Period
to 17 February 2020

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 February 2020 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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 15 31 38
Rank change year-on-year +16 +7 -15
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,709 6,326 5,604
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.33% 6.48% 5.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 38.93% 33.38% 29.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,637 3,757 3,417
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £288 £200
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £454 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.97% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 333 293
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £38.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +103.21% -50.13%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.50 £13.11
90th Percentile £57.50 £58.60 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% +78.57% -44.74%

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 14,666 18,954 19,056
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.40% 19.41% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,015 11,329 11,697
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £258 £258 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 672 907 850
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +18.37% -6.13%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.23
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.95 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £27.53 £26.47
% change year-on-year +19.87% +4.01% -3.75%

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 February 2020.

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 February 2020.

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 February 2020. 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 +14 5,195 £475 +1.06% 844
UK excluding London +8 3,690 £454 +1.97% 726
London +27 1,871 £513 -1.91% 175
South West +1 1,037 £488 +8.33% 157
South East +1 945 £450 - 238
North of England +22 779 £425 - 77
North West +22 531 £450 +5.88% 48
Midlands +7 324 £463 +7.56% 92
West Midlands +11 211 £463 +4.69% 67
East of England 0 209 £388 -18.42% 100
Scotland +25 206 £450 - 32
Wales +5 198 £475 +8.57% 28
North East +16 169 £400 - 15
East Midlands +4 108 £450 +12.50% 24
Yorkshire -16 81 £428 -10.00% 14
Northern Ireland +5 7 £434 +26.96% 3

For the 6 months to 17 February 2020, 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 5,709 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,527 (26.75%) Agile Software Development
3 1,063 (18.62%) Windows
4 890 (15.59%) Public Sector
5 837 (14.66%) Microsoft
6 805 (14.10%) AWS
7 785 (13.75%) DevOps
8 719 (12.59%) Java
9 707 (12.38%) SQL
10 681 (11.93%) Linux
11 580 (10.16%) Azure
12 546 (9.56%) Oracle
13 529 (9.27%) Migration
14 496 (8.69%) Active Directory
15 491 (8.60%) Python
16 446 (7.81%) Scrum
17 442 (7.74%) VMware
18 437 (7.65%) DV Cleared
19 436 (7.64%) JIRA
20 400 (7.01%) Windows Server
21 391 (6.85%) ITIL
22 376 (6.59%) Jenkins
23 374 (6.55%) PowerShell
24 373 (6.53%) Docker
25 363 (6.36%) Test Automation
26 361 (6.32%) Windows 10
27 357 (6.25%) Web Services
28 351 (6.15%) Finance
28 351 (6.15%) Problem-Solving
29 348 (6.10%) Git (software)

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
1 262 (4.59%) Confluence
2 185 (3.24%) SharePoint
3 99 (1.73%) MS Exchange
4 86 (1.51%) WebLogic
5 69 (1.21%) Skype for Business
6 57 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
7 56 (0.98%) Apache
8 51 (0.89%) Tomcat
9 49 (0.86%) JBoss
9 49 (0.86%) OpenStack
10 47 (0.82%) IIS
11 46 (0.81%) nginx
12 39 (0.68%) Red Hat Fuse
13 35 (0.61%) MQSeries
14 31 (0.54%) SAS
15 30 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
16 27 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2007
17 25 (0.44%) Apache Spark
18 19 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 17 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 273 (4.78%) Microsoft Office
2 166 (2.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 80 (1.40%) Microsoft Project
4 71 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (0.77%) MS Visio
6 26 (0.46%) Simulink
7 20 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 14 (0.25%) Windchill
9 7 (0.12%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.11%) GIMP
10 6 (0.11%) PTC Creo
11 5 (0.088%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.088%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.070%) Sketch
13 3 (0.053%) OrCAD
14 2 (0.035%) Adobe Captivate
14 2 (0.035%) InVision
14 2 (0.035%) Siemens NX
14 2 (0.035%) Stateflow
15 1 (0.018%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 60 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 57 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
3 38 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
4 22 (0.39%) SAP S/4HANA
5 21 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
6 19 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
7 17 (0.30%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 11 (0.19%) assyst
9 10 (0.18%) SAP HCM
9 10 (0.18%) Teamcenter
10 9 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
11 8 (0.14%) Primavera
12 7 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
12 7 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
13 6 (0.11%) Oracle AML
13 6 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
13 6 (0.11%) Siebel CRM
14 5 (0.088%) SAP FI
14 5 (0.088%) SAP MII
14 5 (0.088%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 805 (14.10%) AWS
2 580 (10.16%) Azure
3 332 (5.82%) Office 365
4 132 (2.31%) Amazon EC2
5 129 (2.26%) Power Platform
6 114 (2.00%) GitHub
7 110 (1.93%) SaaS
8 88 (1.54%) PaaS
9 81 (1.42%) Serverless
10 77 (1.35%) Amazon S3
11 68 (1.19%) IaaS
12 67 (1.17%) GCP
13 66 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
14 58 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
15 54 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
16 50 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
17 43 (0.75%) Amazon SQS
18 41 (0.72%) OneDrive
19 38 (0.67%) OpenShift
20 33 (0.58%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 268 (4.69%) DNS
2 261 (4.57%) Firewall
3 160 (2.80%) WAN
4 159 (2.79%) TCP/IP
5 155 (2.72%) LAN
6 144 (2.52%) Internet
7 140 (2.45%) VPN
8 120 (2.10%) DHCP
9 118 (2.07%) SAN
10 108 (1.89%) Skype
11 91 (1.59%) Network Security
12 77 (1.35%) BGP
13 68 (1.19%) MPLS
14 67 (1.17%) Wireless
15 55 (0.96%) Ethernet
16 50 (0.88%) SNMP
17 49 (0.86%) IPsec
18 46 (0.81%) OSPF
19 42 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
19 42 (0.74%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 288 (5.04%) SQL Server
2 196 (3.43%) PostgreSQL
3 174 (3.05%) Oracle Database
4 120 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
5 115 (2.01%) Power BI
6 95 (1.66%) Relational Database
7 90 (1.58%) Big Data
8 85 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
9 81 (1.42%) MySQL
10 76 (1.33%) Oracle Database 12c
11 59 (1.03%) Hadoop
12 46 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 40 (0.70%) NoSQL
14 38 (0.67%) RDBMS
15 37 (0.65%) Amazon Redshift
15 37 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
16 36 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 35 (0.61%) MongoDB
18 31 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
19 29 (0.51%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 436 (7.64%) JIRA
2 376 (6.59%) Jenkins
3 348 (6.10%) Git (software)
4 121 (2.12%) Maven
5 113 (1.98%) Selenium
6 103 (1.80%) GitLab
7 93 (1.63%) JUnit
8 90 (1.58%) Cucumber
9 88 (1.54%) Bitbucket
10 87 (1.52%) SonarQube
11 75 (1.31%) Mockito
12 74 (1.30%) Rational DOORS
13 64 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
14 56 (0.98%) Eclipse
15 54 (0.95%) Artifactory
16 52 (0.91%) MSI
16 52 (0.91%) Subversion
17 51 (0.89%) Visual Studio
18 38 (0.67%) NetBeans
19 37 (0.65%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 890 (15.59%) Public Sector
2 351 (6.15%) Finance
3 248 (4.34%) Telecoms
4 165 (2.89%) Manufacturing
5 139 (2.43%) Military
6 125 (2.19%) Marketing
7 117 (2.05%) Electronics
8 85 (1.49%) Law
9 80 (1.40%) Retail
10 61 (1.07%) Aerospace
11 55 (0.96%) Legal
12 51 (0.89%) Banking
13 35 (0.61%) Police
14 26 (0.46%) Publishing
15 14 (0.25%) Billing
16 11 (0.19%) Local Government
17 9 (0.16%) Investment Banking
18 7 (0.12%) Avionics
19 5 (0.088%) Games
20 4 (0.070%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 828 (14.50%) Developer
2 668 (11.70%) Architect
3 484 (8.48%) Analyst
4 355 (6.22%) Consultant
5 303 (5.31%) DevOps Engineer
6 264 (4.62%) Java Developer
7 201 (3.52%) Business Analyst
8 178 (3.12%) Project Manager
9 172 (3.01%) Network Engineer
10 147 (2.57%) Software Engineer
11 133 (2.33%) Solutions Architect
12 130 (2.28%) SC Cleared Java Developer
13 118 (2.07%) DBA
14 115 (2.01%) Technical Architect
15 111 (1.94%) Support Engineer
16 106 (1.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 106 (1.86%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
16 106 (1.86%) Tester
17 101 (1.77%) Designer
18 96 (1.68%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 357 (6.25%) Web Services
2 259 (4.54%) .NET
3 211 (3.70%) Spring
4 186 (3.26%) HTML
4 186 (3.26%) XML
5 178 (3.12%) REST
6 174 (3.05%) Node.js
7 156 (2.73%) AngularJS
8 148 (2.59%) CSS
9 141 (2.47%) JSON
9 141 (2.47%) SOAP
10 110 (1.93%) RESTful
11 97 (1.70%) Hibernate
12 83 (1.45%) Kafka
12 83 (1.45%) Middleware
13 80 (1.40%) Elastic Stack
14 74 (1.30%) Spring Boot
15 73 (1.28%) ActiveMQ
15 73 (1.28%) LDAP
16 71 (1.24%) React
Miscellaneous
1 290 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
2 283 (4.96%) Data Centre
3 180 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
4 136 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 93 (1.63%) User Experience
6 84 (1.47%) PKI
7 79 (1.38%) Public Cloud
8 72 (1.26%) Data Structures
9 55 (0.96%) Replication
10 49 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
11 46 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
12 39 (0.68%) Cloud Native
13 38 (0.67%) Driving Licence
14 37 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
15 36 (0.63%) Virtual Team
16 32 (0.56%) Private Cloud
17 30 (0.53%) Clustering
18 29 (0.51%) Algorithms
18 29 (0.51%) CMDB
19 26 (0.46%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,063 (18.62%) Windows
2 681 (11.93%) Linux
3 400 (7.01%) Windows Server
4 361 (6.32%) Windows 10
5 206 (3.61%) Windows 7
6 182 (3.19%) Unix
7 147 (2.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 133 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 126 (2.21%) Windows Server 2008
10 79 (1.38%) Ubuntu
11 68 (1.19%) CentOS
12 60 (1.05%) Apple iOS
13 48 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
14 38 (0.67%) Windows XP
15 36 (0.63%) Solaris
16 35 (0.61%) Android
17 22 (0.39%) AIX
18 20 (0.35%) Amazon Linux
19 18 (0.32%) Oracle Linux
20 16 (0.28%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,527 (26.75%) Agile Software Development
2 785 (13.75%) DevOps
3 529 (9.27%) Migration
4 446 (7.81%) Scrum
5 391 (6.85%) ITIL
6 363 (6.36%) Test Automation
7 351 (6.15%) Problem-Solving
8 323 (5.66%) Project Management
9 317 (5.55%) Software Engineering
10 303 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
11 287 (5.03%) Stakeholder Management
12 276 (4.83%) Project Delivery
13 260 (4.55%) Configuration Management
14 240 (4.20%) Continuous Integration
15 227 (3.98%) Mentoring
15 227 (3.98%) Open Source
16 226 (3.96%) Cybersecurity
17 210 (3.68%) Service Management
18 207 (3.63%) Programme Management
19 206 (3.61%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 719 (12.59%) Java
2 707 (12.38%) SQL
3 491 (8.60%) Python
4 374 (6.55%) PowerShell
5 312 (5.47%) JavaScript
6 208 (3.64%) C#
7 185 (3.24%) C
8 174 (3.05%) C++
9 130 (2.28%) PL/SQL
10 114 (2.00%) Java 8
11 111 (1.94%) Bash Shell
12 103 (1.80%) Shell Script
13 74 (1.30%) T-SQL
14 66 (1.16%) Perl
15 54 (0.95%) Groovy
16 42 (0.74%) PHP
17 39 (0.68%) TypeScript
18 37 (0.65%) VB
19 36 (0.63%) MATLAB
20 34 (0.60%) Go
Qualifications
1 5,709 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 437 (7.65%) DV Cleared
3 238 (4.17%) Degree
4 179 (3.14%) Cisco Certification
5 173 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
6 112 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
7 103 (1.80%) CCNP
8 94 (1.65%) CCNA
8 94 (1.65%) ISTQB
9 68 (1.19%) CTC Cleared
10 61 (1.07%) ISEB
11 58 (1.02%) CISSP
12 54 (0.95%) MCSE
13 49 (0.86%) CCIE
14 44 (0.77%) BC Cleared
15 42 (0.74%) AWS Certification
16 38 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
17 37 (0.65%) CCDP
18 36 (0.63%) MCSA
19 32 (0.56%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (2.40%) QA
2 85 (1.49%) SLA
3 75 (1.31%) PMO
4 72 (1.26%) NCSC
5 46 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (0.72%) NIST
7 34 (0.60%) GDPR
8 32 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
9 31 (0.54%) Data Quality
10 23 (0.40%) JSP 440
11 22 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
11 22 (0.39%) WCAG
12 21 (0.37%) Def Stans
13 20 (0.35%) RMADS
14 18 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 16 (0.28%) ISO 9001
16 15 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
17 12 (0.21%) COBIT
17 12 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 9 (0.16%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 496 (8.69%) Active Directory
2 373 (6.53%) Docker
3 229 (4.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 115 (2.01%) vSphere
5 92 (1.61%) Hyper-V
6 83 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
7 62 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
8 60 (1.05%) XenApp
9 59 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
10 55 (0.96%) VMware NSX
11 31 (0.54%) Postfix
12 28 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
13 24 (0.42%) XenDesktop
14 23 (0.40%) vCloud
15 19 (0.33%) Firmware
15 19 (0.33%) HDFS
16 15 (0.26%) NDS
17 13 (0.23%) NetIQ eDirectory
17 13 (0.23%) Terminal Services
18 11 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 319 (5.59%) Kubernetes
2 317 (5.55%) Ansible
3 274 (4.80%) Terraform
4 268 (4.69%) SCCM
5 198 (3.47%) Puppet
6 63 (1.10%) Consul
6 63 (1.10%) Packer
7 59 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
8 58 (1.02%) vCenter Server
9 56 (0.98%) PowerCLI
10 49 (0.86%) NetBackup
11 37 (0.65%) Netcool
12 36 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
13 34 (0.60%) SCOM
14 32 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
14 32 (0.56%) WSUS
15 30 (0.53%) AirWatch
15 30 (0.53%) Kibana
16 29 (0.51%) logstash
17 28 (0.49%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 837 (14.66%) Microsoft
2 546 (9.56%) Oracle
3 442 (7.74%) VMware
4 305 (5.34%) Cisco
5 232 (4.06%) SAP
6 208 (3.64%) Citrix
7 133 (2.33%) Red Hat
8 113 (1.98%) HP
9 103 (1.80%) IBM
10 95 (1.66%) Google
11 80 (1.40%) ServiceNow
12 77 (1.35%) Remedy
13 71 (1.24%) EMC
14 69 (1.21%) Juniper
15 67 (1.17%) Palo Alto
16 64 (1.12%) MuleSoft
17 63 (1.10%) BMC
18 62 (1.09%) Axway
19 58 (1.02%) Dell
19 58 (1.02%) F5