Period
to 4 June 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 4 June 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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 281 332 397
Rank change year-on-year +51 +65 -31
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 342 634 552
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.85% 0.77% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 4.07% 3.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 443 373
Median daily rate £500 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% +4.65%
10th Percentile £329 £368 £272
90th Percentile £688 £670 £568
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 23 14
Median hourly rate £31.39 £35.50 £37.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.58% -5.96% +87.21%
10th Percentile £18.18 £18.90 £14.80
90th Percentile £43.75 £54.68 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £30.05 £35.00 £28.49
% change year-on-year -14.14% +22.87% +41.26%

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 9,465 15,567 17,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.57% 18.95% 19.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,609 9,438 10,428
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £275 £270 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 422 695 769
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +32.46% -15.95%
10th Percentile £15.53 £13.00 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.00 £54.20 £50.05
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.43 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.71% +33.70% -16.67%

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England.

Daily rate trend for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England.

Hourly rate trend for BPSS Clearance in England

BPSS Clearance
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing BPSS Clearance in England over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

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 4 June 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 +34 110 £500 - 12
London +46 103 £575 +7.48% 2
North West +61 55 £495 -5.71% 10
South West +37 43 £603 +10.55% 5
Midlands +49 42 £444 -6.58% 2
South East +98 36 £450 +2.45% 2
Yorkshire +9 32 £540 +8.00% 2
North East +16 26 £495 +4.21%
East Midlands +36 24 £450 -10.00% 2
West Midlands +40 17 £380 -18.63%
East of England +63 9 £450 -13.46% 2
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 4 June 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.

1 179 (52.34%) Security Cleared
2 131 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
3 110 (32.16%) SC Cleared
4 77 (22.51%) Public Sector
5 69 (20.18%) AWS
6 57 (16.67%) Test Automation
7 54 (15.79%) Azure
7 54 (15.79%) Java
8 51 (14.91%) DBS Check
9 41 (11.99%) JavaScript
10 40 (11.70%) DevOps
11 38 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
11 38 (11.11%) Linux
12 37 (10.82%) Microsoft
12 37 (10.82%) Microservices
13 36 (10.53%) Oracle
14 32 (9.36%) Kubernetes
15 31 (9.06%) TDD
16 28 (8.19%) Unix
16 28 (8.19%) Service Management
16 28 (8.19%) Docker
16 28 (8.19%) Jenkins
17 27 (7.89%) Migration
17 27 (7.89%) Python
17 27 (7.89%) Cisco
18 26 (7.60%) SQL
18 26 (7.60%) Scrum
18 26 (7.60%) BDD
18 26 (7.60%) Project Delivery
18 26 (7.60%) Service Design

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 7 (2.05%) Confluence
1 7 (2.05%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.46%) ArcGIS
2 5 (1.46%) Elasticsearch
2 5 (1.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (0.88%) Apache
4 2 (0.58%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.58%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.29%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.29%) CMS
5 1 (0.29%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.29%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.29%) SAS
5 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.29%) WildFly
Applications
1 12 (3.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 9 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (2.63%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 4 (1.17%) InVision
3 4 (1.17%) Sketch
4 3 (0.88%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.29%) LibreOffice
5 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 3 (0.88%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
3 2 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.29%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 69 (20.18%) AWS
2 54 (15.79%) Azure
3 10 (2.92%) Cloud Computing
3 10 (2.92%) Office 365
4 9 (2.63%) GitHub
4 9 (2.63%) PaaS
5 8 (2.34%) G Suite
6 7 (2.05%) npm
7 6 (1.75%) Power Platform
7 6 (1.75%) Serverless
8 5 (1.46%) GCP
9 4 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (1.17%) Boomi
9 4 (1.17%) HP Helion
9 4 (1.17%) IaaS
9 4 (1.17%) SaaS
9 4 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.88%) Amazon EKS
10 3 (0.88%) Amazon SQS
10 3 (0.88%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 24 (7.02%) Internet
2 23 (6.73%) TCP/IP
3 19 (5.56%) WAN
4 18 (5.26%) BGP
4 18 (5.26%) MPLS
5 16 (4.68%) LAN
5 16 (4.68%) VPN
6 15 (4.39%) DNS
6 15 (4.39%) OSPF
7 14 (4.09%) VoIP
8 13 (3.80%) Firewall
9 12 (3.51%) Ethernet
10 11 (3.22%) Unified Communications
11 10 (2.92%) EIGRP
11 10 (2.92%) HTTP
11 10 (2.92%) RIP
12 9 (2.63%) SMS
12 9 (2.63%) SNMP
13 8 (2.34%) ADSL
13 8 (2.34%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.97%) MongoDB
2 12 (3.51%) Relational Database
3 11 (3.22%) Oracle Database
4 9 (2.63%) FileMaker
4 9 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (1.75%) Big Data
5 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (1.75%) Power BI
6 5 (1.46%) Geospatial Data
6 5 (1.46%) GIS
6 5 (1.46%) SQL Server
7 4 (1.17%) MySQL
7 4 (1.17%) Oracle Database 12c
7 4 (1.17%) RDBMS
7 4 (1.17%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.88%) Oracle BI EE
8 3 (0.88%) SAP Data Services
8 3 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.58%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 28 (8.19%) Jenkins
2 23 (6.73%) Git (software)
3 16 (4.68%) Mockito
4 12 (3.51%) JIRA
4 12 (3.51%) Selenium
5 7 (2.05%) REST Assured
6 6 (1.75%) Cucumber
6 6 (1.75%) GitLab
7 5 (1.46%) CircleCI
7 5 (1.46%) Grunt
7 5 (1.46%) gulp
7 5 (1.46%) SoapUI
7 5 (1.46%) Visual Studio
8 4 (1.17%) Eclipse
8 4 (1.17%) JMeter
8 4 (1.17%) SonarQube
9 3 (0.88%) ERwin
9 3 (0.88%) JUnit
9 3 (0.88%) MSI
10 2 (0.58%) Checkstyle
General
1 77 (22.51%) Public Sector
2 25 (7.31%) Telecoms
3 22 (6.43%) Finance
4 9 (2.63%) Legal
5 7 (2.05%) Law
6 4 (1.17%) Publishing
7 3 (0.88%) Fire and Rescue
7 3 (0.88%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.88%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.58%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.29%) Advertising
9 1 (0.29%) Automotive
9 1 (0.29%) Avionics
9 1 (0.29%) Back Office
9 1 (0.29%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.29%) Local Government
9 1 (0.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 82 (23.98%) Developer
2 51 (14.91%) Architect
3 30 (8.77%) Designer
4 25 (7.31%) Analyst
4 25 (7.31%) Java Developer
5 17 (4.97%) Solutions Architect
6 16 (4.68%) Project Manager
7 15 (4.39%) Business Analyst
8 14 (4.09%) Technical Architect
9 11 (3.22%) Network Engineer
10 10 (2.92%) Python Developer
10 10 (2.92%) User Researcher
11 9 (2.63%) Incident Manager
11 9 (2.63%) Major Incident Manager
12 8 (2.34%) DBA
12 8 (2.34%) DevOps Engineer
12 8 (2.34%) Senior Designer
13 7 (2.05%) Administrator
13 7 (2.05%) FileMaker Developer
13 7 (2.05%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (6.73%) HTML
2 19 (5.56%) CSS
3 15 (4.39%) ActiveMQ
3 15 (4.39%) JAX-RS
4 14 (4.09%) Web Services
5 11 (3.22%) REST
5 11 (3.22%) Spring
6 10 (2.92%) JSON
7 9 (2.63%) Node.js
7 9 (2.63%) RESTful
7 9 (2.63%) Spring Boot
8 8 (2.34%) SOAP
8 8 (2.34%) XML
9 6 (1.75%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.46%) Django
10 5 (1.46%) Dropwizard
10 5 (1.46%) Elastic Stack
11 4 (1.17%) Middleware
11 4 (1.17%) XSD
11 4 (1.17%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.02%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (5.85%) User Experience
3 16 (4.68%) Data Centre
4 15 (4.39%) Public Cloud
5 11 (3.22%) Management Information System
6 7 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (2.05%) Taxonomies
7 5 (1.46%) Reference Data
8 4 (1.17%) Blog
8 4 (1.17%) e-Learning
8 4 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.17%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 3 (0.88%) Data Structures
9 3 (0.88%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.88%) SCADA
9 3 (0.88%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.58%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.58%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.58%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 38 (11.11%) Linux
2 28 (8.19%) Unix
3 19 (5.56%) Windows
4 15 (4.39%) Mac OS X
5 7 (2.05%) VME
5 7 (2.05%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (1.17%) Mac OS
7 4 (1.17%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.88%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.88%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.58%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.29%) AIX
10 1 (0.29%) CentOS
10 1 (0.29%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (16.67%) Test Automation
3 40 (11.70%) DevOps
4 38 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
5 37 (10.82%) Microservices
6 31 (9.06%) TDD
7 28 (8.19%) Service Management
8 27 (7.89%) Migration
9 26 (7.60%) BDD
9 26 (7.60%) Project Delivery
9 26 (7.60%) Scrum
9 26 (7.60%) Service Design
10 25 (7.31%) Continuous Deployment
10 25 (7.31%) Service Delivery
11 23 (6.73%) Continuous Integration
11 23 (6.73%) Pair Programming
12 21 (6.14%) Change Management
12 21 (6.14%) Data Modelling
12 21 (6.14%) ITIL
12 21 (6.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 54 (15.79%) Java
2 41 (11.99%) JavaScript
3 27 (7.89%) Python
4 26 (7.60%) SQL
5 25 (7.31%) Java 8
6 13 (3.80%) Ruby
7 10 (2.92%) TypeScript
8 9 (2.63%) PL/SQL
9 7 (2.05%) C
9 7 (2.05%) PowerShell
9 7 (2.05%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.75%) Bash Shell
10 6 (1.75%) COBOL
11 5 (1.46%) XPath
12 4 (1.17%) ES6
12 4 (1.17%) XQuery
13 3 (0.88%) Go
13 3 (0.88%) Perl
14 2 (0.58%) C#
14 2 (0.58%) C++
Qualifications
1 179 (52.34%) Security Cleared
2 110 (32.16%) SC Cleared
3 51 (14.91%) DBS Check
4 25 (7.31%) BC Cleared
5 20 (5.85%) CCNP
5 20 (5.85%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (5.56%) CCNA
7 13 (3.80%) Degree
8 11 (3.22%) CCDP
8 11 (3.22%) CCIP
9 8 (2.34%) AWS Certification
9 8 (2.34%) CTC Cleared
10 6 (1.75%) CCDA
10 6 (1.75%) CCIE
11 5 (1.46%) CISM
12 4 (1.17%) ISEB
13 3 (0.88%) CISSP
13 3 (0.88%) HNC
13 3 (0.88%) ISTQB
13 3 (0.88%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (6.14%) Disclosure Scotland
1 21 (6.14%) QA
2 12 (3.51%) SLA
3 7 (2.05%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.17%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.88%) COBIT
5 3 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.29%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.29%) GDPR
7 1 (0.29%) GLP
7 1 (0.29%) GPG13
7 1 (0.29%) GxP
7 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 1 (0.29%) NIST
7 1 (0.29%) P3O
7 1 (0.29%) PMO
7 1 (0.29%) PSD2
7 1 (0.29%) RMADS
System Software
1 28 (8.19%) Docker
2 4 (1.17%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.58%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.29%) OpenAM
4 1 (0.29%) OpenDJ
4 1 (0.29%) Snort
4 1 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.29%) vSphere
4 1 (0.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 32 (9.36%) Kubernetes
2 17 (4.97%) Terraform
3 11 (3.22%) Puppet
4 10 (2.92%) Ansible
5 8 (2.34%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (1.46%) Salt
7 3 (0.88%) Kibana
7 3 (0.88%) logstash
7 3 (0.88%) Packer
8 2 (0.58%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.58%) SCCM
8 2 (0.58%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.29%) Amdocs OSS
9 1 (0.29%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 1 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.29%) Nagios
9 1 (0.29%) SCOM
9 1 (0.29%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 37 (10.82%) Microsoft
2 36 (10.53%) Oracle
3 27 (7.89%) Cisco
4 12 (3.51%) Google
4 12 (3.51%) SAP
5 11 (3.22%) IBM
6 8 (2.34%) Juniper
7 7 (2.05%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 6 (1.75%) HP
8 6 (1.75%) Red Hat
8 6 (1.75%) Sparx
9 5 (1.46%) Adobe
9 5 (1.46%) ESRI
9 5 (1.46%) ICL
10 4 (1.17%) Dell
11 3 (0.88%) Cognos
11 3 (0.88%) Informatica
11 3 (0.88%) Lets Encrypt
11 3 (0.88%) ServiceNow
11 3 (0.88%) VMware