Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 15 14 11
Rank change year-on-year -1 -3 +8
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 8,432 7,834 10,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.25% 8.12% 9.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 44.14% 41.80% 44.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,897 4,556 6,279
UK median daily rate £450 £437 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +5.82% +3.13%
10th Percentile £238 £263 £258
90th Percentile £625 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £409 £400
% change year-on-year +3.49% +2.19% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 534 380
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.86% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £13.22 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% - +13.27%

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 19,104 18,740 23,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.69% 19.43% 21.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,315 11,359 14,388
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £249 £250 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 926 949 813
UK median hourly rate £22.66 £29.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.83% +8.18% +22.22%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.19 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £31.25 £28.00
% change year-on-year -26.40% +11.61% +16.67%

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 19 August 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 19 August 2018.

Contractor 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 19 August 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 -2 7,651 £450 +2.86% 924
UK excluding London 0 5,317 £423 +3.49% 739
London +3 2,974 £513 +2.50% 248
South East -3 1,785 £425 +3.16% 233
North of England -5 949 £413 +3.77% 82
South West 0 934 £440 +5.39% 207
Midlands -1 624 £425 +3.66% 82
North West -1 496 £450 +5.88% 54
West Midlands +9 420 £450 +5.88% 59
Scotland +9 382 £300 -25.00% 30
East of England +24 380 £400 +3.23% 72
Wales 0 261 £425 +2.41% 28
Yorkshire +13 230 £470 +7.74% 12
North East -1 230 £325 -1.52% 16
East Midlands -8 199 £410 +1.86% 22
Northern Ireland +35 17 £325 -16.67% 5
Channel Islands - 2 £135 -

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, 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 6,436 (76.33%) SC Cleared
2 2,119 (25.13%) Agile Software Development
3 1,548 (18.36%) Windows
4 1,204 (14.28%) Microsoft
5 1,201 (14.24%) Java
6 1,154 (13.69%) Linux
7 982 (11.65%) DV Cleared
8 963 (11.42%) DevOps
9 921 (10.92%) SQL
10 884 (10.48%) ITIL
11 865 (10.26%) Amazon AWS
12 833 (9.88%) Migration
13 816 (9.68%) Active Directory
14 781 (9.26%) VMware
15 740 (8.78%) Cisco
16 697 (8.27%) Oracle
17 663 (7.86%) Firewall
17 663 (7.86%) Finance
18 661 (7.84%) Test Automation
19 655 (7.77%) Scrum
20 632 (7.50%) Windows Server
21 624 (7.40%) Microsoft Azure
22 605 (7.18%) Git (software)
23 594 (7.04%) Project Management
24 553 (6.56%) JavaScript
25 541 (6.42%) Jenkins
26 532 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
27 531 (6.30%) Problem-Solving
28 520 (6.17%) VMware Infrastructure
29 512 (6.07%) PowerShell

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
1 361 (4.28%) SharePoint
2 244 (2.89%) Confluence
3 194 (2.30%) MS Exchange
4 174 (2.06%) Skype for Business
5 139 (1.65%) IIS
6 132 (1.57%) Tomcat
7 112 (1.33%) Apache
8 111 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
9 105 (1.25%) JBoss
10 95 (1.13%) WebLogic
11 90 (1.07%) WebSphere
12 87 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
13 82 (0.97%) Apache Spark
14 71 (0.84%) nginx
15 68 (0.81%) OpenStack
16 64 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2010
17 57 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
18 51 (0.60%) WildFly
19 45 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
20 42 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 351 (4.16%) Microsoft Office
2 173 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 136 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
4 54 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (0.52%) MS Visio
6 30 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 28 (0.33%) InfoPath
8 20 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
9 14 (0.17%) Windchill
10 13 (0.15%) GIMP
10 13 (0.15%) Simulink
11 8 (0.095%) Stata
12 5 (0.059%) InVision
13 4 (0.047%) AutoCAD
13 4 (0.047%) Doxygen
14 2 (0.024%) Autodesk Inventor
14 2 (0.024%) HipChat
14 2 (0.024%) MicroStation
15 1 (0.012%) UserZoom
15 1 (0.012%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 46 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 26 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 19 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
4 19 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
5 17 (0.20%) Primavera
6 14 (0.17%) SAP HR
7 12 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
7 12 (0.14%) SAP FI
8 11 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
8 11 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
9 10 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
9 10 (0.12%) SAP PM
10 9 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
10 9 (0.11%) SAP CO
10 9 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
11 8 (0.095%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
11 8 (0.095%) Oracle SCM
12 6 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
12 6 (0.071%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 865 (10.26%) Amazon AWS
2 624 (7.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 417 (4.95%) Office 365
4 112 (1.33%) PaaS
5 101 (1.20%) Amazon S3
6 96 (1.14%) SaaS
7 95 (1.13%) AWS CloudFormation
8 93 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
9 91 (1.08%) GitHub
10 78 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
10 78 (0.93%) IaaS
11 64 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
12 63 (0.75%) Serverless
13 49 (0.58%) npm
14 45 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 44 (0.52%) Route 53
16 42 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
17 40 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
17 40 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
18 27 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 663 (7.86%) Firewall
2 434 (5.15%) DNS
3 299 (3.55%) WAN
4 286 (3.39%) LAN
5 275 (3.26%) DHCP
6 236 (2.80%) TCP/IP
7 204 (2.42%) VPN
8 184 (2.18%) Network Security
9 171 (2.03%) Internet
10 168 (1.99%) SAN
11 161 (1.91%) Cisco ASA
12 146 (1.73%) Skype
13 120 (1.42%) Wireless
14 110 (1.30%) Cisco ISE
15 109 (1.29%) HTTP
16 107 (1.27%) SSL
17 103 (1.22%) BGP
18 102 (1.21%) Cisco Nexus
19 97 (1.15%) VoIP
20 91 (1.08%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 484 (5.74%) SQL Server
2 323 (3.83%) PostgreSQL
3 278 (3.30%) Big Data
4 227 (2.69%) Relational Database
5 220 (2.61%) Hadoop
6 201 (2.38%) MySQL
7 148 (1.76%) Oracle Database
8 135 (1.60%) MongoDB
9 134 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
10 105 (1.25%) RDBMS
11 80 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
12 73 (0.87%) HBase
12 73 (0.87%) NoSQL
13 63 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
13 63 (0.75%) Power BI
14 62 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
14 62 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
15 55 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 49 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
16 49 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 605 (7.18%) Git (software)
2 541 (6.42%) Jenkins
3 434 (5.15%) JIRA
4 261 (3.10%) Selenium
5 236 (2.80%) Maven
6 189 (2.24%) Cucumber
7 176 (2.09%) JUnit
8 141 (1.67%) Artifactory
9 120 (1.42%) Visual Studio
10 117 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 112 (1.33%) SonarQube
12 109 (1.29%) GitLab
13 107 (1.27%) Mockito
14 90 (1.07%) Vagrant
15 79 (0.94%) HP UFT
16 77 (0.91%) Eclipse
17 74 (0.88%) Subversion
18 68 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 64 (0.76%) MSI
20 62 (0.74%) SoapUI
General
1 663 (7.86%) Finance
2 223 (2.64%) Telecoms
3 202 (2.40%) Manufacturing
4 153 (1.81%) Military
5 123 (1.46%) Electronics
6 114 (1.35%) Marketing
7 107 (1.27%) Law
8 90 (1.07%) Retail
9 76 (0.90%) Legal
10 48 (0.57%) Aerospace
11 29 (0.34%) Publishing
12 28 (0.33%) Banking
13 17 (0.20%) Games
14 13 (0.15%) Billing
15 12 (0.14%) Automotive
15 12 (0.14%) Local Government
16 8 (0.095%) Back Office
17 5 (0.059%) Multimedia
18 4 (0.047%) General Ledger
18 4 (0.047%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 1,253 (14.86%) Developer
2 866 (10.27%) Architect
3 801 (9.50%) Analyst
4 450 (5.34%) Java Developer
5 449 (5.32%) Project Manager
6 436 (5.17%) Consultant
7 399 (4.73%) DevOps Engineer
8 349 (4.14%) Network Engineer
9 300 (3.56%) Support Engineer
10 244 (2.89%) Desktop Support
11 211 (2.50%) Software Engineer
12 202 (2.40%) Test Analyst
13 196 (2.32%) Solutions Architect
14 186 (2.21%) Business Analyst
15 157 (1.86%) Deployment Engineer
16 154 (1.83%) SC Cleared Project Manager
17 145 (1.72%) Tester
18 144 (1.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 140 (1.66%) Administrator
20 138 (1.64%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 377 (4.47%) Web Services
2 333 (3.95%) HTML
3 326 (3.87%) .NET
4 317 (3.76%) CSS
5 312 (3.70%) XML
6 263 (3.12%) Spring
7 251 (2.98%) REST
8 241 (2.86%) Node.js
9 206 (2.44%) RESTful
10 205 (2.43%) AngularJS
11 177 (2.10%) JSON
12 156 (1.85%) Hibernate
13 155 (1.84%) J2EE
14 145 (1.72%) RabbitMQ
15 135 (1.60%) jQuery
15 135 (1.60%) Kafka
16 133 (1.58%) HTML5
17 128 (1.52%) SOAP
18 126 (1.49%) Spring Boot
19 120 (1.42%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 532 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
2 367 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 290 (3.44%) Management Information System
4 211 (2.50%) PKI
5 194 (2.30%) User Experience
6 151 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
7 140 (1.66%) Computer Science
8 126 (1.49%) Linux Command Line
9 102 (1.21%) Public Cloud
10 97 (1.15%) Private Cloud
11 95 (1.13%) Clustering
12 57 (0.68%) NHS
13 54 (0.64%) Fat Client
13 54 (0.64%) Thin Client
14 52 (0.62%) Virtual Team
15 51 (0.60%) Driving Licence
16 49 (0.58%) PDA
17 48 (0.57%) CMDB
18 45 (0.53%) Client/Server
18 45 (0.53%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1,548 (18.36%) Windows
2 1,154 (13.69%) Linux
3 632 (7.50%) Windows Server
4 421 (4.99%) Unix
5 324 (3.84%) Windows 10
6 302 (3.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 286 (3.39%) Windows 7
8 261 (3.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 257 (3.05%) Windows Server 2012
10 201 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
11 154 (1.83%) CentOS
12 117 (1.39%) AIX
13 86 (1.02%) Solaris
14 78 (0.93%) Ubuntu
15 75 (0.89%) Apple iOS
16 74 (0.88%) Android
17 52 (0.62%) VMS
18 46 (0.55%) CoreOS
19 45 (0.53%) Windows 8
20 41 (0.49%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,119 (25.13%) Agile Software Development
2 963 (11.42%) DevOps
3 884 (10.48%) ITIL
4 833 (9.88%) Migration
5 661 (7.84%) Test Automation
6 655 (7.77%) Scrum
7 594 (7.04%) Project Management
8 531 (6.30%) Problem-Solving
9 495 (5.87%) Configuration Management
10 475 (5.63%) Continuous Integration
11 408 (4.84%) Service Management
12 403 (4.78%) Stakeholder Management
13 396 (4.70%) TDD
14 374 (4.44%) Open Source
15 371 (4.40%) Software Engineering
16 369 (4.38%) Change Management
17 350 (4.15%) Microservices
17 350 (4.15%) PRINCE2
18 342 (4.06%) Cybersecurity
19 292 (3.46%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 1,201 (14.24%) Java
2 921 (10.92%) SQL
3 553 (6.56%) JavaScript
4 512 (6.07%) PowerShell
5 483 (5.73%) Python
6 369 (4.38%) C#
7 358 (4.25%) C
8 222 (2.63%) Java 8
9 218 (2.59%) Bash Shell
10 200 (2.37%) C++
11 170 (2.02%) Ruby
12 132 (1.57%) Perl
13 125 (1.48%) PL/SQL
14 120 (1.42%) Shell Script
15 103 (1.22%) Groovy
16 77 (0.91%) PHP
17 72 (0.85%) T-SQL
18 57 (0.68%) VBScript
19 51 (0.60%) VB
20 49 (0.58%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6,436 (76.33%) SC Cleared
2 982 (11.65%) DV Cleared
3 352 (4.17%) Degree
4 346 (4.10%) Cisco Certification
5 285 (3.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 201 (2.38%) CCNP
7 199 (2.36%) Microsoft Certification
8 188 (2.23%) CCNA
9 171 (2.03%) ISTQB
10 146 (1.73%) ISEB
11 141 (1.67%) CTC Cleared
12 120 (1.42%) MCSE
13 104 (1.23%) CISSP
14 93 (1.10%) BC Cleared
14 93 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
15 91 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 77 (0.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 70 (0.83%) PMI Certification
18 67 (0.79%) CESG Certified Professional
19 60 (0.71%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (1.90%) QA
2 158 (1.87%) SLA
3 156 (1.85%) PMO
4 91 (1.08%) Data Quality
5 82 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
6 74 (0.88%) GDPR
6 74 (0.88%) JSP 440
7 61 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 55 (0.65%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 23 (0.27%) RMADS
10 15 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 14 (0.17%) Def Stans
12 13 (0.15%) HMG Infosec
13 11 (0.13%) ISO 9001
14 10 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
15 9 (0.11%) COBIT
15 9 (0.11%) GCP
16 8 (0.095%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 7 (0.083%) PCI DSS
18 6 (0.071%) WCAG
System Software
1 816 (9.68%) Active Directory
2 520 (6.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 501 (5.94%) Docker
4 190 (2.25%) Hyper-V
5 173 (2.05%) vSphere
6 157 (1.86%) VMware ESXi
7 112 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
8 103 (1.22%) XenApp
9 99 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
10 66 (0.78%) XenDesktop
11 58 (0.69%) VMware NSX
12 57 (0.68%) Virtual Desktop
13 46 (0.55%) XenServer
14 27 (0.32%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 25 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
16 22 (0.26%) HDFS
16 22 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
17 21 (0.25%) flannel
17 21 (0.25%) vCloud
18 20 (0.24%) etcd
Systems Management
1 416 (4.93%) Puppet
2 364 (4.32%) Ansible
3 343 (4.07%) SCCM
4 315 (3.74%) Kubernetes
5 305 (3.62%) Terraform
6 198 (2.35%) Opscode Chef
7 123 (1.46%) HP ALM
8 112 (1.33%) SCOM
9 92 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
10 89 (1.06%) vCenter Server
11 71 (0.84%) Single Sign-On
12 65 (0.77%) WSUS
13 63 (0.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 55 (0.65%) AirWatch
15 54 (0.64%) Packer
16 53 (0.63%) FortiGate
17 46 (0.55%) Microsoft Intune
18 45 (0.53%) Kibana
19 44 (0.52%) HAProxy
20 43 (0.51%) logstash
Vendors
1 1,204 (14.28%) Microsoft
2 781 (9.26%) VMware
3 740 (8.78%) Cisco
4 697 (8.27%) Oracle
5 361 (4.28%) HP
6 310 (3.68%) SAP
7 309 (3.66%) Citrix
8 235 (2.79%) Juniper
9 228 (2.70%) McAfee
10 212 (2.51%) Red Hat
11 151 (1.79%) IBM
12 147 (1.74%) Splunk
13 137 (1.62%) NetApp
14 118 (1.40%) Ivanti
15 101 (1.20%) CheckPoint
16 100 (1.19%) EMC
17 91 (1.08%) F5
17 91 (1.08%) ServiceNow
18 90 (1.07%) Google
19 83 (0.98%) Palo Alto