Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 57 61 66
Rank change year-on-year +4 +5 +47
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 5,593 3,133 5,996
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.94% 4.43% 4.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 23.08% 20.14% 17.13%
Number of salaries quoted 3,014 2,027 3,828
10th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £38,475 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +10.53%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £67,500
90th Percentile £83,750 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £53,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +6.00% - +11.11%

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 24,228 15,555 34,998
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.41% 21.97% 24.20%
Number of salaries quoted 14,045 11,665 25,760
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,499
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 -4 4,739 £56,914 +8.41% 1,160
UK excluding London +6 4,040 £53,000 +6.00% 967
South West -3 1,213 £52,500 -4.55% 245
London +18 1,149 £65,000 +13.04% 258
South East -11 1,014 £55,000 +18.92% 250
Work from Home +13 781 £57,500 -4.17% 162
North of England +40 561 £54,000 +8.00% 186
Midlands +5 556 £60,000 +33.33% 96
West Midlands +17 451 £60,000 +26.32% 78
North West +32 417 £52,500 +16.67% 130
Scotland +71 376 £45,000 - 48
East of England +36 184 £62,500 +21.95% 99
East Midlands -37 102 £46,250 +4.23% 18
Wales +48 99 £42,630 -14.74% 42
Yorkshire -12 96 £54,000 -5.68% 33
Northern Ireland +23 62 £32,500 - 3
North East +22 53 £54,000 +8.00% 23

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 3,989 (71.32%) SC Cleared
2 2,376 (42.48%) Agile Software Development
3 1,435 (25.66%) Social Skills
4 1,204 (21.53%) Java
5 1,196 (21.38%) DevOps
6 1,178 (21.06%) Azure
7 1,072 (19.17%) AWS
8 993 (17.75%) Linux
9 853 (15.25%) Public Sector
10 847 (15.14%) Software Engineering
11 832 (14.88%) Python
12 826 (14.77%) Microsoft
13 785 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
14 776 (13.87%) DV Cleared
15 774 (13.84%) Scrum
16 718 (12.84%) Terraform
17 696 (12.44%) SQL
18 684 (12.23%) Docker
19 612 (10.94%) Degree
20 598 (10.69%) Jenkins
20 598 (10.69%) Cybersecurity
21 592 (10.58%) Kubernetes
22 580 (10.37%) C#
23 557 (9.96%) Oracle
24 540 (9.65%) BDD
25 531 (9.49%) Windows
26 507 (9.06%) Continuous Integration
27 503 (8.99%) Mentoring
28 497 (8.89%) Ansible
29 484 (8.65%) JavaScript

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
1 102 (1.82%) Confluence
2 97 (1.73%) SharePoint
3 76 (1.36%) GeoServer
4 53 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
5 44 (0.79%) MS Exchange
6 43 (0.77%) WebLogic
7 39 (0.70%) Apache Spark
8 35 (0.63%) IIS
9 31 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
10 28 (0.50%) Tomcat
11 26 (0.46%) Apache
11 26 (0.46%) Skype for Business
12 23 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 21 (0.38%) ArcGIS
13 21 (0.38%) Oracle Service Bus
14 16 (0.29%) JBoss
15 15 (0.27%) WebSphere
16 14 (0.25%) OpenStack
17 12 (0.21%) SAS
17 12 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 123 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (1.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
4 39 (0.70%) Simulink
5 31 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 22 (0.39%) MS Visio
7 15 (0.27%) Oracle Smart View
8 13 (0.23%) Adobe Premiere
9 9 (0.16%) Zemax
10 6 (0.11%) Gephi
11 5 (0.089%) Figma
12 4 (0.072%) InVision
12 4 (0.072%) Sketch
12 4 (0.072%) Zeplin
13 3 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.054%) EngageOne
13 3 (0.054%) OmniGraffle
13 3 (0.054%) Photoshop
13 3 (0.054%) Spreadsheet
13 3 (0.054%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 136 (2.43%) Oracle ERP
2 79 (1.41%) Oracle EBS
3 53 (0.95%) Oracle Applications
4 38 (0.68%) Oracle Payables
5 37 (0.66%) SAP S/4HANA
6 35 (0.63%) Oracle Receivables
7 31 (0.55%) Oracle EBS R12
8 25 (0.45%) Oracle General Ledger
9 24 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
9 24 (0.43%) Oracle Cash Management
10 20 (0.36%) Oracle 11i
11 18 (0.32%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
12 14 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 13 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
13 13 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
14 11 (0.20%) PeopleSoft HCM
15 9 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
16 7 (0.13%) Oracle Payroll
17 4 (0.072%) Oracle HRMS
17 4 (0.072%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 1,178 (21.06%) Azure
2 1,072 (19.17%) AWS
3 295 (5.27%) SaaS
4 233 (4.17%) Serverless
5 228 (4.08%) IaaS
6 225 (4.02%) PaaS
7 194 (3.47%) GitHub
8 186 (3.33%) GCP
9 146 (2.61%) Microsoft 365
10 140 (2.50%) Azure Active Directory
11 126 (2.25%) Power Platform
12 109 (1.95%) AWS CloudFormation
13 87 (1.56%) OpenShift
14 79 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
15 78 (1.39%) Azure Key Vault
16 52 (0.93%) PowerApps
17 47 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
18 45 (0.80%) Power Automate
19 39 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
19 39 (0.70%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 306 (5.47%) Firewall
2 151 (2.70%) Network Security
3 124 (2.22%) WAN
4 118 (2.11%) VPN
5 113 (2.02%) LAN
6 107 (1.91%) Internet
7 104 (1.86%) DNS
8 82 (1.47%) DHCP
9 80 (1.43%) HTTP
10 73 (1.31%) BGP
11 72 (1.29%) TCP/IP
12 61 (1.09%) OSPF
13 55 (0.98%) Cisco ASA
14 53 (0.95%) Wireless
15 51 (0.91%) SAN
16 47 (0.84%) Ethernet
17 41 (0.73%) Cisco Firepower
18 38 (0.68%) Intrusion Detection
18 38 (0.68%) MPLS
19 35 (0.63%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 293 (5.24%) Big Data
1 293 (5.24%) MongoDB
2 236 (4.22%) SQL Server
3 189 (3.38%) PostgreSQL
4 111 (1.98%) MySQL
5 110 (1.97%) GIS
5 110 (1.97%) NoSQL
6 98 (1.75%) Hadoop
7 93 (1.66%) Oracle Database
8 90 (1.61%) Power BI
9 77 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
10 75 (1.34%) QGIS
11 61 (1.09%) Relational Database
12 41 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
12 41 (0.73%) Tableau
13 34 (0.61%) Data Lake
13 34 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
14 32 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
15 30 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
16 27 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 598 (10.69%) Jenkins
2 427 (7.63%) Git (software)
3 271 (4.85%) JIRA
4 213 (3.81%) GitLab
5 209 (3.74%) JMeter
6 155 (2.77%) Selenium
7 145 (2.59%) REST Assured
8 138 (2.47%) Postman
9 121 (2.16%) Newman
10 114 (2.04%) Rational DOORS
11 108 (1.93%) Cucumber
12 95 (1.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 93 (1.66%) Maven
14 68 (1.22%) Eclipse
15 64 (1.14%) JUnit
16 59 (1.05%) Bitbucket
16 59 (1.05%) Robot Framework
17 58 (1.04%) SonarQube
18 46 (0.82%) Mockito
18 46 (0.82%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 1,435 (25.66%) Social Skills
2 853 (15.25%) Public Sector
3 473 (8.46%) Finance
4 346 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
5 171 (3.06%) Aerospace
5 171 (3.06%) Marketing
6 162 (2.90%) Law
7 159 (2.84%) Telecoms
8 157 (2.81%) Military
9 142 (2.54%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 132 (2.36%) Legal
11 131 (2.34%) Influencing Skills
12 130 (2.32%) Presentation Skills
13 121 (2.16%) Electronics
14 108 (1.93%) Manufacturing
15 93 (1.66%) Police
16 72 (1.29%) Retail
17 66 (1.18%) Local Government
18 62 (1.11%) Organisational Skills
19 61 (1.09%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 920 (16.45%) Developer
2 706 (12.62%) Architect
3 534 (9.55%) DevOps Engineer
4 472 (8.44%) Analyst
5 464 (8.30%) Software Engineer
6 428 (7.65%) Consultant
7 316 (5.65%) Java Developer
8 206 (3.68%) Solutions Architect
9 204 (3.65%) Senior Developer
10 187 (3.34%) Project Manager
11 181 (3.24%) Systems Engineer
12 173 (3.09%) Software Developer
13 161 (2.88%) Test Analyst
14 143 (2.56%) Network Engineer
15 140 (2.50%) Senior DevOps
15 140 (2.50%) Senior DevOps Engineer
16 120 (2.15%) Automation Test Analyst
17 103 (1.84%) Support Engineer
18 102 (1.82%) Administrator
18 102 (1.82%) Lead Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 480 (8.58%) Spring
2 449 (8.03%) .NET
3 359 (6.42%) Hibernate
4 303 (5.42%) AngularJS
5 292 (5.22%) Node.js
6 286 (5.11%) REST
7 276 (4.93%) React
8 275 (4.92%) Web Services
9 215 (3.84%) RESTful
10 198 (3.54%) Middleware
11 194 (3.47%) CSS
12 150 (2.68%) GraphQL
13 149 (2.66%) HTML
14 138 (2.47%) JavaBeans
15 121 (2.16%) Elastic Stack
16 95 (1.70%) OAuth
17 85 (1.52%) Kafka
17 85 (1.52%) Spring Boot
18 82 (1.47%) OAuth2
19 76 (1.36%) Leaflet
Miscellaneous
1 212 (3.79%) Public Cloud
2 194 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
3 189 (3.38%) Greenfield Project
4 182 (3.25%) Management Information System
5 180 (3.22%) Data Centre
6 146 (2.61%) Cloud Native
7 127 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
8 98 (1.75%) User Experience
9 77 (1.38%) Driving Licence
10 72 (1.29%) Cyberthreat
11 62 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
12 54 (0.97%) Algorithms
13 53 (0.95%) PKI
14 52 (0.93%) Private Cloud
15 50 (0.89%) Virtual Team
16 47 (0.84%) Cyberattack
17 44 (0.79%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
18 42 (0.75%) NHS
19 41 (0.73%) Cybercrime
20 40 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 993 (17.75%) Linux
2 531 (9.49%) Windows
3 197 (3.52%) Windows Server
4 166 (2.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 160 (2.86%) Unix
6 135 (2.41%) Ubuntu
7 113 (2.02%) CentOS
8 104 (1.86%) Windows Server 2012
9 100 (1.79%) Windows Server 2016
10 91 (1.63%) Windows 10
11 81 (1.45%) Windows Server 2019
12 46 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
13 36 (0.64%) Windows 8
14 33 (0.59%) Android
15 31 (0.55%) Debian
16 30 (0.54%) Windows 7
17 28 (0.50%) Solaris
18 19 (0.34%) Embedded Linux
19 17 (0.30%) Apple iOS
20 16 (0.29%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,376 (42.48%) Agile Software Development
2 1,196 (21.38%) DevOps
3 847 (15.14%) Software Engineering
4 785 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
5 774 (13.84%) Scrum
6 598 (10.69%) Cybersecurity
7 540 (9.65%) BDD
8 507 (9.06%) Continuous Integration
9 503 (8.99%) Mentoring
10 461 (8.24%) Analytics
11 443 (7.92%) Project Management
11 443 (7.92%) Test Automation
12 425 (7.60%) TDD
13 399 (7.13%) Open Source
14 393 (7.03%) Coaching
15 383 (6.85%) ITIL
16 367 (6.56%) Infrastructure as Code
17 357 (6.38%) Configuration Management
18 353 (6.31%) Microservices
19 332 (5.94%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,204 (21.53%) Java
2 832 (14.88%) Python
3 696 (12.44%) SQL
4 580 (10.37%) C#
5 484 (8.65%) JavaScript
6 347 (6.20%) C
7 309 (5.52%) PowerShell
8 286 (5.11%) C++
9 226 (4.04%) Bash Shell
10 180 (3.22%) Java 8
11 107 (1.91%) Go
12 93 (1.66%) Ruby
13 85 (1.52%) PL/SQL
14 79 (1.41%) Perl
15 76 (1.36%) MATLAB
16 63 (1.13%) TypeScript
17 54 (0.97%) Shell Script
18 44 (0.79%) R
19 39 (0.70%) Scala
20 37 (0.66%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3,989 (71.32%) SC Cleared
2 776 (13.87%) DV Cleared
3 612 (10.94%) Degree
4 210 (3.75%) BPSS Clearance
5 204 (3.65%) Cisco Certification
6 151 (2.70%) Oracle Certification
7 132 (2.36%) CISSP
8 124 (2.22%) CCNP
9 105 (1.88%) CCNA
10 96 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
11 93 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
12 66 (1.18%) MCSE
13 65 (1.16%) CISM
14 62 (1.11%) AWS Certification
15 56 (1.00%) CESG Certified Professional
16 50 (0.89%) ISTQB
17 39 (0.70%) CEH
17 39 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
18 37 (0.66%) MCSA
19 36 (0.64%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 253 (4.52%) QA
2 174 (3.11%) SLA
3 166 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 124 (2.22%) GDPR
5 92 (1.64%) NIST
6 74 (1.32%) Cyber Essentials
7 59 (1.05%) NCSC
8 49 (0.88%) Def Stans
9 40 (0.72%) JSP 440
10 36 (0.64%) Accessibility
11 32 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 32 (0.57%) Data Quality
12 28 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 26 (0.46%) HAZOP
13 26 (0.46%) IEC 61508
13 26 (0.46%) PMO
14 23 (0.41%) PCI DSS
15 21 (0.38%) NIST 800
16 19 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 18 (0.32%) MISRA C
System Software
1 684 (12.23%) Docker
2 290 (5.19%) Active Directory
3 257 (4.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 64 (1.14%) Hyper-V
5 62 (1.11%) vSphere
6 58 (1.04%) Firmware
6 58 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
7 55 (0.98%) VMware NSX
8 54 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (0.43%) KVM
9 24 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
10 19 (0.34%) NFS
11 17 (0.30%) Postfix
12 14 (0.25%) iptables
13 11 (0.20%) Forefront TMG
13 11 (0.20%) Terminal Services
13 11 (0.20%) XenApp
14 10 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
15 8 (0.14%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 8 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 718 (12.84%) Terraform
2 592 (10.58%) Kubernetes
3 497 (8.89%) Ansible
4 190 (3.40%) Puppet
5 100 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
6 99 (1.77%) SCCM
7 81 (1.45%) Istio
8 59 (1.05%) Packer
9 54 (0.97%) Prometheus
10 50 (0.89%) CFEngine
11 46 (0.82%) Consul
12 45 (0.80%) FortiGate
13 43 (0.77%) Grafana
14 33 (0.59%) Docker Swarm
14 33 (0.59%) Kibana
14 33 (0.59%) SCOM
14 33 (0.59%) WSUS
15 32 (0.57%) Graphite
16 29 (0.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
17 28 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 826 (14.77%) Microsoft
2 557 (9.96%) Oracle
3 333 (5.95%) VMware
4 312 (5.58%) Cisco
5 148 (2.65%) SAP
6 129 (2.31%) ServiceNow
7 119 (2.13%) Red Hat
8 108 (1.93%) Google
9 90 (1.61%) Splunk
10 80 (1.43%) Atlassian
10 80 (1.43%) IBM
11 72 (1.29%) Citrix
12 66 (1.18%) Juniper
13 63 (1.13%) HP
14 54 (0.97%) Palo Alto
15 49 (0.88%) F5
16 46 (0.82%) McAfee
16 46 (0.82%) NetApp
17 42 (0.75%) CheckPoint
18 40 (0.72%) Fortinet