Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 277 308 320
Rank change year-on-year +31 +12 +31
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 371 589 826
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 0.82% 0.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.90% 3.82% 4.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 414 462 563
Median daily rate £493 £499 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +5.00% +10.47%
10th Percentile £295 £321 £313
90th Percentile £616 £675 £636
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £480 £463
% change year-on-year -8.85% +3.78% +15.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 38 25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -37.50% +22.37%
10th Percentile £17.00 £15.25 £20.99
90th Percentile £45.60 £43.75 £53.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £19.75 £36.23
% change year-on-year +26.58% -45.48% +23.21%

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 9,520 15,419 19,175
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.79% 21.34% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,227 9,943 11,773
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.26%
10th Percentile £277 £256 £256
90th Percentile £650 £640 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 637 853
Median hourly rate £40.25 £32.50 £26.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.85% +23.04% +14.85%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.00 £12.51
90th Percentile £64.65 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £38.25 £29.36 £26.50
% change year-on-year +30.30% +10.77% +6.00%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 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 +27 255 £490 -2.00% 52
UK excluding London +21 187 £438 -8.85% 43
Work from Home -80 146 £495 -4.81% 11
London +76 99 £500 -6.10% 16
North of England -8 59 £525 +6.06% 11
South East +107 34 £341 -19.82% 12
South West +45 33 £441 -16.89% 7
Yorkshire +31 25 £550 - 2
Scotland +23 24 £425 -5.56% 3
North West -7 19 £525 +10.53% 7
Wales +28 16 £320 -42.47% 3
Midlands +27 16 £331 -21.13% 4
West Midlands +36 15 £350 -17.65% 3
North East +4 15 £500 +5.26% 2
East of England +60 4 £320 +28.00% 2
East Midlands +27 1 £165 -60.00% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 186 (50.13%) Security Cleared
2 117 (31.54%) SC Cleared
3 116 (31.27%) Agile Software Development
4 80 (21.56%) Public Sector
5 67 (18.06%) Azure
6 49 (13.21%) DBS Check
7 43 (11.59%) DevOps
8 42 (11.32%) AWS
9 41 (11.05%) Python
10 40 (10.78%) Java
11 38 (10.24%) Microsoft
12 37 (9.97%) Analytical Skills
12 37 (9.97%) Problem-Solving
13 36 (9.70%) JavaScript
13 36 (9.70%) SQL
14 34 (9.16%) Migration
14 34 (9.16%) Git (software)
15 31 (8.36%) Test Automation
15 31 (8.36%) Jenkins
16 30 (8.09%) Decision-Making
17 29 (7.82%) Terraform
17 29 (7.82%) User Experience
17 29 (7.82%) Windows
18 27 (7.28%) Firewall
18 27 (7.28%) Software Engineering
19 26 (7.01%) QA
20 24 (6.47%) Finance
20 24 (6.47%) Docker
20 24 (6.47%) Disclosure Scotland
21 23 (6.20%) Ansible

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 11 (2.96%) Elasticsearch
2 9 (2.43%) Skype for Business
3 7 (1.89%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.62%) SAS
5 5 (1.35%) Apache Spark
5 5 (1.35%) Confluence
6 3 (0.81%) WildFly
7 2 (0.54%) CMS
7 2 (0.54%) IIS
7 2 (0.54%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.27%) Appian
8 1 (0.27%) Documentum
8 1 (0.27%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.27%) nginx
8 1 (0.27%) Smallworld
8 1 (0.27%) TPMS
8 1 (0.27%) Tuxedo
8 1 (0.27%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (4.85%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.62%) Stata
4 3 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.27%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.27%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.54%) Primavera
3 1 (0.27%) assyst
3 1 (0.27%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 67 (18.06%) Azure
2 42 (11.32%) AWS
3 13 (3.50%) Power Platform
4 9 (2.43%) Office 365
5 7 (1.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (1.89%) GitHub
6 6 (1.62%) GCP
7 5 (1.35%) Amazon Cognito
7 5 (1.35%) PaaS
7 5 (1.35%) PowerApps
8 4 (1.08%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.08%) Kong
8 4 (1.08%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.81%) Logic Apps
9 3 (0.81%) Serverless
10 2 (0.54%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 2 (0.54%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (7.28%) Firewall
2 19 (5.12%) WAN
3 17 (4.58%) LAN
4 13 (3.50%) VPN
5 12 (3.23%) Skype
5 12 (3.23%) VoIP
6 9 (2.43%) DNS
6 9 (2.43%) Internet
7 8 (2.16%) TCP/IP
8 7 (1.89%) Wireless
9 6 (1.62%) EIGRP
9 6 (1.62%) MPLS
9 6 (1.62%) Network Security
9 6 (1.62%) OSPF
9 6 (1.62%) RIP
9 6 (1.62%) SNMP
10 5 (1.35%) Ethernet
10 5 (1.35%) PPP
10 5 (1.35%) SAN
10 5 (1.35%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (2.70%) SQL Server
3 9 (2.43%) MongoDB
4 8 (2.16%) Power BI
4 8 (2.16%) Relational Database
4 8 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.35%) Apache Hive
5 5 (1.35%) Hadoop
6 4 (1.08%) MySQL
6 4 (1.08%) NoSQL
6 4 (1.08%) SAS Data Integration Studio
7 3 (0.81%) DB2
7 3 (0.81%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.54%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.54%) Data Mart
8 2 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.54%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 34 (9.16%) Git (software)
2 31 (8.36%) Jenkins
3 17 (4.58%) GitLab
4 11 (2.96%) Cucumber
4 11 (2.96%) JIRA
4 11 (2.96%) Selenium
5 9 (2.43%) JMeter
5 9 (2.43%) Maven
6 7 (1.89%) SonarQube
6 7 (1.89%) WebDriver
7 6 (1.62%) Artifactory
7 6 (1.62%) REST Assured
7 6 (1.62%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (1.62%) Visual Studio
8 5 (1.35%) CA Gen
8 5 (1.35%) Cypress.io
8 5 (1.35%) GoCD
8 5 (1.35%) gulp
8 5 (1.35%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (1.35%) SoapUI
General
1 80 (21.56%) Public Sector
2 24 (6.47%) Finance
3 17 (4.58%) Legal
4 12 (3.23%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.16%) Publishing
6 6 (1.62%) Digital Economy
7 3 (0.81%) Back Office
7 3 (0.81%) Electronics
7 3 (0.81%) Marketing
8 2 (0.54%) Fire and Rescue
8 2 (0.54%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.27%) Advertising
9 1 (0.27%) Brand Awareness
9 1 (0.27%) Local Government
9 1 (0.27%) Military
9 1 (0.27%) Police
9 1 (0.27%) Retail
9 1 (0.27%) Social Science
Job Titles
1 59 (15.90%) Developer
2 31 (8.36%) Analyst
3 29 (7.82%) Architect
4 23 (6.20%) Designer
5 22 (5.93%) Consultant
6 14 (3.77%) User Researcher
7 13 (3.50%) Network Engineer
8 12 (3.23%) Software Engineer
9 11 (2.96%) Business Analyst
9 11 (2.96%) Technical Architect
9 11 (2.96%) Test Engineer
10 10 (2.70%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 9 (2.43%) DevOps Engineer
11 9 (2.43%) Senior Manager
12 8 (2.16%) Delivery Manager
12 8 (2.16%) UX Designer
13 7 (1.89%) Content Designer
13 7 (1.89%) Data Manager
14 6 (1.62%) Azure Engineer
14 6 (1.62%) Transformation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.93%) HTML
2 19 (5.12%) CSS
2 19 (5.12%) Node.js
3 14 (3.77%) React
4 11 (2.96%) .NET
4 11 (2.96%) Spring
4 11 (2.96%) Spring Boot
5 9 (2.43%) REST
5 9 (2.43%) RESTful
6 8 (2.16%) AngularJS
6 8 (2.16%) Elastic Stack
6 8 (2.16%) XML
7 7 (1.89%) Express
7 7 (1.89%) HTML5
7 7 (1.89%) JAX-RS
8 6 (1.62%) Apache CXF
8 6 (1.62%) Dropwizard
8 6 (1.62%) Mongoose
8 6 (1.62%) RabbitMQ
8 6 (1.62%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 37 (9.97%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (7.82%) User Experience
3 17 (4.58%) NHS
4 16 (4.31%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.43%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (2.16%) Data Centre
7 5 (1.35%) Cloud Native
7 5 (1.35%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.35%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.35%) Social Media
8 3 (0.81%) Analytical Mindset
8 3 (0.81%) Blog
8 3 (0.81%) EMC VMAX
8 3 (0.81%) EMC VNX
8 3 (0.81%) HP Storage
8 3 (0.81%) HP StoreVirtual
8 3 (0.81%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.81%) PKI
9 2 (0.54%) Clustering
9 2 (0.54%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 29 (7.82%) Windows
2 19 (5.12%) Linux
3 13 (3.50%) Unix
4 9 (2.43%) Windows 10
5 5 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (1.35%) Windows Server
6 4 (1.08%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.81%) AIX
7 3 (0.81%) CentOS
7 3 (0.81%) Data ONTAP
7 3 (0.81%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.54%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.54%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.54%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.54%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.27%) Android
9 1 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (31.27%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (11.59%) DevOps
3 37 (9.97%) Problem-Solving
4 34 (9.16%) Migration
5 31 (8.36%) Test Automation
6 30 (8.09%) Decision-Making
7 27 (7.28%) Software Engineering
8 23 (6.20%) Service Management
9 21 (5.66%) Cybersecurity
10 20 (5.39%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
11 19 (5.12%) Microservices
12 18 (4.85%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (4.85%) Service Design
13 17 (4.58%) BDD
14 16 (4.31%) Coaching
14 16 (4.31%) Continuous Delivery
14 16 (4.31%) Customer Requirements
14 16 (4.31%) Front End Development
14 16 (4.31%) Stakeholder Management
15 15 (4.04%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 41 (11.05%) Python
2 40 (10.78%) Java
3 36 (9.70%) JavaScript
3 36 (9.70%) SQL
4 13 (3.50%) R
5 12 (3.23%) Bash Shell
6 10 (2.70%) Go
6 10 (2.70%) Perl
7 9 (2.43%) C#
7 9 (2.43%) PowerShell
8 8 (2.16%) Ruby
9 7 (1.89%) C
9 7 (1.89%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.62%) PL/SQL
10 6 (1.62%) TypeScript
11 4 (1.08%) Apex Code
11 4 (1.08%) Scala
12 3 (0.81%) Korn
12 3 (0.81%) Kotlin
12 3 (0.81%) VBA
Qualifications
1 186 (50.13%) Security Cleared
2 117 (31.54%) SC Cleared
3 49 (13.21%) DBS Check
4 21 (5.66%) BC Cleared
5 15 (4.04%) Degree
6 12 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (2.96%) CCNA
8 10 (2.70%) CCNP
9 6 (1.62%) CCDP
10 5 (1.35%) CCIP
10 5 (1.35%) CISSP
10 5 (1.35%) ISEB
10 5 (1.35%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.08%) CCIE
11 4 (1.08%) DV Cleared
12 3 (0.81%) CISM
12 3 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.54%) JNCIA
13 2 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 2 (0.54%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (7.01%) QA
2 24 (6.47%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.89%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.35%) NCSC
6 4 (1.08%) WCAG
7 3 (0.81%) Actionable Recommendations
7 3 (0.81%) SLA
8 2 (0.54%) GDPR
8 2 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.27%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.27%) ECSS
9 1 (0.27%) HL7
9 1 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.27%) IFRS
9 1 (0.27%) ISO 31000
9 1 (0.27%) NIST
9 1 (0.27%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (6.47%) Docker
2 15 (4.04%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (1.35%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.54%) BitLocker
5 2 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.54%) vSphere
6 1 (0.27%) Firmware
6 1 (0.27%) GlusterFS
6 1 (0.27%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.27%) LXC
6 1 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.27%) XenApp
6 1 (0.27%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (7.82%) Terraform
2 23 (6.20%) Ansible
2 23 (6.20%) Kubernetes
3 10 (2.70%) Puppet
4 9 (2.43%) Kibana
4 9 (2.43%) SCCM
5 8 (2.16%) logstash
5 8 (2.16%) ZABBIX
6 6 (1.62%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (1.35%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (1.35%) Rundeck
8 3 (0.81%) Avamar
8 3 (0.81%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.54%) Istio
9 2 (0.54%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.27%) Grafana
10 1 (0.27%) Packer
10 1 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.27%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 1 (0.27%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 38 (10.24%) Microsoft
2 21 (5.66%) Cisco
3 14 (3.77%) IBM
4 12 (3.23%) Oracle
5 10 (2.70%) Juniper
5 10 (2.70%) VMware
6 8 (2.16%) Google
7 7 (1.89%) AppDynamics
7 7 (1.89%) Atlassian
7 7 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (1.62%) Dell
9 5 (1.35%) CA
9 5 (1.35%) HP
9 5 (1.35%) SaltStack
9 5 (1.35%) SAP
9 5 (1.35%) ServiceNow
10 4 (1.08%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 4 (1.08%) EMC
11 3 (0.81%) Citrix
11 3 (0.81%) NetApp