Period
to 28 October 2021

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 28 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 97 94 188
Rank change year-on-year -3 +94 +22
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 4,184 1,622 2,692
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.29% 3.27% 1.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.18% 15.35% 8.56%
Number of salaries quoted 2,230 1,167 1,887
10th Percentile £36,750 £35,000 £31,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £39,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £54,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +1.85% +8.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £68,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £76,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +5.00%

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 27,563 10,564 31,445
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.68% 21.28% 22.95%
Number of salaries quoted 15,262 8,149 23,527
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.04% +8.89% -

SC Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SC Cleared.

Salary trend for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SC Cleared over the 6 months to 28 October 2021.

Salary histogram for SC Cleared in the UK

SC Cleared
Top 17 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 28 October 2021. 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 -25 3,322 £60,000 +9.09% 836
UK excluding London +19 3,037 £55,000 +10.00% 664
Work from Home +13 802 £65,000 +23.81% 92
London -93 800 £70,000 +16.67% 227
South East -30 717 £55,000 +12.24% 180
South West -1 629 £60,000 +4.35% 177
North of England +53 503 £53,350 +20.24% 117
Midlands +7 499 £60,000 +9.09% 50
North West +59 411 £53,350 +42.27% 86
Scotland +76 391 £48,000 +8.78% 34
West Midlands +7 391 £61,500 +7.89% 38
East of England -25 127 £48,750 -9.30% 73
East Midlands -8 105 £47,500 +7.05% 12
Wales +6 102 £42,500 - 35
Northern Ireland +22 83 £22,500 -66.67% 5
Yorkshire -71 53 £54,500 -16.15% 18
North East +14 48 £45,000 - 13

For the 6 months to 28 October 2021, 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 4,184 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 2,180 (52.10%) Agile Software Development
3 1,109 (26.51%) Social Skills
4 1,062 (25.38%) Java
5 999 (23.88%) Azure
6 792 (18.93%) AWS
7 788 (18.83%) DevOps
8 716 (17.11%) Public Sector
9 710 (16.97%) Scrum
10 672 (16.06%) Problem-Solving
11 594 (14.20%) BDD
12 591 (14.13%) SQL
13 571 (13.65%) Terraform
14 566 (13.53%) Mentoring
14 566 (13.53%) Microsoft
15 561 (13.41%) Docker
16 552 (13.19%) Python
17 544 (13.00%) C#
18 535 (12.79%) Software Engineering
19 512 (12.24%) Jenkins
20 511 (12.21%) Spring
21 494 (11.81%) TDD
22 493 (11.78%) Linux
23 446 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
24 431 (10.30%) .NET
25 425 (10.16%) Analytics
26 413 (9.87%) Hibernate
27 393 (9.39%) Kubernetes
28 388 (9.27%) Open Source
29 387 (9.25%) Windows

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 84 (2.01%) SharePoint
2 76 (1.82%) Confluence
3 58 (1.39%) IIS
4 25 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
5 24 (0.57%) Apache Spark
6 21 (0.50%) Apache
6 21 (0.50%) SAS
7 20 (0.48%) Tomcat
8 16 (0.38%) WebLogic
9 13 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 12 (0.29%) MS Exchange
11 9 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.12%) GlassFish
14 5 (0.12%) Oracle Application Server
15 4 (0.096%) CMS
15 4 (0.096%) JBoss
15 4 (0.096%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 67 (1.60%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 23 (0.55%) Simulink
5 18 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.29%) MS Visio
7 6 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.12%) Zemax
9 4 (0.096%) EngageOne
10 3 (0.072%) InDesign
11 2 (0.048%) CPLEX
12 1 (0.024%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.024%) Adobe XD
12 1 (0.024%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.024%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.024%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 31 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
2 22 (0.53%) Oracle ERP
3 11 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (0.26%) Oracle General Ledger
3 11 (0.26%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 11 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
4 10 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
4 10 (0.24%) Oracle Assets
4 10 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
4 10 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
6 7 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
6 7 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
7 6 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
8 4 (0.096%) Oracle Payroll
8 4 (0.096%) Oracle SCM
8 4 (0.096%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 4 (0.096%) Staffware
9 3 (0.072%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.048%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 999 (23.88%) Azure
2 792 (18.93%) AWS
3 240 (5.74%) Serverless
4 223 (5.33%) GitHub
5 164 (3.92%) GCP
6 157 (3.75%) Microsoft 365
7 150 (3.59%) SaaS
8 144 (3.44%) PaaS
9 141 (3.37%) Azure Active Directory
10 138 (3.30%) IaaS
11 109 (2.61%) iPaaS
12 92 (2.20%) Power Platform
13 85 (2.03%) AWS CloudFormation
14 79 (1.89%) Azure Key Vault
15 67 (1.60%) OpenShift
16 55 (1.31%) Boomi
17 54 (1.29%) AtomSphere
18 46 (1.10%) AWS Lambda
19 35 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
19 35 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 217 (5.19%) Firewall
2 112 (2.68%) Network Security
3 93 (2.22%) VPN
4 78 (1.86%) WAN
5 75 (1.79%) LAN
6 61 (1.46%) DNS
7 48 (1.15%) DHCP
7 48 (1.15%) Unified Communications
8 39 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
9 37 (0.88%) TCP/IP
10 31 (0.74%) Internet
11 30 (0.72%) HTTP
12 25 (0.60%) SAN
12 25 (0.60%) Wireshark
13 23 (0.55%) BGP
14 22 (0.53%) Ethernet
14 22 (0.53%) OSPF
15 20 (0.48%) SNMP
15 20 (0.48%) SSH
16 19 (0.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 298 (7.12%) MongoDB
2 238 (5.69%) Big Data
3 228 (5.45%) SQL Server
4 111 (2.65%) MySQL
5 91 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
6 88 (2.10%) Relational Database
7 82 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
7 82 (1.96%) Hadoop
8 71 (1.70%) Power BI
9 57 (1.36%) Oracle Database
10 51 (1.22%) NoSQL
11 35 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 33 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
13 28 (0.67%) Tableau
14 25 (0.60%) Metadata
15 23 (0.55%) Data Lake
15 23 (0.55%) GIS
15 23 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 22 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
17 21 (0.50%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 512 (12.24%) Jenkins
2 294 (7.03%) Git (software)
3 244 (5.83%) JIRA
4 213 (5.09%) JMeter
5 164 (3.92%) REST Assured
6 157 (3.75%) Postman
7 142 (3.39%) Newman
8 123 (2.94%) Selenium
9 118 (2.82%) GitLab
10 73 (1.74%) Cucumber
11 70 (1.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 63 (1.51%) Maven
13 60 (1.43%) Bitbucket
14 59 (1.41%) Robot Framework
15 56 (1.34%) JUnit
16 46 (1.10%) Eclipse
17 44 (1.05%) SonarQube
18 43 (1.03%) SoapUI
19 38 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
20 36 (0.86%) Mockito
General
1 1,109 (26.51%) Social Skills
2 716 (17.11%) Public Sector
3 312 (7.46%) Finance
4 179 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
5 119 (2.84%) Presentation Skills
6 117 (2.80%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 88 (2.10%) Telecoms
8 83 (1.98%) Aerospace
9 80 (1.91%) Military
10 77 (1.84%) Retail
11 76 (1.82%) Influencing Skills
12 73 (1.74%) Marketing
13 53 (1.27%) Legal
14 51 (1.22%) Law
15 45 (1.08%) Organisational Skills
16 39 (0.93%) Manufacturing
17 38 (0.91%) Local Government
18 37 (0.88%) Electronics
19 35 (0.84%) Billing
20 25 (0.60%) Police
Job Titles
1 889 (21.25%) Developer
2 604 (14.44%) Architect
3 411 (9.82%) Analyst
4 382 (9.13%) DevOps Engineer
5 326 (7.79%) Java Developer
6 289 (6.91%) Consultant
7 275 (6.57%) Software Engineer
8 219 (5.23%) Senior Developer
9 176 (4.21%) Test Analyst
10 161 (3.85%) Software Developer
11 157 (3.75%) Solutions Architect
12 147 (3.51%) Automation Test Analyst
13 143 (3.42%) Project Manager
14 120 (2.87%) Senior Software Developer
15 112 (2.68%) Senior DevOps
15 112 (2.68%) Senior DevOps Engineer
16 95 (2.27%) Cloud Consultant
17 91 (2.17%) C# Developer
18 80 (1.91%) IT Manager
19 79 (1.89%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 511 (12.21%) Spring
2 431 (10.30%) .NET
3 413 (9.87%) Hibernate
4 360 (8.60%) REST
5 337 (8.05%) AngularJS
6 307 (7.34%) Node.js
7 219 (5.23%) RESTful
8 198 (4.73%) Middleware
8 198 (4.73%) Web Services
9 181 (4.33%) React
10 166 (3.97%) GraphQL
11 165 (3.94%) JavaBeans
12 126 (3.01%) HTML
13 112 (2.68%) CSS
14 104 (2.49%) ARM Templates
15 85 (2.03%) OAuth
16 78 (1.86%) Elastic Stack
16 78 (1.86%) OAuth2
17 70 (1.67%) HTML5
18 68 (1.63%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 381 (9.11%) Greenfield Project
2 224 (5.35%) Public Cloud
3 170 (4.06%) Management Information System
4 150 (3.59%) Data Centre
5 119 (2.84%) Cloud Native
6 70 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
7 63 (1.51%) User Experience
8 51 (1.22%) Driving Licence
9 47 (1.12%) Cyberattack
9 47 (1.12%) Cyberthreat
10 43 (1.03%) PKI
11 42 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
12 37 (0.88%) Clustering
13 34 (0.81%) NHS
14 31 (0.74%) Private Cloud
15 28 (0.67%) Security Operations Centre
16 27 (0.65%) Legacy Systems
16 27 (0.65%) Replication
17 26 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
18 23 (0.55%) Cyber Kill Chain
Operating Systems
1 493 (11.78%) Linux
2 387 (9.25%) Windows
3 164 (3.92%) Windows Server
4 143 (3.42%) Windows 10
5 114 (2.72%) Unix
6 76 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 59 (1.41%) CentOS
8 32 (0.76%) Android
9 26 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
10 20 (0.48%) Windows Server 2016
11 18 (0.43%) Ubuntu
12 17 (0.41%) Debian
12 17 (0.41%) Windows 7
13 16 (0.38%) Mac OS
14 15 (0.36%) Windows Server 2019
15 14 (0.33%) AIX
15 14 (0.33%) Apple iOS
16 13 (0.31%) Solaris
17 11 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
18 8 (0.19%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,180 (52.10%) Agile Software Development
2 788 (18.83%) DevOps
3 710 (16.97%) Scrum
4 672 (16.06%) Problem-Solving
5 594 (14.20%) BDD
6 566 (13.53%) Mentoring
7 535 (12.79%) Software Engineering
8 494 (11.81%) TDD
9 446 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
10 425 (10.16%) Analytics
11 388 (9.27%) Open Source
12 381 (9.11%) Cybersecurity
13 377 (9.01%) Coaching
14 343 (8.20%) Microservices
15 341 (8.15%) Test Automation
16 337 (8.05%) Infrastructure as Code
17 323 (7.72%) Project Management
18 275 (6.57%) Change Control
19 272 (6.50%) ITIL
20 270 (6.45%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 1,062 (25.38%) Java
2 591 (14.13%) SQL
3 552 (13.19%) Python
4 544 (13.00%) C#
5 262 (6.26%) JavaScript
6 215 (5.14%) Java 8
7 212 (5.07%) PowerShell
8 199 (4.76%) C
9 152 (3.63%) Bash Shell
10 147 (3.51%) C++
11 84 (2.01%) Go
12 68 (1.63%) Ruby
13 57 (1.36%) Perl
14 50 (1.20%) T-SQL
15 42 (1.00%) PL/SQL
16 34 (0.81%) TypeScript
17 24 (0.57%) Scala
18 20 (0.48%) Delphi
19 19 (0.45%) R
19 19 (0.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 4,184 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 342 (8.17%) DV Cleared
3 324 (7.74%) Degree
4 99 (2.37%) CISSP
5 98 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
6 79 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
7 63 (1.51%) CCNA
8 61 (1.46%) CISM
9 58 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
10 55 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
11 48 (1.15%) CCNP
12 41 (0.98%) CESG Certified Professional
13 40 (0.96%) MCSA
14 38 (0.91%) AWS Certification
14 38 (0.91%) MCSE
15 32 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
16 31 (0.74%) Oracle Certification
17 29 (0.69%) HND
18 28 (0.67%) HNC
18 28 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 225 (5.38%) QA
2 180 (4.30%) SLA
3 87 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 56 (1.34%) Cyber Essentials
4 56 (1.34%) NCSC
5 40 (0.96%) Data Quality
6 33 (0.79%) NIST
7 30 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 28 (0.67%) JSP 440
9 27 (0.65%) GDPR
10 25 (0.60%) Accessibility
11 21 (0.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 18 (0.43%) PMO
13 14 (0.33%) RMADS
14 11 (0.26%) ISO 22301
15 10 (0.24%) PCI DSS
16 9 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 8 (0.19%) WCAG
18 7 (0.17%) Def Stans
19 6 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 561 (13.41%) Docker
2 209 (5.00%) Active Directory
3 165 (3.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 52 (1.24%) Hyper-V
5 39 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
6 37 (0.88%) vSphere
7 24 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
8 23 (0.55%) NFS
9 21 (0.50%) Postfix
10 19 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
11 18 (0.43%) VMware NSX
12 7 (0.17%) Firmware
12 7 (0.17%) XenApp
13 5 (0.12%) HDFS
13 5 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.12%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.12%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.096%) Virtual Desktop
14 4 (0.096%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.072%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 571 (13.65%) Terraform
2 393 (9.39%) Kubernetes
3 344 (8.22%) Ansible
4 88 (2.10%) Puppet
5 84 (2.01%) SCCM
6 62 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
7 59 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
8 37 (0.88%) CFEngine
9 36 (0.86%) Packer
10 34 (0.81%) FortiGate
11 26 (0.62%) Grafana
12 25 (0.60%) Consul
12 25 (0.60%) Prometheus
13 19 (0.45%) Data Guard
14 18 (0.43%) SCOM
15 17 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
15 17 (0.41%) WSUS
16 16 (0.38%) Docker Swarm
17 15 (0.36%) Istio
18 14 (0.33%) Kibana
Vendors
1 566 (13.53%) Microsoft
2 273 (6.52%) Oracle
3 269 (6.43%) ServiceNow
4 234 (5.59%) VMware
5 200 (4.78%) Cisco
6 106 (2.53%) Google
7 89 (2.13%) MuleSoft
8 87 (2.08%) CheckPoint
9 81 (1.94%) Palo Alto
10 77 (1.84%) Dell
10 77 (1.84%) Juniper
11 70 (1.67%) Fortinet
12 69 (1.65%) F5
13 66 (1.58%) Atlassian
14 65 (1.55%) Splunk
15 62 (1.48%) Adobe
16 59 (1.41%) Citrix
17 57 (1.36%) SAP
18 52 (1.24%) McAfee
19 47 (1.12%) Apple