Period
to 17 February 2018

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 17 February 2018 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
17 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 344 301 419
Rank change year-on-year -43 +118 +30
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 690 774 571
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.81% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.66% 3.90% 2.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 473 552 411
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% - -1.16%
10th Percentile £260 £271 £279
90th Percentile £588 £600 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £408
% change year-on-year -5.88% +4.29% -6.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 17
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -36.05% +26.47%
10th Percentile £12.80 £11.00 £37.60
90th Percentile £56.00 £52.75 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £21.25 £43.00
% change year-on-year +111.76% -50.58% -8.02%

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 18,876 19,841 22,364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.76% 20.68% 20.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,576 12,550 13,628
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £598 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 848 904 1,025
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.18 £12.13 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.71 £27.50 £28.69
% change year-on-year -2.89% -4.15% +47.13%

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 17 February 2018.

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 17 February 2018.

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 17 February 2018. 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 -71 576 £430 +0.47% 30
UK excluding London -23 405 £400 -5.88% 32
London -29 270 £495 +10.00% 4
North of England -63 81 £400 -4.76% 15
South East +1 74 £340 -19.05% 3
Midlands +5 71 £400 -6.43% 4
Wales +43 67 £483 +13.53% 1
South West -14 61 £413 -4.51% 1
East Midlands +11 40 £400 -
North East -15 37 £350 -9.68% 3
Scotland +1 35 £475 +48.44% 5
West Midlands -8 31 £400 -11.11% 4
North West -21 26 £363 -23.68% 12
Yorkshire -9 18 £430 +7.50%
East of England -30 16 £300 -28.99% 3
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 February 2018, 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.

1 350 (50.72%) Security Cleared
2 287 (41.59%) Agile Software Development
3 177 (25.65%) Disclosure Scotland
4 132 (19.13%) SC Cleared
5 117 (16.96%) Project Management
6 114 (16.52%) Java
7 86 (12.46%) Linux
8 81 (11.74%) Open Source
9 80 (11.59%) Test Automation
9 80 (11.59%) Analytical Skills
10 76 (11.01%) SQL
11 75 (10.87%) Finance
12 73 (10.58%) JavaScript
12 73 (10.58%) DevOps
13 70 (10.14%) JIRA
14 65 (9.42%) Microsoft
14 65 (9.42%) Stakeholder Management
15 63 (9.13%) Confluence
16 61 (8.84%) Degree
16 61 (8.84%) Git (software)
16 61 (8.84%) RESTful
16 61 (8.84%) Amazon AWS
17 60 (8.70%) Scrum
18 57 (8.26%) ITIL
19 53 (7.68%) Windows
19 53 (7.68%) User Stories
20 51 (7.39%) Jenkins
20 51 (7.39%) Web Services
21 50 (7.25%) Mentoring
22 49 (7.10%) Python

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 63 (9.13%) Confluence
2 21 (3.04%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.74%) CMS
4 11 (1.59%) JBoss
5 10 (1.45%) WildFly
6 8 (1.16%) Tomcat
7 7 (1.01%) Apache
7 7 (1.01%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.87%) Skype for Business
9 5 (0.72%) IIS
10 4 (0.58%) Drupal
10 4 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.58%) iPlanet
10 4 (0.58%) Oracle Application Server
11 3 (0.43%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.43%) SAS
12 2 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.29%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.29%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 29 (4.20%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.45%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.29%) Windchill
7 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle iProcurement
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 61 (8.84%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (3.33%) Office 365
4 22 (3.19%) PaaS
5 15 (2.17%) Serverless
6 10 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
6 10 (1.45%) Google Analytics
7 7 (1.01%) Amazon S3
7 7 (1.01%) OneDrive
7 7 (1.01%) SaaS
7 7 (1.01%) Slack
8 6 (0.87%) GitHub
8 6 (0.87%) Route 53
8 6 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (0.72%) IaaS
10 4 (0.58%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.43%) npm
12 2 (0.29%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.62%) HTTP
2 23 (3.33%) Firewall
2 23 (3.33%) TCP/IP
3 21 (3.04%) Internet
4 20 (2.90%) WAN
5 18 (2.61%) LAN
6 15 (2.17%) DNS
7 10 (1.45%) Skype
7 10 (1.45%) SMS
7 10 (1.45%) SSL
7 10 (1.45%) WLAN
8 9 (1.30%) Network Security
9 8 (1.16%) DHCP
10 7 (1.01%) MVNO
10 7 (1.01%) SAN
10 7 (1.01%) VPN
11 5 (0.72%) InfiniBand
11 5 (0.72%) Intrusion Detection
12 4 (0.58%) Unified Communications
13 3 (0.43%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (6.67%) Relational Database
2 36 (5.22%) MongoDB
3 31 (4.49%) PostgreSQL
4 29 (4.20%) SQL Server
5 26 (3.77%) NoSQL
6 20 (2.90%) RDBMS
7 13 (1.88%) MySQL
8 12 (1.74%) Event Store
9 11 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (1.30%) Big Data
10 9 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
11 8 (1.16%) Apache Cassandra
12 7 (1.01%) Power BI
13 6 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 4 (0.58%) Hadoop
14 4 (0.58%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.43%) OLAP
15 3 (0.43%) Redis
15 3 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 70 (10.14%) JIRA
2 61 (8.84%) Git (software)
3 51 (7.39%) Jenkins
4 36 (5.22%) JUnit
5 21 (3.04%) Subversion
6 20 (2.90%) Mockito
7 19 (2.75%) Selenium
8 13 (1.88%) JMeter
9 11 (1.59%) Cucumber
9 11 (1.59%) Maven
10 10 (1.45%) Jasmine
10 10 (1.45%) SonarQube
11 9 (1.30%) Checkstyle
11 9 (1.30%) Protractor
11 9 (1.30%) Vagrant
11 9 (1.30%) Visual Studio
12 8 (1.16%) Liquibase
12 8 (1.16%) SoapUI
13 6 (0.87%) NUnit
14 5 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 75 (10.87%) Finance
2 27 (3.91%) Telecoms
3 19 (2.75%) Manufacturing
4 18 (2.61%) Legal
5 12 (1.74%) Publishing
6 7 (1.01%) Billing
6 7 (1.01%) Local Government
6 7 (1.01%) Marketing
7 6 (0.87%) Back Office
8 5 (0.72%) Electronics
8 5 (0.72%) Law
8 5 (0.72%) Retail
9 3 (0.43%) Games
10 2 (0.29%) Banking
10 2 (0.29%) Military
11 1 (0.14%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.14%) Digital Economy
11 1 (0.14%) German Language
11 1 (0.14%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.14%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 113 (16.38%) Developer
2 106 (15.36%) Analyst
3 78 (11.30%) Architect
4 62 (8.99%) Java Developer
5 55 (7.97%) Business Analyst
6 43 (6.23%) Project Manager
7 36 (5.22%) Technical Architect
8 28 (4.06%) DevOps Engineer
9 27 (3.91%) Senior Manager
10 26 (3.77%) Delivery Manager
11 24 (3.48%) Senior Developer
12 20 (2.90%) Consultant
13 17 (2.46%) Agile Developer
13 17 (2.46%) Senior Java Developer
14 16 (2.32%) Test Analyst
15 15 (2.17%) .NET Developer
15 15 (2.17%) User Researcher
16 13 (1.88%) Digital Delivery Manager
17 12 (1.74%) Data Architect
17 12 (1.74%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (8.84%) RESTful
2 51 (7.39%) Web Services
3 48 (6.96%) REST
4 31 (4.49%) .NET
5 30 (4.35%) Node.js
6 27 (3.91%) HTML
7 24 (3.48%) CSS
7 24 (3.48%) Dropwizard
8 23 (3.33%) AngularJS
9 22 (3.19%) JAX-RS
10 18 (2.61%) Play Framework
11 17 (2.46%) Spring
12 15 (2.17%) ASP.NET
13 12 (1.74%) Hibernate
13 12 (1.74%) RESTEasy
14 11 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
15 10 (1.45%) Drools
15 10 (1.45%) JMS
15 10 (1.45%) Sass
16 9 (1.30%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 80 (11.59%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (5.94%) User Experience
3 31 (4.49%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.61%) NHS
5 17 (2.46%) Data Centre
6 13 (1.88%) Data Structures
6 13 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
7 12 (1.74%) Data Protection Act
7 12 (1.74%) Linux Command Line
8 11 (1.59%) Public Cloud
9 8 (1.16%) N-Tier
9 8 (1.16%) Smartphone
10 7 (1.01%) Computer Science
10 7 (1.01%) Reference Data
10 7 (1.01%) Smart Meter
11 6 (0.87%) Blog
11 6 (0.87%) Clustering
11 6 (0.87%) Freedom of Information
12 5 (0.72%) PKI
13 3 (0.43%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 86 (12.46%) Linux
2 53 (7.68%) Windows
3 46 (6.67%) Unix
4 20 (2.90%) Mac OS X
5 15 (2.17%) Windows 10
6 14 (2.03%) Solaris
6 14 (2.03%) Windows Server
7 11 (1.59%) Mac OS
7 11 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (1.45%) HPUX
8 10 (1.45%) VMS
9 9 (1.30%) AIX
9 9 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (1.01%) Android
11 7 (1.01%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.87%) SUSE
13 5 (0.72%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.43%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (41.59%) Agile Software Development
2 117 (16.96%) Project Management
3 81 (11.74%) Open Source
4 80 (11.59%) Test Automation
5 73 (10.58%) DevOps
6 65 (9.42%) Stakeholder Management
7 60 (8.70%) Scrum
8 57 (8.26%) ITIL
9 53 (7.68%) User Stories
10 50 (7.25%) Mentoring
11 48 (6.96%) Continuous Integration
12 45 (6.52%) PRINCE2
13 39 (5.65%) TDD
14 38 (5.51%) Microservices
15 36 (5.22%) Coaching
16 33 (4.78%) Service Delivery
17 32 (4.64%) Change Management
17 32 (4.64%) Continuous Improvement
17 32 (4.64%) Migration
17 32 (4.64%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 114 (16.52%) Java
2 76 (11.01%) SQL
3 73 (10.58%) JavaScript
4 49 (7.10%) Python
5 28 (4.06%) Ruby
6 21 (3.04%) C#
7 20 (2.90%) C
8 16 (2.32%) Scala
9 9 (1.30%) JPQL
9 9 (1.30%) Perl
10 8 (1.16%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.16%) Groovy
11 7 (1.01%) PHP
11 7 (1.01%) T-SQL
11 7 (1.01%) TypeScript
12 6 (0.87%) Go
13 5 (0.72%) PowerShell
13 5 (0.72%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.58%) C++
14 4 (0.58%) VBA
Qualifications
1 350 (50.72%) Security Cleared
2 132 (19.13%) SC Cleared
3 61 (8.84%) Degree
4 22 (3.19%) DBS Check
5 21 (3.04%) CTC Cleared
6 18 (2.61%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (2.03%) ISTQB
8 13 (1.88%) ISEB
8 13 (1.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 11 (1.59%) CISSP
9 11 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 10 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 8 (1.16%) CCNA
11 8 (1.16%) CEH
12 7 (1.01%) CCNP
12 7 (1.01%) CISM
12 7 (1.01%) DV Cleared
13 6 (0.87%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 5 (0.72%) BC Cleared
14 5 (0.72%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (25.65%) Disclosure Scotland
2 25 (3.62%) QA
3 21 (3.04%) Data Quality
4 18 (2.61%) PMO
5 14 (2.03%) SLA
6 11 (1.59%) GDPR
7 6 (0.87%) HL7
8 3 (0.43%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.43%) PSD2
8 3 (0.43%) WCAG
9 2 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 1 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.14%) BS25999
10 1 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 28 (4.06%) Active Directory
2 22 (3.19%) Docker
3 14 (2.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.30%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.72%) XenApp
6 4 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.58%) Samba
7 3 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.43%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.43%) XenServer
8 2 (0.29%) KVM
8 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.29%) vSphere
9 1 (0.14%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.14%) Firmware
9 1 (0.14%) GlusterFS
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 29 (4.20%) Ansible
2 22 (3.19%) Puppet
3 11 (1.59%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.45%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (1.30%) SCCM
6 8 (1.16%) Terraform
7 5 (0.72%) Salt
7 5 (0.72%) ZABBIX
8 4 (0.58%) Kibana
9 3 (0.43%) logstash
9 3 (0.43%) QRadar
9 3 (0.43%) RSA enVision
9 3 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.29%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.29%) Grafana
10 2 (0.29%) MOM
10 2 (0.29%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.29%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 65 (9.42%) Microsoft
2 27 (3.91%) Cisco
3 25 (3.62%) Oracle
4 24 (3.48%) VMware
5 23 (3.33%) HP
6 20 (2.90%) Google
7 17 (2.46%) Red Hat
8 14 (2.03%) Citrix
9 11 (1.59%) Atlassian
10 10 (1.45%) SAP
11 8 (1.16%) Apple
11 8 (1.16%) Dell
12 7 (1.01%) Tableau
13 6 (0.87%) F5
13 6 (0.87%) Remedy
14 5 (0.72%) IBM
14 5 (0.72%) Ivanti
15 4 (0.58%) Fortinet
15 4 (0.58%) ServiceNow
15 4 (0.58%) Sun