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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
Rank 589 584 542
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -42
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 7 11 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.013% 0.021% 0.025%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.069% 0.11% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 12
Average daily rate
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£425 £500 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £500 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £500 £450
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +11.11%
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
10111 10309 8643
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.96% 19.47% 18.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 5816 6000 4631
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 501 532 472
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.00% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.36 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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
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 5 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 29 May 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
England -25 7 £425 - 12
London +7 6 £425 - 5
Uxbridge - 5 £450 -
South East -10 1 £425 - 1
Hampshire - 1 £425 -

PCI QSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 15 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 11 (73.33%) Information Security
3 8 (53.33%) E-Commerce
4 7 (46.67%) Change Management
5 6 (40.00%) Tripwire
6 5 (33.33%) Imperva
6 5 (33.33%) Database Security
6 5 (33.33%) Qualys
6 5 (33.33%) Retail
7 4 (26.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (26.67%) CISSP
8 3 (20.00%) Risk Management
8 3 (20.00%) CEH
8 3 (20.00%) SIEM
8 3 (20.00%) CRISC
9 2 (13.33%) WSUS
9 2 (13.33%) Time Management
9 2 (13.33%) CISMP
9 2 (13.33%) Security Patching
9 2 (13.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 2 (13.33%) Penetration Testing
9 2 (13.33%) Data Security
9 2 (13.33%) GIAC
9 2 (13.33%) Project Management
9 2 (13.33%) SSCP
9 2 (13.33%) Microsoft
10 1 (6.67%) Password Management
10 1 (6.67%) CISM
10 1 (6.67%) IIS
10 1 (6.67%) ITIL

PCI QSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 (6.67%) IIS
General
1 5 (33.33%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (6.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Analyst
1 6 (40.00%) Security Analyst
2 2 (13.33%) Information Security Analyst
2 2 (13.33%) IT Security Analyst
2 2 (13.33%) Information Analyst
2 2 (13.33%) Project Manager
2 2 (13.33%) Programme Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Security Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Security Specialist
3 1 (6.67%) Information Security Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Information Security Specialist
3 1 (6.67%) Information Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) EPoS
1 1 (6.67%) CCTV
1 1 (6.67%) BYOD
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (73.33%) Information Security
2 8 (53.33%) E-Commerce
3 7 (46.67%) Change Management
4 5 (33.33%) Database Security
5 3 (20.00%) Risk Management
5 3 (20.00%) SIEM
6 2 (13.33%) Time Management
6 2 (13.33%) Security Patching
6 2 (13.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 2 (13.33%) Penetration Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Data Security
6 2 (13.33%) Project Management
7 1 (6.67%) Password Management
7 1 (6.67%) ITIL
7 1 (6.67%) Scrum
7 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (6.67%) Logistics
7 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (6.67%) People Management
7 1 (6.67%) Server Hardening
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) CISSP
2 3 (20.00%) CEH
2 3 (20.00%) CRISC
3 2 (13.33%) CISMP
3 2 (13.33%) GIAC
3 2 (13.33%) SSCP
4 1 (6.67%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 4 (26.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (6.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (40.00%) Tripwire
2 5 (33.33%) Imperva
2 5 (33.33%) Qualys
3 2 (13.33%) Microsoft