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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 28 June 2022 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
28 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 11 12 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -7 +9
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 9,685 6,775 5,628
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 11.01% 10.54% 13.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 55.21% 53.38% 57.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,664 4,481 3,728
10th Percentile £380 £340 £320
25th Percentile £460 £413 £411
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £638 £586 £575
90th Percentile £700 £655 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 363 216
10th Percentile £19.50 £12.30 £15.91
25th Percentile £30.47 £16.70 £19.25
Median hourly rate £54.00 £36.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year +50.00% +2.86% -16.67%
75th Percentile £65.00 £55.00 £52.12
90th Percentile £75.00 £65.40 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £34.01 £31.61
% change year-on-year +58.80% +7.58% -24.74%

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 17,543 12,692 9,830
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.94% 19.75% 24.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,842 8,204 6,361
10th Percentile £350 £308 £288
25th Percentile £437 £400 £385
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £626 £588 £572
90th Percentile £711 £675 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £463 £455
% change year-on-year +8.11% +1.65% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 757 640 389
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.23 £15.46
25th Percentile £20.00 £16.97 £18.42
Median hourly rate £44.50 £33.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +34.85% +10.00% -10.18%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £48.75
90th Percentile £68.91 £64.50 £58.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.83 £30.00 £25.83
% change year-on-year +22.77% +16.17% -22.68%

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 28 June 2022.

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 28 June 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Top 18 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 28 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England 0 7,895 £550 +10.00% 1,163
UK excluding London 0 4,622 £525 +10.53% 898
Work from Home +1 4,529 £550 +10.00% 409
London -10 2,734 £550 +4.76% 295
South East 0 1,415 £535 +9.18% 258
South West 0 1,207 £550 +10.00% 270
North of England -1 730 £535 +18.89% 127
Midlands 0 520 £495 +16.47% 87
North West -6 483 £535 +18.89% 91
West Midlands -4 354 £500 +11.11% 63
East of England -1 328 £505 +12.22% 99
Wales 0 242 £550 +15.79% 23
Scotland -8 227 £500 +6.38% 34
East Midlands +10 163 £450 +28.57% 23
Yorkshire -7 151 £525 +16.67% 25
North East +3 129 £550 +3.53% 11
Isle of Man - 9 £550 -
Northern Ireland -2 3 - -

For the 6 months to 28 June 2022, 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 7,823 (80.77%) SC Cleared
2 2,840 (29.32%) Agile
3 2,329 (24.05%) Public Sector
4 1,735 (17.91%) DevOps
5 1,586 (16.38%) Social Skills
6 1,449 (14.96%) Azure
7 1,442 (14.89%) AWS
8 1,364 (14.08%) Linux
9 1,276 (13.18%) DV Cleared
10 1,250 (12.91%) Microsoft
11 1,217 (12.57%) Windows
12 1,149 (11.86%) Java
13 1,059 (10.93%) Python
14 1,056 (10.90%) SQL
15 960 (9.91%) Terraform
16 921 (9.51%) Oracle
17 914 (9.44%) CI/CD
18 887 (9.16%) Git (software)
19 863 (8.91%) JIRA
20 859 (8.87%) Kubernetes
21 836 (8.63%) Scrum
22 814 (8.40%) ITIL
23 783 (8.08%) Test Automation
24 774 (7.99%) Docker
25 741 (7.65%) Finance
26 712 (7.35%) Ansible
27 697 (7.20%) Software Engineering
28 685 (7.07%) Stakeholder Management
29 663 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
30 641 (6.62%) Jenkins

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
1 456 (4.71%) Confluence
2 236 (2.44%) SharePoint
3 114 (1.18%) Apache Spark
4 97 (1.00%) Apache
5 76 (0.78%) MS Exchange
6 70 (0.72%) SAS
7 64 (0.66%) WebLogic
8 62 (0.64%) nginx
9 61 (0.63%) Skype for Business
10 45 (0.46%) IIS
10 45 (0.46%) Tomcat
11 34 (0.35%) WebSphere
12 28 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
13 26 (0.27%) JBoss
14 24 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
15 19 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
16 17 (0.18%) Oracle Application Server
17 16 (0.17%) Oracle 9iAS
18 15 (0.15%) NetWeaver
19 14 (0.14%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 250 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 240 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
3 179 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
4 124 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 70 (0.72%) MS Visio
6 28 (0.29%) Simulink
7 27 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
8 13 (0.13%) AutoCAD
9 11 (0.11%) Oracle Smart View
10 9 (0.093%) Stata
11 6 (0.062%) CATIA
11 6 (0.062%) InVision
11 6 (0.062%) Sketch
12 4 (0.041%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.041%) Siemens NX
12 4 (0.041%) Windchill
13 3 (0.031%) Chatbot
13 3 (0.031%) Revit
14 2 (0.021%) InDesign
14 2 (0.021%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 146 (1.51%) Oracle ERP
2 83 (0.86%) Oracle Payables
3 73 (0.75%) Oracle Receivables
4 68 (0.70%) Oracle Cash Management
5 47 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
6 33 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
7 31 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 28 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
9 27 (0.28%) assyst
9 27 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
10 26 (0.27%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 22 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
12 20 (0.21%) Teamcenter
13 19 (0.20%) Primavera
14 15 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
14 15 (0.15%) Siebel CRM
15 14 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
15 14 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
16 10 (0.10%) SAP FI
16 10 (0.10%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 1,449 (14.96%) Azure
2 1,442 (14.89%) AWS
3 396 (4.09%) Microsoft 365
4 344 (3.55%) Azure DevOps
5 290 (2.99%) PaaS
6 252 (2.60%) Serverless
7 247 (2.55%) GitHub
8 227 (2.34%) Power Platform
9 184 (1.90%) IaaS
10 180 (1.86%) Amazon S3
11 166 (1.71%) GCP
12 160 (1.65%) SaaS
13 155 (1.60%) OpenShift
14 154 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
15 139 (1.44%) AWS Lambda
16 134 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
17 108 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
18 94 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 92 (0.95%) Amazon EKS
20 71 (0.73%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 538 (5.55%) Firewall
2 302 (3.12%) DNS
3 283 (2.92%) WAN
4 248 (2.56%) LAN
5 203 (2.10%) VPN
6 201 (2.08%) TCP/IP
7 150 (1.55%) Network Security
8 144 (1.49%) DHCP
9 90 (0.93%) OSPF
10 88 (0.91%) Internet
11 86 (0.89%) BGP
12 81 (0.84%) Ethernet
13 79 (0.82%) Skype
14 78 (0.81%) SAN
15 77 (0.80%) SD-WAN
16 75 (0.77%) Wireless
17 72 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
18 62 (0.64%) HTTP
19 59 (0.61%) MPLS
20 58 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 470 (4.85%) SQL Server
2 216 (2.23%) Oracle Database
3 211 (2.18%) PostgreSQL
4 208 (2.15%) Big Data
5 200 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
6 187 (1.93%) Relational Database
7 179 (1.85%) Power BI
8 157 (1.62%) MySQL
9 138 (1.42%) Pentaho
10 137 (1.41%) Metadata
11 133 (1.37%) Amazon RDS
12 130 (1.34%) Oracle Reports
13 101 (1.04%) MongoDB
14 96 (0.99%) NoSQL
15 84 (0.87%) Data Lake
16 78 (0.81%) RDBMS
17 75 (0.77%) Hadoop
17 75 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 71 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 59 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 887 (9.16%) Git (software)
2 863 (8.91%) JIRA
3 641 (6.62%) Jenkins
4 367 (3.79%) GitLab
5 174 (1.80%) Selenium
6 144 (1.49%) Maven
7 113 (1.17%) Bitbucket
8 106 (1.09%) Artifactory
9 100 (1.03%) Cucumber
10 95 (0.98%) Visual Studio
11 91 (0.94%) Postman
12 85 (0.88%) SoapUI
13 77 (0.80%) JUnit
14 75 (0.77%) Subversion
15 69 (0.71%) JMeter
15 69 (0.71%) SonarQube
16 58 (0.60%) Eclipse
17 57 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
18 54 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
19 50 (0.52%) SpecFlow
General
1 2,329 (24.05%) Public Sector
2 1,586 (16.38%) Social Skills
3 741 (7.65%) Finance
4 509 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
5 213 (2.20%) Presentation Skills
6 189 (1.95%) Telecoms
7 172 (1.78%) Influencing Skills
8 159 (1.64%) Aerospace
9 151 (1.56%) Manufacturing
10 133 (1.37%) Police
11 127 (1.31%) Documentation Skills
12 123 (1.27%) Marketing
13 115 (1.19%) Military
14 114 (1.18%) Law
15 113 (1.17%) Organisational Skills
16 104 (1.07%) Electronics
17 90 (0.93%) Billing
18 87 (0.90%) Retail
19 81 (0.84%) General Ledger
20 79 (0.82%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,362 (14.06%) Developer
2 1,156 (11.94%) Architect
3 787 (8.13%) Analyst
4 680 (7.02%) DevOps Engineer
5 439 (4.53%) Consultant
6 431 (4.45%) Project Manager
7 341 (3.52%) Java Developer
8 337 (3.48%) Business Analyst
9 326 (3.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 300 (3.10%) Software Engineer
11 262 (2.71%) Data Engineer
12 246 (2.54%) Solutions Architect
13 239 (2.47%) Support Engineer
14 223 (2.30%) AWS Engineer
15 211 (2.18%) Delivery Manager
16 207 (2.14%) Network Engineer
17 174 (1.80%) DBA
18 173 (1.79%) AWS DevOps
19 169 (1.74%) Designer
20 156 (1.61%) AWS DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 350 (3.61%) .NET
2 319 (3.29%) React
3 303 (3.13%) Spring
4 296 (3.06%) HTML
5 293 (3.03%) CSS
6 240 (2.48%) Node.js
7 235 (2.43%) Kafka
8 231 (2.39%) REST
9 216 (2.23%) JSON
10 209 (2.16%) Web Services
11 203 (2.10%) Spring Boot
12 187 (1.93%) RESTful
13 184 (1.90%) AngularJS
14 154 (1.59%) XML
15 140 (1.45%) SOAP
16 111 (1.15%) Elastic Stack
17 108 (1.12%) ASP.NET
18 106 (1.09%) Oracle Fusion
19 87 (0.90%) .NET Framework
20 84 (0.87%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 375 (3.87%) Data Centre
2 223 (2.30%) User Experience
3 220 (2.27%) Management Information System
4 208 (2.15%) PKI
5 184 (1.90%) Public Cloud
6 170 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
7 138 (1.42%) Clustering
8 110 (1.14%) Data Protection Act
9 103 (1.06%) Replication
10 83 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
11 82 (0.85%) Virtual Team
12 76 (0.78%) Cloud Native
13 74 (0.76%) Data Structures
14 70 (0.72%) Private Cloud
15 66 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
16 60 (0.62%) Mobile App
17 57 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
17 57 (0.59%) NHS
18 56 (0.58%) CMDB
19 53 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1,364 (14.08%) Linux
2 1,217 (12.57%) Windows
3 429 (4.43%) Windows Server
4 360 (3.72%) Unix
5 280 (2.89%) Windows 10
6 201 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 125 (1.29%) Windows Server 2012
8 108 (1.12%) Windows 7
9 97 (1.00%) Windows Server 2019
10 96 (0.99%) CentOS
11 95 (0.98%) Windows Server 2016
12 68 (0.70%) Solaris
12 68 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
13 60 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
14 59 (0.61%) Ubuntu
15 56 (0.58%) AIX
16 37 (0.38%) Apple iOS
17 35 (0.36%) VMS
18 30 (0.31%) Android
19 17 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,840 (29.32%) Agile
2 1,735 (17.91%) DevOps
3 914 (9.44%) CI/CD
4 836 (8.63%) Scrum
5 814 (8.40%) ITIL
6 783 (8.08%) Test Automation
7 697 (7.20%) Software Engineering
8 685 (7.07%) Stakeholder Management
9 663 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
10 640 (6.61%) Migration
11 605 (6.25%) Project Management
12 587 (6.06%) Cybersecurity
13 565 (5.83%) Microservices
14 466 (4.81%) Service Management
15 447 (4.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 420 (4.34%) Analytics
17 419 (4.33%) Project Delivery
18 410 (4.23%) Configuration Management
18 410 (4.23%) Continuous Integration
19 408 (4.21%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 1,149 (11.86%) Java
2 1,059 (10.93%) Python
3 1,056 (10.90%) SQL
4 614 (6.34%) JavaScript
5 552 (5.70%) PowerShell
6 415 (4.28%) C#
7 352 (3.63%) C
8 331 (3.42%) Bash
9 257 (2.65%) C++
10 203 (2.10%) Shell Script
11 199 (2.05%) PL/SQL
12 136 (1.40%) Scala
13 127 (1.31%) TypeScript
14 119 (1.23%) Go
15 109 (1.13%) T-SQL
16 89 (0.92%) Ruby
17 67 (0.69%) Perl
18 62 (0.64%) R
19 52 (0.54%) Groovy
20 39 (0.40%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7,823 (80.77%) SC Cleared
2 1,276 (13.18%) DV Cleared
3 497 (5.13%) BPSS Clearance
4 333 (3.44%) Degree
5 190 (1.96%) ISTQB
6 168 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
7 151 (1.56%) ISEB
8 149 (1.54%) CISSP
9 118 (1.22%) AWS Certification
10 101 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 89 (0.92%) PMI Certification
12 86 (0.89%) CCNP
13 82 (0.85%) CISM
14 81 (0.84%) PMP
15 79 (0.82%) CTC Cleared
16 77 (0.80%) CCNA
17 73 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
18 72 (0.74%) CESG Certified Professional
19 65 (0.67%) APMP
19 65 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 328 (3.39%) QA
2 229 (2.36%) SLA
3 183 (1.89%) PMO
4 126 (1.30%) NIST
5 123 (1.27%) Accessibility
5 123 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 101 (1.04%) NCSC
7 60 (0.62%) Data Quality
8 54 (0.56%) JSP 440
9 51 (0.53%) RMADS
10 42 (0.43%) WCAG
11 40 (0.41%) GDPR
12 33 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 31 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
14 30 (0.31%) PCI DSS
15 28 (0.29%) GRC
16 24 (0.25%) Def Stans
17 19 (0.20%) Actionable Recommendations
18 11 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
19 10 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 774 (7.99%) Docker
2 573 (5.92%) Active Directory
3 387 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 158 (1.63%) Virtual Machines
5 128 (1.32%) vSphere
6 104 (1.07%) Hyper-V
7 80 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
8 62 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
9 61 (0.63%) VMware NSX
10 60 (0.62%) Firmware
11 44 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
12 23 (0.24%) KVM
13 21 (0.22%) HDFS
14 18 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
15 16 (0.17%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 12 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 10 (0.10%) BitLocker
17 10 (0.10%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 10 (0.10%) XenApp
18 9 (0.093%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 960 (9.91%) Terraform
2 859 (8.87%) Kubernetes
3 712 (7.35%) Ansible
4 198 (2.04%) Puppet
5 165 (1.70%) SCCM
6 125 (1.29%) Packer
7 112 (1.16%) Prometheus
8 105 (1.08%) Grafana
9 77 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
10 76 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
11 68 (0.70%) Consul
12 66 (0.68%) vCenter Server
13 64 (0.66%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 64 (0.66%) Kibana
14 62 (0.64%) vRealize
15 60 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
16 56 (0.58%) SCOM
17 54 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
18 53 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
18 53 (0.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1,250 (12.91%) Microsoft
2 921 (9.51%) Oracle
3 634 (6.55%) VMware
4 436 (4.50%) Cisco
5 259 (2.67%) Red Hat
6 241 (2.49%) SAP
7 219 (2.26%) Splunk
8 175 (1.81%) ServiceNow
9 163 (1.68%) Juniper
10 135 (1.39%) IBM
11 126 (1.30%) Atlassian
12 120 (1.24%) HP
13 116 (1.20%) Citrix
14 110 (1.14%) McAfee
15 101 (1.04%) CheckPoint
15 101 (1.04%) Google
15 101 (1.04%) Talend
16 95 (0.98%) Palo Alto
16 95 (0.98%) Remedy
17 84 (0.87%) F5