Period
to 22 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 July 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 Check (SC) Clearance
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 37 19
Rank change year-on-year +11 -18 +22
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 347 200 458
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.74% 4.51% 7.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 34.60% 24.60% 36.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 93 253
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
10th Percentile £271 £252 £276
90th Percentile £550 £575 £525
England median daily rate £450 £438 £413
% change year-on-year +2.86% +6.06% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 12
West Midlands median hourly rate £39.25 £30.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.83% -20.00% +152.70%
10th Percentile £18.00 £16.70 £15.75
90th Percentile £48.75 £38.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -46.57% -2.78% +10.63%

SC 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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
West Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,003 813 1,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.47% 18.33% 20.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 521 459 717
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £413 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.91% +8.55% +8.57%
10th Percentile £218 £225 £229
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 38 47
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.39 £23.13 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.49% +25.00% -38.15%
10th Percentile £12.14 £11.25 £12.40
90th Percentile £39.88 £37.67 £43.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -15.25% +7.27% +22.22%

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the West Midlands

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SC Cleared in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for SC Cleared in the West Midlands

SC Cleared
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SC Cleared in the West Midlands

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SC Cleared in the West Midlands

SC Cleared
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SC Cleared in the West Midlands

SC Cleared
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 July 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
Birmingham +31 132 £439 +6.36% 21
Shropshire -14 66 £530 +8.16% 7
Solihull 0 55 - - 8
Worcestershire +1 28 £400 +14.14% 2
Sutton Coldfield 0 16 £488 -11.21% 2
Staffordshire +6 14 £475 +40.74% 2
Coventry -6 12 £450 +130.77% 1
Warwickshire +2 3 £380 - 2
Herefordshire +11 2 - -
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SC 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 347 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 74 (21.33%) Cisco
3 73 (21.04%) Agile Software Development
4 65 (18.73%) Java
5 62 (17.87%) Amazon AWS
6 54 (15.56%) Microsoft Azure
7 53 (15.27%) Firewall
8 49 (14.12%) VPN
9 46 (13.26%) WAN
10 41 (11.82%) Oracle
10 41 (11.82%) Windows
10 41 (11.82%) TDD
11 40 (11.53%) DevOps
12 38 (10.95%) Web Services
12 38 (10.95%) Linux
13 37 (10.66%) Microsoft
13 37 (10.66%) SQL
13 37 (10.66%) RESTful
13 37 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
14 36 (10.37%) Juniper
14 36 (10.37%) Docker
15 35 (10.09%) Analytical Skills
16 34 (9.80%) Migration
16 34 (9.80%) Git (software)
17 32 (9.22%) BDD
17 32 (9.22%) Jenkins
18 31 (8.93%) Fortinet
18 31 (8.93%) Spring
18 31 (8.93%) CheckPoint
19 30 (8.65%) Aruba

SC Cleared
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 8 (2.31%) WebSphere
2 7 (2.02%) WebLogic
3 5 (1.44%) Confluence
4 4 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.86%) Apache
5 3 (0.86%) nginx
5 3 (0.86%) SAS
5 3 (0.86%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 14 (4.03%) GIMP
1 14 (4.03%) Photoshop
2 10 (2.88%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.29%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (0.86%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.29%) Maximo
2 1 (0.29%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.29%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 62 (17.87%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (15.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (4.90%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (4.32%) IaaS
5 13 (3.75%) PaaS
5 13 (3.75%) SaaS
6 11 (3.17%) Amazon S3
7 10 (2.88%) Amazon ELB
7 10 (2.88%) Route 53
8 8 (2.31%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (1.44%) Office 365
10 3 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.29%) GitHub
11 1 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.29%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 53 (15.27%) Firewall
2 49 (14.12%) VPN
3 46 (13.26%) WAN
4 29 (8.36%) Cisco ASA
5 28 (8.07%) Wireless
6 22 (6.34%) BGP
6 22 (6.34%) MPLS
7 21 (6.05%) VLAN
8 17 (4.90%) X.21
9 15 (4.32%) Ethernet
9 15 (4.32%) SDH
9 15 (4.32%) VPLS
10 13 (3.75%) KiloStream
10 13 (3.75%) MegaStream
11 12 (3.46%) Cisco ISE
12 8 (2.31%) DSL
13 6 (1.73%) Network Security
13 6 (1.73%) RSVP
14 5 (1.44%) Junos
14 5 (1.44%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (7.20%) PostgreSQL
2 16 (4.61%) SQL Server
3 14 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (4.03%) Relational Database
4 10 (2.88%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (0.86%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.58%) Big Data
6 2 (0.58%) MySQL
6 2 (0.58%) OLAP
6 2 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (0.58%) Oracle OLAP
6 2 (0.58%) Pentaho
6 2 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.29%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.29%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.29%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.29%) Oracle ODI
7 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 34 (9.80%) Git (software)
2 32 (9.22%) Jenkins
3 22 (6.34%) JUnit
4 19 (5.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (5.48%) Visual Studio
5 18 (5.19%) DbUnit
5 18 (5.19%) jMock
5 18 (5.19%) Maven
5 18 (5.19%) Mockito
5 18 (5.19%) SonarQube
6 15 (4.32%) Cucumber
6 15 (4.32%) Selenium
7 10 (2.88%) PHPUnit
8 8 (2.31%) JIRA
9 6 (1.73%) Toad
9 6 (1.73%) WebDriver
10 5 (1.44%) SoapUI
10 5 (1.44%) Subversion
11 4 (1.15%) Rational DOORS
12 3 (0.86%) Sahi
General
1 21 (6.05%) Retail
2 9 (2.59%) Electronics
2 9 (2.59%) Finance
2 9 (2.59%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.73%) Law
4 3 (0.86%) Legal
4 3 (0.86%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.29%) Automotive
5 1 (0.29%) Military
Job Titles
1 67 (19.31%) Network Engineer
2 61 (17.58%) Developer
3 49 (14.12%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 39 (11.24%) Java Developer
5 33 (9.51%) Implementation Engineer
6 28 (8.07%) Cisco Engineer
6 28 (8.07%) Design Engineer
7 27 (7.78%) Network Implementation Engineer
8 25 (7.20%) Network Design Engineer
9 23 (6.63%) Analyst
10 22 (6.34%) DevOps Engineer
11 18 (5.19%) Architect
11 18 (5.19%) Support Engineer
12 17 (4.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 17 (4.90%) Cloud Engineer
12 17 (4.90%) Consultant
13 16 (4.61%) Firewall Engineer
13 16 (4.61%) J2EE Developer
13 16 (4.61%) Java/J2EE Developer
13 16 (4.61%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (10.95%) Web Services
2 37 (10.66%) RESTful
3 31 (8.93%) Spring
4 29 (8.36%) Apache Camel
5 27 (7.78%) Spring Boot
6 24 (6.92%) CSS
7 22 (6.34%) HTML
8 21 (6.05%) SOAP
9 19 (5.48%) AngularJS
9 19 (5.48%) J2EE
10 18 (5.19%) PowerMock
11 17 (4.90%) .NET
11 17 (4.90%) CSS3
11 17 (4.90%) HTML5
11 17 (4.90%) React
12 16 (4.61%) Sass
13 15 (4.32%) Backbone.js
13 15 (4.32%) Durandal
13 15 (4.32%) KnockoutJS
13 15 (4.32%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 35 (10.09%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (8.65%) Data Centre
3 18 (5.19%) User Experience
4 16 (4.61%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.88%) NHS
6 9 (2.59%) Public Cloud
7 7 (2.02%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 6 (1.73%) Algorithms
9 4 (1.15%) Computer Science
9 4 (1.15%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (0.86%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (0.58%) ASIC
11 2 (0.58%) e-Health
11 2 (0.58%) Private Cloud
12 1 (0.29%) CMDB
12 1 (0.29%) CPLD
12 1 (0.29%) iPhone
12 1 (0.29%) Smartphone
12 1 (0.29%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 41 (11.82%) Windows
2 38 (10.95%) Linux
3 27 (7.78%) Unix
4 15 (4.32%) Windows Server
4 15 (4.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (3.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (2.31%) Mac OS X
7 5 (1.44%) Windows 10
8 4 (1.15%) Solaris
9 2 (0.58%) CentOS
10 1 (0.29%) Android
10 1 (0.29%) CoreOS
10 1 (0.29%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.29%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (21.04%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (11.82%) TDD
3 40 (11.53%) DevOps
4 37 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
5 34 (9.80%) Migration
6 32 (9.22%) BDD
7 28 (8.07%) Test Automation
8 27 (7.78%) WAN Optimisation
9 25 (7.20%) Network Design
9 25 (7.20%) Scrum
10 19 (5.48%) Kanban
10 19 (5.48%) Problem-Solving
11 18 (5.19%) Configuration Management
11 18 (5.19%) Network Monitoring
11 18 (5.19%) Service Delivery
11 18 (5.19%) UML
12 17 (4.90%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (4.90%) Open Source
12 17 (4.90%) Service Management
12 17 (4.90%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 65 (18.73%) Java
2 37 (10.66%) SQL
3 28 (8.07%) JavaScript
4 20 (5.76%) C#
5 18 (5.19%) C
6 15 (4.32%) C++
6 15 (4.32%) Embedded C++
7 13 (3.75%) Python
8 11 (3.17%) T-SQL
9 10 (2.88%) PHP
10 9 (2.59%) MATLAB
10 9 (2.59%) PowerShell
11 8 (2.31%) Java 8
11 8 (2.31%) PL/SQL
12 6 (1.73%) Assembly Language
13 4 (1.15%) Bash Shell
13 4 (1.15%) Ruby
13 4 (1.15%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.29%) R
14 1 (0.29%) Scala
Qualifications
1 347 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 22 (6.34%) Cisco Certification
3 12 (3.46%) CCNA
4 11 (3.17%) CCNP
4 11 (3.17%) DV Cleared
5 10 (2.88%) CCIE
6 8 (2.31%) ISEB
6 8 (2.31%) ISTQB
7 6 (1.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (1.73%) JNCIA
7 6 (1.73%) JNCIP
7 6 (1.73%) JNCIS
8 5 (1.44%) AWS Certification
8 5 (1.44%) HNC
8 5 (1.44%) HND
9 4 (1.15%) DBS Check
9 4 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (0.86%) Degree
11 2 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.88%) PMO
2 8 (2.31%) GDPR
3 7 (2.02%) SLA
4 6 (1.73%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.86%) QA
6 2 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.58%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 1 (0.29%) GCP
7 1 (0.29%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 36 (10.37%) Docker
2 19 (5.48%) Active Directory
3 7 (2.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.02%) vSphere
4 4 (1.15%) Firmware
4 4 (1.15%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.58%) iptables
6 1 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.29%) Squid
Systems Management
1 27 (7.78%) FortiGate
2 14 (4.03%) Puppet
3 13 (3.75%) Terraform
4 12 (3.46%) WSUS
5 8 (2.31%) SCOM
5 8 (2.31%) SELinux
6 7 (2.02%) Ansible
7 6 (1.73%) BladeLogic
8 4 (1.15%) Kibana
8 4 (1.15%) logstash
8 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.86%) BMC PATROL
9 3 (0.86%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.58%) Data Guard
10 2 (0.58%) Netcool
10 2 (0.58%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 2 (0.58%) Oracle EDQ
10 2 (0.58%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.58%) SCCM
10 2 (0.58%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 74 (21.33%) Cisco
2 41 (11.82%) Oracle
3 37 (10.66%) Microsoft
4 36 (10.37%) Juniper
5 31 (8.93%) CheckPoint
5 31 (8.93%) Fortinet
6 30 (8.65%) Aruba
7 27 (7.78%) McAfee
8 25 (7.20%) Nokia
9 17 (4.90%) Meraki
10 14 (4.03%) HP
11 11 (3.17%) BMC
11 11 (3.17%) VMware
12 10 (2.88%) IBM
12 10 (2.88%) Zend
13 6 (1.73%) F5
14 5 (1.44%) Adobe
14 5 (1.44%) SolarWinds
14 5 (1.44%) webMethods
15 4 (1.15%) Fujitsu