Period
to 31 May 2020

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 31 May 2020 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
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 584 829 874
Rank change year-on-year +245 +45 -40
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 22 32 6
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.047% 0.035% 0.006%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.48% 0.34% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 23 6
Median daily rate £375 £475 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.05% -11.63% +15.90%
10th Percentile £225 £333 £456
90th Percentile £444 £643 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £314 £456 £550
% change year-on-year -31.23% -17.05% +34.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 4,602 9,541 12,224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 9.91% 10.44% 12.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,710 5,849 7,847
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £249 £250 £255
90th Percentile £643 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 376 360
Median hourly rate £27.18 £23.00 £22.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.15% +0.34% +4.19%
10th Percentile £12.93 £10.94 £11.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £52.50 £50.80
Median hourly rate £22.58 £25.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -11.46% +8.51% +4.44%

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 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Top 8 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 31 May 2020. 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 +226 19 £375 -21.05% 3
UK excluding London +169 13 £314 -31.23%
London +177 9 £375 -25.00% 3
South East +144 5 £438 -7.89%
East of England +59 3 £290 -31.76%
Scotland +41 2 £525 +41.99%
South West - 2 £261 -
Wales - 1 £200 -

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, 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 22 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 8 (36.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (31.82%) Windows
3 7 (31.82%) Microsoft
3 7 (31.82%) Active Directory
3 7 (31.82%) Windows Server
4 6 (27.27%) Data Centre
4 6 (27.27%) Security Hardening
4 6 (27.27%) NHS
4 6 (27.27%) Firewall
5 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (22.73%) Cisco
5 5 (22.73%) Azure
6 4 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (18.18%) PowerShell
6 4 (18.18%) ITIL
6 4 (18.18%) VMware
7 3 (13.64%) Change Management
7 3 (13.64%) Migration
7 3 (13.64%) SCCM
7 3 (13.64%) Network Security
7 3 (13.64%) VPN
7 3 (13.64%) DNS
7 3 (13.64%) TACACS
7 3 (13.64%) Patch Management
7 3 (13.64%) Malware Detection/Protection
7 3 (13.64%) Server Hardening
7 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (13.64%) Cybersecurity
7 3 (13.64%) Cisco ASA

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 1 (4.55%) MS Exchange
1 1 (4.55%) SharePoint
1 1 (4.55%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 5 (22.73%) Azure
2 2 (9.09%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (9.09%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 1 (4.55%) AWS
3 1 (4.55%) IaaS
3 1 (4.55%) Mimecast
3 1 (4.55%) Office 365
3 1 (4.55%) PaaS
3 1 (4.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (27.27%) Firewall
2 3 (13.64%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (13.64%) Cisco Firepower
2 3 (13.64%) DNS
2 3 (13.64%) Network Security
2 3 (13.64%) TACACS
2 3 (13.64%) VPN
3 2 (9.09%) Skype
4 1 (4.55%) DHCP
4 1 (4.55%) LAN
4 1 (4.55%) SAN
4 1 (4.55%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) MySQL
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) JIRA
General
1 2 (9.09%) Public Sector
2 1 (4.55%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 6 (27.27%) Security Engineer
2 4 (18.18%) Windows Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Network Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Network Security Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Server Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Author
4 2 (9.09%) Security Specialist
4 2 (9.09%) Technical Author
5 1 (4.55%) Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Head of Security
5 1 (4.55%) Information Security Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Project Officer
5 1 (4.55%) Project Support Officer
5 1 (4.55%) Security Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Support Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Technical Support
5 1 (4.55%) Technical Support Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Windows Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (27.27%) Data Centre
1 6 (27.27%) NHS
2 2 (9.09%) Smartphone
3 1 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.55%) Private Cloud
3 1 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 7 (31.82%) Windows
1 7 (31.82%) Windows Server
2 2 (9.09%) Linux
3 1 (4.55%) pSOS
3 1 (4.55%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (4.55%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) Security Hardening
2 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (18.18%) ITIL
4 3 (13.64%) Change Management
4 3 (13.64%) Cybersecurity
4 3 (13.64%) Malware Detection/Protection
4 3 (13.64%) Migration
4 3 (13.64%) Patch Management
4 3 (13.64%) Privileged Access Management
4 3 (13.64%) Server Hardening
4 3 (13.64%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 2 (9.09%) Business Process Analysis
5 2 (9.09%) Incident Management
5 2 (9.09%) Information Security
5 2 (9.09%) PRINCE2
5 2 (9.09%) Project Management
5 2 (9.09%) Service Management
6 1 (4.55%) Configuration Management
6 1 (4.55%) Information Management
6 1 (4.55%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 4 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 2 (9.09%) C
3 1 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) CESG Certified Professional
1 2 (9.09%) CISA
1 2 (9.09%) CISM
2 1 (4.55%) Degree
2 1 (4.55%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 8 (36.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (9.09%) NCSC
3 2 (9.09%) PCI DSS
4 1 (4.55%) PMO
4 1 (4.55%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (31.82%) Active Directory
2 4 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (9.09%) Hyper-V
3 2 (9.09%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (4.55%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Intune
1 3 (13.64%) SCCM
2 2 (9.09%) Nessus
3 1 (4.55%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 7 (31.82%) Microsoft
2 5 (22.73%) Cisco
3 4 (18.18%) VMware
4 2 (9.09%) Fortinet
4 2 (9.09%) WALLIX
5 1 (4.55%) Mitel
5 1 (4.55%) MobileIron
5 1 (4.55%) Palo Alto
5 1 (4.55%) Symantec