Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 27 32
Rank change year-on-year -10 +5 -2
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 5542 6797 5873
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.37% 6.45% 5.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 28.80% 31.22% 26.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3389 4365 3554
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +5.96%
10th Percentile £207 £263 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 336 264 323
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £34.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.71% -2.86% +84.21%
10th Percentile £12.87 £12.25 £15.83
90th Percentile £48.97 £49.76 £54.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £34.00 £32.25
% change year-on-year -19.12% +5.43% +65.38%

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 19244 21771 22307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 20.65% 19.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 11791 13581 13444
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £245
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 908 863 1078
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.94
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% +31.58%

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017. 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 -8 5200 £430 +2.38% 187
UK excluding London -11 3463 £400 - 127
London -6 1992 £500 +3.63% 71
South East -13 1217 £418 +4.38% 41
South West +3 699 £410 +2.50% 17
North of England -16 607 £363 +3.57% 18
Midlands -5 438 £400 +4.58% 17
North West -1 367 £408 -9.44% 12
East of England +14 243 £350 -12.50% 22
West Midlands -16 218 £400 - 10
East Midlands +8 216 £380 +1.33% 6
North East -4 170 £325 - 5
Wales -3 162 £413 -8.33% 8
Scotland -62 111 £375 +10.29% 3
Yorkshire -22 73 £388 -8.82% 1
Northern Ireland - 6 £390 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, 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 5542 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1257 (22.68%) Agile Software Development
3 930 (16.78%) Windows
4 872 (15.73%) Linux
5 737 (13.30%) Java
6 709 (12.79%) Microsoft
7 630 (11.37%) DevOps
8 550 (9.92%) ITIL
9 532 (9.60%) Migration
10 518 (9.35%) SQL
11 517 (9.33%) Finance
12 474 (8.55%) VMware
13 472 (8.52%) Amazon AWS
14 461 (8.32%) Active Directory
15 443 (7.99%) Project Management
16 424 (7.65%) Oracle
17 410 (7.40%) Cisco
18 393 (7.09%) DV Cleared
19 384 (6.93%) Scrum
20 374 (6.75%) Puppet
21 366 (6.60%) SAP
22 364 (6.57%) Unix
23 358 (6.46%) Firewall
23 358 (6.46%) Git (software)
24 347 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
25 324 (5.85%) Python
26 317 (5.72%) Jenkins
27 313 (5.65%) PostgreSQL
28 306 (5.52%) Telecoms
29 301 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management

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
1 247 (4.46%) SharePoint
2 199 (3.59%) Confluence
3 141 (2.54%) Tomcat
4 133 (2.40%) MS Exchange
5 132 (2.38%) Apache
6 112 (2.02%) Apache Spark
7 90 (1.62%) nginx
8 83 (1.50%) Skype for Business
9 80 (1.44%) JBoss
10 79 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
10 79 (1.43%) WebLogic
11 74 (1.34%) IIS
12 69 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2010
13 61 (1.10%) OpenStack
14 56 (1.01%) Apache Solr
15 46 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
16 43 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
17 38 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
18 36 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
18 36 (0.65%) WebSphere
Applications
1 264 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
2 176 (3.18%) Microsoft Project
3 138 (2.49%) Microsoft Excel
4 70 (1.26%) MS Visio
5 48 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 15 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 12 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.18%) PaintShop Pro
9 7 (0.13%) SPSS
10 6 (0.11%) Simulink
11 4 (0.072%) Windchill
12 3 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
12 3 (0.054%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.036%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.036%) OrCAD
13 2 (0.036%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.018%) HipChat
14 1 (0.018%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 39 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (0.63%) Primavera
3 27 (0.49%) SAP ERP
4 23 (0.42%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 21 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
6 20 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
7 19 (0.34%) Teamcenter
8 18 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
9 13 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
9 13 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
10 12 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
11 11 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
12 10 (0.18%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
12 10 (0.18%) SAP HR
13 9 (0.16%) SAP MM
14 7 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
14 7 (0.13%) SAP FI
15 6 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
15 6 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
15 6 (0.11%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 472 (8.52%) Amazon AWS
2 270 (4.87%) Office 365
3 191 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
4 98 (1.77%) GitHub
5 74 (1.34%) IaaS
6 70 (1.26%) PaaS
7 61 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
8 56 (1.01%) Amazon S3
9 53 (0.96%) AWS CloudFormation
10 47 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
11 38 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
12 32 (0.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 29 (0.52%) Azure Active Directory
14 28 (0.51%) Serverless
15 27 (0.49%) Route 53
15 27 (0.49%) SaaS
16 19 (0.34%) G Suite
17 18 (0.32%) OneDrive
18 16 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
19 15 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 358 (6.46%) Firewall
2 234 (4.22%) DNS
3 206 (3.72%) LAN
4 188 (3.39%) WAN
5 169 (3.05%) TCP/IP
6 128 (2.31%) SAN
7 106 (1.91%) VPN
8 102 (1.84%) Internet
9 83 (1.50%) Network Security
10 79 (1.43%) Kerberos
10 79 (1.43%) Wireless
11 74 (1.34%) HTTP
12 70 (1.26%) DHCP
13 66 (1.19%) LDAP
14 65 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
15 63 (1.14%) SSL
16 56 (1.01%) Skype
17 53 (0.96%) BGP
18 52 (0.94%) VLAN
19 45 (0.81%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 313 (5.65%) PostgreSQL
2 257 (4.64%) Hadoop
3 250 (4.51%) SQL Server
4 213 (3.84%) Big Data
5 152 (2.74%) HBase
6 130 (2.35%) MySQL
7 126 (2.27%) MongoDB
8 125 (2.26%) Oracle Database
9 112 (2.02%) Relational Database
10 85 (1.53%) NoSQL
11 75 (1.35%) RDBMS
12 62 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
13 52 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
14 50 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
15 41 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
16 40 (0.72%) Redis
17 37 (0.67%) Apache Hive
18 35 (0.63%) Power BI
19 34 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
19 34 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 358 (6.46%) Git (software)
2 317 (5.72%) Jenkins
3 288 (5.20%) JIRA
4 115 (2.08%) Cucumber
5 113 (2.04%) Maven
6 89 (1.61%) Selenium
7 84 (1.52%) JUnit
8 82 (1.48%) Visual Studio
9 80 (1.44%) GitLab
10 78 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
11 70 (1.26%) Artifactory
11 70 (1.26%) Sonatype Nexus
12 64 (1.15%) IntelliJ
12 64 (1.15%) Rational DOORS
13 55 (0.99%) SonarQube
14 46 (0.83%) Bitbucket
15 44 (0.79%) JMeter
16 43 (0.78%) Liquibase
17 42 (0.76%) Ant
17 42 (0.76%) Eclipse
General
1 517 (9.33%) Finance
2 306 (5.52%) Telecoms
3 227 (4.10%) Manufacturing
4 165 (2.98%) Electronics
5 160 (2.89%) Marketing
6 101 (1.82%) Military
7 51 (0.92%) Law
8 47 (0.85%) Aerospace
9 42 (0.76%) Legal
10 28 (0.51%) Banking
11 23 (0.42%) Retail
12 17 (0.31%) Back Office
13 15 (0.27%) Investment Banking
14 14 (0.25%) Publishing
15 12 (0.22%) Local Government
16 8 (0.14%) Digital Economy
16 8 (0.14%) Financial Institution
17 5 (0.090%) Pharmaceutical
18 4 (0.072%) Advertising
18 4 (0.072%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 684 (12.34%) Developer
2 527 (9.51%) Architect
3 503 (9.08%) Analyst
4 388 (7.00%) Consultant
5 310 (5.59%) Project Manager
6 284 (5.12%) DevOps Engineer
7 272 (4.91%) Java Developer
8 197 (3.55%) Business Analyst
9 187 (3.37%) Support Engineer
10 181 (3.27%) Network Engineer
11 143 (2.58%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 140 (2.53%) Administrator
13 133 (2.40%) Desktop Support
14 129 (2.33%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 98 (1.77%) AWS Engineer
16 88 (1.59%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
17 87 (1.57%) Linux Engineer
18 85 (1.53%) AWS DevOps
18 85 (1.53%) Unix Engineer
19 84 (1.52%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 284 (5.12%) Web Services
2 238 (4.29%) REST
3 194 (3.50%) Spring
4 185 (3.34%) HTML
5 164 (2.96%) CSS
6 135 (2.44%) .NET
7 133 (2.40%) Spring Boot
8 130 (2.35%) JSON
9 122 (2.20%) XML
10 121 (2.18%) Node.js
11 117 (2.11%) RESTful
12 114 (2.06%) Elastic Stack
13 111 (2.00%) Apache Camel
14 106 (1.91%) Kafka
15 80 (1.44%) HTML5
16 68 (1.23%) J2EE
17 67 (1.21%) AngularJS
17 67 (1.21%) Drools
18 55 (0.99%) SOAP
19 54 (0.97%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 347 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
2 254 (4.58%) Data Centre
3 190 (3.43%) Management Information System
4 108 (1.95%) User Experience
5 83 (1.50%) Computer Science
6 81 (1.46%) PKI
7 74 (1.34%) Clustering
8 72 (1.30%) Algorithms
9 55 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
10 51 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
11 48 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
12 47 (0.85%) Replication
13 42 (0.76%) Driving Licence
14 38 (0.69%) CESG
15 37 (0.67%) Blackberry
16 33 (0.60%) CMDB
17 30 (0.54%) Data Structures
17 30 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
17 30 (0.54%) Smartphone
18 29 (0.52%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 930 (16.78%) Windows
2 872 (15.73%) Linux
3 364 (6.57%) Unix
4 249 (4.49%) Windows 10
5 245 (4.42%) Windows Server
6 197 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 188 (3.39%) Solaris
8 168 (3.03%) Windows 7
9 158 (2.85%) Windows Server 2012
10 152 (2.74%) AIX
11 112 (2.02%) Windows Server 2008
12 92 (1.66%) CentOS
13 71 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
14 56 (1.01%) Ubuntu
15 48 (0.87%) HPUX
16 46 (0.83%) Apple iOS
17 45 (0.81%) SUSE
18 41 (0.74%) Android
19 29 (0.52%) VMS
20 22 (0.40%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1257 (22.68%) Agile Software Development
2 630 (11.37%) DevOps
3 550 (9.92%) ITIL
4 532 (9.60%) Migration
5 443 (7.99%) Project Management
6 384 (6.93%) Scrum
7 301 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 290 (5.23%) Continuous Integration
9 288 (5.20%) Business Intelligence
10 283 (5.11%) PRINCE2
11 282 (5.09%) Configuration Management
12 280 (5.05%) Test Automation
13 245 (4.42%) Programme Management
14 238 (4.29%) Microservices
15 234 (4.22%) Open Source
16 233 (4.20%) TDD
17 223 (4.02%) Service Management
18 173 (3.12%) Service Delivery
19 168 (3.03%) Software Engineering
20 167 (3.01%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 737 (13.30%) Java
2 518 (9.35%) SQL
3 324 (5.85%) Python
4 211 (3.81%) JavaScript
5 207 (3.74%) PowerShell
6 181 (3.27%) Bash Shell
7 175 (3.16%) Ruby
8 127 (2.29%) C
9 122 (2.20%) C#
10 108 (1.95%) Shell Script
11 103 (1.86%) Perl
12 95 (1.71%) Scala
13 93 (1.68%) C++
14 58 (1.05%) PHP
15 57 (1.03%) PL/SQL
16 52 (0.94%) ABAP
17 46 (0.83%) T-SQL
18 43 (0.78%) Go
19 40 (0.72%) Korn
20 34 (0.61%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5542 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 393 (7.09%) DV Cleared
3 230 (4.15%) Degree
4 159 (2.87%) Cisco Certification
5 136 (2.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 103 (1.86%) CCNP
7 80 (1.44%) CTC Cleared
8 69 (1.25%) CCNA
9 67 (1.21%) CISSP
10 64 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 58 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
12 55 (0.99%) ISEB
13 54 (0.97%) PMI Certification
14 52 (0.94%) PMP
15 49 (0.88%) MCSE
16 46 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 45 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
18 44 (0.79%) CCIE
19 35 (0.63%) CESG Certified Professional
20 33 (0.60%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (2.47%) QA
2 110 (1.98%) PMO
3 97 (1.75%) SLA
4 84 (1.52%) Data Quality
5 60 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 55 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
7 30 (0.54%) GDPR
8 23 (0.42%) ISO 9001
8 23 (0.42%) JSP 440
9 20 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 20 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 18 (0.32%) RMADS
11 17 (0.31%) PCI DSS
12 12 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
13 10 (0.18%) Def Stans
13 10 (0.18%) WCAG
14 9 (0.16%) COBIT
15 8 (0.14%) GPG13
15 8 (0.14%) HL7
16 7 (0.13%) P3O
System Software
1 461 (8.32%) Active Directory
2 293 (5.29%) Docker
3 249 (4.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 98 (1.77%) Hyper-V
5 81 (1.46%) HDFS
6 79 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
7 77 (1.39%) vSphere
8 60 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
9 44 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
10 37 (0.67%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 36 (0.65%) KVM
12 34 (0.61%) XenApp
13 29 (0.52%) vCloud
14 28 (0.51%) Oracle RAC
15 27 (0.49%) Samba
16 26 (0.47%) VMware NSX
17 24 (0.43%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 20 (0.36%) Apache Flume
18 20 (0.36%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 20 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 374 (6.75%) Puppet
2 287 (5.18%) Ansible
3 213 (3.84%) Kubernetes
4 201 (3.63%) SCCM
5 171 (3.09%) Terraform
6 123 (2.22%) Opscode Chef
7 103 (1.86%) logstash
8 84 (1.52%) Kibana
9 67 (1.21%) ZABBIX
10 61 (1.10%) SCOM
11 54 (0.97%) NetBackup
12 41 (0.74%) Sysdig
13 38 (0.69%) McAfee ePO
14 35 (0.63%) HAProxy
15 32 (0.58%) Prometheus
15 32 (0.58%) WSUS
16 30 (0.54%) Data Guard
17 29 (0.52%) vCenter Server
18 28 (0.51%) Oracle RMAN
18 28 (0.51%) Salt
Vendors
1 709 (12.79%) Microsoft
2 474 (8.55%) VMware
3 424 (7.65%) Oracle
4 410 (7.40%) Cisco
5 366 (6.60%) SAP
6 221 (3.99%) Red Hat
7 202 (3.64%) HP
8 140 (2.53%) IBM
9 132 (2.38%) Juniper
10 131 (2.36%) Citrix
11 93 (1.68%) F5
12 86 (1.55%) CheckPoint
13 76 (1.37%) Sun
14 73 (1.32%) McAfee
15 72 (1.30%) Cognos
16 63 (1.14%) Google
17 60 (1.08%) EMC
18 59 (1.06%) Remedy
19 58 (1.05%) ServiceNow
20 56 (1.01%) Veritas