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 cited Public Sector over the 6 months leading up to 12 June 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
12 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 16 15 17
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2 +2
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,006 5,343 7,673
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.17% 9.62% 8.80%
As % of the General category 16.05% 16.44% 15.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,672 4,024 6,007
10th Percentile £269 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £520 £500
Median % change year-on-year -1.92% +4.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £625 £625 £600
90th Percentile £700 £721 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £494 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -1.20% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 90 179
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.84 £13.00
25th Percentile £15.39 £16.85 £16.00
Median hourly rate £22.56 £20.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +12.80% - +11.11%
75th Percentile £48.81 £26.00 £27.00
90th Percentile £70.39 £44.17 £62.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.56 £19.75 £18.95
% change year-on-year +14.23% +4.22% +5.87%

All General Skills
UK

Public Sector falls under the General Skills category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies requiring common skills.

Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 24,967 32,502 49,676
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 57.17% 58.52% 56.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,678 22,562 34,571
10th Percentile £275 £313 £325
25th Percentile £413 £438 £431
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £550 £540
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +1.85% +8.00%
75th Percentile £650 £675 £650
90th Percentile £768 £783 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.00% +5.26% +7.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,003 996 1,390
10th Percentile £12.78 £13.41 £12.50
25th Percentile £15.50 £17.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate £30.50 £31.96 £23.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.57% +38.96% +9.26%
75th Percentile £52.50 £61.25 £47.50
90th Percentile £67.50 £71.89 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £27.50 £19.59
% change year-on-year +7.27% +40.36% +3.12%

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 12 June 2024.

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 12 June 2024.

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 12 June 2024. 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 -2 3,125 £525 - 1,144
UK excluding London -3 2,180 £494 -1.20% 856
London +7 1,448 £525 -4.55% 371
Work from Home -2 1,393 £507 -5.77% 608
Scotland +1 586 £450 -2.70% 73
North of England -9 446 £500 -4.76% 233
South East -3 440 £460 -5.64% 179
South West 0 373 £595 +5.31% 150
North West -6 283 £500 -2.44% 140
Midlands -5 239 £450 -10.00% 135
West Midlands -6 164 £500 -7.41% 97
Yorkshire -15 133 £500 -6.10% 61
East Midlands -7 74 £396 -34.08% 38
East of England -36 71 £450 -25.00% 52
Wales +5 35 £210 -38.95% 32
North East -6 32 £513 +2.50% 34
Northern Ireland 0 24 £525 +284.62% 20

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
1 156 (3.89%) SharePoint
2 112 (2.80%) Confluence
3 65 (1.62%) Microsoft Exchange
4 42 (1.05%) CMS
5 19 (0.47%) ArcGIS
6 16 (0.40%) Apache
7 15 (0.37%) nginx
8 12 (0.30%) Apache Spark
9 11 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2003
9 11 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
10 10 (0.25%) Apache Airflow
10 10 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2007
10 10 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
10 10 (0.25%) Skype for Business
11 7 (0.17%) SAS
11 7 (0.17%) Site Server
12 6 (0.15%) IIS
12 6 (0.15%) JBoss
12 6 (0.15%) WordPress
13 5 (0.12%) Camunda
Applications
1 110 (2.75%) Microsoft Office
2 106 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
5 28 (0.70%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 7 (0.17%) Sketch
9 6 (0.15%) Trello
10 5 (0.12%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.100%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.100%) Adobe XD
12 3 (0.075%) Adobe Premiere
13 2 (0.050%) Adobe Captivate
13 2 (0.050%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.050%) Camtasia
13 2 (0.050%) CANalyzer
13 2 (0.050%) Lectora
13 2 (0.050%) UserZoom
14 1 (0.025%) InVision
Business Applications
1 23 (0.57%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 18 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
4 14 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
4 14 (0.35%) Primavera
5 11 (0.27%) Teamcenter
6 10 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
7 9 (0.22%) Oracle Cash Management
7 9 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
8 6 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.12%) iTrent
9 5 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
10 4 (0.100%) Distributed Ledger
10 4 (0.100%) Oracle Assets
10 4 (0.100%) Oracle ERP
10 4 (0.100%) Oracle General Ledger
10 4 (0.100%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 4 (0.100%) SAP EWM
10 4 (0.100%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 589 (14.70%) Azure
2 353 (8.81%) AWS
3 228 (5.69%) Microsoft 365
4 180 (4.49%) Azure DevOps
5 179 (4.47%) Power Platform
6 101 (2.52%) Serverless
7 78 (1.95%) Entra ID
7 78 (1.95%) SaaS
8 77 (1.92%) PaaS
9 69 (1.72%) Amazon S3
10 66 (1.65%) GitHub
11 64 (1.60%) AWS Lambda
12 58 (1.45%) IaaS
13 56 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
14 55 (1.37%) Power Automate
15 50 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
15 50 (1.25%) Dynamics 365
16 47 (1.17%) GCP
16 47 (1.17%) OCI
17 45 (1.12%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 140 (3.49%) Firewall
2 104 (2.60%) WAN
3 88 (2.20%) LAN
4 51 (1.27%) Network Security
5 48 (1.20%) VPN
6 39 (0.97%) DNS
7 34 (0.85%) Wireless
8 29 (0.72%) BGP
8 29 (0.72%) SAN
8 29 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
9 24 (0.60%) DHCP
10 23 (0.57%) IPsec
10 23 (0.57%) VoIP
11 22 (0.55%) Intranet
12 21 (0.52%) Internet
12 21 (0.52%) Intrusion Detection
12 21 (0.52%) SD-WAN
13 19 (0.47%) OSPF
14 18 (0.45%) MPLS
15 17 (0.42%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (3.42%) SQL Server
2 128 (3.20%) Power BI
3 124 (3.10%) PostgreSQL
4 82 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
5 61 (1.52%) Relational Database
6 57 (1.42%) Metadata
7 49 (1.22%) Oracle Database
8 46 (1.15%) GIS
9 45 (1.12%) NoSQL
10 43 (1.07%) Data Lake
11 34 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
12 32 (0.80%) MySQL
13 31 (0.77%) Big Data
13 31 (0.77%) MongoDB
14 30 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
15 24 (0.60%) Metadata Repository
16 23 (0.57%) Tableau
17 21 (0.52%) Amazon Aurora
17 21 (0.52%) Data Vault
17 21 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
Development Applications
1 161 (4.02%) JIRA
2 110 (2.75%) Git
3 61 (1.52%) Jenkins
4 42 (1.05%) GitLab
5 33 (0.82%) Selenium
5 33 (0.82%) Visual Studio
6 28 (0.70%) JUnit
7 21 (0.52%) Cypress.io
8 16 (0.40%) PVCS
9 14 (0.35%) JMeter
10 13 (0.32%) Cucumber
10 13 (0.32%) SpecFlow
11 12 (0.30%) Postman
11 12 (0.30%) WebDriver
12 9 (0.22%) Artifactory
12 9 (0.22%) Rational DOORS
13 8 (0.20%) ERwin
13 8 (0.20%) Maven
13 8 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
14 7 (0.17%) Oracle APEX
General
1 780 (19.47%) Social Skills
2 637 (15.90%) Finance
3 311 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
4 306 (7.64%) Marketing
5 302 (7.54%) Telecoms
6 285 (7.11%) Manufacturing
7 281 (7.01%) Electronics
8 105 (2.62%) Local Government
9 70 (1.75%) Presentation Skills
10 62 (1.55%) Organisational Skills
11 55 (1.37%) Influencing Skills
12 47 (1.17%) Legal
13 43 (1.07%) Back Office
14 38 (0.95%) Military
14 38 (0.95%) Publishing
15 31 (0.77%) Banking
16 29 (0.72%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 28 (0.70%) Retail
18 26 (0.65%) Law
19 23 (0.57%) Police
Job Titles
1 556 (13.88%) Architect
2 465 (11.61%) Senior
3 415 (10.36%) Developer
4 404 (10.08%) Analyst
5 248 (6.19%) Lead
6 238 (5.94%) Project Manager
7 211 (5.27%) Consultant
8 137 (3.42%) Business Analyst
9 131 (3.27%) Solutions Architect
10 111 (2.77%) Network Engineer
11 97 (2.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 92 (2.30%) Data Engineer
13 91 (2.27%) DevOps Engineer
14 90 (2.25%) Technical Architect
15 87 (2.17%) Delivery Manager
16 85 (2.12%) Senior Manager
17 81 (2.02%) Designer
17 81 (2.02%) Senior Analyst
18 73 (1.82%) Data Architect
18 73 (1.82%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 153 (3.82%) .NET
2 110 (2.75%) REST
3 108 (2.70%) HTML
4 92 (2.30%) CSS
5 88 (2.20%) React
6 69 (1.72%) Node.js
7 68 (1.70%) Spring
8 65 (1.62%) XML
9 63 (1.57%) Spring Boot
10 45 (1.12%) JSON
11 43 (1.07%) RESTful
11 43 (1.07%) Web Services
12 41 (1.02%) AWS CDK
13 39 (0.97%) Oracle Fusion
14 38 (0.95%) AngularJS
14 38 (0.95%) Kafka
15 35 (0.87%) .NET Core
15 35 (0.87%) SAML
16 31 (0.77%) .NET Framework
17 30 (0.75%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 145 (3.62%) Management Information System
2 115 (2.87%) Product Ownership
3 102 (2.55%) Data Centre
4 82 (2.05%) NHS
5 80 (2.00%) Onboarding
6 51 (1.27%) Data Structures
7 48 (1.20%) Legacy Systems
8 43 (1.07%) Self-Motivation
9 39 (0.97%) PKI
10 37 (0.92%) Replication
11 34 (0.85%) Cloud Native
11 34 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
12 32 (0.80%) Data Protection Act
12 32 (0.80%) Virtual Team
13 31 (0.77%) Reference Data
14 29 (0.72%) CMDB
15 28 (0.70%) Analytical Mindset
15 28 (0.70%) Cyber Threat
16 27 (0.67%) Public Cloud
17 25 (0.62%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 332 (8.29%) Windows
2 201 (5.02%) Linux
3 94 (2.35%) Windows Server
4 76 (1.90%) Windows 10
5 63 (1.57%) Unix
6 39 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 36 (0.90%) Apple iOS
8 35 (0.87%) Android
9 32 (0.80%) Windows Server 2016
10 30 (0.75%) Windows Server 2019
11 19 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
12 15 (0.37%) Windows 7
13 13 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (0.27%) zOS
15 10 (0.25%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.22%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.17%) VMS
17 7 (0.17%) Windows Vista
18 6 (0.15%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 874 (21.82%) Agile
2 446 (11.13%) Business Intelligence
3 432 (10.78%) DevOps
4 346 (8.64%) Stakeholder Management
5 335 (8.36%) Problem-Solving
6 334 (8.34%) Programme Management
7 324 (8.09%) Project Management
8 310 (7.74%) Migration
9 283 (7.06%) Digital Marketing
10 227 (5.67%) CI/CD
11 226 (5.64%) ITIL
12 212 (5.29%) Scrum
13 196 (4.89%) Change Management
13 196 (4.89%) Roadmaps
14 195 (4.87%) Project Delivery
15 194 (4.84%) PRINCE2
16 185 (4.62%) Service Management
17 183 (4.57%) Continuous Improvement
18 166 (4.14%) Cybersecurity
19 164 (4.09%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 278 (6.94%) SQL
2 226 (5.64%) Python
3 192 (4.79%) Java
4 172 (4.29%) JavaScript
5 167 (4.17%) PowerShell
6 139 (3.47%) C#
7 87 (2.17%) TypeScript
8 43 (1.07%) Bash
8 43 (1.07%) C++
9 40 (1.00%) C
9 40 (1.00%) PL/SQL
10 31 (0.77%) Shell Script
11 27 (0.67%) Bicep
11 27 (0.67%) T-SQL
12 16 (0.40%) R
12 16 (0.40%) Ruby
13 15 (0.37%) PHP
14 14 (0.35%) Go
15 12 (0.30%) Data Analysis Expressions
15 12 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,702 (42.49%) Security Cleared
2 1,098 (27.41%) SC Cleared
3 440 (10.98%) DV Cleared
4 318 (7.94%) Degree
5 58 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
5 58 (1.45%) Cisco Certification
6 54 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
7 46 (1.15%) Master's Degree
8 41 (1.02%) CCNA
8 41 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
9 30 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 28 (0.70%) CISSP
11 26 (0.65%) PMP
12 23 (0.57%) CCNP
12 23 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
13 22 (0.55%) PMI Certification
14 21 (0.52%) MCSE
15 18 (0.45%) Azure Certification
15 18 (0.45%) HNC
16 17 (0.42%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (2.80%) Accessibility
2 88 (2.20%) QA
3 84 (2.10%) SLA
4 77 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 73 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
6 59 (1.47%) Data Quality
7 58 (1.45%) PMO
8 45 (1.12%) GDPR
9 42 (1.05%) NIST
10 34 (0.85%) WCAG
11 22 (0.55%) NCSC
12 14 (0.35%) NIST 800
13 13 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 11 (0.27%) Actionable Recommendations
14 11 (0.27%) HL7
14 11 (0.27%) JSP 440
15 10 (0.25%) ISO 9001
15 10 (0.25%) PCI DSS
16 9 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
16 9 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 238 (5.94%) Active Directory
2 117 (2.92%) Docker
3 84 (2.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (0.87%) VMware NSX
5 26 (0.65%) Hyper-V
6 23 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
7 21 (0.52%) vSphere
8 16 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
9 15 (0.37%) Firmware
10 12 (0.30%) BitLocker
10 12 (0.30%) NFS
10 12 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (0.20%) HDFS
11 8 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.12%) ACF2
13 5 (0.12%) RACF
14 4 (0.100%) IAG
14 4 (0.100%) Time Sharing Option
15 2 (0.050%) iptables
Systems Management
1 129 (3.22%) Terraform
2 127 (3.17%) Kubernetes
3 90 (2.25%) Ansible
4 49 (1.22%) SCCM
5 41 (1.02%) Grafana
6 26 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
6 26 (0.65%) Single Sign-On
7 21 (0.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 19 (0.47%) Puppet
9 18 (0.45%) SCOM
9 18 (0.45%) vCenter Server
10 17 (0.42%) Kibana
11 14 (0.35%) Prometheus
11 14 (0.35%) Red Hat Satellite
12 11 (0.27%) Progress Chef
13 10 (0.25%) FortiGate
14 9 (0.22%) vRealize
15 7 (0.17%) logstash
16 6 (0.15%) OPNET
16 6 (0.15%) Packer
Vendors
1 569 (14.20%) Microsoft
2 351 (8.76%) SAP
3 193 (4.82%) Oracle
4 120 (3.00%) VMware
5 102 (2.55%) ServiceNow
6 96 (2.40%) Cisco
7 60 (1.50%) Dell
8 46 (1.15%) Google
9 45 (1.12%) Juniper
10 40 (1.00%) Atlassian
11 37 (0.92%) Palo Alto
12 36 (0.90%) Citrix
13 34 (0.85%) Adobe
14 33 (0.82%) Red Hat
15 31 (0.77%) Sparx
16 29 (0.72%) CyberArk
16 29 (0.72%) IBM
17 25 (0.62%) Splunk
18 24 (0.60%) NetApp
19 22 (0.55%) Salesforce