Period
to 3 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Security 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 Clearance
UK
6 months to
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 60 79 81
Rank change year-on-year +19 +2 +46
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 3,390 4,439 5,419
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.48% 3.63% 3.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 21.80% 16.70% 14.87%
Number of salaries quoted 2,687 3,136 3,454
Median annual salary £57,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00% +8.70%
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,250 £29,000
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% +5.56%

Security 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%

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Cleared as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Cleared.

Salary trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 3 March 2021.

Salary histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security 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 Security 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 +21 3,142 £57,500 +9.52% 1,024
UK excluding London +3 2,230 £55,000 +10.00% 860
London +112 950 £62,500 +13.64% 266
South West +2 773 £50,000 - 191
South East -12 636 £57,500 +4.55% 260
Work from Home +5 439 £60,000 - 142
Midlands +23 309 £57,500 +15.00% 102
West Midlands +18 272 £57,500 +9.52% 87
North of England +32 254 £54,000 +8.00% 123
North West +12 179 £52,500 +10.53% 92
East of England +55 168 £67,500 +35.00% 75
Yorkshire +30 67 £57,500 -8.73% 21
Scotland +6 49 £52,500 +16.67% 69
Wales +32 42 £42,500 +6.25% 34
East Midlands +9 32 £57,500 +27.78% 15
North East +17 11 £54,000 +8.00% 10
Northern Ireland +7 7 £67,500 +35.00% 7

For the 6 months to 3 March 2021, IT jobs citing Security 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 Security Cleared.

1 2,476 (73.04%) SC Cleared
2 1,300 (38.35%) Agile Software Development
3 794 (23.42%) DevOps
4 683 (20.15%) AWS
5 646 (19.06%) Java
6 619 (18.26%) Azure
7 605 (17.85%) DV Cleared
8 602 (17.76%) Linux
9 559 (16.49%) Microsoft
10 523 (15.43%) Python
11 517 (15.25%) Public Sector
12 477 (14.07%) Software Engineering
13 444 (13.10%) SQL
14 421 (12.42%) Windows
15 398 (11.74%) Scrum
16 385 (11.36%) Degree
17 374 (11.03%) Docker
18 370 (10.91%) Kubernetes
19 369 (10.88%) Cybersecurity
20 365 (10.77%) Terraform
21 351 (10.35%) Problem-Solving
22 342 (10.09%) JavaScript
22 342 (10.09%) Oracle
23 335 (9.88%) Jenkins
24 317 (9.35%) ITIL
25 307 (9.06%) VMware
26 306 (9.03%) Ansible
27 286 (8.44%) C
28 272 (8.02%) Git (software)
29 265 (7.82%) Test Automation

Security 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
1 119 (3.51%) Confluence
2 94 (2.77%) SharePoint
3 77 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
4 46 (1.36%) Apache
5 42 (1.24%) Apache Spark
6 41 (1.21%) MS Exchange
7 29 (0.86%) JBoss
8 28 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
9 26 (0.77%) OpenStack
10 25 (0.74%) IIS
10 25 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 23 (0.68%) ArcGIS
11 23 (0.68%) CMS
12 22 (0.65%) WebSphere
13 20 (0.59%) Skype for Business
14 17 (0.50%) Sitecore CMS
15 13 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
16 12 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
17 11 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 10 (0.29%) FileNet
Applications
1 45 (1.33%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (0.71%) Simulink
4 23 (0.68%) MS Visio
5 18 (0.53%) Adobe Premiere
6 16 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
7 12 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 12 (0.35%) Sketch
8 10 (0.29%) Figma
8 10 (0.29%) InVision
9 8 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
9 8 (0.24%) Stateflow
10 7 (0.21%) SPSS
11 6 (0.18%) Gephi
12 4 (0.12%) OrCAD
13 2 (0.059%) Photoshop
14 1 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 1 (0.029%) Adobe XD
14 1 (0.029%) Autodesk Inventor
14 1 (0.029%) Mathcad
Business Applications
1 52 (1.53%) Oracle ERP
2 20 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 17 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 16 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
5 14 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
5 14 (0.41%) Oracle Receivables
6 13 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
7 11 (0.32%) Oracle Cash Management
8 10 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 9 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
10 8 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
11 7 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
11 7 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
11 7 (0.21%) Sentinel
12 6 (0.18%) Maximo
12 6 (0.18%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
12 6 (0.18%) PeopleSoft HCM
13 5 (0.15%) JDE OneWorld
13 5 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
14 4 (0.12%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 683 (20.15%) AWS
2 619 (18.26%) Azure
3 176 (5.19%) SaaS
4 172 (5.07%) PaaS
5 148 (4.37%) IaaS
6 116 (3.42%) Microsoft 365
7 113 (3.33%) GitHub
8 101 (2.98%) GCP
9 97 (2.86%) Power Platform
10 75 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
10 75 (2.21%) Serverless
11 59 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
12 55 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
13 31 (0.91%) Amazon EKS
14 27 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
15 26 (0.77%) Amazon ECS
16 24 (0.71%) Logic Apps
16 24 (0.71%) Stackdriver
17 22 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
18 21 (0.62%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 194 (5.72%) Firewall
2 112 (3.30%) DNS
3 94 (2.77%) Network Security
4 83 (2.45%) WAN
5 74 (2.18%) LAN
6 71 (2.09%) DHCP
7 70 (2.06%) Internet
8 65 (1.92%) VPN
9 63 (1.86%) TCP/IP
10 56 (1.65%) OSPF
11 52 (1.53%) SAN
12 46 (1.36%) HTTP
13 44 (1.30%) BGP
14 43 (1.27%) Intrusion Detection
15 41 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
16 39 (1.15%) Unified Communications
16 39 (1.15%) Wireless
17 34 (1.00%) MPLS
18 30 (0.88%) Skype
18 30 (0.88%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 210 (6.19%) SQL Server
2 156 (4.60%) Big Data
3 149 (4.40%) PostgreSQL
4 117 (3.45%) NoSQL
5 106 (3.13%) MySQL
6 97 (2.86%) MongoDB
7 88 (2.60%) Power BI
7 88 (2.60%) Relational Database
8 53 (1.56%) Oracle Database
9 45 (1.33%) Azure SQL Database
10 40 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
11 33 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 31 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
13 30 (0.88%) GIS
13 30 (0.88%) Hadoop
13 30 (0.88%) MariaDB
13 30 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 28 (0.83%) Tableau
15 27 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
16 21 (0.62%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 335 (9.88%) Jenkins
2 272 (8.02%) Git (software)
3 196 (5.78%) JIRA
4 138 (4.07%) GitLab
5 126 (3.72%) Selenium
6 82 (2.42%) Maven
7 74 (2.18%) Cucumber
8 69 (2.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 68 (2.01%) Rational DOORS
10 63 (1.86%) JMeter
11 54 (1.59%) JUnit
12 46 (1.36%) Bitbucket
13 45 (1.33%) Mockito
14 44 (1.30%) Visual Studio
15 33 (0.97%) LoadRunner
16 32 (0.94%) NeoLoad
17 31 (0.91%) Gradle
18 30 (0.88%) Rational Rhapsody
19 29 (0.86%) Eclipse
20 28 (0.83%) Artifactory
General
1 517 (15.25%) Public Sector
2 255 (7.52%) Finance
3 151 (4.45%) Aerospace
4 149 (4.40%) Marketing
5 128 (3.78%) Telecoms
6 127 (3.75%) Electronics
7 112 (3.30%) Law
8 109 (3.22%) Military
9 105 (3.10%) Manufacturing
10 75 (2.21%) Legal
11 55 (1.62%) Retail
12 44 (1.30%) Local Government
13 43 (1.27%) Police
14 25 (0.74%) Games
15 15 (0.44%) Advertising
16 14 (0.41%) Back Office
17 8 (0.24%) Avionics
17 8 (0.24%) Banking
17 8 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
18 7 (0.21%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 527 (15.55%) Developer
2 391 (11.53%) Architect
3 287 (8.47%) DevOps Engineer
4 277 (8.17%) Consultant
5 258 (7.61%) Analyst
6 219 (6.46%) Software Engineer
7 204 (6.02%) Java Developer
8 120 (3.54%) AWS Engineer
9 119 (3.51%) Systems Engineer
10 116 (3.42%) AWS DevOps
11 110 (3.24%) Solutions Architect
12 105 (3.10%) Software Developer
13 100 (2.95%) Network Engineer
14 93 (2.74%) Support Engineer
15 87 (2.57%) Senior Developer
16 85 (2.51%) Cloud Architect
17 83 (2.45%) AWS DevOps Engineer
18 77 (2.27%) Azure Engineer
19 76 (2.24%) Data Engineer
20 73 (2.15%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 206 (6.08%) Spring
2 194 (5.72%) .NET
3 143 (4.22%) HTML
4 140 (4.13%) Node.js
5 138 (4.07%) Web Services
6 130 (3.83%) AngularJS
7 116 (3.42%) CSS
8 102 (3.01%) RESTful
9 101 (2.98%) REST
9 101 (2.98%) Spring Boot
10 87 (2.57%) React
11 81 (2.39%) Kafka
12 69 (2.04%) Hibernate
13 67 (1.98%) HTML5
14 61 (1.80%) ASP.NET
14 61 (1.80%) Middleware
15 58 (1.71%) Elastic Stack
16 49 (1.45%) ASP.NET MVC
17 47 (1.39%) .NET Framework
17 47 (1.39%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 226 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 154 (4.54%) Public Cloud
3 123 (3.63%) Management Information System
4 120 (3.54%) Self-Motivation
5 109 (3.22%) Data Centre
6 94 (2.77%) Cyberthreat
7 86 (2.54%) Greenfield Project
8 84 (2.48%) User Experience
9 62 (1.83%) Hybrid Cloud
10 56 (1.65%) Driving Licence
11 48 (1.42%) Algorithms
11 48 (1.42%) Private Cloud
12 43 (1.27%) PKI
13 39 (1.15%) Cloud Native
13 39 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
14 38 (1.12%) Replication
15 37 (1.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
16 32 (0.94%) CMDB
17 30 (0.88%) Clustering
18 28 (0.83%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 602 (17.76%) Linux
2 421 (12.42%) Windows
3 147 (4.34%) Windows Server
4 89 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 87 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 87 (2.57%) Windows Server 2016
6 83 (2.45%) Windows 10
7 70 (2.06%) CentOS
7 70 (2.06%) Unix
8 51 (1.50%) Windows Server 2019
9 40 (1.18%) Ubuntu
10 39 (1.15%) Windows 7
11 34 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
12 15 (0.44%) Debian
13 13 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
14 10 (0.29%) Android
15 9 (0.27%) Solaris
15 9 (0.27%) Windows XP
16 8 (0.24%) Apple iOS
17 6 (0.18%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,300 (38.35%) Agile Software Development
2 794 (23.42%) DevOps
3 477 (14.07%) Software Engineering
4 398 (11.74%) Scrum
5 369 (10.88%) Cybersecurity
6 351 (10.35%) Problem-Solving
7 317 (9.35%) ITIL
8 265 (7.82%) Test Automation
9 262 (7.73%) Configuration Management
10 255 (7.52%) Continuous Integration
11 238 (7.02%) Project Management
12 237 (6.99%) Analytics
13 226 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
14 221 (6.52%) Open Source
15 206 (6.08%) Mentoring
16 200 (5.90%) Stakeholder Management
17 199 (5.87%) TDD
18 186 (5.49%) Systems Engineering
19 169 (4.99%) Microservices
20 168 (4.96%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 646 (19.06%) Java
2 523 (15.43%) Python
3 444 (13.10%) SQL
4 342 (10.09%) JavaScript
5 286 (8.44%) C
6 264 (7.79%) C#
7 208 (6.14%) C++
8 156 (4.60%) PowerShell
9 150 (4.42%) Bash Shell
10 70 (2.06%) Ruby
11 66 (1.95%) Java 8
12 63 (1.86%) Perl
13 55 (1.62%) Go
14 51 (1.50%) MATLAB
15 50 (1.47%) TypeScript
16 48 (1.42%) PL/SQL
17 42 (1.24%) Shell Script
18 35 (1.03%) Scala
19 33 (0.97%) T-SQL
20 30 (0.88%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2,476 (73.04%) SC Cleared
2 605 (17.85%) DV Cleared
3 385 (11.36%) Degree
4 166 (4.90%) Cisco Certification
5 134 (3.95%) BPSS Clearance
6 115 (3.39%) CISSP
7 108 (3.19%) CCNA
8 98 (2.89%) Microsoft Certification
9 97 (2.86%) CCNP
10 75 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
11 67 (1.98%) CISM
12 58 (1.71%) Oracle Certification
13 56 (1.65%) CESG Certified Professional
14 54 (1.59%) MCSE
15 47 (1.39%) HNC
16 43 (1.27%) MCSA
17 36 (1.06%) HND
18 31 (0.91%) AWS Certification
18 31 (0.91%) SANS
18 31 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (3.19%) SLA
2 106 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 83 (2.45%) QA
4 65 (1.92%) NIST
5 55 (1.62%) NCSC
6 46 (1.36%) GDPR
7 43 (1.27%) Def Stans
8 32 (0.94%) JSP 440
9 30 (0.88%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 28 (0.83%) HAZOP
11 26 (0.77%) RMADS
12 21 (0.62%) Data Quality
12 21 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 20 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials
13 20 (0.59%) NIST 800
14 18 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 14 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 11 (0.32%) Government Security Classifications
16 11 (0.32%) PMO
17 10 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 374 (11.03%) Docker
2 246 (7.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 242 (7.14%) Active Directory
4 77 (2.27%) vSphere
5 62 (1.83%) Hyper-V
6 57 (1.68%) VMware NSX
7 56 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
8 29 (0.86%) Firmware
9 24 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
10 22 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
11 20 (0.59%) KVM
12 16 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 13 (0.38%) XenApp
14 11 (0.32%) NFS
15 9 (0.27%) XenDesktop
16 8 (0.24%) Postfix
17 6 (0.18%) Apache Flume
17 6 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 6 (0.18%) NDS
18 5 (0.15%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 370 (10.91%) Kubernetes
2 365 (10.77%) Terraform
3 306 (9.03%) Ansible
4 143 (4.22%) Puppet
5 97 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
6 75 (2.21%) SCCM
7 45 (1.33%) Grafana
8 36 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
9 35 (1.03%) Packer
10 31 (0.91%) CFEngine
11 28 (0.83%) Prometheus
12 27 (0.80%) SCOM
12 27 (0.80%) SCVMM
13 23 (0.68%) Istio
13 23 (0.68%) WSUS
14 21 (0.62%) Nagios
15 20 (0.59%) Consul
16 18 (0.53%) Docker Swarm
17 16 (0.47%) FortiGate
17 16 (0.47%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 559 (16.49%) Microsoft
2 342 (10.09%) Oracle
3 307 (9.06%) VMware
4 211 (6.22%) Cisco
5 101 (2.98%) SAP
6 86 (2.54%) Google
7 85 (2.51%) Splunk
8 77 (2.27%) Red Hat
8 77 (2.27%) ServiceNow
9 51 (1.50%) SolarWinds
10 50 (1.47%) Atlassian
11 48 (1.42%) Juniper
12 45 (1.33%) IBM
13 41 (1.21%) Adobe
14 40 (1.18%) F5
15 38 (1.12%) Palo Alto
16 37 (1.09%) Dell
17 35 (1.03%) Citrix
18 29 (0.86%) HP
18 29 (0.86%) NetApp