Period
to 22 May 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 22 May 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
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 374 349 361
Rank change year-on-year -25 +12 +148
Contract jobs citing BPSS Clearance 651 611 716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.68% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.38% 3.34% 3.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 433 468 527
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +7.50% -4.76%
10th Percentile £255 £287 £250
90th Percentile £574 £600 £633
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -3.24% +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 19
UK median hourly rate £24.55 £15.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.67% -64.29% -8.70%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.00 £21.10
90th Percentile £48.00 £38.85 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.42 £15.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +116.13% -64.29% -8.70%

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 19,240 18,312 22,724
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.11% 20.32% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,541 11,491 14,122
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £239 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 853 926 861
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.78 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.40% -14.29% +55.56%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -48 548 £450 +1.69% 71
UK excluding London -7 400 £411 -3.24% 51
London -33 244 £500 +9.59% 25
South East +6 96 £363 -9.38% 11
North of England -15 94 £400 +3.23% 18
Midlands -25 61 £445 -6.32% 5
Scotland +10 60 £350 -17.65% 4
North West -17 39 £463 +2.78% 6
Wales 0 37 £514 +20.94% 1
East Midlands +19 35 £400 -5.33% 4
North East -13 33 £260 -26.76% 10
South West -24 32 £406 -6.88% 9
West Midlands -53 26 £500 +5.26% 1
Yorkshire -2 22 £500 +33.33% 2
East of England -20 18 £475 +5.56% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 346 (53.15%) Security Cleared
2 252 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
3 170 (26.11%) SC Cleared
4 147 (22.58%) Disclosure Scotland
5 109 (16.74%) Java
6 102 (15.67%) Microsoft
7 100 (15.36%) Linux
8 89 (13.67%) Project Management
9 88 (13.52%) Windows
10 77 (11.83%) JavaScript
11 76 (11.67%) Test Automation
12 74 (11.37%) Finance
13 72 (11.06%) SQL
13 72 (11.06%) Problem-Solving
14 71 (10.91%) Open Source
14 71 (10.91%) Continuous Integration
15 67 (10.29%) Analytical Skills
16 63 (9.68%) Scrum
17 62 (9.52%) REST
18 61 (9.37%) JIRA
18 61 (9.37%) Git (software)
18 61 (9.37%) TDD
19 59 (9.06%) Active Directory
20 58 (8.91%) Degree
21 57 (8.76%) DevOps
21 57 (8.76%) DBS Check
21 57 (8.76%) ITIL
22 55 (8.45%) Jenkins
23 54 (8.29%) Stakeholder Management
24 53 (8.14%) Relational Database

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 51 (7.83%) Confluence
2 19 (2.92%) SharePoint
3 16 (2.46%) MS Exchange
4 12 (1.84%) CMS
5 8 (1.23%) Skype for Business
6 6 (0.92%) Apache
6 6 (0.92%) Tomcat
6 6 (0.92%) WildFly
7 5 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.77%) IIS
7 5 (0.77%) SAS
8 4 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (0.61%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.61%) WebLogic Integration
9 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.46%) JBoss
9 3 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
9 3 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.31%) WordPress
Applications
1 25 (3.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (3.69%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (1.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (1.84%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.61%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.61%) Windchill
5 3 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.15%) InVision
6 1 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
6 1 (0.15%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 10 (1.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.61%) SAP HR
3 3 (0.46%) ENOVIA
3 3 (0.46%) SAP Payroll
3 3 (0.46%) SAP PLM
3 3 (0.46%) Teamcenter
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (0.15%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 50 (7.68%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (6.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (2.46%) Office 365
4 8 (1.23%) OneDrive
5 7 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (0.92%) IaaS
6 6 (0.92%) SaaS
7 5 (0.77%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.61%) Google Analytics
8 4 (0.61%) Route 53
8 4 (0.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (0.46%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.46%) G Suite
9 3 (0.46%) GitHub
9 3 (0.46%) PaaS
10 2 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.31%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.31%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 45 (6.91%) DNS
2 44 (6.76%) DHCP
3 43 (6.61%) HTTP
4 21 (3.23%) Internet
5 18 (2.76%) Wi-Fi
6 17 (2.61%) WAN
7 16 (2.46%) 3G
7 16 (2.46%) LAN
7 16 (2.46%) TCP/IP
8 15 (2.30%) Firewall
9 12 (1.84%) SSL
10 10 (1.54%) VPN
11 9 (1.38%) Skype
12 8 (1.23%) MVNO
12 8 (1.23%) SMS
13 7 (1.08%) Cisco Nexus
13 7 (1.08%) FTP
13 7 (1.08%) MPLS
13 7 (1.08%) Unified Communications
14 6 (0.92%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (8.14%) Relational Database
2 42 (6.45%) SQL Server
3 21 (3.23%) MongoDB
4 17 (2.61%) PostgreSQL
5 15 (2.30%) Big Data
5 15 (2.30%) RDBMS
6 12 (1.84%) Power BI
7 10 (1.54%) Hadoop
7 10 (1.54%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.23%) Event Store
10 7 (1.08%) Neo4j
10 7 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.92%) MySQL
12 5 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (0.77%) NoSQL
13 4 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
13 4 (0.61%) MS Access
14 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 61 (9.37%) Git (software)
1 61 (9.37%) JIRA
2 55 (8.45%) Jenkins
3 36 (5.53%) JUnit
4 32 (4.92%) Subversion
5 21 (3.23%) Hudson
6 15 (2.30%) Maven
6 15 (2.30%) Mockito
7 12 (1.84%) Selenium
8 10 (1.54%) Cucumber
9 9 (1.38%) SoapUI
10 8 (1.23%) MSTest
10 8 (1.23%) NUnit
10 8 (1.23%) Visual Studio
11 6 (0.92%) Jasmine
11 6 (0.92%) SonarQube
12 5 (0.77%) Checkstyle
12 5 (0.77%) gulp
12 5 (0.77%) Liquibase
12 5 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 74 (11.37%) Finance
2 30 (4.61%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.76%) Retail
4 16 (2.46%) Manufacturing
5 15 (2.30%) Legal
6 8 (1.23%) Billing
7 7 (1.08%) Publishing
8 5 (0.77%) Back Office
9 4 (0.61%) Aerospace
9 4 (0.61%) Electronics
9 4 (0.61%) Law
10 3 (0.46%) Automotive
10 3 (0.46%) Games
10 3 (0.46%) Local Government
11 2 (0.31%) Marketing
11 2 (0.31%) Military
11 2 (0.31%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.15%) Banking
12 1 (0.15%) German Language
Job Titles
1 115 (17.67%) Developer
2 90 (13.82%) Analyst
3 58 (8.91%) Architect
4 46 (7.07%) Project Manager
5 42 (6.45%) Java Developer
6 38 (5.84%) DevOps Engineer
7 36 (5.53%) Consultant
8 35 (5.38%) Business Analyst
9 20 (3.07%) Agile Developer
9 20 (3.07%) Technical Architect
10 18 (2.76%) Senior Developer
10 18 (2.76%) Support Engineer
11 16 (2.46%) Delivery Manager
11 16 (2.46%) Scala Developer
12 15 (2.30%) Change Analyst
13 13 (2.00%) 2nd Line Support
13 13 (2.00%) Mobility Engineer
13 13 (2.00%) Senior Java Developer
13 13 (2.00%) Senior Manager
14 12 (1.84%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (9.52%) REST
2 51 (7.83%) RESTful
3 40 (6.14%) Web Services
4 38 (5.84%) Spring
5 37 (5.68%) HTML
6 29 (4.45%) .NET
6 29 (4.45%) Play Framework
7 27 (4.15%) JSON
8 23 (3.53%) CSS
8 23 (3.53%) Spring MVC
9 22 (3.38%) Django
9 22 (3.38%) Ruby on Rails
10 21 (3.23%) Guice
11 18 (2.76%) JAX-RS
12 17 (2.61%) AngularJS
12 17 (2.61%) Node.js
13 16 (2.46%) Dropwizard
13 16 (2.46%) jQuery
14 14 (2.15%) Spring Boot
15 13 (2.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 67 (10.29%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (5.53%) User Experience
3 23 (3.53%) Computer Science
4 20 (3.07%) Data Centre
5 17 (2.61%) PKI
6 16 (2.46%) Fat Client
6 16 (2.46%) Greenfield Project
6 16 (2.46%) NHS
6 16 (2.46%) Thin Client
7 15 (2.30%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.69%) Public Cloud
9 8 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
10 7 (1.08%) Linux Command Line
10 7 (1.08%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.77%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.77%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (0.77%) Reference Data
13 4 (0.61%) Smartcard
13 4 (0.61%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 100 (15.36%) Linux
2 88 (13.52%) Windows
3 51 (7.83%) Windows Server
4 40 (6.14%) Windows Server 2003
5 39 (5.99%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (4.30%) Unix
7 27 (4.15%) Windows 10
8 23 (3.53%) Windows 7
9 20 (3.07%) Mac OS X
10 19 (2.92%) Windows 8
11 15 (2.30%) Android
11 15 (2.30%) Apple iOS
12 14 (2.15%) Windows Phone
12 14 (2.15%) Windows Phone 8
13 10 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (1.08%) Mac OS
15 6 (0.92%) VMS
16 5 (0.77%) HPUX
17 4 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 4 (0.61%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (13.67%) Project Management
3 76 (11.67%) Test Automation
4 72 (11.06%) Problem-Solving
5 71 (10.91%) Continuous Integration
5 71 (10.91%) Open Source
6 63 (9.68%) Scrum
7 61 (9.37%) TDD
8 57 (8.76%) DevOps
8 57 (8.76%) ITIL
9 54 (8.29%) Stakeholder Management
10 49 (7.53%) Mentoring
11 48 (7.37%) Configuration Management
11 48 (7.37%) Migration
12 41 (6.30%) Digital Transformation Programme
13 38 (5.84%) Coaching
13 38 (5.84%) MVC
13 38 (5.84%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 37 (5.68%) Business Analysis
15 36 (5.53%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 109 (16.74%) Java
2 77 (11.83%) JavaScript
3 72 (11.06%) SQL
4 47 (7.22%) Python
5 46 (7.07%) Ruby
6 30 (4.61%) Scala
7 29 (4.45%) C
8 22 (3.38%) C#
9 21 (3.23%) Java 8
10 16 (2.46%) PowerShell
11 10 (1.54%) C++
12 7 (1.08%) PHP
12 7 (1.08%) VB
13 6 (0.92%) Groovy
13 6 (0.92%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.77%) Go
14 5 (0.77%) JPQL
15 4 (0.61%) ES6
15 4 (0.61%) FoxPro (VFP)
15 4 (0.61%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 346 (53.15%) Security Cleared
2 170 (26.11%) SC Cleared
3 58 (8.91%) Degree
4 57 (8.76%) DBS Check
5 36 (5.53%) CTC Cleared
6 22 (3.38%) ISTQB
7 20 (3.07%) BC Cleared
7 20 (3.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 16 (2.46%) ISEB
9 15 (2.30%) Computer Science Degree
10 14 (2.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 12 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (1.69%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (1.54%) CCNP
14 7 (1.08%) CCNA
14 7 (1.08%) MCSE
14 7 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 6 (0.92%) DV Cleared
16 5 (0.77%) TOGAF Certification
17 4 (0.61%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (22.58%) Disclosure Scotland
2 27 (4.15%) QA
3 18 (2.76%) Data Quality
4 14 (2.15%) PMO
5 13 (2.00%) SLA
6 4 (0.61%) GDPR
7 3 (0.46%) HL7
7 3 (0.46%) WCAG
8 2 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.15%) BS25999
9 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.15%) WAI
System Software
1 59 (9.06%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
3 21 (3.23%) XenApp
4 19 (2.92%) Docker
5 6 (0.92%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.46%) vSphere
6 3 (0.46%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.46%) XenServer
7 2 (0.31%) Xen
8 1 (0.15%) Firmware
8 1 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 24 (3.69%) Puppet
2 22 (3.38%) SCCM
3 19 (2.92%) AirWatch
3 19 (2.92%) Ansible
3 19 (2.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 16 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (2.15%) HP ALM
5 14 (2.15%) XenMobile
6 13 (2.00%) SAP Afaria
7 12 (1.84%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (0.92%) Kubernetes
8 6 (0.92%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (0.92%) Terraform
9 3 (0.46%) Cisco Prime
9 3 (0.46%) QRadar
9 3 (0.46%) RSA enVision
9 3 (0.46%) Salt
9 3 (0.46%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.31%) Data Guard
10 2 (0.31%) WSUS
Vendors
1 102 (15.67%) Microsoft
2 43 (6.61%) Citrix
3 34 (5.22%) Oracle
4 32 (4.92%) VMware
5 31 (4.76%) Google
6 28 (4.30%) Cisco
7 27 (4.15%) SAP
8 22 (3.38%) Apple
8 22 (3.38%) HP
8 22 (3.38%) Ivanti
9 20 (3.07%) McAfee
10 17 (2.61%) ThinPrint
11 15 (2.30%) ServiceNow
12 7 (1.08%) Atlassian
12 7 (1.08%) Dell
13 6 (0.92%) Remedy
13 6 (0.92%) TIBCO
14 5 (0.77%) BMC
14 5 (0.77%) Capita
14 5 (0.77%) IBM