Period
to 16 September 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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 32 35
Rank change year-on-year +7 +3 -8
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,754 6,249 5,539
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.48% 6.16% 5.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 33.38% 33.17% 29.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,617 3,703 3,351
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £300 £231 £260
90th Percentile £625 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £421 £403
% change year-on-year +6.86% +4.49% +7.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 341 372 398
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £20.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +110.00% -38.46% -7.14%
10th Percentile £15.47 £13.10 £13.23
90th Percentile £63.75 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £34.90 £37.00
% change year-on-year +20.34% -5.68% +5.71%

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 17,236 18,841 18,600
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.41% 18.58% 19.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,501 11,126 11,274
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £263 £244 £243
90th Percentile £645 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 963 918
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.08 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.73% -16.97% +5.45%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.75 £12.05
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £51.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £31.85
% change year-on-year +50.00% -21.51% +15.82%

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 16 September 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 +9 5,256 £475 +5.56% 715
UK excluding London +9 3,869 £450 +6.86% 639
London -6 1,742 £525 +2.94% 132
South East +1 1,189 £450 +5.88% 198
South West +5 1,039 £450 +5.88% 198
North of England +9 574 £450 +5.88% 51
Midlands +7 439 £463 +5.71% 71
North West +14 416 £450 - 34
West Midlands +7 320 £463 +3.47% 59
East of England +2 264 £425 +6.25% 65
Scotland +4 202 £450 +40.63% 23
Wales 0 169 £493 +15.88% 31
East Midlands +2 114 £430 +4.24% 12
Yorkshire -19 85 £450 -5.26% 10
North East -13 71 £385 +6.21% 7
Northern Ireland -9 6 £400 -27.27% 2

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 5,754 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,431 (24.87%) Agile Software Development
3 976 (16.96%) Windows
4 847 (14.72%) Public Sector
5 830 (14.42%) Linux
6 804 (13.97%) Microsoft
7 787 (13.68%) DevOps
8 718 (12.48%) AWS
9 710 (12.34%) Java
10 671 (11.66%) SQL
11 649 (11.28%) Migration
12 628 (10.91%) Azure
13 491 (8.53%) Oracle
14 475 (8.26%) DV Cleared
15 461 (8.01%) Active Directory
16 426 (7.40%) Project Management
17 425 (7.39%) Finance
17 425 (7.39%) ITIL
18 412 (7.16%) JavaScript
19 411 (7.14%) Python
20 403 (7.00%) Scrum
21 400 (6.95%) VMware
22 387 (6.73%) Git (software)
23 382 (6.64%) JIRA
24 372 (6.47%) Docker
25 370 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
26 367 (6.38%) Software Engineering
27 366 (6.36%) Windows 10
28 356 (6.19%) Jenkins
29 338 (5.87%) Kubernetes

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 (4.33%) Confluence
2 240 (4.17%) SharePoint
3 75 (1.30%) Skype for Business
4 74 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
5 73 (1.27%) MS Exchange
6 63 (1.09%) Apache
7 46 (0.80%) IIS
8 45 (0.78%) Apache Spark
9 38 (0.66%) SAS
10 36 (0.63%) JBoss
11 33 (0.57%) nginx
11 33 (0.57%) WebLogic
12 32 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 28 (0.49%) Tomcat
14 21 (0.36%) OpenStack
15 20 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
15 20 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
16 18 (0.31%) Apache Solr
17 16 (0.28%) MS Project Server
18 15 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 225 (3.91%) Microsoft Office
2 180 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 99 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
4 79 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 32 (0.56%) Simulink
6 29 (0.50%) MS Visio
7 22 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.17%) Windchill
9 9 (0.16%) AutoCAD
10 8 (0.14%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.070%) FileZilla
12 3 (0.052%) GIMP
12 3 (0.052%) Stateflow
13 2 (0.035%) Autodesk Inventor
13 2 (0.035%) Revit
13 2 (0.035%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.017%) EPLAN
14 1 (0.017%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.017%) MicroStation
14 1 (0.017%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 59 (1.03%) Oracle EBS
2 54 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
3 45 (0.78%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 32 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
5 22 (0.38%) Siebel CRM
6 19 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
6 19 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
7 17 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
7 17 (0.30%) Primavera
8 16 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
9 15 (0.26%) SAP FI
10 13 (0.23%) SAP CO
10 13 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
10 13 (0.23%) Teamcenter
11 10 (0.17%) assyst
12 9 (0.16%) SAP SD
13 8 (0.14%) SAP MM
14 7 (0.12%) SAP HCM
15 6 (0.10%) Remedy AR System
15 6 (0.10%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 718 (12.48%) AWS
2 628 (10.91%) Azure
3 287 (4.99%) Office 365
4 143 (2.49%) SaaS
5 134 (2.33%) PaaS
6 123 (2.14%) IaaS
7 112 (1.95%) GitHub
8 100 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
9 97 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
10 91 (1.58%) Amazon S3
11 89 (1.55%) Power Platform
12 83 (1.44%) Serverless
13 60 (1.04%) Azure Active Directory
14 54 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
15 53 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
16 38 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 37 (0.64%) Amazon ELB
18 36 (0.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 30 (0.52%) Amazon SQS
19 30 (0.52%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 286 (4.97%) Firewall
2 205 (3.56%) DNS
3 184 (3.20%) TCP/IP
4 172 (2.99%) VPN
5 170 (2.95%) WAN
6 157 (2.73%) LAN
7 127 (2.21%) Internet
8 116 (2.02%) Skype
9 96 (1.67%) SAN
10 85 (1.48%) Network Security
11 81 (1.41%) DHCP
12 74 (1.29%) Ethernet
13 64 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
14 60 (1.04%) BGP
15 56 (0.97%) SNMP
16 55 (0.96%) OSPF
17 53 (0.92%) Wireless
18 49 (0.85%) HTTP
19 48 (0.83%) SMTP
20 46 (0.80%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 295 (5.13%) SQL Server
2 194 (3.37%) PostgreSQL
3 191 (3.32%) Oracle Database
4 151 (2.62%) Big Data
5 114 (1.98%) MySQL
6 111 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 106 (1.84%) Data Warehouse
8 99 (1.72%) Relational Database
9 92 (1.60%) Amazon RDS
9 92 (1.60%) Hadoop
10 76 (1.32%) MongoDB
11 74 (1.29%) Oracle BI EE
12 65 (1.13%) Power BI
13 57 (0.99%) Oracle Database 12c
14 50 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 49 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
16 46 (0.80%) RDBMS
17 40 (0.70%) HBase
17 40 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
18 38 (0.66%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 387 (6.73%) Git (software)
2 382 (6.64%) JIRA
3 356 (6.19%) Jenkins
4 128 (2.22%) Selenium
5 108 (1.88%) Maven
6 102 (1.77%) Visual Studio
7 98 (1.70%) Cucumber
8 85 (1.48%) Rational DOORS
9 84 (1.46%) JUnit
10 83 (1.44%) SonarQube
11 79 (1.37%) GitLab
11 79 (1.37%) Mockito
12 54 (0.94%) Rational Rhapsody
12 54 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
13 52 (0.90%) Eclipse
14 51 (0.89%) MSI
15 50 (0.87%) Bitbucket
16 48 (0.83%) NetBeans
17 44 (0.76%) Subversion
18 38 (0.66%) gulp
General
1 847 (14.72%) Public Sector
2 425 (7.39%) Finance
3 229 (3.98%) Telecoms
4 174 (3.02%) Military
5 163 (2.83%) Manufacturing
6 123 (2.14%) Marketing
7 118 (2.05%) Electronics
8 84 (1.46%) Aerospace
9 77 (1.34%) Police
10 71 (1.23%) Law
11 60 (1.04%) Banking
12 58 (1.01%) Retail
13 50 (0.87%) Legal
14 24 (0.42%) Local Government
15 22 (0.38%) Investment Banking
16 19 (0.33%) Back Office
17 16 (0.28%) Publishing
18 14 (0.24%) Billing
19 12 (0.21%) Games
20 11 (0.19%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 897 (15.59%) Developer
2 722 (12.55%) Architect
3 425 (7.39%) Analyst
4 318 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
5 294 (5.11%) Consultant
6 255 (4.43%) Java Developer
7 237 (4.12%) Project Manager
8 205 (3.56%) Network Engineer
9 193 (3.35%) Software Engineer
10 156 (2.71%) Business Analyst
11 142 (2.47%) Solutions Architect
12 116 (2.02%) Technical Architect
13 109 (1.89%) Tester
14 104 (1.81%) Administrator
14 104 (1.81%) C++ Software Engineer
15 101 (1.76%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 100 (1.74%) DBA
17 99 (1.72%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 99 (1.72%) Support Engineer
18 98 (1.70%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 281 (4.88%) .NET
2 258 (4.48%) Web Services
3 223 (3.88%) HTML
4 198 (3.44%) CSS
5 196 (3.41%) Node.js
6 185 (3.22%) Spring
7 164 (2.85%) XML
8 146 (2.54%) REST
9 145 (2.52%) AngularJS
10 138 (2.40%) JSON
11 126 (2.19%) RESTful
12 120 (2.09%) SOAP
13 106 (1.84%) Middleware
14 90 (1.56%) React
15 84 (1.46%) HTML5
16 83 (1.44%) Oracle Fusion
17 76 (1.32%) Spring Boot
18 71 (1.23%) Hibernate
19 69 (1.20%) LDAP
20 67 (1.16%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 283 (4.92%) Data Centre
2 258 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
3 216 (3.75%) Management Information System
4 111 (1.93%) User Experience
5 105 (1.82%) Self-Motivation
6 86 (1.49%) Public Cloud
7 80 (1.39%) Driving Licence
8 74 (1.29%) PKI
9 58 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
10 53 (0.92%) Clustering
11 51 (0.89%) Replication
12 36 (0.63%) Algorithms
13 35 (0.61%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 32 (0.56%) Data Structures
15 31 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
15 31 (0.54%) NHS
16 30 (0.52%) Virtual Team
17 29 (0.50%) Client/Server
18 27 (0.47%) CMDB
18 27 (0.47%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 976 (16.96%) Windows
2 830 (14.42%) Linux
3 366 (6.36%) Windows 10
4 321 (5.58%) Windows Server
5 250 (4.34%) Unix
6 212 (3.68%) Windows 7
7 197 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 174 (3.02%) Windows Server 2012
9 108 (1.88%) Windows Server 2008
10 101 (1.76%) CentOS
11 59 (1.03%) Solaris
12 58 (1.01%) Ubuntu
13 56 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
14 48 (0.83%) Apple iOS
15 44 (0.76%) AIX
16 37 (0.64%) Windows XP
17 35 (0.61%) Mac OS X
18 27 (0.47%) Android
19 15 (0.26%) VMS
20 13 (0.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,431 (24.87%) Agile Software Development
2 787 (13.68%) DevOps
3 649 (11.28%) Migration
4 426 (7.40%) Project Management
5 425 (7.39%) ITIL
6 403 (7.00%) Scrum
7 370 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 367 (6.38%) Software Engineering
9 318 (5.53%) Problem-Solving
10 304 (5.28%) Test Automation
11 298 (5.18%) Configuration Management
12 287 (4.99%) Business Intelligence
13 285 (4.95%) Continuous Integration
14 278 (4.83%) TDD
15 263 (4.57%) Microservices
16 246 (4.28%) Service Management
17 234 (4.07%) BDD
18 232 (4.03%) Project Delivery
19 231 (4.01%) Mentoring
20 222 (3.86%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 710 (12.34%) Java
2 671 (11.66%) SQL
3 412 (7.16%) JavaScript
4 411 (7.14%) Python
5 292 (5.07%) PowerShell
6 278 (4.83%) C#
7 256 (4.45%) C++
8 234 (4.07%) C
9 128 (2.22%) Java 8
10 113 (1.96%) Bash Shell
11 99 (1.72%) PL/SQL
12 95 (1.65%) Shell Script
13 93 (1.62%) Ruby
14 76 (1.32%) Perl
15 62 (1.08%) T-SQL
16 50 (0.87%) TypeScript
17 45 (0.78%) Groovy
18 41 (0.71%) VB
19 39 (0.68%) MATLAB
20 38 (0.66%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5,754 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 475 (8.26%) DV Cleared
3 302 (5.25%) Degree
4 188 (3.27%) Cisco Certification
5 166 (2.88%) BPSS Clearance
6 120 (2.09%) Microsoft Certification
7 118 (2.05%) CCNP
8 106 (1.84%) CCNA
9 70 (1.22%) ISTQB
10 67 (1.16%) AWS Certification
11 65 (1.13%) CTC Cleared
12 62 (1.08%) CISSP
13 54 (0.94%) MCSE
14 53 (0.92%) ISEB
15 52 (0.90%) CCDP
16 50 (0.87%) CCIE
16 50 (0.87%) MCSA
17 39 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
18 37 (0.64%) CISM
18 37 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 155 (2.69%) QA
2 126 (2.19%) SLA
3 83 (1.44%) PMO
4 76 (1.32%) Data Quality
5 59 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 44 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
7 36 (0.63%) GDPR
8 35 (0.61%) NIST
9 23 (0.40%) NCSC
10 21 (0.36%) Def Stans
10 21 (0.36%) PCI DSS
11 18 (0.31%) COBIT
11 18 (0.31%) DO-254
11 18 (0.31%) Government Security Classifications
11 18 (0.31%) JSP 440
12 17 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 17 (0.30%) IEC 61508
12 17 (0.30%) WCAG
13 16 (0.28%) RMADS
14 15 (0.26%) ARP4754
System Software
1 461 (8.01%) Active Directory
2 372 (6.47%) Docker
3 253 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 99 (1.72%) Hyper-V
5 77 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
6 65 (1.13%) vSphere
7 50 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
8 46 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
9 33 (0.57%) vCloud
9 33 (0.57%) VMware NSX
10 31 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
11 27 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
12 24 (0.42%) Firmware
13 22 (0.38%) Postfix
14 18 (0.31%) XenDesktop
15 17 (0.30%) XenApp
16 12 (0.21%) NDS
17 11 (0.19%) Snort
18 10 (0.17%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 10 (0.17%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 338 (5.87%) Kubernetes
2 320 (5.56%) Terraform
3 316 (5.49%) Ansible
4 179 (3.11%) Puppet
5 176 (3.06%) SCCM
6 75 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
7 65 (1.13%) Consul
8 60 (1.04%) vCenter Server
9 59 (1.03%) Packer
10 48 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
11 43 (0.75%) SCOM
12 36 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
13 31 (0.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 29 (0.50%) NetIQ Identity Manager
15 26 (0.45%) Data Guard
15 26 (0.45%) NetBackup
15 26 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
16 24 (0.42%) Prometheus
17 23 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
17 23 (0.40%) WSUS
Vendors
1 804 (13.97%) Microsoft
2 491 (8.53%) Oracle
3 400 (6.95%) VMware
4 325 (5.65%) Cisco
5 235 (4.08%) SAP
6 136 (2.36%) Citrix
7 135 (2.35%) Red Hat
8 132 (2.29%) HP
9 104 (1.81%) IBM
10 97 (1.69%) Google
11 93 (1.62%) Juniper
12 82 (1.43%) Atlassian
13 80 (1.39%) Splunk
14 75 (1.30%) ServiceNow
15 68 (1.18%) McAfee
16 62 (1.08%) Remedy
17 60 (1.04%) Dell
18 59 (1.03%) CheckPoint
19 49 (0.85%) F5
20 47 (0.82%) Informatica