Period
to 25 February 2020

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 25 February 2020 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 314 293 397
Rank change year-on-year -21 +104 -79
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 482 783 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.78% 0.87% 0.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 4.45% 3.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 354 519 403
England median daily rate £495 £480 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +11.63% +0.47%
10th Percentile £321 £325 £260
90th Percentile £675 £650 £575
UK median daily rate £495 £480 £440
% change year-on-year +3.13% +9.09% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 20 13
England median hourly rate £23.75 £26.42 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.09% -11.95% +9.09%
10th Percentile £18.48 £20.30 £12.80
90th Percentile £43.75 £44.58 £56.00
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £26.42 £30.00
% change year-on-year -17.08% -11.95% +9.09%

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 13,344 17,591 17,458
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.60% 19.53% 19.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,272 10,552 10,681
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.44% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £233
90th Percentile £640 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 575 800 785
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.60 £12.96 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020. 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
North of England +44 169 £495 -1.00% 8
London +30 138 £545 +9.00% 12
North West +66 90 £475 -13.64% 4
South West -4 74 £550 +15.18% 14
South East -2 50 £434 +12.79% 8
Midlands -8 48 £425 -5.56% 10
North East +31 45 £475 +2.70% 1
Yorkshire -17 36 £550 +10.00% 3
West Midlands +23 25 £408 -9.44% 3
East Midlands +11 22 £444 -4.57% 7
East of England +22 7 £342 -34.23% 2
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 25 February 2020, 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.

1 245 (50.83%) Security Cleared
2 174 (36.10%) Agile Software Development
3 148 (30.71%) SC Cleared
4 122 (25.31%) Public Sector
5 77 (15.98%) DBS Check
6 76 (15.77%) Microsoft
7 75 (15.56%) Azure
8 72 (14.94%) DevOps
9 70 (14.52%) Java
10 69 (14.32%) JavaScript
11 67 (13.90%) AWS
12 62 (12.86%) Disclosure Scotland
13 56 (11.62%) Test Automation
14 46 (9.54%) Scrum
15 44 (9.13%) Oracle
15 44 (9.13%) Finance
16 42 (8.71%) HTML
17 40 (8.30%) Migration
17 40 (8.30%) Open Source
18 39 (8.09%) SQL
18 39 (8.09%) Windows
19 38 (7.88%) Linux
20 37 (7.68%) Telecoms
20 37 (7.68%) Self-Motivation
21 36 (7.47%) CSS
21 36 (7.47%) TDD
21 36 (7.47%) Service Design
22 35 (7.26%) Python
23 34 (7.05%) ITIL
24 33 (6.85%) Continuous Integration

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 19 (3.94%) SharePoint
2 11 (2.28%) Skype for Business
3 6 (1.24%) Apache
3 6 (1.24%) ArcGIS
3 6 (1.24%) Confluence
3 6 (1.24%) IIS
3 6 (1.24%) Jetty
3 6 (1.24%) Mongrel
3 6 (1.24%) nginx
3 6 (1.24%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.24%) WebSphere
4 5 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (1.04%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.83%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.41%) CMS
6 2 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.21%) Camunda
7 1 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.21%) WebLogic
Applications
1 20 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (3.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 16 (3.32%) Microsoft Office
4 12 (2.49%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.04%) Simulink
6 3 (0.62%) Sketch
7 2 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.41%) InVision
8 1 (0.21%) CATIA
8 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 25 (5.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.45%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (1.04%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 3 (0.62%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.62%) Primavera
5 2 (0.41%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.21%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 75 (15.56%) Azure
2 67 (13.90%) AWS
3 29 (6.02%) Serverless
4 24 (4.98%) Power Platform
5 23 (4.77%) Dynamics 365
6 20 (4.15%) Office 365
7 18 (3.73%) Azure Functions
8 14 (2.90%) GitHub
8 14 (2.90%) SaaS
9 13 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
10 12 (2.49%) GCP
10 12 (2.49%) IaaS
11 11 (2.28%) PaaS
12 8 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (1.66%) Microsoft Flow
12 8 (1.66%) npm
12 8 (1.66%) PowerApps
13 7 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (1.24%) G Suite
14 6 (1.24%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 24 (4.98%) Internet
2 22 (4.56%) TCP/IP
2 22 (4.56%) WAN
3 21 (4.36%) DNS
4 20 (4.15%) MPLS
5 17 (3.53%) BGP
5 17 (3.53%) Ethernet
5 17 (3.53%) LAN
6 16 (3.32%) OSPF
6 16 (3.32%) VPN
7 15 (3.11%) Unified Communications
8 14 (2.90%) Firewall
9 13 (2.70%) HTTP
9 13 (2.70%) IPsec
10 12 (2.49%) Skype
10 12 (2.49%) VoIP
11 8 (1.66%) DHCP
11 8 (1.66%) PBX
11 8 (1.66%) SNMP
12 7 (1.45%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (4.98%) Power BI
2 23 (4.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 23 (4.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (3.53%) SQL Server
4 14 (2.90%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.70%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (1.66%) FileMaker
7 8 (1.66%) Oracle Database
7 8 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (1.45%) Big Data
9 6 (1.24%) Geospatial Data
9 6 (1.24%) GIS
10 5 (1.04%) Hadoop
10 5 (1.04%) NoSQL
10 5 (1.04%) Oracle BI EE
10 5 (1.04%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.83%) Oracle ODI
11 4 (0.83%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 28 (5.81%) Jenkins
2 26 (5.39%) Git (software)
3 17 (3.53%) JIRA
4 15 (3.11%) Visual Studio
5 14 (2.90%) Selenium
6 13 (2.70%) JUnit
7 9 (1.87%) JMeter
7 9 (1.87%) Spock
8 7 (1.45%) Cucumber
8 7 (1.45%) Travis CI
9 6 (1.24%) GitLab
9 6 (1.24%) Grunt
9 6 (1.24%) gulp
10 5 (1.04%) REST Assured
11 4 (0.83%) ERwin
11 4 (0.83%) Mockito
11 4 (0.83%) Protractor
11 4 (0.83%) SonarQube
11 4 (0.83%) Subversion
12 3 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 122 (25.31%) Public Sector
2 44 (9.13%) Finance
3 37 (7.68%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.07%) Legal
5 9 (1.87%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.24%) Electronics
7 4 (0.83%) Law
7 4 (0.83%) Marketing
7 4 (0.83%) Publishing
8 2 (0.41%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.41%) Avionics
8 2 (0.41%) Military
8 2 (0.41%) Retail
9 1 (0.21%) Advertising
9 1 (0.21%) Automotive
9 1 (0.21%) Back Office
9 1 (0.21%) Banking
9 1 (0.21%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.21%) French Language
9 1 (0.21%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 103 (21.37%) Developer
2 80 (16.60%) Architect
3 39 (8.09%) Analyst
4 34 (7.05%) Designer
5 27 (5.60%) Technical Architect
6 22 (4.56%) Business Analyst
7 21 (4.36%) Solutions Architect
8 18 (3.73%) Consultant
9 16 (3.32%) Java Developer
10 15 (3.11%) Senior Architect
11 14 (2.90%) Network Engineer
12 13 (2.70%) JavaScript Developer
13 11 (2.28%) DevOps Engineer
14 10 (2.07%) Senior Developer
14 10 (2.07%) Senior Technical Architect
14 10 (2.07%) User Researcher
15 9 (1.87%) Content Designer
15 9 (1.87%) Software Developer
16 8 (1.66%) Full Stack Developer
16 8 (1.66%) Senior Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (8.71%) HTML
2 36 (7.47%) CSS
3 32 (6.64%) Node.js
4 28 (5.81%) .NET
5 22 (4.56%) XML
6 19 (3.94%) AngularJS
6 19 (3.94%) RESTful
7 18 (3.73%) Web Services
8 16 (3.32%) React
9 14 (2.90%) ASP.NET
9 14 (2.90%) JSON
9 14 (2.90%) Spring
10 13 (2.70%) Vue.js
11 12 (2.49%) Spring Boot
12 11 (2.28%) REST
13 9 (1.87%) Ruby on Rails
14 8 (1.66%) J2EE
15 7 (1.45%) HTML5
16 6 (1.24%) Servlets
17 5 (1.04%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (7.68%) Self-Motivation
2 25 (5.19%) User Experience
3 24 (4.98%) Data Centre
4 21 (4.36%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (4.36%) Public Cloud
5 17 (3.53%) Management Information System
6 6 (1.24%) Blog
6 6 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.04%) Data Structures
7 5 (1.04%) NHS
8 4 (0.83%) Driving Licence
8 4 (0.83%) e-Learning
8 4 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (0.83%) Mainframe
8 4 (0.83%) Private Cloud
8 4 (0.83%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 3 (0.62%) Fibre Optics
9 3 (0.62%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 3 (0.62%) Graphic Design
9 3 (0.62%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 39 (8.09%) Windows
2 38 (7.88%) Linux
3 24 (4.98%) Unix
4 15 (3.11%) Windows 10
5 6 (1.24%) Mac OS X
6 5 (1.04%) Mac OS
7 4 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.83%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.62%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.62%) CentOS
9 2 (0.41%) VME
9 2 (0.41%) VMS
9 2 (0.41%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.21%) AIX
10 1 (0.21%) Solaris
10 1 (0.21%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.21%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (36.10%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (14.94%) DevOps
3 56 (11.62%) Test Automation
4 46 (9.54%) Scrum
5 40 (8.30%) Migration
5 40 (8.30%) Open Source
6 36 (7.47%) Service Design
6 36 (7.47%) TDD
7 34 (7.05%) ITIL
8 33 (6.85%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (6.43%) Microservices
10 29 (6.02%) Continuous Deployment
10 29 (6.02%) Mentoring
10 29 (6.02%) Service Management
11 28 (5.81%) CRM
11 28 (5.81%) Problem-Solving
11 28 (5.81%) Project Delivery
11 28 (5.81%) Service Delivery
12 24 (4.98%) Analytics
12 24 (4.98%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 70 (14.52%) Java
2 69 (14.32%) JavaScript
3 39 (8.09%) SQL
4 35 (7.26%) Python
5 26 (5.39%) Ruby
6 17 (3.53%) Bash Shell
7 16 (3.32%) Java 8
8 15 (3.11%) C
8 15 (3.11%) C#
9 13 (2.70%) ES6
9 13 (2.70%) PowerShell
10 12 (2.49%) TypeScript
11 7 (1.45%) C++
12 6 (1.24%) PL/SQL
13 5 (1.04%) Go
13 5 (1.04%) MATLAB
13 5 (1.04%) Scala
14 4 (0.83%) Perl
15 3 (0.62%) Kotlin
15 3 (0.62%) XPath
Qualifications
1 245 (50.83%) Security Cleared
2 148 (30.71%) SC Cleared
3 77 (15.98%) DBS Check
4 26 (5.39%) BC Cleared
5 21 (4.36%) Degree
6 20 (4.15%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (3.94%) CCNA
7 19 (3.94%) CCNP
8 10 (2.07%) CCDP
8 10 (2.07%) CTC Cleared
9 8 (1.66%) AWS Certification
9 8 (1.66%) CCDA
9 8 (1.66%) CCIP
10 7 (1.45%) CCIE
11 5 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.62%) HNC
12 3 (0.62%) ISEB
12 3 (0.62%) Postgraduate
13 2 (0.41%) HND
13 2 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (12.86%) Disclosure Scotland
2 18 (3.73%) QA
3 16 (3.32%) SLA
4 7 (1.45%) Data Quality
5 5 (1.04%) GDPR
5 5 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.04%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.62%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.62%) NIST
6 3 (0.62%) NIST 800
6 3 (0.62%) PMO
7 2 (0.41%) RMADS
8 1 (0.21%) COSHH
8 1 (0.21%) NCSC
8 1 (0.21%) PSD2
System Software
1 14 (2.90%) Active Directory
2 13 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.28%) Docker
4 6 (1.24%) Xen
5 3 (0.62%) HDFS
5 3 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.41%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.21%) Firmware
7 1 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.21%) Snort
7 1 (0.21%) vCloud
7 1 (0.21%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.21%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.21%) vSphere
7 1 (0.21%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (3.53%) Kubernetes
2 15 (3.11%) Terraform
3 13 (2.70%) Ansible
3 13 (2.70%) Puppet
4 5 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.83%) SCCM
6 3 (0.62%) Nagios
6 3 (0.62%) Packer
7 2 (0.41%) Amdocs OSS
7 2 (0.41%) Hadoop YARN
7 2 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.41%) Prometheus
7 2 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.41%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.41%) WSUS
8 1 (0.21%) Kibana
8 1 (0.21%) logstash
8 1 (0.21%) Netcool
8 1 (0.21%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 76 (15.77%) Microsoft
2 44 (9.13%) Oracle
3 29 (6.02%) Cisco
4 18 (3.73%) Google
5 15 (3.11%) Sparx
6 13 (2.70%) SAP
6 13 (2.70%) VMware
7 12 (2.49%) IBM
8 10 (2.07%) HP
9 7 (1.45%) Red Hat
9 7 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (1.24%) ESRI
10 6 (1.24%) Juniper
11 5 (1.04%) Dell
12 4 (0.83%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 4 (0.83%) F5
12 4 (0.83%) MuleSoft
12 4 (0.83%) Talend
13 3 (0.62%) Hortonworks
13 3 (0.62%) Tableau