Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 564 388 729
Rank change year-on-year -176 +341 +81
Contract jobs citing NCSC 172 101 73
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.38% 0.094%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.05% 3.27% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 67 53
10th Percentile £448 £293 £408
25th Percentile £463 £413 £493
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £560 £530 £575
Median % change year-on-year +5.66% -7.83% +4.55%
75th Percentile £681 £631 £675
90th Percentile £788 £693 £775
UK median daily rate £575 £525 £550
% change year-on-year +9.52% -4.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 2
10th Percentile £67.20 £62.75 "
25th Percentile £71.75 £73.44 £76.25
Median hourly rate £73.50 £78.75 £77.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% +1.61% -
75th Percentile £75.25 £80.00 £78.75
90th Percentile £76.68 " "
UK median hourly rate £73.50 £78.75 £77.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% +1.61% -

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 8,397 3,084 8,693
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.55% 11.64% 11.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,686 1,971 5,585
10th Percentile £263 £281 £250
25th Percentile £383 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £550
90th Percentile £690 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 134 350
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.75 £10.80
25th Percentile £13.00 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.19 £22.66 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.92% +10.54% -2.38%
75th Percentile £46.06 £45.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £62.18 £55.00 £55.10
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.28 £20.50
% change year-on-year -5.99% +3.78% +2.50%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -184 66 £600 +41.18% 18
South West -38 35 £518 -1.43% 5
South East -95 25 £602 +2.46% 5
North of England -68 19 £575 -5.74% 11
North West -45 18 £583 -4.51% 9
Midlands - 8 £525 - 2
West Midlands - 8 £525 - 2
East of England - 2 £610 - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £575 - 1
NCSC
UK

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 89 (51.74%) Security Cleared
2 74 (43.02%) Cybersecurity
3 73 (42.44%) SC Cleared
4 65 (37.79%) Information Security
5 57 (33.14%) CISSP
6 37 (21.51%) Linux
7 36 (20.93%) Azure
7 36 (20.93%) Bash Shell
8 34 (19.77%) CESG Certified Professional
8 34 (19.77%) Social Skills
9 33 (19.19%) NIST
10 32 (18.60%) Public Sector
11 29 (16.86%) Python
12 28 (16.28%) Kubernetes
13 27 (15.70%) AWS
14 25 (14.53%) VMware
15 24 (13.95%) VMware Infrastructure
16 23 (13.37%) Degree
16 23 (13.37%) CREST Certified
17 22 (12.79%) Ubuntu
17 22 (12.79%) Risk Management
17 22 (12.79%) Java
18 21 (12.21%) Microsoft
18 21 (12.21%) Management Information System
18 21 (12.21%) Agile Software Development
18 21 (12.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 21 (12.21%) Penetration Testing
18 21 (12.21%) Project Delivery
19 20 (11.63%) Docker
19 20 (11.63%) Information Assurance

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 (4.07%) nginx
1 7 (4.07%) Traefik
2 5 (2.91%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.16%) Confluence
3 2 (1.16%) IIS
3 2 (1.16%) SAS
4 1 (0.58%) Apache
4 1 (0.58%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.58%) Jupyter
4 1 (0.58%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.58%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.16%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.58%) SAP CCM
2 1 (0.58%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 36 (20.93%) Azure
2 27 (15.70%) AWS
3 15 (8.72%) Microsoft 365
4 13 (7.56%) GCP
5 10 (5.81%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (4.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (4.07%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (4.07%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (4.07%) Google Workspace
6 7 (4.07%) PaaS
6 7 (4.07%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (2.91%) SaaS
8 3 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (1.74%) OpenShift
9 2 (1.16%) Azure Key Vault
9 2 (1.16%) Azure Sentinel
9 2 (1.16%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.58%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 20 (11.63%) Firewall
2 19 (11.05%) Network Security
3 13 (7.56%) SD-WAN
3 13 (7.56%) WAN
4 11 (6.40%) TCP/IP
5 10 (5.81%) 5G
6 8 (4.65%) DNS
7 5 (2.91%) Internet
8 4 (2.33%) Skype
8 4 (2.33%) SSL
9 3 (1.74%) Software-Defined Networking
9 3 (1.74%) VSAN
9 3 (1.74%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.16%) 3G
10 2 (1.16%) 4G
11 1 (0.58%) 3GPP
11 1 (0.58%) DHCP
11 1 (0.58%) Ethernet
11 1 (0.58%) Intrusion Detection
11 1 (0.58%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.49%) Big Data
2 4 (2.33%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.16%) Data Lake
4 2 (1.16%) Power BI
5 1 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (0.58%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.58%) Flink
5 1 (0.58%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.58%) Qlik Sense
5 1 (0.58%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 8 (4.65%) Burp Suite
1 8 (4.65%) Metasploit
2 7 (4.07%) Git (software)
2 7 (4.07%) GitLab
2 7 (4.07%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.33%) JIRA
4 2 (1.16%) AppScan
5 1 (0.58%) Bitbucket
General
1 34 (19.77%) Social Skills
2 32 (18.60%) Public Sector
3 12 (6.98%) Telecoms
4 11 (6.40%) Finance
5 6 (3.49%) Electronics
5 6 (3.49%) Manufacturing
5 6 (3.49%) Marketing
6 5 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.91%) Influencing Skills
7 4 (2.33%) Legal
7 4 (2.33%) Military
8 3 (1.74%) Banking
8 3 (1.74%) Law
8 3 (1.74%) Local Government
9 1 (0.58%) Back Office
9 1 (0.58%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.58%) Police
9 1 (0.58%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 53 (30.81%) Architect
2 37 (21.51%) Security Architect
3 32 (18.60%) Consultant
4 25 (14.53%) Security Consultant
5 15 (8.72%) Administrator
5 15 (8.72%) Linux Administrator
6 14 (8.14%) Linux Systems Administrator
6 14 (8.14%) Systems Administrator
7 10 (5.81%) Lead Architect
8 9 (5.23%) Security Manager
8 9 (5.23%) Technical Architect
9 8 (4.65%) Cybersecurity Consultant
9 8 (4.65%) Information Manager
9 8 (4.65%) Information Security Manager
10 7 (4.07%) CyberArk Specialist
10 7 (4.07%) DevOps Engineer
10 7 (4.07%) Lead Security Architect
10 7 (4.07%) Tester
11 6 (3.49%) Operations Manager
11 6 (3.49%) Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (8.14%) Java SE
2 7 (4.07%) cloud-init
2 7 (4.07%) LDAP
3 5 (2.91%) ModSecurity
4 3 (1.74%) React
5 2 (1.16%) YAML
6 1 (0.58%) .NET
6 1 (0.58%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.58%) Django
6 1 (0.58%) FastAPI
6 1 (0.58%) GraphQL
6 1 (0.58%) Kafka
6 1 (0.58%) OAuth
6 1 (0.58%) OpenID
6 1 (0.58%) REST
6 1 (0.58%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.21%) Management Information System
2 16 (9.30%) PKI
3 8 (4.65%) CESG
3 8 (4.65%) Clustering
3 8 (4.65%) Mobile App
3 8 (4.65%) SCADA
4 7 (4.07%) CESG CLAS
5 6 (3.49%) Cyberthreat
6 5 (2.91%) Private Cloud
7 3 (1.74%) Cyber Defence
7 3 (1.74%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.74%) Legacy Applications
7 3 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.16%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (1.16%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.58%) Hybrid Cloud
9 1 (0.58%) IVR
9 1 (0.58%) NHS
9 1 (0.58%) Smart City
9 1 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 37 (21.51%) Linux
2 22 (12.79%) Ubuntu
3 14 (8.14%) Windows
4 8 (4.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (4.65%) Windows Server
5 7 (4.07%) CentOS
6 5 (2.91%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (1.16%) Android
9 1 (0.58%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (43.02%) Cybersecurity
2 65 (37.79%) Information Security
3 22 (12.79%) Risk Management
4 21 (12.21%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (12.21%) Penetration Testing
4 21 (12.21%) Project Delivery
5 20 (11.63%) Information Assurance
5 20 (11.63%) Risk Assessment
6 16 (9.30%) Security Operations
7 15 (8.72%) OWASP
7 15 (8.72%) Security Testing
7 15 (8.72%) Threat Modelling
8 14 (8.14%) Red Team
9 13 (7.56%) Network Architecture
9 13 (7.56%) Security Architecture
9 13 (7.56%) Security Management
10 12 (6.98%) Computer Science
10 12 (6.98%) Data Protection
10 12 (6.98%) DevOps
10 12 (6.98%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 36 (20.93%) Bash Shell
2 29 (16.86%) Python
3 22 (12.79%) Java
4 15 (8.72%) Ruby
5 14 (8.14%) AWK
5 14 (8.14%) sed
6 12 (6.98%) PowerShell
7 10 (5.81%) C
8 8 (4.65%) C#
8 8 (4.65%) C++
8 8 (4.65%) Perl
9 7 (4.07%) Go
10 5 (2.91%) SQL
11 2 (1.16%) R
Qualifications
1 89 (51.74%) Security Cleared
2 73 (42.44%) SC Cleared
3 57 (33.14%) CISSP
4 34 (19.77%) CESG Certified Professional
5 23 (13.37%) CREST Certified
5 23 (13.37%) Degree
6 19 (11.05%) CISM
7 16 (9.30%) SANS
8 14 (8.14%) RHCE
9 13 (7.56%) DV Cleared
10 8 (4.65%) Computer Science Degree
11 7 (4.07%) CLAS
12 6 (3.49%) CHECK Team Leader
12 6 (3.49%) CHECK Team Member
12 6 (3.49%) CISA
12 6 (3.49%) Cyber Scheme
13 5 (2.91%) MBCS
13 5 (2.91%) OSCP
14 2 (1.16%) CRISC
14 2 (1.16%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (19.19%) NIST
2 21 (12.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (6.40%) GDPR
3 11 (6.40%) ISO/IEC 27005
4 10 (5.81%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 10 (5.81%) NIST 800
4 10 (5.81%) RMADS
5 7 (4.07%) GRC
6 5 (2.91%) JSP 440
7 4 (2.33%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (1.74%) ISO 22301
9 2 (1.16%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.58%) Accessibility
10 1 (0.58%) COBIT
10 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.58%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.58%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 24 (13.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (11.63%) Docker
3 13 (7.56%) Hyper-V
4 7 (4.07%) Active Directory
5 3 (1.74%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.74%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 28 (16.28%) Kubernetes
2 12 (6.98%) Terraform
3 8 (4.65%) Ansible
3 8 (4.65%) Nessus
3 8 (4.65%) Puppet
4 7 (4.07%) Consul
4 7 (4.07%) Docker Swarm
4 7 (4.07%) Graphite
4 7 (4.07%) HAProxy
4 7 (4.07%) Istio
4 7 (4.07%) linkerd
4 7 (4.07%) Packer
4 7 (4.07%) Prometheus
4 7 (4.07%) ZABBIX
5 3 (1.74%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 3 (1.74%) vCenter Server
6 2 (1.16%) HP Fortify
6 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.16%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 25 (14.53%) VMware
2 21 (12.21%) Microsoft
3 13 (7.56%) Cisco
4 11 (6.40%) Google
5 8 (4.65%) Splunk
6 7 (4.07%) CyberArk
6 7 (4.07%) PagerDuty
7 6 (3.49%) SAP
8 4 (2.33%) Oracle
8 4 (2.33%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.16%) Veracode
9 2 (1.16%) Virgin Media
10 1 (0.58%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.58%) Citrix
10 1 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.58%) Sparx
10 1 (0.58%) Zscaler