Period
to 24 April 2019

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 24 April 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.

(ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC2 CISSP)
UK
6 months to
24 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 299 261 303
Rank change year-on-year -38 +42 -58
Contract jobs citing CISSP 808 1,017 738
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.85% 1.01% 0.81%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.38% 5.25% 3.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 616 489
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.53% -3.55%
10th Percentile £404 £385 £356
90th Percentile £725 £700 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £500 £468
% change year-on-year +2.55% +6.95% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 10
UK median hourly rate £60.44 - £60.87
10th Percentile £35.00 - £45.95
90th Percentile £60.87 - £69.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.72 - £60.87

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 18,460 19,368 18,678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.41% 19.16% 20.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,143 11,643 11,825
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +5.45% +3.13% +3.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 838 860 911
UK median hourly rate £33.40 £23.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.63% -20.83% +3.45%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.67 £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -16.67% -7.69%

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 24 April 2019.

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 24 April 2019.

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 24 April 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
England -46 730 £525 - 85
UK excluding London -43 467 £513 +2.55% 56
London -24 332 £564 +2.50% 32
South East +39 162 £500 -9.09% 15
North of England -38 86 £510 +2.00% 8
South West -40 67 £490 +3.16% 9
North West -19 47 £500 - 6
Scotland +5 44 £525 +10.53%
Midlands -43 41 £600 +20.00% 10
East of England +5 40 £513 -2.38% 11
Yorkshire -27 35 £510 +7.37% 2
West Midlands -30 34 £618 +26.67% 10
Wales +3 27 £500 -9.09% 3
East Midlands -13 7 £600 +9.09%
North East +1 4 £605 -3.20%

For the 6 months to 24 April 2019, IT contractor jobs citing CISSP 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 with a requirement for CISSP.

1 475 (58.79%) CISM
2 445 (55.07%) Information Security
3 289 (35.77%) Cybersecurity
4 238 (29.46%) CISA
4 238 (29.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 222 (27.48%) Finance
6 177 (21.91%) Risk Management
7 172 (21.29%) Security Architecture
8 163 (20.17%) Management Information System
9 147 (18.19%) Firewall
10 140 (17.33%) Microsoft Azure
11 138 (17.08%) Amazon AWS
12 130 (16.09%) Security Cleared
13 127 (15.72%) Degree
14 125 (15.47%) SIEM
15 117 (14.48%) Security Operations
16 115 (14.23%) TOGAF
17 113 (13.99%) Penetration Testing
17 113 (13.99%) PCI DSS
18 108 (13.37%) CRISC
19 104 (12.87%) Cisco Certification
20 99 (12.25%) Security Management
21 96 (11.88%) Agile Software Development
21 96 (11.88%) GDPR
22 93 (11.51%) Vulnerability Management
22 93 (11.51%) ITIL
23 91 (11.26%) CEH
24 89 (11.01%) Microsoft
25 87 (10.77%) Windows
26 79 (9.78%) Network Security

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 14 (1.73%) IIS
2 9 (1.11%) OpenStack
3 6 (0.74%) SharePoint
4 3 (0.37%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.25%) Apache
5 2 (0.25%) Confluence
6 1 (0.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.12%) JBoss
6 1 (0.12%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.12%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.12%) WebLogic
Applications
1 13 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.12%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 3 (0.37%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 140 (17.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 138 (17.08%) Amazon AWS
3 51 (6.31%) Google Cloud Platform
4 33 (4.08%) IaaS
5 31 (3.84%) SaaS
6 29 (3.59%) PaaS
7 26 (3.22%) Office 365
8 14 (1.73%) Azure Active Directory
9 12 (1.49%) Serverless
10 8 (0.99%) Mimecast
11 6 (0.74%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.74%) Sumo Logic
11 6 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.50%) Amazon Kinesis
12 4 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
12 4 (0.50%) GitHub
13 2 (0.25%) Azure Data Factory
13 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 147 (18.19%) Firewall
2 79 (9.78%) Network Security
3 47 (5.82%) VPN
4 40 (4.95%) Intrusion Detection
5 33 (4.08%) WAN
6 31 (3.84%) Internet
7 30 (3.71%) LAN
8 27 (3.34%) TCP/IP
9 19 (2.35%) VLAN
10 12 (1.49%) Cisco ASA
11 10 (1.24%) BGP
11 10 (1.24%) OSPF
11 10 (1.24%) SAN
11 10 (1.24%) VoIP
12 9 (1.11%) DNS
13 8 (0.99%) IPsec
13 8 (0.99%) MPLS
13 8 (0.99%) NX-OS
14 7 (0.87%) Multicast
14 7 (0.87%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (1.73%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.36%) Big Data
3 8 (0.99%) GIS
3 8 (0.99%) Relational Database
4 6 (0.74%) Hadoop
5 5 (0.62%) Data Lake
6 4 (0.50%) Amazon Athena
6 4 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (0.50%) Amazon Redshift
6 4 (0.50%) MySQL
6 4 (0.50%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.37%) ArangoDB
7 3 (0.37%) EDRMS
7 3 (0.37%) Neo4j
8 2 (0.25%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.12%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (1.86%) JIRA
2 11 (1.36%) Burp Suite
3 9 (1.11%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.11%) SonarQube
3 9 (1.11%) Visual Studio
4 8 (0.99%) Metasploit
5 6 (0.74%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.25%) Android Studio
6 2 (0.25%) AppScan
6 2 (0.25%) GCC
6 2 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.25%) Xcode
7 1 (0.12%) Hudson
7 1 (0.12%) MSI
7 1 (0.12%) sqlmap
7 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 222 (27.48%) Finance
2 64 (7.92%) Legal
3 55 (6.81%) Banking
4 39 (4.83%) Telecoms
5 34 (4.21%) Retail
6 33 (4.08%) Law
7 21 (2.60%) Financial Institution
8 18 (2.23%) Back Office
9 16 (1.98%) Investment Banking
10 12 (1.49%) German Language
11 10 (1.24%) French Language
12 9 (1.11%) Military
13 6 (0.74%) Electronics
14 5 (0.62%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.62%) Marketing
15 3 (0.37%) Billing
15 3 (0.37%) International Banking
15 3 (0.37%) Multimedia
16 2 (0.25%) Local Government
17 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 201 (24.88%) Architect
2 183 (22.65%) Security Architect
3 159 (19.68%) Consultant
4 137 (16.96%) Security Consultant
5 96 (11.88%) Analyst
6 81 (10.02%) Security Analyst
7 75 (9.28%) Security Manager
8 65 (8.04%) Security Engineer
9 53 (6.56%) Information Security Consultant
10 44 (5.45%) Security Specialist
11 41 (5.07%) Cloud Architect
12 28 (3.47%) Project Manager
13 27 (3.34%) Information Security Manager
14 26 (3.22%) Information Manager
15 25 (3.09%) Solutions Architect
16 23 (2.85%) CISSP Architect
16 23 (2.85%) Cybersecurity Consultant
16 23 (2.85%) Head of Security
17 20 (2.48%) Azure Architect
17 20 (2.48%) Cybersecurity Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (5.45%) Web Services
2 15 (1.86%) OAuth
2 15 (1.86%) OpenID
3 12 (1.49%) SAML
4 9 (1.11%) ISPF
4 9 (1.11%) Middleware
5 8 (0.99%) HTML
5 8 (0.99%) LDAP
6 6 (0.74%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (0.74%) JSON
7 5 (0.62%) CSS
7 5 (0.62%) SailPoint
8 4 (0.50%) .NET
8 4 (0.50%) REST
9 3 (0.37%) Kafka
9 3 (0.37%) OAuth2
10 2 (0.25%) LAMP
10 2 (0.25%) SOAP
10 2 (0.25%) Spring Boot
11 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 163 (20.17%) Management Information System
2 69 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (4.70%) PKI
4 36 (4.46%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 27 (3.34%) Public Cloud
6 23 (2.85%) Cyberthreat
6 23 (2.85%) Security Operations Centre
7 21 (2.60%) CESG
7 21 (2.60%) Data Centre
8 15 (1.86%) Self-Motivation
9 13 (1.61%) Mainframe
10 12 (1.49%) Cyberattack
10 12 (1.49%) Virtual Team
11 11 (1.36%) Cybercrime
12 10 (1.24%) Fintech
13 9 (1.11%) Data Protection Act
13 9 (1.11%) Driving Licence
13 9 (1.11%) Mobile App
14 8 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 87 (10.77%) Windows
2 62 (7.67%) Linux
3 34 (4.21%) Unix
4 22 (2.72%) Windows Server
5 11 (1.36%) Solaris
6 10 (1.24%) zOS
7 8 (0.99%) Android
7 8 (0.99%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.62%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.12%) AIX
11 1 (0.12%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (55.07%) Information Security
2 289 (35.77%) Cybersecurity
3 177 (21.91%) Risk Management
4 172 (21.29%) Security Architecture
5 125 (15.47%) SIEM
6 117 (14.48%) Security Operations
7 115 (14.23%) TOGAF
8 113 (13.99%) Penetration Testing
9 99 (12.25%) Security Management
10 96 (11.88%) Agile Software Development
11 93 (11.51%) ITIL
11 93 (11.51%) Vulnerability Management
12 76 (9.41%) DevOps
12 76 (9.41%) Identity Access Management
13 75 (9.28%) Stakeholder Management
14 71 (8.79%) SABSA
15 66 (8.17%) Risk Assessment
16 62 (7.67%) Data Protection
17 59 (7.30%) Information Security Management
18 57 (7.05%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 45 (5.57%) Python
2 44 (5.45%) Java
3 22 (2.72%) Bash Shell
4 21 (2.60%) Perl
5 18 (2.23%) PowerShell
6 15 (1.86%) C#
7 12 (1.49%) JavaScript
7 12 (1.49%) SQL
8 11 (1.36%) C
9 10 (1.24%) JCL
9 10 (1.24%) REXX
10 6 (0.74%) Ruby
11 5 (0.62%) C++
12 4 (0.50%) Apple Swift
12 4 (0.50%) Go
13 3 (0.37%) Kotlin
13 3 (0.37%) Objective-C
13 3 (0.37%) PHP
14 1 (0.12%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 475 (58.79%) CISM
2 238 (29.46%) CISA
3 130 (16.09%) Security Cleared
4 127 (15.72%) Degree
5 108 (13.37%) CRISC
6 104 (12.87%) Cisco Certification
7 91 (11.26%) CEH
8 77 (9.53%) GIAC
9 76 (9.41%) SC Cleared
10 73 (9.03%) SANS
11 51 (6.31%) CESG Certified Professional
12 48 (5.94%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 44 (5.45%) DV Cleared
14 39 (4.83%) ISSAP
15 34 (4.21%) Microsoft Certification
16 32 (3.96%) CISMP
17 31 (3.84%) CCNP
18 30 (3.71%) CREST Certified
18 30 (3.71%) SSCP
19 26 (3.22%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 238 (29.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 113 (13.99%) PCI DSS
3 96 (11.88%) GDPR
4 55 (6.81%) COBIT
5 47 (5.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 39 (4.83%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 26 (3.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 22 (2.72%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 18 (2.23%) HIPAA
10 14 (1.73%) Cyber Essentials
11 12 (1.49%) JSP 440
11 12 (1.49%) RMADS
12 11 (1.36%) ISAE 3402
12 11 (1.36%) ISO 9001
13 8 (0.99%) ISO 22301
13 8 (0.99%) QA
14 7 (0.87%) ISO 31000
15 6 (0.74%) COSO
15 6 (0.74%) FedRAMP
16 4 (0.50%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 36 (4.46%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.24%) ACF2
2 10 (1.24%) RACF
3 7 (0.87%) ISA Server
4 5 (0.62%) Docker
4 5 (0.62%) NDS
5 4 (0.50%) ProxySG
6 3 (0.37%) vSphere
7 2 (0.25%) Sendmail
7 2 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.12%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.12%) XenApp
8 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.12%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 23 (2.85%) Nessus
1 23 (2.85%) QRadar
2 18 (2.23%) Kubernetes
3 17 (2.10%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 15 (1.86%) CSIRT
5 10 (1.24%) Norton AntiVirus
5 10 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
5 10 (1.24%) Terraform
6 9 (1.11%) Istio
7 8 (0.99%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 8 (0.99%) Microsoft Intune
7 8 (0.99%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 7 (0.87%) Ansible
8 7 (0.87%) IBM Guardium
8 7 (0.87%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 6 (0.74%) Cisco CUCM
9 6 (0.74%) EnCase
9 6 (0.74%) FTK
9 6 (0.74%) Puppet
10 5 (0.62%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 89 (11.01%) Microsoft
2 58 (7.18%) Splunk
3 39 (4.83%) McAfee
4 37 (4.58%) Cisco
5 36 (4.46%) Google
6 31 (3.84%) CheckPoint
6 31 (3.84%) IBM
7 30 (3.71%) Oracle
8 25 (3.09%) Qualys
8 25 (3.09%) Tripwire
9 20 (2.48%) CyberArk
10 19 (2.35%) AlienVault
10 19 (2.35%) Fortinet
11 18 (2.23%) ArcSight
12 17 (2.10%) F5
12 17 (2.10%) Symantec
13 16 (1.98%) LogRhythm
14 15 (1.86%) Palo Alto
15 13 (1.61%) SAP
16 12 (1.49%) ForgeRock