48.75
90th Percentile £69.35 £64.38 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £28.00 £25.83
% change year-on-year +33.93% +8.42% -22.68%

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 3 July 2022.

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 3 July 2022.

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 3 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England -80 198 £575 +13.81% 85
London -54 126 £645 +22.86% 22
Work from Home -50 115 £515 +1.88% 20
UK excluding London -51 74 £515 +3.00% 68
South East -42 21 £391 -22.52% 15
North of England -42 18 £430 -18.87% 17
East of England -15 13 £563 +103.54% 5
Scotland -3 11 £380 -7.03% 3
North West -31 9 £450 -15.09% 7
North East -4 6 £275 - 5
Wales -5 5 £775 +44.19% 3
Midlands -38 4 £645 +35.79% 12
Yorkshire -36 3 £515 -10.43% 5
West Midlands -41 3 £775 +93.75% 11
South West -16 2 £494 +16.18% 11
East Midlands -7 1 £515 -17.60% 1

For the 6 months to 3 July 2022, 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.

1 248 (100.00%) Degree
2 109 (43.95%) Social Skills
3 99 (39.92%) Computer Science
4 87 (35.08%) Agile
5 83 (33.47%) Finance
6 61 (24.60%) Analytical Skills
7 55 (22.18%) Python
8 48 (19.35%) Problem-Solving
9 45 (18.15%) Computer Science Degree
10 43 (17.34%) Java
11 42 (16.94%) SQL
12 40 (16.13%) Project Management
13 36 (14.52%) Mathematics
14 35 (14.11%) Microsoft
15 33 (13.31%) Azure
16 32 (12.90%) AWS
16 32 (12.90%) Banking
16 32 (12.90%) Analytics
17 29 (11.69%) DevOps
17 29 (11.69%) Risk Management
18 28 (11.29%) Software Engineering
19 27 (10.89%) Linux
20 26 (10.48%) Firewall
21 25 (10.08%) Investment Banking
22 24 (9.68%) Windows
22 24 (9.68%) Data Science
22 24 (9.68%) Influencing Skills
23 22 (8.87%) Decision-Making
23 22 (8.87%) Stakeholder Management
23 22 (8.87%) TOGAF

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 11 (4.44%) Apache Spark
2 10 (4.03%) WebSphere
3 7 (2.82%) SAS
4 5 (2.02%) CMS
5 4 (1.61%) OpenStack
6 3 (1.21%) Appian
6 3 (1.21%) Camunda
6 3 (1.21%) Confluence
7 2 (0.81%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.81%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.81%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.40%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.40%) Ethereum
8 1 (0.40%) IIS
8 1 (0.40%) Magnolia
8 1 (0.40%) Mattermost
8 1 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (5.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (4.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 10 (4.03%) Microsoft Office
4 8 (3.23%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.21%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.21%) SPSS
6 2 (0.81%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.40%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.40%) Oracle Smart View
7 1 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (4.84%) HiPortfolio
2 3 (1.21%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.81%) SAP MDG
4 1 (0.40%) HFM
4 1 (0.40%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.40%) Primavera
4 1 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 33 (13.31%) Azure
2 32 (12.90%) AWS
3 10 (4.03%) GCP
4 8 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (2.42%) Power Platform
6 4 (1.61%) Amazon S3
6 4 (1.61%) Azure Data Factory
6 4 (1.61%) OpenShift
7 3 (1.21%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (1.21%) SaaS
7 3 (1.21%) Serverless
8 2 (0.81%) AWS CodePipeline
8 2 (0.81%) Microsoft 365
8 2 (0.81%) PaaS
9 1 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.40%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.40%) Azure Machine Learning
9 1 (0.40%) Boomi
9 1 (0.40%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (10.48%) Firewall
2 12 (4.84%) WAN
3 11 (4.44%) LAN
4 9 (3.63%) VPN
5 7 (2.82%) SSL
5 7 (2.82%) Wireless
6 5 (2.02%) DMZ
6 5 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (1.61%) SNMP
8 3 (1.21%) HTTP
8 3 (1.21%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (1.21%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.81%) 2G
9 2 (0.81%) 3G
9 2 (0.81%) BGP
9 2 (0.81%) MPLS
9 2 (0.81%) MVNO
9 2 (0.81%) Network Security
9 2 (0.81%) SSH
9 2 (0.81%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.26%) Big Data
2 11 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (4.03%) DB2
3 10 (4.03%) NoSQL
3 10 (4.03%) SQL Server
4 8 (3.23%) Tableau
5 7 (2.82%) Data Lake
5 7 (2.82%) Hadoop
6 6 (2.42%) Power BI
7 5 (2.02%) Apache Hive
7 5 (2.02%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (2.02%) KDB
7 5 (2.02%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.02%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.61%) Metadata
8 4 (1.61%) Presto
9 3 (1.21%) HBase
9 3 (1.21%) Impala
9 3 (1.21%) NewSQL
9 3 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 13 (5.24%) JIRA
2 11 (4.44%) Git (software)
3 8 (3.23%) Jenkins
4 5 (2.02%) Cucumber
4 5 (2.02%) Postman
4 5 (2.02%) TeamCity
5 4 (1.61%) Eclipse
5 4 (1.61%) IntelliJ
5 4 (1.61%) Maven
5 4 (1.61%) Selenium
5 4 (1.61%) SonarQube
5 4 (1.61%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (1.21%) IBM UrbanCode
6 3 (1.21%) JUnit
6 3 (1.21%) kappa
6 3 (1.21%) PowerDesigner
6 3 (1.21%) SpecFlow
6 3 (1.21%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.81%) Cypress.io
7 2 (0.81%) JMeter
General
1 109 (43.95%) Social Skills
2 83 (33.47%) Finance
3 61 (24.60%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (12.90%) Banking
5 25 (10.08%) Investment Banking
6 24 (9.68%) Influencing Skills
7 17 (6.85%) Public Sector
8 15 (6.05%) Presentation Skills
9 11 (4.44%) Telecoms
10 10 (4.03%) Front Office
10 10 (4.03%) Marketing
11 9 (3.63%) Legal
12 8 (3.23%) Organisational Skills
13 7 (2.82%) Law
14 6 (2.42%) French Language
14 6 (2.42%) Manufacturing
15 5 (2.02%) Financial Institution
16 4 (1.61%) Automotive
16 4 (1.61%) Dutch Language
16 4 (1.61%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 44 (17.74%) Architect
2 34 (13.71%) Analyst
3 25 (10.08%) Developer
4 21 (8.47%) Banking Analyst
5 15 (6.05%) Business Analyst
6 14 (5.65%) Risk Analyst
6 14 (5.65%) Solutions Architect
7 13 (5.24%) Java Developer
8 12 (4.84%) Implementation Analyst
8 12 (4.84%) Infrastructure Architect
8 12 (4.84%) Investment Banking Systems Analyst
8 12 (4.84%) Risk Business Analyst
8 12 (4.84%) Systems Analyst
9 11 (4.44%) Consultant
10 10 (4.03%) Network Infrastructure Architect
10 10 (4.03%) Security Architect
10 10 (4.03%) Windows Infrastructure Architect
11 9 (3.63%) ITIL Business Analyst
11 9 (3.63%) Operations Business Analyst
11 9 (3.63%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.85%) Kafka
2 13 (5.24%) HTML
2 13 (5.24%) REST
2 13 (5.24%) XML
3 10 (4.03%) JSON
3 10 (4.03%) WebSphere MQ
4 9 (3.63%) SOAP
5 7 (2.82%) CSS
5 7 (2.82%) Middleware
5 7 (2.82%) Web Services
6 6 (2.42%) .NET
6 6 (2.42%) TensorFlow
6 6 (2.42%) XSLT
7 5 (2.02%) AngularJS
7 5 (2.02%) JDBC
7 5 (2.02%) React
7 5 (2.02%) RESTful
7 5 (2.02%) Spring
8 4 (1.61%) HTML5
8 4 (1.61%) Lucene
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.05%) User Experience
2 14 (5.65%) Management Information System
3 13 (5.24%) Data Centre
4 12 (4.84%) Algorithms
4 12 (4.84%) Virtual Team
5 10 (4.03%) PKI
6 9 (3.63%) Digital Media
6 9 (3.63%) Mobile App
7 8 (3.23%) Renewable Energy
8 7 (2.82%) NHS
8 7 (2.82%) Public Cloud
9 6 (2.42%) Equities
9 6 (2.42%) Legacy Systems
10 5 (2.02%) Blog
10 5 (2.02%) DataPower
10 5 (2.02%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (1.61%) Data Protection Act
11 4 (1.61%) Fixed Income
11 4 (1.61%) Private Cloud
11 4 (1.61%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 27 (10.89%) Linux
2 24 (9.68%) Windows
3 14 (5.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 14 (5.65%) Unix
4 3 (1.21%) Ubuntu
5 2 (0.81%) Android
5 2 (0.81%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.81%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.40%) Solaris
6 1 (0.40%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (39.92%) Computer Science
2 87 (35.08%) Agile
3 48 (19.35%) Problem-Solving
4 40 (16.13%) Project Management
5 36 (14.52%) Mathematics
6 32 (12.90%) Analytics
7 29 (11.69%) DevOps
7 29 (11.69%) Risk Management
8 28 (11.29%) Software Engineering
9 24 (9.68%) Data Science
10 22 (8.87%) Decision-Making
10 22 (8.87%) Stakeholder Management
10 22 (8.87%) TOGAF
11 21 (8.47%) Data Modelling
11 21 (8.47%) ITIL
12 18 (7.26%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (7.26%) Continuous Integration
12 18 (7.26%) Information Security
12 18 (7.26%) Microservices
13 16 (6.45%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 55 (22.18%) Python
2 43 (17.34%) Java
3 42 (16.94%) SQL
4 20 (8.06%) Scala
5 18 (7.26%) JavaScript
6 14 (5.65%) C++
7 13 (5.24%) C
8 12 (4.84%) Go
9 10 (4.03%) C#
10 8 (3.23%) R
10 8 (3.23%) Ruby
11 6 (2.42%) Shell Script
12 4 (1.61%) Bash
12 4 (1.61%) MATLAB
13 3 (1.21%) Perl
13 3 (1.21%) PHP
13 3 (1.21%) PL/SQL
13 3 (1.21%) PowerShell
13 3 (1.21%) T-SQL
13 3 (1.21%) XPath
Qualifications
1 248 (100.00%) Degree
2 45 (18.15%) Computer Science Degree
3 21 (8.47%) Security Cleared
4 17 (6.85%) SC Cleared
5 15 (6.05%) CFA
5 15 (6.05%) PhD
6 14 (5.65%) TOGAF Certification
7 12 (4.84%) CISSP
8 10 (4.03%) RHCA
9 8 (3.23%) CISA
9 8 (3.23%) PMI Certification
10 7 (2.82%) CISM
10 7 (2.82%) GIAC
10 7 (2.82%) PMP
10 7 (2.82%) Postgraduate
11 5 (2.02%) MBA
12 4 (1.61%) CESG Certified Professional
12 4 (1.61%) SANS
13 3 (1.21%) CREST Certified
13 3 (1.21%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.65%) Data Quality
2 10 (4.03%) PMO
3 9 (3.63%) GDPR
3 9 (3.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (2.82%) NCSC
5 6 (2.42%) NIST
6 5 (2.02%) QA
7 4 (1.61%) Accessibility
7 4 (1.61%) RMADS
8 3 (1.21%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.81%) COBIT
9 2 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.81%) SOC 2
10 1 (0.40%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.40%) GRC
10 1 (0.40%) IFRS
10 1 (0.40%) NEBOSH
10 1 (0.40%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.40%) SOX 404
System Software
1 14 (5.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (4.03%) VMware ESXi
2 10 (4.03%) vSphere
3 9 (3.63%) Docker
4 3 (1.21%) Apache Flume
4 3 (1.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.81%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.81%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.40%) Active Directory
6 1 (0.40%) RHEV
6 1 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (4.44%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.02%) Ansible
3 4 (1.61%) CSIRT
4 3 (1.21%) Hadoop YARN
4 3 (1.21%) HP ALM
4 3 (1.21%) Puppet
5 2 (0.81%) CloudForms
5 2 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.81%) Prometheus
5 2 (0.81%) Terraform
6 1 (0.40%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 1 (0.40%) CASB
6 1 (0.40%) Control-M
6 1 (0.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.40%) Grafana
6 1 (0.40%) Kibana
6 1 (0.40%) Oracle Identity Management
6 1 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.40%) WMI
Vendors
1 35 (14.11%) Microsoft
2 16 (6.45%) Cisco
3 14 (5.65%) IBM
3 14 (5.65%) Oracle
3 14 (5.65%) VMware
4 13 (5.24%) Red Hat
5 12 (4.84%) BISAM
5 12 (4.84%) FactSet
5 12 (4.84%) Vermilion
6 10 (4.03%) Citrix
6 10 (4.03%) Databricks
6 10 (4.03%) Juniper
7 9 (3.63%) SAP
8 5 (2.02%) BT
8 5 (2.02%) Google
8 5 (2.02%) HP
8 5 (2.02%) ServiceNow
8 5 (2.02%) Splunk
9 3 (1.21%) BiZZdesign
9 3 (1.21%) Solace