Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 36 27 30
Rank change year-on-year -9 +3 -1
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5,604 6,320 5,967
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.59% 6.50% 5.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 29.53% 31.82% 27.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,396 4,140 3,656
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +5.19%
10th Percentile £200 £275 £265
90th Percentile £600 £588 £539
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 306 265 306
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.13% - +97.37%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.30 £15.13
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £50.72
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -44.00% - +87.50%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -6 5,211 £450 +5.88% 505
UK excluding London -11 3,370 £400 - 394
London +3 2,141 £500 +5.26% 143
South East -11 1,240 £424 +1.31% 114
South West -1 617 £425 +4.29% 75
North of England -10 535 £390 - 58
Midlands -3 456 £400 +6.67% 73
North West -1 347 £425 -10.53% 35
East Midlands +15 234 £398 +4.61% 20
East of England +11 233 £350 -12.50% 41
West Midlands -13 220 £425 +13.33% 53
Wales -1 205 £400 -11.11% 10
North East -4 133 £330 -2.94% 17
Scotland -54 109 £358 +5.15% 23
Yorkshire -26 59 £325 -23.53% 6
Northern Ireland -28 4 £133 -70.38%

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 5,604 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,223 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
3 940 (16.77%) Windows
4 795 (14.19%) Linux
5 768 (13.70%) Java
6 746 (13.31%) Microsoft
7 653 (11.65%) DevOps
8 570 (10.17%) Amazon AWS
9 528 (9.42%) Migration
10 508 (9.06%) ITIL
11 507 (9.05%) Active Directory
12 483 (8.62%) Project Management
13 475 (8.48%) SQL
14 474 (8.46%) Finance
15 435 (7.76%) VMware
16 417 (7.44%) Cisco
17 408 (7.28%) Oracle
17 408 (7.28%) DV Cleared
18 385 (6.87%) Jenkins
19 354 (6.32%) Git (software)
20 342 (6.10%) Puppet
20 342 (6.10%) Firewall
21 339 (6.05%) Analytical Skills
22 336 (6.00%) Unix
23 333 (5.94%) Test Automation
24 327 (5.84%) Docker
25 321 (5.73%) Scrum
26 307 (5.48%) Stakeholder Management
27 305 (5.44%) JIRA
28 301 (5.37%) PRINCE2

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
1 266 (4.75%) SharePoint
2 206 (3.68%) Confluence
3 137 (2.44%) Tomcat
4 125 (2.23%) MS Exchange
5 114 (2.03%) Apache
6 83 (1.48%) Elasticsearch
7 80 (1.43%) Skype for Business
8 79 (1.41%) nginx
9 76 (1.36%) Apache Spark
10 69 (1.23%) IIS
11 65 (1.16%) WebLogic
12 58 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
13 56 (1.00%) JBoss
14 46 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
15 43 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
16 39 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
17 38 (0.68%) WildFly
18 34 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
19 33 (0.59%) OpenStack
19 33 (0.59%) SAS
Applications
1 271 (4.84%) Microsoft Office
2 170 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
3 148 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
4 68 (1.21%) MS Visio
5 59 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 17 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.29%) Acrobat
8 14 (0.25%) PaintShop Pro
9 6 (0.11%) Simulink
10 4 (0.071%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.071%) Windchill
11 3 (0.054%) SPSS
12 2 (0.036%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.036%) Revit
13 1 (0.018%) Adobe After Effects
13 1 (0.018%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.018%) HipChat
13 1 (0.018%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.018%) Siemens NX
13 1 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 37 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.64%) Primavera
3 21 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
4 19 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
5 17 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 15 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 13 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
7 13 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
7 13 (0.23%) SAP HR
8 12 (0.21%) Cognos TM1
9 11 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 10 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
11 9 (0.16%) SAP MM
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
12 8 (0.14%) Teamcenter
13 7 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
13 7 (0.12%) SAP ERP
14 6 (0.11%) CA PPM
14 6 (0.11%) ResourceLink
14 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 570 (10.17%) Amazon AWS
2 299 (5.34%) Office 365
3 255 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
4 88 (1.57%) Amazon EC2
4 88 (1.57%) PaaS
5 87 (1.55%) IaaS
6 80 (1.43%) Amazon S3
7 57 (1.02%) Amazon ELB
8 52 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
9 51 (0.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 50 (0.89%) GitHub
10 50 (0.89%) SaaS
11 44 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
12 43 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
13 39 (0.70%) Route 53
14 38 (0.68%) Serverless
15 26 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
16 24 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 19 (0.34%) OneDrive
18 17 (0.30%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 342 (6.10%) Firewall
2 209 (3.73%) DNS
3 167 (2.98%) WAN
4 159 (2.84%) LAN
5 152 (2.71%) TCP/IP
6 125 (2.23%) VPN
7 121 (2.16%) Internet
8 103 (1.84%) Network Security
9 97 (1.73%) SAN
10 84 (1.50%) Wireless
11 73 (1.30%) Cisco ASA
12 72 (1.28%) BGP
13 71 (1.27%) DHCP
14 69 (1.23%) Skype
15 65 (1.16%) LDAP
16 64 (1.14%) MPLS
17 61 (1.09%) HTTP
18 60 (1.07%) Kerberos
19 57 (1.02%) OSPF
20 53 (0.95%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 275 (4.91%) PostgreSQL
2 246 (4.39%) SQL Server
3 201 (3.59%) Hadoop
4 167 (2.98%) Big Data
5 132 (2.36%) Oracle Database
6 123 (2.19%) Relational Database
7 114 (2.03%) MySQL
8 88 (1.57%) MongoDB
9 87 (1.55%) HBase
10 85 (1.52%) RDBMS
11 71 (1.27%) NoSQL
12 66 (1.18%) Amazon RDS
13 62 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
14 60 (1.07%) Redis
15 55 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
16 44 (0.79%) Oracle Database 11g
17 42 (0.75%) Power BI
18 39 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
19 36 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 32 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 385 (6.87%) Jenkins
2 354 (6.32%) Git (software)
3 305 (5.44%) JIRA
4 136 (2.43%) Maven
5 102 (1.82%) Selenium
6 96 (1.71%) JUnit
7 88 (1.57%) Cucumber
8 78 (1.39%) Sonatype Nexus
9 76 (1.36%) Artifactory
10 74 (1.32%) Visual Studio
11 68 (1.21%) SonarQube
12 55 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
13 53 (0.95%) Liquibase
14 52 (0.93%) Vagrant
15 51 (0.91%) Mockito
16 50 (0.89%) Bitbucket
16 50 (0.89%) GitLab
16 50 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
17 46 (0.82%) JMeter
18 43 (0.77%) Ant
General
1 474 (8.46%) Finance
2 251 (4.48%) Telecoms
3 188 (3.35%) Manufacturing
4 108 (1.93%) Electronics
5 104 (1.86%) Marketing
6 92 (1.64%) Military
7 80 (1.43%) Law
8 51 (0.91%) Legal
9 39 (0.70%) Aerospace
10 30 (0.54%) Retail
11 24 (0.43%) Banking
12 16 (0.29%) Games
13 14 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 13 (0.23%) Billing
14 13 (0.23%) Local Government
14 13 (0.23%) Publishing
15 11 (0.20%) Back Office
16 10 (0.18%) Investment Banking
17 5 (0.089%) Advertising
18 4 (0.071%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 707 (12.62%) Developer
2 535 (9.55%) Analyst
3 532 (9.49%) Architect
4 387 (6.91%) Consultant
5 329 (5.87%) Project Manager
6 295 (5.26%) Java Developer
7 280 (5.00%) DevOps Engineer
8 221 (3.94%) Support Engineer
9 211 (3.77%) Network Engineer
10 192 (3.43%) Business Analyst
11 179 (3.19%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 148 (2.64%) Desktop Support
13 131 (2.34%) Administrator
14 128 (2.28%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 111 (1.98%) AWS Engineer
15 111 (1.98%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 101 (1.80%) AWS DevOps
17 93 (1.66%) Designer
18 90 (1.61%) AWS DevOps Engineer
18 90 (1.61%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 295 (5.26%) Web Services
2 224 (4.00%) REST
3 178 (3.18%) HTML
4 160 (2.86%) Spring
5 154 (2.75%) CSS
6 146 (2.61%) Node.js
7 132 (2.36%) JSON
8 122 (2.18%) XML
9 118 (2.11%) .NET
10 109 (1.95%) RESTful
10 109 (1.95%) Spring Boot
11 85 (1.52%) Elastic Stack
12 84 (1.50%) Apache Camel
13 77 (1.37%) Kafka
14 75 (1.34%) J2EE
15 65 (1.16%) Hibernate
16 61 (1.09%) JMS
17 57 (1.02%) SOAP
18 56 (1.00%) Middleware
19 55 (0.98%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 339 (6.05%) Analytical Skills
2 221 (3.94%) Data Centre
3 185 (3.30%) Management Information System
4 111 (1.98%) User Experience
5 70 (1.25%) Computer Science
6 67 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
7 62 (1.11%) Clustering
8 59 (1.05%) PKI
9 49 (0.87%) Public Cloud
10 43 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
11 42 (0.75%) Driving Licence
12 40 (0.71%) Replication
13 39 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
13 39 (0.70%) Smartphone
14 36 (0.64%) Algorithms
15 29 (0.52%) CESG
16 26 (0.46%) PMI
17 24 (0.43%) Blackberry
17 24 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
18 23 (0.41%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 940 (16.77%) Windows
2 795 (14.19%) Linux
3 336 (6.00%) Unix
4 267 (4.76%) Windows 10
5 257 (4.59%) Windows Server
6 218 (3.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 159 (2.84%) Windows 7
8 149 (2.66%) Windows Server 2012
9 142 (2.53%) Solaris
10 116 (2.07%) Windows Server 2008
11 115 (2.05%) AIX
12 100 (1.78%) CentOS
13 79 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
14 67 (1.20%) Apple iOS
15 65 (1.16%) Android
16 44 (0.79%) VMS
17 38 (0.68%) HPUX
18 34 (0.61%) Ubuntu
19 32 (0.57%) SUSE
20 29 (0.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,223 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
2 653 (11.65%) DevOps
3 528 (9.42%) Migration
4 508 (9.06%) ITIL
5 483 (8.62%) Project Management
6 333 (5.94%) Test Automation
7 321 (5.73%) Scrum
8 307 (5.48%) Stakeholder Management
9 301 (5.37%) PRINCE2
10 284 (5.07%) Continuous Integration
11 244 (4.35%) Business Intelligence
11 244 (4.35%) Service Management
12 238 (4.25%) Open Source
13 219 (3.91%) Configuration Management
14 213 (3.80%) Programme Management
15 204 (3.64%) Service Delivery
16 199 (3.55%) TDD
17 196 (3.50%) Microservices
18 184 (3.28%) Change Management
19 173 (3.09%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 768 (13.70%) Java
2 475 (8.48%) SQL
3 299 (5.34%) Python
4 262 (4.68%) JavaScript
5 213 (3.80%) PowerShell
6 178 (3.18%) Ruby
7 156 (2.78%) Bash Shell
8 140 (2.50%) C
9 117 (2.09%) Shell Script
10 103 (1.84%) C#
11 89 (1.59%) Scala
12 85 (1.52%) Perl
13 82 (1.46%) C++
14 76 (1.36%) Groovy
15 62 (1.11%) PHP
16 60 (1.07%) PL/SQL
17 44 (0.79%) ABAP
18 37 (0.66%) T-SQL
19 34 (0.61%) JPQL
20 32 (0.57%) Go
Qualifications
1 5,604 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 408 (7.28%) DV Cleared
3 205 (3.66%) Degree
4 173 (3.09%) Cisco Certification
5 140 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 104 (1.86%) CCNP
7 100 (1.78%) CTC Cleared
8 95 (1.70%) CISSP
9 87 (1.55%) CCNA
10 71 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
11 56 (1.00%) PMP
12 53 (0.95%) MCSE
12 53 (0.95%) PMI Certification
13 52 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 51 (0.91%) ISEB
15 50 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
16 46 (0.82%) CESG Certified Professional
17 41 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 38 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 32 (0.57%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (2.52%) QA
2 124 (2.21%) PMO
3 101 (1.80%) SLA
4 70 (1.25%) Disclosure Scotland
5 68 (1.21%) Data Quality
6 63 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 35 (0.62%) GDPR
8 29 (0.52%) ISO 9001
9 26 (0.46%) RMADS
10 23 (0.41%) PCI DSS
11 22 (0.39%) JSP 440
12 16 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 14 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 12 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
15 11 (0.20%) WCAG
16 9 (0.16%) COBIT
16 9 (0.16%) Def Stans
17 8 (0.14%) P3O
18 6 (0.11%) PMBOK
19 4 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 507 (9.05%) Active Directory
2 327 (5.84%) Docker
3 227 (4.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 92 (1.64%) vSphere
5 86 (1.53%) Hyper-V
6 76 (1.36%) Virtual Machines
7 60 (1.07%) HDFS
8 32 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
9 30 (0.54%) vCloud
10 28 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
11 26 (0.46%) XenApp
12 25 (0.45%) BitLocker
13 23 (0.41%) Squid
14 22 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
15 21 (0.37%) Postfix
15 21 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
16 20 (0.36%) KVM
17 19 (0.34%) flannel
17 19 (0.34%) NFS
17 19 (0.34%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 342 (6.10%) Puppet
2 298 (5.32%) Ansible
3 209 (3.73%) Kubernetes
4 206 (3.68%) SCCM
5 188 (3.35%) Terraform
6 114 (2.03%) Opscode Chef
7 104 (1.86%) SCOM
8 95 (1.70%) logstash
9 72 (1.28%) Kibana
9 72 (1.28%) ZABBIX
10 43 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
10 43 (0.77%) NetBackup
11 41 (0.73%) Sysdig
12 33 (0.59%) Nagios
13 31 (0.55%) Oracle RMAN
14 30 (0.54%) Data Guard
14 30 (0.54%) WSUS
15 27 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
15 27 (0.48%) Prometheus
16 26 (0.46%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 746 (13.31%) Microsoft
2 435 (7.76%) VMware
3 417 (7.44%) Cisco
4 408 (7.28%) Oracle
5 272 (4.85%) SAP
6 196 (3.50%) Red Hat
7 173 (3.09%) HP
8 153 (2.73%) Juniper
9 134 (2.39%) IBM
10 113 (2.02%) Citrix
11 84 (1.50%) CheckPoint
12 79 (1.41%) ServiceNow
13 76 (1.36%) McAfee
14 75 (1.34%) NetApp
14 75 (1.34%) Remedy
15 74 (1.32%) Google
16 73 (1.30%) F5
17 63 (1.12%) Cognos
18 54 (0.96%) EMC
19 52 (0.93%) SolarWinds