Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 13 17
Rank change year-on-year +9 +4 -2
Contract jobs citing Security Cleared 4,804 7,929 8,325
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 16.31% 9.01% 8.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 63.51% 46.01% 43.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,269 4,903 4,883
Median daily rate £495 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £250
90th Percentile £638 £630 £617
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £460 £425
% change year-on-year +3.26% +8.24% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 276 454 481
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +68.00% -28.57%
10th Percentile £19.99 £15.04 £13.00
90th Percentile £58.13 £64.63 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £31.94
% change year-on-year -16.67% +31.49% -10.02%

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 7,564 17,233 19,073
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.68% 19.59% 18.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,566 10,504 11,249
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £290 £263 £245
90th Percentile £638 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £415
% change year-on-year +2.27% +6.02% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 834 974
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +50.00% -15.25%
10th Percentile £17.60 £14.04 £12.83
90th Percentile £60.75 £59.52 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £39.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.26% +56.00% -21.88%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 +9 4,229 £500 +5.26% 725
UK excluding London +7 2,770 £475 +3.26% 581
London +20 1,623 £525 +0.96% 193
South East +8 797 £495 +13.14% 165
South West +1 780 £475 - 152
Work from Home +21 591 £500 - 52
North of England +8 390 £495 +10.00% 48
Midlands +10 307 £432 -6.59% 79
West Midlands +8 252 £438 -5.41% 62
North West +6 246 £463 +0.54% 27
East of England +9 186 £475 +5.56% 80
Scotland +20 185 £445 -7.29% 43
Wales +3 126 £450 -5.26% 15
Yorkshire +29 73 £525 +23.53% 13
North East +9 69 £488 +14.71% 8
East Midlands +11 55 £423 -3.43% 15
Northern Ireland +13 10 £435 +36.47% 4

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 3,663 (76.25%) SC Cleared
2 1,236 (25.73%) Agile Software Development
3 917 (19.09%) DV Cleared
4 814 (16.94%) Public Sector
5 686 (14.28%) Windows
6 684 (14.24%) DevOps
7 638 (13.28%) Oracle
8 635 (13.22%) Microsoft
9 606 (12.61%) AWS
10 589 (12.26%) Java
11 559 (11.64%) SQL
12 541 (11.26%) Azure
13 502 (10.45%) Linux
14 433 (9.01%) Migration
15 424 (8.83%) Python
16 376 (7.83%) VMware
17 344 (7.16%) PowerShell
17 344 (7.16%) Jenkins
18 342 (7.12%) ITIL
19 339 (7.06%) Active Directory
20 335 (6.97%) Scrum
20 335 (6.97%) Test Automation
21 329 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
22 317 (6.60%) Finance
22 317 (6.60%) JavaScript
23 315 (6.56%) Git (software)
24 308 (6.41%) Docker
25 302 (6.29%) Project Management
26 284 (5.91%) Stakeholder Management
27 276 (5.75%) JIRA

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
1 180 (3.75%) SharePoint
2 167 (3.48%) Confluence
3 77 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
4 73 (1.52%) WebLogic
5 71 (1.48%) Apache
6 65 (1.35%) Skype for Business
7 64 (1.33%) Apache Spark
7 64 (1.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 58 (1.21%) Tomcat
9 46 (0.96%) MS Exchange
10 44 (0.92%) IIS
11 41 (0.85%) JBoss
12 27 (0.56%) WebSphere
13 26 (0.54%) ArcGIS
14 24 (0.50%) Red Hat Fuse
14 24 (0.50%) SAS
15 21 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
16 19 (0.40%) NServiceBus
17 18 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
18 16 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 187 (3.89%) Microsoft Office
2 142 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 55 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 53 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 45 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
6 35 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 16 (0.33%) Simulink
9 14 (0.29%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.12%) RoboHelp
11 3 (0.062%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.042%) CATIA
12 2 (0.042%) Siemens NX
12 2 (0.042%) Sketch
13 1 (0.021%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.021%) Autodesk Inventor
13 1 (0.021%) OrCAD
13 1 (0.021%) Revit
13 1 (0.021%) Stata
13 1 (0.021%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 57 (1.19%) Oracle Payables
2 46 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
3 42 (0.87%) Oracle ERP
4 32 (0.67%) Oracle Cash Management
5 30 (0.62%) Oracle Receivables
6 29 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
7 25 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
8 24 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
9 23 (0.48%) Teamcenter
10 22 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
11 20 (0.42%) Oracle Payroll
12 18 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
13 13 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
14 8 (0.17%) Primavera
14 8 (0.17%) SAP FI-CA
15 7 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
15 7 (0.15%) PeopleSoft HCM
15 7 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
16 5 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
16 5 (0.10%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 606 (12.61%) AWS
2 541 (11.26%) Azure
3 132 (2.75%) Office 365
4 114 (2.37%) SaaS
5 110 (2.29%) PaaS
6 70 (1.46%) IaaS
7 69 (1.44%) Power Platform
8 66 (1.37%) Amazon S3
9 58 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
10 52 (1.08%) GitHub
11 49 (1.02%) GCP
12 39 (0.81%) Serverless
13 34 (0.71%) Azure Stack
14 25 (0.52%) Azure Active Directory
15 22 (0.46%) OpenShift
15 22 (0.46%) PowerApps
16 19 (0.40%) OneDrive
17 18 (0.37%) Power Automate
18 16 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
18 16 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 213 (4.43%) Firewall
2 169 (3.52%) DNS
3 127 (2.64%) WAN
4 124 (2.58%) LAN
5 105 (2.19%) Skype
6 104 (2.16%) VPN
7 69 (1.44%) DHCP
7 69 (1.44%) Network Security
8 65 (1.35%) TCP/IP
9 64 (1.33%) SAN
10 60 (1.25%) OSPF
11 54 (1.12%) BGP
12 49 (1.02%) VoIP
12 49 (1.02%) VSAN
13 41 (0.85%) SNMP
14 40 (0.83%) Internet
15 37 (0.77%) IPsec
15 37 (0.77%) MPLS
15 37 (0.77%) VLAN
16 36 (0.75%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 268 (5.58%) SQL Server
2 147 (3.06%) Hadoop
3 140 (2.91%) Big Data
4 134 (2.79%) Oracle Database
5 115 (2.39%) PostgreSQL
6 110 (2.29%) Relational Database
7 81 (1.69%) MongoDB
8 80 (1.67%) MySQL
9 76 (1.58%) Apache Hive
10 65 (1.35%) Oracle Reports
11 54 (1.12%) Power BI
12 50 (1.04%) Impala
13 48 (1.00%) GIS
14 45 (0.94%) Pentaho
15 42 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
16 39 (0.81%) Oracle ODI
17 37 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 29 (0.60%) Oracle Database 12c
19 27 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 26 (0.54%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 344 (7.16%) Jenkins
2 315 (6.56%) Git (software)
3 276 (5.75%) JIRA
4 155 (3.23%) GitLab
5 135 (2.81%) Selenium
6 123 (2.56%) Cucumber
7 81 (1.69%) Maven
8 62 (1.29%) Bitbucket
8 62 (1.29%) JMeter
9 50 (1.04%) SonarQube
10 49 (1.02%) JUnit
11 45 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
12 44 (0.92%) Mockito
13 43 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 41 (0.85%) Visual Studio
15 38 (0.79%) Subversion
16 37 (0.77%) Toad
17 36 (0.75%) Eclipse
18 34 (0.71%) gulp
19 33 (0.69%) REST Assured
General
1 814 (16.94%) Public Sector
2 317 (6.60%) Finance
3 177 (3.68%) Telecoms
4 155 (3.23%) Law
5 128 (2.66%) Manufacturing
6 100 (2.08%) Electronics
7 97 (2.02%) Marketing
8 84 (1.75%) Military
9 78 (1.62%) Police
10 47 (0.98%) General Ledger
10 47 (0.98%) Legal
11 41 (0.85%) Aerospace
12 32 (0.67%) Banking
13 20 (0.42%) Local Government
14 16 (0.33%) Retail
15 13 (0.27%) Publishing
16 10 (0.21%) Back Office
17 9 (0.19%) Billing
18 6 (0.12%) Digital Economy
19 5 (0.10%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 748 (15.57%) Developer
2 558 (11.62%) Architect
3 490 (10.20%) Analyst
4 325 (6.77%) Consultant
5 202 (4.20%) Business Analyst
6 186 (3.87%) Java Developer
7 184 (3.83%) DevOps Engineer
8 152 (3.16%) Project Manager
9 129 (2.69%) Solutions Architect
10 127 (2.64%) Network Engineer
11 125 (2.60%) Administrator
12 98 (2.04%) Cloud Architect
13 96 (2.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 88 (1.83%) Technical Architect
15 86 (1.79%) Data Engineer
16 82 (1.71%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
17 80 (1.67%) Test Analyst
18 77 (1.60%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
19 75 (1.56%) Delivery Manager
20 72 (1.50%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 231 (4.81%) HTML
2 208 (4.33%) CSS
3 188 (3.91%) REST
4 186 (3.87%) Web Services
5 166 (3.46%) Spring
6 160 (3.33%) Node.js
7 123 (2.56%) SOAP
7 123 (2.56%) XML
8 119 (2.48%) .NET
9 117 (2.44%) Spring Boot
10 109 (2.27%) React
11 108 (2.25%) JSON
12 105 (2.19%) AngularJS
12 105 (2.19%) Oracle Fusion
13 92 (1.92%) RESTful
14 79 (1.64%) HTML5
15 65 (1.35%) Middleware
16 62 (1.29%) SAML
17 60 (1.25%) Elastic Stack
18 58 (1.21%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 329 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
2 204 (4.25%) Management Information System
3 149 (3.10%) Data Centre
4 113 (2.35%) User Experience
5 90 (1.87%) Self-Motivation
6 79 (1.64%) PKI
7 78 (1.62%) Public Cloud
8 57 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
9 40 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
10 39 (0.81%) Replication
11 38 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
12 37 (0.77%) Private Cloud
13 35 (0.73%) Virtual Team
14 30 (0.62%) Cloud Native
15 29 (0.60%) Clustering
16 25 (0.52%) Client/Server
16 25 (0.52%) Driving Licence
17 24 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
18 22 (0.46%) CMDB
19 21 (0.44%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 686 (14.28%) Windows
2 502 (10.45%) Linux
3 267 (5.56%) Windows Server
4 207 (4.31%) Unix
5 165 (3.43%) Windows 10
6 133 (2.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 121 (2.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 107 (2.23%) Windows Server 2016
9 76 (1.58%) Windows Server 2008
10 63 (1.31%) Windows 7
11 53 (1.10%) CentOS
11 53 (1.10%) Mac OS X
12 46 (0.96%) Windows Server 2019
13 38 (0.79%) AIX
14 29 (0.60%) Solaris
15 23 (0.48%) Android
15 23 (0.48%) Apple iOS
16 17 (0.35%) Ubuntu
17 16 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
18 15 (0.31%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,236 (25.73%) Agile Software Development
2 684 (14.24%) DevOps
3 433 (9.01%) Migration
4 342 (7.12%) ITIL
5 335 (6.97%) Scrum
5 335 (6.97%) Test Automation
6 302 (6.29%) Project Management
7 284 (5.91%) Stakeholder Management
8 272 (5.66%) Microservices
9 248 (5.16%) Risk Management
10 236 (4.91%) Problem-Solving
11 219 (4.56%) TDD
12 215 (4.48%) Configuration Management
12 215 (4.48%) Service Management
13 213 (4.43%) Decision-Making
14 210 (4.37%) Cybersecurity
15 204 (4.25%) Business Intelligence
16 202 (4.20%) Programme Management
17 201 (4.18%) BDD
18 190 (3.96%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 589 (12.26%) Java
2 559 (11.64%) SQL
3 424 (8.83%) Python
4 344 (7.16%) PowerShell
5 317 (6.60%) JavaScript
6 189 (3.93%) C#
7 173 (3.60%) PL/SQL
8 165 (3.43%) C
9 153 (3.18%) Shell Script
10 127 (2.64%) Bash Shell
11 73 (1.52%) Java 8
12 71 (1.48%) C++
13 58 (1.21%) Perl
14 52 (1.08%) VB
15 45 (0.94%) T-SQL
16 44 (0.92%) R
17 43 (0.90%) Ruby
17 43 (0.90%) TypeScript
18 32 (0.67%) Scala
19 30 (0.62%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3,663 (76.25%) SC Cleared
2 917 (19.09%) DV Cleared
3 176 (3.66%) BPSS Clearance
4 147 (3.06%) Cisco Certification
5 142 (2.96%) Degree
6 111 (2.31%) CISSP
7 92 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 89 (1.85%) CCNP
9 72 (1.50%) CCNA
10 63 (1.31%) DBS Check
10 63 (1.31%) ISEB
11 56 (1.17%) ISTQB
12 49 (1.02%) CESG Certified Professional
13 48 (1.00%) CISM
14 46 (0.96%) CCIE
15 34 (0.71%) BC Cleared
16 32 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
16 32 (0.67%) MCSE
17 25 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 23 (0.48%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (2.64%) QA
2 70 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 58 (1.21%) NCSC
4 45 (0.94%) PMO
5 44 (0.92%) SLA
6 43 (0.90%) JSP 440
7 40 (0.83%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 33 (0.69%) Data Quality
8 33 (0.69%) RMADS
9 27 (0.56%) WCAG
10 21 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
11 19 (0.40%) COBIT
11 19 (0.40%) GDPR
12 17 (0.35%) NIST
13 12 (0.25%) Government Security Classifications
14 11 (0.23%) PCI DSS
15 10 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
16 9 (0.19%) NIST 800
17 8 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 7 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 339 (7.06%) Active Directory
2 308 (6.41%) Docker
3 238 (4.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 105 (2.19%) vSphere
5 100 (2.08%) VMware NSX
6 73 (1.52%) Hyper-V
7 70 (1.46%) VMware ESXi
8 61 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
9 45 (0.94%) XenApp
10 41 (0.85%) HDFS
11 39 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
12 26 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
13 16 (0.33%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 16 (0.33%) Firmware
13 16 (0.33%) Terminal Services
13 16 (0.33%) XenDesktop
14 14 (0.29%) NDS
15 12 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 12 (0.25%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 11 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 262 (5.45%) Kubernetes
2 220 (4.58%) Terraform
3 218 (4.54%) Ansible
4 125 (2.60%) SCCM
5 106 (2.21%) Puppet
6 48 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
7 47 (0.98%) Kibana
8 45 (0.94%) SCOM
8 45 (0.94%) vCenter Server
9 44 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
10 41 (0.85%) Packer
11 39 (0.81%) WSUS
12 30 (0.62%) Grafana
12 30 (0.62%) logstash
12 30 (0.62%) vRealize
13 26 (0.54%) PowerCLI
14 23 (0.48%) ZABBIX
15 21 (0.44%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 19 (0.40%) Prometheus
17 17 (0.35%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 638 (13.28%) Oracle
2 635 (13.22%) Microsoft
3 376 (7.83%) VMware
4 250 (5.20%) Cisco
5 208 (4.33%) SAP
6 106 (2.21%) Splunk
7 100 (2.08%) Red Hat
8 95 (1.98%) Cloudera
9 86 (1.79%) IBM
10 80 (1.67%) Citrix
11 78 (1.62%) Juniper
12 65 (1.35%) SolarWinds
13 64 (1.33%) Atlassian
14 61 (1.27%) HP
15 55 (1.14%) Dell
16 53 (1.10%) ServiceNow
17 43 (0.90%) Palo Alto
18 39 (0.81%) Google
18 39 (0.81%) Remedy
19 34 (0.71%) NetIQ