Period
to 16 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Research Scientist was £127,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 December 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Research Scientist
UK
6 months to
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1087 1164 1205
Rank change year-on-year +77 +41 +98
Permanent jobs requiring a Research Scientist 38 37 5
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.024% 0.021% 0.003%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.025% 0.022% 0.003%
Number of salaries quoted 33 31 5
UK median annual salary £127,500 £77,500 £77,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +64.52% - +55.00%
10th Percentile £62,500 £38,750 £63,500
90th Percentile £128,750 £93,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £77,500 £75,000
% change year-on-year -16.13% +3.33% +87.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 151,574 171,119 178,936
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.83% 96.04% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 121,434 137,686 149,372
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

Research Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Research Scientist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Research Scientist in the UK

Research Scientist
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Research Scientist in the UK

Research Scientist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Research Scientist over the 6 months to 16 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Research Scientist in the UK

Research Scientist
Top 5 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Research Scientist within the UK over the 6 months to 16 December 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +83 36 £127,500 +64.52% 8
London +62 32 £127,500 +121.74% 7
UK excluding London +41 6 £65,000 -16.13% 1
East of England +22 4 £65,000 -18.75%
Northern Ireland - 2 £80,000 -

Research Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 December 2018, Research Scientist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Research Scientist in the job title.

1 37 (97.37%) Machine Learning
2 32 (84.21%) Deep Learning
3 31 (81.58%) Python
4 25 (65.79%) Natural Language Processing
5 24 (63.16%) Artificial Intelligence
6 21 (55.26%) Reinforcement Learning
7 20 (52.63%) Bayesian Methods
8 19 (50.00%) Neural Network
9 18 (47.37%) Signal Processing
10 17 (44.74%) Mathematics
10 17 (44.74%) Statistics
10 17 (44.74%) Finance
10 17 (44.74%) Time Series Forecasting
10 17 (44.74%) Quantitative Research
11 16 (42.11%) Mathematical Modelling
11 16 (42.11%) Probabilistic Modelling
11 16 (42.11%) Econometrics
12 15 (39.47%) Statistical Computing
12 15 (39.47%) Markov Model
13 14 (36.84%) PhD
14 12 (31.58%) Algorithms
14 12 (31.58%) TensorFlow
15 8 (21.05%) Data Science
15 8 (21.05%) Games
16 5 (13.16%) Java
16 5 (13.16%) Amazon AWS
16 5 (13.16%) Computer Vision
17 4 (10.53%) gRPC
17 4 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
17 4 (10.53%) Scala

Research Scientist Skill Set
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 1 (2.63%) Apache Spark
1 1 (2.63%) DNN
Applications
1 2 (5.26%) Chatbot
Cloud Services
1 5 (13.16%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.63%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.53%) Hadoop
2 2 (5.26%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.63%) Big Data
General
1 17 (44.74%) Finance
2 8 (21.05%) Games
3 4 (10.53%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (7.89%) Publishing
5 1 (2.63%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (65.79%) Natural Language Processing
2 12 (31.58%) TensorFlow
3 4 (10.53%) gRPC
4 3 (7.89%) CoreNLP
4 3 (7.89%) NumPy
4 3 (7.89%) SpaCy
5 2 (5.26%) Caffe
5 2 (5.26%) Django
5 2 (5.26%) Flask
5 2 (5.26%) scikit-learn
5 2 (5.26%) SciPy
5 2 (5.26%) Theano
6 1 (2.63%) Keras
Miscellaneous
1 12 (31.58%) Algorithms
2 4 (10.53%) NHS
3 3 (7.89%) Social Media
4 2 (5.26%) Augmented Reality
4 2 (5.26%) Clustering
4 2 (5.26%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (5.26%) Hedge funds
5 1 (2.63%) Robotics
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (97.37%) Machine Learning
2 32 (84.21%) Deep Learning
3 24 (63.16%) Artificial Intelligence
4 21 (55.26%) Reinforcement Learning
5 20 (52.63%) Bayesian Methods
6 19 (50.00%) Neural Network
7 18 (47.37%) Signal Processing
8 17 (44.74%) Mathematics
8 17 (44.74%) Quantitative Research
8 17 (44.74%) Statistics
8 17 (44.74%) Time Series Forecasting
9 16 (42.11%) Econometrics
9 16 (42.11%) Mathematical Modelling
9 16 (42.11%) Probabilistic Modelling
10 15 (39.47%) Markov Model
10 15 (39.47%) Statistical Computing
11 8 (21.05%) Data Science
12 5 (13.16%) Computer Vision
13 4 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
14 3 (7.89%) Computational Linguistics
Programming Languages
1 31 (81.58%) Python
2 5 (13.16%) Java
3 4 (10.53%) Scala
4 3 (7.89%) C++
5 1 (2.63%) Julia
Qualifications
1 14 (36.84%) PhD
2 1 (2.63%) MPhil