Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 2022 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
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 678 483 666
Rank change year-on-year -195 +183 +132
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 94 59 73
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.17% 0.11%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.04% 1.46% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 31 48
10th Percentile £403 £105 £289
25th Percentile £430 £372 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £475 £406
Median % change year-on-year +21.05% +16.92% -18.75%
75th Percentile £650 £560 £552
90th Percentile £788 £575 £618
UK median daily rate £510 £475 £413
% change year-on-year +7.37% +15.15% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
10th Percentile £40.99 - -
25th Percentile £42.10 £56.25 -
Median hourly rate £43.95 £57.50 -
Median % change year-on-year -23.57% - -
75th Percentile - £58.75 -
90th Percentile - - -
UK median hourly rate £43.95 £57.50 -
% change year-on-year -23.57% - -

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 9,010 4,032 7,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.02% 11.84% 11.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,156 2,634 4,644
10th Percentile £268 £275 £250
25th Percentile £400 £369 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £502 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.74% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £613 £575 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 199 275
10th Percentile £11.32 £10.75 £12.00
25th Percentile £14.13 £13.73 £16.00
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.05 £20.75
Median % change year-on-year +18.76% +1.45% +2.49%
75th Percentile £49.25 £45.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £59.23 £53.15 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £21.05 £20.75
% change year-on-year +9.26% +1.45% +2.49%

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -161 37 £575 +43.75% 23
South West -38 19 £425 +29.24% 11
South East -71 19 £600 +11.11% 25
North of England -52 8 £475 -5.00% 30
North West -44 5 £475 -5.00% 16
East of England - 5 £550 - 8
Midlands -66 2 £475 -7.32% 19
Yorkshire - 2 £575 - 9
East Midlands -34 1 £500 -9.09% 8
West Midlands -54 1 £450 -5.26% 11
North East - 1 £270 - 5
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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 47 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 46 (48.94%) Information Security
3 42 (44.68%) Cybersecurity
4 30 (31.91%) NIST
5 25 (26.60%) Degree
5 25 (26.60%) CISSP
6 24 (25.53%) GDPR
7 22 (23.40%) CISM
7 22 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
7 22 (23.40%) Security Cleared
7 22 (23.40%) Azure
8 21 (22.34%) SC Cleared
8 21 (22.34%) Windows
8 21 (22.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 20 (21.28%) CISA
10 19 (20.21%) Management Information System
11 18 (19.15%) Security Management
11 18 (19.15%) ITIL
11 18 (19.15%) Active Directory
12 17 (18.09%) Microsoft
12 17 (18.09%) Public Sector
12 17 (18.09%) Social Skills
13 16 (17.02%) Risk Management
14 15 (15.96%) CRISC
15 14 (14.89%) Microsoft 365
15 14 (14.89%) Information Security Management
15 14 (14.89%) Firewall
15 14 (14.89%) Collaborative Working
16 13 (13.83%) Service Management
16 13 (13.83%) TOGAF

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 (2.13%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.06%) IIS
2 1 (1.06%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.06%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (5.32%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.26%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.06%) SmartPlant
Cloud Services
1 22 (23.40%) Azure
2 14 (14.89%) Microsoft 365
3 8 (8.51%) AWS
4 6 (6.38%) IaaS
5 4 (4.26%) SaaS
6 3 (3.19%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (3.19%) PaaS
7 2 (2.13%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (1.06%) Azure Sentinel
8 1 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.06%) GCP
8 1 (1.06%) OneDrive
8 1 (1.06%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 14 (14.89%) Firewall
2 5 (5.32%) Network Security
2 5 (5.32%) SD-WAN
2 5 (5.32%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (4.26%) DNS
4 3 (3.19%) DHCP
5 2 (2.13%) Intranet
5 2 (2.13%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (2.13%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.06%) LAN
6 1 (1.06%) SSL
6 1 (1.06%) VPN
6 1 (1.06%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.19%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (2.13%) Neo4j
2 2 (2.13%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.06%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Development Applications
1 1 (1.06%) ClearCase
1 1 (1.06%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.06%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.06%) Snyk
1 1 (1.06%) SonarQube
1 1 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
1 1 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 17 (18.09%) Public Sector
1 17 (18.09%) Social Skills
2 12 (12.77%) Influencing Skills
3 9 (9.57%) Finance
4 7 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (4.26%) Back Office
5 4 (4.26%) Local Government
6 3 (3.19%) Manufacturing
6 3 (3.19%) Presentation Skills
6 3 (3.19%) Telecoms
7 2 (2.13%) Legal
7 2 (2.13%) Retail
8 1 (1.06%) Banking
8 1 (1.06%) Brand Awareness
8 1 (1.06%) Electronics
8 1 (1.06%) Marketing
8 1 (1.06%) Military
8 1 (1.06%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 17 (18.09%) Architect
2 14 (14.89%) Consultant
3 11 (11.70%) Security Architect
4 10 (10.64%) Security Consultant
4 10 (10.64%) Security Manager
5 8 (8.51%) Security Specialist
6 6 (6.38%) Analyst
6 6 (6.38%) Cybersecurity Specialist
6 6 (6.38%) Information Security Consultant
6 6 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (5.32%) Cybersecurity Manager
7 5 (5.32%) Information Manager
7 5 (5.32%) IT Manager
7 5 (5.32%) Project Manager
8 4 (4.26%) Compliance Specialist
8 4 (4.26%) Head of IT
8 4 (4.26%) Information Security Manager
8 4 (4.26%) IT Engineer
8 4 (4.26%) Risk Manager
8 4 (4.26%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.06%) JSON Web Signature
1 1 (1.06%) OAuth
1 1 (1.06%) OpenID
1 1 (1.06%) SAML
1 1 (1.06%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (20.21%) Management Information System
2 7 (7.45%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.13%) CESG
3 2 (2.13%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (2.13%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (2.13%) NHS
3 2 (2.13%) User Experience
3 2 (2.13%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.06%) CMDB
4 1 (1.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.06%) Industrial Internet of Things
4 1 (1.06%) Industry 4.0
4 1 (1.06%) Internet of Things
4 1 (1.06%) Legacy Systems
4 1 (1.06%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.06%) Replication
4 1 (1.06%) SCADA
4 1 (1.06%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.06%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 21 (22.34%) Windows
2 9 (9.57%) Windows Server
3 6 (6.38%) Linux
4 4 (4.26%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.13%) Android
5 2 (2.13%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.13%) Unix
6 1 (1.06%) Kali Linux
6 1 (1.06%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (48.94%) Information Security
2 42 (44.68%) Cybersecurity
3 22 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (19.15%) ITIL
4 18 (19.15%) Security Management
5 16 (17.02%) Risk Management
6 14 (14.89%) Collaborative Working
6 14 (14.89%) Information Security Management
7 13 (13.83%) Data Protection
7 13 (13.83%) SABSA
7 13 (13.83%) Service Management
7 13 (13.83%) TOGAF
8 12 (12.77%) ISMS
9 11 (11.70%) Security Architecture
10 10 (10.64%) Data Security
10 10 (10.64%) OWASP
11 9 (9.57%) Conflict Resolution
11 9 (9.57%) Migration
11 9 (9.57%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (9.57%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.13%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.06%) C
2 1 (1.06%) Java
Qualifications
1 25 (26.60%) CISSP
1 25 (26.60%) Degree
2 22 (23.40%) CISM
2 22 (23.40%) Security Cleared
3 21 (22.34%) SC Cleared
4 20 (21.28%) CISA
5 15 (15.96%) CRISC
6 5 (5.32%) DBS Check
6 5 (5.32%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 4 (4.26%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (4.26%) TOGAF Certification
8 3 (3.19%) SANS
9 2 (2.13%) CCNA
9 2 (2.13%) CCNP
9 2 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (2.13%) CISMP
9 2 (2.13%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (2.13%) Postgraduate
10 1 (1.06%) IRCA
10 1 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (31.91%) NIST
3 24 (25.53%) GDPR
4 21 (22.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 11 (11.70%) PCI DSS
6 9 (9.57%) NCSC
7 8 (8.51%) GRC
8 5 (5.32%) QA
9 4 (4.26%) ISO 22301
9 4 (4.26%) SOC 2
10 3 (3.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (3.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (2.13%) COBIT
11 2 (2.13%) ISO 31000
11 2 (2.13%) NIST 800
12 1 (1.06%) BS7799
12 1 (1.06%) COSO
12 1 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (1.06%) HIPAA
12 1 (1.06%) JSP 440
System Software
1 18 (19.15%) Active Directory
2 5 (5.32%) Virtual Desktop
2 5 (5.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.06%) Docker
3 1 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.06%) Squid
3 1 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (6.38%) Microsoft Intune
2 5 (5.32%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 4 (4.26%) SCCM
4 2 (2.13%) Nessus
5 1 (1.06%) CASB
5 1 (1.06%) FortiGate
5 1 (1.06%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (1.06%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.06%) Nmap
5 1 (1.06%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.06%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 17 (18.09%) Microsoft
2 12 (12.77%) VMware
3 8 (8.51%) Cisco
4 6 (6.38%) Citrix
5 3 (3.19%) Apple
5 3 (3.19%) Aruba
6 2 (2.13%) Samsung
6 2 (2.13%) SAP
7 1 (1.06%) BMC
7 1 (1.06%) Dell Compellent
7 1 (1.06%) Google
7 1 (1.06%) OneTrust
7 1 (1.06%) Remedy
7 1 (1.06%) Sophos
7 1 (1.06%) Splunk