Period
to 30 March 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SSCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 30 March 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.

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP)
UK > England
6 months to
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 644 803 842
Rank change year-on-year +159 +39 -82
Contract jobs citing SSCP 34 34 24
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.060% 0.038% 0.026%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.27% 0.20% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 23 21
Median daily rate £481 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.83% -10.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £413 £245 £313
90th Percentile £570 £705 £650
UK median daily rate £481 £450 £500
% change year-on-year +6.83% -10.00% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - -

SSCP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications 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 academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 12,440 17,394 17,983
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.00% 19.55% 19.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,591 10,499 10,884
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £260 £263 £249
90th Percentile £650 £640 £638
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 563 758 815
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +27.66% -16.30%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £55.20 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.13 £23.50
% change year-on-year +16.18% +28.19% -14.55%

SSCP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SSCP in England

SSCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for SSCP in England

SSCP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SSCP in England over the 6 months to 30 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SSCP in England

SSCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for SSCP in England

SSCP
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 SSCP within the England region over the 6 months to 30 March 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
South West +38 16 £468 -2.50% 1
London +148 11 £525 -14.29% 2
South East +87 3 - - 1
East of England +42 3 £438 +59.09%
North of England +54 1 - -
North West +26 1 - -
SSCP
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SSCP 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 SSCP.

1 29 (85.29%) CISSP
2 16 (47.06%) Information Security
3 14 (41.18%) CISM
3 14 (41.18%) Cybersecurity
4 13 (38.24%) Security Operations
5 11 (32.35%) C
5 11 (32.35%) Security Cleared
6 10 (29.41%) GIAC
6 10 (29.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 9 (26.47%) DV Cleared
7 9 (26.47%) ITIL
7 9 (26.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 8 (23.53%) Risk Assessment
8 8 (23.53%) Information Assurance
8 8 (23.53%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (23.53%) Firewall
8 8 (23.53%) Compliance Audit
8 8 (23.53%) Remediation Plan
9 7 (20.59%) SANS
9 7 (20.59%) Management Information System
10 6 (17.65%) Linux
10 6 (17.65%) GCIH
10 6 (17.65%) Penetration Testing
10 6 (17.65%) Degree
10 6 (17.65%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (14.71%) CompTIA Security+
11 5 (14.71%) Azure
11 5 (14.71%) AWS
11 5 (14.71%) SIEM
11 5 (14.71%) CEH

SSCP
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 2 (5.88%) Apache Spark
1 2 (5.88%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (5.88%) OpenStack
2 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (14.71%) AWS
1 5 (14.71%) Azure
2 2 (5.88%) GCP
2 2 (5.88%) OpenShift
3 1 (2.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (23.53%) Firewall
2 3 (8.82%) Network Security
2 3 (8.82%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.88%) HTTPS
4 1 (2.94%) HTTP
4 1 (2.94%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (2.94%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.76%) Big Data
2 1 (2.94%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Bitbucket
1 2 (5.88%) Git (software)
1 2 (5.88%) git-flow
1 2 (5.88%) JIRA
General
1 4 (11.76%) Public Sector
2 1 (2.94%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Legal
Job Titles
1 9 (26.47%) Analyst
1 9 (26.47%) Consultant
2 8 (23.53%) Information Assurance Consultant
3 6 (17.65%) Audit Consultant
4 5 (14.71%) Security Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Security Specialist
6 3 (8.82%) Architect
6 3 (8.82%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) IT Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) Security Architect
7 2 (5.88%) Automation Tester
7 2 (5.88%) Information Architect
7 2 (5.88%) Information Security Architect
7 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) IT Security Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) IT Security Specialist
7 2 (5.88%) Platform Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Security Operations Specialist
7 2 (5.88%) Tester
7 2 (5.88%) Vulnerability Management Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) .NET
1 2 (5.88%) AngularJS
1 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET
1 2 (5.88%) GraphQL
1 2 (5.88%) Kafka
1 2 (5.88%) Node.js
1 2 (5.88%) React
1 2 (5.88%) REST
1 2 (5.88%) Spring
1 2 (5.88%) Spring MVC
1 2 (5.88%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Management Information System
2 6 (17.65%) Security Operations Centre
3 4 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (5.88%) Data Protection Act
4 2 (5.88%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (2.94%) Cyberattack
5 1 (2.94%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (2.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (2.94%) PMI
5 1 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (2.94%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 6 (17.65%) Linux
2 3 (8.82%) Windows
3 2 (5.88%) Android
3 2 (5.88%) Apple iOS
3 2 (5.88%) CentOS
3 2 (5.88%) Fedora
3 2 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (5.88%) Ubuntu
4 1 (2.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (47.06%) Information Security
2 14 (41.18%) Cybersecurity
3 13 (38.24%) Security Operations
4 9 (26.47%) ITIL
5 8 (23.53%) Compliance Audit
5 8 (23.53%) Information Assurance
5 8 (23.53%) Remediation Plan
5 8 (23.53%) Risk Assessment
6 6 (17.65%) Penetration Testing
7 5 (14.71%) SIEM
8 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (11.76%) Incident Management
8 4 (11.76%) Test Automation
8 4 (11.76%) Vulnerability Management
9 3 (8.82%) Kanban
9 3 (8.82%) Malware Analysis
9 3 (8.82%) Scrum
9 3 (8.82%) Threat Intelligence
10 2 (5.88%) Acceptance Criteria
10 2 (5.88%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 11 (32.35%) C
2 5 (14.71%) Python
3 4 (11.76%) PowerShell
4 3 (8.82%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.94%) SQL
5 1 (2.94%) VBA
Qualifications
1 29 (85.29%) CISSP
2 14 (41.18%) CISM
3 11 (32.35%) Security Cleared
4 10 (29.41%) GIAC
5 9 (26.47%) DV Cleared
6 8 (23.53%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (20.59%) SANS
8 6 (17.65%) Degree
8 6 (17.65%) GCIH
9 5 (14.71%) CEH
9 5 (14.71%) CompTIA Security+
10 4 (11.76%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 4 (11.76%) CCNA
10 4 (11.76%) Linux+ Certification
10 4 (11.76%) MCSE
10 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (11.76%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (8.82%) CCSP
11 3 (8.82%) CISA
12 2 (5.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (29.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 9 (26.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (11.76%) GDPR
4 2 (5.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (11.76%) Docker
2 2 (5.88%) NFS
2 2 (5.88%) Samba
2 2 (5.88%) VirtualBox
2 2 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (5.88%) Xen
3 1 (2.94%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (11.76%) CSIRT
1 4 (11.76%) Kubernetes
2 2 (5.88%) Ansible
2 2 (5.88%) Docker Swarm
2 2 (5.88%) Nagios
2 2 (5.88%) Nessus
2 2 (5.88%) OpenNMS
2 2 (5.88%) Puppet
2 2 (5.88%) vCenter Server
2 2 (5.88%) ZABBIX
3 1 (2.94%) EnCase
3 1 (2.94%) FTK
3 1 (2.94%) QRadar
Vendors
1 3 (8.82%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) Cloudera
2 2 (5.88%) Dell
2 2 (5.88%) EMC
2 2 (5.88%) Google
2 2 (5.88%) Hortonworks
2 2 (5.88%) NetApp
2 2 (5.88%) Qualys
2 2 (5.88%) Red Hat
2 2 (5.88%) SolarWinds
2 2 (5.88%) VMware
3 1 (2.94%) ArcSight
3 1 (2.94%) BT
3 1 (2.94%) Palo Alto
3 1 (2.94%) Splunk