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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
UK
Rank 582 615 602
Rank change year-on-year
+33 -13
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 15 14 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.027% 0.017%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.16% 0.13% 0.085%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 11 3
Median daily rate £500 £500 £618
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -19.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £350 £544
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £575 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £525 £619
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -15.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £22.50

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
9337 11050 10583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.85% 21.27% 20.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6009 6880 6053
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £554 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £380
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 437 497
Median hourly rate £30.00 £39.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.52% +80.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.22 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.47 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.91 £42.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.40% +86.66%

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
Top 9 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 26 February 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 +29 15 £500 - 8
London +20 8 £550 +57.14%
Leeds - 4 £463 -
Yorkshire - 4 £463 -
West Yorkshire - 4 £463 -
South East +18 3 £500 +5.26%
Berkshire - 2 £500 -
Reading - 2 £500 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - -

PCI QSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 34 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 32 (94.12%) Information Security
3 27 (79.41%) CISSP
4 16 (47.06%) CISM
5 15 (44.12%) CISA
5 15 (44.12%) Validation
6 12 (35.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (35.29%) QA
7 7 (20.59%) Firewall
7 7 (20.59%) Information Security Management
7 7 (20.59%) Security Management
8 6 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (14.71%) Management Information System
9 5 (14.71%) ISO27002
9 5 (14.71%) CESG Certified Professional
10 4 (11.76%) Client/Server
10 4 (11.76%) LAN
10 4 (11.76%) Data Protection
10 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
10 4 (11.76%) Office 365
10 4 (11.76%) Data Analysis
10 4 (11.76%) COBIT
11 3 (8.82%) CEH
11 3 (8.82%) Business Continuity
11 3 (8.82%) CREST Certified
11 3 (8.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 2 (5.88%) Security Architecture
12 2 (5.88%) Cybersecurity
12 2 (5.88%) Risk Management
12 2 (5.88%) Windows

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 (2.94%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.94%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (11.76%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.59%) Firewall
2 4 (11.76%) LAN
3 1 (2.94%) HTTP
3 1 (2.94%) Network Security
General
1 1 (2.94%) Banking
1 1 (2.94%) Finance
1 1 (2.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (70.59%) Consultant
2 19 (55.88%) Information Security Consultant
2 19 (55.88%) Security Consultant
3 8 (23.53%) PCI DSS Consultant
4 4 (11.76%) Architect
4 4 (11.76%) Audit Consultant
4 4 (11.76%) Compliance Consultant
4 4 (11.76%) Information Security Specialist
4 4 (11.76%) Information Specialist
4 4 (11.76%) PCI DSS Specialist
4 4 (11.76%) Security Architect
4 4 (11.76%) Security Specialist
5 3 (8.82%) Information Architect
5 3 (8.82%) Information Security Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Security Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Information Security Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Security Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Security Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 5 (14.71%) Management Information System
2 4 (11.76%) Client/Server
3 3 (8.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (2.94%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.94%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.94%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
2 1 (2.94%) Unix
2 1 (2.94%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (94.12%) Information Security
2 15 (44.12%) Validation
3 7 (20.59%) Information Security Management
3 7 (20.59%) Security Management
4 6 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (11.76%) Data Analysis
5 4 (11.76%) Data Protection
6 3 (8.82%) Business Continuity
7 2 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (5.88%) Cybersecurity
7 2 (5.88%) Risk Management
7 2 (5.88%) Security Architecture
8 1 (2.94%) Data Loss Prevention
8 1 (2.94%) Database Security
8 1 (2.94%) Identity Access Management
8 1 (2.94%) Issue Tracking
8 1 (2.94%) Presales
8 1 (2.94%) Remediation Plan
8 1 (2.94%) Security Operations
8 1 (2.94%) Vulnerability Scanning
Qualifications
1 27 (79.41%) CISSP
2 16 (47.06%) CISM
3 15 (44.12%) CISA
4 5 (14.71%) CESG Certified Professional
5 3 (8.82%) CEH
5 3 (8.82%) CREST Certified
6 1 (2.94%) CLAS
6 1 (2.94%) Degree
6 1 (2.94%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.94%) MBA
6 1 (2.94%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.94%) PMP
6 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 12 (35.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (35.29%) QA
3 5 (14.71%) ISO27002
4 4 (11.76%) COBIT
5 2 (5.88%) PA-DSS
6 1 (2.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.94%) Qualys
2 1 (2.94%) Red Hat
2 1 (2.94%) Symantec
2 1 (2.94%) Tripwire