Period
to 18 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 5 14
Rank change year-on-year -9 +9 +5
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,808 4,858 8,031
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.31% 15.74% 9.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 49.98% 63.39% 47.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,043 3,284 5,108
10th Percentile £350 £313 £288
25th Percentile £425 £410 £390
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +8.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 371 197 418
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.25 £15.47
25th Percentile £18.00 £21.25 £19.37
Median hourly rate £39.60 £42.00 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.71% -2.33% +72.00%
75th Percentile £58.43 £53.00 £52.50
90th Percentile £69.00 £64.50 £71.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.66 £31.61 £43.00
% change year-on-year +25.47% -26.49% +32.51%

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 15,621 7,664 17,000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.63% 24.83% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,129 5,151 10,818
10th Percentile £313 £290 £261
25th Percentile £413 £387 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £644 £649
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £461 £441
% change year-on-year +2.98% +4.59% +6.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 693 301 772
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.04 £14.01
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £54.00 £48.17 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.53 £61.25 £59.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% -31.25% +73.91%

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 October 2021.

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 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Top 17 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 October 2021. 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 6,392 £510 +2.00% 1,190
UK excluding London -6 4,017 £500 +5.26% 1,018
London -20 2,223 £525 - 270
Work from Home -9 1,922 £525 +5.00% 160
South East -2 1,240 £500 - 275
South West 0 1,075 £500 +4.00% 254
North of England -8 563 £475 -5.00% 156
Midlands -18 393 £495 +12.50% 104
North West -6 380 £475 - 108
West Midlands -13 312 £500 +14.29% 83
East of England -5 275 £463 -2.63% 119
Wales 0 265 £508 +11.34% 41
Scotland -19 241 £462 +2.56% 65
Yorkshire -14 124 £475 -5.00% 28
East Midlands -23 77 £355 -21.11% 21
North East -8 61 £575 +15.00% 20
Northern Ireland -12 4 £444 +2.01% 8

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, 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 6,067 (77.70%) SC Cleared
2 2,082 (26.66%) Agile Software Development
3 1,316 (16.85%) Social Skills
4 1,229 (15.74%) DevOps
5 1,223 (15.66%) Public Sector
6 1,162 (14.88%) AWS
7 1,075 (13.77%) Azure
8 996 (12.76%) Windows
9 935 (11.97%) DV Cleared
10 934 (11.96%) Microsoft
11 871 (11.16%) Java
12 842 (10.78%) Linux
13 733 (9.39%) SQL
14 697 (8.93%) Migration
15 667 (8.54%) Python
16 644 (8.25%) Oracle
17 642 (8.22%) Scrum
18 618 (7.91%) VMware
19 614 (7.86%) Finance
20 610 (7.81%) Docker
21 593 (7.59%) ITIL
22 578 (7.40%) Software Engineering
23 573 (7.34%) JIRA
24 568 (7.27%) Kubernetes
25 567 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
26 549 (7.03%) Project Management
27 540 (6.92%) Jenkins
28 536 (6.86%) Terraform
29 531 (6.80%) Active Directory
30 508 (6.51%) Cybersecurity

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
1 319 (4.09%) Confluence
2 274 (3.51%) SharePoint
3 87 (1.11%) Apache Spark
4 85 (1.09%) Apache
5 69 (0.88%) SAS
6 65 (0.83%) MS Exchange
7 64 (0.82%) IIS
8 59 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
9 52 (0.67%) WebLogic
10 44 (0.56%) Tomcat
11 35 (0.45%) nginx
11 35 (0.45%) Skype for Business
12 27 (0.35%) CMS
13 23 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 23 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
14 21 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
15 19 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
16 17 (0.22%) ArcGIS
16 17 (0.22%) JBoss
16 17 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 198 (2.54%) Microsoft Office
2 184 (2.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 112 (1.43%) Microsoft Project
4 86 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 49 (0.63%) MS Visio
6 38 (0.49%) Simulink
7 18 (0.23%) Photoshop
8 17 (0.22%) Stata
9 11 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
10 10 (0.13%) Siemens NX
11 7 (0.090%) Stateflow
12 6 (0.077%) Windchill
13 5 (0.064%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 5 (0.064%) InVision
14 4 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
14 4 (0.051%) Figma
14 4 (0.051%) Sketch
15 3 (0.038%) Maple
15 3 (0.038%) Oracle Smart View
15 3 (0.038%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 75 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
2 45 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
3 38 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
4 24 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 22 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
5 22 (0.28%) Teamcenter
6 19 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
7 14 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
8 13 (0.17%) Oracle SCM
8 13 (0.17%) SAP FI
9 12 (0.15%) iTrent
10 11 (0.14%) SAP CO
10 11 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.13%) Maximo
11 10 (0.13%) Oracle Manufacturing
11 10 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 10 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
12 9 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
12 9 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
12 9 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,162 (14.88%) AWS
2 1,075 (13.77%) Azure
3 293 (3.75%) Microsoft 365
4 188 (2.41%) PaaS
5 187 (2.39%) GitHub
6 183 (2.34%) GCP
7 173 (2.22%) SaaS
8 167 (2.14%) IaaS
9 163 (2.09%) Power Platform
10 148 (1.90%) Serverless
11 108 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
12 90 (1.15%) Amazon S3
13 86 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
14 85 (1.09%) OpenShift
15 77 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
16 76 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
17 59 (0.76%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 58 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
19 51 (0.65%) PowerApps
20 36 (0.46%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 358 (4.59%) Firewall
2 211 (2.70%) DNS
3 210 (2.69%) WAN
4 155 (1.99%) Network Security
5 153 (1.96%) LAN
6 141 (1.81%) TCP/IP
7 111 (1.42%) SAN
8 102 (1.31%) VPN
9 101 (1.29%) DHCP
10 98 (1.26%) BGP
11 82 (1.05%) SD-WAN
12 78 (1.00%) Skype
13 76 (0.97%) Internet
13 76 (0.97%) MPLS
14 70 (0.90%) OSPF
15 63 (0.81%) SNMP
16 57 (0.73%) HTTP
17 55 (0.70%) VSAN
18 52 (0.67%) SSL
19 50 (0.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 269 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 194 (2.48%) Oracle Database
3 184 (2.36%) Big Data
4 182 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
4 182 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
5 181 (2.32%) Hadoop
6 140 (1.79%) Power BI
7 139 (1.78%) Relational Database
8 103 (1.32%) Metadata
9 97 (1.24%) NoSQL
10 94 (1.20%) MongoDB
11 91 (1.17%) Amazon RDS
12 88 (1.13%) MySQL
13 73 (0.93%) Apache Hive
14 65 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 57 (0.73%) Data Lake
15 57 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
16 56 (0.72%) Oracle BI EE
17 48 (0.61%) RDBMS
18 46 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 573 (7.34%) JIRA
2 540 (6.92%) Jenkins
3 471 (6.03%) Git (software)
4 205 (2.63%) Selenium
5 178 (2.28%) GitLab
6 158 (2.02%) Cucumber
7 127 (1.63%) Maven
8 112 (1.43%) Bitbucket
9 87 (1.11%) JMeter
10 82 (1.05%) Artifactory
11 78 (1.00%) Rational DOORS
12 65 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
13 63 (0.81%) Postman
13 63 (0.81%) Visual Studio
14 58 (0.74%) JUnit
15 54 (0.69%) Rational Rhapsody
15 54 (0.69%) SoapUI
16 53 (0.68%) WebDriver
17 51 (0.65%) SonarQube
18 43 (0.55%) Mockito
General
1 1,316 (16.85%) Social Skills
2 1,223 (15.66%) Public Sector
3 614 (7.86%) Finance
4 416 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
5 191 (2.45%) Telecoms
6 174 (2.23%) Presentation Skills
7 151 (1.93%) Military
8 135 (1.73%) Manufacturing
9 104 (1.33%) Organisational Skills
10 103 (1.32%) Influencing Skills
10 103 (1.32%) Marketing
11 98 (1.26%) Electronics
11 98 (1.26%) Law
12 78 (1.00%) Documentation Skills
13 71 (0.91%) Aerospace
13 71 (0.91%) Banking
14 58 (0.74%) Legal
15 43 (0.55%) Retail
16 39 (0.50%) Billing
17 38 (0.49%) Police
Job Titles
1 993 (12.72%) Architect
2 934 (11.96%) Developer
3 639 (8.18%) Analyst
4 514 (6.58%) Consultant
5 425 (5.44%) DevOps Engineer
6 401 (5.14%) Project Manager
7 288 (3.69%) Business Analyst
8 259 (3.32%) Solutions Architect
9 254 (3.25%) Software Engineer
10 230 (2.95%) Network Engineer
11 201 (2.57%) Data Engineer
12 200 (2.56%) Java Developer
13 159 (2.04%) Technical Architect
14 146 (1.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 142 (1.82%) Support Engineer
16 136 (1.74%) Azure Engineer
17 131 (1.68%) Designer
18 129 (1.65%) Tester
19 127 (1.63%) Security Architect
19 127 (1.63%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 310 (3.97%) .NET
2 246 (3.15%) Web Services
3 240 (3.07%) HTML
4 225 (2.88%) Spring
5 216 (2.77%) CSS
6 196 (2.51%) React
7 176 (2.25%) Node.js
7 176 (2.25%) RESTful
8 167 (2.14%) REST
9 161 (2.06%) JSON
10 157 (2.01%) XML
11 144 (1.84%) Spring Boot
12 133 (1.70%) AngularJS
12 133 (1.70%) Kafka
13 117 (1.50%) Oracle Fusion
14 92 (1.18%) Middleware
15 84 (1.08%) SOAP
16 79 (1.01%) .NET Framework
17 67 (0.86%) Apache NiFi
18 66 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 297 (3.80%) Data Centre
2 203 (2.60%) Management Information System
3 149 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
4 144 (1.84%) User Experience
5 121 (1.55%) Public Cloud
6 94 (1.20%) PKI
7 90 (1.15%) Clustering
8 86 (1.10%) Cloud Native
9 64 (0.82%) CMDB
9 64 (0.82%) Private Cloud
10 60 (0.77%) Cybercrime
10 60 (0.77%) Data Structures
11 59 (0.76%) Replication
12 57 (0.73%) Virtual Team
13 53 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
14 49 (0.63%) Algorithms
15 48 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
16 46 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
17 44 (0.56%) NHS
18 43 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 996 (12.76%) Windows
2 842 (10.78%) Linux
3 339 (4.34%) Windows Server
4 166 (2.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 153 (1.96%) Windows 10
6 145 (1.86%) Unix
7 116 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 80 (1.02%) Windows Server 2019
9 75 (0.96%) Windows Server 2016
10 65 (0.83%) Windows 7
11 62 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
12 53 (0.68%) CentOS
13 42 (0.54%) Apple iOS
14 37 (0.47%) Android
15 36 (0.46%) Ubuntu
16 28 (0.36%) Solaris
17 25 (0.32%) AIX
18 22 (0.28%) Windows XP
19 20 (0.26%) Data ONTAP
20 18 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,082 (26.66%) Agile Software Development
2 1,229 (15.74%) DevOps
3 697 (8.93%) Migration
4 642 (8.22%) Scrum
5 593 (7.59%) ITIL
6 578 (7.40%) Software Engineering
7 567 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
8 549 (7.03%) Project Management
9 508 (6.51%) Cybersecurity
10 500 (6.40%) Problem-Solving
11 479 (6.13%) Test Automation
12 454 (5.81%) Microservices
13 409 (5.24%) Configuration Management
14 392 (5.02%) Project Delivery
15 354 (4.53%) Business Intelligence
16 336 (4.30%) Analytics
17 315 (4.03%) Decision-Making
18 295 (3.78%) Continuous Integration
19 272 (3.48%) Mentoring
20 271 (3.47%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 871 (11.16%) Java
2 733 (9.39%) SQL
3 667 (8.54%) Python
4 457 (5.85%) PowerShell
5 446 (5.71%) JavaScript
6 356 (4.56%) C#
7 253 (3.24%) C
8 206 (2.64%) Bash Shell
8 206 (2.64%) C++
9 131 (1.68%) Scala
10 125 (1.60%) PL/SQL
11 119 (1.52%) TypeScript
12 109 (1.40%) Java 8
13 103 (1.32%) R
14 75 (0.96%) Shell Script
15 73 (0.93%) Groovy
16 64 (0.82%) Perl
17 51 (0.65%) Ruby
18 46 (0.59%) Go
19 40 (0.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 6,067 (77.70%) SC Cleared
2 935 (11.97%) DV Cleared
3 360 (4.61%) BPSS Clearance
4 329 (4.21%) Degree
5 176 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
6 140 (1.79%) CISSP
7 107 (1.37%) CCNP
8 102 (1.31%) ISTQB
9 99 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
10 76 (0.97%) CCNA
11 67 (0.86%) CISM
12 66 (0.85%) CESG Certified Professional
13 60 (0.77%) ISEB
13 60 (0.77%) MCSE
14 53 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
15 51 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
16 45 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 44 (0.56%) BC Cleared
18 41 (0.53%) TOGAF Certification
19 40 (0.51%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 223 (2.86%) QA
2 139 (1.78%) PMO
3 132 (1.69%) SLA
4 121 (1.55%) Accessibility
5 109 (1.40%) Data Quality
6 101 (1.29%) NCSC
7 95 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 58 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
9 47 (0.60%) JSP 440
10 35 (0.45%) RMADS
11 34 (0.44%) GDPR
12 31 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 31 (0.40%) NIST
13 24 (0.31%) WCAG
14 17 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
15 14 (0.18%) GRC
15 14 (0.18%) ISO 9001
16 11 (0.14%) COBIT
16 11 (0.14%) GPG13
17 10 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 610 (7.81%) Docker
2 531 (6.80%) Active Directory
3 436 (5.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 121 (1.55%) vSphere
5 112 (1.43%) Hyper-V
6 105 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
7 97 (1.24%) VMware ESXi
8 81 (1.04%) VMware NSX
9 52 (0.67%) HDFS
10 47 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
11 35 (0.45%) Firmware
12 27 (0.35%) XenApp
13 23 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 22 (0.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 15 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
15 15 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
16 13 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
16 13 (0.17%) XenDesktop
17 12 (0.15%) NFS
18 7 (0.090%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 568 (7.27%) Kubernetes
2 536 (6.86%) Terraform
3 459 (5.88%) Ansible
4 147 (1.88%) SCCM
5 130 (1.66%) Puppet
6 101 (1.29%) Grafana
7 82 (1.05%) Prometheus
8 72 (0.92%) vRealize
9 54 (0.69%) Kibana
10 51 (0.65%) vCenter Server
11 50 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
12 49 (0.63%) Rancher
13 48 (0.61%) Packer
14 47 (0.60%) Active Directory Federation Services
15 46 (0.59%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 45 (0.58%) SCOM
17 36 (0.46%) WSUS
18 35 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
19 32 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
20 31 (0.40%) Istio
Vendors
1 934 (11.96%) Microsoft
2 644 (8.25%) Oracle
3 618 (7.91%) VMware
4 378 (4.84%) Cisco
5 247 (3.16%) SAP
6 169 (2.16%) Red Hat
7 121 (1.55%) Informatica
8 118 (1.51%) Citrix
8 118 (1.51%) ServiceNow
9 102 (1.31%) HP
10 101 (1.29%) Google
11 100 (1.28%) CheckPoint
12 98 (1.26%) IBM
13 97 (1.24%) Dell
14 93 (1.19%) Cloudera
15 86 (1.10%) Splunk
16 79 (1.01%) Juniper
17 67 (0.86%) Atlassian
18 64 (0.82%) Remedy
19 58 (0.74%) BT