Period
to 2 July 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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 34 31
Rank change year-on-year +28 -3 -6
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 341 301 362
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 13.28% 5.76% 5.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 47.10% 34.01% 32.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 196 230
Median daily rate £459 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.94% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £188 £150 £205
90th Percentile £664 £600 £625
England median daily rate £498 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.74% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 22 14
Median hourly rate £44.00 £46.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +24.32% -12.94%
10th Percentile £19.99 £26.25 £14.53
90th Percentile £77.00 £64.88 £51.18
England median hourly rate £35.00 £36.24 £18.70
% change year-on-year -3.41% +93.78% -50.13%

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 724 885 1,112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 28.19% 16.93% 18.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 429 522 653
Median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% -
10th Percentile £185 £190 £210
90th Percentile £650 £612 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 73 73
Median hourly rate £39.00 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% - -12.50%
10th Percentile £16.96 £17.18 £13.63
90th Percentile £70.75 £57.75 £67.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -16.67%

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 2 July 2020.

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 2 July 2020.

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 2 July 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 94 £315 +5.00% 7
Lancashire +37 72 £475 -5.00%
Cheshire +38 65 £463 +48.00% 5
Manchester -4 49 £450 - 6
Merseyside +25 35 £525 -1.87%
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

1 341 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 61 (17.89%) Windows
3 53 (15.54%) Microsoft
4 48 (14.08%) Migration
5 44 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
5 44 (12.90%) Windows 10
6 41 (12.02%) SCCM
7 39 (11.44%) Public Sector
8 34 (9.97%) Oracle
9 33 (9.68%) ITIL
10 32 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
11 31 (9.09%) Unix
12 30 (8.80%) Data Migration
13 28 (8.21%) PowerShell
14 26 (7.62%) Scrum
15 25 (7.33%) SAP
16 24 (7.04%) Linux
16 24 (7.04%) Active Directory
16 24 (7.04%) VMware
17 23 (6.74%) Cybersecurity
18 22 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
18 22 (6.45%) Service Management
19 21 (6.16%) Degree
19 21 (6.16%) Azure
20 20 (5.87%) Windows 7
20 20 (5.87%) Management Information System
20 20 (5.87%) SLA
20 20 (5.87%) Microsoft Office
21 18 (5.28%) Microsoft Excel
21 18 (5.28%) Security Architecture

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 10 (2.93%) MS Exchange
1 10 (2.93%) Skype for Business
2 4 (1.17%) Confluence
2 4 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (0.88%) Office Communications Server
4 2 (0.59%) Jupyter
4 2 (0.59%) Oracle Application Server
4 2 (0.59%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.29%) Apache ServiceMix
5 1 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.29%) CMS
5 1 (0.29%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (0.29%) JBoss
5 1 (0.29%) Red Hat Fuse
5 1 (0.29%) SAS
Applications
1 20 (5.87%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (5.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.47%) Chatbot
5 4 (1.17%) PTC Creo
5 4 (1.17%) Windchill
6 1 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.29%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (2.35%) Teamcenter
2 6 (1.76%) SAP S/4HANA
3 5 (1.47%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.29%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.29%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.29%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.29%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.16%) Azure
2 14 (4.11%) AWS
3 13 (3.81%) SuccessFactors
4 11 (3.23%) Office 365
5 3 (0.88%) Power Platform
6 2 (0.59%) IaaS
7 1 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.29%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.29%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (0.29%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.29%) Logic Apps
7 1 (0.29%) PaaS
7 1 (0.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (3.52%) Firewall
2 11 (3.23%) SAN
3 10 (2.93%) Skype
4 9 (2.64%) DNS
4 9 (2.64%) LAN
4 9 (2.64%) SMS
5 6 (1.76%) Wireless
6 5 (1.47%) WLAN
7 4 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (1.17%) DHCP
7 4 (1.17%) DMZ
7 4 (1.17%) Internet
7 4 (1.17%) SMTP
7 4 (1.17%) WAN
8 3 (0.88%) Cisco Nexus
8 3 (0.88%) SCCP
8 3 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.59%) SSL
9 2 (0.59%) VPN
10 1 (0.29%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (3.81%) Oracle Database
2 9 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (2.64%) Relational Database
3 8 (2.35%) MySQL
4 7 (2.05%) SQL Server
5 6 (1.76%) Big Data
5 6 (1.76%) RDBMS
5 6 (1.76%) SAP Data Services
6 5 (1.47%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (1.47%) Hadoop
6 5 (1.47%) Pentaho
7 4 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.88%) Oracle Database 12c
8 3 (0.88%) Power BI
9 2 (0.59%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.59%) HBase
9 2 (0.59%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.59%) Qlik Sense
9 2 (0.59%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 12 (3.52%) MSI
2 10 (2.93%) Cucumber
2 10 (2.93%) Selenium
3 8 (2.35%) eggPlant
4 7 (2.05%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.05%) JIRA
5 5 (1.47%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.47%) Subversion
6 2 (0.59%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.59%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.59%) GitLab
6 2 (0.59%) JMeter
6 2 (0.59%) Mocha
6 2 (0.59%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.29%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.29%) ERwin
7 1 (0.29%) gulp
7 1 (0.29%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.29%) Rational Statemate
7 1 (0.29%) SonarQube
General
1 39 (11.44%) Public Sector
2 16 (4.69%) Law
3 10 (2.93%) Finance
3 10 (2.93%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.64%) Manufacturing
4 9 (2.64%) Retail
5 6 (1.76%) Banking
6 3 (0.88%) Police
7 1 (0.29%) Avionics
7 1 (0.29%) Electronics
7 1 (0.29%) Local Government
7 1 (0.29%) Marketing
7 1 (0.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 55 (16.13%) Architect
2 34 (9.97%) Developer
3 32 (9.38%) Consultant
4 24 (7.04%) Solutions Architect
5 18 (5.28%) Wintel Engineer
6 16 (4.69%) Administrator
6 16 (4.69%) DBA
7 13 (3.81%) Analyst
8 12 (3.52%) Applications Packager
9 11 (3.23%) Network Engineer
9 11 (3.23%) Oracle DBA
9 11 (3.23%) Project Manager
10 10 (2.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (2.93%) Security Consultant
10 10 (2.93%) Windows Engineer
11 9 (2.64%) Incident Manager
11 9 (2.64%) Major Incident Manager
11 9 (2.64%) Network Architect
12 8 (2.35%) Deployment Engineer
12 8 (2.35%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.05%) .NET
2 5 (1.47%) Gherkin
2 5 (1.47%) Kafka
3 4 (1.17%) CGI
3 4 (1.17%) CSS
3 4 (1.17%) jQuery
4 3 (0.88%) HTML
4 3 (0.88%) HTML5
4 3 (0.88%) Node.js
4 3 (0.88%) Sass
4 3 (0.88%) XML
5 2 (0.59%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.59%) Elastic Stack
5 2 (0.59%) Middleware
5 2 (0.59%) REST
5 2 (0.59%) Sensu
5 2 (0.59%) SOAP
6 1 (0.29%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.29%) Spring
6 1 (0.29%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 44 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (5.87%) Management Information System
3 12 (3.52%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (3.23%) Data Centre
5 7 (2.05%) Data Structures
5 7 (2.05%) User Experience
6 5 (1.47%) Clustering
6 5 (1.47%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.17%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.17%) CESG
7 4 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.17%) Handset
7 4 (1.17%) SCADA
8 3 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (0.88%) Fat Client
8 3 (0.88%) Freedom of Information
8 3 (0.88%) Freedom of Information Act
8 3 (0.88%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.59%) Cloud Native
9 2 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 61 (17.89%) Windows
2 44 (12.90%) Windows 10
3 31 (9.09%) Unix
4 24 (7.04%) Linux
5 20 (5.87%) Windows 7
6 12 (3.52%) Windows Server
7 6 (1.76%) Solaris
8 5 (1.47%) SUSE
9 4 (1.17%) AIX
9 4 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.88%) VME
10 3 (0.88%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.59%) Android
11 2 (0.59%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.59%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.29%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.29%) MVS
12 1 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.29%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (14.08%) Migration
2 33 (9.68%) ITIL
3 32 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (8.80%) Data Migration
5 26 (7.62%) Scrum
6 23 (6.74%) Cybersecurity
7 22 (6.45%) Service Management
8 18 (5.28%) DevOps
8 18 (5.28%) Security Architecture
9 17 (4.99%) Enterprise Architecture
9 17 (4.99%) Project Delivery
9 17 (4.99%) Risk Management
10 15 (4.40%) ITIL V3
11 14 (4.11%) Performance Tuning
11 14 (4.11%) Problem-Solving
11 14 (4.11%) Test Automation
12 13 (3.81%) BDD
12 13 (3.81%) Information Security
12 13 (3.81%) IT Strategy
12 13 (3.81%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 28 (8.21%) PowerShell
2 16 (4.69%) Java
3 12 (3.52%) SQL
4 8 (2.35%) VB
5 7 (2.05%) C#
6 6 (1.76%) Ada
7 5 (1.47%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.17%) Python
9 3 (0.88%) C
9 3 (0.88%) COBOL
10 2 (0.59%) C++
10 2 (0.59%) Java 8
10 2 (0.59%) R
10 2 (0.59%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.29%) ActionScript
11 1 (0.29%) ActionScript 2.0
11 1 (0.29%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.29%) Scala
11 1 (0.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 341 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 22 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
3 21 (6.16%) Degree
4 12 (3.52%) CESG Certified Professional
5 9 (2.64%) CISSP
5 9 (2.64%) ISEB
5 9 (2.64%) MCSE
5 9 (2.64%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (2.35%) ISTQB
7 6 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (1.76%) Postgraduate
8 5 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.47%) CISM
9 4 (1.17%) CCNP
10 3 (0.88%) CISA
10 3 (0.88%) CLAS
10 3 (0.88%) IISP
10 3 (0.88%) MCITP
10 3 (0.88%) MCSA
10 3 (0.88%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (5.87%) SLA
2 18 (5.28%) QA
3 14 (4.11%) NCSC
4 6 (1.76%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.76%) PMO
5 4 (1.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 4 (1.17%) JSP 440
5 4 (1.17%) RMADS
6 3 (0.88%) GDPR
6 3 (0.88%) NIST
6 3 (0.88%) WCAG
7 2 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 24 (7.04%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (2.64%) Docker
4 6 (1.76%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (1.47%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (1.17%) vSphere
6 4 (1.17%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.59%) Firmware
7 2 (0.59%) XenApp
8 1 (0.29%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.29%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 1 (0.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.29%) MetaFrame
8 1 (0.29%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 41 (12.02%) SCCM
2 13 (3.81%) WSUS
3 12 (3.52%) NetBackup
4 11 (3.23%) AppDNA
5 6 (1.76%) Kubernetes
5 6 (1.76%) vCenter Server
6 5 (1.47%) Ansible
6 5 (1.47%) Terraform
7 3 (0.88%) Data Guard
7 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.88%) Puppet
8 2 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.59%) Uchiwa
9 1 (0.29%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.29%) EdgeSight
9 1 (0.29%) Forum Sentry
9 1 (0.29%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.29%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.29%) SnapMirror
Vendors
1 53 (15.54%) Microsoft
2 34 (9.97%) Oracle
3 25 (7.33%) SAP
4 24 (7.04%) VMware
5 14 (4.11%) Citrix
6 12 (3.52%) EMC
7 10 (2.93%) Cisco
8 9 (2.64%) HP
9 6 (1.76%) Dell
10 5 (1.47%) Clearswift
10 5 (1.47%) Sun
11 4 (1.17%) BT
11 4 (1.17%) Cloudera
11 4 (1.17%) LogRhythm
11 4 (1.17%) Samsung
11 4 (1.17%) Sonus
12 3 (0.88%) Ivanti
12 3 (0.88%) Juniper
12 3 (0.88%) Meraki
12 3 (0.88%) MuleSoft