Period
to 18 May 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 18 May 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 398 453 556
Rank change year-on-year +55 +103 +134
Contract jobs citing NIST 319 194 318
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.39% 0.35%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 5.04% 3.89% 3.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 125 227
10th Percentile £413 £413 £395
25th Percentile £463 £438 £498
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £563 £538 £600
Median % change year-on-year +4.65% -10.42% +9.09%
75th Percentile £676 £650 £700
90th Percentile £759 £745 £763
UK excluding London median daily rate £518 £550 £558
% change year-on-year -5.91% -1.35% -3.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
10th Percentile £37.43 " "
25th Percentile £41.53 " £25.25
Median hourly rate £50.90 - £25.50
75th Percentile £59.73 " £25.75
90th Percentile £63.49 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.90 - £25.50

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 6,324 4,986 9,727
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.03% 10.09% 10.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,216 3,149 6,131
10th Percentile £263 £238 £250
25th Percentile £363 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
75th Percentile £575 £563 £561
90th Percentile £672 £644 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 226 345
10th Percentile £11.36 £13.06 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.27 £13.75
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.52 £20.25
Median % change year-on-year -6.76% +11.25% -3.64%
75th Percentile £39.25 £47.06 £41.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £20.25
% change year-on-year -6.67% +11.14% -3.60%

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 18 May 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 18 May 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 18 May 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 +67 275 £563 +4.17% 80
London +31 157 £600 +26.32% 29
UK excluding London +43 100 £518 -5.91% 54
Work from Home -193 80 £577 +15.45% 16
South East +48 47 £465 -22.50% 20
Midlands +4 19 £675 +3.85% 10
North of England +34 18 £612 +4.21% 12
North West +23 18 £612 -10.95% 9
West Midlands +11 15 £675 -3.57% 6
Scotland -21 10 £525 +11.11% 4
South West +37 5 £650 +9.47% 3
East Midlands +3 4 £373 -32.27% 4
East of England +15 1 £400 +1.27% 5

For the 6 months to 18 May 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.

1 179 (56.11%) Cybersecurity
2 138 (43.26%) Information Security
3 126 (39.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 109 (34.17%) CISSP
5 96 (30.09%) Risk Management
6 93 (29.15%) Finance
7 73 (22.88%) Azure
8 69 (21.63%) COBIT
9 67 (21.00%) SIEM
10 65 (20.38%) Firewall
11 62 (19.44%) Security Architecture
12 61 (19.12%) Social Skills
13 58 (18.18%) CISM
14 56 (17.55%) Windows
15 53 (16.61%) Security Cleared
16 49 (15.36%) PCI DSS
17 48 (15.05%) CISA
18 46 (14.42%) Degree
18 46 (14.42%) GDPR
18 46 (14.42%) NIST 800
19 44 (13.79%) TOGAF
20 43 (13.48%) Banking
20 43 (13.48%) SC Cleared
21 42 (13.17%) Agile Software Development
22 41 (12.85%) Linux
23 40 (12.54%) CRISC
24 38 (11.91%) Microsoft
24 38 (11.91%) Management Information System
24 38 (11.91%) NCSC
25 37 (11.60%) 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 5 (1.57%) Confluence
2 4 (1.25%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.63%) IIS
3 2 (0.63%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.31%) CMS
4 1 (0.31%) Drupal
4 1 (0.31%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.25%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.94%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.88%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 2 (0.63%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.31%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 73 (22.88%) Azure
2 35 (10.97%) AWS
3 27 (8.46%) SaaS
4 26 (8.15%) GCP
5 25 (7.84%) PaaS
6 15 (4.70%) IaaS
7 14 (4.39%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (4.08%) Microsoft 365
9 12 (3.76%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 11 (3.45%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (2.82%) Google Workspace
12 7 (2.19%) Serverless
13 3 (0.94%) Azure Sentinel
13 3 (0.94%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.63%) Akamai
14 2 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 2 (0.63%) AWS KMS
14 2 (0.63%) AWS Lambda
14 2 (0.63%) CloudFront
14 2 (0.63%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 65 (20.38%) Firewall
2 36 (11.29%) Network Security
3 28 (8.78%) Internet
4 7 (2.19%) Intrusion Detection
5 6 (1.88%) 5G
5 6 (1.88%) NAS
5 6 (1.88%) TCP/IP
6 5 (1.57%) LAN
6 5 (1.57%) WAN
7 3 (0.94%) VPN
8 2 (0.63%) DNS
8 2 (0.63%) Intranet
8 2 (0.63%) Multicast
8 2 (0.63%) SD-WAN
9 1 (0.31%) BGP
9 1 (0.31%) Cisco ISE
9 1 (0.31%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (0.31%) DHCP
9 1 (0.31%) Reverse Proxy
9 1 (0.31%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.25%) MySQL
3 3 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.63%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.63%) DB2
4 2 (0.63%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.63%) Power BI
4 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.31%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.31%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 13 (4.08%) ReSharper
2 9 (2.82%) JIRA
3 5 (1.57%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.94%) Burp Suite
4 3 (0.94%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.94%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.63%) AppScan
5 2 (0.63%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.63%) Selenium
5 2 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.31%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.31%) IDA Disassembler
6 1 (0.31%) Maven
6 1 (0.31%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.31%) Visual Studio
General
1 93 (29.15%) Finance
2 61 (19.12%) Social Skills
3 43 (13.48%) Banking
4 29 (9.09%) Public Sector
5 26 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (5.64%) Manufacturing
7 15 (4.70%) Legal
8 9 (2.82%) Presentation Skills
9 7 (2.19%) Electronics
9 7 (2.19%) International Banking
9 7 (2.19%) Telecoms
10 6 (1.88%) Marketing
11 5 (1.57%) Investment Banking
12 4 (1.25%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.94%) Documentation Skills
13 3 (0.94%) Law
14 2 (0.63%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.63%) Influencing Skills
14 2 (0.63%) Organisational Skills
14 2 (0.63%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 98 (30.72%) Architect
2 82 (25.71%) Security Architect
3 57 (17.87%) Analyst
4 46 (14.42%) Consultant
5 35 (10.97%) Security Consultant
6 30 (9.40%) Security Analyst
7 21 (6.58%) Security Manager
8 15 (4.70%) Risk Analyst
9 14 (4.39%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 14 (4.39%) Risk Consultant
9 14 (4.39%) Security Engineer
10 13 (4.08%) Enterprise Architect
10 13 (4.08%) Enterprise Security Architect
11 12 (3.76%) Azure Engineer
11 12 (3.76%) Business Analyst
11 12 (3.76%) Cloud Architect
11 12 (3.76%) Cybersecurity Manager
11 12 (3.76%) Information Security Architect
12 11 (3.45%) Information Security Consultant
12 11 (3.45%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.02%) .NET
2 14 (4.39%) .NET Framework
3 13 (4.08%) REST
4 10 (3.13%) LDAP
5 6 (1.88%) JSON
5 6 (1.88%) OAuth
5 6 (1.88%) Regular Expression
5 6 (1.88%) SailPoint
5 6 (1.88%) SAML
5 6 (1.88%) Web Services
6 5 (1.57%) OpenID
7 4 (1.25%) XML
8 3 (0.94%) Middleware
8 3 (0.94%) SOAP
8 3 (0.94%) SPML
9 2 (0.63%) HTML5
9 2 (0.63%) jQuery
9 2 (0.63%) React
9 2 (0.63%) RESTful
9 2 (0.63%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 38 (11.91%) Management Information System
2 25 (7.84%) Security Operations Centre
3 20 (6.27%) Public Cloud
4 15 (4.70%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 15 (4.70%) Enterprise Cloud
5 10 (3.13%) Cyber Defence
5 10 (3.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 9 (2.82%) Cyberthreat
6 9 (2.82%) N-Tier
7 8 (2.51%) AS400
7 8 (2.51%) Cloud Native
7 8 (2.51%) Cyberattack
8 6 (1.88%) Data Centre
8 6 (1.88%) Data Protection Act
8 6 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.57%) CESG
9 5 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
9 5 (1.57%) Internet of Things
9 5 (1.57%) User Experience
10 3 (0.94%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 56 (17.55%) Windows
2 41 (12.85%) Linux
3 7 (2.19%) Mac OS
3 7 (2.19%) Solaris
4 6 (1.88%) Unix
4 6 (1.88%) Windows Server
5 3 (0.94%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.63%) AIX
6 2 (0.63%) Android
6 2 (0.63%) Kali Linux
6 2 (0.63%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.31%) CentOS
7 1 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.31%) SUSE
7 1 (0.31%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 179 (56.11%) Cybersecurity
2 138 (43.26%) Information Security
3 96 (30.09%) Risk Management
4 67 (21.00%) SIEM
5 62 (19.44%) Security Architecture
6 44 (13.79%) TOGAF
7 42 (13.17%) Agile Software Development
8 37 (11.60%) Security Management
9 34 (10.66%) Security Operations
9 34 (10.66%) Vulnerability Management
10 33 (10.34%) Risk Assessment
10 33 (10.34%) SABSA
10 33 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
11 32 (10.03%) Information Assurance
12 31 (9.72%) Identity Access Management
13 30 (9.40%) Information Security Management
13 30 (9.40%) ITIL
14 27 (8.46%) Project Management
15 23 (7.21%) Security Monitoring
16 22 (6.90%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 21 (6.58%) PowerShell
2 11 (3.45%) SQL
3 6 (1.88%) Bash Shell
4 4 (1.25%) Java
4 4 (1.25%) Python
5 2 (0.63%) C
5 2 (0.63%) C#
5 2 (0.63%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.63%) PHP
5 2 (0.63%) Ruby
6 1 (0.31%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.31%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 109 (34.17%) CISSP
2 58 (18.18%) CISM
3 53 (16.61%) Security Cleared
4 48 (15.05%) CISA
5 46 (14.42%) Degree
6 43 (13.48%) SC Cleared
7 40 (12.54%) CRISC
8 34 (10.66%) GIAC
9 32 (10.03%) FFIEC
10 16 (5.02%) SANS
11 13 (4.08%) CESG Certified Professional
11 13 (4.08%) ISACA
12 12 (3.76%) Cisco Certification
12 12 (3.76%) TOGAF Certification
13 10 (3.13%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 8 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (1.88%) DV Cleared
16 5 (1.57%) Microsoft Certification
16 5 (1.57%) PMI Certification
16 5 (1.57%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (39.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 69 (21.63%) COBIT
3 49 (15.36%) PCI DSS
4 46 (14.42%) GDPR
4 46 (14.42%) NIST 800
5 38 (11.91%) NCSC
6 25 (7.84%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 23 (7.21%) Cyber Essentials
8 17 (5.33%) GRC
9 14 (4.39%) QA
10 11 (3.45%) RMADS
10 11 (3.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 10 (3.13%) HIPAA
12 9 (2.82%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 6 (1.88%) JSP 440
14 4 (1.25%) COSO
14 4 (1.25%) FISMA
14 4 (1.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 4 (1.25%) ISAE 3402
14 4 (1.25%) SOC 2
System Software
1 27 (8.46%) Active Directory
2 13 (4.08%) Docker
2 13 (4.08%) Hyper-V
3 4 (1.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.31%) KVM
4 1 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.31%) Xen
Systems Management
1 14 (4.39%) Terraform
2 12 (3.76%) Kubernetes
3 8 (2.51%) Single Sign-On
4 5 (1.57%) Nessus
4 5 (1.57%) QRadar
4 5 (1.57%) SCCM
5 4 (1.25%) Ansible
6 3 (0.94%) RSA Archer
7 2 (0.63%) AppDetective
7 2 (0.63%) CSIRT
7 2 (0.63%) IBM Guardium
7 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.63%) Nexpose
7 2 (0.63%) PingFederate
7 2 (0.63%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 2 (0.63%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.31%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.31%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.31%) SCOM
8 1 (0.31%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 38 (11.91%) Microsoft
2 26 (8.15%) Splunk
3 19 (5.96%) Cisco
4 18 (5.64%) LogRhythm
5 16 (5.02%) Fortinet
5 16 (5.02%) Google
5 16 (5.02%) Palo Alto
6 15 (4.70%) CyberArk
7 12 (3.76%) Salesforce.com
8 11 (3.45%) Oracle
9 10 (3.13%) VMware
10 9 (2.82%) SAP
11 7 (2.19%) IBM
12 6 (1.88%) ArcSight
12 6 (1.88%) Red Hat
13 5 (1.57%) Qualys
13 5 (1.57%) Sparx
14 4 (1.25%) Okta
14 4 (1.25%) ServiceNow
15 3 (0.94%) Atlassian