Period
to 17 January 2021

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 17 January 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 > North West
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 10 9 33
Rank change year-on-year -1 +24 -5
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 251 533 329
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 10.51% 10.83% 5.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 48.64% 46.43% 31.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 325 208
Median daily rate £432 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £192 £160 £296
90th Percentile £580 £600 £588
England median daily rate £485 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.11% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 20 29
Median hourly rate £55.25 £37.73 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.44% -7.98% -4.65%
10th Percentile £33.95 £17.50 £20.66
90th Percentile £60.55 £50.00 £50.38
England median hourly rate £50.00 £42.42 £37.55
% change year-on-year +17.87% +12.97% +100.80%

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 516 1,148 1,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.61% 23.32% 18.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 670 603
Median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +4.94%
10th Percentile £190 £175 £225
90th Percentile £593 £600 £600
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 83 110
Median hourly rate £42.00 £29.71 £31.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.37% -7.08% -11.79%
10th Percentile £15.28 £13.61 £16.40
90th Percentile £60.00 £54.80 £53.00
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £25.12
% change year-on-year +23.08% +29.38% +18.07%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared in the North West.

Daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SC Cleared in the North West over the 6 months to 17 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the North West

SC Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SC Cleared in the North West over the 6 months to 17 January 2021.

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 17 January 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
Manchester +29 76 £429 -4.78% 23
Lancashire 0 57 £463 +8.82% 8
Cumbria 0 55 £420 +3.70% 5
Merseyside -4 31 £450 -5.26% 6
Cheshire +8 12 £540 +80.00% 5
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 North West region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 251 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 49 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (17.53%) Azure
4 36 (14.34%) Windows
4 36 (14.34%) Public Sector
5 34 (13.55%) Oracle
6 32 (12.75%) AWS
6 32 (12.75%) Cloudera
7 31 (12.35%) Windows 10
8 30 (11.95%) Active Directory
9 29 (11.55%) Microsoft
10 28 (11.16%) Hadoop
11 27 (10.76%) SQL
12 24 (9.56%) Unit Testing
12 24 (9.56%) Jenkins
12 24 (9.56%) DevOps
12 24 (9.56%) Problem-Solving
13 23 (9.16%) Git (software)
13 23 (9.16%) Java
13 23 (9.16%) SAP
14 22 (8.76%) Business Intelligence
14 22 (8.76%) JavaScript
14 22 (8.76%) Firewall
14 22 (8.76%) SCCM
15 21 (8.37%) Migration
15 21 (8.37%) SQL Server
15 21 (8.37%) Apache
16 20 (7.97%) Linux
16 20 (7.97%) Azure Active Directory
17 19 (7.57%) Relational Database

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 21 (8.37%) Apache
2 15 (5.98%) SharePoint
3 10 (3.98%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (2.39%) IIS
5 5 (1.99%) MS Exchange
6 4 (1.59%) Confluence
7 3 (1.20%) Apache Spark
7 3 (1.20%) Mendix
8 2 (0.80%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.80%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.40%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.40%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 15 (5.98%) Spreadsheet
2 9 (3.59%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.80%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.80%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (4.78%) Oracle Applications
2 10 (3.98%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (3.98%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (2.39%) SAP S/4HANA
4 3 (1.20%) Teamcenter
5 2 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.80%) SAP PLM
5 2 (0.80%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.40%) assyst
6 1 (0.40%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 44 (17.53%) Azure
2 32 (12.75%) AWS
3 20 (7.97%) Azure Active Directory
4 18 (7.17%) Office 365
5 17 (6.77%) Amazon S3
6 5 (1.99%) npm
6 5 (1.99%) Power Platform
6 5 (1.99%) PowerApps
6 5 (1.99%) Yarn
7 4 (1.59%) GitHub
7 4 (1.59%) Power Automate
8 3 (1.20%) GCP
8 3 (1.20%) Serverless
9 2 (0.80%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.80%) AWS Step Functions
9 2 (0.80%) PaaS
10 1 (0.40%) Azure Stack
10 1 (0.40%) SaaS
10 1 (0.40%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 22 (8.76%) Firewall
2 14 (5.58%) Network Security
2 14 (5.58%) WAN
3 12 (4.78%) LAN
4 10 (3.98%) DNS
4 10 (3.98%) Wireless
5 9 (3.59%) VPN
6 5 (1.99%) Broadband
6 5 (1.99%) Converged Networks
6 5 (1.99%) VLAN
6 5 (1.99%) WAAS
7 4 (1.59%) SAN
8 3 (1.20%) MPLS
8 3 (1.20%) Unified Communications
8 3 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.40%) DHCP
9 1 (0.40%) FTP
9 1 (0.40%) HTTP
9 1 (0.40%) PBX
9 1 (0.40%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (11.16%) Hadoop
2 21 (8.37%) SQL Server
3 19 (7.57%) MySQL
3 19 (7.57%) Relational Database
4 18 (7.17%) Apache Hive
5 17 (6.77%) Pentaho
6 15 (5.98%) Impala
7 13 (5.18%) Oracle Database
8 10 (3.98%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (3.98%) Oracle Reports
9 9 (3.59%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 9 (3.59%) SAP BW
10 8 (3.19%) Big Data
11 4 (1.59%) Power BI
12 3 (1.20%) SAP Data Services
12 3 (1.20%) SAP HANA
13 2 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
13 2 (0.80%) HBase
13 2 (0.80%) MongoDB
13 2 (0.80%) Presto
Development Applications
1 24 (9.56%) Jenkins
2 23 (9.16%) Git (software)
3 9 (3.59%) Toad
4 7 (2.79%) JIRA
5 6 (2.39%) Selenium
6 5 (1.99%) GitLab
7 3 (1.20%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.80%) Cypress.io
8 2 (0.80%) HP UFT
8 2 (0.80%) Maven
8 2 (0.80%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.80%) Sahi
8 2 (0.80%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.80%) WATIR
9 1 (0.40%) Bugzilla
9 1 (0.40%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.40%) JMeter
9 1 (0.40%) JUnit
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 36 (14.34%) Public Sector
2 11 (4.38%) Finance
3 6 (2.39%) Law
3 6 (2.39%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.59%) Banking
5 3 (1.20%) Retail
6 2 (0.80%) Electronics
6 2 (0.80%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.40%) Legal
7 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 42 (16.73%) Developer
2 23 (9.16%) Consultant
3 21 (8.37%) Architect
4 18 (7.17%) Network Engineer
5 14 (5.58%) Administrator
6 12 (4.78%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 10 (3.98%) Cloud Administrator
7 10 (3.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 9 (3.59%) DBA
9 8 (3.19%) Analyst
9 8 (3.19%) Oracle DBA
9 8 (3.19%) Pentaho Developer
9 8 (3.19%) Project Manager
10 7 (2.79%) Cloud Engineer
10 7 (2.79%) DevOps Administrator
10 7 (2.79%) Software Engineer
11 6 (2.39%) Deployment Engineer
11 6 (2.39%) NOC Engineer
11 6 (2.39%) Security Consultant
11 6 (2.39%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (6.37%) Node.js
2 12 (4.78%) .NET
3 11 (4.38%) SAML
4 9 (3.59%) React
5 7 (2.79%) Kafka
6 6 (2.39%) HTML
6 6 (2.39%) Middleware
6 6 (2.39%) YAML
7 5 (1.99%) Nunjucks
7 5 (1.99%) Vue.js
8 4 (1.59%) Web Services
9 3 (1.20%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.20%) CSS
9 3 (1.20%) HTML5
9 3 (1.20%) XML
10 2 (0.80%) Apache NiFi
10 2 (0.80%) J2EE
10 2 (0.80%) PySpark
10 2 (0.80%) SAPUI5
10 2 (0.80%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.98%) Management Information System
2 10 (3.98%) Smartcard
3 8 (3.19%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.19%) User Experience
4 7 (2.79%) Clustering
5 5 (1.99%) EMC VNX
6 3 (1.20%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.80%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.40%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.40%) CMDB
8 1 (0.40%) DataPower
8 1 (0.40%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.40%) LPAR
8 1 (0.40%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.40%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 36 (14.34%) Windows
2 31 (12.35%) Windows 10
3 20 (7.97%) Linux
4 15 (5.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (5.18%) Windows Server
6 10 (3.98%) Solaris
7 7 (2.79%) AIX
8 6 (2.39%) Windows 7
9 5 (1.99%) Unix
9 5 (1.99%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (1.99%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (9.56%) DevOps
2 24 (9.56%) Problem-Solving
2 24 (9.56%) Unit Testing
3 22 (8.76%) Business Intelligence
4 21 (8.37%) Migration
5 17 (6.77%) ETL
5 17 (6.77%) Release Management
6 16 (6.37%) Identity Access Management
7 15 (5.98%) Configuration Management
7 15 (5.98%) Data Acquisition
8 14 (5.58%) Analytics
8 14 (5.58%) Data Integration
9 13 (5.18%) ITIL
10 12 (4.78%) Data Modelling
11 11 (4.38%) ERP
11 11 (4.38%) Identity Management
11 11 (4.38%) Network Management
11 11 (4.38%) Scrum
11 11 (4.38%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 27 (10.76%) SQL
2 23 (9.16%) Java
3 22 (8.76%) JavaScript
4 13 (5.18%) C#
5 10 (3.98%) PL/SQL
5 10 (3.98%) Python
6 9 (3.59%) PowerShell
7 6 (2.39%) VB
8 5 (1.99%) C
8 5 (1.99%) C++
8 5 (1.99%) Ruby
9 4 (1.59%) ES6
10 3 (1.20%) PHP
11 2 (0.80%) Java 8
12 1 (0.40%) Ada
12 1 (0.40%) Groovy
12 1 (0.40%) Perl
12 1 (0.40%) R
12 1 (0.40%) Scala
12 1 (0.40%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 251 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 13 (5.18%) Degree
3 12 (4.78%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (3.59%) CCNP
5 6 (2.39%) CCNA
5 6 (2.39%) DV Cleared
6 5 (1.99%) CESG Certified Professional
7 3 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.80%) CCIE
8 2 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.40%) CISM
9 1 (0.40%) CISSP
9 1 (0.40%) CREST Certified
9 1 (0.40%) ISEB
9 1 (0.40%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.79%) Data Quality
1 7 (2.79%) NCSC
1 7 (2.79%) QA
2 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.40%) NIST
2 1 (0.40%) PMO
2 1 (0.40%) RMADS
System Software
1 30 (11.95%) Active Directory
2 19 (7.57%) Docker
3 15 (5.98%) HDFS
4 11 (4.38%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
5 5 (1.99%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.20%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.80%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.40%) Firmware
8 1 (0.40%) GPFS
8 1 (0.40%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.40%) PowerHA
8 1 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.40%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 22 (8.76%) SCCM
2 17 (6.77%) Ansible
3 13 (5.18%) Kubernetes
4 12 (4.78%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (4.78%) Single Sign-On
5 10 (3.98%) Oracle RMAN
6 8 (3.19%) Terraform
7 6 (2.39%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (1.99%) IBM BigFix
9 4 (1.59%) Puppet
10 1 (0.40%) CA Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.40%) CASB
10 1 (0.40%) HP ALM
10 1 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.40%) logstash
10 1 (0.40%) Tivoli Identity Manager
10 1 (0.40%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 1 (0.40%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (13.55%) Oracle
2 32 (12.75%) Cloudera
3 29 (11.55%) Microsoft
4 23 (9.16%) SAP
5 18 (7.17%) Cisco
6 16 (6.37%) Red Hat
7 9 (3.59%) PeopleSoft
7 9 (3.59%) Sun
8 6 (2.39%) Hortonworks
8 6 (2.39%) Palo Alto
8 6 (2.39%) SolarWinds
8 6 (2.39%) VMware
9 5 (1.99%) EMC
9 5 (1.99%) IBM
10 3 (1.20%) Informatica
10 3 (1.20%) Meraki
10 3 (1.20%) Trend Micro
11 2 (0.80%) Avaya
11 2 (0.80%) ForgeRock
11 2 (0.80%) ServiceNow