Period
to 29 March 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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 522 707 860
Rank change year-on-year +185 +153 -56
Contract jobs citing NCSC 150 135 26
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.15% 0.028%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.62% 1.41% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 94 24
Median daily rate £550 £575 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.35% -4.17% -4.00%
10th Percentile £413 £391 £414
90th Percentile £650 £756 £750
UK median daily rate £550 £600 £600
% change year-on-year -8.33% - -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £35.00 - -

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 5,720 9,567 11,800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.07% 10.75% 12.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,519 6,036 7,595
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £233 £250 £263
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 259 314 329
Median hourly rate £25.68 £22.00 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.73% +0.46% +6.83%
10th Percentile £13.48 £10.65 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £57.50
Median hourly rate £25.60 £21.88 £22.00
% change year-on-year +16.98% -0.55% +2.33%

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 29 March 2020.

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 29 March 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 +170 63 £500 -28.57% 5
North of England +73 32 £600 +26.32% 3
North West +67 29 £609 -1.58% 3
South West +31 29 £550 +8.64% 5
East of England +43 12 £563 -6.17% 3
Midlands +46 8 £538 -14.00%
East Midlands - 7 £538 -
South East +82 6 £600 +16.96% 1
North East +12 3 £531 +25.00%
West Midlands +35 1 £538 -17.31%
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 93 (62.00%) Security Cleared
2 74 (49.33%) Cybersecurity
3 69 (46.00%) SC Cleared
4 53 (35.33%) CISSP
4 53 (35.33%) Agile Software Development
4 53 (35.33%) NIST
5 49 (32.67%) Information Security
5 49 (32.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 45 (30.00%) AWS
7 39 (26.00%) Risk Management
7 39 (26.00%) Public Sector
8 36 (24.00%) Management Information System
8 36 (24.00%) Risk Assessment
9 28 (18.67%) Public Cloud
10 27 (18.00%) Windows
11 26 (17.33%) CISM
12 25 (16.67%) DV Cleared
12 25 (16.67%) Data Centre
13 24 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
14 22 (14.67%) DevOps
14 22 (14.67%) Programme Management
15 21 (14.00%) Data Protection
15 21 (14.00%) CESG Certified Professional
16 20 (13.33%) GIAC
16 20 (13.33%) Migration
16 20 (13.33%) Active Directory
17 19 (12.67%) Azure
18 18 (12.00%) Protective Monitoring
18 18 (12.00%) Open Source
18 18 (12.00%) Security Testing

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 7 (4.67%) Confluence
1 7 (4.67%) Exchange Server 2010
1 7 (4.67%) IIS
1 7 (4.67%) MS Exchange
1 7 (4.67%) Skype for Business
2 3 (2.00%) Red Hat Fuse
Cloud Services
1 45 (30.00%) AWS
2 19 (12.67%) Azure
3 8 (5.33%) Office 365
4 5 (3.33%) SaaS
5 3 (2.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (2.00%) Amazon GuardDuty
5 3 (2.00%) GCP
5 3 (2.00%) IaaS
6 2 (1.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (12.00%) Firewall
2 14 (9.33%) DHCP
3 12 (8.00%) DNS
3 12 (8.00%) Network Security
4 10 (6.67%) WAN
5 7 (4.67%) SAN
5 7 (4.67%) Skype
6 4 (2.67%) IPv4
7 3 (2.00%) HTTP
7 3 (2.00%) SCCP
7 3 (2.00%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.67%) Intranet
8 1 (0.67%) LAN
8 1 (0.67%) Software-Defined Networking
8 1 (0.67%) VPN
8 1 (0.67%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (7.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (4.67%) JIRA
2 5 (3.33%) Artifactory
2 5 (3.33%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.33%) GitLab
2 5 (3.33%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.67%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.67%) CF BOSH
General
1 39 (26.00%) Public Sector
2 15 (10.00%) Finance
3 9 (6.00%) Police
4 6 (4.00%) Electronics
4 6 (4.00%) Law
4 6 (4.00%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.00%) Marketing
4 6 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.67%) Legal
6 3 (2.00%) Military
7 1 (0.67%) Publishing
7 1 (0.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 57 (38.00%) Architect
2 31 (20.67%) Security Architect
3 28 (18.67%) Consultant
4 27 (18.00%) Security Consultant
5 22 (14.67%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 11 (7.33%) Cloud Architect
7 9 (6.00%) Network Architect
8 8 (5.33%) Analyst
8 8 (5.33%) AWS Architect
8 8 (5.33%) Azure Architect
8 8 (5.33%) Security Analyst
8 8 (5.33%) Security Manager
9 7 (4.67%) Chief Information Officer
9 7 (4.67%) Chief Information Security Officer
9 7 (4.67%) Chief Security Officer
9 7 (4.67%) CIO
9 7 (4.67%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 7 (4.67%) Information Security Officer
9 7 (4.67%) Security Officer
9 7 (4.67%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.33%) Web Services
2 5 (3.33%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (3.33%) Keycloak
3 3 (2.00%) REST
3 3 (2.00%) SOAP
3 3 (2.00%) Velocity
3 3 (2.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 36 (24.00%) Management Information System
2 28 (18.67%) Public Cloud
3 25 (16.67%) Data Centre
4 24 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (10.67%) Cyberthreat
6 10 (6.67%) PKI
7 8 (5.33%) Hybrid Cloud
8 6 (4.00%) HP StoreVirtual
8 6 (4.00%) Security Operations Centre
9 5 (3.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (2.00%) Private Cloud
11 2 (1.33%) CESG
11 2 (1.33%) Cyber Defence
12 1 (0.67%) Clustering
12 1 (0.67%) CMDB
12 1 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
12 1 (0.67%) LIMS
12 1 (0.67%) Mobile App
12 1 (0.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 27 (18.00%) Windows
2 16 (10.67%) Windows Server
3 14 (9.33%) Linux
4 12 (8.00%) Windows 10
5 7 (4.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (4.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.67%) Mac OS
7 3 (2.00%) Android
7 3 (2.00%) Apple iOS
7 3 (2.00%) Ubuntu
8 2 (1.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (49.33%) Cybersecurity
2 53 (35.33%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (32.67%) Information Security
4 39 (26.00%) Risk Management
5 36 (24.00%) Risk Assessment
6 22 (14.67%) DevOps
6 22 (14.67%) Programme Management
7 21 (14.00%) Data Protection
8 20 (13.33%) Migration
9 18 (12.00%) Open Source
9 18 (12.00%) Protective Monitoring
9 18 (12.00%) Security Testing
10 17 (11.33%) Remediation Plan
11 13 (8.67%) Security Architecture
11 13 (8.67%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (8.00%) Information Assurance
12 12 (8.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 12 (8.00%) Requirements Analysis
12 12 (8.00%) Scrum
13 11 (7.33%) Due Diligence
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.00%) PowerShell
2 7 (4.67%) Bash Shell
2 7 (4.67%) Go
2 7 (4.67%) Python
2 7 (4.67%) Ruby
3 3 (2.00%) Java
3 3 (2.00%) SQL
4 1 (0.67%) C
Qualifications
1 93 (62.00%) Security Cleared
2 69 (46.00%) SC Cleared
3 53 (35.33%) CISSP
4 26 (17.33%) CISM
5 25 (16.67%) DV Cleared
6 21 (14.00%) CESG Certified Professional
7 20 (13.33%) GIAC
8 16 (10.67%) ISACA
9 13 (8.67%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 13 (8.67%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (7.33%) CCSP
11 8 (5.33%) CRISC
11 8 (5.33%) Degree
12 7 (4.67%) CISA
12 7 (4.67%) IISP
12 7 (4.67%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (4.00%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 4 (2.67%) MCSA
14 4 (2.67%) Microsoft Certification
15 3 (2.00%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (35.33%) NIST
2 49 (32.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (11.33%) GDPR
4 16 (10.67%) Cyber Essentials
5 15 (10.00%) RMADS
6 13 (8.67%) JSP 440
7 10 (6.67%) Government Security Classifications
8 9 (6.00%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 8 (5.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 8 (5.33%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 6 (4.00%) COBIT
11 3 (2.00%) QA
12 2 (1.33%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.67%) PCI DSS
13 1 (0.67%) PMO
13 1 (0.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 20 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.67%) Docker
2 7 (4.67%) Hyper-V
2 7 (4.67%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.67%) Firmware
3 1 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (6.00%) Kubernetes
2 7 (4.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 6 (4.00%) Ansible
4 5 (3.33%) Sysdig
4 5 (3.33%) Terraform
5 4 (2.67%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (2.67%) WSUS
6 3 (2.00%) ZABBIX
7 2 (1.33%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (1.33%) Nessus
7 2 (1.33%) Nexpose
7 2 (1.33%) OpenVAS
7 2 (1.33%) SCCM
8 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.67%) Puppet
8 1 (0.67%) QRadar
Vendors
1 17 (11.33%) Microsoft
2 11 (7.33%) Cisco
3 8 (5.33%) VMware
4 6 (4.00%) HP
4 6 (4.00%) SAP
5 5 (3.33%) Oracle
5 5 (3.33%) Sophos
6 4 (2.67%) Lumension
6 4 (2.67%) Symantec
7 3 (2.00%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.33%) Citrix
8 2 (1.33%) Splunk
9 1 (0.67%) Apple
9 1 (0.67%) Fortinet
9 1 (0.67%) Meraki
9 1 (0.67%) NetWitness
9 1 (0.67%) Palo Alto