Period
to 30 September 2020

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 30 September 2020 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
30 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 25 32
Rank change year-on-year +16 +7 +4
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 3,692 5,710 6,216
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.39% 6.56% 6.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 48.41% 33.42% 33.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,662 3,672 3,726
Median daily rate £483 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.58% +5.56% +4.17%
10th Percentile £310 £300 £247
90th Percentile £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 348 363
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +90.91% -26.67%
10th Percentile £19.98 £16.20 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £63.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +20.00% -2.78%

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 7,626 17,085 18,776
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.58% 19.64% 18.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,611 10,434 11,083
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £415
% change year-on-year +2.27% +6.02% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 828 951
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.84 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.99% +47.35% -15.61%
10th Percentile £17.18 £14.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £60.38 £59.90 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% +50.00% -21.88%

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 30 September 2020.

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 30 September 2020.

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 30 September 2020. 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 +15 3,216 £500 +5.26% 466
UK excluding London +10 2,033 £463 +2.78% 346
London +39 1,300 £525 - 153
South East +10 574 £500 +13.64% 90
South West +2 557 £468 +4.00% 82
Work from Home +27 511 £500 - 33
North of England +15 314 £495 +10.00% 31
Midlands +13 210 £410 -11.69% 56
North West +4 204 £450 - 19
West Midlands +10 160 £400 -13.51% 39
Scotland +24 141 £430 -6.37% 30
East of England +19 128 £450 +7.27% 46
Wales +5 108 £425 -10.99% 11
North East +17 55 £500 +29.87% 7
Yorkshire +48 53 £525 +23.53% 5
East Midlands +22 50 £424 -13.52% 14
Northern Ireland +10 7 £470 +17.50% 2

For the 6 months to 30 September 2020, 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 3,692 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 969 (26.25%) Agile Software Development
3 646 (17.50%) Public Sector
4 548 (14.84%) DevOps
5 547 (14.82%) Windows
6 506 (13.71%) Oracle
7 503 (13.62%) AWS
8 490 (13.27%) Microsoft
9 453 (12.27%) Java
10 446 (12.08%) Azure
11 412 (11.16%) SQL
11 412 (11.16%) Linux
12 352 (9.53%) DV Cleared
13 324 (8.78%) Migration
14 321 (8.69%) Python
15 293 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
16 290 (7.85%) Jenkins
17 269 (7.29%) Git (software)
17 269 (7.29%) Scrum
18 258 (6.99%) Test Automation
19 257 (6.96%) PowerShell
20 255 (6.91%) VMware
21 251 (6.80%) Stakeholder Management
22 243 (6.58%) JavaScript
23 242 (6.55%) Docker
24 238 (6.45%) ITIL
24 238 (6.45%) Finance
25 234 (6.34%) JIRA
26 223 (6.04%) Kubernetes
27 214 (5.80%) Active Directory

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
1 134 (3.63%) Confluence
2 116 (3.14%) SharePoint
3 72 (1.95%) WebLogic
4 60 (1.63%) Apache Spark
5 59 (1.60%) Apache
5 59 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
6 58 (1.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 56 (1.52%) Tomcat
8 42 (1.14%) Skype for Business
9 38 (1.03%) JBoss
9 38 (1.03%) MS Exchange
10 35 (0.95%) IIS
11 26 (0.70%) WebSphere
12 24 (0.65%) Red Hat Fuse
13 19 (0.51%) NServiceBus
13 19 (0.51%) SAS
14 18 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
15 14 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
16 11 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
16 11 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 149 (4.04%) Microsoft Office
2 124 (3.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 43 (1.16%) MS Visio
5 37 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
6 29 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.38%) Simulink
8 7 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.16%) RoboHelp
10 2 (0.054%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.054%) Sketch
11 1 (0.027%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.027%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.027%) Autodesk Inventor
11 1 (0.027%) CATIA
11 1 (0.027%) OrCAD
11 1 (0.027%) Revit
11 1 (0.027%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.027%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 38 (1.03%) Oracle ERP
2 27 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
3 24 (0.65%) Oracle Payables
4 21 (0.57%) Teamcenter
5 20 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
5 20 (0.54%) SAP S/4HANA
6 19 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
7 18 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
8 17 (0.46%) Oracle Payroll
9 14 (0.38%) Oracle Cash Management
9 14 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
10 13 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
10 13 (0.35%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 8 (0.22%) SAP FI-CA
12 7 (0.19%) PeopleSoft HCM
12 7 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
13 5 (0.14%) Sentinel
14 4 (0.11%) Oracle HRMS
14 4 (0.11%) SAP PLM
14 4 (0.11%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 503 (13.62%) AWS
2 446 (12.08%) Azure
3 122 (3.30%) Office 365
4 111 (3.01%) SaaS
5 98 (2.65%) PaaS
6 59 (1.60%) Amazon S3
7 57 (1.54%) IaaS
8 53 (1.44%) Amazon EC2
9 50 (1.35%) Power Platform
10 47 (1.27%) GCP
11 44 (1.19%) GitHub
12 38 (1.03%) Serverless
13 28 (0.76%) Azure Stack
14 20 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 19 (0.51%) PowerApps
16 17 (0.46%) Route 53
17 16 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
17 16 (0.43%) OpenShift
17 16 (0.43%) Power Automate
18 15 (0.41%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 170 (4.60%) Firewall
2 132 (3.58%) DNS
3 86 (2.33%) LAN
3 86 (2.33%) WAN
4 84 (2.28%) Skype
5 80 (2.17%) VPN
6 62 (1.68%) Network Security
7 57 (1.54%) TCP/IP
8 52 (1.41%) DHCP
9 46 (1.25%) SAN
10 43 (1.16%) OSPF
11 39 (1.06%) SNMP
12 35 (0.95%) Internet
12 35 (0.95%) VLAN
12 35 (0.95%) VSAN
13 32 (0.87%) HTTP
14 29 (0.79%) BGP
15 28 (0.76%) MPLS
15 28 (0.76%) Reverse Proxy
16 26 (0.70%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 194 (5.25%) SQL Server
2 133 (3.60%) Hadoop
3 122 (3.30%) Big Data
4 121 (3.28%) Oracle Database
5 109 (2.95%) PostgreSQL
6 101 (2.74%) Relational Database
7 76 (2.06%) Apache Hive
8 75 (2.03%) MySQL
9 62 (1.68%) MongoDB
10 61 (1.65%) Oracle Reports
11 48 (1.30%) Impala
12 44 (1.19%) Pentaho
13 39 (1.06%) Power BI
14 34 (0.92%) Oracle ODI
15 31 (0.84%) GIS
16 27 (0.73%) Amazon RDS
17 24 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
18 23 (0.62%) Oracle Database 12c
19 20 (0.54%) SAP HANA
19 20 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 290 (7.85%) Jenkins
2 269 (7.29%) Git (software)
3 234 (6.34%) JIRA
4 128 (3.47%) GitLab
5 116 (3.14%) Selenium
6 93 (2.52%) Cucumber
7 65 (1.76%) Maven
8 48 (1.30%) JMeter
9 42 (1.14%) Bitbucket
9 42 (1.14%) SonarQube
10 40 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 38 (1.03%) JUnit
12 36 (0.98%) Toad
13 35 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
14 34 (0.92%) Eclipse
15 31 (0.84%) Mockito
15 31 (0.84%) SoapUI
16 30 (0.81%) Subversion
17 28 (0.76%) WebDriver
18 27 (0.73%) REST Assured
General
1 646 (17.50%) Public Sector
2 238 (6.45%) Finance
3 139 (3.76%) Law
4 138 (3.74%) Telecoms
5 88 (2.38%) Manufacturing
6 68 (1.84%) Police
7 67 (1.81%) Electronics
8 66 (1.79%) Marketing
9 56 (1.52%) Military
10 40 (1.08%) Legal
11 23 (0.62%) Banking
12 22 (0.60%) Aerospace
13 19 (0.51%) General Ledger
14 15 (0.41%) Retail
15 10 (0.27%) Publishing
16 9 (0.24%) Local Government
17 8 (0.22%) Back Office
18 6 (0.16%) Billing
19 4 (0.11%) Advertising
19 4 (0.11%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 581 (15.74%) Developer
2 405 (10.97%) Architect
3 383 (10.37%) Analyst
4 257 (6.96%) Consultant
5 174 (4.71%) DevOps Engineer
6 153 (4.14%) Business Analyst
7 148 (4.01%) Java Developer
8 110 (2.98%) Solutions Architect
9 102 (2.76%) Project Manager
10 95 (2.57%) Administrator
11 81 (2.19%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
12 77 (2.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 77 (2.09%) Network Engineer
13 66 (1.79%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
14 65 (1.76%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 64 (1.73%) Cloud Architect
16 63 (1.71%) Data Engineer
17 61 (1.65%) Delivery Manager
18 60 (1.63%) Test Analyst
19 59 (1.60%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (4.77%) Web Services
2 169 (4.58%) HTML
3 164 (4.44%) REST
4 149 (4.04%) CSS
5 136 (3.68%) Spring
6 129 (3.49%) Node.js
7 119 (3.22%) SOAP
8 104 (2.82%) JSON
9 101 (2.74%) Oracle Fusion
10 98 (2.65%) XML
11 95 (2.57%) .NET
12 82 (2.22%) AngularJS
13 79 (2.14%) React
14 78 (2.11%) Spring Boot
15 76 (2.06%) RESTful
16 58 (1.57%) HTML5
16 58 (1.57%) Middleware
16 58 (1.57%) SAML
17 57 (1.54%) Elastic Stack
18 43 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 293 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
2 158 (4.28%) Management Information System
3 120 (3.25%) Data Centre
4 83 (2.25%) User Experience
5 73 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
6 71 (1.92%) Public Cloud
7 51 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
8 36 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
9 34 (0.92%) Private Cloud
9 34 (0.92%) Virtual Team
10 32 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
11 29 (0.79%) PKI
12 23 (0.62%) Cloud Native
12 23 (0.62%) Driving Licence
13 22 (0.60%) Clustering
13 22 (0.60%) Replication
14 21 (0.57%) CMDB
15 19 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
15 19 (0.51%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
16 17 (0.46%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 547 (14.82%) Windows
2 412 (11.16%) Linux
3 213 (5.77%) Windows Server
4 178 (4.82%) Unix
5 132 (3.58%) Windows 10
6 100 (2.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 84 (2.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 77 (2.09%) Windows Server 2016
9 49 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 41 (1.11%) CentOS
11 38 (1.03%) Windows 7
12 34 (0.92%) Mac OS X
13 28 (0.76%) AIX
14 27 (0.73%) Windows Server 2019
15 23 (0.62%) Solaris
16 21 (0.57%) Apple iOS
17 20 (0.54%) Android
18 15 (0.41%) Ubuntu
19 14 (0.38%) Mac OS
20 12 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 969 (26.25%) Agile Software Development
2 548 (14.84%) DevOps
3 324 (8.78%) Migration
4 269 (7.29%) Scrum
5 258 (6.99%) Test Automation
6 251 (6.80%) Stakeholder Management
7 238 (6.45%) ITIL
8 211 (5.72%) Microservices
9 208 (5.63%) Project Management
10 189 (5.12%) Configuration Management
10 189 (5.12%) Risk Management
11 182 (4.93%) Cybersecurity
12 178 (4.82%) Problem-Solving
13 160 (4.33%) Data Modelling
14 158 (4.28%) BDD
14 158 (4.28%) TDD
15 156 (4.23%) Decision-Making
15 156 (4.23%) Service Management
16 146 (3.95%) Business Intelligence
17 145 (3.93%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 453 (12.27%) Java
2 412 (11.16%) SQL
3 321 (8.69%) Python
4 257 (6.96%) PowerShell
5 243 (6.58%) JavaScript
6 132 (3.58%) C
6 132 (3.58%) C#
7 122 (3.30%) PL/SQL
8 114 (3.09%) Shell Script
9 102 (2.76%) Bash Shell
10 48 (1.30%) Java 8
11 43 (1.16%) C++
12 42 (1.14%) Perl
13 41 (1.11%) TypeScript
14 30 (0.81%) R
14 30 (0.81%) Ruby
14 30 (0.81%) T-SQL
15 28 (0.76%) Scala
16 22 (0.60%) VB
17 20 (0.54%) Go
Qualifications
1 3,692 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 352 (9.53%) DV Cleared
3 101 (2.74%) Degree
4 92 (2.49%) BPSS Clearance
5 78 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
6 71 (1.92%) CISSP
7 47 (1.27%) CCNP
7 47 (1.27%) ISTQB
8 46 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 45 (1.22%) ISEB
10 39 (1.06%) CCNA
11 36 (0.98%) CESG Certified Professional
12 35 (0.95%) DBS Check
13 33 (0.89%) CISM
14 24 (0.65%) CCIE
15 23 (0.62%) MCSE
16 22 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 21 (0.57%) BC Cleared
18 20 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 20 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (3.20%) QA
2 58 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 58 (1.57%) NCSC
3 35 (0.95%) SLA
4 30 (0.81%) PMO
5 27 (0.73%) Data Quality
6 26 (0.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 23 (0.62%) RMADS
8 21 (0.57%) JSP 440
9 16 (0.43%) COBIT
9 16 (0.43%) WCAG
10 14 (0.38%) GDPR
11 13 (0.35%) NIST
12 12 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
13 10 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
13 10 (0.27%) PCI DSS
14 7 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
14 7 (0.19%) NIST 800
14 7 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 3 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 242 (6.55%) Docker
2 214 (5.80%) Active Directory
3 174 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 87 (2.36%) vSphere
5 63 (1.71%) VMware NSX
6 53 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
7 47 (1.27%) HDFS
8 45 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
9 43 (1.16%) Hyper-V
10 38 (1.03%) XenApp
11 31 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (0.41%) Terminal Services
13 14 (0.38%) NDS
14 13 (0.35%) Firmware
15 12 (0.33%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 11 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
16 11 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
16 11 (0.30%) XenDesktop
17 9 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
18 7 (0.19%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 223 (6.04%) Kubernetes
2 194 (5.25%) Terraform
3 182 (4.93%) Ansible
4 103 (2.79%) Puppet
5 84 (2.28%) SCCM
6 50 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
7 44 (1.19%) Kibana
7 44 (1.19%) Packer
8 42 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
9 34 (0.92%) vCenter Server
10 30 (0.81%) Grafana
11 27 (0.73%) logstash
11 27 (0.73%) WSUS
12 24 (0.65%) SCOM
12 24 (0.65%) ZABBIX
13 22 (0.60%) PowerCLI
13 22 (0.60%) vRealize
14 20 (0.54%) Prometheus
15 19 (0.51%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 15 (0.41%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 506 (13.71%) Oracle
2 490 (13.27%) Microsoft
3 255 (6.91%) VMware
4 155 (4.20%) SAP
5 151 (4.09%) Cisco
6 92 (2.49%) Cloudera
7 85 (2.30%) Splunk
8 77 (2.09%) Red Hat
9 70 (1.90%) IBM
10 65 (1.76%) Citrix
11 62 (1.68%) Atlassian
12 48 (1.30%) HP
13 44 (1.19%) Dell
14 42 (1.14%) ServiceNow
15 41 (1.11%) Juniper
15 41 (1.11%) Palo Alto
16 36 (0.98%) SolarWinds
17 34 (0.92%) Remedy
18 32 (0.87%) Google
19 31 (0.84%) Hortonworks