Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 61 50 81
Rank change year-on-year -11 +31 +26
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 5,853 2,358 4,908
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.70% 4.92% 3.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 21.74% 22.82% 15.47%
Number of salaries quoted 2,992 1,600 3,436
10th Percentile £35,750 £34,000 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £54,380 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +10.33% +3.58% +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,750 £68,750 £67,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £76,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +7.53%

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 26,922 10,333 31,734
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.62% 21.57% 23.12%
Number of salaries quoted 14,998 7,943 23,601
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,875
25th Percentile £40,371 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.03% +7.78% -

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -17 4,791 £60,000 +10.33% 1,253
UK excluding London +3 4,267 £55,000 +10.00% 1,059
South West -6 1,122 £60,000 +4.58% 267
London -62 1,098 £70,000 +16.67% 295
South East -18 1,081 £52,500 +16.67% 271
Work from Home +14 1,005 £62,500 +13.64% 157
North of England +49 659 £53,112 +18.03% 175
Midlands +5 612 £60,000 +20.00% 109
North West +49 548 £53,000 +19.45% 125
West Midlands +6 488 £62,500 +13.64% 88
Scotland +71 457 £47,500 +1.06% 66
East of England -22 170 £55,000 +4.76% 121
Wales +17 121 £42,500 - 44
East Midlands -24 121 £45,000 +5.88% 21
Northern Ireland - 82 £22,500 - 9
Yorkshire -67 69 £55,000 -12.00% 29
North East +15 51 £55,957 +24.35% 21

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 4,170 (71.25%) SC Cleared
2 2,571 (43.93%) Agile Software Development
3 1,626 (27.78%) Social Skills
4 1,287 (21.99%) Azure
5 1,217 (20.79%) Java
6 1,108 (18.93%) DevOps
7 1,093 (18.67%) AWS
8 898 (15.34%) Public Sector
9 867 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
10 858 (14.66%) Microsoft
11 844 (14.42%) Linux
12 820 (14.01%) Scrum
13 798 (13.63%) Python
14 757 (12.93%) Mentoring
15 746 (12.75%) Software Engineering
16 713 (12.18%) SQL
17 682 (11.65%) Docker
18 671 (11.46%) Cybersecurity
19 650 (11.11%) Terraform
20 646 (11.04%) C#
21 628 (10.73%) BDD
22 614 (10.49%) Windows
23 599 (10.23%) DV Cleared
24 582 (9.94%) Jenkins
25 581 (9.93%) Degree
26 542 (9.26%) Spring
27 532 (9.09%) TDD
28 512 (8.75%) Continuous Integration
29 505 (8.63%) Oracle
30 502 (8.58%) Analytics

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
1 104 (1.78%) SharePoint
2 92 (1.57%) Confluence
3 90 (1.54%) GeoServer
4 73 (1.25%) IIS
5 43 (0.73%) WebLogic
6 41 (0.70%) MS Exchange
7 33 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
8 29 (0.50%) Apache
8 29 (0.50%) Apache Spark
8 29 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
9 25 (0.43%) Tomcat
10 22 (0.38%) JBoss
10 22 (0.38%) Oracle Service Bus
10 22 (0.38%) Skype for Business
11 21 (0.36%) ArcGIS
12 18 (0.31%) nginx
13 17 (0.29%) SAS
14 13 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 13 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
15 11 (0.19%) CMS
Applications
1 128 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
2 90 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 65 (1.11%) Microsoft Project
4 58 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 26 (0.44%) Simulink
6 14 (0.24%) MS Visio
7 12 (0.21%) Oracle Smart View
8 7 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.10%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.10%) Zemax
10 5 (0.085%) Figma
10 5 (0.085%) Spreadsheet
11 4 (0.068%) EngageOne
11 4 (0.068%) InVision
11 4 (0.068%) Sketch
11 4 (0.068%) Zeplin
12 3 (0.051%) InDesign
13 2 (0.034%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.034%) Adobe Premiere
13 2 (0.034%) CPLEX
Business Applications
1 109 (1.86%) Oracle ERP
2 76 (1.30%) Oracle EBS
3 74 (1.26%) Oracle Applications
4 35 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
5 27 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
6 26 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
7 25 (0.43%) Oracle Receivables
8 24 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
9 21 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
10 20 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
11 17 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
12 15 (0.26%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 12 (0.21%) Oracle Assets
13 12 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
14 10 (0.17%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
14 10 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
15 8 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
16 6 (0.10%) Sentinel
17 5 (0.085%) Oracle Payroll
18 4 (0.068%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 1,287 (21.99%) Azure
2 1,093 (18.67%) AWS
3 262 (4.48%) Serverless
4 255 (4.36%) SaaS
5 244 (4.17%) GitHub
6 224 (3.83%) GCP
7 200 (3.42%) Microsoft 365
8 175 (2.99%) IaaS
9 170 (2.90%) PaaS
10 165 (2.82%) Power Platform
11 149 (2.55%) Azure Active Directory
12 109 (1.86%) iPaaS
13 108 (1.85%) OpenShift
14 106 (1.81%) AWS CloudFormation
15 82 (1.40%) Azure Key Vault
16 72 (1.23%) PowerApps
17 57 (0.97%) AWS Lambda
17 57 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
18 56 (0.96%) Boomi
19 54 (0.92%) AtomSphere
Communications & Networking
1 328 (5.60%) Firewall
2 161 (2.75%) Network Security
3 147 (2.51%) VPN
4 112 (1.91%) WAN
5 111 (1.90%) DNS
6 105 (1.79%) HTTP
7 104 (1.78%) LAN
8 85 (1.45%) DHCP
9 63 (1.08%) TCP/IP
10 62 (1.06%) Internet
11 55 (0.94%) Unified Communications
11 55 (0.94%) Wireshark
12 54 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
13 52 (0.89%) BGP
13 52 (0.89%) SAN
14 39 (0.67%) OSPF
15 37 (0.63%) SMS
16 31 (0.53%) Wireless
17 29 (0.50%) SSH
18 28 (0.48%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 329 (5.62%) MongoDB
2 276 (4.72%) Big Data
3 269 (4.60%) SQL Server
4 196 (3.35%) PostgreSQL
5 121 (2.07%) GIS
6 117 (2.00%) Power BI
7 108 (1.85%) MySQL
8 105 (1.79%) Hadoop
9 94 (1.61%) Relational Database
10 91 (1.55%) Oracle Database
11 89 (1.52%) QGIS
12 88 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
13 75 (1.28%) NoSQL
14 46 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 44 (0.75%) Tableau
16 36 (0.62%) Oracle Database 10g
17 32 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
17 32 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
18 30 (0.51%) Metadata
19 29 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 582 (9.94%) Jenkins
2 360 (6.15%) Git (software)
3 280 (4.78%) JIRA
4 224 (3.83%) JMeter
5 175 (2.99%) Postman
6 172 (2.94%) REST Assured
7 154 (2.63%) GitLab
8 152 (2.60%) Selenium
9 142 (2.43%) Newman
10 101 (1.73%) Cucumber
11 80 (1.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 74 (1.26%) JUnit
13 72 (1.23%) Rational DOORS
14 69 (1.18%) Maven
15 66 (1.13%) Eclipse
16 62 (1.06%) Bitbucket
16 62 (1.06%) Robot Framework
17 52 (0.89%) SonarQube
18 51 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
19 41 (0.70%) SoapUI
General
1 1,626 (27.78%) Social Skills
2 898 (15.34%) Public Sector
3 498 (8.51%) Finance
4 336 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
5 225 (3.84%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 160 (2.73%) Presentation Skills
7 153 (2.61%) Aerospace
8 147 (2.51%) Military
9 146 (2.49%) Police
10 125 (2.14%) Influencing Skills
11 123 (2.10%) Legal
12 118 (2.02%) Retail
13 116 (1.98%) Marketing
14 110 (1.88%) Telecoms
15 107 (1.83%) Law
16 72 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
17 69 (1.18%) Documentation Skills
18 61 (1.04%) Local Government
19 58 (0.99%) Manufacturing
20 50 (0.85%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,060 (18.11%) Developer
2 701 (11.98%) Architect
3 526 (8.99%) Analyst
4 495 (8.46%) Consultant
5 468 (8.00%) DevOps Engineer
6 425 (7.26%) Software Engineer
7 352 (6.01%) Java Developer
8 243 (4.15%) Senior Developer
9 223 (3.81%) Project Manager
10 193 (3.30%) Software Developer
11 191 (3.26%) Solutions Architect
12 185 (3.16%) Test Analyst
13 153 (2.61%) Systems Engineer
14 148 (2.53%) Automation Test Analyst
15 126 (2.15%) Security Consultant
16 120 (2.05%) Senior Software Developer
17 118 (2.02%) Network Engineer
18 117 (2.00%) Cloud Consultant
19 114 (1.95%) Senior DevOps
19 114 (1.95%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 542 (9.26%) Spring
2 490 (8.37%) .NET
3 422 (7.21%) Hibernate
4 388 (6.63%) REST
5 371 (6.34%) AngularJS
6 345 (5.89%) Node.js
7 316 (5.40%) React
8 248 (4.24%) RESTful
9 237 (4.05%) Web Services
10 220 (3.76%) Middleware
11 215 (3.67%) CSS
12 175 (2.99%) GraphQL
13 165 (2.82%) JavaBeans
14 160 (2.73%) HTML
15 104 (1.78%) ARM Templates
16 100 (1.71%) OAuth
17 90 (1.54%) Leaflet
17 90 (1.54%) OpenLayers
18 89 (1.52%) OAuth2
19 85 (1.45%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 409 (6.99%) Greenfield Project
2 265 (4.53%) Management Information System
3 257 (4.39%) Public Cloud
4 188 (3.21%) Self-Motivation
5 185 (3.16%) Data Centre
6 134 (2.29%) Cloud Native
7 117 (2.00%) User Experience
8 87 (1.49%) Cyberthreat
9 81 (1.38%) Smart Meter
10 79 (1.35%) Driving Licence
11 63 (1.08%) PKI
12 55 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
13 53 (0.91%) Virtual Team
14 48 (0.82%) Cyberattack
15 45 (0.77%) Algorithms
16 42 (0.72%) Clustering
17 41 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
18 36 (0.62%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
19 35 (0.60%) NHS
20 34 (0.58%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 844 (14.42%) Linux
2 614 (10.49%) Windows
3 261 (4.46%) Windows Server
4 171 (2.92%) Unix
5 161 (2.75%) Windows 10
6 134 (2.29%) Ubuntu
7 121 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 88 (1.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 85 (1.45%) CentOS
10 72 (1.23%) Windows Server 2016
11 70 (1.20%) Windows Server 2019
12 49 (0.84%) Android
13 40 (0.68%) Windows 7
14 36 (0.62%) Solaris
14 36 (0.62%) Windows 8
15 28 (0.48%) Apple iOS
16 24 (0.41%) Debian
17 21 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
18 17 (0.29%) Embedded Linux
19 15 (0.26%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,571 (43.93%) Agile Software Development
2 1,108 (18.93%) DevOps
3 867 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
4 820 (14.01%) Scrum
5 757 (12.93%) Mentoring
6 746 (12.75%) Software Engineering
7 671 (11.46%) Cybersecurity
8 628 (10.73%) BDD
9 532 (9.09%) TDD
10 512 (8.75%) Continuous Integration
11 502 (8.58%) Analytics
12 471 (8.05%) Project Management
13 432 (7.38%) Open Source
14 430 (7.35%) Test Automation
15 429 (7.33%) Coaching
16 384 (6.56%) Infrastructure as Code
17 377 (6.44%) Microservices
18 367 (6.27%) ITIL
19 341 (5.83%) Configuration Management
20 336 (5.74%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,217 (20.79%) Java
2 798 (13.63%) Python
3 713 (12.18%) SQL
4 646 (11.04%) C#
5 448 (7.65%) JavaScript
6 319 (5.45%) PowerShell
7 268 (4.58%) C
8 232 (3.96%) Java 8
9 224 (3.83%) C++
10 223 (3.81%) Bash Shell
11 95 (1.62%) Go
12 81 (1.38%) PL/SQL
13 72 (1.23%) Ruby
14 66 (1.13%) Perl
15 51 (0.87%) MATLAB
15 51 (0.87%) T-SQL
16 42 (0.72%) TypeScript
17 35 (0.60%) R
17 35 (0.60%) Scala
18 32 (0.55%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4,170 (71.25%) SC Cleared
2 599 (10.23%) DV Cleared
3 581 (9.93%) Degree
4 176 (3.01%) BPSS Clearance
5 166 (2.84%) CISSP
6 133 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
7 113 (1.93%) Oracle Certification
8 111 (1.90%) CISM
9 82 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
10 80 (1.37%) CCNA
11 68 (1.16%) CCNP
12 64 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
13 57 (0.97%) AWS Certification
14 56 (0.96%) CESG Certified Professional
15 52 (0.89%) HND
16 51 (0.87%) MCSE
17 50 (0.85%) HNC
18 49 (0.84%) CTC Cleared
19 43 (0.73%) MCSA
20 38 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 271 (4.63%) QA
2 221 (3.78%) SLA
3 207 (3.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 158 (2.70%) GDPR
5 155 (2.65%) Cyber Essentials
6 134 (2.29%) NIST
7 96 (1.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 76 (1.30%) NCSC
9 49 (0.84%) Def Stans
10 46 (0.79%) Data Quality
11 39 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 39 (0.67%) JSP 440
12 38 (0.65%) Accessibility
13 33 (0.56%) PMO
14 30 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 26 (0.44%) HAZOP
16 23 (0.39%) IEC 61508
17 20 (0.34%) RMADS
18 18 (0.31%) MISRA
18 18 (0.31%) MISRA C
System Software
1 682 (11.65%) Docker
2 312 (5.33%) Active Directory
3 257 (4.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 78 (1.33%) Hyper-V
5 68 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
6 50 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
7 49 (0.84%) vSphere
8 41 (0.70%) Firmware
9 36 (0.62%) VMware NSX
10 29 (0.50%) NFS
11 24 (0.41%) Postfix
12 19 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
13 15 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (0.24%) iptables
15 9 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 8 (0.14%) HDFS
16 8 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
16 8 (0.14%) XenApp
17 7 (0.12%) Terminal Services
17 7 (0.12%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 650 (11.11%) Terraform
2 476 (8.13%) Kubernetes
3 466 (7.96%) Ansible
4 153 (2.61%) Puppet
5 125 (2.14%) SCCM
6 85 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
7 69 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
8 41 (0.70%) FortiGate
9 39 (0.67%) CFEngine
10 37 (0.63%) Packer
11 33 (0.56%) Grafana
12 32 (0.55%) Prometheus
13 26 (0.44%) Consul
14 23 (0.39%) SCOM
15 21 (0.36%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 20 (0.34%) Docker Swarm
17 19 (0.32%) Data Guard
17 19 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
17 19 (0.32%) WSUS
18 17 (0.29%) Nessus
Vendors
1 858 (14.66%) Microsoft
2 505 (8.63%) Oracle
3 355 (6.07%) VMware
4 290 (4.95%) ServiceNow
5 287 (4.90%) Cisco
6 120 (2.05%) Google
7 114 (1.95%) SAP
8 101 (1.73%) Red Hat
9 98 (1.67%) CheckPoint
10 95 (1.62%) Dell
11 94 (1.61%) Juniper
12 90 (1.54%) MuleSoft
13 83 (1.42%) Atlassian
13 83 (1.42%) F5
13 83 (1.42%) Palo Alto
14 82 (1.40%) Splunk
15 73 (1.25%) Fortinet
16 71 (1.21%) IBM
17 69 (1.18%) Adobe
18 66 (1.13%) Citrix