Period
to 24 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 January 2020 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 > North West
6 months to
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 33 29
Rank change year-on-year +24 -4 -1
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 542 340 339
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.11% 5.97% 6.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 47.29% 32.60% 34.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 205 194
North West median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -10.53%
10th Percentile £158 £272 £202
90th Percentile £600 £588 £573
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 37 22
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £37.52 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.72% -12.74% +4.24%
10th Percentile £17.50 £22.47 £31.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.94 £57.25
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year - +87.17% -49.80%

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 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 1,146 1,043 979
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 23.49% 18.31% 18.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 642 590 585
North West median daily rate £430 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +3.66% -3.53%
10th Percentile £172 £225 £206
90th Percentile £600 £611 £588
England median daily rate £463 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.78% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 120 75
North West median hourly rate £33.00 £33.70 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +3.69% +14.04%
10th Percentile £13.80 £15.50 £13.29
90th Percentile £55.50 £52.25 £59.61
England median hourly rate £35.00 £28.72 £23.75
% change year-on-year +21.89% +20.91% -8.65%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the North West over the 6 months to 24 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
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 SC Cleared in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the North West over the 6 months to 24 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
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 SC Cleared within the North West region over the 6 months to 24 January 2020. 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
Cumbria 0 159 £378 +8.02% 15
Lancashire +20 108 £429 -7.30% 13
Merseyside +45 101 £475 -7.32% 4
Manchester -13 82 £450 - 12
Cheshire -2 38 £225 -40.98% 8
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 2020, 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 North West region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 542 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 136 (25.09%) Windows
3 69 (12.73%) Windows 10
4 68 (12.55%) Oracle
4 68 (12.55%) Microsoft
5 59 (10.89%) SCCM
6 56 (10.33%) ITIL
7 53 (9.78%) SAP
8 52 (9.59%) SQL
9 49 (9.04%) Data Centre
10 48 (8.86%) VMware
11 47 (8.67%) Migration
12 42 (7.75%) Active Directory
12 42 (7.75%) Public Sector
13 41 (7.56%) Project Delivery
14 40 (7.38%) Citrix
15 39 (7.20%) Java
15 39 (7.20%) Windows 7
16 38 (7.01%) SLA
16 38 (7.01%) BPSS Clearance
16 38 (7.01%) Analytical Skills
17 37 (6.83%) EMC
17 37 (6.83%) Unix
18 35 (6.46%) HP
18 35 (6.46%) Cisco
18 35 (6.46%) Agile Software Development
18 35 (6.46%) Windows Server
19 34 (6.27%) Microsoft Office
19 34 (6.27%) NetBackup
20 33 (6.09%) Telecoms

SC Cleared
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 14 (2.58%) MS Exchange
2 12 (2.21%) Skype for Business
3 6 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (0.92%) Confluence
5 4 (0.74%) Apache
5 4 (0.74%) IIS
5 4 (0.74%) Jetty
5 4 (0.74%) Mongrel
5 4 (0.74%) nginx
5 4 (0.74%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.74%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.55%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.18%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.18%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.18%) SAP EP
8 1 (0.18%) SAS
Applications
1 34 (6.27%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.92%) Chatbot
3 5 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.55%) PTC Creo
4 3 (0.55%) Windchill
5 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (4.43%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (3.32%) Siebel CRM
3 10 (1.85%) SAP S/4HANA
4 6 (1.11%) Teamcenter
5 4 (0.74%) SAP IBP
5 4 (0.74%) SAP MII
5 4 (0.74%) SAP PP
6 3 (0.55%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.55%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.55%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle CRM
8 1 (0.18%) SAP HCM
8 1 (0.18%) SAP HR
8 1 (0.18%) SAP Payroll
8 1 (0.18%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.87%) AWS
2 19 (3.51%) SuccessFactors
3 16 (2.95%) Azure
4 6 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (1.11%) PaaS
5 5 (0.92%) Office 365
6 4 (0.74%) GCP
6 4 (0.74%) Google App Engine
7 3 (0.55%) SaaS
8 2 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.37%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.18%) BlazeMeter
9 1 (0.18%) BrowserStack
9 1 (0.18%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 33 (6.09%) SAN
2 28 (5.17%) LAN
3 26 (4.80%) Firewall
4 23 (4.24%) Wireless
5 18 (3.32%) WAN
6 14 (2.58%) FTP
7 13 (2.40%) Skype
8 11 (2.03%) Fibre Channel
9 9 (1.66%) DNS
9 9 (1.66%) Network Security
10 8 (1.48%) DHCP
10 8 (1.48%) Internet
10 8 (1.48%) TCP/IP
11 6 (1.11%) HTTP
11 6 (1.11%) SMTP
12 5 (0.92%) NAS
12 5 (0.92%) SSL
12 5 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (0.74%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (6.09%) Oracle Database
2 21 (3.87%) Oracle BI EE
3 19 (3.51%) Oracle8/8i Database
3 19 (3.51%) Oracle9i Database
4 14 (2.58%) SQL Server
5 12 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (1.85%) Hadoop
7 7 (1.29%) IBM InfoSphere
8 5 (0.92%) MySQL
9 4 (0.74%) Big Data
9 4 (0.74%) Pentaho
9 4 (0.74%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.55%) MongoDB
10 3 (0.55%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.55%) SAP HANA
11 2 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.37%) DB2
11 2 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.37%) QlikView
11 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (2.03%) MSI
2 9 (1.66%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.92%) JIRA
4 4 (0.74%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.74%) GitLab
4 4 (0.74%) Selenium
4 4 (0.74%) Travis CI
5 3 (0.55%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (0.55%) SonarQube
6 2 (0.37%) CA Gen
6 2 (0.37%) eggPlant
7 1 (0.18%) GCC
7 1 (0.18%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.18%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.18%) JIRA Agile
7 1 (0.18%) JMeter
7 1 (0.18%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.18%) Rational Statemate
7 1 (0.18%) VectorCAST
7 1 (0.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 42 (7.75%) Public Sector
2 33 (6.09%) Telecoms
3 30 (5.54%) Banking
4 24 (4.43%) Manufacturing
4 24 (4.43%) Retail
5 16 (2.95%) Legal
6 14 (2.58%) Finance
7 3 (0.55%) Local Government
8 2 (0.37%) Avionics
8 2 (0.37%) Electronics
8 2 (0.37%) Law
8 2 (0.37%) Marketing
9 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.18%) Automotive
9 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 73 (13.47%) Architect
2 67 (12.36%) Consultant
3 42 (7.75%) Analyst
4 37 (6.83%) Project Manager
5 31 (5.72%) Wintel Engineer
6 28 (5.17%) Developer
7 23 (4.24%) Build Engineer
8 20 (3.69%) Windows Engineer
9 19 (3.51%) SC Cleared Project Manager
9 19 (3.51%) Storage Engineer
10 17 (3.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 16 (2.95%) Security Architect
12 15 (2.77%) Administrator
12 15 (2.77%) DBA
12 15 (2.77%) Deployment Engineer
13 14 (2.58%) Network Engineer
14 13 (2.40%) SAP Consultant
14 13 (2.40%) Security Manager
15 12 (2.21%) Infrastructure Manager
15 12 (2.21%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.03%) XML
2 6 (1.11%) .NET
2 6 (1.11%) XSD
3 5 (0.92%) Node.js
4 4 (0.74%) J2EE
4 4 (0.74%) SAPUI5
4 4 (0.74%) Servlets
5 3 (0.55%) AngularJS
5 3 (0.55%) REST
6 2 (0.37%) CGI
6 2 (0.37%) JDBC
6 2 (0.37%) Kafka
6 2 (0.37%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.18%) Classic ASP
7 1 (0.18%) Middleware
7 1 (0.18%) SAML
7 1 (0.18%) SAP PI
7 1 (0.18%) Web Services
7 1 (0.18%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 49 (9.04%) Data Centre
2 38 (7.01%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.61%) Self-Motivation
4 24 (4.43%) Driving Licence
5 20 (3.69%) EMC VNX
6 11 (2.03%) Management Information System
6 11 (2.03%) User Experience
7 10 (1.85%) Celerra
8 9 (1.66%) CLARiiON
8 9 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.48%) CMDB
10 7 (1.29%) Data Structures
11 6 (1.11%) Blackberry
11 6 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
12 5 (0.92%) Handset
12 5 (0.92%) SCADA
13 3 (0.55%) Clustering
14 2 (0.37%) Fat Client
14 2 (0.37%) Replication
14 2 (0.37%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 136 (25.09%) Windows
2 69 (12.73%) Windows 10
3 39 (7.20%) Windows 7
4 37 (6.83%) Unix
5 35 (6.46%) Windows Server
6 25 (4.61%) Linux
7 18 (3.32%) Solaris
8 17 (3.14%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (2.40%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (2.40%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (1.11%) Windows 2000 Server
11 4 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.55%) SUSE
13 2 (0.37%) CentOS
14 1 (0.18%) AIX
14 1 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.18%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (10.33%) ITIL
2 47 (8.67%) Migration
3 41 (7.56%) Project Delivery
4 35 (6.46%) Agile Software Development
5 31 (5.72%) Unit Testing
6 30 (5.54%) Incident Management
7 26 (4.80%) Mentoring
8 24 (4.43%) Change Management
8 24 (4.43%) Problem-Solving
8 24 (4.43%) User Acceptance Testing
8 24 (4.43%) Workflow
9 21 (3.87%) CRM
9 21 (3.87%) DevOps
9 21 (3.87%) Document Management
10 20 (3.69%) Coaching
11 19 (3.51%) Information Security
11 19 (3.51%) Project Management
11 19 (3.51%) Stakeholder Management
12 17 (3.14%) Problem Management
12 17 (3.14%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 52 (9.59%) SQL
2 39 (7.20%) Java
3 30 (5.54%) PowerShell
4 10 (1.85%) VB
5 7 (1.29%) JavaScript
6 6 (1.11%) Python
7 4 (0.74%) ABAP
8 3 (0.55%) C
9 2 (0.37%) Ada
9 2 (0.37%) C#
9 2 (0.37%) COBOL
10 1 (0.18%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.18%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.18%) VBA
10 1 (0.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 542 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 38 (7.01%) BPSS Clearance
3 20 (3.69%) Degree
4 17 (3.14%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (2.58%) CCNP
6 11 (2.03%) CCIE
6 11 (2.03%) MCSE
6 11 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
7 10 (1.85%) CCDP
8 9 (1.66%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (1.11%) Dell Certification
10 5 (0.92%) CISM
10 5 (0.92%) Postgraduate
11 4 (0.74%) BC Cleared
11 4 (0.74%) PMP
12 3 (0.55%) CCNA
12 3 (0.55%) CISSP
12 3 (0.55%) CLAS
12 3 (0.55%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (7.01%) SLA
2 16 (2.95%) QA
3 11 (2.03%) PMO
4 9 (1.66%) NCSC
5 7 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.74%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.37%) GDPR
8 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.18%) NIST
8 1 (0.18%) RMADS
System Software
1 42 (7.75%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.21%) Firmware
3 11 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
3 11 (2.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.66%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 8 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.74%) Docker
7 4 (0.74%) vSphere
7 4 (0.74%) Xen
8 3 (0.55%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.37%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.37%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.18%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.18%) HDFS
10 1 (0.18%) vCloud
10 1 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 59 (10.89%) SCCM
2 34 (6.27%) NetBackup
3 16 (2.95%) WSUS
4 10 (1.85%) AppDNA
4 10 (1.85%) Oracle RMAN
4 10 (1.85%) Puppet
5 6 (1.11%) SnapMirror
5 6 (1.11%) vCenter Server
6 5 (0.92%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (0.74%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.74%) Terraform
8 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.37%) Rancher
10 1 (0.18%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.18%) NetApp OnCommand
10 1 (0.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.18%) PowerCLI
10 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 68 (12.55%) Microsoft
1 68 (12.55%) Oracle
2 53 (9.78%) SAP
3 48 (8.86%) VMware
4 40 (7.38%) Citrix
5 37 (6.83%) EMC
6 35 (6.46%) Cisco
6 35 (6.46%) HP
7 33 (6.09%) Dell
8 25 (4.61%) IBM
9 24 (4.43%) Informatica
10 20 (3.69%) Axway
10 20 (3.69%) webMethods
11 19 (3.51%) Brocade
11 19 (3.51%) MuleSoft
11 19 (3.51%) OpenText
11 19 (3.51%) Siebel
12 18 (3.32%) ServiceNow
13 16 (2.95%) NetApp
14 11 (2.03%) Software AG