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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Forensics
Rank 593 577 573
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -4
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 10 9 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.017% 0.006%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.023% 0.022% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 2
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£350 £369 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.08% -1.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 - -
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
42683 40843 36923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.49% 76.03% 74.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 27538 25481 22182
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 £288 £275 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1145 1208 1092
Average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.20% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.43 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 2 July 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 9 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 2 July 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 -13 10 £350 -5.08% 4
South West - 5 £300 -
Bristol - 5 £300 -
South East -20 4 £413 -
Basingstoke - 2 - -
Reading - 2 £413 -
Berkshire - 2 £413 -
Hampshire - 2 - -
Midlands - 1 - -

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 (50.00%) Linux
2 12 (46.15%) Degree
3 11 (42.31%) Cyber Security
3 11 (42.31%) Windows
3 11 (42.31%) Information Security
4 8 (30.77%) Intrusion Detection
4 8 (30.77%) PCI DSS
5 7 (26.92%) Analytics
6 6 (23.08%) Finance
6 6 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (23.08%) E-Discovery
6 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
7 5 (19.23%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (19.23%) Fibre Channel
7 5 (19.23%) SIEM
7 5 (19.23%) Network Architecture
7 5 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (19.23%) GCIH
7 5 (19.23%) Management Information System
7 5 (19.23%) MS Excel
7 5 (19.23%) MS Access
7 5 (19.23%) SQL
7 5 (19.23%) SQL Server
7 5 (19.23%) ITIL
7 5 (19.23%) UNIX
7 5 (19.23%) CISSP
7 5 (19.23%) SAN
8 4 (15.38%) PRINCE
8 4 (15.38%) Middleware

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 (19.23%) MS Excel
2 4 (15.38%) MS Visio
2 4 (15.38%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 8 (30.77%) Intrusion Detection
2 5 (19.23%) SAN
2 5 (19.23%) Fibre Channel
3 4 (15.38%) SSH
3 4 (15.38%) HTTP
3 4 (15.38%) VPN
3 4 (15.38%) SSL
4 3 (11.54%) Firewall
4 3 (11.54%) Network Security
5 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (19.23%) SQL Server
1 5 (19.23%) MS Access
2 3 (11.54%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (11.54%) Data Mining
2 3 (11.54%) Hadoop
General
1 6 (23.08%) Finance
2 4 (15.38%) Financial Institution
3 2 (7.69%) Legal
4 1 (3.85%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.85%) Law
Job Titles
1 16 (61.54%) Analyst
2 7 (26.92%) Network Engineer
3 6 (23.08%) Security Analyst
3 6 (23.08%) Business Analyst
3 6 (23.08%) Cyber Security Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Incident Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Security Engineer
5 4 (15.38%) Network Support Engineer
5 4 (15.38%) Network Support
5 4 (15.38%) Support Engineer
6 3 (11.54%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (11.54%) Senior Security Analyst
7 2 (7.69%) Network Security Engineer
8 1 (3.85%) Support Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Security Engineer
8 1 (3.85%) Cyber Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (19.23%) Management Information System
1 5 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (15.38%) PKI
2 4 (15.38%) Data Centre
3 3 (11.54%) Taxonomies
3 3 (11.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (3.85%) Cryptography
4 1 (3.85%) Economics
4 1 (3.85%) Mathematics
4 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.85%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 13 (50.00%) Linux
2 11 (42.31%) Windows
3 5 (19.23%) UNIX
4 4 (15.38%) AIX
4 4 (15.38%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (42.31%) Information Security
1 11 (42.31%) Cyber Security
2 7 (26.92%) Analytics
3 6 (23.08%) E-Discovery
3 6 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (19.23%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 5 (19.23%) ITIL
4 5 (19.23%) SIEM
4 5 (19.23%) Network Architecture
5 4 (15.38%) Reverse Engineering
5 4 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (15.38%) Root Cause Analysis
5 4 (15.38%) Patch Management
5 4 (15.38%) Mentoring
5 4 (15.38%) PRINCE
5 4 (15.38%) Change Management
5 4 (15.38%) Information Security Management
5 4 (15.38%) Security Management
5 4 (15.38%) Document Management
5 4 (15.38%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) SQL
2 3 (11.54%) Bash Shell
2 3 (11.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 12 (46.15%) Degree
2 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
3 5 (19.23%) GCIH
3 5 (19.23%) CISSP
4 4 (15.38%) GCIA
5 3 (11.54%) SC Cleared
6 2 (7.69%) CEH
7 1 (3.85%) DV Cleared
7 1 (3.85%) OSCP
7 1 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (3.85%) GIAC
7 1 (3.85%) MCP
7 1 (3.85%) MCSE
7 1 (3.85%) CCNP
7 1 (3.85%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (30.77%) PCI DSS
2 4 (15.38%) COSO
2 4 (15.38%) COBIT
3 1 (3.85%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (7.69%) VMware ESX
Vendors
1 4 (15.38%) Cisco
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
1 4 (15.38%) McAfee
2 2 (7.69%) VMware
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle