Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 26 32
Rank change year-on-year -11 +6 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5583 6652 6042
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.41% 6.48% 5.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 28.88% 31.59% 26.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3408 4338 3672
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £263 £263
90th Percentile £589 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 330 251 327
UK median hourly rate £20.39 £34.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.91% -4.17% +89.47%
10th Percentile £12.74 £13.00 £15.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £35.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year -40.00% -0.71% +76.25%

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 19332 21060 22665
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.72% 20.51% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 11890 13170 13726
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +1.27%
10th Percentile £220 £239 £245
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 884 851 1079
UK median hourly rate £25.60 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.06 £48.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.93 £27.00 £25.31
% change year-on-year -0.25% +6.68% +33.21%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 5228 £438 +2.94% 193
UK excluding London -10 3431 £400 - 138
London -6 2061 £500 +4.17% 60
South East -8 1239 £416 +3.75% 57
South West 0 675 £410 +2.50% 24
North of England -12 585 £375 - 26
Midlands -6 426 £400 +5.26% 20
North West +3 363 £423 -8.35% 18
East of England +10 243 £350 -12.50% 8
East Midlands +4 212 £383 +2.07% 4
West Midlands -21 211 £425 +7.59% 15
Wales -2 181 £400 -11.11% 4
North East -3 159 £325 -1.52% 6
Scotland -69 102 £369 +8.46% 1
Yorkshire -29 66 £400 -5.88% 2
Northern Ireland - 4 £133 -

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 5583 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1267 (22.69%) Agile Software Development
3 917 (16.42%) Windows
4 847 (15.17%) Linux
5 760 (13.61%) Java
6 717 (12.84%) Microsoft
7 626 (11.21%) DevOps
8 530 (9.49%) ITIL
9 520 (9.31%) SQL
10 508 (9.10%) Finance
11 506 (9.06%) Migration
12 498 (8.92%) Amazon AWS
13 476 (8.53%) VMware
14 469 (8.40%) Project Management
15 468 (8.38%) Active Directory
16 438 (7.85%) Cisco
17 433 (7.76%) Oracle
18 402 (7.20%) DV Cleared
19 367 (6.57%) Puppet
20 364 (6.52%) Unix
21 360 (6.45%) Scrum
22 352 (6.30%) SAP
23 350 (6.27%) Firewall
24 349 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
25 342 (6.13%) Git (software)
26 325 (5.82%) Jenkins
27 310 (5.55%) PostgreSQL
28 309 (5.53%) Python
29 302 (5.41%) PRINCE2
30 300 (5.37%) Telecoms

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
1 253 (4.53%) SharePoint
2 195 (3.49%) Confluence
3 140 (2.51%) Tomcat
4 129 (2.31%) Apache
5 127 (2.27%) MS Exchange
6 112 (2.01%) Apache Spark
7 87 (1.56%) JBoss
7 87 (1.56%) nginx
8 81 (1.45%) Skype for Business
8 81 (1.45%) WebLogic
9 75 (1.34%) IIS
10 72 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
11 62 (1.11%) OpenStack
12 61 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
13 52 (0.93%) Apache Solr
14 44 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
15 40 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
16 37 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
16 37 (0.66%) WebSphere
17 35 (0.63%) SAS
Applications
1 260 (4.66%) Microsoft Office
2 188 (3.37%) Microsoft Project
3 143 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
4 71 (1.27%) MS Visio
5 45 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 14 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.21%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.18%) PaintShop Pro
9 6 (0.11%) Simulink
9 6 (0.11%) SPSS
10 4 (0.072%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.072%) Windchill
11 3 (0.054%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.036%) OrCAD
12 2 (0.036%) Siemens NX
13 1 (0.018%) Adobe After Effects
13 1 (0.018%) HipChat
13 1 (0.018%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 39 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
1 39 (0.70%) Primavera
2 23 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 21 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
4 20 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
5 18 (0.32%) SAP ERP
6 17 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 17 (0.30%) Teamcenter
7 13 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
8 11 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 11 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
8 11 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
9 10 (0.18%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
9 10 (0.18%) SAP HR
10 9 (0.16%) SAP MM
11 7 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
11 7 (0.13%) SAP FI
12 6 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
12 6 (0.11%) SAP CO
12 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 498 (8.92%) Amazon AWS
2 248 (4.44%) Office 365
3 214 (3.83%) Microsoft Azure
4 83 (1.49%) GitHub
5 76 (1.36%) IaaS
6 72 (1.29%) PaaS
7 64 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
7 64 (1.15%) Amazon S3
8 49 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
9 44 (0.79%) Amazon ELB
10 42 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
11 36 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
12 35 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 34 (0.61%) Route 53
14 32 (0.57%) SaaS
15 24 (0.43%) Serverless
16 20 (0.36%) OneDrive
17 18 (0.32%) G Suite
18 14 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 12 (0.21%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 350 (6.27%) Firewall
2 219 (3.92%) DNS
3 191 (3.42%) LAN
4 190 (3.40%) WAN
5 188 (3.37%) TCP/IP
6 125 (2.24%) SAN
7 120 (2.15%) VPN
8 98 (1.76%) Internet
9 86 (1.54%) Network Security
10 78 (1.40%) Wireless
11 76 (1.36%) Kerberos
12 69 (1.24%) HTTP
13 67 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
14 66 (1.18%) DHCP
15 63 (1.13%) SSL
16 61 (1.09%) Skype
17 58 (1.04%) LDAP
18 57 (1.02%) VLAN
19 54 (0.97%) BGP
20 46 (0.82%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 310 (5.55%) PostgreSQL
2 252 (4.51%) Hadoop
3 243 (4.35%) SQL Server
4 210 (3.76%) Big Data
5 141 (2.53%) HBase
6 132 (2.36%) Oracle Database
7 130 (2.33%) MongoDB
8 117 (2.10%) MySQL
9 96 (1.72%) Relational Database
10 77 (1.38%) NoSQL
11 71 (1.27%) RDBMS
12 63 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
13 53 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
14 49 (0.88%) Redis
14 49 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
15 40 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
16 38 (0.68%) Power BI
17 37 (0.66%) Apache Hive
17 37 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 36 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 342 (6.13%) Git (software)
2 325 (5.82%) Jenkins
3 285 (5.10%) JIRA
4 114 (2.04%) Maven
5 99 (1.77%) Cucumber
6 94 (1.68%) JUnit
7 91 (1.63%) Selenium
8 79 (1.42%) Visual Studio
9 72 (1.29%) Sonatype Nexus
10 71 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 70 (1.25%) Artifactory
12 63 (1.13%) GitLab
13 61 (1.09%) IntelliJ
14 58 (1.04%) SonarQube
15 56 (1.00%) Rational DOORS
16 46 (0.82%) Liquibase
17 45 (0.81%) Bitbucket
18 43 (0.77%) Eclipse
18 43 (0.77%) JMeter
19 42 (0.75%) Ant
General
1 508 (9.10%) Finance
2 300 (5.37%) Telecoms
3 216 (3.87%) Manufacturing
4 151 (2.70%) Electronics
5 148 (2.65%) Marketing
6 97 (1.74%) Military
7 77 (1.38%) Law
8 44 (0.79%) Aerospace
8 44 (0.79%) Legal
9 27 (0.48%) Banking
10 21 (0.38%) Retail
11 15 (0.27%) Investment Banking
12 14 (0.25%) Back Office
12 14 (0.25%) Publishing
13 11 (0.20%) Games
14 10 (0.18%) Local Government
15 9 (0.16%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
17 6 (0.11%) Billing
18 5 (0.090%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 685 (12.27%) Developer
2 546 (9.78%) Architect
3 516 (9.24%) Analyst
4 378 (6.77%) Consultant
5 323 (5.79%) Project Manager
6 285 (5.10%) Java Developer
7 282 (5.05%) DevOps Engineer
8 193 (3.46%) Business Analyst
8 193 (3.46%) Support Engineer
9 181 (3.24%) Network Engineer
10 165 (2.96%) SC Cleared Project Manager
11 134 (2.40%) SC Cleared Java Developer
12 125 (2.24%) Administrator
13 123 (2.20%) Desktop Support
14 99 (1.77%) AWS Engineer
15 93 (1.67%) Designer
16 88 (1.58%) Deployment Engineer
17 87 (1.56%) AWS DevOps
18 85 (1.52%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
19 84 (1.50%) Unix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 283 (5.07%) Web Services
2 227 (4.07%) REST
3 191 (3.42%) Spring
4 171 (3.06%) HTML
5 149 (2.67%) CSS
6 146 (2.62%) JSON
7 133 (2.38%) Spring Boot
8 125 (2.24%) XML
9 124 (2.22%) .NET
9 124 (2.22%) Node.js
10 111 (1.99%) Apache Camel
10 111 (1.99%) RESTful
11 109 (1.95%) Kafka
12 106 (1.90%) Elastic Stack
13 81 (1.45%) J2EE
14 68 (1.22%) Drools
15 63 (1.13%) HTML5
16 58 (1.04%) Middleware
17 56 (1.00%) SOAP
18 55 (0.99%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 349 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 253 (4.53%) Data Centre
3 186 (3.33%) Management Information System
4 114 (2.04%) User Experience
5 82 (1.47%) Computer Science
6 73 (1.31%) Clustering
7 72 (1.29%) PKI
8 69 (1.24%) Algorithms
9 60 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
10 54 (0.97%) Greenfield Project
11 47 (0.84%) Replication
12 44 (0.79%) Data Protection Act
12 44 (0.79%) Driving Licence
13 35 (0.63%) CESG
14 34 (0.61%) CMDB
15 33 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
16 32 (0.57%) Smartphone
17 29 (0.52%) Data Structures
17 29 (0.52%) Handset
17 29 (0.52%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 917 (16.42%) Windows
2 847 (15.17%) Linux
3 364 (6.52%) Unix
4 247 (4.42%) Windows Server
5 242 (4.33%) Windows 10
6 200 (3.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 175 (3.13%) Solaris
8 157 (2.81%) Windows 7
9 156 (2.79%) Windows Server 2012
10 148 (2.65%) AIX
11 112 (2.01%) Windows Server 2008
12 85 (1.52%) CentOS
13 72 (1.29%) Windows Server 2003
14 50 (0.90%) Apple iOS
15 47 (0.84%) Android
16 46 (0.82%) HPUX
17 45 (0.81%) SUSE
18 43 (0.77%) Ubuntu
19 33 (0.59%) VMS
20 20 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1267 (22.69%) Agile Software Development
2 626 (11.21%) DevOps
3 530 (9.49%) ITIL
4 506 (9.06%) Migration
5 469 (8.40%) Project Management
6 360 (6.45%) Scrum
7 302 (5.41%) PRINCE2
8 298 (5.34%) Test Automation
9 297 (5.32%) Stakeholder Management
10 293 (5.25%) Business Intelligence
11 280 (5.02%) Continuous Integration
12 265 (4.75%) Configuration Management
13 241 (4.32%) Open Source
14 238 (4.26%) Programme Management
15 220 (3.94%) Microservices
16 216 (3.87%) Service Management
17 206 (3.69%) TDD
18 179 (3.21%) Service Delivery
19 171 (3.06%) Analytics
20 163 (2.92%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 760 (13.61%) Java
2 520 (9.31%) SQL
3 309 (5.53%) Python
4 225 (4.03%) JavaScript
5 201 (3.60%) PowerShell
6 175 (3.13%) Ruby
7 174 (3.12%) Bash Shell
8 122 (2.19%) C
9 110 (1.97%) C#
10 108 (1.93%) Shell Script
11 102 (1.83%) Perl
12 100 (1.79%) Scala
13 84 (1.50%) C++
14 63 (1.13%) PHP
15 62 (1.11%) PL/SQL
16 55 (0.99%) ABAP
17 43 (0.77%) T-SQL
18 41 (0.73%) Go
19 38 (0.68%) Groovy
20 34 (0.61%) Korn
Qualifications
1 5583 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 402 (7.20%) DV Cleared
3 225 (4.03%) Degree
4 158 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
5 130 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
6 106 (1.90%) CCNP
7 90 (1.61%) CTC Cleared
8 77 (1.38%) CISSP
9 72 (1.29%) CCNA
10 65 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
11 56 (1.00%) PMI Certification
11 56 (1.00%) PMP
12 54 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
13 52 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 51 (0.91%) ISEB
15 49 (0.88%) MCSE
16 40 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
17 38 (0.68%) CCIE
17 38 (0.68%) CESG Certified Professional
18 30 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (2.44%) QA
2 123 (2.20%) PMO
3 96 (1.72%) SLA
4 85 (1.52%) Data Quality
5 60 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 59 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
7 32 (0.57%) GDPR
8 26 (0.47%) ISO 9001
9 24 (0.43%) JSP 440
10 21 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 20 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 18 (0.32%) PCI DSS
13 15 (0.27%) RMADS
14 12 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
15 10 (0.18%) Def Stans
15 10 (0.18%) WCAG
16 8 (0.14%) COBIT
16 8 (0.14%) GPG13
17 7 (0.13%) P3O
18 6 (0.11%) HL7
System Software
1 468 (8.38%) Active Directory
2 285 (5.10%) Docker
3 243 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 98 (1.76%) Hyper-V
5 90 (1.61%) vSphere
6 79 (1.42%) HDFS
7 75 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
8 47 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
9 33 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 33 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
10 29 (0.52%) vCloud
10 29 (0.52%) XenApp
11 28 (0.50%) KVM
11 28 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
12 25 (0.45%) VMware NSX
13 24 (0.43%) Samba
14 21 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
14 21 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
15 20 (0.36%) Apache Flume
15 20 (0.36%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 367 (6.57%) Puppet
2 290 (5.19%) Ansible
3 204 (3.65%) Kubernetes
4 187 (3.35%) SCCM
5 181 (3.24%) Terraform
6 125 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
7 104 (1.86%) logstash
8 80 (1.43%) Kibana
9 70 (1.25%) SCOM
10 65 (1.16%) ZABBIX
11 54 (0.97%) NetBackup
12 40 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
13 37 (0.66%) Sysdig
14 34 (0.61%) WSUS
15 33 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
15 33 (0.59%) HAProxy
16 30 (0.54%) Data Guard
16 30 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
16 30 (0.54%) Prometheus
17 29 (0.52%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 717 (12.84%) Microsoft
2 476 (8.53%) VMware
3 438 (7.85%) Cisco
4 433 (7.76%) Oracle
5 352 (6.30%) SAP
6 214 (3.83%) Red Hat
7 196 (3.51%) HP
8 142 (2.54%) IBM
8 142 (2.54%) Juniper
9 121 (2.17%) Citrix
10 94 (1.68%) F5
11 89 (1.59%) CheckPoint
12 79 (1.42%) McAfee
13 77 (1.38%) EMC
14 72 (1.29%) Cognos
15 66 (1.18%) Google
16 64 (1.15%) NetApp
17 61 (1.09%) Remedy
17 61 (1.09%) Sun
18 59 (1.06%) ServiceNow