Period
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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 9 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 Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
UK
6 months to
9 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 352 443 405
Rank change year-on-year +91 -38 +155
Contract jobs citing NIST 651 351 157
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.48% 0.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 5.73% 3.88% 3.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 455 236 97
10th Percentile £481 £450 £395
25th Percentile £550 £498 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £638 £600 £550
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +9.09% -4.35%
75th Percentile £738 £688 £675
90th Percentile £798 £775 £753
UK excluding London median daily rate £650 £570 £600
% change year-on-year +14.04% -5.00% +10.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 0
10th Percentile £64.00 £37.60 -
25th Percentile £67.91 £41.67 -
Median hourly rate £73.76 £55.18 -
Median % change year-on-year +33.68% - -
75th Percentile £82.77 £72.94 -
90th Percentile £90.59 £75.25 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £72.42 £55.18 -
% change year-on-year +31.26% - -

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 11,355 9,037 4,019
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.86% 12.35% 11.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,776 6,052 2,518
10th Percentile £300 £270 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £478 £473
Median % change year-on-year +9.95% +1.06% +5.00%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £646
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £428
% change year-on-year +11.76% -0.64% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 350 186
10th Percentile £12.58 £11.36 £11.55
25th Percentile £16.25 £14.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.37 £24.67
Median % change year-on-year +22.74% -17.42% +17.20%
75th Percentile £53.94 £40.13 £45.00
90th Percentile £71.79 £61.95 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.59 £19.00 £22.55
% change year-on-year +13.61% -15.72% +0.85%

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 9 August 2022.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NIST over the 6 months to 9 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram 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 9 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 +84 523 £650 +8.33% 137
Work from Home +87 343 £625 +4.17% 47
London -3 270 £650 +1.96% 63
UK excluding London +84 211 £650 +14.04% 80
South West +32 57 £606 +22.97% 9
South East +2 56 £650 +18.18% 13
North of England -5 37 £725 +26.09% 23
Midlands -1 35 £625 +7.53% 16
West Midlands -12 30 £550 -5.38% 12
North West -9 25 £725 +31.82% 15
East of England +5 17 £650 +52.94% 13
Scotland -14 7 £588 -4.08% 6
Yorkshire -14 6 £583 -13.70% 7
North East - 6 £675 - 1
East Midlands - 5 £625 - 4
Wales - 4 £650 -

For the 6 months to 9 August 2022, 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.

1 347 (53.30%) Cybersecurity
2 341 (52.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 290 (44.55%) Information Security
4 212 (32.57%) Risk Management
5 210 (32.26%) CISSP
6 200 (30.72%) Finance
7 156 (23.96%) Azure
8 154 (23.66%) Social Skills
9 153 (23.50%) CISM
10 130 (19.97%) Security Architecture
11 129 (19.82%) GDPR
12 127 (19.51%) Security Cleared
13 100 (15.36%) Stakeholder Management
14 95 (14.59%) Agile
15 94 (14.44%) SC Cleared
15 94 (14.44%) AWS
16 92 (14.13%) Degree
17 89 (13.67%) Management Information System
18 85 (13.06%) Firewall
18 85 (13.06%) PCI DSS
19 84 (12.90%) Data Loss Prevention
20 81 (12.44%) NIST 800
21 74 (11.37%) Vulnerability Management
22 71 (10.91%) Project Management
23 70 (10.75%) Security Operations
24 68 (10.45%) CISA
24 68 (10.45%) SIEM
25 67 (10.29%) Identity Access Management
26 66 (10.14%) COBIT
26 66 (10.14%) Security Management

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 11 (1.69%) Apache Spark
2 7 (1.08%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.61%) Apache
3 4 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (0.61%) Tomcat
3 4 (0.61%) WebSphere
3 4 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
3 4 (0.61%) WebSphere Process Server
4 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (0.31%) Confluence
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 14 (2.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 10 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.38%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.31%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.77%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 156 (23.96%) Azure
2 94 (14.44%) AWS
3 62 (9.52%) SaaS
4 45 (6.91%) GCP
5 38 (5.84%) IaaS
6 36 (5.53%) Microsoft 365
7 24 (3.69%) PaaS
8 21 (3.23%) Power Platform
9 20 (3.07%) Azure DevOps
10 16 (2.46%) Serverless
11 13 (2.00%) Azure Functions
12 11 (1.69%) Amazon S3
12 11 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
12 11 (1.69%) Azure Data Factory
12 11 (1.69%) Azure Monitor
12 11 (1.69%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 9 (1.38%) Azure Sentinel
13 9 (1.38%) Mimecast
14 8 (1.23%) GitHub
15 6 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 85 (13.06%) Firewall
2 59 (9.06%) Network Security
3 25 (3.84%) WAN
4 24 (3.69%) DNS
5 21 (3.23%) SD-WAN
6 12 (1.84%) Internet
6 12 (1.84%) VPN
7 10 (1.54%) MQTT
8 9 (1.38%) HTTP
8 9 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (1.23%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 8 (1.23%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 8 (1.23%) IPsec
9 8 (1.23%) MPLS
9 8 (1.23%) TCP/IP
10 7 (1.08%) BGP
10 7 (1.08%) Intrusion Detection
10 7 (1.08%) OSPF
11 6 (0.92%) Reverse Proxy
11 6 (0.92%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.30%) Power BI
2 11 (1.69%) Data Lake
3 10 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.23%) Big Data
4 8 (1.23%) Metadata
5 5 (0.77%) MongoDB
5 5 (0.77%) Tableau
6 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.31%) GIS
Development Applications
1 13 (2.00%) Git (software)
2 11 (1.69%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.92%) GitLab
4 5 (0.77%) CircleCI
5 4 (0.61%) ClearCase
5 4 (0.61%) ClearQuest
5 4 (0.61%) JIRA
6 3 (0.46%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.15%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 200 (30.72%) Finance
2 154 (23.66%) Social Skills
3 46 (7.07%) Analytical Skills
4 45 (6.91%) Public Sector
5 41 (6.30%) Presentation Skills
6 40 (6.14%) Banking
7 38 (5.84%) Legal
8 28 (4.30%) Telecoms
9 27 (4.15%) Manufacturing
10 24 (3.69%) Retail
11 16 (2.46%) Marketing
12 14 (2.15%) Documentation Skills
12 14 (2.15%) Electronics
12 14 (2.15%) Organisational Skills
13 11 (1.69%) Influencing Skills
14 10 (1.54%) Aviation
15 9 (1.38%) Automotive
16 7 (1.08%) Investment Banking
16 7 (1.08%) Police
17 6 (0.92%) Law
Job Titles
1 184 (28.26%) Architect
2 133 (20.43%) Security Architect
3 102 (15.67%) Consultant
4 96 (14.75%) Analyst
5 85 (13.06%) Security Manager
6 75 (11.52%) Security Consultant
7 54 (8.29%) Security Engineer
8 47 (7.22%) Security Analyst
9 36 (5.53%) Information Security Manager
10 35 (5.38%) Information Manager
11 34 (5.22%) Business Analyst
12 33 (5.07%) Solutions Architect
13 30 (4.61%) Cloud Architect
14 27 (4.15%) Risk Consultant
15 26 (3.99%) Project Manager
16 20 (3.07%) Cybersecurity Architect
17 18 (2.76%) Compliance Consultant
18 17 (2.61%) Infrastructure Manager
18 17 (2.61%) Risk Analyst
19 16 (2.46%) Cybersecurity Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (3.99%) LDAP
2 15 (2.30%) SAML
3 14 (2.15%) OAuth
4 12 (1.84%) OpenID
5 11 (1.69%) Kafka
5 11 (1.69%) Spark Streaming
6 8 (1.23%) JSON
6 8 (1.23%) Middleware
6 8 (1.23%) XML
7 6 (0.92%) SailPoint
8 5 (0.77%) Celery
8 5 (0.77%) Django
8 5 (0.77%) FastAPI
8 5 (0.77%) Flask
9 4 (0.61%) Web Services
9 4 (0.61%) WebSphere MQ
10 3 (0.46%) .NET
10 3 (0.46%) EJB
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Fusion
11 2 (0.31%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 89 (13.67%) Management Information System
2 32 (4.92%) Cyberthreat
3 24 (3.69%) Security Operations Centre
4 23 (3.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 21 (3.23%) Cyber Defence
5 21 (3.23%) IoT
6 20 (3.07%) CESG
7 16 (2.46%) Cloud Native
7 16 (2.46%) Linux Command Line
8 14 (2.15%) Public Cloud
9 13 (2.00%) Cyberattack
10 12 (1.84%) Data Protection Act
11 11 (1.69%) PKI
12 9 (1.38%) BYOD
12 9 (1.38%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 9 (1.38%) Legacy Systems
13 8 (1.23%) Algorithms
13 8 (1.23%) Data Centre
13 8 (1.23%) Robotics
14 7 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 44 (6.76%) Windows
2 41 (6.30%) Linux
3 26 (3.99%) Unix
4 9 (1.38%) Windows Server
5 5 (0.77%) Android
6 4 (0.61%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.31%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.31%) VMS
8 1 (0.15%) CentOS
8 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (53.30%) Cybersecurity
2 290 (44.55%) Information Security
3 212 (32.57%) Risk Management
4 130 (19.97%) Security Architecture
5 100 (15.36%) Stakeholder Management
6 95 (14.59%) Agile
7 84 (12.90%) Data Loss Prevention
8 74 (11.37%) Vulnerability Management
9 71 (10.91%) Project Management
10 70 (10.75%) Security Operations
11 68 (10.45%) SIEM
12 67 (10.29%) Identity Access Management
13 66 (10.14%) Security Management
14 63 (9.68%) OWASP
15 53 (8.14%) Risk Assessment
16 51 (7.83%) Application Security
17 46 (7.07%) DevOps
18 45 (6.91%) Security Testing
19 44 (6.76%) TOGAF
20 43 (6.61%) Information Security Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (3.69%) Python
2 22 (3.38%) PowerShell
3 20 (3.07%) SQL
4 18 (2.76%) Java
5 14 (2.15%) Bash
6 11 (1.69%) C#
7 8 (1.23%) VB
7 8 (1.23%) VBScript
8 5 (0.77%) Go
9 4 (0.61%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.46%) C
11 2 (0.31%) Bicep
12 1 (0.15%) Perl
Qualifications
1 210 (32.26%) CISSP
2 153 (23.50%) CISM
3 127 (19.51%) Security Cleared
4 94 (14.44%) SC Cleared
5 92 (14.13%) Degree
6 68 (10.45%) CISA
7 53 (8.14%) Cisco Certification
8 52 (7.99%) CRISC
9 51 (7.83%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 43 (6.61%) FFIEC
10 43 (6.61%) SANS
11 35 (5.38%) CESG Certified Professional
12 34 (5.22%) CCSK
13 33 (5.07%) GIAC
14 31 (4.76%) DV Cleared
15 21 (3.23%) CCSP
16 18 (2.76%) CEH
16 18 (2.76%) ISACA
17 13 (2.00%) PMP
18 11 (1.69%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 341 (52.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 129 (19.82%) GDPR
3 85 (13.06%) PCI DSS
4 81 (12.44%) NIST 800
5 66 (10.14%) COBIT
6 62 (9.52%) NCSC
7 47 (7.22%) GRC
8 33 (5.07%) Cyber Essentials
8 33 (5.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 21 (3.23%) SOC 2
10 16 (2.46%) GLBA
11 15 (2.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 15 (2.30%) Data Quality
12 14 (2.15%) RMADS
13 13 (2.00%) COSO
13 13 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 11 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 11 (1.69%) QA
15 10 (1.54%) JSP 440
15 10 (1.54%) PMO
System Software
1 41 (6.30%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.84%) Docker
3 12 (1.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.77%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.15%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 33 (5.07%) Single Sign-On
2 18 (2.76%) Kubernetes
3 14 (2.15%) CASB
4 13 (2.00%) Terraform
5 9 (1.38%) SCCM
5 9 (1.38%) Tivoli
6 7 (1.08%) CSIRT
7 6 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.61%) Ansible
8 4 (0.61%) Nexpose
8 4 (0.61%) Nmap
8 4 (0.61%) QRadar
8 4 (0.61%) RSA Archer
8 4 (0.61%) Tivoli Monitoring
9 3 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.46%) Nessus
9 3 (0.46%) Packer
10 2 (0.31%) Grafana
10 2 (0.31%) Prometheus
11 1 (0.15%) Observium
Vendors
1 64 (9.83%) Microsoft
2 28 (4.30%) Google
3 24 (3.69%) SAP
4 22 (3.38%) Okta
5 20 (3.07%) ServiceNow
5 20 (3.07%) Splunk
6 18 (2.76%) Cisco
7 17 (2.61%) LogRhythm
8 14 (2.15%) Oracle
9 13 (2.00%) Qualys
10 12 (1.84%) CyberArk
10 12 (1.84%) VMware
11 11 (1.69%) Databricks
11 11 (1.69%) Zscaler
12 10 (1.54%) Palo Alto
13 9 (1.38%) F5
13 9 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
13 9 (1.38%) Symantec
14 8 (1.23%) IBM
14 8 (1.23%) Proofpoint