Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for GRC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited GRC over the 6 months to 1 August 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.

Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC)
UK
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 612 485 686
Rank change year-on-year -127 +201 +75
Contract jobs citing GRC 156 76 161
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.21% 0.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.75% 1.84% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 54 111
10th Percentile £392 £350 £340
25th Percentile £450 £381 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £460 £475
Median % change year-on-year +17.39% -3.16% -13.64%
75th Percentile £630 £600 £588
90th Percentile £775 " £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £460 £500
% change year-on-year -4.35% -8.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Median hourly rate £75.00 £67.50 -
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £67.50 -

GRC 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 8,910 4,120 10,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.40% 11.34% 11.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,946 2,591 6,483
10th Percentile £265 £263 £250
25th Percentile £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
75th Percentile £588 £573 £550
90th Percentile £675 £645 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £437 £425
% change year-on-year -2.75% +2.82% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 188 415
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.50 £10.80
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.20 £14.39
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.91 £21.05
Median % change year-on-year -8.34% +8.86% +0.21%
75th Percentile £40.35 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.02 £53.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -15.56% +2.27% +10.00%

GRC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing GRC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for GRC in the UK

GRC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing GRC.

Daily rate trend for GRC in the UK

GRC
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing GRC over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for GRC in the UK

GRC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing GRC.

Hourly rate trend for GRC in the UK

GRC
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 GRC within the UK over the 6 months to 1 August 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 -114 131 £532 +6.30% 48
London -106 82 £533 +6.60% 25
Work from Home -233 61 £600 +62.16% 12
UK excluding London -61 45 £440 -4.35% 26
Midlands -25 18 £550 +22.22% 6
East Midlands -7 13 £380 -15.56%
South West -11 8 £430 +7.50% 3
South East -44 7 £475 -11.63% 10
North of England -41 6 £580 +23.40% 2
West Midlands -31 5 £650 - 6
East of England -23 3 £533 +1.96% 2
Scotland -62 3 £450 +20.00% 2
Yorkshire - 3 - -
North West -34 2 £360 -28.00% 2
North East -6 1 £800 +128.57%

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, IT contractor jobs citing GRC 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 GRC.

1 76 (48.72%) Risk Management
2 68 (43.59%) Information Security
3 57 (36.54%) Finance
4 56 (35.90%) Social Skills
5 48 (30.77%) Cybersecurity
6 36 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 32 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (19.87%) CISSP
9 30 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
10 29 (18.59%) Mentoring
10 29 (18.59%) Management Information System
11 27 (17.31%) Legal
12 24 (15.38%) SAP
13 23 (14.74%) Azure
13 23 (14.74%) NIST
14 21 (13.46%) GDPR
14 21 (13.46%) AWS
14 21 (13.46%) Windows
14 21 (13.46%) Service Management
15 20 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
15 20 (12.82%) Linux
15 20 (12.82%) PCI DSS
15 20 (12.82%) Degree
15 20 (12.82%) SDLC
16 19 (12.18%) Service Design
16 19 (12.18%) Continuous Improvement
16 19 (12.18%) Oracle
16 19 (12.18%) Project Management
16 19 (12.18%) CISA
16 19 (12.18%) Change Management

GRC
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 1 (0.64%) CMS
1 1 (0.64%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.28%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (3.21%) SAP GRC
2 3 (1.92%) Oracle Cash Management
2 3 (1.92%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (1.92%) Oracle Receivables
2 3 (1.92%) SAP GTS
2 3 (1.92%) SAP SCM
3 2 (1.28%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 23 (14.74%) Azure
2 21 (13.46%) AWS
3 17 (10.90%) GCP
4 15 (9.62%) AWS Lambda
4 15 (9.62%) Serverless
5 14 (8.97%) Cloud Functions
6 7 (4.49%) SaaS
7 4 (2.56%) Microsoft 365
8 3 (1.92%) PaaS
9 2 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (1.28%) IaaS
10 1 (0.64%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 14 (8.97%) Firewall
2 4 (2.56%) Intrusion Detection
2 4 (2.56%) LAN
2 4 (2.56%) Network Security
3 2 (1.28%) Internet
3 2 (1.28%) WAN
3 2 (1.28%) Wireless
3 2 (1.28%) WLAN
4 1 (0.64%) DMZ
4 1 (0.64%) HTTP
4 1 (0.64%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (0.64%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.64%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.26%) MySQL
2 15 (9.62%) DB2
3 3 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.64%) Power BI
4 1 (0.64%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.64%) Spotfire
4 1 (0.64%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 2 (1.28%) Cucumber
2 1 (0.64%) JIRA
General
1 57 (36.54%) Finance
2 56 (35.90%) Social Skills
3 30 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (17.31%) Legal
5 12 (7.69%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 12 (7.69%) Influencing Skills
6 10 (6.41%) Presentation Skills
7 7 (4.49%) Banking
7 7 (4.49%) Manufacturing
7 7 (4.49%) Public Sector
8 6 (3.85%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (3.21%) Retail
10 3 (1.92%) Billing
10 3 (1.92%) Financial Institution
10 3 (1.92%) Marketing
10 3 (1.92%) Organisational Skills
11 2 (1.28%) Telecoms
12 1 (0.64%) Law
12 1 (0.64%) Local Government
12 1 (0.64%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 33 (21.15%) Consultant
2 21 (13.46%) Analyst
3 20 (12.82%) Security Consultant
4 17 (10.90%) Architect
5 12 (7.69%) HR Manager
5 12 (7.69%) Operations Manager
6 11 (7.05%) Developer
6 11 (7.05%) Security Analyst
7 10 (6.41%) Risk Manager
8 9 (5.77%) Information Security Consultant
8 9 (5.77%) Project Manager
8 9 (5.77%) Security Architect
9 8 (5.13%) Security Manager
10 7 (4.49%) Business Analyst
10 7 (4.49%) Information Manager
11 6 (3.85%) Information Analyst
11 6 (3.85%) Information Security Analyst
11 6 (3.85%) Risk Analyst
12 5 (3.21%) Development Engineer
12 5 (3.21%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (9.62%) Django
1 15 (9.62%) Flask
1 15 (9.62%) RabbitMQ
1 15 (9.62%) React
2 2 (1.28%) ModSecurity
2 2 (1.28%) SAP Fiori
3 1 (0.64%) .NET
3 1 (0.64%) Ajax
3 1 (0.64%) CSS
3 1 (0.64%) DOM
3 1 (0.64%) HTML
3 1 (0.64%) REST
3 1 (0.64%) SAML
3 1 (0.64%) SOAP
3 1 (0.64%) Web Services
3 1 (0.64%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 29 (18.59%) Management Information System
2 7 (4.49%) Virtual Team
3 5 (3.21%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (3.21%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.56%) CMDB
4 4 (2.56%) Data Protection Act
4 4 (2.56%) FMCG
4 4 (2.56%) PMI
5 3 (1.92%) Credit Risk
5 3 (1.92%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.92%) Enterprise Cloud
5 3 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.92%) Legacy Systems
6 2 (1.28%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.28%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (1.28%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.28%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.64%) CESG
7 1 (0.64%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.64%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 21 (13.46%) Windows
2 20 (12.82%) Linux
3 2 (1.28%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (48.72%) Risk Management
2 68 (43.59%) Information Security
3 48 (30.77%) Cybersecurity
4 32 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
5 29 (18.59%) Mentoring
6 21 (13.46%) Service Management
7 20 (12.82%) SDLC
7 20 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
8 19 (12.18%) Change Management
8 19 (12.18%) Continuous Improvement
8 19 (12.18%) Project Management
8 19 (12.18%) Service Design
9 18 (11.54%) Security Management
9 18 (11.54%) Test Automation
10 17 (10.90%) Coaching
10 17 (10.90%) People Management
10 17 (10.90%) Security Operations
11 16 (10.26%) ISMS
11 16 (10.26%) Microservices
12 15 (9.62%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.54%) SQL
2 16 (10.26%) JavaScript
2 16 (10.26%) Python
3 3 (1.92%) ABAP
4 2 (1.28%) C
4 2 (1.28%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.28%) VBScript
5 1 (0.64%) Perl
5 1 (0.64%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.64%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 31 (19.87%) CISSP
2 20 (12.82%) Degree
3 19 (12.18%) CISA
4 14 (8.97%) CISM
5 12 (7.69%) CRISC
6 9 (5.77%) PMI Certification
7 8 (5.13%) Security Cleared
8 7 (4.49%) SC Cleared
9 5 (3.21%) PMP
10 4 (2.56%) CGEIT
11 3 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (1.28%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 2 (1.28%) CCSP
12 2 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (1.28%) CSSLP
12 2 (1.28%) DV Cleared
12 2 (1.28%) ISACA
12 2 (1.28%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 2 (1.28%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
12 2 (1.28%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (14.74%) NIST
3 21 (13.46%) GDPR
4 20 (12.82%) PCI DSS
5 17 (10.90%) QA
6 8 (5.13%) COBIT
6 8 (5.13%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (5.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (3.85%) SOC 2
8 5 (3.21%) NIST 800
8 5 (3.21%) PMO
9 3 (1.92%) ITGC
9 3 (1.92%) JSP 440
9 3 (1.92%) NCSC
10 2 (1.28%) Data Quality
10 2 (1.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (1.28%) ISAE 3402
10 2 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1 (0.64%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (8.97%) Ansible
2 6 (3.85%) RSA Archer
3 2 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 24 (15.38%) SAP
2 19 (12.18%) Oracle
3 14 (8.97%) Alibaba
4 13 (8.33%) ServiceNow
5 8 (5.13%) Microsoft
6 3 (1.92%) Ariba
6 3 (1.92%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.28%) IBM
7 2 (1.28%) OneTrust
8 1 (0.64%) BMC
8 1 (0.64%) Cognizant
8 1 (0.64%) Dell
8 1 (0.64%) HP
8 1 (0.64%) Ivanti
8 1 (0.64%) Qualys
8 1 (0.64%) Snow
8 1 (0.64%) Splunk