Period
to 24 October 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 October 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 5 14
Rank change year-on-year -8 +9 +5
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 6,405 4,322 7,397
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.53% 15.81% 9.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 50.85% 63.79% 47.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,034 2,943 4,723
10th Percentile £350 £313 £294
25th Percentile £420 £411 £394
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +3.83%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £565
90th Percentile £678 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £515 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +3.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 297 169 347
10th Percentile £12.50 £15.04 £14.75
25th Percentile £18.00 £21.25 £18.50
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £44.00
Median % change year-on-year +1.19% -4.55% +82.99%
75th Percentile £58.75 £53.75 £53.75
90th Percentile £68.30 £64.50 £73.75
UK median hourly rate £39.86 £42.38 £43.00
% change year-on-year -5.93% -1.45% +72.00%

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 12,596 6,775 15,541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.73% 24.78% 20.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,098 4,599 9,965
10th Percentile £310 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £470
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +2.29% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 599 251 666
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.13 £20.06 £17.50
Median hourly rate £30.00 £33.50 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.45% -16.25% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.51 £64.50 £60.67
UK median hourly rate £32.25 £31.61 £39.18
% change year-on-year +2.02% -19.31% +70.33%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 -20 2,223 £525 - 313
South East -2 1,257 £500 - 341
South West 0 1,074 £500 +4.00% 273
North of England -9 559 £475 - 159
Midlands -15 394 £495 +13.79% 120
North West -6 378 £475 +5.56% 111
West Midlands -13 316 £500 +16.96% 98
East of England -5 277 £475 - 119
Yorkshire -20 124 £475 -7.32% 31
East Midlands -24 74 £365 -18.89% 22
North East -8 59 £575 +21.05% 17
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 4,850 (75.72%) SC Cleared
2 1,715 (26.78%) Agile Software Development
3 1,051 (16.41%) Social Skills
4 981 (15.32%) DevOps
5 946 (14.77%) Public Sector
6 940 (14.68%) AWS
7 855 (13.35%) DV Cleared
8 836 (13.05%) Azure
9 832 (12.99%) Windows
10 760 (11.87%) Java
11 748 (11.68%) Microsoft
12 734 (11.46%) Linux
13 572 (8.93%) SQL
14 568 (8.87%) Scrum
15 532 (8.31%) Migration
16 524 (8.18%) Python
17 523 (8.17%) Oracle
18 509 (7.95%) Docker
19 505 (7.88%) Stakeholder Management
19 505 (7.88%) Finance
20 500 (7.81%) VMware
21 488 (7.62%) ITIL
22 487 (7.60%) Kubernetes
23 481 (7.51%) Jenkins
24 471 (7.35%) Software Engineering
25 460 (7.18%) Project Management
26 456 (7.12%) JIRA
27 447 (6.98%) Cybersecurity
28 426 (6.65%) Active Directory
29 422 (6.59%) Terraform

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
1 250 (3.90%) Confluence
2 219 (3.42%) SharePoint
3 75 (1.17%) Apache Spark
4 69 (1.08%) Apache
5 58 (0.91%) MS Exchange
6 57 (0.89%) IIS
7 47 (0.73%) WebLogic
8 42 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
8 42 (0.66%) SAS
8 42 (0.66%) Tomcat
9 34 (0.53%) Skype for Business
10 29 (0.45%) nginx
11 23 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 23 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
12 21 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
13 20 (0.31%) ArcGIS
13 20 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
14 18 (0.28%) CMS
14 18 (0.28%) JBoss
15 17 (0.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 165 (2.58%) Microsoft Office
2 153 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 89 (1.39%) Microsoft Project
4 63 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 41 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 38 (0.59%) Simulink
7 18 (0.28%) Photoshop
8 17 (0.27%) Stata
9 12 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
10 7 (0.11%) Stateflow
11 6 (0.094%) Siemens NX
11 6 (0.094%) Windchill
12 4 (0.062%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.062%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.062%) InVision
13 3 (0.047%) Figma
13 3 (0.047%) Maple
13 3 (0.047%) Oracle Smart View
13 3 (0.047%) Sketch
14 2 (0.031%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 59 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
2 39 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
3 24 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 22 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
5 18 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
6 17 (0.27%) Teamcenter
7 13 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
8 12 (0.19%) SAP FI
9 11 (0.17%) iTrent
9 11 (0.17%) Oracle SCM
10 10 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
10 10 (0.16%) SAP CO
10 10 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
11 9 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
11 9 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
11 9 (0.14%) SAP ERP
11 9 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
12 7 (0.11%) HFM
12 7 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
12 7 (0.11%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 940 (14.68%) AWS
2 836 (13.05%) Azure
3 249 (3.89%) Microsoft 365
4 159 (2.48%) SaaS
5 148 (2.31%) GitHub
6 147 (2.30%) PaaS
7 143 (2.23%) IaaS
8 139 (2.17%) GCP
9 130 (2.03%) Power Platform
10 112 (1.75%) Serverless
11 80 (1.25%) OpenShift
12 78 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
13 69 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
14 68 (1.06%) Amazon S3
15 67 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
16 55 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
17 41 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
18 38 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 37 (0.58%) PowerApps
20 26 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 285 (4.45%) Firewall
2 172 (2.69%) WAN
3 154 (2.40%) DNS
4 127 (1.98%) Network Security
5 110 (1.72%) LAN
6 97 (1.51%) TCP/IP
7 79 (1.23%) DHCP
8 75 (1.17%) BGP
8 75 (1.17%) SD-WAN
9 74 (1.16%) SAN
10 67 (1.05%) Internet
10 67 (1.05%) VPN
11 65 (1.01%) Skype
12 64 (1.00%) MPLS
13 47 (0.73%) OSPF
14 43 (0.67%) Wireless
15 42 (0.66%) VSAN
16 41 (0.64%) Ethernet
16 41 (0.64%) VLAN
17 40 (0.62%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 219 (3.42%) SQL Server
2 160 (2.50%) Oracle Database
3 146 (2.28%) Big Data
3 146 (2.28%) Hadoop
4 144 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
5 117 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
6 114 (1.78%) Power BI
7 108 (1.69%) Relational Database
8 74 (1.16%) MongoDB
8 74 (1.16%) NoSQL
9 72 (1.12%) MySQL
10 63 (0.98%) Apache Hive
11 62 (0.97%) Metadata
12 60 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
13 52 (0.81%) Oracle BI EE
14 44 (0.69%) RDBMS
15 43 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
16 38 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 36 (0.56%) Data Lake
18 35 (0.55%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 481 (7.51%) Jenkins
2 456 (7.12%) JIRA
3 406 (6.34%) Git (software)
4 169 (2.64%) Selenium
5 144 (2.25%) GitLab
6 128 (2.00%) Cucumber
7 111 (1.73%) Maven
8 92 (1.44%) Bitbucket
9 74 (1.16%) JMeter
10 60 (0.94%) Artifactory
11 59 (0.92%) Rational DOORS
12 57 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
13 55 (0.86%) Rational Rhapsody
14 53 (0.83%) JUnit
15 49 (0.77%) SoapUI
16 48 (0.75%) Postman
16 48 (0.75%) Visual Studio
17 45 (0.70%) WebDriver
18 42 (0.66%) Mockito
19 38 (0.59%) SonarQube
General
1 1,051 (16.41%) Social Skills
2 946 (14.77%) Public Sector
3 505 (7.88%) Finance
4 339 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
5 183 (2.86%) Telecoms
6 128 (2.00%) Military
6 128 (2.00%) Presentation Skills
7 120 (1.87%) Manufacturing
8 102 (1.59%) Electronics
8 102 (1.59%) Marketing
9 96 (1.50%) Organisational Skills
10 91 (1.42%) Influencing Skills
10 91 (1.42%) Law
11 65 (1.01%) Aerospace
12 54 (0.84%) Banking
13 52 (0.81%) Documentation Skills
14 51 (0.80%) Legal
15 43 (0.67%) Retail
16 35 (0.55%) Police
17 18 (0.28%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 799 (12.47%) Architect
2 745 (11.63%) Developer
3 534 (8.34%) Analyst
4 408 (6.37%) Consultant
5 361 (5.64%) Project Manager
6 354 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
7 239 (3.73%) Business Analyst
8 209 (3.26%) Software Engineer
9 201 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
10 184 (2.87%) Network Engineer
11 176 (2.75%) Java Developer
12 161 (2.51%) Data Engineer
13 135 (2.11%) Support Engineer
14 129 (2.01%) Technical Architect
15 127 (1.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 115 (1.80%) SC Cleared Project Manager
17 110 (1.72%) Designer
17 110 (1.72%) Tester
18 101 (1.58%) Test Engineer
19 95 (1.48%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 233 (3.64%) .NET
2 221 (3.45%) HTML
3 208 (3.25%) Web Services
4 194 (3.03%) CSS
5 190 (2.97%) Spring
6 153 (2.39%) RESTful
7 146 (2.28%) React
8 140 (2.19%) REST
9 137 (2.14%) JSON
9 137 (2.14%) Node.js
10 128 (2.00%) XML
11 119 (1.86%) Spring Boot
12 115 (1.80%) AngularJS
13 109 (1.70%) Kafka
14 103 (1.61%) Oracle Fusion
15 76 (1.19%) Middleware
16 69 (1.08%) SOAP
17 61 (0.95%) HTML5
18 60 (0.94%) Apache NiFi
19 53 (0.83%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 235 (3.67%) Data Centre
2 157 (2.45%) Management Information System
3 124 (1.94%) User Experience
4 99 (1.55%) Public Cloud
5 75 (1.17%) PKI
6 73 (1.14%) Self-Motivation
7 72 (1.12%) Clustering
8 62 (0.97%) Cybercrime
9 61 (0.95%) Cloud Native
10 57 (0.89%) Data Structures
11 54 (0.84%) CMDB
12 53 (0.83%) Private Cloud
13 45 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
14 44 (0.69%) Virtual Team
15 41 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
15 41 (0.64%) NHS
16 38 (0.59%) Algorithms
17 37 (0.58%) Hybrid Cloud
18 35 (0.55%) Cyberthreat
18 35 (0.55%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 832 (12.99%) Windows
2 734 (11.46%) Linux
3 294 (4.59%) Windows Server
4 150 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 140 (2.19%) Windows 10
6 128 (2.00%) Unix
7 104 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 72 (1.12%) Windows Server 2019
9 65 (1.01%) Windows 7
10 54 (0.84%) Windows Server 2016
11 51 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
12 41 (0.64%) CentOS
13 35 (0.55%) Ubuntu
14 30 (0.47%) Android
14 30 (0.47%) Apple iOS
15 23 (0.36%) Windows XP
16 20 (0.31%) AIX
17 15 (0.23%) Solaris
18 13 (0.20%) Mac OS
18 13 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,715 (26.78%) Agile Software Development
2 981 (15.32%) DevOps
3 568 (8.87%) Scrum
4 532 (8.31%) Migration
5 505 (7.88%) Stakeholder Management
6 488 (7.62%) ITIL
7 471 (7.35%) Software Engineering
8 460 (7.18%) Project Management
9 447 (6.98%) Cybersecurity
10 419 (6.54%) Problem-Solving
11 382 (5.96%) Microservices
12 379 (5.92%) Test Automation
13 329 (5.14%) Configuration Management
14 307 (4.79%) Project Delivery
15 294 (4.59%) Business Intelligence
16 259 (4.04%) Analytics
17 243 (3.79%) Continuous Integration
18 227 (3.54%) Service Management
19 219 (3.42%) Software Testing
20 211 (3.29%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 760 (11.87%) Java
2 572 (8.93%) SQL
3 524 (8.18%) Python
4 402 (6.28%) JavaScript
5 364 (5.68%) PowerShell
6 270 (4.22%) C#
7 212 (3.31%) C
8 191 (2.98%) Bash Shell
9 186 (2.90%) C++
10 107 (1.67%) PL/SQL
11 98 (1.53%) TypeScript
12 95 (1.48%) Java 8
13 90 (1.41%) Scala
14 79 (1.23%) R
15 70 (1.09%) Groovy
16 60 (0.94%) Shell Script
17 55 (0.86%) Perl
18 47 (0.73%) Ruby
19 43 (0.67%) Go
20 35 (0.55%) Ada
Qualifications
1 4,850 (75.72%) SC Cleared
2 855 (13.35%) DV Cleared
3 274 (4.28%) BPSS Clearance
4 259 (4.04%) Degree
5 149 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
6 129 (2.01%) CISSP
7 92 (1.44%) CCNP
8 77 (1.20%) ISTQB
9 69 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
10 68 (1.06%) CESG Certified Professional
11 61 (0.95%) CCNA
12 60 (0.94%) CISM
13 52 (0.81%) ISEB
14 39 (0.61%) TOGAF Certification
15 38 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 33 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
16 33 (0.52%) PMP
17 32 (0.50%) MCSE
18 31 (0.48%) BC Cleared
19 30 (0.47%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (2.56%) QA
2 132 (2.06%) PMO
3 122 (1.90%) SLA
4 95 (1.48%) Accessibility
5 93 (1.45%) NCSC
6 84 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 76 (1.19%) Data Quality
8 47 (0.73%) JSP 440
9 44 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
10 35 (0.55%) RMADS
11 29 (0.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 27 (0.42%) GDPR
13 26 (0.41%) NIST
14 14 (0.22%) ISO 9001
14 14 (0.22%) WCAG
15 13 (0.20%) GRC
16 12 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
17 11 (0.17%) GPG13
18 10 (0.16%) Def Stans
19 8 (0.12%) COBIT
System Software
1 509 (7.95%) Docker
2 426 (6.65%) Active Directory
3 356 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 101 (1.58%) Hyper-V
5 92 (1.44%) vSphere
6 64 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
6 64 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
7 58 (0.91%) VMware NSX
8 46 (0.72%) HDFS
9 36 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
10 21 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 20 (0.31%) Firmware
12 13 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
12 13 (0.20%) XenApp
13 10 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
13 10 (0.16%) NFS
14 9 (0.14%) XenDesktop
15 8 (0.12%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 7 (0.11%) vCloud
17 6 (0.094%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 487 (7.60%) Kubernetes
2 422 (6.59%) Terraform
3 381 (5.95%) Ansible
4 120 (1.87%) Puppet
5 118 (1.84%) SCCM
6 91 (1.42%) Grafana
7 76 (1.19%) Prometheus
8 49 (0.77%) Rancher
8 49 (0.77%) vRealize
9 44 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
9 44 (0.69%) vCenter Server
10 43 (0.67%) Packer
11 41 (0.64%) Kibana
12 34 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
13 28 (0.44%) SCOM
13 28 (0.44%) WSUS
14 27 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
15 24 (0.37%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 23 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
17 22 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 748 (11.68%) Microsoft
2 523 (8.17%) Oracle
3 500 (7.81%) VMware
4 333 (5.20%) Cisco
5 207 (3.23%) SAP
6 149 (2.33%) Red Hat
7 102 (1.59%) ServiceNow
8 89 (1.39%) CheckPoint
9 88 (1.37%) Informatica
10 86 (1.34%) Citrix
10 86 (1.34%) HP
11 80 (1.25%) Google
12 77 (1.20%) Splunk
13 72 (1.12%) Juniper
14 67 (1.05%) Dell
15 65 (1.01%) IBM
16 60 (0.94%) Cloudera
17 57 (0.89%) Atlassian
18 54 (0.84%) BT
19 53 (0.83%) Remedy