Period
to 25 September 2021

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 25 September 2021 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 622 445 730
Rank change year-on-year -177 +285 +108
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 101 43 79
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.16% 0.17% 0.098%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.27% 1.46% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 25 58
10th Percentile £355 £299 £310
25th Percentile £395 £433 £353
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £503 £540 £475
Median % change year-on-year -6.94% +13.68% -
75th Percentile £625 £560 £575
90th Percentile £746 £573 £631
UK median daily rate £500 £540 £463
% change year-on-year -7.41% +16.76% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
10th Percentile £18.64 " "
25th Percentile £19.52 £18.13 £26.25
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.25 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year +15.07% -33.64% -
75th Percentile £40.50 £18.38 £28.75
90th Percentile £52.20 " "
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £18.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year +15.07% -33.64% -

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 7,964 2,954 9,007
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.43% 11.43% 11.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,369 1,848 5,710
10th Percentile £263 £280 £250
25th Percentile £375 £361 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £473 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £550
90th Percentile £688 £645 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £468 £450
% change year-on-year +6.95% +3.89% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 281 138 373
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.87 £10.80
25th Percentile £13.00 £15.95 £14.13
Median hourly rate £20.89 £22.66 £21.05
Median % change year-on-year -7.81% +7.67% +5.23%
75th Percentile £46.50 £45.00 £46.93
90th Percentile £62.34 £55.00 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year -8.05% +3.57% +7.78%

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 25 September 2021.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Cyber Essentials in England over the 6 months to 25 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 25 September 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -176 42 £550 +5.77% 30
South West -28 17 £400 -7.55% 16
South East -74 17 £600 +11.11% 11
Midlands -67 11 £388 -29.55% 10
East of England -39 9 £406 - 6
West Midlands -55 8 £400 -27.27% 8
North of England - 6 £463 - 22
North West - 5 £475 - 14
East Midlands -34 3 £200 -63.64% 2
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 4
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 2021, 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 54 (53.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (51.49%) Information Security
2 52 (51.49%) Cybersecurity
3 36 (35.64%) Microsoft
3 36 (35.64%) CISSP
4 28 (27.72%) GDPR
5 26 (25.74%) Risk Management
6 25 (24.75%) Azure
6 25 (24.75%) NIST
7 24 (23.76%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 22 (21.78%) Windows
9 21 (20.79%) Security Cleared
10 18 (17.82%) Management Information System
11 17 (16.83%) SC Cleared
12 16 (15.84%) Microsoft 365
12 16 (15.84%) Degree
13 15 (14.85%) Security Management
14 13 (12.87%) Risk Assessment
14 13 (12.87%) CISM
14 13 (12.87%) AWS
15 12 (11.88%) Vulnerability Management
15 12 (11.88%) Nessus
15 12 (11.88%) Microsoft Office
15 12 (11.88%) ServiceNow
15 12 (11.88%) Social Skills
16 11 (10.89%) Java
16 11 (10.89%) Active Directory
16 11 (10.89%) Information Security Management
16 11 (10.89%) PowerShell
17 10 (9.90%) CRISC

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 2 (1.98%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.99%) CMS
2 1 (0.99%) IIS
2 1 (0.99%) OpenStack
2 1 (0.99%) SAS
2 1 (0.99%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (11.88%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.99%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.99%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 25 (24.75%) Azure
2 16 (15.84%) Microsoft 365
3 13 (12.87%) AWS
4 6 (5.94%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (5.94%) GCP
4 6 (5.94%) IaaS
4 6 (5.94%) SaaS
5 4 (3.96%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (1.98%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.98%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.98%) Azure Sentinel
6 2 (1.98%) PaaS
7 1 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.99%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.90%) Firewall
2 8 (7.92%) SD-WAN
3 7 (6.93%) Network Security
4 3 (2.97%) TCP/IP
4 3 (2.97%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (1.98%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.98%) SAN
6 1 (0.99%) Cisco ISE
6 1 (0.99%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (0.99%) DNS
6 1 (0.99%) Intranet
6 1 (0.99%) Unified Communications
6 1 (0.99%) VLAN
6 1 (0.99%) WAN
6 1 (0.99%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.97%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (1.98%) Neo4j
3 1 (0.99%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.99%) Power BI
3 1 (0.99%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (1.98%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.99%) ClearCase
2 1 (0.99%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.99%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.99%) Snyk
2 1 (0.99%) SonarQube
2 1 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 12 (11.88%) Social Skills
2 7 (6.93%) Finance
2 7 (6.93%) Public Sector
3 6 (5.94%) Military
4 5 (4.95%) Legal
5 4 (3.96%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.96%) Local Government
6 3 (2.97%) Influencing Skills
6 3 (2.97%) Retail
7 2 (1.98%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.99%) Law
8 1 (0.99%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 15 (14.85%) Consultant
1 15 (14.85%) Security Consultant
2 14 (13.86%) Analyst
2 14 (13.86%) Architect
3 11 (10.89%) Security Analyst
4 8 (7.92%) Information Security Consultant
4 8 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 8 (7.92%) IT Engineer
4 8 (7.92%) IT Manager
4 8 (7.92%) Risk Consultant
5 6 (5.94%) Cloud Consultant
5 6 (5.94%) IT Support
5 6 (5.94%) Security Architect
6 5 (4.95%) Head of IT
6 5 (4.95%) IT Support Engineer
6 5 (4.95%) Security Engineer
6 5 (4.95%) Support Engineer
7 4 (3.96%) Desktop Engineer
7 4 (3.96%) Security Manager
7 4 (3.96%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.98%) Web Services
2 1 (0.99%) Jinja
2 1 (0.99%) SOAP
2 1 (0.99%) Velocity
2 1 (0.99%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (17.82%) Management Information System
2 9 (8.91%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (6.93%) Data Centre
3 7 (6.93%) Public Cloud
4 6 (5.94%) Data Protection Act
4 6 (5.94%) NHS
5 5 (4.95%) Cyberthreat
5 5 (4.95%) Security Operations Centre
6 3 (2.97%) CESG
6 3 (2.97%) Cyber Defence
6 3 (2.97%) Cyberattack
7 2 (1.98%) Social Media
8 1 (0.99%) CMDB
8 1 (0.99%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.99%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.99%) IVR
8 1 (0.99%) Replication
8 1 (0.99%) User Experience
8 1 (0.99%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 22 (21.78%) Windows
2 10 (9.90%) Windows 10
2 10 (9.90%) Windows Server
3 6 (5.94%) Linux
4 3 (2.97%) VMS
5 1 (0.99%) Kali Linux
5 1 (0.99%) Unix
5 1 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.99%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (51.49%) Cybersecurity
1 52 (51.49%) Information Security
2 26 (25.74%) Risk Management
3 15 (14.85%) Security Management
4 13 (12.87%) Risk Assessment
5 12 (11.88%) Vulnerability Management
6 11 (10.89%) Information Security Management
7 10 (9.90%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (9.90%) Release Management
7 10 (9.90%) SIEM
8 9 (8.91%) Data Protection
8 9 (8.91%) Penetration Testing
8 9 (8.91%) Project Management
9 8 (7.92%) Customer-Centricity
9 8 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 8 (7.92%) Migration
9 8 (7.92%) Security Operations
10 7 (6.93%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 7 (6.93%) Data Privacy
10 7 (6.93%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 11 (10.89%) Java
1 11 (10.89%) PowerShell
2 1 (0.99%) Bash Shell
2 1 (0.99%) JavaScript
2 1 (0.99%) Python
Qualifications
1 36 (35.64%) CISSP
2 21 (20.79%) Security Cleared
3 17 (16.83%) SC Cleared
4 16 (15.84%) Degree
5 13 (12.87%) CISM
6 10 (9.90%) CRISC
6 10 (9.90%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (8.91%) CISA
8 6 (5.94%) AWS Certification
9 5 (4.95%) CISMP
9 5 (4.95%) CompTIA Security+
9 5 (4.95%) DBS Check
10 4 (3.96%) CCNA
10 4 (3.96%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (2.97%) MCAD
11 3 (2.97%) Numerate Degree
11 3 (2.97%) OCMJD
11 3 (2.97%) PCI QSA
11 3 (2.97%) PhD
11 3 (2.97%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (53.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (27.72%) GDPR
3 25 (24.75%) NIST
4 24 (23.76%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 9 (8.91%) GRC
5 9 (8.91%) PCI DSS
6 5 (4.95%) SOC 2
7 4 (3.96%) NIST 800
8 3 (2.97%) NCSC
9 2 (1.98%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.99%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.99%) COBIT
10 1 (0.99%) COSO
10 1 (0.99%) IASME
10 1 (0.99%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.99%) ITGC
10 1 (0.99%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.99%) RMADS
10 1 (0.99%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (10.89%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (4.95%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.99%) Docker
4 1 (0.99%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.99%) Squid
4 1 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.99%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 12 (11.88%) Nessus
2 4 (3.96%) SCCM
3 3 (2.97%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.98%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.99%) Ansible
5 1 (0.99%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.99%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.99%) Nmap
5 1 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.99%) Terraform
5 1 (0.99%) WSUS
Vendors
1 36 (35.64%) Microsoft
2 12 (11.88%) ServiceNow
3 10 (9.90%) VMware
4 6 (5.94%) Cisco
4 6 (5.94%) Google
5 4 (3.96%) Aruba
5 4 (3.96%) Darktrace
6 3 (2.97%) Citrix
6 3 (2.97%) FireEye
6 3 (2.97%) IronPort
6 3 (2.97%) LogRhythm
7 2 (1.98%) Juniper
7 2 (1.98%) McAfee
7 2 (1.98%) NetWitness
7 2 (1.98%) SolarWinds
7 2 (1.98%) Splunk
8 1 (0.99%) Meraki
8 1 (0.99%) OneTrust
8 1 (0.99%) Rapid7
8 1 (0.99%) Snow