Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 13 17 15
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 -3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,991 8,370 7,723
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.95% 8.12% 7.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.99% 43.76% 41.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,855 4,854 4,480
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +6.10%
10th Percentile £300 £249 £258
90th Percentile £631 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.46% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 456 479 502
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £23.65 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +77.59% -32.43% +7.44%
10th Percentile £14.38 £13.00 £13.51
90th Percentile £64.38 £48.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £30.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% +10.77%

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 17,376 19,129 18,645
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.46% 18.56% 19.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,589 11,297 11,301
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.79%
10th Percentile £263 £244 £240
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 837 977 915
UK median hourly rate £36.98 £24.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.06% -17.24% +5.45%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.90 £12.03
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £51.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £31.93
% change year-on-year +50.00% -21.69% +15.63%

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 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +6 7,344 £475 +5.56% 1,055
UK excluding London +1 5,507 £450 +5.88% 938
London +2 2,303 £525 +2.94% 190
South East +1 1,679 £440 +3.53% 298
South West +2 1,672 £475 +5.56% 285
North of England +3 749 £450 +5.88% 84
Midlands +9 596 £456 +6.10% 96
North West +2 498 £450 - 47
West Midlands +8 437 £463 +5.11% 85
East of England +3 332 £450 +12.50% 102
Scotland -1 244 £456 +40.74% 36
Wales -1 238 £480 +12.94% 35
East Midlands +7 154 £425 +3.66% 11
Yorkshire -1 148 £425 -10.53% 22
North East -7 101 £400 +11.11% 15
Northern Ireland -9 11 £400 +23.08% 3

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 5,809 (72.69%) SC Cleared
2 2,015 (25.22%) Agile Software Development
3 1,421 (17.78%) Windows
4 1,359 (17.01%) DV Cleared
5 1,191 (14.90%) Microsoft
6 1,181 (14.78%) Linux
7 1,116 (13.97%) Public Sector
8 1,048 (13.11%) DevOps
9 996 (12.46%) Java
10 938 (11.74%) AWS
11 881 (11.02%) SQL
12 867 (10.85%) Migration
13 839 (10.50%) Azure
14 750 (9.39%) Active Directory
15 662 (8.28%) ITIL
16 635 (7.95%) Oracle
17 627 (7.85%) Python
18 622 (7.78%) Finance
19 602 (7.53%) VMware
20 589 (7.37%) Project Management
21 587 (7.35%) JavaScript
22 543 (6.80%) Jenkins
23 529 (6.62%) Scrum
24 510 (6.38%) JIRA
24 510 (6.38%) Windows Server
25 509 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
26 506 (6.33%) Git (software)
27 505 (6.32%) Cisco
27 505 (6.32%) Docker
28 496 (6.21%) Windows 10

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
1 343 (4.29%) SharePoint
2 314 (3.93%) Confluence
3 110 (1.38%) MS Exchange
4 105 (1.31%) Apache
4 105 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
5 100 (1.25%) Skype for Business
6 69 (0.86%) IIS
7 66 (0.83%) JBoss
8 59 (0.74%) Apache Spark
9 50 (0.63%) WebLogic
10 47 (0.59%) SAS
11 44 (0.55%) Tomcat
12 43 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 40 (0.50%) nginx
14 36 (0.45%) OpenStack
15 29 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
16 27 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
17 21 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
18 20 (0.25%) Apache Solr
18 20 (0.25%) CMS
Applications
1 317 (3.97%) Microsoft Office
2 251 (3.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 122 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
4 107 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 38 (0.48%) MS Visio
6 35 (0.44%) Simulink
6 35 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.14%) AutoCAD
7 11 (0.14%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.13%) Windchill
9 4 (0.050%) CATIA
9 4 (0.050%) FileZilla
9 4 (0.050%) GIMP
9 4 (0.050%) Stateflow
10 3 (0.038%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.038%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 3 (0.038%) PTC Creo
11 2 (0.025%) Autodesk Inventor
11 2 (0.025%) Revit
11 2 (0.025%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 71 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 70 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
3 50 (0.63%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 37 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
5 25 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
5 25 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
6 23 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
7 22 (0.28%) Siebel CRM
8 20 (0.25%) SAP FI
9 19 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
9 19 (0.24%) Primavera
10 18 (0.23%) SAP CO
10 18 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
11 16 (0.20%) Teamcenter
12 11 (0.14%) assyst
12 11 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
13 10 (0.13%) SAP HR
13 10 (0.13%) SAP SD
14 9 (0.11%) SAP HCM
14 9 (0.11%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 938 (11.74%) AWS
2 839 (10.50%) Azure
3 392 (4.91%) Office 365
4 190 (2.38%) PaaS
5 174 (2.18%) SaaS
6 172 (2.15%) IaaS
7 154 (1.93%) GitHub
8 129 (1.61%) Power Platform
9 128 (1.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 111 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
11 110 (1.38%) Serverless
12 105 (1.31%) Amazon S3
13 77 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
14 73 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
15 71 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
16 56 (0.70%) GCP
17 54 (0.68%) OpenShift
18 52 (0.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 43 (0.54%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 39 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 414 (5.18%) Firewall
2 299 (3.74%) DNS
3 277 (3.47%) WAN
4 237 (2.97%) LAN
5 233 (2.92%) TCP/IP
6 224 (2.80%) VPN
7 171 (2.14%) Internet
8 154 (1.93%) SAN
9 148 (1.85%) Skype
10 145 (1.81%) DHCP
11 128 (1.60%) Network Security
12 87 (1.09%) Cisco ASA
13 82 (1.03%) BGP
14 78 (0.98%) Ethernet
15 76 (0.95%) OSPF
16 71 (0.89%) Wireless
17 70 (0.88%) HTTP
17 70 (0.88%) SNMP
18 64 (0.80%) Intrusion Detection
19 59 (0.74%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 424 (5.31%) SQL Server
2 251 (3.14%) Big Data
3 249 (3.12%) PostgreSQL
4 237 (2.97%) Oracle Database
5 181 (2.27%) MySQL
6 139 (1.74%) Relational Database
7 136 (1.70%) Hadoop
8 132 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
9 128 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 116 (1.45%) MongoDB
11 102 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
12 97 (1.21%) Power BI
13 74 (0.93%) Oracle BI EE
14 64 (0.80%) Oracle Database 12c
14 64 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
15 63 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 60 (0.75%) RDBMS
17 52 (0.65%) NoSQL
18 50 (0.63%) HBase
19 43 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 543 (6.80%) Jenkins
2 510 (6.38%) JIRA
3 506 (6.33%) Git (software)
4 193 (2.42%) Selenium
5 162 (2.03%) Cucumber
6 134 (1.68%) Maven
7 123 (1.54%) Visual Studio
8 111 (1.39%) JUnit
9 90 (1.13%) Rational DOORS
9 90 (1.13%) SonarQube
10 89 (1.11%) Mockito
11 87 (1.09%) GitLab
12 84 (1.05%) MSI
13 80 (1.00%) Bitbucket
14 68 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
15 62 (0.78%) Subversion
16 60 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
17 58 (0.73%) Eclipse
17 58 (0.73%) Rational Rhapsody
18 55 (0.69%) gulp
General
1 1,116 (13.97%) Public Sector
2 622 (7.78%) Finance
3 343 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 234 (2.93%) Manufacturing
5 221 (2.77%) Military
6 184 (2.30%) Marketing
7 176 (2.20%) Electronics
8 93 (1.16%) Aerospace
9 83 (1.04%) Law
10 82 (1.03%) Police
11 68 (0.85%) Banking
12 66 (0.83%) Legal
12 66 (0.83%) Retail
13 33 (0.41%) Local Government
14 32 (0.40%) Publishing
15 23 (0.29%) Games
16 22 (0.28%) Billing
16 22 (0.28%) Investment Banking
17 20 (0.25%) Back Office
18 14 (0.18%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 1,181 (14.78%) Developer
2 1,009 (12.63%) Architect
3 611 (7.65%) Analyst
4 418 (5.23%) Consultant
5 417 (5.22%) DevOps Engineer
6 314 (3.93%) Java Developer
7 305 (3.82%) Project Manager
8 303 (3.79%) Network Engineer
9 256 (3.20%) Software Engineer
10 212 (2.65%) Business Analyst
11 185 (2.32%) Solutions Architect
12 182 (2.28%) Technical Architect
13 181 (2.27%) Administrator
14 160 (2.00%) Support Engineer
15 151 (1.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 134 (1.68%) Security Architect
17 133 (1.66%) DBA
18 130 (1.63%) Test Engineer
19 128 (1.60%) Tester
20 125 (1.56%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 393 (4.92%) .NET
2 352 (4.40%) Web Services
3 318 (3.98%) HTML
4 289 (3.62%) CSS
5 244 (3.05%) XML
6 241 (3.02%) Spring
7 239 (2.99%) JSON
8 231 (2.89%) Node.js
9 203 (2.54%) AngularJS
10 198 (2.48%) REST
11 178 (2.23%) RESTful
12 161 (2.01%) SOAP
13 147 (1.84%) Middleware
14 134 (1.68%) HTML5
15 131 (1.64%) React
16 104 (1.30%) Spring Boot
17 92 (1.15%) Oracle Fusion
18 85 (1.06%) Hibernate
19 84 (1.05%) Kafka
20 81 (1.01%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 431 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
2 398 (4.98%) Data Centre
3 305 (3.82%) Management Information System
4 161 (2.01%) User Experience
5 150 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
6 133 (1.66%) PKI
7 115 (1.44%) Clustering
8 113 (1.41%) Public Cloud
9 102 (1.28%) Driving Licence
10 97 (1.21%) Replication
11 71 (0.89%) Algorithms
12 66 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
13 58 (0.73%) NHS
14 49 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
15 46 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
16 42 (0.53%) CMDB
16 42 (0.53%) Data Structures
17 36 (0.45%) Client/Server
17 36 (0.45%) Hybrid Cloud
18 35 (0.44%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 1,421 (17.78%) Windows
2 1,181 (14.78%) Linux
3 510 (6.38%) Windows Server
4 496 (6.21%) Windows 10
5 341 (4.27%) Unix
6 324 (4.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 300 (3.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 278 (3.48%) Windows 7
9 165 (2.06%) Windows Server 2008
10 155 (1.94%) CentOS
11 95 (1.19%) Solaris
12 82 (1.03%) Ubuntu
13 76 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
14 54 (0.68%) AIX
15 52 (0.65%) Apple iOS
16 51 (0.64%) Windows XP
17 40 (0.50%) Mac OS X
18 31 (0.39%) Android
19 22 (0.28%) Windows Vista
20 21 (0.26%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,015 (25.22%) Agile Software Development
2 1,048 (13.11%) DevOps
3 867 (10.85%) Migration
4 662 (8.28%) ITIL
5 589 (7.37%) Project Management
6 529 (6.62%) Scrum
7 509 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
8 496 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
9 472 (5.91%) Software Engineering
10 440 (5.51%) Test Automation
11 407 (5.09%) Business Intelligence
12 406 (5.08%) Configuration Management
13 392 (4.91%) Continuous Integration
14 381 (4.77%) Project Delivery
15 375 (4.69%) Cybersecurity
16 356 (4.46%) Microservices
17 353 (4.42%) TDD
18 352 (4.40%) Service Management
19 326 (4.08%) Mentoring
20 296 (3.70%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 996 (12.46%) Java
2 881 (11.02%) SQL
3 627 (7.85%) Python
4 587 (7.35%) JavaScript
5 459 (5.74%) PowerShell
6 394 (4.93%) C#
7 386 (4.83%) C
8 294 (3.68%) C++
9 207 (2.59%) Bash Shell
10 174 (2.18%) Ruby
11 151 (1.89%) Java 8
12 142 (1.78%) Shell Script
13 141 (1.76%) PL/SQL
14 130 (1.63%) Perl
15 81 (1.01%) TypeScript
16 74 (0.93%) T-SQL
17 64 (0.80%) Groovy
18 56 (0.70%) VB
19 49 (0.61%) VBA
20 46 (0.58%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 5,809 (72.69%) SC Cleared
2 1,359 (17.01%) DV Cleared
3 415 (5.19%) Degree
4 317 (3.97%) BPSS Clearance
5 285 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
6 181 (2.27%) Microsoft Certification
7 162 (2.03%) CCNA
8 157 (1.96%) CCNP
9 124 (1.55%) ISTQB
10 106 (1.33%) CISSP
11 104 (1.30%) CTC Cleared
12 96 (1.20%) AWS Certification
12 96 (1.20%) ISEB
13 91 (1.14%) MCSE
14 83 (1.04%) BC Cleared
15 75 (0.94%) MCSA
16 74 (0.93%) DBS Check
17 59 (0.74%) CCIE
18 58 (0.73%) CCDP
18 58 (0.73%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (2.65%) QA
2 186 (2.33%) SLA
3 113 (1.41%) PMO
4 108 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 93 (1.16%) Data Quality
6 67 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
7 58 (0.73%) JSP 440
8 51 (0.64%) NIST
9 48 (0.60%) GDPR
9 48 (0.60%) RMADS
10 37 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 32 (0.40%) PCI DSS
12 29 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 27 (0.34%) COBIT
13 27 (0.34%) NCSC
14 21 (0.26%) Def Stans
15 20 (0.25%) WCAG
16 19 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
17 18 (0.23%) HMG Infosec
18 17 (0.21%) DO-254
System Software
1 750 (9.39%) Active Directory
2 505 (6.32%) Docker
3 358 (4.48%) VMware Infrastructure
4 191 (2.39%) Hyper-V
5 147 (1.84%) VMware ESXi
6 116 (1.45%) vSphere
7 104 (1.30%) Microsoft App-V
8 101 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
9 55 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
10 52 (0.65%) VMware NSX
11 48 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
12 42 (0.53%) vCloud
13 40 (0.50%) Firmware
14 32 (0.40%) XenApp
14 32 (0.40%) XenDesktop
15 29 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
16 22 (0.28%) Postfix
17 21 (0.26%) DFS Replication
18 18 (0.23%) HDFS
19 17 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 432 (5.41%) Ansible
2 424 (5.31%) Kubernetes
3 392 (4.91%) Terraform
4 318 (3.98%) SCCM
5 262 (3.28%) Puppet
6 165 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
7 105 (1.31%) SCOM
8 80 (1.00%) vCenter Server
9 75 (0.94%) WSUS
10 68 (0.85%) Consul
11 61 (0.76%) Packer
11 61 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
12 51 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
13 41 (0.51%) SCVMM
14 40 (0.50%) Prometheus
15 39 (0.49%) vRealize
16 37 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
17 35 (0.44%) Nagios
17 35 (0.44%) Nessus
18 34 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 1,191 (14.90%) Microsoft
2 635 (7.95%) Oracle
3 602 (7.53%) VMware
4 505 (6.32%) Cisco
5 341 (4.27%) SAP
6 217 (2.72%) Red Hat
7 202 (2.53%) HP
8 199 (2.49%) Citrix
9 147 (1.84%) Juniper
10 132 (1.65%) Splunk
11 120 (1.50%) Google
12 116 (1.45%) McAfee
13 115 (1.44%) IBM
14 112 (1.40%) Atlassian
15 105 (1.31%) ServiceNow
16 82 (1.03%) Remedy
17 78 (0.98%) CheckPoint
18 72 (0.90%) Dell
18 72 (0.90%) F5
19 57 (0.71%) NetApp