Period
to 15 February 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 15 February 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
15 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 13 14 11
Rank change year-on-year +1 -3 +3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,801 7,971 8,969
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.88% 7.86% 9.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.80% 41.58% 44.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,272 4,768 5,715
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £300 £216 £275
90th Percentile £638 £610 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £408
% change year-on-year +9.09% +1.23% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 388 459
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -25.33% +1.11%
10th Percentile £12.50 £14.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £55.10 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% -13.33% +1.35%

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 19,217 19,169 20,025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.39% 18.91% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,474 11,762 12,669
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £258 £225 £250
90th Percentile £633 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 918 861 915
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -9.09% -
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.00 £12.13
90th Percentile £51.40 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.52 £26.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +3.83% -3.64% -1.79%

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 15 February 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 15 February 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 15 February 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 +2 8,129 £475 +5.56% 1,621
UK excluding London +1 5,778 £450 +9.09% 1,322
London -5 2,829 £525 +5.00% 379
South East +1 1,841 £450 +5.88% 444
South West +2 1,509 £463 +0.27% 348
North of England +12 908 £450 +15.02% 110
Midlands -1 651 £425 +6.25% 182
North West +3 437 £425 - 59
West Midlands +8 436 £425 -1.16% 157
East of England +5 369 £475 +18.75% 158
Yorkshire +52 301 £475 +35.71% 44
Wales -1 284 £450 +7.14% 46
Scotland +14 216 £450 +23.29% 34
East Midlands -5 209 £418 +6.78% 23
North East 0 169 £400 +23.65% 7
Northern Ireland +30 22 £356 -26.92% 1

For the 6 months to 15 February 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 6,428 (73.04%) SC Cleared
2 2,382 (27.07%) Agile Software Development
3 1,440 (16.36%) Windows
4 1,410 (16.02%) DV Cleared
5 1,322 (15.02%) Linux
6 1,187 (13.49%) Microsoft
7 1,060 (12.04%) Java
8 1,018 (11.57%) DevOps
9 919 (10.44%) ITIL
10 904 (10.27%) Oracle
11 898 (10.20%) Amazon AWS
12 832 (9.45%) SQL
13 784 (8.91%) Finance
14 777 (8.83%) Migration
15 767 (8.71%) Microsoft Azure
16 718 (8.16%) Active Directory
17 710 (8.07%) VMware
18 689 (7.83%) Cisco
19 666 (7.57%) Problem-Solving
20 659 (7.49%) Project Management
21 641 (7.28%) Python
22 634 (7.20%) Firewall
23 602 (6.84%) Git (software)
24 598 (6.79%) Scrum
25 596 (6.77%) JavaScript
26 560 (6.36%) Jenkins
27 533 (6.06%) Ansible
28 531 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
29 525 (5.97%) Test Automation
30 523 (5.94%) 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
1 391 (4.44%) SharePoint
2 324 (3.68%) Confluence
3 192 (2.18%) MS Exchange
4 174 (1.98%) Skype for Business
5 136 (1.55%) Elasticsearch
6 134 (1.52%) Apache
7 97 (1.10%) WebLogic
8 87 (0.99%) IIS
9 77 (0.87%) JBoss
10 74 (0.84%) Tomcat
11 72 (0.82%) WebSphere
12 66 (0.75%) nginx
13 62 (0.70%) Apache Spark
14 59 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
15 54 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
16 40 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
17 37 (0.42%) CMS
18 36 (0.41%) Oracle Service Bus
18 36 (0.41%) SAS
18 36 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 277 (3.15%) Microsoft Office
2 242 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 151 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
4 101 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 80 (0.91%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 14 (0.16%) InfoPath
9 9 (0.10%) AutoCAD
10 8 (0.091%) Simulink
11 3 (0.034%) Mathcad
11 3 (0.034%) UXPin
12 2 (0.023%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.023%) Autodesk Inventor
12 2 (0.023%) InDesign
12 2 (0.023%) Mathematica
12 2 (0.023%) MicroStation
12 2 (0.023%) Revit
12 2 (0.023%) SOLIDWORKS
12 2 (0.023%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 61 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
2 56 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
3 42 (0.48%) Oracle BPM
4 35 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
5 28 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
6 27 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
7 24 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
8 23 (0.26%) Teamcenter
9 22 (0.25%) Primavera
10 20 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
11 19 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
12 18 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
13 16 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
14 15 (0.17%) SAP ERP
15 14 (0.16%) Oracle E-Business Tax
16 13 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
17 12 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
18 8 (0.091%) SAP HR
19 7 (0.080%) Maximo
19 7 (0.080%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 898 (10.20%) Amazon AWS
2 767 (8.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 390 (4.43%) Office 365
4 233 (2.65%) PaaS
5 211 (2.40%) IaaS
6 146 (1.66%) GitHub
7 134 (1.52%) SaaS
8 127 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
9 94 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
10 93 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
11 78 (0.89%) Datadog
12 75 (0.85%) Amazon S3
13 74 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
14 71 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 55 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
16 49 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
17 47 (0.53%) Serverless
18 46 (0.52%) OneDrive
19 36 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
20 34 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 634 (7.20%) Firewall
2 311 (3.53%) VPN
3 304 (3.45%) WAN
4 295 (3.35%) DNS
5 289 (3.28%) LAN
6 255 (2.90%) TCP/IP
7 212 (2.41%) Network Security
8 194 (2.20%) Internet
9 176 (2.00%) Skype
10 163 (1.85%) DHCP
11 155 (1.76%) Cisco Nexus
12 126 (1.43%) SAN
12 126 (1.43%) Wireless
13 123 (1.40%) OSPF
14 119 (1.35%) BGP
15 113 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
16 100 (1.14%) VoIP
17 89 (1.01%) HTTP
18 72 (0.82%) MPLS
19 64 (0.73%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 461 (5.24%) SQL Server
2 267 (3.03%) PostgreSQL
3 221 (2.51%) Oracle Database
4 217 (2.47%) Big Data
5 184 (2.09%) Hadoop
6 165 (1.87%) MySQL
7 156 (1.77%) Relational Database
8 117 (1.33%) MongoDB
9 110 (1.25%) NoSQL
10 96 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 84 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
12 81 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
13 72 (0.82%) RDBMS
14 71 (0.81%) Power BI
15 66 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 63 (0.72%) Oracle Database 12c
17 56 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
18 55 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
19 48 (0.55%) GIS
19 48 (0.55%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 602 (6.84%) Git (software)
2 560 (6.36%) Jenkins
3 523 (5.94%) JIRA
4 186 (2.11%) Selenium
5 156 (1.77%) Maven
6 136 (1.55%) Cucumber
7 131 (1.49%) GitLab
8 110 (1.25%) Sonatype Nexus
9 106 (1.20%) JUnit
10 104 (1.18%) Subversion
11 100 (1.14%) Visual Studio
12 92 (1.05%) SonarQube
13 91 (1.03%) Artifactory
14 88 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 62 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
16 61 (0.69%) JMeter
17 57 (0.65%) Vagrant
18 54 (0.61%) Bitbucket
18 54 (0.61%) MSI
19 52 (0.59%) Mockito
General
1 784 (8.91%) Finance
2 324 (3.68%) Telecoms
3 221 (2.51%) Manufacturing
4 195 (2.22%) Electronics
5 180 (2.05%) Marketing
6 168 (1.91%) Military
7 94 (1.07%) Law
8 78 (0.89%) Aerospace
9 65 (0.74%) Legal
10 59 (0.67%) Banking
11 56 (0.64%) Retail
12 22 (0.25%) Back Office
12 22 (0.25%) Local Government
13 21 (0.24%) Billing
14 20 (0.23%) Investment Banking
15 19 (0.22%) General Ledger
16 18 (0.20%) Publishing
17 16 (0.18%) Financial Institution
18 14 (0.16%) Advertising
19 12 (0.14%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,236 (14.04%) Developer
2 1,054 (11.98%) Architect
3 820 (9.32%) Analyst
4 538 (6.11%) Consultant
5 416 (4.73%) DevOps Engineer
6 401 (4.56%) Project Manager
7 382 (4.34%) Network Engineer
8 361 (4.10%) Java Developer
9 286 (3.25%) Business Analyst
10 232 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
11 224 (2.55%) Technical Architect
12 203 (2.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 203 (2.31%) Software Engineer
13 198 (2.25%) Administrator
14 195 (2.22%) Support Engineer
15 141 (1.60%) AWS Engineer
16 137 (1.56%) Delivery Manager
16 137 (1.56%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 135 (1.53%) Tester
18 131 (1.49%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 435 (4.94%) Web Services
2 414 (4.70%) HTML
3 365 (4.15%) .NET
4 308 (3.50%) REST
5 292 (3.32%) CSS
6 242 (2.75%) XML
7 234 (2.66%) SOAP
8 216 (2.45%) Middleware
9 211 (2.40%) RESTful
10 208 (2.36%) Node.js
11 204 (2.32%) Spring
12 202 (2.30%) AngularJS
13 161 (1.83%) JSON
14 142 (1.61%) Elastic Stack
15 136 (1.55%) Oracle Fusion
16 128 (1.45%) HTML5
17 125 (1.42%) ASP.NET
18 118 (1.34%) jQuery
19 108 (1.23%) Kafka
20 107 (1.22%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 531 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
2 411 (4.67%) Data Centre
3 289 (3.28%) Management Information System
4 192 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
5 149 (1.69%) User Experience
6 148 (1.68%) PKI
7 100 (1.14%) Public Cloud
8 84 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
9 71 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
10 68 (0.77%) Replication
11 66 (0.75%) Clustering
12 59 (0.67%) NHS
13 55 (0.62%) Data Structures
14 53 (0.60%) Private Cloud
15 52 (0.59%) Algorithms
16 50 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
17 47 (0.53%) Mainframe
18 46 (0.52%) Reference Data
19 43 (0.49%) Cyberattack
20 42 (0.48%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 1,440 (16.36%) Windows
2 1,322 (15.02%) Linux
3 500 (5.68%) Windows Server
4 406 (4.61%) Unix
5 366 (4.16%) Windows 10
6 321 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 292 (3.32%) Windows Server 2012
8 180 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
9 168 (1.91%) Windows 7
10 127 (1.44%) CentOS
11 99 (1.12%) Windows Server 2003
12 67 (0.76%) Solaris
13 64 (0.73%) Ubuntu
14 37 (0.42%) AIX
15 30 (0.34%) CoreOS
16 29 (0.33%) Apple iOS
16 29 (0.33%) VMS
17 26 (0.30%) Mac OS X
18 25 (0.28%) Android
19 22 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,382 (27.07%) Agile Software Development
2 1,018 (11.57%) DevOps
3 919 (10.44%) ITIL
4 777 (8.83%) Migration
5 666 (7.57%) Problem-Solving
6 659 (7.49%) Project Management
7 598 (6.79%) Scrum
8 525 (5.97%) Test Automation
9 512 (5.82%) Stakeholder Management
10 468 (5.32%) Service Management
11 454 (5.16%) Configuration Management
12 445 (5.06%) Software Engineering
13 407 (4.62%) Continuous Integration
14 397 (4.51%) Business Intelligence
15 387 (4.40%) Open Source
16 358 (4.07%) Cybersecurity
17 353 (4.01%) TDD
18 346 (3.93%) Service Delivery
19 332 (3.77%) PRINCE2
20 315 (3.58%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 1,060 (12.04%) Java
2 832 (9.45%) SQL
3 641 (7.28%) Python
4 596 (6.77%) JavaScript
5 498 (5.66%) PowerShell
6 381 (4.33%) C#
7 321 (3.65%) C
8 259 (2.94%) Bash Shell
9 238 (2.70%) C++
10 183 (2.08%) Ruby
11 157 (1.78%) Java 8
12 136 (1.55%) Shell Script
13 117 (1.33%) PL/SQL
14 109 (1.24%) Perl
15 80 (0.91%) PHP
16 78 (0.89%) Groovy
17 77 (0.87%) T-SQL
18 48 (0.55%) Go
19 38 (0.43%) Scala
19 38 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6,428 (73.04%) SC Cleared
2 1,410 (16.02%) DV Cleared
3 420 (4.77%) BPSS Clearance
4 416 (4.73%) Degree
5 333 (3.78%) Cisco Certification
6 203 (2.31%) CCNP
7 173 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
8 161 (1.83%) CCNA
9 138 (1.57%) CTC Cleared
10 130 (1.48%) MCSE
11 129 (1.47%) CISSP
12 104 (1.18%) RHCE
13 100 (1.14%) BC Cleared
14 95 (1.08%) ISEB
15 87 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 86 (0.98%) ISTQB
17 71 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 70 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 60 (0.68%) CISM
20 59 (0.67%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (2.34%) QA
2 150 (1.70%) PMO
3 110 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 108 (1.23%) SLA
5 90 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
6 83 (0.94%) Data Quality
7 81 (0.92%) JSP 440
8 75 (0.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 53 (0.60%) GDPR
10 42 (0.48%) HMG Infosec
11 35 (0.40%) RMADS
12 34 (0.39%) PCI DSS
13 29 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 19 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 17 (0.19%) Def Stans
16 14 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
16 14 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 12 (0.14%) COBIT
18 11 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
19 10 (0.11%) WAI
System Software
1 718 (8.16%) Active Directory
2 492 (5.59%) Docker
3 423 (4.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 149 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
5 148 (1.68%) Hyper-V
6 132 (1.50%) vSphere
7 105 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
8 74 (0.84%) VMware NSX
9 69 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
10 56 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
11 49 (0.56%) XenApp
12 47 (0.53%) XenDesktop
13 41 (0.47%) Firmware
14 37 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
15 30 (0.34%) vCloud
16 24 (0.27%) etcd
16 24 (0.27%) flannel
16 24 (0.27%) HDFS
17 23 (0.26%) Ceph
18 22 (0.25%) SkyDNS
Systems Management
1 533 (6.06%) Ansible
2 493 (5.60%) Puppet
3 355 (4.03%) Kubernetes
4 333 (3.78%) SCCM
5 303 (3.44%) Terraform
6 263 (2.99%) Opscode Chef
7 116 (1.32%) vCenter Server
8 99 (1.12%) SCOM
9 63 (0.72%) Packer
10 61 (0.69%) Kibana
10 61 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
11 50 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
12 43 (0.49%) McAfee ePO
13 41 (0.47%) HAProxy
14 39 (0.44%) Grafana
15 38 (0.43%) Nagios
16 37 (0.42%) QRadar
16 37 (0.42%) Sysdig
17 36 (0.41%) HP ALM
17 36 (0.41%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 1,187 (13.49%) Microsoft
2 904 (10.27%) Oracle
3 710 (8.07%) VMware
4 689 (7.83%) Cisco
5 302 (3.43%) SAP
6 294 (3.34%) Red Hat
7 231 (2.62%) Citrix
7 231 (2.62%) Juniper
8 221 (2.51%) Splunk
9 209 (2.37%) HP
10 177 (2.01%) McAfee
11 164 (1.86%) Atlassian
12 138 (1.57%) IBM
13 136 (1.55%) F5
14 133 (1.51%) CheckPoint
15 109 (1.24%) ServiceNow
16 86 (0.98%) SolarWinds
17 85 (0.97%) Qualys
18 78 (0.89%) Palo Alto
19 77 (0.87%) Remedy