Period
to 21 July 2019

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 21 July 2019 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
21 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 718 842 828
Rank change year-on-year +124 -14 -
Contract jobs citing NCSC 131 55 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.053% 0.035%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.37% 0.45% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 33 23
UK median daily rate £550 £565 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.65% +5.12% -
10th Percentile £409 £414 £359
90th Percentile £749 £750 £695
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £475 £550
% change year-on-year +10.53% -13.64% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - -

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 9,589 12,098 11,291
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.38% 11.61% 11.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,932 7,721 7,311
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +7.32%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £421 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 397 371
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £23.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.09% +15.00% -11.11%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.15 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.12 £22.40 £19.25
% change year-on-year +12.14% +16.36% -14.44%

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 21 July 2019.

Contractor daily 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 21 July 2019. 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
UK excluding London +98 100 £525 +10.53% 15
England +95 84 £575 +3.14% 15
Scotland +64 38 £425 -20.93% 4
South West -3 27 £525 -6.67% 2
London +52 26 £713 +9.62% 4
South East +16 11 £515 +0.49% 1
Midlands - 10 £600 - 4
Wales - 9 £625 -
West Midlands - 8 £613 -
North of England +20 6 £525 +31.25% 2
North West +20 3 £495 +41.43% 1
North East +22 2 £525 +20.00%
Yorkshire +27 1 £550 - 1
East of England - 1 £525 - 2

For the 6 months to 21 July 2019, 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 64 (48.85%) NIST
2 52 (39.69%) Amazon AWS
3 42 (32.06%) Security Cleared
3 42 (32.06%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (32.06%) DevOps
4 37 (28.24%) Terraform
4 37 (28.24%) Information Security
5 35 (26.72%) Jenkins
6 34 (25.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 33 (25.19%) Microsoft Azure
8 31 (23.66%) PaaS
8 31 (23.66%) Cybersecurity
9 30 (22.90%) SC Cleared
10 29 (22.14%) Risk Management
11 27 (20.61%) IaaS
12 25 (19.08%) Identity Management
13 23 (17.56%) CISSP
13 23 (17.56%) Visual Studio Team System
14 22 (16.79%) OWASP
14 22 (16.79%) SaaS
14 22 (16.79%) Microsoft
15 21 (16.03%) Stakeholder Management
16 20 (15.27%) Git (software)
16 20 (15.27%) Public Cloud
17 19 (14.50%) Windows
18 18 (13.74%) Python
18 18 (13.74%) Service Management
18 18 (13.74%) Bash Shell
18 18 (13.74%) Mentoring
19 17 (12.98%) Ansible

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 3 (2.29%) IIS
2 2 (1.53%) Confluence
3 1 (0.76%) Apache Pig
3 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.76%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (3.05%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 52 (39.69%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (25.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (23.66%) PaaS
4 27 (20.61%) IaaS
5 22 (16.79%) SaaS
6 11 (8.40%) Google Cloud Platform
7 7 (5.34%) Office 365
7 7 (5.34%) Serverless
8 4 (3.05%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (3.05%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (3.05%) OpenShift
9 2 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.76%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.76%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.82%) DNS
2 4 (3.05%) FTP
2 4 (3.05%) Internet
2 4 (3.05%) SMTP
2 4 (3.05%) SSH
3 3 (2.29%) Firewall
3 3 (2.29%) HTTP
3 3 (2.29%) IPsec
3 3 (2.29%) Network Security
4 2 (1.53%) 3G
4 2 (1.53%) 4G
4 2 (1.53%) Bluetooth
4 2 (1.53%) DHCP
4 2 (1.53%) NFC
4 2 (1.53%) SAN
4 2 (1.53%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.53%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.76%) 802.11
5 1 (0.76%) LAN
5 1 (0.76%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.21%) Amazon Aurora
1 16 (12.21%) Amazon RDS
1 16 (12.21%) MariaDB
1 16 (12.21%) MySQL
2 5 (3.82%) SQL Server
3 3 (2.29%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.76%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (0.76%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.76%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.76%) Big Data
4 1 (0.76%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 35 (26.72%) Jenkins
2 23 (17.56%) Visual Studio Team System
3 20 (15.27%) Git (software)
4 16 (12.21%) SonarQube
5 2 (1.53%) Bitbucket
5 2 (1.53%) JIRA
6 1 (0.76%) Hudson
6 1 (0.76%) Snyk
General
1 11 (8.40%) Legal
2 9 (6.87%) Finance
3 6 (4.58%) Banking
4 4 (3.05%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.29%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.53%) Electronics
6 2 (1.53%) Marketing
6 2 (1.53%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.76%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.76%) Military
Job Titles
1 32 (24.43%) Consultant
2 29 (22.14%) Security Consultant
3 20 (15.27%) Architect
4 18 (13.74%) DevOps Engineer
5 16 (12.21%) Lead DevOps
6 15 (11.45%) Lead DevOps Engineer
7 14 (10.69%) Information Security Consultant
8 13 (9.92%) Cloud Architect
9 12 (9.16%) Cybersecurity Consultant
10 10 (7.63%) Security Architect
11 8 (6.11%) Security Engineer
12 7 (5.34%) DevSecOps Engineer
13 6 (4.58%) Cloud Engineer
13 6 (4.58%) Designer
13 6 (4.58%) Infrastructure Designer
13 6 (4.58%) Security Specialist
14 5 (3.82%) Cloud Solutions Architect
14 5 (3.82%) Solutions Architect
15 4 (3.05%) AWS Engineer
16 3 (2.29%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (12.21%) LDAP
2 14 (10.69%) RESTful
3 9 (6.87%) Web Services
4 2 (1.53%) .NET
4 2 (1.53%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.53%) JFC
4 2 (1.53%) jQuery
4 2 (1.53%) JSON
4 2 (1.53%) Microsoft Graph
5 1 (0.76%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.76%) MassTransit
5 1 (0.76%) Node.js
5 1 (0.76%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.76%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 20 (15.27%) Public Cloud
2 10 (7.63%) CESG
3 7 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.34%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.05%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (3.05%) Security Operations Centre
5 2 (1.53%) Cloud Native
5 2 (1.53%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (1.53%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.53%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.53%) PKI
6 1 (0.76%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (0.76%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.76%) HP StoreVirtual
6 1 (0.76%) Replication
6 1 (0.76%) SCADA
6 1 (0.76%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.76%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 19 (14.50%) Windows
2 17 (12.98%) Linux
3 16 (12.21%) CentOS
4 15 (11.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 14 (10.69%) Windows 10
6 6 (4.58%) Windows Server
7 2 (1.53%) Android
7 2 (1.53%) Unix
7 2 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.76%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (32.06%) Agile Software Development
1 42 (32.06%) DevOps
2 37 (28.24%) Information Security
3 31 (23.66%) Cybersecurity
4 29 (22.14%) Risk Management
5 25 (19.08%) Identity Management
6 22 (16.79%) OWASP
7 21 (16.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 18 (13.74%) Mentoring
8 18 (13.74%) Service Management
9 17 (12.98%) Scrum
10 16 (12.21%) DevSecOps
10 16 (12.21%) Technical Leadership
11 15 (11.45%) Infrastructure as Code
12 14 (10.69%) Continuous Integration
12 14 (10.69%) Immutable Infrastructure
12 14 (10.69%) Microservices
12 14 (10.69%) Security Operations
13 13 (9.92%) Information Assurance
13 13 (9.92%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 18 (13.74%) Bash Shell
1 18 (13.74%) Python
2 6 (4.58%) PowerShell
3 4 (3.05%) C#
4 3 (2.29%) C
4 3 (2.29%) Java
5 2 (1.53%) SQL
6 1 (0.76%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.76%) Perl
6 1 (0.76%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 42 (32.06%) Security Cleared
2 30 (22.90%) SC Cleared
3 23 (17.56%) CISSP
4 16 (12.21%) CISM
5 14 (10.69%) DV Cleared
6 13 (9.92%) CESG Certified Professional
7 12 (9.16%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 12 (9.16%) CASP
7 12 (9.16%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (9.16%) CompTIA Security+
8 5 (3.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (3.05%) Degree
10 2 (1.53%) CCSP
10 2 (1.53%) ISACA
10 2 (1.53%) MCITP
10 2 (1.53%) MCSE
10 2 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.76%) CEH
11 1 (0.76%) CISMP
11 1 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (48.85%) NIST
2 34 (25.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (6.87%) GDPR
4 8 (6.11%) RMADS
5 6 (4.58%) ISO 9001
5 6 (4.58%) JSP 440
6 5 (3.82%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (3.82%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 5 (3.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (2.29%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (2.29%) PCI DSS
8 2 (1.53%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 1 (0.76%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 9 (6.87%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.05%) Docker
3 3 (2.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.53%) Sendmail
4 2 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.76%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.76%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 37 (28.24%) Terraform
2 17 (12.98%) Ansible
2 17 (12.98%) Puppet
3 16 (12.21%) Packer
4 4 (3.05%) Kubernetes
5 3 (2.29%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.53%) AirWatch
6 2 (1.53%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.76%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.76%) WSUS
Vendors
1 22 (16.79%) Microsoft
2 16 (12.21%) Splunk
3 7 (5.34%) VMware
4 2 (1.53%) Black Duck
4 2 (1.53%) Fortinet
4 2 (1.53%) Oracle
4 2 (1.53%) SAP
4 2 (1.53%) SolarWinds
4 2 (1.53%) Symantec
5 1 (0.76%) Cisco
5 1 (0.76%) Cloudera
5 1 (0.76%) HP
5 1 (0.76%) IBM
5 1 (0.76%) Juniper
5 1 (0.76%) Lumension
5 1 (0.76%) Palo Alto
5 1 (0.76%) Qualys
5 1 (0.76%) Saba
5 1 (0.76%) Sophos
5 1 (0.76%) Veracode