Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 314 453 558
Rank change year-on-year +139 +105 +103
Contract jobs citing NIST 292 209 303
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.70% 0.39% 0.34%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 6.37% 3.84% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 134 214
10th Percentile £413 £413 £388
25th Percentile £455 £443 £488
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £563 £550 £575
Median % change year-on-year +2.27% -4.35% -
75th Percentile £656 £661 £700
90th Percentile £700 £768 £800
UK median daily rate £563 £550 £600
% change year-on-year +2.27% -8.33% +4.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £50.90 - -
UK median hourly rate £50.00 - £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 4,585 5,445 9,483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.98% 10.15% 10.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,970 3,516 6,130
10th Percentile £263 £238 £255
25th Percentile £365 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
75th Percentile £575 £563 £563
90th Percentile £663 £638 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 246 238 297
10th Percentile £11.34 £13.39 £10.58
25th Percentile £14.01 £17.30 £13.00
Median hourly rate £20.14 £23.18 £20.25
Median % change year-on-year -13.12% +14.47% -5.19%
75th Percentile £33.75 £47.50 £40.00
90th Percentile £51.38 £53.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £22.55 £20.24
% change year-on-year -6.85% +11.42% -6.38%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 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 +60 153 £600 +12.68% 22
South East +106 67 £470 -21.67% 11
North of England +62 22 £562 +2.23% 11
North West +35 21 £538 -14.00% 9
Midlands +31 19 £675 +3.85% 10
West Midlands +26 15 £675 -6.90% 6
South West +59 8 £525 -2.33% 5
East Midlands +20 4 £373 -32.27% 3
Yorkshire +36 1 £600 +17.65% 2
NIST
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 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.

1 160 (54.79%) Cybersecurity
2 125 (42.81%) Information Security
3 121 (41.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 87 (29.79%) CISSP
5 84 (28.77%) Risk Management
6 76 (26.03%) Finance
6 76 (26.03%) SIEM
7 70 (23.97%) Firewall
8 60 (20.55%) Security Cleared
9 59 (20.21%) Security Architecture
9 59 (20.21%) COBIT
10 50 (17.12%) Windows
11 49 (16.78%) Banking
11 49 (16.78%) Azure
11 49 (16.78%) Network Security
12 48 (16.44%) PCI DSS
13 47 (16.10%) SC Cleared
14 46 (15.75%) NCSC
15 44 (15.07%) GDPR
15 44 (15.07%) CISM
16 42 (14.38%) Linux
16 42 (14.38%) Vulnerability Management
16 42 (14.38%) NIST 800
17 38 (13.01%) TOGAF
18 37 (12.67%) Degree
19 36 (12.33%) Security Operations
20 35 (11.99%) Management Information System
21 34 (11.64%) Internet
22 33 (11.30%) SABSA
23 31 (10.62%) Microsoft

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 (1.37%) Confluence
2 3 (1.03%) IIS
2 3 (1.03%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.03%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.03%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.34%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.34%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 49 (16.78%) Azure
2 29 (9.93%) AWS
3 25 (8.56%) PaaS
4 21 (7.19%) SaaS
5 17 (5.82%) GCP
6 15 (5.14%) IaaS
7 12 (4.11%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.71%) Microsoft 365
8 5 (1.71%) Serverless
9 3 (1.03%) IBM Cloud
9 3 (1.03%) Power Platform
10 2 (0.68%) Power Automate
11 1 (0.34%) Amazon GuardDuty
11 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.34%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 70 (23.97%) Firewall
2 49 (16.78%) Network Security
3 34 (11.64%) Internet
4 10 (3.42%) WAN
5 8 (2.74%) LAN
5 8 (2.74%) VPN
6 6 (2.05%) Intrusion Detection
6 6 (2.05%) NAS
6 6 (2.05%) TCP/IP
7 5 (1.71%) BGP
7 5 (1.71%) SSL
8 4 (1.37%) Wireshark
9 3 (1.03%) DNS
9 3 (1.03%) HTTP
9 3 (1.03%) Multicast
9 3 (1.03%) SD-WAN
10 2 (0.68%) SAN
10 2 (0.68%) Wireless
11 1 (0.34%) DHCP
11 1 (0.34%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.11%) Cosmos DB
2 4 (1.37%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.03%) Power BI
4 2 (0.68%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.68%) MySQL
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.34%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.34%) Data Lake
5 1 (0.34%) DB2
5 1 (0.34%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 13 (4.45%) ReSharper
2 10 (3.42%) JIRA
3 5 (1.71%) Burp Suite
4 4 (1.37%) Selenium
5 3 (1.03%) Git (software)
5 3 (1.03%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.34%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.34%) IDA Disassembler
6 1 (0.34%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.34%) Visual Studio
General
1 76 (26.03%) Finance
2 49 (16.78%) Banking
3 21 (7.19%) Public Sector
4 17 (5.82%) Manufacturing
5 13 (4.45%) Legal
6 8 (2.74%) Investment Banking
7 7 (2.40%) International Banking
7 7 (2.40%) Telecoms
8 6 (2.05%) Electronics
8 6 (2.05%) Marketing
8 6 (2.05%) Retail
9 3 (1.03%) Advertising
9 3 (1.03%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.03%) Law
10 2 (0.68%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.34%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 81 (27.74%) Architect
2 72 (24.66%) Security Architect
3 71 (24.32%) Analyst
4 42 (14.38%) Consultant
5 37 (12.67%) Security Analyst
6 33 (11.30%) Security Consultant
7 24 (8.22%) Risk Analyst
8 20 (6.85%) Information Analyst
8 20 (6.85%) Information Security Analyst
9 19 (6.51%) Security Risk Analyst
10 17 (5.82%) Information Risk Analyst
10 17 (5.82%) Security Engineer
11 15 (5.14%) Enterprise Security Architect
12 14 (4.79%) Enterprise Architect
12 14 (4.79%) Security Manager
13 12 (4.11%) Azure Engineer
13 12 (4.11%) Business Analyst
13 12 (4.11%) Cloud Architect
13 12 (4.11%) Information Security Consultant
14 10 (3.42%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (6.51%) .NET
2 14 (4.79%) .NET Framework
3 13 (4.45%) REST
4 6 (2.05%) SailPoint
4 6 (2.05%) Web Services
5 4 (1.37%) ModSecurity
6 3 (1.03%) SOAP
6 3 (1.03%) XML
6 3 (1.03%) YAML
7 2 (0.68%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.68%) CSS
7 2 (0.68%) HTML
7 2 (0.68%) HTML5
7 2 (0.68%) jQuery
7 2 (0.68%) OAuth
7 2 (0.68%) OAuth2
7 2 (0.68%) OpenID
7 2 (0.68%) React
7 2 (0.68%) SAML
7 2 (0.68%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 35 (11.99%) Management Information System
2 27 (9.25%) Security Operations Centre
3 25 (8.56%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 19 (6.51%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (5.48%) Enterprise Cloud
6 13 (4.45%) Cyber Defence
7 11 (3.77%) Cyberthreat
7 11 (3.77%) Public Cloud
8 9 (3.08%) AS400
9 8 (2.74%) Data Centre
10 7 (2.40%) CESG
10 7 (2.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 6 (2.05%) Cyberattack
12 5 (1.71%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (1.71%) Internet of Things
12 5 (1.71%) Robotics
12 5 (1.71%) User Experience
13 4 (1.37%) Cloud Native
13 4 (1.37%) iSeries
13 4 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 50 (17.12%) Windows
2 42 (14.38%) Linux
3 10 (3.42%) Unix
3 10 (3.42%) Windows Server
4 8 (2.74%) Solaris
5 6 (2.05%) Apple iOS
5 6 (2.05%) Kali Linux
5 6 (2.05%) Mac OS
6 5 (1.71%) Android
7 3 (1.03%) MVS
7 3 (1.03%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.68%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.34%) SUSE
9 1 (0.34%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (54.79%) Cybersecurity
2 125 (42.81%) Information Security
3 84 (28.77%) Risk Management
4 76 (26.03%) SIEM
5 59 (20.21%) Security Architecture
6 42 (14.38%) Vulnerability Management
7 38 (13.01%) TOGAF
8 36 (12.33%) Security Operations
9 33 (11.30%) SABSA
10 30 (10.27%) Information Assurance
11 28 (9.59%) Risk Assessment
11 28 (9.59%) Security Monitoring
12 27 (9.25%) Identity Access Management
12 27 (9.25%) Stakeholder Management
13 26 (8.90%) Security Management
14 24 (8.22%) Agile Software Development
14 24 (8.22%) OWASP
14 24 (8.22%) Threat Intelligence
15 23 (7.88%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 23 (7.88%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 16 (5.48%) PowerShell
2 6 (2.05%) Java
2 6 (2.05%) Python
3 5 (1.71%) C#
3 5 (1.71%) PHP
3 5 (1.71%) SQL
4 3 (1.03%) C
4 3 (1.03%) C++
4 3 (1.03%) VB.NET
5 2 (0.68%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.68%) Ruby
6 1 (0.34%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.34%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 87 (29.79%) CISSP
2 60 (20.55%) Security Cleared
3 47 (16.10%) SC Cleared
4 44 (15.07%) CISM
5 37 (12.67%) Degree
6 30 (10.27%) FFIEC
7 27 (9.25%) CISA
7 27 (9.25%) CRISC
8 18 (6.16%) CESG Certified Professional
9 17 (5.82%) GIAC
10 15 (5.14%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 15 (5.14%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (5.14%) SANS
11 10 (3.42%) ISACA
11 10 (3.42%) TOGAF Certification
12 8 (2.74%) CCSP
12 8 (2.74%) DV Cleared
13 6 (2.05%) CEH
13 6 (2.05%) OSCP
14 5 (1.71%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (41.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 59 (20.21%) COBIT
3 48 (16.44%) PCI DSS
4 46 (15.75%) NCSC
5 44 (15.07%) GDPR
6 42 (14.38%) NIST 800
7 24 (8.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 22 (7.53%) Cyber Essentials
9 18 (6.16%) GRC
10 12 (4.11%) QA
10 12 (4.11%) RMADS
11 10 (3.42%) HIPAA
12 8 (2.74%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 8 (2.74%) JSP 440
13 7 (2.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (2.05%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 3 (1.03%) FedRAMP
15 3 (1.03%) SOC 2
16 2 (0.68%) GLBA
16 2 (0.68%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 26 (8.90%) Active Directory
2 14 (4.79%) Hyper-V
3 9 (3.08%) Docker
4 5 (1.71%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.68%) KVM
5 2 (0.68%) Xen
6 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (5.14%) Terraform
2 8 (2.74%) Ansible
2 8 (2.74%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.40%) Nessus
4 5 (1.71%) HP ALM
4 5 (1.71%) HP Fortify
5 4 (1.37%) CSIRT
5 4 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (1.03%) RSA Archer
7 2 (0.68%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.68%) SCCM
7 2 (0.68%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.34%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.34%) Computer Incident Response Team
8 1 (0.34%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.34%) EnCase
8 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.34%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.34%) QRadar
8 1 (0.34%) SCOM
Vendors
1 31 (10.62%) Microsoft
2 28 (9.59%) Cisco
3 26 (8.90%) Splunk
4 22 (7.53%) Fortinet
4 22 (7.53%) LogRhythm
4 22 (7.53%) Palo Alto
5 10 (3.42%) SAP
5 10 (3.42%) VMware
6 9 (3.08%) Google
7 8 (2.74%) Qualys
8 7 (2.40%) ArcSight
8 7 (2.40%) CyberArk
8 7 (2.40%) Oracle
8 7 (2.40%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (1.71%) Arista
9 5 (1.71%) Black Duck
9 5 (1.71%) HP
9 5 (1.71%) Micro Focus
9 5 (1.71%) Sonatype
10 4 (1.37%) IBM