Period
to 17 May 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 17 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
17 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 98 139 135
Rank change year-on-year +41 -4 +94
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 2,893 2,388 3,871
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.21% 2.48% 2.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.03% 11.56% 10.73%
Number of salaries quoted 2,141 1,531 2,133
10th Percentile £36,250 £30,000 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,000 £38,750 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £52,095
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +0.78% +13.25%
75th Percentile £71,500 £67,500 £67,500
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%

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 19,251 20,660 36,089
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.34% 21.46% 24.80%
Number of salaries quoted 12,237 15,551 26,155
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +3.09%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%

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 17 May 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 17 May 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 +30 2,604 £55,000 +4.76% 621
UK excluding London +19 1,975 £52,500 +5.00% 545
London +107 717 £62,500 +8.70% 151
South West +20 575 £50,000 - 133
Work from Home +38 525 £57,207 -4.66% 101
South East -24 492 £55,000 +6.37% 153
North of England +87 342 £54,000 +21.70% 100
Midlands -14 280 £60,000 +34.27% 48
West Midlands +5 256 £60,000 +33.33% 36
North West +72 236 £52,500 +18.32% 71
East of England +60 172 £65,000 +18.18% 35
Scotland +29 95 £41,359 +19.02% 41
Yorkshire +14 71 £54,000 +8.00% 21
North East +35 39 £54,000 +5.37% 8
Wales +39 32 £42,000 +3.98% 28
East Midlands -55 22 £62,500 +43.89% 12
Northern Ireland +3 5 £32,500 - 7

For the 6 months to 17 May 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 2,893 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,143 (39.51%) Agile Software Development
3 704 (24.33%) DevOps
4 614 (21.22%) Azure
5 612 (21.15%) AWS
6 550 (19.01%) Java
7 507 (17.53%) Social Skills
8 490 (16.94%) Linux
9 472 (16.32%) Microsoft
10 450 (15.55%) Public Sector
11 427 (14.76%) Software Engineering
12 419 (14.48%) Python
13 384 (13.27%) SQL
14 382 (13.20%) Kubernetes
15 361 (12.48%) DV Cleared
16 335 (11.58%) Terraform
17 330 (11.41%) Windows
18 311 (10.75%) Degree
19 300 (10.37%) Docker
20 292 (10.09%) Cybersecurity
21 290 (10.02%) Scrum
22 288 (9.96%) Jenkins
23 281 (9.71%) Oracle
24 276 (9.54%) JavaScript
24 276 (9.54%) Git (software)
25 251 (8.68%) ITIL
26 241 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
27 235 (8.12%) Ansible
28 228 (7.88%) C
28 228 (7.88%) C#

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 81 (2.80%) Confluence
2 73 (2.52%) SharePoint
3 34 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
4 28 (0.97%) IIS
5 22 (0.76%) MS Exchange
5 22 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 18 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (0.55%) Apache
8 14 (0.48%) WebSphere
9 13 (0.45%) Tomcat
10 12 (0.41%) ArcGIS
10 12 (0.41%) JBoss
10 12 (0.41%) OpenStack
11 11 (0.38%) Apache Spark
11 11 (0.38%) CMS
11 11 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
11 11 (0.38%) Skype for Business
11 11 (0.38%) WebLogic
12 9 (0.31%) FileNet
12 9 (0.31%) LiveCycle
Applications
1 47 (1.62%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (1.11%) Simulink
3 22 (0.76%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
6 7 (0.24%) Stateflow
7 6 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 4 (0.14%) Zemax
9 2 (0.069%) SPSS
10 1 (0.035%) 3ds Max
10 1 (0.035%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.035%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.035%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.035%) Mathcad
10 1 (0.035%) Revit
10 1 (0.035%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.035%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 29 (1.00%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
3 12 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
4 8 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.28%) Sentinel
5 6 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
6 5 (0.17%) Oracle Payroll
7 4 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
7 4 (0.14%) Oracle HRMS
7 4 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
8 3 (0.10%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 3 (0.10%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 2 (0.069%) Oracle Manufacturing
9 2 (0.069%) SAP QM
9 2 (0.069%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 614 (21.22%) Azure
2 612 (21.15%) AWS
3 173 (5.98%) PaaS
4 167 (5.77%) IaaS
5 126 (4.36%) SaaS
6 112 (3.87%) Microsoft 365
7 89 (3.08%) Azure Active Directory
8 88 (3.04%) Power Platform
9 84 (2.90%) GCP
10 73 (2.52%) GitHub
11 59 (2.04%) Serverless
12 46 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
13 43 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
14 28 (0.97%) Amazon EKS
15 23 (0.80%) Azure Data Factory
16 18 (0.62%) Azure Logic Apps
17 16 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
18 15 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
19 13 (0.45%) Amazon S3
19 13 (0.45%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 176 (6.08%) Firewall
2 98 (3.39%) Network Security
3 87 (3.01%) WAN
4 78 (2.70%) LAN
5 68 (2.35%) DNS
6 62 (2.14%) TCP/IP
7 60 (2.07%) VPN
8 56 (1.94%) Internet
9 50 (1.73%) DHCP
10 46 (1.59%) BGP
11 44 (1.52%) OSPF
12 43 (1.49%) Wireless
13 39 (1.35%) Cisco ASA
14 34 (1.18%) Cisco ISE
15 32 (1.11%) Cisco Firepower
15 32 (1.11%) SAN
16 31 (1.07%) HTTP
17 28 (0.97%) MPLS
18 27 (0.93%) Ethernet
19 24 (0.83%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 192 (6.64%) SQL Server
2 93 (3.21%) PostgreSQL
3 86 (2.97%) Big Data
4 83 (2.87%) NoSQL
4 83 (2.87%) Power BI
5 70 (2.42%) MySQL
6 55 (1.90%) MongoDB
7 52 (1.80%) Oracle Database
8 45 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
9 44 (1.52%) Relational Database
10 40 (1.38%) Azure SQL Database
11 34 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 34 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 29 (1.00%) Oracle BI EE
13 24 (0.83%) Hadoop
14 23 (0.80%) GIS
15 21 (0.73%) Data Lake
15 21 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 20 (0.69%) MariaDB
17 18 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 288 (9.96%) Jenkins
2 276 (9.54%) Git (software)
3 165 (5.70%) GitLab
4 153 (5.29%) JIRA
5 92 (3.18%) Selenium
6 78 (2.70%) Maven
7 74 (2.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 69 (2.39%) Rational DOORS
9 62 (2.14%) Cucumber
9 62 (2.14%) JMeter
10 54 (1.87%) Rational Rhapsody
11 41 (1.42%) JUnit
12 36 (1.24%) Artifactory
12 36 (1.24%) LoadRunner
12 36 (1.24%) Mockito
13 35 (1.21%) NeoLoad
14 30 (1.04%) Vagrant
15 29 (1.00%) SonarQube
16 28 (0.97%) Bitbucket
16 28 (0.97%) Visual Studio
General
1 507 (17.53%) Social Skills
2 450 (15.55%) Public Sector
3 218 (7.54%) Finance
4 188 (6.50%) Analytical Skills
5 122 (4.22%) Marketing
6 120 (4.15%) Telecoms
7 104 (3.59%) Aerospace
8 103 (3.56%) Electronics
9 88 (3.04%) Law
10 86 (2.97%) Manufacturing
11 82 (2.83%) Military
12 70 (2.42%) Presentation Skills
13 58 (2.00%) Influencing Skills
14 41 (1.42%) Organisational Skills
15 39 (1.35%) Legal
16 32 (1.11%) Local Government
17 31 (1.07%) Retail
18 22 (0.76%) Police
19 20 (0.69%) Games
20 11 (0.38%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 444 (15.35%) Developer
2 372 (12.86%) Architect
3 288 (9.96%) DevOps Engineer
4 211 (7.29%) Consultant
5 183 (6.33%) Software Engineer
6 178 (6.15%) Analyst
7 143 (4.94%) Java Developer
8 112 (3.87%) Network Engineer
9 96 (3.32%) Systems Engineer
10 95 (3.28%) Solutions Architect
11 87 (3.01%) Senior Developer
12 81 (2.80%) Azure Engineer
13 76 (2.63%) AWS DevOps
14 73 (2.52%) Software Developer
15 67 (2.32%) AWS Engineer
16 66 (2.28%) Data Engineer
17 59 (2.04%) Platform Engineer
17 59 (2.04%) Support Engineer
18 58 (2.00%) Senior DevOps
18 58 (2.00%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (6.12%) .NET
2 152 (5.25%) Spring
3 118 (4.08%) AngularJS
3 118 (4.08%) Web Services
4 103 (3.56%) HTML
5 98 (3.39%) CSS
6 95 (3.28%) Node.js
7 94 (3.25%) REST
8 75 (2.59%) RESTful
9 73 (2.52%) React
10 66 (2.28%) Elastic Stack
11 61 (2.11%) Hibernate
12 54 (1.87%) Spring Boot
13 49 (1.69%) ASP.NET
14 43 (1.49%) SOAP
15 41 (1.42%) HTML5
16 39 (1.35%) Middleware
17 38 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC
17 38 (1.31%) JSON
18 35 (1.21%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 149 (5.15%) Greenfield Project
2 143 (4.94%) Public Cloud
3 111 (3.84%) Data Centre
4 89 (3.08%) Hybrid Cloud
5 84 (2.90%) Management Information System
6 67 (2.32%) Cloud Native
7 53 (1.83%) Self-Motivation
8 48 (1.66%) Driving Licence
9 46 (1.59%) User Experience
10 39 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
11 35 (1.21%) PKI
11 35 (1.21%) Replication
12 32 (1.11%) Clustering
12 32 (1.11%) NHS
13 28 (0.97%) Cyberthreat
13 28 (0.97%) Private Cloud
14 25 (0.86%) Cybercrime
15 23 (0.80%) Data Structures
16 20 (0.69%) Algorithms
17 19 (0.66%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 490 (16.94%) Linux
2 330 (11.41%) Windows
3 116 (4.01%) Windows Server
4 93 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 77 (2.66%) Windows Server 2016
6 76 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 75 (2.59%) Windows 10
8 65 (2.25%) Unix
9 56 (1.94%) CentOS
10 53 (1.83%) Windows Server 2019
11 38 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
12 22 (0.76%) Ubuntu
13 20 (0.69%) Android
14 14 (0.48%) Alpine Linux
14 14 (0.48%) Windows 7
15 13 (0.45%) Apple iOS
16 9 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
17 8 (0.28%) Windows 8
18 7 (0.24%) VMS
19 5 (0.17%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,143 (39.51%) Agile Software Development
2 704 (24.33%) DevOps
3 427 (14.76%) Software Engineering
4 292 (10.09%) Cybersecurity
5 290 (10.02%) Scrum
6 251 (8.68%) ITIL
7 241 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
8 223 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
9 220 (7.60%) Test Automation
10 213 (7.36%) Analytics
11 204 (7.05%) Configuration Management
11 204 (7.05%) Project Management
12 202 (6.98%) Open Source
13 197 (6.81%) Mentoring
14 189 (6.53%) Decision-Making
15 170 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
15 170 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
16 152 (5.25%) Systems Engineering
17 145 (5.01%) Microservices
18 137 (4.74%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 550 (19.01%) Java
2 419 (14.48%) Python
3 384 (13.27%) SQL
4 276 (9.54%) JavaScript
5 228 (7.88%) C
5 228 (7.88%) C#
6 181 (6.26%) PowerShell
7 179 (6.19%) C++
8 107 (3.70%) Bash Shell
9 81 (2.80%) Ruby
10 63 (2.18%) Go
11 58 (2.00%) MATLAB
11 58 (2.00%) TypeScript
12 52 (1.80%) Perl
13 38 (1.31%) Java 8
14 30 (1.04%) PL/SQL
15 29 (1.00%) T-SQL
16 28 (0.97%) Shell Script
17 21 (0.73%) Groovy
18 18 (0.62%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2,893 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 361 (12.48%) DV Cleared
3 311 (10.75%) Degree
4 155 (5.36%) Cisco Certification
5 106 (3.66%) CCNP
6 92 (3.18%) BPSS Clearance
7 80 (2.77%) Computer Science Degree
8 76 (2.63%) CCNA
9 61 (2.11%) Microsoft Certification
10 58 (2.00%) CISSP
11 47 (1.62%) CESG Certified Professional
12 40 (1.38%) ISTQB
13 36 (1.24%) CCDP
14 35 (1.21%) CISM
15 34 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
16 31 (1.07%) HNC
17 29 (1.00%) AWS Certification
18 27 (0.93%) MCSE
19 25 (0.86%) MCSA
20 23 (0.80%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (2.80%) SLA
2 73 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 67 (2.32%) QA
4 37 (1.28%) NCSC
5 31 (1.07%) NIST
6 30 (1.04%) Data Quality
7 22 (0.76%) JSP 440
8 15 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 14 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 13 (0.45%) GDPR
11 12 (0.41%) Def Stans
11 12 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 10 (0.35%) RMADS
13 9 (0.31%) PMO
14 8 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.28%) GRC
14 8 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 7 (0.24%) PCI DSS
16 5 (0.17%) GxP
17 3 (0.10%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 300 (10.37%) Docker
2 226 (7.81%) Active Directory
3 149 (5.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 53 (1.83%) vSphere
5 49 (1.69%) Hyper-V
6 40 (1.38%) VMware NSX
7 34 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
8 25 (0.86%) Firmware
9 22 (0.76%) KVM
10 21 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
11 10 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 8 (0.28%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 7 (0.24%) NFS
15 6 (0.21%) Postfix
15 6 (0.21%) XenApp
16 5 (0.17%) NDS
16 5 (0.17%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 5 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 382 (13.20%) Kubernetes
2 335 (11.58%) Terraform
3 235 (8.12%) Ansible
4 123 (4.25%) Puppet
5 87 (3.01%) Opscode Chef
6 73 (2.52%) Istio
7 71 (2.45%) SCCM
8 57 (1.97%) Packer
9 45 (1.56%) Consul
10 40 (1.38%) CFEngine
10 40 (1.38%) Prometheus
11 38 (1.31%) Grafana
12 37 (1.28%) Microsoft Intune
13 33 (1.14%) Graphite
14 30 (1.04%) Docker Swarm
15 23 (0.80%) FortiGate
16 21 (0.73%) Nagios
16 21 (0.73%) SCVMM
16 21 (0.73%) WSUS
17 19 (0.66%) Demisto
Vendors
1 472 (16.32%) Microsoft
2 281 (9.71%) Oracle
3 197 (6.81%) Cisco
4 194 (6.71%) VMware
5 80 (2.77%) SAP
5 80 (2.77%) ServiceNow
6 63 (2.18%) Red Hat
7 56 (1.94%) IBM
8 51 (1.76%) Google
9 49 (1.69%) Splunk
10 48 (1.66%) Palo Alto
11 38 (1.31%) Citrix
11 38 (1.31%) HP
11 38 (1.31%) SolarWinds
12 35 (1.21%) Atlassian
12 35 (1.21%) Juniper
13 31 (1.07%) Adobe
14 30 (1.04%) F5
15 27 (0.93%) McAfee
16 26 (0.90%) Veeam