Period
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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 17 May 2022 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
17 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 16 19 18
Rank change year-on-year +3 -1 +21
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 7,797 4,626 3,920
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.91% 8.11% 7.86%
As % of the General category 15.80% 15.44% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,098 3,552 2,775
10th Percentile £263 £256 £248
25th Percentile £408 £363 £364
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £470
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +1.08%
75th Percentile £588 £541 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £427 £450
% change year-on-year +11.24% -5.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 147 171
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.30
25th Percentile £16.00 £15.00 £13.49
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.95 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.54% +5.28% +0.70%
75th Percentile £27.00 £26.00 £23.02
90th Percentile £63.90 £30.85 £29.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.46 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +8.11% - +6.04%

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 49,339 29,958 25,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 56.41% 52.54% 50.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,206 20,096 16,460
10th Percentile £320 £300 £250
25th Percentile £425 £400 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.50% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £694 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £435 £433
% change year-on-year +9.20% +0.54% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,405 1,104 1,044
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £12.42
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year - +12.50% +6.95%
75th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £56.18 £52.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.95 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.56%

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -1 5,403 £510 +5.05% 795
Work from Home +4 4,533 £500 +5.26% 280
UK excluding London +1 4,030 £475 +11.24% 662
London +13 2,140 £525 +5.00% 210
Scotland +1 1,187 £450 +8.43% 54
North of England -2 870 £485 +2.11% 187
Midlands 0 619 £450 +11.11% 94
South East +25 536 £500 +5.82% 115
South West +7 508 £488 -2.11% 96
West Midlands -3 499 £450 +11.11% 58
North West 0 482 £500 +5.26% 88
Yorkshire -4 332 £475 -1.55% 63
Wales +1 183 £500 +32.45% 20
East of England +14 163 £450 +12.50% 85
East Midlands +19 118 £400 +23.08% 35
North East -2 87 £500 +10.50% 37
Northern Ireland -6 7 £400 -23.81% 11
Isle of Man - 5 £550 -

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, 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 2,611 (33.49%) Agile
2 2,240 (28.73%) Security Cleared
3 1,638 (21.01%) Social Skills
4 1,636 (20.98%) SC Cleared
5 1,211 (15.53%) Finance
6 1,157 (14.84%) Azure
7 1,083 (13.89%) Microsoft
8 959 (12.30%) DevOps
9 855 (10.97%) AWS
10 844 (10.82%) Business Intelligence
11 789 (10.12%) Project Management
12 742 (9.52%) Scrum
13 733 (9.40%) Stakeholder Management
14 720 (9.23%) Java
15 713 (9.14%) Programme Management
16 670 (8.59%) SQL
17 662 (8.49%) SAP
18 643 (8.25%) Windows
19 611 (7.84%) User Research
20 606 (7.77%) Problem-Solving
21 592 (7.59%) Telecoms
22 586 (7.52%) CI/CD
23 584 (7.49%) Marketing
24 564 (7.23%) Manufacturing
24 564 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
25 542 (6.95%) JIRA
26 534 (6.85%) Electronics
27 533 (6.84%) Digital Marketing
28 532 (6.82%) Python
29 503 (6.45%) JavaScript

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
1 333 (4.27%) Confluence
2 230 (2.95%) SharePoint
3 69 (0.88%) SAS
4 59 (0.76%) Apache Spark
5 47 (0.60%) CMS
6 37 (0.47%) MS Exchange
7 36 (0.46%) nginx
8 35 (0.45%) Apache
9 33 (0.42%) WebLogic
10 26 (0.33%) IIS
11 22 (0.28%) WebSphere
12 21 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
13 20 (0.26%) Drupal
14 17 (0.22%) Skype for Business
15 16 (0.21%) JBoss
16 15 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
16 15 (0.19%) Tomcat
17 12 (0.15%) WebSphere Application Server
18 9 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
18 9 (0.12%) WildFly
Applications
1 283 (3.63%) Microsoft Office
2 259 (3.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 152 (1.95%) Microsoft Project
4 119 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 72 (0.92%) MS Visio
6 32 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.23%) Sketch
8 13 (0.17%) SPSS
9 7 (0.090%) Stata
10 6 (0.077%) InVision
11 5 (0.064%) Oracle Smart View
12 4 (0.051%) InfoPath
13 3 (0.038%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.026%) CATIA
14 2 (0.026%) Maya
14 2 (0.026%) Photoshop
14 2 (0.026%) Siemens NX
14 2 (0.026%) Solid Edge
14 2 (0.026%) SOLIDWORKS
14 2 (0.026%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 27 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
3 21 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
4 20 (0.26%) assyst
5 17 (0.22%) Cerner Millennium
5 17 (0.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 15 (0.19%) Sentinel
7 10 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
8 9 (0.12%) Primavera
8 9 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
8 9 (0.12%) SystmOne
9 8 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
9 8 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 7 (0.090%) iTrent
10 7 (0.090%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 6 (0.077%) Oracle Cash Management
11 6 (0.077%) Oracle Receivables
11 6 (0.077%) SAP FI-CA
11 6 (0.077%) SAP PSCD
11 6 (0.077%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,157 (14.84%) Azure
2 855 (10.97%) AWS
3 376 (4.82%) Microsoft 365
4 294 (3.77%) Power Platform
5 179 (2.30%) PaaS
6 163 (2.09%) GitHub
7 158 (2.03%) Serverless
8 138 (1.77%) GCP
9 136 (1.74%) SaaS
10 127 (1.63%) IaaS
11 100 (1.28%) Amazon S3
12 97 (1.24%) AWS Lambda
12 97 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
13 73 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
13 73 (0.94%) PowerApps
14 68 (0.87%) OpenShift
15 64 (0.82%) Dynamics 365
16 58 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 58 (0.74%) Amazon EKS
17 55 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 225 (2.89%) Firewall
2 127 (1.63%) DNS
3 120 (1.54%) WAN
4 115 (1.47%) LAN
5 93 (1.19%) VPN
6 78 (1.00%) Network Security
7 75 (0.96%) TCP/IP
8 72 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
9 64 (0.82%) Internet
10 60 (0.77%) HTTP
11 56 (0.72%) Wireless
12 54 (0.69%) DHCP
13 41 (0.53%) VoIP
14 37 (0.47%) OSPF
14 37 (0.47%) SD-WAN
15 36 (0.46%) BGP
15 36 (0.46%) Skype
16 31 (0.40%) Unified Communications
17 28 (0.36%) SAN
18 26 (0.33%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 292 (3.75%) SQL Server
2 232 (2.98%) Power BI
3 189 (2.42%) PostgreSQL
4 143 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
5 140 (1.80%) Relational Database
6 134 (1.72%) MongoDB
7 108 (1.39%) NoSQL
8 99 (1.27%) MySQL
9 97 (1.24%) Metadata
10 85 (1.09%) Oracle Database
11 75 (0.96%) Big Data
12 72 (0.92%) Pentaho
13 67 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
13 67 (0.86%) Tableau
14 61 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 58 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
16 54 (0.69%) Data Lake
17 45 (0.58%) Electronic Patient Records
17 45 (0.58%) Hadoop
18 43 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 542 (6.95%) JIRA
2 383 (4.91%) Git (software)
3 374 (4.80%) Jenkins
4 194 (2.49%) GitLab
5 122 (1.56%) Selenium
6 100 (1.28%) Cucumber
7 76 (0.97%) JUnit
8 71 (0.91%) JMeter
9 70 (0.90%) Maven
10 68 (0.87%) SonarQube
11 64 (0.82%) Artifactory
12 57 (0.73%) Postman
13 56 (0.72%) Bitbucket
14 42 (0.54%) Mockito
14 42 (0.54%) Sonatype Nexus
15 41 (0.53%) Visual Studio
16 37 (0.47%) SoapUI
17 36 (0.46%) Subversion
18 30 (0.38%) Gatling
19 28 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1,638 (21.01%) Social Skills
2 1,211 (15.53%) Finance
3 592 (7.59%) Telecoms
4 584 (7.49%) Marketing
5 564 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
5 564 (7.23%) Manufacturing
6 534 (6.85%) Electronics
7 192 (2.46%) Influencing Skills
8 148 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
9 140 (1.80%) Legal
10 138 (1.77%) Organisational Skills
11 129 (1.65%) Local Government
12 86 (1.10%) Police
13 78 (1.00%) Publishing
14 55 (0.71%) Law
15 45 (0.58%) Retail
16 35 (0.45%) Documentation Skills
17 33 (0.42%) Banking
18 27 (0.35%) Back Office
18 27 (0.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 983 (12.61%) Developer
2 960 (12.31%) Analyst
3 793 (10.17%) Architect
4 593 (7.61%) Project Manager
5 400 (5.13%) Designer
6 369 (4.73%) Business Analyst
7 305 (3.91%) DevOps Engineer
8 248 (3.18%) Delivery Manager
9 226 (2.90%) Consultant
10 220 (2.82%) User Researcher
11 218 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
12 214 (2.74%) Java Developer
13 152 (1.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 147 (1.89%) IT Manager
15 142 (1.82%) Data Engineer
16 126 (1.62%) Technical Architect
17 118 (1.51%) Azure Engineer
18 116 (1.49%) Data Analyst
18 116 (1.49%) Support Engineer
19 112 (1.44%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 391 (5.01%) HTML
2 338 (4.34%) CSS
3 293 (3.76%) .NET
4 230 (2.95%) Spring
5 208 (2.67%) React
6 186 (2.39%) Node.js
7 184 (2.36%) Web Services
8 175 (2.24%) Spring Boot
9 171 (2.19%) REST
10 156 (2.00%) RESTful
11 139 (1.78%) JSON
12 138 (1.77%) Kafka
13 126 (1.62%) SOAP
14 125 (1.60%) AngularJS
15 120 (1.54%) XML
16 83 (1.06%) ASP.NET
17 81 (1.04%) Play Framework
18 78 (1.00%) HTML5
19 62 (0.80%) .NET Core
19 62 (0.80%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 428 (5.49%) NHS
2 408 (5.23%) User Experience
3 219 (2.81%) Management Information System
4 158 (2.03%) Data Centre
5 112 (1.44%) Legacy Systems
6 106 (1.36%) Public Cloud
7 93 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
8 83 (1.06%) Mobile App
9 66 (0.85%) Virtual Team
10 64 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
11 61 (0.78%) Cloud Native
12 59 (0.76%) Driving Licence
13 51 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
14 43 (0.55%) CMDB
15 42 (0.54%) Data Structures
16 40 (0.51%) PKI
16 40 (0.51%) Social Media
17 38 (0.49%) Clustering
18 37 (0.47%) Replication
19 31 (0.40%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 643 (8.25%) Windows
2 451 (5.78%) Linux
3 216 (2.77%) Windows 10
4 182 (2.33%) Unix
5 158 (2.03%) Windows Server
6 71 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
7 63 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 47 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
9 46 (0.59%) Apple iOS
10 45 (0.58%) Android
11 31 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
12 30 (0.38%) CentOS
12 30 (0.38%) Windows Server 2019
13 25 (0.32%) Mac OS
13 25 (0.32%) Mac OS X
14 22 (0.28%) Ubuntu
15 21 (0.27%) AIX
16 16 (0.21%) Solaris
16 16 (0.21%) Windows 7
17 10 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,611 (33.49%) Agile
2 959 (12.30%) DevOps
3 844 (10.82%) Business Intelligence
4 789 (10.12%) Project Management
5 742 (9.52%) Scrum
6 733 (9.40%) Stakeholder Management
7 713 (9.14%) Programme Management
8 611 (7.84%) User Research
9 606 (7.77%) Problem-Solving
10 586 (7.52%) CI/CD
11 533 (6.84%) Digital Marketing
12 485 (6.22%) Migration
13 478 (6.13%) ITIL
14 468 (6.00%) Service Design
15 456 (5.85%) Test Automation
16 439 (5.63%) Decision-Making
17 437 (5.60%) Microservices
18 434 (5.57%) Project Delivery
19 384 (4.92%) Analytics
20 370 (4.75%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 720 (9.23%) Java
2 670 (8.59%) SQL
3 532 (6.82%) Python
4 503 (6.45%) JavaScript
5 218 (2.80%) C#
6 192 (2.46%) PowerShell
7 126 (1.62%) TypeScript
8 116 (1.49%) Bash
9 100 (1.28%) Scala
10 86 (1.10%) C
11 84 (1.08%) PL/SQL
12 74 (0.95%) Shell Script
13 70 (0.90%) Ruby
14 66 (0.85%) R
15 59 (0.76%) T-SQL
16 54 (0.69%) Go
17 39 (0.50%) C++
18 38 (0.49%) VBA
19 36 (0.46%) Perl
20 31 (0.40%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2,240 (28.73%) Security Cleared
2 1,636 (20.98%) SC Cleared
3 327 (4.19%) Degree
4 285 (3.66%) BPSS Clearance
5 229 (2.94%) DV Cleared
6 96 (1.23%) ISTQB
7 83 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
7 83 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
8 73 (0.94%) CISSP
9 66 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 50 (0.64%) MCSE
11 49 (0.63%) ISEB
12 45 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
13 43 (0.55%) CCNP
14 39 (0.50%) CISM
15 37 (0.47%) CCNA
16 36 (0.46%) PMP
17 34 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 33 (0.42%) PMI Certification
19 31 (0.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 376 (4.82%) Accessibility
2 311 (3.99%) QA
3 199 (2.55%) PMO
4 197 (2.53%) Disclosure Scotland
5 110 (1.41%) SLA
6 96 (1.23%) Data Quality
7 79 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 72 (0.92%) GDPR
9 47 (0.60%) WCAG
10 44 (0.56%) NCSC
11 42 (0.54%) NIST
12 28 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
13 23 (0.29%) GRC
14 18 (0.23%) JSP 440
15 15 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 14 (0.18%) PCI DSS
17 12 (0.15%) HL7
18 10 (0.13%) COBIT
19 9 (0.12%) Actionable Recommendations
20 8 (0.10%) RMADS
System Software
1 378 (4.85%) Active Directory
2 353 (4.53%) Docker
3 135 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 65 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
5 37 (0.47%) Hyper-V
6 35 (0.45%) vSphere
7 29 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
8 19 (0.24%) VMware NSX
9 17 (0.22%) BitLocker
10 16 (0.21%) HDFS
11 12 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
12 11 (0.14%) Firmware
12 11 (0.14%) XenApp
13 9 (0.12%) Apache Flume
13 9 (0.12%) NFS
14 8 (0.10%) Terminal Services
14 8 (0.10%) vCloud
15 7 (0.090%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 7 (0.090%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 451 (5.78%) Terraform
2 385 (4.94%) Kubernetes
3 286 (3.67%) Ansible
4 136 (1.74%) SCCM
5 85 (1.09%) Puppet
6 78 (1.00%) Grafana
7 70 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
8 67 (0.86%) Prometheus
9 53 (0.68%) Packer
10 50 (0.64%) Istio
11 39 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
12 36 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
13 31 (0.40%) Consul
14 29 (0.37%) FortiGate
14 29 (0.37%) Kibana
15 28 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
16 21 (0.27%) Active Directory Federation Services
17 19 (0.24%) vCenter Server
18 17 (0.22%) Nagios
19 15 (0.19%) QRadar
Vendors
1 1,083 (13.89%) Microsoft
2 662 (8.49%) SAP
3 396 (5.08%) Oracle
4 226 (2.90%) VMware
5 218 (2.80%) Cisco
6 141 (1.81%) ServiceNow
7 117 (1.50%) Google
8 115 (1.47%) Splunk
9 110 (1.41%) Mercator
10 89 (1.14%) Citrix
11 81 (1.04%) Red Hat
12 74 (0.95%) CheckPoint
13 63 (0.81%) Palo Alto
14 62 (0.80%) HP
15 58 (0.74%) Informatica
16 55 (0.71%) IBM
17 53 (0.68%) Databricks
17 53 (0.68%) Remedy
18 47 (0.60%) Atlassian
19 43 (0.55%) Talend