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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 9 August 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
9 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 680 626 491
Rank change year-on-year -54 -135 +263
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 103 86 44
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.15% 0.14%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.12% 1.20% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 48 26
10th Percentile £310 £338 £241
25th Percentile £388 £367 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £463 £523
Median % change year-on-year +8.11% -11.48% +12.97%
75th Percentile £600 £591 £550
90th Percentile £708 £758 £781
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £540
% change year-on-year +11.11% -16.67% +18.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
10th Percentile £23.85 £18.64 -
25th Percentile £24.75 £19.52 £18.13
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £18.25
Median % change year-on-year +30.95% +15.07% -33.64%
75th Percentile £28.75 £40.50 £18.38
90th Percentile - £52.20 -
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £20.02 £18.25
% change year-on-year +37.40% +9.67% -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 9,206 7,140 3,535
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.72% 12.23% 11.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,311 4,726 2,239
10th Percentile £300 £264 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% +5.56%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £750 £684 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £478 £473
% change year-on-year +9.95% +1.06% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 298 164
10th Percentile £12.88 £11.36 £11.69
25th Percentile £16.25 £14.00 £17.20
Median hourly rate £24.50 £20.49 £26.98
Median % change year-on-year +19.56% -24.05% +25.74%
75th Percentile £50.77 £44.79 £45.00
90th Percentile £72.50 £61.69 £54.41
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.37 £24.67
% change year-on-year +22.74% -17.42% +17.20%

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 9 August 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 9 August 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 -92 30 £500 -2.91% 20
South East -5 24 £450 -25.00% 14
East of England -1 14 £663 +63.08% 2
Midlands -30 12 £300 -20.00% 10
West Midlands -33 11 £300 -25.00% 5
North of England -18 10 £425 -32.00% 26
South West -10 9 £550 +46.67% 11
Yorkshire -11 5 £365 -2.67% 9
North West -20 4 £450 -43.75% 16
East Midlands -7 1 - - 5
North East - 1 £275 - 1
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 9 August 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 65 (63.11%) Cybersecurity
2 55 (53.40%) Information Security
3 51 (49.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 31 (30.10%) Management Information System
4 31 (30.10%) NIST
5 30 (29.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 30 (29.13%) CISSP
5 30 (29.13%) Azure
6 27 (26.21%) SIEM
7 26 (25.24%) Active Directory
8 25 (24.27%) Firewall
9 24 (23.30%) Windows
9 24 (23.30%) Microsoft 365
10 23 (22.33%) CISM
11 21 (20.39%) Microsoft
11 21 (20.39%) GDPR
12 19 (18.45%) Security Management
13 18 (17.48%) Information Security Management
13 18 (17.48%) Finance
13 18 (17.48%) Incident Response
14 17 (16.50%) Public Sector
14 17 (16.50%) Vulnerability Management
15 16 (15.53%) ISMS
15 16 (15.53%) Risk Management
15 16 (15.53%) Social Skills
16 14 (13.59%) ITIL
16 14 (13.59%) Windows 10
16 14 (13.59%) Windows Server
17 13 (12.62%) Microsoft Intune
17 13 (12.62%) Project 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 2 (1.94%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.97%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 30 (29.13%) Azure
2 24 (23.30%) Microsoft 365
3 12 (11.65%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (9.71%) SaaS
5 9 (8.74%) AWS
6 8 (7.77%) Mimecast
7 5 (4.85%) GCP
8 3 (2.91%) PaaS
9 2 (1.94%) Azure DevOps
9 2 (1.94%) Azure Key Vault
10 1 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.97%) GitHub
10 1 (0.97%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (24.27%) Firewall
2 9 (8.74%) Internet
3 6 (5.83%) VLAN
4 5 (4.85%) VPN
5 3 (2.91%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (2.91%) Network Security
6 2 (1.94%) BGP
6 2 (1.94%) Cisco Firepower
6 2 (1.94%) Cisco IOS
6 2 (1.94%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 2 (1.94%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 2 (1.94%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.97%) DSL
7 1 (0.97%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.97%) IPsec
7 1 (0.97%) LAN
7 1 (0.97%) MPLS
7 1 (0.97%) OSPF
7 1 (0.97%) SD-WAN
7 1 (0.97%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.94%) Data Lake
1 2 (1.94%) GIS
1 2 (1.94%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.97%) JIRA
General
1 18 (17.48%) Finance
2 17 (16.50%) Public Sector
3 16 (15.53%) Social Skills
4 12 (11.65%) Legal
5 10 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (5.83%) Organisational Skills
7 4 (3.88%) Influencing Skills
7 4 (3.88%) Local Government
7 4 (3.88%) Manufacturing
7 4 (3.88%) Presentation Skills
7 4 (3.88%) Telecoms
8 3 (2.91%) Advertising
9 2 (1.94%) Documentation Skills
9 2 (1.94%) Electronics
9 2 (1.94%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 2 (1.94%) Marketing
10 1 (0.97%) Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (15.53%) Analyst
1 16 (15.53%) Security Manager
2 11 (10.68%) Security Analyst
3 10 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (9.71%) Security Engineer
3 10 (9.71%) Systems Engineer
4 9 (8.74%) Consultant
5 8 (7.77%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 8 (7.77%) Project Manager
6 7 (6.80%) Head of Information Security
6 7 (6.80%) Head of Security
7 6 (5.83%) Head of Information
8 5 (4.85%) Business Analyst
8 5 (4.85%) IT Manager
8 5 (4.85%) Security Specialist
9 4 (3.88%) Architect
9 4 (3.88%) Incident Manager
9 4 (3.88%) IT Security Manager
9 4 (3.88%) Network Security Engineer
9 4 (3.88%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.94%) RabbitMQ
1 2 (1.94%) YAML
2 1 (0.97%) JWT
2 1 (0.97%) ModSecurity
2 1 (0.97%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (30.10%) Management Information System
2 7 (6.80%) Cyberthreat
2 7 (6.80%) NHS
3 5 (4.85%) BYOD
3 5 (4.85%) Freedom of Information
4 3 (2.91%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.94%) Freedom of Information Act
5 2 (1.94%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.97%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (0.97%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 1 (0.97%) Cyberattack
6 1 (0.97%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.97%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 24 (23.30%) Windows
2 14 (13.59%) Windows 10
2 14 (13.59%) Windows Server
3 5 (4.85%) Linux
4 3 (2.91%) Android
5 2 (1.94%) CentOS
5 2 (1.94%) VMS
6 1 (0.97%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.97%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.97%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (63.11%) Cybersecurity
2 55 (53.40%) Information Security
3 27 (26.21%) SIEM
4 19 (18.45%) Security Management
5 18 (17.48%) Incident Response
5 18 (17.48%) Information Security Management
6 17 (16.50%) Vulnerability Management
7 16 (15.53%) ISMS
7 16 (15.53%) Risk Management
8 14 (13.59%) ITIL
9 13 (12.62%) Project Management
9 13 (12.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 12 (11.65%) Continuous Improvement
10 12 (11.65%) Incident Management
10 12 (11.65%) Penetration Testing
10 12 (11.65%) Security Operations
11 11 (10.68%) ITSM
12 10 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 10 (9.71%) Problem-Solving
13 9 (8.74%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.77%) PowerShell
2 2 (1.94%) Java
Qualifications
1 30 (29.13%) CISSP
2 23 (22.33%) CISM
3 11 (10.68%) CISA
4 8 (7.77%) GIAC
4 8 (7.77%) ISACA
5 5 (4.85%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (3.88%) CompTIA Security+
6 4 (3.88%) CRISC
6 4 (3.88%) Degree
6 4 (3.88%) SANS
7 2 (1.94%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 2 (1.94%) APMG
7 2 (1.94%) CESG Certified Professional
7 2 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.94%) GSEC
7 2 (1.94%) HCISPP
7 2 (1.94%) IISP
7 2 (1.94%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 2 (1.94%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.97%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (49.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 31 (30.10%) NIST
3 30 (29.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 21 (20.39%) GDPR
5 12 (11.65%) PCI DSS
6 8 (7.77%) NCSC
7 6 (5.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (2.91%) COBIT
8 3 (2.91%) ISO 22301
8 3 (2.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (2.91%) NIST 800
9 2 (1.94%) GRC
9 2 (1.94%) IASME
9 2 (1.94%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.97%) Accessibility
10 1 (0.97%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.97%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.97%) SLA
10 1 (0.97%) SOC 2
System Software
1 26 (25.24%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.97%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (12.62%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (3.88%) CSIRT
2 4 (3.88%) Nessus
2 4 (3.88%) SCCM
3 3 (2.91%) FortiGate
4 2 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.94%) QRadar
4 2 (1.94%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (1.94%) Terraform
5 1 (0.97%) CASB
5 1 (0.97%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 21 (20.39%) Microsoft
2 9 (8.74%) Palo Alto
3 8 (7.77%) Cisco
3 8 (7.77%) FireEye
3 8 (7.77%) Proofpoint
3 8 (7.77%) Symantec
3 8 (7.77%) Zscaler
4 4 (3.88%) Barracuda Networks
5 3 (2.91%) VMware
6 2 (1.94%) Apple
6 2 (1.94%) Aruba
6 2 (1.94%) Blue Coat
6 2 (1.94%) Computacenter
6 2 (1.94%) F5
6 2 (1.94%) Imperva
6 2 (1.94%) Incapsula
6 2 (1.94%) McAfee
6 2 (1.94%) Qualys
6 2 (1.94%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.94%) SAP