Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
25 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 48 77 106
Rank change year-on-year +29 +29 +15
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 2,485 5,147 5,004
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.09% 3.66% 2.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 23.10% 15.61% 12.65%
Number of salaries quoted 1,562 3,657 3,289
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.82%
10th Percentile £35,000 £31,250 £28,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £46,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +7.53% +3.33%

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 10,759 32,967 39,547
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.04% 23.43% 23.61%
Number of salaries quoted 7,900 23,928 29,351
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +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 25 September 2020.

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 25 September 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 +28 2,394 £55,000 +4.76% 741
UK excluding London +20 1,823 £52,500 +5.00% 591
South East +18 714 £50,000 -9.09% 169
London +81 600 £63,108 +12.69% 197
South West +6 589 £57,500 +15.00% 157
Midlands +51 223 £55,000 +10.00% 79
North of England +131 195 £47,500 -5.00% 50
Work from Home +26 172 £56,250 -6.25% 53
North West +88 150 £45,000 -15.61% 27
West Midlands +25 144 £57,500 +9.52% 62
East Midlands +104 85 £43,750 +2.94% 15
East of England -3 74 £50,000 +17.65% 79
Yorkshire +139 42 £62,500 +66.67% 13
Scotland +74 28 £47,000 -24.80% 43
Wales +45 21 £43,750 +6.06% 15
North East +15 3 £45,000 +28.57% 10

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 1,675 (67.40%) SC Cleared
2 1,044 (42.01%) Agile Software Development
3 667 (26.84%) DV Cleared
4 498 (20.04%) Java
5 414 (16.66%) Microsoft
6 399 (16.06%) DevOps
7 368 (14.81%) Windows
8 366 (14.73%) Linux
8 366 (14.73%) AWS
9 322 (12.96%) Cybersecurity
10 299 (12.03%) VMware
11 293 (11.79%) Degree
12 284 (11.43%) Public Sector
13 283 (11.39%) Python
14 266 (10.70%) SQL
15 263 (10.58%) Scrum
16 252 (10.14%) Azure
17 250 (10.06%) Active Directory
18 241 (9.70%) TDD
19 231 (9.30%) Spring
19 231 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
20 220 (8.85%) JavaScript
21 218 (8.77%) ITIL
21 218 (8.77%) VMware Infrastructure
22 204 (8.21%) Terraform
23 200 (8.05%) Software Engineering
24 192 (7.73%) Test Automation
25 188 (7.57%) Jenkins
26 182 (7.32%) C#
27 178 (7.16%) Project Management

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
1 101 (4.06%) Confluence
2 90 (3.62%) Elasticsearch
3 67 (2.70%) Apache
3 67 (2.70%) SharePoint
4 57 (2.29%) Apache Spark
5 33 (1.33%) MS Exchange
6 23 (0.93%) JBoss
6 23 (0.93%) Tomcat
7 21 (0.85%) Skype for Business
8 19 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (0.60%) IIS
9 15 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
10 12 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (0.48%) WebSphere
11 10 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 9 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
13 8 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
14 7 (0.28%) GlassFish
14 7 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
15 6 (0.24%) CMS
Applications
1 66 (2.66%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.52%) InVision
4 13 (0.52%) Sketch
5 12 (0.48%) Simulink
6 11 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
7 10 (0.40%) MS Visio
8 8 (0.32%) Figma
9 6 (0.24%) Windchill
10 5 (0.20%) Adobe XD
10 5 (0.20%) OmniGraffle
10 5 (0.20%) UXPin
11 4 (0.16%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.16%) Stateflow
12 2 (0.080%) Spreadsheet
13 1 (0.040%) Mathcad
13 1 (0.040%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.040%) OrCAD
13 1 (0.040%) Stata
Business Applications
1 14 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
3 12 (0.48%) SAP HR
3 12 (0.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 11 (0.44%) SAP PSCD
5 10 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
6 9 (0.36%) Maximo
7 7 (0.28%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
7 7 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
7 7 (0.28%) SAP PM
8 5 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
8 5 (0.20%) SAP CO
8 5 (0.20%) SAP FI
8 5 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
8 5 (0.20%) Sentinel
9 4 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
9 4 (0.16%) SAP MDG
9 4 (0.16%) Teamcenter
10 3 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 366 (14.73%) AWS
2 252 (10.14%) Azure
3 90 (3.62%) GitHub
4 77 (3.10%) Office 365
5 73 (2.94%) GCP
6 70 (2.82%) SaaS
7 55 (2.21%) IaaS
8 51 (2.05%) Stackdriver
9 50 (2.01%) Amazon EC2
9 50 (2.01%) PaaS
10 38 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
11 31 (1.25%) Serverless
12 25 (1.01%) Amazon S3
13 23 (0.93%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 22 (0.89%) Amazon SQS
14 22 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
15 20 (0.80%) Power Platform
16 19 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
17 13 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
18 12 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 165 (6.64%) Firewall
2 98 (3.94%) DNS
3 93 (3.74%) Internet
4 82 (3.30%) DHCP
5 78 (3.14%) LAN
5 78 (3.14%) TCP/IP
6 71 (2.86%) WAN
7 65 (2.62%) Network Security
8 50 (2.01%) VPN
9 45 (1.81%) OSPF
9 45 (1.81%) Skype
10 38 (1.53%) BGP
10 38 (1.53%) Intrusion Detection
11 31 (1.25%) HTTP
12 29 (1.17%) SAN
13 26 (1.05%) VLAN
14 22 (0.89%) Cisco ASA
15 20 (0.80%) Remote Desktop
15 20 (0.80%) Unified Communications
16 18 (0.72%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 171 (6.88%) SQL Server
2 150 (6.04%) Big Data
3 133 (5.35%) PostgreSQL
4 100 (4.02%) NoSQL
5 61 (2.45%) Relational Database
6 56 (2.25%) MongoDB
7 38 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
8 35 (1.41%) MySQL
9 24 (0.97%) Hadoop
10 17 (0.68%) Power BI
11 15 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
12 14 (0.56%) GIS
12 14 (0.56%) Oracle Database
12 14 (0.56%) Redis
12 14 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 13 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
14 12 (0.48%) HBase
14 12 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 10 (0.40%) Oracle Database 10g
16 8 (0.32%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 188 (7.57%) Jenkins
2 174 (7.00%) JIRA
3 125 (5.03%) Git (software)
4 87 (3.50%) JUnit
5 84 (3.38%) Selenium
6 77 (3.10%) Mockito
7 61 (2.45%) Maven
8 60 (2.41%) Gradle
9 57 (2.29%) Cucumber
10 52 (2.09%) GitLab
11 33 (1.33%) Eclipse
12 29 (1.17%) DbUnit
12 29 (1.17%) jMock
12 29 (1.17%) SonarQube
13 28 (1.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 25 (1.01%) Bitbucket
14 25 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
15 24 (0.97%) Bitbucket Server
16 23 (0.93%) Rational DOORS
17 22 (0.89%) JMeter
General
1 284 (11.43%) Public Sector
2 160 (6.44%) Finance
3 144 (5.79%) Law
4 86 (3.46%) Back Office
5 85 (3.42%) Aerospace
5 85 (3.42%) Legal
6 83 (3.34%) Military
7 72 (2.90%) Police
8 61 (2.45%) Telecoms
9 50 (2.01%) Local Government
10 49 (1.97%) Electronics
11 40 (1.61%) Manufacturing
12 33 (1.33%) Marketing
13 28 (1.13%) Retail
14 15 (0.60%) Advertising
15 10 (0.40%) Banking
16 7 (0.28%) Automotive
16 7 (0.28%) Games
17 6 (0.24%) Fire and Rescue
18 3 (0.12%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 522 (21.01%) Developer
2 256 (10.30%) Architect
3 237 (9.54%) Analyst
4 211 (8.49%) Java Developer
5 119 (4.79%) Consultant
6 105 (4.23%) Software Engineer
7 93 (3.74%) DevOps Engineer
8 90 (3.62%) Senior Developer
9 89 (3.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 84 (3.38%) Business Analyst
11 82 (3.30%) Network Engineer
12 78 (3.14%) SC Cleared Java Developer
13 72 (2.90%) Support Engineer
14 71 (2.86%) Solutions Architect
15 64 (2.58%) C# Developer
16 62 (2.49%) .NET Developer
17 58 (2.33%) Project Manager
18 55 (2.21%) Software Developer
19 47 (1.89%) Junior
20 46 (1.85%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 231 (9.30%) Spring
2 125 (5.03%) .NET
3 118 (4.75%) REST
3 118 (4.75%) RESTful
4 111 (4.47%) Node.js
5 99 (3.98%) AngularJS
6 96 (3.86%) Spring Integration
7 89 (3.58%) Web Services
8 80 (3.22%) .NET Framework
8 80 (3.22%) HTML
9 77 (3.10%) Apache Camel
10 75 (3.02%) React
11 71 (2.86%) CSS
12 70 (2.82%) Spring Boot
13 68 (2.74%) ASP.NET
14 65 (2.62%) RabbitMQ
15 58 (2.33%) SOAP
16 55 (2.21%) XML
17 53 (2.13%) jQuery
18 51 (2.05%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 158 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
2 138 (5.55%) Data Centre
3 111 (4.47%) Management Information System
4 83 (3.34%) Cybercrime
5 82 (3.30%) Cyberthreat
6 69 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
7 57 (2.29%) PKI
8 50 (2.01%) Driving Licence
8 50 (2.01%) Internet of Things
8 50 (2.01%) Public Cloud
9 48 (1.93%) User Experience
10 43 (1.73%) CMDB
11 32 (1.29%) Cyberattack
12 29 (1.17%) Security Operations Centre
13 27 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
14 22 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
14 22 (0.89%) Private Cloud
15 20 (0.80%) Cloud Native
16 18 (0.72%) Algorithms
17 16 (0.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 368 (14.81%) Windows
2 366 (14.73%) Linux
3 175 (7.04%) Windows Server
4 78 (3.14%) Windows 10
5 74 (2.98%) Windows Server 2016
6 64 (2.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 53 (2.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 44 (1.77%) Unix
9 40 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
10 39 (1.57%) Windows 7
11 38 (1.53%) CentOS
12 26 (1.05%) Ubuntu
12 26 (1.05%) Windows Server 2003
13 24 (0.97%) Mac OS
13 24 (0.97%) Windows Server 2019
14 15 (0.60%) Windows XP
15 14 (0.56%) Debian
16 9 (0.36%) Apple iOS
16 9 (0.36%) VMS
17 8 (0.32%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,044 (42.01%) Agile Software Development
2 399 (16.06%) DevOps
3 322 (12.96%) Cybersecurity
4 263 (10.58%) Scrum
5 241 (9.70%) TDD
6 231 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
7 218 (8.77%) ITIL
8 200 (8.05%) Software Engineering
9 192 (7.73%) Test Automation
10 178 (7.16%) Project Management
11 177 (7.12%) Stakeholder Management
12 169 (6.80%) Continuous Integration
13 159 (6.40%) Migration
14 156 (6.28%) Microservices
14 156 (6.28%) Open Source
15 136 (5.47%) Information Security
16 133 (5.35%) OO
16 133 (5.35%) Service Management
17 131 (5.27%) Mentoring
18 123 (4.95%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 498 (20.04%) Java
2 283 (11.39%) Python
3 266 (10.70%) SQL
4 220 (8.85%) JavaScript
5 182 (7.32%) C#
6 163 (6.56%) C
7 119 (4.79%) PowerShell
8 117 (4.71%) C++
9 95 (3.82%) Java 8
10 73 (2.94%) Bash Shell
11 47 (1.89%) Scala
12 40 (1.61%) Shell Script
13 29 (1.17%) Ruby
14 27 (1.09%) PL/SQL
15 25 (1.01%) ABAP
16 23 (0.93%) MATLAB
17 20 (0.80%) VB
18 19 (0.76%) R
19 14 (0.56%) Perl
20 9 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,675 (67.40%) SC Cleared
2 667 (26.84%) DV Cleared
3 293 (11.79%) Degree
4 124 (4.99%) Cisco Certification
5 87 (3.50%) CCNA
6 79 (3.18%) CISSP
7 64 (2.58%) CCNP
8 60 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 48 (1.93%) CISM
10 41 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
11 37 (1.49%) MCSE
12 33 (1.33%) CESG Certified Professional
13 28 (1.13%) MCSA
14 23 (0.93%) AWS Certification
14 23 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
14 23 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 22 (0.89%) CREST Certified
16 19 (0.76%) CTC Cleared
16 19 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
16 19 (0.76%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (4.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 87 (3.50%) SLA
3 70 (2.82%) QA
4 37 (1.49%) NCSC
5 36 (1.45%) NIST
6 33 (1.33%) Cyber Essentials
7 28 (1.13%) Data Quality
8 25 (1.01%) JSP 440
9 23 (0.93%) PMO
10 21 (0.85%) GDPR
11 20 (0.80%) RMADS
12 19 (0.76%) ISO 9001
12 19 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 16 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 15 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 14 (0.56%) NIST 800
15 14 (0.56%) PCI DSS
16 11 (0.44%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 10 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 10 (0.40%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 250 (10.06%) Active Directory
2 218 (8.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 177 (7.12%) Docker
4 79 (3.18%) Hyper-V
5 67 (2.70%) vSphere
6 53 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
7 31 (1.25%) VMware NSX
8 29 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
10 14 (0.56%) Firmware
10 14 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
11 13 (0.52%) VMware Server
12 12 (0.48%) NDS
13 11 (0.44%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 11 (0.44%) NFS
14 9 (0.36%) Postfix
15 8 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 8 (0.32%) Snort
16 7 (0.28%) KVM
17 4 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 204 (8.21%) Terraform
2 141 (5.67%) Ansible
3 139 (5.59%) Kubernetes
4 114 (4.59%) SCCM
5 80 (3.22%) SCOM
6 75 (3.02%) Grafana
7 65 (2.62%) Puppet
8 61 (2.45%) WSUS
9 26 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
10 25 (1.01%) NetIQ Identity Manager
11 20 (0.80%) EMC NetWorker
11 20 (0.80%) NetBackup
12 18 (0.72%) SCVMM
12 18 (0.72%) vCenter Server
13 17 (0.68%) Packer
14 16 (0.64%) vRealize
14 16 (0.64%) ZABBIX
15 13 (0.52%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 12 (0.48%) Microsoft Intune
16 12 (0.48%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 414 (16.66%) Microsoft
2 299 (12.03%) VMware
3 163 (6.56%) Cisco
4 160 (6.44%) Oracle
5 126 (5.07%) Splunk
6 97 (3.90%) SAP
7 96 (3.86%) Google
8 79 (3.18%) Juniper
9 70 (2.82%) ServiceNow
10 49 (1.97%) HP
11 47 (1.89%) SolarWinds
12 46 (1.85%) Dell
13 43 (1.73%) Red Hat
14 41 (1.65%) Capita
15 38 (1.53%) Citrix
16 36 (1.45%) EMC
17 35 (1.41%) LogRhythm
18 30 (1.21%) Atlassian
18 30 (1.21%) IBM
18 30 (1.21%) Palo Alto