The table below looks at the statistics for SSCP in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SSCP over the 3 months to 30 October 2014 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
Rank 591 564 567
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +3
Contract jobs citing SSCP 10 6 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.017% 0.012% 0.013%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.086% 0.068% 0.071%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 6 2
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£250 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% -7.14%
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £275 £350
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -21.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £40.00

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
11673 8801 9793
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.08% 17.03% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6644 5035 5101
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £540 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 513 396 569
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.10 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

SSCP
Jobs Demand Trend

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

SSCP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SSCP
Daily Rate Trend

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

SSCP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SSCP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SSCP within the UK over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

SSCP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SSCP
Hourly Rate Trend

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

SSCP Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SSCP
Top 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSCP within the UK over the 3 months to 30 October 2014. 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
England -33 5 £395 +21.53% 2
London +1 2 £419 +11.66%
City of London +23 1 £488 +30.00%
South East -23 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Fareham - - - - 1
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Reading - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Warrington - - - -
Woking - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Hertfordshire - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Scotland - - - -
East of England - - - -

SSCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SSCP 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 SSCP.

1 18 (78.26%) CISSP
2 17 (73.91%) Information Security
2 17 (73.91%) CEH
3 16 (69.57%) GIAC
4 15 (65.22%) Firewall
5 14 (60.87%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (60.87%) UNIX
5 14 (60.87%) Windows
6 11 (47.83%) Management Information System
7 10 (43.48%) Intrusion Detection
7 10 (43.48%) SIEM
8 9 (39.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 8 (34.78%) Vulnerability Management
9 8 (34.78%) Penetration Testing
9 8 (34.78%) Security Management
9 8 (34.78%) CCSP
10 7 (30.43%) Linux
10 7 (30.43%) LAN
10 7 (30.43%) WAN
10 7 (30.43%) Cisco
10 7 (30.43%) Risk Management
10 7 (30.43%) Finance
10 7 (30.43%) GPEN
10 7 (30.43%) ArcSight
10 7 (30.43%) SC Cleared
10 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
11 6 (26.09%) Wireshark
11 6 (26.09%) Degree
11 6 (26.09%) Snort
11 6 (26.09%) Vulnerability Assessment

SSCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SSCP 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 SSCP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
1 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 15 (65.22%) Firewall
2 10 (43.48%) Intrusion Detection
3 7 (30.43%) LAN
3 7 (30.43%) WAN
4 6 (26.09%) Wireshark
4 6 (26.09%) FTP
4 6 (26.09%) HTTP
4 6 (26.09%) TCP/IP
4 6 (26.09%) DNS
4 6 (26.09%) SSL
5 1 (4.35%) Network Security
5 1 (4.35%) DMZ
General
1 7 (30.43%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Consultant
2 5 (21.74%) Security Consultant
3 4 (17.39%) IT Security Consultant
3 4 (17.39%) IT Consultant
4 3 (13.04%) Security Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Security Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Security Manager
5 2 (8.70%) IT Security Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Network Security Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) IT Security Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Information Manager
6 1 (4.35%) IT Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Information Security Manager
6 1 (4.35%) IT Security Manager
6 1 (4.35%) IT Security Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Network Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Security Specialist
6 1 (4.35%) Security Architect
Miscellaneous
1 11 (47.83%) Management Information System
2 5 (21.74%) Cryptography
2 5 (21.74%) Computer Science
3 3 (13.04%) CESG
4 2 (8.70%) RMADS
Operating Systems
1 14 (60.87%) UNIX
1 14 (60.87%) Windows
2 7 (30.43%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (73.91%) Information Security
2 10 (43.48%) SIEM
3 8 (34.78%) Vulnerability Management
3 8 (34.78%) Penetration Testing
3 8 (34.78%) Security Management
4 7 (30.43%) Risk Management
5 6 (26.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 6 (26.09%) Reverse Engineering
5 6 (26.09%) ITIL V3
5 6 (26.09%) Mentoring
5 6 (26.09%) Ethical Hacking
5 6 (26.09%) ITIL
6 5 (21.74%) Information Security Management
7 4 (17.39%) Information Management
7 4 (17.39%) Risk Assessment
8 1 (4.35%) Data Protection
8 1 (4.35%) Information Assurance
8 1 (4.35%) ISMS
8 1 (4.35%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (4.35%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.70%) C
Qualifications
1 18 (78.26%) CISSP
2 17 (73.91%) CEH
3 16 (69.57%) GIAC
4 14 (60.87%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (34.78%) CCSP
6 7 (30.43%) GPEN
6 7 (30.43%) SC Cleared
6 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
7 6 (26.09%) Degree
7 6 (26.09%) GCIH
7 6 (26.09%) CCNA
8 3 (13.04%) CISM
9 2 (8.70%) CISA
10 1 (4.35%) MCP
10 1 (4.35%) ISEB
10 1 (4.35%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (39.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (17.39%) ISO 14001
2 4 (17.39%) ISO 9001
3 1 (4.35%) COBIT
3 1 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 1 (4.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (26.09%) Snort
2 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (26.09%) OPNET
2 1 (4.35%) Nessus
Vendors
1 7 (30.43%) Cisco
1 7 (30.43%) ArcSight
2 6 (26.09%) LogLogic
2 6 (26.09%) Sun
3 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
3 2 (8.70%) Qualys
4 1 (4.35%) AlgoSec
4 1 (4.35%) Tufin
4 1 (4.35%) McAfee
4 1 (4.35%) Websense
4 1 (4.35%) Tripwire