Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 24 32
Rank change year-on-year -7 +8 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5583 7645 5603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.87% 6.95% 4.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 30.14% 32.41% 25.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 3424 4764 3229
UK median daily rate £438 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.38% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £261 £258
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £380 £389
% change year-on-year +9.08% -2.25% +11.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 414 299 324
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £33.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +12.99% +84.39%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £14.11
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.10 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -1.33% +15.38% +80.56%

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 18524 23591 22136
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.48% 21.44% 19.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 11364 14772 12871
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 947 827 1090
UK median hourly rate £29.92 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.86% +24.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.04 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +24.44% +9.76%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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 -6 5199 £440 +6.80% 223
UK excluding London -5 3748 £415 +9.08% 162
London -7 1752 £500 +5.26% 77
South East -6 1396 £423 +2.80% 54
South West 0 812 £400 +5.26% 37
North of England -16 652 £400 +14.29% 24
Midlands -4 420 £438 +10.76% 13
North West -1 381 £430 +2.38% 13
East Midlands +7 214 £425 +13.33% 2
West Midlands -19 193 £450 +12.50% 11
North East -4 192 £331 +6.85% 6
Wales +1 176 £450 +12.50% 8
Scotland -31 152 £390 +11.43% 9
East of England -20 150 £350 -3.45% 17
Yorkshire -16 80 £438 - 5
Northern Ireland -44 7 £395 +38.11% 1

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 5583 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1233 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
3 923 (16.53%) Windows
4 922 (16.51%) Linux
5 766 (13.72%) Microsoft
6 666 (11.93%) ITIL
7 625 (11.19%) Java
7 625 (11.19%) DevOps
8 599 (10.73%) Migration
9 575 (10.30%) Finance
10 540 (9.67%) Oracle
11 512 (9.17%) Project Management
12 497 (8.90%) SQL
13 459 (8.22%) Cisco
14 454 (8.13%) Firewall
15 446 (7.99%) VMware
16 442 (7.92%) DV Cleared
17 432 (7.74%) Puppet
18 422 (7.56%) SAP
19 415 (7.43%) Amazon AWS
20 406 (7.27%) Active Directory
21 394 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
22 372 (6.66%) Scrum
23 351 (6.29%) Configuration Management
24 345 (6.18%) Business Intelligence
25 343 (6.14%) Git (software)
26 341 (6.11%) Telecoms
27 333 (5.96%) Unix
28 330 (5.91%) Ansible
29 325 (5.82%) Programme Management

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
1 263 (4.71%) SharePoint
2 162 (2.90%) Confluence
3 127 (2.27%) Apache
4 105 (1.88%) WebLogic
5 104 (1.86%) Tomcat
6 103 (1.84%) JBoss
7 102 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
7 102 (1.83%) MS Exchange
8 90 (1.61%) IIS
9 74 (1.33%) Apache Spark
10 68 (1.22%) nginx
11 66 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2010
12 62 (1.11%) Skype for Business
13 60 (1.07%) SharePoint 2013
14 59 (1.06%) OpenStack
15 52 (0.93%) WebSphere
16 51 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
17 46 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
18 44 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
19 37 (0.66%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 293 (5.25%) Microsoft Office
2 214 (3.83%) Microsoft Project
3 173 (3.10%) Microsoft Excel
4 76 (1.36%) MS Visio
5 54 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 14 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.13%) Simulink
9 6 (0.11%) AutoCAD
10 5 (0.090%) SPSS
11 4 (0.072%) Siemens NX
12 3 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
12 3 (0.054%) OrCAD
12 3 (0.054%) Windchill
13 2 (0.036%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.036%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.036%) InVision
13 2 (0.036%) PaintShop Pro
14 1 (0.018%) HipChat
14 1 (0.018%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 53 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 52 (0.93%) SAP ERP
3 40 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
4 33 (0.59%) Oracle EBS R12
5 22 (0.39%) Primavera
6 21 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
6 21 (0.38%) Teamcenter
7 18 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
8 15 (0.27%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 15 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
9 13 (0.23%) SAP HCM
10 12 (0.21%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 12 (0.21%) SAP HR
11 10 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
12 9 (0.16%) LabWindows
12 9 (0.16%) SAP Payroll
12 9 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
12 9 (0.16%) SAP SD
13 8 (0.14%) Oracle iRecruitment
13 8 (0.14%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 415 (7.43%) Amazon AWS
2 258 (4.62%) Office 365
3 201 (3.60%) Microsoft Azure
4 86 (1.54%) GitHub
5 85 (1.52%) PaaS
6 83 (1.49%) IaaS
7 68 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
8 35 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
9 24 (0.43%) SaaS
10 21 (0.38%) G Suite
11 18 (0.32%) Amazon ELB
12 17 (0.30%) Amazon S3
13 16 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
13 16 (0.29%) Trello
14 14 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 13 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
16 12 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
16 12 (0.21%) OpenShift
16 12 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 11 (0.20%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 454 (8.13%) Firewall
2 255 (4.57%) LAN
3 225 (4.03%) WAN
4 209 (3.74%) DNS
5 185 (3.31%) TCP/IP
6 139 (2.49%) VPN
7 126 (2.26%) Wireless
8 117 (2.10%) HTTP
9 115 (2.06%) SAN
10 97 (1.74%) Internet
11 89 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
12 86 (1.54%) DHCP
13 83 (1.49%) Network Security
14 81 (1.45%) Cisco Nexus
15 78 (1.40%) SSL
16 77 (1.38%) LDAP
17 73 (1.31%) BGP
18 65 (1.16%) VLAN
19 61 (1.09%) OSPF
20 58 (1.04%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 291 (5.21%) PostgreSQL
2 270 (4.84%) SQL Server
3 175 (3.13%) Oracle Database
4 174 (3.12%) Hadoop
5 140 (2.51%) Big Data
6 136 (2.44%) MongoDB
7 113 (2.02%) Relational Database
8 96 (1.72%) MySQL
9 92 (1.65%) HBase
10 75 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
11 64 (1.15%) NoSQL
12 62 (1.11%) RDBMS
13 61 (1.09%) Oracle Database 11g
14 57 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
15 55 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
16 54 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
17 44 (0.79%) Redis
18 43 (0.77%) Apache Hive
19 41 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
20 40 (0.72%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 343 (6.14%) Git (software)
2 262 (4.69%) Jenkins
3 235 (4.21%) JIRA
4 119 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 94 (1.68%) Cucumber
6 85 (1.52%) Selenium
7 83 (1.49%) Maven
8 68 (1.22%) Visual Studio
9 65 (1.16%) GitLab
10 60 (1.07%) Sonatype Nexus
11 49 (0.88%) Artifactory
12 48 (0.86%) Oracle APEX
13 46 (0.82%) Bitbucket
14 45 (0.81%) Rational DOORS
15 38 (0.68%) IntelliJ
16 34 (0.61%) Toad
17 32 (0.57%) Ant
17 32 (0.57%) JUnit
18 31 (0.56%) HP UFT
19 30 (0.54%) SpecFlow
General
1 575 (10.30%) Finance
2 341 (6.11%) Telecoms
3 272 (4.87%) Manufacturing
4 224 (4.01%) Electronics
5 216 (3.87%) Marketing
6 108 (1.93%) Military
7 70 (1.25%) Law
8 58 (1.04%) Legal
9 46 (0.82%) Aerospace
10 32 (0.57%) Back Office
11 30 (0.54%) Banking
12 22 (0.39%) Avionics
13 18 (0.32%) Billing
14 15 (0.27%) Investment Banking
15 14 (0.25%) Local Government
16 12 (0.21%) Retail
17 10 (0.18%) Publishing
18 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
19 4 (0.072%) Advertising
19 4 (0.072%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 656 (11.75%) Architect
2 586 (10.50%) Developer
3 481 (8.62%) Analyst
4 442 (7.92%) Consultant
5 310 (5.55%) Project Manager
6 265 (4.75%) DevOps Engineer
7 212 (3.80%) Network Engineer
8 191 (3.42%) Java Developer
9 182 (3.26%) Business Analyst
10 158 (2.83%) Support Engineer
11 148 (2.65%) Technical Architect
12 133 (2.38%) Administrator
13 132 (2.36%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 124 (2.22%) Software Engineer
15 119 (2.13%) Solutions Architect
16 104 (1.86%) Linux Engineer
17 99 (1.77%) DBA
18 97 (1.74%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
19 90 (1.61%) SAP Consultant
20 87 (1.56%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 242 (4.33%) Web Services
2 219 (3.92%) .NET
3 170 (3.04%) HTML
4 160 (2.87%) CSS
4 160 (2.87%) REST
5 137 (2.45%) Spring
6 113 (2.02%) Node.js
7 111 (1.99%) Elastic Stack
8 100 (1.79%) XML
9 82 (1.47%) Apache Camel
10 78 (1.40%) RESTful
10 78 (1.40%) Spring Boot
11 76 (1.36%) AngularJS
12 72 (1.29%) HTML5
13 69 (1.24%) Middleware
14 66 (1.18%) Kafka
15 63 (1.13%) J2EE
16 52 (0.93%) CSS3
17 51 (0.91%) JSON
17 51 (0.91%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 394 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
2 280 (5.02%) Data Centre
3 183 (3.28%) Management Information System
4 92 (1.65%) PKI
5 86 (1.54%) User Experience
6 67 (1.20%) Computer Science
7 63 (1.13%) Clustering
8 61 (1.09%) Replication
9 50 (0.90%) Private Cloud
10 46 (0.82%) CESG
11 44 (0.79%) Public Cloud
12 43 (0.77%) Blackberry
13 42 (0.75%) Algorithms
14 40 (0.72%) PMI
15 37 (0.66%) RIA
16 36 (0.64%) Driving Licence
17 34 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
17 34 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
17 34 (0.61%) Mainframe
18 26 (0.47%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 923 (16.53%) Windows
2 922 (16.51%) Linux
3 333 (5.96%) Unix
4 249 (4.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 244 (4.37%) Windows Server
6 202 (3.62%) Windows 10
7 177 (3.17%) Solaris
8 160 (2.87%) CentOS
9 153 (2.74%) AIX
10 150 (2.69%) Windows 7
11 146 (2.62%) Windows Server 2012
12 112 (2.01%) Windows Server 2008
13 73 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
14 65 (1.16%) Ubuntu
15 56 (1.00%) HPUX
16 38 (0.68%) Windows Vista
17 34 (0.61%) SUSE
18 31 (0.56%) Windows XP
19 30 (0.54%) Android
20 25 (0.45%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1233 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
2 666 (11.93%) ITIL
3 625 (11.19%) DevOps
4 599 (10.73%) Migration
5 512 (9.17%) Project Management
6 372 (6.66%) Scrum
7 351 (6.29%) Configuration Management
8 345 (6.18%) Business Intelligence
9 325 (5.82%) Programme Management
10 294 (5.27%) PRINCE2
11 292 (5.23%) Continuous Integration
11 292 (5.23%) Service Management
12 275 (4.93%) Stakeholder Management
13 256 (4.59%) Open Source
14 236 (4.23%) Test Automation
15 214 (3.83%) Microservices
16 204 (3.65%) Digital Marketing
17 200 (3.58%) Software Engineering
18 190 (3.40%) Service Delivery
19 189 (3.39%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 625 (11.19%) Java
2 497 (8.90%) SQL
3 313 (5.61%) Python
4 214 (3.83%) JavaScript
5 198 (3.55%) C#
6 193 (3.46%) Bash Shell
7 191 (3.42%) PowerShell
8 190 (3.40%) Ruby
9 187 (3.35%) C
10 123 (2.20%) C++
11 87 (1.56%) PL/SQL
12 84 (1.50%) Shell Script
13 82 (1.47%) Perl
14 56 (1.00%) Scala
15 49 (0.88%) VB
16 44 (0.79%) Go
17 42 (0.75%) ABAP
18 38 (0.68%) T-SQL
19 35 (0.63%) Korn
20 34 (0.61%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 5583 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 442 (7.92%) DV Cleared
3 262 (4.69%) Cisco Certification
4 221 (3.96%) Degree
5 179 (3.21%) CCNP
6 101 (1.81%) CCNA
7 92 (1.65%) CISSP
8 89 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
9 84 (1.50%) Microsoft Certification
10 73 (1.31%) CCIE
10 73 (1.31%) ISEB
11 72 (1.29%) CTC Cleared
12 56 (1.00%) PMI Certification
13 55 (0.99%) CCDP
14 52 (0.93%) ISTQB
14 52 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
15 50 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
16 41 (0.73%) CCSA
16 41 (0.73%) JNCIA
17 40 (0.72%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (2.35%) PMO
2 113 (2.02%) QA
3 102 (1.83%) SLA
4 73 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 48 (0.86%) Data Quality
6 44 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
7 38 (0.68%) JSP 440
8 23 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 22 (0.39%) PCI DSS
10 20 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 16 (0.29%) Def Stans
12 14 (0.25%) ISO 9001
12 14 (0.25%) RMADS
13 12 (0.21%) MIL-STD-1553
14 10 (0.18%) IEC 61508
15 9 (0.16%) GDPR
15 9 (0.16%) GPG13
16 8 (0.14%) DO-178B
16 8 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 15288
17 7 (0.13%) EFQM
System Software
1 406 (7.27%) Active Directory
2 305 (5.46%) Docker
3 267 (4.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 84 (1.50%) Hyper-V
5 73 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
6 62 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 61 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
8 45 (0.81%) vSphere
9 40 (0.72%) HDFS
10 36 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
10 36 (0.64%) XenApp
11 35 (0.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 30 (0.54%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 28 (0.50%) KVM
14 22 (0.39%) Samba
15 20 (0.36%) Apache Flume
15 20 (0.36%) vCloud
15 20 (0.36%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 18 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
16 18 (0.32%) Xen
Systems Management
1 432 (7.74%) Puppet
2 330 (5.91%) Ansible
3 173 (3.10%) Kubernetes
4 166 (2.97%) Terraform
5 162 (2.90%) SCCM
6 136 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
7 77 (1.38%) logstash
8 66 (1.18%) Kibana
9 53 (0.95%) ZABBIX
10 44 (0.79%) SCOM
11 43 (0.77%) FortiGate
12 37 (0.66%) HAProxy
13 35 (0.63%) Salt
14 33 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
15 30 (0.54%) Prometheus
16 28 (0.50%) Nagios
17 27 (0.48%) NetBackup
17 27 (0.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
18 26 (0.47%) vCenter Server
19 24 (0.43%) QRadar
Vendors
1 766 (13.72%) Microsoft
2 540 (9.67%) Oracle
3 459 (8.22%) Cisco
4 446 (7.99%) VMware
5 422 (7.56%) SAP
6 294 (5.27%) Red Hat
7 244 (4.37%) HP
8 146 (2.62%) IBM
9 145 (2.60%) Citrix
10 142 (2.54%) F5
11 124 (2.22%) Juniper
12 117 (2.10%) CheckPoint
13 74 (1.33%) Sun
14 72 (1.29%) McAfee
15 67 (1.20%) Veritas
16 65 (1.16%) EMC
17 63 (1.13%) Google
18 56 (1.00%) Fortinet
19 52 (0.93%) Atlassian
20 50 (0.90%) Splunk
Telford, Shropshire
Montash
Rate: £450 - £480 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Derby, Derbyshire
LA International
Rate: £17.50 per hour
Posted: 15 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £16.00 - £17.40 per hour
Posted: 12 hours ago
Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria
LA International
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Inspire Corporation Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
LA International
Rate: £17.50 per hour
Posted: 17 hours ago
North East
LA International
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Newquay, Cornwall
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £111.47 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £111.47 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
LA International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + Please quote
Posted: 15 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
LA International
Rate: £475 - £525 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £20 - £24 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Newport, Gwent
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Corsham, Wiltshire
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £275 - £307 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £140 - £170 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £140 - £170 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
People Source Consulting
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £478 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £18 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago