Period
to 1 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for NIST skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NIST over the 6 months to 1 April 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 Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
UK > England
6 months to
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 446 552 671
Rank change year-on-year +106 +119 +55
Contract jobs citing NIST 210 303 192
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.38% 0.34% 0.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.75% 3.21% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 218 133
Median daily rate £550 £575 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.35% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £413 £388 £438
90th Percentile £775 £800 £725
UK median daily rate £550 £600 £555
% change year-on-year -8.33% +8.11% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £77.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.25 £68.75
% change year-on-year +15.70% -56.00% +59.88%

NIST 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 5,603 9,441 11,792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.02% 10.72% 12.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,442 5,957 7,589
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £238 £250 £263
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 309 326
Median hourly rate £25.68 £21.76 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.01% -0.64% +6.83%
10th Percentile £13.42 £10.60 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.85 £50.00 £57.50
Median hourly rate £24.44 £21.76 £22.50
% change year-on-year +12.29% -3.29% +5.96%

NIST
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing NIST as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for NIST in England

NIST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NIST in England.

Daily rate trend for NIST in England

NIST
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NIST in England over the 6 months to 1 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for NIST in England

NIST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing NIST in England.

Hourly rate trend for NIST in England

NIST
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 NIST within the England region over the 6 months to 1 April 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 +77 110 £533 -11.25% 14
South East +80 33 £600 +11.63% 11
North of England +58 20 £531 +18.06% 8
East of England +44 17 £650 +30.00% 9
North West +46 16 £550 +12.82% 7
Midlands +61 15 £550 -12.00% 2
South West +28 13 £538 -5.29% 6
East Midlands +48 11 £450 +28.57%
West Midlands +36 4 £725 +7.41% 2
Yorkshire +40 2 £510 +13.33% 1
North East +19 2 £531 +21.43%
NIST
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing NIST 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 NIST.

1 135 (64.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 123 (58.57%) Information Security
3 104 (49.52%) Cybersecurity
4 88 (41.90%) CISSP
5 67 (31.90%) Risk Management
6 59 (28.10%) CISM
7 58 (27.62%) Security Cleared
8 53 (25.24%) NCSC
9 49 (23.33%) GDPR
10 42 (20.00%) Firewall
11 38 (18.10%) Management Information System
12 37 (17.62%) SIEM
13 36 (17.14%) Finance
13 36 (17.14%) SC Cleared
14 33 (15.71%) AWS
15 32 (15.24%) Security Architecture
15 32 (15.24%) Agile Software Development
16 31 (14.76%) Data Protection
16 31 (14.76%) Security Management
16 31 (14.76%) Public Sector
17 30 (14.29%) CISA
17 30 (14.29%) Windows
17 30 (14.29%) Network Security
18 29 (13.81%) Risk Assessment
19 28 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
20 27 (12.86%) Azure
21 26 (12.38%) Analytical Skills
21 26 (12.38%) PCI DSS
21 26 (12.38%) COBIT
22 25 (11.90%) OWASP

NIST
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 (3.33%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.95%) IIS
3 1 (0.48%) Confluence
3 1 (0.48%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 33 (15.71%) AWS
2 27 (12.86%) Azure
3 13 (6.19%) Office 365
4 9 (4.29%) SaaS
5 8 (3.81%) GCP
5 8 (3.81%) PaaS
6 7 (3.33%) IaaS
7 4 (1.90%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (1.43%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.95%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.95%) AWS CloudTrail
9 2 (0.95%) Route 53
10 1 (0.48%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.48%) Firebase
10 1 (0.48%) Serverless
10 1 (0.48%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 42 (20.00%) Firewall
2 30 (14.29%) Network Security
3 14 (6.67%) WAN
4 7 (3.33%) Intrusion Detection
5 5 (2.38%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.90%) Internet
6 4 (1.90%) LAN
7 3 (1.43%) DNS
7 3 (1.43%) SSL
7 3 (1.43%) VPN
8 2 (0.95%) SCCP
8 2 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.48%) 4G
9 1 (0.48%) DMZ
9 1 (0.48%) MPLS
9 1 (0.48%) NAS
9 1 (0.48%) Radio Access Network
9 1 (0.48%) SAN
9 1 (0.48%) Skype
9 1 (0.48%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.38%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (3.33%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 4 (1.90%) Bitbucket
2 4 (1.90%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.90%) GitLab
2 4 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.48%) JIRA
3 1 (0.48%) Selenium
3 1 (0.48%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.48%) VersionOne
General
1 36 (17.14%) Finance
2 31 (14.76%) Public Sector
3 13 (6.19%) Telecoms
4 12 (5.71%) Manufacturing
5 11 (5.24%) Legal
5 11 (5.24%) Marketing
5 11 (5.24%) Retail
6 10 (4.76%) Electronics
7 9 (4.29%) Police
8 7 (3.33%) Law
9 4 (1.90%) Banking
10 2 (0.95%) International Banking
11 1 (0.48%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.48%) German Language
11 1 (0.48%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 50 (23.81%) Architect
2 34 (16.19%) Security Architect
3 31 (14.76%) Analyst
3 31 (14.76%) Consultant
4 27 (12.86%) Security Consultant
5 25 (11.90%) Security Analyst
6 15 (7.14%) Security Manager
6 15 (7.14%) Security Officer
7 14 (6.67%) Security Engineer
8 13 (6.19%) Information Security Consultant
8 13 (6.19%) Information Security Officer
9 12 (5.71%) Information Manager
10 10 (4.76%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 9 (4.29%) Coordinator
11 9 (4.29%) Security Assurance Coordinator
12 8 (3.81%) Chief Information Security Officer
12 8 (3.81%) Information Security Manager
13 7 (3.33%) Information Officer
13 7 (3.33%) IT Analyst
13 7 (3.33%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.76%) .NET
2 3 (1.43%) LDAP
3 2 (0.95%) Web Services
4 1 (0.48%) JSON
4 1 (0.48%) OAuth
4 1 (0.48%) OpenID
4 1 (0.48%) RESTful
4 1 (0.48%) SAML
4 1 (0.48%) SOAP
4 1 (0.48%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 38 (18.10%) Management Information System
2 26 (12.38%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (10.00%) Cyberthreat
4 20 (9.52%) Public Cloud
5 12 (5.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 11 (5.24%) Data Centre
7 6 (2.86%) Security Operations Centre
7 6 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (2.38%) Fat Client
8 5 (2.38%) Private Cloud
8 5 (2.38%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.43%) Cloud Native
9 3 (1.43%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.43%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.95%) CESG
10 2 (0.95%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.95%) PKI
11 1 (0.48%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 30 (14.29%) Windows
2 20 (9.52%) Linux
3 9 (4.29%) CentOS
4 6 (2.86%) Windows 7
5 4 (1.90%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.95%) Unix
7 1 (0.48%) Android
7 1 (0.48%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.48%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (58.57%) Information Security
2 104 (49.52%) Cybersecurity
3 67 (31.90%) Risk Management
4 37 (17.62%) SIEM
5 32 (15.24%) Agile Software Development
5 32 (15.24%) Security Architecture
6 31 (14.76%) Data Protection
6 31 (14.76%) Security Management
7 29 (13.81%) Risk Assessment
8 25 (11.90%) OWASP
9 24 (11.43%) Information Security Management
9 24 (11.43%) Penetration Testing
9 24 (11.43%) Vulnerability Management
10 19 (9.05%) ITIL
10 19 (9.05%) Problem-Solving
10 19 (9.05%) Security Operations
10 19 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
10 19 (9.05%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 16 (7.62%) Programme Management
12 15 (7.14%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 12 (5.71%) Python
2 10 (4.76%) C++
2 10 (4.76%) PowerShell
3 6 (2.86%) Bash Shell
4 5 (2.38%) C
5 2 (0.95%) C#
5 2 (0.95%) Java
5 2 (0.95%) Perl
6 1 (0.48%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.48%) PHP
6 1 (0.48%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.48%) SQL
6 1 (0.48%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 88 (41.90%) CISSP
2 59 (28.10%) CISM
3 58 (27.62%) Security Cleared
4 36 (17.14%) SC Cleared
5 30 (14.29%) CISA
6 28 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (11.90%) GIAC
8 23 (10.95%) Degree
9 20 (9.52%) DV Cleared
10 16 (7.62%) ISACA
11 15 (7.14%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 14 (6.67%) CCSP
13 13 (6.19%) CEH
13 13 (6.19%) CRISC
14 12 (5.71%) SANS
15 9 (4.29%) CCENT
15 9 (4.29%) CCNA
15 9 (4.29%) Network+ Certification
16 8 (3.81%) IISP
17 6 (2.86%) FFIEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (64.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (25.24%) NCSC
3 49 (23.33%) GDPR
4 26 (12.38%) COBIT
4 26 (12.38%) PCI DSS
5 22 (10.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 18 (8.57%) Cyber Essentials
7 13 (6.19%) NIST 800
8 10 (4.76%) PMO
9 9 (4.29%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 5 (2.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (1.90%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (1.43%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.48%) AICPA
13 1 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.48%) ISAE 3402
13 1 (0.48%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.48%) JSP 440
13 1 (0.48%) QA
13 1 (0.48%) RMADS
System Software
1 11 (5.24%) Active Directory
2 9 (4.29%) VMware NSX
3 3 (1.43%) Docker
4 2 (0.95%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (4.29%) vCenter Server
2 5 (2.38%) Ansible
2 5 (2.38%) Nessus
2 5 (2.38%) RSA Archer
2 5 (2.38%) Terraform
3 3 (1.43%) CASB
3 3 (1.43%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.95%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (0.95%) Nexpose
4 2 (0.95%) OpenVAS
4 2 (0.95%) Oracle Identity Management
4 2 (0.95%) SCCM
4 2 (0.95%) SELinux
5 1 (0.48%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (0.48%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.48%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.48%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.48%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 13 (6.19%) Cisco
2 12 (5.71%) Qualys
3 11 (5.24%) Microsoft
3 11 (5.24%) VMware
4 10 (4.76%) SAP
4 10 (4.76%) Splunk
5 9 (4.29%) Palo Alto
5 9 (4.29%) Remedy
6 8 (3.81%) Oracle
7 4 (1.90%) ArcSight
7 4 (1.90%) Symantec
8 3 (1.43%) Barracuda Networks
8 3 (1.43%) CyberArk
8 3 (1.43%) Trend Micro
9 2 (0.95%) CheckPoint
9 2 (0.95%) CrowdStrike
9 2 (0.95%) Fortinet
9 2 (0.95%) Google
9 2 (0.95%) Red Hat
9 2 (0.95%) Sun