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

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 96 155 147
Rank change year-on-year +59 -8 +83
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 2,476 2,725 3,569
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.27% 2.23% 2.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.92% 10.25% 9.79%
Number of salaries quoted 2,156 1,964 2,243
Median annual salary £57,500 £54,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.48% +8.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £51,500 £49,000
% change year-on-year +6.80% +5.10% +8.89%

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 15,554 26,578 36,454
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.55% 21.75% 24.41%
Number of salaries quoted 10,780 19,987 26,951
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +5.88%

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 March 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 March 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 +62 2,261 £57,500 +6.48% 664
UK excluding London +25 1,582 £55,000 +6.80% 569
London +169 726 £62,500 +11.61% 167
South East -4 475 £57,500 - 171
South West +20 458 £50,000 - 121
Work from Home +18 379 £60,000 -4.00% 93
Midlands +34 245 £57,500 +21.05% 56
West Midlands +27 221 £57,500 +15.00% 48
North of England +85 192 £54,000 +5.88% 88
North West +85 144 £50,000 +6.38% 68
East of England +73 135 £67,500 +50.00% 53
Yorkshire +24 41 £54,000 -5.66% 14
Wales +47 40 £42,500 +5.22% 29
Scotland +24 37 £52,500 +53.28% 46
East Midlands +11 20 £60,000 +41.18% 8
North East +21 10 £54,000 -26.28% 6
Northern Ireland +10 6 £67,500 +35.00% 5

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 2,476 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 981 (39.62%) Agile Software Development
3 629 (25.40%) DevOps
4 573 (23.14%) AWS
5 508 (20.52%) Java
6 495 (19.99%) Azure
7 433 (17.49%) Linux
8 419 (16.92%) Microsoft
9 406 (16.40%) Public Sector
10 384 (15.51%) Python
11 375 (15.15%) Software Engineering
12 342 (13.81%) SQL
13 317 (12.80%) Windows
14 300 (12.12%) Kubernetes
15 297 (12.00%) Terraform
16 290 (11.71%) DV Cleared
17 281 (11.35%) Scrum
18 276 (11.15%) Docker
19 269 (10.86%) JavaScript
20 266 (10.74%) Jenkins
21 251 (10.14%) Cybersecurity
22 239 (9.65%) Problem-Solving
23 237 (9.57%) ITIL
24 236 (9.53%) Degree
25 229 (9.25%) Ansible
26 228 (9.21%) Oracle
26 228 (9.21%) VMware
27 217 (8.76%) Git (software)
28 209 (8.44%) Test Automation
29 208 (8.40%) 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 84 (3.39%) Confluence
2 64 (2.58%) SharePoint
3 57 (2.30%) Elasticsearch
4 40 (1.62%) Apache
5 31 (1.25%) Apache Spark
6 28 (1.13%) MS Exchange
7 24 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
8 23 (0.93%) ArcGIS
8 23 (0.93%) CMS
8 23 (0.93%) IIS
9 19 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 17 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
11 14 (0.57%) OpenStack
11 14 (0.57%) WebSphere
12 13 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
12 13 (0.53%) Skype for Business
13 11 (0.44%) JBoss
14 9 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 8 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
15 8 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 33 (1.33%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (0.93%) Simulink
3 18 (0.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (0.73%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.44%) Sketch
5 10 (0.40%) Figma
5 10 (0.40%) InVision
6 8 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.32%) Stateflow
7 7 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
7 7 (0.28%) SPSS
8 4 (0.16%) OrCAD
9 1 (0.040%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.040%) Adobe XD
9 1 (0.040%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.040%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.040%) Mathcad
9 1 (0.040%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.040%) Revit
Business Applications
1 11 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
2 9 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
4 7 (0.28%) Sentinel
5 6 (0.24%) Maximo
5 6 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 4 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.16%) Oracle Payroll
7 3 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.12%) Oracle HRMS
7 3 (0.12%) SAP PM
7 3 (0.12%) SAP PSCD
8 2 (0.081%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
8 2 (0.081%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.081%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.081%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.081%) SAP QM
8 2 (0.081%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 573 (23.14%) AWS
2 495 (19.99%) Azure
3 141 (5.69%) PaaS
4 121 (4.89%) IaaS
5 110 (4.44%) GitHub
6 104 (4.20%) Microsoft 365
7 103 (4.16%) SaaS
8 81 (3.27%) Power Platform
9 73 (2.95%) Azure Active Directory
10 71 (2.87%) GCP
11 68 (2.75%) Serverless
12 43 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
13 34 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
14 27 (1.09%) Amazon EKS
14 27 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
15 24 (0.97%) Stackdriver
16 23 (0.93%) Amazon ECS
17 21 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
17 21 (0.85%) Logic Apps
18 19 (0.77%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 144 (5.82%) Firewall
2 88 (3.55%) DNS
3 62 (2.50%) DHCP
3 62 (2.50%) Network Security
4 58 (2.34%) WAN
5 53 (2.14%) LAN
6 50 (2.02%) TCP/IP
7 47 (1.90%) Internet
8 42 (1.70%) VPN
9 39 (1.58%) SAN
10 37 (1.49%) HTTP
10 37 (1.49%) OSPF
11 35 (1.41%) BGP
12 34 (1.37%) Wireless
13 31 (1.25%) Cisco ASA
13 31 (1.25%) Unified Communications
14 28 (1.13%) VoIP
15 25 (1.01%) Cisco ISE
16 24 (0.97%) Intrusion Detection
17 22 (0.89%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (7.07%) SQL Server
2 125 (5.05%) PostgreSQL
3 105 (4.24%) Big Data
4 94 (3.80%) NoSQL
5 75 (3.03%) Power BI
6 74 (2.99%) MySQL
7 64 (2.58%) MongoDB
8 47 (1.90%) Relational Database
9 43 (1.74%) Azure SQL Database
10 41 (1.66%) Oracle Database
11 31 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
12 28 (1.13%) MariaDB
13 27 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 26 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 24 (0.97%) Amazon RDS
16 21 (0.85%) OLTP
17 20 (0.81%) GIS
17 20 (0.81%) Pentaho
18 18 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
18 18 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 266 (10.74%) Jenkins
2 217 (8.76%) Git (software)
3 143 (5.78%) JIRA
4 124 (5.01%) GitLab
5 86 (3.47%) Selenium
6 72 (2.91%) Maven
7 61 (2.46%) JMeter
8 60 (2.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 52 (2.10%) Cucumber
10 44 (1.78%) JUnit
11 42 (1.70%) Mockito
11 42 (1.70%) Rational DOORS
12 33 (1.33%) Bitbucket
12 33 (1.33%) LoadRunner
12 33 (1.33%) Visual Studio
13 32 (1.29%) NeoLoad
14 30 (1.21%) Gradle
15 29 (1.17%) Rational Rhapsody
16 25 (1.01%) Vagrant
17 24 (0.97%) SilkPerformer
General
1 406 (16.40%) Public Sector
2 166 (6.70%) Finance
3 110 (4.44%) Marketing
4 89 (3.59%) Aerospace
5 88 (3.55%) Electronics
6 82 (3.31%) Telecoms
7 71 (2.87%) Military
8 66 (2.67%) Manufacturing
9 49 (1.98%) Law
10 34 (1.37%) Retail
11 28 (1.13%) Legal
11 28 (1.13%) Local Government
12 23 (0.93%) Police
13 17 (0.69%) Games
14 15 (0.61%) Advertising
15 8 (0.32%) Avionics
15 8 (0.32%) Back Office
15 8 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.20%) Automotive
17 4 (0.16%) Banking
Job Titles
1 407 (16.44%) Developer
2 287 (11.59%) Architect
3 242 (9.77%) DevOps Engineer
4 176 (7.11%) Java Developer
5 172 (6.95%) Consultant
6 164 (6.62%) Software Engineer
7 150 (6.06%) Analyst
8 103 (4.16%) AWS DevOps
8 103 (4.16%) AWS Engineer
9 79 (3.19%) Network Engineer
10 72 (2.91%) Data Engineer
10 72 (2.91%) Senior Developer
11 71 (2.87%) Solutions Architect
12 70 (2.83%) AWS DevOps Engineer
12 70 (2.83%) Systems Engineer
13 65 (2.63%) Software Developer
14 62 (2.50%) Administrator
15 61 (2.46%) Azure Engineer
16 59 (2.38%) Support Engineer
17 58 (2.34%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (7.63%) Spring
2 146 (5.90%) .NET
3 111 (4.48%) HTML
4 107 (4.32%) AngularJS
5 101 (4.08%) CSS
6 99 (4.00%) Node.js
7 96 (3.88%) Web Services
8 92 (3.72%) Spring Boot
9 88 (3.55%) RESTful
10 76 (3.07%) REST
11 66 (2.67%) React
12 62 (2.50%) Hibernate
13 54 (2.18%) Kafka
14 52 (2.10%) ASP.NET
15 45 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
16 43 (1.74%) HTML5
17 42 (1.70%) Middleware
18 41 (1.66%) ASP.NET MVC
19 40 (1.62%) JSON
19 40 (1.62%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 163 (6.58%) Analytical Skills
2 129 (5.21%) Public Cloud
3 98 (3.96%) Data Centre
4 79 (3.19%) Greenfield Project
5 77 (3.11%) Management Information System
6 63 (2.54%) Self-Motivation
7 62 (2.50%) User Experience
8 42 (1.70%) Cyberthreat
9 41 (1.66%) Hybrid Cloud
10 38 (1.53%) Algorithms
11 36 (1.45%) Driving Licence
12 35 (1.41%) Replication
13 34 (1.37%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 28 (1.13%) Clustering
14 28 (1.13%) PKI
15 27 (1.09%) Cloud Native
15 27 (1.09%) CMDB
16 23 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
16 23 (0.93%) Private Cloud
17 21 (0.85%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 433 (17.49%) Linux
2 317 (12.80%) Windows
3 115 (4.64%) Windows Server
4 81 (3.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 80 (3.23%) Windows 10
6 74 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 74 (2.99%) Windows Server 2016
7 51 (2.06%) Unix
8 49 (1.98%) Windows Server 2019
9 48 (1.94%) CentOS
10 31 (1.25%) Windows 7
11 30 (1.21%) Windows Server 2008
12 23 (0.93%) Ubuntu
13 13 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (0.36%) Windows XP
15 6 (0.24%) Debian
16 5 (0.20%) Android
16 5 (0.20%) VMS
17 4 (0.16%) Solaris
17 4 (0.16%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 981 (39.62%) Agile Software Development
2 629 (25.40%) DevOps
3 375 (15.15%) Software Engineering
4 281 (11.35%) Scrum
5 251 (10.14%) Cybersecurity
6 239 (9.65%) Problem-Solving
7 237 (9.57%) ITIL
8 209 (8.44%) Test Automation
9 199 (8.04%) Continuous Integration
10 196 (7.92%) Configuration Management
11 185 (7.47%) Open Source
12 181 (7.31%) Analytics
13 169 (6.83%) TDD
14 160 (6.46%) Stakeholder Management
15 159 (6.42%) Project Management
16 149 (6.02%) Mentoring
17 147 (5.94%) Business Intelligence
18 143 (5.78%) Microservices
19 135 (5.45%) Continuous Improvement
20 127 (5.13%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 508 (20.52%) Java
2 384 (15.51%) Python
3 342 (13.81%) SQL
4 269 (10.86%) JavaScript
5 208 (8.40%) C
6 171 (6.91%) C#
7 151 (6.10%) C++
8 128 (5.17%) PowerShell
9 114 (4.60%) Bash Shell
10 65 (2.63%) Ruby
11 58 (2.34%) Java 8
12 48 (1.94%) TypeScript
13 43 (1.74%) Go
13 43 (1.74%) MATLAB
14 40 (1.62%) Perl
15 35 (1.41%) PL/SQL
15 35 (1.41%) Shell Script
16 27 (1.09%) T-SQL
17 26 (1.05%) Scala
18 22 (0.89%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2,476 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 290 (11.71%) DV Cleared
3 236 (9.53%) Degree
4 127 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
5 81 (3.27%) CCNP
6 78 (3.15%) CCNA
7 76 (3.07%) CISSP
8 75 (3.03%) Microsoft Certification
9 73 (2.95%) BPSS Clearance
10 53 (2.14%) Computer Science Degree
11 52 (2.10%) CISM
12 45 (1.82%) CESG Certified Professional
13 38 (1.53%) MCSA
14 37 (1.49%) MCSE
15 32 (1.29%) HNC
16 27 (1.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 25 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
18 21 (0.85%) MCP
19 20 (0.81%) CCDP
20 16 (0.65%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (3.23%) SLA
2 60 (2.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 58 (2.34%) QA
4 41 (1.66%) NCSC
5 29 (1.17%) NIST
6 18 (0.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 18 (0.73%) JSP 440
7 16 (0.65%) Data Quality
7 16 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 13 (0.53%) RMADS
10 12 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 10 (0.40%) GDPR
12 9 (0.36%) Def Stans
13 8 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
14 6 (0.24%) COBIT
14 6 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 5 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
15 5 (0.20%) GxP
16 4 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 276 (11.15%) Docker
2 199 (8.04%) Active Directory
3 182 (7.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 67 (2.71%) vSphere
5 54 (2.18%) Hyper-V
6 50 (2.02%) VMware NSX
7 44 (1.78%) VMware ESXi
8 22 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
9 20 (0.81%) KVM
10 16 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 14 (0.57%) Firmware
12 13 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
13 11 (0.44%) XenApp
14 9 (0.36%) XenDesktop
15 8 (0.32%) Postfix
16 6 (0.24%) NFS
17 5 (0.20%) NDS
17 5 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
18 4 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
18 4 (0.16%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 300 (12.12%) Kubernetes
2 297 (12.00%) Terraform
3 229 (9.25%) Ansible
4 108 (4.36%) Puppet
5 84 (3.39%) Opscode Chef
6 65 (2.63%) SCCM
7 38 (1.53%) Grafana
8 35 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
9 31 (1.25%) CFEngine
10 27 (1.09%) Packer
10 27 (1.09%) SCVMM
11 23 (0.93%) Istio
12 20 (0.81%) SCOM
12 20 (0.81%) WSUS
13 19 (0.77%) Consul
14 18 (0.73%) Nagios
15 17 (0.69%) Prometheus
16 16 (0.65%) Docker Swarm
16 16 (0.65%) FortiGate
17 15 (0.61%) Demisto
Vendors
1 419 (16.92%) Microsoft
2 228 (9.21%) Oracle
2 228 (9.21%) VMware
3 165 (6.66%) Cisco
4 70 (2.83%) ServiceNow
5 64 (2.58%) Splunk
6 60 (2.42%) SAP
7 57 (2.30%) Google
8 54 (2.18%) Red Hat
9 48 (1.94%) SolarWinds
10 45 (1.82%) Atlassian
11 39 (1.58%) IBM
12 38 (1.53%) Adobe
13 37 (1.49%) Palo Alto
14 36 (1.45%) Juniper
15 30 (1.21%) Dell
15 30 (1.21%) F5
16 29 (1.17%) Citrix
17 27 (1.09%) Veeam
18 26 (1.05%) HP