The table below looks at the statistics for Information Security 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 Security over the 3 months to 24 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Security (INFOSEC)
Rank 184 215 231
Rank change year-on-year
+31 +16
Contract jobs citing Information Security 637 467 402
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.17% 0.91% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 1.24% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 285 245
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.05% +5.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £273 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £584
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 10 16
Average hourly rate £26.75 £22.50 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.88% -38.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £16.64 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.04 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -5.26%

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
40533 37796 34894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.73% 73.83% 71.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 23240 20514
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1172 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Information Security
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Information Security Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Information Security
Daily Rate Trend

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

Information Security Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Information Security
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Information Security within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Information Security Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Information Security
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Information Security Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Information Security
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Information Security within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Information Security Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Information Security
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 Security within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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 +17 585 £475 +6.14% 200
London +38 289 £475 -5.00% 73
South East +28 138 £475 +14.45% 35
City of London +17 84 £500 +11.11% 21
Berkshire +40 62 £463 +15.62% 15
East of England +23 43 £400 +33.33% 7
North West -16 42 £438 +9.37% 20
Scotland +12 34 £408 -5.78% 6
South West -26 29 £411 +19.63% 15
Surrey +10 22 £513 +33.55% 8
Edinburgh -1 19 £390 - 4
Cheshire -4 17 £433 +8.12% 3
Warrington -1 16 £433 -25.43% 1
Reading +19 15 £436 +16.33% 9
Middlesex +12 14 £549 +29.05%
Essex +3 14 £513 -
West Midlands -6 14 £405 +1.25% 7
Yorkshire -12 14 £415 -10.27% 26
Manchester -12 14 £400 -20.00% 12
Hampshire -27 14 £488 +21.87% 5
East Midlands +6 12 £513 +150.00% 11
Staines +3 11 - - 3
Buckinghamshire -19 11 £475 +11.76% 2
Devon - 11 £386 - 1
West Yorkshire -14 10 £410 -13.68% 20
Slough - 10 £375 -
Hertfordshire +16 9 £500 +29.03% 1
Cambridgeshire -6 8 £363 +20.83% 3
Glasgow -1 7 £450 +8.43% 1
South Wales -8 7 £308 -46.52% 3

Information Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Information Security 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 Security.

1 495 (34.04%) CISSP
2 350 (24.07%) Finance
3 335 (23.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 318 (21.87%) Risk Management
5 298 (20.50%) Management Information System
6 255 (17.54%) CISM
7 234 (16.09%) Firewall
8 221 (15.20%) Security Cleared
9 200 (13.76%) Windows
10 194 (13.34%) ITIL
11 191 (13.14%) Security Management
12 179 (12.31%) SC Cleared
13 171 (11.76%) Banking
14 161 (11.07%) Degree
15 150 (10.32%) Stakeholder Management
16 149 (10.25%) PCI DSS
17 148 (10.18%) Security Architecture
18 144 (9.90%) CISA
19 142 (9.77%) Penetration Testing
19 142 (9.77%) Microsoft
20 134 (9.22%) Data Protection
21 132 (9.08%) Network Security
21 132 (9.08%) Project Management
22 127 (8.73%) Information Security Management
23 126 (8.67%) UNIX
24 124 (8.53%) PRINCE2
24 124 (8.53%) Information Assurance
25 123 (8.46%) Cyber Security
26 122 (8.39%) Risk Assessment
27 117 (8.05%) Linux

Information Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Information Security 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 Security. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 61 (4.20%) SharePoint
2 40 (2.75%) IIS
3 16 (1.10%) MS Exchange
4 10 (0.69%) CMS
5 8 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.48%) Apache
7 6 (0.41%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.34%) SAS
8 5 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (0.28%) Drupal
10 3 (0.21%) Joomla!
10 3 (0.21%) Documentum
10 3 (0.21%) Lync
10 3 (0.21%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.21%) Magnolia
11 2 (0.14%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.14%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.069%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.069%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 61 (4.20%) MS Excel
2 50 (3.44%) MS Office
3 25 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (1.24%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.89%) MS Project
6 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.069%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
1 13 (0.89%) assyst
2 11 (0.76%) Summit
3 5 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.21%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.14%) SAP GRC
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.069%) Global One
6 1 (0.069%) Tesseract
6 1 (0.069%) Minerva
6 1 (0.069%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.069%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.069%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 17 (1.17%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (0.69%) SaaS
3 8 (0.55%) IaaS
4 7 (0.48%) PaaS
5 6 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.069%) Taleo
6 1 (0.069%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.069%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 234 (16.09%) Firewall
2 132 (9.08%) Network Security
3 78 (5.36%) Intrusion Detection
4 72 (4.95%) TCP/IP
5 53 (3.65%) Internet
6 33 (2.27%) DNS
7 32 (2.20%) LDAP
8 31 (2.13%) VPN
9 25 (1.72%) WAN
9 25 (1.72%) Cisco ASA
9 25 (1.72%) Intranet
10 22 (1.51%) LAN
10 22 (1.51%) SAN
11 19 (1.31%) SSL
12 18 (1.24%) DHCP
13 15 (1.03%) Wireless
14 12 (0.83%) MPLS
15 11 (0.76%) FTP
15 11 (0.76%) HTTP
16 9 (0.62%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (3.51%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.31%) Relational Database
3 18 (1.24%) MySQL
4 13 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 12 (0.83%) Big Data
6 11 (0.76%) RDBMS
7 10 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
9 8 (0.55%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.48%) Hadoop
10 7 (0.48%) NoSQL
10 7 (0.48%) SQL Server 2000
10 7 (0.48%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.34%) DataStage
12 5 (0.34%) DB2
13 4 (0.28%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.28%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 5 (0.34%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.34%) JIRA
2 5 (0.34%) Selenium
3 4 (0.28%) RequisitePro
3 4 (0.28%) Hudson
4 3 (0.21%) Cucumber
4 3 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (0.21%) Metasploit
4 3 (0.21%) TeamCity
4 3 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.14%) Subversion
6 1 (0.069%) AppScan
6 1 (0.069%) Maven
6 1 (0.069%) ReSharper
6 1 (0.069%) NUnit
6 1 (0.069%) JUnit
6 1 (0.069%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.069%) Toad
6 1 (0.069%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 350 (24.07%) Finance
2 171 (11.76%) Banking
3 82 (5.64%) Legal
4 74 (5.09%) Telecoms
5 66 (4.54%) Retail
6 56 (3.85%) Investment Banking
7 34 (2.34%) Law
8 26 (1.79%) Financial Institution
9 24 (1.65%) Manufacturing
10 19 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
11 18 (1.24%) Publishing
12 12 (0.83%) Advertising
13 8 (0.55%) Games
13 8 (0.55%) Marketing
13 8 (0.55%) German Language
14 7 (0.48%) Retail Banking
15 6 (0.41%) Local Government
15 6 (0.41%) Back Office
16 4 (0.28%) Mandarin Language
17 2 (0.14%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 310 (21.32%) Consultant
2 281 (19.33%) Analyst
3 253 (17.40%) Security Consultant
4 205 (14.10%) Security Analyst
5 171 (11.76%) Architect
6 160 (11.00%) Security Manager
7 155 (10.66%) Project Manager
8 120 (8.25%) Information Analyst
9 118 (8.12%) Information Security Analyst
10 107 (7.36%) Information Security Consultant
11 106 (7.29%) Security Architect
12 104 (7.15%) Information Manager
13 92 (6.33%) Information Security Manager
14 69 (4.75%) Security Specialist
15 55 (3.78%) Security Project Manager
16 50 (3.44%) Security Engineer
17 46 (3.16%) Business Analyst
18 45 (3.09%) Information Specialist
19 37 (2.54%) Information Security Specialist
20 32 (2.20%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (2.48%) Web Services
2 29 (1.99%) .NET
3 23 (1.58%) SAML
4 20 (1.38%) Middleware
4 20 (1.38%) OAuth
4 20 (1.38%) OpenID
5 19 (1.31%) JSP
6 15 (1.03%) XML
7 13 (0.89%) HTML
7 13 (0.89%) SOAP
8 11 (0.76%) ASP.NET
9 10 (0.69%) CSS
9 10 (0.69%) SailPoint
10 9 (0.62%) WCF
11 8 (0.55%) jQuery
12 6 (0.41%) ASP.NET MVC
12 6 (0.41%) JSON
13 5 (0.34%) .NET Framework
13 5 (0.34%) LAMP
14 4 (0.28%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 298 (20.50%) Management Information System
2 98 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
3 84 (5.78%) CESG
4 68 (4.68%) Computer Science
5 54 (3.71%) Data Protection Act
6 50 (3.44%) RMADS
7 45 (3.09%) CESG CLAS
8 36 (2.48%) PKI
8 36 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (1.51%) SCADA
10 20 (1.38%) Cryptography
10 20 (1.38%) FMCG
11 18 (1.24%) PMI
12 16 (1.10%) Freedom of Information Act
12 16 (1.10%) Smart Meter
13 15 (1.03%) Mathematics
14 14 (0.96%) Replication
15 12 (0.83%) Freedom of Information
16 11 (0.76%) E-Learning
16 11 (0.76%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 200 (13.76%) Windows
2 126 (8.67%) UNIX
3 117 (8.05%) Linux
4 17 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (1.03%) Windows 7
6 11 (0.76%) Apple iOS
7 10 (0.69%) Android
8 9 (0.62%) Solaris
9 6 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (0.34%) AIX
10 5 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.21%) HPUX
11 3 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.21%) Windows Vista
11 3 (0.21%) CentOS
12 2 (0.14%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.069%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.069%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.069%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.069%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 318 (21.87%) Risk Management
2 194 (13.34%) ITIL
3 191 (13.14%) Security Management
4 150 (10.32%) Stakeholder Management
5 148 (10.18%) Security Architecture
6 142 (9.77%) Penetration Testing
7 134 (9.22%) Data Protection
8 132 (9.08%) Project Management
9 127 (8.73%) Information Security Management
10 124 (8.53%) PRINCE2
10 124 (8.53%) Information Assurance
11 123 (8.46%) Cyber Security
12 122 (8.39%) Risk Assessment
13 100 (6.88%) Vulnerability Management
14 91 (6.26%) Incident Management
15 87 (5.98%) Agile Software Development
16 85 (5.85%) ISMS
17 78 (5.36%) TOGAF
18 76 (5.23%) SIEM
19 63 (4.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 49 (3.37%) SQL
2 30 (2.06%) Perl
3 28 (1.93%) Java
4 26 (1.79%) Python
5 25 (1.72%) C#
6 21 (1.44%) C
7 16 (1.10%) C++
8 13 (0.89%) T-SQL
8 13 (0.89%) PHP
9 11 (0.76%) JavaScript
10 6 (0.41%) Ruby
10 6 (0.41%) PowerShell
11 4 (0.28%) VBA
12 3 (0.21%) LINC
12 3 (0.21%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.21%) Bash Shell
12 3 (0.21%) Jython
13 2 (0.14%) VB
14 1 (0.069%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.069%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 495 (34.04%) CISSP
2 255 (17.54%) CISM
3 221 (15.20%) Security Cleared
4 179 (12.31%) SC Cleared
5 161 (11.07%) Degree
6 144 (9.90%) CISA
7 73 (5.02%) GIAC
8 60 (4.13%) CEH
9 56 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
10 52 (3.58%) CCNA
11 51 (3.51%) CRISC
11 51 (3.51%) DV Cleared
12 49 (3.37%) PMP
13 48 (3.30%) PMI Certification
14 29 (1.99%) Microsoft Certification
15 26 (1.79%) MCSE
16 25 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 22 (1.51%) SSCP
18 20 (1.38%) GCIA
19 19 (1.31%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 335 (23.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 149 (10.25%) PCI DSS
3 66 (4.54%) COBIT
4 41 (2.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 29 (1.99%) QA
6 28 (1.93%) JSP 440
7 18 (1.24%) ISO 9001
8 14 (0.96%) ISO 14001
9 12 (0.83%) BS7799
10 11 (0.76%) SLA
11 10 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 5 (0.34%) GPG13
13 3 (0.21%) GCP
13 3 (0.21%) GMP
13 3 (0.21%) GxP
14 2 (0.14%) GAMP
14 2 (0.14%) ISO 9000
14 2 (0.14%) HMG Infosec
14 2 (0.14%) BS25999
15 1 (0.069%) COSO
System Software
1 75 (5.16%) Active Directory
2 42 (2.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.10%) Snort
4 6 (0.41%) Forefront TMG
5 5 (0.34%) Squid
6 4 (0.28%) Nmap
7 3 (0.21%) Firmware
7 3 (0.21%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.14%) UAG
8 2 (0.14%) vSphere
9 1 (0.069%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.069%) Samba
9 1 (0.069%) NFS
Systems Management
1 21 (1.44%) Nessus
2 18 (1.24%) Puppet
3 17 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (1.10%) SCCM
4 16 (1.10%) Tivoli
5 10 (0.69%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 8 (0.55%) Tivoli Identity Manager
7 7 (0.48%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (0.41%) OPNET
8 6 (0.41%) Nagios
8 6 (0.41%) SCOM
9 5 (0.34%) DatAdvantage
10 3 (0.21%) Hyperic
10 3 (0.21%) Ganglia
10 3 (0.21%) Oracle Identity Management
10 3 (0.21%) ZENworks
11 2 (0.14%) Control-M
11 2 (0.14%) FortiGate
11 2 (0.14%) Ansible
11 2 (0.14%) Salt
Vendors
1 142 (9.77%) Microsoft
2 92 (6.33%) Cisco
3 67 (4.61%) Oracle
4 52 (3.58%) ArcSight
5 51 (3.51%) VMware
5 51 (3.51%) CheckPoint
6 43 (2.96%) HP
7 39 (2.68%) Juniper
7 39 (2.68%) McAfee
8 30 (2.06%) Qualys
9 27 (1.86%) Symantec
9 27 (1.86%) SAP
10 26 (1.79%) IBM
10 26 (1.79%) F5
11 23 (1.58%) Sun
12 21 (1.44%) Cyber-Ark
13 20 (1.38%) Blue Coat
14 18 (1.24%) Websense
14 18 (1.24%) Splunk
14 18 (1.24%) Citrix
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