Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 520 685 723
Rank change year-on-year +165 +38 +68
Contract jobs citing NIST 334 225 138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.22% 0.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.51% 1.88% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 161 74
UK median daily rate £575 £575 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.20% -6.82%
10th Percentile £413 £405 £400
90th Percentile £731 £709 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £545 £563 £450
% change year-on-year -3.11% +25.00% -4.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £68.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -49.09% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £68.75 -
% change year-on-year -49.09% - -

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 9,506 11,972 11,181
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.33% 11.59% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,881 7,643 7,239
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +7.32%
10th Percentile £239 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 417 393 364
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +17.50% -9.09%
10th Percentile £10.94 £11.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.55 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.59 £22.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year +4.84% +15.38% -12.36%

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 23 July 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 15 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 23 July 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 +128 289 £583 +1.30% 70
UK excluding London +109 166 £545 -3.11% 37
London +92 159 £619 +7.61% 37
South East +29 69 £525 -12.13% 15
Scotland +41 34 £425 +8.63% 3
South West -11 20 £688 +61.76% 6
Midlands +33 17 £550 - 7
North of England +26 16 £525 -16.00% 4
North West +31 12 £563 -10.00% 3
West Midlands +27 12 £545 +16.27% 4
Wales - 8 £625 -
East of England +14 5 £525 -4.33% 1
East Midlands +21 3 £600 +26.32% 3
North East +19 3 £488 -22.00% 1
Yorkshire +23 1 £450 +11.11%

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 203 (60.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 175 (52.40%) Information Security
3 121 (36.23%) Cybersecurity
4 112 (33.53%) Amazon AWS
5 97 (29.04%) CISSP
6 93 (27.84%) PCI DSS
7 88 (26.35%) Linux
8 84 (25.15%) DevOps
9 74 (22.16%) Jenkins
9 74 (22.16%) OWASP
9 74 (22.16%) SIEM
10 73 (21.86%) Finance
11 69 (20.66%) Security Operations
12 66 (19.76%) Microsoft Azure
13 65 (19.46%) Splunk
13 65 (19.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 64 (19.16%) NCSC
15 63 (18.86%) CISM
16 60 (17.96%) COBIT
17 57 (17.07%) Risk Management
18 55 (16.47%) Puppet
19 54 (16.17%) Stakeholder Management
20 53 (15.87%) ITIL
21 52 (15.57%) Python
22 51 (15.27%) Qualys
23 49 (14.67%) Security Cleared
23 49 (14.67%) Security Architecture
23 49 (14.67%) Ansible
24 48 (14.37%) Git (software)
24 48 (14.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)

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 5 (1.50%) IIS
1 5 (1.50%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.60%) Confluence
3 1 (0.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.60%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 112 (33.53%) Amazon AWS
2 66 (19.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (11.38%) SaaS
4 34 (10.18%) IaaS
5 28 (8.38%) PaaS
6 22 (6.59%) Google Cloud Platform
7 11 (3.29%) Office 365
8 8 (2.40%) Serverless
9 7 (2.10%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (1.80%) OpenShift
11 5 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (1.20%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.90%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 3 (0.90%) GitHub
13 3 (0.90%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.90%) OneDrive
14 1 (0.30%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.30%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 40 (11.98%) Firewall
2 20 (5.99%) Internet
3 18 (5.39%) Network Security
4 12 (3.59%) LAN
4 12 (3.59%) WAN
5 11 (3.29%) VPN
6 9 (2.69%) DNS
7 6 (1.80%) 3GPP
7 6 (1.80%) HTTP
7 6 (1.80%) SMTP
8 5 (1.50%) HTTPS
9 4 (1.20%) Intrusion Detection
9 4 (1.20%) Software-Defined Networking
9 4 (1.20%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.90%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (0.90%) DHCP
11 2 (0.60%) Ethernet
11 2 (0.60%) MPLS
11 2 (0.60%) SNMP
11 2 (0.60%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (5.09%) MySQL
2 16 (4.79%) Amazon Aurora
2 16 (4.79%) Amazon RDS
2 16 (4.79%) MariaDB
3 2 (0.60%) Big Data
4 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.30%) DB2
4 1 (0.30%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.30%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.30%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.30%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 74 (22.16%) Jenkins
2 48 (14.37%) Git (software)
3 29 (8.68%) Sonatype Nexus
4 23 (6.89%) SonarQube
4 23 (6.89%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (1.50%) Burp Suite
6 4 (1.20%) JIRA
6 4 (1.20%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.60%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.60%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.30%) Hudson
8 1 (0.30%) Snyk
General
1 73 (21.86%) Finance
2 16 (4.79%) Legal
3 14 (4.19%) Telecoms
4 12 (3.59%) Banking
5 7 (2.10%) Law
6 5 (1.50%) Retail
7 4 (1.20%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.90%) Back Office
8 3 (0.90%) Military
8 3 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.60%) Electronics
9 2 (0.60%) German Language
9 2 (0.60%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.60%) Marketing
10 1 (0.30%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 76 (22.75%) Consultant
2 67 (20.06%) Security Consultant
3 63 (18.86%) Architect
4 54 (16.17%) Security Architect
5 33 (9.88%) Information Security Consultant
5 33 (9.88%) Security Engineer
6 32 (9.58%) Analyst
7 29 (8.68%) Security Analyst
8 21 (6.29%) DevOps Engineer
9 20 (5.99%) Security Manager
10 18 (5.39%) Security Specialist
11 16 (4.79%) Lead DevOps
12 15 (4.49%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 15 (4.49%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 15 (4.49%) Lead DevOps Engineer
13 14 (4.19%) Information Security Manager
14 12 (3.59%) Cloud Architect
14 12 (3.59%) Cloud Engineer
14 12 (3.59%) Information Manager
15 11 (3.29%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (10.48%) Web Services
2 17 (5.09%) LDAP
3 15 (4.49%) RESTful
4 13 (3.89%) Node.js
5 6 (1.80%) JSON
6 5 (1.50%) SailPoint
7 4 (1.20%) OpenID
7 4 (1.20%) REST
8 2 (0.60%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Graph
8 2 (0.60%) Middleware
8 2 (0.60%) SAML
9 1 (0.30%) Kafka
9 1 (0.30%) MassTransit
9 1 (0.30%) ModSecurity
9 1 (0.30%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.30%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 44 (13.17%) Management Information System
2 24 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.09%) Public Cloud
4 16 (4.79%) Data Centre
5 13 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (3.29%) Cyberthreat
6 11 (3.29%) PKI
7 10 (2.99%) Virtual Team
8 9 (2.69%) Data Protection Act
9 8 (2.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 7 (2.10%) CESG
10 7 (2.10%) Security Operations Centre
11 4 (1.20%) Cyber Defence
11 4 (1.20%) Enterprise Cloud
11 4 (1.20%) N-Tier
12 3 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
12 3 (0.90%) Private Cloud
13 2 (0.60%) Cloud Native
13 2 (0.60%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 88 (26.35%) Linux
2 65 (19.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 47 (14.07%) Windows
4 17 (5.09%) Windows Server
5 16 (4.79%) CentOS
6 13 (3.89%) Debian
6 13 (3.89%) openSUSE
6 13 (3.89%) Ubuntu
7 12 (3.59%) Windows 10
8 11 (3.29%) Solaris
9 8 (2.40%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.90%) Unix
11 1 (0.30%) FreeBSD
11 1 (0.30%) Kali Linux
11 1 (0.30%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 175 (52.40%) Information Security
2 121 (36.23%) Cybersecurity
3 84 (25.15%) DevOps
4 74 (22.16%) OWASP
4 74 (22.16%) SIEM
5 69 (20.66%) Security Operations
6 57 (17.07%) Risk Management
7 54 (16.17%) Stakeholder Management
8 53 (15.87%) ITIL
9 49 (14.67%) Security Architecture
10 47 (14.07%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 43 (12.87%) Agile Software Development
12 36 (10.78%) Identity Access Management
12 36 (10.78%) SABSA
13 35 (10.48%) DevSecOps
14 34 (10.18%) Security Management
14 34 (10.18%) Vulnerability Management
15 33 (9.88%) Data Analysis
15 33 (9.88%) Identity Management
15 33 (9.88%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (15.57%) Python
2 29 (8.68%) Bash Shell
3 22 (6.59%) Java
4 20 (5.99%) Ruby
5 19 (5.69%) JavaScript
6 11 (3.29%) PowerShell
6 11 (3.29%) SQL
7 8 (2.40%) Perl
8 6 (1.80%) C#
Qualifications
1 97 (29.04%) CISSP
2 63 (18.86%) CISM
3 49 (14.67%) Security Cleared
4 43 (12.87%) SC Cleared
5 34 (10.18%) AWS Certification
6 33 (9.88%) RHCE
7 30 (8.98%) CISA
8 29 (8.68%) Cisco Certification
9 26 (7.78%) Degree
9 26 (7.78%) SANS
10 22 (6.59%) CRISC
11 21 (6.29%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 18 (5.39%) CompTIA Security+
13 12 (3.59%) CASP
14 9 (2.69%) CEH
14 9 (2.69%) GCIA
14 9 (2.69%) GCIH
15 6 (1.80%) CCIE
15 6 (1.80%) Network+ Certification
15 6 (1.80%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (60.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (27.84%) PCI DSS
3 64 (19.16%) NCSC
4 60 (17.96%) COBIT
5 48 (14.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 44 (13.17%) GDPR
7 18 (5.39%) NIST 800
8 13 (3.89%) Cyber Essentials
9 8 (2.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 7 (2.10%) HIPAA
11 5 (1.50%) ISO 9001
12 4 (1.20%) ISO 31000
12 4 (1.20%) ITGC
13 3 (0.90%) COSO
13 3 (0.90%) PMO
13 3 (0.90%) SSAE 16
14 2 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.60%) ISAE 3402
14 2 (0.60%) ISO 22301
14 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 24 (7.19%) Active Directory
2 13 (3.89%) Docker
3 8 (2.40%) XenApp
3 8 (2.40%) XenDesktop
4 4 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.60%) ISA Server
6 2 (0.60%) OpenAM
6 2 (0.60%) OpenDJ
7 1 (0.30%) Snort
7 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.30%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.30%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 55 (16.47%) Puppet
2 49 (14.67%) Ansible
3 38 (11.38%) Terraform
4 35 (10.48%) Opscode Chef
5 32 (9.58%) SELinux
6 21 (6.29%) Nessus
7 16 (4.79%) Packer
8 11 (3.29%) Kubernetes
9 8 (2.40%) HP Fortify
10 6 (1.80%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (1.50%) Suricata
12 4 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (0.90%) AirWatch
13 3 (0.90%) IBM Guardium
14 2 (0.60%) CASB
14 2 (0.60%) Nmap
14 2 (0.60%) Trend Micro Deep Security
15 1 (0.30%) EnCase
15 1 (0.30%) FortiGate
15 1 (0.30%) QRadar
Vendors
1 65 (19.46%) Splunk
2 51 (15.27%) Qualys
3 36 (10.78%) Red Hat
4 29 (8.68%) Microsoft
5 14 (4.19%) Adobe
5 14 (4.19%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (2.69%) Citrix
7 8 (2.40%) Cisco
8 7 (2.10%) Okta
9 6 (1.80%) ArcSight
9 6 (1.80%) Axiomatics
9 6 (1.80%) Black Duck
9 6 (1.80%) ForgeRock
9 6 (1.80%) Ping Identity
9 6 (1.80%) SAP
9 6 (1.80%) Symantec
10 5 (1.50%) CyberArk
11 4 (1.20%) Forcepoint
11 4 (1.20%) McAfee
11 4 (1.20%) Pega