Period
to 24 June 2018

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 24 June 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 Clearance
UK
6 months to
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 14 10
Rank change year-on-year +2 -4 +9
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,502 7,746 10,259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.48% 8.46% 9.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 44.81% 41.99% 44.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,981 4,624 6,302
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +5.45% +3.13%
10th Percentile £226 £269 £263
90th Percentile £625 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £415 £400
% change year-on-year - +3.75% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 546 385
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £37.50 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.67% -2.60% +18.32%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.50 £12.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £52.50 £55.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £37.50 £38.00
% change year-on-year -25.33% -1.32% +21.99%

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 18,973 18,448 22,921
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.14% 21.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,345 11,388 14,322
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 936 847
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -3.23% +37.78%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -19.35% -11.43% +55.56%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Cleared.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Cleared.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

Contractor 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 24 June 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 +1 7,717 £450 +2.86% 939
UK excluding London 0 5,279 £415 - 761
London +7 3,088 £500 +5.26% 242
South East -4 1,782 £425 +1.19% 234
North of England -4 943 £400 - 82
South West 0 925 £450 +9.76% 173
Midlands +4 659 £425 - 76
North West -1 480 £450 +2.27% 55
West Midlands +7 420 £450 +5.88% 51
Scotland +9 387 £300 -21.31% 35
East of England +15 323 £400 - 131
Wales -1 269 £410 -8.89% 26
North East -1 250 £309 -6.36% 12
East Midlands +2 238 £400 -5.88% 25
Yorkshire +4 217 £453 +13.13% 15
Northern Ireland +19 12 £531 +25.00% 4
Channel Islands - 2 £135 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, 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 6,405 (75.34%) SC Cleared
2 2,071 (24.36%) Agile Software Development
3 1,596 (18.77%) Windows
4 1,223 (14.38%) Microsoft
5 1,205 (14.17%) Linux
6 1,125 (13.23%) Java
7 1,034 (12.16%) DV Cleared
8 931 (10.95%) DevOps
9 878 (10.33%) Active Directory
10 858 (10.09%) ITIL
11 855 (10.06%) Amazon AWS
12 826 (9.72%) SQL
13 808 (9.50%) Migration
14 786 (9.24%) VMware
15 741 (8.72%) Cisco
16 681 (8.01%) Scrum
17 666 (7.83%) Finance
18 653 (7.68%) Firewall
19 637 (7.49%) Project Management
20 630 (7.41%) Oracle
21 622 (7.32%) Windows Server
22 621 (7.30%) Test Automation
23 604 (7.10%) Microsoft Azure
24 567 (6.67%) Git (software)
25 564 (6.63%) Problem-Solving
26 538 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
27 536 (6.30%) Jenkins
28 535 (6.29%) PowerShell
29 532 (6.26%) JavaScript
30 528 (6.21%) Python

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
1 349 (4.10%) SharePoint
2 185 (2.18%) Confluence
3 180 (2.12%) MS Exchange
4 160 (1.88%) Skype for Business
5 138 (1.62%) IIS
6 129 (1.52%) Tomcat
7 127 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
8 108 (1.27%) Apache
9 92 (1.08%) nginx
10 90 (1.06%) Apache Spark
10 90 (1.06%) WebLogic
11 89 (1.05%) JBoss
12 76 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
12 76 (0.89%) WebSphere
13 67 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
14 56 (0.66%) OpenStack
15 54 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
16 40 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
17 32 (0.38%) CMS
18 31 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 366 (4.30%) Microsoft Office
2 200 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 133 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
4 71 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 38 (0.45%) MS Visio
6 32 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 26 (0.31%) InfoPath
8 20 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
9 16 (0.19%) Windchill
10 13 (0.15%) GIMP
10 13 (0.15%) Simulink
11 10 (0.12%) Stata
12 5 (0.059%) Acrobat
12 5 (0.059%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.059%) InVision
12 5 (0.059%) PaintShop Pro
13 4 (0.047%) Doxygen
14 2 (0.024%) HipChat
14 2 (0.024%) Revit
14 2 (0.024%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 50 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
3 22 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
4 17 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
5 16 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
6 15 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
7 14 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
7 14 (0.16%) Primavera
8 13 (0.15%) SAP HR
9 10 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
9 10 (0.12%) SAP FI
10 9 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
11 8 (0.094%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
11 8 (0.094%) Oracle Assets
11 8 (0.094%) Oracle Financials
11 8 (0.094%) SAP CO
11 8 (0.094%) SAP FI/CO
12 7 (0.082%) Oracle E-Business Tax
12 7 (0.082%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 855 (10.06%) Amazon AWS
2 604 (7.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 478 (5.62%) Office 365
4 112 (1.32%) PaaS
5 99 (1.16%) SaaS
6 94 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
7 93 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
8 89 (1.05%) IaaS
9 81 (0.95%) Amazon S3
10 73 (0.86%) GitHub
11 71 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
12 70 (0.82%) Serverless
13 67 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
14 53 (0.62%) npm
15 49 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
16 44 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 34 (0.40%) Route 53
18 33 (0.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 33 (0.39%) Amazon ELB
19 32 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 653 (7.68%) Firewall
2 435 (5.12%) DNS
3 280 (3.29%) DHCP
4 271 (3.19%) WAN
5 247 (2.91%) LAN
6 239 (2.81%) TCP/IP
7 220 (2.59%) VPN
8 174 (2.05%) Network Security
9 173 (2.03%) Internet
10 169 (1.99%) Cisco ASA
11 166 (1.95%) SAN
12 141 (1.66%) Skype
13 129 (1.52%) Wireless
14 126 (1.48%) BGP
15 125 (1.47%) HTTP
16 124 (1.46%) SSL
17 122 (1.43%) Cisco ISE
18 100 (1.18%) VLAN
19 91 (1.07%) Cisco Nexus
20 81 (0.95%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 443 (5.21%) SQL Server
2 318 (3.74%) PostgreSQL
3 283 (3.33%) Big Data
4 238 (2.80%) Hadoop
5 205 (2.41%) Relational Database
6 161 (1.89%) MySQL
7 147 (1.73%) MongoDB
8 133 (1.56%) Oracle Database
9 118 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
10 81 (0.95%) RDBMS
11 77 (0.91%) HBase
12 70 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
13 68 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
14 65 (0.76%) NoSQL
15 64 (0.75%) SQL Server 2016
16 63 (0.74%) Power BI
17 59 (0.69%) GIS
18 54 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
19 52 (0.61%) Oracle Database 10g
20 49 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 567 (6.67%) Git (software)
2 536 (6.30%) Jenkins
3 384 (4.52%) JIRA
4 227 (2.67%) Selenium
5 194 (2.28%) Maven
6 165 (1.94%) Cucumber
7 137 (1.61%) Artifactory
8 127 (1.49%) JUnit
9 125 (1.47%) Visual Studio
10 115 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
11 77 (0.91%) Subversion
12 73 (0.86%) Mockito
13 70 (0.82%) Sonatype Nexus
14 68 (0.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 68 (0.80%) GitLab
14 68 (0.80%) MSI
15 67 (0.79%) HP UFT
15 67 (0.79%) SonarQube
16 66 (0.78%) Eclipse
16 66 (0.78%) Vagrant
General
1 666 (7.83%) Finance
2 230 (2.71%) Manufacturing
3 229 (2.69%) Telecoms
4 158 (1.86%) Military
5 131 (1.54%) Electronics
6 127 (1.49%) Marketing
7 116 (1.36%) Law
8 95 (1.12%) Legal
9 94 (1.11%) Retail
10 37 (0.44%) Aerospace
11 33 (0.39%) Banking
12 30 (0.35%) Games
13 25 (0.29%) Billing
14 23 (0.27%) Local Government
15 21 (0.25%) Publishing
16 12 (0.14%) Automotive
17 10 (0.12%) Back Office
17 10 (0.12%) Financial Institution
18 6 (0.071%) Advertising
18 6 (0.071%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 1,147 (13.49%) Developer
2 863 (10.15%) Architect
3 850 (10.00%) Analyst
4 466 (5.48%) Consultant
5 434 (5.10%) Project Manager
6 406 (4.78%) Java Developer
7 395 (4.65%) DevOps Engineer
8 368 (4.33%) Network Engineer
9 316 (3.72%) Support Engineer
10 231 (2.72%) Business Analyst
11 222 (2.61%) Desktop Support
12 192 (2.26%) Solutions Architect
13 179 (2.11%) Test Analyst
14 174 (2.05%) Software Engineer
15 163 (1.92%) SC Cleared Project Manager
16 157 (1.85%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 152 (1.79%) Administrator
18 149 (1.75%) Deployment Engineer
19 142 (1.67%) Technical Architect
20 127 (1.49%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 390 (4.59%) Web Services
2 318 (3.74%) .NET
3 312 (3.67%) HTML
4 289 (3.40%) CSS
5 286 (3.36%) XML
6 248 (2.92%) Spring
7 244 (2.87%) Node.js
8 217 (2.55%) REST
9 199 (2.34%) AngularJS
10 158 (1.86%) RESTful
11 156 (1.83%) JSON
12 142 (1.67%) J2EE
13 138 (1.62%) jQuery
14 136 (1.60%) HTML5
15 133 (1.56%) Elastic Stack
16 129 (1.52%) Kafka
17 114 (1.34%) RabbitMQ
18 112 (1.32%) Apache Camel
19 109 (1.28%) Spring Boot
20 107 (1.26%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 538 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
2 348 (4.09%) Data Centre
3 288 (3.39%) Management Information System
4 195 (2.29%) User Experience
5 177 (2.08%) PKI
6 145 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
7 137 (1.61%) Computer Science
8 100 (1.18%) Clustering
8 100 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
9 88 (1.04%) Public Cloud
10 69 (0.81%) Private Cloud
11 61 (0.72%) NHS
12 57 (0.67%) Driving Licence
13 49 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
14 48 (0.56%) Fat Client
14 48 (0.56%) Thin Client
15 46 (0.54%) Replication
16 42 (0.49%) CMDB
16 42 (0.49%) PDA
17 41 (0.48%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,596 (18.77%) Windows
2 1,205 (14.17%) Linux
3 622 (7.32%) Windows Server
4 413 (4.86%) Unix
5 362 (4.26%) Windows 10
6 325 (3.82%) Windows Server 2008
7 283 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 282 (3.32%) Windows Server 2012
9 264 (3.11%) Windows 7
10 201 (2.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 174 (2.05%) CentOS
12 130 (1.53%) AIX
13 107 (1.26%) Apple iOS
14 103 (1.21%) Android
15 92 (1.08%) Solaris
16 66 (0.78%) Mac OS X
17 60 (0.71%) Ubuntu
18 47 (0.55%) Windows XP
19 45 (0.53%) Windows 8
20 43 (0.51%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,071 (24.36%) Agile Software Development
2 931 (10.95%) DevOps
3 858 (10.09%) ITIL
4 808 (9.50%) Migration
5 681 (8.01%) Scrum
6 637 (7.49%) Project Management
7 621 (7.30%) Test Automation
8 564 (6.63%) Problem-Solving
9 522 (6.14%) Continuous Integration
10 502 (5.90%) Configuration Management
11 445 (5.23%) Stakeholder Management
12 426 (5.01%) Service Management
13 413 (4.86%) Change Management
14 411 (4.83%) Open Source
15 395 (4.65%) TDD
16 361 (4.25%) Software Engineering
17 333 (3.92%) PRINCE2
18 332 (3.90%) Cybersecurity
19 310 (3.65%) Microservices
20 294 (3.46%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,125 (13.23%) Java
2 826 (9.72%) SQL
3 535 (6.29%) PowerShell
4 532 (6.26%) JavaScript
5 528 (6.21%) Python
6 370 (4.35%) C
7 329 (3.87%) C#
8 227 (2.67%) Bash Shell
9 213 (2.51%) Ruby
10 183 (2.15%) Java 8
11 181 (2.13%) C++
12 140 (1.65%) Shell Script
13 135 (1.59%) Perl
14 110 (1.29%) Groovy
15 108 (1.27%) PL/SQL
16 63 (0.74%) PHP
17 61 (0.72%) T-SQL
18 55 (0.65%) VBScript
19 54 (0.64%) Scala
20 46 (0.54%) R
Qualifications
1 6,405 (75.34%) SC Cleared
2 1,034 (12.16%) DV Cleared
3 364 (4.28%) Degree
4 355 (4.18%) Cisco Certification
5 319 (3.75%) BPSS Clearance
6 213 (2.51%) CCNP
7 175 (2.06%) CCNA
8 171 (2.01%) Microsoft Certification
9 170 (2.00%) CTC Cleared
10 145 (1.71%) ISTQB
11 125 (1.47%) ISEB
12 100 (1.18%) MCSE
13 99 (1.16%) CISSP
14 95 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 91 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
16 69 (0.81%) BC Cleared
17 64 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 63 (0.74%) CCIE
19 57 (0.67%) DBS Check
19 57 (0.67%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (1.99%) PMO
1 169 (1.99%) SLA
2 148 (1.74%) QA
3 116 (1.36%) Disclosure Scotland
4 93 (1.09%) Data Quality
5 81 (0.95%) GDPR
6 64 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 52 (0.61%) JSP 440
8 38 (0.45%) RMADS
9 36 (0.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 14 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 13 (0.15%) PCI DSS
12 12 (0.14%) ISO 9001
13 11 (0.13%) Def Stans
14 9 (0.11%) COBIT
15 7 (0.082%) HMG Infosec
15 7 (0.082%) WCAG
16 6 (0.071%) HL7
17 5 (0.059%) Cyber Essentials
17 5 (0.059%) MISRA
System Software
1 878 (10.33%) Active Directory
2 516 (6.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 496 (5.83%) Docker
4 192 (2.26%) vSphere
5 190 (2.23%) Hyper-V
6 142 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
7 128 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
8 123 (1.45%) XenApp
9 85 (1.00%) XenDesktop
10 84 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
11 55 (0.65%) VMware NSX
12 46 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
13 43 (0.51%) XenServer
14 30 (0.35%) HDFS
15 27 (0.32%) NFS
16 26 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 24 (0.28%) flannel
18 23 (0.27%) Firmware
19 18 (0.21%) etcd
19 18 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 408 (4.80%) Puppet
2 374 (4.40%) Ansible
3 345 (4.06%) SCCM
4 281 (3.31%) Terraform
5 273 (3.21%) Kubernetes
6 183 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
7 134 (1.58%) SCOM
8 130 (1.53%) HP ALM
9 82 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
10 78 (0.92%) McAfee ePO
11 75 (0.88%) vCenter Server
12 68 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 66 (0.78%) logstash
14 64 (0.75%) Kibana
15 62 (0.73%) AirWatch
16 60 (0.71%) Packer
17 55 (0.65%) FortiGate
17 55 (0.65%) Nagios
18 53 (0.62%) WSUS
19 49 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1,223 (14.38%) Microsoft
2 786 (9.24%) VMware
3 741 (8.72%) Cisco
4 630 (7.41%) Oracle
5 396 (4.66%) HP
6 320 (3.76%) SAP
7 304 (3.58%) Citrix
8 256 (3.01%) Red Hat
9 224 (2.63%) Juniper
10 211 (2.48%) McAfee
11 174 (2.05%) IBM
12 144 (1.69%) Splunk
13 136 (1.60%) NetApp
14 129 (1.52%) Ivanti
15 120 (1.41%) EMC
16 104 (1.22%) Google
17 102 (1.20%) ServiceNow
18 94 (1.11%) CheckPoint
19 88 (1.04%) SolarWinds
20 86 (1.01%) Palo Alto