The table below looks at the statistics for Information Assurance skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Information Assurance over the 3 months to 29 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Information Assurance
Rank 463 466 413
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -53
Contract jobs citing Information Assurance 134 129 145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.24% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.33% 0.32% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 72 79
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£451 £475 £440
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.10% +7.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £350 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £629 £634 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £423 £450 £440
% change year-on-year
-6.11% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Average hourly rate £44.24 £28.99 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+52.60% -0.03%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.24 £28.99 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+52.60% -0.03%

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
41173 39816 35317
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.21% 75.21% 74.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26232 25172 21131
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 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1182 1174 1060
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.25 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -11.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.77 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.81 £50.00 £49.52
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Information Assurance
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Information Assurance within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Information Assurance Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Information Assurance
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Information Assurance within the UK.

Information Assurance Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Information Assurance
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Information Assurance within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Information Assurance Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Information Assurance
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Information Assurance within the UK.

Information Assurance Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Information Assurance
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Information Assurance within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Information Assurance Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Information Assurance
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Information Assurance within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 -22 122 £460 -3.15% 46
London +7 55 £538 +12.86% 16
South East 0 26 £426 -12.11% 4
South West +3 21 £420 -19.23% 5
Gloucestershire +5 12 £425 -5.55% 3
Buckinghamshire +3 10 £450 -5.26%
City of London +16 9 £450 - 5
Scotland +7 9 £330 -4.34%
East Midlands +4 8 £451 +21.82% 1
East Sussex -7 7 £419 +67.50%
Glasgow +1 6 £350 +1.44%
Milton Keynes -1 6 £450 -
Surrey +17 5 £404 -
Derbyshire +2 5 £451 +22.02%
North West -20 5 £325 -0.76% 19
Lewes - 5 - -
Bristol +10 4 £480 - 1
Manchester -2 4 £314 +20.67% 8
Derby -3 4 £451 +22.02%
East of England +4 3 - -
Northampton - 3 £450 -
Northamptonshire - 3 £450 -
Wiltshire +4 2 £297 -
East Anglia - 2 - -
Leatherhead - 2 £380 -
Edinburgh - 2 £295 -
Somerset 0 1 £420 -19.23%
Hampshire -5 1 £550 +13.40%
Birmingham -7 1 £265 -
Brighton -9 1 £413 -

Information Assurance
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Information Assurance 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 Information Assurance.

1 91 (37.76%) Security Cleared
2 65 (26.97%) Information Security
3 62 (25.73%) SC Cleared
4 54 (22.41%) Security Testing
4 54 (22.41%) Finance
5 53 (21.99%) Management Information System
6 50 (20.75%) Software Testing
7 47 (19.50%) Risk Management
8 46 (19.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 39 (16.18%) CISSP
10 37 (15.35%) RMADS
11 33 (13.69%) ITIL
12 31 (12.86%) Degree
13 30 (12.45%) Legal
13 30 (12.45%) CESG
14 29 (12.03%) PRINCE2
15 28 (11.62%) DV Cleared
16 27 (11.20%) Agile Software Development
17 24 (9.96%) Continuous Improvement
18 23 (9.54%) HP
19 22 (9.13%) Stakeholder Management
19 22 (9.13%) Data Protection
20 21 (8.71%) Security Architecture
20 21 (8.71%) Analytical Skills
20 21 (8.71%) Service Delivery
20 21 (8.71%) Project Management
21 20 (8.30%) C
22 19 (7.88%) Cisco
22 19 (7.88%) Cyber Security
23 18 (7.47%) Data Centre

Information Assurance
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Information Assurance 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 Information Assurance. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (2.49%) IIS
2 3 (1.24%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (0.41%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.41%) Drupal
Applications
1 9 (3.73%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.07%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (1.24%) MS Office
4 1 (0.41%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.66%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.41%) Summit
2 1 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 17 (7.05%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.83%) SaaS
2 2 (0.83%) PaaS
2 2 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.83%) HP Helion
2 2 (0.83%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.81%) Firewall
2 6 (2.49%) DNS
3 5 (2.07%) Internet
3 5 (2.07%) TCP/IP
3 5 (2.07%) DHCP
4 4 (1.66%) Network Security
4 4 (1.66%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (1.24%) HTTP
6 2 (0.83%) SSL
6 2 (0.83%) SAN
7 1 (0.41%) TETRA
7 1 (0.41%) Wireless
7 1 (0.41%) Cisco ICM
7 1 (0.41%) SSH
7 1 (0.41%) Intranet
7 1 (0.41%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.41%) FTP
7 1 (0.41%) LAN
7 1 (0.41%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.73%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.90%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.07%) RDBMS
4 4 (1.66%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.66%) Oracle9i Database
4 4 (1.66%) Oracle Database 10g
5 3 (1.24%) MySQL
6 2 (0.83%) DB2
7 1 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.41%) EDRMS
7 1 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.41%) Big Data
7 1 (0.41%) Redis
7 1 (0.41%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (1.24%) WebDriver
1 3 (1.24%) Selenium
2 2 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.41%) JMeter
3 1 (0.41%) Subversion
3 1 (0.41%) Maven
3 1 (0.41%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (0.41%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.41%) JUnit
3 1 (0.41%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.41%) Behat
3 1 (0.41%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.41%) Git (software)
General
1 54 (22.41%) Finance
2 30 (12.45%) Legal
3 13 (5.39%) Telecoms
4 11 (4.56%) Retail
5 8 (3.32%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.07%) Banking
7 3 (1.24%) Games
8 2 (0.83%) German Language
8 2 (0.83%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.83%) Billing
8 2 (0.83%) Local Government
9 1 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (12.86%) Consultant
2 28 (11.62%) Architect
3 23 (9.54%) Analyst
4 22 (9.13%) Security Manager
5 21 (8.71%) Security Architect
6 16 (6.64%) Security Consultant
7 15 (6.22%) Information Manager
8 14 (5.81%) Coordinator
9 12 (4.98%) Service Manager
9 12 (4.98%) Information Security Manager
10 11 (4.56%) Test Analyst
11 10 (4.15%) Senior Manager
12 9 (3.73%) Information Assurance Consultant
13 8 (3.32%) Head of Security
13 8 (3.32%) Information Assurance Specialist
13 8 (3.32%) Information Specialist
13 8 (3.32%) Security Assurance Manager
13 8 (3.32%) Project Officer
14 7 (2.90%) Technical Services Manager
14 7 (2.90%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.73%) JSP
2 7 (2.90%) Web Services
3 6 (2.49%) .NET
4 3 (1.24%) HTML
4 3 (1.24%) XML
5 2 (0.83%) CSS
5 2 (0.83%) XSLT
6 1 (0.41%) LAMP
6 1 (0.41%) COM
6 1 (0.41%) XSL
6 1 (0.41%) Drush
6 1 (0.41%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.41%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.41%) CSS3
6 1 (0.41%) HTML5
6 1 (0.41%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 53 (21.99%) Management Information System
2 37 (15.35%) RMADS
3 30 (12.45%) CESG
4 21 (8.71%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (7.47%) Data Centre
6 14 (5.81%) Data Protection Act
6 14 (5.81%) CESG CLAS
7 7 (2.90%) Freedom of Information
8 6 (2.49%) Freedom of Information Act
8 6 (2.49%) Computer Science
9 5 (2.07%) EPoS
10 2 (0.83%) SCADA
10 2 (0.83%) Mathematics
10 2 (0.83%) Online Games
10 2 (0.83%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.83%) Public Cloud
10 2 (0.83%) Cryptography
10 2 (0.83%) PKI
10 2 (0.83%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.83%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 9 (3.73%) Windows
2 5 (2.07%) UNIX
2 5 (2.07%) Linux
3 4 (1.66%) Solaris
4 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.41%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.41%) Android
4 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (26.97%) Information Security
2 54 (22.41%) Security Testing
3 50 (20.75%) Software Testing
4 47 (19.50%) Risk Management
5 33 (13.69%) ITIL
6 29 (12.03%) PRINCE2
7 27 (11.20%) Agile Software Development
8 24 (9.96%) Continuous Improvement
9 22 (9.13%) Stakeholder Management
9 22 (9.13%) Data Protection
10 21 (8.71%) Security Architecture
10 21 (8.71%) Service Delivery
10 21 (8.71%) Project Management
11 19 (7.88%) Cyber Security
12 18 (7.47%) Performance Management
13 16 (6.64%) Migration
14 15 (6.22%) Incident Management
14 15 (6.22%) ISMS
15 14 (5.81%) Risk Assessment
16 13 (5.39%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (8.30%) C
2 14 (5.81%) SQL
3 9 (3.73%) C#
4 4 (1.66%) PHP
4 4 (1.66%) PL/SQL
4 4 (1.66%) Java
5 2 (0.83%) R
5 2 (0.83%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.41%) Ruby
6 1 (0.41%) XPath
6 1 (0.41%) Python
6 1 (0.41%) C++
Qualifications
1 91 (37.76%) Security Cleared
2 62 (25.73%) SC Cleared
3 39 (16.18%) CISSP
4 31 (12.86%) Degree
5 28 (11.62%) DV Cleared
6 15 (6.22%) CISA
6 15 (6.22%) CISM
6 15 (6.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 11 (4.56%) CCNA
7 11 (4.56%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (4.15%) CCNP
8 10 (4.15%) ISTQB
9 9 (3.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 8 (3.32%) ISEB
11 6 (2.49%) GIAC
12 5 (2.07%) Postgraduate
13 4 (1.66%) MCSE
13 4 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
13 4 (1.66%) ISEB Practitioner
13 4 (1.66%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (19.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (5.39%) JSP 440
3 11 (4.56%) SLA
4 6 (2.49%) COBIT
4 6 (2.49%) PCI DSS
5 5 (2.07%) QA
6 3 (1.24%) CESG Infosec
7 2 (0.83%) FATCA
8 1 (0.41%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.41%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.41%) GPG13
System Software
1 11 (4.56%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.24%) ISA Server
3 2 (0.83%) Snort
4 1 (0.41%) XenApp
4 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.41%) Varnish
4 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (1.66%) Oracle RMAN
2 3 (1.24%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.83%) Puppet
3 2 (0.83%) ArcSight ESM
3 2 (0.83%) BladeLogic
4 1 (0.41%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.41%) Netcool
4 1 (0.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.41%) Salt
4 1 (0.41%) XenMobile
4 1 (0.41%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.41%) HP Operations Orchestration
Vendors
1 23 (9.54%) HP
2 19 (7.88%) Cisco
3 14 (5.81%) Microsoft
4 9 (3.73%) Oracle
4 9 (3.73%) BMC
5 8 (3.32%) NetScout
6 7 (2.90%) NetApp
7 6 (2.49%) F5
8 5 (2.07%) VMware
9 4 (1.66%) Citrix
9 4 (1.66%) Symantec
9 4 (1.66%) Blue Coat
10 2 (0.83%) ArcSight
10 2 (0.83%) Business Objects
10 2 (0.83%) IBM
10 2 (0.83%) McAfee
10 2 (0.83%) Reuters
10 2 (0.83%) Bloomberg
11 1 (0.41%) TOWER Software
11 1 (0.41%) Actimize
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