Period
to

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 23 May 2022 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
23 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 262 304 274
Rank change year-on-year +42 -30 +59
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 871 483 444
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.00% 0.83% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.07% 4.07% 3.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 541 354 341
10th Percentile £378 £313 £329
25th Percentile £460 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £495 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% -1.00% -
75th Percentile £606 £575 £609
90th Percentile £657 £655 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £485
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.20% -1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 37 41
10th Percentile £18.98 £14.93 £17.00
25th Percentile £25.50 £20.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate £45.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +80.00% - -12.03%
75th Percentile £56.25 £45.00 £34.77
90th Percentile £65.54 £53.15 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £23.36
% change year-on-year +60.00% +7.04% -17.82%

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 17,189 11,855 11,191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.82% 20.33% 23.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,452 7,722 7,171
10th Percentile £350 £305 £264
25th Percentile £429 £400 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% -
75th Percentile £625 £575 £574
90th Percentile £702 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 747 566 444
10th Percentile £14.25 £14.06 £14.75
25th Percentile £19.82 £18.21 £18.20
Median hourly rate £44.50 £36.30 £30.53
Median % change year-on-year +22.58% +18.93% +1.75%
75th Percentile £58.75 £50.16 £49.19
90th Percentile £67.50 £62.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.60 £33.75 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.47% +32.36% -14.72%

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 23 May 2022.

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 23 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Top 17 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 23 May 2022. 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
Jobs
Work from Home +24 566 £540 +8.00% 9
England +8 553 £530 +6.00% 47
UK excluding London +2 387 £525 +5.00% 39
London -3 194 £528 +8.76% 10
North of England -11 146 £500 -4.76% 9
North West +5 97 £500 +1.01% 5
Scotland +47 81 £523 +16.22% 3
Yorkshire -17 46 £456 -23.96% 3
Midlands -18 46 £540 +89.47% 7
South East -30 42 £568 +14.65% 6
South West -31 42 £575 +4.55% 5
East Midlands +2 24 £540 +107.69% 6
East of England -11 24 £520 +27.61% 9
West Midlands -37 22 £574 +101.40% 1
North East -7 16 £565 +2.73% 1
Wales -22 8 £610 +28.42%
Isle of Man - 2 £440 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, 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.

1 514 (59.01%) Security Cleared
2 349 (40.07%) Agile
3 288 (33.07%) Public Sector
4 283 (32.49%) SC Cleared
5 203 (23.31%) Azure
6 172 (19.75%) Social Skills
7 162 (18.60%) DevOps
8 159 (18.25%) AWS
9 140 (16.07%) Java
10 118 (13.55%) Python
10 118 (13.55%) Scrum
11 109 (12.51%) CI/CD
12 102 (11.71%) JavaScript
13 99 (11.37%) SQL
14 96 (11.02%) Microsoft
15 94 (10.79%) Git (software)
16 85 (9.76%) Jenkins
17 83 (9.53%) JIRA
17 83 (9.53%) Linux
18 82 (9.41%) Terraform
19 77 (8.84%) Finance
20 72 (8.27%) CSS
21 71 (8.15%) ITIL
22 67 (7.69%) HTML
23 63 (7.23%) Stakeholder Management
24 62 (7.12%) Project Management
24 62 (7.12%) Test Automation
24 62 (7.12%) Node.js
24 62 (7.12%) Docker
25 61 (7.00%) Analytics

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 41 (4.71%) Confluence
2 20 (2.30%) SharePoint
3 15 (1.72%) SAS
4 8 (0.92%) Apache Spark
5 7 (0.80%) ArcGIS
5 7 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (0.80%) GeoServer
5 7 (0.80%) nginx
5 7 (0.80%) Traefik
6 6 (0.69%) Documentum
6 6 (0.69%) Mendix
6 6 (0.69%) NetWeaver
7 5 (0.57%) Apache
7 5 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
7 5 (0.57%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.46%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.34%) JBoss
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.34%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 42 (4.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (3.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 20 (2.30%) Microsoft Office
4 13 (1.49%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.80%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.46%) SPSS
7 3 (0.34%) Stata
8 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.11%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.11%) Revit
Business Applications
1 8 (0.92%) Oracle ERP
2 7 (0.80%) SAP CO
2 7 (0.80%) SAP FI
2 7 (0.80%) SAP FI/CO
2 7 (0.80%) SAP PS
3 6 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.69%) Primavera
4 5 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.46%) SAP MM
5 4 (0.46%) SAP PP
5 4 (0.46%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 3 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
6 3 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 3 (0.34%) Oracle SCM
6 3 (0.34%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.23%) Siebel CRM
7 2 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.11%) iTrent
8 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 203 (23.31%) Azure
2 159 (18.25%) AWS
3 54 (6.20%) Power Platform
4 36 (4.13%) Microsoft 365
5 35 (4.02%) Serverless
6 30 (3.44%) GitHub
7 24 (2.76%) Amazon S3
8 22 (2.53%) PaaS
9 19 (2.18%) Azure Data Factory
9 19 (2.18%) GCP
10 18 (2.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 17 (1.95%) AWS Lambda
11 17 (1.95%) SaaS
12 14 (1.61%) IaaS
13 13 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
13 13 (1.49%) OpenShift
13 13 (1.49%) PowerApps
14 12 (1.38%) Amazon EC2
15 11 (1.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 10 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.18%) Firewall
2 16 (1.84%) DNS
3 14 (1.61%) TCP/IP
4 12 (1.38%) LAN
5 9 (1.03%) HTTP
5 9 (1.03%) VPN
5 9 (1.03%) WAN
5 9 (1.03%) Wireless
6 8 (0.92%) Network Security
7 7 (0.80%) BGP
7 7 (0.80%) Intranet
7 7 (0.80%) OSPF
7 7 (0.80%) Skype
8 6 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.57%) EIGRP
9 5 (0.57%) Internet
9 5 (0.57%) MPLS
10 4 (0.46%) RIP
10 4 (0.46%) SNMP
11 3 (0.34%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (5.40%) Power BI
2 31 (3.56%) PostgreSQL
3 29 (3.33%) SQL Server
4 28 (3.21%) Relational Database
5 27 (3.10%) MongoDB
6 22 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
7 21 (2.41%) NoSQL
8 19 (2.18%) MySQL
9 17 (1.95%) Azure SQL Database
10 13 (1.49%) Oracle Database
11 11 (1.26%) BusinessObjects
11 11 (1.26%) RDBMS
12 9 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
12 9 (1.03%) GIS
12 9 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 8 (0.92%) Metadata
13 8 (0.92%) Oracle Database 12c
14 6 (0.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 6 (0.69%) Big Data
14 6 (0.69%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 94 (10.79%) Git (software)
2 85 (9.76%) Jenkins
3 83 (9.53%) JIRA
4 49 (5.63%) GitLab
5 36 (4.13%) Selenium
6 35 (4.02%) Maven
7 33 (3.79%) SonarQube
8 27 (3.10%) Cucumber
9 25 (2.87%) JUnit
9 25 (2.87%) Sonatype Nexus
10 24 (2.76%) Artifactory
11 13 (1.49%) gulp
12 11 (1.26%) JMeter
13 9 (1.03%) git-flow
13 9 (1.03%) Postman
14 8 (0.92%) Protractor
14 8 (0.92%) Subversion
14 8 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
14 8 (0.92%) WebDriver
15 7 (0.80%) Mockito
General
1 288 (33.07%) Public Sector
2 172 (19.75%) Social Skills
3 77 (8.84%) Finance
4 46 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
5 29 (3.33%) Influencing Skills
6 17 (1.95%) Presentation Skills
7 15 (1.72%) Manufacturing
7 15 (1.72%) Organisational Skills
8 14 (1.61%) Telecoms
9 12 (1.38%) Legal
10 10 (1.15%) Aerospace
10 10 (1.15%) Electronics
10 10 (1.15%) Retail
11 8 (0.92%) Local Government
12 6 (0.69%) Documentation Skills
12 6 (0.69%) Military
13 5 (0.57%) Publishing
14 4 (0.46%) Banking
14 4 (0.46%) Games
14 4 (0.46%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 181 (20.78%) Developer
2 94 (10.79%) Analyst
3 69 (7.92%) Architect
4 46 (5.28%) DevOps Engineer
5 40 (4.59%) Project Manager
6 36 (4.13%) Java Developer
7 35 (4.02%) Consultant
8 33 (3.79%) Data Engineer
9 32 (3.67%) Business Analyst
10 31 (3.56%) Designer
11 29 (3.33%) Delivery Manager
12 28 (3.21%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 22 (2.53%) Full Stack Developer
14 20 (2.30%) Software Engineer
15 18 (2.07%) Interaction Designer
15 18 (2.07%) Technical Architect
16 17 (1.95%) Data Analyst
16 17 (1.95%) Solutions Architect
17 16 (1.84%) Azure Engineer
17 16 (1.84%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (8.27%) CSS
2 67 (7.69%) HTML
3 62 (7.12%) Node.js
4 53 (6.08%) Spring
5 41 (4.71%) REST
6 38 (4.36%) React
7 37 (4.25%) .NET
8 36 (4.13%) Spring Boot
9 27 (3.10%) AngularJS
9 27 (3.10%) RESTful
10 26 (2.99%) SOAP
11 25 (2.87%) Sass
12 23 (2.64%) HTML5
13 21 (2.41%) Dropwizard
14 19 (2.18%) Kafka
15 17 (1.95%) CSS3
15 17 (1.95%) Web Services
16 16 (1.84%) Express
16 16 (1.84%) JAX-RS
16 16 (1.84%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.17%) User Experience
2 33 (3.79%) Management Information System
3 22 (2.53%) NHS
4 18 (2.07%) Public Cloud
5 16 (1.84%) Data Centre
6 15 (1.72%) Cloud Native
7 13 (1.49%) Video Conferencing
8 12 (1.38%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.38%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.15%) PKI
10 9 (1.03%) Clustering
10 9 (1.03%) Virtual Team
11 7 (0.80%) Data Protection Act
11 7 (0.80%) Legacy Systems
12 6 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.69%) Replication
13 5 (0.57%) Client/Server
13 5 (0.57%) CMDB
14 4 (0.46%) iPhone
15 3 (0.34%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 83 (9.53%) Linux
2 56 (6.43%) Windows
3 26 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 25 (2.87%) Unix
5 17 (1.95%) Windows Server
6 14 (1.61%) Windows 10
7 13 (1.49%) AIX
8 12 (1.38%) Solaris
9 11 (1.26%) CentOS
10 9 (1.03%) Windows Server 2016
11 6 (0.69%) HPUX
11 6 (0.69%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.57%) Windows Server 2019
13 4 (0.46%) Android
13 4 (0.46%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.46%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.23%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
14 2 (0.23%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 349 (40.07%) Agile
2 162 (18.60%) DevOps
3 118 (13.55%) Scrum
4 109 (12.51%) CI/CD
5 71 (8.15%) ITIL
6 63 (7.23%) Stakeholder Management
7 62 (7.12%) Project Management
7 62 (7.12%) Test Automation
8 61 (7.00%) Analytics
9 59 (6.77%) Microservices
10 55 (6.31%) Decision-Making
11 54 (6.20%) Continuous Integration
12 53 (6.08%) Migration
12 53 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
12 53 (6.08%) TDD
13 52 (5.97%) Software Engineering
13 52 (5.97%) User Research
14 51 (5.86%) Full Stack Development
15 50 (5.74%) Front End Development
16 43 (4.94%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 140 (16.07%) Java
2 118 (13.55%) Python
3 102 (11.71%) JavaScript
4 99 (11.37%) SQL
5 40 (4.59%) C#
6 36 (4.13%) PowerShell
7 25 (2.87%) C
7 25 (2.87%) TypeScript
8 24 (2.76%) Bash
9 19 (2.18%) R
10 17 (1.95%) Shell Script
11 16 (1.84%) PL/SQL
12 15 (1.72%) Ruby
13 13 (1.49%) ABAP
14 11 (1.26%) C++
15 9 (1.03%) Go
15 9 (1.03%) Scala
16 8 (0.92%) Groovy
17 6 (0.69%) Apex Code
18 5 (0.57%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 514 (59.01%) Security Cleared
2 283 (32.49%) SC Cleared
3 44 (5.05%) Degree
4 11 (1.26%) DBS Check
5 9 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (1.03%) ISTQB
6 8 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (0.92%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.80%) CISSP
7 7 (0.80%) ISEB
8 6 (0.69%) BC Cleared
9 5 (0.57%) CCNA
9 5 (0.57%) CCNP
9 5 (0.57%) CISM
9 5 (0.57%) PMP
10 4 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (0.46%) MCSE
10 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (6.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 44 (5.05%) QA
3 38 (4.36%) Accessibility
4 29 (3.33%) SLA
5 23 (2.64%) Data Quality
6 13 (1.49%) PMO
7 12 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 12 (1.38%) NCSC
8 10 (1.15%) PCI DSS
9 8 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 5 (0.57%) GDPR
10 5 (0.57%) NIST
10 5 (0.57%) WCAG
11 4 (0.46%) Def Stans
12 3 (0.34%) Actionable Recommendations
12 3 (0.34%) ISO 9001
13 2 (0.23%) COBIT
13 2 (0.23%) GMP
13 2 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 62 (7.12%) Docker
2 21 (2.41%) Active Directory
3 18 (2.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.03%) Oracle RAC
5 8 (0.92%) Hyper-V
6 7 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 6 (0.69%) Oracle Clusterware
8 4 (0.46%) Firmware
9 2 (0.23%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 2 (0.23%) KVM
9 2 (0.23%) PowerHA
10 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 82 (9.41%) Terraform
2 52 (5.97%) Ansible
2 52 (5.97%) Kubernetes
3 16 (1.84%) Consul
4 15 (1.72%) Istio
4 15 (1.72%) Prometheus
5 14 (1.61%) Packer
6 12 (1.38%) Kibana
6 12 (1.38%) Puppet
7 9 (1.03%) Data Guard
7 9 (1.03%) Grafana
8 8 (0.92%) ZABBIX
9 7 (0.80%) Docker Swarm
9 7 (0.80%) Graphite
9 7 (0.80%) HAProxy
9 7 (0.80%) linkerd
9 7 (0.80%) Oracle RMAN
9 7 (0.80%) Podman
10 6 (0.69%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 6 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 96 (11.02%) Microsoft
2 58 (6.66%) Oracle
3 33 (3.79%) SAP
4 24 (2.76%) Red Hat
4 24 (2.76%) ServiceNow
5 22 (2.53%) Splunk
6 21 (2.41%) Cisco
6 21 (2.41%) VMware
7 20 (2.30%) Google
8 17 (1.95%) IBM
9 15 (1.72%) Databricks
10 11 (1.26%) ESRI
11 10 (1.15%) Mercator
11 10 (1.15%) Pega
11 10 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
12 9 (1.03%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.80%) Juniper
13 7 (0.80%) PagerDuty
14 6 (0.69%) HP
14 6 (0.69%) Sybase