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 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
UK
Rank 552 559 589
Rank change year-on-year +7 +30  
Contract jobs citing CEH 47 69 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.061%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.51% 0.62% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 38 21
Median daily rate £475 £425 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% -1.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £367 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £553 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £405 £416
% change year-on-year +20.37% -2.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Median hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £22.50

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 9304 11046 10508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.91% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5913 6885 5992
Median daily rate £420 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 403 472
Median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.21% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.02 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

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 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for CEH in the UK

CEH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for CEH in the UK

CEH
Top 22 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 March 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 +9 43 £475 +11.76% 32
London +14 23 £445 -7.77% 17
South East +12 14 £450 +12.50% 6
Buckinghamshire -5 12 £450 - 2
Milton Keynes -7 6 £425 - 2
City of London +9 4 £475 -5.00% 3
Scotland - 4 £500 - 1
East of England -4 3 £575 +54.36% 2
Edinburgh - 3 - - 1
Harrow +14 2 - -
Hertfordshire -3 2 - - 1
Midlands - 2 - -
Oxfordshire -9 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
Suffolk - 1 £575 -
Docklands, London - 1 £525 -
West Midlands - 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Newport Pagnell - 1 £405 -
Ipswich - 1 £575 -
Feltham - 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 £500 -

CEH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 75 (59.06%) CISSP
2 66 (51.97%) Security Cleared
3 61 (48.03%) CREST Certified
4 50 (39.37%) Information Security
5 44 (34.65%) SC Cleared
5 44 (34.65%) Cybersecurity
6 43 (33.86%) Risk Management
7 42 (33.07%) Windows
8 41 (32.28%) OSCP
8 41 (32.28%) Security Testing
9 39 (30.71%) Ethical Hacking
9 39 (30.71%) Unix
10 38 (29.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 37 (29.13%) Penetration Testing
12 34 (26.77%) DV Cleared
13 30 (23.62%) Incident Management
13 30 (23.62%) Linux
14 25 (19.69%) Firewall
14 25 (19.69%) SIEM
15 24 (18.90%) Security Architecture
15 24 (18.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 24 (18.90%) CISM
16 23 (18.11%) Python
17 22 (17.32%) Protective Monitoring
17 22 (17.32%) Analytical Skills
18 21 (16.54%) SANS
19 20 (15.75%) Information Assurance
20 19 (14.96%) GIAC
21 17 (13.39%) Java
21 17 (13.39%) Cryptography

CEH
Top Related 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 1 (0.79%) JBoss
1 1 (0.79%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (4.72%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.15%) MS Office
2 4 (3.15%) MS Project
2 4 (3.15%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.36%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.57%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (1.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (1.57%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.45%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (3.94%) SaaS
3 2 (1.57%) IaaS
3 2 (1.57%) Office 365
4 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.79%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (19.69%) Firewall
2 12 (9.45%) Network Security
3 11 (8.66%) VPN
4 9 (7.09%) Intrusion Detection
5 5 (3.94%) FTP
5 5 (3.94%) SMTP
5 5 (3.94%) TCP/IP
6 4 (3.15%) DNS
7 2 (1.57%) HTTP
7 2 (1.57%) IPv6
7 2 (1.57%) SSH
7 2 (1.57%) Wireless
8 1 (0.79%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.79%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (0.79%) Internet
8 1 (0.79%) IPsec
8 1 (0.79%) NetScreen
8 1 (0.79%) SAN
8 1 (0.79%) SNMP
8 1 (0.79%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.66%) Big Data
2 1 (0.79%) Data Mining
2 1 (0.79%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (5.51%) AppScan
1 7 (5.51%) Metasploit
2 2 (1.57%) Burp Suite
General
1 14 (11.02%) Finance
2 8 (6.30%) Legal
3 4 (3.15%) Retail
4 3 (2.36%) Law
4 3 (2.36%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.36%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.57%) Banking
5 2 (1.57%) Electronics
5 2 (1.57%) Marketing
6 1 (0.79%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (30.71%) Consultant
2 37 (29.13%) Security Consultant
3 30 (23.62%) Analyst
4 28 (22.05%) Security Analyst
5 15 (11.81%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 13 (10.24%) Penetration Tester
6 13 (10.24%) Tester
7 12 (9.45%) Architect
7 12 (9.45%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 12 (9.45%) Security Architect
8 9 (7.09%) Security Engineer
9 8 (6.30%) Security Manager
10 5 (3.94%) IT Analyst
10 5 (3.94%) Vulnerability Analyst
11 4 (3.15%) CISSP Consultant
11 4 (3.15%) DV Cleared Technical Consultant
11 4 (3.15%) Information Security Architect
11 4 (3.15%) IT Security Analyst
11 4 (3.15%) Security Technical Consultant
11 4 (3.15%) SIEM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.94%) Web Services
2 4 (3.15%) .NET
2 4 (3.15%) J2EE
3 1 (0.79%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.79%) CGI
3 1 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.79%) OAuth
3 1 (0.79%) OAuth2
3 1 (0.79%) OpenID
3 1 (0.79%) RESTful
3 1 (0.79%) SAML
3 1 (0.79%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (17.32%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (12.60%) Management Information System
3 8 (6.30%) Algorithms
3 8 (6.30%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (5.51%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.94%) CESG
5 5 (3.94%) Cyberthreat
5 5 (3.94%) Mobile App
6 4 (3.15%) Data Protection Act
6 4 (3.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 3 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (2.36%) Security Operations Centre
8 2 (1.57%) Fintech
8 2 (1.57%) PKI
9 1 (0.79%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.79%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.79%) Contactless
9 1 (0.79%) Cybercrime
9 1 (0.79%) EMV
9 1 (0.79%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 42 (33.07%) Windows
2 39 (30.71%) Unix
3 30 (23.62%) Linux
4 5 (3.94%) Kali Linux
5 4 (3.15%) CentOS
5 4 (3.15%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.79%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (39.37%) Information Security
2 44 (34.65%) Cybersecurity
3 43 (33.86%) Risk Management
4 41 (32.28%) Security Testing
5 39 (30.71%) Ethical Hacking
6 38 (29.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 37 (29.13%) Penetration Testing
8 30 (23.62%) Incident Management
9 25 (19.69%) SIEM
10 24 (18.90%) Security Architecture
11 22 (17.32%) Protective Monitoring
12 20 (15.75%) Information Assurance
13 17 (13.39%) Cryptography
14 16 (12.60%) OWASP
15 15 (11.81%) Social Engineering
16 13 (10.24%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (10.24%) Security Operations
17 12 (9.45%) ITIL
18 11 (8.66%) Continuous Improvement
18 11 (8.66%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 23 (18.11%) Python
2 17 (13.39%) Java
3 11 (8.66%) Perl
4 7 (5.51%) C
5 6 (4.72%) PowerShell
6 5 (3.94%) C#
6 5 (3.94%) C++
7 4 (3.15%) SQL
8 3 (2.36%) Bash Shell
8 3 (2.36%) Ruby
8 3 (2.36%) VBA
9 1 (0.79%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.79%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.79%) VB
Qualifications
1 75 (59.06%) CISSP
2 66 (51.97%) Security Cleared
3 61 (48.03%) CREST Certified
4 44 (34.65%) SC Cleared
5 41 (32.28%) OSCP
6 34 (26.77%) DV Cleared
7 24 (18.90%) CISM
8 21 (16.54%) SANS
9 19 (14.96%) GIAC
10 16 (12.60%) CISA
11 10 (7.87%) Degree
12 9 (7.09%) Cisco Certification
12 9 (7.09%) GCIH
13 7 (5.51%) CCNA
13 7 (5.51%) CCSA
13 7 (5.51%) GCFA
14 6 (4.72%) MCP
15 5 (3.94%) CISMP
15 5 (3.94%) SSCP
16 4 (3.15%) GISF
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (18.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (10.24%) PCI DSS
3 6 (4.72%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (3.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 4 (3.15%) RMADS
5 3 (2.36%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (2.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 3 (2.36%) JSP 440
6 2 (1.57%) GDPR
6 2 (1.57%) GPG13
6 2 (1.57%) QA
7 1 (0.79%) COBIT
7 1 (0.79%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.79%) ISO22301
7 1 (0.79%) ISO27002
7 1 (0.79%) ISO27005
7 1 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (3.94%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.57%) Snort
3 1 (0.79%) Sendmail
3 1 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (7.87%) Nessus
2 6 (4.72%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 6 (4.72%) QRadar
3 4 (3.15%) HP Fortify
3 4 (3.15%) Nmap
3 4 (3.15%) Puppet
4 3 (2.36%) EnCase
4 3 (2.36%) Nexpose
5 1 (0.79%) CSIRT
5 1 (0.79%) RSA Archer
5 1 (0.79%) RSA Security Analytics
5 1 (0.79%) Stealthwatch
5 1 (0.79%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 13 (10.24%) Splunk
2 6 (4.72%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.15%) Acunetix
3 4 (3.15%) F5
3 4 (3.15%) Red Hat
4 3 (2.36%) Cellebrite
4 3 (2.36%) Forcepoint
4 3 (2.36%) IBM
4 3 (2.36%) Sophos
4 3 (2.36%) Trustwave
5 2 (1.57%) CheckPoint
5 2 (1.57%) Cisco
5 2 (1.57%) Citrix
5 2 (1.57%) Juniper
5 2 (1.57%) SAP
5 2 (1.57%) ServiceNow
5 2 (1.57%) WorldPay
6 1 (0.79%) Intel Security
6 1 (0.79%) Oracle
6 1 (0.79%) Symantec