Period
to 18 October 2017

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 2017 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 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 12 19
Rank change year-on-year -4 +7 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7581 9903 8729
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.63% 9.30% 7.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.05% 44.22% 39.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4403 6108 5045
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £233 £258 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £400
% change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 390 481
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £34.25 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.57% +10.84% +47.14%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.25 £13.50
90th Percentile £52.20 £49.22 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33% +36.36%

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 18467 22397 22072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.58% 21.02% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11247 13904 13212
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £239 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.19% +4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 894 850 1073
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +17.39% +17.95%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £24.22
% change year-on-year +9.09% +13.55% +21.09%

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 18 October 2017.

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 18 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Top 16 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 2017. 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 -3 7143 £430 +2.87% 404
UK excluding London -2 4782 £400 +2.56% 278
London -1 2690 £480 +1.05% 157
South East -2 1590 £400 -3.03% 88
South West -2 1086 £425 +6.25% 45
North of England -5 907 £365 +4.29% 51
Midlands -6 545 £400 +5.26% 36
North West +3 472 £423 -6.11% 19
East of England +6 315 £400 +4.23% 27
North East -1 283 £325 +1.25% 10
East Midlands +3 270 £400 +4.58% 16
West Midlands -14 270 £400 +6.67% 20
Wales -3 176 £413 -5.71% 19
Scotland -37 172 £369 +11.74% 12
Yorkshire -6 153 £410 -3.53% 22
Northern Ireland -44 10 £390 +43.38%

For the 6 months to 18 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security Cleared also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Security Cleared.

1 5382 (70.99%) SC Cleared
2 1707 (22.52%) Agile Software Development
3 1296 (17.10%) Windows
4 1098 (14.48%) Linux
5 1085 (14.31%) DV Cleared
6 973 (12.83%) Microsoft
7 942 (12.43%) Java
8 768 (10.13%) ITIL
9 766 (10.10%) Finance
10 762 (10.05%) SQL
11 745 (9.83%) Migration
12 742 (9.79%) DevOps
13 716 (9.44%) Project Management
14 636 (8.39%) Oracle
15 608 (8.02%) Active Directory
16 591 (7.80%) VMware
17 551 (7.27%) Scrum
18 546 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
19 528 (6.96%) SAP
20 517 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
21 509 (6.71%) Unix
22 494 (6.52%) Cisco
23 482 (6.36%) Firewall
24 474 (6.25%) Telecoms
25 469 (6.19%) Git (software)
26 462 (6.09%) Python
27 444 (5.86%) Puppet
28 440 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
29 417 (5.50%) Programme Management
30 413 (5.45%) BPSS Clearance

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
1 325 (4.29%) SharePoint
2 237 (3.13%) Confluence
3 208 (2.74%) MS Exchange
4 190 (2.51%) Tomcat
5 179 (2.36%) Apache
6 126 (1.66%) Apache Spark
6 126 (1.66%) Elasticsearch
7 121 (1.60%) WebLogic
8 112 (1.48%) JBoss
9 108 (1.42%) Skype for Business
10 103 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
11 96 (1.27%) nginx
12 82 (1.08%) IIS
13 66 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
14 63 (0.83%) Apache Solr
15 60 (0.79%) OpenStack
15 60 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
16 59 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
17 52 (0.69%) Oracle Application Server
18 49 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 391 (5.16%) Microsoft Office
2 230 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 209 (2.76%) Microsoft Project
4 82 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 80 (1.06%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.15%) Acrobat
8 11 (0.15%) PaintShop Pro
8 11 (0.15%) SPSS
9 6 (0.079%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.079%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.079%) Simulink
10 5 (0.066%) Stata
11 4 (0.053%) Windchill
12 3 (0.040%) OrCAD
13 2 (0.026%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.026%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.026%) InVision
13 2 (0.026%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 43 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.47%) SAP ERP
3 33 (0.44%) Primavera
4 29 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
5 27 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 27 (0.36%) Teamcenter
6 26 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
7 20 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
8 19 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
9 16 (0.21%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 16 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
10 15 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
11 14 (0.18%) SAP HR
11 14 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
12 12 (0.16%) SAP CO
12 12 (0.16%) SAP FI
13 11 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
13 11 (0.15%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
13 11 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
13 11 (0.15%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 517 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
2 314 (4.14%) Office 365
3 223 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 111 (1.46%) GitHub
5 110 (1.45%) IaaS
6 93 (1.23%) PaaS
7 52 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
8 50 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
9 42 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
10 41 (0.54%) Amazon S3
11 38 (0.50%) SaaS
12 36 (0.47%) G Suite
13 28 (0.37%) Amazon ELB
14 27 (0.36%) Serverless
14 27 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 25 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
16 22 (0.29%) Google Drive
17 20 (0.26%) OneDrive
18 15 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 13 (0.17%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 482 (6.36%) Firewall
2 291 (3.84%) DNS
3 272 (3.59%) LAN
4 253 (3.34%) WAN
5 242 (3.19%) TCP/IP
6 202 (2.66%) SAN
7 149 (1.97%) VPN
8 122 (1.61%) HTTP
9 120 (1.58%) Network Security
10 114 (1.50%) DHCP
11 102 (1.35%) Internet
12 97 (1.28%) Wireless
13 81 (1.07%) VLAN
14 79 (1.04%) Kerberos
15 76 (1.00%) SSL
16 75 (0.99%) LDAP
17 74 (0.98%) Skype
18 73 (0.96%) BGP
19 65 (0.86%) NAS
20 62 (0.82%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 367 (4.84%) SQL Server
2 354 (4.67%) PostgreSQL
3 301 (3.97%) Hadoop
4 256 (3.38%) Big Data
5 220 (2.90%) Relational Database
6 197 (2.60%) Oracle Database
7 164 (2.16%) MongoDB
8 160 (2.11%) HBase
9 159 (2.10%) MySQL
10 132 (1.74%) NoSQL
11 126 (1.66%) RDBMS
12 97 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
13 71 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
14 54 (0.71%) Apache Hive
15 52 (0.69%) Redis
16 48 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
17 47 (0.62%) BusinessObjects
18 45 (0.59%) Power BI
19 42 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 39 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 469 (6.19%) Git (software)
2 377 (4.97%) JIRA
3 355 (4.68%) Jenkins
4 144 (1.90%) Maven
5 130 (1.71%) Cucumber
6 116 (1.53%) Selenium
6 116 (1.53%) Visual Studio
7 112 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
8 103 (1.36%) JUnit
9 81 (1.07%) GitLab
10 73 (0.96%) Artifactory
10 73 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
11 72 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
12 65 (0.86%) IntelliJ
13 64 (0.84%) Vagrant
14 59 (0.78%) SonarQube
15 55 (0.73%) JMeter
16 51 (0.67%) Ant
16 51 (0.67%) Eclipse
17 48 (0.63%) Bitbucket
General
1 766 (10.10%) Finance
2 474 (6.25%) Telecoms
3 355 (4.68%) Manufacturing
4 277 (3.65%) Electronics
5 270 (3.56%) Marketing
6 140 (1.85%) Military
7 66 (0.87%) Aerospace
7 66 (0.87%) Law
8 53 (0.70%) Legal
9 47 (0.62%) Banking
10 25 (0.33%) Back Office
10 25 (0.33%) Publishing
11 18 (0.24%) Local Government
12 17 (0.22%) Investment Banking
12 17 (0.22%) Retail
13 13 (0.17%) Billing
14 11 (0.15%) Avionics
15 9 (0.12%) Automotive
15 9 (0.12%) Digital Economy
16 8 (0.11%) Games
Job Titles
1 943 (12.44%) Developer
2 716 (9.44%) Architect
3 708 (9.34%) Analyst
4 510 (6.73%) Consultant
5 439 (5.79%) Project Manager
6 338 (4.46%) Java Developer
7 280 (3.69%) DevOps Engineer
8 233 (3.07%) Administrator
8 233 (3.07%) Business Analyst
9 230 (3.03%) Support Engineer
10 216 (2.85%) Network Engineer
11 146 (1.93%) Desktop Support
12 127 (1.68%) Software Engineer
13 121 (1.60%) Solutions Architect
14 119 (1.57%) SC Cleared Project Manager
15 118 (1.56%) SC Cleared Java Developer
16 116 (1.53%) Designer
17 115 (1.52%) DBA
18 113 (1.49%) Unix Engineer
19 112 (1.48%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 348 (4.59%) Web Services
2 280 (3.69%) REST
3 260 (3.43%) HTML
4 244 (3.22%) CSS
5 214 (2.82%) .NET
6 213 (2.81%) Spring
7 189 (2.49%) XML
8 166 (2.19%) RESTful
9 157 (2.07%) Node.js
10 144 (1.90%) JSON
11 131 (1.73%) Kafka
12 129 (1.70%) Spring Boot
13 122 (1.61%) Elastic Stack
14 109 (1.44%) HTML5
15 107 (1.41%) AngularJS
16 106 (1.40%) Apache Camel
17 105 (1.39%) J2EE
18 79 (1.04%) Drools
19 75 (0.99%) Hibernate
20 73 (0.96%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 546 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 316 (4.17%) Data Centre
3 303 (4.00%) Management Information System
4 162 (2.14%) User Experience
5 140 (1.85%) Computer Science
6 130 (1.71%) PKI
7 116 (1.53%) Clustering
8 76 (1.00%) Algorithms
9 67 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
9 67 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
10 56 (0.74%) Private Cloud
11 52 (0.69%) Driving Licence
11 52 (0.69%) Replication
12 51 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
13 50 (0.66%) Public Cloud
14 49 (0.65%) Blackberry
15 48 (0.63%) Data Structures
15 48 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
16 45 (0.59%) CESG
16 45 (0.59%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1296 (17.10%) Windows
2 1098 (14.48%) Linux
3 509 (6.71%) Unix
4 387 (5.10%) Windows Server
5 293 (3.86%) Windows 10
6 279 (3.68%) Solaris
7 234 (3.09%) Windows 7
8 224 (2.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 215 (2.84%) AIX
10 201 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
11 181 (2.39%) Windows Server 2008
12 130 (1.71%) CentOS
13 127 (1.68%) Windows Server 2003
14 84 (1.11%) HPUX
15 82 (1.08%) Apple iOS
16 66 (0.87%) Android
17 64 (0.84%) SUSE
18 59 (0.78%) Ubuntu
19 46 (0.61%) Windows Vista
20 42 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1707 (22.52%) Agile Software Development
2 768 (10.13%) ITIL
3 745 (9.83%) Migration
4 742 (9.79%) DevOps
5 716 (9.44%) Project Management
6 551 (7.27%) Scrum
7 440 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
8 417 (5.50%) Programme Management
9 401 (5.29%) Stakeholder Management
10 376 (4.96%) PRINCE2
11 370 (4.88%) Configuration Management
12 369 (4.87%) Test Automation
13 363 (4.79%) Continuous Integration
14 334 (4.41%) Service Management
15 312 (4.12%) TDD
16 289 (3.81%) Open Source
17 283 (3.73%) Change Management
18 282 (3.72%) Microservices
19 267 (3.52%) Software Engineering
20 257 (3.39%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 942 (12.43%) Java
2 762 (10.05%) SQL
3 462 (6.09%) Python
4 318 (4.19%) JavaScript
5 273 (3.60%) PowerShell
6 268 (3.54%) Bash Shell
7 266 (3.51%) C
8 222 (2.93%) Ruby
9 214 (2.82%) C#
10 153 (2.02%) Shell Script
11 143 (1.89%) Perl
12 136 (1.79%) C++
13 107 (1.41%) Scala
14 91 (1.20%) PL/SQL
15 62 (0.82%) Korn
16 60 (0.79%) PHP
17 55 (0.73%) ABAP
17 55 (0.73%) Go
18 54 (0.71%) T-SQL
19 51 (0.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5382 (70.99%) SC Cleared
2 1085 (14.31%) DV Cleared
3 413 (5.45%) BPSS Clearance
4 390 (5.14%) Degree
5 235 (3.10%) Cisco Certification
6 172 (2.27%) CTC Cleared
7 146 (1.93%) CCNP
8 127 (1.68%) CISSP
9 116 (1.53%) CCNA
10 106 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
11 102 (1.35%) ISEB
12 85 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
13 83 (1.09%) PMI Certification
14 77 (1.02%) ISTQB
15 72 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
16 67 (0.88%) BC Cleared
17 64 (0.84%) MCSE
18 63 (0.83%) PMP
19 59 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 55 (0.73%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (2.53%) QA
2 159 (2.10%) PMO
3 158 (2.08%) Disclosure Scotland
4 134 (1.77%) SLA
5 123 (1.62%) Data Quality
6 93 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 42 (0.55%) JSP 440
8 39 (0.51%) GDPR
9 35 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 33 (0.44%) ISO 9001
11 30 (0.40%) PCI DSS
12 29 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 21 (0.28%) WCAG
14 18 (0.24%) COBIT
14 18 (0.24%) HL7
15 15 (0.20%) RMADS
16 11 (0.15%) Def Stans
16 11 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
16 11 (0.15%) PSD2
17 10 (0.13%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 608 (8.02%) Active Directory
2 356 (4.70%) Docker
3 325 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 112 (1.48%) Hyper-V
5 95 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
6 86 (1.13%) HDFS
7 75 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
8 72 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
9 66 (0.87%) vSphere
10 49 (0.65%) XenApp
11 43 (0.57%) KVM
12 40 (0.53%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 39 (0.51%) Samba
14 38 (0.50%) Xen
15 36 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
16 33 (0.44%) VMware NSX
17 32 (0.42%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 28 (0.37%) vCloud
19 27 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
19 27 (0.36%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 444 (5.86%) Puppet
2 341 (4.50%) Ansible
3 231 (3.05%) Kubernetes
4 209 (2.76%) SCCM
5 180 (2.37%) Terraform
6 149 (1.97%) Opscode Chef
7 115 (1.52%) logstash
8 94 (1.24%) Kibana
9 79 (1.04%) NetBackup
10 68 (0.90%) SCOM
11 64 (0.84%) ZABBIX
12 51 (0.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 47 (0.62%) Sysdig
14 46 (0.61%) Data Guard
14 46 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
15 44 (0.58%) Oracle RMAN
16 42 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
17 40 (0.53%) Netcool
18 38 (0.50%) WSUS
19 36 (0.47%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 973 (12.83%) Microsoft
2 636 (8.39%) Oracle
3 591 (7.80%) VMware
4 528 (6.96%) SAP
5 494 (6.52%) Cisco
6 317 (4.18%) HP
7 277 (3.65%) Red Hat
8 185 (2.44%) IBM
9 184 (2.43%) Juniper
10 174 (2.30%) Citrix
11 125 (1.65%) F5
12 118 (1.56%) McAfee
13 113 (1.49%) CheckPoint
14 105 (1.39%) Sun
15 98 (1.29%) Google
16 93 (1.23%) Veritas
17 91 (1.20%) EMC
18 80 (1.06%) Motorola
19 75 (0.99%) Cognos
20 70 (0.92%) Remedy