Security Cleared Contracts

Security Clearance
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Security Cleared qualifications. It includes a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months leading up to 21 June 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
21 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 3 5 11
Rank change year-on-year +2 +6 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,992 9,047 9,542
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 18.30% 16.29% 10.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 61.19% 60.30% 50.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,257 6,109 6,531
10th Percentile £350 £381 £381
25th Percentile £450 £463 £458
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £550 £550
Median % change year-on-year - - +10.00%
75th Percentile £650 £650 £638
90th Percentile £738 £725 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +10.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 567 506 413
10th Percentile £14.00 £19.06 £19.38
25th Percentile £21.46 £41.25 £28.90
Median hourly rate £55.80 £60.00 £54.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.00% +11.11% +40.70%
75th Percentile £72.50 £70.00 £65.00
90th Percentile £84.42 £80.25 £69.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.33 £57.50 £52.50
% change year-on-year -0.30% +9.52% +53.18%

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

Security Cleared falls under the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications.

Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 13,062 15,003 18,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.91% 27.01% 21.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,100 9,981 12,683
10th Percentile £310 £349 £345
25th Percentile £425 £450 £430
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £638 £650 £630
90th Percentile £738 £740 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +10.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,112 750 778
10th Percentile £13.99 £15.19 £14.25
25th Percentile £18.34 £21.67 £20.00
Median hourly rate £40.00 £55.00 £44.50
Median % change year-on-year -27.27% +23.60% +34.85%
75th Percentile £63.49 £68.75 £59.22
90th Percentile £76.15 £80.00 £67.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.27 £52.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -21.40% +50.00% +25.00%

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

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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

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Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 21 June 2024.

Daily rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

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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

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Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 21 June 2024.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

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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 21 June 2024. 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 +1 7,116 £550 - 1,378
UK excluding London 0 5,150 £550 - 1,187
Work from Home 0 2,150 £550 - 612
London +3 2,109 £538 -2.27% 298
South East 0 1,934 £596 +13.43% 376
South West 0 1,534 £550 -8.33% 331
North of England -3 589 £513 -6.82% 184
Midlands +4 566 £525 -7.49% 163
West Midlands +5 429 £519 -6.49% 139
North West -2 407 £513 -2.38% 120
East of England -1 275 £550 +2.33% 76
Scotland +17 270 £478 +6.11% 48
Yorkshire +2 136 £513 -14.54% 53
East Midlands -1 136 £545 -9.17% 23
Wales -5 52 £600 +14.29% 35
North East -2 49 £500 -11.50% 12
Northern Ireland +23 38 £550 +10.00% 15

Security Cleared
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 262 (3.28%) Confluence
2 254 (3.18%) SharePoint
3 154 (1.93%) Microsoft Exchange
4 68 (0.85%) Apache
5 32 (0.40%) CMS
6 31 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
7 27 (0.34%) Apache Spark
8 25 (0.31%) nginx
9 24 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
10 21 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
11 18 (0.23%) SAS
12 16 (0.20%) IIS
13 15 (0.19%) Skype for Business
14 13 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 12 (0.15%) Apache Airflow
15 12 (0.15%) CICS
15 12 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2003
16 11 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2007
17 7 (0.088%) OpenStack
17 7 (0.088%) Oracle Self-Service HR
Applications
1 263 (3.29%) Microsoft Office
2 160 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 69 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
4 68 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 43 (0.54%) MS Visio
6 40 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.28%) AutoCAD
8 14 (0.18%) Simulink
9 12 (0.15%) Acrobat
10 8 (0.10%) Sketch
10 8 (0.10%) Trello
11 7 (0.088%) Adobe Premiere
11 7 (0.088%) Revit
12 5 (0.063%) Adobe XD
12 5 (0.063%) Photoshop
13 3 (0.038%) Adobe After Effects
13 3 (0.038%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 3 (0.038%) Windchill
14 2 (0.025%) CINEMA 4D
14 2 (0.025%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 49 (0.61%) Teamcenter
2 45 (0.56%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 35 (0.44%) SAP QM
4 34 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
5 32 (0.40%) Primavera
6 26 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
6 26 (0.33%) SAP EWM
7 19 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
8 13 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
9 11 (0.14%) Distributed Ledger
10 7 (0.088%) SAP PS
11 6 (0.075%) Oracle Payables
11 6 (0.075%) SAP ERP
12 5 (0.063%) Magento
12 5 (0.063%) Maximo
12 5 (0.063%) SAP BPC
12 5 (0.063%) SAP MM
12 5 (0.063%) SAP SD
12 5 (0.063%) Siebel CRM
13 4 (0.050%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 955 (11.95%) AWS
2 897 (11.22%) Azure
3 281 (3.52%) Microsoft 365
4 179 (2.24%) Power Platform
5 135 (1.69%) Azure DevOps
6 131 (1.64%) GitHub
7 122 (1.53%) Serverless
8 116 (1.45%) PaaS
9 113 (1.41%) SaaS
10 110 (1.38%) Amazon S3
11 109 (1.36%) Entra ID
12 99 (1.24%) GCP
13 94 (1.18%) AWS Lambda
14 84 (1.05%) OpenShift
15 81 (1.01%) IaaS
16 75 (0.94%) OCI
17 74 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
18 66 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
19 60 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
20 58 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 474 (5.93%) Firewall
2 294 (3.68%) WAN
3 197 (2.46%) LAN
4 192 (2.40%) DNS
5 191 (2.39%) VPN
6 175 (2.19%) BGP
7 173 (2.16%) Network Security
8 129 (1.61%) DHCP
9 114 (1.43%) MPLS
10 106 (1.33%) IPsec
11 97 (1.21%) SSL
12 89 (1.11%) SAN
13 78 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
14 74 (0.93%) Wireless
15 73 (0.91%) TCP/IP
16 68 (0.85%) OSPF
17 67 (0.84%) Cisco Firepower
18 61 (0.76%) Cisco ISE
18 61 (0.76%) VoIP
19 59 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 193 (2.41%) SQL Server
2 187 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
3 109 (1.36%) Power BI
4 94 (1.18%) Relational Database
5 90 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
6 84 (1.05%) Oracle Database
7 81 (1.01%) NoSQL
8 77 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
9 73 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
10 68 (0.85%) MySQL
11 64 (0.80%) Amazon Redshift
11 64 (0.80%) Big Data
11 64 (0.80%) Metadata
12 51 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 48 (0.60%) MongoDB
14 44 (0.55%) Data Lake
15 33 (0.41%) Data Vault
15 33 (0.41%) Flink
16 30 (0.38%) Metadata Repository
16 30 (0.38%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 415 (5.19%) JIRA
2 280 (3.50%) Git
3 273 (3.42%) Jenkins
4 174 (2.18%) GitLab
5 94 (1.18%) Selenium
6 79 (0.99%) Visual Studio
7 64 (0.80%) Cucumber
8 62 (0.78%) Rational DOORS
9 59 (0.74%) Bitbucket
9 59 (0.74%) SonarQube
10 57 (0.71%) PVCS
11 56 (0.70%) JUnit
12 40 (0.50%) REST Assured
13 35 (0.44%) JMeter
14 31 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 30 (0.38%) Maven
16 26 (0.33%) Artifactory
16 26 (0.33%) Robot Framework
17 25 (0.31%) Cypress.io
17 25 (0.31%) MSI
General
1 1,702 (21.30%) Public Sector
2 1,367 (17.10%) Social Skills
3 569 (7.12%) Finance
4 554 (6.93%) Analytical Skills
5 274 (3.43%) Telecoms
6 199 (2.49%) Aerospace
7 196 (2.45%) Manufacturing
8 178 (2.23%) Electronics
9 158 (1.98%) Military
10 151 (1.89%) Presentation Skills
11 136 (1.70%) Marketing
12 120 (1.50%) Organisational Skills
13 90 (1.13%) Legal
14 66 (0.83%) Law
15 63 (0.79%) Police
16 61 (0.76%) Banking
17 57 (0.71%) Influencing Skills
18 33 (0.41%) Inclusion and Diversity
19 26 (0.33%) Local Government
20 25 (0.31%) Retail
Job Titles
1 1,425 (17.83%) Architect
2 681 (8.52%) Developer
3 617 (7.72%) Analyst
4 587 (7.34%) Senior
5 460 (5.76%) Consultant
6 399 (4.99%) Lead
7 344 (4.30%) DevOps Engineer
8 314 (3.93%) Network Engineer
9 298 (3.73%) Solutions Architect
10 272 (3.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 250 (3.13%) Project Manager
12 233 (2.92%) Network Architect
13 210 (2.63%) Support Engineer
14 170 (2.13%) Software Engineer
15 166 (2.08%) Security Architect
16 164 (2.05%) Data Engineer
17 162 (2.03%) Administrator
18 150 (1.88%) Java Developer
19 149 (1.86%) Technical Architect
20 131 (1.64%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 187 (2.34%) REST
2 159 (1.99%) React
3 153 (1.91%) .NET
4 150 (1.88%) Spring Boot
5 148 (1.85%) Spring
6 115 (1.44%) Web Services
7 114 (1.43%) Kafka
8 111 (1.39%) HTML
9 109 (1.36%) Node.js
10 99 (1.24%) CSS
11 65 (0.81%) RESTful
12 62 (0.78%) ARM Templates
12 62 (0.78%) Elastic Stack
13 61 (0.76%) JSON
14 58 (0.73%) XML
15 44 (0.55%) Hibernate
16 43 (0.54%) JPA
17 41 (0.51%) .NET Framework
17 41 (0.51%) YAML
18 40 (0.50%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 333 (4.17%) PKI
2 231 (2.89%) Data Centre
3 200 (2.50%) Management Information System
4 139 (1.74%) Cyber Threat
5 125 (1.56%) Onboarding
6 123 (1.54%) Cyber Defence
7 117 (1.46%) Product Ownership
8 109 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
9 86 (1.08%) Security Operations Centre
10 84 (1.05%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 81 (1.01%) Private Cloud
12 79 (0.99%) Cloud Native
13 62 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
14 61 (0.76%) Public Cloud
15 60 (0.75%) Replication
16 58 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
17 57 (0.71%) Driving Licence
18 55 (0.69%) Virtual Team
19 49 (0.61%) Video Conferencing
20 44 (0.55%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 1,052 (13.16%) Windows
2 789 (9.87%) Linux
3 347 (4.34%) Windows Server
4 209 (2.62%) Windows 10
5 173 (2.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 125 (1.56%) Windows Server 2019
7 120 (1.50%) Unix
8 107 (1.34%) Windows 7
9 95 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
10 92 (1.15%) Android
11 91 (1.14%) Windows Server 2016
12 74 (0.93%) Apple iOS
13 37 (0.46%) zOS
14 34 (0.43%) Solaris
15 30 (0.38%) Mac OS X
16 28 (0.35%) Ubuntu
17 24 (0.30%) VMS
18 23 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
19 22 (0.28%) AIX
20 18 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,287 (16.10%) Agile
2 885 (11.07%) DevOps
3 830 (10.39%) Problem-Solving
4 617 (7.72%) Cybersecurity
5 593 (7.42%) ITIL
6 513 (6.42%) Project Management
7 494 (6.18%) Stakeholder Management
8 491 (6.14%) CI/CD
9 444 (5.56%) Service Management
10 389 (4.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 384 (4.80%) Software Engineering
12 377 (4.72%) Migration
13 326 (4.08%) SIEM
14 302 (3.78%) Analytics
15 291 (3.64%) Change Management
15 291 (3.64%) Configuration Management
16 287 (3.59%) Project Delivery
17 278 (3.48%) Scrum
18 276 (3.45%) Roadmaps
19 270 (3.38%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 648 (8.11%) Python
2 519 (6.49%) Java
3 452 (5.66%) PowerShell
4 448 (5.61%) SQL
5 264 (3.30%) JavaScript
6 202 (2.53%) C#
7 181 (2.26%) C
8 131 (1.64%) Bash
9 113 (1.41%) PL/SQL
10 107 (1.34%) C++
11 96 (1.20%) TypeScript
12 66 (0.83%) Shell Script
13 61 (0.76%) Go
14 42 (0.53%) VBScript
15 34 (0.43%) T-SQL
16 32 (0.40%) PHP
17 31 (0.39%) Bicep
18 27 (0.34%) Perl
19 25 (0.31%) MATLAB
19 25 (0.31%) Natural
Qualifications
1 5,123 (64.10%) SC Cleared
2 2,472 (30.93%) DV Cleared
3 529 (6.62%) Degree
4 243 (3.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 143 (1.79%) Cisco Certification
6 126 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
7 94 (1.18%) CCNP
8 91 (1.14%) CCNA
8 91 (1.14%) CISSP
9 89 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
10 64 (0.80%) CISM
11 58 (0.73%) PMP
12 52 (0.65%) Azure Certification
13 51 (0.64%) PMI Certification
14 43 (0.54%) Master's Degree
14 43 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 42 (0.53%) APMP
15 42 (0.53%) ISTQB
16 38 (0.48%) AWS Certification
17 35 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (2.58%) SLA
2 181 (2.26%) QA
3 176 (2.20%) NIST
4 109 (1.36%) PMO
5 92 (1.15%) Data Quality
6 91 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 79 (0.99%) NCSC
8 68 (0.85%) NIST 800
9 56 (0.70%) Accessibility
10 55 (0.69%) GDPR
11 34 (0.43%) JSP 440
12 33 (0.41%) Government Security Classifications
13 29 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
14 25 (0.31%) RMADS
15 20 (0.25%) HIPAA
16 19 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 17 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
18 16 (0.20%) GRC
19 13 (0.16%) WCAG
20 11 (0.14%) COBIT
System Software
1 541 (6.77%) Active Directory
2 354 (4.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 347 (4.34%) Docker
4 146 (1.83%) VMware NSX
5 117 (1.46%) vSphere
6 103 (1.29%) Hyper-V
7 99 (1.24%) VMware ESXi
8 95 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
9 67 (0.84%) Firmware
10 34 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 12 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (0.13%) KVM
13 9 (0.11%) BitLocker
13 9 (0.11%) VMFS
14 5 (0.063%) iptables
14 5 (0.063%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.063%) XenApp
14 5 (0.063%) XenDesktop
15 4 (0.050%) Slurm Workload Manager
16 2 (0.025%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 483 (6.04%) Terraform
2 474 (5.93%) Kubernetes
3 408 (5.11%) Ansible
4 198 (2.48%) SCCM
5 106 (1.33%) Grafana
6 101 (1.26%) WSUS
7 77 (0.96%) vCenter Server
8 75 (0.94%) Prometheus
8 75 (0.94%) SCOM
9 70 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
10 58 (0.73%) Puppet
11 53 (0.66%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 50 (0.63%) Kibana
13 48 (0.60%) Progress Chef
14 37 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
15 34 (0.43%) FortiGate
16 33 (0.41%) VxRail
17 32 (0.40%) logstash
18 30 (0.38%) Packer
19 28 (0.35%) Endace
Vendors
1 1,161 (14.53%) Microsoft
2 579 (7.24%) VMware
3 410 (5.13%) Cisco
4 323 (4.04%) Oracle
5 321 (4.02%) SAP
6 285 (3.57%) Juniper
7 180 (2.25%) Red Hat
8 143 (1.79%) ServiceNow
9 142 (1.78%) Atlassian
10 140 (1.75%) Dell
11 117 (1.46%) IBM
12 112 (1.40%) Palo Alto
13 105 (1.31%) HP
14 82 (1.03%) F5
15 73 (0.91%) Google
16 68 (0.85%) Citrix
16 68 (0.85%) Splunk
17 65 (0.81%) Fortinet
18 54 (0.68%) SolarWinds
19 51 (0.64%) Sparx