Period
to 16 September 2019

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 16 September 2019 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
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 13 19 14
Rank change year-on-year +6 -5 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,271 7,460 7,260
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 8.95% 8.06% 8.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.99% 43.45% 42.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,424 4,264 4,220
England median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +4.17%
10th Percentile £300 £255 £260
90th Percentile £638 £625 £590
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +6.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 372 426 469
England median hourly rate £42.00 £22.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +90.91% -37.14% +25.00%
10th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £13.47
90th Percentile £69.00 £48.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £23.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +82.61% -34.29% +7.18%

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 15,810 17,171 17,227
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.47% 18.55% 19.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,692 10,126 10,467
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.44% +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 704 867 831
England median hourly rate £36.00 £24.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -12.73% +9.47%
10th Percentile £13.75 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £62.15 £51.00 £50.60
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.08 £29.00
% change year-on-year +55.73% -16.97% +5.45%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Cleared in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared in England over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Cleared in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in England

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared in England over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor 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 16 September 2019. 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 2,267 £520 +1.96% 189
South East +1 1,669 £450 +5.88% 315
South West +3 1,656 £475 +5.56% 290
North of England +4 745 £450 +5.88% 88
Midlands +9 590 £463 +7.56% 100
North West +1 497 £450 - 55
West Midlands +10 431 £463 +5.11% 87
East of England +2 330 £450 +12.50% 102
East Midlands +4 154 £425 +3.03% 13
Yorkshire -6 146 £425 -10.53% 18
North East -8 100 £400 +12.68% 15
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, 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 5,256 (72.29%) SC Cleared
2 1,839 (25.29%) Agile Software Development
3 1,292 (17.77%) DV Cleared
4 1,205 (16.57%) Windows
5 1,085 (14.92%) Microsoft
6 1,060 (14.58%) Linux
7 1,014 (13.95%) Public Sector
8 964 (13.26%) DevOps
9 929 (12.78%) Java
10 860 (11.83%) AWS
11 802 (11.03%) Migration
12 771 (10.60%) SQL
13 762 (10.48%) Azure
14 631 (8.68%) Active Directory
15 617 (8.49%) ITIL
16 610 (8.39%) Oracle
17 595 (8.18%) Finance
18 562 (7.73%) Project Management
19 561 (7.72%) Python
20 518 (7.12%) VMware
21 510 (7.01%) JavaScript
22 493 (6.78%) Jenkins
23 474 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
23 474 (6.52%) Scrum
24 470 (6.46%) Docker
25 463 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
26 453 (6.23%) Git (software)
27 452 (6.22%) Cisco
28 435 (5.98%) JIRA
29 430 (5.91%) Software Engineering

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
1 308 (4.24%) SharePoint
2 264 (3.63%) Confluence
3 105 (1.44%) MS Exchange
4 103 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
5 101 (1.39%) Apache
6 97 (1.33%) Skype for Business
7 66 (0.91%) JBoss
8 64 (0.88%) IIS
9 55 (0.76%) Apache Spark
10 46 (0.63%) WebLogic
11 44 (0.61%) Tomcat
12 42 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 41 (0.56%) SAS
14 38 (0.52%) nginx
15 36 (0.50%) OpenStack
16 28 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
17 26 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
18 22 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
19 19 (0.26%) Apache Solr
20 18 (0.25%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 286 (3.93%) Microsoft Office
2 238 (3.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 120 (1.65%) Microsoft Project
4 98 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 34 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 33 (0.45%) Simulink
7 32 (0.44%) MS Visio
8 11 (0.15%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.14%) Windchill
10 9 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.055%) CATIA
11 4 (0.055%) GIMP
11 4 (0.055%) Stateflow
12 3 (0.041%) Pro/ENGINEER
12 3 (0.041%) PTC Creo
13 2 (0.028%) Autodesk Inventor
13 2 (0.028%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.028%) Revit
13 2 (0.028%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.014%) EPLAN
Business Applications
1 69 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
2 58 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
3 49 (0.67%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 36 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
5 25 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
6 23 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
7 22 (0.30%) Siebel CRM
8 20 (0.28%) Primavera
9 19 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
10 17 (0.23%) SAP FI
11 16 (0.22%) Teamcenter
12 15 (0.21%) SAP CO
12 15 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
13 11 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
14 10 (0.14%) assyst
14 10 (0.14%) SAP HR
14 10 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
15 9 (0.12%) SAP HCM
16 8 (0.11%) SAP MM
16 8 (0.11%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 860 (11.83%) AWS
2 762 (10.48%) Azure
3 339 (4.66%) Office 365
4 181 (2.49%) PaaS
5 166 (2.28%) IaaS
6 156 (2.15%) SaaS
7 129 (1.77%) GitHub
8 128 (1.76%) AWS CloudFormation
9 119 (1.64%) Power Platform
10 109 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
11 96 (1.32%) Amazon S3
12 95 (1.31%) Serverless
13 72 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
14 67 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
15 65 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
16 54 (0.74%) OpenShift
17 53 (0.73%) GCP
18 52 (0.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 42 (0.58%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 38 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 383 (5.27%) Firewall
2 282 (3.88%) DNS
3 259 (3.56%) WAN
4 217 (2.98%) TCP/IP
5 216 (2.97%) LAN
6 208 (2.86%) VPN
7 155 (2.13%) Internet
8 141 (1.94%) DHCP
9 122 (1.68%) SAN
10 116 (1.60%) Skype
11 111 (1.53%) Network Security
12 81 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
13 76 (1.05%) Ethernet
14 75 (1.03%) BGP
15 67 (0.92%) OSPF
15 67 (0.92%) Wireless
16 61 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
17 60 (0.83%) SNMP
18 56 (0.77%) Cisco Nexus
19 55 (0.76%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 386 (5.31%) SQL Server
2 246 (3.38%) PostgreSQL
3 244 (3.36%) Big Data
4 228 (3.14%) Oracle Database
5 137 (1.88%) MySQL
6 136 (1.87%) Hadoop
7 126 (1.73%) Data Warehouse
8 121 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 117 (1.61%) Relational Database
10 111 (1.53%) MongoDB
11 94 (1.29%) Power BI
12 93 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
13 74 (1.02%) Oracle BI EE
14 64 (0.88%) Oracle Database 12c
15 58 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
16 51 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 50 (0.69%) HBase
18 48 (0.66%) NoSQL
19 44 (0.61%) RDBMS
20 41 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 493 (6.78%) Jenkins
2 453 (6.23%) Git (software)
3 435 (5.98%) JIRA
4 172 (2.37%) Selenium
5 142 (1.95%) Cucumber
6 130 (1.79%) Maven
7 115 (1.58%) Visual Studio
8 99 (1.36%) JUnit
9 86 (1.18%) GitLab
9 86 (1.18%) Mockito
10 82 (1.13%) SonarQube
11 81 (1.11%) Rational DOORS
12 72 (0.99%) Bitbucket
13 69 (0.95%) MSI
14 59 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
15 58 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
16 56 (0.77%) Eclipse
16 56 (0.77%) Subversion
17 53 (0.73%) Rational Rhapsody
18 48 (0.66%) NetBeans
General
1 1,014 (13.95%) Public Sector
2 595 (8.18%) Finance
3 312 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 215 (2.96%) Manufacturing
5 209 (2.87%) Military
6 173 (2.38%) Marketing
7 165 (2.27%) Electronics
8 83 (1.14%) Aerospace
9 79 (1.09%) Law
9 79 (1.09%) Police
10 62 (0.85%) Retail
11 61 (0.84%) Legal
12 47 (0.65%) Banking
13 33 (0.45%) Local Government
14 32 (0.44%) Publishing
15 23 (0.32%) Games
16 21 (0.29%) Back Office
17 16 (0.22%) Billing
18 13 (0.18%) Automotive
18 13 (0.18%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 1,077 (14.81%) Developer
2 955 (13.13%) Architect
3 574 (7.89%) Analyst
4 374 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
5 358 (4.92%) Consultant
6 293 (4.03%) Project Manager
7 289 (3.97%) Java Developer
8 252 (3.47%) Network Engineer
9 229 (3.15%) Software Engineer
10 200 (2.75%) Business Analyst
11 177 (2.43%) Administrator
12 176 (2.42%) Solutions Architect
13 171 (2.35%) Technical Architect
14 149 (2.05%) Support Engineer
15 138 (1.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 129 (1.77%) Security Architect
17 125 (1.72%) DBA
18 124 (1.71%) Tester
19 116 (1.60%) Test Engineer
20 112 (1.54%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 347 (4.77%) .NET
2 316 (4.35%) Web Services
3 275 (3.78%) HTML
4 246 (3.38%) CSS
5 229 (3.15%) Node.js
6 225 (3.09%) XML
7 213 (2.93%) JSON
8 201 (2.76%) Spring
9 190 (2.61%) AngularJS
10 174 (2.39%) REST
11 154 (2.12%) RESTful
11 154 (2.12%) SOAP
12 142 (1.95%) Middleware
13 125 (1.72%) React
14 109 (1.50%) HTML5
15 91 (1.25%) Oracle Fusion
16 83 (1.14%) Hibernate
17 80 (1.10%) Kafka
18 77 (1.06%) ASP.NET
19 76 (1.05%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 419 (5.76%) Analytical Skills
2 386 (5.31%) Data Centre
3 286 (3.93%) Management Information System
4 151 (2.08%) User Experience
5 134 (1.84%) Self-Motivation
6 115 (1.58%) PKI
7 99 (1.36%) Driving Licence
8 93 (1.28%) Public Cloud
9 91 (1.25%) Replication
10 85 (1.17%) Clustering
11 69 (0.95%) Algorithms
12 66 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
13 58 (0.80%) NHS
14 42 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
15 40 (0.55%) CMDB
16 37 (0.51%) Greenfield Project
17 36 (0.50%) Data Structures
17 36 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
18 35 (0.48%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
19 33 (0.45%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,205 (16.57%) Windows
2 1,060 (14.58%) Linux
3 418 (5.75%) Windows Server
4 393 (5.41%) Windows 10
5 317 (4.36%) Unix
6 291 (4.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 253 (3.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 218 (3.00%) Windows 7
9 139 (1.91%) Windows Server 2008
10 119 (1.64%) CentOS
11 89 (1.22%) Solaris
12 81 (1.11%) Ubuntu
13 53 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
14 52 (0.72%) Apple iOS
15 40 (0.55%) Mac OS X
16 34 (0.47%) Windows XP
17 33 (0.45%) AIX
18 29 (0.40%) Android
19 21 (0.29%) Mac OS
20 19 (0.26%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,839 (25.29%) Agile Software Development
2 964 (13.26%) DevOps
3 802 (11.03%) Migration
4 617 (8.49%) ITIL
5 562 (7.73%) Project Management
6 474 (6.52%) Scrum
6 474 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
7 463 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
8 430 (5.91%) Software Engineering
9 408 (5.61%) Test Automation
10 392 (5.39%) Business Intelligence
11 372 (5.12%) Configuration Management
12 367 (5.05%) Continuous Integration
13 353 (4.85%) Project Delivery
14 350 (4.81%) Cybersecurity
15 319 (4.39%) TDD
16 318 (4.37%) Microservices
17 289 (3.97%) Service Management
18 287 (3.95%) PRINCE2
19 284 (3.91%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 929 (12.78%) Java
2 771 (10.60%) SQL
3 561 (7.72%) Python
4 510 (7.01%) JavaScript
5 393 (5.41%) PowerShell
6 372 (5.12%) C
7 348 (4.79%) C#
8 281 (3.86%) C++
9 180 (2.48%) Bash Shell
10 161 (2.21%) Ruby
11 140 (1.93%) Java 8
12 139 (1.91%) PL/SQL
13 125 (1.72%) Shell Script
14 116 (1.60%) Perl
15 67 (0.92%) T-SQL
16 62 (0.85%) TypeScript
17 58 (0.80%) VB
18 49 (0.67%) VBA
19 46 (0.63%) Groovy
20 43 (0.59%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 5,256 (72.29%) SC Cleared
2 1,292 (17.77%) DV Cleared
3 377 (5.18%) Degree
4 266 (3.66%) BPSS Clearance
5 250 (3.44%) Cisco Certification
6 148 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
7 141 (1.94%) CCNP
8 136 (1.87%) CCNA
9 106 (1.46%) ISTQB
10 102 (1.40%) CTC Cleared
11 93 (1.28%) CISSP
11 93 (1.28%) ISEB
12 81 (1.11%) AWS Certification
13 75 (1.03%) MCSE
14 69 (0.95%) BC Cleared
15 58 (0.80%) CCIE
15 58 (0.80%) MCSA
16 53 (0.73%) CCDP
17 52 (0.72%) DBS Check
18 51 (0.70%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (2.38%) QA
2 172 (2.37%) SLA
3 106 (1.46%) PMO
4 96 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 86 (1.18%) Data Quality
6 53 (0.73%) JSP 440
7 47 (0.65%) GDPR
8 42 (0.58%) RMADS
9 39 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
10 35 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 35 (0.48%) NIST
11 25 (0.34%) PCI DSS
12 23 (0.32%) COBIT
13 22 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 21 (0.29%) Def Stans
15 20 (0.28%) Government Security Classifications
15 20 (0.28%) WCAG
16 18 (0.25%) HMG Infosec
16 18 (0.25%) NCSC
17 17 (0.23%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 631 (8.68%) Active Directory
2 470 (6.46%) Docker
3 296 (4.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 177 (2.43%) Hyper-V
5 133 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
6 99 (1.36%) vSphere
7 95 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
8 87 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
9 51 (0.70%) VMware NSX
10 50 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
11 48 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
12 41 (0.56%) vCloud
13 35 (0.48%) Firmware
14 31 (0.43%) XenApp
15 30 (0.41%) XenDesktop
16 22 (0.30%) Postfix
17 20 (0.28%) DFS Replication
18 18 (0.25%) HDFS
19 17 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
20 15 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 396 (5.45%) Ansible
2 388 (5.34%) Kubernetes
3 352 (4.84%) Terraform
4 260 (3.58%) SCCM
5 235 (3.23%) Puppet
6 151 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
7 102 (1.40%) SCOM
8 77 (1.06%) vCenter Server
9 69 (0.95%) WSUS
10 66 (0.91%) Consul
11 51 (0.70%) Packer
12 44 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
13 43 (0.59%) SCVMM
14 39 (0.54%) vRealize
15 38 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
15 38 (0.52%) Prometheus
16 35 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
17 33 (0.45%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 32 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
18 32 (0.44%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1,085 (14.92%) Microsoft
2 610 (8.39%) Oracle
3 518 (7.12%) VMware
4 452 (6.22%) Cisco
5 311 (4.28%) SAP
6 207 (2.85%) Red Hat
7 190 (2.61%) HP
8 176 (2.42%) Citrix
9 132 (1.82%) Juniper
10 113 (1.55%) Splunk
11 104 (1.43%) IBM
12 97 (1.33%) Google
13 92 (1.27%) Atlassian
14 91 (1.25%) ServiceNow
15 87 (1.20%) McAfee
16 76 (1.05%) Remedy
17 69 (0.95%) CheckPoint
17 69 (0.95%) F5
18 67 (0.92%) Dell
19 53 (0.73%) CA