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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 28 May 2022 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
28 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 694 638 549
Rank change year-on-year -56 -89 +225
Contract jobs citing Cyber Essentials 142 72 78
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.12% 0.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.22% 0.98% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 40 51
10th Percentile £310 £338 £214
25th Percentile £352 £394 £296
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £484 £468 £425
Median % change year-on-year +3.53% +10.00% -8.11%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £550
90th Percentile £688 £672 £697
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £410 £456
% change year-on-year +12.80% -10.14% +7.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 1
10th Percentile - £18.93 -
25th Percentile £26.25 £20.26 £18.13
Median hourly rate £41.50 £39.25 £18.25
Median % change year-on-year +5.73% +115.07% -33.64%
75th Percentile £43.95 £59.06 £18.38
90th Percentile - £59.63 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.95 £39.25 £18.25
% change year-on-year +11.97% +115.07% -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 11,675 7,320 5,146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.24% 12.27% 10.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,020 4,877 3,217
10th Percentile £294 £263 £255
25th Percentile £406 £365 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £515 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.42% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £625 £575 £556
90th Percentile £719 £669 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 310 225
10th Percentile £12.04 £11.36 £12.78
25th Percentile £16.25 £14.00 £17.55
Median hourly rate £29.31 £21.00 £23.00
Median % change year-on-year +39.57% -8.70% +4.55%
75th Percentile £49.63 £38.94 £47.50
90th Percentile £68.75 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.40 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.64% -6.67% -2.17%

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 28 May 2022.

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 28 May 2022.

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 28 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -82 116 £500 - 90
Work from Home -60 87 £475 - 22
UK excluding London -48 67 £463 +12.80% 76
London -95 46 £500 -11.11% 18
East of England -11 19 £588 +46.88% 4
South East -32 19 £350 -36.94% 16
South West -19 11 £425 +13.33% 5
Midlands -39 8 £350 -6.67% 21
West Midlands -39 7 £325 -18.75% 4
North of England -42 7 £350 -20.00% 25
Scotland -17 3 £550 +31.74% 4
Yorkshire -33 3 £350 -6.67% 12
North West -46 2 £513 +2.50% 11
North East - 2 £273 - 2
East Midlands -20 1 £575 +142.11% 16

For the 6 months to 28 May 2022, 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 70 (49.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 69 (48.59%) Cybersecurity
3 57 (40.14%) Information Security
4 49 (34.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 41 (28.87%) NIST
6 37 (26.06%) CISSP
7 36 (25.35%) Windows
8 33 (23.24%) Active Directory
9 32 (22.54%) CISM
10 29 (20.42%) ITIL
11 28 (19.72%) Public Sector
12 27 (19.01%) GDPR
12 27 (19.01%) Management Information System
12 27 (19.01%) Risk Management
12 27 (19.01%) Azure
13 26 (18.31%) Security Management
14 25 (17.61%) Social Skills
15 23 (16.20%) Information Security Management
16 22 (15.49%) Firewall
17 21 (14.79%) Data Security
17 21 (14.79%) ISMS
17 21 (14.79%) Microsoft 365
18 20 (14.08%) Finance
18 20 (14.08%) Microsoft
19 19 (13.38%) Agile
20 18 (12.68%) Project Management
20 18 (12.68%) CISA
20 18 (12.68%) Vulnerability Management
21 16 (11.27%) Cisco
21 16 (11.27%) 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 2 (1.41%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.70%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.70%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (4.93%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.52%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 27 (19.01%) Azure
2 21 (14.79%) Microsoft 365
3 10 (7.04%) SaaS
4 9 (6.34%) AWS
5 8 (5.63%) Mimecast
6 7 (4.93%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (2.11%) GCP
7 3 (2.11%) PaaS
8 2 (1.41%) Azure Key Vault
9 1 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.70%) IaaS
9 1 (0.70%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.70%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 22 (15.49%) Firewall
2 9 (6.34%) Internet
3 7 (4.93%) VPN
4 6 (4.23%) LAN
5 5 (3.52%) WAN
5 5 (3.52%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (2.82%) IPsec
6 4 (2.82%) MPLS
6 4 (2.82%) Network Security
6 4 (2.82%) SSL
7 3 (2.11%) BGP
7 3 (2.11%) DHCP
7 3 (2.11%) DNS
7 3 (2.11%) Kerberos
8 2 (1.41%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (1.41%) DSL
8 2 (1.41%) OSPF
8 2 (1.41%) SD-WAN
8 2 (1.41%) SNMP
8 2 (1.41%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.41%) Redis
2 1 (0.70%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.70%) GIS
2 1 (0.70%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.70%) Power BI
2 1 (0.70%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.41%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.41%) JIRA
2 1 (0.70%) GitLab
General
1 28 (19.72%) Public Sector
2 25 (17.61%) Social Skills
3 20 (14.08%) Finance
4 15 (10.56%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (10.56%) Legal
5 8 (5.63%) Influencing Skills
6 7 (4.93%) Telecoms
7 6 (4.23%) Local Government
7 6 (4.23%) Organisational Skills
7 6 (4.23%) Presentation Skills
8 5 (3.52%) Manufacturing
9 3 (2.11%) Electronics
9 3 (2.11%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 3 (2.11%) Marketing
10 1 (0.70%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.70%) Banking
10 1 (0.70%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (0.70%) Games
10 1 (0.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (14.08%) Security Manager
2 18 (12.68%) Project Manager
3 17 (11.97%) Security Specialist
4 13 (9.15%) Consultant
5 11 (7.75%) Analyst
5 11 (7.75%) Architect
6 10 (7.04%) Cybersecurity Manager
6 10 (7.04%) Security Project Manager
7 8 (5.63%) Head of Information Security
7 8 (5.63%) Head of Security
7 8 (5.63%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
8 7 (4.93%) Cybersecurity Specialist
8 7 (4.93%) Head of Information
8 7 (4.93%) Security Architect
9 6 (4.23%) Security Analyst
9 6 (4.23%) Security Consultant
9 6 (4.23%) Security Engineer
10 5 (3.52%) Compliance Manager
10 5 (3.52%) SCCM Engineer
10 5 (3.52%) Service Desk Supervisor
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.52%) SAML
2 3 (2.11%) LDAP
3 2 (1.41%) JSON Web Signature
3 2 (1.41%) OAuth
3 2 (1.41%) OpenID
3 2 (1.41%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (1.41%) YAML
4 1 (0.70%) React
4 1 (0.70%) Spring
4 1 (0.70%) Spring Boot
4 1 (0.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 27 (19.01%) Management Information System
2 13 (9.15%) NHS
3 7 (4.93%) Freedom of Information
4 6 (4.23%) Cyberthreat
5 5 (3.52%) PKI
6 4 (2.82%) Cloud Native
6 4 (2.82%) Freedom of Information Act
7 3 (2.11%) Data Centre
7 3 (2.11%) User Experience
8 2 (1.41%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.70%) CESG
9 1 (0.70%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 1 (0.70%) e-Learning
9 1 (0.70%) FMCG
9 1 (0.70%) PMI
9 1 (0.70%) SCORM
9 1 (0.70%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.70%) Smart City
9 1 (0.70%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 36 (25.35%) Windows
2 15 (10.56%) Windows 10
3 10 (7.04%) Windows Server
4 7 (4.93%) Linux
5 3 (2.11%) Android
5 3 (2.11%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.11%) Mac OS
6 2 (1.41%) CentOS
6 2 (1.41%) Unix
6 2 (1.41%) VMS
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (48.59%) Cybersecurity
2 57 (40.14%) Information Security
3 29 (20.42%) ITIL
4 27 (19.01%) Risk Management
5 26 (18.31%) Security Management
6 23 (16.20%) Information Security Management
7 21 (14.79%) Data Security
7 21 (14.79%) ISMS
8 19 (13.38%) Agile
9 18 (12.68%) Project Management
9 18 (12.68%) Vulnerability Management
10 16 (11.27%) SIEM
11 15 (10.56%) Incident Management
11 15 (10.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 13 (9.15%) Security Architecture
13 12 (8.45%) Service Delivery
14 11 (7.75%) Information Assurance
14 11 (7.75%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (7.75%) Stakeholder Management
14 11 (7.75%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 10 (7.04%) PowerShell
2 3 (2.11%) Java
3 2 (1.41%) C
4 1 (0.70%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 37 (26.06%) CISSP
2 32 (22.54%) CISM
3 18 (12.68%) CISA
4 13 (9.15%) Security Cleared
5 12 (8.45%) SC Cleared
6 11 (7.75%) CRISC
6 11 (7.75%) Degree
7 8 (5.63%) ISACA
8 5 (3.52%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (3.52%) GIAC
8 5 (3.52%) SANS
9 4 (2.82%) CCNA
9 4 (2.82%) CCNP
9 4 (2.82%) HCISPP
9 4 (2.82%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (2.82%) TOGAF Certification
10 3 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (1.41%) CREST Certified
11 2 (1.41%) ECSA
11 2 (1.41%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (49.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 49 (34.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 41 (28.87%) NIST
4 27 (19.01%) GDPR
5 13 (9.15%) PCI DSS
6 12 (8.45%) NCSC
7 9 (6.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (5.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 7 (4.93%) ISO 22301
10 5 (3.52%) COBIT
10 5 (3.52%) GRC
10 5 (3.52%) NIST 800
10 5 (3.52%) QA
11 4 (2.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (2.11%) IASME
13 2 (1.41%) ISO 9001
13 2 (1.41%) SLA
13 2 (1.41%) SOC 2
14 1 (0.70%) Accessibility
14 1 (0.70%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 33 (23.24%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.70%) Docker
4 1 (0.70%) Firmware
4 1 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 11 (7.75%) SCCM
2 8 (5.63%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (3.52%) FortiGate
3 5 (3.52%) Single Sign-On
4 4 (2.82%) CSIRT
4 4 (2.82%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (2.82%) Nessus
5 3 (2.11%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (1.41%) Terraform
7 1 (0.70%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.70%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.70%) Stealthwatch
7 1 (0.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.70%) WSUS
Vendors
1 20 (14.08%) Microsoft
2 16 (11.27%) Cisco
3 15 (10.56%) VMware
4 10 (7.04%) Palo Alto
5 8 (5.63%) FireEye
5 8 (5.63%) Proofpoint
5 8 (5.63%) Symantec
5 8 (5.63%) Zscaler
6 5 (3.52%) Barracuda Networks
6 5 (3.52%) Citrix
6 5 (3.52%) Snow
7 4 (2.82%) McAfee
7 4 (2.82%) SAP
8 2 (1.41%) Apple
8 2 (1.41%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.41%) Juniper
8 2 (1.41%) Mitel
8 2 (1.41%) Qualys
8 2 (1.41%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.41%) Samsung