Period
to 21 October 2017

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 21 October 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
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 333 254 502
Rank change year-on-year -79 +248 -39
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 731 1061 446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 1.00% 0.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.96% 4.75% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 487 753 324
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.90% -2.06%
10th Percentile £247 £228 £263
90th Percentile £577 £586 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £400
% change year-on-year +1.02% -1.01% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 31 14
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £40.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -31.18% +4.32%
10th Percentile £12.75 £15.00 £12.40
90th Percentile £40.80 £53.75 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +25.00% -28.88% -31.53%

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 18477 22333 22265
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.03% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11279 13858 13328
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 846 1092
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +12.50% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.76
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 21 October 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 6 months to 21 October 2017.

Contractor 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 21 October 2017. 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 -86 646 £425 +6.25% 17
UK excluding London -14 516 £400 +1.02% 13
London -119 197 £475 +5.56% 5
South East +68 141 £350 -12.50% 1
North of England -89 123 £400 +8.11% 8
South West +50 99 £425 +4.62% 3
Midlands +20 61 £375 -6.25%
North East -25 57 £338 +12.50% 8
Wales +38 43 £438 +9.38%
West Midlands +22 38 £380 -5.00%
North West -41 35 £400 -9.09%
Yorkshire +5 33 £430 -6.52%
Scotland +22 26 £463 +44.53% 1
East of England -6 25 £360 -10.00%
East Midlands -6 25 £290 -34.09%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 417 (57.05%) Security Cleared
2 255 (34.88%) Agile Software Development
3 186 (25.44%) Disclosure Scotland
4 148 (20.25%) Project Management
5 128 (17.51%) SC Cleared
6 93 (12.72%) Java
7 88 (12.04%) SQL
8 79 (10.81%) Microsoft
9 78 (10.67%) ITIL
9 78 (10.67%) Change Management
10 76 (10.40%) Degree
11 73 (9.99%) Motorola
11 73 (9.99%) Finance
12 71 (9.71%) Test Automation
13 68 (9.30%) Scrum
14 67 (9.17%) Linux
15 65 (8.89%) JavaScript
16 63 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
17 61 (8.34%) Git (software)
18 60 (8.21%) Windows
19 57 (7.80%) Stakeholder Management
20 56 (7.66%) JIRA
21 51 (6.98%) Open Source
21 51 (6.98%) PRINCE2
22 46 (6.29%) Service Delivery
23 45 (6.16%) Migration
24 44 (6.02%) Service Management
25 43 (5.88%) Unix
25 43 (5.88%) Confluence
25 43 (5.88%) Mentoring

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 43 (5.88%) Confluence
2 24 (3.28%) SharePoint
3 19 (2.60%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (2.05%) MS Exchange
5 12 (1.64%) Tomcat
6 11 (1.50%) JBoss
7 9 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (1.09%) CMS
9 7 (0.96%) Apache
9 7 (0.96%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.82%) WildFly
11 5 (0.68%) Drupal
11 5 (0.68%) iPlanet
11 5 (0.68%) Oracle Application Server
11 5 (0.68%) SAS
11 5 (0.68%) WebSphere
Applications
1 27 (3.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (3.56%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (2.19%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.82%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.27%) OrCAD
7 2 (0.27%) Windchill
8 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.14%) SPSS
8 1 (0.14%) Stata
Business Applications
1 13 (1.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.09%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.68%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.27%) Oracle 11i
5 2 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.27%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.14%) Actimize
6 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.14%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.14%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.14%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.14%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 33 (4.51%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (3.97%) Office 365
3 22 (3.01%) PaaS
4 16 (2.19%) Serverless
5 14 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (1.09%) Slack
7 7 (0.96%) G Suite
8 6 (0.82%) Google Analytics
9 5 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
9 5 (0.68%) SaaS
10 4 (0.55%) GitHub
10 4 (0.55%) Trello
11 3 (0.41%) Google Drive
11 3 (0.41%) IaaS
11 3 (0.41%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.27%) Yammer
13 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.14%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.14%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.14%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 30 (4.10%) DNS
2 20 (2.74%) Internet
3 19 (2.60%) HTTP
4 17 (2.33%) DHCP
5 16 (2.19%) TCP/IP
6 15 (2.05%) Firewall
7 13 (1.78%) WAN
8 12 (1.64%) LAN
8 12 (1.64%) LTE
9 10 (1.37%) SAN
9 10 (1.37%) Skype
10 9 (1.23%) 4G
10 9 (1.23%) MVNO
11 8 (1.09%) Wireless
12 7 (0.96%) WLAN
13 6 (0.82%) Network Security
13 6 (0.82%) SMS
13 6 (0.82%) SSL
14 5 (0.68%) LDAP
14 5 (0.68%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (4.51%) Relational Database
2 30 (4.10%) MongoDB
3 27 (3.69%) SQL Server
4 21 (2.87%) PostgreSQL
5 18 (2.46%) NoSQL
6 17 (2.33%) MySQL
7 13 (1.78%) RDBMS
8 12 (1.64%) DB2
9 8 (1.09%) Big Data
10 7 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.82%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
12 5 (0.68%) Apache Hive
12 5 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
12 5 (0.68%) MS Access
13 4 (0.55%) BusinessObjects
13 4 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
13 4 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
14 3 (0.41%) SAP HANA
14 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 61 (8.34%) Git (software)
2 56 (7.66%) JIRA
3 32 (4.38%) Jenkins
4 24 (3.28%) JUnit
5 22 (3.01%) Subversion
6 13 (1.78%) Cucumber
6 13 (1.78%) Mockito
7 12 (1.64%) Maven
8 11 (1.50%) Vagrant
9 10 (1.37%) JMeter
9 10 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (1.23%) Visual Studio
11 8 (1.09%) Protractor
11 8 (1.09%) SoapUI
12 7 (0.96%) Jasmine
12 7 (0.96%) Selenium
13 6 (0.82%) Checkstyle
13 6 (0.82%) SonarQube
14 5 (0.68%) Liquibase
15 4 (0.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 73 (9.99%) Finance
2 37 (5.06%) Telecoms
3 12 (1.64%) Legal
4 10 (1.37%) Publishing
5 9 (1.23%) Manufacturing
6 6 (0.82%) Marketing
7 4 (0.55%) Back Office
7 4 (0.55%) Banking
7 4 (0.55%) Billing
7 4 (0.55%) Electronics
7 4 (0.55%) Law
8 3 (0.41%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.41%) Local Government
9 2 (0.27%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.14%) Avionics
10 1 (0.14%) Digital Economy
10 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.14%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.14%) Military
10 1 (0.14%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 123 (16.83%) Developer
2 89 (12.18%) Analyst
3 75 (10.26%) Architect
4 72 (9.85%) Project Manager
5 59 (8.07%) Java Developer
6 36 (4.92%) Delivery Manager
7 32 (4.38%) Business Analyst
8 25 (3.42%) Consultant
8 25 (3.42%) Technical Architect
9 21 (2.87%) Test Analyst
10 20 (2.74%) Senior Manager
11 17 (2.33%) Solutions Architect
12 15 (2.05%) Agile Developer
12 15 (2.05%) Designer
12 15 (2.05%) Service Manager
13 13 (1.78%) Senior Project Manager
14 12 (1.64%) Data Architect
14 12 (1.64%) Network Engineer
14 12 (1.64%) User Researcher
15 11 (1.50%) Agile Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (5.88%) RESTful
2 41 (5.61%) HTML
3 37 (5.06%) CSS
4 36 (4.92%) REST
5 34 (4.65%) Web Services
6 28 (3.83%) .NET
7 25 (3.42%) XML
8 24 (3.28%) JSON
9 18 (2.46%) Dropwizard
9 18 (2.46%) JAX-RS
9 18 (2.46%) Node.js
9 18 (2.46%) Spring
10 17 (2.33%) SOAP
11 14 (1.92%) AngularJS
12 10 (1.37%) jQuery
13 9 (1.23%) Hibernate
13 9 (1.23%) Java EE
13 9 (1.23%) JMS
14 8 (1.09%) Middleware
14 8 (1.09%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 63 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (5.47%) Management Information System
2 40 (5.47%) User Experience
3 26 (3.56%) NHS
4 23 (3.15%) Data Centre
5 20 (2.74%) Computer Science
6 15 (2.05%) PKI
7 13 (1.78%) Data Structures
8 10 (1.37%) Clustering
9 8 (1.09%) Reference Data
10 7 (0.96%) CMDB
10 7 (0.96%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (0.96%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (0.82%) Replication
12 5 (0.68%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.55%) Freedom of Information
13 4 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.41%) Mobile App
14 3 (0.41%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 67 (9.17%) Linux
2 60 (8.21%) Windows
3 43 (5.88%) Unix
4 21 (2.87%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.92%) Solaris
6 13 (1.78%) Mac OS X
6 13 (1.78%) Windows 10
7 12 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.23%) AIX
8 9 (1.23%) Android
8 9 (1.23%) Apple iOS
8 9 (1.23%) HPUX
8 9 (1.23%) Mac OS
8 9 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.96%) SUSE
10 6 (0.82%) VMS
11 5 (0.68%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.55%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 255 (34.88%) Agile Software Development
2 148 (20.25%) Project Management
3 78 (10.67%) Change Management
3 78 (10.67%) ITIL
4 71 (9.71%) Test Automation
5 68 (9.30%) Scrum
6 57 (7.80%) Stakeholder Management
7 51 (6.98%) Open Source
7 51 (6.98%) PRINCE2
8 46 (6.29%) Service Delivery
9 45 (6.16%) Migration
10 44 (6.02%) Service Management
11 43 (5.88%) DevOps
11 43 (5.88%) Mentoring
12 39 (5.34%) Coaching
13 37 (5.06%) Service Design
14 36 (4.92%) Programme Management
15 35 (4.79%) Software Delivery
16 34 (4.65%) User Stories
17 32 (4.38%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 93 (12.72%) Java
2 88 (12.04%) SQL
3 65 (8.89%) JavaScript
4 39 (5.34%) Python
5 23 (3.15%) C#
6 19 (2.60%) Ruby
7 15 (2.05%) Scala
8 11 (1.50%) Perl
9 9 (1.23%) Bash Shell
9 9 (1.23%) PowerShell
10 8 (1.09%) C-shell
10 8 (1.09%) Go
10 8 (1.09%) Korn
11 6 (0.82%) C
11 6 (0.82%) JPQL
11 6 (0.82%) VBA
12 5 (0.68%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.68%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.68%) XPath
12 5 (0.68%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 417 (57.05%) Security Cleared
2 128 (17.51%) SC Cleared
3 76 (10.40%) Degree
4 19 (2.60%) ISTQB
4 19 (2.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (2.46%) Microsoft Certification
6 16 (2.19%) CTC Cleared
7 13 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
8 11 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.37%) ISEB
10 7 (0.96%) BC Cleared
10 7 (0.96%) HND
11 6 (0.82%) CCNA
11 6 (0.82%) CISSP
11 6 (0.82%) DBS Check
11 6 (0.82%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 4 (0.55%) CCNP
12 4 (0.55%) CESG Certified Professional
12 4 (0.55%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (25.44%) Disclosure Scotland
2 31 (4.24%) PMO
3 21 (2.87%) QA
4 18 (2.46%) SLA
5 12 (1.64%) Data Quality
6 9 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 8 (1.09%) HL7
7 8 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (0.82%) GDPR
9 4 (0.55%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.55%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.41%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.41%) PSD2
11 2 (0.27%) COBIT
11 2 (0.27%) ECSS
11 2 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.14%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.14%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 41 (5.61%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (1.78%) Hyper-V
4 12 (1.64%) XenApp
5 11 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
6 10 (1.37%) Docker
7 9 (1.23%) XenDesktop
7 9 (1.23%) XenServer
8 5 (0.68%) Samba
9 4 (0.55%) VirtualBox
10 3 (0.41%) KVM
10 3 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.27%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 2 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.27%) vSphere
12 1 (0.14%) Time Sharing Option
12 1 (0.14%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 16 (2.19%) SCCM
2 14 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.92%) Netcool
3 11 (1.50%) Ansible
4 9 (1.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (0.96%) Tivoli
6 6 (0.82%) Puppet
7 5 (0.68%) OpenView
8 3 (0.41%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.41%) Marathon
9 2 (0.27%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.27%) Grafana
9 2 (0.27%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.27%) Kibana
9 2 (0.27%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.27%) logstash
9 2 (0.27%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.27%) vCenter Server
10 1 (0.14%) OMEGAMON
10 1 (0.14%) WSUS
Vendors
1 79 (10.81%) Microsoft
2 73 (9.99%) Motorola
3 36 (4.92%) Oracle
3 36 (4.92%) VMware
4 32 (4.38%) HP
5 25 (3.42%) SAP
6 23 (3.15%) Citrix
7 21 (2.87%) Google
8 17 (2.33%) Cisco
8 17 (2.33%) IBM
9 14 (1.92%) Red Hat
10 11 (1.50%) AppSense
10 11 (1.50%) Remedy
11 9 (1.23%) BMC
11 9 (1.23%) F5
12 7 (0.96%) Ericsson
13 6 (0.82%) CA Agile Central
13 6 (0.82%) Tableau
13 6 (0.82%) WSO2
14 5 (0.68%) MuleSoft