Period
to 27 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for NCSC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NCSC over the 6 months to 27 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.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
UK > England
6 months to
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 534 412 597
Rank change year-on-year -122 +185 +160
Contract jobs citing NCSC 230 154 134
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.33% 0.44% 0.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.54% 3.70% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 107 98
10th Percentile £450 £263 £407
25th Percentile £500 £420 £500
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £563 £550
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% +2.27% -
75th Percentile £690 £644 £624
90th Percentile £788 £710 £675
UK median daily rate £600 £538 £550
% change year-on-year +11.63% -2.27% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 2
10th Percentile £50.31 - -
25th Percentile £53.91 - £76.25
Median hourly rate £58.18 £53.00 £77.50
Median % change year-on-year +9.76% -31.61% -
75th Percentile £73.57 - £78.75
90th Percentile £96.86 - -
UK median hourly rate £58.18 £53.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year +9.76% -31.61% -

NCSC 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 9,057 4,157 7,158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.97% 11.94% 11.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,188 2,718 4,602
10th Percentile £263 £275 £250
25th Percentile £400 £369 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £509 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +7.05% +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 233 207 275
10th Percentile £11.36 £10.75 £12.00
25th Percentile £14.25 £13.97 £16.00
Median hourly rate £25.50 £21.05 £20.21
Median % change year-on-year +21.14% +4.18% -0.20%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.13 £47.50
90th Percentile £58.98 £52.70 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £21.05 £20.50
% change year-on-year +14.01% +2.68% +1.26%

NCSC
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing NCSC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for NCSC in England

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NCSC in England.

Daily rate trend for NCSC in England

NCSC
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NCSC in England over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for NCSC in England

NCSC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing NCSC in England.

Hourly rate trend for NCSC in England

NCSC
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NCSC in England over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for NCSC in England

NCSC
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 NCSC within the England region over the 6 months to 27 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 -120 106 £600 +2.13% 12
South East -81 35 £525 +17.78% 6
North of England -32 34 £590 -3.59% 3
North West -26 31 £590 -3.59% 2
South West -52 31 £541 +0.70% 5
West Midlands -42 8 £763 - 3
Midlands -58 8 £763 +48.78% 5
East of England -43 4 £500 +122.22% 1
Yorkshire - 3 £590 - 1
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing NCSC 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 NCSC.

1 133 (57.83%) Security Cleared
2 103 (44.78%) SC Cleared
3 94 (40.87%) Cybersecurity
4 82 (35.65%) Information Security
5 68 (29.57%) CISSP
6 53 (23.04%) AWS
7 48 (20.87%) CESG Certified Professional
8 46 (20.00%) Public Sector
9 45 (19.57%) Risk Management
9 45 (19.57%) Python
10 42 (18.26%) Linux
10 42 (18.26%) NIST
10 42 (18.26%) Social Skills
11 41 (17.83%) Bash
12 40 (17.39%) Network Security
12 40 (17.39%) VMware
13 39 (16.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 38 (16.52%) VMware Infrastructure
15 36 (15.65%) Agile Software Development
15 36 (15.65%) Microsoft
16 35 (15.22%) Kubernetes
17 34 (14.78%) Risk Assessment
18 33 (14.35%) Information Assurance
19 32 (13.91%) Azure
19 32 (13.91%) Degree
20 28 (12.17%) GCP
20 28 (12.17%) Project Delivery
21 27 (11.74%) Ruby
22 26 (11.30%) CI/CD
22 26 (11.30%) DevOps

NCSC
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 17 (7.39%) nginx
1 17 (7.39%) SharePoint
1 17 (7.39%) Traefik
2 3 (1.30%) Apache
2 3 (1.30%) Apache Spark
2 3 (1.30%) Confluence
3 2 (0.87%) Jupyter
4 1 (0.43%) CMS
4 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.43%) IIS
4 1 (0.43%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.74%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.87%) SmartPlant
Cloud Services
1 53 (23.04%) AWS
2 32 (13.91%) Azure
3 28 (12.17%) GCP
4 21 (9.13%) Amazon EC2
5 20 (8.70%) AWS CloudFormation
6 18 (7.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 17 (7.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 17 (7.39%) Microsoft 365
8 9 (3.91%) Azure Sentinel
9 7 (3.04%) Amazon S3
9 7 (3.04%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (2.17%) PaaS
10 5 (2.17%) Power Platform
11 4 (1.74%) IaaS
12 3 (1.30%) Amazon EMR
12 3 (1.30%) Amazon Kinesis
12 3 (1.30%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (1.30%) Serverless
12 3 (1.30%) Snowflake
13 2 (0.87%) Amazon SageMaker
Communications & Networking
1 40 (17.39%) Network Security
2 22 (9.57%) Firewall
3 21 (9.13%) DNS
4 18 (7.83%) SD-WAN
4 18 (7.83%) TCP/IP
4 18 (7.83%) WAN
5 3 (1.30%) DHCP
5 3 (1.30%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (0.87%) 3G
6 2 (0.87%) 4G
6 2 (0.87%) 5G
6 2 (0.87%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.87%) Internet
6 2 (0.87%) Wireless
7 1 (0.43%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.43%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.43%) LTE
7 1 (0.43%) SSL
7 1 (0.43%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.04%) Big Data
2 3 (1.30%) Amazon Redshift
2 3 (1.30%) Data Lake
2 3 (1.30%) Flink
2 3 (1.30%) Hadoop
2 3 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (1.30%) Power BI
3 2 (0.87%) Electronic Patient Records
3 2 (0.87%) Metadata
3 2 (0.87%) Qlik Sense
3 2 (0.87%) Tableau
4 1 (0.43%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 18 (7.83%) Git (software)
1 18 (7.83%) GitLab
2 17 (7.39%) Jenkins
3 8 (3.48%) Burp Suite
3 8 (3.48%) Metasploit
4 5 (2.17%) JIRA
5 2 (0.87%) AppScan
6 1 (0.43%) Snyk
6 1 (0.43%) Vagrant
General
1 46 (20.00%) Public Sector
2 42 (18.26%) Social Skills
3 23 (10.00%) Telecoms
4 22 (9.57%) Finance
5 13 (5.65%) Electronics
5 13 (5.65%) Manufacturing
5 13 (5.65%) Marketing
6 9 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (3.48%) Influencing Skills
7 8 (3.48%) Legal
8 4 (1.74%) Presentation Skills
9 3 (1.30%) Banking
9 3 (1.30%) Law
9 3 (1.30%) Organisational Skills
10 2 (0.87%) German Language
10 2 (0.87%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.87%) Local Government
10 2 (0.87%) Police
10 2 (0.87%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.43%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 85 (36.96%) Architect
2 58 (25.22%) Security Architect
3 31 (13.48%) Consultant
4 22 (9.57%) Security Consultant
5 20 (8.70%) DevOps Engineer
5 20 (8.70%) Technical Architect
6 15 (6.52%) Analyst
7 13 (5.65%) Security Analyst
8 12 (5.22%) Administrator
8 12 (5.22%) Linux Administrator
8 12 (5.22%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 12 (5.22%) Security Engineer
8 12 (5.22%) Systems Administrator
9 11 (4.78%) Lead Architect
9 11 (4.78%) Microsoft 365 Architect
10 10 (4.35%) Enterprise Architect
11 9 (3.91%) Lead Security Architect
12 8 (3.48%) Cybersecurity Architect
12 8 (3.48%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 8 (3.48%) Network Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.83%) cloud-init
2 14 (6.09%) Java SE
3 4 (1.74%) ModSecurity
4 3 (1.30%) ARM Templates
4 3 (1.30%) Django
4 3 (1.30%) FastAPI
4 3 (1.30%) GraphQL
4 3 (1.30%) Kafka
4 3 (1.30%) React
4 3 (1.30%) REST
5 2 (0.87%) OAuth
5 2 (0.87%) OpenID
6 1 (0.43%) .NET
6 1 (0.43%) JSON Web Signature
6 1 (0.43%) Node.js
6 1 (0.43%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.43%) Management Information System
1 24 (10.43%) PKI
2 19 (8.26%) Clustering
3 11 (4.78%) CESG
4 10 (4.35%) Mobile App
4 10 (4.35%) Public Cloud
5 8 (3.48%) SCADA
5 8 (3.48%) Security Operations Centre
6 7 (3.04%) CESG CLAS
7 6 (2.61%) Cyberthreat
8 4 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (1.30%) Legacy Applications
9 3 (1.30%) NHS
10 2 (0.87%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.87%) Industrial Internet of Things
10 2 (0.87%) Internet of Things
10 2 (0.87%) Smart City
11 1 (0.43%) Hybrid Cloud
11 1 (0.43%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 42 (18.26%) Linux
2 22 (9.57%) Ubuntu
3 18 (7.83%) CentOS
3 18 (7.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 10 (4.35%) Windows
5 6 (2.61%) Android
6 4 (1.74%) Windows Server
7 3 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.30%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (1.30%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (0.87%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.43%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (40.87%) Cybersecurity
2 82 (35.65%) Information Security
3 45 (19.57%) Risk Management
4 36 (15.65%) Agile Software Development
5 34 (14.78%) Risk Assessment
6 33 (14.35%) Information Assurance
7 28 (12.17%) Project Delivery
8 26 (11.30%) CI/CD
8 26 (11.30%) DevOps
9 25 (10.87%) Penetration Testing
10 24 (10.43%) Security Management
10 24 (10.43%) TOGAF
11 23 (10.00%) Information Security Management
11 23 (10.00%) SABSA
12 22 (9.57%) Security Architecture
13 21 (9.13%) Security Operations
14 19 (8.26%) OWASP
15 18 (7.83%) Network Architecture
15 18 (7.83%) Security Testing
16 17 (7.39%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 45 (19.57%) Python
2 41 (17.83%) Bash
3 27 (11.74%) Ruby
4 25 (10.87%) Java
5 17 (7.39%) Go
6 14 (6.09%) AWK
6 14 (6.09%) sed
7 10 (4.35%) C
7 10 (4.35%) C#
7 10 (4.35%) C++
7 10 (4.35%) Perl
8 8 (3.48%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.30%) SQL
10 2 (0.87%) Ada
Qualifications
1 133 (57.83%) Security Cleared
2 103 (44.78%) SC Cleared
3 68 (29.57%) CISSP
4 48 (20.87%) CESG Certified Professional
5 32 (13.91%) Degree
6 25 (10.87%) CISM
7 21 (9.13%) SANS
8 18 (7.83%) CREST Certified
9 17 (7.39%) CLAS
10 14 (6.09%) RHCE
11 11 (4.78%) Computer Science Degree
12 10 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
12 10 (4.35%) DV Cleared
13 9 (3.91%) CCNP
14 7 (3.04%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (3.04%) CISA
15 4 (1.74%) CHECK Team Leader
15 4 (1.74%) CHECK Team Member
15 4 (1.74%) Cyber Scheme
15 4 (1.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (18.26%) NIST
2 39 (16.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (6.96%) RMADS
4 15 (6.52%) GDPR
5 12 (5.22%) COBIT
5 12 (5.22%) JSP 440
6 10 (4.35%) Cyber Essentials
6 10 (4.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 9 (3.91%) NIST 800
7 9 (3.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 7 (3.04%) GRC
9 6 (2.61%) PCI DSS
10 4 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 3 (1.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.87%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.87%) Government Security Classifications
13 1 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.43%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.43%) QA
System Software
1 38 (16.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 25 (10.87%) Docker
3 18 (7.83%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.48%) Active Directory
5 4 (1.74%) vSphere
6 3 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 35 (15.22%) Kubernetes
2 24 (10.43%) Terraform
3 19 (8.26%) Ansible
4 18 (7.83%) Packer
5 17 (7.39%) Consul
5 17 (7.39%) Docker Swarm
5 17 (7.39%) Graphite
5 17 (7.39%) HAProxy
5 17 (7.39%) Istio
5 17 (7.39%) linkerd
5 17 (7.39%) Podman
5 17 (7.39%) Prometheus
5 17 (7.39%) Puppet
5 17 (7.39%) ZABBIX
6 8 (3.48%) Nessus
7 7 (3.04%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (1.30%) HP Fortify
8 3 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (0.87%) WebInspect
10 1 (0.43%) SCCM
Vendors
1 40 (17.39%) VMware
2 36 (15.65%) Microsoft
3 18 (7.83%) Cisco
3 18 (7.83%) Splunk
4 17 (7.39%) PagerDuty
5 13 (5.65%) SAP
6 8 (3.48%) Google
7 2 (0.87%) Apple
7 2 (0.87%) Checkmarx
7 2 (0.87%) Ericsson
7 2 (0.87%) Mavenir
7 2 (0.87%) Nokia
7 2 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.87%) Samsung
7 2 (0.87%) Veracode
7 2 (0.87%) Virgin Media
8 1 (0.43%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.43%) Rapid7
8 1 (0.43%) Thales
8 1 (0.43%) Zscaler