The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PhD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PhD
UK
Rank 489 543 586
Rank change year-on-year +54 +43  
Contract jobs citing PhD 107 99 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.19% 0.067%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.14% 0.89% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 63 27
Median daily rate £620 £700 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.42% +75.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £1,100 £685
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £325 £301
% change year-on-year +30.76% +8.15%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Median hourly rate £33.00 - £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.50 - £37.50

PhD is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9416 11075 10551
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.90% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5980 6908 6005
Median daily rate £420 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 402 477
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.26 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing PhD as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for PhD in the UK

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing PhD.

Contractor daily rate trend for PhD in the UK

PhD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing PhD over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for PhD in the UK

PhD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing PhD.

Contractor hourly rate trend for PhD in the UK

PhD
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing PhD over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for PhD in the UK

PhD
Top 22 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PhD within the UK over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +42 105 £620 -11.42% 121
London +35 93 £620 -11.42% 47
City of London -2 12 £555 -23.44% 11
North West +30 4 £425 -15.00% 8
East of England -3 4 - - 44
Cambridgeshire +4 3 - - 38
South East +26 2 - - 9
Manchester +8 2 £425 -15.00% 8
Berkshire - 2 - - 2
Bracknell - 2 - -
Warrington - 2 £313 -
Cheshire - 2 £313 -
Scotland +20 1 - - 2
Cambridge +3 1 - - 36
Saffron Walden - 1 - - 1
Salisbury - 1 £495 -
Wiltshire - 1 £495 -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - - 2
Edinburgh - 1 - - 2
South West - 1 £495 - 2
Essex - 1 - - 1

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PhD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for PhD.

1 111 (53.88%) Python
2 92 (44.66%) Mathematics
3 76 (36.89%) R
4 74 (35.92%) Computer Science
5 73 (35.44%) C++
6 71 (34.47%) Analytics
7 70 (33.98%) Statistics
8 59 (28.64%) Banking
9 55 (26.70%) Big Data
10 53 (25.73%) SQL
11 50 (24.27%) Degree
12 48 (23.30%) Investment Banking
13 47 (22.82%) Agile Software Development
14 45 (21.84%) Front Office
14 45 (21.84%) Machine Learning
15 44 (21.36%) Finance
15 44 (21.36%) Hadoop
16 40 (19.42%) Scala
17 38 (18.45%) Java
18 36 (17.48%) Apache Spark
19 35 (16.99%) Algorithms
20 30 (14.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
21 28 (13.59%) C#
21 28 (13.59%) Linux
21 28 (13.59%) Analytical Skills
22 24 (11.65%) Business Intelligence
22 24 (11.65%) MATLAB
23 23 (11.17%) Windows
23 23 (11.17%) OO
24 22 (10.68%) Release Management

PhD
Top Related 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 36 (17.48%) Apache Spark
2 8 (3.88%) SAS
3 6 (2.91%) Apache Pig
4 4 (1.94%) Apache
5 2 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.49%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.49%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 20 (9.71%) Spreadsheet
2 4 (1.94%) LaTeX
2 4 (1.94%) SPSS
3 3 (1.46%) Doxygen
3 3 (1.46%) MS Excel
4 1 (0.49%) MS Office
4 1 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.49%) S-PLUS
4 1 (0.49%) Weka
Business Applications
1 2 (0.97%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 14 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.94%) GitHub
3 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.97%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.49%) Amazon Kinesis
5 1 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.49%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.49%) PaaS
5 1 (0.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.49%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (26.70%) Big Data
2 44 (21.36%) Hadoop
3 22 (10.68%) Tick Data
4 18 (8.74%) NoSQL
5 15 (7.28%) MongoDB
6 12 (5.83%) Apache Hive
6 12 (5.83%) Data Mining
6 12 (5.83%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (5.83%) RDBMS
6 12 (5.83%) Relational Database
7 11 (5.34%) QlikView
8 10 (4.85%) Apache Cassandra
9 6 (2.91%) Spotfire
10 4 (1.94%) HBase
11 3 (1.46%) Data Lake
11 3 (1.46%) Flink
11 3 (1.46%) KDB
11 3 (1.46%) Neo4j
12 2 (0.97%) Amazon Redshift
12 2 (0.97%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 14 (6.80%) Git (software)
2 9 (4.37%) JIRA
3 3 (1.46%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.46%) Visual Studio
General
1 59 (28.64%) Banking
2 48 (23.30%) Investment Banking
3 45 (21.84%) Front Office
4 44 (21.36%) Finance
5 12 (5.83%) Marketing
6 11 (5.34%) Retail
7 4 (1.94%) Electronics
7 4 (1.94%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.94%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.46%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.97%) Games
9 2 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.97%) Publishing
10 1 (0.49%) Advertising
10 1 (0.49%) Automotive
10 1 (0.49%) Military
Job Titles
1 81 (39.32%) Developer
2 56 (27.18%) Data Scientist
3 49 (23.79%) Quantitative Developer
4 32 (15.53%) Analyst
5 25 (12.14%) C++ Developer
6 20 (9.71%) Python Developer
7 19 (9.22%) Qualitative Analyst
7 19 (9.22%) Quantitative Analyst
8 15 (7.28%) Front Office Developer
9 13 (6.31%) Risk Analyst
10 11 (5.34%) C++ Quantitative Developer
10 11 (5.34%) Data Analyst
10 11 (5.34%) Data Engineer
11 10 (4.85%) Machine Learning Scientist
12 9 (4.37%) Analyst Developer
12 9 (4.37%) Big Data Engineer
12 9 (4.37%) Hadoop Engineer
13 8 (3.88%) Architect
14 7 (3.40%) C# Developer
14 7 (3.40%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.31%) Natural Language Processing
1 13 (6.31%) Pandas
1 13 (6.31%) scikit-learn
2 10 (4.85%) NumPy
3 9 (4.37%) SciPy
4 6 (2.91%) .NET
4 6 (2.91%) Kafka
5 5 (2.43%) D3.js
6 4 (1.94%) .NET Framework
6 4 (1.94%) Akka
6 4 (1.94%) WCF
6 4 (1.94%) WPF
7 3 (1.46%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.46%) Middleware
7 3 (1.46%) Silverlight
7 3 (1.46%) WinForms
8 2 (0.97%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 2 (0.97%) Swing
9 1 (0.49%) Entity Framework
9 1 (0.49%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 74 (35.92%) Computer Science
2 35 (16.99%) Algorithms
3 30 (14.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 28 (13.59%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (7.28%) Market Risk
6 14 (6.80%) Credit Risk
7 11 (5.34%) Derivative
8 9 (4.37%) Fintech
9 6 (2.91%) Credit Derivative
9 6 (2.91%) User Experience
10 4 (1.94%) FMCG
11 3 (1.46%) Fixed Income
11 3 (1.46%) Life Science
11 3 (1.46%) Social Media
12 2 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
12 2 (0.97%) Equities
12 2 (0.97%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.97%) SCADA
12 2 (0.97%) Smartphone
12 2 (0.97%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 28 (13.59%) Linux
2 23 (11.17%) Windows
3 2 (0.97%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (44.66%) Mathematics
2 71 (34.47%) Analytics
3 70 (33.98%) Statistics
4 47 (22.82%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (21.84%) Machine Learning
6 24 (11.65%) Business Intelligence
7 23 (11.17%) OO
8 22 (10.68%) Memory Management
8 22 (10.68%) Release Management
9 19 (9.22%) Scrum
10 17 (8.25%) Open Source
10 17 (8.25%) Visualisation
11 15 (7.28%) E-Commerce
12 14 (6.80%) PnL Attribution
13 13 (6.31%) Data Analytics
14 12 (5.83%) Artificial Intelligence
14 12 (5.83%) OOP
14 12 (5.83%) Physics
14 12 (5.83%) Software Engineering
14 12 (5.83%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 111 (53.88%) Python
2 76 (36.89%) R
3 73 (35.44%) C++
4 53 (25.73%) SQL
5 40 (19.42%) Scala
6 38 (18.45%) Java
7 28 (13.59%) C#
8 24 (11.65%) MATLAB
9 8 (3.88%) Go
9 8 (3.88%) Rust
10 5 (2.43%) C
11 4 (1.94%) JavaScript
11 4 (1.94%) VBA
12 3 (1.46%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.97%) Clojure
13 2 (0.97%) Perl
14 1 (0.49%) Assembly Language
14 1 (0.49%) Haskell
14 1 (0.49%) Lisp
14 1 (0.49%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 50 (24.27%) Degree
2 7 (3.40%) MBA
3 2 (0.97%) Postgraduate
4 1 (0.49%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.49%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.49%) ISO 9000
2 1 (0.49%) QA
System Software
1 3 (1.46%) HDFS
2 1 (0.49%) Docker
2 1 (0.49%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (1.94%) Hadoop YARN
2 3 (1.46%) Puppet
Vendors
1 20 (9.71%) Bloomberg
1 20 (9.71%) Reuters
2 16 (7.77%) Tableau
3 8 (3.88%) Google
4 7 (3.40%) Hortonworks
5 6 (2.91%) SAP
6 5 (2.43%) Oracle
7 4 (1.94%) Alteryx
7 4 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.46%) Cloudera
8 3 (1.46%) IBM
8 3 (1.46%) MuleSoft
8 3 (1.46%) Splunk
9 1 (0.49%) Cadence
9 1 (0.49%) Microsoft
9 1 (0.49%) MicroStrategy
9 1 (0.49%) Siemens
9 1 (0.49%) Snowplow
9 1 (0.49%) VMware
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