Period
to 12 November 2018

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 12 November 2018 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 32 38 27
Rank change year-on-year +6 -11 +6
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 6,314 5,459 6,898
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.14% 5.39% 6.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 32.97% 28.61% 31.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,723 3,337 4,380
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £263 £206 £263
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 333 347 266
UK median hourly rate £32.45 £20.39 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.19% -40.04% +4.62%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year +6.06% -2.94% +11.40%

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 19,153 19,081 22,178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.63% 18.83% 20.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,309 11,669 13,800
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £221 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +1.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 938 911 851
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +0.96% +4.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.75 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.31 £28.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -11.19% +5.56% +8.00%

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 2018. 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 5,768 £450 +5.88% 860
UK excluding London +2 3,994 £425 +6.25% 731
London +6 2,192 £500 +2.56% 190
South East +5 1,344 £425 +3.03% 244
South West 0 848 £425 +3.66% 185
North of England -2 635 £433 +18.49% 87
Midlands -3 442 £428 +6.88% 80
North West -1 376 £443 +4.73% 53
East of England +18 290 £450 +28.57% 76
West Midlands +3 278 £440 +10.00% 66
Scotland +36 215 £390 +4.00% 27
Wales -3 215 £450 +7.46% 34
East Midlands +4 161 £400 +3.56% 14
Yorkshire +48 149 £463 +15.63% 24
North East -13 113 £400 +23.08% 10
Northern Ireland +50 20 £550 +41.03%

For the 6 months to 12 November 2018, 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 6,314 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,591 (25.20%) Agile Software Development
3 1,038 (16.44%) Windows
4 943 (14.94%) Linux
5 940 (14.89%) Java
6 754 (11.94%) Microsoft
7 737 (11.67%) DevOps
8 678 (10.74%) Oracle
9 665 (10.53%) ITIL
10 649 (10.28%) Amazon AWS
11 643 (10.18%) Migration
12 624 (9.88%) SQL
13 539 (8.54%) Active Directory
14 512 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
15 511 (8.09%) Finance
16 501 (7.93%) Git (software)
17 499 (7.90%) Scrum
18 498 (7.89%) Cisco
18 498 (7.89%) Test Automation
18 498 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
19 475 (7.52%) JIRA
20 463 (7.33%) VMware
21 445 (7.05%) Project Management
22 438 (6.94%) JavaScript
23 428 (6.78%) Jenkins
24 417 (6.60%) DV Cleared
25 408 (6.46%) Firewall
25 408 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
26 376 (5.96%) Python
27 370 (5.86%) 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
1 304 (4.81%) Confluence
2 229 (3.63%) SharePoint
3 127 (2.01%) MS Exchange
4 115 (1.82%) Skype for Business
5 110 (1.74%) Tomcat
6 99 (1.57%) Apache
7 87 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
8 78 (1.24%) JBoss
9 74 (1.17%) WebLogic
10 61 (0.97%) IIS
11 56 (0.89%) WebSphere
12 55 (0.87%) WildFly
13 52 (0.82%) Apache Spark
14 47 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
15 35 (0.55%) CMS
16 33 (0.52%) OpenStack
17 30 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 29 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2007
19 27 (0.43%) Oracle Service Bus
20 26 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 234 (3.71%) Microsoft Office
2 135 (2.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 100 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
4 68 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 51 (0.81%) MS Visio
6 23 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 18 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.14%) AutoCAD
9 7 (0.11%) Simulink
10 6 (0.095%) GIMP
11 4 (0.063%) Windchill
12 3 (0.048%) Autodesk Inventor
12 3 (0.048%) MicroStation
13 2 (0.032%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.032%) Revit
14 1 (0.016%) Adobe Illustrator
14 1 (0.016%) Maya
14 1 (0.016%) RoboHelp
14 1 (0.016%) SPSS
14 1 (0.016%) Stata
Business Applications
1 45 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
2 28 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 25 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
4 23 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
5 22 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
6 15 (0.24%) SAP HR
7 13 (0.21%) Primavera
8 10 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 10 (0.16%) SAP ERP
9 9 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
10 7 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
10 7 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
10 7 (0.11%) Oracle Payroll
11 6 (0.095%) SAP PM
11 6 (0.095%) Teamcenter
12 5 (0.079%) HFM
12 5 (0.079%) Oracle Applications
12 5 (0.079%) Oracle Receivables
12 5 (0.079%) SAP PS
13 4 (0.063%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 649 (10.28%) Amazon AWS
2 512 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 297 (4.70%) Office 365
4 132 (2.09%) IaaS
5 130 (2.06%) PaaS
6 85 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
7 83 (1.31%) Amazon S3
7 83 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
8 80 (1.27%) SaaS
9 79 (1.25%) GitHub
10 74 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
11 66 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
12 42 (0.67%) Serverless
13 39 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
14 38 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 37 (0.59%) npm
16 32 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
17 27 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 27 (0.43%) Route 53
18 25 (0.40%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 408 (6.46%) Firewall
2 212 (3.36%) WAN
3 209 (3.31%) DNS
4 170 (2.69%) LAN
5 155 (2.45%) TCP/IP
6 143 (2.26%) VPN
7 126 (2.00%) Network Security
8 125 (1.98%) DHCP
9 119 (1.88%) Internet
10 114 (1.81%) Skype
11 96 (1.52%) Cisco ASA
12 92 (1.46%) SAN
13 83 (1.31%) Wireless
14 79 (1.25%) Cisco Nexus
15 72 (1.14%) HTTP
16 70 (1.11%) BGP
17 65 (1.03%) VoIP
18 63 (1.00%) OSPF
19 62 (0.98%) Cisco ISE
20 54 (0.86%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 322 (5.10%) SQL Server
2 272 (4.31%) PostgreSQL
3 178 (2.82%) Big Data
4 170 (2.69%) Relational Database
5 158 (2.50%) MySQL
6 140 (2.22%) Oracle Database
7 106 (1.68%) Hadoop
8 87 (1.38%) RDBMS
9 83 (1.31%) Data Warehouse
10 82 (1.30%) MongoDB
11 67 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
12 63 (1.00%) Amazon RDS
13 49 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 47 (0.74%) NoSQL
15 43 (0.68%) HBase
16 41 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
17 39 (0.62%) Oracle Database 12c
18 38 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
19 35 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 34 (0.54%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 501 (7.93%) Git (software)
2 475 (7.52%) JIRA
3 428 (6.78%) Jenkins
4 206 (3.26%) Maven
5 190 (3.01%) Selenium
6 153 (2.42%) JUnit
7 144 (2.28%) Cucumber
8 121 (1.92%) SonarQube
9 111 (1.76%) GitLab
10 90 (1.43%) Artifactory
10 90 (1.43%) Mockito
11 86 (1.36%) Vagrant
12 83 (1.31%) Subversion
13 80 (1.27%) Visual Studio
14 63 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 59 (0.93%) Eclipse
16 51 (0.81%) Liquibase
17 49 (0.78%) Checkstyle
18 47 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
19 45 (0.71%) DbUnit
General
1 511 (8.09%) Finance
2 193 (3.06%) Telecoms
3 152 (2.41%) Manufacturing
4 111 (1.76%) Electronics
5 104 (1.65%) Marketing
6 85 (1.35%) Law
6 85 (1.35%) Military
7 71 (1.12%) Retail
8 48 (0.76%) Aerospace
9 33 (0.52%) Legal
10 27 (0.43%) Banking
11 18 (0.29%) Publishing
12 13 (0.21%) Billing
13 12 (0.19%) Back Office
14 11 (0.17%) Local Government
15 8 (0.13%) Investment Banking
16 7 (0.11%) Automotive
17 5 (0.079%) Advertising
17 5 (0.079%) Games
18 3 (0.048%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,034 (16.38%) Developer
2 678 (10.74%) Architect
3 527 (8.35%) Analyst
4 383 (6.07%) Java Developer
5 373 (5.91%) Consultant
6 331 (5.24%) Project Manager
7 303 (4.80%) DevOps Engineer
8 266 (4.21%) Network Engineer
9 195 (3.09%) Support Engineer
10 164 (2.60%) SC Cleared Java Developer
11 155 (2.45%) Desktop Support
12 154 (2.44%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 150 (2.38%) Business Analyst
14 147 (2.33%) Software Engineer
15 136 (2.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 134 (2.12%) Solutions Architect
17 130 (2.06%) Tester
18 128 (2.03%) Test Analyst
19 126 (2.00%) Technical Architect
20 113 (1.79%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 315 (4.99%) Web Services
2 272 (4.31%) HTML
3 242 (3.83%) CSS
4 235 (3.72%) .NET
5 224 (3.55%) REST
6 196 (3.10%) Spring
7 183 (2.90%) XML
8 174 (2.76%) AngularJS
9 169 (2.68%) Node.js
10 163 (2.58%) RESTful
11 135 (2.14%) SOAP
12 133 (2.11%) Middleware
13 125 (1.98%) Hibernate
14 120 (1.90%) Java EE
15 114 (1.81%) JSON
16 112 (1.77%) Spring Boot
17 107 (1.69%) Apache Camel
18 106 (1.68%) J2EE
19 99 (1.57%) HTML5
20 92 (1.46%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 408 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
2 266 (4.21%) Data Centre
3 191 (3.03%) Management Information System
4 136 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
5 114 (1.81%) PKI
6 98 (1.55%) User Experience
7 74 (1.17%) Computer Science
8 72 (1.14%) Public Cloud
9 67 (1.06%) Linux Command Line
10 58 (0.92%) Private Cloud
11 55 (0.87%) Clustering
12 53 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
13 50 (0.79%) NHS
14 48 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
15 35 (0.55%) Mainframe
15 35 (0.55%) Mobile App
15 35 (0.55%) Virtual Team
16 30 (0.48%) CESG
17 29 (0.46%) Driving Licence
18 28 (0.44%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1,038 (16.44%) Windows
2 943 (14.94%) Linux
3 339 (5.37%) Windows Server
4 304 (4.81%) Unix
5 213 (3.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 207 (3.28%) Windows 10
7 165 (2.61%) Windows 7
8 157 (2.49%) Windows Server 2012
9 139 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
10 104 (1.65%) CentOS
11 85 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
12 66 (1.05%) Ubuntu
13 60 (0.95%) VMS
14 53 (0.84%) AIX
15 43 (0.68%) Solaris
16 27 (0.43%) CoreOS
17 19 (0.30%) Windows 8
18 17 (0.27%) Oracle Linux
19 13 (0.21%) Android
20 12 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,591 (25.20%) Agile Software Development
2 737 (11.67%) DevOps
3 665 (10.53%) ITIL
4 643 (10.18%) Migration
5 499 (7.90%) Scrum
6 498 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
6 498 (7.89%) Test Automation
7 445 (7.05%) Project Management
8 336 (5.32%) Configuration Management
9 328 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
10 313 (4.96%) Open Source
11 309 (4.89%) TDD
12 307 (4.86%) Stakeholder Management
13 293 (4.64%) Service Management
14 287 (4.55%) Software Engineering
15 274 (4.34%) PRINCE2
16 252 (3.99%) Cybersecurity
17 246 (3.90%) Microservices
18 242 (3.83%) BDD
19 241 (3.82%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 940 (14.89%) Java
2 624 (9.88%) SQL
3 438 (6.94%) JavaScript
4 376 (5.96%) Python
5 321 (5.08%) PowerShell
6 263 (4.17%) C#
7 206 (3.26%) C
8 201 (3.18%) Java 8
9 189 (2.99%) Bash Shell
10 152 (2.41%) C++
11 125 (1.98%) Shell Script
12 104 (1.65%) Ruby
13 94 (1.49%) PL/SQL
14 89 (1.41%) Perl
15 80 (1.27%) PHP
16 65 (1.03%) Groovy
17 49 (0.78%) JPQL
18 48 (0.76%) T-SQL
19 39 (0.62%) VBScript
20 36 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 6,314 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 417 (6.60%) DV Cleared
3 240 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
4 229 (3.63%) Degree
5 157 (2.49%) BPSS Clearance
6 152 (2.41%) CCNA
7 143 (2.26%) CCNP
8 115 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
9 96 (1.52%) ISTQB
10 94 (1.49%) ISEB
11 81 (1.28%) MCSE
12 73 (1.16%) CISSP
13 66 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 54 (0.86%) CESG Certified Professional
15 46 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 45 (0.71%) CTC Cleared
17 42 (0.67%) PMI Certification
18 37 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
19 34 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
19 34 (0.54%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 151 (2.39%) QA
2 126 (2.00%) PMO
3 114 (1.81%) SLA
4 51 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 49 (0.78%) JSP 440
6 48 (0.76%) Data Quality
7 41 (0.65%) GDPR
7 41 (0.65%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 31 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
9 16 (0.25%) Government Security Classifications
9 16 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 14 (0.22%) RMADS
11 13 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 9 (0.14%) HMG Infosec
12 9 (0.14%) PCI DSS
13 8 (0.13%) COBIT
13 8 (0.13%) WAI
14 7 (0.11%) Def Stans
14 7 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 6 (0.095%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 539 (8.54%) Active Directory
2 370 (5.86%) Docker
3 283 (4.48%) VMware Infrastructure
4 93 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
5 90 (1.43%) Hyper-V
6 85 (1.35%) vSphere
7 62 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
8 46 (0.73%) VMware NSX
9 43 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
10 31 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
11 29 (0.46%) XenApp
12 28 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
13 21 (0.33%) HDFS
14 19 (0.30%) NFS
14 19 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
15 17 (0.27%) Firmware
16 16 (0.25%) XenDesktop
17 14 (0.22%) vCloud
17 14 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
18 10 (0.16%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 328 (5.19%) Puppet
2 309 (4.89%) Ansible
3 263 (4.17%) Kubernetes
4 226 (3.58%) SCCM
5 198 (3.14%) Terraform
6 153 (2.42%) Opscode Chef
7 64 (1.01%) SCOM
8 60 (0.95%) HP ALM
8 60 (0.95%) vCenter Server
9 48 (0.76%) Kibana
9 48 (0.76%) Microsoft Intune
10 42 (0.67%) Packer
11 39 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
12 32 (0.51%) logstash
12 32 (0.51%) Nagios
12 32 (0.51%) WSUS
13 30 (0.48%) ZABBIX
14 29 (0.46%) Grafana
15 26 (0.41%) AirWatch
15 26 (0.41%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 754 (11.94%) Microsoft
2 678 (10.74%) Oracle
3 498 (7.89%) Cisco
4 463 (7.33%) VMware
5 241 (3.82%) SAP
6 208 (3.29%) HP
7 173 (2.74%) Red Hat
8 168 (2.66%) Juniper
9 152 (2.41%) Citrix
10 124 (1.96%) McAfee
11 111 (1.76%) CheckPoint
12 106 (1.68%) Atlassian
13 103 (1.63%) F5
14 98 (1.55%) ServiceNow
15 88 (1.39%) IBM
16 84 (1.33%) Splunk
17 68 (1.08%) Palo Alto
17 68 (1.08%) Remedy
18 56 (0.89%) Google
19 53 (0.84%) NetApp