Period
to 20 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for NCSC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited NCSC over the 6 months to 20 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
UK
6 months to
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 834 630 1000
Rank change year-on-year -204 +370 +100
Permanent jobs citing NCSC 194 69 104
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.14% 0.074%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.06% 1.11% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 153 60 79
10th Percentile £44,450 £44,625 £43,750
25th Percentile £53,813 £51,236 £51,694
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £66,045 £60,000 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +10.08% -7.69% +8.33%
75th Percentile £77,500 £85,313 £72,259
90th Percentile £89,000 £90,000 £83,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year +4.17% - -

NCSC is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 18,241 6,203 19,680
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.07% 12.63% 13.92%
Number of salaries quoted 11,138 4,855 14,650
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £28,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.73% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.06% +7.78% -

NCSC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing NCSC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing NCSC.

Salary trend for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing NCSC over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Salary histogram for NCSC in the UK

NCSC
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing NCSC within the UK over the 6 months to 20 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -224 149 £65,000 +8.33% 39
UK excluding London -211 86 £62,500 +4.17% 32
London -159 72 £67,500 -18.18% 10
Work from Home -234 50 £75,000 +36.36% 8
South East -153 24 £63,000 +26.00% 8
North of England -108 19 £62,500 +13.64% 10
South West -95 17 £67,711 -24.77% 6
North West -84 12 £65,000 +19.60% 7
Scotland -83 10 £65,000 -3.70% 3
Midlands -111 10 £52,500 -34.38% 1
East of England - 9 £55,000 - 4
Yorkshire -104 7 £62,500 +13.64% 1
West Midlands -96 5 £80,000 - 1
East Midlands - 5 £52,500 -
North East - 5 £62,500 - 2
Wales -42 2 £50,000 +31.58%

For the 6 months to 20 September 2021, IT jobs citing NCSC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for NCSC.

1 106 (54.64%) CISSP
2 100 (51.55%) Cybersecurity
3 86 (44.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 83 (42.78%) Information Security
5 68 (35.05%) Security Cleared
6 67 (34.54%) Risk Management
6 67 (34.54%) NIST
7 62 (31.96%) CISM
8 52 (26.80%) SC Cleared
9 51 (26.29%) Security Architecture
10 47 (24.23%) Azure
11 44 (22.68%) Social Skills
12 34 (17.53%) SIEM
13 33 (17.01%) Information Assurance
13 33 (17.01%) Agile Software Development
14 32 (16.49%) TOGAF
14 32 (16.49%) CESG Certified Professional
15 29 (14.95%) Risk Assessment
16 27 (13.92%) Cisco Certification
16 27 (13.92%) Analytical Skills
17 25 (12.89%) Security Operations
17 25 (12.89%) Security Management
17 25 (12.89%) AWS
17 25 (12.89%) JSP 440
18 23 (11.86%) SABSA
18 23 (11.86%) Public Sector
19 22 (11.34%) Problem-Solving
19 22 (11.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
19 22 (11.34%) (ISC)2 CCSP
19 22 (11.34%) Firewall

NCSC
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 (2.58%) IIS
2 2 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.03%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.03%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.52%) Drupal
3 1 (0.52%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
1 2 (1.03%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.06%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.52%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 47 (24.23%) Azure
2 25 (12.89%) AWS
3 15 (7.73%) Microsoft 365
4 6 (3.09%) GCP
5 4 (2.06%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.06%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (1.03%) GitHub
6 2 (1.03%) IaaS
6 2 (1.03%) PaaS
7 1 (0.52%) Amazon ECS
7 1 (0.52%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.52%) AWS Fargate
7 1 (0.52%) Azure Sentinel
7 1 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.52%) GitHub Actions
7 1 (0.52%) HP Helion
7 1 (0.52%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.52%) SaaS
7 1 (0.52%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 22 (11.34%) Firewall
2 21 (10.82%) Network Security
3 11 (5.67%) SSL
4 6 (3.09%) DHCP
4 6 (3.09%) DNS
4 6 (3.09%) Internet
4 6 (3.09%) TCP/IP
4 6 (3.09%) WAN
5 4 (2.06%) Unified Communications
6 2 (1.03%) Ethernet
6 2 (1.03%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (1.03%) ISDN
6 2 (1.03%) Kerberos
6 2 (1.03%) SAN
6 2 (1.03%) Wireless
7 1 (0.52%) 4G
7 1 (0.52%) 5G
7 1 (0.52%) Broadband
7 1 (0.52%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (0.52%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.15%) NoSQL
2 3 (1.55%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.52%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 7 (3.61%) Burp Suite
2 3 (1.55%) JIRA
3 2 (1.03%) Snyk
4 1 (0.52%) git-flow
4 1 (0.52%) GitLab
4 1 (0.52%) Terragrunt
4 1 (0.52%) Vagrant
General
1 44 (22.68%) Social Skills
2 27 (13.92%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (11.86%) Public Sector
4 11 (5.67%) Finance
5 8 (4.12%) Military
6 7 (3.61%) Legal
7 6 (3.09%) Local Government
8 3 (1.55%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 3 (1.55%) Law
8 3 (1.55%) Manufacturing
9 2 (1.03%) Marketing
9 2 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.52%) Billing
10 1 (0.52%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (0.52%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.52%) Retail
Job Titles
1 42 (21.65%) Consultant
2 35 (18.04%) Architect
3 30 (15.46%) Security Architect
4 22 (11.34%) Security Consultant
5 18 (9.28%) Security Manager
6 17 (8.76%) Security Engineer
7 14 (7.22%) Cybersecurity Engineer
8 13 (6.70%) Information Security Consultant
9 11 (5.67%) Cybersecurity Manager
9 11 (5.67%) SOC Engineer
10 10 (5.15%) Java Engineer
10 10 (5.15%) Java Software Engineer
10 10 (5.15%) Risk Consultant
10 10 (5.15%) Software Engineer
11 9 (4.64%) Systems Engineer
12 8 (4.12%) Analyst
12 8 (4.12%) Security Officer
13 7 (3.61%) Cybersecurity Architect
13 7 (3.61%) Information Security Officer
13 7 (3.61%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.15%) AngularJS
1 10 (5.15%) CSS
1 10 (5.15%) CSS3
1 10 (5.15%) Java EE
1 10 (5.15%) LDAP
1 10 (5.15%) React
1 10 (5.15%) RESTful
1 10 (5.15%) SAML
1 10 (5.15%) Spring
1 10 (5.15%) Spring Boot
1 10 (5.15%) Spring Security
1 10 (5.15%) Vue.js
2 4 (2.06%) Web Services
3 2 (1.03%) ARM Templates
3 2 (1.03%) ModSecurity
3 2 (1.03%) REST
4 1 (0.52%) PySpark
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.31%) Management Information System
2 18 (9.28%) Cyberthreat
3 15 (7.73%) Security Operations Centre
4 11 (5.67%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (5.15%) Cyberattack
6 8 (4.12%) BYOD
6 8 (4.12%) CESG
7 7 (3.61%) Data Protection Act
8 6 (3.09%) Data Centre
8 6 (3.09%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.55%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (1.03%) Freedom of Information
10 2 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (1.03%) Legacy Systems
10 2 (1.03%) Mobile App
10 2 (1.03%) NHS
10 2 (1.03%) PKI
10 2 (1.03%) Smart Energy
10 2 (1.03%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.52%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 17 (8.76%) Linux
2 11 (5.67%) Windows
3 8 (4.12%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.03%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.52%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (51.55%) Cybersecurity
2 83 (42.78%) Information Security
3 67 (34.54%) Risk Management
4 51 (26.29%) Security Architecture
5 34 (17.53%) SIEM
6 33 (17.01%) Agile Software Development
6 33 (17.01%) Information Assurance
7 32 (16.49%) TOGAF
8 29 (14.95%) Risk Assessment
9 25 (12.89%) Security Management
9 25 (12.89%) Security Operations
10 23 (11.86%) SABSA
11 22 (11.34%) Problem-Solving
12 21 (10.82%) Open Source
12 21 (10.82%) Penetration Testing
13 19 (9.79%) Information Security Management
14 18 (9.28%) Identity Access Management
14 18 (9.28%) Project Delivery
15 17 (8.76%) ISMS
16 16 (8.25%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 17 (8.76%) Java
2 15 (7.73%) SQL
3 14 (7.22%) Python
4 6 (3.09%) PowerShell
5 3 (1.55%) C
6 2 (1.03%) Bash Shell
6 2 (1.03%) Perl
7 1 (0.52%) Julia
7 1 (0.52%) R
7 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 106 (54.64%) CISSP
2 68 (35.05%) Security Cleared
3 62 (31.96%) CISM
4 52 (26.80%) SC Cleared
5 32 (16.49%) CESG Certified Professional
6 27 (13.92%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (11.34%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 18 (9.28%) CISA
8 18 (9.28%) Degree
9 16 (8.25%) DV Cleared
10 15 (7.73%) SSCP
11 14 (7.22%) CEH
12 9 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
12 9 (4.64%) SANS
13 6 (3.09%) CREST Certified
14 5 (2.58%) CCNA
14 5 (2.58%) CSSLP
15 4 (2.06%) CCNP
15 4 (2.06%) OSCP
16 3 (1.55%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (44.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 67 (34.54%) NIST
3 25 (12.89%) JSP 440
4 22 (11.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 21 (10.82%) Cyber Essentials
5 21 (10.82%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 20 (10.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 19 (9.79%) PCI DSS
8 15 (7.73%) GDPR
9 11 (5.67%) RMADS
10 9 (4.64%) GRC
11 3 (1.55%) QA
12 2 (1.03%) COBIT
12 2 (1.03%) ISO 31000
12 2 (1.03%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.52%) IASME
13 1 (0.52%) ITGC
System Software
1 12 (6.19%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.06%) Hyper-V
2 4 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.55%) Firmware
4 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (1.03%) vSphere
5 1 (0.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 16 (8.25%) Nessus
2 14 (7.22%) Ansible
2 14 (7.22%) Single Sign-On
3 11 (5.67%) Terraform
4 2 (1.03%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 2 (1.03%) HP Fortify
4 2 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.52%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.52%) Bitnami
5 1 (0.52%) Consul
5 1 (0.52%) CSIRT
5 1 (0.52%) Nexpose
5 1 (0.52%) Packer
5 1 (0.52%) Puppet
5 1 (0.52%) SCCM
5 1 (0.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (6.70%) Microsoft
2 8 (4.12%) VMware
3 7 (3.61%) Cisco
4 4 (2.06%) Dell
4 4 (2.06%) JD Edwards
5 3 (1.55%) Google
6 2 (1.03%) CheckPoint
6 2 (1.03%) Fortinet
6 2 (1.03%) Qualys
6 2 (1.03%) Rapid7
7 1 (0.52%) BT
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle
7 1 (0.52%) TOWER Software