Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 19 46
Rank change year-on-year -6 +27 +6
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,471 2,205 3,861
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.65% 8.06% 5.01%
As % of the General category 12.42% 15.14% 9.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,348 1,731 2,819
10th Percentile £263 £258 £235
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £454
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.63% +0.89%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £550
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £495 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 68 226
10th Percentile £11.84 £12.71 £11.55
25th Percentile £14.00 £15.75 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £16.29
Median % change year-on-year -28.89% +38.16% +0.52%
75th Percentile £23.06 £29.07 £21.50
90th Percentile £30.00 £35.19 £25.59
UK median hourly rate £16.40 £22.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year -27.11% +38.46% +1.56%

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 35,995 14,566 39,453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 53.53% 53.28% 51.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,658 10,010 25,978
10th Percentile £306 £275 £263
25th Percentile £413 £381 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +6.06% +4.21% -
75th Percentile £638 £600 £575
90th Percentile £725 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £520 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +9.47% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,234 485 1,345
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.68 £11.16
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +17.65% +1.08%
75th Percentile £41.80 £42.75 £40.00
90th Percentile £59.93 £52.50 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year -13.64% +17.36% +4.14%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 1,738 £525 +3.96% 282
North of England +2 934 £500 +11.06% 163
Midlands -1 556 £450 +5.26% 118
North West +6 485 £500 +7.53% 78
West Midlands -4 471 £460 +8.24% 92
South West -5 391 £475 -7.41% 100
South East -24 362 £490 +6.52% 87
Yorkshire +1 353 £485 +7.78% 65
East of England -6 146 £430 -4.44% 48
North East 0 120 £500 +9.29% 20
East Midlands -3 80 £250 -46.52% 23
Public Sector
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 1,413 (31.60%) Agile Software Development
2 946 (21.16%) Security Cleared
3 859 (19.21%) Finance
4 847 (18.94%) Social Skills
5 774 (17.31%) SC Cleared
6 700 (15.66%) Business Intelligence
7 686 (15.34%) Azure
8 589 (13.17%) AWS
9 569 (12.73%) DevOps
10 552 (12.35%) Programme Management
11 550 (12.30%) SAP
12 531 (11.88%) Microsoft
13 526 (11.76%) Marketing
14 518 (11.59%) Telecoms
15 503 (11.25%) Manufacturing
16 484 (10.83%) Electronics
16 484 (10.83%) Digital Marketing
17 479 (10.71%) SQL
18 461 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
19 399 (8.92%) Java
20 393 (8.79%) Project Management
21 365 (8.16%) Windows
22 353 (7.90%) Analytical Skills
23 339 (7.58%) Python
24 333 (7.45%) Problem-Solving
25 327 (7.31%) Scrum
26 303 (6.78%) Oracle
27 290 (6.49%) NHS
28 285 (6.37%) Migration
29 281 (6.28%) ITIL

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
1 192 (4.29%) Confluence
2 157 (3.51%) SharePoint
3 47 (1.05%) SAS
4 45 (1.01%) WebLogic
5 37 (0.83%) Apache Spark
6 36 (0.81%) CMS
7 35 (0.78%) Apache
8 33 (0.74%) MS Exchange
9 24 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
9 24 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 21 (0.47%) IIS
11 11 (0.25%) nginx
12 9 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
12 9 (0.20%) Skype for Business
13 8 (0.18%) Drupal
14 7 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 6 (0.13%) Apache Airflow
15 6 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2013
15 6 (0.13%) WebSphere
16 5 (0.11%) Appian
Applications
1 143 (3.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 135 (3.02%) Microsoft Office
3 58 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
4 47 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 37 (0.83%) MS Visio
6 25 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.31%) SPSS
8 9 (0.20%) Stata
9 8 (0.18%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.16%) Sketch
11 5 (0.11%) InVision
12 4 (0.089%) Figma
12 4 (0.089%) Open Workbench
13 3 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
14 2 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 2 (0.045%) Adobe Premiere
14 2 (0.045%) InfoPath
15 1 (0.022%) Maple
15 1 (0.022%) Oracle Smart View
15 1 (0.022%) Revit
Business Applications
1 33 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.38%) iTrent
2 17 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 14 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
4 12 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 11 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
6 7 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
6 7 (0.16%) SAP HCM
6 7 (0.16%) SAP HR
7 6 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 5 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 5 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
9 4 (0.089%) Oracle EBS R12
9 4 (0.089%) Oracle Financials
9 4 (0.089%) Oracle Payables
9 4 (0.089%) Oracle SCM
9 4 (0.089%) Remedy ITSM
10 3 (0.067%) Oracle BPM
10 3 (0.067%) SAP FI-CA
10 3 (0.067%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 686 (15.34%) Azure
2 589 (13.17%) AWS
3 275 (6.15%) Microsoft 365
4 187 (4.18%) Power Platform
5 113 (2.53%) SaaS
6 98 (2.19%) PaaS
7 91 (2.04%) GCP
8 87 (1.95%) Serverless
9 84 (1.88%) IaaS
10 77 (1.72%) GitHub
11 58 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
12 53 (1.19%) Amazon S3
13 52 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
14 48 (1.07%) Dynamics 365
15 46 (1.03%) Amazon EKS
15 46 (1.03%) AWS Lambda
16 45 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
17 31 (0.69%) Amazon ECS
18 29 (0.65%) Azure Logic Apps
19 28 (0.63%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 104 (2.33%) Firewall
2 61 (1.36%) DNS
3 60 (1.34%) VPN
4 58 (1.30%) WAN
5 55 (1.23%) LAN
6 50 (1.12%) Internet
7 49 (1.10%) Network Security
8 41 (0.92%) HTTP
9 33 (0.74%) SAN
10 28 (0.63%) TCP/IP
11 27 (0.60%) Wireless
12 26 (0.58%) Intranet
12 26 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
13 23 (0.51%) VoIP
14 19 (0.42%) DHCP
14 19 (0.42%) SSL
15 18 (0.40%) Skype
16 14 (0.31%) VLAN
17 12 (0.27%) Ethernet
18 10 (0.22%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (3.62%) Power BI
2 160 (3.58%) SQL Server
3 97 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
4 93 (2.08%) Metadata
5 85 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
6 80 (1.79%) Relational Database
7 79 (1.77%) MySQL
8 61 (1.36%) Big Data
9 56 (1.25%) MongoDB
10 55 (1.23%) Hadoop
11 52 (1.16%) NoSQL
12 50 (1.12%) Pentaho
13 49 (1.10%) Oracle Database
14 46 (1.03%) Metadata Repository
15 41 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 39 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
17 35 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 34 (0.76%) Apache Hive
18 34 (0.76%) BusinessObjects
19 33 (0.74%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 276 (6.17%) JIRA
2 244 (5.46%) Jenkins
3 232 (5.19%) Git (software)
4 88 (1.97%) GitLab
5 76 (1.70%) Selenium
6 68 (1.52%) Bitbucket
7 66 (1.48%) Cucumber
8 62 (1.39%) Maven
9 46 (1.03%) JMeter
10 31 (0.69%) Postman
11 30 (0.67%) SonarQube
12 25 (0.56%) Artifactory
13 23 (0.51%) SoapUI
14 22 (0.49%) JUnit
15 21 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
16 19 (0.42%) Visual Studio
17 17 (0.38%) Gatling
18 16 (0.36%) Cypress.io
19 14 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
20 13 (0.29%) WebDriver
General
1 859 (19.21%) Finance
2 847 (18.94%) Social Skills
3 526 (11.76%) Marketing
4 518 (11.59%) Telecoms
5 503 (11.25%) Manufacturing
6 484 (10.83%) Electronics
7 353 (7.90%) Analytical Skills
8 127 (2.84%) Local Government
9 83 (1.86%) Influencing Skills
10 68 (1.52%) Legal
11 63 (1.41%) Organisational Skills
12 61 (1.36%) Presentation Skills
13 45 (1.01%) Law
14 29 (0.65%) Publishing
15 24 (0.54%) Banking
16 23 (0.51%) Back Office
16 23 (0.51%) Documentation Skills
17 21 (0.47%) Retail
18 20 (0.45%) Military
19 18 (0.40%) Police
Job Titles
1 564 (12.61%) Analyst
2 515 (11.52%) Developer
3 453 (10.13%) Architect
4 340 (7.60%) Project Manager
5 211 (4.72%) DevOps Engineer
6 197 (4.41%) Designer
7 196 (4.38%) Business Analyst
8 177 (3.96%) Consultant
9 132 (2.95%) Solutions Architect
10 129 (2.89%) Delivery Manager
11 117 (2.62%) Data Analyst
12 108 (2.42%) Java Developer
13 104 (2.33%) User Researcher
14 90 (2.01%) Data Architect
15 82 (1.83%) Technical Architect
16 80 (1.79%) Data Engineer
16 80 (1.79%) Support Engineer
17 76 (1.70%) IT Manager
18 70 (1.57%) Programme Manager
19 68 (1.52%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (3.98%) .NET
2 175 (3.91%) HTML
3 146 (3.27%) CSS
4 140 (3.13%) Web Services
5 122 (2.73%) Node.js
6 90 (2.01%) Spring
7 88 (1.97%) REST
8 82 (1.83%) React
9 79 (1.77%) Spring Boot
10 78 (1.74%) XML
11 74 (1.66%) JSON
12 73 (1.63%) RESTful
13 70 (1.57%) AngularJS
14 50 (1.12%) SOAP
15 44 (0.98%) J2EE
16 40 (0.89%) Kafka
17 39 (0.87%) .NET Core
18 38 (0.85%) HTML5
18 38 (0.85%) RabbitMQ
19 36 (0.81%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 290 (6.49%) NHS
2 164 (3.67%) User Experience
3 130 (2.91%) Management Information System
4 96 (2.15%) Public Cloud
5 83 (1.86%) Data Centre
6 53 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
7 41 (0.92%) Algorithms
8 40 (0.89%) Legacy Systems
9 38 (0.85%) Data Structures
10 34 (0.76%) Mobile App
11 31 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
12 29 (0.65%) Cloud Native
13 28 (0.63%) Social Media
14 26 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
14 26 (0.58%) Private Cloud
15 23 (0.51%) Driving Licence
16 21 (0.47%) Hybrid Cloud
17 20 (0.45%) Clustering
17 20 (0.45%) Reference Data
18 19 (0.42%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 365 (8.16%) Windows
2 275 (6.15%) Linux
3 146 (3.27%) Unix
4 130 (2.91%) Windows 10
5 91 (2.04%) Windows Server
6 45 (1.01%) Windows 7
7 43 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 20 (0.45%) Windows Server 2016
9 19 (0.42%) Windows 8
10 18 (0.40%) Android
10 18 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
11 17 (0.38%) Mac OS X
11 17 (0.38%) Windows Server 2019
12 14 (0.31%) AIX
12 14 (0.31%) Ubuntu
13 12 (0.27%) Mac OS
14 9 (0.20%) Apple iOS
14 9 (0.20%) CentOS
14 9 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
15 8 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,413 (31.60%) Agile Software Development
2 700 (15.66%) Business Intelligence
3 569 (12.73%) DevOps
4 552 (12.35%) Programme Management
5 484 (10.83%) Digital Marketing
6 461 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
7 393 (8.79%) Project Management
8 333 (7.45%) Problem-Solving
9 327 (7.31%) Scrum
10 285 (6.37%) Migration
11 281 (6.28%) ITIL
12 280 (6.26%) User Research
13 260 (5.82%) Analytics
14 245 (5.48%) Test Automation
15 239 (5.35%) Project Delivery
16 236 (5.28%) Microservices
17 230 (5.14%) Service Design
18 222 (4.97%) Software Engineering
19 193 (4.32%) User Stories
20 192 (4.29%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 479 (10.71%) SQL
2 399 (8.92%) Java
3 339 (7.58%) Python
4 246 (5.50%) JavaScript
5 109 (2.44%) C#
6 107 (2.39%) PowerShell
7 97 (2.17%) PL/SQL
8 91 (2.04%) Scala
9 89 (1.99%) R
10 79 (1.77%) Bash Shell
11 68 (1.52%) Shell Script
12 57 (1.27%) TypeScript
13 52 (1.16%) T-SQL
14 48 (1.07%) C
15 47 (1.05%) Java 8
16 41 (0.92%) Perl
17 35 (0.78%) PHP
17 35 (0.78%) Ruby
18 30 (0.67%) VBA
19 27 (0.60%) C++
Qualifications
1 946 (21.16%) Security Cleared
2 774 (17.31%) SC Cleared
3 178 (3.98%) Degree
4 121 (2.71%) BPSS Clearance
5 86 (1.92%) DV Cleared
6 56 (1.25%) ISTQB
7 45 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
8 42 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
9 41 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 39 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
11 35 (0.78%) CISSP
12 34 (0.76%) ISEB
13 29 (0.65%) CCNA
14 28 (0.63%) DBS Check
14 28 (0.63%) MCSE
15 27 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 24 (0.54%) TOGAF Certification
17 23 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 22 (0.49%) CESG Certified Professional
19 21 (0.47%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (3.98%) QA
2 114 (2.55%) Accessibility
3 103 (2.30%) PMO
4 65 (1.45%) Data Quality
5 40 (0.89%) SLA
6 39 (0.87%) GDPR
6 39 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 33 (0.74%) NCSC
8 19 (0.42%) WCAG
9 17 (0.38%) NIST
10 15 (0.34%) JSP 440
11 11 (0.25%) COBIT
12 10 (0.22%) GRC
12 10 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 10 (0.22%) P3O
12 10 (0.22%) PCI DSS
13 8 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 8 (0.18%) HL7
13 8 (0.18%) RMADS
14 6 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 245 (5.48%) Docker
2 208 (4.65%) Active Directory
3 74 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (0.60%) HDFS
5 26 (0.58%) Hyper-V
6 21 (0.47%) vSphere
7 16 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
8 13 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
9 12 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
10 8 (0.18%) NFS
10 8 (0.18%) VMware NSX
11 7 (0.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 6 (0.13%) RACF
13 5 (0.11%) XenApp
14 4 (0.089%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.089%) Oracle RAC
15 3 (0.067%) Job Entry Subsystem
15 3 (0.067%) Microsoft App-V
15 3 (0.067%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 266 (5.95%) Terraform
2 212 (4.74%) Kubernetes
3 191 (4.27%) Ansible
4 94 (2.10%) SCCM
5 61 (1.36%) Grafana
6 55 (1.23%) Prometheus
7 43 (0.96%) Puppet
8 30 (0.67%) Kibana
9 29 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
10 28 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
11 20 (0.45%) Nagios
11 20 (0.45%) Rancher
11 20 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
12 19 (0.42%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 18 (0.40%) Docker Swarm
14 17 (0.38%) Istio
15 16 (0.36%) Consul
15 16 (0.36%) logstash
16 13 (0.29%) vCenter Server
17 12 (0.27%) Packer
Vendors
1 550 (12.30%) SAP
2 531 (11.88%) Microsoft
3 303 (6.78%) Oracle
4 115 (2.57%) VMware
5 104 (2.33%) ServiceNow
6 94 (2.10%) Cisco
7 70 (1.57%) Informatica
8 54 (1.21%) Sparx
9 51 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
9 51 (1.14%) Splunk
10 49 (1.10%) Red Hat
11 48 (1.07%) Atlassian
11 48 (1.07%) Google
12 46 (1.03%) Citrix
13 43 (0.96%) Remedy
14 36 (0.81%) webMethods
15 33 (0.74%) BEA
16 30 (0.67%) CheckPoint
16 30 (0.67%) IBM
17 27 (0.60%) Cloudera