Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 402 357 263
Rank change year-on-year -45 -94 +262
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 593 681 1,068
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.69% 0.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.13% 3.64% 4.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 354 448 776
UK median daily rate £450 £436 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.15% +9.06% -
10th Percentile £254 £250 £229
90th Percentile £575 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £369
% change year-on-year - +15.10% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 16 33
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £35.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +25.00% -37.34%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £15.00
90th Percentile £54.58 £40.25 £53.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.55 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -29.86% +25.00% -28.88%

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 18,935 18,701 22,890
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.58% 18.95% 21.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,195 11,325 14,224
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.36% +1.81%
10th Percentile £246 £238 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 975 908 825
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.52% +5.45% +22.22%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.77 £47.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.50 £27.62
% change year-on-year -20.63% +14.05% +15.08%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -75 490 £450 +2.86% 48
UK excluding London -41 437 £425 - 43
London -56 145 £494 +3.95% 12
North of England -13 122 £450 +12.50% 10
South East -59 88 £425 +21.00% 12
Scotland +22 61 £350 -24.32% 3
Midlands -26 57 £373 -19.46% 6
South West -40 53 £425 - 6
Yorkshire -2 46 £450 +4.65% 2
North West -6 46 £475 +10.47% 5
North East -31 35 £300 -14.29% 3
West Midlands -43 34 £370 -22.11% 3
Wales -26 31 £500 +17.65% 4
East of England -2 29 £475 +25.00% 2
East Midlands +11 22 £380 +35.71% 3
Northern Ireland +36 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 276 (46.54%) Security Cleared
2 249 (41.99%) Agile Software Development
3 155 (26.14%) SC Cleared
4 114 (19.22%) Java
5 90 (15.18%) TDD
6 88 (14.84%) JavaScript
7 87 (14.67%) Microsoft
8 84 (14.17%) Continuous Integration
9 82 (13.83%) JIRA
10 80 (13.49%) Linux
11 79 (13.32%) Windows
11 79 (13.32%) Git (software)
11 79 (13.32%) Test Automation
12 76 (12.82%) Jenkins
13 75 (12.65%) Problem-Solving
14 74 (12.48%) Disclosure Scotland
15 72 (12.14%) Scrum
16 70 (11.80%) Open Source
17 68 (11.47%) DBS Check
18 67 (11.30%) Confluence
19 59 (9.95%) Amazon AWS
19 59 (9.95%) SQL
20 54 (9.11%) REST
21 52 (8.77%) Microsoft Azure
21 52 (8.77%) Kanban
21 52 (8.77%) ITIL
21 52 (8.77%) Spring
22 51 (8.60%) Active Directory
22 51 (8.60%) RESTful
23 49 (8.26%) Project Management

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 67 (11.30%) Confluence
2 12 (2.02%) Elasticsearch
3 11 (1.85%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.69%) MS Exchange
5 7 (1.18%) Tomcat
6 6 (1.01%) Apache
6 6 (1.01%) CMS
6 6 (1.01%) nginx
6 6 (1.01%) OpenStack
6 6 (1.01%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.84%) IIS
8 4 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.51%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.51%) Jetty
9 3 (0.51%) Mongrel
9 3 (0.51%) Office Communications Server
9 3 (0.51%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.34%) Anypoint
Applications
1 25 (4.22%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.67%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.51%) Windchill
7 2 (0.34%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.34%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.34%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 11 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.51%) ENOVIA
2 3 (0.51%) SAP HR
2 3 (0.51%) SAP Payroll
2 3 (0.51%) SAP PLM
2 3 (0.51%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.17%) SAP MDG
4 1 (0.17%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 59 (9.95%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (8.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (3.88%) Office 365
4 9 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
5 8 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
5 8 (1.35%) SaaS
6 7 (1.18%) IaaS
6 7 (1.18%) PaaS
7 6 (1.01%) Serverless
8 5 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.84%) GitHub
9 4 (0.67%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.67%) Google App Engine
10 3 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.51%) Google Analytics
10 3 (0.51%) Trello
11 2 (0.34%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 39 (6.58%) HTTP
2 26 (4.38%) DHCP
2 26 (4.38%) DNS
3 23 (3.88%) Internet
4 19 (3.20%) VPN
5 18 (3.04%) WAN
6 17 (2.87%) LAN
6 17 (2.87%) TCP/IP
7 16 (2.70%) Firewall
8 14 (2.36%) MPLS
9 10 (1.69%) BGP
9 10 (1.69%) EIGRP
9 10 (1.69%) OSPF
9 10 (1.69%) RIP
9 10 (1.69%) Skype
9 10 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
10 9 (1.52%) Network Security
11 8 (1.35%) Ethernet
11 8 (1.35%) SSL
11 8 (1.35%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (7.93%) Relational Database
2 27 (4.55%) SQL Server
3 21 (3.54%) PostgreSQL
4 18 (3.04%) Hadoop
5 16 (2.70%) MongoDB
6 14 (2.36%) Big Data
7 13 (2.19%) MySQL
8 11 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (1.85%) Power BI
9 10 (1.69%) NoSQL
9 10 (1.69%) Oracle Database
10 8 (1.35%) RDBMS
11 7 (1.18%) Redis
11 7 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.84%) Pentaho
13 4 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
13 4 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
13 4 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
13 4 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 82 (13.83%) JIRA
2 79 (13.32%) Git (software)
3 76 (12.82%) Jenkins
4 43 (7.25%) JUnit
5 34 (5.73%) Subversion
6 30 (5.06%) Selenium
7 29 (4.89%) Hudson
8 17 (2.87%) Cucumber
8 17 (2.87%) Maven
9 15 (2.53%) Visual Studio
10 10 (1.69%) SoapUI
11 8 (1.35%) gulp
11 8 (1.35%) JMeter
12 7 (1.18%) Visual Studio Team System
13 6 (1.01%) GitLab
13 6 (1.01%) SonarQube
13 6 (1.01%) SpecFlow
13 6 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
14 5 (0.84%) Gatling
14 5 (0.84%) Gradle
General
1 43 (7.25%) Finance
2 19 (3.20%) Telecoms
3 10 (1.69%) Aerospace
4 8 (1.35%) Publishing
5 7 (1.18%) Legal
6 6 (1.01%) Retail
7 4 (0.67%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.51%) Automotive
8 3 (0.51%) Law
8 3 (0.51%) Marketing
9 2 (0.34%) Banking
9 2 (0.34%) Billing
10 1 (0.17%) Avionics
10 1 (0.17%) Back Office
10 1 (0.17%) Digital Economy
10 1 (0.17%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.17%) Games
10 1 (0.17%) Military
10 1 (0.17%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 147 (24.79%) Developer
2 81 (13.66%) Analyst
3 52 (8.77%) Architect
4 37 (6.24%) Project Manager
5 32 (5.40%) Scala Developer
6 30 (5.06%) Agile Developer
6 30 (5.06%) Java Developer
7 28 (4.72%) Business Analyst
7 28 (4.72%) Consultant
8 21 (3.54%) DevOps Engineer
9 18 (3.04%) Full Stack Developer
9 18 (3.04%) Test Analyst
9 18 (3.04%) Tester
10 16 (2.70%) Designer
11 14 (2.36%) Change Analyst
11 14 (2.36%) Support Engineer
11 14 (2.36%) Technical Architect
12 13 (2.19%) Network Engineer
13 12 (2.02%) Python Developer
14 11 (1.85%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (9.11%) REST
2 52 (8.77%) Spring
3 51 (8.60%) RESTful
4 41 (6.91%) HTML
5 35 (5.90%) JSON
6 33 (5.56%) Play Framework
6 33 (5.56%) Web Services
7 30 (5.06%) Django
8 29 (4.89%) Guice
8 29 (4.89%) Ruby on Rails
8 29 (4.89%) Spring MVC
9 28 (4.72%) AngularJS
9 28 (4.72%) Node.js
10 27 (4.55%) .NET
10 27 (4.55%) Spring Boot
11 25 (4.22%) CSS
12 24 (4.05%) jQuery
13 18 (3.04%) HTML5
14 15 (2.53%) Express
15 13 (2.19%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 34 (5.73%) User Experience
2 33 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.38%) Data Centre
4 16 (2.70%) Computer Science
5 11 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
5 11 (1.85%) NHS
6 10 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.35%) Fat Client
7 8 (1.35%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.35%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (1.35%) Thin Client
8 7 (1.18%) PKI
9 5 (0.84%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.67%) Clustering
10 4 (0.67%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.51%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.51%) Mobile App
11 3 (0.51%) Reference Data
12 2 (0.34%) PDA
12 2 (0.34%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 80 (13.49%) Linux
2 79 (13.32%) Windows
3 37 (6.24%) Windows Server
4 21 (3.54%) Windows 10
4 21 (3.54%) Windows Server 2003
4 21 (3.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (2.87%) Unix
6 15 (2.53%) Windows 7
7 10 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (1.52%) Windows 8
9 7 (1.18%) Android
10 6 (1.01%) CentOS
11 5 (0.84%) AIX
11 5 (0.84%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.84%) Mac OS X
11 5 (0.84%) Solaris
11 5 (0.84%) VMS
12 4 (0.67%) Windows Phone
12 4 (0.67%) Windows Phone 8
13 3 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (41.99%) Agile Software Development
2 90 (15.18%) TDD
3 84 (14.17%) Continuous Integration
4 79 (13.32%) Test Automation
5 75 (12.65%) Problem-Solving
6 72 (12.14%) Scrum
7 70 (11.80%) Open Source
8 52 (8.77%) ITIL
8 52 (8.77%) Kanban
9 49 (8.26%) Project Management
10 48 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
11 47 (7.93%) Migration
12 45 (7.59%) DevOps
13 44 (7.42%) Microservices
14 43 (7.25%) Configuration Management
15 42 (7.08%) BDD
15 42 (7.08%) MVC
16 38 (6.41%) Service Design
17 36 (6.07%) Coaching
17 36 (6.07%) Digital Transformation Programme
Programming Languages
1 114 (19.22%) Java
2 88 (14.84%) JavaScript
3 59 (9.95%) SQL
4 45 (7.59%) Scala
5 38 (6.41%) Python
6 36 (6.07%) Ruby
7 30 (5.06%) C#
8 20 (3.37%) PowerShell
9 14 (2.36%) Java 8
10 11 (1.85%) Groovy
11 10 (1.69%) C
11 10 (1.69%) ES6
11 10 (1.69%) TypeScript
12 7 (1.18%) PHP
12 7 (1.18%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.18%) Shell Script
12 7 (1.18%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.01%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.84%) C++
15 4 (0.67%) Go
Qualifications
1 276 (46.54%) Security Cleared
2 155 (26.14%) SC Cleared
3 68 (11.47%) DBS Check
4 39 (6.58%) Degree
5 33 (5.56%) BC Cleared
6 21 (3.54%) CTC Cleared
7 16 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (2.36%) CCNP
9 12 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
10 11 (1.85%) CCNA
10 11 (1.85%) ISTQB
11 10 (1.69%) ISEB
11 10 (1.69%) Microsoft Certification
12 8 (1.35%) MCSE
13 6 (1.01%) DV Cleared
13 6 (1.01%) MCP
13 6 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.84%) Numerate Degree
15 4 (0.67%) AWS Certification
15 4 (0.67%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (12.48%) Disclosure Scotland
2 35 (5.90%) QA
3 14 (2.36%) PMO
4 13 (2.19%) Data Quality
5 7 (1.18%) GDPR
5 7 (1.18%) SLA
6 6 (1.01%) NEBOSH
7 5 (0.84%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.34%) HL7
8 2 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.34%) WCAG
9 1 (0.17%) COBIT
9 1 (0.17%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 1 (0.17%) MISRA
9 1 (0.17%) MISRA C
9 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.17%) WAI
System Software
1 51 (8.60%) Active Directory
2 26 (4.38%) Docker
3 20 (3.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (2.02%) Microsoft App-V
4 12 (2.02%) XenApp
5 7 (1.18%) Hyper-V
6 6 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.67%) vSphere
8 3 (0.51%) Xen
9 2 (0.34%) Firmware
9 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.34%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.34%) XenServer
10 1 (0.17%) HDFS
10 1 (0.17%) vCloud
10 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 16 (2.70%) SCCM
2 15 (2.53%) Ansible
3 12 (2.02%) AirWatch
4 11 (1.85%) Kubernetes
4 11 (1.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 10 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
5 10 (1.69%) Puppet
6 7 (1.18%) Terraform
6 7 (1.18%) WSUS
7 6 (1.01%) Grafana
8 5 (0.84%) HP ALM
9 4 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.67%) Mesos
9 4 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.67%) SAP Afaria
9 4 (0.67%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.67%) XenMobile
10 3 (0.51%) Nagios
11 2 (0.34%) Graphite
11 2 (0.34%) Kibana
Vendors
1 87 (14.67%) Microsoft
2 43 (7.25%) Google
3 29 (4.89%) Cisco
3 29 (4.89%) VMware
4 27 (4.55%) Oracle
5 25 (4.22%) Citrix
6 17 (2.87%) McAfee
6 17 (2.87%) SAP
6 17 (2.87%) ServiceNow
7 14 (2.36%) HP
7 14 (2.36%) Ivanti
8 13 (2.19%) Atlassian
9 10 (1.69%) Juniper
10 9 (1.52%) CheckPoint
10 9 (1.52%) Nortel
10 9 (1.52%) ThinPrint
11 8 (1.35%) BMC
11 8 (1.35%) Snow
12 7 (1.18%) Apple
13 6 (1.01%) Splunk