Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 688 819 828
Rank change year-on-year +131 +9 +76
Contract jobs citing NCSC 126 73 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.071% 0.053%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.43% 0.65% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 42 34
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £613
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.20% -16.95%
10th Percentile £413 £341 £483
90th Percentile £725 £702 £754
UK excluding London median daily rate £520 £505 £650
% change year-on-year +2.97% -22.31% -11.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
UK median hourly rate £77.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £77.50 - -

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 8,822 11,316 12,356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.40% 10.96% 12.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,495 7,162 8,094
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £439
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.62% +4.40%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £256
90th Percentile £633 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 403 402 361
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £21.76 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +8.80% -13.67%
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.12 £10.59
90th Percentile £56.25 £49.88 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.37 £21.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year +11.38% +9.40% -20.00%

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 22 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing NCSC over the 6 months to 22 October 2019.

Contractor 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 22 October 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 +134 100 £520 +2.97% 36
England +80 78 £575 +6.98% 55
Scotland - 43 £450 - 1
London +55 22 £700 +21.74% 20
North of England +42 19 £550 +15.79% 3
North West +21 18 £550 +57.14% 3
South West +1 16 £550 +46.67% 9
South East +40 12 £700 +25.56% 11
Midlands +57 5 £425 -26.09% 2
West Midlands +30 4 £413 -28.26% 1
Wales +27 3 £700 +7.69%
East of England - 2 £558 - 10
Yorkshire +31 1 £360 -
East Midlands - 1 £500 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 51 (40.48%) NIST
2 49 (38.89%) AWS
3 46 (36.51%) Security Cleared
3 46 (36.51%) Information Security
4 43 (34.13%) Agile Software Development
5 42 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 35 (27.78%) Azure
7 33 (26.19%) DevOps
7 33 (26.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 32 (25.40%) SC Cleared
9 30 (23.81%) Public Sector
10 28 (22.22%) CISSP
11 27 (21.43%) Cybersecurity
12 26 (20.63%) Microsoft
12 26 (20.63%) Migration
13 25 (19.84%) Terraform
14 22 (17.46%) Public Cloud
14 22 (17.46%) CISM
15 21 (16.67%) Jenkins
15 21 (16.67%) DV Cleared
16 20 (15.87%) PaaS
17 19 (15.08%) Security Testing
17 19 (15.08%) Windows
18 18 (14.29%) Linux
18 18 (14.29%) Risk Management
18 18 (14.29%) Scrum
18 18 (14.29%) Ansible
18 18 (14.29%) Puppet
18 18 (14.29%) Data Centre
19 17 (13.49%) Bash Shell

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 7 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2010
1 7 (5.56%) MS Exchange
2 6 (4.76%) Skype for Business
3 5 (3.97%) IIS
4 3 (2.38%) Confluence
4 3 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.79%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.79%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 49 (38.89%) AWS
2 35 (27.78%) Azure
3 20 (15.87%) PaaS
4 16 (12.70%) IaaS
5 14 (11.11%) Office 365
6 13 (10.32%) SaaS
7 5 (3.97%) Serverless
8 4 (3.17%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (3.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 4 (3.17%) OpenShift
9 3 (2.38%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (2.38%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.79%) G Suite
10 1 (0.79%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 16 (12.70%) DNS
2 9 (7.14%) DHCP
3 7 (5.56%) Firewall
4 6 (4.76%) Skype
5 5 (3.97%) LAN
5 5 (3.97%) Network Security
5 5 (3.97%) SAN
5 5 (3.97%) WAN
6 4 (3.17%) 802.11
6 4 (3.17%) BGP
6 4 (3.17%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (3.17%) EIGRP
6 4 (3.17%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (3.17%) IPsec
6 4 (3.17%) IPv4
6 4 (3.17%) iSCSI
6 4 (3.17%) OSPF
6 4 (3.17%) Reverse Proxy
6 4 (3.17%) TCP/IP
6 4 (3.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (10.32%) Amazon Aurora
1 13 (10.32%) Amazon RDS
1 13 (10.32%) MariaDB
1 13 (10.32%) MySQL
2 8 (6.35%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.17%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (2.38%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.38%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.79%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.79%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 21 (16.67%) Jenkins
2 14 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 13 (10.32%) SonarQube
4 10 (7.94%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (2.38%) Bitbucket
5 3 (2.38%) JIRA
6 1 (0.79%) Hudson
6 1 (0.79%) Snyk
General
1 30 (23.81%) Public Sector
2 10 (7.94%) Finance
3 9 (7.14%) Legal
4 7 (5.56%) Banking
5 4 (3.17%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.59%) Law
6 2 (1.59%) Military
7 1 (0.79%) Electronics
7 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.79%) Marketing
7 1 (0.79%) Police
7 1 (0.79%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 38 (30.16%) Architect
2 28 (22.22%) Consultant
3 26 (20.63%) Security Consultant
4 19 (15.08%) Cloud Architect
5 15 (11.90%) Information Security Consultant
6 13 (10.32%) DevOps Engineer
6 13 (10.32%) Lead DevOps
7 12 (9.52%) Lead DevOps Engineer
8 11 (8.73%) Senior Architect
9 10 (7.94%) Cybersecurity Consultant
10 9 (7.14%) Cloud Engineer
10 9 (7.14%) Senior Cloud Architect
11 8 (6.35%) Security Architect
11 8 (6.35%) Security Manager
12 7 (5.56%) AWS Architect
13 6 (4.76%) Analyst
13 6 (4.76%) Azure Engineer
13 6 (4.76%) Security Analyst
13 6 (4.76%) Security Engineer
13 6 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.32%) LDAP
1 13 (10.32%) Web Services
2 11 (8.73%) RESTful
3 4 (3.17%) 802.1X
4 3 (2.38%) Node.js
5 1 (0.79%) JSON
5 1 (0.79%) MassTransit
5 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Graph
5 1 (0.79%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.79%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 22 (17.46%) Public Cloud
2 18 (14.29%) Data Centre
3 11 (8.73%) Management Information System
4 10 (7.94%) Hybrid Cloud
5 9 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (3.97%) CESG
7 4 (3.17%) HP StoreVirtual
7 4 (3.17%) Replication
7 4 (3.17%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (2.38%) Clustering
8 3 (2.38%) Cyberattack
8 3 (2.38%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (2.38%) PKI
9 1 (0.79%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.79%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (0.79%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.79%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.79%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 19 (15.08%) Windows
2 18 (14.29%) Linux
3 13 (10.32%) CentOS
3 13 (10.32%) Windows Server
4 12 (9.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (3.97%) Windows 10
6 4 (3.17%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.38%) VMS
8 2 (1.59%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.79%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.79%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (36.51%) Information Security
2 43 (34.13%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (26.19%) DevOps
3 33 (26.19%) Stakeholder Management
4 27 (21.43%) Cybersecurity
5 26 (20.63%) Migration
6 19 (15.08%) Security Testing
7 18 (14.29%) Risk Management
7 18 (14.29%) Scrum
8 17 (13.49%) OWASP
8 17 (13.49%) Service Management
9 16 (12.70%) Infrastructure as Code
9 16 (12.70%) Mentoring
10 14 (11.11%) Identity Management
10 14 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 14 (11.11%) Technical Leadership
11 12 (9.52%) Immutable Infrastructure
12 11 (8.73%) ITSM
12 11 (8.73%) Microservices
13 10 (7.94%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 17 (13.49%) Bash Shell
2 16 (12.70%) Python
3 13 (10.32%) PowerShell
4 7 (5.56%) SQL
5 4 (3.17%) Ruby
6 3 (2.38%) C#
6 3 (2.38%) Go
6 3 (2.38%) Java
6 3 (2.38%) VBScript
7 1 (0.79%) C
7 1 (0.79%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.79%) Perl
Qualifications
1 46 (36.51%) Security Cleared
2 32 (25.40%) SC Cleared
3 28 (22.22%) CISSP
4 22 (17.46%) CISM
5 21 (16.67%) DV Cleared
6 16 (12.70%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 16 (12.70%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (10.32%) CASP
7 13 (10.32%) CompTIA Security+
8 8 (6.35%) CESG Certified Professional
9 7 (5.56%) Degree
10 5 (3.97%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 4 (3.17%) CCSP
11 4 (3.17%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
12 3 (2.38%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (1.59%) CEH
14 1 (0.79%) CISMP
14 1 (0.79%) GIAC
14 1 (0.79%) ISSAP
14 1 (0.79%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (40.48%) NIST
2 42 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (10.32%) JSP 440
4 11 (8.73%) RMADS
5 10 (7.94%) GDPR
6 7 (5.56%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (3.97%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 5 (3.97%) Government Security Classifications
7 5 (3.97%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (2.38%) PCI DSS
9 2 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.79%) COBIT
10 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 14 (11.11%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.56%) Hyper-V
2 7 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.38%) Docker
5 1 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 25 (19.84%) Terraform
2 18 (14.29%) Ansible
2 18 (14.29%) Puppet
3 13 (10.32%) Packer
4 5 (3.97%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (3.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (2.38%) Kubernetes
6 3 (2.38%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (2.38%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.38%) WSUS
7 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.79%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.79%) SCCM
Vendors
1 26 (20.63%) Microsoft
2 13 (10.32%) Splunk
3 8 (6.35%) VMware
4 5 (3.97%) Cisco
4 5 (3.97%) Fortinet
5 4 (3.17%) HP
5 4 (3.17%) Juniper
5 4 (3.17%) Palo Alto
5 4 (3.17%) Symantec
6 3 (2.38%) Lumension
6 3 (2.38%) Sophos
7 2 (1.59%) Saba
8 1 (0.79%) Citrix
8 1 (0.79%) IBM
8 1 (0.79%) OpenText
8 1 (0.79%) Oracle
8 1 (0.79%) Qualys
8 1 (0.79%) SAP
8 1 (0.79%) Veracode