Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 15 12 19
Rank change year-on-year -3 +7 -1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7711 10116 8543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.79% 9.48% 7.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.55% 44.59% 39.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4482 6240 4897
UK median daily rate £430 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.88% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £251 £256 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £400
% change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 492 389 486
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +5.18% +37.33%
10th Percentile £13.60 £12.25 £13.38
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.50 £32.50 £30.90
% change year-on-year +9.23% +5.18% +23.60%

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 18557 22686 21774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 21.25% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11261 14098 12915
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £233 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 828 1077
UK median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.36% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.12 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.42 £47.88 £48.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.36% +14.01% +20.60%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -2 7263 £435 +3.57% 167
UK excluding London -2 4976 £400 +2.56% 139
London -3 2623 £490 +3.16% 36
South East -1 1687 £400 -3.61% 45
South West -2 1137 £425 +6.25% 26
North of England -5 947 £375 +7.14% 28
Midlands -6 571 £410 +7.89% 22
North West +3 511 £425 -3.41% 17
East of England +5 290 £388 +3.33% 10
East Midlands +7 289 £403 +0.63% 5
North East -1 283 £325 +1.56% 4
West Midlands -12 275 £425 +13.33% 17
Scotland -37 184 £388 +13.97% 2
Wales -3 168 £405 -2.41% 5
Yorkshire -5 153 £436 -0.29% 7
Northern Ireland -43 11 £390 -5.11% 1

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 5534 (71.77%) SC Cleared
2 1731 (22.45%) Agile Software Development
3 1307 (16.95%) Windows
4 1143 (14.82%) Linux
5 1120 (14.52%) DV Cleared
6 1007 (13.06%) Microsoft
7 951 (12.33%) Java
8 804 (10.43%) ITIL
9 799 (10.36%) Migration
10 777 (10.08%) Finance
11 773 (10.02%) DevOps
12 750 (9.73%) SQL
13 740 (9.60%) Project Management
14 651 (8.44%) Oracle
15 593 (7.69%) Active Directory
16 589 (7.64%) VMware
17 559 (7.25%) SAP
18 558 (7.24%) Scrum
19 538 (6.98%) Firewall
20 529 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
21 518 (6.72%) Cisco
21 518 (6.72%) Amazon AWS
22 501 (6.50%) Unix
22 501 (6.50%) Telecoms
23 486 (6.30%) Puppet
24 478 (6.20%) Python
25 467 (6.06%) Git (software)
26 444 (5.76%) Business Intelligence
27 430 (5.58%) Programme Management
28 414 (5.37%) Configuration Management

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
1 329 (4.27%) SharePoint
2 236 (3.06%) Confluence
3 205 (2.66%) MS Exchange
4 187 (2.43%) Apache
5 182 (2.36%) Tomcat
6 146 (1.89%) Elasticsearch
7 117 (1.52%) Apache Spark
8 115 (1.49%) JBoss
8 115 (1.49%) WebLogic
9 100 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
10 99 (1.28%) Skype for Business
11 98 (1.27%) nginx
12 90 (1.17%) IIS
13 70 (0.91%) OpenStack
14 66 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
15 62 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
16 59 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
17 57 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
18 53 (0.69%) Apache Solr
19 51 (0.66%) WebSphere
Applications
1 408 (5.29%) Microsoft Office
2 224 (2.90%) Microsoft Project
3 217 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
4 78 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 77 (1.00%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.13%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.13%) PaintShop Pro
8 10 (0.13%) SPSS
9 7 (0.091%) Simulink
10 6 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
10 6 (0.078%) Stata
11 5 (0.065%) InfoPath
12 3 (0.039%) LaTeX
12 3 (0.039%) OrCAD
12 3 (0.039%) Windchill
13 2 (0.026%) HipChat
13 2 (0.026%) InVision
13 2 (0.026%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 49 (0.64%) SAP ERP
2 40 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 38 (0.49%) Primavera
4 27 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
5 26 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 26 (0.34%) Teamcenter
6 24 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
7 23 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
8 18 (0.23%) SAP CO
8 18 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 17 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
10 16 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
11 14 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 14 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
12 13 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
13 12 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
14 11 (0.14%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
14 11 (0.14%) SAP MM
15 10 (0.13%) SystmOne
16 9 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 518 (6.72%) Amazon AWS
2 317 (4.11%) Office 365
3 222 (2.88%) Microsoft Azure
4 110 (1.43%) GitHub
5 107 (1.39%) PaaS
6 102 (1.32%) IaaS
7 52 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
8 48 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
9 39 (0.51%) SaaS
10 35 (0.45%) Amazon S3
11 34 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
12 29 (0.38%) G Suite
13 28 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
14 27 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 21 (0.27%) Azure Active Directory
16 18 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 14 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
17 14 (0.18%) Google Drive
17 14 (0.18%) OpenShift
18 13 (0.17%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 538 (6.98%) Firewall
2 304 (3.94%) LAN
3 298 (3.86%) DNS
4 285 (3.70%) WAN
5 259 (3.36%) TCP/IP
6 216 (2.80%) SAN
7 152 (1.97%) VPN
8 136 (1.76%) HTTP
9 129 (1.67%) Network Security
10 122 (1.58%) DHCP
11 118 (1.53%) Internet
12 112 (1.45%) Wireless
13 86 (1.12%) VLAN
14 85 (1.10%) BGP
15 83 (1.08%) SSL
16 77 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
17 75 (0.97%) LDAP
18 73 (0.95%) NAS
19 70 (0.91%) Skype
20 68 (0.88%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 387 (5.02%) PostgreSQL
2 365 (4.73%) SQL Server
3 280 (3.63%) Hadoop
4 238 (3.09%) Big Data
5 216 (2.80%) Relational Database
6 193 (2.50%) MongoDB
7 172 (2.23%) Oracle Database
8 152 (1.97%) HBase
9 150 (1.95%) MySQL
10 129 (1.67%) NoSQL
11 112 (1.45%) RDBMS
12 87 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
13 70 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
14 68 (0.88%) Redis
15 59 (0.77%) Apache Hive
16 48 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
17 47 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 46 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
19 41 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
19 41 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 467 (6.06%) Git (software)
2 365 (4.73%) JIRA
3 356 (4.62%) Jenkins
4 128 (1.66%) Maven
5 125 (1.62%) Cucumber
6 124 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
7 115 (1.49%) Visual Studio
8 107 (1.39%) Selenium
9 85 (1.10%) JUnit
10 78 (1.01%) GitLab
11 75 (0.97%) Artifactory
11 75 (0.97%) Sonatype Nexus
12 66 (0.86%) Rational DOORS
13 57 (0.74%) Vagrant
14 56 (0.73%) IntelliJ
15 55 (0.71%) Bitbucket
16 50 (0.65%) SonarQube
17 49 (0.64%) Ant
17 49 (0.64%) JMeter
18 43 (0.56%) Subversion
General
1 777 (10.08%) Finance
2 501 (6.50%) Telecoms
3 370 (4.80%) Manufacturing
4 291 (3.77%) Electronics
5 286 (3.71%) Marketing
6 149 (1.93%) Military
7 69 (0.89%) Aerospace
8 61 (0.79%) Law
9 49 (0.64%) Legal
10 47 (0.61%) Banking
11 31 (0.40%) Back Office
12 21 (0.27%) Local Government
13 19 (0.25%) Publishing
14 18 (0.23%) Billing
14 18 (0.23%) Retail
15 16 (0.21%) Avionics
15 16 (0.21%) Investment Banking
16 9 (0.12%) Automotive
16 9 (0.12%) Digital Economy
17 7 (0.091%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 943 (12.23%) Developer
2 781 (10.13%) Architect
3 697 (9.04%) Analyst
4 536 (6.95%) Consultant
5 441 (5.72%) Project Manager
6 328 (4.25%) Java Developer
7 285 (3.70%) DevOps Engineer
8 244 (3.16%) Network Engineer
9 229 (2.97%) Administrator
10 224 (2.90%) Support Engineer
11 216 (2.80%) Business Analyst
12 142 (1.84%) Technical Architect
13 138 (1.79%) Software Engineer
14 131 (1.70%) Desktop Support
14 131 (1.70%) Solutions Architect
15 122 (1.58%) DBA
16 120 (1.56%) SC Cleared Project Manager
17 116 (1.50%) Systems Administrator
18 114 (1.48%) Delivery Manager
19 106 (1.37%) Unix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 326 (4.23%) Web Services
2 266 (3.45%) REST
3 261 (3.38%) HTML
4 256 (3.32%) CSS
5 232 (3.01%) .NET
6 198 (2.57%) Spring
7 186 (2.41%) Node.js
8 174 (2.26%) XML
9 163 (2.11%) RESTful
10 131 (1.70%) Elastic Stack
11 127 (1.65%) Kafka
12 117 (1.52%) JSON
13 115 (1.49%) AngularJS
14 114 (1.48%) HTML5
15 110 (1.43%) Spring Boot
16 107 (1.39%) Apache Camel
17 98 (1.27%) J2EE
18 77 (1.00%) Middleware
19 76 (0.99%) CSS3
20 70 (0.91%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 529 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
2 348 (4.51%) Data Centre
3 297 (3.85%) Management Information System
4 155 (2.01%) Computer Science
5 152 (1.97%) User Experience
6 130 (1.69%) PKI
7 115 (1.49%) Clustering
8 68 (0.88%) Private Cloud
9 65 (0.84%) Algorithms
10 62 (0.80%) Linux Command Line
11 58 (0.75%) Public Cloud
12 56 (0.73%) Replication
13 55 (0.71%) PMI
14 52 (0.67%) Driving Licence
15 48 (0.62%) CESG
15 48 (0.62%) Greenfield Project
16 46 (0.60%) Blackberry
17 42 (0.54%) CMDB
17 42 (0.54%) Data Structures
17 42 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1307 (16.95%) Windows
2 1143 (14.82%) Linux
3 501 (6.50%) Unix
4 371 (4.81%) Windows Server
5 289 (3.75%) Solaris
6 281 (3.64%) Windows 10
7 239 (3.10%) Windows 7
8 229 (2.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 223 (2.89%) AIX
10 199 (2.58%) Windows Server 2012
11 188 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
12 159 (2.06%) CentOS
13 135 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
14 91 (1.18%) HPUX
15 64 (0.83%) Ubuntu
16 63 (0.82%) Apple iOS
17 59 (0.77%) SUSE
18 49 (0.64%) Windows XP
19 47 (0.61%) Android
19 47 (0.61%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1731 (22.45%) Agile Software Development
2 804 (10.43%) ITIL
3 799 (10.36%) Migration
4 773 (10.02%) DevOps
5 740 (9.60%) Project Management
6 558 (7.24%) Scrum
7 444 (5.76%) Business Intelligence
8 430 (5.58%) Programme Management
9 414 (5.37%) Configuration Management
10 402 (5.21%) Stakeholder Management
11 377 (4.89%) PRINCE2
12 375 (4.86%) Continuous Integration
13 365 (4.73%) Service Management
14 348 (4.51%) Test Automation
15 327 (4.24%) Open Source
16 315 (4.09%) Microservices
17 305 (3.96%) TDD
18 275 (3.57%) Change Management
19 272 (3.53%) Digital Marketing
20 269 (3.49%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 951 (12.33%) Java
2 750 (9.73%) SQL
3 478 (6.20%) Python
4 335 (4.34%) JavaScript
5 280 (3.63%) Bash Shell
6 264 (3.42%) C
7 260 (3.37%) PowerShell
8 244 (3.16%) Ruby
9 229 (2.97%) C#
10 152 (1.97%) C++
11 151 (1.96%) Perl
12 144 (1.87%) Shell Script
13 109 (1.41%) Scala
14 89 (1.15%) PL/SQL
15 65 (0.84%) ABAP
16 61 (0.79%) Korn
17 59 (0.77%) Go
18 58 (0.75%) PHP
18 58 (0.75%) T-SQL
19 51 (0.66%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5534 (71.77%) SC Cleared
2 1120 (14.52%) DV Cleared
3 391 (5.07%) Degree
4 375 (4.86%) BPSS Clearance
5 270 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
6 176 (2.28%) CCNP
7 159 (2.06%) CTC Cleared
8 135 (1.75%) CISSP
9 125 (1.62%) CCNA
10 107 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
11 99 (1.28%) ISEB
12 88 (1.14%) PMI Certification
13 86 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
14 83 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
15 73 (0.95%) ISTQB
16 65 (0.84%) BC Cleared
16 65 (0.84%) MCSE
17 63 (0.82%) PMP
18 57 (0.74%) CCIE
19 55 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (2.36%) QA
2 177 (2.30%) PMO
3 150 (1.95%) Disclosure Scotland
4 131 (1.70%) SLA
5 113 (1.47%) Data Quality
6 96 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 45 (0.58%) JSP 440
8 35 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 32 (0.41%) ISO 9001
9 32 (0.41%) PCI DSS
10 30 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 25 (0.32%) GDPR
12 16 (0.21%) RMADS
13 15 (0.19%) COBIT
14 14 (0.18%) HL7
14 14 (0.18%) WCAG
15 13 (0.17%) Def Stans
16 11 (0.14%) MIL-STD-1553
17 9 (0.12%) DO-178B
17 9 (0.12%) GPG13
System Software
1 593 (7.69%) Active Directory
2 369 (4.79%) Docker
3 326 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 115 (1.49%) Hyper-V
5 102 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
6 83 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
7 73 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
8 66 (0.86%) HDFS
9 59 (0.77%) vSphere
10 51 (0.66%) XenApp
11 40 (0.52%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 39 (0.51%) KVM
12 39 (0.51%) Samba
12 39 (0.51%) Xen
13 38 (0.49%) VMware NSX
14 35 (0.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 32 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
16 31 (0.40%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 29 (0.38%) Firmware
18 28 (0.36%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 486 (6.30%) Puppet
2 374 (4.85%) Ansible
3 240 (3.11%) Kubernetes
4 204 (2.65%) SCCM
5 183 (2.37%) Terraform
6 170 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
7 121 (1.57%) logstash
8 103 (1.34%) Kibana
9 70 (0.91%) NetBackup
10 66 (0.86%) SCOM
11 62 (0.80%) ZABBIX
12 58 (0.75%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 48 (0.62%) Sysdig
14 47 (0.61%) Netcool
14 47 (0.61%) Salt
15 42 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
16 41 (0.53%) Data Guard
16 41 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
16 41 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
17 36 (0.47%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1007 (13.06%) Microsoft
2 651 (8.44%) Oracle
3 589 (7.64%) VMware
4 559 (7.25%) SAP
5 518 (6.72%) Cisco
6 324 (4.20%) HP
7 278 (3.61%) Red Hat
8 202 (2.62%) Juniper
9 197 (2.55%) Citrix
10 187 (2.43%) IBM
11 142 (1.84%) F5
12 117 (1.52%) CheckPoint
13 114 (1.48%) Sun
14 110 (1.43%) McAfee
15 105 (1.36%) Veritas
16 93 (1.21%) EMC
17 81 (1.05%) Google
18 78 (1.01%) Motorola
19 66 (0.86%) Cognos
20 65 (0.84%) Atlassian