Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 195 92 177
Rank change year-on-year -103 +85 +105
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 972 928 1,435
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.35% 2.53% 1.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.09% 10.37% 8.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 743 701 927
10th Percentile £388 £388 £359
25th Percentile £447 £438 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £638 £613 £575
90th Percentile £725 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £523 £500
% change year-on-year -1.91% +4.50% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 25 64
10th Percentile £42.00 £30.25 "
25th Percentile £43.75 £42.50 £12.00
Median hourly rate £57.50 £46.40 £42.00
Median % change year-on-year +23.92% +10.48% +11.85%
75th Percentile £73.50 £56.25 £46.00
90th Percentile £78.00 £68.75 £59.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £49.23 £42.00
% change year-on-year +21.88% +17.21% +2.44%

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 13,703 8,952 17,496
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.09% 24.37% 19.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,866 5,882 10,950
10th Percentile £310 £288 £263
25th Percentile £402 £393 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £644 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £468 £463 £448
% change year-on-year +1.08% +3.35% +8.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 678 342 766
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.75 £12.93
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.43 £17.50
Median hourly rate £29.00 £31.56 £35.28
Median % change year-on-year -8.10% -10.56% +60.38%
75th Percentile £51.48 £48.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £63.86 £59.98 £55.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year - -23.61% +60.00%

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 29 July 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 29 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Top 17 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 29 July 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 -86 876 £540 +2.86% 161
UK excluding London -43 658 £513 -1.91% 137
South West -2 264 £533 +1.43% 57
South East +2 242 £478 -2.80% 31
London -144 242 £550 - 33
Work from Home -185 129 £520 -3.26% 12
Scotland -18 59 £475 +11.76% 9
Midlands -82 50 £525 -4.55% 6
West Midlands -73 48 £525 -4.55% 4
North of England -30 20 £525 -16.00% 20
Wales +7 17 £509 -0.88% 3
North West -16 17 £538 +88.10% 11
East of England -41 12 £550 +10.00% 11
East Midlands -18 2 £125 -64.29% 2
Yorkshire -37 2 £475 -24.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 £325 -
North East - 1 - - 6

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 972 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 477 (49.07%) SC Cleared
3 264 (27.16%) Agile Software Development
4 186 (19.14%) Social Skills
5 183 (18.83%) Windows
6 144 (14.81%) Cybersecurity
7 142 (14.61%) Microsoft
8 135 (13.89%) DevOps
9 134 (13.79%) Linux
10 128 (13.17%) Java
11 123 (12.65%) SQL
12 120 (12.35%) Active Directory
13 119 (12.24%) PowerShell
14 118 (12.14%) ITIL
15 109 (11.21%) Windows Server
16 108 (11.11%) Scrum
17 102 (10.49%) VMware
18 96 (9.88%) Public Sector
19 95 (9.77%) AWS
20 89 (9.16%) Docker
21 86 (8.85%) Azure
21 86 (8.85%) Python
22 78 (8.02%) Ansible
23 76 (7.82%) VMware Infrastructure
24 73 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
25 71 (7.30%) SharePoint
25 71 (7.30%) C
26 70 (7.20%) Software Engineering
27 69 (7.10%) Oracle
27 69 (7.10%) Microservices

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 71 (7.30%) SharePoint
2 47 (4.84%) Apache
3 39 (4.01%) Confluence
4 33 (3.40%) MS Exchange
5 16 (1.65%) IIS
5 16 (1.65%) Skype for Business
6 13 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
7 10 (1.03%) MS Project Server
7 10 (1.03%) WebLogic
8 9 (0.93%) Documentum
8 9 (0.93%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.72%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
10 5 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.41%) ArcGIS
11 4 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 43 (4.42%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.75%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.41%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.21%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.21%) Figma
8 2 (0.21%) Sketch
9 1 (0.10%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.10%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 6 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.21%) iTrent
4 2 (0.21%) SAP PS
4 2 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.10%) Primavera
5 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 95 (9.77%) AWS
2 86 (8.85%) Azure
3 35 (3.60%) Serverless
4 25 (2.57%) OpenShift
5 22 (2.26%) PaaS
6 21 (2.16%) Microsoft 365
7 20 (2.06%) GCP
8 19 (1.95%) IaaS
9 18 (1.85%) SaaS
10 9 (0.93%) Azure Stack
11 8 (0.82%) GitHub
12 6 (0.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 6 (0.62%) Azure Data Factory
13 5 (0.51%) Power Platform
14 4 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.41%) Azure Synapse Analytics
15 1 (0.10%) Azure Sentinel
15 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
15 1 (0.10%) PowerApps
15 1 (0.10%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 53 (5.45%) Firewall
2 47 (4.84%) DNS
3 41 (4.22%) SAN
4 35 (3.60%) TCP/IP
5 32 (3.29%) WAN
6 31 (3.19%) DHCP
7 29 (2.98%) LAN
8 18 (1.85%) Network Security
8 18 (1.85%) Skype
8 18 (1.85%) VLAN
9 17 (1.75%) NetScaler
9 17 (1.75%) SNMP
10 15 (1.54%) VPN
11 12 (1.23%) Internet
11 12 (1.23%) Kerberos
12 11 (1.13%) IPsec
12 11 (1.13%) Remote Desktop
13 10 (1.03%) OSPF
13 10 (1.03%) POP3
13 10 (1.03%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (6.89%) Big Data
2 52 (5.35%) SQL Server
3 23 (2.37%) Data Mining
4 21 (2.16%) Hadoop
5 16 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (1.34%) Oracle Database
7 11 (1.13%) MongoDB
7 11 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 10 (1.03%) Data Lake
8 10 (1.03%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.72%) Relational Database
9 7 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (0.72%) Tableau
10 6 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
11 5 (0.51%) Oracle ODI
11 5 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (0.51%) RDBMS
11 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
11 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 63 (6.48%) JIRA
2 60 (6.17%) Jenkins
3 27 (2.78%) Selenium
4 22 (2.26%) Git (software)
5 17 (1.75%) Cucumber
5 17 (1.75%) GitLab
6 8 (0.82%) JMeter
7 7 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 7 (0.72%) MSI
8 6 (0.62%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.51%) Bitbucket Server
9 5 (0.51%) Maven
9 5 (0.51%) Postman
10 4 (0.41%) Hudson
10 4 (0.41%) JUnit
10 4 (0.41%) Rational DOORS
10 4 (0.41%) Serenity BDD
10 4 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (0.41%) Toad
General
1 186 (19.14%) Social Skills
2 96 (9.88%) Public Sector
3 68 (7.00%) Finance
4 43 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
5 30 (3.09%) Manufacturing
6 27 (2.78%) Telecoms
7 24 (2.47%) Marketing
8 23 (2.37%) Electronics
9 19 (1.95%) Military
9 19 (1.95%) Presentation Skills
10 15 (1.54%) Legal
10 15 (1.54%) Organisational Skills
11 13 (1.34%) Documentation Skills
12 11 (1.13%) Influencing Skills
13 8 (0.82%) Police
14 6 (0.62%) Law
15 5 (0.51%) Advertising
15 5 (0.51%) Local Government
16 3 (0.31%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.31%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 135 (13.89%) Architect
2 80 (8.23%) Analyst
3 70 (7.20%) Developer
4 50 (5.14%) Consultant
5 48 (4.94%) Software Engineer
6 46 (4.73%) Solutions Architect
7 43 (4.42%) Business Analyst
8 42 (4.32%) DevOps Engineer
9 35 (3.60%) Network Engineer
10 33 (3.40%) DV Cleared Business Analyst
11 32 (3.29%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
12 25 (2.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 25 (2.57%) Project Manager
13 24 (2.47%) Tester
14 23 (2.37%) Cloud Architect
14 23 (2.37%) Scrum Master
14 23 (2.37%) Support Engineer
15 22 (2.26%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
16 21 (2.16%) Azure Engineer
17 20 (2.06%) Security Assurance Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (4.32%) Apache NiFi
2 39 (4.01%) Kafka
3 27 (2.78%) XML
4 20 (2.06%) .NET
5 18 (1.85%) Spring
5 18 (1.85%) Web Services
6 16 (1.65%) Middleware
7 15 (1.54%) LDAP
8 14 (1.44%) REST
8 14 (1.44%) Spring Boot
9 12 (1.23%) Gherkin
10 11 (1.13%) AngularJS
10 11 (1.13%) JSON
11 10 (1.03%) 802.1X
11 10 (1.03%) Elastic Stack
11 10 (1.03%) Node.js
11 10 (1.03%) Oracle Fusion
12 9 (0.93%) HTML
13 8 (0.82%) CSS
14 7 (0.72%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 50 (5.14%) Data Centre
2 36 (3.70%) PKI
3 32 (3.29%) Clustering
4 30 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 19 (1.95%) Data Structures
5 19 (1.95%) User Experience
6 16 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
7 14 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (1.34%) Replication
9 11 (1.13%) CESG
9 11 (1.13%) Cyber Defence
10 10 (1.03%) Public Cloud
11 9 (0.93%) CCTV
11 9 (0.93%) Cloud Native
11 9 (0.93%) Private Cloud
12 8 (0.82%) Driving Licence
13 7 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (0.72%) Virtual Team
14 6 (0.62%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 183 (18.83%) Windows
2 134 (13.79%) Linux
3 109 (11.21%) Windows Server
4 36 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 34 (3.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 31 (3.19%) Windows 10
7 26 (2.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 25 (2.57%) Windows Server 2016
9 19 (1.95%) Windows Server 2019
10 18 (1.85%) Windows 7
11 16 (1.65%) Unix
12 14 (1.44%) Windows Server 2003
13 11 (1.13%) Windows Vista
14 10 (1.03%) CentOS
15 7 (0.72%) Windows XP
16 5 (0.51%) Ubuntu
17 1 (0.10%) Android
17 1 (0.10%) Apple iOS
17 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.10%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (27.16%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (14.81%) Cybersecurity
3 135 (13.89%) DevOps
4 118 (12.14%) ITIL
5 108 (11.11%) Scrum
6 73 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
7 70 (7.20%) Software Engineering
8 69 (7.10%) Microservices
9 68 (7.00%) Test Automation
10 67 (6.89%) Migration
11 64 (6.58%) Configuration Management
12 59 (6.07%) Information Assurance
13 58 (5.97%) Computer Science
14 55 (5.66%) Stakeholder Management
15 53 (5.45%) Risk Management
16 52 (5.35%) Project Management
17 46 (4.73%) Decision-Making
18 45 (4.63%) Information Security
19 44 (4.53%) SIEM
20 42 (4.32%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (13.17%) Java
2 123 (12.65%) SQL
3 119 (12.24%) PowerShell
4 86 (8.85%) Python
5 71 (7.30%) C
6 52 (5.35%) C#
7 35 (3.60%) JavaScript
8 27 (2.78%) Bash Shell
9 17 (1.75%) C++
10 16 (1.65%) R
11 12 (1.23%) TypeScript
12 11 (1.13%) PL/SQL
12 11 (1.13%) Shell Script
13 10 (1.03%) MATLAB
14 7 (0.72%) Scala
14 7 (0.72%) VBScript
15 5 (0.51%) Perl
16 4 (0.41%) VB
17 2 (0.21%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 972 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 477 (49.07%) SC Cleared
3 51 (5.25%) Degree
4 43 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
5 38 (3.91%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (3.60%) CESG Certified Professional
7 31 (3.19%) CISSP
8 30 (3.09%) MCSE
9 28 (2.88%) Computer Science Degree
10 22 (2.26%) CCNA
10 22 (2.26%) CCNP
11 19 (1.95%) ISTQB
12 18 (1.85%) ISEB
13 15 (1.54%) CISM
14 12 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (1.13%) CREST Certified
16 10 (1.03%) Citrix Certification
17 8 (0.82%) PMP
18 7 (0.72%) Cyber Scheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (2.67%) JSP 440
2 24 (2.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (2.37%) QA
4 22 (2.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 16 (1.65%) SLA
6 13 (1.34%) RMADS
7 12 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
7 12 (1.23%) GPG13
7 12 (1.23%) NCSC
8 9 (0.93%) Data Quality
9 7 (0.72%) PMO
10 4 (0.41%) Accessibility
10 4 (0.41%) COBIT
11 3 (0.31%) HMG Infosec
11 3 (0.31%) NIST
11 3 (0.31%) NIST 800
12 2 (0.21%) GDPR
12 2 (0.21%) GRC
12 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 17025
12 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 120 (12.35%) Active Directory
2 89 (9.16%) Docker
3 76 (7.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 34 (3.50%) Virtual Machines
5 30 (3.09%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (2.06%) vSphere
7 18 (1.85%) Hyper-V
8 17 (1.75%) VMware NSX
9 15 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (1.23%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 10 (1.03%) DFS Replication
11 10 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (0.82%) XenApp
13 5 (0.51%) Firmware
13 5 (0.51%) NFS
13 5 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 3 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.21%) Ceph
15 2 (0.21%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 78 (8.02%) Ansible
2 56 (5.76%) Terraform
3 46 (4.73%) Kubernetes
4 33 (3.40%) SCCM
5 28 (2.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 21 (2.16%) HP Quality Center
7 20 (2.06%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 18 (1.85%) Puppet
9 15 (1.54%) Microsoft Clustering
9 15 (1.54%) SCOM
9 15 (1.54%) WSUS
10 11 (1.13%) Prometheus
10 11 (1.13%) SCSM
10 11 (1.13%) vRealize
11 10 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
11 10 (1.03%) Grafana
11 10 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 10 (1.03%) SCDPM
11 10 (1.03%) SCVMM
11 10 (1.03%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 142 (14.61%) Microsoft
2 102 (10.49%) VMware
3 69 (7.10%) Oracle
4 54 (5.56%) Cisco
5 39 (4.01%) Red Hat
6 35 (3.60%) HP
7 30 (3.09%) ArcSight
8 29 (2.98%) SAP
9 28 (2.88%) Dell
10 23 (2.37%) Citrix
11 18 (1.85%) Google
11 18 (1.85%) Lumension
12 16 (1.65%) McAfee
13 15 (1.54%) Splunk
14 13 (1.34%) F5
14 13 (1.34%) NetApp
15 12 (1.23%) Databricks
16 10 (1.03%) CheckPoint
17 9 (0.93%) Borland
17 9 (0.93%) EMC