Period
to 21 October 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 21 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.

Public Sector
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 18 15 32
Rank change year-on-year -3 +17 +17
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 6,635 2,972 4,882
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.85% 9.38% 5.74%
As % of the General category 14.75% 17.69% 11.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,998 2,273 3,376
10th Percentile £257 £240 £225
25th Percentile £400 £369 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £575 £550 £550
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 81 250
10th Percentile £11.67 £12.50 £10.98
25th Percentile £14.06 £15.75 £12.75
Median hourly rate £16.40 £22.50 £16.29
Median % change year-on-year -27.11% +38.16% +2.74%
75th Percentile £23.25 £28.83 £21.44
90th Percentile £30.00 £35.63 £25.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £20.50 £15.93
% change year-on-year -21.95% +28.73% +3.75%

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 44,992 16,803 43,739
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.23% 53.02% 51.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,482 11,356 28,341
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 1,392 568 1,497
10th Percentile £12.06 £11.59 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £18.88
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +16.56% +7.86%
75th Percentile £42.25 £42.28 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.26 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -13.73% +14.29% -

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 21 October 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 21 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Top 18 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 21 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 -6 4,487 £500 +5.26% 736
UK excluding London -3 3,674 £450 - 605
Work from Home 0 1,920 £504 +1.87% 128
London -10 1,754 £525 +5.00% 252
Scotland -1 1,118 £425 -1.73% 93
North of England +1 935 £499 +8.37% 147
Midlands 0 561 £450 +5.39% 117
North West +5 486 £500 +5.26% 69
West Midlands -4 474 £460 +7.98% 93
South West -6 392 £475 -7.41% 86
South East -27 358 £490 +7.69% 80
Yorkshire +4 353 £480 +6.67% 60
Wales +2 163 £468 +4.06% 32
East of England -6 148 £427 -5.11% 43
North East 0 120 £500 +8.70% 18
East Midlands +3 82 £250 -46.52% 22
Northern Ireland +6 14 £325 -23.53% 9
Isle of Man - 1 £750 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 2,302 (34.69%) Agile Software Development
2 1,341 (20.21%) Social Skills
3 1,242 (18.72%) Security Cleared
4 1,071 (16.14%) Finance
5 1,025 (15.45%) SC Cleared
6 950 (14.32%) Azure
7 827 (12.46%) DevOps
8 809 (12.19%) AWS
9 779 (11.74%) Microsoft
10 777 (11.71%) Business Intelligence
11 662 (9.98%) Programme Management
11 662 (9.98%) SQL
12 642 (9.68%) Stakeholder Management
13 639 (9.63%) Project Management
14 600 (9.04%) SAP
15 561 (8.46%) Marketing
16 554 (8.35%) Java
17 542 (8.17%) Scrum
17 542 (8.17%) Telecoms
18 526 (7.93%) Manufacturing
19 518 (7.81%) User Research
20 509 (7.67%) Analytical Skills
21 497 (7.49%) Digital Marketing
22 495 (7.46%) Electronics
23 480 (7.23%) Windows
24 460 (6.93%) Python
25 449 (6.77%) JIRA
26 448 (6.75%) Problem-Solving
27 437 (6.59%) Migration
28 416 (6.27%) 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
1 295 (4.45%) Confluence
2 207 (3.12%) SharePoint
3 62 (0.93%) SAS
4 61 (0.92%) CMS
5 53 (0.80%) Apache
6 50 (0.75%) WebLogic
7 46 (0.69%) MS Exchange
8 43 (0.65%) Apache Spark
9 42 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
10 32 (0.48%) Tomcat
11 28 (0.42%) IIS
12 21 (0.32%) Skype for Business
13 15 (0.23%) Drupal
13 15 (0.23%) Umbraco
14 14 (0.21%) nginx
14 14 (0.21%) WebSphere
15 12 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
16 9 (0.14%) Apache Airflow
16 9 (0.14%) JBoss
17 8 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 204 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
2 202 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 101 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
4 80 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 61 (0.92%) MS Visio
6 46 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.27%) Sketch
8 17 (0.26%) SPSS
9 9 (0.14%) InVision
9 9 (0.14%) Stata
10 8 (0.12%) Photoshop
11 7 (0.11%) Figma
12 4 (0.060%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.060%) Open Workbench
13 3 (0.045%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.045%) InfoPath
14 2 (0.030%) Adobe Premiere
15 1 (0.015%) AutoCAD
15 1 (0.015%) InDesign
15 1 (0.015%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 43 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
3 22 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
3 22 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
4 21 (0.32%) iTrent
5 16 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 10 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
7 8 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
8 7 (0.11%) Cerner Millennium
8 7 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 7 (0.11%) SAP HCM
8 7 (0.11%) SAP HR
8 7 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
9 5 (0.075%) Oracle Payables
9 5 (0.075%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 5 (0.075%) Oracle SCM
9 5 (0.075%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.075%) Sentinel
10 4 (0.060%) Dynamics AX
10 4 (0.060%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 950 (14.32%) Azure
2 809 (12.19%) AWS
3 402 (6.06%) Microsoft 365
4 242 (3.65%) Power Platform
5 163 (2.46%) SaaS
6 161 (2.43%) PaaS
6 161 (2.43%) Serverless
7 126 (1.90%) IaaS
8 125 (1.88%) GCP
9 123 (1.85%) GitHub
10 105 (1.58%) Amazon S3
10 105 (1.58%) AWS Lambda
11 94 (1.42%) AWS CloudFormation
12 85 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
13 67 (1.01%) Amazon EKS
14 65 (0.98%) OpenShift
15 62 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
16 60 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
17 43 (0.65%) Azure Data Factory
18 40 (0.60%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 149 (2.25%) Firewall
2 90 (1.36%) WAN
3 82 (1.24%) LAN
4 76 (1.15%) DNS
5 74 (1.12%) Internet
6 72 (1.09%) VPN
7 67 (1.01%) Network Security
8 54 (0.81%) HTTP
9 40 (0.60%) SAN
10 38 (0.57%) Intranet
11 34 (0.51%) TCP/IP
11 34 (0.51%) Wireless
12 33 (0.50%) VoIP
12 33 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
13 31 (0.47%) Skype
14 29 (0.44%) DHCP
14 29 (0.44%) SSL
15 15 (0.23%) BGP
15 15 (0.23%) Ethernet
15 15 (0.23%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (3.35%) SQL Server
2 205 (3.09%) Power BI
3 162 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
4 122 (1.84%) Data Warehouse
5 119 (1.79%) Relational Database
6 115 (1.73%) MySQL
7 114 (1.72%) Metadata
8 102 (1.54%) MongoDB
9 95 (1.43%) NoSQL
10 76 (1.15%) Big Data
11 75 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
12 72 (1.09%) Oracle Database
13 60 (0.90%) Hadoop
14 51 (0.77%) Pentaho
15 50 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 49 (0.74%) Metadata Repository
17 47 (0.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 43 (0.65%) Amazon Aurora
18 43 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
19 41 (0.62%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 449 (6.77%) JIRA
2 385 (5.80%) Jenkins
3 344 (5.18%) Git (software)
4 155 (2.34%) GitLab
5 121 (1.82%) Selenium
6 99 (1.49%) Maven
7 96 (1.45%) Bitbucket
8 93 (1.40%) Cucumber
9 67 (1.01%) Artifactory
10 66 (0.99%) JMeter
11 58 (0.87%) Postman
12 48 (0.72%) SonarQube
13 46 (0.69%) Visual Studio
14 45 (0.68%) JUnit
15 42 (0.63%) Cypress.io
16 38 (0.57%) TeamCity
17 35 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
18 26 (0.39%) SoapUI
19 23 (0.35%) gulp
20 22 (0.33%) REST Assured
General
1 1,341 (20.21%) Social Skills
2 1,071 (16.14%) Finance
3 561 (8.46%) Marketing
4 542 (8.17%) Telecoms
5 526 (7.93%) Manufacturing
6 509 (7.67%) Analytical Skills
7 495 (7.46%) Electronics
8 148 (2.23%) Local Government
9 142 (2.14%) Influencing Skills
10 106 (1.60%) Organisational Skills
11 98 (1.48%) Legal
12 92 (1.39%) Presentation Skills
13 71 (1.07%) Publishing
14 53 (0.80%) Law
15 34 (0.51%) Billing
16 33 (0.50%) Banking
17 32 (0.48%) Back Office
18 30 (0.45%) Documentation Skills
19 26 (0.39%) Retail
20 24 (0.36%) Police
Job Titles
1 882 (13.29%) Analyst
2 784 (11.82%) Developer
3 682 (10.28%) Architect
4 481 (7.25%) Project Manager
5 330 (4.97%) Business Analyst
6 329 (4.96%) Designer
7 279 (4.20%) DevOps Engineer
8 239 (3.60%) Consultant
9 209 (3.15%) Delivery Manager
10 204 (3.07%) Solutions Architect
11 183 (2.76%) User Researcher
12 150 (2.26%) Java Developer
13 139 (2.09%) Data Analyst
14 130 (1.96%) Technical Architect
15 117 (1.76%) Programme Manager
16 108 (1.63%) Data Architect
17 105 (1.58%) IT Manager
18 102 (1.54%) Data Engineer
19 101 (1.52%) Content Designer
20 100 (1.51%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 292 (4.40%) HTML
2 257 (3.87%) .NET
3 247 (3.72%) CSS
4 206 (3.10%) Web Services
5 192 (2.89%) Node.js
6 178 (2.68%) Spring
7 172 (2.59%) React
8 150 (2.26%) Spring Boot
9 145 (2.19%) REST
10 121 (1.82%) AngularJS
11 111 (1.67%) RESTful
12 110 (1.66%) XML
13 104 (1.57%) JSON
14 76 (1.15%) SOAP
15 74 (1.12%) RabbitMQ
16 61 (0.92%) .NET Core
17 55 (0.83%) ASP.NET
17 55 (0.83%) Kafka
18 51 (0.77%) .NET Framework
18 51 (0.77%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 329 (4.96%) NHS
2 294 (4.43%) User Experience
3 183 (2.76%) Management Information System
4 124 (1.87%) Data Centre
5 120 (1.81%) Public Cloud
6 98 (1.48%) Legacy Systems
7 77 (1.16%) Self-Motivation
8 55 (0.83%) Cloud Native
9 53 (0.80%) Data Structures
10 50 (0.75%) Mobile App
11 46 (0.69%) Algorithms
11 46 (0.69%) Social Media
12 44 (0.66%) Driving Licence
12 44 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
13 35 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
14 33 (0.50%) Private Cloud
15 32 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
16 29 (0.44%) Reference Data
16 29 (0.44%) Virtual Team
17 25 (0.38%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 480 (7.23%) Windows
2 378 (5.70%) Linux
3 173 (2.61%) Unix
3 173 (2.61%) Windows 10
4 119 (1.79%) Windows Server
5 67 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 49 (0.74%) Windows 7
7 29 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
8 28 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 26 (0.39%) Android
10 25 (0.38%) Windows Server 2019
11 23 (0.35%) CentOS
12 19 (0.29%) Windows 8
13 18 (0.27%) Amazon Linux
13 18 (0.27%) Ubuntu
14 17 (0.26%) Mac OS X
15 16 (0.24%) AIX
15 16 (0.24%) Apple iOS
16 15 (0.23%) Mac OS
16 15 (0.23%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,302 (34.69%) Agile Software Development
2 827 (12.46%) DevOps
3 777 (11.71%) Business Intelligence
4 662 (9.98%) Programme Management
5 642 (9.68%) Stakeholder Management
6 639 (9.63%) Project Management
7 542 (8.17%) Scrum
8 518 (7.81%) User Research
9 497 (7.49%) Digital Marketing
10 448 (6.75%) Problem-Solving
11 437 (6.59%) Migration
12 416 (6.27%) Project Delivery
13 410 (6.18%) Service Design
14 389 (5.86%) ITIL
15 376 (5.67%) Test Automation
16 369 (5.56%) Analytics
17 348 (5.24%) Microservices
18 340 (5.12%) User Stories
19 316 (4.76%) Decision-Making
20 305 (4.60%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 662 (9.98%) SQL
2 554 (8.35%) Java
3 460 (6.93%) Python
4 398 (6.00%) JavaScript
5 176 (2.65%) C#
6 151 (2.28%) PowerShell
7 117 (1.76%) Scala
8 115 (1.73%) PL/SQL
8 115 (1.73%) R
9 110 (1.66%) TypeScript
10 100 (1.51%) Bash Shell
11 87 (1.31%) Shell Script
12 67 (1.01%) T-SQL
13 58 (0.87%) Java 8
14 55 (0.83%) C
15 48 (0.72%) PHP
16 45 (0.68%) Ruby
17 42 (0.63%) Perl
18 39 (0.59%) VBA
19 38 (0.57%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,242 (18.72%) Security Cleared
2 1,025 (15.45%) SC Cleared
3 324 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
4 299 (4.51%) Degree
5 109 (1.64%) DV Cleared
6 64 (0.96%) ISTQB
7 61 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
7 61 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 57 (0.86%) ISEB
9 54 (0.81%) CISSP
9 54 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
10 48 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
11 38 (0.57%) DBS Check
11 38 (0.57%) MCSE
11 38 (0.57%) TOGAF Certification
12 36 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
13 31 (0.47%) CCNA
13 31 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 28 (0.42%) PMI Certification
15 25 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 257 (3.87%) Accessibility
2 233 (3.51%) QA
3 175 (2.64%) Disclosure Scotland
4 163 (2.46%) PMO
5 87 (1.31%) Data Quality
6 63 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 62 (0.93%) GDPR
8 59 (0.89%) SLA
9 52 (0.78%) NCSC
10 43 (0.65%) WCAG
11 32 (0.48%) NIST
12 14 (0.21%) JSP 440
13 13 (0.20%) COBIT
13 13 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 13 (0.20%) P3O
14 11 (0.17%) PCI DSS
15 10 (0.15%) Actionable Recommendations
15 10 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
15 10 (0.15%) GRC
16 9 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 351 (5.29%) Docker
2 288 (4.34%) Active Directory
3 99 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 39 (0.59%) Hyper-V
5 29 (0.44%) HDFS
6 28 (0.42%) vSphere
7 24 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
8 20 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
9 15 (0.23%) VMware NSX
10 14 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
10 14 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
11 13 (0.20%) XenApp
12 8 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
13 7 (0.11%) NFS
13 7 (0.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 6 (0.090%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.090%) RACF
15 5 (0.075%) OpenAM
16 4 (0.060%) BitLocker
16 4 (0.060%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 361 (5.44%) Terraform
2 299 (4.51%) Kubernetes
3 269 (4.05%) Ansible
4 120 (1.81%) Grafana
5 112 (1.69%) SCCM
6 62 (0.93%) Prometheus
7 59 (0.89%) Kibana
8 55 (0.83%) Puppet
9 42 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
10 40 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
11 30 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
12 27 (0.41%) Istio
13 25 (0.38%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 23 (0.35%) Nagios
15 22 (0.33%) Docker Swarm
16 20 (0.30%) Packer
17 19 (0.29%) logstash
17 19 (0.29%) Rancher
18 17 (0.26%) vCenter Server
19 16 (0.24%) Consul
Vendors
1 779 (11.74%) Microsoft
2 600 (9.04%) SAP
3 405 (6.10%) Oracle
4 158 (2.38%) VMware
5 124 (1.87%) Cisco
5 124 (1.87%) ServiceNow
6 102 (1.54%) Google
7 87 (1.31%) Red Hat
8 85 (1.28%) Informatica
9 83 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
10 75 (1.13%) Citrix
11 73 (1.10%) IBM
12 71 (1.07%) Atlassian
13 68 (1.02%) Splunk
14 60 (0.90%) Sparx
15 42 (0.63%) Remedy
16 41 (0.62%) CheckPoint
17 38 (0.57%) webMethods
18 36 (0.54%) HP
18 36 (0.54%) Mercator