Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 12 17
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7860 9580 8977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.62% 9.09% 7.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 40.84% 44.00% 40.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4639 5994 5219
UK median daily rate £432 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% +5.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £222 £263 £263
90th Percentile £600 £580 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 389 484
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £32.66 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.54% +5.68% +54.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £13.65
90th Percentile £50.78 £50.00 £51.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £32.50 £30.90
% change year-on-year +4.62% +5.18% +52.59%

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 19244 21771 22307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 20.65% 19.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 11791 13581 13444
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £245
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 908 863 1078
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.94
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% +31.58%

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 22 November 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 22 November 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 22 November 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 -4 7374 £438 +2.94% 377
UK excluding London -2 4842 £400 - 249
London -1 2891 £500 +5.26% 146
South East -2 1662 £414 +0.36% 83
South West -2 1044 £425 +3.66% 41
North of England -8 821 £366 -2.53% 35
Midlands -6 597 £400 +4.92% 39
North West 0 451 £405 -10.00% 13
East of England +10 348 £375 -6.25% 34
East Midlands +7 308 £380 - 11
West Midlands -14 286 £411 +5.45% 27
North East -1 231 £325 -1.52% 5
Wales -2 216 £413 -8.33% 10
Scotland -41 168 £350 +2.94% 8
Yorkshire -20 140 £430 +1.18% 17
Northern Ireland - 10 £390 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 5542 (70.51%) SC Cleared
2 1826 (23.23%) Agile Software Development
3 1322 (16.82%) Windows
4 1141 (14.52%) Linux
5 1133 (14.41%) DV Cleared
6 1060 (13.49%) Java
7 976 (12.42%) Microsoft
8 823 (10.47%) DevOps
9 780 (9.92%) SQL
10 759 (9.66%) ITIL
11 749 (9.53%) Finance
12 711 (9.05%) Migration
13 695 (8.84%) Project Management
14 663 (8.44%) Active Directory
15 655 (8.33%) Oracle
16 635 (8.08%) VMware
17 619 (7.88%) Amazon AWS
18 551 (7.01%) Cisco
19 547 (6.96%) Scrum
20 540 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
21 531 (6.76%) Unix
22 484 (6.16%) Python
23 483 (6.15%) Git (software)
24 476 (6.06%) Firewall
25 464 (5.90%) SAP
26 451 (5.74%) Puppet
27 440 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
28 423 (5.38%) Telecoms
29 417 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
30 416 (5.29%) Jenkins

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
1 334 (4.25%) SharePoint
2 267 (3.40%) Confluence
3 206 (2.62%) MS Exchange
4 199 (2.53%) Tomcat
5 172 (2.19%) Apache
6 129 (1.64%) Apache Spark
7 118 (1.50%) Skype for Business
8 112 (1.42%) WebLogic
9 108 (1.37%) Elasticsearch
10 104 (1.32%) nginx
11 102 (1.30%) IIS
12 100 (1.27%) JBoss
13 88 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
14 69 (0.88%) OpenStack
15 62 (0.79%) Apache Solr
16 58 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2013
16 58 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
17 55 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
18 53 (0.67%) WebSphere
19 50 (0.64%) SAS
Applications
1 362 (4.61%) Microsoft Office
2 216 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 203 (2.58%) Microsoft Project
4 81 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 67 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 41 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.17%) Acrobat
9 12 (0.15%) SPSS
10 11 (0.14%) PaintShop Pro
11 6 (0.076%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.076%) Simulink
12 5 (0.064%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.051%) Stata
13 4 (0.051%) Windchill
14 3 (0.038%) AutoCAD
15 2 (0.025%) Adobe After Effects
15 2 (0.025%) InVision
15 2 (0.025%) OrCAD
15 2 (0.025%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 50 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.51%) Primavera
3 30 (0.38%) SAP ERP
4 29 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 28 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
6 26 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 25 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
7 25 (0.32%) Teamcenter
8 23 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
9 21 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 19 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
11 14 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
12 13 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
13 12 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
14 11 (0.14%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
14 11 (0.14%) SAP CO
14 11 (0.14%) SAP FI
14 11 (0.14%) SAP HR
14 11 (0.14%) SAP MM
15 10 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 619 (7.88%) Amazon AWS
2 319 (4.06%) Office 365
3 228 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
4 129 (1.64%) GitHub
5 92 (1.17%) PaaS
6 91 (1.16%) IaaS
7 78 (0.99%) Amazon S3
8 74 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
9 72 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
10 56 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
11 46 (0.59%) SaaS
12 43 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
13 39 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 34 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
15 33 (0.42%) Route 53
16 32 (0.41%) Serverless
17 28 (0.36%) G Suite
18 24 (0.31%) OneDrive
19 18 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
20 16 (0.20%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 476 (6.06%) Firewall
2 308 (3.92%) DNS
3 305 (3.88%) LAN
4 285 (3.63%) WAN
5 244 (3.10%) TCP/IP
6 207 (2.63%) SAN
7 169 (2.15%) VPN
8 138 (1.76%) Network Security
9 126 (1.60%) Internet
10 114 (1.45%) DHCP
10 114 (1.45%) HTTP
11 103 (1.31%) Wireless
12 95 (1.21%) Kerberos
13 91 (1.16%) SSL
14 84 (1.07%) Skype
15 76 (0.97%) VLAN
16 74 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
16 74 (0.94%) LDAP
16 74 (0.94%) NAS
17 67 (0.85%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 404 (5.14%) SQL Server
2 374 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
3 322 (4.10%) Hadoop
4 300 (3.82%) Big Data
5 211 (2.68%) Relational Database
6 204 (2.60%) Oracle Database
7 185 (2.35%) MongoDB
8 182 (2.32%) HBase
9 167 (2.12%) MySQL
10 136 (1.73%) NoSQL
11 120 (1.53%) RDBMS
12 88 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
13 71 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
14 61 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
15 56 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
16 52 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 51 (0.65%) Redis
18 50 (0.64%) Apache Hive
19 45 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
20 44 (0.56%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 483 (6.15%) Git (software)
2 416 (5.29%) Jenkins
3 406 (5.17%) JIRA
4 156 (1.98%) Maven
5 141 (1.79%) Cucumber
6 136 (1.73%) Selenium
7 125 (1.59%) JUnit
8 111 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 109 (1.39%) Visual Studio
10 96 (1.22%) GitLab
11 83 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
12 81 (1.03%) Artifactory
13 75 (0.95%) SonarQube
14 72 (0.92%) JMeter
15 71 (0.90%) IntelliJ
16 67 (0.85%) Vagrant
17 66 (0.84%) Rational DOORS
18 63 (0.80%) Ant
19 60 (0.76%) Bitbucket
20 56 (0.71%) Liquibase
General
1 749 (9.53%) Finance
2 423 (5.38%) Telecoms
3 302 (3.84%) Manufacturing
4 226 (2.88%) Electronics
5 224 (2.85%) Marketing
6 140 (1.78%) Military
7 71 (0.90%) Law
8 59 (0.75%) Legal
9 57 (0.73%) Aerospace
10 49 (0.62%) Banking
11 40 (0.51%) Publishing
12 24 (0.31%) Back Office
12 24 (0.31%) Retail
13 16 (0.20%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.20%) Investment Banking
13 16 (0.20%) Local Government
14 11 (0.14%) Billing
15 10 (0.13%) Digital Economy
16 8 (0.10%) Automotive
16 8 (0.10%) Games
Job Titles
1 1017 (12.94%) Developer
2 747 (9.50%) Analyst
3 727 (9.25%) Architect
4 511 (6.50%) Consultant
5 454 (5.78%) Project Manager
6 380 (4.83%) Java Developer
7 336 (4.27%) DevOps Engineer
8 278 (3.54%) Business Analyst
9 255 (3.24%) Network Engineer
10 241 (3.07%) Support Engineer
11 225 (2.86%) Administrator
12 161 (2.05%) Desktop Support
13 143 (1.82%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 129 (1.64%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 124 (1.58%) Designer
16 113 (1.44%) Software Engineer
17 111 (1.41%) DBA
18 108 (1.37%) AWS DevOps
18 108 (1.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 108 (1.37%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 398 (5.06%) Web Services
2 308 (3.92%) REST
3 266 (3.38%) HTML
4 246 (3.13%) CSS
5 234 (2.98%) Spring
6 215 (2.74%) .NET
7 209 (2.66%) XML
8 194 (2.47%) JSON
9 161 (2.05%) RESTful
10 158 (2.01%) Node.js
11 144 (1.83%) Kafka
11 144 (1.83%) Spring Boot
12 132 (1.68%) Elastic Stack
13 118 (1.50%) Apache Camel
14 111 (1.41%) AngularJS
14 111 (1.41%) HTML5
15 109 (1.39%) J2EE
16 86 (1.09%) Drools
17 84 (1.07%) Hibernate
17 84 (1.07%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 540 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
2 318 (4.05%) Data Centre
3 313 (3.98%) Management Information System
4 157 (2.00%) User Experience
5 138 (1.76%) PKI
6 135 (1.72%) Computer Science
7 103 (1.31%) Clustering
8 82 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
9 81 (1.03%) Algorithms
10 64 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
11 63 (0.80%) Replication
12 58 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
13 55 (0.70%) Public Cloud
14 54 (0.69%) CESG
14 54 (0.69%) Data Structures
15 52 (0.66%) Driving Licence
16 47 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
16 47 (0.60%) NHS
17 43 (0.55%) CMDB
18 41 (0.52%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1322 (16.82%) Windows
2 1141 (14.52%) Linux
3 531 (6.76%) Unix
4 403 (5.13%) Windows Server
5 319 (4.06%) Windows 10
6 254 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 249 (3.17%) Solaris
8 239 (3.04%) Windows Server 2012
9 238 (3.03%) Windows 7
10 185 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
11 183 (2.33%) AIX
12 122 (1.55%) CentOS
12 122 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
13 72 (0.92%) Apple iOS
14 63 (0.80%) HPUX
15 60 (0.76%) Ubuntu
16 57 (0.73%) Android
17 54 (0.69%) SUSE
18 47 (0.60%) Windows Vista
19 43 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1826 (23.23%) Agile Software Development
2 823 (10.47%) DevOps
3 759 (9.66%) ITIL
4 711 (9.05%) Migration
5 695 (8.84%) Project Management
6 547 (6.96%) Scrum
7 440 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 417 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
9 406 (5.17%) Test Automation
10 400 (5.09%) Continuous Integration
11 393 (5.00%) PRINCE2
12 379 (4.82%) Configuration Management
13 363 (4.62%) Programme Management
14 338 (4.30%) TDD
15 331 (4.21%) Service Management
16 309 (3.93%) Open Source
17 301 (3.83%) Microservices
18 275 (3.50%) Change Management
19 266 (3.38%) Service Design
20 246 (3.13%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1060 (13.49%) Java
2 780 (9.92%) SQL
3 484 (6.16%) Python
4 332 (4.22%) JavaScript
5 299 (3.80%) PowerShell
6 267 (3.40%) Bash Shell
7 256 (3.26%) C
8 231 (2.94%) Ruby
9 205 (2.61%) C#
10 162 (2.06%) Perl
11 148 (1.88%) Shell Script
12 115 (1.46%) Scala
13 114 (1.45%) C++
14 102 (1.30%) PL/SQL
15 84 (1.07%) PHP
16 62 (0.79%) T-SQL
17 60 (0.76%) ABAP
18 55 (0.70%) VBScript
19 53 (0.67%) Korn
20 49 (0.62%) Go
Qualifications
1 5542 (70.51%) SC Cleared
2 1133 (14.41%) DV Cleared
3 413 (5.25%) BPSS Clearance
4 379 (4.82%) Degree
5 245 (3.12%) Cisco Certification
6 191 (2.43%) CTC Cleared
7 142 (1.81%) CCNP
8 121 (1.54%) CISSP
9 110 (1.40%) ISEB
10 104 (1.32%) CCNA
11 95 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
12 90 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
13 73 (0.93%) PMI Certification
14 70 (0.89%) ISTQB
15 67 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
16 64 (0.81%) CCIE
17 61 (0.78%) PMP
18 60 (0.76%) BC Cleared
19 59 (0.75%) MCSE
20 58 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 200 (2.54%) QA
2 158 (2.01%) PMO
3 139 (1.77%) Disclosure Scotland
4 137 (1.74%) Data Quality
5 135 (1.72%) SLA
6 100 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 44 (0.56%) GDPR
8 40 (0.51%) JSP 440
9 39 (0.50%) ISO 9001
10 31 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 30 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 24 (0.31%) COBIT
13 22 (0.28%) PCI DSS
14 21 (0.27%) RMADS
15 17 (0.22%) HL7
15 17 (0.22%) WCAG
16 15 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
17 12 (0.15%) Def Stans
17 12 (0.15%) ISO 22301
18 8 (0.10%) GPG13
System Software
1 663 (8.44%) Active Directory
2 392 (4.99%) Docker
3 346 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 128 (1.63%) Hyper-V
5 99 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
6 96 (1.22%) vSphere
7 91 (1.16%) HDFS
8 83 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
9 73 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
10 51 (0.65%) XenApp
11 46 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
12 42 (0.53%) KVM
13 41 (0.52%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 38 (0.48%) Samba
15 37 (0.47%) Xen
16 33 (0.42%) VMware NSX
17 32 (0.41%) vCloud
18 31 (0.39%) XenDesktop
19 25 (0.32%) Apache Flume
19 25 (0.32%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 451 (5.74%) Puppet
2 361 (4.59%) Ansible
3 260 (3.31%) Kubernetes
4 231 (2.94%) SCCM
5 209 (2.66%) Terraform
6 155 (1.97%) Opscode Chef
7 133 (1.69%) logstash
8 94 (1.20%) Kibana
9 83 (1.06%) NetBackup
10 74 (0.94%) SCOM
11 68 (0.87%) ZABBIX
12 54 (0.69%) Oracle RMAN
13 51 (0.65%) Data Guard
14 49 (0.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 48 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
16 47 (0.60%) WSUS
17 43 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
17 43 (0.55%) Sysdig
18 36 (0.46%) HAProxy
19 35 (0.45%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 976 (12.42%) Microsoft
2 655 (8.33%) Oracle
3 635 (8.08%) VMware
4 551 (7.01%) Cisco
5 464 (5.90%) SAP
6 315 (4.01%) HP
7 271 (3.45%) Red Hat
8 213 (2.71%) Juniper
9 180 (2.29%) Citrix
10 178 (2.26%) IBM
11 125 (1.59%) McAfee
12 119 (1.51%) F5
13 116 (1.48%) CheckPoint
14 93 (1.18%) Sun
15 92 (1.17%) Google
16 87 (1.11%) EMC
17 84 (1.07%) Cognos
18 80 (1.02%) Veritas
19 77 (0.98%) Remedy
20 76 (0.97%) Motorola