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

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 82 74 126
Rank change year-on-year -8 +52 -21
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 4,318 5,765 4,760
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.69% 3.89% 2.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 17.21% 15.88% 11.35%
Number of salaries quoted 2,766 3,614 3,045
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £76,250
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 25,087 36,306 41,938
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.42% 24.52% 23.70%
Number of salaries quoted 18,459 26,241 32,307
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £45,000 £42,606
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.62% +2.66%

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 2 April 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 2 April 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 -5 4,104 £52,500 +5.00% 1,018
UK excluding London +2 3,284 £50,000 +5.26% 885
South East +3 1,371 £52,500 +10.53% 262
South West -5 944 £50,000 +5.26% 239
London -18 834 £57,500 -4.17% 220
Midlands -15 370 £49,000 +8.89% 77
North of England +68 329 £50,000 - 100
West Midlands -19 303 £50,000 +8.70% 58
North West +87 245 £48,750 +0.89% 54
Work from Home -45 182 £55,000 -4.35% 50
East of England -1 169 £55,000 +4.76% 122
Yorkshire +4 73 £60,500 +21.00% 27
Scotland +61 68 £38,000 -30.91% 54
East Midlands +40 68 £45,500 +13.75% 18
Wales -16 37 £40,000 -8.57% 33
North East -4 11 £50,000 +12.08% 19
Northern Ireland +23 7 £42,500 -

For the 6 months to 2 April 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 2,646 (61.28%) SC Cleared
2 1,290 (29.87%) Agile Software Development
3 1,030 (23.85%) DV Cleared
4 772 (17.88%) Windows
5 759 (17.58%) Java
6 734 (17.00%) Microsoft
7 688 (15.93%) Linux
8 653 (15.12%) Cybersecurity
9 594 (13.76%) Degree
10 584 (13.52%) Python
11 515 (11.93%) DevOps
12 492 (11.39%) C++
13 462 (10.70%) C#
13 462 (10.70%) Software Engineering
14 460 (10.65%) ITIL
15 456 (10.56%) JavaScript
16 447 (10.35%) Public Sector
17 433 (10.03%) Problem-Solving
18 423 (9.80%) SQL
19 408 (9.45%) C
20 399 (9.24%) Active Directory
21 397 (9.19%) Azure
22 396 (9.17%) Finance
23 389 (9.01%) VMware
24 348 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
25 347 (8.04%) Oracle
26 343 (7.94%) Firewall
27 339 (7.85%) Stakeholder Management
28 334 (7.74%) Information Security
29 329 (7.62%) AWS

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 (3.22%) SharePoint
2 111 (2.57%) Confluence
3 85 (1.97%) MS Exchange
4 74 (1.71%) Apache
4 74 (1.71%) Apache Spark
5 69 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
6 58 (1.34%) Skype for Business
7 50 (1.16%) IIS
8 48 (1.11%) Tomcat
9 43 (1.00%) Apache Solr
10 28 (0.65%) JBoss
11 22 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
12 20 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
13 18 (0.42%) WebSphere
14 16 (0.37%) OpenStack
15 13 (0.30%) Cloud Foundry
15 13 (0.30%) WildFly
16 11 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 11 (0.25%) Oracle Spatial
16 11 (0.25%) Tornado
Applications
1 136 (3.15%) Microsoft Office
2 87 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 49 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
5 24 (0.56%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.46%) Simulink
7 14 (0.32%) OrCAD
8 7 (0.16%) Figma
9 5 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
9 5 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.069%) Windchill
11 2 (0.046%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.046%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.046%) FrameMaker
11 2 (0.046%) Gephi
11 2 (0.046%) PTC Creo
12 1 (0.023%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.023%) SPSS
12 1 (0.023%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 40 (0.93%) Oracle EBS R12
2 39 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
3 34 (0.79%) SAP SCM
4 31 (0.72%) Oracle Financials
5 24 (0.56%) Oracle Receivables
5 24 (0.56%) SAP MM
6 23 (0.53%) Oracle General Ledger
6 23 (0.53%) Oracle Payables
7 22 (0.51%) Oracle Assets
8 20 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
8 20 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
9 19 (0.44%) Oracle Cash Management
9 19 (0.44%) SAP PM
9 19 (0.44%) SAP PP
10 18 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
10 18 (0.42%) SAP SD
11 16 (0.37%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 14 (0.32%) SAP FI
12 14 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
12 14 (0.32%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 397 (9.19%) Azure
2 329 (7.62%) AWS
3 174 (4.03%) Office 365
4 98 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
5 90 (2.08%) SaaS
6 86 (1.99%) PaaS
7 70 (1.62%) IaaS
8 51 (1.18%) OpenShift
9 46 (1.07%) Power Platform
10 45 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
11 44 (1.02%) GCP
12 39 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
13 33 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
13 33 (0.76%) OneDrive
14 31 (0.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 30 (0.69%) GitHub
16 29 (0.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 22 (0.51%) Amazon S3
18 21 (0.49%) Amazon ECS
18 21 (0.49%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 343 (7.94%) Firewall
2 185 (4.28%) LAN
3 176 (4.08%) WAN
4 172 (3.98%) DNS
5 170 (3.94%) TCP/IP
6 151 (3.50%) Internet
7 129 (2.99%) Network Security
8 115 (2.66%) VPN
9 107 (2.48%) DHCP
10 76 (1.76%) BGP
11 68 (1.57%) Skype
12 66 (1.53%) Wireless
13 63 (1.46%) OSPF
14 61 (1.41%) MPLS
15 58 (1.34%) Intrusion Detection
16 55 (1.27%) SAN
17 48 (1.11%) HTTP
18 43 (1.00%) VoIP
19 40 (0.93%) IPsec
20 34 (0.79%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 275 (6.37%) SQL Server
2 225 (5.21%) Big Data
3 144 (3.33%) MongoDB
4 126 (2.92%) PostgreSQL
5 121 (2.80%) Hadoop
6 73 (1.69%) Relational Database
7 60 (1.39%) MySQL
8 48 (1.11%) Oracle Database
9 43 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 41 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
11 38 (0.88%) NoSQL
11 38 (0.88%) Power BI
12 36 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
12 36 (0.83%) IBM InfoSphere
13 35 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
14 31 (0.72%) Neo4j
15 29 (0.67%) GIS
15 29 (0.67%) RDBMS
16 26 (0.60%) Apache Accumulo
16 26 (0.60%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 201 (4.65%) JIRA
2 200 (4.63%) Jenkins
3 181 (4.19%) Git (software)
4 106 (2.45%) Selenium
5 73 (1.69%) Rational DOORS
6 71 (1.64%) Cucumber
7 56 (1.30%) JMeter
8 54 (1.25%) Visual Studio
9 52 (1.20%) Maven
10 49 (1.13%) Subversion
11 45 (1.04%) WebDriver
12 44 (1.02%) JUnit
13 41 (0.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 40 (0.93%) Bitbucket
15 36 (0.83%) LoadRunner
16 31 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
17 30 (0.69%) GitLab
17 30 (0.69%) SoapUI
18 27 (0.63%) Eclipse
19 26 (0.60%) Vagrant
General
1 447 (10.35%) Public Sector
2 396 (9.17%) Finance
3 277 (6.42%) Aerospace
4 262 (6.07%) Military
5 184 (4.26%) Telecoms
6 139 (3.22%) Legal
7 134 (3.10%) Electronics
8 132 (3.06%) Law
9 126 (2.92%) Police
10 92 (2.13%) Marketing
11 90 (2.08%) Manufacturing
12 68 (1.57%) Local Government
13 59 (1.37%) Retail
14 35 (0.81%) Games
15 26 (0.60%) General Ledger
16 24 (0.56%) Banking
17 19 (0.44%) Automotive
18 17 (0.39%) Back Office
19 11 (0.25%) Avionics
20 8 (0.19%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 613 (14.20%) Developer
2 450 (10.42%) Analyst
3 390 (9.03%) Architect
4 387 (8.96%) Consultant
5 253 (5.86%) Software Engineer
6 199 (4.61%) Support Engineer
7 172 (3.98%) Java Developer
8 154 (3.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 140 (3.24%) Software Developer
10 137 (3.17%) Network Engineer
11 130 (3.01%) Security Consultant
12 112 (2.59%) Systems Engineer
13 110 (2.55%) Security Analyst
14 109 (2.52%) Business Analyst
14 109 (2.52%) Test Engineer
15 107 (2.48%) Junior
16 106 (2.45%) Solutions Architect
17 98 (2.27%) DevOps Engineer
18 95 (2.20%) Tester
19 94 (2.18%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 277 (6.42%) .NET
2 233 (5.40%) HTML
3 185 (4.28%) CSS
4 178 (4.12%) Web Services
5 162 (3.75%) Spring
6 152 (3.52%) AngularJS
7 115 (2.66%) React
8 112 (2.59%) Node.js
9 100 (2.32%) XML
10 96 (2.22%) HTML5
11 94 (2.18%) RESTful
12 84 (1.95%) REST
13 72 (1.67%) ASP.NET
13 72 (1.67%) jQuery
14 69 (1.60%) .NET Framework
15 58 (1.34%) Hibernate
16 51 (1.18%) JSON
17 50 (1.16%) J2EE
18 49 (1.13%) Middleware
19 46 (1.07%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 348 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
2 259 (6.00%) Management Information System
3 180 (4.17%) Data Centre
4 146 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
5 89 (2.06%) Public Cloud
6 79 (1.83%) Cyberthreat
7 78 (1.81%) Security Operations Centre
8 71 (1.64%) Driving Licence
9 68 (1.57%) User Experience
10 53 (1.23%) PKI
11 50 (1.16%) Algorithms
12 45 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
13 40 (0.93%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 39 (0.90%) Clustering
15 35 (0.81%) CESG
16 33 (0.76%) Mobile Computing
16 33 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
17 32 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
18 31 (0.72%) Cybercrime
19 30 (0.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 772 (17.88%) Windows
2 688 (15.93%) Linux
3 192 (4.45%) Windows Server
4 145 (3.36%) Unix
5 131 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 131 (3.03%) Windows 10
6 109 (2.52%) CentOS
7 96 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
8 81 (1.88%) Windows 7
9 60 (1.39%) Android
9 60 (1.39%) Ubuntu
10 53 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
11 51 (1.18%) Apple iOS
12 42 (0.97%) Windows Server 2016
13 34 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
14 29 (0.67%) Kali Linux
14 29 (0.67%) Solaris
15 25 (0.58%) VMS
16 24 (0.56%) Debian
17 19 (0.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,290 (29.87%) Agile Software Development
2 653 (15.12%) Cybersecurity
3 515 (11.93%) DevOps
4 462 (10.70%) Software Engineering
5 460 (10.65%) ITIL
6 433 (10.03%) Problem-Solving
7 339 (7.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 334 (7.74%) Information Security
9 319 (7.39%) Project Management
10 301 (6.97%) Test Automation
11 291 (6.74%) Scrum
12 251 (5.81%) Analytics
13 235 (5.44%) Risk Management
14 228 (5.28%) Mentoring
15 219 (5.07%) Continuous Integration
16 209 (4.84%) Service Management
17 207 (4.79%) SIEM
18 200 (4.63%) Configuration Management
19 195 (4.52%) Project Delivery
20 185 (4.28%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 759 (17.58%) Java
2 584 (13.52%) Python
3 492 (11.39%) C++
4 462 (10.70%) C#
5 456 (10.56%) JavaScript
6 423 (9.80%) SQL
7 408 (9.45%) C
8 198 (4.59%) PowerShell
9 148 (3.43%) Bash Shell
10 114 (2.64%) Ruby
11 84 (1.95%) MATLAB
12 81 (1.88%) Java 8
13 76 (1.76%) Scala
14 65 (1.51%) Perl
15 58 (1.34%) R
16 47 (1.09%) PL/SQL
17 41 (0.95%) Go
18 37 (0.86%) PHP
19 34 (0.79%) Ada
20 29 (0.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2,646 (61.28%) SC Cleared
2 1,030 (23.85%) DV Cleared
3 594 (13.76%) Degree
4 257 (5.95%) CISSP
5 233 (5.40%) Cisco Certification
6 153 (3.54%) CISM
7 143 (3.31%) Microsoft Certification
8 137 (3.17%) CCNP
9 129 (2.99%) CESG Certified Professional
10 116 (2.69%) CCNA
11 110 (2.55%) MCSE
12 75 (1.74%) CREST Certified
13 73 (1.69%) CRISC
14 66 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
15 64 (1.48%) MCSA
16 62 (1.44%) ISTQB
17 60 (1.39%) CISA
18 59 (1.37%) OSCP
19 53 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
20 52 (1.20%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 288 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 156 (3.61%) SLA
3 87 (2.01%) GDPR
3 87 (2.01%) JSP 440
4 83 (1.92%) QA
5 81 (1.88%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 66 (1.53%) NCSC
7 60 (1.39%) NIST
8 52 (1.20%) Data Quality
9 47 (1.09%) Cyber Essentials
10 45 (1.04%) RMADS
11 30 (0.69%) PCI DSS
12 28 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 27 (0.63%) PMO
14 24 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 22 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 19 (0.44%) IEC 61508
17 18 (0.42%) ISO 22301
18 15 (0.35%) Government Security Classifications
19 13 (0.30%) NIST 800
System Software
1 399 (9.24%) Active Directory
2 268 (6.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 251 (5.81%) Docker
4 85 (1.97%) Hyper-V
5 79 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
6 43 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
7 40 (0.93%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 38 (0.88%) Firmware
8 38 (0.88%) VMware NSX
9 36 (0.83%) vSphere
10 26 (0.60%) VirtualBox
11 20 (0.46%) XenApp
12 17 (0.39%) Samba
13 16 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (0.37%) NFS
13 16 (0.37%) Xen
14 15 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
15 10 (0.23%) Snort
15 10 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
15 10 (0.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 224 (5.19%) Ansible
2 150 (3.47%) Kubernetes
3 139 (3.22%) SCCM
4 123 (2.85%) Puppet
5 106 (2.45%) SCOM
6 93 (2.15%) Terraform
7 60 (1.39%) vCenter Server
8 54 (1.25%) QRadar
9 53 (1.23%) WSUS
10 48 (1.11%) Nagios
11 43 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
12 40 (0.93%) Packer
13 38 (0.88%) ZABBIX
14 34 (0.79%) Salt
15 30 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
16 26 (0.60%) NetBackup
17 24 (0.56%) Nessus
18 22 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
19 20 (0.46%) SCVMM
20 19 (0.44%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 734 (17.00%) Microsoft
2 389 (9.01%) VMware
3 347 (8.04%) Oracle
4 312 (7.23%) Cisco
5 203 (4.70%) SAP
6 139 (3.22%) Juniper
7 123 (2.85%) Red Hat
8 102 (2.36%) Splunk
9 97 (2.25%) Citrix
10 88 (2.04%) Atlassian
10 88 (2.04%) HP
11 71 (1.64%) LogRhythm
12 70 (1.62%) Dell
12 70 (1.62%) IBM
13 69 (1.60%) Capita
14 63 (1.46%) McAfee
15 57 (1.32%) CheckPoint
16 55 (1.27%) Google
17 54 (1.25%) Palo Alto
18 49 (1.13%) ArcSight