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 3 months to 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 23 39
Rank change year-on-year -8 +16  
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 2667 3859 2576
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.66% 7.18% 4.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 29.56% 32.87% 24.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1634 2434 1521
Median daily rate £440 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £256 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £582 £599 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £375 £386
% change year-on-year +10.93% -2.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 163 179
Median hourly rate £34.00 £35.00 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.85% +1.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.99 £12.25 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.96 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% +14.75%  

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 9023 11739 10605
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.86% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 11468 16146 12734
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1188 1038 1097
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +16.08%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.88 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.92 £51.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.07% +24.44%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Top 11 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -9 2529 £440 +7.31% 227
UK excluding London -12 1753 £416 +10.93% 187
London -1 877 £500 - 55
South East -7 606 £416 +0.84% 46
South West 0 414 £425 +8.97% 43
North of England -11 359 £410 +25.67% 37
Midlands -6 196 £425 - 34
East of England -13 73 £375 +2.04% 11
Scotland -50 56 £435 +27.94% 7
Wales -7 51 £450 +8.43% 9
Northern Ireland -43 5 £390 +43.38%

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 5628 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1166 (20.72%) Agile Software Development
3 1004 (17.84%) Windows
4 912 (16.20%) Linux
5 838 (14.89%) Microsoft
6 755 (13.42%) ITIL
7 600 (10.66%) Java
8 585 (10.39%) DevOps
9 584 (10.38%) Migration
10 546 (9.70%) Finance
11 524 (9.31%) Cisco
12 521 (9.26%) Project Management
13 519 (9.22%) Oracle
14 505 (8.97%) SQL
15 484 (8.60%) Firewall
16 461 (8.19%) DV Cleared
17 437 (7.76%) VMware
18 435 (7.73%) Active Directory
19 386 (6.86%) Amazon AWS
20 383 (6.81%) Puppet
21 369 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
22 359 (6.38%) SAP
23 347 (6.17%) Scrum
24 332 (5.90%) Microsoft Office
25 330 (5.86%) Unix
26 329 (5.85%) Service Management
27 321 (5.70%) Git (software)
28 317 (5.63%) Ansible
29 316 (5.61%) Configuration Management
29 316 (5.61%) Business Intelligence

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
1 294 (5.22%) SharePoint
2 153 (2.72%) Confluence
3 123 (2.19%) MS Exchange
4 118 (2.10%) Apache
5 103 (1.83%) Tomcat
6 99 (1.76%) Elasticsearch
7 94 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 93 (1.65%) JBoss
9 86 (1.53%) WebLogic
10 85 (1.51%) IIS
11 81 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2010
12 76 (1.35%) Skype for Business
13 62 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
14 58 (1.03%) SharePoint 2010
15 54 (0.96%) SharePoint Server
16 52 (0.92%) WebSphere
17 49 (0.87%) nginx
18 46 (0.82%) Apache Spark
19 45 (0.80%) OpenStack
20 36 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 332 (5.90%) Microsoft Office
2 219 (3.89%) Microsoft Project
3 196 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 68 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 67 (1.19%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 9 (0.16%) Simulink
9 6 (0.11%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.071%) Siemens NX
10 4 (0.071%) Windchill
11 3 (0.053%) OrCAD
12 2 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.036%) InVision
12 2 (0.036%) Pro/ENGINEER
12 2 (0.036%) PTC Creo
12 2 (0.036%) SPSS
13 1 (0.018%) CATIA
13 1 (0.018%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.018%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 171 (3.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 60 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
3 46 (0.82%) SAP ERP
4 40 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
5 34 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
6 22 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
7 21 (0.37%) Primavera
8 19 (0.34%) Teamcenter
9 18 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
9 18 (0.32%) SAP HCM
10 17 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
11 13 (0.23%) SAP HR
12 12 (0.21%) SAP Payroll
13 11 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
14 9 (0.16%) LabWindows
14 9 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
14 9 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
14 9 (0.16%) SAP SD
15 8 (0.14%) Oracle iRecruitment
16 7 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 386 (6.86%) Amazon AWS
2 292 (5.19%) Office 365
3 208 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 91 (1.62%) PaaS
5 89 (1.58%) IaaS
6 78 (1.39%) AWS CloudFormation
7 69 (1.23%) GitHub
8 32 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
9 29 (0.52%) SaaS
10 20 (0.36%) G Suite
11 18 (0.32%) Amazon ELB
12 16 (0.28%) Amazon S3
12 16 (0.28%) Trello
13 15 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 12 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
14 12 (0.21%) Datadog
14 12 (0.21%) OpenShift
14 12 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 11 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (0.20%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 484 (8.60%) Firewall
2 290 (5.15%) LAN
3 274 (4.87%) WAN
4 220 (3.91%) DNS
5 183 (3.25%) TCP/IP
6 149 (2.65%) Wireless
7 129 (2.29%) VPN
8 114 (2.03%) SAN
9 111 (1.97%) HTTP
10 108 (1.92%) DHCP
11 106 (1.88%) Cisco ASA
12 93 (1.65%) Internet
13 86 (1.53%) Cisco Nexus
13 86 (1.53%) Network Security
14 84 (1.49%) LDAP
15 67 (1.19%) BGP
16 63 (1.12%) SSL
17 59 (1.05%) VoIP
18 57 (1.01%) VLAN
19 55 (0.98%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 299 (5.31%) SQL Server
2 269 (4.78%) PostgreSQL
3 185 (3.29%) Oracle Database
4 158 (2.81%) Hadoop
5 124 (2.20%) Relational Database
6 118 (2.10%) Big Data
7 116 (2.06%) MongoDB
8 85 (1.51%) MySQL
9 73 (1.30%) HBase
10 71 (1.26%) SQL Server 2012
11 70 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
12 67 (1.19%) Oracle Database 11g
13 62 (1.10%) RDBMS
14 57 (1.01%) NoSQL
15 56 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
16 49 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
16 49 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
17 47 (0.84%) Redis
18 45 (0.80%) Oracle Database 10g
19 44 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 321 (5.70%) Git (software)
2 246 (4.37%) Jenkins
3 222 (3.94%) JIRA
4 110 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
5 86 (1.53%) Cucumber
6 82 (1.46%) Selenium
7 79 (1.40%) Maven
8 67 (1.19%) Visual Studio
9 55 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
10 50 (0.89%) Bitbucket
11 49 (0.87%) Oracle APEX
11 49 (0.87%) Rational DOORS
12 48 (0.85%) GitLab
13 37 (0.66%) IntelliJ
14 35 (0.62%) Artifactory
15 34 (0.60%) HP UFT
15 34 (0.60%) Toad
16 33 (0.59%) Ant
16 33 (0.59%) SpecFlow
17 31 (0.55%) Eclipse
General
1 546 (9.70%) Finance
2 314 (5.58%) Telecoms
3 233 (4.14%) Manufacturing
4 195 (3.46%) Electronics
5 183 (3.25%) Marketing
6 104 (1.85%) Military
7 82 (1.46%) Law
8 78 (1.39%) Legal
9 44 (0.78%) Aerospace
10 27 (0.48%) Back Office
11 23 (0.41%) Avionics
12 19 (0.34%) Banking
13 18 (0.32%) Billing
14 17 (0.30%) Local Government
15 11 (0.20%) Publishing
16 10 (0.18%) Retail
17 7 (0.12%) Digital Economy
17 7 (0.12%) Investment Banking
18 4 (0.071%) Advertising
18 4 (0.071%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 662 (11.76%) Architect
2 625 (11.11%) Developer
3 477 (8.48%) Analyst
4 435 (7.73%) Consultant
5 321 (5.70%) Project Manager
6 247 (4.39%) DevOps Engineer
7 239 (4.25%) Network Engineer
8 193 (3.43%) Java Developer
9 177 (3.14%) Business Analyst
10 174 (3.09%) Support Engineer
11 144 (2.56%) Technical Architect
12 142 (2.52%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 133 (2.36%) Software Engineer
14 129 (2.29%) Administrator
15 126 (2.24%) Solutions Architect
16 111 (1.97%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 106 (1.88%) Linux Engineer
18 99 (1.76%) DBA
19 89 (1.58%) Systems Engineer
20 83 (1.47%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 251 (4.46%) Web Services
2 230 (4.09%) .NET
3 199 (3.54%) HTML
4 187 (3.32%) CSS
5 156 (2.77%) REST
6 139 (2.47%) Spring
7 107 (1.90%) Node.js
8 101 (1.79%) XML
9 87 (1.55%) HTML5
10 84 (1.49%) Elastic Stack
11 78 (1.39%) Middleware
12 77 (1.37%) RESTful
13 75 (1.33%) Apache Camel
14 74 (1.31%) AngularJS
15 69 (1.23%) Spring Boot
16 60 (1.07%) J2EE
17 58 (1.03%) CSS3
18 54 (0.96%) .NET Framework
19 52 (0.92%) SOAP
20 51 (0.91%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 369 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
2 294 (5.22%) Data Centre
3 203 (3.61%) Management Information System
4 102 (1.81%) PKI
5 84 (1.49%) User Experience
6 71 (1.26%) Clustering
7 66 (1.17%) Computer Science
8 64 (1.14%) Replication
9 51 (0.91%) Blackberry
10 49 (0.87%) Public Cloud
11 44 (0.78%) CESG
11 44 (0.78%) Private Cloud
12 40 (0.71%) PMI
12 40 (0.71%) RIA
13 38 (0.68%) Driving Licence
14 34 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
15 33 (0.59%) Mainframe
16 32 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
17 30 (0.53%) Algorithms
18 28 (0.50%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 1004 (17.84%) Windows
2 912 (16.20%) Linux
3 330 (5.86%) Unix
4 305 (5.42%) Windows Server
5 254 (4.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 196 (3.48%) Windows 10
7 181 (3.22%) Windows Server 2012
8 171 (3.04%) CentOS
9 164 (2.91%) Solaris
10 163 (2.90%) Windows 7
10 163 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
11 144 (2.56%) AIX
12 106 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
13 77 (1.37%) Ubuntu
14 53 (0.94%) HPUX
15 43 (0.76%) Windows Vista
16 33 (0.59%) Windows XP
17 32 (0.57%) Debian
18 30 (0.53%) Android
18 30 (0.53%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1166 (20.72%) Agile Software Development
2 755 (13.42%) ITIL
3 585 (10.39%) DevOps
4 584 (10.38%) Migration
5 521 (9.26%) Project Management
6 347 (6.17%) Scrum
7 329 (5.85%) Service Management
8 316 (5.61%) Business Intelligence
8 316 (5.61%) Configuration Management
9 311 (5.53%) Programme Management
10 307 (5.45%) PRINCE2
11 263 (4.67%) Continuous Integration
12 261 (4.64%) Stakeholder Management
13 229 (4.07%) Open Source
14 223 (3.96%) Test Automation
15 208 (3.70%) Software Engineering
16 199 (3.54%) Service Delivery
17 179 (3.18%) Microservices
18 178 (3.16%) TDD
19 171 (3.04%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 600 (10.66%) Java
2 505 (8.97%) SQL
3 278 (4.94%) Python
4 236 (4.19%) JavaScript
5 225 (4.00%) C
6 220 (3.91%) PowerShell
7 207 (3.68%) C#
8 191 (3.39%) Bash Shell
9 162 (2.88%) Ruby
10 124 (2.20%) C++
11 78 (1.39%) PL/SQL
12 76 (1.35%) Shell Script
13 72 (1.28%) Perl
14 65 (1.15%) VB
15 43 (0.76%) Scala
16 40 (0.71%) VBScript
17 36 (0.64%) Ada
18 33 (0.59%) T-SQL
19 32 (0.57%) Go
20 31 (0.55%) F#
Qualifications
1 5628 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 461 (8.19%) DV Cleared
3 299 (5.31%) Cisco Certification
4 236 (4.19%) Degree
5 208 (3.70%) CCNP
6 111 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
7 105 (1.87%) CCNA
8 100 (1.78%) BPSS Clearance
9 93 (1.65%) CCIE
10 92 (1.63%) CISSP
11 68 (1.21%) CTC Cleared
12 64 (1.14%) CCSA
13 63 (1.12%) ISEB
14 62 (1.10%) CCDP
15 59 (1.05%) JNCIA
16 58 (1.03%) CCSE
17 55 (0.98%) PMI Certification
18 54 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
19 45 (0.80%) CESG Certified Professional
19 45 (0.80%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (2.45%) PMO
2 122 (2.17%) SLA
3 109 (1.94%) QA
4 71 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 45 (0.80%) Data Quality
6 41 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
7 38 (0.68%) JSP 440
8 26 (0.46%) PCI DSS
9 23 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 22 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 20 (0.36%) RMADS
12 17 (0.30%) Def Stans
13 13 (0.23%) ISO 9001
14 12 (0.21%) MIL-STD-1553
15 10 (0.18%) IEC 61508
16 9 (0.16%) DO-178B
16 9 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 15288
17 8 (0.14%) GDPR
18 7 (0.12%) EFQM
19 5 (0.089%) WCAG
System Software
1 435 (7.73%) Active Directory
2 305 (5.42%) Docker
3 271 (4.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 98 (1.74%) Hyper-V
5 70 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
6 66 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
7 59 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
8 58 (1.03%) vSphere
9 54 (0.96%) XenApp
10 38 (0.68%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 37 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
12 30 (0.53%) HDFS
13 28 (0.50%) KVM
14 25 (0.44%) XenDesktop
15 21 (0.37%) Samba
16 19 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 19 (0.34%) ProxySG
16 19 (0.34%) vCloud
17 18 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
18 17 (0.30%) etcd
Systems Management
1 383 (6.81%) Puppet
2 317 (5.63%) Ansible
3 176 (3.13%) SCCM
4 172 (3.06%) Kubernetes
4 172 (3.06%) Terraform
5 104 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
6 61 (1.08%) logstash
7 59 (1.05%) FortiGate
8 52 (0.92%) Kibana
9 50 (0.89%) SCOM
10 47 (0.84%) ZABBIX
11 36 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
12 35 (0.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 32 (0.57%) HAProxy
14 31 (0.55%) yum
15 30 (0.53%) Nagios
15 30 (0.53%) vCenter Server
16 27 (0.48%) Salt
17 26 (0.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
18 25 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 838 (14.89%) Microsoft
2 524 (9.31%) Cisco
3 519 (9.22%) Oracle
4 437 (7.76%) VMware
5 359 (6.38%) SAP
6 302 (5.37%) Red Hat
7 265 (4.71%) HP
8 177 (3.14%) Citrix
9 173 (3.07%) F5
9 173 (3.07%) Juniper
10 148 (2.63%) IBM
11 147 (2.61%) CheckPoint
12 80 (1.42%) McAfee
13 75 (1.33%) Fortinet
14 68 (1.21%) Remedy
15 67 (1.19%) EMC
16 62 (1.10%) Riverbed
17 61 (1.08%) Sun
18 59 (1.05%) Veritas
19 57 (1.01%) Aruba
UK
Spring Technology
Posted: 13 hours ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
KnownFour
Rate: £28 - £32 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £475 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £435 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £18 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
LA International
Rate: £12.50 - £15.80 per day + n/a
Posted: 17 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
LA International
Rate: £140 - £160 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Newport, Gwent
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Plymouth, Devon
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £295 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Runcorn, Cheshire
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £500.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Modis International
Rate: £40.00 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
UK
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
Weymouth, Dorset
Software Personnel International Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Roc Search
Posted: Yesterday
Leatherhead, Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Taunton, Somerset
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Corsham, Wiltshire
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Rate: £390 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Modis International
Rate: £28 - £33 per hour + overtime
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £280 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £18 per hour Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £133.27 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £390 per day
Posted: 2 days ago