Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 12 16
Rank change year-on-year -1 +4 +1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7951 9414 9166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.69% 9.11% 8.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.14% 44.44% 40.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4715 5953 5382
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +5.46% +0.75%
10th Percentile £220 £263 £263
90th Percentile £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 425 389 487
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £32.66 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.79% +5.68% +54.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.24 £50.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.75 £31.50 £30.90
% change year-on-year +0.79% +1.94% +41.32%

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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 7437 £443 +4.12% 359
UK excluding London -2 4781 £400 - 254
London +1 3037 £500 +5.26% 114
South East -2 1659 £414 -1.43% 108
South West -2 1014 £425 +1.19% 39
North of England -9 794 £375 - 42
Midlands -9 588 £399 +4.93% 42
North West +5 449 £420 -6.67% 17
East of England +10 343 £375 -6.25% 18
East Midlands +9 307 £375 -1.32% 12
West Midlands -18 278 £419 +11.67% 28
Wales 0 244 £400 -11.11% 7
North East -2 216 £325 -4.41% 6
Scotland -45 160 £350 +2.94% 3
Yorkshire -21 130 £435 +2.35% 19
Northern Ireland - 7 £133 -

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 5591 (70.32%) SC Cleared
2 1868 (23.49%) Agile Software Development
3 1295 (16.29%) Windows
4 1148 (14.44%) DV Cleared
5 1117 (14.05%) Linux
6 1109 (13.95%) Java
7 975 (12.26%) Microsoft
8 854 (10.74%) DevOps
9 766 (9.63%) SQL
10 742 (9.33%) Finance
11 732 (9.21%) ITIL
12 705 (8.87%) Project Management
13 689 (8.67%) Migration
14 683 (8.59%) Active Directory
15 675 (8.49%) Amazon AWS
16 653 (8.21%) Oracle
17 627 (7.89%) VMware
18 569 (7.16%) Cisco
19 538 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
20 523 (6.58%) Scrum
21 520 (6.54%) Unix
22 473 (5.95%) Python
23 465 (5.85%) Git (software)
24 464 (5.84%) Firewall
25 451 (5.67%) Puppet
26 445 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
27 441 (5.55%) SAP
28 434 (5.46%) Jenkins
29 430 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
30 427 (5.37%) PRINCE2

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
1 345 (4.34%) SharePoint
2 258 (3.24%) Confluence
3 203 (2.55%) Tomcat
4 186 (2.34%) MS Exchange
5 166 (2.09%) Apache
6 128 (1.61%) Apache Spark
7 111 (1.40%) Skype for Business
7 111 (1.40%) WebLogic
8 108 (1.36%) JBoss
9 101 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
10 100 (1.26%) nginx
11 99 (1.25%) IIS
12 78 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
13 70 (0.88%) OpenStack
14 57 (0.72%) WebSphere
15 56 (0.70%) Apache Solr
16 54 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
17 51 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
18 50 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
19 47 (0.59%) SAS
Applications
1 351 (4.41%) Microsoft Office
2 214 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 209 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
4 80 (1.01%) MS Visio
5 61 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 39 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.16%) Acrobat
8 11 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 11 (0.14%) PaintShop Pro
8 11 (0.14%) SPSS
9 8 (0.10%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.075%) Simulink
11 5 (0.063%) Windchill
12 4 (0.050%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.038%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.025%) InVision
14 2 (0.025%) Siemens NX
14 2 (0.025%) Stata
15 1 (0.013%) OrCAD
15 1 (0.013%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 49 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.54%) Primavera
3 29 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
4 26 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 24 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 23 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
6 23 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
6 23 (0.29%) Teamcenter
7 21 (0.26%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 20 (0.25%) SAP ERP
9 18 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
10 14 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
11 13 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
12 11 (0.14%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
12 11 (0.14%) SAP HR
12 11 (0.14%) SAP MM
12 11 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
13 8 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
13 8 (0.10%) SAP FI
14 7 (0.088%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 675 (8.49%) Amazon AWS
2 301 (3.79%) Office 365
3 266 (3.35%) Microsoft Azure
4 111 (1.40%) GitHub
5 94 (1.18%) PaaS
6 93 (1.17%) Amazon S3
6 93 (1.17%) IaaS
7 83 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
8 76 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
9 55 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
9 55 (0.69%) SaaS
10 47 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 46 (0.58%) Route 53
12 44 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
13 41 (0.52%) Azure Active Directory
14 30 (0.38%) OneDrive
15 28 (0.35%) Serverless
16 27 (0.34%) G Suite
17 17 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
18 16 (0.20%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 464 (5.84%) Firewall
2 296 (3.72%) DNS
3 279 (3.51%) LAN
4 277 (3.48%) WAN
5 262 (3.30%) TCP/IP
6 194 (2.44%) SAN
7 187 (2.35%) VPN
8 141 (1.77%) Network Security
9 123 (1.55%) Internet
10 106 (1.33%) HTTP
11 105 (1.32%) DHCP
12 101 (1.27%) Wireless
13 93 (1.17%) SSL
14 88 (1.11%) Kerberos
15 86 (1.08%) Skype
16 81 (1.02%) VLAN
17 77 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
18 76 (0.96%) NAS
19 69 (0.87%) BGP
20 67 (0.84%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 395 (4.97%) SQL Server
2 368 (4.63%) PostgreSQL
3 308 (3.87%) Hadoop
4 295 (3.71%) Big Data
5 211 (2.65%) Oracle Database
6 195 (2.45%) Relational Database
7 185 (2.33%) MongoDB
8 165 (2.08%) HBase
9 148 (1.86%) MySQL
10 127 (1.60%) NoSQL
11 114 (1.43%) RDBMS
12 89 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
13 72 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
14 65 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
15 61 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
15 61 (0.77%) Redis
16 55 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 53 (0.67%) Power BI
18 46 (0.58%) Apache Hive
19 42 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 465 (5.85%) Git (software)
2 434 (5.46%) Jenkins
3 402 (5.06%) JIRA
4 157 (1.97%) Maven
5 142 (1.79%) Selenium
6 134 (1.69%) JUnit
7 122 (1.53%) Cucumber
8 107 (1.35%) Visual Studio
9 98 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
10 86 (1.08%) Sonatype Nexus
11 82 (1.03%) Artifactory
12 80 (1.01%) SonarQube
13 79 (0.99%) GitLab
14 73 (0.92%) JMeter
15 67 (0.84%) IntelliJ
15 67 (0.84%) Vagrant
16 63 (0.79%) Ant
17 61 (0.77%) Bitbucket
18 60 (0.75%) Rational DOORS
19 59 (0.74%) Liquibase
General
1 742 (9.33%) Finance
2 414 (5.21%) Telecoms
3 290 (3.65%) Manufacturing
4 209 (2.63%) Electronics
4 209 (2.63%) Marketing
5 133 (1.67%) Military
6 113 (1.42%) Law
7 60 (0.75%) Legal
8 55 (0.69%) Aerospace
9 49 (0.62%) Banking
10 40 (0.50%) Publishing
11 23 (0.29%) Retail
12 21 (0.26%) Back Office
13 17 (0.21%) Financial Institution
14 16 (0.20%) Games
14 16 (0.20%) Investment Banking
15 14 (0.18%) Local Government
16 12 (0.15%) Billing
17 10 (0.13%) Digital Economy
18 9 (0.11%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1032 (12.98%) Developer
2 777 (9.77%) Analyst
3 763 (9.60%) Architect
4 510 (6.41%) Consultant
5 452 (5.68%) Project Manager
6 401 (5.04%) Java Developer
7 343 (4.31%) DevOps Engineer
8 286 (3.60%) Business Analyst
9 256 (3.22%) Network Engineer
10 242 (3.04%) Support Engineer
11 204 (2.57%) Administrator
12 165 (2.08%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 147 (1.85%) Desktop Support
14 134 (1.69%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 129 (1.62%) Designer
16 126 (1.58%) AWS DevOps
17 111 (1.40%) DBA
18 110 (1.38%) Technical Architect
19 108 (1.36%) AWS Engineer
19 108 (1.36%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 406 (5.11%) Web Services
2 292 (3.67%) REST
3 260 (3.27%) HTML
4 238 (2.99%) CSS
5 232 (2.92%) Spring
6 214 (2.69%) XML
7 213 (2.68%) JSON
8 208 (2.62%) .NET
9 165 (2.08%) Node.js
10 152 (1.91%) RESTful
11 150 (1.89%) Kafka
12 143 (1.80%) Spring Boot
13 125 (1.57%) J2EE
14 124 (1.56%) Elastic Stack
15 117 (1.47%) Apache Camel
16 96 (1.21%) AngularJS
17 95 (1.19%) HTML5
18 89 (1.12%) Hibernate
19 85 (1.07%) Drools
19 85 (1.07%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 538 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
2 322 (4.05%) Data Centre
3 301 (3.79%) Management Information System
4 168 (2.11%) User Experience
5 126 (1.58%) Computer Science
6 121 (1.52%) PKI
7 103 (1.30%) Clustering
8 86 (1.08%) Linux Command Line
9 76 (0.96%) Algorithms
10 69 (0.87%) Public Cloud
11 65 (0.82%) Driving Licence
12 63 (0.79%) Replication
13 60 (0.75%) Data Protection Act
14 59 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
15 54 (0.68%) CESG
15 54 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
16 48 (0.60%) Data Structures
17 47 (0.59%) CMDB
18 46 (0.58%) NHS
18 46 (0.58%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1295 (16.29%) Windows
2 1117 (14.05%) Linux
3 520 (6.54%) Unix
4 397 (4.99%) Windows Server
5 315 (3.96%) Windows 10
6 271 (3.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 243 (3.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 236 (2.97%) Windows 7
9 223 (2.80%) Solaris
10 187 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
11 174 (2.19%) AIX
12 122 (1.53%) CentOS
13 118 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
14 76 (0.96%) Apple iOS
15 64 (0.80%) Android
16 55 (0.69%) HPUX
17 50 (0.63%) SUSE
18 47 (0.59%) Ubuntu
19 46 (0.58%) VMS
20 44 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1868 (23.49%) Agile Software Development
2 854 (10.74%) DevOps
3 732 (9.21%) ITIL
4 705 (8.87%) Project Management
5 689 (8.67%) Migration
6 523 (6.58%) Scrum
7 445 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 430 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
9 427 (5.37%) PRINCE2
10 419 (5.27%) Test Automation
11 389 (4.89%) Continuous Integration
12 368 (4.63%) Configuration Management
13 350 (4.40%) Programme Management
14 321 (4.04%) Open Source
15 318 (4.00%) Service Management
16 309 (3.89%) TDD
17 283 (3.56%) Microservices
18 268 (3.37%) Service Design
19 249 (3.13%) Software Engineering
20 248 (3.12%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1109 (13.95%) Java
2 766 (9.63%) SQL
3 473 (5.95%) Python
4 347 (4.36%) JavaScript
5 299 (3.76%) PowerShell
6 268 (3.37%) C
7 259 (3.26%) Bash Shell
8 225 (2.83%) Ruby
9 189 (2.38%) C#
10 154 (1.94%) Perl
11 137 (1.72%) Shell Script
12 119 (1.50%) Scala
13 111 (1.40%) PL/SQL
14 108 (1.36%) C++
15 86 (1.08%) PHP
16 65 (0.82%) ABAP
17 59 (0.74%) T-SQL
18 49 (0.62%) VBScript
19 48 (0.60%) Groovy
20 46 (0.58%) Korn
Qualifications
1 5591 (70.32%) SC Cleared
2 1148 (14.44%) DV Cleared
3 382 (4.80%) BPSS Clearance
4 378 (4.75%) Degree
5 242 (3.04%) Cisco Certification
6 217 (2.73%) CTC Cleared
7 145 (1.82%) CCNP
8 130 (1.64%) CISSP
9 111 (1.40%) ISEB
10 105 (1.32%) CCNA
11 93 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
12 88 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
13 80 (1.01%) PMI Certification
14 67 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 66 (0.83%) PMP
16 65 (0.82%) ISTQB
17 60 (0.75%) CCIE
17 60 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
17 60 (0.75%) MCSE
17 60 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (2.48%) QA
2 168 (2.11%) PMO
3 147 (1.85%) Disclosure Scotland
4 135 (1.70%) Data Quality
5 134 (1.69%) SLA
6 99 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 47 (0.59%) GDPR
8 41 (0.52%) ISO 9001
9 40 (0.50%) JSP 440
10 32 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 32 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 25 (0.31%) PCI DSS
12 23 (0.29%) COBIT
13 18 (0.23%) RMADS
13 18 (0.23%) WCAG
14 16 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
15 15 (0.19%) HL7
16 13 (0.16%) Def Stans
16 13 (0.16%) ISO 22301
17 8 (0.10%) GPG13
System Software
1 683 (8.59%) Active Directory
2 395 (4.97%) Docker
3 331 (4.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 126 (1.58%) Hyper-V
5 113 (1.42%) vSphere
6 95 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
7 88 (1.11%) HDFS
8 70 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
9 61 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
10 46 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
10 46 (0.58%) XenApp
11 36 (0.45%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 34 (0.43%) Xen
13 33 (0.42%) KVM
14 32 (0.40%) vCloud
14 32 (0.40%) XenDesktop
15 31 (0.39%) VMware NSX
16 28 (0.35%) Samba
17 27 (0.34%) Apache Flume
18 24 (0.30%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 451 (5.67%) Puppet
2 369 (4.64%) Ansible
3 258 (3.24%) Kubernetes
4 228 (2.87%) Terraform
5 219 (2.75%) SCCM
6 158 (1.99%) Opscode Chef
7 139 (1.75%) logstash
8 89 (1.12%) Kibana
9 87 (1.09%) SCOM
10 86 (1.08%) NetBackup
11 68 (0.86%) ZABBIX
12 56 (0.70%) Oracle RMAN
13 51 (0.64%) Data Guard
14 48 (0.60%) WSUS
15 47 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 44 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
17 43 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
18 42 (0.53%) EMC NetWorker
19 38 (0.48%) Sysdig
20 36 (0.45%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 975 (12.26%) Microsoft
2 653 (8.21%) Oracle
3 627 (7.89%) VMware
4 569 (7.16%) Cisco
5 441 (5.55%) SAP
6 293 (3.69%) HP
7 263 (3.31%) Red Hat
8 220 (2.77%) Juniper
9 175 (2.20%) IBM
10 173 (2.18%) Citrix
11 127 (1.60%) McAfee
12 123 (1.55%) CheckPoint
13 120 (1.51%) F5
14 103 (1.30%) EMC
15 97 (1.22%) Google
16 84 (1.06%) Cognos
17 77 (0.97%) Remedy
18 74 (0.93%) NetApp
18 74 (0.93%) ServiceNow
19 72 (0.91%) Splunk