Period
to 19 September 2017

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 September 2017 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 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 623 583 651
Rank change year-on-year -40 +68 +23
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 241 320 257
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.30% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.29% 1.41% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 190 148
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £434
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.57% +9.75%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £238
90th Percentile £588 £600 £657
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £350 £328
% change year-on-year +28.57% +6.87% -6.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 4
UK median hourly rate £28.35 - £29.00
10th Percentile £18.50 - £17.48
90th Percentile £47.78 - £38.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 - £26.00

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 18612 22640 21779
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.86% 21.15% 19.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 11284 14083 12909
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £240 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £569
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 914 812 1072
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.45% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.02 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £51.23 £47.83 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.68 £27.55 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.97% +14.22% +17.66%

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 September 2017.

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 September 2017.

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 September 2017. 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 -16 236 £475 - 84
London -24 152 £500 - 46
UK excluding London -5 86 £450 +28.57% 41
South East -15 36 £390 -5.45% 14
North of England +60 23 £450 +36.36% 8
Yorkshire +44 16 £472 -16.07% 4
Midlands +31 11 £395 -21.00% 2
West Midlands +35 9 £450 +28.57% 2
East of England -8 9 £450 +50.00% 10
South West +5 6 £450 -21.74% 4
North West +19 4 £450 -10.00% 2
North East +50 3 £450 +62.16% 2
East Midlands -5 2 £270 -46.00%
Scotland +18 1 £323 -0.62% 3
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Master's Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Master's Degree.

1 241 (100.00%) Degree
2 92 (38.17%) Computer Science
3 75 (31.12%) Agile Software Development
4 73 (30.29%) Finance
5 67 (27.80%) SQL
6 54 (22.41%) Analytical Skills
7 51 (21.16%) Python
8 49 (20.33%) Banking
9 46 (19.09%) Computer Science Degree
10 38 (15.77%) Java
11 35 (14.52%) Analytics
12 31 (12.86%) Apple iOS
13 30 (12.45%) OO
14 28 (11.62%) User Experience
15 27 (11.20%) Project Management
15 27 (11.20%) Scrum
16 26 (10.79%) SQL Server
16 26 (10.79%) Mathematics
17 25 (10.37%) TDD
17 25 (10.37%) Microsoft
17 25 (10.37%) Hadoop
18 24 (9.96%) R
18 24 (9.96%) Management Information System
19 23 (9.54%) Open Source
20 22 (9.13%) SOA
21 21 (8.71%) JavaScript
21 21 (8.71%) ITIL
21 21 (8.71%) RESTful
22 20 (8.30%) Windows
22 20 (8.30%) Apache

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 20 (8.30%) Apache
2 13 (5.39%) CMS
3 10 (4.15%) SAS
4 9 (3.73%) Confluence
5 8 (3.32%) JBoss
5 8 (3.32%) SharePoint
6 7 (2.90%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (2.49%) Apache Pig
7 6 (2.49%) IIS
8 5 (2.07%) Apache Spark
8 5 (2.07%) Tomcat
9 4 (1.66%) MS Exchange
10 3 (1.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (1.24%) Apache Solr
10 3 (1.24%) MS Project Server
10 3 (1.24%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.83%) Mule
11 2 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 2 (0.83%) Skype for Business
12 1 (0.41%) LiveCycle
Applications
1 8 (3.32%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.49%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.41%) InVision
4 1 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.41%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.41%) OmniGraffle
4 1 (0.41%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.41%) Loan IQ
1 1 (0.41%) SAP AFS
1 1 (0.41%) SAP BPC
1 1 (0.41%) SAP CO
1 1 (0.41%) SAP FI
1 1 (0.41%) SAP FI/CO
1 1 (0.41%) SAP HCM
1 1 (0.41%) SAP Payroll
1 1 (0.41%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 19 (7.88%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (3.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.07%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (1.66%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (1.24%) Amazon EMR
6 2 (0.83%) Office 365
7 1 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 1 (0.41%) G Suite
7 1 (0.41%) Google Play
7 1 (0.41%) IaaS
7 1 (0.41%) PaaS
7 1 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 17 (7.05%) Firewall
2 12 (4.98%) VPN
3 10 (4.15%) DNS
4 9 (3.73%) Internet
4 9 (3.73%) LAN
5 6 (2.49%) WAN
6 5 (2.07%) BGP
6 5 (2.07%) EIGRP
6 5 (2.07%) HTTP
6 5 (2.07%) MPLS
6 5 (2.07%) Network Security
6 5 (2.07%) Wireshark
7 4 (1.66%) Cisco IOS
7 4 (1.66%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (1.66%) Cisco Wireless
7 4 (1.66%) NX-OS
7 4 (1.66%) TACACS
7 4 (1.66%) tcpdump
7 4 (1.66%) Telepresence
7 4 (1.66%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (10.79%) SQL Server
2 25 (10.37%) Hadoop
3 18 (7.47%) Apache Hive
4 16 (6.64%) Big Data
5 13 (5.39%) NoSQL
6 12 (4.98%) Data Warehouse
7 9 (3.73%) Data Mining
8 8 (3.32%) MariaDB
8 8 (3.32%) MongoDB
9 7 (2.90%) Apache Cassandra
9 7 (2.90%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 7 (2.90%) MySQL
9 7 (2.90%) Power BI
10 6 (2.49%) HBase
10 6 (2.49%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (2.49%) Relational Database
11 5 (2.07%) Redis
11 5 (2.07%) Riak
11 5 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
11 5 (2.07%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 19 (7.88%) JIRA
2 15 (6.22%) Git (software)
3 11 (4.56%) Jenkins
3 11 (4.56%) Maven
3 11 (4.56%) Subversion
4 10 (4.15%) Xcode
5 8 (3.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 7 (2.90%) Eclipse
6 7 (2.90%) JUnit
6 7 (2.90%) Mockito
6 7 (2.90%) Selenium
7 6 (2.49%) Bitbucket
7 6 (2.49%) WebDriver
8 4 (1.66%) Ant
8 4 (1.66%) Appium
8 4 (1.66%) Axure RP
8 4 (1.66%) Calabash
8 4 (1.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (1.24%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 3 (1.24%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 73 (30.29%) Finance
2 49 (20.33%) Banking
3 19 (7.88%) Marketing
4 14 (5.81%) Investment Banking
5 13 (5.39%) Manufacturing
5 13 (5.39%) Publishing
5 13 (5.39%) Telecoms
6 9 (3.73%) Retail
7 6 (2.49%) Front Office
7 6 (2.49%) Legal
7 6 (2.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (1.66%) Corporate Banking
8 4 (1.66%) French Language
8 4 (1.66%) Law
8 4 (1.66%) Private Banking
9 3 (1.24%) Electronics
10 2 (0.83%) Advertising
10 2 (0.83%) Billing
10 2 (0.83%) Brand Awareness
10 2 (0.83%) Military
Job Titles
1 56 (23.24%) Developer
2 38 (15.77%) Analyst
3 25 (10.37%) Architect
4 17 (7.05%) Business Analyst
5 13 (5.39%) Consultant
5 13 (5.39%) Project Manager
6 11 (4.56%) Data Scientist
6 11 (4.56%) iOS Developer
7 10 (4.15%) Banking Analyst
7 10 (4.15%) Identity and Access Management Analyst
8 9 (3.73%) Designer
8 9 (3.73%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
8 9 (3.73%) Regulatory Business Analyst
9 8 (3.32%) Service Manager
10 7 (2.90%) Android Developer
10 7 (2.90%) Java Developer
10 7 (2.90%) Technical Architect
11 6 (2.49%) .NET Developer
11 6 (2.49%) IT Manager
11 6 (2.49%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (8.71%) RESTful
2 17 (7.05%) Web Services
3 16 (6.64%) .NET
4 13 (5.39%) REST
4 13 (5.39%) Spring
5 11 (4.56%) AngularJS
6 10 (4.15%) Cocoa
6 10 (4.15%) JSON
6 10 (4.15%) SOAP
7 9 (3.73%) CSS
8 8 (3.32%) ASP.NET
8 8 (3.32%) SailPoint
9 7 (2.90%) Ajax
9 7 (2.90%) Apache Commons
9 7 (2.90%) Cascading
9 7 (2.90%) Guava
9 7 (2.90%) HTML
10 6 (2.49%) Flask
11 5 (2.07%) D3.js
11 5 (2.07%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 92 (38.17%) Computer Science
2 54 (22.41%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (11.62%) User Experience
4 24 (9.96%) Management Information System
5 14 (5.81%) Credit Risk
5 14 (5.81%) Data Centre
6 12 (4.98%) PMI
7 10 (4.15%) Algorithms
7 10 (4.15%) Equities
7 10 (4.15%) iPad
7 10 (4.15%) iPhone
8 8 (3.32%) Private Cloud
9 6 (2.49%) Market Risk
9 6 (2.49%) NHS
10 4 (1.66%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.24%) CMDB
11 3 (1.24%) Fintech
11 3 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (1.24%) Mobile App
11 3 (1.24%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 31 (12.86%) Apple iOS
2 20 (8.30%) Windows
3 17 (7.05%) Android
4 16 (6.64%) Linux
5 15 (6.22%) Unix
6 7 (2.90%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.66%) Mac OS X
7 4 (1.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.24%) Windows 7
8 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.41%) AIX
9 1 (0.41%) CentOS
9 1 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (31.12%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (14.52%) Analytics
3 30 (12.45%) OO
4 27 (11.20%) Project Management
4 27 (11.20%) Scrum
5 26 (10.79%) Mathematics
6 25 (10.37%) TDD
7 23 (9.54%) Open Source
8 22 (9.13%) SOA
9 21 (8.71%) ITIL
10 20 (8.30%) OOD
11 19 (7.88%) Mobile Development
12 18 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
12 18 (7.47%) Unit Testing
13 16 (6.64%) BDD
13 16 (6.64%) Continuous Integration
13 16 (6.64%) Enterprise Architecture
13 16 (6.64%) ETL
13 16 (6.64%) Information Security
14 15 (6.22%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 67 (27.80%) SQL
2 51 (21.16%) Python
3 38 (15.77%) Java
4 24 (9.96%) R
5 21 (8.71%) JavaScript
6 20 (8.30%) C#
7 15 (6.22%) Apple Swift
8 13 (5.39%) Bash Shell
9 12 (4.98%) Perl
10 11 (4.56%) Objective-C
10 11 (4.56%) VBA
11 10 (4.15%) C++
11 10 (4.15%) Ruby
12 5 (2.07%) PL/SQL
13 4 (1.66%) Shell Script
14 3 (1.24%) C
14 3 (1.24%) Groovy
14 3 (1.24%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.83%) MATLAB
15 2 (0.83%) Scala
Qualifications
1 241 (100.00%) Degree
2 46 (19.09%) Computer Science Degree
3 16 (6.64%) PMI Certification
4 14 (5.81%) PMP
4 14 (5.81%) Security Cleared
5 12 (4.98%) SC Cleared
6 11 (4.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 7 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (2.90%) MBA
7 7 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (2.49%) CISSP
9 5 (2.07%) CISA
10 4 (1.66%) CCNP
10 4 (1.66%) Chartered Engineer
10 4 (1.66%) ISEB
11 3 (1.24%) CCIE
11 3 (1.24%) CISM
11 3 (1.24%) CITP
11 3 (1.24%) MCSA
12 2 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.73%) Data Quality
2 6 (2.49%) QA
3 4 (1.66%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.66%) PMO
3 4 (1.66%) SLA
4 3 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.83%) FedRAMP
6 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.41%) GCP
6 1 (0.41%) GDPR
6 1 (0.41%) GMP
6 1 (0.41%) MiFID
System Software
1 12 (4.98%) Docker
2 9 (3.73%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.83%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.83%) HDFS
4 2 (0.83%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (4.56%) Ansible
2 7 (2.90%) Oozie
3 6 (2.49%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (2.07%) Puppet
5 4 (1.66%) Docker Swarm
5 4 (1.66%) FortiGate
5 4 (1.66%) Graphite
5 4 (1.66%) Icinga
5 4 (1.66%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.66%) Mesos
5 4 (1.66%) Nagios
5 4 (1.66%) Netcool
5 4 (1.66%) Salt
5 4 (1.66%) ZABBIX
6 2 (0.83%) Kibana
6 2 (0.83%) logstash
6 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 2 (0.83%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 25 (10.37%) Microsoft
2 18 (7.47%) Oracle
3 12 (4.98%) Apple
3 12 (4.98%) ServiceNow
4 10 (4.15%) IBM
5 9 (3.73%) Tableau
6 8 (3.32%) Cisco
7 7 (2.90%) Google
7 7 (2.90%) SAP
8 6 (2.49%) Pega
9 5 (2.07%) Atlassian
9 5 (2.07%) Palo Alto
10 4 (1.66%) Adobe
10 4 (1.66%) Dynatrace
10 4 (1.66%) HP
10 4 (1.66%) Juniper
10 4 (1.66%) Splunk
10 4 (1.66%) VMware
11 3 (1.24%) Citrix
12 2 (0.83%) Informatica