Period
to 17 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 October 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 14 24 26
Rank change year-on-year +10 +2 -12
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 3,865 3,942 3,410
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 8.41% 7.18% 6.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 36.49% 34.62% 31.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,384 2,275 1,995
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £230 £202
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 298 271 299
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% - -2.78%
10th Percentile £16.25 £13.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £73.75 £50.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £42.27 £33.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +26.16% +59.52% -41.67%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 10,591 11,388 10,782
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 23.04% 20.76% 20.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,228 6,350 6,184
UK excluding London median daily rate £443 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.27% +3.13% +5.26%
10th Percentile £233 £225 £213
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 658 750 719
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.06 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.64% -16.47% +9.09%
10th Percentile £14.13 £12.54 £12.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £51.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £36.70 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +46.80% -9.09% -

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the UK excluding London

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK excluding London

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK excluding London

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK excluding London

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK excluding London

SC Cleared
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

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 UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 17 October 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
South East +6 1,189 £447 +5.16% 233
South West +3 1,064 £450 +5.88% 219
North of England +15 599 £450 +5.88% 63
North West +16 450 £450 - 37
Midlands +7 378 £475 +8.57% 65
West Midlands +12 284 £465 +4.26% 49
East of England +5 246 £405 +1.25% 69
Scotland +14 218 £450 +25.00% 48
Wales 0 178 £475 +11.76% 27
East Midlands -7 89 £500 +21.21% 16
North East -3 76 £375 -1.32% 11
Yorkshire -24 71 £425 -10.53% 15
Northern Ireland -6 8 £400 -27.27% 6
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 3,865 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 847 (21.91%) Windows
3 827 (21.40%) Agile Software Development
4 670 (17.34%) Microsoft
5 581 (15.03%) Linux
6 532 (13.76%) SQL
7 493 (12.76%) Public Sector
8 425 (11.00%) Oracle
9 411 (10.63%) Java
10 403 (10.43%) Azure
11 397 (10.27%) Active Directory
12 389 (10.06%) Migration
13 359 (9.29%) ITIL
14 353 (9.13%) DevOps
15 350 (9.06%) VMware
16 338 (8.75%) DV Cleared
17 322 (8.33%) Project Management
18 319 (8.25%) AWS
19 304 (7.87%) Windows 10
20 301 (7.79%) Windows Server
21 298 (7.71%) Software Engineering
22 261 (6.75%) Cisco
23 252 (6.52%) Python
24 250 (6.47%) PowerShell
25 244 (6.31%) Degree
26 238 (6.16%) C++
26 238 (6.16%) Office 365
27 237 (6.13%) Scrum
28 230 (5.95%) Finance
29 226 (5.85%) VMware Infrastructure

SC Cleared
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 142 (3.67%) SharePoint
2 131 (3.39%) Confluence
3 65 (1.68%) Skype for Business
4 59 (1.53%) MS Exchange
5 46 (1.19%) Apache
6 24 (0.62%) IIS
6 24 (0.62%) Tomcat
7 23 (0.60%) Apache Spark
8 22 (0.57%) WebLogic
9 20 (0.52%) JBoss
10 19 (0.49%) SAS
11 16 (0.41%) MS Project Server
11 16 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 16 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
12 13 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
13 12 (0.31%) GeoServer
14 11 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
14 11 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2010
15 10 (0.26%) SAP Portal
16 9 (0.23%) Alfresco
Applications
1 218 (5.64%) Microsoft Office
2 131 (3.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 73 (1.89%) Microsoft Project
4 53 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 29 (0.75%) Simulink
6 21 (0.54%) MS Visio
7 19 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
8 12 (0.31%) Windchill
9 7 (0.18%) GIMP
9 7 (0.18%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.16%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.10%) FileZilla
12 3 (0.078%) Stateflow
13 2 (0.052%) Autodesk Inventor
13 2 (0.052%) Revit
13 2 (0.052%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.026%) Adobe XD
14 1 (0.026%) EPLAN
14 1 (0.026%) Sketch
14 1 (0.026%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 45 (1.16%) Oracle EBS
2 37 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
3 34 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
4 24 (0.62%) Oracle Applications
5 20 (0.52%) Siebel CRM
5 20 (0.52%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 15 (0.39%) SAP S/4HANA
7 14 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
7 14 (0.36%) SAP FI
7 14 (0.36%) Teamcenter
8 13 (0.34%) Primavera
9 12 (0.31%) SAP CO
9 12 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
10 9 (0.23%) assyst
10 9 (0.23%) SAP HCM
11 8 (0.21%) SAP MM
11 8 (0.21%) SAP SD
12 6 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
12 6 (0.16%) Remedy AR System
12 6 (0.16%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 403 (10.43%) Azure
2 319 (8.25%) AWS
3 238 (6.16%) Office 365
4 129 (3.34%) SaaS
5 102 (2.64%) PaaS
6 100 (2.59%) IaaS
7 77 (1.99%) Amazon EC2
8 61 (1.58%) Serverless
9 51 (1.32%) Power Platform
10 48 (1.24%) Amazon S3
10 48 (1.24%) GitHub
11 41 (1.06%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 37 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
13 36 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
14 33 (0.85%) Amazon SQS
15 31 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
15 31 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
16 28 (0.72%) Slack
17 26 (0.67%) Google Docs
18 23 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 205 (5.30%) Firewall
2 182 (4.71%) DNS
3 170 (4.40%) TCP/IP
4 126 (3.26%) LAN
5 124 (3.21%) VPN
6 117 (3.03%) SAN
7 112 (2.90%) WAN
8 110 (2.85%) Skype
9 103 (2.66%) Internet
10 74 (1.91%) DHCP
11 61 (1.58%) BGP
12 59 (1.53%) Ethernet
13 56 (1.45%) Reverse Proxy
14 54 (1.40%) NAS
15 53 (1.37%) Wireless
16 46 (1.19%) Cisco ASA
16 46 (1.19%) Network Security
16 46 (1.19%) OSPF
17 42 (1.09%) MPLS
18 36 (0.93%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 217 (5.61%) SQL Server
2 181 (4.68%) Oracle Database
3 89 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
4 81 (2.10%) MySQL
5 80 (2.07%) PostgreSQL
6 66 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 62 (1.60%) Hadoop
7 62 (1.60%) Oracle Database 12c
8 60 (1.55%) Amazon RDS
9 55 (1.42%) Oracle BI EE
10 52 (1.35%) Big Data
10 52 (1.35%) Relational Database
11 42 (1.09%) MongoDB
12 41 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
13 40 (1.03%) Power BI
14 37 (0.96%) Azure SQL Database
15 33 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
15 33 (0.85%) Pentaho
16 31 (0.80%) Oracle ODI
16 31 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 207 (5.36%) JIRA
2 186 (4.81%) Git (software)
3 169 (4.37%) Jenkins
4 64 (1.66%) Visual Studio
5 62 (1.60%) Rational DOORS
6 56 (1.45%) Cucumber
6 56 (1.45%) JUnit
6 56 (1.45%) Selenium
7 52 (1.35%) Rational Rhapsody
8 49 (1.27%) Mockito
9 48 (1.24%) Maven
9 48 (1.24%) MSI
10 45 (1.16%) NetBeans
11 43 (1.11%) Eclipse
12 41 (1.06%) GitLab
12 41 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
13 40 (1.03%) Bitbucket
14 37 (0.96%) SonarQube
15 29 (0.75%) Subversion
16 25 (0.65%) jMock
General
1 493 (12.76%) Public Sector
2 230 (5.95%) Finance
3 165 (4.27%) Telecoms
4 148 (3.83%) Military
5 119 (3.08%) Manufacturing
6 80 (2.07%) Electronics
7 76 (1.97%) Aerospace
8 75 (1.94%) Marketing
9 51 (1.32%) Retail
10 43 (1.11%) Banking
11 39 (1.01%) Legal
12 38 (0.98%) Police
13 21 (0.54%) Law
14 18 (0.47%) Back Office
14 18 (0.47%) Investment Banking
14 18 (0.47%) Local Government
15 13 (0.34%) Avionics
15 13 (0.34%) Billing
16 12 (0.31%) Publishing
17 10 (0.26%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 526 (13.61%) Developer
2 386 (9.99%) Architect
3 302 (7.81%) Analyst
4 239 (6.18%) Consultant
5 188 (4.86%) Project Manager
6 169 (4.37%) Software Engineer
7 158 (4.09%) Network Engineer
8 137 (3.54%) DevOps Engineer
9 124 (3.21%) Java Developer
10 93 (2.41%) C++ Software Engineer
11 91 (2.35%) Business Analyst
12 90 (2.33%) Solutions Architect
13 89 (2.30%) DBA
14 85 (2.20%) Support Engineer
15 76 (1.97%) SC Cleared Project Manager
16 74 (1.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 70 (1.81%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
18 69 (1.79%) Oracle DBA
19 61 (1.58%) Administrator
19 61 (1.58%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 209 (5.41%) Web Services
2 201 (5.20%) .NET
3 124 (3.21%) XML
4 108 (2.79%) HTML
4 108 (2.79%) Spring
5 89 (2.30%) Node.js
6 86 (2.23%) CSS
7 82 (2.12%) REST
8 81 (2.10%) AngularJS
9 77 (1.99%) RESTful
10 68 (1.76%) Middleware
11 66 (1.71%) SOAP
12 53 (1.37%) JSON
13 52 (1.35%) LDAP
13 52 (1.35%) React
14 51 (1.32%) Oracle Fusion
15 47 (1.22%) ASP.NET
16 44 (1.14%) Hibernate
17 39 (1.01%) HTML5
18 37 (0.96%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 181 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
2 168 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 134 (3.47%) Management Information System
4 100 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
5 73 (1.89%) Driving Licence
6 56 (1.45%) Replication
7 53 (1.37%) PKI
8 52 (1.35%) User Experience
9 50 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
10 49 (1.27%) Clustering
11 46 (1.19%) Public Cloud
12 42 (1.09%) Data Structures
13 33 (0.85%) CMDB
14 26 (0.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 22 (0.57%) Algorithms
15 22 (0.57%) NHS
16 21 (0.54%) Client/Server
16 21 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
16 21 (0.54%) Security Operations Centre
17 17 (0.44%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 847 (21.91%) Windows
2 581 (15.03%) Linux
3 304 (7.87%) Windows 10
4 301 (7.79%) Windows Server
5 206 (5.33%) Windows 7
6 194 (5.02%) Unix
7 142 (3.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 112 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
9 109 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 70 (1.81%) CentOS
11 51 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
12 45 (1.16%) Solaris
13 37 (0.96%) AIX
14 36 (0.93%) Windows XP
15 31 (0.80%) Ubuntu
16 15 (0.39%) Android
17 14 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
18 12 (0.31%) Mac OS X
19 11 (0.28%) Amazon Linux
19 11 (0.28%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 827 (21.40%) Agile Software Development
2 389 (10.06%) Migration
3 359 (9.29%) ITIL
4 353 (9.13%) DevOps
5 322 (8.33%) Project Management
6 298 (7.71%) Software Engineering
7 237 (6.13%) Scrum
8 222 (5.74%) Configuration Management
8 222 (5.74%) Problem-Solving
9 211 (5.46%) Service Management
10 205 (5.30%) Business Intelligence
11 190 (4.92%) Test Automation
12 184 (4.76%) Mentoring
13 176 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
14 165 (4.27%) Project Delivery
15 155 (4.01%) PRINCE2
16 154 (3.98%) Change Management
17 153 (3.96%) TDD
18 146 (3.78%) Continuous Integration
19 128 (3.31%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 532 (13.76%) SQL
2 411 (10.63%) Java
3 252 (6.52%) Python
4 250 (6.47%) PowerShell
5 238 (6.16%) C++
6 222 (5.74%) JavaScript
7 209 (5.41%) C
8 199 (5.15%) C#
9 77 (1.99%) PL/SQL
10 63 (1.63%) Shell Script
11 57 (1.47%) Bash Shell
12 48 (1.24%) Java 8
13 38 (0.98%) Ruby
14 37 (0.96%) TypeScript
15 34 (0.88%) T-SQL
16 33 (0.85%) ABAP
17 32 (0.83%) MATLAB
18 30 (0.78%) Perl
18 30 (0.78%) VB
19 29 (0.75%) HLSL
Qualifications
1 3,865 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 338 (8.75%) DV Cleared
3 244 (6.31%) Degree
4 146 (3.78%) BPSS Clearance
5 145 (3.75%) Cisco Certification
6 98 (2.54%) Microsoft Certification
7 95 (2.46%) CCNP
8 75 (1.94%) CCNA
9 70 (1.81%) ISTQB
10 48 (1.24%) ISEB
11 45 (1.16%) CCIE
12 42 (1.09%) CCDP
12 42 (1.09%) MCSE
13 38 (0.98%) CISSP
14 32 (0.83%) MCSA
15 30 (0.78%) AWS Certification
15 30 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 29 (0.75%) PMP
17 26 (0.67%) PMI Certification
17 26 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (2.98%) QA
2 91 (2.35%) SLA
3 67 (1.73%) PMO
4 56 (1.45%) Data Quality
5 43 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
6 24 (0.62%) JSP 440
7 23 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 21 (0.54%) Def Stans
9 20 (0.52%) GDPR
10 19 (0.49%) NCSC
11 18 (0.47%) RMADS
12 17 (0.44%) COBIT
13 15 (0.39%) IEC 61508
13 15 (0.39%) NIST
14 13 (0.34%) DO-254
14 13 (0.34%) ISO 9001
15 12 (0.31%) DO-178B
16 11 (0.28%) ARP4754
16 11 (0.28%) ARP4761
17 10 (0.26%) HAZOP
System Software
1 397 (10.27%) Active Directory
2 226 (5.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 135 (3.49%) Docker
4 94 (2.43%) Hyper-V
5 67 (1.73%) vSphere
6 64 (1.66%) VMware ESXi
7 49 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
8 38 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
9 34 (0.88%) vCloud
10 29 (0.75%) VMware NSX
11 28 (0.72%) Oracle RAC
12 23 (0.60%) Firmware
13 20 (0.52%) XenApp
13 20 (0.52%) XenDesktop
14 19 (0.49%) Postfix
15 13 (0.34%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 12 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
16 12 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
17 11 (0.28%) NDS
17 11 (0.28%) Snort
Systems Management
1 206 (5.33%) SCCM
2 165 (4.27%) Ansible
3 117 (3.03%) Terraform
4 106 (2.74%) Puppet
5 88 (2.28%) Kubernetes
6 57 (1.47%) vCenter Server
7 44 (1.14%) SCOM
8 37 (0.96%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 37 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
9 34 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
10 28 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
11 26 (0.67%) NetBackup
12 24 (0.62%) Data Guard
12 24 (0.62%) NetIQ Identity Manager
13 23 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
14 22 (0.57%) WSUS
15 20 (0.52%) Oracle RMAN
16 18 (0.47%) HP ALM
17 16 (0.41%) Cisco Prime
17 16 (0.41%) vRealize
Vendors
1 670 (17.34%) Microsoft
2 425 (11.00%) Oracle
3 350 (9.06%) VMware
4 261 (6.75%) Cisco
5 204 (5.28%) SAP
6 146 (3.78%) Citrix
7 120 (3.10%) HP
8 92 (2.38%) Red Hat
9 79 (2.04%) IBM
10 73 (1.89%) Juniper
11 69 (1.79%) Google
12 65 (1.68%) ServiceNow
13 62 (1.60%) Dell
14 61 (1.58%) Remedy
15 53 (1.37%) Palo Alto
16 49 (1.27%) McAfee
17 47 (1.22%) Informatica
18 46 (1.19%) Atlassian
19 45 (1.16%) CheckPoint
20 43 (1.11%) BMC