The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for PCI QSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 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
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
England / London
Rank 401 432 411
Rank change year-on-year +31 -21  
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 5 4 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.026% 0.018% 0.038%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.15% 0.10% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 2
Median daily rate £550 £350 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +57.14% -24.32%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £525 £619
% change year-on-year -7.14% -15.15%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3315 3865 3572
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.22% 17.46% 16.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 2244 2728 2349
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £603 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 49 88
Median hourly rate £40.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +128.57% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

PCI QSA
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

PCI QSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PCI QSA in London

PCI QSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 26 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 London region with a requirement for PCI QSA.

1 21 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 20 (95.24%) Information Security
2 20 (95.24%) CISSP
3 15 (71.43%) Validation
3 15 (71.43%) CISM
4 12 (57.14%) CISA
4 12 (57.14%) QA
5 8 (38.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 7 (33.33%) Information Security Management
6 7 (33.33%) Security Management
7 4 (19.05%) COBIT
7 4 (19.05%) Data Protection
7 4 (19.05%) CESG Certified Professional
7 4 (19.05%) ISO27002
8 3 (14.29%) Business Continuity
9 1 (4.76%) Tandem
9 1 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (4.76%) Information Management
9 1 (4.76%) Strategic Planning
9 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
9 1 (4.76%) Resource Management
9 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
9 1 (4.76%) Technical Architecture
9 1 (4.76%) Degree
9 1 (4.76%) Product Management
9 1 (4.76%) Security Architecture
9 1 (4.76%) Cybersecurity
9 1 (4.76%) Finance
9 1 (4.76%) MBA
9 1 (4.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley

PCI QSA
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:

Applications
1 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.76%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) HTTP
General
1 1 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (90.48%) Consultant
2 15 (71.43%) Information Security Consultant
2 15 (71.43%) Security Consultant
3 4 (19.05%) Audit Consultant
3 4 (19.05%) Compliance Consultant
3 4 (19.05%) PCI DSS Consultant
4 1 (4.76%) Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Architect
4 1 (4.76%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Security Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Security Architect
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
1 1 (4.76%) Tandem
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (95.24%) Information Security
2 15 (71.43%) Validation
3 7 (33.33%) Information Security Management
3 7 (33.33%) Security Management
4 4 (19.05%) Data Protection
5 3 (14.29%) Business Continuity
6 1 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (4.76%) Cybersecurity
6 1 (4.76%) Data Loss Prevention
6 1 (4.76%) Identity Access Management
6 1 (4.76%) Information Management
6 1 (4.76%) Issue Tracking
6 1 (4.76%) Presales
6 1 (4.76%) Product Management
6 1 (4.76%) Resource Management
6 1 (4.76%) Security Architecture
6 1 (4.76%) Strategic Planning
6 1 (4.76%) Technical Architecture
Qualifications
1 20 (95.24%) CISSP
2 15 (71.43%) CISM
3 12 (57.14%) CISA
4 4 (19.05%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (4.76%) CLAS
5 1 (4.76%) Degree
5 1 (4.76%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 12 (57.14%) QA
3 8 (38.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (19.05%) COBIT
4 4 (19.05%) ISO27002
5 1 (4.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft