Period
to 27 July 2021

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 27 July 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.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK > England
6 months to
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 129 108 125
Rank change year-on-year -21 +17 +25
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,146 730 1,756
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.02% 2.20% 2.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.28% 2.54% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 760 471 1,088
10th Percentile £363 £325 £345
25th Percentile £450 £413 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £510 £519
Median % change year-on-year +7.84% -1.64% +3.70%
75th Percentile £650 £600 £613
90th Percentile £769 £725 £725
UK median daily rate £543 £500 £515
% change year-on-year +8.50% -2.91% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 3 23
10th Percentile £18.33 £18.42 £10.31
25th Percentile £20.72 £19.48 £10.58
Median hourly rate £58.43 £22.50 £11.60
Median % change year-on-year +159.69% +94.05% -33.40%
75th Percentile £71.01 £36.25 £46.55
90th Percentile £75.25 £43.75 £73.75
UK median hourly rate £58.18 £31.00 £11.60
% change year-on-year +87.68% +167.36% -33.05%

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 50,319 28,754 73,811
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 88.55% 86.73% 87.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,839 19,543 49,918
10th Percentile £313 £305 £303
25th Percentile £409 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +2.70%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,464 786 1,922
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £11.85
25th Percentile £14.50 £15.75 £14.53
Median hourly rate £22.72 £24.15 £22.93
Median % change year-on-year -5.93% +5.31% +11.85%
75th Percentile £46.50 £46.02 £46.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £23.45 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.29% +6.67% +12.50%

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 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 -2 613 £589 +13.22% 164
South East -15 158 £525 +5.00% 114
North of England -24 108 £450 -13.25% 120
South West -7 77 £500 +4.00% 38
Midlands -38 76 £460 -16.36% 61
North West -8 70 £445 -11.00% 67
East of England +2 49 £512 +2.40% 30
West Midlands -37 49 £475 -13.64% 42
Yorkshire -3 36 £500 -4.76% 45
East Midlands -8 22 £370 -32.73% 18
North East -15 2 £563 +2.27% 8
Information Security
UK

For the 6 months to 27 July 2021, 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.

1 399 (34.82%) Cybersecurity
2 343 (29.93%) Finance
3 301 (26.27%) Azure
4 297 (25.92%) CISSP
5 281 (24.52%) Social Skills
6 271 (23.65%) Management Information System
7 230 (20.07%) Risk Management
8 228 (19.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 188 (16.40%) Agile Software Development
10 183 (15.97%) AWS
11 165 (14.40%) CISM
12 149 (13.00%) Security Cleared
13 144 (12.57%) Security Architecture
14 141 (12.30%) SIEM
15 137 (11.95%) Degree
16 133 (11.61%) NIST
17 130 (11.34%) DevOps
18 128 (11.17%) Microsoft
19 122 (10.65%) Firewall
20 121 (10.56%) GDPR
21 119 (10.38%) Python
21 119 (10.38%) Data Protection
22 116 (10.12%) Stakeholder Management
23 115 (10.03%) Windows
24 114 (9.95%) Linux
25 113 (9.86%) Security Operations
26 111 (9.69%) SC Cleared
27 110 (9.60%) Security Management
28 107 (9.34%) Project Management
29 105 (9.16%) Network Security

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 28 (2.44%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.40%) Confluence
3 12 (1.05%) Apache Spark
4 9 (0.79%) Oracle Workflow
5 6 (0.52%) Apache Pig
5 6 (0.52%) CMS
5 6 (0.52%) IIS
6 5 (0.44%) Apache
7 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.35%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.26%) nginx
9 2 (0.17%) Apache Airflow
9 2 (0.17%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.17%) Camunda
9 2 (0.17%) Jadu
9 2 (0.17%) Jetty
9 2 (0.17%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.17%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.17%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.087%) Headless CMS
Applications
1 23 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.17%) Figma
5 2 (0.17%) InVision
5 2 (0.17%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.17%) Sketch
5 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.17%) SPSS
6 1 (0.087%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.087%) Marvel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.35%) Sentinel
1 4 (0.35%) Workday HCM
2 3 (0.26%) BASE24
2 3 (0.26%) Magento
2 3 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 2 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (0.17%) SAP MDM
4 1 (0.087%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.087%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.087%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.087%) SAP CCM
4 1 (0.087%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.087%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 301 (26.27%) Azure
2 183 (15.97%) AWS
3 94 (8.20%) SaaS
4 80 (6.98%) IaaS
5 74 (6.46%) Microsoft 365
6 67 (5.85%) PaaS
7 66 (5.76%) GCP
8 39 (3.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 28 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
10 23 (2.01%) Power Platform
11 20 (1.75%) OpenShift
12 19 (1.66%) Serverless
13 18 (1.57%) GitHub
14 15 (1.31%) Azure Sentinel
14 15 (1.31%) Azure Storage
15 13 (1.13%) AWS CloudFormation
16 12 (1.05%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 12 (1.05%) Azure Data Factory
17 10 (0.87%) Amazon S3
18 9 (0.79%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 122 (10.65%) Firewall
2 105 (9.16%) Network Security
3 36 (3.14%) Intrusion Detection
4 34 (2.97%) DNS
5 30 (2.62%) WAN
6 28 (2.44%) TCP/IP
7 26 (2.27%) HTTP
8 21 (1.83%) LAN
9 20 (1.75%) VPN
10 19 (1.66%) DHCP
10 19 (1.66%) Internet
11 13 (1.13%) SAN
12 12 (1.05%) Wi-Fi
13 11 (0.96%) NAS
14 10 (0.87%) SD-WAN
15 9 (0.79%) Intranet
15 9 (0.79%) SSL
15 9 (0.79%) VoIP
16 8 (0.70%) Cisco Firepower
16 8 (0.70%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (3.58%) SQL Server
2 38 (3.32%) PostgreSQL
3 33 (2.88%) Relational Database
4 22 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
5 20 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
5 20 (1.75%) Power BI
6 17 (1.48%) Data Lake
7 16 (1.40%) MySQL
8 13 (1.13%) RDBMS
9 10 (0.87%) NoSQL
10 8 (0.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 8 (0.70%) Redis
11 7 (0.61%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 7 (0.61%) Big Data
11 7 (0.61%) GIS
11 7 (0.61%) Hadoop
11 7 (0.61%) Metadata
11 7 (0.61%) MongoDB
12 5 (0.44%) SAP HANA
12 5 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 41 (3.58%) Jenkins
2 31 (2.71%) Git (software)
2 31 (2.71%) JIRA
3 14 (1.22%) Octopus Deploy
3 14 (1.22%) Subversion
4 6 (0.52%) Eclipse
5 4 (0.35%) GitLab
5 4 (0.35%) NetBeans
5 4 (0.35%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (0.35%) Rational Rhapsody
5 4 (0.35%) Rational Team Concert
5 4 (0.35%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.26%) Maven
6 3 (0.26%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.17%) Axure RP
7 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.17%) JUnit
7 2 (0.17%) Metasploit
7 2 (0.17%) PowerDesigner
7 2 (0.17%) webpack
General
1 343 (29.93%) Finance
2 281 (24.52%) Social Skills
3 98 (8.55%) Public Sector
4 85 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
5 83 (7.24%) Banking
6 73 (6.37%) Legal
7 56 (4.89%) Telecoms
8 48 (4.19%) Presentation Skills
9 47 (4.10%) Marketing
10 45 (3.93%) Manufacturing
11 37 (3.23%) Electronics
12 30 (2.62%) Influencing Skills
13 24 (2.09%) Organisational Skills
14 23 (2.01%) Retail
15 19 (1.66%) Law
16 15 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
17 12 (1.05%) Financial Institution
17 12 (1.05%) Investment Banking
18 11 (0.96%) Billing
18 11 (0.96%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 214 (18.67%) Architect
2 162 (14.14%) Analyst
3 140 (12.22%) Consultant
4 127 (11.08%) Security Architect
5 105 (9.16%) Security Consultant
6 101 (8.81%) Security Analyst
7 93 (8.12%) Security Manager
8 79 (6.89%) Project Manager
9 73 (6.37%) Security Engineer
10 53 (4.62%) Solutions Architect
11 47 (4.10%) Information Security Consultant
12 40 (3.49%) Information Manager
13 39 (3.40%) Cloud Architect
14 38 (3.32%) Information Security Manager
15 37 (3.23%) Information Analyst
16 36 (3.14%) Business Analyst
16 36 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
17 34 (2.97%) Developer
17 34 (2.97%) Information Security Analyst
18 32 (2.79%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.71%) Web Services
2 24 (2.09%) .NET
3 16 (1.40%) Node.js
3 16 (1.40%) React
3 16 (1.40%) SailPoint
4 15 (1.31%) AngularJS
5 14 (1.22%) Ruby on Rails
6 12 (1.05%) HTML
7 11 (0.96%) Middleware
7 11 (0.96%) REST
8 10 (0.87%) ASP.NET
8 10 (0.87%) SAML
9 9 (0.79%) ASP.NET Core
9 9 (0.79%) OAuth
10 8 (0.70%) JSON
11 7 (0.61%) CSS
11 7 (0.61%) Kafka
11 7 (0.61%) RESTful
12 6 (0.52%) Java SE
12 6 (0.52%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 271 (23.65%) Management Information System
2 54 (4.71%) Cloud Native
3 42 (3.66%) Data Protection Act
4 38 (3.32%) Data Centre
5 30 (2.62%) Cyberthreat
6 27 (2.36%) Public Cloud
7 26 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
8 25 (2.18%) Virtual Team
9 24 (2.09%) Cyberattack
10 20 (1.75%) Security Operations Centre
11 17 (1.48%) NHS
12 15 (1.31%) Enterprise Cloud
12 15 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
13 13 (1.13%) PKI
13 13 (1.13%) User Experience
14 12 (1.05%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 11 (0.96%) CESG
15 11 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
15 11 (0.96%) Legacy Applications
16 8 (0.70%) CESG CLAS
Operating Systems
1 115 (10.03%) Windows
2 114 (9.95%) Linux
3 31 (2.71%) Unix
4 29 (2.53%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.31%) Mac OS X
6 13 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (1.05%) Windows 10
8 9 (0.79%) Ubuntu
9 8 (0.70%) Mac OS
10 4 (0.35%) Android
10 4 (0.35%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.35%) Windows Server 2019
11 3 (0.26%) Debian
11 3 (0.26%) HPUX
11 3 (0.26%) VMS
11 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 399 (34.82%) Cybersecurity
2 230 (20.07%) Risk Management
3 188 (16.40%) Agile Software Development
4 144 (12.57%) Security Architecture
5 141 (12.30%) SIEM
6 130 (11.34%) DevOps
7 119 (10.38%) Data Protection
8 116 (10.12%) Stakeholder Management
9 113 (9.86%) Security Operations
10 110 (9.60%) Security Management
11 107 (9.34%) Project Management
12 105 (9.16%) Problem-Solving
13 98 (8.55%) ITIL
14 88 (7.68%) Information Security Management
15 82 (7.16%) Risk Assessment
16 78 (6.81%) Project Delivery
17 73 (6.37%) Business Intelligence
18 70 (6.11%) Information Assurance
19 68 (5.93%) Computer Science
19 68 (5.93%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 119 (10.38%) Python
2 68 (5.93%) Java
3 60 (5.24%) SQL
4 56 (4.89%) JavaScript
5 53 (4.62%) PowerShell
6 34 (2.97%) Bash Shell
7 27 (2.36%) C#
8 25 (2.18%) Ruby
9 20 (1.75%) C
10 17 (1.48%) PHP
11 13 (1.13%) C++
12 10 (0.87%) Perl
12 10 (0.87%) TypeScript
13 9 (0.79%) Go
14 6 (0.52%) AWK
14 6 (0.52%) sed
14 6 (0.52%) VBScript
15 5 (0.44%) Scala
15 5 (0.44%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 297 (25.92%) CISSP
2 165 (14.40%) CISM
3 149 (13.00%) Security Cleared
4 137 (11.95%) Degree
5 111 (9.69%) SC Cleared
6 64 (5.58%) CRISC
7 53 (4.62%) CESG Certified Professional
7 53 (4.62%) Cisco Certification
8 50 (4.36%) CISA
9 39 (3.40%) DV Cleared
10 32 (2.79%) GIAC
11 29 (2.53%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 27 (2.36%) SANS
13 21 (1.83%) CCNP
13 21 (1.83%) CREST Certified
14 17 (1.48%) CCSP
14 17 (1.48%) PMI Certification
14 17 (1.48%) PMP
15 15 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
16 13 (1.13%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (19.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 133 (11.61%) NIST
3 121 (10.56%) GDPR
4 68 (5.93%) PCI DSS
5 60 (5.24%) GRC
6 47 (4.10%) Cyber Essentials
7 39 (3.40%) COBIT
8 38 (3.32%) NCSC
9 34 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 33 (2.88%) QA
11 28 (2.44%) PMO
12 24 (2.09%) NIST 800
13 22 (1.92%) JSP 440
13 22 (1.92%) RMADS
13 22 (1.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 15 (1.31%) SOC 2
15 14 (1.22%) Data Quality
15 14 (1.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 12 (1.05%) SLA
17 11 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 82 (7.16%) Active Directory
2 56 (4.89%) Docker
3 24 (2.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (0.87%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.44%) BitLocker
7 4 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.35%) VMware NSX
8 3 (0.26%) Firmware
8 3 (0.26%) XenApp
9 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.17%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.087%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 68 (5.93%) Kubernetes
2 58 (5.06%) Terraform
3 41 (3.58%) Ansible
4 13 (1.13%) Single Sign-On
5 12 (1.05%) Microsoft Intune
6 10 (0.87%) SCCM
7 9 (0.79%) QRadar
8 8 (0.70%) EnCase
9 7 (0.61%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 7 (0.61%) CSIRT
10 6 (0.52%) Puppet
11 5 (0.44%) FTK
11 5 (0.44%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 4 (0.35%) CASB
12 4 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
12 4 (0.35%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 4 (0.35%) Nexpose
12 4 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
13 3 (0.26%) Opsgenie
13 3 (0.26%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 128 (11.17%) Microsoft
2 55 (4.80%) SAP
3 42 (3.66%) Cisco
4 40 (3.49%) VMware
5 39 (3.40%) Google
6 31 (2.71%) Splunk
7 28 (2.44%) Oracle
8 25 (2.18%) ServiceNow
9 23 (2.01%) ArcSight
10 19 (1.66%) Red Hat
11 18 (1.57%) Salesforce.com
12 15 (1.31%) CyberArk
12 15 (1.31%) Palo Alto
13 13 (1.13%) Meraki
14 11 (0.96%) Okta
15 10 (0.87%) Citrix
15 10 (0.87%) IBM
16 9 (0.79%) HP
17 7 (0.61%) BiZZdesign
17 7 (0.61%) Symantec