Public Sector Contracts

Public Sector
UK

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 9 December 2023 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

6 months to
9 Dec 2023
Same period 2022 Same period 2021
Rank 13 15 18
Rank change year-on-year +2 +3 -2
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,508 7,208 7,482
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.13% 9.38% 8.34%
As % of the General category 17.00% 15.84% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,161 5,603 5,646
10th Percentile £263 £300 £250
25th Percentile £416 £425 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £495
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +7.03%
75th Percentile £650 £625 £575
90th Percentile £725 £700 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £515 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +3.00% +11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 125 193
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.63 £12.53
25th Percentile £16.85 £16.25 £14.25
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £17.70
Median % change year-on-year +18.42% +7.34% -11.50%
75th Percentile £56.58 £25.00 £25.00
90th Percentile £70.10 £51.75 £51.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +10.53% +11.76% -15.00%

All General Skills
UK

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.

Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 26,510 45,504 47,982
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 59.60% 59.19% 53.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,548 31,081 32,926
10th Percentile £281 £316 £308
25th Percentile £422 £449 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +10.53%
75th Percentile £650 £663 £625
90th Percentile £750 £763 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,093 1,208 1,425
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.41 £12.25
25th Percentile £16.85 £16.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £32.32 £25.00 £19.52
Median % change year-on-year +29.28% +28.07% -15.13%
75th Percentile £59.00 £58.06 £43.00
90th Percentile £71.65 £69.65 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £21.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year +38.70% +27.24% -19.24%

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 9 December 2023.

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 9 December 2023.

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 9 December 2023. 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 +7 3,472 £550 +1.85% 1,251
UK excluding London 0 2,417 £515 +3.00% 873
Work from Home 0 1,750 £525 -2.78% 651
London +26 1,604 £550 -3.34% 457
Scotland 0 668 £475 - 87
North of England -4 550 £538 +2.38% 232
South East +3 454 £518 +3.63% 231
South West +1 425 £575 +4.55% 145
North West -3 346 £550 +10.00% 115
Midlands -7 222 £490 -2.00% 123
Yorkshire -5 202 £550 - 89
West Midlands -9 189 £500 - 95
East of England -17 97 £525 -4.55% 58
Wales 0 69 £350 -17.65% 21
East Midlands -11 50 £550 - 28
North East +5 43 £550 - 28
Northern Ireland +28 20 £536 +78.62% 10

Public Sector
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 152 (3.37%) SharePoint
2 136 (3.02%) Confluence
3 41 (0.91%) CMS
4 33 (0.73%) nginx
5 24 (0.53%) MS Exchange
6 21 (0.47%) Apache
7 20 (0.44%) IIS
8 14 (0.31%) Apache Spark
9 12 (0.27%) SAS
10 11 (0.24%) OpenStack
11 10 (0.22%) Skype for Business
12 9 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2013
12 9 (0.20%) Red Hat Fuse
12 9 (0.20%) Tomcat
13 8 (0.18%) SharePoint Server
14 7 (0.16%) Apache Airflow
14 7 (0.16%) ArcGIS
14 7 (0.16%) WordPress
15 6 (0.13%) Apache Pulsar
15 6 (0.13%) JBoss
Applications
1 144 (3.19%) Microsoft Office
2 133 (2.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (1.38%) Microsoft Project
4 56 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 43 (0.95%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.29%) Trello
8 10 (0.22%) SPSS
9 9 (0.20%) Sketch
10 5 (0.11%) Adobe XD
10 5 (0.11%) Stata
11 4 (0.089%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.044%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.044%) Adobe Premiere
13 2 (0.044%) InVision
13 2 (0.044%) Photoshop
14 1 (0.022%) Chatbot
14 1 (0.022%) Lectora
14 1 (0.022%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 48 (1.06%) SAP PSCD
2 45 (1.00%) SAP BRIM
2 45 (1.00%) SAP Hybris
3 27 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
4 22 (0.49%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 21 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
6 17 (0.38%) SAP FI-CA
7 16 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 14 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
9 13 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
10 12 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
10 12 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
11 8 (0.18%) Primavera
12 6 (0.13%) iTrent
12 6 (0.13%) Loan IQ
12 6 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
12 6 (0.13%) SAP CRM
12 6 (0.13%) SAP Payroll
13 5 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
13 5 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 639 (14.17%) Azure
2 538 (11.93%) AWS
3 258 (5.72%) Microsoft 365
4 185 (4.10%) Power Platform
5 120 (2.66%) Azure DevOps
6 95 (2.11%) Serverless
7 87 (1.93%) GitHub
8 73 (1.62%) SaaS
9 69 (1.53%) Entra ID
10 67 (1.49%) AWS Lambda
10 67 (1.49%) Dynamics 365
11 57 (1.26%) Amazon S3
12 55 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
13 54 (1.20%) GCP
14 50 (1.11%) PaaS
15 49 (1.09%) PowerApps
16 45 (1.00%) IaaS
16 45 (1.00%) SAP Commerce Cloud
17 39 (0.87%) OCI
18 35 (0.78%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 192 (4.26%) Firewall
2 136 (3.02%) WAN
3 123 (2.73%) LAN
4 100 (2.22%) DNS
5 95 (2.11%) Network Security
6 75 (1.66%) VPN
7 66 (1.46%) Wireless
8 54 (1.20%) BGP
9 52 (1.15%) DHCP
10 44 (0.98%) Internet
10 44 (0.98%) SAN
11 43 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
12 42 (0.93%) OSPF
13 34 (0.75%) Intranet
13 34 (0.75%) IPsec
14 32 (0.71%) SD-WAN
15 28 (0.62%) TCP/IP
16 26 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
17 25 (0.55%) WLAN
18 24 (0.53%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 144 (3.19%) Power BI
2 137 (3.04%) SQL Server
3 94 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
4 76 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
5 64 (1.42%) Metadata
6 47 (1.04%) Relational Database
7 42 (0.93%) Data Lake
8 36 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
8 36 (0.80%) Oracle Database
9 35 (0.78%) Big Data
10 30 (0.67%) NoSQL
10 30 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
11 27 (0.60%) MongoDB
12 26 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
13 25 (0.55%) Amazon Aurora
13 25 (0.55%) Tableau
14 24 (0.53%) MySQL
15 18 (0.40%) GIS
16 15 (0.33%) RDBMS
16 15 (0.33%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 231 (5.12%) JIRA
2 138 (3.06%) Git
3 108 (2.40%) Jenkins
4 51 (1.13%) GitLab
5 38 (0.84%) Selenium
6 26 (0.58%) Cucumber
7 23 (0.51%) Cypress.io
7 23 (0.51%) Maven
8 20 (0.44%) ERwin
8 20 (0.44%) Rational DOORS
9 18 (0.40%) JUnit
9 18 (0.40%) Postman
10 17 (0.38%) LoadRunner
10 17 (0.38%) SpecFlow
11 15 (0.33%) Gradle
12 13 (0.29%) Bitbucket
12 13 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
13 12 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
14 11 (0.24%) Subversion
15 10 (0.22%) WebDriver
General
1 991 (21.98%) Social Skills
2 741 (16.44%) Finance
3 368 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
4 365 (8.10%) Telecoms
5 325 (7.21%) Marketing
6 314 (6.97%) Manufacturing
7 306 (6.79%) Electronics
8 101 (2.24%) Local Government
9 88 (1.95%) Legal
10 81 (1.80%) Organisational Skills
11 77 (1.71%) Presentation Skills
12 71 (1.57%) Influencing Skills
13 64 (1.42%) Police
14 59 (1.31%) Billing
15 42 (0.93%) Banking
16 39 (0.87%) Publishing
17 38 (0.84%) Law
18 33 (0.73%) Inclusion and Diversity
19 31 (0.69%) Retail
20 29 (0.64%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 568 (12.60%) Senior
2 523 (11.60%) Architect
3 508 (11.27%) Developer
4 506 (11.22%) Analyst
5 289 (6.41%) Lead
6 254 (5.63%) Project Manager
7 216 (4.79%) Business Analyst
7 216 (4.79%) Consultant
8 140 (3.11%) Delivery Manager
9 135 (2.99%) Technical Architect
10 129 (2.86%) Designer
11 117 (2.60%) DevOps Engineer
12 113 (2.51%) Senior Developer
13 108 (2.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 103 (2.28%) Network Engineer
15 100 (2.22%) Support Engineer
16 96 (2.13%) Solutions Architect
17 90 (2.00%) Senior Manager
18 85 (1.89%) Data Architect
19 83 (1.84%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (2.86%) .NET
2 128 (2.84%) HTML
3 114 (2.53%) CSS
4 113 (2.51%) Node.js
5 111 (2.46%) REST
6 66 (1.46%) AngularJS
7 65 (1.44%) Oracle Fusion
7 65 (1.44%) Web Services
8 62 (1.38%) React
9 53 (1.18%) Spring
10 52 (1.15%) Spring Boot
11 46 (1.02%) JSON
12 45 (1.00%) OAuth
13 43 (0.95%) XML
14 42 (0.93%) Kafka
15 41 (0.91%) SOAP
16 38 (0.84%) RESTful
17 33 (0.73%) OpenID
18 28 (0.62%) .NET Framework
18 28 (0.62%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 170 (3.77%) Management Information System
2 139 (3.08%) Product Ownership
3 134 (2.97%) NHS
4 124 (2.75%) Data Centre
5 98 (2.17%) Onboarding
6 88 (1.95%) PKI
7 61 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
8 60 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
9 49 (1.09%) Legacy Systems
10 47 (1.04%) Driving Licence
11 43 (0.95%) Public Cloud
12 36 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
13 35 (0.78%) Freedom of Information
14 34 (0.75%) CMDB
15 32 (0.71%) Virtual Team
16 29 (0.64%) Analytical Mindset
17 28 (0.62%) Cloud Native
18 27 (0.60%) Wiki
19 25 (0.55%) Mobile App
20 24 (0.53%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 380 (8.43%) Windows
2 259 (5.75%) Linux
3 115 (2.55%) Windows Server
4 84 (1.86%) Unix
5 74 (1.64%) Windows 10
6 48 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 40 (0.89%) Windows Server 2016
8 39 (0.87%) Windows Server 2019
9 31 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
10 26 (0.58%) Android
11 25 (0.55%) Apple iOS
12 17 (0.38%) Mac OS
13 15 (0.33%) Ubuntu
14 11 (0.24%) CentOS
14 11 (0.24%) Mac OS X
15 9 (0.20%) Windows 7
16 7 (0.16%) AIX
16 7 (0.16%) Solaris
17 6 (0.13%) Oracle Linux
17 6 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,135 (25.18%) Agile
2 476 (10.56%) Business Intelligence
2 476 (10.56%) Stakeholder Management
3 437 (9.69%) Project Management
4 421 (9.34%) DevOps
5 412 (9.14%) Problem-Solving
6 410 (9.09%) Programme Management
7 336 (7.45%) ITIL
8 318 (7.05%) CI/CD
9 303 (6.72%) Roadmaps
10 302 (6.70%) Digital Marketing
11 277 (6.14%) Migration
12 226 (5.01%) Change Management
13 222 (4.92%) PRINCE2
14 218 (4.84%) Continuous Improvement
15 213 (4.72%) Service Management
16 201 (4.46%) Project Delivery
17 199 (4.41%) Scrum
18 195 (4.33%) User Research
19 187 (4.15%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 306 (6.79%) SQL
2 287 (6.37%) Python
3 240 (5.32%) Java
4 213 (4.72%) JavaScript
5 160 (3.55%) PowerShell
6 118 (2.62%) C#
7 71 (1.57%) TypeScript
8 55 (1.22%) Bash
9 53 (1.18%) Ruby
10 47 (1.04%) C++
11 46 (1.02%) PL/SQL
12 43 (0.95%) Go
13 41 (0.91%) C
14 34 (0.75%) R
15 25 (0.55%) Shell Script
16 22 (0.49%) T-SQL
17 21 (0.47%) PHP
17 21 (0.47%) Rust
18 19 (0.42%) Data Analysis Expressions
18 19 (0.42%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 1,736 (38.51%) Security Cleared
2 1,294 (28.70%) SC Cleared
3 311 (6.90%) Degree
4 277 (6.14%) DV Cleared
5 103 (2.28%) BPSS Clearance
6 92 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
7 78 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
8 66 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
9 62 (1.38%) CCNA
10 50 (1.11%) CISSP
11 40 (0.89%) AWS Certification
12 37 (0.82%) MCSE
13 36 (0.80%) Master's Degree
14 33 (0.73%) CCNP
15 29 (0.64%) CISM
15 29 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
16 26 (0.58%) PMI Certification
17 25 (0.55%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
17 25 (0.55%) Azure Certification
18 24 (0.53%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (2.68%) Accessibility
2 112 (2.48%) QA
3 108 (2.40%) Disclosure Scotland
4 97 (2.15%) PMO
5 87 (1.93%) GDPR
6 75 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 71 (1.57%) Data Quality
8 54 (1.20%) SLA
9 51 (1.13%) NIST
10 36 (0.80%) NCSC
11 31 (0.69%) PCI DSS
12 26 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
13 19 (0.42%) WCAG
14 17 (0.38%) JSP 440
15 14 (0.31%) Def Stans
16 13 (0.29%) Actionable Recommendations
16 13 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
17 11 (0.24%) COBIT
18 10 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 10 (0.22%) RMADS
System Software
1 220 (4.88%) Active Directory
2 175 (3.88%) Docker
3 79 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 38 (0.84%) Hyper-V
5 34 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
6 29 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
7 21 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (0.42%) VMware NSX
9 17 (0.38%) BitLocker
10 12 (0.27%) Firmware
10 12 (0.27%) vSphere
11 5 (0.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 5 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.089%) NFS
12 4 (0.089%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.089%) Squid
13 3 (0.067%) Dovecot
13 3 (0.067%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.067%) OpenAM
13 3 (0.067%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 209 (4.64%) Terraform
2 165 (3.66%) Kubernetes
3 113 (2.51%) Ansible
4 65 (1.44%) Microsoft Intune
5 60 (1.33%) SCCM
6 42 (0.93%) Grafana
7 39 (0.87%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 36 (0.80%) Packer
9 32 (0.71%) FortiGate
10 25 (0.55%) Puppet
11 24 (0.53%) Consul
12 21 (0.47%) Progress Chef
12 21 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
13 20 (0.44%) Prometheus
14 16 (0.35%) Kibana
15 15 (0.33%) vCenter Server
16 14 (0.31%) ZABBIX
17 12 (0.27%) Nagios
17 12 (0.27%) WSUS
18 11 (0.24%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 599 (13.29%) Microsoft
2 423 (9.38%) SAP
3 264 (5.86%) Oracle
4 174 (3.86%) Cisco
5 152 (3.37%) ServiceNow
6 129 (2.86%) VMware
7 79 (1.75%) Juniper
8 68 (1.51%) Palo Alto
9 63 (1.40%) Google
10 57 (1.26%) Red Hat
11 49 (1.09%) Dell
12 42 (0.93%) Fortinet
12 42 (0.93%) HP
13 37 (0.82%) Sparx
14 34 (0.75%) Salesforce
14 34 (0.75%) Splunk
15 33 (0.73%) Atlassian
15 33 (0.73%) Remedy
16 30 (0.67%) Citrix
17 28 (0.62%) Virgin Media