Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 287 470 625
Rank change year-on-year +183 +155 +49
Contract jobs citing NIST 272 251 231
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.80% 0.38% 0.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 7.59% 3.73% 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 166 162
Median daily rate £540 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.82% - +7.84%
10th Percentile £400 £400 £383
90th Percentile £700 £756 £825
UK median daily rate £540 £550 £550
% change year-on-year -1.82% - +7.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 3,584 6,733 9,786
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.60% 10.23% 10.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,291 4,356 6,324
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £268 £238 £258
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 280 324
Median hourly rate £21.05 £20.88 £20.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.84% +3.57% +0.78%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.47 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.60 £53.75 £48.03
Median hourly rate £21.05 £20.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +1.45% +3.75% -

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 18 January 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
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 18 January 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 +122 143 £550 -4.35% 28
South East +179 82 £500 -8.05% 14
North of England +102 15 £505 -3.81% 9
North West +71 12 £505 -3.81% 9
Midlands +49 11 £625 +13.64% 15
South West +100 10 £450 -16.28% 4
West Midlands +42 6 £688 +25.57% 13
East Midlands +36 5 £550 - 2
East of England +56 3 £613 -8.48% 11
Yorkshire - 3 £575 -
NIST
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 170 (62.50%) Cybersecurity
2 134 (49.26%) Information Security
3 126 (46.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 80 (29.41%) SIEM
5 78 (28.68%) CISSP
6 68 (25.00%) Risk Management
7 66 (24.26%) Vulnerability Management
8 62 (22.79%) Firewall
9 60 (22.06%) Finance
10 58 (21.32%) Security Cleared
11 57 (20.96%) NCSC
12 51 (18.75%) Security Architecture
13 50 (18.38%) CISM
14 47 (17.28%) Linux
14 47 (17.28%) PCI DSS
15 46 (16.91%) Network Security
16 45 (16.54%) Windows
17 43 (15.81%) SC Cleared
18 39 (14.34%) COBIT
19 37 (13.60%) Azure
20 36 (13.24%) Banking
20 36 (13.24%) Cisco
21 35 (12.87%) Risk Assessment
21 35 (12.87%) Security Monitoring
22 34 (12.50%) Security Operations
23 33 (12.13%) Active Directory
24 32 (11.76%) DevOps
24 32 (11.76%) PaaS
24 32 (11.76%) GDPR
25 31 (11.40%) Degree

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 14 (5.15%) Confluence
2 5 (1.84%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.47%) IIS
4 1 (0.37%) CMS
4 1 (0.37%) nginx
Applications
1 7 (2.57%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (1.47%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (2.94%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 37 (13.60%) Azure
2 32 (11.76%) PaaS
3 29 (10.66%) AWS
4 18 (6.62%) SaaS
5 9 (3.31%) GCP
5 9 (3.31%) IaaS
6 8 (2.94%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (1.84%) G Suite
7 5 (1.84%) Office 365
8 3 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (1.10%) IBM Cloud
8 3 (1.10%) Power Platform
8 3 (1.10%) Serverless
9 2 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.74%) Amazon EKS
9 2 (0.74%) AWS CloudTrail
9 2 (0.74%) Cohesity
10 1 (0.37%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 62 (22.79%) Firewall
2 46 (16.91%) Network Security
3 30 (11.03%) Internet
4 10 (3.68%) WAN
5 9 (3.31%) LAN
5 9 (3.31%) TCP/IP
5 9 (3.31%) VPN
6 7 (2.57%) Intrusion Detection
6 7 (2.57%) SSL
7 6 (2.21%) Multicast
8 5 (1.84%) BGP
9 4 (1.47%) HTTP
9 4 (1.47%) Wireshark
10 3 (1.10%) DNS
11 2 (0.74%) Intranet
11 2 (0.74%) SAN
11 2 (0.74%) SNMP
11 2 (0.74%) Software-Defined Networking
11 2 (0.74%) VSAN
11 2 (0.74%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (5.51%) Cosmos DB
2 5 (1.84%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.47%) DB2
4 3 (1.10%) Power BI
5 2 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.74%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.74%) MySQL
5 2 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.37%) Amazon Aurora
6 1 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 18 (6.62%) JIRA
2 15 (5.51%) ReSharper
3 11 (4.04%) Selenium
4 5 (1.84%) Burp Suite
5 4 (1.47%) Git (software)
6 3 (1.10%) Hudson
6 3 (1.10%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.74%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.74%) GitLab
7 2 (0.74%) Jenkins
General
1 60 (22.06%) Finance
2 36 (13.24%) Banking
3 19 (6.99%) Public Sector
4 11 (4.04%) Legal
5 10 (3.68%) Manufacturing
6 9 (3.31%) Telecoms
7 7 (2.57%) Retail
8 5 (1.84%) Electronics
8 5 (1.84%) Marketing
9 4 (1.47%) International Banking
9 4 (1.47%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.74%) Billing
10 2 (0.74%) Law
11 1 (0.37%) Advertising
11 1 (0.37%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 67 (24.63%) Architect
2 61 (22.43%) Analyst
3 59 (21.69%) Security Architect
4 50 (18.38%) Consultant
5 39 (14.34%) Security Consultant
6 31 (11.40%) Security Analyst
7 24 (8.82%) Security Engineer
8 22 (8.09%) Information Analyst
8 22 (8.09%) Information Security Analyst
9 20 (7.35%) Risk Analyst
10 18 (6.62%) Information Risk Analyst
10 18 (6.62%) Security Risk Analyst
11 16 (5.88%) Cloud Architect
12 15 (5.51%) Security Manager
13 11 (4.04%) Azure Engineer
13 11 (4.04%) Cybersecurity Architect
13 11 (4.04%) DevOps Engineer
13 11 (4.04%) Enterprise Architect
14 10 (3.68%) Cybersecurity Consultant
14 10 (3.68%) Enterprise Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (10.66%) .NET
2 15 (5.51%) .NET Framework
2 15 (5.51%) REST
3 8 (2.94%) ModSecurity
4 4 (1.47%) Web Services
5 3 (1.10%) LDAP
5 3 (1.10%) SailPoint
5 3 (1.10%) SAML
5 3 (1.10%) YAML
6 2 (0.74%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.74%) CSS
6 2 (0.74%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.74%) HTML
6 2 (0.74%) HTML5
6 2 (0.74%) jQuery
6 2 (0.74%) Kafka
6 2 (0.74%) Middleware
6 2 (0.74%) React
6 2 (0.74%) Vue.js
6 2 (0.74%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 30 (11.03%) Analytical Skills
1 30 (11.03%) Management Information System
2 23 (8.46%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 21 (7.72%) Security Operations Centre
4 20 (7.35%) Enterprise Cloud
5 15 (5.51%) Cyberthreat
6 10 (3.68%) Cyber Defence
6 10 (3.68%) Data Centre
7 8 (2.94%) AS400
7 8 (2.94%) Public Cloud
8 7 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (2.21%) CESG
9 6 (2.21%) N-Tier
10 5 (1.84%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (1.84%) iSeries
10 5 (1.84%) Robotics
10 5 (1.84%) User Experience
11 4 (1.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 4 (1.47%) Virtual Team
12 3 (1.10%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 47 (17.28%) Linux
2 45 (16.54%) Windows
3 12 (4.41%) Unix
4 9 (3.31%) Windows Server
5 8 (2.94%) Solaris
6 5 (1.84%) Kali Linux
7 3 (1.10%) Android
7 3 (1.10%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.10%) MVS
7 3 (1.10%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.74%) AIX
8 2 (0.74%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.37%) HPUX
9 1 (0.37%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (62.50%) Cybersecurity
2 134 (49.26%) Information Security
3 80 (29.41%) SIEM
4 68 (25.00%) Risk Management
5 66 (24.26%) Vulnerability Management
6 51 (18.75%) Security Architecture
7 35 (12.87%) Risk Assessment
7 35 (12.87%) Security Monitoring
8 34 (12.50%) Security Operations
9 32 (11.76%) DevOps
10 30 (11.03%) Agile Software Development
11 28 (10.29%) OWASP
11 28 (10.29%) Security Management
11 28 (10.29%) Security Testing
12 27 (9.93%) Information Assurance
12 27 (9.93%) TOGAF
13 24 (8.82%) Information Security Management
13 24 (8.82%) Threat Intelligence
14 22 (8.09%) Data Protection
14 22 (8.09%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 16 (5.88%) PowerShell
1 16 (5.88%) Python
2 14 (5.15%) C#
3 13 (4.78%) C
3 13 (4.78%) Java
3 13 (4.78%) PHP
4 11 (4.04%) C++
4 11 (4.04%) VB.NET
5 6 (2.21%) SQL
6 2 (0.74%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.74%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.74%) Perl
6 2 (0.74%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 78 (28.68%) CISSP
2 58 (21.32%) Security Cleared
3 50 (18.38%) CISM
4 43 (15.81%) SC Cleared
5 31 (11.40%) Degree
6 25 (9.19%) CRISC
7 21 (7.72%) CISA
8 20 (7.35%) CESG Certified Professional
8 20 (7.35%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (6.62%) SANS
10 17 (6.25%) GIAC
11 16 (5.88%) FFIEC
12 14 (5.15%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 10 (3.68%) DV Cleared
14 9 (3.31%) CCSP
14 9 (3.31%) GCIH
14 9 (3.31%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 9 (3.31%) TOGAF Certification
15 8 (2.94%) CEH
15 8 (2.94%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (46.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 57 (20.96%) NCSC
3 47 (17.28%) PCI DSS
4 39 (14.34%) COBIT
5 32 (11.76%) GDPR
6 30 (11.03%) Cyber Essentials
7 28 (10.29%) NIST 800
8 24 (8.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 21 (7.72%) QA
10 11 (4.04%) RMADS
11 10 (3.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 10 (3.68%) JSP 440
12 7 (2.57%) HIPAA
12 7 (2.57%) ISO 31000
13 6 (2.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 6 (2.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 3 (1.10%) ISAE 3402
14 3 (1.10%) ISO 22301
14 3 (1.10%) ISO 9001
14 3 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 33 (12.13%) Active Directory
2 20 (7.35%) Hyper-V
3 11 (4.04%) Docker
4 9 (3.31%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (1.84%) KVM
5 5 (1.84%) Xen
6 2 (0.74%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 2 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 19 (6.99%) Terraform
2 14 (5.15%) HP ALM
2 14 (5.15%) HP Fortify
3 10 (3.68%) Kubernetes
4 9 (3.31%) Nessus
5 8 (2.94%) CASB
6 7 (2.57%) Ansible
7 5 (1.84%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (1.47%) CSIRT
9 3 (1.10%) IBM Guardium
9 3 (1.10%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 3 (1.10%) WebInspect
10 2 (0.74%) Consul
10 2 (0.74%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.74%) Grafana
10 2 (0.74%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 2 (0.74%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.74%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.74%) Rancher
10 2 (0.74%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 36 (13.24%) Cisco
2 29 (10.66%) Splunk
3 23 (8.46%) Fortinet
4 21 (7.72%) LogRhythm
4 21 (7.72%) Palo Alto
5 19 (6.99%) Microsoft
5 19 (6.99%) Qualys
6 17 (6.25%) HP
7 14 (5.15%) ArcSight
7 14 (5.15%) Black Duck
7 14 (5.15%) Micro Focus
7 14 (5.15%) Sonatype
8 12 (4.41%) Oracle
8 12 (4.41%) VMware
9 11 (4.04%) SAP
10 8 (2.94%) CyberArk
10 8 (2.94%) IBM
10 8 (2.94%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (2.94%) Sparx
11 7 (2.57%) Google