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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
UK
Rank 308 331 434
Rank change year-on-year +23 +103  
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 321 349 193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.66% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.41% 3.15% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 240 146
Median daily rate £425 £400 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -6.97%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £640 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £375 £448
% change year-on-year +11.33% -16.20%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 0
Median hourly rate £13.00 £42.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -69.41% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £42.50 -
% change year-on-year -69.41% -  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9414 11094 10598
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.78% 20.85% 20.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5980 6917 6023
Median daily rate £420 £405 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 405 479
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

BPSS Clearance
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing BPSS Clearance as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BPSS Clearance in the UK

BPSS Clearance
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +8 290 £425 +6.25% 17
London +48 122 £463 -7.50% 4
South East +25 33 £325 -7.14%
South West +13 31 £463 +23.33% 3
West Midlands +28 27 £463 +36.02% 2
East of England +11 25 £438 +28.67%
Hampshire +25 20 £413 +17.85%
North West -2 19 £450 +15.38%
Devon +12 18 £500 +42.75% 1
North East -40 18 £388 +21.09% 7
Wales +15 17 £463 +23.33%
City of London +13 16 £469 +1.35% 2
Tyne and Wear -41 16 £388 +22.04% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -41 15 £388 +23.01% 7
Yorkshire -5 12 £375 -16.66% 1
Merseyside - 12 £300 -
Liverpool - 12 £300 -
Essex - 12 £450 -
Basingstoke +17 11 £413 +10.00%
Cardiff +20 10 £444 +10.93%
South Wales +16 10 £463 +15.62%
Plymouth +3 9 £500 +42.75%
Exeter - 9 £500 -
Southend-on-Sea - 9 £488 -
Scotland +26 8 £375 +1.35%
Norfolk +1 8 £377 +10.95%
Birmingham 0 8 £475 +46.15%
Shropshire +38 7 £513 -
Telford +38 7 £513 -
East Midlands -6 7 £423 +11.18%

BPSS Clearance
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 382 (57.10%) Security Cleared
2 274 (40.96%) Agile Software Development
3 186 (27.80%) Disclosure Scotland
4 147 (21.97%) SC Cleared
5 133 (19.88%) Finance
6 123 (18.39%) Java
7 99 (14.80%) Linux
8 80 (11.96%) Scrum
9 78 (11.66%) Project Management
10 70 (10.46%) Windows
11 67 (10.01%) ITIL
11 67 (10.01%) Git (software)
12 65 (9.72%) SQL
13 64 (9.57%) Oracle
14 62 (9.27%) Unix
14 62 (9.27%) Open Source
15 61 (9.12%) JavaScript
15 61 (9.12%) Microsoft
16 55 (8.22%) PostgreSQL
16 55 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
17 54 (8.07%) TDD
18 53 (7.92%) HTML
19 50 (7.47%) Web Services
20 49 (7.32%) JIRA
21 48 (7.17%) MongoDB
21 48 (7.17%) DevOps
22 47 (7.03%) Jenkins
23 46 (6.88%) Continuous Integration
23 46 (6.88%) Configuration Management
24 45 (6.73%) REST

BPSS Clearance
Top Related 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 44 (6.58%) Confluence
2 29 (4.33%) SharePoint
3 16 (2.39%) Apache
4 14 (2.09%) Cloud Foundry
4 14 (2.09%) WebLogic
5 12 (1.79%) JBoss
6 9 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (1.35%) MS Exchange
7 8 (1.20%) IIS
7 8 (1.20%) nginx
8 7 (1.05%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 7 (1.05%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
9 6 (0.90%) CMS
9 6 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (0.90%) Oracle Application Server
9 6 (0.90%) SAS
9 6 (0.90%) Skype for Business
10 5 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 35 (5.23%) MS Excel
2 20 (2.99%) MS Office
3 15 (2.24%) MS PowerPoint
3 15 (2.24%) MS Project
4 7 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.30%) InVision
6 2 (0.30%) Siemens NX
6 2 (0.30%) Stata
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (1.64%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (1.05%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.30%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.15%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.15%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.15%) SAP PS
6 1 (0.15%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 33 (4.93%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (3.89%) PaaS
3 19 (2.84%) Office 365
4 18 (2.69%) SaaS
5 17 (2.54%) IaaS
5 17 (2.54%) Microsoft Azure
6 10 (1.49%) GitHub
7 8 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (1.05%) Amazon S3
8 7 (1.05%) Slack
9 5 (0.75%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.60%) TestFlight
10 4 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.45%) Heroku
11 3 (0.45%) OpenShift
11 3 (0.45%) Route 53
11 3 (0.45%) SuccessFactors
12 2 (0.30%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.30%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 30 (4.48%) HTTP
2 25 (3.74%) DNS
3 24 (3.59%) TCP/IP
4 22 (3.29%) WAN
5 18 (2.69%) LAN
6 16 (2.39%) Firewall
7 14 (2.09%) SSL
8 13 (1.94%) Internet
9 11 (1.64%) DHCP
10 10 (1.49%) VPN
11 8 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.05%) Intranet
13 6 (0.90%) SAN
13 6 (0.90%) WLAN
14 5 (0.75%) OpenLDAP
15 4 (0.60%) BGP
15 4 (0.60%) EIGRP
15 4 (0.60%) LDAP
15 4 (0.60%) Network Security
15 4 (0.60%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (8.22%) PostgreSQL
2 48 (7.17%) MongoDB
3 40 (5.98%) Relational Database
4 21 (3.14%) Big Data
5 20 (2.99%) MySQL
6 19 (2.84%) Hadoop
7 18 (2.69%) Oracle Database
8 15 (2.24%) NoSQL
9 14 (2.09%) HBase
9 14 (2.09%) SQL Server
10 13 (1.94%) Neo4j
11 9 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
12 7 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
12 7 (1.05%) Oracle Database 11g
12 7 (1.05%) Redis
13 6 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
14 5 (0.75%) Oracle Database 12c
14 5 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
15 4 (0.60%) RDBMS
15 4 (0.60%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 67 (10.01%) Git (software)
2 49 (7.32%) JIRA
3 47 (7.03%) Jenkins
4 31 (4.63%) Cucumber
5 21 (3.14%) Subversion
6 17 (2.54%) Selenium
7 15 (2.24%) Bitbucket
7 15 (2.24%) Maven
8 11 (1.64%) IntelliJ
8 11 (1.64%) JUnit
8 11 (1.64%) SoapUI
9 10 (1.49%) HP UFT
9 10 (1.49%) Jasmine
10 9 (1.35%) Gradle
10 9 (1.35%) StarTeam
11 8 (1.20%) Mockito
11 8 (1.20%) Visual Studio
12 7 (1.05%) Artifactory
12 7 (1.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (1.05%) SonarQube
General
1 133 (19.88%) Finance
2 20 (2.99%) Manufacturing
3 15 (2.24%) Telecoms
4 13 (1.94%) Legal
5 12 (1.79%) Aerospace
6 9 (1.35%) Back Office
7 6 (0.90%) Marketing
8 5 (0.75%) Military
9 3 (0.45%) Law
10 2 (0.30%) Advertising
10 2 (0.30%) Electronics
10 2 (0.30%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.30%) Publishing
10 2 (0.30%) Retail
11 1 (0.15%) Automotive
11 1 (0.15%) Brand Awareness
11 1 (0.15%) Local Government
11 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 151 (22.57%) Developer
2 74 (11.06%) Analyst
3 55 (8.22%) Architect
4 51 (7.62%) Java Developer
5 40 (5.98%) Project Manager
6 28 (4.19%) Consultant
7 23 (3.44%) Designer
8 21 (3.14%) Business Analyst
9 18 (2.69%) Delivery Manager
9 18 (2.69%) Tester
10 16 (2.39%) Technical Architect
11 15 (2.24%) SAP Consultant
11 15 (2.24%) Support Engineer
12 14 (2.09%) Agile Developer
12 14 (2.09%) DevOps Engineer
13 13 (1.94%) Administrator
13 13 (1.94%) Senior Manager
13 13 (1.94%) Test Analyst
14 12 (1.79%) Desktop Support
14 12 (1.79%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (7.92%) HTML
2 50 (7.47%) Web Services
3 45 (6.73%) REST
4 39 (5.83%) CSS
4 39 (5.83%) Spring
5 31 (4.63%) XML
6 27 (4.04%) AngularJS
7 24 (3.59%) JSON
8 21 (3.14%) .NET
8 21 (3.14%) Spring Boot
9 20 (2.99%) Middleware
10 19 (2.84%) HTML5
11 18 (2.69%) RESTful
12 17 (2.54%) Node.js
13 16 (2.39%) CSS3
13 16 (2.39%) Hibernate
14 15 (2.24%) SOAP
15 14 (2.09%) Dropwizard
16 13 (1.94%) J2EE
16 13 (1.94%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 55 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (6.58%) User Experience
3 35 (5.23%) Management Information System
4 33 (4.93%) NHS
5 12 (1.79%) Data Protection Act
6 11 (1.64%) Data Centre
7 10 (1.49%) CESG
8 9 (1.35%) Clustering
8 9 (1.35%) Mobile App
9 8 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.20%) Mainframe
10 7 (1.05%) Social Media
11 6 (0.90%) e-Learning
12 5 (0.75%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.60%) iPhone
13 4 (0.60%) PKI
13 4 (0.60%) Taxonomies
14 3 (0.45%) Computer Science
14 3 (0.45%) Fat Client
14 3 (0.45%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 99 (14.80%) Linux
2 70 (10.46%) Windows
3 62 (9.27%) Unix
4 23 (3.44%) Mac OS X
5 20 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 20 (2.99%) Windows 7
6 18 (2.69%) AIX
6 18 (2.69%) Windows Server
7 17 (2.54%) Apple iOS
8 16 (2.39%) Android
9 15 (2.24%) Windows Server 2003
9 15 (2.24%) Windows Server 2008
10 14 (2.09%) Windows 10
11 11 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
11 11 (1.64%) Windows XP
12 9 (1.35%) Solaris
13 8 (1.20%) VME
14 6 (0.90%) Mac OS
14 6 (0.90%) zOS
15 4 (0.60%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 274 (40.96%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (11.96%) Scrum
3 78 (11.66%) Project Management
4 67 (10.01%) ITIL
5 62 (9.27%) Open Source
6 54 (8.07%) TDD
7 48 (7.17%) DevOps
8 46 (6.88%) Configuration Management
8 46 (6.88%) Continuous Integration
9 43 (6.43%) User Stories
10 39 (5.83%) Service Delivery
11 38 (5.68%) Change Management
11 38 (5.68%) PRINCE2
12 37 (5.53%) Stakeholder Management
13 36 (5.38%) Microservices
14 35 (5.23%) Migration
14 35 (5.23%) Software Engineering
15 34 (5.08%) Kanban
15 34 (5.08%) Mentoring
15 34 (5.08%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 123 (18.39%) Java
2 65 (9.72%) SQL
3 61 (9.12%) JavaScript
4 33 (4.93%) Python
5 27 (4.04%) Ruby
6 20 (2.99%) Scala
7 16 (2.39%) C
7 16 (2.39%) Perl
8 15 (2.24%) Groovy
9 13 (1.94%) ABAP
9 13 (1.94%) C#
10 10 (1.49%) Go
10 10 (1.49%) PHP
11 9 (1.35%) PL/SQL
11 9 (1.35%) Shell Script
12 8 (1.20%) PowerShell
13 6 (0.90%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.90%) COBOL
14 5 (0.75%) VB
15 4 (0.60%) VBA
Qualifications
1 382 (57.10%) Security Cleared
2 147 (21.97%) SC Cleared
3 44 (6.58%) Degree
4 21 (3.14%) DV Cleared
5 20 (2.99%) BC Cleared
6 16 (2.39%) ISTQB
7 15 (2.24%) ISEB
8 12 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (1.35%) MCSE
10 8 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (1.05%) CCNA
11 7 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 5 (0.75%) APMP
12 5 (0.75%) CCNP
12 5 (0.75%) CREST Certified
12 5 (0.75%) MCITP
12 5 (0.75%) MCSA
12 5 (0.75%) MCTS
13 4 (0.60%) CHECK Team Member
13 4 (0.60%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (27.80%) Disclosure Scotland
2 33 (4.93%) QA
3 21 (3.14%) PMO
4 18 (2.69%) SLA
5 8 (1.20%) Data Quality
5 8 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.30%) Actionable Recommendations
6 2 (0.30%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.15%) GAAP
7 1 (0.15%) ISO27005
7 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.15%) RMADS
7 1 (0.15%) WAI
7 1 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 37 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 33 (4.93%) Docker
3 21 (3.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (2.09%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (1.05%) Hyper-V
6 7 (1.05%) XenApp
7 6 (0.90%) vCloud
8 5 (0.75%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 5 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (0.75%) VMware ESX
9 4 (0.60%) Corosync
9 4 (0.60%) HDFS
9 4 (0.60%) vSphere
10 3 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.45%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.45%) XenServer
11 2 (0.30%) KVM
11 2 (0.30%) Shibboleth
11 2 (0.30%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 27 (4.04%) Puppet
2 22 (3.29%) Ansible
3 17 (2.54%) Terraform
4 12 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (1.49%) ZABBIX
6 9 (1.35%) SCCM
7 7 (1.05%) Tivoli
8 6 (0.90%) AirWatch
8 6 (0.90%) Salt
9 5 (0.75%) Control-M
9 5 (0.75%) Netcool
9 5 (0.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 4 (0.60%) Data Guard
10 4 (0.60%) Kibana
10 4 (0.60%) Kubernetes
10 4 (0.60%) logstash
10 4 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.60%) Pacemaker
11 3 (0.45%) Packer
11 3 (0.45%) Rsyslog
Vendors
1 64 (9.57%) Oracle
2 61 (9.12%) Microsoft
3 33 (4.93%) VMware
4 30 (4.48%) SAP
5 19 (2.84%) HP
5 19 (2.84%) Red Hat
6 16 (2.39%) Cisco
7 14 (2.09%) Remedy
8 13 (1.94%) Citrix
9 12 (1.79%) Adobe
9 12 (1.79%) Atlassian
9 12 (1.79%) WSO2
10 11 (1.64%) BMC
10 11 (1.64%) CA
10 11 (1.64%) Hortonworks
11 8 (1.20%) IBM
12 7 (1.05%) AppSense
12 7 (1.05%) Veritas
13 5 (0.75%) ICL
13 5 (0.75%) Intel Security
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