Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 11 29 31
Rank change year-on-year +18 +2 +1
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 3,504 5,329 5,847
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 11.21% 6.41% 6.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.17% 33.43% 33.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,401 3,406 3,467
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £313 £305 £230
90th Percentile £638 £625 £636
UK median daily rate £481 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +1.21% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 280 348
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.88 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.37% +118.58% -42.46%
10th Percentile £17.75 £12.00 £15.00
90th Percentile £55.63 £63.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £41.25 £18.70
% change year-on-year -15.15% +120.59% -45.00%

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 7,757 15,940 17,573
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 24.83% 19.18% 18.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,689 9,751 10,400
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.76%
10th Percentile £290 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £650 £635
UK median daily rate £475 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 365 711 844
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +52.17% -20.69%
10th Percentile £16.42 £13.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £55.75 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% +54.35% -22.91%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared in England.

Daily rate trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SC Cleared in England over the 6 months to 8 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared in England.

Hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SC Cleared in England over the 6 months to 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 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 +38 1,385 £520 -0.95% 103
South East +10 649 £483 +7.22% 87
South West +1 623 £475 +5.56% 94
North of England +23 371 £490 +8.89% 37
North West +10 241 £475 +5.56% 21
Midlands +8 230 £432 -4.00% 29
West Midlands +7 182 £438 -5.41% 16
East of England +20 179 £488 +8.33% 30
Yorkshire +55 86 £525 +16.67% 14
East Midlands 0 48 £423 -1.17% 12
North East +10 44 £465 +3.28% 2
South Coast - 1 - -
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 8 August 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 3,504 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 981 (28.00%) Agile Software Development
3 619 (17.67%) Public Sector
4 565 (16.12%) DevOps
5 539 (15.38%) Windows
6 510 (14.55%) Java
7 492 (14.04%) Microsoft
8 488 (13.93%) AWS
9 483 (13.78%) Oracle
10 439 (12.53%) SQL
11 436 (12.44%) Azure
12 378 (10.79%) Linux
13 343 (9.79%) DV Cleared
14 335 (9.56%) Migration
15 301 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
16 281 (8.02%) Git (software)
16 281 (8.02%) Test Automation
17 277 (7.91%) Python
18 276 (7.88%) Scrum
19 275 (7.85%) Jenkins
20 255 (7.28%) JIRA
21 241 (6.88%) ITIL
22 230 (6.56%) PowerShell
23 229 (6.54%) JavaScript
24 228 (6.51%) Docker
25 221 (6.31%) Stakeholder Management
26 219 (6.25%) SQL Server
27 218 (6.22%) Finance
28 216 (6.16%) Kubernetes
29 212 (6.05%) Windows Server

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
1 163 (4.65%) Confluence
2 95 (2.71%) SharePoint
3 77 (2.20%) WebLogic
4 67 (1.91%) Elasticsearch
5 52 (1.48%) MS Exchange
5 52 (1.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 52 (1.48%) Tomcat
6 51 (1.46%) IIS
7 36 (1.03%) JBoss
7 36 (1.03%) SAS
8 33 (0.94%) Apache
9 32 (0.91%) Apache Spark
10 31 (0.88%) Skype for Business
11 25 (0.71%) Red Hat Fuse
12 20 (0.57%) WebSphere
13 19 (0.54%) NServiceBus
14 17 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
15 14 (0.40%) nginx
16 12 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
17 11 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 150 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
2 138 (3.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (1.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 43 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
5 23 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 23 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.51%) Simulink
7 8 (0.23%) SPSS
8 6 (0.17%) Figma
9 5 (0.14%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.14%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.029%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.029%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.029%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.029%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.029%) CATIA
10 1 (0.029%) Revit
10 1 (0.029%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.029%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 37 (1.06%) Oracle ERP
2 35 (1.00%) Oracle EBS
3 34 (0.97%) Oracle Payables
4 33 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
5 28 (0.80%) Oracle Cash Management
6 26 (0.74%) Oracle Receivables
7 24 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
8 19 (0.54%) Oracle Payroll
9 16 (0.46%) Teamcenter
10 12 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
10 12 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
11 11 (0.31%) assyst
11 11 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 10 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
13 8 (0.23%) Remedy AR System
14 7 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
14 7 (0.20%) SAP FI-CA
15 6 (0.17%) PeopleSoft HCM
16 5 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
16 5 (0.14%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 488 (13.93%) AWS
2 436 (12.44%) Azure
3 105 (3.00%) Office 365
4 100 (2.85%) SaaS
5 86 (2.45%) PaaS
6 68 (1.94%) GitHub
7 60 (1.71%) Power Platform
8 48 (1.37%) GCP
9 46 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
10 37 (1.06%) IaaS
11 36 (1.03%) Amazon S3
12 27 (0.77%) Serverless
13 20 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
13 20 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
14 17 (0.49%) Azure Stack
15 16 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
15 16 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
16 15 (0.43%) OpenShift
17 13 (0.37%) Route 53
18 11 (0.31%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 146 (4.17%) Firewall
2 125 (3.57%) DNS
3 84 (2.40%) LAN
4 73 (2.08%) VPN
5 68 (1.94%) WAN
6 65 (1.86%) Skype
7 56 (1.60%) DHCP
8 54 (1.54%) SAN
9 48 (1.37%) TCP/IP
10 45 (1.28%) Internet
10 45 (1.28%) SNMP
11 43 (1.23%) Network Security
12 32 (0.91%) OSPF
13 30 (0.86%) DMZ
14 29 (0.83%) VLAN
15 26 (0.74%) HTTP
16 23 (0.66%) BGP
17 21 (0.60%) Reverse Proxy
18 20 (0.57%) SMTP
19 19 (0.54%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 219 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 117 (3.34%) Oracle Database
3 101 (2.88%) Big Data
4 87 (2.48%) Hadoop
5 82 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
6 70 (2.00%) Relational Database
7 59 (1.68%) MongoDB
8 55 (1.57%) MySQL
9 53 (1.51%) Power BI
10 47 (1.34%) Oracle Reports
11 43 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
12 40 (1.14%) Apache Hive
13 31 (0.88%) Oracle ODI
14 30 (0.86%) GIS
14 30 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 30 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 23 (0.66%) Oracle Database 12c
16 22 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
16 22 (0.63%) Pentaho
17 21 (0.60%) Impala
Development Applications
1 281 (8.02%) Git (software)
2 275 (7.85%) Jenkins
3 255 (7.28%) JIRA
4 139 (3.97%) GitLab
5 129 (3.68%) Selenium
6 116 (3.31%) Cucumber
7 75 (2.14%) Maven
8 53 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
9 49 (1.40%) JMeter
10 47 (1.34%) Bitbucket
10 47 (1.34%) SonarQube
11 40 (1.14%) Visual Studio
12 39 (1.11%) JUnit
13 35 (1.00%) Eclipse
14 34 (0.97%) Mockito
15 32 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 30 (0.86%) WebDriver
17 29 (0.83%) Hudson
17 29 (0.83%) Subversion
18 28 (0.80%) SoapUI
General
1 619 (17.67%) Public Sector
2 218 (6.22%) Finance
3 151 (4.31%) Law
4 125 (3.57%) Telecoms
5 69 (1.97%) Police
6 65 (1.86%) Military
7 60 (1.71%) Manufacturing
8 47 (1.34%) Marketing
9 44 (1.26%) Electronics
10 27 (0.77%) Aerospace
10 27 (0.77%) General Ledger
11 26 (0.74%) Legal
12 19 (0.54%) Banking
13 18 (0.51%) Retail
14 10 (0.29%) Billing
15 8 (0.23%) Publishing
16 6 (0.17%) Local Government
17 5 (0.14%) Back Office
18 3 (0.086%) Advertising
18 3 (0.086%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 607 (17.32%) Developer
2 367 (10.47%) Architect
3 351 (10.02%) Analyst
4 209 (5.96%) Consultant
5 180 (5.14%) Java Developer
6 175 (4.99%) DevOps Engineer
7 133 (3.80%) Business Analyst
8 110 (3.14%) Project Manager
9 96 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
10 81 (2.31%) Administrator
11 77 (2.20%) DBA
12 75 (2.14%) Network Engineer
13 72 (2.05%) Senior Developer
14 69 (1.97%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
15 67 (1.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 66 (1.88%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 65 (1.86%) Test Engineer
18 64 (1.83%) Tester
19 62 (1.77%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
20 61 (1.74%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 201 (5.74%) Web Services
2 170 (4.85%) REST
3 151 (4.31%) HTML
4 137 (3.91%) Spring
5 135 (3.85%) .NET
6 134 (3.82%) CSS
7 131 (3.74%) Node.js
8 116 (3.31%) SOAP
9 109 (3.11%) Spring Boot
10 100 (2.85%) JSON
11 98 (2.80%) AngularJS
12 97 (2.77%) XML
13 90 (2.57%) Oracle Fusion
14 85 (2.43%) React
15 72 (2.05%) RESTful
16 60 (1.71%) Middleware
17 53 (1.51%) Elastic Stack
17 53 (1.51%) HTML5
18 49 (1.40%) Apache Camel
19 48 (1.37%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 301 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
2 151 (4.31%) Management Information System
3 99 (2.83%) Data Centre
4 81 (2.31%) User Experience
5 69 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
6 60 (1.71%) Public Cloud
7 36 (1.03%) Greenfield Project
8 32 (0.91%) Private Cloud
9 30 (0.86%) Cloud Native
10 28 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
11 23 (0.66%) PKI
12 21 (0.60%) CMDB
13 20 (0.57%) Clustering
14 18 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
14 18 (0.51%) Virtual Team
15 17 (0.49%) Client/Server
15 17 (0.49%) Replication
16 15 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
16 15 (0.43%) Freedom of Information
17 14 (0.40%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 539 (15.38%) Windows
2 378 (10.79%) Linux
3 212 (6.05%) Windows Server
4 169 (4.82%) Unix
5 127 (3.62%) Windows 10
6 86 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 79 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 78 (2.23%) Windows Server 2016
9 59 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
10 43 (1.23%) Windows 7
11 40 (1.14%) CentOS
12 33 (0.94%) Mac OS X
13 29 (0.83%) Apple iOS
14 27 (0.77%) AIX
15 23 (0.66%) Android
16 20 (0.57%) Ubuntu
16 20 (0.57%) Windows Server 2019
17 18 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
18 15 (0.43%) Windows XP
19 11 (0.31%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 981 (28.00%) Agile Software Development
2 565 (16.12%) DevOps
3 335 (9.56%) Migration
4 281 (8.02%) Test Automation
5 276 (7.88%) Scrum
6 241 (6.88%) ITIL
7 221 (6.31%) Stakeholder Management
8 198 (5.65%) Project Management
9 186 (5.31%) Microservices
10 185 (5.28%) Problem-Solving
11 180 (5.14%) Decision-Making
11 180 (5.14%) Risk Management
12 172 (4.91%) BDD
12 172 (4.91%) TDD
13 164 (4.68%) Software Engineering
14 161 (4.59%) Continuous Integration
15 149 (4.25%) Service Management
16 139 (3.97%) Analytics
16 139 (3.97%) Cybersecurity
17 135 (3.85%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 510 (14.55%) Java
2 439 (12.53%) SQL
3 277 (7.91%) Python
4 230 (6.56%) PowerShell
5 229 (6.54%) JavaScript
6 159 (4.54%) C#
7 133 (3.80%) Shell Script
8 131 (3.74%) PL/SQL
9 106 (3.03%) C
10 81 (2.31%) Bash Shell
11 66 (1.88%) Java 8
12 52 (1.48%) TypeScript
13 49 (1.40%) C++
14 39 (1.11%) Perl
15 35 (1.00%) T-SQL
16 28 (0.80%) VB
17 26 (0.74%) R
18 21 (0.60%) Ruby
19 20 (0.57%) Ada
19 20 (0.57%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 3,504 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 343 (9.79%) DV Cleared
3 103 (2.94%) Degree
4 91 (2.60%) BPSS Clearance
5 66 (1.88%) Cisco Certification
6 57 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
7 56 (1.60%) CISSP
8 50 (1.43%) ISEB
8 50 (1.43%) ISTQB
9 42 (1.20%) CCNP
10 40 (1.14%) CCNA
11 28 (0.80%) MCSE
12 27 (0.77%) CESG Certified Professional
12 27 (0.77%) MCSA
13 23 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
14 22 (0.63%) CISM
14 22 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 21 (0.60%) BC Cleared
16 17 (0.49%) AWS Certification
17 16 (0.46%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (3.28%) QA
2 50 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 50 (1.43%) SLA
3 42 (1.20%) PMO
4 37 (1.06%) NCSC
5 27 (0.77%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 23 (0.66%) WCAG
7 18 (0.51%) JSP 440
8 16 (0.46%) Government Security Classifications
8 16 (0.46%) NIST
8 16 (0.46%) RMADS
9 13 (0.37%) COBIT
9 13 (0.37%) Data Quality
10 12 (0.34%) GDPR
11 11 (0.31%) PCI DSS
12 7 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 6 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
14 5 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
15 4 (0.11%) NIST 800
16 3 (0.086%) Def Stans
System Software
1 228 (6.51%) Docker
2 178 (5.08%) Active Directory
3 120 (3.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 66 (1.88%) vSphere
5 56 (1.60%) Virtual Machines
6 47 (1.34%) Hyper-V
7 36 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
8 25 (0.71%) XenApp
9 23 (0.66%) VMware NSX
10 19 (0.54%) HDFS
10 19 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (0.34%) Firmware
12 11 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
13 9 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 9 (0.26%) XenDesktop
14 8 (0.23%) OpenAM
15 7 (0.20%) NDS
15 7 (0.20%) NFS
16 6 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 216 (6.16%) Kubernetes
2 201 (5.74%) Terraform
3 141 (4.02%) Ansible
4 87 (2.48%) SCCM
5 62 (1.77%) Puppet
6 45 (1.28%) Packer
7 40 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
8 37 (1.06%) Kibana
9 33 (0.94%) logstash
10 30 (0.86%) SCOM
11 29 (0.83%) ZABBIX
12 28 (0.80%) WSUS
13 26 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
14 25 (0.71%) vCenter Server
15 22 (0.63%) Grafana
16 17 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
17 16 (0.46%) Consul
18 15 (0.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
19 13 (0.37%) Netcool
19 13 (0.37%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 492 (14.04%) Microsoft
2 483 (13.78%) Oracle
3 193 (5.51%) VMware
4 121 (3.45%) Cisco
5 111 (3.17%) SAP
6 70 (2.00%) IBM
7 66 (1.88%) Splunk
8 61 (1.74%) HP
9 60 (1.71%) Cloudera
10 58 (1.66%) ServiceNow
11 57 (1.63%) Remedy
12 55 (1.57%) Citrix
13 48 (1.37%) Red Hat
14 44 (1.26%) Palo Alto
15 43 (1.23%) Atlassian
16 42 (1.20%) Dell
17 41 (1.17%) BMC
18 37 (1.06%) Juniper
19 29 (0.83%) AppDynamics
20 27 (0.77%) F5