Period
to 25 January 2022

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 25 January 2022 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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 582 490 551
Rank change year-on-year -92 +61 +50
Contract jobs citing Master's Degree 273 112 215
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.27% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 1.18% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 63 138
10th Percentile £350 £326 £284
25th Percentile £426 £403 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +15.79% - -9.52%
75th Percentile £675 £550 £613
90th Percentile £750 £650 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £445 £370
% change year-on-year +12.36% +20.27% -7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 13
10th Percentile £47.05 £33.51 £30.90
25th Percentile £47.75 £42.68 £42.50
Median hourly rate £48.50 £53.00 £48.50
Median % change year-on-year -8.49% +9.28% +42.65%
75th Percentile £49.50 £59.38 £57.50
90th Percentile £52.28 £61.25 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £57.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -15.65% +27.78% +32.35%

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 16,798 9,528 15,278
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.14% 22.78% 21.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,991 6,300 9,862
10th Percentile £313 £277 £256
25th Percentile £415 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £619 £563 £556
90th Percentile £700 £650 £639
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.22% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 661 501 633
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.71 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.55 £40.50 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.35% +24.62% +22.64%
75th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £49.50
90th Percentile £65.54 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £38.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +32.76% +9.43%

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 25 January 2022.

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
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 25 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -103 214 £550 +15.79% 121
London -142 110 £600 +14.29% 57
UK excluding London -54 102 £500 +12.36% 78
Work from Home -81 95 £550 +12.82% 22
South East -35 50 £517 +38.79% 17
North of England -47 19 £420 -11.58% 16
North West -41 12 £428 -4.89% 8
East of England -31 10 - - 14
South West -49 10 £300 -29.41% 8
Scotland - 7 £400 - 11
Yorkshire -40 6 £390 -30.67% 6
West Midlands -53 5 £625 +31.58% 7
Midlands -65 5 £625 +48.81% 9
Wales -28 1 £325 -39.53% 2
North East - 1 £270 - 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, 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.

1 273 (100.00%) Degree
2 140 (51.28%) Computer Science
3 129 (47.25%) Social Skills
4 118 (43.22%) Agile Software Development
5 98 (35.90%) Finance
6 82 (30.04%) Analytical Skills
7 81 (29.67%) Problem-Solving
8 70 (25.64%) Project Management
9 64 (23.44%) Computer Science Degree
10 57 (20.88%) Python
11 53 (19.41%) Microsoft
12 52 (19.05%) DevOps
13 51 (18.68%) Azure
14 48 (17.58%) Software Engineering
14 48 (17.58%) SQL
15 39 (14.29%) Mathematics
16 38 (13.92%) Presentation Skills
17 36 (13.19%) Java
17 36 (13.19%) Stakeholder Management
18 35 (12.82%) Analytics
19 33 (12.09%) Continuous Improvement
20 31 (11.36%) User Experience
21 30 (10.99%) Data Science
22 29 (10.62%) Public Sector
23 28 (10.26%) Prototyping
24 26 (9.52%) JavaScript
24 26 (9.52%) HTML
24 26 (9.52%) ITIL
25 25 (9.16%) Data Analysis
25 25 (9.16%) Statistics

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 (5.13%) SAS
2 11 (4.03%) Confluence
3 7 (2.56%) Apache
4 5 (1.83%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.47%) Apache Qpid
5 4 (1.47%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.10%) CICS
6 3 (1.10%) CMS
6 3 (1.10%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.73%) Jupyter
7 2 (0.73%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.37%) Apache Airflow
8 1 (0.37%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.37%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 21 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (4.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (2.20%) InVision
5 5 (1.83%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (1.47%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (1.47%) Adobe XD
7 3 (1.10%) Photoshop
7 3 (1.10%) Pixate
7 3 (1.10%) Sketch
8 2 (0.73%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.73%) SPSS
9 1 (0.37%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.37%) Revit
9 1 (0.37%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (2.20%) SAP MDG
2 3 (1.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.37%) SAP EWM
3 1 (0.37%) SAP LE
3 1 (0.37%) SAP MDM
3 1 (0.37%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.37%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.37%) SAP WM
3 1 (0.37%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 51 (18.68%) Azure
2 10 (3.66%) AWS
3 9 (3.30%) Power Platform
4 7 (2.56%) GCP
5 6 (2.20%) Azure Data Factory
6 5 (1.83%) Collibra
7 4 (1.47%) AWS Lambda
7 4 (1.47%) Figma
7 4 (1.47%) Serverless
8 3 (1.10%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 3 (1.10%) Microsoft 365
8 3 (1.10%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 3 (1.10%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 2 (0.73%) Azure Machine Learning
9 2 (0.73%) iPaaS
9 2 (0.73%) SaaS
10 1 (0.37%) Google Sheets
10 1 (0.37%) Heroku
10 1 (0.37%) Slack
10 1 (0.37%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.30%) Network Security
2 8 (2.93%) Firewall
3 7 (2.56%) Internet
3 7 (2.56%) WAN
4 4 (1.47%) SD-WAN
5 3 (1.10%) LAN
5 3 (1.10%) MPLS
6 2 (0.73%) 3GPP
6 2 (0.73%) 5G
6 2 (0.73%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (0.73%) Wireless
7 1 (0.37%) 4G
7 1 (0.37%) BGP
7 1 (0.37%) DWDM
7 1 (0.37%) HTTP
7 1 (0.37%) LTE
7 1 (0.37%) OpenFlow
7 1 (0.37%) OSPF
7 1 (0.37%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (7.69%) Data Lake
2 15 (5.49%) Big Data
3 14 (5.13%) SQL Server
4 11 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
5 10 (3.66%) Tableau
6 9 (3.30%) Metadata
6 9 (3.30%) Power BI
7 8 (2.93%) Hadoop
7 8 (2.93%) QlikView
7 8 (2.93%) Relational Database
8 7 (2.56%) Parquet
9 6 (2.20%) Data Mining
9 6 (2.20%) DB2
9 6 (2.20%) NoSQL
10 5 (1.83%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (1.83%) Text Mining
11 4 (1.47%) MongoDB
12 3 (1.10%) MySQL
12 3 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
12 3 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (6.59%) JIRA
2 16 (5.86%) Git (software)
3 12 (4.40%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.20%) Jasmine
5 5 (1.83%) Mocha
6 4 (1.47%) GitLab
6 4 (1.47%) JMeter
6 4 (1.47%) kappa
6 4 (1.47%) Postman
6 4 (1.47%) PowerDesigner
6 4 (1.47%) SpecFlow
6 4 (1.47%) webpack
7 3 (1.10%) Babel
7 3 (1.10%) Cucumber
7 3 (1.10%) Cypress.io
7 3 (1.10%) Karma Test Runner
7 3 (1.10%) Maven
7 3 (1.10%) Serenity BDD
7 3 (1.10%) TeamCity
7 3 (1.10%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 129 (47.25%) Social Skills
2 98 (35.90%) Finance
3 82 (30.04%) Analytical Skills
4 38 (13.92%) Presentation Skills
5 29 (10.62%) Public Sector
6 20 (7.33%) Banking
7 17 (6.23%) Influencing Skills
8 16 (5.86%) Telecoms
9 15 (5.49%) Marketing
10 14 (5.13%) Manufacturing
11 13 (4.76%) Pharmaceutical
12 11 (4.03%) Legal
13 7 (2.56%) Electronics
13 7 (2.56%) French Language
13 7 (2.56%) Organisational Skills
14 6 (2.20%) Retail Banking
15 3 (1.10%) Financial Institution
15 3 (1.10%) German Language
15 3 (1.10%) Retail
16 2 (0.73%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 42 (15.38%) Developer
2 39 (14.29%) Architect
3 16 (5.86%) Consultant
4 15 (5.49%) Project Manager
5 14 (5.13%) IT Manager
6 13 (4.76%) Analyst
6 13 (4.76%) Designer
7 12 (4.40%) Software Engineer
8 11 (4.03%) Data Engineer
8 11 (4.03%) Java Developer
9 10 (3.66%) Solutions Architect
10 9 (3.30%) Data Architect
10 9 (3.30%) Data Scientist
10 9 (3.30%) UX Designer
11 8 (2.93%) IT Project Manager
11 8 (2.93%) Machine Learning Engineer
12 7 (2.56%) .NET Software Engineer
12 7 (2.56%) Business Analyst
12 7 (2.56%) C# Software Engineer
12 7 (2.56%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (9.52%) HTML
2 24 (8.79%) CSS
3 17 (6.23%) React
4 16 (5.86%) TensorFlow
5 13 (4.76%) .NET
6 12 (4.40%) Spring
7 11 (4.03%) AngularJS
7 11 (4.03%) NumPy
7 11 (4.03%) Pandas
7 11 (4.03%) SOAP
7 11 (4.03%) XML
8 10 (3.66%) HTML5
8 10 (3.66%) RESTful
8 10 (3.66%) scikit-learn
9 9 (3.30%) JSON
9 9 (3.30%) Matplotlib
9 9 (3.30%) Node.js
9 9 (3.30%) REST
10 8 (2.93%) CSS3
10 8 (2.93%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 31 (11.36%) User Experience
2 21 (7.69%) Management Information System
2 21 (7.69%) Self-Motivation
3 20 (7.33%) Algorithms
4 10 (3.66%) NHS
4 10 (3.66%) Virtual Team
5 9 (3.30%) Data Structures
6 7 (2.56%) FMCG
7 6 (2.20%) Biotechnology
7 6 (2.20%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.83%) Credit Risk
8 5 (1.83%) Renewable Energy
8 5 (1.83%) Robotics
9 4 (1.47%) Digital Media
9 4 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.47%) Private Cloud
9 4 (1.47%) Social Media
10 3 (1.10%) Cloud Native
10 3 (1.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (1.10%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 19 (6.96%) Windows
2 15 (5.49%) Linux
3 4 (1.47%) Unix
4 3 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.37%) Android
5 1 (0.37%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.37%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (51.28%) Computer Science
2 118 (43.22%) Agile Software Development
3 81 (29.67%) Problem-Solving
4 70 (25.64%) Project Management
5 52 (19.05%) DevOps
6 48 (17.58%) Software Engineering
7 39 (14.29%) Mathematics
8 36 (13.19%) Stakeholder Management
9 35 (12.82%) Analytics
10 33 (12.09%) Continuous Improvement
11 30 (10.99%) Data Science
12 28 (10.26%) Prototyping
13 26 (9.52%) ITIL
14 25 (9.16%) Data Analysis
14 25 (9.16%) Machine Learning
14 25 (9.16%) Statistics
15 24 (8.79%) Business Intelligence
15 24 (8.79%) Change Management
15 24 (8.79%) UX Design
16 23 (8.42%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 57 (20.88%) Python
2 48 (17.58%) SQL
3 36 (13.19%) Java
4 26 (9.52%) JavaScript
5 16 (5.86%) C#
6 15 (5.49%) C++
7 13 (4.76%) R
8 11 (4.03%) C
9 7 (2.56%) TypeScript
10 6 (2.20%) Java 8
11 5 (1.83%) Julia
11 5 (1.83%) MATLAB
11 5 (1.83%) Ruby
12 3 (1.10%) COBOL
12 3 (1.10%) Go
12 3 (1.10%) Java 11
12 3 (1.10%) JCL
12 3 (1.10%) Scala
13 2 (0.73%) JSX
13 2 (0.73%) VBA
Qualifications
1 273 (100.00%) Degree
2 64 (23.44%) Computer Science Degree
3 20 (7.33%) PhD
4 19 (6.96%) Security Cleared
5 15 (5.49%) PMI Certification
6 14 (5.13%) ITIL Certification
7 12 (4.40%) PMP
8 10 (3.66%) CISA
9 8 (2.93%) SC Cleared
10 7 (2.56%) CISSP
10 7 (2.56%) CRISC
10 7 (2.56%) MBA
11 5 (1.83%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (1.83%) CGEIT
11 5 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
11 5 (1.83%) CISM
11 5 (1.83%) Numerate Degree
12 4 (1.47%) CCIE
13 3 (1.10%) CISMP
13 3 (1.10%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.49%) QA
2 14 (5.13%) Data Quality
3 7 (2.56%) Accessibility
3 7 (2.56%) PMO
4 6 (2.20%) WCAG
5 5 (1.83%) COBIT
6 4 (1.47%) GRC
7 2 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.73%) GDPR
7 2 (0.73%) SLA
8 1 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.37%) IFRS
8 1 (0.37%) IFRS 9
8 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.37%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 23 (8.42%) Docker
2 5 (1.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.10%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.10%) Firmware
3 3 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (1.10%) vSphere
4 2 (0.73%) HDFS
5 1 (0.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.37%) KVM
Systems Management
1 14 (5.13%) Kubernetes
2 8 (2.93%) Tivoli
3 3 (1.10%) CASB
4 2 (0.73%) HP ALM
4 2 (0.73%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.37%) Ansible
5 1 (0.37%) Kibana
5 1 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.37%) Puppet
5 1 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.37%) Terraform
Vendors
1 53 (19.41%) Microsoft
2 17 (6.23%) Databricks
3 15 (5.49%) SAP
4 13 (4.76%) ServiceNow
5 11 (4.03%) IBM
6 9 (3.30%) Atlassian
6 9 (3.30%) HP
6 9 (3.30%) MuleSoft
6 9 (3.30%) Salesforce.com
7 8 (2.93%) BMC
7 8 (2.93%) Cisco
8 6 (2.20%) Oracle
8 6 (2.20%) VMware
9 5 (1.83%) Adobe
9 5 (1.83%) Workday
10 4 (1.47%) BiZZdesign
10 4 (1.47%) Juniper
11 3 (1.10%) Ariba
11 3 (1.10%) BT
11 3 (1.10%) Citrix