Period
to 27 February 2020

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 27 February 2020 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
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 142 190 239
Rank change year-on-year +48 +49 -42
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 1,231 1,442 1,145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.82% 1.46% 1.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.47% 7.48% 5.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 887 850 556
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £375 £320 £269
90th Percentile £650 £663 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 62 64
UK median hourly rate £41.50 £32.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.69% +16.36% -28.57%
10th Percentile £31.25 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £65.38 £48.75 £50.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year +27.27% +3.77% -31.17%

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 14,540 19,281 19,273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.46% 19.47% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,952 11,536 11,799
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 654 904 853
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.13 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.18% +20.50% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.58 £12.55 £12.05
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.60 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.25 £28.86 £26.22
% change year-on-year +18.69% +10.08% -4.67%

DV Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DV Cleared.

Contractor daily rate trend for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DV Cleared over the 6 months to 27 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DV Cleared.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DV Cleared over the 6 months to 27 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DV Cleared in the UK

DV Cleared
Top 15 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 27 February 2020. 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 +55 1,189 £500 +5.26% 323
UK excluding London +32 912 £500 +5.26% 274
South West +3 450 £500 - 121
London +103 299 £539 +2.62% 61
South East +7 268 £475 +5.56% 70
East of England +88 91 £550 -12.00% 10
Midlands +51 72 £450 +8.43% 40
West Midlands +47 68 £450 +8.43% 39
Scotland +19 13 £463 -11.90% 4
Wales +30 11 £475 +5.56% 8
North of England +51 7 £625 +46.37% 22
East Midlands +36 4 £313 -27.21% 1
North West +28 4 £750 +53.85% 9
North East +20 2 - -
Yorkshire +59 1 £500 +17.65% 13

For the 6 months to 27 February 2020, 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 1,231 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 443 (35.99%) SC Cleared
3 295 (23.96%) Windows
4 246 (19.98%) Agile Software Development
5 198 (16.08%) VMware
6 194 (15.76%) Microsoft
7 179 (14.54%) Linux
8 168 (13.65%) Windows Server
9 167 (13.57%) Active Directory
10 164 (13.32%) Public Sector
11 144 (11.70%) Cybersecurity
12 143 (11.62%) Java
13 132 (10.72%) Python
14 131 (10.64%) ITIL
15 127 (10.32%) PowerShell
16 119 (9.67%) Windows Server 2012
17 113 (9.18%) DevOps
18 111 (9.02%) VMware Infrastructure
19 110 (8.94%) SQL
19 110 (8.94%) Oracle
20 109 (8.85%) Cisco
21 107 (8.69%) Software Engineering
22 106 (8.61%) Finance
23 105 (8.53%) Migration
24 95 (7.72%) C
25 94 (7.64%) Configuration Management
26 92 (7.47%) Project Management
27 85 (6.90%) Service Management
28 81 (6.58%) Military
29 79 (6.42%) Firewall

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 54 (4.39%) SharePoint
2 48 (3.90%) MS Exchange
3 29 (2.36%) Confluence
4 20 (1.62%) IIS
5 15 (1.22%) Skype for Business
6 12 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (0.89%) Documentum
8 10 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
8 10 (0.81%) WebLogic
9 9 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (0.73%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (0.57%) JBoss
12 6 (0.49%) Apache
13 5 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2000
13 5 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
13 5 (0.41%) OpenStack
14 4 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
15 3 (0.24%) SAS
15 3 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 54 (4.39%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.11%) Microsoft Project
3 20 (1.62%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (1.46%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.081%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 9 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.49%) Oracle Cash Management
2 6 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
2 6 (0.49%) Oracle Receivables
3 4 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
4 3 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.081%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.081%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 73 (5.93%) AWS
2 55 (4.47%) Azure
3 31 (2.52%) Office 365
4 23 (1.87%) IaaS
5 21 (1.71%) PaaS
5 21 (1.71%) SaaS
6 15 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
7 8 (0.65%) OpenShift
8 7 (0.57%) GitHub
9 6 (0.49%) Amazon S3
9 6 (0.49%) OneDrive
10 4 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.32%) CloudFront
10 4 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.32%) Heroku
11 3 (0.24%) GCP
11 3 (0.24%) Serverless
12 2 (0.16%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.16%) Power Platform
12 2 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 79 (6.42%) Firewall
2 71 (5.77%) DNS
3 62 (5.04%) DHCP
4 61 (4.96%) LAN
5 60 (4.87%) WAN
6 43 (3.49%) OSPF
7 39 (3.17%) Internet
8 36 (2.92%) BGP
9 32 (2.60%) TCP/IP
10 30 (2.44%) SAN
11 25 (2.03%) EIGRP
11 25 (2.03%) SSH
12 23 (1.87%) Network Security
12 23 (1.87%) Skype
13 22 (1.79%) VPN
14 20 (1.62%) DMVPN
15 18 (1.46%) Cisco Nexus
16 17 (1.38%) Unified Communications
17 16 (1.30%) Cisco ASA
17 16 (1.30%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (4.14%) SQL Server
2 47 (3.82%) Big Data
3 33 (2.68%) PostgreSQL
4 22 (1.79%) Hadoop
5 18 (1.46%) Oracle Database
6 16 (1.30%) EDRMS
7 15 (1.22%) MySQL
8 14 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
9 10 (0.81%) Oracle Database 12c
10 9 (0.73%) MongoDB
11 8 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
12 7 (0.57%) Relational Database
13 6 (0.49%) Neo4j
13 6 (0.49%) Oracle Exadata
14 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
15 4 (0.32%) Apache Accumulo
15 4 (0.32%) Oracle Database 11g
15 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
16 3 (0.24%) SAS Data Integration Studio
16 3 (0.24%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 53 (4.31%) JIRA
2 46 (3.74%) Jenkins
3 34 (2.76%) Git (software)
4 25 (2.03%) Selenium
5 24 (1.95%) Cucumber
6 23 (1.87%) MSI
7 21 (1.71%) GitLab
8 17 (1.38%) Bitbucket
9 11 (0.89%) Maven
9 11 (0.89%) Subversion
10 10 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 10 (0.81%) Rational DOORS
11 9 (0.73%) StarTeam
12 7 (0.57%) Mercurial
13 6 (0.49%) FindBugs
13 6 (0.49%) Log4j
13 6 (0.49%) SonarQube
13 6 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
14 5 (0.41%) JUnit
14 5 (0.41%) Postman
General
1 164 (13.32%) Public Sector
2 106 (8.61%) Finance
3 81 (6.58%) Military
4 61 (4.96%) Manufacturing
4 61 (4.96%) Telecoms
5 60 (4.87%) Electronics
6 58 (4.71%) Marketing
7 19 (1.54%) Law
8 13 (1.06%) Legal
9 6 (0.49%) Aerospace
9 6 (0.49%) General Ledger
10 4 (0.32%) Police
11 3 (0.24%) Advertising
11 3 (0.24%) Publishing
12 2 (0.16%) Banking
12 2 (0.16%) Billing
12 2 (0.16%) Games
12 2 (0.16%) Retail
13 1 (0.081%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 158 (12.84%) Architect
2 102 (8.29%) Developer
3 81 (6.58%) Analyst
4 69 (5.61%) Software Engineer
5 66 (5.36%) Project Manager
6 65 (5.28%) Network Engineer
7 56 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 55 (4.47%) Consultant
9 50 (4.06%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
10 46 (3.74%) Test Engineer
11 41 (3.33%) Coordinator
12 36 (2.92%) Systems Engineer
13 35 (2.84%) DV Cleared Project Manager
14 34 (2.76%) Security Assurance Coordinator
15 32 (2.60%) Java Developer
16 30 (2.44%) Business Analyst
16 30 (2.44%) Support Engineer
17 28 (2.27%) Software Developer
18 27 (2.19%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
19 25 (2.03%) PowerShell Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (4.71%) .NET
2 41 (3.33%) XML
3 29 (2.36%) Spring
4 26 (2.11%) Web Services
5 23 (1.87%) Node.js
6 22 (1.79%) REST
7 20 (1.62%) AngularJS
7 20 (1.62%) React
8 19 (1.54%) Middleware
9 18 (1.46%) Elastic Stack
10 15 (1.22%) 802.1X
11 14 (1.14%) HTML
12 13 (1.06%) JSON
13 12 (0.97%) SOAP
13 12 (0.97%) Software Packaging
14 11 (0.89%) Apache NiFi
14 11 (0.89%) Hibernate
14 11 (0.89%) Spring Boot
15 9 (0.73%) CSS
15 9 (0.73%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 71 (5.77%) Data Centre
2 56 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (3.98%) Management Information System
4 48 (3.90%) PKI
5 20 (1.62%) Clustering
5 20 (1.62%) Fat Client
5 20 (1.62%) Thin Client
6 17 (1.38%) Self-Motivation
7 14 (1.14%) User Experience
8 13 (1.06%) Private Cloud
9 12 (0.97%) Public Cloud
10 11 (0.89%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 9 (0.73%) Cyberthreat
12 8 (0.65%) Algorithms
12 8 (0.65%) Replication
13 6 (0.49%) Fibre Optics
13 6 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
14 5 (0.41%) CESG
14 5 (0.41%) Enterprise Software
15 4 (0.32%) ASIC
Operating Systems
1 295 (23.96%) Windows
2 179 (14.54%) Linux
3 168 (13.65%) Windows Server
4 119 (9.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 78 (6.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 71 (5.77%) Windows 7
7 68 (5.52%) Windows 10
8 31 (2.52%) CentOS
8 31 (2.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 25 (2.03%) Ubuntu
10 22 (1.79%) Unix
11 18 (1.46%) VMS
11 18 (1.46%) Windows 8
12 11 (0.89%) Debian
13 10 (0.81%) Solaris
13 10 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
14 8 (0.65%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.41%) Windows 2000 Server
16 4 (0.32%) Windows XP
17 3 (0.24%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 246 (19.98%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (11.70%) Cybersecurity
3 131 (10.64%) ITIL
4 113 (9.18%) DevOps
5 107 (8.69%) Software Engineering
6 105 (8.53%) Migration
7 94 (7.64%) Configuration Management
8 92 (7.47%) Project Management
9 85 (6.90%) Service Management
10 75 (6.09%) Programme Management
11 69 (5.61%) Test Automation
12 65 (5.28%) Risk Management
13 64 (5.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 62 (5.04%) Business Intelligence
15 61 (4.96%) PRINCE2
16 58 (4.71%) Information Security
17 57 (4.63%) Digital Marketing
18 56 (4.55%) Project Delivery
19 55 (4.47%) Validation
20 54 (4.39%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 143 (11.62%) Java
2 132 (10.72%) Python
3 127 (10.32%) PowerShell
4 110 (8.94%) SQL
5 95 (7.72%) C
6 68 (5.52%) C#
7 65 (5.28%) C++
8 58 (4.71%) JavaScript
9 47 (3.82%) Bash Shell
10 23 (1.87%) PL/SQL
11 14 (1.14%) Go
11 14 (1.14%) Ruby
11 14 (1.14%) Shell Script
12 11 (0.89%) Java 8
13 10 (0.81%) T-SQL
13 10 (0.81%) VB
14 9 (0.73%) VBScript
15 7 (0.57%) Perl
16 6 (0.49%) Groovy
16 6 (0.49%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,231 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 443 (35.99%) SC Cleared
3 59 (4.79%) Cisco Certification
4 47 (3.82%) ISEB
5 46 (3.74%) ISTQB
6 44 (3.57%) CCNP
7 36 (2.92%) CISSP
8 34 (2.76%) CCNA
9 32 (2.60%) CCIE
10 31 (2.52%) CISM
10 31 (2.52%) Degree
11 27 (2.19%) CESG Certified Professional
12 26 (2.11%) APMP
13 23 (1.87%) CCDA
13 23 (1.87%) Microsoft Certification
14 20 (1.62%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 20 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
15 19 (1.54%) PMP
16 15 (1.22%) MCSE
17 14 (1.14%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (3.57%) JSP 440
2 37 (3.01%) RMADS
3 25 (2.03%) QA
4 24 (1.95%) NCSC
5 20 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 20 (1.62%) NIST
6 19 (1.54%) SLA
7 15 (1.22%) GDPR
7 15 (1.22%) PMO
8 14 (1.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 12 (0.97%) Government Security Classifications
10 6 (0.49%) Data Quality
11 5 (0.41%) COBIT
12 3 (0.24%) Def Stans
13 2 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 2 (0.16%) Web Application Security Consortium
14 1 (0.081%) DO-160
14 1 (0.081%) DO-254
14 1 (0.081%) HMG Infosec
14 1 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 167 (13.57%) Active Directory
2 111 (9.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (6.17%) Docker
4 62 (5.04%) vSphere
5 56 (4.55%) Hyper-V
6 50 (4.06%) VMware ESXi
7 48 (3.90%) Virtual Machines
8 34 (2.76%) Microsoft App-V
9 29 (2.36%) VMware NSX
10 27 (2.19%) Virtual Desktop
11 15 (1.22%) XenDesktop
12 14 (1.14%) DFS Replication
12 14 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
12 14 (1.14%) XenApp
13 12 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 12 (0.97%) Oracle RAC
14 8 (0.65%) vCloud
15 7 (0.57%) NFS
16 5 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
17 4 (0.32%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 72 (5.85%) Ansible
2 63 (5.12%) SCCM
3 34 (2.76%) Puppet
3 34 (2.76%) SCOM
4 32 (2.60%) PowerCLI
5 30 (2.44%) WSUS
6 25 (2.03%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 20 (1.62%) vCenter Server
8 17 (1.38%) HP Quality Center
8 17 (1.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 15 (1.22%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 15 (1.22%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 13 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
11 12 (0.97%) Failover Clustering
11 12 (0.97%) HP ALM
11 12 (0.97%) SCDPM
12 11 (0.89%) SCVMM
12 11 (0.89%) Terraform
13 10 (0.81%) Kubernetes
13 10 (0.81%) vRealize
Vendors
1 198 (16.08%) VMware
2 194 (15.76%) Microsoft
3 110 (8.94%) Oracle
4 109 (8.85%) Cisco
5 65 (5.28%) SAP
6 62 (5.04%) Citrix
7 47 (3.82%) Juniper
8 45 (3.66%) Dell
9 38 (3.09%) Atlassian
10 37 (3.01%) HP
11 31 (2.52%) Red Hat
12 23 (1.87%) Google
13 22 (1.79%) McAfee
14 19 (1.54%) EMC
15 18 (1.46%) Apple
16 16 (1.30%) ArcSight
16 16 (1.30%) Lumension
16 16 (1.30%) Palo Alto
17 13 (1.06%) SolarWinds
17 13 (1.06%) Splunk