Period
to 4 June 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 4 June 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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 13 29 31
Rank change year-on-year +16 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,152 5,085 5,759
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 10.34% 6.19% 6.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 43.87% 32.67% 33.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,699 3,201 3,467
Median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 273 315
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +87.17% -51.43%
10th Percentile £15.95 £12.00 £15.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £63.13 £47.70
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year - +87.17% -51.43%

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 9,465 15,567 17,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.57% 18.95% 19.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,609 9,438 10,428
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £275 £270 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 422 695 769
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +32.46% -15.95%
10th Percentile £15.53 £13.00 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.00 £54.20 £50.05
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.43 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.71% +33.70% -16.67%

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 4 June 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 4 June 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 4 June 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 +37 1,527 £520 -0.95% 94
South West +4 785 £475 +5.56% 106
South East +8 736 £475 +5.56% 74
North of England +40 608 £432 -4.00% 25
North West +28 374 £463 +2.78% 17
Midlands +5 255 £450 +2.27% 24
East of England +10 201 £500 +11.11% 51
West Midlands +2 158 £450 - 18
North East +23 136 £415 -2.35% 3
Yorkshire +38 98 £488 +3.17% 5
East Midlands +15 94 £450 +5.88% 6
South Coast - 1 - -
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 4 June 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 4,152 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,193 (28.73%) Agile Software Development
3 665 (16.02%) Public Sector
4 622 (14.98%) Windows
5 620 (14.93%) DevOps
6 614 (14.79%) Java
7 582 (14.02%) AWS
8 558 (13.44%) Microsoft
9 488 (11.75%) SQL
10 464 (11.18%) Oracle
11 461 (11.10%) Azure
12 447 (10.77%) Linux
13 367 (8.84%) Migration
14 342 (8.24%) Python
15 331 (7.97%) DV Cleared
16 325 (7.83%) Scrum
17 322 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
18 320 (7.71%) Test Automation
19 292 (7.03%) JIRA
20 284 (6.84%) Docker
21 277 (6.67%) Git (software)
22 275 (6.62%) Web Services
23 273 (6.58%) ITIL
24 271 (6.53%) PowerShell
25 258 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
26 257 (6.19%) Finance
26 257 (6.19%) JavaScript
26 257 (6.19%) Jenkins
27 251 (6.05%) Kubernetes
28 249 (6.00%) VMware

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
1 180 (4.34%) Confluence
2 110 (2.65%) SharePoint
3 85 (2.05%) WebLogic
4 66 (1.59%) MS Exchange
5 56 (1.35%) Tomcat
6 53 (1.28%) IIS
6 53 (1.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 46 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
8 40 (0.96%) Apache
9 39 (0.94%) JBoss
10 31 (0.75%) Red Hat Fuse
11 29 (0.70%) SAS
12 27 (0.65%) Apache Spark
13 26 (0.63%) Skype for Business
14 21 (0.51%) nginx
15 19 (0.46%) NServiceBus
16 17 (0.41%) Camunda
16 17 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
16 17 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
17 15 (0.36%) WebSphere
Applications
1 169 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
2 142 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 49 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
4 48 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.43%) Simulink
7 13 (0.31%) MS Visio
8 8 (0.19%) SPSS
9 7 (0.17%) Windchill
10 6 (0.14%) Figma
10 6 (0.14%) PTC Creo
11 5 (0.12%) Chatbot
11 5 (0.12%) RoboHelp
12 3 (0.072%) Photoshop
13 2 (0.048%) Adobe Captivate
13 2 (0.048%) CATIA
14 1 (0.024%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 1 (0.024%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.024%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.024%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 47 (1.13%) Remedy ITSM
2 41 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
3 39 (0.94%) Oracle ERP
4 33 (0.79%) Oracle Payables
5 27 (0.65%) Oracle Cash Management
6 25 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
7 20 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
7 20 (0.48%) Oracle Applications
7 20 (0.48%) Oracle Payroll
8 18 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
9 11 (0.26%) assyst
10 6 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
10 6 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
10 6 (0.14%) Primavera
10 6 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
10 6 (0.14%) SAP HCM
10 6 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 5 (0.12%) Teamcenter
12 4 (0.096%) Oracle BPM
13 3 (0.072%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 582 (14.02%) AWS
2 461 (11.10%) Azure
3 140 (3.37%) Office 365
4 107 (2.58%) SaaS
5 100 (2.41%) Power Platform
6 82 (1.97%) PaaS
7 75 (1.81%) GitHub
8 56 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
9 53 (1.28%) GCP
10 42 (1.01%) Serverless
11 38 (0.92%) Amazon S3
12 35 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
13 32 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
13 32 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
14 29 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
15 28 (0.67%) IaaS
16 26 (0.63%) PowerApps
17 25 (0.60%) OneDrive
18 24 (0.58%) SuccessFactors
19 23 (0.55%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 152 (3.66%) DNS
2 136 (3.28%) Firewall
3 108 (2.60%) LAN
4 96 (2.31%) WAN
5 78 (1.88%) VPN
6 69 (1.66%) SAN
7 68 (1.64%) DHCP
8 65 (1.57%) TCP/IP
9 62 (1.49%) Network Security
10 60 (1.45%) Internet
10 60 (1.45%) Skype
11 49 (1.18%) BGP
12 41 (0.99%) SNMP
13 39 (0.94%) Ethernet
13 39 (0.94%) MPLS
14 30 (0.72%) OSPF
15 28 (0.67%) SSL
16 26 (0.63%) DMZ
16 26 (0.63%) IPsec
17 25 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 231 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 115 (2.77%) Big Data
3 112 (2.70%) Oracle Database
4 92 (2.22%) Power BI
5 84 (2.02%) PostgreSQL
6 76 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
7 72 (1.73%) Hadoop
8 70 (1.69%) Relational Database
9 38 (0.92%) MySQL
10 37 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 32 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 29 (0.70%) Oracle ODI
13 28 (0.67%) MongoDB
14 27 (0.65%) NoSQL
15 25 (0.60%) Apache Hive
16 24 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
17 22 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
17 22 (0.53%) SQL Server 2016
18 21 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
19 20 (0.48%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 292 (7.03%) JIRA
2 277 (6.67%) Git (software)
3 257 (6.19%) Jenkins
4 109 (2.63%) GitLab
4 109 (2.63%) Selenium
5 96 (2.31%) Maven
6 83 (2.00%) Cucumber
7 58 (1.40%) Bitbucket
8 57 (1.37%) SonarQube
9 55 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
10 54 (1.30%) Eclipse
11 50 (1.20%) Visual Studio
12 47 (1.13%) JUnit
12 47 (1.13%) Mockito
13 35 (0.84%) Subversion
14 34 (0.82%) Rational DOORS
15 33 (0.79%) JMeter
15 33 (0.79%) MSI
16 32 (0.77%) Postman
17 28 (0.67%) NetBeans
General
1 665 (16.02%) Public Sector
2 257 (6.19%) Finance
3 145 (3.49%) Telecoms
4 119 (2.87%) Law
5 86 (2.07%) Military
6 77 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 58 (1.40%) Marketing
8 52 (1.25%) Electronics
9 46 (1.11%) Police
10 38 (0.92%) Aerospace
11 34 (0.82%) Banking
12 29 (0.70%) Retail
13 26 (0.63%) General Ledger
14 24 (0.58%) Legal
14 24 (0.58%) Publishing
15 11 (0.26%) Billing
16 10 (0.24%) Local Government
17 6 (0.14%) Avionics
18 4 (0.096%) Automotive
19 3 (0.072%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 737 (17.75%) Developer
2 439 (10.57%) Architect
3 381 (9.18%) Analyst
4 254 (6.12%) Java Developer
5 247 (5.95%) Consultant
6 210 (5.06%) DevOps Engineer
7 141 (3.40%) Business Analyst
8 134 (3.23%) Project Manager
9 106 (2.55%) Solutions Architect
10 99 (2.38%) Network Engineer
11 95 (2.29%) SC Cleared Java Developer
12 89 (2.14%) Technical Architect
13 87 (2.10%) Software Engineer
13 87 (2.10%) Tester
14 82 (1.97%) DBA
15 79 (1.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 78 (1.88%) Designer
17 76 (1.83%) Administrator
17 76 (1.83%) Software Developer
18 74 (1.78%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 275 (6.62%) Web Services
2 199 (4.79%) REST
3 176 (4.24%) .NET
4 168 (4.05%) Spring
5 154 (3.71%) Node.js
6 130 (3.13%) HTML
7 126 (3.03%) SOAP
7 126 (3.03%) Spring Boot
8 120 (2.89%) CSS
9 115 (2.77%) XML
10 114 (2.75%) JSON
11 97 (2.34%) AngularJS
12 78 (1.88%) RESTful
13 73 (1.76%) React
14 71 (1.71%) Apache Camel
14 71 (1.71%) Oracle Fusion
15 58 (1.40%) Kafka
15 58 (1.40%) RabbitMQ
16 51 (1.23%) Middleware
17 50 (1.20%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 322 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
2 176 (4.24%) Data Centre
3 153 (3.68%) Management Information System
4 96 (2.31%) User Experience
5 92 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
6 59 (1.42%) Public Cloud
7 39 (0.94%) Cloud Native
8 38 (0.92%) PKI
9 35 (0.84%) Data Structures
10 34 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
11 26 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
12 23 (0.55%) Private Cloud
13 22 (0.53%) Mobile App
14 20 (0.48%) Clustering
15 19 (0.46%) CMDB
15 19 (0.46%) Driving Licence
15 19 (0.46%) Replication
16 17 (0.41%) Semantic Web
16 17 (0.41%) Video Conferencing
17 16 (0.39%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 622 (14.98%) Windows
2 447 (10.77%) Linux
3 245 (5.90%) Windows Server
4 154 (3.71%) Unix
5 151 (3.64%) Windows 10
6 102 (2.46%) Windows Server 2012
7 89 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 82 (1.97%) Windows 7
9 76 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
10 57 (1.37%) Windows Server 2016
11 50 (1.20%) Apple iOS
12 38 (0.92%) Android
13 37 (0.89%) CentOS
14 34 (0.82%) Ubuntu
15 29 (0.70%) AIX
16 25 (0.60%) Mac OS X
17 22 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
18 20 (0.48%) Windows XP
19 18 (0.43%) Solaris
20 16 (0.39%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,193 (28.73%) Agile Software Development
2 620 (14.93%) DevOps
3 367 (8.84%) Migration
4 325 (7.83%) Scrum
5 320 (7.71%) Test Automation
6 273 (6.58%) ITIL
7 258 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
8 225 (5.42%) Problem-Solving
9 222 (5.35%) Software Engineering
10 202 (4.87%) Project Management
11 191 (4.60%) Microservices
12 186 (4.48%) Risk Management
13 182 (4.38%) Business Intelligence
14 180 (4.34%) Project Delivery
15 178 (4.29%) Cybersecurity
16 163 (3.93%) Service Management
17 162 (3.90%) TDD
18 160 (3.85%) Decision-Making
19 156 (3.76%) Analytics
20 155 (3.73%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 614 (14.79%) Java
2 488 (11.75%) SQL
3 342 (8.24%) Python
4 271 (6.53%) PowerShell
5 257 (6.19%) JavaScript
6 189 (4.55%) C#
7 140 (3.37%) PL/SQL
8 139 (3.35%) Shell Script
9 117 (2.82%) Java 8
10 102 (2.46%) C
11 85 (2.05%) C++
12 65 (1.57%) Bash Shell
13 47 (1.13%) Perl
14 44 (1.06%) T-SQL
15 42 (1.01%) TypeScript
16 36 (0.87%) VB
17 35 (0.84%) Groovy
18 34 (0.82%) PHP
19 25 (0.60%) Ada
20 24 (0.58%) GLSL
Qualifications
1 4,152 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 331 (7.97%) DV Cleared
3 157 (3.78%) Degree
4 110 (2.65%) BPSS Clearance
5 88 (2.12%) Cisco Certification
6 78 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
7 67 (1.61%) CCNP
8 57 (1.37%) CISSP
9 46 (1.11%) CCNA
9 46 (1.11%) CTC Cleared
10 44 (1.06%) ISTQB
10 44 (1.06%) MCSE
11 42 (1.01%) ISEB
12 34 (0.82%) AWS Certification
13 31 (0.75%) BC Cleared
14 30 (0.72%) CESG Certified Professional
15 29 (0.70%) CISM
16 26 (0.63%) MCSA
17 22 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
18 21 (0.51%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (2.60%) QA
2 62 (1.49%) PMO
3 59 (1.42%) SLA
4 49 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 42 (1.01%) NCSC
6 22 (0.53%) NIST
7 20 (0.48%) WCAG
8 19 (0.46%) Data Quality
9 17 (0.41%) RMADS
10 16 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 14 (0.34%) GDPR
11 14 (0.34%) JSP 440
12 12 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
13 9 (0.22%) COBIT
14 8 (0.19%) Def Stans
14 8 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
15 5 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
15 5 (0.12%) PCI DSS
16 4 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 3 (0.072%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 284 (6.84%) Docker
2 240 (5.78%) Active Directory
3 123 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 63 (1.52%) vSphere
5 56 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
6 49 (1.18%) Hyper-V
6 49 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
7 47 (1.13%) XenApp
8 35 (0.84%) VMware NSX
9 33 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
10 19 (0.46%) XenDesktop
11 18 (0.43%) Firmware
12 13 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
13 12 (0.29%) HDFS
14 10 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
15 9 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 8 (0.19%) NDS
16 8 (0.19%) OpenAM
17 7 (0.17%) NetIQ eDirectory
17 7 (0.17%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 251 (6.05%) Kubernetes
2 196 (4.72%) Terraform
3 181 (4.36%) Ansible
4 137 (3.30%) SCCM
5 72 (1.73%) Puppet
6 50 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
7 42 (1.01%) vCenter Server
8 41 (0.99%) WSUS
9 39 (0.94%) Packer
10 25 (0.60%) Netcool
10 25 (0.60%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 25 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
10 25 (0.60%) PowerCLI
10 25 (0.60%) SCOM
11 24 (0.58%) logstash
12 22 (0.53%) Consul
13 21 (0.51%) Amdocs OSS
13 21 (0.51%) Kibana
14 20 (0.48%) NetBackup
15 16 (0.39%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 558 (13.44%) Microsoft
2 464 (11.18%) Oracle
3 249 (6.00%) VMware
4 196 (4.72%) Cisco
5 147 (3.54%) SAP
6 112 (2.70%) Citrix
7 79 (1.90%) HP
8 72 (1.73%) Remedy
9 68 (1.64%) IBM
10 62 (1.49%) Red Hat
10 62 (1.49%) ServiceNow
11 61 (1.47%) BMC
12 49 (1.18%) Dell
13 44 (1.06%) Cloudera
14 43 (1.04%) Juniper
15 36 (0.87%) EMC
15 36 (0.87%) Palo Alto
15 36 (0.87%) Splunk
16 33 (0.79%) Atlassian
16 33 (0.79%) Google