Period
to 12 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for BPSS Clearance qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 12 December 2017 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.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
UK
6 months to
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 347 280 471
Rank change year-on-year -67 +191 -21
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 727 952 499
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.92% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.76% 4.49% 2.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 498 674 357
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -5.17% +2.35%
10th Percentile £250 £238 £274
90th Percentile £588 £575 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £425
% change year-on-year - -5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 24 14
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% -37.08% +11.25%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.60 £20.14
90th Percentile £48.00 £57.64 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% -33.33% -11.58%

BPSS Clearance 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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing BPSS Clearance as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance.

Contractor daily rate trend for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance over the 6 months to 12 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance.

Contractor hourly rate trend for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance over the 6 months to 12 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BPSS Clearance within the UK over the 6 months to 12 December 2017. 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
England -86 631 £425 +1.19% 8
UK excluding London -20 467 £400 - 6
London -79 242 £475 +5.56% 2
North of England -80 105 £400 +5.82% 3
South West +28 102 £425 -0.70% 1
South East +1 99 £354 -15.02% 1
Midlands +13 60 £340 -15.67% 1
Wales +41 49 £425 +3.03%
North East -27 42 £315 -3.08%
Yorkshire +15 34 £430 -2.27%
Scotland +8 33 £450 +46.10%
West Midlands -1 32 £308 -27.65%
North West -26 31 £400 -11.11% 3
East Midlands +4 30 £308 -23.13%
East of England -1 22 £300 -16.38%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing BPSS Clearance also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for BPSS Clearance.

1 382 (52.54%) Security Cleared
2 288 (39.61%) Agile Software Development
3 187 (25.72%) Disclosure Scotland
4 143 (19.67%) Project Management
5 128 (17.61%) SC Cleared
6 99 (13.62%) Java
7 81 (11.14%) Finance
8 80 (11.00%) Scrum
9 76 (10.45%) SQL
9 76 (10.45%) Linux
10 73 (10.04%) Test Automation
11 70 (9.63%) Microsoft
12 69 (9.49%) Analytical Skills
13 67 (9.22%) JavaScript
13 67 (9.22%) Degree
14 64 (8.80%) JIRA
15 63 (8.67%) DevOps
16 62 (8.53%) ITIL
16 62 (8.53%) Stakeholder Management
17 60 (8.25%) Open Source
18 57 (7.84%) Git (software)
19 56 (7.70%) PRINCE2
19 56 (7.70%) Windows
20 55 (7.57%) Collaborative Working
21 54 (7.43%) RESTful
22 53 (7.29%) Confluence
23 52 (7.15%) User Stories
24 51 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
25 49 (6.74%) Change Management
26 45 (6.19%) Python

BPSS Clearance
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 53 (7.29%) Confluence
2 21 (2.89%) SharePoint
3 16 (2.20%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.06%) JBoss
5 12 (1.65%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (1.10%) MS Exchange
8 7 (0.96%) CMS
9 6 (0.83%) Apache
9 6 (0.83%) WebLogic
9 6 (0.83%) WildFly
10 5 (0.69%) IIS
10 5 (0.69%) iPlanet
10 5 (0.69%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.69%) Oracle Application Server
10 5 (0.69%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.55%) nginx
12 3 (0.41%) Drupal
12 3 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 26 (3.58%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (2.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.65%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.55%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.28%) Windchill
7 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.14%) SPSS
7 1 (0.14%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.55%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle 11i
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.14%) Actimize
6 1 (0.14%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.14%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.14%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.14%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 51 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (3.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (3.44%) Office 365
3 24 (3.30%) PaaS
4 17 (2.34%) Serverless
5 10 (1.38%) Slack
6 9 (1.24%) Google Analytics
6 9 (1.24%) SaaS
7 6 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.83%) G Suite
7 6 (0.83%) GitHub
8 4 (0.55%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (0.55%) Trello
9 3 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.41%) npm
9 3 (0.41%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.41%) Route 53
9 3 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.71%) TCP/IP
2 25 (3.44%) HTTP
3 22 (3.03%) DNS
4 20 (2.75%) Internet
5 19 (2.61%) Firewall
5 19 (2.61%) WAN
6 18 (2.48%) LAN
7 14 (1.93%) DHCP
8 13 (1.79%) Skype
9 12 (1.65%) SSL
10 10 (1.38%) LTE
10 10 (1.38%) Network Security
10 10 (1.38%) SAN
10 10 (1.38%) WLAN
11 9 (1.24%) 4G
12 7 (0.96%) MVNO
12 7 (0.96%) VPN
12 7 (0.96%) Wireless
13 6 (0.83%) IPsec
13 6 (0.83%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (4.54%) MongoDB
2 30 (4.13%) Relational Database
3 26 (3.58%) PostgreSQL
4 25 (3.44%) NoSQL
5 24 (3.30%) SQL Server
6 17 (2.34%) MySQL
7 13 (1.79%) RDBMS
8 8 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
9 7 (0.96%) Big Data
9 7 (0.96%) DB2
10 6 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.69%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
12 4 (0.55%) Event Store
12 4 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
12 4 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
14 2 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
14 2 (0.28%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 64 (8.80%) JIRA
2 57 (7.84%) Git (software)
3 43 (5.91%) Jenkins
4 30 (4.13%) JUnit
5 18 (2.48%) Mockito
5 18 (2.48%) Selenium
5 18 (2.48%) Subversion
6 16 (2.20%) JMeter
7 13 (1.79%) Protractor
8 12 (1.65%) Visual Studio
9 11 (1.51%) Cucumber
10 9 (1.24%) Jasmine
10 9 (1.24%) Maven
11 7 (0.96%) SoapUI
11 7 (0.96%) SonarQube
11 7 (0.96%) Vagrant
12 6 (0.83%) Checkstyle
12 6 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (0.69%) Liquibase
14 4 (0.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 81 (11.14%) Finance
2 35 (4.81%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.48%) Legal
4 13 (1.79%) Publishing
5 11 (1.51%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.10%) Marketing
7 7 (0.96%) Local Government
8 5 (0.69%) Billing
8 5 (0.69%) Electronics
9 4 (0.55%) Back Office
9 4 (0.55%) Banking
10 2 (0.28%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.28%) Law
11 1 (0.14%) Digital Economy
11 1 (0.14%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.14%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.14%) Retail
11 1 (0.14%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 109 (14.99%) Developer
2 99 (13.62%) Analyst
3 75 (10.32%) Architect
4 62 (8.53%) Java Developer
5 55 (7.57%) Project Manager
6 42 (5.78%) Business Analyst
6 42 (5.78%) Delivery Manager
7 30 (4.13%) Technical Architect
8 25 (3.44%) Senior Manager
9 23 (3.16%) Test Analyst
10 16 (2.20%) Consultant
10 16 (2.20%) Digital Delivery Manager
10 16 (2.20%) Network Engineer
11 15 (2.06%) DevOps Engineer
11 15 (2.06%) Senior Developer
12 14 (1.93%) Agile Developer
12 14 (1.93%) Data Architect
12 14 (1.93%) User Researcher
13 13 (1.79%) Digital Analyst
14 12 (1.65%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (7.43%) RESTful
2 44 (6.05%) Web Services
3 34 (4.68%) REST
4 32 (4.40%) HTML
5 29 (3.99%) CSS
6 24 (3.30%) AngularJS
7 23 (3.16%) Node.js
8 22 (3.03%) .NET
9 20 (2.75%) JAX-RS
10 18 (2.48%) XML
11 16 (2.20%) Dropwizard
12 14 (1.93%) RESTEasy
12 14 (1.93%) Spring
13 12 (1.65%) SOAP
14 10 (1.38%) Hibernate
14 10 (1.38%) JMS
14 10 (1.38%) JSON
15 9 (1.24%) Java EE
15 9 (1.24%) Play Framework
15 9 (1.24%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 69 (9.49%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (6.19%) User Experience
3 41 (5.64%) Management Information System
4 24 (3.30%) NHS
5 21 (2.89%) Data Centre
6 14 (1.93%) Data Structures
7 13 (1.79%) Computer Science
8 11 (1.51%) PKI
9 10 (1.38%) Data Protection Act
10 9 (1.24%) Clustering
11 8 (1.10%) Reference Data
12 7 (0.96%) Linux Command Line
13 6 (0.83%) Freedom of Information
13 6 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
13 6 (0.83%) Smart Meter
14 5 (0.69%) Blog
14 5 (0.69%) e-Learning
14 5 (0.69%) Mobile App
15 4 (0.55%) Driving Licence
15 4 (0.55%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 76 (10.45%) Linux
2 56 (7.70%) Windows
3 37 (5.09%) Unix
4 16 (2.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 16 (2.20%) Solaris
4 16 (2.20%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.93%) Windows 10
6 10 (1.38%) Mac OS X
7 9 (1.24%) AIX
7 9 (1.24%) Android
7 9 (1.24%) Apple iOS
7 9 (1.24%) HPUX
8 8 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.96%) Mac OS
9 7 (0.96%) VMS
9 7 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.69%) CentOS
10 5 (0.69%) SUSE
11 4 (0.55%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 288 (39.61%) Agile Software Development
2 143 (19.67%) Project Management
3 80 (11.00%) Scrum
4 73 (10.04%) Test Automation
5 63 (8.67%) DevOps
6 62 (8.53%) ITIL
6 62 (8.53%) Stakeholder Management
7 60 (8.25%) Open Source
8 56 (7.70%) PRINCE2
9 55 (7.57%) Collaborative Working
10 52 (7.15%) User Stories
11 49 (6.74%) Change Management
12 41 (5.64%) Coaching
12 41 (5.64%) Service Delivery
13 40 (5.50%) Mentoring
14 38 (5.23%) Microservices
15 37 (5.09%) Software Delivery
16 35 (4.81%) Migration
16 35 (4.81%) Programme Management
17 34 (4.68%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 99 (13.62%) Java
2 76 (10.45%) SQL
3 67 (9.22%) JavaScript
4 45 (6.19%) Python
5 22 (3.03%) Ruby
6 20 (2.75%) C#
7 17 (2.34%) Scala
8 14 (1.93%) C
9 12 (1.65%) Bash Shell
10 11 (1.51%) Perl
11 8 (1.10%) C-shell
11 8 (1.10%) Go
11 8 (1.10%) Korn
12 7 (0.96%) Groovy
13 6 (0.83%) JPQL
13 6 (0.83%) Shell Script
13 6 (0.83%) T-SQL
13 6 (0.83%) TypeScript
14 5 (0.69%) XPath
14 5 (0.69%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 382 (52.54%) Security Cleared
2 128 (17.61%) SC Cleared
3 67 (9.22%) Degree
4 20 (2.75%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (2.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (1.93%) ISTQB
7 13 (1.79%) CTC Cleared
7 13 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (1.51%) ISEB
9 10 (1.38%) CCNA
10 9 (1.24%) CCNP
10 9 (1.24%) CISSP
10 9 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 8 (1.10%) BC Cleared
12 7 (0.96%) CISM
12 7 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (0.96%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.83%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 6 (0.83%) CEH
14 5 (0.69%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 187 (25.72%) Disclosure Scotland
2 26 (3.58%) PMO
2 26 (3.58%) QA
3 19 (2.61%) Data Quality
4 14 (1.93%) SLA
5 11 (1.51%) GDPR
6 7 (0.96%) HL7
7 6 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 3 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
9 3 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.41%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.41%) PSD2
10 2 (0.28%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 33 (4.54%) Active Directory
2 21 (2.89%) Docker
3 15 (2.06%) Hyper-V
3 15 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.51%) XenApp
5 10 (1.38%) Microsoft App-V
6 9 (1.24%) XenDesktop
6 9 (1.24%) XenServer
7 5 (0.69%) Samba
8 4 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.41%) KVM
10 2 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.28%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 2 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.14%) Firmware
11 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.14%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.14%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.14%) vSphere
11 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 18 (2.48%) Ansible
1 18 (2.48%) Puppet
2 16 (2.20%) SCCM
3 12 (1.65%) Kubernetes
4 10 (1.38%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 7 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (0.83%) Kibana
8 5 (0.69%) logstash
8 5 (0.69%) Terraform
8 5 (0.69%) ZABBIX
9 4 (0.55%) Grafana
9 4 (0.55%) Netcool
9 4 (0.55%) Salt
10 3 (0.41%) Marathon
10 3 (0.41%) OpenView
10 3 (0.41%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.28%) NetBackup
11 2 (0.28%) QRadar
11 2 (0.28%) RSA enVision
Vendors
1 70 (9.63%) Microsoft
2 38 (5.23%) Motorola
3 30 (4.13%) VMware
4 29 (3.99%) Cisco
5 25 (3.44%) Oracle
6 22 (3.03%) HP
7 21 (2.89%) Citrix
8 20 (2.75%) Google
9 19 (2.61%) SAP
10 18 (2.48%) Red Hat
11 10 (1.38%) AppSense
11 10 (1.38%) Atlassian
12 9 (1.24%) F5
12 9 (1.24%) IBM
13 8 (1.10%) Tableau
14 6 (0.83%) Fortinet
15 5 (0.69%) CA Agile Central
15 5 (0.69%) EMC
15 5 (0.69%) Remedy
15 5 (0.69%) Sun