Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 12 16 31
Rank change year-on-year +4 +15 +6
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,614 5,873 6,353
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.95% 8.08% 6.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 47.96% 37.84% 33.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,084 3,983 4,036
Median daily rate £485 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.11% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £285 £280
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £451 £450 £445
% change year-on-year +0.11% +1.12% +11.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 325 265 298
Median hourly rate £51.00 £42.00 £39.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% +5.63% +112.62%
10th Percentile £15.08 £16.15 £13.00
90th Percentile £66.00 £62.65 £58.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £39.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +2.56% +85.71%

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 9,620 15,519 19,155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.84% 21.35% 19.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,291 9,995 11,759
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £278 £256 £256
90th Percentile £650 £640 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 503 654 853
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.08% +25.00% +13.04%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.91 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +26.38% +13.21% +6.00%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 January 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 +4 3,797 £488 +2.63% 624
UK excluding London +3 2,247 £451 +0.11% 488
London +12 1,505 £500 -2.44% 200
Work from Home +13 1,196 £500 - 68
South East +7 599 £475 +5.56% 104
South West +2 549 £465 -2.11% 120
North of England +3 418 £450 +5.88% 78
North West -2 261 £432 -4.00% 62
Midlands +10 225 £450 -3.64% 67
East of England +21 195 £408 +1.88% 46
Scotland +14 162 £450 -3.23% 42
West Midlands +5 136 £405 -12.72% 55
North East +1 99 £450 +20.00% 7
Wales 0 99 £475 - 22
East Midlands +15 88 £468 +1.08% 11
Yorkshire +46 61 £500 +2.56% 9
Northern Ireland +16 8 £485 +11.82% 10

For the 6 months to 22 January 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 4,614 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,193 (25.86%) Agile Software Development
3 734 (15.91%) Public Sector
4 714 (15.47%) DevOps
5 641 (13.89%) Windows
6 638 (13.83%) Azure
7 623 (13.50%) AWS
8 549 (11.90%) Microsoft
9 539 (11.68%) Java
10 505 (10.94%) Linux
11 483 (10.47%) SQL
12 401 (8.69%) Oracle
13 381 (8.26%) Docker
14 377 (8.17%) DV Cleared
15 359 (7.78%) Migration
16 353 (7.65%) VMware
17 350 (7.59%) Python
18 349 (7.56%) Cybersecurity
19 334 (7.24%) Active Directory
20 332 (7.20%) Stakeholder Management
21 331 (7.17%) Terraform
22 324 (7.02%) Kubernetes
23 311 (6.74%) Scrum
24 305 (6.61%) Ansible
25 295 (6.39%) ITIL
26 286 (6.20%) Cisco
26 286 (6.20%) Jenkins
27 281 (6.09%) Finance
28 275 (5.96%) Analytical Skills
29 273 (5.92%) Problem-Solving

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
1 161 (3.49%) SharePoint
2 132 (2.86%) Confluence
3 97 (2.10%) Apache
4 76 (1.65%) Apache Spark
5 62 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
6 56 (1.21%) IIS
7 50 (1.08%) MS Exchange
8 46 (1.00%) JBoss
9 38 (0.82%) WebLogic
10 37 (0.80%) Red Hat Fuse
11 35 (0.76%) Tomcat
12 32 (0.69%) Skype for Business
13 29 (0.63%) WebSphere
14 24 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 21 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
16 17 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
17 15 (0.33%) MQSeries
17 15 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
17 15 (0.33%) SAS
18 14 (0.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 141 (3.06%) Microsoft Office
2 96 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (1.15%) MS Visio
4 47 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 36 (0.78%) Microsoft Project
6 31 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.26%) Simulink
8 6 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.13%) Stata
9 4 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 3 (0.065%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.043%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.022%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.022%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.022%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.022%) Adobe Premiere
12 1 (0.022%) CINEMA 4D
12 1 (0.022%) SPSS
12 1 (0.022%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 55 (1.19%) SAP S/4HANA
2 26 (0.56%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 24 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
4 23 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
5 22 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
6 19 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
6 19 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
6 19 (0.41%) SAP PLM
7 14 (0.30%) Teamcenter
8 12 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
9 9 (0.20%) SAP MDG
9 9 (0.20%) SAP MDG-M
9 9 (0.20%) SAP PM
10 6 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
10 6 (0.13%) Sentinel
11 5 (0.11%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 5 (0.11%) Remedy AR System
12 4 (0.087%) Oracle General Ledger
12 4 (0.087%) Oracle iSupplier
12 4 (0.087%) SAP FI-CA
Cloud Services
1 638 (13.83%) Azure
2 623 (13.50%) AWS
3 182 (3.94%) Office 365
4 113 (2.45%) PaaS
5 105 (2.28%) Power Platform
6 96 (2.08%) Serverless
7 91 (1.97%) Amazon S3
8 84 (1.82%) IaaS
9 74 (1.60%) GCP
9 74 (1.60%) GitHub
10 71 (1.54%) Azure Active Directory
11 52 (1.13%) SaaS
12 48 (1.04%) PowerApps
13 46 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
14 44 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
15 33 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
16 32 (0.69%) OpenShift
17 26 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
17 26 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 25 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 251 (5.44%) Firewall
2 146 (3.16%) DNS
3 131 (2.84%) WAN
4 109 (2.36%) Network Security
5 99 (2.15%) LAN
6 85 (1.84%) VPN
7 75 (1.63%) SAN
8 69 (1.50%) VSAN
9 68 (1.47%) TCP/IP
10 58 (1.26%) Skype
11 56 (1.21%) Internet
12 53 (1.15%) DHCP
13 52 (1.13%) Cisco ASA
14 50 (1.08%) Kerberos
15 48 (1.04%) OSPF
15 48 (1.04%) VLAN
16 46 (1.00%) BGP
16 46 (1.00%) Cisco Nexus
16 46 (1.00%) HTTP
16 46 (1.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 220 (4.77%) SQL Server
2 161 (3.49%) Big Data
3 149 (3.23%) Hadoop
4 123 (2.67%) PostgreSQL
5 92 (1.99%) Oracle Database
6 90 (1.95%) Apache Hive
7 79 (1.71%) Relational Database
8 78 (1.69%) Power BI
9 77 (1.67%) MySQL
10 70 (1.52%) Pentaho
11 64 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
12 54 (1.17%) Impala
13 51 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
14 40 (0.87%) SAP BW
15 39 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
16 32 (0.69%) Tableau
17 29 (0.63%) MongoDB
18 26 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 24 (0.52%) NoSQL
19 24 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 286 (6.20%) Jenkins
2 256 (5.55%) JIRA
3 240 (5.20%) Git (software)
4 116 (2.51%) GitLab
5 96 (2.08%) Selenium
6 71 (1.54%) Cucumber
7 62 (1.34%) Maven
8 55 (1.19%) Bitbucket
9 50 (1.08%) JMeter
10 41 (0.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 41 (0.89%) JUnit
11 34 (0.74%) SonarQube
12 30 (0.65%) Oracle APEX
13 27 (0.59%) LoadRunner
13 27 (0.59%) Visual Studio
14 26 (0.56%) Rational DOORS
15 24 (0.52%) NeoLoad
15 24 (0.52%) REST Assured
16 23 (0.50%) Subversion
17 20 (0.43%) SoapUI
General
1 734 (15.91%) Public Sector
2 281 (6.09%) Finance
3 141 (3.06%) Telecoms
4 110 (2.38%) Law
5 76 (1.65%) Manufacturing
6 68 (1.47%) Electronics
7 66 (1.43%) Military
8 58 (1.26%) Marketing
9 46 (1.00%) Aerospace
10 38 (0.82%) Police
11 35 (0.76%) Banking
12 28 (0.61%) Legal
13 20 (0.43%) Retail
14 13 (0.28%) Billing
15 12 (0.26%) Local Government
16 9 (0.20%) General Ledger
17 7 (0.15%) Back Office
17 7 (0.15%) Games
17 7 (0.15%) Publishing
18 4 (0.087%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 640 (13.87%) Developer
2 521 (11.29%) Architect
3 420 (9.10%) Consultant
4 405 (8.78%) Analyst
5 264 (5.72%) DevOps Engineer
6 167 (3.62%) Java Developer
7 145 (3.14%) Network Engineer
8 143 (3.10%) Business Analyst
9 135 (2.93%) Project Manager
10 122 (2.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 121 (2.62%) Software Engineer
11 121 (2.62%) Solutions Architect
12 109 (2.36%) AWS DevOps
13 105 (2.28%) AWS Engineer
14 95 (2.06%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 90 (1.95%) Azure Engineer
16 86 (1.86%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 83 (1.80%) Data Engineer
17 83 (1.80%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
18 79 (1.71%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 174 (3.77%) HTML
2 143 (3.10%) Node.js
3 142 (3.08%) CSS
4 138 (2.99%) Spring
5 137 (2.97%) REST
5 137 (2.97%) Web Services
6 118 (2.56%) JSON
7 111 (2.41%) React
8 100 (2.17%) XML
9 98 (2.12%) Kafka
10 90 (1.95%) Spring Boot
11 88 (1.91%) .NET
12 74 (1.60%) Oracle Fusion
13 71 (1.54%) HTML5
14 67 (1.45%) AngularJS
15 64 (1.39%) RESTful
15 64 (1.39%) SOAP
16 63 (1.37%) Middleware
17 55 (1.19%) LDAP
17 55 (1.19%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 275 (5.96%) Analytical Skills
2 200 (4.33%) Data Centre
3 145 (3.14%) Management Information System
4 129 (2.80%) User Experience
5 80 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
6 72 (1.56%) Public Cloud
7 63 (1.37%) PKI
8 59 (1.28%) Replication
9 54 (1.17%) Clustering
9 54 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
10 53 (1.15%) Cloud Native
11 50 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
12 38 (0.82%) Security Operations Centre
13 35 (0.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 35 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
14 32 (0.69%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 29 (0.63%) VHDL
16 26 (0.56%) Cyberthreat
16 26 (0.56%) Driving Licence
16 26 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 641 (13.89%) Windows
2 505 (10.94%) Linux
3 198 (4.29%) Windows Server
4 193 (4.18%) Windows 10
5 177 (3.84%) Unix
6 128 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 88 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 60 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
9 49 (1.06%) Windows Server 2016
10 47 (1.02%) CentOS
11 46 (1.00%) Windows 7
12 37 (0.80%) AIX
13 33 (0.72%) Ubuntu
14 31 (0.67%) Solaris
15 23 (0.50%) Windows Server 2019
16 22 (0.48%) Apple iOS
17 21 (0.46%) Android
18 17 (0.37%) Mac OS
18 17 (0.37%) Windows XP
19 12 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,193 (25.86%) Agile Software Development
2 714 (15.47%) DevOps
3 359 (7.78%) Migration
4 349 (7.56%) Cybersecurity
5 332 (7.20%) Stakeholder Management
6 311 (6.74%) Scrum
7 295 (6.39%) ITIL
8 273 (5.92%) Problem-Solving
9 257 (5.57%) Test Automation
10 254 (5.50%) Microservices
11 239 (5.18%) Project Delivery
12 231 (5.01%) Project Management
13 230 (4.98%) Business Intelligence
14 221 (4.79%) Software Engineering
15 217 (4.70%) Data Modelling
16 209 (4.53%) Service Management
17 203 (4.40%) Configuration Management
18 167 (3.62%) ETL
19 165 (3.58%) Change Management
20 163 (3.53%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 539 (11.68%) Java
2 483 (10.47%) SQL
3 350 (7.59%) Python
4 269 (5.83%) JavaScript
5 229 (4.96%) PowerShell
6 153 (3.32%) C
7 130 (2.82%) C#
8 95 (2.06%) Bash Shell
8 95 (2.06%) C++
9 89 (1.93%) PL/SQL
10 71 (1.54%) Shell Script
11 65 (1.41%) Ruby
12 57 (1.24%) Perl
13 51 (1.11%) Java 8
14 44 (0.95%) Scala
15 41 (0.89%) TypeScript
16 36 (0.78%) Go
17 32 (0.69%) T-SQL
18 31 (0.67%) R
19 30 (0.65%) VB
Qualifications
1 4,614 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 377 (8.17%) DV Cleared
3 138 (2.99%) Cisco Certification
4 121 (2.62%) BPSS Clearance
5 100 (2.17%) Degree
6 96 (2.08%) CISSP
7 89 (1.93%) CCNP
8 70 (1.52%) CCNA
9 63 (1.37%) CESG Certified Professional
9 63 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
10 56 (1.21%) ISTQB
11 43 (0.93%) CISM
12 41 (0.89%) ISEB
13 39 (0.85%) CCIE
14 36 (0.78%) MCSE
15 34 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
16 32 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 30 (0.65%) CTC Cleared
18 29 (0.63%) DBS Check
19 27 (0.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (3.62%) QA
2 105 (2.28%) NCSC
3 82 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 59 (1.28%) Data Quality
5 48 (1.04%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 48 (1.04%) NIST
5 48 (1.04%) SLA
6 36 (0.78%) PMO
7 31 (0.67%) GDPR
8 20 (0.43%) JSP 440
8 20 (0.43%) WCAG
9 19 (0.41%) RMADS
10 14 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
10 14 (0.30%) Government Security Classifications
11 13 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 12 (0.26%) COBIT
13 11 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
14 9 (0.20%) PCI DSS
15 7 (0.15%) NIST 800
16 6 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 381 (8.26%) Docker
2 334 (7.24%) Active Directory
3 231 (5.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 94 (2.04%) VMware NSX
5 87 (1.89%) vSphere
6 79 (1.71%) HDFS
7 61 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
8 48 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
9 42 (0.91%) Hyper-V
10 41 (0.89%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 29 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
12 22 (0.48%) RACF
13 16 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
14 14 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
15 13 (0.28%) GPFS
15 13 (0.28%) PowerHA
15 13 (0.28%) XenApp
16 12 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 11 (0.24%) NDS
17 11 (0.24%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 331 (7.17%) Terraform
2 324 (7.02%) Kubernetes
3 305 (6.61%) Ansible
4 127 (2.75%) Puppet
5 98 (2.12%) SCCM
6 74 (1.60%) vCenter Server
7 71 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
8 58 (1.26%) Microsoft Intune
9 48 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
10 41 (0.89%) Packer
10 41 (0.89%) vRealize
11 36 (0.78%) Grafana
12 34 (0.74%) Prometheus
13 28 (0.61%) WSUS
14 21 (0.46%) Oracle RMAN
15 20 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
15 20 (0.43%) Nessus
16 19 (0.41%) PowerCLI
17 18 (0.39%) Kibana
18 16 (0.35%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 549 (11.90%) Microsoft
2 401 (8.69%) Oracle
3 353 (7.65%) VMware
4 286 (6.20%) Cisco
5 211 (4.57%) SAP
6 152 (3.29%) Red Hat
7 113 (2.45%) Splunk
8 106 (2.30%) HP
9 99 (2.15%) Cloudera
10 95 (2.06%) Dell
11 84 (1.82%) Palo Alto
12 82 (1.78%) Atlassian
13 64 (1.39%) Citrix
13 64 (1.39%) IBM
14 59 (1.28%) ServiceNow
15 58 (1.26%) Juniper
16 56 (1.21%) EMC
17 55 (1.19%) Fortinet
18 44 (0.95%) Google
19 43 (0.93%) F5