Period
to 26 October 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 26 October 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
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 13 18
Rank change year-on-year +9 +5 -3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 4,368 7,410 7,699
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 15.82% 9.63% 8.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 63.84% 47.69% 43.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,005 4,603 4,536
Median daily rate £500 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +6.98%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +3.16% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 387 407
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £32.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +30.82% +7.46%
10th Percentile £17.49 £15.30 £14.20
90th Percentile £64.33 £73.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £32.11
% change year-on-year -16.67% +30.82% +1.92%

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 6,842 15,537 17,517
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 24.78% 20.19% 18.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,168 9,606 10,383
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £255
90th Percentile £645 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 718 856
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.41% +42.00% -2.69%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.21 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.48 £60.40 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -9.09%

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 26 October 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 26 October 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 26 October 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 +16 1,629 £520 - 208
South West 0 830 £475 - 188
South East +8 786 £500 +13.14% 196
North of England +8 422 £475 +5.56% 79
Midlands +9 324 £450 -2.70% 73
North West +4 255 £450 - 47
West Midlands +8 248 £425 -8.11% 52
East of England +7 203 £450 - 87
North East +5 87 £450 +15.53% 13
Yorkshire +31 82 £525 +23.53% 19
East Midlands +13 76 £468 -6.50% 19
South Coast - 1 - -
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 26 October 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 3,308 (75.73%) SC Cleared
2 1,223 (28.00%) Agile Software Development
3 897 (20.54%) DV Cleared
4 716 (16.39%) Public Sector
5 667 (15.27%) DevOps
6 602 (13.78%) Windows
7 578 (13.23%) AWS
8 539 (12.34%) Java
9 527 (12.07%) Microsoft
10 523 (11.97%) Oracle
11 498 (11.40%) Azure
12 492 (11.26%) Linux
13 467 (10.69%) SQL
14 387 (8.86%) Python
15 362 (8.29%) Migration
16 348 (7.97%) ITIL
17 321 (7.35%) Jenkins
18 318 (7.28%) Finance
19 317 (7.26%) Scrum
20 314 (7.19%) VMware
21 305 (6.98%) Test Automation
22 293 (6.71%) Project Management
23 290 (6.64%) Git (software)
24 287 (6.57%) JavaScript
25 286 (6.55%) Docker
26 285 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
27 274 (6.27%) JIRA
28 270 (6.18%) Kubernetes
29 268 (6.14%) PowerShell
30 262 (6.00%) Active Directory

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
1 154 (3.53%) Confluence
2 148 (3.39%) SharePoint
3 83 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
4 66 (1.51%) Apache Spark
5 65 (1.49%) Apache
6 62 (1.42%) WebLogic
7 61 (1.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 48 (1.10%) Tomcat
9 46 (1.05%) IIS
10 43 (0.98%) JBoss
10 43 (0.98%) Skype for Business
11 32 (0.73%) MS Exchange
12 30 (0.69%) WebSphere
13 28 (0.64%) Red Hat Fuse
14 19 (0.43%) NServiceBus
14 19 (0.43%) SAS
15 18 (0.41%) ArcGIS
15 18 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
16 15 (0.34%) Apache Solr
16 15 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 199 (4.56%) Microsoft Office
2 103 (2.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 72 (1.65%) MS Visio
4 41 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 41 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
5 34 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.41%) Simulink
7 14 (0.32%) InfoPath
8 13 (0.30%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.11%) RoboHelp
10 2 (0.046%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.046%) CATIA
10 2 (0.046%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.046%) Sketch
11 1 (0.023%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.023%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.023%) Autodesk Inventor
11 1 (0.023%) Revit
11 1 (0.023%) SPSS
11 1 (0.023%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 29 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
2 23 (0.53%) Oracle Applications
2 23 (0.53%) Oracle ERP
2 23 (0.53%) Teamcenter
3 21 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
4 20 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 20 (0.46%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 17 (0.39%) Oracle Payroll
6 16 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 11 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
8 10 (0.23%) Primavera
9 8 (0.18%) SAP FI-CA
10 7 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
10 7 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
10 7 (0.16%) Remedy AR System
11 6 (0.14%) SAP PLM
12 4 (0.092%) Oracle BPM
12 4 (0.092%) Oracle HRMS
12 4 (0.092%) Oracle iSupplier
12 4 (0.092%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 578 (13.23%) AWS
2 498 (11.40%) Azure
3 106 (2.43%) Office 365
3 106 (2.43%) SaaS
4 95 (2.17%) PaaS
5 83 (1.90%) IaaS
6 75 (1.72%) Amazon S3
7 63 (1.44%) Power Platform
8 56 (1.28%) Amazon EC2
9 50 (1.14%) GitHub
10 38 (0.87%) GCP
11 37 (0.85%) Serverless
12 30 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
13 29 (0.66%) Azure Stack
14 27 (0.62%) Route 53
15 24 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
16 20 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 17 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
17 17 (0.39%) OpenShift
17 17 (0.39%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 213 (4.88%) Firewall
2 155 (3.55%) DNS
3 122 (2.79%) LAN
3 122 (2.79%) WAN
4 104 (2.38%) VPN
5 78 (1.79%) DHCP
5 78 (1.79%) Skype
6 68 (1.56%) Network Security
7 63 (1.44%) OSPF
8 60 (1.37%) SAN
9 59 (1.35%) TCP/IP
10 57 (1.30%) BGP
11 47 (1.08%) VSAN
12 41 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
13 40 (0.92%) VLAN
14 37 (0.85%) SNMP
15 36 (0.82%) Internet
16 35 (0.80%) HTTP
16 35 (0.80%) MPLS
17 33 (0.76%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 256 (5.86%) SQL Server
2 136 (3.11%) Hadoop
3 131 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 125 (2.86%) Big Data
5 108 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
6 90 (2.06%) Relational Database
7 79 (1.81%) Apache Hive
8 77 (1.76%) MongoDB
9 76 (1.74%) MySQL
10 65 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
11 56 (1.28%) Power BI
12 42 (0.96%) Impala
13 37 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
13 37 (0.85%) GIS
14 36 (0.82%) Oracle ODI
15 34 (0.78%) Pentaho
15 34 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 31 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
17 29 (0.66%) Oracle Database 12c
18 28 (0.64%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 321 (7.35%) Jenkins
2 290 (6.64%) Git (software)
3 274 (6.27%) JIRA
4 138 (3.16%) GitLab
5 123 (2.82%) Selenium
6 117 (2.68%) Cucumber
7 64 (1.47%) Maven
8 54 (1.24%) JMeter
9 52 (1.19%) Bitbucket
10 43 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
11 40 (0.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 37 (0.85%) JUnit
12 37 (0.85%) Mockito
13 36 (0.82%) Grunt
13 36 (0.82%) gulp
13 36 (0.82%) Visual Studio
14 35 (0.80%) Subversion
15 33 (0.76%) Toad
16 32 (0.73%) REST Assured
16 32 (0.73%) SonarQube
General
1 716 (16.39%) Public Sector
2 318 (7.28%) Finance
3 170 (3.89%) Telecoms
4 129 (2.95%) Law
5 117 (2.68%) Manufacturing
6 98 (2.24%) Electronics
7 97 (2.22%) Marketing
8 81 (1.85%) Military
9 75 (1.72%) Police
10 40 (0.92%) Legal
11 37 (0.85%) Aerospace
12 33 (0.76%) Banking
13 25 (0.57%) Local Government
14 14 (0.32%) Retail
15 10 (0.23%) Publishing
16 9 (0.21%) Back Office
17 6 (0.14%) Digital Economy
18 5 (0.11%) Billing
18 5 (0.11%) General Ledger
19 4 (0.092%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 642 (14.70%) Developer
2 548 (12.55%) Architect
3 441 (10.10%) Analyst
4 300 (6.87%) Consultant
5 186 (4.26%) Business Analyst
6 174 (3.98%) Project Manager
7 161 (3.69%) DevOps Engineer
8 146 (3.34%) Java Developer
9 128 (2.93%) Network Engineer
10 124 (2.84%) Solutions Architect
11 108 (2.47%) Administrator
12 99 (2.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 92 (2.11%) Cloud Architect
14 84 (1.92%) Data Engineer
15 82 (1.88%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 76 (1.74%) Delivery Manager
16 76 (1.74%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 68 (1.56%) Technical Architect
18 67 (1.53%) Test Analyst
19 66 (1.51%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 213 (4.88%) HTML
2 188 (4.30%) CSS
3 180 (4.12%) REST
4 163 (3.73%) Web Services
5 161 (3.69%) Node.js
6 142 (3.25%) Spring
7 113 (2.59%) .NET
8 112 (2.56%) JSON
8 112 (2.56%) SOAP
9 105 (2.40%) React
10 104 (2.38%) Spring Boot
11 100 (2.29%) AngularJS
11 100 (2.29%) Oracle Fusion
12 96 (2.20%) XML
13 87 (1.99%) RESTful
14 83 (1.90%) HTML5
15 65 (1.49%) Middleware
16 63 (1.44%) SAML
17 61 (1.40%) Elastic Stack
18 56 (1.28%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 252 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
2 186 (4.26%) Management Information System
3 157 (3.59%) Data Centre
4 114 (2.61%) User Experience
5 73 (1.67%) Public Cloud
6 69 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 53 (1.21%) PKI
8 52 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
9 46 (1.05%) Private Cloud
10 43 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
11 33 (0.76%) Virtual Team
12 30 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
13 29 (0.66%) Replication
14 28 (0.64%) Algorithms
15 24 (0.55%) Cloud Native
15 24 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
16 23 (0.53%) CMDB
17 21 (0.48%) Driving Licence
18 20 (0.46%) Client/Server
18 20 (0.46%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 602 (13.78%) Windows
2 492 (11.26%) Linux
3 194 (4.44%) Windows Server
4 191 (4.37%) Unix
5 144 (3.30%) Windows 10
6 123 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 81 (1.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 77 (1.76%) Windows Server 2012
9 54 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
10 53 (1.21%) AIX
11 50 (1.14%) Mac OS X
12 47 (1.08%) CentOS
13 33 (0.76%) Apple iOS
13 33 (0.76%) Windows Server 2019
14 32 (0.73%) Windows 7
15 29 (0.66%) Android
16 27 (0.62%) Solaris
17 22 (0.50%) Ubuntu
18 15 (0.34%) Mac OS
19 11 (0.25%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,223 (28.00%) Agile Software Development
2 667 (15.27%) DevOps
3 362 (8.29%) Migration
4 348 (7.97%) ITIL
5 317 (7.26%) Scrum
6 305 (6.98%) Test Automation
7 293 (6.71%) Project Management
8 285 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
9 248 (5.68%) Microservices
10 235 (5.38%) Cybersecurity
11 231 (5.29%) Service Management
12 212 (4.85%) Programme Management
13 208 (4.76%) Problem-Solving
14 201 (4.60%) Business Intelligence
14 201 (4.60%) TDD
15 198 (4.53%) Risk Management
16 196 (4.49%) BDD
17 188 (4.30%) Project Delivery
18 169 (3.87%) Business Case
19 166 (3.80%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 539 (12.34%) Java
2 467 (10.69%) SQL
3 387 (8.86%) Python
4 287 (6.57%) JavaScript
5 268 (6.14%) PowerShell
6 179 (4.10%) C
7 166 (3.80%) C#
8 120 (2.75%) Bash Shell
9 115 (2.63%) PL/SQL
10 101 (2.31%) Shell Script
11 69 (1.58%) C++
12 57 (1.30%) Java 8
13 50 (1.14%) Ruby
14 46 (1.05%) Perl
14 46 (1.05%) VB
15 41 (0.94%) T-SQL
16 40 (0.92%) TypeScript
17 33 (0.76%) R
18 32 (0.73%) Scala
19 24 (0.55%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3,308 (75.73%) SC Cleared
2 897 (20.54%) DV Cleared
3 141 (3.23%) Degree
4 135 (3.09%) Cisco Certification
5 130 (2.98%) BPSS Clearance
6 113 (2.59%) CISSP
7 88 (2.01%) CCNP
8 72 (1.65%) CCNA
9 63 (1.44%) CESG Certified Professional
10 60 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
11 59 (1.35%) DBS Check
12 58 (1.33%) ISEB
12 58 (1.33%) ISTQB
13 55 (1.26%) CISM
14 38 (0.87%) CCIE
14 38 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 29 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 27 (0.62%) GIAC
18 26 (0.60%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 120 (2.75%) QA
2 76 (1.74%) NCSC
3 74 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 49 (1.12%) JSP 440
4 49 (1.12%) SLA
5 48 (1.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 44 (1.01%) PMO
7 38 (0.87%) RMADS
8 27 (0.62%) WCAG
9 24 (0.55%) Data Quality
10 21 (0.48%) GDPR
11 20 (0.46%) NIST
12 18 (0.41%) COBIT
12 18 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
13 16 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
13 16 (0.37%) Government Security Classifications
13 16 (0.37%) PCI DSS
14 13 (0.30%) NIST 800
15 11 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 9 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 286 (6.55%) Docker
2 262 (6.00%) Active Directory
3 206 (4.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 92 (2.11%) vSphere
5 88 (2.01%) VMware NSX
6 71 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
7 59 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
8 51 (1.17%) HDFS
9 50 (1.14%) Hyper-V
10 22 (0.50%) XenApp
11 19 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
13 15 (0.34%) NDS
13 15 (0.34%) NetIQ eDirectory
14 13 (0.30%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 12 (0.27%) NFS
16 11 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
16 11 (0.25%) vCloud
16 11 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
16 11 (0.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 270 (6.18%) Kubernetes
2 218 (4.99%) Ansible
3 216 (4.95%) Terraform
4 109 (2.50%) Puppet
5 91 (2.08%) SCCM
6 56 (1.28%) vCenter Server
7 51 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
8 48 (1.10%) Kibana
9 46 (1.05%) Single Sign-On
10 40 (0.92%) Packer
11 36 (0.82%) SCOM
12 32 (0.73%) WSUS
13 28 (0.64%) logstash
13 28 (0.64%) vRealize
14 26 (0.60%) Grafana
15 25 (0.57%) ZABBIX
16 20 (0.46%) Prometheus
17 19 (0.43%) NetIQ Identity Manager
18 18 (0.41%) Tivoli
19 17 (0.39%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 527 (12.07%) Microsoft
2 523 (11.97%) Oracle
3 314 (7.19%) VMware
4 243 (5.56%) Cisco
5 178 (4.08%) SAP
6 104 (2.38%) Red Hat
6 104 (2.38%) Splunk
7 87 (1.99%) Cloudera
8 77 (1.76%) Juniper
9 70 (1.60%) Atlassian
10 68 (1.56%) IBM
11 65 (1.49%) SolarWinds
12 61 (1.40%) Palo Alto
13 60 (1.37%) Dell
14 47 (1.08%) HP
15 46 (1.05%) ServiceNow
16 45 (1.03%) F5
17 43 (0.98%) Citrix
18 38 (0.87%) Remedy
19 36 (0.82%) Google