Period
to 16 November 2019

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 16 November 2019 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 12 16 16
Rank change year-on-year +4 0 -4
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,200 8,667 7,840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 9.84% 8.34% 7.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 48.38% 44.51% 40.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,987 5,083 4,623
UK median daily rate £476 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.67% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £291 £269 £220
90th Percentile £638 £625 £596
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +9.05% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 437 453
UK median hourly rate £40.50 £32.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.62% +1.56% -1.77%
10th Percentile £16.25 £13.00 £13.51
90th Percentile £64.88 £50.50 £50.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +15.71% - +9.38%

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 16,950 19,474 19,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.34% 18.74% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,376 11,492 11,854
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.88% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £224
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +6.51% +5.63% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 855 955 928
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -7.41% +3.85%
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.63 £12.05
90th Percentile £58.75 £51.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.31 £29.00
% change year-on-year +38.29% -12.72% +7.41%

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 16 November 2019.

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 16 November 2019.

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 16 November 2019. 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 7,513 £480 +5.49% 1,218
UK excluding London +3 5,622 £463 +9.05% 1,070
London +7 2,407 £525 +2.94% 250
South West +2 1,747 £488 +8.33% 292
South East +1 1,665 £450 +5.88% 344
North of England +7 852 £450 - 131
North West +5 583 £450 - 103
Midlands +8 510 £463 +8.82% 107
West Midlands +9 387 £463 +8.82% 81
East of England +1 325 £450 +5.88% 103
Scotland +17 307 £450 +17.65% 61
Wales 0 224 £475 +5.56% 33
North East 0 136 £425 +6.25% 8
Yorkshire -10 134 £469 +0.81% 20
East Midlands -4 118 £475 +18.75% 26
Northern Ireland -8 12 £368 +13.08% 8

For the 6 months to 16 November 2019, 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 5,943 (72.48%) SC Cleared
2 2,084 (25.41%) Agile Software Development
3 1,562 (19.05%) Windows
4 1,436 (17.51%) DV Cleared
5 1,276 (15.56%) Microsoft
6 1,185 (14.45%) Public Sector
7 1,179 (14.38%) Linux
8 1,085 (13.23%) DevOps
9 1,047 (12.77%) Java
10 1,016 (12.39%) AWS
11 928 (11.32%) SQL
12 874 (10.66%) Migration
13 837 (10.21%) Active Directory
14 834 (10.17%) Azure
15 719 (8.77%) Python
16 709 (8.65%) ITIL
17 680 (8.29%) Oracle
18 619 (7.55%) VMware
19 615 (7.50%) Finance
20 594 (7.24%) Project Management
21 584 (7.12%) Windows Server
22 574 (7.00%) Jenkins
23 549 (6.70%) JavaScript
24 542 (6.61%) Windows 10
25 541 (6.60%) JIRA
26 533 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
27 519 (6.33%) Git (software)
28 510 (6.22%) PowerShell
29 509 (6.21%) Scrum
30 483 (5.89%) Docker

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
1 343 (4.18%) Confluence
2 336 (4.10%) SharePoint
3 153 (1.87%) MS Exchange
4 126 (1.54%) Skype for Business
5 108 (1.32%) Apache
6 101 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
7 81 (0.99%) WebLogic
8 72 (0.88%) IIS
9 70 (0.85%) JBoss
9 70 (0.85%) Tomcat
10 57 (0.70%) OpenStack
11 55 (0.67%) nginx
12 43 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 39 (0.48%) Apache Spark
14 36 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
15 30 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
16 26 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
16 26 (0.32%) SAS
17 22 (0.27%) MQSeries
18 21 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 363 (4.43%) Microsoft Office
2 257 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 127 (1.55%) Microsoft Project
4 120 (1.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 49 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 32 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 28 (0.34%) Simulink
8 16 (0.20%) Photoshop
9 11 (0.13%) Windchill
10 10 (0.12%) GIMP
11 8 (0.098%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.061%) Sketch
13 4 (0.049%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.049%) Adobe XD
13 4 (0.049%) FileZilla
13 4 (0.049%) Stateflow
13 4 (0.049%) XMetaL
14 3 (0.037%) CATIA
14 3 (0.037%) InDesign
14 3 (0.037%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 94 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
3 54 (0.66%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 47 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
5 30 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
6 23 (0.28%) Siebel CRM
7 22 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
8 21 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
9 19 (0.23%) SAP FI
10 17 (0.21%) SAP CO
10 17 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
11 16 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
11 16 (0.20%) Primavera
12 15 (0.18%) Teamcenter
13 13 (0.16%) SAP HCM
14 12 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
15 10 (0.12%) assyst
15 10 (0.12%) SAP HR
16 9 (0.11%) SAP PP
16 9 (0.11%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 1,016 (12.39%) AWS
2 834 (10.17%) Azure
3 461 (5.62%) Office 365
4 182 (2.22%) SaaS
5 180 (2.20%) PaaS
6 164 (2.00%) Amazon EC2
7 161 (1.96%) GitHub
8 152 (1.85%) IaaS
9 141 (1.72%) AWS CloudFormation
10 130 (1.59%) Power Platform
11 116 (1.41%) Serverless
12 102 (1.24%) Amazon S3
13 89 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
14 85 (1.04%) Azure Active Directory
15 82 (1.00%) GCP
16 60 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
17 55 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
17 55 (0.67%) OpenShift
18 50 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 47 (0.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 436 (5.32%) Firewall
2 355 (4.33%) DNS
3 287 (3.50%) WAN
4 256 (3.12%) TCP/IP
5 245 (2.99%) VPN
6 231 (2.82%) LAN
7 199 (2.43%) Internet
8 187 (2.28%) DHCP
8 187 (2.28%) Skype
9 180 (2.20%) SAN
10 130 (1.59%) Network Security
11 99 (1.21%) BGP
12 91 (1.11%) Wireless
13 82 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
14 80 (0.98%) OSPF
15 71 (0.87%) Ethernet
16 70 (0.85%) HTTP
16 70 (0.85%) MPLS
16 70 (0.85%) NAS
17 67 (0.82%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 434 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 283 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
3 254 (3.10%) Oracle Database
4 218 (2.66%) Big Data
5 163 (1.99%) MySQL
6 124 (1.51%) Relational Database
7 123 (1.50%) Amazon RDS
8 117 (1.43%) Hadoop
9 113 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
10 100 (1.22%) Power BI
10 100 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 96 (1.17%) MongoDB
12 88 (1.07%) Oracle Database 12c
13 66 (0.80%) Oracle BI EE
14 58 (0.71%) SQL Server 2016
15 51 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
16 49 (0.60%) RDBMS
17 47 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 45 (0.55%) GIS
19 44 (0.54%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 574 (7.00%) Jenkins
2 541 (6.60%) JIRA
3 519 (6.33%) Git (software)
4 196 (2.39%) Selenium
5 149 (1.82%) Cucumber
6 133 (1.62%) Maven
7 131 (1.60%) JUnit
8 114 (1.39%) Visual Studio
9 111 (1.35%) SonarQube
10 110 (1.34%) GitLab
11 107 (1.30%) Bitbucket
12 97 (1.18%) MSI
13 95 (1.16%) Mockito
14 88 (1.07%) Rational DOORS
15 81 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
16 73 (0.89%) Subversion
17 69 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
18 60 (0.73%) Eclipse
19 51 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 47 (0.57%) gulp
General
1 1,185 (14.45%) Public Sector
2 615 (7.50%) Finance
3 367 (4.48%) Telecoms
4 259 (3.16%) Manufacturing
5 237 (2.89%) Military
6 206 (2.51%) Marketing
7 194 (2.37%) Electronics
8 97 (1.18%) Law
9 91 (1.11%) Retail
10 86 (1.05%) Aerospace
11 75 (0.91%) Legal
12 71 (0.87%) Police
13 61 (0.74%) Banking
14 31 (0.38%) Publishing
15 27 (0.33%) Local Government
16 22 (0.27%) Billing
16 22 (0.27%) Games
17 19 (0.23%) Back Office
17 19 (0.23%) Investment Banking
18 11 (0.13%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 1,151 (14.04%) Developer
2 1,040 (12.68%) Architect
3 652 (7.95%) Analyst
4 469 (5.72%) Consultant
5 429 (5.23%) DevOps Engineer
6 305 (3.72%) Java Developer
7 301 (3.67%) Project Manager
8 295 (3.60%) Network Engineer
9 253 (3.09%) Software Engineer
10 247 (3.01%) Business Analyst
11 191 (2.33%) Support Engineer
12 165 (2.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 159 (1.94%) Solutions Architect
14 148 (1.80%) Administrator
14 148 (1.80%) Technical Architect
15 144 (1.76%) Test Engineer
16 143 (1.74%) Security Architect
17 131 (1.60%) DBA
18 124 (1.51%) Tester
19 119 (1.45%) AWS DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 407 (4.96%) .NET
2 405 (4.94%) Web Services
3 304 (3.71%) HTML
4 266 (3.24%) XML
5 257 (3.13%) Spring
6 254 (3.10%) CSS
7 240 (2.93%) JSON
8 231 (2.82%) Node.js
9 214 (2.61%) REST
10 200 (2.44%) AngularJS
11 184 (2.24%) RESTful
12 175 (2.13%) SOAP
13 139 (1.70%) React
14 133 (1.62%) Middleware
15 110 (1.34%) Hibernate
16 104 (1.27%) HTML5
17 95 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
18 93 (1.13%) Spring Boot
19 89 (1.09%) LDAP
20 79 (0.96%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 428 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
2 393 (4.79%) Data Centre
3 295 (3.60%) Management Information System
4 195 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
5 158 (1.93%) PKI
6 143 (1.74%) User Experience
7 132 (1.61%) Public Cloud
8 108 (1.32%) Clustering
9 98 (1.20%) Replication
10 87 (1.06%) Driving Licence
11 68 (0.83%) Algorithms
12 67 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
13 58 (0.71%) NHS
14 57 (0.70%) Data Structures
15 52 (0.63%) CMDB
16 50 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
17 41 (0.50%) Cloud Native
17 41 (0.50%) Virtual Team
18 40 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
19 37 (0.45%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 1,562 (19.05%) Windows
2 1,179 (14.38%) Linux
3 584 (7.12%) Windows Server
4 542 (6.61%) Windows 10
5 340 (4.15%) Windows 7
6 321 (3.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 306 (3.73%) Windows Server 2012
8 285 (3.48%) Unix
9 204 (2.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 155 (1.89%) CentOS
11 121 (1.48%) Ubuntu
12 76 (0.93%) Solaris
13 72 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
14 65 (0.79%) Apple iOS
15 53 (0.65%) Windows XP
16 45 (0.55%) AIX
17 35 (0.43%) Windows 8
18 31 (0.38%) Android
19 30 (0.37%) Debian
20 29 (0.35%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,084 (25.41%) Agile Software Development
2 1,085 (13.23%) DevOps
3 874 (10.66%) Migration
4 709 (8.65%) ITIL
5 594 (7.24%) Project Management
6 533 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
7 509 (6.21%) Scrum
8 482 (5.88%) Test Automation
9 479 (5.84%) Software Engineering
10 435 (5.30%) Configuration Management
11 434 (5.29%) Stakeholder Management
12 431 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
13 426 (5.20%) Continuous Integration
14 412 (5.02%) Cybersecurity
15 393 (4.79%) Service Management
16 387 (4.72%) Project Delivery
17 367 (4.48%) Microservices
18 329 (4.01%) TDD
19 321 (3.91%) Open Source
20 320 (3.90%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,047 (12.77%) Java
2 928 (11.32%) SQL
3 719 (8.77%) Python
4 549 (6.70%) JavaScript
5 510 (6.22%) PowerShell
6 397 (4.84%) C#
7 350 (4.27%) C
8 288 (3.51%) C++
9 242 (2.95%) Bash Shell
10 176 (2.15%) Ruby
11 159 (1.94%) PL/SQL
12 145 (1.77%) Shell Script
13 130 (1.59%) Perl
14 121 (1.48%) Java 8
15 83 (1.01%) T-SQL
16 81 (0.99%) TypeScript
17 68 (0.83%) Groovy
18 47 (0.57%) Go
19 42 (0.51%) ABAP
19 42 (0.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 5,943 (72.48%) SC Cleared
2 1,436 (17.51%) DV Cleared
3 381 (4.65%) Degree
4 350 (4.27%) BPSS Clearance
5 278 (3.39%) Cisco Certification
6 179 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
7 154 (1.88%) CCNP
8 150 (1.83%) ISTQB
9 141 (1.72%) CCNA
10 113 (1.38%) ISEB
11 110 (1.34%) CISSP
12 86 (1.05%) AWS Certification
13 80 (0.98%) BC Cleared
13 80 (0.98%) MCSE
14 78 (0.95%) CTC Cleared
15 77 (0.94%) MCSA
16 69 (0.84%) CCIE
17 65 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
18 61 (0.74%) CISM
18 61 (0.74%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (2.87%) QA
2 180 (2.20%) SLA
3 127 (1.55%) PMO
4 104 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 82 (1.00%) Data Quality
6 73 (0.89%) NCSC
7 72 (0.88%) NIST
8 70 (0.85%) JSP 440
9 69 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
10 61 (0.74%) RMADS
11 40 (0.49%) GDPR
12 38 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 38 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 35 (0.43%) WCAG
14 30 (0.37%) PCI DSS
15 23 (0.28%) COBIT
16 20 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
17 19 (0.23%) Def Stans
18 18 (0.22%) ISO 9001
19 17 (0.21%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 837 (10.21%) Active Directory
2 483 (5.89%) Docker
3 368 (4.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 190 (2.32%) Hyper-V
5 137 (1.67%) vSphere
6 130 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
7 118 (1.44%) Microsoft App-V
8 109 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
9 54 (0.66%) VMware NSX
10 48 (0.59%) XenApp
11 47 (0.57%) vCloud
12 43 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
13 42 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
14 36 (0.44%) XenDesktop
15 31 (0.38%) Postfix
16 28 (0.34%) Firmware
17 24 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
18 21 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
19 20 (0.24%) DFS Replication
19 20 (0.24%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 476 (5.80%) Ansible
2 399 (4.87%) Terraform
3 365 (4.45%) SCCM
4 348 (4.24%) Kubernetes
5 324 (3.95%) Puppet
6 178 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
7 102 (1.24%) SCOM
8 90 (1.10%) Consul
9 76 (0.93%) vCenter Server
10 71 (0.87%) WSUS
11 69 (0.84%) Packer
12 64 (0.78%) Single Sign-On
13 47 (0.57%) NetBackup
14 44 (0.54%) Microsoft Intune
15 41 (0.50%) vRealize
16 40 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
16 40 (0.49%) Nagios
17 37 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
18 35 (0.43%) Prometheus
18 35 (0.43%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1,276 (15.56%) Microsoft
2 680 (8.29%) Oracle
3 619 (7.55%) VMware
4 460 (5.61%) Cisco
5 358 (4.37%) SAP
6 250 (3.05%) Red Hat
7 242 (2.95%) Citrix
8 199 (2.43%) HP
9 172 (2.10%) Juniper
10 148 (1.80%) Google
11 124 (1.51%) IBM
12 121 (1.48%) Splunk
13 115 (1.40%) ServiceNow
14 109 (1.33%) McAfee
15 103 (1.26%) Atlassian
15 103 (1.26%) Remedy
16 97 (1.18%) Dell
17 92 (1.12%) F5
18 82 (1.00%) Palo Alto
19 78 (0.95%) CheckPoint