The UK’s National Occupational Standards (NOS) for IT, Cyber Security and Analytics

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If you are an employer/professional with an interest/expertise in the areas of Software Development, Machine Learning/AI and Cyber Security, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are looking for your input to help expand the range of National Occupational Standards (NOS) in these areas.

ODAG Consultants Ltd and Sagacity Research are leading on the research. To get involved, please review the documentation and provide feedback by email or through the online consultation questionnaire.

The consultation will close on 5 February .

Find out more below about the standards, and click here to get involved


National Occupational Standards (NOS) – what are they?

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a series of documents describing the competences, knowledge and understanding that individuals need to undertake particular job tasks. Typically, they are drawn up by sector specialists who, through a process of focused research and extensive stakeholder consultation, will develop and set out NOS in a common format which allows them to be easily accessed and used by individuals and organisations across the UK. All NOS documents are freely available for use on-line at

National Occupational Standards (NOS) – what are they for?

NOS documents are used by a wide range of organisations and individuals and for a variety of purposes. Some of the main ones though include:

  • employers – when looking to develop a job description when recruiting new staff.
  • employers – when undertaking workforce planning or developing appraisal systems.
  • employers/education and training providers – when developing apprenticeships.
  • awarding bodies – when creating work-relevant qualifications.
  • individuals – when assessing their skills/experience with those needed for particular jobs.

The NOS review – who should get involved?

As noted above, NOS are really for everyone, and as such we welcome comments from all individuals or organisations with an interest in them – by collecting feedback from a wide range of employers, public bodies, education/training providers and individuals we hope to ensure that the standards are up-to-date, fit for purpose, and fully reflective of user needs.