Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 13 14
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,217 7,882 7,302
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.11% 8.78% 7.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 51.78% 45.56% 41.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,406 4,702 4,333
England median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £300 £231
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 324 374 354
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +37.25% -30.14%
10th Percentile £15.83 £12.50 £14.00
90th Percentile £61.75 £55.70 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year - +27.27% -26.67%

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 13,938 17,301 17,514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.45% 19.27% 19.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,611 10,328 10,781
England median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £260 £263 £231
90th Percentile £638 £630 £625
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +1.11% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 621 791 767
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £24.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +22.15% -7.32%
10th Percentile £14.33 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -5.66%

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 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 +14 2,444 £511 -2.67% 231
South West +2 1,567 £500 +5.26% 290
South East +1 1,409 £450 +4.83% 353
North of England +11 946 £440 -2.22% 122
North West +13 636 £450 +5.26% 88
Midlands +9 474 £450 +5.88% 94
East of England +2 348 £463 +1.37% 124
West Midlands +8 337 £456 +7.35% 75
North East +4 198 £414 +0.30% 18
East Midlands +2 132 £450 +9.76% 19
Yorkshire -26 114 £495 +4.21% 16
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 5,311 (73.59%) SC Cleared
2 1,913 (26.51%) Agile Software Development
3 1,259 (17.44%) Windows
4 1,208 (16.74%) DV Cleared
5 1,081 (14.98%) Public Sector
6 1,064 (14.74%) Microsoft
7 953 (13.20%) DevOps
8 928 (12.86%) Java
9 912 (12.64%) AWS
10 847 (11.74%) Linux
11 800 (11.08%) SQL
12 705 (9.77%) Azure
13 703 (9.74%) Migration
14 664 (9.20%) Oracle
15 625 (8.66%) Python
15 625 (8.66%) Active Directory
16 554 (7.68%) ITIL
17 527 (7.30%) VMware
18 511 (7.08%) Scrum
19 483 (6.69%) Finance
20 481 (6.66%) Test Automation
20 481 (6.66%) JIRA
21 479 (6.64%) Jenkins
22 477 (6.61%) JavaScript
23 469 (6.50%) Windows Server
24 465 (6.44%) Project Management
25 454 (6.29%) Docker
26 434 (6.01%) Problem-Solving
27 430 (5.96%) Software Engineering
28 429 (5.94%) Git (software)

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
1 289 (4.00%) Confluence
2 281 (3.89%) SharePoint
3 138 (1.91%) MS Exchange
4 104 (1.44%) Skype for Business
5 97 (1.34%) WebLogic
6 74 (1.03%) Apache
6 74 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
7 66 (0.91%) Tomcat
8 58 (0.80%) JBoss
9 55 (0.76%) IIS
10 51 (0.71%) OpenStack
11 43 (0.60%) nginx
12 42 (0.58%) Red Hat Fuse
13 39 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
14 37 (0.51%) MQSeries
15 34 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 32 (0.44%) SAS
17 31 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
18 29 (0.40%) Apache Spark
19 28 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 334 (4.63%) Microsoft Office
2 208 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 109 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
4 100 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 58 (0.80%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.37%) Simulink
7 23 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
8 12 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 12 (0.17%) Windchill
9 8 (0.11%) GIMP
10 7 (0.097%) Sketch
11 5 (0.069%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.055%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.055%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.055%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.055%) InVision
12 4 (0.055%) PTC Creo
13 3 (0.042%) InDesign
13 3 (0.042%) InfoPath
13 3 (0.042%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 78 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 59 (0.82%) Remedy ITSM
3 51 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
4 34 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
5 21 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
6 18 (0.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 15 (0.21%) Siebel CRM
8 14 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
9 12 (0.17%) Primavera
9 12 (0.17%) Teamcenter
10 9 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
10 9 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
10 9 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
10 9 (0.12%) SAP HCM
11 8 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
11 8 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
11 8 (0.11%) SAP FI
12 7 (0.097%) Oracle EBS R12
12 7 (0.097%) SAP PP
13 6 (0.083%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 912 (12.64%) AWS
2 705 (9.77%) Azure
3 384 (5.32%) Office 365
4 145 (2.01%) Power Platform
4 145 (2.01%) SaaS
5 137 (1.90%) PaaS
6 133 (1.84%) Amazon EC2
6 133 (1.84%) GitHub
7 109 (1.51%) IaaS
8 102 (1.41%) Serverless
9 84 (1.16%) Amazon S3
10 83 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
11 80 (1.11%) Azure Active Directory
11 80 (1.11%) GCP
12 69 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
13 56 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
14 50 (0.69%) OpenShift
15 47 (0.65%) Amazon SQS
16 46 (0.64%) OneDrive
17 42 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 368 (5.10%) Firewall
2 326 (4.52%) DNS
3 248 (3.44%) WAN
4 231 (3.20%) LAN
5 207 (2.87%) VPN
6 186 (2.58%) DHCP
7 185 (2.56%) TCP/IP
8 169 (2.34%) Internet
9 132 (1.83%) SAN
10 129 (1.79%) Skype
11 114 (1.58%) BGP
12 103 (1.43%) Network Security
13 95 (1.32%) Wireless
14 88 (1.22%) OSPF
15 74 (1.03%) IPsec
16 70 (0.97%) MPLS
17 61 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
18 58 (0.80%) NAS
19 56 (0.78%) Ethernet
20 55 (0.76%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 361 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 267 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
3 208 (2.88%) Oracle Database
4 155 (2.15%) Big Data
5 127 (1.76%) Power BI
6 120 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
7 98 (1.36%) Relational Database
8 97 (1.34%) Amazon RDS
9 94 (1.30%) MySQL
10 81 (1.12%) Hadoop
10 81 (1.12%) Oracle Database 12c
11 67 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 56 (0.78%) NoSQL
13 52 (0.72%) MongoDB
14 44 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 42 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
16 41 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
17 40 (0.55%) RDBMS
18 35 (0.48%) Amazon Redshift
18 35 (0.48%) GIS
Development Applications
1 481 (6.66%) JIRA
2 479 (6.64%) Jenkins
3 429 (5.94%) Git (software)
4 176 (2.44%) Selenium
5 142 (1.97%) Maven
6 141 (1.95%) Cucumber
7 125 (1.73%) GitLab
8 115 (1.59%) JUnit
9 106 (1.47%) SonarQube
10 90 (1.25%) Mockito
11 82 (1.14%) Bitbucket
12 78 (1.08%) Visual Studio
13 76 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
14 67 (0.93%) Subversion
15 66 (0.91%) Rational DOORS
16 61 (0.85%) MSI
17 57 (0.79%) Artifactory
18 51 (0.71%) Eclipse
19 48 (0.67%) gulp
20 47 (0.65%) jMock
General
1 1,081 (14.98%) Public Sector
2 483 (6.69%) Finance
3 330 (4.57%) Telecoms
4 228 (3.16%) Manufacturing
5 210 (2.91%) Military
6 192 (2.66%) Marketing
7 179 (2.48%) Electronics
8 104 (1.44%) Law
9 87 (1.21%) Retail
10 67 (0.93%) Legal
11 66 (0.91%) Aerospace
12 49 (0.68%) Banking
13 43 (0.60%) Police
14 38 (0.53%) Publishing
15 21 (0.29%) Billing
16 11 (0.15%) Local Government
17 9 (0.12%) Avionics
17 9 (0.12%) Games
17 9 (0.12%) General Ledger
18 8 (0.11%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,073 (14.87%) Developer
2 902 (12.50%) Architect
3 599 (8.30%) Analyst
4 393 (5.45%) Consultant
5 357 (4.95%) DevOps Engineer
6 298 (4.13%) Java Developer
7 269 (3.73%) Project Manager
8 237 (3.28%) Software Engineer
9 233 (3.23%) Business Analyst
10 225 (3.12%) Network Engineer
11 177 (2.45%) Support Engineer
12 158 (2.19%) Solutions Architect
13 155 (2.15%) Technical Architect
14 148 (2.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 131 (1.82%) SC Cleared Java Developer
16 127 (1.76%) Test Engineer
17 121 (1.68%) Tester
18 120 (1.66%) Software Developer
19 118 (1.64%) DBA
19 118 (1.64%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 427 (5.92%) Web Services
2 363 (5.03%) .NET
3 270 (3.74%) HTML
4 248 (3.44%) Spring
5 231 (3.20%) XML
6 229 (3.17%) CSS
7 219 (3.03%) REST
8 213 (2.95%) Node.js
9 204 (2.83%) AngularJS
10 181 (2.51%) JSON
11 169 (2.34%) SOAP
12 145 (2.01%) RESTful
13 112 (1.55%) Middleware
13 112 (1.55%) React
14 107 (1.48%) Hibernate
15 95 (1.32%) Kafka
16 85 (1.18%) ActiveMQ
17 84 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
18 83 (1.15%) Oracle Fusion
19 82 (1.14%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 372 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
2 365 (5.06%) Data Centre
3 224 (3.10%) Management Information System
4 165 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
5 127 (1.76%) PKI
6 122 (1.69%) User Experience
7 98 (1.36%) Public Cloud
8 74 (1.03%) Data Structures
9 70 (0.97%) Replication
10 54 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
11 51 (0.71%) Driving Licence
11 51 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
12 50 (0.69%) Algorithms
13 45 (0.62%) Cloud Native
14 42 (0.58%) Clustering
15 41 (0.57%) Virtual Team
16 40 (0.55%) CMDB
17 39 (0.54%) NHS
18 38 (0.53%) Private Cloud
19 32 (0.44%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1,259 (17.44%) Windows
2 847 (11.74%) Linux
3 469 (6.50%) Windows Server
4 388 (5.38%) Windows 10
5 262 (3.63%) Windows 7
6 216 (2.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 197 (2.73%) Unix
8 191 (2.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 187 (2.59%) Windows Server 2008
10 102 (1.41%) Ubuntu
11 101 (1.40%) CentOS
12 64 (0.89%) Apple iOS
13 52 (0.72%) Solaris
14 48 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
15 35 (0.48%) Android
16 34 (0.47%) VMS
17 27 (0.37%) Windows 8
18 26 (0.36%) Debian
19 24 (0.33%) Windows XP
20 21 (0.29%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,913 (26.51%) Agile Software Development
2 953 (13.20%) DevOps
3 703 (9.74%) Migration
4 554 (7.68%) ITIL
5 511 (7.08%) Scrum
6 481 (6.66%) Test Automation
7 465 (6.44%) Project Management
8 434 (6.01%) Problem-Solving
9 430 (5.96%) Software Engineering
10 395 (5.47%) Business Intelligence
11 351 (4.86%) Configuration Management
12 350 (4.85%) Cybersecurity
13 336 (4.66%) Stakeholder Management
14 331 (4.59%) Project Delivery
15 330 (4.57%) Continuous Integration
16 319 (4.42%) Open Source
17 306 (4.24%) Microservices
18 278 (3.85%) Programme Management
19 277 (3.84%) Service Management
20 276 (3.82%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 928 (12.86%) Java
2 800 (11.08%) SQL
3 625 (8.66%) Python
4 477 (6.61%) JavaScript
5 429 (5.94%) PowerShell
6 314 (4.35%) C#
7 277 (3.84%) C
8 235 (3.26%) C++
9 177 (2.45%) Bash Shell
10 153 (2.12%) PL/SQL
11 117 (1.62%) Java 8
12 112 (1.55%) Shell Script
13 104 (1.44%) Ruby
14 80 (1.11%) Perl
15 79 (1.09%) T-SQL
16 59 (0.82%) Groovy
17 56 (0.78%) Go
18 54 (0.75%) TypeScript
19 51 (0.71%) VB
20 43 (0.60%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5,311 (73.59%) SC Cleared
2 1,208 (16.74%) DV Cleared
3 297 (4.12%) Degree
4 249 (3.45%) BPSS Clearance
5 230 (3.19%) Cisco Certification
6 159 (2.20%) CCNP
7 125 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
8 117 (1.62%) CTC Cleared
9 107 (1.48%) ISEB
10 105 (1.45%) CCNA
10 105 (1.45%) ISTQB
11 88 (1.22%) BC Cleared
12 85 (1.18%) CISSP
13 84 (1.16%) CCIE
14 60 (0.83%) CISM
15 56 (0.78%) CCDP
15 56 (0.78%) MCSE
16 50 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
17 46 (0.64%) AWS Certification
18 41 (0.57%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (2.44%) QA
2 120 (1.66%) SLA
3 91 (1.26%) PMO
4 84 (1.16%) NCSC
5 80 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 63 (0.87%) JSP 440
7 61 (0.85%) NIST
8 56 (0.78%) Data Quality
9 52 (0.72%) GDPR
10 51 (0.71%) RMADS
11 37 (0.51%) WCAG
12 34 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
13 24 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 23 (0.32%) Def Stans
15 22 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 21 (0.29%) PCI DSS
17 19 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
18 18 (0.25%) COBIT
19 15 (0.21%) ISO 9001
20 13 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 625 (8.66%) Active Directory
2 454 (6.29%) Docker
3 277 (3.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 130 (1.80%) vSphere
5 102 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
6 96 (1.33%) Hyper-V
7 83 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
8 81 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
9 58 (0.80%) VMware NSX
9 58 (0.80%) XenApp
10 41 (0.57%) XenDesktop
11 35 (0.48%) Postfix
12 33 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
13 30 (0.42%) vCloud
14 27 (0.37%) Firmware
15 26 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
16 22 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
17 17 (0.24%) HDFS
18 15 (0.21%) DFS Replication
18 15 (0.21%) NDS
Systems Management
1 374 (5.18%) Ansible
2 350 (4.85%) Kubernetes
3 319 (4.42%) Terraform
4 308 (4.27%) SCCM
5 226 (3.13%) Puppet
6 110 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
7 82 (1.14%) SCOM
8 64 (0.89%) vCenter Server
9 62 (0.86%) Consul
10 60 (0.83%) WSUS
11 59 (0.82%) Packer
12 48 (0.67%) NetBackup
13 45 (0.62%) PowerCLI
14 42 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
15 35 (0.48%) Kibana
16 34 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
17 32 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
18 31 (0.43%) logstash
18 31 (0.43%) NetIQ Identity Manager
19 29 (0.40%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1,064 (14.74%) Microsoft
2 664 (9.20%) Oracle
3 527 (7.30%) VMware
4 427 (5.92%) Cisco
5 316 (4.38%) SAP
6 235 (3.26%) Citrix
7 155 (2.15%) Red Hat
8 148 (2.05%) HP
9 136 (1.88%) Juniper
10 108 (1.50%) IBM
11 105 (1.45%) ServiceNow
12 104 (1.44%) Google
13 101 (1.40%) Dell
14 87 (1.21%) Remedy
15 77 (1.07%) F5
16 74 (1.03%) Splunk
17 72 (1.00%) Palo Alto
18 70 (0.97%) Atlassian
19 66 (0.91%) EMC
20 65 (0.90%) BMC