The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CEH qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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.

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 550 573 609
Rank change year-on-year +23 +36  
Contract jobs citing CEH 52 70 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.053%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.58% 0.60% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 49 21
Median daily rate £500 £500 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £400 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £538 £499 £463
% change year-on-year +7.76% +7.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

CEH 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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9015 11714 10685
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.26% 21.77% 19.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5392 7313 6190
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 442 560
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +16.32%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.55 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.08 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

CEH
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing CEH as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for CEH in the UK

CEH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for CEH in the UK

CEH
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing CEH over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for CEH in the UK

CEH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing CEH.

Contractor hourly rate trend for CEH in the UK

CEH
Top 23 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CEH within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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
England +11 45 £500 - 26
London +4 33 £500 - 7
Scotland - 6 £675 - 1
South East -7 4 £405 -14.73% 12
Glasgow - 4 - -
South West +7 3 £550 +10.00% 1
Buckinghamshire -19 3 £405 -22.85%
East of England -7 2 - - 3
Milton Keynes -18 2 £405 -22.85%
Warwick - 2 - -
Warwickshire - 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 - -
Dorset - 2 - -
Hounslow - 2 - -
Bournemouth - 2 - -
Edinburgh - 2 £675 - 1
North West +18 1 - - 1
Merseyside +1 1 - -
City of London -5 1 £570 +16.32%
East Anglia - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 £550 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 £525 - 3

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing CEH also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for CEH.

1 66 (66.67%) CISSP
2 39 (39.39%) CREST Certified
3 36 (36.36%) Security Cleared
4 35 (35.35%) Information Security
5 32 (32.32%) Network Security
6 29 (29.29%) Windows
6 29 (29.29%) Python
7 28 (28.28%) Java
8 27 (27.27%) Penetration Testing
8 27 (27.27%) SANS
9 26 (26.26%) Linux
9 26 (26.26%) OSCP
10 25 (25.25%) SIEM
10 25 (25.25%) Unix
11 24 (24.24%) Cybersecurity
12 23 (23.23%) Security Testing
12 23 (23.23%) Incident Management
12 23 (23.23%) DV Cleared
12 23 (23.23%) Firewall
13 22 (22.22%) CISM
13 22 (22.22%) Risk Management
13 22 (22.22%) HTTP
13 22 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 21 (21.21%) GIAC
14 21 (21.21%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 20 (20.20%) Bash Shell
16 19 (19.19%) Configuration Management
17 18 (18.18%) Security Operations
18 17 (17.17%) SC Cleared
19 16 (16.16%) Ruby

CEH
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 3 (3.03%) Apache Spark
2 2 (2.02%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.01%) Apache
3 1 (1.01%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 2 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.02%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (2.02%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.01%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 15 (15.15%) IaaS
2 9 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (7.07%) SaaS
4 2 (2.02%) PaaS
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (1.01%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 32 (32.32%) Network Security
2 23 (23.23%) Firewall
3 22 (22.22%) HTTP
4 15 (15.15%) TCP/IP
5 14 (14.14%) HTTPS
5 14 (14.14%) IPsec
6 8 (8.08%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (5.05%) DNS
8 2 (2.02%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (1.01%) LDAP
9 1 (1.01%) SAN
9 1 (1.01%) SSH
9 1 (1.01%) SSL
9 1 (1.01%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.07%) Big Data
2 3 (3.03%) Parquet
3 1 (1.01%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 8 (8.08%) AppScan
1 8 (8.08%) Metasploit
2 3 (3.03%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.03%) JIRA
3 2 (2.02%) Pylint
General
1 12 (12.12%) Finance
2 7 (7.07%) Retail
3 3 (3.03%) Banking
3 3 (3.03%) Law
3 3 (3.03%) Legal
4 1 (1.01%) Electronics
4 1 (1.01%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.01%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.01%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.01%) Marketing
4 1 (1.01%) Publishing
4 1 (1.01%) Spanish Language
4 1 (1.01%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (27.27%) Analyst
2 25 (25.25%) Security Analyst
3 21 (21.21%) Security Engineer
4 17 (17.17%) Consultant
4 17 (17.17%) Security Consultant
5 8 (8.08%) Architect
5 8 (8.08%) Operations Engineer
5 8 (8.08%) Security Architect
6 5 (5.05%) Penetration Tester
6 5 (5.05%) Security Manager
6 5 (5.05%) Splunk Engineer
6 5 (5.05%) Test Engineer
6 5 (5.05%) Tester
7 4 (4.04%) IT Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) IT Security Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) Network Consultant
7 4 (4.04%) Network Security Consultant
7 4 (4.04%) Operations Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) SOC Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) Vulnerability Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.07%) Web Services
2 5 (5.05%) J2EE
3 3 (3.03%) .NET
3 3 (3.03%) Grok
3 3 (3.03%) Kafka
4 2 (2.02%) Regular Expression
5 1 (1.01%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (1.01%) Middleware
5 1 (1.01%) OAuth
5 1 (1.01%) OAuth2
5 1 (1.01%) OpenID
5 1 (1.01%) RESTful
5 1 (1.01%) SAML
5 1 (1.01%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (11.11%) Management Information System
3 6 (6.06%) Cyberthreat
3 6 (6.06%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.04%) Data Protection Act
4 4 (4.04%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (3.03%) Data Centre
5 3 (3.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 3 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (3.03%) PKI
6 2 (2.02%) BYOD
6 2 (2.02%) CESG
6 2 (2.02%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.02%) Fintech
6 2 (2.02%) NHS
6 2 (2.02%) SCADA
6 2 (2.02%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (2.02%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.01%) EMV
7 1 (1.01%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 29 (29.29%) Windows
2 26 (26.26%) Linux
3 25 (25.25%) Unix
4 5 (5.05%) Windows Server
5 3 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (3.03%) Windows 7
5 3 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.01%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (35.35%) Information Security
2 27 (27.27%) Penetration Testing
3 25 (25.25%) SIEM
4 24 (24.24%) Cybersecurity
5 23 (23.23%) Incident Management
5 23 (23.23%) Security Testing
6 22 (22.22%) Risk Management
7 21 (21.21%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 19 (19.19%) Configuration Management
9 18 (18.18%) Security Operations
10 16 (16.16%) Security Monitoring
11 14 (14.14%) Malware Analysis
11 14 (14.14%) Protective Monitoring
12 13 (13.13%) ITIL
13 11 (11.11%) Cryptography
14 10 (10.10%) Analytics
14 10 (10.10%) Ethical Hacking
15 9 (9.09%) Vulnerability Management
16 7 (7.07%) Agile Software Development
16 7 (7.07%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 29 (29.29%) Python
2 28 (28.28%) Java
3 20 (20.20%) Bash Shell
4 16 (16.16%) Ruby
5 14 (14.14%) C-shell
5 14 (14.14%) Korn
6 7 (7.07%) Perl
6 7 (7.07%) PowerShell
7 6 (6.06%) C
7 6 (6.06%) C#
7 6 (6.06%) C++
8 1 (1.01%) Apple Swift
8 1 (1.01%) Objective-C
8 1 (1.01%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.01%) SQL
Qualifications
1 66 (66.67%) CISSP
2 39 (39.39%) CREST Certified
3 36 (36.36%) Security Cleared
4 27 (27.27%) SANS
5 26 (26.26%) OSCP
6 23 (23.23%) DV Cleared
7 22 (22.22%) CISM
8 21 (21.21%) GIAC
9 17 (17.17%) SC Cleared
10 14 (14.14%) Degree
11 13 (13.13%) CISA
12 9 (9.09%) SSCP
13 5 (5.05%) CHFI
14 4 (4.04%) Cisco Certification
14 4 (4.04%) Computer Science Degree
14 4 (4.04%) CRISC
14 4 (4.04%) GCWN
14 4 (4.04%) GISF
15 3 (3.03%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 3 (3.03%) GCFA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (12.12%) PCI DSS
3 4 (4.04%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 4 (4.04%) JSP 440
4 3 (3.03%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (3.03%) QA
5 2 (2.02%) GDPR
5 2 (2.02%) ISO 22301
5 2 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 1 (1.01%) ISAE 3402
6 1 (1.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (1.01%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 8 (8.08%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.03%) Snort
Systems Management
1 13 (13.13%) Opscode Chef
1 13 (13.13%) Puppet
2 7 (7.07%) Nessus
3 6 (6.06%) QRadar
4 5 (5.05%) CSIRT
4 5 (5.05%) HP Fortify
4 5 (5.05%) Nmap
5 3 (3.03%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (2.02%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (1.01%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (1.01%) Nexpose
7 1 (1.01%) RSA Archer
7 1 (1.01%) RSA Security Analytics
7 1 (1.01%) SCCM
7 1 (1.01%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (12.12%) Splunk
2 8 (8.08%) Sophos
3 4 (4.04%) FireEye
4 3 (3.03%) Forcepoint
4 3 (3.03%) IBM
4 3 (3.03%) Red Hat
4 3 (3.03%) Symantec
4 3 (3.03%) Trustwave
5 2 (2.02%) Black Duck
5 2 (2.02%) CheckPoint
5 2 (2.02%) Cisco
5 2 (2.02%) F5
5 2 (2.02%) HP
5 2 (2.02%) LogRhythm
5 2 (2.02%) McAfee
5 2 (2.02%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.02%) Palo Alto
5 2 (2.02%) Qualys
5 2 (2.02%) Remedy
5 2 (2.02%) WorldPay