Period
to 5 April 2020

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 5 April 2020 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 8 13 12
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,320 8,704 8,469
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 11.89% 8.98% 8.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 53.98% 46.18% 43.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,643 5,373 5,171
Median daily rate £490 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.16% +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £302 £304 £235
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £415
% change year-on-year +5.56% +8.43% -1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 338 414 385
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +66.67% -46.15%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £57.15 £55.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year - +27.27% -28.80%

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 13,560 18,846 19,580
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.02% 19.44% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,192 11,378 11,863
Median daily rate £475 £454 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.63% +0.89% +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £235
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 660 863 868
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +36.84% -15.18%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.52 £50.08
Median hourly rate £34.00 £28.98 £25.00
% change year-on-year +17.34% +15.90% -10.95%

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 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 2020. 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 +5 6,662 £500 +5.26% 950
UK excluding London +4 4,853 £475 +5.56% 827
London +16 2,287 £523 -0.38% 204
South West +1 1,363 £500 +5.26% 228
South East +2 1,250 £450 - 246
North of England +14 930 £440 -2.22% 92
North West +19 590 £450 - 51
Midlands +1 463 £465 +9.41% 62
East of England +5 344 £500 +5.26% 118
West Midlands +2 323 £465 +8.14% 43
Scotland +32 293 £450 - 52
Wales +2 222 £475 - 31
North East +7 196 £413 - 18
Work from Home +9 176 £500 +4.17% 48
Yorkshire -6 148 £550 +15.79% 23
East Midlands 0 136 £450 +5.88% 18
Northern Ireland -1 5 £384 +13.89%

For the 6 months to 5 April 2020, 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 5,530 (75.55%) SC Cleared
2 1,924 (26.28%) Agile Software Development
3 1,278 (17.46%) Windows
4 1,183 (16.16%) DV Cleared
5 1,115 (15.23%) Public Sector
6 1,090 (14.89%) Microsoft
7 964 (13.17%) DevOps
8 958 (13.09%) AWS
9 942 (12.87%) Java
10 807 (11.02%) SQL
11 792 (10.82%) Linux
12 680 (9.29%) Migration
13 666 (9.10%) Oracle
14 662 (9.04%) Azure
15 622 (8.50%) Python
16 620 (8.47%) Active Directory
17 559 (7.64%) VMware
18 532 (7.27%) ITIL
19 524 (7.16%) JIRA
20 503 (6.87%) Scrum
21 501 (6.84%) Test Automation
22 495 (6.76%) Windows Server
23 485 (6.63%) PowerShell
24 480 (6.56%) Finance
25 477 (6.52%) Docker
26 475 (6.49%) Jenkins
27 458 (6.26%) Git (software)
28 440 (6.01%) Cisco
28 440 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
29 437 (5.97%) Problem-Solving

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
1 333 (4.55%) Confluence
2 246 (3.36%) SharePoint
3 147 (2.01%) MS Exchange
4 99 (1.35%) WebLogic
5 86 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
6 78 (1.07%) Skype for Business
7 77 (1.05%) IIS
8 73 (1.00%) Apache
8 73 (1.00%) Tomcat
9 61 (0.83%) JBoss
10 51 (0.70%) Red Hat Fuse
11 48 (0.66%) nginx
12 47 (0.64%) SAS
13 45 (0.61%) OpenStack
14 39 (0.53%) MQSeries
15 38 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
16 32 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
17 31 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 29 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
19 28 (0.38%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 322 (4.40%) Microsoft Office
2 198 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 108 (1.48%) Microsoft Project
4 89 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 61 (0.83%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.29%) Simulink
8 12 (0.16%) SPSS
9 9 (0.12%) Sketch
9 9 (0.12%) Windchill
10 8 (0.11%) Photoshop
11 6 (0.082%) Figma
11 6 (0.082%) InVision
11 6 (0.082%) PTC Creo
12 5 (0.068%) Chatbot
13 4 (0.055%) OmniGraffle
14 3 (0.041%) GIMP
14 3 (0.041%) OrCAD
15 2 (0.027%) Adobe Captivate
15 2 (0.027%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 80 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 72 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
3 56 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
4 48 (0.66%) Oracle Payables
5 35 (0.48%) Oracle Receivables
6 34 (0.46%) Oracle Cash Management
7 30 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
8 27 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
9 23 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
10 18 (0.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 14 (0.19%) Teamcenter
12 12 (0.16%) assyst
12 12 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
12 12 (0.16%) Primavera
13 9 (0.12%) SAP HCM
14 7 (0.096%) Oracle Assets
14 7 (0.096%) Oracle Payroll
14 7 (0.096%) Remedy AR System
15 6 (0.082%) Oracle AML
15 6 (0.082%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 958 (13.09%) AWS
2 662 (9.04%) Azure
3 361 (4.93%) Office 365
4 178 (2.43%) GitHub
5 160 (2.19%) Amazon EC2
6 157 (2.14%) Power Platform
7 122 (1.67%) SaaS
8 109 (1.49%) GCP
9 104 (1.42%) PaaS
10 97 (1.33%) Serverless
11 78 (1.07%) Amazon S3
12 74 (1.01%) IaaS
13 73 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
14 62 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
15 61 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
16 54 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
17 45 (0.61%) OneDrive
17 45 (0.61%) OpenShift
18 36 (0.49%) Amazon SQS
19 31 (0.42%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 374 (5.11%) Firewall
2 285 (3.89%) DNS
3 284 (3.88%) WAN
4 265 (3.62%) LAN
5 183 (2.50%) DHCP
6 174 (2.38%) TCP/IP
7 161 (2.20%) VPN
8 133 (1.82%) Internet
9 131 (1.79%) SAN
10 126 (1.72%) Skype
11 122 (1.67%) BGP
12 120 (1.64%) Network Security
13 101 (1.38%) OSPF
14 89 (1.22%) Wireless
15 80 (1.09%) VoIP
16 79 (1.08%) IPsec
17 69 (0.94%) MPLS
18 62 (0.85%) Cisco Nexus
19 58 (0.79%) SNMP
20 57 (0.78%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 375 (5.12%) SQL Server
2 214 (2.92%) PostgreSQL
3 154 (2.10%) Oracle Database
4 150 (2.05%) Big Data
5 141 (1.93%) Power BI
6 122 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
7 99 (1.35%) Relational Database
8 98 (1.34%) MySQL
9 67 (0.92%) Oracle Database 12c
10 66 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
10 66 (0.90%) Hadoop
11 55 (0.75%) MongoDB
12 44 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 41 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 40 (0.55%) NoSQL
15 34 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
16 31 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
16 31 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
17 29 (0.40%) RDBMS
17 29 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 524 (7.16%) JIRA
2 475 (6.49%) Jenkins
3 458 (6.26%) Git (software)
4 181 (2.47%) GitLab
5 159 (2.17%) Selenium
6 148 (2.02%) Maven
7 131 (1.79%) Cucumber
8 127 (1.73%) Bitbucket
9 95 (1.30%) JUnit
10 92 (1.26%) SonarQube
11 83 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
12 77 (1.05%) Visual Studio
13 67 (0.92%) Mockito
13 67 (0.92%) Rational DOORS
14 65 (0.89%) MSI
15 64 (0.87%) Artifactory
16 62 (0.85%) Eclipse
16 62 (0.85%) Subversion
17 52 (0.71%) JMeter
18 40 (0.55%) Postman
General
1 1,115 (15.23%) Public Sector
2 480 (6.56%) Finance
3 317 (4.33%) Telecoms
4 196 (2.68%) Military
5 188 (2.57%) Manufacturing
6 163 (2.23%) Marketing
7 159 (2.17%) Electronics
8 125 (1.71%) Law
9 76 (1.04%) Legal
10 71 (0.97%) Retail
11 65 (0.89%) Aerospace
12 56 (0.77%) Police
13 48 (0.66%) Banking
14 38 (0.52%) General Ledger
15 31 (0.42%) Publishing
16 18 (0.25%) Billing
17 11 (0.15%) Local Government
18 7 (0.096%) Advertising
19 6 (0.082%) Automotive
19 6 (0.082%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 1,088 (14.86%) Developer
2 813 (11.11%) Architect
3 622 (8.50%) Analyst
4 453 (6.19%) Consultant
5 359 (4.90%) DevOps Engineer
6 324 (4.43%) Java Developer
7 286 (3.91%) Project Manager
8 251 (3.43%) Network Engineer
9 242 (3.31%) Business Analyst
10 176 (2.40%) Software Engineer
11 174 (2.38%) Support Engineer
12 155 (2.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 151 (2.06%) Designer
14 150 (2.05%) Solutions Architect
15 145 (1.98%) Technical Architect
16 135 (1.84%) Tester
17 133 (1.82%) DBA
18 127 (1.73%) Test Engineer
19 118 (1.61%) SC Cleared Java Developer
20 116 (1.58%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 390 (5.33%) Web Services
2 310 (4.23%) .NET
3 257 (3.51%) Spring
4 241 (3.29%) HTML
5 233 (3.18%) REST
6 215 (2.94%) Node.js
7 210 (2.87%) XML
8 188 (2.57%) CSS
9 167 (2.28%) AngularJS
10 153 (2.09%) JSON
11 149 (2.04%) SOAP
12 148 (2.02%) Spring Boot
13 138 (1.89%) RESTful
14 115 (1.57%) React
15 102 (1.39%) RabbitMQ
16 100 (1.37%) Hibernate
17 99 (1.35%) Kafka
18 97 (1.33%) Apache Camel
19 82 (1.12%) Elastic Stack
20 76 (1.04%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 440 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
2 345 (4.71%) Data Centre
3 218 (2.98%) Management Information System
4 215 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
5 148 (2.02%) PKI
6 141 (1.93%) User Experience
7 88 (1.20%) Public Cloud
8 72 (0.98%) Data Structures
9 58 (0.79%) Cloud Native
10 50 (0.68%) Replication
11 47 (0.64%) Clustering
12 45 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
12 45 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
13 38 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
14 37 (0.51%) Driving Licence
15 34 (0.46%) Private Cloud
16 33 (0.45%) NHS
17 32 (0.44%) Mobile App
18 29 (0.40%) Smartphone
19 28 (0.38%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,278 (17.46%) Windows
2 792 (10.82%) Linux
3 495 (6.76%) Windows Server
4 412 (5.63%) Windows 10
5 233 (3.18%) Windows 7
6 228 (3.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 208 (2.84%) Unix
8 165 (2.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 151 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 95 (1.30%) Windows Server 2016
11 91 (1.24%) CentOS
12 89 (1.22%) Ubuntu
13 72 (0.98%) Apple iOS
14 49 (0.67%) Android
14 49 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
15 40 (0.55%) Windows XP
16 39 (0.53%) Solaris
17 38 (0.52%) Windows 8
18 29 (0.40%) VMS
19 27 (0.37%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,924 (26.28%) Agile Software Development
2 964 (13.17%) DevOps
3 680 (9.29%) Migration
4 532 (7.27%) ITIL
5 503 (6.87%) Scrum
6 501 (6.84%) Test Automation
7 437 (5.97%) Problem-Solving
8 430 (5.87%) Project Management
9 370 (5.05%) Business Intelligence
10 359 (4.90%) Project Delivery
10 359 (4.90%) Software Engineering
11 354 (4.84%) Stakeholder Management
12 332 (4.54%) Configuration Management
13 309 (4.22%) Continuous Integration
14 300 (4.10%) Cybersecurity
15 292 (3.99%) Microservices
15 292 (3.99%) Service Management
16 283 (3.87%) Programme Management
17 275 (3.76%) Mentoring
18 272 (3.72%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 942 (12.87%) Java
2 807 (11.02%) SQL
3 622 (8.50%) Python
4 485 (6.63%) PowerShell
5 414 (5.66%) JavaScript
6 298 (4.07%) C#
7 205 (2.80%) PL/SQL
8 199 (2.72%) C
9 174 (2.38%) C++
10 157 (2.14%) Shell Script
11 147 (2.01%) Java 8
12 137 (1.87%) Bash Shell
13 80 (1.09%) T-SQL
14 79 (1.08%) Perl
15 71 (0.97%) VB
16 70 (0.96%) Ruby
17 67 (0.92%) PHP
18 59 (0.81%) Go
19 48 (0.66%) Groovy
20 47 (0.64%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5,530 (75.55%) SC Cleared
2 1,183 (16.16%) DV Cleared
3 283 (3.87%) Degree
4 282 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
5 250 (3.42%) Cisco Certification
6 153 (2.09%) CCNP
7 137 (1.87%) Microsoft Certification
8 135 (1.84%) CCNA
9 121 (1.65%) ISTQB
10 112 (1.53%) CISSP
11 105 (1.43%) CTC Cleared
12 95 (1.30%) ISEB
13 81 (1.11%) BC Cleared
14 78 (1.07%) CCIE
15 72 (0.98%) CISM
16 69 (0.94%) MCSE
17 57 (0.78%) CCDP
17 57 (0.78%) CESG Certified Professional
18 50 (0.68%) DBS Check
19 46 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (2.62%) QA
2 122 (1.67%) SLA
3 107 (1.46%) PMO
4 104 (1.42%) NCSC
5 81 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 61 (0.83%) GDPR
7 60 (0.82%) NIST
8 51 (0.70%) JSP 440
9 40 (0.55%) RMADS
10 38 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
10 38 (0.52%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 28 (0.38%) Data Quality
11 28 (0.38%) WCAG
12 23 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
13 18 (0.25%) COBIT
14 15 (0.20%) Def Stans
14 15 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
14 15 (0.20%) PCI DSS
15 13 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 10 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 620 (8.47%) Active Directory
2 477 (6.52%) Docker
3 303 (4.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 148 (2.02%) vSphere
5 121 (1.65%) Hyper-V
6 113 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
7 103 (1.41%) VMware ESXi
8 86 (1.17%) VMware NSX
9 84 (1.15%) XenApp
10 77 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
11 32 (0.44%) XenDesktop
12 29 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
13 28 (0.38%) Postfix
13 28 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
14 27 (0.37%) Firmware
14 27 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
15 22 (0.30%) Terminal Services
16 21 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 18 (0.25%) HDFS
18 15 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 387 (5.29%) Ansible
2 372 (5.08%) Kubernetes
3 316 (4.32%) Terraform
4 309 (4.22%) SCCM
5 195 (2.66%) Puppet
6 77 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
7 75 (1.02%) vCenter Server
8 73 (1.00%) Packer
8 73 (1.00%) PowerCLI
9 67 (0.92%) WSUS
10 64 (0.87%) SCOM
11 52 (0.71%) NetBackup
12 51 (0.70%) Consul
13 41 (0.56%) Kibana
14 40 (0.55%) Netcool
15 39 (0.53%) logstash
15 39 (0.53%) vRealize
16 36 (0.49%) AirWatch
17 33 (0.45%) Netcool/OMNIbus
18 32 (0.44%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1,090 (14.89%) Microsoft
2 666 (9.10%) Oracle
3 559 (7.64%) VMware
4 440 (6.01%) Cisco
5 290 (3.96%) SAP
6 239 (3.27%) Citrix
7 165 (2.25%) Red Hat
8 157 (2.14%) HP
9 153 (2.09%) Juniper
10 130 (1.78%) Dell
11 122 (1.67%) IBM
12 111 (1.52%) Google
13 102 (1.39%) Remedy
14 94 (1.28%) EMC
14 94 (1.28%) ServiceNow
15 89 (1.22%) Atlassian
16 83 (1.13%) BMC
17 69 (0.94%) MuleSoft
18 67 (0.92%) Palo Alto
19 66 (0.90%) Axway