Period
to 24 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for SC 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 Check (SC) Clearance
England > London
6 months to
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 46 16 49
Rank change year-on-year -30 +33 +1
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 1,810 1,278 1,789
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 5.08% 9.04% 4.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 33.20% 45.21% 30.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,210 969 1,268
10th Percentile £388 £347 £332
25th Percentile £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £522 £525
Median % change year-on-year +0.67% -0.67% +5.00%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £699 £650 £675
England median daily rate £513 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +4.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 5 15
10th Percentile £17.84 £22.75 £17.13
25th Percentile £18.00 £34.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate £43.19 £37.50 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +15.17% -6.25% +113.90%
75th Percentile £47.54 £45.75 £47.83
90th Percentile £58.55 £65.40 £50.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +100.00%

SC 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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 5,452 2,827 5,944
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.29% 19.99% 16.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,626 2,029 4,134
10th Percentile £350 £313 £308
25th Percentile £438 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £547 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.45% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £725 £665 £700
England median daily rate £500 £481 £470
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.29% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 32 98
10th Percentile £15.00 £18.01 £13.15
25th Percentile £20.43 £24.88 £20.00
Median hourly rate £34.50 £36.75 £30.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.12% +20.49% +39.40%
75th Percentile £49.13 £45.38 £49.88
90th Percentile £60.00 £54.88 £52.50
England median hourly rate £30.00 £33.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -10.45% -16.25% +74.44%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in London

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared in London.

Daily rate trend for SC Cleared in London

SC Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SC Cleared in London over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in London

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared in London.

Hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in London

SC Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SC Cleared in London over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in London

SC Cleared
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 SC Cleared within the London 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
Central London -35 134 £525 +5.00% 39
South London -2 78 £475 -5.00% 21
West London -15 9 £563 +12.50% 23
East London -15 6 £428 -28.65% 10
North London -8 1 - - 5
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 24 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SC 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 London region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 1,810 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 526 (29.06%) Agile Software Development
3 368 (20.33%) Public Sector
4 353 (19.50%) DevOps
5 326 (18.01%) AWS
6 311 (17.18%) Azure
7 224 (12.38%) Java
8 218 (12.04%) Social Skills
9 209 (11.55%) Kubernetes
10 197 (10.88%) Linux
11 196 (10.83%) Docker
12 190 (10.50%) Stakeholder Management
13 182 (10.06%) Terraform
14 179 (9.89%) Microsoft
15 174 (9.61%) Cybersecurity
16 168 (9.28%) SQL
17 162 (8.95%) Microservices
18 146 (8.07%) Finance
19 142 (7.85%) DV Cleared
20 141 (7.79%) Windows
21 136 (7.51%) Python
21 136 (7.51%) Jenkins
22 135 (7.46%) Migration
23 133 (7.35%) Scrum
24 123 (6.80%) Ansible
25 122 (6.74%) Project Management
25 122 (6.74%) JIRA
26 121 (6.69%) Test Automation
27 119 (6.57%) Oracle
28 117 (6.46%) Cisco

SC Cleared
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 60 (3.31%) Confluence
2 41 (2.27%) SharePoint
3 25 (1.38%) Apache
4 20 (1.10%) IIS
5 18 (0.99%) Apache Spark
6 14 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 13 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
8 11 (0.61%) MS Exchange
8 11 (0.61%) Tomcat
8 11 (0.61%) WebLogic
9 8 (0.44%) Apache Airflow
10 7 (0.39%) nginx
11 6 (0.33%) OpenStack
11 6 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.28%) Camunda
13 4 (0.22%) JBoss
13 4 (0.22%) Red Hat Fuse
13 4 (0.22%) SAS
13 4 (0.22%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 43 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 38 (2.10%) Microsoft Office
3 29 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (0.99%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.11%) SPSS
7 1 (0.055%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.055%) Figma
7 1 (0.055%) InVision
7 1 (0.055%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 13 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (0.61%) Oracle ERP
3 10 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (0.50%) Oracle Payables
5 7 (0.39%) Oracle Receivables
6 6 (0.33%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.28%) SAP CO
7 5 (0.28%) SAP FI/CO
8 4 (0.22%) iTrent
8 4 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.22%) SAP ERP
8 4 (0.22%) SAP PSCD
8 4 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
9 3 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 2 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
11 1 (0.055%) Oracle Applications
11 1 (0.055%) Oracle EBS R12
11 1 (0.055%) Oracle Payroll
11 1 (0.055%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 1 (0.055%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 326 (18.01%) AWS
2 311 (17.18%) Azure
3 83 (4.59%) Microsoft 365
4 60 (3.31%) SaaS
5 58 (3.20%) IaaS
6 57 (3.15%) PaaS
7 51 (2.82%) Serverless
8 43 (2.38%) Power Platform
9 40 (2.21%) OpenShift
10 39 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
11 37 (2.04%) GitHub
12 36 (1.99%) GCP
13 29 (1.60%) Amazon S3
14 26 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
15 25 (1.38%) Amazon EC2
16 24 (1.33%) Azure Active Directory
17 20 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
18 16 (0.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 13 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
20 12 (0.66%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 90 (4.97%) WAN
2 73 (4.03%) Firewall
3 63 (3.48%) SD-WAN
4 53 (2.93%) DNS
5 32 (1.77%) BGP
5 32 (1.77%) DHCP
6 30 (1.66%) MPLS
7 26 (1.44%) Network Security
7 26 (1.44%) TCP/IP
8 25 (1.38%) VLAN
9 24 (1.33%) HTTP
10 19 (1.05%) VPN
11 17 (0.94%) LAN
12 15 (0.83%) Cisco Nexus
13 13 (0.72%) SAN
14 12 (0.66%) NAS
15 10 (0.55%) SSL
16 8 (0.44%) Internet
16 8 (0.44%) OSPF
16 8 (0.44%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (2.93%) SQL Server
2 50 (2.76%) PostgreSQL
3 41 (2.27%) Power BI
4 40 (2.21%) Big Data
5 37 (2.04%) MongoDB
6 27 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
7 23 (1.27%) NoSQL
7 23 (1.27%) Oracle Database
8 18 (0.99%) Hadoop
9 17 (0.94%) MySQL
10 16 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
11 14 (0.77%) Oracle BI EE
11 14 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 12 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
12 12 (0.66%) Data Lake
12 12 (0.66%) Relational Database
12 12 (0.66%) Tableau
13 11 (0.61%) SQL Server 2019
13 11 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 10 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 136 (7.51%) Jenkins
2 122 (6.74%) JIRA
3 93 (5.14%) Git (software)
4 57 (3.15%) Cucumber
5 52 (2.87%) GitLab
6 48 (2.65%) Selenium
7 42 (2.32%) Maven
8 27 (1.49%) Mockito
9 24 (1.33%) Bitbucket
10 21 (1.16%) JMeter
10 21 (1.16%) WebDriver
11 20 (1.10%) JUnit
12 18 (0.99%) Postman
13 17 (0.94%) REST Assured
13 17 (0.94%) Sonatype Nexus
13 17 (0.94%) Visual Studio
14 15 (0.83%) SonarQube
15 14 (0.77%) Gradle
16 13 (0.72%) Cypress.io
16 13 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 368 (20.33%) Public Sector
2 218 (12.04%) Social Skills
3 146 (8.07%) Finance
4 90 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
5 35 (1.93%) Telecoms
6 32 (1.77%) Presentation Skills
7 25 (1.38%) Law
8 20 (1.10%) Influencing Skills
9 18 (0.99%) Banking
10 17 (0.94%) Marketing
11 15 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
12 14 (0.77%) Legal
12 14 (0.77%) Police
13 13 (0.72%) Manufacturing
14 11 (0.61%) Electronics
15 10 (0.55%) Retail
16 9 (0.50%) General Ledger
17 8 (0.44%) Documentation Skills
17 8 (0.44%) Local Government
18 6 (0.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 274 (15.14%) Architect
2 230 (12.71%) Developer
3 177 (9.78%) Analyst
4 141 (7.79%) DevOps Engineer
5 107 (5.91%) Business Analyst
6 91 (5.03%) Consultant
7 85 (4.70%) Project Manager
8 78 (4.31%) Technical Architect
9 77 (4.25%) Java Developer
10 59 (3.26%) Solutions Architect
11 55 (3.04%) Data Engineer
12 48 (2.65%) Designer
13 43 (2.38%) Azure Engineer
14 41 (2.27%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 41 (2.27%) Security Architect
15 37 (2.04%) Senior Developer
16 36 (1.99%) Delivery Manager
17 35 (1.93%) Cloud Architect
17 35 (1.93%) Test Engineer
18 34 (1.88%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (3.81%) REST
2 60 (3.31%) .NET
3 56 (3.09%) Kafka
4 54 (2.98%) Web Services
5 51 (2.82%) React
6 49 (2.71%) RESTful
7 45 (2.49%) Spring
8 42 (2.32%) HTML
9 40 (2.21%) Oracle Fusion
10 39 (2.15%) JSON
11 35 (1.93%) CSS
11 35 (1.93%) Node.js
12 27 (1.49%) XML
13 26 (1.44%) Apache NiFi
14 23 (1.27%) Spring Boot
14 23 (1.27%) WireMock
15 22 (1.22%) JPA
15 22 (1.22%) SOAP
16 20 (1.10%) AngularJS
16 20 (1.10%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 58 (3.20%) Data Centre
2 35 (1.93%) Cloud Native
3 33 (1.82%) User Experience
4 27 (1.49%) Management Information System
5 23 (1.27%) Clustering
5 23 (1.27%) Public Cloud
6 21 (1.16%) CMDB
7 16 (0.88%) Virtual Team
8 14 (0.77%) Algorithms
8 14 (0.77%) Data Structures
8 14 (0.77%) Legacy Systems
9 13 (0.72%) Cybercrime
9 13 (0.72%) PKI
10 12 (0.66%) Enterprise Cloud
10 12 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
11 11 (0.61%) Private Cloud
12 9 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (0.44%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (0.44%) Mainframe
14 7 (0.39%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 197 (10.88%) Linux
2 141 (7.79%) Windows
3 58 (3.20%) Windows Server
4 49 (2.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 39 (2.15%) Windows 10
6 23 (1.27%) Unix
7 21 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (0.88%) Windows Server 2019
9 14 (0.77%) Windows Server 2016
10 10 (0.55%) Ubuntu
11 8 (0.44%) CentOS
12 7 (0.39%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
14 5 (0.28%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.22%) Windows 7
16 3 (0.17%) AIX
16 3 (0.17%) HPUX
16 3 (0.17%) Solaris
17 2 (0.11%) Oracle Linux
17 2 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 526 (29.06%) Agile Software Development
2 353 (19.50%) DevOps
3 190 (10.50%) Stakeholder Management
4 174 (9.61%) Cybersecurity
5 162 (8.95%) Microservices
6 135 (7.46%) Migration
7 133 (7.35%) Scrum
8 122 (6.74%) Project Management
9 121 (6.69%) Test Automation
10 101 (5.58%) ITIL
11 77 (4.25%) Change Management
11 77 (4.25%) Service Management
12 76 (4.20%) Business Intelligence
13 72 (3.98%) Open Source
14 71 (3.92%) Software Engineering
15 69 (3.81%) Business Case
16 65 (3.59%) Configuration Management
16 65 (3.59%) Waterfall
17 64 (3.54%) Infrastructure as Code
18 62 (3.43%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 224 (12.38%) Java
2 168 (9.28%) SQL
3 136 (7.51%) Python
4 104 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 94 (5.19%) PowerShell
6 51 (2.82%) C#
7 50 (2.76%) Java 8
8 43 (2.38%) Bash Shell
9 37 (2.04%) TypeScript
10 31 (1.71%) C
11 29 (1.60%) Java 11
12 28 (1.55%) PL/SQL
13 26 (1.44%) Scala
14 17 (0.94%) Ruby
15 16 (0.88%) Shell Script
16 14 (0.77%) Go
16 14 (0.77%) Groovy
17 13 (0.72%) T-SQL
18 11 (0.61%) R
19 8 (0.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 1,810 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 142 (7.85%) DV Cleared
3 51 (2.82%) BPSS Clearance
4 48 (2.65%) Degree
5 36 (1.99%) CISSP
6 23 (1.27%) CESG Certified Professional
7 21 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
10 13 (0.72%) CCNP
10 13 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
11 11 (0.61%) AWS Certification
12 10 (0.55%) CCNA
12 10 (0.55%) CTC Cleared
13 9 (0.50%) CISM
13 9 (0.50%) MCITP
14 8 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 8 (0.44%) TOGAF Certification
15 7 (0.39%) MCSE
16 6 (0.33%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (3.15%) QA
2 50 (2.76%) PMO
3 35 (1.93%) NCSC
4 34 (1.88%) Accessibility
5 24 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 24 (1.33%) SLA
6 14 (0.77%) Data Quality
7 8 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.33%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.28%) COBIT
9 5 (0.28%) GDPR
10 4 (0.22%) GRC
10 4 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.22%) WCAG
11 3 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.17%) PCI DSS
11 3 (0.17%) RMADS
12 2 (0.11%) ISO 22301
12 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.11%) NIST
System Software
1 196 (10.83%) Docker
2 109 (6.02%) Active Directory
3 91 (5.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 53 (2.93%) Hyper-V
5 10 (0.55%) vSphere
6 8 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.22%) NFS
8 4 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (0.22%) VMware NSX
9 3 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 3 (0.17%) Ceph
9 3 (0.17%) iptables
10 2 (0.11%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 2 (0.11%) Firmware
10 2 (0.11%) HDFS
10 2 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.11%) Xen
11 1 (0.055%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 209 (11.55%) Kubernetes
2 182 (10.06%) Terraform
3 123 (6.80%) Ansible
4 40 (2.21%) Puppet
5 22 (1.22%) Grafana
6 19 (1.05%) Prometheus
7 18 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (0.94%) Packer
8 17 (0.94%) SCCM
9 16 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
10 12 (0.66%) Kibana
11 10 (0.55%) Microsoft Clustering
12 9 (0.50%) Graphite
13 7 (0.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 7 (0.39%) logstash
14 6 (0.33%) Istio
15 5 (0.28%) FortiGate
15 5 (0.28%) Sysdig
16 4 (0.22%) Cisco CUCM
16 4 (0.22%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 179 (9.89%) Microsoft
2 119 (6.57%) Oracle
3 117 (6.46%) Cisco
4 103 (5.69%) VMware
5 51 (2.82%) Red Hat
6 38 (2.10%) CheckPoint
7 28 (1.55%) ServiceNow
8 26 (1.44%) SAP
9 25 (1.38%) Google
10 17 (0.94%) Splunk
11 16 (0.88%) Remedy
12 13 (0.72%) Dell
13 12 (0.66%) BMC
13 12 (0.66%) Cloudera
13 12 (0.66%) Databricks
13 12 (0.66%) F5
13 12 (0.66%) Fortinet
13 12 (0.66%) Hortonworks
14 11 (0.61%) Informatica
15 10 (0.55%) Citrix