Period
to 26 July 2021

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 26 July 2021 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 5 14
Rank change year-on-year -8 +9 +1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,062 5,343 8,044
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.94% 14.24% 8.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 51.72% 58.79% 45.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,662 3,596 5,113
10th Percentile £340 £319 £300
25th Percentile £413 £410 £398
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +7.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 200 373
10th Percentile £12.30 £17.11 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.32 £17.50
Median hourly rate £31.85 £40.00 £42.00
Median % change year-on-year -20.38% -4.76% +124.60%
75th Percentile £55.00 £51.28 £49.90
90th Percentile £65.00 £60.00 £62.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.35 £36.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -15.69% -14.29% +86.67%

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 13,655 9,089 17,625
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.23% 24.23% 19.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,821 5,964 11,050
10th Percentile £311 £288 £263
25th Percentile £401 £397 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +0.54% +2.78% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 339 771
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.75 £12.86
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.26 £17.50
Median hourly rate £29.00 £31.39 £35.07
Median % change year-on-year -7.61% -10.48% +59.39%
75th Percentile £51.41 £48.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £64.42 £59.80 £55.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year +0.92% -24.31% +60.00%

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

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 26 July 2021.

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 26 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
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 26 July 2021. 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 -8 5,854 £500 - 1,176
UK excluding London -1 3,717 £480 +1.05% 941
London -14 2,036 £525 - 299
Work from Home -7 1,861 £500 - 160
South East 0 1,195 £500 +4.17% 250
South West 0 871 £500 +3.84% 235
North of England -3 576 £450 -5.26% 174
North West -3 394 £450 -5.26% 121
Midlands -6 389 £450 -2.70% 95
West Midlands -7 314 £470 -0.53% 75
Scotland -12 258 £470 +12.57% 48
East of England 0 248 £450 -10.00% 100
Wales 0 211 £475 -5.00% 38
Yorkshire -12 113 £450 -16.67% 29
East Midlands -3 70 £350 -17.16% 20
North East -2 68 £550 +25.00% 24
Northern Ireland 0 9 £496 +44.29% 3

For the 6 months to 26 July 2021, 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 5,412 (76.64%) SC Cleared
2 1,755 (24.85%) Agile Software Development
3 1,299 (18.39%) Social Skills
4 1,071 (15.17%) Public Sector
5 1,042 (14.76%) AWS
6 1,024 (14.50%) Azure
7 1,013 (14.34%) DevOps
8 971 (13.75%) DV Cleared
9 968 (13.71%) Windows
10 848 (12.01%) Java
11 833 (11.80%) Microsoft
12 738 (10.45%) Linux
13 684 (9.69%) SQL
14 678 (9.60%) Migration
15 614 (8.69%) Python
16 561 (7.94%) Oracle
17 560 (7.93%) Finance
17 560 (7.93%) VMware
18 559 (7.92%) Docker
19 556 (7.87%) Scrum
20 542 (7.67%) Project Management
21 525 (7.43%) ITIL
22 523 (7.41%) Active Directory
23 489 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
24 483 (6.84%) Kubernetes
25 474 (6.71%) Software Engineering
26 469 (6.64%) Stakeholder Management
27 468 (6.63%) PowerShell
28 463 (6.56%) Terraform
29 462 (6.54%) 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
1 288 (4.08%) SharePoint
2 276 (3.91%) Confluence
3 105 (1.49%) Apache
4 76 (1.08%) MS Exchange
5 69 (0.98%) Apache Spark
5 69 (0.98%) WebLogic
6 67 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
7 65 (0.92%) IIS
8 52 (0.74%) SAS
9 50 (0.71%) Skype for Business
10 39 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
11 36 (0.51%) Tomcat
12 29 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
12 29 (0.41%) nginx
13 24 (0.34%) CMS
14 21 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
15 19 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
16 17 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
16 17 (0.24%) WebSphere
17 16 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 218 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
2 175 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 88 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 84 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
5 65 (0.92%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.44%) Simulink
7 19 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 15 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.18%) Adobe Captivate
10 9 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 9 (0.13%) Siemens NX
11 7 (0.099%) Stata
12 5 (0.071%) Adobe After Effects
12 5 (0.071%) Adobe Premiere
12 5 (0.071%) InfoPath
12 5 (0.071%) Stateflow
12 5 (0.071%) Windchill
13 4 (0.057%) Final Cut Pro
13 4 (0.057%) GIMP
14 3 (0.042%) Maple
Business Applications
1 60 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
2 40 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 25 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 22 (0.31%) Teamcenter
5 21 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
6 20 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 17 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
8 14 (0.20%) Oracle Manufacturing
8 14 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
8 14 (0.20%) Primavera
9 12 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
10 11 (0.16%) assyst
11 9 (0.13%) iTrent
11 9 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
11 9 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 9 (0.13%) Oracle SCM
12 8 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
13 7 (0.099%) HFM
13 7 (0.099%) Remedy AR System
13 7 (0.099%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 1,042 (14.76%) AWS
2 1,024 (14.50%) Azure
3 283 (4.01%) Microsoft 365
4 178 (2.52%) Power Platform
5 158 (2.24%) PaaS
6 140 (1.98%) Serverless
7 133 (1.88%) GitHub
8 131 (1.85%) GCP
9 114 (1.61%) IaaS
9 114 (1.61%) SaaS
10 87 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
11 84 (1.19%) AWS Lambda
12 80 (1.13%) OpenShift
13 73 (1.03%) Amazon S3
14 68 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
15 60 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
16 58 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
17 54 (0.76%) PowerApps
18 40 (0.57%) Azure Data Factory
19 37 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 276 (3.91%) Firewall
2 220 (3.12%) DNS
3 181 (2.56%) WAN
4 162 (2.29%) LAN
5 150 (2.12%) TCP/IP
6 131 (1.85%) SAN
7 115 (1.63%) DHCP
8 105 (1.49%) Network Security
9 100 (1.42%) VPN
10 88 (1.25%) Skype
11 69 (0.98%) BGP
12 64 (0.91%) OSPF
12 64 (0.91%) SNMP
13 60 (0.85%) Internet
14 55 (0.78%) NetScaler
14 55 (0.78%) VSAN
15 52 (0.74%) HTTP
16 51 (0.72%) MPLS
16 51 (0.72%) VLAN
17 47 (0.67%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 248 (3.51%) SQL Server
2 189 (2.68%) Big Data
3 181 (2.56%) Hadoop
4 179 (2.53%) PostgreSQL
5 159 (2.25%) Oracle Database
6 151 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
7 139 (1.97%) Power BI
8 134 (1.90%) Relational Database
9 89 (1.26%) NoSQL
10 79 (1.12%) Metadata
11 73 (1.03%) MongoDB
12 71 (1.01%) MySQL
13 66 (0.93%) Apache Hive
14 65 (0.92%) Data Lake
15 63 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 56 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
17 55 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
18 54 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 54 (0.76%) Tableau
19 44 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 462 (6.54%) JIRA
2 435 (6.16%) Jenkins
3 340 (4.81%) Git (software)
4 157 (2.22%) Selenium
5 135 (1.91%) GitLab
6 117 (1.66%) Maven
7 114 (1.61%) Cucumber
8 108 (1.53%) Bitbucket
9 69 (0.98%) JUnit
10 68 (0.96%) JMeter
11 62 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
12 59 (0.84%) Artifactory
13 57 (0.81%) Visual Studio
14 43 (0.61%) Mockito
15 41 (0.58%) Postman
15 41 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
16 39 (0.55%) Rational Rhapsody
17 38 (0.54%) SoapUI
18 37 (0.52%) SonarQube
19 34 (0.48%) TestNG
General
1 1,299 (18.39%) Social Skills
2 1,071 (15.17%) Public Sector
3 560 (7.93%) Finance
4 397 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
5 212 (3.00%) Telecoms
6 174 (2.46%) Presentation Skills
7 154 (2.18%) Manufacturing
8 112 (1.59%) Marketing
9 105 (1.49%) Electronics
9 105 (1.49%) Influencing Skills
10 97 (1.37%) Military
11 88 (1.25%) Law
12 86 (1.22%) Organisational Skills
13 75 (1.06%) Banking
14 65 (0.92%) Documentation Skills
15 63 (0.89%) Aerospace
16 50 (0.71%) Legal
17 39 (0.55%) Billing
18 37 (0.52%) Retail
19 29 (0.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 952 (13.48%) Architect
2 801 (11.34%) Developer
3 541 (7.66%) Analyst
4 428 (6.06%) Consultant
5 351 (4.97%) DevOps Engineer
6 334 (4.73%) Project Manager
7 264 (3.74%) Software Engineer
8 229 (3.24%) Business Analyst
9 225 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
10 206 (2.92%) Network Engineer
11 186 (2.63%) Java Developer
12 171 (2.42%) Data Engineer
13 159 (2.25%) Technical Architect
14 140 (1.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 127 (1.80%) AWS Engineer
16 124 (1.76%) Azure Engineer
17 123 (1.74%) SC Cleared Project Manager
18 114 (1.61%) Tester
19 111 (1.57%) Data Architect
20 110 (1.56%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 249 (3.53%) .NET
2 194 (2.75%) HTML
3 189 (2.68%) Spring
4 176 (2.49%) Web Services
5 168 (2.38%) CSS
6 161 (2.28%) REST
7 160 (2.27%) JSON
7 160 (2.27%) XML
8 159 (2.25%) Node.js
9 146 (2.07%) React
10 143 (2.02%) Kafka
11 135 (1.91%) RESTful
12 118 (1.67%) Spring Boot
13 109 (1.54%) AngularJS
14 85 (1.20%) Oracle Fusion
15 78 (1.10%) SOAP
16 69 (0.98%) Elastic Stack
16 69 (0.98%) LDAP
17 67 (0.95%) Middleware
18 56 (0.79%) Apache NiFi
Miscellaneous
1 307 (4.35%) Data Centre
2 185 (2.62%) Management Information System
3 153 (2.17%) User Experience
4 142 (2.01%) Self-Motivation
5 105 (1.49%) PKI
6 97 (1.37%) Public Cloud
7 77 (1.09%) Cloud Native
8 72 (1.02%) Clustering
9 69 (0.98%) Data Structures
10 67 (0.95%) CMDB
11 64 (0.91%) Replication
12 63 (0.89%) Virtual Team
13 54 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
14 49 (0.69%) Cybercrime
15 48 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
16 45 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
17 44 (0.62%) Private Cloud
18 43 (0.61%) NHS
19 41 (0.58%) Algorithms
20 39 (0.55%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 968 (13.71%) Windows
2 738 (10.45%) Linux
3 364 (5.15%) Windows Server
4 175 (2.48%) Unix
5 151 (2.14%) Windows 10
6 125 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 116 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 75 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
9 69 (0.98%) Windows Server 2019
10 65 (0.92%) Windows Server 2016
11 49 (0.69%) AIX
11 49 (0.69%) Windows 7
12 44 (0.62%) CentOS
13 40 (0.57%) Solaris
14 39 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
15 27 (0.38%) Apple iOS
16 21 (0.30%) Ubuntu
17 19 (0.27%) Windows XP
18 17 (0.24%) Data ONTAP
18 17 (0.24%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,755 (24.85%) Agile Software Development
2 1,013 (14.34%) DevOps
3 678 (9.60%) Migration
4 556 (7.87%) Scrum
5 542 (7.67%) Project Management
6 525 (7.43%) ITIL
7 489 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
8 474 (6.71%) Software Engineering
9 469 (6.64%) Stakeholder Management
10 389 (5.51%) Cybersecurity
11 367 (5.20%) Configuration Management
12 365 (5.17%) Microservices
13 350 (4.96%) Business Intelligence
14 345 (4.89%) Test Automation
15 334 (4.73%) Project Delivery
16 307 (4.35%) Decision-Making
17 272 (3.85%) Analytics
18 255 (3.61%) Service Management
19 248 (3.51%) Mentoring
20 245 (3.47%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 848 (12.01%) Java
2 684 (9.69%) SQL
3 614 (8.69%) Python
4 468 (6.63%) PowerShell
5 390 (5.52%) JavaScript
6 265 (3.75%) C#
7 219 (3.10%) C
8 176 (2.49%) Bash Shell
9 161 (2.28%) C++
10 120 (1.70%) Java 8
11 112 (1.59%) R
12 109 (1.54%) PL/SQL
13 95 (1.35%) TypeScript
14 77 (1.09%) Scala
14 77 (1.09%) Shell Script
15 71 (1.01%) Perl
16 57 (0.81%) Groovy
17 43 (0.61%) Ruby
18 38 (0.54%) VB
19 37 (0.52%) Ada
Qualifications
1 5,412 (76.64%) SC Cleared
2 971 (13.75%) DV Cleared
3 333 (4.72%) Degree
4 298 (4.22%) BPSS Clearance
5 167 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
6 129 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
7 113 (1.60%) CISSP
8 111 (1.57%) CCNP
9 94 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
10 91 (1.29%) MCSE
11 82 (1.16%) CCNA
12 74 (1.05%) ISTQB
13 66 (0.93%) CESG Certified Professional
14 59 (0.84%) ISEB
15 56 (0.79%) CISM
16 52 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
17 42 (0.59%) PMP
18 35 (0.50%) CTC Cleared
19 34 (0.48%) AWS Certification
20 33 (0.47%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 189 (2.68%) QA
2 107 (1.52%) SLA
3 106 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 102 (1.44%) PMO
5 95 (1.35%) Accessibility
6 64 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 57 (0.81%) NCSC
8 47 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
9 44 (0.62%) GDPR
9 44 (0.62%) JSP 440
10 34 (0.48%) WCAG
11 33 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 31 (0.44%) RMADS
13 27 (0.38%) NIST
14 20 (0.28%) GPG13
15 17 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
16 12 (0.17%) COBIT
17 9 (0.13%) PCI DSS
18 8 (0.11%) GRC
18 8 (0.11%) NIST 800
System Software
1 559 (7.92%) Docker
2 523 (7.41%) Active Directory
3 411 (5.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 137 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
5 119 (1.69%) vSphere
6 115 (1.63%) Hyper-V
7 79 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
8 77 (1.09%) VMware NSX
9 47 (0.67%) HDFS
10 41 (0.58%) XenApp
11 40 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
12 28 (0.40%) Firmware
13 26 (0.37%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 25 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
15 20 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
16 14 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 10 (0.14%) DFS Replication
18 9 (0.13%) NFS
19 8 (0.11%) Xen
20 7 (0.099%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 483 (6.84%) Kubernetes
2 463 (6.56%) Terraform
3 399 (5.65%) Ansible
4 156 (2.21%) SCCM
5 97 (1.37%) Grafana
6 92 (1.30%) Puppet
7 82 (1.16%) Prometheus
8 79 (1.12%) vRealize
9 62 (0.88%) vCenter Server
10 56 (0.79%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 55 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
12 51 (0.72%) Kibana
13 44 (0.62%) Packer
14 41 (0.58%) Rancher
15 39 (0.55%) SCOM
16 37 (0.52%) WSUS
17 35 (0.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
18 32 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
19 30 (0.42%) vRealize Orchestrator
20 29 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 833 (11.80%) Microsoft
2 561 (7.94%) Oracle
3 560 (7.93%) VMware
4 317 (4.49%) Cisco
5 245 (3.47%) SAP
6 145 (2.05%) Citrix
7 131 (1.85%) Red Hat
8 128 (1.81%) HP
9 110 (1.56%) Dell
9 110 (1.56%) ServiceNow
10 101 (1.43%) Google
11 95 (1.35%) Informatica
12 90 (1.27%) Splunk
13 86 (1.22%) Cloudera
13 86 (1.22%) IBM
14 74 (1.05%) CheckPoint
15 71 (1.01%) Atlassian
15 71 (1.01%) EMC
15 71 (1.01%) Juniper
16 65 (0.92%) Remedy