Period
to 1 October 2020

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 1 October 2020 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 410 587 592
Rank change year-on-year +177 +5 +64
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 104 254 312
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.29% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.36% 1.48% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 149 184
Median daily rate £500 £535 £487
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.54% +9.91% +2.47%
10th Percentile £354 £312 £310
90th Percentile £758 £825 £701
UK excluding London median daily rate £451 £450 £400
% change year-on-year +0.28% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 11
Median hourly rate £52.50 £45.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +32.35% -1.05%
10th Percentile £37.53 £42.50 £20.75
90th Percentile £59.75 £56.25 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.66 £45.00 £37.75
% change year-on-year +5.92% +19.21% +98.68%

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 7,673 17,200 18,941
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.68% 19.64% 18.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,646 10,505 11,180
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £451 £440 £415
% change year-on-year +2.44% +6.02% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 833 956
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.70 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.63% +46.80% -15.97%
10th Percentile £17.25 £14.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £61.25 £59.63 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% +50.00% -21.88%

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Top 11 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 1 October 2020. 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 +186 99 £500 -9.09% 62
London +153 80 £500 -16.67% 30
UK excluding London +189 17 £451 +0.28% 36
Work from Home -53 16 £475 - 4
South East +158 8 - - 13
North of England +106 4 £650 -8.77% 12
Midlands +99 3 £365 -28.78% 4
East Midlands +56 3 £365 -28.78% 1
East of England +90 2 £435 +14.41% 2
North West +79 2 - - 8
Yorkshire +79 2 £650 +103.13% 1

For the 6 months to 1 October 2020, 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.

1 104 (100.00%) Degree
2 67 (64.42%) Computer Science
3 43 (41.35%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (35.58%) Computer Science Degree
4 37 (35.58%) Problem-Solving
5 33 (31.73%) Agile Software Development
5 33 (31.73%) C#
5 33 (31.73%) SQL
6 31 (29.81%) .NET
6 31 (29.81%) Big Data
7 29 (27.88%) HTML
8 28 (26.92%) Finance
9 27 (25.96%) Azure
10 26 (25.00%) HTML5
11 25 (24.04%) Scrum
11 25 (24.04%) Java
11 25 (24.04%) Microsoft
11 25 (24.04%) Statistics
12 24 (23.08%) Docker
13 22 (21.15%) Kafka
13 22 (21.15%) Python
14 21 (20.19%) Git (software)
14 21 (20.19%) Microservices
15 20 (19.23%) Jenkins
16 19 (18.27%) Oracle
16 19 (18.27%) Data Science
17 18 (17.31%) Marketing
18 17 (16.35%) Data Management
18 17 (16.35%) JavaScript
18 17 (16.35%) C++

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 10 (9.62%) Apache Spark
1 10 (9.62%) Tomcat
2 5 (4.81%) Apache
2 5 (4.81%) IIS
2 5 (4.81%) Red Hat Fuse
2 5 (4.81%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.92%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (1.92%) SAS
4 1 (0.96%) Apache Airflow
4 1 (0.96%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.96%) Confluence
4 1 (0.96%) Drupal
4 1 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.96%) Luigi
4 1 (0.96%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.96%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.96%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.96%) Oracle AML
1 1 (0.96%) SAP EHS
1 1 (0.96%) SAP PLM
1 1 (0.96%) SAP S/4HANA
1 1 (0.96%) Temenos Globus
1 1 (0.96%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 27 (25.96%) Azure
2 15 (14.42%) AWS
3 8 (7.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 8 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (7.69%) Amazon EKS
3 8 (7.69%) Datadog
3 8 (7.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 3 (2.88%) Power Platform
5 2 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.92%) GCP
5 2 (1.92%) GitHub
5 2 (1.92%) SaaS
6 1 (0.96%) Amazon Cognito
6 1 (0.96%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.96%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.96%) Azure Functions
6 1 (0.96%) Google Compute Engine
6 1 (0.96%) Office 365
6 1 (0.96%) PaaS
6 1 (0.96%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.88%) Internet
2 2 (1.92%) Firewall
2 2 (1.92%) VoIP
3 1 (0.96%) BGP
3 1 (0.96%) MPLS
3 1 (0.96%) Multicast
3 1 (0.96%) Network Security
3 1 (0.96%) OSPF
3 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.96%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (29.81%) Big Data
2 14 (13.46%) Relational Database
3 13 (12.50%) NoSQL
4 10 (9.62%) MySQL
4 10 (9.62%) SQL Server
5 9 (8.65%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (7.69%) Amazon RDS
6 8 (7.69%) Apache Cassandra
6 8 (7.69%) ArangoDB
6 8 (7.69%) Hadoop
7 6 (5.77%) RDBMS
8 3 (2.88%) Power BI
9 2 (1.92%) Data Mining
9 2 (1.92%) Text Mining
9 2 (1.92%) Triplestore
10 1 (0.96%) Azkaban
10 1 (0.96%) Cosmos DB
10 1 (0.96%) DB2
10 1 (0.96%) Redis
Development Applications
1 21 (20.19%) Git (software)
2 20 (19.23%) Jenkins
3 6 (5.77%) Visual Studio
4 4 (3.85%) JIRA
5 2 (1.92%) Ant
5 2 (1.92%) CMake
5 2 (1.92%) Gradle
5 2 (1.92%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.96%) Babel
6 1 (0.96%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.96%) gulp
6 1 (0.96%) Maven
6 1 (0.96%) Moq
6 1 (0.96%) NUnit
General
1 28 (26.92%) Finance
2 18 (17.31%) Marketing
3 12 (11.54%) Banking
4 5 (4.81%) Legal
5 4 (3.85%) Public Sector
6 3 (2.88%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.92%) Private Banking
7 2 (1.92%) Retail
8 1 (0.96%) Advertising
8 1 (0.96%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.96%) French Language
8 1 (0.96%) German Language
8 1 (0.96%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.96%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.96%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 33 (31.73%) Developer
2 15 (14.42%) C# Developer
3 13 (12.50%) Azure Developer
4 12 (11.54%) C# Developer - Commodities
5 8 (7.69%) Java Developer
5 8 (7.69%) Operations Engineer
5 8 (7.69%) Operations Support Engineer
5 8 (7.69%) Support Engineer
6 7 (6.73%) Analyst
6 7 (6.73%) Applications Engineer
6 7 (6.73%) Consultant
6 7 (6.73%) Senior Developer
7 6 (5.77%) Applications Support
7 6 (5.77%) Applications Support Engineer
8 5 (4.81%) Data Scientist
8 5 (4.81%) Technical Leader
9 4 (3.85%) Architect
9 4 (3.85%) Senior C# Developer
10 3 (2.88%) Business Analyst
10 3 (2.88%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (29.81%) .NET
2 29 (27.88%) HTML
3 26 (25.00%) HTML5
4 22 (21.15%) Kafka
5 14 (13.46%) Velocity
6 11 (10.58%) GraphQL
6 11 (10.58%) REST
7 9 (8.65%) .NET Framework
7 9 (8.65%) Entity Framework
8 8 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web API
8 8 (7.69%) CSS
8 8 (7.69%) Elastic Stack
8 8 (7.69%) JDBC
8 8 (7.69%) LAMP
8 8 (7.69%) Memcached
8 8 (7.69%) Sensu
8 8 (7.69%) Spark Streaming
9 7 (6.73%) .NET Core
9 7 (6.73%) JMS
9 7 (6.73%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 43 (41.35%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (8.65%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (7.69%) Linux Command Line
4 6 (5.77%) Algorithms
4 6 (5.77%) PKI
5 5 (4.81%) Clustering
5 5 (4.81%) User Experience
6 4 (3.85%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (2.88%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (1.92%) Blog
8 2 (1.92%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.92%) Derivative
8 2 (1.92%) Fixed Income
8 2 (1.92%) Internet of Things
8 2 (1.92%) NHS
8 2 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.92%) Semantic Web
8 2 (1.92%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.92%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 14 (13.46%) Linux
2 9 (8.65%) Unix
3 5 (4.81%) Android
4 2 (1.92%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.92%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (64.42%) Computer Science
2 37 (35.58%) Problem-Solving
3 33 (31.73%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (24.04%) Scrum
4 25 (24.04%) Statistics
5 21 (20.19%) Microservices
6 19 (18.27%) Data Science
7 17 (16.35%) Data Management
8 16 (15.38%) Collaborative Working
8 16 (15.38%) Kanban
8 16 (15.38%) Project Delivery
9 14 (13.46%) Data Architecture
9 14 (13.46%) Informatics
9 14 (13.46%) Mathematics
9 14 (13.46%) Software Deployment
9 14 (13.46%) Software Engineering
10 13 (12.50%) OO
11 12 (11.54%) Analytics
12 11 (10.58%) Process Improvement
12 11 (10.58%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 33 (31.73%) C#
1 33 (31.73%) SQL
2 25 (24.04%) Java
3 22 (21.15%) Python
4 17 (16.35%) C++
4 17 (16.35%) JavaScript
5 9 (8.65%) Java 8
6 8 (7.69%) Bash Shell
6 8 (7.69%) Ruby
7 5 (4.81%) PowerShell
7 5 (4.81%) Scala
7 5 (4.81%) Shell Script
7 5 (4.81%) VB.NET
8 4 (3.85%) C
8 4 (3.85%) ES6
9 2 (1.92%) Kotlin
9 2 (1.92%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.92%) R
9 2 (1.92%) TypeScript
9 2 (1.92%) VBA
Qualifications
1 104 (100.00%) Degree
2 37 (35.58%) Computer Science Degree
3 10 (9.62%) CISSP
4 7 (6.73%) PhD
5 5 (4.81%) CISA
6 4 (3.85%) CISM
7 3 (2.88%) MBA
7 3 (2.88%) Postgraduate
7 3 (2.88%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.88%) Security Cleared
8 2 (1.92%) CSPO
8 2 (1.92%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.96%) CPIM
9 1 (0.96%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 1 (0.96%) JNCIE
9 1 (0.96%) JNCIP
9 1 (0.96%) JNCIS
9 1 (0.96%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (14.42%) QA
2 9 (8.65%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.92%) GDPR
4 1 (0.96%) CDISC
4 1 (0.96%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.96%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.96%) MiFID
4 1 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.96%) WCAG
System Software
1 24 (23.08%) Docker
2 5 (4.81%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (11.54%) Kubernetes
2 8 (7.69%) Nagios
3 5 (4.81%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 5 (4.81%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.96%) CASB
4 1 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 25 (24.04%) Microsoft
2 19 (18.27%) Oracle
3 15 (14.42%) Databricks
4 14 (13.46%) StreamSets
5 8 (7.69%) Splunk
6 3 (2.88%) Google
6 3 (2.88%) SAP
7 2 (1.92%) MarketAxess
8 1 (0.96%) Ariba
8 1 (0.96%) Cognizant
8 1 (0.96%) CyberArk
8 1 (0.96%) Dynatrace
8 1 (0.96%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.96%) Juniper
8 1 (0.96%) Marketo
8 1 (0.96%) Mitel
8 1 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.96%) Tableau
8 1 (0.96%) Teradata