Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 32 20
Rank change year-on-year +3 -12 +22
Contract jobs citing SC Cleared 317 211 441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.18% 4.72% 7.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 32.15% 26.41% 34.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 101 247
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +8.97% +4.00%
10th Percentile £277 £195 £300
90th Percentile £538 £560 £525
England median daily rate £450 £435 £413
% change year-on-year +3.45% +5.45% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 11
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.71% -53.33% +14.50%
10th Percentile £17.47 £16.48 £15.25
90th Percentile £56.15 £58.45 £43.75
England median hourly rate £22.00 £26.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year -17.76% -17.69% +8.33%

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 986 799 1,287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.23% 17.87% 20.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 534 448 719
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.61% +9.33% +10.29%
10th Percentile £212 £225 £231
90th Percentile £548 £536 £542
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 42 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £25.00 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.00% +12.36% -23.28%
10th Percentile £11.92 £11.25 £12.78
90th Percentile £30.14 £49.03 £43.38
England median hourly rate £24.04 £27.66 £25.50
% change year-on-year -13.09% +8.47% +13.33%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 +32 122 £425 -5.56% 17
Shropshire -26 60 £510 +8.51% 9
Solihull 0 45 - - 1
Worcestershire - 25 £425 - 4
Staffordshire +10 21 £463 +44.53% 8
Sutton Coldfield 0 14 £525 +14.13%
Coventry -9 9 £450 +130.77% 1
Warwickshire +12 5 £318 -15.33% 2
Herefordshire -5 2 - -
SC Cleared
England

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 317 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 81 (25.55%) Cisco
3 73 (23.03%) Java
4 67 (21.14%) Agile Software Development
5 56 (17.67%) Firewall
6 54 (17.03%) Amazon AWS
7 48 (15.14%) Microsoft Azure
7 48 (15.14%) SQL
8 47 (14.83%) WAN
9 46 (14.51%) TDD
10 40 (12.62%) Migration
10 40 (12.62%) Windows
10 40 (12.62%) JavaScript
10 40 (12.62%) Oracle
11 39 (12.30%) Web Services
12 38 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
13 36 (11.36%) Spring
13 36 (11.36%) Microsoft
14 35 (11.04%) Cisco Certification
14 35 (11.04%) RESTful
14 35 (11.04%) BDD
15 33 (10.41%) Git (software)
16 32 (10.09%) Continuous Integration
16 32 (10.09%) Apache Camel
16 32 (10.09%) CSS
17 31 (9.78%) Jenkins
17 31 (9.78%) DevOps
18 30 (9.46%) Fortinet
18 30 (9.46%) CheckPoint
18 30 (9.46%) Problem-Solving

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 12 (3.79%) WebSphere
2 8 (2.52%) WebLogic
3 6 (1.89%) Confluence
4 3 (0.95%) Apache
4 3 (0.95%) ArcGIS
4 3 (0.95%) Documentum
4 3 (0.95%) SAS
4 3 (0.95%) Smallworld
4 3 (0.95%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (3.47%) GIMP
1 11 (3.47%) Photoshop
2 7 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.26%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.95%) Autodesk Inventor
4 3 (0.95%) MicroStation
5 2 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.32%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (0.95%) Oracle BPM
1 3 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.32%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 54 (17.03%) Amazon AWS
2 48 (15.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (4.73%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (3.47%) Amazon S3
4 11 (3.47%) IaaS
4 11 (3.47%) SaaS
5 10 (3.15%) Amazon ELB
5 10 (3.15%) Route 53
6 9 (2.84%) PaaS
7 6 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.26%) Office 365
9 2 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.32%) GitHub
10 1 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.32%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 56 (17.67%) Firewall
2 47 (14.83%) WAN
3 28 (8.83%) VPN
3 28 (8.83%) Wireless
4 19 (5.99%) Cisco ASA
5 15 (4.73%) Internet
6 12 (3.79%) Cisco ISE
7 11 (3.47%) BGP
7 11 (3.47%) Intrusion Detection
7 11 (3.47%) MPLS
8 10 (3.15%) VLAN
9 7 (2.21%) SDH
10 6 (1.89%) Junos
11 5 (1.58%) RSVP
12 4 (1.26%) Ethernet
12 4 (1.26%) SMS
12 4 (1.26%) VPLS
12 4 (1.26%) X.21
13 3 (0.95%) LAN
13 3 (0.95%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (8.52%) PostgreSQL
2 26 (8.20%) SQL Server
3 16 (5.05%) Relational Database
4 13 (4.10%) Data Warehouse
5 10 (3.15%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.58%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.58%) Oracle Database 12c
7 3 (0.95%) GIS
8 2 (0.63%) Big Data
8 2 (0.63%) MySQL
8 2 (0.63%) OLAP
8 2 (0.63%) Oracle OLAP
8 2 (0.63%) Pentaho
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.32%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.32%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.32%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.32%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 33 (10.41%) Git (software)
2 31 (9.78%) Jenkins
3 21 (6.62%) Visual Studio
4 20 (6.31%) JUnit
5 17 (5.36%) Cucumber
5 17 (5.36%) DbUnit
5 17 (5.36%) jMock
5 17 (5.36%) Maven
5 17 (5.36%) Mockito
5 17 (5.36%) Selenium
5 17 (5.36%) SonarQube
6 13 (4.10%) JIRA
7 12 (3.79%) Team Foundation Server
8 10 (3.15%) Subversion
9 8 (2.52%) SoapUI
10 7 (2.21%) JMeter
10 7 (2.21%) WebDriver
11 6 (1.89%) PHPUnit
11 6 (1.89%) Toad
12 3 (0.95%) Sahi
General
1 22 (6.94%) Retail
2 11 (3.47%) Electronics
3 10 (3.15%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.84%) Finance
5 6 (1.89%) Law
6 3 (0.95%) Aerospace
6 3 (0.95%) Legal
6 3 (0.95%) Military
7 2 (0.63%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 72 (22.71%) Developer
2 64 (20.19%) Network Engineer
3 47 (14.83%) Java Developer
4 32 (10.09%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 23 (7.26%) Cisco Engineer
5 23 (7.26%) Implementation Engineer
6 19 (5.99%) Support Engineer
7 17 (5.36%) DevOps Engineer
7 17 (5.36%) Network Implementation Engineer
8 16 (5.05%) Analyst
8 16 (5.05%) Consultant
8 16 (5.05%) J2EE Developer
8 16 (5.05%) Java/J2EE Developer
9 15 (4.73%) Deployment Engineer
9 15 (4.73%) Design Engineer
9 15 (4.73%) Network Design Engineer
10 14 (4.42%) Network Support
11 13 (4.10%) Full Stack Developer
11 13 (4.10%) Network Support Engineer
11 13 (4.10%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (12.30%) Web Services
2 36 (11.36%) Spring
3 35 (11.04%) RESTful
4 32 (10.09%) Apache Camel
4 32 (10.09%) CSS
5 29 (9.15%) Spring Boot
6 27 (8.52%) HTML
7 26 (8.20%) SOAP
8 23 (7.26%) .NET
9 17 (5.36%) J2EE
9 17 (5.36%) PowerMock
10 16 (5.05%) AngularJS
10 16 (5.05%) jQuery
11 14 (4.42%) Hibernate
12 13 (4.10%) RabbitMQ
12 13 (4.10%) REST
13 12 (3.79%) .NET Framework
13 12 (3.79%) CSS3
13 12 (3.79%) HTML5
13 12 (3.79%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 38 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (6.31%) Data Centre
3 15 (4.73%) Management Information System
4 11 (3.47%) User Experience
5 10 (3.15%) Computer Science
5 10 (3.15%) NHS
6 8 (2.52%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 8 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.89%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.26%) Algorithms
8 4 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.95%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.63%) ASIC
10 2 (0.63%) CPLD
10 2 (0.63%) e-Health
10 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Licensing
10 2 (0.63%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.63%) VHDL
11 1 (0.32%) CMDB
11 1 (0.32%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 40 (12.62%) Windows
2 26 (8.20%) Linux
3 19 (5.99%) Unix
4 14 (4.42%) Windows Server
5 12 (3.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (3.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (1.89%) Windows 10
8 4 (1.26%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.63%) CentOS
10 1 (0.32%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (21.14%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (14.51%) TDD
3 40 (12.62%) Migration
4 35 (11.04%) BDD
5 32 (10.09%) Continuous Integration
6 31 (9.78%) DevOps
7 30 (9.46%) Problem-Solving
8 26 (8.20%) WAN Optimisation
9 24 (7.57%) Scrum
10 21 (6.62%) Kanban
11 20 (6.31%) Business Intelligence
11 20 (6.31%) Test Automation
12 19 (5.99%) ITIL
13 18 (5.68%) Network Monitoring
14 17 (5.36%) Network Design
14 17 (5.36%) Service Delivery
15 16 (5.05%) Configuration Management
16 15 (4.73%) Analytics
17 13 (4.10%) Change Management
17 13 (4.10%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 73 (23.03%) Java
2 48 (15.14%) SQL
3 40 (12.62%) JavaScript
4 15 (4.73%) C#
4 15 (4.73%) Java 8
5 12 (3.79%) C
6 11 (3.47%) C++
7 9 (2.84%) PL/SQL
8 8 (2.52%) T-SQL
9 7 (2.21%) PowerShell
10 6 (1.89%) PHP
11 5 (1.58%) Shell Script
12 4 (1.26%) Assembly Language
12 4 (1.26%) MATLAB
13 3 (0.95%) Embedded C++
13 3 (0.95%) Ruby
14 2 (0.63%) Python
15 1 (0.32%) R
Qualifications
1 317 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 35 (11.04%) Cisco Certification
3 23 (7.26%) CCNP
4 14 (4.42%) CCIE
5 13 (4.10%) CCNA
6 10 (3.15%) Degree
7 8 (2.52%) BPSS Clearance
7 8 (2.52%) ISEB
7 8 (2.52%) ISTQB
8 7 (2.21%) JNCIA
8 7 (2.21%) JNCIP
8 7 (2.21%) JNCIS
9 6 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (1.58%) AWS Certification
10 5 (1.58%) DV Cleared
10 5 (1.58%) HNC
10 5 (1.58%) HND
11 4 (1.26%) Check Point Certification
11 4 (1.26%) CISSP
12 3 (0.95%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.84%) PMO
2 6 (1.89%) NEBOSH
3 4 (1.26%) SLA
4 3 (0.95%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.95%) GDPR
4 3 (0.95%) QA
5 2 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.32%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 17025
6 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 20 (6.31%) Docker
2 15 (4.73%) Active Directory
3 7 (2.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (1.58%) vSphere
5 2 (0.63%) Firmware
5 2 (0.63%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.63%) iptables
6 1 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.32%) Squid
Systems Management
1 21 (6.62%) FortiGate
2 16 (5.05%) Puppet
3 10 (3.15%) Terraform
4 9 (2.84%) WSUS
5 8 (2.52%) SCOM
6 6 (1.89%) BladeLogic
7 4 (1.26%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.26%) SELinux
8 3 (0.95%) Ansible
8 3 (0.95%) BMC PATROL
8 3 (0.95%) SCOrch
8 3 (0.95%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.63%) Data Guard
9 2 (0.63%) Netcool
9 2 (0.63%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 2 (0.63%) Oracle EDQ
9 2 (0.63%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.63%) SCCM
9 2 (0.63%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.63%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 81 (25.55%) Cisco
2 40 (12.62%) Oracle
3 36 (11.36%) Microsoft
4 30 (9.46%) CheckPoint
4 30 (9.46%) Fortinet
5 29 (9.15%) McAfee
6 28 (8.83%) Juniper
7 25 (7.89%) Aruba
8 24 (7.57%) IBM
9 22 (6.94%) Meraki
10 20 (6.31%) BMC
11 17 (5.36%) F5
12 15 (4.73%) Nokia
13 13 (4.10%) HP
14 11 (3.47%) Blue Coat
15 9 (2.84%) VMware
16 6 (1.89%) Zend
17 5 (1.58%) SolarWinds
17 5 (1.58%) webMethods
18 4 (1.26%) Adobe