Period
to 25 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 25 July 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.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
25 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 18 14 30
Rank change year-on-year -4 +16 +2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,407 4,107 5,802
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.64% 10.95% 6.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 39.74% 45.18% 33.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,690 2,864 3,797
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
25th Percentile £415 £405 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £490 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £660 £638 £632
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 274 154 287
10th Percentile £12.30 £16.33 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.28 £20.06 £17.50
Median hourly rate £37.69 £43.00 £42.25
Median % change year-on-year -12.35% +1.78% +125.94%
75th Percentile £55.00 £52.88 £49.15
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.00 £60.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.11 £42.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -14.04% - +121.05%

SC 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 13,605 9,091 17,515
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.23% 24.23% 19.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,780 5,968 10,986
10th Percentile £311 £288 £263
25th Percentile £400 £396 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +0.54% +2.78% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 686 339 767
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.75 £12.82
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.26 £17.50
Median hourly rate £29.00 £31.39 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.61% -10.31% +57.30%
75th Percentile £51.48 £48.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £64.31 £59.80 £55.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year -0.92% -24.31% +60.00%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared.

Daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 25 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared.

Hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 25 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared within the UK over the 6 months to 25 July 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 -5 4,397 £500 - 702
UK excluding London -5 2,656 £475 - 607
London -24 1,656 £525 - 154
Work from Home -3 1,496 £500 - 93
South East -2 802 £500 +2.56% 150
South West 0 602 £498 +4.84% 145
North of England -5 418 £450 - 117
North West -7 286 £443 -4.32% 88
Midlands -12 279 £450 +5.14% 57
West Midlands -11 219 £475 +7.84% 47
East of England -1 206 £450 -10.00% 64
Scotland -25 200 £465 +11.38% 35
Wales 0 177 £480 -4.10% 37
Yorkshire -17 75 £445 -11.00% 21
North East -4 57 £550 +25.00% 8
East Midlands -10 56 £355 -15.98% 10
Northern Ireland +3 8 £496 +24.00% 3

For the 6 months to 25 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SC 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 SC Cleared.

1 5,407 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,342 (24.82%) Agile Software Development
3 1,034 (19.12%) Social Skills
4 890 (16.46%) Public Sector
5 868 (16.05%) Azure
6 867 (16.03%) AWS
7 799 (14.78%) DevOps
8 736 (13.61%) Windows
9 647 (11.97%) Java
10 629 (11.63%) Microsoft
11 585 (10.82%) Linux
12 551 (10.19%) Migration
13 502 (9.28%) SQL
14 484 (8.95%) Python
15 463 (8.56%) DV Cleared
16 444 (8.21%) Docker
17 435 (8.05%) Oracle
18 426 (7.88%) Finance
19 420 (7.77%) Project Management
20 417 (7.71%) VMware
21 406 (7.51%) Scrum
22 401 (7.42%) Software Engineering
23 397 (7.34%) Kubernetes
24 382 (7.06%) ITIL
24 382 (7.06%) Active Directory
25 376 (6.95%) Problem-Solving
26 365 (6.75%) Stakeholder Management
27 364 (6.73%) PowerShell
28 353 (6.53%) Terraform
29 329 (6.08%) Jenkins

SC 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
1 202 (3.74%) SharePoint
2 200 (3.70%) Confluence
3 94 (1.74%) Apache
4 62 (1.15%) WebLogic
5 53 (0.98%) IIS
6 52 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
7 48 (0.89%) Apache Spark
7 48 (0.89%) MS Exchange
8 43 (0.80%) SAS
9 35 (0.65%) Skype for Business
10 27 (0.50%) Tomcat
11 25 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
12 20 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
13 17 (0.31%) nginx
13 17 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
14 16 (0.30%) CMS
15 13 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
15 13 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 13 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
15 13 (0.24%) WebSphere
Applications
1 153 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
2 111 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 71 (1.31%) Microsoft Project
4 57 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 47 (0.87%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.57%) Simulink
7 11 (0.20%) Adobe Captivate
8 9 (0.17%) Siemens NX
8 9 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.11%) Stata
10 5 (0.092%) InfoPath
10 5 (0.092%) Photoshop
10 5 (0.092%) Stateflow
11 4 (0.074%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.074%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.074%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.074%) Final Cut Pro
11 4 (0.074%) GIMP
12 3 (0.055%) Maple
12 3 (0.055%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 42 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
2 33 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
3 22 (0.41%) Teamcenter
4 20 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
5 19 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
6 17 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 14 (0.26%) Oracle Manufacturing
7 14 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
8 12 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
8 12 (0.22%) Primavera
9 9 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
10 8 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
10 8 (0.15%) Oracle SCM
11 7 (0.13%) assyst
11 7 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 7 (0.13%) Remedy AR System
11 7 (0.13%) SAP PS
12 6 (0.11%) iTrent
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
13 5 (0.092%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 868 (16.05%) Azure
2 867 (16.03%) AWS
3 246 (4.55%) Microsoft 365
4 145 (2.68%) Power Platform
5 133 (2.46%) PaaS
6 119 (2.20%) Serverless
7 100 (1.85%) IaaS
8 94 (1.74%) GCP
9 88 (1.63%) GitHub
10 83 (1.54%) SaaS
11 71 (1.31%) AWS Lambda
12 63 (1.17%) Amazon S3
12 63 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
13 61 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
14 58 (1.07%) OpenShift
15 56 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
16 51 (0.94%) PowerApps
17 50 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
18 34 (0.63%) Amazon EKS
19 32 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 216 (3.99%) Firewall
2 169 (3.13%) DNS
3 138 (2.55%) WAN
4 122 (2.26%) TCP/IP
5 115 (2.13%) LAN
6 85 (1.57%) Network Security
7 81 (1.50%) SAN
8 73 (1.35%) DHCP
8 73 (1.35%) Skype
9 72 (1.33%) VPN
10 52 (0.96%) Internet
11 51 (0.94%) SNMP
12 50 (0.92%) HTTP
13 47 (0.87%) BGP
14 46 (0.85%) NetScaler
15 42 (0.78%) SD-WAN
16 41 (0.76%) SSL
17 40 (0.74%) OSPF
18 38 (0.70%) Cisco Nexus
19 37 (0.68%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 185 (3.42%) SQL Server
2 142 (2.63%) Big Data
3 136 (2.52%) PostgreSQL
4 135 (2.50%) Hadoop
5 126 (2.33%) Oracle Database
6 121 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
7 111 (2.05%) Power BI
8 100 (1.85%) Relational Database
9 70 (1.29%) NoSQL
10 66 (1.22%) Metadata
11 58 (1.07%) MySQL
12 57 (1.05%) MongoDB
13 55 (1.02%) Data Lake
14 48 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
15 44 (0.81%) Apache Hive
16 37 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 36 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 36 (0.67%) Tableau
18 32 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
19 31 (0.57%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 329 (6.08%) Jenkins
2 328 (6.07%) JIRA
3 292 (5.40%) Git (software)
4 116 (2.15%) GitLab
5 108 (2.00%) Maven
5 108 (2.00%) Selenium
6 103 (1.90%) Bitbucket
7 79 (1.46%) Cucumber
8 59 (1.09%) Rational DOORS
9 57 (1.05%) JUnit
10 52 (0.96%) Visual Studio
11 50 (0.92%) Artifactory
12 46 (0.85%) JMeter
13 37 (0.68%) Rational Rhapsody
14 36 (0.67%) Mockito
15 33 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
16 31 (0.57%) SonarQube
17 30 (0.55%) Postman
18 29 (0.54%) TestNG
19 28 (0.52%) Ant
General
1 1,034 (19.12%) Social Skills
2 890 (16.46%) Public Sector
3 426 (7.88%) Finance
4 302 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
5 149 (2.76%) Presentation Skills
6 130 (2.40%) Manufacturing
7 126 (2.33%) Telecoms
8 85 (1.57%) Electronics
9 82 (1.52%) Influencing Skills
10 81 (1.50%) Marketing
10 81 (1.50%) Military
11 74 (1.37%) Law
12 69 (1.28%) Banking
13 58 (1.07%) Aerospace
14 50 (0.92%) Documentation Skills
14 50 (0.92%) Organisational Skills
15 35 (0.65%) Retail
16 27 (0.50%) Legal
17 26 (0.48%) Billing
18 22 (0.41%) Police
Job Titles
1 757 (14.00%) Architect
2 661 (12.22%) Developer
3 406 (7.51%) Analyst
4 299 (5.53%) Consultant
5 287 (5.31%) DevOps Engineer
6 251 (4.64%) Project Manager
7 221 (4.09%) Software Engineer
8 192 (3.55%) Solutions Architect
9 178 (3.29%) Business Analyst
10 172 (3.18%) Java Developer
11 167 (3.09%) Network Engineer
12 138 (2.55%) Technical Architect
13 128 (2.37%) Data Engineer
14 124 (2.29%) SC Cleared Project Manager
15 118 (2.18%) Azure Engineer
16 113 (2.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 104 (1.92%) AWS Engineer
18 99 (1.83%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
19 95 (1.76%) Data Architect
20 84 (1.55%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 181 (3.35%) .NET
2 154 (2.85%) Web Services
3 146 (2.70%) HTML
3 146 (2.70%) Spring
4 138 (2.55%) REST
5 133 (2.46%) Node.js
6 131 (2.42%) CSS
6 131 (2.42%) JSON
7 127 (2.35%) Kafka
8 121 (2.24%) XML
9 119 (2.20%) React
10 105 (1.94%) RESTful
11 79 (1.46%) AngularJS
11 79 (1.46%) Spring Boot
12 76 (1.41%) Oracle Fusion
13 66 (1.22%) SOAP
14 60 (1.11%) LDAP
15 54 (1.00%) Elastic Stack
16 51 (0.94%) Middleware
17 47 (0.87%) Apache NiFi
Miscellaneous
1 236 (4.36%) Data Centre
2 138 (2.55%) Management Information System
3 108 (2.00%) Self-Motivation
4 103 (1.90%) User Experience
5 82 (1.52%) PKI
6 69 (1.28%) Cloud Native
7 66 (1.22%) Public Cloud
8 62 (1.15%) Data Structures
9 57 (1.05%) CMDB
10 56 (1.04%) Replication
11 48 (0.89%) Cybercrime
12 47 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
13 41 (0.76%) Clustering
13 41 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
14 40 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
15 38 (0.70%) Virtual Team
16 37 (0.68%) Private Cloud
17 35 (0.65%) Algorithms
18 32 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
19 26 (0.48%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 736 (13.61%) Windows
2 585 (10.82%) Linux
3 239 (4.42%) Windows Server
4 150 (2.77%) Unix
5 122 (2.26%) Windows 10
6 91 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 78 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 51 (0.94%) Windows Server 2019
9 48 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
10 44 (0.81%) AIX
11 42 (0.78%) Windows Server 2016
12 32 (0.59%) Windows 7
13 29 (0.54%) CentOS
13 29 (0.54%) Solaris
14 24 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
15 22 (0.41%) Apple iOS
16 17 (0.31%) Ubuntu
17 16 (0.30%) Data ONTAP
18 14 (0.26%) Oracle Linux
19 12 (0.22%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,342 (24.82%) Agile Software Development
2 799 (14.78%) DevOps
3 551 (10.19%) Migration
4 420 (7.77%) Project Management
5 406 (7.51%) Scrum
6 401 (7.42%) Software Engineering
7 382 (7.06%) ITIL
8 376 (6.95%) Problem-Solving
9 365 (6.75%) Stakeholder Management
10 326 (6.03%) Cybersecurity
11 287 (5.31%) Microservices
12 283 (5.23%) Configuration Management
13 282 (5.22%) Business Intelligence
14 240 (4.44%) Test Automation
15 233 (4.31%) Decision-Making
16 217 (4.01%) Project Delivery
17 216 (3.99%) Data Modelling
18 197 (3.64%) Mentoring
19 191 (3.53%) Service Management
20 190 (3.51%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 647 (11.97%) Java
2 502 (9.28%) SQL
3 484 (8.95%) Python
4 364 (6.73%) PowerShell
5 316 (5.84%) JavaScript
6 188 (3.48%) C#
7 157 (2.90%) C
8 142 (2.63%) C++
9 138 (2.55%) Bash Shell
10 120 (2.22%) Java 8
11 99 (1.83%) R
12 97 (1.79%) PL/SQL
13 83 (1.54%) TypeScript
14 63 (1.17%) Shell Script
15 60 (1.11%) Perl
16 59 (1.09%) Scala
17 36 (0.67%) Java 11
18 35 (0.65%) Ada
19 34 (0.63%) MATLAB
19 34 (0.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5,407 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 463 (8.56%) DV Cleared
3 257 (4.75%) Degree
4 153 (2.83%) BPSS Clearance
5 123 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
6 103 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
7 86 (1.59%) CCNP
8 83 (1.54%) CISSP
9 81 (1.50%) MCSE
10 77 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
11 51 (0.94%) ISTQB
12 49 (0.91%) CCNA
13 44 (0.81%) CISM
14 39 (0.72%) PMP
15 38 (0.70%) CESG Certified Professional
16 37 (0.68%) ISEB
17 33 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
18 32 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
19 25 (0.46%) TOGAF Certification
20 22 (0.41%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (2.63%) QA
2 80 (1.48%) Data Quality
3 79 (1.46%) SLA
4 70 (1.29%) PMO
5 66 (1.22%) Accessibility
6 49 (0.91%) NCSC
7 43 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 36 (0.67%) GDPR
9 29 (0.54%) WCAG
10 28 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
11 22 (0.41%) NIST
12 17 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 17 (0.31%) JSP 440
13 15 (0.28%) GPG13
13 15 (0.28%) RMADS
14 13 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
15 12 (0.22%) COBIT
16 9 (0.17%) PCI DSS
17 7 (0.13%) GRC
18 5 (0.092%) NIST 800
System Software
1 444 (8.21%) Docker
2 382 (7.06%) Active Directory
3 315 (5.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 104 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
5 88 (1.63%) vSphere
6 80 (1.48%) Hyper-V
7 51 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
8 46 (0.85%) VMware NSX
9 36 (0.67%) XenApp
10 31 (0.57%) HDFS
11 29 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
12 24 (0.44%) Firmware
13 22 (0.41%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 15 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
15 9 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
16 8 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 8 (0.15%) NFS
16 8 (0.15%) Xen
17 7 (0.13%) EMC RecoverPoint
18 6 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 397 (7.34%) Kubernetes
2 353 (6.53%) Terraform
3 302 (5.59%) Ansible
4 114 (2.11%) SCCM
5 80 (1.48%) Puppet
6 54 (1.00%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 52 (0.96%) Grafana
8 51 (0.94%) vCenter Server
9 47 (0.87%) vRealize
10 44 (0.81%) Kibana
11 38 (0.70%) Packer
12 36 (0.67%) Prometheus
13 35 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
14 28 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
15 26 (0.48%) Istio
16 24 (0.44%) logstash
17 23 (0.43%) Nessus
18 22 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
19 20 (0.37%) Rancher
20 19 (0.35%) SnapMirror
Vendors
1 629 (11.63%) Microsoft
2 435 (8.05%) Oracle
3 417 (7.71%) VMware
4 237 (4.38%) Cisco
5 200 (3.70%) SAP
6 118 (2.18%) Citrix
7 95 (1.76%) Red Hat
7 95 (1.76%) ServiceNow
8 85 (1.57%) Google
9 82 (1.52%) HP
10 77 (1.42%) Dell
11 75 (1.39%) Cloudera
12 74 (1.37%) IBM
13 71 (1.31%) Informatica
14 70 (1.29%) Splunk
15 60 (1.11%) CheckPoint
15 60 (1.11%) EMC
16 52 (0.96%) Remedy
17 46 (0.85%) F5
18 43 (0.80%) Atlassian