The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Government Security Classifications skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Government Security Classifications over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 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.

Government Security Classifications (GSC)
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 598 625 617
Rank change year-on-year +27 -8  
Contract jobs citing Government Security Classifications 2 15 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.004% 0.028% 0.015%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.037% 0.25% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 14 3
Median daily rate £638 £560 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.83% +12.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £825 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Government Security Classifications is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 5348 6018 6387
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.75% 11.12% 11.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3524 3833 3882
Median daily rate £450 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £600 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 195 179
Median hourly rate £20.00 £37.50 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.66% +40.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.72 £11.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £60.98 £49.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

Government Security Classifications
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Government Security Classifications as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for Government Security Classifications in the UK

Government Security Classifications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Government Security Classifications.

Contractor daily rate trend for Government Security Classifications in the UK

Government Security Classifications
Top 2 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Government Security Classifications within the UK over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +35 2 £638 +13.83%
London +24 2 £638 +15.90%

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Government Security Classifications also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Government Security Classifications.

1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (85.71%) SC Cleared
1 6 (85.71%) Security Cleared
2 5 (71.43%) Technical Architecture
2 5 (71.43%) Network Security
2 5 (71.43%) Content Management
2 5 (71.43%) Network Management
2 5 (71.43%) Cisco Nexus
2 5 (71.43%) Cisco
2 5 (71.43%) Network Security Management
2 5 (71.43%) Security Management
3 4 (57.14%) Firewall
3 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
3 4 (57.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (57.14%) CheckPoint
3 4 (57.14%) MCSA
3 4 (57.14%) MS Exchange
4 3 (42.86%) Active Directory
5 2 (28.57%) SAML
5 2 (28.57%) Kerberos
5 2 (28.57%) Finance
5 2 (28.57%) Google
5 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Management
5 2 (28.57%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (28.57%) Operations Management
5 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (28.57%) Security Architecture
6 1 (14.29%) Digital Marketing
6 1 (14.29%) Translating Business Requirements

Government Security Classifications
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 4 (57.14%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (71.43%) Cisco Nexus
1 5 (71.43%) Network Security
2 4 (57.14%) Firewall
3 2 (28.57%) Kerberos
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Electronics
2 1 (14.29%) Manufacturing
2 1 (14.29%) Marketing
2 1 (14.29%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Architect
2 4 (57.14%) Infrastructure Architect
3 2 (28.57%) Security Architect
4 1 (14.29%) Active Directory Architect
4 1 (14.29%) Consultant
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity Architect
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity Consultant
4 1 (14.29%) Network Architect
4 1 (14.29%) Network Infrastructure Architect
4 1 (14.29%) Network Security Architect
4 1 (14.29%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) SAML
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) Content Management
2 5 (71.43%) Network Management
2 5 (71.43%) Network Security Management
2 5 (71.43%) Security Management
2 5 (71.43%) Technical Architecture
3 2 (28.57%) Cybersecurity
3 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Management
3 2 (28.57%) Operations Management
3 2 (28.57%) Security Architecture
4 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (14.29%) Digital Marketing
4 1 (14.29%) Programme Management
4 1 (14.29%) Translating Business Requirements
Qualifications
1 6 (85.71%) SC Cleared
1 6 (85.71%) Security Cleared
2 4 (57.14%) MCSA
2 4 (57.14%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 3 (42.86%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Cisco
2 4 (57.14%) CheckPoint
2 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
3 2 (28.57%) Google
4 1 (14.29%) SAP