Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 241 80 165
Rank change year-on-year -161 +85 +108
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 948 961 1,428
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.13% 3.02% 1.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.05% 12.31% 8.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 740 701 1,021
10th Percentile £388 £363 £350
25th Percentile £455 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +12.36%
75th Percentile £650 £610 £575
90th Percentile £721 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 25 48
10th Percentile £30.30 £26.25 £29.75
25th Percentile £46.08 £41.25 £41.44
Median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £43.25
Median % change year-on-year +27.78% +4.05% +15.18%
75th Percentile £73.88 £55.00 £57.50
90th Percentile £76.50 £64.60 £77.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £45.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% +3.45% +15.85%

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 15,671 7,806 16,963
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.64% 24.52% 20.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,144 5,251 10,814
10th Percentile £313 £290 £263
25th Percentile £413 £383 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £569 £563
90th Percentile £688 £638 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £452 £448
% change year-on-year +5.13% +0.97% +7.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 319 785
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.10
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.79 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.25 £31.61 £39.18
Median % change year-on-year +2.02% -19.31% +70.33%
75th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.68 £64.50 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.57 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.88% -31.25% +73.91%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 -145 855 £550 +4.76% 210
UK excluding London -83 614 £525 - 171
South West -15 263 £525 - 59
London -236 228 £575 +9.52% 36
South East -40 210 £500 -4.76% 69
Work from Home -190 130 £525 +5.00% 11
Midlands -90 58 £525 +10.53% 24
West Midlands -76 56 £533 +12.11% 24
Scotland -75 35 £488 -3.70% 1
North of England -56 21 £550 +49.15% 10
East of England -79 20 £544 -16.35% 10
North West -42 19 £563 +7.14% 10
Wales -17 15 £509 -0.88% 1
East Midlands -49 2 £125 -75.00%
Yorkshire -54 2 £480 +16.36%
Northern Ireland - 2 £325 -

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 948 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 518 (54.64%) SC Cleared
3 260 (27.43%) Agile Software Development
4 183 (19.30%) Windows
5 178 (18.78%) Social Skills
6 173 (18.25%) DevOps
7 162 (17.09%) Linux
8 161 (16.98%) Microsoft
9 145 (15.30%) Cybersecurity
10 135 (14.24%) ITIL
11 130 (13.71%) Active Directory
12 128 (13.50%) PowerShell
13 123 (12.97%) VMware
14 113 (11.92%) SQL
14 113 (11.92%) AWS
15 109 (11.50%) Public Sector
16 103 (10.86%) Java
17 99 (10.44%) Ansible
18 96 (10.13%) Azure
19 92 (9.70%) Docker
19 92 (9.70%) Scrum
20 90 (9.49%) Windows Server
20 90 (9.49%) VMware Infrastructure
21 81 (8.54%) C
22 80 (8.44%) Jenkins
23 77 (8.12%) Configuration Management
24 74 (7.81%) Migration
25 73 (7.70%) Oracle
25 73 (7.70%) Kubernetes
26 71 (7.49%) 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 (6.33%) SharePoint
2 34 (3.59%) Apache
3 28 (2.95%) Confluence
3 28 (2.95%) IIS
4 26 (2.74%) MS Exchange
5 15 (1.58%) ArcGIS
6 14 (1.48%) Skype for Business
7 11 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (0.84%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.74%) Apache Spark
9 7 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.74%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.53%) CMS
11 5 (0.53%) MS Project Server
11 5 (0.53%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 35 (3.69%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
3 12 (1.27%) Photoshop
4 9 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
5 8 (0.84%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.21%) Adobe XD
7 2 (0.21%) Figma
7 2 (0.21%) Inkscape
7 2 (0.21%) Sketch
7 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 10 (1.05%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.42%) Maximo
2 4 (0.42%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 113 (11.92%) AWS
2 96 (10.13%) Azure
3 28 (2.95%) Microsoft 365
4 26 (2.74%) GCP
5 22 (2.32%) OpenShift
6 20 (2.11%) PaaS
6 20 (2.11%) Serverless
7 18 (1.90%) IaaS
8 15 (1.58%) SaaS
9 9 (0.95%) GitHub
10 5 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
11 4 (0.42%) Azure Sentinel
11 4 (0.42%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 3 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.32%) Azure Stack
12 3 (0.32%) Power Platform
13 2 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.21%) Amazon Cognito
13 2 (0.21%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 51 (5.38%) Firewall
2 40 (4.22%) DNS
3 25 (2.64%) SAN
3 25 (2.64%) WAN
4 23 (2.43%) TCP/IP
5 21 (2.22%) Network Security
6 17 (1.79%) DHCP
6 17 (1.79%) NetScaler
7 16 (1.69%) Skype
8 14 (1.48%) Internet
8 14 (1.48%) LAN
9 12 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
10 11 (1.16%) Software-Defined Networking
11 10 (1.05%) Kerberos
11 10 (1.05%) VSAN
12 9 (0.95%) HTTP
12 9 (0.95%) Remote Desktop
12 9 (0.95%) X.500
13 6 (0.63%) OSPF
13 6 (0.63%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (7.49%) SQL Server
2 45 (4.75%) Big Data
3 27 (2.85%) Hadoop
4 19 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 17 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
6 15 (1.58%) GIS
7 14 (1.48%) Oracle Database
7 14 (1.48%) SQL Server 2016
7 14 (1.48%) SQL Server 2019
8 13 (1.37%) MongoDB
9 12 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
10 10 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
11 9 (0.95%) MySQL
12 8 (0.84%) Data Mining
12 8 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.74%) Tableau
14 6 (0.63%) Apache Accumulo
14 6 (0.63%) Flink
14 6 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 80 (8.44%) Jenkins
2 55 (5.80%) Git (software)
3 52 (5.49%) JIRA
4 40 (4.22%) Selenium
5 26 (2.74%) GitLab
6 15 (1.58%) Bitbucket
6 15 (1.58%) Cucumber
7 12 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 11 (1.16%) Artifactory
8 11 (1.16%) JMeter
9 9 (0.95%) Maven
10 8 (0.84%) LoadRunner
11 7 (0.74%) Postman
11 7 (0.74%) SoapUI
12 6 (0.63%) Hudson
12 6 (0.63%) Rational DOORS
12 6 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
13 5 (0.53%) Bitbucket Server
13 5 (0.53%) Gerrit
14 4 (0.42%) Serenity BDD
General
1 178 (18.78%) Social Skills
2 109 (11.50%) Public Sector
3 60 (6.33%) Finance
4 41 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
5 38 (4.01%) Military
6 25 (2.64%) Presentation Skills
7 24 (2.53%) Telecoms
8 20 (2.11%) Manufacturing
9 19 (2.00%) Electronics
9 19 (2.00%) Marketing
10 11 (1.16%) Documentation Skills
11 10 (1.05%) Legal
11 10 (1.05%) Organisational Skills
12 7 (0.74%) Aerospace
13 6 (0.63%) Advertising
13 6 (0.63%) Law
14 5 (0.53%) Influencing Skills
15 4 (0.42%) Police
16 2 (0.21%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 1 (0.11%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 123 (12.97%) Architect
2 78 (8.23%) Analyst
3 74 (7.81%) Developer
4 67 (7.07%) DevOps Engineer
5 44 (4.64%) Consultant
6 36 (3.80%) Business Analyst
6 36 (3.80%) Project Manager
7 35 (3.69%) Solutions Architect
8 34 (3.59%) Software Engineer
9 29 (3.06%) DBA
10 27 (2.85%) Scrum Master
11 26 (2.74%) Tester
12 25 (2.64%) Data Engineer
13 24 (2.53%) Support Engineer
14 23 (2.43%) DV Cleared Business Analyst
15 22 (2.32%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
15 22 (2.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 22 (2.32%) Network Engineer
16 21 (2.22%) SQL DBA
17 19 (2.00%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.54%) Apache NiFi
2 39 (4.11%) Web Services
3 34 (3.59%) Kafka
4 30 (3.16%) XML
5 20 (2.11%) .NET
5 20 (2.11%) JSON
5 20 (2.11%) REST
6 18 (1.90%) Spring
7 17 (1.79%) HTML
8 16 (1.69%) Spring Boot
9 15 (1.58%) CSS
10 13 (1.37%) Elastic Stack
11 12 (1.27%) LDAP
11 12 (1.27%) Oracle Fusion
12 11 (1.16%) AngularJS
12 11 (1.16%) Middleware
12 11 (1.16%) React
13 9 (0.95%) Node.js
14 8 (0.84%) Gherkin
14 8 (0.84%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 39 (4.11%) Data Centre
2 36 (3.80%) Clustering
3 35 (3.69%) Management Information System
4 29 (3.06%) PKI
5 21 (2.22%) Public Cloud
6 19 (2.00%) User Experience
7 18 (1.90%) Cyberthreat
8 17 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
9 13 (1.37%) Replication
10 12 (1.27%) Security Operations Centre
11 11 (1.16%) CESG
11 11 (1.16%) Private Cloud
12 9 (0.95%) Data Structures
13 8 (0.84%) Cyber Defence
14 7 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
15 6 (0.63%) Cloud Native
15 6 (0.63%) Cybercrime
15 6 (0.63%) SCADA
16 5 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
16 5 (0.53%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 183 (19.30%) Windows
2 162 (17.09%) Linux
3 90 (9.49%) Windows Server
4 56 (5.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 44 (4.64%) Windows 10
6 43 (4.54%) Windows Server 2012
7 34 (3.59%) Windows Server 2019
8 33 (3.48%) Windows Server 2016
9 27 (2.85%) Windows 7
9 27 (2.85%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (1.58%) CentOS
10 15 (1.58%) Unix
11 11 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (0.63%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.53%) Android
13 5 (0.53%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.32%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.32%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.21%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 260 (27.43%) Agile Software Development
2 173 (18.25%) DevOps
3 145 (15.30%) Cybersecurity
4 135 (14.24%) ITIL
5 92 (9.70%) Scrum
6 77 (8.12%) Configuration Management
7 74 (7.81%) Migration
8 60 (6.33%) Test Automation
9 59 (6.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 59 (6.22%) Problem-Solving
9 59 (6.22%) Software Engineering
10 58 (6.12%) Microservices
11 55 (5.80%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 52 (5.49%) Project Management
13 49 (5.17%) Information Assurance
14 47 (4.96%) Project Delivery
14 47 (4.96%) Test Scripting
15 45 (4.75%) Risk Management
16 43 (4.54%) Stakeholder Management
17 42 (4.43%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (13.50%) PowerShell
2 113 (11.92%) SQL
3 103 (10.86%) Java
4 81 (8.54%) C
5 71 (7.49%) Python
6 50 (5.27%) C#
7 48 (5.06%) JavaScript
8 30 (3.16%) Bash Shell
9 18 (1.90%) C++
10 17 (1.79%) VB
11 11 (1.16%) Scala
12 8 (0.84%) VBScript
13 7 (0.74%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.74%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.74%) TypeScript
14 6 (0.63%) Go
15 5 (0.53%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.42%) Ruby
17 3 (0.32%) Perl
17 3 (0.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 948 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 518 (54.64%) SC Cleared
3 44 (4.64%) Degree
3 44 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 30 (3.16%) MCSE
5 29 (3.06%) CISSP
6 26 (2.74%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (2.53%) ISTQB
8 23 (2.43%) CESG Certified Professional
9 17 (1.79%) CISM
9 17 (1.79%) ISEB
10 15 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
12 10 (1.05%) CREST Certified
12 10 (1.05%) Cyber Scheme
13 9 (0.95%) CCNP
14 8 (0.84%) CCNA
14 8 (0.84%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (0.84%) MCSA
15 7 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.06%) QA
2 25 (2.64%) JSP 440
3 23 (2.43%) SLA
4 20 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (1.90%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 17 (1.79%) PMO
7 13 (1.37%) NCSC
8 12 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
9 10 (1.05%) RMADS
10 6 (0.63%) NIST
11 5 (0.53%) Accessibility
12 4 (0.42%) GRC
12 4 (0.42%) HMG Infosec
13 3 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 3 (0.32%) Government Security Classifications
14 2 (0.21%) COBIT
14 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
14 2 (0.21%) WCAG
15 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 130 (13.71%) Active Directory
2 92 (9.70%) Docker
3 90 (9.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 30 (3.16%) VMware NSX
5 26 (2.74%) vSphere
6 21 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
7 17 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
8 13 (1.37%) Hyper-V
8 13 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
9 10 (1.05%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 9 (0.95%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 8 (0.84%) XenApp
12 6 (0.63%) NFS
13 5 (0.53%) HDFS
14 4 (0.42%) Firmware
14 4 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.32%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 99 (10.44%) Ansible
2 73 (7.70%) Kubernetes
3 56 (5.91%) Terraform
4 34 (3.59%) SCCM
5 28 (2.95%) Puppet
6 25 (2.64%) Microsoft Clustering
7 18 (1.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 18 (1.90%) vRealize
8 17 (1.79%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 14 (1.48%) WSUS
10 12 (1.27%) SCOM
10 12 (1.27%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 11 (1.16%) Cisco CUCM
12 9 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
13 7 (0.74%) Grafana
13 7 (0.74%) vCenter Server
14 6 (0.63%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
14 6 (0.63%) Packer
14 6 (0.63%) PowerCLI
14 6 (0.63%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 161 (16.98%) Microsoft
2 123 (12.97%) VMware
3 73 (7.70%) Oracle
4 63 (6.65%) Cisco
5 54 (5.70%) Red Hat
6 26 (2.74%) Citrix
6 26 (2.74%) HP
7 23 (2.43%) Dell
8 21 (2.22%) Lumension
9 19 (2.00%) SAP
10 18 (1.90%) Google
11 17 (1.79%) CheckPoint
12 16 (1.69%) McAfee
13 14 (1.48%) ESRI
13 14 (1.48%) NetApp
14 13 (1.37%) Sophos
15 10 (1.05%) Informatica
15 10 (1.05%) Splunk
16 9 (0.95%) F5
16 9 (0.95%) ServiceNow