Period
to 20 October 2019

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 20 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 77 105 121
Rank change year-on-year +28 +16 -40
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 4,847 4,988 4,879
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.56% 3.05% 2.80%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.44% 12.86% 11.46%
Number of salaries quoted 3,364 3,137 3,395
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +8.70% -3.16%
10th Percentile £31,117 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +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 31,394 38,785 42,577
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.08% 23.72% 24.42%
Number of salaries quoted 22,928 28,746 32,685
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Security Cleared
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Cleared.

Salary trend for Security Cleared in the UK

Security Cleared
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Cleared over the 6 months to 20 October 2019.

Salary histogram for Security Cleared in the UK

Security 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 Security Cleared within the UK over the 6 months to 20 October 2019. 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 +26 4,617 £52,500 +5.00% 1,289
UK excluding London +14 3,687 £50,000 +5.26% 1,129
South West +6 1,401 £50,000 +11.11% 329
South East +20 1,325 £55,000 +10.00% 371
London +32 981 £56,000 -6.67% 261
Midlands -18 335 £50,000 +17.65% 103
East of England +67 286 £42,500 -29.17% 118
West Midlands -3 263 £51,125 +2.25% 79
North of England -58 244 £50,000 +11.11% 110
North West +4 186 £51,871 +15.27% 65
East Midlands -7 71 £42,500 +18.06% 24
Scotland +11 58 £53,000 +11.58% 62
Yorkshire -78 48 £37,500 -16.67% 25
Wales -33 30 £39,000 -2.50% 33
North East -1 10 £35,000 -17.67% 20
Northern Ireland -8 9 £50,000 -9.09% 6

For the 6 months to 20 October 2019, 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 2,711 (55.93%) SC Cleared
2 1,409 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
3 1,223 (25.23%) DV Cleared
4 886 (18.28%) Java
5 880 (18.16%) Windows
6 856 (17.66%) Linux
7 840 (17.33%) Microsoft
8 815 (16.81%) Public Sector
9 764 (15.76%) Cybersecurity
10 648 (13.37%) ITIL
11 641 (13.22%) Degree
12 639 (13.18%) Python
13 570 (11.76%) Software Engineering
14 541 (11.16%) Problem-Solving
15 540 (11.14%) DevOps
16 518 (10.69%) SQL
17 513 (10.58%) Finance
18 505 (10.42%) C++
19 499 (10.30%) Active Directory
20 497 (10.25%) Cisco
21 496 (10.23%) C
22 470 (9.70%) VMware
23 461 (9.51%) C#
24 450 (9.28%) Project Management
25 436 (9.00%) Analytical Skills
26 434 (8.95%) Azure
27 429 (8.85%) JavaScript
28 418 (8.62%) AWS
29 414 (8.54%) Firewall
30 361 (7.45%) Oracle

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
1 139 (2.87%) SharePoint
2 115 (2.37%) Confluence
3 95 (1.96%) MS Exchange
4 94 (1.94%) Apache Spark
5 88 (1.82%) Apache
6 59 (1.22%) JBoss
7 56 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
8 52 (1.07%) Skype for Business
9 47 (0.97%) IIS
10 36 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2013
11 34 (0.70%) Tomcat
12 31 (0.64%) OpenStack
13 24 (0.50%) WebSphere
14 22 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
15 20 (0.41%) Hyperledger
15 20 (0.41%) WebLogic
16 18 (0.37%) Tornado
17 16 (0.33%) nginx
18 15 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
19 13 (0.27%) Jetty
Applications
1 212 (4.37%) Microsoft Office
2 88 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 63 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
4 39 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 31 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.21%) Simulink
8 7 (0.14%) Gephi
9 5 (0.10%) Adobe XD
9 5 (0.10%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.083%) InVision
10 4 (0.083%) Sketch
11 3 (0.062%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.041%) FrameMaker
12 2 (0.041%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.041%) Windchill
13 1 (0.021%) CATIA
13 1 (0.021%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.021%) SPSS
13 1 (0.021%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 30 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
2 25 (0.52%) SAP CO
2 25 (0.52%) SAP FI
2 25 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
3 16 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
4 14 (0.29%) SAP BPC
5 12 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 11 (0.23%) SAP PM
6 11 (0.23%) SAP PP
7 9 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
7 9 (0.19%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
7 9 (0.19%) SAP SCM
8 8 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
9 6 (0.12%) HFM
9 6 (0.12%) Hyperion Planning
9 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 6 (0.12%) SAP HR
9 6 (0.12%) SAP MM
9 6 (0.12%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 434 (8.95%) Azure
2 418 (8.62%) AWS
3 219 (4.52%) Office 365
4 84 (1.73%) Cloud Computing
5 65 (1.34%) PaaS
6 55 (1.13%) SaaS
7 54 (1.11%) IaaS
8 49 (1.01%) OpenShift
9 47 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
10 39 (0.80%) Power Platform
11 38 (0.78%) GCP
12 36 (0.74%) OneDrive
13 33 (0.68%) Azure Stack
14 27 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
14 27 (0.56%) Serverless
15 26 (0.54%) G Suite
16 23 (0.47%) Slack
17 21 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
18 20 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
19 17 (0.35%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 414 (8.54%) Firewall
2 247 (5.10%) TCP/IP
3 195 (4.02%) WAN
4 191 (3.94%) DNS
5 183 (3.78%) Network Security
6 148 (3.05%) LAN
7 134 (2.76%) DHCP
8 122 (2.52%) Internet
9 108 (2.23%) VPN
10 85 (1.75%) Intrusion Detection
11 82 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
11 82 (1.69%) Wireless
12 78 (1.61%) BGP
13 71 (1.46%) MPLS
14 70 (1.44%) Cisco Nexus
15 68 (1.40%) SAN
16 67 (1.38%) Skype
17 61 (1.26%) Unified Communications
18 57 (1.18%) OSPF
19 53 (1.09%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 304 (6.27%) SQL Server
2 246 (5.08%) Big Data
3 150 (3.09%) PostgreSQL
4 126 (2.60%) MongoDB
5 111 (2.29%) Hadoop
6 89 (1.84%) MySQL
7 84 (1.73%) Relational Database
8 53 (1.09%) Oracle Database
9 52 (1.07%) GIS
10 51 (1.05%) NoSQL
11 47 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
11 47 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 40 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
13 35 (0.72%) IBM InfoSphere
14 34 (0.70%) RDBMS
15 27 (0.56%) Apache Hive
16 26 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
17 24 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
18 23 (0.47%) Power BI
19 21 (0.43%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 283 (5.84%) JIRA
2 270 (5.57%) Git (software)
3 230 (4.75%) Jenkins
4 188 (3.88%) Selenium
5 99 (2.04%) JMeter
6 97 (2.00%) Cucumber
7 91 (1.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 90 (1.86%) Bitbucket
8 90 (1.86%) Maven
9 83 (1.71%) LoadRunner
10 77 (1.59%) JUnit
11 64 (1.32%) Visual Studio
12 59 (1.22%) WebDriver
13 52 (1.07%) Rational DOORS
13 52 (1.07%) Subversion
14 49 (1.01%) Eclipse
15 47 (0.97%) Zephyr
16 43 (0.89%) SoapUI
17 42 (0.87%) Mockito
17 42 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 815 (16.81%) Public Sector
2 513 (10.58%) Finance
3 271 (5.59%) Military
4 245 (5.05%) Telecoms
5 193 (3.98%) Aerospace
6 176 (3.63%) Electronics
7 167 (3.45%) Marketing
8 141 (2.91%) Manufacturing
9 104 (2.15%) Law
10 101 (2.08%) Retail
11 94 (1.94%) Legal
12 89 (1.84%) Local Government
13 78 (1.61%) Police
14 46 (0.95%) Banking
15 32 (0.66%) Games
16 26 (0.54%) Fire and Rescue
17 23 (0.47%) Advertising
17 23 (0.47%) Back Office
18 15 (0.31%) Billing
19 11 (0.23%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 616 (12.71%) Developer
2 485 (10.01%) Analyst
3 455 (9.39%) Architect
4 449 (9.26%) Consultant
5 282 (5.82%) Software Engineer
6 226 (4.66%) Java Developer
7 212 (4.37%) Network Engineer
8 203 (4.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 180 (3.71%) Support Engineer
10 178 (3.67%) Test Engineer
11 175 (3.61%) Solutions Architect
12 170 (3.51%) Software Developer
13 143 (2.95%) Security Consultant
14 129 (2.66%) Project Manager
15 125 (2.58%) Tester
16 117 (2.41%) DevOps Engineer
17 104 (2.15%) Administrator
18 103 (2.13%) Systems Engineer
19 95 (1.96%) Security Architect
20 94 (1.94%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 197 (4.06%) Spring
2 188 (3.88%) .NET
2 188 (3.88%) Web Services
3 164 (3.38%) HTML
4 154 (3.18%) CSS
5 143 (2.95%) AngularJS
6 115 (2.37%) XML
7 107 (2.21%) Node.js
8 96 (1.98%) JSON
9 89 (1.84%) React
10 86 (1.77%) RESTful
11 82 (1.69%) REST
12 77 (1.59%) HTML5
13 76 (1.57%) Hibernate
13 76 (1.57%) J2EE
14 75 (1.55%) SOAP
15 68 (1.40%) ASP.NET
16 65 (1.34%) Middleware
17 64 (1.32%) Java EE
18 48 (0.99%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 436 (9.00%) Analytical Skills
2 291 (6.00%) Management Information System
3 185 (3.82%) Self-Motivation
4 164 (3.38%) Data Centre
5 105 (2.17%) Hybrid Cloud
6 100 (2.06%) Public Cloud
7 95 (1.96%) Cyberthreat
8 78 (1.61%) User Experience
9 74 (1.53%) Algorithms
10 67 (1.38%) PKI
11 66 (1.36%) Driving Licence
12 51 (1.05%) Clustering
13 38 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
13 38 (0.78%) Private Cloud
14 37 (0.76%) Cybercrime
15 35 (0.72%) CESG
16 33 (0.68%) e-Learning
16 33 (0.68%) Security Operations Centre
17 32 (0.66%) Mobile Computing
18 27 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 880 (18.16%) Windows
2 856 (17.66%) Linux
3 321 (6.62%) Windows Server
4 243 (5.01%) Unix
5 200 (4.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 178 (3.67%) Windows 10
7 172 (3.55%) Windows 7
8 122 (2.52%) CentOS
9 116 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 100 (2.06%) Windows Server 2008
11 78 (1.61%) Android
12 72 (1.49%) Apple iOS
13 61 (1.26%) Ubuntu
14 37 (0.76%) Mac OS
15 35 (0.72%) Windows 8
16 33 (0.68%) Debian
16 33 (0.68%) Solaris
17 29 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
18 27 (0.56%) Windows XP
19 23 (0.47%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,409 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
2 764 (15.76%) Cybersecurity
3 648 (13.37%) ITIL
4 570 (11.76%) Software Engineering
5 541 (11.16%) Problem-Solving
6 540 (11.14%) DevOps
7 450 (9.28%) Project Management
8 361 (7.45%) Test Automation
9 333 (6.87%) Scrum
10 323 (6.66%) Information Security
11 318 (6.56%) Stakeholder Management
12 292 (6.02%) Mentoring
13 286 (5.90%) Continuous Integration
14 281 (5.80%) Analytics
15 265 (5.47%) Migration
16 254 (5.24%) TDD
17 252 (5.20%) Project Delivery
18 239 (4.93%) Change Management
18 239 (4.93%) Service Management
19 235 (4.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 886 (18.28%) Java
2 639 (13.18%) Python
3 518 (10.69%) SQL
4 505 (10.42%) C++
5 496 (10.23%) C
6 461 (9.51%) C#
7 429 (8.85%) JavaScript
8 278 (5.74%) PowerShell
9 174 (3.59%) Bash Shell
10 120 (2.48%) Ruby
11 66 (1.36%) Scala
12 60 (1.24%) Shell Script
13 54 (1.11%) Java 8
14 45 (0.93%) VB
15 44 (0.91%) PL/SQL
16 40 (0.83%) MATLAB
17 39 (0.80%) Perl
17 39 (0.80%) PHP
18 37 (0.76%) Go
19 36 (0.74%) R
Qualifications
1 2,711 (55.93%) SC Cleared
2 1,223 (25.23%) DV Cleared
3 641 (13.22%) Degree
4 303 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
5 193 (3.98%) CISSP
6 186 (3.84%) CCNP
7 178 (3.67%) CCNA
8 156 (3.22%) Microsoft Certification
9 118 (2.43%) ISTQB
10 111 (2.29%) CISM
11 92 (1.90%) MCSE
12 81 (1.67%) CISA
13 73 (1.51%) CESG Certified Professional
14 69 (1.42%) MCSA
15 67 (1.38%) CREST Certified
16 65 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
17 60 (1.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 58 (1.20%) MCP
19 52 (1.07%) CCIE
20 49 (1.01%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 241 (4.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 213 (4.39%) SLA
3 164 (3.38%) QA
4 89 (1.84%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 76 (1.57%) GDPR
6 70 (1.44%) JSP 440
7 67 (1.38%) PCI DSS
8 64 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 64 (1.32%) NIST
9 55 (1.13%) Data Quality
10 52 (1.07%) PMO
11 46 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 38 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials
13 34 (0.70%) HMG Infosec
13 34 (0.70%) NCSC
14 32 (0.66%) ISO 22301
15 31 (0.64%) RMADS
16 21 (0.43%) ISO 9001
17 20 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 15 (0.31%) NIST 800
System Software
1 499 (10.30%) Active Directory
2 322 (6.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 247 (5.10%) Docker
4 152 (3.14%) Hyper-V
5 95 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
6 90 (1.86%) Microsoft App-V
7 70 (1.44%) XenApp
8 52 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
9 44 (0.91%) vSphere
10 37 (0.76%) VMware NSX
11 33 (0.68%) XenDesktop
12 28 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
13 26 (0.54%) Firmware
13 26 (0.54%) KVM
14 23 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
15 16 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
16 14 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 14 (0.29%) vCloud
17 12 (0.25%) VirtualBox
18 9 (0.19%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 314 (6.48%) SCCM
2 191 (3.94%) Ansible
3 167 (3.45%) Puppet
4 149 (3.07%) Kubernetes
5 143 (2.95%) SCOM
6 112 (2.31%) Terraform
7 65 (1.34%) Nagios
8 54 (1.11%) vCenter Server
9 51 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
10 48 (0.99%) vRealize
11 45 (0.93%) SCOrch
12 44 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
13 40 (0.83%) WSUS
14 35 (0.72%) Packer
15 34 (0.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 34 (0.70%) ZABBIX
16 28 (0.58%) NetBackup
17 23 (0.47%) HP SiteScope
18 22 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
19 20 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 840 (17.33%) Microsoft
2 497 (10.25%) Cisco
3 470 (9.70%) VMware
4 361 (7.45%) Oracle
5 264 (5.45%) SAP
6 175 (3.61%) Juniper
7 157 (3.24%) Citrix
8 146 (3.01%) Red Hat
9 142 (2.93%) HP
10 97 (2.00%) IBM
11 96 (1.98%) CheckPoint
12 92 (1.90%) Google
13 86 (1.77%) Palo Alto
14 81 (1.67%) F5
15 67 (1.38%) Splunk
16 63 (1.30%) Capita
17 57 (1.18%) Atlassian
18 56 (1.16%) Fortinet
19 54 (1.11%) Talend
20 51 (1.05%) Apple