Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 479 616 667
Rank change year-on-year +137 +51 +103
Contract jobs citing NIST 275 267 206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.27% 0.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.76% 2.50% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 184 123
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% -
10th Percentile £402 £383 £403
90th Percentile £750 £800 £720
UK excluding London median daily rate £531 £538 £494
% change year-on-year -1.16% +8.86% +16.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.25% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 -
% change year-on-year +37.25% - -

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 7,305 10,681 13,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.19% 10.82% 12.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,540 6,691 8,541
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £220 £256 £258
90th Percentile £638 £630 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 361 354
UK median hourly rate £22.90 £20.25 £20.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.11% -1.72% -14.17%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.50 £50.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.37 £20.24 £22.42
% change year-on-year +20.43% -9.76% -10.31%

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 19 January 2020.

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 19 January 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 +163 252 £550 - 60
London +137 144 £575 +1.77% 27
UK excluding London +96 120 £531 -1.16% 39
South East +75 37 £544 +1.16% 7
Midlands +63 23 £550 -21.43% 11
East of England +46 18 £669 +33.85% 6
West Midlands +37 15 £562 -19.71% 11
North of England +58 14 £525 +16.67% 7
North West +27 14 £525 +10.53% 4
Scotland +18 13 £473 -7.35% 4
South West +12 13 £538 +22.87% 2
East Midlands +36 8 £500 +42.86%
Wales +21 2 £588 -16.07% 2

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 163 (59.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 140 (50.91%) Information Security
3 115 (41.82%) CISSP
4 92 (33.45%) Cybersecurity
5 79 (28.73%) CISM
6 77 (28.00%) Security Cleared
7 72 (26.18%) Finance
8 70 (25.45%) SIEM
9 68 (24.73%) Risk Management
10 62 (22.55%) AWS
11 54 (19.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 49 (17.82%) Security Operations
12 49 (17.82%) PCI DSS
12 49 (17.82%) Linux
13 47 (17.09%) Firewall
14 44 (16.00%) SC Cleared
14 44 (16.00%) Security Architecture
14 44 (16.00%) NCSC
15 43 (15.64%) GDPR
16 42 (15.27%) Cisco Certification
16 42 (15.27%) Agile Software Development
17 40 (14.55%) COBIT
18 39 (14.18%) Azure
19 38 (13.82%) OWASP
20 37 (13.45%) Vulnerability Scanning
21 36 (13.09%) CISA
21 36 (13.09%) ITIL
22 34 (12.36%) Splunk
22 34 (12.36%) Vulnerability Management
23 33 (12.00%) Data Protection

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 8 (2.91%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.82%) Confluence
3 2 (0.73%) IIS
4 1 (0.36%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (1.45%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.09%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.36%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 62 (22.55%) AWS
2 39 (14.18%) Azure
3 15 (5.45%) SaaS
4 13 (4.73%) IaaS
4 13 (4.73%) Office 365
5 10 (3.64%) PaaS
6 8 (2.91%) GitHub
7 7 (2.55%) AWS CloudFormation
8 6 (2.18%) GCP
9 5 (1.82%) OpenShift
10 4 (1.45%) Route 53
11 2 (0.73%) Amazon ECS
11 2 (0.73%) Amazon GuardDuty
11 2 (0.73%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.73%) AWS CloudTrail
11 2 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.73%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.36%) Firebase
12 1 (0.36%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 47 (17.09%) Firewall
2 33 (12.00%) Network Security
3 20 (7.27%) VPN
4 11 (4.00%) WAN
5 9 (3.27%) DNS
6 8 (2.91%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (1.82%) Internet
8 4 (1.45%) HTTP
9 3 (1.09%) 3GPP
9 3 (1.09%) HTTPS
9 3 (1.09%) SAN
9 3 (1.09%) SMTP
9 3 (1.09%) Software-Defined Networking
10 2 (0.73%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (0.73%) LAN
10 2 (0.73%) SCCP
10 2 (0.73%) SSL
10 2 (0.73%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.36%) DMZ
11 1 (0.36%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.18%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.73%) DB2
2 2 (0.73%) MySQL
3 1 (0.36%) Big Data
3 1 (0.36%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 22 (8.00%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.18%) Bitbucket
3 5 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 5 (1.82%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.82%) JIRA
3 5 (1.82%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (1.45%) GitLab
5 2 (0.73%) CircleCI
6 1 (0.36%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.36%) Hudson
6 1 (0.36%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.36%) Selenium
6 1 (0.36%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 72 (26.18%) Finance
2 20 (7.27%) Public Sector
3 14 (5.09%) Telecoms
4 11 (4.00%) Banking
5 9 (3.27%) Legal
5 9 (3.27%) Manufacturing
5 9 (3.27%) Police
6 8 (2.91%) Electronics
6 8 (2.91%) Marketing
6 8 (2.91%) Retail
7 5 (1.82%) Law
8 4 (1.45%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.09%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.73%) International Banking
11 1 (0.36%) Czech Language
11 1 (0.36%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 62 (22.55%) Architect
2 47 (17.09%) Security Architect
3 44 (16.00%) Analyst
4 38 (13.82%) Consultant
5 35 (12.73%) Security Analyst
6 33 (12.00%) Security Engineer
7 30 (10.91%) Security Consultant
8 21 (7.64%) Security Manager
9 18 (6.55%) Security Officer
10 15 (5.45%) Information Security Officer
11 14 (5.09%) Information Officer
12 13 (4.73%) Cloud Engineer
13 12 (4.36%) Information Security Consultant
14 11 (4.00%) Cybersecurity Consultant
15 10 (3.64%) Information Manager
16 9 (3.27%) Coordinator
16 9 (3.27%) Information Security Manager
16 9 (3.27%) Operations Analyst
16 9 (3.27%) Security Assurance Coordinator
16 9 (3.27%) Security Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.45%) Web Services
2 12 (4.36%) JSON
3 10 (3.64%) .NET
4 3 (1.09%) RESTful
5 2 (0.73%) LDAP
5 2 (0.73%) REST
5 2 (0.73%) SOAP
6 1 (0.36%) Node.js
6 1 (0.36%) OAuth
6 1 (0.36%) OpenID
6 1 (0.36%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.36%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 32 (11.64%) Management Information System
2 26 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (8.00%) Cyberthreat
4 18 (6.55%) Data Centre
5 14 (5.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 14 (5.09%) Public Cloud
6 12 (4.36%) Enterprise Cloud
7 7 (2.55%) PKI
7 7 (2.55%) Security Operations Centre
8 6 (2.18%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.82%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (1.82%) PMI
9 5 (1.82%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.45%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.45%) Cyberattack
11 3 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (1.09%) N-Tier
11 3 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
11 3 (1.09%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 49 (17.82%) Linux
2 30 (10.91%) Windows
3 18 (6.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (2.91%) CentOS
5 6 (2.18%) Windows 7
6 5 (1.82%) Windows Server
7 3 (1.09%) Unix
8 1 (0.36%) Debian
8 1 (0.36%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.36%) openSUSE
8 1 (0.36%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.36%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (50.91%) Information Security
2 92 (33.45%) Cybersecurity
3 70 (25.45%) SIEM
4 68 (24.73%) Risk Management
5 49 (17.82%) Security Operations
6 44 (16.00%) Security Architecture
7 42 (15.27%) Agile Software Development
8 38 (13.82%) OWASP
9 37 (13.45%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 36 (13.09%) ITIL
11 34 (12.36%) Vulnerability Management
12 33 (12.00%) Data Protection
12 33 (12.00%) Security Management
13 32 (11.64%) Threat Intelligence
14 28 (10.18%) DevOps
15 27 (9.82%) Stakeholder Management
16 26 (9.45%) Problem-Solving
17 25 (9.09%) Threat Management
18 23 (8.36%) Continuous Delivery
18 23 (8.36%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (11.27%) Python
2 20 (7.27%) Bash Shell
3 14 (5.09%) Perl
4 13 (4.73%) Ruby
5 11 (4.00%) PowerShell
6 10 (3.64%) C++
7 9 (3.27%) C
8 8 (2.91%) JavaScript
9 7 (2.55%) Java
10 5 (1.82%) SQL
11 2 (0.73%) C#
12 1 (0.36%) PHP
12 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 115 (41.82%) CISSP
2 79 (28.73%) CISM
3 77 (28.00%) Security Cleared
4 44 (16.00%) SC Cleared
5 42 (15.27%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (13.09%) CISA
7 30 (10.91%) Degree
8 29 (10.55%) SANS
9 26 (9.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 26 (9.45%) CRISC
10 19 (6.91%) CCSP
10 19 (6.91%) DV Cleared
11 16 (5.82%) GIAC
12 13 (4.73%) CEH
12 13 (4.73%) CompTIA Security+
13 11 (4.00%) Network+ Certification
14 10 (3.64%) AWS Certification
14 10 (3.64%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
15 9 (3.27%) CISMP
15 9 (3.27%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 163 (59.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 54 (19.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 49 (17.82%) PCI DSS
4 44 (16.00%) NCSC
5 43 (15.64%) GDPR
6 40 (14.55%) COBIT
7 21 (7.64%) NIST 800
8 15 (5.45%) Cyber Essentials
9 13 (4.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 9 (3.27%) HIPAA
11 8 (2.91%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 8 (2.91%) PMO
12 5 (1.82%) Basel II
12 5 (1.82%) Dodd-Frank
12 5 (1.82%) EMIR
12 5 (1.82%) MiFID
13 4 (1.45%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 3 (1.09%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 3 (1.09%) SLA
15 2 (0.73%) GLBA
System Software
1 18 (6.55%) Active Directory
1 18 (6.55%) Docker
2 8 (2.91%) VMware NSX
3 2 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 12 (4.36%) Suricata
2 11 (4.00%) Nessus
3 9 (3.27%) SELinux
3 9 (3.27%) Terraform
4 8 (2.91%) Ansible
4 8 (2.91%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (2.91%) Puppet
4 8 (2.91%) vCenter Server
5 7 (2.55%) Kubernetes
6 5 (1.82%) RSA Archer
7 4 (1.45%) CASB
7 4 (1.45%) QRadar
8 3 (1.09%) FortiGate
8 3 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.09%) Nexpose
9 2 (0.73%) IBM Guardium
9 2 (0.73%) OpenVAS
9 2 (0.73%) Oracle Identity Management
9 2 (0.73%) SCCM
Vendors
1 34 (12.36%) Splunk
2 30 (10.91%) Qualys
3 15 (5.45%) Microsoft
4 14 (5.09%) Cisco
5 11 (4.00%) Oracle
5 11 (4.00%) Symantec
5 11 (4.00%) VMware
6 10 (3.64%) Palo Alto
6 10 (3.64%) Red Hat
6 10 (3.64%) Remedy
7 9 (3.27%) SAP
8 6 (2.18%) ArcSight
9 5 (1.82%) McAfee
10 4 (1.45%) IBM
11 3 (1.09%) Forcepoint
11 3 (1.09%) HP
11 3 (1.09%) LogRhythm
11 3 (1.09%) Proofpoint
12 2 (0.73%) FireEye
12 2 (0.73%) ServiceNow