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 28 August 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Forensics
Rank 614 613 581
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -32
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 11 3 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.019% 0.005% 0.013%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.024% 0.007% 0.018%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
Average daily rate
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£275 £275 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -26.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 - £165
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £38.09 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.09 - -

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
45650 42374 39473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.94% 76.20% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29733 26205 24236
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1234 1151 1099
Average hourly rate £31.44 £23.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.78% -18.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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
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 6 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 28 August 2015. 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
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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 -4 11 £275 - 6
Essex - 7 £275 -
East of England - 7 £275 -
Brentwood - 4 - -
London +19 3 - - 1
Midlands - 1 - -

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 16 (64.00%) Linux
1 16 (64.00%) Degree
2 15 (60.00%) Cyber Security
3 14 (56.00%) Windows
4 11 (44.00%) UNIX
5 10 (40.00%) Information Security
6 9 (36.00%) Security Cleared
7 8 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 8 (32.00%) Vulnerability Management
7 8 (32.00%) VMware
7 8 (32.00%) VMware ESX
8 7 (28.00%) Ethical Hacking
8 7 (28.00%) Intrusion Detection
9 6 (24.00%) Analytics
9 6 (24.00%) Information Security Management
9 6 (24.00%) Security Management
9 6 (24.00%) CISSP
9 6 (24.00%) ITIL
10 5 (20.00%) SQL
10 5 (20.00%) SQL Server
10 5 (20.00%) SAN
10 5 (20.00%) Microsoft
10 5 (20.00%) MS Access
10 5 (20.00%) Management Information System
10 5 (20.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 5 (20.00%) Computer Science
10 5 (20.00%) PCI DSS
10 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
10 5 (20.00%) Fibre Channel
11 4 (16.00%) SIEM

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 3 (12.00%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (16.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (12.00%) MS Visio
2 3 (12.00%) MS Project
3 2 (8.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (28.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 5 (20.00%) SAN
2 5 (20.00%) Fibre Channel
3 3 (12.00%) Firewall
3 3 (12.00%) SSH
3 3 (12.00%) HTTP
3 3 (12.00%) VPN
3 3 (12.00%) SSL
4 1 (4.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (4.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.00%) SQL Server
1 5 (20.00%) MS Access
2 3 (12.00%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (12.00%) Data Mining
2 3 (12.00%) Hadoop
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
1 3 (12.00%) Financial Institution
2 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.00%) Automotive
2 1 (4.00%) Legal
2 1 (4.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (60.00%) Analyst
2 11 (44.00%) Security Analyst
2 11 (44.00%) Cyber Security Analyst
3 6 (24.00%) Network Engineer
4 5 (20.00%) Security Engineer
5 4 (16.00%) Incident Analyst
5 4 (16.00%) Network Support Engineer
5 4 (16.00%) Network Support
5 4 (16.00%) Support Engineer
5 4 (16.00%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (12.00%) Senior Security Analyst
7 2 (8.00%) Information Security Engineer
8 1 (4.00%) Senior Security Engineer
8 1 (4.00%) Network Security Analyst
8 1 (4.00%) Network Analyst
8 1 (4.00%) Network Security Engineer
8 1 (4.00%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.00%) Management Information System
1 5 (20.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (12.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 3 (12.00%) Data Centre
3 3 (12.00%) PKI
3 3 (12.00%) Taxonomies
4 2 (8.00%) Mathematics
5 1 (4.00%) Cryptography
5 1 (4.00%) Economics
5 1 (4.00%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 16 (64.00%) Linux
2 14 (56.00%) Windows
3 11 (44.00%) UNIX
4 3 (12.00%) AIX
4 3 (12.00%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (60.00%) Cyber Security
2 10 (40.00%) Information Security
3 8 (32.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 7 (28.00%) Ethical Hacking
5 6 (24.00%) ITIL
5 6 (24.00%) Information Security Management
5 6 (24.00%) Security Management
5 6 (24.00%) Analytics
6 4 (16.00%) Reverse Engineering
6 4 (16.00%) Network Architecture
6 4 (16.00%) SIEM
6 4 (16.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 3 (12.00%) Document Management
7 3 (12.00%) Information Assurance
7 3 (12.00%) Change Management
7 3 (12.00%) PRINCE
7 3 (12.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (12.00%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (12.00%) Line Management
7 3 (12.00%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) Bash Shell
2 3 (12.00%) Perl
Qualifications
1 16 (64.00%) Degree
2 9 (36.00%) Security Cleared
3 6 (24.00%) CISSP
4 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (12.00%) GCIA
5 3 (12.00%) GCIH
6 2 (8.00%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (4.00%) BC Cleared
7 1 (4.00%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.00%) PCI DSS
2 3 (12.00%) COSO
2 3 (12.00%) SLA
2 3 (12.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (12.00%) COBIT
System Software
1 8 (32.00%) VMware ESX
1 8 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (20.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Vendors
1 8 (32.00%) VMware
2 5 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (12.00%) Cisco
3 3 (12.00%) Remedy
3 3 (12.00%) McAfee
4 2 (8.00%) BMC
5 1 (4.00%) Oracle