Period
to 14 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Information Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Information Security over the 6 months to 14 July 2020 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.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK > England
6 months to
14 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 114 122 148
Rank change year-on-year +8 +26 +5
Contract jobs citing Information Security 758 1,745 1,794
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.12% 2.05% 1.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.46% 2.35% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 1,066 1,138
Median daily rate £500 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £325 £350 £331
90th Percentile £758 £725 £680
UK median daily rate £500 £523 £500
% change year-on-year -4.31% +4.50% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 29 49
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.35 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.66% +79.11% -9.09%
10th Percentile £20.54 £10.49 £13.00
90th Percentile £37.75 £73.75 £65.50
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £31.35 £17.41
% change year-on-year -1.10% +80.04% -9.56%

Information Security is in the Processes and Methodologies 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 process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 30,819 74,222 83,100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.23% 87.40% 87.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,718 49,433 55,214
Median daily rate £481 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.21% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £305 £306 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,012 2,019 2,285
Median hourly rate £32.15 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.58% +13.64% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.00 £50.25
Median hourly rate £31.61 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +26.44% +16.28% -14.00%

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in England

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Information Security in England

Information Security
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Information Security in England over the 6 months to 14 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Information Security in England

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Information Security in England

Information Security
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Information Security in England over the 6 months to 14 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Information Security in England

Information Security
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 Information Security within the England region over the 6 months to 14 July 2020. 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 -4 337 £500 -9.09% 70
South East +10 120 £500 - 26
North of England +53 109 £500 +11.11% 26
Midlands +73 76 £550 +7.32% 14
South West +11 74 £481 +0.37% 18
North West +52 71 £475 +7.95% 15
West Midlands +62 61 £550 +10.00% 10
East of England +30 40 £500 -2.44% 11
Yorkshire +39 22 £525 +10.53% 9
North East +39 16 £531 +18.06% 2
East Midlands +53 15 £550 +46.67% 4
Information Security
UK

For the 6 months to 14 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Information Security 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 Information Security.

1 240 (31.66%) Management Information System
2 209 (27.57%) CISSP
3 206 (27.18%) Cybersecurity
4 195 (25.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 166 (21.90%) Finance
6 156 (20.58%) Risk Management
7 139 (18.34%) Microsoft
7 139 (18.34%) Azure
8 136 (17.94%) Security Cleared
9 133 (17.55%) CISM
10 114 (15.04%) SC Cleared
11 107 (14.12%) Windows
12 106 (13.98%) Security Management
12 106 (13.98%) AWS
13 99 (13.06%) Active Directory
14 91 (12.01%) Information Security Management
15 90 (11.87%) Agile Software Development
16 87 (11.48%) Linux
16 87 (11.48%) GDPR
17 85 (11.21%) NIST
18 84 (11.08%) ITIL
19 81 (10.69%) Degree
19 81 (10.69%) Information Assurance
20 79 (10.42%) Legal
21 78 (10.29%) Analytical Skills
22 77 (10.16%) Firewall
23 70 (9.23%) CISA
23 70 (9.23%) ISMS
23 70 (9.23%) Public Sector
24 64 (8.44%) PCI DSS

Information Security
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 27 (3.56%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.45%) Confluence
3 10 (1.32%) MS Exchange
4 7 (0.92%) Apache Spark
4 7 (0.92%) IIS
5 5 (0.66%) Apache Pig
6 4 (0.53%) Apache
6 4 (0.53%) CMS
6 4 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.53%) Skype for Business
7 3 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.40%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.13%) CICS
9 1 (0.13%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.13%) JBoss
9 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.13%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.13%) WordPress
Applications
1 33 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (1.98%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.13%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.13%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 11 (1.45%) Sentinel
2 7 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.66%) SAP GRC
4 3 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.26%) Oracle Payroll
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.13%) SAP PLM
6 1 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.13%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 139 (18.34%) Azure
2 106 (13.98%) AWS
3 51 (6.73%) Office 365
4 35 (4.62%) SaaS
5 24 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 18 (2.37%) GCP
6 18 (2.37%) Serverless
7 15 (1.98%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (1.85%) PaaS
9 13 (1.72%) IaaS
10 8 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (0.92%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.92%) GitHub
12 6 (0.79%) Azure Data Factory
12 6 (0.79%) Azure Functions
13 4 (0.53%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.53%) Power Platform
14 3 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.40%) Google Analytics
14 3 (0.40%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 77 (10.16%) Firewall
2 42 (5.54%) Network Security
3 35 (4.62%) Internet
4 20 (2.64%) DNS
5 18 (2.37%) WAN
6 17 (2.24%) Intrusion Detection
6 17 (2.24%) LAN
7 15 (1.98%) TCP/IP
8 13 (1.72%) SAN
9 11 (1.45%) DHCP
10 9 (1.19%) VPN
11 8 (1.06%) HTTP
11 8 (1.06%) Wireshark
12 7 (0.92%) Intranet
12 7 (0.92%) IPsec
12 7 (0.92%) Kerberos
12 7 (0.92%) Skype
13 6 (0.79%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (0.66%) SSL
14 5 (0.66%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.17%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.98%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (1.19%) Cosmos DB
4 9 (1.19%) Relational Database
5 8 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
5 8 (1.06%) Data Lake
6 7 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
6 7 (0.92%) MySQL
7 6 (0.79%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 6 (0.79%) SAP HANA
7 6 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.66%) Hadoop
8 5 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 4 (0.53%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.53%) Power BI
10 3 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.40%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.40%) Redis
Development Applications
1 21 (2.77%) Git (software)
2 15 (1.98%) JIRA
3 8 (1.06%) Bitbucket
4 7 (0.92%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.79%) SonarQube
6 5 (0.66%) Metasploit
6 5 (0.66%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (0.53%) AppScan
7 4 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (0.53%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.40%) FishEye
8 3 (0.40%) ScriptRunner
8 3 (0.40%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.40%) Subversion
9 2 (0.26%) Maven
9 2 (0.26%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.13%) GitLab
10 1 (0.13%) MSI
10 1 (0.13%) Serena SBM
General
1 166 (21.90%) Finance
2 79 (10.42%) Legal
3 70 (9.23%) Public Sector
4 36 (4.75%) Banking
5 31 (4.09%) Law
6 30 (3.96%) Telecoms
7 20 (2.64%) Retail
8 19 (2.51%) Manufacturing
8 19 (2.51%) Marketing
9 14 (1.85%) Electronics
10 7 (0.92%) Financial Institution
10 7 (0.92%) Military
10 7 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (0.79%) Police
12 5 (0.66%) Local Government
13 4 (0.53%) Back Office
13 4 (0.53%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.40%) Advertising
15 2 (0.26%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.26%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 143 (18.87%) Analyst
2 103 (13.59%) Architect
3 97 (12.80%) Consultant
3 97 (12.80%) Security Analyst
4 77 (10.16%) Security Consultant
5 52 (6.86%) Security Architect
6 46 (6.07%) Security Manager
7 44 (5.80%) Information Security Consultant
8 39 (5.15%) Information Analyst
9 37 (4.88%) Information Security Analyst
10 34 (4.49%) Security Specialist
11 31 (4.09%) Project Manager
12 29 (3.83%) Information Manager
13 28 (3.69%) Security Officer
14 27 (3.56%) Head of Security
15 24 (3.17%) Developer
15 24 (3.17%) Information Security Officer
15 24 (3.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 23 (3.03%) Head of Information Security
16 23 (3.03%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.64%) Middleware
2 17 (2.24%) .NET
3 11 (1.45%) LDAP
4 10 (1.32%) Web Services
5 8 (1.06%) AngularJS
5 8 (1.06%) Kafka
5 8 (1.06%) REST
6 7 (0.92%) Node.js
6 7 (0.92%) OAuth
6 7 (0.92%) SAML
7 6 (0.79%) .NET Framework
7 6 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
7 6 (0.79%) JSON
7 6 (0.79%) Spring
8 5 (0.66%) ASP.NET
8 5 (0.66%) OpenID
8 5 (0.66%) React
9 4 (0.53%) Django
9 4 (0.53%) HTML
9 4 (0.53%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 240 (31.66%) Management Information System
2 78 (10.29%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (3.96%) Freedom of Information
4 28 (3.69%) Cyberthreat
5 22 (2.90%) Data Centre
6 21 (2.77%) Data Protection Act
7 20 (2.64%) Data Structures
7 20 (2.64%) Security Operations Centre
8 19 (2.51%) Freedom of Information Act
9 16 (2.11%) Cloud Native
9 16 (2.11%) PKI
10 15 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
11 12 (1.58%) Blackberry
11 12 (1.58%) CESG
12 10 (1.32%) BYOD
12 10 (1.32%) e-Learning
12 10 (1.32%) Virtual Team
13 8 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
14 7 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
14 7 (0.92%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 107 (14.12%) Windows
2 87 (11.48%) Linux
3 26 (3.43%) Windows Server
4 20 (2.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 15 (1.98%) Unix
6 13 (1.72%) Windows 10
7 12 (1.58%) Windows 7
7 12 (1.58%) Windows Server 2016
8 9 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (1.06%) Android
10 6 (0.79%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.66%) Debian
11 5 (0.66%) Solaris
11 5 (0.66%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.26%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.13%) CentOS
13 1 (0.13%) HPUX
13 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.13%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 206 (27.18%) Cybersecurity
2 156 (20.58%) Risk Management
3 106 (13.98%) Security Management
4 91 (12.01%) Information Security Management
5 90 (11.87%) Agile Software Development
6 84 (11.08%) ITIL
7 81 (10.69%) Information Assurance
8 70 (9.23%) ISMS
9 64 (8.44%) Security Operations
10 63 (8.31%) Data Protection
10 63 (8.31%) Project Management
11 62 (8.18%) Security Architecture
12 61 (8.05%) Change Management
13 56 (7.39%) DevOps
13 56 (7.39%) Stakeholder Management
13 56 (7.39%) Vulnerability Management
14 55 (7.26%) Penetration Testing
15 53 (6.99%) Problem-Solving
16 48 (6.33%) SIEM
17 46 (6.07%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 50 (6.60%) PowerShell
1 50 (6.60%) Python
2 33 (4.35%) Java
3 28 (3.69%) Bash Shell
4 27 (3.56%) JavaScript
5 26 (3.43%) SQL
6 20 (2.64%) C#
7 10 (1.32%) T-SQL
8 8 (1.06%) Perl
8 8 (1.06%) PHP
9 7 (0.92%) C
9 7 (0.92%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.79%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.66%) VBScript
12 4 (0.53%) Groovy
12 4 (0.53%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.40%) C++
13 3 (0.40%) Ruby
13 3 (0.40%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.26%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 209 (27.57%) CISSP
2 136 (17.94%) Security Cleared
3 133 (17.55%) CISM
4 114 (15.04%) SC Cleared
5 81 (10.69%) Degree
6 70 (9.23%) CISA
7 64 (8.44%) GIAC
8 39 (5.15%) Cisco Certification
9 25 (3.30%) CRISC
10 23 (3.03%) DV Cleared
11 22 (2.90%) CESG Certified Professional
12 18 (2.37%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 17 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
13 17 (2.24%) SANS
14 16 (2.11%) CEH
15 15 (1.98%) CCSP
15 15 (1.98%) CREST Certified
16 14 (1.85%) SSCP
17 13 (1.72%) CCNP
18 12 (1.58%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 195 (25.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 87 (11.48%) GDPR
3 85 (11.21%) NIST
4 64 (8.44%) PCI DSS
5 47 (6.20%) COBIT
6 32 (4.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 24 (3.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 24 (3.17%) NCSC
8 23 (3.03%) Cyber Essentials
9 21 (2.77%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 13 (1.72%) Data Quality
10 13 (1.72%) NIST 800
11 12 (1.58%) QA
12 11 (1.45%) RMADS
13 9 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 9 (1.19%) SLA
14 7 (0.92%) PMO
15 6 (0.79%) AICPA
15 6 (0.79%) HIPAA
16 4 (0.53%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 99 (13.06%) Active Directory
2 28 (3.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.90%) Docker
4 11 (1.45%) BitLocker
5 8 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (0.66%) VMware NSX
7 5 (0.66%) XenApp
7 5 (0.66%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.53%) Firmware
8 4 (0.53%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.53%) OpenAM
9 2 (0.26%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 2 (0.26%) iptables
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.26%) Snort
9 2 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.13%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 29 (3.83%) Kubernetes
2 25 (3.30%) Single Sign-On
3 22 (2.90%) SCCM
4 20 (2.64%) Microsoft Intune
5 17 (2.24%) Nessus
5 17 (2.24%) Terraform
6 14 (1.85%) EnCase
6 14 (1.85%) FTK
7 13 (1.72%) Ansible
8 10 (1.32%) QRadar
9 8 (1.06%) WSUS
10 5 (0.66%) Nmap
10 5 (0.66%) RSA Archer
11 4 (0.53%) FreeIPA
11 4 (0.53%) Grafana
11 4 (0.53%) Prometheus
12 3 (0.40%) PowerCLI
12 3 (0.40%) Puppet
12 3 (0.40%) SCOM
12 3 (0.40%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 139 (18.34%) Microsoft
2 45 (5.94%) Cisco
3 38 (5.01%) VMware
4 31 (4.09%) Qualys
5 27 (3.56%) SAP
6 26 (3.43%) Oracle
6 26 (3.43%) ServiceNow
7 24 (3.17%) Splunk
8 20 (2.64%) Red Hat
8 20 (2.64%) Sony
9 19 (2.51%) CheckPoint
10 15 (1.98%) Citrix
11 14 (1.85%) Cellebrite
12 12 (1.58%) Salesforce.com
13 11 (1.45%) Palo Alto
14 10 (1.32%) Meraki
15 8 (1.06%) Fortinet
15 8 (1.06%) MuleSoft
16 7 (0.92%) HP
16 7 (0.92%) IBM