Period
to 23 January 2022

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 23 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 62 64 85
Rank change year-on-year +2 +21 +14
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 5,858 2,809 4,485
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.57% 4.44% 3.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 19.43% 21.98% 16.29%
Number of salaries quoted 3,037 1,882 3,048
10th Percentile £32,740 £35,000 £31,000
25th Percentile £43,750 £42,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,029 £51,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.03% +7.90% +2.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

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 30,146 12,781 27,527
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.54% 20.20% 21.88%
Number of salaries quoted 15,289 9,397 20,772
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £73,750 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% -

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 23 January 2022.

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 23 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -5 4,869 £60,000 +7.14% 1,198
UK excluding London +15 4,226 £55,000 +4.76% 992
Work from Home +50 1,409 £65,000 +12.07% 166
South West +8 1,179 £57,500 +9.52% 257
London -70 1,080 £70,000 +12.00% 286
North of England +107 999 £53,112 -2.55% 162
South East -6 932 £55,000 +10.00% 264
North West +84 805 £53,112 +6.22% 127
Midlands 0 458 £60,000 +9.09% 88
Scotland +99 396 £48,000 +16.36% 46
West Midlands -8 367 £60,000 +6.67% 72
East of England -15 246 £57,500 -14.81% 117
Yorkshire -4 137 £53,112 -15.02% 20
Wales -6 93 £42,500 - 58
East Midlands -4 91 £54,056 -1.72% 16
North East +31 67 £42,500 -32.00% 15
Northern Ireland +15 54 £22,500 -66.67% 4

For the 6 months to 23 January 2022, 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 (71.18%) SC Cleared
2 2,488 (42.47%) Agile Software Development
3 1,523 (26.00%) Azure
4 1,445 (24.67%) Social Skills
5 1,268 (21.65%) AWS
6 1,109 (18.93%) DevOps
7 1,013 (17.29%) Public Sector
8 996 (17.00%) Microsoft
9 902 (15.40%) Linux
10 895 (15.28%) Python
11 881 (15.04%) Java
12 785 (13.40%) Problem-Solving
13 766 (13.08%) Windows
14 758 (12.94%) Cybersecurity
15 699 (11.93%) Mentoring
16 695 (11.86%) Software Engineering
17 693 (11.83%) DV Cleared
18 649 (11.08%) Finance
19 639 (10.91%) SQL
20 559 (9.54%) Project Management
21 552 (9.42%) ITIL
22 534 (9.12%) JavaScript
22 534 (9.12%) Degree
23 528 (9.01%) Analytics
24 514 (8.77%) Scrum
25 509 (8.69%) Docker
26 496 (8.47%) Inclusion and Diversity
27 485 (8.28%) C#
28 464 (7.92%) Kubernetes
29 462 (7.89%) Active Directory

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
1 161 (2.75%) SharePoint
2 140 (2.39%) Confluence
3 134 (2.29%) GeoServer
4 83 (1.42%) IIS
5 71 (1.21%) Apache
6 56 (0.96%) MS Exchange
7 51 (0.87%) Apache Spark
8 42 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
9 37 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 24 (0.41%) JBoss
11 20 (0.34%) SAS
11 20 (0.34%) Skype for Business
11 20 (0.34%) WebLogic
12 19 (0.32%) Oracle Application Server
13 18 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
14 17 (0.29%) Oracle 9iAS
14 17 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 15 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2013
16 14 (0.24%) CMS
17 13 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 156 (2.66%) Microsoft Excel
2 141 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
3 58 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
5 22 (0.38%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.31%) Adobe XD
7 17 (0.29%) Simulink
8 9 (0.15%) Sketch
9 7 (0.12%) Oracle Smart View
9 7 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
10 5 (0.085%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.068%) InfoPath
12 3 (0.051%) InDesign
13 2 (0.034%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.034%) Chatbot
13 2 (0.034%) CPLEX
13 2 (0.034%) InVision
14 1 (0.017%) Acrobat
14 1 (0.017%) EngageOne
14 1 (0.017%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 63 (1.08%) Oracle EBS
2 53 (0.90%) Oracle Applications
3 34 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
4 20 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
5 19 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
6 18 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
7 11 (0.19%) Maximo
8 8 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
8 8 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
8 8 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
8 8 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.085%) Oracle Assets
9 5 (0.085%) SAP PP
9 5 (0.085%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 4 (0.068%) Dynamics NAV
10 4 (0.068%) Oracle Financials
10 4 (0.068%) Primavera
10 4 (0.068%) SAP FI
10 4 (0.068%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1,523 (26.00%) Azure
2 1,268 (21.65%) AWS
3 300 (5.12%) Microsoft 365
4 258 (4.40%) GCP
5 192 (3.28%) SaaS
6 190 (3.24%) Power Platform
7 164 (2.80%) IaaS
8 161 (2.75%) PaaS
9 153 (2.61%) Azure Active Directory
10 133 (2.27%) GitHub
11 125 (2.13%) Serverless
12 115 (1.96%) OpenShift
13 110 (1.88%) iPaaS
14 83 (1.42%) Azure Monitor
15 80 (1.37%) Azure Key Vault
16 72 (1.23%) AWS Lambda
17 69 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
18 55 (0.94%) Boomi
18 55 (0.94%) PowerApps
19 54 (0.92%) AtomSphere
Communications & Networking
1 387 (6.61%) Firewall
2 208 (3.55%) Network Security
3 190 (3.24%) HTTP
4 176 (3.00%) TCP/IP
5 160 (2.73%) VPN
6 159 (2.71%) WAN
7 153 (2.61%) LAN
8 140 (2.39%) DNS
9 96 (1.64%) DHCP
10 80 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
11 73 (1.25%) Wireshark
12 64 (1.09%) BGP
12 64 (1.09%) Unified Communications
13 56 (0.96%) OSPF
14 51 (0.87%) SMS
15 45 (0.77%) Remote Desktop
16 40 (0.68%) VoIP
17 39 (0.67%) Intrusion Detection
18 36 (0.61%) Internet
19 34 (0.58%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 313 (5.34%) PostgreSQL
2 279 (4.76%) SQL Server
3 188 (3.21%) Big Data
4 179 (3.06%) MySQL
5 165 (2.82%) GIS
6 145 (2.48%) MongoDB
7 133 (2.27%) QGIS
8 128 (2.19%) Power BI
9 124 (2.12%) NoSQL
10 112 (1.91%) Relational Database
11 102 (1.74%) Oracle Database
12 94 (1.60%) Hadoop
13 79 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
14 62 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
15 50 (0.85%) InfluxDB
15 50 (0.85%) MariaDB
16 42 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 39 (0.67%) Metadata
18 37 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 36 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 376 (6.42%) Jenkins
2 350 (5.97%) Git (software)
3 271 (4.63%) JIRA
4 120 (2.05%) GitLab
5 108 (1.84%) Postman
5 108 (1.84%) Selenium
6 107 (1.83%) JMeter
7 96 (1.64%) REST Assured
8 92 (1.57%) Maven
9 80 (1.37%) Cucumber
10 79 (1.35%) Bitbucket
11 73 (1.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 70 (1.19%) Newman
13 61 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
14 59 (1.01%) SonarQube
15 58 (0.99%) JUnit
16 44 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
16 44 (0.75%) Visual Studio
17 33 (0.56%) Subversion
17 33 (0.56%) webpack
General
1 1,445 (24.67%) Social Skills
2 1,013 (17.29%) Public Sector
3 649 (11.08%) Finance
4 496 (8.47%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 352 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
6 219 (3.74%) Organisational Skills
7 180 (3.07%) Presentation Skills
8 172 (2.94%) Telecoms
9 161 (2.75%) Aerospace
10 155 (2.65%) Military
11 134 (2.29%) Local Government
12 122 (2.08%) Legal
13 113 (1.93%) Police
14 111 (1.89%) Influencing Skills
15 110 (1.88%) Retail
16 109 (1.86%) Law
17 74 (1.26%) Marketing
18 65 (1.11%) Manufacturing
19 49 (0.84%) Electronics
20 46 (0.79%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 803 (13.71%) Developer
2 736 (12.56%) Analyst
3 631 (10.77%) Architect
4 463 (7.90%) Consultant
5 448 (7.65%) Software Engineer
6 422 (7.20%) DevOps Engineer
7 220 (3.76%) Solutions Architect
8 207 (3.53%) Project Manager
9 193 (3.29%) Java Developer
10 172 (2.94%) Senior Developer
11 162 (2.77%) Systems Engineer
12 148 (2.53%) Test Analyst
13 146 (2.49%) Business Analyst
13 146 (2.49%) Cloud Consultant
14 134 (2.29%) Network Engineer
14 134 (2.29%) Security Engineer
15 133 (2.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 131 (2.24%) Software Developer
17 128 (2.19%) Automation Test Analyst
18 123 (2.10%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 398 (6.79%) React
2 362 (6.18%) .NET
3 334 (5.70%) CSS
4 270 (4.61%) Spring
5 257 (4.39%) REST
6 239 (4.08%) AngularJS
7 206 (3.52%) HTML
8 189 (3.23%) Node.js
9 153 (2.61%) OpenLayers
10 146 (2.49%) RESTful
11 134 (2.29%) Leaflet
11 134 (2.29%) PostGIS
12 114 (1.95%) Hibernate
13 112 (1.91%) XML
14 109 (1.86%) Web Services
15 102 (1.74%) ARM Templates
16 94 (1.60%) JSON
17 93 (1.59%) OAuth
18 89 (1.52%) Kafka
19 86 (1.47%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 319 (5.45%) Greenfield Project
2 311 (5.31%) Management Information System
3 265 (4.52%) Public Cloud
4 210 (3.58%) Self-Motivation
5 186 (3.18%) Data Centre
6 174 (2.97%) User Experience
7 131 (2.24%) Cloud Native
8 121 (2.07%) Cyberattack
9 119 (2.03%) Cyber Defence
10 104 (1.78%) Cyberthreat
11 89 (1.52%) e-Learning
11 89 (1.52%) PKI
12 82 (1.40%) Driving Licence
13 71 (1.21%) Smart Meter
14 64 (1.09%) Cybercrime
15 62 (1.06%) Replication
16 59 (1.01%) NHS
17 58 (0.99%) Virtual Team
18 49 (0.84%) Security Operations Centre
19 47 (0.80%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 902 (15.40%) Linux
2 766 (13.08%) Windows
3 277 (4.73%) Windows Server
4 275 (4.69%) Windows 10
5 205 (3.50%) Unix
6 163 (2.78%) Ubuntu
7 124 (2.12%) Windows Server 2016
8 116 (1.98%) Windows Server 2019
9 113 (1.93%) Windows Server 2012
10 104 (1.78%) CentOS
11 103 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 78 (1.33%) Android
13 44 (0.75%) Apple iOS
14 42 (0.72%) Solaris
14 42 (0.72%) Windows 7
15 31 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
16 29 (0.50%) VMS
17 25 (0.43%) Mac OS
18 13 (0.22%) Windows 8
19 10 (0.17%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,488 (42.47%) Agile Software Development
2 1,109 (18.93%) DevOps
3 785 (13.40%) Problem-Solving
4 758 (12.94%) Cybersecurity
5 699 (11.93%) Mentoring
6 695 (11.86%) Software Engineering
7 559 (9.54%) Project Management
8 552 (9.42%) ITIL
9 528 (9.01%) Analytics
10 514 (8.77%) Scrum
11 413 (7.05%) Test Automation
12 397 (6.78%) CI/CD
13 381 (6.50%) Stakeholder Management
14 366 (6.25%) Project Delivery
15 335 (5.72%) Coaching
16 315 (5.38%) Open Source
17 313 (5.34%) Continuous Integration
18 309 (5.27%) SDLC
19 297 (5.07%) Presales
20 294 (5.02%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 895 (15.28%) Python
2 881 (15.04%) Java
3 639 (10.91%) SQL
4 534 (9.12%) JavaScript
5 485 (8.28%) C#
6 343 (5.86%) PowerShell
7 300 (5.12%) Bash
8 259 (4.42%) C
9 200 (3.41%) C++
10 132 (2.25%) TypeScript
11 125 (2.13%) Perl
12 109 (1.86%) Ruby
13 92 (1.57%) Java 8
14 83 (1.42%) Go
15 61 (1.04%) T-SQL
16 59 (1.01%) R
17 51 (0.87%) Shell Script
18 44 (0.75%) PL/SQL
19 40 (0.68%) Scala
20 30 (0.51%) Java 11
Qualifications
1 4,170 (71.18%) SC Cleared
2 693 (11.83%) DV Cleared
3 534 (9.12%) Degree
4 225 (3.84%) CISSP
5 167 (2.85%) BPSS Clearance
6 160 (2.73%) CISM
7 157 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
8 113 (1.93%) Microsoft Certification
9 102 (1.74%) DBS Check
10 93 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
11 87 (1.49%) CCNA
12 86 (1.47%) CESG Certified Professional
13 85 (1.45%) CCNP
14 72 (1.23%) HND
15 62 (1.06%) HNC
16 55 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
17 54 (0.92%) MCSA
18 53 (0.90%) ISTQB
19 44 (0.75%) CISA
20 37 (0.63%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 359 (6.13%) SLA
2 230 (3.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 220 (3.76%) QA
4 155 (2.65%) NIST
5 114 (1.95%) Cyber Essentials
6 113 (1.93%) GDPR
7 111 (1.89%) NCSC
8 67 (1.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 64 (1.09%) Accessibility
10 46 (0.79%) Data Quality
11 44 (0.75%) Def Stans
12 43 (0.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 42 (0.72%) JSP 440
14 40 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 36 (0.61%) COBIT
16 30 (0.51%) PMO
17 26 (0.44%) HAZOP
18 25 (0.43%) ISO 22301
18 25 (0.43%) RMADS
19 24 (0.41%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 509 (8.69%) Docker
2 462 (7.89%) Active Directory
3 346 (5.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 130 (2.22%) Hyper-V
5 93 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
6 56 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
7 54 (0.92%) vSphere
8 47 (0.80%) Firmware
9 34 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
10 26 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
11 20 (0.34%) XenDesktop
12 17 (0.29%) NFS
13 15 (0.26%) Postfix
14 14 (0.24%) VMware NSX
15 12 (0.20%) XenApp
16 7 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
16 7 (0.12%) Terminal Services
16 7 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
17 6 (0.10%) KVM
17 6 (0.10%) Xen
Systems Management
1 464 (7.92%) Kubernetes
2 441 (7.53%) Terraform
3 427 (7.29%) Ansible
4 221 (3.77%) Puppet
5 141 (2.41%) SCCM
6 139 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
7 72 (1.23%) Grafana
8 67 (1.14%) Microsoft Intune
9 56 (0.96%) Icinga
10 54 (0.92%) Prometheus
11 39 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
12 36 (0.61%) Docker Swarm
12 36 (0.61%) Packer
13 34 (0.58%) Consul
13 34 (0.58%) Data Guard
14 30 (0.51%) CFEngine
14 30 (0.51%) Nagios
15 24 (0.41%) FortiGate
16 20 (0.34%) vCenter Server
17 19 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 996 (17.00%) Microsoft
2 427 (7.29%) VMware
3 401 (6.85%) Oracle
4 306 (5.22%) Cisco
5 240 (4.10%) ServiceNow
6 152 (2.59%) Red Hat
7 151 (2.58%) Juniper
8 145 (2.48%) Adobe
8 145 (2.48%) Fortinet
9 133 (2.27%) Google
10 113 (1.93%) CheckPoint
11 110 (1.88%) Apple
12 107 (1.83%) NEC
13 96 (1.64%) SAP
14 93 (1.59%) Northgate
15 90 (1.54%) Palo Alto
16 89 (1.52%) Atlassian
17 88 (1.50%) MuleSoft
18 84 (1.43%) F5
19 83 (1.42%) Dell