Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 19 26 15
Rank change year-on-year +7 -11 +6
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,030 3,370 4,352
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 7.68% 6.51% 8.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 35.49% 31.59% 35.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,383 1,970 2,920
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £263 £195 £263
90th Percentile £600 £550 £570
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 244 236
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.55 £21.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +78.81% -44.00% -
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £49.63 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £37.52 £18.70 £37.50
% change year-on-year +100.64% -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 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 11,356 10,668 12,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.64% 20.60% 23.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,530 6,187 7,630
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £210 £225
90th Percentile £588 £568 £556
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 686 634 722
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.35 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.50% -6.13% -1.82%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.08
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.00 £25.69
% change year-on-year +14.58% -6.57% -6.59%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 19 January 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 +8 1,386 £436 +2.65% 224
South West +2 920 £450 +5.88% 180
North of England +5 651 £425 +8.63% 58
Midlands -6 422 £438 +9.38% 112
North West -4 328 £425 - 27
East of England +15 289 £475 +35.71% 79
West Midlands +6 274 £446 +4.94% 87
Wales -3 217 £450 +12.50% 34
Yorkshire +77 197 £475 +46.15% 15
Scotland +23 156 £449 +25.52% 33
East Midlands -8 145 £390 -2.50% 24
North East -6 125 £400 +21.21% 16
Northern Ireland +28 8 £550 +312.70%
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 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 4,030 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 852 (21.14%) Agile Software Development
3 785 (19.48%) Windows
4 612 (15.19%) Linux
5 609 (15.11%) Microsoft
6 493 (12.23%) ITIL
7 464 (11.51%) SQL
8 441 (10.94%) Cisco
9 434 (10.77%) Java
9 434 (10.77%) Oracle
10 425 (10.55%) Active Directory
11 375 (9.31%) VMware
12 370 (9.18%) Microsoft Azure
13 358 (8.88%) Firewall
14 349 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
15 335 (8.31%) Migration
16 333 (8.26%) DV Cleared
17 316 (7.84%) DevOps
18 295 (7.32%) JavaScript
19 293 (7.27%) Project Management
20 280 (6.95%) Windows Server
21 278 (6.90%) SQL Server
22 274 (6.80%) JIRA
22 274 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
23 264 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
24 253 (6.28%) Service Management
25 250 (6.20%) Software Engineering
26 249 (6.18%) Finance
27 246 (6.10%) Python
28 243 (6.03%) Scrum

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
1 201 (4.99%) SharePoint
2 156 (3.87%) Confluence
3 111 (2.75%) MS Exchange
4 83 (2.06%) Skype for Business
5 71 (1.76%) Apache
6 57 (1.41%) WebSphere
7 50 (1.24%) IIS
8 47 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
9 41 (1.02%) Tomcat
10 35 (0.87%) Apache Spark
11 27 (0.67%) WebLogic
12 25 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
13 24 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
14 23 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
15 22 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
16 20 (0.50%) Documentum
17 18 (0.45%) Jupyter
18 17 (0.42%) JBoss
18 17 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 13 (0.32%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 181 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
2 98 (2.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 77 (1.91%) Microsoft Project
4 55 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 30 (0.74%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.17%) AutoCAD
6 7 (0.17%) InfoPath
6 7 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.099%) Autodesk Inventor
7 4 (0.099%) MicroStation
7 4 (0.099%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.099%) Simulink
8 2 (0.050%) GIMP
8 2 (0.050%) Revit
9 1 (0.025%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.025%) Maya
9 1 (0.025%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 29 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
2 27 (0.67%) Oracle BPM
3 20 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 14 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 14 (0.35%) SAP ERP
4 14 (0.35%) Teamcenter
5 13 (0.32%) Primavera
6 8 (0.20%) SAP HR
7 6 (0.15%) HFM
7 6 (0.15%) Maximo
8 5 (0.12%) SAP PP
8 5 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
9 4 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
9 4 (0.099%) SAP BPC
9 4 (0.099%) SAP MM
9 4 (0.099%) SAP PM
10 3 (0.074%) LabWindows
10 3 (0.074%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.074%) SAP GTS
10 3 (0.074%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 370 (9.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 274 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
3 205 (5.09%) Office 365
4 97 (2.41%) IaaS
5 76 (1.89%) PaaS
6 47 (1.17%) SaaS
7 45 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
8 44 (1.09%) GitHub
9 42 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
10 30 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
11 28 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
12 23 (0.57%) Amazon S3
13 18 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
13 18 (0.45%) Serverless
14 15 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 14 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
16 13 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
16 13 (0.32%) OneDrive
17 12 (0.30%) Amazon SQS
18 11 (0.27%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 358 (8.88%) Firewall
2 177 (4.39%) DNS
3 151 (3.75%) LAN
4 141 (3.50%) VPN
5 140 (3.47%) TCP/IP
5 140 (3.47%) WAN
6 108 (2.68%) Network Security
7 102 (2.53%) Internet
8 95 (2.36%) Cisco ASA
8 95 (2.36%) DHCP
9 92 (2.28%) Cisco Nexus
10 84 (2.08%) Skype
11 82 (2.03%) BGP
12 79 (1.96%) Wireless
13 77 (1.91%) OSPF
14 70 (1.74%) SAN
15 68 (1.69%) Cisco ISE
16 51 (1.27%) MPLS
17 48 (1.19%) HTTP
18 42 (1.04%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 278 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 102 (2.53%) Oracle Database
3 95 (2.36%) PostgreSQL
4 92 (2.28%) MySQL
5 66 (1.64%) Hadoop
6 64 (1.59%) Relational Database
7 56 (1.39%) Big Data
8 44 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 39 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
10 38 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
11 37 (0.92%) MongoDB
12 34 (0.84%) Oracle Database 12c
13 31 (0.77%) RDBMS
14 30 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 29 (0.72%) NoSQL
16 28 (0.69%) Power BI
16 28 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
17 26 (0.65%) GIS
17 26 (0.65%) Pentaho
18 25 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 274 (6.80%) JIRA
2 209 (5.19%) Git (software)
3 191 (4.74%) Jenkins
4 85 (2.11%) Subversion
5 77 (1.91%) Selenium
6 72 (1.79%) Visual Studio
7 66 (1.64%) Maven
8 55 (1.36%) GitLab
9 45 (1.12%) Artifactory
10 43 (1.07%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 42 (1.04%) JUnit
12 40 (0.99%) Eclipse
13 31 (0.77%) JMeter
14 28 (0.69%) Cucumber
14 28 (0.69%) Rational DOORS
15 26 (0.65%) SonarQube
15 26 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
16 25 (0.62%) NetBeans
17 24 (0.60%) MSI
18 22 (0.55%) LoadRunner
General
1 249 (6.18%) Finance
2 144 (3.57%) Telecoms
3 99 (2.46%) Manufacturing
4 94 (2.33%) Military
5 85 (2.11%) Electronics
6 69 (1.71%) Marketing
7 66 (1.64%) Aerospace
8 33 (0.82%) Retail
9 21 (0.52%) Banking
10 17 (0.42%) Legal
11 10 (0.25%) Back Office
12 9 (0.22%) Law
13 8 (0.20%) Automotive
14 7 (0.17%) Billing
14 7 (0.17%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.15%) Local Government
16 3 (0.074%) Avionics
16 3 (0.074%) Front Office
16 3 (0.074%) Games
17 2 (0.050%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 576 (14.29%) Developer
2 451 (11.19%) Architect
3 329 (8.16%) Analyst
4 251 (6.23%) Consultant
5 238 (5.91%) Network Engineer
6 206 (5.11%) Project Manager
7 146 (3.62%) Java Developer
8 136 (3.37%) Support Engineer
9 124 (3.08%) DevOps Engineer
10 122 (3.03%) Software Engineer
11 114 (2.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 110 (2.73%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 100 (2.48%) Solutions Architect
14 94 (2.33%) SC Cleared Project Manager
15 92 (2.28%) Technical Architect
16 86 (2.13%) Administrator
17 81 (2.01%) Test Analyst
18 71 (1.76%) Test Engineer
19 70 (1.74%) Business Analyst
20 63 (1.56%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 202 (5.01%) Web Services
2 169 (4.19%) .NET
2 169 (4.19%) HTML
3 152 (3.77%) CSS
4 140 (3.47%) Middleware
5 139 (3.45%) XML
6 121 (3.00%) SOAP
7 97 (2.41%) Spring
8 86 (2.13%) REST
9 72 (1.79%) jQuery
10 69 (1.71%) Apache Camel
11 68 (1.69%) AngularJS
12 67 (1.66%) RESTful
13 64 (1.59%) ASP.NET
14 63 (1.56%) Node.js
15 61 (1.51%) JSON
16 60 (1.49%) J2EE
17 57 (1.41%) Spring Boot
18 54 (1.34%) Elastic Stack
19 53 (1.32%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 264 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
2 172 (4.27%) Data Centre
3 149 (3.70%) Management Information System
4 131 (3.25%) Self-Motivation
5 74 (1.84%) PKI
6 45 (1.12%) User Experience
7 43 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
8 42 (1.04%) Public Cloud
9 38 (0.94%) Private Cloud
10 32 (0.79%) Clustering
11 30 (0.74%) CESG
11 30 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
11 30 (0.74%) Replication
12 24 (0.60%) Mobile App
13 23 (0.57%) Reference Data
14 21 (0.52%) CMDB
15 20 (0.50%) Algorithms
16 19 (0.47%) Derivative
16 19 (0.47%) Driving Licence
16 19 (0.47%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 785 (19.48%) Windows
2 612 (15.19%) Linux
3 280 (6.95%) Windows Server
4 183 (4.54%) Unix
5 151 (3.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 128 (3.18%) Windows 10
7 113 (2.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 112 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 109 (2.70%) Windows 7
10 64 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
11 53 (1.32%) CentOS
12 32 (0.79%) AIX
13 29 (0.72%) Solaris
14 23 (0.57%) Ubuntu
15 21 (0.52%) Oracle Linux
16 16 (0.40%) VME
17 10 (0.25%) Windows 8
18 8 (0.20%) SUSE
19 7 (0.17%) VMS
20 5 (0.12%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 852 (21.14%) Agile Software Development
2 493 (12.23%) ITIL
3 349 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
4 335 (8.31%) Migration
5 316 (7.84%) DevOps
6 293 (7.27%) Project Management
7 253 (6.28%) Service Management
8 250 (6.20%) Software Engineering
9 243 (6.03%) Scrum
10 208 (5.16%) Configuration Management
11 202 (5.01%) Test Automation
12 178 (4.42%) ITIL V3
13 174 (4.32%) Continuous Integration
14 171 (4.24%) Stakeholder Management
15 162 (4.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 161 (4.00%) TDD
17 160 (3.97%) Service Delivery
18 149 (3.70%) Business Intelligence
19 147 (3.65%) PRINCE2
20 142 (3.52%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 464 (11.51%) SQL
2 434 (10.77%) Java
3 295 (7.32%) JavaScript
4 246 (6.10%) Python
5 236 (5.86%) PowerShell
6 181 (4.49%) C#
7 173 (4.29%) C++
8 164 (4.07%) C
9 91 (2.26%) Bash Shell
10 89 (2.21%) Shell Script
11 68 (1.69%) PL/SQL
12 53 (1.32%) Perl
13 50 (1.24%) Java 8
14 47 (1.17%) Ruby
15 32 (0.79%) T-SQL
16 31 (0.77%) PHP
17 25 (0.62%) ABAP
17 25 (0.62%) VBScript
18 22 (0.55%) VB
19 20 (0.50%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 4,030 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 333 (8.26%) DV Cleared
3 213 (5.29%) Degree
4 196 (4.86%) Cisco Certification
5 126 (3.13%) CCNP
6 112 (2.78%) BPSS Clearance
7 106 (2.63%) CCNA
7 106 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 78 (1.94%) MCSE
9 60 (1.49%) ISTQB
10 57 (1.41%) ISEB
11 48 (1.19%) CISSP
12 36 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 35 (0.87%) MCSA
14 34 (0.84%) CESG Certified Professional
15 29 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
16 28 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
17 26 (0.65%) CCIE
18 25 (0.62%) Master's Degree
19 24 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (1.84%) QA
2 71 (1.76%) SLA
3 63 (1.56%) PMO
4 48 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 45 (1.12%) JSP 440
6 41 (1.02%) Data Quality
6 41 (1.02%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 20 (0.50%) HMG Infosec
7 20 (0.50%) RMADS
8 18 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
9 15 (0.37%) GDPR
10 12 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 9 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 8 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
13 7 (0.17%) COBIT
13 7 (0.17%) Def Stans
13 7 (0.17%) ISO 9001
13 7 (0.17%) PCI DSS
14 6 (0.15%) NEBOSH
15 4 (0.099%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 425 (10.55%) Active Directory
2 211 (5.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 103 (2.56%) Docker
4 84 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
5 67 (1.66%) vSphere
6 51 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
7 50 (1.24%) Hyper-V
8 35 (0.87%) VMware NSX
9 34 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
10 32 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
11 31 (0.77%) XenApp
12 19 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
12 19 (0.47%) XenDesktop
13 18 (0.45%) Firmware
14 17 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
15 15 (0.37%) ProxySG
16 11 (0.27%) NFS
16 11 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
17 7 (0.17%) Terminal Services
18 6 (0.15%) Samba
Systems Management
1 195 (4.84%) Puppet
2 186 (4.62%) SCCM
3 168 (4.17%) Ansible
4 75 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
5 68 (1.69%) SCOM
6 62 (1.54%) Kubernetes
7 60 (1.49%) vCenter Server
8 50 (1.24%) Terraform
9 37 (0.92%) HP ALM
10 35 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
11 31 (0.77%) Kibana
12 29 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
13 24 (0.60%) WSUS
14 23 (0.57%) NetBackup
15 22 (0.55%) ZABBIX
16 21 (0.52%) FortiGate
17 19 (0.47%) logstash
18 18 (0.45%) Data Guard
18 18 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
18 18 (0.45%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 609 (15.11%) Microsoft
2 441 (10.94%) Cisco
3 434 (10.77%) Oracle
4 375 (9.31%) VMware
5 171 (4.24%) SAP
6 145 (3.60%) HP
7 138 (3.42%) Citrix
8 137 (3.40%) Juniper
9 123 (3.05%) McAfee
10 109 (2.70%) Red Hat
11 107 (2.66%) CheckPoint
12 106 (2.63%) F5
13 88 (2.18%) Atlassian
14 87 (2.16%) IBM
15 65 (1.61%) Blue Coat
16 64 (1.59%) ServiceNow
17 56 (1.39%) Remedy
18 49 (1.22%) Palo Alto
19 47 (1.17%) BMC
20 45 (1.12%) Fortinet