Period
to 26 February 2021

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 26 February 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.

Public Sector
UK
6 months to
26 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 19 38
Rank change year-on-year +3 +19 +5
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,359 4,927 5,531
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.16% 7.24% 5.58%
As % of the General category 22.72% 19.45% 13.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,456 3,524 4,081
Median daily rate £470 £450 £454
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% -0.88% +3.77%
10th Percentile £257 £226 £265
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -4.89% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 232 299
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.27% -1.39% +14.89%
10th Percentile £11.89 £12.03 £10.92
90th Percentile £30.85 £28.13 £29.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.51 £17.04
% change year-on-year +11.40% +2.74% +13.58%

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 19,182 25,331 39,653
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.31% 37.24% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,899 16,673 26,538
Median daily rate £495 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% - +1.06%
10th Percentile £300 £271 £300
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £433 £430
% change year-on-year -1.92% +0.78% +4.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 771 1,039
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.03 £20.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.84% -1.04% -3.64%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £11.71
90th Percentile £56.28 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -2.44%

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 26 February 2021.

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 26 February 2021.

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 26 February 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 +10 2,922 £475 +2.15% 661
UK excluding London +7 2,548 £428 -4.89% 554
Work from Home +23 1,367 £485 +14.12% 124
London +12 1,148 £511 +2.25% 206
Scotland +1 879 £415 -2.35% 80
North of England +8 577 £458 +1.67% 151
Midlands +11 356 £427 -5.11% 86
West Midlands +9 299 £411 -10.60% 76
South East +25 284 £450 +5.88% 86
South West +1 273 £500 +8.11% 84
North West +5 268 £475 +5.56% 67
Yorkshire +7 198 £450 -10.00% 61
North East +2 110 £450 +5.88% 23
Wales +7 99 £413 -8.33% 11
East of England +5 82 £438 +9.38% 44
East Midlands +4 45 £468 +16.88% 10
Northern Ireland -11 9 £525 +200.00% 13

For the 6 months to 26 February 2021, 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 1,493 (34.25%) Agile Software Development
2 947 (21.73%) Security Cleared
3 790 (18.12%) SC Cleared
4 779 (17.87%) Finance
5 632 (14.50%) Azure
6 609 (13.97%) Microsoft
7 601 (13.79%) Business Intelligence
8 520 (11.93%) Programme Management
9 495 (11.36%) SAP
10 478 (10.97%) DevOps
11 465 (10.67%) AWS
12 461 (10.58%) SQL
12 461 (10.58%) Marketing
13 455 (10.44%) Telecoms
14 454 (10.42%) Java
15 427 (9.80%) Manufacturing
16 420 (9.64%) Digital Marketing
17 414 (9.50%) Electronics
18 386 (8.86%) Project Management
19 379 (8.69%) Stakeholder Management
20 358 (8.21%) Windows
21 337 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
22 329 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
23 325 (7.46%) Migration
24 309 (7.09%) Python
25 296 (6.79%) Oracle
26 295 (6.77%) Scrum
27 270 (6.19%) JIRA
28 266 (6.10%) Microsoft 365
29 265 (6.08%) Project Delivery

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
1 194 (4.45%) Confluence
2 139 (3.19%) SharePoint
3 66 (1.51%) WebLogic
4 42 (0.96%) MS Exchange
5 35 (0.80%) Red Hat Fuse
6 33 (0.76%) CMS
6 33 (0.76%) IIS
7 29 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
8 28 (0.64%) Apache
9 27 (0.62%) Apache Spark
10 25 (0.57%) Skype for Business
11 24 (0.55%) JBoss
12 22 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 21 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
13 21 (0.48%) Mule
14 19 (0.44%) SAS
15 18 (0.41%) Tomcat
16 15 (0.34%) ArcGIS
16 15 (0.34%) WebSphere
17 14 (0.32%) nginx
Applications
1 207 (4.75%) Microsoft Office
2 117 (2.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 78 (1.79%) Microsoft Project
4 49 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 25 (0.57%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.18%) Sketch
8 5 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.092%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.092%) InDesign
10 3 (0.069%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 3 (0.069%) FileZilla
10 3 (0.069%) InVision
10 3 (0.069%) Marvel
11 2 (0.046%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.046%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.046%) Figma
11 2 (0.046%) Open Workbench
11 2 (0.046%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 53 (1.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 25 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.25%) SAP PSCD
5 9 (0.21%) assyst
5 9 (0.21%) SAP FI-CA
6 8 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
7 7 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 6 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
9 5 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
9 5 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
9 5 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
10 4 (0.092%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 3 (0.069%) Oracle Cash Management
11 3 (0.069%) Oracle General Ledger
11 3 (0.069%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 3 (0.069%) Primavera
11 3 (0.069%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 632 (14.50%) Azure
2 465 (10.67%) AWS
3 266 (6.10%) Microsoft 365
4 178 (4.08%) Power Platform
5 87 (2.00%) PaaS
6 77 (1.77%) Serverless
7 72 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
8 63 (1.45%) Amazon S3
8 63 (1.45%) IaaS
9 61 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
9 61 (1.40%) PowerApps
10 58 (1.33%) GitHub
11 54 (1.24%) Amazon EKS
12 53 (1.22%) GCP
13 47 (1.08%) SaaS
14 43 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
15 38 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
16 37 (0.85%) Logic Apps
16 37 (0.85%) OneDrive
17 32 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 93 (2.13%) Firewall
2 86 (1.97%) WAN
3 80 (1.84%) LAN
4 54 (1.24%) VPN
5 47 (1.08%) DNS
6 46 (1.06%) HTTP
6 46 (1.06%) Network Security
7 38 (0.87%) Skype
8 32 (0.73%) Internet
9 30 (0.69%) DHCP
10 29 (0.67%) SAN
11 28 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
12 27 (0.62%) VoIP
13 23 (0.53%) Wireless
14 22 (0.50%) TCP/IP
14 22 (0.50%) Unified Communications
15 21 (0.48%) Intranet
16 16 (0.37%) VSAN
17 12 (0.28%) MPLS
17 12 (0.28%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (4.59%) SQL Server
2 121 (2.78%) Power BI
3 88 (2.02%) Relational Database
4 87 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
5 75 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
6 67 (1.54%) MySQL
6 67 (1.54%) Pentaho
7 46 (1.06%) Big Data
7 46 (1.06%) MongoDB
8 44 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 43 (0.99%) Hadoop
10 38 (0.87%) Tableau
11 37 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
12 33 (0.76%) NoSQL
13 32 (0.73%) Oracle Database
13 32 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 31 (0.71%) Amazon Aurora
15 29 (0.67%) RDBMS
16 26 (0.60%) Apache Hive
16 26 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 270 (6.19%) JIRA
2 219 (5.02%) Jenkins
3 191 (4.38%) Git (software)
4 96 (2.20%) GitLab
5 82 (1.88%) Selenium
6 66 (1.51%) Cucumber
7 56 (1.28%) Bitbucket
8 47 (1.08%) Maven
9 44 (1.01%) Artifactory
10 34 (0.78%) JUnit
11 32 (0.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 26 (0.60%) JMeter
12 26 (0.60%) Postman
12 26 (0.60%) SonarQube
13 25 (0.57%) CA Gen
14 23 (0.53%) SoapUI
14 23 (0.53%) Visual Studio
15 22 (0.50%) LoadRunner
16 20 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
17 19 (0.44%) gulp
General
1 779 (17.87%) Finance
2 461 (10.58%) Marketing
3 455 (10.44%) Telecoms
4 427 (9.80%) Manufacturing
5 414 (9.50%) Electronics
6 113 (2.59%) Local Government
7 99 (2.27%) Law
8 50 (1.15%) Publishing
9 43 (0.99%) Legal
10 30 (0.69%) Police
11 22 (0.50%) Back Office
11 22 (0.50%) Retail
12 10 (0.23%) Banking
13 9 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
14 7 (0.16%) Billing
15 6 (0.14%) Advertising
15 6 (0.14%) Digital Economy
15 6 (0.14%) Fire and Rescue
15 6 (0.14%) Military
16 5 (0.11%) French Language
Job Titles
1 566 (12.98%) Developer
2 508 (11.65%) Analyst
3 468 (10.74%) Architect
4 281 (6.45%) Project Manager
5 255 (5.85%) Designer
6 201 (4.61%) Business Analyst
7 158 (3.62%) Consultant
8 147 (3.37%) DevOps Engineer
9 146 (3.35%) User Researcher
10 116 (2.66%) Java Developer
11 106 (2.43%) Solutions Architect
12 104 (2.39%) Delivery Manager
13 97 (2.23%) Technical Architect
14 95 (2.18%) Data Architect
15 91 (2.09%) Content Designer
16 83 (1.90%) Data Analyst
17 79 (1.81%) Software Engineer
18 69 (1.58%) AWS Engineer
19 62 (1.42%) IT Manager
20 60 (1.38%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 197 (4.52%) HTML
2 193 (4.43%) .NET
3 168 (3.85%) CSS
4 154 (3.53%) Web Services
5 135 (3.10%) Node.js
6 131 (3.01%) XML
7 121 (2.78%) JSON
8 106 (2.43%) SOAP
9 102 (2.34%) REST
10 101 (2.32%) Spring
11 90 (2.06%) RESTful
12 80 (1.84%) Spring Boot
13 72 (1.65%) Middleware
14 63 (1.45%) React
15 56 (1.28%) AngularJS
16 50 (1.15%) .NET Core
17 49 (1.12%) Kafka
18 47 (1.08%) .NET Framework
18 47 (1.08%) HTML5
18 47 (1.08%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 337 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
2 261 (5.99%) User Experience
3 219 (5.02%) NHS
4 116 (2.66%) Management Information System
5 93 (2.13%) Data Centre
6 69 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 42 (0.96%) Public Cloud
8 38 (0.87%) Cloud Native
9 36 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
10 32 (0.73%) Mobile App
11 27 (0.62%) Clustering
11 27 (0.62%) Freedom of Information
12 24 (0.55%) e-Learning
13 23 (0.53%) Social Media
14 19 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
15 18 (0.41%) EMC VNX
15 18 (0.41%) PKI
16 17 (0.39%) Virtual Team
17 16 (0.37%) Data Structures
18 15 (0.34%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 358 (8.21%) Windows
2 230 (5.28%) Linux
3 154 (3.53%) Windows 10
4 129 (2.96%) Unix
5 92 (2.11%) Windows Server
6 59 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 46 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 36 (0.83%) Android
9 35 (0.80%) Windows 7
10 32 (0.73%) Windows Server 2016
11 29 (0.67%) Apple iOS
12 24 (0.55%) CentOS
13 18 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
14 15 (0.34%) AIX
15 12 (0.28%) Windows XP
16 11 (0.25%) Ubuntu
17 10 (0.23%) Mac OS
17 10 (0.23%) Mac OS X
17 10 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
18 9 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,493 (34.25%) Agile Software Development
2 601 (13.79%) Business Intelligence
3 520 (11.93%) Programme Management
4 478 (10.97%) DevOps
5 420 (9.64%) Digital Marketing
6 386 (8.86%) Project Management
7 379 (8.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 329 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
9 325 (7.46%) Migration
10 295 (6.77%) Scrum
11 265 (6.08%) Project Delivery
12 252 (5.78%) Data Modelling
13 230 (5.28%) Test Automation
14 227 (5.21%) Microservices
15 219 (5.02%) ITIL
16 218 (5.00%) Service Design
17 215 (4.93%) Decision-Making
18 203 (4.66%) Analytics
19 200 (4.59%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
20 183 (4.20%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 461 (10.58%) SQL
2 454 (10.42%) Java
3 309 (7.09%) Python
4 252 (5.78%) JavaScript
5 111 (2.55%) C#
6 95 (2.18%) Bash Shell
7 93 (2.13%) PowerShell
8 77 (1.77%) PL/SQL
9 70 (1.61%) Perl
10 67 (1.54%) Ruby
11 63 (1.45%) Scala
12 46 (1.06%) R
12 46 (1.06%) Shell Script
13 45 (1.03%) C
14 39 (0.89%) Java 8
15 36 (0.83%) T-SQL
16 30 (0.69%) TypeScript
17 27 (0.62%) XPath
18 25 (0.57%) PHP
18 25 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 947 (21.73%) Security Cleared
2 790 (18.12%) SC Cleared
3 150 (3.44%) Degree
4 98 (2.25%) DV Cleared
5 85 (1.95%) BPSS Clearance
6 60 (1.38%) ISTQB
7 52 (1.19%) ISEB
8 49 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
9 41 (0.94%) CISSP
10 38 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 35 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 33 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
13 31 (0.71%) CCNA
14 29 (0.67%) CCNP
15 25 (0.57%) DBS Check
16 23 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 18 (0.41%) CISM
17 18 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
18 17 (0.39%) PMP
19 16 (0.37%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (3.26%) QA
2 130 (2.98%) Disclosure Scotland
3 82 (1.88%) PMO
4 55 (1.26%) SLA
5 52 (1.19%) GDPR
6 50 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 43 (0.99%) Data Quality
8 38 (0.87%) NCSC
9 36 (0.83%) WCAG
10 30 (0.69%) NIST
11 15 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 12 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 12 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 8 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
14 7 (0.16%) Actionable Recommendations
14 7 (0.16%) COBIT
14 7 (0.16%) JSP 440
15 6 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
16 4 (0.092%) MiFID
16 4 (0.092%) WAI
System Software
1 211 (4.84%) Active Directory
2 178 (4.08%) Docker
3 83 (1.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 29 (0.67%) VMware NSX
5 28 (0.64%) vSphere
6 25 (0.57%) Hyper-V
7 21 (0.48%) HDFS
8 19 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
9 14 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
10 8 (0.18%) vCloud
11 7 (0.16%) XenApp
12 6 (0.14%) Terminal Server
12 6 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.11%) BitLocker
13 5 (0.11%) Time Sharing Option
14 3 (0.069%) GlusterFS
14 3 (0.069%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
15 2 (0.046%) Microsoft App-V
15 2 (0.046%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.046%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 212 (4.86%) Terraform
2 184 (4.22%) Ansible
3 169 (3.88%) Kubernetes
4 92 (2.11%) SCCM
5 65 (1.49%) Grafana
6 53 (1.22%) Prometheus
7 46 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
8 41 (0.94%) Puppet
9 39 (0.89%) Kibana
10 37 (0.85%) Istio
11 32 (0.73%) Consul
12 28 (0.64%) Rancher
13 27 (0.62%) logstash
14 26 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
15 24 (0.55%) Fluentd
16 22 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
17 21 (0.48%) vCenter Server
18 15 (0.34%) AirWatch
18 15 (0.34%) vRealize
19 14 (0.32%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 609 (13.97%) Microsoft
2 495 (11.36%) SAP
3 296 (6.79%) Oracle
4 153 (3.51%) VMware
5 88 (2.02%) Cisco
6 67 (1.54%) Atlassian
6 67 (1.54%) Google
7 66 (1.51%) webMethods
8 61 (1.40%) Sparx
9 53 (1.22%) Red Hat
9 53 (1.22%) Remedy
10 48 (1.10%) Informatica
11 45 (1.03%) ServiceNow
12 43 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
13 42 (0.96%) Splunk
14 41 (0.94%) Citrix
15 37 (0.85%) BEA
16 35 (0.80%) CheckPoint
16 35 (0.80%) Cloudera
17 32 (0.73%) Dell