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 26 April 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
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 310 306 450
Rank change year-on-year -4 +144  
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 324 427 205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.76% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.46% 3.60% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 304 153
Median daily rate £450 £395 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.92% -4.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £640 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £360 £420
% change year-on-year +25.00% -14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 0
Median hourly rate £26.83 £42.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.11% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.83 £42.00 -
% change year-on-year -36.11% -  

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 9368 11869 11017
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.15% 21.25% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5850 7442 6246
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 £265 £259 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £553 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 407 539
Median hourly rate £34.38 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.76% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £48.14 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.96% +33.78%  

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 26 April 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 26 April 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 26 April 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 -20 301 £450 +12.50% 15
London +16 119 £463 -7.50% 4
West Midlands +54 42 £475 +28.37%
South East +26 36 £413 +14.58%
South West +12 30 £454 +21.00% 3
North East -30 24 £388 +29.16% 6
Tyne and Wear -32 23 £388 +29.16% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne -35 21 £388 +29.16% 6
Hampshire +23 20 £413 +17.85%
East of England +11 20 £475 +42.85% 1
Devon 0 16 £500 +25.00% 1
Shropshire +46 14 £513 -
Telford +40 14 £513 -
Plymouth -2 13 £488 +21.87% 1
Basingstoke +17 12 £413 +10.00%
City of London +2 12 £495 -4.80% 1
North West -10 12 £388 -8.82%
Yorkshire -13 12 £375 -16.66% 1
Wales +6 11 £463 +23.33%
East Midlands -6 10 £410 -29.31%
Essex - 9 £481 - 1
Scotland +36 8 £425 +26.01%
Birmingham +10 8 £475 +26.66%
South Wales +8 8 £463 +19.35%
Cardiff +19 7 £463 +23.33%
West Yorkshire -4 7 £440 -6.38%
Southend-on-Sea - 7 £505 - 1
Edinburgh +17 6 £425 +41.66%
Norfolk 0 6 £519 +56.01%
Leeds -3 6 £465 -2.10%

For the 6 months to 26 April 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.

1 341 (55.81%) Security Cleared
2 260 (42.55%) Agile Software Development
3 167 (27.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 114 (18.66%) Finance
4 114 (18.66%) SC Cleared
5 106 (17.35%) Java
6 80 (13.09%) Linux
7 78 (12.77%) Scrum
8 75 (12.27%) Project Management
9 64 (10.47%) Unix
9 64 (10.47%) Git (software)
10 61 (9.98%) TDD
11 60 (9.82%) Microsoft
12 55 (9.00%) JavaScript
12 55 (9.00%) HTML
13 54 (8.84%) ITIL
14 53 (8.67%) Windows
15 51 (8.35%) Web Services
16 49 (8.02%) Open Source
16 49 (8.02%) Analytical Skills
17 47 (7.69%) SQL
18 44 (7.20%) User Experience
18 44 (7.20%) Continuous Improvement
19 43 (7.04%) Continuous Integration
20 42 (6.87%) DevOps
20 42 (6.87%) Oracle
21 41 (6.71%) REST
21 41 (6.71%) Degree
22 40 (6.55%) CSS
23 39 (6.38%) SOA

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 27 (4.42%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.09%) Confluence
3 14 (2.29%) Cloud Foundry
4 13 (2.13%) Apache
5 8 (1.31%) IIS
5 8 (1.31%) JBoss
5 8 (1.31%) WebLogic
6 7 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.98%) nginx
7 6 (0.98%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 6 (0.98%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.82%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.82%) SAS
8 5 (0.82%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.82%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.82%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 24 (3.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (2.78%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (2.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (1.31%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.33%) Fireworks
7 2 (0.33%) InVision
7 2 (0.33%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.33%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.33%) Stata
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.16%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 10 (1.64%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.49%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 2 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
3 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.33%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.33%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.16%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.16%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.16%) SAP GTS
4 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.16%) SAP PS
4 1 (0.16%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 27 (4.42%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (3.44%) Office 365
2 21 (3.44%) PaaS
3 17 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (1.96%) SaaS
5 10 (1.64%) IaaS
6 7 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.98%) Amazon S3
8 5 (0.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (0.65%) G Suite
9 4 (0.65%) GitHub
9 4 (0.65%) TestFlight
10 3 (0.49%) Heroku
10 3 (0.49%) SuccessFactors
10 3 (0.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.33%) Amazon ELB
11 2 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.33%) Datadog
11 2 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.33%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 35 (5.73%) HTTP
2 21 (3.44%) DNS
3 20 (3.27%) WAN
4 18 (2.95%) SSL
5 16 (2.62%) LAN
5 16 (2.62%) TCP/IP
6 14 (2.29%) Internet
7 10 (1.64%) VPN
8 9 (1.47%) DHCP
8 9 (1.47%) Firewall
9 7 (1.15%) SAN
9 7 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (0.98%) Intranet
10 6 (0.98%) WLAN
11 4 (0.65%) BGP
11 4 (0.65%) EIGRP
11 4 (0.65%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.65%) MPLS
11 4 (0.65%) OpenLDAP
11 4 (0.65%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
2 33 (5.40%) MongoDB
3 32 (5.24%) Relational Database
4 14 (2.29%) Hadoop
5 13 (2.13%) Big Data
5 13 (2.13%) Neo4j
6 11 (1.80%) HBase
7 9 (1.47%) NoSQL
7 9 (1.47%) SQL Server
8 8 (1.31%) Oracle Database
9 7 (1.15%) MySQL
10 5 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.82%) Redis
11 4 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (0.65%) SQLite
12 3 (0.49%) Data Mining
12 3 (0.49%) Power BI
13 2 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
13 2 (0.33%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 64 (10.47%) Git (software)
2 34 (5.56%) Jenkins
3 33 (5.40%) Subversion
4 31 (5.07%) JIRA
5 29 (4.75%) Cucumber
6 20 (3.27%) SoapUI
7 18 (2.95%) Selenium
8 15 (2.45%) Maven
9 8 (1.31%) IntelliJ
10 7 (1.15%) gulp
10 7 (1.15%) HP UFT
10 7 (1.15%) Mockito
10 7 (1.15%) StarTeam
11 6 (0.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (0.98%) Grunt
12 5 (0.82%) Gradle
12 5 (0.82%) Sahi
12 5 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (0.82%) Visual Studio
12 5 (0.82%) WATIR
General
1 114 (18.66%) Finance
2 19 (3.11%) Telecoms
3 17 (2.78%) Manufacturing
4 14 (2.29%) Legal
5 9 (1.47%) Aerospace
6 6 (0.98%) Marketing
7 4 (0.65%) Back Office
8 3 (0.49%) Electronics
8 3 (0.49%) Law
8 3 (0.49%) Retail
9 2 (0.33%) Military
10 1 (0.16%) Advertising
10 1 (0.16%) Automotive
10 1 (0.16%) Brand Awareness
10 1 (0.16%) Local Government
10 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.16%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 157 (25.70%) Developer
2 74 (12.11%) Analyst
3 53 (8.67%) Architect
4 42 (6.87%) Java Developer
4 42 (6.87%) Project Manager
5 25 (4.09%) Consultant
6 23 (3.76%) Designer
7 18 (2.95%) Agile Developer
8 17 (2.78%) Senior Developer
9 16 (2.62%) Business Analyst
9 16 (2.62%) Technical Architect
10 15 (2.45%) Delivery Manager
10 15 (2.45%) Tester
11 14 (2.29%) Administrator
12 13 (2.13%) Digital Developer
12 13 (2.13%) Senior Analyst
13 12 (1.96%) Operations Engineer
13 12 (1.96%) Programme Manager
13 12 (1.96%) SAP Consultant
13 12 (1.96%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (9.00%) HTML
2 51 (8.35%) Web Services
3 41 (6.71%) REST
4 40 (6.55%) CSS
5 39 (6.38%) JSON
6 35 (5.73%) XML
7 34 (5.56%) Spring
8 33 (5.40%) Middleware
9 28 (4.58%) XSLT
10 24 (3.93%) RESTful
10 24 (3.93%) SOAP
11 23 (3.76%) AngularJS
12 17 (2.78%) .NET
12 17 (2.78%) HTML5
12 17 (2.78%) Spring Boot
13 15 (2.45%) Hibernate
14 14 (2.29%) Dropwizard
15 13 (2.13%) CSS3
15 13 (2.13%) JAX-RS
15 13 (2.13%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 49 (8.02%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (7.20%) User Experience
3 34 (5.56%) Management Information System
4 32 (5.24%) NHS
5 12 (1.96%) Data Protection Act
6 11 (1.80%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.15%) Mobile App
9 6 (0.98%) e-Learning
9 6 (0.98%) Social Media
10 5 (0.82%) CESG
11 4 (0.65%) Clustering
11 4 (0.65%) iPhone
11 4 (0.65%) Mainframe
11 4 (0.65%) PKI
12 3 (0.49%) Cyber Attack
12 3 (0.49%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.49%) Replication
12 3 (0.49%) Taxonomies
12 3 (0.49%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 80 (13.09%) Linux
2 64 (10.47%) Unix
3 53 (8.67%) Windows
4 29 (4.75%) Mac OS X
5 16 (2.62%) Apple iOS
6 15 (2.45%) Android
7 14 (2.29%) Windows 7
8 13 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (1.96%) Mac OS
9 12 (1.96%) Windows Server
10 11 (1.80%) Windows 10
11 9 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (1.31%) AIX
12 8 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (1.31%) Windows XP
13 7 (1.15%) VME
14 6 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
15 4 (0.65%) Windows 2000
16 3 (0.49%) Solaris
17 2 (0.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 260 (42.55%) Agile Software Development
2 78 (12.77%) Scrum
3 75 (12.27%) Project Management
4 61 (9.98%) TDD
5 54 (8.84%) ITIL
6 49 (8.02%) Open Source
7 44 (7.20%) Continuous Improvement
8 43 (7.04%) Continuous Integration
9 42 (6.87%) DevOps
10 39 (6.38%) SOA
10 39 (6.38%) User Stories
11 38 (6.22%) Configuration Management
11 38 (6.22%) Microservices
11 38 (6.22%) Service Delivery
12 37 (6.06%) Kanban
12 37 (6.06%) Migration
13 35 (5.73%) Mentoring
13 35 (5.73%) PRINCE2
14 33 (5.40%) Business Intelligence
14 33 (5.40%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 106 (17.35%) Java
2 55 (9.00%) JavaScript
3 47 (7.69%) SQL
4 36 (5.89%) Python
5 24 (3.93%) Ruby
6 20 (3.27%) Scala
7 16 (2.62%) Groovy
8 13 (2.13%) C#
9 11 (1.80%) C
10 10 (1.64%) ABAP
10 10 (1.64%) Go
10 10 (1.64%) PHP
11 9 (1.47%) Perl
12 7 (1.15%) PowerShell
13 5 (0.82%) COBOL
13 5 (0.82%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.82%) R
14 4 (0.65%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.65%) Objective-C
14 4 (0.65%) VBA
Qualifications
1 341 (55.81%) Security Cleared
2 114 (18.66%) SC Cleared
3 41 (6.71%) Degree
4 16 (2.62%) ISEB
5 14 (2.29%) ISTQB
6 13 (2.13%) BC Cleared
7 11 (1.80%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (1.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (0.98%) CCNA
11 6 (0.98%) CCNP
12 5 (0.82%) APMP
12 5 (0.82%) CTC Cleared
12 5 (0.82%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.82%) MCSE
13 4 (0.65%) CISSP
13 4 (0.65%) MCP
14 3 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (0.49%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (27.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 38 (6.22%) QA
3 20 (3.27%) PMO
4 19 (3.11%) SLA
5 9 (1.47%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.33%) Actionable Recommendations
7 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.16%) GAAP
8 1 (0.16%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.16%) ISO27005
8 1 (0.16%) NEBOSH
8 1 (0.16%) P3O
8 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.16%) WAI
8 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 29 (4.75%) Active Directory
1 29 (4.75%) Docker
2 12 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
4 5 (0.82%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (0.65%) XenApp
6 3 (0.49%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.33%) HDFS
7 2 (0.33%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.33%) vCloud
7 2 (0.33%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.33%) vSphere
7 2 (0.33%) Xen
8 1 (0.16%) Postfix
8 1 (0.16%) Squid
8 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.16%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 21 (3.44%) Puppet
2 19 (3.11%) Ansible
3 14 (2.29%) Terraform
4 9 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (0.98%) AirWatch
5 6 (0.98%) SCCM
6 5 (0.82%) Salt
7 4 (0.65%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.65%) ZABBIX
8 3 (0.49%) Rsyslog
9 2 (0.33%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.33%) Kibana
9 2 (0.33%) logstash
9 2 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.33%) Nagios
9 2 (0.33%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.33%) Netcool
9 2 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.33%) yum
Vendors
1 60 (9.82%) Microsoft
2 42 (6.87%) Oracle
3 31 (5.07%) SAP
4 26 (4.26%) WSO2
5 20 (3.27%) VMware
6 15 (2.45%) MuleSoft
7 13 (2.13%) Atlassian
7 13 (2.13%) Remedy
8 12 (1.96%) HP
9 11 (1.80%) BMC
10 10 (1.64%) Adobe
10 10 (1.64%) Cisco
11 8 (1.31%) Citrix
12 7 (1.15%) Hortonworks
13 6 (0.98%) Google
14 5 (0.82%) Avaya
14 5 (0.82%) CA
14 5 (0.82%) Capita
14 5 (0.82%) ICL
14 5 (0.82%) Red Hat
City, London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £401 - £590 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
KEYRESOURCE
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Plymouth, Devon
Digital Gurus Recruitment Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £195 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £200 - £230 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £10 - £17 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago