Period
to 12 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 12 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
12 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 5591 6696 6003
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.41% 6.48% 5.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 28.93% 31.61% 26.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3410 4369 3657
UK median daily rate £430 £422 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.02% +5.38% +4.58%
10th Percentile £200 £263 £263
90th Percentile £589 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 330 255 327
UK median hourly rate £20.44 £34.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.75% -4.17% +89.47%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.00 £15.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £49.68 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £34.75 £35.25
% change year-on-year -36.69% -1.42% +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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £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 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 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 12 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 12 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 5229 £437 +2.82% 184
UK excluding London -10 3437 £400 - 132
London -6 2062 £500 +5.26% 57
South East -8 1245 £416 +2.59% 52
South West 0 673 £410 +2.50% 18
North of England -13 581 £375 - 25
Midlands -6 425 £400 +5.26% 26
North West +2 361 £423 -8.35% 17
East of England +13 245 £350 -12.50% 8
East Midlands +9 213 £385 +2.67% 5
West Midlands -22 209 £413 +4.76% 19
Wales -2 187 £400 -11.11% 4
North East -2 158 £325 -1.52% 6
Scotland -71 102 £369 +8.46% 1
Yorkshire -25 65 £400 -5.88% 2
Northern Ireland - 3 £133 -

For the 6 months to 12 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 5591 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1276 (22.82%) Agile Software Development
3 921 (16.47%) Windows
4 852 (15.24%) Linux
5 765 (13.68%) Java
6 718 (12.84%) Microsoft
7 632 (11.30%) DevOps
8 521 (9.32%) ITIL
9 517 (9.25%) SQL
10 509 (9.10%) Amazon AWS
11 507 (9.07%) Migration
12 505 (9.03%) Finance
13 476 (8.51%) VMware
13 476 (8.51%) Active Directory
14 462 (8.26%) Project Management
15 438 (7.83%) Cisco
16 432 (7.73%) Oracle
17 401 (7.17%) DV Cleared
18 366 (6.55%) Puppet
19 364 (6.51%) Unix
20 361 (6.46%) Scrum
21 350 (6.26%) Firewall
21 350 (6.26%) SAP
22 344 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
23 343 (6.13%) Git (software)
24 330 (5.90%) Jenkins
25 311 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
26 310 (5.54%) Python
27 300 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
28 299 (5.35%) 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
1 256 (4.58%) SharePoint
2 195 (3.49%) Confluence
3 140 (2.50%) Tomcat
4 128 (2.29%) Apache
4 128 (2.29%) MS Exchange
5 112 (2.00%) Apache Spark
6 87 (1.56%) JBoss
7 86 (1.54%) nginx
8 81 (1.45%) WebLogic
9 80 (1.43%) Skype for Business
10 74 (1.32%) IIS
11 72 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
12 62 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
12 62 (1.11%) OpenStack
13 52 (0.93%) Apache Solr
14 44 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
15 41 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
16 37 (0.66%) WebSphere
17 36 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
18 35 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 258 (4.61%) Microsoft Office
2 186 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
3 142 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
4 72 (1.29%) MS Visio
5 45 (0.80%) 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 2 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.036%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.036%) Siemens NX
12 1 (0.018%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.018%) HipChat
12 1 (0.018%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.018%) OrCAD
12 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%) Oracle EBS R12
12 6 (0.11%) SAP CO
12 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 509 (9.10%) Amazon AWS
2 248 (4.44%) Office 365
3 219 (3.92%) Microsoft Azure
4 82 (1.47%) GitHub
5 78 (1.40%) IaaS
6 73 (1.31%) PaaS
7 67 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
8 65 (1.16%) Amazon S3
9 49 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
10 47 (0.84%) Amazon ELB
11 42 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
12 37 (0.66%) Route 53
12 37 (0.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 36 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
14 34 (0.61%) 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 (6.26%) Firewall
2 221 (3.95%) DNS
3 190 (3.40%) LAN
3 190 (3.40%) TCP/IP
3 190 (3.40%) WAN
4 123 (2.20%) SAN
5 122 (2.18%) VPN
6 96 (1.72%) Internet
7 88 (1.57%) Network Security
8 78 (1.40%) Wireless
9 76 (1.36%) Kerberos
10 68 (1.22%) HTTP
11 67 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
12 66 (1.18%) DHCP
13 63 (1.13%) SSL
14 62 (1.11%) Skype
15 57 (1.02%) LDAP
15 57 (1.02%) VLAN
16 55 (0.98%) BGP
17 47 (0.84%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 311 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
2 247 (4.42%) Hadoop
3 243 (4.35%) SQL Server
4 205 (3.67%) Big Data
5 136 (2.43%) HBase
6 133 (2.38%) Oracle Database
7 125 (2.24%) MongoDB
8 117 (2.09%) MySQL
9 97 (1.73%) Relational Database
10 76 (1.36%) NoSQL
11 72 (1.29%) RDBMS
12 64 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
13 56 (1.00%) Amazon RDS
14 49 (0.88%) Redis
14 49 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
15 39 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
16 38 (0.68%) Power BI
17 37 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 36 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
19 32 (0.57%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 343 (6.13%) Git (software)
2 330 (5.90%) Jenkins
3 285 (5.10%) JIRA
4 114 (2.04%) Maven
5 101 (1.81%) Cucumber
6 95 (1.70%) JUnit
7 93 (1.66%) Selenium
8 78 (1.40%) Visual Studio
9 74 (1.32%) Sonatype Nexus
10 71 (1.27%) Artifactory
10 71 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 62 (1.11%) GitLab
12 61 (1.09%) IntelliJ
13 58 (1.04%) SonarQube
14 57 (1.02%) Rational DOORS
15 46 (0.82%) Liquibase
16 45 (0.80%) Bitbucket
17 44 (0.79%) JMeter
18 43 (0.77%) Eclipse
19 42 (0.75%) Mockito
General
1 505 (9.03%) Finance
2 299 (5.35%) Telecoms
3 214 (3.83%) Manufacturing
4 149 (2.66%) Electronics
5 145 (2.59%) Marketing
6 96 (1.72%) Military
7 75 (1.34%) Law
8 44 (0.79%) Aerospace
9 40 (0.72%) Legal
10 29 (0.52%) Banking
11 22 (0.39%) Retail
12 15 (0.27%) Investment Banking
13 14 (0.25%) Back Office
13 14 (0.25%) Publishing
14 12 (0.21%) Games
15 10 (0.18%) Local Government
16 9 (0.16%) Financial Institution
17 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
18 6 (0.11%) Billing
19 5 (0.089%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 689 (12.32%) Developer
2 550 (9.84%) Architect
3 514 (9.19%) Analyst
4 376 (6.73%) Consultant
5 323 (5.78%) Project Manager
6 285 (5.10%) DevOps Engineer
6 285 (5.10%) Java Developer
7 192 (3.43%) Support Engineer
8 191 (3.42%) Business Analyst
9 181 (3.24%) Network Engineer
10 165 (2.95%) SC Cleared Project Manager
11 134 (2.40%) SC Cleared Java Developer
12 125 (2.24%) Administrator
13 122 (2.18%) Desktop Support
14 101 (1.81%) AWS Engineer
15 94 (1.68%) Designer
16 89 (1.59%) AWS DevOps
17 88 (1.57%) Deployment Engineer
18 85 (1.52%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
19 83 (1.48%) Unix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 285 (5.10%) Web Services
2 227 (4.06%) REST
3 191 (3.42%) Spring
4 175 (3.13%) HTML
5 153 (2.74%) CSS
6 148 (2.65%) JSON
7 133 (2.38%) Spring Boot
8 128 (2.29%) .NET
9 126 (2.25%) XML
10 124 (2.22%) Node.js
11 111 (1.99%) Apache Camel
12 110 (1.97%) Kafka
12 110 (1.97%) RESTful
13 104 (1.86%) Elastic Stack
14 81 (1.45%) J2EE
15 68 (1.22%) Drools
16 63 (1.13%) HTML5
17 61 (1.09%) Middleware
18 56 (1.00%) Hibernate
19 55 (0.98%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 344 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
2 253 (4.53%) Data Centre
3 184 (3.29%) Management Information System
4 115 (2.06%) User Experience
5 83 (1.48%) Computer Science
6 74 (1.32%) Clustering
7 72 (1.29%) PKI
8 69 (1.23%) Algorithms
9 60 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
10 53 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
11 47 (0.84%) Replication
12 45 (0.80%) Driving Licence
13 44 (0.79%) Data Protection Act
14 35 (0.63%) CESG
15 33 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
16 32 (0.57%) Smartphone
17 31 (0.55%) CMDB
17 31 (0.55%) PMI
18 29 (0.52%) Handset
19 28 (0.50%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 921 (16.47%) Windows
2 852 (15.24%) Linux
3 364 (6.51%) Unix
4 251 (4.49%) Windows Server
5 242 (4.33%) Windows 10
6 202 (3.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 173 (3.09%) Solaris
8 158 (2.83%) Windows Server 2012
9 157 (2.81%) Windows 7
10 146 (2.61%) AIX
11 112 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
12 85 (1.52%) CentOS
13 71 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
14 50 (0.89%) Apple iOS
15 48 (0.86%) Android
16 47 (0.84%) HPUX
17 45 (0.80%) SUSE
18 43 (0.77%) Ubuntu
19 33 (0.59%) VMS
20 20 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1276 (22.82%) Agile Software Development
2 632 (11.30%) DevOps
3 521 (9.32%) ITIL
4 507 (9.07%) Migration
5 462 (8.26%) Project Management
6 361 (6.46%) Scrum
7 300 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
8 299 (5.35%) Test Automation
9 297 (5.31%) PRINCE2
10 294 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
11 281 (5.03%) Continuous Integration
12 265 (4.74%) Configuration Management
13 242 (4.33%) Open Source
14 236 (4.22%) Programme Management
15 220 (3.93%) Microservices
16 215 (3.85%) Service Management
17 206 (3.68%) TDD
18 178 (3.18%) Service Delivery
19 170 (3.04%) Analytics
19 170 (3.04%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 765 (13.68%) Java
2 517 (9.25%) SQL
3 310 (5.54%) Python
4 227 (4.06%) JavaScript
5 206 (3.68%) PowerShell
6 173 (3.09%) Bash Shell
6 173 (3.09%) Ruby
7 122 (2.18%) C
8 109 (1.95%) C#
9 107 (1.91%) Shell Script
10 102 (1.82%) Perl
11 100 (1.79%) Scala
12 86 (1.54%) C++
13 63 (1.13%) PHP
13 63 (1.13%) PL/SQL
14 55 (0.98%) ABAP
15 43 (0.77%) T-SQL
16 40 (0.72%) Go
17 38 (0.68%) Groovy
18 34 (0.61%) Korn
Qualifications
1 5591 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 401 (7.17%) DV Cleared
3 225 (4.02%) Degree
4 159 (2.84%) Cisco Certification
5 128 (2.29%) BPSS Clearance
6 108 (1.93%) CCNP
7 90 (1.61%) CTC Cleared
8 78 (1.40%) CISSP
9 71 (1.27%) CCNA
10 65 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
11 58 (1.04%) PMI Certification
12 57 (1.02%) PMP
13 53 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
14 52 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 51 (0.91%) ISEB
16 49 (0.88%) MCSE
17 40 (0.72%) CCIE
17 40 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
18 38 (0.68%) CESG Certified Professional
19 31 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (2.43%) QA
2 123 (2.20%) PMO
3 97 (1.73%) SLA
4 80 (1.43%) Data Quality
5 62 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
6 60 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 32 (0.57%) GDPR
8 25 (0.45%) ISO 9001
9 24 (0.43%) JSP 440
10 21 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 20 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 19 (0.34%) PCI DSS
13 15 (0.27%) RMADS
14 13 (0.23%) 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%) PMBOK
System Software
1 476 (8.51%) Active Directory
2 289 (5.17%) Docker
3 242 (4.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 99 (1.77%) Hyper-V
5 90 (1.61%) vSphere
6 79 (1.41%) HDFS
7 74 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
8 46 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
9 33 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 32 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
11 29 (0.52%) vCloud
11 29 (0.52%) XenApp
12 28 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
13 27 (0.48%) KVM
14 25 (0.45%) VMware NSX
15 24 (0.43%) Samba
16 21 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
17 20 (0.36%) Apache Flume
17 20 (0.36%) BitLocker
17 20 (0.36%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 366 (6.55%) Puppet
2 292 (5.22%) Ansible
3 205 (3.67%) Kubernetes
4 188 (3.36%) SCCM
5 184 (3.29%) Terraform
6 125 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
7 105 (1.88%) logstash
8 80 (1.43%) Kibana
9 73 (1.31%) SCOM
10 65 (1.16%) ZABBIX
11 54 (0.97%) NetBackup
12 39 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
13 36 (0.64%) Sysdig
13 36 (0.64%) WSUS
14 33 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
15 32 (0.57%) HAProxy
16 30 (0.54%) Data Guard
16 30 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
17 29 (0.52%) Prometheus
17 29 (0.52%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 718 (12.84%) Microsoft
2 476 (8.51%) VMware
3 438 (7.83%) Cisco
4 432 (7.73%) Oracle
5 350 (6.26%) SAP
6 215 (3.85%) Red Hat
7 195 (3.49%) HP
8 142 (2.54%) Juniper
9 138 (2.47%) IBM
10 121 (2.16%) Citrix
11 94 (1.68%) F5
12 88 (1.57%) CheckPoint
13 77 (1.38%) EMC
13 77 (1.38%) McAfee
14 72 (1.29%) Cognos
15 66 (1.18%) Google
16 65 (1.16%) NetApp
17 63 (1.13%) Remedy
18 61 (1.09%) Sun
19 59 (1.06%) ServiceNow