Period
to 12 December 2017

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 12 December 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.

Postgraduate
UK
6 months to
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 847 868 870
Rank change year-on-year +21 +2 -16
Contract jobs citing Postgraduate 47 29 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.045% 0.028% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.24% 0.14% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 20 14
UK median daily rate £400 £183 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +119.18% -58.29% -15.87%
10th Percentile £250 £138 £320
90th Percentile £623 £490 £704
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £153 £438
% change year-on-year +136.07% -65.14% -18.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 0
UK median hourly rate £30.93 £83.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -62.85% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.34 £83.25 -
% change year-on-year -76.77% - -

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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 December 2017.

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 12 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Postgraduate in the UK

Postgraduate
Top 11 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 12 December 2017. 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 +2 39 £400 +119.18% 7
UK excluding London +29 27 £360 +136.07% 6
London -2 16 £575 +25.00% 1
South East 0 13 £363 +150.00% 1
North of England +55 5 £400 +33.33% 1
Scotland -3 5 £280 -37.78%
South West +7 3 £221 +52.07%
Yorkshire +25 2 £563 +87.50% 1
North West - 2 £380 -
East of England -16 1 - - 4
North East - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate.

1 33 (70.21%) Degree
2 19 (40.43%) Statistics
2 19 (40.43%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (38.30%) Mathematics
4 15 (31.91%) R
5 14 (29.79%) Finance
6 12 (25.53%) Python
6 12 (25.53%) SAS
6 12 (25.53%) Big Data
7 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
8 10 (21.28%) SQL
9 9 (19.15%) Microsoft Excel
9 9 (19.15%) Analytics
10 7 (14.89%) Machine Learning
10 7 (14.89%) Spatial Data
10 7 (14.89%) VBA
10 7 (14.89%) Stata
10 7 (14.89%) GIS
10 7 (14.89%) Management Information System
10 7 (14.89%) Computer Science
10 7 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (12.77%) Economics
11 6 (12.77%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (12.77%) QGIS
11 6 (12.77%) Geospatial Data
12 5 (10.64%) Quantitative Research
12 5 (10.64%) Analytical Thinking
12 5 (10.64%) Legal
12 5 (10.64%) Project Management
12 5 (10.64%) C++

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 12 (25.53%) SAS
2 4 (8.51%) Apache
2 4 (8.51%) Apache Spark
2 4 (8.51%) ArcGIS
3 1 (2.13%) IIS
3 1 (2.13%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (19.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (14.89%) Stata
3 5 (10.64%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (6.38%) MS Visio
5 1 (2.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.26%) Google Analytics
2 1 (2.13%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.13%) LAN
1 1 (2.13%) PBX
1 1 (2.13%) Skype
1 1 (2.13%) Unified Communications
1 1 (2.13%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (25.53%) Big Data
2 7 (14.89%) GIS
2 7 (14.89%) Spatial Data
3 6 (12.77%) Geospatial Data
3 6 (12.77%) QGIS
4 4 (8.51%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (8.51%) NoSQL
4 4 (8.51%) Text Mining
5 2 (4.26%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (2.13%) Data Mining
General
1 14 (29.79%) Finance
2 5 (10.64%) Legal
3 3 (6.38%) Automotive
3 3 (6.38%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.26%) Banking
4 2 (4.26%) Military
5 1 (2.13%) Back Office
5 1 (2.13%) Front Office
5 1 (2.13%) Marketing
5 1 (2.13%) Retail
5 1 (2.13%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (29.79%) Analyst
2 6 (12.77%) Data Analyst
3 4 (8.51%) Designer
3 4 (8.51%) Spatial Analyst
4 3 (6.38%) Consultant
4 3 (6.38%) Senior Statistician
4 3 (6.38%) Statistical Analyst
4 3 (6.38%) Statistician
5 2 (4.26%) Data Scientist
5 2 (4.26%) Developer
5 2 (4.26%) e-Learning Designer
5 2 (4.26%) Information Manager
5 2 (4.26%) Instructional Designer
5 2 (4.26%) NHS Information Manager
5 2 (4.26%) Python Developer
5 2 (4.26%) Quantitative Developer
5 2 (4.26%) Senior Designer
5 2 (4.26%) Senior UI Designer
5 2 (4.26%) Technical Advisor
5 2 (4.26%) User Experience Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.26%) PostGIS
2 1 (2.13%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 19 (40.43%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (14.89%) Computer Science
2 7 (14.89%) Management Information System
3 2 (4.26%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (4.26%) e-Learning
3 2 (4.26%) Fixed Income
3 2 (4.26%) Freedom of Information
3 2 (4.26%) Freedom of Information Act
3 2 (4.26%) Learning Management System
3 2 (4.26%) Mobile App
3 2 (4.26%) NHS
3 2 (4.26%) SCORM
3 2 (4.26%) User Experience
4 1 (2.13%) Algorithms
4 1 (2.13%) CESG
4 1 (2.13%) Credit Risk
4 1 (2.13%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.26%) Linux
1 2 (4.26%) Unix
2 1 (2.13%) Windows
2 1 (2.13%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (40.43%) Statistics
2 18 (38.30%) Mathematics
3 9 (19.15%) Analytics
4 7 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (14.89%) Machine Learning
5 6 (12.77%) Economics
5 6 (12.77%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (10.64%) Analytical Thinking
6 5 (10.64%) Project Management
6 5 (10.64%) Quantitative Research
7 4 (8.51%) Programme Management
7 4 (8.51%) Risk Management
7 4 (8.51%) Spatial Analysis
8 3 (6.38%) Data Analytics
8 3 (6.38%) Data Protection
8 3 (6.38%) ETL
8 3 (6.38%) Regression Analysis
8 3 (6.38%) Scrum
8 3 (6.38%) Software Engineering
9 2 (4.26%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 15 (31.91%) R
2 12 (25.53%) Python
3 10 (21.28%) SQL
4 7 (14.89%) VBA
5 5 (10.64%) C++
6 2 (4.26%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.26%) C
7 1 (2.13%) Perl
Qualifications
1 33 (70.21%) Degree
2 3 (6.38%) CISM
2 3 (6.38%) CISSP
2 3 (6.38%) Master's Degree
3 2 (4.26%) ISEB
3 2 (4.26%) MBA
3 2 (4.26%) PhD
3 2 (4.26%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.26%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.13%) CCAB
4 1 (2.13%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (2.13%) CITP
4 1 (2.13%) IISP
4 1 (2.13%) ISACA
4 1 (2.13%) MBCS
4 1 (2.13%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.38%) QA
2 2 (4.26%) Def Stans
3 1 (2.13%) BS7666
3 1 (2.13%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.13%) GDPR
3 1 (2.13%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.13%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (4.26%) Docker
2 1 (2.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (4.26%) Ansible
2 1 (2.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.26%) EMC
2 2 (4.26%) Google
3 1 (2.13%) Ariba
3 1 (2.13%) Cisco