Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 325 291 308
Rank change year-on-year -34 +17 +90
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 277 461 785
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.66% 0.86% 0.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.04% 3.87% 4.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 201 363 551
10th Percentile £263 £329 £353
25th Percentile £413 £419 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £515 £500
Median % change year-on-year -3.88% +3.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £574 £625 £550
90th Percentile £655 £700 £650
UK median daily rate £495 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -1.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 31 15
10th Percentile £17.23 £18.42 £19.50
25th Percentile £21.63 £18.50 £24.39
Median hourly rate £25.64 £22.50 £26.42
Median % change year-on-year +13.93% -14.82% -34.78%
75th Percentile £42.81 £34.64 £38.61
90th Percentile £51.88 £43.75 £42.30
UK median hourly rate £23.43 £21.15 £26.42
% change year-on-year +10.76% -19.92% -11.28%

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 9,108 11,923 17,280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.81% 22.24% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,854 7,763 10,847
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £563
90th Percentile £654 £650 £648
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £460
% change year-on-year - +3.26% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 438 705
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.50 £12.50
25th Percentile £20.00 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £38.71 £27.50 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year +40.76% - +25.00%
75th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £46.00
90th Percentile £60.75 £56.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £39.75 £30.00 £28.74
% change year-on-year +32.50% +4.38% +31.74%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 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
London -27 81 £495 -17.50% 12
North of England -6 77 £500 - 11
South West +35 43 £550 -8.33% 9
South East +70 36 £425 -5.56% 8
Yorkshire +22 30 £585 +6.36% 1
North West -24 29 £475 - 6
North East +8 18 £450 -5.76% 4
Midlands -2 16 £356 -16.24% 4
West Midlands +12 15 £362 -4.74% 3
East of England +42 6 £408 -9.44% 6
East Midlands +2 1 £165 -62.29% 1
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 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.

1 168 (60.65%) Security Cleared
2 107 (38.63%) SC Cleared
3 96 (34.66%) Agile Software Development
4 61 (22.02%) Public Sector
5 44 (15.88%) Azure
6 34 (12.27%) AWS
7 32 (11.55%) Migration
7 32 (11.55%) Scrum
8 29 (10.47%) Microsoft
9 27 (9.75%) Java
9 27 (9.75%) Python
9 27 (9.75%) DevOps
9 27 (9.75%) Disclosure Scotland
10 26 (9.39%) Problem-Solving
11 24 (8.66%) SQL
11 24 (8.66%) User Experience
12 23 (8.30%) Analytical Skills
13 22 (7.94%) Test Automation
14 20 (7.22%) Continuous Improvement
15 19 (6.86%) Decision-Making
15 19 (6.86%) Finance
15 19 (6.86%) JavaScript
16 18 (6.50%) Service Management
16 18 (6.50%) BDD
16 18 (6.50%) QA
17 17 (6.14%) Stakeholder Management
17 17 (6.14%) Kubernetes
17 17 (6.14%) DBS Check
18 16 (5.78%) Docker
18 16 (5.78%) Analytics

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 8 (2.89%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.53%) Confluence
3 6 (2.17%) JBoss
3 6 (2.17%) Oracle Application Server
4 4 (1.44%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.08%) Apache
6 2 (0.72%) CMS
6 2 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.72%) SAS
7 1 (0.36%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.36%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.36%) Drupal
7 1 (0.36%) GeoServer
7 1 (0.36%) IIS
7 1 (0.36%) Smallworld
7 1 (0.36%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.36%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.36%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 10 (3.61%) Microsoft Excel
1 10 (3.61%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.72%) GNU Octave
2 2 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.36%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.36%) Simulink
3 1 (0.36%) Stata
Business Applications
1 5 (1.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) assyst
2 1 (0.36%) Maximo
2 1 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.36%) Sage CRM
2 1 (0.36%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 44 (15.88%) Azure
2 34 (12.27%) AWS
3 14 (5.05%) PaaS
4 11 (3.97%) Power Platform
5 7 (2.53%) GCP
5 7 (2.53%) Microsoft 365
6 6 (2.17%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (2.17%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (2.17%) Serverless
7 5 (1.81%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.44%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (1.44%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.44%) Logic Apps
8 4 (1.44%) PowerApps
9 3 (1.08%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.72%) Amazon EKS
10 2 (0.72%) AWS Fargate
11 1 (0.36%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.36%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.05%) Firewall
2 12 (4.33%) WAN
3 10 (3.61%) LAN
4 8 (2.89%) VPN
5 7 (2.53%) Internet
5 7 (2.53%) Skype
5 7 (2.53%) TCP/IP
6 6 (2.17%) DNS
6 6 (2.17%) Wireless
7 5 (1.81%) Ethernet
7 5 (1.81%) MPLS
8 4 (1.44%) BGP
8 4 (1.44%) Network Security
8 4 (1.44%) OSPF
9 3 (1.08%) EIGRP
9 3 (1.08%) PPP
9 3 (1.08%) RIP
9 3 (1.08%) SNMP
9 3 (1.08%) TACACS
9 3 (1.08%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.25%) Oracle Database
2 8 (2.89%) SQL Server
3 7 (2.53%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (2.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.17%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (1.81%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.44%) Big Data
6 4 (1.44%) Power BI
6 4 (1.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.08%) MySQL
8 2 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.72%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.72%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.72%) Geospatial Data
8 2 (0.72%) GIS
8 2 (0.72%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.72%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.72%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (0.72%) Tableau
9 1 (0.36%) Impala
Development Applications
1 14 (5.05%) JIRA
2 11 (3.97%) Selenium
3 7 (2.53%) Cucumber
3 7 (2.53%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.53%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.17%) Oracle APEX
4 6 (2.17%) Oracle Forms
5 5 (1.81%) JMeter
6 4 (1.44%) WebDriver
7 3 (1.08%) Cypress.io
7 3 (1.08%) JUnit
7 3 (1.08%) Liquibase
7 3 (1.08%) Maven
7 3 (1.08%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.72%) GitLab
8 2 (0.72%) Grunt
8 2 (0.72%) gulp
8 2 (0.72%) Jasmine
8 2 (0.72%) Mockito
8 2 (0.72%) SoapUI
General
1 61 (22.02%) Public Sector
2 19 (6.86%) Finance
3 13 (4.69%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.81%) Legal
5 4 (1.44%) Publishing
6 3 (1.08%) Electronics
6 3 (1.08%) Marketing
7 2 (0.72%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.36%) Back Office
8 1 (0.36%) Brand Awareness
8 1 (0.36%) Digital Economy
8 1 (0.36%) Military
8 1 (0.36%) Police
8 1 (0.36%) Retail
8 1 (0.36%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 45 (16.25%) Developer
2 25 (9.03%) Analyst
3 23 (8.30%) Architect
4 13 (4.69%) Designer
5 12 (4.33%) Consultant
6 11 (3.97%) AWS Engineer
7 10 (3.61%) DevOps Engineer
8 9 (3.25%) Business Analyst
8 9 (3.25%) Tester
8 9 (3.25%) User Researcher
9 8 (2.89%) Delivery Manager
9 8 (2.89%) Project Manager
9 8 (2.89%) Technical Architect
10 7 (2.53%) Network Engineer
10 7 (2.53%) Senior Analyst
10 7 (2.53%) Test Engineer
11 6 (2.17%) Administrator
11 6 (2.17%) Content Designer
11 6 (2.17%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 5 (1.81%) AWS DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.05%) .NET
2 11 (3.97%) CSS
2 11 (3.97%) HTML
2 11 (3.97%) Node.js
3 5 (1.81%) .NET Framework
3 5 (1.81%) REST
3 5 (1.81%) XML
4 4 (1.44%) ASP.NET
4 4 (1.44%) React
5 3 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web API
5 3 (1.08%) hapi
5 3 (1.08%) HTML5
5 3 (1.08%) Jest
5 3 (1.08%) WCF
5 3 (1.08%) XSD
6 2 (0.72%) JFC
6 2 (0.72%) NumPy
6 2 (0.72%) SOAP
6 2 (0.72%) Web Services
6 2 (0.72%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.66%) User Experience
2 23 (8.30%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (5.78%) NHS
4 9 (3.25%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.53%) Enterprise Cloud
6 5 (1.81%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.08%) Cloud Native
7 3 (1.08%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.08%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.08%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.08%) Social Media
8 2 (0.72%) ASIC
8 2 (0.72%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 1 (0.36%) Blog
9 1 (0.36%) CCTV
9 1 (0.36%) Clustering
9 1 (0.36%) CMDB
9 1 (0.36%) Tandem
9 1 (0.36%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 16 (5.78%) Windows
2 8 (2.89%) Unix
3 7 (2.53%) Linux
4 6 (2.17%) Windows 10
5 3 (1.08%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.72%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.72%) Solaris
6 2 (0.72%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.36%) AIX
7 1 (0.36%) Android
7 1 (0.36%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.36%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (34.66%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (11.55%) Migration
2 32 (11.55%) Scrum
3 27 (9.75%) DevOps
4 26 (9.39%) Problem-Solving
5 22 (7.94%) Test Automation
6 20 (7.22%) Continuous Improvement
7 19 (6.86%) Decision-Making
8 18 (6.50%) BDD
8 18 (6.50%) Service Management
9 17 (6.14%) Stakeholder Management
10 16 (5.78%) Analytics
10 16 (5.78%) Project Management
11 15 (5.42%) Software Engineering
11 15 (5.42%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
12 14 (5.05%) Software Testing
13 13 (4.69%) Business Case
13 13 (4.69%) TDD
13 13 (4.69%) Time Management
13 13 (4.69%) Workshop Facilitation
Programming Languages
1 27 (9.75%) Java
1 27 (9.75%) Python
2 24 (8.66%) SQL
3 19 (6.86%) JavaScript
4 9 (3.25%) C#
5 8 (2.89%) C
5 8 (2.89%) Go
6 6 (2.17%) R
7 5 (1.81%) PowerShell
8 4 (1.44%) MATLAB
8 4 (1.44%) TypeScript
9 3 (1.08%) C++
10 2 (0.72%) Apex Code
10 2 (0.72%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.72%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.72%) Ruby
10 2 (0.72%) Scala
10 2 (0.72%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.72%) VB
10 2 (0.72%) VBA
Qualifications
1 168 (60.65%) Security Cleared
2 107 (38.63%) SC Cleared
3 17 (6.14%) DBS Check
4 14 (5.05%) Degree
5 10 (3.61%) BC Cleared
6 7 (2.53%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (1.81%) CCNA
7 5 (1.81%) ISEB
8 4 (1.44%) CCDP
8 4 (1.44%) CCNP
8 4 (1.44%) CISSP
8 4 (1.44%) ISTQB
9 3 (1.08%) CCIE
9 3 (1.08%) CCIP
9 3 (1.08%) CESG Certified Professional
9 3 (1.08%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.72%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.72%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 1 (0.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (9.75%) Disclosure Scotland
2 18 (6.50%) QA
3 5 (1.81%) Data Quality
3 5 (1.81%) GDPR
4 4 (1.44%) SLA
5 2 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.72%) NCSC
5 2 (0.72%) WCAG
6 1 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.36%) COBIT
6 1 (0.36%) ECSS
6 1 (0.36%) HL7
6 1 (0.36%) IFRS
6 1 (0.36%) PMO
6 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (5.78%) Docker
2 10 (3.61%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 1 (0.36%) Firmware
4 1 (0.36%) HDFS
4 1 (0.36%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.36%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 17 (6.14%) Kubernetes
2 12 (4.33%) Ansible
2 12 (4.33%) Terraform
3 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (0.72%) Packer
4 2 (0.72%) SCCM
5 1 (0.36%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.36%) FlexNet
5 1 (0.36%) Grafana
5 1 (0.36%) Kibana
5 1 (0.36%) Nagios
5 1 (0.36%) OPNET
5 1 (0.36%) Puppet
5 1 (0.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (10.47%) Microsoft
2 16 (5.78%) Oracle
3 12 (4.33%) Cisco
4 6 (2.17%) ServiceNow
5 5 (1.81%) Google
6 4 (1.44%) Juniper
6 4 (1.44%) SAP
6 4 (1.44%) VMware
7 3 (1.08%) IBM
7 3 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.72%) ADVA
8 2 (0.72%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 2 (0.72%) Aruba
8 2 (0.72%) CA
8 2 (0.72%) Cadence
8 2 (0.72%) Citrix
8 2 (0.72%) EMC
8 2 (0.72%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.72%) webMethods
9 1 (0.36%) Samsung