Period
to 13 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Security Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 13 April 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 Clearance
UK > England
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 8 13
Rank change year-on-year +3 +5 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 5,371 6,565 7,967
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 12.89% 12.19% 9.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 59.17% 54.69% 46.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,512 4,334 5,021
10th Percentile £319 £306 £310
25th Percentile £411 £408 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +4.97%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £638 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £495 £475
% change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 216 320
10th Percentile £15.00 £15.63 £12.00
25th Percentile £20.90 £17.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate £42.50 £38.80 £34.50
Median % change year-on-year +9.55% +12.45% +84.49%
75th Percentile £53.00 £49.50 £47.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £43.19 £40.00 £37.76
% change year-on-year +7.96% +5.93% +101.93%

Security 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 9,078 12,003 17,258
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.78% 22.29% 19.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,844 7,810 10,823
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £563
90th Percentile £654 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 478 439 698
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.50 £12.47
25th Percentile £20.54 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £39.92 £27.50 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year +45.15% - +27.91%
75th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £46.00
90th Percentile £61.25 £56.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £28.42
% change year-on-year +33.33% +5.56% +32.96%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Security Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Cleared in England.

Daily rate trend for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Cleared in England over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Cleared in England.

Hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Cleared in England over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in England

Security 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 Security Cleared within the England region over the 6 months to 13 April 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 -1 2,088 £500 -4.76% 249
South East +5 976 £475 +5.56% 203
South West 0 773 £493 -1.50% 258
North of England -1 515 £449 +4.12% 142
North West +1 342 £425 -4.49% 94
Midlands -2 288 £400 -13.51% 111
East of England +3 249 £450 -10.00% 77
West Midlands -5 215 £405 -12.43% 90
Yorkshire +4 91 £450 -16.67% 29
North East -1 82 £450 +12.50% 19
East Midlands -5 69 £356 -20.83% 21
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Cleared.

1 4,103 (76.39%) SC Cleared
2 1,391 (25.90%) Agile Software Development
3 883 (16.44%) DV Cleared
4 815 (15.17%) DevOps
5 806 (15.01%) Public Sector
6 762 (14.19%) Azure
7 741 (13.80%) Java
8 699 (13.01%) AWS
9 681 (12.68%) Windows
10 605 (11.26%) Linux
11 593 (11.04%) Microsoft
12 525 (9.77%) SQL
13 494 (9.20%) Docker
14 462 (8.60%) Python
15 416 (7.75%) Kubernetes
16 408 (7.60%) Migration
17 403 (7.50%) Stakeholder Management
18 386 (7.19%) Oracle
19 382 (7.11%) Terraform
20 381 (7.09%) Finance
21 378 (7.04%) Active Directory
22 376 (7.00%) Cybersecurity
23 372 (6.93%) VMware
24 357 (6.65%) Ansible
25 353 (6.57%) Software Engineering
26 352 (6.55%) ITIL
27 342 (6.37%) Scrum
28 319 (5.94%) Project Management
29 306 (5.70%) Microservices
30 304 (5.66%) Problem-Solving

Security 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
1 184 (3.43%) SharePoint
2 152 (2.83%) Confluence
3 114 (2.12%) Apache
4 86 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
5 63 (1.17%) Apache Spark
6 52 (0.97%) WebLogic
7 51 (0.95%) MS Exchange
8 50 (0.93%) IIS
9 33 (0.61%) Skype for Business
10 24 (0.45%) Tomcat
11 20 (0.37%) SAS
12 19 (0.35%) Red Hat Fuse
13 18 (0.34%) JBoss
14 17 (0.32%) ArcGIS
14 17 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
14 17 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 16 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
15 16 (0.30%) WebSphere
16 14 (0.26%) CMS
16 14 (0.26%) Documentum
Applications
1 178 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
2 128 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 61 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 48 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
5 46 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 26 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.35%) Photoshop
8 14 (0.26%) Simulink
9 7 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.093%) Adobe After Effects
10 5 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 5 (0.093%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.074%) Adobe Captivate
11 4 (0.074%) Final Cut Pro
11 4 (0.074%) GIMP
12 3 (0.056%) Stata
12 3 (0.056%) Windchill
13 2 (0.037%) InDesign
13 2 (0.037%) Sketch
13 2 (0.037%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 38 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
2 27 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
3 26 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
4 21 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
4 21 (0.39%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 15 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
6 10 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
6 10 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
7 8 (0.15%) HFM
7 8 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
7 8 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
7 8 (0.15%) Sentinel
8 7 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
8 7 (0.13%) Primavera
8 7 (0.13%) Teamcenter
8 7 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
9 6 (0.11%) SAP PLM
10 5 (0.093%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.093%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 5 (0.093%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 762 (14.19%) Azure
2 699 (13.01%) AWS
3 212 (3.95%) Microsoft 365
4 140 (2.61%) PaaS
5 130 (2.42%) Power Platform
6 125 (2.33%) Serverless
7 93 (1.73%) IaaS
8 80 (1.49%) Azure Active Directory
9 78 (1.45%) GCP
10 71 (1.32%) Amazon S3
11 67 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
11 67 (1.25%) GitHub
12 66 (1.23%) OpenShift
13 64 (1.19%) AWS Lambda
13 64 (1.19%) SaaS
14 58 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
15 52 (0.97%) PowerApps
16 32 (0.60%) Logic Apps
17 29 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
18 28 (0.52%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 247 (4.60%) Firewall
2 152 (2.83%) WAN
3 139 (2.59%) DNS
4 129 (2.40%) LAN
5 101 (1.88%) Network Security
6 92 (1.71%) TCP/IP
7 82 (1.53%) SAN
8 81 (1.51%) VPN
9 71 (1.32%) DHCP
10 67 (1.25%) Internet
11 61 (1.14%) VLAN
11 61 (1.14%) VSAN
12 57 (1.06%) Wireless
13 55 (1.02%) Cisco Nexus
14 52 (0.97%) BGP
15 50 (0.93%) Skype
16 49 (0.91%) OSPF
17 46 (0.86%) IPsec
18 40 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
19 33 (0.61%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 233 (4.34%) SQL Server
2 193 (3.59%) Big Data
3 157 (2.92%) PostgreSQL
4 127 (2.36%) Hadoop
5 100 (1.86%) Oracle Database
6 90 (1.68%) Data Warehouse
7 82 (1.53%) Power BI
8 71 (1.32%) Relational Database
9 60 (1.12%) Apache Hive
10 56 (1.04%) Tableau
11 55 (1.02%) NoSQL
12 50 (0.93%) MySQL
13 45 (0.84%) MongoDB
14 41 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 39 (0.73%) Impala
16 37 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
16 37 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 34 (0.63%) Data Mining
18 33 (0.61%) Pentaho
19 31 (0.58%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 294 (5.47%) JIRA
2 276 (5.14%) Jenkins
3 230 (4.28%) Git (software)
4 105 (1.95%) GitLab
5 97 (1.81%) Selenium
6 71 (1.32%) Maven
7 67 (1.25%) Cucumber
8 65 (1.21%) Bitbucket
9 61 (1.14%) JMeter
10 59 (1.10%) JUnit
11 36 (0.67%) Visual Studio
12 33 (0.61%) SonarQube
13 32 (0.60%) Rational Rhapsody
14 30 (0.56%) SoapUI
15 29 (0.54%) LoadRunner
16 27 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 27 (0.50%) Mockito
16 27 (0.50%) NeoLoad
16 27 (0.50%) Oracle APEX
16 27 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 806 (15.01%) Public Sector
2 381 (7.09%) Finance
3 197 (3.67%) Telecoms
4 122 (2.27%) Law
5 115 (2.14%) Manufacturing
6 103 (1.92%) Electronics
7 100 (1.86%) Marketing
8 60 (1.12%) Military
9 55 (1.02%) Aerospace
10 44 (0.82%) Legal
11 34 (0.63%) Police
12 32 (0.60%) Banking
13 31 (0.58%) Local Government
14 27 (0.50%) Retail
15 13 (0.24%) Billing
16 12 (0.22%) Back Office
17 10 (0.19%) Publishing
18 8 (0.15%) Games
18 8 (0.15%) General Ledger
19 6 (0.11%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 702 (13.07%) Architect
2 686 (12.77%) Developer
3 427 (7.95%) Analyst
4 348 (6.48%) Consultant
5 281 (5.23%) DevOps Engineer
6 217 (4.04%) Software Engineer
7 204 (3.80%) Java Developer
8 190 (3.54%) Project Manager
9 163 (3.03%) Network Engineer
10 156 (2.90%) Business Analyst
11 148 (2.76%) Solutions Architect
12 132 (2.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 120 (2.23%) AWS Engineer
14 119 (2.22%) AWS DevOps
15 114 (2.12%) Data Engineer
16 106 (1.97%) Technical Architect
17 97 (1.81%) Designer
18 95 (1.77%) SC Cleared Java Developer
19 90 (1.68%) Tester
20 87 (1.62%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (3.05%) HTML
2 152 (2.83%) .NET
3 146 (2.72%) Spring
4 144 (2.68%) Node.js
5 141 (2.63%) Kafka
6 138 (2.57%) Web Services
7 134 (2.49%) CSS
8 121 (2.25%) React
8 121 (2.25%) REST
9 106 (1.97%) JSON
10 89 (1.66%) Spring Boot
11 82 (1.53%) RESTful
12 80 (1.49%) AngularJS
13 77 (1.43%) XML
14 73 (1.36%) Apache NiFi
15 59 (1.10%) Oracle Fusion
16 57 (1.06%) Middleware
17 55 (1.02%) HTML5
18 53 (0.99%) Elastic Stack
19 42 (0.78%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 284 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
2 206 (3.84%) Data Centre
3 160 (2.98%) Management Information System
4 146 (2.72%) User Experience
5 83 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
6 76 (1.42%) PKI
7 71 (1.32%) Public Cloud
8 59 (1.10%) Clustering
9 51 (0.95%) Cloud Native
10 49 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
11 43 (0.80%) CMDB
11 43 (0.80%) Data Structures
11 43 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
12 41 (0.76%) Private Cloud
13 40 (0.74%) Replication
14 29 (0.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 28 (0.52%) Virtual Team
16 27 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
16 27 (0.50%) NHS
17 26 (0.48%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 681 (12.68%) Windows
2 605 (11.26%) Linux
3 247 (4.60%) Windows Server
4 164 (3.05%) Windows 10
5 161 (3.00%) Unix
6 116 (2.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 80 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 66 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
9 62 (1.15%) Windows 7
10 49 (0.91%) AIX
11 43 (0.80%) Windows Server 2019
12 41 (0.76%) CentOS
13 39 (0.73%) Windows Server 2016
14 32 (0.60%) Solaris
15 25 (0.47%) Ubuntu
15 25 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
16 22 (0.41%) Windows XP
17 20 (0.37%) Apple iOS
18 16 (0.30%) Android
19 12 (0.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,391 (25.90%) Agile Software Development
2 815 (15.17%) DevOps
3 408 (7.60%) Migration
4 403 (7.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 376 (7.00%) Cybersecurity
6 353 (6.57%) Software Engineering
7 352 (6.55%) ITIL
8 342 (6.37%) Scrum
9 319 (5.94%) Project Management
10 306 (5.70%) Microservices
11 304 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
12 302 (5.62%) Business Intelligence
13 278 (5.18%) Test Automation
14 265 (4.93%) Project Delivery
15 231 (4.30%) Service Management
16 216 (4.02%) Configuration Management
17 205 (3.82%) Data Modelling
18 199 (3.71%) Decision-Making
19 196 (3.65%) Change Management
20 195 (3.63%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 741 (13.80%) Java
2 525 (9.77%) SQL
3 462 (8.60%) Python
4 279 (5.19%) JavaScript
4 279 (5.19%) PowerShell
5 201 (3.74%) C
6 171 (3.18%) C#
7 126 (2.35%) C++
8 122 (2.27%) Bash Shell
9 87 (1.62%) Java 8
10 76 (1.42%) PL/SQL
11 71 (1.32%) Shell Script
12 61 (1.14%) R
13 59 (1.10%) TypeScript
14 49 (0.91%) Ruby
15 48 (0.89%) Perl
16 47 (0.88%) Scala
17 45 (0.84%) VB
18 38 (0.71%) Go
19 33 (0.61%) Ada
Qualifications
1 4,103 (76.39%) SC Cleared
2 883 (16.44%) DV Cleared
3 191 (3.56%) Degree
4 169 (3.15%) BPSS Clearance
5 153 (2.85%) Cisco Certification
6 115 (2.14%) CISSP
7 105 (1.95%) Microsoft Certification
8 95 (1.77%) CCNP
9 88 (1.64%) CCNA
10 83 (1.55%) CESG Certified Professional
11 59 (1.10%) CISM
11 59 (1.10%) ISTQB
12 51 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
13 49 (0.91%) ISEB
14 47 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
14 47 (0.88%) MCSE
15 34 (0.63%) CTC Cleared
16 33 (0.61%) DBS Check
17 27 (0.50%) BC Cleared
17 27 (0.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 154 (2.87%) QA
2 91 (1.69%) NCSC
3 77 (1.43%) Data Quality
4 76 (1.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 63 (1.17%) SLA
6 59 (1.10%) NIST
7 51 (0.95%) PMO
8 41 (0.76%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 37 (0.69%) JSP 440
10 35 (0.65%) GDPR
11 34 (0.63%) RMADS
12 32 (0.60%) WCAG
13 25 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
14 22 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
15 14 (0.26%) COBIT
15 14 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 9 (0.17%) NIST 800
17 8 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
17 8 (0.15%) PCI DSS
17 8 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 494 (9.20%) Docker
2 378 (7.04%) Active Directory
3 272 (5.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 102 (1.90%) VMware ESXi
5 96 (1.79%) VMware NSX
6 78 (1.45%) vSphere
7 69 (1.28%) Hyper-V
8 54 (1.01%) HDFS
9 50 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
10 26 (0.48%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 23 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
13 13 (0.24%) XenApp
14 12 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 8 (0.15%) GPFS
15 8 (0.15%) NFS
15 8 (0.15%) PowerHA
16 7 (0.13%) Firmware
17 6 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
17 6 (0.11%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 416 (7.75%) Kubernetes
2 382 (7.11%) Terraform
3 357 (6.65%) Ansible
4 112 (2.09%) SCCM
5 93 (1.73%) Puppet
6 85 (1.58%) vCenter Server
7 64 (1.19%) Microsoft Intune
8 62 (1.15%) vRealize
9 59 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
10 48 (0.89%) Grafana
11 46 (0.86%) Prometheus
12 41 (0.76%) Kibana
13 34 (0.63%) Packer
14 30 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
15 24 (0.45%) SCOM
16 23 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
17 22 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
18 21 (0.39%) Nessus
19 18 (0.34%) Consul
20 17 (0.32%) WSUS
Vendors
1 593 (11.04%) Microsoft
2 386 (7.19%) Oracle
3 372 (6.93%) VMware
4 291 (5.42%) Cisco
5 175 (3.26%) SAP
6 139 (2.59%) Red Hat
7 91 (1.69%) Dell
8 89 (1.66%) Splunk
9 78 (1.45%) HP
10 73 (1.36%) ServiceNow
11 71 (1.32%) Google
12 69 (1.28%) Citrix
13 66 (1.23%) Palo Alto
14 62 (1.15%) Atlassian
14 62 (1.15%) Cloudera
15 57 (1.06%) EMC
16 56 (1.04%) Juniper
17 51 (0.95%) IBM
18 45 (0.84%) Informatica
19 43 (0.80%) Remedy