Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 19 31 39
Rank change year-on-year +12 +8 -12
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,946 6,579 5,546
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.24% 6.34% 5.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 35.42% 33.52% 28.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,731 3,888 3,398
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £208
90th Percentile £625 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 338 336
UK median hourly rate £40.25 £35.00 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.00% +68.67% -38.97%
10th Percentile £16.25 £13.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £52.51 £48.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% +27.27% -19.12%

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 16,785 19,628 19,422
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.43% 18.91% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,284 11,637 11,908
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £260 £255 £225
90th Percentile £640 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 845 950 907
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.10 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.09% +0.39% +1.96%
10th Percentile £14.94 £12.98 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.71 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +32.08% -3.64% +3.63%

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 22 November 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 22 November 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 22 November 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 +12 5,391 £475 +5.56% 738
UK excluding London +5 3,909 £450 +5.88% 636
London +11 1,899 £525 +5.00% 165
South West +3 1,130 £465 +8.14% 169
South East +1 1,121 £450 +5.88% 204
North of England +16 662 £450 +5.88% 77
North West +12 492 £450 +5.88% 58
Midlands +8 363 £475 +11.76% 60
West Midlands +16 270 £470 +6.82% 45
Scotland +28 256 £450 +15.38% 39
East of England -3 206 £345 -23.33% 68
Wales +4 177 £468 +3.89% 18
North East +9 101 £415 +3.75% 10
East Midlands -14 88 £500 +25.00% 15
Yorkshire -36 71 £475 +2.98% 9
Northern Ireland -6 9 £368 -33.18% 6

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 5,946 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,491 (25.08%) Agile Software Development
3 1,156 (19.44%) Windows
4 916 (15.41%) Public Sector
5 910 (15.30%) Microsoft
6 826 (13.89%) DevOps
7 811 (13.64%) Linux
8 803 (13.50%) AWS
9 752 (12.65%) SQL
10 745 (12.53%) Java
11 639 (10.75%) Azure
12 632 (10.63%) Migration
13 564 (9.49%) Oracle
14 550 (9.25%) Active Directory
15 514 (8.64%) DV Cleared
16 492 (8.27%) Python
17 471 (7.92%) ITIL
18 451 (7.58%) Windows 10
19 449 (7.55%) VMware
20 424 (7.13%) JIRA
21 418 (7.03%) Windows Server
22 408 (6.86%) Finance
23 400 (6.73%) Git (software)
24 398 (6.69%) Project Management
25 392 (6.59%) Jenkins
26 386 (6.49%) Scrum
27 377 (6.34%) Office 365
28 371 (6.24%) PowerShell
29 367 (6.17%) JavaScript
30 364 (6.12%) Docker

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
1 295 (4.96%) Confluence
2 227 (3.82%) SharePoint
3 108 (1.82%) MS Exchange
4 94 (1.58%) Skype for Business
5 71 (1.19%) Elasticsearch
6 65 (1.09%) WebLogic
7 59 (0.99%) Apache
8 52 (0.87%) JBoss
9 48 (0.81%) OpenStack
10 43 (0.72%) IIS
10 43 (0.72%) nginx
10 43 (0.72%) Tomcat
11 33 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 28 (0.47%) Apache Spark
13 26 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
13 26 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
14 22 (0.37%) MQSeries
15 21 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
16 18 (0.30%) SAS
17 17 (0.29%) GeoServer
Applications
1 286 (4.81%) Microsoft Office
2 211 (3.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 108 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 85 (1.43%) Microsoft Project
5 41 (0.69%) MS Visio
6 28 (0.47%) Simulink
7 24 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.18%) Windchill
9 8 (0.13%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.12%) GIMP
11 5 (0.084%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.067%) FileZilla
12 4 (0.067%) Stateflow
13 3 (0.050%) Sketch
14 2 (0.034%) InVision
14 2 (0.034%) Siemens NX
15 1 (0.017%) MicroStation
15 1 (0.017%) OmniGraffle
15 1 (0.017%) Revit
15 1 (0.017%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 81 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 52 (0.87%) Remedy ITSM
3 49 (0.82%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 47 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
5 24 (0.40%) Siebel CRM
6 22 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
7 21 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
8 16 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
9 14 (0.24%) SAP FI
10 12 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
10 12 (0.20%) SAP CO
10 12 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
11 11 (0.18%) Teamcenter
12 10 (0.17%) assyst
12 10 (0.17%) SAP HCM
13 8 (0.13%) Primavera
13 8 (0.13%) SAP MM
14 7 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
14 7 (0.12%) SAP SD
15 6 (0.10%) Oracle AML
Cloud Services
1 803 (13.50%) AWS
2 639 (10.75%) Azure
3 377 (6.34%) Office 365
4 154 (2.59%) Amazon EC2
5 146 (2.46%) SaaS
6 139 (2.34%) PaaS
7 122 (2.05%) GitHub
8 118 (1.98%) IaaS
9 108 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
10 100 (1.68%) Power Platform
11 97 (1.63%) Serverless
12 91 (1.53%) Amazon S3
13 74 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
14 67 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
15 48 (0.81%) Amazon SQS
16 46 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
17 44 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
18 42 (0.71%) GCP
19 40 (0.67%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 39 (0.66%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 321 (5.40%) Firewall
2 267 (4.49%) DNS
3 197 (3.31%) TCP/IP
4 173 (2.91%) VPN
4 173 (2.91%) WAN
5 158 (2.66%) Internet
6 155 (2.61%) LAN
7 145 (2.44%) Skype
8 139 (2.34%) SAN
9 122 (2.05%) DHCP
10 97 (1.63%) Network Security
11 71 (1.19%) BGP
12 69 (1.16%) Wireless
13 66 (1.11%) Ethernet
14 59 (0.99%) NAS
15 57 (0.96%) Cisco ASA
15 57 (0.96%) MPLS
15 57 (0.96%) SNMP
16 56 (0.94%) OSPF
17 52 (0.87%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 301 (5.06%) SQL Server
2 223 (3.75%) PostgreSQL
3 213 (3.58%) Oracle Database
4 115 (1.93%) Big Data
5 114 (1.92%) Amazon RDS
6 105 (1.77%) MySQL
7 99 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
8 97 (1.63%) Relational Database
9 83 (1.40%) Oracle Database 12c
10 82 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 77 (1.29%) Power BI
12 73 (1.23%) Hadoop
13 67 (1.13%) Oracle BI EE
14 51 (0.86%) MongoDB
15 46 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
16 44 (0.74%) Amazon Redshift
16 44 (0.74%) RDBMS
17 43 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
18 38 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
18 38 (0.64%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 424 (7.13%) JIRA
2 400 (6.73%) Git (software)
3 392 (6.59%) Jenkins
4 128 (2.15%) Selenium
5 110 (1.85%) Maven
6 108 (1.82%) JUnit
7 102 (1.72%) SonarQube
8 99 (1.66%) GitLab
9 94 (1.58%) Cucumber
10 88 (1.48%) Mockito
11 84 (1.41%) Rational DOORS
12 83 (1.40%) Bitbucket
13 81 (1.36%) Visual Studio
14 61 (1.03%) MSI
15 57 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
16 53 (0.89%) Subversion
17 52 (0.87%) Eclipse
18 46 (0.77%) jMock
19 44 (0.74%) DbUnit
20 41 (0.69%) NetBeans
General
1 916 (15.41%) Public Sector
2 408 (6.86%) Finance
3 257 (4.32%) Telecoms
4 184 (3.09%) Manufacturing
5 178 (2.99%) Military
6 138 (2.32%) Marketing
7 129 (2.17%) Electronics
8 88 (1.48%) Law
9 83 (1.40%) Retail
10 77 (1.29%) Aerospace
11 63 (1.06%) Legal
12 60 (1.01%) Police
13 59 (0.99%) Banking
14 19 (0.32%) Investment Banking
15 18 (0.30%) Back Office
16 17 (0.29%) Local Government
17 16 (0.27%) Publishing
18 15 (0.25%) Billing
19 10 (0.17%) Games
20 8 (0.13%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 861 (14.48%) Developer
2 747 (12.56%) Architect
3 475 (7.99%) Analyst
4 338 (5.68%) Consultant
5 328 (5.52%) DevOps Engineer
6 250 (4.20%) Java Developer
7 217 (3.65%) Project Manager
8 203 (3.41%) Network Engineer
9 200 (3.36%) Business Analyst
10 174 (2.93%) Software Engineer
11 128 (2.15%) Solutions Architect
12 123 (2.07%) Support Engineer
13 119 (2.00%) SC Cleared Java Developer
14 103 (1.73%) Technical Architect
15 102 (1.72%) Tester
16 101 (1.70%) AWS DevOps
16 101 (1.70%) SC Cleared Project Manager
17 98 (1.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 96 (1.61%) DBA
19 95 (1.60%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 308 (5.18%) Web Services
2 276 (4.64%) .NET
3 222 (3.73%) HTML
4 196 (3.30%) XML
5 189 (3.18%) Spring
6 179 (3.01%) Node.js
7 176 (2.96%) REST
8 164 (2.76%) CSS
9 148 (2.49%) AngularJS
10 147 (2.47%) JSON
11 146 (2.46%) SOAP
12 135 (2.27%) RESTful
13 101 (1.70%) Hibernate
14 96 (1.61%) Middleware
15 87 (1.46%) Oracle Fusion
16 80 (1.35%) React
17 75 (1.26%) LDAP
18 67 (1.13%) ActiveMQ
19 64 (1.08%) Spring Boot
20 62 (1.04%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 280 (4.71%) Data Centre
2 265 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
3 193 (3.25%) Management Information System
4 154 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
5 98 (1.65%) Public Cloud
6 91 (1.53%) User Experience
7 85 (1.43%) PKI
8 74 (1.24%) Driving Licence
9 64 (1.08%) Replication
10 57 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
11 52 (0.87%) Data Structures
12 50 (0.84%) Clustering
13 38 (0.64%) Algorithms
14 37 (0.62%) CMDB
14 37 (0.62%) Greenfield Project
14 37 (0.62%) Virtual Team
15 34 (0.57%) NHS
16 29 (0.49%) Cloud Native
16 29 (0.49%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
17 25 (0.42%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1,156 (19.44%) Windows
2 811 (13.64%) Linux
3 451 (7.58%) Windows 10
4 418 (7.03%) Windows Server
5 257 (4.32%) Windows 7
6 210 (3.53%) Unix
7 190 (3.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 183 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 142 (2.39%) Windows Server 2008
10 98 (1.65%) CentOS
11 79 (1.33%) Ubuntu
12 67 (1.13%) Apple iOS
13 56 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
14 52 (0.87%) Solaris
15 40 (0.67%) Windows XP
16 34 (0.57%) AIX
17 26 (0.44%) Android
18 19 (0.32%) Amazon Linux
19 18 (0.30%) Mac OS X
20 16 (0.27%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,491 (25.08%) Agile Software Development
2 826 (13.89%) DevOps
3 632 (10.63%) Migration
4 471 (7.92%) ITIL
5 398 (6.69%) Project Management
6 386 (6.49%) Scrum
7 354 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
8 345 (5.80%) Software Engineering
9 331 (5.57%) Test Automation
10 319 (5.36%) Business Intelligence
11 317 (5.33%) Continuous Integration
11 317 (5.33%) Stakeholder Management
12 308 (5.18%) Configuration Management
13 293 (4.93%) Service Management
14 255 (4.29%) Microservices
15 252 (4.24%) TDD
16 249 (4.19%) Mentoring
17 245 (4.12%) Project Delivery
18 240 (4.04%) Cybersecurity
19 235 (3.95%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 752 (12.65%) SQL
2 745 (12.53%) Java
3 492 (8.27%) Python
4 371 (6.24%) PowerShell
5 367 (6.17%) JavaScript
6 246 (4.14%) C#
7 243 (4.09%) C
8 233 (3.92%) C++
9 136 (2.29%) Bash Shell
10 130 (2.19%) PL/SQL
11 100 (1.68%) Java 8
12 93 (1.56%) Shell Script
13 84 (1.41%) Ruby
14 79 (1.33%) Perl
15 65 (1.09%) T-SQL
16 49 (0.82%) Groovy
17 47 (0.79%) TypeScript
18 37 (0.62%) ABAP
19 35 (0.59%) VB
20 34 (0.57%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 5,946 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 514 (8.64%) DV Cleared
3 278 (4.68%) Degree
4 200 (3.36%) BPSS Clearance
5 196 (3.30%) Cisco Certification
6 129 (2.17%) Microsoft Certification
7 117 (1.97%) CCNP
8 100 (1.68%) CCNA
9 92 (1.55%) ISTQB
10 62 (1.04%) CISSP
11 61 (1.03%) AWS Certification
12 59 (0.99%) ISEB
13 58 (0.98%) CCIE
13 58 (0.98%) MCSA
14 49 (0.82%) MCSE
15 47 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
16 46 (0.77%) CCDP
17 40 (0.67%) BC Cleared
18 39 (0.66%) CTC Cleared
19 33 (0.55%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (2.96%) QA
2 135 (2.27%) SLA
3 94 (1.58%) PMO
4 72 (1.21%) Data Quality
5 58 (0.98%) NCSC
6 57 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 54 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
8 46 (0.77%) NIST
9 27 (0.45%) GDPR
10 26 (0.44%) JSP 440
11 24 (0.40%) WCAG
12 22 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
12 22 (0.37%) RMADS
13 21 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 19 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 18 (0.30%) Def Stans
16 17 (0.29%) ISO 9001
17 16 (0.27%) COBIT
18 14 (0.24%) PCI DSS
19 13 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 550 (9.25%) Active Directory
2 364 (6.12%) Docker
3 273 (4.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 113 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 85 (1.43%) vSphere
6 75 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
7 69 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
8 63 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
9 43 (0.72%) VMware NSX
10 40 (0.67%) vCloud
11 32 (0.54%) Postfix
12 26 (0.44%) XenApp
13 25 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
14 21 (0.35%) Firmware
15 20 (0.34%) XenDesktop
16 17 (0.29%) Snort
17 16 (0.27%) Xen
18 14 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
19 12 (0.20%) Citrix Hypervisor
20 11 (0.18%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 334 (5.62%) Ansible
2 328 (5.52%) Terraform
3 295 (4.96%) Kubernetes
4 252 (4.24%) SCCM
5 246 (4.14%) Puppet
6 95 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
7 80 (1.35%) Consul
8 66 (1.11%) Packer
9 56 (0.94%) vCenter Server
10 54 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
11 42 (0.71%) SCOM
12 41 (0.69%) NetBackup
13 35 (0.59%) Microsoft Intune
14 33 (0.55%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 27 (0.45%) Netcool
15 27 (0.45%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 25 (0.42%) WSUS
17 24 (0.40%) Data Guard
17 24 (0.40%) HP ALM
17 24 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 910 (15.30%) Microsoft
2 564 (9.49%) Oracle
3 449 (7.55%) VMware
4 300 (5.05%) Cisco
5 253 (4.25%) SAP
6 184 (3.09%) Citrix
7 173 (2.91%) Red Hat
8 140 (2.35%) HP
9 120 (2.02%) Google
10 114 (1.92%) IBM
11 97 (1.63%) Juniper
12 86 (1.45%) ServiceNow
13 83 (1.40%) Remedy
14 73 (1.23%) Atlassian
15 71 (1.19%) Dell
16 68 (1.14%) Palo Alto
17 67 (1.13%) F5
18 65 (1.09%) McAfee
18 65 (1.09%) Splunk
19 61 (1.03%) CheckPoint