Period
to 14 April 2021

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 14 April 2021 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 7 8 13
Rank change year-on-year +1 +5 -1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 6,487 7,190 8,569
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.30% 12.08% 8.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 58.38% 54.28% 45.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,309 4,730 5,409
10th Percentile £325 £300 £305
25th Percentile £413 £403 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £461 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -3.00% +5.56% +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 366 266 362
10th Percentile £15.00 £15.60 £12.00
25th Percentile £20.39 £17.50 £16.77
Median hourly rate £43.50 £40.00 £37.76
Median % change year-on-year +8.75% +5.93% +101.93%
75th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £66.00 £57.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £34.77 £34.00
% change year-on-year +15.04% +2.26% +36.00%

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 11,111 13,246 18,705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.07% 22.26% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,268 8,530 11,683
10th Percentile £300 £259 £263
25th Percentile £400 £369 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £569 £556
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +6.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 578 534 789
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.50 £12.38
25th Percentile £20.26 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £28.42
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% +5.56% +32.96%
75th Percentile £51.89 £49.42 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £52.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +50.00% -9.09% +24.35%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Cleared.

Daily rate trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Cleared.

Hourly rate trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Top 17 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 14 April 2021. 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 +3 5,377 £500 - 1,066
UK excluding London +2 3,175 £461 -3.00% 920
London -1 2,089 £500 -4.76% 257
Work from Home +6 1,743 £500 - 110
South East +5 977 £475 +5.56% 203
South West 0 779 £490 -2.00% 265
North of England -1 518 £450 +4.17% 141
North West +1 349 £425 -5.56% 91
Midlands -3 290 £400 -13.51% 113
East of England +3 244 £450 -10.00% 77
Scotland -4 223 £440 -2.22% 74
West Midlands -5 216 £405 -12.43% 92
Wales 0 154 £475 - 37
Yorkshire +6 89 £450 -15.09% 30
North East -1 80 £450 +11.11% 20
East Midlands -4 70 £356 -20.83% 21
Northern Ireland +15 9 £496 +29.04% 11

For the 6 months to 14 April 2021, 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 5,086 (78.40%) SC Cleared
2 1,639 (25.27%) Agile Software Development
3 997 (15.37%) DV Cleared
4 992 (15.29%) Public Sector
5 951 (14.66%) DevOps
6 941 (14.51%) Azure
7 845 (13.03%) AWS
8 839 (12.93%) Windows
9 808 (12.46%) Java
10 758 (11.68%) Microsoft
11 688 (10.61%) Linux
12 680 (10.48%) SQL
13 555 (8.56%) Migration
14 550 (8.48%) Python
15 534 (8.23%) Docker
16 504 (7.77%) Active Directory
17 481 (7.41%) VMware
18 462 (7.12%) Oracle
18 462 (7.12%) Terraform
19 456 (7.03%) Stakeholder Management
20 454 (7.00%) Finance
21 447 (6.89%) Kubernetes
22 433 (6.67%) Cybersecurity
23 420 (6.47%) Problem-Solving
24 419 (6.46%) Scrum
25 414 (6.38%) ITIL
26 405 (6.24%) Project Management
27 399 (6.15%) Ansible
28 387 (5.97%) Software Engineering
29 381 (5.87%) Analytical Skills

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
1 257 (3.96%) SharePoint
2 184 (2.84%) Confluence
3 127 (1.96%) Apache
4 98 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
5 75 (1.16%) Apache Spark
5 75 (1.16%) IIS
5 75 (1.16%) MS Exchange
6 68 (1.05%) WebLogic
7 48 (0.74%) Skype for Business
8 33 (0.51%) Tomcat
9 32 (0.49%) SAS
10 29 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
10 29 (0.45%) JBoss
10 29 (0.45%) Red Hat Fuse
11 27 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
12 20 (0.31%) CMS
13 18 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
14 17 (0.26%) ArcGIS
14 17 (0.26%) OpenStack
14 17 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 204 (3.14%) Microsoft Office
2 146 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 67 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 63 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
5 57 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 32 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.32%) Photoshop
8 14 (0.22%) Simulink
9 10 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
10 9 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
11 7 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 7 (0.11%) Stata
12 6 (0.092%) Adobe After Effects
12 6 (0.092%) Adobe Premiere
13 4 (0.062%) Final Cut Pro
13 4 (0.062%) GIMP
13 4 (0.062%) InfoPath
14 3 (0.046%) InDesign
14 3 (0.046%) Windchill
15 2 (0.031%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 50 (0.77%) SAP S/4HANA
2 38 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 35 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
4 28 (0.43%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 22 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
6 21 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
7 15 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
8 11 (0.17%) SAP PLM
9 10 (0.15%) Primavera
9 10 (0.15%) Teamcenter
10 9 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
11 8 (0.12%) HFM
11 8 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
11 8 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
11 8 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
11 8 (0.12%) Sentinel
12 7 (0.11%) assyst
12 7 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
13 6 (0.092%) Oracle Manufacturing
13 6 (0.092%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 941 (14.51%) Azure
2 845 (13.03%) AWS
3 280 (4.32%) Microsoft 365
4 170 (2.62%) Power Platform
5 155 (2.39%) PaaS
6 142 (2.19%) Serverless
7 104 (1.60%) GCP
8 97 (1.50%) IaaS
9 94 (1.45%) GitHub
10 88 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
11 77 (1.19%) Amazon S3
12 76 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
13 72 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
14 67 (1.03%) OpenShift
14 67 (1.03%) SaaS
15 66 (1.02%) PowerApps
16 60 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
17 36 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
18 35 (0.54%) Logic Apps
19 31 (0.48%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 281 (4.33%) Firewall
2 193 (2.98%) DNS
3 177 (2.73%) WAN
4 151 (2.33%) LAN
5 124 (1.91%) SAN
6 112 (1.73%) Network Security
7 105 (1.62%) TCP/IP
8 91 (1.40%) VPN
9 77 (1.19%) DHCP
10 74 (1.14%) Internet
10 74 (1.14%) VSAN
11 73 (1.13%) IPsec
12 69 (1.06%) Skype
13 65 (1.00%) Wireless
14 64 (0.99%) Cisco Nexus
14 64 (0.99%) VLAN
15 63 (0.97%) Kerberos
16 55 (0.85%) BGP
16 55 (0.85%) SNMP
17 51 (0.79%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 296 (4.56%) SQL Server
2 212 (3.27%) Big Data
3 187 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
4 157 (2.42%) Hadoop
5 122 (1.88%) Oracle Database
6 116 (1.79%) Power BI
7 114 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
8 90 (1.39%) Relational Database
9 76 (1.17%) Apache Hive
10 68 (1.05%) MySQL
11 61 (0.94%) NoSQL
12 58 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 57 (0.88%) Tableau
14 55 (0.85%) MongoDB
15 54 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 51 (0.79%) Impala
17 48 (0.74%) Pentaho
18 43 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
19 42 (0.65%) SAP BW
20 41 (0.63%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 347 (5.35%) JIRA
2 312 (4.81%) Jenkins
3 274 (4.22%) Git (software)
4 126 (1.94%) GitLab
5 113 (1.74%) Selenium
6 86 (1.33%) Cucumber
7 79 (1.22%) Maven
8 74 (1.14%) Bitbucket
9 65 (1.00%) JMeter
9 65 (1.00%) JUnit
10 45 (0.69%) Visual Studio
11 38 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 37 (0.57%) Rational DOORS
13 34 (0.52%) SonarQube
14 33 (0.51%) SoapUI
15 32 (0.49%) Rational Rhapsody
16 30 (0.46%) LoadRunner
16 30 (0.46%) Oracle APEX
17 29 (0.45%) Mockito
17 29 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 992 (15.29%) Public Sector
2 454 (7.00%) Finance
3 203 (3.13%) Telecoms
4 131 (2.02%) Law
5 128 (1.97%) Manufacturing
6 102 (1.57%) Electronics
7 99 (1.53%) Marketing
8 67 (1.03%) Military
9 61 (0.94%) Aerospace
10 46 (0.71%) Legal
11 43 (0.66%) Banking
12 39 (0.60%) Police
13 33 (0.51%) Local Government
14 29 (0.45%) Retail
15 21 (0.32%) Billing
16 16 (0.25%) Publishing
17 13 (0.20%) Back Office
18 9 (0.14%) General Ledger
19 8 (0.12%) Games
20 6 (0.092%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 842 (12.98%) Architect
2 821 (12.66%) Developer
3 500 (7.71%) Analyst
4 470 (7.25%) Consultant
5 333 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
6 232 (3.58%) Project Manager
7 231 (3.56%) Software Engineer
8 221 (3.41%) Java Developer
9 198 (3.05%) Network Engineer
10 179 (2.76%) Business Analyst
11 172 (2.65%) Solutions Architect
12 147 (2.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 139 (2.14%) Technical Architect
14 135 (2.08%) AWS Engineer
14 135 (2.08%) Data Engineer
15 129 (1.99%) AWS DevOps
16 118 (1.82%) Azure Engineer
17 116 (1.79%) Designer
18 103 (1.59%) SC Cleared Java Developer
18 103 (1.59%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 195 (3.01%) HTML
2 172 (2.65%) .NET
3 163 (2.51%) Web Services
4 161 (2.48%) CSS
5 158 (2.44%) Spring
6 154 (2.37%) Node.js
7 153 (2.36%) Kafka
8 145 (2.24%) REST
9 142 (2.19%) React
10 130 (2.00%) JSON
11 111 (1.71%) XML
12 98 (1.51%) AngularJS
13 93 (1.43%) Spring Boot
14 90 (1.39%) RESTful
15 78 (1.20%) Apache NiFi
16 67 (1.03%) LDAP
17 66 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
18 65 (1.00%) HTML5
19 63 (0.97%) Middleware
20 60 (0.92%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 381 (5.87%) Analytical Skills
2 250 (3.85%) Data Centre
3 194 (2.99%) Management Information System
4 187 (2.88%) User Experience
5 113 (1.74%) PKI
5 113 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
6 79 (1.22%) Clustering
7 74 (1.14%) Replication
8 73 (1.13%) Public Cloud
9 71 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
10 68 (1.05%) Cloud Native
11 62 (0.96%) Data Structures
12 55 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
13 51 (0.79%) CMDB
14 43 (0.66%) EMC VNX
15 42 (0.65%) Private Cloud
16 40 (0.62%) CESG
17 38 (0.59%) Virtual Team
18 34 (0.52%) NHS
19 33 (0.51%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 839 (12.93%) Windows
2 688 (10.61%) Linux
3 311 (4.79%) Windows Server
4 204 (3.14%) Unix
5 201 (3.10%) Windows 10
6 141 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 113 (1.74%) Windows Server 2012
8 98 (1.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 62 (0.96%) Windows 7
10 59 (0.91%) Windows Server 2016
11 58 (0.89%) AIX
12 55 (0.85%) CentOS
13 51 (0.79%) Windows Server 2019
14 40 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
15 35 (0.54%) Solaris
16 30 (0.46%) Ubuntu
17 28 (0.43%) Windows XP
18 24 (0.37%) Apple iOS
19 20 (0.31%) Android
20 13 (0.20%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,639 (25.27%) Agile Software Development
2 951 (14.66%) DevOps
3 555 (8.56%) Migration
4 456 (7.03%) Stakeholder Management
5 433 (6.67%) Cybersecurity
6 420 (6.47%) Problem-Solving
7 419 (6.46%) Scrum
8 414 (6.38%) ITIL
9 405 (6.24%) Project Management
10 387 (5.97%) Software Engineering
11 339 (5.23%) Business Intelligence
12 328 (5.06%) Microservices
13 324 (4.99%) Project Delivery
14 320 (4.93%) Test Automation
15 274 (4.22%) Service Management
16 259 (3.99%) Configuration Management
17 255 (3.93%) Data Modelling
18 248 (3.82%) Decision-Making
19 227 (3.50%) Analytics
20 219 (3.38%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 808 (12.46%) Java
2 680 (10.48%) SQL
3 550 (8.48%) Python
4 376 (5.80%) PowerShell
5 332 (5.12%) JavaScript
6 223 (3.44%) C
7 194 (2.99%) C#
8 142 (2.19%) Bash Shell
9 135 (2.08%) C++
10 96 (1.48%) PL/SQL
11 89 (1.37%) Java 8
12 76 (1.17%) R
13 73 (1.13%) Shell Script
14 65 (1.00%) Ruby
15 64 (0.99%) Scala
15 64 (0.99%) TypeScript
16 59 (0.91%) Perl
17 53 (0.82%) VB
18 43 (0.66%) Go
19 40 (0.62%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5,086 (78.40%) SC Cleared
2 997 (15.37%) DV Cleared
3 228 (3.51%) Degree
4 227 (3.50%) BPSS Clearance
5 201 (3.10%) Cisco Certification
6 149 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
7 121 (1.87%) CCNP
8 120 (1.85%) CISSP
9 112 (1.73%) CCNA
10 99 (1.53%) CESG Certified Professional
11 83 (1.28%) MCSE
12 71 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
13 64 (0.99%) ISTQB
14 60 (0.92%) CISM
15 57 (0.88%) ISEB
16 53 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
17 42 (0.65%) CTC Cleared
18 39 (0.60%) DBS Check
19 32 (0.49%) CCIE
19 32 (0.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (2.96%) QA
2 94 (1.45%) Data Quality
3 92 (1.42%) NCSC
4 91 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 81 (1.25%) SLA
6 65 (1.00%) PMO
7 64 (0.99%) NIST
8 54 (0.83%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 42 (0.65%) GDPR
10 36 (0.55%) WCAG
11 35 (0.54%) JSP 440
12 31 (0.48%) RMADS
13 30 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
14 23 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
15 14 (0.22%) COBIT
15 14 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 12 (0.18%) GPG13
17 9 (0.14%) NIST 800
18 8 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
19 7 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 534 (8.23%) Docker
2 504 (7.77%) Active Directory
3 353 (5.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 128 (1.97%) VMware ESXi
5 108 (1.66%) VMware NSX
6 95 (1.46%) vSphere
7 78 (1.20%) Hyper-V
8 63 (0.97%) HDFS
9 54 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
10 53 (0.82%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 31 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
12 26 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
13 24 (0.37%) RACF
13 24 (0.37%) XenApp
14 14 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 13 (0.20%) GPFS
15 13 (0.20%) PowerHA
16 8 (0.12%) Firmware
16 8 (0.12%) NFS
16 8 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 462 (7.12%) Terraform
2 447 (6.89%) Kubernetes
3 399 (6.15%) Ansible
4 152 (2.34%) SCCM
5 106 (1.63%) Puppet
6 96 (1.48%) vCenter Server
7 78 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
8 77 (1.19%) vRealize
9 64 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
10 63 (0.97%) Grafana
10 63 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
11 61 (0.94%) Prometheus
12 43 (0.66%) Kibana
13 41 (0.63%) Packer
14 33 (0.51%) Microsoft Clustering
15 30 (0.46%) WSUS
16 29 (0.45%) Nessus
17 27 (0.42%) SCOM
18 24 (0.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
19 23 (0.35%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 758 (11.68%) Microsoft
2 481 (7.41%) VMware
3 462 (7.12%) Oracle
4 348 (5.36%) Cisco
5 234 (3.61%) SAP
6 162 (2.50%) Red Hat
7 135 (2.08%) HP
8 111 (1.71%) Citrix
9 110 (1.70%) Dell
9 110 (1.70%) Splunk
10 96 (1.48%) ServiceNow
11 90 (1.39%) Cloudera
12 84 (1.29%) EMC
13 83 (1.28%) Google
14 78 (1.20%) Atlassian
15 73 (1.13%) Palo Alto
16 69 (1.06%) IBM
17 67 (1.03%) Juniper
18 60 (0.92%) Remedy
19 59 (0.91%) Informatica