Period
to 17 September 2021

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 17 September 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 Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
UK > England
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 430 363 549
Rank change year-on-year -67 +186 +163
Contract jobs citing NIST 305 126 262
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.48% 0.48% 0.32%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.89% 4.10% 2.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 70 178
10th Percentile £463 £324 £434
25th Percentile £513 £450 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £550 £600
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% -8.33% +9.09%
75th Percentile £688 £667 £675
90th Percentile £775 £730 £763
UK median daily rate £600 £550 £595
% change year-on-year +9.09% -7.56% +10.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Median hourly rate £59.93 - -
UK median hourly rate £59.93 - -

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 7,846 3,074 9,131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.35% 11.67% 11.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,275 1,917 5,787
10th Percentile £263 £280 £250
25th Percentile £375 £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 £688 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 281 146 375
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.84 £10.75
25th Percentile £13.50 £15.95 £14.06
Median hourly rate £20.19 £22.52 £21.05
Median % change year-on-year -10.38% +7.02% +5.23%
75th Percentile £46.38 £45.00 £45.63
90th Percentile £62.25 £55.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% +2.38% +7.78%

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 17 September 2021.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NIST in England over the 6 months to 17 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 17 September 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 -59 193 £638 +15.91% 71
South East -87 35 £575 +3.37% 19
South West -27 21 £600 -7.69% 13
North of England -55 16 £575 +12.47% 26
North West - 9 £580 - 18
West Midlands -63 8 £588 -9.62% 9
Midlands -77 8 £588 -7.84% 12
Yorkshire -38 7 £575 +12.75% 7
East of England -45 5 £425 +3.66% 8
NIST
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 2021, 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.

1 169 (55.41%) Cybersecurity
2 162 (53.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 138 (45.25%) Information Security
4 110 (36.07%) CISSP
5 104 (34.10%) Finance
6 90 (29.51%) Azure
7 85 (27.87%) Risk Management
8 73 (23.93%) Security Architecture
9 72 (23.61%) GDPR
10 63 (20.66%) CISM
11 60 (19.67%) Social Skills
12 52 (17.05%) AWS
13 51 (16.72%) NIST 800
14 50 (16.39%) Firewall
15 49 (16.07%) PCI DSS
16 46 (15.08%) CISA
16 46 (15.08%) Agile Software Development
17 44 (14.43%) SIEM
18 43 (14.10%) Management Information System
19 41 (13.44%) Stakeholder Management
20 40 (13.11%) COBIT
21 39 (12.79%) TOGAF
21 39 (12.79%) Security Operations
22 38 (12.46%) Degree
22 38 (12.46%) CRISC
22 38 (12.46%) OWASP
22 38 (12.46%) GCP
23 37 (12.13%) ITIL
23 37 (12.13%) Windows
24 36 (11.80%) Risk Assessment

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 5 (1.64%) Confluence
2 4 (1.31%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.66%) Apache
3 2 (0.66%) Apache Pig
3 2 (0.66%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.33%) IIS
4 1 (0.33%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (2.30%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 5 (1.64%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 90 (29.51%) Azure
2 52 (17.05%) AWS
3 38 (12.46%) GCP
4 34 (11.15%) SaaS
5 30 (9.84%) Microsoft 365
6 24 (7.87%) IaaS
7 21 (6.89%) PaaS
8 20 (6.56%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (4.26%) Google Workspace
10 8 (2.62%) Azure Sentinel
10 8 (2.62%) Serverless
11 7 (2.30%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (2.30%) OpenShift
12 5 (1.64%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 4 (1.31%) AWS Lambda
13 4 (1.31%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 3 (0.98%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 3 (0.98%) Azure Functions
15 2 (0.66%) AWS KMS
15 2 (0.66%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 50 (16.39%) Firewall
2 26 (8.52%) Network Security
3 11 (3.61%) Internet
4 7 (2.30%) 5G
4 7 (2.30%) HTTP
5 6 (1.97%) NAS
5 6 (1.97%) TCP/IP
6 5 (1.64%) DNS
6 5 (1.64%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (1.64%) VPN
7 3 (0.98%) Cisco IOS
7 3 (0.98%) ICMP
7 3 (0.98%) SSL
8 2 (0.66%) DHCP
8 2 (0.66%) SAN
8 2 (0.66%) SD-WAN
8 2 (0.66%) WAN
8 2 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.33%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (0.33%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.30%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.31%) Data Lake
2 4 (1.31%) RDBMS
2 4 (1.31%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.98%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.66%) Apache Hive
4 2 (0.66%) Big Data
4 2 (0.66%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.33%) Amazon Athena
5 1 (0.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.33%) DB2
5 1 (0.33%) MySQL
5 1 (0.33%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.33%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 10 (3.28%) JIRA
2 6 (1.97%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.64%) Bitbucket
3 5 (1.64%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.64%) Visual Studio
4 3 (0.98%) SoapUI
5 2 (0.66%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.66%) Selenium
5 2 (0.66%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.33%) AppScan
6 1 (0.33%) IDA Disassembler
6 1 (0.33%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 104 (34.10%) Finance
2 60 (19.67%) Social Skills
3 23 (7.54%) Banking
3 23 (7.54%) Public Sector
4 19 (6.23%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (5.90%) Legal
6 10 (3.28%) Manufacturing
7 8 (2.62%) Financial Institution
8 7 (2.30%) Organisational Skills
9 6 (1.97%) Investment Banking
10 5 (1.64%) Electronics
10 5 (1.64%) Marketing
10 5 (1.64%) Presentation Skills
10 5 (1.64%) Telecoms
11 3 (0.98%) Documentation Skills
11 3 (0.98%) Influencing Skills
12 2 (0.66%) Games
12 2 (0.66%) International Banking
12 2 (0.66%) Retail
12 2 (0.66%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (31.15%) Architect
2 77 (25.25%) Security Architect
3 44 (14.43%) Consultant
4 34 (11.15%) Analyst
5 31 (10.16%) Security Consultant
5 31 (10.16%) Security Manager
6 26 (8.52%) Security Engineer
7 22 (7.21%) Security Analyst
8 16 (5.25%) Cloud Architect
8 16 (5.25%) Information Manager
8 16 (5.25%) Senior Architect
9 14 (4.59%) Information Security Manager
10 13 (4.26%) Senior Security Architect
11 12 (3.93%) Project Manager
11 12 (3.93%) Technical Architect
12 11 (3.61%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 11 (3.61%) Enterprise Architect
12 11 (3.61%) Information Security Consultant
12 11 (3.61%) Risk Consultant
12 11 (3.61%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.61%) LDAP
2 10 (3.28%) OpenID
3 9 (2.95%) SAML
4 8 (2.62%) OAuth
5 7 (2.30%) SailPoint
6 4 (1.31%) SOAP
7 3 (0.98%) Middleware
7 3 (0.98%) OAuth2
7 3 (0.98%) SPML
7 3 (0.98%) Web Services
8 2 (0.66%) REST
8 2 (0.66%) XACML
9 1 (0.33%) .NET
9 1 (0.33%) GraphQL
9 1 (0.33%) J2EE
9 1 (0.33%) Jinja
9 1 (0.33%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.33%) Velocity
9 1 (0.33%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (14.10%) Management Information System
2 21 (6.89%) Public Cloud
3 12 (3.93%) Security Operations Centre
4 11 (3.61%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.28%) Hybrid Cloud
6 9 (2.95%) N-Tier
7 8 (2.62%) Cloud Native
7 8 (2.62%) Cyberthreat
8 7 (2.30%) Data Centre
8 7 (2.30%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (1.97%) CESG
9 6 (1.97%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (1.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 4 (1.31%) Cyber Defence
11 4 (1.31%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.98%) CESG CLAS
12 3 (0.98%) Cyberattack
12 3 (0.98%) Digital Media
13 2 (0.66%) Internet of Things
13 2 (0.66%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 37 (12.13%) Windows
2 28 (9.18%) Linux
3 6 (1.97%) Solaris
4 5 (1.64%) Mac OS
4 5 (1.64%) Unix
5 3 (0.98%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.66%) Android
6 2 (0.66%) Kali Linux
6 2 (0.66%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.66%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.66%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.33%) AIX
7 1 (0.33%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.33%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 169 (55.41%) Cybersecurity
2 138 (45.25%) Information Security
3 85 (27.87%) Risk Management
4 73 (23.93%) Security Architecture
5 46 (15.08%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (14.43%) SIEM
7 41 (13.44%) Stakeholder Management
8 39 (12.79%) Security Operations
8 39 (12.79%) TOGAF
9 38 (12.46%) OWASP
10 37 (12.13%) ITIL
11 36 (11.80%) Risk Assessment
12 35 (11.48%) Vulnerability Management
13 33 (10.82%) SABSA
14 32 (10.49%) Identity Access Management
14 32 (10.49%) Project Management
15 31 (10.16%) SDLC
16 29 (9.51%) Information Security Management
17 27 (8.85%) Enterprise Architecture
17 27 (8.85%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (5.25%) PowerShell
2 9 (2.95%) Bash Shell
3 6 (1.97%) Python
3 6 (1.97%) SQL
4 5 (1.64%) Java
5 3 (0.98%) C
5 3 (0.98%) C#
6 2 (0.66%) R
7 1 (0.33%) Go
7 1 (0.33%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 110 (36.07%) CISSP
2 63 (20.66%) CISM
3 46 (15.08%) CISA
4 38 (12.46%) CRISC
4 38 (12.46%) Degree
5 28 (9.18%) SANS
6 27 (8.85%) Cisco Certification
7 26 (8.52%) FFIEC
8 24 (7.87%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 24 (7.87%) GIAC
9 22 (7.21%) Security Cleared
10 16 (5.25%) SC Cleared
11 15 (4.92%) OSCP
12 12 (3.93%) ISACA
13 11 (3.61%) TOGAF Certification
14 10 (3.28%) CEH
15 9 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
15 9 (2.95%) PMI Certification
15 9 (2.95%) PMP
16 8 (2.62%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (53.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 72 (23.61%) GDPR
3 51 (16.72%) NIST 800
4 49 (16.07%) PCI DSS
5 40 (13.11%) COBIT
6 27 (8.85%) GRC
6 27 (8.85%) NCSC
7 26 (8.52%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 25 (8.20%) Cyber Essentials
9 19 (6.23%) SOC 2
10 16 (5.25%) QA
11 11 (3.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 8 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 6 (1.97%) GLBA
14 5 (1.64%) HIPAA
15 4 (1.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 4 (1.31%) ISO 22301
15 4 (1.31%) RMADS
16 3 (0.98%) FedRAMP
16 3 (0.98%) JSP 440
System Software
1 22 (7.21%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.95%) Docker
3 7 (2.30%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.97%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (4.26%) Single Sign-On
2 9 (2.95%) Kubernetes
2 9 (2.95%) Terraform
3 8 (2.62%) RSA Archer
4 7 (2.30%) SCCM
5 4 (1.31%) CASB
5 4 (1.31%) Nexpose
5 4 (1.31%) WebInspect
6 3 (0.98%) CSIRT
6 3 (0.98%) HP ALM
6 3 (0.98%) HP Fortify
6 3 (0.98%) QRadar
7 2 (0.66%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.66%) Nessus
7 2 (0.66%) SCOM
8 1 (0.33%) Ansible
8 1 (0.33%) AppDetective
8 1 (0.33%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.33%) Nmap
Vendors
1 34 (11.15%) Microsoft
2 27 (8.85%) Google
3 17 (5.57%) CyberArk
4 11 (3.61%) Splunk
4 11 (3.61%) VMware
5 10 (3.28%) Cisco
6 9 (2.95%) Oracle
6 9 (2.95%) Salesforce.com
7 8 (2.62%) Qualys
8 7 (2.30%) CrowdStrike
8 7 (2.30%) LogRhythm
9 6 (1.97%) ArcSight
9 6 (1.97%) SAP
9 6 (1.97%) Sparx
10 5 (1.64%) HP
10 5 (1.64%) McAfee
10 5 (1.64%) Meraki
10 5 (1.64%) ServiceNow
11 4 (1.31%) ForeScout
11 4 (1.31%) Okta