Period
to 19 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for BPSS Clearance qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
UK > England
6 months to
19 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 368 380 272
Rank change year-on-year +12 -108 +201
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 661 624 903
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.66% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 3.48% 4.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 429 635
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -2.86%
10th Percentile £305 £240 £247
90th Percentile £593 £576 £583
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% -4.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 24
England median hourly rate £36.23 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.50% +20.69% -30.95%
10th Percentile £20.79 £12.75 £13.60
90th Percentile £61.53 £49.70 £57.64
UK median hourly rate £28.42 £32.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -12.55% +12.07% -34.83%

BPSS Clearance is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18,318 17,939 19,470
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.12% 18.88% 20.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,927 11,028 12,190
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £260 £231 £250
90th Percentile £630 £619 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 825 784
England median hourly rate £26.50 £25.00 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.00% -2.68% +9.89%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.35 £49.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.06 £26.00
% change year-on-year +5.75% -3.62% +4.00%

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing BPSS Clearance as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England over the 6 months to 19 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England over the 6 months to 19 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance within the England region over the 6 months to 19 December 2018. 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
London -36 210 £500 +4.17% 8
North of England +13 147 £450 +12.50% 9
South East +11 121 £385 +13.24% 8
Midlands +8 84 £420 +23.19% 1
South West -39 82 £425 - 6
Yorkshire +26 73 £450 +4.65% 2
West Midlands +11 52 £420 +36.59% 1
North West +7 47 £500 +31.15% 2
East Midlands +15 31 £420 +33.33%
North East -16 31 £400 +26.98% 5
East of England -4 20 £550 +83.33% 1
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 19 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing BPSS Clearance 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 across the England region with a requirement for BPSS Clearance.

1 321 (48.56%) Agile Software Development
2 287 (43.42%) Security Cleared
3 166 (25.11%) Java
4 140 (21.18%) Test Automation
5 134 (20.27%) SC Cleared
6 133 (20.12%) Jenkins
7 123 (18.61%) JavaScript
8 122 (18.46%) TDD
9 120 (18.15%) Continuous Integration
10 119 (18.00%) Git (software)
11 112 (16.94%) Linux
12 107 (16.19%) JIRA
13 100 (15.13%) Problem-Solving
14 98 (14.83%) Open Source
15 97 (14.67%) Scrum
16 90 (13.62%) Confluence
17 83 (12.56%) Disclosure Scotland
18 82 (12.41%) DevOps
18 82 (12.41%) RESTful
19 79 (11.95%) Spring
20 77 (11.65%) JUnit
21 76 (11.50%) Ruby
22 73 (11.04%) Google
22 73 (11.04%) REST
23 69 (10.44%) BDD
23 69 (10.44%) Scala
23 69 (10.44%) DBS Check
24 68 (10.29%) Configuration Management
24 68 (10.29%) Digital Transformation Programme
25 65 (9.83%) Windows

BPSS Clearance
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 90 (13.62%) Confluence
2 27 (4.08%) Elasticsearch
3 20 (3.03%) Apache
4 19 (2.87%) nginx
5 13 (1.97%) Apache Spark
6 12 (1.82%) Tomcat
6 12 (1.82%) WebSphere
7 9 (1.36%) IIS
7 9 (1.36%) Jetty
7 9 (1.36%) Mongrel
7 9 (1.36%) SharePoint
8 6 (0.91%) WildFly
9 5 (0.76%) Drupal
10 4 (0.61%) MS Exchange
10 4 (0.61%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.45%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.45%) WordPress
12 2 (0.30%) CMS
12 2 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 17 (2.57%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.61%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.45%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.30%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (1.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.45%) Workday HCM
3 1 (0.15%) Actimize
3 1 (0.15%) HFM
3 1 (0.15%) Maximo
3 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.15%) SAP MDG
3 1 (0.15%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 56 (8.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 52 (7.87%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (2.87%) GitHub
4 17 (2.57%) Amazon EC2
5 15 (2.27%) Office 365
5 15 (2.27%) PaaS
6 14 (2.12%) Google Cloud Platform
7 12 (1.82%) Heroku
8 10 (1.51%) Google App Engine
9 9 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.21%) Dynamics 365
10 8 (1.21%) IaaS
11 7 (1.06%) Serverless
12 5 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.76%) Azure Data Factory
12 5 (0.76%) iPaaS
12 5 (0.76%) SaaS
13 4 (0.61%) OneDrive
14 3 (0.45%) Amazon Glacier
14 3 (0.45%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 64 (9.68%) HTTP
2 19 (2.87%) TCP/IP
3 17 (2.57%) Firewall
4 16 (2.42%) VPN
4 16 (2.42%) WAN
5 15 (2.27%) Internet
6 12 (1.82%) LAN
6 12 (1.82%) SSL
7 11 (1.66%) SDH
8 10 (1.51%) DHCP
8 10 (1.51%) DNS
8 10 (1.51%) MPLS
8 10 (1.51%) Network Security
9 9 (1.36%) DWDM
9 9 (1.36%) Ethernet
9 9 (1.36%) FTP
9 9 (1.36%) IPsec
10 7 (1.06%) BGP
10 7 (1.06%) OSPF
10 7 (1.06%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (9.23%) Relational Database
2 30 (4.54%) SQL Server
3 21 (3.18%) Hadoop
4 20 (3.03%) NoSQL
5 18 (2.72%) PostgreSQL
5 18 (2.72%) Redis
6 17 (2.57%) MySQL
7 16 (2.42%) MongoDB
8 11 (1.66%) Big Data
9 10 (1.51%) Apache Cassandra
9 10 (1.51%) Data Warehouse
9 10 (1.51%) RDBMS
10 9 (1.36%) CouchDB
10 9 (1.36%) Data Lake
10 9 (1.36%) GIS
10 9 (1.36%) Riak
11 6 (0.91%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (0.91%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.91%) Power BI
12 4 (0.61%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 133 (20.12%) Jenkins
2 119 (18.00%) Git (software)
3 107 (16.19%) JIRA
4 77 (11.65%) JUnit
5 64 (9.68%) Subversion
6 50 (7.56%) Hudson
7 36 (5.45%) Selenium
8 24 (3.63%) JMeter
9 23 (3.48%) Cucumber
10 18 (2.72%) Maven
11 14 (2.12%) WebDriver
12 11 (1.66%) Vagrant
13 10 (1.51%) GitLab
13 10 (1.51%) gulp
13 10 (1.51%) Travis CI
14 9 (1.36%) Mercurial
14 9 (1.36%) SoapUI
14 9 (1.36%) Visual Studio Team System
15 8 (1.21%) Sonatype Nexus
16 7 (1.06%) RSpec
General
1 45 (6.81%) Finance
2 21 (3.18%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.72%) Publishing
4 14 (2.12%) Legal
5 12 (1.82%) Aerospace
6 7 (1.06%) Games
7 5 (0.76%) Humanities
7 5 (0.76%) Social Science
8 4 (0.61%) Back Office
8 4 (0.61%) Banking
9 3 (0.45%) Billing
9 3 (0.45%) Local Government
9 3 (0.45%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.30%) Digital Economy
10 2 (0.30%) Marketing
11 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Law
11 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 185 (27.99%) Developer
2 69 (10.44%) Analyst
3 59 (8.93%) Architect
4 58 (8.77%) Agile Developer
5 53 (8.02%) Scala Developer
6 42 (6.35%) Java Developer
7 33 (4.99%) Designer
8 29 (4.39%) DevOps Engineer
9 26 (3.93%) Project Manager
10 25 (3.78%) Content Designer
11 23 (3.48%) Business Analyst
12 22 (3.33%) Tester
13 21 (3.18%) Consultant
13 21 (3.18%) Full Stack Developer
13 21 (3.18%) Technical Architect
14 19 (2.87%) Delivery Manager
15 17 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
16 15 (2.27%) Senior Developer
16 15 (2.27%) Test Analyst
17 13 (1.97%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (12.41%) RESTful
2 79 (11.95%) Spring
3 73 (11.04%) REST
4 64 (9.68%) JSON
5 56 (8.47%) Ruby on Rails
6 55 (8.32%) Django
7 53 (8.02%) Play Framework
8 52 (7.87%) Guice
8 52 (7.87%) Spring MVC
9 46 (6.96%) .NET
10 40 (6.05%) Node.js
11 34 (5.14%) HTML
12 28 (4.24%) Spring Boot
13 25 (3.78%) Web Services
14 23 (3.48%) CSS
15 20 (3.03%) Hibernate
15 20 (3.03%) jQuery
16 19 (2.87%) HTML5
17 17 (2.57%) Express
18 16 (2.42%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 42 (6.35%) User Experience
2 25 (3.78%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (3.48%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.12%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.12%) NHS
5 10 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (1.06%) Cloud Native
6 7 (1.06%) Fat Client
6 7 (1.06%) Thin Client
7 6 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (0.76%) Data Structures
8 5 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.76%) Reference Data
9 4 (0.61%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (0.61%) Security Operations Centre
10 3 (0.45%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.45%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.45%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.45%) Mobile App
10 3 (0.45%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 112 (16.94%) Linux
2 65 (9.83%) Windows
3 27 (4.08%) Unix
4 19 (2.87%) Windows Server
5 18 (2.72%) Windows 10
6 12 (1.82%) VMS
7 10 (1.51%) CentOS
7 10 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.76%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.76%) Solaris
8 5 (0.76%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.30%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.30%) Debian
10 2 (0.30%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.30%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.15%) AIX
11 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 321 (48.56%) Agile Software Development
2 140 (21.18%) Test Automation
3 122 (18.46%) TDD
4 120 (18.15%) Continuous Integration
5 100 (15.13%) Problem-Solving
6 98 (14.83%) Open Source
7 97 (14.67%) Scrum
8 82 (12.41%) DevOps
9 69 (10.44%) BDD
10 68 (10.29%) Configuration Management
10 68 (10.29%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 65 (9.83%) Kanban
12 64 (9.68%) Pair Programming
13 60 (9.08%) MVC
14 57 (8.62%) Project Management
14 57 (8.62%) Responsive Web Design
15 55 (8.32%) OWASP
16 52 (7.87%) Functional Programming
16 52 (7.87%) Web Design
17 48 (7.26%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 166 (25.11%) Java
2 123 (18.61%) JavaScript
3 76 (11.50%) Ruby
4 69 (10.44%) Scala
5 59 (8.93%) Python
6 43 (6.51%) SQL
7 31 (4.69%) Java 8
8 28 (4.24%) C#
9 15 (2.27%) Bash Shell
10 14 (2.12%) PowerShell
11 12 (1.82%) Groovy
12 11 (1.66%) PHP
13 8 (1.21%) ES6
14 7 (1.06%) TypeScript
14 7 (1.06%) VBA
15 6 (0.91%) C
15 6 (0.91%) Perl
15 6 (0.91%) PL/SQL
15 6 (0.91%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.76%) C++
Qualifications
1 287 (43.42%) Security Cleared
2 134 (20.27%) SC Cleared
3 69 (10.44%) DBS Check
4 25 (3.78%) BC Cleared
5 24 (3.63%) Degree
6 17 (2.57%) CTC Cleared
7 11 (1.66%) CCNP
7 11 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.36%) CCNA
9 8 (1.21%) DV Cleared
10 6 (0.91%) ISEB
10 6 (0.91%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.76%) CCDP
11 5 (0.76%) CCIP
11 5 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (0.76%) MCP
11 5 (0.76%) MCSE
11 5 (0.76%) Numerate Degree
11 5 (0.76%) RHCE
12 4 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (12.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 27 (4.08%) QA
3 12 (1.82%) PMO
3 12 (1.82%) WCAG
4 8 (1.21%) GDPR
5 7 (1.06%) SLA
6 6 (0.91%) NEBOSH
7 3 (0.45%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.45%) MISRA
7 3 (0.45%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.15%) COBIT
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.15%) WAI
System Software
1 43 (6.51%) Docker
2 26 (3.93%) Active Directory
3 20 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.36%) Xen
5 4 (0.61%) Firmware
5 4 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.45%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.45%) vSphere
7 2 (0.30%) HDFS
8 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.15%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.15%) vCloud
8 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.15%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 35 (5.30%) Ansible
2 24 (3.63%) Kubernetes
2 24 (3.63%) Puppet
2 24 (3.63%) Terraform
3 10 (1.51%) Grafana
4 8 (1.21%) Kibana
5 5 (0.76%) HP ALM
5 5 (0.76%) logstash
5 5 (0.76%) Mesos
5 5 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.61%) Prometheus
6 4 (0.61%) SCCM
7 3 (0.45%) ArcSight ESM
7 3 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.45%) Nagios
7 3 (0.45%) Rundeck
7 3 (0.45%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.30%) Nessus
8 2 (0.30%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.30%) WSUS
Vendors
1 73 (11.04%) Google
2 57 (8.62%) Microsoft
3 28 (4.24%) Oracle
4 24 (3.63%) VMware
5 18 (2.72%) Cisco
6 17 (2.57%) Atlassian
7 10 (1.51%) HP
8 9 (1.36%) Juniper
8 9 (1.36%) Red Hat
8 9 (1.36%) SAP
8 9 (1.36%) Splunk
9 8 (1.21%) IBM
10 7 (1.06%) Informatica
11 6 (0.91%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.91%) McAfee
11 6 (0.91%) ServiceNow
12 5 (0.76%) Black Duck
12 5 (0.76%) Cognos
12 5 (0.76%) Nortel
13 4 (0.61%) Zend