Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 16 35 45
Rank change year-on-year +19 +10 -13
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 2,715 4,854 4,832
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.31% 5.47% 4.69%
As % of the General category 22.21% 13.94% 11.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,097 3,192 3,171
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £240 £238 £250
90th Percentile £638 £630 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 274 257
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% +13.56% -5.68%
10th Percentile £12.76 £10.98 £10.16
90th Percentile £42.50 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £16.62 £15.49
% change year-on-year +35.42% +7.26% -1.81%

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 12,226 34,819 41,876
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.92% 39.23% 40.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,901 22,306 27,167
Median daily rate £500 £480 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £288 £300 £289
90th Percentile £713 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -1.10% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 953 1,127
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +4.65% -4.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.45 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.99
Median hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.22% +12.50% -11.19%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 +30 2,110 £475 +2.70% 357
UK excluding London +13 1,733 £450 - 314
London +34 823 £500 +5.26% 101
Scotland +3 442 £450 +5.88% 51
North of England +10 375 £450 - 66
Work from Home +38 363 £475 +5.56% 47
South East +50 284 £475 +18.16% 64
South West +7 276 £509 +13.02% 44
Midlands +12 212 £425 -10.05% 57
North West +9 191 £450 - 21
West Midlands +7 186 £432 -9.05% 49
Yorkshire +13 113 £463 -7.50% 17
East of England +31 85 £450 - 19
North East +8 72 £450 +5.88% 28
Wales +16 61 £458 +1.67% 7
East Midlands +7 26 £340 -17.58% 8
Northern Ireland -3 3 £338 -31.99% 6

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 909 (33.48%) Agile Software Development
2 798 (29.39%) Security Cleared
3 638 (23.50%) SC Cleared
4 455 (16.76%) Finance
5 425 (15.65%) Microsoft
6 394 (14.51%) Azure
7 371 (13.66%) Business Intelligence
8 364 (13.41%) Programme Management
9 333 (12.27%) Telecoms
10 328 (12.08%) SAP
11 320 (11.79%) Java
12 318 (11.71%) Marketing
13 307 (11.31%) Manufacturing
14 297 (10.94%) Digital Marketing
15 291 (10.72%) Electronics
16 288 (10.61%) AWS
17 280 (10.31%) DevOps
18 278 (10.24%) Migration
19 271 (9.98%) SQL
20 256 (9.43%) Project Management
21 253 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
22 245 (9.02%) Windows
23 243 (8.95%) Oracle
24 237 (8.73%) Test Automation
25 202 (7.44%) Analytical Skills
26 197 (7.26%) Scrum
27 190 (7.00%) Microservices
28 189 (6.96%) JavaScript
29 188 (6.92%) Linux
30 185 (6.81%) TDD

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
1 115 (4.24%) Confluence
2 112 (4.13%) SharePoint
3 41 (1.51%) WebLogic
4 35 (1.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 29 (1.07%) Apache
6 27 (0.99%) CMS
7 26 (0.96%) Mule
8 24 (0.88%) Red Hat Fuse
9 23 (0.85%) Oracle Service Bus
10 21 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
11 20 (0.74%) MS Exchange
11 20 (0.74%) SAS
11 20 (0.74%) Skype for Business
12 17 (0.63%) IIS
13 15 (0.55%) Apache Spark
14 11 (0.41%) Tomcat
15 10 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
15 10 (0.37%) WebSphere
15 10 (0.37%) WordPress
16 8 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 131 (4.83%) Microsoft Office
2 108 (3.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 65 (2.39%) Microsoft Project
4 29 (1.07%) MS Visio
5 26 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 15 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.26%) SPSS
8 4 (0.15%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
9 3 (0.11%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.074%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.074%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.074%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.037%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.037%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.037%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.037%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.037%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.037%) Sketch
11 1 (0.037%) Stata
Business Applications
1 57 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
3 14 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
4 13 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
5 11 (0.41%) Oracle Receivables
5 11 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 9 (0.33%) Oracle Cash Management
7 7 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 6 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
8 6 (0.22%) SAP FI-CA
8 6 (0.22%) SAP Payroll
9 5 (0.18%) Oracle Payroll
9 5 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
10 4 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
10 4 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
10 4 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
10 4 (0.15%) SAP HCM
10 4 (0.15%) SAP HR
10 4 (0.15%) SAP PSCD
11 3 (0.11%) Oracle HRMS
Cloud Services
1 394 (14.51%) Azure
2 288 (10.61%) AWS
3 144 (5.30%) Office 365
4 88 (3.24%) Power Platform
5 61 (2.25%) PaaS
6 55 (2.03%) SaaS
7 45 (1.66%) IaaS
8 38 (1.40%) Amazon S3
8 38 (1.40%) Dynamics 365
9 36 (1.33%) Serverless
10 35 (1.29%) PowerApps
11 31 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
12 30 (1.10%) GitHub
13 26 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
14 25 (0.92%) Power Automate
15 22 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
15 22 (0.81%) Logic Apps
15 22 (0.81%) OneDrive
16 19 (0.70%) Google Analytics
17 16 (0.59%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 58 (2.14%) Firewall
1 58 (2.14%) LAN
2 38 (1.40%) DNS
3 36 (1.33%) WAN
4 35 (1.29%) Internet
5 33 (1.22%) TCP/IP
6 31 (1.14%) Skype
7 25 (0.92%) VPN
8 24 (0.88%) Ethernet
9 23 (0.85%) Network Security
10 22 (0.81%) HTTP
11 20 (0.74%) VoIP
12 12 (0.44%) DHCP
12 12 (0.44%) Unified Communications
12 12 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
13 11 (0.41%) BGP
14 10 (0.37%) SSL
15 9 (0.33%) OSPF
15 9 (0.33%) SAN
16 8 (0.29%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 74 (2.73%) MySQL
3 70 (2.58%) MongoDB
4 69 (2.54%) Relational Database
5 59 (2.17%) Power BI
6 53 (1.95%) Big Data
7 42 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
8 36 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
9 31 (1.14%) Oracle Database
10 27 (0.99%) Hadoop
11 24 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 22 (0.81%) Pentaho
13 21 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
14 20 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 16 (0.59%) BusinessObjects
15 16 (0.59%) NoSQL
16 15 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
17 14 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
17 14 (0.52%) Apache Hive
18 13 (0.48%) GIS
Development Applications
1 179 (6.59%) Git (software)
2 156 (5.75%) JIRA
3 148 (5.45%) Jenkins
4 66 (2.43%) Maven
5 59 (2.17%) Selenium
6 56 (2.06%) GitLab
7 53 (1.95%) Cucumber
8 38 (1.40%) JMeter
9 37 (1.36%) Mockito
10 35 (1.29%) Subversion
11 26 (0.96%) gulp
12 25 (0.92%) SoapUI
12 25 (0.92%) SonarQube
13 22 (0.81%) Grunt
13 22 (0.81%) Jasmine
13 22 (0.81%) JUnit
13 22 (0.81%) Visual Studio
14 20 (0.74%) Bitbucket
15 18 (0.66%) Postman
15 18 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 455 (16.76%) Finance
2 333 (12.27%) Telecoms
3 318 (11.71%) Marketing
4 307 (11.31%) Manufacturing
5 291 (10.72%) Electronics
6 91 (3.35%) Local Government
7 69 (2.54%) Law
8 48 (1.77%) Legal
9 36 (1.33%) Police
10 26 (0.96%) Publishing
11 19 (0.70%) Retail
12 16 (0.59%) General Ledger
13 13 (0.48%) Banking
14 10 (0.37%) Billing
15 8 (0.29%) Military
16 6 (0.22%) Fire and Rescue
16 6 (0.22%) French Language
17 5 (0.18%) Digital Economy
17 5 (0.18%) Social Housing
17 5 (0.18%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 478 (17.61%) Developer
2 302 (11.12%) Analyst
3 251 (9.24%) Architect
4 160 (5.89%) Project Manager
5 140 (5.16%) Java Developer
6 125 (4.60%) Business Analyst
7 107 (3.94%) Designer
8 80 (2.95%) Consultant
9 73 (2.69%) Delivery Manager
9 73 (2.69%) DevOps Engineer
10 69 (2.54%) Programme Manager
11 63 (2.32%) Technical Architect
12 57 (2.10%) User Researcher
13 53 (1.95%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
14 46 (1.69%) Solutions Architect
15 44 (1.62%) Senior Developer
16 42 (1.55%) Senior Manager
17 39 (1.44%) Support Engineer
18 37 (1.36%) Administrator
19 36 (1.33%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (5.78%) HTML
2 143 (5.27%) CSS
3 116 (4.27%) Web Services
4 107 (3.94%) Node.js
5 103 (3.79%) .NET
6 96 (3.54%) XML
7 89 (3.28%) SOAP
8 74 (2.73%) JSON
8 74 (2.73%) Spring
9 73 (2.69%) REST
10 70 (2.58%) RESTful
11 63 (2.32%) Middleware
12 57 (2.10%) AngularJS
13 55 (2.03%) Spring Boot
14 46 (1.69%) HTML5
15 44 (1.62%) Apache Camel
16 42 (1.55%) React
17 39 (1.44%) jQuery
18 38 (1.40%) ActiveMQ
19 36 (1.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 202 (7.44%) Analytical Skills
2 153 (5.64%) User Experience
3 112 (4.13%) Management Information System
4 93 (3.43%) NHS
5 51 (1.88%) Data Centre
6 37 (1.36%) Greenfield Project
7 33 (1.22%) Public Cloud
8 29 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
9 27 (0.99%) Self-Motivation
10 22 (0.81%) Freedom of Information
11 21 (0.77%) Cloud Native
11 21 (0.77%) Mobile App
11 21 (0.77%) Social Media
11 21 (0.77%) Taxonomies
12 19 (0.70%) Virtual Team
13 16 (0.59%) Driving Licence
13 16 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
14 14 (0.52%) Freedom of Information Act
15 13 (0.48%) Data Structures
16 12 (0.44%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 245 (9.02%) Windows
2 188 (6.92%) Linux
3 116 (4.27%) Unix
4 98 (3.61%) Windows 10
5 52 (1.92%) Windows Server
6 49 (1.80%) Mac OS X
7 32 (1.18%) Windows 7
8 27 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (0.74%) Apple iOS
10 15 (0.55%) Windows Server 2016
11 13 (0.48%) Android
11 13 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
13 9 (0.33%) CentOS
14 8 (0.29%) Solaris
14 8 (0.29%) Windows Server 2019
15 5 (0.18%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.15%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
16 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 909 (33.48%) Agile Software Development
2 371 (13.66%) Business Intelligence
3 364 (13.41%) Programme Management
4 297 (10.94%) Digital Marketing
5 280 (10.31%) DevOps
6 278 (10.24%) Migration
7 256 (9.43%) Project Management
8 253 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
9 237 (8.73%) Test Automation
10 197 (7.26%) Scrum
11 190 (7.00%) Microservices
12 185 (6.81%) TDD
13 173 (6.37%) ITIL
14 155 (5.71%) Service Design
15 153 (5.64%) Problem-Solving
16 149 (5.49%) Decision-Making
17 144 (5.30%) Business Case
18 143 (5.27%) Project Delivery
19 138 (5.08%) BDD
20 135 (4.97%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 320 (11.79%) Java
2 271 (9.98%) SQL
3 189 (6.96%) JavaScript
4 144 (5.30%) Python
5 106 (3.90%) C#
6 95 (3.50%) Java 8
7 50 (1.84%) PL/SQL
8 47 (1.73%) C
9 46 (1.69%) PowerShell
10 36 (1.33%) Shell Script
11 33 (1.22%) Bash Shell
12 29 (1.07%) Ruby
13 26 (0.96%) XPath
14 23 (0.85%) Perl
15 19 (0.70%) R
15 19 (0.70%) T-SQL
15 19 (0.70%) TypeScript
16 15 (0.55%) Scala
17 14 (0.52%) Apex Code
18 10 (0.37%) PHP
Qualifications
1 798 (29.39%) Security Cleared
2 638 (23.50%) SC Cleared
3 154 (5.67%) DV Cleared
4 124 (4.57%) Degree
5 93 (3.43%) BPSS Clearance
6 45 (1.66%) CISSP
7 43 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
8 34 (1.25%) ISEB
9 31 (1.14%) CCNA
10 30 (1.10%) DBS Check
11 29 (1.07%) CISM
12 25 (0.92%) ISTQB
13 24 (0.88%) CCNP
14 20 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
14 20 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 18 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 16 (0.59%) CESG Certified Professional
17 13 (0.48%) CCIE
18 12 (0.44%) CISA
18 12 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 106 (3.90%) QA
2 71 (2.62%) Disclosure Scotland
3 63 (2.32%) PMO
4 43 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 42 (1.55%) GDPR
6 38 (1.40%) WCAG
7 36 (1.33%) Data Quality
8 24 (0.88%) SLA
9 22 (0.81%) NCSC
10 18 (0.66%) NIST
11 17 (0.63%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 13 (0.48%) JSP 440
13 12 (0.44%) COBIT
14 8 (0.29%) PCI DSS
14 8 (0.29%) RMADS
15 7 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 6 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
17 5 (0.18%) Actionable Recommendations
17 5 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
17 5 (0.18%) NIST 800
System Software
1 151 (5.56%) Docker
2 114 (4.20%) Active Directory
3 23 (0.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (0.48%) HDFS
6 10 (0.37%) Hyper-V
7 9 (0.33%) VMware NSX
8 8 (0.29%) vSphere
9 6 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (0.15%) Postfix
11 4 (0.15%) XenApp
11 4 (0.15%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.074%) Firmware
13 2 (0.074%) NFS
13 2 (0.074%) oVirt
13 2 (0.074%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.037%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.037%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 133 (4.90%) Kubernetes
2 110 (4.05%) Terraform
3 86 (3.17%) Ansible
4 63 (2.32%) SCCM
5 37 (1.36%) Puppet
6 21 (0.77%) Microsoft Intune
7 20 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
9 15 (0.55%) Grafana
10 14 (0.52%) Packer
11 12 (0.44%) Kibana
12 11 (0.41%) Prometheus
13 9 (0.33%) Data Guard
14 8 (0.29%) Istio
14 8 (0.29%) SCOM
14 8 (0.29%) vCenter Server
15 7 (0.26%) AirWatch
15 7 (0.26%) logstash
15 7 (0.26%) Rancher
16 5 (0.18%) Nessus
Vendors
1 425 (15.65%) Microsoft
2 328 (12.08%) SAP
3 243 (8.95%) Oracle
4 65 (2.39%) Cisco
5 48 (1.77%) VMware
6 37 (1.36%) ServiceNow
7 35 (1.29%) Google
8 28 (1.03%) WSO2
9 27 (0.99%) IBM
9 27 (0.99%) Talend
10 23 (0.85%) Citrix
11 21 (0.77%) Splunk
12 19 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
13 16 (0.59%) Adobe
13 16 (0.59%) Atlassian
13 16 (0.59%) CheckPoint
13 16 (0.59%) Dell
13 16 (0.59%) Tableau
14 15 (0.55%) SolarWinds
15 14 (0.52%) Databricks