Period
to 25 February 2020

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 25 February 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
UK
6 months to
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 627 820 841
Rank change year-on-year +193 +21 -23
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 98 81 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.082% 0.041%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.43% 0.76% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 50 29
UK median daily rate £415 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.87% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £289 £324 £312
90th Percentile £598 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £500
% change year-on-year -5.56% -10.00% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 -

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 6,848 10,673 12,848
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.03% 10.86% 12.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,193 6,689 8,378
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £219 £255 £256
90th Percentile £631 £645 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.76% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 380 349
UK median hourly rate £25.68 £21.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.29% -2.33% -1.15%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £11.63
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.37 £20.80 £22.85
% change year-on-year +17.18% -8.96% +1.65%

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 25 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Top 14 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 25 February 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 +159 79 £413 -17.50% 55
UK excluding London +105 54 £425 -5.56% 44
London +150 31 £375 -31.82% 13
South West +17 13 £413 -2.31% 4
East of England +32 12 £325 - 13
Midlands +56 10 £538 +65.38% 8
East Midlands - 8 £538 - 6
South East +65 7 £438 -16.67% 4
Scotland +10 7 £469 +13.64% 1
North of England +63 5 £500 +14.29% 13
North West +26 3 £500 +11.11% 5
West Midlands +56 2 £538 +65.38% 2
Yorkshire +44 1 - - 8
North East - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 25 February 2020, 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 39 (39.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 33 (33.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 27 (27.55%) Information Security
4 25 (25.51%) Cybersecurity
5 24 (24.49%) Windows
6 22 (22.45%) Microsoft
6 22 (22.45%) Public Sector
7 21 (21.43%) NCSC
7 21 (21.43%) Security Cleared
8 20 (20.41%) Active Directory
9 19 (19.39%) SC Cleared
9 19 (19.39%) Windows Server
10 18 (18.37%) Firewall
11 16 (16.33%) ITIL
11 16 (16.33%) Office 365
12 14 (14.29%) Azure
12 14 (14.29%) DNS
12 14 (14.29%) Internet
13 13 (13.27%) Migration
13 13 (13.27%) NIST
14 12 (12.24%) Self-Motivation
14 12 (12.24%) Data Centre
14 12 (12.24%) VMware
14 12 (12.24%) Management Information System
14 12 (12.24%) CISM
15 11 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
15 11 (11.22%) CISSP
15 11 (11.22%) Cisco
15 11 (11.22%) Security Hardening
16 10 (10.20%) BPSS Clearance

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 7 (7.14%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.10%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.04%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.02%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) FLEXCUBE
Cloud Services
1 16 (16.33%) Office 365
2 14 (14.29%) Azure
3 7 (7.14%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (5.10%) AWS
4 5 (5.10%) SaaS
5 4 (4.08%) IaaS
5 4 (4.08%) Mimecast
5 4 (4.08%) PaaS
6 2 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (2.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 18 (18.37%) Firewall
2 14 (14.29%) DNS
2 14 (14.29%) Internet
3 7 (7.14%) DKIM
4 6 (6.12%) Network Security
5 5 (5.10%) DMARC
5 5 (5.10%) VPN
5 5 (5.10%) WAN
6 4 (4.08%) LAN
6 4 (4.08%) SAN
7 3 (3.06%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (3.06%) Cisco Firepower
7 3 (3.06%) TACACS
7 3 (3.06%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (2.04%) DHCP
8 2 (2.04%) Intrusion Detection
8 2 (2.04%) Skype
8 2 (2.04%) Wireshark
9 1 (1.02%) NetScaler
9 1 (1.02%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.18%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.04%) MySQL
3 1 (1.02%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Burp Suite
1 2 (2.04%) Metasploit
General
1 22 (22.45%) Public Sector
2 9 (9.18%) Finance
3 5 (5.10%) Banking
4 3 (3.06%) Legal
5 2 (2.04%) Electronics
5 2 (2.04%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.04%) Marketing
5 2 (2.04%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.02%) Local Government
6 1 (1.02%) Military
6 1 (1.02%) Police
6 1 (1.02%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (11.22%) Analyst
2 10 (10.20%) Subject Matter Expert
3 9 (9.18%) Architect
3 9 (9.18%) Security Engineer
4 8 (8.16%) Project Manager
5 7 (7.14%) Consultant
5 7 (7.14%) Security Manager
6 6 (6.12%) Security Consultant
6 6 (6.12%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (5.10%) Information Manager
7 5 (5.10%) IT Manager
7 5 (5.10%) Network Engineer
7 5 (5.10%) Network Security Engineer
7 5 (5.10%) Security Project Manager
7 5 (5.10%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (4.08%) Infrastructure Support
8 4 (4.08%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
8 4 (4.08%) Security Architect
8 4 (4.08%) Security Specialist
8 4 (4.08%) Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.24%) Data Centre
1 12 (12.24%) Management Information System
1 12 (12.24%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (9.18%) NHS
3 5 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.10%) Cyber Defence
3 5 (5.10%) Security Operations Centre
4 3 (3.06%) CMDB
4 3 (3.06%) Smartphone
5 2 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.04%) SWIFT
5 2 (2.04%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.02%) BYOD
6 1 (1.02%) Clustering
6 1 (1.02%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.02%) e-Health
6 1 (1.02%) PACS
6 1 (1.02%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.02%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.02%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 24 (24.49%) Windows
2 19 (19.39%) Windows Server
3 7 (7.14%) Unix
4 6 (6.12%) Linux
5 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.02%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.02%) pSOS
6 1 (1.02%) Solaris
6 1 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (27.55%) Information Security
2 25 (25.51%) Cybersecurity
3 16 (16.33%) ITIL
4 13 (13.27%) Migration
5 11 (11.22%) Security Hardening
5 11 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
6 10 (10.20%) SIEM
7 9 (9.18%) Malware Detection/Protection
7 9 (9.18%) Risk Management
7 9 (9.18%) Security Operations
7 9 (9.18%) Vulnerability Management
8 8 (8.16%) Patch Management
8 8 (8.16%) Privileged Access Management
8 8 (8.16%) Security Management
9 7 (7.14%) Data Protection
9 7 (7.14%) Incident Management
9 7 (7.14%) Information Management
9 7 (7.14%) Information Security Management
9 7 (7.14%) Project Management
10 6 (6.12%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (6.12%) PowerShell
2 3 (3.06%) C
3 2 (2.04%) SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 19 (19.39%) SC Cleared
3 12 (12.24%) CISM
4 11 (11.22%) CISSP
5 10 (10.20%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (8.16%) CISA
7 5 (5.10%) Degree
8 4 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (3.06%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 3 (3.06%) CCSP
9 3 (3.06%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (2.04%) CREST Certified
10 2 (2.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (2.04%) SANS
11 1 (1.02%) CEH
11 1 (1.02%) CRISC
11 1 (1.02%) IISP
11 1 (1.02%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 1 (1.02%) MBCS
11 1 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (39.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 33 (33.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 21 (21.43%) NCSC
4 13 (13.27%) NIST
5 10 (10.20%) PCI DSS
6 7 (7.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 6 (6.12%) GDPR
8 5 (5.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (3.06%) COBIT
9 3 (3.06%) SLA
10 2 (2.04%) ISO 9001
10 2 (2.04%) PMO
11 1 (1.02%) HL7
11 1 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 20 (20.41%) Active Directory
2 9 (9.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.06%) Hyper-V
3 3 (3.06%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.04%) Snort
5 1 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.02%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (6.12%) SCCM
2 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (4.08%) Nessus
3 2 (2.04%) CASB
3 2 (2.04%) Nmap
3 2 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (2.04%) QRadar
4 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 22 (22.45%) Microsoft
2 12 (12.24%) VMware
3 11 (11.22%) Cisco
4 6 (6.12%) Citrix
4 6 (6.12%) Oracle
4 6 (6.12%) Palo Alto
4 6 (6.12%) Splunk
5 4 (4.08%) Red Hat
5 4 (4.08%) Sophos
5 4 (4.08%) Symantec
6 3 (3.06%) Forcepoint
6 3 (3.06%) SAP
7 2 (2.04%) Bloomberg
7 2 (2.04%) CommVault
7 2 (2.04%) Fortinet
7 2 (2.04%) HP
7 2 (2.04%) McAfee
7 2 (2.04%) Mercator
7 2 (2.04%) Mitel
7 2 (2.04%) MobileIron