Period
to 6 December 2019

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 6 December 2019 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
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 113 144 122
Rank change year-on-year +31 -22 +24
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,601 1,825 2,018
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.15% 1.90% 2.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.50% 2.18% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 977 1,173 1,264
England median daily rate £500 £525 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +7.69% +2.63%
10th Percentile £323 £321 £313
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £520 £480
% change year-on-year -3.85% +8.33% +1.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 36 37
England median hourly rate £55.00 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +223.53% -2.86% +16.67%
10th Percentile £11.24 £13.00 £13.66
90th Percentile £82.50 £29.36 £60.80
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £17.16 £17.50
% change year-on-year +220.51% -1.94% +16.67%

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 63,919 83,559 82,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.97% 87.12% 86.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 42,274 56,061 55,568
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,003 2,124 1,950
England median hourly rate £23.75 £22.00 £23.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.95% -5.66% +3.64%
10th Percentile £11.88 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £22.10 £23.00
% change year-on-year +6.35% -3.92% +2.22%

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in England

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Information Security in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Information Security in England

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Information Security in England over the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Information Security in England

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Information Security in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Information Security in England

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Information Security in England over the 6 months to 6 December 2019.

Contractor 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 6 December 2019. 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 +14 697 £525 -3.00% 180
South East +42 337 £465 -11.43% 95
North of England -12 182 £475 -5.00% 85
South West +32 173 £488 - 28
Midlands +33 99 £475 +5.56% 93
East of England +20 95 £500 - 40
North West -9 88 £450 -10.00% 51
Yorkshire 0 84 £500 +11.11% 32
West Midlands +31 77 £469 -10.29% 73
East Midlands +12 18 £575 +4.55% 19
North East +13 9 £500 -16.67% 2
Information Security
UK

For the 6 months to 6 December 2019, 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.

1 379 (23.67%) CISSP
2 367 (22.92%) Finance
3 366 (22.86%) Cybersecurity
4 352 (21.99%) Management Information System
5 298 (18.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 275 (17.18%) Microsoft
7 267 (16.68%) Firewall
8 266 (16.61%) Risk Management
8 266 (16.61%) Windows
9 248 (15.49%) Azure
10 247 (15.43%) Security Cleared
11 242 (15.12%) Security Management
12 239 (14.93%) CISM
13 216 (13.49%) Agile Software Development
14 188 (11.74%) Information Security Management
15 187 (11.68%) AWS
15 187 (11.68%) Security Architecture
16 182 (11.37%) ISMS
17 173 (10.81%) ITIL
18 171 (10.68%) Degree
19 169 (10.56%) SC Cleared
20 164 (10.24%) Office 365
21 163 (10.18%) SIEM
22 155 (9.68%) Active Directory
23 150 (9.37%) Stakeholder Management
24 148 (9.24%) Data Protection
25 143 (8.93%) Security Operations
26 142 (8.87%) Vulnerability Management
27 138 (8.62%) NIST
28 134 (8.37%) GDPR

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 48 (3.00%) SharePoint
2 41 (2.56%) MS Exchange
3 32 (2.00%) IIS
4 30 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 21 (1.31%) Confluence
6 20 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
7 18 (1.12%) OpenStack
8 17 (1.06%) Apache Spark
9 14 (0.87%) Skype for Business
10 7 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
11 6 (0.37%) Pachyderm
12 4 (0.25%) WebSphere
13 3 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
13 3 (0.19%) CMS
13 3 (0.19%) ColdFusion
13 3 (0.19%) Jupyter
14 2 (0.12%) Apache
14 2 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2007
14 2 (0.12%) Oracle Workflow
14 2 (0.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 87 (5.43%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (1.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.37%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.062%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 11 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.37%) Aligne
4 4 (0.25%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.19%) Carpe Diem
5 3 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.19%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.12%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
6 2 (0.12%) Relativity
6 2 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.062%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.062%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 248 (15.49%) Azure
2 187 (11.68%) AWS
3 164 (10.24%) Office 365
4 101 (6.31%) SaaS
5 88 (5.50%) PaaS
6 69 (4.31%) IaaS
7 31 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
7 31 (1.94%) GCP
8 24 (1.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 24 (1.50%) Serverless
9 21 (1.31%) Power Platform
10 17 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
11 13 (0.81%) iPaaS
12 11 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
13 10 (0.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 10 (0.62%) Amazon S3
14 8 (0.50%) GitHub
15 7 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
15 7 (0.44%) npm
15 7 (0.44%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 267 (16.68%) Firewall
2 102 (6.37%) Network Security
3 90 (5.62%) Internet
4 81 (5.06%) DNS
5 70 (4.37%) VPN
6 64 (4.00%) TCP/IP
7 60 (3.75%) WAN
8 49 (3.06%) Intrusion Detection
9 45 (2.81%) SAN
10 34 (2.12%) LAN
10 34 (2.12%) NAS
11 32 (2.00%) DHCP
12 28 (1.75%) Reverse Proxy
13 24 (1.50%) Wireless
14 22 (1.37%) SNMP
14 22 (1.37%) VLAN
15 18 (1.12%) Cisco ASA
16 15 (0.94%) NetScaler
17 13 (0.81%) IPsec
18 12 (0.75%) NaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (3.69%) SQL Server
2 37 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (1.69%) Big Data
4 24 (1.50%) Hadoop
5 21 (1.31%) Data Lake
6 20 (1.25%) Power BI
7 18 (1.12%) MySQL
8 14 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 13 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
10 12 (0.75%) Cosmos DB
10 12 (0.75%) Data Mart
11 11 (0.69%) Oracle Database
12 10 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
13 9 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
14 8 (0.50%) Relational Database
14 8 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
15 7 (0.44%) Geospatial Data
15 7 (0.44%) MongoDB
15 7 (0.44%) Redis
16 6 (0.37%) InfluxDB
Development Applications
1 34 (2.12%) Git (software)
2 33 (2.06%) JIRA
3 24 (1.50%) Jenkins
4 16 (1.00%) Burp Suite
4 16 (1.00%) CircleCI
4 16 (1.00%) Rational DOORS
5 13 (0.81%) Visual Studio Team System
6 10 (0.62%) SonarQube
7 8 (0.50%) TeamCity
8 7 (0.44%) AppScan
9 6 (0.37%) GitLab
9 6 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (0.31%) webpack
11 4 (0.25%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.25%) Grunt
11 4 (0.25%) MSI
11 4 (0.25%) Selenium
11 4 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
12 3 (0.19%) Karma Test Runner
12 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio
General
1 367 (22.92%) Finance
2 126 (7.87%) Law
3 116 (7.25%) Legal
4 87 (5.43%) Banking
5 86 (5.37%) Public Sector
6 82 (5.12%) Retail
7 60 (3.75%) Telecoms
8 36 (2.25%) Manufacturing
9 29 (1.81%) Marketing
10 24 (1.50%) Investment Banking
10 24 (1.50%) Military
11 17 (1.06%) Electronics
12 16 (1.00%) Financial Institution
13 14 (0.87%) Police
14 7 (0.44%) Back Office
15 4 (0.25%) Advertising
15 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.19%) Local Government
16 3 (0.19%) Publishing
17 2 (0.12%) Billing
Job Titles
1 349 (21.80%) Analyst
2 287 (17.93%) Architect
3 208 (12.99%) Consultant
4 171 (10.68%) Security Consultant
5 160 (9.99%) Security Architect
6 155 (9.68%) Security Analyst
7 114 (7.12%) Security Engineer
8 95 (5.93%) Security Manager
9 84 (5.25%) Information Security Consultant
10 59 (3.69%) Business Analyst
10 59 (3.69%) Information Analyst
11 56 (3.50%) Information Security Analyst
12 54 (3.37%) Information Manager
13 53 (3.31%) Project Manager
13 53 (3.31%) Solutions Architect
14 52 (3.25%) Information Security Manager
15 43 (2.69%) Cloud Architect
16 42 (2.62%) Developer
17 39 (2.44%) Service Analyst
18 38 (2.37%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (5.68%) Web Services
2 38 (2.37%) REST
3 29 (1.81%) .NET
3 29 (1.81%) OAuth
3 29 (1.81%) SAML
4 27 (1.69%) HTML
5 26 (1.62%) Node.js
6 25 (1.56%) CSS
7 22 (1.37%) AngularJS
8 20 (1.25%) SOAP
9 18 (1.12%) Spring
10 15 (0.94%) OpenID
11 14 (0.87%) Elastic Stack
11 14 (0.87%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 12 (0.75%) JSON
12 12 (0.75%) XML
13 11 (0.69%) Middleware
13 11 (0.69%) Oracle Fusion
14 10 (0.62%) HTML5
14 10 (0.62%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 352 (21.99%) Management Information System
2 127 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
3 69 (4.31%) Data Centre
4 49 (3.06%) PKI
5 42 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
6 37 (2.31%) Public Cloud
7 35 (2.19%) Cyberthreat
8 34 (2.12%) Security Operations Centre
9 30 (1.87%) Replication
10 26 (1.62%) User Experience
11 23 (1.44%) CESG
12 21 (1.31%) Virtual Team
13 17 (1.06%) Cyberattack
13 17 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
13 17 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
14 16 (1.00%) ASIC
14 16 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
14 16 (1.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 15 (0.94%) e-Learning
16 12 (0.75%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 266 (16.61%) Windows
2 132 (8.24%) Linux
3 90 (5.62%) Windows Server
4 71 (4.43%) Unix
5 52 (3.25%) Windows 10
6 47 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
7 35 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 19 (1.19%) Windows 7
11 18 (1.12%) Android
12 16 (1.00%) Windows 8
13 14 (0.87%) Apple iOS
13 14 (0.87%) Ubuntu
13 14 (0.87%) Windows XP
14 13 (0.81%) Debian
15 12 (0.75%) openSUSE
16 10 (0.62%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.44%) CentOS
18 3 (0.19%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 366 (22.86%) Cybersecurity
2 266 (16.61%) Risk Management
3 242 (15.12%) Security Management
4 216 (13.49%) Agile Software Development
5 188 (11.74%) Information Security Management
6 187 (11.68%) Security Architecture
7 182 (11.37%) ISMS
8 173 (10.81%) ITIL
9 163 (10.18%) SIEM
10 150 (9.37%) Stakeholder Management
11 148 (9.24%) Data Protection
12 143 (8.93%) Security Operations
13 142 (8.87%) Vulnerability Management
14 128 (8.00%) Project Management
15 118 (7.37%) DevOps
16 109 (6.81%) Problem-Solving
17 107 (6.68%) Identity Access Management
18 88 (5.50%) Computer Science
19 83 (5.18%) Continuous Improvement
20 82 (5.12%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 132 (8.24%) Python
2 109 (6.81%) SQL
3 99 (6.18%) Java
4 91 (5.68%) PowerShell
5 78 (4.87%) C
6 48 (3.00%) JavaScript
7 36 (2.25%) Bash Shell
8 24 (1.50%) C++
9 16 (1.00%) C#
9 16 (1.00%) Ruby
10 14 (0.87%) Perl
11 12 (0.75%) Scala
12 11 (0.69%) Go
12 11 (0.69%) Java 8
13 10 (0.62%) PHP
13 10 (0.62%) Shell Script
14 8 (0.50%) T-SQL
14 8 (0.50%) TypeScript
15 6 (0.37%) Julia
15 6 (0.37%) R
Qualifications
1 379 (23.67%) CISSP
2 247 (15.43%) Security Cleared
3 239 (14.93%) CISM
4 171 (10.68%) Degree
5 169 (10.56%) SC Cleared
6 102 (6.37%) CISA
7 94 (5.87%) DV Cleared
8 86 (5.37%) Cisco Certification
9 67 (4.18%) CRISC
10 57 (3.56%) GIAC
11 56 (3.50%) SANS
12 43 (2.69%) CEH
13 42 (2.62%) Microsoft Certification
14 35 (2.19%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 31 (1.94%) CESG Certified Professional
16 30 (1.87%) CCNP
17 29 (1.81%) ITIL Certification
18 27 (1.69%) CCNA
18 27 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
19 26 (1.62%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 298 (18.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 138 (8.62%) NIST
3 134 (8.37%) GDPR
4 117 (7.31%) PCI DSS
5 66 (4.12%) COBIT
6 64 (4.00%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 37 (2.31%) NCSC
8 34 (2.12%) QA
9 33 (2.06%) SLA
10 32 (2.00%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 32 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 29 (1.81%) Data Quality
12 26 (1.62%) JSP 440
13 25 (1.56%) Cyber Essentials
14 20 (1.25%) PMO
15 18 (1.12%) RMADS
16 15 (0.94%) HMG Infosec
17 14 (0.87%) HIPAA
18 12 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27005
19 10 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 155 (9.68%) Active Directory
2 65 (4.06%) Docker
3 46 (2.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (1.19%) Hyper-V
5 14 (0.87%) XenDesktop
6 13 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
6 13 (0.81%) XenApp
7 12 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (0.62%) vSphere
9 7 (0.44%) BitLocker
10 6 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.25%) Firmware
12 4 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
13 3 (0.19%) vCloud
14 2 (0.12%) ISA Server
14 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.12%) NDS
14 2 (0.12%) OCFS2
14 2 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 53 (3.31%) Kubernetes
2 46 (2.87%) Nessus
3 40 (2.50%) CASB
4 39 (2.44%) SCCM
5 34 (2.12%) Single Sign-On
6 25 (1.56%) Terraform
7 23 (1.44%) SCOM
8 17 (1.06%) CSIRT
9 16 (1.00%) Ansible
10 15 (0.94%) WSUS
11 13 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
12 12 (0.75%) Grafana
12 12 (0.75%) QRadar
13 9 (0.56%) HP Fortify
13 9 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
14 8 (0.50%) EnCase
14 8 (0.50%) FTK
14 8 (0.50%) Puppet
15 6 (0.37%) Graphite
15 6 (0.37%) logstash
Vendors
1 275 (17.18%) Microsoft
2 92 (5.75%) Sony
3 87 (5.43%) Cisco
4 84 (5.25%) VMware
5 69 (4.31%) Splunk
6 56 (3.50%) Oracle
7 52 (3.25%) Google
8 45 (2.81%) Citrix
9 42 (2.62%) SAP
10 40 (2.50%) Qualys
11 39 (2.44%) McAfee
12 33 (2.06%) Adobe
13 32 (2.00%) Palo Alto
14 28 (1.75%) CyberArk
15 25 (1.56%) Databricks
16 24 (1.50%) Symantec
17 23 (1.44%) ArcSight
17 23 (1.44%) ServiceNow
18 22 (1.37%) Apple
19 21 (1.31%) Salesforce.com