Period
to 26 September 2017

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 26 September 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.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 26 33
Rank change year-on-year -7 +7 -3
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5534 7192 5514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.59% 6.74% 4.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 29.82% 31.70% 25.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3354 4491 3310
UK median daily rate £430 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £253 £258 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 285 328
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £35.00 £32.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +7.63% +62.60%
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.25 £15.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £49.19 £54.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +5.71% +7.69% +54.76%

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 18557 22686 21774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 21.25% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11261 14098 12915
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £233 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 828 1077
UK median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.36% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.12 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.42 £47.88 £48.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.36% +14.01% +20.60%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 26 September 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 26 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC 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 SC Cleared within the UK over the 6 months to 26 September 2017. 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 5224 £435 +5.45% 106
UK excluding London -10 3601 £400 +6.67% 87
London -6 1856 £500 +5.26% 23
South East -7 1220 £410 -0.61% 33
South West +2 798 £410 +6.15% 10
North of England -12 714 £380 +11.76% 17
Midlands -5 441 £405 +6.58% 19
North West +8 429 £425 - 10
East Midlands +15 220 £400 +4.92% 4
West Midlands -12 213 £425 +8.97% 15
North East -2 206 £325 +3.17% 2
East of England +9 192 £356 -5.00% 4
Scotland -66 124 £390 +14.71% 1
Wales -4 122 £411 -0.60% 3
Yorkshire -5 81 £435 -3.33% 5
Northern Ireland -45 7 £390 +43.38%

For the 6 months to 26 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SC Cleared 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 SC Cleared.

1 5534 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1226 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
3 911 (16.46%) Windows
4 876 (15.83%) Linux
5 729 (13.17%) Microsoft
6 692 (12.50%) Java
7 624 (11.28%) Migration
8 612 (11.06%) DevOps
9 564 (10.19%) Finance
10 563 (10.17%) ITIL
11 500 (9.04%) SQL
12 482 (8.71%) Project Management
13 459 (8.29%) Oracle
14 455 (8.22%) VMware
15 444 (8.02%) SAP
16 432 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
17 419 (7.57%) Puppet
18 410 (7.41%) Active Directory
19 405 (7.32%) Firewall
20 404 (7.30%) DV Cleared
21 394 (7.12%) Scrum
22 384 (6.94%) Cisco
23 365 (6.60%) Telecoms
24 363 (6.56%) Git (software)
25 359 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
26 346 (6.25%) Python
27 345 (6.23%) Unix
28 333 (6.02%) Business Intelligence
29 331 (5.98%) PostgreSQL
30 326 (5.89%) Programme Management

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
1 236 (4.26%) SharePoint
2 172 (3.11%) Confluence
3 147 (2.66%) Apache
4 140 (2.53%) Tomcat
5 139 (2.51%) MS Exchange
6 109 (1.97%) Elasticsearch
7 99 (1.79%) Apache Spark
8 98 (1.77%) JBoss
9 88 (1.59%) WebLogic
10 83 (1.50%) nginx
11 81 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2010
12 73 (1.32%) Skype for Business
13 68 (1.23%) IIS
14 64 (1.16%) OpenStack
15 51 (0.92%) SharePoint 2010
16 47 (0.85%) Apache Solr
17 45 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
18 44 (0.80%) SharePoint Server
19 43 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
20 38 (0.69%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 290 (5.24%) Microsoft Office
2 198 (3.58%) Microsoft Project
3 154 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 63 (1.14%) MS Visio
5 58 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 11 (0.20%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.18%) Acrobat
7 10 (0.18%) PaintShop Pro
7 10 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.13%) Simulink
9 6 (0.11%) SPSS
10 4 (0.072%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.054%) OrCAD
11 3 (0.054%) Windchill
12 2 (0.036%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.036%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.036%) HipChat
12 2 (0.036%) Siemens NX
13 1 (0.018%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.018%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 42 (0.76%) SAP ERP
2 32 (0.58%) Primavera
3 28 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
4 23 (0.42%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 23 (0.42%) Teamcenter
5 16 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
6 15 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 14 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
8 13 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 12 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
9 12 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
9 12 (0.22%) SAP CO
9 12 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
10 10 (0.18%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 10 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
11 9 (0.16%) SAP MM
12 8 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
12 8 (0.14%) SAP WM
13 7 (0.13%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 432 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
2 270 (4.88%) Office 365
3 192 (3.47%) Microsoft Azure
4 84 (1.52%) GitHub
5 83 (1.50%) PaaS
6 82 (1.48%) IaaS
7 48 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
8 34 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
9 33 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 32 (0.58%) Amazon S3
11 26 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
12 24 (0.43%) G Suite
12 24 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 22 (0.40%) SaaS
14 17 (0.31%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 17 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
15 13 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
16 12 (0.22%) Google Drive
16 12 (0.22%) OpenShift
17 10 (0.18%) Quay.io
Communications & Networking
1 405 (7.32%) Firewall
2 238 (4.30%) DNS
3 199 (3.60%) LAN
4 179 (3.23%) TCP/IP
5 176 (3.18%) WAN
6 132 (2.39%) SAN
7 103 (1.86%) VPN
8 97 (1.75%) HTTP
9 91 (1.64%) Internet
10 79 (1.43%) DHCP
10 79 (1.43%) Wireless
11 75 (1.36%) Network Security
12 68 (1.23%) BGP
13 66 (1.19%) LDAP
14 65 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
15 62 (1.12%) VLAN
16 60 (1.08%) SSL
17 55 (0.99%) OSPF
18 54 (0.98%) Kerberos
18 54 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 331 (5.98%) PostgreSQL
2 229 (4.14%) SQL Server
3 214 (3.87%) Hadoop
4 165 (2.98%) Big Data
5 143 (2.58%) MongoDB
6 134 (2.42%) Relational Database
7 123 (2.22%) MySQL
8 122 (2.20%) HBase
9 120 (2.17%) Oracle Database
10 96 (1.73%) NoSQL
11 84 (1.52%) RDBMS
12 69 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
13 60 (1.08%) Redis
14 46 (0.83%) Apache Hive
14 46 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
15 43 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
16 35 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
17 34 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
17 34 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 32 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 363 (6.56%) Git (software)
2 273 (4.93%) Jenkins
3 251 (4.54%) JIRA
4 100 (1.81%) Cucumber
5 96 (1.73%) Maven
6 89 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
7 78 (1.41%) Visual Studio
8 70 (1.26%) Selenium
9 67 (1.21%) Artifactory
9 67 (1.21%) GitLab
10 63 (1.14%) Rational DOORS
11 60 (1.08%) Sonatype Nexus
12 55 (0.99%) JUnit
13 49 (0.89%) IntelliJ
14 39 (0.70%) Bitbucket
15 36 (0.65%) Ant
15 36 (0.65%) SonarQube
16 33 (0.60%) Grunt
17 32 (0.58%) JMeter
18 31 (0.56%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 564 (10.19%) Finance
2 365 (6.60%) Telecoms
3 294 (5.31%) Manufacturing
4 231 (4.17%) Electronics
5 223 (4.03%) Marketing
6 108 (1.95%) Military
7 57 (1.03%) Aerospace
8 48 (0.87%) Law
9 33 (0.60%) Legal
10 31 (0.56%) Banking
11 25 (0.45%) Back Office
12 15 (0.27%) Investment Banking
12 15 (0.27%) Retail
13 13 (0.23%) Avionics
13 13 (0.23%) Local Government
14 11 (0.20%) Billing
15 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
16 6 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
17 4 (0.072%) Automotive
17 4 (0.072%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 649 (11.73%) Developer
2 603 (10.90%) Architect
3 453 (8.19%) Analyst
4 402 (7.26%) Consultant
5 300 (5.42%) Project Manager
6 247 (4.46%) DevOps Engineer
7 234 (4.23%) Java Developer
8 176 (3.18%) Network Engineer
9 159 (2.87%) Support Engineer
10 154 (2.78%) Administrator
11 152 (2.75%) Business Analyst
12 120 (2.17%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 107 (1.93%) Software Engineer
14 106 (1.92%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 100 (1.81%) DBA
15 100 (1.81%) Desktop Support
15 100 (1.81%) Technical Architect
16 96 (1.73%) Solutions Architect
17 87 (1.57%) Unix Engineer
18 86 (1.55%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 232 (4.19%) Web Services
2 212 (3.83%) REST
3 180 (3.25%) CSS
4 177 (3.20%) HTML
5 163 (2.95%) Spring
6 159 (2.87%) Node.js
7 145 (2.62%) .NET
8 118 (2.13%) Elastic Stack
9 112 (2.02%) RESTful
10 103 (1.86%) XML
11 102 (1.84%) Spring Boot
12 99 (1.79%) Apache Camel
13 92 (1.66%) Kafka
14 82 (1.48%) HTML5
15 81 (1.46%) JSON
16 78 (1.41%) AngularJS
17 67 (1.21%) J2EE
18 64 (1.16%) Middleware
19 60 (1.08%) CSS3
20 52 (0.94%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 359 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
2 288 (5.20%) Data Centre
3 192 (3.47%) Management Information System
4 97 (1.75%) User Experience
5 96 (1.73%) Computer Science
6 83 (1.50%) Clustering
7 81 (1.46%) PKI
8 56 (1.01%) Algorithms
9 50 (0.90%) Private Cloud
10 45 (0.81%) PMI
10 45 (0.81%) Replication
11 44 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
12 41 (0.74%) Driving Licence
13 40 (0.72%) Blackberry
14 39 (0.70%) CESG
15 38 (0.69%) Public Cloud
16 33 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
17 32 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
18 30 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
19 29 (0.52%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 911 (16.46%) Windows
2 876 (15.83%) Linux
3 345 (6.23%) Unix
4 227 (4.10%) Windows 10
4 227 (4.10%) Windows Server
5 225 (4.07%) Solaris
6 190 (3.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 189 (3.42%) AIX
8 167 (3.02%) Windows 7
9 139 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
10 137 (2.48%) CentOS
11 121 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
12 77 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
13 75 (1.36%) HPUX
14 60 (1.08%) Ubuntu
15 47 (0.85%) SUSE
16 35 (0.63%) Apple iOS
17 32 (0.58%) Android
18 25 (0.45%) Windows Vista
18 25 (0.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1226 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
2 624 (11.28%) Migration
3 612 (11.06%) DevOps
4 563 (10.17%) ITIL
5 482 (8.71%) Project Management
6 394 (7.12%) Scrum
7 333 (6.02%) Business Intelligence
8 326 (5.89%) Programme Management
9 313 (5.66%) Configuration Management
10 293 (5.29%) Continuous Integration
11 281 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
12 268 (4.84%) PRINCE2
13 254 (4.59%) Open Source
14 245 (4.43%) Microservices
15 233 (4.21%) Service Management
16 230 (4.16%) Test Automation
17 213 (3.85%) Digital Marketing
17 213 (3.85%) TDD
18 188 (3.40%) Software Engineering
19 168 (3.04%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 692 (12.50%) Java
2 500 (9.04%) SQL
3 346 (6.25%) Python
4 225 (4.07%) JavaScript
5 208 (3.76%) Bash Shell
6 189 (3.42%) Ruby
7 185 (3.34%) PowerShell
8 150 (2.71%) C
9 137 (2.48%) C#
10 118 (2.13%) C++
11 107 (1.93%) Shell Script
12 96 (1.73%) Perl
13 87 (1.57%) Scala
14 60 (1.08%) PL/SQL
15 55 (0.99%) ABAP
16 52 (0.94%) Go
17 50 (0.90%) Korn
18 43 (0.78%) T-SQL
19 37 (0.67%) Groovy
20 33 (0.60%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5534 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 404 (7.30%) DV Cleared
3 244 (4.41%) Degree
4 192 (3.47%) Cisco Certification
5 135 (2.44%) CCNP
6 114 (2.06%) BPSS Clearance
7 90 (1.63%) CISSP
8 85 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
9 78 (1.41%) CCNA
10 76 (1.37%) CTC Cleared
11 67 (1.21%) PMI Certification
12 59 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
13 56 (1.01%) MCSE
14 50 (0.90%) ISEB
14 50 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
14 50 (0.90%) PMP
15 44 (0.80%) CESG Certified Professional
16 42 (0.76%) CCIE
17 41 (0.74%) CCDP
18 39 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (2.48%) PMO
2 113 (2.04%) QA
3 93 (1.68%) SLA
4 79 (1.43%) Data Quality
5 66 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 47 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
7 31 (0.56%) JSP 440
8 27 (0.49%) PCI DSS
9 21 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 19 (0.34%) ISO 9001
11 18 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 16 (0.29%) GDPR
13 14 (0.25%) RMADS
13 14 (0.25%) WCAG
14 12 (0.22%) Def Stans
15 10 (0.18%) MIL-STD-1553
16 9 (0.16%) DO-178B
17 8 (0.14%) GPG13
17 8 (0.14%) HL7
18 6 (0.11%) COBIT
System Software
1 410 (7.41%) Active Directory
2 309 (5.58%) Docker
3 249 (4.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 88 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
5 87 (1.57%) Hyper-V
6 61 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 55 (0.99%) HDFS
8 53 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
9 46 (0.83%) vSphere
10 36 (0.65%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 36 (0.65%) XenApp
11 35 (0.63%) KVM
12 34 (0.61%) VMware NSX
13 32 (0.58%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 28 (0.51%) Oracle RAC
14 28 (0.51%) Samba
15 26 (0.47%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 24 (0.43%) Squid
17 23 (0.42%) flannel
18 22 (0.40%) etcd
Systems Management
1 419 (7.57%) Puppet
2 311 (5.62%) Ansible
3 209 (3.78%) Kubernetes
4 166 (3.00%) SCCM
5 156 (2.82%) Terraform
6 144 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
7 103 (1.86%) logstash
8 92 (1.66%) Kibana
9 60 (1.08%) ZABBIX
10 47 (0.85%) SCOM
11 46 (0.83%) Sysdig
12 44 (0.80%) NetBackup
13 38 (0.69%) Salt
14 36 (0.65%) Data Guard
15 35 (0.63%) Prometheus
16 34 (0.61%) Oracle RMAN
17 32 (0.58%) HAProxy
18 31 (0.56%) Nagios
19 30 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
20 25 (0.45%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 729 (13.17%) Microsoft
2 459 (8.29%) Oracle
3 455 (8.22%) VMware
4 444 (8.02%) SAP
5 384 (6.94%) Cisco
6 239 (4.32%) Red Hat
7 198 (3.58%) HP
8 145 (2.62%) IBM
9 141 (2.55%) Citrix
10 114 (2.06%) Juniper
11 110 (1.99%) F5
12 94 (1.70%) Sun
13 93 (1.68%) CheckPoint
14 75 (1.36%) Veritas
15 66 (1.19%) McAfee
16 64 (1.16%) EMC
17 62 (1.12%) Google
18 56 (1.01%) Cognos
19 44 (0.80%) Splunk
20 42 (0.76%) Remedy