Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 134 134 185
Rank change year-on-year 0 +51 +52
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 998 1,140 1,439
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.90% 1.90% 1.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.00% 8.56% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 751 869 901
10th Percentile £368 £388 £350
25th Percentile £419 £435 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £515 £500
Median % change year-on-year -2.91% +3.00% -
75th Percentile £597 £600 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 30 55
Median hourly rate £50.00 £49.19 £12.00
Median % change year-on-year +1.65% +309.92% -56.36%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £48.12 £12.00
% change year-on-year +3.92% +300.96% -47.25%

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 11,089 13,312 18,711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.13% 22.22% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,249 8,586 11,687
10th Percentile £300 £258 £263
25th Percentile £400 £369 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £571 £556
90th Percentile £650 £648 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +6.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 535 789
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.75 £12.38
25th Percentile £20.27 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £28.42
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% +5.56% +32.96%
75th Percentile £51.56 £49.35 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £52.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +48.00% -9.09% +24.35%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 0 883 £505 -3.81% 198
UK excluding London +26 667 £500 - 162
South West +11 280 £515 +0.49% 62
London +17 269 £513 -6.82% 43
South East +32 229 £463 -5.56% 56
Work from Home -132 123 £500 -26.47% 3
Scotland +51 70 £450 +2.86% 5
Midlands -29 34 £425 -10.53% 9
West Midlands -34 27 £425 -10.53% 8
East of England -13 24 £620 +12.68% 12
Wales +32 18 £525 +13.51% 4
North of England +50 17 £519 -17.00% 14
North West +41 13 £525 -30.00% 12
East Midlands +27 7 £450 -5.26% 1
North East +34 3 £338 -17.68% 1
Yorkshire +19 1 £450 -28.00% 1

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 998 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 437 (43.79%) SC Cleared
3 280 (28.06%) Agile Software Development
4 185 (18.54%) Windows
4 185 (18.54%) DevOps
5 168 (16.83%) Cybersecurity
5 168 (16.83%) Linux
6 159 (15.93%) Microsoft
7 144 (14.43%) Java
8 128 (12.83%) Active Directory
9 119 (11.92%) VMware
10 105 (10.52%) SQL
11 103 (10.32%) Python
12 99 (9.92%) Public Sector
13 95 (9.52%) Oracle
13 95 (9.52%) VMware Infrastructure
14 94 (9.42%) Windows Server
15 88 (8.82%) Migration
16 86 (8.62%) Ansible
16 86 (8.62%) Docker
17 81 (8.12%) Azure
18 79 (7.92%) Finance
18 79 (7.92%) Software Engineering
19 76 (7.62%) Cisco
20 75 (7.52%) PowerShell
21 74 (7.41%) AWS
21 74 (7.41%) C
22 73 (7.31%) Terraform
23 68 (6.81%) JIRA
24 67 (6.71%) SQL Server

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 60 (6.01%) SharePoint
2 54 (5.41%) Apache
3 38 (3.81%) Confluence
4 30 (3.01%) Elasticsearch
5 21 (2.10%) MS Exchange
6 16 (1.60%) IIS
7 14 (1.40%) WebLogic
8 13 (1.30%) Documentum
9 11 (1.10%) Skype for Business
10 9 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (0.90%) JBoss
11 8 (0.80%) ArcGIS
11 8 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
11 8 (0.80%) MQSeries
11 8 (0.80%) Red Hat Fuse
12 7 (0.70%) Tomcat
13 6 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2003
14 5 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
15 4 (0.40%) Jetty
15 4 (0.40%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 60 (6.01%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (3.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (3.31%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (0.80%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.10%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.10%) Simulink
7 1 (0.10%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 10 (1.00%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.70%) Oracle Applications
3 6 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 5 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.30%) Primavera
5 3 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.20%) iTrent
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 2 (0.20%) Remedy AR System
6 2 (0.20%) SAP PS
6 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.10%) OpenText Process Suite
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 81 (8.12%) Azure
2 74 (7.41%) AWS
3 40 (4.01%) Serverless
4 19 (1.90%) IaaS
5 17 (1.70%) OpenShift
6 16 (1.60%) Microsoft 365
7 11 (1.10%) GCP
8 10 (1.00%) Azure Stack
9 9 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
9 9 (0.90%) PaaS
9 9 (0.90%) Power Platform
10 8 (0.80%) SaaS
11 6 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 5 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
12 5 (0.50%) GitHub
13 4 (0.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 4 (0.40%) PowerApps
14 3 (0.30%) Amazon ECS
14 3 (0.30%) Amazon EKS
14 3 (0.30%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.01%) Firewall
2 50 (5.01%) DNS
3 42 (4.21%) SAN
4 38 (3.81%) LAN
5 37 (3.71%) WAN
6 31 (3.11%) DHCP
7 25 (2.51%) TCP/IP
7 25 (2.51%) VLAN
8 21 (2.10%) VPN
9 19 (1.90%) SNMP
10 18 (1.80%) IPsec
11 17 (1.70%) POP3
11 17 (1.70%) SMTP
12 16 (1.60%) Skype
12 16 (1.60%) VSAN
13 15 (1.50%) Cisco Nexus
14 13 (1.30%) Network Security
15 10 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
16 9 (0.90%) OSPF
16 9 (0.90%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (6.71%) SQL Server
2 65 (6.51%) Big Data
3 24 (2.40%) Oracle Database
4 23 (2.30%) Data Mining
5 15 (1.50%) Hadoop
5 15 (1.50%) PostgreSQL
6 11 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.10%) GIS
6 11 (1.10%) Relational Database
7 10 (1.00%) Geospatial Data
7 10 (1.00%) NoSQL
8 9 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (0.80%) MySQL
10 7 (0.70%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.70%) Tableau
11 6 (0.60%) EDRMS
11 6 (0.60%) Oracle Exadata
11 6 (0.60%) Oracle ODI
11 6 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 68 (6.81%) JIRA
2 51 (5.11%) Jenkins
3 25 (2.51%) Selenium
4 23 (2.30%) GitLab
5 21 (2.10%) Git (software)
6 18 (1.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 13 (1.30%) Cucumber
8 10 (1.00%) JMeter
9 9 (0.90%) MSI
10 8 (0.80%) Maven
11 7 (0.70%) LoadRunner
11 7 (0.70%) Subversion
12 6 (0.60%) Bitbucket
12 6 (0.60%) Eclipse
12 6 (0.60%) NeoLoad
13 5 (0.50%) HP UFT
13 5 (0.50%) JUnit
13 5 (0.50%) Oracle APEX
13 5 (0.50%) SilkPerformer
13 5 (0.50%) Toad
General
1 99 (9.92%) Public Sector
2 79 (7.92%) Finance
3 44 (4.41%) Manufacturing
4 39 (3.91%) Telecoms
5 34 (3.41%) Marketing
6 33 (3.31%) Electronics
7 15 (1.50%) Law
8 8 (0.80%) Legal
8 8 (0.80%) Military
9 6 (0.60%) Police
10 5 (0.50%) Advertising
10 5 (0.50%) Local Government
11 4 (0.40%) Billing
12 3 (0.30%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.30%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.20%) Back Office
14 1 (0.10%) Avionics
14 1 (0.10%) Banking
14 1 (0.10%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.10%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 124 (12.42%) Architect
2 98 (9.82%) Analyst
3 90 (9.02%) Developer
4 56 (5.61%) Software Engineer
5 50 (5.01%) Business Analyst
6 46 (4.61%) DevOps Engineer
7 44 (4.41%) Consultant
8 43 (4.31%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
9 41 (4.11%) Solutions Architect
10 40 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 40 (4.01%) Network Engineer
11 34 (3.41%) DV Cleared Business Analyst
12 31 (3.11%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
13 28 (2.81%) Senior Software Engineer
14 26 (2.61%) Java Developer
14 26 (2.61%) Project Manager
14 26 (2.61%) VMware Engineer
15 23 (2.30%) Azure Engineer
16 22 (2.20%) Support Engineer
16 22 (2.20%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (5.11%) Apache NiFi
2 45 (4.51%) Kafka
3 31 (3.11%) Spring
4 18 (1.80%) Spring Boot
5 17 (1.70%) 802.1X
5 17 (1.70%) Oracle Fusion
5 17 (1.70%) React
6 15 (1.50%) .NET
6 15 (1.50%) HTML
6 15 (1.50%) LDAP
6 15 (1.50%) Middleware
6 15 (1.50%) XML
7 14 (1.40%) AngularJS
7 14 (1.40%) JSON
8 13 (1.30%) Hibernate
8 13 (1.30%) Node.js
9 12 (1.20%) RabbitMQ
9 12 (1.20%) Vue.js
10 10 (1.00%) REST
11 9 (0.90%) scikit-learn
Miscellaneous
1 48 (4.81%) Data Centre
2 40 (4.01%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (3.31%) PKI
4 25 (2.51%) CESG
5 24 (2.40%) Management Information System
6 21 (2.10%) Hybrid Cloud
7 19 (1.90%) Data Structures
7 19 (1.90%) Private Cloud
8 16 (1.60%) User Experience
9 15 (1.50%) Clustering
10 14 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
11 12 (1.20%) Replication
12 11 (1.10%) Cyber Defence
13 9 (0.90%) CESG CLAS
13 9 (0.90%) Self-Motivation
13 9 (0.90%) Virtual Team
14 7 (0.70%) Cloud Native
14 7 (0.70%) Cyberthreat
15 6 (0.60%) Analytical Mindset
16 5 (0.50%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 185 (18.54%) Windows
2 168 (16.83%) Linux
3 94 (9.42%) Windows Server
4 44 (4.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 34 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 34 (3.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (2.20%) CentOS
6 22 (2.20%) Unix
7 18 (1.80%) Windows Server 2019
8 17 (1.70%) Windows 10
9 15 (1.50%) Windows 7
10 14 (1.40%) Windows Server 2016
11 11 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (1.00%) Windows Vista
13 7 (0.70%) Android
13 7 (0.70%) Apple iOS
13 7 (0.70%) Ubuntu
13 7 (0.70%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.60%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.40%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 280 (28.06%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (18.54%) DevOps
3 168 (16.83%) Cybersecurity
4 88 (8.82%) Migration
5 79 (7.92%) Software Engineering
6 66 (6.61%) ITIL
6 66 (6.61%) Microservices
7 59 (5.91%) Scrum
7 59 (5.91%) Stakeholder Management
8 56 (5.61%) Business Intelligence
8 56 (5.61%) Computer Science
9 55 (5.51%) Information Security
9 55 (5.51%) Problem-Solving
9 55 (5.51%) Risk Management
10 53 (5.31%) Technical Leadership
10 53 (5.31%) Test Automation
11 49 (4.91%) Decision-Making
11 49 (4.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 47 (4.71%) Programme Management
13 45 (4.51%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 144 (14.43%) Java
2 105 (10.52%) SQL
3 103 (10.32%) Python
4 75 (7.52%) PowerShell
5 74 (7.41%) C
6 31 (3.11%) C#
6 31 (3.11%) JavaScript
7 22 (2.20%) PL/SQL
8 20 (2.00%) Bash Shell
9 19 (1.90%) R
10 16 (1.60%) C++
11 12 (1.20%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.10%) MATLAB
13 10 (1.00%) Scala
13 10 (1.00%) TypeScript
14 9 (0.90%) T-SQL
15 8 (0.80%) Perl
15 8 (0.80%) VB
16 6 (0.60%) Ruby
17 4 (0.40%) ClojureScript
Qualifications
1 998 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 437 (43.79%) SC Cleared
3 65 (6.51%) Cisco Certification
4 47 (4.71%) Degree
5 46 (4.61%) Microsoft Certification
6 43 (4.31%) CESG Certified Professional
7 32 (3.21%) CCNP
8 30 (3.01%) CCNA
9 25 (2.51%) CISSP
10 21 (2.10%) Computer Science Degree
11 20 (2.00%) MCSE
12 16 (1.60%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 15 (1.50%) CISM
14 14 (1.40%) IISP
15 13 (1.30%) CCSP
16 12 (1.20%) ISEB
16 12 (1.20%) PMP
17 10 (1.00%) CLAS
18 9 (0.90%) ISTQB
19 8 (0.80%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (3.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (2.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 22 (2.20%) JSP 440
4 20 (2.00%) SLA
5 14 (1.40%) RMADS
6 11 (1.10%) GPG13
6 11 (1.10%) NCSC
7 10 (1.00%) PMO
7 10 (1.00%) QA
8 9 (0.90%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.90%) NIST
9 4 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.30%) GDPR
10 3 (0.30%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.20%) COBIT
11 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17025
11 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.20%) NIST 800
12 1 (0.10%) Actionable Recommendations
12 1 (0.10%) GRC
System Software
1 128 (12.83%) Active Directory
2 95 (9.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 86 (8.62%) Docker
4 40 (4.01%) VMware NSX
5 30 (3.01%) VMware ESXi
6 22 (2.20%) vSphere
7 20 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
8 14 (1.40%) Hyper-V
9 11 (1.10%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 9 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.70%) NFS
12 6 (0.60%) VMFS
13 5 (0.50%) DFS Replication
14 3 (0.30%) Firmware
14 3 (0.30%) NDS
14 3 (0.30%) NetIQ eDirectory
14 3 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
16 1 (0.10%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 86 (8.62%) Ansible
2 73 (7.31%) Terraform
3 42 (4.21%) Kubernetes
4 25 (2.51%) vCenter Server
5 23 (2.30%) vRealize
6 21 (2.10%) SCCM
7 15 (1.50%) HP Quality Center
7 15 (1.50%) Puppet
8 11 (1.10%) Kibana
8 11 (1.10%) SCOM
9 10 (1.00%) HP Data Protector
9 10 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (1.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 9 (0.90%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 8 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.70%) SCDPM
12 7 (0.70%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 6 (0.60%) vMotion
14 5 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
14 5 (0.50%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 159 (15.93%) Microsoft
2 119 (11.92%) VMware
3 95 (9.52%) Oracle
4 76 (7.62%) Cisco
5 41 (4.11%) Red Hat
6 40 (4.01%) SAP
7 34 (3.41%) HP
8 23 (2.30%) Dell
9 20 (2.00%) ArcSight
10 19 (1.90%) Citrix
11 17 (1.70%) Atlassian
12 16 (1.60%) Ivanti
13 15 (1.50%) Lumension
14 14 (1.40%) 3PAR
15 13 (1.30%) Google
16 12 (1.20%) F5
16 12 (1.20%) McAfee
16 12 (1.20%) Remedy
17 11 (1.10%) Splunk
18 10 (1.00%) Palo Alto