Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 20 12 24
Rank change year-on-year -8 +12 +9
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,859 3,187 5,251
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 7.24% 11.99% 6.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 38.65% 47.92% 33.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,133 2,255 3,454
10th Percentile £360 £313 £297
25th Percentile £425 £411 £383
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +3.26%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £556
90th Percentile £675 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £515 £495 £475
% change year-on-year +4.04% +4.21% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 107 267
10th Percentile £12.55 £15.04 £16.20
25th Percentile £18.00 £27.67 £18.73
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £44.00
Median % change year-on-year - +2.27% +100.00%
75th Percentile £59.94 £55.00 £53.75
90th Percentile £69.00 £65.00 £73.75
UK median hourly rate £43.19 £44.75 £44.00
% change year-on-year -3.49% +1.70% +100.00%

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 12,573 6,651 15,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.73% 25.03% 20.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,104 4,515 9,979
10th Percentile £308 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £394 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £485 £470
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +3.19% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 596 238 654
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.13 £20.14 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.25 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.02% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.81 £48.61 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £63.98 £62.15
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%

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 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 -31 1,820 £525 - 196
South East -7 847 £500 - 151
South West -1 807 £498 +4.94% 170
North of England -14 407 £475 -4.52% 115
Midlands -22 275 £493 +15.88% 51
North West -11 272 £475 +5.56% 80
East of England -3 226 £483 +8.43% 72
West Midlands -18 214 £500 +23.53% 41
Yorkshire -21 89 £465 -7.00% 18
East Midlands -32 58 £360 -20.00% 10
North East -10 49 £575 +15.00% 17
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 4,859 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,337 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
3 816 (16.79%) Social Skills
4 765 (15.74%) Public Sector
5 755 (15.54%) AWS
6 753 (15.50%) DevOps
7 714 (14.69%) Azure
8 642 (13.21%) Windows
9 595 (12.25%) Linux
10 580 (11.94%) Java
11 572 (11.77%) Microsoft
12 454 (9.34%) DV Cleared
13 424 (8.73%) SQL
14 421 (8.66%) Scrum
15 413 (8.50%) Software Engineering
16 412 (8.48%) Migration
16 412 (8.48%) Oracle
17 394 (8.11%) Docker
18 390 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
18 390 (8.03%) VMware
19 378 (7.78%) Python
20 373 (7.68%) Finance
21 371 (7.64%) Kubernetes
22 370 (7.61%) Jenkins
23 354 (7.29%) ITIL
24 350 (7.20%) JIRA
25 346 (7.12%) Cybersecurity
26 323 (6.65%) Project Management
27 322 (6.63%) Git (software)
28 320 (6.59%) Microservices

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
1 191 (3.93%) Confluence
2 145 (2.98%) SharePoint
3 63 (1.30%) Apache
4 52 (1.07%) Apache Spark
5 46 (0.95%) IIS
6 42 (0.86%) WebLogic
7 41 (0.84%) SAS
8 38 (0.78%) MS Exchange
9 33 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
10 26 (0.54%) Tomcat
11 24 (0.49%) Skype for Business
12 19 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 15 (0.31%) nginx
14 13 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
15 11 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
16 10 (0.21%) Apache Airflow
16 10 (0.21%) CMS
16 10 (0.21%) WebSphere
17 9 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2013
18 8 (0.16%) OpenStack
Applications
1 118 (2.43%) Microsoft Office
2 106 (2.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 63 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
4 42 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 35 (0.72%) Simulink
6 34 (0.70%) MS Visio
7 17 (0.35%) Stata
8 7 (0.14%) Stateflow
9 6 (0.12%) Siemens NX
10 5 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
11 4 (0.082%) Photoshop
12 3 (0.062%) InVision
12 3 (0.062%) Maple
12 3 (0.062%) Oracle Smart View
13 2 (0.041%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.041%) Adobe XD
13 2 (0.041%) Figma
13 2 (0.041%) Sketch
13 2 (0.041%) SPSS
13 2 (0.041%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 43 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
2 30 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
3 27 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
4 18 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 15 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
5 15 (0.31%) Teamcenter
6 12 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
7 10 (0.21%) iTrent
7 10 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
8 9 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
8 9 (0.19%) SAP ERP
8 9 (0.19%) SAP FI
8 9 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
9 8 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
9 8 (0.16%) Oracle SCM
10 7 (0.14%) Primavera
10 7 (0.14%) SAP CO
10 7 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
11 6 (0.12%) Oracle Manufacturing
11 6 (0.12%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 755 (15.54%) AWS
2 714 (14.69%) Azure
3 197 (4.05%) Microsoft 365
4 119 (2.45%) SaaS
5 117 (2.41%) IaaS
6 115 (2.37%) PaaS
7 107 (2.20%) Power Platform
8 99 (2.04%) GitHub
9 92 (1.89%) GCP
10 91 (1.87%) Serverless
11 66 (1.36%) OpenShift
12 65 (1.34%) AWS Lambda
13 57 (1.17%) Amazon S3
13 57 (1.17%) Azure Active Directory
14 55 (1.13%) AWS CloudFormation
15 51 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
16 37 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
17 36 (0.74%) PowerApps
18 25 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
19 23 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 230 (4.73%) Firewall
2 141 (2.90%) WAN
3 129 (2.65%) DNS
4 103 (2.12%) Network Security
5 92 (1.89%) TCP/IP
6 82 (1.69%) LAN
7 66 (1.36%) SD-WAN
8 64 (1.32%) DHCP
9 55 (1.13%) Skype
9 55 (1.13%) VPN
10 51 (1.05%) BGP
11 50 (1.03%) SAN
12 49 (1.01%) Internet
13 45 (0.93%) MPLS
14 40 (0.82%) HTTP
15 37 (0.76%) VSAN
16 33 (0.68%) VLAN
17 31 (0.64%) Ethernet
18 29 (0.60%) SSL
19 28 (0.58%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (3.25%) SQL Server
2 126 (2.59%) Oracle Database
3 107 (2.20%) Big Data
4 97 (2.00%) Hadoop
5 96 (1.98%) Power BI
6 93 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
6 93 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
7 75 (1.54%) Relational Database
8 63 (1.30%) NoSQL
9 60 (1.23%) MongoDB
10 57 (1.17%) MySQL
11 48 (0.99%) Metadata
12 39 (0.80%) Apache Hive
13 38 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
14 37 (0.76%) Oracle BI EE
15 33 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
15 33 (0.68%) Data Lake
16 28 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 27 (0.56%) Azure SQL Database
18 24 (0.49%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 370 (7.61%) Jenkins
2 350 (7.20%) JIRA
3 322 (6.63%) Git (software)
4 125 (2.57%) GitLab
5 123 (2.53%) Selenium
6 101 (2.08%) Maven
7 99 (2.04%) Cucumber
8 91 (1.87%) Bitbucket
9 52 (1.07%) JMeter
9 52 (1.07%) Rational Rhapsody
10 50 (1.03%) Rational DOORS
11 49 (1.01%) JUnit
12 46 (0.95%) Artifactory
13 45 (0.93%) Visual Studio
14 43 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
15 39 (0.80%) Mockito
16 38 (0.78%) Postman
16 38 (0.78%) WebDriver
17 31 (0.64%) NetBeans
17 31 (0.64%) SoapUI
General
1 816 (16.79%) Social Skills
2 765 (15.74%) Public Sector
3 373 (7.68%) Finance
4 248 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
5 109 (2.24%) Presentation Skills
5 109 (2.24%) Telecoms
6 99 (2.04%) Military
7 91 (1.87%) Manufacturing
8 78 (1.61%) Electronics
9 73 (1.50%) Law
10 68 (1.40%) Influencing Skills
10 68 (1.40%) Marketing
11 62 (1.28%) Aerospace
12 52 (1.07%) Organisational Skills
13 48 (0.99%) Banking
14 41 (0.84%) Documentation Skills
15 36 (0.74%) Retail
16 30 (0.62%) Legal
17 26 (0.54%) Police
18 15 (0.31%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 614 (12.64%) Architect
1 614 (12.64%) Developer
2 416 (8.56%) Analyst
3 303 (6.24%) Consultant
4 269 (5.54%) DevOps Engineer
5 251 (5.17%) Project Manager
6 205 (4.22%) Business Analyst
7 183 (3.77%) Software Engineer
8 171 (3.52%) Solutions Architect
9 160 (3.29%) Java Developer
10 155 (3.19%) Network Engineer
11 123 (2.53%) Data Engineer
12 114 (2.35%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 111 (2.28%) Technical Architect
14 98 (2.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 84 (1.73%) Support Engineer
16 80 (1.65%) Designer
16 80 (1.65%) Tester
17 78 (1.61%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 78 (1.61%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (3.70%) Web Services
2 174 (3.58%) .NET
3 150 (3.09%) HTML
4 142 (2.92%) Spring
5 131 (2.70%) CSS
6 115 (2.37%) JSON
7 114 (2.35%) RESTful
8 111 (2.28%) REST
9 108 (2.22%) React
10 107 (2.20%) Node.js
11 104 (2.14%) Kafka
12 99 (2.04%) Oracle Fusion
13 93 (1.91%) XML
14 74 (1.52%) AngularJS
15 73 (1.50%) Spring Boot
16 62 (1.28%) Middleware
17 51 (1.05%) Apache NiFi
17 51 (1.05%) SOAP
18 42 (0.86%) OAuth
19 34 (0.70%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 190 (3.91%) Data Centre
2 118 (2.43%) Management Information System
3 86 (1.77%) User Experience
4 68 (1.40%) Public Cloud
5 58 (1.19%) Cybercrime
6 56 (1.15%) PKI
6 56 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
7 50 (1.03%) Cloud Native
8 46 (0.95%) Clustering
9 45 (0.93%) Private Cloud
10 44 (0.91%) CMDB
11 43 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
12 39 (0.80%) Data Structures
13 33 (0.68%) Algorithms
14 32 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
15 31 (0.64%) Replication
16 29 (0.60%) Virtual Team
17 28 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
18 27 (0.56%) Client/Server
19 26 (0.54%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 642 (13.21%) Windows
2 595 (12.25%) Linux
3 200 (4.12%) Windows Server
4 111 (2.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 107 (2.20%) Unix
6 103 (2.12%) Windows 10
7 68 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
8 45 (0.93%) Windows Server 2019
9 44 (0.91%) Windows 7
10 35 (0.72%) Windows Server 2016
11 31 (0.64%) Ubuntu
12 30 (0.62%) Windows Server 2008
13 27 (0.56%) CentOS
14 22 (0.45%) Apple iOS
15 21 (0.43%) Android
16 18 (0.37%) AIX
16 18 (0.37%) Windows XP
17 12 (0.25%) Mac OS X
17 12 (0.25%) Solaris
18 11 (0.23%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,337 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
2 753 (15.50%) DevOps
3 421 (8.66%) Scrum
4 413 (8.50%) Software Engineering
5 412 (8.48%) Migration
6 390 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
7 354 (7.29%) ITIL
8 346 (7.12%) Cybersecurity
9 323 (6.65%) Project Management
10 320 (6.59%) Microservices
11 289 (5.95%) Test Automation
12 288 (5.93%) Problem-Solving
13 244 (5.02%) Configuration Management
14 234 (4.82%) Business Intelligence
15 201 (4.14%) Project Delivery
16 189 (3.89%) Continuous Integration
17 181 (3.73%) Analytics
18 180 (3.70%) TDD
19 177 (3.64%) Software Testing
20 166 (3.42%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 580 (11.94%) Java
2 424 (8.73%) SQL
3 378 (7.78%) Python
4 304 (6.26%) JavaScript
5 254 (5.23%) PowerShell
6 211 (4.34%) C#
7 170 (3.50%) C++
8 152 (3.13%) C
9 139 (2.86%) Bash Shell
10 100 (2.06%) Java 8
11 92 (1.89%) PL/SQL
12 83 (1.71%) TypeScript
13 73 (1.50%) R
14 71 (1.46%) Scala
15 50 (1.03%) Shell Script
16 44 (0.91%) Perl
17 35 (0.72%) Ruby
18 33 (0.68%) Ada
19 31 (0.64%) Groovy
19 31 (0.64%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 4,859 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 454 (9.34%) DV Cleared
3 210 (4.32%) Degree
4 177 (3.64%) BPSS Clearance
5 113 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
6 94 (1.93%) CISSP
7 74 (1.52%) CCNP
8 61 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
9 60 (1.23%) ISTQB
10 46 (0.95%) CCNA
10 46 (0.95%) CESG Certified Professional
11 44 (0.91%) CISM
12 38 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
13 35 (0.72%) ISEB
14 34 (0.70%) MCSE
15 28 (0.58%) BC Cleared
15 28 (0.58%) PMP
16 27 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
17 24 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
18 22 (0.45%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (2.68%) QA
2 87 (1.79%) PMO
3 79 (1.63%) Accessibility
3 79 (1.63%) SLA
4 73 (1.50%) NCSC
5 70 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 52 (1.07%) Data Quality
7 34 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
8 24 (0.49%) GDPR
9 22 (0.45%) JSP 440
10 20 (0.41%) NIST
11 17 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 16 (0.33%) RMADS
13 15 (0.31%) WCAG
14 12 (0.25%) GRC
15 10 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
16 9 (0.19%) COBIT
17 8 (0.16%) Def Stans
17 8 (0.16%) ISO 9001
17 8 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 394 (8.11%) Docker
2 307 (6.32%) Active Directory
3 277 (5.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 79 (1.63%) Hyper-V
5 70 (1.44%) vSphere
6 56 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
7 48 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
8 30 (0.62%) HDFS
9 29 (0.60%) VMware NSX
10 25 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
11 20 (0.41%) Firmware
12 15 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 14 (0.29%) XenApp
14 12 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
15 9 (0.19%) NFS
15 9 (0.19%) XenDesktop
16 8 (0.16%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 7 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
18 6 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
18 6 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 371 (7.64%) Kubernetes
2 308 (6.34%) Terraform
3 280 (5.76%) Ansible
4 100 (2.06%) Puppet
5 92 (1.89%) SCCM
6 50 (1.03%) Grafana
7 39 (0.80%) vCenter Server
8 36 (0.74%) Kibana
9 35 (0.72%) Prometheus
10 33 (0.68%) Packer
11 32 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
12 31 (0.64%) vRealize
13 28 (0.58%) Microsoft Intune
14 21 (0.43%) Active Directory Federation Services
15 20 (0.41%) Docker Swarm
15 20 (0.41%) Rancher
16 19 (0.39%) Istio
16 19 (0.39%) WSUS
17 18 (0.37%) Consul
18 17 (0.35%) logstash
Vendors
1 572 (11.77%) Microsoft
2 412 (8.48%) Oracle
3 390 (8.03%) VMware
4 241 (4.96%) Cisco
5 139 (2.86%) SAP
6 117 (2.41%) Red Hat
7 81 (1.67%) ServiceNow
8 74 (1.52%) Citrix
9 70 (1.44%) CheckPoint
10 66 (1.36%) Informatica
11 64 (1.32%) Google
12 56 (1.15%) IBM
13 55 (1.13%) HP
13 55 (1.13%) Splunk
14 52 (1.07%) Dell
15 50 (1.03%) Cloudera
16 42 (0.86%) Remedy
17 40 (0.82%) Juniper
18 34 (0.70%) BMC
19 33 (0.68%) Atlassian