Period
to 29 November 2021

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 29 November 2021 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
29 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 256 260 336
Rank change year-on-year +4 +76 +42
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 960 370 638
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.08% 1.03% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.78% 4.37% 3.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 732 285 462
10th Percentile £363 £313 £319
25th Percentile £450 £401 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £501 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +0.20% - +11.11%
75th Percentile £586 £550 £588
90th Percentile £658 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £473 £495
% change year-on-year +5.77% -4.50% +16.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 24 38
10th Percentile £22.75 £14.73 £16.10
25th Percentile £36.25 £17.00 £16.44
Median hourly rate £45.98 £22.62 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +103.29% +10.32% -22.82%
75th Percentile £52.14 £27.20 £30.44
90th Percentile £62.11 £40.83 £49.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £21.80 £20.50
% change year-on-year +117.89% +6.34% -14.57%

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 16,600 8,472 16,795
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.76% 23.47% 20.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,775 5,693 10,724
10th Percentile £313 £288 £259
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £570 £563
90th Percentile £688 £645 £646
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 705 422 755
10th Percentile £13.00 £15.00 £14.13
25th Percentile £16.63 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median % change year-on-year -18.75% +6.67% +56.25%
75th Percentile £53.75 £53.00 £49.95
90th Percentile £66.00 £66.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.99 £30.54 £35.00
% change year-on-year -8.35% -12.74% +40.00%

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 29 November 2021.

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 29 November 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Top 17 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 29 November 2021. 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 -46 565 £500 - 68
UK excluding London +4 485 £500 +5.77% 49
Work from Home -11 428 £525 +6.06% 6
North of England +1 175 £502 -4.38% 14
London -134 157 £500 -4.76% 22
Scotland -2 100 £470 +7.43% 6
South West +11 97 £498 +17.29% 8
North West -16 84 £502 -7.04% 8
Yorkshire 0 76 £510 -3.41% 4
Midlands -48 51 £483 +24.68% 4
South East -81 44 £511 +20.15% 13
West Midlands -46 36 £490 +22.19% 3
North East 0 27 £586 +17.20% 2
East Midlands -21 15 £375 +127.27% 1
East of England -43 12 £358 -10.90% 3
Wales -34 9 £463 +44.53% 1
Northern Ireland -6 2 £500 -

For the 6 months to 29 November 2021, 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.

1 404 (42.08%) Agile Software Development
2 395 (41.15%) Security Cleared
3 363 (37.81%) Public Sector
4 271 (28.23%) SC Cleared
5 177 (18.44%) Azure
6 171 (17.81%) Social Skills
7 156 (16.25%) Disclosure Scotland
7 156 (16.25%) AWS
8 150 (15.63%) DevOps
9 129 (13.44%) Scrum
10 127 (13.23%) Java
11 120 (12.50%) SQL
12 103 (10.73%) Python
13 98 (10.21%) User Research
14 93 (9.69%) Software Engineering
15 84 (8.75%) Test Automation
16 83 (8.65%) JavaScript
16 83 (8.65%) Microsoft
17 82 (8.54%) User Stories
17 82 (8.54%) Analytics
18 81 (8.44%) Git (software)
19 79 (8.23%) Docker
19 79 (8.23%) Terraform
20 77 (8.02%) Linux
21 76 (7.92%) JIRA
21 76 (7.92%) Service Design
22 73 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
23 71 (7.40%) Stakeholder Management
24 70 (7.29%) Microservices
25 68 (7.08%) ITIL

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 52 (5.42%) Confluence
2 20 (2.08%) Apache Spark
3 15 (1.56%) SAS
4 12 (1.25%) SharePoint
5 9 (0.94%) Apache
6 7 (0.73%) nginx
7 6 (0.63%) CMS
7 6 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.42%) Apache Airflow
9 3 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (0.31%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.21%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.21%) Drupal
10 2 (0.21%) IIS
10 2 (0.21%) Jetty
10 2 (0.21%) Jupyter
10 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.21%) Traefik
10 2 (0.21%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (2.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (0.73%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.42%) Stata
5 3 (0.31%) SPSS
6 2 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.21%) Sketch
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.10%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.10%) Figma
7 1 (0.10%) InVision
7 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.10%) Revit
Business Applications
1 8 (0.83%) Oracle ERP
2 5 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.42%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle SCM
5 2 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.21%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.21%) SAP PS
5 2 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.10%) iTrent
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.10%) Sage CRM
6 1 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 177 (18.44%) Azure
2 156 (16.25%) AWS
3 50 (5.21%) Power Platform
4 40 (4.17%) Serverless
5 39 (4.06%) GitHub
6 33 (3.44%) Microsoft 365
7 30 (3.13%) AWS Lambda
8 27 (2.81%) PaaS
9 25 (2.60%) Amazon S3
10 24 (2.50%) SaaS
11 23 (2.40%) GCP
12 18 (1.88%) AWS CloudFormation
13 17 (1.77%) IaaS
14 16 (1.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 14 (1.46%) Amazon EC2
15 14 (1.46%) AWS Fargate
16 13 (1.35%) Azure Data Factory
17 12 (1.25%) Amazon Cognito
17 12 (1.25%) Azure Service Bus
18 11 (1.15%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.29%) VPN
2 17 (1.77%) TCP/IP
3 16 (1.67%) Firewall
4 14 (1.46%) LAN
5 13 (1.35%) DNS
6 12 (1.25%) Network Security
6 12 (1.25%) WAN
7 11 (1.15%) Internet
7 11 (1.15%) SSL
8 9 (0.94%) OSPF
9 8 (0.83%) BGP
10 7 (0.73%) EIGRP
11 5 (0.52%) DSL
11 5 (0.52%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.52%) MPLS
11 5 (0.52%) TACACS
12 4 (0.42%) HTTP
12 4 (0.42%) Intranet
12 4 (0.42%) RIP
12 4 (0.42%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (4.48%) Power BI
2 40 (4.17%) MongoDB
3 36 (3.75%) PostgreSQL
4 30 (3.13%) MySQL
4 30 (3.13%) Relational Database
5 29 (3.02%) NoSQL
6 28 (2.92%) Data Warehouse
7 25 (2.60%) SQL Server
8 23 (2.40%) Big Data
9 21 (2.19%) Data Lake
10 18 (1.88%) Hadoop
10 18 (1.88%) Metadata
11 15 (1.56%) Amazon RDS
12 13 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
13 12 (1.25%) Oracle Database
14 11 (1.15%) RDBMS
15 10 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 10 (1.04%) Tableau
16 8 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
16 8 (0.83%) GIS
Development Applications
1 81 (8.44%) Git (software)
2 76 (7.92%) JIRA
3 67 (6.98%) Jenkins
4 60 (6.25%) GitLab
5 31 (3.23%) Maven
5 31 (3.23%) Selenium
6 24 (2.50%) SonarQube
7 23 (2.40%) JUnit
8 21 (2.19%) Cucumber
9 16 (1.67%) Sonatype Nexus
10 14 (1.46%) JMeter
10 14 (1.46%) Postman
11 13 (1.35%) Jasmine
12 12 (1.25%) Artifactory
13 10 (1.04%) Bitbucket
14 7 (0.73%) gulp
15 6 (0.63%) Chocolatey
15 6 (0.63%) Cypress.io
15 6 (0.63%) Mockito
15 6 (0.63%) WebDriver
General
1 363 (37.81%) Public Sector
2 171 (17.81%) Social Skills
3 73 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
4 55 (5.73%) Finance
5 24 (2.50%) Influencing Skills
6 18 (1.88%) Publishing
7 17 (1.77%) Telecoms
8 14 (1.46%) Manufacturing
9 11 (1.15%) Aerospace
9 11 (1.15%) Organisational Skills
9 11 (1.15%) Presentation Skills
10 8 (0.83%) Legal
10 8 (0.83%) Military
11 7 (0.73%) Electronics
11 7 (0.73%) Marketing
12 6 (0.63%) Law
13 5 (0.52%) Games
13 5 (0.52%) Police
13 5 (0.52%) Welsh Language
14 4 (0.42%) Banking
Job Titles
1 176 (18.33%) Developer
2 101 (10.52%) Analyst
3 93 (9.69%) Architect
4 63 (6.56%) Designer
5 54 (5.63%) DevOps Engineer
6 43 (4.48%) Business Analyst
7 40 (4.17%) Delivery Manager
8 37 (3.85%) Java Developer
9 35 (3.65%) User Researcher
10 33 (3.44%) Software Engineer
11 31 (3.23%) Consultant
12 30 (3.13%) Data Engineer
13 29 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
14 27 (2.81%) Project Manager
15 26 (2.71%) Azure Engineer
16 22 (2.29%) AWS Engineer
17 21 (2.19%) Data Architect
17 21 (2.19%) Senior Developer
18 20 (2.08%) Senior Designer
19 19 (1.98%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (6.98%) Node.js
2 60 (6.25%) CSS
2 60 (6.25%) HTML
3 50 (5.21%) Spring
4 43 (4.48%) Spring Boot
5 39 (4.06%) .NET
6 34 (3.54%) REST
7 33 (3.44%) RESTful
8 29 (3.02%) React
9 28 (2.92%) Web Services
10 22 (2.29%) AngularJS
10 22 (2.29%) JSON
11 21 (2.19%) XML
12 17 (1.77%) JAX-RS
13 16 (1.67%) Dropwizard
14 15 (1.56%) .NET Core
14 15 (1.56%) Apache CXF
14 15 (1.56%) Kafka
15 14 (1.46%) Express
15 14 (1.46%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 58 (6.04%) User Experience
2 37 (3.85%) NHS
3 31 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 19 (1.98%) Public Cloud
5 18 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (1.15%) Data Centre
7 9 (0.94%) Legacy Systems
7 9 (0.94%) Mobile App
8 8 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (0.73%) Greenfield Project
9 7 (0.73%) Virtual Team
10 6 (0.63%) Algorithms
10 6 (0.63%) Cloud Native
10 6 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (0.63%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (0.42%) Blog
12 4 (0.42%) CCTV
12 4 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (0.42%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 77 (8.02%) Linux
2 43 (4.48%) Windows
3 23 (2.40%) Unix
4 22 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (1.04%) Windows Server
6 8 (0.83%) CentOS
7 7 (0.73%) Windows 10
8 5 (0.52%) CoreOS
8 5 (0.52%) Mac OS
8 5 (0.52%) Solaris
9 4 (0.42%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2016
10 3 (0.31%) AIX
10 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.31%) Windows Server 2019
11 2 (0.21%) Amazon Linux
11 2 (0.21%) Android
11 2 (0.21%) HPUX
11 2 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 404 (42.08%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (15.63%) DevOps
3 129 (13.44%) Scrum
4 98 (10.21%) User Research
5 93 (9.69%) Software Engineering
6 84 (8.75%) Test Automation
7 82 (8.54%) Analytics
7 82 (8.54%) User Stories
8 76 (7.92%) Service Design
9 71 (7.40%) Stakeholder Management
10 70 (7.29%) Microservices
11 68 (7.08%) ITIL
12 67 (6.98%) Continuous Improvement
13 66 (6.88%) Decision-Making
13 66 (6.88%) Project Delivery
14 64 (6.67%) Project Management
15 62 (6.46%) Problem-Solving
16 59 (6.15%) Migration
17 57 (5.94%) Business Intelligence
18 54 (5.63%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 127 (13.23%) Java
2 120 (12.50%) SQL
3 103 (10.73%) Python
4 83 (8.65%) JavaScript
5 43 (4.48%) C#
6 31 (3.23%) PowerShell
7 27 (2.81%) R
8 23 (2.40%) Bash Shell
9 19 (1.98%) Ruby
10 18 (1.88%) C
10 18 (1.88%) C++
11 13 (1.35%) Scala
12 11 (1.15%) Java 8
12 11 (1.15%) Shell Script
13 10 (1.04%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.94%) Java 11
15 8 (0.83%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.73%) Go
17 5 (0.52%) ABAP
17 5 (0.52%) Fortran
Qualifications
1 395 (41.15%) Security Cleared
2 271 (28.23%) SC Cleared
3 37 (3.85%) DBS Check
3 37 (3.85%) Degree
4 20 (2.08%) DV Cleared
5 13 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (1.25%) CISSP
7 10 (1.04%) CCNP
8 9 (0.94%) ISTQB
9 8 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 7 (0.73%) CCNA
10 7 (0.73%) ISEB
11 6 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.52%) BC Cleared
12 5 (0.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (0.42%) CCDP
13 4 (0.42%) CCIP
13 4 (0.42%) CRISC
13 4 (0.42%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (16.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 58 (6.04%) Accessibility
3 43 (4.48%) QA
4 18 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (1.56%) PMO
6 14 (1.46%) Data Quality
7 12 (1.25%) SLA
8 9 (0.94%) NCSC
9 7 (0.73%) GDPR
10 6 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 6 (0.63%) NIST
11 5 (0.52%) COBIT
11 5 (0.52%) ISO 9001
12 4 (0.42%) WCAG
13 3 (0.31%) Actionable Recommendations
13 3 (0.31%) HL7
13 3 (0.31%) ISO 13485
14 2 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
14 2 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 79 (8.23%) Docker
2 23 (2.40%) Active Directory
3 16 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.52%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
4 5 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 2 (0.21%) Firmware
5 2 (0.21%) HDFS
5 2 (0.21%) iptables
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Clusterware
5 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.10%) KVM
6 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.10%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.10%) vSphere
6 1 (0.10%) Xen
Systems Management
1 79 (8.23%) Terraform
2 68 (7.08%) Kubernetes
3 48 (5.00%) Ansible
4 16 (1.67%) Puppet
5 14 (1.46%) Istio
6 9 (0.94%) Prometheus
7 7 (0.73%) HAProxy
8 6 (0.63%) SCCM
8 6 (0.63%) ZABBIX
9 5 (0.52%) Data Guard
9 5 (0.52%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 5 (0.52%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 5 (0.52%) QRadar
10 4 (0.42%) Nessus
10 4 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (0.31%) Docker Swarm
11 3 (0.31%) Nagios
11 3 (0.31%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 2 (0.21%) Grafana
12 2 (0.21%) Opsgenie
Vendors
1 83 (8.65%) Microsoft
2 51 (5.31%) Oracle
3 27 (2.81%) Mercator
4 25 (2.60%) Google
5 24 (2.50%) ServiceNow
6 23 (2.40%) Red Hat
7 17 (1.77%) Brio
7 17 (1.77%) Cisco
7 17 (1.77%) SAP
7 17 (1.77%) VMware
8 16 (1.67%) Splunk
8 16 (1.67%) Talend
9 15 (1.56%) Databricks
9 15 (1.56%) IBM
10 13 (1.35%) Hortonworks
11 12 (1.25%) Informatica
12 11 (1.15%) Cloudera
13 10 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
14 9 (0.94%) Atlassian
14 9 (0.94%) Dynatrace