A historical look at cleared candidates vs. security-cleared job posting activity on ClearanceJobs.
Active military (1.4M), NISP contractors (1M), National Guard, Reservists and DoD civilians are included in the numbers.
Source: Performance.gov CAP Goal - January 2021, DCSA
Average Processing Times for DOD/Industry Clearances
Feedback on how the competitive security-cleared marketplace affects hiring.
We no longer place people on an Interim Clearance. We only look for candidates with an active Secret or higher.
We are having to pay higher bonuses to attract the candidates we must have - they're so rare.
With the marketplace being what it is, I can't wait for someone to get cleared. I have to know that they ARE cleared.
There are 70,000 more positions than there are people with clearances to fill them. Makes it difficult to compete.
I have to work twice as hard as I used to, to get the same amount of response. It becomes a numbers game.
Changing perceptions in the workforce, low unemployment, and ongoing issues with lengthy clearance processing times have yielded the most challenging hiring environment ever for security-cleared employers.
Recruiters and hiring managers are under pressure, having to prove their own worth in a marketplace where fewer hires and increased costs are now the norm.
Evan Lesser, founder of ClearanceJobs, and Charles Sowell, Chief Operating Officer at iWorks Corporation discuss the latest in the cleared marketplace, as well as offer advice on what—and what not—to do:
ClearanceJobs collects stats and information from a variety of Federal sources. The most recent information that is publicly available will always be posted here.
Questions and answers related to U.S. Government security clearances, including those administered under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), have been compiled by ClearanceJobs on our Security Clearance FAQ page.
Insider Threat and Security Clearance Reform progress update issued by The Performance Accountability Council’s Program Management Office. The report tracks progress on mitigating the inherent risks and vulnerabilities posed by personnel with trusted access to government information, facilities, systems, and other personnel.
Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations report issued by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The report includes data on the number of cleared employees and contractors, as well as current security clearance processing times. 2017 is the most recent information publicly available.
The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) issues an annual report to the President on the status of the security classification programs in both Government and industry. 2019 is the most recent publicly available information.
National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) Updates includes data on the timeliness performance for submission, investigation, and adjudication processing times for DoD Industry, DoE and NRC.
Diversity in the Intelligence Community Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Demographic Reports - Statistics on Hiring and Retention of Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities in the United States Intelligence Community.