The table below looks at the statistics for Digital Forensics skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Digital Forensics over the 3 months to 28 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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
28 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Digital Forensics
UK
Rank 578 621 592
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -29
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 13 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.029% 0.027% 0.027%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.034% 0.033% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 6 11
Median daily rate £363 £550 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.09% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £588 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £308 £588 £350
% change year-on-year
-47.65% +67.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £38.50 £50.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £50.00 -
% change year-on-year
-23.00% -

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
37689 42354 41014
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.80% 82.71% 79.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 25059 27695 25866
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £298 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £399
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +0.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 937 1158 1097
Median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +41.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +37.93%

Digital Forensics
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Digital Forensics as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 28 February 2017.

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 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK over the 3 months to 28 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +14 10 £383 -30.45% 6
East of England - 7 £265 -
Essex - 6 £265 -
London +14 3 £500 -2.43% 4
Wales - 3 £363 -
South Wales - 3 £363 -
Cardiff - 2 £363 -
Brentwood - 1 - -
Watford - 1 £525 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £525 -

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Digital Forensics also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Digital Forensics.

1 20 (64.52%) Degree
2 19 (61.29%) Cybersecurity
2 19 (61.29%) Windows
2 19 (61.29%) Linux
3 16 (51.61%) Forensic Analysis
4 15 (48.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (48.39%) VMware
5 12 (38.71%) VMware ESX
5 12 (38.71%) Unix
5 12 (38.71%) Vulnerability Management
6 10 (32.26%) Computer Science
7 9 (29.03%) PCI DSS
7 9 (29.03%) CISSP
7 9 (29.03%) Ethical Hacking
8 8 (25.81%) Information Security
8 8 (25.81%) EnCase
9 7 (22.58%) SIEM
9 7 (22.58%) Finance
10 5 (16.13%) Cisco
10 5 (16.13%) Python
10 5 (16.13%) CISM
10 5 (16.13%) Firewall
10 5 (16.13%) E-Discovery
10 5 (16.13%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (12.90%) Cellebrite
11 4 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
11 4 (12.90%) Network Packet Analysis
11 4 (12.90%) SANS
11 4 (12.90%) Legal
11 4 (12.90%) GIAC

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (6.45%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (6.45%) MS Excel
1 2 (6.45%) MS Project
1 2 (6.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Relativity
1 2 (6.45%) Ringtail
1 2 (6.45%) Veritas eDiscovery
Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.13%) Firewall
2 4 (12.90%) Intrusion Detection
3 3 (9.68%) TCP/IP
3 3 (9.68%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (6.45%) HTTP
4 2 (6.45%) Internet
4 2 (6.45%) SSH
4 2 (6.45%) SSL
4 2 (6.45%) VPN
4 2 (6.45%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.45%) Data Mining
1 2 (6.45%) EDRMS
General
1 7 (22.58%) Finance
2 4 (12.90%) Legal
3 2 (6.45%) Automotive
3 2 (6.45%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.23%) Law
Job Titles
1 19 (61.29%) Analyst
2 13 (41.94%) Security Analyst
3 9 (29.03%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 7 (22.58%) Incident Analyst
5 6 (19.35%) Consultant
6 5 (16.13%) Forensic Analyst
7 4 (12.90%) Digital Analyst
7 4 (12.90%) Forensic Consultant
7 4 (12.90%) SOC Analyst
8 2 (6.45%) Incident Handler
8 2 (6.45%) Security Consultant
9 1 (3.23%) Administrator
9 1 (3.23%) Forensic Manager
9 1 (3.23%) Head of Information
9 1 (3.23%) Incident Manager
9 1 (3.23%) Information Analyst
9 1 (3.23%) Information Security Analyst
9 1 (3.23%) Information Security Consultant
9 1 (3.23%) Security Engineer
9 1 (3.23%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.45%) Middleware
1 2 (6.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (32.26%) Computer Science
2 4 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (9.68%) Management Information System
4 2 (6.45%) Data Centre
4 2 (6.45%) PKI
5 1 (3.23%) Cyber Defence
5 1 (3.23%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 19 (61.29%) Linux
1 19 (61.29%) Windows
2 12 (38.71%) Unix
3 2 (6.45%) AIX
3 2 (6.45%) Mac OS X
3 2 (6.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (61.29%) Cybersecurity
2 16 (51.61%) Forensic Analysis
3 12 (38.71%) Vulnerability Management
4 9 (29.03%) Ethical Hacking
5 8 (25.81%) Information Security
6 7 (22.58%) SIEM
7 5 (16.13%) E-Discovery
7 5 (16.13%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (12.90%) ITIL
8 4 (12.90%) Network Packet Analysis
9 3 (9.68%) Computer Forensics
9 3 (9.68%) GAP Analysis
10 2 (6.45%) Analytics
10 2 (6.45%) Computer Security
10 2 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
10 2 (6.45%) Identity Access Management
10 2 (6.45%) Incident Management
10 2 (6.45%) Network Architecture
10 2 (6.45%) Penetration Testing
10 2 (6.45%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 5 (16.13%) Python
2 2 (6.45%) Perl
2 2 (6.45%) PowerShell
2 2 (6.45%) SQL
2 2 (6.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (64.52%) Degree
2 9 (29.03%) CISSP
3 5 (16.13%) CISM
4 4 (12.90%) GCIH
4 4 (12.90%) GIAC
4 4 (12.90%) SANS
5 2 (6.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 2 (6.45%) CCSP
5 2 (6.45%) CEH
5 2 (6.45%) CISA
5 2 (6.45%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (6.45%) GCIA
6 1 (3.23%) SC Cleared
6 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (29.03%) PCI DSS
2 3 (9.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (6.45%) COBIT
3 2 (6.45%) COSO
3 2 (6.45%) GPG for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence
3 2 (6.45%) SAS 70
4 1 (3.23%) QA
4 1 (3.23%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (48.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (38.71%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (25.81%) EnCase
2 3 (9.68%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (6.45%) CSIRT
3 2 (6.45%) FTK
3 2 (6.45%) RSA Security Analytics
3 2 (6.45%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 15 (48.39%) VMware
2 5 (16.13%) Cisco
3 4 (12.90%) Cellebrite
3 4 (12.90%) Microsoft
4 2 (6.45%) Intel Security
4 2 (6.45%) LogRhythm
4 2 (6.45%) NetWitness
4 2 (6.45%) Nuix
4 2 (6.45%) Rapid7
4 2 (6.45%) Symantec
5 1 (3.23%) Dell