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 3 months to 22 June 2017 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 311 271 459
Rank change year-on-year -40 +188  
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 339 481 186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.89% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.75% 4.10% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 368 141
Median daily rate £450 £399 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.66% +0.01%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £230 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £592 £580 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £355 £360
% change year-on-year +23.94% -1.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 19 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +180.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £10.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% +180.00%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9047 11737 10662
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.30% 21.77% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5405 7313 6195
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 500 438 557
Median hourly rate £32.00 £28.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.28% +17.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.48 £12.57 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £29.75 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.24% +23.34%  

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing BPSS Clearance as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -45 309 £450 +12.58% 15
South East +97 90 £400 -1.23%
London -17 83 £475 +5.55% 7
Hampshire +77 77 £325 -27.77%
Basingstoke +34 69 £300 -
South West +26 36 £420 +15.06% 1
West Midlands +43 30 £475 +58.33% 3
North East -7 28 £405 +47.27% 4
Tyne and Wear 0 26 £430 +56.36% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne 0 24 £448 +62.72% 4
Devon +15 23 £375 -6.25%
North West -23 18 £435 -
Wales -3 12 £400 - 1
Telford - 12 £475 -
Shropshire - 12 £475 -
Plymouth -12 11 £375 -6.25%
East of England +1 10 £475 -
Yorkshire -11 10 £430 -21.81%
Exeter - 10 £453 -
City of London +1 9 £485 +10.22% 1
South Wales -1 9 £400 - 1
Warrington +19 8 £325 -35.00%
Cheshire +18 8 £325 -35.00%
West Yorkshire -4 7 £430 -21.81%
Cardiff +2 6 £400 +8.47% 1
Wiltshire +1 6 £575 +91.66% 1
Leeds -14 6 £430 -21.81%
East Midlands -19 6 £398 -31.46%
Scotland +25 5 £488 +52.34%
Berkshire +19 5 £350 -

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing BPSS Clearance also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for BPSS Clearance.

1 375 (57.60%) Security Cleared
2 249 (38.25%) Agile Software Development
3 160 (24.58%) Disclosure Scotland
4 119 (18.28%) Project Management
5 104 (15.98%) SC Cleared
6 99 (15.21%) Finance
7 89 (13.67%) Java
8 78 (11.98%) Scrum
9 77 (11.83%) Test Automation
10 74 (11.37%) Linux
11 71 (10.91%) ITIL
12 67 (10.29%) Change Management
13 64 (9.83%) Git (software)
14 61 (9.37%) SQL
15 59 (9.06%) Degree
16 58 (8.91%) Microsoft
17 56 (8.60%) JavaScript
17 56 (8.60%) TDD
18 54 (8.29%) Motorola
19 53 (8.14%) HTML
20 50 (7.68%) Unix
21 49 (7.53%) Continuous Integration
21 49 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
22 46 (7.07%) CSS
22 46 (7.07%) Service Delivery
23 45 (6.91%) Web Services
23 45 (6.91%) Oracle
23 45 (6.91%) User Experience
23 45 (6.91%) DevOps
23 45 (6.91%) Continuous Improvement

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 30 (4.61%) Confluence
2 23 (3.53%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.69%) Apache
3 11 (1.69%) Cloud Foundry
3 11 (1.69%) Skype for Business
4 9 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (1.38%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.38%) SharePoint 2013
5 8 (1.23%) JBoss
5 8 (1.23%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (1.08%) Apache Spark
6 7 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (1.08%) WebLogic
7 6 (0.92%) IIS
7 6 (0.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 6 (0.92%) SAS
8 5 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.77%) CMS
8 5 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 23 (3.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (2.61%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.92%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.31%) InVision
7 2 (0.31%) OrCAD
7 2 (0.31%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.31%) Stata
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.15%) InDesign
8 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 13 (2.00%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 3 (0.46%) Cognos TM1
3 3 (0.46%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.31%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.31%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.15%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 1 (0.15%) Primavera
5 1 (0.15%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.15%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.15%) SystmOne
5 1 (0.15%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.84%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (3.38%) Office 365
3 17 (2.61%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (1.84%) PaaS
5 5 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (0.77%) Amazon S3
5 5 (0.77%) G Suite
5 5 (0.77%) SaaS
6 4 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 4 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.46%) GitHub
7 3 (0.46%) IaaS
8 2 (0.31%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.31%) Route 53
8 2 (0.31%) Slack
8 2 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.31%) Yammer
9 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.15%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 31 (4.76%) HTTP
2 22 (3.38%) DNS
3 19 (2.92%) SSL
4 18 (2.76%) Internet
5 16 (2.46%) WAN
6 15 (2.30%) TCP/IP
7 12 (1.84%) LAN
8 9 (1.38%) VPN
9 7 (1.08%) DHCP
9 7 (1.08%) SAN
9 7 (1.08%) SNMP
10 6 (0.92%) LTE
11 5 (0.77%) BGP
11 5 (0.77%) EIGRP
11 5 (0.77%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.77%) MPLS
11 5 (0.77%) OSPF
11 5 (0.77%) Skype
11 5 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (0.77%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (4.30%) MongoDB
2 26 (3.99%) PostgreSQL
3 25 (3.84%) Relational Database
4 17 (2.61%) Big Data
4 17 (2.61%) Hadoop
5 16 (2.46%) SQL Server
6 14 (2.15%) MySQL
7 10 (1.54%) HBase
8 8 (1.23%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.92%) DB2
9 6 (0.92%) MS Access
10 5 (0.77%) NoSQL
10 5 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
10 5 (0.77%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.61%) Apache Hive
11 4 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.61%) Neo4j
11 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 64 (9.83%) Git (software)
2 38 (5.84%) JIRA
3 35 (5.38%) Jenkins
4 34 (5.22%) Subversion
5 25 (3.84%) Cucumber
6 24 (3.69%) SoapUI
7 15 (2.30%) Maven
8 14 (2.15%) Selenium
9 10 (1.54%) JUnit
9 10 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (1.08%) IntelliJ
10 7 (1.08%) Vagrant
11 5 (0.77%) gulp
12 4 (0.61%) Bitbucket
12 4 (0.61%) Grunt
12 4 (0.61%) Jasmine
12 4 (0.61%) Visual Studio
13 3 (0.46%) JMeter
13 3 (0.46%) Mockito
13 3 (0.46%) SpecFlow
General
1 99 (15.21%) Finance
2 35 (5.38%) Telecoms
3 13 (2.00%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.23%) Legal
5 6 (0.92%) Marketing
6 5 (0.77%) Aerospace
7 4 (0.61%) Back Office
7 4 (0.61%) Electronics
8 3 (0.46%) Law
8 3 (0.46%) Retail
9 2 (0.31%) Banking
9 2 (0.31%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.31%) Military
10 1 (0.15%) Avionics
10 1 (0.15%) Brand Awareness
10 1 (0.15%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.15%) Local Government
10 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 150 (23.04%) Developer
2 80 (12.29%) Analyst
3 66 (10.14%) Project Manager
4 57 (8.76%) Architect
5 36 (5.53%) Java Developer
6 30 (4.61%) Consultant
7 24 (3.69%) Delivery Manager
8 22 (3.38%) Business Analyst
8 22 (3.38%) Designer
9 19 (2.92%) Agile Developer
10 15 (2.30%) Senior Analyst
10 15 (2.30%) Senior Developer
10 15 (2.30%) Test Analyst
11 14 (2.15%) Programme Manager
11 14 (2.15%) Technical Architect
12 13 (2.00%) Service Manager
12 13 (2.00%) Tester
13 11 (1.69%) Infrastructure Architect
13 11 (1.69%) Senior Manager
13 11 (1.69%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (8.14%) HTML
2 46 (7.07%) CSS
3 45 (6.91%) Web Services
4 42 (6.45%) JSON
5 34 (5.22%) Middleware
6 32 (4.92%) XSLT
7 29 (4.45%) REST
7 29 (4.45%) XML
8 28 (4.30%) Spring
9 25 (3.84%) .NET
10 23 (3.53%) RESTful
10 23 (3.53%) SOAP
11 21 (3.23%) HTML5
12 19 (2.92%) AngularJS
13 18 (2.76%) Spring Boot
14 15 (2.30%) CSS3
14 15 (2.30%) Node.js
15 12 (1.84%) Gherkin
16 11 (1.69%) WSDL
16 11 (1.69%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 49 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (6.91%) User Experience
3 27 (4.15%) Management Information System
3 27 (4.15%) NHS
4 14 (2.15%) Data Centre
5 10 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.23%) Data Structures
6 8 (1.23%) PKI
6 8 (1.23%) Replication
7 7 (1.08%) Computer Science
8 6 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
9 5 (0.77%) CMDB
10 4 (0.61%) CESG
10 4 (0.61%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.46%) Cyber Attack
11 3 (0.46%) e-Learning
11 3 (0.46%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.46%) Mobile App
11 3 (0.46%) Social Media
12 2 (0.31%) Frameworx
Operating Systems
1 74 (11.37%) Linux
2 50 (7.68%) Unix
3 37 (5.68%) Windows
4 18 (2.76%) Mac OS X
5 12 (1.84%) Mac OS
6 10 (1.54%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (1.54%) Windows Server
7 9 (1.38%) Android
7 9 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (1.08%) Windows 7
8 7 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.92%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.46%) Solaris
12 2 (0.31%) SUSE
12 2 (0.31%) VME
13 1 (0.15%) CentOS
13 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (38.25%) Agile Software Development
2 119 (18.28%) Project Management
3 78 (11.98%) Scrum
4 77 (11.83%) Test Automation
5 71 (10.91%) ITIL
6 67 (10.29%) Change Management
7 56 (8.60%) TDD
8 49 (7.53%) Continuous Integration
9 46 (7.07%) Service Delivery
10 45 (6.91%) Continuous Improvement
10 45 (6.91%) DevOps
11 44 (6.76%) Migration
11 44 (6.76%) Service Design
11 44 (6.76%) SOA
12 42 (6.45%) User Stories
13 41 (6.30%) Mentoring
14 40 (6.14%) Open Source
15 39 (5.99%) Service Management
16 37 (5.68%) Kanban
16 37 (5.68%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 89 (13.67%) Java
2 61 (9.37%) SQL
3 56 (8.60%) JavaScript
4 36 (5.53%) Python
5 23 (3.53%) Scala
6 21 (3.23%) Ruby
7 19 (2.92%) C#
8 13 (2.00%) C
9 12 (1.84%) Groovy
10 11 (1.69%) PowerShell
11 7 (1.08%) PHP
11 7 (1.08%) R
12 6 (0.92%) ABAP
12 6 (0.92%) Go
12 6 (0.92%) VBA
13 5 (0.77%) Perl
14 3 (0.46%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.46%) Delphi
14 3 (0.46%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.31%) C++
Qualifications
1 375 (57.60%) Security Cleared
2 104 (15.98%) SC Cleared
3 59 (9.06%) Degree
4 18 (2.76%) ISTQB
5 15 (2.30%) ISEB
6 14 (2.15%) BC Cleared
6 14 (2.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 11 (1.69%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.54%) CTC Cleared
8 10 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.92%) CCNP
10 6 (0.92%) CISSP
10 6 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (0.92%) DBS Check
11 5 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (0.61%) CCNA
12 4 (0.61%) HND
12 4 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (24.58%) Disclosure Scotland
2 37 (5.68%) QA
3 21 (3.23%) PMO
4 14 (2.15%) SLA
5 8 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 7 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.92%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.61%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.31%) COBIT
9 2 (0.31%) ECSS
9 2 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.31%) NEBOSH
10 1 (0.15%) HL7
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.15%) P3O
10 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.15%) WAI
System Software
1 28 (4.30%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.61%) Docker
3 11 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.46%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.31%) HDFS
7 2 (0.31%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.31%) vCloud
7 2 (0.31%) vSphere
8 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.15%) Postfix
8 1 (0.15%) Squid
8 1 (0.15%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.15%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 21 (3.23%) Ansible
2 20 (3.07%) Puppet
3 12 (1.84%) Netcool
4 10 (1.54%) Terraform
5 8 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.77%) AirWatch
7 5 (0.77%) Tivoli
8 4 (0.61%) Kubernetes
8 4 (0.61%) Salt
8 4 (0.61%) SCCM
9 3 (0.46%) OpenView
9 3 (0.46%) Rsyslog
9 3 (0.46%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.31%) BladeLogic
10 2 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.31%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.31%) Packer
10 2 (0.31%) Perfmon
10 2 (0.31%) yum
Vendors
1 58 (8.91%) Microsoft
2 54 (8.29%) Motorola
3 45 (6.91%) Oracle
4 33 (5.07%) SAP
5 28 (4.30%) WSO2
6 22 (3.38%) VMware
7 19 (2.92%) HP
7 19 (2.92%) MuleSoft
8 18 (2.76%) Remedy
9 15 (2.30%) BMC
10 13 (2.00%) Atlassian
11 12 (1.84%) Google
12 11 (1.69%) Cisco
12 11 (1.69%) IBM
13 9 (1.38%) Adobe
14 6 (0.92%) Citrix
14 6 (0.92%) Hortonworks
14 6 (0.92%) ServiceNow
15 5 (0.77%) Cloudera
15 5 (0.77%) Ericsson
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