Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Clearance
UK
6 months to
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 64 73 66
Rank change year-on-year +9 -7 +62
Permanent jobs citing Security Cleared 4,035 3,856 6,013
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.46% 3.96% 4.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 20.87% 18.45% 16.77%
Number of salaries quoted 2,732 2,484 3,519
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,250 £29,816
25th Percentile £42,500 £38,300 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +8.70%
75th Percentile £71,250 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £81,225 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £48,000
% change year-on-year +8.00% +4.17% +6.67%

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 19,331 20,895 35,854
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.36% 21.46% 24.82%
Number of salaries quoted 12,355 15,729 25,961
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +3.09%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 +7 3,664 £55,000 +4.76% 826
UK excluding London -4 2,733 £54,000 +8.00% 750
London +77 1,012 £62,500 +8.70% 176
South West +2 924 £52,500 +5.00% 184
South East -23 681 £55,000 +10.00% 234
Work from Home +23 611 £57,500 -4.17% 115
North of England +16 393 £54,000 +13.68% 114
Midlands -9 374 £60,000 +33.33% 68
West Midlands +8 338 £60,000 +26.32% 49
North West +17 267 £52,500 +16.67% 70
East of England +52 216 £65,000 +18.18% 52
Scotland +37 123 £42,500 +6.25% 62
Yorkshire +23 90 £54,000 -1.82% 32
North East +32 40 £52,000 +4.00% 12
Wales +36 36 £42,000 +3.98% 29
East Midlands -58 34 £57,500 +29.59% 19
Northern Ireland +6 6 £32,500 - 9

For the 6 months to 14 May 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 2,915 (72.24%) SC Cleared
2 1,489 (36.90%) Agile Software Development
3 921 (22.83%) DevOps
4 822 (20.37%) Social Skills
5 795 (19.70%) Azure
6 777 (19.26%) AWS
7 717 (17.77%) Linux
8 703 (17.42%) DV Cleared
9 688 (17.05%) Java
10 677 (16.78%) Microsoft
11 595 (14.75%) Public Sector
12 588 (14.57%) Python
13 552 (13.68%) Software Engineering
14 495 (12.27%) SQL
15 481 (11.92%) Kubernetes
16 480 (11.90%) Windows
17 470 (11.65%) Cybersecurity
18 467 (11.57%) Degree
19 450 (11.15%) Oracle
20 430 (10.66%) Terraform
21 415 (10.29%) Docker
22 392 (9.71%) Problem-Solving
23 391 (9.69%) Scrum
24 383 (9.49%) Jenkins
25 368 (9.12%) JavaScript
26 350 (8.67%) Ansible
27 349 (8.65%) ITIL
28 331 (8.20%) Git (software)
29 330 (8.18%) Finance
30 326 (8.08%) C

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
1 113 (2.80%) Confluence
2 107 (2.65%) SharePoint
3 52 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
4 48 (1.19%) MS Exchange
5 33 (0.82%) IIS
6 30 (0.74%) Apache Spark
6 30 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2013
7 28 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 28 (0.69%) WebSphere
8 26 (0.64%) OpenStack
9 23 (0.57%) Apache
9 23 (0.57%) JBoss
10 22 (0.55%) Skype for Business
11 17 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 14 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
13 13 (0.32%) ArcGIS
13 13 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
14 12 (0.30%) WebLogic
14 12 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
15 11 (0.27%) CMS
Applications
1 89 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (0.99%) Simulink
4 31 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
5 23 (0.57%) MS Visio
6 21 (0.52%) Adobe Premiere
7 16 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 13 (0.32%) Oracle Smart View
9 7 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
9 7 (0.17%) Stateflow
10 6 (0.15%) Gephi
11 4 (0.099%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.099%) Zemax
12 2 (0.050%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.050%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.050%) SOLIDWORKS
12 2 (0.050%) SPSS
13 1 (0.025%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.025%) Revit
13 1 (0.025%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 106 (2.63%) Oracle ERP
2 58 (1.44%) Oracle EBS
3 32 (0.79%) Oracle Payables
4 30 (0.74%) Oracle Applications
5 29 (0.72%) Oracle Receivables
6 26 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
7 20 (0.50%) Oracle Cash Management
8 19 (0.47%) SAP S/4HANA
9 18 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
10 17 (0.42%) Oracle General Ledger
11 16 (0.40%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
12 13 (0.32%) Oracle 11i
13 12 (0.30%) PeopleSoft HCM
14 11 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
15 10 (0.25%) Oracle Assets
16 9 (0.22%) Sentinel
17 7 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
18 6 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
18 6 (0.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
19 4 (0.099%) Oracle HRMS
Cloud Services
1 795 (19.70%) Azure
2 777 (19.26%) AWS
3 247 (6.12%) SaaS
4 215 (5.33%) PaaS
5 202 (5.01%) IaaS
6 131 (3.25%) Microsoft 365
7 129 (3.20%) Power Platform
8 117 (2.90%) GCP
9 95 (2.35%) Azure Active Directory
10 78 (1.93%) GitHub
11 77 (1.91%) Serverless
12 70 (1.73%) AWS CloudFormation
13 61 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
14 45 (1.12%) Azure Logic Apps
15 35 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
16 33 (0.82%) Amazon EKS
17 32 (0.79%) PowerApps
18 31 (0.77%) Power Automate
19 27 (0.67%) OpenShift
20 25 (0.62%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 258 (6.39%) Firewall
2 147 (3.64%) Network Security
3 109 (2.70%) WAN
4 106 (2.63%) DNS
5 98 (2.43%) LAN
6 91 (2.26%) Internet
7 90 (2.23%) VPN
8 79 (1.96%) TCP/IP
9 75 (1.86%) DHCP
10 63 (1.56%) OSPF
11 58 (1.44%) Wireless
12 57 (1.41%) BGP
12 57 (1.41%) Cisco ASA
13 49 (1.21%) SAN
14 41 (1.02%) MPLS
15 40 (0.99%) Cisco Firepower
16 37 (0.92%) HTTP
16 37 (0.92%) Intrusion Detection
17 36 (0.89%) Ethernet
18 35 (0.87%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 219 (5.43%) SQL Server
2 150 (3.72%) Big Data
3 113 (2.80%) PostgreSQL
4 109 (2.70%) Power BI
5 108 (2.68%) NoSQL
6 88 (2.18%) MySQL
7 76 (1.88%) MongoDB
8 64 (1.59%) Relational Database
9 62 (1.54%) Oracle Database
10 52 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
11 45 (1.12%) GIS
11 45 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
12 44 (1.09%) Azure SQL Database
13 43 (1.07%) Hadoop
14 42 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 36 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 31 (0.77%) Tableau
17 29 (0.72%) Oracle BI Publisher
18 28 (0.69%) Oracle BI EE
18 28 (0.69%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 383 (9.49%) Jenkins
2 331 (8.20%) Git (software)
3 202 (5.01%) JIRA
4 197 (4.88%) GitLab
5 114 (2.83%) Selenium
6 93 (2.30%) Rational DOORS
7 86 (2.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 85 (2.11%) Maven
9 79 (1.96%) Cucumber
10 65 (1.61%) JMeter
11 54 (1.34%) Rational Rhapsody
12 49 (1.21%) JUnit
13 40 (0.99%) Artifactory
13 40 (0.99%) Mockito
14 38 (0.94%) Bitbucket
15 36 (0.89%) LoadRunner
16 35 (0.87%) NeoLoad
17 34 (0.84%) Vagrant
18 33 (0.82%) SonarQube
19 31 (0.77%) Visual Studio
General
1 822 (20.37%) Social Skills
2 595 (14.75%) Public Sector
3 330 (8.18%) Finance
4 270 (6.69%) Analytical Skills
5 194 (4.81%) Aerospace
6 175 (4.34%) Marketing
7 165 (4.09%) Telecoms
8 155 (3.84%) Law
9 145 (3.59%) Electronics
10 132 (3.27%) Legal
11 123 (3.05%) Manufacturing
11 123 (3.05%) Military
12 107 (2.65%) Presentation Skills
13 95 (2.35%) Influencing Skills
14 62 (1.54%) Local Government
15 51 (1.26%) Organisational Skills
16 46 (1.14%) Police
17 38 (0.94%) Games
18 37 (0.92%) Retail
19 36 (0.89%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 557 (13.80%) Developer
2 503 (12.47%) Architect
3 366 (9.07%) DevOps Engineer
4 351 (8.70%) Consultant
5 286 (7.09%) Analyst
6 262 (6.49%) Software Engineer
7 167 (4.14%) Java Developer
8 163 (4.04%) Systems Engineer
9 140 (3.47%) Solutions Architect
10 138 (3.42%) Network Engineer
11 107 (2.65%) Azure Engineer
12 105 (2.60%) Senior Developer
13 104 (2.58%) Support Engineer
14 103 (2.55%) AWS DevOps
15 96 (2.38%) AWS Engineer
16 92 (2.28%) Software Developer
17 88 (2.18%) Cloud Consultant
18 85 (2.11%) Oracle Consultant
19 83 (2.06%) Cloud Architect
20 81 (2.01%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (5.43%) .NET
2 188 (4.66%) Web Services
3 168 (4.16%) Spring
4 140 (3.47%) AngularJS
5 133 (3.30%) REST
6 125 (3.10%) Node.js
7 123 (3.05%) HTML
8 112 (2.78%) CSS
9 86 (2.13%) React
10 85 (2.11%) RESTful
11 82 (2.03%) Elastic Stack
12 71 (1.76%) Middleware
13 68 (1.69%) Hibernate
14 65 (1.61%) Kafka
15 63 (1.56%) ASP.NET
15 63 (1.56%) Spring Boot
16 52 (1.29%) HTML5
16 52 (1.29%) SOAP
17 39 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
18 38 (0.94%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 174 (4.31%) Public Cloud
2 154 (3.82%) Greenfield Project
3 147 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 143 (3.54%) Data Centre
5 129 (3.20%) Self-Motivation
6 114 (2.83%) Hybrid Cloud
7 77 (1.91%) Cloud Native
8 70 (1.73%) User Experience
9 68 (1.69%) Cyberthreat
10 65 (1.61%) Driving Licence
11 59 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
12 57 (1.41%) PKI
12 57 (1.41%) Private Cloud
13 46 (1.14%) Algorithms
14 43 (1.07%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 39 (0.97%) Replication
16 37 (0.92%) Clustering
17 35 (0.87%) NHS
18 34 (0.84%) Cybercrime
18 34 (0.84%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 717 (17.77%) Linux
2 480 (11.90%) Windows
3 166 (4.11%) Windows Server
4 113 (2.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 104 (2.58%) Windows Server 2016
6 94 (2.33%) Unix
7 93 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 90 (2.23%) Windows 10
9 76 (1.88%) CentOS
10 68 (1.69%) Windows Server 2019
11 49 (1.21%) Ubuntu
12 44 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
13 30 (0.74%) Windows 7
14 27 (0.67%) Android
15 17 (0.42%) Apple iOS
15 17 (0.42%) Windows 8
16 16 (0.40%) Debian
17 15 (0.37%) Alpine Linux
18 11 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
19 10 (0.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,489 (36.90%) Agile Software Development
2 921 (22.83%) DevOps
3 552 (13.68%) Software Engineering
4 470 (11.65%) Cybersecurity
5 392 (9.71%) Problem-Solving
6 391 (9.69%) Scrum
7 349 (8.65%) ITIL
8 320 (7.93%) Project Management
9 306 (7.58%) Mentoring
10 296 (7.34%) Test Automation
11 294 (7.29%) Continuous Integration
12 284 (7.04%) Configuration Management
13 281 (6.96%) Business Intelligence
14 279 (6.91%) Analytics
15 263 (6.52%) Systems Engineering
16 244 (6.05%) Project Delivery
17 237 (5.87%) Open Source
18 229 (5.68%) Decision-Making
19 224 (5.55%) Stakeholder Management
20 208 (5.15%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 688 (17.05%) Java
2 588 (14.57%) Python
3 495 (12.27%) SQL
4 368 (9.12%) JavaScript
5 326 (8.08%) C
6 325 (8.05%) C#
7 252 (6.25%) C++
8 235 (5.82%) PowerShell
9 159 (3.94%) Bash Shell
10 87 (2.16%) Ruby
11 81 (2.01%) Go
12 69 (1.71%) Perl
13 68 (1.69%) MATLAB
14 66 (1.64%) TypeScript
15 55 (1.36%) PL/SQL
16 42 (1.04%) Java 8
17 38 (0.94%) R
18 35 (0.87%) Shell Script
19 32 (0.79%) T-SQL
20 31 (0.77%) VB
Qualifications
1 2,915 (72.24%) SC Cleared
2 703 (17.42%) DV Cleared
3 467 (11.57%) Degree
4 203 (5.03%) BPSS Clearance
5 199 (4.93%) Cisco Certification
6 131 (3.25%) CCNP
7 115 (2.85%) Oracle Certification
8 105 (2.60%) CISSP
9 100 (2.48%) CCNA
10 92 (2.28%) Microsoft Certification
11 91 (2.26%) Computer Science Degree
12 64 (1.59%) CESG Certified Professional
13 56 (1.39%) HNC
14 53 (1.31%) CISM
15 51 (1.26%) MCSE
16 49 (1.21%) AWS Certification
17 44 (1.09%) ISTQB
18 41 (1.02%) HND
19 37 (0.92%) CCDP
20 35 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (3.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 116 (2.87%) SLA
3 97 (2.40%) QA
4 68 (1.69%) GDPR
5 65 (1.61%) NIST
6 52 (1.29%) NCSC
7 48 (1.19%) Def Stans
8 38 (0.94%) JSP 440
9 34 (0.84%) Data Quality
10 26 (0.64%) HAZOP
10 26 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 24 (0.59%) NIST 800
12 23 (0.57%) PMO
13 20 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 19 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 19 (0.47%) RMADS
15 18 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
15 18 (0.45%) GRC
16 13 (0.32%) IEC 61508
16 13 (0.32%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 415 (10.29%) Docker
2 294 (7.29%) Active Directory
3 235 (5.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 67 (1.66%) Hyper-V
5 64 (1.59%) vSphere
6 50 (1.24%) VMware NSX
7 48 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
8 40 (0.99%) Firmware
8 40 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
9 24 (0.59%) KVM
10 14 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (0.30%) NFS
12 11 (0.27%) XenApp
13 10 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 9 (0.22%) Postfix
15 8 (0.20%) Terminal Services
15 8 (0.20%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 7 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
16 7 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 481 (11.92%) Kubernetes
2 430 (10.66%) Terraform
3 350 (8.67%) Ansible
4 188 (4.66%) Puppet
5 119 (2.95%) Opscode Chef
6 96 (2.38%) SCCM
7 73 (1.81%) Istio
8 66 (1.64%) Packer
9 60 (1.49%) Prometheus
10 49 (1.21%) Grafana
11 48 (1.19%) Consul
12 40 (0.99%) CFEngine
13 39 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
14 34 (0.84%) Docker Swarm
15 33 (0.82%) Graphite
16 27 (0.67%) WSUS
17 26 (0.64%) Nagios
18 25 (0.62%) SCOM
19 24 (0.59%) FortiGate
19 24 (0.59%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 677 (16.78%) Microsoft
2 450 (11.15%) Oracle
3 290 (7.19%) VMware
4 262 (6.49%) Cisco
5 129 (3.20%) SAP
6 92 (2.28%) Red Hat
7 88 (2.18%) ServiceNow
8 78 (1.93%) Google
9 70 (1.73%) Splunk
10 61 (1.51%) IBM
11 51 (1.26%) Citrix
11 51 (1.26%) Juniper
12 50 (1.24%) Palo Alto
13 48 (1.19%) Atlassian
14 47 (1.16%) F5
15 46 (1.14%) HP
16 43 (1.07%) SolarWinds
17 42 (1.04%) McAfee
18 33 (0.82%) Adobe
19 31 (0.77%) CA