Period
to

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 May 2022 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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 17 15 14
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 +16
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 7,730 5,158 4,824
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.76% 8.90% 9.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 44.29% 43.53% 42.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,421 3,617 3,258
10th Percentile £390 £331 £307
25th Percentile £463 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £575 £573
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £473 £468
% change year-on-year +11.11% +0.96% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 333 255 185
10th Percentile £20.00 £14.70 £15.85
25th Percentile £39.50 £18.27 £18.50
Median hourly rate £54.00 £42.50 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +27.06% -1.16% +9.36%
75th Percentile £65.00 £55.00 £52.50
90th Percentile £69.05 £62.44 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £40.00 £40.59
% change year-on-year +35.00% -1.45% +15.96%

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 17,454 11,848 11,298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.77% 20.45% 23.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,631 7,746 7,253
10th Percentile £350 £305 £263
25th Percentile £430 £400 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% +1.06%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £660 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 757 569 454
10th Percentile £14.25 £14.25 £14.75
25th Percentile £19.52 £19.00 £18.29
Median hourly rate £44.50 £37.00 £30.53
Median % change year-on-year +20.27% +21.21% +1.75%
75th Percentile £58.38 £50.72 £49.08
90th Percentile £67.50 £61.59 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.10 £34.54 £25.83
% change year-on-year +1.62% +33.75% -10.95%

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 20 May 2022.

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 20 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Top 18 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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -1 6,176 £550 +10.00% 680
Work from Home -1 3,896 £550 +10.00% 206
UK excluding London +1 3,386 £525 +11.11% 519
London -10 2,279 £550 +8.37% 180
South East +1 968 £525 +7.14% 121
South West +1 906 £525 +9.38% 153
North of England -6 507 £550 +22.22% 95
Midlands +1 386 £500 +23.46% 45
North West -3 350 £550 +27.91% 78
East of England +1 265 £500 +11.11% 61
West Midlands -1 264 £505 +18.82% 28
Wales 0 228 £550 +21.95% 26
Scotland -28 149 £470 +4.44% 13
East Midlands +3 120 £406 +10.92% 16
Yorkshire -11 99 £550 +29.41% 8
North East -2 77 £550 +15.79% 9
Isle of Man - 4 £550 -
Northern Ireland -9 1 £300 -39.52% 7

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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 7,730 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 2,236 (28.93%) Agile
3 1,643 (21.25%) Public Sector
4 1,435 (18.56%) DevOps
5 1,297 (16.78%) Social Skills
6 1,281 (16.57%) AWS
7 1,252 (16.20%) Azure
8 1,086 (14.05%) Linux
9 1,028 (13.30%) Microsoft
10 980 (12.68%) Java
11 968 (12.52%) Windows
12 887 (11.47%) SQL
13 820 (10.61%) Terraform
14 818 (10.58%) CI/CD
15 807 (10.44%) Python
16 736 (9.52%) Kubernetes
17 728 (9.42%) DV Cleared
18 718 (9.29%) JIRA
19 692 (8.95%) Scrum
20 683 (8.84%) Git (software)
21 674 (8.72%) Docker
22 647 (8.37%) Oracle
23 611 (7.90%) ITIL
24 578 (7.48%) Test Automation
25 571 (7.39%) Ansible
26 570 (7.37%) Finance
27 546 (7.06%) Migration
28 542 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
29 531 (6.87%) Software Engineering
30 520 (6.73%) VMware

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
1 377 (4.88%) Confluence
2 232 (3.00%) SharePoint
3 141 (1.82%) Apache Spark
4 88 (1.14%) Apache
5 54 (0.70%) MS Exchange
6 53 (0.69%) WebLogic
7 50 (0.65%) Skype for Business
8 49 (0.63%) IIS
8 49 (0.63%) nginx
9 48 (0.62%) SAS
10 45 (0.58%) Tomcat
11 37 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
12 36 (0.47%) WebSphere
13 24 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
13 24 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
14 23 (0.30%) JBoss
15 15 (0.19%) Oracle Application Server
15 15 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 13 (0.17%) SharePoint Server
16 13 (0.17%) Traefik
Applications
1 188 (2.43%) Microsoft Office
2 170 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 160 (2.07%) Microsoft Project
4 76 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 55 (0.71%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.35%) Simulink
7 15 (0.19%) Stata
8 14 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
9 11 (0.14%) AutoCAD
10 6 (0.078%) InVision
10 6 (0.078%) Oracle Smart View
11 5 (0.065%) Revit
12 4 (0.052%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.052%) CATIA
12 4 (0.052%) Sketch
13 3 (0.039%) Chatbot
13 3 (0.039%) Siemens NX
14 2 (0.026%) InDesign
14 2 (0.026%) InfoPath
14 2 (0.026%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 83 (1.07%) Oracle ERP
2 44 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
3 42 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
4 35 (0.45%) Oracle Receivables
5 32 (0.41%) Oracle Cash Management
6 30 (0.39%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 27 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
8 24 (0.31%) assyst
9 22 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
10 20 (0.26%) Teamcenter
11 19 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
12 17 (0.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 11 (0.14%) Primavera
14 10 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
14 10 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
14 10 (0.13%) SAP CO
14 10 (0.13%) SAP FI
14 10 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
14 10 (0.13%) Siebel CRM
15 9 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 1,281 (16.57%) AWS
2 1,252 (16.20%) Azure
3 348 (4.50%) Microsoft 365
4 202 (2.61%) Serverless
5 188 (2.43%) Power Platform
6 182 (2.35%) GCP
7 175 (2.26%) PaaS
8 147 (1.90%) GitHub
9 145 (1.88%) Amazon S3
10 139 (1.80%) IaaS
11 131 (1.69%) Amazon EC2
12 121 (1.57%) OpenShift
13 120 (1.55%) AWS Lambda
14 98 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
15 96 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
16 93 (1.20%) SaaS
17 73 (0.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 72 (0.93%) Amazon EKS
19 64 (0.83%) Amazon ECS
20 59 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 354 (4.58%) Firewall
2 224 (2.90%) DNS
3 211 (2.73%) WAN
4 162 (2.10%) LAN
5 136 (1.76%) TCP/IP
6 134 (1.73%) VPN
7 108 (1.40%) DHCP
8 101 (1.31%) Network Security
9 76 (0.98%) Ethernet
10 68 (0.88%) Internet
10 68 (0.88%) Skype
11 67 (0.87%) SAN
12 65 (0.84%) SD-WAN
13 57 (0.74%) BGP
14 51 (0.66%) HTTP
15 48 (0.62%) OSPF
16 44 (0.57%) Wireless
17 43 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
18 38 (0.49%) SSL
19 37 (0.48%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 385 (4.98%) SQL Server
2 190 (2.46%) Big Data
3 184 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
4 180 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
5 169 (2.19%) Oracle Database
6 143 (1.85%) Power BI
7 142 (1.84%) Relational Database
8 137 (1.77%) Pentaho
9 135 (1.75%) Metadata
10 116 (1.50%) MySQL
11 105 (1.36%) Amazon RDS
12 87 (1.13%) MongoDB
13 78 (1.01%) NoSQL
14 76 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
15 74 (0.96%) Data Lake
16 69 (0.89%) Hadoop
17 61 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 56 (0.72%) RDBMS
19 54 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 47 (0.61%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 718 (9.29%) JIRA
2 683 (8.84%) Git (software)
3 505 (6.53%) Jenkins
4 314 (4.06%) GitLab
5 145 (1.88%) Selenium
6 119 (1.54%) Maven
7 106 (1.37%) Bitbucket
8 105 (1.36%) Cucumber
9 93 (1.20%) Visual Studio
10 77 (1.00%) JUnit
11 69 (0.89%) Artifactory
12 65 (0.84%) SoapUI
12 65 (0.84%) SonarQube
13 59 (0.76%) Eclipse
13 59 (0.76%) Postman
14 57 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
14 57 (0.74%) Subversion
15 53 (0.69%) JMeter
15 53 (0.69%) Mockito
16 47 (0.61%) WebDriver
General
1 1,643 (21.25%) Public Sector
2 1,297 (16.78%) Social Skills
3 570 (7.37%) Finance
4 397 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
5 189 (2.45%) Presentation Skills
6 158 (2.04%) Telecoms
7 128 (1.66%) Manufacturing
8 125 (1.62%) Influencing Skills
9 104 (1.35%) Aerospace
10 94 (1.22%) Electronics
11 93 (1.20%) Marketing
12 87 (1.13%) Organisational Skills
13 85 (1.10%) Military
14 84 (1.09%) Documentation Skills
15 82 (1.06%) Law
16 64 (0.83%) Police
17 56 (0.72%) Retail
18 51 (0.66%) Legal
19 49 (0.63%) Local Government
20 47 (0.61%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,164 (15.06%) Developer
2 935 (12.10%) Architect
3 658 (8.51%) Analyst
4 589 (7.62%) DevOps Engineer
5 324 (4.19%) Java Developer
6 314 (4.06%) Consultant
7 313 (4.05%) Business Analyst
8 296 (3.83%) Project Manager
9 275 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 245 (3.17%) Software Engineer
11 242 (3.13%) Data Engineer
12 217 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
13 186 (2.41%) AWS Engineer
14 178 (2.30%) Support Engineer
15 169 (2.19%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
16 168 (2.17%) Delivery Manager
17 163 (2.11%) Network Engineer
18 147 (1.90%) AWS DevOps
19 141 (1.82%) DBA
20 140 (1.81%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 333 (4.31%) .NET
2 266 (3.44%) React
3 263 (3.40%) Spring
4 242 (3.13%) CSS
4 242 (3.13%) HTML
5 230 (2.98%) Kafka
6 197 (2.55%) Node.js
7 175 (2.26%) Web Services
8 167 (2.16%) JSON
9 166 (2.15%) REST
9 166 (2.15%) RESTful
10 163 (2.11%) Spring Boot
11 157 (2.03%) AngularJS
12 138 (1.79%) XML
13 109 (1.41%) SOAP
14 93 (1.20%) ASP.NET
15 82 (1.06%) Oracle Fusion
16 73 (0.94%) Hibernate
16 73 (0.94%) Middleware
17 72 (0.93%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 313 (4.05%) Data Centre
2 178 (2.30%) Management Information System
3 163 (2.11%) Public Cloud
4 147 (1.90%) PKI
5 145 (1.88%) User Experience
6 134 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
7 103 (1.33%) Clustering
8 99 (1.28%) Data Protection Act
9 83 (1.07%) Replication
10 71 (0.92%) Virtual Team
11 65 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
12 58 (0.75%) Cloud Native
13 53 (0.69%) Private Cloud
14 50 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
15 49 (0.63%) Data Structures
15 49 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
16 46 (0.60%) CMDB
16 46 (0.60%) Cybercrime
17 44 (0.57%) NHS
18 41 (0.53%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 1,086 (14.05%) Linux
2 968 (12.52%) Windows
3 347 (4.49%) Windows Server
4 263 (3.40%) Unix
5 246 (3.18%) Windows 10
6 162 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 108 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
8 91 (1.18%) Windows 7
9 80 (1.03%) CentOS
9 80 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
10 64 (0.83%) Windows Server 2016
11 63 (0.82%) Solaris
12 55 (0.71%) Ubuntu
13 45 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
14 37 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
15 30 (0.39%) AIX
16 22 (0.28%) Android
17 18 (0.23%) VMS
18 17 (0.22%) Windows XP
19 16 (0.21%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,236 (28.93%) Agile
2 1,435 (18.56%) DevOps
3 818 (10.58%) CI/CD
4 692 (8.95%) Scrum
5 611 (7.90%) ITIL
6 578 (7.48%) Test Automation
7 546 (7.06%) Migration
8 542 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
9 531 (6.87%) Software Engineering
10 510 (6.60%) Problem-Solving
11 484 (6.26%) Cybersecurity
12 479 (6.20%) Microservices
13 461 (5.96%) Project Management
14 373 (4.83%) Configuration Management
15 369 (4.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 349 (4.51%) Service Management
17 342 (4.42%) Business Intelligence
18 328 (4.24%) Infrastructure as Code
19 319 (4.13%) Project Delivery
20 317 (4.10%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 980 (12.68%) Java
2 887 (11.47%) SQL
3 807 (10.44%) Python
4 479 (6.20%) JavaScript
5 440 (5.69%) PowerShell
6 412 (5.33%) C#
7 253 (3.27%) C
8 232 (3.00%) Bash
8 232 (3.00%) C++
9 148 (1.91%) PL/SQL
10 143 (1.85%) Shell Script
11 120 (1.55%) Scala
12 98 (1.27%) TypeScript
13 86 (1.11%) T-SQL
14 75 (0.97%) Go
15 64 (0.83%) Ruby
16 58 (0.75%) R
17 56 (0.72%) Perl
18 44 (0.57%) Groovy
19 31 (0.40%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 7,730 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 728 (9.42%) DV Cleared
3 286 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
4 214 (2.77%) Degree
5 145 (1.88%) ISTQB
6 124 (1.60%) Cisco Certification
7 122 (1.58%) CISSP
8 101 (1.31%) ISEB
9 88 (1.14%) AWS Certification
10 84 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
11 76 (0.98%) PMI Certification
12 71 (0.92%) PMP
13 69 (0.89%) CCNP
14 67 (0.87%) CISM
15 60 (0.78%) APMP
16 58 (0.75%) CTC Cleared
17 55 (0.71%) CCNA
18 54 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
19 44 (0.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 42 (0.54%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 263 (3.40%) QA
2 186 (2.41%) SLA
3 162 (2.10%) PMO
4 101 (1.31%) Accessibility
5 91 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 86 (1.11%) NCSC
7 85 (1.10%) NIST
8 54 (0.70%) JSP 440
9 51 (0.66%) Data Quality
10 40 (0.52%) WCAG
11 32 (0.41%) RMADS
12 27 (0.35%) Def Stans
12 27 (0.35%) GRC
13 25 (0.32%) GDPR
13 25 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 22 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
15 15 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
16 13 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
17 12 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 12 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 674 (8.72%) Docker
2 450 (5.82%) Active Directory
3 332 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 119 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
5 95 (1.23%) vSphere
6 91 (1.18%) Hyper-V
7 71 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
8 60 (0.78%) Oracle RAC
9 54 (0.70%) VMware NSX
10 38 (0.49%) Firmware
11 27 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
12 19 (0.25%) HDFS
13 14 (0.18%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 12 (0.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 12 (0.16%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 11 (0.14%) BitLocker
16 10 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
16 10 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
17 9 (0.12%) Postfix
17 9 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 820 (10.61%) Terraform
2 736 (9.52%) Kubernetes
3 571 (7.39%) Ansible
4 180 (2.33%) Puppet
5 122 (1.58%) SCCM
6 86 (1.11%) Packer
7 78 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
8 74 (0.96%) Grafana
9 73 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
10 72 (0.93%) Prometheus
11 60 (0.78%) vCenter Server
12 56 (0.72%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 55 (0.71%) vRealize
14 54 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
15 50 (0.65%) Consul
16 47 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
17 44 (0.57%) Data Guard
18 43 (0.56%) WSUS
19 42 (0.54%) Docker Swarm
20 41 (0.53%) SCOM
Vendors
1 1,028 (13.30%) Microsoft
2 647 (8.37%) Oracle
3 520 (6.73%) VMware
4 307 (3.97%) Cisco
5 202 (2.61%) Splunk
6 200 (2.59%) Red Hat
7 174 (2.25%) SAP
8 129 (1.67%) ServiceNow
9 119 (1.54%) Talend
10 115 (1.49%) IBM
11 107 (1.38%) Atlassian
12 96 (1.24%) CheckPoint
13 93 (1.20%) Google
13 93 (1.20%) HP
14 89 (1.15%) Remedy
15 83 (1.07%) Citrix
15 83 (1.07%) Juniper
16 78 (1.01%) Cloudera
16 78 (1.01%) Palo Alto
17 67 (0.87%) F5