Period
to 30 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for NCSC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NCSC over the 6 months to 30 May 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.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
UK
6 months to
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 504 708 854
Rank change year-on-year +204 +146 -34
Contract jobs citing NCSC 109 141 43
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.16% 0.043%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.37% 1.49% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 100 30
Median daily rate £525 £583 £558
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.87% +4.48% +6.19%
10th Percentile £411 £394 £414
90th Percentile £675 £756 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £544 £550 £513
% change year-on-year -1.14% +7.32% -4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £80.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 - -

NCSC 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 4,603 9,477 12,215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 9.90% 10.43% 12.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,711 5,815 7,839
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £250 £256
90th Percentile £643 £647 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 369 360
Median hourly rate £27.18 £22.92 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.59% -1.44% +3.33%
10th Percentile £12.93 £10.98 £11.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £52.50 £50.80
Median hourly rate £22.58 £25.23 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.50% +7.34% +4.44%

NCSC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NCSC over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NCSC over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
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 NCSC within the UK over the 6 months to 30 May 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 +204 90 £530 -7.83% 9
UK excluding London +136 62 £544 -1.14% 7
London +196 43 £427 -39.00% 2
North of England +103 23 £619 +45.59% 2
North West +73 20 £713 +15.15%
Scotland +45 15 £473 -3.08%
East of England +63 7 £563 +7.24%
South West +34 7 £443 -15.71% 3
South East +130 5 £600 +16.96% 2
Midlands +83 5 £538 -14.00%
North East +26 3 £531 +25.00% 1
East Midlands - 3 £525 -
West Midlands +59 2 £544 -17.92%
Work from Home +10 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, IT contractor jobs citing NCSC 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 NCSC.

1 54 (49.54%) Security Cleared
2 50 (45.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 50 (45.87%) Cybersecurity
3 47 (43.12%) NIST
4 46 (42.20%) SC Cleared
5 44 (40.37%) CISSP
6 42 (38.53%) Information Security
7 32 (29.36%) Public Sector
8 31 (28.44%) Risk Assessment
8 31 (28.44%) Agile Software Development
9 27 (24.77%) CISM
9 27 (24.77%) Risk Management
10 23 (21.10%) Management Information System
11 20 (18.35%) Security Testing
12 19 (17.43%) Public Cloud
13 17 (15.60%) Data Protection
14 16 (14.68%) DevOps
14 16 (14.68%) Analytical Skills
14 16 (14.68%) CESG Certified Professional
15 15 (13.76%) Cyber Essentials
15 15 (13.76%) Cyberthreat
16 14 (12.84%) ISACA
16 14 (12.84%) AWS
16 14 (12.84%) Active Directory
16 14 (12.84%) Windows
16 14 (12.84%) Programme Management
17 13 (11.93%) GDPR
18 12 (11.01%) GIAC
18 12 (11.01%) Requirements Analysis
19 11 (10.09%) DV Cleared

NCSC
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 7 (6.42%) MS Exchange
2 6 (5.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 6 (5.50%) IIS
3 5 (4.59%) Confluence
4 3 (2.75%) Red Hat Fuse
5 1 (0.92%) nginx
5 1 (0.92%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.92%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 14 (12.84%) AWS
2 7 (6.42%) Azure
3 5 (4.59%) Office 365
4 4 (3.67%) SaaS
5 3 (2.75%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (2.75%) Amazon GuardDuty
6 2 (1.83%) IaaS
6 2 (1.83%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.17%) Firewall
2 8 (7.34%) DHCP
3 7 (6.42%) DNS
4 6 (5.50%) SAN
5 4 (3.67%) IPv4
6 3 (2.75%) HTTP
6 3 (2.75%) SCCP
6 3 (2.75%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (1.83%) Internet
7 2 (1.83%) Network Security
8 1 (0.92%) BGP
8 1 (0.92%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.92%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (0.92%) Cisco Nexus
8 1 (0.92%) DMVPN
8 1 (0.92%) Intranet
8 1 (0.92%) Multicast
8 1 (0.92%) OSPF
8 1 (0.92%) Software-Defined Networking
8 1 (0.92%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.34%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.92%) MySQL
2 1 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.92%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (4.59%) JIRA
2 2 (1.83%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 32 (29.36%) Public Sector
2 8 (7.34%) Legal
3 5 (4.59%) Finance
4 2 (1.83%) Local Government
4 2 (1.83%) Police
5 1 (0.92%) Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Military
5 1 (0.92%) Retail
Job Titles
1 32 (29.36%) Architect
2 23 (21.10%) Security Architect
3 17 (15.60%) Consultant
4 14 (12.84%) Security Consultant
5 10 (9.17%) Analyst
5 10 (9.17%) Security Analyst
6 8 (7.34%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 8 (7.34%) Network Architect
6 8 (7.34%) Security Manager
7 6 (5.50%) Chief Information Officer
7 6 (5.50%) Chief Information Security Officer
7 6 (5.50%) Chief Security Officer
7 6 (5.50%) CIO
7 6 (5.50%) Information Security Consultant
7 6 (5.50%) Information Security Officer
7 6 (5.50%) Security Officer
8 5 (4.59%) Cybersecurity Consultant
8 5 (4.59%) Network Security Architect
8 5 (4.59%) Technical Support
9 4 (3.67%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.42%) Web Services
2 3 (2.75%) REST
2 3 (2.75%) SOAP
2 3 (2.75%) Velocity
2 3 (2.75%) XML
3 1 (0.92%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 23 (21.10%) Management Information System
2 19 (17.43%) Public Cloud
3 16 (14.68%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (13.76%) Cyberthreat
5 8 (7.34%) CESG
6 6 (5.50%) Data Centre
6 6 (5.50%) HP StoreVirtual
6 6 (5.50%) Security Operations Centre
7 5 (4.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 4 (3.67%) Private Cloud
9 3 (2.75%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (1.83%) Driving Licence
10 2 (1.83%) NHS
10 2 (1.83%) SCADA
11 1 (0.92%) CCTV
11 1 (0.92%) Clustering
11 1 (0.92%) CMDB
11 1 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
11 1 (0.92%) PKI
11 1 (0.92%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 14 (12.84%) Windows
2 10 (9.17%) Windows 10
3 8 (7.34%) Windows Server
4 6 (5.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (3.67%) Linux
5 4 (3.67%) Mac OS
6 3 (2.75%) Ubuntu
6 3 (2.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.83%) Android
7 2 (1.83%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.92%) Unix
8 1 (0.92%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (45.87%) Cybersecurity
2 42 (38.53%) Information Security
3 31 (28.44%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (28.44%) Risk Assessment
4 27 (24.77%) Risk Management
5 20 (18.35%) Security Testing
6 17 (15.60%) Data Protection
7 16 (14.68%) DevOps
8 14 (12.84%) Programme Management
9 12 (11.01%) Requirements Analysis
10 11 (10.09%) Security Architecture
11 10 (9.17%) Information Assurance
11 10 (9.17%) Open Source
11 10 (9.17%) OWASP
11 10 (9.17%) SIEM
12 9 (8.26%) Incident Management
12 9 (8.26%) Mentoring
12 9 (8.26%) Migration
13 8 (7.34%) ITIL
13 8 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (4.59%) PowerShell
2 3 (2.75%) Java
3 1 (0.92%) C
3 1 (0.92%) SQL
Qualifications
1 54 (49.54%) Security Cleared
2 46 (42.20%) SC Cleared
3 44 (40.37%) CISSP
4 27 (24.77%) CISM
5 16 (14.68%) CESG Certified Professional
6 14 (12.84%) ISACA
7 12 (11.01%) GIAC
8 11 (10.09%) DV Cleared
9 10 (9.17%) CISA
9 10 (9.17%) Cisco Certification
10 9 (8.26%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 7 (6.42%) CASP
11 7 (6.42%) CompTIA Security+
12 6 (5.50%) IISP
12 6 (5.50%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (3.67%) MCSA
13 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (2.75%) CEH
14 3 (2.75%) CLAS
14 3 (2.75%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (45.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 47 (43.12%) NIST
3 15 (13.76%) Cyber Essentials
4 13 (11.93%) GDPR
5 11 (10.09%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 9 (8.26%) Government Security Classifications
7 6 (5.50%) RMADS
8 4 (3.67%) JSP 440
9 3 (2.75%) COBIT
9 3 (2.75%) PCI DSS
9 3 (2.75%) QA
10 2 (1.83%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (1.83%) HIPAA
10 2 (1.83%) PMO
11 1 (0.92%) ISO 31000
11 1 (0.92%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 14 (12.84%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.50%) Hyper-V
2 6 (5.50%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (2.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.92%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 6 (5.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 4 (3.67%) Norton AntiVirus
2 4 (3.67%) WSUS
3 3 (2.75%) ZABBIX
4 2 (1.83%) Jamf Pro
4 2 (1.83%) Nessus
4 2 (1.83%) Nexpose
4 2 (1.83%) OpenVAS
4 2 (1.83%) SCCM
5 1 (0.92%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (0.92%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.92%) QRadar
5 1 (0.92%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 9 (8.26%) Cisco
2 7 (6.42%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.50%) HP
3 6 (5.50%) VMware
4 5 (4.59%) Sophos
5 4 (3.67%) Lumension
5 4 (3.67%) Oracle
5 4 (3.67%) Splunk
5 4 (3.67%) Symantec
6 3 (2.75%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.83%) Citrix
8 1 (0.92%) Apple
8 1 (0.92%) Fortinet
8 1 (0.92%) Meraki
8 1 (0.92%) NetWitness
8 1 (0.92%) Palo Alto
8 1 (0.92%) Veeam