Period
to 8 April 2020

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Public Sector in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Public Sector over the 6 months to 8 April 2020 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
6 months to
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 18 38 44
Rank change year-on-year +20 +6 -11
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,617 5,433 5,200
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.57% 5.60% 5.11%
As % of the General category 20.26% 14.08% 12.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,982 3,757 3,695
Median daily rate £455 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.62% +2.78% +8.43%
10th Percentile £235 £275 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 306 265
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.13 £15.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +23.79% -2.77%
10th Percentile £12.36 £10.92 £10.16
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £32.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.86% +16.67% -3.85%

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 with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 22,787 38,592 42,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.36% 39.81% 41.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,327 25,323 27,592
Median daily rate £479 £485 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.24% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £273 £300 £281
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +0.57% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 821 1,027 1,102
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.65 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.38% +3.42% +2.36%
10th Percentile £12.98 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £21.62 £21.22
% change year-on-year +1.78% +1.85% +6.11%

Public Sector
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Public Sector over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Public Sector over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 8 April 2020. 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 +17 3,590 £475 - 453
UK excluding London +16 3,201 £450 - 375
London +16 1,310 £500 - 129
Scotland +8 822 £425 +9.68% 25
North of England +4 773 £475 +5.56% 101
South West +3 589 £475 +5.56% 49
South East +34 415 £450 - 78
North West +4 333 £450 -5.26% 45
Midlands +12 310 £450 - 58
Yorkshire +7 283 £520 +9.47% 33
West Midlands +8 240 £450 - 32
East of England -5 170 £403 -19.50% 38
North East -1 157 £475 +8.57% 23
Work from Home +14 117 £450 -10.00% 28
Wales +5 94 £425 -15.00% 23
East Midlands +12 70 £363 -14.71% 26
Northern Ireland +25 32 £175 -54.84% 4

For the 6 months to 8 April 2020, 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 with a requirement for Public Sector.

1 1,554 (33.66%) Agile Software Development
2 1,095 (23.72%) Security Cleared
3 837 (18.13%) SC Cleared
4 685 (14.84%) Microsoft
5 676 (14.64%) Finance
6 601 (13.02%) Azure
7 582 (12.61%) Windows
8 553 (11.98%) Business Intelligence
9 539 (11.67%) AWS
10 531 (11.50%) SQL
11 526 (11.39%) Java
12 465 (10.07%) DevOps
13 459 (9.94%) Migration
14 457 (9.90%) Project Management
15 455 (9.85%) Programme Management
16 435 (9.42%) SAP
17 430 (9.31%) Telecoms
18 386 (8.36%) Manufacturing
19 376 (8.14%) Marketing
20 367 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
21 358 (7.75%) Digital Marketing
22 356 (7.71%) Electronics
23 354 (7.67%) Scrum
24 343 (7.43%) Oracle
25 327 (7.08%) JavaScript
26 323 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
27 321 (6.95%) Linux
28 315 (6.82%) ITIL
29 313 (6.78%) SQL Server
30 297 (6.43%) JIRA

Public Sector
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
1 188 (4.07%) Confluence
2 185 (4.01%) SharePoint
3 56 (1.21%) CMS
3 56 (1.21%) Skype for Business
4 51 (1.10%) MS Exchange
5 41 (0.89%) WebLogic
6 37 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
7 33 (0.71%) Apache
8 31 (0.67%) Tomcat
8 31 (0.67%) WebSphere
9 30 (0.65%) nginx
9 30 (0.65%) Red Hat Fuse
10 27 (0.58%) IIS
11 26 (0.56%) SAS
12 24 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 20 (0.43%) Apache Spark
14 19 (0.41%) Mule
15 18 (0.39%) ArcGIS
15 18 (0.39%) Oracle Service Bus
16 17 (0.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 204 (4.42%) Microsoft Office
2 141 (3.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 71 (1.54%) MS Visio
4 66 (1.43%) Microsoft Project
5 45 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 23 (0.50%) Sketch
7 20 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
8 14 (0.30%) InVision
8 14 (0.30%) OmniGraffle
9 12 (0.26%) Photoshop
10 9 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
11 6 (0.13%) SPSS
12 5 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
13 3 (0.065%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 3 (0.065%) Camtasia
13 3 (0.065%) Edge Animate
13 3 (0.065%) Figma
14 2 (0.043%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.043%) FileZilla
14 2 (0.043%) Stata
Business Applications
1 110 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
3 27 (0.58%) assyst
4 25 (0.54%) SAP Payroll
5 24 (0.52%) SAP HCM
6 21 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
6 21 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
7 15 (0.32%) SAP HR
8 14 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
9 9 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
9 9 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 8 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
11 7 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
12 6 (0.13%) NetSuite
12 6 (0.13%) SAP ERP
12 6 (0.13%) SAP PSCD
13 5 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
14 4 (0.087%) ContrOCC
14 4 (0.087%) Oracle Assets
14 4 (0.087%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 601 (13.02%) Azure
2 539 (11.67%) AWS
3 269 (5.83%) Office 365
4 146 (3.16%) SaaS
5 126 (2.73%) Power Platform
6 120 (2.60%) PaaS
7 90 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
8 87 (1.88%) GCP
9 82 (1.78%) Dynamics 365
10 79 (1.71%) GitHub
11 69 (1.49%) Serverless
12 67 (1.45%) IaaS
13 46 (1.00%) Amazon S3
14 44 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
15 39 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
16 37 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
17 30 (0.65%) Amazon SQS
18 25 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
18 25 (0.54%) OneDrive
19 22 (0.48%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 123 (2.66%) Firewall
2 113 (2.45%) DNS
3 79 (1.71%) Internet
4 70 (1.52%) WAN
5 68 (1.47%) Skype
6 65 (1.41%) HTTP
6 65 (1.41%) LAN
7 57 (1.23%) TCP/IP
8 50 (1.08%) Wireless
9 45 (0.97%) DHCP
10 37 (0.80%) Network Security
11 36 (0.78%) VPN
12 34 (0.74%) SSL
13 33 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
14 32 (0.69%) Cisco Nexus
14 32 (0.69%) Intranet
15 27 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
16 25 (0.54%) BGP
16 25 (0.54%) SAN
17 22 (0.48%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 313 (6.78%) SQL Server
2 113 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
3 112 (2.43%) Power BI
4 96 (2.08%) Big Data
5 92 (1.99%) MongoDB
6 87 (1.88%) PostgreSQL
7 84 (1.82%) Relational Database
8 75 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 71 (1.54%) MySQL
10 67 (1.45%) NoSQL
11 56 (1.21%) Oracle Database
12 53 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 39 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
14 37 (0.80%) GIS
15 34 (0.74%) Hadoop
16 30 (0.65%) RDBMS
17 26 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
18 22 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 21 (0.45%) DB2
19 21 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 297 (6.43%) JIRA
2 269 (5.83%) Git (software)
3 267 (5.78%) Jenkins
4 91 (1.97%) Selenium
5 86 (1.86%) Maven
6 83 (1.80%) GitLab
7 82 (1.78%) JUnit
8 70 (1.52%) Cucumber
9 56 (1.21%) Mockito
10 55 (1.19%) Visual Studio
11 52 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
12 48 (1.04%) Bitbucket
13 44 (0.95%) SonarQube
14 37 (0.80%) Subversion
15 35 (0.76%) JMeter
16 28 (0.61%) Postman
17 27 (0.58%) Artifactory
17 27 (0.58%) WebDriver
18 24 (0.52%) DbUnit
18 24 (0.52%) jMock
General
1 676 (14.64%) Finance
2 430 (9.31%) Telecoms
3 386 (8.36%) Manufacturing
4 376 (8.14%) Marketing
5 356 (7.71%) Electronics
6 161 (3.49%) Local Government
7 59 (1.28%) Legal
8 50 (1.08%) Retail
9 45 (0.97%) Law
10 43 (0.93%) Publishing
11 25 (0.54%) Police
12 21 (0.45%) Back Office
13 19 (0.41%) Military
14 17 (0.37%) Banking
14 17 (0.37%) General Ledger
15 6 (0.13%) Billing
15 6 (0.13%) Brand Awareness
16 5 (0.11%) Games
17 4 (0.087%) Advertising
17 4 (0.087%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 777 (16.83%) Developer
2 628 (13.60%) Analyst
3 441 (9.55%) Architect
4 333 (7.21%) Project Manager
5 242 (5.24%) Business Analyst
6 200 (4.33%) Java Developer
7 179 (3.88%) Designer
8 153 (3.31%) Consultant
9 139 (3.01%) DevOps Engineer
10 116 (2.51%) Technical Architect
11 106 (2.30%) Windows Engineer
12 101 (2.19%) Support Engineer
12 101 (2.19%) User Researcher
13 92 (1.99%) Solutions Architect
14 84 (1.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 83 (1.80%) .NET Developer
16 76 (1.65%) Delivery Manager
17 73 (1.58%) IT Manager
17 73 (1.58%) Service Analyst
18 69 (1.49%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 247 (5.35%) HTML
2 244 (5.28%) Web Services
3 219 (4.74%) .NET
4 210 (4.55%) CSS
5 169 (3.66%) REST
6 166 (3.60%) Spring
7 152 (3.29%) AngularJS
8 143 (3.10%) XML
9 135 (2.92%) RESTful
10 119 (2.58%) Node.js
11 111 (2.40%) JSON
12 109 (2.36%) SOAP
13 97 (2.10%) Spring Boot
14 93 (2.01%) React
15 62 (1.34%) Hibernate
16 59 (1.28%) ASP.NET
17 58 (1.26%) jQuery
18 57 (1.23%) Middleware
19 56 (1.21%) HTML5
20 49 (1.06%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 323 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
2 224 (4.85%) User Experience
3 181 (3.92%) NHS
4 160 (3.47%) Management Information System
5 136 (2.95%) Data Centre
6 68 (1.47%) Public Cloud
7 66 (1.43%) Greenfield Project
8 65 (1.41%) Self-Motivation
9 50 (1.08%) Data Structures
10 40 (0.87%) Driving Licence
11 39 (0.84%) Cloud Native
12 37 (0.80%) PKI
13 29 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
14 28 (0.61%) Social Media
15 23 (0.50%) Freedom of Information
16 22 (0.48%) Mobile App
17 21 (0.45%) Blackberry
18 20 (0.43%) e-Learning
18 20 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
19 19 (0.41%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 582 (12.61%) Windows
2 321 (6.95%) Linux
3 258 (5.59%) Windows 10
4 144 (3.12%) Windows 7
5 142 (3.08%) Windows Server
6 121 (2.62%) Unix
7 65 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
8 57 (1.23%) Windows Server 2016
9 54 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 39 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 38 (0.82%) Apple iOS
12 32 (0.69%) CentOS
13 29 (0.63%) Android
13 29 (0.63%) Ubuntu
14 20 (0.43%) Mac OS X
15 17 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
16 16 (0.35%) Amazon Linux
17 14 (0.30%) Windows 8
17 14 (0.30%) Windows Server 2019
18 9 (0.19%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,554 (33.66%) Agile Software Development
2 553 (11.98%) Business Intelligence
3 465 (10.07%) DevOps
4 459 (9.94%) Migration
5 457 (9.90%) Project Management
6 455 (9.85%) Programme Management
7 367 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
8 358 (7.75%) Digital Marketing
9 354 (7.67%) Scrum
10 315 (6.82%) ITIL
11 290 (6.28%) Test Automation
12 269 (5.83%) Problem-Solving
13 260 (5.63%) Microservices
14 228 (4.94%) PRINCE2
15 221 (4.79%) Service Design
16 217 (4.70%) Project Delivery
17 205 (4.44%) Mentoring
18 194 (4.20%) TDD
19 187 (4.05%) Continuous Integration
20 181 (3.92%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 531 (11.50%) SQL
2 526 (11.39%) Java
3 327 (7.08%) JavaScript
4 291 (6.30%) Python
5 205 (4.44%) C#
6 110 (2.38%) PowerShell
7 94 (2.04%) Java 8
8 89 (1.93%) Ruby
9 80 (1.73%) Bash Shell
9 80 (1.73%) PL/SQL
10 75 (1.62%) C
11 59 (1.28%) T-SQL
12 56 (1.21%) Scala
13 45 (0.97%) PHP
14 43 (0.93%) Groovy
15 40 (0.87%) Shell Script
16 31 (0.67%) Perl
17 30 (0.65%) TypeScript
18 28 (0.61%) Go
19 27 (0.58%) R
Qualifications
1 1,095 (23.72%) Security Cleared
2 837 (18.13%) SC Cleared
3 208 (4.51%) Degree
4 164 (3.55%) DV Cleared
5 137 (2.97%) BPSS Clearance
6 67 (1.45%) Cisco Certification
7 50 (1.08%) CISSP
8 47 (1.02%) CISM
9 45 (0.97%) ISEB
10 43 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
11 42 (0.91%) CCNP
12 41 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 38 (0.82%) DBS Check
14 36 (0.78%) ISTQB
15 32 (0.69%) APMP
15 32 (0.69%) CCNA
16 29 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
17 25 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
18 22 (0.48%) AWS Certification
19 20 (0.43%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (2.51%) QA
2 84 (1.82%) PMO
3 83 (1.80%) GDPR
4 78 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 65 (1.41%) SLA
6 52 (1.13%) Data Quality
6 52 (1.13%) Disclosure Scotland
6 52 (1.13%) NCSC
7 35 (0.76%) NIST
8 30 (0.65%) PCI DSS
9 28 (0.61%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 28 (0.61%) WCAG
10 21 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
11 20 (0.43%) COBIT
12 17 (0.37%) RMADS
13 14 (0.30%) JSP 440
14 8 (0.17%) WAI
15 6 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
15 6 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
15 6 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 289 (6.26%) Active Directory
2 235 (5.09%) Docker
3 92 (1.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (0.76%) Hyper-V
5 21 (0.45%) Postfix
6 19 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (0.41%) VMware NSX
7 15 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
7 15 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
7 15 (0.32%) vSphere
7 15 (0.32%) XenApp
8 14 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
9 11 (0.24%) HDFS
10 8 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 8 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
11 7 (0.15%) Firmware
11 7 (0.15%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.13%) Xen
13 4 (0.087%) Snort
14 3 (0.065%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 184 (3.99%) Kubernetes
2 163 (3.53%) Terraform
3 161 (3.49%) Ansible
4 149 (3.23%) SCCM
5 83 (1.80%) Puppet
6 50 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
7 42 (0.91%) Microsoft Intune
8 41 (0.89%) Packer
9 27 (0.58%) Grafana
10 22 (0.48%) Prometheus
11 21 (0.45%) Rancher
12 20 (0.43%) SCOM
12 20 (0.43%) WSUS
13 19 (0.41%) Kibana
14 18 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
15 17 (0.37%) Consul
15 17 (0.37%) Istio
16 16 (0.35%) vCenter Server
17 12 (0.26%) Hadoop YARN
18 11 (0.24%) Salt
Vendors
1 685 (14.84%) Microsoft
2 435 (9.42%) SAP
3 343 (7.43%) Oracle
4 149 (3.23%) VMware
5 123 (2.66%) Cisco
6 94 (2.04%) Google
7 55 (1.19%) Citrix
8 51 (1.10%) IBM
9 50 (1.08%) ServiceNow
10 39 (0.84%) Red Hat
11 38 (0.82%) CheckPoint
12 35 (0.76%) Tableau
13 29 (0.63%) HP
14 27 (0.58%) Adobe
15 26 (0.56%) Talend
16 25 (0.54%) Atlassian
17 23 (0.50%) Dell
17 23 (0.50%) Palo Alto
17 23 (0.50%) webMethods
18 22 (0.48%) Salesforce.com