Period
to 14 November 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 14 November 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
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 13 17 15
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 -3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,552 7,933 7,381
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 9.82% 8.31% 7.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 48.22% 44.45% 41.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,611 4,637 4,355
England median daily rate £480 £455 £432
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.49% +5.45% +1.53%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 393 394 432
England median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% - +4.80%
10th Percentile £16.08 £13.00 £13.03
90th Percentile £69.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £40.50 £32.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year +26.56% - -2.01%

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 15,660 17,848 17,936
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.37% 18.71% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,650 10,578 10,997
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.83%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 732 861 849
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -0.48% +0.48%
10th Percentile £14.39 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £26.35
% change year-on-year +40.00% -5.11% +1.33%

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 14 November 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 14 November 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 14 November 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 +7 2,419 £525 +5.00% 255
South West +2 1,754 £486 +8.06% 303
South East +1 1,680 £450 +5.88% 339
North of England +6 850 £450 - 128
North West +5 581 £450 - 99
Midlands +7 513 £463 +8.82% 109
West Midlands +10 389 £463 +8.82% 81
East of England +3 328 £444 +4.41% 98
North East 0 136 £425 +6.25% 8
Yorkshire -14 134 £469 -1.32% 21
East Midlands -4 119 £475 +18.75% 28
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 14 November 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 5,407 (71.60%) SC Cleared
2 1,943 (25.73%) Agile Software Development
3 1,396 (18.49%) DV Cleared
4 1,373 (18.18%) Windows
5 1,173 (15.53%) Microsoft
6 1,079 (14.29%) Public Sector
7 1,073 (14.21%) Linux
8 999 (13.23%) DevOps
9 994 (13.16%) Java
10 951 (12.59%) AWS
11 849 (11.24%) SQL
12 816 (10.81%) Migration
13 792 (10.49%) Azure
14 710 (9.40%) Active Directory
15 672 (8.90%) ITIL
16 662 (8.77%) Oracle
17 646 (8.55%) Python
18 573 (7.59%) Finance
19 571 (7.56%) Project Management
19 571 (7.56%) VMware
20 521 (6.90%) Jenkins
21 503 (6.66%) JavaScript
22 492 (6.51%) Problem-Solving
23 485 (6.42%) Windows Server
24 473 (6.26%) JIRA
25 469 (6.21%) Docker
26 468 (6.20%) Git (software)
27 467 (6.18%) Scrum
28 458 (6.06%) Software Engineering
29 443 (5.87%) PowerShell

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
1 321 (4.25%) SharePoint
2 296 (3.92%) Confluence
3 144 (1.91%) MS Exchange
4 125 (1.66%) Skype for Business
5 101 (1.34%) Apache
5 101 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
6 80 (1.06%) WebLogic
7 69 (0.91%) IIS
7 69 (0.91%) JBoss
8 67 (0.89%) Tomcat
9 56 (0.74%) OpenStack
10 51 (0.68%) nginx
11 43 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 39 (0.52%) Apache Spark
13 37 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
14 30 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
15 26 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
16 25 (0.33%) SAS
17 22 (0.29%) MQSeries
18 21 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 334 (4.42%) Microsoft Office
2 240 (3.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 127 (1.68%) Microsoft Project
4 112 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 45 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 32 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 27 (0.36%) Simulink
8 16 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 11 (0.15%) Windchill
10 10 (0.13%) GIMP
11 6 (0.079%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.066%) Sketch
13 4 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.053%) Adobe XD
14 3 (0.040%) CATIA
14 3 (0.040%) InDesign
14 3 (0.040%) InfoPath
14 3 (0.040%) Pro/ENGINEER
14 3 (0.040%) PTC Creo
14 3 (0.040%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 90 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
3 51 (0.68%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 47 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
5 30 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
6 22 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
6 22 (0.29%) Siebel CRM
7 21 (0.28%) Primavera
8 19 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
9 18 (0.24%) SAP FI
10 16 (0.21%) SAP CO
10 16 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
11 13 (0.17%) SAP HCM
11 13 (0.17%) Teamcenter
12 12 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
13 10 (0.13%) assyst
13 10 (0.13%) SAP HR
13 10 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
14 9 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
15 8 (0.11%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 951 (12.59%) AWS
2 792 (10.49%) Azure
3 397 (5.26%) Office 365
4 178 (2.36%) PaaS
5 172 (2.28%) SaaS
6 149 (1.97%) IaaS
7 141 (1.87%) AWS CloudFormation
8 138 (1.83%) Amazon EC2
9 129 (1.71%) Power Platform
10 119 (1.58%) GitHub
11 111 (1.47%) Serverless
12 99 (1.31%) Amazon S3
13 83 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
14 80 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
15 77 (1.02%) GCP
16 57 (0.75%) Dynamics 365
17 56 (0.74%) OpenShift
18 52 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
19 50 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
20 47 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 411 (5.44%) Firewall
2 318 (4.21%) DNS
3 270 (3.58%) WAN
4 237 (3.14%) TCP/IP
5 224 (2.97%) VPN
6 216 (2.86%) LAN
7 184 (2.44%) Internet
8 174 (2.30%) DHCP
9 155 (2.05%) SAN
10 146 (1.93%) Skype
11 114 (1.51%) Network Security
12 91 (1.20%) BGP
13 89 (1.18%) Wireless
14 75 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
15 71 (0.94%) OSPF
16 70 (0.93%) NAS
17 68 (0.90%) Ethernet
18 60 (0.79%) MPLS
19 59 (0.78%) Reverse Proxy
20 58 (0.77%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 410 (5.43%) SQL Server
2 287 (3.80%) PostgreSQL
3 254 (3.36%) Oracle Database
4 219 (2.90%) Big Data
5 133 (1.76%) MySQL
6 119 (1.58%) Hadoop
7 115 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
8 110 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
9 102 (1.35%) Relational Database
10 100 (1.32%) Power BI
11 93 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 89 (1.18%) MongoDB
12 89 (1.18%) Oracle Database 12c
13 67 (0.89%) Oracle BI EE
14 56 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
15 49 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
16 44 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
16 44 (0.58%) GIS
17 43 (0.57%) NoSQL
18 42 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 521 (6.90%) Jenkins
2 473 (6.26%) JIRA
3 468 (6.20%) Git (software)
4 183 (2.42%) Selenium
5 138 (1.83%) Cucumber
6 130 (1.72%) Maven
7 120 (1.59%) JUnit
8 109 (1.44%) Visual Studio
9 105 (1.39%) GitLab
10 103 (1.36%) SonarQube
11 93 (1.23%) Mockito
12 86 (1.14%) MSI
13 82 (1.09%) Bitbucket
14 72 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
14 72 (0.95%) Subversion
15 70 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
16 59 (0.78%) Eclipse
17 53 (0.70%) Sonatype Nexus
18 46 (0.61%) gulp
18 46 (0.61%) jMock
General
1 1,079 (14.29%) Public Sector
2 573 (7.59%) Finance
3 327 (4.33%) Telecoms
4 234 (3.10%) Manufacturing
5 226 (2.99%) Military
6 189 (2.50%) Marketing
7 177 (2.34%) Electronics
8 98 (1.30%) Law
9 85 (1.13%) Retail
10 78 (1.03%) Aerospace
11 74 (0.98%) Legal
12 70 (0.93%) Police
13 43 (0.57%) Banking
14 31 (0.41%) Publishing
15 27 (0.36%) Local Government
16 21 (0.28%) Games
17 20 (0.26%) Back Office
18 19 (0.25%) Billing
19 12 (0.16%) Avionics
20 9 (0.12%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,084 (14.35%) Developer
2 992 (13.14%) Architect
3 608 (8.05%) Analyst
4 418 (5.53%) Consultant
5 381 (5.05%) DevOps Engineer
6 297 (3.93%) Project Manager
7 281 (3.72%) Java Developer
8 245 (3.24%) Network Engineer
9 243 (3.22%) Software Engineer
10 240 (3.18%) Business Analyst
11 177 (2.34%) Support Engineer
12 155 (2.05%) Solutions Architect
13 150 (1.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 149 (1.97%) Administrator
15 143 (1.89%) Technical Architect
16 136 (1.80%) Security Architect
17 131 (1.73%) DBA
18 121 (1.60%) Test Engineer
19 116 (1.54%) AWS DevOps
20 113 (1.50%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 389 (5.15%) Web Services
2 387 (5.12%) .NET
3 283 (3.75%) HTML
4 257 (3.40%) XML
5 232 (3.07%) Node.js
6 231 (3.06%) CSS
7 223 (2.95%) Spring
8 220 (2.91%) JSON
9 203 (2.69%) REST
10 200 (2.65%) AngularJS
11 173 (2.29%) SOAP
12 160 (2.12%) RESTful
13 131 (1.73%) React
14 127 (1.68%) Middleware
15 110 (1.46%) Hibernate
16 94 (1.24%) Oracle Fusion
17 91 (1.20%) HTML5
18 78 (1.03%) ASP.NET
19 69 (0.91%) ActiveMQ
20 68 (0.90%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 406 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
2 380 (5.03%) Data Centre
3 287 (3.80%) Management Information System
4 166 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
5 141 (1.87%) PKI
6 137 (1.81%) User Experience
7 113 (1.50%) Public Cloud
8 99 (1.31%) Replication
9 85 (1.13%) Driving Licence
10 82 (1.09%) Clustering
11 68 (0.90%) Algorithms
12 67 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
13 60 (0.79%) NHS
14 53 (0.70%) Data Structures
15 50 (0.66%) CMDB
16 42 (0.56%) Cloud Native
16 42 (0.56%) Linux Command Line
17 41 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
17 41 (0.54%) Virtual Team
18 36 (0.48%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 1,373 (18.18%) Windows
2 1,073 (14.21%) Linux
3 485 (6.42%) Windows Server
4 429 (5.68%) Windows 10
5 293 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 274 (3.63%) Windows 7
7 269 (3.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 268 (3.55%) Unix
9 187 (2.48%) Windows Server 2008
10 129 (1.71%) CentOS
11 122 (1.62%) Ubuntu
12 74 (0.98%) Solaris
13 61 (0.81%) Apple iOS
14 54 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
15 36 (0.48%) Windows XP
16 31 (0.41%) Windows 8
17 30 (0.40%) Debian
18 28 (0.37%) AIX
18 28 (0.37%) Android
19 27 (0.36%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,943 (25.73%) Agile Software Development
2 999 (13.23%) DevOps
3 816 (10.81%) Migration
4 672 (8.90%) ITIL
5 571 (7.56%) Project Management
6 492 (6.51%) Problem-Solving
7 467 (6.18%) Scrum
8 458 (6.06%) Software Engineering
9 435 (5.76%) Test Automation
10 418 (5.53%) Continuous Integration
10 418 (5.53%) Stakeholder Management
11 414 (5.48%) Configuration Management
12 413 (5.47%) Business Intelligence
13 387 (5.12%) Cybersecurity
14 364 (4.82%) Project Delivery
15 332 (4.40%) Service Management
16 331 (4.38%) Microservices
17 316 (4.18%) Open Source
18 303 (4.01%) PRINCE2
18 303 (4.01%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 994 (13.16%) Java
2 849 (11.24%) SQL
3 646 (8.55%) Python
4 503 (6.66%) JavaScript
5 443 (5.87%) PowerShell
6 383 (5.07%) C#
7 352 (4.66%) C
8 286 (3.79%) C++
9 222 (2.94%) Bash Shell
10 167 (2.21%) Ruby
11 161 (2.13%) PL/SQL
12 134 (1.77%) Shell Script
13 118 (1.56%) Perl
14 104 (1.38%) Java 8
15 81 (1.07%) T-SQL
16 65 (0.86%) TypeScript
17 57 (0.75%) Groovy
18 48 (0.64%) Go
19 45 (0.60%) VB
20 37 (0.49%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 5,407 (71.60%) SC Cleared
2 1,396 (18.49%) DV Cleared
3 356 (4.71%) Degree
4 291 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
5 238 (3.15%) Cisco Certification
6 151 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
7 141 (1.87%) CCNP
8 119 (1.58%) ISTQB
9 111 (1.47%) CCNA
10 109 (1.44%) ISEB
11 97 (1.28%) CISSP
12 79 (1.05%) CTC Cleared
13 74 (0.98%) AWS Certification
13 74 (0.98%) BC Cleared
14 65 (0.86%) MCSE
15 64 (0.85%) CCIE
16 63 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
16 63 (0.83%) MCSA
17 54 (0.72%) CISM
18 51 (0.68%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (2.70%) QA
2 167 (2.21%) SLA
3 120 (1.59%) PMO
4 93 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 81 (1.07%) Data Quality
6 71 (0.94%) JSP 440
7 59 (0.78%) RMADS
8 58 (0.77%) NCSC
9 53 (0.70%) NIST
10 43 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
11 39 (0.52%) GDPR
12 35 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 33 (0.44%) WCAG
14 29 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 23 (0.30%) COBIT
16 22 (0.29%) PCI DSS
17 18 (0.24%) Def Stans
17 18 (0.24%) ISO 9001
18 17 (0.23%) HMG Infosec
19 16 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 710 (9.40%) Active Directory
2 469 (6.21%) Docker
3 327 (4.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 172 (2.28%) Hyper-V
5 125 (1.66%) vSphere
6 122 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
7 105 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
8 101 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
9 54 (0.72%) VMware NSX
10 46 (0.61%) Oracle RAC
11 45 (0.60%) vCloud
11 45 (0.60%) XenApp
12 39 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
13 36 (0.48%) XenDesktop
14 31 (0.41%) Postfix
15 28 (0.37%) Firmware
16 25 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
17 20 (0.26%) DFS Replication
17 20 (0.26%) HDFS
18 19 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 419 (5.55%) Ansible
2 367 (4.86%) Terraform
3 341 (4.52%) Kubernetes
4 304 (4.03%) SCCM
5 278 (3.68%) Puppet
6 166 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
7 101 (1.34%) SCOM
8 87 (1.15%) Consul
9 77 (1.02%) vCenter Server
10 68 (0.90%) WSUS
11 60 (0.79%) Packer
12 52 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
13 42 (0.56%) vRealize
14 39 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
15 38 (0.50%) Nagios
16 37 (0.49%) SCVMM
17 36 (0.48%) Microsoft Intune
17 36 (0.48%) NetBackup
18 35 (0.46%) Prometheus
19 34 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1,173 (15.53%) Microsoft
2 662 (8.77%) Oracle
3 571 (7.56%) VMware
4 418 (5.53%) Cisco
5 323 (4.28%) SAP
6 225 (2.98%) Red Hat
7 220 (2.91%) Citrix
8 178 (2.36%) HP
9 156 (2.07%) Juniper
10 115 (1.52%) IBM
11 113 (1.50%) Google
12 102 (1.35%) Remedy
12 102 (1.35%) ServiceNow
13 101 (1.34%) Splunk
14 91 (1.20%) Dell
15 89 (1.18%) Atlassian
15 89 (1.18%) F5
16 83 (1.10%) McAfee
17 68 (0.90%) Palo Alto
18 67 (0.89%) CheckPoint