Period
to 14 December 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 14 December 2019 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 > South East
6 months to
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 11 15 19
Rank change year-on-year +4 +4 -7
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 1,121 1,424 1,258
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 8.83% 8.43% 7.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 35.14% 36.88% 33.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 634 872 782
South East median daily rate £450 £428 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.20% +2.82% +0.85%
10th Percentile £279 £240 £201
90th Percentile £569 £624 £548
England median daily rate £475 £463 £438
% change year-on-year +2.70% +5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 62 91
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £37.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.38% +111.43% -54.55%
10th Percentile £17.50 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £80.00 £63.75 £46.17
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +14.29% +87.17% -45.00%

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 South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3,190 3,861 3,770
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 25.12% 22.85% 22.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,733 2,163 2,147
South East median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £239 £240 £214
90th Percentile £588 £588 £554
England median daily rate £465 £450 £437
% change year-on-year +3.33% +2.97% +2.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 195 219
South East median hourly rate £42.50 £36.50 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.44% +45.30% -8.65%
10th Percentile £15.50 £13.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £79.13 £54.65 £50.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +32.08% +6.00% -1.96%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the South East

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the South East

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the South East over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the South East

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the South East

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the South East over the 6 months to 14 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the South East

SC Cleared
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 14 December 2019. 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
Hampshire -2 579 £450 +5.26% 113
Thames Valley +9 449 £438 +7.96% 62
Berkshire +14 323 £450 -2.70% 47
Buckinghamshire -3 120 £409 +10.71% 9
Surrey -15 41 £500 - 23
West Sussex -5 31 £435 -17.14% 15
Kent +14 9 £340 +44.44% 2
Oxfordshire +23 6 £300 -1.23% 6
East Sussex +17 4 £410 -13.68% 2
Middlesex - 2 £500 -
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 2019, 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 South East region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 1,121 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 277 (24.71%) Windows
3 237 (21.14%) Microsoft
4 215 (19.18%) Agile Software Development
5 188 (16.77%) SQL
6 180 (16.06%) Azure
7 167 (14.90%) Oracle
8 160 (14.27%) Linux
9 148 (13.20%) VMware
10 118 (10.53%) Migration
11 116 (10.35%) Firewall
12 114 (10.17%) Active Directory
12 114 (10.17%) Degree
13 110 (9.81%) Cisco
14 104 (9.28%) Windows Server
15 103 (9.19%) DevOps
16 98 (8.74%) ITIL
17 96 (8.56%) Python
17 96 (8.56%) Test Automation
18 95 (8.47%) SaaS
18 95 (8.47%) Office 365
18 95 (8.47%) Microsoft Office
19 92 (8.21%) DV Cleared
20 91 (8.12%) DNS
21 89 (7.94%) Project Management
21 89 (7.94%) Configuration Management
22 86 (7.67%) Business Intelligence
23 84 (7.49%) Public Sector
24 83 (7.40%) Web Services
25 81 (7.23%) VPN

SC Cleared
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 47 (4.19%) SharePoint
2 28 (2.50%) MS Exchange
3 24 (2.14%) Confluence
4 15 (1.34%) Apache
5 14 (1.25%) Tomcat
6 13 (1.16%) Apache Spark
7 11 (0.98%) GeoServer
8 10 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (0.71%) IIS
9 8 (0.71%) OpenStack
9 8 (0.71%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.54%) Documentum
10 6 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (0.54%) SAP Portal
11 5 (0.45%) Captiva
11 5 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
11 5 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 4 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.36%) Skype for Business
13 3 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 95 (8.47%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (4.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.78%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.62%) Simulink
6 6 (0.54%) Windchill
7 5 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.089%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.089%) Autodesk Inventor
8 1 (0.089%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 19 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.52%) Remedy ITSM
3 13 (1.16%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.98%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 9 (0.80%) Oracle Applications
6 8 (0.71%) SAP HCM
7 4 (0.36%) Dynamics GP
7 4 (0.36%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.36%) SAP SRM
8 3 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.27%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.27%) SAP HR
8 3 (0.27%) SAP Payroll
8 3 (0.27%) SAP PSCD
9 1 (0.089%) Oracle Assets
9 1 (0.089%) Oracle General Ledger
9 1 (0.089%) Oracle Payables
9 1 (0.089%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 180 (16.06%) Azure
2 95 (8.47%) Office 365
2 95 (8.47%) SaaS
3 80 (7.14%) PaaS
4 75 (6.69%) IaaS
5 49 (4.37%) AWS
6 39 (3.48%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 29 (2.59%) Cloud Computing
8 24 (2.14%) Power Platform
8 24 (2.14%) Serverless
9 17 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
10 15 (1.34%) iPaaS
11 11 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
12 9 (0.80%) Amazon S3
13 8 (0.71%) Amazon SQS
13 8 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
13 8 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
14 7 (0.62%) Amazon Cognito
15 6 (0.54%) GCP
15 6 (0.54%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 116 (10.35%) Firewall
2 91 (8.12%) DNS
3 81 (7.23%) VPN
4 79 (7.05%) TCP/IP
5 71 (6.33%) SAN
6 54 (4.82%) Internet
7 52 (4.64%) Reverse Proxy
8 50 (4.46%) NAS
9 49 (4.37%) LAN
10 46 (4.10%) WAN
11 37 (3.30%) BGP
12 30 (2.68%) MPLS
13 24 (2.14%) IPsec
14 23 (2.05%) Cisco ASA
14 23 (2.05%) Wireless
15 22 (1.96%) Multicast
16 21 (1.87%) OSPF
16 21 (1.87%) VoIP
17 20 (1.78%) DHCP
18 18 (1.61%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 60 (5.35%) Oracle Database
3 46 (4.10%) Data Warehouse
4 44 (3.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 31 (2.77%) Oracle ODI
5 31 (2.77%) Oracle Reports
6 29 (2.59%) Azure SQL Database
6 29 (2.59%) Oracle BI EE
6 29 (2.59%) SQL Server 2016
7 27 (2.41%) Big Data
8 25 (2.23%) Relational Database
9 24 (2.14%) Hadoop
10 23 (2.05%) Power BI
11 22 (1.96%) Cosmos DB
12 20 (1.78%) GIS
13 18 (1.61%) Oracle Database 12c
14 17 (1.52%) MongoDB
14 17 (1.52%) Oracle OWB
15 16 (1.43%) SAP BW
16 15 (1.34%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 54 (4.82%) JIRA
2 28 (2.50%) Git (software)
3 26 (2.32%) Jenkins
4 23 (2.05%) Subversion
5 16 (1.43%) Rational DOORS
5 16 (1.43%) Visual Studio Team System
6 14 (1.25%) Selenium
7 11 (0.98%) HP UFT
8 10 (0.89%) LoadRunner
8 10 (0.89%) Oracle APEX
8 10 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
9 9 (0.80%) Bugzilla
9 9 (0.80%) ClearCase
10 8 (0.71%) Ant
10 8 (0.71%) GitLab
10 8 (0.71%) Visual Studio
11 7 (0.62%) Log4j
11 7 (0.62%) SonarQube
11 7 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 7 (0.62%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 84 (7.49%) Public Sector
2 69 (6.16%) Finance
3 51 (4.55%) Military
4 39 (3.48%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.52%) Manufacturing
6 15 (1.34%) Aerospace
6 15 (1.34%) Marketing
7 14 (1.25%) Electronics
8 12 (1.07%) Legal
9 8 (0.71%) Law
10 6 (0.54%) Back Office
11 5 (0.45%) Police
11 5 (0.45%) Retail
12 3 (0.27%) Avionics
13 2 (0.18%) Billing
13 2 (0.18%) Games
14 1 (0.089%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.089%) Local Government
14 1 (0.089%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 181 (16.15%) Architect
2 163 (14.54%) Developer
3 95 (8.47%) Analyst
4 64 (5.71%) Consultant
5 55 (4.91%) Solutions Architect
6 54 (4.82%) Network Engineer
7 43 (3.84%) Project Manager
8 36 (3.21%) Tester
9 35 (3.12%) Azure Architect
10 31 (2.77%) Software Engineer
10 31 (2.77%) Test Engineer
11 30 (2.68%) Business Analyst
12 26 (2.32%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 26 (2.32%) Support Engineer
13 24 (2.14%) Data Engineer
13 24 (2.14%) Technical Architect
14 23 (2.05%) Systems Engineer
15 22 (1.96%) Cloud Architect
15 22 (1.96%) Test Manager
16 20 (1.78%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (7.40%) Web Services
2 64 (5.71%) .NET
3 50 (4.46%) Oracle Fusion
4 39 (3.48%) REST
5 37 (3.30%) SOAP
6 34 (3.03%) Middleware
7 29 (2.59%) XML
8 28 (2.50%) ASP.NET
9 26 (2.32%) HTML
10 16 (1.43%) Spring
11 15 (1.34%) SAPUI5
12 12 (1.07%) JDBC
12 12 (1.07%) ODBC
12 12 (1.07%) Web Dynpro
13 11 (0.98%) CSS
13 11 (0.98%) RabbitMQ
14 10 (0.89%) JSON
14 10 (0.89%) Kafka
15 9 (0.80%) AngularJS
15 9 (0.80%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 73 (6.51%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (6.07%) Data Centre
3 52 (4.64%) Management Information System
4 50 (4.46%) Replication
5 45 (4.01%) Self-Motivation
6 30 (2.68%) Data Structures
7 19 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
8 16 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
9 15 (1.34%) Algorithms
10 14 (1.25%) Microsoft Licensing
11 13 (1.16%) Derivative
12 11 (0.98%) Clustering
12 11 (0.98%) Private Cloud
13 10 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
14 8 (0.71%) Public Cloud
15 7 (0.62%) PKI
15 7 (0.62%) User Experience
16 6 (0.54%) Driving Licence
16 6 (0.54%) Virtual Team
17 5 (0.45%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 277 (24.71%) Windows
2 160 (14.27%) Linux
3 104 (9.28%) Windows Server
4 70 (6.24%) Windows 10
5 43 (3.84%) Windows 7
6 41 (3.66%) Windows Server 2012
7 36 (3.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (2.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 26 (2.32%) Unix
9 16 (1.43%) AIX
10 14 (1.25%) CentOS
11 12 (1.07%) Ubuntu
12 11 (0.98%) Android
13 10 (0.89%) Windows XP
14 8 (0.71%) Oracle Linux
14 8 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
15 7 (0.62%) Debian
16 6 (0.54%) Apple iOS
17 5 (0.45%) Windows Mobile
17 5 (0.45%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (19.18%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (10.53%) Migration
3 103 (9.19%) DevOps
4 98 (8.74%) ITIL
5 96 (8.56%) Test Automation
6 89 (7.94%) Configuration Management
6 89 (7.94%) Project Management
7 86 (7.67%) Business Intelligence
8 74 (6.60%) Software Engineering
9 71 (6.33%) Computer Science
10 68 (6.07%) Problem-Solving
11 50 (4.46%) Information Security
11 50 (4.46%) Project Delivery
12 48 (4.28%) ERP
12 48 (4.28%) Integration Testing
13 46 (4.10%) Information Management
13 46 (4.10%) SOA
14 45 (4.01%) Disaster Recovery
15 44 (3.93%) CRM
15 44 (3.93%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 188 (16.77%) SQL
2 96 (8.56%) Python
3 73 (6.51%) PowerShell
4 68 (6.07%) Java
5 58 (5.17%) C#
6 53 (4.73%) C
6 53 (4.73%) JavaScript
7 42 (3.75%) C++
7 42 (3.75%) PL/SQL
8 25 (2.23%) Perl
9 22 (1.96%) ABAP
9 22 (1.96%) Shell Script
10 20 (1.78%) VB.NET
11 19 (1.69%) Bash Shell
12 17 (1.52%) VBA
13 16 (1.43%) VB
14 13 (1.16%) T-SQL
15 12 (1.07%) MATLAB
15 12 (1.07%) PHP
16 11 (0.98%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,121 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 114 (10.17%) Degree
3 92 (8.21%) DV Cleared
4 62 (5.53%) Cisco Certification
5 45 (4.01%) ISTQB
6 38 (3.39%) CCNP
7 34 (3.03%) ISEB
8 32 (2.85%) Microsoft Certification
9 24 (2.14%) CCNA
9 24 (2.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 22 (1.96%) CCIE
11 19 (1.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 17 (1.52%) Master's Degree
13 16 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (1.34%) MCSE
15 13 (1.16%) CCDP
16 10 (0.89%) HNC
16 10 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 9 (0.80%) Citrix Certification
17 9 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (2.94%) QA
2 30 (2.68%) Data Quality
3 24 (2.14%) SLA
4 16 (1.43%) Def Stans
5 13 (1.16%) GDPR
6 12 (1.07%) COBIT
6 12 (1.07%) PMO
7 10 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 8 (0.71%) HAZOP
8 8 (0.71%) IEC 61508
9 7 (0.62%) ARP4754
9 7 (0.62%) ARP4761
9 7 (0.62%) DO-178B
9 7 (0.62%) DO-254
9 7 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
11 5 (0.45%) JSP 440
12 4 (0.36%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.27%) NCSC
14 2 (0.18%) NIST
System Software
1 114 (10.17%) Active Directory
2 77 (6.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (3.57%) Docker
4 34 (3.03%) Hyper-V
4 34 (3.03%) vSphere
5 26 (2.32%) vCloud
6 18 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (1.25%) VMware NSX
8 12 (1.07%) VMware Workstation
9 11 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (0.54%) HDFS
11 5 (0.45%) Firmware
11 5 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
11 5 (0.45%) XenApp
12 4 (0.36%) OCFS2
13 3 (0.27%) Apache Flume
13 3 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 3 (0.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 3 (0.27%) Snort
Systems Management
1 36 (3.21%) SCCM
2 31 (2.77%) Ansible
3 27 (2.41%) Kubernetes
4 20 (1.78%) Microsoft Intune
5 15 (1.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 15 (1.34%) Puppet
5 15 (1.34%) Single Sign-On
5 15 (1.34%) vCenter Server
5 15 (1.34%) vRealize
6 14 (1.25%) Amdocs OSS
6 14 (1.25%) HP ALM
6 14 (1.25%) Netcool
6 14 (1.25%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 12 (1.07%) Cisco Prime
7 12 (1.07%) Terraform
8 9 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (0.71%) SCOM
10 6 (0.54%) AirWatch
10 6 (0.54%) SCSM
Vendors
1 237 (21.14%) Microsoft
2 167 (14.90%) Oracle
3 148 (13.20%) VMware
4 110 (9.81%) Cisco
5 61 (5.44%) SAP
6 54 (4.82%) Citrix
7 47 (4.19%) Juniper
8 33 (2.94%) HP
8 33 (2.94%) IBM
8 33 (2.94%) Remedy
9 32 (2.85%) ServiceNow
10 31 (2.77%) Palo Alto
11 22 (1.96%) Fortinet
12 20 (1.78%) CheckPoint
12 20 (1.78%) Red Hat
12 20 (1.78%) Workday
13 19 (1.69%) BMC
14 18 (1.61%) F5
15 16 (1.43%) NetApp
16 15 (1.34%) Cramer