Period
to 16 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Postgraduate qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 16 August 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.

Postgraduate
UK
6 months to
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 827 808 888
Rank change year-on-year -19 +80 -22
Contract jobs citing Postgraduate 61 54 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.060% 0.056% 0.018%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.29% 0.086%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 31 12
UK median daily rate £293 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.00% -10.00% +33.33%
10th Percentile £80 £250 £216
90th Percentile £500 £725 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £293 £425 £500
% change year-on-year -31.18% -15.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 0
UK median hourly rate £36.94 £42.51 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.11% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.94 £47.83 -
% change year-on-year -22.78% - -

Postgraduate 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 19,101 18,601 23,196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 19.44% 21.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,326 11,296 14,485
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £245 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.38% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 922 936 808
UK median hourly rate £22.54 £29.25 £27.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.96% +5.94% +20.04%
10th Percentile £12.64 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.39 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.97 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -23.45% +7.14% +16.09%

Postgraduate
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Postgraduate as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Postgraduate in the UK

Postgraduate
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Postgraduate in the UK

Postgraduate
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Postgraduate over the 6 months to 16 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Postgraduate in the UK

Postgraduate
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Postgraduate in the UK

Postgraduate
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Postgraduate over the 6 months to 16 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Postgraduate in the UK

Postgraduate
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Postgraduate within the UK over the 6 months to 16 August 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 -54 55 £293 -35.00% 13
UK excluding London +5 53 £293 -31.18% 9
Wales - 33 £325 -
South West +25 31 - -
London -32 8 £445 -6.32% 5
South East -14 7 £80 -68.00% 4
Midlands -8 4 £293 -16.43%
North of England -10 4 - - 1
North West -14 4 - - 1
West Midlands -26 4 £293 -16.43%
Scotland -32 3 - - 1
East of England -11 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 16 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate.

1 52 (85.25%) Degree
2 30 (49.18%) Visualisation
2 30 (49.18%) Data Visualisation
2 30 (49.18%) Games
3 24 (39.34%) Time Management
3 24 (39.34%) Collaborative Working
4 18 (29.51%) Instructional Design
5 16 (26.23%) Problem-Solving
6 13 (21.31%) User Experience
6 13 (21.31%) Project Management
7 12 (19.67%) Infographics
8 11 (18.03%) JavaScript
9 10 (16.39%) C#
9 10 (16.39%) HTML
9 10 (16.39%) HTML5
10 9 (14.75%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (14.75%) Analytical Skills
11 8 (13.11%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (11.48%) Python
13 6 (9.84%) Pedagogy
13 6 (9.84%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 6 (9.84%) UX Design
13 6 (9.84%) Data Analysis
13 6 (9.84%) Microsoft Excel
13 6 (9.84%) CSS
13 6 (9.84%) Microsoft
13 6 (9.84%) Finance
14 5 (8.20%) Management Information System
14 5 (8.20%) SQL Server
14 5 (8.20%) SQL

Postgraduate
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 4 (6.56%) ArcGIS
2 2 (3.28%) SAS
3 1 (1.64%) CMS
3 1 (1.64%) IIS
3 1 (1.64%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (9.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (8.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.28%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.64%) SPSS
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.64%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.64%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 8 (13.11%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.64%) Internet
2 1 (1.64%) Intranet
2 1 (1.64%) SMS
2 1 (1.64%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.64%) VoIP
2 1 (1.64%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.20%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.56%) GIS
2 4 (6.56%) MS Access
2 4 (6.56%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.64%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.64%) Data Lake
General
1 30 (49.18%) Games
2 6 (9.84%) Finance
3 3 (4.92%) Legal
4 2 (3.28%) Banking
5 1 (1.64%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.64%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.64%) Law
5 1 (1.64%) Marketing
5 1 (1.64%) Multimedia
5 1 (1.64%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 12 (19.67%) Designer
2 11 (18.03%) Developer
3 9 (14.75%) Analyst
4 7 (11.48%) IT Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) IT Support
4 7 (11.48%) IT Support Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) Support Engineer
5 6 (9.84%) Games Artist
5 6 (9.84%) Games Designer
5 6 (9.84%) Games Developer
6 4 (6.56%) GIS Developer
6 4 (6.56%) Product Manager
7 3 (4.92%) GIS Manager
7 3 (4.92%) GIS Web Developer
7 3 (4.92%) Systems Manager
7 3 (4.92%) Web Developer
7 3 (4.92%) Web Manager
8 2 (3.28%) Games Producer
9 1 (1.64%) Scrum Master
9 1 (1.64%) Transition Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (16.39%) HTML
1 10 (16.39%) HTML5
2 6 (9.84%) CSS
2 6 (9.84%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 4 (6.56%) .NET
3 4 (6.56%) ASP.NET
3 4 (6.56%) OpenLayers
4 2 (3.28%) Leaflet
Miscellaneous
1 13 (21.31%) User Experience
2 9 (14.75%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (8.20%) Management Information System
4 4 (6.56%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (6.56%) Mobile App
5 2 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (3.28%) Social Media
6 1 (1.64%) CESG
6 1 (1.64%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.64%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.64%) e-Health
6 1 (1.64%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.64%) VLE
6 1 (1.64%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.56%) Windows
1 4 (6.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (49.18%) Data Visualisation
1 30 (49.18%) Visualisation
2 24 (39.34%) Collaborative Working
2 24 (39.34%) Time Management
3 18 (29.51%) Instructional Design
4 16 (26.23%) Problem-Solving
5 13 (21.31%) Project Management
6 12 (19.67%) Infographics
7 9 (14.75%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (9.84%) Data Analysis
8 6 (9.84%) Pedagogy
8 6 (9.84%) UX Design
9 5 (8.20%) Statistics
10 4 (6.56%) Customer Requirements
10 4 (6.56%) ETL
10 4 (6.56%) Mobile Application Development
10 4 (6.56%) Performance Management
10 4 (6.56%) Strategic Planning
10 4 (6.56%) Web Application Development
10 4 (6.56%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 11 (18.03%) JavaScript
2 10 (16.39%) C#
3 7 (11.48%) Python
4 5 (8.20%) SQL
5 4 (6.56%) T-SQL
6 3 (4.92%) R
7 1 (1.64%) MATLAB
7 1 (1.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 52 (85.25%) Degree
2 5 (8.20%) SC Cleared
2 5 (8.20%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.28%) MBA
4 1 (1.64%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (1.64%) CISSP
4 1 (1.64%) IIBA
4 1 (1.64%) ISEB
4 1 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.64%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.20%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.64%) GCP
2 1 (1.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 1 (1.64%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1 (1.64%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.64%) Docker
Vendors
1 6 (9.84%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.56%) ESRI
2 4 (6.56%) Mapbox
3 3 (4.92%) Saba