The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for PhD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PhD
UK
Rank 340 464 557
Rank change year-on-year +124 +93  
Permanent jobs citing PhD 727 604 436
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.86% 0.59% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.45% 2.11% 1.50%
Number of salaries quoted 628 537 384
Median salary £57,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,000 £30,600
10% offered a salary of more than £110,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median salary £48,750 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +14.70% +6.25%  

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 permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21051 28584 29068
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.78% 27.76% 27.51%
Number of salaries quoted 16599 22917 22807
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,500 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

PhD
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for PhD in the UK

PhD
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing PhD.

Salary trend for PhD in the UK

PhD
Salary Histogram

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

Salary histogram for PhD in the UK

PhD
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +121 721 £57,500 +9.52% 118
London +57 380 £75,000 +25.00% 47
East of England +110 155 £44,296 +34.22% 42
Cambridgeshire +81 112 £60,000 +41.17% 37
Cambridge +68 110 £60,000 +37.14% 36
City of London +64 89 £110,000 +79.59% 10
South East +55 78 £45,000 +5.88% 8
South West +40 49 £55,000 -8.33% 3
North West +8 40 £50,000 +25.00% 7
Oxfordshire +7 40 £50,000 -9.09% 5
Bristol +38 39 £55,000 +46.66% 1
Manchester +4 37 £50,000 +33.33% 7
Hertfordshire +27 36 £40,000 +25.00% 4
Oxford +10 35 £50,000 -9.09% 2
Borehamwood +10 30 £32,750 +2.34% 1
West End of London +19 13 £35,000 -12.50% 6
Hampshire +30 12 £45,000 -10.00%
Southampton +24 12 £45,000 -5.26%
West Midlands +27 10 £45,000 -48.57% 2
Surrey +22 10 £37,500 +15.38% 1
East Midlands +3 8 £37,500 -3.22% 4
Gloucestershire -4 8 £52,500 -1.86%
Norfolk -6 6 £56,750 +62.14%
Norwich -14 6 £56,750 +62.14%
North East - 6 £120,000 - 3
Buckinghamshire +17 5 £40,000 -33.33%
Watford -13 5 £40,000 +25.00% 1
Northampton - 5 £32,500 - 3
Potters Bar - 5 £60,000 -
Milton Keynes - 5 £40,000 -

PhD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

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

1 650 (48.29%) Mathematics
2 635 (47.18%) Degree
2 635 (47.18%) Python
3 632 (46.95%) Computer Science
4 587 (43.61%) Machine Learning
5 511 (37.96%) C++
6 424 (31.50%) Java
7 419 (31.13%) Algorithms
8 357 (26.52%) Software Engineering
9 333 (24.74%) Physics
10 312 (23.18%) R
11 297 (22.07%) Big Data
12 293 (21.77%) Finance
13 289 (21.47%) Analytical Skills
14 274 (20.36%) Analytics
15 271 (20.13%) SQL
16 263 (19.54%) Statistics
17 247 (18.35%) C#
18 211 (15.68%) C
19 191 (14.19%) Agile Software Development
20 172 (12.78%) MATLAB
21 152 (11.29%) Scala
22 151 (11.22%) Apache Spark
22 151 (11.22%) Linux
23 145 (10.77%) Artificial Intelligence
24 142 (10.55%) Hadoop
25 127 (9.44%) Deep Learning
26 120 (8.92%) OO
27 107 (7.95%) NoSQL
28 103 (7.65%) JavaScript

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
1 151 (11.22%) Apache Spark
2 86 (6.39%) SAS
3 36 (2.67%) Apache
4 26 (1.93%) Apache Pig
5 15 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
6 11 (0.82%) DNN
7 10 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (0.74%) MS Exchange
7 10 (0.74%) Skype for Business
8 7 (0.52%) Apache Solr
8 7 (0.52%) Jupyter
9 6 (0.45%) Confluence
10 2 (0.15%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.074%) OpenStack
Applications
1 44 (3.27%) SPSS
2 40 (2.97%) MS Excel
3 22 (1.63%) MS Office
3 22 (1.63%) Stata
4 15 (1.11%) EViews
5 12 (0.89%) GNU Octave
6 10 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
7 5 (0.37%) Simulink
8 4 (0.30%) Camtasia
8 4 (0.30%) FrameMaker
8 4 (0.30%) RoboHelp
8 4 (0.30%) S-PLUS
9 2 (0.15%) Gephi
9 2 (0.15%) Maple
9 2 (0.15%) SPSS Modeler
10 1 (0.074%) Mathcad
10 1 (0.074%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.074%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 7 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.15%) SAP BPC
2 2 (0.15%) SAP FS
3 1 (0.074%) Magento
3 1 (0.074%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.074%) Odoo
Cloud Services
1 40 (2.97%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (1.78%) SaaS
3 17 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
4 16 (1.19%) Yammer
5 13 (0.97%) Microsoft Azure
6 7 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (0.52%) Amazon S3
7 6 (0.45%) Amazon EMR
7 6 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.15%) Adobe Analytics
8 2 (0.15%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.15%) GitHub
8 2 (0.15%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.15%) Heroku
9 1 (0.074%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.78%) TCP/IP
2 11 (0.82%) DSL
2 11 (0.82%) SAN
3 10 (0.74%) ADSL
3 10 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
3 10 (0.74%) DHCP
3 10 (0.74%) DNS
3 10 (0.74%) Firewall
3 10 (0.74%) VoIP
3 10 (0.74%) VPN
4 9 (0.67%) ATM
5 8 (0.59%) Ethernet
5 8 (0.59%) Wireless
6 7 (0.52%) Internet
7 5 (0.37%) HTTP
7 5 (0.37%) MIMO
7 5 (0.37%) OFDM
8 3 (0.22%) Bluetooth
8 3 (0.22%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.15%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 297 (22.07%) Big Data
2 142 (10.55%) Hadoop
3 107 (7.95%) NoSQL
4 86 (6.39%) Data Mining
5 46 (3.42%) Relational Database
6 45 (3.34%) Apache Hive
7 41 (3.05%) MongoDB
8 40 (2.97%) SQL Server
9 20 (1.49%) RDBMS
10 19 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
11 17 (1.26%) Apache Cassandra
12 16 (1.19%) Blockchain
12 16 (1.19%) HAWQ
12 16 (1.19%) Sqoop
13 13 (0.97%) KDB
13 13 (0.97%) MySQL
14 10 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
14 10 (0.74%) QlikView
15 8 (0.59%) HBase
16 7 (0.52%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 61 (4.53%) Git (software)
2 28 (2.08%) LabVIEW
3 25 (1.86%) Visual Studio
4 15 (1.11%) Mercurial
5 14 (1.04%) Jenkins
6 10 (0.74%) Subversion
7 8 (0.59%) JUnit
8 6 (0.45%) Clang
9 5 (0.37%) Selenium
9 5 (0.37%) Vagrant
9 5 (0.37%) Yeoman
10 4 (0.30%) JIRA
11 3 (0.22%) FindBugs
11 3 (0.22%) Jasmine
11 3 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.15%) GitLab
12 2 (0.15%) jMock
12 2 (0.15%) Karma Test Runner
12 2 (0.15%) PhantomJS
13 1 (0.074%) NUnit
General
1 293 (21.77%) Finance
2 97 (7.21%) Advertising
3 90 (6.69%) Marketing
4 86 (6.39%) Banking
4 86 (6.39%) Telecoms
5 73 (5.42%) Electronics
6 69 (5.13%) Games
7 68 (5.05%) Front Office
8 34 (2.53%) Manufacturing
8 34 (2.53%) Pharmaceutical
9 27 (2.01%) Investment Banking
10 24 (1.78%) Automotive
10 24 (1.78%) Retail
11 22 (1.63%) Aerospace
12 19 (1.41%) Financial Institution
13 16 (1.19%) Back Office
14 14 (1.04%) Law
15 11 (0.82%) Legal
16 6 (0.45%) Military
17 5 (0.37%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 333 (24.74%) Data Scientist
2 301 (22.36%) Developer
3 180 (13.37%) Software Engineer
4 106 (7.88%) Senior Data Scientist
5 84 (6.24%) Analyst
6 77 (5.72%) Architect
7 75 (5.57%) Graduate
7 75 (5.57%) Java Developer
8 72 (5.35%) Software Developer
9 67 (4.98%) C++ Software Engineer
10 64 (4.75%) Java Engineer
11 63 (4.68%) C++ Developer
12 56 (4.16%) Enterprise Architect
12 56 (4.16%) Machine Learning Scientist
13 55 (4.09%) Machine Learning Engineer
14 49 (3.64%) C# Developer
15 48 (3.57%) Java Software Engineer
16 45 (3.34%) Research Engineer
17 43 (3.19%) Computer Engineer
18 38 (2.82%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (7.06%) .NET
2 79 (5.87%) HTML
3 71 (5.27%) Natural Language Processing
4 49 (3.64%) AngularJS
5 41 (3.05%) Node.js
5 41 (3.05%) OpenGL
6 39 (2.90%) CSS
7 36 (2.67%) Pandas
8 35 (2.60%) SciPy
9 33 (2.45%) D3.js
9 33 (2.45%) J2EE
10 32 (2.38%) Ajax
10 32 (2.38%) Spring
11 31 (2.30%) ASP.NET
11 31 (2.30%) HTML5
11 31 (2.30%) NumPy
12 29 (2.15%) Boost C++ Libraries
13 28 (2.08%) STL
13 28 (2.08%) Theano
14 27 (2.01%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 632 (46.95%) Computer Science
2 419 (31.13%) Algorithms
3 289 (21.47%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (4.68%) Hedge funds
5 55 (4.09%) Fintech
6 42 (3.12%) Derivative
7 38 (2.82%) Data Structures
8 34 (2.53%) 3D Graphics
9 29 (2.15%) Augmented Reality
10 22 (1.63%) VHDL
11 19 (1.41%) Credit Risk
11 19 (1.41%) Life Science
11 19 (1.41%) Verilog
12 15 (1.11%) Fixed Income
12 15 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 14 (1.04%) Embedded Systems
14 12 (0.89%) Driving Licence
14 12 (0.89%) Equities
15 10 (0.74%) ASIC
15 10 (0.74%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 151 (11.22%) Linux
2 95 (7.06%) Windows
3 49 (3.64%) Unix
4 16 (1.19%) Android
5 14 (1.04%) Apple iOS
6 12 (0.89%) Windows Server
7 11 (0.82%) Ubuntu
8 10 (0.74%) Windows 10
8 10 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (0.74%) Windows XP
9 5 (0.37%) Embedded Linux
10 3 (0.22%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.074%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 650 (48.29%) Mathematics
2 587 (43.61%) Machine Learning
3 357 (26.52%) Software Engineering
4 333 (24.74%) Physics
5 274 (20.36%) Analytics
6 263 (19.54%) Statistics
7 191 (14.19%) Agile Software Development
8 145 (10.77%) Artificial Intelligence
9 127 (9.44%) Deep Learning
10 120 (8.92%) OO
11 96 (7.13%) Data Analysis
11 96 (7.13%) Data Analytics
12 88 (6.54%) Computer Vision
13 87 (6.46%) Mentoring
14 86 (6.39%) Visualisation
15 69 (5.13%) Data Modelling
16 68 (5.05%) Predictive Modelling
17 66 (4.90%) Statistical Analysis
18 64 (4.75%) Open Source
19 61 (4.53%) Signal Processing
Programming Languages
1 635 (47.18%) Python
2 511 (37.96%) C++
3 424 (31.50%) Java
4 312 (23.18%) R
5 271 (20.13%) SQL
6 247 (18.35%) C#
7 211 (15.68%) C
8 172 (12.78%) MATLAB
9 152 (11.29%) Scala
10 103 (7.65%) JavaScript
11 30 (2.23%) Ruby
12 27 (2.01%) Fortran
12 27 (2.01%) Perl
13 25 (1.86%) F#
14 23 (1.71%) VBA
15 22 (1.63%) Bash Shell
16 19 (1.41%) Haskell
16 19 (1.41%) PHP
17 13 (0.97%) VB
18 12 (0.89%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 635 (47.18%) Degree
2 83 (6.17%) Postgraduate
3 30 (2.23%) Security Cleared
4 20 (1.49%) SC Cleared
5 8 (0.59%) MCTS
5 8 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (0.52%) DV Cleared
6 7 (0.52%) MBA
7 4 (0.30%) Sun Certification
8 3 (0.22%) CISSP
8 3 (0.22%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.15%) CISA
9 2 (0.15%) CISM
10 1 (0.074%) GSEC
10 1 (0.074%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (2.38%) QA
2 3 (0.22%) SNOMED CT
3 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.15%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.15%) RMADS
4 1 (0.074%) Actionable Recommendations
4 1 (0.074%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.074%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.074%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.074%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.074%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.074%) MISRA
4 1 (0.074%) MISRA C
4 1 (0.074%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (1.26%) Apache Flume
1 17 (1.26%) HDFS
2 12 (0.89%) Active Directory
2 12 (0.89%) XenServer
3 10 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.67%) Firmware
5 5 (0.37%) Docker
5 5 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.37%) VirtualBox
6 2 (0.15%) LXC
7 1 (0.074%) KVM
7 1 (0.074%) Slurm Workload Manager
7 1 (0.074%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (0.74%) Backup Exec
1 10 (0.74%) XenMobile
2 2 (0.15%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.074%) Mesos
Vendors
1 57 (4.23%) Oracle
2 35 (2.60%) Tableau
3 26 (1.93%) Microsoft
4 17 (1.26%) Google
5 13 (0.97%) Apple
6 12 (0.89%) Citrix
6 12 (0.89%) SAP
7 10 (0.74%) Cisco
7 10 (0.74%) EMC
7 10 (0.74%) HP
7 10 (0.74%) IronPort
7 10 (0.74%) Palo Alto
7 10 (0.74%) Polycom
7 10 (0.74%) Veeam
7 10 (0.74%) VMware
8 6 (0.45%) Cloudera
8 6 (0.45%) Hortonworks
8 6 (0.45%) IBM
8 6 (0.45%) Splunk
9 5 (0.37%) Synopsys
London
IntaPeople
Salary: £40000 - £52000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
West Midlands
IT Connections
Salary: to £45000
Posted: 1 hour ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
IT Connections
Salary: £35,000 to £45,000
Posted: 1 hour ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: to £60k DoE + options
Posted: 2 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Salary: From £50,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 7 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
IT Connections
Salary: £25,000 to £40,000
Posted: 1 hour ago
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
IT Connections
Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 + 20% Bonus
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
IT Connections
Salary: to £60,000
Posted: 1 hour ago
Central London / West End
IT Connections
Salary: £30,000 to £40,000
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £60k to £70k + benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Salary: £80000 - £95000 per annum + benefits + bonus
Posted: 1 hour ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Salary: From £45,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
Central London / West End
X4 Group
Salary: £50k - 70k per year
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum + 50% bonus + Pension
Posted: 7 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
IT Connections
Salary: £30,000 to £35,000
Posted: 1 hour ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The One Group
Salary: Market related
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
IT Connections
Salary: 30,000 - 40,000
Posted: 1 hour ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Aria Select Ltd
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Salary: £40000 - £70000 per annum + benefits + bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: to £55k (DoE) + package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £60000 - £150000 per annum, Benefits Excellent Bonus and Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £80000 - £90000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum, Benefits Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
IT Connections
Salary: £25,000 to £30,000
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Burns Sheehan
Salary: £30000.00 - £50000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: to £45,000 DoE
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Computer People
Salary: Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
ClearCube Consulting
Salary: Up to £120,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Technical Futures
Salary: Excellent Package
Posted: 3 days ago