Period
to 16 April 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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 14 28
Rank change year-on-year +1 +14 +7
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,112 5,394 6,270
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.63% 9.20% 6.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.70% 41.22% 33.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,569 3,635 3,955
10th Percentile £325 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £493 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.68% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £638 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £463 £450
% change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 276 211 290
10th Percentile £15.04 £15.75 £12.00
25th Percentile £21.97 £18.00 £16.13
Median hourly rate £46.21 £41.50 £39.00
Median % change year-on-year +11.34% +6.41% +108.56%
75th Percentile £58.75 £51.50 £47.96
90th Percentile £66.00 £57.50 £58.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £33.71
% change year-on-year +6.25% +18.66% +87.28%

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 11,186 13,086 18,655
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.06% 22.33% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,325 8,412 11,665
10th Percentile £301 £257 £263
25th Percentile £400 £368 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £570 £556
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £434
% change year-on-year - +3.75% +5.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 580 529 783
10th Percentile £14.97 £14.50 £12.43
25th Percentile £20.27 £17.50 £16.64
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.71 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year +34.63% +2.45% +34.88%
75th Percentile £52.56 £49.00 £46.66
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +50.00% -9.09% +22.22%

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 16 April 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 16 April 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 16 April 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 +1 4,132 £496 +2.37% 631
UK excluding London -1 2,325 £450 -2.70% 565
London 0 1,725 £500 -3.85% 153
Work from Home +4 1,497 £500 - 72
South East +3 623 £475 +5.56% 128
South West +1 554 £475 -5.00% 149
North of England -3 424 £440 +3.53% 81
North West -2 284 £425 -3.41% 56
Midlands -2 213 £400 -13.51% 68
East of England +8 201 £450 -10.00% 50
Scotland -2 187 £440 -2.22% 48
West Midlands -3 148 £405 -12.43% 57
Wales 0 132 £475 - 33
North East -1 77 £450 +10.43% 13
Yorkshire +12 63 £450 -5.26% 12
East Midlands 0 62 £350 -22.22% 11
Northern Ireland +9 8 £496 +29.04% 9

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 5,112 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,305 (25.53%) Agile Software Development
3 842 (16.47%) Public Sector
4 807 (15.79%) Azure
5 767 (15.00%) DevOps
6 748 (14.63%) AWS
7 639 (12.50%) Windows
8 630 (12.32%) Java
9 565 (11.05%) Microsoft
10 530 (10.37%) SQL
11 509 (9.96%) Linux
12 439 (8.59%) Python
13 438 (8.57%) Migration
13 438 (8.57%) Docker
14 431 (8.43%) DV Cleared
15 386 (7.55%) Terraform
16 384 (7.51%) Active Directory
17 382 (7.47%) Kubernetes
18 371 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
19 360 (7.04%) Cybersecurity
20 355 (6.94%) Problem-Solving
21 345 (6.75%) Finance
22 344 (6.73%) Scrum
22 344 (6.73%) VMware
23 330 (6.46%) Oracle
24 328 (6.42%) Project Management
25 323 (6.32%) Software Engineering
26 318 (6.22%) ITIL
26 318 (6.22%) Analytical Skills
27 294 (5.75%) PowerShell

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
1 199 (3.89%) SharePoint
2 146 (2.86%) Confluence
3 107 (2.09%) Apache
4 67 (1.31%) Apache Spark
5 62 (1.21%) IIS
6 60 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
7 54 (1.06%) MS Exchange
8 53 (1.04%) WebLogic
9 35 (0.68%) Skype for Business
10 28 (0.55%) SAS
11 22 (0.43%) Tomcat
12 21 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
13 20 (0.39%) JBoss
13 20 (0.39%) Red Hat Fuse
14 19 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
15 14 (0.27%) nginx
15 14 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
15 14 (0.27%) WebSphere
16 13 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
16 13 (0.25%) CMS
Applications
1 128 (2.50%) Microsoft Office
2 89 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
4 43 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 36 (0.70%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.29%) Simulink
8 10 (0.20%) Adobe Captivate
9 9 (0.18%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
11 6 (0.12%) Stata
12 5 (0.098%) Adobe After Effects
12 5 (0.098%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 5 (0.098%) Adobe Premiere
13 4 (0.078%) Final Cut Pro
13 4 (0.078%) GIMP
13 4 (0.078%) InfoPath
14 3 (0.059%) Windchill
15 2 (0.039%) SPSS
15 2 (0.039%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 46 (0.90%) SAP S/4HANA
2 28 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
3 16 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 15 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
4 15 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 14 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
6 12 (0.23%) Teamcenter
7 11 (0.22%) SAP PLM
8 6 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
8 6 (0.12%) Oracle Manufacturing
8 6 (0.12%) Primavera
8 6 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
8 6 (0.12%) Sentinel
9 5 (0.098%) assyst
9 5 (0.098%) Oracle General Ledger
9 5 (0.098%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 4 (0.078%) SAP PS
10 4 (0.078%) Unit4 Business World
11 3 (0.059%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 807 (15.79%) Azure
2 748 (14.63%) AWS
3 241 (4.71%) Microsoft 365
4 147 (2.88%) Power Platform
5 133 (2.60%) Serverless
6 131 (2.56%) PaaS
7 81 (1.58%) Azure Active Directory
8 80 (1.56%) GCP
9 78 (1.53%) GitHub
10 71 (1.39%) Amazon S3
10 71 (1.39%) IaaS
11 68 (1.33%) AWS Lambda
12 65 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
13 63 (1.23%) PowerApps
14 46 (0.90%) OpenShift
15 44 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
16 43 (0.84%) SaaS
17 33 (0.65%) Logic Apps
18 31 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
19 29 (0.57%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 214 (4.19%) Firewall
2 145 (2.84%) DNS
3 123 (2.41%) WAN
4 99 (1.94%) Network Security
5 96 (1.88%) LAN
6 80 (1.56%) SAN
7 70 (1.37%) TCP/IP
8 64 (1.25%) Internet
8 64 (1.25%) VPN
9 59 (1.15%) VSAN
10 56 (1.10%) Cisco Nexus
11 55 (1.08%) Skype
12 53 (1.04%) Kerberos
13 51 (1.00%) Wireless
14 47 (0.92%) IPsec
15 46 (0.90%) SSL
16 44 (0.86%) DHCP
17 43 (0.84%) VLAN
18 40 (0.78%) BGP
19 39 (0.76%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 238 (4.66%) SQL Server
2 191 (3.74%) Big Data
3 150 (2.93%) PostgreSQL
4 140 (2.74%) Hadoop
5 96 (1.88%) Power BI
6 92 (1.80%) Data Warehouse
7 82 (1.60%) Oracle Database
8 72 (1.41%) Relational Database
9 68 (1.33%) Apache Hive
10 51 (1.00%) NoSQL
11 46 (0.90%) Impala
11 46 (0.90%) MySQL
12 45 (0.88%) Pentaho
13 43 (0.84%) MongoDB
13 43 (0.84%) Tableau
14 40 (0.78%) SAP BW
14 40 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 36 (0.70%) Data Lake
16 35 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
17 33 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 264 (5.16%) JIRA
2 246 (4.81%) Jenkins
3 233 (4.56%) Git (software)
4 107 (2.09%) GitLab
5 90 (1.76%) Selenium
6 70 (1.37%) Maven
7 69 (1.35%) Bitbucket
8 65 (1.27%) Cucumber
9 50 (0.98%) JUnit
10 44 (0.86%) JMeter
11 38 (0.74%) Rational DOORS
12 35 (0.68%) Visual Studio
13 33 (0.65%) SonarQube
14 31 (0.61%) Rational Rhapsody
15 28 (0.55%) Oracle APEX
16 24 (0.47%) Artifactory
17 23 (0.45%) Cypress.io
17 23 (0.45%) Hudson
17 23 (0.45%) Mockito
18 22 (0.43%) NetBeans
General
1 842 (16.47%) Public Sector
2 345 (6.75%) Finance
3 137 (2.68%) Telecoms
4 114 (2.23%) Law
5 95 (1.86%) Manufacturing
6 78 (1.53%) Electronics
7 68 (1.33%) Marketing
8 58 (1.13%) Military
9 55 (1.08%) Aerospace
10 39 (0.76%) Banking
11 36 (0.70%) Police
12 30 (0.59%) Legal
13 27 (0.53%) Retail
14 19 (0.37%) Billing
15 12 (0.23%) Local Government
16 7 (0.14%) Back Office
16 7 (0.14%) General Ledger
16 7 (0.14%) Publishing
17 4 (0.078%) Advertising
17 4 (0.078%) Games
Job Titles
1 680 (13.30%) Developer
2 644 (12.60%) Architect
3 375 (7.34%) Analyst
4 356 (6.96%) Consultant
5 301 (5.89%) DevOps Engineer
6 196 (3.83%) Software Engineer
7 194 (3.79%) Java Developer
8 174 (3.40%) Project Manager
9 154 (3.01%) Network Engineer
10 143 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
11 129 (2.52%) AWS Engineer
12 127 (2.48%) Business Analyst
13 123 (2.41%) AWS DevOps
14 122 (2.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 115 (2.25%) Azure Engineer
15 115 (2.25%) Data Engineer
16 107 (2.09%) Technical Architect
17 106 (2.07%) SC Cleared Java Developer
18 104 (2.03%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
19 103 (2.01%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 163 (3.19%) HTML
2 154 (3.01%) Web Services
3 143 (2.80%) CSS
4 142 (2.78%) Kafka
5 129 (2.52%) .NET
6 126 (2.46%) Node.js
6 126 (2.46%) REST
7 122 (2.39%) Spring
8 116 (2.27%) React
9 95 (1.86%) JSON
10 90 (1.76%) XML
11 77 (1.51%) AngularJS
12 69 (1.35%) Spring Boot
13 68 (1.33%) RESTful
14 64 (1.25%) Apache NiFi
15 57 (1.12%) LDAP
16 54 (1.06%) HTML5
17 51 (1.00%) Elastic Stack
18 45 (0.88%) Oracle Fusion
18 45 (0.88%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 318 (6.22%) Analytical Skills
2 210 (4.11%) Data Centre
3 149 (2.91%) Management Information System
4 144 (2.82%) User Experience
5 88 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
6 79 (1.55%) PKI
7 63 (1.23%) Cloud Native
7 63 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
8 61 (1.19%) Data Structures
8 61 (1.19%) Replication
9 58 (1.13%) Clustering
10 50 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
10 50 (0.98%) Public Cloud
11 47 (0.92%) CMDB
12 36 (0.70%) EMC VNX
13 31 (0.61%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 29 (0.57%) CESG
15 28 (0.55%) Virtual Team
16 27 (0.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
17 25 (0.49%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 639 (12.50%) Windows
2 509 (9.96%) Linux
3 215 (4.21%) Windows Server
4 176 (3.44%) Windows 10
5 169 (3.31%) Unix
6 99 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 82 (1.60%) Windows Server 2012
8 68 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 48 (0.94%) AIX
10 46 (0.90%) Windows 7
11 44 (0.86%) CentOS
12 41 (0.80%) Windows Server 2016
13 33 (0.65%) Windows Server 2019
14 26 (0.51%) Ubuntu
14 26 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
15 20 (0.39%) Solaris
16 19 (0.37%) Windows XP
17 11 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
18 10 (0.20%) Apple iOS
18 10 (0.20%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,305 (25.53%) Agile Software Development
2 767 (15.00%) DevOps
3 438 (8.57%) Migration
4 371 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
5 360 (7.04%) Cybersecurity
6 355 (6.94%) Problem-Solving
7 344 (6.73%) Scrum
8 328 (6.42%) Project Management
9 323 (6.32%) Software Engineering
10 318 (6.22%) ITIL
11 284 (5.56%) Microservices
12 280 (5.48%) Business Intelligence
13 250 (4.89%) Test Automation
14 239 (4.68%) Project Delivery
15 235 (4.60%) Data Modelling
16 210 (4.11%) Service Management
17 207 (4.05%) Configuration Management
18 189 (3.70%) Decision-Making
19 175 (3.42%) Information Security
20 173 (3.38%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 630 (12.32%) Java
2 530 (10.37%) SQL
3 439 (8.59%) Python
4 294 (5.75%) PowerShell
5 268 (5.24%) JavaScript
6 158 (3.09%) C
7 149 (2.91%) C#
8 115 (2.25%) C++
9 102 (2.00%) Bash Shell
10 86 (1.68%) Java 8
11 69 (1.35%) PL/SQL
12 68 (1.33%) R
13 65 (1.27%) TypeScript
14 57 (1.12%) Shell Script
15 51 (1.00%) Perl
16 50 (0.98%) Scala
17 45 (0.88%) Ruby
18 37 (0.72%) VB
19 34 (0.67%) Go
20 32 (0.63%) Ada
Qualifications
1 5,112 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 431 (8.43%) DV Cleared
3 169 (3.31%) Degree
4 141 (2.76%) BPSS Clearance
4 141 (2.76%) Cisco Certification
5 101 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
6 87 (1.70%) CCNP
7 74 (1.45%) CISSP
8 67 (1.31%) CCNA
9 64 (1.25%) MCSE
10 54 (1.06%) CESG Certified Professional
10 54 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
11 50 (0.98%) ISTQB
12 40 (0.78%) ISEB
13 32 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
14 31 (0.61%) CISM
15 28 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 26 (0.51%) CCIE
17 24 (0.47%) CTC Cleared
18 23 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 155 (3.03%) QA
2 82 (1.60%) Data Quality
3 72 (1.41%) NCSC
4 57 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 51 (1.00%) NIST
6 48 (0.94%) PMO
7 47 (0.92%) SLA
8 37 (0.72%) GDPR
9 35 (0.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 32 (0.63%) WCAG
11 16 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
12 14 (0.27%) COBIT
13 13 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
14 12 (0.23%) GPG13
14 12 (0.23%) RMADS
15 11 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 8 (0.16%) JSP 440
17 7 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
17 7 (0.14%) PCI DSS
18 6 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 438 (8.57%) Docker
2 384 (7.51%) Active Directory
3 247 (4.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 98 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
5 74 (1.45%) vSphere
6 69 (1.35%) VMware NSX
7 57 (1.12%) HDFS
8 51 (1.00%) Hyper-V
9 45 (0.88%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 35 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
11 23 (0.45%) RACF
11 23 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
12 21 (0.41%) XenApp
13 14 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 14 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
14 13 (0.25%) GPFS
14 13 (0.25%) PowerHA
15 7 (0.14%) Firmware
15 7 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
16 6 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 386 (7.55%) Terraform
2 382 (7.47%) Kubernetes
3 292 (5.71%) Ansible
4 119 (2.33%) SCCM
5 85 (1.66%) Puppet
6 75 (1.47%) vCenter Server
7 64 (1.25%) Microsoft Intune
8 57 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
9 52 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
10 48 (0.94%) vRealize
11 41 (0.80%) Grafana
12 39 (0.76%) Packer
12 39 (0.76%) Prometheus
13 26 (0.51%) Nessus
14 25 (0.49%) Kibana
15 22 (0.43%) HP Data Protector
15 22 (0.43%) WSUS
16 21 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
17 19 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
17 19 (0.37%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 565 (11.05%) Microsoft
2 344 (6.73%) VMware
3 330 (6.46%) Oracle
4 258 (5.05%) Cisco
5 197 (3.85%) SAP
6 115 (2.25%) Red Hat
7 105 (2.05%) HP
8 97 (1.90%) Splunk
9 86 (1.68%) ServiceNow
10 85 (1.66%) Citrix
10 85 (1.66%) Dell
11 77 (1.51%) Cloudera
12 70 (1.37%) EMC
13 68 (1.33%) Google
14 66 (1.29%) IBM
15 63 (1.23%) Palo Alto
16 58 (1.13%) Atlassian
17 50 (0.98%) Informatica
18 49 (0.96%) Remedy
19 46 (0.90%) Fortinet