Period
to 5 July 2020

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 5 July 2020 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
5 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 13 14
Rank change year-on-year +9 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 5,707 7,959 8,678
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 13.82% 8.50% 8.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 57.61% 45.05% 44.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,632 4,961 5,162
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £318 £306 £230
90th Percentile £638 £641 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £415
% change year-on-year +5.56% +8.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 293 414 445
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +100.00% -46.67%
10th Percentile £17.15 £12.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £57.00 £60.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £41.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -15.66% +48.21% -25.33%

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 9,907 17,668 19,591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.99% 18.86% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,880 10,674 11,705
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £282 £263 £238
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 832 915
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +42.51% -18.13%
10th Percentile £15.85 £12.87 £12.63
90th Percentile £57.00 £54.43 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -19.35%

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 5 July 2020.

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 5 July 2020.

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 5 July 2020. 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 5,131 £500 +5.26% 589
UK excluding London +7 3,594 £475 +5.56% 476
London +24 1,874 £525 - 160
South West +1 1,006 £482 +1.39% 133
South East +6 933 £475 +5.56% 129
North of England +19 631 £452 +0.50% 51
North West +14 408 £475 +5.56% 30
Midlands +5 391 £470 +4.44% 44
West Midlands +5 311 £475 +5.56% 35
Work from Home +14 291 £475 -5.00% 34
East of England +6 243 £500 +11.11% 77
Scotland +26 215 £425 -9.33% 27
Wales +3 181 £485 +2.11% 21
Yorkshire +31 130 £550 +22.22% 15
North East +14 93 £420 -1.18% 6
East Midlands +8 78 £450 +4.05% 9
Northern Ireland +16 8 £368 +1.38%

For the 6 months to 5 July 2020, 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 4,428 (77.59%) SC Cleared
2 1,500 (26.28%) Agile Software Development
3 954 (16.72%) DV Cleared
4 891 (15.61%) Public Sector
5 868 (15.21%) Windows
6 817 (14.32%) Java
7 808 (14.16%) DevOps
8 800 (14.02%) Microsoft
9 764 (13.39%) AWS
10 667 (11.69%) SQL
11 649 (11.37%) Oracle
12 627 (10.99%) Linux
13 598 (10.48%) Azure
14 518 (9.08%) Migration
15 479 (8.39%) Python
16 456 (7.99%) Active Directory
17 433 (7.59%) Test Automation
18 418 (7.32%) VMware
19 414 (7.25%) JIRA
20 413 (7.24%) ITIL
21 411 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
22 396 (6.94%) PowerShell
23 385 (6.75%) Scrum
24 370 (6.48%) Finance
24 370 (6.48%) Git (software)
24 370 (6.48%) Windows Server
25 368 (6.45%) Docker
26 358 (6.27%) Jenkins
27 356 (6.24%) Project Management
28 344 (6.03%) JavaScript

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
1 265 (4.64%) Confluence
2 191 (3.35%) SharePoint
3 103 (1.80%) WebLogic
4 98 (1.72%) Elasticsearch
5 84 (1.47%) MS Exchange
6 66 (1.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 62 (1.09%) IIS
8 61 (1.07%) Skype for Business
9 53 (0.93%) Apache Spark
10 51 (0.89%) Apache
10 51 (0.89%) Tomcat
11 44 (0.77%) JBoss
12 42 (0.74%) SAS
13 37 (0.65%) Red Hat Fuse
14 24 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
14 24 (0.42%) nginx
15 20 (0.35%) MQSeries
16 19 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
16 19 (0.33%) NServiceBus
17 16 (0.28%) CMS
Applications
1 214 (3.75%) Microsoft Office
2 177 (3.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
4 69 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 39 (0.68%) MS Visio
6 29 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.30%) Simulink
8 14 (0.25%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.21%) SPSS
10 8 (0.14%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.11%) Figma
11 6 (0.11%) RoboHelp
11 6 (0.11%) Windchill
12 5 (0.088%) Chatbot
12 5 (0.088%) PTC Creo
13 3 (0.053%) CATIA
13 3 (0.053%) Sketch
14 2 (0.035%) Siemens NX
15 1 (0.018%) Adobe Captivate
15 1 (0.018%) InVision
Business Applications
1 60 (1.05%) Oracle Payables
2 47 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
3 46 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
4 45 (0.79%) Oracle ERP
5 39 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
6 35 (0.61%) Oracle Cash Management
6 35 (0.61%) Oracle Receivables
7 26 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
8 22 (0.39%) Oracle Payroll
9 21 (0.37%) Teamcenter
10 15 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
11 11 (0.19%) assyst
11 11 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
11 11 (0.19%) Primavera
11 11 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
12 8 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 8 (0.14%) SAP HCM
13 6 (0.11%) PeopleSoft HCM
13 6 (0.11%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 764 (13.39%) AWS
2 598 (10.48%) Azure
3 189 (3.31%) Office 365
4 130 (2.28%) SaaS
5 109 (1.91%) GitHub
5 109 (1.91%) Power Platform
6 108 (1.89%) PaaS
7 81 (1.42%) GCP
8 78 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
9 65 (1.14%) Serverless
10 64 (1.12%) Amazon S3
11 54 (0.95%) IaaS
12 41 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
13 40 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
14 38 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
15 34 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
16 32 (0.56%) OpenShift
17 31 (0.54%) OneDrive
18 27 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 24 (0.42%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 273 (4.78%) Firewall
2 212 (3.71%) DNS
3 186 (3.26%) WAN
4 184 (3.22%) LAN
5 130 (2.28%) VPN
6 105 (1.84%) Skype
7 104 (1.82%) TCP/IP
8 100 (1.75%) Network Security
9 92 (1.61%) BGP
10 91 (1.59%) DHCP
11 88 (1.54%) SAN
12 80 (1.40%) Internet
13 74 (1.30%) OSPF
14 69 (1.21%) VoIP
15 65 (1.14%) IPsec
16 52 (0.91%) SNMP
17 51 (0.89%) Unified Communications
18 48 (0.84%) MPLS
19 47 (0.82%) Cisco Nexus
20 45 (0.79%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 336 (5.89%) SQL Server
2 171 (3.00%) Big Data
3 136 (2.38%) Oracle Database
4 123 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
5 111 (1.94%) Hadoop
6 101 (1.77%) Relational Database
7 95 (1.66%) Power BI
8 82 (1.44%) Data Warehouse
8 82 (1.44%) MySQL
9 80 (1.40%) MongoDB
10 51 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
11 46 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 45 (0.79%) Apache Hive
13 44 (0.77%) GIS
14 43 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 39 (0.68%) Impala
16 35 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
17 33 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
18 29 (0.51%) NoSQL
19 28 (0.49%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 414 (7.25%) JIRA
2 370 (6.48%) Git (software)
3 358 (6.27%) Jenkins
4 171 (3.00%) GitLab
5 167 (2.93%) Selenium
6 149 (2.61%) Cucumber
7 111 (1.94%) Maven
8 88 (1.54%) Bitbucket
9 81 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
10 58 (1.02%) JUnit
11 57 (1.00%) SonarQube
12 55 (0.96%) Eclipse
12 55 (0.96%) Mockito
12 55 (0.96%) Visual Studio
13 51 (0.89%) MSI
14 47 (0.82%) gulp
14 47 (0.82%) Subversion
15 46 (0.81%) JMeter
16 38 (0.67%) WebDriver
17 35 (0.61%) SoapUI
General
1 891 (15.61%) Public Sector
2 370 (6.48%) Finance
3 183 (3.21%) Telecoms
4 170 (2.98%) Law
5 128 (2.24%) Military
6 99 (1.73%) Manufacturing
7 79 (1.38%) Marketing
8 75 (1.31%) Police
9 70 (1.23%) Electronics
10 62 (1.09%) Aerospace
11 56 (0.98%) Legal
12 46 (0.81%) General Ledger
13 41 (0.72%) Banking
14 34 (0.60%) Retail
15 26 (0.46%) Publishing
16 19 (0.33%) Local Government
17 13 (0.23%) Billing
18 6 (0.11%) Advertising
19 5 (0.088%) Automotive
19 5 (0.088%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 921 (16.14%) Developer
2 613 (10.74%) Architect
3 515 (9.02%) Analyst
4 336 (5.89%) Consultant
5 276 (4.84%) Java Developer
6 238 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
7 225 (3.94%) Project Manager
8 206 (3.61%) Business Analyst
9 173 (3.03%) Network Engineer
10 130 (2.28%) Administrator
11 116 (2.03%) Solutions Architect
12 107 (1.87%) DBA
12 107 (1.87%) Technical Architect
13 106 (1.86%) Software Engineer
14 104 (1.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 104 (1.82%) Tester
15 97 (1.70%) Designer
16 96 (1.68%) Test Engineer
17 95 (1.66%) Systems Engineer
18 94 (1.65%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 288 (5.05%) Web Services
2 235 (4.12%) REST
3 214 (3.75%) .NET
4 211 (3.70%) HTML
5 200 (3.50%) Spring
6 195 (3.42%) Node.js
7 187 (3.28%) CSS
8 170 (2.98%) XML
9 163 (2.86%) Spring Boot
10 149 (2.61%) AngularJS
11 140 (2.45%) SOAP
12 135 (2.37%) JSON
13 118 (2.07%) React
14 82 (1.44%) RESTful
15 81 (1.42%) Oracle Fusion
16 79 (1.38%) Kafka
17 78 (1.37%) Apache Camel
17 78 (1.37%) RabbitMQ
18 77 (1.35%) HTML5
19 71 (1.24%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 411 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 239 (4.19%) Management Information System
3 194 (3.40%) Data Centre
4 142 (2.49%) Self-Motivation
5 134 (2.35%) User Experience
6 114 (2.00%) PKI
7 74 (1.30%) Public Cloud
8 55 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
9 44 (0.77%) Cloud Native
10 39 (0.68%) Clustering
11 35 (0.61%) Replication
12 32 (0.56%) Data Structures
12 32 (0.56%) Private Cloud
13 31 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
14 30 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
15 26 (0.46%) Client/Server
15 26 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
16 22 (0.39%) CMDB
17 21 (0.37%) Smartphone
18 20 (0.35%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 868 (15.21%) Windows
2 627 (10.99%) Linux
3 370 (6.48%) Windows Server
4 233 (4.08%) Windows 10
5 230 (4.03%) Unix
6 171 (3.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 132 (2.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 116 (2.03%) Windows 7
9 114 (2.00%) Windows Server 2016
10 100 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
11 68 (1.19%) CentOS
12 53 (0.93%) Mac OS X
13 43 (0.75%) Apple iOS
14 41 (0.72%) AIX
15 39 (0.68%) Windows Server 2019
16 33 (0.58%) Android
17 32 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
18 29 (0.51%) Ubuntu
19 26 (0.46%) Windows XP
20 21 (0.37%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,500 (26.28%) Agile Software Development
2 808 (14.16%) DevOps
3 518 (9.08%) Migration
4 433 (7.59%) Test Automation
5 413 (7.24%) ITIL
6 385 (6.75%) Scrum
7 356 (6.24%) Project Management
8 331 (5.80%) Problem-Solving
9 326 (5.71%) Stakeholder Management
10 296 (5.19%) Microservices
11 262 (4.59%) TDD
12 256 (4.49%) Risk Management
13 255 (4.47%) Project Delivery
14 249 (4.36%) Software Engineering
15 239 (4.19%) BDD
16 234 (4.10%) Continuous Integration
17 229 (4.01%) Configuration Management
18 228 (4.00%) Service Management
19 226 (3.96%) Decision-Making
20 214 (3.75%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 817 (14.32%) Java
2 667 (11.69%) SQL
3 479 (8.39%) Python
4 396 (6.94%) PowerShell
5 344 (6.03%) JavaScript
6 255 (4.47%) C#
7 196 (3.43%) PL/SQL
8 184 (3.22%) Shell Script
9 162 (2.84%) C
10 128 (2.24%) Java 8
11 117 (2.05%) Bash Shell
12 93 (1.63%) C++
13 77 (1.35%) Perl
14 68 (1.19%) T-SQL
15 65 (1.14%) TypeScript
16 52 (0.91%) VB
17 51 (0.89%) PHP
18 37 (0.65%) Groovy
19 36 (0.63%) Go
20 32 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 4,428 (77.59%) SC Cleared
2 954 (16.72%) DV Cleared
3 208 (3.64%) Degree
4 203 (3.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 170 (2.98%) Cisco Certification
6 126 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
7 114 (2.00%) CISSP
8 103 (1.80%) CCNP
9 84 (1.47%) CCNA
10 79 (1.38%) ISTQB
11 75 (1.31%) ISEB
12 63 (1.10%) DBS Check
13 56 (0.98%) CISM
14 52 (0.91%) MCSE
15 51 (0.89%) CCDP
16 46 (0.81%) CCIE
17 45 (0.79%) CTC Cleared
18 42 (0.74%) BC Cleared
19 41 (0.72%) CESG Certified Professional
20 34 (0.60%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (2.94%) QA
2 88 (1.54%) SLA
3 78 (1.37%) PMO
4 69 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 45 (0.79%) NCSC
6 39 (0.68%) WCAG
7 35 (0.61%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 33 (0.58%) GDPR
9 25 (0.44%) JSP 440
9 25 (0.44%) RMADS
10 23 (0.40%) COBIT
10 23 (0.40%) Data Quality
10 23 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
10 23 (0.40%) NIST
11 16 (0.28%) Government Security Classifications
12 15 (0.26%) PCI DSS
13 10 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 8 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.14%) Def Stans
14 8 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 456 (7.99%) Active Directory
2 368 (6.45%) Docker
3 247 (4.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 122 (2.14%) vSphere
5 101 (1.77%) Hyper-V
6 89 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
7 81 (1.42%) VMware NSX
8 80 (1.40%) XenApp
9 78 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
10 63 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
11 30 (0.53%) Terminal Services
12 26 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
13 24 (0.42%) Firmware
14 23 (0.40%) HDFS
15 20 (0.35%) XenDesktop
16 19 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
17 18 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
18 14 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 14 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 12 (0.21%) NFS
Systems Management
1 328 (5.75%) Kubernetes
2 289 (5.06%) Terraform
3 227 (3.98%) Ansible
4 186 (3.26%) SCCM
5 85 (1.49%) Puppet
6 61 (1.07%) Packer
7 60 (1.05%) WSUS
8 49 (0.86%) Single Sign-On
8 49 (0.86%) vCenter Server
9 47 (0.82%) Kibana
10 45 (0.79%) logstash
11 43 (0.75%) SCOM
12 42 (0.74%) vRealize
13 40 (0.70%) PowerCLI
14 37 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
15 29 (0.51%) Grafana
16 24 (0.42%) Consul
17 22 (0.39%) Data Guard
17 22 (0.39%) NetBackup
18 21 (0.37%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 800 (14.02%) Microsoft
2 649 (11.37%) Oracle
3 418 (7.32%) VMware
4 298 (5.22%) Cisco
5 180 (3.15%) SAP
6 175 (3.07%) Citrix
7 115 (2.02%) Juniper
8 113 (1.98%) Red Hat
9 98 (1.72%) IBM
10 96 (1.68%) Dell
11 95 (1.66%) HP
12 77 (1.35%) Remedy
13 70 (1.23%) Cloudera
14 68 (1.19%) Atlassian
15 67 (1.17%) ServiceNow
16 66 (1.16%) Splunk
17 60 (1.05%) Google
18 56 (0.98%) Palo Alto
19 55 (0.96%) SolarWinds
20 54 (0.95%) BMC