Period
to 23 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for NCSC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NCSC over the 6 months to 23 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 Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
England > London
6 months to
23 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 405 397 564
Rank change year-on-year -8 +167 +66
Contract jobs citing NCSC 41 55 44
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.18% 0.24% 0.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.67% 2.38% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 38 29
10th Percentile £513 £343 £510
25th Percentile £549 £414 £533
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £625 £452 £700
Median % change year-on-year +38.27% -35.43% +16.67%
75th Percentile £700 £608 £838
90th Percentile £775 £621 £865
England median daily rate £563 £550 £575
% change year-on-year +2.27% -4.35% -2.13%

NCSC 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 London with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 2,451 2,307 4,370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 10.91% 9.98% 10.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,677 1,650 2,980
10th Percentile £318 £300 £306
25th Percentile £410 £400 £395
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £500
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% -1.00% +0.50%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £600
90th Percentile £675 £663 £675
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 43 57
10th Percentile £14.00 £15.95 £12.50
25th Percentile £14.13 £18.60 £15.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £25.68 £21.18
Median % change year-on-year -22.12% +21.25% -0.33%
75th Percentile £23.75 £38.50 £31.00
90th Percentile £34.50 £50.20 £43.75
England median hourly rate £20.85 £22.55 £20.25
% change year-on-year -7.52% +11.36% -5.84%

NCSC
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing NCSC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for NCSC in London

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NCSC in London.

Daily rate trend for NCSC in London

NCSC
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NCSC in London over the 6 months to 23 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for NCSC in London

NCSC
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NCSC within the London region over the 6 months to 23 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
South London +35 2 £525 -12.50%
Central London +26 1 £775 +81.50%
NCSC
England

For the 6 months to 23 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing NCSC 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 London region with a requirement for NCSC.

1 24 (58.54%) Security Cleared
2 22 (53.66%) SC Cleared
2 22 (53.66%) CISSP
3 21 (51.22%) Cybersecurity
4 14 (34.15%) Information Security
5 12 (29.27%) CISM
5 12 (29.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (24.39%) Microsoft
6 10 (24.39%) GCP
6 10 (24.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 10 (24.39%) CESG Certified Professional
7 9 (21.95%) NIST
7 9 (21.95%) Risk Management
7 9 (21.95%) Google
8 8 (19.51%) Security Architecture
9 7 (17.07%) Penetration Testing
9 7 (17.07%) Business Analysis
9 7 (17.07%) Information Assurance
9 7 (17.07%) Azure
9 7 (17.07%) AWS
10 6 (14.63%) Security Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Network Security
10 6 (14.63%) SABSA
10 6 (14.63%) TOGAF
10 6 (14.63%) GDPR
11 5 (12.20%) Public Sector
11 5 (12.20%) SANS
11 5 (12.20%) CREST Certified
11 5 (12.20%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management

NCSC
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 1 (2.44%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 10 (24.39%) GCP
2 7 (17.07%) AWS
2 7 (17.07%) Azure
3 4 (9.76%) Microsoft 365
3 4 (9.76%) Power Platform
3 4 (9.76%) PowerApps
4 1 (2.44%) IaaS
4 1 (2.44%) OpenShift
4 1 (2.44%) PaaS
4 1 (2.44%) SaaS
4 1 (2.44%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (14.63%) Network Security
2 3 (7.32%) BGP
3 2 (4.88%) SD-WAN
3 2 (4.88%) WAN
4 1 (2.44%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Burp Suite
2 1 (2.44%) JIRA
2 1 (2.44%) Snyk
General
1 5 (12.20%) Public Sector
2 3 (7.32%) Finance
2 3 (7.32%) Legal
3 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.44%) Electronics
4 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.44%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 15 (36.59%) Architect
2 14 (34.15%) Security Architect
3 11 (26.83%) Consultant
4 8 (19.51%) Security Consultant
5 7 (17.07%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 4 (9.76%) Azure Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Platform Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Security Specialist
7 3 (7.32%) Cybersecurity Architect
7 3 (7.32%) Cybersecurity Specialist
7 3 (7.32%) Network Architect
7 3 (7.32%) Network Security Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Applications Manager
8 2 (4.88%) Cloud Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Lead Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Lead Security Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Penetration Tester
8 2 (4.88%) Risk Consultant
8 2 (4.88%) Security Assurance Manager
8 2 (4.88%) Security Technical Architect
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
2 4 (9.76%) CESG
2 4 (9.76%) Data Centre
3 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (7.32%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (4.88%) Mobile App
4 2 (4.88%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.44%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (2.44%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (2.44%) CMDB
5 1 (2.44%) Cybercrime
5 1 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (2.44%) NHS
5 1 (2.44%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.32%) Kali Linux
2 1 (2.44%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (51.22%) Cybersecurity
2 14 (34.15%) Information Security
3 9 (21.95%) Risk Management
4 8 (19.51%) Security Architecture
5 7 (17.07%) Business Analysis
5 7 (17.07%) Information Assurance
5 7 (17.07%) Penetration Testing
6 6 (14.63%) SABSA
6 6 (14.63%) Security Testing
6 6 (14.63%) TOGAF
7 5 (12.20%) DevOps
7 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (9.76%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 4 (9.76%) DevSecOps
8 4 (9.76%) Threat Intelligence
9 3 (7.32%) Network Design
9 3 (7.32%) Security Management
9 3 (7.32%) Service Design
9 3 (7.32%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.76%) PowerShell
2 2 (4.88%) C
3 1 (2.44%) Ada
Qualifications
1 24 (58.54%) Security Cleared
2 22 (53.66%) CISSP
2 22 (53.66%) SC Cleared
3 12 (29.27%) CISM
4 10 (24.39%) CESG Certified Professional
5 5 (12.20%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 5 (12.20%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (12.20%) CREST Certified
5 5 (12.20%) SANS
6 4 (9.76%) DV Cleared
7 3 (7.32%) CCSP
7 3 (7.32%) CISA
7 3 (7.32%) Degree
7 3 (7.32%) OSCP
8 2 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (4.88%) CEH
9 1 (2.44%) CLAS
9 1 (2.44%) CRISC
9 1 (2.44%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (29.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (24.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 9 (21.95%) NIST
4 6 (14.63%) GDPR
5 4 (9.76%) COBIT
6 3 (7.32%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (7.32%) QA
7 2 (4.88%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 2 (4.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (2.44%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (2.44%) NIST 800
System Software
1 2 (4.88%) Hyper-V
1 2 (4.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.44%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (9.76%) Nessus
1 4 (9.76%) Terraform
2 3 (7.32%) Ansible
3 1 (2.44%) Kubernetes
3 1 (2.44%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 10 (24.39%) Microsoft
2 9 (21.95%) Google
3 3 (7.32%) Arista
4 2 (4.88%) Cisco
4 2 (4.88%) VMware
5 1 (2.44%) AlienVault
5 1 (2.44%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.44%) SAP