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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 12 August 2022 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 651 644 442
Rank change year-on-year -7 -202 +300
Contract jobs citing NCSC 191 143 103
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.19% 0.30%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.68% 1.56% 2.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 89 74
10th Percentile £513 £414 £325
25th Percentile £589 £463 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £550 £528
Median % change year-on-year +18.18% +4.27% -6.64%
75th Percentile £688 £675 £624
90th Percentile £740 £775 £734
UK excluding London median daily rate £630 £565 £600
% change year-on-year +11.50% -5.83% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 5
10th Percentile £54.60 £54.97 £74.00
25th Percentile £61.12 £71.75 £76.25
Median hourly rate £68.58 £73.50 £80.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.69% -8.13% +3.23%
75th Percentile £75.06 £75.25 -
90th Percentile £79.91 £76.20 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £69.83 £73.50 £80.00
% change year-on-year -4.99% -8.13% +3.23%

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 11,377 9,150 3,998
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.83% 12.38% 11.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,774 6,122 2,502
10th Percentile £300 £270 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £488 £470
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% +3.72% +4.44%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £570
90th Percentile £738 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £426
% change year-on-year +11.76% -0.12% +0.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 346 178
10th Percentile £12.58 £11.36 £11.43
25th Percentile £16.25 £14.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.68 £22.91
Median % change year-on-year +20.92% -9.76% +8.51%
75th Percentile £53.94 £39.88 £43.75
90th Percentile £71.79 £62.30 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.59 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +13.61% -15.56% +0.65%

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -20 156 £645 +22.86% 43
Work from Home -30 89 £650 +13.04% 12
UK excluding London -33 77 £630 +11.50% 34
London -38 66 £650 +19.27% 14
North of England -10 30 £625 +8.70% 4
North West -14 24 £625 +8.70% 4
South West -14 23 £638 +23.19% 8
South East -28 13 £650 -3.98% 4
East of England - 8 £625 - 7
Midlands -28 7 £625 +19.05% 4
Yorkshire -20 6 £663 +15.22%
West Midlands -22 5 £650 +23.81% 3
East Midlands 0 4 £638 +12.83% 1
Wales - 4 £750 - 2

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, 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 97 (50.79%) Security Cleared
2 84 (43.98%) AWS
3 74 (38.74%) SC Cleared
4 72 (37.70%) Information Security
5 67 (35.08%) Cybersecurity
5 67 (35.08%) GCP
6 66 (34.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 64 (33.51%) Agile
8 61 (31.94%) DevOps
8 61 (31.94%) NIST
9 59 (30.89%) PKI
10 58 (30.37%) CISSP
11 54 (28.27%) DNS
12 53 (27.75%) Terraform
13 52 (27.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 52 (27.23%) Linux
13 52 (27.23%) VMware
14 51 (26.70%) TCP/IP
15 50 (26.18%) VMware Infrastructure
15 50 (26.18%) CentOS
15 50 (26.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 50 (26.18%) AWS CloudFormation
15 50 (26.18%) Packer
15 50 (26.18%) cloud-init
16 47 (24.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 47 (24.61%) Amazon EC2
16 47 (24.61%) Splunk
17 46 (24.08%) PagerDuty
17 46 (24.08%) Graphite
17 46 (24.08%) Prometheus

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 36 (18.85%) nginx
1 36 (18.85%) Traefik
2 3 (1.57%) Confluence
2 3 (1.57%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.05%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (3.14%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 84 (43.98%) AWS
2 67 (35.08%) GCP
3 52 (27.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 50 (26.18%) AWS CloudFormation
5 47 (24.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 47 (24.61%) Amazon EC2
6 41 (21.47%) Azure
7 23 (12.04%) SaaS
8 22 (11.52%) PaaS
9 20 (10.47%) IaaS
10 7 (3.66%) Microsoft 365
11 6 (3.14%) Power Platform
12 5 (2.62%) Azure Sentinel
12 5 (2.62%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (1.57%) Azure Active Directory
14 2 (1.05%) AWS CloudTrail
14 2 (1.05%) Azure Monitor
15 1 (0.52%) GitHub
15 1 (0.52%) HP Helion
15 1 (0.52%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 54 (28.27%) DNS
2 51 (26.70%) TCP/IP
3 20 (10.47%) Firewall
4 8 (4.19%) Network Security
5 5 (2.62%) VPN
6 4 (2.09%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (2.09%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (1.57%) MPLS
8 2 (1.05%) BGP
8 2 (1.05%) DHCP
8 2 (1.05%) DWDM
8 2 (1.05%) OSPF
8 2 (1.05%) SDH
8 2 (1.05%) VPLS
8 2 (1.05%) VSAN
8 2 (1.05%) WAN
9 1 (0.52%) 5G
9 1 (0.52%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (0.52%) DMVPN
9 1 (0.52%) Software-Defined Radio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.09%) Power BI
2 2 (1.05%) Metadata
3 1 (0.52%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (20.42%) Git (software)
2 38 (19.90%) GitLab
2 38 (19.90%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.09%) JIRA
General
1 36 (18.85%) Public Sector
2 27 (14.14%) Social Skills
3 12 (6.28%) Finance
4 9 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.19%) Manufacturing
6 7 (3.66%) Telecoms
7 6 (3.14%) Electronics
7 6 (3.14%) Marketing
7 6 (3.14%) Military
8 5 (2.62%) Legal
8 5 (2.62%) Police
9 4 (2.09%) Presentation Skills
10 3 (1.57%) Law
10 3 (1.57%) Local Government
10 3 (1.57%) Organisational Skills
11 2 (1.05%) Back Office
12 1 (0.52%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 49 (25.65%) DevOps Engineer
2 46 (24.08%) Consultant
3 38 (19.90%) Security Consultant
4 36 (18.85%) Architect
5 26 (13.61%) Security Architect
6 17 (8.90%) Compliance Consultant
6 17 (8.90%) Information Security Consultant
6 17 (8.90%) Risk Consultant
7 13 (6.81%) Security Manager
8 10 (5.24%) Operations Engineer
8 10 (5.24%) Security Engineer
9 9 (4.71%) Analyst
9 9 (4.71%) Cloud Architect
9 9 (4.71%) Security Analyst
9 9 (4.71%) Security Specialist
10 7 (3.66%) Business Consultant
10 7 (3.66%) Information Manager
10 7 (3.66%) Information Security Manager
10 7 (3.66%) Project Manager
11 6 (3.14%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (26.18%) cloud-init
2 3 (1.57%) SAML
3 2 (1.05%) .NET
3 2 (1.05%) ARM Templates
3 2 (1.05%) LDAP
3 2 (1.05%) ModSecurity
3 2 (1.05%) OAuth
3 2 (1.05%) OpenID
4 1 (0.52%) Django
4 1 (0.52%) JWT
4 1 (0.52%) Node.js
4 1 (0.52%) React
4 1 (0.52%) REST
4 1 (0.52%) Spring
4 1 (0.52%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 59 (30.89%) PKI
2 39 (20.42%) Clustering
3 19 (9.95%) CESG
4 17 (8.90%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.62%) NHS
6 4 (2.09%) Cyberthreat
6 4 (2.09%) Freedom of Information
6 4 (2.09%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (2.09%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.57%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.05%) CESG CLAS
8 2 (1.05%) Cyber Defence
8 2 (1.05%) Cyberattack
8 2 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.52%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.52%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.52%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.52%) Smart City
9 1 (0.52%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 52 (27.23%) Linux
2 50 (26.18%) CentOS
2 50 (26.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 10 (5.24%) Windows
4 4 (2.09%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.05%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (37.70%) Information Security
2 67 (35.08%) Cybersecurity
3 64 (33.51%) Agile
4 61 (31.94%) DevOps
5 41 (21.47%) CI/CD
6 40 (20.94%) Containerisation
6 40 (20.94%) Risk Management
7 39 (20.42%) Continuous Deployment
7 39 (20.42%) Continuous Integration
7 39 (20.42%) Unit Testing
8 38 (19.90%) Configuration Management
9 37 (19.37%) Load Balancing
10 31 (16.23%) Microservices
11 23 (12.04%) SABSA
12 22 (11.52%) Security Architecture
13 21 (10.99%) SIEM
14 19 (9.95%) Information Assurance
14 19 (9.95%) Risk Assessment
15 17 (8.90%) Penetration Testing
16 14 (7.33%) Data Loss Prevention
Programming Languages
1 42 (21.99%) Python
2 39 (20.42%) Bash
2 39 (20.42%) Go
2 39 (20.42%) Ruby
3 4 (2.09%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.57%) SQL
5 2 (1.05%) Java
6 1 (0.52%) C
6 1 (0.52%) Perl
Qualifications
1 97 (50.79%) Security Cleared
2 74 (38.74%) SC Cleared
3 58 (30.37%) CISSP
4 39 (20.42%) CESG Certified Professional
5 36 (18.85%) CISM
6 27 (14.14%) DV Cleared
7 22 (11.52%) Degree
8 11 (5.76%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (5.76%) CEH
9 10 (5.24%) CISA
9 10 (5.24%) CRISC
10 8 (4.19%) Cisco Certification
10 8 (4.19%) Master's Degree
11 7 (3.66%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 6 (3.14%) CLAS
13 5 (2.62%) GIAC
13 5 (2.62%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (1.57%) CISMP
14 3 (1.57%) CREST Certified
14 3 (1.57%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (34.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 61 (31.94%) NIST
3 15 (7.85%) GDPR
3 15 (7.85%) JSP 440
3 15 (7.85%) RMADS
4 10 (5.24%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (4.71%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 7 (3.66%) GRC
7 6 (3.14%) NIST 800
8 5 (2.62%) COBIT
8 5 (2.62%) PCI DSS
8 5 (2.62%) PMO
8 5 (2.62%) QA
9 4 (2.09%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (1.57%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 2 (1.05%) Data Quality
11 2 (1.05%) IASME
12 1 (0.52%) HMG Infosec
12 1 (0.52%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 50 (26.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 39 (20.42%) Docker
3 13 (6.81%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.52%) Firmware
4 1 (0.52%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 53 (27.75%) Terraform
2 50 (26.18%) Packer
3 46 (24.08%) Graphite
3 46 (24.08%) Prometheus
4 45 (23.56%) ZABBIX
5 40 (20.94%) Ansible
6 39 (20.42%) Kubernetes
6 39 (20.42%) Podman
6 39 (20.42%) Puppet
7 37 (19.37%) Docker Swarm
8 36 (18.85%) Consul
8 36 (18.85%) HAProxy
8 36 (18.85%) Istio
8 36 (18.85%) linkerd
9 5 (2.62%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (1.05%) CASB
10 2 (1.05%) Nessus
10 2 (1.05%) SCOM
10 2 (1.05%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 52 (27.23%) VMware
2 47 (24.61%) Splunk
3 46 (24.08%) PagerDuty
4 18 (9.42%) Microsoft
5 13 (6.81%) Oracle
6 12 (6.28%) Google
7 6 (3.14%) LogRhythm
7 6 (3.14%) SAP
8 4 (2.09%) Qualys
9 3 (1.57%) Cisco
9 3 (1.57%) CyberArk
9 3 (1.57%) Juniper
9 3 (1.57%) Palo Alto
9 3 (1.57%) SolarWinds
9 3 (1.57%) Symantec
9 3 (1.57%) Tanium
10 2 (1.05%) Forcepoint
10 2 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (1.05%) Thales
10 2 (1.05%) Zscaler