Period
to 19 November 2019

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 19 November 2019 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
19 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 653 784 822
Rank change year-on-year +131 +38 +51
Contract jobs citing NCSC 108 83 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.088% 0.043%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.35% 0.82% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 50 28
England median daily rate £556 £569 £660
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.20% -13.83% -10.51%
10th Percentile £431 £371 £468
90th Percentile £713 £731 £769
UK median daily rate £550 £575 £638
% change year-on-year -4.35% -9.80% -13.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
England median hourly rate £77.50 - -
UK median hourly rate £77.50 - -

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 8,018 10,108 11,775
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.49% 10.70% 12.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,049 6,462 7,755
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £241 £256 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 358 344 322
England median hourly rate £21.75 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.14% +10.00% -11.77%
10th Percentile £11.09 £11.03 £11.00
90th Percentile £56.08 £50.55 £49.28
UK median hourly rate £21.42 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.66% +10.00% -13.67%

NCSC
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for NCSC in England

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NCSC in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for NCSC in England

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NCSC in England over the 6 months to 19 November 2019.

Contractor daily 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 19 November 2019. 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 +64 30 £575 -14.81% 5
North of England +53 27 £563 +18.42% 2
North West +31 26 £575 +64.29%
South West +8 24 £550 +22.22% 3
South East +42 13 £675 +31.71% 6
Midlands +51 8 £463 -27.45% 4
East of England +38 6 £563 -6.17% 1
West Midlands +33 4 £413 -35.29% 2
East Midlands - 4 £525 - 2
Yorkshire +33 1 £360 - 1
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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 59 (54.63%) Security Cleared
2 47 (43.52%) AWS
3 39 (36.11%) Azure
3 39 (36.11%) SC Cleared
3 39 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (34.26%) Information Security
5 36 (33.33%) Data Centre
6 33 (30.56%) Cybersecurity
7 31 (28.70%) CISSP
8 28 (25.93%) NIST
9 27 (25.00%) Microsoft
9 27 (25.00%) Migration
9 27 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 26 (24.07%) Public Sector
11 25 (23.15%) DV Cleared
11 25 (23.15%) Risk Management
12 23 (21.30%) Scrum
12 23 (21.30%) Public Cloud
13 22 (20.37%) Management Information System
14 21 (19.44%) Windows
14 21 (19.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 20 (18.52%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (15.74%) DNS
17 16 (14.81%) Hybrid Cloud
17 16 (14.81%) RMADS
18 15 (13.89%) Active Directory
18 15 (13.89%) Windows Server
18 15 (13.89%) Remediation Plan
19 14 (12.96%) CESG Certified Professional
19 14 (12.96%) Risk Assessment

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 8 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
1 8 (7.41%) MS Exchange
2 7 (6.48%) Skype for Business
3 5 (4.63%) IIS
4 4 (3.70%) Confluence
5 3 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (1.85%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 47 (43.52%) AWS
2 39 (36.11%) Azure
3 10 (9.26%) IaaS
3 10 (9.26%) PaaS
4 9 (8.33%) Office 365
5 7 (6.48%) SaaS
6 4 (3.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 3 (2.78%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (2.78%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (2.78%) GCP
7 3 (2.78%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.93%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 17 (15.74%) DNS
2 14 (12.96%) Network Security
3 13 (12.04%) Firewall
3 13 (12.04%) WAN
4 11 (10.19%) DHCP
5 7 (6.48%) Skype
6 5 (4.63%) SAN
7 4 (3.70%) 802.11
7 4 (3.70%) BGP
7 4 (3.70%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (3.70%) DMZ
7 4 (3.70%) EIGRP
7 4 (3.70%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (3.70%) IPsec
7 4 (3.70%) IPv4
7 4 (3.70%) iSCSI
7 4 (3.70%) LAN
7 4 (3.70%) OSPF
7 4 (3.70%) TCP/IP
7 4 (3.70%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (10.19%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.70%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (2.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.93%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 4 (3.70%) Bitbucket
1 4 (3.70%) JIRA
2 3 (2.78%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.93%) Snyk
General
1 26 (24.07%) Public Sector
2 13 (12.04%) Finance
3 9 (8.33%) Police
4 7 (6.48%) Law
5 6 (5.56%) Electronics
5 6 (5.56%) Manufacturing
5 6 (5.56%) Marketing
5 6 (5.56%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.78%) Legal
7 2 (1.85%) Military
8 1 (0.93%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 50 (46.30%) Architect
2 21 (19.44%) Consultant
3 20 (18.52%) Security Consultant
4 19 (17.59%) Cloud Architect
5 18 (16.67%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 15 (13.89%) Senior Architect
7 14 (12.96%) AWS Architect
7 14 (12.96%) Security Architect
8 11 (10.19%) Senior Cloud Architect
9 10 (9.26%) Azure Architect
10 6 (5.56%) Security Manager
11 5 (4.63%) Cloud Engineer
11 5 (4.63%) Infrastructure Architect
11 5 (4.63%) Network Architect
12 4 (3.70%) Azure Engineer
12 4 (3.70%) Operational Security Manager
12 4 (3.70%) Security Officer
12 4 (3.70%) Security Operations Manager
12 4 (3.70%) Technical Architect
12 4 (3.70%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.19%) Web Services
2 4 (3.70%) 802.1X
3 3 (2.78%) Node.js
4 1 (0.93%) MassTransit
4 1 (0.93%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.93%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 36 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 23 (21.30%) Public Cloud
3 22 (20.37%) Management Information System
4 16 (14.81%) Hybrid Cloud
5 14 (12.96%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (4.63%) Security Operations Centre
7 4 (3.70%) HP StoreVirtual
7 4 (3.70%) Replication
8 3 (2.78%) CESG
8 3 (2.78%) Clustering
8 3 (2.78%) Cyberattack
8 3 (2.78%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (2.78%) PKI
9 2 (1.85%) Cyber Defence
10 1 (0.93%) Cyberthreat
10 1 (0.93%) LIMS
10 1 (0.93%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.93%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.93%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 21 (19.44%) Windows
2 15 (13.89%) Windows Server
3 6 (5.56%) Windows 10
4 5 (4.63%) Linux
4 5 (4.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.78%) VMS
7 1 (0.93%) Android
7 1 (0.93%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.93%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (34.26%) Information Security
3 33 (30.56%) Cybersecurity
4 27 (25.00%) Migration
5 25 (23.15%) Risk Management
6 23 (21.30%) Scrum
7 21 (19.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 20 (18.52%) Stakeholder Management
9 15 (13.89%) Remediation Plan
10 14 (12.96%) DevOps
10 14 (12.96%) Risk Assessment
11 13 (12.04%) Information Assurance
11 13 (12.04%) Programme Management
12 11 (10.19%) Problem-Solving
13 10 (9.26%) Cyber Assurance
13 10 (9.26%) Due Diligence
13 10 (9.26%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 9 (8.33%) Computer Science
14 9 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
14 9 (8.33%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 13 (12.04%) PowerShell
2 7 (6.48%) SQL
3 3 (2.78%) Bash Shell
3 3 (2.78%) C#
3 3 (2.78%) Go
3 3 (2.78%) Java
3 3 (2.78%) Python
3 3 (2.78%) Ruby
3 3 (2.78%) VBScript
4 1 (0.93%) C
Qualifications
1 59 (54.63%) Security Cleared
2 39 (36.11%) SC Cleared
3 31 (28.70%) CISSP
4 25 (23.15%) DV Cleared
5 14 (12.96%) CESG Certified Professional
6 13 (12.04%) CISM
7 12 (11.11%) Degree
8 11 (10.19%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 11 (10.19%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (9.26%) CCSP
10 8 (7.41%) CRISC
10 8 (7.41%) GIAC
11 5 (4.63%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 4 (3.70%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
12 4 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (1.85%) CREST Certified
13 2 (1.85%) ISACA
14 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
14 1 (0.93%) IISP
14 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (25.93%) NIST
2 27 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (14.81%) RMADS
4 11 (10.19%) JSP 440
5 8 (7.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 8 (7.41%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 6 (5.56%) GDPR
6 6 (5.56%) Government Security Classifications
7 5 (4.63%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (3.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (2.78%) COBIT
10 2 (1.85%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 15 (13.89%) Active Directory
2 8 (7.41%) Hyper-V
2 8 (7.41%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.78%) Docker
5 1 (0.93%) Firmware
5 1 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (5.56%) Terraform
2 5 (4.63%) Kubernetes
2 5 (4.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 4 (3.70%) Ansible
3 4 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (3.70%) Puppet
4 3 (2.78%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (2.78%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (2.78%) WSUS
5 1 (0.93%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 27 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (7.41%) VMware
3 7 (6.48%) Cisco
4 6 (5.56%) SAP
5 5 (4.63%) Fortinet
6 4 (3.70%) HP
6 4 (3.70%) Juniper
6 4 (3.70%) Palo Alto
6 4 (3.70%) Symantec
7 3 (2.78%) Lumension
7 3 (2.78%) Sophos
8 2 (1.85%) Saba
9 1 (0.93%) IBM
9 1 (0.93%) OpenText
9 1 (0.93%) Oracle
9 1 (0.93%) Qualys
9 1 (0.93%) Splunk
9 1 (0.93%) Veracode