The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for Digital Forensics skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Digital Forensics over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Digital Forensics
England / London
Rank 396 420 402
Rank change year-on-year +24 -18  
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 4 8 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.021% 0.036% 0.033%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.024% 0.043% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 7
Median daily rate £500 £513 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.43% -14.58%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 - £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £50.00 -
% change year-on-year -23.00% -  

Digital Forensics is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 16576 18773 17205
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 85.15% 85.14% 82.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 11916 13556 12086
Median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 168 193 243
Median hourly rate £31.92 £22.50 £20.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.86% +10.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £12.20 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Digital Forensics
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London citing Digital Forensics as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Digital Forensics in London

Digital Forensics
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Digital Forensics in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Digital Forensics in London

Digital Forensics
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Digital Forensics 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 London region with a requirement for Digital Forensics.

1 7 (70.00%) Degree
2 6 (60.00%) Computer Science
2 6 (60.00%) Python
3 5 (50.00%) Windows
3 5 (50.00%) Linux
3 5 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
4 4 (40.00%) PCI DSS
4 4 (40.00%) Information Security
4 4 (40.00%) EnCase
5 3 (30.00%) GCIH
5 3 (30.00%) GIAC
5 3 (30.00%) CISM
5 3 (30.00%) Management Information System
5 3 (30.00%) Wireless
5 3 (30.00%) Finance
5 3 (30.00%) CISSP
5 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (30.00%) Mac OS X
5 3 (30.00%) Internet
5 3 (30.00%) CCSP
5 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
5 3 (30.00%) LogRhythm
5 3 (30.00%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (30.00%) Web Filtering
5 3 (30.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 3 (30.00%) SANS
6 2 (20.00%) Email Filtering
6 2 (20.00%) Relativity
6 2 (20.00%) FTK
6 2 (20.00%) Nuix

Digital Forensics
Top Related IT Skills in London 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 (20.00%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Relativity
1 2 (20.00%) Ringtail
1 2 (20.00%) Veritas eDiscovery
Communications & Networking
1 3 (30.00%) Internet
1 3 (30.00%) Wireless
2 2 (20.00%) Firewall
2 2 (20.00%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (20.00%) EDRMS
General
1 3 (30.00%) Finance
2 2 (20.00%) Financial Institution
2 2 (20.00%) Legal
3 1 (10.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Analyst
1 3 (30.00%) Incident Handler
2 2 (20.00%) Forensic Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Security Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Administrator
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Cybersecurity Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Digital Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) E-Discovery Specialist
3 1 (10.00%) Forensic Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) SOC Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (60.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (30.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (10.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) Linux
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (30.00%) Mac OS X
3 2 (20.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
2 4 (40.00%) Information Security
3 3 (30.00%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (30.00%) Web Filtering
4 2 (20.00%) Actionable Insight
4 2 (20.00%) Configuration Management
4 2 (20.00%) Data Security
4 2 (20.00%) E-Discovery
4 2 (20.00%) Electronic Discovery Reference Model
4 2 (20.00%) Email Filtering
4 2 (20.00%) Forensic Analysis
4 2 (20.00%) Identity Access Management
4 2 (20.00%) ITIL
4 2 (20.00%) Penetration Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (20.00%) SIEM
4 2 (20.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 1 (10.00%) e-Disclosure
5 1 (10.00%) Ethical Hacking
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) Python
2 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (20.00%) Perl
3 2 (20.00%) SQL
3 2 (20.00%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (70.00%) Degree
2 3 (30.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
2 3 (30.00%) CCSP
2 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (30.00%) CISM
2 3 (30.00%) CISSP
2 3 (30.00%) GCIH
2 3 (30.00%) GIAC
2 3 (30.00%) SANS
3 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (40.00%) PCI DSS
2 2 (20.00%) GPG for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence
3 1 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (20.00%) VMware ESX
1 2 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (40.00%) EnCase
2 2 (20.00%) FTK
2 2 (20.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) LogRhythm
2 2 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (20.00%) Nuix
2 2 (20.00%) Rapid7
2 2 (20.00%) Symantec
2 2 (20.00%) VMware
3 1 (10.00%) Dell