Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 5 14
Rank change year-on-year -8 +9 +1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 5,832 4,726 7,376
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 10.20% 14.47% 8.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 52.42% 59.47% 46.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,800 3,207 4,667
10th Percentile £333 £321 £302
25th Percentile £413 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £663 £650 £640
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 283 165 314
10th Percentile £12.30 £16.02 £12.00
25th Percentile £17.48 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £42.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.33% -10.71% +124.60%
75th Percentile £55.50 £49.50 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £62.95 £63.75
UK median hourly rate £34.01 £40.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -14.99% -4.76% +124.60%

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 11,126 7,947 16,036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.46% 24.34% 19.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,137 5,287 10,086
10th Percentile £306 £300 £268
25th Percentile £401 £400 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +1.21% +5.56%
75th Percentile £591 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 568 271 654
10th Percentile £12.54 £15.25 £12.50
25th Percentile £16.59 £19.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.00 £31.50 £34.25
Median % change year-on-year +1.59% -8.03% +52.22%
75th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
90th Percentile £63.23 £60.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £31.56 £35.28
% change year-on-year -8.10% -10.56% +60.38%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -14 2,020 £525 - 307
South East 0 1,191 £500 +4.17% 266
South West 0 878 £500 +4.00% 245
North of England -4 571 £463 -2.63% 185
North West -4 391 £450 -5.26% 135
Midlands -8 383 £450 -2.70% 97
West Midlands -7 312 £465 -1.59% 76
East of England 0 240 £450 -10.00% 95
Yorkshire -14 111 £450 -18.18% 27
North East -3 68 £550 +25.00% 23
East Midlands -9 66 £350 -17.16% 21
Security Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 4,378 (75.07%) SC Cleared
2 1,477 (25.33%) Agile Software Development
3 994 (17.04%) Social Skills
4 912 (15.64%) AWS
5 876 (15.02%) DV Cleared
6 846 (14.51%) Public Sector
7 839 (14.39%) DevOps
8 819 (14.04%) Azure
9 798 (13.68%) Windows
10 775 (13.29%) Java
11 684 (11.73%) Microsoft
12 645 (11.06%) Linux
13 547 (9.38%) SQL
14 519 (8.90%) Scrum
15 491 (8.42%) Migration
16 488 (8.37%) Docker
17 487 (8.35%) Python
18 473 (8.11%) Oracle
19 460 (7.89%) Finance
20 450 (7.72%) VMware
21 432 (7.41%) Kubernetes
22 424 (7.27%) Project Management
22 424 (7.27%) ITIL
23 416 (7.13%) Software Engineering
24 415 (7.12%) Active Directory
25 409 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
26 397 (6.81%) JIRA
27 391 (6.70%) Problem-Solving
28 389 (6.67%) Terraform
28 389 (6.67%) Jenkins

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
1 246 (4.22%) Confluence
2 213 (3.65%) SharePoint
3 91 (1.56%) Apache
4 61 (1.05%) WebLogic
5 60 (1.03%) MS Exchange
6 57 (0.98%) Apache Spark
7 56 (0.96%) IIS
8 51 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
9 37 (0.63%) SAS
10 36 (0.62%) Skype for Business
11 35 (0.60%) Tomcat
12 24 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
12 24 (0.41%) nginx
13 19 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
14 17 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
14 17 (0.29%) WebSphere
15 16 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
16 15 (0.26%) CMS
17 14 (0.24%) MS Project Server
17 14 (0.24%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 185 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
2 143 (2.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 70 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 64 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
5 56 (0.96%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.53%) Simulink
7 16 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.17%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
10 7 (0.12%) Siemens NX
10 7 (0.12%) Stata
11 5 (0.086%) Stateflow
11 5 (0.086%) Windchill
12 4 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.051%) Adobe XD
13 3 (0.051%) Maple
13 3 (0.051%) PTC Creo
14 2 (0.034%) Figma
14 2 (0.034%) InfoPath
14 2 (0.034%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 51 (0.87%) Oracle EBS
2 35 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
3 20 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 19 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
5 18 (0.31%) Teamcenter
6 17 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
7 14 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
8 12 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
9 11 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
10 10 (0.17%) assyst
10 10 (0.17%) Primavera
11 9 (0.15%) iTrent
11 9 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
11 9 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle Manufacturing
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle SCM
13 7 (0.12%) HFM
13 7 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
13 7 (0.12%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 912 (15.64%) AWS
2 819 (14.04%) Azure
3 213 (3.65%) Microsoft 365
4 142 (2.43%) Power Platform
5 134 (2.30%) PaaS
6 129 (2.21%) Serverless
7 120 (2.06%) GCP
8 107 (1.83%) SaaS
9 100 (1.71%) GitHub
10 99 (1.70%) IaaS
11 80 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
12 77 (1.32%) AWS Lambda
12 77 (1.32%) OpenShift
13 63 (1.08%) Amazon S3
14 60 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
15 52 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
16 45 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
17 39 (0.67%) PowerApps
18 35 (0.60%) Azure Data Factory
19 32 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 224 (3.84%) Firewall
2 167 (2.86%) DNS
3 147 (2.52%) WAN
4 123 (2.11%) LAN
5 116 (1.99%) TCP/IP
6 107 (1.83%) DHCP
7 91 (1.56%) SAN
8 80 (1.37%) Network Security
9 76 (1.30%) VPN
10 63 (1.08%) Skype
11 58 (0.99%) BGP
12 54 (0.93%) OSPF
13 51 (0.87%) Internet
14 45 (0.77%) SD-WAN
14 45 (0.77%) VSAN
15 44 (0.75%) HTTP
16 43 (0.74%) VLAN
17 40 (0.69%) MPLS
18 39 (0.67%) SSL
18 39 (0.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (3.21%) SQL Server
2 166 (2.85%) Big Data
3 154 (2.64%) Hadoop
4 149 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
5 137 (2.35%) Oracle Database
6 114 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
6 114 (1.95%) Power BI
7 100 (1.71%) Relational Database
8 75 (1.29%) NoSQL
9 62 (1.06%) MySQL
10 60 (1.03%) MongoDB
11 54 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
11 54 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
12 53 (0.91%) Apache Hive
13 51 (0.87%) Metadata
14 50 (0.86%) Tableau
15 47 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 44 (0.75%) Data Lake
17 43 (0.74%) Oracle BI EE
18 41 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 397 (6.81%) JIRA
2 389 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 286 (4.90%) Git (software)
4 142 (2.43%) Selenium
5 114 (1.95%) GitLab
6 100 (1.71%) Maven
7 95 (1.63%) Bitbucket
8 93 (1.59%) Cucumber
9 67 (1.15%) JUnit
10 56 (0.96%) JMeter
11 46 (0.79%) Visual Studio
12 45 (0.77%) Rational DOORS
13 43 (0.74%) Mockito
14 42 (0.72%) Artifactory
14 42 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
15 39 (0.67%) Rational Rhapsody
16 34 (0.58%) TestNG
17 31 (0.53%) Postman
18 30 (0.51%) SoapUI
19 29 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 994 (17.04%) Social Skills
2 846 (14.51%) Public Sector
3 460 (7.89%) Finance
4 321 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
5 195 (3.34%) Telecoms
6 133 (2.28%) Manufacturing
7 115 (1.97%) Presentation Skills
8 110 (1.89%) Marketing
9 100 (1.71%) Influencing Skills
10 99 (1.70%) Electronics
11 83 (1.42%) Military
12 76 (1.30%) Law
12 76 (1.30%) Organisational Skills
13 61 (1.05%) Aerospace
14 56 (0.96%) Banking
15 49 (0.84%) Documentation Skills
16 47 (0.81%) Legal
17 35 (0.60%) Retail
18 26 (0.45%) Local Government
18 26 (0.45%) Police
Job Titles
1 756 (12.96%) Architect
2 667 (11.44%) Developer
3 458 (7.85%) Analyst
4 346 (5.93%) Consultant
5 310 (5.32%) DevOps Engineer
6 287 (4.92%) Project Manager
7 230 (3.94%) Software Engineer
8 197 (3.38%) Business Analyst
9 186 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
10 175 (3.00%) Java Developer
11 162 (2.78%) Network Engineer
12 133 (2.28%) Data Engineer
13 121 (2.07%) Technical Architect
14 120 (2.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 107 (1.83%) SC Cleared Project Manager
15 107 (1.83%) Support Engineer
16 106 (1.82%) Tester
17 102 (1.75%) AWS Engineer
18 90 (1.54%) Azure Engineer
19 85 (1.46%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 212 (3.64%) .NET
2 176 (3.02%) HTML
2 176 (3.02%) Spring
3 152 (2.61%) Web Services
4 144 (2.47%) CSS
5 138 (2.37%) JSON
5 138 (2.37%) REST
6 136 (2.33%) Kafka
7 130 (2.23%) XML
8 127 (2.18%) Node.js
9 118 (2.02%) RESTful
10 113 (1.94%) React
11 106 (1.82%) Spring Boot
12 91 (1.56%) AngularJS
13 82 (1.41%) Oracle Fusion
14 67 (1.15%) Middleware
15 65 (1.11%) SOAP
16 58 (0.99%) Elastic Stack
17 54 (0.93%) Apache NiFi
18 42 (0.72%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 261 (4.48%) Data Centre
2 152 (2.61%) Management Information System
3 130 (2.23%) User Experience
4 90 (1.54%) PKI
5 87 (1.49%) Public Cloud
5 87 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
6 61 (1.05%) Cloud Native
7 60 (1.03%) Clustering
8 53 (0.91%) CMDB
9 51 (0.87%) Data Structures
10 49 (0.84%) Cybercrime
11 42 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
12 41 (0.70%) Virtual Team
13 40 (0.69%) Replication
14 39 (0.67%) Hybrid Cloud
14 39 (0.67%) Private Cloud
15 37 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
16 36 (0.62%) NHS
17 30 (0.51%) Algorithms
18 28 (0.48%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 798 (13.68%) Windows
2 645 (11.06%) Linux
3 315 (5.40%) Windows Server
4 150 (2.57%) Unix
5 125 (2.14%) Windows 10
6 116 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 91 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 59 (1.01%) Windows Server 2019
9 49 (0.84%) Windows Server 2016
10 48 (0.82%) Windows 7
11 47 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
12 39 (0.67%) AIX
13 35 (0.60%) CentOS
14 26 (0.45%) Solaris
15 23 (0.39%) Apple iOS
15 23 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
16 22 (0.38%) Ubuntu
17 19 (0.33%) Windows XP
18 17 (0.29%) Windows Vista
19 12 (0.21%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,477 (25.33%) Agile Software Development
2 839 (14.39%) DevOps
3 519 (8.90%) Scrum
4 491 (8.42%) Migration
5 424 (7.27%) ITIL
5 424 (7.27%) Project Management
6 416 (7.13%) Software Engineering
7 409 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
8 391 (6.70%) Problem-Solving
9 348 (5.97%) Cybersecurity
10 330 (5.66%) Microservices
11 313 (5.37%) Configuration Management
12 308 (5.28%) Business Intelligence
13 293 (5.02%) Test Automation
14 259 (4.44%) Project Delivery
15 234 (4.01%) Analytics
16 209 (3.58%) Continuous Integration
17 205 (3.52%) Decision-Making
18 202 (3.46%) Service Management
19 196 (3.36%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 775 (13.29%) Java
2 547 (9.38%) SQL
3 487 (8.35%) Python
4 365 (6.26%) PowerShell
5 333 (5.71%) JavaScript
6 224 (3.84%) C#
7 202 (3.46%) C
8 166 (2.85%) Bash Shell
9 144 (2.47%) C++
10 117 (2.01%) Java 8
11 97 (1.66%) PL/SQL
12 82 (1.41%) TypeScript
13 77 (1.32%) R
14 67 (1.15%) Shell Script
15 61 (1.05%) Perl
16 56 (0.96%) Groovy
17 54 (0.93%) Scala
18 37 (0.63%) Ada
19 34 (0.58%) MATLAB
19 34 (0.58%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4,378 (75.07%) SC Cleared
2 876 (15.02%) DV Cleared
3 247 (4.24%) Degree
4 226 (3.88%) BPSS Clearance
5 135 (2.31%) Cisco Certification
6 101 (1.73%) CISSP
7 93 (1.59%) CCNP
8 82 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 67 (1.15%) ISTQB
10 64 (1.10%) CCNA
11 60 (1.03%) CESG Certified Professional
12 52 (0.89%) CISM
12 52 (0.89%) ISEB
13 51 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
14 48 (0.82%) MCSE
15 40 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
16 36 (0.62%) PMP
17 31 (0.53%) AWS Certification
18 29 (0.50%) CTC Cleared
19 26 (0.45%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (2.50%) QA
2 87 (1.49%) PMO
3 86 (1.47%) SLA
4 80 (1.37%) Accessibility
5 71 (1.22%) Data Quality
6 61 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 51 (0.87%) NCSC
8 43 (0.74%) JSP 440
9 40 (0.69%) GDPR
10 39 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
11 31 (0.53%) RMADS
12 30 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 28 (0.48%) WCAG
14 17 (0.29%) NIST
15 16 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
15 16 (0.27%) GPG13
16 9 (0.15%) COBIT
17 7 (0.12%) GRC
17 7 (0.12%) PCI DSS
18 6 (0.10%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 488 (8.37%) Docker
2 415 (7.12%) Active Directory
3 333 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 111 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 105 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
6 92 (1.58%) vSphere
7 69 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
8 51 (0.87%) VMware NSX
9 42 (0.72%) HDFS
10 34 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
11 22 (0.38%) XenApp
12 21 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
13 20 (0.34%) Firmware
14 15 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 11 (0.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 10 (0.17%) DFS Replication
16 10 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
17 9 (0.15%) NFS
18 8 (0.14%) Xen
19 7 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 432 (7.41%) Kubernetes
2 389 (6.67%) Terraform
3 347 (5.95%) Ansible
4 128 (2.19%) SCCM
5 93 (1.59%) Grafana
6 88 (1.51%) Puppet
7 79 (1.35%) Prometheus
8 53 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
9 52 (0.89%) vCenter Server
9 52 (0.89%) vRealize
10 43 (0.74%) Kibana
10 43 (0.74%) Rancher
11 41 (0.70%) Packer
12 39 (0.67%) SCOM
13 31 (0.53%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 30 (0.51%) WSUS
15 28 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
15 28 (0.48%) Nagios
16 27 (0.46%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 24 (0.41%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 684 (11.73%) Microsoft
2 473 (8.11%) Oracle
3 450 (7.72%) VMware
4 267 (4.58%) Cisco
5 196 (3.36%) SAP
6 115 (1.97%) Red Hat
7 103 (1.77%) Citrix
8 98 (1.68%) HP
9 95 (1.63%) Google
10 90 (1.54%) ServiceNow
11 86 (1.47%) Dell
12 82 (1.41%) Informatica
13 70 (1.20%) Splunk
14 67 (1.15%) IBM
15 64 (1.10%) Juniper
16 62 (1.06%) Atlassian
17 61 (1.05%) CheckPoint
18 56 (0.96%) Cloudera
19 54 (0.93%) Remedy
20 47 (0.81%) McAfee