Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 381 434 567
Rank change year-on-year +53 +133 +89
Contract jobs citing NIST 275 156 266
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.56% 0.40% 0.32%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 4.60% 3.67% 2.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 100 185
10th Percentile £423 £412 £388
25th Percentile £470 £430 £495
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £519 £600
Median % change year-on-year +15.66% -13.54% +4.35%
75th Percentile £688 £650 £675
90th Percentile £775 £778 £750
UK median daily rate £600 £525 £595
% change year-on-year +14.29% -11.76% +8.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £50.90 - -
UK median hourly rate £50.90 - £25.50

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 5,975 4,256 9,343
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.19% 10.91% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,917 2,721 5,934
10th Percentile £264 £263 £257
25th Percentile £365 £363 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% -
75th Percentile £588 £563 £550
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 176 325
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.79 £10.58
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.27 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.90 £22.81 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.35% +3.66% +0.46%
75th Percentile £38.75 £46.13 £43.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.75 £51.65
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% +2.27% +2.33%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 +2 156 £638 +37.10% 40
South East +11 35 £485 -19.17% 25
North of England +21 23 £638 +8.51% 14
North West +12 20 £581 -15.49% 9
Midlands -10 19 £675 +25.58% 9
West Midlands -5 17 £675 +3.85% 8
South West +8 6 £613 -5.77% 9
East of England +5 4 £425 +7.59% 5
Yorkshire +13 3 £685 +34.31% 4
East Midlands -1 2 £270 -36.47% 1
NIST
UK

For the 6 months to 15 June 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.

1 142 (51.64%) Cybersecurity
2 127 (46.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 124 (45.09%) Information Security
4 100 (36.36%) CISSP
5 96 (34.91%) Finance
6 90 (32.73%) Risk Management
7 72 (26.18%) Azure
8 66 (24.00%) Security Architecture
9 53 (19.27%) COBIT
10 50 (18.18%) CISM
11 48 (17.45%) GDPR
11 48 (17.45%) Social Skills
12 47 (17.09%) NIST 800
13 46 (16.73%) Firewall
14 44 (16.00%) CRISC
15 41 (14.91%) Degree
15 41 (14.91%) TOGAF
16 40 (14.55%) PCI DSS
17 39 (14.18%) Windows
18 38 (13.82%) Stakeholder Management
18 38 (13.82%) SABSA
19 37 (13.45%) CISA
19 37 (13.45%) Network Security
20 36 (13.09%) SIEM
21 35 (12.73%) AWS
21 35 (12.73%) Security Cleared
22 33 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
22 33 (12.00%) Management Information System
23 32 (11.64%) Security Operations
24 31 (11.27%) Security Management

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 4 (1.45%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.09%) Confluence
3 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.36%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.73%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.36%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 72 (26.18%) Azure
2 35 (12.73%) AWS
3 30 (10.91%) GCP
4 27 (9.82%) SaaS
5 19 (6.91%) PaaS
6 15 (5.45%) IaaS
7 12 (4.36%) Azure Active Directory
7 12 (4.36%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (4.36%) Microsoft 365
8 10 (3.64%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 8 (2.91%) Google Workspace
10 6 (2.18%) Serverless
11 5 (1.82%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.73%) Azure Sentinel
13 1 (0.36%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 1 (0.36%) AWS KMS
13 1 (0.36%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 1 (0.36%) Azure Service Bus
13 1 (0.36%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.36%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 46 (16.73%) Firewall
2 37 (13.45%) Network Security
3 15 (5.45%) Internet
4 6 (2.18%) NAS
5 5 (1.82%) 5G
5 5 (1.82%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (1.09%) TCP/IP
6 3 (1.09%) WAN
7 2 (0.73%) DNS
7 2 (0.73%) LAN
7 2 (0.73%) SD-WAN
8 1 (0.36%) Cisco ISE
8 1 (0.36%) Cisco Nexus
8 1 (0.36%) DHCP
8 1 (0.36%) HTTP
8 1 (0.36%) Intranet
8 1 (0.36%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (0.36%) SAN
8 1 (0.36%) VPN
8 1 (0.36%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.73%) Data Lake
1 2 (0.73%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 1 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.36%) DB2
2 1 (0.36%) MySQL
2 1 (0.36%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.36%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 8 (2.91%) ReSharper
2 6 (2.18%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.18%) JIRA
3 3 (1.09%) Bitbucket
3 3 (1.09%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.09%) Selenium
3 3 (1.09%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.73%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.36%) AppScan
5 1 (0.36%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.36%) IDA Disassembler
5 1 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 96 (34.91%) Finance
2 48 (17.45%) Social Skills
3 31 (11.27%) Banking
4 24 (8.73%) Public Sector
5 15 (5.45%) Legal
5 15 (5.45%) Manufacturing
6 12 (4.36%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (3.27%) Presentation Skills
8 5 (1.82%) Electronics
8 5 (1.82%) Influencing Skills
8 5 (1.82%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.82%) Marketing
8 5 (1.82%) Telecoms
9 4 (1.45%) Financial Institution
9 4 (1.45%) Organisational Skills
10 3 (1.09%) International Banking
11 2 (0.73%) Advertising
11 2 (0.73%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.73%) Documentation Skills
11 2 (0.73%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 99 (36.00%) Architect
2 85 (30.91%) Security Architect
3 38 (13.82%) Consultant
4 36 (13.09%) Analyst
5 29 (10.55%) Security Consultant
6 21 (7.64%) Security Engineer
7 20 (7.27%) Security Analyst
8 14 (5.09%) Azure Engineer
8 14 (5.09%) Enterprise Security Architect
8 14 (5.09%) Risk Consultant
8 14 (5.09%) Security Manager
9 13 (4.73%) Cloud Architect
9 13 (4.73%) Enterprise Architect
9 13 (4.73%) Senior Architect
9 13 (4.73%) Senior Security Architect
10 12 (4.36%) Cloud Engineer
11 11 (4.00%) Information Security Consultant
12 10 (3.64%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 10 (3.64%) Information Architect
12 10 (3.64%) Information Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.64%) .NET
1 10 (3.64%) LDAP
2 9 (3.27%) .NET Framework
2 9 (3.27%) REST
3 7 (2.55%) OpenID
4 6 (2.18%) OAuth
4 6 (2.18%) SAML
5 5 (1.82%) SailPoint
6 3 (1.09%) OAuth2
6 3 (1.09%) SPML
6 3 (1.09%) Web Services
7 2 (0.73%) Middleware
7 2 (0.73%) SOAP
7 2 (0.73%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.73%) XACML
8 1 (0.36%) .NET Core
8 1 (0.36%) GraphQL
8 1 (0.36%) Jinja
8 1 (0.36%) RESTful
8 1 (0.36%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 33 (12.00%) Management Information System
2 21 (7.64%) Security Operations Centre
3 20 (7.27%) Public Cloud
4 13 (4.73%) Enterprise Cloud
5 9 (3.27%) N-Tier
6 8 (2.91%) Cyber Defence
7 7 (2.55%) Cloud Native
7 7 (2.55%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 7 (2.55%) Cyberthreat
8 6 (2.18%) Cyberattack
8 6 (2.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 6 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.82%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.45%) AS400
10 4 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (1.45%) Internet of Things
10 4 (1.45%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.09%) CESG
12 2 (0.73%) PKI
12 2 (0.73%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 39 (14.18%) Windows
2 27 (9.82%) Linux
3 7 (2.55%) Mac OS
4 5 (1.82%) Solaris
5 4 (1.45%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.09%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.73%) Android
7 2 (0.73%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.73%) Unix
7 2 (0.73%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.36%) AIX
8 1 (0.36%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.36%) SUSE
8 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.36%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (51.64%) Cybersecurity
2 124 (45.09%) Information Security
3 90 (32.73%) Risk Management
4 66 (24.00%) Security Architecture
5 41 (14.91%) TOGAF
6 38 (13.82%) SABSA
6 38 (13.82%) Stakeholder Management
7 36 (13.09%) SIEM
8 33 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
9 32 (11.64%) Security Operations
10 31 (11.27%) Information Security Management
10 31 (11.27%) Security Management
11 29 (10.55%) Information Assurance
12 28 (10.18%) ITIL
12 28 (10.18%) Risk Assessment
13 25 (9.09%) Enterprise Architecture
14 22 (8.00%) Identity Access Management
14 22 (8.00%) OWASP
15 20 (7.27%) SDLC
15 20 (7.27%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 21 (7.64%) PowerShell
2 7 (2.55%) Bash Shell
3 5 (1.82%) SQL
4 3 (1.09%) Java
4 3 (1.09%) Python
5 2 (0.73%) C#
6 1 (0.36%) C
6 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.36%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.36%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 100 (36.36%) CISSP
2 50 (18.18%) CISM
3 44 (16.00%) CRISC
4 41 (14.91%) Degree
5 37 (13.45%) CISA
6 35 (12.73%) Security Cleared
7 28 (10.18%) FFIEC
7 28 (10.18%) GIAC
8 25 (9.09%) SC Cleared
9 20 (7.27%) SANS
10 18 (6.55%) Cisco Certification
11 17 (6.18%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 12 (4.36%) TOGAF Certification
13 11 (4.00%) ISACA
14 10 (3.64%) CESG Certified Professional
15 6 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
16 5 (1.82%) AWS Certification
16 5 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
16 5 (1.82%) DV Cleared
16 5 (1.82%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (46.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (19.27%) COBIT
3 48 (17.45%) GDPR
4 47 (17.09%) NIST 800
5 40 (14.55%) PCI DSS
6 25 (9.09%) Cyber Essentials
7 24 (8.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 20 (7.27%) NCSC
9 19 (6.91%) GRC
10 12 (4.36%) QA
11 9 (3.27%) HIPAA
12 8 (2.91%) RMADS
12 8 (2.91%) SOC 2
13 7 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 7 (2.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (2.18%) GLBA
15 5 (1.82%) JSP 440
16 3 (1.09%) FedRAMP
16 3 (1.09%) FISMA
16 3 (1.09%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 23 (8.36%) Active Directory
2 11 (4.00%) Docker
3 10 (3.64%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (4.73%) Terraform
2 11 (4.00%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.55%) Single Sign-On
4 6 (2.18%) SCCM
5 3 (1.09%) Ansible
5 3 (1.09%) Nexpose
5 3 (1.09%) RSA Archer
6 2 (0.73%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.36%) AppDetective
7 1 (0.36%) CASB
7 1 (0.36%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.36%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (0.36%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.36%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.36%) EnCase
7 1 (0.36%) Nessus
7 1 (0.36%) PingFederate
7 1 (0.36%) SCOM
7 1 (0.36%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 29 (10.55%) Microsoft
2 21 (7.64%) Google
3 12 (4.36%) Splunk
4 11 (4.00%) LogRhythm
5 10 (3.64%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (3.27%) Cisco
6 9 (3.27%) CyberArk
7 8 (2.91%) Fortinet
7 8 (2.91%) Palo Alto
7 8 (2.91%) VMware
8 7 (2.55%) SAP
9 5 (1.82%) CrowdStrike
9 5 (1.82%) ServiceNow
9 5 (1.82%) Sparx
10 4 (1.45%) ForeScout
10 4 (1.45%) Okta
10 4 (1.45%) Oracle
10 4 (1.45%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.09%) Atlassian
11 3 (1.09%) IronPort