Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 21 10 24
Rank change year-on-year -11 +14 +9
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 6,116 3,778 5,831
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.21% 11.86% 6.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 38.66% 48.39% 34.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,029 2,645 3,845
10th Percentile £363 £313 £287
25th Percentile £425 £406 £380
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +6.15% +2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £563 £550
90th Percentile £675 £626 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 274 158 324
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.04 £16.25
25th Percentile £18.00 £21.90 £18.70
Median hourly rate £43.19 £45.00 £44.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.02% +2.27% +92.77%
75th Percentile £59.97 £55.94 £51.72
90th Percentile £69.42 £66.00 £72.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% -3.45% +24.29%

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 15,822 7,808 16,968
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 24.52% 20.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,240 5,252 10,830
10th Percentile £313 £290 £262
25th Percentile £413 £383 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £569 £563
90th Percentile £688 £638 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £453 £444
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.97% +6.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 702 319 783
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.09
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.79 £17.50
Median hourly rate £31.75 £31.61 £39.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.44% -19.97% +71.74%
75th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.95 £64.50 £58.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.99 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.78% -31.25% +73.91%

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 25 October 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 25 October 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 25 October 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 -9 4,901 £513 +2.50% 867
UK excluding London -8 2,980 £500 +6.38% 688
London -30 1,827 £525 +0.67% 234
Work from Home -14 1,559 £525 +6.06% 89
South East -7 860 £500 - 192
South West -1 820 £500 +5.26% 186
North of England -15 408 £475 - 111
Midlands -22 285 £495 +16.47% 58
North West -13 275 £475 +5.56% 83
Wales 0 243 £509 +13.00% 32
East of England -6 227 £500 +11.11% 71
West Midlands -18 225 £507 +25.96% 47
Scotland -39 167 £475 +6.74% 40
Yorkshire -18 89 £466 -6.75% 16
East Midlands -36 57 £365 -18.89% 11
North East -10 47 £575 +21.05% 12
Northern Ireland -4 4 £444 -5.59% 5

For the 6 months to 25 October 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 6,116 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,702 (27.83%) Agile Software Development
3 1,036 (16.94%) Public Sector
4 1,030 (16.84%) Social Skills
5 1,009 (16.50%) DevOps
6 958 (15.66%) AWS
7 914 (14.94%) Azure
8 791 (12.93%) Windows
9 721 (11.79%) Linux
10 712 (11.64%) Microsoft
11 683 (11.17%) Java
12 574 (9.39%) SQL
13 567 (9.27%) Migration
14 529 (8.65%) Python
15 523 (8.55%) DV Cleared
16 507 (8.29%) Oracle
17 503 (8.22%) Software Engineering
18 492 (8.04%) Docker
19 477 (7.80%) Kubernetes
20 475 (7.77%) Scrum
21 472 (7.72%) VMware
22 456 (7.46%) Stakeholder Management
23 454 (7.42%) Finance
24 448 (7.33%) JIRA
25 446 (7.29%) ITIL
26 437 (7.15%) Cybersecurity
27 432 (7.06%) Jenkins
28 429 (7.01%) Terraform
29 410 (6.70%) Git (software)
30 392 (6.41%) Project Management

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
1 235 (3.84%) Confluence
2 205 (3.35%) SharePoint
3 78 (1.28%) Apache
4 71 (1.16%) Apache Spark
5 56 (0.92%) IIS
6 55 (0.90%) SAS
7 50 (0.82%) WebLogic
8 47 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
9 45 (0.74%) MS Exchange
10 28 (0.46%) Tomcat
11 27 (0.44%) Skype for Business
12 21 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 20 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
14 18 (0.29%) CMS
14 18 (0.29%) nginx
15 16 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
16 15 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
17 13 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2013
18 10 (0.16%) ArcGIS
18 10 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 140 (2.29%) Microsoft Office
2 127 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (1.39%) Microsoft Project
4 56 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 39 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 35 (0.57%) Simulink
7 18 (0.29%) Stata
8 10 (0.16%) Siemens NX
9 7 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.11%) Stateflow
10 4 (0.065%) Photoshop
11 3 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 3 (0.049%) Maple
11 3 (0.049%) Oracle Smart View
11 3 (0.049%) SPSS
12 2 (0.033%) Adobe XD
12 2 (0.033%) Figma
12 2 (0.033%) InVision
12 2 (0.033%) Sketch
12 2 (0.033%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 59 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
2 38 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
3 29 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
4 20 (0.33%) Teamcenter
5 18 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
5 18 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 11 (0.18%) iTrent
7 10 (0.16%) Oracle Manufacturing
7 10 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
7 10 (0.16%) Oracle SCM
7 10 (0.16%) SAP FI
7 10 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
8 9 (0.15%) Maximo
8 9 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
8 9 (0.15%) SAP ERP
8 9 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
9 8 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
9 8 (0.13%) Primavera
9 8 (0.13%) SAP CO
9 8 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 958 (15.66%) AWS
2 914 (14.94%) Azure
3 258 (4.22%) Microsoft 365
4 162 (2.65%) IaaS
4 162 (2.65%) PaaS
5 150 (2.45%) SaaS
6 141 (2.31%) Power Platform
7 127 (2.08%) GCP
7 127 (2.08%) GitHub
8 118 (1.93%) Serverless
9 89 (1.46%) AWS Lambda
10 82 (1.34%) Amazon S3
11 75 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
12 72 (1.18%) OpenShift
13 71 (1.16%) Amazon EC2
14 64 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
15 52 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
16 49 (0.80%) PowerApps
17 40 (0.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 40 (0.65%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 303 (4.95%) Firewall
2 188 (3.07%) WAN
3 168 (2.75%) DNS
4 144 (2.35%) Network Security
5 121 (1.98%) TCP/IP
6 118 (1.93%) LAN
7 87 (1.42%) VPN
8 79 (1.29%) SD-WAN
9 76 (1.24%) BGP
10 73 (1.19%) DHCP
10 73 (1.19%) Internet
11 72 (1.18%) SAN
12 65 (1.06%) Skype
13 58 (0.95%) MPLS
14 52 (0.85%) HTTP
15 51 (0.83%) OSPF
15 51 (0.83%) SNMP
16 42 (0.69%) SSL
17 41 (0.67%) VLAN
18 37 (0.60%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 215 (3.52%) SQL Server
2 152 (2.49%) Oracle Database
3 151 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
4 134 (2.19%) Big Data
4 134 (2.19%) Hadoop
5 130 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
6 124 (2.03%) Power BI
7 108 (1.77%) Relational Database
8 85 (1.39%) Metadata
9 81 (1.32%) MongoDB
9 81 (1.32%) MySQL
10 80 (1.31%) NoSQL
11 60 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
12 55 (0.90%) Apache Hive
13 53 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 51 (0.83%) Data Lake
15 42 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
16 40 (0.65%) Oracle BI EE
16 40 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 32 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 448 (7.33%) JIRA
2 432 (7.06%) Jenkins
3 410 (6.70%) Git (software)
4 155 (2.53%) GitLab
5 154 (2.52%) Selenium
6 131 (2.14%) Cucumber
7 117 (1.91%) Maven
8 99 (1.62%) Bitbucket
9 73 (1.19%) Rational DOORS
10 70 (1.14%) Artifactory
11 65 (1.06%) JMeter
12 57 (0.93%) Visual Studio
13 54 (0.88%) Rational Rhapsody
14 52 (0.85%) JUnit
14 52 (0.85%) Postman
15 48 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
16 45 (0.74%) WebDriver
17 43 (0.70%) SoapUI
18 40 (0.65%) Mockito
18 40 (0.65%) SonarQube
General
1 1,036 (16.94%) Public Sector
2 1,030 (16.84%) Social Skills
3 454 (7.42%) Finance
4 294 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
5 154 (2.52%) Presentation Skills
6 125 (2.04%) Telecoms
7 119 (1.95%) Manufacturing
7 119 (1.95%) Military
8 90 (1.47%) Electronics
9 81 (1.32%) Marketing
10 78 (1.28%) Law
11 73 (1.19%) Influencing Skills
12 67 (1.10%) Organisational Skills
13 62 (1.01%) Aerospace
14 59 (0.96%) Documentation Skills
15 56 (0.92%) Banking
16 38 (0.62%) Retail
17 35 (0.57%) Police
18 32 (0.52%) Legal
19 20 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 803 (13.13%) Architect
1 803 (13.13%) Developer
2 503 (8.22%) Analyst
3 388 (6.34%) Consultant
4 359 (5.87%) DevOps Engineer
5 297 (4.86%) Project Manager
6 234 (3.83%) Business Analyst
7 218 (3.56%) Solutions Architect
8 214 (3.50%) Software Engineer
9 194 (3.17%) Network Engineer
10 174 (2.84%) Java Developer
11 168 (2.75%) Data Engineer
12 150 (2.45%) Technical Architect
13 130 (2.13%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 116 (1.90%) Azure Engineer
14 116 (1.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 110 (1.80%) Designer
16 109 (1.78%) Security Architect
17 108 (1.77%) AWS Engineer
18 102 (1.67%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 257 (4.20%) .NET
2 226 (3.70%) Web Services
3 192 (3.14%) HTML
4 176 (2.88%) CSS
5 161 (2.63%) React
6 159 (2.60%) Spring
7 149 (2.44%) REST
8 144 (2.35%) RESTful
9 134 (2.19%) JSON
9 134 (2.19%) Node.js
10 125 (2.04%) XML
11 116 (1.90%) Kafka
12 103 (1.68%) Oracle Fusion
13 96 (1.57%) AngularJS
14 92 (1.50%) Spring Boot
15 76 (1.24%) Middleware
16 70 (1.14%) SOAP
17 69 (1.13%) .NET Framework
18 53 (0.87%) Apache NiFi
19 51 (0.83%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 236 (3.86%) Data Centre
2 149 (2.44%) Management Information System
3 108 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
4 107 (1.75%) User Experience
5 87 (1.42%) Public Cloud
6 75 (1.23%) Cloud Native
7 73 (1.19%) PKI
8 68 (1.11%) Clustering
9 60 (0.98%) Cybercrime
10 55 (0.90%) Private Cloud
11 51 (0.83%) CMDB
12 48 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
13 46 (0.75%) Replication
14 45 (0.74%) Data Structures
15 44 (0.72%) Data Protection Act
16 41 (0.67%) Algorithms
17 38 (0.62%) Greenfield Project
17 38 (0.62%) Virtual Team
18 32 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
19 31 (0.51%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 791 (12.93%) Windows
2 721 (11.79%) Linux
3 239 (3.91%) Windows Server
4 135 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 133 (2.17%) Unix
6 122 (1.99%) Windows 10
7 81 (1.32%) Windows Server 2012
8 51 (0.83%) Windows 7
8 51 (0.83%) Windows Server 2019
9 46 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
10 36 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
11 35 (0.57%) CentOS
12 32 (0.52%) Ubuntu
13 30 (0.49%) Apple iOS
14 29 (0.47%) Android
15 25 (0.41%) AIX
15 25 (0.41%) Solaris
16 19 (0.31%) Windows XP
17 18 (0.29%) Data ONTAP
18 15 (0.25%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,702 (27.83%) Agile Software Development
2 1,009 (16.50%) DevOps
3 567 (9.27%) Migration
4 503 (8.22%) Software Engineering
5 475 (7.77%) Scrum
6 456 (7.46%) Stakeholder Management
7 446 (7.29%) ITIL
8 437 (7.15%) Cybersecurity
9 392 (6.41%) Project Management
10 384 (6.28%) Test Automation
11 381 (6.23%) Microservices
12 374 (6.12%) Problem-Solving
13 321 (5.25%) Configuration Management
14 299 (4.89%) Business Intelligence
15 276 (4.51%) Project Delivery
16 254 (4.15%) Continuous Integration
17 246 (4.02%) Analytics
18 230 (3.76%) Data Modelling
19 227 (3.71%) Decision-Making
20 223 (3.65%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 683 (11.17%) Java
2 574 (9.39%) SQL
3 529 (8.65%) Python
4 368 (6.02%) JavaScript
5 358 (5.85%) PowerShell
6 291 (4.76%) C#
7 187 (3.06%) C
8 186 (3.04%) C++
9 171 (2.80%) Bash Shell
10 116 (1.90%) Scala
11 106 (1.73%) PL/SQL
12 102 (1.67%) Java 8
12 102 (1.67%) TypeScript
13 85 (1.39%) R
14 72 (1.18%) Shell Script
15 59 (0.96%) Perl
16 52 (0.85%) Ruby
17 40 (0.65%) Java 11
18 37 (0.60%) Go
19 35 (0.57%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 6,116 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 523 (8.55%) DV Cleared
3 252 (4.12%) Degree
4 229 (3.74%) BPSS Clearance
5 129 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
6 112 (1.83%) CISSP
7 85 (1.39%) ISTQB
8 81 (1.32%) CCNP
9 76 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
10 54 (0.88%) CCNA
11 52 (0.85%) CESG Certified Professional
12 51 (0.83%) CISM
13 47 (0.77%) ISEB
13 47 (0.77%) MCSE
14 44 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
15 40 (0.65%) TOGAF Certification
16 38 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
17 37 (0.60%) BC Cleared
18 36 (0.59%) PMP
19 30 (0.49%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 196 (3.20%) QA
2 101 (1.65%) Accessibility
3 99 (1.62%) PMO
4 97 (1.59%) SLA
5 89 (1.46%) NCSC
6 81 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 75 (1.23%) Data Quality
8 45 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.43%) GDPR
10 25 (0.41%) JSP 440
10 25 (0.41%) NIST
11 22 (0.36%) WCAG
12 18 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 18 (0.29%) RMADS
13 13 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
13 13 (0.21%) GRC
14 10 (0.16%) COBIT
14 10 (0.16%) PCI DSS
15 9 (0.15%) Def Stans
15 9 (0.15%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 492 (8.04%) Docker
2 380 (6.21%) Active Directory
3 340 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 97 (1.59%) Hyper-V
5 88 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
6 74 (1.21%) vSphere
7 69 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
8 39 (0.64%) VMware NSX
9 38 (0.62%) HDFS
10 33 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
11 25 (0.41%) Firmware
12 19 (0.31%) XenApp
13 17 (0.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 17 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 12 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
15 11 (0.18%) XenDesktop
16 10 (0.16%) NFS
16 10 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
17 8 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
18 6 (0.098%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 477 (7.80%) Kubernetes
2 429 (7.01%) Terraform
3 366 (5.98%) Ansible
4 115 (1.88%) Puppet
5 104 (1.70%) SCCM
6 61 (1.00%) Grafana
7 48 (0.78%) Kibana
8 47 (0.77%) Prometheus
9 45 (0.74%) vCenter Server
10 43 (0.70%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 40 (0.65%) Packer
12 38 (0.62%) vRealize
13 37 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
14 33 (0.54%) Istio
15 30 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
16 25 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
17 24 (0.39%) SCOM
18 22 (0.36%) Consul
18 22 (0.36%) Rancher
18 22 (0.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 712 (11.64%) Microsoft
2 507 (8.29%) Oracle
3 472 (7.72%) VMware
4 283 (4.63%) Cisco
5 187 (3.06%) SAP
6 136 (2.22%) Red Hat
7 95 (1.55%) ServiceNow
8 94 (1.54%) Informatica
9 89 (1.46%) Citrix
9 89 (1.46%) Cloudera
10 86 (1.41%) CheckPoint
11 83 (1.36%) Google
12 77 (1.26%) IBM
13 70 (1.14%) HP
13 70 (1.14%) Splunk
14 67 (1.10%) Dell
15 53 (0.87%) Remedy
16 45 (0.74%) Atlassian
17 41 (0.67%) BMC
17 41 (0.67%) Juniper