Period
to 12 December 2017

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 12 December 2017 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 836 842 874
Rank change year-on-year +6 +32 -
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 58 55 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.056% 0.053% 0.020%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.44% 0.46% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 31 19
UK median daily rate £400 £430 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.98% +14.67% -
10th Percentile £316 £313 £308
90th Percentile £534 £675 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
UK median hourly rate - £70.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £70.00 -

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 13226 11829 13436
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.80% 11.45% 11.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8676 7691 8479
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £231
90th Percentile £638 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £388
% change year-on-year +1.20% +2.00% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 369 423 477
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% - +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.20 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.80 £46.60 £51.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.79 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -12.84% +11.11% +12.50%

Cyber Essentials
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 12 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Top 10 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 12 December 2017. 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 -12 51 £400 -6.43% 18
UK excluding London +23 28 £425 - 14
London -14 24 £400 -23.81% 5
South East +3 12 £425 +30.77% 1
Scotland -6 6 £425 -22.73% 1
South West +6 5 £400 -6.98%
Midlands +23 4 £365 -11.52% 1
West Midlands +12 4 £365 -11.52%
North of England +51 1 £525 +16.67% 10
North East - 1 £525 - 2

For the 6 months to 12 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Cyber Essentials also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Cyber Essentials.

1 36 (62.07%) Information Security
2 26 (44.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (32.76%) Cybersecurity
3 19 (32.76%) GDPR
4 15 (25.86%) PCI DSS
5 14 (24.14%) Windows
6 13 (22.41%) ITIL
6 13 (22.41%) Data Protection
7 11 (18.97%) CISSP
8 10 (17.24%) Microsoft
9 9 (15.52%) CISM
9 9 (15.52%) Firewall
9 9 (15.52%) Management Information System
9 9 (15.52%) Finance
9 9 (15.52%) Network Security
10 8 (13.79%) Data Security
10 8 (13.79%) Project Management
10 8 (13.79%) Linux
11 7 (12.07%) Risk Management
11 7 (12.07%) Nessus
11 7 (12.07%) CEH
11 7 (12.07%) Intrusion Detection
11 7 (12.07%) Penetration Testing
11 7 (12.07%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 7 (12.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 7 (12.07%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 6 (10.34%) Data Privacy
12 6 (10.34%) Data Centre
12 6 (10.34%) Ethical Hacking
12 6 (10.34%) Agile Software Development

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:

Applications
1 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.62%) SaaS
2 4 (6.90%) IaaS
2 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (6.90%) Office 365
3 3 (5.17%) PaaS
4 2 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (15.52%) Firewall
1 9 (15.52%) Network Security
2 7 (12.07%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (6.90%) LAN
4 3 (5.17%) Internet
4 3 (5.17%) Unified Communications
4 3 (5.17%) VLAN
5 2 (3.45%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (3.45%) DNS
5 2 (3.45%) Ethernet
5 2 (3.45%) TCP/IP
5 2 (3.45%) WAN
5 2 (3.45%) Wireless
6 1 (1.72%) SMS
6 1 (1.72%) VoIP
6 1 (1.72%) VPN
6 1 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (8.62%) Burp Suite
General
1 9 (15.52%) Finance
2 3 (5.17%) Banking
2 3 (5.17%) Investment Banking
2 3 (5.17%) Manufacturing
2 3 (5.17%) Marketing
3 2 (3.45%) Legal
3 2 (3.45%) Publishing
3 2 (3.45%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.72%) Electronics
4 1 (1.72%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 15 (25.86%) Consultant
2 10 (17.24%) Analyst
2 10 (17.24%) Security Consultant
3 7 (12.07%) Project Manager
3 7 (12.07%) Security Analyst
4 6 (10.34%) Security Specialist
5 5 (8.62%) Information Security Consultant
6 4 (6.90%) Business Manager
6 4 (6.90%) Change Manager
6 4 (6.90%) IT Consultant
7 3 (5.17%) Business Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) Business Change Manager
7 3 (5.17%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 3 (5.17%) GDPR Project Manager
7 3 (5.17%) Information Security Specialist
7 3 (5.17%) Information Specialist
7 3 (5.17%) Risk Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) Security Engineer
8 2 (3.45%) Change Consultant
8 2 (3.45%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.72%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (15.52%) Management Information System
2 6 (10.34%) Data Centre
3 5 (8.62%) CESG
3 5 (8.62%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (8.62%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (6.90%) Cyberthreat
5 3 (5.17%) PMI
6 2 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.45%) Minimum Viable Product
6 2 (3.45%) NHS
6 2 (3.45%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.72%) CESG CLAS
7 1 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.72%) iSeries
7 1 (1.72%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 14 (24.14%) Windows
2 8 (13.79%) Linux
3 4 (6.90%) Windows Server
4 2 (3.45%) Solaris
4 2 (3.45%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.72%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (62.07%) Information Security
2 19 (32.76%) Cybersecurity
3 13 (22.41%) Data Protection
3 13 (22.41%) ITIL
4 8 (13.79%) Data Security
4 8 (13.79%) Project Management
5 7 (12.07%) Penetration Testing
5 7 (12.07%) Risk Management
5 7 (12.07%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 6 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (10.34%) Data Privacy
6 6 (10.34%) Ethical Hacking
6 6 (10.34%) Information Security Management
6 6 (10.34%) Security Management
7 5 (8.62%) Business Continuity
8 4 (6.90%) GAP Analysis
8 4 (6.90%) ISMS
8 4 (6.90%) PRINCE2
9 3 (5.17%) Migration
9 3 (5.17%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.72%) PowerShell
1 1 (1.72%) Python
1 1 (1.72%) Shell Script
1 1 (1.72%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (18.97%) CISSP
2 9 (15.52%) CISM
3 7 (12.07%) CEH
4 5 (8.62%) Security Cleared
5 4 (6.90%) CISA
6 3 (5.17%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (5.17%) Degree
6 3 (5.17%) PMI Certification
6 3 (5.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 3 (5.17%) SC Cleared
6 3 (5.17%) SSCP
7 2 (3.45%) CASP
7 2 (3.45%) CESG Certified Professional
7 2 (3.45%) CHECK Team Leader
7 2 (3.45%) CHECK Team Member
7 2 (3.45%) CLAS
7 2 (3.45%) CompTIA Security+
7 2 (3.45%) CREST Certified
7 2 (3.45%) DV Cleared
7 2 (3.45%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (44.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (32.76%) GDPR
3 15 (25.86%) PCI DSS
4 7 (12.07%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 7 (12.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (5.17%) NIST 800
6 2 (3.45%) COBIT
6 2 (3.45%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (3.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (1.72%) ISO 9001
7 1 (1.72%) PMO
7 1 (1.72%) QA
7 1 (1.72%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 5 (8.62%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.72%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.72%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 7 (12.07%) Nessus
2 5 (8.62%) Nmap
3 1 (1.72%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.72%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (17.24%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.17%) Palo Alto
2 3 (5.17%) Splunk
3 2 (3.45%) CheckPoint
3 2 (3.45%) Cisco
3 2 (3.45%) LogRhythm
3 2 (3.45%) McAfee
3 2 (3.45%) Oracle
3 2 (3.45%) Qualys
3 2 (3.45%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (3.45%) SAP
3 2 (3.45%) Sophos
4 1 (1.72%) HP
4 1 (1.72%) IBM
4 1 (1.72%) Intel
4 1 (1.72%) LANDesk
4 1 (1.72%) ProCurve