Period
to 13 July 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 13 July 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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 38 45
Rank change year-on-year +21 +7 -12
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 3,281 5,145 5,011
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.09% 5.47% 4.79%
As % of the General category 20.44% 13.77% 11.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,217 3,439 3,363
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £240 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 300 250
Median hourly rate £20.76 £19.29 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.65% +28.57% -7.69%
10th Percentile £12.42 £10.96 £10.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £14.66
% change year-on-year +14.29% +19.37% -8.06%

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 16,052 37,357 42,699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.60% 39.73% 40.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,113 24,128 27,715
Median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £288
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 584 996 1,135
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.93 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.75% +4.70% +1.86%
10th Percentile £12.99 £12.50 £11.63
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.79 £23.71 £19.50
% change year-on-year -8.13% +21.60% -9.30%

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 13 July 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 13 July 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 13 July 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 +25 2,631 £488 +2.63% 227
UK excluding London +12 2,181 £450 - 194
London +24 1,008 £525 +5.00% 70
North of England +6 510 £482 +4.22% 36
Scotland +6 489 £425 - 31
South West +2 369 £494 +9.72% 29
South East +37 353 £450 +4.65% 40
Midlands +11 255 £432 -9.00% 32
North West +8 231 £475 +5.56% 17
West Midlands +9 219 £436 -8.16% 27
Yorkshire +6 186 £500 - 13
Work from Home +21 168 £500 +5.26% 32
East of England +5 116 £455 -8.54% 17
North East +12 93 £482 +10.17% 6
Wales +11 78 £475 +5.56% 5
East Midlands +6 36 £350 -15.15% 5
Northern Ireland +20 16 £175 -69.83% 4

For the 6 months to 13 July 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 1,170 (35.66%) Agile Software Development
2 880 (26.82%) Security Cleared
3 707 (21.55%) SC Cleared
4 494 (15.06%) Azure
5 464 (14.14%) Microsoft
6 452 (13.78%) Finance
7 425 (12.95%) Java
8 382 (11.64%) AWS
9 367 (11.19%) Windows
9 367 (11.19%) Business Intelligence
10 363 (11.06%) SQL
11 341 (10.39%) Migration
12 338 (10.30%) DevOps
13 309 (9.42%) Project Management
14 300 (9.14%) Programme Management
15 298 (9.08%) Telecoms
16 290 (8.84%) SAP
17 282 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
18 264 (8.05%) Oracle
19 261 (7.95%) Test Automation
20 257 (7.83%) Manufacturing
21 256 (7.80%) Stakeholder Management
21 256 (7.80%) Scrum
22 254 (7.74%) Linux
23 251 (7.65%) Marketing
24 244 (7.44%) Digital Marketing
25 240 (7.31%) Electronics
26 217 (6.61%) JIRA
26 217 (6.61%) Problem-Solving
27 215 (6.55%) 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
1 143 (4.36%) Confluence
2 137 (4.18%) SharePoint
3 41 (1.25%) WebLogic
4 40 (1.22%) CMS
5 39 (1.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 32 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
6 32 (0.98%) MS Exchange
6 32 (0.98%) Mule
6 32 (0.98%) Red Hat Fuse
7 28 (0.85%) Oracle Service Bus
8 27 (0.82%) Skype for Business
9 26 (0.79%) SAS
10 24 (0.73%) Apache
11 19 (0.58%) IIS
12 16 (0.49%) Tomcat
13 15 (0.46%) Apache Spark
13 15 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
14 14 (0.43%) WebSphere
15 11 (0.34%) Apache Solr
15 11 (0.34%) WordPress
Applications
1 159 (4.85%) Microsoft Office
2 132 (4.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 61 (1.86%) Microsoft Project
4 31 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 28 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 16 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.21%) Sketch
7 7 (0.21%) SPSS
8 5 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
9 4 (0.12%) Camtasia
10 3 (0.091%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 3 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.091%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.091%) Figma
10 3 (0.091%) InVision
10 3 (0.091%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.091%) Stata
11 2 (0.061%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.061%) FileZilla
12 1 (0.030%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 64 (1.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
3 21 (0.64%) Oracle Payables
4 17 (0.52%) assyst
4 17 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
5 14 (0.43%) Oracle Receivables
6 12 (0.37%) SAP Payroll
7 11 (0.34%) SAP HCM
8 9 (0.27%) Oracle Cash Management
8 9 (0.27%) Oracle General Ledger
8 9 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 8 (0.24%) SAP HR
10 6 (0.18%) Oracle Assets
11 5 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
11 5 (0.15%) SAP PSCD
11 5 (0.15%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 4 (0.12%) NetSuite
12 4 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 4 (0.12%) SAP FI-CA
Cloud Services
1 494 (15.06%) Azure
2 382 (11.64%) AWS
3 178 (5.43%) Office 365
4 90 (2.74%) Power Platform
4 90 (2.74%) SaaS
5 72 (2.19%) PaaS
6 51 (1.55%) Dynamics 365
7 49 (1.49%) GitHub
8 45 (1.37%) IaaS
9 43 (1.31%) Serverless
10 40 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
11 36 (1.10%) GCP
12 31 (0.94%) Amazon S3
13 28 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
14 25 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
15 21 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
15 21 (0.64%) OneDrive
16 19 (0.58%) Google Analytics
16 19 (0.58%) PowerApps
17 15 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 90 (2.74%) Firewall
2 68 (2.07%) DNS
3 52 (1.58%) WAN
4 51 (1.55%) LAN
5 42 (1.28%) Skype
6 37 (1.13%) Internet
7 35 (1.07%) HTTP
8 33 (1.01%) TCP/IP
9 30 (0.91%) Network Security
10 28 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
10 28 (0.85%) Wireless
11 27 (0.82%) VPN
12 26 (0.79%) Cisco Nexus
13 24 (0.73%) BGP
13 24 (0.73%) OSPF
14 20 (0.61%) SSL
15 19 (0.58%) Intranet
16 18 (0.55%) DHCP
16 18 (0.55%) SAN
16 18 (0.55%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (6.10%) SQL Server
2 90 (2.74%) MongoDB
3 85 (2.59%) MySQL
4 78 (2.38%) Big Data
5 73 (2.22%) Power BI
6 69 (2.10%) Relational Database
7 52 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
8 41 (1.25%) Oracle Database
9 40 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
10 35 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 34 (1.04%) NoSQL
12 32 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 28 (0.85%) Hadoop
14 25 (0.76%) GIS
15 21 (0.64%) RDBMS
16 20 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
17 19 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
17 19 (0.58%) Triplestore
18 15 (0.46%) Pentaho
19 14 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 217 (6.61%) JIRA
2 207 (6.31%) Git (software)
3 167 (5.09%) Jenkins
4 80 (2.44%) Selenium
5 73 (2.22%) Maven
6 63 (1.92%) Cucumber
7 60 (1.83%) GitLab
8 52 (1.58%) Mockito
9 48 (1.46%) Subversion
10 37 (1.13%) Bitbucket
11 35 (1.07%) Grunt
12 32 (0.98%) JMeter
12 32 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
12 32 (0.98%) Visual Studio
13 31 (0.94%) JUnit
14 25 (0.76%) gulp
14 25 (0.76%) SoapUI
15 23 (0.70%) Jasmine
16 21 (0.64%) SonarQube
17 19 (0.58%) WebDriver
General
1 452 (13.78%) Finance
2 298 (9.08%) Telecoms
3 257 (7.83%) Manufacturing
4 251 (7.65%) Marketing
5 240 (7.31%) Electronics
6 131 (3.99%) Local Government
7 63 (1.92%) Law
8 60 (1.83%) Legal
9 40 (1.22%) Publishing
10 32 (0.98%) Police
11 30 (0.91%) Retail
12 21 (0.64%) Banking
13 18 (0.55%) Back Office
13 18 (0.55%) General Ledger
14 16 (0.49%) Military
15 11 (0.34%) Billing
16 6 (0.18%) Fire and Rescue
17 5 (0.15%) Social Housing
18 4 (0.12%) Digital Economy
18 4 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 602 (18.35%) Developer
2 441 (13.44%) Analyst
3 309 (9.42%) Architect
4 205 (6.25%) Project Manager
5 195 (5.94%) Java Developer
6 166 (5.06%) Business Analyst
7 139 (4.24%) Designer
8 90 (2.74%) User Researcher
9 87 (2.65%) Consultant
10 80 (2.44%) DevOps Engineer
11 78 (2.38%) Technical Architect
12 73 (2.22%) Delivery Manager
13 65 (1.98%) Support Engineer
14 63 (1.92%) Senior Developer
15 62 (1.89%) Programme Manager
15 62 (1.89%) Windows Engineer
16 59 (1.80%) Solutions Architect
17 53 (1.62%) Test Analyst
18 52 (1.58%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
18 52 (1.58%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 173 (5.27%) HTML
2 166 (5.06%) Web Services
3 150 (4.57%) CSS
4 145 (4.42%) .NET
5 121 (3.69%) REST
6 113 (3.44%) XML
7 102 (3.11%) SOAP
7 102 (3.11%) Spring
8 100 (3.05%) Node.js
9 94 (2.86%) JSON
10 82 (2.50%) RESTful
11 79 (2.41%) AngularJS
12 75 (2.29%) Spring Boot
13 64 (1.95%) Middleware
14 62 (1.89%) React
15 55 (1.68%) HTML5
16 54 (1.65%) Apache Camel
17 48 (1.46%) jQuery
17 48 (1.46%) XSLT
18 44 (1.34%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 282 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
2 193 (5.88%) User Experience
3 132 (4.02%) Management Information System
4 115 (3.51%) NHS
5 70 (2.13%) Data Centre
6 52 (1.58%) Greenfield Project
7 42 (1.28%) Public Cloud
8 39 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
9 33 (1.01%) Data Structures
10 29 (0.88%) Taxonomies
11 28 (0.85%) Cloud Native
12 26 (0.79%) Driving Licence
13 24 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
14 20 (0.61%) Freedom of Information
15 18 (0.55%) Mobile App
15 18 (0.55%) Social Media
16 15 (0.46%) PKI
17 14 (0.43%) Data Protection Act
18 13 (0.40%) e-Learning
18 13 (0.40%) Freedom of Information Act
Operating Systems
1 367 (11.19%) Windows
2 254 (7.74%) Linux
3 151 (4.60%) Windows 10
4 135 (4.11%) Unix
5 99 (3.02%) Windows Server
6 70 (2.13%) Windows 7
7 58 (1.77%) Mac OS X
8 48 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 36 (1.10%) Windows Server 2016
10 35 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
11 23 (0.70%) Apple iOS
11 23 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (0.55%) Android
13 11 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
13 11 (0.34%) Windows Server 2019
14 10 (0.30%) CentOS
15 8 (0.24%) Windows 8
16 7 (0.21%) Solaris
17 6 (0.18%) Mac OS
18 5 (0.15%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,170 (35.66%) Agile Software Development
2 367 (11.19%) Business Intelligence
3 341 (10.39%) Migration
4 338 (10.30%) DevOps
5 309 (9.42%) Project Management
6 300 (9.14%) Programme Management
7 261 (7.95%) Test Automation
8 256 (7.80%) Scrum
8 256 (7.80%) Stakeholder Management
9 244 (7.44%) Digital Marketing
10 217 (6.61%) Problem-Solving
11 215 (6.55%) TDD
12 211 (6.43%) Microservices
13 204 (6.22%) ITIL
14 177 (5.39%) PRINCE2
15 175 (5.33%) BDD
16 164 (5.00%) Project Delivery
17 158 (4.82%) Service Design
18 157 (4.79%) Decision-Making
19 151 (4.60%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 425 (12.95%) Java
2 363 (11.06%) SQL
3 215 (6.55%) JavaScript
4 195 (5.94%) Python
5 147 (4.48%) C#
6 113 (3.44%) Java 8
7 62 (1.89%) C
7 62 (1.89%) PL/SQL
8 61 (1.86%) PowerShell
9 47 (1.43%) Ruby
10 41 (1.25%) Shell Script
11 38 (1.16%) Bash Shell
12 33 (1.01%) XPath
13 29 (0.88%) Scala
14 27 (0.82%) T-SQL
15 26 (0.79%) TypeScript
16 24 (0.73%) Groovy
17 21 (0.64%) Perl
18 20 (0.61%) Go
19 19 (0.58%) PHP
Qualifications
1 880 (26.82%) Security Cleared
2 707 (21.55%) SC Cleared
3 162 (4.94%) Degree
3 162 (4.94%) DV Cleared
4 103 (3.14%) BPSS Clearance
5 58 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
6 55 (1.68%) CISSP
7 50 (1.52%) CISM
8 40 (1.22%) DBS Check
9 38 (1.16%) CCNP
10 34 (1.04%) ISEB
10 34 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 28 (0.85%) CCNA
11 28 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 27 (0.82%) ISTQB
13 23 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
14 19 (0.58%) APMP
14 19 (0.58%) CESG Certified Professional
15 16 (0.49%) MCSE
16 14 (0.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (3.17%) QA
2 69 (2.10%) PMO
3 66 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 47 (1.43%) Disclosure Scotland
5 46 (1.40%) GDPR
6 43 (1.31%) SLA
6 43 (1.31%) WCAG
7 41 (1.25%) Data Quality
8 30 (0.91%) NCSC
8 30 (0.91%) NIST
9 29 (0.88%) COBIT
10 24 (0.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 22 (0.67%) PCI DSS
12 9 (0.27%) JSP 440
13 8 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
14 7 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 7 (0.21%) WAI
15 6 (0.18%) HL7
16 5 (0.15%) Actionable Recommendations
16 5 (0.15%) P3O
System Software
1 206 (6.28%) Docker
2 191 (5.82%) Active Directory
3 49 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (0.64%) Hyper-V
5 13 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
6 9 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.27%) VMware NSX
6 9 (0.27%) vSphere
7 8 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
8 7 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (0.21%) XenApp
9 5 (0.15%) HDFS
9 5 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 4 (0.12%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.091%) Firmware
11 3 (0.091%) UAG
12 2 (0.061%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.061%) NFS
12 2 (0.061%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 164 (5.00%) Kubernetes
2 129 (3.93%) Terraform
3 100 (3.05%) SCCM
4 86 (2.62%) Ansible
5 37 (1.13%) Microsoft Intune
6 34 (1.04%) Puppet
7 30 (0.91%) Packer
8 22 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
9 18 (0.55%) Rancher
10 15 (0.46%) Kibana
10 15 (0.46%) SCOM
11 14 (0.43%) WSUS
12 13 (0.40%) Istio
12 13 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
13 12 (0.37%) logstash
13 12 (0.37%) Prometheus
14 11 (0.34%) Grafana
14 11 (0.34%) vCenter Server
15 9 (0.27%) Consul
16 8 (0.24%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 464 (14.14%) Microsoft
2 290 (8.84%) SAP
3 264 (8.05%) Oracle
4 98 (2.99%) Cisco
5 90 (2.74%) VMware
6 50 (1.52%) Google
7 39 (1.19%) IBM
8 37 (1.13%) CheckPoint
9 34 (1.04%) Talend
10 33 (1.01%) ServiceNow
10 33 (1.01%) WSO2
11 29 (0.88%) Citrix
12 25 (0.76%) Adobe
13 22 (0.67%) Tableau
14 21 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
15 20 (0.61%) webMethods
16 19 (0.58%) HP
17 18 (0.55%) Dell
18 17 (0.52%) Palo Alto
19 16 (0.49%) Databricks