Period
to 29 July 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Public Sector in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Public Sector over the 6 months to 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Public Sector
UK > England
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 28 19 48
Rank change year-on-year -9 +29 +6
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 3,666 2,436 4,125
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.41% 7.46% 4.94%
As % of the General category 12.03% 14.26% 9.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,741 1,835 2,999
10th Percentile £292 £250 £263
25th Percentile £400 £387 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.06% +2.11% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +1.05% +1.06% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 104 224
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.42 £11.37
25th Percentile £14.25 £14.82 £13.75
Median hourly rate £17.96 £20.06 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.47% +11.42% +16.28%
75th Percentile £25.75 £25.18 £23.00
90th Percentile £34.21 £35.36 £29.37
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year -10.00% +16.62% +14.33%

Public Sector is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 30,476 17,081 43,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 53.32% 52.31% 52.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,553 11,495 28,573
10th Percentile £310 £275 £281
25th Percentile £408 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.54% +4.21% +1.06%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,136 625 1,299
10th Percentile £11.88 £12.37 £10.79
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.47 £20.57 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.35% +2.85% +6.95%
75th Percentile £40.38 £40.75 £39.24
90th Percentile £56.38 £53.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £20.50 £19.36
% change year-on-year -4.88% +5.89% +6.81%

Public Sector
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Public Sector as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Public Sector in England.

Daily rate trend for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Public Sector in England over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Public Sector in England.

Hourly rate trend for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Public Sector in England over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Public Sector within the England region over the 6 months to 29 July 2021. 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
London -9 1,447 £520 - 222
North of England +6 764 £496 +0.20% 187
Midlands +4 507 £425 +0.59% 92
West Midlands +6 439 £450 +5.88% 67
North West +8 402 £496 +4.42% 77
South West -6 296 £490 -2.00% 90
South East -25 287 £490 +8.89% 97
Yorkshire +4 257 £493 -5.29% 76
North East +1 105 £497 +0.45% 34
East of England -15 95 £425 -5.56% 33
East Midlands +4 67 £300 -11.76% 25
Public Sector
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Public Sector 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 across the England region with a requirement for Public Sector.

1 1,137 (31.01%) Agile Software Development
2 846 (23.08%) Security Cleared
3 737 (20.10%) Finance
4 713 (19.45%) Social Skills
5 701 (19.12%) SC Cleared
6 615 (16.78%) Business Intelligence
7 584 (15.93%) Azure
8 537 (14.65%) AWS
9 476 (12.98%) SAP
10 461 (12.58%) Programme Management
11 450 (12.27%) Telecoms
12 439 (11.97%) Marketing
13 438 (11.95%) DevOps
14 426 (11.62%) Manufacturing
15 412 (11.24%) Digital Marketing
16 411 (11.21%) Electronics
17 386 (10.53%) SQL
18 378 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
19 370 (10.09%) Microsoft
20 353 (9.63%) Java
21 308 (8.40%) Project Management
22 284 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
23 282 (7.69%) Scrum
24 281 (7.67%) Oracle
24 281 (7.67%) Python
25 277 (7.56%) Migration
25 277 (7.56%) Problem-Solving
26 258 (7.04%) Windows
27 242 (6.60%) User Research
28 238 (6.49%) JIRA

Public Sector
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 170 (4.64%) Confluence
2 127 (3.46%) SharePoint
3 43 (1.17%) WebLogic
4 37 (1.01%) Apache
5 34 (0.93%) MS Exchange
5 34 (0.93%) SAS
6 28 (0.76%) Apache Spark
7 27 (0.74%) Tomcat
8 25 (0.68%) Skype for Business
9 24 (0.65%) CMS
10 21 (0.57%) IIS
11 15 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
12 14 (0.38%) nginx
13 10 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
13 10 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
14 9 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
15 8 (0.22%) Drupal
16 7 (0.19%) JBoss
16 7 (0.19%) WebSphere
17 6 (0.16%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 136 (3.71%) Microsoft Office
2 91 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (1.04%) Microsoft Project
4 31 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (0.65%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.38%) SPSS
8 8 (0.22%) Stata
9 7 (0.19%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.11%) Figma
11 3 (0.082%) InVision
11 3 (0.082%) Sketch
12 2 (0.055%) Adobe Premiere
12 2 (0.055%) Adobe XD
12 2 (0.055%) InDesign
13 1 (0.027%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.027%) Maple
13 1 (0.027%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.027%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.027%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 21 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
2 20 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.46%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 13 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
5 12 (0.33%) iTrent
6 10 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
7 9 (0.25%) SAP PSCD
8 8 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
9 7 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
9 7 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
9 7 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 7 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
9 7 (0.19%) SAP HCM
10 6 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
10 6 (0.16%) SAP HR
11 5 (0.14%) assyst
11 5 (0.14%) SAP FI-CA
11 5 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
12 4 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
12 4 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 584 (15.93%) Azure
2 537 (14.65%) AWS
3 221 (6.03%) Microsoft 365
4 171 (4.66%) Power Platform
5 116 (3.16%) PaaS
6 98 (2.67%) SaaS
7 97 (2.65%) IaaS
8 76 (2.07%) GCP
9 64 (1.75%) Serverless
10 59 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
11 39 (1.06%) Amazon EKS
11 39 (1.06%) GitHub
12 38 (1.04%) Amazon S3
13 35 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
14 34 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
15 32 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
15 32 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
16 31 (0.85%) PowerApps
17 26 (0.71%) Azure Data Factory
18 24 (0.65%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 83 (2.26%) Firewall
2 67 (1.83%) WAN
3 63 (1.72%) VPN
4 61 (1.66%) LAN
5 51 (1.39%) DNS
6 43 (1.17%) HTTP
7 34 (0.93%) Skype
8 32 (0.87%) Network Security
9 28 (0.76%) VoIP
10 26 (0.71%) Internet
10 26 (0.71%) Wireless
11 24 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
12 21 (0.57%) SSL
12 21 (0.57%) TCP/IP
13 19 (0.52%) Intranet
13 19 (0.52%) PBX
14 17 (0.46%) NetScaler
15 14 (0.38%) DHCP
15 14 (0.38%) VLAN
16 13 (0.35%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (3.82%) Power BI
2 116 (3.16%) SQL Server
3 103 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
4 78 (2.13%) Relational Database
5 75 (2.05%) PostgreSQL
6 58 (1.58%) MySQL
7 55 (1.50%) Metadata
8 50 (1.36%) Hadoop
9 47 (1.28%) Big Data
10 45 (1.23%) Oracle Database
11 41 (1.12%) Pentaho
12 40 (1.09%) NoSQL
13 32 (0.87%) Metadata Repository
14 30 (0.82%) MongoDB
15 27 (0.74%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 26 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
16 26 (0.71%) Data Lake
17 25 (0.68%) Apache Hive
18 24 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
19 22 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 238 (6.49%) JIRA
2 180 (4.91%) Jenkins
3 174 (4.75%) Git (software)
4 60 (1.64%) GitLab
5 53 (1.45%) Bitbucket
6 50 (1.36%) Selenium
7 41 (1.12%) Maven
8 39 (1.06%) Cucumber
9 30 (0.82%) JMeter
10 20 (0.55%) Subversion
11 19 (0.52%) Artifactory
11 19 (0.52%) Postman
12 16 (0.44%) JUnit
13 15 (0.41%) LoadRunner
14 14 (0.38%) CA Gen
14 14 (0.38%) SonarQube
14 14 (0.38%) Visual Studio Team System
15 13 (0.35%) Gatling
15 13 (0.35%) Visual Studio
16 12 (0.33%) Travis CI
General
1 737 (20.10%) Finance
2 713 (19.45%) Social Skills
3 450 (12.27%) Telecoms
4 439 (11.97%) Marketing
5 426 (11.62%) Manufacturing
6 411 (11.21%) Electronics
7 284 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
8 104 (2.84%) Local Government
9 77 (2.10%) Influencing Skills
10 58 (1.58%) Legal
11 54 (1.47%) Organisational Skills
12 47 (1.28%) Presentation Skills
13 42 (1.15%) Law
14 39 (1.06%) Publishing
15 24 (0.65%) Back Office
16 21 (0.57%) Banking
16 21 (0.57%) Police
16 21 (0.57%) Retail
17 19 (0.52%) Documentation Skills
18 11 (0.30%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 430 (11.73%) Architect
2 416 (11.35%) Analyst
3 415 (11.32%) Developer
4 260 (7.09%) Project Manager
5 172 (4.69%) DevOps Engineer
6 163 (4.45%) Designer
7 144 (3.93%) Consultant
8 137 (3.74%) Business Analyst
9 106 (2.89%) Solutions Architect
10 102 (2.78%) User Researcher
11 97 (2.65%) Delivery Manager
12 87 (2.37%) Java Developer
13 82 (2.24%) Technical Architect
14 73 (1.99%) Data Analyst
15 70 (1.91%) Data Architect
16 67 (1.83%) AWS Engineer
17 66 (1.80%) Data Engineer
18 59 (1.61%) Programme Manager
19 58 (1.58%) Software Engineer
20 55 (1.50%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (3.90%) HTML
2 134 (3.66%) .NET
3 116 (3.16%) CSS
4 103 (2.81%) Node.js
5 100 (2.73%) Web Services
6 83 (2.26%) REST
7 70 (1.91%) XML
8 68 (1.85%) Spring
9 67 (1.83%) React
10 58 (1.58%) Spring Boot
11 57 (1.55%) JSON
12 54 (1.47%) RESTful
13 43 (1.17%) SOAP
14 42 (1.15%) Kafka
15 41 (1.12%) AngularJS
15 41 (1.12%) J2EE
16 30 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
16 30 (0.82%) Oracle Fusion
17 29 (0.79%) HTML5
18 27 (0.74%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 210 (5.73%) NHS
2 158 (4.31%) User Experience
3 98 (2.67%) Management Information System
4 84 (2.29%) Public Cloud
5 66 (1.80%) Data Centre
6 50 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
7 40 (1.09%) Legacy Systems
8 39 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
9 37 (1.01%) Mobile App
10 29 (0.79%) Algorithms
11 28 (0.76%) Cloud Native
12 27 (0.74%) Social Media
13 20 (0.55%) Clustering
13 20 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
13 20 (0.55%) Private Cloud
14 19 (0.52%) Data Protection Act
14 19 (0.52%) PKI
15 18 (0.49%) Virtual Team
16 17 (0.46%) Data Structures
16 17 (0.46%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 258 (7.04%) Windows
2 207 (5.65%) Linux
3 126 (3.44%) Unix
4 95 (2.59%) Windows 10
5 67 (1.83%) Windows Server
6 30 (0.82%) Windows 7
7 26 (0.71%) Android
8 24 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
10 19 (0.52%) Apple iOS
10 19 (0.52%) Mac OS X
10 19 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
11 16 (0.44%) Windows 8
11 16 (0.44%) Windows Server 2019
12 15 (0.41%) AIX
13 14 (0.38%) Windows Server 2016
14 11 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
15 10 (0.27%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.25%) CentOS
17 6 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,137 (31.01%) Agile Software Development
2 615 (16.78%) Business Intelligence
3 461 (12.58%) Programme Management
4 438 (11.95%) DevOps
5 412 (11.24%) Digital Marketing
6 378 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
7 308 (8.40%) Project Management
8 282 (7.69%) Scrum
9 277 (7.56%) Migration
9 277 (7.56%) Problem-Solving
10 242 (6.60%) User Research
11 227 (6.19%) Analytics
12 214 (5.84%) Microservices
13 201 (5.48%) Project Delivery
13 201 (5.48%) Software Engineering
14 195 (5.32%) ITIL
15 183 (4.99%) Test Automation
16 175 (4.77%) Service Design
17 169 (4.61%) Data Modelling
18 155 (4.23%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 386 (10.53%) SQL
2 353 (9.63%) Java
3 281 (7.67%) Python
4 194 (5.29%) JavaScript
5 77 (2.10%) PowerShell
6 71 (1.94%) PL/SQL
7 70 (1.91%) C#
8 68 (1.85%) R
9 63 (1.72%) Bash Shell
10 61 (1.66%) Scala
11 46 (1.25%) TypeScript
12 44 (1.20%) Shell Script
13 43 (1.17%) Perl
14 38 (1.04%) Java 8
15 37 (1.01%) C
15 37 (1.01%) Ruby
16 36 (0.98%) T-SQL
17 27 (0.74%) PHP
18 22 (0.60%) VBA
19 19 (0.52%) Go
Qualifications
1 846 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 701 (19.12%) SC Cleared
3 186 (5.07%) Degree
4 82 (2.24%) DV Cleared
5 81 (2.21%) BPSS Clearance
6 50 (1.36%) ISTQB
7 42 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
8 34 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
9 32 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 30 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
10 30 (0.82%) MCSE
11 27 (0.74%) CCNA
11 27 (0.74%) CISSP
12 26 (0.71%) ISEB
13 23 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 20 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
14 20 (0.55%) DBS Check
15 18 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
16 16 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 15 (0.41%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (3.68%) QA
2 88 (2.40%) Accessibility
3 73 (1.99%) PMO
4 48 (1.31%) Data Quality
5 32 (0.87%) GDPR
6 30 (0.82%) SLA
7 25 (0.68%) NCSC
8 24 (0.65%) NIST
9 23 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 23 (0.63%) WCAG
10 12 (0.33%) HL7
11 10 (0.27%) PCI DSS
12 9 (0.25%) JSP 440
13 8 (0.22%) MiFID
14 7 (0.19%) GRC
14 7 (0.19%) RMADS
15 6 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 5 (0.14%) COBIT
16 5 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
16 5 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 215 (5.86%) Docker
2 192 (5.24%) Active Directory
3 75 (2.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (0.65%) Hyper-V
5 18 (0.49%) HDFS
5 18 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (0.49%) vSphere
6 10 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (0.27%) VMware NSX
7 9 (0.25%) XenApp
8 8 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
10 6 (0.16%) NFS
11 5 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.14%) RACF
11 5 (0.14%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 4 (0.11%) Xen
13 3 (0.082%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 194 (5.29%) Terraform
2 179 (4.88%) Kubernetes
3 163 (4.45%) Ansible
4 78 (2.13%) SCCM
5 56 (1.53%) Grafana
6 53 (1.45%) Prometheus
7 32 (0.87%) Single Sign-On
8 31 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
9 30 (0.82%) Kibana
9 30 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
10 29 (0.79%) Rancher
11 26 (0.71%) Istio
11 26 (0.71%) Puppet
12 24 (0.65%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 22 (0.60%) Consul
14 21 (0.57%) Nagios
15 20 (0.55%) logstash
16 17 (0.46%) Fluentd
17 16 (0.44%) NetBackup
18 15 (0.41%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 476 (12.98%) SAP
2 370 (10.09%) Microsoft
3 281 (7.67%) Oracle
4 127 (3.46%) VMware
5 77 (2.10%) ServiceNow
6 75 (2.05%) Google
7 62 (1.69%) Cisco
8 58 (1.58%) Salesforce.com
9 55 (1.50%) Citrix
10 51 (1.39%) Atlassian
11 42 (1.15%) Informatica
12 39 (1.06%) Splunk
13 37 (1.01%) Remedy
13 37 (1.01%) Sparx
14 36 (0.98%) Red Hat
15 33 (0.90%) webMethods
16 32 (0.87%) BEA
17 28 (0.76%) HP
18 27 (0.74%) Cloudera
18 27 (0.74%) SolarWinds