Period
to 25 January 2020

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 25 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
25 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 162 166 227
Rank change year-on-year +4 +61 -37
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 2,663 3,176 2,722
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.13% 2.09% 1.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.74% 8.66% 6.56%
Number of salaries quoted 1,836 1,889 1,916
UK median annual salary £54,000 £52,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.85% +15.56% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,200 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,705 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.41% +11.11% +1.12%

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 27,327 36,694 41,494
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.88% 24.18% 23.83%
Number of salaries quoted 20,240 26,801 32,226
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
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 25 January 2020.

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 25 January 2020. 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 +12 2,509 £54,000 +3.66% 782
UK excluding London +9 2,002 £50,705 +1.41% 667
South East +15 880 £57,500 +21.05% 219
London -8 526 £57,088 -8.66% 175
South West -8 517 £50,000 - 159
Midlands +23 239 £45,000 -18.18% 58
West Midlands -3 188 £49,000 -10.91% 47
East of England +46 163 £42,500 -26.72% 83
North of England -7 140 £50,000 +1.05% 84
North West +49 95 £45,000 -10.00% 53
East Midlands +38 51 £42,500 - 11
Yorkshire -10 42 £50,000 - 16
Scotland +56 39 £31,000 -32.97% 32
Wales -2 24 £39,337 +23.12% 34
Northern Ireland +15 4 £50,000 - 2
North East -1 3 £74,000 +71.98% 15

For the 6 months to 25 January 2020, 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 2,663 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 749 (28.13%) Agile Software Development
3 475 (17.84%) DV Cleared
4 452 (16.97%) Linux
5 438 (16.45%) Windows
6 411 (15.43%) Microsoft
7 410 (15.40%) Cybersecurity
8 384 (14.42%) DevOps
9 383 (14.38%) Java
10 363 (13.63%) Public Sector
11 325 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
12 310 (11.64%) Python
13 298 (11.19%) C
14 276 (10.36%) Finance
15 270 (10.14%) SQL
16 266 (9.99%) ITIL
16 266 (9.99%) Degree
17 263 (9.88%) Software Engineering
18 256 (9.61%) AWS
19 252 (9.46%) Active Directory
20 251 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
21 250 (9.39%) Azure
22 249 (9.35%) C++
23 240 (9.01%) Firewall
24 236 (8.86%) VMware
25 235 (8.82%) Cisco
26 230 (8.64%) Information Security
27 229 (8.60%) C#
28 224 (8.41%) Project Management
29 214 (8.04%) Test Automation

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 74 (2.78%) SharePoint
2 43 (1.61%) Confluence
3 42 (1.58%) Apache Spark
4 37 (1.39%) Skype for Business
5 34 (1.28%) Apache
6 33 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
7 27 (1.01%) MS Exchange
7 27 (1.01%) Tomcat
8 24 (0.90%) JBoss
9 22 (0.83%) IIS
10 19 (0.71%) Apache Solr
10 19 (0.71%) OpenStack
11 11 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
12 10 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
12 10 (0.38%) NetWeaver
12 10 (0.38%) WebSphere
13 9 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
14 8 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
15 7 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2007
15 7 (0.26%) WordPress
Applications
1 110 (4.13%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (2.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
5 19 (0.71%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.53%) OrCAD
7 12 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.34%) Simulink
9 7 (0.26%) Figma
10 4 (0.15%) Adobe XD
10 4 (0.15%) InVision
10 4 (0.15%) Sketch
10 4 (0.15%) Windchill
11 3 (0.11%) PTC Creo
12 2 (0.075%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.075%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.038%) CATIA
13 1 (0.038%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.038%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 19 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
3 15 (0.56%) SAP CO
3 15 (0.56%) SAP FI
3 15 (0.56%) SAP FI/CO
4 14 (0.53%) Oracle Financials
5 11 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 10 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
6 10 (0.38%) Oracle Receivables
7 9 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
7 9 (0.34%) SAP PM
7 9 (0.34%) SAP PP
8 8 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
8 8 (0.30%) SAP BPC
9 7 (0.26%) Oracle Assets
9 7 (0.26%) Oracle Cash Management
9 7 (0.26%) SAP MM
9 7 (0.26%) SAP SCM
10 6 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 256 (9.61%) AWS
2 250 (9.39%) Azure
3 101 (3.79%) Office 365
4 65 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
5 40 (1.50%) IaaS
5 40 (1.50%) PaaS
6 33 (1.24%) SaaS
7 25 (0.94%) GCP
8 24 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
9 23 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
10 20 (0.75%) OpenShift
11 18 (0.68%) OneDrive
11 18 (0.68%) Power Platform
11 18 (0.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 14 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
13 12 (0.45%) GitHub
14 11 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 11 (0.41%) Amazon S3
15 10 (0.38%) Amazon ECS
15 10 (0.38%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 240 (9.01%) Firewall
2 124 (4.66%) WAN
3 116 (4.36%) Network Security
4 110 (4.13%) LAN
5 109 (4.09%) Internet
6 104 (3.91%) TCP/IP
7 97 (3.64%) DNS
8 61 (2.29%) Wireless
9 57 (2.14%) BGP
9 57 (2.14%) VPN
10 54 (2.03%) DHCP
11 45 (1.69%) OSPF
12 41 (1.54%) MPLS
13 37 (1.39%) Intrusion Detection
13 37 (1.39%) IPsec
14 36 (1.35%) SAN
14 36 (1.35%) Skype
15 25 (0.94%) VLAN
16 23 (0.86%) Ethernet
17 20 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 125 (4.69%) Big Data
3 70 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
4 58 (2.18%) Hadoop
5 56 (2.10%) MongoDB
6 49 (1.84%) Relational Database
7 48 (1.80%) MySQL
8 37 (1.39%) IBM InfoSphere
9 32 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 28 (1.05%) Oracle Database
11 25 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
12 20 (0.75%) RDBMS
13 19 (0.71%) Neo4j
14 17 (0.64%) Apache Accumulo
14 17 (0.64%) NoSQL
15 15 (0.56%) SAP BW
15 15 (0.56%) SAP HANA
16 14 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
16 14 (0.53%) Power BI
16 14 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 152 (5.71%) Jenkins
2 107 (4.02%) Git (software)
3 87 (3.27%) Selenium
4 77 (2.89%) JIRA
5 54 (2.03%) WebDriver
6 49 (1.84%) Cucumber
7 44 (1.65%) Rational DOORS
8 32 (1.20%) Eclipse
9 31 (1.16%) JMeter
9 31 (1.16%) Visual Studio
10 30 (1.13%) LoadRunner
10 30 (1.13%) Maven
11 25 (0.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 25 (0.94%) NeoLoad
12 22 (0.83%) GitLab
12 22 (0.83%) SilkPerformer
13 21 (0.79%) Jasmine
13 21 (0.79%) Mocha
13 21 (0.79%) Subversion
14 18 (0.68%) Gradle
General
1 363 (13.63%) Public Sector
2 276 (10.36%) Finance
3 172 (6.46%) Telecoms
4 159 (5.97%) Military
5 124 (4.66%) Electronics
6 118 (4.43%) Marketing
7 115 (4.32%) Aerospace
8 104 (3.91%) Manufacturing
9 51 (1.92%) Police
10 45 (1.69%) Legal
11 32 (1.20%) Retail
12 25 (0.94%) Local Government
13 22 (0.83%) Banking
14 20 (0.75%) Automotive
15 15 (0.56%) Law
16 12 (0.45%) Billing
17 9 (0.34%) General Ledger
18 7 (0.26%) Avionics
18 7 (0.26%) Games
19 6 (0.23%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 309 (11.60%) Developer
2 273 (10.25%) Architect
3 264 (9.91%) Consultant
4 236 (8.86%) Analyst
5 147 (5.52%) Software Engineer
6 123 (4.62%) Test Engineer
7 111 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 104 (3.91%) Network Engineer
9 94 (3.53%) DevOps Engineer
9 94 (3.53%) Support Engineer
10 86 (3.23%) Software Developer
11 84 (3.15%) Java Developer
12 81 (3.04%) Security Consultant
13 73 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
14 72 (2.70%) Security Engineer
15 70 (2.63%) Tester
16 67 (2.52%) Project Manager
17 66 (2.48%) Security Architect
18 65 (2.44%) Security Analyst
19 64 (2.40%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (4.54%) .NET
2 117 (4.39%) HTML
3 112 (4.21%) Web Services
4 102 (3.83%) CSS
5 67 (2.52%) AngularJS
6 52 (1.95%) RESTful
7 51 (1.92%) Spring
8 50 (1.88%) XML
9 45 (1.69%) React
10 39 (1.46%) REST
11 38 (1.43%) HTML5
12 32 (1.20%) Node.js
13 31 (1.16%) ASP.NET
14 28 (1.05%) jQuery
15 24 (0.90%) .NET Framework
16 21 (0.79%) Hibernate
16 21 (0.79%) XML Schema
17 20 (0.75%) Django
17 20 (0.75%) Gherkin
17 20 (0.75%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 251 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
2 140 (5.26%) Management Information System
3 104 (3.91%) Data Centre
4 69 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
5 48 (1.80%) Public Cloud
6 46 (1.73%) Cyberthreat
7 45 (1.69%) User Experience
8 38 (1.43%) Clustering
9 37 (1.39%) Driving Licence
10 33 (1.24%) Security Operations Centre
11 30 (1.13%) Algorithms
12 28 (1.05%) Mobile Computing
13 26 (0.98%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 25 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
15 23 (0.86%) Cloud Native
15 23 (0.86%) VHDL
16 21 (0.79%) PKI
17 19 (0.71%) Embedded Systems
17 19 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
18 17 (0.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 452 (16.97%) Linux
2 438 (16.45%) Windows
3 123 (4.62%) Windows Server
4 104 (3.91%) Unix
5 82 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 78 (2.93%) Windows Server 2012
7 73 (2.74%) Windows 10
8 50 (1.88%) Windows 7
9 48 (1.80%) CentOS
10 42 (1.58%) Windows Server 2008
11 27 (1.01%) Android
12 25 (0.94%) Ubuntu
13 23 (0.86%) Apple iOS
14 21 (0.79%) Solaris
15 19 (0.71%) Debian
15 19 (0.71%) VMS
16 18 (0.68%) Windows 8
17 14 (0.53%) Mac OS
18 12 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
19 10 (0.38%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 749 (28.13%) Agile Software Development
2 410 (15.40%) Cybersecurity
3 384 (14.42%) DevOps
4 325 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
5 266 (9.99%) ITIL
6 263 (9.88%) Software Engineering
7 230 (8.64%) Information Security
8 224 (8.41%) Project Management
9 214 (8.04%) Test Automation
10 203 (7.62%) Stakeholder Management
11 187 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
12 181 (6.80%) Mentoring
13 164 (6.16%) Migration
14 149 (5.60%) Programme Management
15 142 (5.33%) Risk Management
16 141 (5.29%) Scrum
17 138 (5.18%) Analytics
18 135 (5.07%) Service Management
19 134 (5.03%) Configuration Management
20 130 (4.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 383 (14.38%) Java
2 310 (11.64%) Python
3 298 (11.19%) C
4 270 (10.14%) SQL
5 249 (9.35%) C++
6 229 (8.60%) C#
7 195 (7.32%) JavaScript
8 95 (3.57%) PowerShell
9 79 (2.97%) Ruby
10 65 (2.44%) Bash Shell
11 49 (1.84%) MATLAB
12 34 (1.28%) Scala
13 32 (1.20%) PL/SQL
14 30 (1.13%) Perl
15 29 (1.09%) Java 8
16 26 (0.98%) Go
16 26 (0.98%) Shell Script
17 24 (0.90%) Embedded C++
18 19 (0.71%) ABAP
18 19 (0.71%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2,663 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 475 (17.84%) DV Cleared
3 266 (9.99%) Degree
4 177 (6.65%) Cisco Certification
5 146 (5.48%) CISSP
6 115 (4.32%) CCNP
7 98 (3.68%) CCNA
8 96 (3.60%) Microsoft Certification
9 91 (3.42%) CISM
10 69 (2.59%) ISTQB
11 66 (2.48%) MCSE
12 63 (2.37%) CESG Certified Professional
13 48 (1.80%) CISA
14 46 (1.73%) CREST Certified
15 44 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
16 43 (1.61%) MCSA
17 40 (1.50%) CCIE
17 40 (1.50%) CRISC
18 38 (1.43%) OSCP
19 36 (1.35%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 187 (7.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 104 (3.91%) SLA
3 91 (3.42%) QA
4 61 (2.29%) GDPR
5 52 (1.95%) JSP 440
6 46 (1.73%) NIST
7 39 (1.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 38 (1.43%) Data Quality
8 38 (1.43%) RMADS
9 33 (1.24%) NCSC
10 30 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 30 (1.13%) PCI DSS
11 18 (0.68%) PMO
12 16 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 14 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
14 13 (0.49%) IEC 61508
15 12 (0.45%) ISO 22301
16 9 (0.34%) NIST 800
17 7 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 6 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 252 (9.46%) Active Directory
2 145 (5.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (4.21%) Docker
4 53 (1.99%) VMware ESXi
5 41 (1.54%) Hyper-V
6 39 (1.46%) VMware NSX
7 34 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
8 26 (0.98%) vSphere
9 25 (0.94%) XenApp
10 21 (0.79%) Firmware
10 21 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (0.71%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 12 (0.45%) Snort
13 11 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (0.26%) vCloud
14 7 (0.26%) XenDesktop
15 6 (0.23%) BitLocker
15 6 (0.23%) iptables
15 6 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
16 5 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 120 (4.51%) Ansible
2 85 (3.19%) Puppet
2 85 (3.19%) SCCM
3 75 (2.82%) Kubernetes
3 75 (2.82%) Terraform
4 47 (1.76%) SCOM
5 41 (1.54%) vCenter Server
6 29 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
7 27 (1.01%) Salt
8 25 (0.94%) Nagios
8 25 (0.94%) Packer
8 25 (0.94%) QRadar
9 22 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
10 19 (0.71%) WSUS
11 17 (0.64%) Cloudify
12 15 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
12 15 (0.56%) Red Hat Satellite
13 14 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
13 14 (0.53%) Nessus
14 13 (0.49%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 411 (15.43%) Microsoft
2 236 (8.86%) VMware
3 235 (8.82%) Cisco
4 212 (7.96%) Oracle
5 166 (6.23%) SAP
6 91 (3.42%) Juniper
7 69 (2.59%) CheckPoint
8 67 (2.52%) Red Hat
9 55 (2.07%) IBM
10 54 (2.03%) Citrix
11 50 (1.88%) Splunk
12 49 (1.84%) Palo Alto
13 48 (1.80%) Google
14 47 (1.76%) F5
15 44 (1.65%) McAfee
16 35 (1.31%) LogRhythm
17 33 (1.24%) Talend
18 32 (1.20%) Fortinet
19 30 (1.13%) HP
20 23 (0.86%) Dell