Period
to 7 August 2020

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 7 August 2020 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
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 13 16
Rank change year-on-year +9 +3 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 4,644 7,300 7,702
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 14.86% 8.79% 8.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 59.88% 45.90% 43.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,021 4,540 4,471
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £315 £300 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 352 422
Median hourly rate £35.00 £41.75 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.17% +114.10% -44.29%
10th Percentile £18.50 £12.00 £14.14
90th Percentile £55.00 £63.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +110.00% -42.86%

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 7,755 15,905 17,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 24.82% 19.14% 18.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,687 9,742 10,404
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.82%
10th Percentile £290 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 366 699 848
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +52.41% -20.12%
10th Percentile £16.46 £12.97 £13.00
90th Percentile £55.63 £60.00 £50.08
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% +54.35% -22.69%

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 7 August 2020.

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 7 August 2020.

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 7 August 2020. 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 +24 1,730 £525 - 160
South West +1 895 £475 - 134
South East +7 878 £480 +6.67% 161
North of England +13 484 £493 +9.44% 54
Midlands +6 358 £463 +2.78% 52
North West +12 306 £475 +5.56% 29
West Midlands +6 301 £475 +2.70% 37
East of England +8 223 £500 +5.26% 48
Yorkshire +34 129 £550 +22.22% 20
East Midlands -2 56 £424 -3.14% 14
North East +2 49 £475 +17.28% 5
South Coast - 1 - -
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 7 August 2020, 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 3,505 (75.47%) SC Cleared
2 1,287 (27.71%) Agile Software Development
3 890 (19.16%) DV Cleared
4 785 (16.90%) Public Sector
5 713 (15.35%) DevOps
6 676 (14.56%) Windows
7 667 (14.36%) Java
8 663 (14.28%) Microsoft
9 620 (13.35%) AWS
10 579 (12.47%) Oracle
11 539 (11.61%) SQL
12 532 (11.46%) Azure
13 506 (10.90%) Linux
14 436 (9.39%) Migration
15 382 (8.23%) Python
16 363 (7.82%) Test Automation
17 352 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
18 343 (7.39%) Git (software)
18 343 (7.39%) ITIL
18 343 (7.39%) Scrum
19 342 (7.36%) Jenkins
20 323 (6.96%) JIRA
21 312 (6.72%) Finance
22 311 (6.70%) Docker
23 304 (6.55%) JavaScript
24 302 (6.50%) VMware
25 295 (6.35%) PowerShell
26 292 (6.29%) Active Directory
27 290 (6.24%) Project Management
28 289 (6.22%) SQL Server

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
1 222 (4.78%) Confluence
2 153 (3.29%) SharePoint
3 86 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
4 79 (1.70%) WebLogic
5 66 (1.42%) MS Exchange
6 62 (1.34%) IIS
7 57 (1.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 55 (1.18%) Tomcat
9 52 (1.12%) Skype for Business
10 42 (0.90%) SAS
11 39 (0.84%) JBoss
12 37 (0.80%) Apache
13 34 (0.73%) Apache Spark
14 26 (0.56%) Red Hat Fuse
15 22 (0.47%) WebSphere
16 20 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2010
17 19 (0.41%) NServiceBus
18 14 (0.30%) nginx
19 13 (0.28%) Apache Solr
19 13 (0.28%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 188 (4.05%) Microsoft Office
2 166 (3.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 67 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 53 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
5 47 (1.01%) MS Visio
6 30 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.39%) Simulink
8 13 (0.28%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.26%) InfoPath
9 12 (0.26%) SPSS
10 6 (0.13%) Figma
11 5 (0.11%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.043%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.043%) CATIA
12 2 (0.043%) Siemens NX
13 1 (0.022%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.022%) Autodesk Inventor
13 1 (0.022%) InVision
13 1 (0.022%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 46 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
2 44 (0.95%) Oracle Payables
3 37 (0.80%) Oracle ERP
3 37 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
4 28 (0.60%) Oracle Cash Management
5 27 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
6 26 (0.56%) Oracle Receivables
7 21 (0.45%) Teamcenter
8 20 (0.43%) Oracle Payroll
9 14 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
9 14 (0.30%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 12 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
10 12 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
11 11 (0.24%) assyst
12 8 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
12 8 (0.17%) Primavera
12 8 (0.17%) Remedy AR System
13 7 (0.15%) SAP FI-CA
14 6 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
14 6 (0.13%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 620 (13.35%) AWS
2 532 (11.46%) Azure
3 126 (2.71%) Office 365
4 110 (2.37%) SaaS
5 103 (2.22%) PaaS
6 96 (2.07%) GitHub
7 78 (1.68%) Power Platform
8 73 (1.57%) Amazon EC2
9 62 (1.34%) GCP
10 59 (1.27%) Amazon S3
11 58 (1.25%) IaaS
12 46 (0.99%) Serverless
13 28 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
14 27 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
14 27 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
15 25 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 24 (0.52%) OpenShift
17 20 (0.43%) Amazon EMR
18 19 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
19 18 (0.39%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 223 (4.80%) Firewall
2 155 (3.34%) DNS
3 139 (2.99%) LAN
4 134 (2.89%) WAN
5 111 (2.39%) VPN
6 89 (1.92%) Skype
7 79 (1.70%) DHCP
8 66 (1.42%) SAN
9 60 (1.29%) BGP
10 59 (1.27%) TCP/IP
11 58 (1.25%) Network Security
11 58 (1.25%) OSPF
12 57 (1.23%) VoIP
13 53 (1.14%) Internet
14 45 (0.97%) SNMP
15 36 (0.78%) IPsec
16 35 (0.75%) Cisco Nexus
16 35 (0.75%) VLAN
17 34 (0.73%) EIGRP
17 34 (0.73%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 289 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 144 (3.10%) Big Data
3 132 (2.84%) Oracle Database
4 108 (2.33%) Hadoop
5 100 (2.15%) PostgreSQL
6 80 (1.72%) MongoDB
7 79 (1.70%) Relational Database
8 69 (1.49%) Power BI
9 63 (1.36%) MySQL
10 60 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
11 52 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
12 42 (0.90%) GIS
13 41 (0.88%) Apache Hive
14 39 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 36 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 35 (0.75%) Oracle ODI
17 26 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
17 26 (0.56%) Oracle Database 12c
18 23 (0.50%) Data Mining
18 23 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 343 (7.39%) Git (software)
2 342 (7.36%) Jenkins
3 323 (6.96%) JIRA
4 175 (3.77%) GitLab
5 153 (3.29%) Selenium
6 147 (3.17%) Cucumber
7 94 (2.02%) Maven
8 80 (1.72%) Bitbucket
9 65 (1.40%) Team Foundation Server
10 62 (1.34%) JMeter
11 54 (1.16%) JUnit
11 54 (1.16%) Visual Studio
12 51 (1.10%) SonarQube
13 46 (0.99%) Mockito
14 38 (0.82%) gulp
14 38 (0.82%) Subversion
15 37 (0.80%) Eclipse
16 34 (0.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 33 (0.71%) WebDriver
18 32 (0.69%) Jasmine
General
1 785 (16.90%) Public Sector
2 312 (6.72%) Finance
3 182 (3.92%) Telecoms
4 164 (3.53%) Law
5 105 (2.26%) Manufacturing
6 100 (2.15%) Military
7 89 (1.92%) Marketing
8 86 (1.85%) Electronics
9 82 (1.77%) Police
10 49 (1.06%) Legal
11 47 (1.01%) Aerospace
12 35 (0.75%) General Ledger
13 31 (0.67%) Banking
14 19 (0.41%) Retail
15 13 (0.28%) Billing
15 13 (0.28%) Local Government
16 10 (0.22%) Publishing
17 7 (0.15%) Back Office
18 4 (0.086%) Advertising
18 4 (0.086%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 768 (16.54%) Developer
2 525 (11.30%) Architect
3 460 (9.91%) Analyst
4 290 (6.24%) Consultant
5 221 (4.76%) Java Developer
6 203 (4.37%) DevOps Engineer
7 185 (3.98%) Business Analyst
8 179 (3.85%) Project Manager
9 145 (3.12%) Network Engineer
10 112 (2.41%) Administrator
11 111 (2.39%) Solutions Architect
12 91 (1.96%) DBA
13 87 (1.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 86 (1.85%) Test Engineer
15 85 (1.83%) Technical Architect
16 84 (1.81%) Test Analyst
17 81 (1.74%) Tester
18 80 (1.72%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
19 79 (1.70%) Senior Developer
20 75 (1.61%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 221 (4.76%) Web Services
2 215 (4.63%) HTML
3 194 (4.18%) REST
4 189 (4.07%) CSS
5 173 (3.73%) Node.js
6 171 (3.68%) Spring
7 163 (3.51%) .NET
8 144 (3.10%) Spring Boot
9 125 (2.69%) AngularJS
10 123 (2.65%) SOAP
11 119 (2.56%) XML
12 112 (2.41%) JSON
13 108 (2.33%) React
14 92 (1.98%) Oracle Fusion
15 86 (1.85%) RESTful
16 76 (1.64%) HTML5
17 66 (1.42%) Middleware
18 60 (1.29%) Kafka
19 58 (1.25%) RabbitMQ
20 57 (1.23%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 352 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 194 (4.18%) Management Information System
3 135 (2.91%) Data Centre
4 112 (2.41%) User Experience
5 94 (2.02%) Self-Motivation
6 74 (1.59%) PKI
7 73 (1.57%) Public Cloud
8 40 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
9 35 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
10 33 (0.71%) Cloud Native
10 33 (0.71%) Private Cloud
11 31 (0.67%) Clustering
12 25 (0.54%) Client/Server
13 23 (0.50%) Video Conferencing
14 22 (0.47%) CMDB
15 21 (0.45%) Replication
16 19 (0.41%) Data Structures
16 19 (0.41%) Virtual Team
17 18 (0.39%) Enterprise Software
17 18 (0.39%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 676 (14.56%) Windows
2 506 (10.90%) Linux
3 273 (5.88%) Windows Server
4 201 (4.33%) Unix
5 167 (3.60%) Windows 10
6 137 (2.95%) Windows Server 2012
7 111 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 111 (2.39%) Windows Server 2016
8 79 (1.70%) Windows Server 2008
9 63 (1.36%) CentOS
9 63 (1.36%) Windows 7
10 53 (1.14%) Mac OS X
11 36 (0.78%) AIX
12 33 (0.71%) Apple iOS
13 32 (0.69%) Windows Server 2019
14 28 (0.60%) Android
15 24 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
16 23 (0.50%) Ubuntu
17 18 (0.39%) Windows XP
18 11 (0.24%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,287 (27.71%) Agile Software Development
2 713 (15.35%) DevOps
3 436 (9.39%) Migration
4 363 (7.82%) Test Automation
5 343 (7.39%) ITIL
5 343 (7.39%) Scrum
6 290 (6.24%) Project Management
7 277 (5.96%) Stakeholder Management
8 255 (5.49%) Microservices
9 248 (5.34%) Problem-Solving
9 248 (5.34%) TDD
10 242 (5.21%) Risk Management
11 226 (4.87%) Decision-Making
12 220 (4.74%) BDD
13 215 (4.63%) Service Management
14 210 (4.52%) Continuous Integration
15 194 (4.18%) Business Intelligence
15 194 (4.18%) Programme Management
16 188 (4.05%) Software Engineering
17 179 (3.85%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 667 (14.36%) Java
2 539 (11.61%) SQL
3 382 (8.23%) Python
4 304 (6.55%) JavaScript
5 295 (6.35%) PowerShell
6 207 (4.46%) C#
7 155 (3.34%) C
8 153 (3.29%) PL/SQL
9 144 (3.10%) Shell Script
10 110 (2.37%) Bash Shell
11 94 (2.02%) Java 8
12 69 (1.49%) C++
13 54 (1.16%) Perl
13 54 (1.16%) TypeScript
14 49 (1.06%) VB
15 47 (1.01%) T-SQL
16 34 (0.73%) R
17 32 (0.69%) Ruby
18 30 (0.65%) Go
19 26 (0.56%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3,505 (75.47%) SC Cleared
2 890 (19.16%) DV Cleared
3 170 (3.66%) BPSS Clearance
4 149 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
5 142 (3.06%) Degree
6 110 (2.37%) CISSP
7 93 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
8 88 (1.89%) CCNP
9 79 (1.70%) CCNA
10 66 (1.42%) ISTQB
11 65 (1.40%) ISEB
12 49 (1.06%) DBS Check
13 46 (0.99%) CISM
14 42 (0.90%) CCIE
15 41 (0.88%) CCDP
15 41 (0.88%) CESG Certified Professional
16 36 (0.78%) MCSE
17 29 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
17 29 (0.62%) MCSA
18 28 (0.60%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 134 (2.89%) QA
2 66 (1.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 63 (1.36%) SLA
4 59 (1.27%) PMO
5 43 (0.93%) NCSC
6 37 (0.80%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 35 (0.75%) WCAG
8 29 (0.62%) JSP 440
9 26 (0.56%) GDPR
10 23 (0.50%) NIST
11 21 (0.45%) RMADS
12 19 (0.41%) Data Quality
13 18 (0.39%) COBIT
14 16 (0.34%) Government Security Classifications
15 15 (0.32%) PCI DSS
16 12 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
17 11 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
18 10 (0.22%) Def Stans
19 9 (0.19%) NIST 800
20 8 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 311 (6.70%) Docker
2 292 (6.29%) Active Directory
3 170 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 98 (2.11%) vSphere
5 77 (1.66%) Hyper-V
6 66 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
7 65 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
8 42 (0.90%) VMware NSX
9 33 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
10 32 (0.69%) XenApp
11 25 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
12 19 (0.41%) HDFS
13 14 (0.30%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 14 (0.30%) Firmware
14 13 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
15 11 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
16 10 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 10 (0.22%) NFS
16 10 (0.22%) XenDesktop
17 8 (0.17%) NDS
Systems Management
1 265 (5.71%) Kubernetes
2 249 (5.36%) Terraform
3 189 (4.07%) Ansible
4 125 (2.69%) SCCM
5 69 (1.49%) Puppet
6 51 (1.10%) Packer
7 50 (1.08%) SCOM
8 45 (0.97%) WSUS
9 43 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
10 39 (0.84%) Kibana
11 34 (0.73%) logstash
11 34 (0.73%) vCenter Server
12 31 (0.67%) ZABBIX
13 30 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
14 24 (0.52%) Grafana
15 22 (0.47%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 17 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
17 16 (0.34%) Consul
17 16 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
18 15 (0.32%) NetIQ Identity Manager
Vendors
1 663 (14.28%) Microsoft
2 579 (12.47%) Oracle
3 302 (6.50%) VMware
4 249 (5.36%) Cisco
5 165 (3.55%) SAP
6 98 (2.11%) Juniper
7 95 (2.05%) Splunk
8 83 (1.79%) Red Hat
9 80 (1.72%) Citrix
9 80 (1.72%) IBM
10 77 (1.66%) Dell
11 76 (1.64%) HP
12 67 (1.44%) Atlassian
13 66 (1.42%) SolarWinds
14 65 (1.40%) ServiceNow
15 64 (1.38%) Remedy
16 62 (1.34%) Cloudera
17 52 (1.12%) Palo Alto
18 46 (0.99%) Google
19 45 (0.97%) BMC