Period
to 20 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 February 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.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK > England
6 months to
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 15 29 37
Rank change year-on-year +14 +8 -13
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,238 5,961 5,235
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 8.42% 6.56% 5.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 38.98% 33.62% 29.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,322 3,535 3,203
England median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £205
90th Percentile £630 £630 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.65% +2.83% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 307 272
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +87.17% -50.79%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.00 £13.10
90th Percentile £58.80 £58.85 £47.98
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £37.55 £18.70
% change year-on-year -6.79% +100.80% -50.46%

SC Cleared 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 13,438 17,730 17,637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.60% 19.52% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,293 10,632 10,821
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £230
90th Percentile £642 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 813 795
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.45 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SC Cleared in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in England over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in England over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
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 SC Cleared within the England region over the 6 months to 20 February 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 +27 1,896 £510 -1.92% 148
South West +1 1,048 £488 +8.33% 155
South East +1 945 £450 - 231
North of England +23 781 £425 - 81
North West +20 531 £450 +5.88% 51
Midlands +5 331 £463 +7.56% 84
West Midlands +11 218 £463 +2.78% 59
East of England +2 210 £400 -15.79% 104
North East +18 170 £405 +1.25% 16
East Midlands +1 108 £450 +12.36% 25
Yorkshire -11 82 £428 -9.76% 14
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 20 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SC Cleared 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 SC Cleared.

1 5,238 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,449 (27.66%) Agile Software Development
3 893 (17.05%) Windows
4 817 (15.60%) Public Sector
5 745 (14.22%) DevOps
6 743 (14.18%) AWS
7 733 (13.99%) Microsoft
8 710 (13.55%) Java
9 632 (12.07%) SQL
10 614 (11.72%) Linux
11 528 (10.08%) Azure
12 508 (9.70%) Oracle
13 477 (9.11%) Migration
14 463 (8.84%) Python
15 424 (8.09%) Scrum
16 417 (7.96%) DV Cleared
17 392 (7.48%) VMware
18 390 (7.45%) JIRA
19 368 (7.03%) Docker
20 365 (6.97%) Active Directory
21 364 (6.95%) ITIL
22 350 (6.68%) Jenkins
23 343 (6.55%) Test Automation
24 341 (6.51%) Web Services
25 318 (6.07%) Git (software)
26 317 (6.05%) Windows Server
27 312 (5.96%) PowerShell
28 309 (5.90%) Finance
28 309 (5.90%) JavaScript
29 307 (5.86%) Software Engineering

SC Cleared
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
1 250 (4.77%) Confluence
2 165 (3.15%) SharePoint
3 94 (1.79%) MS Exchange
4 87 (1.66%) WebLogic
5 63 (1.20%) Skype for Business
6 59 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
7 53 (1.01%) Apache
8 50 (0.95%) Tomcat
9 48 (0.92%) JBoss
10 47 (0.90%) OpenStack
11 46 (0.88%) IIS
11 46 (0.88%) nginx
12 39 (0.74%) Red Hat Fuse
13 35 (0.67%) MQSeries
14 30 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
15 29 (0.55%) SAS
16 27 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
17 18 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 17 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
18 17 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 234 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 149 (2.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 70 (1.34%) Microsoft Project
4 64 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 34 (0.65%) MS Visio
6 24 (0.46%) Simulink
7 18 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 12 (0.23%) Windchill
9 7 (0.13%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.11%) GIMP
10 6 (0.11%) PTC Creo
11 5 (0.095%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.076%) Sketch
13 2 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
13 2 (0.038%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.038%) InVision
13 2 (0.038%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.019%) Adobe Illustrator
14 1 (0.019%) CATIA
14 1 (0.019%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 59 (1.13%) Remedy ITSM
2 57 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
3 38 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
4 20 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
5 17 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
5 17 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
6 14 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 11 (0.21%) assyst
8 10 (0.19%) SAP HCM
9 8 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
9 8 (0.15%) Primavera
9 8 (0.15%) Teamcenter
10 7 (0.13%) PeopleSoft HCM
10 7 (0.13%) Remedy AR System
11 6 (0.11%) Oracle AML
11 6 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
11 6 (0.11%) Oracle Payroll
12 4 (0.076%) Oracle Financials
12 4 (0.076%) SAP FI
12 4 (0.076%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 743 (14.18%) AWS
2 528 (10.08%) Azure
3 273 (5.21%) Office 365
4 122 (2.33%) Power Platform
5 107 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
6 102 (1.95%) SaaS
7 87 (1.66%) GitHub
7 87 (1.66%) PaaS
8 82 (1.57%) Serverless
9 75 (1.43%) Amazon S3
10 63 (1.20%) IaaS
11 58 (1.11%) AWS CloudFormation
11 58 (1.11%) GCP
12 55 (1.05%) AWS Lambda
13 53 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
14 45 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
15 42 (0.80%) Amazon SQS
16 38 (0.73%) OpenShift
17 37 (0.71%) OneDrive
18 31 (0.59%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 238 (4.54%) Firewall
2 224 (4.28%) DNS
3 140 (2.67%) WAN
4 139 (2.65%) LAN
5 129 (2.46%) Internet
6 128 (2.44%) TCP/IP
7 127 (2.42%) VPN
8 108 (2.06%) DHCP
9 100 (1.91%) SAN
10 83 (1.58%) Skype
11 79 (1.51%) Network Security
12 71 (1.36%) BGP
13 62 (1.18%) Wireless
14 59 (1.13%) MPLS
15 52 (0.99%) Ethernet
16 45 (0.86%) SNMP
17 42 (0.80%) IPsec
18 38 (0.73%) OSPF
19 37 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
19 37 (0.71%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 275 (5.25%) SQL Server
2 197 (3.76%) PostgreSQL
3 165 (3.15%) Oracle Database
4 114 (2.18%) Data Warehouse
5 108 (2.06%) Power BI
6 88 (1.68%) Big Data
7 80 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
7 80 (1.53%) Relational Database
8 78 (1.49%) MySQL
9 69 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
10 51 (0.97%) Hadoop
11 43 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 39 (0.74%) NoSQL
13 37 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
14 36 (0.69%) Amazon Redshift
15 35 (0.67%) RDBMS
16 33 (0.63%) MongoDB
16 33 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 28 (0.53%) SQL Server 2016
18 27 (0.52%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 390 (7.45%) JIRA
2 350 (6.68%) Jenkins
3 318 (6.07%) Git (software)
4 124 (2.37%) Maven
5 115 (2.20%) Selenium
6 112 (2.14%) GitLab
7 99 (1.89%) Cucumber
8 95 (1.81%) JUnit
9 86 (1.64%) SonarQube
10 75 (1.43%) Mockito
11 72 (1.37%) Bitbucket
12 56 (1.07%) Artifactory
13 54 (1.03%) Rational DOORS
13 54 (1.03%) Subversion
14 53 (1.01%) Eclipse
15 52 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
16 48 (0.92%) MSI
17 47 (0.90%) Visual Studio
18 38 (0.73%) NetBeans
18 38 (0.73%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 817 (15.60%) Public Sector
2 309 (5.90%) Finance
3 225 (4.30%) Telecoms
4 154 (2.94%) Manufacturing
5 136 (2.60%) Military
6 119 (2.27%) Marketing
7 109 (2.08%) Electronics
8 85 (1.62%) Law
9 71 (1.36%) Retail
10 56 (1.07%) Aerospace
11 55 (1.05%) Legal
12 42 (0.80%) Banking
13 35 (0.67%) Police
14 25 (0.48%) Publishing
15 13 (0.25%) Billing
16 10 (0.19%) Local Government
17 7 (0.13%) Avionics
18 5 (0.095%) Automotive
18 5 (0.095%) Games
19 2 (0.038%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 816 (15.58%) Developer
2 637 (12.16%) Architect
3 453 (8.65%) Analyst
4 314 (5.99%) Consultant
5 280 (5.35%) DevOps Engineer
6 262 (5.00%) Java Developer
7 197 (3.76%) Business Analyst
8 171 (3.26%) Project Manager
9 148 (2.83%) Network Engineer
10 142 (2.71%) Software Engineer
11 134 (2.56%) SC Cleared Java Developer
12 129 (2.46%) Solutions Architect
13 109 (2.08%) DBA
14 107 (2.04%) Technical Architect
15 102 (1.95%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
16 100 (1.91%) Support Engineer
17 97 (1.85%) Designer
17 97 (1.85%) Tester
18 94 (1.79%) Software Developer
19 90 (1.72%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 341 (6.51%) Web Services
2 246 (4.70%) .NET
3 211 (4.03%) Spring
4 184 (3.51%) REST
5 179 (3.42%) HTML
6 173 (3.30%) Node.js
6 173 (3.30%) XML
7 159 (3.04%) AngularJS
8 140 (2.67%) CSS
8 140 (2.67%) SOAP
9 137 (2.62%) JSON
10 107 (2.04%) RESTful
11 95 (1.81%) Hibernate
12 83 (1.58%) Spring Boot
13 81 (1.55%) Elastic Stack
13 81 (1.55%) Kafka
13 81 (1.55%) Middleware
14 74 (1.41%) React
15 73 (1.39%) Apache Camel
16 72 (1.37%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 280 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
2 255 (4.87%) Data Centre
3 138 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
4 130 (2.48%) Management Information System
5 93 (1.78%) User Experience
6 79 (1.51%) Public Cloud
7 65 (1.24%) PKI
8 64 (1.22%) Data Structures
9 46 (0.88%) Replication
10 45 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
11 41 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
12 40 (0.76%) Cloud Native
13 36 (0.69%) Virtual Team
14 34 (0.65%) Driving Licence
15 31 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
16 29 (0.55%) Algorithms
17 28 (0.53%) CMDB
18 27 (0.52%) Private Cloud
19 26 (0.50%) Mobile App
20 23 (0.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 893 (17.05%) Windows
2 614 (11.72%) Linux
3 317 (6.05%) Windows Server
4 272 (5.19%) Windows 10
5 169 (3.23%) Unix
6 154 (2.94%) Windows 7
7 125 (2.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 124 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 106 (2.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 79 (1.51%) Ubuntu
11 66 (1.26%) CentOS
12 57 (1.09%) Apple iOS
13 36 (0.69%) Solaris
14 33 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
15 31 (0.59%) Android
16 22 (0.42%) Windows XP
17 16 (0.31%) Debian
17 16 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
18 14 (0.27%) Mac OS
19 12 (0.23%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,449 (27.66%) Agile Software Development
2 745 (14.22%) DevOps
3 477 (9.11%) Migration
4 424 (8.09%) Scrum
5 364 (6.95%) ITIL
6 343 (6.55%) Test Automation
7 307 (5.86%) Software Engineering
8 304 (5.80%) Problem-Solving
9 299 (5.71%) Project Management
10 278 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
11 276 (5.27%) Stakeholder Management
12 253 (4.83%) Project Delivery
13 234 (4.47%) Continuous Integration
14 231 (4.41%) Configuration Management
15 222 (4.24%) Open Source
16 209 (3.99%) Cybersecurity
17 201 (3.84%) Microservices
18 199 (3.80%) Service Management
19 194 (3.70%) Programme Management
20 186 (3.55%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 710 (13.55%) Java
2 632 (12.07%) SQL
3 463 (8.84%) Python
4 312 (5.96%) PowerShell
5 309 (5.90%) JavaScript
6 198 (3.78%) C#
7 176 (3.36%) C
8 170 (3.25%) C++
9 123 (2.35%) PL/SQL
10 112 (2.14%) Bash Shell
10 112 (2.14%) Java 8
11 107 (2.04%) Shell Script
12 67 (1.28%) T-SQL
13 62 (1.18%) Perl
14 56 (1.07%) Groovy
15 44 (0.84%) PHP
15 44 (0.84%) TypeScript
16 35 (0.67%) Go
16 35 (0.67%) VB
17 34 (0.65%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5,238 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 417 (7.96%) DV Cleared
3 215 (4.10%) Degree
4 148 (2.83%) BPSS Clearance
5 145 (2.77%) Cisco Certification
6 96 (1.83%) CCNP
7 89 (1.70%) Microsoft Certification
8 67 (1.28%) ISTQB
9 65 (1.24%) CTC Cleared
10 64 (1.22%) CCNA
11 60 (1.15%) ISEB
12 55 (1.05%) CISSP
13 49 (0.94%) CCIE
14 41 (0.78%) MCSE
15 40 (0.76%) BC Cleared
16 39 (0.74%) AWS Certification
17 34 (0.65%) CCDP
18 33 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
19 31 (0.59%) CISM
20 27 (0.52%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (2.46%) QA
2 85 (1.62%) SLA
3 72 (1.37%) PMO
4 61 (1.16%) NCSC
5 42 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 34 (0.65%) NIST
7 30 (0.57%) Data Quality
8 27 (0.52%) GDPR
9 24 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
10 23 (0.44%) JSP 440
11 21 (0.40%) Def Stans
11 21 (0.40%) WCAG
12 20 (0.38%) RMADS
13 16 (0.31%) ISO 9001
14 14 (0.27%) Government Security Classifications
15 12 (0.23%) COBIT
15 12 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 12 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 9 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
16 9 (0.17%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 368 (7.03%) Docker
2 365 (6.97%) Active Directory
3 189 (3.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 93 (1.78%) vSphere
5 78 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
6 69 (1.32%) Hyper-V
7 58 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
8 46 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
8 46 (0.88%) XenApp
9 45 (0.86%) VMware NSX
10 30 (0.57%) Postfix
11 22 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
12 20 (0.38%) XenDesktop
13 17 (0.32%) Firmware
13 17 (0.32%) vCloud
14 14 (0.27%) HDFS
14 14 (0.27%) NDS
15 12 (0.23%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 11 (0.21%) Snort
17 10 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 305 (5.82%) Kubernetes
2 289 (5.52%) Ansible
3 273 (5.21%) Terraform
4 224 (4.28%) SCCM
5 177 (3.38%) Puppet
6 64 (1.22%) Packer
7 63 (1.20%) Consul
8 59 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
9 49 (0.94%) vCenter Server
10 48 (0.92%) PowerCLI
11 45 (0.86%) NetBackup
12 32 (0.61%) SCOM
12 32 (0.61%) WSUS
13 30 (0.57%) Kibana
14 29 (0.55%) AirWatch
14 29 (0.55%) Amdocs OSS
14 29 (0.55%) logstash
14 29 (0.55%) Netcool
14 29 (0.55%) Netcool/OMNIbus
14 29 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 733 (13.99%) Microsoft
2 508 (9.70%) Oracle
3 392 (7.48%) VMware
4 275 (5.25%) Cisco
5 210 (4.01%) SAP
6 171 (3.26%) Citrix
7 107 (2.04%) Red Hat
8 91 (1.74%) HP
9 89 (1.70%) IBM
10 77 (1.47%) Remedy
11 75 (1.43%) ServiceNow
12 72 (1.37%) Google
13 65 (1.24%) BMC
14 61 (1.16%) Axway
15 58 (1.11%) Juniper
16 56 (1.07%) F5
17 54 (1.03%) MuleSoft
18 53 (1.01%) Dell
19 52 (0.99%) Palo Alto
20 51 (0.97%) EMC