Period
to 24 January 2020

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 2020 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 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 305 312 348
Rank change year-on-year +7 +36 -45
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 589 826 712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.83% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.82% 4.31% 3.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 520 496
UK median daily rate £491 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.37% +11.76% -
10th Percentile £312 £313 £250
90th Percentile £669 £646 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £463 £400
% change year-on-year +2.70% +15.63% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 25 17
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £32.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.38% +6.67% +4.35%
10th Percentile £15.42 £20.99 £12.75
90th Percentile £43.75 £53.94 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £36.23 £35.00
% change year-on-year -43.41% +3.50% +27.27%

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 15,406 19,165 19,203
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.33% 19.24% 19.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,487 11,409 11,828
UK median daily rate £458 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.67% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £256 £256 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 717 901 843
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.72 £24.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.89% +14.95% -3.92%
10th Percentile £14.36 £12.57 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.25 £27.50 £25.69
% change year-on-year +24.55% +7.05% -5.72%

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020. 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 +6 502 £488 +2.63% 67
UK excluding London +12 432 £475 +2.70% 63
North of England +51 189 £487 -2.55% 17
London +16 132 £515 +3.00% 8
North West +61 94 £475 -13.64% 8
South West +3 77 £531 +14.81% 16
South East 0 56 £426 +10.65% 12
North East +30 50 £475 +5.56% 4
Scotland +28 49 £450 -5.26% 4
Yorkshire +4 47 £550 +10.00% 5
Midlands +16 43 £415 -7.78% 11
West Midlands +13 25 £420 -6.67% 7
East Midlands +7 18 £413 -8.84% 4
Wales -7 15 £575 +15.00%
East of England +28 6 £250 -51.92% 3

For the 6 months to 24 January 2020, 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.

1 305 (51.78%) Security Cleared
2 232 (39.39%) Agile Software Development
3 194 (32.94%) SC Cleared
4 173 (29.37%) Public Sector
5 114 (19.35%) Java
6 103 (17.49%) Microsoft
7 99 (16.81%) Azure
8 98 (16.64%) JavaScript
9 88 (14.94%) DevOps
10 87 (14.77%) DBS Check
11 79 (13.41%) AWS
12 78 (13.24%) Test Automation
12 78 (13.24%) Disclosure Scotland
13 61 (10.36%) Migration
14 58 (9.85%) Finance
15 55 (9.34%) Scrum
16 54 (9.17%) Linux
17 51 (8.66%) Telecoms
17 51 (8.66%) Microservices
18 50 (8.49%) HTML
19 49 (8.32%) Continuous Integration
19 49 (8.32%) Open Source
20 48 (8.15%) ITIL
20 48 (8.15%) DNS
20 48 (8.15%) TDD
21 46 (7.81%) SQL
21 46 (7.81%) Continuous Deployment
22 45 (7.64%) Self-Motivation
22 45 (7.64%) Python
23 44 (7.47%) Windows

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 24 (4.07%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.21%) Apache
3 12 (2.04%) IIS
3 12 (2.04%) Jetty
3 12 (2.04%) Mongrel
3 12 (2.04%) nginx
3 12 (2.04%) Skype for Business
3 12 (2.04%) Tomcat
3 12 (2.04%) WebSphere
4 9 (1.53%) Confluence
5 8 (1.36%) ArcGIS
6 6 (1.02%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.85%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.85%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.68%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.34%) JBoss
9 2 (0.34%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.17%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.17%) CMS
Applications
1 23 (3.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (3.06%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (2.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (2.21%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.85%) Simulink
6 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.34%) XMetaL
8 1 (0.17%) CATIA
8 1 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.17%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 37 (6.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.87%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.68%) SAP S/4HANA
4 3 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.51%) Primavera
4 3 (0.51%) Siebel CRM
5 2 (0.34%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.34%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.17%) SAP WM
6 1 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.17%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 99 (16.81%) Azure
2 79 (13.41%) AWS
3 35 (5.94%) Dynamics 365
4 33 (5.60%) Serverless
5 32 (5.43%) Power Platform
6 28 (4.75%) Office 365
7 20 (3.40%) Azure Functions
7 20 (3.40%) SaaS
8 19 (3.23%) Azure Active Directory
9 18 (3.06%) GCP
10 15 (2.55%) PaaS
11 14 (2.38%) Cloud Computing
11 14 (2.38%) IaaS
12 12 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
12 12 (2.04%) GitHub
12 12 (2.04%) Google App Engine
13 10 (1.70%) npm
14 9 (1.53%) Microsoft Flow
15 8 (1.36%) OneDrive
15 8 (1.36%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 48 (8.15%) DNS
2 43 (7.30%) Internet
3 34 (5.77%) TCP/IP
4 29 (4.92%) WAN
5 27 (4.58%) IPsec
6 26 (4.41%) MPLS
7 24 (4.07%) VPN
8 23 (3.90%) Ethernet
9 22 (3.74%) Firewall
9 22 (3.74%) HTTP
9 22 (3.74%) LAN
10 21 (3.57%) BGP
10 21 (3.57%) OSPF
11 19 (3.23%) Unified Communications
12 16 (2.72%) DHCP
13 15 (2.55%) SSL
13 15 (2.55%) VoIP
14 14 (2.38%) FTP
14 14 (2.38%) Skype
14 14 (2.38%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (5.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 33 (5.60%) MongoDB
3 31 (5.26%) Power BI
4 27 (4.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 26 (4.41%) Relational Database
5 26 (4.41%) SQL Server
6 11 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (1.70%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.53%) Geospatial Data
8 9 (1.53%) GIS
8 9 (1.53%) NoSQL
9 8 (1.36%) Big Data
9 8 (1.36%) RDBMS
10 7 (1.19%) Hadoop
10 7 (1.19%) Oracle BI EE
10 7 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
11 6 (1.02%) MySQL
12 4 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.68%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 38 (6.45%) Jenkins
2 35 (5.94%) Git (software)
3 23 (3.90%) Visual Studio
4 21 (3.57%) JIRA
5 19 (3.23%) Selenium
6 15 (2.55%) GitLab
6 15 (2.55%) JUnit
7 14 (2.38%) Travis CI
8 10 (1.70%) JMeter
9 9 (1.53%) Cucumber
9 9 (1.53%) Spock
10 8 (1.36%) Grunt
10 8 (1.36%) gulp
11 6 (1.02%) Mockito
12 4 (0.68%) Gatling
12 4 (0.68%) Protractor
12 4 (0.68%) SonarQube
12 4 (0.68%) Subversion
13 3 (0.51%) Maven
13 3 (0.51%) REST Assured
General
1 173 (29.37%) Public Sector
2 58 (9.85%) Finance
3 51 (8.66%) Telecoms
4 19 (3.23%) Manufacturing
5 13 (2.21%) Legal
6 12 (2.04%) Electronics
7 10 (1.70%) Marketing
8 5 (0.85%) Retail
9 4 (0.68%) Law
9 4 (0.68%) Military
10 2 (0.34%) Avionics
10 2 (0.34%) Banking
10 2 (0.34%) Publishing
11 1 (0.17%) Advertising
11 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.17%) Back Office
11 1 (0.17%) Billing
11 1 (0.17%) French Language
11 1 (0.17%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 142 (24.11%) Developer
2 78 (13.24%) Architect
3 47 (7.98%) Analyst
4 35 (5.94%) Designer
5 28 (4.75%) Java Developer
5 28 (4.75%) Technical Architect
6 27 (4.58%) Consultant
7 21 (3.57%) Business Analyst
7 21 (3.57%) Network Engineer
8 19 (3.23%) Solutions Architect
9 17 (2.89%) JavaScript Developer
10 16 (2.72%) Digital Developer
11 15 (2.55%) Senior Architect
11 15 (2.55%) Subject Matter Expert
12 14 (2.38%) Lead Developer
12 14 (2.38%) Senior Developer
13 12 (2.04%) DevOps Engineer
13 12 (2.04%) Project Manager
13 12 (2.04%) Software Developer
14 11 (1.87%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (8.49%) HTML
2 44 (7.47%) CSS
3 43 (7.30%) .NET
4 40 (6.79%) Node.js
5 32 (5.43%) RESTful
6 26 (4.41%) React
6 26 (4.41%) Web Services
7 25 (4.24%) XML
8 23 (3.90%) AngularJS
8 23 (3.90%) ASP.NET
9 18 (3.06%) JSON
9 18 (3.06%) Spring
10 15 (2.55%) J2EE
10 15 (2.55%) REST
11 13 (2.21%) RabbitMQ
11 13 (2.21%) Spring Boot
11 13 (2.21%) Vue.js
12 12 (2.04%) Ruby on Rails
12 12 (2.04%) Servlets
13 10 (1.70%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 45 (7.64%) Self-Motivation
2 27 (4.58%) Data Centre
3 26 (4.41%) User Experience
4 21 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
6 14 (2.38%) Management Information System
7 13 (2.21%) Public Cloud
8 8 (1.36%) Blog
8 8 (1.36%) NHS
9 5 (0.85%) Data Structures
9 5 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
9 5 (0.85%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (0.68%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.68%) e-Learning
10 4 (0.68%) Mainframe
10 4 (0.68%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.68%) Reference Data
11 3 (0.51%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 3 (0.51%) Graphic Design
11 3 (0.51%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 54 (9.17%) Linux
2 44 (7.47%) Windows
3 31 (5.26%) Unix
4 17 (2.89%) Windows 10
5 8 (1.36%) Mac OS
5 8 (1.36%) Mac OS X
6 6 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.85%) CentOS
8 4 (0.68%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.68%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.51%) VMS
10 2 (0.34%) VME
11 1 (0.17%) AIX
11 1 (0.17%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.17%) HPUX
11 1 (0.17%) Solaris
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.17%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (39.39%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (14.94%) DevOps
3 78 (13.24%) Test Automation
4 61 (10.36%) Migration
5 55 (9.34%) Scrum
6 51 (8.66%) Microservices
7 49 (8.32%) Continuous Integration
7 49 (8.32%) Open Source
8 48 (8.15%) ITIL
8 48 (8.15%) TDD
9 46 (7.81%) Continuous Deployment
10 42 (7.13%) CRM
11 38 (6.45%) Service Delivery
12 37 (6.28%) Service Design
13 34 (5.77%) Analytics
13 34 (5.77%) Kanban
13 34 (5.77%) User Stories
14 32 (5.43%) Mentoring
14 32 (5.43%) Pair Programming
15 30 (5.09%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 114 (19.35%) Java
2 98 (16.64%) JavaScript
3 46 (7.81%) SQL
4 45 (7.64%) Python
5 32 (5.43%) Ruby
6 31 (5.26%) Java 8
7 24 (4.07%) C#
8 18 (3.06%) C
9 17 (2.89%) Bash Shell
10 15 (2.55%) PowerShell
11 14 (2.38%) TypeScript
12 13 (2.21%) ES6
13 10 (1.70%) Clojure
14 7 (1.19%) C++
14 7 (1.19%) Go
14 7 (1.19%) PL/SQL
14 7 (1.19%) Scala
15 5 (0.85%) MATLAB
15 5 (0.85%) Perl
16 3 (0.51%) LotusScript
Qualifications
1 305 (51.78%) Security Cleared
2 194 (32.94%) SC Cleared
3 87 (14.77%) DBS Check
4 34 (5.77%) BC Cleared
5 23 (3.90%) CCNA
5 23 (3.90%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (3.74%) CCNP
6 22 (3.74%) Degree
7 16 (2.72%) CCDP
8 13 (2.21%) CCIP
9 7 (1.19%) CCDA
10 6 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.85%) CCIE
11 5 (0.85%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.68%) AWS Certification
13 3 (0.51%) CTC Cleared
13 3 (0.51%) HNC
13 3 (0.51%) Postgraduate
14 2 (0.34%) HND
14 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (13.24%) Disclosure Scotland
2 31 (5.26%) QA
3 14 (2.38%) SLA
4 11 (1.87%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (1.53%) Data Quality
6 8 (1.36%) GDPR
7 7 (1.19%) PMO
8 6 (1.02%) NCSC
9 5 (0.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 5 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.51%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.51%) NIST
10 3 (0.51%) NIST 800
10 3 (0.51%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.34%) RMADS
12 1 (0.17%) COSHH
12 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.17%) GMP
System Software
1 23 (3.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (3.74%) Active Directory
3 17 (2.89%) Docker
4 12 (2.04%) Xen
5 5 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.51%) HDFS
6 3 (0.51%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.17%) Firmware
8 1 (0.17%) Snort
8 1 (0.17%) vCloud
8 1 (0.17%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.17%) vSphere
8 1 (0.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (4.07%) Puppet
2 21 (3.57%) Ansible
3 19 (3.23%) Kubernetes
4 17 (2.89%) Terraform
5 12 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (1.02%) SCCM
7 3 (0.51%) Consul
7 3 (0.51%) Nagios
7 3 (0.51%) Packer
8 2 (0.34%) Amdocs OSS
8 2 (0.34%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.34%) HP ALM
8 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.34%) Salt
8 2 (0.34%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.34%) WSUS
9 1 (0.17%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.17%) Kibana
9 1 (0.17%) logstash
Vendors
1 103 (17.49%) Microsoft
2 42 (7.13%) Oracle
3 28 (4.75%) Cisco
4 24 (4.07%) Google
4 24 (4.07%) VMware
5 22 (3.74%) SAP
6 11 (1.87%) IBM
6 11 (1.87%) Juniper
6 11 (1.87%) Sparx
7 10 (1.70%) HP
7 10 (1.70%) Red Hat
8 9 (1.53%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 8 (1.36%) ESRI
10 7 (1.19%) Pega
11 6 (1.02%) Informatica
12 5 (0.85%) Cognos
12 5 (0.85%) Hortonworks
12 5 (0.85%) Salesforce.com
13 4 (0.68%) Cloudera
13 4 (0.68%) Talend