Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 14 11 19
Rank change year-on-year -3 +8 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7780 10304 8400
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.13% 9.47% 7.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 42.12% 44.73% 38.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 4529 6322 4751
UK median daily rate £437 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.94% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £258
90th Percentile £588 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £398 £400
% change year-on-year +3.14% -0.63% +12.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 532 383 464
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +5.88% +61.90%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £13.16
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £52.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.90
% change year-on-year - +13.27% +47.14%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18473 23037 21886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.31% 21.18% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11197 14368 12827
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 813 1069
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.80 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +17.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £51.22 £48.75 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £28.00 £24.32
% change year-on-year +8.93% +15.16% +21.58%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 7309 £438 +3.52% 303
UK excluding London -2 5067 £410 +3.14% 254
London -5 2611 £500 +5.26% 76
South East -1 1787 £413 -0.60% 81
South West -2 1163 £415 +1.22% 65
North of England -3 938 £398 +12.77% 38
Midlands -4 552 £410 +2.50% 20
North West -1 497 £425 - 18
East Midlands +10 280 £403 +1.26% 8
North East -1 279 £330 +6.45% 11
West Midlands -14 262 £440 +10.00% 10
East of England -4 256 £390 +4.00% 20
Scotland -21 200 £400 +15.94% 22
Wales 0 190 £415 +3.75% 7
Yorkshire -4 163 £436 +2.65% 9
Northern Ireland -47 8 £390 +30.00% 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 5599 (71.97%) SC Cleared
2 1794 (23.06%) Agile Software Development
3 1321 (16.98%) Windows
4 1150 (14.78%) Linux
5 1138 (14.63%) DV Cleared
6 1015 (13.05%) Microsoft
7 895 (11.50%) Java
8 864 (11.11%) ITIL
9 827 (10.63%) Finance
10 809 (10.40%) DevOps
11 802 (10.31%) Migration
12 783 (10.06%) Project Management
13 755 (9.70%) SQL
14 707 (9.09%) Oracle
15 594 (7.63%) Active Directory
16 575 (7.39%) VMware
17 572 (7.35%) SAP
18 549 (7.06%) Cisco
18 549 (7.06%) Firewall
19 546 (7.02%) Scrum
20 545 (7.01%) Analytical Skills
21 520 (6.68%) Puppet
22 512 (6.58%) Amazon AWS
23 506 (6.50%) Telecoms
24 483 (6.21%) Unix
25 464 (5.96%) Business Intelligence
26 458 (5.89%) Python
27 454 (5.84%) Configuration Management
28 440 (5.66%) Programme Management
29 435 (5.59%) Git (software)

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
1 341 (4.38%) SharePoint
2 215 (2.76%) Confluence
3 194 (2.49%) Apache
4 170 (2.19%) MS Exchange
5 154 (1.98%) Tomcat
6 145 (1.86%) Elasticsearch
7 124 (1.59%) WebLogic
8 114 (1.47%) JBoss
9 113 (1.45%) IIS
10 109 (1.40%) Apache Spark
11 96 (1.23%) nginx
12 86 (1.11%) Skype for Business
13 85 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
14 72 (0.93%) OpenStack
15 67 (0.86%) SharePoint Server
16 65 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
17 57 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
18 55 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
19 54 (0.69%) WebSphere
20 46 (0.59%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 410 (5.27%) Microsoft Office
2 253 (3.25%) Microsoft Project
3 230 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 96 (1.23%) MS Visio
5 71 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 29 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.090%) Stata
9 6 (0.077%) Acrobat
9 6 (0.077%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.077%) PaintShop Pro
9 6 (0.077%) SPSS
10 5 (0.064%) InVision
10 5 (0.064%) Simulink
11 4 (0.051%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.051%) InfoPath
12 3 (0.039%) LaTeX
12 3 (0.039%) OrCAD
12 3 (0.039%) Siemens NX
12 3 (0.039%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 55 (0.71%) SAP ERP
2 47 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 45 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 45 (0.58%) Oracle EBS R12
4 38 (0.49%) Primavera
5 37 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
6 24 (0.31%) Oracle Financials
6 24 (0.31%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 24 (0.31%) Teamcenter
7 20 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
7 20 (0.26%) SAP HR
8 17 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
9 13 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
9 13 (0.17%) SAP CO
9 13 (0.17%) SAP FI
9 13 (0.17%) SAP HCM
10 12 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
11 11 (0.14%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
12 10 (0.13%) SAP Payroll
13 9 (0.12%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 512 (6.58%) Amazon AWS
2 324 (4.16%) Office 365
3 224 (2.88%) Microsoft Azure
4 113 (1.45%) GitHub
5 108 (1.39%) PaaS
6 105 (1.35%) IaaS
7 52 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
8 51 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
9 39 (0.50%) SaaS
10 36 (0.46%) Amazon S3
10 36 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
11 28 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
12 26 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 24 (0.31%) G Suite
14 21 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 16 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
16 14 (0.18%) OneDrive
16 14 (0.18%) OpenShift
17 13 (0.17%) AWS Lambda
17 13 (0.17%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 549 (7.06%) Firewall
2 312 (4.01%) LAN
3 289 (3.71%) WAN
4 288 (3.70%) DNS
5 275 (3.53%) TCP/IP
6 199 (2.56%) SAN
7 171 (2.20%) HTTP
8 164 (2.11%) VPN
9 133 (1.71%) Internet
10 128 (1.65%) DHCP
11 122 (1.57%) Wireless
12 121 (1.56%) Network Security
13 97 (1.25%) SSL
14 94 (1.21%) BGP
15 93 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
16 81 (1.04%) LDAP
17 79 (1.02%) VLAN
18 77 (0.99%) Cisco Nexus
19 75 (0.96%) IPsec
19 75 (0.96%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 392 (5.04%) SQL Server
2 382 (4.91%) PostgreSQL
3 249 (3.20%) Hadoop
4 213 (2.74%) Big Data
5 200 (2.57%) Relational Database
6 196 (2.52%) MongoDB
7 194 (2.49%) Oracle Database
8 149 (1.92%) MySQL
9 134 (1.72%) HBase
10 92 (1.18%) NoSQL
11 91 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
12 88 (1.13%) RDBMS
13 75 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
14 65 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
15 61 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
16 59 (0.76%) Apache Hive
17 56 (0.72%) Redis
18 49 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
19 45 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 42 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 435 (5.59%) Git (software)
2 359 (4.61%) Jenkins
3 329 (4.23%) JIRA
4 143 (1.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 124 (1.59%) Cucumber
6 116 (1.49%) Visual Studio
7 113 (1.45%) Selenium
8 107 (1.38%) Maven
9 78 (1.00%) Sonatype Nexus
10 74 (0.95%) GitLab
11 65 (0.84%) Artifactory
12 62 (0.80%) JUnit
13 60 (0.77%) Bitbucket
14 52 (0.67%) Rational DOORS
15 51 (0.66%) Ant
16 49 (0.63%) IntelliJ
16 49 (0.63%) MSI
17 47 (0.60%) Subversion
18 40 (0.51%) Eclipse
19 36 (0.46%) Toad
General
1 827 (10.63%) Finance
2 506 (6.50%) Telecoms
3 372 (4.78%) Manufacturing
4 308 (3.96%) Electronics
5 301 (3.87%) Marketing
6 159 (2.04%) Military
7 88 (1.13%) Law
8 64 (0.82%) Aerospace
8 64 (0.82%) Legal
9 46 (0.59%) Banking
10 38 (0.49%) Back Office
11 24 (0.31%) Avionics
12 23 (0.30%) Local Government
13 20 (0.26%) Billing
14 19 (0.24%) Publishing
15 16 (0.21%) Investment Banking
16 14 (0.18%) Retail
17 9 (0.12%) Digital Economy
18 7 (0.090%) Automotive
19 6 (0.077%) French Language
Job Titles
1 927 (11.92%) Developer
2 798 (10.26%) Architect
3 703 (9.04%) Analyst
4 596 (7.66%) Consultant
5 450 (5.78%) Project Manager
6 307 (3.95%) DevOps Engineer
7 295 (3.79%) Java Developer
8 253 (3.25%) Network Engineer
9 241 (3.10%) Business Analyst
10 228 (2.93%) Support Engineer
11 203 (2.61%) Administrator
12 173 (2.22%) Technical Architect
13 152 (1.95%) Software Engineer
14 138 (1.77%) Solutions Architect
15 125 (1.61%) SC Cleared Project Manager
16 123 (1.58%) DBA
17 117 (1.50%) Systems Engineer
18 116 (1.49%) Delivery Manager
19 114 (1.47%) Desktop Support
20 106 (1.36%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 322 (4.14%) Web Services
2 278 (3.57%) .NET
3 267 (3.43%) CSS
4 264 (3.39%) HTML
5 235 (3.02%) REST
6 181 (2.33%) Spring
7 178 (2.29%) Node.js
7 178 (2.29%) XML
8 132 (1.70%) Elastic Stack
8 132 (1.70%) RESTful
9 117 (1.50%) HTML5
10 116 (1.49%) AngularJS
11 111 (1.43%) Kafka
12 109 (1.40%) JSON
13 108 (1.39%) J2EE
14 103 (1.32%) Apache Camel
15 96 (1.23%) Spring Boot
16 77 (0.99%) Middleware
17 76 (0.98%) CSS3
18 73 (0.94%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 545 (7.01%) Analytical Skills
2 349 (4.49%) Data Centre
3 293 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 170 (2.19%) User Experience
5 145 (1.86%) Computer Science
6 122 (1.57%) PKI
7 104 (1.34%) Clustering
8 66 (0.85%) Replication
9 65 (0.84%) Private Cloud
10 61 (0.78%) Public Cloud
11 57 (0.73%) CESG
12 55 (0.71%) Algorithms
13 53 (0.68%) Driving Licence
13 53 (0.68%) NHS
14 47 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
15 46 (0.59%) Blackberry
15 46 (0.59%) PMI
16 45 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
17 41 (0.53%) Data Structures
17 41 (0.53%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1321 (16.98%) Windows
2 1150 (14.78%) Linux
3 483 (6.21%) Unix
4 372 (4.78%) Windows Server
5 261 (3.35%) Windows 10
6 260 (3.34%) Solaris
7 258 (3.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 229 (2.94%) Windows 7
9 206 (2.65%) AIX
10 204 (2.62%) Windows Server 2012
11 178 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
12 177 (2.28%) CentOS
13 130 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
14 81 (1.04%) HPUX
15 63 (0.81%) Ubuntu
16 56 (0.72%) SUSE
17 54 (0.69%) Windows Vista
17 54 (0.69%) Windows XP
18 49 (0.63%) Apple iOS
19 37 (0.48%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 1794 (23.06%) Agile Software Development
2 864 (11.11%) ITIL
3 809 (10.40%) DevOps
4 802 (10.31%) Migration
5 783 (10.06%) Project Management
6 546 (7.02%) Scrum
7 464 (5.96%) Business Intelligence
8 454 (5.84%) Configuration Management
9 440 (5.66%) Programme Management
10 404 (5.19%) Service Management
11 402 (5.17%) Stakeholder Management
12 401 (5.15%) PRINCE2
13 392 (5.04%) Continuous Integration
14 339 (4.36%) Test Automation
15 331 (4.25%) Open Source
16 304 (3.91%) Microservices
17 302 (3.88%) TDD
18 295 (3.79%) Software Engineering
19 287 (3.69%) Digital Marketing
20 283 (3.64%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 895 (11.50%) Java
2 755 (9.70%) SQL
3 458 (5.89%) Python
4 327 (4.20%) JavaScript
5 290 (3.73%) C
6 282 (3.62%) C#
7 269 (3.46%) Bash Shell
8 257 (3.30%) Ruby
9 254 (3.26%) PowerShell
10 169 (2.17%) C++
11 145 (1.86%) Perl
12 127 (1.63%) Shell Script
13 110 (1.41%) PL/SQL
14 105 (1.35%) Scala
15 67 (0.86%) ABAP
16 59 (0.76%) T-SQL
17 57 (0.73%) PHP
18 56 (0.72%) Go
19 54 (0.69%) VBScript
20 52 (0.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 5599 (71.97%) SC Cleared
2 1138 (14.63%) DV Cleared
3 379 (4.87%) BPSS Clearance
3 379 (4.87%) Degree
4 291 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
5 186 (2.39%) CCNP
6 148 (1.90%) CTC Cleared
7 135 (1.74%) CISSP
8 128 (1.65%) CCNA
9 103 (1.32%) ISEB
10 100 (1.29%) Microsoft Certification
11 86 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
12 82 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
13 80 (1.03%) ISTQB
14 74 (0.95%) PMI Certification
15 73 (0.94%) BC Cleared
16 66 (0.85%) CCIE
17 55 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 55 (0.71%) PMP
18 51 (0.66%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (2.37%) PMO
2 170 (2.19%) QA
3 156 (2.01%) Disclosure Scotland
4 134 (1.72%) SLA
5 110 (1.41%) Data Quality
6 107 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 48 (0.62%) JSP 440
8 34 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 27 (0.35%) PCI DSS
10 23 (0.30%) ISO 9001
11 22 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 19 (0.24%) Def Stans
12 19 (0.24%) GPG13
13 18 (0.23%) GDPR
14 13 (0.17%) HL7
14 13 (0.17%) MIL-STD-1553
15 12 (0.15%) RMADS
16 11 (0.14%) COBIT
16 11 (0.14%) WCAG
17 10 (0.13%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 594 (7.63%) Active Directory
2 384 (4.94%) Docker
3 342 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 120 (1.54%) Hyper-V
5 99 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
6 87 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
7 86 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
8 60 (0.77%) XenApp
9 58 (0.75%) HDFS
10 52 (0.67%) vSphere
11 40 (0.51%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 40 (0.51%) VMware NSX
12 38 (0.49%) Samba
13 37 (0.48%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 35 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
15 34 (0.44%) KVM
16 32 (0.41%) Xen
17 31 (0.40%) XenDesktop
18 30 (0.39%) Veritas Volume Manager
19 27 (0.35%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 520 (6.68%) Puppet
2 382 (4.91%) Ansible
3 243 (3.12%) Kubernetes
4 214 (2.75%) SCCM
5 194 (2.49%) Terraform
6 170 (2.19%) Opscode Chef
7 108 (1.39%) logstash
8 93 (1.20%) Kibana
9 70 (0.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 63 (0.81%) SCOM
11 58 (0.75%) NetBackup
11 58 (0.75%) ZABBIX
12 49 (0.63%) Salt
13 47 (0.60%) Netcool
14 46 (0.59%) HAProxy
15 44 (0.57%) Sysdig
16 38 (0.49%) Data Guard
16 38 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
16 38 (0.49%) Oracle RMAN
17 35 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1015 (13.05%) Microsoft
2 707 (9.09%) Oracle
3 575 (7.39%) VMware
4 572 (7.35%) SAP
5 549 (7.06%) Cisco
6 341 (4.38%) HP
7 297 (3.82%) Red Hat
8 204 (2.62%) Citrix
9 175 (2.25%) Juniper
10 165 (2.12%) IBM
11 158 (2.03%) F5
12 121 (1.56%) CheckPoint
13 110 (1.41%) Sun
14 107 (1.38%) Veritas
15 94 (1.21%) McAfee
16 87 (1.12%) EMC
17 77 (0.99%) Motorola
18 72 (0.93%) Google
19 70 (0.90%) Remedy
20 59 (0.76%) Atlassian