Period
to 28 February 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 28 February 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
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 26 43 45
Rank change year-on-year +17 +2 -10
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 3,760 4,730 4,243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.16% 5.22% 4.54%
As % of the General category 16.80% 13.16% 10.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,431 3,243 3,021
England median daily rate £465 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.11% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £252 £288 £263
90th Percentile £638 £629 £605
UK median daily rate £450 £454 £438
% change year-on-year -0.88% +3.77% +4.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 232 290 209
England median hourly rate £18.25 £19.13 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.58% +19.53% -
10th Percentile £12.31 £11.85 £10.20
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £30.02
UK median hourly rate £18.63 £18.62 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.03% +16.38% +0.95%

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 22,382 35,945 38,866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 36.66% 39.69% 41.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,381 23,953 25,996
England median daily rate £488 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £280 £305 £275
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £475 £480 £475
% change year-on-year -1.04% +1.05% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 769 986 1,020
England median hourly rate £22.50 £22.25 £22.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% -0.03% +5.09%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.41 £48.03
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +2.27% - +4.91%

Public Sector
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Public Sector in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Public Sector in England over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Public Sector in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Public Sector in England

Public Sector
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Public Sector in England over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor 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 28 February 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 +14 1,369 £500 - 187
North of England +4 794 £450 - 185
South West +4 631 £465 +5.98% 90
South East +23 410 £438 -2.78% 106
Midlands +9 368 £450 - 118
North West +1 365 £450 -2.70% 73
West Midlands +10 293 £463 +2.78% 75
Yorkshire +8 275 £500 +5.26% 78
East of England -8 165 £400 -23.81% 53
North East -2 154 £446 +1.83% 34
East Midlands +8 74 £385 -9.41% 41
Public Sector
UK

For the 6 months to 28 February 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 1,189 (31.62%) Agile Software Development
2 1,057 (28.11%) Security Cleared
3 808 (21.49%) SC Cleared
4 617 (16.41%) Finance
5 556 (14.79%) Microsoft
6 507 (13.48%) Windows
7 506 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
8 501 (13.32%) Azure
9 453 (12.05%) Telecoms
10 440 (11.70%) SQL
11 433 (11.52%) Programme Management
12 426 (11.33%) SAP
13 421 (11.20%) AWS
14 413 (10.98%) Java
15 399 (10.61%) Manufacturing
16 395 (10.51%) Migration
17 378 (10.05%) Marketing
18 369 (9.81%) DevOps
19 366 (9.73%) Project Management
20 357 (9.49%) Electronics
20 357 (9.49%) Digital Marketing
21 324 (8.62%) Stakeholder Management
22 299 (7.95%) Scrum
23 265 (7.05%) Oracle
24 258 (6.86%) JavaScript
25 246 (6.54%) Active Directory
26 240 (6.38%) Windows 10
27 239 (6.36%) Microservices
27 239 (6.36%) SQL Server
28 235 (6.25%) 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
1 158 (4.20%) SharePoint
2 156 (4.15%) Confluence
3 43 (1.14%) WebLogic
4 42 (1.12%) Skype for Business
5 41 (1.09%) MS Exchange
6 39 (1.04%) CMS
7 28 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
8 25 (0.66%) IIS
9 24 (0.64%) nginx
10 22 (0.59%) OpenStack
11 21 (0.56%) Apache
12 19 (0.51%) Apache Spark
13 18 (0.48%) Red Hat Fuse
14 17 (0.45%) Tomcat
15 16 (0.43%) SAS
16 13 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 10 (0.27%) ArcGIS
17 10 (0.27%) WebSphere
18 9 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
18 9 (0.24%) Mule
Applications
1 168 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 131 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (1.36%) Microsoft Project
4 49 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 45 (1.20%) MS Visio
6 21 (0.56%) Sketch
7 19 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
8 15 (0.40%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.32%) InVision
10 10 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
12 3 (0.080%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.080%) Camtasia
12 3 (0.080%) SPSS
13 2 (0.053%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.053%) Adobe XD
13 2 (0.053%) Figma
13 2 (0.053%) GIMP
13 2 (0.053%) InDesign
13 2 (0.053%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 106 (2.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.53%) SAP HCM
3 18 (0.48%) SAP Payroll
4 17 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
5 14 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
6 12 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 10 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
7 10 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
7 10 (0.27%) SAP HR
8 8 (0.21%) assyst
9 6 (0.16%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
9 6 (0.16%) SAP ERP
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
10 5 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
11 4 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
11 4 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 4 (0.11%) Primavera
12 3 (0.080%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 501 (13.32%) Azure
2 421 (11.20%) AWS
3 193 (5.13%) Office 365
4 129 (3.43%) Power Platform
5 95 (2.53%) SaaS
6 81 (2.15%) PaaS
7 78 (2.07%) GCP
8 77 (2.05%) Dynamics 365
9 64 (1.70%) Serverless
10 54 (1.44%) Amazon EC2
11 51 (1.36%) GitHub
12 42 (1.12%) IaaS
13 32 (0.85%) Amazon SQS
14 30 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
14 30 (0.80%) Azure Active Directory
15 25 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
16 24 (0.64%) Amazon S3
17 22 (0.59%) Azure Functions
18 21 (0.56%) PowerApps
19 19 (0.51%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 96 (2.55%) Firewall
2 84 (2.23%) DNS
3 59 (1.57%) WAN
4 57 (1.52%) Internet
5 55 (1.46%) Wireless
6 53 (1.41%) LAN
7 49 (1.30%) DHCP
8 38 (1.01%) TCP/IP
9 34 (0.90%) HTTP
9 34 (0.90%) Skype
10 26 (0.69%) SSL
10 26 (0.69%) VPN
11 25 (0.66%) Network Security
12 22 (0.59%) Intranet
12 22 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
13 17 (0.45%) SAN
14 13 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
14 13 (0.35%) VoIP
15 12 (0.32%) Intrusion Detection
15 12 (0.32%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 239 (6.36%) SQL Server
2 115 (3.06%) Power BI
3 104 (2.77%) Data Warehouse
4 98 (2.61%) Big Data
5 97 (2.58%) PostgreSQL
6 66 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 62 (1.65%) MySQL
7 62 (1.65%) Oracle Database
8 61 (1.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 58 (1.54%) MongoDB
9 58 (1.54%) Relational Database
10 44 (1.17%) NoSQL
11 40 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
12 33 (0.88%) Hadoop
13 24 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
14 22 (0.59%) Oracle Database 12c
15 20 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 19 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
17 18 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
17 18 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 225 (5.98%) JIRA
2 196 (5.21%) Jenkins
3 180 (4.79%) Git (software)
4 74 (1.97%) JUnit
5 71 (1.89%) Selenium
6 69 (1.84%) Maven
7 56 (1.49%) Mockito
8 50 (1.33%) GitLab
9 49 (1.30%) Cucumber
10 46 (1.22%) Visual Studio
11 41 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
12 35 (0.93%) SonarQube
13 30 (0.80%) Bitbucket
14 27 (0.72%) JMeter
15 25 (0.66%) DbUnit
15 25 (0.66%) jMock
16 21 (0.56%) Artifactory
17 20 (0.53%) Subversion
18 17 (0.45%) SoapUI
19 16 (0.43%) Postman
General
1 617 (16.41%) Finance
2 453 (12.05%) Telecoms
3 399 (10.61%) Manufacturing
4 378 (10.05%) Marketing
5 357 (9.49%) Electronics
6 154 (4.10%) Local Government
7 58 (1.54%) Retail
8 48 (1.28%) Law
9 37 (0.98%) Legal
10 32 (0.85%) Publishing
11 23 (0.61%) Police
12 19 (0.51%) Banking
13 16 (0.43%) Military
14 14 (0.37%) Back Office
15 7 (0.19%) General Ledger
16 6 (0.16%) Advertising
16 6 (0.16%) Brand Awareness
17 5 (0.13%) Games
18 4 (0.11%) Billing
18 4 (0.11%) German Language
Job Titles
1 638 (16.97%) Developer
2 509 (13.54%) Analyst
3 399 (10.61%) Architect
4 267 (7.10%) Project Manager
5 211 (5.61%) Business Analyst
6 150 (3.99%) Java Developer
7 140 (3.72%) Consultant
8 135 (3.59%) Designer
9 116 (3.09%) Windows Engineer
10 114 (3.03%) DevOps Engineer
11 103 (2.74%) Support Engineer
12 96 (2.55%) Solutions Architect
13 90 (2.39%) Technical Architect
14 78 (2.07%) IT Manager
15 74 (1.97%) User Researcher
16 68 (1.81%) .NET Developer
17 63 (1.68%) Desktop Support
18 60 (1.60%) Service Analyst
19 59 (1.57%) Coordinator
19 59 (1.57%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (5.45%) .NET
1 205 (5.45%) Web Services
2 187 (4.97%) HTML
3 153 (4.07%) CSS
4 131 (3.48%) Spring
5 125 (3.32%) REST
6 119 (3.16%) AngularJS
7 117 (3.11%) XML
8 103 (2.74%) RESTful
9 97 (2.58%) Node.js
10 80 (2.13%) SOAP
11 79 (2.10%) JSON
12 70 (1.86%) Spring Boot
13 58 (1.54%) Hibernate
13 58 (1.54%) React
14 57 (1.52%) ASP.NET
15 43 (1.14%) ActiveMQ
16 39 (1.04%) jQuery
17 38 (1.01%) HTML5
17 38 (1.01%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 233 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
2 184 (4.89%) User Experience
3 179 (4.76%) NHS
4 122 (3.24%) Data Centre
5 105 (2.79%) Management Information System
6 60 (1.60%) Public Cloud
7 51 (1.36%) Greenfield Project
8 39 (1.04%) Hybrid Cloud
9 37 (0.98%) Data Structures
10 35 (0.93%) Self-Motivation
11 30 (0.80%) PKI
12 29 (0.77%) Cloud Native
12 29 (0.77%) Driving Licence
13 23 (0.61%) CCTV
14 18 (0.48%) Mobile App
15 17 (0.45%) Blackberry
15 17 (0.45%) Freedom of Information
16 14 (0.37%) Virtual Team
17 13 (0.35%) Blog
17 13 (0.35%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 507 (13.48%) Windows
2 240 (6.38%) Windows 10
3 224 (5.96%) Linux
4 144 (3.83%) Windows 7
5 106 (2.82%) Windows Server
6 89 (2.37%) Unix
7 49 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
9 34 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 34 (0.90%) Ubuntu
10 32 (0.85%) Apple iOS
11 30 (0.80%) CentOS
12 24 (0.64%) Android
13 21 (0.56%) Mac OS X
14 14 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
15 9 (0.24%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.21%) Mac OS
17 7 (0.19%) VMS
18 4 (0.11%) Debian
19 3 (0.080%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,189 (31.62%) Agile Software Development
2 506 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
3 433 (11.52%) Programme Management
4 395 (10.51%) Migration
5 369 (9.81%) DevOps
6 366 (9.73%) Project Management
7 357 (9.49%) Digital Marketing
8 324 (8.62%) Stakeholder Management
9 299 (7.95%) Scrum
10 239 (6.36%) Microservices
11 235 (6.25%) ITIL
12 222 (5.90%) Test Automation
13 204 (5.43%) Problem-Solving
14 179 (4.76%) Project Delivery
15 173 (4.60%) PRINCE2
16 171 (4.55%) Service Design
17 156 (4.15%) Open Source
18 150 (3.99%) Business Analysis
19 148 (3.94%) TDD
20 140 (3.72%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 440 (11.70%) SQL
2 413 (10.98%) Java
3 258 (6.86%) JavaScript
4 211 (5.61%) Python
5 178 (4.73%) C#
6 89 (2.37%) Ruby
7 87 (2.31%) PowerShell
8 72 (1.91%) C
9 67 (1.78%) Bash Shell
10 63 (1.68%) Java 8
11 56 (1.49%) PL/SQL
12 49 (1.30%) Scala
13 44 (1.17%) T-SQL
14 40 (1.06%) Groovy
15 34 (0.90%) PHP
16 28 (0.74%) C++
17 26 (0.69%) ES6
18 23 (0.61%) TypeScript
19 22 (0.59%) VBA
20 21 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 1,057 (28.11%) Security Cleared
2 808 (21.49%) SC Cleared
3 159 (4.23%) DV Cleared
4 150 (3.99%) Degree
5 119 (3.16%) BPSS Clearance
6 50 (1.33%) Cisco Certification
7 47 (1.25%) ISEB
8 44 (1.17%) DBS Check
9 43 (1.14%) Microsoft Certification
10 34 (0.90%) CISSP
11 30 (0.80%) ISTQB
12 29 (0.77%) CCNA
13 25 (0.66%) CISM
14 24 (0.64%) CCNP
15 23 (0.61%) CTC Cleared
16 22 (0.59%) APMP
17 20 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
18 19 (0.51%) AWS Certification
19 18 (0.48%) PMP
19 18 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (2.45%) QA
2 71 (1.89%) PMO
3 64 (1.70%) GDPR
4 51 (1.36%) SLA
5 45 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 37 (0.98%) NCSC
7 36 (0.96%) Data Quality
8 32 (0.85%) RMADS
9 29 (0.77%) JSP 440
10 24 (0.64%) NIST
11 20 (0.53%) WCAG
12 18 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 15 (0.40%) PCI DSS
14 14 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
15 8 (0.21%) COBIT
15 8 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
16 7 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
17 6 (0.16%) ISO 22301
17 6 (0.16%) ISO 9001
18 5 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 246 (6.54%) Active Directory
2 192 (5.11%) Docker
3 74 (1.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (0.66%) Hyper-V
5 23 (0.61%) Postfix
5 23 (0.61%) XenApp
6 17 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
7 16 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
9 12 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (0.32%) vSphere
10 11 (0.29%) HDFS
10 11 (0.29%) XenDesktop
11 10 (0.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 8 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
13 7 (0.19%) VMware NSX
14 5 (0.13%) DFS Replication
15 4 (0.11%) Firmware
15 4 (0.11%) Snort
16 3 (0.080%) Xen
Systems Management
1 160 (4.26%) Kubernetes
2 133 (3.54%) SCCM
3 129 (3.43%) Terraform
4 120 (3.19%) Ansible
5 71 (1.89%) Puppet
6 45 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
7 31 (0.82%) Packer
8 28 (0.74%) Grafana
9 27 (0.72%) Prometheus
10 24 (0.64%) Consul
11 22 (0.59%) Microsoft Intune
12 21 (0.56%) Rancher
13 18 (0.48%) SCOM
14 15 (0.40%) Salt
14 15 (0.40%) WSUS
15 14 (0.37%) Nagios
16 12 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
17 11 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
18 10 (0.27%) Docker Swarm
18 10 (0.27%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 556 (14.79%) Microsoft
2 426 (11.33%) SAP
3 265 (7.05%) Oracle
4 110 (2.93%) VMware
5 88 (2.34%) Cisco
6 83 (2.21%) Google
7 46 (1.22%) Citrix
8 31 (0.82%) IBM
9 28 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
10 27 (0.72%) HP
10 27 (0.72%) webMethods
11 25 (0.66%) Dell
11 25 (0.66%) ServiceNow
12 24 (0.64%) Tableau
13 21 (0.56%) Red Hat
13 21 (0.56%) Sparx
14 19 (0.51%) F5
15 18 (0.48%) Apple
15 18 (0.48%) McAfee
15 18 (0.48%) Palo Alto