Period
to 30 October 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 10 22 33
Rank change year-on-year +12 +11 +2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 3,326 5,377 5,759
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 11.86% 6.94% 6.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 48.17% 34.32% 32.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,438 3,448 3,408
Median daily rate £495 £475 £459
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% +3.54% +6.69%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £260
90th Percentile £625 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £485 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 305 322
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +20.00% +87.17%
10th Percentile £15.20 £16.25 £15.01
90th Percentile £64.50 £73.25 £48.66
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £34.95
% change year-on-year -16.67% +20.17% +71.45%

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 6,904 15,669 17,551
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 24.63% 20.23% 18.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,208 9,692 10,394
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £255
90th Percentile £645 £648 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 728 853
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.07 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.19% +40.26% -2.69%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.25 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.40 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.70 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +42.80% -9.09%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +29 1,294 £520 -0.95% 121
South West +2 591 £465 +3.33% 99
South East +9 549 £500 +12.64% 99
North of England +11 350 £475 +5.56% 33
Midlands +14 228 £439 -6.65% 47
North West +3 214 £450 - 21
West Midlands +12 161 £400 -13.79% 34
East of England +18 150 £420 +3.70% 68
North East +11 73 £450 +20.07% 7
East Midlands +29 67 £468 -7.65% 13
Yorkshire +68 65 £500 +19.05% 5
South Coast - 1 - -
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 3,326 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 960 (28.86%) Agile Software Development
3 563 (16.93%) Public Sector
4 529 (15.90%) DevOps
5 479 (14.40%) AWS
6 478 (14.37%) Windows
7 443 (13.32%) Oracle
8 410 (12.33%) Java
8 410 (12.33%) Azure
9 395 (11.88%) Microsoft
10 378 (11.37%) Linux
11 365 (10.97%) SQL
12 357 (10.73%) DV Cleared
13 285 (8.57%) Python
14 283 (8.51%) Migration
15 265 (7.97%) Jenkins
16 250 (7.52%) Scrum
17 247 (7.43%) Test Automation
18 241 (7.25%) ITIL
19 239 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
19 239 (7.19%) Git (software)
20 231 (6.95%) JavaScript
20 231 (6.95%) JIRA
21 224 (6.73%) Finance
22 222 (6.67%) Docker
23 221 (6.64%) Analytical Skills
24 215 (6.46%) Kubernetes
25 207 (6.22%) VMware
26 199 (5.98%) Cybersecurity
27 192 (5.77%) Project Management

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
1 130 (3.91%) Confluence
2 96 (2.89%) SharePoint
3 60 (1.80%) Elasticsearch
4 57 (1.71%) WebLogic
5 53 (1.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 51 (1.53%) Apache
6 51 (1.53%) Apache Spark
7 40 (1.20%) Tomcat
8 36 (1.08%) IIS
8 36 (1.08%) JBoss
9 31 (0.93%) Skype for Business
10 27 (0.81%) WebSphere
11 26 (0.78%) Red Hat Fuse
12 25 (0.75%) MS Exchange
13 19 (0.57%) NServiceBus
14 18 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
15 14 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
15 14 (0.42%) SAS
16 11 (0.33%) MQSeries
16 11 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 147 (4.42%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (1.35%) MS Visio
4 31 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 31 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
5 30 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.54%) Simulink
7 5 (0.15%) RoboHelp
8 4 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.060%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.030%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.030%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.030%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.030%) CATIA
10 1 (0.030%) Revit
10 1 (0.030%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.030%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 27 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
2 22 (0.66%) SAP S/4HANA
3 21 (0.63%) Teamcenter
4 20 (0.60%) Oracle Applications
4 20 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
4 20 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 17 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
6 16 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
6 16 (0.48%) Oracle Payroll
7 11 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
8 9 (0.27%) SAP PLM
9 8 (0.24%) SAP FI-CA
10 7 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
10 7 (0.21%) PeopleSoft HCM
11 6 (0.18%) Remedy AR System
12 5 (0.15%) Primavera
13 4 (0.12%) Oracle HRMS
13 4 (0.12%) Oracle iSupplier
14 3 (0.090%) Cognos Planning
14 3 (0.090%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 479 (14.40%) AWS
2 410 (12.33%) Azure
3 98 (2.95%) Office 365
4 93 (2.80%) SaaS
5 76 (2.29%) PaaS
6 71 (2.13%) Amazon S3
7 56 (1.68%) IaaS
8 50 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
9 43 (1.29%) Power Platform
10 42 (1.26%) GitHub
11 36 (1.08%) Serverless
12 34 (1.02%) GCP
13 29 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
14 26 (0.78%) Azure Stack
14 26 (0.78%) Route 53
15 21 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 17 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
16 17 (0.51%) PowerApps
17 16 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 13 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 158 (4.75%) Firewall
2 123 (3.70%) DNS
3 78 (2.35%) VPN
4 76 (2.29%) LAN
5 75 (2.25%) WAN
6 56 (1.68%) Skype
7 55 (1.65%) Network Security
8 54 (1.62%) DHCP
9 49 (1.47%) TCP/IP
10 43 (1.29%) SAN
11 41 (1.23%) OSPF
12 37 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
13 32 (0.96%) VSAN
14 30 (0.90%) HTTP
14 30 (0.90%) SNMP
15 29 (0.87%) BGP
15 29 (0.87%) VLAN
16 28 (0.84%) Internet
17 27 (0.81%) Reverse Proxy
18 26 (0.78%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 173 (5.20%) SQL Server
2 120 (3.61%) Hadoop
3 111 (3.34%) Oracle Database
4 107 (3.22%) Big Data
5 96 (2.89%) PostgreSQL
6 78 (2.35%) Relational Database
7 69 (2.07%) Apache Hive
8 68 (2.04%) MySQL
9 62 (1.86%) Oracle Reports
10 60 (1.80%) MongoDB
11 41 (1.23%) Impala
12 37 (1.11%) Power BI
13 33 (0.99%) Oracle ODI
13 33 (0.99%) Pentaho
14 28 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
15 27 (0.81%) GIS
16 24 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
17 23 (0.69%) Tableau
18 22 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
19 19 (0.57%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 265 (7.97%) Jenkins
2 239 (7.19%) Git (software)
3 231 (6.95%) JIRA
4 113 (3.40%) GitLab
5 109 (3.28%) Selenium
6 96 (2.89%) Cucumber
7 51 (1.53%) JMeter
8 46 (1.38%) Bitbucket
8 46 (1.38%) Maven
9 40 (1.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 35 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
11 32 (0.96%) Toad
12 29 (0.87%) SonarQube
12 29 (0.87%) WebDriver
13 27 (0.81%) JUnit
13 27 (0.81%) REST Assured
14 26 (0.78%) Eclipse
14 26 (0.78%) eggPlant
15 25 (0.75%) LoadRunner
15 25 (0.75%) Subversion
General
1 563 (16.93%) Public Sector
2 224 (6.73%) Finance
3 129 (3.88%) Telecoms
4 109 (3.28%) Law
5 77 (2.32%) Manufacturing
6 67 (2.01%) Police
7 64 (1.92%) Marketing
8 61 (1.83%) Electronics
9 53 (1.59%) Military
10 38 (1.14%) Legal
11 27 (0.81%) Aerospace
12 26 (0.78%) Banking
13 13 (0.39%) Retail
14 12 (0.36%) Local Government
15 7 (0.21%) Back Office
15 7 (0.21%) Publishing
16 5 (0.15%) General Ledger
17 4 (0.12%) Advertising
17 4 (0.12%) Billing
17 4 (0.12%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 521 (15.66%) Developer
2 407 (12.24%) Architect
3 344 (10.34%) Analyst
4 249 (7.49%) Consultant
5 147 (4.42%) DevOps Engineer
6 133 (4.00%) Business Analyst
7 116 (3.49%) Solutions Architect
8 104 (3.13%) Java Developer
9 103 (3.10%) Project Manager
10 83 (2.50%) Administrator
11 80 (2.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 79 (2.38%) Network Engineer
13 76 (2.29%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
14 70 (2.10%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 66 (1.98%) Cloud Architect
16 63 (1.89%) Delivery Manager
17 61 (1.83%) Data Engineer
18 56 (1.68%) SC Cleared Project Manager
18 56 (1.68%) Tester
19 55 (1.65%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (4.93%) HTML
2 151 (4.54%) REST
3 145 (4.36%) Web Services
4 143 (4.30%) CSS
5 131 (3.94%) Node.js
6 111 (3.34%) Spring
7 101 (3.04%) SOAP
8 100 (3.01%) JSON
9 96 (2.89%) Oracle Fusion
10 91 (2.74%) .NET
11 86 (2.59%) React
12 79 (2.38%) AngularJS
13 70 (2.10%) XML
14 69 (2.07%) RESTful
15 68 (2.04%) HTML5
15 68 (2.04%) Spring Boot
16 61 (1.83%) SAML
17 56 (1.68%) Elastic Stack
17 56 (1.68%) Middleware
18 48 (1.44%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 221 (6.64%) Analytical Skills
2 137 (4.12%) Management Information System
3 128 (3.85%) Data Centre
4 85 (2.56%) User Experience
5 69 (2.07%) Public Cloud
6 49 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
7 45 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
8 39 (1.17%) Private Cloud
9 33 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
10 31 (0.93%) Virtual Team
11 23 (0.69%) Driving Licence
11 23 (0.69%) Replication
11 23 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
12 22 (0.66%) PKI
13 21 (0.63%) CMDB
14 18 (0.54%) Cloud Native
14 18 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
15 15 (0.45%) Clustering
16 13 (0.39%) Client/Server
16 13 (0.39%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 478 (14.37%) Windows
2 378 (11.37%) Linux
3 157 (4.72%) Windows Server
4 155 (4.66%) Unix
5 124 (3.73%) Windows 10
6 97 (2.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 62 (1.86%) Windows Server 2016
8 51 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 39 (1.17%) CentOS
10 37 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 32 (0.96%) AIX
12 30 (0.90%) Apple iOS
13 28 (0.84%) Android
13 28 (0.84%) Mac OS X
14 20 (0.60%) Solaris
14 20 (0.60%) Ubuntu
14 20 (0.60%) Windows 7
14 20 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
15 14 (0.42%) Mac OS
16 10 (0.30%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 960 (28.86%) Agile Software Development
2 529 (15.90%) DevOps
3 283 (8.51%) Migration
4 250 (7.52%) Scrum
5 247 (7.43%) Test Automation
6 241 (7.25%) ITIL
7 239 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 199 (5.98%) Cybersecurity
9 192 (5.77%) Project Management
10 186 (5.59%) Microservices
11 159 (4.78%) Service Management
12 152 (4.57%) BDD
13 146 (4.39%) Programme Management
14 145 (4.36%) TDD
15 144 (4.33%) Problem-Solving
16 142 (4.27%) Business Intelligence
17 141 (4.24%) Configuration Management
18 136 (4.09%) Project Delivery
19 135 (4.06%) Business Case
20 130 (3.91%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 410 (12.33%) Java
2 365 (10.97%) SQL
3 285 (8.57%) Python
4 231 (6.95%) JavaScript
5 191 (5.74%) PowerShell
6 147 (4.42%) C
7 117 (3.52%) C#
8 98 (2.95%) PL/SQL
9 94 (2.83%) Bash Shell
10 90 (2.71%) Shell Script
11 47 (1.41%) C++
12 39 (1.17%) Ruby
13 37 (1.11%) Perl
14 36 (1.08%) TypeScript
15 32 (0.96%) Java 8
16 28 (0.84%) Scala
17 27 (0.81%) T-SQL
18 23 (0.69%) R
19 20 (0.60%) VB
20 17 (0.51%) Ada
Qualifications
1 3,326 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 357 (10.73%) DV Cleared
3 97 (2.92%) Degree
4 73 (2.19%) Cisco Certification
4 73 (2.19%) CISSP
5 68 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
6 49 (1.47%) CCNP
7 46 (1.38%) ISTQB
8 42 (1.26%) CESG Certified Professional
9 41 (1.23%) ISEB
10 38 (1.14%) Microsoft Certification
11 34 (1.02%) CCNA
12 31 (0.93%) CISM
13 25 (0.75%) CCIE
13 25 (0.75%) DBS Check
14 24 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 20 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
16 18 (0.54%) MCSE
17 17 (0.51%) GIAC
17 17 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (3.55%) QA
2 65 (1.95%) NCSC
3 57 (1.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 38 (1.14%) SLA
5 32 (0.96%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 28 (0.84%) PMO
7 24 (0.72%) JSP 440
8 22 (0.66%) RMADS
9 19 (0.57%) Data Quality
10 18 (0.54%) WCAG
11 17 (0.51%) Government Security Classifications
12 16 (0.48%) GDPR
13 14 (0.42%) PCI DSS
14 13 (0.39%) COBIT
15 9 (0.27%) NIST
16 8 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 6 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
17 6 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
17 6 (0.18%) NIST 800
18 5 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 222 (6.67%) Docker
2 175 (5.26%) Active Directory
3 135 (4.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 66 (1.98%) vSphere
5 54 (1.62%) VMware NSX
6 52 (1.56%) HDFS
7 50 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
8 40 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
9 34 (1.02%) Hyper-V
10 17 (0.51%) XenApp
11 14 (0.42%) NDS
11 14 (0.42%) NetIQ eDirectory
12 13 (0.39%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 11 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
14 9 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
14 9 (0.27%) XenDesktop
15 8 (0.24%) vCloud
15 8 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
16 7 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
17 6 (0.18%) NFS
Systems Management
1 215 (6.46%) Kubernetes
2 186 (5.59%) Terraform
3 180 (5.41%) Ansible
4 99 (2.98%) Puppet
5 66 (1.98%) SCCM
6 50 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
7 46 (1.38%) Single Sign-On
8 41 (1.23%) Packer
9 39 (1.17%) Kibana
10 35 (1.05%) vCenter Server
11 25 (0.75%) logstash
11 25 (0.75%) ZABBIX
12 24 (0.72%) Grafana
13 22 (0.66%) SCOM
13 22 (0.66%) WSUS
14 20 (0.60%) Prometheus
15 18 (0.54%) Tivoli
16 17 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
16 17 (0.51%) NetIQ Identity Manager
17 15 (0.45%) vRealize
Vendors
1 443 (13.32%) Oracle
2 395 (11.88%) Microsoft
3 207 (6.22%) VMware
4 157 (4.72%) Cisco
5 143 (4.30%) SAP
6 84 (2.53%) Splunk
7 83 (2.50%) Cloudera
8 82 (2.47%) Red Hat
9 67 (2.01%) Atlassian
10 56 (1.68%) Palo Alto
11 55 (1.65%) IBM
12 43 (1.29%) Dell
12 43 (1.29%) F5
13 42 (1.26%) SolarWinds
14 41 (1.23%) HP
15 40 (1.20%) Juniper
16 37 (1.11%) ServiceNow
17 32 (0.96%) Remedy
18 30 (0.90%) Veeam
19 29 (0.87%) Citrix