The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for PCI QSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
UK / England
Rank 553 609 591
Rank change year-on-year +56 -18  
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 13 6 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.031% 0.012% 0.026%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.15% 0.058% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 4
Median daily rate £500 £413 £571
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.21% -27.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £341 £438
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £510 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £525 £619
% change year-on-year -7.14% -15.15%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £22.50

PCI QSA is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8561 10263 9833
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.66% 20.92% 20.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5389 6476 5665
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 418 375 443
Median hourly rate £30.94 £35.55 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.96% +57.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.60 £57.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

PCI QSA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing PCI QSA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for PCI QSA in England

PCI QSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PCI QSA in England

PCI QSA
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 PCI QSA within the England region over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +34 5 £550 +57.14% 3
Yorkshire - 5 £463 -
South East - 3 £500 -
PCI QSA
UK

PCI QSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PCI QSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for PCI QSA.

1 32 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 30 (93.75%) Information Security
3 26 (81.25%) CISSP
4 15 (46.88%) CISA
4 15 (46.88%) CISM
4 15 (46.88%) Validation
5 12 (37.50%) QA
6 11 (34.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (21.88%) Firewall
7 7 (21.88%) Information Security Management
7 7 (21.88%) Security Management
8 6 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (15.63%) Management Information System
10 4 (12.50%) LAN
10 4 (12.50%) Client/Server
10 4 (12.50%) Data Analysis
10 4 (12.50%) COBIT
10 4 (12.50%) Office 365
10 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
10 4 (12.50%) CESG Certified Professional
10 4 (12.50%) ISO27002
10 4 (12.50%) Data Protection
11 3 (9.38%) CREST Certified
11 3 (9.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 3 (9.38%) Business Continuity
11 3 (9.38%) CEH
12 1 (3.13%) MBA
12 1 (3.13%) Tandem
12 1 (3.13%) Agile Software Development
12 1 (3.13%) Banking

PCI QSA
Top Related 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:

Applications
1 1 (3.13%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (3.13%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (21.88%) Firewall
2 4 (12.50%) LAN
3 1 (3.13%) HTTP
3 1 (3.13%) Network Security
General
1 1 (3.13%) Banking
1 1 (3.13%) Finance
Job Titles
1 23 (71.88%) Consultant
2 19 (59.38%) Information Security Consultant
2 19 (59.38%) Security Consultant
3 8 (25.00%) PCI DSS Consultant
4 4 (12.50%) Architect
4 4 (12.50%) Audit Consultant
4 4 (12.50%) Compliance Consultant
4 4 (12.50%) Information Security Specialist
4 4 (12.50%) Information Specialist
4 4 (12.50%) PCI DSS Specialist
4 4 (12.50%) Security Architect
4 4 (12.50%) Security Specialist
5 3 (9.38%) Information Architect
5 3 (9.38%) Information Security Architect
6 1 (3.13%) Analyst
6 1 (3.13%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Security Analyst
6 1 (3.13%) Security Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Management Information System
2 4 (12.50%) Client/Server
3 3 (9.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.13%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.13%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (93.75%) Information Security
2 15 (46.88%) Validation
3 7 (21.88%) Information Security Management
3 7 (21.88%) Security Management
4 6 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (12.50%) Data Analysis
5 4 (12.50%) Data Protection
6 3 (9.38%) Business Continuity
7 1 (3.13%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (3.13%) Cybersecurity
7 1 (3.13%) Database Security
7 1 (3.13%) Information Management
7 1 (3.13%) Issue Tracking
7 1 (3.13%) Product Management
7 1 (3.13%) Resource Management
7 1 (3.13%) Security Architecture
7 1 (3.13%) Strategic Planning
7 1 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
7 1 (3.13%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 1 (3.13%) Vulnerability Scanning
Qualifications
1 26 (81.25%) CISSP
2 15 (46.88%) CISA
2 15 (46.88%) CISM
3 4 (12.50%) CESG Certified Professional
4 3 (9.38%) CEH
4 3 (9.38%) CREST Certified
5 1 (3.13%) CLAS
5 1 (3.13%) Degree
5 1 (3.13%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 12 (37.50%) QA
3 11 (34.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (12.50%) COBIT
4 4 (12.50%) ISO27002
5 1 (3.13%) PA-DSS
5 1 (3.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 1 (3.13%) Microsoft
1 1 (3.13%) Qualys
1 1 (3.13%) Red Hat
1 1 (3.13%) Tripwire