Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 14 11 13
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2 +3
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7,856 8,875 9,511
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.86% 9.32% 8.81%
As % of the Qualifications category 41.92% 45.06% 42.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,710 5,675 5,684
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £216 £275 £263
90th Percentile £610 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 376 447 455
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £37.50 £37.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.67% +1.11% +85.45%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.50 £14.18
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £54.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.70 £37.75 £37.09
% change year-on-year -16.04% +1.78% +48.36%

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 18,742 19,695 22,374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.76% 20.69% 20.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,495 12,459 13,640
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 844 896 1,026
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.19 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.05% -1.13% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.08 £12.06 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.34 £27.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -4.21% -5.17% +48.72%

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 February 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 18 February 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 18 February 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 -3 7,251 £450 +5.88% 876
UK excluding London -2 4,552 £413 +0.61% 714
London +5 3,155 £500 +5.26% 226
South East -3 1,619 £425 - 248
South West -1 863 £463 +10.12% 167
North of England -20 647 £400 - 92
Midlands -2 631 £400 +1.98% 67
North West -7 374 £425 -10.53% 54
East of England +9 343 £400 - 77
East Midlands +10 331 £391 -2.25% 17
Wales 0 304 £423 -6.11% 24
West Midlands -12 297 £437 +13.80% 50
Scotland -42 163 £364 +6.99% 39
North East -6 155 £325 -4.41% 19
Yorkshire -43 120 £370 -12.94% 19
Northern Ireland -8 14 £488 +8.33% 1

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 5,565 (70.84%) SC Cleared
2 1,811 (23.05%) Agile Software Development
3 1,325 (16.87%) Windows
4 1,127 (14.35%) Java
5 1,111 (14.14%) DV Cleared
6 1,040 (13.24%) Linux
7 1,002 (12.75%) Microsoft
8 889 (11.32%) DevOps
9 772 (9.83%) Active Directory
10 758 (9.65%) Amazon AWS
11 743 (9.46%) ITIL
12 704 (8.96%) Project Management
13 692 (8.81%) SQL
14 691 (8.80%) Migration
15 643 (8.18%) Finance
16 603 (7.68%) Cisco
17 593 (7.55%) VMware
18 558 (7.10%) Oracle
19 503 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
20 492 (6.26%) Test Automation
21 489 (6.22%) Firewall
21 489 (6.22%) Scrum
22 475 (6.05%) Jenkins
23 472 (6.01%) Python
24 466 (5.93%) Git (software)
25 447 (5.69%) Stakeholder Management
26 444 (5.65%) Unix
27 426 (5.42%) Continuous Integration
28 424 (5.40%) Windows Server
29 423 (5.38%) Web Services

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
1 322 (4.10%) SharePoint
2 226 (2.88%) Confluence
3 177 (2.25%) Tomcat
4 166 (2.11%) MS Exchange
5 111 (1.41%) Apache
6 102 (1.30%) Elasticsearch
7 99 (1.26%) IIS
8 93 (1.18%) Skype for Business
9 81 (1.03%) nginx
10 80 (1.02%) Apache Spark
11 67 (0.85%) JBoss
12 62 (0.79%) WebLogic
13 61 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
14 51 (0.65%) WildFly
15 50 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
16 48 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
17 47 (0.60%) WebSphere
18 42 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
19 39 (0.50%) SAS
20 37 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 351 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 226 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 162 (2.06%) Microsoft Project
4 78 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 66 (0.84%) MS Visio
6 39 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.15%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.13%) PaintShop Pro
9 8 (0.10%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.10%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.089%) AutoCAD
10 7 (0.089%) Simulink
10 7 (0.089%) SPSS
10 7 (0.089%) Windchill
11 3 (0.038%) GIMP
11 3 (0.038%) Revit
11 3 (0.038%) Stata
12 2 (0.025%) Adobe Captivate
12 2 (0.025%) InVision
13 1 (0.013%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 44 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.38%) Primavera
3 28 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
4 26 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 25 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
6 21 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 17 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
8 15 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
9 13 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
10 12 (0.15%) SAP HR
11 11 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
11 11 (0.14%) Teamcenter
12 10 (0.13%) SAP MM
13 8 (0.10%) ResourceLink
14 7 (0.089%) Dynamics GP
14 7 (0.089%) Oracle Cash Management
14 7 (0.089%) SAP ERP
14 7 (0.089%) SAP Payroll
14 7 (0.089%) Unit4 Business World
15 6 (0.076%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 758 (9.65%) Amazon AWS
2 365 (4.65%) Office 365
3 358 (4.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 115 (1.46%) PaaS
5 112 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
6 110 (1.40%) Amazon S3
7 101 (1.29%) IaaS
8 81 (1.03%) SaaS
9 65 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
10 60 (0.76%) Amazon ELB
11 59 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
11 59 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
12 57 (0.73%) GitHub
13 56 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 51 (0.65%) Serverless
15 46 (0.59%) Route 53
16 35 (0.45%) AWS Lambda
17 32 (0.41%) G Suite
18 28 (0.36%) OneDrive
19 26 (0.33%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 489 (6.22%) Firewall
2 274 (3.49%) DNS
3 262 (3.34%) WAN
4 225 (2.86%) LAN
5 204 (2.60%) TCP/IP
5 204 (2.60%) VPN
6 170 (2.16%) Network Security
7 142 (1.81%) Internet
8 136 (1.73%) SAN
9 128 (1.63%) DHCP
10 120 (1.53%) Wireless
11 113 (1.44%) Cisco ASA
12 99 (1.26%) BGP
13 89 (1.13%) SSL
14 87 (1.11%) Skype
15 84 (1.07%) HTTP
16 81 (1.03%) VLAN
17 75 (0.95%) MPLS
18 74 (0.94%) Cisco Nexus
19 70 (0.89%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 387 (4.93%) SQL Server
2 312 (3.97%) PostgreSQL
3 247 (3.14%) Big Data
4 233 (2.97%) Hadoop
5 225 (2.86%) Relational Database
6 180 (2.29%) Oracle Database
7 142 (1.81%) MongoDB
8 130 (1.65%) RDBMS
9 118 (1.50%) MySQL
10 106 (1.35%) NoSQL
11 86 (1.09%) HBase
12 81 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
13 77 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
14 74 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
15 72 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
16 69 (0.88%) Power BI
17 67 (0.85%) Redis
18 64 (0.81%) GIS
19 53 (0.67%) Oracle Database 10g
20 45 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 475 (6.05%) Jenkins
2 466 (5.93%) Git (software)
3 379 (4.82%) JIRA
4 178 (2.27%) Maven
5 165 (2.10%) Selenium
6 142 (1.81%) JUnit
7 106 (1.35%) Cucumber
8 90 (1.15%) SonarQube
9 87 (1.11%) Visual Studio
10 86 (1.09%) Artifactory
10 86 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
11 73 (0.93%) Vagrant
12 72 (0.92%) Mockito
13 63 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
14 61 (0.78%) JMeter
15 58 (0.74%) Liquibase
15 58 (0.74%) Subversion
16 55 (0.70%) Ant
17 54 (0.69%) Bitbucket
18 52 (0.66%) GitLab
General
1 643 (8.18%) Finance
2 253 (3.22%) Telecoms
3 217 (2.76%) Manufacturing
4 133 (1.69%) Law
5 126 (1.60%) Military
6 111 (1.41%) Electronics
7 108 (1.37%) Marketing
8 83 (1.06%) Legal
9 45 (0.57%) Retail
10 36 (0.46%) Aerospace
11 35 (0.45%) Banking
11 35 (0.45%) Publishing
12 31 (0.39%) Games
13 25 (0.32%) Financial Institution
14 19 (0.24%) Billing
15 16 (0.20%) Local Government
16 14 (0.18%) Back Office
17 7 (0.089%) Advertising
18 6 (0.076%) French Language
19 5 (0.064%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,033 (13.15%) Developer
2 817 (10.40%) Analyst
3 784 (9.98%) Architect
4 508 (6.47%) Consultant
5 447 (5.69%) Project Manager
6 444 (5.65%) Java Developer
7 331 (4.21%) DevOps Engineer
8 309 (3.93%) Business Analyst
9 296 (3.77%) Network Engineer
10 278 (3.54%) Support Engineer
11 191 (2.43%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 182 (2.32%) Administrator
13 162 (2.06%) Desktop Support
14 153 (1.95%) AWS DevOps
15 132 (1.68%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 132 (1.68%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 126 (1.60%) AWS Engineer
16 126 (1.60%) Tester
17 124 (1.58%) Designer
18 118 (1.50%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 423 (5.38%) Web Services
2 262 (3.34%) REST
3 239 (3.04%) HTML
4 208 (2.65%) CSS
5 204 (2.60%) .NET
6 201 (2.56%) Spring
7 171 (2.18%) XML
8 165 (2.10%) JSON
9 162 (2.06%) Node.js
10 146 (1.86%) RESTful
11 133 (1.69%) J2EE
12 107 (1.36%) Hibernate
12 107 (1.36%) Spring Boot
13 101 (1.29%) JMS
14 99 (1.26%) Elastic Stack
15 97 (1.23%) AngularJS
16 89 (1.13%) SOAP
17 88 (1.12%) Java EE
18 86 (1.09%) HTML5
18 86 (1.09%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 503 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
2 282 (3.59%) Management Information System
3 277 (3.53%) Data Centre
4 131 (1.67%) User Experience
5 103 (1.31%) PKI
6 97 (1.23%) Public Cloud
7 86 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
8 84 (1.07%) Clustering
9 76 (0.97%) Computer Science
10 55 (0.70%) Greenfield Project
10 55 (0.70%) Replication
10 55 (0.70%) Smartphone
11 52 (0.66%) Data Protection Act
12 49 (0.62%) Driving Licence
12 49 (0.62%) NHS
13 39 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
13 39 (0.50%) PMI
14 38 (0.48%) Algorithms
14 38 (0.48%) CESG
15 36 (0.46%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,325 (16.87%) Windows
2 1,040 (13.24%) Linux
3 444 (5.65%) Unix
4 424 (5.40%) Windows Server
5 342 (4.35%) Windows 10
6 287 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 260 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
8 220 (2.80%) Windows 7
9 211 (2.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 153 (1.95%) CentOS
11 147 (1.87%) Solaris
12 111 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
13 106 (1.35%) AIX
14 92 (1.17%) Apple iOS
15 91 (1.16%) Android
16 55 (0.70%) VMS
17 54 (0.69%) Windows Vista
18 52 (0.66%) Windows XP
19 35 (0.45%) HPUX
20 34 (0.43%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,811 (23.05%) Agile Software Development
2 889 (11.32%) DevOps
3 743 (9.46%) ITIL
4 704 (8.96%) Project Management
5 691 (8.80%) Migration
6 492 (6.26%) Test Automation
7 489 (6.22%) Scrum
8 447 (5.69%) Stakeholder Management
9 426 (5.42%) Continuous Integration
10 410 (5.22%) PRINCE2
11 339 (4.32%) Open Source
11 339 (4.32%) Service Management
12 328 (4.18%) Configuration Management
13 318 (4.05%) TDD
14 305 (3.88%) Business Intelligence
15 292 (3.72%) Service Delivery
16 288 (3.67%) Change Management
17 270 (3.44%) Software Engineering
18 261 (3.32%) Programme Management
19 246 (3.13%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,127 (14.35%) Java
2 692 (8.81%) SQL
3 472 (6.01%) Python
4 369 (4.70%) JavaScript
5 354 (4.51%) PowerShell
6 298 (3.79%) C
7 221 (2.81%) Ruby
8 211 (2.69%) Bash Shell
9 177 (2.25%) C#
10 139 (1.77%) Shell Script
11 112 (1.43%) Perl
12 109 (1.39%) PL/SQL
13 105 (1.34%) Groovy
14 100 (1.27%) C++
15 81 (1.03%) PHP
16 74 (0.94%) Scala
17 53 (0.67%) R
18 48 (0.61%) JPQL
19 44 (0.56%) T-SQL
20 39 (0.50%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5,565 (70.84%) SC Cleared
2 1,111 (14.14%) DV Cleared
3 350 (4.46%) BPSS Clearance
4 321 (4.09%) Degree
5 286 (3.64%) Cisco Certification
6 234 (2.98%) CTC Cleared
7 162 (2.06%) CCNP
8 124 (1.58%) CISSP
9 120 (1.53%) CCNA
10 113 (1.44%) ISEB
11 97 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
12 88 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 77 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
14 66 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 65 (0.83%) PMI Certification
16 61 (0.78%) CCIE
16 61 (0.78%) ISTQB
17 60 (0.76%) MCSE
18 53 (0.67%) CESG Certified Professional
19 51 (0.65%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (2.47%) QA
2 157 (2.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 150 (1.91%) PMO
4 144 (1.83%) SLA
5 85 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 73 (0.93%) Data Quality
7 62 (0.79%) GDPR
8 34 (0.43%) RMADS
9 32 (0.41%) JSP 440
9 32 (0.41%) PCI DSS
10 31 (0.39%) ISO 9001
11 27 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 21 (0.27%) COBIT
13 17 (0.22%) WCAG
14 15 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 14 (0.18%) Def Stans
16 13 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
17 11 (0.14%) HL7
18 9 (0.11%) ISO 22301
18 9 (0.11%) P3O
System Software
1 772 (9.83%) Active Directory
2 421 (5.36%) Docker
3 353 (4.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 149 (1.90%) vSphere
5 114 (1.45%) Hyper-V
6 100 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
7 64 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
8 57 (0.73%) HDFS
9 45 (0.57%) XenApp
10 42 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
11 37 (0.47%) XenDesktop
12 31 (0.39%) NFS
13 27 (0.34%) BitLocker
14 26 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
14 26 (0.33%) vCloud
15 23 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
16 22 (0.28%) flannel
17 21 (0.27%) ProxySG
18 20 (0.25%) KVM
19 19 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 394 (5.02%) Puppet
2 357 (4.54%) Ansible
3 256 (3.26%) SCCM
4 240 (3.05%) Terraform
5 231 (2.94%) Kubernetes
6 147 (1.87%) Opscode Chef
7 128 (1.63%) SCOM
8 115 (1.46%) logstash
9 72 (0.92%) Kibana
10 58 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
11 57 (0.73%) ZABBIX
12 55 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
13 52 (0.66%) NetBackup
14 49 (0.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 48 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
16 44 (0.56%) WSUS
17 42 (0.53%) EMC NetWorker
17 42 (0.53%) Nagios
18 39 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
19 35 (0.45%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1,002 (12.75%) Microsoft
2 603 (7.68%) Cisco
3 593 (7.55%) VMware
4 558 (7.10%) Oracle
5 303 (3.86%) HP
6 293 (3.73%) SAP
7 260 (3.31%) Red Hat
8 237 (3.02%) Juniper
9 172 (2.19%) Citrix
10 170 (2.16%) IBM
11 148 (1.88%) McAfee
12 133 (1.69%) CheckPoint
13 116 (1.48%) Google
14 103 (1.31%) Remedy
15 95 (1.21%) F5
16 91 (1.16%) EMC
17 90 (1.15%) ServiceNow
18 89 (1.13%) NetApp
19 81 (1.03%) Splunk
20 73 (0.93%) SolarWinds