Period
to 14 May 2021

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 May 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.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
UK > England
6 months to
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 502 516 699
Rank change year-on-year +14 +183 +136
Contract jobs citing NCSC 103 100 124
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.22% 0.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.06% 2.18% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 70 86
10th Percentile £341 £400 £390
25th Percentile £438 £414 £503
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £563 £544 £564
Median % change year-on-year +3.45% -3.55% +1.12%
75th Percentile £669 £619 £700
90th Percentile £730 £675 £734
UK median daily rate £540 £530 £600
% change year-on-year +1.89% -11.67% +6.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
Median hourly rate £58.18 £80.00 -
Median % change year-on-year -27.28% - -
UK median hourly rate £58.18 £80.00 -
% change year-on-year -27.28% - -

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 4,992 4,587 8,788
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.00% 10.14% 10.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,239 2,937 5,613
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
25th Percentile £366 £355 £355
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £454 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.63% +0.89% -
75th Percentile £588 £563 £564
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 253 203 309
10th Percentile £11.36 £13.17 £10.58
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.27 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.90 £23.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.13% +9.52% -2.33%
75th Percentile £39.00 £47.50 £41.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £20.95 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -6.89% +9.77% -2.89%

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 May 2021.

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
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 May 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 -46 38 £638 +40.42% 3
South East +55 32 £425 -26.09% 7
South West +47 14 £600 +41.18% 3
Midlands +6 6 £525 -4.55% 6
North of England +17 5 £625 -1.96% 2
East Midlands +11 3 £550 -8.33% 3
West Midlands +4 3 £525 -3.45% 3
North West -6 3 £675 -1.82% 1
East of England +28 2 £225 -59.02% 2
Yorkshire - 2 £575 - 1
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 14 May 2021, 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 75 (72.82%) Security Cleared
2 63 (61.17%) SC Cleared
3 60 (58.25%) Cybersecurity
4 42 (40.78%) CISSP
5 33 (32.04%) NIST
6 28 (27.18%) CESG Certified Professional
7 27 (26.21%) CISM
8 25 (24.27%) Azure
9 24 (23.30%) Information Assurance
9 24 (23.30%) Network Security
9 24 (23.30%) Information Security
10 22 (21.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 21 (20.39%) SIEM
12 20 (19.42%) Internet
12 20 (19.42%) Public Sector
13 19 (18.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 19 (18.45%) Firewall
14 18 (17.48%) Cisco
14 18 (17.48%) Microsoft
15 17 (16.50%) TOGAF
15 17 (16.50%) AWS
15 17 (16.50%) Palo Alto
15 17 (16.50%) Security Operations
16 16 (15.53%) Fortinet
16 16 (15.53%) Management Information System
16 16 (15.53%) Risk Management
17 15 (14.56%) SABSA
17 15 (14.56%) LogRhythm
17 15 (14.56%) Splunk
17 15 (14.56%) Security Architecture

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:

Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (1.94%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 25 (24.27%) Azure
2 17 (16.50%) AWS
3 12 (11.65%) GCP
4 8 (7.77%) Power Platform
4 8 (7.77%) SaaS
5 7 (6.80%) IaaS
5 7 (6.80%) PaaS
6 6 (5.83%) Microsoft 365
7 5 (4.85%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (4.85%) PowerApps
8 3 (2.91%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (1.94%) Google Workspace
9 2 (1.94%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.97%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.97%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 24 (23.30%) Network Security
2 20 (19.42%) Internet
3 19 (18.45%) Firewall
4 6 (5.83%) Intrusion Detection
5 3 (2.91%) SD-WAN
5 3 (2.91%) TCP/IP
5 3 (2.91%) WAN
6 2 (1.94%) 5G
6 2 (1.94%) VPN
7 1 (0.97%) BGP
7 1 (0.97%) LAN
7 1 (0.97%) MPLS
7 1 (0.97%) SCCP
7 1 (0.97%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (0.97%) SSH
7 1 (0.97%) SSL
7 1 (0.97%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.97%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.91%) Big Data
1 3 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (2.91%) Power BI
2 2 (1.94%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.94%) MySQL
2 2 (1.94%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (0.97%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.97%) Burp Suite
General
1 20 (19.42%) Public Sector
2 10 (9.71%) Social Skills
3 7 (6.80%) Finance
4 6 (5.83%) Telecoms
5 5 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (4.85%) Electronics
5 5 (4.85%) Manufacturing
5 5 (4.85%) Marketing
6 2 (1.94%) Influencing Skills
6 2 (1.94%) Law
6 2 (1.94%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (0.97%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 25 (24.27%) Architect
1 25 (24.27%) Consultant
2 20 (19.42%) Analyst
2 20 (19.42%) Security Architect
3 18 (17.48%) Security Consultant
4 11 (10.68%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 5 (4.85%) Azure Engineer
5 5 (4.85%) Junior
5 5 (4.85%) Junior Analyst
5 5 (4.85%) Penetration Tester
5 5 (4.85%) Platform Engineer
5 5 (4.85%) Security Specialist
5 5 (4.85%) Senior Analyst
6 4 (3.88%) Cybersecurity Architect
6 4 (3.88%) Cybersecurity Specialist
6 4 (3.88%) Lead Architect
6 4 (3.88%) Lead Security Architect
6 4 (3.88%) Security Analyst
6 4 (3.88%) Senior Architect
6 4 (3.88%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.77%) ModSecurity
2 3 (2.91%) SOAP
3 2 (1.94%) .NET
3 2 (1.94%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.94%) CSS
3 2 (1.94%) HTML
3 2 (1.94%) HTML5
3 2 (1.94%) jQuery
3 2 (1.94%) LDAP
3 2 (1.94%) React
3 2 (1.94%) Vue.js
3 2 (1.94%) Web Services
3 2 (1.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (15.53%) Management Information System
2 15 (14.56%) Security Operations Centre
3 7 (6.80%) Cyber Defence
4 5 (4.85%) Public Cloud
5 4 (3.88%) CESG
5 4 (3.88%) User Experience
6 3 (2.91%) CMDB
6 3 (2.91%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.91%) NHS
6 3 (2.91%) SCADA
7 2 (1.94%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.94%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.94%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.97%) BYOD
8 1 (0.97%) CESG CLAS
8 1 (0.97%) Cybercrime
8 1 (0.97%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.97%) Social Media
8 1 (0.97%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.94%) Windows
2 1 (0.97%) Android
2 1 (0.97%) Kali Linux
2 1 (0.97%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (58.25%) Cybersecurity
2 24 (23.30%) Information Assurance
2 24 (23.30%) Information Security
3 21 (20.39%) SIEM
4 17 (16.50%) Security Operations
4 17 (16.50%) TOGAF
5 16 (15.53%) Risk Management
6 15 (14.56%) SABSA
6 15 (14.56%) Security Architecture
7 11 (10.68%) Penetration Testing
8 9 (8.74%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (8.74%) Business Analysis
9 8 (7.77%) Security Management
10 7 (6.80%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (6.80%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (6.80%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (6.80%) Vulnerability Management
11 6 (5.83%) Analytics
11 6 (5.83%) Mentoring
12 5 (4.85%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 7 (6.80%) PowerShell
2 3 (2.91%) C#
2 3 (2.91%) Java
2 3 (2.91%) Python
3 2 (1.94%) Bash Shell
3 2 (1.94%) C
3 2 (1.94%) JavaScript
3 2 (1.94%) PHP
3 2 (1.94%) Ruby
3 2 (1.94%) SQL
4 1 (0.97%) Ada
Qualifications
1 75 (72.82%) Security Cleared
2 63 (61.17%) SC Cleared
3 42 (40.78%) CISSP
4 28 (27.18%) CESG Certified Professional
5 27 (26.21%) CISM
6 13 (12.62%) CREST Certified
7 11 (10.68%) Degree
7 11 (10.68%) DV Cleared
8 9 (8.74%) CISA
9 6 (5.83%) CRISC
9 6 (5.83%) SANS
10 3 (2.91%) CHECK Team Leader
10 3 (2.91%) CHECK Team Member
10 3 (2.91%) Cyber Scheme
11 2 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (1.94%) CLAS
11 2 (1.94%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.97%) CCSP
12 1 (0.97%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (32.04%) NIST
2 22 (21.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (18.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 12 (11.65%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (8.74%) JSP 440
6 8 (7.77%) RMADS
7 7 (6.80%) COBIT
8 5 (4.85%) QA
8 5 (4.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (3.88%) GDPR
10 3 (2.91%) NIST 800
11 2 (1.94%) GRC
11 2 (1.94%) ISO/IEC 17025
12 1 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 2 (1.94%) Active Directory
1 2 (1.94%) Hyper-V
1 2 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (4.85%) Terraform
2 2 (1.94%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.97%) Ansible
3 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.97%) Nessus
3 1 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 18 (17.48%) Cisco
1 18 (17.48%) Microsoft
2 17 (16.50%) Palo Alto
3 16 (15.53%) Fortinet
4 15 (14.56%) LogRhythm
4 15 (14.56%) Splunk
5 14 (13.59%) Google
6 5 (4.85%) SAP
7 3 (2.91%) Oracle
8 2 (1.94%) CyberArk
8 2 (1.94%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.94%) VMware
9 1 (0.97%) Apple
9 1 (0.97%) Arista
9 1 (0.97%) Meraki