Period
to 21 November 2018

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 21 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.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 362 336 278
Rank change year-on-year -26 -58 +200
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 713 760 1,000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.74% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.63% 3.92% 4.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 502 711
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% -5.17%
10th Percentile £280 £250 £228
90th Percentile £599 £587 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 16 26
UK median hourly rate £26.56 £35.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.11% +25.00% -33.33%
10th Percentile £18.50 £12.75 £14.00
90th Percentile £55.86 £54.88 £56.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -31.44% +25.00% -31.18%

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 19,620 19,398 21,782
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.85% 18.81% 20.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,617 11,885 13,583
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £255 £220 £244
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 944 905 856
UK median hourly rate £25.31 £26.25 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.58% +0.96% +4.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.13
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% - +9.74%

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 21 November 2018.

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 21 November 2018.

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 21 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
England -32 607 £450 +5.26% 59
UK excluding London -10 518 £425 +6.25% 52
London -24 179 £484 +1.84% 12
North of England +7 140 £456 +14.06% 18
South East -21 109 £400 +11.11% 11
Midlands +13 86 £420 +23.19% 15
South West -36 77 £425 -0.82% 3
Yorkshire +18 65 £450 +4.65% 4
Scotland +13 55 £375 -16.67% 3
West Midlands +1 54 £415 +29.69% 6
North West -15 48 £498 +24.38% 13
Wales -38 36 £500 +17.65% 2
North East -19 32 £435 +24.29% 1
East Midlands +10 31 £440 +46.67% 9
East of England -2 21 £550 +69.23% 1
Northern Ireland +40 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, 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.

1 328 (46.00%) Agile Software Development
2 308 (43.20%) Security Cleared
3 169 (23.70%) Java
4 155 (21.74%) SC Cleared
5 125 (17.53%) Jenkins
6 123 (17.25%) TDD
7 122 (17.11%) Test Automation
8 120 (16.83%) JavaScript
9 117 (16.41%) Continuous Integration
10 109 (15.29%) Git (software)
10 109 (15.29%) JIRA
11 107 (15.01%) Problem-Solving
12 105 (14.73%) Linux
13 99 (13.88%) Scrum
14 95 (13.32%) Open Source
15 94 (13.18%) Confluence
16 82 (11.50%) Windows
16 82 (11.50%) RESTful
17 77 (10.80%) Microsoft
18 75 (10.52%) JUnit
18 75 (10.52%) Spring
18 75 (10.52%) REST
19 73 (10.24%) Disclosure Scotland
20 70 (9.82%) Project Management
21 69 (9.68%) BDD
21 69 (9.68%) Scala
22 68 (9.54%) DBS Check
23 67 (9.40%) Google
24 66 (9.26%) Kanban
24 66 (9.26%) Digital Transformation Programme

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 94 (13.18%) Confluence
2 23 (3.23%) Elasticsearch
3 16 (2.24%) SharePoint
4 15 (2.10%) Apache
5 14 (1.96%) nginx
6 12 (1.68%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.26%) Apache Spark
7 9 (1.26%) WebSphere
8 7 (0.98%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.84%) IIS
9 6 (0.84%) Jetty
9 6 (0.84%) Mongrel
9 6 (0.84%) MS Exchange
9 6 (0.84%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.70%) WildFly
11 3 (0.42%) CMS
12 2 (0.28%) Anypoint
12 2 (0.28%) Drupal
12 2 (0.28%) JBoss
12 2 (0.28%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 31 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.12%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.56%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.42%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.28%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.28%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.28%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 12 (1.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.42%) Workday HCM
3 1 (0.14%) SAP MDG
3 1 (0.14%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 55 (7.71%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (7.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (4.07%) Office 365
4 15 (2.10%) GitHub
5 14 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
5 14 (1.96%) PaaS
6 11 (1.54%) Google Cloud Platform
7 10 (1.40%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (1.40%) Heroku
7 10 (1.40%) SaaS
8 7 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.98%) Google App Engine
8 7 (0.98%) IaaS
9 6 (0.84%) Serverless
10 5 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.70%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (0.70%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.56%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.56%) iPaaS
11 4 (0.56%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 57 (7.99%) HTTP
2 23 (3.23%) VPN
3 22 (3.09%) WAN
4 20 (2.81%) Internet
5 19 (2.66%) Firewall
5 19 (2.66%) TCP/IP
6 18 (2.52%) LAN
7 13 (1.82%) MPLS
7 13 (1.82%) SDH
8 12 (1.68%) Ethernet
9 11 (1.54%) DWDM
9 11 (1.54%) Network Security
10 10 (1.40%) BGP
10 10 (1.40%) DHCP
10 10 (1.40%) DNS
10 10 (1.40%) OSPF
11 9 (1.26%) EIGRP
11 9 (1.26%) RIP
11 9 (1.26%) SSL
12 7 (0.98%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (8.98%) Relational Database
2 31 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 23 (3.23%) Hadoop
3 23 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (2.66%) MongoDB
5 18 (2.52%) NoSQL
6 16 (2.24%) Big Data
7 14 (1.96%) Redis
8 13 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.82%) MySQL
9 10 (1.40%) Oracle Database
9 10 (1.40%) RDBMS
10 8 (1.12%) Apache Cassandra
10 8 (1.12%) Power BI
11 7 (0.98%) CouchDB
11 7 (0.98%) GIS
11 7 (0.98%) Riak
12 6 (0.84%) Data Lake
13 5 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
13 5 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 125 (17.53%) Jenkins
2 109 (15.29%) Git (software)
2 109 (15.29%) JIRA
3 75 (10.52%) JUnit
4 58 (8.13%) Subversion
5 47 (6.59%) Hudson
6 39 (5.47%) Selenium
7 28 (3.93%) Cucumber
8 23 (3.23%) JMeter
9 20 (2.81%) Maven
10 13 (1.82%) Visual Studio
10 13 (1.82%) WebDriver
11 11 (1.54%) Vagrant
12 10 (1.40%) gulp
12 10 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
13 9 (1.26%) SoapUI
14 8 (1.12%) GitLab
14 8 (1.12%) RSpec
15 7 (0.98%) SonarQube
15 7 (0.98%) Travis CI
General
1 49 (6.87%) Finance
2 23 (3.23%) Telecoms
3 16 (2.24%) Publishing
4 10 (1.40%) Aerospace
5 9 (1.26%) Legal
6 8 (1.12%) Games
7 5 (0.70%) Humanities
7 5 (0.70%) Social Science
8 4 (0.56%) Law
9 3 (0.42%) Banking
9 3 (0.42%) Marketing
10 2 (0.28%) Back Office
10 2 (0.28%) Billing
10 2 (0.28%) Local Government
10 2 (0.28%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.14%) Avionics
11 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.14%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.14%) Military
11 1 (0.14%) Retail
Job Titles
1 192 (26.93%) Developer
2 86 (12.06%) Analyst
3 68 (9.54%) Architect
4 55 (7.71%) Agile Developer
5 50 (7.01%) Java Developer
5 50 (7.01%) Scala Developer
6 38 (5.33%) Business Analyst
6 38 (5.33%) Project Manager
7 30 (4.21%) Designer
8 26 (3.65%) Technical Architect
9 24 (3.37%) DevOps Engineer
9 24 (3.37%) Tester
10 23 (3.23%) Full Stack Developer
11 22 (3.09%) Consultant
12 20 (2.81%) Content Designer
13 18 (2.52%) Delivery Manager
14 15 (2.10%) Solutions Architect
15 14 (1.96%) Test Analyst
16 13 (1.82%) Senior Developer
17 12 (1.68%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (11.50%) RESTful
2 75 (10.52%) REST
2 75 (10.52%) Spring
3 59 (8.27%) JSON
4 53 (7.43%) Play Framework
5 52 (7.29%) Django
6 49 (6.87%) Guice
6 49 (6.87%) Ruby on Rails
7 48 (6.73%) Spring MVC
8 44 (6.17%) .NET
9 43 (6.03%) HTML
10 39 (5.47%) Node.js
11 32 (4.49%) Web Services
12 28 (3.93%) Spring Boot
13 27 (3.79%) CSS
14 26 (3.65%) jQuery
15 21 (2.95%) AngularJS
15 21 (2.95%) HTML5
16 18 (2.52%) Hibernate
17 17 (2.38%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.61%) User Experience
2 35 (4.91%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (3.79%) Data Centre
4 12 (1.68%) NHS
4 12 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
5 10 (1.40%) Management Information System
6 8 (1.12%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (0.84%) Fat Client
7 6 (0.84%) Thin Client
8 5 (0.70%) Cloud Native
9 4 (0.56%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.56%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.56%) Public Cloud
9 4 (0.56%) Reference Data
9 4 (0.56%) Security Operations Centre
9 4 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.42%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.42%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 105 (14.73%) Linux
2 82 (11.50%) Windows
3 28 (3.93%) Unix
4 27 (3.79%) Windows Server
5 23 (3.23%) Windows 10
6 12 (1.68%) VMS
7 9 (1.26%) CentOS
7 9 (1.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.12%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (0.84%) Solaris
11 5 (0.70%) Android
11 5 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.56%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.42%) AIX
14 2 (0.28%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.28%) Debian
14 2 (0.28%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 328 (46.00%) Agile Software Development
2 123 (17.25%) TDD
3 122 (17.11%) Test Automation
4 117 (16.41%) Continuous Integration
5 107 (15.01%) Problem-Solving
6 99 (13.88%) Scrum
7 95 (13.32%) Open Source
8 70 (9.82%) Project Management
9 69 (9.68%) BDD
10 66 (9.26%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 66 (9.26%) Kanban
11 64 (8.98%) MVC
12 62 (8.70%) DevOps
13 61 (8.56%) Configuration Management
14 60 (8.42%) Pair Programming
15 57 (7.99%) Stakeholder Management
16 53 (7.43%) Responsive Web Design
17 52 (7.29%) OWASP
18 51 (7.15%) ITIL
18 51 (7.15%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 169 (23.70%) Java
2 120 (16.83%) JavaScript
3 69 (9.68%) Scala
4 60 (8.42%) SQL
5 59 (8.27%) Ruby
6 49 (6.87%) Python
7 34 (4.77%) C#
7 34 (4.77%) Java 8
8 17 (2.38%) PowerShell
9 13 (1.82%) Groovy
10 9 (1.26%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.12%) C
11 8 (1.12%) ES6
11 8 (1.12%) T-SQL
12 7 (0.98%) Bash Shell
12 7 (0.98%) TypeScript
13 6 (0.84%) PHP
13 6 (0.84%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.84%) VBA
14 5 (0.70%) C++
Qualifications
1 308 (43.20%) Security Cleared
2 155 (21.74%) SC Cleared
3 68 (9.54%) DBS Check
4 36 (5.05%) Degree
5 29 (4.07%) BC Cleared
6 19 (2.66%) CTC Cleared
7 16 (2.24%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (1.96%) CCNP
9 12 (1.68%) CCNA
10 10 (1.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 7 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
11 7 (0.98%) ISEB
11 7 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (0.84%) CCIP
12 6 (0.84%) DV Cleared
13 5 (0.70%) ISTQB
13 5 (0.70%) MCP
13 5 (0.70%) MCSE
13 5 (0.70%) Numerate Degree
13 5 (0.70%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (10.24%) Disclosure Scotland
2 36 (5.05%) QA
3 25 (3.51%) PMO
4 13 (1.82%) WCAG
5 8 (1.12%) Data Quality
6 7 (0.98%) SLA
7 6 (0.84%) NEBOSH
8 5 (0.70%) GDPR
8 5 (0.70%) JSP 440
9 4 (0.56%) HL7
10 3 (0.42%) MISRA
10 3 (0.42%) MISRA C
11 2 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 1 (0.14%) COBIT
12 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
12 1 (0.14%) WAI
System Software
1 39 (5.47%) Active Directory
2 36 (5.05%) Docker
3 21 (2.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.84%) Xen
5 5 (0.70%) Firmware
5 5 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.56%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.42%) vSphere
8 2 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.28%) XenApp
9 1 (0.14%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.14%) HDFS
9 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.14%) vCloud
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.14%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.14%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 28 (3.93%) Ansible
2 16 (2.24%) Terraform
3 15 (2.10%) Puppet
4 14 (1.96%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.26%) SCCM
6 8 (1.12%) Grafana
7 7 (0.98%) Kibana
7 7 (0.98%) WSUS
8 6 (0.84%) AirWatch
9 5 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.70%) Mesos
10 4 (0.56%) HP ALM
10 4 (0.56%) logstash
10 4 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (0.42%) ArcSight ESM
11 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (0.42%) Nagios
11 3 (0.42%) vCenter Server
12 2 (0.28%) Graphite
12 2 (0.28%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 77 (10.80%) Microsoft
2 67 (9.40%) Google
3 30 (4.21%) Cisco
4 29 (4.07%) Oracle
5 26 (3.65%) VMware
6 16 (2.24%) Atlassian
7 13 (1.82%) HP
8 12 (1.68%) Juniper
8 12 (1.68%) ServiceNow
9 11 (1.54%) CheckPoint
9 11 (1.54%) McAfee
10 10 (1.40%) Nortel
11 9 (1.26%) SAP
12 8 (1.12%) IBM
13 7 (0.98%) Citrix
13 7 (0.98%) Informatica
13 7 (0.98%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.98%) Splunk
14 5 (0.70%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 5 (0.70%) BMC