Period
to 20 May 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 May 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 30 27 27
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 +4
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 6,400 5,882 6,947
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.35% 6.48% 6.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 33.25% 31.90% 30.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,868 3,693 4,350
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +7.26% +3.20%
10th Percentile £215 £270 £263
90th Percentile £625 £595 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £423 £400
% change year-on-year -1.78% +5.63% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 345 413 290
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £38.00 £41.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.79% -9.31% +66.80%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £52.50 £52.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.35 £38.75 £41.63
% change year-on-year -52.65% -6.91% +51.36%

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 19,247 18,438 22,732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.11% 20.31% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,565 11,571 14,123
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £239 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 857 935 860
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -18.13% -14.29% +55.56%

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 May 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 May 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 May 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 -4 5,798 £450 - 530
UK excluding London -3 3,903 £415 -1.78% 415
London +9 2,403 £510 +6.25% 157
South East -6 1,423 £425 - 129
North of England -4 645 £400 -4.76% 53
South West -2 604 £450 +12.50% 85
Midlands 0 506 £450 +3.45% 46
North West -6 352 £450 - 22
West Midlands +6 316 £450 - 36
Scotland +13 284 £288 -25.81% 17
Wales -1 234 £400 -11.11% 22
East of England +24 231 £400 +14.29% 60
East Midlands -6 189 £415 -2.35% 10
North East 0 174 £300 -9.09% 14
Yorkshire +18 122 £475 - 17
Northern Ireland 0 5 £354 -21.30% 3

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 6,400 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,460 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
3 1,235 (19.30%) Windows
4 942 (14.72%) Microsoft
5 927 (14.48%) Linux
6 830 (12.97%) Java
7 788 (12.31%) DevOps
8 726 (11.34%) Amazon AWS
9 682 (10.66%) Active Directory
10 668 (10.44%) ITIL
11 611 (9.55%) Migration
12 584 (9.13%) VMware
13 581 (9.08%) SQL
14 558 (8.72%) Cisco
15 509 (7.95%) Firewall
16 486 (7.59%) Microsoft Azure
17 479 (7.48%) Project Management
18 478 (7.47%) Scrum
19 474 (7.41%) Test Automation
20 473 (7.39%) DV Cleared
21 462 (7.22%) Jenkins
22 458 (7.16%) Windows Server
23 452 (7.06%) Finance
24 443 (6.92%) Python
25 439 (6.86%) Problem-Solving
26 425 (6.64%) Git (software)
27 423 (6.61%) Oracle
28 417 (6.52%) Continuous Integration
29 407 (6.36%) Office 365
30 396 (6.19%) PowerShell

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
1 302 (4.72%) SharePoint
2 147 (2.30%) MS Exchange
3 143 (2.23%) Confluence
4 119 (1.86%) Skype for Business
5 111 (1.73%) IIS
6 106 (1.66%) Tomcat
7 96 (1.50%) Elasticsearch
8 90 (1.41%) nginx
9 86 (1.34%) Apache
10 74 (1.16%) Apache Spark
11 72 (1.13%) SharePoint 2013
12 65 (1.02%) WebLogic
13 63 (0.98%) JBoss
14 62 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2010
15 52 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
16 42 (0.66%) OpenStack
16 42 (0.66%) WebSphere
17 40 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
18 36 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
19 23 (0.36%) WildFly
Applications
1 306 (4.78%) Microsoft Office
2 135 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 114 (1.78%) Microsoft Project
4 38 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 24 (0.38%) Photoshop
6 22 (0.34%) InfoPath
7 11 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.17%) Windchill
8 10 (0.16%) GIMP
8 10 (0.16%) Stata
9 8 (0.13%) Simulink
10 5 (0.078%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.063%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.063%) Doxygen
11 4 (0.063%) InVision
11 4 (0.063%) PaintShop Pro
11 4 (0.063%) Revit
12 2 (0.031%) UXPin
13 1 (0.016%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 32 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
3 18 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
4 17 (0.27%) Primavera
5 16 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 15 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
7 13 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
8 10 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 10 (0.16%) SAP HR
9 9 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
10 8 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
10 8 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 7 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
11 7 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
12 6 (0.094%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
12 6 (0.094%) Oracle E-Business Tax
12 6 (0.094%) SAP FI
13 5 (0.078%) Oracle Internet Expenses
13 5 (0.078%) Oracle SCM
13 5 (0.078%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 726 (11.34%) Amazon AWS
2 486 (7.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 407 (6.36%) Office 365
4 94 (1.47%) PaaS
5 89 (1.39%) IaaS
6 87 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
7 76 (1.19%) Amazon S3
8 75 (1.17%) SaaS
9 67 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
10 64 (1.00%) Azure Active Directory
11 58 (0.91%) Serverless
12 54 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
13 52 (0.81%) GitHub
14 43 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
15 41 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 38 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
16 38 (0.59%) Route 53
17 34 (0.53%) npm
18 33 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 26 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 509 (7.95%) Firewall
2 337 (5.27%) DNS
3 209 (3.27%) DHCP
4 200 (3.13%) TCP/IP
5 191 (2.98%) VPN
6 176 (2.75%) WAN
7 165 (2.58%) LAN
8 148 (2.31%) Internet
9 144 (2.25%) Cisco ASA
10 131 (2.05%) SAN
11 123 (1.92%) Network Security
12 106 (1.66%) Wireless
13 104 (1.63%) Skype
14 102 (1.59%) BGP
15 101 (1.58%) SSL
16 99 (1.55%) HTTP
17 89 (1.39%) Cisco ISE
18 81 (1.27%) MPLS
19 74 (1.16%) VLAN
20 69 (1.08%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 347 (5.42%) SQL Server
2 246 (3.84%) PostgreSQL
3 223 (3.48%) Big Data
4 162 (2.53%) Hadoop
5 151 (2.36%) Relational Database
6 128 (2.00%) MySQL
7 111 (1.73%) MongoDB
8 93 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
9 73 (1.14%) Oracle Database
10 67 (1.05%) RDBMS
11 61 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
11 61 (0.95%) HBase
12 59 (0.92%) Redis
13 56 (0.88%) Power BI
14 55 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
15 49 (0.77%) NoSQL
16 47 (0.73%) SQL Server 2016
17 39 (0.61%) Data Mining
17 39 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
18 37 (0.58%) GIS
Development Applications
1 462 (7.22%) Jenkins
2 425 (6.64%) Git (software)
3 286 (4.47%) JIRA
4 155 (2.42%) Selenium
5 145 (2.27%) Maven
6 122 (1.91%) Artifactory
7 102 (1.59%) Cucumber
8 86 (1.34%) JUnit
9 85 (1.33%) Team Foundation Server
9 85 (1.33%) Visual Studio
10 65 (1.02%) Vagrant
11 64 (1.00%) Sonatype Nexus
12 57 (0.89%) Mockito
13 56 (0.88%) Subversion
14 54 (0.84%) SonarQube
15 50 (0.78%) HP UFT
16 48 (0.75%) Eclipse
16 48 (0.75%) GitLab
17 46 (0.72%) Karma Test Runner
18 45 (0.70%) Jasmine
General
1 452 (7.06%) Finance
2 186 (2.91%) Manufacturing
3 179 (2.80%) Telecoms
4 113 (1.77%) Law
5 103 (1.61%) Electronics
6 98 (1.53%) Military
7 89 (1.39%) Marketing
8 73 (1.14%) Retail
9 66 (1.03%) Legal
10 32 (0.50%) Aerospace
11 31 (0.48%) Games
12 15 (0.23%) Banking
13 14 (0.22%) Billing
14 10 (0.16%) Financial Institution
14 10 (0.16%) Publishing
15 9 (0.14%) Back Office
15 9 (0.14%) Local Government
16 6 (0.094%) Advertising
16 6 (0.094%) General Ledger
17 5 (0.078%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 796 (12.44%) Developer
2 652 (10.19%) Architect
3 616 (9.63%) Analyst
4 373 (5.83%) Consultant
5 359 (5.61%) DevOps Engineer
6 331 (5.17%) Project Manager
7 288 (4.50%) Java Developer
8 285 (4.45%) Network Engineer
9 263 (4.11%) Support Engineer
10 191 (2.98%) Desktop Support
11 177 (2.77%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 165 (2.58%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 155 (2.42%) Business Analyst
14 132 (2.06%) Solutions Architect
15 126 (1.97%) Software Engineer
16 123 (1.92%) Test Analyst
17 119 (1.86%) Deployment Engineer
18 106 (1.66%) Administrator
18 106 (1.66%) AWS Engineer
19 104 (1.63%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (4.53%) Web Services
2 217 (3.39%) .NET
3 199 (3.11%) HTML
4 196 (3.06%) REST
5 193 (3.02%) CSS
6 180 (2.81%) XML
7 162 (2.53%) Node.js
8 148 (2.31%) Spring
9 123 (1.92%) JSON
10 120 (1.88%) AngularJS
11 115 (1.80%) Elastic Stack
12 102 (1.59%) Kafka
13 101 (1.58%) RESTful
14 93 (1.45%) HTML5
15 90 (1.41%) RabbitMQ
16 87 (1.36%) LDAP
17 81 (1.27%) Apache Camel
17 81 (1.27%) Spring Boot
18 79 (1.23%) SOAP
19 78 (1.22%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 388 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
2 259 (4.05%) Data Centre
3 180 (2.81%) Management Information System
4 144 (2.25%) User Experience
5 120 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
6 117 (1.83%) Computer Science
7 116 (1.81%) PKI
8 100 (1.56%) Linux Command Line
9 81 (1.27%) Clustering
10 78 (1.22%) Public Cloud
11 57 (0.89%) Private Cloud
12 50 (0.78%) Driving Licence
13 43 (0.67%) Fat Client
13 43 (0.67%) Thin Client
14 38 (0.59%) EMC VNX
14 38 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
14 38 (0.59%) Smartphone
15 35 (0.55%) Replication
16 34 (0.53%) Blackberry
17 30 (0.47%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 1,235 (19.30%) Windows
2 927 (14.48%) Linux
3 458 (7.16%) Windows Server
4 313 (4.89%) Unix
5 292 (4.56%) Windows 10
6 256 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 230 (3.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 209 (3.27%) Windows 7
9 200 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
10 170 (2.66%) Windows Server 2003
11 132 (2.06%) CentOS
12 99 (1.55%) AIX
13 96 (1.50%) Android
14 95 (1.48%) Apple iOS
15 69 (1.08%) Solaris
16 52 (0.81%) Ubuntu
17 48 (0.75%) Mac OS X
18 39 (0.61%) Windows 8
19 38 (0.59%) Windows XP
20 35 (0.55%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,460 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
2 788 (12.31%) DevOps
3 668 (10.44%) ITIL
4 611 (9.55%) Migration
5 479 (7.48%) Project Management
6 478 (7.47%) Scrum
7 474 (7.41%) Test Automation
8 439 (6.86%) Problem-Solving
9 417 (6.52%) Continuous Integration
10 369 (5.77%) Configuration Management
11 338 (5.28%) Stakeholder Management
12 323 (5.05%) Service Management
13 312 (4.88%) Open Source
14 300 (4.69%) Change Management
15 293 (4.58%) TDD
16 255 (3.98%) PRINCE2
17 247 (3.86%) Software Engineering
18 230 (3.59%) Microservices
19 226 (3.53%) Service Delivery
20 219 (3.42%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 830 (12.97%) Java
2 581 (9.08%) SQL
3 443 (6.92%) Python
4 396 (6.19%) PowerShell
5 395 (6.17%) JavaScript
6 233 (3.64%) C
7 208 (3.25%) C#
8 192 (3.00%) Bash Shell
9 185 (2.89%) Ruby
10 163 (2.55%) Java 8
11 146 (2.28%) C++
12 108 (1.69%) Shell Script
13 107 (1.67%) Perl
14 95 (1.48%) Groovy
15 71 (1.11%) PL/SQL
16 60 (0.94%) Scala
17 49 (0.77%) R
18 48 (0.75%) PHP
19 46 (0.72%) VBScript
20 40 (0.63%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6,400 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 473 (7.39%) DV Cleared
3 260 (4.06%) Degree
4 257 (4.02%) Cisco Certification
5 172 (2.69%) BPSS Clearance
6 165 (2.58%) CCNP
7 142 (2.22%) Microsoft Certification
8 120 (1.88%) CCNA
9 86 (1.34%) CTC Cleared
10 85 (1.33%) CISSP
10 85 (1.33%) MCSE
11 74 (1.16%) ISTQB
12 73 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
13 70 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 62 (0.97%) ISEB
15 51 (0.80%) CCIE
15 51 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
16 44 (0.69%) CESG Certified Professional
17 41 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 38 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (1.91%) PMO
2 120 (1.88%) SLA
3 106 (1.66%) QA
4 88 (1.38%) Disclosure Scotland
5 74 (1.16%) Data Quality
6 50 (0.78%) GDPR
7 47 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 30 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 29 (0.45%) JSP 440
10 27 (0.42%) RMADS
11 17 (0.27%) ISO 9001
12 16 (0.25%) PCI DSS
13 15 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.11%) Def Stans
15 4 (0.063%) COBIT
15 4 (0.063%) PMBOK
16 3 (0.047%) Cyber Essentials
16 3 (0.047%) DO-178B
16 3 (0.047%) Government Security Classifications
16 3 (0.047%) P3O
System Software
1 682 (10.66%) Active Directory
2 395 (6.17%) Docker
3 382 (5.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 155 (2.42%) Hyper-V
5 141 (2.20%) vSphere
6 112 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
7 109 (1.70%) XenApp
8 81 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
9 71 (1.11%) XenDesktop
10 59 (0.92%) Microsoft App-V
11 41 (0.64%) XenServer
12 31 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
13 29 (0.45%) NFS
14 28 (0.44%) VMware NSX
15 23 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 23 (0.36%) flannel
16 18 (0.28%) Firmware
16 18 (0.28%) HDFS
17 17 (0.27%) vCloud
17 17 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 327 (5.11%) Puppet
2 314 (4.91%) Ansible
3 295 (4.61%) SCCM
4 227 (3.55%) Terraform
5 222 (3.47%) Kubernetes
6 132 (2.06%) SCOM
7 123 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
8 105 (1.64%) HP ALM
9 72 (1.13%) logstash
10 66 (1.03%) McAfee ePO
11 59 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 57 (0.89%) Kibana
13 56 (0.88%) AirWatch
14 53 (0.83%) FortiGate
15 52 (0.81%) Nagios
16 47 (0.73%) Packer
17 45 (0.70%) HAProxy
18 40 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
19 38 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
20 36 (0.56%) Consul
Vendors
1 942 (14.72%) Microsoft
2 584 (9.13%) VMware
3 558 (8.72%) Cisco
4 423 (6.61%) Oracle
5 295 (4.61%) HP
6 262 (4.09%) Citrix
7 253 (3.95%) SAP
8 195 (3.05%) Red Hat
9 167 (2.61%) Juniper
10 161 (2.52%) McAfee
11 138 (2.16%) IBM
12 111 (1.73%) NetApp
13 108 (1.69%) EMC
14 105 (1.64%) Ivanti
15 100 (1.56%) Google
16 92 (1.44%) CheckPoint
17 89 (1.39%) Splunk
18 87 (1.36%) ServiceNow
19 81 (1.27%) Remedy
20 79 (1.23%) SolarWinds