Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 12 17
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5 0
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 7863 9565 9069
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.63% 9.09% 7.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 40.85% 44.03% 40.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4648 5988 5271
UK median daily rate £432 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.92% +5.00% +0.63%
10th Percentile £225 £263 £263
90th Percentile £600 £583 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 440 390 490
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £32.58 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.31% +5.43% +54.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £13.95
90th Percentile £50.80 £50.00 £51.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £30.75 £30.90
% change year-on-year +10.57% -0.49% +50.73%

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 19249 21726 22502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.64% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11801 13552 13564
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £221 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 871 1086
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.54 £25.06
% change year-on-year +3.63% +5.90% +31.89%

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 23 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 -4 7376 £438 +2.94% 364
UK excluding London -2 4842 £400 - 242
London -2 2895 £500 +5.26% 139
South East -2 1668 £414 +0.36% 83
South West -2 1037 £425 +3.66% 39
North of England -8 815 £375 - 34
Midlands -4 598 £400 +4.58% 34
North West +3 450 £408 -9.44% 12
East of England +11 353 £375 -6.25% 37
East Midlands +6 309 £380 - 10
West Midlands -11 286 £411 +4.78% 23
North East -1 227 £325 -1.52% 5
Wales -2 216 £413 -8.33% 9
Scotland -40 169 £350 +2.94% 7
Yorkshire -19 139 £435 +2.35% 17
Northern Ireland - 10 £390 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 5546 (70.53%) SC Cleared
2 1835 (23.34%) Agile Software Development
3 1318 (16.76%) Windows
4 1135 (14.43%) Linux
5 1134 (14.42%) DV Cleared
6 1056 (13.43%) Java
7 983 (12.50%) Microsoft
8 825 (10.49%) DevOps
9 780 (9.92%) SQL
10 759 (9.65%) ITIL
11 754 (9.59%) Finance
12 714 (9.08%) Migration
13 695 (8.84%) Project Management
14 670 (8.52%) Active Directory
15 653 (8.30%) Oracle
16 636 (8.09%) VMware
17 620 (7.89%) Amazon AWS
18 558 (7.10%) Cisco
19 549 (6.98%) Scrum
20 542 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
21 529 (6.73%) Unix
22 493 (6.27%) Python
23 481 (6.12%) Git (software)
24 474 (6.03%) Firewall
25 465 (5.91%) SAP
26 449 (5.71%) Puppet
27 439 (5.58%) Stakeholder Management
28 426 (5.42%) Telecoms
29 424 (5.39%) Business Intelligence
30 416 (5.29%) Jenkins

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
1 338 (4.30%) SharePoint
2 268 (3.41%) Confluence
3 206 (2.62%) MS Exchange
4 197 (2.51%) Tomcat
5 169 (2.15%) Apache
6 130 (1.65%) Apache Spark
7 118 (1.50%) Skype for Business
8 111 (1.41%) WebLogic
9 105 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
10 102 (1.30%) IIS
11 101 (1.28%) nginx
12 99 (1.26%) JBoss
13 88 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
14 70 (0.89%) OpenStack
15 62 (0.79%) Apache Solr
16 59 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2013
16 59 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
17 54 (0.69%) SharePoint 2010
17 54 (0.69%) WebSphere
18 50 (0.64%) SAS
Applications
1 367 (4.67%) Microsoft Office
2 213 (2.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 205 (2.61%) Microsoft Project
4 82 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 64 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 42 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.17%) Acrobat
9 12 (0.15%) SPSS
10 11 (0.14%) PaintShop Pro
11 6 (0.076%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.076%) Simulink
12 5 (0.064%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.051%) Stata
13 4 (0.051%) Windchill
14 3 (0.038%) AutoCAD
15 2 (0.025%) Adobe After Effects
15 2 (0.025%) InVision
15 2 (0.025%) OrCAD
15 2 (0.025%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 51 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 41 (0.52%) Primavera
3 30 (0.38%) SAP ERP
4 29 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 28 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
6 26 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 25 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
7 25 (0.32%) Teamcenter
8 23 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
9 21 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 17 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
11 14 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
12 13 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
13 12 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
14 11 (0.14%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
14 11 (0.14%) SAP CO
14 11 (0.14%) SAP FI
14 11 (0.14%) SAP HR
14 11 (0.14%) SAP MM
15 10 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 620 (7.89%) Amazon AWS
2 322 (4.10%) Office 365
3 233 (2.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 128 (1.63%) GitHub
5 92 (1.17%) PaaS
6 90 (1.14%) IaaS
7 80 (1.02%) Amazon S3
8 75 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
9 72 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
10 56 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
11 46 (0.59%) SaaS
12 44 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
13 40 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 36 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
15 34 (0.43%) Route 53
16 32 (0.41%) Serverless
17 28 (0.36%) G Suite
18 25 (0.32%) OneDrive
19 18 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
20 16 (0.20%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 474 (6.03%) Firewall
2 309 (3.93%) DNS
3 306 (3.89%) LAN
4 286 (3.64%) WAN
5 244 (3.10%) TCP/IP
6 208 (2.65%) SAN
7 168 (2.14%) VPN
8 139 (1.77%) Network Security
9 125 (1.59%) Internet
10 115 (1.46%) DHCP
11 113 (1.44%) HTTP
12 103 (1.31%) Wireless
13 95 (1.21%) Kerberos
14 91 (1.16%) SSL
15 84 (1.07%) Skype
16 77 (0.98%) VLAN
17 75 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
17 75 (0.95%) NAS
18 74 (0.94%) LDAP
19 68 (0.86%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 406 (5.16%) SQL Server
2 375 (4.77%) PostgreSQL
3 321 (4.08%) Hadoop
4 301 (3.83%) Big Data
5 210 (2.67%) Relational Database
6 203 (2.58%) Oracle Database
7 187 (2.38%) MongoDB
8 183 (2.33%) HBase
9 168 (2.14%) MySQL
10 134 (1.70%) NoSQL
11 119 (1.51%) RDBMS
12 90 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
13 71 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
14 61 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
15 55 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
16 54 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 51 (0.65%) Apache Hive
18 50 (0.64%) Redis
19 46 (0.59%) Power BI
20 45 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 481 (6.12%) Git (software)
2 416 (5.29%) Jenkins
3 409 (5.20%) JIRA
4 156 (1.98%) Maven
5 141 (1.79%) Cucumber
6 133 (1.69%) Selenium
7 123 (1.56%) JUnit
8 110 (1.40%) Visual Studio
9 109 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 95 (1.21%) GitLab
11 83 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
12 78 (0.99%) Artifactory
13 76 (0.97%) SonarQube
14 72 (0.92%) JMeter
15 71 (0.90%) IntelliJ
16 67 (0.85%) Vagrant
17 66 (0.84%) Rational DOORS
18 62 (0.79%) Ant
19 61 (0.78%) Bitbucket
20 56 (0.71%) Liquibase
General
1 754 (9.59%) Finance
2 426 (5.42%) Telecoms
3 305 (3.88%) Manufacturing
4 228 (2.90%) Electronics
5 226 (2.87%) Marketing
6 139 (1.77%) Military
7 73 (0.93%) Law
8 59 (0.75%) Legal
9 58 (0.74%) Aerospace
10 49 (0.62%) Banking
11 41 (0.52%) Publishing
12 24 (0.31%) Back Office
12 24 (0.31%) Retail
13 16 (0.20%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.20%) Investment Banking
13 16 (0.20%) Local Government
14 11 (0.14%) Billing
14 11 (0.14%) Games
15 10 (0.13%) Digital Economy
16 8 (0.10%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1018 (12.95%) Developer
2 753 (9.58%) Analyst
3 726 (9.23%) Architect
4 510 (6.49%) Consultant
5 453 (5.76%) Project Manager
6 379 (4.82%) Java Developer
7 338 (4.30%) DevOps Engineer
8 278 (3.54%) Business Analyst
9 253 (3.22%) Network Engineer
10 241 (3.06%) Support Engineer
11 226 (2.87%) Administrator
12 161 (2.05%) Desktop Support
13 144 (1.83%) SC Cleared Project Manager
14 131 (1.67%) SC Cleared Java Developer
15 124 (1.58%) Designer
16 115 (1.46%) Software Engineer
17 110 (1.40%) AWS DevOps
17 110 (1.40%) DBA
17 110 (1.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 108 (1.37%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 398 (5.06%) Web Services
2 307 (3.90%) REST
3 267 (3.40%) HTML
4 245 (3.12%) CSS
5 234 (2.98%) Spring
6 211 (2.68%) .NET
6 211 (2.68%) XML
7 195 (2.48%) JSON
8 161 (2.05%) RESTful
9 158 (2.01%) Node.js
10 145 (1.84%) Kafka
11 144 (1.83%) Spring Boot
12 130 (1.65%) Elastic Stack
13 118 (1.50%) Apache Camel
14 112 (1.42%) HTML5
15 111 (1.41%) AngularJS
16 109 (1.39%) J2EE
17 86 (1.09%) Drools
18 85 (1.08%) SOAP
19 84 (1.07%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 542 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
2 319 (4.06%) Data Centre
3 313 (3.98%) Management Information System
4 160 (2.03%) User Experience
5 137 (1.74%) PKI
6 136 (1.73%) Computer Science
7 101 (1.28%) Clustering
8 82 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
9 81 (1.03%) Algorithms
10 64 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
11 63 (0.80%) Replication
12 58 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
13 55 (0.70%) CESG
13 55 (0.70%) Public Cloud
14 54 (0.69%) Data Structures
15 53 (0.67%) Driving Licence
16 47 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
16 47 (0.60%) NHS
17 44 (0.56%) CMDB
18 41 (0.52%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1318 (16.76%) Windows
2 1135 (14.43%) Linux
3 529 (6.73%) Unix
4 401 (5.10%) Windows Server
5 320 (4.07%) Windows 10
6 253 (3.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 247 (3.14%) Solaris
8 238 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
9 236 (3.00%) Windows 7
10 185 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
11 182 (2.31%) AIX
12 123 (1.56%) CentOS
13 122 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
14 72 (0.92%) Apple iOS
15 62 (0.79%) HPUX
16 59 (0.75%) Ubuntu
17 57 (0.72%) Android
18 53 (0.67%) SUSE
19 47 (0.60%) Windows Vista
20 43 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1835 (23.34%) Agile Software Development
2 825 (10.49%) DevOps
3 759 (9.65%) ITIL
4 714 (9.08%) Migration
5 695 (8.84%) Project Management
6 549 (6.98%) Scrum
7 439 (5.58%) Stakeholder Management
8 424 (5.39%) Business Intelligence
9 403 (5.13%) Test Automation
10 399 (5.07%) Continuous Integration
11 395 (5.02%) PRINCE2
12 375 (4.77%) Configuration Management
13 365 (4.64%) Programme Management
14 339 (4.31%) TDD
15 331 (4.21%) Service Management
16 314 (3.99%) Open Source
17 301 (3.83%) Microservices
18 273 (3.47%) Change Management
19 266 (3.38%) Service Design
20 251 (3.19%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1056 (13.43%) Java
2 780 (9.92%) SQL
3 493 (6.27%) Python
4 331 (4.21%) JavaScript
5 300 (3.82%) PowerShell
6 264 (3.36%) Bash Shell
7 258 (3.28%) C
8 230 (2.93%) Ruby
9 204 (2.59%) C#
10 164 (2.09%) Perl
11 148 (1.88%) Shell Script
12 116 (1.48%) C++
12 116 (1.48%) Scala
13 102 (1.30%) PL/SQL
14 83 (1.06%) PHP
15 63 (0.80%) T-SQL
16 60 (0.76%) ABAP
17 52 (0.66%) Korn
17 52 (0.66%) VBScript
18 47 (0.60%) Go
Qualifications
1 5546 (70.53%) SC Cleared
2 1134 (14.42%) DV Cleared
3 415 (5.28%) BPSS Clearance
4 383 (4.87%) Degree
5 244 (3.10%) Cisco Certification
6 192 (2.44%) CTC Cleared
7 142 (1.81%) CCNP
8 119 (1.51%) CISSP
9 107 (1.36%) ISEB
10 103 (1.31%) CCNA
11 96 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
12 91 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
13 74 (0.94%) PMI Certification
14 70 (0.89%) ISTQB
15 67 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
16 64 (0.81%) CCIE
17 62 (0.79%) PMP
18 60 (0.76%) BC Cleared
18 60 (0.76%) MCSE
19 59 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 199 (2.53%) QA
2 161 (2.05%) PMO
3 141 (1.79%) Disclosure Scotland
4 137 (1.74%) Data Quality
5 135 (1.72%) SLA
6 100 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 44 (0.56%) GDPR
8 41 (0.52%) JSP 440
9 38 (0.48%) ISO 9001
10 31 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 30 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 24 (0.31%) COBIT
13 22 (0.28%) PCI DSS
14 21 (0.27%) RMADS
15 17 (0.22%) HL7
15 17 (0.22%) WCAG
16 15 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
17 12 (0.15%) Def Stans
17 12 (0.15%) ISO 22301
18 8 (0.10%) GPG13
System Software
1 670 (8.52%) Active Directory
2 393 (5.00%) Docker
3 347 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 130 (1.65%) Hyper-V
5 98 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
5 98 (1.25%) vSphere
6 91 (1.16%) HDFS
7 84 (1.07%) Microsoft App-V
8 73 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
9 51 (0.65%) XenApp
10 46 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
11 41 (0.52%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 41 (0.52%) KVM
12 38 (0.48%) Samba
13 37 (0.47%) Xen
14 33 (0.42%) VMware NSX
15 32 (0.41%) vCloud
16 31 (0.39%) XenDesktop
17 26 (0.33%) Apache Flume
18 25 (0.32%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 449 (5.71%) Puppet
2 363 (4.62%) Ansible
3 259 (3.29%) Kubernetes
4 231 (2.94%) SCCM
5 212 (2.70%) Terraform
6 155 (1.97%) Opscode Chef
7 130 (1.65%) logstash
8 91 (1.16%) Kibana
9 83 (1.06%) NetBackup
10 74 (0.94%) SCOM
11 69 (0.88%) ZABBIX
12 54 (0.69%) Oracle RMAN
13 51 (0.65%) Data Guard
14 48 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
14 48 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 47 (0.60%) WSUS
16 43 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
17 41 (0.52%) Sysdig
18 35 (0.45%) Prometheus
18 35 (0.45%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 983 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 653 (8.30%) Oracle
3 636 (8.09%) VMware
4 558 (7.10%) Cisco
5 465 (5.91%) SAP
6 313 (3.98%) HP
7 265 (3.37%) Red Hat
8 215 (2.73%) Juniper
9 180 (2.29%) Citrix
10 179 (2.28%) IBM
11 124 (1.58%) McAfee
12 118 (1.50%) F5
13 115 (1.46%) CheckPoint
14 92 (1.17%) Google
14 92 (1.17%) Sun
15 88 (1.12%) EMC
16 84 (1.07%) Cognos
17 79 (1.00%) Veritas
18 77 (0.98%) Remedy
19 76 (0.97%) Motorola