Period
to 24 August 2017

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 August 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.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance
UK
6 months to
24 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 337 279 525
Rank change year-on-year -58 +246 +18
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 684 981 386
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.91% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.71% 4.30% 1.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 459 732 287
UK median daily rate £430 £400 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% -1.23% -4.71%
10th Percentile £258 £230 £246
90th Percentile £588 £588 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £400
% change year-on-year +20.00% -12.50% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 29 7
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +11.46% -30.22%
10th Percentile £12.75 £15.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £39.60 £53.06 £111.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £21.56
% change year-on-year +25.00% +29.87% -62.50%

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 18445 22790 21815
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.18% 21.09% 19.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 11199 14191 12814
UK median daily rate £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +1.39% +5.26%
10th Percentile £249 £243 £230
90th Percentile £600 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 925 812 1079
UK median hourly rate £29.50 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.27% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.03 £12.25 £11.70
90th Percentile £50.56 £48.68 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £27.71 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.07% +14.88% +20.60%

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 August 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 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 August 2017.

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 24 August 2017. 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 -70 629 £432 +8.00% 17
UK excluding London -27 474 £420 +20.00% 17
London -82 194 £475 - 7
South East +84 147 £368 -5.16% 1
North of England -98 118 £395 +19.70% 5
South West +52 85 £425 +16.44% 1
Midlands +25 66 £463 +15.63% 1
West Midlands +57 55 £463 +32.14% 1
North East -28 48 £363 +29.46% 5
Yorkshire 0 38 £400 -13.98%
North West -31 35 £400 -5.88%
Wales +8 24 £420 +5.00% 3
East of England +5 24 £420 +5.00%
Scotland +18 15 £450 +29.59% 6
East Midlands -19 13 £285 -48.18%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 August 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.

1 381 (55.70%) Security Cleared
2 258 (37.72%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (25.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 137 (20.03%) Project Management
5 103 (15.06%) SC Cleared
6 88 (12.87%) Scrum
7 81 (11.84%) Java
8 74 (10.82%) Motorola
9 73 (10.67%) ITIL
9 73 (10.67%) Linux
9 73 (10.67%) Test Automation
10 72 (10.53%) Degree
10 72 (10.53%) Finance
11 71 (10.38%) Change Management
12 70 (10.23%) SQL
13 69 (10.09%) Git (software)
14 66 (9.65%) Microsoft
15 63 (9.21%) JavaScript
16 51 (7.46%) Unix
17 50 (7.31%) Analytical Skills
18 48 (7.02%) Windows
18 48 (7.02%) Migration
18 48 (7.02%) TDD
19 47 (6.87%) HTML
20 46 (6.73%) Telecoms
21 45 (6.58%) Service Delivery
22 44 (6.43%) CSS
23 43 (6.29%) Python
23 43 (6.29%) User Stories
24 42 (6.14%) User Experience

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 31 (4.53%) Confluence
2 27 (3.95%) SharePoint
3 20 (2.92%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (2.19%) MS Exchange
5 11 (1.61%) SharePoint 2013
6 9 (1.32%) JBoss
7 8 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
7 8 (1.17%) Tomcat
8 7 (1.02%) Apache
8 7 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
8 7 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (1.02%) SAS
9 6 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
9 6 (0.88%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.58%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.44%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.44%) CMS
11 3 (0.44%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 26 (3.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
3 14 (2.05%) Microsoft Office
4 10 (1.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.73%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.44%) Stata
7 2 (0.29%) OrCAD
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.15%) InDesign
8 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.15%) Siemens NX
8 1 (0.15%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
1 10 (1.46%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.73%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.44%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 3 (0.44%) Cognos TM1
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.44%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.29%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.29%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.29%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.29%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.15%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 1 (0.15%) Primavera
6 1 (0.15%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.15%) SystmOne
6 1 (0.15%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 28 (4.09%) Office 365
2 24 (3.51%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (2.63%) PaaS
4 15 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
5 9 (1.32%) G Suite
6 7 (1.02%) SaaS
7 6 (0.88%) Slack
8 4 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.44%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.44%) Trello
10 2 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.29%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.29%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.29%) Yammer
11 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.15%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.15%) Google Drive
11 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 28 (4.09%) HTTP
2 24 (3.51%) DNS
3 17 (2.49%) Internet
3 17 (2.49%) SSL
4 14 (2.05%) DHCP
5 12 (1.75%) LTE
5 12 (1.75%) TCP/IP
5 12 (1.75%) WAN
6 11 (1.61%) SAN
7 10 (1.46%) MVNO
8 9 (1.32%) 4G
8 9 (1.32%) LAN
9 8 (1.17%) Skype
9 8 (1.17%) Wireless
10 5 (0.73%) BGP
10 5 (0.73%) EIGRP
10 5 (0.73%) Firewall
10 5 (0.73%) OSPF
10 5 (0.73%) SMS
10 5 (0.73%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.51%) Relational Database
2 21 (3.07%) SQL Server
3 20 (2.92%) MongoDB
4 15 (2.19%) MySQL
4 15 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (1.75%) DB2
6 10 (1.46%) Big Data
6 10 (1.46%) NoSQL
7 7 (1.02%) Hadoop
7 7 (1.02%) RDBMS
8 5 (0.73%) Apache Hive
8 5 (0.73%) MS Access
9 4 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.58%) Data Mining
9 4 (0.58%) Oracle BI EE
9 4 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.44%) SAP HANA
10 3 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 69 (10.09%) Git (software)
2 40 (5.85%) JIRA
3 34 (4.97%) Subversion
4 33 (4.82%) Jenkins
5 21 (3.07%) SoapUI
6 14 (2.05%) JUnit
7 13 (1.90%) Maven
8 12 (1.75%) Cucumber
8 12 (1.75%) Selenium
9 9 (1.32%) Visual Studio
10 8 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
11 7 (1.02%) Vagrant
12 6 (0.88%) Jasmine
12 6 (0.88%) Mockito
13 5 (0.73%) JMeter
14 4 (0.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 4 (0.58%) Protractor
15 3 (0.44%) GDB
15 3 (0.44%) gulp
15 3 (0.44%) JIRA Agile
General
1 72 (10.53%) Finance
2 46 (6.73%) Telecoms
3 9 (1.32%) Manufacturing
4 7 (1.02%) Legal
5 6 (0.88%) Marketing
6 5 (0.73%) Electronics
6 5 (0.73%) Publishing
7 4 (0.58%) Back Office
7 4 (0.58%) Billing
8 3 (0.44%) Law
9 2 (0.29%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.29%) Banking
9 2 (0.29%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.15%) Avionics
10 1 (0.15%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.15%) Local Government
10 1 (0.15%) Military
10 1 (0.15%) Retail
Job Titles
1 140 (20.47%) Developer
2 85 (12.43%) Analyst
3 70 (10.23%) Project Manager
4 60 (8.77%) Architect
5 39 (5.70%) Java Developer
6 31 (4.53%) Delivery Manager
7 26 (3.80%) Business Analyst
8 25 (3.65%) Consultant
9 21 (3.07%) Test Analyst
10 18 (2.63%) Agile Developer
10 18 (2.63%) Designer
11 17 (2.49%) Technical Architect
12 14 (2.05%) Solutions Architect
13 13 (1.90%) Senior Developer
13 13 (1.90%) Service Manager
14 12 (1.75%) Network Engineer
14 12 (1.75%) Senior Architect
14 12 (1.75%) Senior Manager
14 12 (1.75%) Software Developer
15 11 (1.61%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (6.87%) HTML
2 44 (6.43%) CSS
3 40 (5.85%) Web Services
4 39 (5.70%) JSON
5 33 (4.82%) RESTful
5 33 (4.82%) XML
6 28 (4.09%) Middleware
6 28 (4.09%) XSLT
7 26 (3.80%) REST
8 25 (3.65%) .NET
9 21 (3.07%) Node.js
9 21 (3.07%) SOAP
10 16 (2.34%) Spring
11 15 (2.19%) XSD
12 13 (1.90%) AngularJS
13 11 (1.61%) WSDL
14 10 (1.46%) HTML5
14 10 (1.46%) jQuery
14 10 (1.46%) JSON Schema
15 9 (1.32%) Dropwizard
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.31%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (6.14%) User Experience
3 38 (5.56%) Management Information System
4 30 (4.39%) NHS
5 17 (2.49%) Computer Science
6 16 (2.34%) Data Centre
7 12 (1.75%) PKI
8 10 (1.46%) Data Structures
9 8 (1.17%) Replication
10 7 (1.02%) CMDB
10 7 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.88%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.73%) Clustering
12 5 (0.73%) Reference Data
13 4 (0.58%) CESG
13 4 (0.58%) Cyber Attack
13 4 (0.58%) Data Protection Act
13 4 (0.58%) e-Learning
13 4 (0.58%) Mobile App
14 2 (0.29%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 73 (10.67%) Linux
2 51 (7.46%) Unix
3 48 (7.02%) Windows
4 15 (2.19%) Mac OS X
5 14 (2.05%) Mac OS
6 13 (1.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (1.90%) Windows Server
7 9 (1.32%) Android
7 9 (1.32%) Apple iOS
7 9 (1.32%) Windows 10
8 7 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.73%) CentOS
10 5 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.58%) Solaris
12 3 (0.44%) SUSE
12 3 (0.44%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.44%) zOS
13 1 (0.15%) MVS
13 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (37.72%) Agile Software Development
2 137 (20.03%) Project Management
3 88 (12.87%) Scrum
4 73 (10.67%) ITIL
4 73 (10.67%) Test Automation
5 71 (10.38%) Change Management
6 48 (7.02%) Migration
6 48 (7.02%) TDD
7 45 (6.58%) Service Delivery
8 43 (6.29%) User Stories
9 41 (5.99%) Continuous Improvement
9 41 (5.99%) PRINCE2
10 40 (5.85%) Mentoring
11 39 (5.70%) Stakeholder Management
12 38 (5.56%) Coaching
12 38 (5.56%) DevOps
12 38 (5.56%) Kanban
12 38 (5.56%) Open Source
12 38 (5.56%) Service Management
13 37 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 81 (11.84%) Java
2 70 (10.23%) SQL
3 63 (9.21%) JavaScript
4 43 (6.29%) Python
5 22 (3.22%) Ruby
5 22 (3.22%) Scala
6 21 (3.07%) C#
7 12 (1.75%) C
8 11 (1.61%) PowerShell
9 10 (1.46%) Groovy
10 6 (0.88%) Bash Shell
10 6 (0.88%) VBA
11 5 (0.73%) Perl
11 5 (0.73%) XPath
11 5 (0.73%) XQuery
12 4 (0.58%) C-shell
12 4 (0.58%) Korn
12 4 (0.58%) PHP
12 4 (0.58%) R
12 4 (0.58%) VB
Qualifications
1 381 (55.70%) Security Cleared
2 103 (15.06%) SC Cleared
3 72 (10.53%) Degree
4 19 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (2.63%) ISTQB
6 12 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
6 12 (1.75%) CTC Cleared
6 12 (1.75%) Microsoft Certification
7 10 (1.46%) BC Cleared
7 10 (1.46%) ISEB
8 7 (1.02%) CISSP
9 6 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (0.88%) HND
10 5 (0.73%) CCNP
11 4 (0.58%) CCNA
11 4 (0.58%) CESG Certified Professional
11 4 (0.58%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.44%) DV Cleared
12 3 (0.44%) PMP
12 3 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (25.29%) Disclosure Scotland
2 34 (4.97%) QA
3 28 (4.09%) PMO
4 15 (2.19%) SLA
5 11 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 9 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 7 (1.02%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.88%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.58%) HL7
9 4 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.29%) COBIT
10 2 (0.29%) ECSS
10 2 (0.29%) NEBOSH
10 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.15%) GDPR
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 14001
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.15%) P3O
System Software
1 33 (4.82%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.61%) Docker
3 10 (1.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.32%) Hyper-V
5 8 (1.17%) XenApp
6 7 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (1.02%) XenDesktop
6 7 (1.02%) XenServer
7 4 (0.58%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.29%) Shibboleth
8 2 (0.29%) vCloud
8 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.29%) vSphere
9 1 (0.15%) HDFS
9 1 (0.15%) KVM
9 1 (0.15%) Postfix
9 1 (0.15%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.15%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.15%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (2.19%) Ansible
2 14 (2.05%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (2.05%) Netcool
3 13 (1.90%) SCCM
4 10 (1.46%) Puppet
5 6 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.73%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.58%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.58%) OpenView
8 3 (0.44%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.44%) Kibana
8 3 (0.44%) logstash
8 3 (0.44%) Marathon
8 3 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.44%) Terraform
9 2 (0.29%) Grafana
9 2 (0.29%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.29%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.29%) Perfmon
9 2 (0.29%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 74 (10.82%) Motorola
2 66 (9.65%) Microsoft
3 33 (4.82%) Oracle
4 27 (3.95%) HP
5 26 (3.80%) SAP
5 26 (3.80%) VMware
6 25 (3.65%) WSO2
7 19 (2.78%) MuleSoft
8 18 (2.63%) Google
9 15 (2.19%) IBM
9 15 (2.19%) Remedy
10 14 (2.05%) Citrix
11 13 (1.90%) BMC
12 11 (1.61%) Cisco
13 10 (1.46%) Atlassian
14 8 (1.17%) AppSense
15 7 (1.02%) Ericsson
16 6 (0.88%) CA Agile Central
16 6 (0.88%) ServiceNow
17 5 (0.73%) F5