Period
to 18 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Cyber Essentials PLUS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Essentials PLUS over the 6 months to 18 September 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.

Cyber Essentials PLUS
UK
6 months to
18 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 744 501 808
Rank change year-on-year -243 +307 +105
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 35 21 37
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.070% 0.041%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.36% 0.60% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 17 25
10th Percentile £341 £473 £265
25th Percentile £403 £520 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £575 £475
Median % change year-on-year -14.78% +21.05% +22.58%
75th Percentile £650 £650 £538
90th Percentile £740 £688 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £563 £463
% change year-on-year -15.56% +21.62% +19.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £45.75 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 - -

Cyber Essentials PLUS 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 with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 9,825 3,524 10,046
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.46% 11.76% 11.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,601 2,184 6,319
10th Percentile £266 £264 £247
25th Percentile £381 £361 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +6.39% +4.44% -
75th Percentile £590 £564 £550
90th Percentile £675 £641 £636
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £435 £425
% change year-on-year - +2.35% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 332 160 413
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.90 £10.80
25th Percentile £13.00 £15.17 £14.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.28 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.99% +1.31% +6.37%
75th Percentile £41.16 £45.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.22 £55.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.05 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.86% -6.44% +14.65%

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Cyber Essentials PLUS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS.

Daily rate trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS over the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS.

Hourly rate trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS over the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS within the UK over the 6 months to 18 September 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
England -221 27 £505 -8.39% 50
UK excluding London -142 21 £475 -15.56% 38
Work from Home -240 12 £700 +24.44% 5
London -185 11 £505 -25.19% 17
South East -96 8 £650 +17.91% 5
Midlands - 6 £738 - 7
Scotland -78 4 £425 -28.57% 5
East Midlands - 3 £275 - 3
West Midlands - 3 £1,200 - 4
North of England - 2 £425 - 9
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 1
North West - 1 £475 - 8
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 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 with a requirement for Cyber Essentials PLUS.

1 35 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 21 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (40.00%) Information Security
4 13 (37.14%) Cybersecurity
5 11 (31.43%) Microsoft
5 11 (31.43%) Security Management
6 10 (28.57%) Management Information System
6 10 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (25.71%) Windows
7 9 (25.71%) CISSP
7 9 (25.71%) Linux
7 9 (25.71%) Microsoft 365
8 8 (22.86%) Azure
8 8 (22.86%) Risk Management
8 8 (22.86%) CISM
9 6 (17.14%) Project Management
9 6 (17.14%) Information Security Management
9 6 (17.14%) ISMS
10 5 (14.29%) Security Cleared
10 5 (14.29%) Degree
10 5 (14.29%) CCNA
10 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (14.29%) AWS
10 5 (14.29%) GDPR
10 5 (14.29%) Windows Server
11 4 (11.43%) Internal Audit
11 4 (11.43%) CESG Certified Professional
11 4 (11.43%) Cisco
11 4 (11.43%) ITIL
11 4 (11.43%) PRINCE2

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 2 (5.71%) IIS
2 1 (2.86%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (2.86%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (25.71%) Microsoft 365
2 8 (22.86%) Azure
3 5 (14.29%) AWS
4 3 (8.57%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (8.57%) Amazon S3
5 2 (5.71%) IaaS
6 1 (2.86%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (2.86%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.43%) Firewall
2 3 (8.57%) Network Security
3 2 (5.71%) SAN
3 2 (5.71%) SD-WAN
4 1 (2.86%) LAN
4 1 (2.86%) VLAN
4 1 (2.86%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) InfluxDB
1 3 (8.57%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 1 (2.86%) ClearCase
1 1 (2.86%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.86%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.86%) Snyk
1 1 (2.86%) SonarQube
1 1 (2.86%) Sonatype Nexus
1 1 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (11.43%) Finance
1 4 (11.43%) Legal
2 3 (8.57%) Documentation Skills
2 3 (8.57%) Social Skills
3 2 (5.71%) Local Government
3 2 (5.71%) Military
3 2 (5.71%) Public Sector
4 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.86%) Influencing Skills
4 1 (2.86%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 7 (20.00%) IT Manager
2 6 (17.14%) Architect
2 6 (17.14%) Security Manager
3 4 (11.43%) Project Manager
3 4 (11.43%) Senior IT Manager
3 4 (11.43%) Senior Manager
4 3 (8.57%) Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) Cybersecurity Manager
4 3 (8.57%) IT Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) IT Support
4 3 (8.57%) IT Support Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
4 3 (8.57%) Security Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) Security Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Security Project Manager
4 3 (8.57%) Senior IT Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Senior IT Support
4 3 (8.57%) Senior Support Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Support Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Unix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.57%) REST
1 3 (8.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (28.57%) Management Information System
2 4 (11.43%) CESG
3 3 (8.57%) Linux Command Line
3 3 (8.57%) NHS
4 2 (5.71%) Cyberattack
4 2 (5.71%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.86%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (2.86%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (2.86%) Legacy Systems
5 1 (2.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (25.71%) Linux
1 9 (25.71%) Windows
2 5 (14.29%) Windows Server
3 4 (11.43%) Unix
4 3 (8.57%) Data ONTAP
4 3 (8.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (8.57%) Solaris
4 3 (8.57%) VMS
5 2 (5.71%) Kali Linux
6 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (40.00%) Information Security
2 13 (37.14%) Cybersecurity
3 11 (31.43%) Security Management
4 10 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (22.86%) Risk Management
6 6 (17.14%) Information Security Management
6 6 (17.14%) ISMS
6 6 (17.14%) Project Management
7 4 (11.43%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (11.43%) Internal Audit
7 4 (11.43%) ITIL
7 4 (11.43%) Kanban
7 4 (11.43%) Migration
7 4 (11.43%) PRINCE2
7 4 (11.43%) Scrum
8 3 (8.57%) Decision-Making
8 3 (8.57%) Identity Access Management
8 3 (8.57%) Incident Management
8 3 (8.57%) Infrastructure Automation
8 3 (8.57%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.57%) Bash Shell
1 3 (8.57%) Perl
1 3 (8.57%) Python
1 3 (8.57%) Shell Script
2 1 (2.86%) C
2 1 (2.86%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (25.71%) CISSP
2 8 (22.86%) CISM
3 5 (14.29%) CCNA
3 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (14.29%) Degree
3 5 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 4 (11.43%) CESG Certified Professional
4 4 (11.43%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.57%) MCAD
5 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (8.57%) Numerate Degree
5 3 (8.57%) OCMJD
5 3 (8.57%) PhD
5 3 (8.57%) Postgraduate
6 2 (5.71%) CCNP
6 2 (5.71%) CEH
6 2 (5.71%) CISMP
6 2 (5.71%) PMI Certification
6 2 (5.71%) PMP
6 2 (5.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 21 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (14.29%) GDPR
4 3 (8.57%) PCI DSS
5 2 (5.71%) ISO 22301
5 2 (5.71%) JSP 440
5 2 (5.71%) NCSC
5 2 (5.71%) NIST
5 2 (5.71%) RMADS
5 2 (5.71%) SOC 2
6 1 (2.86%) GRC
6 1 (2.86%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (11.43%) Active Directory
2 3 (8.57%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (5.71%) Samba
4 1 (2.86%) Docker
4 1 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (2.86%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 3 (8.57%) Ansible
1 3 (8.57%) Avamar
1 3 (8.57%) Grafana
1 3 (8.57%) HAProxy
1 3 (8.57%) Nagios
1 3 (8.57%) Red Hat Satellite
1 3 (8.57%) StackStorm
2 2 (5.71%) Consul
2 2 (5.71%) Nessus
2 2 (5.71%) Nmap
2 2 (5.71%) Oracle ZFS
3 1 (2.86%) Kubernetes
3 1 (2.86%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (2.86%) SCCM
3 1 (2.86%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (31.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (11.43%) Cisco
2 4 (11.43%) VMware
3 3 (8.57%) CommVault
3 3 (8.57%) NetApp
3 3 (8.57%) Oracle
3 3 (8.57%) Red Hat
4 2 (5.71%) Juniper
4 2 (5.71%) ServiceNow
5 1 (2.86%) Apple
5 1 (2.86%) Citrix
5 1 (2.86%) McAfee
5 1 (2.86%) Snow
5 1 (2.86%) SolarWinds
5 1 (2.86%) Splunk
5 1 (2.86%) Veeam