Period
to 17 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Security Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 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 Clearance
England > South East
6 months to
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 8 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 1,504 1,794 1,630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.82% 11.21% 9.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 51.99% 48.21% 43.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 821 1,086 943
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% -1.76%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £210
90th Percentile £576 £600 £550
England median daily rate £488 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +3.07% +5.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 85 92
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +100.00% -48.53%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £79.88 £63.75 £46.69
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £21.25
% change year-on-year - +64.71% -38.41%

Security 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 2,893 3,721 3,726
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.67% 23.26% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,584 2,087 2,097
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +5.59% -1.83%
10th Percentile £235 £248 £220
90th Percentile £588 £588 £566
England median daily rate £463 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 197 191
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +50.00% +7.11%
10th Percentile £15.33 £12.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £78.38 £55.00 £48.75
England median hourly rate £35.00 £28.62 £23.44
% change year-on-year +22.28% +22.12% -8.09%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the South East

Security 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 Security Cleared in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Cleared in the South East

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared in the South East over the 6 months to 17 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in the South East

Security 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 Security Cleared in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in the South East

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared in the South East over the 6 months to 17 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the South East

Security 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 Security Cleared within the South East region over the 6 months to 17 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
Hampshire +1 770 £450 +5.88% 160
Thames Valley +1 599 £440 +6.02% 108
Berkshire +2 435 £450 -2.17% 67
Buckinghamshire -1 144 £402 +3.74% 19
Surrey +4 71 £510 +7.37% 39
West Sussex 0 37 £428 -18.48% 12
Oxfordshire +30 20 £375 -14.29% 22
Kent +16 16 £375 +11.11% 3
East Sussex +10 6 £410 -3.53% 7
Middlesex - 1 £500 -
Security Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Cleared.

1 1,045 (69.48%) SC Cleared
2 387 (25.73%) Windows
3 311 (20.68%) Microsoft
4 301 (20.01%) DV Cleared
5 263 (17.49%) Agile Software Development
6 214 (14.23%) VMware
7 202 (13.43%) Active Directory
8 195 (12.97%) Azure
9 193 (12.83%) SQL
10 186 (12.37%) Linux
11 172 (11.44%) Windows Server
12 168 (11.17%) Migration
13 167 (11.10%) Oracle
14 159 (10.57%) Cisco
14 159 (10.57%) Test Automation
15 154 (10.24%) Firewall
16 131 (8.71%) Degree
17 125 (8.31%) Python
18 123 (8.18%) VMware Infrastructure
19 122 (8.11%) Project Management
20 121 (8.05%) PowerShell
21 119 (7.91%) DevOps
22 117 (7.78%) Office 365
23 116 (7.71%) ITIL
24 115 (7.65%) Problem-Solving
25 114 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
26 113 (7.51%) DNS
27 110 (7.31%) Configuration Management
28 109 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
29 103 (6.85%) VPN

Security 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 72 (4.79%) SharePoint
2 43 (2.86%) MS Exchange
3 32 (2.13%) Confluence
4 25 (1.66%) Tomcat
5 21 (1.40%) Apache
6 16 (1.06%) WebLogic
7 14 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
8 13 (0.86%) Apache Spark
8 13 (0.86%) Skype for Business
9 12 (0.80%) IIS
10 11 (0.73%) GeoServer
11 8 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
11 8 (0.53%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.47%) Documentum
12 7 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
13 6 (0.40%) SAP Portal
14 5 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
14 5 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
15 4 (0.27%) SAS
16 3 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 114 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (3.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.33%) Simulink
7 4 (0.27%) Windchill
8 2 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.13%) XMetaL
9 1 (0.066%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.066%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.066%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 26 (1.73%) Remedy ITSM
2 21 (1.40%) Oracle EBS
3 15 (1.00%) Oracle Applications
4 12 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
5 11 (0.73%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 6 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
6 6 (0.40%) SAP HCM
7 5 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.27%) Dynamics GP
8 4 (0.27%) Oracle Cash Management
8 4 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
8 4 (0.27%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.20%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.20%) SAP PSCD
10 2 (0.13%) Primavera
10 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
10 2 (0.13%) SAP SRM
11 1 (0.066%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 195 (12.97%) Azure
2 117 (7.78%) Office 365
3 92 (6.12%) SaaS
4 76 (5.05%) IaaS
4 76 (5.05%) PaaS
5 75 (4.99%) AWS
6 43 (2.86%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 39 (2.59%) Cloud Computing
8 29 (1.93%) Power Platform
9 20 (1.33%) Serverless
10 18 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
11 14 (0.93%) GitHub
12 12 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
13 11 (0.73%) Amazon S3
13 11 (0.73%) iPaaS
14 8 (0.53%) Amazon SQS
14 8 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
15 7 (0.47%) Amazon Cognito
16 6 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
16 6 (0.40%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 154 (10.24%) Firewall
2 113 (7.51%) DNS
3 103 (6.85%) VPN
4 99 (6.58%) TCP/IP
5 70 (4.65%) LAN
6 69 (4.59%) SAN
7 68 (4.52%) WAN
8 61 (4.06%) Internet
9 60 (3.99%) BGP
10 55 (3.66%) NAS
10 55 (3.66%) Reverse Proxy
11 38 (2.53%) MPLS
12 36 (2.39%) IPsec
12 36 (2.39%) OSPF
12 36 (2.39%) VoIP
12 36 (2.39%) Wireless
13 32 (2.13%) Cisco ASA
13 32 (2.13%) SNMP
14 31 (2.06%) DHCP
15 29 (1.93%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 56 (3.72%) Oracle Database
3 44 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
4 37 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 33 (2.19%) Big Data
6 29 (1.93%) Azure SQL Database
7 28 (1.86%) Power BI
8 26 (1.73%) Oracle Reports
8 26 (1.73%) Relational Database
8 26 (1.73%) SQL Server 2016
9 20 (1.33%) Hadoop
10 19 (1.26%) GIS
10 19 (1.26%) MySQL
10 19 (1.26%) NoSQL
10 19 (1.26%) Oracle ODI
11 17 (1.13%) Cosmos DB
11 17 (1.13%) Oracle Database 12c
12 15 (1.00%) MariaDB
12 15 (1.00%) MongoDB
13 14 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 78 (5.19%) JIRA
2 44 (2.93%) Jenkins
3 33 (2.19%) Git (software)
4 31 (2.06%) Subversion
5 30 (1.99%) Selenium
6 21 (1.40%) Rational DOORS
7 18 (1.20%) MSI
7 18 (1.20%) Visual Studio Team System
8 15 (1.00%) HP UFT
8 15 (1.00%) Oracle APEX
9 14 (0.93%) GitLab
9 14 (0.93%) Maven
10 11 (0.73%) FindBugs
10 11 (0.73%) Log4j
10 11 (0.73%) Mercurial
10 11 (0.73%) SoapUI
10 11 (0.73%) SonarQube
11 10 (0.66%) ClearCase
12 9 (0.60%) InstallShield
12 9 (0.60%) JMeter
General
1 96 (6.38%) Public Sector
2 80 (5.32%) Finance
3 66 (4.39%) Telecoms
4 45 (2.99%) Military
5 28 (1.86%) Manufacturing
6 23 (1.53%) Marketing
7 22 (1.46%) Electronics
8 14 (0.93%) Aerospace
9 12 (0.80%) Legal
10 9 (0.60%) Law
11 6 (0.40%) Billing
12 5 (0.33%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.13%) Games
13 2 (0.13%) Local Government
13 2 (0.13%) Police
13 2 (0.13%) Publishing
13 2 (0.13%) Retail
14 1 (0.066%) Advertising
14 1 (0.066%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 244 (16.22%) Architect
2 184 (12.23%) Developer
3 132 (8.78%) Analyst
4 69 (4.59%) Solutions Architect
5 67 (4.45%) Network Engineer
6 61 (4.06%) Test Engineer
7 58 (3.86%) Consultant
8 56 (3.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 53 (3.52%) Support Engineer
10 52 (3.46%) Tester
11 48 (3.19%) Project Manager
12 37 (2.46%) Azure Architect
13 36 (2.39%) Business Analyst
14 34 (2.26%) Test Analyst
15 33 (2.19%) Systems Engineer
16 30 (1.99%) Java Developer
16 30 (1.99%) Technical Architect
17 28 (1.86%) Cloud Architect
17 28 (1.86%) Software Engineer
18 27 (1.80%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (6.18%) Web Services
2 55 (3.66%) .NET
3 52 (3.46%) REST
3 52 (3.46%) SOAP
4 51 (3.39%) Oracle Fusion
5 38 (2.53%) XML
6 35 (2.33%) HTML
7 34 (2.26%) Middleware
8 24 (1.60%) Spring
9 16 (1.06%) RabbitMQ
9 16 (1.06%) XSLT
10 15 (1.00%) CSS
10 15 (1.00%) JSON
11 14 (0.93%) AngularJS
12 13 (0.86%) 802.1X
13 11 (0.73%) Apache NiFi
13 11 (0.73%) Kafka
13 11 (0.73%) Node.js
13 11 (0.73%) SAPUI5
14 9 (0.60%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 109 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (5.65%) Data Centre
3 57 (3.79%) Management Information System
3 57 (3.79%) Self-Motivation
4 52 (3.46%) Replication
5 34 (2.26%) Data Structures
6 26 (1.73%) PKI
7 23 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
8 17 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
9 14 (0.93%) Algorithms
9 14 (0.93%) Derivative
10 13 (0.86%) Microsoft Licensing
10 13 (0.86%) User Experience
11 12 (0.80%) Clustering
12 10 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
13 9 (0.60%) Private Cloud
14 8 (0.53%) Cloud Native
14 8 (0.53%) Driving Licence
14 8 (0.53%) Smartphone
15 7 (0.47%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 387 (25.73%) Windows
2 186 (12.37%) Linux
3 172 (11.44%) Windows Server
4 98 (6.52%) Windows 10
5 75 (4.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 74 (4.92%) Windows 7
7 69 (4.59%) Windows Server 2008
8 35 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 22 (1.46%) CentOS
9 22 (1.46%) Unix
10 20 (1.33%) VMS
11 18 (1.20%) Ubuntu
12 15 (1.00%) Windows 8
12 15 (1.00%) Windows Vista
13 13 (0.86%) Oracle Linux
14 12 (0.80%) Windows XP
15 11 (0.73%) Debian
15 11 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (0.40%) AIX
17 4 (0.27%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 263 (17.49%) Agile Software Development
2 168 (11.17%) Migration
3 159 (10.57%) Test Automation
4 122 (8.11%) Project Management
5 119 (7.91%) DevOps
6 116 (7.71%) ITIL
7 115 (7.65%) Problem-Solving
8 110 (7.31%) Configuration Management
9 82 (5.45%) Business Intelligence
10 80 (5.32%) Test Scripting
11 75 (4.99%) Software Engineering
12 69 (4.59%) Computer Science
13 65 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
14 64 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 62 (4.12%) Information Security
16 61 (4.06%) ERP
17 60 (3.99%) PRINCE2
18 59 (3.92%) Project Delivery
18 59 (3.92%) Scrum
19 58 (3.86%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 193 (12.83%) SQL
2 125 (8.31%) Python
3 121 (8.05%) PowerShell
4 93 (6.18%) Java
5 78 (5.19%) JavaScript
6 61 (4.06%) C
7 56 (3.72%) C#
8 44 (2.93%) C++
9 36 (2.39%) Shell Script
10 32 (2.13%) PL/SQL
11 31 (2.06%) Perl
12 28 (1.86%) Bash Shell
13 18 (1.20%) PHP
14 15 (1.00%) ABAP
14 15 (1.00%) VB
15 13 (0.86%) VBScript
16 12 (0.80%) MATLAB
16 12 (0.80%) Scala
17 11 (0.73%) T-SQL
17 11 (0.73%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,045 (69.48%) SC Cleared
2 301 (20.01%) DV Cleared
3 131 (8.71%) Degree
4 85 (5.65%) Cisco Certification
5 65 (4.32%) ISTQB
6 59 (3.92%) ISEB
7 51 (3.39%) CCNP
8 41 (2.73%) Microsoft Certification
9 40 (2.66%) CCNA
10 29 (1.93%) CCIE
11 28 (1.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 27 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
13 22 (1.46%) BC Cleared
14 21 (1.40%) CCDP
14 21 (1.40%) Master's Degree
15 19 (1.26%) MCSE
16 14 (0.93%) HNC
16 14 (0.93%) HND
16 14 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 14 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (3.46%) QA
2 29 (1.93%) SLA
3 19 (1.26%) Data Quality
3 19 (1.26%) Def Stans
4 15 (1.00%) GDPR
5 14 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.93%) PMO
6 11 (0.73%) JSP 440
7 10 (0.66%) COBIT
8 8 (0.53%) HAZOP
8 8 (0.53%) IEC 61508
9 7 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
10 6 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.33%) ARP4754
11 5 (0.33%) ARP4761
11 5 (0.33%) DO-178B
11 5 (0.33%) DO-254
11 5 (0.33%) NCSC
12 4 (0.27%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.20%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 202 (13.43%) Active Directory
2 123 (8.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (4.19%) Docker
3 63 (4.19%) vSphere
4 32 (2.13%) Hyper-V
5 27 (1.80%) vCloud
6 22 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
7 20 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
7 20 (1.33%) VMware NSX
8 16 (1.06%) XenApp
9 13 (0.86%) HDFS
10 12 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
11 11 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
11 11 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
12 10 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
12 10 (0.66%) XenDesktop
13 9 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.33%) Firmware
14 5 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
15 4 (0.27%) Snort
Systems Management
1 63 (4.19%) SCCM
2 51 (3.39%) Ansible
3 35 (2.33%) Kubernetes
4 29 (1.93%) HP Quality Center
4 29 (1.93%) SCOM
5 26 (1.73%) Netcool
6 25 (1.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 24 (1.60%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 24 (1.60%) vRealize
8 23 (1.53%) Puppet
9 22 (1.46%) vCenter Server
10 21 (1.40%) Amdocs OSS
10 21 (1.40%) HP ALM
11 20 (1.33%) Microsoft Intune
12 19 (1.26%) Terraform
13 16 (1.06%) Single Sign-On
14 14 (0.93%) WSUS
15 11 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
16 9 (0.60%) Cisco Prime
16 9 (0.60%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 311 (20.68%) Microsoft
2 214 (14.23%) VMware
3 167 (11.10%) Oracle
4 159 (10.57%) Cisco
5 74 (4.92%) Citrix
6 70 (4.65%) Juniper
7 65 (4.32%) SAP
8 50 (3.32%) HP
9 48 (3.19%) ServiceNow
10 42 (2.79%) IBM
11 39 (2.59%) Palo Alto
12 37 (2.46%) Remedy
13 28 (1.86%) BMC
13 28 (1.86%) McAfee
14 26 (1.73%) F5
15 25 (1.66%) CheckPoint
15 25 (1.66%) Red Hat
16 24 (1.60%) Fortinet
16 24 (1.60%) Workday
17 21 (1.40%) xMatters