The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 3 months to 24 June 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.

Information Security (InfoSec)
England / North West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 68 99
Rank change year-on-year +11 +31  
Contract jobs citing Information Security 81 94 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.79% 2.47% 1.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.45% 3.00% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 41 26
Median daily rate £525 £475 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.52% +14.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £350 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £655 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £474 £494 £445
% change year-on-year -4.05% +10.95%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Median hourly rate £49.00 £62.50 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.60% +4.16%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £22.25 £37.40
% change year-on-year -21.34% -40.50%  

Information Security 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 the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2350 3136 2943
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.03% 82.31% 78.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1972 1711
Median daily rate £410 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +9.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 77 129
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £57.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Information Security as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in the North West

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Information Security in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Information Security in the North West

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Information Security in the North West over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Information Security in the North West

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Information Security in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Information Security in the North West

Information Security
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 24 June 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
Cheshire +38 35 £525 +31.25% 18
Manchester -10 27 £500 - 14
Merseyside -7 8 £550 +10.00% 2
Lancashire +5 7 £638 -5.55% 1
Information Security
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Information Security 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 North West region with a requirement for Information Security.

1 64 (43.24%) CISSP
2 51 (34.46%) Finance
3 41 (27.70%) Risk Management
4 38 (25.68%) CISM
5 34 (22.97%) Security Management
6 29 (19.59%) Security Architecture
6 29 (19.59%) Cybersecurity
7 28 (18.92%) Banking
8 26 (17.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 26 (17.57%) Management Information System
9 24 (16.22%) SIEM
10 22 (14.86%) Amazon AWS
10 22 (14.86%) Internal Audit
11 21 (14.19%) Agile Software Development
11 21 (14.19%) Project Planning
12 20 (13.51%) Virtual Team
13 19 (12.84%) Windows
14 18 (12.16%) Firewall
14 18 (12.16%) Analytical Skills
15 17 (11.49%) Security Cleared
16 16 (10.81%) PCI DSS
16 16 (10.81%) Waterfall
16 16 (10.81%) LAN
16 16 (10.81%) WAN
17 15 (10.14%) Unix
17 15 (10.14%) Patch Management
18 14 (9.46%) ArcSight
18 14 (9.46%) SC Cleared
19 13 (8.78%) IBM
19 13 (8.78%) MVS

Information Security
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 6 (4.05%) IIS
2 2 (1.35%) Apache
2 2 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.35%) Jetty
2 2 (1.35%) Mongrel
2 2 (1.35%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.35%) nginx
2 2 (1.35%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.35%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.35%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.68%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 22 (14.86%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (6.76%) PaaS
3 8 (5.41%) Office 365
4 2 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.35%) Google App Engine
4 2 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.68%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 18 (12.16%) Firewall
2 16 (10.81%) LAN
2 16 (10.81%) WAN
3 12 (8.11%) VoIP
4 11 (7.43%) TCP/IP
4 11 (7.43%) VPN
5 8 (5.41%) Network Security
6 5 (3.38%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (2.70%) DHCP
7 4 (2.70%) DNS
7 4 (2.70%) LDAP
7 4 (2.70%) Reverse Proxy
7 4 (2.70%) SAN
7 4 (2.70%) Wireless
8 3 (2.03%) Internet
9 2 (1.35%) FTP
9 2 (1.35%) HTTP
9 2 (1.35%) IPsec
9 2 (1.35%) Skype
9 2 (1.35%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (7.43%) GIS
2 5 (3.38%) SQL Server
3 4 (2.70%) Redis
4 3 (2.03%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 2 (1.35%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.35%) Travis CI
General
1 51 (34.46%) Finance
2 28 (18.92%) Banking
3 9 (6.08%) Financial Institution
4 8 (5.41%) Law
5 4 (2.70%) Legal
5 4 (2.70%) Local Government
6 2 (1.35%) Military
6 2 (1.35%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.68%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.68%) Billing
7 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.68%) Retail
Job Titles
1 44 (29.73%) Consultant
2 43 (29.05%) Security Consultant
3 22 (14.86%) Analyst
3 22 (14.86%) Architect
4 21 (14.19%) Security Architect
5 19 (12.84%) Senior Consultant
5 19 (12.84%) Senior Security Consultant
6 16 (10.81%) Security Analyst
7 12 (8.11%) ArcSight Engineer
7 12 (8.11%) IT Consultant
7 12 (8.11%) IT Security Consultant
7 12 (8.11%) Security Engineer
8 10 (6.76%) AWS Architect
8 10 (6.76%) Cloud Architect
9 9 (6.08%) AWS Consultant
9 9 (6.08%) Cloud Consultant
9 9 (6.08%) Information Security Consultant
9 9 (6.08%) Security Manager
9 9 (6.08%) Security Specialist
10 7 (4.73%) Information Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.76%) Elastic Stack
2 4 (2.70%) RESTful
2 4 (2.70%) Web Services
3 2 (1.35%) .NET
3 2 (1.35%) J2EE
3 2 (1.35%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 26 (17.57%) Management Information System
2 20 (13.51%) Virtual Team
3 18 (12.16%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (8.11%) CESG
5 6 (4.05%) Security Operations Centre
6 5 (3.38%) Data Centre
6 5 (3.38%) PKI
7 4 (2.70%) Clustering
7 4 (2.70%) Cyber Attack
8 3 (2.03%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.35%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (1.35%) FMCG
9 2 (1.35%) Learning Management System
10 1 (0.68%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.68%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.68%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.68%) iPad
10 1 (0.68%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.68%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (12.84%) Windows
2 15 (10.14%) Unix
3 13 (8.78%) MVS
4 11 (7.43%) Linux
5 8 (5.41%) Windows Server
6 7 (4.73%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (4.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (2.70%) AIX
7 4 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.68%) VMS
8 1 (0.68%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.68%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (27.70%) Risk Management
2 34 (22.97%) Security Management
3 29 (19.59%) Cybersecurity
3 29 (19.59%) Security Architecture
4 24 (16.22%) SIEM
5 22 (14.86%) Internal Audit
6 21 (14.19%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (14.19%) Project Planning
7 16 (10.81%) Waterfall
8 15 (10.14%) Patch Management
9 13 (8.78%) Security Operations
9 13 (8.78%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (8.11%) Vulnerability Management
11 11 (7.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 10 (6.76%) IT Strategy
12 10 (6.76%) Network Monitoring
12 10 (6.76%) Re-Platforming
12 10 (6.76%) Risk Assessment
12 10 (6.76%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 9 (6.08%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.73%) SQL
2 6 (4.05%) Python
3 3 (2.03%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.35%) Java
5 1 (0.68%) Perl
Qualifications
1 64 (43.24%) CISSP
2 38 (25.68%) CISM
3 17 (11.49%) Security Cleared
4 14 (9.46%) SC Cleared
5 12 (8.11%) SANS
6 11 (7.43%) SSCP
7 9 (6.08%) CISA
8 8 (5.41%) CESG Certified Professional
9 4 (2.70%) DV Cleared
9 4 (2.70%) ISEB
9 4 (2.70%) ISSAP
10 3 (2.03%) Degree
11 2 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (1.35%) CLAS
11 2 (1.35%) CRISC
12 1 (0.68%) CITP
12 1 (0.68%) CREST Certified
12 1 (0.68%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.68%) IISP
12 1 (0.68%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (17.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (10.81%) PCI DSS
3 8 (5.41%) COBIT
4 6 (4.05%) GDPR
5 5 (3.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (2.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (2.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.68%) PMO
8 1 (0.68%) QA
8 1 (0.68%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (5.41%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.35%) Xen
4 1 (0.68%) BitLocker
4 1 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (7.43%) QRadar
2 4 (2.70%) Kibana
2 4 (2.70%) logstash
2 4 (2.70%) RSA enVision
2 4 (2.70%) SCOM
3 3 (2.03%) SCCM
3 3 (2.03%) SmoothWall
4 2 (1.35%) Puppet
5 1 (0.68%) ArcSight ESM
5 1 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.68%) MIIS
5 1 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.68%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 14 (9.46%) ArcSight
2 13 (8.78%) FireEye
2 13 (8.78%) IBM
3 12 (8.11%) Splunk
4 11 (7.43%) Apple
5 10 (6.76%) LogRhythm
6 9 (6.08%) Microsoft
7 6 (4.05%) Cisco
8 5 (3.38%) Citrix
9 4 (2.70%) HP
9 4 (2.70%) Juniper
9 4 (2.70%) McAfee
9 4 (2.70%) VMware
10 2 (1.35%) Google
11 1 (0.68%) MobileIron
11 1 (0.68%) NetApp
11 1 (0.68%) Qualys
11 1 (0.68%) SAP
11 1 (0.68%) ScanSafe
11 1 (0.68%) Symantec
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