Period
to 3 August 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 3 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
3 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 94 114 153
Rank change year-on-year +20 +39 +69
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 3,913 1,917 3,473
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.45% 2.85% 2.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 16.15% 12.91% 10.00%
Number of salaries quoted 2,216 1,237 2,145
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,250 £31,250
25th Percentile £41,950 £38,750 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £51,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +7.84% -2.86% +10.53%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £68,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +8.11%

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 24,227 14,854 34,716
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.37% 22.06% 24.08%
Number of salaries quoted 14,031 11,119 25,617
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,400
25th Percentile £41,000 £38,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 +8 3,241 £55,000 +5.26% 766
UK excluding London +26 2,893 £52,500 +5.00% 655
London -16 755 £65,000 +15.54% 190
South West +7 705 £51,825 -5.77% 152
South East -22 686 £55,000 +10.00% 158
Work from Home +6 617 £55,000 -8.33% 97
North of England +84 485 £54,000 +21.70% 123
Midlands +5 431 £57,500 +27.78% 65
North West +67 348 £52,500 +18.32% 100
West Midlands +15 339 £60,000 +26.32% 54
Scotland +67 317 £42,500 -10.53% 53
East of England +31 145 £60,000 +14.29% 65
Yorkshire -11 89 £54,000 +5.88% 15
East Midlands -29 89 £50,000 +12.69% 11
Wales +34 81 £40,065 -19.87% 37
Northern Ireland +20 61 £32,500 - 5
North East +21 55 £54,000 +8.00% 8

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 3,913 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1,912 (48.86%) Agile Software Development
3 1,018 (26.02%) Java
4 910 (23.26%) Social Skills
5 889 (22.72%) Azure
6 848 (21.67%) DevOps
7 755 (19.29%) AWS
8 677 (17.30%) Public Sector
9 654 (16.71%) Scrum
10 613 (15.67%) Terraform
11 577 (14.75%) Software Engineering
12 569 (14.54%) Problem-Solving
13 565 (14.44%) Linux
14 541 (13.83%) SQL
15 535 (13.67%) Microsoft
16 524 (13.39%) Python
17 522 (13.34%) Docker
18 507 (12.96%) BDD
19 476 (12.16%) Jenkins
20 463 (11.83%) Spring
21 462 (11.81%) C#
22 453 (11.58%) Kubernetes
23 418 (10.68%) Continuous Integration
24 407 (10.40%) TDD
25 404 (10.32%) DV Cleared
26 385 (9.84%) .NET
27 362 (9.25%) Analytics
28 354 (9.05%) Coaching
28 354 (9.05%) Git (software)
29 351 (8.97%) Hibernate

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 64 (1.64%) SharePoint
2 55 (1.41%) Confluence
3 32 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
4 24 (0.61%) Tomcat
5 23 (0.59%) IIS
6 20 (0.51%) Apache
6 20 (0.51%) Apache Spark
7 17 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 16 (0.41%) WebLogic
9 12 (0.31%) MS Exchange
10 10 (0.26%) SAS
11 9 (0.23%) OpenStack
11 9 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.18%) JBoss
12 7 (0.18%) Skype for Business
13 6 (0.15%) GlassFish
13 6 (0.15%) Oracle Workflow
13 6 (0.15%) WildFly
14 4 (0.10%) Headless CMS
15 3 (0.077%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 61 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (0.72%) Simulink
4 14 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (0.36%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.23%) Zemax
6 3 (0.077%) EngageOne
6 3 (0.077%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.026%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.026%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.026%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.026%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.026%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 37 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
2 23 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
3 11 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
4 10 (0.26%) Oracle General Ledger
4 10 (0.26%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 10 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
5 9 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
5 9 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
5 9 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
6 8 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
7 6 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
7 6 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
8 4 (0.10%) Oracle HRMS
8 4 (0.10%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 3 (0.077%) Oracle 11i
9 3 (0.077%) Oracle SCM
9 3 (0.077%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.077%) Sentinel
9 3 (0.077%) Staffware
10 2 (0.051%) Oracle Manufacturing
Cloud Services
1 889 (22.72%) Azure
2 755 (19.29%) AWS
3 208 (5.32%) Serverless
4 186 (4.75%) IaaS
5 185 (4.73%) PaaS
6 176 (4.50%) GitHub
7 163 (4.17%) SaaS
8 145 (3.71%) Azure Active Directory
9 133 (3.40%) GCP
10 128 (3.27%) Microsoft 365
11 84 (2.15%) AWS CloudFormation
12 78 (1.99%) Azure Key Vault
13 57 (1.46%) OpenShift
14 56 (1.43%) Power Platform
15 46 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
16 34 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
17 26 (0.66%) Amazon EKS
18 25 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
19 15 (0.38%) Azure Data Factory
20 13 (0.33%) AWS CodePipeline
Communications & Networking
1 184 (4.70%) Firewall
2 101 (2.58%) WAN
3 95 (2.43%) LAN
4 89 (2.27%) Network Security
5 74 (1.89%) VPN
6 56 (1.43%) Internet
7 49 (1.25%) TCP/IP
8 44 (1.12%) DNS
9 36 (0.92%) BGP
10 35 (0.89%) DHCP
10 35 (0.89%) Ethernet
11 34 (0.87%) OSPF
12 29 (0.74%) MPLS
12 29 (0.74%) Unified Communications
12 29 (0.74%) Wireless
13 28 (0.72%) Cisco ASA
13 28 (0.72%) Cisco Firepower
14 26 (0.66%) Cisco ISE
15 24 (0.61%) Intrusion Detection
15 24 (0.61%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 257 (6.57%) MongoDB
2 215 (5.49%) Big Data
3 198 (5.06%) SQL Server
4 94 (2.40%) MySQL
5 88 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
6 77 (1.97%) NoSQL
7 72 (1.84%) Data Warehouse
8 65 (1.66%) Hadoop
9 61 (1.56%) Relational Database
10 59 (1.51%) Oracle Database
11 44 (1.12%) Power BI
12 32 (0.82%) Oracle BI EE
13 31 (0.79%) Data Lake
14 25 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 24 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
16 21 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 19 (0.49%) GIS
18 18 (0.46%) Oracle Exadata
19 17 (0.43%) Tableau
20 16 (0.41%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 476 (12.16%) Jenkins
2 354 (9.05%) Git (software)
3 202 (5.16%) JIRA
4 196 (5.01%) JMeter
5 165 (4.22%) GitLab
6 139 (3.55%) REST Assured
7 132 (3.37%) Postman
8 123 (3.14%) Selenium
9 121 (3.09%) Newman
10 81 (2.07%) Cucumber
11 80 (2.04%) Maven
12 75 (1.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 58 (1.48%) Rational DOORS
14 55 (1.41%) JUnit
14 55 (1.41%) Robot Framework
15 48 (1.23%) Eclipse
16 47 (1.20%) SonarQube
17 43 (1.10%) Mockito
18 39 (1.00%) Bitbucket
19 38 (0.97%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 910 (23.26%) Social Skills
2 677 (17.30%) Public Sector
3 263 (6.72%) Finance
4 170 (4.34%) Analytical Skills
5 109 (2.79%) Telecoms
6 100 (2.56%) Marketing
7 93 (2.38%) Military
8 88 (2.25%) Law
9 86 (2.20%) Presentation Skills
10 78 (1.99%) Electronics
11 77 (1.97%) Aerospace
12 70 (1.79%) Influencing Skills
13 63 (1.61%) Manufacturing
14 56 (1.43%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 47 (1.20%) Retail
16 40 (1.02%) Local Government
17 35 (0.89%) Organisational Skills
18 34 (0.87%) Legal
19 28 (0.72%) Billing
20 24 (0.61%) Games
Job Titles
1 750 (19.17%) Developer
2 564 (14.41%) Architect
3 421 (10.76%) DevOps Engineer
4 339 (8.66%) Analyst
5 290 (7.41%) Software Engineer
6 285 (7.28%) Java Developer
7 233 (5.95%) Consultant
8 174 (4.45%) Senior Developer
9 158 (4.04%) Test Analyst
10 149 (3.81%) Solutions Architect
11 136 (3.48%) Software Developer
12 127 (3.25%) Senior DevOps
12 127 (3.25%) Senior DevOps Engineer
13 119 (3.04%) Automation Test Analyst
14 108 (2.76%) Project Manager
15 103 (2.63%) Network Engineer
16 97 (2.48%) Lead Architect
17 89 (2.27%) Systems Engineer
18 84 (2.15%) C# Developer
19 82 (2.10%) Senior Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 463 (11.83%) Spring
2 385 (9.84%) .NET
3 351 (8.97%) Hibernate
4 274 (7.00%) AngularJS
5 258 (6.59%) Node.js
6 244 (6.24%) REST
7 200 (5.11%) RESTful
8 195 (4.98%) Web Services
9 172 (4.40%) Middleware
10 157 (4.01%) React
11 142 (3.63%) GraphQL
12 138 (3.53%) JavaBeans
13 120 (3.07%) HTML
14 109 (2.79%) CSS
15 107 (2.73%) ARM Templates
16 98 (2.50%) Elastic Stack
17 92 (2.35%) OAuth
18 81 (2.07%) OAuth2
19 75 (1.92%) Spring Boot
20 64 (1.64%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 200 (5.11%) Greenfield Project
2 187 (4.78%) Public Cloud
3 144 (3.68%) Data Centre
4 140 (3.58%) Cloud Native
5 108 (2.76%) Hybrid Cloud
6 97 (2.48%) Management Information System
7 70 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
8 58 (1.48%) Driving Licence
9 46 (1.18%) User Experience
10 45 (1.15%) Cyberattack
11 42 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
12 41 (1.05%) NHS
13 33 (0.84%) PKI
13 33 (0.84%) Private Cloud
14 31 (0.79%) Cybercrime
15 30 (0.77%) Clustering
16 28 (0.72%) Cyberthreat
16 28 (0.72%) Legacy Systems
17 27 (0.69%) Replication
18 18 (0.46%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 565 (14.44%) Linux
2 316 (8.08%) Windows
3 133 (3.40%) Windows Server
4 110 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 100 (2.56%) Unix
6 77 (1.97%) CentOS
7 70 (1.79%) Windows 10
8 48 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 44 (1.12%) Windows Server 2016
10 35 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
11 31 (0.79%) Windows Server 2019
12 29 (0.74%) Android
13 23 (0.59%) Ubuntu
14 17 (0.43%) Debian
15 13 (0.33%) AIX
15 13 (0.33%) Apple iOS
16 9 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
17 8 (0.20%) Windows 8
18 6 (0.15%) Windows 7
19 5 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,912 (48.86%) Agile Software Development
2 848 (21.67%) DevOps
3 654 (16.71%) Scrum
4 577 (14.75%) Software Engineering
5 569 (14.54%) Problem-Solving
6 507 (12.96%) BDD
7 418 (10.68%) Continuous Integration
8 407 (10.40%) TDD
9 362 (9.25%) Analytics
10 354 (9.05%) Coaching
11 341 (8.71%) Cybersecurity
11 341 (8.71%) Open Source
12 331 (8.46%) Mentoring
13 330 (8.43%) Microservices
13 330 (8.43%) Test Automation
14 318 (8.13%) Infrastructure as Code
15 295 (7.54%) Project Management
16 277 (7.08%) ITIL
17 246 (6.29%) Configuration Management
18 216 (5.52%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,018 (26.02%) Java
2 541 (13.83%) SQL
3 524 (13.39%) Python
4 462 (11.81%) C#
5 274 (7.00%) JavaScript
6 214 (5.47%) C
7 212 (5.42%) PowerShell
8 178 (4.55%) C++
9 172 (4.40%) Java 8
10 136 (3.48%) Bash Shell
11 87 (2.22%) Go
12 76 (1.94%) Ruby
13 59 (1.51%) Perl
14 46 (1.18%) TypeScript
15 43 (1.10%) PL/SQL
16 40 (1.02%) MATLAB
17 32 (0.82%) T-SQL
18 23 (0.59%) Shell Script
19 22 (0.56%) Scala
20 20 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3,913 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 404 (10.32%) DV Cleared
3 346 (8.84%) Degree
4 138 (3.53%) Cisco Certification
5 85 (2.17%) CCNP
6 82 (2.10%) Computer Science Degree
7 73 (1.87%) BPSS Clearance
8 69 (1.76%) CCNA
9 60 (1.53%) CISSP
10 55 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
11 47 (1.20%) AWS Certification
12 45 (1.15%) ISTQB
13 40 (1.02%) Oracle Certification
14 38 (0.97%) MCSE
15 36 (0.92%) CESG Certified Professional
16 33 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
17 31 (0.79%) MCSA
18 28 (0.72%) CCDP
18 28 (0.72%) CISM
18 28 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (4.96%) QA
2 127 (3.25%) SLA
3 85 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 42 (1.07%) NCSC
5 40 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials
6 39 (1.00%) NIST
7 27 (0.69%) Data Quality
8 26 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 23 (0.59%) GDPR
9 23 (0.59%) JSP 440
10 20 (0.51%) Accessibility
11 16 (0.41%) PCI DSS
12 9 (0.23%) Def Stans
12 9 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 9 (0.23%) PMO
13 8 (0.20%) RMADS
14 6 (0.15%) IEC 61508
15 5 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 4 (0.10%) GRC
16 4 (0.10%) WCAG
System Software
1 522 (13.34%) Docker
2 199 (5.09%) Active Directory
3 151 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 47 (1.20%) vSphere
5 44 (1.12%) Hyper-V
6 33 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
7 30 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
8 26 (0.66%) VMware NSX
9 23 (0.59%) Firmware
10 17 (0.43%) KVM
11 16 (0.41%) Postfix
12 13 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.28%) NFS
14 10 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
15 8 (0.20%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 4 (0.10%) HDFS
16 4 (0.10%) NDS
16 4 (0.10%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 4 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
16 4 (0.10%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 613 (15.67%) Terraform
2 453 (11.58%) Kubernetes
3 337 (8.61%) Ansible
4 89 (2.27%) Puppet
5 81 (2.07%) Istio
6 66 (1.69%) SCCM
7 57 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
8 55 (1.41%) Packer
9 46 (1.18%) CFEngine
10 44 (1.12%) Consul
11 39 (1.00%) FortiGate
12 37 (0.95%) Microsoft Intune
13 33 (0.84%) Prometheus
14 32 (0.82%) Grafana
15 28 (0.72%) Graphite
16 27 (0.69%) Docker Swarm
17 25 (0.64%) WSUS
18 19 (0.49%) Kibana
18 19 (0.49%) Nagios
19 18 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 535 (13.67%) Microsoft
2 294 (7.51%) Oracle
3 220 (5.62%) Cisco
4 217 (5.55%) VMware
5 140 (3.58%) ServiceNow
6 88 (2.25%) Google
7 78 (1.99%) SAP
8 64 (1.64%) Splunk
9 59 (1.51%) Atlassian
9 59 (1.51%) Citrix
10 56 (1.43%) Red Hat
11 53 (1.35%) Palo Alto
12 50 (1.28%) IBM
13 45 (1.15%) Juniper
14 43 (1.10%) HP
15 41 (1.05%) CheckPoint
16 36 (0.92%) Fortinet
17 33 (0.84%) McAfee
18 29 (0.74%) F5
18 29 (0.74%) NetApp