Period
to 26 November 2020

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 26 November 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 54 82 104
Rank change year-on-year +28 +22 +23
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 2,536 4,725 4,960
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.62% 3.48% 3.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 22.33% 15.43% 12.95%
Number of salaries quoted 1,885 3,461 3,180
Median annual salary £57,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £35,000 £31,250 £28,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £77,500
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 11,356 30,630 38,298
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.67% 22.56% 23.78%
Number of salaries quoted 8,655 22,647 28,326
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 £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +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 26 November 2020.

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 26 November 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 +32 2,429 £57,500 +9.52% 840
UK excluding London +14 1,788 £55,000 +10.00% 652
London +111 664 £62,500 +13.64% 245
South East +15 647 £55,000 - 194
South West +3 637 £55,000 +15.79% 182
Work from Home +2 233 £55,000 -3.51% 90
Midlands +45 203 £55,000 +15.79% 61
North of England +64 179 £47,500 -7.30% 76
West Midlands +38 165 £57,000 +14.00% 44
North West +35 112 £37,500 -27.71% 51
East of England +4 73 £65,000 +47.73% 80
Yorkshire +111 63 £62,500 +25.00% 15
East Midlands +49 34 £43,750 +2.94% 17
Wales +42 30 £42,500 +8.97% 16
Scotland +23 18 £53,750 +1.42% 42
North East +13 4 £45,000 +4.36% 10
Northern Ireland +12 2 £67,500 +35.00% 7

For the 6 months to 26 November 2020, 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 1,767 (69.68%) SC Cleared
2 945 (37.26%) Agile Software Development
3 596 (23.50%) DV Cleared
4 511 (20.15%) Java
5 500 (19.72%) DevOps
6 475 (18.73%) AWS
7 423 (16.68%) Microsoft
8 401 (15.81%) Linux
9 380 (14.98%) Windows
10 379 (14.94%) Public Sector
11 349 (13.76%) Python
12 337 (13.29%) Azure
13 319 (12.58%) SQL
14 307 (12.11%) VMware
15 301 (11.87%) Degree
16 296 (11.67%) Scrum
17 290 (11.44%) Cybersecurity
18 261 (10.29%) JavaScript
19 256 (10.09%) Terraform
20 238 (9.38%) TDD
21 236 (9.31%) Active Directory
22 235 (9.27%) Problem-Solving
23 228 (8.99%) VMware Infrastructure
24 226 (8.91%) Spring
24 226 (8.91%) Jenkins
25 219 (8.64%) Docker
26 218 (8.60%) Software Engineering
27 214 (8.44%) C
28 204 (8.04%) ITIL
29 200 (7.89%) 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
1 100 (3.94%) Confluence
1 100 (3.94%) Elasticsearch
2 77 (3.04%) SharePoint
3 69 (2.72%) Apache
4 56 (2.21%) Apache Spark
5 36 (1.42%) JBoss
6 35 (1.38%) MS Exchange
7 27 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
7 27 (1.06%) Skype for Business
8 16 (0.63%) ArcGIS
9 14 (0.55%) CMS
9 14 (0.55%) WebSphere
10 12 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
11 11 (0.43%) OpenStack
11 11 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
11 11 (0.43%) Tomcat
12 9 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
13 8 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 8 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 53 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (1.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (0.67%) Sketch
4 16 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 15 (0.59%) InVision
6 13 (0.51%) MS Visio
7 10 (0.39%) Figma
8 9 (0.35%) Simulink
9 8 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
10 6 (0.24%) Adobe XD
10 6 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
11 5 (0.20%) SPSS
11 5 (0.20%) UXPin
11 5 (0.20%) Windchill
12 4 (0.16%) OrCAD
13 3 (0.12%) Stateflow
14 1 (0.039%) Mathcad
14 1 (0.039%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.039%) Spreadsheet
14 1 (0.039%) Stata
Business Applications
1 17 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.55%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 10 (0.39%) SAP PSCD
4 9 (0.35%) SAP HR
4 9 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
5 8 (0.32%) Maximo
5 8 (0.32%) SAP PM
6 7 (0.28%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
6 7 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
7 6 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
8 5 (0.20%) JDE OneWorld
8 5 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
8 5 (0.20%) Sentinel
8 5 (0.20%) Teamcenter
9 4 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
10 3 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
10 3 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
10 3 (0.12%) Oracle Payroll
10 3 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 475 (18.73%) AWS
2 337 (13.29%) Azure
3 110 (4.34%) GitHub
4 97 (3.82%) Office 365
5 81 (3.19%) GCP
6 76 (3.00%) IaaS
6 76 (3.00%) SaaS
7 73 (2.88%) PaaS
8 55 (2.17%) Stackdriver
9 48 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
10 47 (1.85%) Serverless
11 44 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
12 42 (1.66%) Power Platform
13 32 (1.26%) AWS Lambda
14 28 (1.10%) Amazon S3
14 28 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
15 27 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
16 24 (0.95%) Amazon SQS
17 18 (0.71%) Amazon ECS
18 16 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 149 (5.88%) Firewall
2 108 (4.26%) DNS
3 93 (3.67%) Internet
4 77 (3.04%) DHCP
5 70 (2.76%) WAN
6 62 (2.44%) LAN
7 57 (2.25%) Network Security
8 55 (2.17%) TCP/IP
9 48 (1.89%) VPN
10 44 (1.74%) Skype
11 43 (1.70%) OSPF
12 41 (1.62%) SAN
13 37 (1.46%) BGP
14 36 (1.42%) Intrusion Detection
15 32 (1.26%) Unified Communications
16 31 (1.22%) HTTP
17 30 (1.18%) VLAN
18 28 (1.10%) Cisco ASA
19 21 (0.83%) Remote Desktop
20 19 (0.75%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 177 (6.98%) SQL Server
2 155 (6.11%) Big Data
3 149 (5.88%) PostgreSQL
4 118 (4.65%) NoSQL
5 83 (3.27%) Relational Database
6 67 (2.64%) MongoDB
7 60 (2.37%) MySQL
8 36 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
9 35 (1.38%) Power BI
10 21 (0.83%) GIS
10 21 (0.83%) Tableau
11 19 (0.75%) Hadoop
12 18 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
12 18 (0.71%) Oracle Database
12 18 (0.71%) Redis
13 13 (0.51%) MariaDB
13 13 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 12 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
14 12 (0.47%) HBase
15 11 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 226 (8.91%) Jenkins
2 174 (6.86%) Git (software)
3 158 (6.23%) JIRA
4 98 (3.86%) Selenium
5 81 (3.19%) GitLab
5 81 (3.19%) JUnit
6 74 (2.92%) Mockito
7 63 (2.48%) Gradle
7 63 (2.48%) Maven
8 60 (2.37%) Cucumber
9 44 (1.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 41 (1.62%) Eclipse
11 40 (1.58%) Visual Studio
12 37 (1.46%) Rational DOORS
13 32 (1.26%) Bitbucket
14 27 (1.06%) JMeter
15 25 (0.99%) Oracle APEX
16 23 (0.91%) Vagrant
17 21 (0.83%) Bitbucket Server
17 21 (0.83%) SonarQube
General
1 379 (14.94%) Public Sector
2 167 (6.59%) Finance
3 96 (3.79%) Military
4 94 (3.71%) Law
5 82 (3.23%) Aerospace
6 72 (2.84%) Marketing
7 71 (2.80%) Telecoms
8 61 (2.41%) Electronics
9 47 (1.85%) Manufacturing
10 45 (1.77%) Retail
11 44 (1.74%) Local Government
12 43 (1.70%) Police
13 41 (1.62%) Legal
14 21 (0.83%) Advertising
15 7 (0.28%) Banking
15 7 (0.28%) Games
16 4 (0.16%) Fire and Rescue
17 3 (0.12%) Back Office
18 2 (0.079%) French Language
18 2 (0.079%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 545 (21.49%) Developer
2 283 (11.16%) Architect
3 221 (8.71%) Analyst
4 212 (8.36%) Java Developer
5 163 (6.43%) Consultant
6 133 (5.24%) DevOps Engineer
7 95 (3.75%) Senior Developer
8 84 (3.31%) Business Analyst
8 84 (3.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 82 (3.23%) Network Engineer
9 82 (3.23%) Software Engineer
10 80 (3.15%) SC Cleared Java Developer
11 79 (3.12%) Support Engineer
12 77 (3.04%) Software Developer
12 77 (3.04%) Solutions Architect
13 76 (3.00%) AWS Engineer
14 63 (2.48%) Cloud Architect
15 62 (2.44%) AWS DevOps
16 50 (1.97%) AWS DevOps Engineer
17 46 (1.81%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 226 (8.91%) Spring
2 143 (5.64%) Node.js
3 122 (4.81%) .NET
4 115 (4.53%) RESTful
5 105 (4.14%) AngularJS
6 102 (4.02%) HTML
6 102 (4.02%) REST
7 98 (3.86%) Spring Integration
8 91 (3.59%) React
9 89 (3.51%) Spring Boot
10 78 (3.08%) CSS
10 78 (3.08%) Web Services
11 77 (3.04%) .NET Framework
12 75 (2.96%) RabbitMQ
13 64 (2.52%) Apache Camel
14 59 (2.33%) Kafka
15 52 (2.05%) ASP.NET
15 52 (2.05%) HTML5
16 50 (1.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 46 (1.81%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 148 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
2 128 (5.05%) Data Centre
3 102 (4.02%) Cyberthreat
4 101 (3.98%) Management Information System
5 86 (3.39%) Self-Motivation
6 78 (3.08%) Public Cloud
7 70 (2.76%) Cybercrime
8 60 (2.37%) User Experience
9 50 (1.97%) Internet of Things
10 47 (1.85%) Driving Licence
11 43 (1.70%) PKI
12 36 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
13 32 (1.26%) CMDB
14 26 (1.03%) Algorithms
15 23 (0.91%) Hybrid Cloud
16 22 (0.87%) Private Cloud
16 22 (0.87%) Security Operations Centre
17 21 (0.83%) Cloud Native
18 20 (0.79%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
19 19 (0.75%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 401 (15.81%) Linux
2 380 (14.98%) Windows
3 171 (6.74%) Windows Server
4 83 (3.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 77 (3.04%) Windows 10
6 73 (2.88%) Windows Server 2016
7 58 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 45 (1.77%) Unix
9 42 (1.66%) Windows 7
10 40 (1.58%) CentOS
11 38 (1.50%) Windows Server 2019
12 37 (1.46%) Windows Server 2008
13 25 (0.99%) Ubuntu
14 19 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
15 14 (0.55%) Windows XP
16 13 (0.51%) Debian
17 10 (0.39%) Mac OS
17 10 (0.39%) VMS
18 8 (0.32%) Android
19 6 (0.24%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 945 (37.26%) Agile Software Development
2 500 (19.72%) DevOps
3 296 (11.67%) Scrum
4 290 (11.44%) Cybersecurity
5 238 (9.38%) TDD
6 235 (9.27%) Problem-Solving
7 218 (8.60%) Software Engineering
8 204 (8.04%) ITIL
9 200 (7.89%) Test Automation
10 191 (7.53%) Continuous Integration
11 175 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
12 170 (6.70%) Microservices
13 163 (6.43%) Project Management
14 162 (6.39%) Open Source
15 153 (6.03%) Mentoring
16 148 (5.84%) Configuration Management
17 142 (5.60%) Migration
18 127 (5.01%) Service Management
19 116 (4.57%) Business Intelligence
20 114 (4.50%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 511 (20.15%) Java
2 349 (13.76%) Python
3 319 (12.58%) SQL
4 261 (10.29%) JavaScript
5 214 (8.44%) C
6 174 (6.86%) C#
7 124 (4.89%) PowerShell
8 108 (4.26%) C++
9 101 (3.98%) Java 8
10 97 (3.82%) Bash Shell
11 49 (1.93%) Scala
12 47 (1.85%) Shell Script
13 41 (1.62%) PL/SQL
14 40 (1.58%) Ruby
15 25 (0.99%) Perl
16 20 (0.79%) ABAP
16 20 (0.79%) MATLAB
17 18 (0.71%) TypeScript
18 15 (0.59%) R
19 13 (0.51%) Go
Qualifications
1 1,767 (69.68%) SC Cleared
2 596 (23.50%) DV Cleared
3 301 (11.87%) Degree
4 123 (4.85%) Cisco Certification
5 94 (3.71%) CCNA
6 85 (3.35%) CISSP
7 72 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
8 68 (2.68%) CCNP
9 49 (1.93%) CISM
10 46 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
11 40 (1.58%) MCSA
11 40 (1.58%) MCSE
12 28 (1.10%) CESG Certified Professional
12 28 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
13 26 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 24 (0.95%) AWS Certification
15 22 (0.87%) SANS
16 21 (0.83%) CREST Certified
17 20 (0.79%) CTC Cleared
17 20 (0.79%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 73 (2.88%) QA
3 66 (2.60%) SLA
4 46 (1.81%) NIST
5 40 (1.58%) NCSC
6 26 (1.03%) Cyber Essentials
7 24 (0.95%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 21 (0.83%) Data Quality
8 21 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 19 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 18 (0.71%) GDPR
11 17 (0.67%) JSP 440
12 16 (0.63%) Def Stans
12 16 (0.63%) RMADS
13 15 (0.59%) HAZOP
14 14 (0.55%) PCI DSS
14 14 (0.55%) PMO
15 11 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 11 (0.43%) ISO 9001
16 10 (0.39%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 236 (9.31%) Active Directory
2 228 (8.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 219 (8.64%) Docker
4 76 (3.00%) vSphere
5 68 (2.68%) Hyper-V
6 58 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
7 40 (1.58%) VMware NSX
8 29 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
9 24 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
10 16 (0.63%) Firmware
11 13 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 12 (0.47%) NDS
13 11 (0.43%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 11 (0.43%) NFS
14 9 (0.35%) KVM
14 9 (0.35%) Postfix
14 9 (0.35%) XenApp
15 7 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
15 7 (0.28%) VMware Server
16 6 (0.24%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 256 (10.09%) Terraform
2 185 (7.29%) Kubernetes
3 178 (7.02%) Ansible
4 96 (3.79%) SCCM
5 82 (3.23%) Puppet
6 78 (3.08%) Grafana
7 55 (2.17%) SCOM
8 41 (1.62%) WSUS
9 39 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
10 22 (0.87%) Microsoft Intune
11 19 (0.75%) NetIQ Identity Manager
11 19 (0.75%) SCVMM
12 17 (0.67%) vCenter Server
13 16 (0.63%) Packer
14 13 (0.51%) EMC NetWorker
14 13 (0.51%) NetBackup
15 12 (0.47%) Nagios
16 9 (0.35%) vRealize
16 9 (0.35%) ZABBIX
17 8 (0.32%) QRadar
Vendors
1 423 (16.68%) Microsoft
2 307 (12.11%) VMware
3 174 (6.86%) Oracle
4 161 (6.35%) Cisco
5 116 (4.57%) Splunk
6 93 (3.67%) Google
7 86 (3.39%) SAP
8 78 (3.08%) ServiceNow
9 76 (3.00%) Juniper
10 53 (2.09%) SolarWinds
11 52 (2.05%) Dell
12 48 (1.89%) Red Hat
13 37 (1.46%) HP
14 34 (1.34%) Atlassian
15 33 (1.30%) Citrix
15 33 (1.30%) Palo Alto
16 31 (1.22%) IBM
17 30 (1.18%) EMC
17 30 (1.18%) Veeam
18 27 (1.06%) F5