Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 2022 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 439 289 496
Rank change year-on-year -150 +207 +142
Contract jobs citing NIST 349 288 241
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.50% 0.82% 0.37%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.85% 6.87% 3.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 215 155
10th Percentile £426 £405 £404
25th Percentile £500 £460 £453
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £550 £550
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - -
75th Percentile £675 £650 £659
90th Percentile £750 £700 £758
UK median daily rate £588 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +6.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
10th Percentile £49.15 - -
25th Percentile £51.76 - -
Median hourly rate £55.22 - -
75th Percentile £58.03 - -
90th Percentile £61.68 - -
UK median hourly rate £54.43 £50.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.86% - -

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 9,059 4,192 7,203
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.97% 12.00% 11.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,192 2,746 4,632
10th Percentile £263 £275 £250
25th Percentile £400 £369 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £509 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +7.05% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £613 £575 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 205 276
10th Percentile £11.36 £10.75 £12.00
25th Percentile £14.30 £13.99 £16.00
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.05 £20.21
Median % change year-on-year +23.52% +4.18% -0.20%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.50 £47.50
90th Percentile £59.04 £52.80 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £24.24 £21.05 £20.50
% change year-on-year +15.15% +2.68% +1.26%

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -109 214 £594 +3.26% 61
South East -109 43 £613 +22.50% 21
South West -31 32 £558 +6.19% 10
North of England -54 22 £590 +9.77% 31
North West -38 18 £601 +15.35% 20
East of England -41 8 £600 -2.04% 9
Midlands -73 8 £650 - 14
West Midlands -60 7 £650 -3.70% 11
Yorkshire -33 5 £590 +2.61% 9
East Midlands -31 1 - - 3
North East - 1 £900 - 2
NIST
UK

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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.

1 176 (50.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 170 (48.71%) Cybersecurity
3 145 (41.55%) Information Security
4 122 (34.96%) Risk Management
5 121 (34.67%) CISSP
6 96 (27.51%) Finance
7 89 (25.50%) CISM
8 78 (22.35%) Azure
9 72 (20.63%) OWASP
10 70 (20.06%) Social Skills
11 63 (18.05%) Security Architecture
12 60 (17.19%) AWS
12 60 (17.19%) GDPR
13 54 (15.47%) Management Information System
13 54 (15.47%) Agile Software Development
14 52 (14.90%) Security Cleared
15 50 (14.33%) Stakeholder Management
16 49 (14.04%) Firewall
16 49 (14.04%) CISA
17 48 (13.75%) COBIT
18 46 (13.18%) Windows
19 45 (12.89%) PCI DSS
20 44 (12.61%) Degree
21 42 (12.03%) SIEM
21 42 (12.03%) NCSC
22 41 (11.75%) NIST 800
23 40 (11.46%) Application Security
24 39 (11.17%) SC Cleared
24 39 (11.17%) SABSA
25 38 (10.89%) Penetration Testing

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 8 (2.29%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.43%) Apache Spark
2 5 (1.43%) Confluence
3 2 (0.57%) IIS
4 1 (0.29%) CMS
4 1 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.29%) IBM HTTP Server
4 1 (0.29%) JBoss
4 1 (0.29%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (4.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (2.58%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.57%) SmartPlant
2 2 (0.57%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 78 (22.35%) Azure
2 60 (17.19%) AWS
3 35 (10.03%) Microsoft 365
4 21 (6.02%) GCP
5 18 (5.16%) SaaS
6 15 (4.30%) IaaS
7 14 (4.01%) Azure Sentinel
8 11 (3.15%) Azure Active Directory
8 11 (3.15%) Serverless
9 10 (2.87%) Amazon S3
9 10 (2.87%) PaaS
10 9 (2.58%) Power Platform
11 8 (2.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 6 (1.72%) Azure Monitor
12 6 (1.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 5 (1.43%) Amazon Cognito
13 5 (1.43%) AWS KMS
13 5 (1.43%) Azure Data Factory
13 5 (1.43%) Azure Functions
13 5 (1.43%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 49 (14.04%) Firewall
2 27 (7.74%) Network Security
3 11 (3.15%) DNS
3 11 (3.15%) Internet
4 10 (2.87%) HTTP
4 10 (2.87%) VPN
5 7 (2.01%) TCP/IP
6 6 (1.72%) Intrusion Detection
6 6 (1.72%) SSL
7 4 (1.15%) Cisco IOS
7 4 (1.15%) ICMP
8 3 (0.86%) 5G
8 3 (0.86%) DHCP
8 3 (0.86%) WAN
9 2 (0.57%) 3G
9 2 (0.57%) 4G
9 2 (0.57%) SD-WAN
9 2 (0.57%) SNMP
9 2 (0.57%) X.509
10 1 (0.29%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.15%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.72%) Data Lake
2 6 (1.72%) Power BI
3 5 (1.43%) Amazon Athena
3 5 (1.43%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.15%) RDBMS
4 4 (1.15%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.86%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.57%) Metadata
7 1 (0.29%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.29%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.29%) HBase
7 1 (0.29%) MySQL
7 1 (0.29%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.29%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.29%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 11 (3.15%) Git (software)
2 9 (2.58%) JIRA
3 6 (1.72%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.86%) Bitbucket
4 3 (0.86%) IDA Disassembler
4 3 (0.86%) SoapUI
4 3 (0.86%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.57%) GitLab
6 1 (0.29%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.29%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.29%) Selenium
6 1 (0.29%) Snyk
6 1 (0.29%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.29%) VersionOne
General
1 96 (27.51%) Finance
2 70 (20.06%) Social Skills
3 31 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (7.16%) Public Sector
5 24 (6.88%) Banking
5 24 (6.88%) Legal
6 17 (4.87%) Financial Institution
7 15 (4.30%) Presentation Skills
8 14 (4.01%) Documentation Skills
9 13 (3.72%) Influencing Skills
10 11 (3.15%) Law
11 10 (2.87%) Investment Banking
11 10 (2.87%) Manufacturing
11 10 (2.87%) Telecoms
12 7 (2.01%) Retail
13 6 (1.72%) Marketing
14 5 (1.43%) Electronics
14 5 (1.43%) Inclusion and Diversity
14 5 (1.43%) Organisational Skills
14 5 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 62 (17.77%) Architect
2 61 (17.48%) Consultant
3 55 (15.76%) Security Architect
4 53 (15.19%) Analyst
5 45 (12.89%) Security Consultant
6 35 (10.03%) Security Engineer
7 31 (8.88%) Security Analyst
8 21 (6.02%) Security Manager
9 19 (5.44%) Security Specialist
10 16 (4.58%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 11 (3.15%) Business Analyst
11 11 (3.15%) Cloud Architect
11 11 (3.15%) Head of Security
11 11 (3.15%) Project Manager
11 11 (3.15%) Risk Analyst
11 11 (3.15%) Risk Consultant
12 10 (2.87%) Azure Engineer
12 10 (2.87%) Information Security Consultant
12 10 (2.87%) IT Analyst
12 10 (2.87%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.72%) OAuth
2 10 (2.87%) SAML
3 7 (2.01%) OpenID
4 6 (1.72%) REST
4 6 (1.72%) Web Services
5 5 (1.43%) Kafka
5 5 (1.43%) Middleware
5 5 (1.43%) OAuth2
5 5 (1.43%) Spark Streaming
6 4 (1.15%) SOAP
7 3 (0.86%) .NET
8 2 (0.57%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.57%) JSON
8 2 (0.57%) RESTful
8 2 (0.57%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.29%) 802.1X
9 1 (0.29%) J2EE
9 1 (0.29%) LDAP
9 1 (0.29%) Node.js
9 1 (0.29%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 54 (15.47%) Management Information System
2 12 (3.44%) Public Cloud
3 11 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (2.87%) Data Centre
5 8 (2.29%) Hybrid Cloud
5 8 (2.29%) Mobile App
6 6 (1.72%) Cyber Defence
6 6 (1.72%) Cyberthreat
6 6 (1.72%) PKI
7 5 (1.43%) CESG
7 5 (1.43%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (1.15%) Cloud Native
8 4 (1.15%) Enterprise Cloud
8 4 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.15%) SCADA
9 3 (0.86%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 3 (0.86%) Digital Media
9 3 (0.86%) PMI
9 3 (0.86%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 46 (13.18%) Windows
2 38 (10.89%) Linux
3 14 (4.01%) Unix
4 5 (1.43%) Android
5 3 (0.86%) Kali Linux
5 3 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (0.86%) Solaris
6 2 (0.57%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.57%) CentOS
6 2 (0.57%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.29%) CoreOS
7 1 (0.29%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (48.71%) Cybersecurity
2 145 (41.55%) Information Security
3 122 (34.96%) Risk Management
4 72 (20.63%) OWASP
5 63 (18.05%) Security Architecture
6 54 (15.47%) Agile Software Development
7 50 (14.33%) Stakeholder Management
8 42 (12.03%) SIEM
9 40 (11.46%) Application Security
10 39 (11.17%) SABSA
11 38 (10.89%) Penetration Testing
12 36 (10.32%) ITIL
13 35 (10.03%) Data Protection
13 35 (10.03%) Identity Access Management
13 35 (10.03%) ISMS
14 32 (9.17%) Vulnerability Management
15 30 (8.60%) TOGAF
16 29 (8.31%) Data Security
16 29 (8.31%) Security Management
17 28 (8.02%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 18 (5.16%) Python
2 16 (4.58%) PowerShell
3 11 (3.15%) Java
3 11 (3.15%) SQL
4 9 (2.58%) C#
5 8 (2.29%) Bash
6 4 (1.15%) C
7 3 (0.86%) Go
7 3 (0.86%) Perl
7 3 (0.86%) Rust
8 2 (0.57%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 121 (34.67%) CISSP
2 89 (25.50%) CISM
3 52 (14.90%) Security Cleared
4 49 (14.04%) CISA
5 44 (12.61%) Degree
6 39 (11.17%) SC Cleared
7 29 (8.31%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (8.31%) CRISC
8 27 (7.74%) SANS
9 20 (5.73%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 20 (5.73%) FFIEC
10 19 (5.44%) CESG Certified Professional
11 18 (5.16%) GIAC
12 15 (4.30%) CEH
13 12 (3.44%) DV Cleared
13 12 (3.44%) PMI Certification
14 11 (3.15%) CLAS
14 11 (3.15%) ISACA
15 10 (2.87%) CCNP
16 9 (2.58%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (50.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 60 (17.19%) GDPR
3 48 (13.75%) COBIT
4 45 (12.89%) PCI DSS
5 42 (12.03%) NCSC
6 41 (11.75%) NIST 800
7 31 (8.88%) Cyber Essentials
8 30 (8.60%) GRC
9 25 (7.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 22 (6.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 14 (4.01%) GLBA
11 14 (4.01%) JSP 440
12 12 (3.44%) SOC 2
13 11 (3.15%) RMADS
14 9 (2.58%) QA
15 8 (2.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 8 (2.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 7 (2.01%) Data Quality
17 5 (1.43%) HIPAA
18 4 (1.15%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 27 (7.74%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.72%) Docker
3 5 (1.43%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.57%) vSphere
6 1 (0.29%) Snort
6 1 (0.29%) vCloud
6 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.29%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (4.30%) Single Sign-On
2 10 (2.87%) Terraform
3 9 (2.58%) RSA Archer
4 7 (2.01%) CASB
4 7 (2.01%) Kubernetes
4 7 (2.01%) Nessus
5 6 (1.72%) Ansible
5 6 (1.72%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 5 (1.43%) HP Fortify
6 5 (1.43%) QRadar
6 5 (1.43%) SCCM
7 4 (1.15%) DatAdvantage
7 4 (1.15%) WebInspect
8 3 (0.86%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.86%) Nmap
9 2 (0.57%) CSIRT
9 2 (0.57%) Nexpose
9 2 (0.57%) Salt
9 2 (0.57%) SCOM
10 1 (0.29%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 37 (10.60%) Microsoft
2 12 (3.44%) Splunk
3 11 (3.15%) Cisco
3 11 (3.15%) Qualys
4 10 (2.87%) Google
5 9 (2.58%) CyberArk
5 9 (2.58%) LogRhythm
6 8 (2.29%) Oracle
7 7 (2.01%) ArcSight
7 7 (2.01%) McAfee
7 7 (2.01%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (2.01%) VMware
8 5 (1.43%) Databricks
8 5 (1.43%) ForeScout
8 5 (1.43%) SAP
8 5 (1.43%) Symantec
8 5 (1.43%) Trend Micro
8 5 (1.43%) Varonis
8 5 (1.43%) Veracode
9 4 (1.15%) Tanium