Period
to 19 February 2020

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 19 February 2020 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
19 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 13 14
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,709 8,825 7,913
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.18% 8.89% 7.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 52.30% 45.78% 41.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,822 5,286 4,746
UK median daily rate £485 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £292 £300 £217
90th Percentile £638 £638 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £414
% change year-on-year +5.56% +8.70% +0.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 340 430 377
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.27% -26.67%
10th Percentile £15.75 £12.50 £14.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.10 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £31.39
% change year-on-year - +11.50% -16.85%

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 14,740 19,276 19,063
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.38% 19.43% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,054 11,535 11,706
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £260 £258 £225
90th Percentile £638 £632 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 918 850
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.23
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.40 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.62 £26.22
% change year-on-year +13.55% +9.18% -4.67%

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 19 February 2020.

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 19 February 2020.

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 19 February 2020. 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 7,079 £495 +4.16% 1,242
UK excluding London +4 5,132 £475 +5.56% 1,096
London +15 2,395 £510 -2.86% 234
South West +1 1,511 £500 +8.11% 292
South East 0 1,353 £450 - 356
North of England +12 962 £426 -4.16% 125
North West +15 634 £450 +5.88% 91
Midlands +8 480 £450 +5.88% 110
East of England +4 349 £475 - 120
West Midlands +9 347 £463 +8.82% 82
Scotland +20 262 £450 - 54
Wales +1 223 £475 +5.56% 38
North East +7 201 £415 +3.75% 16
Yorkshire -15 129 £430 -9.47% 18
East Midlands -5 128 £450 +8.76% 28
Northern Ireland +1 9 £384 +7.89% 3

For the 6 months to 19 February 2020, 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 5,752 (74.61%) SC Cleared
2 2,010 (26.07%) Agile Software Development
3 1,399 (18.15%) Windows
4 1,245 (16.15%) DV Cleared
5 1,171 (15.19%) Public Sector
6 1,136 (14.74%) Microsoft
7 1,012 (13.13%) DevOps
8 983 (12.75%) AWS
9 968 (12.56%) Java
10 917 (11.90%) Linux
11 885 (11.48%) SQL
12 722 (9.37%) Azure
13 712 (9.24%) Migration
14 702 (9.11%) Active Directory
15 694 (9.00%) Oracle
16 675 (8.76%) Python
17 587 (7.61%) VMware
18 550 (7.13%) JIRA
19 549 (7.12%) ITIL
20 541 (7.02%) Scrum
21 536 (6.95%) Windows Server
22 524 (6.80%) Test Automation
23 512 (6.64%) Jenkins
23 512 (6.64%) Finance
24 490 (6.36%) Docker
25 481 (6.24%) PowerShell
26 473 (6.14%) Project Management
27 471 (6.11%) JavaScript
28 469 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
29 459 (5.95%) Windows 10

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
1 322 (4.18%) Confluence
2 278 (3.61%) SharePoint
3 145 (1.88%) MS Exchange
4 98 (1.27%) WebLogic
5 96 (1.25%) Skype for Business
6 80 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
7 76 (0.99%) Apache
8 69 (0.90%) Tomcat
9 62 (0.80%) IIS
10 58 (0.75%) JBoss
11 56 (0.73%) OpenStack
12 52 (0.67%) nginx
13 43 (0.56%) Red Hat Fuse
14 39 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
14 39 (0.51%) MQSeries
14 39 (0.51%) SAS
15 36 (0.47%) Apache Spark
16 28 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
17 25 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
18 24 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 353 (4.58%) Microsoft Office
2 216 (2.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 113 (1.47%) Microsoft Project
4 92 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 67 (0.87%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.35%) Simulink
7 25 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
8 14 (0.18%) Windchill
9 12 (0.16%) Photoshop
10 8 (0.10%) GIMP
10 8 (0.10%) Sketch
11 6 (0.078%) AutoCAD
11 6 (0.078%) PTC Creo
12 5 (0.065%) Chatbot
12 5 (0.065%) InVision
13 4 (0.052%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.052%) Adobe XD
13 4 (0.052%) InDesign
13 4 (0.052%) OmniGraffle
13 4 (0.052%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 77 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 64 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
3 43 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
4 27 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
5 23 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
6 21 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
7 17 (0.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 14 (0.18%) Teamcenter
9 13 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
9 13 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
10 12 (0.16%) assyst
10 12 (0.16%) Primavera
10 12 (0.16%) SAP HCM
11 10 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
12 9 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
13 8 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
13 8 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
13 8 (0.10%) SAP PP
14 7 (0.091%) SAP FI
14 7 (0.091%) SAP MII
Cloud Services
1 983 (12.75%) AWS
2 722 (9.37%) Azure
3 434 (5.63%) Office 365
4 175 (2.27%) GitHub
5 153 (1.98%) Amazon EC2
6 146 (1.89%) Power Platform
7 138 (1.79%) SaaS
8 117 (1.52%) PaaS
9 101 (1.31%) Serverless
10 100 (1.30%) IaaS
11 99 (1.28%) GCP
12 83 (1.08%) Amazon S3
13 79 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
14 74 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
15 59 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
15 59 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
16 51 (0.66%) OneDrive
16 51 (0.66%) OpenShift
17 46 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
18 36 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 357 (4.63%) Firewall
2 343 (4.45%) DNS
3 259 (3.36%) WAN
4 243 (3.15%) LAN
5 194 (2.52%) TCP/IP
6 191 (2.48%) DHCP
7 184 (2.39%) VPN
8 165 (2.14%) Internet
9 150 (1.95%) Skype
10 142 (1.84%) SAN
11 118 (1.53%) BGP
12 110 (1.43%) Network Security
13 92 (1.19%) OSPF
14 89 (1.15%) Wireless
15 77 (1.00%) MPLS
16 76 (0.99%) IPsec
17 67 (0.87%) VoIP
18 60 (0.78%) Cisco Nexus
19 59 (0.77%) HTTP
20 56 (0.73%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 384 (4.98%) SQL Server
2 248 (3.22%) PostgreSQL
3 199 (2.58%) Oracle Database
4 161 (2.09%) Big Data
5 136 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
6 127 (1.65%) Power BI
7 121 (1.57%) Relational Database
8 107 (1.39%) MySQL
9 92 (1.19%) Amazon RDS
10 87 (1.13%) Oracle Database 12c
11 84 (1.09%) Hadoop
12 63 (0.82%) MongoDB
13 55 (0.71%) NoSQL
14 51 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 43 (0.56%) RDBMS
15 43 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
15 43 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 42 (0.54%) Apache Cassandra
17 37 (0.48%) Amazon Redshift
17 37 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 550 (7.13%) JIRA
2 512 (6.64%) Jenkins
3 441 (5.72%) Git (software)
4 176 (2.28%) Selenium
5 148 (1.92%) Maven
6 147 (1.91%) Cucumber
7 144 (1.87%) GitLab
8 114 (1.48%) JUnit
9 99 (1.28%) SonarQube
10 97 (1.26%) Bitbucket
11 87 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
12 86 (1.12%) Mockito
13 79 (1.02%) Rational DOORS
14 71 (0.92%) Visual Studio
15 67 (0.87%) Artifactory
15 67 (0.87%) MSI
16 65 (0.84%) Subversion
17 59 (0.77%) Eclipse
18 41 (0.53%) gulp
19 40 (0.52%) jMock
General
1 1,171 (15.19%) Public Sector
2 512 (6.64%) Finance
3 339 (4.40%) Telecoms
4 231 (3.00%) Manufacturing
5 205 (2.66%) Military
6 187 (2.43%) Marketing
7 180 (2.33%) Electronics
8 106 (1.38%) Law
9 86 (1.12%) Retail
10 78 (1.01%) Legal
11 65 (0.84%) Aerospace
12 57 (0.74%) Banking
13 47 (0.61%) Police
14 36 (0.47%) Publishing
15 20 (0.26%) Billing
16 13 (0.17%) Local Government
17 9 (0.12%) Games
17 9 (0.12%) General Ledger
17 9 (0.12%) Investment Banking
18 7 (0.091%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 1,113 (14.44%) Developer
2 898 (11.65%) Architect
3 647 (8.39%) Analyst
4 446 (5.79%) Consultant
5 382 (4.96%) DevOps Engineer
6 323 (4.19%) Java Developer
7 277 (3.59%) Project Manager
8 256 (3.32%) Network Engineer
9 245 (3.18%) Business Analyst
10 225 (2.92%) Software Engineer
11 194 (2.52%) Support Engineer
12 169 (2.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 163 (2.11%) Solutions Architect
14 162 (2.10%) Technical Architect
15 156 (2.02%) Test Engineer
16 144 (1.87%) Designer
17 143 (1.85%) DBA
18 136 (1.76%) Tester
19 134 (1.74%) SC Cleared Java Developer
20 127 (1.65%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 442 (5.73%) Web Services
2 370 (4.80%) .NET
3 272 (3.53%) HTML
4 267 (3.46%) Spring
5 240 (3.11%) XML
6 225 (2.92%) CSS
7 220 (2.85%) Node.js
8 217 (2.81%) REST
9 195 (2.53%) AngularJS
10 185 (2.40%) JSON
11 164 (2.13%) SOAP
12 150 (1.95%) RESTful
13 112 (1.45%) React
14 108 (1.40%) Hibernate
14 108 (1.40%) Middleware
15 107 (1.39%) Spring Boot
16 105 (1.36%) Kafka
17 97 (1.26%) RabbitMQ
18 94 (1.22%) Elastic Stack
19 85 (1.10%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 401 (5.20%) Analytical Skills
2 369 (4.79%) Data Centre
3 216 (2.80%) Management Information System
4 214 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
5 147 (1.91%) PKI
6 135 (1.75%) User Experience
7 103 (1.34%) Public Cloud
8 80 (1.04%) Data Structures
9 71 (0.92%) Replication
10 56 (0.73%) Clustering
11 53 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
11 53 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
12 48 (0.62%) Cloud Native
13 45 (0.58%) Driving Licence
14 41 (0.53%) Algorithms
14 41 (0.53%) Private Cloud
15 40 (0.52%) Virtual Team
16 39 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
17 37 (0.48%) NHS
18 36 (0.47%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,399 (18.15%) Windows
2 917 (11.90%) Linux
3 536 (6.95%) Windows Server
4 459 (5.95%) Windows 10
5 283 (3.67%) Windows 7
6 237 (3.07%) Windows Server 2012
7 220 (2.85%) Unix
8 196 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 187 (2.43%) Windows Server 2008
10 112 (1.45%) Ubuntu
11 109 (1.41%) CentOS
12 64 (0.83%) Apple iOS
12 64 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
13 48 (0.62%) Windows XP
14 47 (0.61%) Solaris
15 39 (0.51%) Android
16 34 (0.44%) Windows 8
17 33 (0.43%) VMS
18 29 (0.38%) AIX
19 27 (0.35%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,010 (26.07%) Agile Software Development
2 1,012 (13.13%) DevOps
3 712 (9.24%) Migration
4 549 (7.12%) ITIL
5 541 (7.02%) Scrum
6 524 (6.80%) Test Automation
7 473 (6.14%) Project Management
8 469 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
9 440 (5.71%) Software Engineering
10 392 (5.08%) Business Intelligence
11 373 (4.84%) Stakeholder Management
12 369 (4.79%) Project Delivery
13 365 (4.73%) Configuration Management
14 337 (4.37%) Cybersecurity
15 318 (4.13%) Continuous Integration
16 307 (3.98%) Service Management
17 305 (3.96%) Open Source
18 295 (3.83%) Microservices
19 289 (3.75%) Programme Management
20 285 (3.70%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 968 (12.56%) Java
2 885 (11.48%) SQL
3 675 (8.76%) Python
4 481 (6.24%) PowerShell
5 471 (6.11%) JavaScript
6 317 (4.11%) C#
7 257 (3.33%) C
8 221 (2.87%) C++
9 181 (2.35%) Bash Shell
10 159 (2.06%) PL/SQL
11 145 (1.88%) Java 8
12 128 (1.66%) Shell Script
13 99 (1.28%) Ruby
14 91 (1.18%) Perl
14 91 (1.18%) T-SQL
15 67 (0.87%) Groovy
16 59 (0.77%) PHP
17 58 (0.75%) VB
18 56 (0.73%) TypeScript
19 53 (0.69%) Go
Qualifications
1 5,752 (74.61%) SC Cleared
2 1,245 (16.15%) DV Cleared
3 305 (3.96%) Degree
4 293 (3.80%) BPSS Clearance
5 252 (3.27%) Cisco Certification
6 159 (2.06%) CCNP
7 139 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
8 138 (1.79%) ISTQB
9 131 (1.70%) CCNA
10 121 (1.57%) CTC Cleared
11 107 (1.39%) ISEB
12 98 (1.27%) CISSP
13 88 (1.14%) BC Cleared
14 81 (1.05%) CCIE
15 71 (0.92%) MCSE
16 69 (0.90%) CISM
17 53 (0.69%) AWS Certification
18 51 (0.66%) CCDP
19 50 (0.65%) MCSA
20 49 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 183 (2.37%) QA
2 121 (1.57%) SLA
3 98 (1.27%) PMO
4 95 (1.23%) NCSC
5 79 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 65 (0.84%) NIST
7 63 (0.82%) JSP 440
8 57 (0.74%) GDPR
9 52 (0.67%) RMADS
10 45 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
11 37 (0.48%) Data Quality
12 35 (0.45%) WCAG
13 31 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 24 (0.31%) PCI DSS
15 23 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 21 (0.27%) Def Stans
17 20 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
18 17 (0.22%) ISO 9001
19 16 (0.21%) COBIT
19 16 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 702 (9.11%) Active Directory
2 490 (6.36%) Docker
3 318 (4.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 160 (2.08%) vSphere
5 126 (1.63%) Hyper-V
6 111 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
7 106 (1.38%) VMware ESXi
8 82 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
9 79 (1.02%) XenApp
10 72 (0.93%) VMware NSX
11 38 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
11 38 (0.49%) XenDesktop
12 33 (0.43%) Postfix
13 31 (0.40%) vCloud
14 27 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
15 24 (0.31%) Firmware
15 24 (0.31%) HDFS
16 23 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
17 17 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 16 (0.21%) Xen
Systems Management
1 433 (5.62%) Ansible
2 372 (4.83%) Kubernetes
3 340 (4.41%) SCCM
4 332 (4.31%) Terraform
5 246 (3.19%) Puppet
6 98 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
7 75 (0.97%) vCenter Server
8 71 (0.92%) Packer
9 70 (0.91%) Consul
9 70 (0.91%) SCOM
10 59 (0.77%) PowerCLI
11 58 (0.75%) WSUS
12 54 (0.70%) NetBackup
13 46 (0.60%) Netcool
14 41 (0.53%) Kibana
15 40 (0.52%) HP ALM
16 39 (0.51%) logstash
17 37 (0.48%) Microsoft Intune
17 37 (0.48%) vRealize
18 34 (0.44%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1,136 (14.74%) Microsoft
2 694 (9.00%) Oracle
3 587 (7.61%) VMware
4 451 (5.85%) Cisco
5 323 (4.19%) SAP
6 260 (3.37%) Citrix
7 173 (2.24%) Red Hat
8 152 (1.97%) HP
9 136 (1.76%) Juniper
10 121 (1.57%) Google
11 112 (1.45%) IBM
12 111 (1.44%) Dell
13 103 (1.34%) ServiceNow
14 92 (1.19%) EMC
15 91 (1.18%) Remedy
16 80 (1.04%) Palo Alto
17 79 (1.02%) Atlassian
18 75 (0.97%) F5
19 71 (0.92%) BMC
20 68 (0.88%) Splunk