Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 19 23 40
Rank change year-on-year +4 +17 +5
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 3,009 3,564 4,657
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 7.22% 6.62% 5.28%
As % of the General category 17.42% 17.95% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,299 2,596 3,431
10th Percentile £263 £259 £300
25th Percentile £375 £375 £390
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £475
75th Percentile £569 £575 £556
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK median daily rate £463 £460 £463
% change year-on-year +0.54% -0.54% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 182 234
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.09
25th Percentile £14.75 £13.06 £14.91
Median hourly rate £18.55 £18.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.06% - +18.73%
75th Percentile £25.59 £23.16 £23.75
90th Percentile £32.50 £30.03 £35.40
UK median hourly rate £18.95 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.28% +2.86% +16.67%

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 17,270 19,856 34,926
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.43% 36.87% 39.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,846 13,345 23,688
10th Percentile £313 £280 £305
25th Percentile £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £613 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £481 £484
% change year-on-year +4.00% -0.67% +1.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 664 630 842
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.44 £12.25
25th Percentile £15.04 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +11.90% - -2.33%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £41.50
90th Percentile £52.93 £52.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £21.50 £20.86
% change year-on-year +11.63% +3.09% -0.69%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 +3 1,198 £500 - 164
North of England +6 567 £455 -4.07% 123
Midlands +9 374 £400 -11.11% 79
West Midlands +12 326 £400 -11.11% 69
South West +1 284 £500 +5.26% 71
North West +3 282 £475 +5.56% 45
South East +10 269 £450 - 92
Yorkshire +5 209 £475 -5.09% 58
East of England -6 80 £413 -1.79% 22
North East +1 76 £425 -5.56% 21
East Midlands +4 40 £344 -9.54% 10
Public Sector
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 988 (32.83%) Agile Software Development
2 806 (26.79%) Security Cleared
3 668 (22.20%) SC Cleared
4 651 (21.64%) Finance
5 546 (18.15%) Business Intelligence
6 507 (16.85%) Azure
7 452 (15.02%) Programme Management
8 446 (14.82%) SAP
9 435 (14.46%) Telecoms
10 428 (14.22%) Marketing
11 409 (13.59%) Manufacturing
12 405 (13.46%) Digital Marketing
13 401 (13.33%) Electronics
14 381 (12.66%) AWS
15 377 (12.53%) Microsoft
16 333 (11.07%) DevOps
17 331 (11.00%) Java
18 325 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
19 303 (10.07%) SQL
20 248 (8.24%) Migration
21 247 (8.21%) Project Management
22 245 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
23 234 (7.78%) Windows
24 222 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
25 217 (7.21%) Python
26 213 (7.08%) Oracle
27 203 (6.75%) JIRA
28 197 (6.55%) Data Modelling
29 195 (6.48%) Scrum
30 172 (5.72%) User Experience

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
1 142 (4.72%) Confluence
2 96 (3.19%) SharePoint
3 42 (1.40%) WebLogic
4 27 (0.90%) MS Exchange
5 23 (0.76%) Apache
5 23 (0.76%) Apache Spark
6 22 (0.73%) Skype for Business
7 20 (0.66%) IIS
7 20 (0.66%) Red Hat Fuse
8 17 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
9 13 (0.43%) JBoss
10 12 (0.40%) ArcGIS
10 12 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
10 12 (0.40%) WebSphere
11 11 (0.37%) Mule
11 11 (0.37%) SAS
12 10 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 10 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
12 10 (0.33%) Tomcat
13 9 (0.30%) nginx
Applications
1 146 (4.85%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
4 34 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 11 (0.37%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.100%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.100%) InDesign
7 3 (0.100%) Sketch
7 3 (0.100%) SPSS
8 2 (0.066%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.066%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.066%) Figma
8 2 (0.066%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.033%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.033%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.033%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.033%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.033%) Final Cut Pro
9 1 (0.033%) GIMP
Business Applications
1 40 (1.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 25 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 14 (0.47%) SAP PSCD
4 13 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.30%) SAP FI-CA
6 8 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
8 5 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
8 5 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
8 5 (0.17%) SAP HCM
9 4 (0.13%) iTrent
9 4 (0.13%) Oracle Assets
9 4 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
9 4 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
9 4 (0.13%) SystmOne
9 4 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.100%) Oracle Cash Management
10 3 (0.100%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 3 (0.100%) Remedy ITSM
10 3 (0.100%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 507 (16.85%) Azure
2 381 (12.66%) AWS
3 161 (5.35%) Microsoft 365
4 146 (4.85%) Power Platform
5 88 (2.92%) PaaS
6 62 (2.06%) IaaS
7 58 (1.93%) GCP
8 51 (1.69%) SaaS
9 48 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
10 44 (1.46%) PowerApps
11 38 (1.26%) Serverless
12 37 (1.23%) Amazon EKS
13 33 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
13 33 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
14 31 (1.03%) Logic Apps
15 30 (1.00%) GitHub
16 28 (0.93%) Amazon S3
17 23 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
17 23 (0.76%) OneDrive
18 17 (0.56%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 65 (2.16%) Firewall
2 62 (2.06%) WAN
3 60 (1.99%) LAN
4 40 (1.33%) HTTP
5 36 (1.20%) VPN
6 35 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
7 32 (1.06%) DNS
8 30 (1.00%) Skype
9 24 (0.80%) VoIP
10 23 (0.76%) Network Security
11 21 (0.70%) Wireless
12 19 (0.63%) Internet
13 14 (0.47%) PBX
14 13 (0.43%) Intranet
14 13 (0.43%) RTP
14 13 (0.43%) TCP/IP
14 13 (0.43%) Unified Communications
15 10 (0.33%) MPLS
15 10 (0.33%) NetScaler
15 10 (0.33%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (3.92%) SQL Server
2 104 (3.46%) Power BI
3 71 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
4 66 (2.19%) Relational Database
5 57 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
6 43 (1.43%) MySQL
7 39 (1.30%) Big Data
8 37 (1.23%) Hadoop
9 36 (1.20%) Pentaho
10 31 (1.03%) Oracle Database
11 27 (0.90%) NoSQL
11 27 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 26 (0.86%) Data Lake
13 22 (0.73%) Tableau
14 19 (0.63%) GIS
14 19 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 18 (0.60%) Apache Hive
15 18 (0.60%) MongoDB
15 18 (0.60%) RDBMS
16 17 (0.56%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 203 (6.75%) JIRA
2 127 (4.22%) Git (software)
3 124 (4.12%) Jenkins
4 50 (1.66%) Selenium
5 46 (1.53%) GitLab
6 40 (1.33%) Bitbucket
7 28 (0.93%) Cucumber
8 23 (0.76%) Maven
9 19 (0.63%) Artifactory
10 18 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 18 (0.60%) CA Gen
10 18 (0.60%) JMeter
10 18 (0.60%) JUnit
10 18 (0.60%) Postman
11 17 (0.56%) LoadRunner
12 16 (0.53%) SoapUI
13 15 (0.50%) SonarQube
14 14 (0.47%) Subversion
15 11 (0.37%) Gatling
16 10 (0.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 651 (21.64%) Finance
2 435 (14.46%) Telecoms
3 428 (14.22%) Marketing
4 409 (13.59%) Manufacturing
5 401 (13.33%) Electronics
6 94 (3.12%) Local Government
7 81 (2.69%) Law
8 37 (1.23%) Publishing
9 33 (1.10%) Legal
10 24 (0.80%) Police
11 21 (0.70%) Back Office
12 18 (0.60%) Retail
13 8 (0.27%) Banking
14 6 (0.20%) Advertising
14 6 (0.20%) Billing
15 4 (0.13%) French Language
15 4 (0.13%) Games
15 4 (0.13%) Military
15 4 (0.13%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.13%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 385 (12.79%) Architect
2 348 (11.57%) Analyst
3 345 (11.47%) Developer
4 195 (6.48%) Project Manager
5 160 (5.32%) Designer
6 131 (4.35%) Business Analyst
7 124 (4.12%) Consultant
8 105 (3.49%) DevOps Engineer
9 95 (3.16%) User Researcher
10 88 (2.92%) Data Architect
11 87 (2.89%) Solutions Architect
12 86 (2.86%) Java Developer
13 81 (2.69%) Technical Architect
14 71 (2.36%) Delivery Manager
15 60 (1.99%) Data Analyst
16 55 (1.83%) Software Engineer
17 49 (1.63%) AWS Engineer
18 48 (1.60%) Data Engineer
19 47 (1.56%) Content Designer
20 44 (1.46%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (4.15%) .NET
2 118 (3.92%) HTML
3 107 (3.56%) CSS
4 102 (3.39%) Web Services
5 88 (2.92%) Node.js
6 86 (2.86%) JSON
7 84 (2.79%) XML
8 68 (2.26%) RESTful
9 56 (1.86%) REST
10 53 (1.76%) SOAP
11 52 (1.73%) Spring
12 46 (1.53%) Middleware
13 45 (1.50%) Spring Boot
14 43 (1.43%) Kafka
15 42 (1.40%) React
16 40 (1.33%) J2EE
17 30 (1.00%) Elastic Stack
18 28 (0.93%) Ruby on Rails
19 27 (0.90%) .NET Core
19 27 (0.90%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 245 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
2 172 (5.72%) User Experience
3 167 (5.55%) NHS
4 93 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 53 (1.76%) Data Centre
6 48 (1.60%) Public Cloud
7 46 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
8 35 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
9 29 (0.96%) Cloud Native
10 27 (0.90%) Social Media
11 24 (0.80%) Mobile App
12 19 (0.63%) Freedom of Information
13 18 (0.60%) Clustering
14 16 (0.53%) Virtual Team
15 15 (0.50%) Video\Live Streaming
16 14 (0.47%) e-Learning
17 11 (0.37%) Algorithms
17 11 (0.37%) Data Protection Act
18 10 (0.33%) Enterprise Cloud
18 10 (0.33%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 234 (7.78%) Windows
2 144 (4.79%) Linux
3 104 (3.46%) Windows 10
4 91 (3.02%) Unix
5 52 (1.73%) Windows Server
6 31 (1.03%) Android
7 28 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 25 (0.83%) Apple iOS
9 25 (0.83%) Windows 7
10 16 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.40%) AIX
11 12 (0.40%) Mac OS X
12 10 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
13 9 (0.30%) Mac OS
13 9 (0.30%) Windows Server 2016
14 8 (0.27%) Windows XP
15 7 (0.23%) CentOS
15 7 (0.23%) Windows 8
15 7 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 988 (32.83%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (18.15%) Business Intelligence
3 452 (15.02%) Programme Management
4 405 (13.46%) Digital Marketing
5 333 (11.07%) DevOps
6 325 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
7 248 (8.24%) Migration
8 247 (8.21%) Project Management
9 222 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
10 197 (6.55%) Data Modelling
11 195 (6.48%) Scrum
12 168 (5.58%) Project Delivery
13 167 (5.55%) Analytics
14 160 (5.32%) Microservices
15 158 (5.25%) Test Automation
16 154 (5.12%) Software Engineering
17 139 (4.62%) Decision-Making
18 137 (4.55%) ITIL
19 136 (4.52%) TDD
20 133 (4.42%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 331 (11.00%) Java
2 303 (10.07%) SQL
3 217 (7.21%) Python
4 154 (5.12%) JavaScript
5 70 (2.33%) C#
6 52 (1.73%) Perl
7 51 (1.69%) Ruby
8 49 (1.63%) PL/SQL
9 45 (1.50%) PowerShell
10 44 (1.46%) Bash Shell
11 42 (1.40%) R
11 42 (1.40%) Scala
12 33 (1.10%) C
13 32 (1.06%) Shell Script
14 26 (0.86%) T-SQL
15 25 (0.83%) Java 8
16 24 (0.80%) TypeScript
17 16 (0.53%) PHP
18 15 (0.50%) COBOL
18 15 (0.50%) XPath
Qualifications
1 806 (26.79%) Security Cleared
2 668 (22.20%) SC Cleared
3 129 (4.29%) Degree
4 88 (2.92%) DV Cleared
5 60 (1.99%) BPSS Clearance
5 60 (1.99%) ISTQB
6 36 (1.20%) ISEB
7 34 (1.13%) CISSP
8 28 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 27 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
9 27 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 19 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
11 18 (0.60%) CCNA
11 18 (0.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 17 (0.56%) CISM
12 17 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
13 16 (0.53%) PMP
14 15 (0.50%) CESG Certified Professional
14 15 (0.50%) DBS Check
15 13 (0.43%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (3.46%) QA
2 42 (1.40%) PMO
3 35 (1.16%) SLA
4 31 (1.03%) Data Quality
5 29 (0.96%) WCAG
6 26 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 24 (0.80%) GDPR
7 24 (0.80%) NCSC
8 21 (0.70%) NIST
9 12 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 8 (0.27%) COBIT
10 8 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 7 (0.23%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
12 5 (0.17%) MiFID
13 4 (0.13%) Dublin Core
13 4 (0.13%) HL7
13 4 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 17025
13 4 (0.13%) PCI DSS
13 4 (0.13%) RMADS
System Software
1 152 (5.05%) Active Directory
2 141 (4.69%) Docker
3 49 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.47%) Hyper-V
5 13 (0.43%) HDFS
6 11 (0.37%) vSphere
7 10 (0.33%) VMware NSX
8 8 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (0.20%) Terminal Server
10 5 (0.17%) XenApp
11 4 (0.13%) vCloud
12 3 (0.100%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 3 (0.100%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.100%) XenDesktop
13 2 (0.066%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 2 (0.066%) GlusterFS
13 2 (0.066%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.066%) Postfix
13 2 (0.066%) Xen
Systems Management
1 140 (4.65%) Kubernetes
2 137 (4.55%) Terraform
3 115 (3.82%) Ansible
4 59 (1.96%) SCCM
5 44 (1.46%) Prometheus
6 42 (1.40%) Grafana
7 40 (1.33%) Microsoft Intune
8 30 (1.00%) Istio
8 30 (1.00%) Kibana
9 29 (0.96%) Rancher
10 27 (0.90%) Consul
10 27 (0.90%) logstash
11 26 (0.86%) Puppet
12 25 (0.83%) Fluentd
13 22 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
13 22 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
14 16 (0.53%) vCenter Server
15 14 (0.47%) Nagios
15 14 (0.47%) NetBackup
16 10 (0.33%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 446 (14.82%) SAP
2 377 (12.53%) Microsoft
3 213 (7.08%) Oracle
4 104 (3.46%) VMware
5 78 (2.59%) Google
6 58 (1.93%) Atlassian
7 52 (1.73%) webMethods
8 47 (1.56%) Remedy
9 46 (1.53%) Sparx
10 41 (1.36%) Red Hat
11 40 (1.33%) Cisco
11 40 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
11 40 (1.33%) ServiceNow
11 40 (1.33%) Splunk
12 32 (1.06%) BEA
13 31 (1.03%) Citrix
14 30 (1.00%) Informatica
15 25 (0.83%) AppDynamics
15 25 (0.83%) Cloudera
15 25 (0.83%) Talend