Period
to 13 April 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 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.

Pharmaceutical (Pharma)
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 315 341 384
Rank change year-on-year +26 +43 +91
Contract jobs citing Pharmaceutical 387 413 605
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.69% 0.63%
As % of the General category 1.80% 1.84% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 256 372
10th Percentile £313 £280 £246
25th Percentile £400 £375 £331
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £486 £443
Median % change year-on-year +2.83% +9.89% +4.12%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £538
90th Percentile £650 £644 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £438
% change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 30 50
10th Percentile £16.26 £15.00 £13.23
25th Percentile £30.25 £17.69 £14.25
Median hourly rate £45.00 £23.16 £24.25
Median % change year-on-year +94.30% -4.49% -30.71%
75th Percentile £55.25 £37.41 £38.69
90th Percentile £58.75 £52.00 £46.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £20.98 £23.00
% change year-on-year +114.54% -8.80% -14.81%

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 21,454 22,408 38,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.87% 37.41% 39.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,576 14,783 25,735
10th Percentile £306 £270 £300
25th Percentile £400 £386 £385
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £484
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% -0.67% +1.89%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £445 £438
% change year-on-year -3.37% +1.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 771 709 933
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.44 £11.78
25th Percentile £15.04 £15.75 £14.75
Median hourly rate £24.00 £21.50 £20.86
Median % change year-on-year +11.63% +3.09% -0.69%
75th Percentile £44.39 £43.75 £41.00
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.03 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.37% +0.13% +5.26%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 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
England +5 299 £500 +2.56% 259
Work from Home -107 159 £468 -6.40% 50
UK excluding London +9 140 £500 +5.26% 214
London +26 123 £500 -1.48% 69
East of England -5 46 £500 - 36
Midlands +50 38 £431 +4.55% 21
East Midlands +43 30 £440 -12.00% 11
South East -3 26 £525 +14.75% 69
North of England +34 25 £500 +8.11% 49
North West +2 16 £500 +8.11% 30
West Midlands +28 7 £419 +210.19% 10
Yorkshire +39 5 £550 - 16
North East - 4 £303 - 3
South West +66 3 £680 - 15
Scotland +5 2 £325 - 13

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 92 (23.77%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (17.05%) Project Management
3 60 (15.50%) Analytics
4 57 (14.73%) SAP
5 53 (13.70%) Finance
6 49 (12.66%) Stakeholder Management
7 43 (11.11%) Python
8 42 (10.85%) SQL
9 40 (10.34%) Manufacturing
9 40 (10.34%) Life Science
10 37 (9.56%) Degree
10 37 (9.56%) JIRA
11 36 (9.30%) Azure
12 35 (9.04%) Change Management
13 32 (8.27%) Analytical Skills
14 30 (7.75%) DevOps
14 30 (7.75%) Migration
14 30 (7.75%) CRM
15 29 (7.49%) Validation
16 28 (7.24%) Marketing
17 27 (6.98%) Data Science
18 26 (6.72%) FMCG
18 26 (6.72%) Windows
19 24 (6.20%) Scrum
20 23 (5.94%) Business Intelligence
20 23 (5.94%) Salesforce.com
21 22 (5.68%) Retail
22 21 (5.43%) Data Management
22 21 (5.43%) Visualisation
22 21 (5.43%) Computer Science

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 15 (3.88%) SAS
2 11 (2.84%) Apache
2 11 (2.84%) SharePoint
3 9 (2.33%) CMS
4 8 (2.07%) Confluence
4 8 (2.07%) Jupyter
5 6 (1.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 6 (1.55%) Apache Spark
5 6 (1.55%) Umbraco
6 4 (1.03%) Anypoint
6 4 (1.03%) WordPress
7 3 (0.78%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.78%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.52%) nginx
8 2 (0.52%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.26%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.26%) Headless CMS
9 1 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (1.55%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (0.52%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.26%) Pipeline Pilot
6 1 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.26%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 19 (4.91%) SAP S/4HANA
2 9 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (1.81%) SAP MM
4 6 (1.55%) SAP PP
5 5 (1.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (1.29%) SAP FI
5 5 (1.29%) SAP MDG
6 4 (1.03%) SAP ERP
6 4 (1.03%) SAP QM
7 3 (0.78%) SAP PM
7 3 (0.78%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.78%) SDL Web 8
8 2 (0.52%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.52%) SAP PLM
8 2 (0.52%) TrackWise
8 2 (0.52%) Workfront
9 1 (0.26%) iTrent
9 1 (0.26%) SAP IBP
9 1 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 36 (9.30%) Azure
2 18 (4.65%) AWS
3 14 (3.62%) Microsoft 365
4 13 (3.36%) Power Platform
5 12 (3.10%) GCP
6 9 (2.33%) GitHub
7 6 (1.55%) PaaS
8 5 (1.29%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.29%) Veeva
9 4 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (1.03%) IaaS
10 3 (0.78%) Akamai
10 3 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.78%) Amazon EMR
10 3 (0.78%) AWS CodePipeline
10 3 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.78%) CloudFront
10 3 (0.78%) SaaS
11 2 (0.52%) PowerApps
11 2 (0.52%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.55%) DNS
2 5 (1.29%) Firewall
3 4 (1.03%) HTTP
3 4 (1.03%) SNMP
3 4 (1.03%) SSH
3 4 (1.03%) WAN
4 3 (0.78%) LAN
4 3 (0.78%) Skype
4 3 (0.78%) SSL
4 3 (0.78%) VPN
5 2 (0.52%) DHCP
5 2 (0.52%) Network Security
5 2 (0.52%) PBX
5 2 (0.52%) SD-WAN
5 2 (0.52%) SMTP
5 2 (0.52%) VoIP
6 1 (0.26%) Internet
6 1 (0.26%) Intranet
6 1 (0.26%) MPLS
6 1 (0.26%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.43%) Tableau
2 13 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (3.10%) Big Data
4 11 (2.84%) Power BI
5 10 (2.58%) Spotfire
6 9 (2.33%) NoSQL
7 7 (1.81%) RDBMS
7 7 (1.81%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.55%) Electronic Patient Records
9 5 (1.29%) BigQuery
9 5 (1.29%) MongoDB
9 5 (1.29%) MySQL
9 5 (1.29%) Qlik Sense
9 5 (1.29%) SQL Server
10 4 (1.03%) Looker
11 3 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
11 3 (0.78%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.52%) Amazon Athena
12 2 (0.52%) MS Access
12 2 (0.52%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 37 (9.56%) JIRA
2 15 (3.88%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.58%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.81%) Maven
4 7 (1.81%) Visual Studio
5 6 (1.55%) ERwin
6 5 (1.29%) ER Studio
7 4 (1.03%) Hudson
8 3 (0.78%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.78%) git-flow
8 3 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.78%) XMLSpy
9 2 (0.52%) JUnit
10 1 (0.26%) Appium
10 1 (0.26%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.26%) Robot Framework
10 1 (0.26%) RStudio
10 1 (0.26%) Toad
10 1 (0.26%) webpack
General
1 53 (13.70%) Finance
2 40 (10.34%) Manufacturing
3 28 (7.24%) Marketing
4 22 (5.68%) Retail
5 11 (2.84%) German Language
6 9 (2.33%) Law
7 8 (2.07%) French Language
8 7 (1.81%) Legal
9 6 (1.55%) Spanish Language
10 4 (1.03%) Public Sector
10 4 (1.03%) Publishing
11 3 (0.78%) Italian Language
11 3 (0.78%) Portuguese Language
12 2 (0.52%) Banking
13 1 (0.26%) Advertising
13 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.26%) Automotive
13 1 (0.26%) Electronics
13 1 (0.26%) Games
13 1 (0.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 58 (14.99%) Project Manager
2 55 (14.21%) Analyst
3 37 (9.56%) Business Analyst
4 36 (9.30%) Architect
5 34 (8.79%) Consultant
6 32 (8.27%) Developer
7 16 (4.13%) IT Manager
8 14 (3.62%) SAP Consultant
9 13 (3.36%) IT Project Manager
10 12 (3.10%) Data Engineer
10 12 (3.10%) Programmer
10 12 (3.10%) Solutions Architect
11 11 (2.84%) Change Manager
12 10 (2.58%) Data Analyst
12 10 (2.58%) Full Stack Developer
13 8 (2.07%) .NET Developer
13 8 (2.07%) Data Architect
13 8 (2.07%) Digital Project Manager
13 8 (2.07%) Senior Manager
13 8 (2.07%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (5.17%) .NET
2 18 (4.65%) React
3 13 (3.36%) REST
4 11 (2.84%) Node.js
5 10 (2.58%) XML
6 8 (2.07%) CSS
6 8 (2.07%) HTML
6 8 (2.07%) NumPy
6 8 (2.07%) Pandas
7 7 (1.81%) .NET Core
7 7 (1.81%) JSON
7 7 (1.81%) PySpark
7 7 (1.81%) SAML
8 6 (1.55%) TensorFlow
9 5 (1.29%) JDBC
9 5 (1.29%) LDAP
9 5 (1.29%) Leaflet
9 5 (1.29%) OpenLayers
9 5 (1.29%) Swagger
9 5 (1.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 40 (10.34%) Life Science
2 32 (8.27%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (6.72%) FMCG
4 20 (5.17%) Management Information System
5 19 (4.91%) User Experience
6 13 (3.36%) Biotechnology
7 10 (2.58%) LIMS
8 9 (2.33%) Virtual Team
9 8 (2.07%) Mobile App
10 7 (1.81%) Data Structures
11 6 (1.55%) Reference Data
12 5 (1.29%) Algorithms
13 4 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
14 3 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
14 3 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.78%) NHS
14 3 (0.78%) Pharmacovigilance
14 3 (0.78%) Video Editing
15 2 (0.52%) PMI
15 2 (0.52%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.72%) Windows
2 15 (3.88%) Linux
3 10 (2.58%) Windows 10
4 8 (2.07%) Unix
4 8 (2.07%) Windows Server
5 3 (0.78%) Android
5 3 (0.78%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.78%) Windows Server 2019
6 2 (0.52%) AIX
6 2 (0.52%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.26%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (23.77%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (17.05%) Project Management
3 60 (15.50%) Analytics
4 49 (12.66%) Stakeholder Management
5 35 (9.04%) Change Management
6 30 (7.75%) CRM
6 30 (7.75%) DevOps
6 30 (7.75%) Migration
7 29 (7.49%) Validation
8 27 (6.98%) Data Science
9 24 (6.20%) Scrum
10 23 (5.94%) Business Intelligence
11 21 (5.43%) Computer Science
11 21 (5.43%) Data Management
11 21 (5.43%) Project Delivery
11 21 (5.43%) Visualisation
12 19 (4.91%) Business Analysis
12 19 (4.91%) Problem-Solving
13 18 (4.65%) Data Modelling
14 14 (3.62%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (11.11%) Python
2 42 (10.85%) SQL
3 21 (5.43%) JavaScript
4 20 (5.17%) Java
5 19 (4.91%) R
6 15 (3.88%) C#
7 10 (2.58%) PowerShell
8 8 (2.07%) C++
9 5 (1.29%) TypeScript
10 4 (1.03%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.03%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.78%) C
11 3 (0.78%) PHP
11 3 (0.78%) Scala
11 3 (0.78%) VBA
12 2 (0.52%) Apex Code
13 1 (0.26%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.26%) BeanShell
13 1 (0.26%) Go
13 1 (0.26%) VB
Qualifications
1 37 (9.56%) Degree
2 12 (3.10%) PMP
3 9 (2.33%) PhD
3 9 (2.33%) PMI Certification
4 6 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (1.03%) Security Cleared
6 3 (0.78%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.52%) CGEIT
7 2 (0.52%) CISA
7 2 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.52%) CRISC
7 2 (0.52%) ISEB
7 2 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.52%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.26%) CCA
8 1 (0.26%) CCNA
8 1 (0.26%) CISSP
8 1 (0.26%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (5.17%) GxP
2 16 (4.13%) QA
3 12 (3.10%) PMO
4 10 (2.58%) CDISC
4 10 (2.58%) GDPR
5 8 (2.07%) Data Quality
5 8 (2.07%) GMP
6 4 (1.03%) COBIT
7 3 (0.78%) GAMP
7 3 (0.78%) GRC
7 3 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.52%) Good Clinical Practice
8 2 (0.52%) SLA
9 1 (0.26%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.26%) DICOM
9 1 (0.26%) GLP
9 1 (0.26%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.26%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.26%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 13 (3.36%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.33%) Docker
3 1 (0.26%) IAG
3 1 (0.26%) Terminal Services
3 1 (0.26%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (3.36%) Kubernetes
2 6 (1.55%) Terraform
3 4 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.52%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.52%) SCCM
6 1 (0.26%) Ansible
6 1 (0.26%) PingFederate
6 1 (0.26%) Puppet
6 1 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 57 (14.73%) SAP
2 23 (5.94%) Salesforce.com
3 21 (5.43%) Microsoft
4 16 (4.13%) Adobe
5 12 (3.10%) Oracle
6 11 (2.84%) Ariba
7 8 (2.07%) Google
8 7 (1.81%) Alteryx
8 7 (1.81%) Cadence
8 7 (1.81%) Dataiku
8 7 (1.81%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
9 6 (1.55%) MuleSoft
10 5 (1.29%) CyberArk
10 5 (1.29%) Informatica
10 5 (1.29%) Workday
11 4 (1.03%) BeyondTrust
11 4 (1.03%) Concur
11 4 (1.03%) Remedy
11 4 (1.03%) ServiceNow
12 3 (0.78%) Siemens