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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
Rank 583 597 556
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -41
Contract jobs citing SSCP 11 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.005% 0.006%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.028% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 1
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£425 - £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
Average hourly rate £22.50 £37.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £37.50 -
% change year-on-year
-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
10772 10777 8865
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.33% 19.52% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6112 6123 4725
Average daily rate £390 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £223 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £535
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 502 535 480
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £51.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 24 April 2015.

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 16 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 24 April 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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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 +5 9 £425 - 19
East of England +28 8 £325 - 1
Norfolk - 4 - -
Norwich - 4 - -
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £325 - 1
Luton - 2 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 £475 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £525 -
Yorkshire - 1 £525 -
Scotland - 1 £375 -
Sheffield - 1 £525 -
Aberdeen - 1 £375 -
County Antrim - 1 £475 -
Belfast - 1 £475 -
Cambridge - 1 £325 - 1

SSCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 19 (82.61%) Information Security
2 12 (52.17%) CISSP
3 11 (47.83%) GIAC
3 11 (47.83%) CEH
4 10 (43.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (39.13%) PCI DSS
5 9 (39.13%) CISM
6 7 (30.43%) Degree
6 7 (30.43%) SIEM
7 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
7 6 (26.09%) COBIT
7 6 (26.09%) WSUS
7 6 (26.09%) Microsoft
7 6 (26.09%) Finance
7 6 (26.09%) Penetration Testing
7 6 (26.09%) CISMP
8 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 5 (21.74%) GPEN
8 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Management
9 4 (17.39%) GSEC
9 4 (17.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (17.39%) CISA
9 4 (17.39%) MCP
9 4 (17.39%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 3 (13.04%) MS Excel
10 3 (13.04%) Retail
10 3 (13.04%) Security+ Certification
10 3 (13.04%) Risk Management
10 3 (13.04%) Firewall
10 3 (13.04%) ISACA

SSCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 3 (13.04%) MS Excel
1 3 (13.04%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.04%) Firewall
2 2 (8.70%) Wireless
2 2 (8.70%) LAN
2 2 (8.70%) WAN
2 2 (8.70%) VPN
3 1 (4.35%) DNS
3 1 (4.35%) SSL
3 1 (4.35%) FTP
3 1 (4.35%) HTTP
3 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
3 1 (4.35%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (4.35%) Wireshark
3 1 (4.35%) Network Security
General
1 6 (26.09%) Finance
2 3 (13.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (39.13%) Security Analyst
1 9 (39.13%) Analyst
2 8 (34.78%) IT Security Analyst
3 6 (26.09%) Security Consultant
3 6 (26.09%) Consultant
4 2 (8.70%) IT Security Consultant
4 2 (8.70%) Information Security Consultant
4 2 (8.70%) IT Consultant
4 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Applications Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Information Security Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Applications Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Information Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) IT Auditor
5 1 (4.35%) Operations Consultant
5 1 (4.35%) Auditor
5 1 (4.35%) IT Security Auditor
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
1 1 (4.35%) Hedge funds
1 1 (4.35%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.70%) Windows
2 1 (4.35%) Linux
2 1 (4.35%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (82.61%) Information Security
2 7 (30.43%) SIEM
3 6 (26.09%) Penetration Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Management
5 3 (13.04%) Risk Management
6 2 (8.70%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (8.70%) Information Security Management
6 2 (8.70%) Security Management
6 2 (8.70%) Programme Management
6 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2
6 2 (8.70%) Project Management
7 1 (4.35%) ETL
7 1 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (4.35%) Ethical Hacking
7 1 (4.35%) Risk Assessment
7 1 (4.35%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (4.35%) GAP Analysis
7 1 (4.35%) Information Assurance
7 1 (4.35%) Reverse Engineering
Qualifications
1 12 (52.17%) CISSP
2 11 (47.83%) GIAC
2 11 (47.83%) CEH
3 9 (39.13%) CISM
4 7 (30.43%) Degree
5 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
5 6 (26.09%) CISMP
6 5 (21.74%) GPEN
7 4 (17.39%) GSEC
7 4 (17.39%) CISA
7 4 (17.39%) MCP
8 3 (13.04%) Security+ Certification
8 3 (13.04%) ISACA
9 2 (8.70%) PCI QSA
9 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared
9 2 (8.70%) CCNA
9 2 (8.70%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (4.35%) MCSA
10 1 (4.35%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (43.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (39.13%) PCI DSS
3 6 (26.09%) COBIT
4 4 (17.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (17.39%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (4.35%) ISO 14001
5 1 (4.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) Snort
Systems Management
1 6 (26.09%) WSUS
2 2 (8.70%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (4.35%) OPNET
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.70%) McAfee
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco
3 1 (4.35%) ArcSight
3 1 (4.35%) LogLogic