Period
to 12 August 2020

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 August 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.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
UK
6 months to
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 213 364 404
Rank change year-on-year +151 +40 -54
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 394 609 630
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 0.67% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 3.50% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 400 400
Median daily rate £495 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.00% +11.11% +5.26%
10th Percentile £321 £325 £255
90th Percentile £650 £638 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £489 £438
% change year-on-year +1.28% +11.71% +3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 36 19
Median hourly rate £25.17 £25.96 £24.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.06% +5.74% -29.86%
10th Percentile £15.48 £16.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £42.05 £57.05 £49.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.18 £25.96 £23.14
% change year-on-year -6.87% +12.19% -33.89%

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 8,634 17,396 19,198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.98% 19.15% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,157 10,551 11,377
Median daily rate £475 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £283 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £414
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.49% +3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 834 938
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +56.52% -22.91%
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.55 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.00 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +53.19% -24.19%

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing BPSS Clearance.

Daily rate trend for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing BPSS Clearance over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing BPSS Clearance.

Hourly rate trend for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing BPSS Clearance over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

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 August 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
England +139 313 £500 - 13
UK excluding London +120 270 £495 +1.28% 19
North of England +82 105 £525 +11.70% 5
London +141 97 £500 -5.66% 2
North West +82 63 £495 +10.00% 4
Work from Home +26 58 £450 -5.26% 4
Scotland +66 42 £450 -1.32% 6
South East +133 36 £450 -4.00% 1
Midlands +62 32 £425 -7.36% 4
Yorkshire +58 31 £550 +10.00% 1
South West +74 29 £468 -14.91% 1
West Midlands +58 22 £378 -16.11% 1
East of England +86 14 £461 +2.22%
North East +32 13 £540 +9.09%
Wales +17 13 £525 -4.55% 2
East Midlands +55 10 £525 +12.30% 3

For the 6 months to 12 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing BPSS Clearance 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 with a requirement for BPSS Clearance.

1 203 (51.52%) Security Cleared
2 143 (36.29%) Agile Software Development
3 111 (28.17%) SC Cleared
4 98 (24.87%) Public Sector
5 81 (20.56%) Azure
6 76 (19.29%) Java
7 70 (17.77%) AWS
8 64 (16.24%) DBS Check
9 60 (15.23%) Test Automation
10 58 (14.72%) Microsoft
11 48 (12.18%) Microservices
12 46 (11.68%) JavaScript
13 45 (11.42%) Linux
14 44 (11.17%) TDD
15 42 (10.66%) DevOps
16 41 (10.41%) Scrum
17 40 (10.15%) Oracle
17 40 (10.15%) Git (software)
17 40 (10.15%) Problem-Solving
18 38 (9.64%) QA
18 38 (9.64%) Continuous Integration
19 35 (8.88%) SQL
19 35 (8.88%) Python
20 34 (8.63%) Unix
20 34 (8.63%) Analytical Skills
21 33 (8.38%) Jenkins
21 33 (8.38%) Docker
21 33 (8.38%) Migration
22 31 (7.87%) Change Management
22 31 (7.87%) Kubernetes

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 24 (6.09%) SharePoint
2 20 (5.08%) Confluence
3 7 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (1.78%) IBM Domino
4 6 (1.52%) IBM Notes
4 6 (1.52%) Skype for Business
5 5 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (1.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (1.02%) WebLogic
7 3 (0.76%) Apache
7 3 (0.76%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.51%) IIS
8 2 (0.51%) Mule
8 2 (0.51%) SAS
8 2 (0.51%) WildFly
9 1 (0.25%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.25%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.25%) CMS
9 1 (0.25%) Headless CMS
9 1 (0.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 19 (4.82%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.76%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 3 (0.76%) InVision
3 3 (0.76%) Sketch
4 2 (0.51%) LaTeX
4 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.25%) LibreOffice
5 1 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (3.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.52%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (1.02%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.51%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.51%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.51%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.51%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.51%) SAP FI-CA
5 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.25%) Misys Midas
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.25%) Primavera
5 1 (0.25%) SAP PP
5 1 (0.25%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.25%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.25%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 81 (20.56%) Azure
2 70 (17.77%) AWS
3 20 (5.08%) Office 365
4 17 (4.31%) Power Platform
5 12 (3.05%) GitHub
6 11 (2.79%) PowerApps
7 9 (2.28%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (2.28%) Amazon S3
7 9 (2.28%) GCP
7 9 (2.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 8 (2.03%) OneDrive
8 8 (2.03%) Serverless
9 6 (1.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 6 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.52%) G Suite
10 5 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (1.27%) Boomi
10 5 (1.27%) Kong
10 5 (1.27%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (5.58%) VoIP
2 21 (5.33%) Firewall
2 21 (5.33%) WAN
3 17 (4.31%) TCP/IP
4 16 (4.06%) Internet
4 16 (4.06%) LAN
5 11 (2.79%) BGP
5 11 (2.79%) DNS
5 11 (2.79%) MPLS
5 11 (2.79%) VPN
6 10 (2.54%) SMS
7 9 (2.28%) Ethernet
7 9 (2.28%) HTTP
7 9 (2.28%) OSPF
7 9 (2.28%) SNMP
8 8 (2.03%) EIGRP
8 8 (2.03%) IPsec
8 8 (2.03%) RIP
8 8 (2.03%) TACACS
8 8 (2.03%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (5.84%) MongoDB
1 23 (5.84%) MySQL
2 15 (3.81%) Relational Database
3 14 (3.55%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.79%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (2.54%) Pentaho
6 7 (1.78%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (1.78%) SAP HANA
7 6 (1.52%) Power BI
7 6 (1.52%) SQL Server
8 5 (1.27%) Big Data
8 5 (1.27%) NoSQL
9 4 (1.02%) Hadoop
9 4 (1.02%) IBM InfoSphere
10 3 (0.76%) Amazon Aurora
10 3 (0.76%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (0.76%) FileMaker
10 3 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.76%) SAP Data Services
10 3 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 40 (10.15%) Git (software)
2 33 (8.38%) Jenkins
3 23 (5.84%) JIRA
4 17 (4.31%) Selenium
5 14 (3.55%) Mockito
6 11 (2.79%) GitLab
7 10 (2.54%) gulp
7 10 (2.54%) Subversion
8 9 (2.28%) Mocha
8 9 (2.28%) SoapUI
9 8 (2.03%) Grunt
9 8 (2.03%) Jasmine
9 8 (2.03%) JMeter
10 6 (1.52%) Cucumber
10 6 (1.52%) JUnit
10 6 (1.52%) REST Assured
10 6 (1.52%) Visual Studio
11 5 (1.27%) CircleCI
11 5 (1.27%) Maven
11 5 (1.27%) Postman
General
1 98 (24.87%) Public Sector
2 18 (4.57%) Finance
2 18 (4.57%) Telecoms
3 10 (2.54%) Legal
4 8 (2.03%) Law
5 7 (1.78%) Local Government
6 5 (1.27%) Aerospace
7 4 (1.02%) Multimedia
8 3 (0.76%) Fire and Rescue
8 3 (0.76%) Publishing
9 2 (0.51%) Automotive
10 1 (0.25%) Advertising
10 1 (0.25%) Back Office
10 1 (0.25%) Banking
10 1 (0.25%) Billing
10 1 (0.25%) Electronics
10 1 (0.25%) Front Office
10 1 (0.25%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 99 (25.13%) Developer
2 37 (9.39%) Architect
3 34 (8.63%) Analyst
4 31 (7.87%) Java Developer
5 23 (5.84%) Designer
5 23 (5.84%) Project Manager
6 18 (4.57%) Tester
7 15 (3.81%) Business Analyst
8 13 (3.30%) Consultant
9 12 (3.05%) Administrator
9 12 (3.05%) Network Engineer
10 11 (2.79%) DevOps Engineer
10 11 (2.79%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 11 (2.79%) Python Developer
11 10 (2.54%) Incident Manager
11 10 (2.54%) Major Incident Manager
11 10 (2.54%) Pentaho Developer
11 10 (2.54%) Solutions Architect
12 8 (2.03%) DBA
12 8 (2.03%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (7.61%) HTML
2 27 (6.85%) CSS
3 18 (4.57%) Node.js
4 16 (4.06%) JAX-RS
5 15 (3.81%) Spring
6 14 (3.55%) ActiveMQ
7 13 (3.30%) .NET
7 13 (3.30%) Spring Boot
7 13 (3.30%) Web Services
7 13 (3.30%) XML
8 11 (2.79%) jQuery
9 9 (2.28%) SOAP
10 8 (2.03%) AngularJS
10 8 (2.03%) HTML5
10 8 (2.03%) Mustache
10 8 (2.03%) RabbitMQ
10 8 (2.03%) REST
10 8 (2.03%) RESTful
11 7 (1.78%) Dropwizard
11 7 (1.78%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 34 (8.63%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (5.84%) User Experience
3 18 (4.57%) Self-Motivation
4 16 (4.06%) Management Information System
5 14 (3.55%) Public Cloud
6 10 (2.54%) Data Centre
6 10 (2.54%) Video Conferencing
7 8 (2.03%) Hybrid Cloud
8 7 (1.78%) Taxonomies
9 4 (1.02%) Data Structures
9 4 (1.02%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 3 (0.76%) Cloud Native
10 3 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.76%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.76%) Robotics
10 3 (0.76%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (0.51%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.51%) Freedom of Information
11 2 (0.51%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 45 (11.42%) Linux
2 34 (8.63%) Unix
3 24 (6.09%) Windows
4 22 (5.58%) Mac OS X
5 6 (1.52%) VME
6 5 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (1.02%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.51%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.51%) CentOS
8 2 (0.51%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.25%) AIX
9 1 (0.25%) Android
9 1 (0.25%) Debian
9 1 (0.25%) Solaris
9 1 (0.25%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (36.29%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (15.23%) Test Automation
3 48 (12.18%) Microservices
4 44 (11.17%) TDD
5 42 (10.66%) DevOps
6 41 (10.41%) Scrum
7 40 (10.15%) Problem-Solving
8 38 (9.64%) Continuous Integration
9 33 (8.38%) Migration
10 31 (7.87%) Change Management
11 28 (7.11%) BDD
12 26 (6.60%) Continuous Deployment
12 26 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
13 25 (6.35%) Configuration Management
13 25 (6.35%) Project Management
14 23 (5.84%) Pair Programming
14 23 (5.84%) Responsive Web Design
14 23 (5.84%) Service Delivery
14 23 (5.84%) Web Design
14 23 (5.84%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 76 (19.29%) Java
2 46 (11.68%) JavaScript
3 35 (8.88%) Python
3 35 (8.88%) SQL
4 29 (7.36%) Java 8
5 23 (5.84%) C#
6 12 (3.05%) PowerShell
7 8 (2.03%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.78%) C
9 6 (1.52%) COBOL
9 6 (1.52%) Shell Script
10 5 (1.27%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.76%) C++
11 3 (0.76%) Go
11 3 (0.76%) Perl
11 3 (0.76%) R
11 3 (0.76%) Ruby
11 3 (0.76%) XPath
11 3 (0.76%) XQuery
12 2 (0.51%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 203 (51.52%) Security Cleared
2 111 (28.17%) SC Cleared
3 64 (16.24%) DBS Check
4 18 (4.57%) BC Cleared
5 12 (3.05%) CCNA
5 12 (3.05%) CCNP
5 12 (3.05%) Cisco Certification
6 11 (2.79%) CCDP
7 10 (2.54%) Degree
8 8 (2.03%) CCIP
8 8 (2.03%) CISM
8 8 (2.03%) CISSP
8 8 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (1.78%) MCSA
10 6 (1.52%) ISEB
10 6 (1.52%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.02%) CCIE
11 4 (1.02%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (1.02%) DV Cleared
11 4 (1.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (9.64%) QA
2 21 (5.33%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (2.54%) Data Quality
3 10 (2.54%) SLA
4 8 (2.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (2.03%) WCAG
5 5 (1.27%) COBIT
6 4 (1.02%) NCSC
7 3 (0.76%) NIST
7 3 (0.76%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.51%) Actionable Recommendations
8 2 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.25%) GDPR
9 1 (0.25%) GPG13
9 1 (0.25%) IFRS
9 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 1 (0.25%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.25%) P3O
System Software
1 33 (8.38%) Docker
2 10 (2.54%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.51%) HDFS
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.25%) OpenAM
4 1 (0.25%) OpenDJ
4 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 31 (7.87%) Kubernetes
2 19 (4.82%) Terraform
3 12 (3.05%) Ansible
3 12 (3.05%) Puppet
4 9 (2.28%) SCCM
5 7 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.78%) Salt
6 5 (1.27%) Kibana
6 5 (1.27%) Packer
7 4 (1.02%) Grafana
7 4 (1.02%) logstash
7 4 (1.02%) Prometheus
7 4 (1.02%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.25%) Cacti
8 1 (0.25%) Icinga
8 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.25%) OpenView
8 1 (0.25%) RANCID
8 1 (0.25%) SCOM
8 1 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 58 (14.72%) Microsoft
2 40 (10.15%) Oracle
3 25 (6.35%) Cisco
4 22 (5.58%) SAP
5 17 (4.31%) IBM
6 15 (3.81%) Google
7 9 (2.28%) Juniper
8 6 (1.52%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 5 (1.27%) Adobe
9 5 (1.27%) Dell
9 5 (1.27%) HP
9 5 (1.27%) ICL
9 5 (1.27%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.02%) Concur
10 4 (1.02%) Curam
10 4 (1.02%) ServiceNow
10 4 (1.02%) Sparx
10 4 (1.02%) webMethods
11 3 (0.76%) IFS
11 3 (0.76%) Zscaler