Period
to 21 October 2018

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 21 October 2018 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 18 16 12
Rank change year-on-year -2 -4 +7
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,355 7,582 9,854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.16% 7.63% 9.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 43.98% 40.69% 43.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,861 4,411 6,094
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £231 £260
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% -1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 476 381
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £31.50 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.59% -8.70% +11.65%
10th Percentile £13.75 £13.78 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.63 £49.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.25
% change year-on-year - +2.19% +14.17%

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 18,996 18,633 22,468
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.56% 18.75% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,244 11,369 13,950
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 944 902 846
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +1.85% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.61 £12.01 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.98 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +10.00%

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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 2018. 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 7,619 £458 +6.40% 1,141
UK excluding London 0 5,304 £425 +6.25% 937
London +1 2,894 £500 +2.56% 295
South East -1 1,663 £425 +6.25% 259
South West +1 1,181 £450 +5.88% 274
North of England -6 858 £425 +16.44% 117
Midlands +4 603 £425 +6.25% 99
North West +2 485 £450 +6.51% 75
West Midlands +7 403 £438 +9.38% 74
East of England +13 398 £425 +7.59% 101
Scotland +20 311 £360 - 36
Wales +3 276 £450 +7.14% 54
Yorkshire +1 206 £475 +15.85% 26
East Midlands -5 195 £413 +3.13% 24
North East -3 174 £375 +15.38% 16
Northern Ireland +51 27 £325 -16.67% 2

For the 6 months to 21 October 2018, 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 6,262 (74.95%) SC Cleared
2 2,179 (26.08%) Agile Software Development
3 1,368 (16.37%) Windows
4 1,244 (14.89%) Java
5 1,152 (13.79%) Linux
6 1,060 (12.69%) Microsoft
7 1,050 (12.57%) DV Cleared
8 930 (11.13%) DevOps
9 913 (10.93%) ITIL
10 860 (10.29%) SQL
11 797 (9.54%) Migration
12 782 (9.36%) Amazon AWS
13 775 (9.28%) Oracle
14 721 (8.63%) Active Directory
15 715 (8.56%) Cisco
16 700 (8.38%) Finance
17 670 (8.02%) VMware
18 664 (7.95%) Scrum
19 630 (7.54%) Git (software)
20 627 (7.50%) Firewall
21 621 (7.43%) Microsoft Azure
22 588 (7.04%) JavaScript
23 587 (7.03%) Test Automation
23 587 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
24 582 (6.97%) Project Management
25 551 (6.59%) JIRA
26 540 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
27 522 (6.25%) Jenkins
28 516 (6.18%) Windows Server
29 513 (6.14%) 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
1 339 (4.06%) Confluence
2 303 (3.63%) SharePoint
3 172 (2.06%) MS Exchange
4 150 (1.80%) Skype for Business
5 149 (1.78%) Tomcat
6 114 (1.36%) Apache
7 109 (1.30%) Elasticsearch
8 104 (1.24%) IIS
9 94 (1.13%) JBoss
10 90 (1.08%) WebLogic
11 67 (0.80%) WebSphere
12 60 (0.72%) Apache Spark
13 56 (0.67%) OpenStack
14 55 (0.66%) WildFly
15 52 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
15 52 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
16 45 (0.54%) CMS
17 41 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
18 36 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
19 33 (0.39%) nginx
Applications
1 311 (3.72%) Microsoft Office
2 178 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 137 (1.64%) Microsoft Project
4 66 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 50 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.37%) Photoshop
7 29 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 13 (0.16%) InfoPath
9 12 (0.14%) Simulink
10 11 (0.13%) Windchill
11 9 (0.11%) GIMP
12 5 (0.060%) AutoCAD
13 3 (0.036%) Autodesk Inventor
13 3 (0.036%) MicroStation
14 2 (0.024%) Mathematica
14 2 (0.024%) Stata
15 1 (0.012%) Adobe Illustrator
15 1 (0.012%) Maya
15 1 (0.012%) RoboHelp
15 1 (0.012%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 45 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
2 35 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 32 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
4 28 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
5 26 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
6 23 (0.28%) Primavera
7 21 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
8 17 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
9 16 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
9 16 (0.19%) SAP HR
10 15 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
10 15 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
11 10 (0.12%) SAP ERP
12 9 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
12 9 (0.11%) SAP PM
13 8 (0.096%) Oracle Applications
13 8 (0.096%) Oracle SCM
13 8 (0.096%) SAP FI
14 7 (0.084%) Oracle Payroll
14 7 (0.084%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 782 (9.36%) Amazon AWS
2 621 (7.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 347 (4.15%) Office 365
4 161 (1.93%) PaaS
5 138 (1.65%) IaaS
6 118 (1.41%) SaaS
7 107 (1.28%) Amazon S3
8 100 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
9 90 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
10 83 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
10 83 (0.99%) GitHub
11 70 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
12 54 (0.65%) npm
13 50 (0.60%) Serverless
14 46 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
15 42 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 38 (0.45%) AWS Lambda
17 37 (0.44%) Route 53
18 34 (0.41%) Amazon ELB
19 30 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 627 (7.50%) Firewall
2 324 (3.88%) WAN
3 303 (3.63%) DNS
4 289 (3.46%) LAN
5 209 (2.50%) TCP/IP
6 201 (2.41%) DHCP
7 195 (2.33%) VPN
8 176 (2.11%) Network Security
9 159 (1.90%) SAN
10 157 (1.88%) Internet
11 138 (1.65%) Skype
12 124 (1.48%) Wireless
13 120 (1.44%) Cisco ASA
14 99 (1.18%) VoIP
15 90 (1.08%) HTTP
16 89 (1.07%) Cisco Nexus
17 88 (1.05%) BGP
17 88 (1.05%) Cisco ISE
18 77 (0.92%) IPsec
19 75 (0.90%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 424 (5.07%) SQL Server
2 302 (3.61%) PostgreSQL
3 236 (2.82%) Big Data
4 212 (2.54%) Relational Database
5 206 (2.47%) Hadoop
6 190 (2.27%) MySQL
7 166 (1.99%) Oracle Database
8 111 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
9 107 (1.28%) RDBMS
10 101 (1.21%) MongoDB
11 77 (0.92%) NoSQL
12 73 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
13 65 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
14 61 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 59 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
16 56 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
17 50 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
17 50 (0.60%) Power BI
17 50 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 45 (0.54%) HBase
Development Applications
1 630 (7.54%) Git (software)
2 551 (6.59%) JIRA
3 522 (6.25%) Jenkins
4 244 (2.92%) Selenium
5 241 (2.88%) Maven
6 187 (2.24%) JUnit
7 185 (2.21%) Cucumber
8 134 (1.60%) SonarQube
9 129 (1.54%) GitLab
10 112 (1.34%) Artifactory
11 108 (1.29%) Visual Studio
12 104 (1.24%) Mockito
13 91 (1.09%) Vagrant
14 81 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 81 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
15 80 (0.96%) Subversion
16 69 (0.83%) Eclipse
17 65 (0.78%) Karma Test Runner
18 61 (0.73%) JMeter
19 59 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 700 (8.38%) Finance
2 257 (3.08%) Telecoms
3 204 (2.44%) Manufacturing
4 149 (1.78%) Electronics
5 141 (1.69%) Military
6 134 (1.60%) Marketing
7 106 (1.27%) Law
8 76 (0.91%) Retail
9 58 (0.69%) Legal
10 55 (0.66%) Aerospace
11 43 (0.51%) Banking
12 31 (0.37%) Publishing
13 17 (0.20%) Billing
14 16 (0.19%) Back Office
15 13 (0.16%) Local Government
16 12 (0.14%) Investment Banking
17 9 (0.11%) Financial Institution
18 8 (0.096%) Games
19 7 (0.084%) Automotive
20 6 (0.072%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 1,340 (16.04%) Developer
2 882 (10.56%) Architect
3 730 (8.74%) Analyst
4 498 (5.96%) Java Developer
5 486 (5.82%) Consultant
6 430 (5.15%) Project Manager
7 347 (4.15%) Network Engineer
8 346 (4.14%) DevOps Engineer
9 248 (2.97%) Support Engineer
10 207 (2.48%) Software Engineer
11 205 (2.45%) Solutions Architect
12 203 (2.43%) Business Analyst
13 200 (2.39%) Desktop Support
14 168 (2.01%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 162 (1.94%) Administrator
16 158 (1.89%) Test Analyst
17 156 (1.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 155 (1.86%) Technical Architect
19 154 (1.84%) Tester
20 152 (1.82%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 392 (4.69%) Web Services
2 361 (4.32%) HTML
3 323 (3.87%) .NET
4 319 (3.82%) CSS
5 281 (3.36%) REST
6 268 (3.21%) Spring
7 252 (3.02%) XML
8 246 (2.94%) Node.js
9 235 (2.81%) AngularJS
10 221 (2.65%) RESTful
11 172 (2.06%) SOAP
12 167 (2.00%) JSON
13 165 (1.97%) Hibernate
14 156 (1.87%) J2EE
15 142 (1.70%) Java EE
16 138 (1.65%) Middleware
17 135 (1.62%) HTML5
18 134 (1.60%) Spring Boot
19 126 (1.51%) Apache Camel
20 119 (1.42%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 540 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
2 366 (4.38%) Data Centre
3 281 (3.36%) Management Information System
4 173 (2.07%) User Experience
5 169 (2.02%) PKI
6 154 (1.84%) Self-Motivation
7 113 (1.35%) Computer Science
8 105 (1.26%) Public Cloud
9 89 (1.07%) Clustering
9 89 (1.07%) Private Cloud
10 74 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
11 68 (0.81%) NHS
12 60 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
13 56 (0.67%) Virtual Team
14 55 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
14 55 (0.66%) Replication
15 47 (0.56%) Mainframe
16 46 (0.55%) Driving Licence
17 42 (0.50%) CMDB
18 39 (0.47%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 1,368 (16.37%) Windows
2 1,152 (13.79%) Linux
3 516 (6.18%) Windows Server
4 381 (4.56%) Unix
5 290 (3.47%) Windows 10
6 255 (3.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 239 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
8 229 (2.74%) Windows 7
9 217 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
10 155 (1.86%) CentOS
11 123 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
12 75 (0.90%) Solaris
13 73 (0.87%) AIX
14 71 (0.85%) Ubuntu
15 61 (0.73%) VMS
16 40 (0.48%) CoreOS
17 39 (0.47%) Android
18 34 (0.41%) Apple iOS
19 27 (0.32%) Windows 8
20 23 (0.28%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,179 (26.08%) Agile Software Development
2 930 (11.13%) DevOps
3 913 (10.93%) ITIL
4 797 (9.54%) Migration
5 664 (7.95%) Scrum
6 587 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
6 587 (7.03%) Test Automation
7 582 (6.97%) Project Management
8 448 (5.36%) Continuous Integration
9 441 (5.28%) Configuration Management
10 427 (5.11%) Service Management
11 411 (4.92%) Stakeholder Management
12 406 (4.86%) Software Engineering
13 391 (4.68%) TDD
14 383 (4.58%) PRINCE2
15 364 (4.36%) Open Source
16 359 (4.30%) Cybersecurity
17 335 (4.01%) Business Intelligence
18 315 (3.77%) Change Management
19 307 (3.67%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 1,244 (14.89%) Java
2 860 (10.29%) SQL
3 588 (7.04%) JavaScript
4 480 (5.75%) Python
5 476 (5.70%) PowerShell
6 368 (4.40%) C#
7 344 (4.12%) C
8 243 (2.91%) Bash Shell
9 225 (2.69%) Java 8
10 183 (2.19%) C++
11 148 (1.77%) Shell Script
12 141 (1.69%) PL/SQL
13 136 (1.63%) Ruby
14 129 (1.54%) Groovy
15 122 (1.46%) Perl
16 99 (1.18%) PHP
17 71 (0.85%) T-SQL
18 49 (0.59%) JPQL
19 46 (0.55%) VBScript
20 45 (0.54%) VB
Qualifications
1 6,262 (74.95%) SC Cleared
2 1,050 (12.57%) DV Cleared
3 341 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
4 320 (3.83%) Degree
5 283 (3.39%) BPSS Clearance
6 208 (2.49%) CCNA
7 194 (2.32%) CCNP
8 157 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
9 141 (1.69%) ISEB
10 140 (1.68%) ISTQB
11 129 (1.54%) CTC Cleared
12 111 (1.33%) CISSP
13 100 (1.20%) MCSE
14 92 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 83 (0.99%) BC Cleared
16 66 (0.79%) CESG Certified Professional
17 64 (0.77%) PMI Certification
18 58 (0.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 56 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
20 48 (0.57%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 187 (2.24%) QA
2 154 (1.84%) PMO
3 152 (1.82%) SLA
4 94 (1.13%) JSP 440
5 69 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 64 (0.77%) Data Quality
6 64 (0.77%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 53 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
8 50 (0.60%) GDPR
9 27 (0.32%) RMADS
10 25 (0.30%) HMG Infosec
11 16 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
12 14 (0.17%) Def Stans
12 14 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 11 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 11 (0.13%) PCI DSS
13 11 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 10 (0.12%) COBIT
15 9 (0.11%) WAI
16 8 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 721 (8.63%) Active Directory
2 513 (6.14%) Docker
3 440 (5.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 164 (1.96%) Hyper-V
5 141 (1.69%) vSphere
6 128 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
7 94 (1.13%) Virtual Machines
8 71 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
9 63 (0.75%) VMware NSX
10 47 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
11 43 (0.51%) XenApp
12 34 (0.41%) XenDesktop
13 29 (0.35%) Firmware
13 29 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
14 26 (0.31%) NFS
15 25 (0.30%) vCloud
16 20 (0.24%) XenServer
17 18 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
18 17 (0.20%) HDFS
19 16 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 442 (5.29%) Puppet
2 382 (4.57%) Ansible
3 318 (3.81%) Kubernetes
4 299 (3.58%) SCCM
5 289 (3.46%) Terraform
6 242 (2.90%) Opscode Chef
7 100 (1.20%) vCenter Server
8 99 (1.18%) SCOM
9 76 (0.91%) HP ALM
10 71 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
11 58 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
12 50 (0.60%) WSUS
13 49 (0.59%) Microsoft Intune
14 47 (0.56%) Packer
15 40 (0.48%) Kibana
15 40 (0.48%) Nagios
16 39 (0.47%) FortiGate
17 34 (0.41%) AirWatch
17 34 (0.41%) Cisco Prime
18 33 (0.39%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1,060 (12.69%) Microsoft
2 775 (9.28%) Oracle
3 715 (8.56%) Cisco
4 670 (8.02%) VMware
5 321 (3.84%) SAP
6 275 (3.29%) HP
7 231 (2.76%) Juniper
8 213 (2.55%) Red Hat
9 200 (2.39%) Citrix
10 176 (2.11%) McAfee
11 128 (1.53%) Splunk
12 121 (1.45%) CheckPoint
13 120 (1.44%) F5
14 114 (1.36%) ServiceNow
15 108 (1.29%) IBM
16 106 (1.27%) Atlassian
17 93 (1.11%) NetApp
18 86 (1.03%) EMC
19 82 (0.98%) Remedy
20 80 (0.96%) Palo Alto