Period
to 25 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for Security Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 25 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
England > London
6 months to
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 32 12 29
Rank change year-on-year -20 +17 +6
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 2,242 1,609 2,346
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 6.24% 11.38% 6.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 40.79% 56.92% 39.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,485 1,185 1,611
10th Percentile £384 £350 £330
25th Percentile £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £525
75th Percentile £631 £588 £600
90th Percentile £694 £650 £695
England median daily rate £513 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +3.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 9 20
10th Percentile £16.42 £28.65 £18.26
25th Percentile £18.00 £34.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate £25.00 £42.50 £36.59
Median % change year-on-year -41.18% +16.16% +95.66%
75th Percentile £52.50 £55.00 £47.83
90th Percentile £59.75 £62.10 £50.55
England median hourly rate £41.25 £42.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year -1.79% -3.45% +74.00%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 5,497 2,827 5,982
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.29% 19.99% 16.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,653 2,029 4,164
10th Percentile £350 £313 £308
25th Percentile £438 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% - -
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 96
10th Percentile £15.00 £18.01 £12.75
25th Percentile £20.43 £24.88 £20.00
Median hourly rate £34.50 £36.75 £31.25
Median % change year-on-year -6.12% +17.60% +38.89%
75th Percentile £49.13 £45.38 £50.00
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% +73.91%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in London

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Daily rate trend for Security Cleared in London

Security Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Cleared in London over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in London

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in London

Security Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Cleared in London over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in London

Security 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 Security Cleared within the London region over the 6 months to 25 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 -34 176 £525 +5.00% 58
South London -2 118 £475 -5.00% 21
West London -20 23 £563 +2.27% 33
East London -16 9 £428 -28.65% 12
North London -8 2 - - 5
Security Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 London region with a requirement for Security Cleared.

1 1,827 (81.49%) SC Cleared
2 631 (28.14%) Agile Software Development
3 433 (19.31%) Public Sector
4 429 (19.13%) DevOps
5 388 (17.31%) AWS
6 366 (16.32%) Azure
7 282 (12.58%) Social Skills
8 281 (12.53%) Java
9 244 (10.88%) Kubernetes
10 242 (10.79%) Docker
11 240 (10.70%) Microsoft
12 236 (10.53%) Linux
13 235 (10.48%) Stakeholder Management
14 229 (10.21%) DV Cleared
15 225 (10.04%) SQL
16 212 (9.46%) Terraform
17 205 (9.14%) Cybersecurity
18 198 (8.83%) Scrum
19 195 (8.70%) Finance
20 191 (8.52%) Python
21 184 (8.21%) Windows
22 178 (7.94%) Microservices
23 173 (7.72%) Jenkins
23 173 (7.72%) Oracle
24 170 (7.58%) JIRA
25 168 (7.49%) Project Management
26 164 (7.31%) Migration
27 148 (6.60%) Test Automation
28 147 (6.56%) Ansible
29 143 (6.38%) ITIL

Security 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 98 (4.37%) Confluence
2 62 (2.77%) SharePoint
3 26 (1.16%) Apache
4 25 (1.12%) Apache Spark
5 20 (0.89%) IIS
6 18 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
7 16 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 14 (0.62%) MS Exchange
8 14 (0.62%) WebLogic
9 11 (0.49%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
11 8 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
12 7 (0.31%) nginx
12 7 (0.31%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
13 6 (0.27%) ArcGIS
13 6 (0.27%) JBoss
13 6 (0.27%) Red Hat Fuse
14 5 (0.22%) CMS
14 5 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 59 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 48 (2.14%) Microsoft Office
3 37 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
5 20 (0.89%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.31%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.089%) Figma
7 2 (0.089%) SPSS
8 1 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.045%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.045%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.045%) InVision
8 1 (0.045%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 13 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
1 13 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
3 9 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
3 9 (0.40%) Oracle Receivables
4 8 (0.36%) SAP FI
5 7 (0.31%) SAP CO
5 7 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
5 7 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.18%) iTrent
6 4 (0.18%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.18%) SAP PSCD
6 4 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 3 (0.13%) Sentinel
7 3 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 2 (0.089%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.089%) Oracle SCM
8 2 (0.089%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 388 (17.31%) AWS
2 366 (16.32%) Azure
3 96 (4.28%) Microsoft 365
4 70 (3.12%) SaaS
5 65 (2.90%) PaaS
6 62 (2.77%) IaaS
7 60 (2.68%) GitHub
8 59 (2.63%) Serverless
9 57 (2.54%) GCP
10 51 (2.27%) Power Platform
11 47 (2.10%) OpenShift
12 44 (1.96%) AWS Lambda
13 31 (1.38%) Azure Active Directory
14 30 (1.34%) Amazon S3
15 27 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
16 25 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
17 23 (1.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 22 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
19 15 (0.67%) Dynamics 365
20 12 (0.54%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 96 (4.28%) WAN
2 94 (4.19%) Firewall
3 64 (2.85%) SD-WAN
4 60 (2.68%) DNS
5 34 (1.52%) BGP
5 34 (1.52%) DHCP
6 32 (1.43%) MPLS
7 31 (1.38%) Network Security
8 30 (1.34%) TCP/IP
9 28 (1.25%) VLAN
10 24 (1.07%) HTTP
11 23 (1.03%) VPN
12 22 (0.98%) LAN
13 16 (0.71%) SAN
14 15 (0.67%) Cisco Nexus
15 13 (0.58%) Software-Defined Networking
16 12 (0.54%) Internet
16 12 (0.54%) NAS
16 12 (0.54%) OSPF
17 11 (0.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (3.21%) SQL Server
2 71 (3.17%) PostgreSQL
3 56 (2.50%) Big Data
4 48 (2.14%) Power BI
5 41 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
6 40 (1.78%) MongoDB
7 36 (1.61%) Oracle Database
8 34 (1.52%) Hadoop
9 29 (1.29%) NoSQL
10 22 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
11 21 (0.94%) MySQL
11 21 (0.94%) Oracle BI EE
12 18 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 17 (0.76%) Azure SQL Database
14 16 (0.71%) Relational Database
15 15 (0.67%) Metadata
16 14 (0.62%) Oracle ODI
16 14 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
17 13 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 13 (0.58%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 173 (7.72%) Jenkins
2 170 (7.58%) JIRA
3 120 (5.35%) Git (software)
4 70 (3.12%) Cucumber
5 66 (2.94%) Selenium
6 59 (2.63%) GitLab
7 44 (1.96%) Maven
8 30 (1.34%) Mockito
9 25 (1.12%) Bitbucket
9 25 (1.12%) JMeter
10 24 (1.07%) JUnit
11 22 (0.98%) WebDriver
12 21 (0.94%) Postman
12 21 (0.94%) Visual Studio
13 19 (0.85%) REST Assured
14 17 (0.76%) Sonatype Nexus
15 15 (0.67%) SonarQube
15 15 (0.67%) TestNG
16 14 (0.62%) Gradle
16 14 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 433 (19.31%) Public Sector
2 282 (12.58%) Social Skills
3 195 (8.70%) Finance
4 119 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
5 49 (2.19%) Telecoms
6 35 (1.56%) Presentation Skills
7 33 (1.47%) Law
8 29 (1.29%) Organisational Skills
9 28 (1.25%) Influencing Skills
10 24 (1.07%) Marketing
11 21 (0.94%) Banking
12 18 (0.80%) Legal
13 16 (0.71%) Police
14 15 (0.67%) Manufacturing
15 11 (0.49%) Documentation Skills
15 11 (0.49%) Electronics
15 11 (0.49%) General Ledger
15 11 (0.49%) Retail
16 9 (0.40%) Local Government
17 7 (0.31%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 308 (13.74%) Architect
2 266 (11.86%) Developer
3 230 (10.26%) Analyst
4 171 (7.63%) DevOps Engineer
5 126 (5.62%) Business Analyst
6 121 (5.40%) Project Manager
7 116 (5.17%) Consultant
8 82 (3.66%) Technical Architect
9 81 (3.61%) Java Developer
10 72 (3.21%) Data Engineer
11 67 (2.99%) Solutions Architect
12 62 (2.77%) Designer
13 54 (2.41%) Azure Engineer
14 47 (2.10%) Delivery Manager
15 46 (2.05%) Security Architect
16 42 (1.87%) SC Cleared Project Manager
16 42 (1.87%) Test Engineer
17 39 (1.74%) AWS Engineer
17 39 (1.74%) Senior Developer
18 37 (1.65%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (3.39%) .NET
2 73 (3.26%) REST
3 63 (2.81%) HTML
3 63 (2.81%) RESTful
4 62 (2.77%) Kafka
4 62 (2.77%) Spring
5 61 (2.72%) React
6 59 (2.63%) Web Services
7 54 (2.41%) CSS
8 45 (2.01%) Oracle Fusion
9 43 (1.92%) JSON
9 43 (1.92%) Node.js
10 39 (1.74%) Spring Boot
11 35 (1.56%) AngularJS
12 33 (1.47%) XML
13 30 (1.34%) Apache NiFi
14 27 (1.20%) WireMock
15 23 (1.03%) Gherkin
15 23 (1.03%) SOAP
16 22 (0.98%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 65 (2.90%) Data Centre
2 48 (2.14%) User Experience
3 40 (1.78%) Cloud Native
4 37 (1.65%) Public Cloud
5 35 (1.56%) Management Information System
6 32 (1.43%) Clustering
7 22 (0.98%) CMDB
8 19 (0.85%) Data Structures
8 19 (0.85%) Virtual Team
9 18 (0.80%) Legacy Systems
10 15 (0.67%) Algorithms
10 15 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (0.67%) Hybrid Cloud
11 14 (0.62%) PKI
12 13 (0.58%) Cybercrime
13 12 (0.54%) Enterprise Cloud
13 12 (0.54%) NHS
13 12 (0.54%) Private Cloud
14 10 (0.45%) Enterprise Software
14 10 (0.45%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 236 (10.53%) Linux
2 184 (8.21%) Windows
3 77 (3.43%) Windows Server
4 63 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 50 (2.23%) Windows 10
6 31 (1.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (1.16%) Unix
8 23 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
9 20 (0.89%) Windows Server 2016
10 13 (0.58%) Ubuntu
10 13 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.54%) Apple iOS
12 10 (0.45%) CentOS
13 9 (0.40%) Windows 7
14 5 (0.22%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.18%) AIX
15 4 (0.18%) HPUX
15 4 (0.18%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.18%) Solaris
16 3 (0.13%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 631 (28.14%) Agile Software Development
2 429 (19.13%) DevOps
3 235 (10.48%) Stakeholder Management
4 205 (9.14%) Cybersecurity
5 198 (8.83%) Scrum
6 178 (7.94%) Microservices
7 168 (7.49%) Project Management
8 164 (7.31%) Migration
9 148 (6.60%) Test Automation
10 143 (6.38%) ITIL
11 103 (4.59%) Change Management
12 99 (4.42%) Service Management
13 98 (4.37%) Business Intelligence
14 93 (4.15%) Analytics
15 92 (4.10%) Infrastructure as Code
16 90 (4.01%) Software Engineering
17 86 (3.84%) Open Source
18 82 (3.66%) Business Case
18 82 (3.66%) Problem-Solving
18 82 (3.66%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 281 (12.53%) Java
2 225 (10.04%) SQL
3 191 (8.52%) Python
4 129 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 108 (4.82%) PowerShell
6 79 (3.52%) C#
7 65 (2.90%) C
8 58 (2.59%) Bash Shell
9 50 (2.23%) Java 8
10 43 (1.92%) TypeScript
11 35 (1.56%) PL/SQL
12 31 (1.38%) Scala
13 29 (1.29%) Groovy
13 29 (1.29%) Java 11
14 20 (0.89%) Ruby
15 18 (0.80%) Shell Script
16 17 (0.76%) R
17 16 (0.71%) Go
18 15 (0.67%) T-SQL
19 13 (0.58%) C++
Qualifications
1 1,827 (81.49%) SC Cleared
2 229 (10.21%) DV Cleared
3 74 (3.30%) BPSS Clearance
4 63 (2.81%) Degree
5 36 (1.61%) CISSP
6 27 (1.20%) CESG Certified Professional
6 27 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 21 (0.94%) CTC Cleared
9 16 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 16 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
10 15 (0.67%) AWS Certification
10 15 (0.67%) CCNP
11 11 (0.49%) CCNA
12 9 (0.40%) CISM
12 9 (0.40%) MCITP
12 9 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 8 (0.36%) TOGAF Certification
14 7 (0.31%) MCSE
14 7 (0.31%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (3.08%) QA
2 62 (2.77%) PMO
3 40 (1.78%) Accessibility
4 37 (1.65%) NCSC
5 32 (1.43%) Data Quality
5 32 (1.43%) SLA
6 29 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
8 8 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 7 (0.31%) RMADS
10 6 (0.27%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.27%) JSP 440
11 5 (0.22%) COBIT
11 5 (0.22%) GDPR
12 4 (0.18%) GRC
12 4 (0.18%) WCAG
13 3 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
13 3 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.13%) PCI DSS
14 2 (0.089%) NIST
System Software
1 242 (10.79%) Docker
2 142 (6.33%) Active Directory
3 109 (4.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 54 (2.41%) Hyper-V
5 20 (0.89%) vSphere
6 19 (0.85%) VMware NSX
7 12 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
8 7 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (0.27%) HDFS
10 4 (0.18%) NFS
10 4 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 3 (0.13%) Ceph
11 3 (0.13%) iptables
11 3 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.089%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.089%) Firmware
12 2 (0.089%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.089%) Xen
13 1 (0.045%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 244 (10.88%) Kubernetes
2 212 (9.46%) Terraform
3 147 (6.56%) Ansible
4 48 (2.14%) Puppet
5 33 (1.47%) Grafana
5 33 (1.47%) Prometheus
6 21 (0.94%) SCCM
7 19 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
7 19 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
8 18 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
8 18 (0.80%) Packer
9 14 (0.62%) Cisco CUCM
10 12 (0.54%) Kibana
10 12 (0.54%) Rancher
11 11 (0.49%) vRealize
11 11 (0.49%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 9 (0.40%) Graphite
13 8 (0.36%) SCOM
14 7 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
14 7 (0.31%) logstash
Vendors
1 240 (10.70%) Microsoft
2 173 (7.72%) Oracle
3 141 (6.29%) Cisco
4 124 (5.53%) VMware
5 64 (2.85%) Red Hat
6 50 (2.23%) CheckPoint
7 43 (1.92%) SAP
8 34 (1.52%) ServiceNow
9 29 (1.29%) Google
10 23 (1.03%) Splunk
11 19 (0.85%) Atlassian
11 19 (0.85%) Informatica
12 18 (0.80%) BT
13 17 (0.76%) Dynatrace
14 16 (0.71%) Remedy
15 15 (0.67%) Dell
16 14 (0.62%) Cloudera
16 14 (0.62%) F5
17 13 (0.58%) Citrix
17 13 (0.58%) Databricks