Period
to 19 June 2019

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 19 June 2019 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
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 541 599 592
Rank change year-on-year +58 -7 -4
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 327 297 243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.30% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.92% 1.57% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 186 140
UK median daily rate £525 £503 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.48% +8.65% +12.46%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £300
90th Percentile £750 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £420 £450
% change year-on-year +19.05% -6.67% +36.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 13 10
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £32.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +71.88% - -
10th Percentile £45.13 £22.28 £18.50
90th Percentile £66.00 £64.55 £43.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £36.00 £34.12
% change year-on-year +45.83% +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 17,065 18,884 18,424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.81% 18.94% 20.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,276 11,316 11,392
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.88% +3.13% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 811 844 941
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% -7.69%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £25.36 £30.74
% change year-on-year +36.05% -17.50% -12.19%

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 19 June 2019.

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 19 June 2019.

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 19 June 2019. 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 +57 299 £525 +2.44% 37
UK excluding London +51 155 £500 +19.05% 28
London +23 154 £525 -4.55% 11
South East +3 54 £475 +8.57% 17
North of England +57 34 £355 -23.24% 4
Midlands +22 23 £550 +38.80% 1
Yorkshire +30 15 £315 - 2
East of England +10 14 £450 +56.52% 4
West Midlands +13 13 £550 -21.43% 1
South West -16 12 £550 +4.76%
North West +27 11 £750 - 2
East Midlands +26 10 £510 +50.00%
Northern Ireland - 10 £488 - 1
Scotland +25 8 £365 -13.10% 1
North East +19 8 £320 -30.81%

For the 6 months to 19 June 2019, 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.

1 327 (100.00%) Degree
2 132 (40.37%) Computer Science
3 116 (35.47%) Agile Software Development
4 104 (31.80%) Python
5 84 (25.69%) Analytics
6 72 (22.02%) Computer Science Degree
6 72 (22.02%) SQL
7 70 (21.41%) Machine Learning
8 67 (20.49%) Finance
9 65 (19.88%) Analytical Skills
10 59 (18.04%) Project Management
11 58 (17.74%) Data Science
12 55 (16.82%) Visualisation
12 55 (16.82%) Amazon AWS
13 51 (15.60%) Security Cleared
14 49 (14.98%) Java
15 43 (13.15%) SC Cleared
16 42 (12.84%) Data Analysis
16 42 (12.84%) PhD
17 41 (12.54%) Scrum
18 39 (11.93%) Oracle
18 39 (11.93%) Algorithms
19 38 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
20 37 (11.31%) Artificial Intelligence
21 36 (11.01%) Mathematics
21 36 (11.01%) Linux
22 35 (10.70%) Microsoft
22 35 (10.70%) Statistics
23 33 (10.09%) Big Data
24 32 (9.79%) Physics

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 16 (4.89%) Apache Spark
2 10 (3.06%) Apache
3 9 (2.75%) Elasticsearch
3 9 (2.75%) SAS
3 9 (2.75%) SharePoint
4 8 (2.45%) GeoServer
5 7 (2.14%) CMS
5 7 (2.14%) JBoss
6 6 (1.83%) Confluence
7 4 (1.22%) Drupal
7 4 (1.22%) Jupyter
8 3 (0.92%) ArcGIS
8 3 (0.92%) IIS
8 3 (0.92%) Smallworld
9 2 (0.61%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.31%) Apache Airflow
10 1 (0.31%) Appian
10 1 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 13 (3.98%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.45%) Sketch
3 6 (1.83%) Adobe XD
3 6 (1.83%) Figma
3 6 (1.83%) Photoshop
4 4 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.61%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.61%) InVision
7 1 (0.31%) Simulink
7 1 (0.31%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (2.14%) SAP S/4HANA
2 5 (1.53%) Oracle Assets
2 5 (1.53%) Oracle Cash Management
2 5 (1.53%) Oracle General Ledger
2 5 (1.53%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (1.53%) Oracle Receivables
2 5 (1.53%) SAP ERP
3 4 (1.22%) Eikon
3 4 (1.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.92%) Remedy AR System
4 3 (0.92%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.61%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.31%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 55 (16.82%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (7.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (5.50%) Amazon EMR
3 18 (5.50%) Google Cloud Platform
3 18 (5.50%) Power Platform
4 13 (3.98%) GitHub
5 9 (2.75%) Amazon S3
5 9 (2.75%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (2.45%) Amazon SQS
7 7 (2.14%) OpenShift
8 6 (1.83%) PaaS
9 5 (1.53%) Amazon Glacier
10 4 (1.22%) Amazon Kinesis
10 4 (1.22%) Azure Machine Learning
10 4 (1.22%) Slack
11 2 (0.61%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 2 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.61%) IaaS
11 2 (0.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.45%) WAN
2 7 (2.14%) LAN
3 6 (1.83%) VPN
4 5 (1.53%) 2G
4 5 (1.53%) 3G
4 5 (1.53%) 4G
4 5 (1.53%) Firewall
4 5 (1.53%) MPLS
4 5 (1.53%) Radio Access Network
4 5 (1.53%) RNC
5 4 (1.22%) 5G
5 4 (1.22%) Internet
5 4 (1.22%) Node B
5 4 (1.22%) SIGTRAN
6 3 (0.92%) HTTP
6 3 (0.92%) Network Security
6 3 (0.92%) WLAN
7 2 (0.61%) NFC
8 1 (0.31%) Kerberos
8 1 (0.31%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (10.09%) Big Data
2 31 (9.48%) SQL Server
3 30 (9.17%) Hadoop
4 22 (6.73%) PostgreSQL
5 19 (5.81%) NoSQL
6 18 (5.50%) Power BI
7 17 (5.20%) Apache Hive
8 15 (4.59%) MongoDB
8 15 (4.59%) QlikView
8 15 (4.59%) Relational Database
9 14 (4.28%) Amazon RDS
9 14 (4.28%) Data Warehouse
9 14 (4.28%) MySQL
10 12 (3.67%) Redis
11 11 (3.36%) Apache Cassandra
12 10 (3.06%) BusinessObjects
12 10 (3.06%) RDBMS
13 9 (2.75%) CouchDB
14 7 (2.14%) Geospatial Data
14 7 (2.14%) GIS
Development Applications
1 28 (8.56%) JIRA
2 21 (6.42%) Git (software)
3 12 (3.67%) Jenkins
4 7 (2.14%) Eclipse
5 6 (1.83%) Rational DOORS
6 5 (1.53%) Maven
6 5 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (1.53%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (1.22%) Bitbucket
7 4 (1.22%) Subversion
8 3 (0.92%) ProC
9 2 (0.61%) Babel
9 2 (0.61%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.61%) Gatling
9 2 (0.61%) Jasmine
9 2 (0.61%) JMeter
9 2 (0.61%) Karma Test Runner
9 2 (0.61%) PhantomJS
9 2 (0.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 67 (20.49%) Finance
2 29 (8.87%) Telecoms
3 22 (6.73%) Marketing
4 17 (5.20%) Retail
5 16 (4.89%) Banking
6 11 (3.36%) Front Office
6 11 (3.36%) Pharmaceutical
7 10 (3.06%) Manufacturing
8 9 (2.75%) Legal
9 7 (2.14%) Law
10 5 (1.53%) Billing
10 5 (1.53%) General Ledger
11 4 (1.22%) Back Office
11 4 (1.22%) German Language
11 4 (1.22%) Investment Banking
11 4 (1.22%) Military
11 4 (1.22%) Social Science
12 3 (0.92%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.61%) Electronics
14 1 (0.31%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 50 (15.29%) Developer
2 44 (13.46%) Data Scientist
3 39 (11.93%) Architect
4 33 (10.09%) Python Engineer
5 32 (9.79%) Data Engineer
6 24 (7.34%) Analyst
7 20 (6.12%) Software Engineer
8 19 (5.81%) Big Data Engineer
8 19 (5.81%) Solutions Architect
9 16 (4.89%) Consultant
10 15 (4.59%) Business Analyst
11 12 (3.67%) Designer
12 11 (3.36%) Project Manager
13 8 (2.45%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 8 (2.45%) Java Developer
13 8 (2.45%) Systems Engineer
13 8 (2.45%) Technical Architect
14 7 (2.14%) Mobile Developer
14 7 (2.14%) Python Software Engineer
14 7 (2.14%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (8.56%) JSON
2 27 (8.26%) HTML
2 27 (8.26%) REST
2 27 (8.26%) Web Services
2 27 (8.26%) XML
3 25 (7.65%) CSS
4 21 (6.42%) PySpark
5 17 (5.20%) TensorFlow
6 16 (4.89%) Natural Language Processing
7 14 (4.28%) J2EE
7 14 (4.28%) Pandas
7 14 (4.28%) SOAP
8 13 (3.98%) HTML5
8 13 (3.98%) NumPy
8 13 (3.98%) RESTful
9 10 (3.06%) Spring
10 9 (2.75%) .NET
10 9 (2.75%) PostGIS
10 9 (2.75%) scikit-learn
10 9 (2.75%) SciPy
Miscellaneous
1 65 (19.88%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (11.93%) Algorithms
3 27 (8.26%) User Experience
4 25 (7.65%) Mobile App
5 23 (7.03%) Management Information System
6 16 (4.89%) Robotics
7 9 (2.75%) Virtual Team
8 8 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (2.14%) Data Centre
10 5 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (1.53%) Hedge funds
11 4 (1.22%) FMCG
11 4 (1.22%) Life Science
12 3 (0.92%) Acoustics
12 3 (0.92%) CMDB
12 3 (0.92%) Frameworx
12 3 (0.92%) Lidar
12 3 (0.92%) PMI
12 3 (0.92%) Smart Meter
12 3 (0.92%) TM Forum
Operating Systems
1 36 (11.01%) Linux
2 30 (9.17%) Unix
3 16 (4.89%) Android
4 11 (3.36%) Windows
5 9 (2.75%) CentOS
6 8 (2.45%) Fedora
7 7 (2.14%) Apple iOS
8 6 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.22%) Solaris
10 1 (0.31%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.31%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (40.37%) Computer Science
2 116 (35.47%) Agile Software Development
3 84 (25.69%) Analytics
4 70 (21.41%) Machine Learning
5 59 (18.04%) Project Management
6 58 (17.74%) Data Science
7 55 (16.82%) Visualisation
8 42 (12.84%) Data Analysis
9 41 (12.54%) Scrum
10 38 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
11 37 (11.31%) Artificial Intelligence
12 36 (11.01%) Mathematics
13 35 (10.70%) Statistics
14 32 (9.79%) Physics
14 32 (9.79%) Software Engineering
15 30 (9.17%) Data Visualisation
15 30 (9.17%) Deep Learning
16 28 (8.56%) Business Intelligence
17 27 (8.26%) Systems Engineering
18 25 (7.65%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 104 (31.80%) Python
2 72 (22.02%) SQL
3 49 (14.98%) Java
4 31 (9.48%) JavaScript
5 22 (6.73%) C#
6 18 (5.50%) Perl
7 17 (5.20%) C++
8 15 (4.59%) R
9 14 (4.28%) C
10 13 (3.98%) PL/SQL
11 8 (2.45%) Scala
12 7 (2.14%) Go
13 6 (1.83%) Shell Script
14 4 (1.22%) Bash Shell
14 4 (1.22%) Korn
15 3 (0.92%) ES6
15 3 (0.92%) TypeScript
16 2 (0.61%) MATLAB
16 2 (0.61%) VBA
17 1 (0.31%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 327 (100.00%) Degree
2 72 (22.02%) Computer Science Degree
3 51 (15.60%) Security Cleared
4 43 (13.15%) SC Cleared
5 42 (12.84%) PhD
6 28 (8.56%) DV Cleared
7 19 (5.81%) Chartered Engineer
8 11 (3.36%) MBA
9 10 (3.06%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (3.06%) PMI Certification
10 9 (2.75%) CCNP
11 7 (2.14%) Numerate Degree
11 7 (2.14%) PMP
12 6 (1.83%) CISSP
13 5 (1.53%) CCNA
13 5 (1.53%) ISEB
14 4 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (1.22%) CISA
14 4 (1.22%) CISM
14 4 (1.22%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.89%) QA
2 7 (2.14%) Data Quality
3 5 (1.53%) PMO
3 5 (1.53%) SLA
4 4 (1.22%) GDPR
5 3 (0.92%) COBIT
5 3 (0.92%) COSO
5 3 (0.92%) ECSS
5 3 (0.92%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.61%) SEPA
System Software
1 20 (6.12%) Docker
2 5 (1.53%) Slurm Workload Manager
3 4 (1.22%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.92%) Gluster
5 1 (0.31%) NFS
5 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (2.45%) Ansible
2 5 (1.53%) Kibana
2 5 (1.53%) Kubernetes
3 3 (0.92%) CloudForms
3 3 (0.92%) HAProxy
4 2 (0.61%) CASB
4 2 (0.61%) Terraform
5 1 (0.31%) Graphite
5 1 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.31%) Mesos
5 1 (0.31%) MOM
5 1 (0.31%) Oozie
5 1 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.31%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.31%) QRadar
5 1 (0.31%) SCCM
Vendors
1 39 (11.93%) Oracle
2 35 (10.70%) Microsoft
3 30 (9.17%) Google
4 26 (7.95%) Tableau
5 18 (5.50%) Cloudera
6 17 (5.20%) Hortonworks
7 16 (4.89%) SAP
8 11 (3.36%) Remedy
9 10 (3.06%) Adobe
9 10 (3.06%) Red Hat
10 9 (2.75%) Atlassian
11 7 (2.14%) Informatica
11 7 (2.14%) Xamarin
12 6 (1.83%) Netezza
12 6 (1.83%) Teradata
13 5 (1.53%) Ericsson
13 5 (1.53%) HP
13 5 (1.53%) Huawei
13 5 (1.53%) Nokia Networks
14 4 (1.22%) Mapinfo