Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 27 31
Rank change year-on-year -10 +4 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5380 6939 5740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.42% 6.58% 5.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 29.11% 31.28% 25.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3254 4352 3456
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £219 £261 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £400
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 374 266 330
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £35.00 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.00% +14.68% +56.51%
10th Percentile £13.40 £12.25 £15.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.38 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.03
% change year-on-year - +16.55% +49.68%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -8 5073 £425 +3.03% 153
UK excluding London -13 3386 £400 +5.26% 106
London -5 1917 £490 +3.16% 58
South East -13 1125 £405 +1.12% 36
South West +3 731 £420 +7.69% 18
North of England -15 675 £365 +4.29% 20
Midlands -6 401 £400 +4.58% 7
North West +4 383 £425 -5.56% 9
East of England +5 219 £350 -9.68% 12
North East -2 211 £325 +1.56% 7
West Midlands -18 201 £400 - 5
East Midlands +8 194 £395 +5.33% 2
Wales -5 136 £425 -5.56% 10
Scotland -61 110 £375 +10.29% 3
Yorkshire +4 84 £400 -5.88% 4
Northern Ireland -46 6 £390 +43.38%

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 5380 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1195 (22.21%) Agile Software Development
3 896 (16.65%) Windows
4 847 (15.74%) Linux
5 705 (13.10%) Microsoft
6 693 (12.88%) Java
7 592 (11.00%) DevOps
8 566 (10.52%) Migration
9 548 (10.19%) Finance
10 541 (10.06%) ITIL
11 504 (9.37%) SQL
12 452 (8.40%) Project Management
13 450 (8.36%) VMware
14 426 (7.92%) Amazon AWS
15 425 (7.90%) Oracle
16 423 (7.86%) Active Directory
17 413 (7.68%) SAP
18 383 (7.12%) Scrum
19 382 (7.10%) Puppet
20 380 (7.06%) DV Cleared
21 374 (6.95%) Cisco
22 364 (6.77%) Firewall
22 364 (6.77%) Git (software)
22 364 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
23 354 (6.58%) Unix
24 346 (6.43%) Telecoms
25 330 (6.13%) Python
26 323 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
27 308 (5.72%) Programme Management
28 302 (5.61%) PostgreSQL

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
1 243 (4.52%) SharePoint
2 166 (3.09%) Confluence
3 148 (2.75%) Tomcat
4 143 (2.66%) Apache
5 137 (2.55%) MS Exchange
6 112 (2.08%) Apache Spark
7 93 (1.73%) JBoss
8 90 (1.67%) WebLogic
9 87 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
10 84 (1.56%) nginx
11 80 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
11 80 (1.49%) Skype for Business
12 66 (1.23%) IIS
13 57 (1.06%) Apache Solr
14 56 (1.04%) OpenStack
15 51 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
16 48 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
17 45 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
18 40 (0.74%) Oracle Application Server
19 38 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 279 (5.19%) Microsoft Office
2 180 (3.35%) Microsoft Project
3 156 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
4 68 (1.26%) MS Visio
5 61 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (0.22%) Photoshop
7 11 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.19%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.19%) PaintShop Pro
9 6 (0.11%) Simulink
9 6 (0.11%) SPSS
10 4 (0.074%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.074%) Windchill
11 3 (0.056%) OrCAD
12 2 (0.037%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.037%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.037%) Siemens NX
13 1 (0.019%) CATIA
13 1 (0.019%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.019%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 35 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (0.58%) Primavera
3 30 (0.56%) SAP ERP
4 24 (0.45%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 21 (0.39%) Teamcenter
6 15 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
6 15 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
7 14 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
8 13 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
9 11 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
10 10 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 10 (0.19%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 10 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
10 10 (0.19%) SAP HR
11 9 (0.17%) SAP MM
12 8 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
13 7 (0.13%) SAP FI
14 6 (0.11%) ResourceLink
14 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 426 (7.92%) Amazon AWS
2 273 (5.07%) Office 365
3 183 (3.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 88 (1.64%) GitHub
5 87 (1.62%) IaaS
6 68 (1.26%) PaaS
7 50 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
8 43 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
9 38 (0.71%) Amazon S3
10 33 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
11 29 (0.54%) Amazon ELB
12 28 (0.52%) G Suite
13 25 (0.46%) Serverless
14 23 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 20 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
16 19 (0.35%) SaaS
17 16 (0.30%) Google Drive
18 14 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 14 (0.26%) OneDrive
19 13 (0.24%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 364 (6.77%) Firewall
2 218 (4.05%) DNS
3 186 (3.46%) LAN
4 170 (3.16%) TCP/IP
5 167 (3.10%) WAN
6 123 (2.29%) SAN
7 99 (1.84%) VPN
8 85 (1.58%) HTTP
9 74 (1.38%) Wireless
10 73 (1.36%) DHCP
11 72 (1.34%) Network Security
12 70 (1.30%) Internet
13 66 (1.23%) LDAP
14 65 (1.21%) Kerberos
15 57 (1.06%) Cisco ASA
16 55 (1.02%) BGP
17 53 (0.99%) Skype
17 53 (0.99%) SSL
18 52 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
19 51 (0.95%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 302 (5.61%) PostgreSQL
2 234 (4.35%) Hadoop
3 223 (4.14%) SQL Server
4 185 (3.44%) Big Data
5 140 (2.60%) HBase
5 140 (2.60%) Relational Database
6 134 (2.49%) MySQL
7 132 (2.45%) Oracle Database
8 115 (2.14%) MongoDB
9 96 (1.78%) NoSQL
10 93 (1.73%) RDBMS
11 75 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
12 45 (0.84%) Redis
12 45 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
13 43 (0.80%) Apache Hive
14 37 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
15 35 (0.65%) Power BI
16 33 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
17 32 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
18 31 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 364 (6.77%) Git (software)
2 273 (5.07%) Jenkins
3 254 (4.72%) JIRA
4 111 (2.06%) Maven
5 102 (1.90%) Cucumber
6 86 (1.60%) Visual Studio
7 76 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
8 72 (1.34%) GitLab
9 71 (1.32%) Selenium
10 70 (1.30%) Rational DOORS
11 66 (1.23%) JUnit
12 64 (1.19%) Artifactory
13 59 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
14 58 (1.08%) IntelliJ
15 44 (0.82%) SonarQube
16 36 (0.67%) Eclipse
17 35 (0.65%) JMeter
17 35 (0.65%) Liquibase
18 34 (0.63%) Ant
18 34 (0.63%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 548 (10.19%) Finance
2 346 (6.43%) Telecoms
3 278 (5.17%) Manufacturing
4 217 (4.03%) Electronics
5 207 (3.85%) Marketing
6 106 (1.97%) Military
7 53 (0.99%) Aerospace
7 53 (0.99%) Law
8 38 (0.71%) Legal
9 28 (0.52%) Banking
10 19 (0.35%) Back Office
11 17 (0.32%) Retail
12 16 (0.30%) Investment Banking
13 10 (0.19%) Local Government
14 9 (0.17%) Avionics
15 8 (0.15%) Digital Economy
16 7 (0.13%) Publishing
17 6 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
18 5 (0.093%) Billing
19 4 (0.074%) Games
Job Titles
1 648 (12.04%) Developer
2 531 (9.87%) Architect
3 459 (8.53%) Analyst
4 388 (7.21%) Consultant
5 288 (5.35%) Project Manager
6 250 (4.65%) DevOps Engineer
6 250 (4.65%) Java Developer
7 170 (3.16%) Support Engineer
8 162 (3.01%) Business Analyst
9 158 (2.94%) Network Engineer
10 147 (2.73%) Administrator
11 122 (2.27%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 121 (2.25%) SC Cleared Java Developer
13 119 (2.21%) Desktop Support
14 102 (1.90%) Software Engineer
15 93 (1.73%) Unix Engineer
16 88 (1.64%) Linux Engineer
17 86 (1.60%) DBA
18 80 (1.49%) Systems Engineer
19 78 (1.45%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 252 (4.68%) Web Services
2 221 (4.11%) REST
3 178 (3.31%) Spring
4 177 (3.29%) HTML
5 164 (3.05%) CSS
6 134 (2.49%) .NET
7 128 (2.38%) Node.js
8 121 (2.25%) Spring Boot
8 121 (2.25%) XML
9 120 (2.23%) RESTful
10 112 (2.08%) Elastic Stack
11 105 (1.95%) Kafka
12 102 (1.90%) JSON
13 99 (1.84%) Apache Camel
14 74 (1.38%) HTML5
15 72 (1.34%) J2EE
16 67 (1.25%) AngularJS
17 61 (1.13%) Drools
18 53 (0.99%) CSS3
18 53 (0.99%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 364 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
2 254 (4.72%) Data Centre
3 194 (3.61%) Management Information System
4 107 (1.99%) User Experience
5 88 (1.64%) Computer Science
6 84 (1.56%) Clustering
7 76 (1.41%) PKI
8 66 (1.23%) Algorithms
9 51 (0.95%) Data Protection Act
10 45 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
11 44 (0.82%) Blackberry
11 44 (0.82%) Private Cloud
12 43 (0.80%) Driving Licence
13 39 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
13 39 (0.72%) Replication
14 35 (0.65%) CESG
14 35 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
15 34 (0.63%) PMI
15 34 (0.63%) Smartphone
16 31 (0.58%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 896 (16.65%) Windows
2 847 (15.74%) Linux
3 354 (6.58%) Unix
4 237 (4.41%) Windows 10
5 226 (4.20%) Windows Server
6 207 (3.85%) Solaris
7 188 (3.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 172 (3.20%) AIX
9 161 (2.99%) Windows 7
10 137 (2.55%) Windows Server 2012
11 116 (2.16%) Windows Server 2008
12 104 (1.93%) CentOS
13 74 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
14 61 (1.13%) HPUX
15 55 (1.02%) Ubuntu
16 54 (1.00%) Apple iOS
17 53 (0.99%) SUSE
18 49 (0.91%) Android
19 27 (0.50%) CoreOS
20 23 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1195 (22.21%) Agile Software Development
2 592 (11.00%) DevOps
3 566 (10.52%) Migration
4 541 (10.06%) ITIL
5 452 (8.40%) Project Management
6 383 (7.12%) Scrum
7 323 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
8 308 (5.72%) Programme Management
9 281 (5.22%) Configuration Management
10 280 (5.20%) Continuous Integration
11 272 (5.06%) Stakeholder Management
12 253 (4.70%) PRINCE2
13 247 (4.59%) Test Automation
14 225 (4.18%) Microservices
14 225 (4.18%) TDD
15 222 (4.13%) Open Source
16 212 (3.94%) Service Management
17 199 (3.70%) Digital Marketing
18 189 (3.51%) Software Engineering
19 160 (2.97%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 693 (12.88%) Java
2 504 (9.37%) SQL
3 330 (6.13%) Python
4 209 (3.88%) JavaScript
5 192 (3.57%) Bash Shell
6 191 (3.55%) PowerShell
7 174 (3.23%) Ruby
8 150 (2.79%) C
9 128 (2.38%) C#
10 114 (2.12%) Shell Script
11 113 (2.10%) C++
12 89 (1.65%) Perl
13 86 (1.60%) Scala
14 59 (1.10%) PL/SQL
15 51 (0.95%) Go
16 49 (0.91%) Korn
17 46 (0.86%) ABAP
18 41 (0.76%) PHP
19 40 (0.74%) T-SQL
20 31 (0.58%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5380 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 380 (7.06%) DV Cleared
3 239 (4.44%) Degree
4 167 (3.10%) Cisco Certification
5 128 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 112 (2.08%) CCNP
7 83 (1.54%) CTC Cleared
8 82 (1.52%) CISSP
9 74 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
10 71 (1.32%) CCNA
11 60 (1.12%) PMI Certification
12 51 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
12 51 (0.95%) ISEB
13 50 (0.93%) MCSE
14 49 (0.91%) PMP
15 48 (0.89%) CESG Certified Professional
15 48 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
16 41 (0.76%) CCIE
17 39 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 35 (0.65%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (2.29%) QA
2 111 (2.06%) PMO
3 94 (1.75%) SLA
4 87 (1.62%) Data Quality
5 58 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 57 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
7 30 (0.56%) GDPR
8 29 (0.54%) JSP 440
9 26 (0.48%) PCI DSS
10 21 (0.39%) ISO 9001
11 20 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 18 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 15 (0.28%) RMADS
14 14 (0.26%) WCAG
15 12 (0.22%) Def Stans
16 11 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
16 11 (0.20%) PSD2
17 8 (0.15%) GPG13
17 8 (0.15%) HL7
17 8 (0.15%) MIL-STD-1553
System Software
1 423 (7.86%) Active Directory
2 286 (5.32%) Docker
3 243 (4.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 86 (1.60%) Hyper-V
5 77 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
6 76 (1.41%) HDFS
7 59 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
8 49 (0.91%) vSphere
9 46 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
10 39 (0.72%) KVM
11 36 (0.67%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 32 (0.59%) XenApp
13 31 (0.58%) VMware NSX
14 30 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
15 28 (0.52%) Samba
16 27 (0.50%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 26 (0.48%) vCloud
18 25 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
19 22 (0.41%) flannel
20 21 (0.39%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 382 (7.10%) Puppet
2 282 (5.24%) Ansible
3 199 (3.70%) Kubernetes
4 177 (3.29%) SCCM
5 153 (2.84%) Terraform
6 125 (2.32%) Opscode Chef
7 100 (1.86%) logstash
8 84 (1.56%) Kibana
9 63 (1.17%) ZABBIX
10 52 (0.97%) SCOM
11 49 (0.91%) NetBackup
12 45 (0.84%) Sysdig
13 39 (0.72%) Data Guard
14 35 (0.65%) Prometheus
15 32 (0.59%) Oracle RMAN
16 31 (0.58%) HAProxy
16 31 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
17 28 (0.52%) vCenter Server
18 27 (0.50%) Nagios
19 26 (0.48%) Salt
Vendors
1 705 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 450 (8.36%) VMware
3 425 (7.90%) Oracle
4 413 (7.68%) SAP
5 374 (6.95%) Cisco
6 233 (4.33%) Red Hat
7 191 (3.55%) HP
8 141 (2.62%) IBM
9 127 (2.36%) Citrix
10 114 (2.12%) Juniper
11 100 (1.86%) F5
12 93 (1.73%) CheckPoint
13 86 (1.60%) Sun
14 73 (1.36%) Google
15 67 (1.25%) Cognos
16 66 (1.23%) Veritas
17 65 (1.21%) McAfee
18 60 (1.12%) EMC
19 47 (0.87%) Remedy
19 47 (0.87%) Symantec