Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 27 32
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5599 7314 5512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.85% 6.72% 4.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 30.31% 31.75% 25.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 3403 4544 3239
UK median daily rate £438 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.71% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £260 £260
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £407 £385 £388
% change year-on-year +5.71% -0.65% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 421 290 322
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £37.50 £34.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.33% +9.49% +83.16%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £14.16
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.79 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £32.52
% change year-on-year -5.41% +13.78% +66.77%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18473 23037 21886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.31% 21.18% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11197 14368 12827
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 813 1069
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.80 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +17.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £51.22 £48.75 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £28.00 £24.32
% change year-on-year +8.93% +15.16% +21.58%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -4 5254 £440 +6.02% 192
UK excluding London -6 3675 £407 +5.71% 163
London -3 1859 £500 +5.26% 48
South East -6 1286 £415 +0.30% 55
South West +3 822 £400 +3.23% 37
North of England -12 709 £398 +16.31% 23
Midlands -5 425 £425 +6.25% 15
North West +2 424 £425 - 9
East Midlands +11 219 £405 +8.00% 5
North East -2 205 £325 +4.84% 9
West Midlands -16 195 £440 +10.00% 8
East of England -5 153 £350 -1.41% 12
Scotland -35 148 £400 +16.28% 14
Wales -2 146 £425 +6.25% 6
Yorkshire -3 82 £435 -0.57% 5
Northern Ireland -46 7 £390 +36.36% 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 5599 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1259 (22.49%) Agile Software Development
3 930 (16.61%) Windows
4 886 (15.82%) Linux
5 737 (13.16%) Microsoft
6 648 (11.57%) Java
7 641 (11.45%) DevOps
8 625 (11.16%) Migration
9 624 (11.14%) ITIL
10 606 (10.82%) Finance
11 517 (9.23%) Project Management
12 504 (9.00%) SQL
13 503 (8.98%) Oracle
14 455 (8.13%) SAP
15 444 (7.93%) Puppet
16 442 (7.89%) VMware
17 437 (7.80%) Amazon AWS
18 425 (7.59%) Firewall
19 424 (7.57%) DV Cleared
20 413 (7.38%) Cisco
21 407 (7.27%) Active Directory
22 385 (6.88%) Scrum
23 379 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
24 367 (6.55%) Telecoms
25 353 (6.30%) Business Intelligence
26 339 (6.05%) Configuration Management
27 336 (6.00%) Git (software)
28 335 (5.98%) Programme Management
29 334 (5.97%) Python
30 330 (5.89%) Unix

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
1 242 (4.32%) SharePoint
2 164 (2.93%) Confluence
3 144 (2.57%) Apache
4 118 (2.11%) Tomcat
5 111 (1.98%) Elasticsearch
5 111 (1.98%) MS Exchange
6 98 (1.75%) WebLogic
7 93 (1.66%) JBoss
8 88 (1.57%) Apache Spark
8 88 (1.57%) IIS
9 80 (1.43%) nginx
10 70 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2010
11 64 (1.14%) OpenStack
12 63 (1.13%) Skype for Business
13 50 (0.89%) SharePoint Server
14 47 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
15 43 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
16 42 (0.75%) Apache Solr
17 40 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
18 39 (0.70%) WebSphere
Applications
1 284 (5.07%) Microsoft Office
2 222 (3.96%) Microsoft Project
3 164 (2.93%) Microsoft Excel
4 79 (1.41%) MS Visio
5 54 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 14 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.11%) Acrobat
8 6 (0.11%) PaintShop Pro
9 5 (0.089%) Simulink
9 5 (0.089%) SPSS
10 4 (0.071%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.071%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.054%) OrCAD
11 3 (0.054%) Siemens NX
11 3 (0.054%) Windchill
12 2 (0.036%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.036%) InVision
13 1 (0.018%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.018%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 46 (0.82%) SAP ERP
2 33 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 32 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
4 31 (0.55%) Oracle EBS R12
5 29 (0.52%) Primavera
6 21 (0.38%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 20 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
7 20 (0.36%) Teamcenter
8 18 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
8 18 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
9 15 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
9 15 (0.27%) SAP HR
10 10 (0.18%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 10 (0.18%) SAP HCM
11 9 (0.16%) LabWindows
11 9 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
11 9 (0.16%) SAP FI
12 8 (0.14%) SAP CO
12 8 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
13 7 (0.13%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 437 (7.80%) Amazon AWS
2 269 (4.80%) Office 365
3 194 (3.46%) Microsoft Azure
4 87 (1.55%) GitHub
5 85 (1.52%) IaaS
6 82 (1.46%) PaaS
7 51 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
8 46 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
9 31 (0.55%) Amazon S3
10 25 (0.45%) Amazon ELB
11 24 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
12 22 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 21 (0.38%) SaaS
14 20 (0.36%) G Suite
15 19 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 12 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
16 12 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
16 12 (0.21%) OpenShift
17 10 (0.18%) Datadog
17 10 (0.18%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 425 (7.59%) Firewall
2 230 (4.11%) DNS
3 211 (3.77%) LAN
4 187 (3.34%) TCP/IP
5 179 (3.20%) WAN
6 123 (2.20%) SAN
7 122 (2.18%) HTTP
8 116 (2.07%) VPN
9 99 (1.77%) Internet
10 88 (1.57%) Wireless
11 82 (1.46%) DHCP
12 78 (1.39%) BGP
13 76 (1.36%) Cisco ASA
14 74 (1.32%) SSL
15 73 (1.30%) Network Security
16 72 (1.29%) LDAP
17 63 (1.13%) OSPF
17 63 (1.13%) VLAN
18 62 (1.11%) Cisco Nexus
19 57 (1.02%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 321 (5.73%) PostgreSQL
2 254 (4.54%) SQL Server
3 186 (3.32%) Hadoop
4 149 (2.66%) Big Data
5 148 (2.64%) MongoDB
6 144 (2.57%) Oracle Database
7 124 (2.21%) Relational Database
8 121 (2.16%) MySQL
9 105 (1.88%) HBase
10 73 (1.30%) NoSQL
11 71 (1.27%) RDBMS
12 69 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
13 57 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
14 56 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
15 52 (0.93%) Redis
16 47 (0.84%) BusinessObjects
17 46 (0.82%) Apache Hive
18 36 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
19 33 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
19 33 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 336 (6.00%) Git (software)
2 271 (4.84%) Jenkins
3 233 (4.16%) JIRA
4 104 (1.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 94 (1.68%) Cucumber
6 88 (1.57%) Maven
7 75 (1.34%) Visual Studio
8 74 (1.32%) Selenium
9 65 (1.16%) GitLab
10 61 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
11 59 (1.05%) Artifactory
12 47 (0.84%) Rational DOORS
13 44 (0.79%) Bitbucket
14 42 (0.75%) IntelliJ
15 41 (0.73%) JUnit
16 38 (0.68%) Ant
17 33 (0.59%) Oracle APEX
18 29 (0.52%) MSI
19 28 (0.50%) Eclipse
20 25 (0.45%) Grunt
General
1 606 (10.82%) Finance
2 367 (6.55%) Telecoms
3 294 (5.25%) Manufacturing
4 245 (4.38%) Electronics
5 236 (4.22%) Marketing
6 114 (2.04%) Military
7 73 (1.30%) Law
8 52 (0.93%) Aerospace
9 49 (0.88%) Legal
10 32 (0.57%) Back Office
10 32 (0.57%) Banking
11 21 (0.38%) Avionics
12 16 (0.29%) Investment Banking
12 16 (0.29%) Local Government
13 13 (0.23%) Billing
14 12 (0.21%) Retail
15 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
16 5 (0.089%) Publishing
17 4 (0.071%) Pharmaceutical
18 3 (0.054%) French Language
Job Titles
1 638 (11.39%) Architect
2 619 (11.06%) Developer
3 457 (8.16%) Analyst
4 452 (8.07%) Consultant
5 307 (5.48%) Project Manager
6 266 (4.75%) DevOps Engineer
7 202 (3.61%) Java Developer
8 185 (3.30%) Network Engineer
9 166 (2.96%) Business Analyst
10 162 (2.89%) Support Engineer
11 140 (2.50%) Administrator
12 132 (2.36%) Technical Architect
13 125 (2.23%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 116 (2.07%) Software Engineer
15 109 (1.95%) Solutions Architect
16 106 (1.89%) DBA
17 96 (1.71%) Linux Engineer
18 90 (1.61%) SC Cleared Java Developer
19 89 (1.59%) Systems Engineer
20 86 (1.54%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 228 (4.07%) Web Services
2 189 (3.38%) REST
3 181 (3.23%) .NET
4 176 (3.14%) CSS
5 171 (3.05%) HTML
6 154 (2.75%) Node.js
7 144 (2.57%) Spring
8 117 (2.09%) Elastic Stack
9 105 (1.88%) XML
10 93 (1.66%) Apache Camel
11 91 (1.63%) RESTful
12 89 (1.59%) Spring Boot
13 82 (1.46%) Kafka
14 78 (1.39%) HTML5
15 76 (1.36%) AngularJS
16 74 (1.32%) JSON
17 65 (1.16%) Middleware
18 62 (1.11%) J2EE
19 55 (0.98%) CSS3
20 50 (0.89%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 379 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
2 288 (5.14%) Data Centre
3 185 (3.30%) Management Information System
4 108 (1.93%) User Experience
5 86 (1.54%) Computer Science
6 82 (1.46%) PKI
7 77 (1.38%) Clustering
8 58 (1.04%) Replication
9 48 (0.86%) Private Cloud
10 45 (0.80%) Algorithms
11 41 (0.73%) Driving Licence
11 41 (0.73%) Public Cloud
12 40 (0.71%) Blackberry
13 39 (0.70%) CESG
13 39 (0.70%) Greenfield Project
14 38 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
15 37 (0.66%) PMI
16 32 (0.57%) Mainframe
17 31 (0.55%) RIA
18 27 (0.48%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 930 (16.61%) Windows
2 886 (15.82%) Linux
3 330 (5.89%) Unix
4 236 (4.22%) Windows Server
5 214 (3.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 213 (3.80%) Windows 10
7 199 (3.55%) Solaris
8 174 (3.11%) AIX
9 159 (2.84%) Windows 7
10 153 (2.73%) CentOS
11 145 (2.59%) Windows Server 2012
12 111 (1.98%) Windows Server 2008
13 81 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
14 65 (1.16%) HPUX
15 59 (1.05%) Ubuntu
16 43 (0.77%) SUSE
17 35 (0.63%) Windows Vista
18 33 (0.59%) Windows XP
19 25 (0.45%) Android
20 24 (0.43%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1259 (22.49%) Agile Software Development
2 641 (11.45%) DevOps
3 625 (11.16%) Migration
4 624 (11.14%) ITIL
5 517 (9.23%) Project Management
6 385 (6.88%) Scrum
7 353 (6.30%) Business Intelligence
8 339 (6.05%) Configuration Management
9 335 (5.98%) Programme Management
10 303 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
11 296 (5.29%) PRINCE2
12 286 (5.11%) Stakeholder Management
13 270 (4.82%) Service Management
14 263 (4.70%) Open Source
15 244 (4.36%) Microservices
16 226 (4.04%) Digital Marketing
17 220 (3.93%) Test Automation
18 201 (3.59%) TDD
19 199 (3.55%) Software Engineering
20 179 (3.20%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 648 (11.57%) Java
2 504 (9.00%) SQL
3 334 (5.97%) Python
4 209 (3.73%) JavaScript
5 204 (3.64%) Bash Shell
6 196 (3.50%) Ruby
7 188 (3.36%) PowerShell
8 171 (3.05%) C#
9 163 (2.91%) C
10 122 (2.18%) C++
11 94 (1.68%) Perl
12 92 (1.64%) Shell Script
13 79 (1.41%) Scala
14 78 (1.39%) PL/SQL
15 58 (1.04%) ABAP
16 48 (0.86%) Go
17 46 (0.82%) T-SQL
18 40 (0.71%) Korn
18 40 (0.71%) VB
19 39 (0.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5599 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 424 (7.57%) DV Cleared
3 229 (4.09%) Degree
4 221 (3.95%) Cisco Certification
5 149 (2.66%) CCNP
6 99 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
7 92 (1.64%) CISSP
8 88 (1.57%) CCNA
9 81 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
10 75 (1.34%) CTC Cleared
11 57 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
12 55 (0.98%) PMI Certification
13 53 (0.95%) ISEB
13 53 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
14 51 (0.91%) CCIE
15 44 (0.79%) CCDP
15 44 (0.79%) CESG Certified Professional
16 43 (0.77%) PMP
17 40 (0.71%) ISTQB
17 40 (0.71%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (2.54%) PMO
2 101 (1.80%) QA
3 97 (1.73%) SLA
4 78 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 75 (1.34%) Data Quality
6 46 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
7 29 (0.52%) JSP 440
8 21 (0.38%) PCI DSS
9 18 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 17 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 16 (0.29%) Def Stans
12 13 (0.23%) GDPR
13 12 (0.21%) ISO 9001
13 12 (0.21%) MIL-STD-1553
14 11 (0.20%) RMADS
15 10 (0.18%) GPG13
15 10 (0.18%) IEC 61508
16 8 (0.14%) DO-178B
16 8 (0.14%) HL7
16 8 (0.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 407 (7.27%) Active Directory
2 329 (5.88%) Docker
3 263 (4.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 92 (1.64%) Hyper-V
5 82 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
6 70 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
7 56 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
8 48 (0.86%) HDFS
9 41 (0.73%) vSphere
10 38 (0.68%) XenApp
11 35 (0.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 35 (0.63%) VMware NSX
12 34 (0.61%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 32 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
14 31 (0.55%) KVM
15 27 (0.48%) Samba
16 25 (0.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 21 (0.38%) Apache Flume
17 21 (0.38%) Squid
18 20 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 444 (7.93%) Puppet
2 328 (5.86%) Ansible
3 208 (3.71%) Kubernetes
4 177 (3.16%) SCCM
5 163 (2.91%) Terraform
6 141 (2.52%) Opscode Chef
7 96 (1.71%) logstash
8 83 (1.48%) Kibana
9 55 (0.98%) ZABBIX
10 46 (0.82%) SCOM
11 42 (0.75%) HAProxy
12 40 (0.71%) Salt
13 39 (0.70%) Sysdig
14 37 (0.66%) NetBackup
15 34 (0.61%) Data Guard
16 33 (0.59%) Oracle RMAN
17 32 (0.57%) Prometheus
18 31 (0.55%) Nagios
19 29 (0.52%) FortiGate
20 27 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 737 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 503 (8.98%) Oracle
3 455 (8.13%) SAP
4 442 (7.89%) VMware
5 413 (7.38%) Cisco
6 256 (4.57%) Red Hat
7 218 (3.89%) HP
8 147 (2.63%) Citrix
9 130 (2.32%) IBM
10 122 (2.18%) F5
11 98 (1.75%) Juniper
12 96 (1.71%) CheckPoint
13 89 (1.59%) Sun
14 77 (1.38%) Veritas
15 60 (1.07%) EMC
16 59 (1.05%) McAfee
17 56 (1.00%) Google
18 42 (0.75%) ServiceNow
19 41 (0.73%) Remedy
20 40 (0.71%) Palo Alto