Period
to 7 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Cyber Essentials skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 7 March 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
UK
6 months to
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 576 610 805
Rank change year-on-year +34 +195 +50
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 53 107 83
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.16% 0.085%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.01% 1.61% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 64 55
Median daily rate £475 £400 £469
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% -14.71% +4.22%
10th Percentile £127 £214 £318
90th Percentile £574 £694 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £428 £439
% change year-on-year +10.92% -2.34% -14.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £57.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 - -

Cyber Essentials 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 5,233 6,637 10,463
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.88% 10.05% 10.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,467 4,231 6,712
Median daily rate £471 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.62% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £260 £215 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 276 352
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.90 £20.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.28% +13.81% -3.28%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £53.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.55 £20.24
% change year-on-year -13.51% +11.42% -5.88%

Cyber Essentials
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 7 March 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 +107 51 £475 +18.75% 53
UK excluding London +112 29 £475 +10.92% 40
London +57 20 £400 +25.49% 16
South East +108 19 £540 +23.43% 11
Work from Home -229 6 £500 - 8
Midlands +38 4 £513 -6.82% 11
East Midlands +19 3 £550 -6.38% 5
North of England +73 2 £500 -31.03% 10
South West +67 2 £225 -37.93% 5
North West +45 2 £500 -31.03% 6
Scotland +22 2 £418 -20.48% 3
West Midlands +32 1 £475 -11.63% 6

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Cyber Essentials 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.

1 41 (77.36%) Cybersecurity
2 38 (71.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (52.83%) NIST
4 27 (50.94%) CISSP
5 24 (45.28%) CISM
5 24 (45.28%) Information Security
5 24 (45.28%) Security Cleared
6 23 (43.40%) Risk Management
7 21 (39.62%) NCSC
8 20 (37.74%) Information Assurance
9 19 (35.85%) CRISC
10 16 (30.19%) CESG Certified Professional
11 14 (26.42%) JSP 440
12 13 (24.53%) Azure
12 13 (24.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 12 (22.64%) AWS
13 12 (22.64%) Cloud Computing
13 12 (22.64%) Security Architecture
13 12 (22.64%) SIEM
14 11 (20.75%) SaaS
14 11 (20.75%) PaaS
14 11 (20.75%) SC Cleared
14 11 (20.75%) Due Diligence
15 10 (18.87%) NIST 800
15 10 (18.87%) SABSA
15 10 (18.87%) TOGAF
16 9 (16.98%) Intrusion Detection
16 9 (16.98%) MODAF
16 9 (16.98%) PCI DSS
16 9 (16.98%) GDPR

Cyber Essentials
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 (3.77%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.89%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (3.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (24.53%) Azure
2 12 (22.64%) AWS
2 12 (22.64%) Cloud Computing
3 11 (20.75%) PaaS
3 11 (20.75%) SaaS
4 9 (16.98%) IaaS
5 4 (7.55%) Microsoft 365
6 3 (5.66%) Power Platform
7 1 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (1.89%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.89%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (1.89%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 9 (16.98%) Intrusion Detection
2 4 (7.55%) Firewall
3 2 (3.77%) Intranet
4 1 (1.89%) DHCP
4 1 (1.89%) DNS
4 1 (1.89%) LAN
4 1 (1.89%) Network Security
4 1 (1.89%) SAN
4 1 (1.89%) SSL
4 1 (1.89%) VLAN
4 1 (1.89%) VPN
4 1 (1.89%) WAN
4 1 (1.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.66%) Power BI
1 3 (5.66%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.77%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.77%) MySQL
2 2 (3.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (3.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.89%) InfluxDB
3 1 (1.89%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (5.66%) Hudson
2 2 (3.77%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (13.21%) Finance
1 7 (13.21%) Public Sector
2 6 (11.32%) Legal
3 2 (3.77%) Law
3 2 (3.77%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.89%) Electronics
4 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.89%) Marketing
4 1 (1.89%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (33.96%) Consultant
2 14 (26.42%) Security Consultant
3 8 (15.09%) Architect
4 7 (13.21%) Security Architect
5 4 (7.55%) Chief Technology Officer
5 4 (7.55%) Risk Consultant
6 3 (5.66%) Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 2 (3.77%) Developer
7 2 (3.77%) Full Stack Developer
7 2 (3.77%) Information Officer
7 2 (3.77%) Information Security Consultant
7 2 (3.77%) Security Manager
8 1 (1.89%) AWS Architect
8 1 (1.89%) Cloud Architect
8 1 (1.89%) Cybersecurity Manager
8 1 (1.89%) Cybersecurity Specialist
8 1 (1.89%) Information Security Risk Consultant
8 1 (1.89%) Risk Officer
8 1 (1.89%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (15.09%) ModSecurity
2 3 (5.66%) Web Services
3 2 (3.77%) .NET
3 2 (3.77%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.77%) CSS
3 2 (3.77%) HTML
3 2 (3.77%) HTML5
3 2 (3.77%) jQuery
3 2 (3.77%) React
3 2 (3.77%) SOAP
3 2 (3.77%) Vue.js
3 2 (3.77%) XML
4 1 (1.89%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.09%) User Experience
2 7 (13.21%) Cyber Defence
2 7 (13.21%) NHS
3 6 (11.32%) Management Information System
4 4 (7.55%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.77%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (3.77%) PKI
5 2 (3.77%) Public Cloud
5 2 (3.77%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.89%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.89%) Blog
6 1 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.89%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.43%) Windows
2 2 (3.77%) Linux
2 2 (3.77%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.89%) Android
3 1 (1.89%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.89%) Data ONTAP
3 1 (1.89%) MVS
3 1 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.89%) Solaris
3 1 (1.89%) Unix
3 1 (1.89%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (77.36%) Cybersecurity
2 24 (45.28%) Information Security
3 23 (43.40%) Risk Management
4 20 (37.74%) Information Assurance
5 12 (22.64%) Security Architecture
5 12 (22.64%) SIEM
6 11 (20.75%) Due Diligence
7 10 (18.87%) SABSA
7 10 (18.87%) TOGAF
8 9 (16.98%) MODAF
9 8 (15.09%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (15.09%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (13.21%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 7 (13.21%) ITIL
10 7 (13.21%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (13.21%) Threat Intelligence
11 6 (11.32%) GAP Analysis
11 6 (11.32%) Remediation Plan
11 6 (11.32%) Risk Assessment
11 6 (11.32%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.66%) Python
2 2 (3.77%) C#
2 2 (3.77%) Java
2 2 (3.77%) JavaScript
2 2 (3.77%) PHP
2 2 (3.77%) Ruby
2 2 (3.77%) SQL
3 1 (1.89%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.89%) C
3 1 (1.89%) Perl
3 1 (1.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 27 (50.94%) CISSP
2 24 (45.28%) CISM
2 24 (45.28%) Security Cleared
3 19 (35.85%) CRISC
4 16 (30.19%) CESG Certified Professional
5 11 (20.75%) SC Cleared
6 4 (7.55%) CISA
7 3 (5.66%) CEH
7 3 (5.66%) CLAS
7 3 (5.66%) Degree
8 2 (3.77%) CREST Certified
8 2 (3.77%) GIAC
8 2 (3.77%) SANS
9 1 (1.89%) CCSP
9 1 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (1.89%) CISMP
9 1 (1.89%) ECSA
9 1 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (71.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (52.83%) NIST
3 21 (39.62%) NCSC
4 14 (26.42%) JSP 440
5 13 (24.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 10 (18.87%) NIST 800
7 9 (16.98%) GDPR
7 9 (16.98%) PCI DSS
8 7 (13.21%) COBIT
9 5 (9.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 5 (9.43%) RMADS
10 4 (7.55%) SLA
11 2 (3.77%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (3.77%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 1 (1.89%) ISO 22301
12 1 (1.89%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 3 (5.66%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.89%) DFS Replication
3 1 (1.89%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.89%) Samba
3 1 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (1.89%) Ansible
1 1 (1.89%) Avamar
1 1 (1.89%) Consul
1 1 (1.89%) Failover Clustering
1 1 (1.89%) Grafana
1 1 (1.89%) HAProxy
1 1 (1.89%) Host Intrusion Detection System
1 1 (1.89%) Nagios
1 1 (1.89%) Oracle ZFS
1 1 (1.89%) Red Hat Satellite
1 1 (1.89%) RSA Archer
1 1 (1.89%) SCCM
1 1 (1.89%) StackStorm
1 1 (1.89%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (11.32%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.66%) Oracle
2 3 (5.66%) VMware
3 2 (3.77%) SAP
4 1 (1.89%) CheckPoint
4 1 (1.89%) Cisco
4 1 (1.89%) CommVault
4 1 (1.89%) Dell
4 1 (1.89%) IBM
4 1 (1.89%) NetApp
4 1 (1.89%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.89%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.89%) SonicWALL
4 1 (1.89%) Splunk
4 1 (1.89%) Twitter