Period
to 2 April 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 2 April 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
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 14 28 35
Rank change year-on-year +14 +7 -10
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,542 6,340 6,085
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.96% 6.58% 5.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 40.76% 33.76% 31.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,620 3,891 3,804
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +3.75%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £213
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £415
% change year-on-year +2.78% +8.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 332 310
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +100.53% -52.66%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £57.45 £57.95 £48.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £36.26 £20.50
% change year-on-year -3.48% +76.89% -48.10%

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 13,598 18,778 19,535
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.99% 19.48% 19.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,221 11,321 11,850
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £254 £263 £231
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 657 854 866
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +34.74% -13.64%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.50 £12.47
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.51 £50.25
Median hourly rate £34.00 £29.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +17.24% +16.00% -9.91%

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 2 April 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 2 April 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 2 April 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 +13 4,989 £485 +2.00% 643
UK excluding London +8 3,559 £463 +2.78% 579
London +29 1,832 £513 -2.38% 136
South West +2 958 £500 +11.11% 141
South East +3 881 £450 - 175
North of England +26 764 £425 -5.56% 66
North West +23 495 £450 +2.56% 37
Midlands +1 304 £463 +6.63% 47
Scotland +37 227 £450 +0.56% 45
East of England +8 225 £500 +12.36% 81
Wales +7 211 £475 +5.56% 27
West Midlands +3 188 £464 +3.11% 34
North East +14 183 £413 +3.13% 14
Work from Home +15 151 £500 +5.26% 30
East Midlands +5 113 £450 +7.78% 12
Yorkshire -13 90 £494 +4.50% 15
Northern Ireland +11 5 £384 +188.42%

For the 6 months to 2 April 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 5,542 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,513 (27.30%) Agile Software Development
3 1,004 (18.12%) Windows
4 856 (15.45%) Public Sector
5 817 (14.74%) Microsoft
6 772 (13.93%) AWS
7 768 (13.86%) DevOps
8 726 (13.10%) Java
9 653 (11.78%) SQL
10 590 (10.65%) Linux
11 520 (9.38%) Azure
12 516 (9.31%) Oracle
13 496 (8.95%) Migration
14 464 (8.37%) Python
15 449 (8.10%) Active Directory
16 429 (7.74%) Scrum
17 416 (7.51%) JIRA
18 414 (7.47%) DV Cleared
19 406 (7.33%) VMware
20 397 (7.16%) PowerShell
21 378 (6.82%) Windows Server
22 373 (6.73%) Jenkins
22 373 (6.73%) ITIL
23 372 (6.71%) Test Automation
24 366 (6.60%) Git (software)
25 364 (6.57%) Docker
26 344 (6.21%) Finance
27 340 (6.13%) Problem-Solving
28 334 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
29 332 (5.99%) Web Services

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
1 255 (4.60%) Confluence
2 157 (2.83%) SharePoint
3 108 (1.95%) MS Exchange
4 91 (1.64%) WebLogic
5 63 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
6 59 (1.06%) Skype for Business
7 58 (1.05%) Tomcat
8 57 (1.03%) IIS
9 55 (0.99%) JBoss
10 52 (0.94%) Apache
11 47 (0.85%) Red Hat Fuse
12 42 (0.76%) nginx
13 40 (0.72%) OpenStack
14 36 (0.65%) SAS
15 35 (0.63%) MQSeries
16 30 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
17 29 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
18 25 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 23 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
20 21 (0.38%) Camunda
Applications
1 249 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
2 151 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
4 65 (1.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 33 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 24 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.36%) Simulink
8 9 (0.16%) Windchill
9 8 (0.14%) SPSS
10 6 (0.11%) Figma
10 6 (0.11%) PTC Creo
11 5 (0.090%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.072%) Photoshop
12 4 (0.072%) Sketch
13 3 (0.054%) OrCAD
14 2 (0.036%) Adobe Captivate
14 2 (0.036%) GIMP
14 2 (0.036%) InVision
15 1 (0.018%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 1 (0.018%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 65 (1.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 62 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
3 47 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
4 30 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
5 28 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
6 26 (0.47%) Oracle Cash Management
6 26 (0.47%) Oracle Receivables
7 22 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
7 22 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
8 15 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 12 (0.22%) assyst
10 8 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
10 8 (0.14%) Oracle Payroll
11 7 (0.13%) Primavera
11 7 (0.13%) Remedy AR System
11 7 (0.13%) SAP HCM
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle AML
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
12 6 (0.11%) Teamcenter
13 5 (0.090%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 772 (13.93%) AWS
2 520 (9.38%) Azure
3 283 (5.11%) Office 365
4 133 (2.40%) Power Platform
5 121 (2.18%) Amazon EC2
6 113 (2.04%) GitHub
7 95 (1.71%) SaaS
8 75 (1.35%) PaaS
9 72 (1.30%) GCP
10 67 (1.21%) Serverless
11 58 (1.05%) Amazon S3
12 55 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
13 53 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
14 47 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
15 46 (0.83%) IaaS
16 44 (0.79%) AWS Lambda
17 36 (0.65%) OneDrive
18 35 (0.63%) OpenShift
19 33 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
20 28 (0.51%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 258 (4.66%) Firewall
2 230 (4.15%) DNS
3 169 (3.05%) WAN
4 157 (2.83%) LAN
5 138 (2.49%) TCP/IP
6 119 (2.15%) VPN
7 118 (2.13%) Internet
8 116 (2.09%) DHCP
9 114 (2.06%) SAN
10 97 (1.75%) Network Security
11 96 (1.73%) Skype
12 66 (1.19%) BGP
13 61 (1.10%) Wireless
14 59 (1.06%) MPLS
15 57 (1.03%) SNMP
16 56 (1.01%) Ethernet
17 52 (0.94%) IPsec
18 44 (0.79%) OSPF
19 42 (0.76%) SSL
19 42 (0.76%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (5.03%) SQL Server
2 164 (2.96%) PostgreSQL
3 133 (2.40%) Oracle Database
4 123 (2.22%) Power BI
5 108 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
6 90 (1.62%) Big Data
7 81 (1.46%) Relational Database
8 70 (1.26%) MySQL
9 60 (1.08%) Oracle Database 12c
10 58 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
11 49 (0.88%) Hadoop
12 39 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 33 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 32 (0.58%) NoSQL
15 30 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
16 28 (0.51%) MongoDB
17 27 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
18 26 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
18 26 (0.47%) RDBMS
19 24 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 416 (7.51%) JIRA
2 373 (6.73%) Jenkins
3 366 (6.60%) Git (software)
4 135 (2.44%) GitLab
5 129 (2.33%) Maven
6 112 (2.02%) Selenium
7 104 (1.88%) Bitbucket
8 94 (1.70%) Cucumber
9 81 (1.46%) SonarQube
10 80 (1.44%) JUnit
11 68 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
12 66 (1.19%) Rational DOORS
13 65 (1.17%) Visual Studio
14 60 (1.08%) Mockito
15 59 (1.06%) Eclipse
16 55 (0.99%) Artifactory
17 53 (0.96%) MSI
17 53 (0.96%) Subversion
18 36 (0.65%) jMock
18 36 (0.65%) NetBeans
General
1 856 (15.45%) Public Sector
2 344 (6.21%) Finance
3 232 (4.19%) Telecoms
4 128 (2.31%) Manufacturing
5 127 (2.29%) Military
6 105 (1.89%) Marketing
7 104 (1.88%) Law
8 100 (1.80%) Electronics
9 66 (1.19%) Retail
10 54 (0.97%) Aerospace
11 48 (0.87%) Police
12 41 (0.74%) Legal
13 39 (0.70%) Banking
14 23 (0.42%) Publishing
15 21 (0.38%) General Ledger
16 14 (0.25%) Billing
17 9 (0.16%) Local Government
18 6 (0.11%) Avionics
19 4 (0.072%) Automotive
20 3 (0.054%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 847 (15.28%) Developer
2 595 (10.74%) Architect
3 476 (8.59%) Analyst
4 348 (6.28%) Consultant
5 294 (5.30%) DevOps Engineer
6 274 (4.94%) Java Developer
7 195 (3.52%) Business Analyst
8 184 (3.32%) Project Manager
9 160 (2.89%) Network Engineer
10 121 (2.18%) Software Engineer
10 121 (2.18%) Solutions Architect
11 118 (2.13%) SC Cleared Java Developer
12 111 (2.00%) Designer
13 110 (1.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 109 (1.97%) Tester
15 107 (1.93%) DBA
16 105 (1.89%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 102 (1.84%) Support Engineer
18 100 (1.80%) Technical Architect
19 95 (1.71%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 332 (5.99%) Web Services
2 225 (4.06%) .NET
3 218 (3.93%) Spring
4 195 (3.52%) REST
5 175 (3.16%) XML
6 164 (2.96%) HTML
7 159 (2.87%) Node.js
8 130 (2.35%) JSON
8 130 (2.35%) SOAP
9 125 (2.26%) AngularJS
9 125 (2.26%) CSS
10 121 (2.18%) Spring Boot
11 105 (1.89%) RESTful
12 89 (1.61%) Apache Camel
13 85 (1.53%) Hibernate
14 78 (1.41%) React
15 74 (1.34%) RabbitMQ
16 69 (1.25%) Kafka
17 68 (1.23%) ActiveMQ
17 68 (1.23%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 334 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
2 266 (4.80%) Data Centre
3 190 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
4 142 (2.56%) Management Information System
5 103 (1.86%) User Experience
6 85 (1.53%) PKI
7 65 (1.17%) Public Cloud
8 61 (1.10%) Data Structures
9 51 (0.92%) Cloud Native
10 44 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
11 40 (0.72%) Replication
12 39 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
13 37 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
14 29 (0.52%) Driving Licence
15 27 (0.49%) Mobile App
16 26 (0.47%) Private Cloud
16 26 (0.47%) Semantic Web
17 24 (0.43%) Clustering
17 24 (0.43%) CMDB
17 24 (0.43%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 1,004 (18.12%) Windows
2 590 (10.65%) Linux
3 378 (6.82%) Windows Server
4 331 (5.97%) Windows 10
5 173 (3.12%) Unix
6 162 (2.92%) Windows 7
7 142 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 113 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
9 112 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 70 (1.26%) Ubuntu
11 66 (1.19%) Apple iOS
12 62 (1.12%) CentOS
13 59 (1.06%) Windows Server 2016
14 42 (0.76%) Android
15 39 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
16 33 (0.60%) Windows XP
17 30 (0.54%) Solaris
18 21 (0.38%) Amazon Linux
19 20 (0.36%) AIX
19 20 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,513 (27.30%) Agile Software Development
2 768 (13.86%) DevOps
3 496 (8.95%) Migration
4 429 (7.74%) Scrum
5 373 (6.73%) ITIL
6 372 (6.71%) Test Automation
7 340 (6.13%) Problem-Solving
8 302 (5.45%) Project Management
9 288 (5.20%) Business Intelligence
10 283 (5.11%) Project Delivery
11 273 (4.93%) Software Engineering
12 269 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
13 237 (4.28%) Continuous Integration
14 225 (4.06%) Configuration Management
15 217 (3.92%) Mentoring
16 209 (3.77%) Cybersecurity
16 209 (3.77%) Service Management
17 207 (3.74%) Microservices
18 194 (3.50%) Programme Management
19 191 (3.45%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 726 (13.10%) Java
2 653 (11.78%) SQL
3 464 (8.37%) Python
4 397 (7.16%) PowerShell
5 276 (4.98%) JavaScript
6 218 (3.93%) C#
7 165 (2.98%) PL/SQL
8 140 (2.53%) C++
9 129 (2.33%) C
9 129 (2.33%) Shell Script
10 115 (2.08%) Java 8
11 103 (1.86%) Bash Shell
12 65 (1.17%) Perl
13 63 (1.14%) T-SQL
14 50 (0.90%) VB
15 47 (0.85%) PHP
16 42 (0.76%) Go
16 42 (0.76%) Groovy
17 41 (0.74%) TypeScript
18 31 (0.56%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5,542 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 414 (7.47%) DV Cleared
3 210 (3.79%) Degree
4 172 (3.10%) BPSS Clearance
5 165 (2.98%) Cisco Certification
6 108 (1.95%) Microsoft Certification
7 96 (1.73%) CCNP
8 94 (1.70%) CCNA
9 90 (1.62%) ISTQB
10 65 (1.17%) ISEB
11 59 (1.06%) CTC Cleared
12 58 (1.05%) CISSP
13 52 (0.94%) MCSE
14 42 (0.76%) BC Cleared
15 40 (0.72%) CCIE
16 36 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
17 35 (0.63%) MCSA
18 33 (0.60%) AWS Certification
19 31 (0.56%) CCDP
20 28 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 139 (2.51%) QA
2 95 (1.71%) SLA
3 84 (1.52%) PMO
4 80 (1.44%) NCSC
5 55 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 40 (0.72%) NIST
7 32 (0.58%) GDPR
8 26 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 25 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
10 21 (0.38%) WCAG
11 20 (0.36%) JSP 440
12 19 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
12 19 (0.34%) Data Quality
13 15 (0.27%) Government Security Classifications
13 15 (0.27%) RMADS
14 12 (0.22%) Def Stans
14 12 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.20%) COBIT
16 10 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 6 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 449 (8.10%) Active Directory
2 364 (6.57%) Docker
3 204 (3.68%) VMware Infrastructure
4 105 (1.89%) vSphere
5 88 (1.59%) Hyper-V
6 85 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
7 66 (1.19%) VMware NSX
8 65 (1.17%) XenApp
9 61 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
10 53 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
11 26 (0.47%) Postfix
12 21 (0.38%) Firmware
12 21 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
13 20 (0.36%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.36%) XenDesktop
14 17 (0.31%) HDFS
15 13 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
16 12 (0.22%) Snort
17 11 (0.20%) Apache Flume
17 11 (0.20%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 316 (5.70%) Kubernetes
2 292 (5.27%) Ansible
3 260 (4.69%) SCCM
4 255 (4.60%) Terraform
5 160 (2.89%) Puppet
6 70 (1.26%) PowerCLI
7 62 (1.12%) vCenter Server
8 60 (1.08%) Packer
9 55 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
10 47 (0.85%) Consul
11 44 (0.79%) NetBackup
12 39 (0.70%) WSUS
13 36 (0.65%) SCOM
14 34 (0.61%) Netcool
15 32 (0.58%) Amdocs OSS
15 32 (0.58%) Microsoft Intune
15 32 (0.58%) Netcool/OMNIbus
16 31 (0.56%) Kibana
16 31 (0.56%) logstash
17 28 (0.51%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 817 (14.74%) Microsoft
2 516 (9.31%) Oracle
3 406 (7.33%) VMware
4 285 (5.14%) Cisco
5 202 (3.64%) SAP
6 189 (3.41%) Citrix
7 130 (2.35%) Red Hat
8 119 (2.15%) HP
9 110 (1.98%) IBM
10 87 (1.57%) Remedy
11 80 (1.44%) EMC
11 80 (1.44%) ServiceNow
12 78 (1.41%) Google
13 76 (1.37%) Juniper
14 75 (1.35%) BMC
15 65 (1.17%) MuleSoft
16 62 (1.12%) Axway
17 60 (1.08%) Dell
18 53 (0.96%) Palo Alto
19 46 (0.83%) Atlassian