Period
to 28 October 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 28 October 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
28 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 78 162 265
Rank change year-on-year +84 +103 -16
Contract jobs citing DV Cleared 974 1,432 1,074
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.99% 1.69% 1.05%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.17% 8.43% 5.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 672 984 605
Median daily rate £525 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -
10th Percentile £363 £356 £275
90th Percentile £688 £643 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +17.65% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 55 56
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +11.85% +45.83%
10th Percentile £26.25 £31.25 £16.38
90th Percentile £59.25 £74.10 £62.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.75 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.79% +5.00% +73.91%

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 8,002 16,989 19,051
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.54% 20.10% 18.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,828 10,446 11,265
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £418
% change year-on-year - +7.78% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 848 943
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.36 £12.80
90th Percentile £64.50 £59.08 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £25.31
% change year-on-year -1.41% +40.26% -15.63%

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 28 October 2020.

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 28 October 2020.

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 28 October 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 +84 905 £525 +5.00% 165
UK excluding London +45 604 £525 +5.00% 131
London +164 329 £525 +1.94% 37
South West +7 269 £525 +5.00% 61
South East +65 170 £525 +12.30% 43
Work from Home -22 88 £500 -9.09% 5
Midlands +100 78 £470 +8.67% 12
West Midlands +75 66 £470 +4.44% 10
East of England +71 44 £613 +16.67% 7
Scotland +92 34 £513 +1.99% 2
East Midlands +57 12 £488 +30.00% 2
North of England +118 8 £369 -13.24% 6
Wales +13 6 £550 +22.22% 1
North West +79 5 £525 +23.53% 4
North East +37 2 £320 -
Yorkshire +69 1 £413 +7.28% 2

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 974 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 379 (38.91%) SC Cleared
3 220 (22.59%) Agile Software Development
4 177 (18.17%) Windows
5 168 (17.25%) Microsoft
6 149 (15.30%) Public Sector
7 129 (13.24%) Active Directory
8 126 (12.94%) VMware
9 118 (12.11%) DevOps
10 117 (12.01%) Oracle
11 116 (11.91%) Linux
12 102 (10.47%) ITIL
12 102 (10.47%) PowerShell
13 99 (10.16%) SQL
14 93 (9.55%) Cisco
15 91 (9.34%) Migration
16 88 (9.03%) VMware Infrastructure
17 86 (8.83%) SQL Server
18 85 (8.73%) Java
19 83 (8.52%) Python
19 83 (8.52%) Project Management
20 82 (8.42%) Finance
21 81 (8.32%) Azure
22 77 (7.91%) AWS
23 71 (7.29%) Microsoft Office
24 70 (7.19%) DNS
24 70 (7.19%) Cybersecurity
25 69 (7.08%) Cisco Certification
26 68 (6.98%) Service Management
27 66 (6.78%) Risk Management

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 52 (5.34%) SharePoint
2 27 (2.77%) Elasticsearch
3 25 (2.57%) Apache
4 24 (2.46%) Confluence
5 23 (2.36%) IIS
6 18 (1.85%) ArcGIS
7 15 (1.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 11 (1.13%) MS Exchange
9 9 (0.92%) Moodle
9 9 (0.92%) WebLogic
10 8 (0.82%) Apache Spark
11 7 (0.72%) Skype for Business
12 6 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
13 5 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.41%) CMS
14 4 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
14 4 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
15 3 (0.31%) SAS
16 2 (0.21%) Documentum
16 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 71 (7.29%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (3.59%) MS Visio
3 31 (3.18%) Microsoft Excel
4 15 (1.54%) Photoshop
5 13 (1.33%) InfoPath
6 9 (0.92%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 2 (0.21%) Sketch
10 1 (0.10%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 6 (0.62%) Oracle Applications
1 6 (0.62%) Oracle ERP
1 6 (0.62%) Primavera
2 5 (0.51%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 3 (0.31%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.10%) Remedy AR System
5 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 81 (8.32%) Azure
2 77 (7.91%) AWS
3 27 (2.77%) PaaS
4 25 (2.57%) SaaS
5 23 (2.36%) IaaS
6 22 (2.26%) Azure Stack
7 10 (1.03%) Office 365
7 10 (1.03%) Power Platform
8 9 (0.92%) Serverless
9 8 (0.82%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.62%) Amazon S3
10 6 (0.62%) GCP
11 5 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.51%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.41%) PowerApps
13 3 (0.31%) Azure Functions
14 2 (0.21%) AWS CloudTrail
14 2 (0.21%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 2 (0.21%) OneDrive
14 2 (0.21%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 70 (7.19%) DNS
2 59 (6.06%) Firewall
3 47 (4.83%) LAN
4 43 (4.41%) WAN
5 40 (4.11%) VPN
6 34 (3.49%) DHCP
7 31 (3.18%) OSPF
8 26 (2.67%) BGP
9 25 (2.57%) EIGRP
10 23 (2.36%) Kerberos
11 20 (2.05%) VSAN
12 19 (1.95%) SAN
13 18 (1.85%) X.500
14 17 (1.75%) Cisco Nexus
15 15 (1.54%) IPsec
16 14 (1.44%) TCP/IP
17 13 (1.33%) Network Security
18 12 (1.23%) Cisco ASA
18 12 (1.23%) DMVPN
18 12 (1.23%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (8.83%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.05%) Big Data
3 18 (1.85%) GIS
3 18 (1.85%) Oracle Database
4 14 (1.44%) MongoDB
5 13 (1.33%) Hadoop
6 12 (1.23%) Geospatial Data
6 12 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (1.03%) MySQL
8 9 (0.92%) Oracle ODI
9 8 (0.82%) Apache Hive
9 8 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (0.72%) Power BI
11 6 (0.62%) Apache Accumulo
11 6 (0.62%) Oracle Database 12c
11 6 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
11 6 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.62%) SSDT
12 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 37 (3.80%) JIRA
2 28 (2.87%) Jenkins
3 24 (2.46%) Git (software)
4 15 (1.54%) Bitbucket
5 14 (1.44%) GitLab
6 13 (1.33%) Visual Studio
7 11 (1.13%) Selenium
8 8 (0.82%) LoadRunner
8 8 (0.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 5 (0.51%) JMeter
9 5 (0.51%) SoapUI
10 3 (0.31%) Ant
10 3 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.31%) Maven
11 2 (0.21%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.21%) Eclipse
11 2 (0.21%) Gradle
11 2 (0.21%) HP UFT
11 2 (0.21%) JUnit
11 2 (0.21%) SilkPerformer
General
1 149 (15.30%) Public Sector
2 82 (8.42%) Finance
3 46 (4.72%) Military
4 43 (4.41%) Telecoms
5 39 (4.00%) Electronics
5 39 (4.00%) Manufacturing
6 37 (3.80%) Marketing
7 21 (2.16%) Law
8 14 (1.44%) Police
9 8 (0.82%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.31%) Banking
10 3 (0.31%) Legal
11 2 (0.21%) Local Government
12 1 (0.10%) Games
12 1 (0.10%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 138 (14.17%) Architect
2 94 (9.65%) Developer
3 80 (8.21%) Analyst
4 58 (5.95%) Project Manager
5 53 (5.44%) Network Engineer
6 46 (4.72%) Business Analyst
7 43 (4.41%) DV Cleared Project Manager
8 41 (4.21%) Cloud Architect
8 41 (4.21%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
9 36 (3.70%) Consultant
9 36 (3.70%) DV Cleared Business Analyst
10 30 (3.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 30 (3.08%) Solutions Architect
11 25 (2.57%) Java Developer
11 25 (2.57%) Technical Architect
12 22 (2.26%) DevOps Engineer
12 22 (2.26%) VMware Architect
13 20 (2.05%) Administrator
14 19 (1.95%) Data Scientist
15 18 (1.85%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (3.39%) LDAP
2 32 (3.29%) HTML
2 32 (3.29%) Web Services
3 29 (2.98%) .NET
4 28 (2.87%) Oracle Fusion
5 27 (2.77%) CSS
6 22 (2.26%) REST
7 21 (2.16%) scikit-learn
8 19 (1.95%) AngularJS
8 19 (1.95%) Pandas
9 18 (1.85%) Apache NiFi
9 18 (1.85%) Node.js
9 18 (1.85%) XML
10 17 (1.75%) Elastic Stack
10 17 (1.75%) Spring
11 16 (1.64%) Kafka
11 16 (1.64%) React
11 16 (1.64%) SAML
12 15 (1.54%) SOAP
12 15 (1.54%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 49 (5.03%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (4.83%) Management Information System
3 39 (4.00%) PKI
4 33 (3.39%) Data Centre
5 20 (2.05%) Private Cloud
6 19 (1.95%) Algorithms
7 18 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
7 18 (1.85%) Replication
8 16 (1.64%) Public Cloud
9 15 (1.54%) User Experience
10 13 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
11 7 (0.72%) CCTV
11 7 (0.72%) CESG
12 6 (0.62%) HP StoreVirtual
13 5 (0.51%) Cyber Defence
13 5 (0.51%) Fat Client
13 5 (0.51%) Greenfield Project
13 5 (0.51%) Thin Client
14 4 (0.41%) Clustering
14 4 (0.41%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 177 (18.17%) Windows
2 116 (11.91%) Linux
3 60 (6.16%) Windows Server
4 35 (3.59%) Windows 10
5 30 (3.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (2.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 23 (2.36%) Windows 7
7 23 (2.36%) Windows Server 2016
8 19 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 18 (1.85%) Windows Server 2019
10 9 (0.92%) Unix
11 8 (0.82%) VMS
12 7 (0.72%) CentOS
13 4 (0.41%) Solaris
14 3 (0.31%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
15 2 (0.21%) Android
15 2 (0.21%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.10%) AIX
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 220 (22.59%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (12.11%) DevOps
3 102 (10.47%) ITIL
4 91 (9.34%) Migration
5 83 (8.52%) Project Management
6 70 (7.19%) Cybersecurity
7 68 (6.98%) Service Management
8 66 (6.78%) Risk Management
8 66 (6.78%) Scrum
9 58 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
10 57 (5.85%) Project Delivery
11 54 (5.54%) Programme Management
12 53 (5.44%) Business Intelligence
13 48 (4.93%) PRINCE2
13 48 (4.93%) Stakeholder Management
14 47 (4.83%) Decision-Making
15 38 (3.90%) Information Security
16 37 (3.80%) Data Science
16 37 (3.80%) Digital Marketing
16 37 (3.80%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 102 (10.47%) PowerShell
2 99 (10.16%) SQL
3 85 (8.73%) Java
4 83 (8.52%) Python
5 57 (5.85%) C
6 39 (4.00%) C#
7 35 (3.59%) JavaScript
8 30 (3.08%) Bash Shell
8 30 (3.08%) VB
9 23 (2.36%) Shell Script
10 15 (1.54%) TypeScript
11 14 (1.44%) Perl
11 14 (1.44%) PL/SQL
11 14 (1.44%) VBScript
12 13 (1.33%) C++
13 8 (0.82%) Java 8
14 7 (0.72%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.41%) VBA
16 3 (0.31%) AWK
16 3 (0.31%) Jython
Qualifications
1 974 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 379 (38.91%) SC Cleared
3 69 (7.08%) Cisco Certification
4 43 (4.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 40 (4.11%) CCNP
6 35 (3.59%) CCNA
7 28 (2.87%) Degree
8 25 (2.57%) CISSP
9 20 (2.05%) CCIE
9 20 (2.05%) CESG Certified Professional
10 19 (1.95%) CISM
11 14 (1.44%) ISTQB
12 13 (1.33%) APMP
12 13 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (1.23%) CCDA
14 11 (1.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 10 (1.03%) CCDP
15 10 (1.03%) PMI Certification
15 10 (1.03%) PMP
16 9 (0.92%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (2.87%) JSP 440
2 19 (1.95%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 19 (1.95%) NCSC
2 19 (1.95%) PMO
3 17 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.75%) RMADS
4 9 (0.92%) QA
5 7 (0.72%) Government Security Classifications
5 7 (0.72%) NIST
5 7 (0.72%) SLA
6 5 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.41%) Def Stans
7 4 (0.41%) NIST 800
8 3 (0.31%) COBIT
8 3 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.31%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.21%) GDPR
9 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.10%) PMBOK
System Software
1 129 (13.24%) Active Directory
2 88 (9.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (4.52%) VMware NSX
4 42 (4.31%) Docker
5 31 (3.18%) VMware ESXi
6 27 (2.77%) Virtual Machines
7 25 (2.57%) vSphere
8 17 (1.75%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 15 (1.54%) Hyper-V
10 10 (1.03%) NFS
11 7 (0.72%) NDS
11 7 (0.72%) NetIQ eDirectory
11 7 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.62%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 6 (0.62%) VMFS
13 5 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.21%) DFS Replication
14 2 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
14 2 (0.21%) vCloud
15 1 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 52 (5.34%) Ansible
2 36 (3.70%) Terraform
3 32 (3.29%) Kubernetes
4 27 (2.77%) vCenter Server
5 26 (2.67%) Kibana
6 20 (2.05%) SCCM
7 15 (1.54%) logstash
8 14 (1.44%) vRealize
9 12 (1.23%) WSUS
10 10 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
10 10 (1.03%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 9 (0.92%) SCOM
12 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 8 (0.82%) vMotion
13 7 (0.72%) Grafana
13 7 (0.72%) NetIQ Identity Manager
13 7 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
13 7 (0.72%) Puppet
14 5 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
15 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 168 (17.25%) Microsoft
2 126 (12.94%) VMware
3 117 (12.01%) Oracle
4 93 (9.55%) Cisco
5 38 (3.90%) SAP
6 31 (3.18%) SolarWinds
7 30 (3.08%) Juniper
8 23 (2.36%) Dell
8 23 (2.36%) Lumension
8 23 (2.36%) Splunk
9 21 (2.16%) Sophos
10 17 (1.75%) HP
10 17 (1.75%) Palo Alto
11 16 (1.64%) ESRI
12 13 (1.33%) Red Hat
13 12 (1.23%) BiZZdesign
14 11 (1.13%) Atlassian
14 11 (1.13%) ServiceNow
15 10 (1.03%) McAfee
15 10 (1.03%) Symantec