Period
to 15 June 2021

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 15 June 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.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
UK
6 months to
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 599 503 701
Rank change year-on-year -96 +198 +154
Contract jobs citing NCSC 111 101 139
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.23% 0.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.47% 2.10% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 72 95
10th Percentile £388 £408 £392
25th Percentile £462 £414 £459
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £533 £550 £565
Median % change year-on-year -3.18% -2.65% +1.35%
75th Percentile £643 £619 £688
90th Percentile £738 £698 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £518 £600 £550
% change year-on-year -13.75% +9.09% +15.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
Median hourly rate £58.18 £80.00 -
Median % change year-on-year -27.28% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.18 £80.00 -
% change year-on-year -27.28% - -

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 7,551 4,802 10,272
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.24% 11.01% 11.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,047 3,015 6,444
10th Percentile £263 £258 £256
25th Percentile £363 £356 £352
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £550
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 202 363
10th Percentile £11.44 £12.76 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.27 £13.88
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% +2.27% +2.33%
75th Percentile £38.75 £45.00 £42.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.90 £20.56 £23.13
% change year-on-year +1.68% -11.11% +10.12%

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 15 June 2021.

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
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 15 June 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 -43 95 £556 +2.30% 25
UK excluding London -1 58 £518 -13.75% 22
London -84 36 £613 +43.44% 5
South West +28 23 £518 +16.95% 9
Work from Home -249 21 £600 +71.43% 7
South East +18 18 £460 -23.33% 5
Scotland -34 7 £413 -36.54% 1
Midlands -12 6 £525 -2.33% 2
West Midlands -10 5 £525 -3.45% 2
North of England -5 3 £650 +1.96% 2
Yorkshire - 2 £575 -
East of England +6 1 £225 -60.04% 2
East Midlands +2 1 £565 +7.62%
North West -14 1 £725 +5.45% 1

For the 6 months to 15 June 2021, 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 70 (63.06%) Security Cleared
2 60 (54.05%) Cybersecurity
3 58 (52.25%) SC Cleared
4 47 (42.34%) CISSP
5 31 (27.93%) CISM
6 30 (27.03%) Information Security
6 30 (27.03%) Azure
7 29 (26.13%) CESG Certified Professional
8 28 (25.23%) Microsoft
8 28 (25.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 26 (23.42%) NIST
10 24 (21.62%) Public Sector
11 22 (19.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 19 (17.12%) Google
12 19 (17.12%) Information Assurance
13 18 (16.22%) Risk Management
14 16 (14.41%) Management Information System
14 16 (14.41%) Social Skills
15 15 (13.51%) TOGAF
15 15 (13.51%) Degree
15 15 (13.51%) GCP
16 14 (12.61%) AWS
16 14 (12.61%) Security Architecture
16 14 (12.61%) Business Analysis
17 13 (11.71%) PowerShell
17 13 (11.71%) CREST Certified
18 12 (10.81%) DV Cleared
18 12 (10.81%) Firewall
18 12 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
19 11 (9.91%) Internet

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 2 (1.80%) IIS
1 2 (1.80%) MS Exchange
1 2 (1.80%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.80%) Skype for Business
2 1 (0.90%) Confluence
2 1 (0.90%) nginx
Applications
1 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.80%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 30 (27.03%) Azure
2 15 (13.51%) GCP
3 14 (12.61%) AWS
4 10 (9.01%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (8.11%) SaaS
6 8 (7.21%) Google Workspace
6 8 (7.21%) Microsoft 365
7 7 (6.31%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (6.31%) Power Platform
8 6 (5.41%) IaaS
8 6 (5.41%) PaaS
9 5 (4.50%) PowerApps
10 3 (2.70%) OpenShift
11 2 (1.80%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.90%) Miro
12 1 (0.90%) Serverless
12 1 (0.90%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.81%) Firewall
2 11 (9.91%) Internet
2 11 (9.91%) Network Security
3 9 (8.11%) 5G
4 5 (4.50%) DHCP
4 5 (4.50%) DNS
4 5 (4.50%) Skype
5 4 (3.60%) VSAN
6 3 (2.70%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (2.70%) Software-Defined Networking
7 2 (1.80%) SD-WAN
7 2 (1.80%) Unified Communications
7 2 (1.80%) WAN
8 1 (0.90%) LAN
8 1 (0.90%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.60%) Big Data
2 2 (1.80%) Data Lake
2 2 (1.80%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.80%) Power BI
2 2 (1.80%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.90%) MySQL
3 1 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.80%) JIRA
2 1 (0.90%) AppScan
2 1 (0.90%) Bitbucket
General
1 24 (21.62%) Public Sector
2 16 (14.41%) Social Skills
3 7 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.41%) Finance
5 5 (4.50%) Telecoms
6 4 (3.60%) Electronics
6 4 (3.60%) Manufacturing
6 4 (3.60%) Marketing
7 3 (2.70%) Influencing Skills
7 3 (2.70%) Military
7 3 (2.70%) Presentation Skills
8 2 (1.80%) Local Government
9 1 (0.90%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.90%) Law
Job Titles
1 29 (26.13%) Consultant
2 23 (20.72%) Architect
3 19 (17.12%) Security Consultant
4 17 (15.32%) Security Architect
5 14 (12.61%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 13 (11.71%) Analyst
7 8 (7.21%) CyberArk Specialist
8 6 (5.41%) Penetration Tester
8 6 (5.41%) Security Analyst
9 5 (4.50%) Azure Engineer
9 5 (4.50%) Cybersecurity Architect
9 5 (4.50%) Platform Engineer
9 5 (4.50%) Technical Architect
9 5 (4.50%) Tester
10 4 (3.60%) AWS Architect
10 4 (3.60%) Cybersecurity Specialist
10 4 (3.60%) Security Manager
10 4 (3.60%) Security Specialist
10 4 (3.60%) Security Technical Architect
10 4 (3.60%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.21%) LDAP
2 7 (6.31%) ModSecurity
3 2 (1.80%) SOAP
4 1 (0.90%) .NET
4 1 (0.90%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.90%) Java SE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.41%) Management Information System
2 8 (7.21%) PKI
3 7 (6.31%) Security Operations Centre
4 5 (4.50%) Cyber Defence
5 4 (3.60%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.60%) SCADA
6 3 (2.70%) CMDB
6 3 (2.70%) NHS
6 3 (2.70%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.80%) BYOD
7 2 (1.80%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.80%) IVR
7 2 (1.80%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.80%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.80%) Smart City
7 2 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.90%) Analytical Mindset
8 1 (0.90%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.90%) Mobile Computing
8 1 (0.90%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.91%) Windows
2 6 (5.41%) Linux
2 6 (5.41%) Windows Server
3 3 (2.70%) Windows 10
3 3 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (1.80%) Android
4 2 (1.80%) Windows Server 2019
5 1 (0.90%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (54.05%) Cybersecurity
2 30 (27.03%) Information Security
3 19 (17.12%) Information Assurance
4 18 (16.22%) Risk Management
5 15 (13.51%) TOGAF
6 14 (12.61%) Business Analysis
6 14 (12.61%) Security Architecture
7 12 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (9.91%) IT Strategy
8 11 (9.91%) SABSA
9 10 (9.01%) CRM
9 10 (9.01%) Service Management
9 10 (9.01%) SIEM
10 9 (8.11%) Penetration Testing
10 9 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (7.21%) Project Delivery
11 8 (7.21%) Security Operations
11 8 (7.21%) Vulnerability Management
12 6 (5.41%) Cyber Resilience
12 6 (5.41%) Red Team
Programming Languages
1 13 (11.71%) PowerShell
2 9 (8.11%) Bash Shell
3 3 (2.70%) SQL
4 2 (1.80%) Java
4 2 (1.80%) Python
5 1 (0.90%) Ada
5 1 (0.90%) AWK
5 1 (0.90%) C
5 1 (0.90%) C#
5 1 (0.90%) sed
Qualifications
1 70 (63.06%) Security Cleared
2 58 (52.25%) SC Cleared
3 47 (42.34%) CISSP
4 31 (27.93%) CISM
5 29 (26.13%) CESG Certified Professional
6 15 (13.51%) Degree
7 13 (11.71%) CREST Certified
8 12 (10.81%) DV Cleared
9 9 (8.11%) CISA
10 6 (5.41%) SANS
11 4 (3.60%) CHECK Team Leader
11 4 (3.60%) CHECK Team Member
11 4 (3.60%) CRISC
11 4 (3.60%) Cyber Scheme
12 2 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (1.80%) CompTIA Security+
12 2 (1.80%) IISP
12 2 (1.80%) ISACA
12 2 (1.80%) SSCP
13 1 (0.90%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (25.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 26 (23.42%) NIST
3 22 (19.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 9 (8.11%) Cyber Essentials
4 9 (8.11%) JSP 440
4 9 (8.11%) RMADS
5 7 (6.31%) COBIT
6 5 (4.50%) QA
7 3 (2.70%) GDPR
7 3 (2.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (1.80%) COSO
8 2 (1.80%) GRC
8 2 (1.80%) ISO 9001
8 2 (1.80%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 1 (0.90%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.90%) NIST 800
System Software
1 8 (7.21%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.70%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (2.70%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.80%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (4.50%) Terraform
2 4 (3.60%) Kubernetes
3 3 (2.70%) vCenter Server
4 2 (1.80%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.80%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.90%) Ansible
5 1 (0.90%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.90%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.90%) Puppet
5 1 (0.90%) SCCM
5 1 (0.90%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 28 (25.23%) Microsoft
2 19 (17.12%) Google
3 11 (9.91%) Palo Alto
4 9 (8.11%) Cisco
5 8 (7.21%) CyberArk
6 7 (6.31%) Fortinet
6 7 (6.31%) LogRhythm
6 7 (6.31%) Splunk
7 6 (5.41%) VMware
8 4 (3.60%) SAP
9 3 (2.70%) Qualys
9 3 (2.70%) Red Hat
10 2 (1.80%) Apple
11 1 (0.90%) Atlassian
11 1 (0.90%) Citrix
11 1 (0.90%) ServiceNow
11 1 (0.90%) Sophos
11 1 (0.90%) Veeam
11 1 (0.90%) Veracode