Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 16 31
Rank change year-on-year +3 +15 +4
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 3,778 5,313 5,868
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 10.90% 8.16% 6.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 46.82% 38.04% 33.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,130 3,588 3,711
Median daily rate £486 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.37% +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £315 £292 £300
90th Percentile £630 £631 £625
UK median daily rate £485 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.11% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 221 266
Median hourly rate £50.00 £42.42 £38.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.87% +11.21% +103.97%
10th Percentile £15.04 £16.25 £12.38
90th Percentile £64.50 £73.75 £59.50
UK median hourly rate £51.00 £42.50 £39.88
% change year-on-year +20.00% +6.57% +113.26%

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 8,070 13,968 17,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.28% 21.45% 19.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,242 9,066 10,835
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +1.12%
10th Percentile £275 £260 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £633
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +4.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 543 755
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £26.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +21.14% +17.40%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £62.95 £57.40 £51.55
Median hourly rate £40.50 £32.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year +24.62% +22.64% +14.10%

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 25 January 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 25 January 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 25 January 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 +10 1,503 £500 -2.44% 222
South East +6 579 £475 +5.56% 109
South West +2 553 £465 -2.11% 114
North of England +4 419 £450 +5.88% 80
North West -1 263 £432 -4.00% 65
Midlands +9 225 £450 -3.02% 58
East of England +19 194 £400 - 48
West Midlands +8 137 £405 -12.72% 47
North East +1 100 £450 +15.02% 4
East Midlands +17 87 £468 +3.89% 11
Yorkshire +47 59 £500 +1.78% 11
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 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 3,778 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,015 (26.87%) Agile Software Development
3 619 (16.38%) DevOps
4 600 (15.88%) Public Sector
5 531 (14.06%) AWS
6 523 (13.84%) Windows
7 520 (13.76%) Azure
8 487 (12.89%) Java
9 433 (11.46%) Linux
10 403 (10.67%) Microsoft
11 361 (9.56%) Docker
12 349 (9.24%) SQL
13 322 (8.52%) DV Cleared
14 319 (8.44%) Oracle
15 306 (8.10%) Cybersecurity
16 303 (8.02%) Kubernetes
17 294 (7.78%) Stakeholder Management
18 293 (7.76%) Python
19 272 (7.20%) Ansible
20 267 (7.07%) Terraform
21 251 (6.64%) Jenkins
21 251 (6.64%) Migration
22 250 (6.62%) ITIL
22 250 (6.62%) Cisco
23 248 (6.56%) VMware
24 245 (6.48%) Scrum
24 245 (6.48%) Microservices
25 236 (6.25%) JavaScript
26 235 (6.22%) Test Automation
27 229 (6.06%) Active Directory

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
1 121 (3.20%) SharePoint
2 110 (2.91%) Confluence
3 91 (2.41%) Apache
4 64 (1.69%) Apache Spark
5 57 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
6 36 (0.95%) JBoss
7 32 (0.85%) IIS
7 32 (0.85%) MS Exchange
8 29 (0.77%) WebSphere
9 28 (0.74%) Tomcat
10 27 (0.71%) Red Hat Fuse
11 26 (0.69%) WebLogic
12 23 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 21 (0.56%) Skype for Business
14 20 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
15 11 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
16 10 (0.26%) Apache ServiceMix
16 10 (0.26%) Camunda
17 9 (0.24%) ArcGIS
17 9 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 126 (3.34%) Microsoft Office
2 75 (1.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (1.24%) MS Visio
4 41 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 28 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
6 27 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
7 12 (0.32%) Simulink
8 5 (0.13%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.079%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.053%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.053%) Stata
11 1 (0.026%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.026%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.026%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.026%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.026%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.026%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 30 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
2 21 (0.56%) Oracle Applications
3 20 (0.53%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 18 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
5 15 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
5 15 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
6 14 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 12 (0.32%) SAP PLM
8 8 (0.21%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
10 5 (0.13%) Remedy AR System
10 5 (0.13%) Sentinel
11 4 (0.11%) Oracle iSupplier
11 4 (0.11%) Oracle Payroll
11 4 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 4 (0.11%) Primavera
11 4 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
12 3 (0.079%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 531 (14.06%) AWS
2 520 (13.76%) Azure
3 142 (3.76%) Office 365
4 87 (2.30%) Amazon S3
4 87 (2.30%) PaaS
5 85 (2.25%) Serverless
6 81 (2.14%) Power Platform
7 75 (1.99%) IaaS
8 66 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
9 61 (1.61%) GitHub
10 48 (1.27%) GCP
11 41 (1.09%) PowerApps
12 40 (1.06%) SaaS
13 39 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
14 38 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
15 32 (0.85%) OpenShift
16 31 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
17 25 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 25 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
18 24 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 226 (5.98%) Firewall
2 111 (2.94%) WAN
3 106 (2.81%) DNS
4 98 (2.59%) Network Security
5 87 (2.30%) LAN
6 79 (2.09%) VPN
7 66 (1.75%) TCP/IP
8 55 (1.46%) VSAN
9 52 (1.38%) Cisco ASA
10 51 (1.35%) Internet
11 49 (1.30%) DHCP
12 44 (1.16%) SAN
12 44 (1.16%) VLAN
13 43 (1.14%) Cisco Nexus
13 43 (1.14%) Skype
14 42 (1.11%) OSPF
15 41 (1.09%) BGP
15 41 (1.09%) Wireless
16 38 (1.01%) HTTP
17 34 (0.90%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (4.39%) SQL Server
2 152 (4.02%) Big Data
3 121 (3.20%) Hadoop
4 99 (2.62%) PostgreSQL
5 77 (2.04%) Oracle Database
6 76 (2.01%) Apache Hive
7 63 (1.67%) Relational Database
8 58 (1.54%) MySQL
8 58 (1.54%) Power BI
9 50 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
10 46 (1.22%) Impala
11 40 (1.06%) Pentaho
12 37 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
13 31 (0.82%) Tableau
14 28 (0.74%) SAP BW
15 27 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
16 24 (0.64%) MongoDB
17 23 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
18 22 (0.58%) MS Access
19 21 (0.56%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 251 (6.64%) Jenkins
2 218 (5.77%) JIRA
3 209 (5.53%) Git (software)
4 98 (2.59%) GitLab
5 78 (2.06%) Selenium
6 59 (1.56%) Cucumber
7 57 (1.51%) Maven
8 47 (1.24%) JMeter
9 46 (1.22%) Bitbucket
10 40 (1.06%) JUnit
11 34 (0.90%) SonarQube
12 27 (0.71%) Oracle APEX
13 26 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 26 (0.69%) Visual Studio
14 25 (0.66%) LoadRunner
15 21 (0.56%) NeoLoad
15 21 (0.56%) REST Assured
16 19 (0.50%) Subversion
17 17 (0.45%) NetBeans
17 17 (0.45%) Toad
General
1 600 (15.88%) Public Sector
2 229 (6.06%) Finance
3 131 (3.47%) Telecoms
4 106 (2.81%) Law
5 64 (1.69%) Manufacturing
6 60 (1.59%) Electronics
7 56 (1.48%) Military
8 51 (1.35%) Marketing
9 44 (1.16%) Aerospace
10 31 (0.82%) Police
11 29 (0.77%) Banking
12 26 (0.69%) Legal
13 19 (0.50%) Retail
14 10 (0.26%) Local Government
15 8 (0.21%) General Ledger
16 7 (0.19%) Games
17 6 (0.16%) Back Office
17 6 (0.16%) Billing
18 4 (0.11%) Investment Banking
18 4 (0.11%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 542 (14.35%) Developer
2 437 (11.57%) Architect
3 344 (9.11%) Analyst
4 291 (7.70%) Consultant
5 214 (5.66%) DevOps Engineer
6 149 (3.94%) Java Developer
7 122 (3.23%) Business Analyst
8 119 (3.15%) Network Engineer
9 118 (3.12%) Software Engineer
10 117 (3.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 112 (2.96%) Project Manager
12 104 (2.75%) Solutions Architect
13 103 (2.73%) AWS DevOps
14 95 (2.51%) AWS Engineer
15 83 (2.20%) SC Cleared Java Developer
16 72 (1.91%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 71 (1.88%) AWS DevOps Engineer
18 70 (1.85%) Data Engineer
19 69 (1.83%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
20 67 (1.77%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (3.86%) HTML
2 136 (3.60%) Node.js
3 121 (3.20%) CSS
3 121 (3.20%) Spring
3 121 (3.20%) Web Services
4 120 (3.18%) REST
5 98 (2.59%) JSON
6 97 (2.57%) React
7 94 (2.49%) Kafka
8 80 (2.12%) Spring Boot
9 74 (1.96%) .NET
10 73 (1.93%) XML
11 67 (1.77%) Oracle Fusion
12 59 (1.56%) HTML5
13 57 (1.51%) AngularJS
14 56 (1.48%) RESTful
15 55 (1.46%) Middleware
16 51 (1.35%) SOAP
17 43 (1.14%) GraphQL
18 40 (1.06%) Apache NiFi
Miscellaneous
1 215 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
2 153 (4.05%) Data Centre
3 121 (3.20%) Management Information System
4 107 (2.83%) User Experience
5 66 (1.75%) Public Cloud
6 53 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
7 43 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
8 37 (0.98%) Cloud Native
8 37 (0.98%) Clustering
9 35 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
10 33 (0.87%) PKI
11 32 (0.85%) Replication
12 31 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
13 26 (0.69%) Driving Licence
13 26 (0.69%) Virtual Team
14 23 (0.61%) Cyberthreat
14 23 (0.61%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 22 (0.58%) Private Cloud
15 22 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
16 21 (0.56%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 523 (13.84%) Windows
2 433 (11.46%) Linux
3 166 (4.39%) Windows 10
4 147 (3.89%) Windows Server
5 131 (3.47%) Unix
6 103 (2.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 59 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 42 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 37 (0.98%) Windows Server 2016
10 36 (0.95%) CentOS
11 35 (0.93%) Windows 7
12 30 (0.79%) AIX
13 29 (0.77%) Ubuntu
14 26 (0.69%) Solaris
15 21 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
16 19 (0.50%) Apple iOS
17 17 (0.45%) Android
17 17 (0.45%) Mac OS
18 12 (0.32%) Windows XP
19 8 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,015 (26.87%) Agile Software Development
2 619 (16.38%) DevOps
3 306 (8.10%) Cybersecurity
4 294 (7.78%) Stakeholder Management
5 251 (6.64%) Migration
6 250 (6.62%) ITIL
7 245 (6.48%) Microservices
7 245 (6.48%) Scrum
8 235 (6.22%) Test Automation
9 203 (5.37%) Software Engineering
10 202 (5.35%) Project Delivery
11 191 (5.06%) Business Intelligence
12 189 (5.00%) Problem-Solving
13 185 (4.90%) Service Management
14 182 (4.82%) Project Management
15 164 (4.34%) Data Modelling
16 154 (4.08%) Configuration Management
17 140 (3.71%) Change Management
18 139 (3.68%) Programme Management
19 138 (3.65%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 487 (12.89%) Java
2 349 (9.24%) SQL
3 293 (7.76%) Python
4 236 (6.25%) JavaScript
5 167 (4.42%) PowerShell
6 129 (3.41%) C
7 113 (2.99%) C#
8 90 (2.38%) C++
9 85 (2.25%) Bash Shell
10 75 (1.99%) PL/SQL
11 67 (1.77%) Shell Script
12 51 (1.35%) Ruby
13 50 (1.32%) Java 8
13 50 (1.32%) Perl
14 36 (0.95%) TypeScript
15 35 (0.93%) Scala
16 31 (0.82%) Go
17 26 (0.69%) VB
18 24 (0.64%) R
19 21 (0.56%) ES6
Qualifications
1 3,778 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 322 (8.52%) DV Cleared
3 110 (2.91%) Cisco Certification
4 98 (2.59%) BPSS Clearance
5 94 (2.49%) Degree
6 88 (2.33%) CISSP
7 73 (1.93%) CCNP
8 54 (1.43%) CCNA
9 49 (1.30%) CESG Certified Professional
10 48 (1.27%) ISTQB
11 41 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
12 40 (1.06%) CISM
13 36 (0.95%) CCIE
14 32 (0.85%) ISEB
15 30 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 29 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
17 26 (0.69%) CTC Cleared
18 23 (0.61%) AWS Certification
18 23 (0.61%) DBS Check
19 22 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 139 (3.68%) QA
2 99 (2.62%) NCSC
3 68 (1.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 45 (1.19%) NIST
5 44 (1.16%) SLA
6 41 (1.09%) Data Quality
7 36 (0.95%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 28 (0.74%) PMO
9 26 (0.69%) GDPR
10 19 (0.50%) RMADS
11 17 (0.45%) JSP 440
12 16 (0.42%) WCAG
13 14 (0.37%) Government Security Classifications
14 13 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 11 (0.29%) COBIT
15 11 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
16 10 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
17 9 (0.24%) PCI DSS
18 7 (0.19%) NIST 800
19 6 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 361 (9.56%) Docker
2 229 (6.06%) Active Directory
3 157 (4.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 80 (2.12%) VMware NSX
5 71 (1.88%) HDFS
6 70 (1.85%) vSphere
7 51 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
8 41 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (0.79%) Hyper-V
10 19 (0.50%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 14 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 11 (0.29%) NDS
12 11 (0.29%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 10 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
13 10 (0.26%) vCloud
14 8 (0.21%) GPFS
14 8 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
14 8 (0.21%) PowerHA
15 7 (0.19%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 303 (8.02%) Kubernetes
2 272 (7.20%) Ansible
3 267 (7.07%) Terraform
4 113 (2.99%) Puppet
5 71 (1.88%) SCCM
6 64 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
7 63 (1.67%) vCenter Server
8 50 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
9 36 (0.95%) Packer
10 31 (0.82%) vRealize
11 27 (0.71%) Grafana
12 24 (0.64%) Prometheus
13 21 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
14 18 (0.48%) Kibana
15 17 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
16 16 (0.42%) Nessus
17 14 (0.37%) HP ALM
17 14 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
17 14 (0.37%) SCOM
17 14 (0.37%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 403 (10.67%) Microsoft
2 319 (8.44%) Oracle
3 250 (6.62%) Cisco
4 248 (6.56%) VMware
5 137 (3.63%) SAP
6 126 (3.34%) Red Hat
7 96 (2.54%) Splunk
8 78 (2.06%) Palo Alto
9 76 (2.01%) Cloudera
10 73 (1.93%) Dell
11 68 (1.80%) Atlassian
12 55 (1.46%) HP
13 49 (1.30%) Fortinet
13 49 (1.30%) IBM
14 47 (1.24%) Juniper
14 47 (1.24%) ServiceNow
15 41 (1.09%) EMC
15 41 (1.09%) F5
16 37 (0.98%) SolarWinds
17 35 (0.93%) Google