Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 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 Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
UK
6 months to
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 508 678 701
Rank change year-on-year +170 +23 +92
Contract jobs citing NIST 310 230 171
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.22% 0.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.51% 2.03% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 152 90
UK median daily rate £563 £525 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +2.44% -2.38%
10th Percentile £413 £375 £370
90th Percentile £745 £693 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £545 £513 £425
% change year-on-year +6.34% +20.59% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - -

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 8,823 11,323 12,311
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.37% 10.97% 12.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,497 7,173 8,054
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +6.02%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £256
90th Percentile £633 £625 £637
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £402 £400
% change year-on-year +5.76% +0.46% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 398 367
UK median hourly rate £21.42 £21.76 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.59% +8.80% -12.42%
10th Percentile £11.11 £11.21 £10.63
90th Percentile £56.25 £50.00 £47.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.67 £21.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year +8.18% +9.40% -20.00%

NIST
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for NIST in the UK

NIST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NIST.

Contractor daily rate trend for NIST in the UK

NIST
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NIST over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NIST in the UK

NIST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing NIST.

Contractor hourly rate trend for NIST in the UK

NIST
Top 13 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 17 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
England +148 268 £575 +6.98% 82
London +103 150 £613 +11.36% 34
UK excluding London +119 147 £545 +6.34% 53
South East +39 52 £550 +2.33% 17
Scotland +37 30 £425 +4.94% 4
Midlands +67 23 £545 +14.74% 11
West Midlands +50 19 £545 +14.74% 7
South West -8 14 £675 +55.23% 4
East of England +47 13 £669 +21.68% 2
North of England +38 12 £544 -13.00% 14
North West +37 12 £544 -13.00% 10
East Midlands - 4 £575 - 4
Wales +22 3 £700 +7.69% 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 172 (55.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 147 (47.42%) Information Security
3 101 (32.58%) CISSP
4 89 (28.71%) AWS
4 89 (28.71%) Cybersecurity
5 88 (28.39%) Finance
6 80 (25.81%) SIEM
7 78 (25.16%) Linux
8 75 (24.19%) CISM
9 66 (21.29%) OWASP
10 64 (20.65%) PCI DSS
11 61 (19.68%) COBIT
11 61 (19.68%) Security Operations
12 59 (19.03%) Azure
13 58 (18.71%) Security Cleared
14 57 (18.39%) Python
15 56 (18.06%) ITIL
15 56 (18.06%) DevOps
16 55 (17.74%) Splunk
16 55 (17.74%) Stakeholder Management
17 51 (16.45%) Security Architecture
18 49 (15.81%) Risk Management
18 49 (15.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
19 48 (15.48%) NCSC
19 48 (15.48%) Firewall
20 46 (14.84%) Agile Software Development
20 46 (14.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
20 46 (14.84%) Jenkins
21 45 (14.52%) Vulnerability Management
22 44 (14.19%) Windows

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 6 (1.94%) Confluence
2 5 (1.61%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.65%) IIS
4 1 (0.32%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (1.61%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 89 (28.71%) AWS
2 59 (19.03%) Azure
3 29 (9.35%) SaaS
4 23 (7.42%) IaaS
5 17 (5.48%) PaaS
6 13 (4.19%) Office 365
7 12 (3.87%) GCP
8 11 (3.55%) GitHub
9 7 (2.26%) OpenShift
10 5 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
11 4 (1.29%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (1.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 4 (1.29%) Mimecast
11 4 (1.29%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.65%) Amazon ECS
12 2 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.65%) Route 53
12 2 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.32%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.32%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 48 (15.48%) Firewall
2 26 (8.39%) VPN
3 17 (5.48%) Network Security
4 12 (3.87%) DNS
4 12 (3.87%) Internet
4 12 (3.87%) LAN
4 12 (3.87%) WAN
5 8 (2.58%) HTTP
5 8 (2.58%) HTTPS
5 8 (2.58%) Intrusion Detection
5 8 (2.58%) SMTP
6 6 (1.94%) 3GPP
6 6 (1.94%) Software-Defined Networking
7 3 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (0.97%) SAN
8 2 (0.65%) Cisco Firepower
8 2 (0.65%) DHCP
9 1 (0.32%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.32%) SNMP
9 1 (0.32%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.16%) MySQL
2 13 (4.19%) Amazon Aurora
2 13 (4.19%) Amazon RDS
2 13 (4.19%) MariaDB
3 3 (0.97%) DB2
4 2 (0.65%) Big Data
4 2 (0.65%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.32%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.32%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.32%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.32%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.32%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 46 (14.84%) Jenkins
2 19 (6.13%) Git (software)
3 18 (5.81%) SonarQube
4 10 (3.23%) Visual Studio Team System
5 6 (1.94%) JIRA
6 5 (1.61%) Burp Suite
7 4 (1.29%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.97%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.65%) CircleCI
9 2 (0.65%) Hudson
9 2 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.32%) Metasploit
10 1 (0.32%) Snyk
10 1 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 88 (28.39%) Finance
2 18 (5.81%) Banking
3 11 (3.55%) Legal
4 10 (3.23%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.23%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.29%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.29%) Retail
5 4 (1.29%) Retail Banking
6 3 (0.97%) Investment Banking
6 3 (0.97%) Military
6 3 (0.97%) Police
7 2 (0.65%) Law
8 1 (0.32%) Back Office
8 1 (0.32%) Czech Language
8 1 (0.32%) International Banking
8 1 (0.32%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 66 (21.29%) Architect
2 51 (16.45%) Security Architect
3 47 (15.16%) Consultant
4 45 (14.52%) Security Engineer
5 44 (14.19%) Security Consultant
6 40 (12.90%) Analyst
7 34 (10.97%) Security Analyst
8 24 (7.74%) Information Security Consultant
9 22 (7.10%) Cloud Engineer
10 21 (6.77%) Security Manager
11 19 (6.13%) DevOps Engineer
12 14 (4.52%) Security Specialist
13 13 (4.19%) Lead DevOps
13 13 (4.19%) Security Officer
14 12 (3.87%) Lead DevOps Engineer
15 11 (3.55%) IT Manager
16 10 (3.23%) Information Security Manager
16 10 (3.23%) Information Security Officer
16 10 (3.23%) Operations Analyst
16 10 (3.23%) Security Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (7.10%) Web Services
2 16 (5.16%) JSON
3 15 (4.84%) LDAP
4 14 (4.52%) RESTful
5 13 (4.19%) Node.js
6 5 (1.61%) OpenID
6 5 (1.61%) SailPoint
7 3 (0.97%) .NET
7 3 (0.97%) SAML
8 2 (0.65%) REST
8 2 (0.65%) SOAP
9 1 (0.32%) 802.1X
9 1 (0.32%) Kafka
9 1 (0.32%) MassTransit
9 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Graph
9 1 (0.32%) Middleware
9 1 (0.32%) ModSecurity
9 1 (0.32%) OAuth
9 1 (0.32%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 28 (9.03%) Management Information System
2 23 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (7.10%) Cyberthreat
4 16 (5.16%) Data Centre
5 15 (4.84%) Enterprise Cloud
5 15 (4.84%) Public Cloud
6 14 (4.52%) PKI
7 11 (3.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 8 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (2.26%) PMI
9 7 (2.26%) Virtual Team
10 6 (1.94%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.94%) N-Tier
10 6 (1.94%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (1.61%) Cyber Defence
11 5 (1.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 4 (1.29%) Cyberattack
12 4 (1.29%) Fat Client
12 4 (1.29%) Private Cloud
12 4 (1.29%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 78 (25.16%) Linux
2 46 (14.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 44 (14.19%) Windows
4 15 (4.84%) CentOS
4 15 (4.84%) Windows Server
5 13 (4.19%) Debian
5 13 (4.19%) openSUSE
5 13 (4.19%) Ubuntu
6 8 (2.58%) Mac OS X
7 7 (2.26%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.94%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.29%) Solaris
10 3 (0.97%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (47.42%) Information Security
2 89 (28.71%) Cybersecurity
3 80 (25.81%) SIEM
4 66 (21.29%) OWASP
5 61 (19.68%) Security Operations
6 56 (18.06%) DevOps
6 56 (18.06%) ITIL
7 55 (17.74%) Stakeholder Management
8 51 (16.45%) Security Architecture
9 49 (15.81%) Risk Management
10 46 (14.84%) Agile Software Development
11 45 (14.52%) Vulnerability Management
12 41 (13.23%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 36 (11.61%) Identity Management
14 34 (10.97%) SABSA
15 33 (10.65%) Security Management
16 31 (10.00%) Threat Intelligence
17 27 (8.71%) Identity Access Management
18 24 (7.74%) Continuous Delivery
18 24 (7.74%) DevSecOps
Programming Languages
1 57 (18.39%) Python
2 37 (11.94%) Bash Shell
3 29 (9.35%) Ruby
4 26 (8.39%) JavaScript
5 19 (6.13%) Java
6 16 (5.16%) Perl
7 14 (4.52%) SQL
8 12 (3.87%) PowerShell
9 4 (1.29%) C
10 3 (0.97%) C++
11 1 (0.32%) C#
Qualifications
1 101 (32.58%) CISSP
2 75 (24.19%) CISM
3 58 (18.71%) Security Cleared
4 35 (11.29%) Cisco Certification
5 34 (10.97%) CISA
5 34 (10.97%) SANS
6 33 (10.65%) SC Cleared
7 29 (9.35%) Degree
8 24 (7.74%) CRISC
9 23 (7.42%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 23 (7.42%) CompTIA Security+
10 15 (4.84%) AWS Certification
11 13 (4.19%) CASP
12 12 (3.87%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
13 11 (3.55%) CISMP
13 11 (3.55%) DV Cleared
13 11 (3.55%) ISSMP
14 10 (3.23%) CCIE
14 10 (3.23%) CCSP
14 10 (3.23%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (55.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 64 (20.65%) PCI DSS
3 61 (19.68%) COBIT
4 49 (15.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 48 (15.48%) NCSC
6 33 (10.65%) GDPR
7 22 (7.10%) NIST 800
8 17 (5.48%) Cyber Essentials
9 15 (4.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (4.19%) HIPAA
11 5 (1.61%) Basel II
11 5 (1.61%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 5 (1.61%) Dodd-Frank
11 5 (1.61%) EMIR
11 5 (1.61%) MiFID
12 4 (1.29%) COSO
13 3 (0.97%) GLBA
13 3 (0.97%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 2 (0.65%) ISO 9001
14 2 (0.65%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (8.39%) Active Directory
2 23 (7.42%) Docker
3 5 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (1.29%) XenApp
4 4 (1.29%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.65%) OpenAM
5 2 (0.65%) OpenDJ
5 2 (0.65%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.32%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.32%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 27 (8.71%) Puppet
1 27 (8.71%) Terraform
2 21 (6.77%) Ansible
2 21 (6.77%) Nessus
3 15 (4.84%) Suricata
4 14 (4.52%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (4.19%) Packer
6 10 (3.23%) Kubernetes
6 10 (3.23%) SELinux
7 8 (2.58%) HP Fortify
8 6 (1.94%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (1.29%) AirWatch
9 4 (1.29%) CASB
9 4 (1.29%) QRadar
9 4 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
10 3 (0.97%) IBM Guardium
10 3 (0.97%) McAfee ePO
11 2 (0.65%) FortiGate
11 2 (0.65%) vCenter Server
12 1 (0.32%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 55 (17.74%) Splunk
2 41 (13.23%) Qualys
3 24 (7.74%) Microsoft
4 15 (4.84%) Symantec
5 14 (4.52%) Adobe
6 11 (3.55%) Red Hat
7 10 (3.23%) Cisco
7 10 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (2.58%) Oracle
8 8 (2.58%) VMware
9 7 (2.26%) Forcepoint
9 7 (2.26%) ForgeRock
9 7 (2.26%) McAfee
9 7 (2.26%) Ping Identity
10 6 (1.94%) ArcSight
10 6 (1.94%) Axiomatics
11 5 (1.61%) CyberArk
11 5 (1.61%) Palo Alto
12 4 (1.29%) LogRhythm
12 4 (1.29%) Pega