Period
to 19 October 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 October 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 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 343 521 667
Rank change year-on-year +178 +146 +56
Contract jobs citing NIST 189 312 234
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.37% 0.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 5.71% 3.54% 2.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 211 160
Median daily rate £550 £563 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.22% +7.14% +2.44%
10th Percentile £388 £413 £375
90th Percentile £675 £738 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £533 £513
% change year-on-year +3.29% +3.90% +20.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £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 3,308 8,802 11,304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.61% 10.42% 10.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,933 5,474 7,159
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £262 £225 £250
90th Percentile £638 £633 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 399 399
Median hourly rate £25.33 £21.42 £21.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.28% -1.59% +8.80%
10th Percentile £10.92 £11.15 £11.08
90th Percentile £53.75 £56.25 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.00 £24.00 £21.76
% change year-on-year -4.17% +10.29% +8.80%

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 19 October 2020.

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 19 October 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 +199 163 £540 -6.09% 90
London +144 89 £538 -12.24% 44
UK excluding London +210 87 £550 +3.29% 47
Work from Home -55 44 £517 +3.40% 11
South East +173 39 £545 -0.91% 19
Midlands +81 16 £550 +0.92% 1
Scotland +59 16 £600 +33.33% 1
West Midlands +67 13 £625 +14.68%
South West +105 6 £450 -33.36% 8
East of England +86 6 £410 -38.74% 8
North of England +109 4 £575 +9.52% 9
East Midlands +47 3 £550 -4.35% 1
Yorkshire - 3 £575 - 3
North West +82 1 - - 6

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 121 (64.02%) Information Security
1 121 (64.02%) Cybersecurity
2 108 (57.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 86 (45.50%) CISSP
4 59 (31.22%) CISM
5 57 (30.16%) Risk Management
6 49 (25.93%) Vulnerability Management
7 45 (23.81%) Finance
8 43 (22.75%) SIEM
9 40 (21.16%) Security Management
10 39 (20.63%) Azure
11 38 (20.11%) Security Architecture
12 37 (19.58%) Management Information System
12 37 (19.58%) Information Security Management
12 37 (19.58%) COBIT
13 34 (17.99%) Analytical Skills
14 32 (16.93%) NIST 800
14 32 (16.93%) Agile Software Development
14 32 (16.93%) NCSC
15 31 (16.40%) Linux
16 30 (15.87%) CISA
17 29 (15.34%) Security Testing
17 29 (15.34%) Cyber Essentials
18 27 (14.29%) PCI DSS
19 25 (13.23%) Security Cleared
19 25 (13.23%) Microsoft
19 25 (13.23%) Public Sector
19 25 (13.23%) Problem-Solving
20 24 (12.70%) Firewall
20 24 (12.70%) Network Security

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 14 (7.41%) Confluence
2 8 (4.23%) Umbraco
3 6 (3.17%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.59%) IIS
5 1 (0.53%) CMS
5 1 (0.53%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (0.53%) JBoss
5 1 (0.53%) nginx
5 1 (0.53%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (2.65%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.06%) LibreOffice
3 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.06%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (4.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 39 (20.63%) Azure
2 24 (12.70%) AWS
3 18 (9.52%) PaaS
4 11 (5.82%) SaaS
5 10 (5.29%) GCP
6 8 (4.23%) Office 365
7 5 (2.65%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (2.65%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (2.65%) G Suite
7 5 (2.65%) IaaS
8 4 (2.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (2.12%) AWS CloudTrail
9 2 (1.06%) Amazon EKS
9 2 (1.06%) GitHub
9 2 (1.06%) Google Docs
9 2 (1.06%) IBM Cloud
9 2 (1.06%) Slack
10 1 (0.53%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.53%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.53%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 24 (12.70%) Firewall
1 24 (12.70%) Network Security
2 7 (3.70%) WAN
3 6 (3.17%) LAN
3 6 (3.17%) VPN
4 5 (2.65%) Intrusion Detection
4 5 (2.65%) TCP/IP
5 4 (2.12%) Internet
5 4 (2.12%) SSL
6 3 (1.59%) HTTP
6 3 (1.59%) Multicast
7 2 (1.06%) DNS
7 2 (1.06%) Intranet
7 2 (1.06%) SNMP
7 2 (1.06%) Software-Defined Networking
7 2 (1.06%) VSAN
7 2 (1.06%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.53%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.53%) IPv4
8 1 (0.53%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.65%) Cosmos DB
2 4 (2.12%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.59%) DB2
4 1 (0.53%) Amazon Aurora
4 1 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.53%) Power BI
4 1 (0.53%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.53%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 15 (7.94%) JIRA
2 9 (4.76%) Selenium
3 5 (2.65%) Git (software)
3 5 (2.65%) ReSharper
4 3 (1.59%) Hudson
4 3 (1.59%) SonarQube
5 2 (1.06%) Artifactory
5 2 (1.06%) GitLab
5 2 (1.06%) Jenkins
General
1 45 (23.81%) Finance
2 25 (13.23%) Public Sector
3 12 (6.35%) Banking
4 10 (5.29%) Telecoms
5 9 (4.76%) Legal
6 7 (3.70%) Manufacturing
7 5 (2.65%) Marketing
8 4 (2.12%) Electronics
8 4 (2.12%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.59%) Retail
10 2 (1.06%) Billing
11 1 (0.53%) Advertising
11 1 (0.53%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.53%) International Banking
11 1 (0.53%) Local Government
11 1 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 55 (29.10%) Architect
2 49 (25.93%) Security Architect
3 36 (19.05%) Consultant
4 29 (15.34%) Security Consultant
5 24 (12.70%) Security Engineer
6 17 (8.99%) Analyst
7 14 (7.41%) Security Analyst
8 13 (6.88%) Security Manager
9 10 (5.29%) Cybersecurity Consultant
9 10 (5.29%) Cybersecurity Specialist
9 10 (5.29%) Security Specialist
10 9 (4.76%) Cloud Architect
10 9 (4.76%) Information Analyst
10 9 (4.76%) Information Security Analyst
10 9 (4.76%) Operations Engineer
11 8 (4.23%) Information Architect
11 8 (4.23%) Information Security Architect
11 8 (4.23%) Test Engineer
12 7 (3.70%) AWS Architect
12 7 (3.70%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.47%) .NET
2 5 (2.65%) .NET Framework
2 5 (2.65%) ModSecurity
2 5 (2.65%) REST
2 5 (2.65%) Web Services
3 3 (1.59%) YAML
4 2 (1.06%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.06%) Kafka
4 2 (1.06%) LDAP
5 1 (0.53%) J2EE
5 1 (0.53%) JSON
5 1 (0.53%) Middleware
5 1 (0.53%) OAuth
5 1 (0.53%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.53%) SAML
5 1 (0.53%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 37 (19.58%) Management Information System
2 34 (17.99%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (5.82%) Cyberthreat
4 9 (4.76%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 8 (4.23%) Enterprise Cloud
5 8 (4.23%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (3.17%) N-Tier
7 4 (2.12%) Data Centre
7 4 (2.12%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (2.12%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.59%) Clustering
8 3 (1.59%) Embedded Systems
8 3 (1.59%) Mainframe
8 3 (1.59%) Mobile Payment
8 3 (1.59%) PKI
8 3 (1.59%) Smartcard
8 3 (1.59%) User Experience
9 2 (1.06%) AS400
9 2 (1.06%) CESG
9 2 (1.06%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 31 (16.40%) Linux
2 23 (12.17%) Windows
3 7 (3.70%) Unix
4 6 (3.17%) Solaris
5 5 (2.65%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.59%) Windows XP
7 2 (1.06%) AIX
7 2 (1.06%) Android
7 2 (1.06%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.06%) MVS
8 1 (0.53%) HPUX
8 1 (0.53%) SUSE
8 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (64.02%) Cybersecurity
1 121 (64.02%) Information Security
2 57 (30.16%) Risk Management
3 49 (25.93%) Vulnerability Management
4 43 (22.75%) SIEM
5 40 (21.16%) Security Management
6 38 (20.11%) Security Architecture
7 37 (19.58%) Information Security Management
8 32 (16.93%) Agile Software Development
9 29 (15.34%) Security Testing
10 25 (13.23%) Problem-Solving
11 24 (12.70%) DevOps
11 24 (12.70%) Information Assurance
11 24 (12.70%) Risk Assessment
11 24 (12.70%) Security Monitoring
12 22 (11.64%) ITIL
13 21 (11.11%) Project Management
14 20 (10.58%) OWASP
14 20 (10.58%) TOGAF
15 19 (10.05%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (6.35%) Python
2 11 (5.82%) C
3 10 (5.29%) C#
3 10 (5.29%) Java
3 10 (5.29%) VB.NET
4 9 (4.76%) C++
4 9 (4.76%) PHP
5 6 (3.17%) PowerShell
6 3 (1.59%) SQL
7 2 (1.06%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.06%) Perl
Qualifications
1 86 (45.50%) CISSP
2 59 (31.22%) CISM
3 30 (15.87%) CISA
4 25 (13.23%) Security Cleared
5 23 (12.17%) CRISC
6 20 (10.58%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (10.58%) GIAC
7 17 (8.99%) SC Cleared
8 13 (6.88%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 13 (6.88%) Degree
9 12 (6.35%) SANS
10 11 (5.82%) CCSP
10 11 (5.82%) CESG Certified Professional
11 9 (4.76%) CCNA
11 9 (4.76%) FFIEC
11 9 (4.76%) GCIA
11 9 (4.76%) GCIH
11 9 (4.76%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 8 (4.23%) CEH
13 7 (3.70%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (57.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 37 (19.58%) COBIT
3 32 (16.93%) NCSC
3 32 (16.93%) NIST 800
4 29 (15.34%) Cyber Essentials
5 27 (14.29%) PCI DSS
6 23 (12.17%) GDPR
7 17 (8.99%) QA
8 15 (7.94%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 14 (7.41%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 7 (3.70%) ISO 31000
11 6 (3.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 4 (2.12%) ISO 22301
12 4 (2.12%) JSP 440
12 4 (2.12%) PMO
12 4 (2.12%) RMADS
13 3 (1.59%) ISO 9001
13 3 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 3 (1.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 3 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (8.47%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.23%) Hyper-V
3 7 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (3.17%) Docker
4 6 (3.17%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (1.59%) KVM
5 3 (1.59%) Xen
6 2 (1.06%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 2 (1.06%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 11 (5.82%) Terraform
2 10 (5.29%) HP ALM
2 10 (5.29%) HP Fortify
3 8 (4.23%) CASB
4 6 (3.17%) Kubernetes
4 6 (3.17%) Nexpose
4 6 (3.17%) QRadar
5 4 (2.12%) Nessus
6 3 (1.59%) IBM Guardium
6 3 (1.59%) Puppet
6 3 (1.59%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 2 (1.06%) Ansible
7 2 (1.06%) Avamar
7 2 (1.06%) Consul
7 2 (1.06%) CSIRT
7 2 (1.06%) Grafana
7 2 (1.06%) Istio
7 2 (1.06%) Kibana
7 2 (1.06%) logstash
7 2 (1.06%) Rancher
Vendors
1 25 (13.23%) Microsoft
2 15 (7.94%) Cisco
3 13 (6.88%) HP
3 13 (6.88%) Qualys
4 11 (5.82%) ArcSight
5 10 (5.29%) Black Duck
5 10 (5.29%) Micro Focus
5 10 (5.29%) Sonatype
5 10 (5.29%) VMware
6 8 (4.23%) Google
6 8 (4.23%) IBM
6 8 (4.23%) Oracle
6 8 (4.23%) SAP
6 8 (4.23%) Sparx
7 7 (3.70%) LogRhythm
7 7 (3.70%) Splunk
8 6 (3.17%) CyberArk
8 6 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (2.65%) Atlassian
10 4 (2.12%) Tripwire