Period
to 12 April 2021

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 12 April 2021 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 247 279 307
Rank change year-on-year +32 +28 -37
Contract jobs citing CISSP 504 528 816
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 0.89% 0.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 4.00% 4.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 343 497
10th Percentile £400 £393 £403
25th Percentile £461 £457 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% -
75th Percentile £667 £650 £625
90th Percentile £738 £725 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £550 £514
% change year-on-year -9.09% +7.00% +2.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 2
10th Percentile £29.82 £41.80 £60.28
25th Percentile £37.35 £42.63 £60.38
Median hourly rate £48.00 £44.00 £60.65
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% -27.46% +152.72%
75th Percentile £66.75 £60.75 £60.82
90th Percentile £68.50 £70.80 £60.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £64.00 £44.00 £60.65
% change year-on-year +45.45% -27.46% +152.72%

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 11,062 13,215 18,711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.16% 22.16% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,236 8,524 11,686
10th Percentile £300 £258 £263
25th Percentile £400 £369 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £570 £556
90th Percentile £650 £645 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +6.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 584 534 789
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.75 £12.38
25th Percentile £20.00 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £28.42
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% +5.56% +32.19%
75th Percentile £51.25 £49.42 £46.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £57.50 £52.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.77 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +39.08% -9.09% +22.22%

CISSP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing CISSP.

Daily rate trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing CISSP over the 6 months to 12 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing CISSP.

Hourly rate trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing CISSP over the 6 months to 12 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 16 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 12 April 2021. 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 +45 424 £550 - 122
UK excluding London +46 217 £500 -9.09% 80
London +19 207 £580 +5.45% 51
Work from Home -135 148 £540 +2.86% 24
South East +77 71 £500 -9.09% 19
South West +58 46 £481 -3.85% 10
Midlands +36 36 £550 +4.76% 15
West Midlands +28 33 £600 +20.00% 9
North of England +12 28 £500 -20.00% 21
Scotland +2 19 £575 +21.69% 8
North West +6 16 £500 -20.00% 15
Yorkshire +14 12 £506 -8.00% 6
East of England +16 10 £577 +6.41% 5
Wales +20 6 £600 - 1
East Midlands +22 3 £425 -35.85% 5
Channel Islands - 1 £550 -

For the 6 months to 12 April 2021, 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.

1 292 (57.94%) Information Security
2 276 (54.76%) CISM
3 245 (48.61%) Cybersecurity
4 159 (31.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 142 (28.17%) Risk Management
6 123 (24.40%) Security Cleared
7 114 (22.62%) Finance
8 109 (21.63%) Security Architecture
9 107 (21.23%) Azure
10 102 (20.24%) Management Information System
10 102 (20.24%) NIST
11 90 (17.86%) Degree
12 87 (17.26%) CISA
13 84 (16.67%) AWS
14 83 (16.47%) Security Management
15 82 (16.27%) SIEM
16 79 (15.67%) SC Cleared
17 76 (15.08%) CESG Certified Professional
18 74 (14.68%) Cisco Certification
19 73 (14.48%) CRISC
20 72 (14.29%) Network Security
21 67 (13.29%) Firewall
22 65 (12.90%) Microsoft
23 60 (11.90%) Windows
24 59 (11.71%) TOGAF
24 59 (11.71%) Information Assurance
25 57 (11.31%) NCSC
26 55 (10.91%) SABSA
27 53 (10.52%) GIAC
28 51 (10.12%) Information Security Management

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 10 (1.98%) SharePoint
2 5 (0.99%) Confluence
2 5 (0.99%) IIS
3 3 (0.60%) SAS
4 2 (0.40%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.40%) Moodle
5 1 (0.20%) Apache
5 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.20%) CMS
5 1 (0.20%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (1.79%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.79%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.40%) Relativity
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) iTrent
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.20%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 107 (21.23%) Azure
2 84 (16.67%) AWS
3 44 (8.73%) GCP
4 37 (7.34%) Microsoft 365
5 33 (6.55%) SaaS
6 24 (4.76%) Cloud Computing
7 22 (4.37%) IaaS
7 22 (4.37%) PaaS
8 9 (1.79%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (0.99%) Amazon S3
9 5 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.79%) CloudFront
10 4 (0.79%) Serverless
11 3 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.60%) Amazon GuardDuty
11 3 (0.60%) Route 53
11 3 (0.60%) SuccessFactors
12 2 (0.40%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 72 (14.29%) Network Security
2 67 (13.29%) Firewall
3 24 (4.76%) Internet
4 22 (4.37%) Intrusion Detection
4 22 (4.37%) WAN
5 20 (3.97%) VPN
6 15 (2.98%) LAN
7 10 (1.98%) TCP/IP
7 10 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
8 8 (1.59%) BGP
8 8 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
8 8 (1.59%) DNS
8 8 (1.59%) SD-WAN
9 7 (1.39%) Wireless
9 7 (1.39%) WLAN
10 6 (1.19%) SSL
11 5 (0.99%) Cisco Firepower
11 5 (0.99%) Cisco IPT
11 5 (0.99%) DHCP
11 5 (0.99%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.19%) Big Data
2 2 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (0.40%) NoSQL
2 2 (0.40%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.20%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (0.20%) BigQuery
3 1 (0.20%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.20%) Looker
3 1 (0.20%) MySQL
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.20%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.20%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 10 (1.98%) Burp Suite
2 8 (1.59%) JIRA
3 5 (0.99%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.79%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.60%) GitLab
5 3 (0.60%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.20%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.20%) Metasploit
General
1 114 (22.62%) Finance
2 43 (8.53%) Public Sector
3 39 (7.74%) Legal
4 26 (5.16%) Banking
5 17 (3.37%) Telecoms
6 13 (2.58%) Law
7 12 (2.38%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.79%) Marketing
9 7 (1.39%) Electronics
9 7 (1.39%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.99%) Local Government
10 5 (0.99%) Retail
11 3 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.60%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.40%) Advertising
12 2 (0.40%) Automotive
12 2 (0.40%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.20%) International Banking
13 1 (0.20%) Japanese Language
13 1 (0.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 123 (24.40%) Consultant
2 120 (23.81%) Architect
3 109 (21.63%) Security Architect
4 102 (20.24%) Security Consultant
5 52 (10.32%) Analyst
6 50 (9.92%) Security Manager
7 41 (8.13%) Information Security Consultant
8 39 (7.74%) Security Analyst
9 30 (5.95%) Security Engineer
10 24 (4.76%) Cloud Architect
11 23 (4.56%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 18 (3.57%) Information Analyst
12 18 (3.57%) Information Security Analyst
13 17 (3.37%) Security Specialist
14 15 (2.98%) Cybersecurity Manager
15 14 (2.78%) Enterprise Security Architect
16 13 (2.58%) Enterprise Architect
16 13 (2.58%) Information Manager
16 13 (2.58%) Information Security Architect
16 13 (2.58%) IT Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (2.38%) ModSecurity
2 11 (2.18%) Regular Expression
3 9 (1.79%) JSON
3 9 (1.79%) OAuth
3 9 (1.79%) Web Services
4 7 (1.39%) SailPoint
5 5 (0.99%) LDAP
5 5 (0.99%) SAML
6 4 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (0.79%) RESTful
7 3 (0.60%) HTML
7 3 (0.60%) Middleware
7 3 (0.60%) SOAP
7 3 (0.60%) XML
8 2 (0.40%) REST
8 2 (0.40%) YAML
9 1 (0.20%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.20%) COM
9 1 (0.20%) OpenID
9 1 (0.20%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 102 (20.24%) Management Information System
2 37 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.96%) Data Centre
4 21 (4.17%) Cyberthreat
5 14 (2.78%) Public Cloud
6 12 (2.38%) Cloud Native
7 9 (1.79%) PKI
7 9 (1.79%) Security Operations Centre
7 9 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (1.59%) Cyber Defence
9 7 (1.39%) Cyberattack
10 6 (1.19%) Data Protection Act
10 6 (1.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 5 (0.99%) CESG
11 5 (0.99%) NHS
12 4 (0.79%) Freedom of Information
12 4 (0.79%) Freedom of Information Act
13 3 (0.60%) CMDB
13 3 (0.60%) Embedded Systems
13 3 (0.60%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 60 (11.90%) Windows
2 44 (8.73%) Linux
3 35 (6.94%) Unix
4 13 (2.58%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.79%) Kali Linux
6 7 (1.39%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.79%) AIX
8 3 (0.60%) Android
8 3 (0.60%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.40%) Solaris
9 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.40%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.20%) Check Point GAiA
10 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.20%) MVS
10 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.20%) SUSE
10 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 292 (57.94%) Information Security
2 245 (48.61%) Cybersecurity
3 142 (28.17%) Risk Management
4 109 (21.63%) Security Architecture
5 83 (16.47%) Security Management
6 82 (16.27%) SIEM
7 59 (11.71%) Information Assurance
7 59 (11.71%) TOGAF
8 55 (10.91%) SABSA
9 51 (10.12%) Information Security Management
10 48 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
11 45 (8.93%) Security Operations
12 44 (8.73%) DevOps
13 43 (8.53%) ITIL
13 43 (8.53%) Risk Assessment
13 43 (8.53%) Vulnerability Management
14 42 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
15 40 (7.94%) Identity Access Management
16 34 (6.75%) Data Protection
16 34 (6.75%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (3.77%) Python
2 12 (2.38%) SQL
3 11 (2.18%) Java
4 10 (1.98%) PowerShell
5 9 (1.79%) JavaScript
6 7 (1.39%) Ruby
7 6 (1.19%) Go
8 4 (0.79%) Bash Shell
8 4 (0.79%) PHP
9 3 (0.60%) Groovy
9 3 (0.60%) Scala
9 3 (0.60%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.40%) C
Qualifications
1 276 (54.76%) CISM
2 123 (24.40%) Security Cleared
3 90 (17.86%) Degree
4 87 (17.26%) CISA
5 79 (15.67%) SC Cleared
6 76 (15.08%) CESG Certified Professional
7 74 (14.68%) Cisco Certification
8 73 (14.48%) CRISC
9 53 (10.52%) GIAC
10 39 (7.74%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 36 (7.14%) CEH
12 28 (5.56%) SANS
13 25 (4.96%) CCNP
13 25 (4.96%) DV Cleared
14 23 (4.56%) CCSP
14 23 (4.56%) CREST Certified
15 22 (4.37%) GCIH
16 19 (3.77%) Computer Science Degree
17 17 (3.37%) CCNA
17 17 (3.37%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (31.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 102 (20.24%) NIST
3 57 (11.31%) NCSC
4 47 (9.33%) GDPR
5 46 (9.13%) COBIT
6 44 (8.73%) PCI DSS
7 30 (5.95%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 28 (5.56%) Cyber Essentials
9 27 (5.36%) NIST 800
10 24 (4.76%) GRC
11 21 (4.17%) JSP 440
11 21 (4.17%) RMADS
12 20 (3.97%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 15 (2.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 10 (1.98%) QA
15 7 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 6 (1.19%) ISO 31000
17 5 (0.99%) HIPAA
17 5 (0.99%) ISAE 3402
17 5 (0.99%) SOC 2
System Software
1 31 (6.15%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (1.39%) BitLocker
4 6 (1.19%) Docker
4 6 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.60%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.40%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.40%) Terminal Server
6 2 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.20%) XenApp
7 1 (0.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (2.58%) Nessus
2 12 (2.38%) Ansible
3 10 (1.98%) Kubernetes
4 9 (1.79%) Terraform
5 7 (1.39%) EnCase
5 7 (1.39%) FTK
5 7 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
6 5 (0.99%) CASB
6 5 (0.99%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (0.79%) QRadar
7 4 (0.79%) SolarWinds Orion
8 3 (0.60%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 3 (0.60%) Demisto
8 3 (0.60%) IBM Guardium
8 3 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.60%) SCCM
8 3 (0.60%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 2 (0.40%) CSIRT
9 2 (0.40%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (0.40%) SCOM
Vendors
1 65 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 33 (6.55%) Cisco
2 33 (6.55%) Google
3 25 (4.96%) Splunk
4 21 (4.17%) Palo Alto
5 18 (3.57%) VMware
6 16 (3.17%) Oracle
7 12 (2.38%) ArcSight
7 12 (2.38%) SAP
8 10 (1.98%) Citrix
8 10 (1.98%) Fortinet
8 10 (1.98%) IBM
9 9 (1.79%) F5
10 8 (1.59%) LogRhythm
10 8 (1.59%) ServiceNow
10 8 (1.59%) SolarWinds
11 7 (1.39%) Arista
11 7 (1.39%) Cellebrite
11 7 (1.39%) CheckPoint
11 7 (1.39%) CyberArk