Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 484 347 513
Rank change year-on-year -137 +166 +88
Contract jobs citing NCSC 90 50 36
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.24% 0.31% 0.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.91% 2.65% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 37 26
10th Percentile £454 £257 £381
25th Percentile £548 £306 £503
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £625 £500 £575
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% -13.04% -14.81%
75th Percentile £699 £675 £630
90th Percentile £784 £725 £775
England median daily rate £585 £525 £553
% change year-on-year +11.43% -4.98% -3.91%

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 4,724 1,888 3,785
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 12.59% 11.68% 10.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,240 1,321 2,649
10th Percentile £335 £305 £296
25th Percentile £428 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £490
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.04% +2.73%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £725 £663 £663
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 7 56
10th Percentile £16.23 £19.18 £12.00
25th Percentile £21.84 £21.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £27.00 £26.22 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year +2.97% +40.21% -22.44%
75th Percentile £33.56 £39.07 £28.00
90th Percentile £46.49 £51.73 £44.88
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -8.70% +12.20% +1.26%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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
Central London -51 8 £650 +116.67% 1
West London - 4 - -
South London - 2 £580 - 1
NCSC
England

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 47 (52.22%) Cybersecurity
2 46 (51.11%) Security Cleared
3 43 (47.78%) SC Cleared
4 28 (31.11%) CISSP
5 27 (30.00%) VMware
5 27 (30.00%) VMware Infrastructure
6 25 (27.78%) CESG Certified Professional
7 24 (26.67%) Kubernetes
8 21 (23.33%) AWS
9 20 (22.22%) Public Sector
10 19 (21.11%) SD-WAN
10 19 (21.11%) Network Architecture
10 19 (21.11%) Hyper-V
10 19 (21.11%) WAN
10 19 (21.11%) Cisco
11 18 (20.00%) Docker
12 17 (18.89%) Information Security
13 16 (17.78%) Social Skills
14 15 (16.67%) Network Security
14 15 (16.67%) Linux
15 14 (15.56%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (14.44%) Ruby
16 13 (14.44%) Finance
16 13 (14.44%) Python
16 13 (14.44%) Bash Shell
17 12 (13.33%) DevOps
18 11 (12.22%) Azure
18 11 (12.22%) TCP/IP
18 11 (12.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 11 (12.22%) Penetration Testing

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 10 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 7 (7.78%) nginx
2 7 (7.78%) Traefik
3 2 (2.22%) Apache
3 2 (2.22%) Apache Spark
3 2 (2.22%) Confluence
3 2 (2.22%) Jupyter
4 1 (1.11%) CMS
Business Applications
1 2 (2.22%) SmartPlant
2 1 (1.11%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 21 (23.33%) AWS
2 11 (12.22%) Azure
3 10 (11.11%) GCP
3 10 (11.11%) Microsoft 365
4 9 (10.00%) Amazon EC2
5 8 (8.89%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (7.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (7.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (5.56%) PaaS
8 4 (4.44%) Amazon S3
9 2 (2.22%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (2.22%) Amazon Kinesis
9 2 (2.22%) Amazon SageMaker
9 2 (2.22%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (2.22%) Azure Key Vault
9 2 (2.22%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (2.22%) Power Platform
9 2 (2.22%) Serverless
9 2 (2.22%) Snowflake
10 1 (1.11%) AWS Fargate
Communications & Networking
1 19 (21.11%) SD-WAN
1 19 (21.11%) WAN
2 15 (16.67%) Network Security
3 11 (12.22%) TCP/IP
4 7 (7.78%) DNS
4 7 (7.78%) Firewall
5 4 (4.44%) SSL
6 3 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (2.22%) Internet
8 1 (1.11%) 3G
8 1 (1.11%) 4G
8 1 (1.11%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (1.11%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.78%) Big Data
2 3 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.22%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (2.22%) Data Lake
3 2 (2.22%) Flink
3 2 (2.22%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.22%) Power BI
3 2 (2.22%) Qlik Sense
3 2 (2.22%) Tableau
4 1 (1.11%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (8.89%) Git (software)
2 7 (7.78%) GitLab
2 7 (7.78%) Jenkins
3 4 (4.44%) Burp Suite
3 4 (4.44%) JIRA
3 4 (4.44%) Metasploit
4 2 (2.22%) AppScan
General
1 20 (22.22%) Public Sector
2 16 (17.78%) Social Skills
3 13 (14.44%) Finance
4 10 (11.11%) Telecoms
5 8 (8.89%) Electronics
5 8 (8.89%) Manufacturing
5 8 (8.89%) Marketing
6 5 (5.56%) Influencing Skills
7 4 (4.44%) Legal
8 3 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (3.33%) Banking
9 2 (2.22%) Law
9 2 (2.22%) Local Government
10 1 (1.11%) Police
10 1 (1.11%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 55 (61.11%) Architect
2 35 (38.89%) Security Architect
3 14 (15.56%) Technical Architect
4 10 (11.11%) Consultant
4 10 (11.11%) Lead Architect
4 10 (11.11%) Security Consultant
5 8 (8.89%) Microsoft 365 Architect
6 7 (7.78%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (7.78%) Lead Security Architect
7 6 (6.67%) Security Technical Architect
8 5 (5.56%) Cybersecurity Architect
9 4 (4.44%) Enterprise Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Analyst
10 3 (3.33%) Applications Architect
10 3 (3.33%) AWS Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Azure Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 3 (3.33%) Security Analyst
10 3 (3.33%) Security Specialist
10 3 (3.33%) Testing Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.78%) cloud-init
2 3 (3.33%) React
3 2 (2.22%) Django
3 2 (2.22%) FastAPI
3 2 (2.22%) GraphQL
3 2 (2.22%) Kafka
3 2 (2.22%) REST
3 2 (2.22%) YAML
4 1 (1.11%) .NET
4 1 (1.11%) OAuth
4 1 (1.11%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.00%) PKI
2 7 (7.78%) Clustering
3 6 (6.67%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.44%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.33%) Legacy Applications
6 2 (2.22%) Cyber Defence
6 2 (2.22%) Industrial Internet of Things
6 2 (2.22%) Internet of Things
6 2 (2.22%) Public Cloud
6 2 (2.22%) SCADA
6 2 (2.22%) Smart City
7 1 (1.11%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (1.11%) Industry 4.0
7 1 (1.11%) NHS
7 1 (1.11%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 15 (16.67%) Linux
2 8 (8.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (7.78%) CentOS
4 4 (4.44%) Ubuntu
5 3 (3.33%) Windows
5 3 (3.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (52.22%) Cybersecurity
2 19 (21.11%) Network Architecture
3 17 (18.89%) Information Security
4 14 (15.56%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (13.33%) DevOps
6 11 (12.22%) Penetration Testing
7 10 (11.11%) OWASP
8 9 (10.00%) Risk Management
8 9 (10.00%) Security Testing
9 8 (8.89%) Business Intelligence
9 8 (8.89%) Digital Marketing
9 8 (8.89%) Economics
9 8 (8.89%) Information Security Management
9 8 (8.89%) Programme Management
9 8 (8.89%) Project Planning
9 8 (8.89%) Security Management
9 8 (8.89%) Service Design
9 8 (8.89%) Technical Debt
10 7 (7.78%) Continuous Deployment
10 7 (7.78%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 13 (14.44%) Bash Shell
1 13 (14.44%) Python
1 13 (14.44%) Ruby
2 7 (7.78%) Go
3 6 (6.67%) C
3 6 (6.67%) C#
3 6 (6.67%) C++
3 6 (6.67%) Java
3 6 (6.67%) Perl
4 2 (2.22%) SQL
Qualifications
1 46 (51.11%) Security Cleared
2 43 (47.78%) SC Cleared
3 28 (31.11%) CISSP
4 25 (27.78%) CESG Certified Professional
5 7 (7.78%) CREST Certified
5 7 (7.78%) Degree
5 7 (7.78%) SANS
6 6 (6.67%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (2.22%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (2.22%) CCNP
8 2 (2.22%) CISA
8 2 (2.22%) CISM
8 2 (2.22%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (2.22%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
9 1 (1.11%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 1 (1.11%) CCSP
9 1 (1.11%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 1 (1.11%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (12.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (8.89%) GDPR
3 7 (7.78%) NIST
4 6 (6.67%) COBIT
5 4 (4.44%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (4.44%) PCI DSS
6 3 (3.33%) GRC
6 3 (3.33%) NIST 800
7 2 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (2.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (1.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (1.11%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 1 (1.11%) QA
System Software
1 27 (30.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 19 (21.11%) Hyper-V
3 18 (20.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 24 (26.67%) Kubernetes
2 10 (11.11%) Terraform
3 7 (7.78%) Ansible
3 7 (7.78%) Consul
3 7 (7.78%) Docker Swarm
3 7 (7.78%) Graphite
3 7 (7.78%) HAProxy
3 7 (7.78%) Istio
3 7 (7.78%) linkerd
3 7 (7.78%) Packer
3 7 (7.78%) Prometheus
3 7 (7.78%) Puppet
3 7 (7.78%) ZABBIX
4 4 (4.44%) Nessus
5 2 (2.22%) HP Fortify
5 2 (2.22%) WebInspect
6 1 (1.11%) CASB
Vendors
1 27 (30.00%) VMware
2 19 (21.11%) Cisco
3 10 (11.11%) Microsoft
4 8 (8.89%) SAP
4 8 (8.89%) Splunk
5 7 (7.78%) PagerDuty
6 2 (2.22%) Veracode
6 2 (2.22%) Virgin Media
7 1 (1.11%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.11%) Rapid7
7 1 (1.11%) Red Hat