Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 2022 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 374 301 349
Rank change year-on-year -73 +48 +84
Contract jobs citing Pharmaceutical 573 352 501
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.83% 0.70%
As % of the General category 1.21% 1.59% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 164 306
10th Percentile £325 £304 £270
25th Percentile £413 £363 £377
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - +11.76%
75th Percentile £638 £550 £575
90th Percentile £689 £613 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £456 £443 £475
% change year-on-year +3.11% -6.84% +13.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 22 27
10th Percentile £13.77 £18.10 £15.12
25th Percentile £40.00 £25.38 £15.38
Median hourly rate £49.00 £50.25 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.49% +139.29% -26.51%
75th Percentile £59.38 £58.75 £28.88
90th Percentile £61.95 £59.88 £36.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £35.00 £18.74
% change year-on-year +38.57% +86.77% -37.53%

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 47,424 22,119 36,306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 54.02% 51.89% 50.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,760 14,968 23,552
10th Percentile £313 £269 £234
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% -2.63%
75th Percentile £638 £584 £575
90th Percentile £733 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,353 867 1,426
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.07
25th Percentile £13.27 £15.04 £14.29
Median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £18.72
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +28.21% +1.19%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £38.00
90th Percentile £57.70 £53.75 £50.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £21.80 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.87% +21.11% +2.86%

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -85 444 £525 +10.53% 238
Work from Home -81 228 £550 +15.79% 58
London -89 218 £525 +7.69% 87
UK excluding London -85 164 £456 +3.11% 176
South East -35 48 £425 - 30
East of England -47 45 £450 -7.69% 44
North of England -35 37 £550 +25.71% 41
North West -26 28 £488 +8.33% 21
Midlands -88 27 £475 +11.76% 23
East Midlands -47 17 - - 11
West Midlands -56 10 £475 +11.76% 12
Yorkshire - 9 £600 - 9
South West -54 5 £430 +12.79% 11
Scotland -56 1 £404 +87.67% 18
Wales - 1 £350 - 6

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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.

1 167 (29.14%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (24.78%) Social Skills
3 83 (14.49%) Azure
4 80 (13.96%) Analytics
5 75 (13.09%) Project Management
6 73 (12.74%) SAP
7 70 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
8 68 (11.87%) Stakeholder Management
8 68 (11.87%) Python
9 66 (11.52%) Degree
10 64 (11.17%) Business Intelligence
11 62 (10.82%) SQL
11 62 (10.82%) Finance
12 57 (9.95%) Microsoft
13 52 (9.08%) Visualisation
14 50 (8.73%) DevOps
14 50 (8.73%) Microsoft Excel
15 49 (8.55%) Data Modelling
16 48 (8.38%) Data Warehouse
16 48 (8.38%) Validation
17 47 (8.20%) AWS
17 47 (8.20%) Power BI
17 47 (8.20%) Power Platform
18 45 (7.85%) Manufacturing
19 44 (7.68%) Data Science
20 43 (7.50%) QA
21 42 (7.33%) FMCG
22 41 (7.16%) Migration
22 41 (7.16%) User Experience
23 40 (6.98%) Marketing

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 19 (3.32%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.97%) Jupyter
3 13 (2.27%) CMS
4 8 (1.40%) Confluence
5 6 (1.05%) SAS
6 5 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.52%) Drupal
8 3 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.35%) Ethereum
9 2 (0.35%) Site Server
9 2 (0.35%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.17%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.17%) Appian
10 1 (0.17%) Documentum
10 1 (0.17%) Gentran
Applications
1 50 (8.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (1.40%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.87%) InDesign
6 4 (0.70%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 4 (0.70%) InVision
6 4 (0.70%) Sketch
7 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.17%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.17%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.17%) Lectora
8 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.17%) Revit
8 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.17%) Stata
Business Applications
1 31 (5.41%) SAP S/4HANA
2 10 (1.75%) SAP CO
3 9 (1.57%) SAP FI
3 9 (1.57%) SAP FI/CO
4 6 (1.05%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.52%) Maximo
5 3 (0.52%) SAP MDM
6 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.35%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.35%) SAP ECC
6 2 (0.35%) SAP IBP
6 2 (0.35%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.35%) SAP PP
6 2 (0.35%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.17%) SAP Business ByDesign
7 1 (0.17%) SAP EWM
7 1 (0.17%) SAP MDG
7 1 (0.17%) Sprinklr
7 1 (0.17%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 83 (14.49%) Azure
2 47 (8.20%) AWS
2 47 (8.20%) Power Platform
3 33 (5.76%) Veeva
4 12 (2.09%) Microsoft 365
5 10 (1.75%) GCP
6 8 (1.40%) Serverless
7 7 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
8 6 (1.05%) AWS Lambda
9 5 (0.87%) OneDrive
9 5 (0.87%) SaaS
10 4 (0.70%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 3 (0.52%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.52%) Collibra
11 3 (0.52%) GitHub
12 2 (0.35%) Adobe Analytics
12 2 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.35%) Figma
12 2 (0.35%) PaaS
12 2 (0.35%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.22%) Firewall
1 7 (1.22%) SMTP
2 6 (1.05%) Network Security
3 5 (0.87%) DKIM
3 5 (0.87%) DMARC
4 4 (0.70%) Ethernet
4 4 (0.70%) HTTP
4 4 (0.70%) Wireless
5 3 (0.52%) 5G
5 3 (0.52%) DNS
5 3 (0.52%) LTE
5 3 (0.52%) VPN
6 2 (0.35%) Profibus
6 2 (0.35%) Skype
7 1 (0.17%) AMQP
7 1 (0.17%) Internet
7 1 (0.17%) Modbus
7 1 (0.17%) MQTT
7 1 (0.17%) SNMP
7 1 (0.17%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (8.38%) Data Warehouse
2 47 (8.20%) Power BI
3 34 (5.93%) Tableau
4 17 (2.97%) Big Data
4 17 (2.97%) Data Lake
5 15 (2.62%) Relational Database
6 13 (2.27%) Amazon Redshift
6 13 (2.27%) RDBMS
7 9 (1.57%) MySQL
7 9 (1.57%) SQL Server
8 8 (1.40%) Azure SQL Database
9 7 (1.22%) MongoDB
9 7 (1.22%) NoSQL
9 7 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (1.05%) BigQuery
10 6 (1.05%) Electronic Patient Records
10 6 (1.05%) Metadata
10 6 (1.05%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.87%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.87%) Cognos Framework Manager
Development Applications
1 35 (6.11%) Git (software)
1 35 (6.11%) JIRA
2 21 (3.66%) Bitbucket
3 20 (3.49%) Balsamiq
4 8 (1.40%) Selenium
5 5 (0.87%) Cucumber
6 4 (0.70%) Axure RP
6 4 (0.70%) ERwin
6 4 (0.70%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.70%) JMeter
7 3 (0.52%) NeoLoad
8 2 (0.35%) CircleCI
8 2 (0.35%) Cypress.io
8 2 (0.35%) eggPlant
8 2 (0.35%) ER Studio
8 2 (0.35%) Postman
8 2 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.35%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 142 (24.78%) Social Skills
2 70 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (10.82%) Finance
4 45 (7.85%) Manufacturing
5 40 (6.98%) Marketing
6 27 (4.71%) Retail
7 16 (2.79%) Public Sector
8 15 (2.62%) Legal
8 15 (2.62%) Presentation Skills
9 12 (2.09%) Influencing Skills
10 11 (1.92%) Documentation Skills
11 10 (1.75%) Banking
11 10 (1.75%) Organisational Skills
12 7 (1.22%) French Language
13 5 (0.87%) Automotive
13 5 (0.87%) Italian Language
14 4 (0.70%) Law
14 4 (0.70%) Russian Language
14 4 (0.70%) Telecoms
15 3 (0.52%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 85 (14.83%) Analyst
2 70 (12.22%) Developer
3 66 (11.52%) Project Manager
4 52 (9.08%) Architect
5 49 (8.55%) Business Analyst
6 34 (5.93%) Consultant
7 22 (3.84%) React Developer
8 19 (3.32%) Data Analyst
8 19 (3.32%) Data Architect
8 19 (3.32%) Data Engineer
8 19 (3.32%) Data Scientist
9 17 (2.97%) Software Engineer
9 17 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
10 14 (2.44%) .NET Software Engineer
10 14 (2.44%) C# Software Engineer
11 13 (2.27%) Programme Manager
12 12 (2.09%) Migration Manager
12 12 (2.09%) Migration Project Manager
12 12 (2.09%) SAP Consultant
13 11 (1.92%) Data Migration Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (5.76%) React
2 29 (5.06%) CSS
3 25 (4.36%) .NET
4 21 (3.66%) Sass
5 20 (3.49%) GatsbyJS
6 19 (3.32%) Pandas
7 17 (2.97%) NumPy
8 15 (2.62%) .NET Framework
8 15 (2.62%) WPF
9 13 (2.27%) .NET Core
10 11 (1.92%) scikit-learn
10 11 (1.92%) SciPy
10 11 (1.92%) Statsmodels
11 9 (1.57%) AngularJS
11 9 (1.57%) HTML
11 9 (1.57%) WCF
11 9 (1.57%) XML
12 8 (1.40%) WinForms
13 7 (1.22%) ASP.NET Web API
13 7 (1.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.33%) FMCG
2 41 (7.16%) User Experience
3 37 (6.46%) Life Science
4 21 (3.66%) Management Information System
5 20 (3.49%) NHS
6 18 (3.14%) Biotechnology
7 15 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (2.27%) Greenfield Project
9 9 (1.57%) Pharmacovigilance
9 9 (1.57%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.22%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
11 6 (1.05%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.87%) Algorithms
12 5 (0.87%) Enterprise Cloud
12 5 (0.87%) LIMS
13 4 (0.70%) Data Centre
13 4 (0.70%) Data Structures
13 4 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.70%) Industrial Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 21 (3.66%) Windows
2 5 (0.87%) Linux
3 4 (0.70%) Unix
3 4 (0.70%) Windows 10
4 3 (0.52%) Android
5 2 (0.35%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.35%) Windows 7
5 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (29.14%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (13.96%) Analytics
3 75 (13.09%) Project Management
4 68 (11.87%) Stakeholder Management
5 64 (11.17%) Business Intelligence
6 52 (9.08%) Visualisation
7 50 (8.73%) DevOps
8 49 (8.55%) Data Modelling
9 48 (8.38%) Validation
10 44 (7.68%) Data Science
11 41 (7.16%) Migration
12 39 (6.81%) Data Analysis
13 37 (6.46%) Scrum
14 34 (5.93%) Wireframes
15 32 (5.58%) Problem-Solving
15 32 (5.58%) Prototyping
16 31 (5.41%) Data Visualisation
16 31 (5.41%) Decision-Making
16 31 (5.41%) Requirements Gathering
17 30 (5.24%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 68 (11.87%) Python
2 62 (10.82%) SQL
3 26 (4.54%) C#
4 23 (4.01%) JavaScript
4 23 (4.01%) TypeScript
5 18 (3.14%) Java
6 14 (2.44%) R
7 11 (1.92%) C
7 11 (1.92%) VBA
8 10 (1.75%) C++
9 7 (1.22%) PowerShell
10 5 (0.87%) ES6
11 3 (0.52%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.52%) Ruby
12 2 (0.35%) ABAP
12 2 (0.35%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.35%) Bash
12 2 (0.35%) Scala
12 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.35%) XAML
Qualifications
1 66 (11.52%) Degree
2 17 (2.97%) Computer Science Degree
2 17 (2.97%) PMP
3 13 (2.27%) Master's Degree
4 9 (1.57%) PMI Certification
5 6 (1.05%) CISM
6 5 (0.87%) CISSP
6 5 (0.87%) SC Cleared
6 5 (0.87%) Security Cleared
6 5 (0.87%) TOGAF Certification
7 4 (0.70%) PhD
7 4 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.52%) ACCA
8 3 (0.52%) CIMA
8 3 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (0.52%) MCSA
8 3 (0.52%) MCSE
8 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.35%) CISA
9 2 (0.35%) CPIM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (7.50%) QA
2 33 (5.76%) GxP
3 17 (2.97%) PMO
4 12 (2.09%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 12 (2.09%) Good Clinical Practice
5 11 (1.92%) Data Quality
5 11 (1.92%) GMP
6 6 (1.05%) Accessibility
6 6 (1.05%) GDPR
7 5 (0.87%) HL7
7 5 (0.87%) NIST
8 3 (0.52%) GLP
8 3 (0.52%) ISO 13485
9 2 (0.35%) CDISC
9 2 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.35%) SLA
9 2 (0.35%) WCAG
10 1 (0.17%) COBIT
System Software
1 14 (2.44%) Active Directory
1 14 (2.44%) Docker
2 4 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.35%) HDFS
3 2 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.17%) Firmware
4 1 (0.17%) ISA Server
4 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (2.27%) Kubernetes
2 4 (0.70%) Terraform
3 3 (0.52%) HP ALM
3 3 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (0.35%) Ansible
4 2 (0.35%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.35%) MIIS
4 2 (0.35%) Nagios
4 2 (0.35%) SCOM
5 1 (0.17%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.17%) Istio
5 1 (0.17%) Kubeflow
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Management
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 1 (0.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 73 (12.74%) SAP
2 57 (9.95%) Microsoft
3 24 (4.19%) Oracle
4 17 (2.97%) Salesforce.com
5 12 (2.09%) Adobe
6 11 (1.92%) Cadence
7 10 (1.75%) Alteryx
7 10 (1.75%) Dataiku
7 10 (1.75%) JD Edwards
8 9 (1.57%) Ariba
8 9 (1.57%) Google
9 6 (1.05%) Cerner
9 6 (1.05%) Cisco
9 6 (1.05%) Databricks
9 6 (1.05%) IBM
9 6 (1.05%) Palo Alto
9 6 (1.05%) ServiceNow
9 6 (1.05%) VMware
10 5 (0.87%) Splunk
10 5 (0.87%) Teradata