Period
to 7 March 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 7 March 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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 511 618 777
Rank change year-on-year +107 +159 +50
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 51 87 68
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.15% 0.077%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.22% 1.46% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 58 42
Median daily rate £475 £400 £472
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% -15.25% +0.96%
10th Percentile £105 £214 £326
90th Percentile £575 £690 £598
UK median daily rate £475 £400 £469
% change year-on-year +18.75% -14.71% +4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £57.50 - -
UK median hourly rate £57.50 - -

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 4,173 5,964 9,512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.81% 10.00% 10.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,701 3,869 6,166
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £263 £231 £255
90th Percentile £650 £638 £650
UK median daily rate £471 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.62% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 221 246 311
Median hourly rate £20.90 £23.68 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.72% +16.94% -1.72%
10th Percentile £10.81 £12.92 £10.58
90th Percentile £50.25 £53.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.90 £20.12
% change year-on-year -8.28% +13.81% -3.28%

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 7 March 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
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 7 March 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 +57 20 £400 +25.49% 16
South East +108 19 £540 +23.43% 11
Midlands +38 4 £513 -6.82% 11
East Midlands +19 3 £550 -6.38% 5
North of England +73 2 £500 -31.03% 10
South West +67 2 £225 -37.93% 5
North West +45 2 £500 -31.03% 6
West Midlands +32 1 £475 -11.63% 6
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 7 March 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 41 (80.39%) Cybersecurity
2 38 (74.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (54.90%) NIST
4 27 (52.94%) CISSP
5 24 (47.06%) CISM
5 24 (47.06%) Information Security
5 24 (47.06%) Security Cleared
6 23 (45.10%) Risk Management
7 21 (41.18%) NCSC
8 20 (39.22%) Information Assurance
9 19 (37.25%) CRISC
10 16 (31.37%) CESG Certified Professional
11 14 (27.45%) JSP 440
12 13 (25.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 12 (23.53%) Cloud Computing
13 12 (23.53%) SIEM
13 12 (23.53%) Security Architecture
13 12 (23.53%) Azure
13 12 (23.53%) AWS
14 11 (21.57%) SaaS
14 11 (21.57%) PaaS
14 11 (21.57%) SC Cleared
14 11 (21.57%) Due Diligence
15 10 (19.61%) NIST 800
15 10 (19.61%) SABSA
15 10 (19.61%) TOGAF
16 9 (17.65%) Intrusion Detection
16 9 (17.65%) MODAF
16 9 (17.65%) IaaS
16 9 (17.65%) PCI DSS

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 (3.92%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (23.53%) AWS
1 12 (23.53%) Azure
1 12 (23.53%) Cloud Computing
2 11 (21.57%) PaaS
2 11 (21.57%) SaaS
3 9 (17.65%) IaaS
4 3 (5.88%) Microsoft 365
4 3 (5.88%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.96%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.96%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (1.96%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.65%) Intrusion Detection
2 4 (7.84%) Firewall
3 2 (3.92%) Intranet
4 1 (1.96%) LAN
4 1 (1.96%) Network Security
4 1 (1.96%) SSL
4 1 (1.96%) VLAN
4 1 (1.96%) VPN
4 1 (1.96%) WAN
4 1 (1.96%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.88%) Power BI
1 3 (5.88%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.92%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.92%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.92%) MySQL
2 2 (3.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (3.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (5.88%) Hudson
2 2 (3.92%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (13.73%) Finance
2 6 (11.76%) Legal
2 6 (11.76%) Public Sector
3 2 (3.92%) Law
3 2 (3.92%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.96%) Electronics
4 1 (1.96%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.96%) Marketing
4 1 (1.96%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (35.29%) Consultant
2 14 (27.45%) Security Consultant
3 8 (15.69%) Architect
4 7 (13.73%) Security Architect
5 4 (7.84%) Chief Technology Officer
5 4 (7.84%) Risk Consultant
6 3 (5.88%) Analyst
7 2 (3.92%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 2 (3.92%) Developer
7 2 (3.92%) Full Stack Developer
7 2 (3.92%) Information Officer
7 2 (3.92%) Information Security Consultant
7 2 (3.92%) Security Manager
8 1 (1.96%) Cloud Architect
8 1 (1.96%) Cybersecurity Specialist
8 1 (1.96%) Head of Information
8 1 (1.96%) Information Security Risk Consultant
8 1 (1.96%) Risk Officer
8 1 (1.96%) SC Cleared Project Manager
8 1 (1.96%) Senior Information Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (15.69%) ModSecurity
2 3 (5.88%) Web Services
3 2 (3.92%) .NET
3 2 (3.92%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.92%) CSS
3 2 (3.92%) HTML
3 2 (3.92%) HTML5
3 2 (3.92%) jQuery
3 2 (3.92%) React
3 2 (3.92%) SOAP
3 2 (3.92%) Vue.js
3 2 (3.92%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.69%) User Experience
2 7 (13.73%) Cyber Defence
2 7 (13.73%) NHS
3 6 (11.76%) Management Information System
4 4 (7.84%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.92%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (3.92%) PKI
5 2 (3.92%) Public Cloud
5 2 (3.92%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.96%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.96%) Blog
6 1 (1.96%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.84%) Windows
2 2 (3.92%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.96%) Android
3 1 (1.96%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.96%) Linux
3 1 (1.96%) MVS
3 1 (1.96%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (80.39%) Cybersecurity
2 24 (47.06%) Information Security
3 23 (45.10%) Risk Management
4 20 (39.22%) Information Assurance
5 12 (23.53%) Security Architecture
5 12 (23.53%) SIEM
6 11 (21.57%) Due Diligence
7 10 (19.61%) SABSA
7 10 (19.61%) TOGAF
8 9 (17.65%) MODAF
9 8 (15.69%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (13.73%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (13.73%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 7 (13.73%) ITIL
10 7 (13.73%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (13.73%) Threat Intelligence
11 6 (11.76%) GAP Analysis
11 6 (11.76%) Remediation Plan
11 6 (11.76%) Risk Assessment
11 6 (11.76%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.92%) C#
1 2 (3.92%) Java
1 2 (3.92%) JavaScript
1 2 (3.92%) PHP
1 2 (3.92%) Python
1 2 (3.92%) Ruby
1 2 (3.92%) SQL
2 1 (1.96%) C
Qualifications
1 27 (52.94%) CISSP
2 24 (47.06%) CISM
2 24 (47.06%) Security Cleared
3 19 (37.25%) CRISC
4 16 (31.37%) CESG Certified Professional
5 11 (21.57%) SC Cleared
6 4 (7.84%) CISA
7 3 (5.88%) CEH
7 3 (5.88%) CLAS
7 3 (5.88%) Degree
8 2 (3.92%) CREST Certified
8 2 (3.92%) GIAC
8 2 (3.92%) SANS
9 1 (1.96%) CCSP
9 1 (1.96%) CHFI
9 1 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (1.96%) CISMP
9 1 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (74.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (54.90%) NIST
3 21 (41.18%) NCSC
4 14 (27.45%) JSP 440
5 13 (25.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 10 (19.61%) NIST 800
7 9 (17.65%) GDPR
7 9 (17.65%) PCI DSS
8 7 (13.73%) COBIT
9 5 (9.80%) RMADS
10 4 (7.84%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (7.84%) SLA
11 2 (3.92%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (3.92%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 1 (1.96%) ISO 22301
12 1 (1.96%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 2 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.96%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.96%) Host Intrusion Detection System
1 1 (1.96%) RSA Archer
1 1 (1.96%) SCCM
1 1 (1.96%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.92%) Oracle
2 2 (3.92%) SAP
2 2 (3.92%) VMware
3 1 (1.96%) CheckPoint
3 1 (1.96%) Cisco
3 1 (1.96%) Dell
3 1 (1.96%) IBM
3 1 (1.96%) ServiceNow
3 1 (1.96%) SonicWALL
3 1 (1.96%) Splunk
3 1 (1.96%) Twitter