Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 362 421 362
Rank change year-on-year +59 -59 -93
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 590 590 674
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.58% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.43% 3.14% 3.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 394 351 444
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £434
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +3.81% +8.38%
10th Percentile £335 £254 £250
90th Percentile £638 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +13.53% - +13.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 24 16
UK median hourly rate £25.12 £29.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.56% -15.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £56.78 £54.58 £40.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.12 £24.55 £35.00
% change year-on-year +2.32% -29.86% +25.00%

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 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 17,181 18,775 18,565
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.54% 18.56% 18.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,455 11,093 11,253
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £263 £245 £238
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 835 968 899
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.91 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.57% -15.58% +7.27%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £12.06
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £51.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year +50.00% -21.88% +15.48%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +64 499 £500 +11.11% 33
UK excluding London +29 431 £483 +13.53% 32
North of England +62 168 £495 +8.49% 8
London +69 152 £525 +6.33% 6
North West +44 78 £475 - 3
South East -5 59 £450 +5.88% 7
Yorkshire +40 58 £525 +16.67% 4
Scotland +21 54 £450 +25.00% 3
South West -12 54 £550 +29.41% 7
Midlands +32 51 £423 +13.42% 3
West Midlands +39 38 £420 +13.51% 3
North East +25 32 £480 +37.14% 1
Wales +21 32 £575 +15.00% 2
East of England +3 14 £483 +1.58% 2
East Midlands +13 13 £475 +25.00%

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 316 (53.56%) Security Cleared
2 276 (46.78%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (29.32%) SC Cleared
4 161 (27.29%) Public Sector
5 113 (19.15%) Disclosure Scotland
6 98 (16.61%) Java
7 89 (15.08%) DBS Check
8 87 (14.75%) JavaScript
9 86 (14.58%) AWS
10 84 (14.24%) Azure
11 81 (13.73%) Test Automation
12 79 (13.39%) Microsoft
13 77 (13.05%) DevOps
14 71 (12.03%) Linux
15 61 (10.34%) SQL
15 61 (10.34%) TDD
16 58 (9.83%) Scrum
17 53 (8.98%) Migration
18 50 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
19 49 (8.31%) HTML
19 49 (8.31%) Python
19 49 (8.31%) Continuous Integration
20 48 (8.14%) Git (software)
21 47 (7.97%) QA
21 47 (7.97%) Docker
22 46 (7.80%) User Experience
22 46 (7.80%) Windows
23 45 (7.63%) CSS
24 43 (7.29%) Finance
25 42 (7.12%) Jenkins

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 22 (3.73%) Confluence
2 15 (2.54%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.53%) Umbraco
4 8 (1.36%) Apache Spark
4 8 (1.36%) SAS
4 8 (1.36%) Skype for Business
4 8 (1.36%) WordPress
5 7 (1.19%) Apache
5 7 (1.19%) nginx
6 5 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.85%) IBM Notes
6 5 (0.85%) IIS
6 5 (0.85%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.68%) Jetty
7 4 (0.68%) Mongrel
7 4 (0.68%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.68%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.68%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.51%) ArcGIS
8 3 (0.51%) R Markdown
Applications
1 20 (3.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (3.05%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.02%) Simulink
5 4 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.68%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.17%) Figma
6 1 (0.17%) FileZilla
6 1 (0.17%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.17%) InVision
6 1 (0.17%) Sketch
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.17%) SPSS
6 1 (0.17%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 27 (4.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.86%) SAP S/4HANA
3 7 (1.19%) SAP CO
3 7 (1.19%) SAP FI
3 7 (1.19%) SAP FI/CO
4 5 (0.85%) SAP SD
5 4 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.68%) SAP MM
6 3 (0.51%) NetSuite
6 3 (0.51%) SAP WM
6 3 (0.51%) Siebel CRM
7 2 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.34%) SAP CCM
7 2 (0.34%) SAP PS
8 1 (0.17%) BusinessWorks
8 1 (0.17%) Primavera
8 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 86 (14.58%) AWS
2 84 (14.24%) Azure
3 33 (5.59%) Power Platform
4 30 (5.08%) Dynamics 365
5 22 (3.73%) Serverless
6 21 (3.56%) Office 365
7 16 (2.71%) PaaS
8 14 (2.37%) SaaS
9 12 (2.03%) AWS CloudFormation
9 12 (2.03%) npm
9 12 (2.03%) SuccessFactors
10 10 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (1.36%) Azure Functions
11 8 (1.36%) Slack
11 8 (1.36%) Trello
12 6 (1.02%) GitHub
13 5 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.85%) GCP
13 5 (0.85%) Google Analytics
13 5 (0.85%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 27 (4.58%) DNS
1 27 (4.58%) TCP/IP
2 25 (4.24%) WAN
3 22 (3.73%) Firewall
3 22 (3.73%) HTTP
4 21 (3.56%) Internet
5 20 (3.39%) LAN
6 19 (3.22%) IPsec
6 19 (3.22%) SSL
6 19 (3.22%) VPN
7 16 (2.71%) Unified Communications
8 15 (2.54%) MPLS
8 15 (2.54%) OSPF
8 15 (2.54%) Skype
9 14 (2.37%) BGP
9 14 (2.37%) Ethernet
10 13 (2.20%) Network Security
10 13 (2.20%) VoIP
11 11 (1.86%) SNMP
12 9 (1.53%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (6.27%) MongoDB
2 30 (5.08%) Power BI
3 27 (4.58%) SQL Server
3 27 (4.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (4.24%) MySQL
5 18 (3.05%) Oracle Database
5 18 (3.05%) PostgreSQL
5 18 (3.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 16 (2.71%) Relational Database
7 15 (2.54%) NoSQL
8 8 (1.36%) Hadoop
9 7 (1.19%) Azure SQL Database
9 7 (1.19%) RDBMS
10 6 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.85%) Big Data
11 5 (0.85%) Cosmos DB
12 4 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
13 3 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 3 (0.51%) DB2
13 3 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 48 (8.14%) Git (software)
2 42 (7.12%) Jenkins
3 38 (6.44%) JIRA
4 23 (3.90%) Selenium
5 17 (2.88%) Cucumber
6 15 (2.54%) Visual Studio
7 14 (2.37%) Mockito
8 12 (2.03%) GitLab
8 12 (2.03%) JUnit
9 10 (1.69%) gulp
9 10 (1.69%) Subversion
10 9 (1.53%) Jasmine
11 8 (1.36%) JMeter
11 8 (1.36%) Maven
12 7 (1.19%) TeamCity
12 7 (1.19%) Travis CI
12 7 (1.19%) WebDriver
13 5 (0.85%) MSTest
13 5 (0.85%) NUnit
14 4 (0.68%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 161 (27.29%) Public Sector
2 43 (7.29%) Finance
3 27 (4.58%) Telecoms
4 20 (3.39%) Legal
5 11 (1.86%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.02%) Military
7 5 (0.85%) Billing
8 4 (0.68%) Retail
9 3 (0.51%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.51%) Police
10 2 (0.34%) Avionics
10 2 (0.34%) Banking
10 2 (0.34%) Games
10 2 (0.34%) Local Government
11 1 (0.17%) Electronics
11 1 (0.17%) Fire and Rescue
11 1 (0.17%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 131 (22.20%) Developer
2 58 (9.83%) Analyst
3 52 (8.81%) Architect
4 28 (4.75%) Consultant
4 28 (4.75%) Delivery Manager
5 22 (3.73%) Designer
5 22 (3.73%) Senior Developer
6 20 (3.39%) Java Developer
6 20 (3.39%) Technical Leader
7 18 (3.05%) Business Analyst
8 17 (2.88%) DevOps Engineer
9 16 (2.71%) Network Engineer
10 15 (2.54%) Technical Architect
11 14 (2.37%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 14 (2.37%) Full Stack Developer
12 13 (2.20%) Digital Delivery Manager
12 13 (2.20%) Microsoft Developer
12 13 (2.20%) Project Manager
13 12 (2.03%) Digital Developer
13 12 (2.03%) SAP Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (8.31%) HTML
2 45 (7.63%) CSS
3 35 (5.93%) .NET
4 33 (5.59%) Web Services
5 24 (4.07%) Node.js
6 23 (3.90%) REST
7 22 (3.73%) HTML5
8 20 (3.39%) AngularJS
9 19 (3.22%) JSON
10 18 (3.05%) XML
11 17 (2.88%) ASP.NET
11 17 (2.88%) jQuery
12 16 (2.71%) ActiveMQ
12 16 (2.71%) Ruby on Rails
13 14 (2.37%) JAX-RS
14 13 (2.20%) Sass
15 11 (1.86%) RESTful
16 9 (1.53%) LAMP
16 9 (1.53%) Spring
16 9 (1.53%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 46 (7.80%) User Experience
2 30 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (2.88%) Enterprise Software
4 14 (2.37%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.37%) Greenfield Project
5 12 (2.03%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.03%) Public Cloud
6 11 (1.86%) NHS
7 8 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
7 8 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (1.02%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.68%) Blog
9 4 (0.68%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.68%) Handset
9 4 (0.68%) PKI
9 4 (0.68%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.51%) HACMP
10 3 (0.51%) Linked Data
10 3 (0.51%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.51%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 71 (12.03%) Linux
2 46 (7.80%) Windows
3 33 (5.59%) Unix
4 21 (3.56%) Mac OS X
5 15 (2.54%) Windows 10
6 8 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.19%) Windows Server
8 6 (1.02%) Mac OS
9 5 (0.85%) AIX
9 5 (0.85%) CentOS
9 5 (0.85%) Solaris
9 5 (0.85%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.51%) Android
11 3 (0.51%) VMS
12 2 (0.34%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.34%) pSOS
12 2 (0.34%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.34%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 276 (46.78%) Agile Software Development
2 81 (13.73%) Test Automation
3 77 (13.05%) DevOps
4 61 (10.34%) TDD
5 58 (9.83%) Scrum
6 53 (8.98%) Migration
7 50 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
8 49 (8.31%) Continuous Integration
9 40 (6.78%) Analytics
10 39 (6.61%) Open Source
11 38 (6.44%) Microservices
12 36 (6.10%) Project Management
13 35 (5.93%) Project Delivery
13 35 (5.93%) User Stories
14 34 (5.76%) CRM
15 33 (5.59%) Configuration Management
15 33 (5.59%) Mentoring
15 33 (5.59%) Service Design
16 32 (5.42%) Business Intelligence
16 32 (5.42%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 98 (16.61%) Java
2 87 (14.75%) JavaScript
3 61 (10.34%) SQL
4 49 (8.31%) Python
5 41 (6.95%) Ruby
6 31 (5.25%) C#
7 20 (3.39%) Java 8
8 17 (2.88%) C
9 13 (2.20%) PowerShell
10 10 (1.69%) PHP
11 9 (1.53%) Scala
11 9 (1.53%) TypeScript
12 8 (1.36%) PHP 7
12 8 (1.36%) PL/SQL
12 8 (1.36%) T-SQL
13 7 (1.19%) C++
14 6 (1.02%) ES6
14 6 (1.02%) Go
14 6 (1.02%) MATLAB
15 5 (0.85%) R
Qualifications
1 316 (53.56%) Security Cleared
2 173 (29.32%) SC Cleared
3 89 (15.08%) DBS Check
4 27 (4.58%) BC Cleared
5 22 (3.73%) Degree
6 16 (2.71%) CCNA
6 16 (2.71%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (2.54%) CCDP
7 15 (2.54%) CCNP
8 11 (1.86%) DV Cleared
9 9 (1.53%) CCIP
10 6 (1.02%) CCDA
10 6 (1.02%) CCIE
11 4 (0.68%) AWS Certification
11 4 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.68%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.68%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.51%) ISEB
12 3 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.34%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (19.15%) Disclosure Scotland
2 47 (7.97%) QA
3 13 (2.20%) Data Quality
4 8 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.85%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.85%) PMO
5 5 (0.85%) SLA
6 4 (0.68%) WCAG
7 3 (0.51%) GDPR
7 3 (0.51%) RMADS
8 2 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.34%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
9 1 (0.17%) COSHH
9 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.17%) GMP
9 1 (0.17%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 19770
9 1 (0.17%) MISRA C
9 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 47 (7.97%) Docker
2 14 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.03%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.68%) Xen
5 2 (0.34%) KVM
5 2 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.17%) HDFS
6 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.17%) PowerDNS
6 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.17%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 35 (5.93%) Kubernetes
2 23 (3.90%) Ansible
3 20 (3.39%) Puppet
3 20 (3.39%) Terraform
4 14 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (1.36%) SCCM
6 6 (1.02%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (1.02%) Salt
7 4 (0.68%) Grafana
8 3 (0.51%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.51%) Matomo
8 3 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.34%) Consul
9 2 (0.34%) Nagios
9 2 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.34%) Packer
9 2 (0.34%) WSUS
10 1 (0.17%) Nessus
10 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 79 (13.39%) Microsoft
2 31 (5.25%) SAP
3 27 (4.58%) Oracle
4 20 (3.39%) Cisco
5 17 (2.88%) VMware
6 16 (2.71%) Google
6 16 (2.71%) Tableau
7 13 (2.20%) Red Hat
8 12 (2.03%) IBM
9 11 (1.86%) Ariba
9 11 (1.86%) Concur
10 9 (1.53%) Juniper
11 8 (1.36%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 8 (1.36%) Pega
12 7 (1.19%) HP
13 5 (0.85%) CheckPoint
13 5 (0.85%) Cloudera
13 5 (0.85%) Hortonworks
14 4 (0.68%) ServiceNow
14 4 (0.68%) Splunk