Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 9 13
Rank change year-on-year +4 +4 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 5,757 7,963 8,639
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 14.21% 10.93% 8.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 61.95% 51.17% 45.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,735 5,275 5,465
Median daily rate £490 £485 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.03% +4.30% +3.33%
10th Percentile £320 £283 £293
90th Percentile £638 £638 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +12.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 346 394
Median hourly rate £50.00 £41.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.95% +17.14% +40.00%
10th Percentile £15.41 £15.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £66.00 £63.25 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +16.67%

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 9,293 15,563 19,102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.94% 21.36% 19.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,072 10,043 11,701
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £278 £256 £256
90th Percentile £648 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 491 663 858
Median hourly rate £40.00 £34.00 £26.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +29.73% +19.04%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.25 £12.55
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.91 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +26.38% +13.21% +7.90%

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 17 January 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 17 January 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 17 January 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 +4 4,824 £493 +1.03% 863
UK excluding London +2 2,985 £463 -2.63% 634
London +3 1,820 £500 -3.85% 277
Work from Home +11 1,318 £500 -0.50% 85
South East +7 878 £475 +5.56% 156
South West 0 752 £475 -5.00% 171
North of England +1 495 £450 +2.27% 95
North West +2 302 £434 -3.67% 65
Midlands +1 282 £450 -2.70% 71
East of England +7 253 £429 -7.16% 69
Scotland +13 220 £450 - 36
West Midlands +2 185 £406 -12.22% 60
North East 0 109 £450 +12.50% 15
Wales +1 105 £475 - 29
East Midlands +14 96 £468 +3.89% 10
Yorkshire +26 87 £500 +1.01% 15
Northern Ireland +9 9 £485 +26.18% 7

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 4,467 (77.59%) SC Cleared
2 1,435 (24.93%) Agile Software Development
3 996 (17.30%) DV Cleared
4 863 (14.99%) Public Sector
5 846 (14.70%) DevOps
6 835 (14.50%) Windows
7 724 (12.58%) Azure
8 711 (12.35%) Microsoft
9 707 (12.28%) AWS
10 659 (11.45%) Java
11 649 (11.27%) Linux
12 594 (10.32%) SQL
13 510 (8.86%) Oracle
14 491 (8.53%) VMware
15 460 (7.99%) Docker
16 459 (7.97%) Python
17 457 (7.94%) Active Directory
18 439 (7.63%) Migration
19 406 (7.05%) Cybersecurity
20 389 (6.76%) ITIL
21 380 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
22 372 (6.46%) Kubernetes
23 368 (6.39%) Terraform
24 362 (6.29%) Finance
25 361 (6.27%) Cisco
26 359 (6.24%) Ansible
27 358 (6.22%) Jenkins
28 352 (6.11%) Scrum
29 339 (5.89%) JavaScript
30 336 (5.84%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 199 (3.46%) SharePoint
2 150 (2.61%) Confluence
3 117 (2.03%) Apache
4 111 (1.93%) Elasticsearch
5 83 (1.44%) Apache Spark
6 71 (1.23%) IIS
7 58 (1.01%) MS Exchange
8 57 (0.99%) JBoss
9 46 (0.80%) Red Hat Fuse
9 46 (0.80%) WebLogic
10 45 (0.78%) Tomcat
11 39 (0.68%) Skype for Business
12 32 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 31 (0.54%) WebSphere
14 25 (0.43%) SAS
15 24 (0.42%) ArcGIS
16 22 (0.38%) MQSeries
17 21 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
18 19 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
19 17 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 211 (3.67%) Microsoft Office
2 137 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 80 (1.39%) MS Visio
4 49 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 41 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
6 36 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.33%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.19%) Simulink
9 5 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.087%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.069%) Stata
11 3 (0.052%) Sketch
12 2 (0.035%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.017%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.017%) Adobe After Effects
13 1 (0.017%) Adobe Premiere
13 1 (0.017%) CINEMA 4D
13 1 (0.017%) InDesign
13 1 (0.017%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 64 (1.11%) SAP S/4HANA
2 44 (0.76%) Oracle EBS
3 36 (0.63%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 32 (0.56%) Oracle Applications
5 23 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
6 22 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
6 22 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
7 21 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
8 19 (0.33%) SAP PLM
9 14 (0.24%) Teamcenter
10 9 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
10 9 (0.16%) SAP MDG
10 9 (0.16%) SAP MDG-M
10 9 (0.16%) SAP PM
11 7 (0.12%) HFM
11 7 (0.12%) Oracle E-Business Tax
11 7 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
11 7 (0.12%) Primavera
11 7 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
12 6 (0.10%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 724 (12.58%) Azure
2 707 (12.28%) AWS
3 201 (3.49%) Office 365
4 121 (2.10%) Power Platform
5 119 (2.07%) PaaS
6 110 (1.91%) IaaS
7 94 (1.63%) Serverless
8 90 (1.56%) Amazon S3
9 81 (1.41%) GCP
10 79 (1.37%) Azure Active Directory
11 73 (1.27%) GitHub
12 67 (1.16%) SaaS
13 48 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
13 48 (0.83%) PowerApps
14 42 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
14 42 (0.73%) OpenShift
15 37 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
16 33 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
17 31 (0.54%) Logic Apps
18 30 (0.52%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 304 (5.28%) Firewall
2 206 (3.58%) DNS
3 177 (3.07%) WAN
4 148 (2.57%) LAN
5 113 (1.96%) Network Security
6 112 (1.95%) SAN
7 104 (1.81%) VPN
8 90 (1.56%) DHCP
9 89 (1.55%) TCP/IP
10 88 (1.53%) VSAN
11 69 (1.20%) Kerberos
11 69 (1.20%) Skype
12 65 (1.13%) Internet
13 64 (1.11%) VLAN
14 61 (1.06%) OSPF
15 57 (0.99%) BGP
16 55 (0.96%) Cisco ASA
16 55 (0.96%) SNMP
17 54 (0.94%) Wireless
18 53 (0.92%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 298 (5.18%) SQL Server
2 173 (3.01%) Big Data
3 148 (2.57%) Hadoop
4 145 (2.52%) PostgreSQL
5 126 (2.19%) Oracle Database
6 95 (1.65%) Apache Hive
7 94 (1.63%) MySQL
8 92 (1.60%) Power BI
9 88 (1.53%) Relational Database
10 84 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
11 70 (1.22%) Pentaho
12 56 (0.97%) Impala
13 55 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
14 45 (0.78%) SAP BW
15 44 (0.76%) BusinessObjects
16 43 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 42 (0.73%) MongoDB
18 35 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 33 (0.57%) Tableau
20 30 (0.52%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 358 (6.22%) Jenkins
2 310 (5.38%) Git (software)
3 301 (5.23%) JIRA
4 141 (2.45%) GitLab
5 112 (1.95%) Selenium
6 84 (1.46%) Cucumber
7 83 (1.44%) Maven
8 66 (1.15%) JMeter
9 59 (1.02%) Bitbucket
10 52 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 52 (0.90%) JUnit
11 41 (0.71%) Visual Studio
12 40 (0.69%) SonarQube
13 32 (0.56%) LoadRunner
13 32 (0.56%) Subversion
14 31 (0.54%) Oracle APEX
14 31 (0.54%) Rational DOORS
15 29 (0.50%) NeoLoad
16 26 (0.45%) SoapUI
17 25 (0.43%) REST Assured
General
1 863 (14.99%) Public Sector
2 362 (6.29%) Finance
3 184 (3.20%) Telecoms
4 124 (2.15%) Law
5 110 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 93 (1.62%) Electronics
7 85 (1.48%) Military
8 84 (1.46%) Marketing
9 50 (0.87%) Aerospace
10 42 (0.73%) Police
11 38 (0.66%) Legal
12 36 (0.63%) Banking
13 28 (0.49%) Local Government
14 20 (0.35%) Retail
15 14 (0.24%) Billing
16 9 (0.16%) General Ledger
16 9 (0.16%) Publishing
17 7 (0.12%) Back Office
17 7 (0.12%) Games
18 4 (0.069%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 762 (13.24%) Developer
2 696 (12.09%) Architect
3 507 (8.81%) Consultant
4 503 (8.74%) Analyst
5 263 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
6 196 (3.40%) Java Developer
7 181 (3.14%) Business Analyst
8 178 (3.09%) Network Engineer
8 178 (3.09%) Project Manager
9 149 (2.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 149 (2.59%) Software Engineer
10 145 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
11 108 (1.88%) AWS DevOps
11 108 (1.88%) Data Engineer
12 106 (1.84%) Technical Architect
13 99 (1.72%) Cloud Architect
14 98 (1.70%) AWS Engineer
15 94 (1.63%) Security Consultant
16 92 (1.60%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 90 (1.56%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 223 (3.87%) HTML
2 184 (3.20%) Node.js
3 179 (3.11%) CSS
4 163 (2.83%) Spring
5 151 (2.62%) REST
6 139 (2.41%) JSON
7 136 (2.36%) Web Services
8 129 (2.24%) React
9 117 (2.03%) XML
10 114 (1.98%) Spring Boot
11 113 (1.96%) .NET
12 102 (1.77%) Kafka
13 90 (1.56%) Oracle Fusion
14 86 (1.49%) HTML5
15 83 (1.44%) AngularJS
15 83 (1.44%) RESTful
16 78 (1.35%) LDAP
16 78 (1.35%) Middleware
17 67 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
17 67 (1.16%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 314 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
2 225 (3.91%) Data Centre
3 193 (3.35%) Management Information System
4 160 (2.78%) User Experience
5 95 (1.65%) PKI
6 91 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 83 (1.44%) Public Cloud
8 70 (1.22%) Replication
9 65 (1.13%) Clustering
10 61 (1.06%) Cloud Native
11 58 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
12 53 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
13 42 (0.73%) Private Cloud
13 42 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
14 39 (0.68%) Security Operations Centre
15 36 (0.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 35 (0.61%) NHS
17 34 (0.59%) CESG
17 34 (0.59%) Virtual Team
18 33 (0.57%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 835 (14.50%) Windows
2 649 (11.27%) Linux
3 263 (4.57%) Windows Server
4 220 (3.82%) Windows 10
5 207 (3.60%) Unix
6 154 (2.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 115 (2.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 83 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 67 (1.16%) Windows Server 2016
10 64 (1.11%) Windows 7
11 57 (0.99%) CentOS
12 47 (0.82%) AIX
13 45 (0.78%) Ubuntu
14 43 (0.75%) Solaris
15 37 (0.64%) Windows Server 2019
16 27 (0.47%) Apple iOS
17 26 (0.45%) Android
18 21 (0.36%) Windows XP
19 18 (0.31%) Mac OS X
20 17 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,435 (24.93%) Agile Software Development
2 846 (14.70%) DevOps
3 439 (7.63%) Migration
4 406 (7.05%) Cybersecurity
5 389 (6.76%) ITIL
6 380 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
7 352 (6.11%) Scrum
8 314 (5.45%) Problem-Solving
8 314 (5.45%) Test Automation
9 296 (5.14%) Project Management
10 282 (4.90%) Business Intelligence
11 280 (4.86%) Microservices
12 277 (4.81%) Service Management
13 275 (4.78%) Project Delivery
14 256 (4.45%) Software Engineering
15 239 (4.15%) Configuration Management
16 237 (4.12%) Data Modelling
17 198 (3.44%) Decision-Making
17 198 (3.44%) Risk Management
18 197 (3.42%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 659 (11.45%) Java
2 594 (10.32%) SQL
3 459 (7.97%) Python
4 339 (5.89%) JavaScript
5 314 (5.45%) PowerShell
6 197 (3.42%) C
7 169 (2.94%) C#
8 130 (2.26%) Bash Shell
9 115 (2.00%) C++
9 115 (2.00%) PL/SQL
10 92 (1.60%) Shell Script
11 82 (1.42%) Ruby
12 64 (1.11%) Perl
13 60 (1.04%) Java 8
14 56 (0.97%) Scala
15 49 (0.85%) VB
16 48 (0.83%) Go
17 44 (0.76%) T-SQL
18 41 (0.71%) R
18 41 (0.71%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4,467 (77.59%) SC Cleared
2 996 (17.30%) DV Cleared
3 189 (3.28%) Cisco Certification
4 188 (3.27%) BPSS Clearance
5 151 (2.62%) Degree
6 141 (2.45%) CISSP
7 114 (1.98%) CCNP
8 106 (1.84%) CESG Certified Professional
9 100 (1.74%) CCNA
10 99 (1.72%) Microsoft Certification
11 78 (1.35%) CISM
12 68 (1.18%) ISTQB
13 57 (0.99%) DBS Check
14 56 (0.97%) ISEB
15 52 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
16 49 (0.85%) MCSE
17 46 (0.80%) CCIE
18 42 (0.73%) CTC Cleared
19 40 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 35 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 187 (3.25%) QA
2 122 (2.12%) NCSC
3 117 (2.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 78 (1.35%) SLA
5 70 (1.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 65 (1.13%) Data Quality
7 63 (1.09%) NIST
8 53 (0.92%) JSP 440
9 51 (0.89%) PMO
10 41 (0.71%) RMADS
11 34 (0.59%) GDPR
12 30 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
13 27 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
14 22 (0.38%) WCAG
15 14 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
15 14 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 13 (0.23%) COBIT
17 12 (0.21%) NIST 800
18 10 (0.17%) PCI DSS
19 6 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 460 (7.99%) Docker
2 457 (7.94%) Active Directory
3 336 (5.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 141 (2.45%) VMware NSX
5 112 (1.95%) vSphere
6 89 (1.55%) VMware ESXi
7 80 (1.39%) HDFS
8 63 (1.09%) Hyper-V
9 60 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
10 55 (0.96%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 43 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
12 22 (0.38%) RACF
13 21 (0.36%) XenApp
14 19 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
15 18 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
16 13 (0.23%) GPFS
16 13 (0.23%) PowerHA
16 13 (0.23%) XenDesktop
17 12 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 12 (0.21%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 372 (6.46%) Kubernetes
2 368 (6.39%) Terraform
3 359 (6.24%) Ansible
4 150 (2.61%) Puppet
5 131 (2.28%) SCCM
6 100 (1.74%) vCenter Server
7 70 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
8 63 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
9 61 (1.06%) vRealize
10 53 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
11 38 (0.66%) Packer
12 35 (0.61%) Kibana
13 33 (0.57%) WSUS
14 32 (0.56%) Grafana
15 30 (0.52%) Prometheus
16 28 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
16 28 (0.49%) SCOM
17 27 (0.47%) Oracle RMAN
18 22 (0.38%) PowerCLI
19 21 (0.36%) Nessus
Vendors
1 711 (12.35%) Microsoft
2 510 (8.86%) Oracle
3 491 (8.53%) VMware
4 361 (6.27%) Cisco
5 258 (4.48%) SAP
6 173 (3.01%) Red Hat
7 132 (2.29%) Splunk
8 120 (2.08%) HP
9 116 (2.01%) Dell
10 106 (1.84%) Cloudera
11 96 (1.67%) Palo Alto
12 90 (1.56%) Citrix
13 89 (1.55%) Atlassian
14 83 (1.44%) Juniper
15 75 (1.30%) IBM
16 68 (1.18%) ServiceNow
17 65 (1.13%) EMC
18 60 (1.04%) Fortinet
19 56 (0.97%) Informatica
20 54 (0.94%) SolarWinds