Period
to 14 December 2019

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 6 months to 14 December 2019 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
6 months to
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 114 113 92
Rank change year-on-year -1 -21 +23
Contract jobs citing Information Security 89 116 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.68% 1.93% 2.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.00% 2.32% 2.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 72 38
North West median daily rate £450 £500 £478
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +4.71% +0.53%
10th Percentile £282 £263 £304
90th Percentile £635 £709 £603
England median daily rate £500 £525 £488
% change year-on-year -4.76% +7.69% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 8
North West median hourly rate £51.25 £12.39 £58.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +313.64% -78.64% -
10th Percentile £46.25 £11.35 £16.10
90th Percentile £57.50 £12.94 £61.01
England median hourly rate £72.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +326.47% -2.86% +20.69%

Information Security is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,447 4,999 4,700
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.97% 83.32% 82.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,850 3,157 3,025
North West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £263
90th Percentile £575 £575 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 203 284 206
North West median hourly rate £24.00 £22.11 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.56% -18.12% +18.19%
10th Percentile £11.96 £11.65 £11.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.68 £52.63
England median hourly rate £23.50 £22.20 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% -11.22% +9.06%

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Information Security as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 14 December 2019.

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 6 months to 14 December 2019. 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
Manchester +16 49 £425 -15.00% 35
Cheshire -2 17 £410 -18.00% 13
Merseyside -4 8 £406 -26.14% 2
Cumbria -7 7 £688 - 1
Lancashire +15 1 £400 -38.46% 2
Information Security
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Information Security 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 North West region with a requirement for Information Security.

1 21 (23.60%) Management Information System
2 17 (19.10%) Risk Management
3 16 (17.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (16.85%) Security Cleared
4 15 (16.85%) Legal
5 14 (15.73%) CISM
5 14 (15.73%) Security Operations
6 13 (14.61%) Disaster Recovery
6 13 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (14.61%) SC Cleared
6 13 (14.61%) Cybersecurity
7 12 (13.48%) ITIL
8 11 (12.36%) CISSP
8 11 (12.36%) Firewall
8 11 (12.36%) Data Protection
9 10 (11.24%) PowerShell
9 10 (11.24%) Incident Management
9 10 (11.24%) Security Management
9 10 (11.24%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (11.24%) Service Management
9 10 (11.24%) Windows
9 10 (11.24%) GDPR
10 9 (10.11%) IT Strategy
10 9 (10.11%) Python
10 9 (10.11%) Finance
10 9 (10.11%) Security Architecture
11 8 (8.99%) ISMS
11 8 (8.99%) Information Security Management
12 7 (7.87%) CISA
12 7 (7.87%) Project Management

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 4 (4.49%) IIS
2 1 (1.12%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.25%) Relativity
2 1 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.49%) Azure
1 4 (4.49%) SaaS
2 3 (3.37%) AWS
2 3 (3.37%) IaaS
2 3 (3.37%) PaaS
3 2 (2.25%) Office 365
4 1 (1.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.12%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.12%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.12%) GCP
4 1 (1.12%) OpenShift
4 1 (1.12%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (12.36%) Firewall
2 7 (7.87%) Network Security
3 4 (4.49%) DHCP
3 4 (4.49%) DNS
3 4 (4.49%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (3.37%) HTTPS
4 3 (3.37%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.25%) PPP
6 1 (1.12%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.12%) HTTP
6 1 (1.12%) Internet
6 1 (1.12%) RTP
6 1 (1.12%) Sourcefire
6 1 (1.12%) VPN
6 1 (1.12%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.37%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (2.25%) Big Data
4 1 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.12%) MySQL
4 1 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.12%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.12%) git-flow
1 1 (1.12%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.12%) SonarQube
General
1 15 (16.85%) Legal
2 9 (10.11%) Finance
3 4 (4.49%) Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Public Sector
4 3 (3.37%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.25%) Back Office
5 2 (2.25%) Electronics
5 2 (2.25%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.25%) Marketing
6 1 (1.12%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (23.60%) Analyst
2 13 (14.61%) Architect
3 11 (12.36%) Security Analyst
4 10 (11.24%) Security Architect
5 7 (7.87%) Consultant
5 7 (7.87%) Security Consultant
6 6 (6.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (6.74%) Security Engineer
6 6 (6.74%) Security Manager
7 5 (5.62%) Project Manager
7 5 (5.62%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (5.62%) Senior Security Analyst
8 4 (4.49%) Head of Security
8 4 (4.49%) Information Security Consultant
8 4 (4.49%) Operations Manager
9 3 (3.37%) Forensic Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Information Security Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Information Security Engineer
9 3 (3.37%) IT Operations Manager
9 3 (3.37%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.12%) J2EE
1 1 (1.12%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 21 (23.60%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.49%) Cyberthreat
2 4 (4.49%) Virtual Team
3 3 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.37%) PKI
3 3 (3.37%) Security Operations Centre
3 3 (3.37%) Smartphone
4 2 (2.25%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 2 (2.25%) Cyberattack
4 2 (2.25%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.25%) Data Protection Act
4 2 (2.25%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.25%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.12%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.12%) Mobile Payment
5 1 (1.12%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.24%) Windows
2 7 (7.87%) Windows Server
3 5 (5.62%) Linux
4 4 (4.49%) Unix
5 3 (3.37%) Windows 10
5 3 (3.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (2.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.12%) CentOS
7 1 (1.12%) Debian
7 1 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.12%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (19.10%) Risk Management
2 14 (15.73%) Security Operations
3 13 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (14.61%) Cybersecurity
3 13 (14.61%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (13.48%) ITIL
5 11 (12.36%) Data Protection
6 10 (11.24%) Incident Management
6 10 (11.24%) Security Management
6 10 (11.24%) Service Management
6 10 (11.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (10.11%) IT Strategy
7 9 (10.11%) Security Architecture
8 8 (8.99%) Information Security Management
8 8 (8.99%) ISMS
9 7 (7.87%) Malware Analysis
9 7 (7.87%) Project Management
9 7 (7.87%) Vulnerability Management
10 6 (6.74%) Coaching
10 6 (6.74%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.24%) PowerShell
2 9 (10.11%) Python
3 5 (5.62%) C
4 3 (3.37%) Perl
5 2 (2.25%) SQL
5 2 (2.25%) VBA
6 1 (1.12%) Java
6 1 (1.12%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (16.85%) Security Cleared
2 14 (15.73%) CISM
3 13 (14.61%) SC Cleared
4 11 (12.36%) CISSP
5 7 (7.87%) CISA
6 6 (6.74%) Degree
7 5 (5.62%) CRISC
8 4 (4.49%) GIAC
9 3 (3.37%) GCFE
9 3 (3.37%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 2 (2.25%) CompTIA Security+
10 2 (2.25%) CREST Certified
10 2 (2.25%) EnCE
10 2 (2.25%) GCFA
10 2 (2.25%) GREM
10 2 (2.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (1.12%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 1 (1.12%) CEH
11 1 (1.12%) CISMP
11 1 (1.12%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (17.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (11.24%) GDPR
3 6 (6.74%) NCSC
4 3 (3.37%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (3.37%) NIST
4 3 (3.37%) PCI DSS
5 2 (2.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (2.25%) ISO 9001
5 2 (2.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (2.25%) PMO
5 2 (2.25%) RMADS
5 2 (2.25%) SLA
6 1 (1.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (1.12%) Data Quality
6 1 (1.12%) ISO 22301
6 1 (1.12%) QA
System Software
1 6 (6.74%) Active Directory
2 5 (5.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.37%) BitLocker
3 3 (3.37%) Docker
4 2 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (2.25%) VMware NSX
5 1 (1.12%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 5 (5.62%) CSIRT
1 5 (5.62%) EnCase
1 5 (5.62%) FTK
2 3 (3.37%) SCCM
2 3 (3.37%) Single Sign-On
2 3 (3.37%) WSUS
3 2 (2.25%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.12%) Kubernetes
4 1 (1.12%) Nessus
4 1 (1.12%) Puppet
4 1 (1.12%) Terraform
Vendors
1 5 (5.62%) Citrix
1 5 (5.62%) VMware
2 4 (4.49%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.37%) Cisco
3 3 (3.37%) Dell
3 3 (3.37%) Nuix
3 3 (3.37%) SAP
4 2 (2.25%) ESET
4 2 (2.25%) McAfee
4 2 (2.25%) Palo Alto
4 2 (2.25%) Symantec
5 1 (1.12%) Apple
5 1 (1.12%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.12%) Darktrace
5 1 (1.12%) Dell KACE
5 1 (1.12%) Forcepoint
5 1 (1.12%) LogRhythm
5 1 (1.12%) Oracle
5 1 (1.12%) Splunk
5 1 (1.12%) Trend Micro