Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 560 729 850
Rank change year-on-year +169 +121 -8
Contract jobs citing NCSC 161 155 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.16% 0.035%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.38% 1.45% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 114 27
UK median daily rate £550 £600 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% - -11.11%
10th Percentile £413 £391 £413
90th Percentile £650 £756 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £575 £513
% change year-on-year -4.35% +12.20% -24.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 6,755 10,678 13,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.03% 10.87% 12.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,130 6,688 8,508
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £215 £255 £256
90th Percentile £632 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 377 351
UK median hourly rate £25.05 £21.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.27% -2.33% -
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £11.64
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.45 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.05 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.54% -6.68% +0.11%

NCSC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NCSC.

Contractor daily rate trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NCSC over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
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 NCSC within the UK over the 6 months to 23 February 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 +167 135 £563 +0.54% 28
UK excluding London +120 103 £550 -4.35% 24
London +138 48 £589 -15.89% 6
North of England +70 32 £575 +35.29% 5
North West +66 29 £600 +4.35% 4
South West +30 26 £550 +30.95% 7
Scotland +32 15 £473 -21.25% 2
East of England +42 13 £563 -6.17% 3
Midlands +45 9 £531 -21.30% 4
East Midlands - 8 £525 - 1
South East +56 7 £675 +31.58% 3
North East +13 2 £550 +29.41%
Yorkshire +43 1 £360 -34.55% 1
West Midlands +33 1 £538 -23.21% 3
Wales +9 1 £650 -

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 94 (58.39%) Security Cleared
2 72 (44.72%) SC Cleared
3 66 (40.99%) Agile Software Development
4 61 (37.89%) AWS
5 55 (34.16%) Cybersecurity
5 55 (34.16%) CISSP
6 50 (31.06%) Information Security
7 47 (29.19%) Public Sector
8 43 (26.71%) NIST
8 43 (26.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 38 (23.60%) Migration
10 35 (21.74%) Risk Management
11 34 (21.12%) Data Centre
12 32 (19.88%) Azure
13 30 (18.63%) Management Information System
13 30 (18.63%) DevOps
14 29 (18.01%) Microsoft
15 28 (17.39%) Windows
16 27 (16.77%) CISM
16 27 (16.77%) Programme Management
17 26 (16.15%) Risk Assessment
17 26 (16.15%) Security Testing
17 26 (16.15%) Open Source
17 26 (16.15%) Public Cloud
18 24 (14.91%) DV Cleared
19 22 (13.66%) Scrum
20 21 (13.04%) Cyber Essentials
21 20 (12.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 20 (12.42%) CESG Certified Professional
21 20 (12.42%) Active Directory

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 8 (4.97%) Skype for Business
2 7 (4.35%) Confluence
2 7 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (4.35%) MS Exchange
3 4 (2.48%) IIS
4 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (1.86%) Red Hat Fuse
5 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 61 (37.89%) AWS
2 32 (19.88%) Azure
3 13 (8.07%) Office 365
4 7 (4.35%) IaaS
5 6 (3.73%) PaaS
6 5 (3.11%) SaaS
7 3 (1.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (1.86%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 3 (1.86%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (1.86%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (1.86%) GCP
7 3 (1.86%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.62%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.94%) Firewall
2 14 (8.70%) DNS
3 12 (7.45%) Network Security
4 11 (6.83%) DHCP
5 10 (6.21%) WAN
6 8 (4.97%) Skype
7 5 (3.11%) Internet
8 4 (2.48%) SAN
9 3 (1.86%) HTTP
9 3 (1.86%) SCCP
10 2 (1.24%) IPv4
10 2 (1.24%) LAN
10 2 (1.24%) Wi-Fi
11 1 (0.62%) Intranet
11 1 (0.62%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (7.45%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.86%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.86%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (4.35%) JIRA
2 6 (3.73%) Jenkins
3 5 (3.11%) Artifactory
3 5 (3.11%) Git (software)
3 5 (3.11%) GitLab
4 4 (2.48%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.62%) CF BOSH
5 1 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 47 (29.19%) Public Sector
2 17 (10.56%) Finance
3 9 (5.59%) Police
4 7 (4.35%) Electronics
4 7 (4.35%) Manufacturing
4 7 (4.35%) Marketing
4 7 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 6 (3.73%) Law
5 6 (3.73%) Legal
6 3 (1.86%) Military
7 1 (0.62%) Banking
7 1 (0.62%) Publishing
7 1 (0.62%) Retail
Job Titles
1 72 (44.72%) Architect
2 34 (21.12%) Security Architect
3 31 (19.25%) Consultant
4 26 (16.15%) Security Consultant
5 21 (13.04%) Cloud Architect
6 19 (11.80%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 15 (9.32%) Senior Architect
8 14 (8.70%) AWS Architect
9 11 (6.83%) Azure Architect
10 10 (6.21%) Senior Cloud Architect
11 8 (4.97%) Network Architect
12 7 (4.35%) Analyst
12 7 (4.35%) Security Analyst
12 7 (4.35%) Security Manager
12 7 (4.35%) Technical Architect
13 6 (3.73%) Network Security Architect
13 6 (3.73%) Solutions Architect
14 5 (3.11%) Cybersecurity Analyst
14 5 (3.11%) Information Security Consultant
14 5 (3.11%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (8.70%) Web Services
2 5 (3.11%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (3.11%) Keycloak
3 3 (1.86%) Node.js
3 3 (1.86%) REST
3 3 (1.86%) SOAP
3 3 (1.86%) Velocity
3 3 (1.86%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 34 (21.12%) Data Centre
2 30 (18.63%) Management Information System
3 26 (16.15%) Public Cloud
4 16 (9.94%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (9.94%) Hybrid Cloud
5 10 (6.21%) PKI
6 7 (4.35%) Security Operations Centre
7 5 (3.11%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (2.48%) Clustering
8 4 (2.48%) Cyber Defence
9 3 (1.86%) Cyberthreat
9 3 (1.86%) HP StoreVirtual
9 3 (1.86%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (1.86%) Private Cloud
10 2 (1.24%) CESG
10 2 (1.24%) NHS
11 1 (0.62%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.62%) LIMS
11 1 (0.62%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 28 (17.39%) Windows
2 16 (9.94%) Windows Server
3 15 (9.32%) Linux
4 9 (5.59%) Windows 10
5 4 (2.48%) Mac OS
5 4 (2.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.86%) Android
6 3 (1.86%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.86%) Ubuntu
6 3 (1.86%) Unix
6 3 (1.86%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (40.99%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (34.16%) Cybersecurity
3 50 (31.06%) Information Security
4 38 (23.60%) Migration
5 35 (21.74%) Risk Management
6 30 (18.63%) DevOps
7 27 (16.77%) Programme Management
8 26 (16.15%) Open Source
8 26 (16.15%) Risk Assessment
8 26 (16.15%) Security Testing
9 22 (13.66%) Scrum
10 20 (12.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 18 (11.18%) Protective Monitoring
11 18 (11.18%) Stakeholder Management
12 17 (10.56%) Remediation Plan
13 14 (8.70%) Information Assurance
14 13 (8.07%) Business Transformation
15 12 (7.45%) Configuration Management
15 12 (7.45%) Due Diligence
15 12 (7.45%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 12 (7.45%) PowerShell
2 10 (6.21%) Bash Shell
2 10 (6.21%) Go
2 10 (6.21%) Python
2 10 (6.21%) Ruby
3 6 (3.73%) Java
3 6 (3.73%) SQL
4 3 (1.86%) C#
4 3 (1.86%) VBScript
5 1 (0.62%) C
Qualifications
1 94 (58.39%) Security Cleared
2 72 (44.72%) SC Cleared
3 55 (34.16%) CISSP
4 27 (16.77%) CISM
5 24 (14.91%) DV Cleared
6 20 (12.42%) CESG Certified Professional
7 16 (9.94%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 16 (9.94%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (6.83%) CCSP
9 9 (5.59%) Degree
10 8 (4.97%) CRISC
10 8 (4.97%) GIAC
11 6 (3.73%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (3.73%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 5 (3.11%) CASP
12 5 (3.11%) CompTIA Security+
13 4 (2.48%) CISA
14 3 (1.86%) CEH
14 3 (1.86%) ISACA
14 3 (1.86%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (26.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 43 (26.71%) NIST
2 21 (13.04%) Cyber Essentials
3 15 (9.32%) RMADS
4 13 (8.07%) JSP 440
5 10 (6.21%) GDPR
6 8 (4.97%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 8 (4.97%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 7 (4.35%) Government Security Classifications
8 6 (3.73%) COBIT
9 4 (2.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (1.86%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (1.86%) PCI DSS
10 3 (1.86%) QA
11 1 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.62%) PMO
11 1 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 20 (12.42%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.21%) Docker
3 7 (4.35%) Hyper-V
3 7 (4.35%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.62%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (7.45%) Kubernetes
2 9 (5.59%) Ansible
2 9 (5.59%) Terraform
3 5 (3.11%) Sysdig
4 4 (2.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 4 (2.48%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (2.48%) Puppet
5 3 (1.86%) SCCM
5 3 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.86%) ZABBIX
6 2 (1.24%) Jamf Pro
6 2 (1.24%) Nessus
6 2 (1.24%) Nexpose
6 2 (1.24%) OpenVAS
7 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.62%) QRadar
7 1 (0.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (18.01%) Microsoft
2 10 (6.21%) Cisco
2 10 (6.21%) VMware
3 7 (4.35%) SAP
4 6 (3.73%) Oracle
5 4 (2.48%) Splunk
6 3 (1.86%) Citrix
6 3 (1.86%) HP
6 3 (1.86%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.24%) Sophos
8 1 (0.62%) Apple
8 1 (0.62%) Lumension
8 1 (0.62%) NetWitness
8 1 (0.62%) Symantec