Period
to 18 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for CISSP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

(ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC2 CISSP)
UK > England
6 months to
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 272 266 318
Rank change year-on-year -6 +52 -50
Contract jobs citing CISSP 436 420 707
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.96% 0.95% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.54% 4.11% 4.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 274 432
10th Percentile £400 £386 £406
25th Percentile £463 £463 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% -
75th Percentile £675 £650 £625
90th Percentile £756 £734 £725
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +0.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 2
10th Percentile £45.64 £51.20 £60.28
25th Percentile £57.94 £62.00 £60.38
Median hourly rate £63.75 £80.00 £60.65
Median % change year-on-year -20.31% +31.90% -
75th Percentile £67.13 " £60.82
90th Percentile £72.50 " £60.85
UK median hourly rate £63.50 £62.00 £60.87
% change year-on-year +2.42% +1.86% -

CISSP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9,613 10,220 16,233
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.11% 23.07% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,209 6,615 10,237
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £665 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +2.63% +1.06% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 369 650
10th Percentile £14.56 £14.48 £12.50
25th Percentile £19.96 £17.50 £16.77
Median hourly rate £37.65 £27.50 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year +36.91% -5.17% +31.82%
75th Percentile £50.60 £47.83 £47.09
90th Percentile £60.08 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £30.03 £30.00
% change year-on-year +24.90% +0.08% +39.53%

CISSP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing CISSP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for CISSP in England

CISSP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing CISSP in England.

Daily rate trend for CISSP in England

CISSP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing CISSP in England over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for CISSP in England

CISSP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing CISSP in England.

Hourly rate trend for CISSP in England

CISSP
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing CISSP in England over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for CISSP in England

CISSP
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CISSP within the England region over the 6 months to 18 May 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -5 223 £600 +9.09% 58
South East +44 64 £500 -9.09% 37
South West +55 48 £525 +9.20% 15
Midlands -19 36 £550 - 15
West Midlands -9 34 £600 +9.09% 12
North of England +1 28 £525 -19.23% 26
North West -2 16 £525 -17.65% 20
Yorkshire +15 12 £506 -22.15% 5
East of England +11 12 £577 +7.10% 11
East Midlands 0 2 £425 -26.09% 3
CISSP
UK

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing CISSP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for CISSP.

1 258 (59.17%) Information Security
2 230 (52.75%) CISM
3 218 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
4 138 (31.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 118 (27.06%) Risk Management
6 110 (25.23%) Security Cleared
7 109 (25.00%) Finance
8 92 (21.10%) Security Architecture
9 91 (20.87%) Azure
9 91 (20.87%) Social Skills
10 86 (19.72%) NIST
10 86 (19.72%) Degree
11 85 (19.50%) Management Information System
12 76 (17.43%) SC Cleared
13 75 (17.20%) AWS
14 73 (16.74%) CRISC
15 70 (16.06%) CISA
16 69 (15.83%) Security Management
17 64 (14.68%) CESG Certified Professional
18 60 (13.76%) Cisco Certification
18 60 (13.76%) Information Assurance
19 58 (13.30%) SABSA
20 57 (13.07%) SIEM
21 56 (12.84%) Network Security
21 56 (12.84%) Microsoft
22 52 (11.93%) Firewall
23 50 (11.47%) TOGAF
24 49 (11.24%) GIAC
25 48 (11.01%) GCP
26 47 (10.78%) Agile Software Development

CISSP
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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:

Application Platforms
1 9 (2.06%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.69%) Confluence
3 2 (0.46%) IIS
4 1 (0.23%) Moodle
4 1 (0.23%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.38%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.92%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.92%) iTrent
1 4 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.92%) Unit4 Business World
2 3 (0.69%) Sentinel
3 2 (0.46%) Relativity
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP GRC
4 1 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 91 (20.87%) Azure
2 75 (17.20%) AWS
3 48 (11.01%) GCP
4 36 (8.26%) SaaS
5 32 (7.34%) Microsoft 365
6 22 (5.05%) IaaS
7 20 (4.59%) PaaS
8 15 (3.44%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (1.61%) OpenShift
10 5 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (1.15%) Amazon S3
10 5 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.92%) CloudFront
11 4 (0.92%) Serverless
12 3 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
12 3 (0.69%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 3 (0.69%) Azure Sentinel
12 3 (0.69%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.69%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 56 (12.84%) Network Security
2 52 (11.93%) Firewall
3 18 (4.13%) WAN
4 13 (2.98%) Intrusion Detection
4 13 (2.98%) VPN
5 11 (2.52%) LAN
6 8 (1.83%) DNS
6 8 (1.83%) Internet
7 7 (1.61%) SD-WAN
7 7 (1.61%) TCP/IP
8 6 (1.38%) SSL
8 6 (1.38%) Wireless
9 5 (1.15%) BGP
9 5 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (1.15%) WLAN
10 4 (0.92%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (0.92%) Cisco Firepower
10 4 (0.92%) Intranet
10 4 (0.92%) NAS
10 4 (0.92%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.15%) Big Data
2 3 (0.69%) Data Lake
2 3 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.46%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.23%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.23%) BigQuery
4 1 (0.23%) Looker
4 1 (0.23%) MS Access
4 1 (0.23%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.23%) Power BI
4 1 (0.23%) Snowflake Schema
4 1 (0.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (1.38%) JIRA
2 3 (0.69%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.23%) Burp Suite
3 1 (0.23%) GitLab
3 1 (0.23%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.23%) Metasploit
General
1 109 (25.00%) Finance
2 91 (20.87%) Social Skills
3 37 (8.49%) Public Sector
4 33 (7.57%) Analytical Skills
5 31 (7.11%) Legal
6 22 (5.05%) Telecoms
7 21 (4.82%) Banking
8 16 (3.67%) Law
9 15 (3.44%) Manufacturing
9 15 (3.44%) Presentation Skills
10 10 (2.29%) Electronics
10 10 (2.29%) Marketing
11 8 (1.83%) Financial Institution
12 7 (1.61%) Influencing Skills
13 6 (1.38%) Local Government
14 5 (1.15%) Documentation Skills
15 3 (0.69%) Private Banking
16 2 (0.46%) International Banking
16 2 (0.46%) Retail
16 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 111 (25.46%) Architect
2 106 (24.31%) Consultant
3 99 (22.71%) Security Architect
4 85 (19.50%) Security Consultant
5 47 (10.78%) Security Manager
6 40 (9.17%) Analyst
7 34 (7.80%) Information Security Consultant
8 33 (7.57%) Security Analyst
9 21 (4.82%) Security Engineer
10 20 (4.59%) Cloud Architect
11 19 (4.36%) Coordinator
11 19 (4.36%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 19 (4.36%) Security Assurance Coordinator
12 16 (3.67%) Cybersecurity Manager
13 14 (3.21%) AWS Architect
14 13 (2.98%) Enterprise Security Architect
14 13 (2.98%) Risk Consultant
15 12 (2.75%) Enterprise Architect
15 12 (2.75%) Information Analyst
15 12 (2.75%) Information Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (2.75%) ModSecurity
2 9 (2.06%) Web Services
3 6 (1.38%) OAuth
3 6 (1.38%) SAML
4 4 (0.92%) Oracle Fusion
5 3 (0.69%) SailPoint
6 2 (0.46%) .NET
6 2 (0.46%) RESTful
6 2 (0.46%) SOAP
7 1 (0.23%) .NET Core
7 1 (0.23%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.23%) COM
7 1 (0.23%) GraphQL
7 1 (0.23%) JSON
7 1 (0.23%) LDAP
7 1 (0.23%) Middleware
7 1 (0.23%) Regular Expression
7 1 (0.23%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 85 (19.50%) Management Information System
2 19 (4.36%) Cyberthreat
3 16 (3.67%) Public Cloud
4 14 (3.21%) Data Centre
5 11 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (2.29%) Cloud Native
7 8 (1.83%) Cyber Defence
7 8 (1.83%) Cyberattack
8 7 (1.61%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (1.38%) NHS
10 5 (1.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 5 (1.15%) Security Operations Centre
10 5 (1.15%) Virtual Team
11 4 (0.92%) PKI
12 3 (0.69%) CMDB
12 3 (0.69%) Cybercrime
12 3 (0.69%) iPad
12 3 (0.69%) User Experience
13 2 (0.46%) Greenfield Project
13 2 (0.46%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 41 (9.40%) Windows
2 25 (5.73%) Linux
3 14 (3.21%) Unix
4 6 (1.38%) Windows Server
5 4 (0.92%) Windows Server 2016
6 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (0.46%) Android
7 2 (0.46%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.46%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.23%) Check Point GAiA
8 1 (0.23%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.23%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.23%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (59.17%) Information Security
2 218 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 118 (27.06%) Risk Management
4 92 (21.10%) Security Architecture
5 69 (15.83%) Security Management
6 60 (13.76%) Information Assurance
7 58 (13.30%) SABSA
8 57 (13.07%) SIEM
9 50 (11.47%) TOGAF
10 47 (10.78%) Agile Software Development
11 43 (9.86%) Vulnerability Management
12 41 (9.40%) Information Security Management
12 41 (9.40%) ITIL
13 35 (8.03%) Risk Assessment
13 35 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
14 33 (7.57%) Problem-Solving
15 31 (7.11%) Computer Science
16 30 (6.88%) Security Operations
16 30 (6.88%) Threat Modelling
17 29 (6.65%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (2.52%) Python
2 8 (1.83%) PowerShell
3 4 (0.92%) Java
3 4 (0.92%) SQL
4 3 (0.69%) C
4 3 (0.69%) Shell Script
5 2 (0.46%) Go
5 2 (0.46%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.23%) Groovy
6 1 (0.23%) Ruby
6 1 (0.23%) Scala
6 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 230 (52.75%) CISM
2 110 (25.23%) Security Cleared
3 86 (19.72%) Degree
4 76 (17.43%) SC Cleared
5 73 (16.74%) CRISC
6 70 (16.06%) CISA
7 64 (14.68%) CESG Certified Professional
8 60 (13.76%) Cisco Certification
9 49 (11.24%) GIAC
10 33 (7.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 32 (7.34%) SANS
12 30 (6.88%) DV Cleared
13 22 (5.05%) CREST Certified
14 20 (4.59%) CEH
15 19 (4.36%) CCNP
16 15 (3.44%) SSCP
17 14 (3.21%) CCNA
17 14 (3.21%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
18 13 (2.98%) GCIH
19 12 (2.75%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (31.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 86 (19.72%) NIST
3 43 (9.86%) COBIT
4 41 (9.40%) NCSC
5 33 (7.57%) GDPR
5 33 (7.57%) PCI DSS
6 32 (7.34%) NIST 800
7 26 (5.96%) Cyber Essentials
7 26 (5.96%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 24 (5.50%) GRC
9 22 (5.05%) JSP 440
10 18 (4.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 18 (4.13%) RMADS
11 15 (3.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 12 (2.75%) QA
13 6 (1.38%) SOC 2
14 4 (0.92%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 4 (0.92%) HIPAA
14 4 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 3 (0.69%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 20 (4.59%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.92%) BitLocker
3 4 (0.92%) Docker
3 4 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.69%) XenApp
4 3 (0.69%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.46%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.46%) Terminal Server
5 2 (0.46%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 17 (3.90%) Kubernetes
2 10 (2.29%) Single Sign-On
3 9 (2.06%) Terraform
4 7 (1.61%) Ansible
5 6 (1.38%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (0.92%) CASB
6 4 (0.92%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 4 (0.92%) EnCase
6 4 (0.92%) FTK
6 4 (0.92%) Nessus
6 4 (0.92%) SCOM
6 4 (0.92%) SolarWinds Orion
7 3 (0.69%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.69%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (0.69%) SCCM
8 1 (0.23%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.23%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.23%) Nmap
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Identity Management
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 56 (12.84%) Microsoft
2 35 (8.03%) Google
3 22 (5.05%) Cisco
4 15 (3.44%) Palo Alto
5 14 (3.21%) SAP
6 12 (2.75%) Oracle
6 12 (2.75%) Splunk
7 11 (2.52%) VMware
8 9 (2.06%) Citrix
9 8 (1.83%) SolarWinds
10 7 (1.61%) Fortinet
10 7 (1.61%) McAfee
11 6 (1.38%) CheckPoint
11 6 (1.38%) Red Hat
11 6 (1.38%) Symantec
12 4 (0.92%) Cellebrite
12 4 (0.92%) F5
12 4 (0.92%) Juniper
12 4 (0.92%) ServiceNow
13 3 (0.69%) Arista