Period
to 16 October 2019

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 16 October 2019 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
16 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 775 906 876
Rank change year-on-year +131 -30 +33
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 34 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.040% 0.006% 0.008%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.39% 0.053% 0.065%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 6 8
UK median daily rate £475 £431 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.14% +1.47% -45.16%
10th Percentile £275 £363 £342
90th Percentile £669 £619 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £431 £425
% change year-on-year +10.09% +1.47% -29.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK 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 8,812 11,327 12,293
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.35% 10.98% 12.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,482 7,178 8,054
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +6.02%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £256
90th Percentile £633 £625 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £402 £400
% change year-on-year +5.76% +0.46% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 398 365
UK median hourly rate £21.23 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.50% +10.00% -11.11%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.61
90th Percentile £56.25 £50.00 £47.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.80 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +3.64% +10.00% -20.00%

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS.

Contractor daily rate trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS over the 6 months to 16 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 16 October 2019. 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
UK excluding London +95 27 £475 +10.09% 4
England +103 21 £478 +25.25% 10
Scotland +39 13 £375 -42.35%
London - 7 £588 - 6
South East +36 4 £475 -9.52% 1
Midlands - 4 £600 - 1
South West - 3 £415 - 1
West Midlands - 3 £587 - 1
North of England - 2 £225 -
Yorkshire - 2 £225 -
East of England +29 1 £525 +40.00% 1
East Midlands - 1 £625 -

For the 6 months to 16 October 2019, 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 34 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 18 (52.94%) Cybersecurity
3 15 (44.12%) Information Security
4 13 (38.24%) Public Sector
5 12 (35.29%) Firewall
5 12 (35.29%) Vulnerability Management
5 12 (35.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (29.41%) SIEM
6 10 (29.41%) Risk Management
7 8 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (20.59%) Problem-Solving
8 7 (20.59%) Security Operations
8 7 (20.59%) GDPR
9 6 (17.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 6 (17.65%) Management Information System
9 6 (17.65%) Identity Access Management
10 5 (14.71%) Security Cleared
10 5 (14.71%) AWS
10 5 (14.71%) Public Cloud
10 5 (14.71%) Malware Detection/Protection
10 5 (14.71%) Mentoring
10 5 (14.71%) DNS
10 5 (14.71%) Serverless
10 5 (14.71%) Server Management
10 5 (14.71%) Technical Leadership
10 5 (14.71%) NCSC
10 5 (14.71%) NIST
11 4 (11.76%) Architectural Design
11 4 (11.76%) Matrix Organization
11 4 (11.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley

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 (2.94%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (14.71%) AWS
1 5 (14.71%) Serverless
2 4 (11.76%) AWS Lambda
2 4 (11.76%) OpenShift
2 4 (11.76%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (35.29%) Firewall
2 5 (14.71%) DNS
3 4 (11.76%) Internet
4 3 (8.82%) HTTP
4 3 (8.82%) SMTP
4 3 (8.82%) TCP/IP
5 2 (5.88%) DHCP
5 2 (5.88%) VPN
6 1 (2.94%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (2.94%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (2.94%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Burp Suite
1 1 (2.94%) Metasploit
General
1 13 (38.24%) Public Sector
2 4 (11.76%) Legal
2 4 (11.76%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.94%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (17.65%) Security Manager
2 5 (14.71%) Architect
2 5 (14.71%) Cloud Architect
2 5 (14.71%) Cloud Solutions Architect
2 5 (14.71%) Solutions Architect
3 4 (11.76%) Consultant
3 4 (11.76%) Security Consultant
3 4 (11.76%) Security Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Cybersecurity Manager
4 3 (8.82%) Cybersecurity Specialist
4 3 (8.82%) Project Manager
4 3 (8.82%) Security Project Manager
4 3 (8.82%) Security Specialist
4 3 (8.82%) Technical Leader
5 2 (5.88%) Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Head of Operations
5 2 (5.88%) Head of Security
5 2 (5.88%) Network Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
5 2 (5.88%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.65%) Management Information System
2 5 (14.71%) Public Cloud
3 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (8.82%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.94%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (2.94%) e-Learning
4 1 (2.94%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.82%) Windows
1 3 (8.82%) Windows 10
2 1 (2.94%) pSOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (52.94%) Cybersecurity
2 15 (44.12%) Information Security
3 12 (35.29%) Vulnerability Management
4 10 (29.41%) Risk Management
4 10 (29.41%) SIEM
5 8 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (20.59%) Problem-Solving
6 7 (20.59%) Security Operations
7 6 (17.65%) Identity Access Management
8 5 (14.71%) Malware Detection/Protection
8 5 (14.71%) Mentoring
8 5 (14.71%) Server Management
8 5 (14.71%) Technical Leadership
9 4 (11.76%) Architectural Design
9 4 (11.76%) Matrix Organization
9 4 (11.76%) Migration
9 4 (11.76%) Penetration Testing
9 4 (11.76%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (11.76%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 3 (8.82%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.82%) Bash Shell
1 3 (8.82%) Perl
1 3 (8.82%) PHP
1 3 (8.82%) Python
2 2 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (14.71%) Security Cleared
2 4 (11.76%) SC Cleared
3 3 (8.82%) CISSP
3 3 (8.82%) Degree
4 2 (5.88%) CISM
5 1 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.94%) CEH
5 1 (2.94%) CISA
5 1 (2.94%) CISMP
5 1 (2.94%) CompTIA Security+
5 1 (2.94%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 12 (35.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (20.59%) GDPR
4 6 (17.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 5 (14.71%) NCSC
5 5 (14.71%) NIST
6 4 (11.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (2.94%) PCI DSS
7 1 (2.94%) PMO
7 1 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.94%) Snort
Systems Management
1 4 (11.76%) Nessus
2 3 (8.82%) OpenVAS
3 2 (5.88%) SCCM
4 1 (2.94%) Nmap
Vendors
1 2 (5.88%) Barracuda Networks
1 2 (5.88%) HP
1 2 (5.88%) Juniper
1 2 (5.88%) Mercator
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft
1 2 (5.88%) Sophos
1 2 (5.88%) VMware
2 1 (2.94%) Sage