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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 27 June 2022 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
27 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 784 706 586
Rank change year-on-year -78 -120 +240
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 49 19 16
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.056% 0.030% 0.039%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.43% 0.24% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 11 14
10th Percentile £310 £375 £211
25th Percentile £321 £390 £214
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £492 £505 £242
Median % change year-on-year -2.57% +108.68% -49.00%
75th Percentile £578 £659 £413
90th Percentile £659 £700 £442
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £530 £325
% change year-on-year -39.62% +63.08% -25.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile £23.25 - -
Median hourly rate £24.50 - -
75th Percentile £25.75 - -
90th Percentile - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.50 - -

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 11,529 7,876 4,624
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.13% 12.30% 11.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,965 5,249 2,902
10th Percentile £289 £263 £260
25th Percentile £408 £365 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £524 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.32% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £725 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 304 321 199
10th Percentile £12.36 £11.36 £12.65
25th Percentile £16.25 £14.00 £17.26
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.05 £22.55
Median % change year-on-year +30.64% -6.63% +0.20%
75th Percentile £50.00 £39.50 £45.00
90th Percentile £69.17 £56.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.29 £21.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% - -17.11%

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 27 June 2022.

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
Top 12 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 27 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England -74 41 £500 -13.42% 29
Work from Home -58 31 £430 -38.57% 8
London -72 20 £525 +3.96% 8
UK excluding London -44 19 £320 -39.62% 24
South East -34 10 £320 -50.77% 7
South West - 4 £550 - 2
North of England -51 3 £275 -26.67% 5
North East - 2 £273 -
East Midlands -19 1 - - 2
Yorkshire -34 1 £725 +93.33% 3
Midlands -46 1 - - 3
East of England - 1 £588 - 4

For the 6 months to 27 June 2022, 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 49 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 31 (63.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (61.22%) Cybersecurity
4 17 (34.69%) Information Security
4 17 (34.69%) Windows
5 16 (32.65%) ITIL
6 14 (28.57%) Risk Management
7 13 (26.53%) Active Directory
8 12 (24.49%) CISSP
8 12 (24.49%) NIST
9 11 (22.45%) NHS
9 11 (22.45%) CISM
9 11 (22.45%) Azure
9 11 (22.45%) GDPR
10 10 (20.41%) Firewall
11 9 (18.37%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (16.33%) Information Assurance
12 8 (16.33%) Data Security
12 8 (16.33%) CISA
13 7 (14.29%) Cisco
13 7 (14.29%) Microsoft
13 7 (14.29%) Linux
13 7 (14.29%) Windows Server
13 7 (14.29%) Internal Audit
14 6 (12.24%) ISO 22301
14 6 (12.24%) PCI DSS
14 6 (12.24%) CRISC
14 6 (12.24%) Analytics
14 6 (12.24%) Penetration Testing
14 6 (12.24%) VMware

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 (4.08%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.04%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (22.45%) Azure
2 5 (10.20%) Microsoft 365
3 4 (8.16%) AWS
3 4 (8.16%) GCP
4 2 (4.08%) Azure DevOps
4 2 (4.08%) Azure Key Vault
4 2 (4.08%) PaaS
5 1 (2.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (20.41%) Firewall
2 4 (8.16%) VPN
3 3 (6.12%) LAN
3 3 (6.12%) Network Security
4 2 (4.08%) ADSL
4 2 (4.08%) IPsec
4 2 (4.08%) MPLS
4 2 (4.08%) SAN
4 2 (4.08%) SSL
4 2 (4.08%) VoIP
4 2 (4.08%) WAN
5 1 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (2.04%) Cisco IOS
5 1 (2.04%) DHCP
5 1 (2.04%) DNS
5 1 (2.04%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 1 (2.04%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 1 (2.04%) NAS
5 1 (2.04%) Skype
5 1 (2.04%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.08%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (4.08%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.04%) JIRA
General
1 5 (10.20%) Presentation Skills
2 4 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.16%) Finance
2 4 (8.16%) Organisational Skills
2 4 (8.16%) Social Skills
3 2 (4.08%) Inclusion and Diversity
3 2 (4.08%) Influencing Skills
3 2 (4.08%) Public Sector
3 2 (4.08%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.04%) Aerospace
4 1 (2.04%) Games
4 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (18.37%) Analyst
1 9 (18.37%) Security Specialist
2 8 (16.33%) Security Analyst
3 7 (14.29%) Security Manager
4 6 (12.24%) Information Officer
5 5 (10.20%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 4 (8.16%) Architect
6 4 (8.16%) Incident Manager
6 4 (8.16%) Information Governance Officer
6 4 (8.16%) Infrastructure Architect
6 4 (8.16%) Security Incident Manager
7 3 (6.12%) Consultant
8 2 (4.08%) Administrator
8 2 (4.08%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Information Analyst
8 2 (4.08%) Information Security Analyst
8 2 (4.08%) Information Security Officer
8 2 (4.08%) Linux Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Security Consultant
8 2 (4.08%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.08%) RabbitMQ
1 2 (4.08%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (22.45%) NHS
2 5 (10.20%) Cyberthreat
2 5 (10.20%) Management Information System
3 4 (8.16%) Freedom of Information
4 2 (4.08%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (2.04%) BYOD
5 1 (2.04%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 1 (2.04%) Cyberattack
5 1 (2.04%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.04%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 17 (34.69%) Windows
2 7 (14.29%) Linux
2 7 (14.29%) Windows Server
3 5 (10.20%) Windows 10
4 2 (4.08%) CentOS
4 2 (4.08%) Mac OS
4 2 (4.08%) Unix
4 2 (4.08%) VMS
5 1 (2.04%) Android
5 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (61.22%) Cybersecurity
2 17 (34.69%) Information Security
3 16 (32.65%) ITIL
4 14 (28.57%) Risk Management
5 9 (18.37%) Continuous Improvement
6 8 (16.33%) Data Security
6 8 (16.33%) Information Assurance
7 7 (14.29%) Internal Audit
8 6 (12.24%) Agile
8 6 (12.24%) Analytics
8 6 (12.24%) Penetration Testing
9 5 (10.20%) Data Privacy
9 5 (10.20%) Problem Management
9 5 (10.20%) Project Delivery
9 5 (10.20%) SIEM
9 5 (10.20%) TOGAF
9 5 (10.20%) Vulnerability Management
10 4 (8.16%) Blue Team
10 4 (8.16%) Due Diligence
10 4 (8.16%) Red Team
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.20%) PowerShell
2 2 (4.08%) Java
3 1 (2.04%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (24.49%) CISSP
2 11 (22.45%) CISM
3 8 (16.33%) CISA
4 6 (12.24%) CRISC
5 5 (10.20%) Degree
5 5 (10.20%) GIAC
6 4 (8.16%) SANS
6 4 (8.16%) TOGAF Certification
7 3 (6.12%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (4.08%) CCNA
8 2 (4.08%) CCNP
8 2 (4.08%) CCSA
8 2 (4.08%) CompTIA Security+
8 2 (4.08%) CREST Certified
8 2 (4.08%) Cyber Scheme
8 2 (4.08%) ECSA
8 2 (4.08%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
8 2 (4.08%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (4.08%) Master's Degree
8 2 (4.08%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 31 (63.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (24.49%) NIST
4 11 (22.45%) GDPR
5 6 (12.24%) ISO 22301
5 6 (12.24%) PCI DSS
6 5 (10.20%) NCSC
7 4 (8.16%) IASME
8 3 (6.12%) GRC
8 3 (6.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (4.08%) COBIT
9 2 (4.08%) ISO 9001
9 2 (4.08%) QA
9 2 (4.08%) SLA
10 1 (2.04%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (2.04%) ISAE 3402
10 1 (2.04%) ISO 31000
10 1 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (2.04%) NIST 800
System Software
1 13 (26.53%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (8.16%) CSIRT
2 3 (6.12%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (6.12%) SCCM
3 2 (4.08%) FortiGate
3 2 (4.08%) Nessus
3 2 (4.08%) Terraform
4 1 (2.04%) QRadar
4 1 (2.04%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.04%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (2.04%) WSUS
Vendors
1 7 (14.29%) Cisco
1 7 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 6 (12.24%) VMware
3 4 (8.16%) Citrix
4 3 (6.12%) McAfee
5 2 (4.08%) CheckPoint
5 2 (4.08%) Mitel
5 2 (4.08%) New Relic
5 2 (4.08%) Palo Alto
5 2 (4.08%) Qualys
5 2 (4.08%) Red Hat
5 2 (4.08%) Snow
6 1 (2.04%) Blue Coat
6 1 (2.04%) CyberArk
6 1 (2.04%) F5
6 1 (2.04%) Google
6 1 (2.04%) Imperva
6 1 (2.04%) Incapsula
6 1 (2.04%) SolarWinds
6 1 (2.04%) Veeam