Period
to

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for DV Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 May 2022 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.

Developed Vetting (DV) Clearance
UK
6 months to
20 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 206 161 123
Rank change year-on-year -45 -38 +80
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 1,185 992 972
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.34% 1.71% 1.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.79% 8.37% 8.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 871 749 731
10th Percentile £415 £375 £400
25th Percentile £475 £425 £440
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £513 £525
Median % change year-on-year +12.20% -2.38% +5.00%
75th Percentile £675 £600 £613
90th Percentile £725 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £570 £500 £513
% change year-on-year +14.00% -2.44% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 35 29
10th Percentile £48.44 £41.75 £29.25
25th Percentile £63.30 £42.00 £43.25
Median hourly rate £68.00 £50.00 £49.19
Median % change year-on-year +36.00% +1.65% +71.10%
75th Percentile £73.00 £62.50 £57.50
90th Percentile £76.40 £74.25 £68.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £68.53 £50.00 £50.87
% change year-on-year +37.05% -1.70% +323.88%

DV Cleared 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 17,454 11,848 11,298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.77% 20.45% 23.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,631 7,746 7,253
10th Percentile £350 £305 £263
25th Percentile £430 £400 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% +1.06%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £660 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 757 569 454
10th Percentile £14.25 £14.25 £14.75
25th Percentile £19.52 £19.00 £18.29
Median hourly rate £44.50 £37.00 £30.53
Median % change year-on-year +20.27% +21.21% +1.75%
75th Percentile £58.38 £50.72 £49.08
90th Percentile £67.50 £61.59 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.10 £34.54 £25.83
% change year-on-year +1.62% +33.75% -10.95%

DV Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing DV Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DV Cleared.

Daily rate trend for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DV Cleared over the 6 months to 20 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DV Cleared.

Hourly rate trend for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DV Cleared over the 6 months to 20 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
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 DV Cleared within the UK over the 6 months to 20 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -40 1,099 £575 +11.65% 151
UK excluding London -27 752 £570 +14.00% 121
Work from Home -50 345 £568 +13.50% 21
South East -5 319 £550 +18.92% 41
London -83 304 £573 +4.09% 35
South West -7 297 £600 +14.29% 39
Midlands -11 65 £513 +7.89% 12
West Midlands -22 60 £513 +7.89% 10
North of England -58 23 £625 +20.48% 20
North West -33 22 £625 +16.28% 19
East of England -31 20 £538 +7.50% 5
Scotland -67 19 £500 +7.24% 1
Wales -14 18 £600 +19.70% 5
East Midlands - 3 £500 - 2
North East -6 2 £900 +176.92%
Yorkshire -33 1 £900 +100.00% 1

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, IT contractor jobs citing DV Cleared 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 DV Cleared.

1 1,185 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 728 (61.43%) SC Cleared
3 375 (31.65%) Agile
4 228 (19.24%) Public Sector
5 223 (18.82%) Linux
6 214 (18.06%) Windows
7 199 (16.79%) DevOps
8 189 (15.95%) Cybersecurity
9 184 (15.53%) VMware
10 163 (13.76%) Social Skills
11 155 (13.08%) Java
12 145 (12.24%) Docker
13 143 (12.07%) Python
14 137 (11.56%) Microsoft
15 134 (11.31%) ITIL
15 134 (11.31%) Kubernetes
16 132 (11.14%) Active Directory
17 131 (11.05%) PowerShell
18 128 (10.80%) Ansible
18 128 (10.80%) SQL
19 126 (10.63%) Scrum
20 114 (9.62%) VMware Infrastructure
21 112 (9.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 111 (9.37%) Azure
23 98 (8.27%) Windows Server
24 97 (8.19%) Jenkins
24 97 (8.19%) CI/CD
25 95 (8.02%) JavaScript
26 93 (7.85%) Software Engineering
27 89 (7.51%) Finance

DV Cleared
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 47 (3.97%) Confluence
2 45 (3.80%) Apache
3 30 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 29 (2.45%) IIS
5 14 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (1.01%) Skype for Business
7 10 (0.84%) MS Exchange
8 8 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
9 6 (0.51%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.51%) JBoss
9 6 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.34%) nginx
11 4 (0.34%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.17%) Content Management Server
12 2 (0.17%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.17%) Oracle Application Server
12 2 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.084%) Jupyter
13 1 (0.084%) WildFly
Applications
1 32 (2.70%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.19%) Microsoft Project
3 22 (1.86%) MS Visio
4 15 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
5 8 (0.68%) AutoCAD
6 6 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.17%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.17%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.084%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.084%) CATIA
9 1 (0.084%) InVision
9 1 (0.084%) Mathcad
9 1 (0.084%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.084%) Revit
9 1 (0.084%) Sketch
9 1 (0.084%) Solid Edge
9 1 (0.084%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.084%) UXPin
9 1 (0.084%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 12 (1.01%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.17%) Primavera
3 2 (0.17%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.084%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.084%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.084%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 111 (9.37%) Azure
2 81 (6.84%) AWS
3 34 (2.87%) IaaS
4 27 (2.28%) OpenShift
5 24 (2.03%) Microsoft 365
6 17 (1.43%) Serverless
7 11 (0.93%) SaaS
8 10 (0.84%) GCP
8 10 (0.84%) PaaS
9 9 (0.76%) Tricentis Tosca
10 8 (0.68%) Azure Stack
11 5 (0.42%) GitHub
11 5 (0.42%) Power Platform
12 4 (0.34%) Azure Sentinel
13 3 (0.25%) Amazon S3
14 2 (0.17%) Amazon Cognito
14 2 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
14 2 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 1 (0.084%) Figma
15 1 (0.084%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 72 (6.08%) Firewall
2 34 (2.87%) DNS
3 27 (2.28%) WAN
4 22 (1.86%) VPN
5 17 (1.43%) Network Security
5 17 (1.43%) TCP/IP
6 16 (1.35%) LAN
6 16 (1.35%) Skype
6 16 (1.35%) Software-Defined Networking
7 15 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
7 15 (1.27%) Intrusion Detection
8 14 (1.18%) DHCP
8 14 (1.18%) VLAN
8 14 (1.18%) VSAN
9 13 (1.10%) SAN
10 12 (1.01%) Ethernet
11 11 (0.93%) MPLS
12 10 (0.84%) BGP
12 10 (0.84%) OSPF
13 9 (0.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 68 (5.74%) Big Data
3 23 (1.94%) MySQL
4 22 (1.86%) Relational Database
5 20 (1.69%) MongoDB
6 19 (1.60%) GIS
7 18 (1.52%) Oracle Database
8 17 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (1.35%) Hadoop
10 10 (0.84%) NoSQL
11 9 (0.76%) Metadata
11 9 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
12 8 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (0.68%) MariaDB
12 8 (0.68%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.59%) Data Mining
14 6 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 5 (0.42%) Informix
15 5 (0.42%) Ingres
15 5 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 97 (8.19%) Jenkins
2 82 (6.92%) Git (software)
3 70 (5.91%) JIRA
4 42 (3.54%) GitLab
5 34 (2.87%) Selenium
6 25 (2.11%) Maven
6 25 (2.11%) Robot Framework
7 23 (1.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 19 (1.60%) Bitbucket
9 14 (1.18%) TestRail
10 13 (1.10%) Subversion
11 11 (0.93%) SoapUI
12 10 (0.84%) Cucumber
12 10 (0.84%) SpecFlow
13 9 (0.76%) JUnit
14 8 (0.68%) HP UFT
14 8 (0.68%) JMeter
15 6 (0.51%) LoadRunner
15 6 (0.51%) Postman
15 6 (0.51%) WebDriver
General
1 228 (19.24%) Public Sector
2 163 (13.76%) Social Skills
3 89 (7.51%) Finance
4 57 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
5 35 (2.95%) Telecoms
6 25 (2.11%) Marketing
7 24 (2.03%) Electronics
7 24 (2.03%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.60%) Military
9 18 (1.52%) Documentation Skills
9 18 (1.52%) Presentation Skills
10 13 (1.10%) Law
10 13 (1.10%) Organisational Skills
11 12 (1.01%) Influencing Skills
12 10 (0.84%) Advertising
13 6 (0.51%) Aerospace
13 6 (0.51%) Police
14 5 (0.42%) Legal
15 4 (0.34%) Digital Economy
15 4 (0.34%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 175 (14.77%) Architect
2 164 (13.84%) Developer
3 109 (9.20%) Analyst
4 74 (6.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 73 (6.16%) DevOps Engineer
6 61 (5.15%) Project Manager
7 56 (4.73%) Software Engineer
8 49 (4.14%) DBA
8 49 (4.14%) Java Developer
9 42 (3.54%) Business Analyst
10 34 (2.87%) Solutions Architect
11 32 (2.70%) Consultant
12 31 (2.62%) Scrum Master
13 29 (2.45%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
13 29 (2.45%) SQL DBA
14 27 (2.28%) Data Engineer
14 27 (2.28%) Java Engineer
14 27 (2.28%) Test Engineer
15 24 (2.03%) Java Software Engineer
16 23 (1.94%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (4.56%) HTML
2 52 (4.39%) Spring
3 51 (4.30%) CSS
4 44 (3.71%) Spring Boot
5 43 (3.63%) Apache NiFi
6 34 (2.87%) React
7 33 (2.78%) AngularJS
8 31 (2.62%) Web Services
9 30 (2.53%) JSON
10 25 (2.11%) Kafka
11 22 (1.86%) .NET
12 21 (1.77%) XML
13 20 (1.69%) Node.js
14 18 (1.52%) Elastic Stack
15 15 (1.27%) Ajax
15 15 (1.27%) LDAP
15 15 (1.27%) RESTful
16 10 (0.84%) GraphQL
17 8 (0.68%) HTML5
17 8 (0.68%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 48 (4.05%) Clustering
2 46 (3.88%) Data Centre
3 37 (3.12%) PKI
4 30 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 28 (2.36%) User Experience
6 19 (1.60%) CESG
7 17 (1.43%) Private Cloud
8 15 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
8 15 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
9 12 (1.01%) Cybercrime
9 12 (1.01%) Data Structures
10 9 (0.76%) Driving Licence
10 9 (0.76%) Replication
11 8 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
12 7 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (0.59%) Public Cloud
13 6 (0.51%) Cyberattack
14 5 (0.42%) Client/Server
14 5 (0.42%) Cloud Native
14 5 (0.42%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 223 (18.82%) Linux
2 214 (18.06%) Windows
3 98 (8.27%) Windows Server
4 47 (3.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 37 (3.12%) Windows 10
6 28 (2.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 22 (1.86%) Ubuntu
7 22 (1.86%) Windows Server 2019
8 20 (1.69%) CentOS
8 20 (1.69%) Unix
9 19 (1.60%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (1.43%) Windows Server 2016
11 15 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.59%) VMS
13 4 (0.34%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.25%) Solaris
15 1 (0.084%) AIX
15 1 (0.084%) Debian
15 1 (0.084%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (31.65%) Agile
2 199 (16.79%) DevOps
3 189 (15.95%) Cybersecurity
4 134 (11.31%) ITIL
5 126 (10.63%) Scrum
6 112 (9.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 97 (8.19%) CI/CD
8 93 (7.85%) Software Engineering
9 86 (7.26%) Test Automation
10 85 (7.17%) Microservices
11 83 (7.00%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 79 (6.67%) Service Management
13 76 (6.41%) Problem-Solving
14 72 (6.08%) Project Management
15 69 (5.82%) Migration
16 64 (5.40%) Stakeholder Management
17 56 (4.73%) Project Delivery
18 55 (4.64%) Change Management
18 55 (4.64%) Risk Management
19 48 (4.05%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 155 (13.08%) Java
2 143 (12.07%) Python
3 131 (11.05%) PowerShell
4 128 (10.80%) SQL
5 95 (8.02%) JavaScript
6 56 (4.73%) Bash
7 42 (3.54%) C
8 37 (3.12%) C#
9 15 (1.27%) C++
9 15 (1.27%) Scala
10 10 (0.84%) PL/SQL
10 10 (0.84%) TypeScript
11 8 (0.68%) Groovy
12 7 (0.59%) Shell Script
13 6 (0.51%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.34%) Ruby
15 2 (0.17%) Go
15 2 (0.17%) R
16 1 (0.084%) ANSI SQL
16 1 (0.084%) VB
Qualifications
1 1,185 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 728 (61.43%) SC Cleared
3 32 (2.70%) CESG Certified Professional
3 32 (2.70%) Degree
4 28 (2.36%) CISSP
5 24 (2.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 21 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 16 (1.35%) APMP
9 15 (1.27%) ISEB
9 15 (1.27%) ISTQB
10 14 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
11 13 (1.10%) CCNA
11 13 (1.10%) CISM
12 10 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (0.76%) AWS Certification
13 9 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 8 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
14 8 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 7 (0.59%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (3.29%) JSP 440
2 25 (2.11%) QA
3 20 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.69%) SLA
4 15 (1.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 15 (1.27%) NIST
5 14 (1.18%) PMO
6 11 (0.93%) RMADS
7 8 (0.68%) Government Security Classifications
7 8 (0.68%) NCSC
8 6 (0.51%) GDPR
9 5 (0.42%) Accessibility
9 5 (0.42%) Def Stans
10 4 (0.34%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.25%) NIST 800
11 3 (0.25%) WCAG
12 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
13 1 (0.084%) Cabinet Office Statement of Practice
13 1 (0.084%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 145 (12.24%) Docker
2 132 (11.14%) Active Directory
3 114 (9.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 31 (2.62%) vSphere
5 30 (2.53%) VMware NSX
6 23 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
8 9 (0.76%) Hyper-V
9 6 (0.51%) vCloud
10 5 (0.42%) Firmware
10 5 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (0.34%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 4 (0.34%) Postfix
11 4 (0.34%) Varnish
12 3 (0.25%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 3 (0.25%) NFS
12 3 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.084%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 134 (11.31%) Kubernetes
2 128 (10.80%) Ansible
3 81 (6.84%) Terraform
4 37 (3.12%) Microsoft Clustering
5 29 (2.45%) vRealize
6 22 (1.86%) vCenter Server
7 21 (1.77%) Grafana
8 19 (1.60%) SCCM
9 17 (1.43%) FortiGate
10 16 (1.35%) Kibana
10 16 (1.35%) Prometheus
11 15 (1.27%) Puppet
12 14 (1.18%) Cisco CUCM
12 14 (1.18%) Packer
12 14 (1.18%) VxRail
13 13 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
14 10 (0.84%) Data Guard
14 10 (0.84%) Salt
14 10 (0.84%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 9 (0.76%) SCOM
Vendors
1 184 (15.53%) VMware
2 137 (11.56%) Microsoft
3 84 (7.09%) Cisco
4 65 (5.49%) Red Hat
5 64 (5.40%) Oracle
6 37 (3.12%) Splunk
7 33 (2.78%) Remedy
8 30 (2.53%) ServiceNow
9 24 (2.03%) Juniper
9 24 (2.03%) SAP
10 20 (1.69%) Citrix
10 20 (1.69%) McAfee
11 18 (1.52%) Atlassian
12 17 (1.43%) CheckPoint
13 16 (1.35%) Fortinet
13 16 (1.35%) Palo Alto
14 14 (1.18%) HP
15 13 (1.10%) Dell
16 12 (1.01%) Forcepoint
17 10 (0.84%) Micro Focus