Period
to 14 August 2020

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 14 August 2020 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
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 424 732 823
Rank change year-on-year +308 +91 -30
Contract jobs citing NCSC 85 69 55
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.083% 0.059%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.69% 0.82% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 43 33
Median daily rate £441 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.39% +4.55% -4.35%
10th Percentile £325 £513 £414
90th Percentile £706 £825 £725
UK median daily rate £454 £550 £550
% change year-on-year -17.45% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 0
Median hourly rate £77.50 £77.50 -
UK median hourly rate £77.50 £56.25 -
% change year-on-year +37.78% - -

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 3,158 8,448 10,620
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.46% 10.21% 11.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,853 5,285 6,781
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - -
10th Percentile £260 £233 £258
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +1.11% - +0.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 373 349
Median hourly rate £27.09 £22.36 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.17% -6.85% +20.00%
10th Percentile £12.35 £10.80 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.13 £55.80 £52.55
Median hourly rate £26.73 £22.18 £22.50
% change year-on-year +20.53% -1.43% +2.74%

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 14 August 2020.

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 14 August 2020.

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 14 August 2020. 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 +227 49 £427 -39.00% 2
North of England +130 18 £706 +34.52% 3
North West +99 16 £800 +45.45%
South East +178 8 £600 +16.73% 1
South West +80 7 £443 -19.55% 7
Midlands +96 2 £538 -8.51% 1
North East +43 2 £513 -2.38%
East of England +82 1 - -
West Midlands +67 1 £550 -12.00%
East Midlands - 1 £525 - 1
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 14 August 2020, 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 50 (58.82%) Security Cleared
2 43 (50.59%) SC Cleared
3 42 (49.41%) Cybersecurity
4 38 (44.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 33 (38.82%) Risk Management
6 28 (32.94%) NIST
7 26 (30.59%) CISSP
8 25 (29.41%) Data Protection
9 24 (28.24%) Management Information System
10 22 (25.88%) Information Security
10 22 (25.88%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (25.88%) Public Cloud
11 21 (24.71%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 20 (23.53%) Public Sector
12 20 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
12 20 (23.53%) Risk Assessment
13 18 (21.18%) CESG Certified Professional
14 17 (20.00%) Windows
15 15 (17.65%) DNS
15 15 (17.65%) Security Architecture
16 14 (16.47%) Active Directory
16 14 (16.47%) Firewall
17 13 (15.29%) ITIL
17 13 (15.29%) AWS
17 13 (15.29%) DV Cleared
17 13 (15.29%) ISACA
17 13 (15.29%) Government Security Classifications
17 13 (15.29%) Windows Server
17 13 (15.29%) Cyberthreat
18 12 (14.12%) Windows 10

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 12 (14.12%) MS Exchange
2 10 (11.76%) Exchange Server 2010
2 10 (11.76%) IIS
3 4 (4.71%) Confluence
4 2 (2.35%) nginx
4 2 (2.35%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.35%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.18%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 13 (15.29%) AWS
2 8 (9.41%) Amazon EC2
2 8 (9.41%) Azure
3 7 (8.24%) Amazon S3
4 3 (3.53%) Amazon GuardDuty
5 2 (2.35%) SaaS
5 2 (2.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (1.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (1.18%) Amazon Macie
6 1 (1.18%) AWS CloudTrail
6 1 (1.18%) AWS CodeBuild
6 1 (1.18%) AWS CodeCommit
6 1 (1.18%) AWS CodeDeploy
6 1 (1.18%) AWS CodePipeline
6 1 (1.18%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (1.18%) Office 365
6 1 (1.18%) Power Platform
6 1 (1.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (17.65%) DNS
2 14 (16.47%) Firewall
3 12 (14.12%) DHCP
4 10 (11.76%) SAN
5 9 (10.59%) IPv4
6 5 (5.88%) Network Security
7 2 (2.35%) Internet
7 2 (2.35%) IPv6
7 2 (2.35%) Skype
7 2 (2.35%) SSL
7 2 (2.35%) Unified Communications
8 1 (1.18%) Cisco Nexus
8 1 (1.18%) DKIM
8 1 (1.18%) DMARC
8 1 (1.18%) DMVPN
8 1 (1.18%) Multicast
8 1 (1.18%) Software-Defined Networking
8 1 (1.18%) VPN
8 1 (1.18%) VSAN
8 1 (1.18%) VXLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (14.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.53%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (3.53%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.35%) MySQL
3 2 (2.35%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.18%) Amazon Aurora
4 1 (1.18%) Power BI
4 1 (1.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Bitbucket
1 3 (3.53%) JIRA
2 1 (1.18%) Snyk
2 1 (1.18%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 20 (23.53%) Public Sector
2 4 (4.71%) Finance
2 4 (4.71%) Legal
3 2 (2.35%) Local Government
3 2 (2.35%) Police
3 2 (2.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (20.00%) Architect
2 14 (16.47%) Consultant
3 13 (15.29%) Security Consultant
4 9 (10.59%) Security Architect
5 8 (9.41%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 8 (9.41%) Technical Support
6 7 (8.24%) Support Officer
6 7 (8.24%) Technical Support Officer
7 6 (7.06%) Chief Information Officer
7 6 (7.06%) Chief Information Security Officer
7 6 (7.06%) Chief Security Officer
7 6 (7.06%) CIO
7 6 (7.06%) Information Security Officer
7 6 (7.06%) Security Officer
8 5 (5.88%) Security Engineer
8 5 (5.88%) Security Manager
9 4 (4.71%) Analyst
9 4 (4.71%) Information Security Manager
9 4 (4.71%) Security Analyst
9 4 (4.71%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.35%) LDAP
2 1 (1.18%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.18%) Apache NiFi
2 1 (1.18%) Apollo GraphQL
2 1 (1.18%) GraphQL
2 1 (1.18%) JMS
2 1 (1.18%) ModSecurity
2 1 (1.18%) React
2 1 (1.18%) REST
2 1 (1.18%) SOAP
2 1 (1.18%) Spring
2 1 (1.18%) Spring Boot
2 1 (1.18%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 24 (28.24%) Management Information System
2 22 (25.88%) Public Cloud
3 20 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (15.29%) Cyberthreat
5 10 (11.76%) HP StoreVirtual
6 9 (10.59%) CESG
7 6 (7.06%) SCADA
8 5 (5.88%) Data Centre
9 4 (4.71%) Cyber Defence
9 4 (4.71%) PKI
9 4 (4.71%) Private Cloud
10 3 (3.53%) Cyberattack
10 3 (3.53%) Driving Licence
10 3 (3.53%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (3.53%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (2.35%) Replication
11 2 (2.35%) Video Conferencing
12 1 (1.18%) CCTV
12 1 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
12 1 (1.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 17 (20.00%) Windows
2 13 (15.29%) Windows Server
3 12 (14.12%) Windows 10
4 10 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (7.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (4.71%) Linux
7 2 (2.35%) Mac OS
7 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (49.41%) Cybersecurity
2 33 (38.82%) Risk Management
3 25 (29.41%) Data Protection
4 22 (25.88%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (25.88%) Information Security
5 20 (23.53%) Risk Assessment
6 15 (17.65%) Security Architecture
7 13 (15.29%) ITIL
8 12 (14.12%) Information Assurance
9 11 (12.94%) Requirements Analysis
10 10 (11.76%) High Availability
10 10 (11.76%) Patch Management
11 9 (10.59%) Mentoring
12 8 (9.41%) Continuous Delivery
12 8 (9.41%) Penetration Testing
12 8 (9.41%) Threat Modelling
13 7 (8.24%) Network Management
13 7 (8.24%) SIEM
14 6 (7.06%) DevOps
14 6 (7.06%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.24%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.35%) Java
2 2 (2.35%) SQL
3 1 (1.18%) C
3 1 (1.18%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 50 (58.82%) Security Cleared
2 43 (50.59%) SC Cleared
3 26 (30.59%) CISSP
4 18 (21.18%) CESG Certified Professional
5 13 (15.29%) DV Cleared
5 13 (15.29%) ISACA
6 12 (14.12%) CISM
6 12 (14.12%) GIAC
7 11 (12.94%) ITIL Certification
8 8 (9.41%) MCSA
8 8 (9.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (8.24%) CISA
10 6 (7.06%) IISP
11 3 (3.53%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (3.53%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (3.53%) DBS Check
12 2 (2.35%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 2 (2.35%) CASP
12 2 (2.35%) CompTIA Security+
12 2 (2.35%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (44.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (32.94%) NIST
3 21 (24.71%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 13 (15.29%) Government Security Classifications
5 12 (14.12%) RMADS
6 11 (12.94%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (9.41%) GDPR
7 8 (9.41%) JSP 440
8 3 (3.53%) COBIT
9 2 (2.35%) HIPAA
9 2 (2.35%) NIST 800
10 1 (1.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (1.18%) ISO 31000
10 1 (1.18%) ISO 9001
10 1 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (1.18%) PMO
System Software
1 14 (16.47%) Active Directory
2 11 (12.94%) Hyper-V
2 11 (12.94%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.35%) Docker
5 1 (1.18%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 11 (12.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 7 (8.24%) Norton AntiVirus
2 7 (8.24%) WSUS
3 3 (3.53%) ArcSight ESM
3 3 (3.53%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 3 (3.53%) Kubernetes
4 2 (2.35%) Ansible
4 2 (2.35%) Consul
4 2 (2.35%) HAProxy
4 2 (2.35%) Packer
4 2 (2.35%) Puppet
4 2 (2.35%) Terraform
5 1 (1.18%) Nessus
5 1 (1.18%) OpenVAS
5 1 (1.18%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 10 (11.76%) HP
2 7 (8.24%) Lumension
2 7 (8.24%) Sophos
2 7 (8.24%) Symantec
3 6 (7.06%) Cisco
4 5 (5.88%) VMware
5 4 (4.71%) ArcSight
5 4 (4.71%) Microsoft
5 4 (4.71%) Splunk
6 3 (3.53%) Micro Focus
7 2 (2.35%) Citrix
7 2 (2.35%) Juniper
7 2 (2.35%) SolarWinds
7 2 (2.35%) Veeam
8 1 (1.18%) Atlassian
8 1 (1.18%) Fortinet
8 1 (1.18%) LogRhythm
8 1 (1.18%) Meraki
8 1 (1.18%) Palo Alto
8 1 (1.18%) ServiceNow