The table below looks at the statistics for PCI QSA in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PCI QSA over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
Rank 616 605 586
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -19
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 9 11 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.015% 0.020% 0.004%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.081% 0.10% 0.022%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 6 1
Average daily rate
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£450 £450 £430
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.65%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £450 -
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
11120 10486 9247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.98% 18.86% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 6676 5963 5076
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 434 478
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

PCI QSA
Jobs Demand Trend

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

PCI QSA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

PCI QSA
Daily Rate Trend

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

PCI QSA Daily Rate Trend in the UK

PCI QSA
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PCI QSA within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

PCI QSA Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

PCI QSA
Hourly Rate Trend

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

PCI QSA Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

PCI QSA
Top 3 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI QSA within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +21 8 £450 -16.27% 2
England -15 8 £450 - 9
City of London +5 2 £463 -33.92%

PCI QSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PCI QSA 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 PCI QSA.

1 16 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 9 (56.25%) Stakeholder Management
2 9 (56.25%) Information Security
3 7 (43.75%) Firewall
4 6 (37.50%) Windows
4 6 (37.50%) E-Commerce
4 6 (37.50%) Patch Management
5 5 (31.25%) Penetration Testing
5 5 (31.25%) Vulnerability Management
5 5 (31.25%) Malware Detection\Protection
6 4 (25.00%) Change Management
6 4 (25.00%) CISSP
6 4 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (18.75%) CISM
7 3 (18.75%) Retail
7 3 (18.75%) Tripwire
7 3 (18.75%) CEH
8 2 (12.50%) Finance
8 2 (12.50%) Project Management
8 2 (12.50%) Database Security
8 2 (12.50%) Imperva
8 2 (12.50%) Logistics
8 2 (12.50%) Qualys
8 2 (12.50%) Time Management
9 1 (6.25%) FMCG
9 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
9 1 (6.25%) CCTV
9 1 (6.25%) SIEM
9 1 (6.25%) BYOD

PCI QSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PCI QSA 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 PCI QSA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.25%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (43.75%) Firewall
General
1 3 (18.75%) Retail
2 2 (12.50%) Finance
3 1 (6.25%) Financial Institution
3 1 (6.25%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Consultant
1 7 (43.75%) Security Consultant
2 5 (31.25%) IT Consultant
2 5 (31.25%) IT Security Consultant
3 4 (25.00%) Analyst
3 4 (25.00%) Security Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Information Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Project Manager
4 2 (12.50%) Information Security Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Information Security Specialist
5 1 (6.25%) Information Specialist
5 1 (6.25%) Security Specialist
5 1 (6.25%) Information Security Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Programme Manager
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) BYOD
2 1 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 1 (6.25%) CCTV
2 1 (6.25%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 6 (37.50%) Windows
2 1 (6.25%) zOS
2 1 (6.25%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Stakeholder Management
1 9 (56.25%) Information Security
2 6 (37.50%) E-Commerce
2 6 (37.50%) Patch Management
3 5 (31.25%) Penetration Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Vulnerability Management
3 5 (31.25%) Malware Detection\Protection
4 4 (25.00%) Change Management
5 2 (12.50%) Project Management
5 2 (12.50%) Database Security
5 2 (12.50%) Logistics
5 2 (12.50%) Time Management
6 1 (6.25%) SIEM
6 1 (6.25%) Server Hardening
6 1 (6.25%) Password Management
6 1 (6.25%) Data Security
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (6.25%) Scrum
6 1 (6.25%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) CISSP
2 3 (18.75%) CISM
2 3 (18.75%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 4 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (6.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (6.25%) Firmware
1 1 (6.25%) RACF
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Tripwire
2 2 (12.50%) Qualys
2 2 (12.50%) Imperva