Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 9 13
Rank change year-on-year +4 +4 +1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 4,927 7,278 8,028
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 14.35% 11.08% 8.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 61.60% 51.64% 45.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,794 4,803 5,073
Median daily rate £493 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.03% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £290 £300
90th Percentile £638 £644 £638
UK median daily rate £488 £485 £470
% change year-on-year +0.52% +3.19% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 277 343
Median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £33.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +18.66% +43.45%
10th Percentile £15.04 £15.02 £12.28
90th Percentile £64.50 £64.25 £57.47
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £36.28
% change year-on-year +25.00% +10.27% +31.91%

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 7,999 14,095 17,610
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.29% 21.46% 19.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,190 9,141 10,841
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +1.12%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £633
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 546 753
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £25.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +24.88% +13.89%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £63.03 £57.25 £51.20
Median hourly rate £40.25 £32.50 £26.42
% change year-on-year +23.85% +23.04% +14.85%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 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 +3 1,860 £500 -2.44% 278
South East +8 873 £475 +5.56% 191
South West 0 772 £475 -5.00% 196
North of England +2 514 £450 +3.30% 98
North West +1 314 £434 -3.67% 84
Midlands +1 284 £440 -2.22% 87
East of England +8 259 £429 -7.16% 80
West Midlands 0 189 £405 -12.43% 73
North East 0 119 £450 +12.50% 3
East Midlands +13 94 £468 +3.89% 14
Yorkshire +25 84 £500 +1.01% 11
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 24 January 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 3,749 (76.09%) SC Cleared
2 1,271 (25.80%) Agile Software Development
3 882 (17.90%) DV Cleared
4 751 (15.24%) DevOps
5 733 (14.88%) Public Sector
6 690 (14.00%) Windows
7 613 (12.44%) Java
8 609 (12.36%) AWS
9 596 (12.10%) Azure
10 565 (11.47%) Linux
11 552 (11.20%) Microsoft
12 453 (9.19%) SQL
13 427 (8.67%) Oracle
14 426 (8.65%) Docker
15 410 (8.32%) Python
16 376 (7.63%) VMware
17 361 (7.33%) Cybersecurity
18 360 (7.31%) Kubernetes
19 356 (7.23%) ITIL
20 349 (7.08%) Stakeholder Management
21 339 (6.88%) Migration
22 335 (6.80%) Ansible
23 334 (6.78%) Cisco
23 334 (6.78%) Active Directory
24 322 (6.54%) Finance
25 311 (6.31%) Terraform
26 307 (6.23%) Jenkins
27 299 (6.07%) Scrum
28 280 (5.68%) Firewall
29 278 (5.64%) Test Automation

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
1 159 (3.23%) SharePoint
2 127 (2.58%) Confluence
3 113 (2.29%) Apache
4 98 (1.99%) Elasticsearch
5 80 (1.62%) Apache Spark
6 43 (0.87%) IIS
7 39 (0.79%) JBoss
7 39 (0.79%) MS Exchange
8 32 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 32 (0.65%) Tomcat
9 31 (0.63%) WebLogic
9 31 (0.63%) WebSphere
10 30 (0.61%) Red Hat Fuse
11 27 (0.55%) Skype for Business
12 25 (0.51%) ArcGIS
13 20 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
14 18 (0.37%) SAS
15 13 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
16 12 (0.24%) CMS
16 12 (0.24%) Documentum
Applications
1 198 (4.02%) Microsoft Office
2 126 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 82 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 49 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 34 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
5 34 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.37%) Photoshop
7 12 (0.24%) Simulink
8 4 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.061%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.061%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.061%) Sketch
10 2 (0.041%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.041%) Stata
11 1 (0.020%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.020%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.020%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.020%) InDesign
11 1 (0.020%) SPSS
11 1 (0.020%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 37 (0.75%) Oracle EBS
1 37 (0.75%) SAP S/4HANA
2 29 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
3 24 (0.49%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 19 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
5 17 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
6 16 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
7 12 (0.24%) SAP PLM
8 8 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
8 8 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
8 8 (0.16%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.14%) HFM
9 7 (0.14%) Oracle E-Business Tax
9 7 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
9 7 (0.14%) Sentinel
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle Payroll
11 5 (0.10%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 5 (0.10%) Primavera
12 4 (0.081%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 609 (12.36%) AWS
2 596 (12.10%) Azure
3 160 (3.25%) Office 365
4 106 (2.15%) PaaS
5 104 (2.11%) IaaS
6 94 (1.91%) Power Platform
7 89 (1.81%) Amazon S3
8 87 (1.77%) Serverless
9 72 (1.46%) Azure Active Directory
10 65 (1.32%) GitHub
11 55 (1.12%) SaaS
12 54 (1.10%) GCP
13 41 (0.83%) OpenShift
13 41 (0.83%) PowerApps
14 40 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
14 40 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
15 38 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
16 33 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
17 25 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 25 (0.51%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 280 (5.68%) Firewall
2 158 (3.21%) WAN
3 153 (3.11%) DNS
4 138 (2.80%) LAN
5 108 (2.19%) Network Security
6 99 (2.01%) VPN
7 85 (1.73%) TCP/IP
8 83 (1.68%) DHCP
9 75 (1.52%) SAN
10 74 (1.50%) VSAN
11 61 (1.24%) Internet
12 59 (1.20%) OSPF
12 59 (1.20%) VLAN
13 58 (1.18%) BGP
14 55 (1.12%) Cisco ASA
15 53 (1.08%) Skype
15 53 (1.08%) Wireless
16 49 (0.99%) Cisco Nexus
17 42 (0.85%) HTTP
18 38 (0.77%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (4.63%) SQL Server
2 171 (3.47%) Big Data
3 127 (2.58%) Hadoop
4 113 (2.29%) PostgreSQL
5 108 (2.19%) Oracle Database
6 89 (1.81%) Apache Hive
7 72 (1.46%) MySQL
8 71 (1.44%) Relational Database
9 70 (1.42%) Power BI
10 69 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
11 51 (1.04%) Impala
12 42 (0.85%) Pentaho
13 40 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
14 34 (0.69%) Tableau
15 32 (0.65%) SAP BW
15 32 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 30 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
17 28 (0.57%) Geospatial Data
17 28 (0.57%) MongoDB
18 27 (0.55%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 307 (6.23%) Jenkins
2 266 (5.40%) JIRA
3 253 (5.13%) Git (software)
4 123 (2.50%) GitLab
5 91 (1.85%) Selenium
6 76 (1.54%) Cucumber
7 67 (1.36%) Maven
8 59 (1.20%) JMeter
9 52 (1.06%) Bitbucket
10 48 (0.97%) JUnit
11 36 (0.73%) SonarQube
12 34 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 31 (0.63%) Oracle APEX
14 30 (0.61%) LoadRunner
14 30 (0.61%) Visual Studio
15 26 (0.53%) REST Assured
16 25 (0.51%) NeoLoad
17 23 (0.47%) Subversion
18 22 (0.45%) SoapUI
19 21 (0.43%) Toad
General
1 733 (14.88%) Public Sector
2 322 (6.54%) Finance
3 175 (3.55%) Telecoms
4 128 (2.60%) Law
5 94 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 91 (1.85%) Electronics
7 80 (1.62%) Marketing
8 71 (1.44%) Military
9 48 (0.97%) Aerospace
10 38 (0.77%) Legal
11 33 (0.67%) Police
12 31 (0.63%) Banking
13 27 (0.55%) Local Government
14 20 (0.41%) Retail
15 8 (0.16%) General Ledger
16 7 (0.14%) Billing
16 7 (0.14%) Games
17 6 (0.12%) Back Office
17 6 (0.12%) Publishing
18 4 (0.081%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 647 (13.13%) Developer
2 606 (12.30%) Architect
3 442 (8.97%) Analyst
4 391 (7.94%) Consultant
5 225 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
6 180 (3.65%) Java Developer
7 166 (3.37%) Business Analyst
8 162 (3.29%) Project Manager
9 160 (3.25%) Network Engineer
10 146 (2.96%) Software Engineer
11 145 (2.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 126 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
13 107 (2.17%) AWS DevOps
14 100 (2.03%) Data Engineer
15 95 (1.93%) AWS Engineer
16 83 (1.68%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 81 (1.64%) Technical Architect
18 76 (1.54%) Cloud Architect
19 73 (1.48%) Designer
20 72 (1.46%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (3.47%) HTML
2 158 (3.21%) Node.js
3 143 (2.90%) CSS
3 143 (2.90%) Spring
4 139 (2.82%) REST
5 125 (2.54%) Web Services
6 109 (2.21%) React
7 106 (2.15%) JSON
8 103 (2.09%) Spring Boot
9 100 (2.03%) Kafka
10 97 (1.97%) .NET
11 84 (1.70%) XML
12 83 (1.68%) Oracle Fusion
13 76 (1.54%) RESTful
14 71 (1.44%) AngularJS
15 69 (1.40%) HTML5
16 68 (1.38%) Middleware
17 55 (1.12%) SOAP
18 53 (1.08%) Apache NiFi
19 47 (0.95%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 257 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
2 186 (3.78%) Data Centre
3 162 (3.29%) Management Information System
4 134 (2.72%) User Experience
5 78 (1.58%) Public Cloud
6 65 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
7 56 (1.14%) PKI
8 51 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
9 47 (0.95%) Clustering
10 45 (0.91%) Cloud Native
11 42 (0.85%) Private Cloud
12 37 (0.75%) Replication
13 36 (0.73%) Security Operations Centre
14 33 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
15 30 (0.61%) Algorithms
15 30 (0.61%) Virtual Team
16 29 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
17 28 (0.57%) Cyberthreat
17 28 (0.57%) NHS
18 27 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 690 (14.00%) Windows
2 565 (11.47%) Linux
3 207 (4.20%) Windows Server
4 194 (3.94%) Windows 10
5 158 (3.21%) Unix
6 122 (2.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 81 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 60 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 58 (1.18%) Windows Server 2016
10 50 (1.01%) Windows 7
11 41 (0.83%) AIX
11 41 (0.83%) CentOS
12 38 (0.77%) Solaris
12 38 (0.77%) Windows Server 2019
13 31 (0.63%) Ubuntu
14 20 (0.41%) Apple iOS
15 18 (0.37%) Android
16 17 (0.35%) Mac OS
17 15 (0.30%) Windows XP
18 10 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,271 (25.80%) Agile Software Development
2 751 (15.24%) DevOps
3 361 (7.33%) Cybersecurity
4 356 (7.23%) ITIL
5 349 (7.08%) Stakeholder Management
6 339 (6.88%) Migration
7 299 (6.07%) Scrum
8 278 (5.64%) Test Automation
9 267 (5.42%) Microservices
10 262 (5.32%) Project Management
10 262 (5.32%) Service Management
11 259 (5.26%) Project Delivery
12 255 (5.18%) Business Intelligence
13 246 (4.99%) Problem-Solving
14 244 (4.95%) Software Engineering
15 196 (3.98%) Configuration Management
16 189 (3.84%) Programme Management
17 188 (3.82%) Data Modelling
18 182 (3.69%) Risk Management
19 180 (3.65%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 613 (12.44%) Java
2 453 (9.19%) SQL
3 410 (8.32%) Python
4 275 (5.58%) JavaScript
5 238 (4.83%) PowerShell
6 176 (3.57%) C
7 141 (2.86%) C#
8 108 (2.19%) Bash Shell
9 106 (2.15%) C++
10 97 (1.97%) PL/SQL
11 83 (1.68%) Shell Script
12 61 (1.24%) Ruby
13 57 (1.16%) Java 8
14 53 (1.08%) Perl
15 47 (0.95%) VB
16 45 (0.91%) Scala
17 43 (0.87%) Go
18 36 (0.73%) TypeScript
19 35 (0.71%) R
20 22 (0.45%) ES6
Qualifications
1 3,749 (76.09%) SC Cleared
2 882 (17.90%) DV Cleared
3 172 (3.49%) Cisco Certification
4 150 (3.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 138 (2.80%) Degree
6 131 (2.66%) CISSP
7 107 (2.17%) CCNP
8 95 (1.93%) CESG Certified Professional
9 91 (1.85%) CCNA
10 75 (1.52%) CISM
11 73 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
12 59 (1.20%) ISTQB
13 52 (1.06%) DBS Check
14 51 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
15 45 (0.91%) CCIE
15 45 (0.91%) ISEB
16 39 (0.79%) CTC Cleared
17 38 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 32 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 31 (0.63%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (3.17%) QA
2 119 (2.42%) NCSC
3 105 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 70 (1.42%) SLA
5 60 (1.22%) NIST
6 59 (1.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 51 (1.04%) Data Quality
8 49 (0.99%) JSP 440
9 48 (0.97%) PMO
10 44 (0.89%) RMADS
11 30 (0.61%) GDPR
12 26 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
13 25 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
14 18 (0.37%) WCAG
15 17 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 14 (0.28%) Government Security Classifications
17 12 (0.24%) COBIT
17 12 (0.24%) NIST 800
18 10 (0.20%) PCI DSS
19 6 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 426 (8.65%) Docker
2 334 (6.78%) Active Directory
3 251 (5.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 127 (2.58%) VMware NSX
5 96 (1.95%) vSphere
6 85 (1.73%) VMware ESXi
7 75 (1.52%) HDFS
8 55 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
9 51 (1.04%) Hyper-V
10 22 (0.45%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 19 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
13 14 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
14 12 (0.24%) NDS
14 12 (0.24%) NetIQ eDirectory
14 12 (0.24%) NFS
14 12 (0.24%) vCloud
15 11 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 10 (0.20%) XenApp
17 9 (0.18%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 360 (7.31%) Kubernetes
2 335 (6.80%) Ansible
3 311 (6.31%) Terraform
4 131 (2.66%) Puppet
5 96 (1.95%) SCCM
6 90 (1.83%) vCenter Server
7 68 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
8 58 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
9 52 (1.06%) vRealize
10 36 (0.73%) Packer
11 35 (0.71%) Kibana
12 30 (0.61%) Grafana
13 27 (0.55%) Prometheus
13 27 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
14 23 (0.47%) SCOM
15 21 (0.43%) Oracle RMAN
16 19 (0.39%) Microsoft Clustering
17 18 (0.37%) WSUS
18 17 (0.35%) HP ALM
18 17 (0.35%) Nessus
Vendors
1 552 (11.20%) Microsoft
2 427 (8.67%) Oracle
3 376 (7.63%) VMware
4 334 (6.78%) Cisco
5 185 (3.75%) SAP
6 144 (2.92%) Red Hat
7 111 (2.25%) Splunk
8 97 (1.97%) Dell
9 90 (1.83%) Palo Alto
10 84 (1.70%) Cloudera
11 79 (1.60%) Atlassian
12 75 (1.52%) Juniper
13 68 (1.38%) HP
14 60 (1.22%) ServiceNow
15 54 (1.10%) IBM
16 53 (1.08%) Fortinet
16 53 (1.08%) SolarWinds
17 49 (0.99%) EMC
18 47 (0.95%) F5
19 43 (0.87%) Citrix