Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 35 46 32
Rank change year-on-year +11 -14 +2
Contract jobs citing Public Sector 4,807 4,833 5,865
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.47% 4.70% 5.94%
As % of the General category 13.92% 11.57% 13.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,104 3,106 3,928
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £235 £245 £230
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 270 256 244
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £15.85 £16.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.56% -4.62% +3.86%
10th Percentile £10.98 £10.16 £10.26
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £34.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.62 £15.48 £15.78
% change year-on-year +7.33% -1.87% +5.17%

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 34,524 41,789 43,566
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.26% 40.67% 44.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,109 27,112 28,667
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £300 £289 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 944 1,129 1,079
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.65% -4.44% +9.30%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.83 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.17 £22.52
% change year-on-year +11.55% -10.44% +11.33%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +6 3,897 £463 +2.78% 634
UK excluding London +14 3,355 £450 +5.88% 557
London +8 1,384 £475 -5.00% 171
North of England +11 735 £450 +4.65% 139
Scotland +7 729 £425 +13.33% 81
South West +2 660 £460 +8.24% 82
Midlands +16 475 £468 +10.00% 96
South East +21 452 £404 -4.24% 113
West Midlands +12 372 £475 +5.56% 80
North West +2 349 £450 +2.86% 54
Yorkshire +12 281 £480 +12.94% 61
East of England -26 183 £450 -14.29% 33
North East +7 105 £425 - 24
East Midlands +18 97 £413 +10.00% 16
Wales -3 86 £450 -5.26% 6
Northern Ireland +14 26 £496 -5.48% 7
Channel Islands +1 10 £505 -27.86%

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 1,689 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 1,097 (22.82%) Security Cleared
3 908 (18.89%) Finance
4 845 (17.58%) SC Cleared
5 741 (15.42%) Microsoft
6 699 (14.54%) Business Intelligence
7 672 (13.98%) Windows
8 609 (12.67%) Telecoms
9 585 (12.17%) Programme Management
10 580 (12.07%) Azure
11 553 (11.50%) SAP
12 537 (11.17%) Java
12 537 (11.17%) Manufacturing
13 517 (10.76%) SQL
14 515 (10.71%) Marketing
15 492 (10.24%) Electronics
16 491 (10.21%) Digital Marketing
17 458 (9.53%) Project Management
18 455 (9.47%) DevOps
19 442 (9.19%) AWS
20 420 (8.74%) Migration
21 412 (8.57%) Stakeholder Management
22 397 (8.26%) Scrum
23 390 (8.11%) JavaScript
24 381 (7.93%) Linux
25 365 (7.59%) ITIL
26 333 (6.93%) Windows 10
27 332 (6.91%) Test Automation
28 323 (6.72%) Active Directory
29 299 (6.22%) Problem-Solving

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
1 172 (3.58%) SharePoint
2 169 (3.52%) Confluence
3 62 (1.29%) MS Exchange
4 56 (1.16%) CMS
4 56 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
5 47 (0.98%) Skype for Business
6 41 (0.85%) Apache
7 39 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 37 (0.77%) IIS
9 34 (0.71%) Mule
9 34 (0.71%) Oracle Service Bus
10 25 (0.52%) WebSphere
11 22 (0.46%) Apache Spark
12 20 (0.42%) SAS
12 20 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 20 (0.42%) Umbraco
13 19 (0.40%) JBoss
14 14 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
15 12 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
15 12 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 199 (4.14%) Microsoft Office
2 166 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 78 (1.62%) Microsoft Project
4 67 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 47 (0.98%) MS Visio
6 21 (0.44%) Sketch
7 17 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 16 (0.33%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
9 8 (0.17%) Figma
9 8 (0.17%) InVision
10 5 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.083%) OmniGraffle
11 4 (0.083%) SPSS
12 3 (0.062%) Adobe XD
12 3 (0.062%) Open Workbench
13 2 (0.042%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.042%) InDesign
14 1 (0.021%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.021%) Stata
Business Applications
1 145 (3.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.44%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 15 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 14 (0.29%) SAP ERP
5 13 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 13 (0.27%) SAP FI
6 12 (0.25%) SAP PSCD
7 11 (0.23%) SAP FI-CA
8 5 (0.10%) assyst
8 5 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
8 5 (0.10%) SAP CO
8 5 (0.10%) SAP FI/CO
9 4 (0.083%) NetSuite
9 4 (0.083%) Oracle HRMS
9 4 (0.083%) SAP HR
9 4 (0.083%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.062%) Cerner Millennium
10 3 (0.062%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.062%) Primavera
10 3 (0.062%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 580 (12.07%) Azure
2 442 (9.19%) AWS
3 225 (4.68%) Office 365
4 166 (3.45%) Power Platform
5 101 (2.10%) SaaS
6 99 (2.06%) PaaS
7 98 (2.04%) Dynamics 365
8 89 (1.85%) Serverless
9 68 (1.41%) GitHub
10 56 (1.16%) IaaS
11 51 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
11 51 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
12 38 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
13 37 (0.77%) Azure Functions
13 37 (0.77%) GCP
14 33 (0.69%) Amazon S3
15 26 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
16 25 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
16 25 (0.52%) npm
17 23 (0.48%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 134 (2.79%) DNS
2 126 (2.62%) Firewall
3 90 (1.87%) TCP/IP
4 83 (1.73%) LAN
4 83 (1.73%) WAN
5 73 (1.52%) DHCP
6 66 (1.37%) HTTP
6 66 (1.37%) Internet
7 60 (1.25%) Skype
8 48 (1.00%) VPN
9 46 (0.96%) Wireless
10 42 (0.87%) Network Security
11 41 (0.85%) SSL
12 39 (0.81%) VoIP
13 33 (0.69%) SAN
14 28 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
15 27 (0.56%) FTP
16 26 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
17 25 (0.52%) IPsec
18 24 (0.50%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 260 (5.41%) SQL Server
2 145 (3.02%) Power BI
3 143 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
4 130 (2.70%) Big Data
5 122 (2.54%) PostgreSQL
6 106 (2.21%) MySQL
7 104 (2.16%) Relational Database
8 92 (1.91%) MongoDB
9 84 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 83 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 76 (1.58%) Oracle Database
12 59 (1.23%) NoSQL
13 40 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
13 40 (0.83%) DB2
14 38 (0.79%) BusinessObjects
15 34 (0.71%) RDBMS
16 32 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
17 30 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 27 (0.56%) Hadoop
19 26 (0.54%) GIS
Development Applications
1 268 (5.58%) JIRA
2 231 (4.81%) Git (software)
3 230 (4.78%) Jenkins
4 117 (2.43%) Selenium
5 85 (1.77%) Visual Studio
6 83 (1.73%) Cucumber
7 64 (1.33%) Maven
8 60 (1.25%) JUnit
8 60 (1.25%) Mockito
9 58 (1.21%) JMeter
10 46 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
11 39 (0.81%) GitLab
11 39 (0.81%) Subversion
12 33 (0.69%) gulp
12 33 (0.69%) WebDriver
13 29 (0.60%) SonarQube
14 26 (0.54%) webpack
15 25 (0.52%) Gatling
16 24 (0.50%) Grunt
17 22 (0.46%) SoapUI
General
1 908 (18.89%) Finance
2 609 (12.67%) Telecoms
3 537 (11.17%) Manufacturing
4 515 (10.71%) Marketing
5 492 (10.24%) Electronics
6 187 (3.89%) Local Government
7 80 (1.66%) Retail
8 58 (1.21%) Legal
9 44 (0.92%) Banking
10 39 (0.81%) Publishing
11 30 (0.62%) Law
11 30 (0.62%) Military
12 25 (0.52%) Police
13 21 (0.44%) Investment Banking
14 15 (0.31%) Games
15 13 (0.27%) General Ledger
16 7 (0.15%) Billing
16 7 (0.15%) Front Office
17 6 (0.12%) Aerospace
17 6 (0.12%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 757 (15.75%) Developer
2 642 (13.36%) Analyst
3 475 (9.88%) Architect
4 319 (6.64%) Project Manager
5 274 (5.70%) Business Analyst
6 191 (3.97%) Java Developer
7 188 (3.91%) Designer
8 173 (3.60%) Consultant
9 165 (3.43%) DevOps Engineer
10 127 (2.64%) Delivery Manager
11 114 (2.37%) Windows Engineer
12 110 (2.29%) Technical Architect
13 109 (2.27%) Solutions Architect
14 105 (2.18%) Support Engineer
15 98 (2.04%) Senior Developer
16 93 (1.93%) IT Manager
17 92 (1.91%) Desktop Support
18 91 (1.89%) User Researcher
19 85 (1.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
20 82 (1.71%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 281 (5.85%) HTML
2 256 (5.33%) .NET
3 238 (4.95%) CSS
4 233 (4.85%) Web Services
5 162 (3.37%) XML
6 151 (3.14%) RESTful
7 128 (2.66%) REST
8 122 (2.54%) SOAP
9 117 (2.43%) AngularJS
10 109 (2.27%) JSON
11 97 (2.02%) Node.js
12 95 (1.98%) Spring
13 88 (1.83%) Middleware
14 86 (1.79%) ASP.NET
15 73 (1.52%) HTML5
16 56 (1.16%) Sass
17 55 (1.14%) .NET Framework
17 55 (1.14%) Spring Boot
18 54 (1.12%) jQuery
19 50 (1.04%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 261 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
2 233 (4.85%) User Experience
3 175 (3.64%) NHS
4 164 (3.41%) Management Information System
5 150 (3.12%) Data Centre
6 73 (1.52%) Public Cloud
7 70 (1.46%) Driving Licence
8 62 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
9 52 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
10 41 (0.85%) PKI
11 40 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
12 35 (0.73%) Mobile App
13 26 (0.54%) Social Media
14 23 (0.48%) Data Structures
14 23 (0.48%) PMI
15 22 (0.46%) Client/Server
16 21 (0.44%) Blackberry
17 20 (0.42%) Replication
18 18 (0.37%) Security Operations Centre
19 17 (0.35%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 672 (13.98%) Windows
2 381 (7.93%) Linux
3 333 (6.93%) Windows 10
4 180 (3.74%) Windows 7
5 152 (3.16%) Windows Server
6 143 (2.97%) Unix
7 72 (1.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 57 (1.19%) CentOS
9 55 (1.14%) Mac OS X
10 50 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
11 46 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
12 29 (0.60%) Mac OS
13 28 (0.58%) Ubuntu
14 25 (0.52%) Apple iOS
15 24 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
16 20 (0.42%) Solaris
17 19 (0.40%) Android
18 17 (0.35%) Windows 8
19 8 (0.17%) AIX
19 8 (0.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,689 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 699 (14.54%) Business Intelligence
3 585 (12.17%) Programme Management
4 491 (10.21%) Digital Marketing
5 458 (9.53%) Project Management
6 455 (9.47%) DevOps
7 420 (8.74%) Migration
8 412 (8.57%) Stakeholder Management
9 397 (8.26%) Scrum
10 365 (7.59%) ITIL
11 332 (6.91%) Test Automation
12 299 (6.22%) Problem-Solving
13 291 (6.05%) Project Delivery
14 243 (5.06%) PRINCE2
15 235 (4.89%) TDD
16 227 (4.72%) Microservices
17 225 (4.68%) Continuous Integration
18 220 (4.58%) Service Design
19 203 (4.22%) Decision-Making
20 193 (4.01%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 537 (11.17%) Java
2 517 (10.76%) SQL
3 390 (8.11%) JavaScript
4 264 (5.49%) Python
5 250 (5.20%) C#
6 133 (2.77%) Ruby
7 128 (2.66%) PowerShell
8 109 (2.27%) Java 8
9 79 (1.64%) Bash Shell
10 72 (1.50%) C
11 66 (1.37%) T-SQL
12 65 (1.35%) PL/SQL
13 56 (1.16%) PHP
14 55 (1.14%) TypeScript
15 35 (0.73%) Go
16 34 (0.71%) ES6
16 34 (0.71%) Scala
17 32 (0.67%) Perl
18 26 (0.54%) Shell Script
19 24 (0.50%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,097 (22.82%) Security Cleared
2 845 (17.58%) SC Cleared
3 213 (4.43%) Degree
4 160 (3.33%) BPSS Clearance
5 149 (3.10%) DV Cleared
6 93 (1.93%) Cisco Certification
7 65 (1.35%) CCNA
8 62 (1.29%) ISEB
9 47 (0.98%) DBS Check
10 45 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
11 44 (0.92%) CCNP
12 37 (0.77%) CTC Cleared
13 36 (0.75%) PMI Certification
14 35 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
15 34 (0.71%) CISSP
16 31 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 30 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 27 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 23 (0.48%) ISTQB
20 21 (0.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (2.77%) QA
2 90 (1.87%) SLA
3 78 (1.62%) PMO
4 56 (1.16%) Data Quality
5 52 (1.08%) GDPR
6 48 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
7 42 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 33 (0.69%) WCAG
9 28 (0.58%) RMADS
10 27 (0.56%) NCSC
11 23 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
12 21 (0.44%) JSP 440
13 16 (0.33%) PCI DSS
14 14 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 11 (0.23%) HL7
16 10 (0.21%) NIST
17 9 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
18 6 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
18 6 (0.12%) ISO 9000
19 5 (0.10%) COBIT
System Software
1 323 (6.72%) Active Directory
2 216 (4.49%) Docker
3 98 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 62 (1.29%) Hyper-V
5 40 (0.83%) XenApp
6 26 (0.54%) XenDesktop
7 22 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
9 17 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
9 17 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
9 17 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (0.27%) VMware NSX
10 13 (0.27%) vSphere
11 11 (0.23%) BitLocker
12 10 (0.21%) Postfix
13 9 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 8 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
15 7 (0.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 5 (0.10%) Firmware
16 5 (0.10%) Xen
Systems Management
1 184 (3.83%) Kubernetes
2 180 (3.74%) SCCM
3 156 (3.25%) Terraform
4 153 (3.18%) Ansible
5 108 (2.25%) Puppet
6 82 (1.71%) Opscode Chef
7 46 (0.96%) Microsoft Intune
8 27 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
9 26 (0.54%) AirWatch
10 23 (0.48%) Prometheus
10 23 (0.48%) SCOM
11 19 (0.40%) Avamar
11 19 (0.40%) Grafana
11 19 (0.40%) Salt
12 16 (0.33%) Nagios
12 16 (0.33%) Nessus
12 16 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
13 15 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
13 15 (0.31%) Consul
13 15 (0.31%) WSUS
Vendors
1 741 (15.42%) Microsoft
2 553 (11.50%) SAP
3 256 (5.33%) Oracle
4 177 (3.68%) VMware
5 158 (3.29%) Cisco
6 76 (1.58%) Citrix
7 68 (1.41%) Google
8 56 (1.16%) HP
9 53 (1.10%) ServiceNow
10 50 (1.04%) IBM
11 48 (1.00%) Red Hat
12 37 (0.77%) WSO2
13 34 (0.71%) Tableau
14 33 (0.69%) Atlassian
14 33 (0.69%) CheckPoint
15 30 (0.62%) Talend
16 29 (0.60%) Dell
17 28 (0.58%) CA
17 28 (0.58%) EMC
17 28 (0.58%) Palo Alto