Period
to 30 July 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Pharmaceutical in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Pharmaceutical over the 6 months to 30 July 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.

Pharmaceutical (Pharma)
UK
6 months to
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 381 301 381
Rank change year-on-year -80 +80 +92
Contract jobs citing Pharmaceutical 447 293 613
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.80% 0.67%
As % of the General category 1.17% 1.53% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 277 156 375
10th Percentile £317 £329 £250
25th Percentile £400 £406 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £450
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% +3.45%
75th Percentile £595 £575 £550
90th Percentile £664 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 25 54
10th Percentile £13.89 £15.00 £13.44
25th Percentile £21.44 £20.95 £15.25
Median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £23.50
Median % change year-on-year +40.63% +36.17% -30.88%
75th Percentile £51.88 £48.75 £34.09
90th Percentile £65.00 £60.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £31.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year +45.16% +33.33% -23.14%

Pharmaceutical is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 38,321 19,112 47,891
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.02% 52.31% 52.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,628 12,637 31,058
10th Percentile £306 £263 £275
25th Percentile £405 £385 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £597 £575
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,307 723 1,475
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £10.82
25th Percentile £13.38 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.56 £19.32
Median % change year-on-year -5.13% +6.39% +7.33%
75th Percentile £40.00 £40.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £53.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% +3.93%

Pharmaceutical
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Pharmaceutical as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Pharmaceutical in the UK

Pharmaceutical
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Pharmaceutical.

Daily rate trend for Pharmaceutical in the UK

Pharmaceutical
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Pharmaceutical over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Pharmaceutical in the UK

Pharmaceutical
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Pharmaceutical.

Hourly rate trend for Pharmaceutical in the UK

Pharmaceutical
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Pharmaceutical over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Pharmaceutical in the UK

Pharmaceutical
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Pharmaceutical within the UK over the 6 months to 30 July 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
England -100 347 £500 - 255
Work from Home -140 174 £513 +5.13% 56
London -78 162 £523 -0.48% 85
UK excluding London -79 149 £500 - 182
South East -47 47 £525 +7.14% 46
East of England -30 45 £500 -4.76% 37
North of England -37 29 £501 +0.10% 46
Midlands -54 22 £475 +11.76% 25
East Midlands -15 17 £475 +2.70% 11
North West -53 15 £500 +0.05% 33
Yorkshire -15 9 £550 - 5
West Midlands -40 5 £450 +5.88% 14
North East - 5 - - 8
South West -10 3 £375 +11.11% 14
Scotland -57 2 £325 - 10
Wales -8 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 30 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Pharmaceutical 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 with a requirement for Pharmaceutical.

1 117 (26.17%) Social Skills
2 83 (18.57%) SAP
3 82 (18.34%) Agile Software Development
4 72 (16.11%) Project Management
5 65 (14.54%) Finance
6 54 (12.08%) Manufacturing
6 54 (12.08%) SQL
6 54 (12.08%) Python
7 53 (11.86%) Analytics
8 52 (11.63%) Life Science
9 50 (11.19%) Analytical Skills
10 49 (10.96%) Azure
11 43 (9.62%) Degree
11 43 (9.62%) FMCG
12 41 (9.17%) Migration
13 40 (8.95%) Stakeholder Management
14 38 (8.50%) Validation
15 35 (7.83%) Business Intelligence
15 35 (7.83%) SAP S/4HANA
16 34 (7.61%) Change Management
17 33 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
18 32 (7.16%) Tableau
19 31 (6.94%) JIRA
20 30 (6.71%) Scrum
20 30 (6.71%) GxP
20 30 (6.71%) Visualisation
21 29 (6.49%) DevOps
21 29 (6.49%) Microsoft Excel
22 28 (6.26%) Windows
23 27 (6.04%) Microsoft

Pharmaceutical
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 10 (2.24%) Jupyter
1 10 (2.24%) SharePoint
2 7 (1.57%) CMS
2 7 (1.57%) Confluence
3 6 (1.34%) SAS
3 6 (1.34%) Umbraco
4 5 (1.12%) Apache
5 4 (0.89%) Anypoint
6 2 (0.45%) Apache Airflow
6 2 (0.45%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.45%) nginx
6 2 (0.45%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.45%) WordPress
7 1 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.22%) Drupal
7 1 (0.22%) JBoss
7 1 (0.22%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 29 (6.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (1.57%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.67%) InVision
5 3 (0.67%) Sketch
6 2 (0.45%) Figma
7 1 (0.22%) Pipeline Pilot
7 1 (0.22%) SPSS
7 1 (0.22%) Stata
Business Applications
1 35 (7.83%) SAP S/4HANA
2 9 (2.01%) SAP ERP
2 9 (2.01%) SAP SD
3 8 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (1.34%) SAP FI
4 6 (1.34%) SAP QM
5 5 (1.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (1.12%) SAP CO
5 5 (1.12%) SAP MM
6 4 (0.89%) SAP FI/CO
6 4 (0.89%) SAP MDG
6 4 (0.89%) SAP PP
7 3 (0.67%) SAP MDM
7 3 (0.67%) Workday HCM
8 2 (0.45%) SAP APO
8 2 (0.45%) SAP FSCM
8 2 (0.45%) SAP PLM
8 2 (0.45%) SDL Web 8
8 2 (0.45%) Sprinklr
8 2 (0.45%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 49 (10.96%) Azure
2 25 (5.59%) AWS
3 22 (4.92%) Power Platform
4 17 (3.80%) GCP
5 13 (2.91%) Serverless
6 10 (2.24%) AWS Lambda
6 10 (2.24%) Microsoft 365
7 8 (1.79%) GitHub
7 8 (1.79%) SaaS
8 5 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (1.12%) PaaS
8 5 (1.12%) Veeva
9 4 (0.89%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 3 (0.67%) Amazon EMR
10 3 (0.67%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.67%) IaaS
11 2 (0.45%) Adobe Analytics
11 2 (0.45%) Amazon SQS
11 2 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.45%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.46%) Firewall
2 6 (1.34%) DNS
2 6 (1.34%) Network Security
3 4 (0.89%) HTTP
3 4 (0.89%) SNMP
3 4 (0.89%) SSH
4 3 (0.67%) Cisco Firepower
4 3 (0.67%) VPN
4 3 (0.67%) Wireless
5 2 (0.45%) BGP
5 2 (0.45%) Cisco Nexus
5 2 (0.45%) Cisco Wireless
5 2 (0.45%) DHCP
5 2 (0.45%) LAN
5 2 (0.45%) NetScaler
5 2 (0.45%) OSPF
5 2 (0.45%) VLAN
5 2 (0.45%) VoIP
5 2 (0.45%) WAN
6 1 (0.22%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (7.16%) Tableau
2 21 (4.70%) Power BI
3 14 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (3.13%) NoSQL
3 14 (3.13%) RDBMS
3 14 (3.13%) Relational Database
4 10 (2.24%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 7 (1.57%) Redis
6 6 (1.34%) Big Data
6 6 (1.34%) SQL Server
7 5 (1.12%) Amazon Redshift
7 5 (1.12%) BigQuery
7 5 (1.12%) Spotfire
8 4 (0.89%) Electronic Patient Records
8 4 (0.89%) Looker
8 4 (0.89%) MS Access
8 4 (0.89%) MySQL
9 3 (0.67%) Data Mining
9 3 (0.67%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 31 (6.94%) JIRA
2 22 (4.92%) Git (software)
3 11 (2.46%) Visual Studio
4 7 (1.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 7 (1.57%) Bitbucket
4 7 (1.57%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.89%) Hudson
5 4 (0.89%) Maven
6 3 (0.67%) git-flow
7 2 (0.45%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.45%) JUnit
7 2 (0.45%) PowerDesigner
7 2 (0.45%) RStudio
7 2 (0.45%) Toad
7 2 (0.45%) XMLSpy
8 1 (0.22%) ERwin
8 1 (0.22%) ESLint
8 1 (0.22%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.22%) webpack
General
1 117 (26.17%) Social Skills
2 65 (14.54%) Finance
3 54 (12.08%) Manufacturing
4 50 (11.19%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (5.37%) Presentation Skills
6 22 (4.92%) Marketing
7 18 (4.03%) Influencing Skills
8 17 (3.80%) Retail
9 14 (3.13%) Organisational Skills
10 9 (2.01%) Documentation Skills
11 8 (1.79%) German Language
11 8 (1.79%) Legal
12 6 (1.34%) French Language
12 6 (1.34%) Law
13 4 (0.89%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.67%) Automotive
14 3 (0.67%) Banking
14 3 (0.67%) Portuguese Language
14 3 (0.67%) Telecoms
15 2 (0.45%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 57 (12.75%) Project Manager
2 52 (11.63%) Analyst
3 46 (10.29%) Consultant
4 40 (8.95%) Developer
5 33 (7.38%) Architect
6 30 (6.71%) Business Analyst
7 27 (6.04%) SAP Consultant
8 20 (4.47%) Data Engineer
9 16 (3.58%) Software Engineer
10 13 (2.91%) IT Manager
10 13 (2.91%) IT Project Manager
11 11 (2.46%) .NET Software Engineer
11 11 (2.46%) C# Software Engineer
11 11 (2.46%) Python Engineer
11 11 (2.46%) React Developer
12 10 (2.24%) AWS Developer
12 10 (2.24%) Coordinator
13 9 (2.01%) Full Stack Developer
13 9 (2.01%) Product Owner
14 8 (1.79%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (5.59%) .NET
2 19 (4.25%) React
3 14 (3.13%) REST
4 10 (2.24%) Node.js
4 10 (2.24%) OAuth
5 9 (2.01%) JWT
5 9 (2.01%) WPF
5 9 (2.01%) XML
6 8 (1.79%) .NET Framework
6 8 (1.79%) JSON
6 8 (1.79%) NumPy
6 8 (1.79%) Pandas
6 8 (1.79%) scikit-learn
6 8 (1.79%) SciPy
7 7 (1.57%) Autofac
7 7 (1.57%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 7 (1.57%) Middleware
7 7 (1.57%) Serverless Framework
8 6 (1.34%) CSS
8 6 (1.34%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 52 (11.63%) Life Science
2 43 (9.62%) FMCG
3 23 (5.15%) User Experience
4 21 (4.70%) Management Information System
5 14 (3.13%) Biotechnology
6 10 (2.24%) Data Protection Act
7 9 (2.01%) LIMS
7 9 (2.01%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (2.01%) Virtual Team
8 8 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
9 7 (1.57%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.12%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.89%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.89%) NHS
12 3 (0.67%) Data Centre
12 3 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.67%) Learning Management System
12 3 (0.67%) Pharmacovigilance
12 3 (0.67%) PKI
13 2 (0.45%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 28 (6.26%) Windows
2 12 (2.68%) Windows Server
3 9 (2.01%) Unix
4 8 (1.79%) Windows 10
5 6 (1.34%) Linux
6 3 (0.67%) Android
6 3 (0.67%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.67%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.67%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (0.45%) Windows 8
7 2 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.45%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.22%) AIX
8 1 (0.22%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (18.34%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (16.11%) Project Management
3 53 (11.86%) Analytics
4 41 (9.17%) Migration
5 40 (8.95%) Stakeholder Management
6 38 (8.50%) Validation
7 35 (7.83%) Business Intelligence
8 34 (7.61%) Change Management
9 33 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
10 30 (6.71%) Scrum
10 30 (6.71%) Visualisation
11 29 (6.49%) DevOps
12 25 (5.59%) Data Visualisation
12 25 (5.59%) ERP
13 24 (5.37%) Project Delivery
14 23 (5.15%) Data Modelling
14 23 (5.15%) Software Engineering
14 23 (5.15%) Statistics
15 22 (4.92%) ITIL
16 21 (4.70%) Data Science
Programming Languages
1 54 (12.08%) Python
1 54 (12.08%) SQL
2 24 (5.37%) Java
3 21 (4.70%) C#
3 21 (4.70%) JavaScript
4 15 (3.36%) VBA
5 10 (2.24%) PowerShell
6 8 (1.79%) R
7 5 (1.12%) PL/SQL
8 4 (0.89%) Apex Code
8 4 (0.89%) C++
8 4 (0.89%) Scala
9 3 (0.67%) ABAP
10 2 (0.45%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.45%) C
10 2 (0.45%) SPARQL
11 1 (0.22%) ES6
11 1 (0.22%) PHP
11 1 (0.22%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.22%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 43 (9.62%) Degree
2 7 (1.57%) Master's Degree
2 7 (1.57%) PMP
3 6 (1.34%) CGEIT
3 6 (1.34%) CISA
3 6 (1.34%) CRISC
4 5 (1.12%) PMI Certification
4 5 (1.12%) TOGAF Certification
5 4 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (0.89%) Security Cleared
6 3 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (0.67%) CISSP
6 3 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (0.67%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (0.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 2 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.45%) CISM
7 2 (0.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.45%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.22%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (6.71%) GxP
2 13 (2.91%) GMP
3 12 (2.68%) QA
4 11 (2.46%) GDPR
4 11 (2.46%) PMO
5 9 (2.01%) Data Quality
6 8 (1.79%) Accessibility
6 8 (1.79%) COBIT
7 6 (1.34%) GRC
7 6 (1.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (1.12%) Good Clinical Practice
8 5 (1.12%) SLA
9 3 (0.67%) GAMP
9 3 (0.67%) NIST
10 2 (0.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 2 (0.45%) Actionable Recommendations
10 2 (0.45%) CDISC
10 2 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.45%) NEBOSH
11 1 (0.22%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 20 (4.47%) Docker
2 17 (3.80%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.45%) vSphere
4 1 (0.22%) Firmware
4 1 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 10 (2.24%) Kubernetes
2 7 (1.57%) Terraform
3 5 (1.12%) HP ALM
3 5 (1.12%) SCCM
4 4 (0.89%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.22%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 1 (0.22%) Ansible
6 1 (0.22%) EnCase
6 1 (0.22%) PingFederate
6 1 (0.22%) RSA Archer
6 1 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 83 (18.57%) SAP
2 27 (6.04%) Microsoft
3 22 (4.92%) Google
4 18 (4.03%) Ariba
5 16 (3.58%) Salesforce.com
6 14 (3.13%) Alteryx
6 14 (3.13%) Dataiku
6 14 (3.13%) Oracle
7 8 (1.79%) Workday
8 7 (1.57%) Citrix
8 7 (1.57%) Informatica
8 7 (1.57%) ServiceNow
9 6 (1.34%) Adobe
9 6 (1.34%) Cisco
9 6 (1.34%) HP
10 5 (1.12%) Cadence
10 5 (1.12%) Remedy
11 4 (0.89%) CyberArk
11 4 (0.89%) IBM
11 4 (0.89%) Kronos