Period
to 21 May 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 21 May 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
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 860 782 868
Rank change year-on-year -78 +86 -29
Contract jobs citing Postgraduate 25 36 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.025% 0.040% 0.027%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.20% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 31 23
UK median daily rate £293 £350 £495
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.43% -29.29% -10.00%
10th Percentile £225 £138 £190
90th Percentile £650 £688 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £293 £190 £300
% change year-on-year +53.95% -36.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
UK median hourly rate £20.69 £16.53 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.14% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.87 - -

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 19,235 18,299 22,732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.11% 20.31% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,560 11,489 14,123
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £240 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 856 930 861
UK median hourly rate £24.28 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.08% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% -14.29% +55.56%

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 21 May 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 21 May 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 21 May 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 -65 19 £384 +9.64% 23
UK excluding London -32 15 £293 +53.95% 16
London -82 10 £500 +11.11% 8
Scotland -39 4 £280 -37.78% 1
Midlands -4 3 £293 -16.43% 1
West Midlands -21 3 £293 -16.43%
South East -31 3 £174 +19.88% 4
Wales -8 2 - -
North of England -15 2 £475 - 2
South West +5 1 - - 3
North West - 1 - - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £475 - 1

For the 6 months to 21 May 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 20 (80.00%) Degree
2 9 (36.00%) Finance
3 8 (32.00%) Statistics
3 8 (32.00%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (24.00%) Project Management
4 6 (24.00%) Microsoft Excel
5 5 (20.00%) SAS
5 5 (20.00%) Data Analysis
5 5 (20.00%) R
5 5 (20.00%) Data Quality
5 5 (20.00%) Mathematics
6 4 (16.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (16.00%) Analytics
6 4 (16.00%) Risk Management
6 4 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (16.00%) Microsoft
6 4 (16.00%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (12.00%) Strategic Planning
7 3 (12.00%) Decision-Making
7 3 (12.00%) MS Access
7 3 (12.00%) Management Information System
7 3 (12.00%) Economics
7 3 (12.00%) Banking
7 3 (12.00%) Relational Database
7 3 (12.00%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (12.00%) Numerate Degree
7 3 (12.00%) Performance Management
8 2 (8.00%) Product Management
8 2 (8.00%) Stress Testing
8 2 (8.00%) Social Media

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 5 (20.00%) SAS
2 1 (4.00%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 6 (24.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (16.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (8.00%) SPSS
4 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (4.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.00%) MS Access
1 3 (12.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.00%) Big Data
2 1 (4.00%) Data Lake
2 1 (4.00%) GIS
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
General
1 9 (36.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.00%) Banking
3 1 (4.00%) Financial Institution
3 1 (4.00%) Front Office
3 1 (4.00%) Investment Banking
3 1 (4.00%) Marketing
3 1 (4.00%) Publishing
3 1 (4.00%) Retail
3 1 (4.00%) Retail Banking
3 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.00%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (40.00%) Analyst
2 3 (12.00%) Developer
3 2 (8.00%) Consultant
3 2 (8.00%) Programme Manager
3 2 (8.00%) SAS Developer
3 2 (8.00%) Scrum Master
3 2 (8.00%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Applications Specialist
4 1 (4.00%) Data Consultant
4 1 (4.00%) Data Scientist
4 1 (4.00%) GIS Developer
4 1 (4.00%) GIS Manager
4 1 (4.00%) GIS Web Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Qualitative Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Research Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Service Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Technical Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Web Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Web Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.00%) .NET
1 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (4.00%) HTML
1 1 (4.00%) HTML5
1 1 (4.00%) Natural Language Processing
1 1 (4.00%) OpenLayers
Miscellaneous
1 8 (32.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.00%) Management Information System
3 2 (8.00%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (8.00%) Social Media
4 1 (4.00%) Algorithms
4 1 (4.00%) Credit Risk
4 1 (4.00%) e-Health
4 1 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (4.00%) Learning Management System
4 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) Windows
1 1 (4.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (32.00%) Statistics
2 6 (24.00%) Project Management
3 5 (20.00%) Data Analysis
3 5 (20.00%) Mathematics
4 4 (16.00%) Analytics
4 4 (16.00%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (16.00%) Risk Management
4 4 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (12.00%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (12.00%) Decision-Making
5 3 (12.00%) Economics
5 3 (12.00%) Performance Management
5 3 (12.00%) Strategic Planning
6 2 (8.00%) Business Development
6 2 (8.00%) ITIL V3
6 2 (8.00%) Knowledge Management
6 2 (8.00%) Physics
6 2 (8.00%) Product Management
6 2 (8.00%) Psychology
6 2 (8.00%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.00%) R
2 2 (8.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (8.00%) Python
2 2 (8.00%) SQL
2 2 (8.00%) VBA
3 1 (4.00%) C
3 1 (4.00%) C#
3 1 (4.00%) C++
3 1 (4.00%) Java
3 1 (4.00%) MATLAB
3 1 (4.00%) Scala
3 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (80.00%) Degree
2 3 (12.00%) Numerate Degree
3 2 (8.00%) Master's Degree
3 2 (8.00%) MBA
4 1 (4.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (4.00%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 4 (16.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.00%) Cisco
3 1 (4.00%) Cognos
3 1 (4.00%) ESRI
3 1 (4.00%) Mapbox
3 1 (4.00%) Saba
3 1 (4.00%) Tableau