Period
to 20 July 2018

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 20 July 2018 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 32 24
Rank change year-on-year +1 -8 +9
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 6,538 5,608 7,637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.28% 5.89% 6.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 33.40% 29.87% 32.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,881 3,432 4,751
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +9.38% -
10th Percentile £223 £263 £261
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £413 £380
% change year-on-year - +8.55% -1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 422 304
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £35.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.57% -6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £14.09 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £47.60 £52.50 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -45.95% -1.33% +15.38%

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 19,573 18,772 23,679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.79% 19.71% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,615 11,533 14,808
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £592 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 955 840
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.12 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £31.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -17.46% +12.50% +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 6 months to 20 July 2018.

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 20 July 2018.

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 20 July 2018. 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 +1 5,915 £450 +2.86% 529
UK excluding London -4 4,030 £413 - 426
London +12 2,418 £500 - 138
South East 0 1,402 £425 +1.19% 139
North of England -4 698 £400 - 55
South West -3 616 £425 +6.25% 78
Midlands +4 522 £438 +0.57% 64
North West -3 370 £450 +4.65% 26
West Midlands +12 349 £450 +2.27% 52
Scotland +19 315 £290 -25.64% 17
East of England +34 258 £400 +14.29% 54
Wales +1 218 £425 -5.56% 19
North East -1 181 £300 -9.43% 10
East Midlands -7 172 £413 -2.94% 12
Yorkshire +24 151 £475 +8.57% 19
Northern Ireland +26 15 £575 +45.57%

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, 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 6,538 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,572 (24.04%) Agile Software Development
3 1,246 (19.06%) Windows
4 939 (14.36%) Microsoft
5 938 (14.35%) Linux
6 860 (13.15%) Java
7 816 (12.48%) DevOps
8 737 (11.27%) Amazon AWS
9 690 (10.55%) ITIL
10 669 (10.23%) Active Directory
11 659 (10.08%) Migration
12 648 (9.91%) SQL
13 604 (9.24%) VMware
14 575 (8.79%) Cisco
15 552 (8.44%) Scrum
16 539 (8.24%) Test Automation
17 509 (7.79%) Oracle
18 505 (7.72%) Microsoft Azure
19 503 (7.69%) Finance
20 498 (7.62%) Firewall
21 485 (7.42%) Windows Server
22 470 (7.19%) Git (software)
23 449 (6.87%) Project Management
24 433 (6.62%) DV Cleared
25 422 (6.45%) Jenkins
26 420 (6.42%) JavaScript
27 416 (6.36%) PowerShell
28 412 (6.30%) Python
29 410 (6.27%) Configuration Management
29 410 (6.27%) Continuous Integration

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
1 276 (4.22%) SharePoint
2 154 (2.36%) Confluence
3 152 (2.32%) MS Exchange
4 138 (2.11%) Skype for Business
5 114 (1.74%) IIS
6 109 (1.67%) Tomcat
7 86 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
8 78 (1.19%) Apache
9 73 (1.12%) JBoss
9 73 (1.12%) nginx
10 67 (1.02%) Apache Spark
11 66 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
12 63 (0.96%) WebLogic
13 60 (0.92%) OpenStack
14 58 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
15 56 (0.86%) WebSphere
16 43 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
17 33 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
18 32 (0.49%) WildFly
19 31 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 293 (4.48%) Microsoft Office
2 118 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 94 (1.44%) Microsoft Project
4 33 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 30 (0.46%) Photoshop
6 29 (0.44%) MS Visio
7 23 (0.35%) InfoPath
8 14 (0.21%) GIMP
8 14 (0.21%) Windchill
9 11 (0.17%) Simulink
9 11 (0.17%) Stata
10 10 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
11 4 (0.061%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.061%) Doxygen
12 3 (0.046%) InVision
13 2 (0.031%) HipChat
14 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
14 1 (0.015%) OmniGraffle
14 1 (0.015%) Revit
14 1 (0.015%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 36 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
3 22 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
3 22 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 14 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
4 14 (0.21%) Primavera
5 13 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
6 11 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
6 11 (0.17%) SAP HR
7 10 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
8 8 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
9 7 (0.11%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
9 7 (0.11%) Oracle SCM
9 7 (0.11%) SAP FI
9 7 (0.11%) SAP PM
10 6 (0.092%) Oracle Assets
10 6 (0.092%) Oracle E-Business Tax
10 6 (0.092%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.076%) Oracle Internet Expenses
11 5 (0.076%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 737 (11.27%) Amazon AWS
2 505 (7.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 370 (5.66%) Office 365
4 87 (1.33%) Amazon S3
5 82 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
6 79 (1.21%) PaaS
7 70 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
8 63 (0.96%) IaaS
8 63 (0.96%) SaaS
9 60 (0.92%) GitHub
10 56 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
11 54 (0.83%) Serverless
12 53 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
13 49 (0.75%) npm
14 38 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
15 36 (0.55%) Route 53
16 34 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 27 (0.41%) Amazon ELB
18 26 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 25 (0.38%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 498 (7.62%) Firewall
2 339 (5.19%) DNS
3 222 (3.40%) DHCP
4 195 (2.98%) TCP/IP
5 194 (2.97%) WAN
6 167 (2.55%) LAN
7 161 (2.46%) VPN
8 142 (2.17%) Cisco ASA
9 136 (2.08%) SAN
10 130 (1.99%) Internet
11 124 (1.90%) Network Security
12 119 (1.82%) Skype
13 98 (1.50%) Cisco ISE
14 92 (1.41%) HTTP
14 92 (1.41%) SSL
15 84 (1.28%) Wireless
16 78 (1.19%) BGP
17 72 (1.10%) VLAN
18 65 (0.99%) Cisco Nexus
19 62 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 362 (5.54%) SQL Server
2 268 (4.10%) PostgreSQL
3 235 (3.59%) Big Data
4 170 (2.60%) Relational Database
5 146 (2.23%) Hadoop
6 145 (2.22%) MySQL
7 112 (1.71%) MongoDB
8 109 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
9 94 (1.44%) Oracle Database
10 75 (1.15%) RDBMS
11 66 (1.01%) HBase
12 58 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
13 55 (0.84%) Power BI
14 54 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
15 49 (0.75%) NoSQL
16 45 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
17 43 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
17 43 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
18 35 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 34 (0.52%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 470 (7.19%) Git (software)
2 422 (6.45%) Jenkins
3 308 (4.71%) JIRA
4 186 (2.84%) Selenium
5 163 (2.49%) Maven
6 125 (1.91%) Cucumber
7 117 (1.79%) Artifactory
8 115 (1.76%) JUnit
9 105 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
10 100 (1.53%) Visual Studio
11 73 (1.12%) Vagrant
12 72 (1.10%) HP UFT
13 71 (1.09%) GitLab
14 70 (1.07%) Mockito
15 67 (1.02%) SonarQube
16 63 (0.96%) Eclipse
17 60 (0.92%) SoapUI
18 56 (0.86%) Subversion
19 55 (0.84%) Karma Test Runner
20 54 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 503 (7.69%) Finance
2 182 (2.78%) Manufacturing
3 168 (2.57%) Telecoms
4 107 (1.64%) Electronics
5 102 (1.56%) Military
6 93 (1.42%) Marketing
7 91 (1.39%) Law
8 86 (1.32%) Retail
9 48 (0.73%) Legal
10 40 (0.61%) Aerospace
11 21 (0.32%) Games
12 18 (0.28%) Publishing
13 17 (0.26%) Banking
14 12 (0.18%) Billing
15 10 (0.15%) Automotive
16 9 (0.14%) Local Government
17 6 (0.092%) General Ledger
18 5 (0.076%) Back Office
18 5 (0.076%) Financial Institution
19 4 (0.061%) German Language
Job Titles
1 885 (13.54%) Developer
2 718 (10.98%) Architect
3 603 (9.22%) Analyst
4 348 (5.32%) DevOps Engineer
5 346 (5.29%) Consultant
6 328 (5.02%) Project Manager
7 308 (4.71%) Java Developer
8 265 (4.05%) Network Engineer
9 257 (3.93%) Support Engineer
10 203 (3.10%) Desktop Support
11 160 (2.45%) Software Engineer
12 158 (2.42%) Test Analyst
13 155 (2.37%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 152 (2.32%) Business Analyst
14 152 (2.32%) Solutions Architect
15 140 (2.14%) Deployment Engineer
16 138 (2.11%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 124 (1.90%) Technical Architect
18 118 (1.80%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
18 118 (1.80%) SC Cleared Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 311 (4.76%) Web Services
2 254 (3.88%) .NET
3 227 (3.47%) CSS
4 225 (3.44%) HTML
5 215 (3.29%) XML
6 190 (2.91%) REST
7 178 (2.72%) Node.js
8 163 (2.49%) Spring
9 151 (2.31%) AngularJS
10 139 (2.13%) RESTful
11 123 (1.88%) JSON
12 119 (1.82%) RabbitMQ
13 112 (1.71%) Elastic Stack
14 110 (1.68%) HTML5
15 101 (1.54%) Kafka
16 98 (1.50%) jQuery
17 94 (1.44%) Apache Camel
18 93 (1.42%) Java EE
18 93 (1.42%) SOAP
19 84 (1.28%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 392 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 298 (4.56%) Data Centre
3 197 (3.01%) Management Information System
4 155 (2.37%) PKI
5 145 (2.22%) User Experience
6 126 (1.93%) Computer Science
7 115 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
8 104 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
9 87 (1.33%) Private Cloud
10 80 (1.22%) Clustering
11 69 (1.06%) Public Cloud
12 45 (0.69%) Fat Client
12 45 (0.69%) Thin Client
13 41 (0.63%) Driving Licence
13 41 (0.63%) PDA
14 40 (0.61%) Virtual Team
15 36 (0.55%) NHS
16 30 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
17 29 (0.44%) CMDB
18 28 (0.43%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 1,246 (19.06%) Windows
2 938 (14.35%) Linux
3 485 (7.42%) Windows Server
4 319 (4.88%) Unix
5 260 (3.98%) Windows 10
6 255 (3.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 232 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 222 (3.40%) Windows 7
9 192 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 166 (2.54%) Windows Server 2003
11 110 (1.68%) AIX
12 108 (1.65%) CentOS
13 73 (1.12%) Android
14 71 (1.09%) Apple iOS
15 66 (1.01%) Ubuntu
16 55 (0.84%) Solaris
17 42 (0.64%) Mac OS X
18 38 (0.58%) Windows 8
19 37 (0.57%) CoreOS
20 34 (0.52%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,572 (24.04%) Agile Software Development
2 816 (12.48%) DevOps
3 690 (10.55%) ITIL
4 659 (10.08%) Migration
5 552 (8.44%) Scrum
6 539 (8.24%) Test Automation
7 449 (6.87%) Project Management
8 410 (6.27%) Configuration Management
8 410 (6.27%) Continuous Integration
9 407 (6.23%) Problem-Solving
10 337 (5.15%) Open Source
11 321 (4.91%) Stakeholder Management
12 301 (4.60%) Change Management
12 301 (4.60%) TDD
13 300 (4.59%) Service Management
14 282 (4.31%) Software Engineering
15 263 (4.02%) Microservices
16 240 (3.67%) PRINCE2
17 230 (3.52%) Cybersecurity
18 227 (3.47%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 860 (13.15%) Java
2 648 (9.91%) SQL
3 420 (6.42%) JavaScript
4 416 (6.36%) PowerShell
5 412 (6.30%) Python
6 266 (4.07%) C#
7 252 (3.85%) C
8 185 (2.83%) Bash Shell
9 168 (2.57%) C++
10 164 (2.51%) Java 8
11 155 (2.37%) Ruby
12 115 (1.76%) Perl
13 95 (1.45%) Shell Script
14 80 (1.22%) PL/SQL
15 60 (0.92%) PHP
16 57 (0.87%) Groovy
17 49 (0.75%) VBScript
18 47 (0.72%) T-SQL
19 45 (0.69%) VB
20 41 (0.63%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6,538 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 433 (6.62%) DV Cleared
3 288 (4.41%) Degree
4 273 (4.18%) Cisco Certification
5 172 (2.63%) CCNP
6 171 (2.62%) BPSS Clearance
7 157 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 147 (2.25%) CCNA
9 113 (1.73%) ISTQB
10 98 (1.50%) MCSE
11 96 (1.47%) ISEB
12 83 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
13 75 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 70 (1.07%) CTC Cleared
15 65 (0.99%) CISSP
16 62 (0.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 49 (0.75%) CCIE
18 48 (0.73%) PMI Certification
19 47 (0.72%) CESG Certified Professional
20 41 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (1.97%) SLA
2 118 (1.80%) PMO
3 102 (1.56%) QA
4 69 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
5 65 (0.99%) Data Quality
6 64 (0.98%) GDPR
7 45 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 37 (0.57%) JSP 440
9 30 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 11 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 11 (0.17%) RMADS
11 10 (0.15%) Def Stans
12 9 (0.14%) ISO 9001
13 6 (0.092%) COBIT
13 6 (0.092%) PCI DSS
14 4 (0.061%) DO-178B
14 4 (0.061%) Government Security Classifications
15 3 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials
15 3 (0.046%) NIST 800
15 3 (0.046%) WCAG
System Software
1 669 (10.23%) Active Directory
2 409 (6.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 381 (5.83%) Docker
4 163 (2.49%) Hyper-V
5 139 (2.13%) vSphere
6 111 (1.70%) XenApp
7 103 (1.58%) VMware ESXi
8 95 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
9 79 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
10 72 (1.10%) XenDesktop
11 43 (0.66%) XenServer
12 42 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
13 39 (0.60%) VMware NSX
14 27 (0.41%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 23 (0.35%) Firmware
16 22 (0.34%) NFS
17 21 (0.32%) flannel
18 18 (0.28%) HDFS
18 18 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
19 17 (0.26%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 321 (4.91%) Puppet
2 299 (4.57%) SCCM
3 282 (4.31%) Ansible
4 239 (3.66%) Kubernetes
5 227 (3.47%) Terraform
6 124 (1.90%) Opscode Chef
7 122 (1.87%) HP ALM
8 88 (1.35%) SCOM
9 74 (1.13%) McAfee ePO
10 63 (0.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 58 (0.89%) Kibana
12 56 (0.86%) logstash
13 55 (0.84%) AirWatch
14 52 (0.80%) FortiGate
15 49 (0.75%) Packer
15 49 (0.75%) vCenter Server
16 44 (0.67%) HAProxy
17 42 (0.64%) Grafana
18 40 (0.61%) WSUS
19 39 (0.60%) Nagios
Vendors
1 939 (14.36%) Microsoft
2 604 (9.24%) VMware
3 575 (8.79%) Cisco
4 509 (7.79%) Oracle
5 323 (4.94%) HP
6 271 (4.14%) Citrix
7 269 (4.11%) SAP
8 195 (2.98%) Red Hat
9 179 (2.74%) McAfee
10 166 (2.54%) Juniper
11 134 (2.05%) IBM
12 120 (1.84%) Ivanti
13 101 (1.54%) EMC
14 100 (1.53%) NetApp
15 99 (1.51%) Splunk
16 91 (1.39%) Google
17 81 (1.24%) CheckPoint
17 81 (1.24%) ServiceNow
18 75 (1.15%) SolarWinds
19 71 (1.09%) Palo Alto