Period
to 22 October 2017

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 22 October 2017 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 12 18
Rank change year-on-year -4 +6 -1
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7583 9786 8839
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.63% 9.28% 7.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.03% 44.12% 39.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4412 6054 5104
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £231 £260 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £398 £400
% change year-on-year +0.63% -0.63% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 374 496
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £34.00 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.35% +10.03% +47.14%
10th Percentile £13.78 £12.25 £13.50
90th Percentile £51.63 £49.84 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33% +31.87%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 2017. 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 -3 7143 £430 +2.38% 248
UK excluding London -2 4751 £400 +0.63% 172
London -1 2722 £488 +2.63% 92
South East -2 1583 £400 -3.03% 58
South West -2 1068 £425 +6.25% 25
North of England -4 897 £365 +1.39% 37
Midlands -9 541 £400 +4.92% 19
North West +3 460 £423 -6.11% 16
East of England +6 322 £395 +1.94% 15
North East -1 283 £325 - 10
East Midlands +6 272 £400 +2.43% 8
West Midlands -18 264 £400 +4.23% 11
Wales -3 180 £420 -6.67% 13
Scotland -40 169 £360 +8.11% 5
Yorkshire -4 155 £410 -3.53% 11
Northern Ireland -42 10 £390 +43.38%

For the 6 months to 22 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security Cleared also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Security Cleared.

1 5380 (70.95%) SC Cleared
2 1710 (22.55%) Agile Software Development
3 1292 (17.04%) Windows
4 1101 (14.52%) Linux
5 1078 (14.22%) DV Cleared
6 972 (12.82%) Microsoft
7 958 (12.63%) Java
8 770 (10.15%) Finance
9 766 (10.10%) SQL
10 764 (10.08%) ITIL
11 749 (9.88%) DevOps
12 737 (9.72%) Migration
13 707 (9.32%) Project Management
14 641 (8.45%) Oracle
15 616 (8.12%) Active Directory
16 596 (7.86%) VMware
17 548 (7.23%) Scrum
18 546 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
19 527 (6.95%) Amazon AWS
20 525 (6.92%) SAP
21 509 (6.71%) Unix
22 493 (6.50%) Cisco
23 481 (6.34%) Firewall
24 472 (6.22%) Telecoms
25 470 (6.20%) Git (software)
26 461 (6.08%) Python
27 446 (5.88%) Puppet
28 440 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
29 417 (5.50%) BPSS Clearance
30 414 (5.46%) Programme Management

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
1 331 (4.37%) SharePoint
2 234 (3.09%) Confluence
3 208 (2.74%) MS Exchange
4 193 (2.55%) Tomcat
5 183 (2.41%) Apache
6 129 (1.70%) Apache Spark
7 121 (1.60%) WebLogic
8 119 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
9 112 (1.48%) JBoss
10 109 (1.44%) Skype for Business
11 103 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
12 98 (1.29%) nginx
13 86 (1.13%) IIS
14 66 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
15 63 (0.83%) Apache Solr
16 61 (0.80%) OpenStack
17 60 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
18 59 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
19 52 (0.69%) Oracle Application Server
20 49 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 393 (5.18%) Microsoft Office
2 232 (3.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 206 (2.72%) Microsoft Project
4 83 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 80 (1.05%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.15%) Acrobat
8 11 (0.15%) PaintShop Pro
8 11 (0.15%) SPSS
9 6 (0.079%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.079%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.079%) Simulink
10 5 (0.066%) Stata
11 4 (0.053%) Windchill
12 3 (0.040%) OrCAD
13 2 (0.026%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.026%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.026%) InVision
13 2 (0.026%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 47 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.47%) SAP ERP
3 34 (0.45%) Primavera
4 29 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
5 27 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 27 (0.36%) Teamcenter
6 24 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
7 20 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
8 19 (0.25%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 19 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
9 16 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
10 15 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
11 14 (0.18%) SAP HR
12 12 (0.16%) SAP CO
12 12 (0.16%) SAP FI
12 12 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
13 11 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
13 11 (0.15%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
13 11 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
13 11 (0.15%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 527 (6.95%) Amazon AWS
2 321 (4.23%) Office 365
3 219 (2.89%) Microsoft Azure
4 114 (1.50%) GitHub
5 108 (1.42%) IaaS
6 90 (1.19%) PaaS
7 56 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
8 51 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
9 46 (0.61%) Amazon S3
10 44 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
11 37 (0.49%) G Suite
11 37 (0.49%) SaaS
12 32 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
13 28 (0.37%) Serverless
14 27 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 25 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
16 22 (0.29%) Google Drive
17 20 (0.26%) OneDrive
18 16 (0.21%) Route 53
19 15 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 481 (6.34%) Firewall
2 282 (3.72%) DNS
3 269 (3.55%) LAN
4 250 (3.30%) WAN
5 242 (3.19%) TCP/IP
6 200 (2.64%) SAN
7 152 (2.00%) VPN
8 123 (1.62%) HTTP
8 123 (1.62%) Network Security
9 114 (1.50%) DHCP
10 98 (1.29%) Wireless
11 94 (1.24%) Internet
12 80 (1.05%) Kerberos
13 78 (1.03%) VLAN
14 77 (1.02%) SSL
15 76 (1.00%) LDAP
16 75 (0.99%) Skype
17 72 (0.95%) BGP
18 65 (0.86%) NAS
19 64 (0.84%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 371 (4.89%) SQL Server
2 353 (4.66%) PostgreSQL
3 303 (4.00%) Hadoop
4 264 (3.48%) Big Data
5 226 (2.98%) Relational Database
6 198 (2.61%) Oracle Database
7 167 (2.20%) HBase
8 164 (2.16%) MongoDB
9 163 (2.15%) MySQL
10 133 (1.75%) NoSQL
11 126 (1.66%) RDBMS
12 99 (1.31%) Data Warehouse
13 69 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
14 56 (0.74%) Apache Hive
15 54 (0.71%) Redis
16 47 (0.62%) Oracle Database 11g
17 45 (0.59%) Power BI
17 45 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 44 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
19 43 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 470 (6.20%) Git (software)
2 373 (4.92%) JIRA
3 360 (4.75%) Jenkins
4 147 (1.94%) Maven
5 131 (1.73%) Cucumber
6 115 (1.52%) Visual Studio
7 114 (1.50%) Selenium
8 110 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
9 104 (1.37%) JUnit
10 83 (1.09%) GitLab
11 73 (0.96%) Artifactory
12 72 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
12 72 (0.95%) Sonatype Nexus
13 65 (0.86%) IntelliJ
14 64 (0.84%) Vagrant
15 60 (0.79%) SonarQube
16 56 (0.74%) JMeter
17 52 (0.69%) Ant
18 50 (0.66%) Eclipse
19 49 (0.65%) Bitbucket
General
1 770 (10.15%) Finance
2 472 (6.22%) Telecoms
3 356 (4.69%) Manufacturing
4 275 (3.63%) Electronics
5 270 (3.56%) Marketing
6 146 (1.93%) Military
7 67 (0.88%) Law
8 66 (0.87%) Aerospace
9 55 (0.73%) Legal
10 47 (0.62%) Banking
11 26 (0.34%) Publishing
12 25 (0.33%) Back Office
13 18 (0.24%) Retail
14 17 (0.22%) Investment Banking
14 17 (0.22%) Local Government
15 13 (0.17%) Billing
16 11 (0.15%) Avionics
17 10 (0.13%) Digital Economy
18 9 (0.12%) Automotive
19 8 (0.11%) Games
Job Titles
1 955 (12.59%) Developer
2 711 (9.38%) Analyst
3 703 (9.27%) Architect
4 512 (6.75%) Consultant
5 437 (5.76%) Project Manager
6 345 (4.55%) Java Developer
7 287 (3.78%) DevOps Engineer
8 236 (3.11%) Business Analyst
9 233 (3.07%) Administrator
9 233 (3.07%) Support Engineer
10 217 (2.86%) Network Engineer
11 153 (2.02%) Desktop Support
12 128 (1.69%) Software Engineer
13 122 (1.61%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 121 (1.60%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 116 (1.53%) DBA
15 116 (1.53%) Designer
16 115 (1.52%) Solutions Architect
17 113 (1.49%) Unix Engineer
18 112 (1.48%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 355 (4.68%) Web Services
2 284 (3.75%) REST
3 258 (3.40%) HTML
4 242 (3.19%) CSS
5 219 (2.89%) .NET
6 212 (2.80%) Spring
7 197 (2.60%) XML
8 165 (2.18%) RESTful
9 155 (2.04%) Node.js
10 148 (1.95%) JSON
11 137 (1.81%) Kafka
12 129 (1.70%) Spring Boot
13 124 (1.64%) Elastic Stack
14 106 (1.40%) AngularJS
14 106 (1.40%) Apache Camel
14 106 (1.40%) HTML5
15 104 (1.37%) J2EE
16 80 (1.05%) Drools
17 74 (0.98%) Hibernate
17 74 (0.98%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 546 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 308 (4.06%) Data Centre
3 303 (4.00%) Management Information System
4 161 (2.12%) User Experience
5 140 (1.85%) Computer Science
6 131 (1.73%) PKI
7 114 (1.50%) Clustering
8 76 (1.00%) Algorithms
9 68 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
10 66 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
11 55 (0.73%) Private Cloud
12 52 (0.69%) Data Structures
12 52 (0.69%) Driving Licence
13 51 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
13 51 (0.67%) Replication
14 50 (0.66%) Public Cloud
15 49 (0.65%) Blackberry
15 49 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
16 46 (0.61%) CESG
17 44 (0.58%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1292 (17.04%) Windows
2 1101 (14.52%) Linux
3 509 (6.71%) Unix
4 385 (5.08%) Windows Server
5 294 (3.88%) Windows 10
6 267 (3.52%) Solaris
7 234 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 231 (3.05%) Windows 7
9 207 (2.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 204 (2.69%) AIX
11 185 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
12 131 (1.73%) Windows Server 2003
13 127 (1.67%) CentOS
14 83 (1.09%) Apple iOS
15 77 (1.02%) HPUX
16 66 (0.87%) Android
17 64 (0.84%) SUSE
18 59 (0.78%) Ubuntu
19 46 (0.61%) Windows Vista
20 41 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1710 (22.55%) Agile Software Development
2 764 (10.08%) ITIL
3 749 (9.88%) DevOps
4 737 (9.72%) Migration
5 707 (9.32%) Project Management
6 548 (7.23%) Scrum
7 440 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
8 414 (5.46%) Programme Management
9 402 (5.30%) Stakeholder Management
10 370 (4.88%) PRINCE2
10 370 (4.88%) Test Automation
11 369 (4.87%) Configuration Management
12 365 (4.81%) Continuous Integration
13 333 (4.39%) Service Management
14 316 (4.17%) TDD
15 291 (3.84%) Open Source
16 285 (3.76%) Microservices
17 279 (3.68%) Change Management
18 271 (3.57%) Software Engineering
19 257 (3.39%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 958 (12.63%) Java
2 766 (10.10%) SQL
3 461 (6.08%) Python
4 316 (4.17%) JavaScript
5 279 (3.68%) PowerShell
6 267 (3.52%) C
7 265 (3.49%) Bash Shell
8 222 (2.93%) Ruby
9 215 (2.84%) C#
10 152 (2.00%) Shell Script
11 142 (1.87%) Perl
12 136 (1.79%) C++
13 106 (1.40%) Scala
14 93 (1.23%) PL/SQL
15 66 (0.87%) PHP
16 62 (0.82%) Korn
17 57 (0.75%) Go
18 55 (0.73%) ABAP
18 55 (0.73%) T-SQL
19 51 (0.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5380 (70.95%) SC Cleared
2 1078 (14.22%) DV Cleared
3 417 (5.50%) BPSS Clearance
4 390 (5.14%) Degree
5 231 (3.05%) Cisco Certification
6 169 (2.23%) CTC Cleared
7 144 (1.90%) CCNP
8 128 (1.69%) CISSP
9 110 (1.45%) CCNA
10 104 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
11 100 (1.32%) ISEB
12 86 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
13 82 (1.08%) PMI Certification
14 76 (1.00%) ISTQB
15 71 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
16 64 (0.84%) BC Cleared
16 64 (0.84%) PMP
17 62 (0.82%) MCSE
18 59 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 57 (0.75%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 190 (2.51%) QA
2 156 (2.06%) Disclosure Scotland
2 156 (2.06%) PMO
3 134 (1.77%) SLA
4 131 (1.73%) Data Quality
5 92 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 42 (0.55%) JSP 440
7 40 (0.53%) GDPR
8 34 (0.45%) ISO 9001
8 34 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 30 (0.40%) PCI DSS
10 29 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 21 (0.28%) WCAG
12 18 (0.24%) COBIT
12 18 (0.24%) HL7
13 17 (0.22%) RMADS
14 12 (0.16%) Def Stans
15 11 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
15 11 (0.15%) PSD2
16 10 (0.13%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 616 (8.12%) Active Directory
2 352 (4.64%) Docker
3 326 (4.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 113 (1.49%) Hyper-V
5 95 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
6 86 (1.13%) HDFS
7 73 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
8 72 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
9 67 (0.88%) vSphere
10 49 (0.65%) XenApp
11 44 (0.58%) KVM
12 40 (0.53%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 39 (0.51%) Oracle RAC
13 39 (0.51%) Samba
14 38 (0.50%) Xen
15 36 (0.47%) VMware NSX
16 32 (0.42%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 29 (0.38%) vCloud
18 27 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 27 (0.36%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 446 (5.88%) Puppet
2 344 (4.54%) Ansible
3 232 (3.06%) Kubernetes
4 210 (2.77%) SCCM
5 181 (2.39%) Terraform
6 150 (1.98%) Opscode Chef
7 119 (1.57%) logstash
8 93 (1.23%) Kibana
9 79 (1.04%) NetBackup
10 68 (0.90%) SCOM
11 64 (0.84%) ZABBIX
12 51 (0.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 49 (0.65%) Data Guard
14 47 (0.62%) Oracle RMAN
14 47 (0.62%) Sysdig
15 46 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
16 40 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
17 38 (0.50%) Netcool
17 38 (0.50%) WSUS
18 36 (0.47%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 972 (12.82%) Microsoft
2 641 (8.45%) Oracle
3 596 (7.86%) VMware
4 525 (6.92%) SAP
5 493 (6.50%) Cisco
6 319 (4.21%) HP
7 279 (3.68%) Red Hat
8 187 (2.47%) Juniper
9 184 (2.43%) IBM
10 175 (2.31%) Citrix
11 125 (1.65%) F5
12 116 (1.53%) McAfee
13 112 (1.48%) CheckPoint
14 105 (1.38%) Sun
15 100 (1.32%) Google
16 91 (1.20%) Veritas
17 88 (1.16%) EMC
18 80 (1.05%) Motorola
19 78 (1.03%) Cognos
20 71 (0.94%) Remedy