Period
to 23 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Security Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 23 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 West
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 1 3 4
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 1,574 1,457 911
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 26.88% 22.67% 17.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 76.11% 71.53% 64.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,015 845 486
South West median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +7.14%
10th Percentile £310 £313 £185
90th Percentile £625 £600 £616
England median daily rate £485 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 100 61
South West median hourly rate £36.00 £38.64 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.84% +3.05% -2.60%
10th Percentile £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
90th Percentile £54.00 £59.10 £48.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -29.58%

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 West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2,068 2,037 1,407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 35.32% 31.69% 26.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,252 1,123 762
South West median daily rate £475 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £306 £295 £213
90th Percentile £625 £588 £600
England median daily rate £463 £450 £448
% change year-on-year +2.78% +0.56% +5.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 128 82
South West median hourly rate £35.50 £40.00 £32.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.25% +22.14% -12.67%
10th Percentile £17.50 £17.50 £16.45
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.76 £48.68
England median hourly rate £35.00 £28.72 £23.75
% change year-on-year +21.89% +20.91% -8.65%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the South West

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Cleared in the South West

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared in the South West over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in the South West

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in the South West

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared in the South West over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the South West

Security Cleared
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 23 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
Wiltshire 0 678 £500 +4.17% 62
Bristol 0 306 £500 +17.65% 69
Gloucestershire 0 289 £500 +5.26% 92
Devon +3 118 £423 -11.98% 23
Somerset 0 84 £460 -10.24% 19
Dorset +10 30 £195 -45.07% 29
Cornwall - 1 - - 1
Security Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 23 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 West region with a requirement for Security Cleared.

1 1,086 (69.00%) SC Cleared
2 470 (29.86%) DV Cleared
3 430 (27.32%) Agile Software Development
4 278 (17.66%) Windows
5 271 (17.22%) Public Sector
6 251 (15.95%) Microsoft
7 207 (13.15%) Java
8 201 (12.77%) Linux
9 186 (11.82%) Software Engineering
10 173 (10.99%) Finance
11 165 (10.48%) Python
12 162 (10.29%) ITIL
13 156 (9.91%) VMware
14 153 (9.72%) Active Directory
15 149 (9.47%) PowerShell
16 144 (9.15%) DevOps
17 136 (8.64%) Azure
18 135 (8.58%) Scrum
19 134 (8.51%) Cybersecurity
20 129 (8.20%) C#
21 128 (8.13%) JavaScript
22 126 (8.01%) Telecoms
23 123 (7.81%) Project Management
24 122 (7.75%) SQL
25 120 (7.62%) .NET
26 117 (7.43%) C
26 117 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
27 115 (7.31%) Programme Management
27 115 (7.31%) AWS
28 112 (7.12%) Manufacturing

Security Cleared
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 65 (4.13%) SharePoint
2 45 (2.86%) Confluence
3 32 (2.03%) Skype for Business
4 21 (1.33%) MS Exchange
5 13 (0.83%) Tomcat
6 9 (0.57%) ArcGIS
6 9 (0.57%) IIS
6 9 (0.57%) JBoss
7 8 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (0.44%) OpenStack
8 7 (0.44%) WebLogic
9 6 (0.38%) Apache
9 6 (0.38%) Oracle Workflow
10 5 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (0.25%) CMS
11 4 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
11 4 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.19%) MS Project Server
12 3 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 90 (5.72%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (3.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (1.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (1.78%) Microsoft Project
5 20 (1.27%) MS Visio
6 10 (0.64%) Simulink
7 5 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.064%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.064%) InVision
8 1 (0.064%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.064%) Sketch
8 1 (0.064%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 27 (1.72%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.51%) PeopleSoft HCM
4 6 (0.38%) Remedy AR System
5 4 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.25%) Primavera
6 3 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 2 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.064%) Cognos Planning
8 1 (0.064%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.064%) Oracle HRMS
8 1 (0.064%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 136 (8.64%) Azure
2 115 (7.31%) AWS
3 69 (4.38%) Office 365
4 29 (1.84%) Serverless
5 21 (1.33%) SaaS
6 19 (1.21%) PaaS
7 18 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
8 17 (1.08%) Power Platform
9 13 (0.83%) GCP
10 12 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
11 11 (0.70%) IaaS
12 10 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
13 9 (0.57%) Amazon ELB
13 9 (0.57%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.57%) Microsoft Flow
13 9 (0.57%) OpenShift
14 8 (0.51%) Route 53
15 7 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
16 6 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
17 4 (0.25%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 70 (4.45%) DNS
2 52 (3.30%) DHCP
3 47 (2.99%) Firewall
4 42 (2.67%) Skype
5 35 (2.22%) Internet
6 34 (2.16%) WAN
7 33 (2.10%) TCP/IP
8 32 (2.03%) LAN
9 22 (1.40%) Network Security
10 20 (1.27%) Ethernet
11 12 (0.76%) VPN
12 10 (0.64%) FTP
12 10 (0.64%) OSPF
12 10 (0.64%) Wireless
12 10 (0.64%) Wireshark
13 9 (0.57%) BGP
13 9 (0.57%) NX-OS
13 9 (0.57%) SAN
13 9 (0.57%) SNMP
14 8 (0.51%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (3.30%) SQL Server
2 44 (2.80%) Big Data
3 28 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
4 27 (1.72%) Oracle Database
5 15 (0.95%) DB2
6 14 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
7 13 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 12 (0.76%) MongoDB
9 11 (0.70%) Hadoop
10 10 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (0.64%) DataStage
10 10 (0.64%) Informix
10 10 (0.64%) Power BI
10 10 (0.64%) Relational Database
11 9 (0.57%) QualityStage
12 8 (0.51%) IBM InfoSphere
12 8 (0.51%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 7 (0.44%) Event Store
13 7 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.38%) GIS
Development Applications
1 105 (6.67%) JIRA
2 56 (3.56%) Jenkins
3 53 (3.37%) Cucumber
4 52 (3.30%) Git (software)
5 48 (3.05%) Selenium
6 43 (2.73%) Bitbucket
7 25 (1.59%) NetBeans
8 24 (1.52%) Visual Studio
9 23 (1.46%) MSI
10 22 (1.40%) GitLab
11 21 (1.33%) Rational DOORS
12 20 (1.27%) Eclipse
13 18 (1.14%) Team Foundation Server
14 17 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 17 (1.08%) Mockito
15 13 (0.83%) JUnit
16 11 (0.70%) Maven
16 11 (0.70%) Rational Rhapsody
17 8 (0.51%) Appium
18 7 (0.44%) GDB
General
1 271 (17.22%) Public Sector
2 173 (10.99%) Finance
3 126 (8.01%) Telecoms
4 112 (7.12%) Manufacturing
5 102 (6.48%) Electronics
6 101 (6.42%) Marketing
7 88 (5.59%) Military
8 27 (1.72%) Aerospace
9 18 (1.14%) Publishing
10 13 (0.83%) Retail
11 7 (0.44%) Billing
12 6 (0.38%) Local Government
13 5 (0.32%) Law
14 3 (0.19%) Avionics
14 3 (0.19%) Back Office
14 3 (0.19%) Legal
15 2 (0.13%) Games
15 2 (0.13%) Police
16 1 (0.064%) Automotive
16 1 (0.064%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 216 (13.72%) Developer
2 146 (9.28%) Architect
3 124 (7.88%) Software Engineer
4 95 (6.04%) Project Manager
5 94 (5.97%) Consultant
6 91 (5.78%) Analyst
7 63 (4.00%) Coordinator
8 51 (3.24%) Automation Engineer
8 51 (3.24%) Software Developer
9 47 (2.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 46 (2.92%) Java Developer
11 44 (2.80%) C++ Software Engineer
12 43 (2.73%) Business Analyst
13 42 (2.67%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
14 38 (2.41%) Test Engineer
15 37 (2.35%) PowerShell Engineer
16 35 (2.22%) Systems Engineer
17 34 (2.16%) DevOps Engineer
18 33 (2.10%) Security Assurance Coordinator
19 32 (2.03%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (7.62%) .NET
2 112 (7.12%) Web Services
3 71 (4.51%) XML
4 47 (2.99%) CSS
5 46 (2.92%) AngularJS
5 46 (2.92%) REST
6 43 (2.73%) HTML
7 37 (2.35%) Node.js
8 34 (2.16%) Spring
9 31 (1.97%) RESTful
10 30 (1.91%) Middleware
11 29 (1.84%) React
12 20 (1.27%) Qt
12 20 (1.27%) SOAP
13 19 (1.21%) LDAP
14 18 (1.14%) SailPoint
15 17 (1.08%) OpenID
16 16 (1.02%) ActiveX
16 16 (1.02%) HTML5
16 16 (1.02%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 72 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (4.07%) Management Information System
3 61 (3.88%) Data Centre
4 38 (2.41%) PKI
5 35 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
6 24 (1.52%) User Experience
7 23 (1.46%) Public Cloud
8 19 (1.21%) CMDB
8 19 (1.21%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 17 (1.08%) Mobile App
9 17 (1.08%) Private Cloud
10 16 (1.02%) Data Structures
11 12 (0.76%) Cyberthreat
12 11 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
12 11 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (0.64%) Algorithms
13 10 (0.64%) Replication
14 9 (0.57%) Greenfield Project
15 8 (0.51%) Driving Licence
15 8 (0.51%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 278 (17.66%) Windows
2 201 (12.77%) Linux
3 105 (6.67%) Windows Server
4 87 (5.53%) Windows 10
5 65 (4.13%) Windows 7
6 64 (4.07%) Windows Server 2012
7 38 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
8 25 (1.59%) Unix
9 24 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 16 (1.02%) CentOS
11 14 (0.89%) Solaris
12 5 (0.32%) VMS
12 5 (0.32%) Windows XP
13 4 (0.25%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.25%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.19%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.19%) VxWorks
15 2 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.064%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.064%) pSOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 430 (27.32%) Agile Software Development
2 186 (11.82%) Software Engineering
3 162 (10.29%) ITIL
4 144 (9.15%) DevOps
5 135 (8.58%) Scrum
6 134 (8.51%) Cybersecurity
7 123 (7.81%) Project Management
8 117 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
9 115 (7.31%) Programme Management
10 100 (6.35%) Digital Marketing
11 93 (5.91%) Migration
11 93 (5.91%) Service Management
12 85 (5.40%) Test Automation
13 72 (4.57%) PRINCE2
14 71 (4.51%) Problem-Solving
15 67 (4.26%) Mentoring
15 67 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
15 67 (4.26%) TDD
16 66 (4.19%) Project Delivery
17 60 (3.81%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 207 (13.15%) Java
2 165 (10.48%) Python
3 149 (9.47%) PowerShell
4 129 (8.20%) C#
5 128 (8.13%) JavaScript
6 122 (7.75%) SQL
7 117 (7.43%) C
8 108 (6.86%) C++
9 31 (1.97%) Bash Shell
10 18 (1.14%) Ruby
11 16 (1.02%) GLSL
11 16 (1.02%) HLSL
12 14 (0.89%) Java 8
12 14 (0.89%) MATLAB
12 14 (0.89%) TypeScript
13 11 (0.70%) PL/SQL
14 10 (0.64%) Groovy
15 7 (0.44%) Perl
15 7 (0.44%) R
15 7 (0.44%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,086 (69.00%) SC Cleared
2 470 (29.86%) DV Cleared
3 54 (3.43%) BPSS Clearance
4 53 (3.37%) Degree
5 36 (2.29%) ISEB
6 31 (1.97%) ISTQB
7 26 (1.65%) Cisco Certification
8 24 (1.52%) CISSP
9 23 (1.46%) CESG Certified Professional
10 21 (1.33%) CISM
11 16 (1.02%) CCNP
12 15 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
13 14 (0.89%) APMP
14 13 (0.83%) BC Cleared
15 12 (0.76%) AWS Certification
15 12 (0.76%) CCNA
16 11 (0.70%) PMP
16 11 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 10 (0.64%) MCSE
17 10 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (3.05%) JSP 440
2 44 (2.80%) RMADS
3 38 (2.41%) QA
4 24 (1.52%) NCSC
5 18 (1.14%) Data Quality
6 15 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (0.95%) PMO
7 14 (0.89%) Disclosure Scotland
8 9 (0.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 9 (0.57%) SLA
9 8 (0.51%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.38%) GDPR
11 5 (0.32%) Government Security Classifications
11 5 (0.32%) HMG Infosec
12 4 (0.25%) NIST
13 3 (0.19%) Def Stans
14 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
14 2 (0.13%) DO-178B
14 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.13%) MISRA
System Software
1 153 (9.72%) Active Directory
2 76 (4.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (4.19%) Docker
4 45 (2.86%) vSphere
5 36 (2.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 32 (2.03%) VMware NSX
7 28 (1.78%) Hyper-V
8 26 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (1.52%) XenApp
10 20 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
11 15 (0.95%) NDS
12 14 (0.89%) XenDesktop
13 13 (0.83%) NetIQ eDirectory
14 10 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
15 6 (0.38%) Snort
16 4 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
16 4 (0.25%) VirtualBox
17 3 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 3 (0.19%) DFS Replication
17 3 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 99 (6.29%) SCCM
2 64 (4.07%) Ansible
3 42 (2.67%) PowerCLI
4 39 (2.48%) Kubernetes
4 39 (2.48%) SCOM
5 30 (1.91%) NetIQ Identity Manager
5 30 (1.91%) Puppet
6 25 (1.59%) vCenter Server
7 20 (1.27%) Terraform
8 12 (0.76%) SCVMM
9 11 (0.70%) WSUS
10 9 (0.57%) Tivoli
11 7 (0.44%) Nagios
11 7 (0.44%) Oracle Identity Manager
12 6 (0.38%) AirWatch
12 6 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
12 6 (0.38%) ThinApp
13 5 (0.32%) Docker Swarm
13 5 (0.32%) HP ALM
13 5 (0.32%) vRealize
Vendors
1 251 (15.95%) Microsoft
2 156 (9.91%) VMware
3 111 (7.05%) Oracle
4 108 (6.86%) SAP
5 72 (4.57%) Cisco
6 59 (3.75%) Citrix
7 39 (2.48%) NetIQ
8 35 (2.22%) Google
9 30 (1.91%) Remedy
10 28 (1.78%) ForgeRock
11 24 (1.52%) Atlassian
11 24 (1.52%) BMC
12 23 (1.46%) Apple
13 22 (1.40%) HP
14 21 (1.33%) Red Hat
15 16 (1.02%) Dell
16 15 (0.95%) IBM
17 13 (0.83%) Juniper
18 12 (0.76%) Splunk
19 11 (0.70%) PeopleSoft