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 24 January 2017 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.

3 months to
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
UK
Rank 571 598 606
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +8
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 22 14 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.049% 0.028% 0.012%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.24% 0.13% 0.059%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 12 2
Median daily rate £450 £488 £619
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -21.21%
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £525 £619
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -15.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
9162 10487 10169
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.42% 20.97% 20.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 5845 6374 5931
Median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 494 478
Median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.64% +108.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.54 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-27.50% +105.12%

PCI QSA
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing PCI QSA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
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 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI QSA within the UK over the 3 months to 24 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +30 22 £450 -7.69% 3
London +13 15 - -
South East +16 5 £500 +5.26% 1
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 £500 -
Yorkshire - 2 £450 - 1
Reading - 2 £500 -
Leeds - 2 £450 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £450 - 1
Hampshire - 1 £450 - 1

PCI QSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PCI QSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for PCI QSA.

1 31 (96.88%) PCI DSS
2 30 (93.75%) Information Security
3 27 (84.38%) CISSP
4 21 (65.63%) CISM
5 20 (62.50%) CISA
6 15 (46.88%) Validation
7 12 (37.50%) QA
8 7 (21.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 7 (21.88%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (15.63%) Firewall
10 3 (9.38%) CEH
10 3 (9.38%) Security Architecture
10 3 (9.38%) Information Security Management
10 3 (9.38%) Security Management
10 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
10 3 (9.38%) Business Continuity
10 3 (9.38%) Telecoms
10 3 (9.38%) CREST Certified
10 3 (9.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
11 2 (6.25%) Office 365
11 2 (6.25%) Finance
11 2 (6.25%) Risk Management
11 2 (6.25%) Windows
11 2 (6.25%) Client/Server
11 2 (6.25%) LAN
11 2 (6.25%) Microsoft
11 2 (6.25%) PA-DSS
11 2 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
11 2 (6.25%) Banking

PCI QSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 1 (3.13%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (3.13%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (6.25%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.63%) Firewall
2 2 (6.25%) LAN
3 1 (3.13%) Network Security
General
1 3 (9.38%) Telecoms
2 2 (6.25%) Banking
2 2 (6.25%) Finance
2 2 (6.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (56.25%) Consultant
2 17 (53.13%) Information Security Consultant
2 17 (53.13%) Security Consultant
3 6 (18.75%) PCI DSS Consultant
4 5 (15.63%) Architect
4 5 (15.63%) PCI DSS Specialist
4 5 (15.63%) Security Architect
5 3 (9.38%) Compliance Specialist
5 3 (9.38%) Information Architect
5 3 (9.38%) Information Security Architect
6 2 (6.25%) Information Security Specialist
6 2 (6.25%) Information Specialist
6 2 (6.25%) Security Manager
6 2 (6.25%) Security Specialist
7 1 (3.13%) Cybersecurity Manager
7 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared Project Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
7 1 (3.13%) Security Engineer
7 1 (3.13%) Security Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
1 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
2 2 (6.25%) Client/Server
3 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.13%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.13%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.25%) Windows
2 1 (3.13%) Unix
2 1 (3.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (93.75%) Information Security
2 15 (46.88%) Validation
3 7 (21.88%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (9.38%) Business Continuity
4 3 (9.38%) Information Security Management
4 3 (9.38%) Security Architecture
4 3 (9.38%) Security Management
5 2 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (6.25%) Data Analysis
5 2 (6.25%) Risk Management
6 1 (3.13%) E-Commerce
6 1 (3.13%) Information Management
6 1 (3.13%) ITSM
6 1 (3.13%) Penetration Testing
6 1 (3.13%) PRINCE2
6 1 (3.13%) Service Management
6 1 (3.13%) Strategic Planning
6 1 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
6 1 (3.13%) TOGAF
6 1 (3.13%) Vulnerability Assessment
Qualifications
1 27 (84.38%) CISSP
2 21 (65.63%) CISM
3 20 (62.50%) CISA
4 3 (9.38%) CEH
4 3 (9.38%) CREST Certified
5 1 (3.13%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (3.13%) Degree
5 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared
5 1 (3.13%) GCFA
5 1 (3.13%) MBA
5 1 (3.13%) PMI Certification
5 1 (3.13%) PMP
5 1 (3.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (96.88%) PCI DSS
2 12 (37.50%) QA
3 7 (21.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (6.25%) PA-DSS
5 1 (3.13%) ISO27002
Vendors
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.13%) Qualys
2 1 (3.13%) Red Hat
2 1 (3.13%) Symantec
2 1 (3.13%) Tripwire