Period
to 30 May 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 30 May 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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 272 320 380
Rank change year-on-year +48 +60 -19
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 418 746 653
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.90% 0.82% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.83% 4.34% 3.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 337 523 438
Median daily rate £500 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.26%
10th Percentile £330 £368 £258
90th Percentile £675 £675 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £500 £425
% change year-on-year -4.00% +17.65% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 25 19
Median hourly rate £30.05 £35.00 £24.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.14% +42.57% +81.85%
10th Percentile £18.44 £17.45 £12.75
90th Percentile £43.75 £52.76 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.20 £35.00 £32.42
% change year-on-year -13.73% +7.96% +140.15%

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 10,904 17,186 19,323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.46% 18.92% 19.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,437 10,405 11,581
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £238
90th Percentile £640 £645 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £413
% change year-on-year +2.27% +6.67% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 530 796 852
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.75 £13.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% +27.45% -17.50%

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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 +51 356 £500 - 15
UK excluding London +49 295 £480 -4.00% 13
North of England +34 114 £500 - 4
London +59 109 £565 +6.60% 3
North West +57 57 £495 -5.26% 2
South West +32 44 £606 +13.12% 3
Midlands +63 43 £438 -7.89% 2
Scotland +46 39 £425 -10.53%
South East +99 38 £450 +2.86% 2
Yorkshire +1 34 £540 +8.00% 2
North East +20 26 £495 +4.21%
Work from Home +17 26 £450 -7.22%
East Midlands +35 25 £450 -10.00% 2
West Midlands +44 17 £380 -17.12%
Wales -1 10 £575 +7.48% 1
East of England +58 9 £450 -13.46% 1

For the 6 months to 30 May 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.

1 212 (50.72%) Security Cleared
2 150 (35.89%) Agile Software Development
3 124 (29.67%) SC Cleared
4 98 (23.44%) Public Sector
5 75 (17.94%) AWS
6 68 (16.27%) Test Automation
6 68 (16.27%) Java
7 65 (15.55%) Azure
8 64 (15.31%) DBS Check
9 51 (12.20%) Microsoft
10 50 (11.96%) DevOps
11 48 (11.48%) Microservices
11 48 (11.48%) Problem-Solving
11 48 (11.48%) JavaScript
12 43 (10.29%) Oracle
13 41 (9.81%) Scrum
14 40 (9.57%) Linux
15 37 (8.85%) TDD
15 37 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
16 35 (8.37%) Kubernetes
17 34 (8.13%) SQL
17 34 (8.13%) Migration
18 32 (7.66%) Change Management
19 31 (7.42%) Telecoms
19 31 (7.42%) Python
19 31 (7.42%) Docker
19 31 (7.42%) Disclosure Scotland
20 30 (7.18%) Java 8
20 30 (7.18%) Unix
20 30 (7.18%) Cisco

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 14 (3.35%) SharePoint
2 12 (2.87%) Confluence
3 7 (1.67%) ArcGIS
3 7 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (1.67%) IBM Domino
4 6 (1.44%) IBM Notes
5 5 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (1.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.72%) Apache
6 3 (0.72%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.72%) MS Exchange
6 3 (0.72%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.48%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.48%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.24%) CMS
8 1 (0.24%) SAS
8 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.24%) WildFly
Applications
1 14 (3.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 13 (3.11%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.20%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.96%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.96%) InVision
5 4 (0.96%) Sketch
6 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.24%) LibreOffice
7 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.20%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.96%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 3 (0.72%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.48%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.24%) Misys Midas
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.24%) Primavera
5 1 (0.24%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.24%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 75 (17.94%) AWS
2 65 (15.55%) Azure
3 17 (4.07%) Office 365
4 14 (3.35%) Cloud Computing
4 14 (3.35%) Power Platform
5 11 (2.63%) PaaS
6 10 (2.39%) GitHub
7 9 (2.15%) npm
8 8 (1.91%) G Suite
8 8 (1.91%) GCP
8 8 (1.91%) OneDrive
8 8 (1.91%) PowerApps
9 7 (1.67%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (1.44%) Boomi
10 6 (1.44%) IaaS
10 6 (1.44%) SaaS
10 6 (1.44%) Serverless
11 4 (0.96%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.96%) HP Helion
11 4 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 27 (6.46%) Internet
1 27 (6.46%) TCP/IP
2 22 (5.26%) WAN
3 21 (5.02%) BGP
3 21 (5.02%) MPLS
3 21 (5.02%) VPN
4 20 (4.78%) LAN
5 19 (4.55%) DNS
6 18 (4.31%) OSPF
7 17 (4.07%) Firewall
7 17 (4.07%) VoIP
8 15 (3.59%) Ethernet
9 14 (3.35%) Unified Communications
10 13 (3.11%) EIGRP
10 13 (3.11%) RIP
10 13 (3.11%) SNMP
11 11 (2.63%) ADSL
11 11 (2.63%) HTTP
11 11 (2.63%) IPsec
11 11 (2.63%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (5.50%) MongoDB
2 15 (3.59%) Relational Database
3 12 (2.87%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
5 9 (2.15%) FileMaker
6 8 (1.91%) Big Data
6 8 (1.91%) MySQL
6 8 (1.91%) SQL Server
7 7 (1.67%) Geospatial Data
7 7 (1.67%) GIS
7 7 (1.67%) Power BI
7 7 (1.67%) SAP HANA
8 6 (1.44%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (1.20%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.96%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.96%) NoSQL
10 4 (0.96%) Oracle Database 12c
10 4 (0.96%) SAP Data Services
11 3 (0.72%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 29 (6.94%) Jenkins
2 24 (5.74%) Git (software)
3 20 (4.78%) JIRA
4 17 (4.07%) Selenium
5 16 (3.83%) Mockito
6 9 (2.15%) GitLab
7 8 (1.91%) Cucumber
7 8 (1.91%) REST Assured
8 7 (1.67%) Grunt
8 7 (1.67%) gulp
8 7 (1.67%) Visual Studio
9 6 (1.44%) SoapUI
10 5 (1.20%) CircleCI
10 5 (1.20%) Eclipse
10 5 (1.20%) Postman
11 4 (0.96%) Checkstyle
11 4 (0.96%) JMeter
11 4 (0.96%) SonarQube
12 3 (0.72%) ERwin
12 3 (0.72%) MSI
General
1 98 (23.44%) Public Sector
2 31 (7.42%) Telecoms
3 28 (6.70%) Finance
4 11 (2.63%) Legal
5 8 (1.91%) Law
6 6 (1.44%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.96%) Publishing
8 3 (0.72%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.72%) Electronics
8 3 (0.72%) Fire and Rescue
8 3 (0.72%) Marketing
8 3 (0.72%) Multimedia
9 2 (0.48%) Avionics
9 2 (0.48%) Back Office
9 2 (0.48%) Banking
9 2 (0.48%) Local Government
10 1 (0.24%) Advertising
10 1 (0.24%) Automotive
10 1 (0.24%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.24%) Retail
Job Titles
1 102 (24.40%) Developer
2 57 (13.64%) Architect
3 34 (8.13%) Designer
4 32 (7.66%) Java Developer
5 29 (6.94%) Analyst
6 18 (4.31%) Solutions Architect
7 16 (3.83%) Project Manager
8 15 (3.59%) Business Analyst
8 15 (3.59%) Technical Architect
9 14 (3.35%) Administrator
9 14 (3.35%) Network Engineer
10 13 (3.11%) Tester
11 11 (2.63%) User Researcher
12 10 (2.39%) Python Developer
13 9 (2.15%) Data Architect
13 9 (2.15%) Exchange Administrator
13 9 (2.15%) Incident Manager
13 9 (2.15%) Major Incident Manager
14 8 (1.91%) Consultant
14 8 (1.91%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (6.70%) HTML
2 22 (5.26%) CSS
3 15 (3.59%) ActiveMQ
3 15 (3.59%) JAX-RS
3 15 (3.59%) Web Services
4 13 (3.11%) Spring
5 12 (2.87%) REST
5 12 (2.87%) RESTful
6 11 (2.63%) Spring Boot
7 10 (2.39%) JSON
8 9 (2.15%) AngularJS
8 9 (2.15%) Node.js
8 9 (2.15%) XML
9 8 (1.91%) SOAP
10 7 (1.67%) Kafka
10 7 (1.67%) React
11 6 (1.44%) RabbitMQ
12 5 (1.20%) Dropwizard
12 5 (1.20%) Elastic Stack
12 5 (1.20%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 37 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (5.50%) User Experience
3 18 (4.31%) Public Cloud
4 16 (3.83%) Data Centre
5 13 (3.11%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (1.67%) Taxonomies
7 5 (1.20%) Reference Data
8 4 (0.96%) Blog
8 4 (0.96%) Data Structures
8 4 (0.96%) e-Learning
8 4 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (0.96%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 3 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.72%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.72%) SCADA
9 3 (0.72%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.48%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.48%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 40 (9.57%) Linux
2 30 (7.18%) Unix
3 22 (5.26%) Windows
4 15 (3.59%) Mac OS X
5 7 (1.67%) VME
5 7 (1.67%) Windows 10
6 6 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.20%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.96%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.72%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.72%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.48%) AIX
10 2 (0.48%) CentOS
10 2 (0.48%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.24%) Solaris
11 1 (0.24%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (35.89%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (16.27%) Test Automation
3 50 (11.96%) DevOps
4 48 (11.48%) Microservices
4 48 (11.48%) Problem-Solving
5 41 (9.81%) Scrum
6 37 (8.85%) TDD
7 34 (8.13%) Migration
8 32 (7.66%) Change Management
9 30 (7.18%) Service Management
10 29 (6.94%) BDD
10 29 (6.94%) ITIL
10 29 (6.94%) Project Delivery
10 29 (6.94%) Service Delivery
10 29 (6.94%) Service Design
11 28 (6.70%) Continuous Deployment
11 28 (6.70%) Pair Programming
12 27 (6.46%) Continuous Integration
13 24 (5.74%) Data Modelling
14 22 (5.26%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (16.27%) Java
2 48 (11.48%) JavaScript
3 34 (8.13%) SQL
4 31 (7.42%) Python
5 30 (7.18%) Java 8
6 14 (3.35%) Ruby
7 13 (3.11%) PowerShell
8 12 (2.87%) TypeScript
9 9 (2.15%) PL/SQL
10 8 (1.91%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.91%) C
10 8 (1.91%) Shell Script
11 6 (1.44%) COBOL
12 5 (1.20%) Go
12 5 (1.20%) Perl
12 5 (1.20%) XPath
13 4 (0.96%) ES6
13 4 (0.96%) XQuery
14 3 (0.72%) C#
14 3 (0.72%) C++
Qualifications
1 212 (50.72%) Security Cleared
2 124 (29.67%) SC Cleared
3 64 (15.31%) DBS Check
4 28 (6.70%) BC Cleared
5 23 (5.50%) CCNP
5 23 (5.50%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (5.26%) CCNA
7 16 (3.83%) Degree
8 14 (3.35%) CCDP
8 14 (3.35%) CCIP
9 10 (2.39%) CTC Cleared
10 9 (2.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 8 (1.91%) AWS Certification
12 7 (1.67%) MCSA
13 6 (1.44%) CCDA
13 6 (1.44%) CCIE
13 6 (1.44%) CISM
14 5 (1.20%) ISEB
15 4 (0.96%) HNC
15 4 (0.96%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (7.42%) Disclosure Scotland
2 27 (6.46%) QA
3 12 (2.87%) SLA
4 8 (1.91%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.96%) COBIT
5 4 (0.96%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.48%) GDPR
7 2 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.24%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.24%) GLP
8 1 (0.24%) GPG13
8 1 (0.24%) GxP
8 1 (0.24%) IFRS
8 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 1 (0.24%) NIST
8 1 (0.24%) P3O
8 1 (0.24%) PMO
8 1 (0.24%) PSD2
8 1 (0.24%) RMADS
System Software
1 31 (7.42%) Docker
2 13 (3.11%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.48%) HDFS
5 2 (0.48%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.24%) OpenAM
6 1 (0.24%) OpenDJ
6 1 (0.24%) Snort
6 1 (0.24%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.24%) vSphere
6 1 (0.24%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 35 (8.37%) Kubernetes
2 18 (4.31%) Terraform
3 11 (2.63%) Ansible
3 11 (2.63%) Puppet
4 9 (2.15%) SCCM
5 8 (1.91%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (1.20%) Salt
7 3 (0.72%) Kibana
7 3 (0.72%) logstash
7 3 (0.72%) Packer
8 2 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.48%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.48%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.24%) Amdocs OSS
9 1 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.24%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.24%) SCOM
9 1 (0.24%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 51 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 43 (10.29%) Oracle
3 30 (7.18%) Cisco
4 22 (5.26%) SAP
5 17 (4.07%) IBM
6 14 (3.35%) Google
7 11 (2.63%) Juniper
8 10 (2.39%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 7 (1.67%) ESRI
9 7 (1.67%) Sparx
10 6 (1.44%) Adobe
10 6 (1.44%) Cognos
10 6 (1.44%) Dell
10 6 (1.44%) HP
10 6 (1.44%) Red Hat
11 5 (1.20%) ICL
11 5 (1.20%) Informatica
11 5 (1.20%) VMware
12 4 (0.96%) Concur
12 4 (0.96%) ServiceNow