Period
to 24 February 2021

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 24 February 2021 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
24 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 328 502 579
Rank change year-on-year +174 +77 +105
Contract jobs citing NIST 336 233 320
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.34% 0.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 6.55% 3.42% 3.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 152 233
Median daily rate £550 £550 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -4.35% +4.55%
10th Percentile £413 £401 £400
90th Percentile £738 £761 £800
UK excluding London median daily rate £540 £538 £550
% change year-on-year +0.47% -2.27% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £50.00 - £25.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £25.50

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 5,133 6,805 10,585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.86% 10.03% 10.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,366 4,344 6,780
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.39% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £262 £225 £254
90th Percentile £650 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £425
% change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 246 281 360
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +11.14% -1.48%
10th Percentile £10.81 £12.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.33 £53.00 £47.58
Median hourly rate £20.90 £21.34 £20.25
% change year-on-year -2.06% +5.41% -4.53%

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 24 February 2021.

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 14 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 24 February 2021. 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 +197 311 £550 - 82
London +110 164 £550 - 34
UK excluding London +193 145 £540 +0.47% 56
South East +153 84 £500 -6.98% 25
Work from Home -158 71 £505 -6.05% 13
North of England +81 21 £538 - 9
Midlands +57 18 £675 +22.73% 8
North West +56 18 £521 -0.71% 8
West Midlands +38 12 £700 +27.27% 6
Scotland +37 11 £625 +32.28% 8
South West +77 9 £450 -16.28% 2
East Midlands +25 6 £373 -29.05% 2
Yorkshire - 3 £575 -
East of England +42 2 £613 -5.77% 4

For the 6 months to 24 February 2021, 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.

1 199 (59.23%) Cybersecurity
2 160 (47.62%) Information Security
3 146 (43.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 106 (31.55%) CISSP
5 97 (28.87%) Risk Management
6 84 (25.00%) SIEM
7 78 (23.21%) Finance
8 71 (21.13%) Security Cleared
9 69 (20.54%) Firewall
10 67 (19.94%) Vulnerability Management
11 66 (19.64%) NCSC
12 65 (19.35%) Security Architecture
13 62 (18.45%) CISM
14 56 (16.67%) SC Cleared
15 55 (16.37%) Azure
15 55 (16.37%) Windows
16 53 (15.77%) Linux
16 53 (15.77%) COBIT
17 50 (14.88%) PCI DSS
17 50 (14.88%) Network Security
18 43 (12.80%) Banking
18 43 (12.80%) GDPR
19 41 (12.20%) Degree
20 40 (11.90%) TOGAF
20 40 (11.90%) Information Assurance
20 40 (11.90%) Security Monitoring
21 39 (11.61%) PaaS
21 39 (11.61%) Management Information System
22 37 (11.01%) Active Directory
22 37 (11.01%) DevOps

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 17 (5.06%) Confluence
2 5 (1.49%) IIS
3 4 (1.19%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.30%) CMS
4 1 (0.30%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (1.79%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.19%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (2.68%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.30%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 55 (16.37%) Azure
2 39 (11.61%) PaaS
3 35 (10.42%) AWS
4 24 (7.14%) SaaS
5 16 (4.76%) IaaS
6 12 (3.57%) Cloud Computing
6 12 (3.57%) GCP
7 9 (2.68%) Microsoft 365
8 6 (1.79%) G Suite
8 6 (1.79%) Serverless
9 4 (1.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (1.19%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (1.19%) AWS CloudTrail
9 4 (1.19%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (1.19%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.89%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.30%) Amazon EKS
11 1 (0.30%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.30%) Power Automate
11 1 (0.30%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 69 (20.54%) Firewall
2 50 (14.88%) Network Security
3 33 (9.82%) Internet
4 11 (3.27%) WAN
5 9 (2.68%) LAN
5 9 (2.68%) VPN
6 8 (2.38%) TCP/IP
7 7 (2.08%) Intrusion Detection
7 7 (2.08%) SSL
8 6 (1.79%) Multicast
9 5 (1.49%) BGP
10 4 (1.19%) DNS
10 4 (1.19%) HTTP
10 4 (1.19%) Wireshark
11 3 (0.89%) 5G
12 2 (0.60%) Intranet
12 2 (0.60%) SAN
12 2 (0.60%) Wireless
13 1 (0.30%) IPv4
13 1 (0.30%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.36%) Cosmos DB
2 6 (1.79%) SQL Server
3 3 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (0.89%) DB2
3 3 (0.89%) Power BI
4 2 (0.60%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.60%) MySQL
4 2 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 22 (6.55%) JIRA
2 19 (5.65%) ReSharper
3 11 (3.27%) Selenium
4 5 (1.49%) Burp Suite
5 4 (1.19%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.89%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.89%) Hudson
7 1 (0.30%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.30%) GitLab
7 1 (0.30%) Jenkins
General
1 78 (23.21%) Finance
2 43 (12.80%) Banking
3 29 (8.63%) Public Sector
4 17 (5.06%) Legal
5 15 (4.46%) Manufacturing
6 11 (3.27%) Telecoms
7 8 (2.38%) Retail
8 7 (2.08%) Electronics
8 7 (2.08%) Marketing
9 5 (1.49%) International Banking
10 4 (1.19%) Financial Institution
10 4 (1.19%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.89%) Law
12 2 (0.60%) Billing
13 1 (0.30%) Advertising
13 1 (0.30%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 88 (26.19%) Architect
2 81 (24.11%) Security Architect
3 71 (21.13%) Analyst
4 60 (17.86%) Consultant
5 46 (13.69%) Security Consultant
6 38 (11.31%) Security Analyst
7 24 (7.14%) Risk Analyst
8 23 (6.85%) Information Analyst
8 23 (6.85%) Information Security Analyst
8 23 (6.85%) Security Engineer
9 19 (5.65%) Information Risk Analyst
9 19 (5.65%) Security Risk Analyst
10 18 (5.36%) Cloud Architect
11 15 (4.46%) Azure Engineer
11 15 (4.46%) Security Manager
12 14 (4.17%) Enterprise Architect
12 14 (4.17%) Enterprise Security Architect
13 13 (3.87%) Cybersecurity Consultant
14 12 (3.57%) Business Analyst
14 12 (3.57%) Information Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (9.52%) .NET
2 20 (5.95%) .NET Framework
3 19 (5.65%) REST
4 7 (2.08%) Web Services
5 6 (1.79%) ModSecurity
6 5 (1.49%) LDAP
7 3 (0.89%) SailPoint
7 3 (0.89%) SAML
7 3 (0.89%) SOAP
7 3 (0.89%) XML
7 3 (0.89%) YAML
8 2 (0.60%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.60%) CSS
8 2 (0.60%) HTML
8 2 (0.60%) HTML5
8 2 (0.60%) jQuery
8 2 (0.60%) Middleware
8 2 (0.60%) React
8 2 (0.60%) Vue.js
9 1 (0.30%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 39 (11.61%) Management Information System
2 28 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (7.14%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 23 (6.85%) Enterprise Cloud
5 22 (6.55%) Security Operations Centre
6 13 (3.87%) Cyberthreat
7 12 (3.57%) Cyber Defence
8 11 (3.27%) Data Centre
9 9 (2.68%) AS400
9 9 (2.68%) Public Cloud
10 8 (2.38%) CESG
11 7 (2.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 7 (2.08%) N-Tier
12 6 (1.79%) User Experience
13 5 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (1.49%) iSeries
13 5 (1.49%) PKI
13 5 (1.49%) Robotics
13 5 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
13 5 (1.49%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 55 (16.37%) Windows
2 53 (15.77%) Linux
3 11 (3.27%) Unix
4 10 (2.98%) Windows Server
5 8 (2.38%) Solaris
6 5 (1.49%) Kali Linux
7 4 (1.19%) Android
7 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.89%) Mac OS
8 3 (0.89%) MVS
8 3 (0.89%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.30%) AIX
9 1 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.30%) SUSE
9 1 (0.30%) VMS
9 1 (0.30%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (59.23%) Cybersecurity
2 160 (47.62%) Information Security
3 97 (28.87%) Risk Management
4 84 (25.00%) SIEM
5 67 (19.94%) Vulnerability Management
6 65 (19.35%) Security Architecture
7 40 (11.90%) Information Assurance
7 40 (11.90%) Security Monitoring
7 40 (11.90%) TOGAF
8 37 (11.01%) DevOps
9 35 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
9 35 (10.42%) Risk Assessment
9 35 (10.42%) Security Management
9 35 (10.42%) Security Operations
10 31 (9.23%) OWASP
11 30 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
12 29 (8.63%) Information Security Management
13 28 (8.33%) SABSA
14 27 (8.04%) Security Testing
15 25 (7.44%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (7.44%) PowerShell
2 13 (3.87%) Java
2 13 (3.87%) Python
3 12 (3.57%) C#
4 11 (3.27%) C
4 11 (3.27%) PHP
5 9 (2.68%) C++
5 9 (2.68%) VB.NET
6 7 (2.08%) SQL
7 4 (1.19%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.60%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.60%) Ruby
9 1 (0.30%) Perl
9 1 (0.30%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.30%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 106 (31.55%) CISSP
2 71 (21.13%) Security Cleared
3 62 (18.45%) CISM
4 56 (16.67%) SC Cleared
5 41 (12.20%) Degree
6 30 (8.93%) CISA
6 30 (8.93%) CRISC
7 22 (6.55%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (6.55%) FFIEC
7 22 (6.55%) GIAC
8 21 (6.25%) CESG Certified Professional
9 19 (5.65%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 19 (5.65%) SANS
10 13 (3.87%) CCSP
11 12 (3.57%) TOGAF Certification
12 10 (2.98%) CEH
12 10 (2.98%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
13 9 (2.68%) CISMP
13 9 (2.68%) DV Cleared
14 7 (2.08%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (43.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 66 (19.64%) NCSC
3 53 (15.77%) COBIT
4 50 (14.88%) PCI DSS
5 43 (12.80%) GDPR
6 35 (10.42%) NIST 800
7 33 (9.82%) Cyber Essentials
8 26 (7.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 19 (5.65%) QA
10 11 (3.27%) RMADS
11 9 (2.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 9 (2.68%) ISO 31000
11 9 (2.68%) JSP 440
12 8 (2.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 7 (2.08%) HIPAA
14 6 (1.79%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 5 (1.49%) ISO 22301
15 5 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 4 (1.19%) ISAE 3402
16 4 (1.19%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 37 (11.01%) Active Directory
2 23 (6.85%) Hyper-V
3 10 (2.98%) Docker
4 8 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (1.49%) KVM
5 5 (1.49%) Xen
6 3 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.30%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 1 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 22 (6.55%) Terraform
2 12 (3.57%) HP ALM
2 12 (3.57%) HP Fortify
3 10 (2.98%) Nessus
4 9 (2.68%) Kubernetes
5 6 (1.79%) Ansible
5 6 (1.79%) CASB
5 6 (1.79%) QRadar
6 5 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (1.19%) CSIRT
7 4 (1.19%) IBM Guardium
7 4 (1.19%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 3 (0.89%) WebInspect
9 2 (0.60%) Data Guard
9 2 (0.60%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (0.60%) Nexpose
10 1 (0.30%) Consul
10 1 (0.30%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.30%) Rancher
10 1 (0.30%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 34 (10.12%) Cisco
1 34 (10.12%) Splunk
2 30 (8.93%) Microsoft
3 24 (7.14%) LogRhythm
4 22 (6.55%) Fortinet
5 21 (6.25%) Palo Alto
6 19 (5.65%) Qualys
7 16 (4.76%) ArcSight
8 13 (3.87%) HP
8 13 (3.87%) Oracle
8 13 (3.87%) SAP
8 13 (3.87%) VMware
9 12 (3.57%) Black Duck
9 12 (3.57%) Micro Focus
9 12 (3.57%) Sonatype
10 11 (3.27%) IBM
10 11 (3.27%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (2.98%) CyberArk
12 9 (2.68%) Google
12 9 (2.68%) Sparx