Period
to 11 April 2021

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 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.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK > England
6 months to
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 14 28
Rank change year-on-year +1 +14 +7
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,109 4,873 5,844
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.84% 9.09% 6.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.11% 40.87% 33.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,835 3,311 3,685
10th Percentile £316 £306 £308
25th Percentile £412 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +0.51% +2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £569 £575 £575
90th Percentile £638 £640 £642
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 169 268
10th Percentile £15.04 £15.98 £12.00
25th Percentile £21.47 £17.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate £45.00 £41.18 £36.30
Median % change year-on-year +9.29% +13.43% +94.12%
75th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £48.50
90th Percentile £61.59 £57.50 £59.30
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £39.32
% change year-on-year +4.65% +9.36% +110.27%

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 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%

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 11 April 2021.

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 11 April 2021.

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 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 +3 1,723 £500 -3.29% 131
South East +1 616 £475 +5.56% 120
South West +1 546 £474 -5.25% 143
North of England -2 412 £428 +0.59% 100
North West -4 272 £425 -3.41% 76
Midlands -1 221 £400 -13.51% 62
East of England +8 207 £450 -7.69% 53
West Midlands -1 152 £405 -12.43% 52
North East -2 75 £450 +12.50% 11
East Midlands -2 66 £366 -18.61% 10
Yorkshire +13 65 £445 -7.53% 13
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 2021, 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 4,109 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,076 (26.19%) Agile Software Development
3 674 (16.40%) Public Sector
4 645 (15.70%) DevOps
5 638 (15.53%) Azure
6 607 (14.77%) AWS
7 568 (13.82%) Java
8 505 (12.29%) Windows
9 443 (10.78%) Linux
10 424 (10.32%) Microsoft
11 407 (9.91%) Docker
12 399 (9.71%) SQL
13 368 (8.96%) DV Cleared
14 355 (8.64%) Python
15 354 (8.62%) Kubernetes
16 322 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
17 312 (7.59%) Terraform
18 311 (7.57%) Cybersecurity
19 292 (7.11%) Migration
19 292 (7.11%) Software Engineering
20 279 (6.79%) Scrum
21 277 (6.74%) Finance
22 274 (6.67%) Oracle
23 270 (6.57%) Active Directory
24 265 (6.45%) ITIL
25 264 (6.42%) Microservices
26 254 (6.18%) Ansible
27 244 (5.94%) Project Management
27 244 (5.94%) VMware
28 242 (5.89%) Problem-Solving

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
1 133 (3.24%) SharePoint
2 121 (2.94%) Confluence
3 95 (2.31%) Apache
4 55 (1.34%) Apache Spark
5 52 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
6 45 (1.10%) WebLogic
7 39 (0.95%) IIS
8 36 (0.88%) MS Exchange
9 25 (0.61%) Skype for Business
10 20 (0.49%) Tomcat
11 18 (0.44%) JBoss
11 18 (0.44%) Red Hat Fuse
12 16 (0.39%) WebSphere
13 14 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
13 14 (0.34%) SAS
14 13 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
14 13 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 12 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
16 11 (0.27%) Camunda
16 11 (0.27%) nginx
Applications
1 116 (2.82%) Microsoft Office
2 71 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
4 35 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 30 (0.73%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.34%) Simulink
6 14 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
9 5 (0.12%) Adobe Premiere
10 4 (0.097%) Adobe Captivate
10 4 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.097%) Final Cut Pro
10 4 (0.097%) GIMP
11 3 (0.073%) Windchill
12 2 (0.049%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.049%) PTC Creo
12 2 (0.049%) Stata
12 2 (0.049%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 23 (0.56%) SAP S/4HANA
2 20 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
3 16 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
3 16 (0.39%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 15 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
5 11 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
6 9 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
7 8 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
8 6 (0.15%) SAP PLM
8 6 (0.15%) Sentinel
8 6 (0.15%) Teamcenter
9 5 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 5 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
10 4 (0.097%) assyst
10 4 (0.097%) Oracle General Ledger
10 4 (0.097%) Primavera
10 4 (0.097%) SAP PS
10 4 (0.097%) Unit4 Business World
11 3 (0.073%) Demantra
11 3 (0.073%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 638 (15.53%) Azure
2 607 (14.77%) AWS
3 180 (4.38%) Microsoft 365
4 116 (2.82%) PaaS
4 116 (2.82%) Serverless
5 115 (2.80%) Power Platform
6 72 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
7 68 (1.65%) IaaS
8 65 (1.58%) Amazon S3
9 60 (1.46%) AWS Lambda
10 59 (1.44%) GCP
11 56 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
12 55 (1.34%) GitHub
13 49 (1.19%) PowerApps
14 46 (1.12%) OpenShift
15 41 (1.00%) SaaS
16 40 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
17 31 (0.75%) Logic Apps
18 26 (0.63%) Amazon EMR
19 25 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 177 (4.31%) Firewall
2 97 (2.36%) WAN
3 94 (2.29%) DNS
4 85 (2.07%) Network Security
5 76 (1.85%) LAN
6 59 (1.44%) TCP/IP
7 58 (1.41%) Internet
8 52 (1.27%) VPN
9 47 (1.14%) Cisco Nexus
9 47 (1.14%) SAN
10 45 (1.10%) VSAN
11 43 (1.05%) Wireless
12 41 (1.00%) Skype
13 38 (0.92%) BGP
13 38 (0.92%) VLAN
14 37 (0.90%) DHCP
15 35 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
15 35 (0.85%) OSPF
16 30 (0.73%) Ethernet
16 30 (0.73%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 172 (4.19%) Big Data
3 136 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
4 114 (2.77%) Hadoop
5 70 (1.70%) Oracle Database
5 70 (1.70%) Power BI
6 67 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
7 56 (1.36%) Relational Database
8 52 (1.27%) Apache Hive
9 44 (1.07%) NoSQL
10 43 (1.05%) Tableau
11 41 (1.00%) MongoDB
12 38 (0.92%) MySQL
13 34 (0.83%) Impala
14 32 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
15 30 (0.73%) Pentaho
16 28 (0.68%) SAP BW
17 26 (0.63%) Data Lake
17 26 (0.63%) Data Mining
18 25 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 218 (5.31%) Jenkins
2 217 (5.28%) JIRA
3 196 (4.77%) Git (software)
4 85 (2.07%) GitLab
5 75 (1.83%) Selenium
6 66 (1.61%) Maven
7 57 (1.39%) Bitbucket
8 50 (1.22%) Cucumber
9 46 (1.12%) JUnit
10 38 (0.92%) JMeter
11 31 (0.75%) SonarQube
12 29 (0.71%) Rational Rhapsody
12 29 (0.71%) Visual Studio
13 25 (0.61%) Oracle APEX
14 22 (0.54%) Cypress.io
14 22 (0.54%) NetBeans
15 21 (0.51%) Hudson
15 21 (0.51%) Mockito
16 20 (0.49%) CA Gen
16 20 (0.49%) Rational DOORS
General
1 674 (16.40%) Public Sector
2 277 (6.74%) Finance
3 130 (3.16%) Telecoms
4 106 (2.58%) Law
5 87 (2.12%) Manufacturing
6 76 (1.85%) Electronics
7 64 (1.56%) Marketing
8 53 (1.29%) Military
9 52 (1.27%) Aerospace
10 32 (0.78%) Banking
10 32 (0.78%) Police
11 29 (0.71%) Legal
12 27 (0.66%) Retail
13 10 (0.24%) Local Government
14 9 (0.22%) Billing
15 7 (0.17%) Back Office
16 6 (0.15%) General Ledger
17 4 (0.097%) Advertising
17 4 (0.097%) Games
17 4 (0.097%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 567 (13.80%) Developer
2 503 (12.24%) Architect
3 317 (7.71%) Analyst
4 251 (6.11%) DevOps Engineer
5 246 (5.99%) Consultant
6 179 (4.36%) Software Engineer
7 175 (4.26%) Java Developer
8 137 (3.33%) Project Manager
9 124 (3.02%) Network Engineer
10 119 (2.90%) Solutions Architect
11 115 (2.80%) AWS Engineer
12 114 (2.77%) AWS DevOps
13 108 (2.63%) Business Analyst
13 108 (2.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 96 (2.34%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 91 (2.21%) Data Engineer
16 87 (2.12%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 85 (2.07%) Azure Engineer
18 83 (2.02%) SC Cleared Project Manager
19 81 (1.97%) AWS DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 139 (3.38%) HTML
2 132 (3.21%) Web Services
3 130 (3.16%) Kafka
4 124 (3.02%) Node.js
5 118 (2.87%) CSS
6 114 (2.77%) Spring
7 110 (2.68%) .NET
8 108 (2.63%) React
9 105 (2.56%) REST
10 88 (2.14%) JSON
11 67 (1.63%) XML
12 66 (1.61%) Spring Boot
13 63 (1.53%) AngularJS
13 63 (1.53%) RESTful
14 58 (1.41%) Apache NiFi
15 47 (1.14%) HTML5
16 44 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
17 43 (1.05%) GraphQL
18 40 (0.97%) Elastic Stack
19 38 (0.92%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 232 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
2 157 (3.82%) Data Centre
3 124 (3.02%) Management Information System
4 112 (2.73%) User Experience
5 59 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
6 48 (1.17%) Public Cloud
7 47 (1.14%) Cloud Native
7 47 (1.14%) PKI
8 44 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
9 41 (1.00%) Clustering
9 41 (1.00%) Data Structures
9 41 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
10 36 (0.88%) CMDB
10 36 (0.88%) Replication
11 27 (0.66%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 26 (0.63%) Security Operations Centre
13 24 (0.58%) Private Cloud
14 20 (0.49%) EMC VNX
14 20 (0.49%) VHDL
15 19 (0.46%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 505 (12.29%) Windows
2 443 (10.78%) Linux
3 162 (3.94%) Windows Server
4 141 (3.43%) Windows 10
5 132 (3.21%) Unix
6 89 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 58 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
8 45 (1.10%) Windows 7
8 45 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 38 (0.92%) AIX
10 34 (0.83%) CentOS
11 26 (0.63%) Windows Server 2019
12 25 (0.61%) Ubuntu
13 22 (0.54%) Windows Server 2016
14 20 (0.49%) Solaris
15 19 (0.46%) Apple iOS
16 16 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
17 15 (0.37%) Android
18 14 (0.34%) Windows XP
19 10 (0.24%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,076 (26.19%) Agile Software Development
2 645 (15.70%) DevOps
3 322 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
4 311 (7.57%) Cybersecurity
5 292 (7.11%) Migration
5 292 (7.11%) Software Engineering
6 279 (6.79%) Scrum
7 265 (6.45%) ITIL
8 264 (6.42%) Microservices
9 244 (5.94%) Project Management
10 242 (5.89%) Problem-Solving
11 237 (5.77%) Business Intelligence
12 213 (5.18%) Test Automation
13 189 (4.60%) Project Delivery
14 182 (4.43%) Data Modelling
15 171 (4.16%) Service Management
16 156 (3.80%) Waterfall
17 155 (3.77%) Change Management
18 153 (3.72%) Configuration Management
19 145 (3.53%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 568 (13.82%) Java
2 399 (9.71%) SQL
3 355 (8.64%) Python
4 234 (5.69%) JavaScript
5 206 (5.01%) PowerShell
6 136 (3.31%) C
7 128 (3.12%) C#
8 111 (2.70%) C++
9 86 (2.09%) Bash Shell
10 83 (2.02%) Java 8
11 61 (1.48%) PL/SQL
12 59 (1.44%) TypeScript
13 57 (1.39%) Shell Script
14 50 (1.22%) R
15 44 (1.07%) Perl
16 43 (1.05%) Ruby
17 39 (0.95%) Scala
18 30 (0.73%) Ada
18 30 (0.73%) Go
18 30 (0.73%) VB
Qualifications
1 4,109 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 368 (8.96%) DV Cleared
3 134 (3.26%) Degree
4 107 (2.60%) BPSS Clearance
5 98 (2.39%) Cisco Certification
6 75 (1.83%) CISSP
7 65 (1.58%) Microsoft Certification
8 61 (1.48%) CCNP
9 47 (1.14%) CCNA
10 45 (1.10%) ISTQB
11 39 (0.95%) CESG Certified Professional
12 38 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
13 35 (0.85%) MCSE
14 33 (0.80%) ISEB
15 31 (0.75%) CISM
16 27 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
17 23 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 20 (0.49%) Chartered Engineer
18 20 (0.49%) CTC Cleared
19 19 (0.46%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (2.99%) QA
2 72 (1.75%) NCSC
3 66 (1.61%) Data Quality
4 47 (1.14%) NIST
5 46 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 32 (0.78%) SLA
7 31 (0.75%) PMO
8 29 (0.71%) WCAG
9 28 (0.68%) GDPR
10 26 (0.63%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 14 (0.34%) COBIT
12 13 (0.32%) RMADS
13 12 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 11 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
15 10 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
16 8 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
16 8 (0.19%) GPG13
16 8 (0.19%) JSP 440
16 8 (0.19%) PCI DSS
17 7 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 407 (9.91%) Docker
2 270 (6.57%) Active Directory
3 171 (4.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 73 (1.78%) VMware ESXi
5 60 (1.46%) vSphere
6 57 (1.39%) VMware NSX
7 48 (1.17%) HDFS
8 39 (0.95%) Hyper-V
9 31 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
10 23 (0.56%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 20 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 10 (0.24%) XenApp
14 8 (0.19%) GPFS
14 8 (0.19%) PowerHA
15 6 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
16 5 (0.12%) BitLocker
16 5 (0.12%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 5 (0.12%) Firmware
16 5 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 354 (8.62%) Kubernetes
2 312 (7.59%) Terraform
3 254 (6.18%) Ansible
4 84 (2.04%) SCCM
5 78 (1.90%) Puppet
6 64 (1.56%) vCenter Server
7 52 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
8 47 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
9 34 (0.83%) Packer
9 34 (0.83%) vRealize
10 30 (0.73%) Grafana
11 27 (0.66%) Prometheus
12 25 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
13 24 (0.58%) Kibana
14 19 (0.46%) Nessus
15 15 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
15 15 (0.37%) Hadoop YARN
15 15 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
16 14 (0.34%) Istio
17 13 (0.32%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 424 (10.32%) Microsoft
2 274 (6.67%) Oracle
3 244 (5.94%) VMware
4 207 (5.04%) Cisco
5 135 (3.29%) SAP
6 110 (2.68%) Red Hat
7 78 (1.90%) Splunk
8 69 (1.68%) Dell
9 64 (1.56%) ServiceNow
10 60 (1.46%) Google
11 57 (1.39%) Palo Alto
12 55 (1.34%) HP
13 53 (1.29%) Cloudera
14 46 (1.12%) Atlassian
14 46 (1.12%) Citrix
15 45 (1.10%) EMC
15 45 (1.10%) IBM
16 34 (0.83%) Fortinet
17 33 (0.80%) Remedy
18 32 (0.78%) Juniper