Period
to 25 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 340 273 361
Rank change year-on-year -67 +88 +55
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 523 247 516
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.77% 0.90% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.11% 3.64% 3.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 187 369
10th Percentile £351 £325 £325
25th Percentile £424 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £575 £575 £550
90th Percentile £669 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £510 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +2.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 17 39
10th Percentile £20.75 £12.43 £16.25
25th Percentile £38.37 £17.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate £48.58 £23.43 £25.12
Median % change year-on-year +107.34% -6.73% -39.94%
75th Percentile £53.44 £31.39 £43.25
90th Percentile £62.34 £34.33 £53.72
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £23.43 £21.00
% change year-on-year +102.73% +11.57% -18.59%

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 12,715 6,778 15,552
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.75% 24.79% 20.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,171 4,600 9,983
10th Percentile £310 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £470
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +2.29% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 603 251 664
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.19 £20.06 £17.50
Median hourly rate £30.00 £33.50 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.45% -16.25% +73.91%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.53 £64.50 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £31.75 £31.61 £39.50
% change year-on-year +0.44% -19.97% +71.74%

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 25 October 2021.

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 25 October 2021.

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 October 2021. 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 +1 178 £517 -1.80% 18
London -129 148 £495 -5.71% 14
North West -10 87 £502 -4.33% 9
South West +15 85 £502 +18.04% 7
Yorkshire -1 75 £540 +2.27% 4
Midlands -45 48 £455 +13.47% 4
South East -87 41 £525 +20.00% 7
West Midlands -53 35 £483 +20.32% 3
North East +9 26 £600 +11.63% 5
East Midlands - 13 £375 - 1
East of England -56 10 £425 -10.05% 3
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, 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.

1 274 (52.39%) Security Cleared
2 215 (41.11%) Agile Software Development
3 179 (34.23%) SC Cleared
4 121 (23.14%) Public Sector
5 91 (17.40%) Social Skills
6 90 (17.21%) Azure
7 89 (17.02%) DevOps
8 84 (16.06%) AWS
9 79 (15.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 65 (12.43%) Python
11 63 (12.05%) Scrum
12 60 (11.47%) Java
13 59 (11.28%) SQL
14 56 (10.71%) JIRA
15 54 (10.33%) Software Engineering
16 52 (9.94%) ITIL
17 46 (8.80%) Docker
17 46 (8.80%) Analytics
18 45 (8.60%) Microsoft
19 44 (8.41%) Stakeholder Management
20 42 (8.03%) JavaScript
20 42 (8.03%) Service Design
21 40 (7.65%) Test Automation
22 39 (7.46%) Kubernetes
23 38 (7.27%) Terraform
23 38 (7.27%) Confluence
24 36 (6.88%) Git (software)
24 36 (6.88%) Project Delivery
25 35 (6.69%) Migration
26 34 (6.50%) Continuous Improvement

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 38 (7.27%) Confluence
2 18 (3.44%) Apache Spark
3 11 (2.10%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.15%) Apache
4 6 (1.15%) nginx
5 4 (0.76%) Drupal
5 4 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.57%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.57%) SAS
6 3 (0.57%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.38%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.38%) CMS
7 2 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.38%) Red Hat Fuse
7 2 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.38%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.38%) WebLogic Integration
8 1 (0.19%) JBoss
8 1 (0.19%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.19%) Traefik
Applications
1 19 (3.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.91%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.19%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.19%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.19%) Figma
6 1 (0.19%) InVision
6 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.19%) Revit
6 1 (0.19%) Sketch
6 1 (0.19%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.38%) Oracle SCM
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.19%) Sage CRM
2 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.19%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 90 (17.21%) Azure
2 84 (16.06%) AWS
3 31 (5.93%) Power Platform
4 25 (4.78%) Serverless
5 23 (4.40%) GitHub
5 23 (4.40%) Microsoft 365
6 17 (3.25%) Amazon S3
6 17 (3.25%) AWS Lambda
6 17 (3.25%) SaaS
7 16 (3.06%) PaaS
8 14 (2.68%) IaaS
9 13 (2.49%) AWS Fargate
10 11 (2.10%) AWS CloudFormation
11 10 (1.91%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 10 (1.91%) Amazon SQS
12 9 (1.72%) Amazon ECS
12 9 (1.72%) GCP
12 9 (1.72%) Route 53
13 8 (1.53%) AWS CloudTrail
14 7 (1.34%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.29%) SSL
1 12 (2.29%) VPN
2 9 (1.72%) TCP/IP
3 8 (1.53%) Firewall
3 8 (1.53%) LAN
4 7 (1.34%) DNS
4 7 (1.34%) Internet
4 7 (1.34%) Network Security
5 6 (1.15%) WAN
6 4 (0.76%) BGP
6 4 (0.76%) DSL
6 4 (0.76%) Intranet
6 4 (0.76%) OSPF
7 3 (0.57%) ADSL
7 3 (0.57%) EIGRP
7 3 (0.57%) Ethernet
7 3 (0.57%) HTTP
7 3 (0.57%) IPsec
7 3 (0.57%) Software-Defined Networking
7 3 (0.57%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (4.40%) Power BI
2 19 (3.63%) Hadoop
3 16 (3.06%) Big Data
3 16 (3.06%) PostgreSQL
4 14 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (2.49%) Data Lake
6 12 (2.29%) Relational Database
6 12 (2.29%) SQL Server
7 11 (2.10%) Metadata
7 11 (2.10%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.91%) MongoDB
9 8 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
9 8 (1.53%) Azure SQL Database
10 6 (1.15%) MySQL
10 6 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.96%) Amazon Athena
11 5 (0.96%) GIS
11 5 (0.96%) MS Access
11 5 (0.96%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.76%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 56 (10.71%) JIRA
2 36 (6.88%) Git (software)
3 25 (4.78%) Jenkins
4 21 (4.02%) GitLab
5 16 (3.06%) Selenium
6 11 (2.10%) Cucumber
7 10 (1.91%) Maven
8 9 (1.72%) JUnit
9 8 (1.53%) JMeter
9 8 (1.53%) Postman
10 7 (1.34%) Jasmine
11 5 (0.96%) Cypress.io
11 5 (0.96%) SonarQube
12 4 (0.76%) Bitbucket
12 4 (0.76%) Karma Test Runner
12 4 (0.76%) WebDriver
13 3 (0.57%) gulp
13 3 (0.57%) Mockito
13 3 (0.57%) SpecFlow
13 3 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 121 (23.14%) Public Sector
2 91 (17.40%) Social Skills
3 33 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (4.59%) Finance
5 14 (2.68%) Influencing Skills
6 8 (1.53%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.34%) Military
8 6 (1.15%) Law
8 6 (1.15%) Legal
9 5 (0.96%) Organisational Skills
9 5 (0.96%) Police
9 5 (0.96%) Telecoms
10 4 (0.76%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (0.57%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.57%) Banking
11 3 (0.57%) Documentation Skills
12 2 (0.38%) Automotive
12 2 (0.38%) Marketing
12 2 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.19%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 89 (17.02%) Developer
2 58 (11.09%) Analyst
3 49 (9.37%) Architect
4 31 (5.93%) DevOps Engineer
5 24 (4.59%) Business Analyst
5 24 (4.59%) Designer
6 22 (4.21%) Software Engineer
7 19 (3.63%) Data Engineer
7 19 (3.63%) Project Manager
8 18 (3.44%) AWS Engineer
8 18 (3.44%) Delivery Manager
8 18 (3.44%) Java Developer
9 16 (3.06%) Software Developer
9 16 (3.06%) Solutions Architect
9 16 (3.06%) User Researcher
10 15 (2.87%) Consultant
10 15 (2.87%) Python Developer
11 14 (2.68%) AWS DevOps
12 13 (2.49%) AWS DevOps Engineer
13 12 (2.29%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (5.16%) REST
2 26 (4.97%) HTML
3 25 (4.78%) Node.js
4 24 (4.59%) .NET
5 23 (4.40%) CSS
5 23 (4.40%) Web Services
6 16 (3.06%) Spring Boot
7 15 (2.87%) Spring
8 14 (2.68%) AngularJS
8 14 (2.68%) RESTful
9 13 (2.49%) React
10 12 (2.29%) JSON
11 11 (2.10%) XML
12 10 (1.91%) .NET Core
13 9 (1.72%) Gherkin
14 8 (1.53%) SOAP
15 7 (1.34%) ASP.NET
16 6 (1.15%) JFC
16 6 (1.15%) Kafka
16 6 (1.15%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 27 (5.16%) NHS
2 21 (4.02%) User Experience
3 16 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 11 (2.10%) Public Cloud
5 9 (1.72%) Data Centre
5 9 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.15%) Virtual Team
8 5 (0.96%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.76%) CCTV
9 4 (0.76%) Data Structures
10 3 (0.57%) Cyberthreat
10 3 (0.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (0.57%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (0.57%) Legacy Systems
10 3 (0.57%) Mobile App
10 3 (0.57%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.57%) Security Operations Centre
10 3 (0.57%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 32 (6.12%) Linux
2 24 (4.59%) Windows
3 8 (1.53%) Unix
4 5 (0.96%) CoreOS
4 5 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (0.96%) Windows 10
5 4 (0.76%) CentOS
5 4 (0.76%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (0.57%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (0.38%) FreeRTOS
7 2 (0.38%) HPUX
7 2 (0.38%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.38%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.38%) SafeRTOS
7 2 (0.38%) SUSE
7 2 (0.38%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.38%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (41.11%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (17.02%) DevOps
3 63 (12.05%) Scrum
4 54 (10.33%) Software Engineering
5 52 (9.94%) ITIL
6 46 (8.80%) Analytics
7 44 (8.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 42 (8.03%) Service Design
9 40 (7.65%) Test Automation
10 36 (6.88%) Project Delivery
11 35 (6.69%) Migration
12 34 (6.50%) Continuous Improvement
12 34 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
12 34 (6.50%) User Stories
13 33 (6.31%) Project Management
14 31 (5.93%) Service Delivery
15 30 (5.74%) Microservices
16 29 (5.54%) Continuous Integration
17 28 (5.35%) User Research
18 25 (4.78%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 65 (12.43%) Python
2 60 (11.47%) Java
3 59 (11.28%) SQL
4 42 (8.03%) JavaScript
5 27 (5.16%) C#
6 17 (3.25%) PowerShell
7 15 (2.87%) C++
8 12 (2.29%) Bash Shell
8 12 (2.29%) R
9 11 (2.10%) C
10 10 (1.91%) Java 8
10 10 (1.91%) Scala
11 9 (1.72%) Go
11 9 (1.72%) Ruby
12 5 (0.96%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.76%) Fortran
13 4 (0.76%) Java 11
13 4 (0.76%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.57%) PHP
14 3 (0.57%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 274 (52.39%) Security Cleared
2 179 (34.23%) SC Cleared
3 31 (5.93%) DBS Check
4 22 (4.21%) Degree
5 15 (2.87%) DV Cleared
6 11 (2.10%) ITIL Certification
7 9 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (1.15%) CCNP
8 6 (1.15%) ISTQB
8 6 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (0.76%) CCNA
10 4 (0.76%) CISSP
10 4 (0.76%) ISEB
10 4 (0.76%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.76%) PMP
11 3 (0.57%) AWS Certification
11 3 (0.57%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.38%) CCIP
12 2 (0.38%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (15.11%) Disclosure Scotland
2 29 (5.54%) QA
3 19 (3.63%) Accessibility
4 11 (2.10%) PMO
5 10 (1.91%) SLA
6 9 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (1.53%) Data Quality
8 5 (0.96%) COBIT
9 4 (0.76%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 3 (0.57%) GDPR
11 2 (0.38%) Actionable Recommendations
11 2 (0.38%) DO-254
11 2 (0.38%) HL7
11 2 (0.38%) IEC 61508
11 2 (0.38%) ISO 26262
11 2 (0.38%) MISRA
11 2 (0.38%) MISRA C
11 2 (0.38%) NCSC
11 2 (0.38%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (8.80%) Docker
2 19 (3.63%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.57%) HDFS
5 2 (0.38%) Firmware
5 2 (0.38%) RACF
5 2 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.19%) iptables
6 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 39 (7.46%) Kubernetes
2 38 (7.27%) Terraform
3 17 (3.25%) Ansible
4 7 (1.34%) Puppet
5 6 (1.15%) HAProxy
5 6 (1.15%) Istio
6 5 (0.96%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 5 (0.96%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 4 (0.76%) SCCM
7 4 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.57%) Packer
8 3 (0.57%) Prometheus
9 2 (0.38%) FlexNet
9 2 (0.38%) Sysdig
9 2 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.19%) Consul
10 1 (0.19%) Nagios
10 1 (0.19%) Nessus
10 1 (0.19%) OPNET
10 1 (0.19%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 45 (8.60%) Microsoft
2 18 (3.44%) Oracle
3 16 (3.06%) ServiceNow
4 13 (2.49%) Brio
5 12 (2.29%) Databricks
5 12 (2.29%) Hortonworks
6 11 (2.10%) Cisco
7 10 (1.91%) Talend
7 10 (1.91%) VMware
8 8 (1.53%) Cloudera
9 6 (1.15%) Atlassian
9 6 (1.15%) Dell
9 6 (1.15%) Dynatrace
9 6 (1.15%) IBM
9 6 (1.15%) Informatica
9 6 (1.15%) Red Hat
9 6 (1.15%) Splunk
10 5 (0.96%) Google
10 5 (0.96%) SAP
11 4 (0.76%) Juniper