Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 13 13 12
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 +4
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 9,083 7,951 9,414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.63% 7.69% 9.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 45.23% 40.84% 44.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,392 4,715 5,953
UK median daily rate £456 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.35% +5.46%
10th Percentile £285 £220 £263
90th Percentile £627 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +9.38% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 425 389
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £32.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% -15.79% +5.68%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £49.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year +10.24% +0.79% +1.94%

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 20,082 19,471 21,335
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.07% 18.84% 20.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,940 11,963 13,352
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £610 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 886 859
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.69 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.15% -1.19% +4.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.24
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.75 £48.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £27.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -1.85% - +7.48%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 8,356 £465 +5.08% 1,227
UK excluding London 0 5,781 £438 +9.38% 990
London -4 3,103 £520 +4.00% 310
South East 0 1,839 £425 +2.66% 311
South West +1 1,407 £450 +5.88% 288
North of England +3 925 £440 +17.33% 96
Midlands +2 646 £425 +6.58% 115
North West 0 485 £448 +6.55% 54
West Midlands +10 421 £430 +2.69% 92
East of England +9 412 £450 +20.00% 112
Wales -1 286 £450 +12.50% 42
Scotland +19 261 £400 +14.29% 31
Yorkshire +29 256 £465 +6.90% 29
East Midlands -8 218 £400 +6.67% 23
North East -2 189 £400 +23.08% 13
Northern Ireland +46 26 £325 +143.87%

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 6,751 (74.33%) SC Cleared
2 2,430 (26.75%) Agile Software Development
3 1,450 (15.96%) Windows
4 1,296 (14.27%) Linux
5 1,263 (13.91%) DV Cleared
6 1,239 (13.64%) Java
7 1,149 (12.65%) Microsoft
8 1,026 (11.30%) DevOps
9 988 (10.88%) ITIL
10 938 (10.33%) SQL
11 927 (10.21%) Oracle
12 866 (9.53%) Amazon AWS
13 847 (9.33%) Migration
14 821 (9.04%) Finance
15 766 (8.43%) Active Directory
16 723 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
17 721 (7.94%) Cisco
18 719 (7.92%) Microsoft Azure
19 687 (7.56%) Project Management
20 668 (7.35%) Git (software)
21 662 (7.29%) VMware
22 661 (7.28%) Scrum
23 639 (7.04%) Test Automation
24 633 (6.97%) Firewall
25 615 (6.77%) JIRA
26 614 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
27 595 (6.55%) Jenkins
28 572 (6.30%) JavaScript
29 571 (6.29%) Python
30 549 (6.04%) Docker

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
1 383 (4.22%) Confluence
2 356 (3.92%) SharePoint
3 197 (2.17%) MS Exchange
4 157 (1.73%) Skype for Business
5 132 (1.45%) Apache
5 132 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
6 116 (1.28%) Tomcat
7 99 (1.09%) WebLogic
8 98 (1.08%) JBoss
9 94 (1.03%) IIS
10 87 (0.96%) WebSphere
11 73 (0.80%) Apache Spark
12 61 (0.67%) WildFly
13 57 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
14 48 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
15 46 (0.51%) nginx
15 46 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
16 45 (0.50%) CMS
17 40 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
18 38 (0.42%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 318 (3.50%) Microsoft Office
2 229 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 158 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
4 94 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 86 (0.95%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.25%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 10 (0.11%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.088%) Simulink
10 3 (0.033%) Autodesk Inventor
10 3 (0.033%) GIMP
10 3 (0.033%) MicroStation
11 2 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.022%) Mathematica
11 2 (0.022%) Revit
11 2 (0.022%) Windchill
12 1 (0.011%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.011%) Maya
12 1 (0.011%) Stata
Business Applications
1 75 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
2 53 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 43 (0.47%) Oracle EBS R12
4 35 (0.39%) Oracle BPM
5 28 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
5 28 (0.31%) Primavera
6 27 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
7 20 (0.22%) Teamcenter
8 19 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
9 17 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
10 16 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
11 15 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
12 12 (0.13%) SAP ERP
12 12 (0.13%) SAP HR
13 10 (0.11%) HFM
14 9 (0.099%) Oracle Assets
15 8 (0.088%) Oracle Payroll
15 8 (0.088%) SAP PM
15 8 (0.088%) SAP S/4HANA
16 7 (0.077%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 866 (9.53%) Amazon AWS
2 719 (7.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 376 (4.14%) Office 365
4 204 (2.25%) PaaS
5 197 (2.17%) IaaS
6 124 (1.37%) SaaS
7 109 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
7 109 (1.20%) GitHub
8 103 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
9 92 (1.01%) Amazon S3
10 91 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
11 90 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
12 61 (0.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 58 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
14 54 (0.59%) Datadog
15 46 (0.51%) Serverless
16 40 (0.44%) OneDrive
17 39 (0.43%) Amazon ELB
18 34 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 33 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 633 (6.97%) Firewall
2 322 (3.55%) WAN
3 298 (3.28%) DNS
3 298 (3.28%) LAN
4 247 (2.72%) VPN
5 224 (2.47%) TCP/IP
6 221 (2.43%) Network Security
7 201 (2.21%) Internet
8 174 (1.92%) DHCP
9 151 (1.66%) Skype
10 139 (1.53%) Cisco Nexus
11 124 (1.37%) Wireless
12 123 (1.35%) SAN
13 114 (1.26%) Cisco ASA
14 97 (1.07%) BGP
14 97 (1.07%) VoIP
15 95 (1.05%) HTTP
16 93 (1.02%) OSPF
17 70 (0.77%) MPLS
18 69 (0.76%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 493 (5.43%) SQL Server
2 325 (3.58%) PostgreSQL
3 216 (2.38%) Big Data
3 216 (2.38%) MySQL
4 212 (2.33%) Relational Database
5 205 (2.26%) Oracle Database
6 202 (2.22%) Hadoop
7 112 (1.23%) MongoDB
8 109 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
9 108 (1.19%) RDBMS
10 85 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
10 85 (0.94%) NoSQL
11 84 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 74 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
13 65 (0.72%) Power BI
14 63 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 62 (0.68%) Oracle Database 12c
16 54 (0.59%) GIS
17 48 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
18 44 (0.48%) HBase
Development Applications
1 668 (7.35%) Git (software)
2 615 (6.77%) JIRA
3 595 (6.55%) Jenkins
4 247 (2.72%) Selenium
5 224 (2.47%) Maven
6 182 (2.00%) Cucumber
7 177 (1.95%) JUnit
8 149 (1.64%) GitLab
9 142 (1.56%) SonarQube
10 114 (1.26%) Artifactory
10 114 (1.26%) Subversion
11 100 (1.10%) Mockito
11 100 (1.10%) Visual Studio
12 94 (1.03%) Vagrant
13 93 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 87 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
15 73 (0.80%) JMeter
16 70 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
17 57 (0.63%) MSI
18 53 (0.58%) Eclipse
General
1 821 (9.04%) Finance
2 299 (3.29%) Telecoms
3 219 (2.41%) Manufacturing
4 179 (1.97%) Electronics
5 165 (1.82%) Marketing
6 145 (1.60%) Military
7 116 (1.28%) Law
8 74 (0.81%) Aerospace
9 64 (0.70%) Retail
10 57 (0.63%) Banking
11 50 (0.55%) Legal
12 29 (0.32%) Publishing
13 21 (0.23%) Billing
14 20 (0.22%) Investment Banking
15 18 (0.20%) Back Office
15 18 (0.20%) Financial Institution
15 18 (0.20%) Local Government
16 11 (0.12%) General Ledger
17 9 (0.099%) Advertising
17 9 (0.099%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,368 (15.06%) Developer
2 1,006 (11.08%) Architect
3 834 (9.18%) Analyst
4 592 (6.52%) Consultant
5 479 (5.27%) Java Developer
6 461 (5.08%) Project Manager
7 402 (4.43%) DevOps Engineer
8 356 (3.92%) Network Engineer
9 267 (2.94%) Business Analyst
10 257 (2.83%) Support Engineer
11 217 (2.39%) Solutions Architect
12 207 (2.28%) Software Engineer
13 193 (2.12%) Administrator
14 188 (2.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 180 (1.98%) Technical Architect
16 163 (1.79%) Tester
17 159 (1.75%) SC Cleared Java Developer
17 159 (1.75%) SC Cleared Project Manager
18 155 (1.71%) Test Analyst
19 144 (1.59%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 436 (4.80%) Web Services
2 357 (3.93%) HTML
3 332 (3.66%) .NET
4 308 (3.39%) REST
5 286 (3.15%) CSS
6 261 (2.87%) XML
7 255 (2.81%) Spring
8 220 (2.42%) RESTful
9 211 (2.32%) SOAP
10 200 (2.20%) Node.js
11 199 (2.19%) Middleware
12 192 (2.11%) AngularJS
13 168 (1.85%) JSON
14 162 (1.78%) Hibernate
15 140 (1.54%) J2EE
16 137 (1.51%) Spring Boot
17 126 (1.39%) Java EE
18 125 (1.38%) Apache Camel
19 123 (1.35%) HTML5
20 120 (1.32%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 614 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
2 388 (4.27%) Data Centre
3 306 (3.37%) Management Information System
4 194 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
5 158 (1.74%) PKI
6 152 (1.67%) User Experience
7 120 (1.32%) Public Cloud
8 83 (0.91%) Clustering
9 77 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
10 72 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
10 72 (0.79%) Private Cloud
11 67 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
12 64 (0.70%) NHS
13 56 (0.62%) Replication
14 49 (0.54%) Data Structures
15 47 (0.52%) Mainframe
15 47 (0.52%) Mobile App
16 45 (0.50%) Virtual Team
17 39 (0.43%) CESG
17 39 (0.43%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 1,450 (15.96%) Windows
2 1,296 (14.27%) Linux
3 534 (5.88%) Windows Server
4 408 (4.49%) Unix
5 327 (3.60%) Windows 10
6 314 (3.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 275 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
8 205 (2.26%) Windows Server 2008
9 197 (2.17%) Windows 7
10 139 (1.53%) CentOS
11 101 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
12 77 (0.85%) Ubuntu
13 69 (0.76%) Solaris
14 62 (0.68%) VMS
15 46 (0.51%) AIX
16 30 (0.33%) CoreOS
17 25 (0.28%) Android
17 25 (0.28%) Apple iOS
18 20 (0.22%) Windows 8
19 19 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,430 (26.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,026 (11.30%) DevOps
3 988 (10.88%) ITIL
4 847 (9.33%) Migration
5 723 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
6 687 (7.56%) Project Management
7 661 (7.28%) Scrum
8 639 (7.04%) Test Automation
9 473 (5.21%) Service Management
9 473 (5.21%) Stakeholder Management
10 464 (5.11%) Configuration Management
11 430 (4.73%) Continuous Integration
12 416 (4.58%) Software Engineering
13 410 (4.51%) PRINCE2
14 402 (4.43%) Cybersecurity
15 389 (4.28%) Open Source
16 381 (4.19%) TDD
17 370 (4.07%) Business Intelligence
18 348 (3.83%) Service Delivery
19 309 (3.40%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 1,239 (13.64%) Java
2 938 (10.33%) SQL
3 572 (6.30%) JavaScript
4 571 (6.29%) Python
5 493 (5.43%) PowerShell
6 384 (4.23%) C#
7 324 (3.57%) C
8 263 (2.90%) Bash Shell
9 227 (2.50%) Java 8
10 215 (2.37%) C++
11 171 (1.88%) Ruby
12 165 (1.82%) Shell Script
13 136 (1.50%) PL/SQL
14 133 (1.46%) Perl
15 129 (1.42%) Groovy
16 101 (1.11%) PHP
17 74 (0.81%) T-SQL
18 49 (0.54%) JPQL
18 49 (0.54%) VBScript
19 44 (0.48%) Go
Qualifications
1 6,751 (74.33%) SC Cleared
2 1,263 (13.91%) DV Cleared
3 365 (4.02%) Degree
4 337 (3.71%) BPSS Clearance
5 328 (3.61%) Cisco Certification
6 192 (2.11%) CCNP
7 177 (1.95%) CCNA
8 163 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
9 139 (1.53%) CTC Cleared
10 137 (1.51%) ISEB
11 136 (1.50%) CISSP
12 127 (1.40%) ISTQB
13 112 (1.23%) MCSE
14 104 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 75 (0.83%) BC Cleared
16 72 (0.79%) CESG Certified Professional
17 65 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 60 (0.66%) CISM
18 60 (0.66%) PMI Certification
19 57 (0.63%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 224 (2.47%) QA
2 169 (1.86%) PMO
3 144 (1.59%) SLA
4 100 (1.10%) JSP 440
5 83 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 78 (0.86%) Data Quality
6 78 (0.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 66 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
8 56 (0.62%) GDPR
9 40 (0.44%) HMG Infosec
10 31 (0.34%) RMADS
11 22 (0.24%) PCI DSS
12 17 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
12 17 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 16 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 14 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 13 (0.14%) Def Stans
16 11 (0.12%) WAI
17 10 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 9 (0.099%) COBIT
System Software
1 766 (8.43%) Active Directory
2 549 (6.04%) Docker
3 427 (4.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 150 (1.65%) Hyper-V
5 140 (1.54%) VMware ESXi
6 135 (1.49%) vSphere
7 110 (1.21%) Virtual Machines
8 67 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
9 59 (0.65%) VMware NSX
10 48 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
11 44 (0.48%) XenApp
12 41 (0.45%) Firmware
13 40 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
14 38 (0.42%) XenDesktop
15 23 (0.25%) vCloud
15 23 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
16 21 (0.23%) HDFS
17 20 (0.22%) XenServer
18 16 (0.18%) Ceph
18 16 (0.18%) NFS
Systems Management
1 495 (5.45%) Puppet
2 491 (5.41%) Ansible
3 379 (4.17%) Kubernetes
4 349 (3.84%) SCCM
5 320 (3.52%) Terraform
6 271 (2.98%) Opscode Chef
7 112 (1.23%) SCOM
8 104 (1.14%) vCenter Server
9 62 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
10 57 (0.63%) Packer
11 56 (0.62%) Microsoft Intune
12 55 (0.61%) HP ALM
13 54 (0.59%) Kibana
14 48 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
15 45 (0.50%) WSUS
16 38 (0.42%) logstash
17 36 (0.40%) Sysdig
18 35 (0.39%) SCVMM
19 34 (0.37%) Grafana
19 34 (0.37%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1,149 (12.65%) Microsoft
2 927 (10.21%) Oracle
3 721 (7.94%) Cisco
4 662 (7.29%) VMware
5 342 (3.77%) SAP
6 268 (2.95%) Red Hat
7 260 (2.86%) HP
8 231 (2.54%) Juniper
9 226 (2.49%) Citrix
10 198 (2.18%) McAfee
11 174 (1.92%) Splunk
12 145 (1.60%) CheckPoint
13 140 (1.54%) Atlassian
14 134 (1.48%) F5
15 123 (1.35%) IBM
16 121 (1.33%) ServiceNow
17 89 (0.98%) Remedy
18 81 (0.89%) Google
19 80 (0.88%) SolarWinds
20 79 (0.87%) Palo Alto