Period
to 14 December 2019

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 14 December 2019 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 18 31 35
Rank change year-on-year +13 +4 -7
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,378 6,161 5,249
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.45% 6.42% 5.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 35.58% 33.55% 29.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,389 3,636 3,191
England median daily rate £475 £463 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +5.71% +2.94%
10th Percentile £280 £288 £205
90th Percentile £625 £625 £595
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 316 309
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +87.17% -45.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £13.50 £12.73
90th Percentile £71.50 £56.02 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £40.50 £35.00 £20.44
% change year-on-year +15.71% +71.21% -43.22%

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 15,117 18,365 18,001
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.94% 19.13% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,388 10,946 11,081
England median daily rate £465 £450 £437
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +2.97% +2.82%
10th Percentile £260 £263 £231
90th Percentile £644 £630 £618
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 697 866 817
England median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.08% +6.00% -1.96%
10th Percentile £14.36 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.80 £51.25 £49.75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.60
% change year-on-year +32.08% +3.54% -1.08%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SC Cleared in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in England over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in England

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in England over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor 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 14 December 2019. 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 +14 1,900 £513 +2.40% 152
South East +4 1,121 £450 +5.20% 217
South West +2 1,110 £475 +8.57% 168
North of England +18 676 £450 +5.88% 78
North West +20 510 £450 +4.96% 49
Midlands +10 351 £474 +10.17% 74
West Midlands +18 256 £470 +6.21% 40
East of England -2 204 £350 -26.32% 82
North East +1 100 £406 +1.56% 18
East Midlands -14 89 £475 +18.75% 34
Yorkshire -39 68 £434 -6.22% 11
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 14 December 2019, 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 5,378 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,399 (26.01%) Agile Software Development
3 988 (18.37%) Windows
4 848 (15.77%) Microsoft
5 809 (15.04%) Public Sector
6 747 (13.89%) AWS
6 747 (13.89%) DevOps
7 720 (13.39%) Java
8 696 (12.94%) SQL
9 678 (12.61%) Linux
10 598 (11.12%) Azure
11 545 (10.13%) Oracle
12 542 (10.08%) Migration
13 470 (8.74%) DV Cleared
14 460 (8.55%) Python
15 436 (8.11%) ITIL
16 432 (8.03%) Active Directory
17 415 (7.72%) VMware
18 386 (7.18%) Scrum
19 371 (6.90%) JIRA
20 363 (6.75%) Jenkins
21 362 (6.73%) Finance
22 357 (6.64%) Project Management
23 355 (6.60%) Git (software)
24 351 (6.53%) Docker
25 338 (6.28%) Windows 10
26 329 (6.12%) Windows Server
26 329 (6.12%) Software Engineering
27 326 (6.06%) Office 365
28 323 (6.01%) JavaScript

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
1 250 (4.65%) Confluence
2 212 (3.94%) SharePoint
3 110 (2.05%) MS Exchange
4 90 (1.67%) Skype for Business
5 64 (1.19%) WebLogic
6 63 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
7 56 (1.04%) Apache
8 50 (0.93%) OpenStack
9 47 (0.87%) JBoss
10 46 (0.86%) IIS
11 45 (0.84%) Tomcat
12 41 (0.76%) nginx
13 31 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
13 31 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
14 30 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 26 (0.48%) Apache Spark
16 24 (0.45%) SAS
17 22 (0.41%) MQSeries
18 21 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2010
19 13 (0.24%) Jetty
Applications
1 270 (5.02%) Microsoft Office
2 195 (3.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 97 (1.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 89 (1.65%) Microsoft Project
5 38 (0.71%) MS Visio
6 24 (0.45%) Simulink
7 19 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.20%) Windchill
9 7 (0.13%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.11%) GIMP
11 4 (0.074%) Stateflow
12 3 (0.056%) AutoCAD
12 3 (0.056%) Sketch
13 2 (0.037%) InVision
13 2 (0.037%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.019%) Adobe Captivate
14 1 (0.019%) Adobe XD
14 1 (0.019%) Autodesk Inventor
14 1 (0.019%) MicroStation
14 1 (0.019%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 79 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
2 48 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
3 32 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 25 (0.46%) Siebel CRM
5 21 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
6 19 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
7 12 (0.22%) SAP FI
8 10 (0.19%) assyst
8 10 (0.19%) SAP CO
8 10 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
8 10 (0.19%) SAP HCM
9 9 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
10 8 (0.15%) SAP MM
10 8 (0.15%) Teamcenter
11 7 (0.13%) PeopleSoft HCM
11 7 (0.13%) Primavera
11 7 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle AML
12 6 (0.11%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 747 (13.89%) AWS
2 598 (11.12%) Azure
3 326 (6.06%) Office 365
4 141 (2.62%) PaaS
5 133 (2.47%) SaaS
6 130 (2.42%) Amazon EC2
7 109 (2.03%) IaaS
8 103 (1.92%) Power Platform
9 95 (1.77%) Amazon S3
9 95 (1.77%) AWS CloudFormation
10 90 (1.67%) GitHub
11 86 (1.60%) Serverless
12 66 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
13 52 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
14 51 (0.95%) Amazon SQS
15 42 (0.78%) GCP
16 41 (0.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 40 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
17 40 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
18 35 (0.65%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 293 (5.45%) Firewall
2 253 (4.70%) DNS
3 173 (3.22%) TCP/IP
4 157 (2.92%) VPN
5 156 (2.90%) WAN
6 151 (2.81%) LAN
7 150 (2.79%) Internet
8 127 (2.36%) SAN
9 124 (2.31%) DHCP
10 106 (1.97%) Skype
11 75 (1.39%) Wireless
12 66 (1.23%) Network Security
13 64 (1.19%) BGP
14 60 (1.12%) NAS
15 59 (1.10%) Ethernet
16 52 (0.97%) Reverse Proxy
17 51 (0.95%) MPLS
18 50 (0.93%) Cisco ASA
19 49 (0.91%) IPsec
20 46 (0.86%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 273 (5.08%) SQL Server
2 219 (4.07%) PostgreSQL
3 199 (3.70%) Oracle Database
4 105 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
5 100 (1.86%) Amazon RDS
6 95 (1.77%) Big Data
7 82 (1.52%) Power BI
8 79 (1.47%) Oracle Database 12c
9 76 (1.41%) Relational Database
10 71 (1.32%) MySQL
10 71 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 69 (1.28%) Hadoop
12 67 (1.25%) Oracle BI EE
13 50 (0.93%) MongoDB
14 42 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
14 42 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
15 40 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
16 36 (0.67%) Oracle ODI
16 36 (0.67%) RDBMS
17 35 (0.65%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 371 (6.90%) JIRA
2 363 (6.75%) Jenkins
3 355 (6.60%) Git (software)
4 117 (2.18%) Selenium
5 107 (1.99%) Maven
6 104 (1.93%) GitLab
7 101 (1.88%) SonarQube
8 94 (1.75%) JUnit
9 91 (1.69%) Cucumber
10 84 (1.56%) Mockito
11 77 (1.43%) Bitbucket
12 69 (1.28%) Visual Studio
13 59 (1.10%) Rational DOORS
14 52 (0.97%) Subversion
15 49 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
16 47 (0.87%) Artifactory
17 45 (0.84%) Eclipse
18 44 (0.82%) jMock
19 43 (0.80%) DbUnit
20 40 (0.74%) NetBeans
General
1 809 (15.04%) Public Sector
2 362 (6.73%) Finance
3 234 (4.35%) Telecoms
4 180 (3.35%) Military
5 167 (3.11%) Manufacturing
6 129 (2.40%) Marketing
7 119 (2.21%) Electronics
8 85 (1.58%) Law
9 78 (1.45%) Retail
10 67 (1.25%) Aerospace
11 55 (1.02%) Legal
12 42 (0.78%) Banking
13 41 (0.76%) Police
14 17 (0.32%) Publishing
15 15 (0.28%) Back Office
16 14 (0.26%) Local Government
17 11 (0.20%) Billing
18 9 (0.17%) Games
19 7 (0.13%) Avionics
20 5 (0.093%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 815 (15.15%) Developer
2 685 (12.74%) Architect
3 439 (8.16%) Analyst
4 301 (5.60%) Consultant
5 287 (5.34%) DevOps Engineer
6 248 (4.61%) Java Developer
7 205 (3.81%) Project Manager
8 198 (3.68%) Business Analyst
9 168 (3.12%) Network Engineer
10 163 (3.03%) Software Engineer
11 120 (2.23%) SC Cleared Java Developer
11 120 (2.23%) Solutions Architect
12 107 (1.99%) Support Engineer
13 99 (1.84%) AWS DevOps
14 98 (1.82%) SC Cleared Project Manager
15 97 (1.80%) Technical Architect
16 96 (1.79%) DBA
17 94 (1.75%) AWS Engineer
18 93 (1.73%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
18 93 (1.73%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 309 (5.75%) Web Services
2 266 (4.95%) .NET
3 198 (3.68%) HTML
4 183 (3.40%) Spring
5 182 (3.38%) XML
6 174 (3.24%) Node.js
7 165 (3.07%) REST
8 148 (2.75%) AngularJS
9 145 (2.70%) SOAP
10 144 (2.68%) CSS
11 122 (2.27%) JSON
12 119 (2.21%) RESTful
13 98 (1.82%) Hibernate
14 93 (1.73%) Middleware
15 84 (1.56%) Oracle Fusion
16 78 (1.45%) React
17 69 (1.28%) ActiveMQ
18 65 (1.21%) Kafka
19 61 (1.13%) Elastic Stack
20 53 (0.99%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 262 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
1 262 (4.87%) Data Centre
2 176 (3.27%) Management Information System
3 124 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
4 93 (1.73%) Public Cloud
5 78 (1.45%) User Experience
6 69 (1.28%) PKI
7 65 (1.21%) Driving Licence
7 65 (1.21%) Replication
8 51 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
9 47 (0.87%) Data Structures
10 38 (0.71%) Algorithms
11 36 (0.67%) Virtual Team
12 33 (0.61%) CMDB
13 30 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
14 29 (0.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 28 (0.52%) NHS
16 25 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
17 24 (0.45%) Clustering
17 24 (0.45%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 988 (18.37%) Windows
2 678 (12.61%) Linux
3 338 (6.28%) Windows 10
4 329 (6.12%) Windows Server
5 187 (3.48%) Windows 7
6 178 (3.31%) Unix
7 154 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
8 148 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 131 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
10 80 (1.49%) Ubuntu
11 77 (1.43%) CentOS
12 62 (1.15%) Apple iOS
13 41 (0.76%) Solaris
13 41 (0.76%) Windows Server 2003
14 24 (0.45%) Windows XP
15 23 (0.43%) Android
16 21 (0.39%) AIX
17 19 (0.35%) Mac OS X
18 17 (0.32%) Debian
19 11 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,399 (26.01%) Agile Software Development
2 747 (13.89%) DevOps
3 542 (10.08%) Migration
4 436 (8.11%) ITIL
5 386 (7.18%) Scrum
6 357 (6.64%) Project Management
7 329 (6.12%) Software Engineering
8 320 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
9 311 (5.78%) Test Automation
10 307 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
11 305 (5.67%) Business Intelligence
12 288 (5.36%) Configuration Management
13 271 (5.04%) Stakeholder Management
14 240 (4.46%) TDD
15 230 (4.28%) Microservices
16 228 (4.24%) Project Delivery
17 227 (4.22%) Service Management
18 224 (4.17%) Cybersecurity
19 216 (4.02%) Open Source
20 213 (3.96%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 720 (13.39%) Java
2 696 (12.94%) SQL
3 460 (8.55%) Python
4 323 (6.01%) JavaScript
5 306 (5.69%) PowerShell
6 232 (4.31%) C
7 219 (4.07%) C++
8 213 (3.96%) C#
9 130 (2.42%) Bash Shell
10 124 (2.31%) PL/SQL
11 98 (1.82%) Java 8
12 74 (1.38%) Shell Script
13 72 (1.34%) Perl
14 70 (1.30%) Ruby
15 53 (0.99%) T-SQL
16 41 (0.76%) Groovy
17 36 (0.67%) VB
18 32 (0.60%) Go
18 32 (0.60%) MATLAB
19 31 (0.58%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5,378 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 470 (8.74%) DV Cleared
3 239 (4.44%) Degree
4 175 (3.25%) Cisco Certification
5 170 (3.16%) BPSS Clearance
6 111 (2.06%) CCNP
7 101 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
8 80 (1.49%) CCNA
9 66 (1.23%) ISTQB
10 59 (1.10%) CCIE
11 57 (1.06%) ISEB
12 55 (1.02%) AWS Certification
13 52 (0.97%) CISSP
14 43 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
14 43 (0.80%) MCSA
15 41 (0.76%) MCSE
16 40 (0.74%) CCDP
17 38 (0.71%) CTC Cleared
18 35 (0.65%) BC Cleared
19 34 (0.63%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (2.40%) QA
2 123 (2.29%) SLA
3 77 (1.43%) PMO
4 64 (1.19%) Data Quality
5 54 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 50 (0.93%) NCSC
7 40 (0.74%) NIST
8 31 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
9 28 (0.52%) GDPR
10 27 (0.50%) JSP 440
11 22 (0.41%) WCAG
12 20 (0.37%) Def Stans
12 20 (0.37%) RMADS
13 18 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 17 (0.32%) ISO 9001
15 16 (0.30%) COBIT
16 15 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 14 (0.26%) PCI DSS
18 13 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
18 13 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 432 (8.03%) Active Directory
2 351 (6.53%) Docker
3 220 (4.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 90 (1.67%) Hyper-V
5 80 (1.49%) vSphere
6 66 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
7 63 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
8 54 (1.00%) VMware NSX
9 47 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
10 34 (0.63%) vCloud
11 31 (0.58%) Postfix
12 26 (0.48%) XenApp
13 24 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
14 21 (0.39%) Firmware
15 20 (0.37%) XenDesktop
16 17 (0.32%) Xen
17 15 (0.28%) Snort
18 14 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
19 13 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
20 12 (0.22%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 283 (5.26%) Ansible
2 278 (5.17%) Terraform
3 277 (5.15%) Kubernetes
4 209 (3.89%) SCCM
5 190 (3.53%) Puppet
6 81 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
7 68 (1.26%) Consul
8 57 (1.06%) vCenter Server
9 53 (0.99%) Packer
10 44 (0.82%) SCOM
11 42 (0.78%) Single Sign-On
12 35 (0.65%) NetBackup
13 34 (0.63%) PowerCLI
14 32 (0.60%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 27 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
15 27 (0.50%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 25 (0.46%) Cisco Prime
17 23 (0.43%) WSUS
18 22 (0.41%) Data Guard
19 21 (0.39%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 848 (15.77%) Microsoft
2 545 (10.13%) Oracle
3 415 (7.72%) VMware
4 285 (5.30%) Cisco
5 237 (4.41%) SAP
6 186 (3.46%) Citrix
7 129 (2.40%) Red Hat
8 112 (2.08%) HP
9 106 (1.97%) IBM
10 92 (1.71%) Google
11 84 (1.56%) Juniper
12 81 (1.51%) Remedy
13 77 (1.43%) ServiceNow
14 67 (1.25%) Dell
15 64 (1.19%) F5
16 62 (1.15%) Palo Alto
17 55 (1.02%) Informatica
18 52 (0.97%) Apple
18 52 (0.97%) Atlassian
19 51 (0.95%) Splunk