Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 737 859 807
Rank change year-on-year +122 -52 +73
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 96 48 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.046% 0.057%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.01% 0.40% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 35 38
UK median daily rate £463 £475 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +8.57% -7.89%
10th Percentile £257 £336 £324
90th Percentile £638 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £475 £463
% change year-on-year -10.53% +2.70% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
UK median hourly rate £31.25 - £20.00
10th Percentile £27.13 - £17.50
90th Percentile £34.38 - £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.25 - £20.00

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 9,506 11,972 11,181
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.33% 11.59% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,881 7,643 7,239
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +7.32%
10th Percentile £239 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 417 393 364
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +17.50% -9.09%
10th Percentile £10.94 £11.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.55 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.59 £22.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year +4.84% +15.38% -12.36%

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 23 July 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 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 23 July 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
UK excluding London +97 74 £425 -10.53% 44
England +86 71 £463 -4.64% 54
Scotland +40 22 £475 +171.14% 3
London +50 21 £550 +15.79% 13
South East +21 17 £450 -7.22% 8
South West - 10 £475 - 6
East of England - 9 £475 - 2
Midlands +19 7 £375 -25.00% 11
North of England - 7 £315 - 14
West Midlands +16 6 £460 -5.64% 9
North West - 4 £350 - 7
Yorkshire - 3 £228 - 6
Wales +1 2 £416 -12.37%
East Midlands +19 1 £260 +10.64% 2

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 47 (48.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 39 (40.63%) Information Security
3 36 (37.50%) Cybersecurity
4 30 (31.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 23 (23.96%) Vulnerability Management
6 22 (22.92%) SIEM
7 21 (21.88%) Risk Management
7 21 (21.88%) Windows
7 21 (21.88%) GDPR
8 20 (20.83%) Management Information System
8 20 (20.83%) Firewall
9 19 (19.79%) Agile Software Development
9 19 (19.79%) Microsoft
10 16 (16.67%) Active Directory
10 16 (16.67%) Security Architecture
11 15 (15.63%) OWASP
11 15 (15.63%) CISSP
11 15 (15.63%) Windows Server
12 14 (14.58%) Security Operations
12 14 (14.58%) Identity Access Management
12 14 (14.58%) DNS
13 13 (13.54%) CISM
13 13 (13.54%) VMware
13 13 (13.54%) Microsoft Azure
13 13 (13.54%) NIST
14 12 (12.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 11 (11.46%) SC Cleared
15 11 (11.46%) Security Cleared
15 11 (11.46%) SANS
16 10 (10.42%) Problem-Solving

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 6 (6.25%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.13%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
1 6 (6.25%) MS Visio
2 4 (4.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 13 (13.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (9.38%) Office 365
3 8 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (6.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (5.21%) OneDrive
5 5 (5.21%) Serverless
6 4 (4.17%) AWS Lambda
6 4 (4.17%) OpenShift
6 4 (4.17%) PaaS
7 3 (3.13%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 3 (3.13%) Mimecast
8 1 (1.04%) Amazon S3
8 1 (1.04%) IaaS
8 1 (1.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (20.83%) Firewall
2 14 (14.58%) DNS
3 7 (7.29%) Network Security
4 6 (6.25%) Internet
5 5 (5.21%) DHCP
5 5 (5.21%) LAN
5 5 (5.21%) WAN
6 3 (3.13%) Cisco ASA
6 3 (3.13%) HTTP
6 3 (3.13%) SMTP
6 3 (3.13%) TCP/IP
6 3 (3.13%) VPN
7 2 (2.08%) VLAN
8 1 (1.04%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (1.04%) Intranet
8 1 (1.04%) MPLS
8 1 (1.04%) NAS
8 1 (1.04%) SAN
8 1 (1.04%) Wireshark
8 1 (1.04%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.08%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Balsamiq
1 2 (2.08%) JIRA
1 2 (2.08%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (1.04%) Metasploit
General
1 10 (10.42%) Finance
1 10 (10.42%) Legal
2 7 (7.29%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.13%) Retail
4 1 (1.04%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (17.71%) Architect
2 15 (15.63%) Security Manager
3 11 (11.46%) Analyst
4 10 (10.42%) Project Manager
4 10 (10.42%) Security Analyst
5 9 (9.38%) IT Manager
5 9 (9.38%) Security Architect
6 8 (8.33%) Cybersecurity Manager
6 8 (8.33%) Security Engineer
6 8 (8.33%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (7.29%) Information Manager
7 7 (7.29%) Information Security Manager
7 7 (7.29%) Technical Leader
8 6 (6.25%) Technical Architect
9 5 (5.21%) Cloud Architect
9 5 (5.21%) Cloud Solutions Architect
9 5 (5.21%) Consultant
9 5 (5.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (5.21%) Security Officer
9 5 (5.21%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.17%) Web Services
2 1 (1.04%) Middleware
2 1 (1.04%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 20 (20.83%) Management Information System
2 8 (8.33%) Public Cloud
3 6 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 6 (6.25%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (5.21%) Cyberattack
4 5 (5.21%) NHS
5 3 (3.13%) CESG
5 3 (3.13%) Private Cloud
6 2 (2.08%) PKI
6 2 (2.08%) User Experience
6 2 (2.08%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.04%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.04%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (1.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.04%) e-Learning
7 1 (1.04%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 21 (21.88%) Windows
2 15 (15.63%) Windows Server
3 8 (8.33%) Windows 10
4 4 (4.17%) Linux
4 4 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.04%) Kali Linux
6 1 (1.04%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.04%) Unix
6 1 (1.04%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (40.63%) Information Security
2 36 (37.50%) Cybersecurity
3 23 (23.96%) Vulnerability Management
4 22 (22.92%) SIEM
5 21 (21.88%) Risk Management
6 19 (19.79%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (16.67%) Security Architecture
8 15 (15.63%) OWASP
9 14 (14.58%) Identity Access Management
9 14 (14.58%) Security Operations
10 10 (10.42%) ITIL
10 10 (10.42%) Mentoring
10 10 (10.42%) Penetration Testing
10 10 (10.42%) Problem-Solving
10 10 (10.42%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (9.38%) Migration
11 9 (9.38%) Security Management
12 8 (8.33%) Data Protection
12 8 (8.33%) DevOps
13 7 (7.29%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.33%) SQL
2 7 (7.29%) Bash Shell
2 7 (7.29%) Python
3 5 (5.21%) PowerShell
4 4 (4.17%) C
4 4 (4.17%) C++
4 4 (4.17%) Java
5 3 (3.13%) Perl
5 3 (3.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 15 (15.63%) CISSP
2 13 (13.54%) CISM
3 11 (11.46%) SANS
3 11 (11.46%) SC Cleared
3 11 (11.46%) Security Cleared
4 7 (7.29%) Degree
5 6 (6.25%) CRISC
6 3 (3.13%) CEH
6 3 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (2.08%) CHECK Team Leader
7 2 (2.08%) CISA
7 2 (2.08%) CREST Certified
7 2 (2.08%) ECDL
7 2 (2.08%) ISEB
7 2 (2.08%) PMI Certification
7 2 (2.08%) PMP
7 2 (2.08%) Tigerscheme
8 1 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.04%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (48.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (31.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 21 (21.88%) GDPR
4 13 (13.54%) NIST
5 12 (12.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 10 (10.42%) PCI DSS
7 8 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (6.25%) COBIT
8 6 (6.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 5 (5.21%) NCSC
10 3 (3.13%) HIPAA
11 2 (2.08%) JSP 440
11 2 (2.08%) RMADS
12 1 (1.04%) ISO 22301
12 1 (1.04%) ISO 9001
12 1 (1.04%) PA-DSS
12 1 (1.04%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 16 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 8 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.13%) Hyper-V
3 3 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.04%) XenApp
4 1 (1.04%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (10.42%) Nessus
1 10 (10.42%) SCCM
2 6 (6.25%) WSUS
3 5 (5.21%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (3.13%) AirWatch
4 3 (3.13%) OpenVAS
4 3 (3.13%) SCVMM
5 2 (2.08%) Backup Exec
5 2 (2.08%) MIIS
5 2 (2.08%) NetBackup
5 2 (2.08%) QRadar
6 1 (1.04%) Nmap
6 1 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 19 (19.79%) Microsoft
2 13 (13.54%) VMware
3 5 (5.21%) Cisco
3 5 (5.21%) HP
4 3 (3.13%) AlienVault
4 3 (3.13%) Forcepoint
5 2 (2.08%) Barracuda Networks
5 2 (2.08%) Citrix
5 2 (2.08%) IBM
5 2 (2.08%) Juniper
5 2 (2.08%) LogRhythm
5 2 (2.08%) Qualys
5 2 (2.08%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.08%) SolarWinds
5 2 (2.08%) Sophos
5 2 (2.08%) Splunk
5 2 (2.08%) Veeam
6 1 (1.04%) ArcSight
6 1 (1.04%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.04%) Meraki