Period
to 18 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Security Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 January 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 Clearance
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 13 6 10
Rank change year-on-year -7 +4 +4
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,780 5,741 7,902
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.04% 14.14% 10.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 52.75% 61.70% 51.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,725 3,809 5,095
10th Percentile £363 £313 £283
25th Percentile £440 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £481 £485
Median % change year-on-year +9.20% -0.88% +4.08%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £509 £463 £473
% change year-on-year +9.95% -2.22% +5.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 326 335 341
10th Percentile £17.56 £15.04 £15.50
25th Percentile £21.05 £22.12 £17.50
Median hourly rate £44.86 £45.00 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -0.31% +12.50% +10.38%
75th Percentile £60.00 £58.38 £50.00
90th Percentile £72.50 £66.00 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.43 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +11.60% +6.25% +14.29%

Security 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 16,643 9,305 15,432
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.04% 22.92% 21.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,885 6,132 9,959
10th Percentile £313 £275 £256
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £615 £563 £560
90th Percentile £700 £648 £644
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 649 494 656
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.19
25th Percentile £17.50 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.55 £40.00 £33.23
Median % change year-on-year -1.13% +20.38% +25.79%
75th Percentile £54.38 £53.56 £49.81
90th Percentile £65.99 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.16 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -4.84% +26.67% +13.21%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security 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 Security Cleared within the UK over the 6 months to 18 January 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
Job
Vacancies
England -6 7,062 £525 +7.69% 1,158
UK excluding London -3 4,347 £509 +9.95% 978
London -18 2,415 £550 +10.00% 264
Work from Home -7 2,312 £550 +10.00% 151
South East -1 1,390 £525 +10.53% 261
South West 0 1,271 £509 +7.05% 250
North of England -14 530 £500 +11.11% 163
Midlands -8 417 £495 +16.53% 95
North West -9 369 £500 +16.28% 121
West Midlands -5 323 £500 +22.40% 76
East of England -3 303 £495 +10.31% 107
Wales 0 299 £525 +10.53% 59
Scotland -39 167 £450 - 45
Yorkshire -17 124 £490 -1.61% 24
East Midlands -21 90 £400 -11.11% 19
North East -7 53 £563 +25.00% 18
Northern Ireland -12 2 £300 -36.17% 2
Isle of Man - 2 £694 -

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Cleared.

1 6,804 (77.49%) SC Cleared
2 2,384 (27.15%) Agile Software Development
3 1,693 (19.28%) Public Sector
4 1,376 (15.67%) Social Skills
5 1,369 (15.59%) DevOps
6 1,289 (14.68%) AWS
7 1,149 (13.09%) Windows
8 1,132 (12.89%) Azure
9 1,126 (12.82%) DV Cleared
10 1,010 (11.50%) Microsoft
11 998 (11.37%) Linux
12 978 (11.14%) Java
13 917 (10.44%) SQL
14 856 (9.75%) Python
15 766 (8.72%) Kubernetes
16 692 (7.88%) Migration
17 688 (7.84%) Docker
18 675 (7.69%) Oracle
18 675 (7.69%) Scrum
19 651 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
20 650 (7.40%) Finance
21 626 (7.13%) Software Engineering
22 622 (7.08%) VMware
22 622 (7.08%) JIRA
23 618 (7.04%) Terraform
24 615 (7.00%) Cybersecurity
25 614 (6.99%) ITIL
26 604 (6.88%) Project Management
26 604 (6.88%) Jenkins
27 575 (6.55%) Test Automation

Security 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
1 307 (3.50%) SharePoint
2 300 (3.42%) Confluence
3 134 (1.53%) Apache Spark
4 87 (0.99%) Apache
5 74 (0.84%) SAS
6 62 (0.71%) MS Exchange
7 61 (0.69%) IIS
7 61 (0.69%) Tomcat
8 58 (0.66%) WebLogic
9 48 (0.55%) JBoss
10 47 (0.54%) Skype for Business
11 38 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 37 (0.42%) ArcGIS
13 35 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
14 34 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
15 31 (0.35%) nginx
16 23 (0.26%) CMS
16 23 (0.26%) WebSphere
17 22 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
18 20 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 183 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
2 177 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 172 (1.96%) Microsoft Project
4 71 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 52 (0.59%) MS Visio
6 32 (0.36%) Stata
7 29 (0.33%) Simulink
8 21 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
9 15 (0.17%) Photoshop
10 14 (0.16%) Siemens NX
11 7 (0.080%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 7 (0.080%) SPSS
11 7 (0.080%) Windchill
12 6 (0.068%) InVision
13 5 (0.057%) Adobe XD
13 5 (0.057%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.057%) Oracle Smart View
14 4 (0.046%) Revit
14 4 (0.046%) Stateflow
15 3 (0.034%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 81 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
2 43 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
3 38 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
4 25 (0.28%) Teamcenter
5 24 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
6 23 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
6 23 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 18 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
8 16 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
8 16 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
9 13 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
10 12 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
11 10 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 9 (0.10%) iTrent
12 9 (0.10%) Remedy AR System
12 9 (0.10%) SAP FI
12 9 (0.10%) Sentinel
13 8 (0.091%) SAP CO
13 8 (0.091%) SAP ERP
13 8 (0.091%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1,289 (14.68%) AWS
2 1,132 (12.89%) Azure
3 353 (4.02%) Microsoft 365
4 203 (2.31%) GCP
4 203 (2.31%) Power Platform
5 199 (2.27%) SaaS
6 196 (2.23%) IaaS
7 194 (2.21%) PaaS
8 171 (1.95%) Serverless
9 170 (1.94%) GitHub
10 156 (1.78%) Amazon S3
11 131 (1.49%) AWS Lambda
12 119 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
13 107 (1.22%) OpenShift
14 105 (1.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 105 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
15 93 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
16 60 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
17 55 (0.63%) PowerApps
18 50 (0.57%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 384 (4.37%) Firewall
2 228 (2.60%) WAN
3 184 (2.10%) DNS
4 164 (1.87%) Network Security
5 146 (1.66%) LAN
6 111 (1.26%) VPN
7 103 (1.17%) TCP/IP
8 101 (1.15%) BGP
9 89 (1.01%) SAN
10 87 (0.99%) Internet
11 86 (0.98%) DHCP
12 83 (0.95%) SD-WAN
13 73 (0.83%) OSPF
14 70 (0.80%) Skype
15 66 (0.75%) MPLS
16 54 (0.62%) Ethernet
17 49 (0.56%) IPsec
18 48 (0.55%) SSL
19 46 (0.52%) VoIP
20 43 (0.49%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 344 (3.92%) SQL Server
2 211 (2.40%) Big Data
3 202 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
4 198 (2.26%) Oracle Database
5 177 (2.02%) PostgreSQL
6 174 (1.98%) Power BI
7 138 (1.57%) Relational Database
8 133 (1.51%) Hadoop
9 129 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
10 119 (1.36%) MongoDB
11 115 (1.31%) Metadata
12 100 (1.14%) NoSQL
13 96 (1.09%) MySQL
14 75 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 72 (0.82%) Data Lake
16 66 (0.75%) Oracle BI EE
17 65 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 60 (0.68%) GIS
18 60 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
19 58 (0.66%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 622 (7.08%) JIRA
2 604 (6.88%) Jenkins
3 548 (6.24%) Git (software)
4 216 (2.46%) Selenium
5 203 (2.31%) GitLab
6 196 (2.23%) Cucumber
7 133 (1.51%) Maven
8 118 (1.34%) JMeter
9 105 (1.20%) Bitbucket
10 99 (1.13%) SonarQube
11 85 (0.97%) SoapUI
12 80 (0.91%) Artifactory
13 76 (0.87%) Sonatype Nexus
13 76 (0.87%) Visual Studio
14 70 (0.80%) Postman
15 67 (0.76%) JUnit
16 65 (0.74%) Rational DOORS
17 58 (0.66%) WebDriver
18 55 (0.63%) Eclipse
19 54 (0.62%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 1,693 (19.28%) Public Sector
2 1,376 (15.67%) Social Skills
3 650 (7.40%) Finance
4 432 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
5 224 (2.55%) Telecoms
6 198 (2.26%) Presentation Skills
7 157 (1.79%) Manufacturing
8 141 (1.61%) Organisational Skills
9 136 (1.55%) Influencing Skills
10 129 (1.47%) Marketing
11 125 (1.42%) Military
12 119 (1.36%) Electronics
13 106 (1.21%) Law
14 82 (0.93%) Aerospace
15 78 (0.89%) Documentation Skills
16 76 (0.87%) Legal
17 66 (0.75%) Police
18 53 (0.60%) Retail
19 46 (0.52%) Local Government
20 41 (0.47%) Banking
Job Titles
1 1,158 (13.19%) Developer
2 1,116 (12.71%) Architect
3 763 (8.69%) Analyst
4 522 (5.95%) DevOps Engineer
5 488 (5.56%) Consultant
6 408 (4.65%) Project Manager
7 337 (3.84%) Business Analyst
8 309 (3.52%) Java Developer
9 287 (3.27%) Data Engineer
10 264 (3.01%) Solutions Architect
11 252 (2.87%) Software Engineer
12 248 (2.82%) Network Engineer
13 199 (2.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 195 (2.22%) Designer
15 188 (2.14%) Security Architect
16 176 (2.00%) Tester
17 172 (1.96%) AWS Engineer
18 168 (1.91%) Technical Architect
19 163 (1.86%) Support Engineer
20 154 (1.75%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 376 (4.28%) .NET
2 278 (3.17%) CSS
3 271 (3.09%) HTML
4 236 (2.69%) Kafka
5 231 (2.63%) Spring
6 218 (2.48%) React
7 216 (2.46%) Web Services
8 198 (2.26%) RESTful
9 173 (1.97%) REST
10 164 (1.87%) XML
11 154 (1.75%) Spring Boot
12 150 (1.71%) Node.js
13 147 (1.67%) JSON
14 133 (1.51%) AngularJS
15 112 (1.28%) Oracle Fusion
15 112 (1.28%) SOAP
16 110 (1.25%) Middleware
17 93 (1.06%) .NET Framework
18 89 (1.01%) ASP.NET
19 87 (0.99%) Apache NiFi
Miscellaneous
1 251 (2.86%) Data Centre
2 244 (2.78%) Management Information System
3 179 (2.04%) User Experience
4 146 (1.66%) Self-Motivation
5 128 (1.46%) Public Cloud
6 111 (1.26%) PKI
7 98 (1.12%) Clustering
8 93 (1.06%) Cloud Native
9 90 (1.03%) Data Structures
10 69 (0.79%) Legacy Systems
11 68 (0.77%) Private Cloud
11 68 (0.77%) Virtual Team
12 60 (0.68%) CMDB
13 59 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
13 59 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
14 56 (0.64%) NHS
15 52 (0.59%) Cybercrime
15 52 (0.59%) Replication
16 47 (0.54%) Legacy Applications
17 45 (0.51%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,149 (13.09%) Windows
2 998 (11.37%) Linux
3 360 (4.10%) Windows Server
4 250 (2.85%) Windows 10
5 213 (2.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 174 (1.98%) Unix
7 126 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 94 (1.07%) Windows Server 2019
9 93 (1.06%) Windows 7
10 88 (1.00%) Windows Server 2016
11 72 (0.82%) CentOS
12 59 (0.67%) Windows Server 2008
13 44 (0.50%) Ubuntu
14 42 (0.48%) Solaris
15 39 (0.44%) Android
16 26 (0.30%) Apple iOS
16 26 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
17 25 (0.28%) VMS
18 20 (0.23%) Windows XP
19 17 (0.19%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,384 (27.15%) Agile Software Development
2 1,369 (15.59%) DevOps
3 692 (7.88%) Migration
4 675 (7.69%) Scrum
5 651 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
6 626 (7.13%) Software Engineering
7 615 (7.00%) Cybersecurity
8 614 (6.99%) ITIL
9 604 (6.88%) Project Management
10 575 (6.55%) Test Automation
11 563 (6.41%) Problem-Solving
12 512 (5.83%) Microservices
13 437 (4.98%) Business Intelligence
13 437 (4.98%) Project Delivery
14 395 (4.50%) Configuration Management
15 368 (4.19%) Analytics
16 346 (3.94%) Service Management
17 329 (3.75%) Continuous Integration
18 319 (3.63%) Decision-Making
19 308 (3.51%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 978 (11.14%) Java
2 917 (10.44%) SQL
3 856 (9.75%) Python
4 476 (5.42%) PowerShell
5 466 (5.31%) JavaScript
6 419 (4.77%) C#
7 262 (2.98%) Bash
7 262 (2.98%) C
8 242 (2.76%) C++
9 139 (1.58%) Scala
10 118 (1.34%) PL/SQL
11 111 (1.26%) TypeScript
12 104 (1.18%) R
13 84 (0.96%) Shell Script
14 77 (0.88%) Groovy
15 74 (0.84%) Java 8
16 58 (0.66%) Ruby
16 58 (0.66%) T-SQL
17 57 (0.65%) Java 11
18 51 (0.58%) VB
Qualifications
1 6,804 (77.49%) SC Cleared
2 1,126 (12.82%) DV Cleared
3 488 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
4 325 (3.70%) Degree
5 178 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
6 171 (1.95%) CISSP
7 119 (1.36%) ISTQB
8 110 (1.25%) CCNP
9 108 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
10 79 (0.90%) CISM
11 75 (0.85%) CESG Certified Professional
12 69 (0.79%) CCNA
13 66 (0.75%) ISEB
13 66 (0.75%) PMI Certification
13 66 (0.75%) PMP
14 58 (0.66%) CTC Cleared
15 56 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 51 (0.58%) APMP
16 51 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 48 (0.55%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 229 (2.61%) QA
2 206 (2.35%) PMO
3 170 (1.94%) SLA
4 152 (1.73%) NCSC
5 142 (1.62%) Accessibility
6 127 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 99 (1.13%) Data Quality
8 71 (0.81%) JSP 440
9 59 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
10 57 (0.65%) NIST
11 49 (0.56%) RMADS
12 34 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 31 (0.35%) WCAG
14 27 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
14 27 (0.31%) GDPR
15 23 (0.26%) Def Stans
16 19 (0.22%) COBIT
17 14 (0.16%) GRC
17 14 (0.16%) MISRA
17 14 (0.16%) MISRA C
System Software
1 688 (7.84%) Docker
2 530 (6.04%) Active Directory
3 422 (4.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 151 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
5 120 (1.37%) Hyper-V
6 100 (1.14%) vSphere
7 79 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
8 77 (0.88%) VMware NSX
9 43 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
10 36 (0.41%) HDFS
10 36 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
11 33 (0.38%) Firmware
12 16 (0.18%) vCloud
13 14 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
14 13 (0.15%) NFS
15 12 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 11 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 11 (0.13%) Terminal Services
17 9 (0.10%) XenDesktop
18 7 (0.080%) KVM
Systems Management
1 766 (8.72%) Kubernetes
2 618 (7.04%) Terraform
3 511 (5.82%) Ansible
4 165 (1.88%) SCCM
5 154 (1.75%) Puppet
6 130 (1.48%) Grafana
7 98 (1.12%) Prometheus
8 73 (0.83%) Microsoft Intune
9 67 (0.76%) Kibana
10 66 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
10 66 (0.75%) vRealize
11 60 (0.68%) vCenter Server
12 53 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
12 53 (0.60%) Packer
13 51 (0.58%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 50 (0.57%) SCOM
14 50 (0.57%) WSUS
15 40 (0.46%) Docker Swarm
16 37 (0.42%) Istio
17 36 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 1,010 (11.50%) Microsoft
2 675 (7.69%) Oracle
3 622 (7.08%) VMware
4 407 (4.64%) Cisco
5 230 (2.62%) Red Hat
6 220 (2.51%) SAP
7 162 (1.85%) Splunk
8 121 (1.38%) ServiceNow
9 116 (1.32%) Google
10 112 (1.28%) Juniper
11 104 (1.18%) CheckPoint
12 99 (1.13%) Cloudera
13 98 (1.12%) IBM
14 89 (1.01%) HP
15 83 (0.95%) Informatica
16 76 (0.87%) Remedy
17 72 (0.82%) Citrix
18 69 (0.79%) Talend
19 68 (0.77%) Atlassian
20 57 (0.65%) Dell