Period
to 4 March 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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 431 570 717
Rank change year-on-year +139 +147 +113
Contract jobs citing NCSC 141 132 134
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.36% 0.22% 0.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.36% 2.17% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 97 100
Median daily rate £563 £563 £561
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.09% +0.31% -6.46%
10th Percentile £263 £414 £388
90th Percentile £725 £675 £756
UK median daily rate £563 £550 £600
% change year-on-year +2.27% -8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £58.18 - -
UK median hourly rate £58.18 - -

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 4,200 6,093 9,641
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.79% 10.01% 10.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,707 3,944 6,248
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £263 £240 £256
90th Percentile £650 £638 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 225 254 323
Median hourly rate £21.00 £23.18 £20.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.39% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £10.81 £12.88 £10.64
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.90 £20.25
% change year-on-year -8.28% +13.09% -1.72%

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 4 March 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 4 March 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
South East +149 52 £475 -17.39% 13
London +59 45 £613 +5.38% 10
South West +84 25 £600 +9.09% 2
North of England +57 11 £612 +2.00% 2
North West +30 9 £612 +2.00% 2
Midlands +37 4 £525 -3.45% 3
Yorkshire +45 2 £575 +59.72%
East of England +44 2 £225 -60.04%
West Midlands +38 2 £525 -2.33% 3
East Midlands +20 2 £513 -6.82%
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

1 108 (76.60%) Security Cleared
2 89 (63.12%) SC Cleared
3 75 (53.19%) Cybersecurity
4 57 (40.43%) NIST
5 52 (36.88%) CISSP
6 41 (29.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (29.08%) CESG Certified Professional
7 36 (25.53%) Information Security
8 35 (24.82%) CISM
9 32 (22.70%) SIEM
10 31 (21.99%) Security Architecture
10 31 (21.99%) Network Security
11 30 (21.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 28 (19.86%) Risk Management
12 28 (19.86%) Public Sector
12 28 (19.86%) Security Operations
13 27 (19.15%) Internet
14 26 (18.44%) Security Operations Centre
14 26 (18.44%) Cyber Essentials
15 25 (17.73%) Firewall
16 24 (17.02%) Azure
16 24 (17.02%) AWS
17 23 (16.31%) JSP 440
17 23 (16.31%) Information Assurance
17 23 (16.31%) Palo Alto
18 22 (15.60%) Fortinet
18 22 (15.60%) CRISC
18 22 (15.60%) Cisco
19 21 (14.89%) Management Information System
19 21 (14.89%) Splunk

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 6 (4.26%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (2.84%) IIS
3 3 (2.13%) Confluence
4 2 (1.42%) nginx
4 2 (1.42%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.71%) CMS
5 1 (0.71%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.42%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 24 (17.02%) AWS
1 24 (17.02%) Azure
2 13 (9.22%) SaaS
3 12 (8.51%) PaaS
4 10 (7.09%) IaaS
5 9 (6.38%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (6.38%) GCP
6 6 (4.26%) Microsoft 365
7 4 (2.84%) Power Platform
8 2 (1.42%) PowerApps
9 1 (0.71%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 31 (21.99%) Network Security
2 27 (19.15%) Internet
3 25 (17.73%) Firewall
4 10 (7.09%) Intrusion Detection
5 8 (5.67%) DHCP
5 8 (5.67%) DNS
6 5 (3.55%) BGP
7 4 (2.84%) IPv4
7 4 (2.84%) SAN
8 3 (2.13%) TCP/IP
8 3 (2.13%) VSAN
9 2 (1.42%) VPN
10 1 (0.71%) LAN
10 1 (0.71%) MPLS
10 1 (0.71%) SCCP
10 1 (0.71%) Skype
10 1 (0.71%) SSH
10 1 (0.71%) SSL
10 1 (0.71%) WAN
10 1 (0.71%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.13%) Big Data
2 3 (2.13%) MySQL
3 2 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.42%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.42%) Power BI
3 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 5 (3.55%) Burp Suite
2 3 (2.13%) JIRA
3 2 (1.42%) Bitbucket
3 2 (1.42%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.71%) Snyk
General
1 28 (19.86%) Public Sector
2 10 (7.09%) Finance
3 9 (6.38%) Electronics
3 9 (6.38%) Manufacturing
3 9 (6.38%) Marketing
3 9 (6.38%) Telecoms
4 8 (5.67%) Legal
5 2 (1.42%) Law
Job Titles
1 33 (23.40%) Consultant
2 29 (20.57%) Analyst
2 29 (20.57%) Architect
3 24 (17.02%) Security Consultant
4 21 (14.89%) Security Architect
5 13 (9.22%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 9 (6.38%) Cloud Architect
7 8 (5.67%) Coordinator
7 8 (5.67%) Security Assurance Coordinator
8 7 (4.96%) Information Assurance Consultant
8 7 (4.96%) Junior
8 7 (4.96%) Junior Analyst
8 7 (4.96%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (4.26%) Network Architect
10 5 (3.55%) Network Security Architect
10 5 (3.55%) Security Manager
10 5 (3.55%) Security Specialist
11 4 (2.84%) Deployment Engineer
11 4 (2.84%) Security Analyst
11 4 (2.84%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.96%) ModSecurity
2 3 (2.13%) .NET
2 3 (2.13%) Web Services
3 2 (1.42%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.42%) CSS
3 2 (1.42%) HTML
3 2 (1.42%) HTML5
3 2 (1.42%) jQuery
3 2 (1.42%) React
3 2 (1.42%) SOAP
3 2 (1.42%) Vue.js
3 2 (1.42%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (18.44%) Security Operations Centre
2 21 (14.89%) Management Information System
3 11 (7.80%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (6.38%) Data Centre
5 7 (4.96%) CESG
5 7 (4.96%) Cyber Defence
6 6 (4.26%) Public Cloud
7 5 (3.55%) Cyberthreat
8 4 (2.84%) HP StoreVirtual
8 4 (2.84%) PKI
8 4 (2.84%) User Experience
9 3 (2.13%) CMDB
9 3 (2.13%) NHS
10 2 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.42%) SCADA
11 1 (0.71%) Algorithms
11 1 (0.71%) BYOD
11 1 (0.71%) Cybercrime
11 1 (0.71%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 17 (12.06%) Windows
2 11 (7.80%) Windows 10
3 7 (4.96%) Mac OS
4 6 (4.26%) Windows Server
5 5 (3.55%) Kali Linux
5 5 (3.55%) Linux
6 4 (2.84%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.71%) Android
8 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (53.19%) Cybersecurity
2 36 (25.53%) Information Security
3 32 (22.70%) SIEM
4 31 (21.99%) Security Architecture
5 28 (19.86%) Risk Management
5 28 (19.86%) Security Operations
6 23 (16.31%) Information Assurance
7 17 (12.06%) TOGAF
8 16 (11.35%) SABSA
9 13 (9.22%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (9.22%) Data Protection
9 13 (9.22%) Due Diligence
10 12 (8.51%) Continuous Improvement
11 10 (7.09%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (7.09%) Security Management
12 9 (6.38%) Digital Marketing
12 9 (6.38%) MODAF
12 9 (6.38%) Programme Management
12 9 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (5.67%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.96%) C
2 6 (4.26%) PowerShell
3 4 (2.84%) C#
4 3 (2.13%) Java
4 3 (2.13%) Python
5 2 (1.42%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.42%) PHP
5 2 (1.42%) Ruby
5 2 (1.42%) SQL
6 1 (0.71%) Ada
Qualifications
1 108 (76.60%) Security Cleared
2 89 (63.12%) SC Cleared
3 52 (36.88%) CISSP
4 41 (29.08%) CESG Certified Professional
5 35 (24.82%) CISM
6 22 (15.60%) CRISC
7 14 (9.93%) DV Cleared
8 10 (7.09%) CISA
9 9 (6.38%) Cisco Certification
10 8 (5.67%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 8 (5.67%) Degree
11 5 (3.55%) CCSP
11 5 (3.55%) CISMP
11 5 (3.55%) CREST Certified
11 5 (3.55%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 5 (3.55%) OSCP
11 5 (3.55%) SANS
12 4 (2.84%) CLAS
12 4 (2.84%) GCIH
12 4 (2.84%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (40.43%) NIST
2 41 (29.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (21.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 26 (18.44%) Cyber Essentials
5 23 (16.31%) JSP 440
6 13 (9.22%) RMADS
7 8 (5.67%) GDPR
7 8 (5.67%) NIST 800
8 6 (4.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 5 (3.55%) Government Security Classifications
10 4 (2.84%) COBIT
11 2 (1.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.71%) Def Stans
12 1 (0.71%) PMO
12 1 (0.71%) QA
System Software
1 7 (4.96%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.84%) Hyper-V
3 4 (2.84%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.71%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.71%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (4.26%) Ansible
1 6 (4.26%) Nessus
2 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 4 (2.84%) Norton AntiVirus
2 4 (2.84%) WSUS
3 2 (1.42%) HAProxy
3 2 (1.42%) Terraform
3 2 (1.42%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.71%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.71%) OpenVAS
4 1 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.71%) Puppet
4 1 (0.71%) vRealize
Vendors
1 23 (16.31%) Palo Alto
2 22 (15.60%) Cisco
2 22 (15.60%) Fortinet
3 21 (14.89%) LogRhythm
3 21 (14.89%) Splunk
4 18 (12.77%) Microsoft
5 10 (7.09%) Google
6 9 (6.38%) SAP
7 6 (4.26%) VMware
8 5 (3.55%) Arista
9 4 (2.84%) HP
9 4 (2.84%) Lumension
9 4 (2.84%) Sophos
9 4 (2.84%) Symantec
10 3 (2.13%) Oracle
10 3 (2.13%) SolarWinds
11 2 (1.42%) Atlassian
11 2 (1.42%) ServiceNow
12 1 (0.71%) AlienVault
12 1 (0.71%) Meraki