Period
to 16 February 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 16 February 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
16 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 20 39 41
Rank change year-on-year +19 +2 -8
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,880 5,433 5,224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.17% 5.52% 5.16%
As % of the General category 19.18% 13.76% 12.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,087 3,655 3,660
UK median daily rate £450 £454 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.88% +5.58% +2.99%
10th Percentile £220 £263 £230
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £400
% change year-on-year - +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 258 330 261
UK median hourly rate £18.38 £18.46 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.47% +15.39% +1.46%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.92 £10.16
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.41 £15.45
% change year-on-year +3.39% +12.69% +4.75%

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 25,438 39,494 42,817
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.39% 40.13% 42.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,148 25,795 28,294
UK median daily rate £475 £480 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.04% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £430 £413
% change year-on-year - +4.24% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 853 1,124 1,138
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £22.00
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.35
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £48.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.25 £20.37 £21.79
% change year-on-year -0.63% -6.51% +8.95%

Public Sector
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Public Sector as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Public Sector.

Contractor daily rate trend for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Public Sector over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Public Sector.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Public Sector over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Public Sector in the UK

Public Sector
Top 16 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 16 February 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 +18 3,744 £464 -2.32% 746
UK excluding London +15 3,422 £450 - 642
London +14 1,344 £500 - 207
Scotland +6 923 £425 +13.33% 71
North of England +4 793 £450 - 174
South West +5 646 £460 +8.24% 97
South East +22 408 £445 -1.11% 120
Midlands +12 376 £450 - 108
North West 0 372 £450 -2.70% 69
West Midlands +13 299 £463 +2.78% 78
Yorkshire +7 267 £500 +5.26% 73
North East -2 154 £450 +2.86% 32
East of England -12 152 £375 -28.57% 42
Wales -2 94 £400 -20.00% 19
East Midlands +11 74 £380 -10.59% 28
Northern Ireland +15 36 £175 -63.16% 12

For the 6 months to 16 February 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 1,590 (32.58%) Agile Software Development
2 1,159 (23.75%) Security Cleared
3 888 (18.20%) SC Cleared
4 779 (15.96%) Finance
5 736 (15.08%) Microsoft
6 648 (13.28%) Windows
7 598 (12.25%) Business Intelligence
8 579 (11.86%) Azure
9 542 (11.11%) SQL
10 531 (10.88%) AWS
11 527 (10.80%) Telecoms
12 520 (10.66%) Programme Management
13 515 (10.55%) Java
14 489 (10.02%) Project Management
15 485 (9.94%) SAP
16 471 (9.65%) Migration
17 464 (9.51%) DevOps
18 461 (9.45%) Manufacturing
19 445 (9.12%) Marketing
20 419 (8.59%) Digital Marketing
21 417 (8.55%) Electronics
22 390 (7.99%) Stakeholder Management
23 379 (7.77%) JavaScript
24 367 (7.52%) Scrum
25 354 (7.25%) Linux
26 333 (6.82%) ITIL
27 323 (6.62%) Python
28 311 (6.37%) Test Automation
29 308 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
30 306 (6.27%) SQL Server

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
1 189 (3.87%) Confluence
2 178 (3.65%) SharePoint
3 68 (1.39%) Skype for Business
4 58 (1.19%) CMS
5 52 (1.07%) MS Exchange
6 48 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
7 39 (0.80%) WebLogic
8 34 (0.70%) Apache
8 34 (0.70%) Tomcat
9 31 (0.64%) nginx
10 30 (0.61%) IIS
11 24 (0.49%) Apache Spark
11 24 (0.49%) WebSphere
12 23 (0.47%) OpenStack
13 22 (0.45%) Red Hat Fuse
14 19 (0.39%) SAS
15 18 (0.37%) ArcGIS
16 16 (0.33%) JBoss
17 14 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 13 (0.27%) Drupal
Applications
1 205 (4.20%) Microsoft Office
2 156 (3.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 82 (1.68%) MS Visio
4 77 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
5 59 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 25 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.47%) Sketch
8 16 (0.33%) InVision
9 15 (0.31%) Photoshop
10 14 (0.29%) OmniGraffle
11 10 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.10%) Adobe XD
12 5 (0.10%) Figma
13 4 (0.082%) Adobe Captivate
14 3 (0.061%) Edge Animate
14 3 (0.061%) Open Workbench
14 3 (0.061%) SPSS
15 2 (0.041%) Acrobat
15 2 (0.041%) InDesign
15 2 (0.041%) Marvel
Business Applications
1 119 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.51%) assyst
2 25 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 20 (0.41%) SAP HCM
4 18 (0.37%) SAP Payroll
5 14 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
6 11 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 10 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
7 10 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
7 10 (0.20%) SAP HR
8 7 (0.14%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
10 5 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
10 5 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
10 5 (0.10%) SAP ERP
11 4 (0.082%) Oracle Cash Management
11 4 (0.082%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 4 (0.082%) Primavera
11 4 (0.082%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 579 (11.86%) Azure
2 531 (10.88%) AWS
3 260 (5.33%) Office 365
4 147 (3.01%) SaaS
5 146 (2.99%) Power Platform
6 131 (2.68%) PaaS
7 85 (1.74%) Serverless
8 84 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
9 83 (1.70%) GCP
10 81 (1.66%) Amazon EC2
11 70 (1.43%) IaaS
12 68 (1.39%) GitHub
13 48 (0.98%) Amazon S3
13 48 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
14 42 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
15 41 (0.84%) AWS Lambda
16 30 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
17 28 (0.57%) OneDrive
18 24 (0.49%) Azure Functions
18 24 (0.49%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 137 (2.81%) DNS
2 126 (2.58%) Firewall
3 91 (1.86%) Internet
4 76 (1.56%) WAN
5 75 (1.54%) TCP/IP
6 74 (1.52%) HTTP
7 73 (1.50%) LAN
8 70 (1.43%) Skype
9 62 (1.27%) DHCP
10 56 (1.15%) Wireless
11 41 (0.84%) Network Security
12 37 (0.76%) SSL
13 36 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
13 36 (0.74%) VPN
14 31 (0.64%) Cisco Nexus
15 26 (0.53%) SAN
15 26 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
16 25 (0.51%) BGP
17 24 (0.49%) Intranet
17 24 (0.49%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 306 (6.27%) SQL Server
2 131 (2.68%) Power BI
3 119 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
4 118 (2.42%) PostgreSQL
5 108 (2.21%) Big Data
6 102 (2.09%) MongoDB
7 96 (1.97%) Relational Database
8 84 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 79 (1.62%) NoSQL
10 78 (1.60%) MySQL
11 75 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 74 (1.52%) Oracle Database
13 45 (0.92%) GIS
14 44 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
15 36 (0.74%) Hadoop
16 29 (0.59%) RDBMS
17 28 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
18 27 (0.55%) DB2
19 25 (0.51%) Oracle Database 12c
20 23 (0.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 283 (5.80%) JIRA
2 267 (5.47%) Jenkins
3 230 (4.71%) Git (software)
4 94 (1.93%) Selenium
5 83 (1.70%) JUnit
6 77 (1.58%) Maven
7 67 (1.37%) Visual Studio
8 63 (1.29%) Cucumber
9 59 (1.21%) GitLab
10 58 (1.19%) Mockito
11 57 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
12 38 (0.78%) Bitbucket
13 36 (0.74%) SonarQube
14 35 (0.72%) Subversion
15 34 (0.70%) JMeter
16 29 (0.59%) Grunt
16 29 (0.59%) WebDriver
17 25 (0.51%) DbUnit
17 25 (0.51%) jMock
18 23 (0.47%) Postman
General
1 779 (15.96%) Finance
2 527 (10.80%) Telecoms
3 461 (9.45%) Manufacturing
4 445 (9.12%) Marketing
5 417 (8.55%) Electronics
6 161 (3.30%) Local Government
7 72 (1.48%) Retail
8 45 (0.92%) Law
9 43 (0.88%) Legal
10 34 (0.70%) Publishing
11 30 (0.61%) Banking
12 21 (0.43%) Police
13 17 (0.35%) Military
14 15 (0.31%) Back Office
15 12 (0.25%) Investment Banking
16 8 (0.16%) General Ledger
17 7 (0.14%) Advertising
18 6 (0.12%) Brand Awareness
18 6 (0.12%) Games
19 4 (0.082%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 813 (16.66%) Developer
2 703 (14.41%) Analyst
3 447 (9.16%) Architect
4 364 (7.46%) Project Manager
5 274 (5.61%) Business Analyst
6 190 (3.89%) Designer
7 185 (3.79%) Java Developer
8 158 (3.24%) Consultant
9 142 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
10 121 (2.48%) Windows Engineer
11 114 (2.34%) Technical Architect
12 107 (2.19%) Support Engineer
13 105 (2.15%) Solutions Architect
14 93 (1.91%) IT Manager
15 92 (1.89%) User Researcher
16 89 (1.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 88 (1.80%) .NET Developer
18 86 (1.76%) Senior Developer
19 83 (1.70%) Delivery Manager
20 82 (1.68%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (5.94%) HTML
2 247 (5.06%) CSS
3 245 (5.02%) .NET
3 245 (5.02%) Web Services
4 170 (3.48%) AngularJS
5 160 (3.28%) Spring
6 155 (3.18%) XML
7 153 (3.14%) REST
8 130 (2.66%) Node.js
8 130 (2.66%) RESTful
9 108 (2.21%) JSON
10 89 (1.82%) Spring Boot
11 88 (1.80%) React
11 88 (1.80%) SOAP
12 79 (1.62%) ASP.NET
13 67 (1.37%) HTML5
14 62 (1.27%) Hibernate
15 59 (1.21%) jQuery
16 55 (1.13%) CSS3
17 49 (1.00%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 308 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
2 237 (4.86%) User Experience
3 182 (3.73%) NHS
4 153 (3.14%) Data Centre
5 142 (2.91%) Management Information System
6 63 (1.29%) Public Cloud
6 63 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
7 58 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
8 56 (1.15%) Driving Licence
9 47 (0.96%) Data Structures
10 41 (0.84%) PKI
11 40 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
12 32 (0.66%) Cloud Native
13 27 (0.55%) Mobile App
14 24 (0.49%) CCTV
15 22 (0.45%) Blackberry
16 19 (0.39%) e-Learning
16 19 (0.39%) Enterprise Software
16 19 (0.39%) Freedom of Information
16 19 (0.39%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 648 (13.28%) Windows
2 354 (7.25%) Linux
3 297 (6.09%) Windows 10
4 167 (3.42%) Windows 7
5 136 (2.79%) Windows Server
6 133 (2.73%) Unix
7 51 (1.05%) Windows Server 2012
8 49 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 47 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 43 (0.88%) Apple iOS
11 40 (0.82%) Ubuntu
12 34 (0.70%) Android
13 33 (0.68%) CentOS
14 23 (0.47%) Mac OS
15 22 (0.45%) Mac OS X
16 21 (0.43%) Windows 8
17 20 (0.41%) Amazon Linux
18 16 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
19 10 (0.20%) Solaris
20 6 (0.12%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,590 (32.58%) Agile Software Development
2 598 (12.25%) Business Intelligence
3 520 (10.66%) Programme Management
4 489 (10.02%) Project Management
5 471 (9.65%) Migration
6 464 (9.51%) DevOps
7 419 (8.59%) Digital Marketing
8 390 (7.99%) Stakeholder Management
9 367 (7.52%) Scrum
10 333 (6.82%) ITIL
11 311 (6.37%) Test Automation
12 277 (5.68%) Microservices
13 267 (5.47%) Problem-Solving
14 249 (5.10%) PRINCE2
15 246 (5.04%) Project Delivery
16 226 (4.63%) Service Design
17 200 (4.10%) Continuous Integration
18 196 (4.02%) Mentoring
19 190 (3.89%) Business Analysis
20 186 (3.81%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 542 (11.11%) SQL
2 515 (10.55%) Java
3 379 (7.77%) JavaScript
4 323 (6.62%) Python
5 219 (4.49%) C#
6 115 (2.36%) PowerShell
7 110 (2.25%) Ruby
8 94 (1.93%) Bash Shell
9 88 (1.80%) Java 8
10 80 (1.64%) C
11 62 (1.27%) PL/SQL
11 62 (1.27%) T-SQL
12 52 (1.07%) Scala
13 48 (0.98%) Groovy
14 46 (0.94%) PHP
15 37 (0.76%) TypeScript
16 36 (0.74%) Go
17 34 (0.70%) Perl
18 30 (0.61%) C++
19 29 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,159 (23.75%) Security Cleared
2 888 (18.20%) SC Cleared
3 205 (4.20%) Degree
4 164 (3.36%) BPSS Clearance
5 160 (3.28%) DV Cleared
6 80 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
7 56 (1.15%) ISEB
8 47 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
9 45 (0.92%) CCNP
9 45 (0.92%) DBS Check
10 41 (0.84%) CCNA
11 36 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 34 (0.70%) ISTQB
13 33 (0.68%) CISSP
14 29 (0.59%) APMP
15 28 (0.57%) CISM
15 28 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
16 27 (0.55%) CTC Cleared
17 24 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 23 (0.47%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (2.58%) QA
2 94 (1.93%) PMO
3 82 (1.68%) GDPR
4 60 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 59 (1.21%) SLA
6 50 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
7 45 (0.92%) Data Quality
7 45 (0.92%) NCSC
8 41 (0.84%) WCAG
9 40 (0.82%) PCI DSS
10 32 (0.66%) RMADS
11 29 (0.59%) JSP 440
12 22 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
13 21 (0.43%) NIST
14 19 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 8 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
15 8 (0.16%) WAI
16 7 (0.14%) ISO 9001
17 6 (0.12%) ISO 22301
18 5 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 306 (6.27%) Active Directory
2 228 (4.67%) Docker
3 101 (2.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (0.72%) Hyper-V
5 25 (0.51%) XenApp
6 23 (0.47%) Postfix
6 23 (0.47%) VMware NSX
7 19 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
8 18 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
9 17 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (0.35%) vSphere
10 13 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
11 12 (0.25%) HDFS
11 12 (0.25%) XenDesktop
12 11 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 9 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
14 8 (0.16%) Firmware
15 7 (0.14%) BitLocker
16 6 (0.12%) Xen
17 5 (0.10%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 178 (3.65%) Kubernetes
2 169 (3.46%) Ansible
3 154 (3.16%) SCCM
4 149 (3.05%) Terraform
5 98 (2.01%) Puppet
6 58 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
7 34 (0.70%) Packer
8 31 (0.64%) Grafana
9 27 (0.55%) Microsoft Intune
10 26 (0.53%) Prometheus
11 24 (0.49%) Consul
12 20 (0.41%) Rancher
12 20 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
13 19 (0.39%) Kibana
14 18 (0.37%) SCOM
15 16 (0.33%) Salt
16 15 (0.31%) Avamar
16 15 (0.31%) vCenter Server
17 13 (0.27%) Nagios
18 12 (0.25%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 736 (15.08%) Microsoft
2 485 (9.94%) SAP
3 304 (6.23%) Oracle
4 152 (3.11%) VMware
5 136 (2.79%) Cisco
6 102 (2.09%) Google
7 57 (1.17%) Citrix
8 52 (1.07%) Red Hat
9 47 (0.96%) ServiceNow
10 41 (0.84%) IBM
11 37 (0.76%) HP
12 32 (0.66%) Atlassian
12 32 (0.66%) CheckPoint
13 29 (0.59%) Palo Alto
13 29 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
14 28 (0.57%) Tableau
15 27 (0.55%) Dell
16 26 (0.53%) Adobe
17 24 (0.49%) Apple
17 24 (0.49%) webMethods