Period
to 6 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Cyber Essentials skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 6 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Cyber Essentials
UK > England
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 592 762 822
Rank change year-on-year +170 +60 -36
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 74 71 39
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.080% 0.042%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.32% 0.75% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 43 29
Median daily rate £400 £469 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.71% -3.30% +2.11%
10th Percentile £285 £315 £324
90th Percentile £638 £598 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £488 £475
% change year-on-year -15.38% +2.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -

Cyber Essentials is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 5,586 9,480 11,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.05% 10.69% 12.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,430 5,985 7,570
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £235 £250 £263
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 256 308 328
Median hourly rate £25.68 £21.88 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.37% -0.09% +6.83%
10th Percentile £13.45 £10.71 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £57.50
Median hourly rate £24.88 £21.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year +13.72% -2.76% +4.65%

Cyber Essentials
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Cyber Essentials as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials in England

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Cyber Essentials in England.

Daily rate trend for Cyber Essentials in England

Cyber Essentials
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cyber Essentials in England over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Cyber Essentials in England

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Cyber Essentials in England.

Hourly rate trend for Cyber Essentials in England

Cyber Essentials
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials within the England region over the 6 months to 6 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +163 28 £375 -31.82% 5
East of England +37 14 £375 -11.76% 1
North of England +66 9 £800 +106.45% 3
Midlands +66 9 £544 +136.41% 1
North West +37 8 £800 +88.24% 3
South East +88 7 £438 -6.67% 4
South West +26 7 £339 -22.04% 2
East Midlands - 6 £538 - 1
West Midlands +53 3 £544 +136.41%
Yorkshire +47 1 - -
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 6 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Cyber Essentials also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Cyber Essentials.

1 40 (54.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 29 (39.19%) Information Security
3 26 (35.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 23 (31.08%) Windows
4 23 (31.08%) Cybersecurity
5 19 (25.68%) Windows Server
6 18 (24.32%) NIST
7 17 (22.97%) NCSC
8 15 (20.27%) ITIL
8 15 (20.27%) Active Directory
8 15 (20.27%) CISSP
9 13 (17.57%) Microsoft
9 13 (17.57%) Security Cleared
10 12 (16.22%) CISA
10 12 (16.22%) VMware
11 11 (14.86%) CISM
11 11 (14.86%) Management Information System
12 10 (13.51%) Firewall
12 10 (13.51%) Data Protection
12 10 (13.51%) Azure
12 10 (13.51%) Office 365
12 10 (13.51%) Security Hardening
12 10 (13.51%) Data Centre
13 9 (12.16%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (12.16%) SC Cleared
13 9 (12.16%) VMware Infrastructure
13 9 (12.16%) Cisco
13 9 (12.16%) Risk Management
13 9 (12.16%) GDPR
14 8 (10.81%) Information Security Management

Cyber Essentials
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 5 (6.76%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.05%) MS Exchange
2 3 (4.05%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.35%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (5.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.70%) FLEXCUBE
Cloud Services
1 10 (13.51%) Azure
1 10 (13.51%) Office 365
2 5 (6.76%) IaaS
2 5 (6.76%) Mimecast
2 5 (6.76%) PaaS
3 4 (5.41%) AWS
3 4 (5.41%) SaaS
4 2 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (2.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 10 (13.51%) Firewall
2 5 (6.76%) LAN
3 4 (5.41%) DNS
3 4 (5.41%) Network Security
3 4 (5.41%) SAN
3 4 (5.41%) Skype
3 4 (5.41%) WAN
4 3 (4.05%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (4.05%) Cisco Firepower
4 3 (4.05%) TACACS
4 3 (4.05%) VPN
5 2 (2.70%) DHCP
5 2 (2.70%) Internet
5 2 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.35%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (1.35%) NetScaler
6 1 (1.35%) Wireless
6 1 (1.35%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.70%) MySQL
3 1 (1.35%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Burp Suite
1 1 (1.35%) JIRA
1 1 (1.35%) Metasploit
General
1 7 (9.46%) Finance
1 7 (9.46%) Public Sector
2 3 (4.05%) Legal
3 2 (2.70%) Banking
3 2 (2.70%) Electronics
3 2 (2.70%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.70%) Marketing
3 2 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.35%) Local Government
4 1 (1.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 10 (13.51%) Analyst
2 8 (10.81%) Architect
3 7 (9.46%) Information Security Officer
3 7 (9.46%) Security Engineer
3 7 (9.46%) Security Officer
4 6 (8.11%) Chief Information Officer
4 6 (8.11%) Chief Information Security Officer
4 6 (8.11%) Chief Security Officer
4 6 (8.11%) CIO
4 6 (8.11%) Consultant
5 5 (6.76%) Security Consultant
5 5 (6.76%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (6.76%) Windows Engineer
6 4 (5.41%) Administrator
6 4 (5.41%) Information Manager
6 4 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (5.41%) Infrastructure Support
6 4 (5.41%) Security Architect
6 4 (5.41%) Security Specialist
6 4 (5.41%) Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.86%) Management Information System
2 10 (13.51%) Data Centre
3 9 (12.16%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (10.81%) NHS
5 3 (4.05%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (4.05%) Security Operations Centre
5 3 (4.05%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (4.05%) Smartphone
5 3 (4.05%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (2.70%) Cyber Defence
6 2 (2.70%) SWIFT
7 1 (1.35%) BYOD
7 1 (1.35%) CCTV
7 1 (1.35%) CESG
7 1 (1.35%) Clustering
7 1 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.35%) PACS
7 1 (1.35%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.35%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.35%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 23 (31.08%) Windows
2 19 (25.68%) Windows Server
3 6 (8.11%) Linux
3 6 (8.11%) Unix
4 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2016
5 1 (1.35%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.35%) pSOS
5 1 (1.35%) Solaris
5 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (39.19%) Information Security
2 23 (31.08%) Cybersecurity
3 15 (20.27%) ITIL
4 10 (13.51%) Data Protection
4 10 (13.51%) Security Hardening
5 9 (12.16%) Risk Management
6 8 (10.81%) Information Security Management
6 8 (10.81%) Risk Assessment
6 8 (10.81%) Security Management
7 7 (9.46%) Malware Detection/Protection
7 7 (9.46%) Privileged Access Management
7 7 (9.46%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (8.11%) Information Assurance
9 5 (6.76%) Business Continuity
9 5 (6.76%) Incident Management
9 5 (6.76%) ISMS
9 5 (6.76%) IT Strategy
9 5 (6.76%) Migration
9 5 (6.76%) Project Management
9 5 (6.76%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.11%) PowerShell
2 3 (4.05%) C
3 2 (2.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (20.27%) CISSP
2 13 (17.57%) Security Cleared
3 12 (16.22%) CISA
4 11 (14.86%) CISM
5 9 (12.16%) SC Cleared
6 6 (8.11%) IISP
7 4 (5.41%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (4.05%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 3 (4.05%) CCSP
8 3 (4.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (2.70%) CESG Certified Professional
9 2 (2.70%) CREST Certified
9 2 (2.70%) Degree
9 2 (2.70%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 2 (2.70%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
10 1 (1.35%) CCNA
10 1 (1.35%) CEH
10 1 (1.35%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (54.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 26 (35.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 18 (24.32%) NIST
4 17 (22.97%) NCSC
5 9 (12.16%) GDPR
6 5 (6.76%) PCI DSS
7 4 (5.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (4.05%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (4.05%) SLA
9 2 (2.70%) PMO
10 1 (1.35%) COBIT
10 1 (1.35%) HL7
10 1 (1.35%) ISO 14001
10 1 (1.35%) ISO 31000
10 1 (1.35%) ISO 9001
10 1 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 15 (20.27%) Active Directory
2 9 (12.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (4.05%) Hyper-V
3 3 (4.05%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.35%) Snort
4 1 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (1.35%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (8.11%) SCCM
2 5 (6.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (4.05%) Nessus
3 3 (4.05%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (1.35%) Nmap
4 1 (1.35%) QRadar
Vendors
1 13 (17.57%) Microsoft
2 12 (16.22%) VMware
3 9 (12.16%) Cisco
4 6 (8.11%) Citrix
5 5 (6.76%) Oracle
6 4 (5.41%) Palo Alto
6 4 (5.41%) Red Hat
7 3 (4.05%) Mitel
7 3 (4.05%) MobileIron
7 3 (4.05%) SAP
7 3 (4.05%) Symantec
8 2 (2.70%) Bloomberg
8 2 (2.70%) CommVault
8 2 (2.70%) Fortinet
8 2 (2.70%) Sophos
8 2 (2.70%) Splunk
8 2 (2.70%) WALLIX
9 1 (1.35%) Datix
9 1 (1.35%) Ivanti
9 1 (1.35%) Veeam