Period
to 26 October 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 26 October 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
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 245 340 382
Rank change year-on-year +95 +42 -42
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 332 605 678
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.03% 0.72% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.21% 3.57% 3.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 413 394
Median daily rate £495 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.00% +11.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £305 £313 £258
90th Percentile £618 £638 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £495 £425
% change year-on-year -4.04% +16.47% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 45 22
Median hourly rate £26.27 £22.37 £25.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.43% -13.28% -26.30%
10th Percentile £15.85 £16.25 £13.10
90th Percentile £44.78 £53.00 £55.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.80 £22.37 £21.43
% change year-on-year +15.33% +4.37% -38.76%

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 7,883 16,955 19,177
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.50% 20.11% 18.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,770 10,420 11,335
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £415
% change year-on-year +0.06% +8.37% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 844 955
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.34 £12.75
90th Percentile £64.50 £58.75 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year -2.78% +43.31% -16.27%

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 26 October 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 26 October 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 26 October 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 +88 249 £500 - 30
UK excluding London +87 192 £475 -4.04% 24
Work from Home -16 99 £495 -1.00% 3
London +139 86 £503 +0.50% 7
North of England +37 77 £525 +5.53% 7
North West +25 40 £525 +10.53% 3
South East +150 34 £435 +0.93% 2
Yorkshire +53 27 £534 -2.91% 3
Scotland +44 22 £453 -2.79% 2
Midlands +68 21 £415 -1.78% 6
West Midlands +52 21 £415 -1.19% 4
South West +77 20 £420 -20.60% 7
North East +17 10 £538 +11.98% 1
Wales +22 9 £300 -47.83%
East of England +87 8 £473 +12.50%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 October 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.

1 163 (49.10%) Security Cleared
2 136 (40.96%) Agile Software Development
3 91 (27.41%) Public Sector
4 79 (23.80%) SC Cleared
5 73 (21.99%) Azure
6 64 (19.28%) AWS
7 63 (18.98%) Java
8 58 (17.47%) DBS Check
9 57 (17.17%) Test Automation
10 45 (13.55%) JavaScript
11 44 (13.25%) Microservices
12 43 (12.95%) Microsoft
12 43 (12.95%) Git (software)
13 38 (11.45%) Linux
14 37 (11.14%) TDD
15 35 (10.54%) DevOps
16 33 (9.94%) Docker
16 33 (9.94%) HTML
17 31 (9.34%) Python
17 31 (9.34%) Jenkins
18 30 (9.04%) Problem-Solving
18 30 (9.04%) Unix
18 30 (9.04%) Continuous Integration
19 29 (8.73%) QA
19 29 (8.73%) CSS
19 29 (8.73%) Scrum
19 29 (8.73%) Continuous Deployment
19 29 (8.73%) BDD
19 29 (8.73%) User Experience
19 29 (8.73%) 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 16 (4.82%) Confluence
2 13 (3.92%) SharePoint
3 9 (2.71%) Elasticsearch
4 8 (2.41%) Skype for Business
5 5 (1.51%) SAS
6 3 (0.90%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.60%) IIS
7 2 (0.60%) Mule
8 1 (0.30%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.30%) CMS
8 1 (0.30%) Documentum
8 1 (0.30%) Headless CMS
8 1 (0.30%) TPMS
8 1 (0.30%) Tuxedo
8 1 (0.30%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.30%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.30%) WildFly
8 1 (0.30%) WordPress
Applications
1 19 (5.72%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.60%) LaTeX
5 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.30%) Stata
Business Applications
1 13 (3.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.60%) Primavera
2 2 (0.60%) SAP FI-CA
2 2 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.30%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.30%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.30%) SAP PP
3 1 (0.30%) SAP SCM
3 1 (0.30%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 73 (21.99%) Azure
2 64 (19.28%) AWS
3 13 (3.92%) GitHub
4 10 (3.01%) Office 365
4 10 (3.01%) Power Platform
5 9 (2.71%) Amazon S3
6 8 (2.41%) Amazon EC2
7 7 (2.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 6 (1.81%) Serverless
9 5 (1.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 5 (1.51%) Amazon Cognito
9 5 (1.51%) OpenShift
10 4 (1.20%) GCP
10 4 (1.20%) Kong
10 4 (1.20%) Logic Apps
10 4 (1.20%) Power Automate
10 4 (1.20%) PowerApps
10 4 (1.20%) Trello
11 3 (0.90%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 21 (6.33%) Firewall
2 16 (4.82%) WAN
3 14 (4.22%) VoIP
4 11 (3.31%) LAN
5 9 (2.71%) Skype
6 7 (2.11%) Internet
6 7 (2.11%) TCP/IP
6 7 (2.11%) VPN
7 6 (1.81%) DNS
7 6 (1.81%) MPLS
8 5 (1.51%) EIGRP
8 5 (1.51%) Ethernet
8 5 (1.51%) Network Security
8 5 (1.51%) OSPF
8 5 (1.51%) RIP
8 5 (1.51%) SNMP
9 4 (1.20%) ADSL
9 4 (1.20%) HTTP
9 4 (1.20%) PPP
9 4 (1.20%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (7.23%) MongoDB
2 19 (5.72%) MySQL
3 15 (4.52%) Relational Database
4 11 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
5 9 (2.71%) Pentaho
6 8 (2.41%) Amazon RDS
6 8 (2.41%) Oracle Database
7 6 (1.81%) NoSQL
7 6 (1.81%) Power BI
7 6 (1.81%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.90%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.90%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 3 (0.90%) SQL Server
8 3 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.60%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.60%) DataStage
9 2 (0.60%) DB2
9 2 (0.60%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 43 (12.95%) Git (software)
2 31 (9.34%) Jenkins
3 19 (5.72%) GitLab
4 18 (5.42%) JIRA
5 14 (4.22%) Mockito
5 14 (4.22%) Selenium
6 10 (3.01%) gulp
7 9 (2.71%) Maven
7 9 (2.71%) Subversion
8 8 (2.41%) Cucumber
8 8 (2.41%) Grunt
8 8 (2.41%) Jasmine
8 8 (2.41%) Mocha
9 6 (1.81%) JMeter
9 6 (1.81%) JUnit
9 6 (1.81%) Visual Studio
10 5 (1.51%) Artifactory
10 5 (1.51%) Octopus Deploy
10 5 (1.51%) SoapUI
10 5 (1.51%) SonarQube
General
1 91 (27.41%) Public Sector
2 11 (3.31%) Legal
3 10 (3.01%) Finance
3 10 (3.01%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.11%) Local Government
4 7 (2.11%) Publishing
5 2 (0.60%) Aerospace
5 2 (0.60%) Back Office
5 2 (0.60%) Electronics
5 2 (0.60%) Fire and Rescue
5 2 (0.60%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.30%) Advertising
6 1 (0.30%) Automotive
6 1 (0.30%) Digital Economy
6 1 (0.30%) Front Office
6 1 (0.30%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.30%) Marketing
6 1 (0.30%) Police
6 1 (0.30%) Retail
Job Titles
1 87 (26.20%) Developer
2 29 (8.73%) Architect
3 25 (7.53%) Java Developer
4 23 (6.93%) Analyst
5 22 (6.63%) Designer
6 16 (4.82%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 15 (4.52%) Consultant
8 12 (3.61%) Tester
9 11 (3.31%) Project Manager
9 11 (3.31%) User Researcher
10 10 (3.01%) DevOps Engineer
10 10 (3.01%) Software Engineer
11 9 (2.71%) Network Engineer
11 9 (2.71%) Pentaho Developer
12 7 (2.11%) Delivery Manager
12 7 (2.11%) Technical Architect
13 6 (1.81%) Business Analyst
13 6 (1.81%) Content Designer
13 6 (1.81%) Microsoft Developer
13 6 (1.81%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (9.94%) HTML
2 29 (8.73%) CSS
3 27 (8.13%) Node.js
4 19 (5.72%) JAX-RS
5 18 (5.42%) Spring
6 16 (4.82%) .NET
7 15 (4.52%) Spring Boot
8 14 (4.22%) ActiveMQ
9 13 (3.92%) React
10 11 (3.31%) AngularJS
10 11 (3.31%) HTML5
10 11 (3.31%) jQuery
10 11 (3.31%) REST
11 10 (3.01%) Sass
11 10 (3.01%) Web Services
11 10 (3.01%) XML
12 9 (2.71%) RESTful
13 8 (2.41%) Dropwizard
13 8 (2.41%) Mustache
14 6 (1.81%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 29 (8.73%) User Experience
2 23 (6.93%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.12%) Management Information System
4 13 (3.92%) Video Conferencing
5 11 (3.31%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (1.81%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (1.81%) NHS
7 5 (1.51%) Data Centre
7 5 (1.51%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.20%) Cloud Native
9 3 (0.90%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.90%) Robotics
9 3 (0.90%) Social Media
10 2 (0.60%) Cyberattack
10 2 (0.60%) Cyberthreat
11 1 (0.30%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.30%) Enterprise Cloud
11 1 (0.30%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.30%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 38 (11.45%) Linux
2 30 (9.04%) Unix
3 25 (7.53%) Windows
4 22 (6.63%) Mac OS X
5 8 (2.41%) Windows 10
6 4 (1.20%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.90%) AIX
8 2 (0.60%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.60%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.60%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.30%) Android
9 1 (0.30%) Debian
9 1 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.30%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (40.96%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (17.17%) Test Automation
3 44 (13.25%) Microservices
4 37 (11.14%) TDD
5 35 (10.54%) DevOps
6 30 (9.04%) Continuous Integration
6 30 (9.04%) Problem-Solving
7 29 (8.73%) BDD
7 29 (8.73%) Continuous Deployment
7 29 (8.73%) Scrum
8 27 (8.13%) Web Development
9 25 (7.53%) Migration
10 23 (6.93%) Responsive Web Design
10 23 (6.93%) Web Design
11 22 (6.63%) Decision-Making
12 21 (6.33%) Front End Development
13 20 (6.02%) Pair Programming
13 20 (6.02%) Project Management
14 19 (5.72%) Continuous Delivery
14 19 (5.72%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 63 (18.98%) Java
2 45 (13.55%) JavaScript
3 31 (9.34%) Python
4 27 (8.13%) SQL
5 26 (7.83%) Java 8
6 22 (6.63%) C#
7 12 (3.61%) Bash Shell
8 10 (3.01%) C
9 8 (2.41%) Perl
9 8 (2.41%) Ruby
10 6 (1.81%) PowerShell
10 6 (1.81%) R
11 5 (1.51%) Go
11 5 (1.51%) PL/SQL
11 5 (1.51%) Scala
11 5 (1.51%) Shell Script
11 5 (1.51%) TypeScript
12 4 (1.20%) C++
13 3 (0.90%) Korn
14 2 (0.60%) Lua
Qualifications
1 163 (49.10%) Security Cleared
2 79 (23.80%) SC Cleared
3 58 (17.47%) DBS Check
4 16 (4.82%) BC Cleared
5 15 (4.52%) Degree
6 10 (3.01%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (2.71%) CCNA
7 9 (2.71%) CISSP
8 8 (2.41%) CCNP
9 7 (2.11%) DV Cleared
10 5 (1.51%) CCDP
10 5 (1.51%) CISM
10 5 (1.51%) ISEB
10 5 (1.51%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.20%) CCIE
11 4 (1.20%) CCIP
12 3 (0.90%) CISA
12 3 (0.90%) OCPJP
12 3 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.90%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (8.73%) QA
2 17 (5.12%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (3.01%) WCAG
4 7 (2.11%) Data Quality
4 7 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.51%) NCSC
6 3 (0.90%) NIST
6 3 (0.90%) SLA
7 2 (0.60%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.30%) COBIT
8 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.30%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.30%) ISO 31000
8 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.30%) NIST 800
System Software
1 33 (9.94%) Docker
2 6 (1.81%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.60%) BitLocker
4 2 (0.60%) HDFS
4 2 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.30%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.30%) XenApp
5 1 (0.30%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (8.73%) Kubernetes
2 21 (6.33%) Terraform
3 13 (3.92%) Ansible
3 13 (3.92%) Puppet
4 8 (2.41%) Kibana
5 7 (2.11%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (1.81%) logstash
6 6 (1.81%) Packer
6 6 (1.81%) Prometheus
6 6 (1.81%) ZABBIX
7 5 (1.51%) Grafana
7 5 (1.51%) Rundeck
8 4 (1.20%) SCCM
9 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.60%) Istio
10 2 (0.60%) Salt
11 1 (0.30%) Cacti
11 1 (0.30%) Icinga
11 1 (0.30%) Jamf Pro
11 1 (0.30%) RANCID
Vendors
1 43 (12.95%) Microsoft
2 26 (7.83%) Oracle
3 15 (4.52%) SAP
4 14 (4.22%) Cisco
5 10 (3.01%) Google
6 8 (2.41%) Juniper
7 7 (2.11%) IBM
8 6 (1.81%) Atlassian
9 5 (1.51%) AppDynamics
9 5 (1.51%) SaltStack
10 4 (1.20%) CA
10 4 (1.20%) VMware
10 4 (1.20%) webMethods
11 3 (0.90%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 3 (0.90%) Ariba
11 3 (0.90%) Citrix
11 3 (0.90%) Dell
11 3 (0.90%) Splunk
11 3 (0.90%) Sun
11 3 (0.90%) Verint