The table below looks at the statistics for Digital Forensics skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Digital Forensics over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Digital Forensics
Rank 638 609 615
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +6
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 20 22 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.036% 0.039% 0.005%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.044% 0.050% 0.007%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 12 1
Average daily rate £650 £531 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.35% +37.09%
UK excluding London average daily rate £700 £406 -
% change year-on-year
+72.30% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £50.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
45575 43990 42356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.77% 77.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30098 27401 26461
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1047 1276 1199
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%

Digital Forensics
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Digital Forensics Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Digital Forensics
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK.

Digital Forensics Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Digital Forensics
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Digital Forensics Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Digital Forensics
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK.

Digital Forensics Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Digital Forensics
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -32 19 £650 +22.35% 7
South East -20 11 £700 +67.16% 3
Hampshire +4 10 £700 +64.70%
Basingstoke +2 10 £700 -
London -5 6 £525 -12.50% 1
South West +5 1 £485 +61.66% 1
Warrington - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 £485 -
North West - 1 - -

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Digital Forensics also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Digital Forensics.

1 19 (57.58%) Cybersecurity
2 18 (54.55%) Degree
3 16 (48.48%) SIEM
3 16 (48.48%) CISSP
4 15 (45.45%) Information Security
4 15 (45.45%) Root Cause Analysis
4 15 (45.45%) Analytics
4 15 (45.45%) RSA Security Analytics
5 14 (42.42%) Security Operations
5 14 (42.42%) Mentoring
5 14 (42.42%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 13 (39.39%) Continuous Improvement
6 13 (39.39%) Intel Security
7 12 (36.36%) Cisco
7 12 (36.36%) Intrusion Detection
8 11 (33.33%) Windows
8 11 (33.33%) Finance
9 10 (30.30%) GCIA
9 10 (30.30%) GCIH
9 10 (30.30%) Microsoft
10 8 (24.24%) MS Project
10 8 (24.24%) Linux
10 8 (24.24%) MS Visio
10 8 (24.24%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (21.21%) NetWitness
11 7 (21.21%) EnCase
11 7 (21.21%) VPN
11 7 (21.21%) Solaris
11 7 (21.21%) Network Architecture
12 6 (18.18%) Document Management

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Digital Forensics also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Digital Forensics. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.03%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (3.03%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (24.24%) MS Project
1 8 (24.24%) MS Visio
2 5 (15.15%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Relativity
1 2 (6.06%) Veritas eDiscovery
Communications & Networking
1 12 (36.36%) Intrusion Detection
2 7 (21.21%) VPN
3 6 (18.18%) HTTP
3 6 (18.18%) SSH
3 6 (18.18%) SSL
4 5 (15.15%) Firewall
5 3 (9.09%) tcpdump
5 3 (9.09%) Wireshark
6 2 (6.06%) Network Security
7 1 (3.03%) Internet
7 1 (3.03%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.09%) GIS
Development Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Metasploit
General
1 11 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (9.09%) Financial Institution
2 3 (9.09%) Legal
3 2 (6.06%) Law
4 1 (3.03%) Automotive
4 1 (3.03%) Banking
4 1 (3.03%) Military
4 1 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (66.67%) Analyst
2 16 (48.48%) Incident Analyst
3 8 (24.24%) Security Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Senior Incident Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Senior Security Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Architect
5 2 (6.06%) Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) E-Discovery Specialist
6 1 (3.03%) Forensic Analyst
6 1 (3.03%) Forensic Investigator
6 1 (3.03%) Information Analyst
6 1 (3.03%) Information Security Analyst
6 1 (3.03%) Infrastructure Architect
6 1 (3.03%) Process Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) Product Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) Security Architect
6 1 (3.03%) Security Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.09%) Middleware
2 1 (3.03%) D3.js
2 1 (3.03%) Lucene
Miscellaneous
1 8 (24.24%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (18.18%) PKI
3 4 (12.12%) Computer Science
3 4 (12.12%) Data Centre
3 4 (12.12%) Management Information System
4 3 (9.09%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (6.06%) CESG
5 2 (6.06%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (3.03%) CESG CLAS
6 1 (3.03%) Cryptography
6 1 (3.03%) Cyber Attack
6 1 (3.03%) Cybercrime
6 1 (3.03%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (3.03%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (3.03%) Mathematics
6 1 (3.03%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (3.03%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 11 (33.33%) Windows
2 8 (24.24%) Linux
3 7 (21.21%) Solaris
4 6 (18.18%) AIX
5 2 (6.06%) Unix
6 1 (3.03%) Android
6 1 (3.03%) Apple iOS
6 1 (3.03%) Mac OS X
6 1 (3.03%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (3.03%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (57.58%) Cybersecurity
2 16 (48.48%) SIEM
3 15 (45.45%) Analytics
3 15 (45.45%) Information Security
3 15 (45.45%) Root Cause Analysis
4 14 (42.42%) Mentoring
4 14 (42.42%) Security Operations
4 14 (42.42%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 13 (39.39%) Continuous Improvement
6 7 (21.21%) Network Architecture
7 6 (18.18%) Document Management
8 5 (15.15%) ITIL
8 5 (15.15%) Security Management
9 4 (12.12%) Change Management
9 4 (12.12%) Information Security Management
9 4 (12.12%) Patch Management
9 4 (12.12%) PRINCE
10 3 (9.09%) E-Discovery
10 3 (9.09%) Project Management
10 3 (9.09%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.06%) Python
2 1 (3.03%) Java
2 1 (3.03%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 18 (54.55%) Degree
2 16 (48.48%) CISSP
3 10 (30.30%) GCIA
3 10 (30.30%) GCIH
4 4 (12.12%) GCFA
4 4 (12.12%) GCFE
4 4 (12.12%) GIAC
5 3 (9.09%) CFCE
5 3 (9.09%) CISM
5 3 (9.09%) EnCE
5 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
6 2 (6.06%) CESG Certified Professional
6 2 (6.06%) CISA
6 2 (6.06%) CRISC
6 2 (6.06%) SC Cleared
7 1 (3.03%) CCFP
7 1 (3.03%) CLAS
7 1 (3.03%) GREM
7 1 (3.03%) IISP
7 1 (3.03%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (18.18%) COBIT
2 5 (15.15%) PCI DSS
3 4 (12.12%) COSO
3 4 (12.12%) SAS 70
4 3 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (3.03%) FISMA
5 1 (3.03%) HMG Infosec
5 1 (3.03%) ISO 9001
5 1 (3.03%) JSP 440
5 1 (3.03%) PA-DSS
5 1 (3.03%) QA
5 1 (3.03%) RMADS
System Software
1 3 (9.09%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.03%) VMware ESX
2 1 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (45.45%) RSA Security Analytics
2 7 (21.21%) EnCase
3 4 (12.12%) FTK
4 1 (3.03%) Nessus
4 1 (3.03%) Nmap
Vendors
1 13 (39.39%) Intel Security
2 12 (36.36%) Cisco
3 10 (30.30%) Microsoft
4 7 (21.21%) NetWitness
5 4 (12.12%) Remedy
6 3 (9.09%) ArcSight
6 3 (9.09%) Nuix
6 3 (9.09%) Rapid7
6 3 (9.09%) Splunk
7 2 (6.06%) dtSearch
7 2 (6.06%) Recommind
8 1 (3.03%) VMware