Period
to 22 February 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 22 February 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
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 578 594 573
Rank change year-on-year +16 -21 +89
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 305 264 330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.27% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.60% 1.33% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 143 228
UK median daily rate £500 £460 £422
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.70% +9.09% -10.04%
10th Percentile £263 £262 £250
90th Percentile £675 £650 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £406 £398
% change year-on-year -19.38% +2.20% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 4
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £38.62 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.14% +23.58% -26.47%
10th Percentile £24.30 £29.85 £20.98
90th Percentile £72.50 £97.50 £53.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £43.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -16.28% +14.67% -11.76%

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 19,097 19,883 22,301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.80% 20.71% 20.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,712 12,595 13,624
UK median daily rate £437 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 851 914 1,001
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £30.11
% change year-on-year -5.45% -8.65% +54.38%

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 22 February 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 22 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Top 14 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 22 February 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 +8 289 £500 +6.95% 145
London -37 182 £529 +5.75% 58
UK excluding London +17 116 £328 -19.38% 94
South East -4 48 £400 +35.14% 32
Midlands +27 26 £308 -60.95% 16
East Midlands +14 17 £280 -64.44% 3
North of England +30 13 £313 -5.30% 13
Scotland -6 11 £323 -30.16% 6
South West +11 9 £525 -16.00% 10
West Midlands +7 9 £500 - 13
East of England -5 9 £218 -48.82% 16
North East +55 6 £300 -3.23% 2
North West +1 5 £363 -9.38% 3
Yorkshire -8 2 £500 - 8

For the 6 months to 22 February 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.

1 305 (100.00%) Degree
2 133 (43.61%) Computer Science
3 109 (35.74%) Agile Software Development
4 103 (33.77%) Finance
5 83 (27.21%) SQL
6 77 (25.25%) Scrum
6 77 (25.25%) Python
7 66 (21.64%) Computer Science Degree
8 62 (20.33%) Analytical Skills
9 47 (15.41%) Analytics
10 46 (15.08%) Java
10 46 (15.08%) JavaScript
11 42 (13.77%) Git (software)
12 40 (13.11%) Data Science
13 39 (12.79%) TDD
14 38 (12.46%) PMI Certification
15 37 (12.13%) Banking
16 35 (11.48%) Machine Learning
17 33 (10.82%) Project Management
17 33 (10.82%) PMP
17 33 (10.82%) Microsoft
18 32 (10.49%) Project Planning
18 32 (10.49%) Visualisation
18 32 (10.49%) Microsoft Azure
18 32 (10.49%) User Experience
19 31 (10.16%) Hadoop
20 30 (9.84%) PMI
20 30 (9.84%) Manufacturing
21 29 (9.51%) Amazon AWS
22 28 (9.18%) Test Automation

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 21 (6.89%) Apache Spark
2 10 (3.28%) Apache
3 9 (2.95%) Apache Pig
4 8 (2.62%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.97%) CMS
6 5 (1.64%) Confluence
6 5 (1.64%) OpenStack
6 5 (1.64%) SAS
7 4 (1.31%) Apache Solr
7 4 (1.31%) JBoss
7 4 (1.31%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.98%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.66%) Jupyter
9 2 (0.66%) Liferay
10 1 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.33%) DNN
10 1 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.33%) IIS
10 1 (0.33%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 8 (2.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.64%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.31%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (1.31%) SPSS
4 2 (0.66%) Weka
5 1 (0.33%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.33%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.33%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.33%) PaintShop Pro
5 1 (0.33%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.97%) ION MarketView
2 4 (1.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.98%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.66%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.33%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 32 (10.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (9.51%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.97%) PaaS
4 3 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.98%) Office 365
4 3 (0.98%) SaaS
5 2 (0.66%) AdWords
5 2 (0.66%) Amazon SQS
5 2 (0.66%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.66%) Heroku
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.33%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.61%) Internet
2 9 (2.95%) Firewall
3 5 (1.64%) BGP
3 5 (1.64%) LAN
3 5 (1.64%) MPLS
3 5 (1.64%) OSPF
4 4 (1.31%) Cisco Nexus
4 4 (1.31%) Skype
4 4 (1.31%) VPLS
4 4 (1.31%) WAN
5 3 (0.98%) DMZ
5 3 (0.98%) Intrusion Detection
5 3 (0.98%) SSL
5 3 (0.98%) VPN
6 2 (0.66%) Profibus
6 2 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.33%) GLBP
7 1 (0.33%) HSRP
7 1 (0.33%) Multicast
7 1 (0.33%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (10.16%) Hadoop
2 27 (8.85%) SQL Server
3 24 (7.87%) Big Data
3 24 (7.87%) PostgreSQL
4 22 (7.21%) MySQL
5 19 (6.23%) MongoDB
5 19 (6.23%) Power BI
5 19 (6.23%) Relational Database
6 18 (5.90%) NoSQL
7 17 (5.57%) Data Lake
7 17 (5.57%) Spotfire
8 16 (5.25%) HBase
8 16 (5.25%) RDBMS
8 16 (5.25%) Redis
9 13 (4.26%) Lumira
9 13 (4.26%) SAP HANA
10 12 (3.93%) Apache Cassandra
11 11 (3.61%) Apache Hive
12 9 (2.95%) Data Mining
13 7 (2.30%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 42 (13.77%) Git (software)
2 18 (5.90%) Maven
3 16 (5.25%) TeamCity
4 15 (4.92%) Xcode
5 13 (4.26%) Gradle
5 13 (4.26%) Jenkins
6 11 (3.61%) Visual Studio
7 10 (3.28%) JIRA
8 9 (2.95%) Appium
8 9 (2.95%) Cucumber
8 9 (2.95%) Subversion
8 9 (2.95%) Visual Studio Team System
9 7 (2.30%) GitLab
10 4 (1.31%) Android Studio
10 4 (1.31%) Bitbucket
10 4 (1.31%) gulp
10 4 (1.31%) JUnit
10 4 (1.31%) Selenium
10 4 (1.31%) webpack
11 2 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 103 (33.77%) Finance
2 37 (12.13%) Banking
3 30 (9.84%) Manufacturing
4 21 (6.89%) Marketing
5 19 (6.23%) Investment Banking
6 13 (4.26%) Games
7 12 (3.93%) Telecoms
8 11 (3.61%) Legal
9 9 (2.95%) Retail
10 8 (2.62%) Publishing
11 7 (2.30%) Financial Institution
12 5 (1.64%) Electronics
12 5 (1.64%) Law
13 3 (0.98%) Automotive
13 3 (0.98%) French Language
14 2 (0.66%) Back Office
14 2 (0.66%) Dutch Language
14 2 (0.66%) Military
14 2 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.66%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 78 (25.57%) Developer
2 39 (12.79%) Project Manager
3 34 (11.15%) Analyst
4 25 (8.20%) Business Analyst
5 23 (7.54%) Java Developer
6 22 (7.21%) Architect
7 21 (6.89%) Senior Developer
8 20 (6.56%) Data Scientist
8 20 (6.56%) iOS Developer
9 16 (5.25%) Data Engineer
10 15 (4.92%) Consultant
11 13 (4.26%) Investment Banking Java Developer
11 13 (4.26%) Senior Investment Banking Java Developer
11 13 (4.26%) Senior Java Developer
12 12 (3.93%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
13 10 (3.28%) Big Data Engineer
13 10 (3.28%) IT Manager
14 8 (2.62%) Android Developer
14 8 (2.62%) Data Analytics Engineer
15 7 (2.30%) Unix Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (8.85%) REST
2 23 (7.54%) Spring
2 23 (7.54%) Web Services
3 22 (7.21%) XML
4 21 (6.89%) RESTful
5 18 (5.90%) TensorFlow
6 13 (4.26%) AngularJS
6 13 (4.26%) Hibernate
6 13 (4.26%) JMS
6 13 (4.26%) XSD
7 12 (3.93%) Theano
8 11 (3.61%) Cocoa
9 10 (3.28%) HTML
9 10 (3.28%) Kafka
10 9 (2.95%) .NET
10 9 (2.95%) CNTK
10 9 (2.95%) MXNet
10 9 (2.95%) Velocity
11 8 (2.62%) HTML5
11 8 (2.62%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 133 (43.61%) Computer Science
2 62 (20.33%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (10.49%) User Experience
4 30 (9.84%) PMI
5 24 (7.87%) Management Information System
6 21 (6.89%) Algorithms
7 10 (3.28%) Greenfield Project
8 9 (2.95%) Data Centre
8 9 (2.95%) iPad
8 9 (2.95%) iPhone
8 9 (2.95%) Mobile App
8 9 (2.95%) Virtual Team
9 8 (2.62%) Fintech
10 6 (1.97%) Credit Risk
10 6 (1.97%) Equities
10 6 (1.97%) Fixed Income
11 5 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (1.31%) Data Structures
12 4 (1.31%) Hedge funds
12 4 (1.31%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 25 (8.20%) Apple iOS
2 23 (7.54%) Linux
3 15 (4.92%) Unix
4 13 (4.26%) Android
5 9 (2.95%) Windows
6 3 (0.98%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.98%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.66%) VxWorks
7 2 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.33%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.33%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.33%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (35.74%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (25.25%) Scrum
3 47 (15.41%) Analytics
4 40 (13.11%) Data Science
5 39 (12.79%) TDD
6 35 (11.48%) Machine Learning
7 33 (10.82%) Project Management
8 32 (10.49%) Project Planning
8 32 (10.49%) Visualisation
9 28 (9.18%) Mathematics
9 28 (9.18%) Test Automation
10 27 (8.85%) BDD
11 26 (8.52%) Business Intelligence
11 26 (8.52%) Stakeholder Management
12 25 (8.20%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
12 25 (8.20%) OO
12 25 (8.20%) Resource Allocation
13 23 (7.54%) Mentoring
13 23 (7.54%) Open Source
14 22 (7.21%) iOS Development
Programming Languages
1 83 (27.21%) SQL
2 77 (25.25%) Python
3 46 (15.08%) Java
3 46 (15.08%) JavaScript
4 26 (8.52%) R
5 25 (8.20%) Scala
6 22 (7.21%) C
7 19 (6.23%) Apple Swift
7 19 (6.23%) C++
8 17 (5.57%) Bash Shell
8 17 (5.57%) C#
9 13 (4.26%) Groovy
9 13 (4.26%) Ruby
9 13 (4.26%) XPath
10 11 (3.61%) Objective-C
11 9 (2.95%) Go
11 9 (2.95%) MATLAB
12 6 (1.97%) VBA
13 5 (1.64%) ES6
14 4 (1.31%) AWK
Qualifications
1 305 (100.00%) Degree
2 66 (21.64%) Computer Science Degree
3 38 (12.46%) PMI Certification
4 33 (10.82%) PMP
5 23 (7.54%) Security Cleared
6 15 (4.92%) MBA
6 15 (4.92%) SC Cleared
7 11 (3.61%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (3.61%) PhD
8 9 (2.95%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (2.95%) MCSE
9 8 (2.62%) CCNA
9 8 (2.62%) CISSP
10 7 (2.30%) Numerate Degree
11 6 (1.97%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 5 (1.64%) CCIE
12 5 (1.64%) MCP
12 5 (1.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (1.31%) CCSP
13 4 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.61%) QA
2 10 (3.28%) GDPR
3 6 (1.97%) PMO
4 3 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.66%) COBIT
5 2 (0.66%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.66%) IEC 61508
5 2 (0.66%) IEC 62304
5 2 (0.66%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.66%) SLA
6 1 (0.33%) COSO
6 1 (0.33%) MiFID
System Software
1 18 (5.90%) Docker
2 10 (3.28%) Apache Flume
3 6 (1.97%) Active Directory
4 4 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.66%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.33%) HDFS
6 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (3.28%) Kubernetes
2 9 (2.95%) Terraform
3 4 (1.31%) Puppet
4 3 (0.98%) QRadar
5 2 (0.66%) Ansible
5 2 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.66%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.33%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.33%) Grafana
6 1 (0.33%) Kibana
6 1 (0.33%) logstash
6 1 (0.33%) NetCrunch
6 1 (0.33%) Oozie
6 1 (0.33%) Salt
6 1 (0.33%) SCCM
6 1 (0.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 33 (10.82%) Microsoft
2 22 (7.21%) Oracle
3 17 (5.57%) SAP
4 16 (5.25%) Alteryx
5 11 (3.61%) Apple
6 10 (3.28%) Tableau
7 9 (2.95%) Talend
8 8 (2.62%) Cisco
9 6 (1.97%) ION Trading
9 6 (1.97%) VMware
10 5 (1.64%) CheckPoint
10 5 (1.64%) Google
11 4 (1.31%) Adobe
11 4 (1.31%) Fortinet
11 4 (1.31%) IBM
11 4 (1.31%) Juniper
11 4 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (1.31%) TIBCO
12 3 (0.98%) Red Hat
13 2 (0.66%) Pega