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 24 October 2014 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Digital Forensics
Rank 607 570 584
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +14
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 6 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.010% 0.013% 0.007%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.014% 0.018% 0.010%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 2
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£275 £310 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.29% -23.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £194 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £322 £481
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £245 -
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
42997 38902 39217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.67% 74.17% 71.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 24141 22845
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1190 1157 1447
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 2014. 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 -28 6 £275 -11.29% 1
London -3 4 £350 +12.90% 1
City of London +16 2 £500 +61.29%
West Midlands -20 1 £350 +42.85%
East Midlands - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
South Croydon - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 5 (38.46%) E-Discovery
2 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
2 4 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
2 4 (30.77%) Finance
3 3 (23.08%) Penetration Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
3 3 (23.08%) Information Security
3 3 (23.08%) Windows
3 3 (23.08%) Cyber Security
4 2 (15.38%) SQL
4 2 (15.38%) Oracle
4 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
4 2 (15.38%) Linux
4 2 (15.38%) Degree
4 2 (15.38%) Legal
4 2 (15.38%) UNIX
4 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
5 1 (7.69%) Investment Banking
5 1 (7.69%) Ruby
5 1 (7.69%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (7.69%) Visualisation
5 1 (7.69%) Security Architecture
5 1 (7.69%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
5 1 (7.69%) Information Assurance
5 1 (7.69%) Reverse Engineering
5 1 (7.69%) Mathematics
5 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
5 1 (7.69%) Fund Management

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 (7.69%) Lync
Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Office
1 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 1 (7.69%) Quicktime
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) Big Data
General
1 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Legal
3 1 (7.69%) Banking
3 1 (7.69%) Investment Banking
3 1 (7.69%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (53.85%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Business Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Forensic Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Mac Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Cyber Security Specialist
4 1 (7.69%) Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Security Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Business Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Information Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Security Specialist
4 1 (7.69%) Security Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Information Security Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Information Security Officer
4 1 (7.69%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
1 1 (7.69%) Flash
1 1 (7.69%) WSH
1 1 (7.69%) WinForms
1 1 (7.69%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
2 1 (7.69%) Cryptography
2 1 (7.69%) Mathematics
2 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 1 (7.69%) RMADS
2 1 (7.69%) Data Conversion
2 1 (7.69%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) Windows
2 2 (15.38%) UNIX
2 2 (15.38%) Linux
3 1 (7.69%) AIX
3 1 (7.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) E-Discovery
2 4 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (23.08%) Information Security
3 3 (23.08%) Penetration Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Cyber Security
4 1 (7.69%) Fund Management
4 1 (7.69%) Wealth Management
4 1 (7.69%) Data Protection
4 1 (7.69%) Information Assurance
4 1 (7.69%) Reverse Engineering
4 1 (7.69%) Security Architecture
4 1 (7.69%) Vulnerability Management
4 1 (7.69%) Business Transformation
4 1 (7.69%) Analytics
4 1 (7.69%) Computer Forensics
4 1 (7.69%) Ethical Hacking
4 1 (7.69%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 1 (7.69%) Business Continuity
4 1 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (7.69%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) Python
2 1 (7.69%) Shell Script
2 1 (7.69%) Ruby
2 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
2 1 (7.69%) C#
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) Perl
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 2 (15.38%) Degree
2 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) GIAC
3 1 (7.69%) CEH
3 1 (7.69%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) VMware ESX
1 1 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (7.69%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Oracle
2 1 (7.69%) Sybase
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) Adobe
2 1 (7.69%) Apple
2 1 (7.69%) McAfee
2 1 (7.69%) VMware
2 1 (7.69%) Lumension