Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 13 12 15
Rank change year-on-year -1 +3 +1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,934 8,895 9,106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.91% 9.15% 8.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.81% 44.79% 41.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,695 5,654 5,375
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £218 £270 £263
90th Percentile £600 £588 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £405 £400
% change year-on-year -0.62% +1.25% +6.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 393 414 454
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £37.13 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.93% +6.07% +75.39%
10th Percentile £13.65 £12.25 £13.99
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £50.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.39 £35.00 £32.75
% change year-on-year -10.31% +6.87% +48.86%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 7,373 £450 +5.88% 897
UK excluding London -2 4,638 £403 -0.62% 700
London +5 3,151 £500 +5.26% 258
South East -2 1,631 £423 -0.47% 213
South West -2 922 £450 +7.14% 137
North of England -12 730 £385 -1.91% 113
Midlands -5 616 £400 +6.67% 102
North West 0 425 £425 -6.08% 54
East Midlands +12 336 £380 -0.98% 33
East of England +5 330 £375 -6.25% 73
West Midlands -14 278 £425 +13.48% 69
Wales 0 266 £400 -11.11% 24
North East -2 185 £330 -2.94% 24
Scotland -36 168 £354 +4.04% 39
Yorkshire -31 123 £350 -17.65% 35
Northern Ireland -24 8 £133 -70.38%

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Security Cleared also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Security Cleared.

1 5,604 (70.63%) SC Cleared
2 1,818 (22.91%) Agile Software Development
3 1,323 (16.68%) Windows
4 1,162 (14.65%) Java
5 1,149 (14.48%) DV Cleared
6 1,060 (13.36%) Linux
7 1,022 (12.88%) Microsoft
8 878 (11.07%) DevOps
9 748 (9.43%) Amazon AWS
10 742 (9.35%) Active Directory
11 739 (9.31%) SQL
12 721 (9.09%) Migration
13 704 (8.87%) ITIL
14 684 (8.62%) Project Management
15 669 (8.43%) Finance
16 622 (7.84%) Oracle
17 601 (7.57%) VMware
18 555 (7.00%) Cisco
19 509 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
20 496 (6.25%) Jenkins
21 495 (6.24%) Unix
22 471 (5.94%) Git (software)
23 469 (5.91%) Test Automation
24 464 (5.85%) Firewall
25 461 (5.81%) Scrum
26 459 (5.79%) Python
27 450 (5.67%) Docker
28 447 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
29 430 (5.42%) Web Services
30 429 (5.41%) Puppet

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
1 353 (4.45%) SharePoint
2 266 (3.35%) Confluence
3 210 (2.65%) Tomcat
4 191 (2.41%) MS Exchange
5 147 (1.85%) Apache
6 112 (1.41%) Skype for Business
7 110 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
8 97 (1.22%) IIS
9 90 (1.13%) nginx
10 89 (1.12%) Apache Spark
10 89 (1.12%) WebLogic
11 75 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
12 72 (0.91%) JBoss
13 56 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
14 53 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
15 50 (0.63%) WildFly
16 49 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
17 48 (0.60%) SAS
18 46 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
18 46 (0.58%) WebSphere
Applications
1 362 (4.56%) Microsoft Office
2 226 (2.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 190 (2.39%) Microsoft Project
4 80 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 79 (1.00%) MS Visio
6 42 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.23%) Acrobat
8 16 (0.20%) PaintShop Pro
9 8 (0.10%) SPSS
10 7 (0.088%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.076%) Photoshop
11 6 (0.076%) Simulink
12 5 (0.063%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.063%) Windchill
13 3 (0.038%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.038%) InVision
14 2 (0.025%) Revit
14 2 (0.025%) Stata
15 1 (0.013%) Adobe After Effects
15 1 (0.013%) GIMP
Business Applications
1 49 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.50%) Primavera
3 32 (0.40%) Oracle BPM
4 24 (0.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 23 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
6 22 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
7 21 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
8 19 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
9 17 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
10 14 (0.18%) SAP HR
11 12 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
12 11 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 11 (0.14%) SAP MM
12 11 (0.14%) Teamcenter
13 9 (0.11%) SAP ERP
14 8 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
14 8 (0.10%) SAP Payroll
14 8 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
15 7 (0.088%) SAP CO
15 7 (0.088%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 748 (9.43%) Amazon AWS
2 350 (4.41%) Office 365
3 305 (3.84%) Microsoft Azure
4 119 (1.50%) Amazon S3
5 114 (1.44%) PaaS
6 112 (1.41%) Amazon EC2
7 105 (1.32%) IaaS
8 75 (0.95%) SaaS
9 69 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
10 68 (0.86%) Amazon ELB
11 67 (0.84%) GitHub
12 65 (0.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 58 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
14 51 (0.64%) Route 53
15 45 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
16 43 (0.54%) Serverless
17 29 (0.37%) AWS Lambda
18 28 (0.35%) OneDrive
19 27 (0.34%) G Suite
20 26 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 464 (5.85%) Firewall
2 292 (3.68%) DNS
3 258 (3.25%) WAN
4 247 (3.11%) LAN
5 219 (2.76%) TCP/IP
6 188 (2.37%) VPN
7 165 (2.08%) Network Security
8 152 (1.92%) SAN
9 146 (1.84%) Internet
10 114 (1.44%) DHCP
11 107 (1.35%) Wireless
12 93 (1.17%) HTTP
13 92 (1.16%) Skype
14 89 (1.12%) BGP
15 85 (1.07%) Cisco ASA
16 79 (1.00%) SSL
17 78 (0.98%) VLAN
18 76 (0.96%) LDAP
19 75 (0.95%) Kerberos
20 71 (0.89%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 397 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 339 (4.27%) PostgreSQL
3 263 (3.31%) Hadoop
4 255 (3.21%) Big Data
5 225 (2.84%) Relational Database
6 206 (2.60%) Oracle Database
7 148 (1.87%) MySQL
8 144 (1.81%) MongoDB
9 129 (1.63%) RDBMS
10 119 (1.50%) NoSQL
11 112 (1.41%) HBase
12 87 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
13 80 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
14 78 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
15 75 (0.95%) Redis
16 72 (0.91%) Oracle Database 11g
17 59 (0.74%) Power BI
18 54 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 49 (0.62%) GIS
20 46 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 496 (6.25%) Jenkins
2 471 (5.94%) Git (software)
3 422 (5.32%) JIRA
4 186 (2.34%) Maven
5 164 (2.07%) Selenium
6 142 (1.79%) JUnit
7 117 (1.47%) Cucumber
8 95 (1.20%) Visual Studio
9 91 (1.15%) SonarQube
10 90 (1.13%) Sonatype Nexus
11 84 (1.06%) Artifactory
12 76 (0.96%) JMeter
13 74 (0.93%) Vagrant
14 71 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
15 70 (0.88%) Mockito
16 66 (0.83%) Ant
16 66 (0.83%) Liquibase
17 65 (0.82%) Bitbucket
18 64 (0.81%) GitLab
19 54 (0.68%) Subversion
General
1 669 (8.43%) Finance
2 345 (4.35%) Telecoms
3 249 (3.14%) Manufacturing
4 152 (1.92%) Marketing
5 151 (1.90%) Electronics
6 124 (1.56%) Military
7 119 (1.50%) Law
8 72 (0.91%) Legal
9 50 (0.63%) Aerospace
10 38 (0.48%) Publishing
11 34 (0.43%) Banking
11 34 (0.43%) Retail
12 23 (0.29%) Games
13 22 (0.28%) Financial Institution
14 19 (0.24%) Billing
15 18 (0.23%) Back Office
16 15 (0.19%) Local Government
17 11 (0.14%) Investment Banking
18 8 (0.10%) French Language
19 7 (0.088%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,061 (13.37%) Developer
2 810 (10.21%) Analyst
3 762 (9.60%) Architect
4 514 (6.48%) Consultant
5 438 (5.52%) Java Developer
6 436 (5.50%) Project Manager
7 346 (4.36%) DevOps Engineer
8 300 (3.78%) Business Analyst
9 279 (3.52%) Network Engineer
10 274 (3.45%) Support Engineer
11 207 (2.61%) Administrator
12 179 (2.26%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 175 (2.21%) Desktop Support
14 146 (1.84%) AWS DevOps
15 131 (1.65%) Designer
16 128 (1.61%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 126 (1.59%) Tester
18 122 (1.54%) AWS Engineer
19 112 (1.41%) Delivery Manager
20 111 (1.40%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 430 (5.42%) Web Services
2 298 (3.76%) REST
3 263 (3.31%) HTML
4 238 (3.00%) CSS
5 216 (2.72%) XML
6 212 (2.67%) Spring
7 199 (2.51%) Node.js
8 197 (2.48%) JSON
9 187 (2.36%) .NET
10 159 (2.00%) RESTful
11 132 (1.66%) J2EE
12 120 (1.51%) Spring Boot
13 115 (1.45%) Kafka
14 103 (1.30%) Hibernate
14 103 (1.30%) JMS
15 102 (1.29%) Elastic Stack
16 96 (1.21%) AngularJS
17 91 (1.15%) Apache Camel
18 88 (1.11%) HTML5
19 85 (1.07%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 509 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
2 288 (3.63%) Management Information System
3 284 (3.58%) Data Centre
4 154 (1.94%) User Experience
5 106 (1.34%) PKI
6 96 (1.21%) Computer Science
7 92 (1.16%) Public Cloud
8 90 (1.13%) Clustering
8 90 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
9 61 (0.77%) Driving Licence
10 56 (0.71%) Data Protection Act
11 54 (0.68%) Greenfield Project
12 53 (0.67%) Replication
13 49 (0.62%) CESG
14 47 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
14 47 (0.59%) NHS
15 44 (0.55%) Smartphone
16 41 (0.52%) Algorithms
16 41 (0.52%) PMI
17 38 (0.48%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,323 (16.68%) Windows
2 1,060 (13.36%) Linux
3 495 (6.24%) Unix
4 416 (5.24%) Windows Server
5 337 (4.25%) Windows 10
6 293 (3.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 250 (3.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 232 (2.92%) Windows 7
9 209 (2.63%) Windows Server 2008
10 194 (2.45%) Solaris
11 144 (1.81%) CentOS
12 137 (1.73%) AIX
13 126 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
14 82 (1.03%) Apple iOS
15 78 (0.98%) Android
16 59 (0.74%) Windows Vista
17 57 (0.72%) VMS
18 56 (0.71%) Windows XP
19 49 (0.62%) HPUX
20 36 (0.45%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,818 (22.91%) Agile Software Development
2 878 (11.07%) DevOps
3 721 (9.09%) Migration
4 704 (8.87%) ITIL
5 684 (8.62%) Project Management
6 469 (5.91%) Test Automation
7 461 (5.81%) Scrum
8 447 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
9 416 (5.24%) PRINCE2
10 405 (5.10%) Continuous Integration
11 353 (4.45%) Business Intelligence
12 327 (4.12%) Open Source
13 325 (4.10%) Service Management
14 318 (4.01%) Configuration Management
15 304 (3.83%) Programme Management
16 303 (3.82%) TDD
17 269 (3.39%) Service Delivery
18 265 (3.34%) Microservices
19 262 (3.30%) Change Management
20 245 (3.09%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1,162 (14.65%) Java
2 739 (9.31%) SQL
3 459 (5.79%) Python
4 383 (4.83%) JavaScript
5 328 (4.13%) PowerShell
6 296 (3.73%) C
7 231 (2.91%) Bash Shell
8 222 (2.80%) Ruby
9 178 (2.24%) C#
10 150 (1.89%) Shell Script
11 132 (1.66%) Perl
12 111 (1.40%) PL/SQL
13 106 (1.34%) Scala
14 102 (1.29%) C++
15 91 (1.15%) Groovy
16 84 (1.06%) PHP
17 56 (0.71%) T-SQL
18 52 (0.66%) ABAP
19 46 (0.58%) JPQL
19 46 (0.58%) R
Qualifications
1 5,604 (70.63%) SC Cleared
2 1,149 (14.48%) DV Cleared
3 363 (4.58%) BPSS Clearance
4 348 (4.39%) Degree
5 263 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
6 223 (2.81%) CTC Cleared
7 143 (1.80%) CCNP
8 137 (1.73%) CISSP
9 115 (1.45%) CCNA
10 114 (1.44%) ISEB
11 96 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
12 83 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
13 75 (0.95%) PMI Certification
14 70 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 68 (0.86%) ISTQB
16 66 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 65 (0.82%) MCSE
18 64 (0.81%) PMP
19 59 (0.74%) CESG Certified Professional
20 54 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (2.42%) QA
2 163 (2.05%) PMO
3 155 (1.95%) Disclosure Scotland
4 132 (1.66%) SLA
5 119 (1.50%) Data Quality
6 94 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 55 (0.69%) GDPR
8 44 (0.55%) ISO 9001
9 37 (0.47%) JSP 440
10 32 (0.40%) RMADS
11 29 (0.37%) PCI DSS
12 25 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 23 (0.29%) COBIT
14 21 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 20 (0.25%) WCAG
16 18 (0.23%) HL7
17 15 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
18 14 (0.18%) Def Stans
19 13 (0.16%) ISO 22301
20 9 (0.11%) P3O
System Software
1 742 (9.35%) Active Directory
2 450 (5.67%) Docker
3 333 (4.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 125 (1.58%) vSphere
5 106 (1.34%) Hyper-V
6 99 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
7 68 (0.86%) HDFS
8 62 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
9 54 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
10 42 (0.53%) XenApp
11 38 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
12 35 (0.44%) XenDesktop
13 34 (0.43%) vCloud
14 30 (0.38%) BitLocker
15 28 (0.35%) Xen
16 24 (0.30%) KVM
16 24 (0.30%) Squid
16 24 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
17 23 (0.29%) NFS
17 23 (0.29%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 429 (5.41%) Puppet
2 370 (4.66%) Ansible
3 264 (3.33%) Kubernetes
4 242 (3.05%) SCCM
5 233 (2.94%) Terraform
6 148 (1.87%) Opscode Chef
7 130 (1.64%) logstash
8 117 (1.47%) SCOM
9 79 (1.00%) Kibana
10 75 (0.95%) ZABBIX
11 74 (0.93%) NetBackup
12 54 (0.68%) Oracle RMAN
13 52 (0.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 49 (0.62%) Data Guard
15 48 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
16 46 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
17 43 (0.54%) Sysdig
18 38 (0.48%) WSUS
19 36 (0.45%) Nagios
20 33 (0.42%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1,022 (12.88%) Microsoft
2 622 (7.84%) Oracle
3 601 (7.57%) VMware
4 555 (7.00%) Cisco
5 343 (4.32%) SAP
6 273 (3.44%) HP
7 250 (3.15%) Red Hat
8 233 (2.94%) Juniper
9 166 (2.09%) Citrix
9 166 (2.09%) IBM
10 134 (1.69%) McAfee
11 124 (1.56%) CheckPoint
12 111 (1.40%) Google
13 94 (1.18%) ServiceNow
14 93 (1.17%) F5
15 89 (1.12%) Remedy
16 84 (1.06%) NetApp
17 74 (0.93%) Cognos
17 74 (0.93%) EMC
18 66 (0.83%) Splunk