Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 332 258 380
Rank change year-on-year -74 +122 +48
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 409 324 558
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.72% 0.97% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.68% 4.01% 3.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 249 397
10th Percentile £344 £329 £362
25th Percentile £413 £435 £415
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £520 £500
Median % change year-on-year -3.85% +4.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £588 £600 £569
90th Percentile £662 £675 £637
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 25 28
10th Percentile £18.29 £13.90 £17.98
25th Percentile £20.75 £18.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.05 £33.86
Median % change year-on-year +33.11% -11.24% -16.41%
75th Percentile £51.25 £34.50 £48.88
90th Percentile £53.75 £42.80 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £30.75 £22.05 £26.80
% change year-on-year +39.47% -17.73% -5.92%

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 11,108 8,082 16,147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.65% 24.21% 19.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,121 5,384 10,174
10th Percentile £306 £300 £269
25th Percentile £401 £400 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £482 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.84% +1.37% +5.56%
75th Percentile £594 £575 £575
90th Percentile £676 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 571 270 662
10th Percentile £12.50 £15.25 £12.32
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £31.00 £31.39 £34.00
Median % change year-on-year -1.24% -7.68% +51.11%
75th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £60.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £31.39 £35.07
% change year-on-year -7.61% -10.48% +59.39%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -6 148 £513 -2.38% 19
London -131 104 £488 -18.75% 11
North West -18 75 £500 +1.78% 12
South West +21 56 £525 -3.23% 16
Yorkshire +1 53 £550 +1.85% 5
South East -24 41 £530 +11.58% 10
Midlands -39 34 £414 +7.07% 9
West Midlands -39 23 £450 +18.42% 7
North East +4 22 £600 +16.50% 2
East Midlands -12 11 £190 -63.64% 2
East of England -16 10 £408 -13.76% 5
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 224 (54.77%) Security Cleared
2 160 (39.12%) Agile Software Development
3 119 (29.10%) SC Cleared
4 82 (20.05%) Public Sector
5 77 (18.83%) Social Skills
6 71 (17.36%) Disclosure Scotland
7 63 (15.40%) AWS
8 62 (15.16%) Azure
9 59 (14.43%) DevOps
10 58 (14.18%) Scrum
11 45 (11.00%) Python
12 44 (10.76%) Java
13 42 (10.27%) Stakeholder Management
13 42 (10.27%) SQL
14 41 (10.02%) Microsoft
15 40 (9.78%) Migration
16 39 (9.54%) JIRA
17 33 (8.07%) Project Management
18 31 (7.58%) Test Automation
18 31 (7.58%) Continuous Improvement
19 30 (7.33%) Docker
19 30 (7.33%) Analytical Skills
19 30 (7.33%) ITIL
20 29 (7.09%) Project Delivery
20 29 (7.09%) Problem-Solving
21 28 (6.85%) Decision-Making
22 27 (6.60%) Analytics
22 27 (6.60%) NHS
22 27 (6.60%) QA
23 26 (6.36%) User Research

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 22 (5.38%) Confluence
2 9 (2.20%) Apache
2 9 (2.20%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.96%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.71%) JBoss
5 6 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (1.47%) Oracle Application Server
6 3 (0.73%) Drupal
6 3 (0.73%) nginx
6 3 (0.73%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.73%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.73%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.49%) Apache Airflow
7 2 (0.49%) CMS
7 2 (0.49%) GeoServer
7 2 (0.49%) IIS
7 2 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.49%) WebLogic Integration
8 1 (0.24%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.24%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 20 (4.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (3.91%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.49%) GNU Octave
6 1 (0.24%) Simulink
6 1 (0.24%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.24%) Maximo
2 1 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.24%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 63 (15.40%) AWS
2 62 (15.16%) Azure
3 21 (5.13%) Power Platform
4 16 (3.91%) PaaS
5 14 (3.42%) Microsoft 365
6 12 (2.93%) Serverless
7 11 (2.69%) GitHub
8 10 (2.44%) Amazon S3
9 9 (2.20%) GCP
10 8 (1.96%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (1.47%) Amazon EKS
11 6 (1.47%) AWS Fargate
12 5 (1.22%) Amazon SQS
12 5 (1.22%) PowerApps
12 5 (1.22%) SaaS
13 4 (0.98%) Amazon ECS
13 4 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
13 4 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
13 4 (0.98%) IaaS
14 3 (0.73%) Amazon Cognito
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.69%) Firewall
2 9 (2.20%) LAN
2 9 (2.20%) WAN
3 7 (1.71%) Internet
3 7 (1.71%) Unified Communications
4 6 (1.47%) SSL
4 6 (1.47%) Wireless
5 5 (1.22%) TCP/IP
5 5 (1.22%) VLAN
6 4 (0.98%) DNS
6 4 (0.98%) Network Security
7 3 (0.73%) BGP
7 3 (0.73%) Ethernet
7 3 (0.73%) Intranet
7 3 (0.73%) IPsec
7 3 (0.73%) MPLS
7 3 (0.73%) OSPF
7 3 (0.73%) PSTN
7 3 (0.73%) Skype
7 3 (0.73%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (3.67%) PostgreSQL
1 15 (3.67%) Power BI
2 13 (3.18%) Relational Database
3 11 (2.69%) Hadoop
3 11 (2.69%) Oracle Database
3 11 (2.69%) SQL Server
4 7 (1.71%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (1.47%) MS Access
5 6 (1.47%) MySQL
6 5 (1.22%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.22%) Big Data
6 5 (1.22%) Metadata
6 5 (1.22%) NoSQL
7 4 (0.98%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (0.98%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.98%) Redis
7 4 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.73%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.73%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 39 (9.54%) JIRA
2 20 (4.89%) Git (software)
3 14 (3.42%) Jenkins
4 12 (2.93%) Selenium
5 10 (2.44%) GitLab
6 9 (2.20%) JUnit
7 7 (1.71%) Oracle Forms
8 6 (1.47%) Cucumber
8 6 (1.47%) Oracle APEX
9 5 (1.22%) Cypress.io
9 5 (1.22%) JMeter
9 5 (1.22%) Maven
9 5 (1.22%) Postman
10 4 (0.98%) Jasmine
10 4 (0.98%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.73%) Gatling
11 3 (0.73%) Karma Test Runner
11 3 (0.73%) Liquibase
11 3 (0.73%) Mockito
12 2 (0.49%) Travis CI
General
1 82 (20.05%) Public Sector
2 77 (18.83%) Social Skills
3 30 (7.33%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (5.38%) Finance
5 14 (3.42%) Influencing Skills
6 9 (2.20%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.71%) Organisational Skills
8 6 (1.47%) Legal
8 6 (1.47%) Police
9 4 (0.98%) Documentation Skills
10 3 (0.73%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.73%) Banking
10 3 (0.73%) Military
11 2 (0.49%) Automotive
11 2 (0.49%) Law
11 2 (0.49%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.49%) Presentation Skills
12 1 (0.24%) Advertising
12 1 (0.24%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 64 (15.65%) Developer
2 43 (10.51%) Analyst
3 29 (7.09%) Architect
4 22 (5.38%) DevOps Engineer
5 21 (5.13%) Project Manager
6 18 (4.40%) AWS Engineer
7 17 (4.16%) Delivery Manager
8 15 (3.67%) User Researcher
9 14 (3.42%) Business Analyst
9 14 (3.42%) Data Engineer
9 14 (3.42%) Designer
10 12 (2.93%) Java Developer
11 10 (2.44%) AWS DevOps
11 10 (2.44%) AWS DevOps Engineer
11 10 (2.44%) Senior Developer
11 10 (2.44%) Senior Manager
11 10 (2.44%) Technical Architect
11 10 (2.44%) Tester
12 9 (2.20%) Python Developer
12 9 (2.20%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.65%) REST
2 16 (3.91%) .NET
3 15 (3.67%) HTML
4 14 (3.42%) Node.js
5 12 (2.93%) CSS
6 9 (2.20%) AngularJS
6 9 (2.20%) Web Services
7 8 (1.96%) React
8 7 (1.71%) RESTful
9 5 (1.22%) .NET Core
9 5 (1.22%) ASP.NET
9 5 (1.22%) Gherkin
9 5 (1.22%) Jest
9 5 (1.22%) OAuth
9 5 (1.22%) Vue.js
9 5 (1.22%) XML
10 4 (0.98%) .NET Framework
10 4 (0.98%) JSON
10 4 (0.98%) SAML
10 4 (0.98%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 27 (6.60%) NHS
2 22 (5.38%) User Experience
3 10 (2.44%) Data Centre
4 9 (2.20%) Management Information System
5 7 (1.71%) Enterprise Cloud
5 7 (1.71%) Legacy Applications
6 6 (1.47%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (0.98%) CCTV
8 4 (0.98%) Cloud Native
9 3 (0.73%) IVR
9 3 (0.73%) Legacy Systems
9 3 (0.73%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.73%) Social Media
9 3 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (0.49%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.49%) Embedded Systems
10 2 (0.49%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.49%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.49%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 21 (5.13%) Windows
2 11 (2.69%) Linux
3 7 (1.71%) Unix
3 7 (1.71%) Windows 10
4 4 (0.98%) Windows 7
5 3 (0.73%) CoreOS
6 2 (0.49%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.49%) FreeRTOS
6 2 (0.49%) HPUX
6 2 (0.49%) SafeRTOS
6 2 (0.49%) Solaris
6 2 (0.49%) SUSE
6 2 (0.49%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.24%) AIX
7 1 (0.24%) Android
7 1 (0.24%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (39.12%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (14.43%) DevOps
3 58 (14.18%) Scrum
4 42 (10.27%) Stakeholder Management
5 40 (9.78%) Migration
6 33 (8.07%) Project Management
7 31 (7.58%) Continuous Improvement
7 31 (7.58%) Test Automation
8 30 (7.33%) ITIL
9 29 (7.09%) Problem-Solving
9 29 (7.09%) Project Delivery
10 28 (6.85%) Decision-Making
11 27 (6.60%) Analytics
12 26 (6.36%) User Research
13 24 (5.87%) Service Delivery
13 24 (5.87%) Service Design
14 22 (5.38%) Continuous Integration
15 21 (5.13%) Mentoring
16 18 (4.40%) Software Engineering
17 17 (4.16%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (11.00%) Python
2 44 (10.76%) Java
3 42 (10.27%) SQL
4 24 (5.87%) JavaScript
5 14 (3.42%) C#
6 10 (2.44%) PowerShell
7 9 (2.20%) C
8 8 (1.96%) C++
8 8 (1.96%) Go
8 8 (1.96%) R
9 7 (1.71%) Scala
10 5 (1.22%) Bash Shell
10 5 (1.22%) PHP
11 4 (0.98%) Java 8
11 4 (0.98%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.73%) Java 11
12 3 (0.73%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.73%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.73%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.73%) VB
Qualifications
1 224 (54.77%) Security Cleared
2 119 (29.10%) SC Cleared
3 21 (5.13%) DBS Check
4 16 (3.91%) Degree
5 11 (2.69%) DV Cleared
6 10 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (1.71%) ISTQB
9 6 (1.47%) ISEB
9 6 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (1.22%) CCIE
10 5 (1.22%) CCNA
11 4 (0.98%) BC Cleared
11 4 (0.98%) CISSP
12 3 (0.73%) AWS Certification
12 3 (0.73%) CCNP
12 3 (0.73%) PMI Certification
12 3 (0.73%) PMP
13 2 (0.49%) CCDP
13 2 (0.49%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (17.36%) Disclosure Scotland
2 27 (6.60%) QA
3 13 (3.18%) Accessibility
4 9 (2.20%) SLA
5 8 (1.96%) PMO
6 7 (1.71%) GDPR
7 6 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (1.22%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.73%) COBIT
9 3 (0.73%) GMP
10 2 (0.49%) DO-254
10 2 (0.49%) IEC 61508
10 2 (0.49%) ISO 26262
10 2 (0.49%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.49%) MISRA
10 2 (0.49%) MISRA C
11 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.24%) P3O
11 1 (0.24%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 30 (7.33%) Docker
2 13 (3.18%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.73%) HDFS
5 2 (0.49%) Firmware
5 2 (0.49%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.49%) RACF
6 1 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 1 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 25 (6.11%) Kubernetes
2 23 (5.62%) Terraform
3 13 (3.18%) Ansible
4 4 (0.98%) Istio
4 4 (0.98%) Packer
4 4 (0.98%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.73%) FlexNet
5 3 (0.73%) HAProxy
5 3 (0.73%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 3 (0.73%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 3 (0.73%) Puppet
6 2 (0.49%) Nagios
6 2 (0.49%) Prometheus
6 2 (0.49%) SCCM
7 1 (0.24%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 1 (0.24%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.24%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.24%) Grafana
7 1 (0.24%) Kibana
7 1 (0.24%) OPNET
Vendors
1 41 (10.02%) Microsoft
2 24 (5.87%) Oracle
3 18 (4.40%) Cisco
4 13 (3.18%) ServiceNow
5 8 (1.96%) webMethods
6 6 (1.47%) Databricks
6 6 (1.47%) Google
7 5 (1.22%) IBM
7 5 (1.22%) VMware
8 4 (0.98%) Aruba
8 4 (0.98%) Hortonworks
9 3 (0.73%) Avaya
9 3 (0.73%) CA
9 3 (0.73%) Citrix
9 3 (0.73%) Cloudera
9 3 (0.73%) Dell
9 3 (0.73%) Dynatrace
9 3 (0.73%) Informatica
9 3 (0.73%) MuleSoft
9 3 (0.73%) UiPath