Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 136 112 110
Rank change year-on-year -24 -2 +42
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,342 597 1,725
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.00% 2.18% 2.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.23% 2.50% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 904 420 1,115
10th Percentile £363 £325 £322
25th Percentile £463 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £513
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.44% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £619
90th Percentile £750 £676 £713
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £510
% change year-on-year +10.00% -1.96% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 6 27
10th Percentile £17.40 £19.58 £10.58
25th Percentile £32.86 £22.64 £11.24
Median hourly rate £61.93 £38.40 £62.50
Median % change year-on-year +61.28% -38.57% +260.85%
75th Percentile £75.25 £52.25 £82.50
90th Percentile £102.03 £61.00 "
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £31.00 £55.00
% change year-on-year +93.55% -43.64% +217.55%

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 60,087 23,896 67,393
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 89.37% 87.40% 87.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 42,274 16,485 45,742
10th Percentile £316 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £381 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - +1.06%
75th Percentile £625 £586 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +7.89% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,488 683 1,907
10th Percentile £12.05 £11.75 £11.50
25th Percentile £14.50 £15.25 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.29 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.86% +11.11% +12.50%
75th Percentile £49.50 £45.00 £46.40
90th Percentile £63.33 £55.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £24.80 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.80% +11.11% +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 24 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 -18 692 £575 +4.55% 176
South East -20 185 £550 +10.00% 77
North of England +18 143 £475 +18.75% 107
South West -25 104 £550 +18.53% 38
North West +15 100 £475 +5.56% 63
Midlands -64 73 £475 -5.00% 66
East of England -12 55 £550 +10.00% 42
West Midlands -69 48 £475 - 46
Yorkshire -27 42 £500 +25.00% 32
East Midlands -36 17 £553 +38.13% 20
North East -6 1 £800 +128.57% 12
Information Security
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 428 (31.89%) Cybersecurity
2 374 (27.87%) Finance
3 346 (25.78%) Social Skills
4 319 (23.77%) CISSP
5 305 (22.73%) Azure
6 291 (21.68%) Management Information System
7 278 (20.72%) Risk Management
8 271 (20.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 262 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
10 203 (15.13%) CISM
11 197 (14.68%) AWS
12 180 (13.41%) Security Cleared
13 162 (12.07%) GDPR
14 160 (11.92%) Degree
15 159 (11.85%) Firewall
16 156 (11.62%) Security Architecture
17 145 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
18 144 (10.73%) Data Protection
18 144 (10.73%) SIEM
19 143 (10.66%) DevOps
20 140 (10.43%) SC Cleared
21 138 (10.28%) NIST
22 136 (10.13%) Microsoft
23 135 (10.06%) Linux
24 129 (9.61%) Python
24 129 (9.61%) Security Management
25 125 (9.31%) Windows
26 117 (8.72%) Project Management
26 117 (8.72%) Problem-Solving
27 112 (8.35%) ITIL

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 (2.09%) SharePoint
2 17 (1.27%) Confluence
3 13 (0.97%) Apache Spark
4 12 (0.89%) IIS
5 10 (0.75%) Apache
5 10 (0.75%) Oracle Workflow
6 9 (0.67%) CMS
7 8 (0.60%) Apache Pig
8 6 (0.45%) nginx
9 3 (0.22%) Apache Airflow
9 3 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.15%) Camunda
10 2 (0.15%) Drupal
10 2 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.15%) Jadu
10 2 (0.15%) Jetty
10 2 (0.15%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.15%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.15%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.15%) Tomcat
Applications
1 44 (3.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 38 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
3 23 (1.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (1.27%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.82%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.67%) Adobe Illustrator
6 9 (0.67%) Figma
6 9 (0.67%) InVision
6 9 (0.67%) Photoshop
6 9 (0.67%) Sketch
7 5 (0.37%) Marvel
7 5 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.22%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.15%) SPSS
10 1 (0.075%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 8 (0.60%) Sentinel
2 6 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
4 4 (0.30%) Workday HCM
5 3 (0.22%) BASE24
5 3 (0.22%) Magento
5 3 (0.22%) SAP MDM
6 2 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
6 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.075%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.075%) Remedy AR System
7 1 (0.075%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.075%) SAP CCM
7 1 (0.075%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.075%) SimCorp Dimension
7 1 (0.075%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 305 (22.73%) Azure
2 197 (14.68%) AWS
3 98 (7.30%) SaaS
4 90 (6.71%) Microsoft 365
5 81 (6.04%) GCP
5 81 (6.04%) IaaS
6 63 (4.69%) PaaS
7 35 (2.61%) Power Platform
8 34 (2.53%) Azure Active Directory
9 29 (2.16%) Serverless
10 25 (1.86%) Cloud Computing
11 19 (1.42%) Azure Sentinel
11 19 (1.42%) Azure Storage
12 17 (1.27%) Azure Functions
12 17 (1.27%) GitHub
12 17 (1.27%) OpenShift
13 14 (1.04%) Amazon SQS
13 14 (1.04%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 13 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
15 10 (0.75%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 159 (11.85%) Firewall
2 106 (7.90%) Network Security
3 47 (3.50%) DNS
4 29 (2.16%) WAN
5 28 (2.09%) DHCP
5 28 (2.09%) Intrusion Detection
6 26 (1.94%) TCP/IP
7 23 (1.71%) HTTP
8 21 (1.56%) VPN
9 20 (1.49%) LAN
10 16 (1.19%) Internet
11 15 (1.12%) SAN
11 15 (1.12%) SSL
12 14 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
13 12 (0.89%) NAS
14 11 (0.82%) SD-WAN
15 10 (0.75%) Intranet
15 10 (0.75%) SNMP
16 9 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
16 9 (0.67%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (3.20%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
3 32 (2.38%) Relational Database
4 30 (2.24%) PostgreSQL
5 27 (2.01%) Power BI
6 25 (1.86%) Azure SQL Database
6 25 (1.86%) Data Lake
7 19 (1.42%) RDBMS
8 14 (1.04%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 14 (1.04%) GIS
8 14 (1.04%) NoSQL
9 12 (0.89%) Geospatial Data
10 11 (0.82%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 11 (0.82%) MySQL
10 11 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 7 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
12 7 (0.52%) MongoDB
12 7 (0.52%) Redis
12 7 (0.52%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 40 (2.98%) Jenkins
2 34 (2.53%) JIRA
3 22 (1.64%) Git (software)
4 14 (1.04%) Eclipse
5 12 (0.89%) NetBeans
5 12 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
5 12 (0.89%) Rational Rhapsody
5 12 (0.89%) Rational Team Concert
6 9 (0.67%) Axure RP
7 8 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
8 7 (0.52%) Sonatype Nexus
9 6 (0.45%) Subversion
10 5 (0.37%) Metasploit
11 4 (0.30%) GitLab
11 4 (0.30%) PowerDesigner
11 4 (0.30%) SonarQube
12 3 (0.22%) SoapUI
12 3 (0.22%) Terragrunt
12 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio
13 2 (0.15%) Artifactory
General
1 374 (27.87%) Finance
2 346 (25.78%) Social Skills
3 101 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
4 96 (7.15%) Public Sector
5 95 (7.08%) Legal
6 83 (6.18%) Banking
7 57 (4.25%) Telecoms
8 55 (4.10%) Presentation Skills
9 49 (3.65%) Marketing
10 46 (3.43%) Manufacturing
11 41 (3.06%) Influencing Skills
12 36 (2.68%) Electronics
13 31 (2.31%) Law
14 30 (2.24%) Retail
15 26 (1.94%) Organisational Skills
16 18 (1.34%) Investment Banking
17 17 (1.27%) Billing
18 13 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
19 12 (0.89%) Retail Banking
20 11 (0.82%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 229 (17.06%) Architect
2 201 (14.98%) Analyst
3 167 (12.44%) Consultant
4 129 (9.61%) Security Manager
5 124 (9.24%) Security Consultant
6 120 (8.94%) Security Architect
7 105 (7.82%) Project Manager
8 102 (7.60%) Security Analyst
9 73 (5.44%) Security Engineer
9 73 (5.44%) Solutions Architect
10 65 (4.84%) Information Security Manager
11 60 (4.47%) Business Analyst
12 59 (4.40%) Information Manager
13 55 (4.10%) Information Security Consultant
14 50 (3.73%) Security Project Manager
15 42 (3.13%) Developer
16 37 (2.76%) Information Analyst
17 34 (2.53%) Information Security Analyst
18 32 (2.38%) DevOps Engineer
19 29 (2.16%) Cybersecurity Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (3.43%) Web Services
2 26 (1.94%) .NET
3 19 (1.42%) HTML
3 19 (1.42%) Node.js
4 17 (1.27%) REST
5 16 (1.19%) SailPoint
6 14 (1.04%) Java SE
7 12 (0.89%) CORBA
7 12 (0.89%) Motif
7 12 (0.89%) SAML
8 11 (0.82%) Middleware
8 11 (0.82%) OAuth
9 10 (0.75%) CSS
9 10 (0.75%) JSON
10 9 (0.67%) Kafka
10 9 (0.67%) SOAP
11 8 (0.60%) RESTful
12 7 (0.52%) HTML5
12 7 (0.52%) XML
13 6 (0.45%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 291 (21.68%) Management Information System
2 55 (4.10%) Data Protection Act
3 43 (3.20%) Self-Motivation
4 41 (3.06%) Data Centre
5 40 (2.98%) Cloud Native
6 34 (2.53%) Cyberthreat
7 27 (2.01%) Legacy Applications
8 25 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
9 24 (1.79%) CESG
9 24 (1.79%) Cyberattack
10 22 (1.64%) Virtual Team
11 21 (1.56%) NHS
12 20 (1.49%) User Experience
13 19 (1.42%) PKI
13 19 (1.42%) Public Cloud
14 16 (1.19%) Security Operations Centre
15 15 (1.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 14 (1.04%) Client/Server
17 13 (0.97%) CESG CLAS
17 13 (0.97%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 135 (10.06%) Linux
2 125 (9.31%) Windows
3 23 (1.71%) Unix
4 22 (1.64%) Windows Server
5 18 (1.34%) Ubuntu
6 15 (1.12%) Windows 10
7 12 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (0.75%) Apple iOS
9 9 (0.67%) Android
10 8 (0.60%) Mac OS
11 7 (0.52%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.45%) AIX
12 6 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.45%) Windows Server 2019
13 4 (0.30%) VMS
14 3 (0.22%) Debian
14 3 (0.22%) HPUX
14 3 (0.22%) Solaris
15 2 (0.15%) Kali Linux
15 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 428 (31.89%) Cybersecurity
2 278 (20.72%) Risk Management
3 262 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
4 156 (11.62%) Security Architecture
5 145 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
6 144 (10.73%) Data Protection
6 144 (10.73%) SIEM
7 143 (10.66%) DevOps
8 129 (9.61%) Security Management
9 117 (8.72%) Problem-Solving
9 117 (8.72%) Project Management
10 112 (8.35%) ITIL
11 109 (8.12%) Security Operations
12 104 (7.75%) Information Security Management
13 103 (7.68%) Vulnerability Management
14 102 (7.60%) Risk Assessment
15 99 (7.38%) Project Delivery
16 86 (6.41%) Business Intelligence
17 80 (5.96%) ISMS
18 77 (5.74%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 129 (9.61%) Python
2 94 (7.00%) Java
3 84 (6.26%) SQL
4 49 (3.65%) PowerShell
5 47 (3.50%) JavaScript
6 46 (3.43%) Bash Shell
7 33 (2.46%) C
7 33 (2.46%) C#
8 21 (1.56%) C++
9 17 (1.27%) PHP
9 17 (1.27%) Ruby
10 15 (1.12%) AWK
10 15 (1.12%) sed
11 14 (1.04%) Perl
12 11 (0.82%) Go
13 9 (0.67%) VBA
14 6 (0.45%) R
14 6 (0.45%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.37%) Search Processing Language
16 4 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 319 (23.77%) CISSP
2 203 (15.13%) CISM
3 180 (13.41%) Security Cleared
4 160 (11.92%) Degree
5 140 (10.43%) SC Cleared
6 81 (6.04%) CRISC
7 78 (5.81%) CISA
8 55 (4.10%) CESG Certified Professional
9 50 (3.73%) Cisco Certification
10 35 (2.61%) DV Cleared
10 35 (2.61%) PMI Certification
11 34 (2.53%) CEH
12 29 (2.16%) GIAC
13 28 (2.09%) SANS
14 27 (2.01%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 26 (1.94%) PMP
16 22 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
17 20 (1.49%) CCSP
18 16 (1.19%) CCNP
18 16 (1.19%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 271 (20.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 162 (12.07%) GDPR
3 138 (10.28%) NIST
4 76 (5.66%) GRC
5 73 (5.44%) PCI DSS
6 67 (4.99%) NCSC
7 52 (3.87%) COBIT
8 49 (3.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 44 (3.28%) Cyber Essentials
10 39 (2.91%) QA
11 29 (2.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 25 (1.86%) PMO
13 22 (1.64%) JSP 440
14 21 (1.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 21 (1.56%) NIST 800
15 20 (1.49%) RMADS
15 20 (1.49%) SOC 2
16 19 (1.42%) Data Quality
17 12 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 11 (0.82%) Accessibility
System Software
1 88 (6.56%) Active Directory
2 57 (4.25%) Docker
3 29 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (1.04%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.22%) Squid
6 3 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.15%) XenApp
7 2 (0.15%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.075%) Firmware
8 1 (0.075%) OpenDJ
8 1 (0.075%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.075%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 71 (5.29%) Kubernetes
2 54 (4.02%) Terraform
3 35 (2.61%) Ansible
4 16 (1.19%) CSIRT
5 15 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
6 14 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
7 10 (0.75%) SCCM
8 9 (0.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 8 (0.60%) QRadar
10 7 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
11 6 (0.45%) CASB
11 6 (0.45%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 6 (0.45%) Nessus
12 5 (0.37%) Nexpose
13 4 (0.30%) Opsgenie
13 4 (0.30%) Puppet
14 3 (0.22%) CA Single Sign-On
14 3 (0.22%) HP Fortify
14 3 (0.22%) TrustSec
14 3 (0.22%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 136 (10.13%) Microsoft
2 57 (4.25%) SAP
3 45 (3.35%) Splunk
4 44 (3.28%) Google
5 39 (2.91%) Oracle
6 38 (2.83%) VMware
7 36 (2.68%) Cisco
8 22 (1.64%) ServiceNow
9 21 (1.56%) CyberArk
10 17 (1.27%) Palo Alto
11 16 (1.19%) Red Hat
12 15 (1.12%) McAfee
12 15 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
13 13 (0.97%) Meraki
14 12 (0.89%) Adobe
15 11 (0.82%) CheckPoint
16 10 (0.75%) ArcSight
16 10 (0.75%) BiZZdesign
17 9 (0.67%) Databricks
17 9 (0.67%) MuleSoft