Period
to 14 June 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 14 June 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
14 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 554 524 743
Rank change year-on-year -30 +219 +70
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 72 62 77
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.15% 0.16% 0.093%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.21% 1.46% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 39 52
10th Percentile £338 £214 £308
25th Percentile £375 £296 £336
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £455 £425 £463
Median % change year-on-year +7.06% -8.11% -6.09%
75th Percentile £588 £545 £571
90th Percentile £656 £705 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £466
% change year-on-year +5.88% -8.75% -2.97%
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 5,963 4,248 9,343
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.21% 10.94% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,903 2,715 5,936
10th Percentile £265 £263 £257
25th Percentile £368 £363 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% -
75th Percentile £588 £563 £550
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 176 325
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.79 £10.58
25th Percentile £13.92 £17.27 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.54 £22.81 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.95% +3.66% +0.46%
75th Percentile £38.75 £46.13 £43.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.75 £51.65
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% +2.27% +3.53%

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 14 June 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 14 June 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 14 June 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 -80 30 £525 +40.00% 15
South East +13 11 £555 +26.86% 10
South West +20 10 £375 +43.54% 12
Midlands -8 10 £375 -30.23% 17
East of England +1 7 £450 +24.14% 6
West Midlands -12 7 £400 -26.44% 12
East Midlands +6 3 £238 -54.76% 5
North of England +10 2 £413 -48.44% 23
North West -2 1 £450 -43.75% 16
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 4
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 14 June 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 45 (62.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 43 (59.72%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (55.56%) Information Security
4 29 (40.28%) CISSP
5 27 (37.50%) Risk Management
6 24 (33.33%) NIST
7 23 (31.94%) Microsoft
8 20 (27.78%) Security Cleared
9 18 (25.00%) Azure
9 18 (25.00%) Windows
10 17 (23.61%) Information Assurance
11 16 (22.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 15 (20.83%) CRISC
13 14 (19.44%) Management Information System
13 14 (19.44%) SC Cleared
14 13 (18.06%) AWS
14 13 (18.06%) CISM
15 12 (16.67%) Security Management
15 12 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
15 12 (16.67%) Cloud Computing
15 12 (16.67%) ServiceNow
16 11 (15.28%) GDPR
17 10 (13.89%) Windows 10
17 10 (13.89%) Microsoft 365
17 10 (13.89%) PowerShell
17 10 (13.89%) Nessus
17 10 (13.89%) Release Management
17 10 (13.89%) Java
17 10 (13.89%) Microsoft Office
18 9 (12.50%) Security Architecture

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 1 (1.39%) CMS
1 1 (1.39%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 10 (13.89%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 18 (25.00%) Azure
2 13 (18.06%) AWS
3 12 (16.67%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (13.89%) Microsoft 365
5 6 (8.33%) IaaS
5 6 (8.33%) SaaS
6 5 (6.94%) GCP
7 4 (5.56%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (5.56%) Amazon S3
7 4 (5.56%) PaaS
8 1 (1.39%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (1.39%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (1.39%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.56%) Network Security
2 3 (4.17%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (2.78%) Firewall
3 2 (2.78%) SAN
3 2 (2.78%) SD-WAN
4 1 (1.39%) Cisco ISE
4 1 (1.39%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (1.39%) Intranet
4 1 (1.39%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.39%) Unified Communications
4 1 (1.39%) VLAN
4 1 (1.39%) WAN
4 1 (1.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.39%) Data Lake
1 1 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.39%) Power BI
1 1 (1.39%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 7 (9.72%) Legal
2 6 (8.33%) Social Skills
3 4 (5.56%) Military
4 3 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.17%) Finance
4 3 (4.17%) Influencing Skills
5 2 (2.78%) Public Sector
6 1 (1.39%) Law
6 1 (1.39%) Local Government
6 1 (1.39%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (25.00%) Consultant
2 15 (20.83%) Security Consultant
3 12 (16.67%) Risk Consultant
4 10 (13.89%) Architect
5 6 (8.33%) Analyst
5 6 (8.33%) Security Architect
6 5 (6.94%) Information Security Consultant
6 5 (6.94%) Information Security Risk Consultant
6 5 (6.94%) Security Analyst
6 5 (6.94%) Security Manager
7 4 (5.56%) Build Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) Cloud Consultant
7 4 (5.56%) Desktop Build Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) Desktop Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Information Manager
8 3 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Risk Manager
8 3 (4.17%) Security Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Security Technical Consultant
8 3 (4.17%) Technical Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.56%) Web Services
2 2 (2.78%) ModSecurity
3 1 (1.39%) Jinja
3 1 (1.39%) SOAP
3 1 (1.39%) Velocity
3 1 (1.39%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (19.44%) Management Information System
2 8 (11.11%) Public Cloud
2 8 (11.11%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (9.72%) NHS
4 6 (8.33%) Cyber Defence
5 5 (6.94%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (2.78%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (2.78%) Social Media
7 1 (1.39%) Cyberattack
7 1 (1.39%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.39%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.39%) FlexPod
7 1 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (1.39%) IVR
7 1 (1.39%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 18 (25.00%) Windows
2 10 (13.89%) Windows 10
3 8 (11.11%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.39%) Linux
4 1 (1.39%) Unix
4 1 (1.39%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.39%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (59.72%) Cybersecurity
2 40 (55.56%) Information Security
3 27 (37.50%) Risk Management
4 17 (23.61%) Information Assurance
5 12 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
5 12 (16.67%) Security Management
6 10 (13.89%) Release Management
7 9 (12.50%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 9 (12.50%) Security Architecture
7 9 (12.50%) Threat Intelligence
7 9 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
8 8 (11.11%) Customer-Centricity
8 8 (11.11%) SIEM
9 7 (9.72%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (9.72%) Information Security Management
9 7 (9.72%) TOGAF
10 6 (8.33%) SDLC
11 5 (6.94%) Data Privacy
11 5 (6.94%) ISMS
11 5 (6.94%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 10 (13.89%) Java
1 10 (13.89%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 29 (40.28%) CISSP
2 20 (27.78%) Security Cleared
3 15 (20.83%) CRISC
4 14 (19.44%) SC Cleared
5 13 (18.06%) CISM
6 6 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (6.94%) AWS Certification
7 5 (6.94%) CESG Certified Professional
8 4 (5.56%) CISA
9 3 (4.17%) CompTIA Security+
9 3 (4.17%) Degree
10 2 (2.78%) CISMP
10 2 (2.78%) CREST Certified
11 1 (1.39%) CEH
11 1 (1.39%) CHFI
11 1 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.39%) MCITP
11 1 (1.39%) MCSE
11 1 (1.39%) SANS
11 1 (1.39%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (62.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (33.33%) NIST
3 16 (22.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 11 (15.28%) GDPR
5 8 (11.11%) NCSC
6 5 (6.94%) COBIT
7 4 (5.56%) GRC
7 4 (5.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 4 (5.56%) JSP 440
8 2 (2.78%) ISO 22301
8 2 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (1.39%) IASME
9 1 (1.39%) ISO 31000
9 1 (1.39%) ISO 9001
9 1 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 1 (1.39%) NIST 800
9 1 (1.39%) RMADS
9 1 (1.39%) SLA
9 1 (1.39%) SOC 2
System Software
1 5 (6.94%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.39%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.39%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 10 (13.89%) Nessus
2 2 (2.78%) SCCM
2 2 (2.78%) WSUS
3 1 (1.39%) Ansible
3 1 (1.39%) Cisco Prime
3 1 (1.39%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.39%) Terraform
Vendors
1 23 (31.94%) Microsoft
2 12 (16.67%) ServiceNow
3 5 (6.94%) Google
4 4 (5.56%) VMware
5 2 (2.78%) Cisco
5 2 (2.78%) Darktrace
5 2 (2.78%) FireEye
5 2 (2.78%) IronPort
5 2 (2.78%) LogRhythm
5 2 (2.78%) McAfee
5 2 (2.78%) NetWitness
5 2 (2.78%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.39%) Aruba
6 1 (1.39%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.39%) Juniper
6 1 (1.39%) Meraki
6 1 (1.39%) Palo Alto
6 1 (1.39%) Snow