Period
to 16 November 2018

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 16 November 2018 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
16 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 26 15
Rank change year-on-year +3 -11 +7
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,065 3,478 4,882
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 7.33% 6.46% 8.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 34.85% 31.19% 35.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,373 2,059 3,209
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% -2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £195 £260
90th Percentile £588 £549 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 278 244
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.45% +1.47% +11.40%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.71 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.65 £50.00 £50.88
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year +66.67% -38.24% +0.74%

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 11,663 11,151 13,928
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.02% 20.72% 23.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,563 6,440 8,563
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +3.23% +0.65%
10th Percentile £235 £208 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 728 735 734
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.31 £29.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.72% +7.41% +8.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.13
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £48.53
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -7.41% +3.85% +4.00%

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 16 November 2018.

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 16 November 2018.

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 16 November 2018. 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 1,377 £425 +3.03% 254
South West -1 850 £425 +4.94% 169
North of England -2 647 £425 +17.24% 79
Midlands 0 453 £425 +6.92% 101
North West -3 379 £425 +3.03% 44
East of England +14 295 £450 +28.57% 86
West Midlands +1 288 £439 +9.69% 72
Wales 0 224 £450 +9.09% 29
Scotland +36 214 £390 +4.00% 27
East Midlands +1 161 £400 +5.12% 28
Yorkshire +55 158 £463 +19.35% 25
North East -14 112 £400 +23.08% 10
Northern Ireland +42 20 £550 +41.03%
SC Cleared
UK

For the 6 months to 16 November 2018, 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 4,065 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 807 (19.85%) Windows
3 791 (19.46%) Agile Software Development
4 629 (15.47%) Linux
5 588 (14.46%) Microsoft
6 504 (12.40%) ITIL
7 459 (11.29%) SQL
8 452 (11.12%) Oracle
9 451 (11.09%) Java
10 434 (10.68%) Cisco
11 419 (10.31%) Active Directory
12 364 (8.95%) VMware
13 361 (8.88%) Migration
14 354 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
15 341 (8.39%) DevOps
16 337 (8.29%) Firewall
17 328 (8.07%) Microsoft Azure
18 296 (7.28%) DV Cleared
19 295 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
20 292 (7.18%) JavaScript
21 280 (6.89%) Windows Server
22 273 (6.72%) Finance
23 270 (6.64%) Amazon AWS
24 262 (6.45%) Project Management
25 260 (6.40%) SQL Server
26 256 (6.30%) JIRA
27 239 (5.88%) Test Automation
28 236 (5.81%) Scrum
29 230 (5.66%) Python
30 229 (5.63%) PowerShell

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
1 165 (4.06%) SharePoint
2 143 (3.52%) Confluence
3 108 (2.66%) MS Exchange
4 75 (1.85%) Skype for Business
5 71 (1.75%) Apache
6 60 (1.48%) Tomcat
7 54 (1.33%) IIS
8 47 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
9 41 (1.01%) WebSphere
10 32 (0.79%) JBoss
10 32 (0.79%) WebLogic
11 30 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
12 27 (0.66%) Apache Spark
13 24 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 23 (0.57%) OpenStack
14 23 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
15 21 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
16 19 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
17 16 (0.39%) Tuxedo
17 16 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 198 (4.87%) Microsoft Office
2 92 (2.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 69 (1.70%) Microsoft Project
4 43 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 29 (0.71%) MS Visio
6 9 (0.22%) AutoCAD
7 8 (0.20%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.17%) Simulink
9 6 (0.15%) GIMP
10 3 (0.074%) Autodesk Inventor
10 3 (0.074%) MicroStation
10 3 (0.074%) Windchill
11 2 (0.049%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.049%) Revit
12 1 (0.025%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.025%) Maya
12 1 (0.025%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 35 (0.86%) Oracle EBS
2 20 (0.49%) Oracle BPM
3 19 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
4 14 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.30%) SAP ERP
5 12 (0.30%) SAP HR
6 8 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
6 8 (0.20%) Primavera
7 7 (0.17%) Teamcenter
8 6 (0.15%) SAP PM
9 5 (0.12%) HFM
9 5 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
10 4 (0.098%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.098%) Oracle General Ledger
10 4 (0.098%) Oracle Payables
10 4 (0.098%) SAP MM
10 4 (0.098%) SAP PP
10 4 (0.098%) SAP PS
11 3 (0.074%) Oracle Receivables
11 3 (0.074%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 328 (8.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 270 (6.64%) Amazon AWS
3 195 (4.80%) Office 365
4 77 (1.89%) IaaS
5 60 (1.48%) PaaS
6 51 (1.25%) Amazon S3
7 41 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
8 37 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
8 37 (0.91%) SaaS
9 35 (0.86%) GitHub
10 34 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
11 31 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
12 28 (0.69%) Serverless
13 24 (0.59%) AWS Lambda
14 22 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
15 18 (0.44%) Route 53
16 17 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 16 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
18 14 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 12 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 337 (8.29%) Firewall
2 173 (4.26%) DNS
3 158 (3.89%) WAN
4 141 (3.47%) LAN
5 140 (3.44%) TCP/IP
6 108 (2.66%) DHCP
6 108 (2.66%) VPN
7 93 (2.29%) Internet
7 93 (2.29%) Network Security
8 81 (1.99%) SAN
9 75 (1.85%) Cisco ASA
10 71 (1.75%) Wireless
11 69 (1.70%) Cisco Nexus
11 69 (1.70%) Skype
12 63 (1.55%) BGP
12 63 (1.55%) Cisco ISE
13 57 (1.40%) OSPF
14 51 (1.25%) MPLS
15 44 (1.08%) HTTP
16 43 (1.06%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 260 (6.40%) SQL Server
2 122 (3.00%) PostgreSQL
3 117 (2.88%) MySQL
4 89 (2.19%) Oracle Database
5 78 (1.92%) Relational Database
6 66 (1.62%) Hadoop
7 61 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
8 52 (1.28%) Big Data
9 44 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
10 42 (1.03%) MongoDB
10 42 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
11 39 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 33 (0.81%) RDBMS
13 32 (0.79%) SQL Server 2016
14 30 (0.74%) Oracle Database 12c
14 30 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 29 (0.71%) GIS
16 25 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
17 24 (0.59%) Oracle Database 11g
18 23 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 256 (6.30%) JIRA
2 227 (5.58%) Git (software)
3 194 (4.77%) Jenkins
4 88 (2.16%) Selenium
5 80 (1.97%) Maven
6 73 (1.80%) Subversion
7 70 (1.72%) Visual Studio
8 61 (1.50%) JUnit
9 48 (1.18%) Eclipse
10 47 (1.16%) GitLab
11 44 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 43 (1.06%) Artifactory
13 41 (1.01%) Cucumber
14 39 (0.96%) HP UFT
15 37 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
16 36 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
17 34 (0.84%) SoapUI
18 29 (0.71%) SonarQube
19 28 (0.69%) DbUnit
19 28 (0.69%) MSI
General
1 273 (6.72%) Finance
2 129 (3.17%) Telecoms
3 100 (2.46%) Manufacturing
4 73 (1.80%) Military
5 71 (1.75%) Electronics
6 62 (1.53%) Marketing
7 50 (1.23%) Aerospace
8 49 (1.21%) Retail
9 16 (0.39%) Law
10 13 (0.32%) Banking
11 11 (0.27%) Legal
12 8 (0.20%) Automotive
12 8 (0.20%) Billing
13 5 (0.12%) Back Office
13 5 (0.12%) Local Government
14 4 (0.098%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.074%) Front Office
15 3 (0.074%) Games
15 3 (0.074%) Publishing
16 2 (0.049%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 591 (14.54%) Developer
2 402 (9.89%) Architect
3 350 (8.61%) Analyst
4 245 (6.03%) Consultant
5 238 (5.85%) Network Engineer
6 214 (5.26%) Project Manager
7 161 (3.96%) Support Engineer
8 153 (3.76%) Java Developer
9 136 (3.35%) DevOps Engineer
10 129 (3.17%) Software Engineer
11 109 (2.68%) Desktop Support
12 107 (2.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 102 (2.51%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 102 (2.51%) Test Analyst
14 101 (2.48%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
15 87 (2.14%) Solutions Architect
16 82 (2.02%) Administrator
16 82 (2.02%) Test Engineer
17 78 (1.92%) Technical Architect
18 69 (1.70%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (4.65%) Web Services
2 167 (4.11%) .NET
3 164 (4.03%) HTML
4 153 (3.76%) CSS
5 137 (3.37%) XML
6 112 (2.76%) Spring
7 98 (2.41%) Middleware
8 95 (2.34%) SOAP
9 88 (2.16%) REST
10 76 (1.87%) J2EE
11 73 (1.80%) AngularJS
12 66 (1.62%) Apache Camel
13 64 (1.57%) Node.js
13 64 (1.57%) RESTful
14 63 (1.55%) JSON
15 62 (1.53%) Spring Boot
16 61 (1.50%) ASP.NET
17 60 (1.48%) jQuery
18 59 (1.45%) React
19 55 (1.35%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 295 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
2 178 (4.38%) Data Centre
3 148 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 123 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
5 88 (2.16%) PKI
6 56 (1.38%) Computer Science
7 47 (1.16%) Clustering
8 43 (1.06%) User Experience
9 38 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
10 34 (0.84%) Private Cloud
11 30 (0.74%) Public Cloud
12 28 (0.69%) CESG
12 28 (0.69%) NHS
12 28 (0.69%) Virtual Team
13 25 (0.62%) Mobile App
14 24 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
14 24 (0.59%) Reference Data
15 23 (0.57%) Replication
16 21 (0.52%) Driving Licence
17 20 (0.49%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 807 (19.85%) Windows
2 629 (15.47%) Linux
3 280 (6.89%) Windows Server
4 201 (4.94%) Unix
5 145 (3.57%) Windows 7
6 142 (3.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 139 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 127 (3.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 126 (3.10%) Windows 10
10 75 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
11 53 (1.30%) AIX
12 50 (1.23%) CentOS
13 33 (0.81%) Ubuntu
14 30 (0.74%) Solaris
15 18 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
16 17 (0.42%) Windows 8
17 12 (0.30%) Windows XP
18 11 (0.27%) SUSE
19 10 (0.25%) Android
20 9 (0.22%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 791 (19.46%) Agile Software Development
2 504 (12.40%) ITIL
3 361 (8.88%) Migration
4 354 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
5 341 (8.39%) DevOps
6 262 (6.45%) Project Management
7 239 (5.88%) Test Automation
8 236 (5.81%) Scrum
9 227 (5.58%) Software Engineering
10 224 (5.51%) Service Management
11 223 (5.49%) Configuration Management
12 188 (4.62%) ITIL V3
13 183 (4.50%) Continuous Integration
14 173 (4.26%) PRINCE2
15 171 (4.21%) Stakeholder Management
16 165 (4.06%) Change Management
16 165 (4.06%) TDD
17 160 (3.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 156 (3.84%) Business Intelligence
19 145 (3.57%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 459 (11.29%) SQL
2 451 (11.09%) Java
3 292 (7.18%) JavaScript
4 230 (5.66%) Python
5 229 (5.63%) PowerShell
6 196 (4.82%) C#
7 173 (4.26%) C
8 147 (3.62%) C++
9 99 (2.44%) Shell Script
10 93 (2.29%) Bash Shell
11 79 (1.94%) Perl
12 67 (1.65%) PL/SQL
13 53 (1.30%) Java 8
14 51 (1.25%) PHP
15 49 (1.21%) Ruby
16 36 (0.89%) T-SQL
17 33 (0.81%) VB
18 23 (0.57%) VBScript
19 22 (0.54%) ABAP
19 22 (0.54%) Ada
Qualifications
1 4,065 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 296 (7.28%) DV Cleared
3 217 (5.34%) Cisco Certification
4 192 (4.72%) Degree
5 131 (3.22%) CCNA
6 125 (3.08%) CCNP
7 119 (2.93%) BPSS Clearance
8 98 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 88 (2.16%) ISTQB
10 85 (2.09%) ISEB
11 68 (1.67%) MCSE
12 50 (1.23%) CISSP
13 43 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 35 (0.86%) CESG Certified Professional
15 33 (0.81%) MCSA
15 33 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 28 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 27 (0.66%) PMI Certification
18 25 (0.62%) PMP
19 24 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (2.14%) PMO
2 83 (2.04%) SLA
3 72 (1.77%) QA
4 49 (1.21%) JSP 440
5 35 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 32 (0.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 28 (0.69%) Data Quality
8 20 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
9 16 (0.39%) GDPR
10 14 (0.34%) RMADS
11 13 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 10 (0.25%) Government Security Classifications
13 9 (0.22%) HMG Infosec
14 8 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 7 (0.17%) PCI DSS
16 6 (0.15%) Def Stans
16 6 (0.15%) NEBOSH
17 5 (0.12%) ISO 9000
18 4 (0.098%) COBIT
18 4 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 419 (10.31%) Active Directory
2 211 (5.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 107 (2.63%) Docker
4 84 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
5 68 (1.67%) Hyper-V
6 67 (1.65%) vSphere
7 45 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
9 33 (0.81%) VMware NSX
10 28 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
11 27 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
11 27 (0.66%) XenApp
12 19 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
13 16 (0.39%) Firmware
14 13 (0.32%) NFS
14 13 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
15 12 (0.30%) XenDesktop
16 9 (0.22%) ProxySG
16 9 (0.22%) Terminal Services
17 8 (0.20%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 204 (5.02%) Puppet
2 191 (4.70%) SCCM
3 171 (4.21%) Ansible
4 84 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
5 61 (1.50%) SCOM
6 60 (1.48%) Terraform
7 57 (1.40%) HP ALM
8 54 (1.33%) vCenter Server
9 48 (1.18%) Kubernetes
10 40 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
11 29 (0.71%) Kibana
11 29 (0.71%) WSUS
12 25 (0.62%) FortiGate
13 22 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
14 20 (0.49%) ZABBIX
15 19 (0.47%) Data Guard
15 19 (0.47%) Nagios
15 19 (0.47%) PowerCLI
15 19 (0.47%) vRealize
16 18 (0.44%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 588 (14.46%) Microsoft
2 452 (11.12%) Oracle
3 434 (10.68%) Cisco
4 364 (8.95%) VMware
5 186 (4.58%) SAP
6 182 (4.48%) HP
7 146 (3.59%) Juniper
8 137 (3.37%) Citrix
9 122 (3.00%) McAfee
9 122 (3.00%) Red Hat
10 87 (2.14%) F5
11 86 (2.12%) CheckPoint
12 82 (2.02%) Atlassian
13 71 (1.75%) IBM
14 59 (1.45%) ServiceNow
15 56 (1.38%) Remedy
16 54 (1.33%) Palo Alto
17 50 (1.23%) Blue Coat
18 43 (1.06%) NetApp
19 42 (1.03%) EMC