Period
to 24 February 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for BPSS Clearance qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 February 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.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
England > London
6 months to
24 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 333 349 387
Rank change year-on-year +16 +38 -7
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 82 137 245
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.42% 0.49% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.22% 2.67% 3.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 128 193
Median daily rate £500 £550 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £413 £355 £330
90th Percentile £641 £688 £662
England median daily rate £490 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.00% +5.26% +10.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Median hourly rate £47.00 £36.28 £24.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.57% +50.58% +13.36%
England median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £26.42
% change year-on-year +11.11% -14.82% -11.95%

BPSS Clearance 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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3,700 5,130 7,092
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 18.87% 18.20% 16.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,586 3,604 4,687
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £313 £300 £278
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 85 128
Median hourly rate £37.93 £36.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.35% +63.11% +7.14%
10th Percentile £18.00 £18.70 £12.50
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £27.13
% change year-on-year +33.33% +10.59% +13.03%

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing BPSS Clearance as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for BPSS Clearance in London

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing BPSS Clearance in London.

Daily rate trend for BPSS Clearance in London

BPSS Clearance
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing BPSS Clearance in London over the 6 months to 24 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in London

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing BPSS Clearance in London.

Hourly rate trend for BPSS Clearance in London

BPSS Clearance
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance within the London region over the 6 months to 24 February 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
Central London +72 9 £525 +10.53% 2
South London +48 2 £475 -5.00% 1
East London +31 1 £650 +36.84%
BPSS Clearance
England

For the 6 months to 24 February 2021, IT contractor jobs citing BPSS Clearance 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 London region with a requirement for BPSS Clearance.

1 56 (68.29%) Security Cleared
2 35 (42.68%) SC Cleared
3 24 (29.27%) Azure
4 20 (24.39%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (24.39%) Public Sector
5 14 (17.07%) DBS Check
6 13 (15.85%) Kubernetes
6 13 (15.85%) Microsoft
7 11 (13.41%) Docker
7 11 (13.41%) DevOps
8 10 (12.20%) Cybersecurity
8 10 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
8 10 (12.20%) AWS
9 9 (10.98%) Python
9 9 (10.98%) Finance
9 9 (10.98%) Jenkins
9 9 (10.98%) Ansible
9 9 (10.98%) Problem-Solving
10 8 (9.76%) Decision-Making
11 7 (8.54%) Firewall
11 7 (8.54%) Management Information System
11 7 (8.54%) Git (software)
12 6 (7.32%) Atlassian
12 6 (7.32%) JIRA
12 6 (7.32%) Test Automation
12 6 (7.32%) SIEM
12 6 (7.32%) Vulnerability Management
12 6 (7.32%) Microsoft 365
12 6 (7.32%) Migration
12 6 (7.32%) Stakeholder Management

BPSS Clearance
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 3 (3.66%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.44%) Confluence
3 1 (1.22%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (6.10%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.22%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 3 (3.66%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 24 (29.27%) Azure
2 10 (12.20%) AWS
3 6 (7.32%) Microsoft 365
4 5 (6.10%) Amazon Cognito
5 3 (3.66%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (3.66%) GCP
5 3 (3.66%) Logic Apps
5 3 (3.66%) OneDrive
5 3 (3.66%) Power Platform
6 2 (2.44%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (2.44%) IaaS
6 2 (2.44%) PowerApps
7 1 (1.22%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.22%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (1.22%) Google Docs
7 1 (1.22%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.54%) Firewall
2 3 (3.66%) VPN
3 2 (2.44%) Broadband
3 2 (2.44%) Skype
3 2 (2.44%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.44%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.22%) BGP
4 1 (1.22%) BIG-IP
4 1 (1.22%) DHCP
4 1 (1.22%) DNS
4 1 (1.22%) Ethernet
4 1 (1.22%) Internet
4 1 (1.22%) LAN
4 1 (1.22%) MPLS
4 1 (1.22%) NetScaler
4 1 (1.22%) OSPF
4 1 (1.22%) Unified Communications
4 1 (1.22%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (3.66%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.44%) Tableau
4 1 (1.22%) DTS
4 1 (1.22%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.22%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 9 (10.98%) Jenkins
2 7 (8.54%) Git (software)
3 6 (7.32%) JIRA
4 5 (6.10%) GoCD
4 5 (6.10%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (3.66%) Selenium
5 3 (3.66%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.44%) JMeter
6 2 (2.44%) Mockito
7 1 (1.22%) Cucumber
7 1 (1.22%) Cypress.io
7 1 (1.22%) EasyMock
7 1 (1.22%) Grunt
7 1 (1.22%) gulp
7 1 (1.22%) Jasmine
7 1 (1.22%) JUnit
7 1 (1.22%) Maven
7 1 (1.22%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.22%) TestNG
7 1 (1.22%) webpack
General
1 20 (24.39%) Public Sector
2 9 (10.98%) Finance
3 4 (4.88%) Publishing
4 2 (2.44%) Digital Economy
5 1 (1.22%) Brand Awareness
5 1 (1.22%) Legal
5 1 (1.22%) Marketing
5 1 (1.22%) Police
5 1 (1.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (15.85%) Developer
2 8 (9.76%) Consultant
3 7 (8.54%) Designer
4 5 (6.10%) Analyst
4 5 (6.10%) Architect
4 5 (6.10%) Content Designer
4 5 (6.10%) DevOps Engineer
5 4 (4.88%) Transformation Manager
5 4 (4.88%) User Researcher
6 3 (3.66%) AWS Engineer
6 3 (3.66%) Azure Engineer
6 3 (3.66%) Business Transformation Manager
6 3 (3.66%) Cloud Engineer
6 3 (3.66%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 3 (3.66%) DevOps Specialist
6 3 (3.66%) Microsoft Consultant
6 3 (3.66%) Operations Engineer
6 3 (3.66%) Security Engineer
6 3 (3.66%) Senior Content Designer
6 3 (3.66%) Senior Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.10%) .NET
1 5 (6.10%) CSS
1 5 (6.10%) HTML
2 4 (4.88%) .NET Framework
3 3 (3.66%) ASP.NET
3 3 (3.66%) ASP.NET Web API
3 3 (3.66%) REST
3 3 (3.66%) WCF
3 3 (3.66%) XML
3 3 (3.66%) XSD
4 2 (2.44%) HTML5
4 2 (2.44%) JAX-RS
5 1 (1.22%) .NET Core
5 1 (1.22%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.22%) Jinja
5 1 (1.22%) Node.js
5 1 (1.22%) Sass
5 1 (1.22%) Semantic HTML
5 1 (1.22%) Vue.js
5 1 (1.22%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.54%) Management Information System
3 6 (7.32%) User Experience
4 5 (6.10%) Social Media
5 4 (4.88%) NHS
6 3 (3.66%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (2.44%) Blog
7 2 (2.44%) Data Centre
8 1 (1.22%) CCTV
8 1 (1.22%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (1.22%) Graphic Design
8 1 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.22%) Linked Data
8 1 (1.22%) Mobile App
8 1 (1.22%) Replication
8 1 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.10%) Windows
2 3 (3.66%) Linux
2 3 (3.66%) Windows 10
3 2 (2.44%) Mac OS
3 2 (2.44%) Unix
3 2 (2.44%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.44%) Windows 8
3 2 (2.44%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.22%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (24.39%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (13.41%) DevOps
3 10 (12.20%) Cybersecurity
4 9 (10.98%) Problem-Solving
5 8 (9.76%) Decision-Making
6 6 (7.32%) Migration
6 6 (7.32%) SIEM
6 6 (7.32%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (7.32%) Test Automation
6 6 (7.32%) Vulnerability Management
7 5 (6.10%) Customer Requirements
7 5 (6.10%) Data Protection
7 5 (6.10%) Requirements Gathering
7 5 (6.10%) Secure Coding
7 5 (6.10%) Service Management
7 5 (6.10%) Web Development
8 4 (4.88%) Business Case
8 4 (4.88%) Infrastructure Automation
8 4 (4.88%) Security Monitoring
8 4 (4.88%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
Programming Languages
1 9 (10.98%) Python
2 6 (7.32%) Go
2 6 (7.32%) Perl
3 5 (6.10%) Bash Shell
3 5 (6.10%) C#
3 5 (6.10%) Java
3 5 (6.10%) JavaScript
3 5 (6.10%) Ruby
4 4 (4.88%) SQL
5 3 (3.66%) PowerShell
6 2 (2.44%) Java 8
7 1 (1.22%) C++
7 1 (1.22%) ES6
7 1 (1.22%) R
7 1 (1.22%) Scala
7 1 (1.22%) VBA
7 1 (1.22%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 56 (68.29%) Security Cleared
2 35 (42.68%) SC Cleared
3 14 (17.07%) DBS Check
4 3 (3.66%) BC Cleared
4 3 (3.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (2.44%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.44%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 1 (1.22%) CCA
6 1 (1.22%) CCDA
6 1 (1.22%) CCDP
6 1 (1.22%) CCIE
6 1 (1.22%) CCNA
6 1 (1.22%) CCNP
6 1 (1.22%) CompTIA Security+
6 1 (1.22%) Degree
6 1 (1.22%) ISEB
6 1 (1.22%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.22%) VCAP
6 1 (1.22%) VCDX
6 1 (1.22%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.10%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (3.66%) QA
3 1 (1.22%) NCSC
3 1 (1.22%) PMO
3 1 (1.22%) SLA
3 1 (1.22%) WCAG
System Software
1 11 (13.41%) Docker
2 4 (4.88%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.88%) Virtual Desktop
3 3 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.44%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.22%) vSphere
5 1 (1.22%) XenApp
5 1 (1.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (15.85%) Kubernetes
2 9 (10.98%) Ansible
3 5 (6.10%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (6.10%) Puppet
3 5 (6.10%) Rundeck
4 4 (4.88%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (4.88%) Terraform
5 2 (2.44%) SCCM
6 1 (1.22%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 13 (15.85%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.32%) Atlassian
3 5 (6.10%) SaltStack
4 3 (3.66%) VMware
5 2 (2.44%) Citrix
5 2 (2.44%) Google
5 2 (2.44%) IBM
6 1 (1.22%) Adobe
6 1 (1.22%) Apple
6 1 (1.22%) Barracuda Networks
6 1 (1.22%) CA
6 1 (1.22%) Cisco
6 1 (1.22%) F5
6 1 (1.22%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.22%) MuleSoft
6 1 (1.22%) Pega
6 1 (1.22%) Radware
6 1 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.22%) ServiceNow