Period
to 3 July 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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 456 555 596
Rank change year-on-year +99 +41 +24
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 126 327 314
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.35% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.27% 1.86% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 204 200
Median daily rate £475 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +5.00% +8.40%
10th Percentile £285 £313 £313
90th Percentile £768 £750 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £500 £413
% change year-on-year -22.50% +21.21% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 14
Median hourly rate £50.50 £57.50 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.17% +84.00% -2.34%
10th Percentile £28.45 £47.45 £21.12
90th Percentile £52.75 £66.75 £64.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £55.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year -30.45% +71.88% -6.21%

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 9,933 17,573 19,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.01% 18.89% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,890 10,583 11,621
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £239
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 833 910
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +44.33% -19.17%
10th Percentile £15.85 £12.86 £12.63
90th Percentile £57.00 £54.90 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -20.63%

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 3 July 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 3 July 2020.

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 3 July 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 +90 111 £475 -9.52% 56
London +123 72 £475 -13.64% 23
UK excluding London +100 46 £388 -22.50% 35
South East +111 16 £348 -30.40% 11
North of England +87 13 £550 +54.93% 3
Work from Home -1 9 £435 -17.14% 3
Yorkshire +69 8 £600 +90.48% 1
Midlands +73 7 £538 -2.27% 4
Scotland +59 6 £400 +9.59% 2
North West +64 5 £438 -41.67% 2
East Midlands +48 5 £538 +5.39% 3
West Midlands +64 2 - - 1
East of England +59 2 £538 +19.44% 12
Wales - 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 126 (100.00%) Degree
2 64 (50.79%) Computer Science
3 39 (30.95%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (29.37%) Finance
4 37 (29.37%) Analytical Skills
5 35 (27.78%) Python
6 33 (26.19%) Computer Science Degree
7 32 (25.40%) Mathematics
8 28 (22.22%) Java
9 27 (21.43%) Microsoft
10 26 (20.63%) .NET
10 26 (20.63%) Azure
11 25 (19.84%) C#
12 24 (19.05%) SQL
13 22 (17.46%) Statistics
13 22 (17.46%) Big Data
14 21 (16.67%) Oracle
15 20 (15.87%) JavaScript
15 20 (15.87%) Problem-Solving
16 19 (15.08%) SQL Server
17 18 (14.29%) Analytics
17 18 (14.29%) Git (software)
18 17 (13.49%) Data Science
19 16 (12.70%) Matrix Organization
19 16 (12.70%) Software Engineering
20 15 (11.90%) HTML
20 15 (11.90%) Linux
21 14 (11.11%) Project Management
21 14 (11.11%) QA
21 14 (11.11%) Apache Spark

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 14 (11.11%) Apache Spark
2 9 (7.14%) IIS
3 8 (6.35%) SharePoint
3 8 (6.35%) Tomcat
4 6 (4.76%) SAS
5 3 (2.38%) Apache
6 2 (1.59%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (1.59%) Confluence
7 1 (0.79%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.79%) DNN
7 1 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.79%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.79%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.79%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.79%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle AML
1 1 (0.79%) SAP EHS
1 1 (0.79%) SAP PLM
1 1 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 26 (20.63%) Azure
2 12 (9.52%) AWS
3 6 (4.76%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 6 (4.76%) Datadog
3 6 (4.76%) GCP
4 5 (3.97%) GitHub
4 5 (3.97%) Oracle Service Cloud
5 4 (3.17%) Power Platform
6 2 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.59%) SaaS
7 1 (0.79%) Amazon Cognito
7 1 (0.79%) Amazon EMR
7 1 (0.79%) Amazon Kinesis
7 1 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.79%) Azure Functions
7 1 (0.79%) Office 365
7 1 (0.79%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.79%) PaaS
7 1 (0.79%) Serverless
7 1 (0.79%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.38%) Internet
1 3 (2.38%) WAN
2 2 (1.59%) Ethernet
2 2 (1.59%) Firewall
2 2 (1.59%) IPv6
2 2 (1.59%) Network Security
2 2 (1.59%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.59%) VoIP
3 1 (0.79%) 2G
3 1 (0.79%) 3G
3 1 (0.79%) 4G
3 1 (0.79%) DNS
3 1 (0.79%) IPv4
3 1 (0.79%) LAN
3 1 (0.79%) Modbus
3 1 (0.79%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (0.79%) RNC
3 1 (0.79%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (0.79%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (17.46%) Big Data
2 19 (15.08%) SQL Server
3 11 (8.73%) MySQL
4 8 (6.35%) Relational Database
5 7 (5.56%) Apache Cassandra
6 6 (4.76%) Hadoop
6 6 (4.76%) RDBMS
7 5 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (3.17%) Apache Hive
8 4 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (3.17%) Power BI
8 4 (3.17%) Triplestore
9 3 (2.38%) MongoDB
9 3 (2.38%) NoSQL
9 3 (2.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (1.59%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (1.59%) Data Mining
10 2 (1.59%) QlikView
10 2 (1.59%) SQL Server 2017
10 2 (1.59%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 18 (14.29%) Git (software)
2 9 (7.14%) Jenkins
2 9 (7.14%) JIRA
3 6 (4.76%) Visual Studio
4 4 (3.17%) Redmine
5 3 (2.38%) Clang
5 3 (2.38%) Postman
5 3 (2.38%) Selenium
6 2 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (1.59%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.59%) Maven
6 2 (1.59%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (1.59%) Subversion
6 2 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.79%) Ant
7 1 (0.79%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.79%) ERwin
7 1 (0.79%) JMeter
7 1 (0.79%) NUnit
7 1 (0.79%) PowerDesigner
General
1 37 (29.37%) Finance
2 12 (9.52%) Marketing
3 8 (6.35%) Retail
4 7 (5.56%) Banking
5 5 (3.97%) Publishing
6 4 (3.17%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (3.17%) Public Sector
6 4 (3.17%) Telecoms
7 3 (2.38%) Advertising
7 3 (2.38%) Investment Banking
7 3 (2.38%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.59%) Legal
8 2 (1.59%) Swedish Language
9 1 (0.79%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.79%) Finnish Language
9 1 (0.79%) French Language
9 1 (0.79%) Games
9 1 (0.79%) Military
9 1 (0.79%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.79%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (24.60%) Developer
2 13 (10.32%) Analyst
3 12 (9.52%) Architect
3 12 (9.52%) C# Developer
4 11 (8.73%) Data Scientist
5 9 (7.14%) Azure Developer
6 8 (6.35%) Software Developer
6 8 (6.35%) Solutions Architect
6 8 (6.35%) Support Engineer
7 7 (5.56%) Consultant
7 7 (5.56%) Senior Developer
8 6 (4.76%) .NET Developer
8 6 (4.76%) Java Developer
8 6 (4.76%) Operations Engineer
8 6 (4.76%) Operations Support Engineer
9 5 (3.97%) C# Developer - Commodities
10 4 (3.17%) .NET Software Developer
10 4 (3.17%) C# .NET Developer
10 4 (3.17%) C# Software Developer
10 4 (3.17%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (20.63%) .NET
2 15 (11.90%) HTML
3 12 (9.52%) HTML5
4 11 (8.73%) Kafka
5 10 (7.94%) ASP.NET
6 8 (6.35%) XML
7 7 (5.56%) Pandas
7 7 (5.56%) Velocity
8 6 (4.76%) AngularJS
8 6 (4.76%) LAMP
8 6 (4.76%) LDAP
8 6 (4.76%) Memcached
8 6 (4.76%) TensorFlow
8 6 (4.76%) WCF
8 6 (4.76%) Web Services
9 5 (3.97%) CSS
9 5 (3.97%) H2O
9 5 (3.97%) JSON
9 5 (3.97%) SAML
9 5 (3.97%) SciPy
Miscellaneous
1 37 (29.37%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (8.73%) Algorithms
3 6 (4.76%) Linux Command Line
3 6 (4.76%) Virtual Team
4 5 (3.97%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.97%) PKI
5 4 (3.17%) Data Structures
5 4 (3.17%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (3.17%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (3.17%) User Experience
6 2 (1.59%) Acoustics
6 2 (1.59%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.59%) Derivative
6 2 (1.59%) Digital Signage
6 2 (1.59%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (1.59%) Internet of Things
6 2 (1.59%) Life Science
6 2 (1.59%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 15 (11.90%) Linux
2 13 (10.32%) Unix
3 3 (2.38%) Windows
4 2 (1.59%) Android
5 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.79%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2016
5 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (50.79%) Computer Science
2 39 (30.95%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (25.40%) Mathematics
4 22 (17.46%) Statistics
5 20 (15.87%) Problem-Solving
6 18 (14.29%) Analytics
7 17 (13.49%) Data Science
8 16 (12.70%) Matrix Organization
8 16 (12.70%) Software Engineering
9 14 (11.11%) Project Management
10 13 (10.32%) Data Management
10 13 (10.32%) Scrum
11 12 (9.52%) ITIL
12 11 (8.73%) Change Management
12 11 (8.73%) Microservices
12 11 (8.73%) Project Delivery
12 11 (8.73%) Visualisation
13 10 (7.94%) Machine Learning
13 10 (7.94%) Open Source
14 9 (7.14%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (27.78%) Python
2 28 (22.22%) Java
3 25 (19.84%) C#
4 24 (19.05%) SQL
5 20 (15.87%) JavaScript
6 12 (9.52%) C++
7 10 (7.94%) R
8 8 (6.35%) Bash Shell
9 6 (4.76%) Ruby
9 6 (4.76%) Scala
10 5 (3.97%) Java 8
10 5 (3.97%) PowerShell
10 5 (3.97%) Shell Script
10 5 (3.97%) VB.NET
11 4 (3.17%) C
11 4 (3.17%) T-SQL
12 3 (2.38%) Objective-C
12 3 (2.38%) VBA
13 2 (1.59%) Haskell
13 2 (1.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 126 (100.00%) Degree
2 33 (26.19%) Computer Science Degree
3 12 (9.52%) PhD
4 11 (8.73%) Security Cleared
5 9 (7.14%) CISSP
6 7 (5.56%) Postgraduate
7 6 (4.76%) Numerate Degree
7 6 (4.76%) NVQ Level 4
7 6 (4.76%) SC Cleared
8 5 (3.97%) MBA
9 4 (3.17%) CISM
10 3 (2.38%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (1.59%) CCIE
11 2 (1.59%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 2 (1.59%) CISA
11 2 (1.59%) GIAC
11 2 (1.59%) IISP
11 2 (1.59%) ISSAP
11 2 (1.59%) TOGAF Certification
12 1 (0.79%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (11.11%) QA
2 7 (5.56%) PCI DSS
3 4 (3.17%) SLA
4 2 (1.59%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.59%) PMO
5 1 (0.79%) GDPR
5 1 (0.79%) IFRS
5 1 (0.79%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.79%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.79%) WCAG
System Software
1 10 (7.94%) Docker
2 5 (3.97%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.79%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (4.76%) Nagios
2 5 (3.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 5 (3.97%) Single Sign-On
3 3 (2.38%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.59%) Netcool
5 1 (0.79%) Terraform
5 1 (0.79%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 27 (21.43%) Microsoft
2 21 (16.67%) Oracle
3 8 (6.35%) Databricks
4 7 (5.56%) StreamSets
4 7 (5.56%) Tableau
5 6 (4.76%) Splunk
6 5 (3.97%) Google
6 5 (3.97%) SAP
7 3 (2.38%) Cloudera
8 2 (1.59%) CA
8 2 (1.59%) Cognizant
8 2 (1.59%) Informatica
8 2 (1.59%) Kony
8 2 (1.59%) Micro Focus
8 2 (1.59%) Remedy
9 1 (0.79%) Ericsson
9 1 (0.79%) Huawei
9 1 (0.79%) MarketAxess
9 1 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.79%) Wallstreet Suite