Period
to 14 November 2019

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 14 November 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
UK
6 months to
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 708 846 833
Rank change year-on-year +138 -13 +12
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 105 64 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.061% 0.061%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.19% 0.56% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 47 50
UK median daily rate £425 £475 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.53% +18.75% -5.88%
10th Percentile £289 £313 £312
90th Percentile £614 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -7.78% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £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 8,813 11,328 13,037
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.46% 10.85% 12.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,495 7,178 8,520
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £233 £250 £256
90th Percentile £638 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £424 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +5.34% +0.63% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 385 377
UK median hourly rate £21.34 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.00% +10.00% -16.87%
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £48.62
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £21.76 £20.00
% change year-on-year +3.40% +8.80% -20.00%

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 14 November 2019.

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 15 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 14 November 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
England +121 79 £425 -15.00% 67
UK excluding London +106 70 £415 -7.78% 60
London +86 25 £425 -15.00% 10
South West +31 16 £415 +1.22% 7
Scotland +39 13 £275 -37.14% 3
Midlands +52 11 £545 +131.91% 15
East of England +31 10 £433 +15.33% 8
South East +43 9 £390 -25.71% 13
West Midlands +37 7 £545 - 10
North of England +35 7 £475 -5.00% 15
East Midlands +26 4 £500 +112.77% 5
North West +5 4 £488 -2.50% 8
Wales - 4 £401 -
Yorkshire - 2 £225 - 7
North East - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 14 November 2019, 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 38 (36.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (34.29%) Information Security
3 32 (30.48%) Cybersecurity
4 28 (26.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 28 (26.67%) Microsoft
5 26 (24.76%) Firewall
6 24 (22.86%) Active Directory
6 24 (22.86%) Public Sector
7 22 (20.95%) CISSP
7 22 (20.95%) Windows
7 22 (20.95%) VMware
8 20 (19.05%) Security Cleared
8 20 (19.05%) Vulnerability Management
9 19 (18.10%) Office 365
9 19 (18.10%) SC Cleared
9 19 (18.10%) Azure
9 19 (18.10%) Management Information System
9 19 (18.10%) CISM
9 19 (18.10%) NIST
10 17 (16.19%) GDPR
10 17 (16.19%) Windows Server
10 17 (16.19%) DNS
10 17 (16.19%) Internet
10 17 (16.19%) SCCM
10 17 (16.19%) Agile Software Development
11 16 (15.24%) Finance
11 16 (15.24%) Security Management
12 15 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
12 15 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
12 15 (14.29%) SIEM

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 9 (8.57%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.76%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (1.90%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.95%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (6.67%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.81%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 19 (18.10%) Azure
1 19 (18.10%) Office 365
2 10 (9.52%) AWS
3 8 (7.62%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (5.71%) Mimecast
4 6 (5.71%) PaaS
5 5 (4.76%) Serverless
6 4 (3.81%) AWS Lambda
6 4 (3.81%) AWS Step Functions
6 4 (3.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 4 (3.81%) OneDrive
6 4 (3.81%) OpenShift
6 4 (3.81%) SaaS
7 2 (1.90%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.90%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (24.76%) Firewall
2 17 (16.19%) DNS
2 17 (16.19%) Internet
3 8 (7.62%) LAN
4 7 (6.67%) WAN
5 6 (5.71%) DKIM
6 4 (3.81%) DMARC
7 3 (2.86%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (2.86%) HTTP
7 3 (2.86%) Network Security
7 3 (2.86%) SMTP
7 3 (2.86%) TCP/IP
7 3 (2.86%) VPN
7 3 (2.86%) Wireless
8 2 (1.90%) DHCP
8 2 (1.90%) Intranet
8 2 (1.90%) SAN
8 2 (1.90%) Skype
8 2 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.95%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.90%) Relational Database
1 2 (1.90%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (3.81%) Balsamiq
1 4 (3.81%) JIRA
1 4 (3.81%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (0.95%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.95%) Metasploit
General
1 24 (22.86%) Public Sector
2 16 (15.24%) Finance
3 4 (3.81%) Legal
3 4 (3.81%) Retail
4 2 (1.90%) Banking
4 2 (1.90%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.90%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.95%) Electronics
5 1 (0.95%) Local Government
5 1 (0.95%) Marketing
5 1 (0.95%) Military
Job Titles
1 15 (14.29%) Analyst
1 15 (14.29%) Architect
2 11 (10.48%) Project Manager
3 10 (9.52%) Consultant
3 10 (9.52%) Security Analyst
3 10 (9.52%) Security Engineer
4 9 (8.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (8.57%) Security Manager
4 9 (8.57%) Security Project Manager
4 9 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
5 8 (7.62%) Business Analyst
5 8 (7.62%) Cybersecurity Manager
5 8 (7.62%) IT Manager
5 8 (7.62%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
5 8 (7.62%) Security Consultant
6 7 (6.67%) Subject Matter Expert
7 6 (5.71%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
8 5 (4.76%) Cloud Solutions Architect
8 5 (4.76%) IT Risk Manager
8 5 (4.76%) Risk Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.81%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (18.10%) Management Information System
2 10 (9.52%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.52%) Public Cloud
3 7 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.71%) NHS
5 4 (3.81%) Data Protection Act
5 4 (3.81%) Private Cloud
5 4 (3.81%) User Experience
6 3 (2.86%) CMDB
6 3 (2.86%) Driving Licence
6 3 (2.86%) Security Operations Centre
6 3 (2.86%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.90%) Cyber Defence
7 2 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.90%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.95%) CESG
8 1 (0.95%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.95%) PKI
8 1 (0.95%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 22 (20.95%) Windows
2 17 (16.19%) Windows Server
3 8 (7.62%) Windows 10
4 7 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (3.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.95%) Linux
6 1 (0.95%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.95%) pSOS
6 1 (0.95%) Unix
6 1 (0.95%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (34.29%) Information Security
2 32 (30.48%) Cybersecurity
3 20 (19.05%) Vulnerability Management
4 17 (16.19%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (15.24%) Security Management
6 15 (14.29%) SIEM
6 15 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
7 14 (13.33%) Risk Management
8 13 (12.38%) Identity Access Management
8 13 (12.38%) Security Operations
9 12 (11.43%) ISMS
10 11 (10.48%) Patch Management
11 10 (9.52%) Identity Management
11 10 (9.52%) ITIL
11 10 (9.52%) Migration
12 9 (8.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 9 (8.57%) OWASP
12 9 (8.57%) PRINCE2
12 9 (8.57%) Project Management
13 8 (7.62%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.57%) SQL
2 3 (2.86%) Bash Shell
2 3 (2.86%) Perl
2 3 (2.86%) PHP
2 3 (2.86%) Python
Qualifications
1 22 (20.95%) CISSP
2 20 (19.05%) Security Cleared
3 19 (18.10%) CISM
3 19 (18.10%) SC Cleared
4 11 (10.48%) Degree
5 9 (8.57%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (8.57%) SANS
6 5 (4.76%) CISA
6 5 (4.76%) CRISC
7 4 (3.81%) ISEB
7 4 (3.81%) PMI Certification
7 4 (3.81%) PMP
8 3 (2.86%) CEH
8 3 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (1.90%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 2 (1.90%) CCSP
9 2 (1.90%) CISMP
9 2 (1.90%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 1 (0.95%) CESG Certified Professional
10 1 (0.95%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (36.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (26.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 19 (18.10%) NIST
4 17 (16.19%) GDPR
5 12 (11.43%) NCSC
6 11 (10.48%) PCI DSS
7 10 (9.52%) COBIT
8 6 (5.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (4.76%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (3.81%) HIPAA
10 4 (3.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (2.86%) ISO 9001
11 3 (2.86%) SLA
12 2 (1.90%) JSP 440
12 2 (1.90%) RMADS
13 1 (0.95%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.95%) PA-DSS
13 1 (0.95%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (22.86%) Active Directory
2 15 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.81%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (2.86%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.95%) Snort
5 1 (0.95%) XenApp
5 1 (0.95%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (16.19%) SCCM
2 13 (12.38%) Nessus
3 6 (5.71%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (4.76%) WSUS
5 4 (3.81%) AirWatch
6 3 (2.86%) OpenVAS
6 3 (2.86%) SCOrch
6 3 (2.86%) SCVMM
7 2 (1.90%) Backup Exec
7 2 (1.90%) CASB
7 2 (1.90%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.90%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.95%) Nmap
8 1 (0.95%) QRadar
Vendors
1 28 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 22 (20.95%) VMware
3 9 (8.57%) Palo Alto
4 8 (7.62%) HP
5 7 (6.67%) Cisco
6 6 (5.71%) Forcepoint
7 5 (4.76%) Qualys
8 3 (2.86%) Aruba
8 3 (2.86%) Citrix
8 3 (2.86%) Mercator
8 3 (2.86%) Symantec
8 3 (2.86%) Veeam
9 2 (1.90%) Barracuda Networks
9 2 (1.90%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.90%) Juniper
9 2 (1.90%) LogRhythm
9 2 (1.90%) Mitel
9 2 (1.90%) MobileIron
9 2 (1.90%) Sophos
9 2 (1.90%) Splunk