Period
to 5 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for NIST skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NIST over the 6 months to 5 April 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 Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
UK
6 months to
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 466 543 680
Rank change year-on-year +77 +137 +69
Contract jobs citing NIST 228 349 212
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.36% 0.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.68% 3.35% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 255 146
Median daily rate £550 £590 £568
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.78% +3.96% +7.84%
10th Percentile £413 £393 £441
90th Percentile £765 £800 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £575 £588
% change year-on-year -4.35% -2.13% +30.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.25 £68.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.70% -56.00% +59.88%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 £68.75
% change year-on-year +37.25% -62.91% +59.88%

NIST 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 6,201 10,430 12,813
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.07% 10.76% 12.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,751 6,521 8,246
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £219 £250 £259
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 352 362
Median hourly rate £24.44 £21.88 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.68% -2.76% +4.65%
10th Percentile £13.56 £11.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.33 £48.75 £57.50
Median hourly rate £22.52 £20.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year +11.25% -19.02% +19.22%

NIST
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing NIST as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for NIST in the UK

NIST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NIST.

Daily rate trend for NIST in the UK

NIST
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NIST over the 6 months to 5 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for NIST in the UK

NIST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing NIST.

Hourly rate trend for NIST in the UK

NIST
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NIST within the UK over the 6 months to 5 April 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 +86 207 £550 -4.35% 44
UK excluding London +96 114 £550 -4.35% 33
London +93 109 £545 -9.17% 14
South East +68 32 £600 +11.63% 7
North of England +71 20 £531 +18.06% 8
North West +41 16 £550 +12.82% 7
East of England +37 16 £650 +30.00% 10
Scotland +22 16 £473 -7.35% 2
Midlands +54 15 £550 -12.00% 2
South West +26 13 £538 -5.29% 3
East Midlands +39 11 £450 +28.57%
Work from Home +6 7 £600 - 2
West Midlands +43 4 £725 +7.41% 2
Yorkshire +50 2 £510 +13.33% 1
North East +29 2 £531 +25.00%
Wales +9 2 £650 -

For the 6 months to 5 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing NIST 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 NIST.

1 150 (65.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 139 (60.96%) Information Security
3 114 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
4 100 (43.86%) CISSP
5 73 (32.02%) Risk Management
6 69 (30.26%) CISM
7 66 (28.95%) NCSC
8 60 (26.32%) Security Cleared
9 49 (21.49%) GDPR
10 44 (19.30%) Firewall
11 40 (17.54%) SC Cleared
12 39 (17.11%) Management Information System
12 39 (17.11%) SIEM
13 38 (16.67%) Finance
14 36 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
15 35 (15.35%) CISA
15 35 (15.35%) Public Sector
16 34 (14.91%) Security Architecture
17 32 (14.04%) Network Security
18 31 (13.60%) Security Management
18 31 (13.60%) Data Protection
18 31 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
18 31 (13.60%) AWS
19 30 (13.16%) Windows
20 29 (12.72%) Risk Assessment
21 28 (12.28%) PCI DSS
22 27 (11.84%) COBIT
22 27 (11.84%) Penetration Testing
22 27 (11.84%) Analytical Skills
23 26 (11.40%) Azure

NIST
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 (3.07%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.88%) IIS
3 1 (0.44%) Confluence
3 1 (0.44%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 31 (13.60%) AWS
2 26 (11.40%) Azure
3 14 (6.14%) Office 365
4 9 (3.95%) SaaS
5 8 (3.51%) PaaS
6 7 (3.07%) GCP
6 7 (3.07%) IaaS
7 3 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (1.32%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.88%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.88%) AWS CloudTrail
8 2 (0.88%) Route 53
9 1 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.44%) Firebase
9 1 (0.44%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 44 (19.30%) Firewall
2 32 (14.04%) Network Security
3 14 (6.14%) WAN
4 8 (3.51%) Intrusion Detection
5 5 (2.19%) Internet
5 5 (2.19%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.75%) LAN
7 3 (1.32%) DNS
7 3 (1.32%) SSL
7 3 (1.32%) VPN
8 2 (0.88%) SCCP
8 2 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.44%) 4G
9 1 (0.44%) DMZ
9 1 (0.44%) HTTP
9 1 (0.44%) Kerberos
9 1 (0.44%) MPLS
9 1 (0.44%) NAS
9 1 (0.44%) Radio Access Network
9 1 (0.44%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.19%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (3.51%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 4 (1.75%) Bitbucket
2 4 (1.75%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.75%) GitLab
2 4 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.44%) JIRA
3 1 (0.44%) Selenium
3 1 (0.44%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.44%) VersionOne
3 1 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 38 (16.67%) Finance
2 35 (15.35%) Public Sector
3 15 (6.58%) Legal
4 13 (5.70%) Telecoms
5 12 (5.26%) Manufacturing
6 11 (4.82%) Marketing
6 11 (4.82%) Retail
7 10 (4.39%) Electronics
8 9 (3.95%) Police
9 7 (3.07%) Law
10 5 (2.19%) Banking
11 2 (0.88%) International Banking
12 1 (0.44%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.44%) German Language
12 1 (0.44%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 49 (21.49%) Architect
2 40 (17.54%) Consultant
3 35 (15.35%) Security Architect
4 32 (14.04%) Analyst
4 32 (14.04%) Security Consultant
5 26 (11.40%) Security Analyst
6 17 (7.46%) Information Security Consultant
7 15 (6.58%) Security Officer
8 14 (6.14%) Security Engineer
8 14 (6.14%) Security Manager
9 13 (5.70%) Information Security Officer
10 12 (5.26%) Information Manager
11 10 (4.39%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 9 (3.95%) Coordinator
12 9 (3.95%) Security Assurance Coordinator
12 9 (3.95%) Security Specialist
13 8 (3.51%) Chief Information Security Officer
13 8 (3.51%) Information Security Manager
13 8 (3.51%) Network Engineer
14 7 (3.07%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.82%) .NET
2 3 (1.32%) LDAP
3 1 (0.44%) JSON
3 1 (0.44%) OAuth
3 1 (0.44%) OpenID
3 1 (0.44%) RESTful
3 1 (0.44%) SAML
3 1 (0.44%) SOAP
3 1 (0.44%) Web Services
3 1 (0.44%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 39 (17.11%) Management Information System
2 27 (11.84%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (9.21%) Cyberthreat
4 19 (8.33%) Public Cloud
5 13 (5.70%) Data Centre
6 12 (5.26%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (3.07%) Security Operations Centre
8 6 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (2.19%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.32%) Cloud Native
10 3 (1.32%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.32%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.32%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.32%) Virtual Team
11 2 (0.88%) Blog
11 2 (0.88%) CESG
11 2 (0.88%) Cyber Defence
11 2 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
11 2 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.88%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 30 (13.16%) Windows
2 22 (9.65%) Linux
3 10 (4.39%) CentOS
4 4 (1.75%) Windows 7
4 4 (1.75%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.88%) Unix
6 1 (0.44%) Android
6 1 (0.44%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.44%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (60.96%) Information Security
2 114 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 73 (32.02%) Risk Management
4 39 (17.11%) SIEM
5 34 (14.91%) Security Architecture
6 31 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (13.60%) Data Protection
6 31 (13.60%) Security Management
7 29 (12.72%) Risk Assessment
8 27 (11.84%) Penetration Testing
9 25 (10.96%) OWASP
9 25 (10.96%) Vulnerability Management
10 24 (10.53%) Information Security Management
10 24 (10.53%) Security Testing
11 21 (9.21%) ITIL
11 21 (9.21%) Security Operations
11 21 (9.21%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 20 (8.77%) Problem-Solving
12 20 (8.77%) Stakeholder Management
13 16 (7.02%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (5.26%) Python
2 11 (4.82%) C++
2 11 (4.82%) PowerShell
3 7 (3.07%) Bash Shell
4 5 (2.19%) C
5 2 (0.88%) C#
5 2 (0.88%) Java
5 2 (0.88%) Perl
5 2 (0.88%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.44%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.44%) PHP
6 1 (0.44%) SQL
6 1 (0.44%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 100 (43.86%) CISSP
2 69 (30.26%) CISM
3 60 (26.32%) Security Cleared
4 40 (17.54%) SC Cleared
5 36 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (15.35%) CISA
7 26 (11.40%) GIAC
8 25 (10.96%) Degree
9 22 (9.65%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 18 (7.89%) DV Cleared
11 16 (7.02%) CEH
11 16 (7.02%) ISACA
12 14 (6.14%) CCSP
13 13 (5.70%) CRISC
13 13 (5.70%) SANS
14 11 (4.82%) CompTIA Security+
15 10 (4.39%) CCENT
15 10 (4.39%) CCNA
15 10 (4.39%) Network+ Certification
16 8 (3.51%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (65.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 66 (28.95%) NCSC
3 49 (21.49%) GDPR
4 28 (12.28%) PCI DSS
5 27 (11.84%) COBIT
6 24 (10.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 18 (7.89%) Cyber Essentials
8 13 (5.70%) NIST 800
9 10 (4.39%) PMO
10 9 (3.95%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 5 (2.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (1.75%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 3 (1.32%) HIPAA
14 2 (0.88%) AICPA
15 1 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 1 (0.44%) FedRAMP
15 1 (0.44%) ISAE 3402
15 1 (0.44%) ISO 22301
15 1 (0.44%) ISO 31000
15 1 (0.44%) JSP 440
System Software
1 11 (4.82%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.39%) VMware NSX
3 3 (1.32%) Docker
3 3 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (4.39%) vCenter Server
2 5 (2.19%) Nessus
2 5 (2.19%) RSA Archer
2 5 (2.19%) Terraform
3 4 (1.75%) Ansible
4 3 (1.32%) CASB
4 3 (1.32%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.88%) Nexpose
5 2 (0.88%) OpenVAS
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Identity Management
5 2 (0.88%) SCCM
5 2 (0.88%) SELinux
6 1 (0.44%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.44%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.44%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.44%) Nmap
6 1 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.44%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 14 (6.14%) Cisco
2 13 (5.70%) VMware
3 11 (4.82%) Microsoft
3 11 (4.82%) Qualys
4 10 (4.39%) Palo Alto
4 10 (4.39%) Remedy
4 10 (4.39%) SAP
5 9 (3.95%) Splunk
6 7 (3.07%) Oracle
7 3 (1.32%) ArcSight
7 3 (1.32%) Symantec
8 2 (0.88%) Barracuda Networks
8 2 (0.88%) CyberArk
8 2 (0.88%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.88%) Sun
8 2 (0.88%) Trend Micro
9 1 (0.44%) CollabNet
9 1 (0.44%) Google
9 1 (0.44%) Mitel
9 1 (0.44%) Tripwire