Period
to 16 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SC Cleared qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 16 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 173 205 223
Rank change year-on-year +32 +18 -53
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 2,899 2,796 2,929
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.06% 1.69% 1.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.76% 7.12% 6.76%
Number of salaries quoted 1,920 1,884 2,066
UK median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.00% +7.53% -2.11%
10th Percentile £31,945 £28,000 £27,400
90th Percentile £81,250 £78,555 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% +3.45%

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 33,087 39,249 43,314
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.49% 23.69% 24.56%
Number of salaries quoted 24,013 29,113 33,234
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.89% +1.11%
10th Percentile £26,650 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SC Cleared as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SC Cleared.

Salary trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Salary histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SC Cleared within the UK over the 6 months to 16 September 2019. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +42 2,766 £54,000 +8.00% 715
UK excluding London +30 2,237 £52,500 +10.53% 639
South East +20 869 £57,500 +15.00% 198
South West +2 669 £52,500 +14.13% 198
London +45 558 £59,500 -8.46% 132
Midlands +55 290 £50,000 - 71
West Midlands +62 246 £50,000 -9.09% 59
East of England +110 214 £40,500 -26.36% 65
North of England -16 161 £42,500 -15.00% 51
North West -6 107 £45,000 -10.00% 34
Yorkshire -9 45 £43,750 +2.94% 10
East Midlands +20 42 £42,500 +24.09% 12
Wales +1 23 £42,500 +6.25% 31
Scotland +9 18 £45,000 -7.69% 23
North East +16 9 £35,000 -32.37% 7
Northern Ireland -16 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for SC Cleared.

1 2,899 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 813 (28.04%) Agile Software Development
3 535 (18.45%) DV Cleared
4 500 (17.25%) Linux
5 491 (16.94%) Java
6 449 (15.49%) Windows
7 428 (14.76%) Cybersecurity
8 420 (14.49%) Public Sector
9 416 (14.35%) C
10 410 (14.14%) Problem-Solving
11 390 (13.45%) Degree
12 386 (13.31%) Microsoft
13 384 (13.25%) Software Engineering
14 356 (12.28%) DevOps
15 336 (11.59%) C++
15 336 (11.59%) Python
16 335 (11.56%) C#
17 332 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
18 311 (10.73%) ITIL
19 309 (10.66%) Cisco
20 271 (9.35%) SQL
21 264 (9.11%) AWS
22 256 (8.83%) VMware
23 251 (8.66%) Finance
24 249 (8.59%) Firewall
25 247 (8.52%) JavaScript
26 242 (8.35%) Oracle
27 237 (8.18%) Active Directory
28 236 (8.14%) Azure
29 228 (7.86%) Project Management

SC 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 75 (2.59%) SharePoint
2 48 (1.66%) Apache Spark
3 36 (1.24%) Apache
4 31 (1.07%) Confluence
4 31 (1.07%) Elasticsearch
4 31 (1.07%) MS Exchange
5 30 (1.03%) JBoss
6 27 (0.93%) Tomcat
7 25 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
8 22 (0.76%) Skype for Business
9 18 (0.62%) IIS
10 16 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
10 16 (0.55%) Jetty
11 15 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
11 15 (0.52%) WebSphere
12 13 (0.45%) Apache Pig
12 13 (0.45%) MS Project Server
12 13 (0.45%) OpenStack
13 11 (0.38%) nginx
13 11 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 107 (3.69%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
4 19 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.41%) Simulink
5 12 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (0.31%) MS Visio
7 8 (0.28%) Fireworks
8 3 (0.10%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.069%) Windchill
10 1 (0.034%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.034%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.034%) CATIA
10 1 (0.034%) InVision
10 1 (0.034%) OrCAD
10 1 (0.034%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.034%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.034%) Sketch
10 1 (0.034%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 18 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
4 10 (0.34%) SAP BPC
4 10 (0.34%) SAP CO
4 10 (0.34%) SAP ERP
4 10 (0.34%) SAP FI
4 10 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
5 8 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 4 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.10%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.10%) SAP HCM
7 3 (0.10%) SAP Payroll
8 2 (0.069%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.069%) Oracle Internet Expenses
8 2 (0.069%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.069%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.069%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 264 (9.11%) AWS
2 236 (8.14%) Azure
3 127 (4.38%) Office 365
4 51 (1.76%) Cloud Computing
5 39 (1.35%) IaaS
6 35 (1.21%) PaaS
6 35 (1.21%) SaaS
7 28 (0.97%) G Suite
8 25 (0.86%) Serverless
9 20 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
9 20 (0.69%) GCP
10 19 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
11 17 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
12 16 (0.55%) Boomi
12 16 (0.55%) Power Platform
13 14 (0.48%) OpenShift
14 13 (0.45%) Amazon S3
15 12 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
16 11 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
17 9 (0.31%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 249 (8.59%) Firewall
2 120 (4.14%) Network Security
3 114 (3.93%) WAN
4 108 (3.73%) LAN
5 97 (3.35%) TCP/IP
6 89 (3.07%) DNS
7 81 (2.79%) VPN
8 72 (2.48%) Cisco ASA
9 70 (2.41%) Wireless
10 57 (1.97%) BGP
11 54 (1.86%) DHCP
11 54 (1.86%) Internet
12 47 (1.62%) MPLS
13 45 (1.55%) Cisco Firepower
13 45 (1.55%) OSPF
13 45 (1.55%) SAN
14 37 (1.28%) Cisco Nexus
14 37 (1.28%) VLAN
15 31 (1.07%) Wi-Fi
16 29 (1.00%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (6.04%) SQL Server
2 112 (3.86%) Big Data
3 94 (3.24%) PostgreSQL
4 57 (1.97%) MongoDB
5 52 (1.79%) Hadoop
6 44 (1.52%) GIS
6 44 (1.52%) MySQL
7 36 (1.24%) Relational Database
7 36 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 32 (1.10%) Oracle Database
9 30 (1.03%) IBM InfoSphere
10 22 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
10 22 (0.76%) Neo4j
11 19 (0.66%) NoSQL
12 17 (0.59%) Apache Hive
12 17 (0.59%) Geospatial Data
13 16 (0.55%) Power BI
14 15 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
14 15 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
14 15 (0.52%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 166 (5.73%) Git (software)
2 152 (5.24%) JIRA
3 127 (4.38%) Jenkins
4 93 (3.21%) Selenium
5 80 (2.76%) JMeter
6 75 (2.59%) LoadRunner
7 66 (2.28%) Cucumber
8 59 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 55 (1.90%) Rational DOORS
10 50 (1.72%) Visual Studio
11 44 (1.52%) Maven
12 43 (1.48%) SoapUI
13 40 (1.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 37 (1.28%) Eclipse
14 37 (1.28%) NeoLoad
15 36 (1.24%) WebDriver
16 35 (1.21%) SilkPerformer
17 30 (1.03%) Bitbucket
17 30 (1.03%) JUnit
18 24 (0.83%) GitLab
General
1 420 (14.49%) Public Sector
2 251 (8.66%) Finance
3 182 (6.28%) Military
4 143 (4.93%) Telecoms
5 117 (4.04%) Electronics
6 116 (4.00%) Aerospace
7 100 (3.45%) Marketing
8 97 (3.35%) Manufacturing
9 74 (2.55%) Legal
10 50 (1.72%) Retail
11 34 (1.17%) Law
12 27 (0.93%) Advertising
13 25 (0.86%) Police
14 19 (0.66%) Games
15 15 (0.52%) Avionics
16 14 (0.48%) Local Government
17 12 (0.41%) Banking
18 11 (0.38%) Back Office
19 10 (0.34%) Automotive
19 10 (0.34%) Billing
Job Titles
1 395 (13.63%) Developer
2 285 (9.83%) Architect
3 272 (9.38%) Consultant
4 258 (8.90%) Analyst
5 219 (7.55%) Software Engineer
6 148 (5.11%) Network Engineer
7 134 (4.62%) Test Engineer
8 114 (3.93%) Software Developer
9 98 (3.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 97 (3.35%) Java Developer
11 95 (3.28%) Project Manager
12 90 (3.10%) Security Consultant
13 89 (3.07%) Support Engineer
14 87 (3.00%) DevOps Engineer
15 82 (2.83%) Senior Test Engineer
16 77 (2.66%) C# Developer
17 73 (2.52%) Security Architect
17 73 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
18 72 (2.48%) Systems Engineer
19 68 (2.35%) C++ Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (4.97%) .NET
2 110 (3.79%) HTML
3 101 (3.48%) Spring
4 94 (3.24%) AngularJS
5 83 (2.86%) Web Services
6 82 (2.83%) CSS
7 68 (2.35%) React
8 65 (2.24%) ASP.NET
9 61 (2.10%) SOAP
10 60 (2.07%) HTML5
11 57 (1.97%) Node.js
12 54 (1.86%) XML
13 50 (1.72%) RESTful
14 45 (1.55%) jQuery
15 36 (1.24%) JSON
16 35 (1.21%) REST
17 34 (1.17%) Hibernate
18 33 (1.14%) Middleware
19 29 (1.00%) Vue.js
20 27 (0.93%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 332 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
2 123 (4.24%) Management Information System
2 123 (4.24%) Self-Motivation
3 107 (3.69%) Data Centre
4 79 (2.73%) Algorithms
5 62 (2.14%) Cyberthreat
6 51 (1.76%) Driving Licence
7 46 (1.59%) User Experience
8 43 (1.48%) Public Cloud
9 41 (1.41%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 38 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
11 35 (1.21%) VHDL
12 30 (1.03%) Clustering
13 29 (1.00%) CESG
14 25 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
15 24 (0.83%) Data Structures
16 21 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
17 19 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
17 19 (0.66%) Social Media
18 18 (0.62%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 500 (17.25%) Linux
2 449 (15.49%) Windows
3 161 (5.55%) Windows Server
4 135 (4.66%) Unix
5 87 (3.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 73 (2.52%) CentOS
7 65 (2.24%) Windows 10
8 64 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 61 (2.10%) Windows 7
10 56 (1.93%) Android
11 52 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
12 35 (1.21%) Ubuntu
13 28 (0.97%) Debian
13 28 (0.97%) Windows 8
14 27 (0.93%) Solaris
15 25 (0.86%) Apple iOS
16 18 (0.62%) Mac OS
17 11 (0.38%) SUSE
18 9 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
19 8 (0.28%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 813 (28.04%) Agile Software Development
2 428 (14.76%) Cybersecurity
3 410 (14.14%) Problem-Solving
4 384 (13.25%) Software Engineering
5 356 (12.28%) DevOps
6 311 (10.73%) ITIL
7 228 (7.86%) Project Management
8 224 (7.73%) Scrum
9 196 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
10 180 (6.21%) Information Security
11 179 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
12 175 (6.04%) Mentoring
13 172 (5.93%) Test Automation
14 168 (5.80%) TDD
15 167 (5.76%) SDLC
16 166 (5.73%) Analytics
17 165 (5.69%) Continuous Improvement
18 150 (5.17%) Migration
19 149 (5.14%) Programme Management
20 144 (4.97%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 491 (16.94%) Java
2 416 (14.35%) C
3 336 (11.59%) C++
3 336 (11.59%) Python
4 335 (11.56%) C#
5 271 (9.35%) SQL
6 247 (8.52%) JavaScript
7 101 (3.48%) PowerShell
8 71 (2.45%) Bash Shell
9 69 (2.38%) Ruby
10 38 (1.31%) Go
11 31 (1.07%) Shell Script
12 30 (1.03%) MATLAB
13 29 (1.00%) PL/SQL
14 27 (0.93%) Embedded C++
15 26 (0.90%) Java 8
16 25 (0.86%) Scala
17 23 (0.79%) Embedded C
18 22 (0.76%) T-SQL
19 16 (0.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2,899 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 535 (18.45%) DV Cleared
3 390 (13.45%) Degree
4 207 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
5 148 (5.11%) CCNP
6 115 (3.97%) CCNA
7 90 (3.10%) CISSP
8 85 (2.93%) Microsoft Certification
9 70 (2.41%) CISM
10 50 (1.72%) ISTQB
11 44 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
11 44 (1.52%) CCIE
11 44 (1.52%) MCSE
12 38 (1.31%) CESG Certified Professional
12 38 (1.31%) MCSA
13 34 (1.17%) CREST Certified
14 33 (1.14%) CISA
15 30 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
15 30 (1.03%) JNCIP
16 28 (0.97%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (5.42%) SLA
2 156 (5.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 83 (2.86%) QA
4 52 (1.79%) PCI DSS
5 39 (1.35%) GDPR
6 38 (1.31%) NIST
7 35 (1.21%) ISO 22301
8 33 (1.14%) Data Quality
9 29 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 27 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 24 (0.83%) NCSC
12 19 (0.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 19 (0.66%) ISO 9001
12 19 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 18 (0.62%) PMO
14 15 (0.52%) JSP 440
15 14 (0.48%) RMADS
16 13 (0.45%) NIST 800
17 11 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
18 10 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 237 (8.18%) Active Directory
2 148 (5.11%) Docker
3 134 (4.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 56 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
5 53 (1.83%) Hyper-V
6 44 (1.52%) vSphere
7 32 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
7 32 (1.10%) XenApp
8 29 (1.00%) Firmware
8 29 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
9 27 (0.93%) VMware NSX
10 14 (0.48%) KVM
11 12 (0.41%) Snort
12 10 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
13 9 (0.31%) NFS
13 9 (0.31%) vCloud
13 9 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (0.31%) XenDesktop
14 8 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 6 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 124 (4.28%) Ansible
2 83 (2.86%) Puppet
2 83 (2.86%) SCCM
3 80 (2.76%) Kubernetes
4 62 (2.14%) Terraform
5 43 (1.48%) HP Quality Center
6 33 (1.14%) SCOM
7 30 (1.03%) Nagios
8 28 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (0.76%) vCenter Server
10 17 (0.59%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 14 (0.48%) Salt
11 14 (0.48%) SELinux
12 13 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
13 12 (0.41%) QRadar
13 12 (0.41%) Stealthwatch
14 11 (0.38%) Cisco CUCM
15 10 (0.34%) EnCase
15 10 (0.34%) Opsview
15 10 (0.34%) WSUS
Vendors
1 386 (13.31%) Microsoft
2 309 (10.66%) Cisco
3 256 (8.83%) VMware
4 242 (8.35%) Oracle
5 144 (4.97%) SAP
6 128 (4.42%) Juniper
7 88 (3.04%) HP
8 87 (3.00%) CheckPoint
9 84 (2.90%) F5
10 82 (2.83%) Palo Alto
11 76 (2.62%) Red Hat
12 67 (2.31%) Citrix
13 64 (2.21%) Google
14 60 (2.07%) IBM
15 35 (1.21%) Dell
15 35 (1.21%) Fortinet
15 35 (1.21%) Talend
16 34 (1.17%) Apple
17 28 (0.97%) Aruba
18 26 (0.90%) SolarWinds