Period
to 30 July 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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 592 465 765
Rank change year-on-year -127 +300 +62
Contract jobs citing NCSC 106 77 68
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.24% 0.081%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.50% 2.09% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 56 41
10th Percentile £418 £325 £513
25th Percentile £463 £413 £525
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £519 £600
Median % change year-on-year +1.20% -13.54% +7.62%
75th Percentile £632 £613 £700
90th Percentile £692 £706 £913
UK median daily rate £545 £528 £575
% change year-on-year +3.32% -8.26% +4.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 0
Median hourly rate £73.50 £80.00 -
Median % change year-on-year -8.13% - -
UK median hourly rate £73.50 £80.00 -
% change year-on-year -8.13% - -

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 7,085 3,683 9,290
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.30% 11.34% 11.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,661 2,350 5,938
10th Percentile £263 £266 £250
25th Percentile £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £588 £575 £550
90th Percentile £678 £645 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 299 167 369
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.58 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.39 £14.00
Median hourly rate £21.00 £25.60 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year -17.95% +16.34% +0.78%
75th Percentile £45.00 £45.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £61.66 £54.13 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £22.82 £21.50
% change year-on-year -7.98% +6.14% +2.38%

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 30 July 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NCSC in England over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

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 30 July 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 -146 35 £550 +28.81% 13
South West +13 28 £518 +21.76% 8
North of England -35 14 £575 -20.69% 5
North West -40 11 £575 -24.59% 4
South East -42 8 £552 -8.01% 6
Midlands -52 7 £525 -2.33% 3
West Midlands -34 6 £525 -4.55% 2
Yorkshire - 3 £575 - 1
East Midlands -19 1 £565 +7.62% 1
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 51 (48.11%) Security Cleared
2 50 (47.17%) Cybersecurity
3 44 (41.51%) SC Cleared
4 39 (36.79%) CISSP
5 37 (34.91%) Information Security
5 37 (34.91%) Azure
6 26 (24.53%) CESG Certified Professional
7 25 (23.58%) Public Sector
8 20 (18.87%) CISM
9 19 (17.92%) NIST
10 17 (16.04%) Management Information System
10 17 (16.04%) Information Assurance
11 16 (15.09%) PowerShell
11 16 (15.09%) Microsoft
11 16 (15.09%) Degree
12 14 (13.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 14 (13.21%) Microsoft 365
12 14 (13.21%) Social Skills
12 14 (13.21%) CREST Certified
13 13 (12.26%) Bash Shell
13 13 (12.26%) Risk Assessment
13 13 (12.26%) Linux
14 12 (11.32%) Windows
14 12 (11.32%) Penetration Testing
14 12 (11.32%) DV Cleared
14 12 (11.32%) Project Delivery
15 11 (10.38%) AWS
15 11 (10.38%) Google
15 11 (10.38%) Firewall
16 10 (9.43%) TOGAF

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 2 (1.89%) IIS
1 2 (1.89%) SAS
2 1 (0.94%) Confluence
2 1 (0.94%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.94%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.94%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.89%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.94%) SAP CCM
2 1 (0.94%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 37 (34.91%) Azure
2 14 (13.21%) Microsoft 365
3 11 (10.38%) AWS
4 9 (8.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (8.49%) PaaS
5 7 (6.60%) Google Workspace
5 7 (6.60%) SaaS
6 6 (5.66%) GCP
6 6 (5.66%) Power Platform
7 5 (4.72%) PowerApps
8 3 (2.83%) IaaS
8 3 (2.83%) OpenShift
9 2 (1.89%) Azure Key Vault
9 2 (1.89%) Azure Sentinel
10 1 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.94%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (10.38%) Firewall
2 8 (7.55%) 5G
3 5 (4.72%) Network Security
4 4 (3.77%) Internet
4 4 (3.77%) SD-WAN
4 4 (3.77%) Skype
4 4 (3.77%) SSL
4 4 (3.77%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.77%) WAN
5 3 (2.83%) Software-Defined Networking
5 3 (2.83%) VSAN
5 3 (2.83%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.94%) DHCP
6 1 (0.94%) DNS
6 1 (0.94%) SCCP
6 1 (0.94%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.77%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.83%) Big Data
2 3 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.94%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.94%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Bitbucket
1 1 (0.94%) JIRA
General
1 25 (23.58%) Public Sector
2 14 (13.21%) Social Skills
3 7 (6.60%) Finance
4 5 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (4.72%) Telecoms
5 4 (3.77%) Electronics
5 4 (3.77%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.77%) Marketing
5 4 (3.77%) Military
6 2 (1.89%) Law
7 1 (0.94%) Back Office
7 1 (0.94%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.94%) Local Government
7 1 (0.94%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 28 (26.42%) Architect
2 24 (22.64%) Consultant
3 22 (20.75%) Security Architect
4 18 (16.98%) Security Consultant
5 10 (9.43%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 7 (6.60%) Administrator
6 7 (6.60%) Azure Engineer
6 7 (6.60%) CyberArk Specialist
6 7 (6.60%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (5.66%) Linux Systems Administrator
7 6 (5.66%) Penetration Tester
7 6 (5.66%) Systems Administrator
8 5 (4.72%) Cybersecurity Architect
8 5 (4.72%) Lead Architect
8 5 (4.72%) Platform Engineer
8 5 (4.72%) Security Manager
8 5 (4.72%) Technical Architect
8 5 (4.72%) Tester
9 4 (3.77%) Security Operations Manager
9 4 (3.77%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.60%) LDAP
2 6 (5.66%) Java SE
3 5 (4.72%) ModSecurity
4 2 (1.89%) YAML
5 1 (0.94%) .NET
5 1 (0.94%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.94%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (16.04%) Management Information System
2 8 (7.55%) PKI
3 4 (3.77%) Data Centre
3 4 (3.77%) Private Cloud
3 4 (3.77%) SCADA
4 3 (2.83%) CESG
4 3 (2.83%) CESG CLAS
4 3 (2.83%) CMDB
4 3 (2.83%) Cyberthreat
4 3 (2.83%) NHS
5 2 (1.89%) Cyber Defence
5 2 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (1.89%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.89%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.94%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (0.94%) BYOD
6 1 (0.94%) IVR
6 1 (0.94%) Smart City
6 1 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 13 (12.26%) Linux
2 12 (11.32%) Windows
3 8 (7.55%) Windows Server
4 6 (5.66%) Ubuntu
5 4 (3.77%) Windows 10
6 3 (2.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.89%) Android
8 1 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.94%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (47.17%) Cybersecurity
2 37 (34.91%) Information Security
3 17 (16.04%) Information Assurance
4 13 (12.26%) Risk Assessment
5 12 (11.32%) Penetration Testing
5 12 (11.32%) Project Delivery
6 10 (9.43%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (9.43%) Cyber Resilience
6 10 (9.43%) IT Strategy
6 10 (9.43%) Security Architecture
6 10 (9.43%) TOGAF
7 9 (8.49%) DevOps
8 8 (7.55%) CRM
8 8 (7.55%) Data Protection
8 8 (7.55%) Risk Management
8 8 (7.55%) SABSA
8 8 (7.55%) Vulnerability Management
9 7 (6.60%) Business Analysis
9 7 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (6.60%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 16 (15.09%) PowerShell
2 13 (12.26%) Bash Shell
3 6 (5.66%) AWK
3 6 (5.66%) Java
3 6 (5.66%) Python
3 6 (5.66%) sed
4 5 (4.72%) SQL
5 2 (1.89%) C
5 2 (1.89%) R
6 1 (0.94%) Ada
Qualifications
1 51 (48.11%) Security Cleared
2 44 (41.51%) SC Cleared
3 39 (36.79%) CISSP
4 26 (24.53%) CESG Certified Professional
5 20 (18.87%) CISM
6 16 (15.09%) Degree
7 14 (13.21%) CREST Certified
8 12 (11.32%) DV Cleared
9 8 (7.55%) SANS
10 6 (5.66%) RHCE
11 4 (3.77%) CHECK Team Leader
11 4 (3.77%) CHECK Team Member
11 4 (3.77%) CISA
11 4 (3.77%) Cyber Scheme
12 3 (2.83%) CLAS
13 2 (1.89%) IISP
13 2 (1.89%) ISACA
13 2 (1.89%) MBCS
13 2 (1.89%) OSCP
14 1 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (17.92%) NIST
2 14 (13.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (9.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 9 (8.49%) RMADS
5 8 (7.55%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 6 (5.66%) JSP 440
7 4 (3.77%) GDPR
7 4 (3.77%) QA
8 3 (2.83%) COBIT
8 3 (2.83%) GRC
8 3 (2.83%) NIST 800
8 3 (2.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (1.89%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (1.89%) ISO 22301
9 2 (1.89%) ISO 9001
9 2 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 1 (0.94%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.94%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 8 (7.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (6.60%) Docker
3 6 (5.66%) Active Directory
4 4 (3.77%) Hyper-V
5 3 (2.83%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (2.83%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 10 (9.43%) Terraform
2 7 (6.60%) Kubernetes
3 3 (2.83%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 3 (2.83%) vCenter Server
4 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.94%) Ansible
5 1 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.94%) Puppet
5 1 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 16 (15.09%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.38%) Google
3 8 (7.55%) VMware
4 7 (6.60%) CyberArk
5 4 (3.77%) Cisco
5 4 (3.77%) Oracle
5 4 (3.77%) Red Hat
5 4 (3.77%) SAP
6 1 (0.94%) Apple
6 1 (0.94%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.94%) Citrix
6 1 (0.94%) Palo Alto
6 1 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.94%) Sparx