Period
to 30 March 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 30 March 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Check (SC) Clearance
UK
6 months to
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 155 140 222
Rank change year-on-year -15 +82 -16
Permanent jobs citing SC Cleared 2,677 3,799 2,743
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.26% 2.55% 1.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.55% 10.39% 6.51%
Number of salaries quoted 1,724 2,335 2,016
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +7.53% +3.33%
10th Percentile £31,000 £29,832 £28,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

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 25,378 36,558 42,120
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.44% 24.51% 23.76%
Number of salaries quoted 18,673 26,466 32,479
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,636 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%

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 30 March 2020.

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 30 March 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 -15 2,526 £52,500 +5.00% 692
UK excluding London -11 2,010 £50,000 +5.26% 617
South East +2 930 £55,000 +22.22% 191
London -5 517 £57,500 -8.00% 145
South West -20 451 £50,000 - 155
Midlands -7 279 £47,500 -5.00% 59
West Midlands -8 234 £47,500 -5.00% 39
North of England +11 161 £52,500 +5.00% 61
Work from Home -22 133 £55,000 - 28
East of England -4 122 £55,000 +22.22% 82
North West +58 106 £50,000 - 35
Yorkshire -20 50 £57,243 +14.49% 12
Scotland +67 46 £31,000 -32.97% 44
East Midlands +33 45 £42,500 +9.68% 19
Wales -27 23 £45,391 +3.75% 27
Northern Ireland +24 6 £42,500 - 1
North East -3 5 £74,000 +65.88% 14

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 2,677 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 740 (27.64%) Agile Software Development
3 470 (17.56%) Windows
4 468 (17.48%) DV Cleared
5 442 (16.51%) Microsoft
6 408 (15.24%) Linux
6 408 (15.24%) Java
7 394 (14.72%) Cybersecurity
8 350 (13.07%) DevOps
9 329 (12.29%) Python
10 320 (11.95%) Public Sector
11 315 (11.77%) Problem-Solving
12 306 (11.43%) SQL
13 298 (11.13%) Degree
14 275 (10.27%) ITIL
15 268 (10.01%) Finance
16 259 (9.68%) Azure
17 255 (9.53%) C
18 253 (9.45%) C#
19 250 (9.34%) Active Directory
20 245 (9.15%) C++
20 245 (9.15%) Oracle
21 238 (8.89%) JavaScript
22 234 (8.74%) Information Security
23 232 (8.67%) VMware
24 228 (8.52%) Firewall
25 223 (8.33%) Software Engineering
26 217 (8.11%) AWS
26 217 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
27 210 (7.84%) Cisco

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
1 104 (3.88%) SharePoint
2 68 (2.54%) Apache Spark
3 61 (2.28%) Confluence
4 55 (2.05%) Elasticsearch
5 49 (1.83%) Apache
6 39 (1.46%) Apache Solr
7 38 (1.42%) Tomcat
8 33 (1.23%) MS Exchange
9 31 (1.16%) Skype for Business
10 30 (1.12%) IIS
11 17 (0.64%) WebSphere
12 13 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
12 13 (0.49%) JBoss
12 13 (0.49%) OpenStack
13 11 (0.41%) ArcGIS
13 11 (0.41%) NetWeaver
14 10 (0.37%) WildFly
15 9 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
15 9 (0.34%) GeoServer
15 9 (0.34%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 84 (3.14%) Microsoft Office
2 58 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 15 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.52%) OrCAD
7 7 (0.26%) Figma
7 7 (0.26%) Simulink
8 5 (0.19%) SOLIDWORKS
8 5 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.11%) Windchill
10 2 (0.075%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.075%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.037%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.037%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.037%) InVision
11 1 (0.037%) Sketch
11 1 (0.037%) SPSS
11 1 (0.037%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 38 (1.42%) Oracle EBS R12
2 30 (1.12%) Oracle Financials
3 29 (1.08%) Oracle EBS
4 17 (0.64%) Oracle General Ledger
4 17 (0.64%) Oracle Receivables
5 16 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
6 15 (0.56%) Oracle Assets
7 14 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.52%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 12 (0.45%) Oracle Cash Management
9 10 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
9 10 (0.37%) SAP MM
10 9 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 9 (0.34%) SAP CO
10 9 (0.34%) SAP FI
10 9 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
11 8 (0.30%) SAP MDG
12 7 (0.26%) SAP PM
12 7 (0.26%) SAP PP
13 6 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 259 (9.68%) Azure
2 217 (8.11%) AWS
3 111 (4.15%) Office 365
4 67 (2.50%) Cloud Computing
5 63 (2.35%) PaaS
6 57 (2.13%) SaaS
7 54 (2.02%) IaaS
8 33 (1.23%) Power Platform
9 29 (1.08%) GCP
10 28 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
10 28 (1.05%) Azure Active Directory
10 28 (1.05%) OneDrive
11 23 (0.86%) OpenShift
12 19 (0.71%) GitHub
13 18 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 16 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
14 16 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 15 (0.56%) Amazon S3
16 11 (0.41%) Amazon ELB
16 11 (0.41%) Amazon Glacier
Communications & Networking
1 228 (8.52%) Firewall
2 137 (5.12%) WAN
3 129 (4.82%) LAN
4 100 (3.74%) Internet
5 96 (3.59%) DNS
6 93 (3.47%) Network Security
7 86 (3.21%) TCP/IP
8 56 (2.09%) VPN
9 55 (2.05%) Wireless
10 45 (1.68%) BGP
11 42 (1.57%) DHCP
11 42 (1.57%) SAN
12 41 (1.53%) OSPF
13 38 (1.42%) Intrusion Detection
14 36 (1.34%) Skype
15 33 (1.23%) IPsec
15 33 (1.23%) MPLS
16 25 (0.93%) HTTP
17 23 (0.86%) Structured Cabling
17 23 (0.86%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 190 (7.10%) SQL Server
2 137 (5.12%) Big Data
3 87 (3.25%) Hadoop
4 82 (3.06%) MongoDB
5 76 (2.84%) PostgreSQL
6 48 (1.79%) Relational Database
7 43 (1.61%) MySQL
8 39 (1.46%) Oracle Database
9 37 (1.38%) IBM InfoSphere
10 29 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
11 28 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 27 (1.01%) Neo4j
13 26 (0.97%) Apache Accumulo
13 26 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
13 26 (0.97%) NoSQL
14 25 (0.93%) Power BI
14 25 (0.93%) SQL Server 2017
15 24 (0.90%) RDBMS
16 23 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
17 18 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 133 (4.97%) Jenkins
2 111 (4.15%) Git (software)
3 90 (3.36%) JIRA
4 63 (2.35%) Selenium
5 44 (1.64%) Rational DOORS
6 39 (1.46%) Cucumber
7 38 (1.42%) WebDriver
8 33 (1.23%) Subversion
9 32 (1.20%) Maven
10 28 (1.05%) JMeter
11 27 (1.01%) Visual Studio
12 25 (0.93%) LoadRunner
13 23 (0.86%) JUnit
14 21 (0.78%) GitLab
15 20 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 19 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
17 17 (0.64%) Eclipse
17 17 (0.64%) Gradle
18 16 (0.60%) NeoLoad
18 16 (0.60%) REST Assured
General
1 320 (11.95%) Public Sector
2 268 (10.01%) Finance
3 155 (5.79%) Military
4 147 (5.49%) Aerospace
5 135 (5.04%) Telecoms
6 91 (3.40%) Electronics
7 66 (2.47%) Manufacturing
7 66 (2.47%) Marketing
8 62 (2.32%) Legal
8 62 (2.32%) Police
9 52 (1.94%) Law
10 38 (1.42%) Retail
11 29 (1.08%) Local Government
12 22 (0.82%) Banking
13 19 (0.71%) Automotive
14 16 (0.60%) General Ledger
15 10 (0.37%) Avionics
16 9 (0.34%) Games
17 5 (0.19%) Billing
18 3 (0.11%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 356 (13.30%) Developer
2 292 (10.91%) Analyst
3 268 (10.01%) Architect
4 254 (9.49%) Consultant
5 127 (4.74%) Software Engineer
6 122 (4.56%) Support Engineer
7 106 (3.96%) Java Developer
8 90 (3.36%) Security Consultant
9 88 (3.29%) Network Engineer
10 87 (3.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 84 (3.14%) Security Analyst
11 84 (3.14%) Test Engineer
12 77 (2.88%) Solutions Architect
13 70 (2.61%) Software Developer
14 69 (2.58%) DevOps Engineer
15 67 (2.50%) Systems Engineer
16 66 (2.47%) Junior
17 62 (2.32%) Security Architect
17 62 (2.32%) Senior Developer
18 58 (2.17%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 153 (5.72%) .NET
2 138 (5.16%) HTML
3 130 (4.86%) Web Services
4 115 (4.30%) CSS
5 77 (2.88%) Spring
6 66 (2.47%) AngularJS
7 60 (2.24%) RESTful
8 58 (2.17%) HTML5
9 56 (2.09%) REST
10 52 (1.94%) React
11 50 (1.87%) XML
12 45 (1.68%) ASP.NET
13 40 (1.49%) .NET Framework
14 38 (1.42%) Natural Language Processing
15 36 (1.34%) Node.js
16 33 (1.23%) Kafka
17 29 (1.08%) jQuery
17 29 (1.08%) SOAP
18 27 (1.01%) J2EE
18 27 (1.01%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 217 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 149 (5.57%) Management Information System
3 118 (4.41%) Data Centre
4 76 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
5 63 (2.35%) Security Operations Centre
6 58 (2.17%) Driving Licence
7 54 (2.02%) Public Cloud
8 50 (1.87%) User Experience
9 41 (1.53%) Cyberthreat
10 33 (1.23%) Algorithms
10 33 (1.23%) Mobile Computing
11 29 (1.08%) Clustering
12 28 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
13 26 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
14 25 (0.93%) VHDL
15 24 (0.90%) CCTV
15 24 (0.90%) CESG
15 24 (0.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
16 22 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
16 22 (0.82%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 470 (17.56%) Windows
2 408 (15.24%) Linux
3 115 (4.30%) Windows Server
4 95 (3.55%) Windows 10
5 87 (3.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 83 (3.10%) Unix
7 64 (2.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 58 (2.17%) CentOS
9 46 (1.72%) Windows 7
10 26 (0.97%) Ubuntu
11 24 (0.90%) Debian
12 21 (0.78%) VMS
12 21 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
13 19 (0.71%) Solaris
14 18 (0.67%) Windows Server 2016
15 16 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
16 15 (0.56%) Windows XP
17 13 (0.49%) Android
18 12 (0.45%) Apple iOS
18 12 (0.45%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 740 (27.64%) Agile Software Development
2 394 (14.72%) Cybersecurity
3 350 (13.07%) DevOps
4 315 (11.77%) Problem-Solving
5 275 (10.27%) ITIL
6 234 (8.74%) Information Security
7 223 (8.33%) Software Engineering
8 204 (7.62%) Stakeholder Management
9 195 (7.28%) Project Management
10 183 (6.84%) Test Automation
11 177 (6.61%) Continuous Integration
12 167 (6.24%) Analytics
13 159 (5.94%) Risk Management
14 154 (5.75%) Scrum
15 151 (5.64%) Mentoring
16 147 (5.49%) Migration
17 144 (5.38%) SIEM
18 130 (4.86%) Security Architecture
19 129 (4.82%) Project Delivery
20 126 (4.71%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 408 (15.24%) Java
2 329 (12.29%) Python
3 306 (11.43%) SQL
4 255 (9.53%) C
5 253 (9.45%) C#
6 245 (9.15%) C++
7 238 (8.89%) JavaScript
8 99 (3.70%) PowerShell
9 78 (2.91%) Bash Shell
10 76 (2.84%) Ruby
11 58 (2.17%) Scala
12 55 (2.05%) MATLAB
13 52 (1.94%) Perl
14 43 (1.61%) Java 8
15 41 (1.53%) R
16 40 (1.49%) PL/SQL
17 28 (1.05%) Ada
18 21 (0.78%) Go
19 20 (0.75%) ABAP
20 19 (0.71%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2,677 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 468 (17.48%) DV Cleared
3 298 (11.13%) Degree
4 164 (6.13%) CISSP
5 140 (5.23%) Cisco Certification
6 107 (4.00%) CISM
7 103 (3.85%) CESG Certified Professional
8 93 (3.47%) Microsoft Certification
9 84 (3.14%) CCNP
10 68 (2.54%) MCSE
11 63 (2.35%) CRISC
12 59 (2.20%) CCNA
13 48 (1.79%) CREST Certified
14 46 (1.72%) CCIE
14 46 (1.72%) MCSA
15 41 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
15 41 (1.53%) CEH
15 41 (1.53%) OSCP
16 39 (1.46%) ISTQB
17 37 (1.38%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (7.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 103 (3.85%) SLA
3 74 (2.76%) JSP 440
4 69 (2.58%) GDPR
5 66 (2.47%) QA
6 61 (2.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 43 (1.61%) NCSC
8 41 (1.53%) Data Quality
8 41 (1.53%) NIST
9 38 (1.42%) RMADS
10 24 (0.90%) PCI DSS
11 22 (0.82%) Cyber Essentials
11 22 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 17 (0.64%) IEC 61508
12 17 (0.64%) PMO
13 16 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 10 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 7 (0.26%) NIST 800
16 6 (0.22%) ISO 22301
17 4 (0.15%) GPG13
System Software
1 250 (9.34%) Active Directory
2 145 (5.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 126 (4.71%) Docker
4 55 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
5 39 (1.46%) VMware NSX
6 37 (1.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 35 (1.31%) Hyper-V
8 32 (1.20%) Virtual Machines
9 27 (1.01%) Firmware
10 22 (0.82%) vSphere
11 12 (0.45%) XenApp
12 11 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
13 9 (0.34%) Snort
13 9 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
14 6 (0.22%) iptables
14 6 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
14 6 (0.22%) vCloud
15 5 (0.19%) Postfix
15 5 (0.19%) XenDesktop
16 4 (0.15%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 123 (4.59%) Ansible
2 80 (2.99%) Puppet
3 79 (2.95%) Kubernetes
4 74 (2.76%) SCCM
5 69 (2.58%) SCOM
6 66 (2.47%) Terraform
7 54 (2.02%) QRadar
8 42 (1.57%) vCenter Server
9 31 (1.16%) Salt
9 31 (1.16%) WSUS
10 26 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
10 26 (0.97%) Packer
11 22 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
12 17 (0.64%) Cloudify
12 17 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
12 17 (0.64%) Microsoft Intune
12 17 (0.64%) Nessus
13 16 (0.60%) SELinux
14 14 (0.52%) logstash
14 14 (0.52%) Nagios
Vendors
1 442 (16.51%) Microsoft
2 245 (9.15%) Oracle
3 232 (8.67%) VMware
4 210 (7.84%) Cisco
5 116 (4.33%) SAP
6 84 (3.14%) Splunk
7 81 (3.03%) Juniper
8 79 (2.95%) Red Hat
9 64 (2.39%) LogRhythm
10 58 (2.17%) IBM
11 54 (2.02%) McAfee
12 50 (1.87%) Dell
13 46 (1.72%) CheckPoint
14 45 (1.68%) HP
15 43 (1.61%) ArcSight
16 40 (1.49%) Palo Alto
17 38 (1.42%) Google
18 32 (1.20%) Atlassian
18 32 (1.20%) Citrix
19 29 (1.08%) F5