Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 17 13 31
Rank change year-on-year -4 +18 +1
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,149 4,121 5,135
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 8.46% 10.57% 6.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.23% 44.25% 32.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,847 2,811 3,297
10th Percentile £337 £313 £313
25th Percentile £413 £410 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £485 £475
% change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 197 138 239
10th Percentile £14.13 £15.10 £12.00
25th Percentile £18.00 £18.69 £15.49
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.52
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.61% +100.64%
75th Percentile £56.50 £52.40 £48.75
90th Percentile £65.20 £60.00 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £43.00 £39.32
% change year-on-year -8.14% +9.36% +110.27%

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 10,062 9,312 15,617
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.52% 23.88% 18.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,448 6,051 9,761
10th Percentile £306 £290 £270
25th Percentile £400 £390 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 494 322 643
10th Percentile £14.00 £14.75 £12.15
25th Percentile £18.00 £17.51 £16.89
Median hourly rate £36.09 £27.50 £31.50
Median % change year-on-year +31.25% -12.70% +40.00%
75th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £62.18 £57.50 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £34.01 £30.03 £31.50
% change year-on-year +13.26% -4.68% +44.40%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 -16 1,604 £517 -1.52% 167
South East 0 738 £500 +5.16% 149
South West 0 584 £498 +4.94% 117
North of England -5 409 £450 +4.65% 90
North West -6 278 £425 -3.41% 62
Midlands -8 242 £420 -6.67% 55
West Midlands -8 183 £450 - 44
East of England +4 180 £450 -10.00% 47
Yorkshire -2 68 £440 -10.89% 24
North East -5 63 £510 +25.54% 4
East Midlands -13 56 £360 -20.00% 10
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 15 June 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 4,149 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,060 (25.55%) Agile Software Development
3 727 (17.52%) Social Skills
4 686 (16.53%) AWS
5 677 (16.32%) Azure
6 674 (16.24%) Public Sector
7 603 (14.53%) DevOps
8 585 (14.10%) Java
9 528 (12.73%) Windows
10 477 (11.50%) Microsoft
11 462 (11.14%) Linux
12 402 (9.69%) Docker
13 390 (9.40%) DV Cleared
14 372 (8.97%) Python
15 368 (8.87%) SQL
16 364 (8.77%) Migration
17 353 (8.51%) Scrum
18 344 (8.29%) Kubernetes
19 331 (7.98%) Oracle
20 317 (7.64%) Software Engineering
21 314 (7.57%) Stakeholder Management
22 313 (7.54%) Finance
23 298 (7.18%) Terraform
24 290 (6.99%) ITIL
25 286 (6.89%) VMware
26 282 (6.80%) Project Management
27 275 (6.63%) Problem-Solving
28 274 (6.60%) Active Directory
29 273 (6.58%) Microservices
30 269 (6.48%) Cybersecurity

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
1 158 (3.81%) Confluence
2 133 (3.21%) SharePoint
3 94 (2.27%) Apache
4 58 (1.40%) WebLogic
5 43 (1.04%) IIS
6 41 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
7 39 (0.94%) MS Exchange
8 34 (0.82%) Apache Spark
9 27 (0.65%) Skype for Business
10 26 (0.63%) SAS
11 25 (0.60%) Tomcat
12 15 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
13 14 (0.34%) nginx
14 13 (0.31%) CMS
15 11 (0.27%) Camunda
16 10 (0.24%) Red Hat Fuse
16 10 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
16 10 (0.24%) WebSphere
17 9 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
17 9 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 116 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
2 85 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 45 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
5 43 (1.04%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.53%) Simulink
7 11 (0.27%) Adobe Captivate
8 7 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.14%) Photoshop
10 5 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
10 5 (0.12%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.096%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.096%) Final Cut Pro
11 4 (0.096%) GIMP
12 3 (0.072%) Maple
12 3 (0.072%) PTC Creo
12 3 (0.072%) Stateflow
12 3 (0.072%) Windchill
13 2 (0.048%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.048%) Stata
Business Applications
1 26 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
2 24 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
3 21 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
4 12 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
4 12 (0.29%) Teamcenter
5 11 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 10 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
7 9 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
7 9 (0.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 9 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
8 8 (0.19%) assyst
8 8 (0.19%) Oracle Manufacturing
8 8 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
9 7 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
10 6 (0.14%) iTrent
10 6 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
10 6 (0.14%) Oracle SCM
10 6 (0.14%) SAP PS
11 5 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
11 5 (0.12%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 686 (16.53%) AWS
2 677 (16.32%) Azure
3 168 (4.05%) Microsoft 365
4 124 (2.99%) Serverless
5 115 (2.77%) PaaS
6 102 (2.46%) Power Platform
7 77 (1.86%) IaaS
8 71 (1.71%) AWS Lambda
9 68 (1.64%) GCP
9 68 (1.64%) SaaS
10 61 (1.47%) GitHub
11 53 (1.28%) AWS CloudFormation
12 51 (1.23%) Amazon S3
13 49 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
14 47 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
15 46 (1.11%) OpenShift
16 43 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
17 37 (0.89%) PowerApps
18 28 (0.67%) Amazon EKS
18 28 (0.67%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 160 (3.86%) Firewall
2 113 (2.72%) DNS
3 94 (2.27%) WAN
4 81 (1.95%) LAN
5 79 (1.90%) TCP/IP
6 72 (1.74%) Network Security
7 55 (1.33%) SAN
8 54 (1.30%) VPN
9 53 (1.28%) Skype
10 51 (1.23%) Internet
11 50 (1.21%) DHCP
12 38 (0.92%) VSAN
13 36 (0.87%) Cisco Nexus
14 34 (0.82%) OSPF
15 33 (0.80%) BGP
15 33 (0.80%) HTTP
16 31 (0.75%) Wireless
17 26 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
18 25 (0.60%) NetScaler
18 25 (0.60%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 153 (3.69%) SQL Server
2 133 (3.21%) PostgreSQL
3 124 (2.99%) Big Data
4 97 (2.34%) Hadoop
5 83 (2.00%) Oracle Database
6 73 (1.76%) Power BI
7 71 (1.71%) Relational Database
8 70 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
9 50 (1.21%) NoSQL
10 38 (0.92%) MySQL
10 38 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
11 36 (0.87%) Apache Hive
11 36 (0.87%) MongoDB
12 30 (0.72%) Data Lake
12 30 (0.72%) Tableau
13 27 (0.65%) Data Mining
14 25 (0.60%) Impala
14 25 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 24 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
16 23 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 257 (6.19%) Jenkins
2 250 (6.03%) JIRA
3 230 (5.54%) Git (software)
4 99 (2.39%) Maven
5 90 (2.17%) GitLab
6 89 (2.15%) Selenium
7 83 (2.00%) Bitbucket
8 65 (1.57%) Cucumber
9 64 (1.54%) JUnit
10 36 (0.87%) Visual Studio
11 34 (0.82%) SonarQube
12 32 (0.77%) Mockito
12 32 (0.77%) Rational Rhapsody
13 31 (0.75%) JMeter
14 30 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
15 28 (0.67%) Subversion
16 27 (0.65%) Rational DOORS
17 26 (0.63%) TestNG
18 24 (0.58%) Postman
19 23 (0.55%) Hudson
General
1 727 (17.52%) Social Skills
2 674 (16.24%) Public Sector
3 313 (7.54%) Finance
4 231 (5.57%) Analytical Skills
5 120 (2.89%) Telecoms
6 106 (2.55%) Manufacturing
7 100 (2.41%) Presentation Skills
8 84 (2.02%) Electronics
8 84 (2.02%) Influencing Skills
9 78 (1.88%) Marketing
10 75 (1.81%) Law
11 59 (1.42%) Aerospace
12 52 (1.25%) Military
13 40 (0.96%) Banking
14 36 (0.87%) Documentation Skills
15 35 (0.84%) Organisational Skills
16 30 (0.72%) Retail
17 24 (0.58%) Legal
18 23 (0.55%) Police
19 12 (0.29%) Billing
Job Titles
1 570 (13.74%) Architect
2 528 (12.73%) Developer
3 287 (6.92%) Analyst
4 249 (6.00%) Consultant
5 234 (5.64%) DevOps Engineer
6 191 (4.60%) Software Engineer
7 183 (4.41%) Java Developer
8 170 (4.10%) Project Manager
9 147 (3.54%) Solutions Architect
10 128 (3.09%) Network Engineer
11 123 (2.96%) Business Analyst
12 96 (2.31%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 95 (2.29%) Technical Architect
14 93 (2.24%) Azure Engineer
14 93 (2.24%) Data Engineer
15 90 (2.17%) SC Cleared Java Developer
16 85 (2.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 82 (1.98%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
18 80 (1.93%) AWS Engineer
19 64 (1.54%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (3.45%) Web Services
2 132 (3.18%) Spring
3 130 (3.13%) HTML
4 128 (3.09%) .NET
5 123 (2.96%) Node.js
6 122 (2.94%) Kafka
6 122 (2.94%) REST
7 112 (2.70%) CSS
8 105 (2.53%) JSON
9 95 (2.29%) React
10 88 (2.12%) XML
11 74 (1.78%) AngularJS
11 74 (1.78%) RESTful
12 71 (1.71%) Spring Boot
13 60 (1.45%) Oracle Fusion
14 56 (1.35%) Apache NiFi
15 50 (1.21%) Elastic Stack
16 46 (1.11%) SOAP
17 45 (1.08%) Middleware
18 43 (1.04%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 187 (4.51%) Data Centre
2 103 (2.48%) Management Information System
3 82 (1.98%) User Experience
4 64 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
5 59 (1.42%) PKI
6 53 (1.28%) Cloud Native
7 48 (1.16%) Data Structures
8 45 (1.08%) Public Cloud
8 45 (1.08%) Replication
9 44 (1.06%) CMDB
10 40 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
11 37 (0.89%) Clustering
12 35 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
13 32 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
14 31 (0.75%) Cybercrime
15 28 (0.67%) Private Cloud
16 22 (0.53%) NHS
17 20 (0.48%) Algorithms
18 19 (0.46%) Client/Server
18 19 (0.46%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 528 (12.73%) Windows
2 462 (11.14%) Linux
3 180 (4.34%) Windows Server
4 121 (2.92%) Unix
5 119 (2.87%) Windows 10
6 80 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 58 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
8 38 (0.92%) AIX
9 35 (0.84%) Windows Server 2019
10 31 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (0.67%) Windows 7
12 26 (0.63%) Windows Server 2016
13 22 (0.53%) CentOS
14 18 (0.43%) Apple iOS
15 16 (0.39%) Solaris
16 15 (0.36%) Windows XP
17 13 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
18 11 (0.27%) Ubuntu
19 9 (0.22%) Mac OS
20 8 (0.19%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,060 (25.55%) Agile Software Development
2 603 (14.53%) DevOps
3 364 (8.77%) Migration
4 353 (8.51%) Scrum
5 317 (7.64%) Software Engineering
6 314 (7.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 290 (6.99%) ITIL
8 282 (6.80%) Project Management
9 275 (6.63%) Problem-Solving
10 273 (6.58%) Microservices
11 269 (6.48%) Cybersecurity
12 252 (6.07%) Business Intelligence
13 192 (4.63%) Test Automation
14 188 (4.53%) Configuration Management
15 170 (4.10%) Project Delivery
16 164 (3.95%) Service Management
17 163 (3.93%) Data Modelling
18 148 (3.57%) Waterfall
19 144 (3.47%) Analytics
19 144 (3.47%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 585 (14.10%) Java
2 372 (8.97%) Python
3 368 (8.87%) SQL
4 260 (6.27%) JavaScript
5 259 (6.24%) PowerShell
6 144 (3.47%) C
7 140 (3.37%) C#
8 117 (2.82%) C++
9 116 (2.80%) Java 8
10 113 (2.72%) Bash Shell
11 83 (2.00%) PL/SQL
12 80 (1.93%) TypeScript
13 62 (1.49%) R
14 61 (1.47%) Shell Script
15 59 (1.42%) Perl
16 36 (0.87%) Scala
17 32 (0.77%) Ada
18 30 (0.72%) MATLAB
19 27 (0.65%) COBOL
19 27 (0.65%) VB
Qualifications
1 4,149 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 390 (9.40%) DV Cleared
3 178 (4.29%) Degree
4 107 (2.58%) BPSS Clearance
5 98 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
6 75 (1.81%) CISSP
7 67 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
8 66 (1.59%) CCNP
9 46 (1.11%) MCSE
10 45 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
11 44 (1.06%) CISM
11 44 (1.06%) ISTQB
12 40 (0.96%) CCNA
13 36 (0.87%) CESG Certified Professional
14 31 (0.75%) ISEB
15 29 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
16 28 (0.67%) PMP
17 21 (0.51%) CTC Cleared
18 19 (0.46%) AWS Certification
19 18 (0.43%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (2.46%) QA
2 63 (1.52%) Data Quality
3 58 (1.40%) SLA
4 55 (1.33%) NCSC
5 49 (1.18%) Accessibility
6 48 (1.16%) PMO
7 40 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 35 (0.84%) GDPR
9 26 (0.63%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 25 (0.60%) NIST
11 24 (0.58%) WCAG
12 18 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
13 16 (0.39%) COBIT
13 16 (0.39%) JSP 440
14 15 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
15 14 (0.34%) RMADS
16 11 (0.27%) GPG13
17 6 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
18 5 (0.12%) GRC
18 5 (0.12%) P3O
System Software
1 402 (9.69%) Docker
2 274 (6.60%) Active Directory
3 219 (5.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 77 (1.86%) VMware ESXi
5 66 (1.59%) vSphere
6 64 (1.54%) Hyper-V
7 44 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
8 37 (0.89%) VMware NSX
9 26 (0.63%) HDFS
10 21 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
11 18 (0.43%) XenApp
12 16 (0.39%) Firmware
13 11 (0.27%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 7 (0.17%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 7 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (0.17%) Xen
15 6 (0.14%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
16 5 (0.12%) NDS
16 5 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 344 (8.29%) Kubernetes
2 298 (7.18%) Terraform
3 241 (5.81%) Ansible
4 85 (2.05%) SCCM
5 72 (1.74%) Puppet
6 44 (1.06%) vCenter Server
7 40 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
8 38 (0.92%) Grafana
8 38 (0.92%) Packer
9 35 (0.84%) Prometheus
9 35 (0.84%) vRealize
10 33 (0.80%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 33 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
11 31 (0.75%) Kibana
12 24 (0.58%) Nessus
13 20 (0.48%) Istio
14 19 (0.46%) logstash
14 19 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
15 17 (0.41%) Rancher
16 15 (0.36%) Consul
Vendors
1 477 (11.50%) Microsoft
2 331 (7.98%) Oracle
3 286 (6.89%) VMware
4 189 (4.56%) Cisco
5 135 (3.25%) SAP
6 83 (2.00%) Red Hat
7 81 (1.95%) Google
8 71 (1.71%) ServiceNow
9 66 (1.59%) Citrix
10 64 (1.54%) Dell
11 62 (1.49%) Splunk
12 61 (1.47%) HP
13 55 (1.33%) IBM
14 46 (1.11%) EMC
15 42 (1.01%) Cloudera
15 42 (1.01%) Informatica
16 41 (0.99%) Palo Alto
16 41 (0.99%) Remedy
17 39 (0.94%) Atlassian
17 39 (0.94%) CheckPoint