Period
to 16 June 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 June 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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 14 12 13
Rank change year-on-year -2 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,621 8,429 7,817
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.41% 8.48% 8.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 44.85% 44.79% 42.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,666 4,950 4,687
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +5.58%
10th Percentile £305 £229 £270
90th Percentile £645 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £420 £415
% change year-on-year +7.14% +1.20% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 373 413 550
UK median hourly rate £38.74 £19.50 £37.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +98.64% -48.34% -5.03%
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.50 £47.83 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £28.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year +39.29% -27.27% -0.65%

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 16,991 18,817 18,425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.76% 18.92% 20.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,231 11,275 11,398
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.87%
10th Percentile £263 £239 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £444 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.74% +3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 792 847 942
UK median hourly rate £33.50 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.00% -16.67% -7.69%
10th Percentile £12.87 £12.56 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.10 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.40 £26.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year +28.46% -16.13% -11.43%

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 June 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 June 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 June 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 0 7,044 £475 +5.56% 677
UK excluding London 0 5,114 £450 +7.14% 533
London -7 2,360 £525 +5.00% 182
South East -1 1,610 £450 +5.88% 161
South West +2 1,406 £475 +5.56% 195
North of England -8 657 £450 +12.50% 49
Midlands +2 641 £450 +5.88% 64
West Midlands +4 467 £450 - 48
East of England +2 359 £475 +18.75% 30
North West -7 336 £450 - 34
Wales -1 235 £475 +15.15% 16
Yorkshire +8 216 £450 -2.70% 7
Scotland -14 205 £450 +50.00% 23
East Midlands -2 170 £436 +9.06% 15
North East -13 103 £450 +50.00% 8
Northern Ireland +9 16 £363 -31.76%

For the 6 months to 16 June 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 5,549 (72.81%) SC Cleared
2 2,031 (26.65%) Agile Software Development
3 1,355 (17.78%) DV Cleared
4 1,222 (16.03%) Windows
5 1,084 (14.22%) Linux
6 1,031 (13.53%) Microsoft
7 1,011 (13.27%) DevOps
8 954 (12.52%) Amazon AWS
9 930 (12.20%) Java
10 773 (10.14%) Migration
11 729 (9.57%) SQL
12 714 (9.37%) Microsoft Azure
13 629 (8.25%) Finance
14 624 (8.19%) VMware
15 613 (8.04%) Oracle
16 583 (7.65%) ITIL
17 579 (7.60%) Project Management
18 570 (7.48%) Active Directory
19 567 (7.44%) Git (software)
20 555 (7.28%) Python
21 553 (7.26%) Cisco
21 553 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
22 539 (7.07%) Jenkins
23 511 (6.71%) Docker
24 504 (6.61%) JavaScript
25 498 (6.53%) Scrum
26 481 (6.31%) Problem-Solving
27 477 (6.26%) Kubernetes
28 463 (6.08%) Ansible
29 445 (5.84%) JIRA

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
1 348 (4.57%) SharePoint
2 283 (3.71%) Confluence
3 127 (1.67%) Apache
4 100 (1.31%) Skype for Business
5 95 (1.25%) MS Exchange
6 92 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
7 88 (1.15%) IIS
8 67 (0.88%) nginx
9 66 (0.87%) JBoss
10 52 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
11 50 (0.66%) SAS
12 49 (0.64%) Apache Spark
13 43 (0.56%) Tomcat
13 43 (0.56%) WebLogic
14 37 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
15 33 (0.43%) OpenStack
16 32 (0.42%) CMS
17 22 (0.29%) WebSphere
18 21 (0.28%) Apache Solr
19 19 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 216 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
2 201 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 122 (1.60%) Microsoft Project
4 71 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 45 (0.59%) MS Visio
6 39 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.26%) Simulink
8 13 (0.17%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 8 (0.10%) AutoCAD
11 7 (0.092%) Adobe XD
11 7 (0.092%) Sketch
12 5 (0.066%) UXPin
12 5 (0.066%) Windchill
13 3 (0.039%) Adobe Captivate
13 3 (0.039%) Mathcad
13 3 (0.039%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.039%) SPSS
14 2 (0.026%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.026%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 57 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
3 33 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
4 28 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
5 27 (0.35%) Oracle BPM
6 23 (0.30%) Primavera
7 22 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
8 19 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 18 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
10 15 (0.20%) Teamcenter
11 12 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
12 10 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
13 9 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
13 9 (0.12%) Oracle E-Business Tax
14 8 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
15 7 (0.092%) SAP ERP
15 7 (0.092%) SAP FI
16 6 (0.079%) assyst
16 6 (0.079%) SAP CO
16 6 (0.079%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 954 (12.52%) Amazon AWS
2 714 (9.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 301 (3.95%) Office 365
4 168 (2.20%) PaaS
5 166 (2.18%) GitHub
6 147 (1.93%) Amazon EC2
7 141 (1.85%) IaaS
8 118 (1.55%) SaaS
9 116 (1.52%) Amazon S3
10 104 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
11 103 (1.35%) Power Platform
12 87 (1.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 67 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
14 63 (0.83%) Amazon ELB
15 62 (0.81%) Serverless
16 59 (0.77%) Dynamics 365
17 56 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 48 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
19 46 (0.60%) Datadog
20 45 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 435 (5.71%) Firewall
2 262 (3.44%) WAN
3 247 (3.24%) VPN
4 239 (3.14%) LAN
5 216 (2.83%) DNS
6 212 (2.78%) TCP/IP
7 142 (1.86%) Skype
8 139 (1.82%) Network Security
9 135 (1.77%) Internet
10 117 (1.54%) DHCP
11 106 (1.39%) SAN
12 96 (1.26%) OSPF
13 94 (1.23%) BGP
14 92 (1.21%) Cisco Nexus
15 89 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
16 86 (1.13%) Wireless
17 78 (1.02%) VoIP
18 70 (0.92%) Ethernet
19 59 (0.77%) HTTP
20 58 (0.76%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 420 (5.51%) SQL Server
2 276 (3.62%) Big Data
3 250 (3.28%) PostgreSQL
4 197 (2.58%) Oracle Database
5 154 (2.02%) Relational Database
6 152 (1.99%) MySQL
7 132 (1.73%) Hadoop
8 123 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
9 111 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 107 (1.40%) Amazon RDS
11 105 (1.38%) MongoDB
12 90 (1.18%) NoSQL
13 88 (1.15%) Power BI
14 68 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 59 (0.77%) Amazon Redshift
16 58 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
17 49 (0.64%) RDBMS
18 48 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
19 47 (0.62%) HBase
20 40 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 567 (7.44%) Git (software)
2 539 (7.07%) Jenkins
3 445 (5.84%) JIRA
4 173 (2.27%) Selenium
5 143 (1.88%) Cucumber
5 143 (1.88%) Maven
6 111 (1.46%) Visual Studio
7 106 (1.39%) JUnit
8 98 (1.29%) GitLab
9 89 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
10 76 (1.00%) SonarQube
11 73 (0.96%) Bitbucket
12 71 (0.93%) Rational DOORS
13 69 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
14 66 (0.87%) Mockito
15 63 (0.83%) Artifactory
15 63 (0.83%) JMeter
16 61 (0.80%) MSI
17 52 (0.68%) Eclipse
17 52 (0.68%) Subversion
General
1 629 (8.25%) Finance
2 340 (4.46%) Telecoms
3 214 (2.81%) Manufacturing
4 193 (2.53%) Electronics
5 187 (2.45%) Marketing
6 184 (2.41%) Military
7 83 (1.09%) Legal
8 81 (1.06%) Law
9 67 (0.88%) Aerospace
10 46 (0.60%) Retail
11 40 (0.52%) Banking
12 25 (0.33%) Local Government
13 17 (0.22%) Billing
14 16 (0.21%) Automotive
15 15 (0.20%) Advertising
16 14 (0.18%) Back Office
16 14 (0.18%) General Ledger
16 14 (0.18%) Publishing
17 8 (0.10%) Avionics
18 6 (0.079%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,124 (14.75%) Developer
2 920 (12.07%) Architect
3 672 (8.82%) Analyst
4 432 (5.67%) DevOps Engineer
5 390 (5.12%) Consultant
6 338 (4.44%) Project Manager
7 304 (3.99%) Java Developer
7 304 (3.99%) Network Engineer
8 250 (3.28%) Business Analyst
9 213 (2.79%) Software Engineer
10 204 (2.68%) Technical Architect
11 192 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
12 180 (2.36%) Administrator
13 142 (1.86%) DBA
14 139 (1.82%) Delivery Manager
15 138 (1.81%) Tester
16 134 (1.76%) Designer
17 131 (1.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 128 (1.68%) Support Engineer
19 118 (1.55%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 376 (4.93%) HTML
2 375 (4.92%) .NET
3 315 (4.13%) Web Services
4 301 (3.95%) CSS
5 250 (3.28%) REST
6 228 (2.99%) RESTful
7 227 (2.98%) Spring
8 226 (2.97%) XML
9 212 (2.78%) JSON
10 208 (2.73%) SOAP
11 193 (2.53%) Node.js
12 180 (2.36%) AngularJS
13 139 (1.82%) HTML5
14 128 (1.68%) Middleware
15 126 (1.65%) Kafka
16 111 (1.46%) Spring Boot
17 109 (1.43%) Elastic Stack
18 89 (1.17%) jQuery
18 89 (1.17%) React
19 86 (1.13%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 390 (5.12%) Analytical Skills
2 374 (4.91%) Data Centre
3 270 (3.54%) Management Information System
4 152 (1.99%) User Experience
5 135 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
6 133 (1.75%) PKI
7 76 (1.00%) Public Cloud
8 73 (0.96%) Algorithms
9 67 (0.88%) Clustering
10 65 (0.85%) Driving Licence
11 64 (0.84%) Data Structures
12 60 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
12 60 (0.79%) Replication
13 59 (0.77%) NHS
14 54 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
15 42 (0.55%) CESG
16 41 (0.54%) Cloud Native
16 41 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
17 40 (0.52%) Linux Command Line
18 38 (0.50%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 1,222 (16.03%) Windows
2 1,084 (14.22%) Linux
3 397 (5.21%) Unix
3 397 (5.21%) Windows Server
4 364 (4.78%) Windows 10
5 271 (3.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 245 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 188 (2.47%) Windows 7
8 118 (1.55%) CentOS
9 117 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
10 96 (1.26%) Solaris
11 74 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
12 58 (0.76%) AIX
13 47 (0.62%) Ubuntu
14 35 (0.46%) Mac OS X
15 27 (0.35%) Android
16 25 (0.33%) Mac OS
17 24 (0.31%) Apple iOS
17 24 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
18 22 (0.29%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,031 (26.65%) Agile Software Development
2 1,011 (13.27%) DevOps
3 773 (10.14%) Migration
4 583 (7.65%) ITIL
5 579 (7.60%) Project Management
6 553 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
7 498 (6.53%) Scrum
8 481 (6.31%) Problem-Solving
9 425 (5.58%) Software Engineering
10 416 (5.46%) Business Intelligence
11 410 (5.38%) Test Automation
12 399 (5.24%) Continuous Integration
13 348 (4.57%) TDD
14 337 (4.42%) Mentoring
15 333 (4.37%) Service Management
16 322 (4.23%) Configuration Management
17 313 (4.11%) Microservices
18 299 (3.92%) Cybersecurity
19 288 (3.78%) Open Source
20 276 (3.62%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 930 (12.20%) Java
2 729 (9.57%) SQL
3 555 (7.28%) Python
4 504 (6.61%) JavaScript
5 397 (5.21%) PowerShell
6 361 (4.74%) C#
7 329 (4.32%) C
8 257 (3.37%) C++
9 197 (2.58%) Bash Shell
10 166 (2.18%) Java 8
11 148 (1.94%) Ruby
12 115 (1.51%) PL/SQL
12 115 (1.51%) Shell Script
13 76 (1.00%) PHP
14 72 (0.94%) T-SQL
14 72 (0.94%) TypeScript
15 64 (0.84%) Perl
16 55 (0.72%) ES6
17 39 (0.51%) MATLAB
18 36 (0.47%) VB
Qualifications
1 5,549 (72.81%) SC Cleared
2 1,355 (17.78%) DV Cleared
3 390 (5.12%) Degree
4 375 (4.92%) BPSS Clearance
5 312 (4.09%) Cisco Certification
6 179 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
7 166 (2.18%) CCNA
8 164 (2.15%) CCNP
9 122 (1.60%) CISSP
10 118 (1.55%) CTC Cleared
11 116 (1.52%) MCSE
12 105 (1.38%) ISTQB
13 104 (1.36%) BC Cleared
14 87 (1.14%) DBS Check
15 84 (1.10%) ISEB
16 74 (0.97%) CESG Certified Professional
17 69 (0.91%) RHCE
18 67 (0.88%) MCSA
19 66 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 57 (0.75%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (2.60%) QA
2 121 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 108 (1.42%) PMO
4 100 (1.31%) SLA
5 91 (1.19%) Data Quality
6 72 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
7 66 (0.87%) GDPR
8 56 (0.73%) JSP 440
9 49 (0.64%) NCSC
10 47 (0.62%) NIST
11 42 (0.55%) RMADS
12 40 (0.52%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 32 (0.42%) PCI DSS
14 28 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 25 (0.33%) Def Stans
16 20 (0.26%) COBIT
17 17 (0.22%) DO-254
17 17 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
18 16 (0.21%) DO-178B
19 15 (0.20%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 570 (7.48%) Active Directory
2 511 (6.71%) Docker
3 365 (4.79%) VMware Infrastructure
4 156 (2.05%) Hyper-V
5 133 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
6 110 (1.44%) vSphere
7 84 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
8 74 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
9 59 (0.77%) VMware NSX
10 56 (0.73%) Oracle RAC
11 45 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
12 43 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
13 36 (0.47%) Firmware
14 30 (0.39%) vCloud
15 24 (0.31%) XenDesktop
16 22 (0.29%) HDFS
17 19 (0.25%) XenApp
18 14 (0.18%) Postfix
19 13 (0.17%) Gluster
20 11 (0.14%) etcd
Systems Management
1 477 (6.26%) Kubernetes
2 463 (6.08%) Ansible
3 367 (4.82%) Terraform
4 303 (3.98%) Puppet
5 264 (3.46%) SCCM
6 155 (2.03%) Opscode Chef
7 97 (1.27%) vCenter Server
8 83 (1.09%) SCOM
9 77 (1.01%) Packer
10 67 (0.88%) WSUS
11 55 (0.72%) Consul
12 47 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
13 45 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
14 44 (0.58%) Prometheus
15 38 (0.50%) HAProxy
15 38 (0.50%) SCVMM
16 35 (0.46%) Grafana
16 35 (0.46%) HP ALM
16 35 (0.46%) Kibana
17 33 (0.43%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 1,031 (13.53%) Microsoft
2 624 (8.19%) VMware
3 613 (8.04%) Oracle
4 553 (7.26%) Cisco
5 261 (3.42%) SAP
6 202 (2.65%) Red Hat
7 163 (2.14%) HP
8 161 (2.11%) Juniper
9 159 (2.09%) Citrix
10 147 (1.93%) Splunk
11 136 (1.78%) Atlassian
12 108 (1.42%) IBM
13 97 (1.27%) McAfee
14 78 (1.02%) CheckPoint
15 77 (1.01%) Google
16 70 (0.92%) F5
17 66 (0.87%) SolarWinds
18 65 (0.85%) ServiceNow
19 62 (0.81%) Remedy
20 59 (0.77%) BMC