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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Forensics
Rank 592 574 539
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -35
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 15 8 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.015% 0.021%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.036% 0.020% 0.029%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 2
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£419 £388 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.06% -18.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £388 £455
10% offered a daily rate of more than £541 £388 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £28.99 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £28.99 -

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
41485 39369 34836
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.59% 74.79% 73.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 26264 24909 20841
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1203 1184 1052
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £48.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 2015.

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 13 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 22 May 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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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 -18 15 £419 +8.06% 4
South East - 8 £425 -
South West - 5 £300 -
Hampshire - 5 £444 -
Bristol - 5 £300 -
Basingstoke - 3 - -
Reading - 3 £413 -
Berkshire - 3 £413 -
Southampton - 2 £444 -
London -14 1 £620 +60.00% 3
Brentwood - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 13 (46.43%) Degree
2 12 (42.86%) Linux
2 12 (42.86%) Information Security
3 10 (35.71%) Windows
3 10 (35.71%) Cyber Security
4 9 (32.14%) Intrusion Detection
5 8 (28.57%) PCI DSS
5 8 (28.57%) Finance
6 7 (25.00%) GCIH
6 7 (25.00%) CISSP
6 7 (25.00%) Analytics
7 6 (21.43%) Security Cleared
7 6 (21.43%) E-Discovery
7 6 (21.43%) Incident Management
7 6 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (17.86%) Firewall
8 5 (17.86%) Management Information System
8 5 (17.86%) SAN
8 5 (17.86%) MS Excel
8 5 (17.86%) MS Access
8 5 (17.86%) SQL Server
8 5 (17.86%) ITIL
8 5 (17.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 5 (17.86%) Fibre Channel
8 5 (17.86%) SIEM
9 4 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
9 4 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

Applications
1 5 (17.86%) MS Excel
2 4 (14.29%) MS Project
2 4 (14.29%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 9 (32.14%) Intrusion Detection
2 5 (17.86%) Firewall
2 5 (17.86%) SAN
2 5 (17.86%) Fibre Channel
3 4 (14.29%) HTTP
3 4 (14.29%) VPN
3 4 (14.29%) SSL
3 4 (14.29%) SSH
4 3 (10.71%) Internet
4 3 (10.71%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.86%) MS Access
1 5 (17.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (10.71%) Data Mining
2 3 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (10.71%) Hadoop
General
1 8 (28.57%) Finance
2 4 (14.29%) Financial Institution
3 3 (10.71%) Legal
4 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.57%) Law
4 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (57.14%) Analyst
2 7 (25.00%) Network Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) Business Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) Security Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) Security Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) Cyber Security Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) Incident Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) Network Support Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) Network Support
5 4 (14.29%) Support Engineer
6 3 (10.71%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (10.71%) Senior Security Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) Network Security Engineer
8 1 (3.57%) Senior Security Engineer
8 1 (3.57%) Forensic Analyst
8 1 (3.57%) Cyber Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.86%) Management Information System
2 4 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (14.29%) PKI
3 3 (10.71%) Taxonomies
3 3 (10.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (7.14%) Computer Science
5 1 (3.57%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (3.57%) Freedom of Information Act
5 1 (3.57%) Mathematics
5 1 (3.57%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (3.57%) Economics
5 1 (3.57%) Cybercrime
Operating Systems
1 12 (42.86%) Linux
2 10 (35.71%) Windows
3 4 (14.29%) UNIX
3 4 (14.29%) AIX
3 4 (14.29%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (42.86%) Information Security
2 10 (35.71%) Cyber Security
3 7 (25.00%) Analytics
4 6 (21.43%) E-Discovery
4 6 (21.43%) Incident Management
4 6 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (17.86%) ITIL
5 5 (17.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 5 (17.86%) SIEM
6 4 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
6 4 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (14.29%) Network Architecture
6 4 (14.29%) PRINCE
6 4 (14.29%) Document Management
6 4 (14.29%) Ethical Hacking
6 4 (14.29%) Information Security Management
6 4 (14.29%) Security Management
6 4 (14.29%) Change Management
7 3 (10.71%) Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 4 (14.29%) SQL
2 3 (10.71%) Perl
2 3 (10.71%) Bash Shell
3 1 (3.57%) C
Qualifications
1 13 (46.43%) Degree
2 7 (25.00%) GCIH
2 7 (25.00%) CISSP
3 6 (21.43%) Security Cleared
4 4 (14.29%) GCIA
4 4 (14.29%) CEH
5 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
6 2 (7.14%) EnCE
7 1 (3.57%) GIAC
7 1 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (3.57%) CCNP
7 1 (3.57%) CCNA
7 1 (3.57%) MCP
7 1 (3.57%) MCSE
7 1 (3.57%) DV Cleared
7 1 (3.57%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (28.57%) PCI DSS
2 4 (14.29%) COSO
2 4 (14.29%) COBIT
3 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (7.14%) VMware ESX
Vendors
1 4 (14.29%) McAfee
1 4 (14.29%) Cisco
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) VMware