Period
to 21 January 2019

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 21 January 2019 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 31 37 25
Rank change year-on-year +6 -12 +6
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 6,290 5,519 6,260
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.36% 5.59% 6.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 33.18% 29.38% 31.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,751 3,342 4,111
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £280 £200 £275
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 305 266
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £18.70 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.53% -50.13% -
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.75 £12.44
90th Percentile £57.60 £48.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.55 £21.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +78.81% -44.00% -

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 18,955 18,783 19,799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.18% 19.02% 20.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,303 11,539 12,426
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £258 £225 £250
90th Percentile £625 £623 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 875 821 871
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.98 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.09% -3.92% -5.45%
10th Percentile £12.56 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.05 £50.00 £49.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.69 £27.50
% change year-on-year +7.05% -6.58% -1.79%

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 5,796 £463 +2.78% 832
UK excluding London +7 4,031 £440 +10.00% 716
London -6 2,103 £513 +2.50% 188
South East +9 1,383 £436 +2.65% 217
South West +2 919 £450 +5.88% 181
North of England +5 653 £425 +8.63% 56
Midlands -1 427 £438 +9.38% 115
North West -5 330 £425 - 24
East of England +19 289 £475 +41.79% 79
West Midlands +1 276 £445 +4.71% 89
Wales -3 213 £450 +12.50% 39
Yorkshire +75 197 £475 +46.15% 16
Scotland +23 157 £449 +25.52% 33
East Midlands -7 148 £400 - 26
North East -5 125 £400 +21.21% 16
Northern Ireland +27 8 £550 +312.70%

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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 6,290 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,659 (26.38%) Agile Software Development
3 1,018 (16.18%) Windows
4 986 (15.68%) Linux
5 849 (13.50%) Java
6 763 (12.13%) Microsoft
7 739 (11.75%) DevOps
8 716 (11.38%) Oracle
9 708 (11.26%) ITIL
10 655 (10.41%) Amazon AWS
11 650 (10.33%) SQL
12 613 (9.75%) Migration
13 580 (9.22%) Microsoft Azure
14 548 (8.71%) Active Directory
15 542 (8.62%) Cisco
16 505 (8.03%) Finance
17 499 (7.93%) Problem-Solving
18 487 (7.74%) DV Cleared
19 483 (7.68%) VMware
20 476 (7.57%) Project Management
21 468 (7.44%) Git (software)
22 458 (7.28%) JIRA
23 452 (7.19%) Jenkins
24 451 (7.17%) Scrum
25 447 (7.11%) Firewall
26 443 (7.04%) Python
27 425 (6.76%) JavaScript
28 396 (6.30%) Test Automation
29 377 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
30 358 (5.69%) Ansible

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
1 297 (4.72%) Confluence
2 269 (4.28%) SharePoint
3 134 (2.13%) MS Exchange
4 112 (1.78%) Skype for Business
5 101 (1.61%) Apache
6 96 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
7 74 (1.18%) WebLogic
8 72 (1.14%) WebSphere
9 69 (1.10%) Tomcat
10 59 (0.94%) JBoss
11 57 (0.91%) IIS
12 53 (0.84%) Apache Spark
13 42 (0.67%) nginx
14 41 (0.65%) WildFly
15 39 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
16 33 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
17 30 (0.48%) Oracle Service Bus
18 26 (0.41%) CMS
19 25 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 25 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 210 (3.34%) Microsoft Office
2 168 (2.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 109 (1.73%) Microsoft Project
4 86 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 60 (0.95%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.29%) Photoshop
7 14 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 7 (0.11%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.064%) Autodesk Inventor
9 4 (0.064%) MicroStation
9 4 (0.064%) Simulink
10 2 (0.032%) Revit
11 1 (0.016%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.016%) GIMP
11 1 (0.016%) Maya
11 1 (0.016%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 46 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
2 31 (0.49%) Oracle BPM
3 30 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 19 (0.30%) Teamcenter
5 17 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
5 17 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
6 15 (0.24%) Primavera
6 15 (0.24%) SAP ERP
7 12 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
8 9 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
9 8 (0.13%) SAP HR
10 7 (0.11%) Maximo
11 6 (0.095%) HFM
11 6 (0.095%) Oracle General Ledger
12 5 (0.079%) SAP S/4HANA
13 4 (0.064%) Dynamics AX
13 4 (0.064%) Oracle Applications
13 4 (0.064%) Oracle Payables
13 4 (0.064%) Oracle Payroll
13 4 (0.064%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 655 (10.41%) Amazon AWS
2 580 (9.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 289 (4.59%) Office 365
4 179 (2.85%) IaaS
5 154 (2.45%) PaaS
6 96 (1.53%) GitHub
7 91 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
8 90 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
9 87 (1.38%) SaaS
10 72 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
11 58 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
12 54 (0.86%) Amazon S3
13 51 (0.81%) Datadog
14 50 (0.79%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 45 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
16 37 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
17 33 (0.52%) Serverless
18 29 (0.46%) OneDrive
19 28 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
20 23 (0.37%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 447 (7.11%) Firewall
2 226 (3.59%) DNS
3 199 (3.16%) VPN
4 192 (3.05%) WAN
5 189 (3.00%) LAN
6 166 (2.64%) TCP/IP
7 152 (2.42%) Network Security
8 131 (2.08%) Cisco Nexus
9 126 (2.00%) Internet
10 116 (1.84%) Skype
11 114 (1.81%) DHCP
12 109 (1.73%) Cisco ASA
13 95 (1.51%) Wireless
14 94 (1.49%) BGP
15 88 (1.40%) OSPF
16 86 (1.37%) SAN
17 74 (1.18%) HTTP
18 71 (1.13%) Cisco ISE
19 59 (0.94%) MPLS
20 56 (0.89%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 356 (5.66%) SQL Server
2 239 (3.80%) PostgreSQL
3 158 (2.51%) Oracle Database
4 154 (2.45%) Big Data
5 138 (2.19%) Relational Database
6 136 (2.16%) MySQL
7 99 (1.57%) Hadoop
8 77 (1.22%) MongoDB
9 70 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 69 (1.10%) Amazon RDS
10 69 (1.10%) RDBMS
11 67 (1.07%) NoSQL
12 59 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
13 52 (0.83%) Oracle Database 12c
14 48 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
15 41 (0.65%) Power BI
16 39 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
16 39 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 33 (0.52%) HBase
18 31 (0.49%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 468 (7.44%) Git (software)
2 458 (7.28%) JIRA
3 452 (7.19%) Jenkins
4 161 (2.56%) Maven
5 157 (2.50%) Selenium
6 114 (1.81%) GitLab
7 111 (1.76%) Cucumber
8 98 (1.56%) Subversion
9 97 (1.54%) SonarQube
10 96 (1.53%) Artifactory
11 95 (1.51%) JUnit
12 76 (1.21%) Visual Studio
13 73 (1.16%) Sonatype Nexus
14 68 (1.08%) Vagrant
15 65 (1.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 63 (1.00%) Mockito
17 46 (0.73%) JMeter
18 43 (0.68%) Eclipse
19 36 (0.57%) Bitbucket
20 32 (0.51%) DbUnit
General
1 505 (8.03%) Finance
2 206 (3.28%) Telecoms
3 148 (2.35%) Manufacturing
4 120 (1.91%) Electronics
5 106 (1.69%) Marketing
6 100 (1.59%) Military
7 89 (1.41%) Law
8 69 (1.10%) Aerospace
9 53 (0.84%) Retail
10 40 (0.64%) Legal
11 30 (0.48%) Banking
12 19 (0.30%) Back Office
13 13 (0.21%) Local Government
14 10 (0.16%) Investment Banking
15 9 (0.14%) Publishing
16 8 (0.13%) Automotive
17 7 (0.11%) Advertising
17 7 (0.11%) Billing
18 5 (0.079%) General Ledger
19 3 (0.048%) Games
Job Titles
1 952 (15.14%) Developer
2 715 (11.37%) Architect
3 546 (8.68%) Analyst
4 377 (5.99%) Consultant
5 325 (5.17%) DevOps Engineer
6 321 (5.10%) Java Developer
7 299 (4.75%) Project Manager
8 279 (4.44%) Network Engineer
9 179 (2.85%) Business Analyst
10 155 (2.46%) Software Engineer
11 154 (2.45%) Support Engineer
12 153 (2.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 145 (2.31%) Technical Architect
14 144 (2.29%) Solutions Architect
15 141 (2.24%) SC Cleared Project Manager
16 128 (2.03%) Tester
17 120 (1.91%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 120 (1.91%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
18 119 (1.89%) AWS Engineer
19 118 (1.88%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 303 (4.82%) Web Services
2 281 (4.47%) HTML
3 239 (3.80%) .NET
4 230 (3.66%) REST
5 220 (3.50%) CSS
6 182 (2.89%) Middleware
7 181 (2.88%) SOAP
7 181 (2.88%) XML
8 164 (2.61%) RESTful
9 161 (2.56%) AngularJS
9 161 (2.56%) Spring
10 121 (1.92%) Node.js
11 111 (1.76%) JSON
12 97 (1.54%) Hibernate
12 97 (1.54%) Oracle Fusion
13 96 (1.53%) HTML5
14 95 (1.51%) Apache Camel
15 94 (1.49%) Elastic Stack
16 92 (1.46%) Spring Boot
17 87 (1.38%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 377 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
2 272 (4.32%) Data Centre
3 187 (2.97%) Management Information System
4 157 (2.50%) Self-Motivation
5 93 (1.48%) PKI
6 88 (1.40%) User Experience
7 80 (1.27%) Public Cloud
8 69 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
9 64 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
10 56 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
11 45 (0.72%) Mainframe
11 45 (0.72%) Private Cloud
12 38 (0.60%) Clustering
13 37 (0.59%) Cloud Native
14 36 (0.57%) Data Structures
14 36 (0.57%) NHS
15 33 (0.52%) Mobile App
15 33 (0.52%) Replication
16 29 (0.46%) Reference Data
17 27 (0.43%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,018 (16.18%) Windows
2 986 (15.68%) Linux
3 339 (5.39%) Windows Server
4 274 (4.36%) Unix
5 230 (3.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 204 (3.24%) Windows 10
7 183 (2.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 129 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
9 125 (1.99%) Windows 7
10 102 (1.62%) CentOS
11 72 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
12 58 (0.92%) Ubuntu
13 42 (0.67%) VMS
14 41 (0.65%) Solaris
15 33 (0.52%) AIX
16 28 (0.45%) CoreOS
17 21 (0.33%) Oracle Linux
18 17 (0.27%) VME
19 16 (0.25%) Windows 8
20 11 (0.17%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,659 (26.38%) Agile Software Development
2 739 (11.75%) DevOps
3 708 (11.26%) ITIL
4 613 (9.75%) Migration
5 499 (7.93%) Problem-Solving
6 476 (7.57%) Project Management
7 451 (7.17%) Scrum
8 396 (6.30%) Test Automation
9 349 (5.55%) Stakeholder Management
10 344 (5.47%) Configuration Management
11 342 (5.44%) Service Management
12 320 (5.09%) Software Engineering
13 305 (4.85%) Continuous Integration
14 283 (4.50%) TDD
15 282 (4.48%) Open Source
16 243 (3.86%) Service Delivery
17 239 (3.80%) Business Intelligence
18 230 (3.66%) Cybersecurity
19 225 (3.58%) PRINCE2
20 221 (3.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 849 (13.50%) Java
2 650 (10.33%) SQL
3 443 (7.04%) Python
4 425 (6.76%) JavaScript
5 325 (5.17%) PowerShell
6 244 (3.88%) C#
7 192 (3.05%) C++
8 190 (3.02%) Bash Shell
9 185 (2.94%) C
10 154 (2.45%) Java 8
11 119 (1.89%) Ruby
12 108 (1.72%) Shell Script
13 88 (1.40%) PL/SQL
14 70 (1.11%) Perl
15 65 (1.03%) PHP
16 59 (0.94%) Groovy
17 47 (0.75%) T-SQL
18 41 (0.65%) VBScript
19 38 (0.60%) Go
20 35 (0.56%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6,290 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 487 (7.74%) DV Cleared
3 278 (4.42%) Degree
4 244 (3.88%) Cisco Certification
5 165 (2.62%) CCNP
6 152 (2.42%) BPSS Clearance
7 120 (1.91%) Microsoft Certification
8 119 (1.89%) CCNA
9 87 (1.38%) MCSE
10 71 (1.13%) ISTQB
11 70 (1.11%) ISEB
12 66 (1.05%) CISSP
13 65 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 61 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 57 (0.91%) RHCE
16 52 (0.83%) CTC Cleared
17 40 (0.64%) MCSA
18 38 (0.60%) CESG Certified Professional
18 38 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 36 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (2.53%) QA
2 121 (1.92%) PMO
3 84 (1.34%) SLA
4 62 (0.99%) Data Quality
5 58 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 46 (0.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 45 (0.72%) JSP 440
8 27 (0.43%) GDPR
9 23 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
10 20 (0.32%) HMG Infosec
10 20 (0.32%) RMADS
11 15 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
11 15 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 14 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 10 (0.16%) PCI DSS
14 8 (0.13%) COBIT
14 8 (0.13%) Def Stans
14 8 (0.13%) WAI
15 7 (0.11%) ISO 9001
16 6 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 548 (8.71%) Active Directory
2 344 (5.47%) Docker
3 283 (4.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 108 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
5 85 (1.35%) vSphere
6 72 (1.14%) Hyper-V
7 65 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
8 52 (0.83%) VMware NSX
9 41 (0.65%) Oracle RAC
10 34 (0.54%) XenApp
11 33 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
12 27 (0.43%) XenDesktop
13 19 (0.30%) Firmware
13 19 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
14 18 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
15 15 (0.24%) etcd
15 15 (0.24%) flannel
15 15 (0.24%) HDFS
15 15 (0.24%) ProxySG
16 14 (0.22%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 358 (5.69%) Ansible
2 354 (5.63%) Puppet
3 251 (3.99%) Kubernetes
4 208 (3.31%) SCCM
5 197 (3.13%) Terraform
6 176 (2.80%) Opscode Chef
7 74 (1.18%) vCenter Server
8 70 (1.11%) SCOM
9 47 (0.75%) Packer
10 41 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
11 40 (0.64%) Single Sign-On
12 39 (0.62%) HP ALM
12 39 (0.62%) Kibana
13 35 (0.56%) Sysdig
14 33 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
15 30 (0.48%) HAProxy
16 29 (0.46%) ZABBIX
17 28 (0.45%) Docker Swarm
17 28 (0.45%) logstash
18 26 (0.41%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 763 (12.13%) Microsoft
2 716 (11.38%) Oracle
3 542 (8.62%) Cisco
4 483 (7.68%) VMware
5 221 (3.51%) SAP
6 204 (3.24%) Red Hat
7 169 (2.69%) Juniper
8 166 (2.64%) HP
9 159 (2.53%) Citrix
10 136 (2.16%) CheckPoint
11 135 (2.15%) Splunk
12 133 (2.11%) McAfee
13 126 (2.00%) F5
14 123 (1.96%) Atlassian
15 105 (1.67%) IBM
16 93 (1.48%) ServiceNow
17 66 (1.05%) Blue Coat
18 63 (1.00%) Palo Alto
19 60 (0.95%) Remedy
20 58 (0.92%) Google