Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 12 10
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +7
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,450 8,456 9,866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.35% 9.12% 9.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 43.57% 44.50% 43.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,037 5,322 6,014
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +6.06% +3.13%
10th Percentile £237 £278 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £423 £400
% change year-on-year -0.59% +5.63% +0.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 524 405
UK median hourly rate £21.13 £38.63 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.31% -6.93% +72.92%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £55.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £38.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% -3.75% +45.45%

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 19,393 19,001 22,724
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.17% 20.49% 21.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,665 12,013 14,051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £239 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 866 935 899
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% +5.26% +42.50%
10th Percentile £12.35 £12.00 £11.79
90th Percentile £50.37 £52.00 £52.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.96 £32.00
% change year-on-year -16.56% -6.38% +60.00%

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 20 April 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 20 April 2018.

Contractor 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 20 April 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 -1 7,718 £452 +0.95% 875
UK excluding London -2 5,097 £420 -0.59% 708
London +3 3,203 £513 +7.89% 225
South East -3 1,840 £425 - 233
South West -1 915 £450 +7.14% 167
North of England -10 796 £390 -3.70% 96
Midlands 0 639 £403 -5.29% 67
North West -5 428 £433 -3.89% 40
West Midlands -4 357 £450 +5.88% 43
East of England +16 333 £400 - 85
Wales 0 306 £400 -11.11% 25
Scotland -2 290 £295 -23.87% 34
East Midlands +7 282 £375 -11.76% 24
North East -1 201 £300 -14.29% 18
Yorkshire -14 169 £450 +5.88% 38
Northern Ireland -6 10 £488 +8.33%
Channel Islands - 1 £135 - 1

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 6,166 (72.97%) SC Cleared
2 2,021 (23.92%) Agile Software Development
3 1,553 (18.38%) Windows
4 1,219 (14.43%) Microsoft
5 1,185 (14.02%) Linux
6 1,152 (13.63%) DV Cleared
7 1,141 (13.50%) Java
8 985 (11.66%) DevOps
9 897 (10.62%) Amazon AWS
10 890 (10.53%) Active Directory
11 836 (9.89%) ITIL
12 800 (9.47%) SQL
13 753 (8.91%) Migration
14 731 (8.65%) VMware
15 718 (8.50%) Project Management
16 701 (8.30%) Cisco
17 672 (7.95%) Finance
18 607 (7.18%) Oracle
19 600 (7.10%) Firewall
20 585 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
21 573 (6.78%) Jenkins
22 572 (6.77%) Python
23 571 (6.76%) Test Automation
24 563 (6.66%) Scrum
24 563 (6.66%) Windows Server
25 539 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
26 522 (6.18%) Microsoft Azure
27 519 (6.14%) Continuous Integration
28 507 (6.00%) Docker
29 505 (5.98%) 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
1 367 (4.34%) SharePoint
2 197 (2.33%) Confluence
3 189 (2.24%) MS Exchange
4 139 (1.64%) Skype for Business
5 136 (1.61%) IIS
6 132 (1.56%) Tomcat
7 118 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
8 113 (1.34%) nginx
9 109 (1.29%) Apache
10 96 (1.14%) Apache Spark
11 74 (0.88%) JBoss
12 72 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
12 72 (0.85%) WebLogic
13 69 (0.82%) WebSphere
14 63 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
15 57 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
16 44 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
17 43 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
18 35 (0.41%) OpenStack
19 30 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 371 (4.39%) Microsoft Office
2 215 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 163 (1.93%) Microsoft Project
4 61 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 54 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 29 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 26 (0.31%) InfoPath
8 15 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.11%) Stata
10 8 (0.095%) AutoCAD
10 8 (0.095%) Windchill
11 7 (0.083%) Acrobat
11 7 (0.083%) GIMP
12 5 (0.059%) InVision
12 5 (0.059%) PaintShop Pro
12 5 (0.059%) Simulink
13 4 (0.047%) Doxygen
13 4 (0.047%) Revit
14 2 (0.024%) Adobe Captivate
14 2 (0.024%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 55 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.33%) Primavera
3 25 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
3 25 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
4 20 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 18 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
5 18 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
6 14 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 14 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
6 14 (0.17%) Oracle Cash Management
7 9 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
7 9 (0.11%) SAP HR
8 8 (0.095%) Oracle Financials
8 8 (0.095%) Oracle Payables
9 7 (0.083%) Oracle Assets
10 6 (0.071%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 6 (0.071%) Oracle E-Business Tax
10 6 (0.071%) SAP FI
11 5 (0.059%) SAP FI/CO
11 5 (0.059%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 897 (10.62%) Amazon AWS
2 522 (6.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 463 (5.48%) Office 365
4 123 (1.46%) Amazon EC2
5 111 (1.31%) PaaS
6 98 (1.16%) Amazon S3
7 97 (1.15%) IaaS
8 92 (1.09%) SaaS
9 81 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
10 76 (0.90%) GitHub
11 74 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
12 69 (0.82%) Serverless
13 67 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
14 60 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 58 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
16 55 (0.65%) Route 53
17 51 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
18 32 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 30 (0.36%) OneDrive
20 29 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 600 (7.10%) Firewall
2 425 (5.03%) DNS
3 275 (3.25%) WAN
4 258 (3.05%) TCP/IP
5 241 (2.85%) DHCP
6 238 (2.82%) VPN
7 235 (2.78%) LAN
8 192 (2.27%) Internet
9 186 (2.20%) Network Security
10 164 (1.94%) Cisco ASA
11 147 (1.74%) SAN
12 135 (1.60%) SSL
13 133 (1.57%) Wireless
14 129 (1.53%) BGP
15 118 (1.40%) Skype
16 117 (1.38%) HTTP
17 98 (1.16%) Cisco Nexus
18 95 (1.12%) VLAN
19 90 (1.07%) OSPF
20 89 (1.05%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 473 (5.60%) SQL Server
2 336 (3.98%) PostgreSQL
3 278 (3.29%) Big Data
4 245 (2.90%) Hadoop
5 223 (2.64%) Relational Database
6 173 (2.05%) MySQL
7 169 (2.00%) MongoDB
8 146 (1.73%) Oracle Database
9 117 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
10 102 (1.21%) RDBMS
11 92 (1.09%) NoSQL
12 88 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
13 85 (1.01%) Power BI
14 81 (0.96%) HBase
15 76 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
16 74 (0.88%) GIS
17 67 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
18 62 (0.73%) Redis
19 61 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
19 61 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 573 (6.78%) Jenkins
2 505 (5.98%) Git (software)
3 362 (4.28%) JIRA
4 195 (2.31%) Selenium
5 179 (2.12%) Maven
6 141 (1.67%) Artifactory
7 134 (1.59%) JUnit
8 130 (1.54%) Cucumber
9 101 (1.20%) Visual Studio
10 89 (1.05%) Sonatype Nexus
10 89 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
11 75 (0.89%) Subversion
12 74 (0.88%) GitLab
13 70 (0.83%) SonarQube
14 69 (0.82%) Mockito
15 67 (0.79%) Vagrant
16 59 (0.70%) MSI
17 57 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 54 (0.64%) Bitbucket
19 53 (0.63%) Ant
General
1 672 (7.95%) Finance
2 267 (3.16%) Telecoms
3 227 (2.69%) Manufacturing
4 155 (1.83%) Military
5 147 (1.74%) Law
6 133 (1.57%) Marketing
7 129 (1.53%) Electronics
8 97 (1.15%) Legal
9 82 (0.97%) Retail
10 34 (0.40%) Banking
10 34 (0.40%) Games
11 30 (0.36%) Aerospace
11 30 (0.36%) Publishing
12 22 (0.26%) Local Government
13 21 (0.25%) Billing
14 19 (0.22%) Financial Institution
15 13 (0.15%) Back Office
16 8 (0.095%) Advertising
16 8 (0.095%) Automotive
17 6 (0.071%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 1,076 (12.73%) Developer
2 911 (10.78%) Analyst
3 851 (10.07%) Architect
4 522 (6.18%) Consultant
5 437 (5.17%) Project Manager
6 422 (4.99%) DevOps Engineer
7 391 (4.63%) Java Developer
8 346 (4.09%) Support Engineer
9 345 (4.08%) Network Engineer
10 292 (3.46%) Business Analyst
11 201 (2.38%) Desktop Support
12 186 (2.20%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 164 (1.94%) Solutions Architect
14 159 (1.88%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
15 146 (1.73%) Test Analyst
16 145 (1.72%) AWS DevOps
17 144 (1.70%) Administrator
18 132 (1.56%) AWS Engineer
19 125 (1.48%) Software Engineer
19 125 (1.48%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 413 (4.89%) Web Services
2 260 (3.08%) .NET
3 252 (2.98%) HTML
4 249 (2.95%) XML
5 245 (2.90%) CSS
6 243 (2.88%) REST
7 213 (2.52%) Spring
8 193 (2.28%) Node.js
9 170 (2.01%) JSON
10 147 (1.74%) Elastic Stack
11 146 (1.73%) J2EE
12 142 (1.68%) RESTful
13 117 (1.38%) AngularJS
14 116 (1.37%) Kafka
15 102 (1.21%) Hibernate
16 101 (1.20%) HTML5
17 96 (1.14%) SOAP
18 95 (1.12%) jQuery
18 95 (1.12%) Spring Boot
19 93 (1.10%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 539 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
2 296 (3.50%) Data Centre
3 289 (3.42%) Management Information System
4 165 (1.95%) User Experience
5 156 (1.85%) Self-Motivation
6 135 (1.60%) PKI
7 118 (1.40%) Computer Science
8 111 (1.31%) Linux Command Line
9 95 (1.12%) Public Cloud
10 93 (1.10%) Clustering
11 57 (0.67%) NHS
12 56 (0.66%) Greenfield Project
12 56 (0.66%) Replication
13 52 (0.62%) Driving Licence
14 46 (0.54%) CMDB
15 44 (0.52%) Fat Client
15 44 (0.52%) Thin Client
16 41 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
17 40 (0.47%) Blackberry
18 38 (0.45%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 1,553 (18.38%) Windows
2 1,185 (14.02%) Linux
3 563 (6.66%) Windows Server
4 437 (5.17%) Unix
5 367 (4.34%) Windows 10
6 313 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 297 (3.51%) Windows Server 2012
8 291 (3.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 266 (3.15%) Windows 7
10 183 (2.17%) CentOS
11 173 (2.05%) Windows Server 2003
12 100 (1.18%) AIX
13 99 (1.17%) Solaris
14 97 (1.15%) Apple iOS
15 94 (1.11%) Android
16 57 (0.67%) Ubuntu
17 56 (0.66%) Windows XP
18 53 (0.63%) Mac OS X
19 42 (0.50%) Windows 8
20 40 (0.47%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,021 (23.92%) Agile Software Development
2 985 (11.66%) DevOps
3 836 (9.89%) ITIL
4 753 (8.91%) Migration
5 718 (8.50%) Project Management
6 585 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
7 571 (6.76%) Test Automation
8 563 (6.66%) Scrum
9 519 (6.14%) Continuous Integration
10 479 (5.67%) Stakeholder Management
11 469 (5.55%) Configuration Management
12 400 (4.73%) Service Management
13 399 (4.72%) PRINCE2
14 388 (4.59%) Open Source
15 373 (4.41%) TDD
16 372 (4.40%) Change Management
17 320 (3.79%) Business Intelligence
18 313 (3.70%) Software Engineering
19 312 (3.69%) Service Delivery
20 286 (3.38%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 1,141 (13.50%) Java
2 800 (9.47%) SQL
3 572 (6.77%) Python
4 460 (5.44%) PowerShell
5 443 (5.24%) JavaScript
6 353 (4.18%) C
7 256 (3.03%) C#
8 251 (2.97%) Ruby
9 250 (2.96%) Bash Shell
10 191 (2.26%) Java 8
11 148 (1.75%) C++
12 143 (1.69%) Perl
13 136 (1.61%) Shell Script
14 125 (1.48%) Groovy
15 110 (1.30%) PL/SQL
16 90 (1.07%) Scala
17 75 (0.89%) PHP
18 66 (0.78%) R
19 62 (0.73%) T-SQL
20 53 (0.63%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6,166 (72.97%) SC Cleared
2 1,152 (13.63%) DV Cleared
3 342 (4.05%) BPSS Clearance
4 332 (3.93%) Degree
5 324 (3.83%) Cisco Certification
6 219 (2.59%) CTC Cleared
7 194 (2.30%) CCNP
8 148 (1.75%) Microsoft Certification
9 129 (1.53%) CCNA
10 119 (1.41%) CISSP
11 113 (1.34%) ISEB
12 102 (1.21%) ISTQB
13 97 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 84 (0.99%) MCSE
15 73 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
16 69 (0.82%) CCIE
17 67 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
18 58 (0.69%) PMI Certification
19 56 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
20 52 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (2.09%) PMO
2 160 (1.89%) QA
3 150 (1.78%) Disclosure Scotland
4 142 (1.68%) SLA
5 98 (1.16%) Data Quality
6 74 (0.88%) GDPR
7 68 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 41 (0.49%) JSP 440
9 35 (0.41%) RMADS
10 34 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 26 (0.31%) ISO 9001
12 23 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 23 (0.27%) PCI DSS
13 13 (0.15%) COBIT
13 13 (0.15%) Def Stans
14 8 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 7 (0.083%) Government Security Classifications
15 7 (0.083%) HL7
15 7 (0.083%) P3O
15 7 (0.083%) WCAG
System Software
1 890 (10.53%) Active Directory
2 507 (6.00%) Docker
3 462 (5.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 201 (2.38%) vSphere
5 166 (1.96%) Hyper-V
6 125 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
7 117 (1.38%) XenApp
8 113 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
9 81 (0.96%) XenDesktop
10 76 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
11 41 (0.49%) XenServer
12 33 (0.39%) VMware NSX
13 32 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
14 31 (0.37%) HDFS
14 31 (0.37%) NFS
15 27 (0.32%) flannel
16 25 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
17 24 (0.28%) BitLocker
18 20 (0.24%) Firmware
19 19 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 438 (5.18%) Puppet
2 397 (4.70%) Ansible
3 344 (4.07%) SCCM
4 299 (3.54%) Terraform
5 284 (3.36%) Kubernetes
6 175 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
7 150 (1.78%) SCOM
8 117 (1.38%) HP ALM
9 109 (1.29%) logstash
10 77 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
11 76 (0.90%) Kibana
12 63 (0.75%) McAfee ePO
13 59 (0.70%) HAProxy
13 59 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
14 57 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 52 (0.62%) WSUS
16 51 (0.60%) AirWatch
16 51 (0.60%) FortiGate
16 51 (0.60%) Packer
16 51 (0.60%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 1,219 (14.43%) Microsoft
2 731 (8.65%) VMware
3 701 (8.30%) Cisco
4 607 (7.18%) Oracle
5 360 (4.26%) HP
6 308 (3.64%) SAP
7 295 (3.49%) Citrix
8 252 (2.98%) Red Hat
9 231 (2.73%) Juniper
10 198 (2.34%) McAfee
11 172 (2.04%) IBM
12 134 (1.59%) NetApp
13 127 (1.50%) CheckPoint
14 126 (1.49%) Splunk
15 110 (1.30%) ServiceNow
16 108 (1.28%) EMC
17 106 (1.25%) Google
17 106 (1.25%) Remedy
18 100 (1.18%) Ivanti
19 91 (1.08%) F5