Period
to 19 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CISSP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 November 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.

(ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC2 CISSP)
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 291 240 295
Rank change year-on-year -51 +55 +7
Contract jobs citing CISSP 892 1161 933
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 1.11% 0.81%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.72% 5.35% 4.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 763 627
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.17% +6.67%
10th Percentile £363 £356 £350
90th Percentile £650 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 5
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £49.19 £51.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.09% -3.87% +19.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.75 £49.90 £57.50
% change year-on-year -14.33% -13.22% +33.72%

CISSP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18914 21681 22650
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 20.68% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 11591 13520 13652
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £243
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 889 861 1091
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% +31.58%

CISSP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CISSP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing CISSP over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing CISSP over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CISSP within the UK over the 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
England -64 804 £500 - 126
UK excluding London -17 555 £488 -2.50% 77
London -86 318 £513 -2.38% 53
South East -6 177 £475 -5.00% 24
North of England -7 122 £513 -5.09% 26
South West -17 88 £500 +11.11% 5
East of England -13 77 £475 +5.56% 8
North West -28 74 £475 -13.64% 7
Scotland +12 57 £400 -17.10% 3
Yorkshire +18 44 £550 +7.32% 14
Midlands -3 21 £450 -10.00% 10
West Midlands +16 17 £450 +2.86% 8
Wales -2 15 £575 +12.25% 1
North East +59 6 £663 +37.31% 5
East Midlands -4 3 £340 -41.38% 1

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing CISSP 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 CISSP.

1 487 (54.60%) Information Security
2 450 (50.45%) CISM
3 306 (34.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 290 (32.51%) Cybersecurity
5 222 (24.89%) Finance
6 197 (22.09%) SIEM
7 188 (21.08%) Firewall
8 180 (20.18%) PCI DSS
9 175 (19.62%) Risk Management
10 171 (19.17%) CISA
11 166 (18.61%) Management Information System
12 159 (17.83%) ITIL
13 153 (17.15%) Degree
14 143 (16.03%) Windows
15 136 (15.25%) Cisco Certification
16 130 (14.57%) Linux
17 127 (14.24%) Vulnerability Management
18 126 (14.13%) Security Operations
19 121 (13.57%) Security Cleared
20 112 (12.56%) COBIT
21 110 (12.33%) Unix
22 109 (12.22%) CEH
23 107 (12.00%) Security Architecture
24 104 (11.66%) Penetration Testing
25 96 (10.76%) SANS
26 93 (10.43%) Network Security
27 92 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
28 90 (10.09%) Project Management
29 86 (9.64%) GDPR
30 85 (9.53%) Agile Software Development

CISSP
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 13 (1.46%) Apache Spark
1 13 (1.46%) IIS
2 10 (1.12%) Apache
2 10 (1.12%) JBoss
2 10 (1.12%) Tomcat
3 9 (1.01%) OpenStack
4 7 (0.78%) SharePoint
5 5 (0.56%) nginx
6 4 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.45%) ArcGIS
6 4 (0.45%) Drupal
6 4 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.45%) WordPress
7 3 (0.34%) Apache Solr
7 3 (0.34%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.22%) Confluence
8 2 (0.22%) Mule
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.11%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 16 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (1.57%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.57%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.78%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.11%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 80 (8.97%) Amazon AWS
2 59 (6.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (3.25%) Cloud Computing
4 28 (3.14%) SaaS
5 23 (2.58%) IaaS
6 19 (2.13%) PaaS
7 14 (1.57%) Mimecast
8 10 (1.12%) Office 365
9 3 (0.34%) Akamai
9 3 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.22%) Cloudflare
11 1 (0.11%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.11%) HP Helion
11 1 (0.11%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 188 (21.08%) Firewall
2 93 (10.43%) Network Security
3 63 (7.06%) Intrusion Detection
4 47 (5.27%) TCP/IP
5 40 (4.48%) VPN
6 34 (3.81%) WAN
7 31 (3.48%) Internet
7 31 (3.48%) LAN
8 29 (3.25%) DNS
9 25 (2.80%) SAN
10 20 (2.24%) SSL
11 19 (2.13%) VLAN
12 17 (1.91%) IPsec
13 13 (1.46%) HTTP
14 12 (1.35%) Intranet
14 12 (1.35%) MPLS
15 11 (1.23%) OSPF
15 11 (1.23%) Reverse Proxy
16 10 (1.12%) Wireless
17 9 (1.01%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (2.24%) Big Data
2 12 (1.35%) Parquet
3 11 (1.23%) Relational Database
3 11 (1.23%) Star Schema
4 9 (1.01%) Hadoop
5 8 (0.90%) MySQL
5 8 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (0.67%) Apache Hive
6 6 (0.67%) Redis
6 6 (0.67%) SQL Server
7 5 (0.56%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (0.56%) GIS
7 5 (0.56%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.56%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.45%) Maltego
8 4 (0.45%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.34%) DataStax
9 3 (0.34%) MS Access
10 2 (0.22%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.11%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 21 (2.35%) JIRA
2 14 (1.57%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.67%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.67%) Metasploit
4 5 (0.56%) Maven
4 5 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.34%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.11%) FxCop
6 1 (0.11%) Hudson
6 1 (0.11%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.11%) sqlmap
General
1 222 (24.89%) Finance
2 81 (9.08%) Banking
3 51 (5.72%) Legal
3 51 (5.72%) Telecoms
4 46 (5.16%) Law
5 28 (3.14%) Retail
6 12 (1.35%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.12%) Financial Institution
7 10 (1.12%) Retail Banking
8 8 (0.90%) Marketing
9 6 (0.67%) Electronics
10 5 (0.56%) Automotive
10 5 (0.56%) International Banking
10 5 (0.56%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.45%) Billing
11 4 (0.45%) Publishing
12 3 (0.34%) Back Office
12 3 (0.34%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.22%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 199 (22.31%) Consultant
2 174 (19.51%) Analyst
3 164 (18.39%) Security Consultant
4 151 (16.93%) Security Analyst
5 93 (10.43%) Architect
6 88 (9.87%) Security Engineer
7 84 (9.42%) Security Manager
8 82 (9.19%) Security Architect
9 73 (8.18%) Security Specialist
10 40 (4.48%) Information Analyst
10 40 (4.48%) Information Security Analyst
11 37 (4.15%) IT Analyst
12 35 (3.92%) Information Security Consultant
13 34 (3.81%) IT Security Analyst
14 29 (3.25%) Network Engineer
15 28 (3.14%) CISSP Consultant
15 28 (3.14%) Information Manager
16 26 (2.91%) Information Security Manager
16 26 (2.91%) IT Consultant
17 25 (2.80%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (1.79%) Regular Expression
2 15 (1.68%) Elastic Stack
3 13 (1.46%) Middleware
4 12 (1.35%) Grok
4 12 (1.35%) Kafka
5 11 (1.23%) Web Services
6 5 (0.56%) .NET
6 5 (0.56%) OAuth
7 4 (0.45%) 802.1X
7 4 (0.45%) ActiveMQ
7 4 (0.45%) Java EE
7 4 (0.45%) JMS
7 4 (0.45%) ModSecurity
8 3 (0.34%) AngularJS
8 3 (0.34%) JAAS
8 3 (0.34%) JMX
8 3 (0.34%) JNDI
8 3 (0.34%) jQuery
8 3 (0.34%) LAPP Stack
8 3 (0.34%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 166 (18.61%) Management Information System
2 76 (8.52%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (7.17%) CESG
4 48 (5.38%) Cyberthreat
4 48 (5.38%) Data Centre
4 48 (5.38%) PKI
5 34 (3.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 26 (2.91%) Computer Science
7 25 (2.80%) Public Cloud
8 20 (2.24%) Cyber Attack
8 20 (2.24%) Security Operations Centre
9 19 (2.13%) Data Protection Act
10 13 (1.46%) Algorithms
11 11 (1.23%) CESG CLAS
11 11 (1.23%) Client/Server
11 11 (1.23%) Private Cloud
12 10 (1.12%) PMI
12 10 (1.12%) Virtual Team
13 9 (1.01%) Mainframe
13 9 (1.01%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 143 (16.03%) Windows
2 130 (14.57%) Linux
3 110 (12.33%) Unix
4 27 (3.03%) Windows Server
5 18 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (1.12%) Solaris
7 9 (1.01%) CentOS
8 6 (0.67%) AIX
8 6 (0.67%) Kali Linux
8 6 (0.67%) Mac OS X
9 5 (0.56%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.56%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.45%) HPUX
10 4 (0.45%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 3 (0.34%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.22%) Android
12 2 (0.22%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 487 (54.60%) Information Security
2 290 (32.51%) Cybersecurity
3 197 (22.09%) SIEM
4 175 (19.62%) Risk Management
5 159 (17.83%) ITIL
6 127 (14.24%) Vulnerability Management
7 126 (14.13%) Security Operations
8 107 (12.00%) Security Architecture
9 104 (11.66%) Penetration Testing
10 92 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
11 90 (10.09%) Project Management
12 85 (9.53%) Agile Software Development
13 81 (9.08%) Security Management
14 80 (8.97%) Data Protection
15 74 (8.30%) PRINCE2
15 74 (8.30%) SDLC
16 65 (7.29%) Incident Management
17 64 (7.17%) Risk Assessment
18 57 (6.39%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 56 (6.28%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (4.48%) Python
2 34 (3.81%) Java
3 33 (3.70%) Perl
4 29 (3.25%) SQL
5 28 (3.14%) Bash Shell
6 19 (2.13%) PowerShell
7 11 (1.23%) Ruby
8 8 (0.90%) JavaScript
9 5 (0.56%) Dart
9 5 (0.56%) VBScript
10 4 (0.45%) C
10 4 (0.45%) C++
11 3 (0.34%) C-shell
11 3 (0.34%) Korn
12 2 (0.22%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.11%) C#
13 1 (0.11%) COBOL
13 1 (0.11%) ECMAScript
13 1 (0.11%) PHP
Qualifications
1 450 (50.45%) CISM
2 171 (19.17%) CISA
3 153 (17.15%) Degree
4 136 (15.25%) Cisco Certification
5 121 (13.57%) Security Cleared
6 109 (12.22%) CEH
7 96 (10.76%) SANS
8 81 (9.08%) CRISC
9 68 (7.62%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 68 (7.62%) SC Cleared
10 61 (6.84%) CESG Certified Professional
11 50 (5.61%) SSCP
12 40 (4.48%) CCNP
12 40 (4.48%) CCSP
12 40 (4.48%) ISSAP
13 39 (4.37%) GIAC
14 38 (4.26%) CLAS
15 34 (3.81%) Microsoft Certification
16 31 (3.48%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
17 30 (3.36%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 306 (34.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 180 (20.18%) PCI DSS
3 112 (12.56%) COBIT
4 86 (9.64%) GDPR
5 47 (5.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 32 (3.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 24 (2.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 18 (2.02%) QA
9 12 (1.35%) JSP 440
10 11 (1.23%) Cyber Essentials
10 11 (1.23%) ISO 22301
11 10 (1.12%) RMADS
12 9 (1.01%) PA-DSS
12 9 (1.01%) SLA
13 8 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
14 7 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 6 (0.67%) NIST 800
16 5 (0.56%) FIPS 140-2
17 4 (0.45%) COSO
17 4 (0.45%) SAS 70
System Software
1 60 (6.73%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.90%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.67%) BitLocker
4 6 (0.67%) Docker
4 6 (0.67%) vSphere
5 3 (0.34%) Apache Flume
5 3 (0.34%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.22%) IAG
6 2 (0.22%) ProxySG
6 2 (0.22%) Snort
6 2 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.11%) HDFS
7 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.11%) Sendmail
7 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.11%) XenApp
7 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 27 (3.03%) Nessus
2 22 (2.47%) QRadar
3 20 (2.24%) Ansible
4 19 (2.13%) Puppet
5 16 (1.79%) Nmap
6 14 (1.57%) Norton AntiVirus
7 13 (1.46%) CSIRT
7 13 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (1.01%) Nexpose
8 9 (1.01%) SCCM
8 9 (1.01%) Terraform
9 7 (0.78%) FortiGate
9 7 (0.78%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 7 (0.78%) Packer
10 5 (0.56%) BladeLogic
10 5 (0.56%) Kibana
10 5 (0.56%) logstash
10 5 (0.56%) OSSEC
11 4 (0.45%) SCOM
11 4 (0.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 80 (8.97%) Microsoft
2 72 (8.07%) Splunk
3 71 (7.96%) Cisco
4 52 (5.83%) McAfee
5 49 (5.49%) Qualys
6 36 (4.04%) ArcSight
7 27 (3.03%) Symantec
8 25 (2.80%) CheckPoint
8 25 (2.80%) Red Hat
9 24 (2.69%) Citrix
10 23 (2.58%) VMware
11 22 (2.47%) Oracle
12 21 (2.35%) HP
13 19 (2.13%) LogRhythm
14 18 (2.02%) Juniper
15 17 (1.91%) Intel
15 17 (1.91%) Palo Alto
16 15 (1.68%) Blue Coat
17 14 (1.57%) Apple
17 14 (1.57%) Tripwire