The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Security (INFOSEC)
Rank 168 205 268
Rank change year-on-year
+37 +63
Contract jobs citing Information Security 643 513 387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.19% 1.01% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.61% 1.38% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 306 228
Average daily rate
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£450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £301 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £420 £425
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 20
Average hourly rate £38.50 £18.00 £32.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+113.88% -44.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.80 £15.60 £15.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £60.00 £62.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £60.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-33.34% +84.61%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
39905 37171 40797
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.12% 72.91% 70.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 24736 22529 23452
Average daily rate £400 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.62% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1139 1072 1445
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.45
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -1.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £45.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +39 608 £450 -5.26% 216
London +46 286 £475 -5.00% 93
North West +12 90 £455 +9.90% 20
South East -24 88 £440 +2.32% 37
City of London +7 66 £450 -10.00% 42
South West -6 55 £425 -19.04% 9
Cheshire +14 42 £450 +61.29% 6
Manchester +12 35 £475 +26.66% 10
East of England -9 28 £400 -0.31% 13
Scotland -14 26 £400 +8.69% 12
West Midlands +1 24 £500 +21.21% 19
Berkshire -7 22 £475 -5.00% 8
Surrey +5 19 £400 +6.66% 9
Devon +8 17 £375 - 1
Yorkshire +9 16 £365 -23.15% 11
Edinburgh -9 16 £375 - 5
Hampshire -27 16 £350 -16.66% 15
Essex +11 14 £375 -
West Yorkshire +9 14 £365 +62.22% 6
Leeds +14 13 £365 - 5
East Midlands +6 12 £313 -21.87% 6
Warrington -7 12 £475 +11.76% 1
Somerset -12 12 £498 +22.83% 1
Exeter - 11 £375 - 1
Bristol -20 10 £458 +66.36% 2
Taunton -19 9 £488 +20.37%
West Sussex - 9 £308 -
Docklands, London - 9 £500 -
Middlesex +6 8 £425 - 1
Birmingham +5 7 £450 -6.25% 8

Information Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 374 (31.01%) Finance
2 348 (28.86%) CISSP
3 295 (24.46%) Management Information System
4 278 (23.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 258 (21.39%) Risk Management
6 227 (18.82%) Windows
7 198 (16.42%) CISM
8 181 (15.01%) Security Management
9 177 (14.68%) Banking
10 158 (13.10%) Firewall
11 155 (12.85%) Microsoft
12 139 (11.53%) ITIL
13 136 (11.28%) Security Cleared
14 134 (11.11%) Security Architecture
15 131 (10.86%) UNIX
16 128 (10.61%) CISA
17 127 (10.53%) Risk Assessment
18 116 (9.62%) Degree
19 115 (9.54%) Project Management
20 108 (8.96%) Stakeholder Management
21 105 (8.71%) Information Security Management
22 97 (8.04%) Linux
23 95 (7.88%) Data Protection
24 92 (7.63%) SC Cleared
25 89 (7.38%) CESG
26 87 (7.21%) Information Assurance
27 86 (7.13%) Penetration Testing
27 86 (7.13%) MS Excel
28 82 (6.80%) Network Security
29 77 (6.38%) PCI DSS

Information Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 41 (3.40%) SharePoint
2 39 (3.23%) IIS
3 22 (1.82%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.16%) Apache
5 13 (1.08%) CMS
5 13 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (0.83%) Joomla!
7 9 (0.75%) WebLogic
7 9 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 8 (0.66%) SAP Web AS
9 7 (0.58%) Lync
10 4 (0.33%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.33%) SAS
11 3 (0.25%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.25%) GlassFish
12 2 (0.17%) CICS
13 1 (0.083%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.083%) Sitecore CMS
13 1 (0.083%) Exchange Server 2007
13 1 (0.083%) Drupal
Applications
1 86 (7.13%) MS Excel
2 35 (2.90%) MS Office
3 34 (2.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 25 (2.07%) MS Visio
5 23 (1.91%) MS Project
6 6 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.083%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.083%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 18 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.66%) Summit
3 5 (0.41%) BusinessWorks
4 4 (0.33%) SAP GRC
5 3 (0.25%) Google Analytics
5 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.25%) Sentinel
5 3 (0.25%) assyst
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle CRM
6 2 (0.17%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.083%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.083%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.083%) Cordys
7 1 (0.083%) Documaker
7 1 (0.083%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.083%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.083%) FLEXCUBE
7 1 (0.083%) RMDS
7 1 (0.083%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 18 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
2 11 (0.91%) SaaS
3 6 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.41%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.25%) PaaS
5 3 (0.25%) IaaS
6 2 (0.17%) Office 365
7 1 (0.083%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 158 (13.10%) Firewall
2 82 (6.80%) Network Security
3 47 (3.90%) TCP/IP
4 33 (2.74%) WAN
5 32 (2.65%) LAN
5 32 (2.65%) Internet
6 30 (2.49%) VPN
7 26 (2.16%) SAN
8 21 (1.74%) SSL
9 19 (1.58%) Wireless
9 19 (1.58%) Intranet
9 19 (1.58%) Intrusion Detection
10 15 (1.24%) DNS
11 12 (1.00%) LDAP
12 11 (0.91%) MPLS
13 8 (0.66%) IP Telephony
14 7 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (0.58%) Unified Communications
14 7 (0.58%) VoIP
14 7 (0.58%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (4.81%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.58%) Data Mining
3 9 (0.75%) QlikView
4 8 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (0.58%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.50%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.50%) DB2
7 5 (0.41%) Big Data
8 4 (0.33%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.33%) MySQL
9 3 (0.25%) DataStage
9 3 (0.25%) EDRMS
9 3 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.25%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.25%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.17%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.17%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (0.58%) Maven
1 7 (0.58%) Jenkins
2 6 (0.50%) JUnit
2 6 (0.50%) Eclipse
3 5 (0.41%) Metasploit
3 5 (0.41%) ANTLR
4 4 (0.33%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.25%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.17%) JIRA
6 2 (0.17%) Talend Open Studio
7 1 (0.083%) QADirector
7 1 (0.083%) Hudson
7 1 (0.083%) FindBugs
7 1 (0.083%) ERwin
7 1 (0.083%) Subversion
7 1 (0.083%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 374 (31.01%) Finance
2 177 (14.68%) Banking
3 55 (4.56%) Retail
3 55 (4.56%) Investment Banking
4 53 (4.39%) Legal
5 33 (2.74%) Financial Institution
6 26 (2.16%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.24%) Advertising
8 14 (1.16%) Marketing
9 13 (1.08%) Law
10 11 (0.91%) Aerospace
11 9 (0.75%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.66%) Retail Banking
12 8 (0.66%) Publishing
13 7 (0.58%) International Banking
14 6 (0.50%) Back Office
15 5 (0.41%) Front Office
15 5 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.41%) Local Government
15 5 (0.41%) German Language
Job Titles
1 273 (22.64%) Analyst
2 252 (20.90%) Consultant
3 195 (16.17%) Security Consultant
4 155 (12.85%) Security Analyst
5 130 (10.78%) Architect
6 113 (9.37%) Project Manager
7 111 (9.20%) Security Manager
8 90 (7.46%) Information Manager
9 81 (6.72%) Information Security Manager
10 77 (6.38%) Information Security Consultant
11 74 (6.14%) Information Analyst
12 69 (5.72%) Security Architect
13 62 (5.14%) Information Security Analyst
14 61 (5.06%) Business Analyst
15 41 (3.40%) Solutions Architect
16 36 (2.99%) IT Consultant
16 36 (2.99%) Security Specialist
17 33 (2.74%) CLAS Consultant
18 32 (2.65%) IT Security Consultant
18 32 (2.65%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.90%) Middleware
2 32 (2.65%) Web Services
3 27 (2.24%) .NET
4 25 (2.07%) JSP
5 11 (0.91%) SOAP
6 10 (0.83%) HTML
6 10 (0.83%) Regular Expression
7 9 (0.75%) ASP.NET
8 8 (0.66%) JMS
8 8 (0.66%) REST
9 7 (0.58%) jQuery
10 6 (0.50%) Spring
10 6 (0.50%) SAML
10 6 (0.50%) CSS
10 6 (0.50%) JSON
11 5 (0.41%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (0.41%) XACML
11 5 (0.41%) MyBatis
12 4 (0.33%) HTML5
12 4 (0.33%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 295 (24.46%) Management Information System
2 89 (7.38%) CESG
3 60 (4.98%) RMADS
4 50 (4.15%) CESG CLAS
5 48 (3.98%) Computer Science
6 40 (3.32%) Data Protection Act
7 30 (2.49%) Economics
8 24 (1.99%) Mainframe
9 22 (1.82%) PKI
9 22 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
10 21 (1.74%) NHS
11 20 (1.66%) PMI
12 18 (1.49%) E-Learning
13 16 (1.33%) GIS
14 14 (1.16%) Freedom of Information
15 13 (1.08%) Open Source
16 12 (1.00%) Freedom of Information Act
17 11 (0.91%) Blackberry
17 11 (0.91%) FMCG
18 10 (0.83%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 227 (18.82%) Windows
2 131 (10.86%) UNIX
3 97 (8.04%) Linux
4 20 (1.66%) Windows 7
5 14 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (1.00%) Windows XP
7 12 (1.00%) Solaris
7 12 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (0.91%) Android
9 8 (0.66%) AIX
10 7 (0.58%) Windows Mobile
11 5 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.33%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (0.17%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.083%) Debian
14 1 (0.083%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.083%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.083%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (21.39%) Risk Management
2 181 (15.01%) Security Management
3 139 (11.53%) ITIL
4 134 (11.11%) Security Architecture
5 127 (10.53%) Risk Assessment
6 115 (9.54%) Project Management
7 108 (8.96%) Stakeholder Management
8 105 (8.71%) Information Security Management
9 95 (7.88%) Data Protection
10 87 (7.21%) Information Assurance
11 86 (7.13%) Penetration Testing
12 69 (5.72%) Vulnerability Management
13 64 (5.31%) Business Continuity
14 63 (5.22%) PRINCE2
15 62 (5.14%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 62 (5.14%) Cyber Security
16 59 (4.89%) Incident Management
17 57 (4.73%) SIEM
18 52 (4.31%) Change Management
19 49 (4.06%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 43 (3.57%) Java
2 42 (3.48%) SQL
3 29 (2.40%) C
4 24 (1.99%) C++
5 19 (1.58%) Perl
6 14 (1.16%) C#
7 11 (0.91%) JavaScript
8 10 (0.83%) PowerShell
9 9 (0.75%) Python
10 7 (0.58%) PHP
11 6 (0.50%) Ruby
12 5 (0.41%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.33%) VB
13 4 (0.33%) Objective-C
14 3 (0.25%) VBA
15 2 (0.17%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.17%) PL/1
16 1 (0.083%) VB6
16 1 (0.083%) Bash Shell
16 1 (0.083%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 348 (28.86%) CISSP
2 198 (16.42%) CISM
3 136 (11.28%) Security Cleared
4 128 (10.61%) CISA
5 116 (9.62%) Degree
6 92 (7.63%) SC Cleared
7 40 (3.32%) GIAC
8 33 (2.74%) CEH
9 30 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
10 26 (2.16%) DV Cleared
11 25 (2.07%) PMI Certification
12 24 (1.99%) PMP
12 24 (1.99%) CRISC
13 20 (1.66%) CCNA
14 17 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
15 16 (1.33%) ISEB
15 16 (1.33%) MCSE
16 15 (1.24%) CCNP
17 12 (1.00%) ISSAP
18 11 (0.91%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 278 (23.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 77 (6.38%) PCI DSS
3 65 (5.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 55 (4.56%) QA
5 45 (3.73%) COBIT
6 36 (2.99%) JSP 440
7 13 (1.08%) BS7799
8 12 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 11 (0.91%) ISO 9001
10 9 (0.75%) ISO 9000
10 9 (0.75%) ISO 14001
11 7 (0.58%) SLA
12 6 (0.50%) BS25999
13 4 (0.33%) GPG13
14 3 (0.25%) CRD IV
14 3 (0.25%) COREP
14 3 (0.25%) FINREP
14 3 (0.25%) GxP
14 3 (0.25%) GCP
14 3 (0.25%) GMP
System Software
1 75 (6.22%) Active Directory
2 34 (2.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (0.50%) Snort
5 5 (0.41%) ISA Server
5 5 (0.41%) XenDesktop
5 5 (0.41%) vSphere
5 5 (0.41%) Forefront TMG
6 4 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.25%) Shibboleth
7 3 (0.25%) VMware ESX
7 3 (0.25%) Squid
8 2 (0.17%) Nmap
9 1 (0.083%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.083%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.083%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (1.99%) Tivoli
2 15 (1.24%) SCCM
3 10 (0.83%) Oracle Identity Manager
4 9 (0.75%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 8 (0.66%) Nessus
6 6 (0.50%) SCOM
7 5 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (0.33%) CORE IMPACT
8 4 (0.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 4 (0.33%) DatAdvantage
8 4 (0.33%) Control-M
8 4 (0.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 4 (0.33%) ZENworks
9 3 (0.25%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.25%) Oracle Identity Management
10 2 (0.17%) Puppet
10 2 (0.17%) Nagios
11 1 (0.083%) WebInspect
11 1 (0.083%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.083%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 155 (12.85%) Microsoft
2 73 (6.05%) Oracle
3 60 (4.98%) Cisco
4 50 (4.15%) SAP
5 49 (4.06%) VMware
6 36 (2.99%) McAfee
7 34 (2.82%) IBM
8 33 (2.74%) Citrix
9 28 (2.32%) Juniper
10 22 (1.82%) HP
10 22 (1.82%) CheckPoint
11 16 (1.33%) Symantec
11 16 (1.33%) Qualys
11 16 (1.33%) Splunk
12 12 (1.00%) Cyber-Ark
12 12 (1.00%) Blue Coat
13 10 (0.83%) Sophos
13 10 (0.83%) NetApp
13 10 (0.83%) ArcSight
14 9 (0.75%) Red Hat
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