Period
to 17 June 2019

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 17 June 2019 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
17 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 326 378 345
Rank change year-on-year +52 -33 -18
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 704 642 654
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.65% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.14% 3.41% 3.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 410 470
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £431
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +4.41% +7.75%
10th Percentile £368 £255 £285
90th Percentile £675 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +17.65% - +17.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 17 18
UK median hourly rate £33.36 £24.55 £20.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.87% +21.75% -49.27%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.80 £48.00 £46.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.36 £32.42 £20.17
% change year-on-year +2.88% +60.77% -49.27%

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 17,017 18,811 18,425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.78% 18.92% 20.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,248 11,270 11,398
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £263 £239 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.88% +3.13% +4.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 800 846 942
UK median hourly rate £34.76 £24.91 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.55% -16.98% -7.69%
10th Percentile £12.86 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.40 £26.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year +28.46% -16.13% -11.43%

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 17 June 2019.

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 17 June 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Top 15 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 17 June 2019. 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 +64 617 £500 +11.11% 20
UK excluding London +44 477 £500 +17.65% 12
London +46 223 £530 +6.00% 10
North of England +82 170 £500 +17.65% 2
Yorkshire +71 87 £500 -
South East +5 76 £450 +5.88% 1
Midlands +30 72 £475 +9.83%
South West +18 69 £575 +27.78% 7
North West +11 47 £525 +13.51% 1
Scotland +9 43 £453 +64.73%
West Midlands +16 42 £459 -0.86%
Wales +5 40 £525 -4.55% 2
North East +16 36 £475 +82.69% 1
East Midlands +17 30 £500 +25.00%
East of England -8 11 £520 +12.43%

For the 6 months to 17 June 2019, 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.

1 373 (52.98%) Security Cleared
2 368 (52.27%) Agile Software Development
3 152 (21.59%) Java
4 130 (18.47%) SC Cleared
4 130 (18.47%) Test Automation
5 128 (18.18%) JavaScript
6 127 (18.04%) Disclosure Scotland
7 120 (17.05%) TDD
8 116 (16.48%) Microsoft Azure
9 109 (15.48%) Linux
10 107 (15.20%) DevOps
11 100 (14.20%) DBS Check
12 99 (14.06%) Git (software)
12 99 (14.06%) Continuous Integration
13 94 (13.35%) SQL
14 93 (13.21%) Microsoft
15 91 (12.93%) Open Source
16 90 (12.78%) Jenkins
17 89 (12.64%) HTML
18 86 (12.22%) Amazon AWS
19 84 (11.93%) Scrum
20 77 (10.94%) CSS
21 62 (8.81%) Unix
22 61 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
23 60 (8.52%) .NET
24 59 (8.38%) BC Cleared
24 59 (8.38%) Microservices
25 58 (8.24%) Configuration Management
25 58 (8.24%) Ruby
25 58 (8.24%) Service Design

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 40 (5.68%) Confluence
2 15 (2.13%) nginx
3 14 (1.99%) Apache
3 14 (1.99%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.99%) Tomcat
4 11 (1.56%) IIS
4 11 (1.56%) WebSphere
5 10 (1.42%) Jetty
5 10 (1.42%) Mongrel
6 9 (1.28%) Umbraco
7 8 (1.14%) WordPress
8 6 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.85%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.71%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.71%) MS Exchange
9 5 (0.71%) SAS
10 4 (0.57%) Mule
10 4 (0.57%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.43%) LiveCycle
11 3 (0.43%) WildFly
Applications
1 19 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (1.85%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.43%) Acrobat
4 3 (0.43%) InDesign
4 3 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.43%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.28%) Sketch
5 2 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.28%) SPSS
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.14%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 11 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.57%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 4 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.28%) Actimize
4 2 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.14%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.14%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.14%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.14%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 116 (16.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 86 (12.22%) Amazon AWS
3 26 (3.69%) PaaS
4 21 (2.98%) Power Platform
5 18 (2.56%) GitHub
6 17 (2.41%) Office 365
7 15 (2.13%) SaaS
8 14 (1.99%) Boomi
9 13 (1.85%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (1.85%) IaaS
9 13 (1.85%) npm
10 11 (1.56%) Dynamics 365
11 10 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
11 10 (1.42%) Google App Engine
11 10 (1.42%) Google Cloud Platform
12 8 (1.14%) Google Analytics
12 8 (1.14%) Google Tag Manager
12 8 (1.14%) Trello
13 7 (0.99%) Serverless
14 4 (0.57%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 47 (6.68%) HTTP
2 33 (4.69%) TCP/IP
3 28 (3.98%) WAN
4 26 (3.69%) Firewall
5 25 (3.55%) SSL
6 23 (3.27%) VPN
7 22 (3.13%) Internet
8 20 (2.84%) IPsec
9 19 (2.70%) BGP
9 19 (2.70%) OSPF
10 18 (2.56%) Ethernet
10 18 (2.56%) LAN
10 18 (2.56%) MPLS
11 16 (2.27%) DNS
12 13 (1.85%) Skype
12 13 (1.85%) VoIP
13 12 (1.70%) DHCP
13 12 (1.70%) FTP
14 11 (1.56%) EIGRP
14 11 (1.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (6.39%) SQL Server
2 43 (6.11%) Relational Database
3 32 (4.55%) MongoDB
4 26 (3.69%) MySQL
5 19 (2.70%) Oracle Database
5 19 (2.70%) PostgreSQL
6 18 (2.56%) NoSQL
6 18 (2.56%) Power BI
7 17 (2.41%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.85%) Big Data
9 11 (1.56%) RDBMS
10 8 (1.14%) Neo4j
10 8 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
11 7 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
11 7 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
11 7 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.85%) Hadoop
13 5 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 99 (14.06%) Git (software)
2 90 (12.78%) Jenkins
3 57 (8.10%) JIRA
4 53 (7.53%) JUnit
5 32 (4.55%) Selenium
6 27 (3.84%) Cucumber
7 26 (3.69%) Subversion
8 21 (2.98%) Hudson
9 18 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
10 16 (2.27%) WebDriver
11 15 (2.13%) Maven
11 15 (2.13%) SonarQube
11 15 (2.13%) Spock
12 14 (1.99%) GitLab
12 14 (1.99%) gulp
12 14 (1.99%) Visual Studio
13 12 (1.70%) Artifactory
13 12 (1.70%) Travis CI
13 12 (1.70%) Visual Studio Team System
14 11 (1.56%) Mockito
General
1 49 (6.96%) Finance
2 33 (4.69%) Telecoms
3 24 (3.41%) Legal
4 16 (2.27%) Publishing
5 10 (1.42%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.14%) Back Office
7 7 (0.99%) Games
8 6 (0.85%) Banking
9 5 (0.71%) Billing
10 4 (0.57%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.28%) Avionics
11 2 (0.28%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.28%) Military
11 2 (0.28%) Retail
11 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.14%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 202 (28.69%) Developer
2 107 (15.20%) Architect
3 56 (7.95%) Technical Architect
4 50 (7.10%) Analyst
5 45 (6.39%) Delivery Manager
6 41 (5.82%) Designer
7 40 (5.68%) Java Developer
8 28 (3.98%) Agile Developer
8 28 (3.98%) Lead Architect
8 28 (3.98%) Senior Developer
9 22 (3.13%) Technical Leader
10 21 (2.98%) Scala Developer
11 20 (2.84%) .NET Developer
11 20 (2.84%) DevOps Engineer
12 19 (2.70%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 19 (2.70%) Full Stack Developer
12 19 (2.70%) Network Engineer
13 18 (2.56%) Digital Delivery Manager
14 16 (2.27%) Senior Architect
14 16 (2.27%) Senior Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (12.64%) HTML
2 77 (10.94%) CSS
3 60 (8.52%) .NET
4 56 (7.95%) Node.js
5 55 (7.81%) RESTful
6 53 (7.53%) Spring
7 48 (6.82%) JSON
8 46 (6.53%) REST
9 37 (5.26%) AngularJS
10 33 (4.69%) Web Services
11 30 (4.26%) Ruby on Rails
12 29 (4.12%) jQuery
12 29 (4.12%) Spring Boot
13 26 (3.69%) HTML5
13 26 (3.69%) XML
14 21 (2.98%) Django
14 21 (2.98%) Guice
14 21 (2.98%) Play Framework
14 21 (2.98%) Spring MVC
14 21 (2.98%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 54 (7.67%) User Experience
2 28 (3.98%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (2.41%) NHS
4 16 (2.27%) Public Cloud
5 14 (1.99%) Data Centre
6 12 (1.70%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
8 9 (1.28%) Algorithms
8 9 (1.28%) Reference Data
9 7 (0.99%) Taxonomies
10 6 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (0.85%) Social Media
11 5 (0.71%) Linked Data
12 4 (0.57%) Cloud Native
12 4 (0.57%) CMDB
12 4 (0.57%) Handset
13 3 (0.43%) Driving Licence
13 3 (0.43%) HACMP
13 3 (0.43%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 109 (15.48%) Linux
2 62 (8.81%) Unix
3 42 (5.97%) Windows
4 25 (3.55%) Mac OS X
5 12 (1.70%) Windows 10
6 9 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (1.28%) Solaris
7 8 (1.14%) Windows Server
8 7 (0.99%) AIX
9 3 (0.43%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.43%) VMS
9 3 (0.43%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.28%) Android
10 2 (0.28%) CentOS
10 2 (0.28%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 368 (52.27%) Agile Software Development
2 130 (18.47%) Test Automation
3 120 (17.05%) TDD
4 107 (15.20%) DevOps
5 99 (14.06%) Continuous Integration
6 91 (12.93%) Open Source
7 84 (11.93%) Scrum
8 61 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
9 59 (8.38%) Microservices
10 58 (8.24%) Configuration Management
10 58 (8.24%) Service Design
11 56 (7.95%) Digital Transformation Programme
12 52 (7.39%) Continuous Deployment
13 51 (7.24%) Pair Programming
13 51 (7.24%) Responsive Web Design
14 47 (6.68%) BDD
14 47 (6.68%) Project Management
14 47 (6.68%) User Stories
15 43 (6.11%) Decision-Making
15 43 (6.11%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 152 (21.59%) Java
2 128 (18.18%) JavaScript
3 94 (13.35%) SQL
4 58 (8.24%) Ruby
5 50 (7.10%) Python
6 41 (5.82%) C#
7 34 (4.83%) Java 8
7 34 (4.83%) Scala
8 29 (4.12%) Bash Shell
9 22 (3.13%) C
10 21 (2.98%) ES6
11 13 (1.85%) PowerShell
12 12 (1.70%) TypeScript
13 11 (1.56%) PL/SQL
14 10 (1.42%) PHP
14 10 (1.42%) T-SQL
15 9 (1.28%) Perl
16 8 (1.14%) PHP 7
16 8 (1.14%) R
17 7 (0.99%) Go
Qualifications
1 373 (52.98%) Security Cleared
2 130 (18.47%) SC Cleared
3 100 (14.20%) DBS Check
4 59 (8.38%) BC Cleared
5 24 (3.41%) Cisco Certification
6 23 (3.27%) Degree
7 22 (3.13%) CCNA
7 22 (3.13%) CCNP
8 15 (2.13%) CCDP
9 11 (1.56%) CCDA
9 11 (1.56%) CCIE
9 11 (1.56%) DV Cleared
10 7 (0.99%) CTC Cleared
11 6 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.71%) CCIP
13 4 (0.57%) AWS Certification
13 4 (0.57%) HNC
13 4 (0.57%) Master's Degree
14 3 (0.43%) CREST Certified
14 3 (0.43%) GXPN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (18.04%) Disclosure Scotland
2 30 (4.26%) QA
3 13 (1.85%) WCAG
4 11 (1.56%) Data Quality
5 8 (1.14%) GDPR
5 8 (1.14%) PMO
6 5 (0.71%) NCSC
7 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.28%) RMADS
7 2 (0.28%) SLA
8 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.14%) MISRA
8 1 (0.14%) MISRA C
System Software
1 53 (7.53%) Docker
2 24 (3.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.42%) Xen
4 9 (1.28%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.85%) IAG
6 5 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.43%) KVM
8 1 (0.14%) HDFS
8 1 (0.14%) NFS
8 1 (0.14%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.14%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 42 (5.97%) Kubernetes
2 24 (3.41%) Ansible
3 22 (3.13%) Puppet
3 22 (3.13%) Terraform
4 8 (1.14%) Matomo
4 8 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.99%) SCCM
6 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (0.85%) OpenView
7 4 (0.57%) Netcool
8 3 (0.43%) Cisco Prime
8 3 (0.43%) Kibana
8 3 (0.43%) logstash
8 3 (0.43%) Nagios
8 3 (0.43%) Packer
8 3 (0.43%) RANCID
9 2 (0.28%) Cacti
9 2 (0.28%) Icinga
9 2 (0.28%) Rundeck
9 2 (0.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 93 (13.21%) Microsoft
2 46 (6.53%) Oracle
3 43 (6.11%) Google
4 30 (4.26%) Cisco
5 29 (4.12%) VMware
6 17 (2.41%) Dell
7 16 (2.27%) Tableau
8 15 (2.13%) SAP
9 14 (1.99%) Atlassian
10 11 (1.56%) Juniper
11 9 (1.28%) Cognos
12 8 (1.14%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 8 (1.14%) CA
13 7 (0.99%) CheckPoint
13 7 (0.99%) F5
13 7 (0.99%) IBM
13 7 (0.99%) Red Hat
14 6 (0.85%) HP
14 6 (0.85%) SolarWinds
15 5 (0.71%) Citrix