Period
to 1 June 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 1 June 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
1 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 532 755 848
Rank change year-on-year +223 +93 -37
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 78 93 43
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.10% 0.042%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.71% 0.98% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 66 34
Median daily rate £438 £466 £493
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.07% -5.43% +3.68%
10th Percentile £285 £309 £341
90th Percentile £636 £644 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £430 £500
% change year-on-year +1.80% -14.05% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Median hourly rate £18.25 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.86% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.25 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year -47.86% - -

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 4,553 9,538 12,291
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 9.92% 10.43% 12.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,680 5,846 7,883
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £250 £255
90th Percentile £645 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 226 376 364
Median hourly rate £26.83 £23.00 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.64% -1.08% +5.68%
10th Percentile £12.92 £10.94 £11.90
90th Percentile £53.00 £52.50 £51.10
Median hourly rate £22.55 £25.50 £24.03
% change year-on-year -11.59% +6.14% +7.98%

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 1 June 2020.

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 13 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 1 June 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 +244 67 £438 -4.11% 11
UK excluding London +147 41 £438 +1.80% 9
London +194 36 £438 -20.45% 2
East of England +59 11 £363 -23.68% 1
Scotland +37 9 £456 -6.36%
South East +129 6 £438 -4.11%
North of England +96 6 £800 +128.57% 3
Midlands +90 6 £538 +106.73% 4
North West +57 6 £800 +106.45% 2
West Midlands +70 3 £544 +136.41% 1
East Midlands +47 3 £525 +101.92% 3
South West +44 2 £261 -42.17% 1
Wales - 1 £200 -

For the 6 months to 1 June 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 46 (58.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 37 (47.44%) Cybersecurity
3 32 (41.03%) Windows
4 29 (37.18%) Windows Server
5 27 (34.62%) Information Security
6 25 (32.05%) ITIL
7 22 (28.21%) Active Directory
7 22 (28.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 21 (26.92%) GDPR
9 20 (25.64%) PowerShell
10 19 (24.36%) SQL Server
11 18 (23.08%) DNS
11 18 (23.08%) Splunk
12 17 (21.79%) Microsoft
13 16 (20.51%) Windows Server 2016
14 15 (19.23%) NCSC
14 15 (19.23%) SQL Server 2016
14 15 (19.23%) SaaS
14 15 (19.23%) Ansible
15 14 (17.95%) HIPAA
15 14 (17.95%) Apache
15 14 (17.95%) Tomcat
15 14 (17.95%) SQL
15 14 (17.95%) NIST
16 13 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
16 13 (16.67%) CISSP
16 13 (16.67%) CISA
16 13 (16.67%) Technical Architecture
16 13 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
16 13 (16.67%) Puppet

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 14 (17.95%) Apache
1 14 (17.95%) Tomcat
2 11 (14.10%) Apache Solr
3 7 (8.97%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.28%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.28%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (6.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.56%) FLEXCUBE
Cloud Services
1 15 (19.23%) SaaS
2 11 (14.10%) Azure
3 6 (7.69%) Office 365
4 4 (5.13%) AWS
4 4 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (3.85%) Mimecast
5 3 (3.85%) PaaS
6 2 (2.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 2 (2.56%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (23.08%) DNS
2 12 (15.38%) HTTP
2 12 (15.38%) SSL
3 9 (11.54%) Firewall
4 5 (6.41%) SAN
5 4 (5.13%) Network Security
6 3 (3.85%) Cisco ASA
6 3 (3.85%) Cisco Firepower
6 3 (3.85%) TACACS
6 3 (3.85%) VPN
6 3 (3.85%) WAN
7 2 (2.56%) DHCP
7 2 (2.56%) iSCSI
7 2 (2.56%) LAN
7 2 (2.56%) Skype
7 2 (2.56%) VLAN
8 1 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.28%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (24.36%) SQL Server
2 15 (19.23%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (2.56%) MySQL
4 1 (1.28%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (1.28%) JIRA
General
1 8 (10.26%) Public Sector
2 5 (6.41%) Finance
2 5 (6.41%) Legal
3 3 (3.85%) Banking
4 2 (2.56%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 9 (11.54%) Security Engineer
2 7 (8.97%) Analyst
2 7 (8.97%) Consultant
2 7 (8.97%) Security Consultant
3 6 (7.69%) Information Security Officer
3 6 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (7.69%) Security Officer
4 5 (6.41%) Chief Information Officer
4 5 (6.41%) Chief Information Security Officer
4 5 (6.41%) Chief Security Officer
4 5 (6.41%) CIO
4 5 (6.41%) Information Security Consultant
4 5 (6.41%) Support Engineer
4 5 (6.41%) Windows Engineer
5 4 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
5 4 (5.13%) Information Manager
5 4 (5.13%) Network Engineer
5 4 (5.13%) Network Security Engineer
6 3 (3.85%) Compliance Consultant
6 3 (3.85%) Information Assurance Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (14.10%) RabbitMQ
2 1 (1.28%) Middleware
2 1 (1.28%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.38%) Management Information System
2 9 (11.54%) Data Centre
3 8 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (10.26%) NHS
4 6 (7.69%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (3.85%) CESG
5 3 (3.85%) Clustering
5 3 (3.85%) Cyber Defence
5 3 (3.85%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (2.56%) EMC VNX
6 2 (2.56%) Smartphone
6 2 (2.56%) SWIFT
7 1 (1.28%) BYOD
7 1 (1.28%) CCTV
7 1 (1.28%) e-Health
7 1 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.28%) PACS
7 1 (1.28%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.28%) Replication
7 1 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 32 (41.03%) Windows
2 29 (37.18%) Windows Server
3 16 (20.51%) Windows Server 2016
4 4 (5.13%) Linux
4 4 (5.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.85%) Unix
5 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.28%) pSOS
6 1 (1.28%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (47.44%) Cybersecurity
2 27 (34.62%) Information Security
3 25 (32.05%) ITIL
4 13 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
4 13 (16.67%) Technical Architecture
5 12 (15.38%) Performance Tuning
5 12 (15.38%) Web Application Development
6 11 (14.10%) Continuous Improvement
7 9 (11.54%) DevOps
7 9 (11.54%) Performance Monitoring
7 9 (11.54%) Risk Management
8 8 (10.26%) Configuration Management
8 8 (10.26%) Data Protection
8 8 (10.26%) Risk Assessment
8 8 (10.26%) Security Hardening
8 8 (10.26%) Technical Analysis
9 7 (8.97%) Agile Software Development
9 7 (8.97%) Information Assurance
9 7 (8.97%) Information Security Management
9 7 (8.97%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (25.64%) PowerShell
2 14 (17.95%) SQL
3 12 (15.38%) Java
4 5 (6.41%) Python
4 5 (6.41%) Ruby
5 2 (2.56%) C
Qualifications
1 13 (16.67%) CISA
1 13 (16.67%) CISSP
2 10 (12.82%) CISM
3 9 (11.54%) Security Cleared
4 5 (6.41%) IISP
4 5 (6.41%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.85%) CESG Certified Professional
5 3 (3.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (2.56%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
6 2 (2.56%) MCP
7 1 (1.28%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (1.28%) CCSP
7 1 (1.28%) CEH
7 1 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.28%) Degree
7 1 (1.28%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 1 (1.28%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (58.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (28.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 21 (26.92%) GDPR
4 15 (19.23%) NCSC
5 14 (17.95%) HIPAA
5 14 (17.95%) NIST
6 8 (10.26%) SLA
7 5 (6.41%) PCI DSS
8 3 (3.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (2.56%) ISO 9001
9 2 (2.56%) PMO
10 1 (1.28%) HL7
10 1 (1.28%) ISO 14001
10 1 (1.28%) ISO 31000
10 1 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (1.28%) QA
System Software
1 22 (28.21%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.41%) Docker
2 5 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (5.13%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.56%) DFS Replication
4 2 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.28%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.28%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (19.23%) Ansible
2 13 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
2 13 (16.67%) Puppet
3 5 (6.41%) Kubernetes
3 5 (6.41%) SCCM
4 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (2.56%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (2.56%) Nagios
5 2 (2.56%) Nessus
5 2 (2.56%) QRadar
5 2 (2.56%) SCOM
5 2 (2.56%) Terraform
6 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.28%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 18 (23.08%) Splunk
2 17 (21.79%) Microsoft
3 9 (11.54%) Cisco
4 6 (7.69%) LogicMonitor
4 6 (7.69%) VMware
5 4 (5.13%) Citrix
5 4 (5.13%) Oracle
6 3 (3.85%) Dell
6 3 (3.85%) EMC
6 3 (3.85%) HP
6 3 (3.85%) Sophos
7 2 (2.56%) Bloomberg
7 2 (2.56%) CommVault
7 2 (2.56%) EqualLogic
7 2 (2.56%) Fortinet
7 2 (2.56%) NetApp
7 2 (2.56%) Palo Alto
7 2 (2.56%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.56%) Symantec
7 2 (2.56%) WALLIX