Period
to 19 April 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for BPSS Clearance qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 April 2019 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 > North West
6 months to
19 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 154 186 165
Rank change year-on-year +32 -21 -24
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 56 33 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.01% 0.57% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.97% 3.20% 3.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 23 30
North West median daily rate £520 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.86% +2.94% -
10th Percentile £368 £303 £309
90th Percentile £750 £516 £650
England median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 7
North West median hourly rate £32.32 £58.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.27% +346.15% -71.11%
10th Percentile £24.84 £54.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £38.61 £62.00 £18.53
England median hourly rate £26.42 £40.50 £20.92
% change year-on-year -34.78% +93.64% -53.52%

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 the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 938 1,032 1,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 16.87% 17.86% 18.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 538 602 572
North West median daily rate £430 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £200 £208 £235
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 71 100
North West median hourly rate £36.23 £35.00 £39.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.50% -11.95% +1.92%
10th Percentile £17.50 £11.50 £12.83
90th Percentile £53.00 £67.50 £53.00
England median hourly rate £32.00 £23.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +36.17% -21.67% +9.33%

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing BPSS Clearance as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for BPSS Clearance in the North West

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for BPSS Clearance in the North West

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance in the North West over the 6 months to 19 April 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the North West

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for BPSS Clearance in the North West

BPSS Clearance
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 19 April 2019. 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
Manchester +13 19 £583 +50.32% 1
Lancashire -4 19 £438 -8.23%
Cheshire +28 16 £575 +55.93%
Merseyside -10 2 £461 -
BPSS Clearance
England

For the 6 months to 19 April 2019, 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 North West region with a requirement for BPSS Clearance.

1 25 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (37.50%) DevOps
3 20 (35.71%) Jenkins
3 20 (35.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (35.71%) Microsoft
4 19 (33.93%) Java
5 18 (32.14%) Security Cleared
6 16 (28.57%) SQL
6 16 (28.57%) Test Automation
7 13 (23.21%) Linux
8 12 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (21.43%) Amazon AWS
9 10 (17.86%) Web Services
9 10 (17.86%) Disclosure Scotland
10 9 (16.07%) SQL Server
10 9 (16.07%) ITIL
10 9 (16.07%) Selenium
10 9 (16.07%) SC Cleared
10 9 (16.07%) Git (software)
11 8 (14.29%) BDD
11 8 (14.29%) MongoDB
11 8 (14.29%) Windows
11 8 (14.29%) TDD
11 8 (14.29%) SonarQube
12 7 (12.50%) GitLab
12 7 (12.50%) Oracle
12 7 (12.50%) .NET
12 7 (12.50%) Microservices
13 6 (10.71%) Spring
13 6 (10.71%) JIRA

BPSS Clearance
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (5.36%) Apache
1 3 (5.36%) IIS
1 3 (5.36%) Jetty
1 3 (5.36%) Mongrel
1 3 (5.36%) nginx
1 3 (5.36%) Tomcat
1 3 (5.36%) WebSphere
2 2 (3.57%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.57%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (1.79%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.79%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (3.57%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 20 (35.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (21.43%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (8.93%) Boomi
3 5 (8.93%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (7.14%) IaaS
4 4 (7.14%) PaaS
5 3 (5.36%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (5.36%) Google App Engine
5 3 (5.36%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (5.36%) SaaS
6 2 (3.57%) GitHub
7 1 (1.79%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (1.79%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.79%) Office 365
7 1 (1.79%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.71%) HTTP
2 4 (7.14%) DHCP
2 4 (7.14%) DNS
2 4 (7.14%) FTP
2 4 (7.14%) IPsec
2 4 (7.14%) SSL
2 4 (7.14%) TCP/IP
3 2 (3.57%) Firewall
4 1 (1.79%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (16.07%) SQL Server
2 8 (14.29%) MongoDB
3 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (3.57%) MySQL
4 2 (3.57%) NoSQL
4 2 (3.57%) Oracle Database
4 2 (3.57%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (3.57%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.79%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (1.79%) Data Lake
5 1 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.79%) Power BI
5 1 (1.79%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.79%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 20 (35.71%) Jenkins
2 9 (16.07%) Git (software)
2 9 (16.07%) Selenium
3 8 (14.29%) SonarQube
4 7 (12.50%) GitLab
5 6 (10.71%) JIRA
6 5 (8.93%) Artifactory
6 5 (8.93%) Cucumber
6 5 (8.93%) JMeter
6 5 (8.93%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (7.14%) Travis CI
8 3 (5.36%) Maven
8 3 (5.36%) Mockito
8 3 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (5.36%) Visual Studio
8 3 (5.36%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (3.57%) Gatling
9 2 (3.57%) Subversion
9 2 (3.57%) WebDriver
10 1 (1.79%) gulp
General
1 3 (5.36%) Manufacturing
2 2 (3.57%) Finance
3 1 (1.79%) Aerospace
3 1 (1.79%) Back Office
3 1 (1.79%) Law
3 1 (1.79%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (30.36%) Architect
2 14 (25.00%) Developer
3 11 (19.64%) Technical Architect
4 9 (16.07%) Lead Architect
5 7 (12.50%) Java Developer
5 7 (12.50%) Technical Leader
6 5 (8.93%) DevOps Engineer
7 4 (7.14%) Analyst
7 4 (7.14%) C# Developer
8 3 (5.36%) AWS Engineer
8 3 (5.36%) Consultant
8 3 (5.36%) Project Manager
8 3 (5.36%) Senior Developer
8 3 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (3.57%) Administrator
9 2 (3.57%) Cloud Architect
9 2 (3.57%) Senior Architect
9 2 (3.57%) Software Developer
9 2 (3.57%) Software Engineer
9 2 (3.57%) Technical Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (17.86%) Web Services
2 7 (12.50%) .NET
3 6 (10.71%) Node.js
3 6 (10.71%) Spring
3 6 (10.71%) XML
4 5 (8.93%) JAX-RS
5 4 (7.14%) ActiveMQ
5 4 (7.14%) CSS
5 4 (7.14%) Dropwizard
5 4 (7.14%) HTML
5 4 (7.14%) SOAP
6 3 (5.36%) Apache CXF
6 3 (5.36%) Express
6 3 (5.36%) Hibernate
6 3 (5.36%) J2EE
6 3 (5.36%) JSON
6 3 (5.36%) Mongoose
6 3 (5.36%) REST
6 3 (5.36%) Servlets
6 3 (5.36%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.14%) User Experience
2 3 (5.36%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.36%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (3.57%) Data Centre
3 2 (3.57%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.79%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 13 (23.21%) Linux
2 8 (14.29%) Windows
3 6 (10.71%) Unix
4 4 (7.14%) Mac OS X
5 3 (5.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (3.57%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (37.50%) DevOps
3 16 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 12 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (16.07%) ITIL
6 8 (14.29%) BDD
6 8 (14.29%) TDD
7 7 (12.50%) Microservices
8 6 (10.71%) B2C
8 6 (10.71%) Continuous Deployment
9 5 (8.93%) Configuration Management
9 5 (8.93%) Open Source
9 5 (8.93%) Web Development
10 4 (7.14%) Continuous Delivery
10 4 (7.14%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 4 (7.14%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 4 (7.14%) Progressive Enhancement
10 4 (7.14%) Responsive Web Design
10 4 (7.14%) Software Engineering
10 4 (7.14%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 19 (33.93%) Java
2 16 (28.57%) SQL
3 6 (10.71%) C#
4 3 (5.36%) Bash Shell
4 3 (5.36%) JavaScript
4 3 (5.36%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.57%) Groovy
5 2 (3.57%) Java 8
5 2 (3.57%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.57%) Python
5 2 (3.57%) Ruby
5 2 (3.57%) Scala
5 2 (3.57%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.79%) C
Qualifications
1 18 (32.14%) Security Cleared
2 9 (16.07%) SC Cleared
3 3 (5.36%) DBS Check
4 1 (1.79%) AWS Certification
4 1 (1.79%) BC Cleared
4 1 (1.79%) Degree
4 1 (1.79%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (17.86%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.79%) PMO
2 1 (1.79%) QA
System Software
1 3 (5.36%) Docker
1 3 (5.36%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (5.36%) Xen
2 1 (1.79%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (10.71%) Puppet
2 2 (3.57%) Ansible
2 2 (3.57%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.79%) Packer
3 1 (1.79%) SCCM
3 1 (1.79%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.79%) Terraform
Vendors
1 20 (35.71%) Microsoft
2 7 (12.50%) Oracle
3 6 (10.71%) Dell
4 3 (5.36%) Google
4 3 (5.36%) Red Hat
4 3 (5.36%) VMware
5 2 (3.57%) Avaya
6 1 (1.79%) BMC