Period
to 23 January 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 January 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 310 338 300
Rank change year-on-year +28 -38 +149
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 827 708 808
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.70% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.32% 3.70% 4.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 521 493 558
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% - -
10th Percentile £313 £250 £271
90th Percentile £645 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £400 £410
% change year-on-year +15.63% -2.44% -1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 17 18
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £30.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +4.35% -38.83%
10th Percentile £20.99 £12.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.94 £50.00 £47.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.23 £35.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +3.50% +27.27% -41.49%

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 19,141 19,143 19,827
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.21% 19.04% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,407 11,757 12,445
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £250
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 894 840 874
UK median hourly rate £28.52 £24.77 £25.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.12% -4.50% -5.68%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.60 £50.00 £49.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.69 £27.25
% change year-on-year +7.05% -5.72% -2.68%

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 January 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 January 2019.

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 23 January 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 +50 716 £475 +11.76% 68
UK excluding London +40 581 £463 +15.63% 55
London +3 228 £500 +1.78% 20
North of England +51 174 £500 +25.00% 23
South East +48 126 £385 +13.24% 8
South West -36 91 £463 +11.11% 9
Midlands +23 85 £450 +29.31% 8
Yorkshire +40 83 £500 +16.28% 9
North West +13 54 £550 +51.72% 2
West Midlands -3 52 £450 +38.46% 8
Wales -19 48 £500 +6.67% 3
Scotland +13 46 £475 +5.56% 3
North East -2 38 £450 +33.33% 12
East Midlands +7 33 £453 +31.16%
East of England -4 17 £520 +73.33%
Northern Ireland +27 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 432 (52.24%) Agile Software Development
2 375 (45.34%) Security Cleared
3 212 (25.63%) Java
4 168 (20.31%) Test Automation
5 155 (18.74%) Jenkins
6 152 (18.38%) SC Cleared
7 150 (18.14%) Continuous Integration
8 146 (17.65%) JavaScript
9 134 (16.20%) Linux
10 133 (16.08%) TDD
11 132 (15.96%) Git (software)
12 126 (15.24%) Disclosure Scotland
13 121 (14.63%) DevOps
14 118 (14.27%) Scrum
15 117 (14.15%) Open Source
16 115 (13.91%) JIRA
17 110 (13.30%) Problem-Solving
18 106 (12.82%) Microsoft
19 103 (12.45%) Microsoft Azure
20 98 (11.85%) Confluence
21 96 (11.61%) JUnit
22 94 (11.37%) RESTful
23 93 (11.25%) Spring
24 88 (10.64%) Ruby
25 85 (10.28%) REST
25 85 (10.28%) Digital Transformation Programme
26 83 (10.04%) Google
27 82 (9.92%) JSON
27 82 (9.92%) Configuration Management
28 80 (9.67%) Scala

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 98 (11.85%) Confluence
2 27 (3.26%) Apache
3 26 (3.14%) Elasticsearch
4 21 (2.54%) nginx
5 19 (2.30%) Tomcat
5 19 (2.30%) WebSphere
6 15 (1.81%) SharePoint
7 13 (1.57%) Apache Spark
7 13 (1.57%) IIS
7 13 (1.57%) Jetty
7 13 (1.57%) Mongrel
8 9 (1.09%) WebLogic
9 8 (0.97%) WildFly
10 6 (0.73%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.73%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.60%) Drupal
12 3 (0.36%) JBoss
12 3 (0.36%) NetWeaver
12 3 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.36%) WordPress
Applications
1 33 (3.99%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.21%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.36%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.24%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.24%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.24%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 14 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.36%) Workday HCM
3 2 (0.24%) Actimize
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.12%) HFM
4 1 (0.12%) Maximo
4 1 (0.12%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.12%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 103 (12.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 72 (8.71%) Amazon AWS
3 35 (4.23%) PaaS
4 27 (3.26%) GitHub
5 22 (2.66%) Office 365
6 18 (2.18%) Amazon EC2
6 18 (2.18%) Google Cloud Platform
6 18 (2.18%) IaaS
7 16 (1.93%) Boomi
8 14 (1.69%) Google App Engine
9 12 (1.45%) Dynamics 365
9 12 (1.45%) Heroku
9 12 (1.45%) SaaS
10 10 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (0.97%) iPaaS
12 6 (0.73%) OneDrive
12 6 (0.73%) Serverless
13 5 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.60%) Azure Data Factory
13 5 (0.60%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 77 (9.31%) HTTP
2 25 (3.02%) Firewall
2 25 (3.02%) TCP/IP
3 22 (2.66%) Internet
4 21 (2.54%) SSL
4 21 (2.54%) WAN
5 20 (2.42%) VPN
6 16 (1.93%) LAN
7 14 (1.69%) IPsec
8 13 (1.57%) DHCP
8 13 (1.57%) DNS
8 13 (1.57%) FTP
9 12 (1.45%) Ethernet
9 12 (1.45%) SDH
10 11 (1.33%) MPLS
10 11 (1.33%) Network Security
11 10 (1.21%) BGP
11 10 (1.21%) DWDM
11 10 (1.21%) OSPF
12 7 (0.85%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (9.31%) Relational Database
2 45 (5.44%) SQL Server
3 23 (2.78%) MongoDB
4 19 (2.30%) Hadoop
5 17 (2.06%) MySQL
5 17 (2.06%) NoSQL
5 17 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
6 15 (1.81%) Big Data
7 14 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.57%) RDBMS
8 13 (1.57%) Redis
9 10 (1.21%) Data Lake
10 9 (1.09%) Oracle Database
11 7 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
11 7 (0.85%) Neo4j
11 7 (0.85%) Power BI
11 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
11 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.73%) CouchDB
12 6 (0.73%) Riak
Development Applications
1 155 (18.74%) Jenkins
2 132 (15.96%) Git (software)
3 115 (13.91%) JIRA
4 96 (11.61%) JUnit
5 65 (7.86%) Subversion
6 54 (6.53%) Hudson
7 45 (5.44%) Selenium
8 32 (3.87%) JMeter
9 30 (3.63%) Cucumber
10 22 (2.66%) Maven
11 20 (2.42%) WebDriver
12 17 (2.06%) SonarQube
13 15 (1.81%) Visual Studio Team System
14 13 (1.57%) SoapUI
14 13 (1.57%) Travis CI
15 12 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
16 11 (1.33%) GitLab
17 10 (1.21%) RSpec
18 9 (1.09%) Vagrant
19 8 (0.97%) Visual Studio
General
1 58 (7.01%) Finance
2 23 (2.78%) Publishing
2 23 (2.78%) Telecoms
3 21 (2.54%) Legal
4 11 (1.33%) Aerospace
5 10 (1.21%) Games
6 9 (1.09%) Back Office
7 7 (0.85%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.73%) Banking
9 5 (0.60%) Humanities
9 5 (0.60%) Social Science
10 3 (0.36%) Billing
10 3 (0.36%) Local Government
11 2 (0.24%) Digital Economy
11 2 (0.24%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.12%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.12%) Law
Job Titles
1 239 (28.90%) Developer
2 101 (12.21%) Architect
3 82 (9.92%) Analyst
4 65 (7.86%) Agile Developer
5 64 (7.74%) Java Developer
6 57 (6.89%) Scala Developer
6 57 (6.89%) Technical Architect
7 48 (5.80%) Designer
8 34 (4.11%) Content Designer
9 32 (3.87%) Business Analyst
10 30 (3.63%) DevOps Engineer
11 29 (3.51%) Project Manager
12 26 (3.14%) Delivery Manager
12 26 (3.14%) Tester
13 23 (2.78%) Senior Developer
14 22 (2.66%) Consultant
15 19 (2.30%) Full Stack Developer
16 18 (2.18%) .NET Developer
17 17 (2.06%) Lead Architect
17 17 (2.06%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (11.37%) RESTful
2 93 (11.25%) Spring
3 85 (10.28%) REST
4 82 (9.92%) JSON
5 70 (8.46%) .NET
5 70 (8.46%) HTML
6 63 (7.62%) Ruby on Rails
7 61 (7.38%) Play Framework
8 59 (7.13%) Django
9 56 (6.77%) Guice
9 56 (6.77%) Spring MVC
10 52 (6.29%) CSS
11 48 (5.80%) Node.js
12 40 (4.84%) Web Services
13 30 (3.63%) Spring Boot
14 27 (3.26%) Hibernate
15 25 (3.02%) XML
16 23 (2.78%) jQuery
17 20 (2.42%) AngularJS
18 19 (2.30%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 58 (7.01%) User Experience
2 33 (3.99%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (3.02%) Data Centre
4 24 (2.90%) NHS
5 17 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (1.33%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.33%) Reference Data
7 10 (1.21%) Cloud Native
8 8 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (0.85%) Fat Client
9 7 (0.85%) Thin Client
10 6 (0.73%) Algorithms
10 6 (0.73%) Taxonomies
11 5 (0.60%) Data Structures
11 5 (0.60%) Driving Licence
11 5 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.48%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (0.48%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (0.48%) Private Cloud
12 4 (0.48%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 134 (16.20%) Linux
2 72 (8.71%) Windows
3 51 (6.17%) Unix
4 21 (2.54%) Windows Server
5 18 (2.18%) Windows 10
6 14 (1.69%) Mac OS X
7 11 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (1.21%) VMS
9 6 (0.73%) CentOS
9 6 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.48%) Solaris
10 4 (0.48%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.36%) Android
11 3 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.24%) AIX
12 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.24%) Debian
12 2 (0.24%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.24%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 432 (52.24%) Agile Software Development
2 168 (20.31%) Test Automation
3 150 (18.14%) Continuous Integration
4 133 (16.08%) TDD
5 121 (14.63%) DevOps
6 118 (14.27%) Scrum
7 117 (14.15%) Open Source
8 110 (13.30%) Problem-Solving
9 85 (10.28%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 82 (9.92%) Configuration Management
11 77 (9.31%) Project Management
12 73 (8.83%) Pair Programming
13 71 (8.59%) BDD
13 71 (8.59%) MVC
14 68 (8.22%) Kanban
15 65 (7.86%) Responsive Web Design
15 65 (7.86%) Web Design
16 62 (7.50%) Microservices
17 61 (7.38%) OWASP
18 57 (6.89%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 212 (25.63%) Java
2 146 (17.65%) JavaScript
3 88 (10.64%) Ruby
4 80 (9.67%) Scala
5 74 (8.95%) SQL
6 64 (7.74%) Python
7 42 (5.08%) C#
8 37 (4.47%) Java 8
9 26 (3.14%) Bash Shell
10 17 (2.06%) PowerShell
11 11 (1.33%) ES6
12 10 (1.21%) Groovy
12 10 (1.21%) PHP
13 8 (0.97%) C
13 8 (0.97%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.97%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.97%) VBA
14 7 (0.85%) Perl
15 5 (0.60%) C++
15 5 (0.60%) Go
Qualifications
1 375 (45.34%) Security Cleared
2 152 (18.38%) SC Cleared
3 75 (9.07%) DBS Check
4 42 (5.08%) BC Cleared
5 35 (4.23%) Degree
6 17 (2.06%) CTC Cleared
7 11 (1.33%) CCNA
7 11 (1.33%) CCNP
7 11 (1.33%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.85%) DV Cleared
8 7 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (0.73%) CCIP
9 6 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 5 (0.60%) CCDP
10 5 (0.60%) CCIE
10 5 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (0.60%) MCP
10 5 (0.60%) MCSE
10 5 (0.60%) Numerate Degree
10 5 (0.60%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (15.24%) Disclosure Scotland
2 26 (3.14%) QA
3 20 (2.42%) PMO
4 15 (1.81%) WCAG
5 12 (1.45%) GDPR
6 6 (0.73%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.73%) NEBOSH
6 6 (0.73%) SLA
7 3 (0.36%) HL7
7 3 (0.36%) MISRA
7 3 (0.36%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.12%) WAI
System Software
1 52 (6.29%) Docker
2 26 (3.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (2.90%) Active Directory
4 13 (1.57%) Xen
5 4 (0.48%) Firmware
5 4 (0.48%) IAG
5 4 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.36%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.36%) vSphere
7 2 (0.24%) HDFS
7 2 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.12%) KVM
8 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.12%) vCloud
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.12%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 33 (3.99%) Ansible
2 32 (3.87%) Kubernetes
3 27 (3.26%) Puppet
4 25 (3.02%) Terraform
5 10 (1.21%) Grafana
6 8 (0.97%) Kibana
7 7 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.73%) SCCM
9 5 (0.60%) HP ALM
9 5 (0.60%) logstash
9 5 (0.60%) Mesos
10 4 (0.48%) Prometheus
11 3 (0.36%) ArcSight ESM
11 3 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (0.36%) Nagios
11 3 (0.36%) Rundeck
12 2 (0.24%) Cacti
12 2 (0.24%) Nessus
12 2 (0.24%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 106 (12.82%) Microsoft
2 83 (10.04%) Google
3 37 (4.47%) Oracle
4 30 (3.63%) VMware
5 23 (2.78%) Atlassian
6 22 (2.66%) Cisco
7 18 (2.18%) Dell
8 15 (1.81%) SAP
9 13 (1.57%) IBM
10 10 (1.21%) Red Hat
11 9 (1.09%) Splunk
12 8 (0.97%) CA
12 8 (0.97%) HP
12 8 (0.97%) Juniper
13 7 (0.85%) CheckPoint
13 7 (0.85%) Informatica
14 6 (0.73%) Cognos
14 6 (0.73%) Nortel
15 4 (0.48%) Hortonworks
15 4 (0.48%) Tableau