Period
to 18 January 2022

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 18 January 2022 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
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 18 13 17
Rank change year-on-year -5 +4 +15
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,379 3,678 5,310
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 7.72% 10.98% 8.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 40.54% 46.92% 37.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,437 2,548 3,481
10th Percentile £363 £307 £288
25th Percentile £430 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £480 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +1.05% +2.43%
75th Percentile £625 £563 £560
90th Percentile £689 £625 £638
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 196 233
10th Percentile £18.00 £15.04 £16.25
25th Percentile £24.00 £34.19 £17.50
Median hourly rate £44.73 £47.40 £42.11
Median % change year-on-year -5.64% +12.56% +7.97%
75th Percentile £60.00 £58.00 £51.71
90th Percentile £74.29 £64.50 £73.25
UK median hourly rate £46.25 £49.50 £42.27
% change year-on-year -6.57% +17.12% +6.30%

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 13,267 7,839 14,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.05% 23.39% 21.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,583 5,127 9,168
10th Percentile £313 £275 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £466
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% +1.99% +3.50%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 587 392 566
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.19
25th Percentile £17.00 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £38.50 £40.00 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.75% +23.08% +23.04%
75th Percentile £53.73 £52.50 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.99 £61.25 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £39.55 £40.00 £33.23
% change year-on-year -1.13% +20.38% +25.79%

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 18 January 2022.

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 18 January 2022.

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 18 January 2022. 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 -25 1,975 £550 +10.00% 198
South West 0 1,002 £500 +6.84% 159
South East -5 894 £513 +7.89% 151
North of England -15 402 £500 +11.11% 113
Midlands -16 280 £498 +17.06% 54
North West -14 278 £523 +22.94% 86
East of England -4 245 £495 +17.16% 73
West Midlands -16 204 £510 +25.93% 41
Yorkshire -14 93 £500 +4.71% 15
East Midlands -27 74 £400 -11.11% 13
North East -5 44 £575 +27.78% 12
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, 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 5,379 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,484 (27.59%) Agile Software Development
3 948 (17.62%) Public Sector
4 863 (16.04%) DevOps
5 862 (16.03%) Social Skills
6 753 (14.00%) AWS
7 731 (13.59%) Windows
8 713 (13.26%) Azure
9 687 (12.77%) Linux
10 649 (12.07%) Microsoft
11 637 (11.84%) Java
12 557 (10.36%) DV Cleared
13 489 (9.09%) SQL
14 470 (8.74%) Python
15 451 (8.38%) Kubernetes
16 446 (8.29%) Docker
17 434 (8.07%) Software Engineering
18 431 (8.01%) Stakeholder Management
19 429 (7.98%) Migration
20 424 (7.88%) Oracle
21 416 (7.73%) Scrum
22 415 (7.72%) JIRA
23 405 (7.53%) Cybersecurity
24 401 (7.45%) Jenkins
25 400 (7.44%) Finance
26 392 (7.29%) Terraform
27 372 (6.92%) VMware
28 367 (6.82%) ITIL
29 364 (6.77%) Microservices
30 363 (6.75%) Test Automation

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
1 195 (3.63%) Confluence
2 183 (3.40%) SharePoint
3 74 (1.38%) Apache Spark
4 60 (1.12%) Apache
5 48 (0.89%) IIS
6 43 (0.80%) WebLogic
7 35 (0.65%) SAS
7 35 (0.65%) Skype for Business
8 34 (0.63%) MS Exchange
9 27 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 27 (0.50%) Tomcat
10 21 (0.39%) JBoss
10 21 (0.39%) nginx
11 19 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
12 16 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
12 16 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
13 15 (0.28%) WebSphere
14 14 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
15 13 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
16 11 (0.20%) OpenStack
Applications
1 113 (2.10%) Microsoft Project
2 106 (1.97%) Microsoft Office
3 104 (1.93%) Microsoft Excel
4 34 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (0.63%) MS Visio
5 27 (0.50%) Stata
6 26 (0.48%) Simulink
7 13 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.17%) Siemens NX
9 5 (0.093%) Adobe XD
9 5 (0.093%) AutoCAD
9 5 (0.093%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.093%) Windchill
10 4 (0.074%) InVision
10 4 (0.074%) Oracle Smart View
10 4 (0.074%) Revit
10 4 (0.074%) Stateflow
11 2 (0.037%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.037%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.037%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 51 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
2 26 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
2 26 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
3 15 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
4 14 (0.26%) Teamcenter
5 13 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 12 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
7 11 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
8 9 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
8 9 (0.17%) Remedy AR System
9 8 (0.15%) iTrent
10 7 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
10 7 (0.13%) SAP ERP
10 7 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
11 6 (0.11%) SAP FI
11 6 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
11 6 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
12 5 (0.093%) Oracle General Ledger
12 5 (0.093%) Primavera
12 5 (0.093%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 753 (14.00%) AWS
2 713 (13.26%) Azure
3 240 (4.46%) Microsoft 365
4 138 (2.57%) SaaS
5 130 (2.42%) IaaS
6 117 (2.18%) PaaS
7 111 (2.06%) Power Platform
8 109 (2.03%) Serverless
9 107 (1.99%) GCP
10 106 (1.97%) GitHub
11 99 (1.84%) Amazon S3
12 89 (1.65%) AWS Lambda
13 81 (1.51%) OpenShift
14 78 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
15 73 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
16 72 (1.34%) Azure Active Directory
17 40 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
18 37 (0.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 35 (0.65%) Amazon EKS
20 33 (0.61%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 243 (4.52%) Firewall
2 145 (2.70%) WAN
3 117 (2.18%) DNS
4 113 (2.10%) Network Security
5 70 (1.30%) SD-WAN
6 69 (1.28%) LAN
7 64 (1.19%) TCP/IP
8 60 (1.12%) VPN
9 53 (0.99%) Internet
10 52 (0.97%) Skype
11 51 (0.95%) DHCP
12 50 (0.93%) BGP
13 42 (0.78%) Ethernet
13 42 (0.78%) SAN
14 38 (0.71%) MPLS
15 33 (0.61%) OSPF
15 33 (0.61%) VSAN
16 29 (0.54%) Cisco Nexus
17 28 (0.52%) VoIP
18 26 (0.48%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 217 (4.03%) SQL Server
2 127 (2.36%) Oracle Database
3 114 (2.12%) Big Data
4 104 (1.93%) PostgreSQL
5 103 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
6 95 (1.77%) Power BI
7 83 (1.54%) Hadoop
8 82 (1.52%) MongoDB
9 78 (1.45%) Relational Database
10 60 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
11 59 (1.10%) MySQL
11 59 (1.10%) NoSQL
12 58 (1.08%) Metadata
13 51 (0.95%) Oracle BI EE
14 41 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
15 40 (0.74%) Tableau
16 36 (0.67%) GIS
17 35 (0.65%) Apache Hive
17 35 (0.65%) RDBMS
17 35 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 415 (7.72%) JIRA
2 401 (7.45%) Jenkins
3 361 (6.71%) Git (software)
4 140 (2.60%) GitLab
5 134 (2.49%) Selenium
6 118 (2.19%) Cucumber
7 94 (1.75%) Maven
8 84 (1.56%) Bitbucket
9 60 (1.12%) SonarQube
10 57 (1.06%) JMeter
11 53 (0.99%) Rational Rhapsody
12 51 (0.95%) Visual Studio
13 49 (0.91%) Eclipse
14 48 (0.89%) Artifactory
15 47 (0.87%) WebDriver
16 44 (0.82%) SoapUI
17 42 (0.78%) Postman
17 42 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
18 36 (0.67%) NetBeans
18 36 (0.67%) Rational DOORS
General
1 948 (17.62%) Public Sector
2 862 (16.03%) Social Skills
3 400 (7.44%) Finance
4 243 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 149 (2.77%) Telecoms
6 129 (2.40%) Presentation Skills
7 110 (2.04%) Manufacturing
8 103 (1.91%) Electronics
9 89 (1.65%) Law
10 84 (1.56%) Influencing Skills
10 84 (1.56%) Marketing
10 84 (1.56%) Military
11 69 (1.28%) Organisational Skills
12 61 (1.13%) Aerospace
13 44 (0.82%) Police
14 43 (0.80%) Documentation Skills
15 41 (0.76%) Legal
16 40 (0.74%) Retail
17 31 (0.58%) Local Government
18 20 (0.37%) Banking
Job Titles
1 735 (13.66%) Developer
2 666 (12.38%) Architect
3 504 (9.37%) Analyst
4 341 (6.34%) DevOps Engineer
5 297 (5.52%) Consultant
6 238 (4.42%) Project Manager
7 235 (4.37%) Business Analyst
8 206 (3.83%) Java Developer
9 189 (3.51%) Software Engineer
10 173 (3.22%) Solutions Architect
11 154 (2.86%) Network Engineer
12 149 (2.77%) Data Engineer
13 124 (2.31%) Technical Architect
14 123 (2.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 119 (2.21%) Security Architect
16 117 (2.18%) Tester
17 116 (2.16%) Designer
18 113 (2.10%) Support Engineer
19 107 (1.99%) SC Cleared Java Developer
20 97 (1.80%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 224 (4.16%) .NET
2 177 (3.29%) HTML
3 157 (2.92%) CSS
4 143 (2.66%) Web Services
5 137 (2.55%) Spring
6 134 (2.49%) React
7 133 (2.47%) RESTful
8 117 (2.18%) Kafka
9 108 (2.01%) JSON
9 108 (2.01%) REST
10 99 (1.84%) XML
11 87 (1.62%) Node.js
12 83 (1.54%) Oracle Fusion
13 81 (1.51%) AngularJS
14 77 (1.43%) Middleware
15 72 (1.34%) Spring Boot
16 68 (1.26%) SOAP
17 67 (1.25%) Apache NiFi
18 58 (1.08%) ASP.NET
19 49 (0.91%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 161 (2.99%) Data Centre
2 128 (2.38%) Management Information System
3 103 (1.91%) User Experience
4 70 (1.30%) Public Cloud
5 69 (1.28%) PKI
6 62 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
7 57 (1.06%) Clustering
8 52 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
9 48 (0.89%) Cloud Native
10 46 (0.86%) Cybercrime
10 46 (0.86%) Data Structures
10 46 (0.86%) Private Cloud
11 42 (0.78%) Legacy Systems
11 42 (0.78%) Virtual Team
12 38 (0.71%) CMDB
13 36 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
14 35 (0.65%) Legacy Applications
14 35 (0.65%) Linux Command Line
15 32 (0.59%) Replication
16 31 (0.58%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 731 (13.59%) Windows
2 687 (12.77%) Linux
3 242 (4.50%) Windows Server
4 179 (3.33%) Windows 10
5 128 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 105 (1.95%) Unix
7 93 (1.73%) Windows Server 2012
8 74 (1.38%) Windows 7
9 63 (1.17%) Windows Server 2019
10 61 (1.13%) Windows Server 2016
11 52 (0.97%) CentOS
12 38 (0.71%) Ubuntu
13 34 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
14 26 (0.48%) Solaris
15 20 (0.37%) Android
15 20 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
16 19 (0.35%) Windows XP
17 13 (0.24%) Mac OS
17 13 (0.24%) Mac OS X
18 12 (0.22%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,484 (27.59%) Agile Software Development
2 863 (16.04%) DevOps
3 434 (8.07%) Software Engineering
4 431 (8.01%) Stakeholder Management
5 429 (7.98%) Migration
6 416 (7.73%) Scrum
7 405 (7.53%) Cybersecurity
8 367 (6.82%) ITIL
9 364 (6.77%) Microservices
10 363 (6.75%) Test Automation
11 356 (6.62%) Project Management
12 334 (6.21%) Problem-Solving
13 254 (4.72%) Project Delivery
14 250 (4.65%) Business Intelligence
14 250 (4.65%) Configuration Management
15 224 (4.16%) Continuous Integration
16 189 (3.51%) Software Testing
17 188 (3.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 186 (3.46%) Service Management
19 183 (3.40%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 637 (11.84%) Java
2 489 (9.09%) SQL
3 470 (8.74%) Python
4 313 (5.82%) JavaScript
5 273 (5.08%) C#
6 272 (5.06%) PowerShell
7 200 (3.72%) C++
8 158 (2.94%) Bash
9 155 (2.88%) C
10 94 (1.75%) Scala
11 79 (1.47%) TypeScript
12 76 (1.41%) PL/SQL
13 65 (1.21%) R
14 62 (1.15%) Java 8
15 52 (0.97%) Shell Script
16 44 (0.82%) Groovy
17 43 (0.80%) Ruby
18 41 (0.76%) Java 11
19 34 (0.63%) Ada
20 29 (0.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 5,379 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 557 (10.36%) DV Cleared
3 224 (4.16%) BPSS Clearance
4 200 (3.72%) Degree
5 114 (2.12%) CISSP
6 109 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
7 83 (1.54%) ISTQB
8 78 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
9 70 (1.30%) CCNP
10 55 (1.02%) CESG Certified Professional
11 50 (0.93%) CISM
12 49 (0.91%) ISEB
13 43 (0.80%) CCNA
13 43 (0.80%) PMP
14 40 (0.74%) APMP
14 40 (0.74%) PMI Certification
15 31 (0.58%) MCSE
16 29 (0.54%) AWS Certification
16 29 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 27 (0.50%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (2.51%) PMO
2 130 (2.42%) QA
3 100 (1.86%) NCSC
4 97 (1.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 95 (1.77%) Accessibility
6 90 (1.67%) SLA
7 53 (0.99%) Data Quality
8 48 (0.89%) JSP 440
9 38 (0.71%) NIST
10 35 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
11 28 (0.52%) RMADS
12 20 (0.37%) WCAG
13 18 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
13 18 (0.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 16 (0.30%) Def Stans
15 15 (0.28%) GDPR
16 14 (0.26%) MISRA
16 14 (0.26%) MISRA C
17 13 (0.24%) IEC 61508
18 12 (0.22%) GRC
System Software
1 446 (8.29%) Docker
2 342 (6.36%) Active Directory
3 267 (4.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 87 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
5 80 (1.49%) Hyper-V
6 55 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
6 55 (1.02%) vSphere
7 32 (0.59%) VMware NSX
8 28 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
9 23 (0.43%) HDFS
9 23 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
10 22 (0.41%) Firmware
11 13 (0.24%) vCloud
12 11 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 8 (0.15%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 6 (0.11%) DFS Replication
16 5 (0.093%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 5 (0.093%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 451 (8.38%) Kubernetes
2 392 (7.29%) Terraform
3 311 (5.78%) Ansible
4 114 (2.12%) Puppet
5 102 (1.90%) SCCM
6 66 (1.23%) Grafana
7 58 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
8 52 (0.97%) Prometheus
9 49 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
10 43 (0.80%) vCenter Server
11 42 (0.78%) Kibana
12 36 (0.67%) Packer
12 36 (0.67%) vRealize
13 35 (0.65%) Docker Swarm
14 34 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
15 33 (0.61%) WSUS
16 31 (0.58%) Istio
17 28 (0.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
18 25 (0.46%) Consul
19 23 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 649 (12.07%) Microsoft
2 424 (7.88%) Oracle
3 372 (6.92%) VMware
4 243 (4.52%) Cisco
5 147 (2.73%) Red Hat
6 138 (2.57%) SAP
7 107 (1.99%) Splunk
8 74 (1.38%) ServiceNow
9 70 (1.30%) CheckPoint
10 60 (1.12%) IBM
11 58 (1.08%) Google
12 57 (1.06%) Cloudera
13 54 (1.00%) Remedy
14 50 (0.93%) Informatica
15 49 (0.91%) HP
15 49 (0.91%) Juniper
16 47 (0.87%) Citrix
17 41 (0.76%) Atlassian
18 36 (0.67%) Dell
19 33 (0.61%) Talend