Period
to 12 May 2021

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 12 May 2021 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
12 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 18 19 38
Rank change year-on-year +1 +19 +6
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,588 4,015 5,206
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.15% 7.86% 5.66%
As % of the General category 15.54% 15.47% 10.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,528 2,842 3,759
10th Percentile £255 £245 £275
25th Percentile £363 £363 £380
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £468 £465
Median % change year-on-year +1.50% +0.65% +3.33%
75th Percentile £550 £575 £550
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 150 173 245
10th Percentile £11.97 £12.06 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.50 £13.49 £13.75
Median hourly rate £18.95 £18.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.28% - +23.84%
75th Percentile £26.00 £23.00 £22.52
90th Percentile £30.85 £29.71 £29.36
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year - +4.96% +18.28%

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 29,523 25,946 48,564
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 52.47% 50.79% 52.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,797 16,814 31,914
10th Percentile £300 £250 £281
25th Percentile £400 £369 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £583 £575
90th Percentile £694 £675 £665
UK excluding London median daily rate £431 £433 £425
% change year-on-year -0.35% +1.76% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,103 1,067 1,398
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.42 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.50 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £18.61
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% +7.47% +3.39%
75th Percentile £43.75 £40.23 £38.19
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.70 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +3.93%

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 May 2021.

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 May 2021.

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 May 2021. 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 0 3,045 £485 +1.04% 591
UK excluding London +2 2,527 £425 -5.56% 493
Work from Home +12 1,476 £495 +10.00% 91
London -7 1,255 £500 -2.91% 166
Scotland 0 886 £415 -4.05% 69
North of England +6 580 £475 - 142
Midlands +8 394 £400 -11.11% 85
West Midlands +10 346 £405 -10.99% 58
North West +5 294 £475 +5.56% 57
South West -7 251 £490 +0.51% 48
South East -5 239 £460 +2.22% 100
Yorkshire +4 211 £475 -7.32% 66
Wales +7 108 £380 -15.56% 10
North East +2 75 £450 - 19
East of England -18 70 £413 -2.94% 32
East Midlands +1 42 £325 -13.33% 27
Northern Ireland -13 7 £525 +200.00% 8

For the 6 months to 12 May 2021, 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 1,581 (34.46%) Agile Software Development
2 991 (21.60%) Security Cleared
3 974 (21.23%) Social Skills
4 834 (18.18%) SC Cleared
5 810 (17.65%) Finance
6 691 (15.06%) Azure
7 603 (13.14%) Business Intelligence
8 557 (12.14%) Microsoft
9 544 (11.86%) AWS
10 514 (11.20%) Programme Management
11 488 (10.64%) DevOps
12 461 (10.05%) SAP
13 451 (9.83%) Project Management
14 445 (9.70%) Telecoms
15 442 (9.63%) SQL
15 442 (9.63%) Marketing
16 441 (9.61%) Java
17 429 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
18 408 (8.89%) Manufacturing
19 407 (8.87%) Digital Marketing
20 399 (8.70%) Electronics
21 373 (8.13%) Scrum
22 351 (7.65%) Analytical Skills
22 351 (7.65%) Problem-Solving
23 341 (7.43%) Migration
24 340 (7.41%) Python
25 328 (7.15%) Windows
26 281 (6.12%) Oracle
27 279 (6.08%) JIRA
28 276 (6.02%) Project Delivery

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
1 180 (3.92%) Confluence
2 132 (2.88%) SharePoint
3 53 (1.16%) WebLogic
4 48 (1.05%) MS Exchange
5 42 (0.92%) Apache
6 30 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
7 29 (0.63%) CMS
8 26 (0.57%) IIS
9 25 (0.54%) SAS
10 24 (0.52%) Apache Spark
10 24 (0.52%) Skype for Business
11 21 (0.46%) Tomcat
12 19 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
13 17 (0.37%) JBoss
14 15 (0.33%) Red Hat Fuse
15 14 (0.31%) Drupal
16 12 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2013
16 12 (0.26%) nginx
16 12 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
17 11 (0.24%) WordPress
Applications
1 193 (4.21%) Microsoft Office
2 111 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 89 (1.94%) Microsoft Project
4 50 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (0.52%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.20%) SPSS
8 7 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 7 (0.15%) InDesign
8 7 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.15%) Sketch
8 7 (0.15%) Stata
9 4 (0.087%) Figma
9 4 (0.087%) InVision
10 3 (0.065%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.065%) FileZilla
10 3 (0.065%) Marvel
11 2 (0.044%) Adobe After Effects
11 2 (0.044%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.044%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 41 (0.89%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 26 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
4 12 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
4 12 (0.26%) SAP PSCD
5 9 (0.20%) assyst
6 8 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
6 8 (0.17%) SAP FI-CA
7 7 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
7 7 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
8 6 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
8 6 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
8 6 (0.13%) SAP HCM
9 5 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.087%) Dynamics AX
10 4 (0.087%) Oracle Assets
10 4 (0.087%) Oracle Financials
10 4 (0.087%) Primavera
10 4 (0.087%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 691 (15.06%) Azure
2 544 (11.86%) AWS
3 272 (5.93%) Microsoft 365
4 212 (4.62%) Power Platform
5 119 (2.59%) PaaS
6 107 (2.33%) Serverless
7 89 (1.94%) Azure Active Directory
8 85 (1.85%) IaaS
9 83 (1.81%) GCP
10 75 (1.63%) SaaS
11 65 (1.42%) Amazon S3
12 62 (1.35%) AWS Lambda
13 60 (1.31%) PowerApps
14 57 (1.24%) GitHub
15 53 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
16 42 (0.92%) Amazon EKS
17 41 (0.89%) OneDrive
18 38 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
19 34 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
19 34 (0.74%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 96 (2.09%) WAN
2 94 (2.05%) Firewall
3 88 (1.92%) LAN
4 62 (1.35%) DNS
5 55 (1.20%) VPN
6 38 (0.83%) Network Security
7 37 (0.81%) HTTP
7 37 (0.81%) Skype
8 35 (0.76%) Internet
9 33 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
10 32 (0.70%) Intranet
11 30 (0.65%) Wireless
12 29 (0.63%) DHCP
13 27 (0.59%) VoIP
14 25 (0.54%) SAN
14 25 (0.54%) Unified Communications
15 20 (0.44%) NetScaler
15 20 (0.44%) TCP/IP
16 19 (0.41%) PBX
17 15 (0.33%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (3.44%) SQL Server
2 157 (3.42%) Power BI
3 103 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
4 101 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
5 92 (2.01%) Relational Database
6 61 (1.33%) MySQL
7 58 (1.26%) Pentaho
8 50 (1.09%) Oracle Database
9 46 (1.00%) MongoDB
10 45 (0.98%) Hadoop
11 44 (0.96%) NoSQL
12 39 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 37 (0.81%) Big Data
14 32 (0.70%) Amazon Aurora
14 32 (0.70%) Data Lake
15 28 (0.61%) Tableau
16 27 (0.59%) GIS
17 26 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
17 26 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 25 (0.54%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 279 (6.08%) JIRA
2 205 (4.47%) Jenkins
3 183 (3.99%) Git (software)
4 69 (1.50%) GitLab
4 69 (1.50%) Selenium
5 53 (1.16%) Bitbucket
6 45 (0.98%) Maven
7 44 (0.96%) Cucumber
8 34 (0.74%) JMeter
9 30 (0.65%) Postman
10 28 (0.61%) Artifactory
10 28 (0.61%) JUnit
11 21 (0.46%) Subversion
12 20 (0.44%) CA Gen
12 20 (0.44%) Cypress.io
12 20 (0.44%) SonarQube
13 18 (0.39%) LoadRunner
13 18 (0.39%) SoapUI
14 17 (0.37%) Visual Studio
15 15 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 974 (21.23%) Social Skills
2 810 (17.65%) Finance
3 445 (9.70%) Telecoms
4 442 (9.63%) Marketing
5 408 (8.89%) Manufacturing
6 399 (8.70%) Electronics
7 351 (7.65%) Analytical Skills
8 124 (2.70%) Local Government
9 114 (2.48%) Influencing Skills
10 88 (1.92%) Law
11 86 (1.87%) Organisational Skills
12 78 (1.70%) Presentation Skills
13 59 (1.29%) Legal
14 57 (1.24%) Publishing
15 29 (0.63%) Police
16 21 (0.46%) Retail
17 20 (0.44%) Back Office
18 19 (0.41%) Documentation Skills
19 16 (0.35%) Banking
20 10 (0.22%) Billing
Job Titles
1 520 (11.33%) Analyst
2 519 (11.31%) Developer
3 496 (10.81%) Architect
4 314 (6.84%) Project Manager
5 268 (5.84%) Designer
6 184 (4.01%) Business Analyst
7 181 (3.95%) User Researcher
8 176 (3.84%) Consultant
9 162 (3.53%) DevOps Engineer
10 104 (2.27%) Delivery Manager
10 104 (2.27%) Technical Architect
11 103 (2.24%) Solutions Architect
12 102 (2.22%) Java Developer
13 95 (2.07%) Content Designer
13 95 (2.07%) Data Architect
14 88 (1.92%) Data Analyst
15 80 (1.74%) Software Engineer
16 73 (1.59%) IT Manager
17 69 (1.50%) AWS Engineer
18 67 (1.46%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (3.86%) .NET
2 173 (3.77%) HTML
3 140 (3.05%) CSS
4 123 (2.68%) Web Services
5 111 (2.42%) Node.js
6 96 (2.09%) Spring
7 94 (2.05%) XML
8 87 (1.90%) REST
9 81 (1.77%) Spring Boot
10 77 (1.68%) JSON
11 75 (1.63%) RESTful
12 68 (1.48%) React
13 54 (1.18%) SOAP
14 49 (1.07%) Kafka
15 47 (1.02%) J2EE
16 45 (0.98%) AngularJS
17 39 (0.85%) Middleware
18 38 (0.83%) ASP.NET
19 34 (0.74%) .NET Core
19 34 (0.74%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 233 (5.08%) User Experience
2 197 (4.29%) NHS
3 108 (2.35%) Management Information System
4 89 (1.94%) Data Centre
5 75 (1.63%) Self-Motivation
6 55 (1.20%) Public Cloud
7 47 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
8 45 (0.98%) Cloud Native
9 34 (0.74%) Freedom of Information
9 34 (0.74%) Social Media
9 34 (0.74%) Virtual Team
10 32 (0.70%) Mobile App
11 27 (0.59%) Clustering
12 24 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
13 22 (0.48%) e-Learning
13 22 (0.48%) Hybrid Cloud
14 19 (0.41%) EMC VNX
15 17 (0.37%) Data Structures
15 17 (0.37%) PKI
16 16 (0.35%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 328 (7.15%) Windows
2 202 (4.40%) Linux
3 138 (3.01%) Windows 10
4 117 (2.55%) Unix
5 85 (1.85%) Windows Server
6 53 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 51 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 41 (0.89%) Android
9 33 (0.72%) Apple iOS
10 28 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
11 26 (0.57%) Windows 7
12 24 (0.52%) Windows Server 2016
13 17 (0.37%) CentOS
14 14 (0.31%) Ubuntu
15 13 (0.28%) Windows Server 2019
16 12 (0.26%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.26%) Windows Mobile
17 11 (0.24%) VMS
17 11 (0.24%) Windows 8
17 11 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,581 (34.46%) Agile Software Development
2 603 (13.14%) Business Intelligence
3 514 (11.20%) Programme Management
4 488 (10.64%) DevOps
5 451 (9.83%) Project Management
6 429 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
7 407 (8.87%) Digital Marketing
8 373 (8.13%) Scrum
9 351 (7.65%) Problem-Solving
10 341 (7.43%) Migration
11 276 (6.02%) Project Delivery
12 248 (5.41%) Service Design
13 239 (5.21%) Test Automation
14 238 (5.19%) Analytics
15 233 (5.08%) Microservices
16 228 (4.97%) Data Modelling
17 227 (4.95%) ITIL
18 226 (4.93%) Decision-Making
19 210 (4.58%) Software Engineering
20 203 (4.42%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 442 (9.63%) SQL
2 441 (9.61%) Java
3 340 (7.41%) Python
4 255 (5.56%) JavaScript
5 107 (2.33%) C#
6 77 (1.68%) PowerShell
7 75 (1.63%) Bash Shell
8 68 (1.48%) R
9 64 (1.39%) Ruby
9 64 (1.39%) Scala
9 64 (1.39%) TypeScript
10 62 (1.35%) PL/SQL
11 60 (1.31%) Perl
12 40 (0.87%) T-SQL
13 38 (0.83%) C
14 36 (0.78%) Shell Script
15 32 (0.70%) PHP
16 31 (0.68%) Java 8
17 27 (0.59%) C++
18 24 (0.52%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 991 (21.60%) Security Cleared
2 834 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 232 (5.06%) Degree
4 109 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
5 100 (2.18%) DV Cleared
6 68 (1.48%) ISTQB
7 48 (1.05%) CISSP
8 47 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 41 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 40 (0.87%) ISEB
11 38 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
12 31 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
13 30 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 27 (0.59%) MCSE
15 25 (0.54%) CISM
15 25 (0.54%) TOGAF Certification
16 24 (0.52%) PMP
17 23 (0.50%) CCNA
18 20 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
19 19 (0.41%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (3.47%) Disclosure Scotland
2 156 (3.40%) QA
3 96 (2.09%) PMO
4 44 (0.96%) SLA
5 41 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 40 (0.87%) Data Quality
6 40 (0.87%) GDPR
7 36 (0.78%) WCAG
8 30 (0.65%) NIST
9 23 (0.50%) NCSC
10 11 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 10 (0.22%) COBIT
12 9 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 8 (0.17%) JSP 440
13 8 (0.17%) MiFID
14 7 (0.15%) HL7
14 7 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 7 (0.15%) PCI DSS
15 6 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
16 5 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 238 (5.19%) Active Directory
2 212 (4.62%) Docker
3 76 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (0.61%) Hyper-V
5 18 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
5 18 (0.39%) VMware NSX
6 16 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (0.35%) vSphere
7 14 (0.31%) HDFS
8 11 (0.24%) XenApp
9 5 (0.11%) Time Sharing Option
10 4 (0.087%) BitLocker
10 4 (0.087%) DFS Replication
10 4 (0.087%) Terminal Server
10 4 (0.087%) Xen
11 3 (0.065%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 3 (0.065%) NFS
11 3 (0.065%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 3 (0.065%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.065%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 187 (4.08%) Kubernetes
2 185 (4.03%) Terraform
3 169 (3.68%) Ansible
4 83 (1.81%) SCCM
5 76 (1.66%) Grafana
6 51 (1.11%) Prometheus
7 50 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
8 38 (0.83%) Kibana
9 37 (0.81%) Single Sign-On
10 32 (0.70%) Puppet
11 31 (0.68%) Rancher
12 29 (0.63%) Istio
13 27 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
14 26 (0.57%) Consul
15 23 (0.50%) logstash
16 22 (0.48%) Fluentd
17 18 (0.39%) Nagios
17 18 (0.39%) NetBackup
18 11 (0.24%) FortiGate
18 11 (0.24%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 557 (12.14%) Microsoft
2 461 (10.05%) SAP
3 281 (6.12%) Oracle
4 153 (3.33%) VMware
5 97 (2.11%) Google
6 84 (1.83%) Cisco
7 68 (1.48%) Atlassian
8 65 (1.42%) Citrix
9 63 (1.37%) Salesforce.com
10 62 (1.35%) ServiceNow
11 59 (1.29%) Remedy
12 50 (1.09%) Red Hat
12 50 (1.09%) Sparx
12 50 (1.09%) Splunk
13 45 (0.98%) webMethods
14 36 (0.78%) HP
15 35 (0.76%) BEA
16 32 (0.70%) CheckPoint
17 30 (0.65%) IBM
18 29 (0.63%) Informatica