Period
to 4 July 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 4 July 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
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 13 30 31
Rank change year-on-year +17 +1 0
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 4,428 5,777 6,531
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.72% 6.19% 6.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 44.70% 32.78% 33.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,945 3,657 3,985
Median daily rate £481 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.21% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £215
90th Percentile £638 £630 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £413
% change year-on-year +5.56% +9.09% -0.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 216 328 358
Median hourly rate £35.00 £39.18 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.66% +109.49% -49.46%
10th Percentile £16.15 £12.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £57.00 £60.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £39.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -11.39% +111.23% -51.11%

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 9,906 17,626 19,520
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.99% 18.88% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,879 10,636 11,669
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £283 £263 £239
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £446 £413
% change year-on-year +0.84% +8.18% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 833 911
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +45.83% -20.00%
10th Percentile £15.85 £12.86 £12.63
90th Percentile £57.00 £54.35 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -20.00%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared.

Daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 4 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared.

Hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 4 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Top 17 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 4 July 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 +17 3,935 £498 +4.74% 370
UK excluding London +10 2,693 £475 +5.56% 293
London +37 1,535 £520 -0.95% 111
South West +3 717 £475 +5.56% 79
South East +8 681 £475 +5.56% 58
North of England +34 510 £440 -2.22% 32
North West +26 336 £455 +1.11% 16
Midlands +10 259 £450 - 27
Work from Home +12 247 £465 -7.00% 22
West Midlands +9 189 £440 -2.22% 22
East of England +13 188 £500 +11.11% 63
Scotland +35 177 £425 -8.11% 21
Wales +8 170 £490 +3.16% 13
Yorkshire +56 88 £500 +5.26% 12
North East +23 86 £418 -7.22% 4
East Midlands +13 69 £450 +5.88% 5
Northern Ireland +18 5 £400 +200.14%

For the 6 months to 4 July 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 4,428 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,179 (26.63%) Agile Software Development
3 720 (16.26%) Public Sector
4 705 (15.92%) Windows
5 651 (14.70%) DevOps
6 639 (14.43%) Java
7 620 (14.00%) AWS
8 601 (13.57%) Microsoft
9 547 (12.35%) SQL
10 520 (11.74%) Oracle
11 490 (11.07%) Azure
12 479 (10.82%) Linux
13 403 (9.10%) Migration
14 383 (8.65%) DV Cleared
15 367 (8.29%) Python
16 343 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
17 341 (7.70%) Test Automation
18 334 (7.54%) JIRA
19 319 (7.20%) Scrum
20 316 (7.14%) PowerShell
21 313 (7.07%) Active Directory
22 303 (6.84%) Git (software)
23 300 (6.78%) ITIL
24 289 (6.53%) Windows Server
25 288 (6.50%) Finance
26 284 (6.41%) Jenkins
27 283 (6.39%) VMware
28 277 (6.26%) Kubernetes
29 275 (6.21%) Docker
30 268 (6.05%) Web Services

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
1 198 (4.47%) Confluence
2 118 (2.66%) SharePoint
3 97 (2.19%) WebLogic
4 76 (1.72%) Elasticsearch
5 61 (1.38%) MS Exchange
6 58 (1.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 50 (1.13%) IIS
8 48 (1.08%) Tomcat
9 47 (1.06%) Apache Spark
10 41 (0.93%) Apache
11 38 (0.86%) JBoss
11 38 (0.86%) Skype for Business
12 33 (0.75%) SAS
13 32 (0.72%) Red Hat Fuse
14 24 (0.54%) nginx
15 19 (0.43%) NServiceBus
16 18 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
17 15 (0.34%) CMS
17 15 (0.34%) MQSeries
18 14 (0.32%) WebSphere
Applications
1 174 (3.93%) Microsoft Office
2 146 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 69 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
4 51 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 21 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 21 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 17 (0.38%) Simulink
7 8 (0.18%) SPSS
8 6 (0.14%) Figma
8 6 (0.14%) RoboHelp
8 6 (0.14%) Windchill
9 5 (0.11%) Chatbot
9 5 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.11%) PTC Creo
10 2 (0.045%) CATIA
10 2 (0.045%) Sketch
11 1 (0.023%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.023%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.023%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 45 (1.02%) Oracle ERP
2 44 (0.99%) Oracle Payables
3 42 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
4 36 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
5 33 (0.75%) Oracle Cash Management
5 33 (0.75%) Oracle Receivables
6 32 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
7 22 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
8 21 (0.47%) Oracle Payroll
9 15 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
10 14 (0.32%) Teamcenter
11 11 (0.25%) assyst
12 8 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
13 7 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
13 7 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
14 6 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
14 6 (0.14%) PeopleSoft HCM
14 6 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
14 6 (0.14%) SAP HCM
15 5 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 620 (14.00%) AWS
2 490 (11.07%) Azure
3 144 (3.25%) Office 365
4 117 (2.64%) SaaS
5 88 (1.99%) PaaS
6 87 (1.96%) Power Platform
7 74 (1.67%) GitHub
8 64 (1.45%) GCP
9 48 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
10 47 (1.06%) Serverless
11 40 (0.90%) Amazon S3
12 33 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
12 33 (0.75%) IaaS
13 28 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
14 27 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
15 26 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
16 24 (0.54%) OpenShift
17 22 (0.50%) OneDrive
18 18 (0.41%) PowerApps
18 18 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 175 (3.95%) DNS
2 172 (3.88%) Firewall
3 120 (2.71%) LAN
4 111 (2.51%) WAN
5 90 (2.03%) VPN
6 85 (1.92%) TCP/IP
7 81 (1.83%) SAN
8 77 (1.74%) Network Security
9 76 (1.72%) Skype
10 69 (1.56%) Internet
11 60 (1.36%) DHCP
12 52 (1.17%) SNMP
13 48 (1.08%) BGP
14 41 (0.93%) OSPF
15 36 (0.81%) Ethernet
15 36 (0.81%) MPLS
16 34 (0.77%) VSAN
17 33 (0.75%) IPsec
18 32 (0.72%) DMZ
19 31 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 258 (5.83%) SQL Server
2 125 (2.82%) Big Data
3 121 (2.73%) Oracle Database
4 99 (2.24%) PostgreSQL
5 91 (2.06%) Relational Database
6 88 (1.99%) Hadoop
7 78 (1.76%) Power BI
8 66 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
9 64 (1.45%) MySQL
10 59 (1.33%) MongoDB
11 46 (1.04%) Oracle Reports
12 42 (0.95%) Apache Hive
13 38 (0.86%) Impala
13 38 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 35 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 32 (0.72%) GIS
16 30 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
17 29 (0.65%) Oracle Database 12c
18 25 (0.56%) NoSQL
18 25 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 334 (7.54%) JIRA
2 303 (6.84%) Git (software)
3 284 (6.41%) Jenkins
4 141 (3.18%) Selenium
5 136 (3.07%) GitLab
6 117 (2.64%) Cucumber
7 91 (2.06%) Maven
8 68 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
9 56 (1.26%) Bitbucket
10 55 (1.24%) SonarQube
11 53 (1.20%) Eclipse
12 46 (1.04%) Visual Studio
13 44 (0.99%) JUnit
14 43 (0.97%) Mockito
15 42 (0.95%) MSI
16 38 (0.86%) JMeter
17 36 (0.81%) WebDriver
18 35 (0.79%) Subversion
19 33 (0.75%) Postman
19 33 (0.75%) Rational DOORS
General
1 720 (16.26%) Public Sector
2 288 (6.50%) Finance
3 150 (3.39%) Law
4 137 (3.09%) Telecoms
5 78 (1.76%) Military
6 65 (1.47%) Manufacturing
7 64 (1.45%) Police
8 49 (1.11%) Marketing
9 41 (0.93%) Electronics
10 37 (0.84%) Aerospace
11 33 (0.75%) Retail
12 32 (0.72%) General Ledger
13 31 (0.70%) Legal
14 28 (0.63%) Banking
15 21 (0.47%) Publishing
16 13 (0.29%) Local Government
17 11 (0.25%) Billing
18 4 (0.090%) Avionics
19 3 (0.068%) Automotive
19 3 (0.068%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 751 (16.96%) Developer
2 443 (10.00%) Architect
3 402 (9.08%) Analyst
4 249 (5.62%) Consultant
5 232 (5.24%) Java Developer
6 205 (4.63%) DevOps Engineer
7 155 (3.50%) Project Manager
8 154 (3.48%) Business Analyst
9 98 (2.21%) Network Engineer
10 97 (2.19%) Solutions Architect
11 94 (2.12%) Administrator
12 91 (2.06%) DBA
13 88 (1.99%) Software Engineer
14 84 (1.90%) Tester
15 79 (1.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 79 (1.78%) SC Cleared Java Developer
16 78 (1.76%) Senior Developer
17 76 (1.72%) Delivery Manager
18 74 (1.67%) Systems Engineer
19 73 (1.65%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 268 (6.05%) Web Services
2 204 (4.61%) REST
3 177 (4.00%) .NET
4 165 (3.73%) Spring
5 150 (3.39%) Node.js
6 145 (3.27%) HTML
7 144 (3.25%) XML
8 135 (3.05%) CSS
9 129 (2.91%) SOAP
9 129 (2.91%) Spring Boot
10 116 (2.62%) JSON
11 114 (2.57%) AngularJS
12 94 (2.12%) React
13 80 (1.81%) Oracle Fusion
14 73 (1.65%) RESTful
15 66 (1.49%) Apache Camel
16 62 (1.40%) RabbitMQ
17 61 (1.38%) Middleware
18 58 (1.31%) Elastic Stack
19 54 (1.22%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 343 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
2 183 (4.13%) Management Information System
3 150 (3.39%) Data Centre
4 114 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
5 99 (2.24%) User Experience
6 59 (1.33%) Public Cloud
7 54 (1.22%) PKI
8 51 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
9 40 (0.90%) Cloud Native
10 30 (0.68%) Private Cloud
11 27 (0.61%) Clustering
11 27 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
11 27 (0.61%) Replication
12 26 (0.59%) Data Structures
13 25 (0.56%) Hybrid Cloud
14 23 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
15 21 (0.47%) CMDB
16 19 (0.43%) Client/Server
16 19 (0.43%) Smartphone
17 18 (0.41%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 705 (15.92%) Windows
2 479 (10.82%) Linux
3 289 (6.53%) Windows Server
4 191 (4.31%) Unix
5 173 (3.91%) Windows 10
6 103 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 100 (2.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 80 (1.81%) Windows 7
9 78 (1.76%) Windows Server 2016
10 68 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
11 43 (0.97%) CentOS
12 39 (0.88%) Apple iOS
13 33 (0.75%) Mac OS X
14 31 (0.70%) AIX
15 28 (0.63%) Android
16 27 (0.61%) Windows Server 2019
17 25 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
18 24 (0.54%) Ubuntu
19 23 (0.52%) Windows XP
20 18 (0.41%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,179 (26.63%) Agile Software Development
2 651 (14.70%) DevOps
3 403 (9.10%) Migration
4 341 (7.70%) Test Automation
5 319 (7.20%) Scrum
6 300 (6.78%) ITIL
7 265 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
8 257 (5.80%) Problem-Solving
9 254 (5.74%) Project Management
10 218 (4.92%) Software Engineering
11 214 (4.83%) Microservices
12 200 (4.52%) Risk Management
13 190 (4.29%) BDD
14 185 (4.18%) Continuous Integration
15 184 (4.16%) Decision-Making
16 183 (4.13%) Project Delivery
17 178 (4.02%) TDD
18 175 (3.95%) Configuration Management
19 172 (3.88%) Service Management
20 169 (3.82%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 639 (14.43%) Java
2 547 (12.35%) SQL
3 367 (8.29%) Python
4 316 (7.14%) PowerShell
5 259 (5.85%) JavaScript
6 202 (4.56%) C#
7 162 (3.66%) PL/SQL
7 162 (3.66%) Shell Script
8 101 (2.28%) C
9 98 (2.21%) Java 8
10 85 (1.92%) Bash Shell
11 66 (1.49%) C++
12 61 (1.38%) TypeScript
13 55 (1.24%) Perl
14 48 (1.08%) T-SQL
15 35 (0.79%) VB
16 33 (0.75%) Groovy
16 33 (0.75%) PHP
17 23 (0.52%) Ada
17 23 (0.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4,428 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 383 (8.65%) DV Cleared
3 149 (3.36%) Degree
4 114 (2.57%) BPSS Clearance
5 90 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
6 82 (1.85%) Microsoft Certification
7 60 (1.36%) CISSP
8 58 (1.31%) CCNP
9 57 (1.29%) ISTQB
10 55 (1.24%) ISEB
11 52 (1.17%) CCNA
12 42 (0.95%) MCSE
13 32 (0.72%) BC Cleared
14 29 (0.65%) DBS Check
15 28 (0.63%) CTC Cleared
15 28 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
16 27 (0.61%) CISM
16 27 (0.61%) MCSA
17 26 (0.59%) AWS Certification
17 26 (0.59%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (2.96%) QA
2 64 (1.45%) SLA
3 61 (1.38%) PMO
4 53 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 38 (0.86%) NCSC
6 27 (0.61%) WCAG
7 25 (0.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 20 (0.45%) RMADS
9 18 (0.41%) Data Quality
9 18 (0.41%) JSP 440
10 17 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
10 17 (0.38%) NIST
11 16 (0.36%) GDPR
11 16 (0.36%) Government Security Classifications
12 15 (0.34%) COBIT
13 11 (0.25%) PCI DSS
14 9 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 4 (0.090%) Cyber Essentials
15 4 (0.090%) Def Stans
16 3 (0.068%) NIST 800
System Software
1 313 (7.07%) Active Directory
2 275 (6.21%) Docker
3 171 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 92 (2.08%) vSphere
5 70 (1.58%) XenApp
6 65 (1.47%) Virtual Machines
7 61 (1.38%) Hyper-V
8 58 (1.31%) VMware NSX
9 54 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
10 43 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
11 29 (0.65%) Terminal Services
12 22 (0.50%) HDFS
13 21 (0.47%) Firmware
14 16 (0.36%) XenDesktop
15 15 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
16 12 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
17 11 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
18 10 (0.23%) NDS
19 9 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 9 (0.20%) Snort
Systems Management
1 277 (6.26%) Kubernetes
2 230 (5.19%) Terraform
3 169 (3.82%) Ansible
4 138 (3.12%) SCCM
5 75 (1.69%) Puppet
6 51 (1.15%) Packer
7 46 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
8 45 (1.02%) Kibana
9 44 (0.99%) logstash
10 39 (0.88%) PowerCLI
10 39 (0.88%) vCenter Server
10 39 (0.88%) WSUS
11 32 (0.72%) vRealize
12 29 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
13 24 (0.54%) Consul
13 24 (0.54%) SCOM
14 23 (0.52%) Grafana
15 19 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
16 18 (0.41%) Data Guard
16 18 (0.41%) Netcool
Vendors
1 601 (13.57%) Microsoft
2 520 (11.74%) Oracle
3 283 (6.39%) VMware
4 155 (3.50%) Cisco
5 139 (3.14%) Citrix
6 135 (3.05%) SAP
7 81 (1.83%) IBM
8 77 (1.74%) HP
9 73 (1.65%) Red Hat
10 68 (1.54%) Remedy
11 67 (1.51%) Cloudera
12 62 (1.40%) ServiceNow
13 50 (1.13%) BMC
14 47 (1.06%) Dell
14 47 (1.06%) Juniper
15 43 (0.97%) Palo Alto
16 40 (0.90%) Splunk
17 39 (0.88%) Google
18 38 (0.86%) Atlassian
19 37 (0.84%) EMC