Period
to 27 July 2021

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 27 July 2021 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
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 675 495 767
Rank change year-on-year -180 +272 +102
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 89 66 97
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.01% 1.55% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 44 70
10th Percentile £338 £214 £257
25th Percentile £368 £343 £327
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £533 £456
Median % change year-on-year -15.49% +16.71% -3.95%
75th Percentile £588 £650 £574
90th Percentile £660 £709 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £563 £425
% change year-on-year -31.11% +32.35% -8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 1
10th Percentile £15.21 " "
25th Percentile £17.03 £18.13 £26.25
Median hourly rate £20.02 £18.25 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year +9.67% -33.64% -
75th Percentile £30.75 £18.38 £28.75
90th Percentile £48.30 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.02 £18.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year +9.67% -33.64% -

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 8,837 4,254 10,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.38% 11.42% 11.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,882 2,683 6,606
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
25th Percentile £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £473 £450
Median % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £588 £569 £550
90th Percentile £675 £645 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +6.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 345 189 407
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.60 £10.78
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.27 £14.39
Median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £21.50
Median % change year-on-year -8.70% +6.98% -
75th Percentile £44.14 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.12 £53.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.36
% change year-on-year -15.56% +0.64% +11.79%

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 27 July 2021.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 27 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 27 July 2021. 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 -120 79 £450 -7.69% 118
UK excluding London -63 47 £388 -31.11% 101
London -117 38 £505 +12.22% 28
Work from Home -255 27 £450 -25.00% 22
Midlands -32 14 £375 -30.23% 15
South West +2 10 £375 +43.54% 12
West Midlands -21 10 £400 -27.27% 8
East of England -11 8 £406 -14.47% 12
South East -41 8 £650 +48.57% 28
Scotland -62 5 £425 -28.57% 8
East Midlands -13 4 £238 -54.76% 6
North of England -40 2 £413 -48.44% 23
Wales -3 1 - - 3
North West -23 1 £450 -43.75% 14
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 9

For the 6 months to 27 July 2021, 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 56 (62.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (59.55%) Information Security
3 47 (52.81%) Cybersecurity
4 41 (46.07%) CISSP
5 31 (34.83%) Microsoft
6 30 (33.71%) Risk Management
7 29 (32.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 28 (31.46%) NIST
9 21 (23.60%) Azure
10 20 (22.47%) GDPR
11 19 (21.35%) Management Information System
11 19 (21.35%) Windows
12 16 (17.98%) CISM
12 16 (17.98%) Security Management
12 16 (17.98%) Security Cleared
13 15 (16.85%) Risk Assessment
14 12 (13.48%) Information Assurance
14 12 (13.48%) SC Cleared
14 12 (13.48%) Degree
14 12 (13.48%) ServiceNow
14 12 (13.48%) Microsoft 365
14 12 (13.48%) CRISC
15 11 (12.36%) Vulnerability Management
15 11 (12.36%) PowerShell
15 11 (12.36%) AWS
15 11 (12.36%) Microsoft Office
15 11 (12.36%) Information Security Management
15 11 (12.36%) Nessus
16 10 (11.24%) CISA
16 10 (11.24%) Java

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 2 (2.25%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.12%) CMS
2 1 (1.12%) OpenStack
Applications
1 11 (12.36%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (23.60%) Azure
2 12 (13.48%) Microsoft 365
3 11 (12.36%) AWS
4 10 (11.24%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (6.74%) GCP
6 4 (4.49%) IaaS
6 4 (4.49%) SaaS
7 3 (3.37%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (3.37%) Amazon S3
8 2 (2.25%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (2.25%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (2.25%) Power Platform
9 1 (1.12%) Azure Sentinel
9 1 (1.12%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.74%) Network Security
2 5 (5.62%) Firewall
3 3 (3.37%) SAN
3 3 (3.37%) SD-WAN
4 2 (2.25%) Intranet
4 2 (2.25%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (2.25%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.25%) Unified Communications
5 1 (1.12%) Cisco ISE
5 1 (1.12%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (1.12%) DHCP
5 1 (1.12%) DNS
5 1 (1.12%) VLAN
5 1 (1.12%) WAN
5 1 (1.12%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.25%) Data Lake
1 2 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (2.25%) InfluxDB
1 2 (2.25%) MongoDB
1 2 (2.25%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 10 (11.24%) Social Skills
2 8 (8.99%) Legal
3 6 (6.74%) Public Sector
4 5 (5.62%) Military
5 4 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (4.49%) Finance
5 4 (4.49%) Influencing Skills
6 2 (2.25%) Documentation Skills
6 2 (2.25%) Local Government
7 1 (1.12%) Law
7 1 (1.12%) Retail
7 1 (1.12%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 15 (16.85%) Consultant
1 15 (16.85%) Security Consultant
2 13 (14.61%) Architect
3 10 (11.24%) Analyst
3 10 (11.24%) Risk Consultant
4 8 (8.99%) Security Analyst
4 8 (8.99%) Security Manager
5 7 (7.87%) Security Architect
6 6 (6.74%) Cloud Consultant
6 6 (6.74%) Information Security Consultant
6 6 (6.74%) Information Security Risk Consultant
7 5 (5.62%) IT Manager
7 5 (5.62%) Project Manager
7 5 (5.62%) Senior Manager
8 4 (4.49%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Information Manager
8 4 (4.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) IT Support Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Security Specialist
8 4 (4.49%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.37%) Web Services
2 2 (2.25%) Middleware
2 2 (2.25%) REST
2 2 (2.25%) SOAP
3 1 (1.12%) Jinja
3 1 (1.12%) Velocity
3 1 (1.12%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 19 (21.35%) Management Information System
2 8 (8.99%) Public Cloud
2 8 (8.99%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (7.87%) NHS
4 5 (5.62%) Cyberthreat
4 5 (5.62%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (5.62%) Security Operations Centre
5 2 (2.25%) CESG
5 2 (2.25%) Cyber Defence
5 2 (2.25%) Cyberattack
5 2 (2.25%) IVR
5 2 (2.25%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (2.25%) Smart City
5 2 (2.25%) Social Media
6 1 (1.12%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.12%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.12%) FlexPod
6 1 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.12%) SCORM
6 1 (1.12%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 19 (21.35%) Windows
2 10 (11.24%) Windows 10
3 7 (7.87%) Windows Server
4 6 (6.74%) Linux
5 3 (3.37%) Unix
5 3 (3.37%) VMS
6 2 (2.25%) Data ONTAP
6 2 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.25%) Solaris
7 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (59.55%) Information Security
2 47 (52.81%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (33.71%) Risk Management
4 16 (17.98%) Security Management
5 15 (16.85%) Risk Assessment
6 12 (13.48%) Information Assurance
7 11 (12.36%) Information Security Management
7 11 (12.36%) Vulnerability Management
8 10 (11.24%) Release Management
9 9 (10.11%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (8.99%) Customer-Centricity
10 8 (8.99%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 8 (8.99%) SIEM
10 8 (8.99%) Threat Intelligence
10 8 (8.99%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 7 (7.87%) ISMS
11 7 (7.87%) Penetration Testing
11 7 (7.87%) SDLC
11 7 (7.87%) Security Operations
12 6 (6.74%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 11 (12.36%) PowerShell
2 10 (11.24%) Java
3 3 (3.37%) Bash Shell
3 3 (3.37%) Python
4 2 (2.25%) Perl
4 2 (2.25%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.12%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 41 (46.07%) CISSP
2 16 (17.98%) CISM
2 16 (17.98%) Security Cleared
3 12 (13.48%) CRISC
3 12 (13.48%) Degree
3 12 (13.48%) SC Cleared
4 10 (11.24%) CISA
4 10 (11.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (6.74%) AWS Certification
5 6 (6.74%) CompTIA Security+
6 4 (4.49%) CISMP
7 3 (3.37%) CCNA
7 3 (3.37%) CESG Certified Professional
7 3 (3.37%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (3.37%) MCAD
7 3 (3.37%) Numerate Degree
7 3 (3.37%) OCMJD
7 3 (3.37%) PhD
7 3 (3.37%) Postgraduate
8 2 (2.25%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (62.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 29 (32.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 28 (31.46%) NIST
4 20 (22.47%) GDPR
5 8 (8.99%) GRC
6 5 (5.62%) NCSC
7 4 (4.49%) NIST 800
7 4 (4.49%) PCI DSS
8 2 (2.25%) ISO 22301
8 2 (2.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (2.25%) SOC 2
8 2 (2.25%) SSAE 16
9 1 (1.12%) HIPAA
9 1 (1.12%) IASME
9 1 (1.12%) ISO 9001
9 1 (1.12%) ITGC
9 1 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (1.12%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (10.11%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.25%) Hyper-V
2 2 (2.25%) Samba
2 2 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.12%) DFS Replication
3 1 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.12%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 11 (12.36%) Nessus
2 3 (3.37%) Ansible
3 2 (2.25%) Avamar
3 2 (2.25%) Consul
3 2 (2.25%) Grafana
3 2 (2.25%) HAProxy
3 2 (2.25%) Nagios
3 2 (2.25%) Oracle ZFS
3 2 (2.25%) Red Hat Satellite
3 2 (2.25%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (2.25%) StackStorm
4 1 (1.12%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (1.12%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.12%) SCCM
4 1 (1.12%) Terraform
4 1 (1.12%) WSUS
Vendors
1 31 (34.83%) Microsoft
2 12 (13.48%) ServiceNow
3 6 (6.74%) Google
4 5 (5.62%) VMware
5 4 (4.49%) Darktrace
6 3 (3.37%) Cisco
6 3 (3.37%) FireEye
6 3 (3.37%) IronPort
6 3 (3.37%) LogRhythm
7 2 (2.25%) CommVault
7 2 (2.25%) Juniper
7 2 (2.25%) McAfee
7 2 (2.25%) NetApp
7 2 (2.25%) NetWitness
7 2 (2.25%) Oracle
7 2 (2.25%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.25%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.12%) Dell
8 1 (1.12%) Palo Alto
8 1 (1.12%) Snow