Period
to 21 May 2019

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 21 May 2019 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
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 30 30 27
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 0
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,651 6,381 5,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.21% 6.34% 6.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 32.72% 33.17% 31.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,472 3,857 3,666
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +7.32%
10th Percentile £300 £215 £270
90th Percentile £638 £625 £596
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £415 £423
% change year-on-year +8.43% -1.78% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 304 342 413
UK median hourly rate £35.65 £18.70 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +90.64% -50.79% -9.09%
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £19.10 £38.75
% change year-on-year +83.25% -50.71% -6.63%

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 17,269 19,238 18,307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.98% 19.11% 20.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,462 11,561 11,496
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £254
90th Percentile £641 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 798 856 930
UK median hourly rate £33.40 £24.28 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.59% -19.08% -7.69%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.12 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +24.46% -16.67% -14.29%

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 21 May 2019.

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 21 May 2019.

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 21 May 2019. 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 5,273 £475 +5.56% 417
UK excluding London 0 3,645 £450 +8.43% 339
London -14 1,874 £525 +2.94% 114
South East -1 1,235 £450 +5.88% 119
South West 0 850 £450 +0.10% 94
North of England -6 520 £450 +12.50% 23
Midlands +6 492 £430 -4.44% 41
West Midlands +6 359 £450 - 34
North West 0 283 £450 - 19
East of England +17 281 £475 +18.75% 27
Wales -3 176 £475 +18.75% 12
Yorkshire +16 138 £463 -2.63% 3
East Midlands +4 132 £425 +2.53% 6
Scotland -51 99 £373 +29.57% 24
North East -14 98 £413 +35.25% 1
Northern Ireland +13 3 £317 -10.59%

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, 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 5,651 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,489 (26.35%) Agile Software Development
3 863 (15.27%) Windows
4 851 (15.06%) Linux
5 790 (13.98%) DevOps
6 753 (13.33%) Amazon AWS
7 715 (12.65%) Microsoft
8 650 (11.50%) Java
9 572 (10.12%) Migration
10 551 (9.75%) Microsoft Azure
11 530 (9.38%) SQL
12 488 (8.64%) Oracle
13 468 (8.28%) DV Cleared
14 460 (8.14%) ITIL
15 459 (8.12%) Cisco
16 458 (8.10%) VMware
17 448 (7.93%) Project Management
18 434 (7.68%) Finance
19 429 (7.59%) Git (software)
20 426 (7.54%) Jenkins
20 426 (7.54%) Stakeholder Management
21 393 (6.95%) Python
22 386 (6.83%) Scrum
23 381 (6.74%) Ansible
24 379 (6.71%) Active Directory
25 376 (6.65%) Docker
26 365 (6.46%) Kubernetes
27 363 (6.42%) Software Engineering
28 360 (6.37%) Firewall
29 351 (6.21%) JavaScript

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
1 293 (5.18%) SharePoint
2 211 (3.73%) Confluence
3 96 (1.70%) Apache
4 75 (1.33%) MS Exchange
5 74 (1.31%) Skype for Business
6 67 (1.19%) Elasticsearch
7 65 (1.15%) IIS
8 49 (0.87%) nginx
9 44 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
10 43 (0.76%) Apache Spark
11 39 (0.69%) SAS
12 37 (0.65%) JBoss
13 36 (0.64%) WebLogic
14 30 (0.53%) Tomcat
15 27 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
16 24 (0.42%) WebSphere
17 21 (0.37%) CMS
18 20 (0.35%) Apache Solr
19 17 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
20 15 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 166 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
2 154 (2.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 117 (2.07%) Microsoft Project
4 61 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 51 (0.90%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.23%) Simulink
8 12 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.16%) InfoPath
10 7 (0.12%) Adobe XD
10 7 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.088%) Sketch
11 5 (0.088%) UXPin
11 5 (0.088%) Windchill
12 3 (0.053%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.053%) SOLIDWORKS
12 3 (0.053%) SPSS
13 2 (0.035%) Autodesk Inventor
13 2 (0.035%) Mathcad
14 1 (0.018%) Revit
Business Applications
1 42 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
3 25 (0.44%) Oracle BPM
4 20 (0.35%) Primavera
5 17 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
6 16 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
7 13 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
7 13 (0.23%) Teamcenter
8 5 (0.088%) assyst
8 5 (0.088%) Oracle ERP
9 4 (0.071%) Remedy AR System
10 3 (0.053%) C-CURE
10 3 (0.053%) Oracle Financials
10 3 (0.053%) SAP ERP
10 3 (0.053%) SAP S/4HANA
10 3 (0.053%) SAP SD
11 2 (0.035%) Dynamics AX
11 2 (0.035%) Oracle ASCP
11 2 (0.035%) Oracle Manufacturing
11 2 (0.035%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 753 (13.33%) Amazon AWS
2 551 (9.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 222 (3.93%) Office 365
4 131 (2.32%) PaaS
5 121 (2.14%) GitHub
6 113 (2.00%) IaaS
7 110 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
8 96 (1.70%) Amazon S3
9 93 (1.65%) SaaS
10 90 (1.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 72 (1.27%) Datadog
12 69 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
13 62 (1.10%) Amazon ELB
14 58 (1.03%) Power Platform
15 54 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
16 45 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
17 38 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 31 (0.55%) Serverless
19 30 (0.53%) AWS CloudTrail
19 30 (0.53%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 360 (6.37%) Firewall
2 238 (4.21%) VPN
3 165 (2.92%) WAN
4 161 (2.85%) TCP/IP
5 154 (2.73%) DNS
5 154 (2.73%) LAN
6 118 (2.09%) Internet
7 116 (2.05%) Cisco Nexus
8 109 (1.93%) Network Security
9 104 (1.84%) Skype
10 86 (1.52%) Cisco ASA
11 83 (1.47%) OSPF
12 82 (1.45%) BGP
13 75 (1.33%) Wireless
14 71 (1.26%) VoIP
15 61 (1.08%) DHCP
16 60 (1.06%) SAN
17 55 (0.97%) Ethernet
18 51 (0.90%) Cisco IOS
19 49 (0.87%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 316 (5.59%) SQL Server
2 203 (3.59%) Big Data
3 190 (3.36%) PostgreSQL
4 170 (3.01%) Oracle Database
5 99 (1.75%) Hadoop
6 98 (1.73%) Data Warehouse
7 94 (1.66%) Relational Database
8 86 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
9 83 (1.47%) MySQL
9 83 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 73 (1.29%) MongoDB
10 73 (1.29%) NoSQL
11 57 (1.01%) Amazon Redshift
12 49 (0.87%) Power BI
13 48 (0.85%) Oracle Database 12c
14 47 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
15 46 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 38 (0.67%) HBase
17 35 (0.62%) RDBMS
18 34 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 429 (7.59%) Git (software)
2 426 (7.54%) Jenkins
3 331 (5.86%) JIRA
4 111 (1.96%) Selenium
5 101 (1.79%) Sonatype Nexus
6 98 (1.73%) Maven
7 91 (1.61%) Visual Studio
8 88 (1.56%) GitLab
9 84 (1.49%) Cucumber
10 63 (1.11%) Artifactory
11 58 (1.03%) Rational DOORS
12 50 (0.88%) JUnit
12 50 (0.88%) Subversion
13 48 (0.85%) Bitbucket
13 48 (0.85%) SonarQube
13 48 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
14 44 (0.78%) Mockito
15 42 (0.74%) Rational Rhapsody
16 39 (0.69%) JMeter
17 38 (0.67%) Eclipse
General
1 434 (7.68%) Finance
2 239 (4.23%) Telecoms
3 138 (2.44%) Manufacturing
4 137 (2.42%) Electronics
5 127 (2.25%) Marketing
6 126 (2.23%) Military
7 79 (1.40%) Law
8 60 (1.06%) Aerospace
9 54 (0.96%) Legal
10 44 (0.78%) Retail
11 28 (0.50%) Banking
12 21 (0.37%) Local Government
13 15 (0.27%) Automotive
14 9 (0.16%) Back Office
15 8 (0.14%) Billing
16 6 (0.11%) Avionics
17 5 (0.088%) Investment Banking
18 4 (0.071%) Advertising
18 4 (0.071%) Financial Institution
18 4 (0.071%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 823 (14.56%) Developer
2 704 (12.46%) Architect
3 501 (8.87%) Analyst
4 361 (6.39%) DevOps Engineer
5 260 (4.60%) Project Manager
6 241 (4.26%) Consultant
7 235 (4.16%) Network Engineer
8 230 (4.07%) Java Developer
9 188 (3.33%) Business Analyst
10 187 (3.31%) Software Engineer
11 145 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
12 141 (2.50%) Technical Architect
13 124 (2.19%) Administrator
14 116 (2.05%) Tester
15 112 (1.98%) DBA
16 109 (1.93%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 107 (1.89%) SC Cleared Project Manager
18 100 (1.77%) Delivery Manager
19 97 (1.72%) Support Engineer
20 96 (1.70%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 291 (5.15%) .NET
2 270 (4.78%) HTML
3 268 (4.74%) Web Services
4 204 (3.61%) REST
5 200 (3.54%) CSS
6 175 (3.10%) SOAP
7 173 (3.06%) XML
8 139 (2.46%) JSON
9 138 (2.44%) RESTful
10 137 (2.42%) Spring
11 136 (2.41%) Node.js
12 126 (2.23%) AngularJS
12 126 (2.23%) Middleware
13 115 (2.04%) Kafka
14 111 (1.96%) Elastic Stack
15 101 (1.79%) HTML5
16 79 (1.40%) Apache Camel
17 75 (1.33%) Oracle Fusion
18 73 (1.29%) jQuery
19 69 (1.22%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 283 (5.01%) Data Centre
2 270 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
3 204 (3.61%) Management Information System
4 108 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
5 97 (1.72%) User Experience
6 67 (1.19%) PKI
7 58 (1.03%) Data Structures
8 53 (0.94%) Public Cloud
9 51 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
10 44 (0.78%) Algorithms
11 39 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
12 38 (0.67%) Driving Licence
13 37 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
14 33 (0.58%) CESG
14 33 (0.58%) Cyberattack
15 32 (0.57%) Embedded Systems
16 29 (0.51%) Replication
17 28 (0.50%) Private Cloud
18 27 (0.48%) Security Operations Centre
19 26 (0.46%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 863 (15.27%) Windows
2 851 (15.06%) Linux
3 270 (4.78%) Unix
4 255 (4.51%) Windows Server
5 245 (4.34%) Windows 10
6 230 (4.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 150 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 109 (1.93%) Windows 7
9 76 (1.34%) Windows Server 2008
10 65 (1.15%) CentOS
11 56 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
12 46 (0.81%) Solaris
13 45 (0.80%) AIX
14 36 (0.64%) Ubuntu
15 25 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
16 23 (0.41%) Android
16 23 (0.41%) Mac OS X
17 19 (0.34%) Apple iOS
18 15 (0.27%) Mac OS
19 12 (0.21%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,489 (26.35%) Agile Software Development
2 790 (13.98%) DevOps
3 572 (10.12%) Migration
4 460 (8.14%) ITIL
5 448 (7.93%) Project Management
6 426 (7.54%) Stakeholder Management
7 386 (6.83%) Scrum
8 363 (6.42%) Software Engineering
9 351 (6.21%) Problem-Solving
10 274 (4.85%) Continuous Integration
10 274 (4.85%) Test Automation
11 258 (4.57%) Business Intelligence
12 248 (4.39%) TDD
13 242 (4.28%) Configuration Management
14 227 (4.02%) Service Management
15 204 (3.61%) Coaching
16 202 (3.57%) Mentoring
17 197 (3.49%) Cybersecurity
17 197 (3.49%) Microservices
18 196 (3.47%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 650 (11.50%) Java
2 530 (9.38%) SQL
3 393 (6.95%) Python
4 351 (6.21%) JavaScript
5 263 (4.65%) C#
6 253 (4.48%) PowerShell
7 235 (4.16%) C++
8 203 (3.59%) C
9 134 (2.37%) Bash Shell
10 117 (2.07%) Java 8
11 101 (1.79%) Ruby
12 65 (1.15%) PHP
12 65 (1.15%) PL/SQL
12 65 (1.15%) Shell Script
13 49 (0.87%) T-SQL
14 40 (0.71%) Perl
15 32 (0.57%) MATLAB
16 30 (0.53%) Groovy
17 29 (0.51%) Go
18 27 (0.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 5,651 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 468 (8.28%) DV Cleared
3 288 (5.10%) Degree
4 244 (4.32%) Cisco Certification
5 144 (2.55%) CCNP
6 133 (2.35%) BPSS Clearance
7 132 (2.34%) Microsoft Certification
8 124 (2.19%) CCNA
9 98 (1.73%) RHCE
10 94 (1.66%) MCSE
11 83 (1.47%) CTC Cleared
12 72 (1.27%) CISSP
13 67 (1.19%) ISTQB
14 61 (1.08%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 55 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 53 (0.94%) MCSA
17 49 (0.87%) ISEB
18 48 (0.85%) AWS Certification
19 42 (0.74%) CESG Certified Professional
20 39 (0.69%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (2.07%) QA
2 82 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 78 (1.38%) Data Quality
4 74 (1.31%) PMO
5 68 (1.20%) SLA
6 50 (0.88%) GDPR
7 29 (0.51%) PCI DSS
8 26 (0.46%) JSP 440
9 23 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 22 (0.39%) Def Stans
11 20 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 17 (0.30%) DO-254
12 17 (0.30%) Government Security Classifications
13 16 (0.28%) COBIT
13 16 (0.28%) RMADS
14 15 (0.27%) DO-178B
15 14 (0.25%) ARP4754
15 14 (0.25%) ARP4761
16 13 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
16 13 (0.23%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 379 (6.71%) Active Directory
2 376 (6.65%) Docker
3 283 (5.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 84 (1.49%) VMware ESXi
5 73 (1.29%) vSphere
6 63 (1.11%) Hyper-V
7 49 (0.87%) Oracle RAC
8 42 (0.74%) VMware NSX
9 37 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
9 37 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
10 28 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
11 22 (0.39%) XenApp
12 20 (0.35%) Firmware
13 17 (0.30%) vCloud
13 17 (0.30%) XenDesktop
14 15 (0.27%) HDFS
15 11 (0.19%) Gluster
16 10 (0.18%) NDS
16 10 (0.18%) ProxySG
16 10 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 381 (6.74%) Ansible
2 365 (6.46%) Kubernetes
3 257 (4.55%) Terraform
4 250 (4.42%) Puppet
5 163 (2.88%) SCCM
6 140 (2.48%) Opscode Chef
7 87 (1.54%) vCenter Server
8 53 (0.94%) SCOM
9 50 (0.88%) Packer
10 43 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
11 35 (0.62%) Consul
11 35 (0.62%) Prometheus
12 33 (0.58%) Kibana
12 33 (0.58%) QRadar
13 32 (0.57%) HAProxy
14 31 (0.55%) NetBackup
15 29 (0.51%) Sysdig
16 28 (0.50%) Grafana
16 28 (0.50%) SELinux
17 27 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 715 (12.65%) Microsoft
2 488 (8.64%) Oracle
3 459 (8.12%) Cisco
4 458 (8.10%) VMware
5 189 (3.34%) Red Hat
6 169 (2.99%) SAP
7 167 (2.96%) Splunk
8 124 (2.19%) Juniper
9 115 (2.04%) Citrix
10 104 (1.84%) Atlassian
11 102 (1.80%) IBM
12 95 (1.68%) McAfee
13 94 (1.66%) HP
14 82 (1.45%) CheckPoint
15 69 (1.22%) Qualys
16 68 (1.20%) F5
17 65 (1.15%) SolarWinds
18 60 (1.06%) ServiceNow
19 43 (0.76%) BMC
20 42 (0.74%) Cloudera