Period
to 26 November 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 26 November 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
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 15 27 46
Rank change year-on-year +12 +19 -10
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 3,512 5,049 5,010
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.58% 6.11% 4.85%
As % of the General category 23.24% 16.04% 12.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,843 3,291 3,419
Median daily rate £460 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £239 £220 £256
90th Percentile £615 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 174 303 296
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% +2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £12.40 £11.60 £11.27
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £17.51 £16.50
% change year-on-year +28.53% +6.09% +10.00%

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 15,109 31,470 41,259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.22% 38.10% 39.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,563 20,158 26,823
Median daily rate £495 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% - +3.26%
10th Percentile £288 £281 £300
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 609 982 1,118
Median hourly rate £29.00 £22.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.82% +4.76% -4.33%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.44 £11.85
90th Percentile £52.55 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £24.40 £21.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +16.19% +5.00% -6.98%

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 November 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 26 November 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 26 November 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 +23 2,537 £470 +4.27% 475
UK excluding London +11 2,160 £450 - 408
London +28 1,002 £500 +5.26% 162
Work from Home +23 820 £475 +5.56% 85
Scotland +2 633 £425 - 72
North of England +10 478 £450 - 98
South West +2 309 £500 +9.89% 51
Midlands +10 292 £432 -4.00% 71
South East +39 284 £450 +5.88% 62
West Midlands +7 241 £427 -7.97% 51
North West +7 222 £450 +2.27% 54
Yorkshire +7 154 £450 -10.00% 26
North East +3 102 £450 +2.56% 18
East of England +32 90 £437 +29.48% 27
Wales +15 80 £475 +4.40% 9
East Midlands +15 44 £485 +25.97% 18
Northern Ireland -1 5 £325 -21.21% 18

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 1,153 (32.83%) Agile Software Development
2 884 (25.17%) Security Cleared
3 709 (20.19%) SC Cleared
4 609 (17.34%) Finance
5 510 (14.52%) Microsoft
6 476 (13.55%) Business Intelligence
7 452 (12.87%) Programme Management
8 451 (12.84%) Azure
9 421 (11.99%) SAP
10 398 (11.33%) Java
11 397 (11.30%) DevOps
12 395 (11.25%) Telecoms
13 388 (11.05%) Marketing
14 370 (10.54%) Manufacturing
15 359 (10.22%) Digital Marketing
16 355 (10.11%) Electronics
16 355 (10.11%) SQL
17 352 (10.02%) AWS
18 342 (9.74%) Stakeholder Management
19 325 (9.25%) Project Management
20 319 (9.08%) Windows
21 304 (8.66%) Migration
22 262 (7.46%) Oracle
23 258 (7.35%) Scrum
24 253 (7.20%) Test Automation
25 235 (6.69%) Python
26 231 (6.58%) JavaScript
27 225 (6.41%) User Experience
28 222 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
29 218 (6.21%) Linux

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
1 160 (4.56%) Confluence
2 116 (3.30%) SharePoint
3 64 (1.82%) WebLogic
4 38 (1.08%) Red Hat Fuse
5 32 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
6 29 (0.83%) Apache
6 29 (0.83%) CMS
6 29 (0.83%) Mule
6 29 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 26 (0.74%) IIS
8 24 (0.68%) MS Exchange
9 22 (0.63%) Oracle Service Bus
10 21 (0.60%) JBoss
10 21 (0.60%) WebSphere
11 20 (0.57%) Apache Spark
12 19 (0.54%) Tomcat
13 18 (0.51%) SAS
14 16 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
14 16 (0.46%) Skype for Business
15 15 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 168 (4.78%) Microsoft Office
2 102 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 78 (2.22%) Microsoft Project
4 37 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.17%) SPSS
7 4 (0.11%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.085%) Figma
8 3 (0.085%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.057%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.057%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (0.057%) Sketch
10 1 (0.028%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.028%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.028%) InDesign
10 1 (0.028%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 57 (1.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.85%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 13 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (0.23%) SAP FI-CA
5 6 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
6 5 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
6 5 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
6 5 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
6 5 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
7 4 (0.11%) Oracle Payroll
8 3 (0.085%) assyst
8 3 (0.085%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.085%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.085%) Oracle General Ledger
8 3 (0.085%) Oracle HRMS
8 3 (0.085%) SAP PSCD
8 3 (0.085%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 451 (12.84%) Azure
2 352 (10.02%) AWS
3 170 (4.84%) Office 365
4 131 (3.73%) Power Platform
5 61 (1.74%) PaaS
6 54 (1.54%) Amazon S3
7 51 (1.45%) PowerApps
7 51 (1.45%) Serverless
8 47 (1.34%) GitHub
9 46 (1.31%) IaaS
9 46 (1.31%) SaaS
10 41 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
11 40 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
12 39 (1.11%) Amazon EKS
13 38 (1.08%) AWS CloudFormation
13 38 (1.08%) Logic Apps
14 36 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
15 30 (0.85%) Power Automate
16 27 (0.77%) GCP
16 27 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 86 (2.45%) Firewall
2 69 (1.96%) LAN
3 48 (1.37%) WAN
4 43 (1.22%) HTTP
5 42 (1.20%) Internet
5 42 (1.20%) TCP/IP
5 42 (1.20%) VPN
6 40 (1.14%) Network Security
7 33 (0.94%) DNS
8 25 (0.71%) Ethernet
9 23 (0.65%) SAN
10 22 (0.63%) Skype
10 22 (0.63%) VoIP
11 20 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
12 19 (0.54%) DHCP
13 18 (0.51%) VSAN
14 17 (0.48%) Unified Communications
15 16 (0.46%) Wireless
16 13 (0.37%) Intranet
17 12 (0.34%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 148 (4.21%) SQL Server
2 89 (2.53%) Power BI
3 75 (2.14%) MySQL
3 75 (2.14%) Relational Database
4 73 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
5 58 (1.65%) MongoDB
6 52 (1.48%) Big Data
7 48 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
8 45 (1.28%) Pentaho
9 39 (1.11%) Hadoop
10 32 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 31 (0.88%) Oracle Database
12 30 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
12 30 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 29 (0.83%) NoSQL
14 28 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
15 27 (0.77%) Apache Hive
15 27 (0.77%) Tableau
16 19 (0.54%) Data Lake
17 18 (0.51%) Amazon Aurora
Development Applications
1 212 (6.04%) Jenkins
2 203 (5.78%) Git (software)
3 202 (5.75%) JIRA
4 85 (2.42%) Selenium
5 81 (2.31%) GitLab
6 79 (2.25%) Cucumber
7 71 (2.02%) Maven
8 39 (1.11%) Subversion
9 37 (1.05%) Bitbucket
10 36 (1.03%) Artifactory
10 36 (1.03%) JMeter
11 35 (1.00%) gulp
12 32 (0.91%) JUnit
13 30 (0.85%) SonarQube
14 29 (0.83%) Grunt
15 28 (0.80%) Visual Studio
16 27 (0.77%) SoapUI
16 27 (0.77%) Toad
17 26 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 25 (0.71%) Jasmine
General
1 609 (17.34%) Finance
2 395 (11.25%) Telecoms
3 388 (11.05%) Marketing
4 370 (10.54%) Manufacturing
5 355 (10.11%) Electronics
6 104 (2.96%) Local Government
7 80 (2.28%) Law
8 44 (1.25%) Legal
9 36 (1.03%) Publishing
10 32 (0.91%) Police
11 22 (0.63%) Retail
12 10 (0.28%) Billing
13 8 (0.23%) Banking
13 8 (0.23%) Military
14 7 (0.20%) Back Office
14 7 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.17%) Digital Economy
16 5 (0.14%) Advertising
16 5 (0.14%) Social Housing
17 4 (0.11%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 541 (15.40%) Developer
2 391 (11.13%) Analyst
3 340 (9.68%) Architect
4 223 (6.35%) Project Manager
5 156 (4.44%) Business Analyst
6 153 (4.36%) Designer
7 119 (3.39%) Java Developer
8 110 (3.13%) Consultant
8 110 (3.13%) DevOps Engineer
9 102 (2.90%) Delivery Manager
10 85 (2.42%) Programme Manager
11 76 (2.16%) User Researcher
12 71 (2.02%) Solutions Architect
13 66 (1.88%) Technical Architect
14 63 (1.79%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 60 (1.71%) Senior Manager
16 55 (1.57%) Data Architect
17 51 (1.45%) AWS Engineer
17 51 (1.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 47 (1.34%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 193 (5.50%) HTML
2 174 (4.95%) CSS
3 160 (4.56%) Node.js
4 140 (3.99%) Web Services
5 138 (3.93%) XML
6 124 (3.53%) .NET
7 116 (3.30%) JSON
8 115 (3.27%) SOAP
9 106 (3.02%) REST
10 103 (2.93%) Spring
11 90 (2.56%) RESTful
12 79 (2.25%) Spring Boot
13 71 (2.02%) Middleware
14 67 (1.91%) AngularJS
15 62 (1.77%) HTML5
16 56 (1.59%) Apache Camel
17 54 (1.54%) React
18 52 (1.48%) XSLT
19 50 (1.42%) jQuery
20 48 (1.37%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 225 (6.41%) User Experience
2 222 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
3 166 (4.73%) NHS
4 120 (3.42%) Management Information System
5 78 (2.22%) Data Centre
6 51 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
7 32 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
7 32 (0.91%) Mobile App
7 32 (0.91%) Public Cloud
8 30 (0.85%) Cloud Native
9 29 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
10 25 (0.71%) Freedom of Information
11 19 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (0.51%) Virtual Team
13 17 (0.48%) Social Media
14 16 (0.46%) Data Protection Act
14 16 (0.46%) Freedom of Information Act
15 15 (0.43%) Cyberthreat
15 15 (0.43%) Data Structures
15 15 (0.43%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 319 (9.08%) Windows
2 218 (6.21%) Linux
3 127 (3.62%) Unix
4 117 (3.33%) Windows 10
5 73 (2.08%) Windows Server
6 39 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 37 (1.05%) Windows 7
8 27 (0.77%) Mac OS X
9 25 (0.71%) Windows Server 2016
10 24 (0.68%) Apple iOS
11 23 (0.65%) CentOS
11 23 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
12 19 (0.54%) Android
13 17 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
14 12 (0.34%) AIX
14 12 (0.34%) Windows Server 2019
15 11 (0.31%) Ubuntu
16 8 (0.23%) Solaris
17 7 (0.20%) Mac OS
18 6 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,153 (32.83%) Agile Software Development
2 476 (13.55%) Business Intelligence
3 452 (12.87%) Programme Management
4 397 (11.30%) DevOps
5 359 (10.22%) Digital Marketing
6 342 (9.74%) Stakeholder Management
7 325 (9.25%) Project Management
8 304 (8.66%) Migration
9 258 (7.35%) Scrum
10 253 (7.20%) Test Automation
11 214 (6.09%) Problem-Solving
12 213 (6.06%) Project Delivery
13 211 (6.01%) ITIL
14 201 (5.72%) Microservices
15 199 (5.67%) Business Case
16 182 (5.18%) Service Design
17 181 (5.15%) TDD
18 177 (5.04%) PRINCE2
19 165 (4.70%) Decision-Making
20 162 (4.61%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 398 (11.33%) Java
2 355 (10.11%) SQL
3 235 (6.69%) Python
4 231 (6.58%) JavaScript
5 101 (2.88%) C#
6 73 (2.08%) Bash Shell
7 67 (1.91%) PowerShell
8 56 (1.59%) Ruby
9 54 (1.54%) C
9 54 (1.54%) PL/SQL
10 52 (1.48%) Java 8
11 51 (1.45%) Perl
12 44 (1.25%) Scala
13 41 (1.17%) Shell Script
14 35 (1.00%) R
15 33 (0.94%) XPath
16 30 (0.85%) T-SQL
17 25 (0.71%) TypeScript
18 21 (0.60%) VBA
19 16 (0.46%) C++
Qualifications
1 884 (25.17%) Security Cleared
2 709 (20.19%) SC Cleared
3 154 (4.38%) DV Cleared
4 121 (3.45%) Degree
5 99 (2.82%) BPSS Clearance
6 56 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
7 50 (1.42%) CISSP
8 48 (1.37%) ISEB
9 40 (1.14%) CCNA
9 40 (1.14%) ISTQB
10 35 (1.00%) DBS Check
11 31 (0.88%) CCNP
12 30 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 29 (0.83%) CISM
14 25 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 19 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 15 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
17 14 (0.40%) CESG Certified Professional
17 14 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 13 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (3.62%) QA
2 92 (2.62%) Disclosure Scotland
3 69 (1.96%) PMO
4 57 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 53 (1.51%) WCAG
6 45 (1.28%) Data Quality
7 44 (1.25%) GDPR
8 36 (1.03%) NCSC
9 35 (1.00%) SLA
10 28 (0.80%) NIST
11 24 (0.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 16 (0.46%) JSP 440
13 13 (0.37%) COBIT
14 10 (0.28%) RMADS
15 9 (0.26%) PCI DSS
16 8 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
17 7 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17025
17 7 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 6 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 6 (0.17%) WAI
System Software
1 153 (4.36%) Docker
2 147 (4.19%) Active Directory
3 57 (1.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (0.80%) vSphere
5 26 (0.74%) VMware NSX
6 24 (0.68%) HDFS
7 22 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 18 (0.51%) Hyper-V
10 7 (0.20%) vCloud
11 5 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.14%) Postfix
11 5 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.11%) Terminal Server
12 4 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.085%) GlusterFS
13 3 (0.085%) oVirt
13 3 (0.085%) XenApp
14 2 (0.057%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.057%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 180 (5.13%) Terraform
2 154 (4.38%) Kubernetes
3 144 (4.10%) Ansible
4 82 (2.33%) SCCM
5 44 (1.25%) Puppet
6 38 (1.08%) Grafana
7 30 (0.85%) Kibana
8 29 (0.83%) Prometheus
9 25 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
10 22 (0.63%) Istio
10 22 (0.63%) vCenter Server
11 21 (0.60%) Consul
11 21 (0.60%) logstash
12 20 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
13 18 (0.51%) Rancher
14 16 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
15 14 (0.40%) AirWatch
16 12 (0.34%) Packer
16 12 (0.34%) vRealize
17 11 (0.31%) Fluentd
Vendors
1 510 (14.52%) Microsoft
2 421 (11.99%) SAP
3 262 (7.46%) Oracle
4 94 (2.68%) VMware
5 82 (2.33%) Cisco
6 46 (1.31%) webMethods
7 43 (1.22%) Atlassian
8 41 (1.17%) Google
8 41 (1.17%) Informatica
8 41 (1.17%) ServiceNow
9 35 (1.00%) Red Hat
10 34 (0.97%) Sparx
11 33 (0.94%) Cloudera
12 31 (0.88%) Dell
12 31 (0.88%) Splunk
13 30 (0.85%) CheckPoint
14 28 (0.80%) Salesforce.com
14 28 (0.80%) Talend
15 26 (0.74%) Citrix
15 26 (0.74%) WSO2