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 3 months to 26 April 2017 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 18 29
Rank change year-on-year -3 +11  
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 184 320 226
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.62% 7.99% 5.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 34.65% 37.74% 27.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 142 72
Median daily rate £443 £400 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.62% +2.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £523 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £390 £390
% change year-on-year +8.97% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 13 48
Median hourly rate £43.00 £43.00 £46.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.25 £24.34 £15.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £55.68 £59.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.88 £41.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -6.32% +27.69%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 531 848 809
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 19.11% 21.17% 20.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 275 439 358
Median daily rate £425 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £246 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 40 85
Median hourly rate £42.48 £40.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.18% +3.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £13.30 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £74.00 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.96% +33.78%  

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing SC Cleared as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire +2 99 £450 +20.00% 2
Manchester -2 23 £425 +1.49% 5
Merseyside -5 22 £319 -20.31% 5
Cheshire -19 18 £444 +4.41% 5
Cumbria -1 16 £695 +63.52% 4
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SC Cleared also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 347 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 96 (27.67%) Migration
3 73 (21.04%) Data Centre
4 71 (20.46%) Windows
5 61 (17.58%) Linux
6 51 (14.70%) Oracle
7 40 (11.53%) Microsoft
8 39 (11.24%) SAP
9 38 (10.95%) Agile Software Development
10 37 (10.66%) Active Directory
10 37 (10.66%) IBM
11 34 (9.80%) Unix
12 32 (9.22%) LAN
13 31 (8.93%) ITIL
13 31 (8.93%) DNS
14 30 (8.65%) Firewall
15 29 (8.36%) WAN
15 29 (8.36%) DevOps
16 27 (7.78%) Cybersecurity
17 26 (7.49%) Solaris
18 25 (7.20%) Finance
18 25 (7.20%) Business Analysis
19 24 (6.92%) VMware
19 24 (6.92%) Cisco
19 24 (6.92%) Middleware
19 24 (6.92%) Security Operations
20 23 (6.63%) CISSP
20 23 (6.63%) Time Management
21 22 (6.34%) VoIP
22 21 (6.05%) HPUX

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 11 (3.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 10 (2.88%) WebSphere
3 5 (1.44%) Cloud Foundry
3 5 (1.44%) MS Exchange
3 5 (1.44%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (0.86%) OpenStack
5 3 (0.86%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (0.58%) IIS
7 1 (0.29%) Apache
7 1 (0.29%) CMS
7 1 (0.29%) FileNet
7 1 (0.29%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.29%) SAS
7 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.29%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.29%) WebLogic Portal
7 1 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 13 (3.75%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (3.75%) Oracle EBS
1 13 (3.75%) SAP HCM
2 12 (3.46%) SAP HR
3 10 (2.88%) SAP Payroll
4 8 (2.31%) SAP CO
4 8 (2.31%) SAP FI
4 8 (2.31%) SAP FI/CO
5 7 (2.02%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (1.15%) Teamcenter
7 3 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
7 3 (0.86%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.29%) Hyperion Planning
9 1 (0.29%) Infor SunSystems
9 1 (0.29%) Maximo
9 1 (0.29%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 11 (3.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (2.59%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (2.31%) Office 365
4 7 (2.02%) PaaS
5 5 (1.44%) IaaS
6 4 (1.15%) Datadog
6 4 (1.15%) GitHub
6 4 (1.15%) SaaS
7 3 (0.86%) Bluemix
7 3 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.86%) IBM Cloud
7 3 (0.86%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.29%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.29%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 32 (9.22%) LAN
2 31 (8.93%) DNS
3 30 (8.65%) Firewall
4 29 (8.36%) WAN
5 22 (6.34%) VoIP
6 21 (6.05%) VPN
7 20 (5.76%) TCP/IP
8 11 (3.17%) Cisco ASA
8 11 (3.17%) SAN
9 8 (2.31%) Internet
9 8 (2.31%) LDAP
9 8 (2.31%) VLAN
10 7 (2.02%) Intrusion Detection
11 6 (1.73%) Fibre Channel
12 5 (1.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 5 (1.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 4 (1.15%) HTTP
13 4 (1.15%) Wireless
14 3 (0.86%) DHCP
14 3 (0.86%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.90%) Oracle Database
2 8 (2.31%) Oracle Database 12c
3 7 (2.02%) SQL Server
4 6 (1.73%) Redis
5 4 (1.15%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
5 4 (1.15%) TKPROF
6 3 (0.86%) DB2
6 3 (0.86%) Firebird
7 1 (0.29%) Big Data
7 1 (0.29%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.29%) Essbase
7 1 (0.29%) MySQL
7 1 (0.29%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.29%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.29%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.29%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.29%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.29%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 18 (5.19%) Jenkins
2 9 (2.59%) Selenium
3 6 (1.73%) Rational DOORS
4 5 (1.44%) JMeter
5 4 (1.15%) Artifactory
5 4 (1.15%) Bitbucket
5 4 (1.15%) ClearCase
5 4 (1.15%) Cucumber
5 4 (1.15%) Gradle
5 4 (1.15%) JIRA
5 4 (1.15%) Maven
5 4 (1.15%) Mercurial
5 4 (1.15%) SonarQube
5 4 (1.15%) Spock
5 4 (1.15%) Toad
5 4 (1.15%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.86%) LSMW
6 3 (0.86%) Rational Rhapsody
7 2 (0.58%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.58%) VectorCAST
General
1 25 (7.20%) Finance
2 14 (4.03%) Manufacturing
3 6 (1.73%) Avionics
3 6 (1.73%) Electronics
3 6 (1.73%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.15%) Marketing
4 4 (1.15%) Military
5 2 (0.58%) Legal
6 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.29%) Automotive
6 1 (0.29%) Banking
Job Titles
1 55 (15.85%) Architect
2 40 (11.53%) Consultant
3 29 (8.36%) Analyst
3 29 (8.36%) SAP Consultant
4 27 (7.78%) Developer
5 21 (6.05%) Project Manager
6 20 (5.76%) DBA
7 14 (4.03%) Security Specialist
8 13 (3.75%) Administrator
9 12 (3.46%) DevOps Engineer
9 12 (3.46%) Network Architect
10 11 (3.17%) Infrastructure Architect
10 11 (3.17%) Migration Manager
10 11 (3.17%) Oracle DBA
10 11 (3.17%) SAP HCM Consultant
10 11 (3.17%) Software Engineer
10 11 (3.17%) Technical Specialist
11 10 (2.88%) HR Consultant
11 10 (2.88%) Network Engineer
11 10 (2.88%) SAP HR Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.92%) Middleware
2 18 (5.19%) Web Services
3 12 (3.46%) Elastic Stack
4 11 (3.17%) Oracle Fusion
5 10 (2.88%) AngularJS
6 8 (2.31%) SAPUI5
6 8 (2.31%) XML
7 7 (2.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 6 (1.73%) Node.js
9 5 (1.44%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 4 (1.15%) Qt
10 4 (1.15%) Velocity
11 3 (0.86%) .NET
11 3 (0.86%) Apache Camel
11 3 (0.86%) BAPI
11 3 (0.86%) HTML
11 3 (0.86%) RESTful
11 3 (0.86%) SOAP
11 3 (0.86%) Spring
11 3 (0.86%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 73 (21.04%) Data Centre
2 16 (4.61%) Security Operations Centre
3 15 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (4.32%) Mainframe
4 13 (3.75%) Management Information System
5 12 (3.46%) Replication
5 12 (3.46%) RIA
6 11 (3.17%) PKI
7 8 (2.31%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (2.02%) Cyber Attack
9 5 (1.44%) Web 2.0
10 4 (1.15%) Data Structures
10 4 (1.15%) User Experience
11 3 (0.86%) Clustering
11 3 (0.86%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.86%) Public Cloud
12 2 (0.58%) Blackberry
12 2 (0.58%) CESG
12 2 (0.58%) PMI
12 2 (0.58%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 71 (20.46%) Windows
2 61 (17.58%) Linux
3 34 (9.80%) Unix
4 26 (7.49%) Solaris
5 21 (6.05%) HPUX
6 20 (5.76%) AIX
7 12 (3.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (3.46%) Windows Server
8 7 (2.02%) Windows 7
8 7 (2.02%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (1.15%) CentOS
10 4 (1.15%) OS/2
11 3 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.86%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.58%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.58%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.58%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.29%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (27.67%) Migration
2 38 (10.95%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (8.93%) ITIL
4 29 (8.36%) DevOps
5 27 (7.78%) Cybersecurity
6 25 (7.20%) Business Analysis
7 24 (6.92%) Security Operations
8 23 (6.63%) Time Management
9 21 (6.05%) Patch Management
10 20 (5.76%) PRINCE2
11 19 (5.48%) Network Design
11 19 (5.48%) Performance Management
11 19 (5.48%) Project Management
12 18 (5.19%) Information Security
12 18 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (4.90%) Scrum
13 17 (4.90%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 16 (4.61%) Open Source
14 16 (4.61%) Vulnerability Management
15 15 (4.32%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 16 (4.61%) JavaScript
2 15 (4.32%) SQL
3 13 (3.75%) PowerShell
4 7 (2.02%) Perl
5 6 (1.73%) Ada
5 6 (1.73%) C#
5 6 (1.73%) Java
6 5 (1.44%) C++
6 5 (1.44%) PL/SQL
7 3 (0.86%) C
7 3 (0.86%) Python
8 2 (0.58%) VBA
8 2 (0.58%) VBScript
9 1 (0.29%) ABAP
9 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.29%) VB
9 1 (0.29%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 347 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 23 (6.63%) CISSP
3 16 (4.61%) SANS
3 16 (4.61%) SSCP
4 13 (3.75%) BPSS Clearance
5 11 (3.17%) DV Cleared
6 8 (2.31%) Degree
7 7 (2.02%) CCNA
7 7 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.44%) CBAP
8 5 (1.44%) IIBA
8 5 (1.44%) ISEB
8 5 (1.44%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.58%) CCNP
10 2 (0.58%) CISM
10 2 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.58%) NVQ Level 3
10 2 (0.58%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.58%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.31%) SLA
2 5 (1.44%) QA
3 2 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 37 (10.66%) Active Directory
2 16 (4.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.44%) Docker
4 3 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.58%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 2 (0.58%) vSphere
6 1 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.29%) Snort
6 1 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.29%) Xen
6 1 (0.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (4.03%) QRadar
2 12 (3.46%) Puppet
3 11 (3.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 10 (2.88%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 9 (2.59%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
6 8 (2.31%) Ansible
7 7 (2.02%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.73%) SCCM
9 5 (1.44%) Forum Sentry
9 5 (1.44%) Kibana
9 5 (1.44%) logstash
9 5 (1.44%) Oracle RMAN
10 3 (0.86%) Data Guard
10 3 (0.86%) Nessus
10 3 (0.86%) Nexpose
10 3 (0.86%) Nmap
10 3 (0.86%) RSA enVision
10 3 (0.86%) Salt
11 2 (0.58%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.58%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 51 (14.70%) Oracle
2 40 (11.53%) Microsoft
3 39 (11.24%) SAP
4 37 (10.66%) IBM
5 24 (6.92%) Cisco
5 24 (6.92%) VMware
6 19 (5.48%) ServiceNow
7 17 (4.90%) HP
8 16 (4.61%) Apple
9 14 (4.03%) Splunk
10 10 (2.88%) CheckPoint
10 10 (2.88%) EMC
10 10 (2.88%) LogRhythm
10 10 (2.88%) Red Hat
11 9 (2.59%) Citrix
11 9 (2.59%) Intel Security
12 8 (2.31%) 3PAR
12 8 (2.31%) F5
13 7 (2.02%) Brocade
14 5 (1.44%) SolarWinds
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