Period
to 13 December 2018

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 13 December 2018 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 584 638 611
Rank change year-on-year +54 -27 +7
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 336 263 281
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.25% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.67% 1.35% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 180 164
UK median daily rate £525 £483 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.81% +1.58% +6.74%
10th Percentile £301 £269 £263
90th Percentile £675 £651 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £325 £375
% change year-on-year +20.00% -13.33% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 3
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £34.36 £95.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.05% -63.83% +187.88%
10th Percentile £20.75 £25.10 £42.10
90th Percentile £57.50 £46.80 £97.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 - £95.00

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 20,125 19,479 21,211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.10% 18.86% 20.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,945 11,980 13,272
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £220 £240
90th Percentile £625 £606 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 970 887 851
UK median hourly rate £26.10 £25.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.36% -1.92% +4.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.93 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £26.87 £27.00
% change year-on-year -1.36% -0.50% +5.88%

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 2018.

Contractor 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 13 December 2018. 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 +52 321 £525 +8.81% 114
London +51 199 £531 +1.19% 49
UK excluding London +16 129 £390 +20.00% 66
South East +16 66 £350 +2.94% 26
North of England -1 25 £600 +65.52% 10
Midlands -15 17 £345 +12.20% 8
East Midlands +10 16 £345 +18.97% 5
North West -13 12 £475 +5.56% 9
North East +4 10 £600 +26.32%
South West -36 9 £513 -2.38% 5
Scotland -15 5 £425 +31.58% 1
East of England +3 4 £413 +55.66% 16
Yorkshire -13 3 £750 +134.38% 1
Wales - 2 £475 -
West Midlands -30 1 - - 3
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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.

1 336 (100.00%) Degree
2 187 (55.65%) Computer Science
3 157 (46.73%) Agile Software Development
4 110 (32.74%) Finance
5 106 (31.55%) Python
6 93 (27.68%) Computer Science Degree
7 84 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
8 74 (22.02%) Algorithms
9 71 (21.13%) Analytics
10 67 (19.94%) Problem-Solving
11 66 (19.64%) Data Science
11 66 (19.64%) Machine Learning
12 63 (18.75%) SQL
13 55 (16.37%) Java
13 55 (16.37%) Mathematics
14 51 (15.18%) Hadoop
14 51 (15.18%) PhD
15 49 (14.58%) Big Data
16 45 (13.39%) Project Management
16 45 (13.39%) Statistics
16 45 (13.39%) Software Engineering
17 43 (12.80%) Amazon AWS
18 42 (12.50%) Microsoft
18 42 (12.50%) Scrum
19 41 (12.20%) Deep Learning
20 40 (11.90%) Apache Spark
21 39 (11.61%) TensorFlow
22 38 (11.31%) Data Analysis
23 37 (11.01%) Test Automation
23 37 (11.01%) Linux

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 40 (11.90%) Apache Spark
2 32 (9.52%) SAS
3 26 (7.74%) SharePoint
4 13 (3.87%) Elasticsearch
4 13 (3.87%) Ethereum
4 13 (3.87%) Hyperledger
5 11 (3.27%) Apache
6 7 (2.08%) Apache Qpid
6 7 (2.08%) CMS
7 6 (1.79%) Confluence
8 5 (1.49%) Drupal
9 4 (1.19%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.89%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.60%) Apache Airflow
11 2 (0.60%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.30%) ArcGIS
12 1 (0.30%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.30%) WebLogic
Applications
1 18 (5.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 16 (4.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (4.46%) Microsoft Office
4 11 (3.27%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (2.08%) SPSS
6 6 (1.79%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.89%) InVision
8 2 (0.60%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.30%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 13 (3.87%) Distributed Ledger
1 13 (3.87%) R3 Corda
2 2 (0.60%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.60%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.30%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle AML
3 1 (0.30%) Primavera
3 1 (0.30%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.30%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 43 (12.80%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (5.95%) Amazon EMR
3 13 (3.87%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (2.38%) Serverless
5 7 (2.08%) Amazon S3
5 7 (2.08%) AWS Lambda
6 6 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (1.49%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (1.19%) Office 365
8 4 (1.19%) PaaS
9 3 (0.89%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 3 (0.89%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.89%) BrowserStack
9 3 (0.89%) Firebase
9 3 (0.89%) IaaS
9 3 (0.89%) SaaS
10 2 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.60%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.60%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.30%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.38%) Internet
2 7 (2.08%) Firewall
2 7 (2.08%) VPN
3 5 (1.49%) Broadband
3 5 (1.49%) SNMP
4 4 (1.19%) NAS
5 3 (0.89%) 4G
5 3 (0.89%) Intranet
5 3 (0.89%) Skype
5 3 (0.89%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.89%) WAN
6 2 (0.60%) 3GPP
6 2 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (0.60%) DVB
6 2 (0.60%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.60%) IPsec
6 2 (0.60%) LTE
6 2 (0.60%) Sourcefire
6 2 (0.60%) SSL
7 1 (0.30%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (15.18%) Hadoop
2 49 (14.58%) Big Data
3 34 (10.12%) Apache Hive
4 28 (8.33%) Relational Database
5 20 (5.95%) SQL Server
6 19 (5.65%) Data Warehouse
7 18 (5.36%) Blockchain
7 18 (5.36%) DB2
8 14 (4.17%) NoSQL
8 14 (4.17%) Redis
9 11 (3.27%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (3.27%) Oracle Database
10 9 (2.68%) RDBMS
11 8 (2.38%) DB2 UDB
11 8 (2.38%) Oracle Database 10g
11 8 (2.38%) Oracle Database 11g
11 8 (2.38%) Snowflake Schema
11 8 (2.38%) SQL Server 2005
11 8 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (2.38%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 20 (5.95%) Jenkins
2 19 (5.65%) Git (software)
3 15 (4.46%) JIRA
4 14 (4.17%) Maven
5 12 (3.57%) Selenium
6 11 (3.27%) Cucumber
7 7 (2.08%) Appium
7 7 (2.08%) Eclipse
8 6 (1.79%) WebDriver
9 5 (1.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (1.49%) SoapUI
10 3 (0.89%) GitLab
10 3 (0.89%) JMeter
10 3 (0.89%) SpecFlow
10 3 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (0.60%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.60%) Calabash
11 2 (0.60%) Gradle
12 1 (0.30%) Hudson
12 1 (0.30%) SonarQube
General
1 110 (32.74%) Finance
2 36 (10.71%) Marketing
3 32 (9.52%) Telecoms
4 28 (8.33%) Banking
5 19 (5.65%) Retail
6 17 (5.06%) Manufacturing
7 10 (2.98%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (2.68%) Electronics
9 7 (2.08%) Investment Banking
10 6 (1.79%) Advertising
10 6 (1.79%) Legal
11 5 (1.49%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.89%) Front Office
12 3 (0.89%) Games
13 2 (0.60%) Automotive
13 2 (0.60%) Back Office
13 2 (0.60%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.60%) Law
13 2 (0.60%) Private Banking
13 2 (0.60%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (20.24%) Developer
2 39 (11.61%) Data Scientist
3 36 (10.71%) Analyst
4 25 (7.44%) Consultant
5 24 (7.14%) Project Manager
6 19 (5.65%) Python Engineer
7 16 (4.76%) Java Developer
8 13 (3.87%) Data Engineer
8 13 (3.87%) Software Engineer
9 12 (3.57%) Architect
9 12 (3.57%) Big Data Engineer
9 12 (3.57%) Business Analyst
10 11 (3.27%) Tester
11 10 (2.98%) Blockchain Consultant
11 10 (2.98%) C# Developer
11 10 (2.98%) Senior Manager
12 9 (2.68%) Automation Tester
12 9 (2.68%) Machine Learning Engineer
12 9 (2.68%) Security Engineer
13 8 (2.38%) Informatica Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (11.61%) TensorFlow
2 25 (7.44%) Kafka
3 23 (6.85%) Caffe
4 21 (6.25%) Keras
4 21 (6.25%) Theano
5 20 (5.95%) RabbitMQ
6 18 (5.36%) PySpark
6 18 (5.36%) REST
6 18 (5.36%) Spring
7 16 (4.76%) HTML
7 16 (4.76%) Web Services
8 15 (4.46%) NumPy
9 12 (3.57%) XML
10 11 (3.27%) Node.js
11 10 (2.98%) AngularJS
11 10 (2.98%) Celery
11 10 (2.98%) Flask
11 10 (2.98%) SOAP
12 9 (2.68%) CSS
12 9 (2.68%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 84 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (22.02%) Algorithms
3 21 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 21 (6.25%) User Experience
4 16 (4.76%) PMI
5 15 (4.46%) Fintech
6 14 (4.17%) Data Centre
7 13 (3.87%) Bitcoin
7 13 (3.87%) Blog
8 11 (3.27%) Self-Motivation
9 9 (2.68%) Data Structures
9 9 (2.68%) Social Media
10 8 (2.38%) Credit Risk
10 8 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (2.08%) Fixed Income
12 6 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
12 6 (1.79%) PKI
13 5 (1.49%) Derivative
13 5 (1.49%) Public Cloud
14 4 (1.19%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 37 (11.01%) Linux
2 13 (3.87%) Windows
3 12 (3.57%) Android
4 7 (2.08%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.79%) Unix
6 4 (1.19%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.89%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.60%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 187 (55.65%) Computer Science
2 157 (46.73%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (21.13%) Analytics
4 67 (19.94%) Problem-Solving
5 66 (19.64%) Data Science
5 66 (19.64%) Machine Learning
6 55 (16.37%) Mathematics
7 45 (13.39%) Project Management
7 45 (13.39%) Software Engineering
7 45 (13.39%) Statistics
8 42 (12.50%) Scrum
9 41 (12.20%) Deep Learning
10 38 (11.31%) Data Analysis
11 37 (11.01%) Test Automation
12 33 (9.82%) SDLC
13 32 (9.52%) ETL
14 26 (7.74%) Thought Leadership
15 24 (7.14%) Mentoring
15 24 (7.14%) Validation
16 23 (6.85%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 106 (31.55%) Python
2 63 (18.75%) SQL
3 55 (16.37%) Java
4 36 (10.71%) JavaScript
5 31 (9.23%) R
6 30 (8.93%) C#
7 28 (8.33%) Scala
8 26 (7.74%) C++
9 19 (5.65%) MATLAB
10 14 (4.17%) Perl
11 13 (3.87%) Bash Shell
11 13 (3.87%) Solidity
12 9 (2.68%) AWK
12 9 (2.68%) COBOL
13 8 (2.38%) C
14 6 (1.79%) Ruby
15 5 (1.49%) Go
15 5 (1.49%) sed
16 4 (1.19%) Ada
16 4 (1.19%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 336 (100.00%) Degree
2 93 (27.68%) Computer Science Degree
3 51 (15.18%) PhD
4 32 (9.52%) Security Cleared
5 27 (8.04%) MBA
6 25 (7.44%) PMP
6 25 (7.44%) SC Cleared
7 22 (6.55%) PMI Certification
8 10 (2.98%) Numerate Degree
9 8 (2.38%) ISTQB
10 7 (2.08%) ISEB
11 6 (1.79%) CIMA
12 5 (1.49%) ACCA
13 3 (0.89%) CCSP
13 3 (0.89%) CISA
13 3 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
13 3 (0.89%) CISM
13 3 (0.89%) CISSP
13 3 (0.89%) JNCIP
13 3 (0.89%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (6.25%) QA
2 6 (1.79%) IFRS
2 6 (1.79%) PMO
3 5 (1.49%) IFRS 9
3 5 (1.49%) SLA
4 4 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.89%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.89%) GDPR
5 3 (0.89%) PMBOK
6 2 (0.60%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.30%) EMIR
7 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 1 (0.30%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.30%) MiFID
7 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 23 (6.85%) Docker
2 4 (1.19%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.19%) Apache Flume
2 4 (1.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.30%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (5.06%) Ansible
1 17 (5.06%) Puppet
2 16 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (3.27%) Nagios
4 8 (2.38%) Salt
5 6 (1.79%) Kubernetes
5 6 (1.79%) Terraform
6 4 (1.19%) Grafana
6 4 (1.19%) Graphite
6 4 (1.19%) Kibana
6 4 (1.19%) Mesos
6 4 (1.19%) StatsD
6 4 (1.19%) ZABBIX
7 3 (0.89%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.60%) QRadar
9 1 (0.30%) CSIRT
9 1 (0.30%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.30%) RSA Archer
9 1 (0.30%) RSA Security Analytics
9 1 (0.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 42 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 33 (9.82%) Oracle
3 23 (6.85%) Google
4 16 (4.76%) Cloudera
5 15 (4.46%) Hortonworks
6 12 (3.57%) Teradata
7 9 (2.68%) Cisco
8 8 (2.38%) HP
8 8 (2.38%) Informatica
8 8 (2.38%) Netezza
9 7 (2.08%) TIBCO
10 5 (1.49%) SAP
11 4 (1.19%) Talend
12 3 (0.89%) Atlassian
12 3 (0.89%) Dell
12 3 (0.89%) Juniper
12 3 (0.89%) New Relic
12 3 (0.89%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.89%) Splunk
12 3 (0.89%) Tableau