Period
to 18 February 2018

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 February 2018 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 23 29
Rank change year-on-year -14 +6 0
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,565 6,359 6,302
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.57% 6.68% 5.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 29.69% 32.29% 28.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,399 4,156 3,911
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £409
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.91% +4.87%
10th Percentile £200 £275 £268
90th Percentile £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 293 312
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £38.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.79% -5.00% +110.53%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.75 £16.26
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.90 £52.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £38.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -45.45% -3.75% +81.82%

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 18,742 19,695 22,374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.76% 20.69% 20.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,495 12,459 13,640
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 844 896 1,026
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.19 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.05% -1.13% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.08 £12.06 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.34 £27.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -4.21% -5.17% +48.72%

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 February 2018.

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 February 2018.

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 February 2018. 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 -12 5,147 £450 +5.88% 523
UK excluding London -15 3,282 £413 +3.13% 441
London +5 2,188 £500 +5.26% 123
South East -11 1,236 £425 +1.98% 159
South West -2 568 £450 +12.50% 83
North of England -22 461 £400 +1.27% 60
Midlands -3 458 £415 +8.50% 46
North West -3 298 £425 -10.53% 34
East of England +16 246 £350 -6.67% 52
West Midlands -14 238 £450 +20.00% 34
Wales -2 227 £425 -5.56% 15
East Midlands +6 217 £400 - 12
Scotland -64 109 £358 +5.15% 26
North East -7 108 £325 -4.41% 17
Yorkshire -37 58 £340 -20.00% 9
Northern Ireland -16 6 £354 -21.30%

For the 6 months to 18 February 2018, 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 5,565 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,236 (22.21%) Agile Software Development
3 945 (16.98%) Windows
4 787 (14.14%) Linux
5 756 (13.58%) Java
6 727 (13.06%) Microsoft
7 657 (11.81%) DevOps
8 590 (10.60%) Amazon AWS
9 540 (9.70%) Active Directory
10 536 (9.63%) ITIL
11 509 (9.15%) Migration
12 490 (8.81%) Project Management
13 462 (8.30%) Cisco
14 444 (7.98%) SQL
15 442 (7.94%) Finance
16 424 (7.62%) VMware
17 409 (7.35%) DV Cleared
18 372 (6.68%) Jenkins
19 369 (6.63%) Oracle
20 362 (6.50%) Firewall
21 358 (6.43%) Scrum
21 358 (6.43%) Git (software)
22 356 (6.40%) Test Automation
23 335 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
24 320 (5.75%) Stakeholder Management
25 310 (5.57%) Unix
26 309 (5.55%) Python
27 305 (5.48%) Office 365
27 305 (5.48%) Docker
28 301 (5.41%) Puppet

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
1 249 (4.47%) SharePoint
2 178 (3.20%) Confluence
3 114 (2.05%) Tomcat
4 112 (2.01%) MS Exchange
5 93 (1.67%) Apache
6 82 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
7 77 (1.38%) nginx
8 70 (1.26%) IIS
9 65 (1.17%) Apache Spark
9 65 (1.17%) Skype for Business
10 50 (0.90%) JBoss
11 46 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
11 46 (0.83%) WebLogic
12 40 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
12 40 (0.72%) WildFly
13 36 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
13 36 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
14 31 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
15 27 (0.49%) SAS
15 27 (0.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 263 (4.73%) Microsoft Office
2 144 (2.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 135 (2.43%) Microsoft Project
4 53 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 52 (0.93%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.18%) Acrobat
8 8 (0.14%) PaintShop Pro
9 7 (0.13%) Simulink
10 6 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.072%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.072%) Windchill
12 3 (0.054%) Revit
12 3 (0.054%) SPSS
12 3 (0.054%) Stata
13 2 (0.036%) GIMP
14 1 (0.018%) Adobe After Effects
14 1 (0.018%) HipChat
14 1 (0.018%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.018%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 34 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.49%) Primavera
3 17 (0.31%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 17 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
4 15 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
5 14 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
6 13 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
7 12 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
7 12 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
8 11 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
8 11 (0.20%) SAP HR
9 9 (0.16%) SAP MM
10 8 (0.14%) Teamcenter
11 7 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
11 7 (0.13%) ResourceLink
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
13 5 (0.090%) Cognos Planning
13 5 (0.090%) Oracle Financials
13 5 (0.090%) SAP ERP
14 4 (0.072%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 590 (10.60%) Amazon AWS
2 305 (5.48%) Office 365
3 297 (5.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 88 (1.58%) PaaS
5 86 (1.55%) Amazon EC2
6 84 (1.51%) IaaS
7 73 (1.31%) Amazon S3
8 61 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
9 55 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
9 55 (0.99%) SaaS
10 50 (0.90%) Amazon ELB
11 45 (0.81%) Serverless
12 44 (0.79%) GitHub
13 42 (0.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 37 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
15 35 (0.63%) Route 53
16 31 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
17 24 (0.43%) G Suite
18 21 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 20 (0.36%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 362 (6.50%) Firewall
2 185 (3.32%) DNS
3 165 (2.96%) WAN
4 146 (2.62%) VPN
5 142 (2.55%) TCP/IP
6 136 (2.44%) LAN
7 123 (2.21%) Internet
8 106 (1.90%) Network Security
9 97 (1.74%) Cisco ASA
10 96 (1.73%) Wireless
11 91 (1.64%) SAN
12 80 (1.44%) BGP
13 75 (1.35%) DHCP
14 71 (1.28%) MPLS
15 65 (1.17%) Skype
16 58 (1.04%) OSPF
17 57 (1.02%) SSL
18 56 (1.01%) VLAN
19 55 (0.99%) HTTP
20 53 (0.95%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 256 (4.60%) PostgreSQL
2 242 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 176 (3.16%) Big Data
3 176 (3.16%) Hadoop
4 133 (2.39%) Relational Database
5 106 (1.90%) Oracle Database
6 88 (1.58%) MongoDB
7 85 (1.53%) MySQL
8 84 (1.51%) RDBMS
9 71 (1.28%) HBase
10 59 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
10 59 (1.06%) NoSQL
11 57 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
12 56 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
13 53 (0.95%) Redis
14 47 (0.84%) Power BI
15 41 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
16 40 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
17 29 (0.52%) GIS
18 27 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 372 (6.68%) Jenkins
2 358 (6.43%) Git (software)
3 279 (5.01%) JIRA
4 134 (2.41%) Maven
5 109 (1.96%) Selenium
6 100 (1.80%) JUnit
7 80 (1.44%) Artifactory
8 78 (1.40%) Sonatype Nexus
9 76 (1.37%) Cucumber
10 67 (1.20%) SonarQube
11 61 (1.10%) Visual Studio
12 54 (0.97%) Mockito
12 54 (0.97%) Vagrant
13 49 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
14 47 (0.84%) Liquibase
14 47 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
15 40 (0.72%) GitLab
15 40 (0.72%) JMeter
16 39 (0.70%) Bitbucket
17 36 (0.65%) Ant
General
1 442 (7.94%) Finance
2 178 (3.20%) Telecoms
3 162 (2.91%) Manufacturing
4 93 (1.67%) Law
5 89 (1.60%) Military
6 84 (1.51%) Electronics
7 73 (1.31%) Marketing
8 57 (1.02%) Legal
9 40 (0.72%) Retail
10 29 (0.52%) Aerospace
11 22 (0.40%) Banking
12 21 (0.38%) Games
13 17 (0.31%) Financial Institution
14 15 (0.27%) Publishing
15 13 (0.23%) Billing
16 9 (0.16%) Local Government
17 7 (0.13%) Advertising
18 6 (0.11%) Back Office
19 4 (0.072%) Automotive
19 4 (0.072%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 692 (12.43%) Developer
2 556 (9.99%) Architect
3 534 (9.60%) Analyst
4 372 (6.68%) Consultant
5 338 (6.07%) Project Manager
6 301 (5.41%) Java Developer
7 275 (4.94%) DevOps Engineer
8 233 (4.19%) Network Engineer
9 224 (4.03%) Support Engineer
10 197 (3.54%) Business Analyst
11 191 (3.43%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 144 (2.59%) Desktop Support
13 132 (2.37%) SC Cleared Java Developer
13 132 (2.37%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 118 (2.12%) Administrator
15 114 (2.05%) AWS Engineer
16 105 (1.89%) AWS DevOps
17 95 (1.71%) AWS DevOps Engineer
18 93 (1.67%) Desktop Engineer
19 87 (1.56%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 293 (5.27%) Web Services
2 197 (3.54%) REST
3 164 (2.95%) HTML
4 146 (2.62%) Spring
5 134 (2.41%) CSS
6 130 (2.34%) .NET
7 123 (2.21%) JSON
8 115 (2.07%) Node.js
9 102 (1.83%) RESTful
10 97 (1.74%) XML
11 96 (1.73%) Spring Boot
12 86 (1.55%) Elastic Stack
13 77 (1.38%) Apache Camel
14 72 (1.29%) Hibernate
15 70 (1.26%) J2EE
16 69 (1.24%) JMS
17 63 (1.13%) SOAP
18 61 (1.10%) Kafka
18 61 (1.10%) LDAP
19 60 (1.08%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 335 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
2 216 (3.88%) Data Centre
3 184 (3.31%) Management Information System
4 92 (1.65%) User Experience
5 68 (1.22%) Linux Command Line
6 61 (1.10%) PKI
7 58 (1.04%) Computer Science
7 58 (1.04%) Public Cloud
8 53 (0.95%) Clustering
9 51 (0.92%) Smartphone
10 42 (0.75%) Greenfield Project
11 38 (0.68%) Replication
12 35 (0.63%) Algorithms
12 35 (0.63%) Data Protection Act
13 34 (0.61%) Driving Licence
14 26 (0.47%) Cyberthreat
14 26 (0.47%) EMC VNX
15 24 (0.43%) PMI
16 23 (0.41%) Blackberry
16 23 (0.41%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 945 (16.98%) Windows
2 787 (14.14%) Linux
3 310 (5.57%) Unix
4 272 (4.89%) Windows 10
5 262 (4.71%) Windows Server
6 211 (3.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 158 (2.84%) Windows 7
8 153 (2.75%) Windows Server 2012
9 118 (2.12%) Windows Server 2008
10 111 (1.99%) Solaris
11 102 (1.83%) CentOS
12 98 (1.76%) AIX
13 79 (1.42%) Apple iOS
14 76 (1.37%) Android
15 64 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
16 43 (0.77%) VMS
17 31 (0.56%) Ubuntu
18 29 (0.52%) Mac OS X
19 28 (0.50%) HPUX
19 28 (0.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,236 (22.21%) Agile Software Development
2 657 (11.81%) DevOps
3 536 (9.63%) ITIL
4 509 (9.15%) Migration
5 490 (8.81%) Project Management
6 358 (6.43%) Scrum
7 356 (6.40%) Test Automation
8 320 (5.75%) Stakeholder Management
9 299 (5.37%) Continuous Integration
10 290 (5.21%) PRINCE2
11 260 (4.67%) Service Management
12 242 (4.35%) Open Source
13 228 (4.10%) Configuration Management
14 219 (3.94%) Service Delivery
15 212 (3.81%) Business Intelligence
15 212 (3.81%) TDD
16 199 (3.58%) Change Management
17 189 (3.40%) Programme Management
18 178 (3.20%) Risk Management
19 174 (3.13%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 756 (13.58%) Java
2 444 (7.98%) SQL
3 309 (5.55%) Python
4 260 (4.67%) JavaScript
5 223 (4.01%) PowerShell
6 174 (3.13%) Ruby
7 160 (2.88%) C
8 149 (2.68%) Bash Shell
9 117 (2.10%) Shell Script
10 101 (1.81%) C#
11 83 (1.49%) C++
12 79 (1.42%) Groovy
13 71 (1.28%) Perl
14 66 (1.19%) PHP
15 63 (1.13%) Scala
16 55 (0.99%) PL/SQL
17 36 (0.65%) JPQL
18 33 (0.59%) R
19 29 (0.52%) Go
19 29 (0.52%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5,565 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 409 (7.35%) DV Cleared
3 193 (3.47%) Degree
4 189 (3.40%) Cisco Certification
5 132 (2.37%) BPSS Clearance
6 116 (2.08%) CCNP
7 109 (1.96%) CTC Cleared
8 89 (1.60%) CISSP
9 88 (1.58%) CCNA
10 69 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
11 56 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 53 (0.95%) ISEB
13 51 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 49 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
14 49 (0.88%) MCSE
15 47 (0.84%) PMI Certification
15 47 (0.84%) PMP
16 41 (0.74%) CCIE
16 41 (0.74%) CESG Certified Professional
17 34 (0.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 139 (2.50%) QA
2 107 (1.92%) PMO
3 105 (1.89%) SLA
4 79 (1.42%) Disclosure Scotland
5 59 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 39 (0.70%) GDPR
7 34 (0.61%) Data Quality
8 29 (0.52%) PCI DSS
9 27 (0.49%) RMADS
10 24 (0.43%) ISO 9001
11 18 (0.32%) JSP 440
12 15 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 12 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 10 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
15 9 (0.16%) Def Stans
16 8 (0.14%) COBIT
16 8 (0.14%) P3O
16 8 (0.14%) WCAG
17 4 (0.072%) ISO/IEC 15288
17 4 (0.072%) WAI
System Software
1 540 (9.70%) Active Directory
2 305 (5.48%) Docker
3 238 (4.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 111 (1.99%) vSphere
5 82 (1.47%) Hyper-V
6 71 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
7 49 (0.88%) HDFS
8 31 (0.56%) XenApp
9 28 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
10 26 (0.47%) NFS
11 24 (0.43%) vCloud
12 23 (0.41%) BitLocker
12 23 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
13 22 (0.40%) XenDesktop
14 21 (0.38%) flannel
14 21 (0.38%) ProxySG
15 20 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
16 17 (0.31%) Postfix
16 17 (0.31%) Squid
17 15 (0.27%) KVM
Systems Management
1 301 (5.41%) Puppet
2 286 (5.14%) Ansible
3 217 (3.90%) SCCM
4 188 (3.38%) Terraform
5 176 (3.16%) Kubernetes
6 114 (2.05%) SCOM
7 101 (1.81%) Opscode Chef
8 85 (1.53%) logstash
9 66 (1.19%) Kibana
10 55 (0.99%) ZABBIX
11 45 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
12 39 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
12 39 (0.70%) Nagios
13 33 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
14 31 (0.56%) WSUS
15 29 (0.52%) Prometheus
16 28 (0.50%) AirWatch
16 28 (0.50%) Consul
17 27 (0.49%) FortiGate
17 27 (0.49%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 727 (13.06%) Microsoft
2 462 (8.30%) Cisco
3 424 (7.62%) VMware
4 369 (6.63%) Oracle
5 229 (4.12%) SAP
6 207 (3.72%) HP
7 201 (3.61%) Red Hat
8 168 (3.02%) Juniper
9 141 (2.53%) IBM
10 119 (2.14%) Citrix
11 91 (1.64%) CheckPoint
12 89 (1.60%) McAfee
13 85 (1.53%) Google
14 84 (1.51%) Remedy
15 80 (1.44%) NetApp
16 79 (1.42%) F5
17 75 (1.35%) ServiceNow
18 71 (1.28%) EMC
19 62 (1.11%) SolarWinds
20 59 (1.06%) Cognos