Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 295 317 337
Rank change year-on-year +22 +20 +43
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 261 505 695
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.77% 0.77% 0.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.30% 3.57% 3.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 415 470
Median daily rate £493 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.50% +5.26% +11.76%
10th Percentile £305 £314 £313
90th Percentile £638 £675 £614
UK median daily rate £495 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -1.00% +5.26% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 31 20
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.31 £36.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.34% -41.19% +54.15%
10th Percentile £16.20 £16.25 £21.00
90th Percentile £44.00 £43.75 £57.76
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £28.42
% change year-on-year +25.00% -29.63% +8.68%

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 7,907 14,138 17,531
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.39% 21.49% 19.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,127 9,171 10,788
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +2.80%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 392 566 750
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £26.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.08% +24.90% +21.02%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.19 £12.55
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £52.28
Median hourly rate £40.00 £33.23 £26.21
% change year-on-year +20.38% +26.79% +16.48%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 +87 99 £500 -4.03% 21
North of England -2 64 £525 +6.06% 10
South East +116 38 £375 -11.76% 16
South West +58 31 £430 -19.02% 9
Yorkshire +26 26 £550 - 2
North West +5 24 £450 -5.26% 3
Midlands +31 15 £350 -15.66% 6
West Midlands +35 14 £350 -22.22% 5
North East +5 14 £500 +5.26% 5
East of England +69 4 £320 +28.00%
East Midlands +25 1 £165 -59.38% 1
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 151 (57.85%) Security Cleared
2 97 (37.16%) SC Cleared
3 79 (30.27%) Agile Software Development
4 55 (21.07%) Public Sector
5 44 (16.86%) Azure
6 39 (14.94%) DBS Check
7 33 (12.64%) AWS
8 28 (10.73%) Migration
9 27 (10.34%) Python
10 26 (9.96%) Java
10 26 (9.96%) JavaScript
10 26 (9.96%) DevOps
11 25 (9.58%) Microsoft
11 25 (9.58%) QA
12 22 (8.43%) Test Automation
12 22 (8.43%) Firewall
13 20 (7.66%) SQL
13 20 (7.66%) Jenkins
13 20 (7.66%) Problem-Solving
14 19 (7.28%) Cybersecurity
14 19 (7.28%) Docker
14 19 (7.28%) User Experience
14 19 (7.28%) Analytical Skills
14 19 (7.28%) Windows
14 19 (7.28%) Finance
14 19 (7.28%) BC Cleared
15 18 (6.90%) CSS
16 17 (6.51%) Service Management
16 17 (6.51%) Software Engineering
16 17 (6.51%) Kubernetes

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 9 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.92%) Confluence
3 4 (1.53%) SAS
3 4 (1.53%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.77%) CMS
5 2 (0.77%) IIS
6 1 (0.38%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.38%) Documentum
6 1 (0.38%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.38%) WildFly
6 1 (0.38%) WordPress
Applications
1 13 (4.98%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.38%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.38%) Stata
Business Applications
1 7 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.77%) Primavera
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.38%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 44 (16.86%) Azure
2 33 (12.64%) AWS
3 6 (2.30%) Power Platform
4 5 (1.92%) Amazon Cognito
4 5 (1.92%) GCP
4 5 (1.92%) PaaS
5 4 (1.53%) Amazon S3
5 4 (1.53%) Office 365
5 4 (1.53%) OneDrive
5 4 (1.53%) PowerApps
6 3 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (1.15%) Logic Apps
6 3 (1.15%) Serverless
7 2 (0.77%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 2 (0.77%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.77%) Google Drive
7 2 (0.77%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (8.43%) Firewall
2 13 (4.98%) WAN
3 11 (4.21%) VPN
4 10 (3.83%) LAN
4 10 (3.83%) VoIP
5 8 (3.07%) Internet
6 7 (2.68%) DNS
6 7 (2.68%) TCP/IP
7 6 (2.30%) Skype
7 6 (2.30%) SNMP
8 5 (1.92%) BGP
8 5 (1.92%) EIGRP
8 5 (1.92%) Ethernet
8 5 (1.92%) IPsec
8 5 (1.92%) MPLS
8 5 (1.92%) Network Security
8 5 (1.92%) OSPF
8 5 (1.92%) PPP
8 5 (1.92%) RIP
8 5 (1.92%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (2.30%) SQL Server
3 5 (1.92%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.53%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 3 (1.15%) MongoDB
5 3 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.77%) DataStage
6 2 (0.77%) IBM InfoSphere
6 2 (0.77%) MySQL
6 2 (0.77%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.77%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.77%) Power BI
6 2 (0.77%) Tableau
6 2 (0.77%) ZAP BI
7 1 (0.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.38%) Big Data
7 1 (0.38%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.38%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 20 (7.66%) Jenkins
2 13 (4.98%) Git (software)
3 12 (4.60%) Selenium
4 11 (4.21%) GitLab
4 11 (4.21%) JIRA
5 10 (3.83%) Cucumber
5 10 (3.83%) JMeter
6 7 (2.68%) Maven
7 6 (2.30%) WebDriver
8 5 (1.92%) GoCD
8 5 (1.92%) JUnit
8 5 (1.92%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (1.53%) gulp
9 4 (1.53%) Visual Studio
10 3 (1.15%) Cypress.io
10 3 (1.15%) REST Assured
10 3 (1.15%) SoapUI
10 3 (1.15%) TestDirector
11 2 (0.77%) SonarQube
11 2 (0.77%) webpack
General
1 55 (21.07%) Public Sector
2 19 (7.28%) Finance
3 11 (4.21%) Telecoms
4 6 (2.30%) Legal
4 6 (2.30%) Publishing
5 3 (1.15%) Back Office
5 3 (1.15%) Marketing
6 2 (0.77%) Digital Economy
6 2 (0.77%) Electronics
6 2 (0.77%) Fire and Rescue
6 2 (0.77%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.38%) Advertising
7 1 (0.38%) Brand Awareness
7 1 (0.38%) Local Government
7 1 (0.38%) Military
7 1 (0.38%) Police
7 1 (0.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (14.94%) Developer
2 25 (9.58%) Architect
3 22 (8.43%) Analyst
4 17 (6.51%) Consultant
5 15 (5.75%) Designer
6 9 (3.45%) Business Analyst
6 9 (3.45%) Network Engineer
6 9 (3.45%) Technical Architect
6 9 (3.45%) User Researcher
7 8 (3.07%) Senior Manager
8 7 (2.68%) Data Manager
8 7 (2.68%) DevOps Engineer
8 7 (2.68%) Tester
8 7 (2.68%) UX Designer
9 6 (2.30%) Delivery Manager
9 6 (2.30%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 6 (2.30%) Java Developer
9 6 (2.30%) Senior Designer
9 6 (2.30%) Software Engineer
9 6 (2.30%) Transformation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.90%) CSS
2 16 (6.13%) HTML
3 14 (5.36%) Node.js
4 10 (3.83%) .NET
5 9 (3.45%) React
6 8 (3.07%) REST
7 7 (2.68%) AngularJS
7 7 (2.68%) Spring
7 7 (2.68%) XML
8 6 (2.30%) .NET Framework
8 6 (2.30%) Spring Boot
9 4 (1.53%) ASP.NET
9 4 (1.53%) Dropwizard
9 4 (1.53%) Gherkin
9 4 (1.53%) Hibernate
9 4 (1.53%) jQuery
10 3 (1.15%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (1.15%) Express
10 3 (1.15%) JAX-RS
10 3 (1.15%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 19 (7.28%) Analytical Skills
1 19 (7.28%) User Experience
2 15 (5.75%) NHS
3 13 (4.98%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.30%) Data Centre
5 5 (1.92%) Social Media
6 4 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.15%) Analytical Mindset
7 3 (1.15%) Cloud Native
7 3 (1.15%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.77%) Blog
8 2 (0.77%) Cyberattack
9 1 (0.38%) CCTV
9 1 (0.38%) CMDB
9 1 (0.38%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.38%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 1 (0.38%) Graphic Design
9 1 (0.38%) Replication
9 1 (0.38%) Social Network
9 1 (0.38%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 19 (7.28%) Windows
2 9 (3.45%) Linux
3 8 (3.07%) Windows 10
4 7 (2.68%) Unix
5 4 (1.53%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.77%) AIX
6 2 (0.77%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.77%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.77%) Windows 8
6 2 (0.77%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (30.27%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (10.73%) Migration
3 26 (9.96%) DevOps
4 22 (8.43%) Test Automation
5 20 (7.66%) Problem-Solving
6 19 (7.28%) Cybersecurity
7 17 (6.51%) Service Management
7 17 (6.51%) Software Engineering
8 16 (6.13%) Decision-Making
8 16 (6.13%) ITIL
8 16 (6.13%) Requirements Gathering
9 15 (5.75%) BDD
9 15 (5.75%) Business Case
9 15 (5.75%) Customer Requirements
10 14 (5.36%) Continuous Improvement
10 14 (5.36%) Service Design
11 13 (4.98%) Microservices
11 13 (4.98%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (4.60%) Project Management
12 12 (4.60%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 27 (10.34%) Python
2 26 (9.96%) Java
2 26 (9.96%) JavaScript
3 20 (7.66%) SQL
4 9 (3.45%) Perl
5 8 (3.07%) Bash Shell
6 7 (2.68%) Go
6 7 (2.68%) R
6 7 (2.68%) Ruby
7 6 (2.30%) C#
8 5 (1.92%) C
8 5 (1.92%) PowerShell
9 4 (1.53%) Scala
9 4 (1.53%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.53%) TypeScript
10 3 (1.15%) Java 8
10 3 (1.15%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.77%) Apex Code
11 2 (0.77%) Korn
11 2 (0.77%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 151 (57.85%) Security Cleared
2 97 (37.16%) SC Cleared
3 39 (14.94%) DBS Check
4 19 (7.28%) BC Cleared
5 15 (5.75%) Degree
6 11 (4.21%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (3.83%) CCNA
8 9 (3.45%) CCNP
9 6 (2.30%) CCDP
10 5 (1.92%) CCIP
10 5 (1.92%) CISSP
10 5 (1.92%) ISEB
10 5 (1.92%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.53%) CCIE
11 4 (1.53%) DV Cleared
12 3 (1.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.77%) CISA
13 2 (0.77%) JNCIA
13 2 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 2 (0.77%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (9.58%) QA
2 16 (6.13%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (2.30%) Data Quality
4 5 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (1.53%) NCSC
6 2 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.77%) SLA
6 2 (0.77%) WCAG
7 1 (0.38%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.38%) ECSS
7 1 (0.38%) GDPR
7 1 (0.38%) HL7
7 1 (0.38%) IFRS
7 1 (0.38%) NIST
7 1 (0.38%) PMO
System Software
1 19 (7.28%) Docker
2 9 (3.45%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.53%) Virtual Desktop
3 4 (1.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.77%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.38%) Firmware
5 1 (0.38%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.38%) vSphere
5 1 (0.38%) XenApp
5 1 (0.38%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (6.51%) Kubernetes
2 15 (5.75%) Ansible
2 15 (5.75%) Terraform
3 8 (3.07%) Puppet
4 5 (1.92%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.92%) Rundeck
5 4 (1.53%) SCCM
6 2 (0.77%) Kibana
6 2 (0.77%) logstash
6 2 (0.77%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.38%) Cacti
7 1 (0.38%) Icinga
7 1 (0.38%) Istio
7 1 (0.38%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.38%) Nagios
7 1 (0.38%) OpenView
7 1 (0.38%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.38%) RANCID
7 1 (0.38%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (9.58%) Microsoft
2 14 (5.36%) Cisco
3 10 (3.83%) Juniper
4 8 (3.07%) Oracle
5 7 (2.68%) Google
5 7 (2.68%) IBM
6 6 (2.30%) Atlassian
7 5 (1.92%) SaltStack
8 4 (1.53%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (1.53%) VMware
9 3 (1.15%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 3 (1.15%) Citrix
9 3 (1.15%) Dell
9 3 (1.15%) SAP
9 3 (1.15%) ServiceNow
9 3 (1.15%) SolarWinds
9 3 (1.15%) Splunk
9 3 (1.15%) Verint
10 2 (0.77%) Pega
10 2 (0.77%) Talend