The table below looks at the statistics for OSCP in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OSCP over the 3 months to 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
Rank 595 565 -
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -
Contract jobs citing OSCP 4 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.010% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.038% 0.050% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 0
Average daily rate
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£275 £375 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% -
UK excluding London average daily rate - £245 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10555 10047 8332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.67% 19.35% 18.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6006 5532 4420
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 509 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

OSCP
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing OSCP within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

OSCP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

OSCP
Daily Rate Trend

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

OSCP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

OSCP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OSCP within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

OSCP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

OSCP
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSCP within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 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
London +3 4 £275 -45.00% 3
England -10 4 £275 -26.66% 5
Birmingham - - - - 1
Leeds - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Reading - - - -
Slough - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
North West - - - -
South East - - - - 1
South West - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1

OSCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing OSCP 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 OSCP.

1 8 (100.00%) CEH
2 7 (87.50%) CISSP
3 6 (75.00%) TestDirector
3 6 (75.00%) HP
3 6 (75.00%) Use Case
3 6 (75.00%) Test Scripting
3 6 (75.00%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (62.50%) Nessus
4 5 (62.50%) Metasploit
4 5 (62.50%) CORE IMPACT
4 5 (62.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 5 (62.50%) Nmap
4 5 (62.50%) WebInspect
4 5 (62.50%) Shell Script
5 4 (50.00%) UNIX
5 4 (50.00%) Windows
5 4 (50.00%) AIX
5 4 (50.00%) Linux
6 3 (37.50%) Web Services
6 3 (37.50%) XML
6 3 (37.50%) Firewall
6 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
6 3 (37.50%) Open Source
7 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 2 (25.00%) Information Security
7 2 (25.00%) Penetration Testing
8 1 (12.50%) Degree
8 1 (12.50%) Cryptography
8 1 (12.50%) Network Security
8 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared

OSCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing OSCP 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 OSCP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) Firewall
2 1 (12.50%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 6 (75.00%) TestDirector
2 5 (62.50%) Metasploit
3 1 (12.50%) AppScan
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Tester
1 6 (75.00%) Penetration Tester
2 3 (37.50%) Security Tester
3 1 (12.50%) Security Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) Web Services
1 3 (37.50%) XML
2 1 (12.50%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) Open Source
2 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (12.50%) Management Information System
2 1 (12.50%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 4 (50.00%) UNIX
1 4 (50.00%) Windows
1 4 (50.00%) AIX
1 4 (50.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) Use Case
1 6 (75.00%) Test Scripting
2 5 (62.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
4 2 (25.00%) Penetration Testing
4 2 (25.00%) Information Security
5 1 (12.50%) Security Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Cyber Security
5 1 (12.50%) Digital Forensics
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) Shell Script
2 1 (12.50%) C
2 1 (12.50%) C#
2 1 (12.50%) C++
2 1 (12.50%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) CEH
2 7 (87.50%) CISSP
3 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (12.50%) CISA
4 1 (12.50%) GIAC
4 1 (12.50%) Degree
4 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
Systems Management
1 6 (75.00%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (62.50%) CORE IMPACT
2 5 (62.50%) Nessus
2 5 (62.50%) Nmap
2 5 (62.50%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) HP