Period
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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 20 May 2022 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
20 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 326 328 291
Rank change year-on-year +2 -37 +44
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 558 314 384
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.79% 0.68% 0.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.94% 3.24% 3.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 219 303
10th Percentile £363 £283 £325
25th Percentile £450 £413 £419
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £530 £500 £515
Median % change year-on-year +6.00% -2.91% +3.00%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £625
90th Percentile £651 £656 £700
UK median daily rate £538 £495 £500
% change year-on-year +8.59% -1.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 29 31
10th Percentile £19.87 £18.29 £18.42
25th Percentile £26.75 £21.63 £18.50
Median hourly rate £42.50 £34.54 £30.05
Median % change year-on-year +23.05% +14.94% -17.05%
75th Percentile £53.75 £47.00 £36.11
90th Percentile £65.11 £53.75 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +90.00% - -22.65%

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 14,146 9,692 10,122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.93% 21.05% 23.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,407 6,254 6,548
10th Percentile £334 £300 £269
25th Percentile £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £636 £579 £575
90th Percentile £713 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £490 £475
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% +1.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 669 469 361
10th Percentile £13.48 £14.50 £14.50
25th Percentile £19.06 £19.95 £17.55
Median hourly rate £41.36 £37.50 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year +10.28% +36.36% -8.03%
75th Percentile £56.00 £51.25 £47.83
90th Percentile £68.18 £60.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £37.00 £30.53
% change year-on-year +20.27% +21.21% +1.75%

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 20 May 2022.

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 20 May 2022.

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 20 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London -15 195 £528 +9.04% 9
North of England -20 148 £500 -4.76% 13
North West +3 96 £500 +3.31% 8
Yorkshire -15 49 £475 -20.83% 4
Midlands -14 46 £540 +89.47% 5
South West -36 43 £563 +2.27% 5
South East -37 43 £560 +13.13% 5
East Midlands -1 24 £540 +107.69% 4
East of England -16 24 £520 +27.61% 10
West Midlands -41 22 £574 +101.40% 1
North East -7 16 £565 +2.73% 1
BPSS Clearance
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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.

1 350 (62.72%) Security Cleared
2 223 (39.96%) Agile
3 198 (35.48%) SC Cleared
4 139 (24.91%) Public Sector
5 120 (21.51%) Azure
6 101 (18.10%) DevOps
7 100 (17.92%) AWS
8 99 (17.74%) Social Skills
9 92 (16.49%) Java
10 72 (12.90%) JavaScript
11 71 (12.72%) Scrum
12 63 (11.29%) CI/CD
13 60 (10.75%) SQL
14 59 (10.57%) Python
14 59 (10.57%) Git (software)
15 55 (9.86%) Linux
15 55 (9.86%) CSS
16 52 (9.32%) JIRA
17 51 (9.14%) Microsoft
18 49 (8.78%) HTML
19 48 (8.60%) Jenkins
20 46 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
20 46 (8.24%) ITIL
21 44 (7.89%) Finance
22 41 (7.35%) Oracle
22 41 (7.35%) Terraform
23 40 (7.17%) Docker
23 40 (7.17%) Microservices
23 40 (7.17%) Test Automation
24 39 (6.99%) Node.js

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 31 (5.56%) Confluence
2 10 (1.79%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.61%) SAS
4 7 (1.25%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.25%) ArcGIS
4 7 (1.25%) GeoServer
4 7 (1.25%) nginx
4 7 (1.25%) Traefik
5 5 (0.90%) Mendix
5 5 (0.90%) NetWeaver
5 5 (0.90%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.72%) Documentum
6 4 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.54%) Cloud Foundry
7 3 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (0.36%) Apache
8 2 (0.36%) JBoss
8 2 (0.36%) Jetty
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.36%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 28 (5.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (3.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (2.15%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Office
5 7 (1.25%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.72%) SPSS
7 3 (0.54%) Stata
8 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.18%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.18%) Revit
Business Applications
1 7 (1.25%) Oracle ERP
2 5 (0.90%) Primavera
2 5 (0.90%) SAP CO
2 5 (0.90%) SAP FI
2 5 (0.90%) SAP FI/CO
2 5 (0.90%) SAP PS
3 4 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.72%) SAP MM
3 4 (0.72%) SAP PP
4 3 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.54%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.54%) SAP CRM
4 3 (0.54%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 2 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle 11i
5 2 (0.36%) Siebel CRM
5 2 (0.36%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 120 (21.51%) Azure
2 100 (17.92%) AWS
3 28 (5.02%) Power Platform
4 23 (4.12%) Serverless
5 18 (3.23%) GitHub
5 18 (3.23%) Microsoft 365
6 16 (2.87%) GCP
7 13 (2.33%) Amazon S3
7 13 (2.33%) PaaS
8 12 (2.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 9 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
9 9 (1.61%) AWS Lambda
9 9 (1.61%) IaaS
10 8 (1.43%) SaaS
10 8 (1.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 7 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (1.25%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 7 (1.25%) Azure Functions
12 6 (1.08%) Azure Key Vault
12 6 (1.08%) Kong
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.33%) Firewall
2 11 (1.97%) DNS
3 10 (1.79%) TCP/IP
4 5 (0.90%) HTTP
4 5 (0.90%) VPN
4 5 (0.90%) WAN
5 4 (0.72%) BGP
5 4 (0.72%) Intranet
5 4 (0.72%) OSPF
5 4 (0.72%) Skype
6 3 (0.54%) Broadband
6 3 (0.54%) EIGRP
6 3 (0.54%) Internet
6 3 (0.54%) MPLS
6 3 (0.54%) SDH
6 3 (0.54%) Wireless
7 2 (0.36%) DWDM
7 2 (0.36%) LAN
7 2 (0.36%) RIP
7 2 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (4.48%) Power BI
2 19 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
3 18 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
4 16 (2.87%) SQL Server
5 15 (2.69%) MongoDB
6 14 (2.51%) Relational Database
7 11 (1.97%) MySQL
8 10 (1.79%) BusinessObjects
9 9 (1.61%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (1.61%) GIS
10 8 (1.43%) Azure SQL Database
10 8 (1.43%) NoSQL
11 7 (1.25%) RDBMS
11 7 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (1.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 6 (1.08%) Big Data
12 6 (1.08%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.90%) Pentaho
13 5 (0.90%) SAP HANA
13 5 (0.90%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 59 (10.57%) Git (software)
2 52 (9.32%) JIRA
3 48 (8.60%) Jenkins
4 30 (5.38%) GitLab
5 23 (4.12%) Selenium
6 14 (2.51%) Cucumber
6 14 (2.51%) Maven
6 14 (2.51%) SonarQube
7 10 (1.79%) JMeter
7 10 (1.79%) Sonatype Nexus
8 9 (1.61%) Artifactory
8 9 (1.61%) JUnit
9 8 (1.43%) Protractor
10 7 (1.25%) gulp
10 7 (1.25%) Jasmine
10 7 (1.25%) Karma Test Runner
11 5 (0.90%) Gerrit
11 5 (0.90%) Mockito
11 5 (0.90%) Rational Performance Tester
11 5 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 139 (24.91%) Public Sector
2 99 (17.74%) Social Skills
3 44 (7.89%) Finance
4 29 (5.20%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (2.33%) Influencing Skills
5 13 (2.33%) Organisational Skills
6 11 (1.97%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.79%) Aerospace
7 10 (1.79%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.43%) Legal
9 7 (1.25%) Electronics
9 7 (1.25%) Presentation Skills
10 6 (1.08%) Military
11 4 (0.72%) Local Government
12 3 (0.54%) Banking
12 3 (0.54%) Documentation Skills
12 3 (0.54%) General Ledger
12 3 (0.54%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 2 (0.36%) Law
13 2 (0.36%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 116 (20.79%) Developer
2 66 (11.83%) Analyst
3 47 (8.42%) Architect
4 31 (5.56%) Project Manager
5 30 (5.38%) Business Analyst
5 30 (5.38%) DevOps Engineer
6 25 (4.48%) Consultant
7 24 (4.30%) Java Developer
8 20 (3.58%) Delivery Manager
9 19 (3.41%) Designer
10 16 (2.87%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 16 (2.87%) Full Stack Developer
11 15 (2.69%) Data Engineer
11 15 (2.69%) Interaction Designer
11 15 (2.69%) Technical Architect
12 13 (2.33%) Test Engineer
13 12 (2.15%) Data Analyst
14 11 (1.97%) Solutions Architect
15 10 (1.79%) Senior Developer
15 10 (1.79%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (9.86%) CSS
2 49 (8.78%) HTML
3 39 (6.99%) Node.js
4 30 (5.38%) Spring
5 23 (4.12%) .NET
6 21 (3.76%) REST
7 20 (3.58%) Sass
8 19 (3.41%) Spring Boot
9 18 (3.23%) Kafka
9 18 (3.23%) React
10 17 (3.05%) RESTful
10 17 (3.05%) SOAP
11 16 (2.87%) AngularJS
12 15 (2.69%) HTML5
13 11 (1.97%) CSS3
14 10 (1.79%) JAX-RS
15 9 (1.61%) .NET Core
15 9 (1.61%) Express
15 9 (1.61%) XML
16 8 (1.43%) Dropwizard
Miscellaneous
1 26 (4.66%) User Experience
2 21 (3.76%) Management Information System
3 14 (2.51%) Public Cloud
4 11 (1.97%) NHS
5 10 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (1.61%) Clustering
6 9 (1.61%) Mobile App
6 9 (1.61%) PKI
7 8 (1.43%) Virtual Team
8 7 (1.25%) Cloud Native
8 7 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (1.08%) Data Centre
10 4 (0.72%) CMDB
10 4 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.72%) iPhone
11 3 (0.54%) Algorithms
11 3 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.54%) Oracle Licensing
11 3 (0.54%) Replication
11 3 (0.54%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 55 (9.86%) Linux
2 38 (6.81%) Windows
3 21 (3.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 19 (3.41%) Unix
5 12 (2.15%) Windows Server
6 10 (1.79%) CentOS
6 10 (1.79%) Windows 10
7 9 (1.61%) AIX
8 8 (1.43%) Solaris
9 5 (0.90%) Mac OS X
9 5 (0.90%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (0.72%) Android
10 4 (0.72%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.72%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.54%) HPUX
11 3 (0.54%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (39.96%) Agile
2 101 (18.10%) DevOps
3 71 (12.72%) Scrum
4 63 (11.29%) CI/CD
5 46 (8.24%) ITIL
5 46 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
6 40 (7.17%) Microservices
6 40 (7.17%) Test Automation
7 37 (6.63%) Project Management
8 34 (6.09%) Migration
8 34 (6.09%) Software Engineering
9 33 (5.91%) Continuous Integration
10 30 (5.38%) User Research
11 29 (5.20%) Front End Development
11 29 (5.20%) TDD
12 27 (4.84%) Analytics
12 27 (4.84%) Business Intelligence
12 27 (4.84%) Kanban
12 27 (4.84%) Problem-Solving
12 27 (4.84%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 92 (16.49%) Java
2 72 (12.90%) JavaScript
3 60 (10.75%) SQL
4 59 (10.57%) Python
5 25 (4.48%) PowerShell
6 22 (3.94%) C#
7 20 (3.58%) Bash
8 15 (2.69%) TypeScript
9 13 (2.33%) C
10 11 (1.97%) PL/SQL
10 11 (1.97%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.79%) ABAP
11 10 (1.79%) Ruby
12 9 (1.61%) R
13 7 (1.25%) Go
14 6 (1.08%) C++
14 6 (1.08%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 5 (0.90%) Groovy
16 3 (0.54%) Apex Code
16 3 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 350 (62.72%) Security Cleared
2 198 (35.48%) SC Cleared
3 34 (6.09%) Degree
4 11 (1.97%) DBS Check
5 8 (1.43%) ISTQB
6 7 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.08%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.90%) CISSP
8 5 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (0.90%) ISEB
9 4 (0.72%) BC Cleared
9 4 (0.72%) MCSE
9 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.54%) A+ Certification
10 3 (0.54%) APMP
10 3 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
10 3 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 3 (0.54%) MCP
10 3 (0.54%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (4.12%) Disclosure Scotland
2 18 (3.23%) SLA
3 15 (2.69%) Accessibility
4 13 (2.33%) QA
5 10 (1.79%) Data Quality
5 10 (1.79%) NCSC
6 7 (1.25%) PMO
7 6 (1.08%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 5 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 3 (0.54%) Def Stans
9 3 (0.54%) NIST
10 2 (0.36%) COBIT
10 2 (0.36%) GDPR
10 2 (0.36%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.18%) GMP
11 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.18%) NEBOSH
11 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 40 (7.17%) Docker
2 17 (3.05%) Active Directory
3 13 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 3 (0.54%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.54%) Oracle Clusterware
4 3 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
4 3 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.36%) Firmware
5 2 (0.36%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 41 (7.35%) Terraform
2 35 (6.27%) Ansible
3 31 (5.56%) Kubernetes
4 14 (2.51%) Consul
5 11 (1.97%) Packer
5 11 (1.97%) Prometheus
6 10 (1.79%) ZABBIX
7 9 (1.61%) Kibana
8 8 (1.43%) Istio
8 8 (1.43%) Puppet
9 7 (1.25%) Docker Swarm
9 7 (1.25%) Graphite
9 7 (1.25%) HAProxy
9 7 (1.25%) linkerd
9 7 (1.25%) Podman
10 3 (0.54%) Data Guard
10 3 (0.54%) Grafana
10 3 (0.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 3 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
10 3 (0.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 51 (9.14%) Microsoft
2 41 (7.35%) Oracle
3 28 (5.02%) SAP
4 19 (3.41%) ServiceNow
5 17 (3.05%) Splunk
6 16 (2.87%) IBM
6 16 (2.87%) Red Hat
7 15 (2.69%) Cisco
7 15 (2.69%) VMware
8 13 (2.33%) Google
9 11 (1.97%) ESRI
10 7 (1.25%) PagerDuty
11 6 (1.08%) Atlassian
11 6 (1.08%) Talend
12 5 (0.90%) Brio
12 5 (0.90%) Pega
12 5 (0.90%) Remedy
12 5 (0.90%) Siebel
13 4 (0.72%) Juniper
13 4 (0.72%) Salesforce.com