Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 723 862 906
Rank change year-on-year +139 +44 -35
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 27 18 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.037% 0.018% 0.007%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.36% 0.17% 0.054%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 10 7
UK median daily rate £420 £475 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.58% +8.57% -35.19%
10th Percentile £285 £358 £370
90th Percentile £626 £653 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £388 £550
% change year-on-year +8.39% -29.55% -29.03%
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 7,444 10,771 13,028
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.22% 10.83% 12.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,627 6,754 8,543
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £215 £256 £256
90th Percentile £638 £630 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £420 £400
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 327 369 351
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £20.25 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.61% -3.60% -10.03%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.65 £50.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.37 £20.08 £22.50
% change year-on-year +21.39% -10.78% -10.00%

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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 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 +142 25 £415 -0.90% 10
UK excluding London +108 18 £420 +8.39% 7
London +124 9 £400 -27.27% 3
South West - 5 £415 - 1
Midlands +54 4 £600 +84.62% 1
East of England +33 4 £290 -22.67% 1
West Midlands +51 3 £587 +80.62%
North of England - 3 £500 - 2
Scotland +23 2 £525 -19.23%
Yorkshire - 2 - - 2
East Midlands - 1 £625 - 1
North West - 1 £500 -

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 27 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 12 (44.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (37.04%) Cybersecurity
4 9 (33.33%) Windows
5 8 (29.63%) Windows Server
6 7 (25.93%) Firewall
7 6 (22.22%) Vulnerability Management
8 5 (18.52%) Malware Detection/Protection
8 5 (18.52%) Security Cleared
8 5 (18.52%) VMware Infrastructure
8 5 (18.52%) VMware
8 5 (18.52%) Information Security
8 5 (18.52%) ITIL
8 5 (18.52%) Microsoft
8 5 (18.52%) Active Directory
9 4 (14.81%) Change Management
9 4 (14.81%) CISM
9 4 (14.81%) Penetration Testing
9 4 (14.81%) SIEM
9 4 (14.81%) Incident Management
9 4 (14.81%) SC Cleared
9 4 (14.81%) NIST
10 3 (11.11%) Public Sector
10 3 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
10 3 (11.11%) Antivirus Management
10 3 (11.11%) NCSC
10 3 (11.11%) Security Operations
10 3 (11.11%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (11.11%) Programme Delivery
10 3 (11.11%) Privileged Access Management

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 (7.41%) MS Exchange
1 2 (7.41%) Skype for Business
2 1 (3.70%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (11.11%) IaaS
2 2 (7.41%) AWS
2 2 (7.41%) Azure
2 2 (7.41%) Mimecast
2 2 (7.41%) Office 365
2 2 (7.41%) PaaS
2 2 (7.41%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (25.93%) Firewall
2 2 (7.41%) Internet
2 2 (7.41%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (7.41%) LAN
2 2 (7.41%) Skype
2 2 (7.41%) VPN
2 2 (7.41%) WAN
2 2 (7.41%) Wireshark
3 1 (3.70%) Remote Desktop
Development Applications
1 2 (7.41%) Burp Suite
1 2 (7.41%) Metasploit
General
1 3 (11.11%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 5 (18.52%) Consultant
2 4 (14.81%) Cybersecurity Specialist
2 4 (14.81%) Security Consultant
2 4 (14.81%) Security Engineer
2 4 (14.81%) Security Specialist
3 3 (11.11%) Server Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) Author
4 2 (7.41%) Head of Operations
4 2 (7.41%) Head of Security
4 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) Project Manager
4 2 (7.41%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
4 2 (7.41%) Security Manager
4 2 (7.41%) Security Project Manager
4 2 (7.41%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
4 2 (7.41%) Senior Security Specialist
4 2 (7.41%) Technical Author
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (11.11%) Driving Licence
1 3 (11.11%) Smartphone
2 2 (7.41%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (7.41%) Management Information System
2 2 (7.41%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (3.70%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 9 (33.33%) Windows
2 8 (29.63%) Windows Server
3 3 (11.11%) Linux
4 1 (3.70%) pSOS
4 1 (3.70%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (37.04%) Cybersecurity
2 6 (22.22%) Vulnerability Management
3 5 (18.52%) Information Security
3 5 (18.52%) ITIL
3 5 (18.52%) Malware Detection/Protection
4 4 (14.81%) Change Management
4 4 (14.81%) Incident Management
4 4 (14.81%) Penetration Testing
4 4 (14.81%) SIEM
5 3 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (11.11%) Identity Management
5 3 (11.11%) OWASP
5 3 (11.11%) Privileged Access Management
5 3 (11.11%) Privileged Identity Management
5 3 (11.11%) Security Hardening
5 3 (11.11%) Security Operations
5 3 (11.11%) Server Hardening
5 3 (11.11%) Service Management
5 3 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (11.11%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 3 (11.11%) C
1 3 (11.11%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (18.52%) Security Cleared
2 4 (14.81%) CISM
2 4 (14.81%) SC Cleared
3 3 (11.11%) CISA
3 3 (11.11%) CISSP
3 3 (11.11%) Degree
4 2 (7.41%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (3.70%) CISMP
5 1 (3.70%) CREST Certified
5 1 (3.70%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 12 (44.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (14.81%) NIST
4 3 (11.11%) NCSC
4 3 (11.11%) SLA
5 2 (7.41%) GDPR
5 2 (7.41%) PCI DSS
6 1 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (3.70%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (18.52%) Active Directory
1 5 (18.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (11.11%) Hyper-V
2 3 (11.11%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (7.41%) Snort
Systems Management
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Intune
1 2 (7.41%) Nessus
1 2 (7.41%) Nmap
1 2 (7.41%) Norton AntiVirus
1 2 (7.41%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (18.52%) Microsoft
1 5 (18.52%) VMware
2 2 (7.41%) Mercator
2 2 (7.41%) Mitel
2 2 (7.41%) MobileIron
2 2 (7.41%) Palo Alto
2 2 (7.41%) Symantec
3 1 (3.70%) Sage