Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 380 340 290
Rank change year-on-year -40 -50 +258
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 672 677 970
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.71% 0.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.43% 3.61% 4.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 473 725
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +11.41% -0.15%
10th Percentile £255 £275 £230
90th Percentile £556 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £425 £350
% change year-on-year +0.67% +21.43% -12.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 16 30
UK median hourly rate £28.49 £31.25 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.85% +11.61% +180.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.63 £15.00
90th Percentile £48.00 £50.63 £52.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.55 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -29.86% +25.00% +180.00%

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 19,573 18,772 23,679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.79% 19.71% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,615 11,533 14,808
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £592 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 955 840
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.12 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £31.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -17.46% +12.50% +24.44%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -43 568 £450 +1.12% 26
UK excluding London -31 453 £428 +0.67% 26
London -38 213 £481 +1.32% 6
North of England +9 130 £438 +10.76% 5
South East -71 93 £450 +38.46% 6
Scotland +18 75 £355 -25.26% 4
Midlands -10 69 £425 -10.53% 3
North West +18 57 £474 +10.34% 1
South West -28 42 £438 +2.94% 4
North East -8 41 £261 -32.58% 2
Yorkshire -15 36 £475 +22.19% 2
West Midlands -43 35 £450 -5.26% 2
East Midlands +21 33 £405 +8.00% 1
Wales -13 24 £495 +16.47% 2
East of England -6 22 £475 +2.70% 2
Northern Ireland - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 307 (45.68%) Security Cleared
2 256 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 171 (25.45%) SC Cleared
4 122 (18.15%) Java
5 114 (16.96%) Microsoft
6 113 (16.82%) Disclosure Scotland
7 109 (16.22%) Linux
8 105 (15.63%) Windows
9 94 (13.99%) TDD
10 90 (13.39%) JavaScript
10 90 (13.39%) Test Automation
11 86 (12.80%) Continuous Integration
12 84 (12.50%) DBS Check
13 83 (12.35%) SQL
14 82 (12.20%) Git (software)
15 81 (12.05%) JIRA
16 78 (11.61%) Finance
17 76 (11.31%) Project Management
17 76 (11.31%) Open Source
17 76 (11.31%) Problem-Solving
18 73 (10.86%) Scrum
19 71 (10.57%) Active Directory
20 68 (10.12%) ITIL
20 68 (10.12%) RESTful
21 66 (9.82%) Jenkins
22 65 (9.67%) Confluence
23 63 (9.38%) REST
24 58 (8.63%) DevOps
24 58 (8.63%) Windows Server
25 56 (8.33%) Configuration Management

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 65 (9.67%) Confluence
2 19 (2.83%) MS Exchange
3 17 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.49%) CMS
4 10 (1.49%) Skype for Business
5 9 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
6 8 (1.19%) Tomcat
7 7 (1.04%) Apache
8 5 (0.74%) IIS
8 5 (0.74%) nginx
8 5 (0.74%) WildFly
9 4 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.60%) OpenStack
9 4 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 4 (0.60%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.60%) WebLogic Integration
10 3 (0.45%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.45%) Office Communications Server
10 3 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 24 (3.57%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (2.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.93%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.60%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.60%) Windchill
6 3 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.15%) InVision
7 1 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.15%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 13 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.60%) SAP HR
3 3 (0.45%) ENOVIA
3 3 (0.45%) SAP Payroll
3 3 (0.45%) SAP PLM
3 3 (0.45%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.15%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.15%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 51 (7.59%) Amazon AWS
2 50 (7.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (3.57%) Office 365
4 9 (1.34%) SaaS
5 8 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
6 7 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (1.04%) IaaS
6 7 (1.04%) PaaS
7 6 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.74%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.60%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.60%) GitHub
10 3 (0.45%) G Suite
10 3 (0.45%) Trello
11 2 (0.30%) Google App Engine
11 2 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.30%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 2 (0.30%) Slack
12 1 (0.15%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 50 (7.44%) HTTP
2 48 (7.14%) DNS
3 47 (6.99%) DHCP
4 19 (2.83%) Wi-Fi
5 18 (2.68%) Internet
5 18 (2.68%) WAN
6 17 (2.53%) 3G
7 16 (2.38%) TCP/IP
8 15 (2.23%) LAN
9 14 (2.08%) Firewall
10 12 (1.79%) VPN
11 11 (1.64%) Skype
12 10 (1.49%) SSL
13 9 (1.34%) MPLS
14 7 (1.04%) BGP
14 7 (1.04%) Cisco Nexus
14 7 (1.04%) FTP
14 7 (1.04%) OSPF
14 7 (1.04%) RIP
15 6 (0.89%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (8.18%) Relational Database
2 45 (6.70%) SQL Server
3 19 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
4 17 (2.53%) MongoDB
5 16 (2.38%) Hadoop
6 15 (2.23%) Big Data
7 13 (1.93%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.64%) Power BI
8 11 (1.64%) RDBMS
9 9 (1.34%) MySQL
9 9 (1.34%) NoSQL
10 8 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
12 6 (0.89%) Neo4j
12 6 (0.89%) Redis
13 4 (0.60%) Data Mining
13 4 (0.60%) MS Access
13 4 (0.60%) Oracle Database 12c
13 4 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 82 (12.20%) Git (software)
2 81 (12.05%) JIRA
3 66 (9.82%) Jenkins
4 49 (7.29%) JUnit
5 40 (5.95%) Subversion
6 31 (4.61%) Hudson
7 24 (3.57%) Selenium
8 19 (2.83%) Maven
9 18 (2.68%) Cucumber
9 18 (2.68%) Visual Studio
10 16 (2.38%) Mockito
11 9 (1.34%) SonarQube
12 8 (1.19%) SoapUI
12 8 (1.19%) Team Foundation Server
13 6 (0.89%) JMeter
13 6 (0.89%) Vagrant
13 6 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
14 5 (0.74%) Liquibase
14 5 (0.74%) MSTest
14 5 (0.74%) SpecFlow
General
1 78 (11.61%) Finance
2 18 (2.68%) Retail
2 18 (2.68%) Telecoms
3 14 (2.08%) Manufacturing
4 11 (1.64%) Legal
5 8 (1.19%) Aerospace
6 5 (0.74%) Law
6 5 (0.74%) Marketing
6 5 (0.74%) Publishing
7 4 (0.60%) Electronics
8 3 (0.45%) Automotive
8 3 (0.45%) Games
9 2 (0.30%) Back Office
9 2 (0.30%) Banking
9 2 (0.30%) Billing
9 2 (0.30%) Local Government
9 2 (0.30%) Military
10 1 (0.15%) Avionics
10 1 (0.15%) German Language
10 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 147 (21.88%) Developer
2 84 (12.50%) Analyst
3 59 (8.78%) Architect
4 47 (6.99%) Project Manager
5 43 (6.40%) Java Developer
6 39 (5.80%) Consultant
7 32 (4.76%) DevOps Engineer
8 29 (4.32%) Agile Developer
9 27 (4.02%) Business Analyst
10 26 (3.87%) Scala Developer
11 18 (2.68%) Change Analyst
11 18 (2.68%) Senior Developer
11 18 (2.68%) Tester
12 17 (2.53%) Support Engineer
13 16 (2.38%) Technical Architect
13 16 (2.38%) Test Analyst
14 15 (2.23%) Full Stack Developer
14 15 (2.23%) Python Developer
15 14 (2.08%) 2nd Line Support
15 14 (2.08%) Mobility Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (10.12%) RESTful
2 63 (9.38%) REST
3 54 (8.04%) Spring
4 43 (6.40%) HTML
5 40 (5.95%) JSON
6 36 (5.36%) Web Services
7 34 (5.06%) .NET
8 32 (4.76%) Django
8 32 (4.76%) Play Framework
8 32 (4.76%) Ruby on Rails
8 32 (4.76%) Spring MVC
9 31 (4.61%) Guice
10 27 (4.02%) AngularJS
11 26 (3.87%) Node.js
12 24 (3.57%) CSS
12 24 (3.57%) Spring Boot
13 22 (3.27%) jQuery
14 17 (2.53%) JAX-RS
15 15 (2.23%) Hibernate
16 12 (1.79%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.44%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (5.21%) User Experience
3 26 (3.87%) Data Centre
4 23 (3.42%) Computer Science
5 18 (2.68%) PKI
6 17 (2.53%) Fat Client
6 17 (2.53%) Thin Client
7 14 (2.08%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
9 9 (1.34%) NHS
10 8 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
12 6 (0.89%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.89%) Public Cloud
12 6 (0.89%) Self-Motivation
13 4 (0.60%) Clustering
13 4 (0.60%) CMDB
13 4 (0.60%) Data Protection Act
13 4 (0.60%) N-Tier
13 4 (0.60%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 109 (16.22%) Linux
2 105 (15.63%) Windows
3 58 (8.63%) Windows Server
4 42 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 40 (5.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (4.46%) Windows 10
7 29 (4.32%) Unix
8 25 (3.72%) Windows 7
9 19 (2.83%) Windows 8
10 16 (2.38%) Android
11 15 (2.23%) Apple iOS
11 15 (2.23%) Windows Phone
11 15 (2.23%) Windows Phone 8
12 14 (2.08%) Mac OS X
13 12 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (1.04%) VMS
15 5 (0.74%) AIX
15 5 (0.74%) HPUX
16 4 (0.60%) Solaris
16 4 (0.60%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (13.99%) TDD
3 90 (13.39%) Test Automation
4 86 (12.80%) Continuous Integration
5 76 (11.31%) Open Source
5 76 (11.31%) Problem-Solving
5 76 (11.31%) Project Management
6 73 (10.86%) Scrum
7 68 (10.12%) ITIL
8 58 (8.63%) DevOps
9 56 (8.33%) Configuration Management
10 54 (8.04%) Stakeholder Management
11 52 (7.74%) Migration
12 50 (7.44%) Digital Transformation Programme
12 50 (7.44%) Kanban
13 49 (7.29%) MVC
14 42 (6.25%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 41 (6.10%) Responsive Web Design
16 40 (5.95%) Microservices
17 39 (5.80%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 122 (18.15%) Java
2 90 (13.39%) JavaScript
3 83 (12.35%) SQL
4 52 (7.74%) Ruby
5 49 (7.29%) Python
6 42 (6.25%) Scala
7 32 (4.76%) C#
8 21 (3.13%) Java 8
9 20 (2.98%) PowerShell
10 15 (2.23%) C
11 11 (1.64%) C++
11 11 (1.64%) T-SQL
12 8 (1.19%) ES6
12 8 (1.19%) VB
13 7 (1.04%) Groovy
13 7 (1.04%) PHP
13 7 (1.04%) TypeScript
14 6 (0.89%) Shell Script
15 5 (0.74%) Go
15 5 (0.74%) JPQL
Qualifications
1 307 (45.68%) Security Cleared
2 171 (25.45%) SC Cleared
3 84 (12.50%) DBS Check
4 45 (6.70%) Degree
5 37 (5.51%) CTC Cleared
6 32 (4.76%) BC Cleared
7 19 (2.83%) Microsoft Certification
8 17 (2.53%) ISTQB
9 16 (2.38%) Computer Science Degree
10 15 (2.23%) ISEB
11 12 (1.79%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (1.64%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (1.34%) CCNA
13 9 (1.34%) CCNP
14 7 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 7 (1.04%) MCSE
15 5 (0.74%) DV Cleared
15 5 (0.74%) PMI Certification
15 5 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 5 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (16.82%) Disclosure Scotland
2 34 (5.06%) QA
3 20 (2.98%) PMO
4 15 (2.23%) SLA
5 13 (1.93%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.74%) GDPR
7 4 (0.60%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.30%) WCAG
9 1 (0.15%) COBIT
9 1 (0.15%) HL7
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.15%) WAI
System Software
1 71 (10.57%) Active Directory
2 29 (4.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (3.42%) Microsoft App-V
3 23 (3.42%) XenApp
4 19 (2.83%) Docker
5 8 (1.19%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.60%) vSphere
7 4 (0.60%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.60%) XenServer
8 2 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.30%) Xen
9 1 (0.15%) Firmware
9 1 (0.15%) HDFS
9 1 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 27 (4.02%) SCCM
2 23 (3.42%) AirWatch
3 21 (3.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 18 (2.68%) Puppet
5 15 (2.23%) Ansible
5 15 (2.23%) XenMobile
6 14 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (2.08%) SAP Afaria
7 10 (1.49%) McAfee ePO
8 8 (1.19%) HP ALM
9 7 (1.04%) WSUS
10 5 (0.74%) Terraform
11 4 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
11 4 (0.60%) Kubernetes
11 4 (0.60%) vCenter Server
12 3 (0.45%) Cisco Prime
13 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
14 1 (0.15%) Nagios
14 1 (0.15%) Tivoli
14 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 114 (16.96%) Microsoft
2 49 (7.29%) Citrix
3 38 (5.65%) VMware
4 37 (5.51%) Google
5 33 (4.91%) Oracle
6 29 (4.32%) Cisco
6 29 (4.32%) SAP
7 26 (3.87%) McAfee
8 25 (3.72%) Ivanti
9 22 (3.27%) HP
10 20 (2.98%) Apple
10 20 (2.98%) ServiceNow
11 18 (2.68%) ThinPrint
12 9 (1.34%) Atlassian
12 9 (1.34%) Capita
13 8 (1.19%) BMC
13 8 (1.19%) Snow
14 7 (1.04%) CheckPoint
14 7 (1.04%) IBM
14 7 (1.04%) Juniper