Period
to 7 December 2019

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 7 December 2019 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
7 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 45 37
Rank change year-on-year +20 -8 -3
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 5,070 5,139 5,667
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.32% 4.91% 5.48%
As % of the General category 16.66% 12.31% 12.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,250 3,453 3,913
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £213 £256 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 298 304 243
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +9.38% +4.56%
10th Percentile £11.61 £11.32 £10.16
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £31.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.77 £15.00
% change year-on-year +4.37% +11.80% +3.45%

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 30,433 41,758 44,985
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.91% 39.88% 43.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,526 27,265 29,771
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £269
90th Percentile £675 £675 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 983 1,138 1,105
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £21.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -4.55% +7.32%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.85 £11.35
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £22.30
% change year-on-year +5.00% -10.30% +11.49%

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 7 December 2019.

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 7 December 2019.

Contractor 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 7 December 2019. 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 +15 4,013 £454 - 763
UK excluding London +17 3,592 £450 +5.88% 636
London +18 1,375 £500 - 229
Scotland +8 868 £425 +13.33% 79
North of England +5 792 £450 - 200
South West +7 730 £453 +6.56% 94
South East +41 491 £425 - 109
Midlands +19 447 £450 +5.88% 90
North West 0 385 £425 -5.56% 96
West Midlands +15 348 £464 +5.45% 67
Yorkshire +9 268 £500 +11.11% 77
East of England -22 158 £365 -30.48% 39
North East +3 139 £425 +3.03% 27
East Midlands +21 94 £385 +10.00% 23
Wales -6 82 £445 -6.32% 12
Northern Ireland +14 24 £413 -17.50% 13
Channel Islands -2 5 £505 -27.86% 1

For the 6 months to 7 December 2019, 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 1,634 (32.23%) Agile Software Development
2 1,186 (23.39%) Security Cleared
3 940 (18.54%) Finance
4 909 (17.93%) SC Cleared
5 845 (16.67%) Microsoft
6 737 (14.54%) Windows
7 728 (14.36%) Business Intelligence
8 663 (13.08%) Telecoms
9 657 (12.96%) Programme Management
10 608 (11.99%) SAP
11 591 (11.66%) Manufacturing
12 582 (11.48%) Azure
13 568 (11.20%) Marketing
14 560 (11.05%) SQL
15 539 (10.63%) Digital Marketing
16 533 (10.51%) Electronics
17 512 (10.10%) Java
18 507 (10.00%) Project Management
19 462 (9.11%) Migration
20 454 (8.95%) AWS
20 454 (8.95%) DevOps
21 417 (8.22%) JavaScript
22 410 (8.09%) ITIL
22 410 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
23 384 (7.57%) Scrum
24 369 (7.28%) Windows 10
25 367 (7.24%) Linux
26 316 (6.23%) Active Directory
27 304 (6.00%) HTML
27 304 (6.00%) Python

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
1 203 (4.00%) SharePoint
2 187 (3.69%) Confluence
3 64 (1.26%) Skype for Business
4 63 (1.24%) CMS
5 61 (1.20%) MS Exchange
6 48 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
7 42 (0.83%) IIS
8 41 (0.81%) Apache
9 40 (0.79%) Tomcat
10 33 (0.65%) WebSphere
11 28 (0.55%) Apache Spark
12 26 (0.51%) JBoss
12 26 (0.51%) nginx
13 25 (0.49%) OpenStack
14 24 (0.47%) WebLogic
15 16 (0.32%) SAS
16 14 (0.28%) ArcGIS
16 14 (0.28%) Jetty
17 13 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
18 12 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 223 (4.40%) Microsoft Office
2 189 (3.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 86 (1.70%) Microsoft Project
4 78 (1.54%) MS Visio
5 76 (1.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 30 (0.59%) Sketch
7 20 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
8 19 (0.37%) Photoshop
9 17 (0.34%) InVision
10 13 (0.26%) OmniGraffle
11 11 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
12 10 (0.20%) Figma
13 5 (0.099%) Adobe XD
14 4 (0.079%) SPSS
15 2 (0.039%) Acrobat
15 2 (0.039%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 2 (0.039%) InDesign
15 2 (0.039%) Marvel
15 2 (0.039%) Open Workbench
16 1 (0.020%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 153 (3.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 16 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
3 16 (0.32%) SAP HCM
4 15 (0.30%) SAP Payroll
5 14 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
6 13 (0.26%) assyst
6 13 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
6 13 (0.26%) SAP ERP
7 11 (0.22%) SAP FI
8 10 (0.20%) SAP HR
8 10 (0.20%) SAP PSCD
9 9 (0.18%) SAP FI-CA
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
11 5 (0.099%) Oracle Payables
11 5 (0.099%) Oracle Receivables
11 5 (0.099%) SAP CO
11 5 (0.099%) SAP FI/CO
12 4 (0.079%) NetSuite
12 4 (0.079%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 582 (11.48%) Azure
2 454 (8.95%) AWS
3 303 (5.98%) Office 365
4 178 (3.51%) Power Platform
5 134 (2.64%) SaaS
6 131 (2.58%) PaaS
7 115 (2.27%) Dynamics 365
8 89 (1.76%) Serverless
9 75 (1.48%) GitHub
10 71 (1.40%) GCP
11 70 (1.38%) IaaS
12 68 (1.34%) Amazon EC2
13 58 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
14 46 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
15 43 (0.85%) Amazon S3
16 35 (0.69%) Azure Functions
17 33 (0.65%) AWS Lambda
18 29 (0.57%) Amazon SQS
19 25 (0.49%) PowerApps
20 23 (0.45%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 143 (2.82%) DNS
2 129 (2.54%) Firewall
3 87 (1.72%) LAN
4 85 (1.68%) WAN
5 84 (1.66%) Internet
5 84 (1.66%) TCP/IP
6 78 (1.54%) DHCP
7 71 (1.40%) HTTP
8 69 (1.36%) Skype
9 56 (1.10%) Wireless
10 46 (0.91%) VPN
11 35 (0.69%) VoIP
12 34 (0.67%) Network Security
12 34 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
13 33 (0.65%) SAN
14 32 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
15 31 (0.61%) SSL
16 23 (0.45%) Unified Communications
17 21 (0.41%) Intranet
18 19 (0.37%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 266 (5.25%) SQL Server
2 157 (3.10%) Power BI
3 146 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
4 131 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
5 108 (2.13%) Big Data
6 95 (1.87%) Relational Database
7 89 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 88 (1.74%) MongoDB
9 86 (1.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 76 (1.50%) Oracle Database
11 72 (1.42%) MySQL
12 66 (1.30%) NoSQL
13 46 (0.91%) Amazon RDS
14 38 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
15 37 (0.73%) GIS
16 36 (0.71%) DB2
17 30 (0.59%) Hadoop
17 30 (0.59%) Oracle Database 12c
18 28 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 24 (0.47%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 277 (5.46%) JIRA
2 249 (4.91%) Jenkins
3 234 (4.62%) Git (software)
4 92 (1.81%) Selenium
5 82 (1.62%) JUnit
6 75 (1.48%) Visual Studio
7 71 (1.40%) Maven
8 54 (1.07%) GitLab
9 51 (1.01%) Cucumber
10 47 (0.93%) Mockito
11 45 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
12 44 (0.87%) SonarQube
13 43 (0.85%) Subversion
14 35 (0.69%) JMeter
15 26 (0.51%) Bitbucket
16 25 (0.49%) DbUnit
16 25 (0.49%) jMock
16 25 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
17 21 (0.41%) gulp
17 21 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 940 (18.54%) Finance
2 663 (13.08%) Telecoms
3 591 (11.66%) Manufacturing
4 568 (11.20%) Marketing
5 533 (10.51%) Electronics
6 139 (2.74%) Local Government
7 86 (1.70%) Retail
8 52 (1.03%) Legal
9 48 (0.95%) Law
10 40 (0.79%) Banking
11 31 (0.61%) Publishing
12 21 (0.41%) Police
13 20 (0.39%) Investment Banking
13 20 (0.39%) Military
14 10 (0.20%) General Ledger
15 8 (0.16%) Back Office
16 7 (0.14%) Games
17 6 (0.12%) Advertising
17 6 (0.12%) Aerospace
17 6 (0.12%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 756 (14.91%) Developer
2 714 (14.08%) Analyst
3 458 (9.03%) Architect
4 376 (7.42%) Project Manager
5 289 (5.70%) Business Analyst
6 185 (3.65%) Consultant
7 182 (3.59%) Designer
8 166 (3.27%) DevOps Engineer
9 158 (3.12%) Java Developer
10 147 (2.90%) Windows Engineer
11 118 (2.33%) Support Engineer
12 114 (2.25%) Solutions Architect
13 104 (2.05%) IT Manager
13 104 (2.05%) Technical Architect
14 97 (1.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 93 (1.83%) User Researcher
16 90 (1.78%) Service Analyst
17 89 (1.76%) Desktop Engineer
17 89 (1.76%) Desktop Support
18 85 (1.68%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 304 (6.00%) HTML
2 267 (5.27%) .NET
3 246 (4.85%) CSS
4 197 (3.89%) Web Services
5 166 (3.27%) XML
6 145 (2.86%) AngularJS
7 142 (2.80%) Spring
8 127 (2.50%) Node.js
9 125 (2.47%) RESTful
10 124 (2.45%) REST
11 103 (2.03%) JSON
12 86 (1.70%) ASP.NET
13 77 (1.52%) HTML5
14 76 (1.50%) SOAP
15 73 (1.44%) Spring Boot
16 70 (1.38%) React
17 65 (1.28%) Hibernate
18 56 (1.10%) jQuery
19 50 (0.99%) CSS3
20 46 (0.91%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 273 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
2 230 (4.54%) User Experience
3 197 (3.89%) NHS
4 173 (3.41%) Management Information System
5 163 (3.21%) Data Centre
6 74 (1.46%) Driving Licence
7 73 (1.44%) Public Cloud
8 67 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
9 38 (0.75%) PKI
10 37 (0.73%) Greenfield Project
11 35 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
12 30 (0.59%) Mobile App
13 28 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
14 26 (0.51%) Social Media
15 24 (0.47%) Blackberry
16 23 (0.45%) Data Structures
17 21 (0.41%) Client/Server
18 20 (0.39%) Cloud Native
18 20 (0.39%) Smartphone
19 19 (0.37%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 737 (14.54%) Windows
2 369 (7.28%) Windows 10
3 367 (7.24%) Linux
4 206 (4.06%) Windows 7
5 151 (2.98%) Windows Server
6 119 (2.35%) Unix
7 67 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 54 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
9 52 (1.03%) CentOS
10 49 (0.97%) Apple iOS
11 45 (0.89%) Ubuntu
12 43 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
13 37 (0.73%) Android
14 26 (0.51%) Mac OS X
15 25 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
16 24 (0.47%) Mac OS
17 20 (0.39%) Windows 8
18 16 (0.32%) Amazon Linux
19 15 (0.30%) Solaris
20 10 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,634 (32.23%) Agile Software Development
2 728 (14.36%) Business Intelligence
3 657 (12.96%) Programme Management
4 539 (10.63%) Digital Marketing
5 507 (10.00%) Project Management
6 462 (9.11%) Migration
7 454 (8.95%) DevOps
8 410 (8.09%) ITIL
8 410 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 384 (7.57%) Scrum
10 291 (5.74%) Test Automation
11 273 (5.38%) Problem-Solving
12 270 (5.33%) PRINCE2
13 255 (5.03%) Project Delivery
14 232 (4.58%) Microservices
15 223 (4.40%) Continuous Integration
16 217 (4.28%) Service Design
17 210 (4.14%) Business Analysis
18 194 (3.83%) Coaching
19 188 (3.71%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 560 (11.05%) SQL
2 512 (10.10%) Java
3 417 (8.22%) JavaScript
4 304 (6.00%) Python
5 209 (4.12%) C#
6 134 (2.64%) PowerShell
7 123 (2.43%) Ruby
8 98 (1.93%) Bash Shell
9 79 (1.56%) C
10 70 (1.38%) Java 8
11 54 (1.07%) PL/SQL
11 54 (1.07%) T-SQL
12 52 (1.03%) PHP
13 47 (0.93%) Scala
14 43 (0.85%) TypeScript
15 42 (0.83%) Perl
16 41 (0.81%) Go
17 34 (0.67%) C++
18 30 (0.59%) Groovy
18 30 (0.59%) R
Qualifications
1 1,186 (23.39%) Security Cleared
2 909 (17.93%) SC Cleared
3 225 (4.44%) Degree
4 181 (3.57%) BPSS Clearance
5 161 (3.18%) DV Cleared
6 89 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
7 70 (1.38%) ISEB
8 63 (1.24%) CCNA
9 50 (0.99%) DBS Check
10 48 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
11 44 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
12 43 (0.85%) CCNP
13 35 (0.69%) PMP
14 33 (0.65%) ISTQB
15 32 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 32 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 30 (0.59%) CTC Cleared
17 29 (0.57%) PMI Certification
18 28 (0.55%) CISSP
19 26 (0.51%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (2.25%) QA
2 98 (1.93%) PMO
3 88 (1.74%) SLA
4 73 (1.44%) GDPR
5 57 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 50 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
7 49 (0.97%) Data Quality
8 44 (0.87%) NCSC
9 41 (0.81%) WCAG
10 37 (0.73%) RMADS
11 31 (0.61%) JSP 440
12 29 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials
13 22 (0.43%) PCI DSS
14 19 (0.37%) NIST
15 16 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 10 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 9 (0.18%) ISO 22301
17 9 (0.18%) ISO 9001
18 8 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
19 6 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 316 (6.23%) Active Directory
2 180 (3.55%) Docker
3 104 (2.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 53 (1.05%) Hyper-V
5 33 (0.65%) XenApp
6 25 (0.49%) XenDesktop
7 22 (0.43%) Postfix
8 21 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
8 21 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
9 19 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
10 18 (0.36%) VMware NSX
11 14 (0.28%) vSphere
12 12 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
13 11 (0.22%) HDFS
14 10 (0.20%) Xen
15 9 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 9 (0.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 9 (0.18%) Firmware
15 9 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
16 7 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 192 (3.79%) SCCM
2 177 (3.49%) Ansible
3 150 (2.96%) Kubernetes
4 145 (2.86%) Terraform
5 113 (2.23%) Puppet
6 74 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
7 41 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
8 30 (0.59%) Avamar
9 25 (0.49%) Grafana
10 24 (0.47%) Prometheus
10 24 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
11 22 (0.43%) Salt
12 21 (0.41%) AirWatch
13 20 (0.39%) SCOM
14 19 (0.37%) Consul
15 16 (0.32%) Nagios
16 14 (0.28%) Kibana
16 14 (0.28%) Packer
17 13 (0.26%) WSUS
18 12 (0.24%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 845 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 608 (11.99%) SAP
3 259 (5.11%) Oracle
4 180 (3.55%) VMware
5 150 (2.96%) Cisco
6 87 (1.72%) Google
7 73 (1.44%) Citrix
8 68 (1.34%) Red Hat
9 60 (1.18%) ServiceNow
10 54 (1.07%) IBM
11 52 (1.03%) HP
12 37 (0.73%) Palo Alto
13 35 (0.69%) Atlassian
13 35 (0.69%) EMC
14 34 (0.67%) Dell
15 33 (0.65%) Tableau
16 31 (0.61%) Apple
17 30 (0.59%) McAfee
17 30 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
18 26 (0.51%) CheckPoint