Period
to 22 January 2021

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 22 January 2021 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
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 95 152 214
Rank change year-on-year +57 +62 +22
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 1,012 1,278 1,356
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.40% 1.76% 1.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.52% 8.24% 7.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 796 966 833
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £310
90th Percentile £675 £645 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £496 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -0.75% +11.11% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 36 46
Median hourly rate £50.00 £46.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.53% +55.00% +9.09%
10th Percentile £41.68 £28.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £72.48 £73.25 £49.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.00 £45.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +8.89% +63.64% +10.00%

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 9,620 15,519 19,155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.84% 21.35% 19.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,291 9,995 11,759
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £278 £256 £256
90th Percentile £650 £640 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 503 654 853
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.08% +25.00% +13.04%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.91 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +26.38% +13.21% +6.00%

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 22 January 2021.

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 22 January 2021.

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 22 January 2021. 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 +56 889 £500 - 180
UK excluding London +39 648 £496 -0.75% 129
London +87 295 £500 -4.76% 56
South West +10 268 £506 +1.15% 79
South East +38 184 £475 - 24
Work from Home -93 112 £500 -15.25% 6
Scotland +89 65 £450 -16.28% 6
Midlands +53 61 £425 -5.56% 6
East of England +32 47 £650 +18.18% 8
West Midlands +32 45 £425 -5.56% 5
East Midlands +43 16 £500 +25.00% 1
North of England +102 12 £413 +0.61% 6
Wales +29 11 £478 +6.11%
North West +67 7 £550 - 6
North East +42 4 £325 -20.73%
Yorkshire +49 1 £413 -17.50%

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, 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 1,012 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 377 (37.25%) SC Cleared
3 232 (22.92%) Agile Software Development
4 196 (19.37%) Windows
5 172 (17.00%) Microsoft
6 158 (15.61%) DevOps
7 153 (15.12%) VMware
8 152 (15.02%) Linux
9 148 (14.62%) Active Directory
10 120 (11.86%) Cybersecurity
11 110 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
11 110 (10.87%) Oracle
12 108 (10.67%) Public Sector
13 103 (10.18%) Java
14 98 (9.68%) Cisco
15 86 (8.50%) Migration
16 85 (8.40%) Python
17 81 (8.00%) SQL
17 81 (8.00%) SQL Server
18 79 (7.81%) ITIL
19 75 (7.41%) Finance
19 75 (7.41%) PowerShell
20 74 (7.31%) Azure
20 74 (7.31%) Windows Server
21 73 (7.21%) Microsoft Office
21 73 (7.21%) Cisco Certification
22 69 (6.82%) AWS
23 63 (6.23%) Ansible
23 63 (6.23%) DNS
24 62 (6.13%) Docker

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 46 (4.55%) Apache
2 40 (3.95%) SharePoint
3 37 (3.66%) Elasticsearch
4 31 (3.06%) Confluence
5 24 (2.37%) IIS
6 16 (1.58%) ArcGIS
7 13 (1.28%) WebLogic
8 11 (1.09%) Documentum
9 10 (0.99%) JBoss
9 10 (0.99%) MS Exchange
10 9 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 8 (0.79%) Apache Spark
11 8 (0.79%) MQSeries
11 8 (0.79%) Red Hat Fuse
12 7 (0.69%) Tomcat
13 6 (0.59%) Jetty
13 6 (0.59%) SAS
14 5 (0.49%) CMS
14 5 (0.49%) Oracle Self-Service HR
15 4 (0.40%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 73 (7.21%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (3.95%) MS Visio
3 38 (3.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.28%) Photoshop
5 6 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.30%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.20%) Sketch
9 1 (0.099%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 10 (0.99%) Oracle Applications
1 10 (0.99%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 9 (0.89%) Oracle ERP
3 6 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.30%) Infor M3
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 2 (0.20%) Primavera
6 2 (0.20%) Remedy AR System
7 1 (0.099%) OpenText Process Suite
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 74 (7.31%) Azure
2 69 (6.82%) AWS
3 26 (2.57%) Serverless
4 23 (2.27%) IaaS
5 17 (1.68%) Azure Stack
6 10 (0.99%) Office 365
6 10 (0.99%) OpenShift
6 10 (0.99%) Power Platform
7 7 (0.69%) GCP
7 7 (0.69%) PaaS
7 7 (0.69%) SaaS
8 6 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
8 6 (0.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 4 (0.40%) GitHub
9 4 (0.40%) PowerApps
10 3 (0.30%) Amazon ECS
10 3 (0.30%) Amazon EKS
10 3 (0.30%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
10 3 (0.30%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 63 (6.23%) DNS
2 55 (5.43%) Firewall
3 39 (3.85%) WAN
4 38 (3.75%) SAN
5 36 (3.56%) LAN
6 35 (3.46%) DHCP
7 24 (2.37%) VSAN
8 21 (2.08%) OSPF
8 21 (2.08%) VPN
9 20 (1.98%) Kerberos
10 19 (1.88%) Cisco Nexus
11 18 (1.78%) BGP
12 17 (1.68%) Cisco ASA
13 16 (1.58%) EIGRP
13 16 (1.58%) X.500
14 15 (1.48%) VLAN
15 14 (1.38%) TCP/IP
16 12 (1.19%) IPsec
17 11 (1.09%) SMTP
18 10 (0.99%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (8.00%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.05%) Big Data
3 31 (3.06%) Oracle Database
4 19 (1.88%) PostgreSQL
5 15 (1.48%) Geospatial Data
6 14 (1.38%) MySQL
7 12 (1.19%) GIS
8 9 (0.89%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.79%) Apache Hive
9 8 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (0.79%) EDRMS
10 7 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.59%) MongoDB
11 6 (0.59%) Oracle Database 12c
11 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
11 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 51 (5.04%) JIRA
2 35 (3.46%) Jenkins
3 29 (2.87%) Git (software)
4 20 (1.98%) Selenium
5 17 (1.68%) GitLab
6 14 (1.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (0.99%) Bitbucket
7 10 (0.99%) JMeter
7 10 (0.99%) Maven
8 9 (0.89%) LoadRunner
9 8 (0.79%) Subversion
9 8 (0.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 7 (0.69%) Cucumber
10 7 (0.69%) Gradle
11 6 (0.59%) HP UFT
11 6 (0.59%) NeoLoad
11 6 (0.59%) SilkPerformer
12 5 (0.49%) ClearCase
12 5 (0.49%) Eclipse
12 5 (0.49%) IntelliJ
General
1 108 (10.67%) Public Sector
2 75 (7.41%) Finance
3 41 (4.05%) Manufacturing
3 41 (4.05%) Telecoms
4 34 (3.36%) Electronics
4 34 (3.36%) Marketing
5 23 (2.27%) Military
6 22 (2.17%) Law
7 6 (0.59%) Police
8 4 (0.40%) Billing
9 3 (0.30%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.20%) Banking
10 2 (0.20%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.20%) Legal
11 1 (0.099%) Avionics
11 1 (0.099%) Games
Job Titles
1 140 (13.83%) Architect
2 84 (8.30%) Developer
3 82 (8.10%) Analyst
4 48 (4.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 45 (4.45%) Network Engineer
6 44 (4.35%) Consultant
7 41 (4.05%) Business Analyst
7 41 (4.05%) Project Manager
8 36 (3.56%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
9 35 (3.46%) Cloud Architect
9 35 (3.46%) Software Engineer
9 35 (3.46%) Solutions Architect
10 32 (3.16%) DV Cleared Project Manager
11 31 (3.06%) DevOps Engineer
11 31 (3.06%) DV Cleared Business Analyst
12 30 (2.96%) VMware Engineer
13 29 (2.87%) Technical Architect
14 28 (2.77%) Java Developer
15 26 (2.57%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
16 23 (2.27%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (3.46%) Apache NiFi
2 31 (3.06%) LDAP
3 28 (2.77%) Kafka
4 23 (2.27%) HTML
4 23 (2.27%) Spring
5 18 (1.78%) Oracle Fusion
6 17 (1.68%) 802.1X
6 17 (1.68%) Keras
6 17 (1.68%) PyTorch
6 17 (1.68%) scikit-learn
6 17 (1.68%) TensorFlow
7 15 (1.48%) XML
8 14 (1.38%) .NET
8 14 (1.38%) React
8 14 (1.38%) Spring Boot
8 14 (1.38%) Vue.js
9 13 (1.28%) CSS
9 13 (1.28%) Hibernate
9 13 (1.28%) JSON
10 12 (1.19%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 41 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (3.95%) Data Centre
3 34 (3.36%) Management Information System
3 34 (3.36%) PKI
4 24 (2.37%) CESG
5 22 (2.17%) Private Cloud
6 20 (1.98%) Replication
7 18 (1.78%) Algorithms
7 18 (1.78%) Hybrid Cloud
8 16 (1.58%) User Experience
9 10 (0.99%) Clustering
9 10 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (0.79%) CESG CLAS
11 7 (0.69%) CCTV
12 6 (0.59%) Self-Motivation
13 5 (0.49%) Cyberthreat
13 5 (0.49%) Derivative
13 5 (0.49%) Smartcard
13 5 (0.49%) YubiKey
14 4 (0.40%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 196 (19.37%) Windows
2 152 (15.02%) Linux
3 74 (7.31%) Windows Server
4 36 (3.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 32 (3.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 29 (2.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (2.57%) Windows 10
8 22 (2.17%) Windows Server 2019
9 20 (1.98%) Windows 7
9 20 (1.98%) Windows Server 2016
10 19 (1.88%) CentOS
11 18 (1.78%) Unix
12 10 (0.99%) Ubuntu
13 7 (0.69%) Android
13 7 (0.69%) Apple iOS
13 7 (0.69%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.59%) Solaris
15 5 (0.49%) Debian
16 4 (0.40%) Windows Vista
17 2 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (22.92%) Agile Software Development
2 158 (15.61%) DevOps
3 120 (11.86%) Cybersecurity
4 86 (8.50%) Migration
5 79 (7.81%) ITIL
6 61 (6.03%) Risk Management
7 60 (5.93%) Project Management
8 55 (5.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 55 (5.43%) Service Management
9 51 (5.04%) Business Intelligence
9 51 (5.04%) Information Security
9 51 (5.04%) Programme Management
9 51 (5.04%) Scrum
10 49 (4.84%) Software Engineering
11 46 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
12 43 (4.25%) Continuous Improvement
13 41 (4.05%) Decision-Making
13 41 (4.05%) Information Assurance
14 40 (3.95%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 39 (3.85%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 103 (10.18%) Java
2 85 (8.40%) Python
3 81 (8.00%) SQL
4 75 (7.41%) PowerShell
5 59 (5.83%) C
6 30 (2.96%) JavaScript
7 25 (2.47%) PL/SQL
8 21 (2.08%) C#
9 20 (1.98%) VB
10 16 (1.58%) Bash Shell
11 13 (1.28%) C++
11 13 (1.28%) T-SQL
12 12 (1.19%) Perl
12 12 (1.19%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.69%) VBA
14 6 (0.59%) Ruby
14 6 (0.59%) Scala
14 6 (0.59%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.49%) ClojureScript
15 5 (0.49%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,012 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 377 (37.25%) SC Cleared
3 73 (7.21%) Cisco Certification
4 42 (4.15%) CESG Certified Professional
5 41 (4.05%) Microsoft Certification
6 35 (3.46%) CCNP
7 28 (2.77%) CCNA
8 25 (2.47%) Degree
9 24 (2.37%) CISSP
10 21 (2.08%) CCIE
11 20 (1.98%) CISM
12 19 (1.88%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 14 (1.38%) APMP
13 14 (1.38%) MCSE
14 12 (1.19%) ISTQB
15 10 (0.99%) IISP
15 10 (0.99%) PMP
15 10 (0.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 9 (0.89%) CCSP
16 9 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (2.96%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 29 (2.87%) JSP 440
3 28 (2.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 20 (1.98%) RMADS
4 20 (1.98%) SLA
5 17 (1.68%) PMO
6 14 (1.38%) NCSC
7 11 (1.09%) NIST
8 7 (0.69%) QA
9 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 3 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.30%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.30%) NIST 800
11 2 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.20%) GDPR
12 1 (0.099%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 148 (14.62%) Active Directory
2 110 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (6.13%) Docker
4 56 (5.53%) VMware NSX
5 38 (3.75%) VMware ESXi
6 27 (2.67%) vSphere
7 20 (1.98%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (1.88%) Hyper-V
9 16 (1.58%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 10 (0.99%) NFS
11 9 (0.89%) VMFS
12 8 (0.79%) NDS
12 8 (0.79%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 5 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.40%) DFS Replication
14 4 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
15 2 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
16 1 (0.099%) Firmware
16 1 (0.099%) Xen
Systems Management
1 63 (6.23%) Ansible
2 51 (5.04%) Terraform
3 35 (3.46%) vCenter Server
4 34 (3.36%) Kubernetes
5 24 (2.37%) vRealize
6 22 (2.17%) SCCM
7 17 (1.68%) Puppet
8 14 (1.38%) Kibana
8 14 (1.38%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 11 (1.09%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 10 (0.99%) vMotion
11 9 (0.89%) SCOM
12 8 (0.79%) HP Data Protector
12 8 (0.79%) Microsoft Clustering
12 8 (0.79%) WSUS
13 7 (0.69%) NetIQ Identity Manager
13 7 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
14 6 (0.59%) Oracle RMAN
14 6 (0.59%) SCDPM
15 5 (0.49%) Salt
Vendors
1 172 (17.00%) Microsoft
2 153 (15.12%) VMware
3 110 (10.87%) Oracle
4 98 (9.68%) Cisco
5 37 (3.66%) SAP
6 30 (2.96%) Dell
7 29 (2.87%) HP
8 28 (2.77%) Red Hat
9 25 (2.47%) SolarWinds
10 23 (2.27%) Juniper
11 18 (1.78%) Lumension
12 17 (1.68%) Palo Alto
13 16 (1.58%) Citrix
13 16 (1.58%) Sophos
14 15 (1.48%) Atlassian
15 14 (1.38%) ESRI
16 13 (1.28%) Ivanti
16 13 (1.28%) ServiceNow
17 12 (1.19%) Splunk
18 11 (1.09%) 3PAR