Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 17 29 45
Rank change year-on-year +12 +16 0
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 2,703 3,821 4,505
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 7.80% 5.87% 4.94%
As % of the General category 19.13% 15.90% 12.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,691 2,869 3,398
Median daily rate £475 £450 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £255 £262 £275
90th Percentile £645 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £468 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 213 255
Median hourly rate £20.92 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.53% - +9.38%
10th Percentile £12.72 £12.00 £11.44
90th Percentile £30.85 £26.50 £29.44
UK median hourly rate £21.40 £17.50 £17.41
% change year-on-year +22.29% +0.52% +12.69%

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 14,128 24,024 36,283
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 40.75% 36.90% 39.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,685 16,107 24,574
Median daily rate £500 £488 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% -0.51% +3.16%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £300
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +2.79% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 742 926
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -2.44% -3.37%
10th Percentile £12.57 £12.44 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.28 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £20.16
% change year-on-year +25.00% -0.77% -2.95%

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 25 January 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 25 January 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 25 January 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 +17 1,068 £500 - 181
North of England +12 534 £450 - 116
Midlands +8 308 £427 -5.11% 66
South West +2 271 £500 +11.11% 61
South East +24 270 £450 +5.88% 58
West Midlands +7 251 £426 -5.33% 58
North West +8 247 £475 +6.74% 51
Yorkshire +10 181 £450 -10.00% 45
North East +3 106 £450 +5.88% 20
East of England +22 89 £425 +25.93% 22
East Midlands +10 46 £485 +29.33% 8
Public Sector
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 870 (32.19%) Agile Software Development
2 740 (27.38%) Security Cleared
3 600 (22.20%) SC Cleared
4 572 (21.16%) Finance
5 480 (17.76%) Business Intelligence
6 426 (15.76%) Programme Management
7 419 (15.50%) SAP
8 409 (15.13%) Marketing
9 399 (14.76%) Azure
10 393 (14.54%) Telecoms
11 389 (14.39%) Microsoft
12 385 (14.24%) Manufacturing
13 379 (14.02%) Digital Marketing
14 372 (13.76%) Electronics
15 322 (11.91%) DevOps
16 313 (11.58%) Java
17 297 (10.99%) AWS
18 285 (10.54%) SQL
19 262 (9.69%) Windows
20 261 (9.66%) Stakeholder Management
21 218 (8.07%) Project Management
22 205 (7.58%) Migration
22 205 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
23 193 (7.14%) Oracle
24 184 (6.81%) Python
25 181 (6.70%) User Experience
26 179 (6.62%) Problem-Solving
27 175 (6.47%) Scrum
28 170 (6.29%) Data Modelling
29 169 (6.25%) NHS

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
1 124 (4.59%) Confluence
2 87 (3.22%) SharePoint
3 49 (1.81%) WebLogic
4 29 (1.07%) Red Hat Fuse
5 23 (0.85%) Mule
6 21 (0.78%) Apache
6 21 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
6 21 (0.78%) MS Exchange
7 20 (0.74%) Apache Spark
7 20 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 17 (0.63%) IIS
9 16 (0.59%) CMS
10 13 (0.48%) JBoss
10 13 (0.48%) Oracle Service Bus
11 12 (0.44%) WebSphere
12 11 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
12 11 (0.41%) SAS
13 10 (0.37%) ArcGIS
14 9 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
15 8 (0.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 122 (4.51%) Microsoft Office
2 77 (2.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 43 (1.59%) Microsoft Project
4 35 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
6 13 (0.48%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.11%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.11%) Sketch
7 3 (0.11%) SPSS
8 2 (0.074%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.037%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.037%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.037%) Adobe XD
9 1 (0.037%) Figma
9 1 (0.037%) InDesign
9 1 (0.037%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 46 (1.70%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 28 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.41%) SAP FI-CA
4 9 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
5 8 (0.30%) SAP PSCD
6 7 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 5 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
9 4 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
10 3 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
10 3 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
10 3 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
11 2 (0.074%) Oracle Financials
11 2 (0.074%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 2 (0.074%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 2 (0.074%) Primavera
11 2 (0.074%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 399 (14.76%) Azure
2 297 (10.99%) AWS
3 133 (4.92%) Office 365
4 116 (4.29%) Power Platform
5 52 (1.92%) PaaS
6 42 (1.55%) PowerApps
7 38 (1.41%) IaaS
8 35 (1.29%) Azure Active Directory
8 35 (1.29%) GitHub
9 33 (1.22%) GCP
10 32 (1.18%) Serverless
11 30 (1.11%) Amazon EKS
12 29 (1.07%) Amazon S3
13 28 (1.04%) Dynamics 365
13 28 (1.04%) SaaS
14 27 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
15 25 (0.92%) Logic Apps
16 18 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
17 16 (0.59%) Google Analytics
18 15 (0.55%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 75 (2.77%) Firewall
2 51 (1.89%) LAN
3 41 (1.52%) HTTP
4 35 (1.29%) TCP/IP
5 34 (1.26%) VPN
5 34 (1.26%) WAN
6 31 (1.15%) DNS
7 30 (1.11%) Internet
8 29 (1.07%) Network Security
9 28 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
10 21 (0.78%) Ethernet
11 17 (0.63%) DHCP
12 16 (0.59%) Skype
13 15 (0.55%) VSAN
14 14 (0.52%) Unified Communications
14 14 (0.52%) Wireless
15 12 (0.44%) MPLS
15 12 (0.44%) VoIP
16 11 (0.41%) Intranet
17 9 (0.33%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (4.18%) SQL Server
2 81 (3.00%) Power BI
3 55 (2.03%) MySQL
3 55 (2.03%) Relational Database
4 45 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
5 40 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
6 36 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 35 (1.29%) Pentaho
8 32 (1.18%) Hadoop
9 29 (1.07%) Big Data
10 28 (1.04%) MongoDB
11 25 (0.92%) Apache Hive
12 22 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
12 22 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 22 (0.81%) Tableau
13 21 (0.78%) Oracle Database
14 20 (0.74%) NoSQL
15 19 (0.70%) Data Lake
16 16 (0.59%) Impala
17 15 (0.55%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 168 (6.22%) JIRA
2 143 (5.29%) Jenkins
3 136 (5.03%) Git (software)
4 65 (2.40%) Selenium
5 59 (2.18%) GitLab
6 50 (1.85%) Cucumber
7 39 (1.44%) Bitbucket
8 36 (1.33%) Maven
9 26 (0.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 24 (0.89%) Artifactory
10 24 (0.89%) JUnit
11 23 (0.85%) JMeter
12 22 (0.81%) Postman
12 22 (0.81%) SoapUI
13 21 (0.78%) SonarQube
14 19 (0.70%) Toad
15 17 (0.63%) CA Gen
16 16 (0.59%) gulp
17 12 (0.44%) REST Assured
17 12 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 572 (21.16%) Finance
2 409 (15.13%) Marketing
3 393 (14.54%) Telecoms
4 385 (14.24%) Manufacturing
5 372 (13.76%) Electronics
6 91 (3.37%) Local Government
7 82 (3.03%) Law
8 23 (0.85%) Publishing
9 22 (0.81%) Police
10 21 (0.78%) Legal
11 18 (0.67%) Retail
12 7 (0.26%) Back Office
12 7 (0.26%) French Language
13 6 (0.22%) German Language
13 6 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.18%) Banking
14 5 (0.18%) Digital Economy
14 5 (0.18%) Military
15 4 (0.15%) Billing
15 4 (0.15%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 361 (13.36%) Developer
2 322 (11.91%) Architect
3 315 (11.65%) Analyst
4 148 (5.48%) Project Manager
5 126 (4.66%) Designer
6 120 (4.44%) Business Analyst
7 117 (4.33%) Consultant
8 89 (3.29%) Java Developer
9 77 (2.85%) DevOps Engineer
10 72 (2.66%) Technical Architect
11 69 (2.55%) Solutions Architect
12 68 (2.52%) Data Architect
13 66 (2.44%) Delivery Manager
14 63 (2.33%) User Researcher
15 50 (1.85%) Data Analyst
16 42 (1.55%) Senior Developer
17 41 (1.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 40 (1.48%) Software Engineer
19 39 (1.44%) Content Designer
20 37 (1.37%) Integration Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (4.18%) HTML
2 108 (4.00%) CSS
3 107 (3.96%) Web Services
4 106 (3.92%) XML
5 96 (3.55%) JSON
5 96 (3.55%) Node.js
6 90 (3.33%) .NET
7 82 (3.03%) RESTful
8 71 (2.63%) SOAP
9 64 (2.37%) Spring
10 58 (2.15%) Middleware
11 56 (2.07%) Spring Boot
12 49 (1.81%) REST
13 42 (1.55%) Apache Camel
14 41 (1.52%) React
15 40 (1.48%) XSLT
16 38 (1.41%) AngularJS
17 36 (1.33%) Kafka
18 35 (1.29%) J2EE
19 29 (1.07%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 205 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 181 (6.70%) User Experience
3 169 (6.25%) NHS
4 91 (3.37%) Management Information System
5 68 (2.52%) Data Centre
6 39 (1.44%) Public Cloud
7 35 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
8 23 (0.85%) Cloud Native
8 23 (0.85%) Freedom of Information
9 22 (0.81%) Social Media
10 17 (0.63%) Clustering
10 17 (0.63%) Mobile App
11 15 (0.55%) Cyberthreat
12 13 (0.48%) Greenfield Project
12 13 (0.48%) Virtual Team
13 11 (0.41%) e-Learning
13 11 (0.41%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.41%) Freedom of Information Act
13 11 (0.41%) Video Conferencing
13 11 (0.41%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 262 (9.69%) Windows
2 139 (5.14%) Linux
3 112 (4.14%) Windows 10
4 77 (2.85%) Unix
5 56 (2.07%) Windows Server
6 32 (1.18%) Windows 7
7 27 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 24 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
9 22 (0.81%) Android
10 17 (0.63%) Apple iOS
11 14 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
12 12 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
13 10 (0.37%) AIX
13 10 (0.37%) Mac OS
14 7 (0.26%) CentOS
14 7 (0.26%) Windows XP
15 6 (0.22%) Windows Server 2019
16 4 (0.15%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.15%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 870 (32.19%) Agile Software Development
2 480 (17.76%) Business Intelligence
3 426 (15.76%) Programme Management
4 379 (14.02%) Digital Marketing
5 322 (11.91%) DevOps
6 261 (9.66%) Stakeholder Management
7 218 (8.07%) Project Management
8 205 (7.58%) Migration
9 179 (6.62%) Problem-Solving
10 175 (6.47%) Scrum
11 170 (6.29%) Data Modelling
12 158 (5.85%) Test Automation
13 155 (5.73%) ITIL
14 149 (5.51%) Project Delivery
15 140 (5.18%) TDD
16 138 (5.11%) Microservices
17 132 (4.88%) Analytics
18 121 (4.48%) Service Design
19 120 (4.44%) Decision-Making
20 116 (4.29%) Business Case
Programming Languages
1 313 (11.58%) Java
2 285 (10.54%) SQL
3 184 (6.81%) Python
4 159 (5.88%) JavaScript
5 65 (2.40%) C#
6 51 (1.89%) Perl
7 50 (1.85%) PL/SQL
8 49 (1.81%) PowerShell
9 45 (1.66%) Ruby
10 41 (1.52%) Scala
11 38 (1.41%) Bash Shell
11 38 (1.41%) C
12 35 (1.29%) Shell Script
13 34 (1.26%) R
14 28 (1.04%) Java 8
15 26 (0.96%) XPath
16 25 (0.92%) T-SQL
17 15 (0.55%) PHP
18 13 (0.48%) Apex Code
18 13 (0.48%) VBA
Qualifications
1 740 (27.38%) Security Cleared
2 600 (22.20%) SC Cleared
3 96 (3.55%) DV Cleared
4 92 (3.40%) Degree
5 52 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
6 51 (1.89%) ISTQB
7 40 (1.48%) ISEB
8 33 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
8 33 (1.22%) CISSP
9 31 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 24 (0.89%) CCNA
11 19 (0.70%) CCNP
12 18 (0.67%) DBS Check
12 18 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 16 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 15 (0.55%) CISM
14 15 (0.55%) CTC Cleared
14 15 (0.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 12 (0.44%) CESG Certified Professional
15 12 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (3.40%) QA
2 48 (1.78%) SLA
3 39 (1.44%) PMO
4 36 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 32 (1.18%) Data Quality
6 28 (1.04%) GDPR
7 27 (1.00%) NCSC
8 26 (0.96%) WCAG
9 20 (0.74%) NIST
10 15 (0.55%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 12 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 9 (0.33%) JSP 440
12 9 (0.33%) RMADS
13 7 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 17025
14 6 (0.22%) COBIT
14 6 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
15 5 (0.18%) Actionable Recommendations
16 4 (0.15%) Dublin Core
16 4 (0.15%) Section 508
16 4 (0.15%) WAI
System Software
1 120 (4.44%) Active Directory
2 117 (4.33%) Docker
3 45 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (0.81%) VMware NSX
5 21 (0.78%) HDFS
6 17 (0.63%) vSphere
7 12 (0.44%) Hyper-V
8 9 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (0.22%) Terminal Server
11 4 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (0.15%) vCloud
12 3 (0.11%) GlusterFS
12 3 (0.11%) oVirt
12 3 (0.11%) Postfix
12 3 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.074%) Firmware
13 2 (0.074%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.074%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 130 (4.81%) Terraform
2 113 (4.18%) Kubernetes
3 108 (4.00%) Ansible
4 66 (2.44%) SCCM
5 32 (1.18%) Puppet
6 31 (1.15%) Prometheus
7 30 (1.11%) Microsoft Intune
8 29 (1.07%) Grafana
9 26 (0.96%) Consul
9 26 (0.96%) Kibana
10 25 (0.92%) Istio
11 24 (0.89%) Rancher
12 22 (0.81%) logstash
13 18 (0.67%) Fluentd
13 18 (0.67%) vCenter Server
14 17 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
15 16 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
16 13 (0.48%) AirWatch
17 8 (0.30%) vRealize
18 7 (0.26%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 419 (15.50%) SAP
2 389 (14.39%) Microsoft
3 193 (7.14%) Oracle
4 88 (3.26%) VMware
5 56 (2.07%) Cisco
6 52 (1.92%) webMethods
7 51 (1.89%) Sparx
8 50 (1.85%) Atlassian
9 42 (1.55%) Google
10 40 (1.48%) Splunk
11 36 (1.33%) Red Hat
12 35 (1.29%) Informatica
12 35 (1.29%) Remedy
13 33 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
14 27 (1.00%) ServiceNow
15 26 (0.96%) BEA
15 26 (0.96%) CheckPoint
15 26 (0.96%) Talend
16 25 (0.92%) Cloudera
17 22 (0.81%) Citrix