Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 27 32
Rank change year-on-year -10 +5 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5546 6786 5935
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.38% 6.45% 5.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 28.81% 31.23% 26.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 3398 4361 3589
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +5.54%
10th Percentile £208 £263 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 336 264 328
UK median hourly rate £20.75 £34.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.97% -2.86% +84.21%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £16.04
90th Percentile £48.97 £49.76 £53.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £34.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -19.12% +4.62% +62.50%

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 19249 21726 22502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.64% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11801 13552 13564
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £221 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 871 1086
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.54 £25.06
% change year-on-year +3.63% +5.90% +31.89%

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 23 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 -8 5202 £430 +2.38% 185
UK excluding London -11 3464 £400 - 124
London -7 1994 £500 +3.09% 72
South East -12 1220 £418 +4.24% 42
South West +1 696 £410 +2.50% 16
North of England -16 603 £364 +3.93% 16
Midlands -4 439 £400 +4.58% 15
North West +2 366 £408 -9.44% 10
East of England +12 246 £350 -12.50% 24
East Midlands +8 218 £380 +1.40% 5
West Midlands -12 217 £400 - 9
North East -4 168 £325 - 5
Wales -2 163 £413 -8.33% 7
Scotland -65 111 £375 +10.29% 3
Yorkshire -20 72 £400 -5.88% 1
Northern Ireland - 6 £390 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 5546 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1267 (22.85%) Agile Software Development
3 928 (16.73%) Windows
4 866 (15.61%) Linux
5 736 (13.27%) Java
6 715 (12.89%) Microsoft
7 630 (11.36%) DevOps
8 553 (9.97%) ITIL
9 534 (9.63%) Migration
10 518 (9.34%) Finance
11 517 (9.32%) SQL
12 476 (8.58%) VMware
13 472 (8.51%) Amazon AWS
14 468 (8.44%) Active Directory
15 442 (7.97%) Project Management
16 425 (7.66%) Oracle
17 417 (7.52%) Cisco
18 395 (7.12%) DV Cleared
19 387 (6.98%) Scrum
20 372 (6.71%) Puppet
21 366 (6.60%) SAP
22 365 (6.58%) Unix
23 358 (6.46%) Firewall
24 357 (6.44%) Git (software)
25 350 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
26 331 (5.97%) Python
27 316 (5.70%) Jenkins
28 314 (5.66%) PostgreSQL
29 308 (5.55%) Telecoms
30 300 (5.41%) Stakeholder 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
1 250 (4.51%) SharePoint
2 200 (3.61%) Confluence
3 140 (2.52%) Tomcat
4 133 (2.40%) MS Exchange
5 130 (2.34%) Apache
6 112 (2.02%) Apache Spark
7 87 (1.57%) nginx
8 83 (1.50%) Skype for Business
9 80 (1.44%) JBoss
10 79 (1.42%) WebLogic
11 77 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
12 74 (1.33%) IIS
13 69 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
14 62 (1.12%) OpenStack
15 56 (1.01%) Apache Solr
16 46 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
17 42 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
18 39 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2013
19 37 (0.67%) WebSphere
20 36 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 269 (4.85%) Microsoft Office
2 177 (3.19%) Microsoft Project
3 135 (2.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 71 (1.28%) MS Visio
5 45 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 15 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 12 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.18%) PaintShop Pro
9 7 (0.13%) SPSS
10 6 (0.11%) Simulink
11 4 (0.072%) Windchill
12 3 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
12 3 (0.054%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.036%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.036%) OrCAD
13 2 (0.036%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.018%) HipChat
14 1 (0.018%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 40 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.65%) Primavera
3 27 (0.49%) SAP ERP
4 23 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 21 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
6 20 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
7 19 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
7 19 (0.34%) Teamcenter
8 13 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
8 13 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
9 11 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 10 (0.18%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 10 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
10 10 (0.18%) SAP HR
11 9 (0.16%) SAP MM
12 7 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
12 7 (0.13%) SAP FI
13 6 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
13 6 (0.11%) SAP CO
13 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 472 (8.51%) Amazon AWS
2 273 (4.92%) Office 365
3 195 (3.52%) Microsoft Azure
4 97 (1.75%) GitHub
5 74 (1.33%) IaaS
6 70 (1.26%) PaaS
7 61 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
8 57 (1.03%) Amazon S3
9 53 (0.96%) AWS CloudFormation
10 47 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
11 38 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
12 32 (0.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 31 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
14 28 (0.50%) Serverless
15 27 (0.49%) Route 53
15 27 (0.49%) SaaS
16 19 (0.34%) G Suite
16 19 (0.34%) OneDrive
17 16 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
18 15 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 358 (6.46%) Firewall
2 235 (4.24%) DNS
3 206 (3.71%) LAN
4 189 (3.41%) WAN
5 171 (3.08%) TCP/IP
6 129 (2.33%) SAN
7 106 (1.91%) VPN
8 101 (1.82%) Internet
9 83 (1.50%) Network Security
10 80 (1.44%) Wireless
11 79 (1.42%) Kerberos
12 74 (1.33%) HTTP
13 71 (1.28%) DHCP
14 66 (1.19%) Cisco ASA
14 66 (1.19%) LDAP
15 63 (1.14%) SSL
16 56 (1.01%) Skype
17 54 (0.97%) BGP
18 53 (0.96%) VLAN
19 46 (0.83%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 314 (5.66%) PostgreSQL
2 257 (4.63%) Hadoop
3 251 (4.53%) SQL Server
4 213 (3.84%) Big Data
5 152 (2.74%) HBase
6 131 (2.36%) MySQL
7 127 (2.29%) MongoDB
8 124 (2.24%) Oracle Database
9 111 (2.00%) Relational Database
10 83 (1.50%) NoSQL
11 74 (1.33%) RDBMS
12 63 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
13 52 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
14 49 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
15 41 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
16 39 (0.70%) Redis
17 37 (0.67%) Apache Hive
18 35 (0.63%) Power BI
18 35 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 33 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 357 (6.44%) Git (software)
2 316 (5.70%) Jenkins
3 291 (5.25%) JIRA
4 115 (2.07%) Cucumber
4 115 (2.07%) Maven
5 86 (1.55%) Selenium
6 84 (1.51%) JUnit
7 82 (1.48%) Visual Studio
8 78 (1.41%) GitLab
8 78 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 70 (1.26%) Sonatype Nexus
10 67 (1.21%) Artifactory
11 64 (1.15%) IntelliJ
11 64 (1.15%) Rational DOORS
12 55 (0.99%) SonarQube
13 47 (0.85%) Bitbucket
14 44 (0.79%) JMeter
15 43 (0.78%) Liquibase
16 41 (0.74%) Ant
16 41 (0.74%) Eclipse
General
1 518 (9.34%) Finance
2 308 (5.55%) Telecoms
3 229 (4.13%) Manufacturing
4 166 (2.99%) Electronics
5 161 (2.90%) Marketing
6 100 (1.80%) Military
7 52 (0.94%) Law
8 48 (0.87%) Aerospace
9 42 (0.76%) Legal
10 28 (0.50%) Banking
11 23 (0.41%) Retail
12 17 (0.31%) Back Office
13 15 (0.27%) Investment Banking
14 14 (0.25%) Publishing
15 12 (0.22%) Local Government
16 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
16 8 (0.14%) Financial Institution
17 7 (0.13%) Games
18 5 (0.090%) Pharmaceutical
19 4 (0.072%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 687 (12.39%) Developer
2 526 (9.48%) Architect
3 509 (9.18%) Analyst
4 387 (6.98%) Consultant
5 311 (5.61%) Project Manager
6 285 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
7 274 (4.94%) Java Developer
8 197 (3.55%) Business Analyst
9 188 (3.39%) Support Engineer
10 179 (3.23%) Network Engineer
11 144 (2.60%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 141 (2.54%) Administrator
13 133 (2.40%) Desktop Support
14 131 (2.36%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 99 (1.79%) AWS Engineer
16 88 (1.59%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 87 (1.57%) Linux Engineer
18 86 (1.55%) AWS DevOps
19 85 (1.53%) Software Engineer
19 85 (1.53%) Unix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 284 (5.12%) Web Services
2 239 (4.31%) REST
3 195 (3.52%) Spring
4 185 (3.34%) HTML
5 164 (2.96%) CSS
6 133 (2.40%) Spring Boot
7 132 (2.38%) .NET
8 131 (2.36%) JSON
9 124 (2.24%) XML
10 121 (2.18%) Node.js
11 117 (2.11%) RESTful
12 111 (2.00%) Apache Camel
12 111 (2.00%) Elastic Stack
13 106 (1.91%) Kafka
14 80 (1.44%) HTML5
15 69 (1.24%) J2EE
16 67 (1.21%) AngularJS
16 67 (1.21%) Drools
17 56 (1.01%) SOAP
18 54 (0.97%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 350 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
2 254 (4.58%) Data Centre
3 190 (3.43%) Management Information System
4 111 (2.00%) User Experience
5 85 (1.53%) Computer Science
6 81 (1.46%) PKI
7 73 (1.32%) Clustering
8 72 (1.30%) Algorithms
9 55 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
10 51 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
11 48 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
12 47 (0.85%) Replication
13 43 (0.78%) Driving Licence
14 38 (0.69%) CESG
15 37 (0.67%) Blackberry
16 34 (0.61%) CMDB
17 30 (0.54%) Data Structures
17 30 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
17 30 (0.54%) Smartphone
18 29 (0.52%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 928 (16.73%) Windows
2 866 (15.61%) Linux
3 365 (6.58%) Unix
4 250 (4.51%) Windows 10
5 243 (4.38%) Windows Server
6 195 (3.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 187 (3.37%) Solaris
8 166 (2.99%) Windows 7
9 157 (2.83%) Windows Server 2012
10 152 (2.74%) AIX
11 112 (2.02%) Windows Server 2008
12 92 (1.66%) CentOS
13 71 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
14 55 (0.99%) Ubuntu
15 48 (0.87%) HPUX
16 46 (0.83%) Apple iOS
17 45 (0.81%) SUSE
18 41 (0.74%) Android
19 29 (0.52%) VMS
20 21 (0.38%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1267 (22.85%) Agile Software Development
2 630 (11.36%) DevOps
3 553 (9.97%) ITIL
4 534 (9.63%) Migration
5 442 (7.97%) Project Management
6 387 (6.98%) Scrum
7 300 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 292 (5.27%) Business Intelligence
9 289 (5.21%) Continuous Integration
10 285 (5.14%) PRINCE2
11 280 (5.05%) Configuration Management
12 278 (5.01%) Test Automation
13 246 (4.44%) Programme Management
14 238 (4.29%) Microservices
14 238 (4.29%) Open Source
15 235 (4.24%) TDD
16 224 (4.04%) Service Management
17 175 (3.16%) Service Delivery
18 171 (3.08%) Software Engineering
19 168 (3.03%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 736 (13.27%) Java
2 517 (9.32%) SQL
3 331 (5.97%) Python
4 212 (3.82%) JavaScript
5 208 (3.75%) PowerShell
6 179 (3.23%) Bash Shell
7 175 (3.16%) Ruby
8 129 (2.33%) C
9 123 (2.22%) C#
10 109 (1.97%) Shell Script
11 106 (1.91%) Perl
12 95 (1.71%) Scala
13 94 (1.69%) C++
14 58 (1.05%) PHP
15 57 (1.03%) PL/SQL
16 52 (0.94%) ABAP
17 46 (0.83%) T-SQL
18 41 (0.74%) Go
19 40 (0.72%) Korn
20 33 (0.60%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 5546 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 395 (7.12%) DV Cleared
3 234 (4.22%) Degree
4 158 (2.85%) Cisco Certification
5 135 (2.43%) BPSS Clearance
6 103 (1.86%) CCNP
7 81 (1.46%) CTC Cleared
8 68 (1.23%) CCNA
9 66 (1.19%) CISSP
10 64 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 59 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
12 55 (0.99%) PMI Certification
13 54 (0.97%) ISEB
14 53 (0.96%) PMP
15 49 (0.88%) MCSE
16 47 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 45 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
18 44 (0.79%) CCIE
19 36 (0.65%) CESG Certified Professional
20 33 (0.60%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (2.45%) QA
2 112 (2.02%) PMO
3 97 (1.75%) SLA
4 84 (1.51%) Data Quality
5 60 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 55 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
7 30 (0.54%) GDPR
8 24 (0.43%) JSP 440
9 23 (0.41%) ISO 9001
10 20 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 20 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 18 (0.32%) RMADS
12 17 (0.31%) PCI DSS
13 12 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
14 10 (0.18%) Def Stans
14 10 (0.18%) WCAG
15 9 (0.16%) COBIT
16 8 (0.14%) GPG13
16 8 (0.14%) HL7
17 7 (0.13%) P3O
System Software
1 468 (8.44%) Active Directory
2 293 (5.28%) Docker
3 250 (4.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 100 (1.80%) Hyper-V
5 81 (1.46%) HDFS
6 79 (1.42%) vSphere
7 78 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
8 60 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
9 44 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
10 37 (0.67%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 35 (0.63%) KVM
12 34 (0.61%) XenApp
13 29 (0.52%) vCloud
14 28 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
15 27 (0.49%) Samba
16 26 (0.47%) VMware NSX
17 24 (0.43%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 20 (0.36%) Apache Flume
18 20 (0.36%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 20 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 372 (6.71%) Puppet
2 288 (5.19%) Ansible
3 212 (3.82%) Kubernetes
4 201 (3.62%) SCCM
5 173 (3.12%) Terraform
6 124 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
7 100 (1.80%) logstash
8 81 (1.46%) Kibana
9 68 (1.23%) ZABBIX
10 61 (1.10%) SCOM
11 54 (0.97%) NetBackup
12 39 (0.70%) Sysdig
13 38 (0.69%) McAfee ePO
14 33 (0.60%) HAProxy
15 32 (0.58%) WSUS
16 31 (0.56%) Prometheus
17 30 (0.54%) Data Guard
18 29 (0.52%) vCenter Server
19 28 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
19 28 (0.50%) Salt
Vendors
1 715 (12.89%) Microsoft
2 476 (8.58%) VMware
3 425 (7.66%) Oracle
4 417 (7.52%) Cisco
5 366 (6.60%) SAP
6 216 (3.89%) Red Hat
7 201 (3.62%) HP
8 141 (2.54%) IBM
9 133 (2.40%) Juniper
10 131 (2.36%) Citrix
11 93 (1.68%) F5
12 85 (1.53%) CheckPoint
13 76 (1.37%) Sun
14 72 (1.30%) Cognos
14 72 (1.30%) McAfee
15 63 (1.14%) Google
16 61 (1.10%) EMC
17 60 (1.08%) Remedy
18 59 (1.06%) ServiceNow
19 56 (1.01%) Veritas