Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 403 266 365
Rank change year-on-year -137 +99 +81
Contract jobs citing Pharmaceutical 501 296 563
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.96% 0.66%
As % of the General category 1.12% 1.80% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 149 329
10th Percentile £315 £300 £278
25th Percentile £413 £363 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +11.11%
75th Percentile £613 £560 £575
90th Percentile £688 £639 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £475
% change year-on-year +11.76% -10.53% +14.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 18 34
10th Percentile £12.63 £14.25 £14.08
25th Percentile £21.50 £21.88 £15.25
Median hourly rate £49.00 £33.00 £22.17
Median % change year-on-year +48.48% +48.87% -26.72%
75th Percentile £63.75 £57.50 £31.63
90th Percentile £69.00 £61.80 £38.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £32.50 £19.75
% change year-on-year +49.23% +64.60% -34.18%

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 44,655 16,404 43,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.25% 53.15% 51.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,225 11,100 28,377
10th Percentile £306 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,374 541 1,484
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +15.79% +7.28%
75th Percentile £42.74 £41.55 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -13.75% +14.29% -

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 18 October 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 18 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Pharmaceutical in the UK

Pharmaceutical
Top 15 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 18 October 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 -156 382 £513 +2.50% 245
London -113 209 £525 +5.00% 68
Work from Home -123 208 £513 +2.50% 49
UK excluding London -176 134 £475 +11.76% 194
South East -66 45 £425 -15.00% 45
East of England -61 41 £455 -5.21% 47
Midlands -90 24 £475 +11.76% 26
North of England -82 18 £515 +21.06% 43
East Midlands -48 17 £488 +14.71% 12
North West -66 12 £513 +10.81% 25
West Midlands -64 7 £475 +11.76% 14
Yorkshire -48 4 £527 - 16
South West -50 4 £375 +7.14% 14
North East -8 2 - - 2
Wales -27 2 £350 - 5

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 137 (27.35%) Social Skills
2 105 (20.96%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (16.97%) SAP
4 79 (15.77%) Azure
5 76 (15.17%) Project Management
6 75 (14.97%) Finance
7 72 (14.37%) SQL
8 71 (14.17%) Python
9 66 (13.17%) Analytics
10 65 (12.97%) FMCG
11 61 (12.18%) Business Intelligence
12 60 (11.98%) Analytical Skills
13 59 (11.78%) Degree
14 52 (10.38%) Life Science
15 51 (10.18%) Manufacturing
16 46 (9.18%) Data Modelling
17 45 (8.98%) Scrum
18 44 (8.78%) Validation
18 44 (8.78%) Microsoft Excel
19 43 (8.58%) Stakeholder Management
19 43 (8.58%) Data Analysis
19 43 (8.58%) Power BI
19 43 (8.58%) Power Platform
20 42 (8.38%) Data Science
20 42 (8.38%) SAP S/4HANA
20 42 (8.38%) Visualisation
20 42 (8.38%) Microsoft
21 38 (7.58%) Migration
22 37 (7.39%) Data Warehouse
22 37 (7.39%) DevOps

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 21 (4.19%) Jupyter
2 11 (2.20%) CMS
3 6 (1.20%) SAS
4 4 (0.80%) Drupal
4 4 (0.80%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.60%) Confluence
6 2 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 44 (8.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (1.20%) InVision
3 6 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.20%) Sketch
4 4 (0.80%) Figma
4 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.20%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.20%) InDesign
6 1 (0.20%) Lectora
6 1 (0.20%) Stata
Business Applications
1 42 (8.38%) SAP S/4HANA
2 11 (2.20%) SAP CO
2 11 (2.20%) SAP FI
3 10 (2.00%) SAP FI/CO
4 9 (1.80%) SAP SD
5 6 (1.20%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.80%) SAP MM
6 4 (0.80%) SAP QM
7 3 (0.60%) SAP MDG
7 3 (0.60%) SAP MDM
7 3 (0.60%) Workday HCM
8 2 (0.40%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 2 (0.40%) SAP APO
8 2 (0.40%) SAP ECC
8 2 (0.40%) SAP FSCM
8 2 (0.40%) SAP IBP
8 2 (0.40%) SAP PP
8 2 (0.40%) Sprinklr
9 1 (0.20%) SAP PP-PI
9 1 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 79 (15.77%) Azure
2 43 (8.58%) Power Platform
3 29 (5.79%) AWS
4 18 (3.59%) Serverless
5 14 (2.79%) AWS Lambda
6 11 (2.20%) SaaS
7 10 (2.00%) GCP
8 7 (1.40%) Microsoft 365
8 7 (1.40%) Veeva
9 4 (0.80%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.60%) Collibra
10 3 (0.60%) PaaS
10 3 (0.60%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 2 (0.40%) Adobe Analytics
11 2 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.40%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 2 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.40%) Azure Functions
11 2 (0.40%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.20%) Firewall
2 10 (2.00%) Network Security
3 3 (0.60%) Cisco Firepower
3 3 (0.60%) DNS
3 3 (0.60%) Wireless
4 2 (0.40%) BGP
4 2 (0.40%) Cisco Nexus
4 2 (0.40%) Cisco Wireless
4 2 (0.40%) Internet
4 2 (0.40%) NetScaler
4 2 (0.40%) OSPF
4 2 (0.40%) VLAN
4 2 (0.40%) VPN
5 1 (0.20%) AMQP
5 1 (0.20%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (0.20%) Modbus
5 1 (0.20%) MQTT
5 1 (0.20%) NaaS
5 1 (0.20%) NAS
5 1 (0.20%) Profibus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (8.58%) Power BI
2 37 (7.39%) Data Warehouse
3 36 (7.19%) Tableau
4 26 (5.19%) Relational Database
5 25 (4.99%) RDBMS
6 17 (3.39%) Data Lake
7 14 (2.79%) NoSQL
8 13 (2.59%) MongoDB
9 10 (2.00%) SQL Server
10 8 (1.60%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 8 (1.60%) MySQL
10 8 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (1.60%) Redis
10 8 (1.60%) SAP BW
11 7 (1.40%) Metadata
12 4 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
12 4 (0.80%) Big Data
12 4 (0.80%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 3 (0.60%) Amazon Athena
13 3 (0.60%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 29 (5.79%) JIRA
2 28 (5.59%) Git (software)
3 17 (3.39%) Bitbucket
4 9 (1.80%) Balsamiq
5 8 (1.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 6 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (0.80%) Jenkins
7 4 (0.80%) Visual Studio
8 3 (0.60%) Axure RP
8 3 (0.60%) ERwin
9 2 (0.40%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.40%) ER Studio
9 2 (0.40%) Postman
9 2 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.20%) JMeter
10 1 (0.20%) JUnit
10 1 (0.20%) PowerDesigner
10 1 (0.20%) Selenium
10 1 (0.20%) Toad
10 1 (0.20%) XMLSpy
General
1 137 (27.35%) Social Skills
2 75 (14.97%) Finance
3 60 (11.98%) Analytical Skills
4 51 (10.18%) Manufacturing
5 28 (5.59%) Marketing
6 20 (3.99%) Retail
7 19 (3.79%) Presentation Skills
8 14 (2.79%) Influencing Skills
9 12 (2.40%) Legal
10 11 (2.20%) Documentation Skills
11 6 (1.20%) Public Sector
11 6 (1.20%) Telecoms
12 5 (1.00%) Organisational Skills
13 4 (0.80%) Automotive
13 4 (0.80%) Banking
13 4 (0.80%) French Language
14 3 (0.60%) German Language
15 2 (0.40%) Italian Language
15 2 (0.40%) Law
15 2 (0.40%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 64 (12.77%) Project Manager
2 60 (11.98%) Analyst
2 60 (11.98%) Developer
3 45 (8.98%) Architect
4 40 (7.98%) Consultant
5 32 (6.39%) Business Analyst
6 29 (5.79%) Data Engineer
7 23 (4.59%) SAP Consultant
8 20 (3.99%) React Developer
9 16 (3.19%) Software Engineer
10 13 (2.59%) Python Engineer
11 11 (2.20%) Data Analyst
11 11 (2.20%) Data Architect
11 11 (2.20%) Technical Manager
12 10 (2.00%) ERP Manager
12 10 (2.00%) ERP Project Manager
12 10 (2.00%) Python Developer
12 10 (2.00%) Technical Architect
13 9 (1.80%) AWS Developer
13 9 (1.80%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (5.19%) React
2 20 (3.99%) .NET
2 20 (3.99%) Pandas
3 19 (3.79%) NumPy
3 19 (3.79%) scikit-learn
3 19 (3.79%) SciPy
4 14 (2.79%) CSS
5 13 (2.59%) REST
6 10 (2.00%) JWT
6 10 (2.00%) OAuth
6 10 (2.00%) WPF
7 9 (1.80%) .NET Framework
7 9 (1.80%) AngularJS
7 9 (1.80%) GatsbyJS
7 9 (1.80%) Node.js
7 9 (1.80%) Sass
8 8 (1.60%) Serverless Framework
9 7 (1.40%) XML
10 6 (1.20%) JSON
10 6 (1.20%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 65 (12.97%) FMCG
2 52 (10.38%) Life Science
3 31 (6.19%) User Experience
4 17 (3.39%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.79%) Data Protection Act
6 11 (2.20%) Biotechnology
6 11 (2.20%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (1.80%) Pharmacovigilance
8 8 (1.60%) NHS
8 8 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.40%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.00%) Algorithms
10 5 (1.00%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (1.00%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.80%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.80%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.60%) Learning Management System
12 3 (0.60%) LIMS
12 3 (0.60%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 19 (3.79%) Windows
2 7 (1.40%) Unix
3 6 (1.20%) Linux
4 5 (1.00%) Windows Server
5 4 (0.80%) Apple iOS
5 4 (0.80%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.60%) Android
6 3 (0.60%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.20%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (20.96%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (15.17%) Project Management
3 66 (13.17%) Analytics
4 61 (12.18%) Business Intelligence
5 46 (9.18%) Data Modelling
6 45 (8.98%) Scrum
7 44 (8.78%) Validation
8 43 (8.58%) Data Analysis
8 43 (8.58%) Stakeholder Management
9 42 (8.38%) Data Science
9 42 (8.38%) Visualisation
10 38 (7.58%) Migration
11 37 (7.39%) DevOps
12 35 (6.99%) ERP
13 34 (6.79%) Mathematics
13 34 (6.79%) Statistics
14 33 (6.59%) Problem-Solving
15 31 (6.19%) Data Visualisation
16 29 (5.79%) Data Engineering
16 29 (5.79%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 72 (14.37%) SQL
2 71 (14.17%) Python
3 25 (4.99%) VBA
4 24 (4.79%) JavaScript
5 21 (4.19%) Java
6 17 (3.39%) C#
7 11 (2.20%) R
7 11 (2.20%) TypeScript
8 5 (1.00%) ABAP
8 5 (1.00%) C
8 5 (1.00%) C++
9 4 (0.80%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.60%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.60%) Scala
10 3 (0.60%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.40%) Apex Code
11 2 (0.40%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.40%) ES6
11 2 (0.40%) SPARQL
12 1 (0.20%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 59 (11.78%) Degree
2 13 (2.59%) PMP
3 10 (2.00%) Master's Degree
4 9 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (1.00%) TOGAF Certification
6 4 (0.80%) CGEIT
6 4 (0.80%) CISA
6 4 (0.80%) CRISC
6 4 (0.80%) Numerate Degree
6 4 (0.80%) PMI Certification
7 3 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.60%) PhD
8 2 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.40%) CISSP
8 2 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (0.40%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.20%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.79%) GxP
2 17 (3.39%) GMP
2 17 (3.39%) QA
3 14 (2.79%) PMO
4 13 (2.59%) Data Quality
5 6 (1.20%) Accessibility
5 6 (1.20%) GDPR
6 5 (1.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.80%) COBIT
7 4 (0.80%) GRC
8 3 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.60%) GLP
8 3 (0.60%) Good Clinical Practice
8 3 (0.60%) SLA
9 2 (0.40%) Actionable Recommendations
9 2 (0.40%) ISO 13485
9 2 (0.40%) NEBOSH
9 2 (0.40%) NIST
10 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.20%) SOC 2
System Software
1 21 (4.19%) Docker
2 11 (2.20%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.40%) HDFS
4 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.20%) Firmware
5 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (1.80%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.00%) HP ALM
3 4 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (0.80%) SCCM
3 4 (0.80%) Terraform
4 3 (0.60%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.20%) Ansible
5 1 (0.20%) EnCase
5 1 (0.20%) Kubeflow
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle Identity Management
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 1 (0.20%) RSA Archer
5 1 (0.20%) WSUS
Vendors
1 85 (16.97%) SAP
2 42 (8.38%) Microsoft
3 24 (4.79%) Alteryx
3 24 (4.79%) Dataiku
4 21 (4.19%) Oracle
5 16 (3.19%) Google
6 14 (2.79%) Ariba
7 10 (2.00%) Cadence
7 10 (2.00%) Cisco
8 9 (1.80%) Adobe
8 9 (1.80%) JD Edwards
9 6 (1.20%) HP
9 6 (1.20%) Palo Alto
9 6 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.00%) Citrix
10 5 (1.00%) Databricks
11 4 (0.80%) Informatica
11 4 (0.80%) Kronos
11 4 (0.80%) MuleSoft
11 4 (0.80%) ServiceNow