Period
to 1 October 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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 236 379 439
Rank change year-on-year +143 +60 -82
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 266 499 501
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.03% 0.62% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.97% 3.16% 2.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 350 301
Median daily rate £498 £499 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.25% +10.83% +4.41%
10th Percentile £321 £324 £283
90th Percentile £638 £630 £569
UK median daily rate £495 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -1.00% +11.11% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 36 13
Median hourly rate £27.67 £27.15 £41.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.90% -35.09% +19.50%
10th Percentile £15.33 £16.50 £19.00
90th Percentile £37.21 £57.05 £66.56
UK median hourly rate £25.33 £25.12 £29.75
% change year-on-year +0.84% -15.56% -15.00%

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 6,693 15,792 17,321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 25.82% 19.72% 18.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,096 9,698 10,231
Median daily rate £480 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.21% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £255
90th Percentile £650 £644 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 322 710 858
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.95 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.64% +43.80% -13.79%
10th Percentile £17.05 £14.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.67 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.70 £25.00
% change year-on-year -4.63% +46.80% -15.97%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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
London +163 103 £500 -2.44% 2
North of England +39 71 £525 +7.75% 6
North West +49 44 £525 +10.53% 1
South East +177 38 £435 -1.25% 4
Midlands +77 20 £387 -8.40% 11
South West +73 20 £420 -22.51% 4
West Midlands +68 20 £387 -7.86% 6
Yorkshire +50 20 £534 +1.71% 3
East of England +96 11 £473 -2.07% 2
North East +15 7 £525 +9.38% 2
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 140 (52.63%) Security Cleared
2 107 (40.23%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (28.57%) Public Sector
4 73 (27.44%) SC Cleared
5 60 (22.56%) Azure
6 58 (21.80%) AWS
7 54 (20.30%) Java
8 52 (19.55%) DBS Check
9 46 (17.29%) Test Automation
10 39 (14.66%) Microservices
11 36 (13.53%) Git (software)
12 33 (12.41%) TDD
12 33 (12.41%) DevOps
13 32 (12.03%) Linux
14 30 (11.28%) Unix
14 30 (11.28%) Microsoft
15 29 (10.90%) Docker
16 27 (10.15%) JavaScript
16 27 (10.15%) Continuous Deployment
17 26 (9.77%) Problem-Solving
17 26 (9.77%) Kubernetes
18 25 (9.40%) Oracle
18 25 (9.40%) Jenkins
19 23 (8.65%) Java 8
19 23 (8.65%) HTML
19 23 (8.65%) Python
19 23 (8.65%) Scrum
19 23 (8.65%) Web Development
19 23 (8.65%) BDD
20 22 (8.27%) QA

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 16 (6.02%) Confluence
2 10 (3.76%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.26%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (1.13%) SAS
4 3 (1.13%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.13%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.75%) IIS
5 2 (0.75%) Mule
5 2 (0.75%) WildFly
6 1 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.38%) CMS
6 1 (0.38%) Documentum
6 1 (0.38%) Headless CMS
6 1 (0.38%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.38%) LibreOffice
5 1 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.75%) Primavera
2 2 (0.75%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.38%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 60 (22.56%) Azure
2 58 (21.80%) AWS
3 12 (4.51%) GitHub
4 9 (3.38%) Office 365
5 8 (3.01%) Amazon EC2
5 8 (3.01%) Amazon S3
6 6 (2.26%) Power Platform
6 6 (2.26%) Serverless
6 6 (2.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (1.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 5 (1.88%) Amazon Cognito
7 5 (1.88%) PaaS
8 4 (1.50%) GCP
8 4 (1.50%) Kong
8 4 (1.50%) OpenShift
8 4 (1.50%) Trello
9 3 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (1.13%) Google Analytics
9 3 (1.13%) PowerApps
10 2 (0.75%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.02%) Firewall
2 13 (4.89%) WAN
3 12 (4.51%) VoIP
4 8 (3.01%) LAN
5 7 (2.63%) Internet
6 6 (2.26%) TCP/IP
7 5 (1.88%) Ethernet
7 5 (1.88%) MPLS
7 5 (1.88%) SMS
7 5 (1.88%) VPN
8 4 (1.50%) BGP
8 4 (1.50%) HTTP
8 4 (1.50%) Network Security
8 4 (1.50%) OSPF
8 4 (1.50%) SNMP
9 3 (1.13%) DNS
9 3 (1.13%) EIGRP
9 3 (1.13%) PPP
9 3 (1.13%) TACACS
9 3 (1.13%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (7.89%) MongoDB
2 16 (6.02%) MySQL
3 14 (5.26%) Relational Database
4 12 (4.51%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (3.76%) Pentaho
6 8 (3.01%) Oracle Database
7 7 (2.63%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (1.88%) NoSQL
8 5 (1.88%) Power BI
9 3 (1.13%) Big Data
9 3 (1.13%) Hadoop
9 3 (1.13%) SAP HANA
9 3 (1.13%) SAS Data Integration Studio
9 3 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.75%) Amazon Aurora
10 2 (0.75%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.75%) IBM InfoSphere
10 2 (0.75%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.75%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 36 (13.53%) Git (software)
2 25 (9.40%) Jenkins
3 17 (6.39%) JIRA
4 13 (4.89%) Mockito
5 10 (3.76%) GitLab
5 10 (3.76%) gulp
5 10 (3.76%) Subversion
6 8 (3.01%) Grunt
6 8 (3.01%) Jasmine
6 8 (3.01%) Mocha
7 7 (2.63%) JMeter
7 7 (2.63%) SoapUI
8 6 (2.26%) Cucumber
8 6 (2.26%) REST Assured
8 6 (2.26%) Selenium
9 5 (1.88%) GoCD
9 5 (1.88%) JUnit
9 5 (1.88%) Maven
9 5 (1.88%) Octopus Deploy
10 4 (1.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 76 (28.57%) Public Sector
2 11 (4.14%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.38%) Finance
4 6 (2.26%) Law
4 6 (2.26%) Local Government
4 6 (2.26%) Publishing
5 5 (1.88%) Fire and Rescue
5 5 (1.88%) Legal
6 4 (1.50%) Multimedia
7 2 (0.75%) Back Office
8 1 (0.38%) Advertising
8 1 (0.38%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.38%) Digital Economy
8 1 (0.38%) Electronics
8 1 (0.38%) Front Office
8 1 (0.38%) Marketing
8 1 (0.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 64 (24.06%) Developer
2 28 (10.53%) Architect
3 26 (9.77%) Analyst
4 20 (7.52%) Java Developer
5 16 (6.02%) Designer
6 15 (5.64%) Business Analyst
7 13 (4.89%) Project Manager
8 12 (4.51%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 11 (4.14%) Consultant
9 11 (4.14%) Technical Architect
10 10 (3.76%) DevOps Engineer
10 10 (3.76%) Pentaho Developer
11 7 (2.63%) Network Engineer
11 7 (2.63%) Software Engineer
12 6 (2.26%) Technical Business Analyst
12 6 (2.26%) Tester
12 6 (2.26%) User Researcher
13 5 (1.88%) Full Stack Developer
13 5 (1.88%) IT Analyst
13 5 (1.88%) Migration Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (8.65%) HTML
2 22 (8.27%) CSS
3 19 (7.14%) Node.js
4 15 (5.64%) JAX-RS
5 13 (4.89%) ActiveMQ
6 12 (4.51%) Spring
7 11 (4.14%) .NET
7 11 (4.14%) jQuery
8 9 (3.38%) Spring Boot
9 8 (3.01%) AngularJS
9 8 (3.01%) HTML5
9 8 (3.01%) Mustache
10 7 (2.63%) React
10 7 (2.63%) REST
10 7 (2.63%) Sass
10 7 (2.63%) Web Services
10 7 (2.63%) XML
11 6 (2.26%) RabbitMQ
11 6 (2.26%) RESTful
12 5 (1.88%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 21 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (7.52%) User Experience
3 10 (3.76%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.38%) Video Conferencing
5 8 (3.01%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (2.63%) Taxonomies
7 6 (2.26%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.88%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.50%) Cloud Native
9 4 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.13%) Analytical Mindset
10 3 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (1.13%) NHS
10 3 (1.13%) Robotics
10 3 (1.13%) Social Media
11 2 (0.75%) Cyberattack
11 2 (0.75%) Cyberthreat
12 1 (0.38%) Algorithms
12 1 (0.38%) Enterprise Cloud
12 1 (0.38%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 32 (12.03%) Linux
2 30 (11.28%) Unix
3 21 (7.89%) Mac OS X
3 21 (7.89%) Windows
4 7 (2.63%) Windows 10
5 3 (1.13%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.13%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.75%) AIX
6 2 (0.75%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.75%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.38%) Android
7 1 (0.38%) Debian
7 1 (0.38%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (40.23%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (17.29%) Test Automation
3 39 (14.66%) Microservices
4 33 (12.41%) DevOps
4 33 (12.41%) TDD
5 27 (10.15%) Continuous Deployment
6 26 (9.77%) Problem-Solving
7 23 (8.65%) BDD
7 23 (8.65%) Scrum
7 23 (8.65%) Web Development
8 22 (8.27%) Responsive Web Design
8 22 (8.27%) Stakeholder Management
8 22 (8.27%) Web Design
9 21 (7.89%) Validation
10 19 (7.14%) Migration
11 18 (6.77%) Business Case
11 18 (6.77%) Continuous Integration
12 17 (6.39%) Pair Programming
13 16 (6.02%) Cybersecurity
14 15 (5.64%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 54 (20.30%) Java
2 27 (10.15%) JavaScript
3 23 (8.65%) Java 8
3 23 (8.65%) Python
4 21 (7.89%) SQL
5 11 (4.14%) Bash Shell
6 9 (3.38%) C
6 9 (3.38%) Perl
7 8 (3.01%) C#
7 8 (3.01%) Ruby
8 5 (1.88%) Go
8 5 (1.88%) PL/SQL
8 5 (1.88%) PowerShell
8 5 (1.88%) Scala
8 5 (1.88%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.13%) C++
9 3 (1.13%) R
10 2 (0.75%) Korn
10 2 (0.75%) Lua
10 2 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 140 (52.63%) Security Cleared
2 73 (27.44%) SC Cleared
3 52 (19.55%) DBS Check
4 17 (6.39%) BC Cleared
5 11 (4.14%) Degree
6 10 (3.76%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (3.38%) CCNA
8 8 (3.01%) CCNP
9 6 (2.26%) CISSP
10 5 (1.88%) CCDP
10 5 (1.88%) CCIE
10 5 (1.88%) ISEB
10 5 (1.88%) ISTQB
11 3 (1.13%) CCIP
11 3 (1.13%) DV Cleared
11 3 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (0.75%) CISA
12 2 (0.75%) CISM
12 2 (0.75%) JNCIA
12 2 (0.75%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (8.27%) QA
2 12 (4.51%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (3.01%) WCAG
4 4 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.13%) NCSC
5 3 (1.13%) SLA
6 2 (0.75%) NIST
7 1 (0.38%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.38%) GDPR
7 1 (0.38%) GLP
7 1 (0.38%) GxP
7 1 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 1 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 29 (10.90%) Docker
2 6 (2.26%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.13%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.75%) BitLocker
4 2 (0.75%) HDFS
4 2 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.38%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.38%) XenApp
5 1 (0.38%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (9.77%) Kubernetes
2 15 (5.64%) Terraform
3 12 (4.51%) Ansible
3 12 (4.51%) Puppet
4 7 (2.63%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (1.88%) Packer
5 5 (1.88%) Prometheus
5 5 (1.88%) Rundeck
6 4 (1.50%) Grafana
6 4 (1.50%) Kibana
7 3 (1.13%) logstash
7 3 (1.13%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.13%) SCCM
7 3 (1.13%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.75%) Salt
9 1 (0.38%) Icinga
9 1 (0.38%) Istio
9 1 (0.38%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.38%) RANCID
9 1 (0.38%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (11.28%) Microsoft
2 25 (9.40%) Oracle
3 12 (4.51%) Cisco
4 9 (3.38%) Google
4 9 (3.38%) SAP
5 7 (2.63%) Juniper
6 5 (1.88%) Atlassian
6 5 (1.88%) IBM
6 5 (1.88%) SaltStack
7 3 (1.13%) SolarWinds
7 3 (1.13%) Splunk
7 3 (1.13%) Verint
7 3 (1.13%) VMware
7 3 (1.13%) Zscaler
8 2 (0.75%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 2 (0.75%) CA
8 2 (0.75%) Citrix
8 2 (0.75%) Dell
8 2 (0.75%) Informatica
8 2 (0.75%) Sun