Period
to 29 September 2020

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 September 2020 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 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 47 52
Rank change year-on-year +30 +5 -15
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 2,145 3,844 4,017
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 8.29% 4.87% 4.32%
As % of the General category 19.61% 12.51% 10.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,653 2,625 2,723
Median daily rate £475 £454 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.63% +0.89% +2.86%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £263
90th Percentile £638 £630 £625
UK median daily rate £466 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +3.50% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 245 222
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.25 £16.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.99% +13.00% +0.75%
10th Percentile £13.29 £12.00 £11.41
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £15.93
% change year-on-year +38.89% +13.03% -2.06%

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 10,936 30,721 37,579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.26% 38.90% 40.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,152 19,949 24,879
Median daily rate £500 £495 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.92% +4.30% +2.70%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £720 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £480 £475
% change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 858 989
Median hourly rate £31.20 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.64% +2.27% -2.22%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.50 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £30.25 £22.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year +34.44% +5.88% -6.02%

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 September 2020.

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 September 2020.

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 September 2020. 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 +33 842 £500 +5.26% 106
North of England +9 393 £450 - 68
South East +50 280 £460 +15.00% 60
South West +7 263 £503 +11.83% 39
Midlands +13 227 £425 -8.36% 63
West Midlands +8 201 £425 -10.53% 48
North West +8 192 £450 - 31
Yorkshire +10 115 £456 -3.95% 18
North East +8 86 £455 +7.06% 19
East of England +23 80 £445 -1.11% 24
East Midlands +9 26 £300 -27.27% 13
Public Sector
UK

For the 6 months to 29 September 2020, 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.

1 739 (34.45%) Security Cleared
2 702 (32.73%) Agile Software Development
3 581 (27.09%) SC Cleared
4 395 (18.41%) Finance
5 344 (16.04%) Business Intelligence
6 337 (15.71%) Microsoft
7 324 (15.10%) Programme Management
8 321 (14.97%) Telecoms
9 315 (14.69%) SAP
10 313 (14.59%) Azure
11 302 (14.08%) Marketing
12 296 (13.80%) Manufacturing
13 285 (13.29%) Java
13 285 (13.29%) Digital Marketing
14 279 (13.01%) Electronics
15 238 (11.10%) AWS
16 231 (10.77%) DevOps
17 229 (10.68%) Migration
18 219 (10.21%) SQL
19 208 (9.70%) Windows
20 204 (9.51%) Oracle
21 201 (9.37%) Project Management
22 187 (8.72%) Stakeholder Management
23 186 (8.67%) Test Automation
24 177 (8.25%) TDD
25 175 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
26 160 (7.46%) Microservices
27 155 (7.23%) Scrum
28 149 (6.95%) Linux
29 144 (6.71%) DV Cleared

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 88 (4.10%) Confluence
2 86 (4.01%) SharePoint
3 37 (1.72%) WebLogic
4 34 (1.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 27 (1.26%) Mule
6 25 (1.17%) Red Hat Fuse
7 24 (1.12%) Apache
7 24 (1.12%) Oracle Service Bus
8 17 (0.79%) CMS
9 16 (0.75%) MS Exchange
9 16 (0.75%) Skype for Business
10 15 (0.70%) Apache Spark
11 14 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
12 9 (0.42%) IIS
12 9 (0.42%) SAS
13 8 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
14 7 (0.33%) Apache Solr
14 7 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
14 7 (0.33%) JBoss
15 6 (0.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 115 (5.36%) Microsoft Office
2 97 (4.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 50 (2.33%) Microsoft Project
4 23 (1.07%) MS Visio
5 22 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 13 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.23%) SPSS
8 3 (0.14%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.093%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.093%) Adobe Captivate
9 2 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.093%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.047%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.047%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.047%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.047%) Camtasia
10 1 (0.047%) Figma
10 1 (0.047%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.047%) Stata
Business Applications
1 34 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.93%) Oracle Payables
3 12 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
4 11 (0.51%) Oracle Receivables
5 10 (0.47%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 10 (0.47%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 9 (0.42%) Oracle Cash Management
7 6 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
8 5 (0.23%) Oracle Payroll
8 5 (0.23%) SAP FI-CA
9 4 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
9 4 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
9 4 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
9 4 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
9 4 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
10 3 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
10 3 (0.14%) Oracle HRMS
11 2 (0.093%) Oracle Applications
11 2 (0.093%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 313 (14.59%) Azure
2 238 (11.10%) AWS
3 110 (5.13%) Office 365
4 60 (2.80%) Power Platform
5 50 (2.33%) PaaS
6 42 (1.96%) SaaS
7 39 (1.82%) IaaS
8 26 (1.21%) GitHub
9 25 (1.17%) Dynamics 365
10 22 (1.03%) Serverless
11 21 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
12 20 (0.93%) Amazon S3
12 20 (0.93%) PowerApps
13 17 (0.79%) Google Analytics
14 16 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
15 15 (0.70%) GCP
16 14 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
17 13 (0.61%) OneDrive
18 12 (0.56%) Power Automate
19 10 (0.47%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 51 (2.38%) Firewall
2 49 (2.28%) LAN
3 32 (1.49%) DNS
3 32 (1.49%) TCP/IP
4 29 (1.35%) Internet
4 29 (1.35%) WAN
5 24 (1.12%) Skype
5 24 (1.12%) VPN
6 23 (1.07%) Ethernet
7 19 (0.89%) HTTP
8 18 (0.84%) VoIP
9 15 (0.70%) Network Security
10 12 (0.56%) DHCP
11 11 (0.51%) BGP
12 9 (0.42%) OSPF
12 9 (0.42%) SSL
12 9 (0.42%) Unified Communications
12 9 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (0.37%) Cisco ISE
13 8 (0.37%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (4.20%) SQL Server
2 62 (2.89%) MongoDB
3 54 (2.52%) MySQL
4 49 (2.28%) Power BI
5 47 (2.19%) Relational Database
6 44 (2.05%) Big Data
7 36 (1.68%) Data Warehouse
8 34 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
9 27 (1.26%) Oracle Database
10 26 (1.21%) Hadoop
11 19 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
12 18 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 17 (0.79%) Pentaho
14 16 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 14 (0.65%) Apache Hive
15 14 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
15 14 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
16 12 (0.56%) Data Lake
16 12 (0.56%) GIS
17 11 (0.51%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 141 (6.57%) Git (software)
2 112 (5.22%) JIRA
3 109 (5.08%) Jenkins
4 58 (2.70%) Maven
5 46 (2.14%) Cucumber
6 44 (2.05%) Selenium
7 40 (1.86%) GitLab
8 36 (1.68%) Mockito
9 31 (1.45%) JMeter
10 28 (1.31%) Subversion
11 25 (1.17%) gulp
12 23 (1.07%) SoapUI
13 22 (1.03%) Jasmine
14 21 (0.98%) Grunt
14 21 (0.98%) JUnit
15 18 (0.84%) SonarQube
16 17 (0.79%) Bitbucket
17 16 (0.75%) Toad
18 15 (0.70%) Mocha
19 14 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 395 (18.41%) Finance
2 321 (14.97%) Telecoms
3 302 (14.08%) Marketing
4 296 (13.80%) Manufacturing
5 279 (13.01%) Electronics
6 79 (3.68%) Local Government
7 71 (3.31%) Law
8 45 (2.10%) Legal
9 35 (1.63%) Police
10 24 (1.12%) Publishing
11 21 (0.98%) Retail
12 16 (0.75%) General Ledger
13 10 (0.47%) Banking
14 9 (0.42%) Billing
15 7 (0.33%) Fire and Rescue
15 7 (0.33%) Military
16 6 (0.28%) French Language
17 5 (0.23%) German Language
17 5 (0.23%) Social Housing
17 5 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 400 (18.65%) Developer
2 229 (10.68%) Analyst
3 224 (10.44%) Architect
4 127 (5.92%) Project Manager
5 126 (5.87%) Java Developer
6 101 (4.71%) Business Analyst
7 82 (3.82%) Designer
8 72 (3.36%) Consultant
9 58 (2.70%) Technical Architect
10 54 (2.52%) Delivery Manager
10 54 (2.52%) DevOps Engineer
11 50 (2.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 50 (2.33%) Programme Manager
12 39 (1.82%) Senior Developer
13 38 (1.77%) Solutions Architect
14 34 (1.59%) Senior Manager
14 34 (1.59%) User Researcher
15 32 (1.49%) Network Engineer
16 31 (1.45%) Support Engineer
17 29 (1.35%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (5.64%) HTML
2 112 (5.22%) CSS
3 96 (4.48%) Web Services
4 94 (4.38%) Node.js
5 88 (4.10%) XML
6 79 (3.68%) SOAP
7 70 (3.26%) .NET
7 70 (3.26%) JSON
8 66 (3.08%) RESTful
9 58 (2.70%) Spring
10 57 (2.66%) REST
11 54 (2.52%) Middleware
12 48 (2.24%) AngularJS
13 46 (2.14%) Spring Boot
14 42 (1.96%) Apache Camel
15 41 (1.91%) HTML5
16 36 (1.68%) ActiveMQ
16 36 (1.68%) XSLT
17 35 (1.63%) JAX-RS
17 35 (1.63%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 175 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 144 (6.71%) User Experience
3 91 (4.24%) NHS
4 90 (4.20%) Management Information System
5 44 (2.05%) Data Centre
6 34 (1.59%) Greenfield Project
7 26 (1.21%) Public Cloud
8 21 (0.98%) Taxonomies
9 20 (0.93%) Self-Motivation
10 19 (0.89%) Cloud Native
10 19 (0.89%) Social Media
11 16 (0.75%) Freedom of Information
12 14 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
12 14 (0.65%) Mobile App
13 13 (0.61%) Driving Licence
13 13 (0.61%) Hybrid Cloud
13 13 (0.61%) Virtual Team
14 12 (0.56%) Data Structures
14 12 (0.56%) Freedom of Information Act
15 10 (0.47%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 208 (9.70%) Windows
2 149 (6.95%) Linux
3 99 (4.62%) Unix
4 79 (3.68%) Windows 10
5 49 (2.28%) Mac OS X
6 35 (1.63%) Windows Server
7 29 (1.35%) Windows 7
8 19 (0.89%) Apple iOS
9 14 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (0.61%) Android
11 12 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
12 11 (0.51%) Windows Server 2016
13 9 (0.42%) Windows Server 2019
14 5 (0.23%) CentOS
15 4 (0.19%) AIX
15 4 (0.19%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
16 3 (0.14%) Debian
16 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 702 (32.73%) Agile Software Development
2 344 (16.04%) Business Intelligence
3 324 (15.10%) Programme Management
4 285 (13.29%) Digital Marketing
5 231 (10.77%) DevOps
6 229 (10.68%) Migration
7 201 (9.37%) Project Management
8 187 (8.72%) Stakeholder Management
9 186 (8.67%) Test Automation
10 177 (8.25%) TDD
11 160 (7.46%) Microservices
12 155 (7.23%) Scrum
13 137 (6.39%) ITIL
14 128 (5.97%) Business Case
14 128 (5.97%) Problem-Solving
15 123 (5.73%) BDD
16 109 (5.08%) Decision-Making
16 109 (5.08%) Project Delivery
17 104 (4.85%) PRINCE2
18 102 (4.76%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 285 (13.29%) Java
2 219 (10.21%) SQL
3 142 (6.62%) JavaScript
4 119 (5.55%) Python
5 83 (3.87%) Java 8
6 67 (3.12%) C#
7 42 (1.96%) C
8 40 (1.86%) PL/SQL
9 36 (1.68%) Shell Script
10 34 (1.59%) PowerShell
11 27 (1.26%) XPath
12 26 (1.21%) Ruby
13 25 (1.17%) Bash Shell
14 21 (0.98%) Perl
15 16 (0.75%) T-SQL
16 15 (0.70%) R
16 15 (0.70%) TypeScript
17 14 (0.65%) Scala
18 12 (0.56%) Apex Code
19 8 (0.37%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 739 (34.45%) Security Cleared
2 581 (27.09%) SC Cleared
3 144 (6.71%) DV Cleared
4 91 (4.24%) Degree
5 80 (3.73%) BPSS Clearance
6 39 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
7 36 (1.68%) CISSP
8 31 (1.45%) CCNA
9 29 (1.35%) DBS Check
10 28 (1.31%) ISEB
11 23 (1.07%) CCNP
12 22 (1.03%) ISTQB
13 21 (0.98%) CISM
14 15 (0.70%) CESG Certified Professional
14 15 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 14 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 12 (0.56%) CCIE
17 11 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
18 10 (0.47%) CTC Cleared
18 10 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (3.82%) QA
2 42 (1.96%) PMO
3 35 (1.63%) GDPR
3 35 (1.63%) WCAG
4 34 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 25 (1.17%) Data Quality
6 23 (1.07%) SLA
7 18 (0.84%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 13 (0.61%) JSP 440
9 11 (0.51%) NCSC
10 9 (0.42%) COBIT
10 9 (0.42%) NIST
10 9 (0.42%) PCI DSS
11 8 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
11 8 (0.37%) RMADS
12 7 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 6 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 17025
14 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
14 4 (0.19%) GxP
14 4 (0.19%) HL7
System Software
1 130 (6.06%) Docker
2 93 (4.34%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (0.61%) HDFS
5 10 (0.47%) Hyper-V
6 9 (0.42%) VMware NSX
7 7 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (0.23%) vSphere
10 4 (0.19%) Postfix
10 4 (0.19%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.14%) XenApp
12 2 (0.093%) Firmware
12 2 (0.093%) GlusterFS
12 2 (0.093%) NFS
12 2 (0.093%) oVirt
12 2 (0.093%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.093%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.047%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 112 (5.22%) Kubernetes
2 90 (4.20%) Terraform
3 67 (3.12%) Ansible
4 55 (2.56%) SCCM
5 30 (1.40%) Puppet
6 18 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
7 16 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
8 14 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
9 13 (0.61%) Prometheus
10 11 (0.51%) Packer
11 10 (0.47%) Grafana
12 9 (0.42%) Kibana
13 8 (0.37%) Data Guard
13 8 (0.37%) logstash
13 8 (0.37%) Rancher
14 7 (0.33%) AirWatch
14 7 (0.33%) Istio
14 7 (0.33%) SCOM
14 7 (0.33%) vCenter Server
15 5 (0.23%) Consul
Vendors
1 337 (15.71%) Microsoft
2 315 (14.69%) SAP
3 204 (9.51%) Oracle
4 59 (2.75%) Cisco
5 35 (1.63%) VMware
6 32 (1.49%) Google
7 29 (1.35%) ServiceNow
8 26 (1.21%) Talend
8 26 (1.21%) WSO2
9 22 (1.03%) Splunk
10 20 (0.93%) Citrix
11 17 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
12 16 (0.75%) Atlassian
13 15 (0.70%) CheckPoint
13 15 (0.70%) SolarWinds
14 13 (0.61%) Tableau
15 12 (0.56%) Databricks
15 12 (0.56%) Sparx
15 12 (0.56%) webMethods
16 11 (0.51%) Adobe