Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 462 363 551
Rank change year-on-year -99 +188 +162
Contract jobs citing NIST 377 146 304
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.50% 0.35%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.78% 4.27% 3.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 86 213
10th Percentile £463 £369 £413
25th Percentile £522 £452 £469
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £550 £575
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% -4.35% +6.98%
75th Percentile £689 £648 £675
90th Percentile £775 £694 £775
UK excluding London median daily rate £575 £563 £541
% change year-on-year +2.22% +3.93% +3.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Median hourly rate £60.35 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £59.93 - -

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 9,961 3,417 9,908
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.52% 11.60% 11.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,702 2,136 6,234
10th Percentile £263 £268 £248
25th Percentile £381 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £468 £450
Median % change year-on-year +6.95% +3.89% -
75th Percentile £590 £563 £550
90th Percentile £680 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -0.57% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 328 148 407
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.92 £10.85
25th Percentile £13.00 £15.44 £14.63
Median hourly rate £20.06 £22.25 £20.89
Median % change year-on-year -9.87% +6.51% +5.81%
75th Percentile £45.56 £45.00 £44.75
90th Percentile £62.39 £55.00 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £22.43
% change year-on-year -22.22% +0.32% +12.14%

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 26 September 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NIST over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 26 September 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 -82 309 £600 +9.09% 149
London -66 195 £631 +14.77% 64
Work from Home -179 112 £600 +20.00% 19
UK excluding London -122 103 £575 +2.22% 94
South East -86 34 £575 +4.55% 20
South West -19 24 £600 +14.29% 18
North of England - 16 £575 - 27
Scotland -86 15 £650 +8.33% 6
North West - 9 £580 - 18
West Midlands -73 8 £588 -9.62% 8
Midlands -81 8 £588 - 9
East of England -49 7 £450 +9.76% 11
Yorkshire - 7 £575 - 6

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 212 (56.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 211 (55.97%) Cybersecurity
3 170 (45.09%) Information Security
4 154 (40.85%) CISSP
5 118 (31.30%) Azure
6 116 (30.77%) Finance
7 100 (26.53%) Risk Management
8 89 (23.61%) Security Architecture
9 88 (23.34%) GDPR
10 77 (20.42%) CISM
11 76 (20.16%) Social Skills
12 65 (17.24%) AWS
13 60 (15.92%) PCI DSS
14 59 (15.65%) SIEM
14 59 (15.65%) Firewall
15 55 (14.59%) Management Information System
16 54 (14.32%) Agile Software Development
16 54 (14.32%) NIST 800
17 52 (13.79%) CISA
18 50 (13.26%) OWASP
19 49 (13.00%) Stakeholder Management
20 48 (12.73%) NCSC
21 47 (12.47%) CRISC
22 46 (12.20%) COBIT
22 46 (12.20%) Identity Access Management
23 45 (11.94%) Degree
23 45 (11.94%) Risk Assessment
24 44 (11.67%) Vulnerability Management
25 43 (11.41%) Security Operations
26 42 (11.14%) Security Management

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 7 (1.86%) Confluence
2 3 (0.80%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.53%) Apache
3 2 (0.53%) Apache Pig
3 2 (0.53%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.53%) CMS
3 2 (0.53%) Drupal
3 2 (0.53%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.27%) IIS
4 1 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (2.12%) Sentinel
2 7 (1.86%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 118 (31.30%) Azure
2 65 (17.24%) AWS
3 41 (10.88%) GCP
3 41 (10.88%) SaaS
4 33 (8.75%) Microsoft 365
5 30 (7.96%) IaaS
6 27 (7.16%) PaaS
7 25 (6.63%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (4.51%) Azure Sentinel
9 15 (3.98%) Google Workspace
10 12 (3.18%) Serverless
11 9 (2.39%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (2.12%) OpenShift
13 7 (1.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 6 (1.59%) AWS Lambda
15 5 (1.33%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 5 (1.33%) Azure Functions
16 4 (1.06%) AWS KMS
17 3 (0.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 3 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 59 (15.65%) Firewall
2 31 (8.22%) Network Security
3 14 (3.71%) Internet
4 8 (2.12%) HTTP
5 7 (1.86%) 5G
5 7 (1.86%) DNS
5 7 (1.86%) TCP/IP
5 7 (1.86%) VPN
6 4 (1.06%) Cisco IOS
6 4 (1.06%) ICMP
6 4 (1.06%) Intrusion Detection
7 3 (0.80%) DHCP
7 3 (0.80%) LAN
7 3 (0.80%) NAS
7 3 (0.80%) SAN
7 3 (0.80%) SSL
7 3 (0.80%) WAN
8 2 (0.53%) Intranet
8 2 (0.53%) SD-WAN
8 2 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (2.65%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (1.06%) Data Lake
2 4 (1.06%) RDBMS
2 4 (1.06%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.80%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.53%) Amazon Athena
4 2 (0.53%) Apache Hive
4 2 (0.53%) Big Data
4 2 (0.53%) DB2
4 2 (0.53%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.53%) MySQL
5 1 (0.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.27%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.27%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 10 (2.65%) JIRA
2 8 (2.12%) Jenkins
3 7 (1.86%) Bitbucket
4 6 (1.59%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.59%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.80%) Burp Suite
5 3 (0.80%) SoapUI
5 3 (0.80%) SonarQube
6 2 (0.53%) AppScan
6 2 (0.53%) Selenium
6 2 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.27%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.27%) IDA Disassembler
7 1 (0.27%) Maven
7 1 (0.27%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.27%) TeamCity
General
1 116 (30.77%) Finance
2 76 (20.16%) Social Skills
3 33 (8.75%) Public Sector
4 24 (6.37%) Legal
5 19 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (5.04%) Banking
6 11 (2.92%) Manufacturing
7 9 (2.39%) Financial Institution
8 7 (1.86%) Electronics
8 7 (1.86%) Telecoms
9 6 (1.59%) Marketing
9 6 (1.59%) Organisational Skills
9 6 (1.59%) Presentation Skills
10 4 (1.06%) Documentation Skills
10 4 (1.06%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.80%) Influencing Skills
11 3 (0.80%) Retail
12 2 (0.53%) Games
12 2 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.53%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 108 (28.65%) Architect
2 87 (23.08%) Security Architect
3 61 (16.18%) Consultant
4 44 (11.67%) Security Consultant
5 42 (11.14%) Analyst
6 39 (10.34%) Security Manager
7 32 (8.49%) Security Engineer
8 22 (5.84%) Cloud Architect
9 21 (5.57%) Security Analyst
10 19 (5.04%) Information Manager
11 18 (4.77%) Senior Architect
12 17 (4.51%) Project Manager
13 16 (4.24%) Information Security Manager
13 16 (4.24%) Security Project Manager
14 15 (3.98%) Azure Architect
14 15 (3.98%) Cybersecurity Manager
15 14 (3.71%) Risk Consultant
15 14 (3.71%) Security Specialist
16 13 (3.45%) Business Analyst
16 13 (3.45%) Senior Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.18%) OpenID
2 11 (2.92%) LDAP
3 10 (2.65%) Middleware
3 10 (2.65%) SAML
4 8 (2.12%) OAuth
5 5 (1.33%) SailPoint
6 4 (1.06%) SOAP
6 4 (1.06%) Web Services
7 3 (0.80%) SPML
8 2 (0.53%) OAuth2
8 2 (0.53%) REST
8 2 (0.53%) XACML
9 1 (0.27%) .NET
9 1 (0.27%) GraphQL
9 1 (0.27%) J2EE
9 1 (0.27%) Jinja
9 1 (0.27%) RESTful
9 1 (0.27%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.27%) Velocity
9 1 (0.27%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 55 (14.59%) Management Information System
2 22 (5.84%) Public Cloud
3 15 (3.98%) Hybrid Cloud
4 11 (2.92%) Cloud Native
4 11 (2.92%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (2.65%) Data Centre
5 10 (2.65%) Security Operations Centre
6 9 (2.39%) N-Tier
7 8 (2.12%) Cyberthreat
8 7 (1.86%) CESG
8 7 (1.86%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (1.59%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (1.33%) Cyber Defence
10 5 (1.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 5 (1.33%) Virtual Team
11 4 (1.06%) Cyberattack
12 3 (0.80%) CESG CLAS
12 3 (0.80%) Digital Media
13 2 (0.53%) FMCG
13 2 (0.53%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 38 (10.08%) Windows
2 29 (7.69%) Linux
3 6 (1.59%) Solaris
3 6 (1.59%) Unix
4 4 (1.06%) Mac OS
5 2 (0.53%) AIX
5 2 (0.53%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.53%) Kali Linux
5 2 (0.53%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (0.53%) Windows Server 2019
6 1 (0.27%) Android
6 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.27%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.27%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.27%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.27%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 211 (55.97%) Cybersecurity
2 170 (45.09%) Information Security
3 100 (26.53%) Risk Management
4 89 (23.61%) Security Architecture
5 59 (15.65%) SIEM
6 54 (14.32%) Agile Software Development
7 50 (13.26%) OWASP
8 49 (13.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 46 (12.20%) Identity Access Management
10 45 (11.94%) Risk Assessment
11 44 (11.67%) Vulnerability Management
12 43 (11.41%) Security Operations
13 42 (11.14%) Security Management
14 41 (10.88%) TOGAF
15 40 (10.61%) Information Security Management
15 40 (10.61%) ITIL
16 39 (10.34%) Project Management
16 39 (10.34%) SDLC
17 36 (9.55%) SABSA
18 33 (8.75%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 18 (4.77%) PowerShell
2 10 (2.65%) Bash Shell
3 8 (2.12%) SQL
4 6 (1.59%) Python
5 5 (1.33%) Java
6 4 (1.06%) C
7 3 (0.80%) C#
8 2 (0.53%) R
9 1 (0.27%) Go
9 1 (0.27%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 154 (40.85%) CISSP
2 77 (20.42%) CISM
3 52 (13.79%) CISA
4 47 (12.47%) CRISC
5 45 (11.94%) Degree
6 30 (7.96%) SANS
7 29 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
8 27 (7.16%) GIAC
8 27 (7.16%) Security Cleared
9 24 (6.37%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 24 (6.37%) FFIEC
10 22 (5.84%) SC Cleared
11 15 (3.98%) OSCP
12 13 (3.45%) CEH
12 13 (3.45%) PMI Certification
12 13 (3.45%) PMP
13 12 (3.18%) CESG Certified Professional
13 12 (3.18%) ISACA
14 10 (2.65%) IBM Certification
14 10 (2.65%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (56.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 88 (23.34%) GDPR
3 60 (15.92%) PCI DSS
4 54 (14.32%) NIST 800
5 48 (12.73%) NCSC
6 46 (12.20%) COBIT
7 33 (8.75%) GRC
8 31 (8.22%) Cyber Essentials
9 27 (7.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 22 (5.84%) SOC 2
11 20 (5.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 18 (4.77%) QA
13 7 (1.86%) GLBA
14 6 (1.59%) HIPAA
15 5 (1.33%) FedRAMP
15 5 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 4 (1.06%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 4 (1.06%) ISO 22301
16 4 (1.06%) JSP 440
16 4 (1.06%) RMADS
System Software
1 27 (7.16%) Active Directory
2 12 (3.18%) Docker
3 8 (2.12%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (4.77%) Single Sign-On
2 14 (3.71%) QRadar
3 12 (3.18%) Kubernetes
4 10 (2.65%) Terraform
5 9 (2.39%) SCCM
6 6 (1.59%) RSA Archer
7 5 (1.33%) CASB
7 5 (1.33%) Opsgenie
7 5 (1.33%) WebInspect
8 4 (1.06%) Nexpose
9 3 (0.80%) CSIRT
9 3 (0.80%) HP ALM
9 3 (0.80%) HP Fortify
9 3 (0.80%) Nessus
10 2 (0.53%) Ansible
10 2 (0.53%) AppDetective
10 2 (0.53%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 2 (0.53%) PingFederate
10 2 (0.53%) SCOM
11 1 (0.27%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 39 (10.34%) Microsoft
2 31 (8.22%) Google
3 26 (6.90%) CyberArk
4 17 (4.51%) Splunk
5 13 (3.45%) VMware
6 12 (3.18%) IBM
7 11 (2.92%) Cisco
7 11 (2.92%) Oracle
7 11 (2.92%) Qualys
8 8 (2.12%) LogRhythm
8 8 (2.12%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.86%) ArcSight
9 7 (1.86%) CrowdStrike
9 7 (1.86%) SAP
10 6 (1.59%) HP
10 6 (1.59%) McAfee
10 6 (1.59%) ServiceNow
10 6 (1.59%) Sparx
11 5 (1.33%) ForeScout
11 5 (1.33%) Okta