Period
to 15 December 2018

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 15 December 2018 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 170 183 152
Rank change year-on-year +13 -31 +19
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 48 30 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.80% 0.53% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.29% 3.04% 6.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 20 66
North West median daily rate £498 £381 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.49% -15.28% +2.27%
10th Percentile £334 £273 £325
90th Percentile £593 £699 £675
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% -4.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 1
North West median hourly rate £36.23 £35.00 £59.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.50% -40.99% +54.15%
England median hourly rate £36.23 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +3.50% +25.00% -33.33%

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 1,120 987 1,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.77% 17.36% 18.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 659 568 710
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £225 £213 £213
90th Percentile £600 £553 £625
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 78 55
North West median hourly rate £31.07 £40.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.33% +60.00% -17.19%
10th Percentile £15.70 £13.60 £12.60
90th Percentile £52.20 £55.00 £53.30
England median hourly rate £26.35 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.41% -1.96% +6.25%

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 15 December 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance in the North West over the 6 months to 15 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 15 December 2018. 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
Lancashire -2 30 £500 +35.14%
Manchester -16 9 £575 +43.75%
Cheshire -1 5 £450 +28.57% 1
Merseyside -5 3 £428 -
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
BPSS Clearance
England

For the 6 months to 15 December 2018, 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 17 (35.42%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (22.92%) Java
2 11 (22.92%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (20.83%) Security Cleared
4 9 (18.75%) DevOps
4 9 (18.75%) Linux
5 8 (16.67%) ITIL
5 8 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (16.67%) Puppet
5 8 (16.67%) Jenkins
5 8 (16.67%) DBS Check
6 7 (14.58%) Test Automation
6 7 (14.58%) GitLab
6 7 (14.58%) SQL
6 7 (14.58%) Microsoft
7 6 (12.50%) .NET
7 6 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (12.50%) BDD
8 5 (10.42%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (10.42%) Open Source
8 5 (10.42%) Kanban
8 5 (10.42%) Scrum
8 5 (10.42%) TDD
8 5 (10.42%) Oracle
8 5 (10.42%) SQL Server
8 5 (10.42%) Windows
8 5 (10.42%) Red Hat
8 5 (10.42%) Configuration Management
9 4 (8.33%) HTTP
9 4 (8.33%) SOAP

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 (6.25%) Apache
1 3 (6.25%) IIS
1 3 (6.25%) Jetty
1 3 (6.25%) Mongrel
1 3 (6.25%) nginx
1 3 (6.25%) Tomcat
1 3 (6.25%) WebSphere
2 2 (4.17%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (2.08%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (10.42%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (8.33%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (6.25%) Google App Engine
4 3 (6.25%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (4.17%) GitHub
5 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (2.08%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (2.08%) Amazon S3
6 1 (2.08%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (2.08%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (2.08%) IaaS
6 1 (2.08%) PaaS
6 1 (2.08%) Route 53
6 1 (2.08%) Serverless
6 1 (2.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.33%) HTTP
2 3 (6.25%) DHCP
2 3 (6.25%) DNS
2 3 (6.25%) FTP
2 3 (6.25%) IPsec
2 3 (6.25%) SSL
2 3 (6.25%) TCP/IP
3 2 (4.17%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.42%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.08%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (2.08%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (2.08%) Big Data
2 1 (2.08%) Data Lake
2 1 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.08%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (2.08%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.08%) MySQL
2 1 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (2.08%) Power BI
2 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (16.67%) Jenkins
2 7 (14.58%) GitLab
3 4 (8.33%) Git (software)
3 4 (8.33%) JIRA
3 4 (8.33%) Sonatype Nexus
3 4 (8.33%) Travis CI
4 3 (6.25%) JMeter
5 2 (4.17%) Artifactory
5 2 (4.17%) Selenium
5 2 (4.17%) Subversion
5 2 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (2.08%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.08%) Gatling
6 1 (2.08%) SoapUI
6 1 (2.08%) SonarQube
6 1 (2.08%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (2.08%) The Grinder
6 1 (2.08%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.08%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (6.25%) Finance
2 1 (2.08%) Aerospace
2 1 (2.08%) Back Office
2 1 (2.08%) Law
2 1 (2.08%) Legal
2 1 (2.08%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (18.75%) Analyst
2 5 (10.42%) Developer
3 4 (8.33%) Architect
3 4 (8.33%) Business Analyst
3 4 (8.33%) DevOps Engineer
3 4 (8.33%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (6.25%) AWS Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Change Manager
4 3 (6.25%) Consultant
4 3 (6.25%) Project Manager
4 3 (6.25%) Test Analyst
5 2 (4.17%) Asset Management Business Analyst
5 2 (4.17%) Automation Consultant
5 2 (4.17%) IT Manager
5 2 (4.17%) IT Project Manager
5 2 (4.17%) Java Developer
5 2 (4.17%) Project Planner
5 2 (4.17%) QA Consultant
5 2 (4.17%) Senior Consultant
5 2 (4.17%) Software Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.50%) .NET
2 4 (8.33%) SOAP
3 3 (6.25%) J2EE
3 3 (6.25%) Servlets
3 3 (6.25%) Spring
3 3 (6.25%) XML
4 2 (4.17%) CSS
4 2 (4.17%) Hibernate
4 2 (4.17%) HTML
4 2 (4.17%) Java EE
4 2 (4.17%) JSP
4 2 (4.17%) REST
4 2 (4.17%) Spring MVC
4 2 (4.17%) Web Services
4 2 (4.17%) YAML
5 1 (2.08%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (2.08%) Node.js
5 1 (2.08%) Spring Boot
5 1 (2.08%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.33%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.25%) Hybrid Cloud
2 3 (6.25%) User Experience
3 2 (4.17%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.08%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.75%) Linux
2 5 (10.42%) Windows
3 4 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (6.25%) CentOS
5 2 (4.17%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (35.42%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (18.75%) DevOps
3 8 (16.67%) ITIL
4 7 (14.58%) Test Automation
5 6 (12.50%) BDD
5 6 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (10.42%) Configuration Management
6 5 (10.42%) Kanban
6 5 (10.42%) Open Source
6 5 (10.42%) Scrum
6 5 (10.42%) TDD
7 4 (8.33%) Validation
7 4 (8.33%) Waterfall
8 3 (6.25%) Asset Management
8 3 (6.25%) Change Management
8 3 (6.25%) ITSM
8 3 (6.25%) MVC
8 3 (6.25%) PRINCE2
8 3 (6.25%) Risk Management
8 3 (6.25%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 11 (22.92%) Java
2 7 (14.58%) SQL
3 3 (6.25%) C#
4 2 (4.17%) Bash Shell
4 2 (4.17%) PL/SQL
4 2 (4.17%) Python
4 2 (4.17%) Ruby
5 1 (2.08%) C
5 1 (2.08%) Java 8
5 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (20.83%) Security Cleared
2 8 (16.67%) DBS Check
3 4 (8.33%) SC Cleared
4 2 (4.17%) Degree
5 1 (2.08%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (22.92%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (6.25%) QA
3 1 (2.08%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (6.25%) Xen
2 1 (2.08%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (16.67%) Puppet
2 4 (8.33%) Ansible
3 3 (6.25%) Terraform
4 2 (4.17%) SCCM
5 1 (2.08%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.08%) Grafana
5 1 (2.08%) Kubernetes
5 1 (2.08%) Packer
5 1 (2.08%) Prometheus
5 1 (2.08%) Rancher
Vendors
1 7 (14.58%) Microsoft
2 5 (10.42%) Oracle
2 5 (10.42%) Red Hat
3 3 (6.25%) Black Duck
3 3 (6.25%) Google
3 3 (6.25%) ServiceNow
3 3 (6.25%) VMware
4 2 (4.17%) Avaya
4 2 (4.17%) BMC
4 2 (4.17%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.08%) Snow