Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 24 32 32
Rank change year-on-year +8 0 -5
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,219 5,701 5,230
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.53% 6.12% 5.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 33.31% 32.99% 30.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,267 3,322 3,160
England median daily rate £475 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +5.45%
10th Percentile £300 £239 £260
90th Percentile £625 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £432
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.29% +7.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 344 359
England median hourly rate £42.00 £21.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -19.23% -20.00%
10th Percentile £14.11 £15.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £72.63 £48.53 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £20.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +110.00% -33.33% -14.29%

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 15,670 17,281 17,342
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.61% 18.55% 19.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,600 10,203 10,533
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +2.29%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 701 881 822
England median hourly rate £36.00 £24.08 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.50% -12.44% +8.65%
10th Percentile £13.75 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £51.00 £51.13
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year +53.06% -15.52% +5.45%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -6 1,746 £525 +4.37% 136
South East +2 1,189 £438 +2.94% 206
South West +5 1,030 £450 +5.88% 192
North of England +8 570 £450 +5.88% 51
North West +17 416 £450 - 30
Midlands +7 415 £465 +6.29% 65
West Midlands +9 301 £463 +3.70% 55
East of England +11 262 £425 +6.25% 67
East Midlands -3 109 £481 +16.67% 10
Yorkshire -24 81 £429 -9.61% 16
North East -10 71 £380 +1.33% 5
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 5,219 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,308 (25.06%) Agile Software Development
3 840 (16.10%) Windows
4 768 (14.72%) Public Sector
5 756 (14.49%) Linux
6 745 (14.27%) Microsoft
7 731 (14.01%) DevOps
8 666 (12.76%) AWS
9 657 (12.59%) Java
10 611 (11.71%) SQL
11 609 (11.67%) Migration
12 590 (11.30%) Azure
13 463 (8.87%) Oracle
14 439 (8.41%) DV Cleared
15 402 (7.70%) Project Management
16 399 (7.65%) Finance
17 394 (7.55%) Python
18 392 (7.51%) ITIL
19 382 (7.32%) Active Directory
20 369 (7.07%) JavaScript
21 358 (6.86%) Scrum
22 351 (6.73%) Git (software)
23 350 (6.71%) Docker
24 348 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
25 343 (6.57%) VMware
26 342 (6.55%) Software Engineering
27 332 (6.36%) Jenkins
28 330 (6.32%) JIRA
29 319 (6.11%) Kubernetes
30 291 (5.58%) Terraform

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
1 231 (4.43%) SharePoint
2 213 (4.08%) Confluence
3 73 (1.40%) MS Exchange
3 73 (1.40%) Skype for Business
4 72 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
5 58 (1.11%) Apache
6 44 (0.84%) Apache Spark
7 43 (0.82%) IIS
8 35 (0.67%) nginx
8 35 (0.67%) SAS
9 33 (0.63%) JBoss
10 31 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 29 (0.56%) WebLogic
12 27 (0.52%) Tomcat
13 22 (0.42%) OpenStack
14 20 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
15 19 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
16 18 (0.34%) Apache Solr
17 16 (0.31%) MS Project Server
18 15 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 206 (3.95%) Microsoft Office
2 171 (3.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 97 (1.86%) Microsoft Project
4 80 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 31 (0.59%) Simulink
6 25 (0.48%) MS Visio
7 20 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.21%) Windchill
9 8 (0.15%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.057%) GIMP
11 3 (0.057%) Stateflow
12 2 (0.038%) Autodesk Inventor
12 2 (0.038%) Revit
12 2 (0.038%) Siemens NX
13 1 (0.019%) CATIA
13 1 (0.019%) EPLAN
13 1 (0.019%) MicroStation
13 1 (0.019%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 57 (1.09%) Oracle EBS
2 49 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
3 45 (0.86%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 31 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
5 22 (0.42%) Siebel CRM
6 19 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
7 18 (0.34%) Primavera
8 17 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
8 17 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
9 13 (0.25%) Teamcenter
10 12 (0.23%) SAP FI
11 11 (0.21%) assyst
12 10 (0.19%) SAP CO
12 10 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
13 8 (0.15%) SAP MM
14 7 (0.13%) SAP HCM
14 7 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
14 7 (0.13%) SAP SD
15 6 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
15 6 (0.11%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 666 (12.76%) AWS
2 590 (11.30%) Azure
3 267 (5.12%) Office 365
4 137 (2.63%) SaaS
5 133 (2.55%) PaaS
6 127 (2.43%) IaaS
7 106 (2.03%) GitHub
8 101 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
9 95 (1.82%) Power Platform
10 93 (1.78%) AWS CloudFormation
11 92 (1.76%) Amazon S3
12 79 (1.51%) Serverless
13 65 (1.25%) Azure Active Directory
14 52 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
15 50 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
16 38 (0.73%) Amazon ELB
16 38 (0.73%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 37 (0.71%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 30 (0.57%) Route 53
19 29 (0.56%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 265 (5.08%) Firewall
2 203 (3.89%) DNS
3 173 (3.31%) TCP/IP
4 166 (3.18%) VPN
5 164 (3.14%) WAN
6 150 (2.87%) LAN
7 126 (2.41%) Internet
8 97 (1.86%) SAN
9 90 (1.72%) Skype
10 81 (1.55%) DHCP
11 74 (1.42%) Network Security
12 67 (1.28%) Ethernet
13 60 (1.15%) Cisco ASA
14 51 (0.98%) BGP
14 51 (0.98%) Intrusion Detection
15 50 (0.96%) Reverse Proxy
15 50 (0.96%) Wireless
16 46 (0.88%) NAS
17 45 (0.86%) SNMP
18 43 (0.82%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 270 (5.17%) SQL Server
2 193 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
3 178 (3.41%) Oracle Database
4 147 (2.82%) Big Data
5 106 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
6 104 (1.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 90 (1.72%) Hadoop
8 88 (1.69%) Relational Database
9 83 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
10 79 (1.51%) MySQL
11 76 (1.46%) MongoDB
12 73 (1.40%) Oracle BI EE
13 66 (1.26%) Power BI
14 54 (1.03%) Oracle Database 12c
15 49 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
16 41 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 40 (0.77%) Amazon Redshift
18 39 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
19 38 (0.73%) HBase
20 37 (0.71%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 351 (6.73%) Git (software)
2 332 (6.36%) Jenkins
3 330 (6.32%) JIRA
4 110 (2.11%) Selenium
5 98 (1.88%) Maven
6 91 (1.74%) Visual Studio
7 83 (1.59%) Cucumber
8 75 (1.44%) Mockito
9 74 (1.42%) Rational DOORS
10 71 (1.36%) GitLab
10 71 (1.36%) SonarQube
11 69 (1.32%) JUnit
12 53 (1.02%) Rational Rhapsody
13 48 (0.92%) Eclipse
13 48 (0.92%) NetBeans
14 46 (0.88%) Subversion
15 43 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
16 41 (0.79%) Bitbucket
17 38 (0.73%) MSI
18 36 (0.69%) gulp
General
1 768 (14.72%) Public Sector
2 399 (7.65%) Finance
3 210 (4.02%) Telecoms
4 164 (3.14%) Military
5 152 (2.91%) Manufacturing
6 114 (2.18%) Marketing
7 108 (2.07%) Electronics
8 76 (1.46%) Aerospace
9 72 (1.38%) Police
10 69 (1.32%) Law
11 53 (1.02%) Retail
12 49 (0.94%) Legal
13 41 (0.79%) Banking
14 23 (0.44%) Local Government
15 19 (0.36%) Back Office
16 16 (0.31%) Publishing
17 12 (0.23%) Avionics
18 11 (0.21%) Automotive
18 11 (0.21%) Games
19 10 (0.19%) Billing
Job Titles
1 822 (15.75%) Developer
2 683 (13.09%) Architect
3 391 (7.49%) Analyst
4 288 (5.52%) DevOps Engineer
5 251 (4.81%) Consultant
6 231 (4.43%) Java Developer
7 229 (4.39%) Project Manager
8 179 (3.43%) Software Engineer
9 169 (3.24%) Network Engineer
10 154 (2.95%) Business Analyst
11 134 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
12 109 (2.09%) Technical Architect
13 106 (2.03%) Tester
14 100 (1.92%) Administrator
15 98 (1.88%) C++ Software Engineer
16 93 (1.78%) SC Cleared Project Manager
17 92 (1.76%) DBA
17 92 (1.76%) Support Engineer
18 91 (1.74%) AWS DevOps
19 90 (1.72%) SC Cleared Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 254 (4.87%) .NET
2 253 (4.85%) Web Services
3 204 (3.91%) HTML
4 194 (3.72%) Node.js
5 177 (3.39%) CSS
6 161 (3.08%) XML
7 149 (2.85%) Spring
8 133 (2.55%) JSON
9 132 (2.53%) AngularJS
10 131 (2.51%) REST
11 114 (2.18%) SOAP
12 107 (2.05%) Middleware
13 105 (2.01%) RESTful
14 86 (1.65%) React
15 84 (1.61%) Oracle Fusion
16 75 (1.44%) HTML5
17 68 (1.30%) Hibernate
17 68 (1.30%) Kafka
18 63 (1.21%) ASP.NET
19 50 (0.96%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 279 (5.35%) Data Centre
2 249 (4.77%) Analytical Skills
3 213 (4.08%) Management Information System
4 103 (1.97%) User Experience
5 91 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
6 80 (1.53%) Driving Licence
7 72 (1.38%) Public Cloud
8 65 (1.25%) PKI
9 58 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
10 54 (1.03%) Replication
11 35 (0.67%) Data Structures
11 35 (0.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 34 (0.65%) Algorithms
13 30 (0.57%) Clustering
14 28 (0.54%) CMDB
14 28 (0.54%) Virtual Team
15 27 (0.52%) NHS
16 25 (0.48%) Hybrid Cloud
17 22 (0.42%) Linux Command Line
18 21 (0.40%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 840 (16.10%) Windows
2 756 (14.49%) Linux
3 287 (5.50%) Windows 10
4 248 (4.75%) Windows Server
5 232 (4.45%) Unix
6 177 (3.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 167 (3.20%) Windows 7
8 139 (2.66%) Windows Server 2012
9 103 (1.97%) Windows Server 2008
10 77 (1.48%) CentOS
11 59 (1.13%) Ubuntu
12 54 (1.03%) Solaris
13 48 (0.92%) Apple iOS
14 43 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
15 35 (0.67%) Mac OS X
16 30 (0.57%) AIX
17 27 (0.52%) Windows XP
18 24 (0.46%) Android
19 15 (0.29%) VMS
20 13 (0.25%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,308 (25.06%) Agile Software Development
2 731 (14.01%) DevOps
3 609 (11.67%) Migration
4 402 (7.70%) Project Management
5 392 (7.51%) ITIL
6 358 (6.86%) Scrum
7 348 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
8 342 (6.55%) Software Engineering
9 284 (5.44%) Problem-Solving
10 279 (5.35%) Continuous Integration
11 278 (5.33%) Test Automation
12 275 (5.27%) Business Intelligence
13 269 (5.15%) Configuration Management
14 255 (4.89%) TDD
15 239 (4.58%) Microservices
16 220 (4.22%) Project Delivery
17 211 (4.04%) BDD
18 203 (3.89%) Cybersecurity
19 201 (3.85%) Open Source
20 189 (3.62%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 657 (12.59%) Java
2 611 (11.71%) SQL
3 394 (7.55%) Python
4 369 (7.07%) JavaScript
5 252 (4.83%) PowerShell
6 248 (4.75%) C++
7 243 (4.66%) C#
8 234 (4.48%) C
9 114 (2.18%) Java 8
10 106 (2.03%) Bash Shell
11 93 (1.78%) PL/SQL
11 93 (1.78%) Ruby
12 78 (1.49%) Perl
13 76 (1.46%) Shell Script
14 57 (1.09%) T-SQL
15 43 (0.82%) Groovy
16 41 (0.79%) VB
17 37 (0.71%) VBA
18 34 (0.65%) MATLAB
19 33 (0.63%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5,219 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 439 (8.41%) DV Cleared
3 287 (5.50%) Degree
4 163 (3.12%) Cisco Certification
5 141 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
6 107 (2.05%) CCNP
7 100 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 88 (1.69%) CCNA
9 68 (1.30%) AWS Certification
10 62 (1.19%) CTC Cleared
11 59 (1.13%) CISSP
12 52 (1.00%) CCIE
13 51 (0.98%) ISTQB
14 50 (0.96%) ISEB
15 48 (0.92%) CCDP
16 43 (0.82%) MCSA
17 41 (0.79%) MCSE
18 39 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 38 (0.73%) CISM
19 38 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (2.32%) QA
2 112 (2.15%) SLA
3 72 (1.38%) Data Quality
3 72 (1.38%) PMO
4 56 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 35 (0.67%) GDPR
6 27 (0.52%) NIST
7 23 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
8 20 (0.38%) JSP 440
8 20 (0.38%) PCI DSS
9 19 (0.36%) Def Stans
10 17 (0.33%) COBIT
10 17 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
10 17 (0.33%) WCAG
11 15 (0.29%) DO-254
11 15 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 15 (0.29%) IEC 61508
11 15 (0.29%) RMADS
12 14 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 13 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 382 (7.32%) Active Directory
2 350 (6.71%) Docker
3 199 (3.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 85 (1.63%) Hyper-V
5 65 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
6 55 (1.05%) vSphere
7 40 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
8 38 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
9 36 (0.69%) vCloud
10 33 (0.63%) VMware NSX
11 30 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
12 21 (0.40%) Firmware
13 20 (0.38%) Postfix
13 20 (0.38%) XenDesktop
14 18 (0.34%) XenApp
15 13 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 11 (0.21%) NDS
16 11 (0.21%) Snort
16 11 (0.21%) Xen
Systems Management
1 319 (6.11%) Kubernetes
2 291 (5.58%) Terraform
3 278 (5.33%) Ansible
4 162 (3.10%) Puppet
5 129 (2.47%) SCCM
6 70 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
7 69 (1.32%) Consul
8 59 (1.13%) vCenter Server
9 52 (1.00%) Packer
10 45 (0.86%) Single Sign-On
11 37 (0.71%) SCOM
12 30 (0.57%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 28 (0.54%) NetIQ Identity Manager
14 26 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
15 24 (0.46%) Data Guard
15 24 (0.46%) Microsoft Intune
16 21 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
16 21 (0.40%) WSUS
17 20 (0.38%) NetBackup
17 20 (0.38%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 745 (14.27%) Microsoft
2 463 (8.87%) Oracle
3 343 (6.57%) VMware
4 283 (5.42%) Cisco
5 210 (4.02%) SAP
6 131 (2.51%) Red Hat
7 129 (2.47%) Citrix
8 116 (2.22%) HP
9 92 (1.76%) IBM
10 80 (1.53%) Juniper
11 79 (1.51%) Google
12 66 (1.26%) ServiceNow
13 64 (1.23%) Splunk
14 61 (1.17%) Atlassian
14 61 (1.17%) Remedy
15 56 (1.07%) Dell
16 52 (1.00%) CheckPoint
17 48 (0.92%) F5
17 48 (0.92%) Informatica
18 46 (0.88%) Sparx