Period
to 30 October 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 October 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 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 401 676 832
Rank change year-on-year +275 +156 -1
Contract jobs citing NCSC 136 144 68
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.17% 0.066%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.89% 1.62% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 104 41
Median daily rate £500 £550 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -4.35% -6.12%
10th Percentile £291 £413 £338
90th Percentile £653 £700 £703
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £520 £505
% change year-on-year +0.96% +2.97% -22.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 0
Median hourly rate £75.00 £77.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £78.75 £77.50 -
% change year-on-year +1.61% - -

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 3,498 8,873 11,323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.66% 10.45% 10.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,051 5,536 7,160
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £260 £232 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 405 405
Median hourly rate £26.22 £21.34 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.87% -3.00% +10.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.16 £11.16
90th Percentile £55.00 £56.25 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.00 £22.80 £21.50
% change year-on-year +0.88% +6.05% +7.50%

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 October 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 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Top 9 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 October 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 +307 109 £500 -11.23% 30
UK excluding London +251 83 £525 +0.96% 25
London +209 46 £388 -35.42% 4
South West +115 32 £506 -7.95% 8
Scotland +59 20 £475 +5.56%
South East +194 18 £531 -21.30% 12
Work from Home -97 17 £488 -11.36% 3
North of England +113 13 £610 +10.91% 2
North West +82 13 £610 +10.91% 2

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 86 (63.24%) Security Cleared
2 72 (52.94%) SC Cleared
3 67 (49.26%) Cybersecurity
4 60 (44.12%) CISSP
5 57 (41.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 52 (38.24%) Information Security
7 43 (31.62%) CESG Certified Professional
8 40 (29.41%) CISM
9 39 (28.68%) Risk Management
10 34 (25.00%) NIST
10 34 (25.00%) Public Sector
11 32 (23.53%) Management Information System
11 32 (23.53%) Windows
12 31 (22.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 28 (20.59%) Agile Software Development
13 28 (20.59%) Data Protection
14 26 (19.12%) Security Architecture
15 24 (17.65%) AWS
16 23 (16.91%) JSP 440
16 23 (16.91%) Windows 10
17 20 (14.71%) DNS
17 20 (14.71%) Azure
17 20 (14.71%) SIEM
17 20 (14.71%) Cyber Essentials
18 19 (13.97%) DV Cleared
19 18 (13.24%) Information Assurance
19 18 (13.24%) CRISC
19 18 (13.24%) RMADS
19 18 (13.24%) Virtual Machines
20 17 (12.50%) Windows Server

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 14 (10.29%) IIS
2 13 (9.56%) MS Exchange
3 9 (6.62%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (5.15%) Confluence
5 6 (4.41%) nginx
6 4 (2.94%) SharePoint
7 3 (2.21%) Apache
7 3 (2.21%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.74%) CMS
8 1 (0.74%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.47%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 24 (17.65%) AWS
2 20 (14.71%) Azure
3 8 (5.88%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (5.88%) SaaS
4 7 (5.15%) Amazon S3
4 7 (5.15%) PaaS
5 6 (4.41%) Office 365
6 5 (3.68%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (3.68%) IaaS
7 3 (2.21%) Amazon GuardDuty
8 2 (1.47%) GCP
8 2 (1.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.74%) Amazon Macie
9 1 (0.74%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.74%) AWS CodeBuild
9 1 (0.74%) AWS CodeCommit
9 1 (0.74%) AWS CodeDeploy
9 1 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.74%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 20 (14.71%) DNS
2 17 (12.50%) DHCP
3 16 (11.76%) Network Security
4 14 (10.29%) Firewall
5 11 (8.09%) IPv4
6 9 (6.62%) SAN
7 6 (4.41%) VSAN
8 4 (2.94%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (2.94%) IPv6
8 4 (2.94%) Unified Communications
9 3 (2.21%) Skype
10 2 (1.47%) BGP
10 2 (1.47%) Internet
10 2 (1.47%) SSL
11 1 (0.74%) Cisco IOS
11 1 (0.74%) Cisco Nexus
11 1 (0.74%) DMVPN
11 1 (0.74%) Multicast
11 1 (0.74%) OSPF
11 1 (0.74%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.56%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (2.21%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.21%) MySQL
4 2 (1.47%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.74%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.74%) Power BI
5 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (4.41%) JIRA
2 5 (3.68%) Bitbucket
3 3 (2.21%) TeamCity
4 2 (1.47%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.47%) Snyk
5 1 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.74%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.74%) fastlane
5 1 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.74%) Xcode
General
1 34 (25.00%) Public Sector
2 13 (9.56%) Legal
3 7 (5.15%) Finance
4 6 (4.41%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.94%) Electronics
5 4 (2.94%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.94%) Marketing
6 2 (1.47%) Local Government
6 2 (1.47%) Police
Job Titles
1 32 (23.53%) Consultant
2 27 (19.85%) Security Consultant
3 22 (16.18%) Architect
4 14 (10.29%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 11 (8.09%) Security Architect
5 11 (8.09%) Security Engineer
6 9 (6.62%) Coordinator
7 8 (5.88%) Analyst
7 8 (5.88%) Cybersecurity Specialist
7 8 (5.88%) Security Specialist
8 7 (5.15%) Information Security Consultant
8 7 (5.15%) Support Officer
8 7 (5.15%) Technical Support
8 7 (5.15%) Technical Support Officer
9 6 (4.41%) Cloud Architect
9 6 (4.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (4.41%) Security Assurance Coordinator
10 5 (3.68%) Developer
10 5 (3.68%) Security Analyst
10 5 (3.68%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.88%) .NET
2 6 (4.41%) RabbitMQ
3 5 (3.68%) .NET Core
3 5 (3.68%) Ajax
3 5 (3.68%) AngularJS
3 5 (3.68%) CSS
3 5 (3.68%) HTML
3 5 (3.68%) Middleware
3 5 (3.68%) Web Services
4 4 (2.94%) .NET Framework
4 4 (2.94%) Entity Framework
4 4 (2.94%) JMS
4 4 (2.94%) ModSecurity
4 4 (2.94%) Spring
5 3 (2.21%) ActiveMQ
5 3 (2.21%) COM+
6 2 (1.47%) LDAP
6 2 (1.47%) REST
7 1 (0.74%) iOS SDK
7 1 (0.74%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 32 (23.53%) Management Information System
2 17 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (7.35%) CESG
3 10 (7.35%) PKI
4 9 (6.62%) HP StoreVirtual
4 9 (6.62%) Public Cloud
5 8 (5.88%) Data Centre
6 7 (5.15%) Security Operations Centre
7 6 (4.41%) Cyber Defence
7 6 (4.41%) Cyberthreat
7 6 (4.41%) SCADA
8 4 (2.94%) Driving Licence
9 3 (2.21%) Cyberattack
9 3 (2.21%) Private Cloud
9 3 (2.21%) Replication
9 3 (2.21%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (1.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
11 1 (0.74%) Algorithms
11 1 (0.74%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 32 (23.53%) Windows
2 23 (16.91%) Windows 10
3 17 (12.50%) Windows Server
4 15 (11.03%) Linux
5 9 (6.62%) Mac OS
5 9 (6.62%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.94%) Windows Server 2016
6 4 (2.94%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (1.47%) AIX
8 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.74%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (49.26%) Cybersecurity
2 52 (38.24%) Information Security
3 39 (28.68%) Risk Management
4 28 (20.59%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (20.59%) Data Protection
5 26 (19.12%) Security Architecture
6 20 (14.71%) SIEM
7 18 (13.24%) Information Assurance
8 17 (12.50%) Security Testing
9 16 (11.76%) Risk Assessment
10 15 (11.03%) Coaching
10 15 (11.03%) ITIL
11 14 (10.29%) Security Management
12 12 (8.82%) DevOps
12 12 (8.82%) Information Security Management
12 12 (8.82%) ISMS
13 11 (8.09%) Penetration Testing
14 10 (7.35%) Incident Management
15 9 (6.62%) OWASP
15 9 (6.62%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 8 (5.88%) SQL
2 7 (5.15%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.41%) C
3 6 (4.41%) PL/SQL
4 5 (3.68%) Java
4 5 (3.68%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.94%) C#
6 3 (2.21%) VB
6 3 (2.21%) VB6
7 2 (1.47%) COBOL
8 1 (0.74%) Apple Swift
8 1 (0.74%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.74%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 86 (63.24%) Security Cleared
2 72 (52.94%) SC Cleared
3 60 (44.12%) CISSP
4 43 (31.62%) CESG Certified Professional
5 40 (29.41%) CISM
6 19 (13.97%) DV Cleared
7 18 (13.24%) CRISC
8 13 (9.56%) CEH
8 13 (9.56%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (8.82%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 10 (7.35%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (5.88%) CCSP
11 8 (5.88%) MCSA
11 8 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (4.41%) CISA
12 6 (4.41%) CISMP
12 6 (4.41%) GIAC
12 6 (4.41%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
13 5 (3.68%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (3.68%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (41.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 34 (25.00%) NIST
3 31 (22.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 23 (16.91%) JSP 440
5 20 (14.71%) Cyber Essentials
6 18 (13.24%) RMADS
7 13 (9.56%) Government Security Classifications
8 7 (5.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (4.41%) NIST 800
10 2 (1.47%) GDPR
10 2 (1.47%) PMO
11 1 (0.74%) COBIT
11 1 (0.74%) Def Stans
11 1 (0.74%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.74%) ISO 31000
11 1 (0.74%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 18 (13.24%) Virtual Machines
2 15 (11.03%) Active Directory
3 13 (9.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (7.35%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.94%) Docker
5 4 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (2.94%) VMware NSX
6 3 (2.21%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (7.35%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 8 (5.88%) Nexpose
2 8 (5.88%) QRadar
3 7 (5.15%) Norton AntiVirus
3 7 (5.15%) WSUS
4 6 (4.41%) Ansible
5 5 (3.68%) vCenter Server
6 4 (2.94%) HAProxy
7 3 (2.21%) ArcSight ESM
7 3 (2.21%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (2.21%) Kubernetes
7 3 (2.21%) Nessus
7 3 (2.21%) Puppet
7 3 (2.21%) vRealize
8 2 (1.47%) Consul
8 2 (1.47%) OpenVAS
8 2 (1.47%) Packer
8 2 (1.47%) Terraform
9 1 (0.74%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 15 (11.03%) VMware
2 10 (7.35%) LogRhythm
3 9 (6.62%) HP
3 9 (6.62%) Microsoft
4 7 (5.15%) Lumension
4 7 (5.15%) Oracle
4 7 (5.15%) Sophos
4 7 (5.15%) Symantec
5 5 (3.68%) ArcSight
5 5 (3.68%) Micro Focus
5 5 (3.68%) SolarWinds
5 5 (3.68%) Splunk
6 4 (2.94%) Cisco
6 4 (2.94%) SAP
7 3 (2.21%) AlienVault
7 3 (2.21%) Atlassian
7 3 (2.21%) Juniper
7 3 (2.21%) ServiceNow
7 3 (2.21%) Veeam
8 2 (1.47%) Capita