Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 27 32
Rank change year-on-year -8 +5 -3
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5382 7029 5641
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.42% 6.60% 4.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 29.14% 31.38% 25.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3247 4402 3399
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £231 £260 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 364 281 317
UK median hourly rate £21.10 £36.00 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.39% +17.96% +52.60%
10th Percentile £13.69 £12.25 £15.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.25 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £30.06
% change year-on-year -1.41% +18.10% +46.63%

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 18467 22397 22072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.58% 21.02% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11247 13904 13212
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £239 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.19% +4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 894 850 1073
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +17.39% +17.95%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £24.22
% change year-on-year +9.09% +13.55% +21.09%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 -7 5077 £425 +3.66% 226
UK excluding London -12 3413 £400 +6.67% 160
London -6 1893 £490 +3.16% 88
South East -14 1129 £410 +2.37% 52
South West +3 739 £415 +9.21% 26
North of England -15 691 £365 +7.35% 25
Midlands -3 408 £400 +5.26% 18
North West +4 398 £425 -5.56% 11
East of England +6 212 £350 -7.89% 17
North East -2 211 £325 +1.56% 9
West Midlands -19 207 £400 +2.56% 11
East Midlands +4 195 £398 +6.00% 7
Wales -5 133 £415 -2.92% 14
Scotland -65 112 £381 +12.13% 8
Yorkshire +2 85 £400 -5.88% 5
Northern Ireland -48 6 £390 +43.38%

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 5382 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1196 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 901 (16.74%) Windows
4 847 (15.74%) Linux
5 707 (13.14%) Microsoft
6 684 (12.71%) Java
7 587 (10.91%) DevOps
8 578 (10.74%) Migration
9 545 (10.13%) Finance
10 544 (10.11%) ITIL
11 504 (9.36%) SQL
12 459 (8.53%) Project Management
13 449 (8.34%) VMware
14 427 (7.93%) Oracle
15 422 (7.84%) Amazon AWS
16 417 (7.75%) Active Directory
17 416 (7.73%) SAP
18 385 (7.15%) Scrum
19 384 (7.13%) Puppet
20 383 (7.12%) DV Cleared
21 373 (6.93%) Cisco
22 367 (6.82%) Firewall
23 364 (6.76%) Git (software)
24 362 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
25 356 (6.61%) Unix
26 346 (6.43%) Telecoms
27 333 (6.19%) Python
28 322 (5.98%) Business Intelligence
29 308 (5.72%) Programme Management
30 303 (5.63%) PostgreSQL

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
1 238 (4.42%) SharePoint
2 170 (3.16%) Confluence
3 147 (2.73%) Tomcat
4 141 (2.62%) Apache
5 137 (2.55%) MS Exchange
6 109 (2.03%) Apache Spark
7 93 (1.73%) Elasticsearch
7 93 (1.73%) JBoss
8 90 (1.67%) WebLogic
9 82 (1.52%) nginx
10 80 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
11 79 (1.47%) Skype for Business
12 62 (1.15%) IIS
13 57 (1.06%) Apache Solr
14 56 (1.04%) OpenStack
15 51 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
16 48 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
17 45 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
18 40 (0.74%) Oracle Application Server
19 38 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 277 (5.15%) Microsoft Office
2 182 (3.38%) Microsoft Project
3 154 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 68 (1.26%) MS Visio
5 60 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (0.22%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.19%) Acrobat
7 10 (0.19%) PaintShop Pro
7 10 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.11%) Simulink
8 6 (0.11%) SPSS
9 4 (0.074%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.074%) Windchill
10 3 (0.056%) OrCAD
11 2 (0.037%) Adobe After Effects
11 2 (0.037%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.037%) Siemens NX
12 1 (0.019%) CATIA
12 1 (0.019%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.019%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 31 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.56%) Primavera
2 30 (0.56%) SAP ERP
3 24 (0.45%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 21 (0.39%) Teamcenter
5 17 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
6 15 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
7 14 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
8 13 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
9 11 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
10 10 (0.19%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 10 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
10 10 (0.19%) SAP HR
11 9 (0.17%) SAP MM
12 8 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
12 8 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
13 7 (0.13%) SAP FI
14 6 (0.11%) SAP CO
14 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 422 (7.84%) Amazon AWS
2 266 (4.94%) Office 365
3 187 (3.47%) Microsoft Azure
4 88 (1.64%) IaaS
5 85 (1.58%) GitHub
6 70 (1.30%) PaaS
7 46 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
8 41 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
9 34 (0.63%) Amazon S3
10 33 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
11 27 (0.50%) G Suite
12 25 (0.46%) Amazon ELB
13 24 (0.45%) Serverless
14 23 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 20 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
16 19 (0.35%) SaaS
17 16 (0.30%) Google Drive
18 14 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 14 (0.26%) OneDrive
19 12 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 367 (6.82%) Firewall
2 227 (4.22%) DNS
3 188 (3.49%) LAN
4 171 (3.18%) TCP/IP
5 170 (3.16%) WAN
6 126 (2.34%) SAN
7 99 (1.84%) VPN
8 85 (1.58%) HTTP
9 78 (1.45%) Internet
10 74 (1.37%) Wireless
11 73 (1.36%) DHCP
12 71 (1.32%) Network Security
13 65 (1.21%) LDAP
14 64 (1.19%) Kerberos
15 56 (1.04%) BGP
16 55 (1.02%) Cisco ASA
17 53 (0.98%) SSL
18 52 (0.97%) Skype
18 52 (0.97%) VLAN
18 52 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 303 (5.63%) PostgreSQL
2 235 (4.37%) Hadoop
3 221 (4.11%) SQL Server
4 180 (3.34%) Big Data
5 141 (2.62%) Relational Database
6 136 (2.53%) HBase
7 135 (2.51%) Oracle Database
8 131 (2.43%) MySQL
9 117 (2.17%) MongoDB
10 95 (1.77%) NoSQL
11 94 (1.75%) RDBMS
12 75 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
13 46 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
14 45 (0.84%) Redis
15 43 (0.80%) Apache Hive
16 35 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
16 35 (0.65%) Power BI
17 33 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
18 32 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
18 32 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 364 (6.76%) Git (software)
2 270 (5.02%) Jenkins
3 256 (4.76%) JIRA
4 110 (2.04%) Maven
5 101 (1.88%) Cucumber
6 86 (1.60%) Visual Studio
7 78 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
8 71 (1.32%) Selenium
9 70 (1.30%) GitLab
9 70 (1.30%) Rational DOORS
10 66 (1.23%) JUnit
11 64 (1.19%) Artifactory
12 59 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
13 58 (1.08%) IntelliJ
14 44 (0.82%) SonarQube
15 36 (0.67%) Eclipse
16 35 (0.65%) Liquibase
17 34 (0.63%) Ant
17 34 (0.63%) JMeter
17 34 (0.63%) Vagrant
General
1 545 (10.13%) Finance
2 346 (6.43%) Telecoms
3 277 (5.15%) Manufacturing
4 219 (4.07%) Electronics
5 207 (3.85%) Marketing
6 100 (1.86%) Military
7 53 (0.98%) Aerospace
7 53 (0.98%) Law
8 37 (0.69%) Legal
9 28 (0.52%) Banking
10 19 (0.35%) Back Office
11 16 (0.30%) Investment Banking
11 16 (0.30%) Retail
12 10 (0.19%) Local Government
13 9 (0.17%) Avionics
14 8 (0.15%) Digital Economy
15 6 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.11%) Publishing
16 5 (0.093%) Billing
17 4 (0.074%) Games
Job Titles
1 648 (12.04%) Developer
2 544 (10.11%) Architect
3 457 (8.49%) Analyst
4 386 (7.17%) Consultant
5 285 (5.30%) Project Manager
6 246 (4.57%) Java Developer
7 244 (4.53%) DevOps Engineer
8 166 (3.08%) Support Engineer
9 159 (2.95%) Business Analyst
9 159 (2.95%) Network Engineer
10 149 (2.77%) Administrator
11 119 (2.21%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 118 (2.19%) SC Cleared Java Developer
13 112 (2.08%) Desktop Support
14 101 (1.88%) Software Engineer
15 93 (1.73%) Unix Engineer
16 87 (1.62%) DBA
17 86 (1.60%) Linux Engineer
18 84 (1.56%) Solutions Architect
19 79 (1.47%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 248 (4.61%) Web Services
2 219 (4.07%) REST
3 180 (3.34%) HTML
4 178 (3.31%) Spring
5 167 (3.10%) CSS
6 131 (2.43%) .NET
7 130 (2.42%) Node.js
8 121 (2.25%) Spring Boot
9 120 (2.23%) RESTful
10 117 (2.17%) XML
11 110 (2.04%) Elastic Stack
12 102 (1.90%) JSON
13 101 (1.88%) Kafka
14 99 (1.84%) Apache Camel
15 77 (1.43%) HTML5
16 73 (1.36%) J2EE
17 69 (1.28%) AngularJS
18 61 (1.13%) Drools
19 56 (1.04%) Middleware
20 55 (1.02%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 362 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
2 262 (4.87%) Data Centre
3 194 (3.60%) Management Information System
4 108 (2.01%) User Experience
5 88 (1.64%) Computer Science
6 86 (1.60%) Clustering
7 75 (1.39%) PKI
8 66 (1.23%) Algorithms
9 52 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
10 45 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
11 44 (0.82%) Blackberry
11 44 (0.82%) Private Cloud
12 43 (0.80%) Driving Licence
13 40 (0.74%) Replication
14 39 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
15 35 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
16 34 (0.63%) CESG
16 34 (0.63%) PMI
16 34 (0.63%) Smartphone
17 31 (0.58%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 901 (16.74%) Windows
2 847 (15.74%) Linux
3 356 (6.61%) Unix
4 236 (4.38%) Windows 10
5 228 (4.24%) Windows Server
6 219 (4.07%) Solaris
7 183 (3.40%) AIX
8 180 (3.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 164 (3.05%) Windows 7
10 133 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
11 114 (2.12%) Windows Server 2008
12 109 (2.03%) CentOS
13 71 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
14 68 (1.26%) HPUX
15 55 (1.02%) Ubuntu
16 53 (0.98%) Apple iOS
16 53 (0.98%) SUSE
17 49 (0.91%) Android
18 27 (0.50%) CoreOS
19 23 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1196 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
2 587 (10.91%) DevOps
3 578 (10.74%) Migration
4 544 (10.11%) ITIL
5 459 (8.53%) Project Management
6 385 (7.15%) Scrum
7 322 (5.98%) Business Intelligence
8 308 (5.72%) Programme Management
9 282 (5.24%) Configuration Management
10 281 (5.22%) Continuous Integration
11 268 (4.98%) Stakeholder Management
12 254 (4.72%) PRINCE2
13 247 (4.59%) Test Automation
14 223 (4.14%) TDD
15 222 (4.12%) Microservices
16 221 (4.11%) Open Source
17 212 (3.94%) Service Management
18 199 (3.70%) Digital Marketing
19 187 (3.47%) Software Engineering
20 159 (2.95%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 684 (12.71%) Java
2 504 (9.36%) SQL
3 333 (6.19%) Python
4 213 (3.96%) JavaScript
5 197 (3.66%) Bash Shell
6 189 (3.51%) PowerShell
7 174 (3.23%) Ruby
8 148 (2.75%) C
9 130 (2.42%) C#
10 114 (2.12%) Shell Script
11 112 (2.08%) C++
12 90 (1.67%) Perl
13 87 (1.62%) Scala
14 60 (1.11%) PL/SQL
15 49 (0.91%) Go
15 49 (0.91%) Korn
16 46 (0.85%) ABAP
17 39 (0.72%) T-SQL
18 36 (0.67%) PHP
19 31 (0.58%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5382 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 383 (7.12%) DV Cleared
3 240 (4.46%) Degree
4 170 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
5 128 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 114 (2.12%) CCNP
7 83 (1.54%) CTC Cleared
8 82 (1.52%) CISSP
9 76 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
10 74 (1.37%) CCNA
11 59 (1.10%) PMI Certification
12 52 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
12 52 (0.97%) MCSE
13 50 (0.93%) ISEB
14 49 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
15 48 (0.89%) PMP
16 46 (0.85%) CESG Certified Professional
17 41 (0.76%) CCIE
18 39 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 36 (0.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (2.27%) QA
2 114 (2.12%) PMO
3 94 (1.75%) SLA
4 85 (1.58%) Data Quality
5 59 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 57 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
7 29 (0.54%) GDPR
7 29 (0.54%) JSP 440
8 26 (0.48%) PCI DSS
9 20 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 20 (0.37%) ISO 9001
10 18 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 14 (0.26%) WCAG
12 13 (0.24%) RMADS
13 11 (0.20%) Def Stans
13 11 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
13 11 (0.20%) PSD2
14 8 (0.15%) GPG13
14 8 (0.15%) HL7
14 8 (0.15%) MIL-STD-1553
System Software
1 417 (7.75%) Active Directory
2 294 (5.46%) Docker
3 242 (4.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 85 (1.58%) Hyper-V
5 77 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
6 76 (1.41%) HDFS
7 59 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
8 49 (0.91%) vSphere
9 48 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
10 39 (0.72%) KVM
11 36 (0.67%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 32 (0.59%) XenApp
13 31 (0.58%) VMware NSX
14 30 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
15 28 (0.52%) Samba
16 27 (0.50%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 25 (0.46%) flannel
17 25 (0.46%) vCloud
17 25 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 23 (0.43%) etcd
Systems Management
1 384 (7.13%) Puppet
2 282 (5.24%) Ansible
3 201 (3.73%) Kubernetes
4 177 (3.29%) SCCM
5 153 (2.84%) Terraform
6 124 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
7 98 (1.82%) logstash
8 85 (1.58%) Kibana
9 63 (1.17%) ZABBIX
10 52 (0.97%) SCOM
11 49 (0.91%) NetBackup
12 45 (0.84%) Sysdig
13 39 (0.72%) Data Guard
14 35 (0.65%) Prometheus
15 33 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
16 32 (0.59%) Oracle RMAN
17 29 (0.54%) HAProxy
18 27 (0.50%) vCenter Server
19 26 (0.48%) Nagios
19 26 (0.48%) Salt
Vendors
1 707 (13.14%) Microsoft
2 449 (8.34%) VMware
3 427 (7.93%) Oracle
4 416 (7.73%) SAP
5 373 (6.93%) Cisco
6 231 (4.29%) Red Hat
7 189 (3.51%) HP
8 143 (2.66%) IBM
9 126 (2.34%) Citrix
10 112 (2.08%) Juniper
11 100 (1.86%) F5
12 91 (1.69%) CheckPoint
13 86 (1.60%) Sun
14 72 (1.34%) Google
15 68 (1.26%) Veritas
16 67 (1.24%) McAfee
17 64 (1.19%) Cognos
18 63 (1.17%) EMC
19 47 (0.87%) Symantec
20 46 (0.85%) Remedy