Period
to 18 January 2018

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 18 January 2018 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 264 269 268
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 +32
Contract jobs citing CISSP 969 935 986
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 0.96% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.11% 4.71% 4.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 554 614 672
UK median daily rate £513 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £375 £338 £350
90th Percentile £675 £688 £652
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £451
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.26% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 10
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £48.10 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.10% -3.81% +16.28%
10th Percentile £23.50 £39.25 £44.60
90th Percentile £32.90 £73.75 £55.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £47.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year -48.94% -6.00% +10.50%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 2018.

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 18 January 2018.

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 18 January 2018. 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 -4 887 £513 +5.13% 277
UK excluding London +19 558 £500 +5.26% 151
London -22 384 £538 +7.50% 132
South East -21 173 £475 -5.00% 45
North of England +6 116 £530 -2.53% 40
South West +9 89 £500 +11.11% 15
East of England +15 80 £500 +37.93% 14
North West -37 69 £530 -3.64% 23
Yorkshire +45 46 £525 +5.00% 9
Scotland +7 45 £438 -16.67% 5
Midlands +21 42 £475 +5.56% 30
West Midlands +20 30 £475 +11.76% 18
Wales +4 18 £575 +15.00% 1
East Midlands +10 11 £450 +9.09% 11
North East +47 4 £700 +40.00% 8

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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.

1 551 (56.86%) Information Security
2 483 (49.85%) CISM
3 343 (35.40%) Cybersecurity
4 330 (34.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 232 (23.94%) Risk Management
6 216 (22.29%) SIEM
7 207 (21.36%) Management Information System
8 204 (21.05%) CISA
9 202 (20.85%) Finance
10 200 (20.64%) Firewall
11 198 (20.43%) PCI DSS
12 193 (19.92%) Degree
13 177 (18.27%) ITIL
14 166 (17.13%) Security Operations
15 157 (16.20%) Security Architecture
16 156 (16.10%) GDPR
17 150 (15.48%) Cisco Certification
18 145 (14.96%) Windows
19 140 (14.45%) Vulnerability Management
20 137 (14.14%) Security Cleared
20 137 (14.14%) Penetration Testing
21 131 (13.52%) Data Protection
22 128 (13.21%) CEH
23 117 (12.07%) COBIT
24 113 (11.66%) Agile Software Development
25 111 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
26 108 (11.15%) Linux
27 106 (10.94%) Project Management
28 102 (10.53%) Unix
29 101 (10.42%) 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 15 (1.55%) IIS
2 9 (0.93%) Apache Spark
3 6 (0.62%) Apache
3 6 (0.62%) ArcGIS
3 6 (0.62%) JBoss
3 6 (0.62%) nginx
3 6 (0.62%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.52%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (0.41%) Drupal
5 4 (0.41%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.41%) WordPress
6 3 (0.31%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.10%) CMS
8 1 (0.10%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.10%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.10%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (1.24%) Microsoft Office
1 12 (1.24%) MS Visio
2 9 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.10%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 84 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
2 78 (8.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 39 (4.02%) IaaS
4 34 (3.51%) PaaS
5 30 (3.10%) SaaS
6 28 (2.89%) Cloud Computing
7 23 (2.37%) Office 365
8 12 (1.24%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.31%) Akamai
9 3 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.10%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.10%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 200 (20.64%) Firewall
2 90 (9.29%) Network Security
3 76 (7.84%) Intrusion Detection
4 43 (4.44%) Internet
5 38 (3.92%) TCP/IP
6 37 (3.82%) SAN
7 35 (3.61%) WAN
8 33 (3.41%) VPN
9 31 (3.20%) MPLS
9 31 (3.20%) SSL
10 29 (2.99%) LAN
11 25 (2.58%) VLAN
12 22 (2.27%) Intranet
13 21 (2.17%) DNS
14 20 (2.06%) OSPF
15 16 (1.65%) BGP
16 13 (1.34%) IPsec
16 13 (1.34%) NAS
17 12 (1.24%) Wireless
18 11 (1.14%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (2.17%) Big Data
2 14 (1.44%) Star Schema
3 9 (0.93%) Parquet
4 7 (0.72%) Hadoop
4 7 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (0.72%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.62%) Apache Hive
5 6 (0.62%) GIS
6 4 (0.41%) Maltego
6 4 (0.41%) MySQL
6 4 (0.41%) RDBMS
6 4 (0.41%) SQL Server
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.31%) Redis
8 1 (0.10%) Blockchain
8 1 (0.10%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (1.55%) JIRA
2 11 (1.14%) Git (software)
3 8 (0.83%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.62%) Maven
4 6 (0.62%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.31%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.21%) FxCop
7 2 (0.21%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.10%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.10%) sqlmap
8 1 (0.10%) Subversion
General
1 202 (20.85%) Finance
2 69 (7.12%) Legal
3 64 (6.60%) Banking
4 58 (5.99%) Telecoms
5 42 (4.33%) Law
6 35 (3.61%) Retail
7 15 (1.55%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.14%) Marketing
8 11 (1.14%) Retail Banking
9 10 (1.03%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.93%) Electronics
11 6 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.52%) Advertising
12 5 (0.52%) Automotive
12 5 (0.52%) Military
12 5 (0.52%) Publishing
13 4 (0.41%) Billing
13 4 (0.41%) International Banking
13 4 (0.41%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.10%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 207 (21.36%) Consultant
2 175 (18.06%) Security Consultant
3 169 (17.44%) Analyst
4 145 (14.96%) Security Analyst
5 137 (14.14%) Architect
6 122 (12.59%) Security Architect
7 108 (11.15%) Security Manager
8 83 (8.57%) Security Engineer
9 82 (8.46%) Security Specialist
10 44 (4.54%) Information Analyst
10 44 (4.54%) Information Security Analyst
11 31 (3.20%) Information Security Consultant
11 31 (3.20%) Project Manager
12 30 (3.10%) Information Manager
12 30 (3.10%) Information Security Manager
12 30 (3.10%) IT Analyst
13 29 (2.99%) IT Manager
14 28 (2.89%) IT Consultant
14 28 (2.89%) IT Security Manager
15 27 (2.79%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (1.96%) Regular Expression
2 9 (0.93%) Grok
2 9 (0.93%) Kafka
2 9 (0.93%) Node.js
2 9 (0.93%) Web Services
3 8 (0.83%) JSON
3 8 (0.83%) ModSecurity
3 8 (0.83%) OAuth
3 8 (0.83%) SailPoint
4 7 (0.72%) SAML
5 6 (0.62%) Middleware
6 4 (0.41%) .NET
6 4 (0.41%) 802.1X
6 4 (0.41%) OAuth2
7 3 (0.31%) ActiveMQ
7 3 (0.31%) JAAS
7 3 (0.31%) Java EE
7 3 (0.31%) JMS
7 3 (0.31%) JMX
7 3 (0.31%) JNDI
Miscellaneous
1 207 (21.36%) Management Information System
2 85 (8.77%) Cyberthreat
3 83 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
4 67 (6.91%) CESG
5 54 (5.57%) PKI
6 49 (5.06%) Data Centre
7 37 (3.82%) Computer Science
8 32 (3.30%) Public Cloud
9 29 (2.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 25 (2.58%) Data Protection Act
10 25 (2.58%) Security Operations Centre
11 24 (2.48%) Cyberattack
12 16 (1.65%) Mobile App
13 14 (1.44%) Algorithms
14 11 (1.14%) Private Cloud
15 10 (1.03%) Client/Server
15 10 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
15 10 (1.03%) Smart Meter
16 9 (0.93%) Cyber Defence
16 9 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 145 (14.96%) Windows
2 108 (11.15%) Linux
3 102 (10.53%) Unix
4 28 (2.89%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.83%) CentOS
7 7 (0.72%) Apple iOS
7 7 (0.72%) Kali Linux
8 6 (0.62%) Mac OS X
8 6 (0.62%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.52%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.41%) HPUX
10 4 (0.41%) Solaris
11 3 (0.31%) Android
12 2 (0.21%) AIX
12 2 (0.21%) VMS
12 2 (0.21%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 551 (56.86%) Information Security
2 343 (35.40%) Cybersecurity
3 232 (23.94%) Risk Management
4 216 (22.29%) SIEM
5 177 (18.27%) ITIL
6 166 (17.13%) Security Operations
7 157 (16.20%) Security Architecture
8 140 (14.45%) Vulnerability Management
9 137 (14.14%) Penetration Testing
10 131 (13.52%) Data Protection
11 113 (11.66%) Agile Software Development
12 111 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
13 106 (10.94%) Project Management
14 101 (10.42%) Security Management
15 79 (8.15%) PRINCE2
16 71 (7.33%) Risk Assessment
17 68 (7.02%) TOGAF
18 62 (6.40%) SDLC
18 62 (6.40%) Service Management
19 61 (6.30%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 46 (4.75%) Python
2 27 (2.79%) Java
3 26 (2.68%) Bash Shell
4 25 (2.58%) PowerShell
4 25 (2.58%) SQL
5 23 (2.37%) Perl
6 20 (2.06%) C
7 11 (1.14%) Ruby
8 8 (0.83%) COBOL
9 6 (0.62%) Dart
10 3 (0.31%) C++
11 1 (0.10%) C#
11 1 (0.10%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 483 (49.85%) CISM
2 204 (21.05%) CISA
3 193 (19.92%) Degree
4 150 (15.48%) Cisco Certification
5 137 (14.14%) Security Cleared
6 128 (13.21%) CEH
7 99 (10.22%) SANS
8 95 (9.80%) SC Cleared
9 74 (7.64%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 74 (7.64%) CRISC
10 61 (6.30%) CESG Certified Professional
11 57 (5.88%) GIAC
12 51 (5.26%) CCNP
13 44 (4.54%) Microsoft Certification
14 40 (4.13%) MCSE
15 39 (4.02%) CCNA
15 39 (4.02%) SSCP
16 36 (3.72%) CCSP
17 35 (3.61%) ISSAP
18 34 (3.51%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 330 (34.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 198 (20.43%) PCI DSS
3 156 (16.10%) GDPR
4 117 (12.07%) COBIT
5 58 (5.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 29 (2.99%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 25 (2.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (1.75%) RMADS
9 14 (1.44%) ISO 22301
9 14 (1.44%) QA
10 12 (1.24%) JSP 440
11 10 (1.03%) NIST 800
12 9 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
12 9 (0.93%) PA-DSS
13 8 (0.83%) CESG Infosec
13 8 (0.83%) ISO 9001
13 8 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 6 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
15 5 (0.52%) FIPS 140-2
15 5 (0.52%) SLA
System Software
1 63 (6.50%) Active Directory
2 18 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.03%) Docker
4 8 (0.83%) vSphere
5 7 (0.72%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.62%) BitLocker
7 4 (0.41%) Snort
7 4 (0.41%) VMware NSX
8 3 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.31%) XenApp
8 3 (0.31%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.21%) IAG
9 2 (0.21%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.10%) vCloud
10 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 26 (2.68%) Ansible
2 20 (2.06%) Norton AntiVirus
3 16 (1.65%) Nessus
4 15 (1.55%) SCCM
5 14 (1.44%) QRadar
6 13 (1.34%) Puppet
7 12 (1.24%) Terraform
8 11 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
9 10 (1.03%) Packer
10 8 (0.83%) CSIRT
10 8 (0.83%) IBM BigFix
10 8 (0.83%) OSSEC
11 7 (0.72%) FortiGate
12 6 (0.62%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 5 (0.52%) CA Single Sign-On
13 5 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
13 5 (0.52%) RSA Archer
14 4 (0.41%) Nmap
14 4 (0.41%) SCOM
14 4 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 84 (8.67%) Microsoft
2 80 (8.26%) Cisco
3 53 (5.47%) Splunk
4 52 (5.37%) McAfee
5 38 (3.92%) Qualys
6 37 (3.82%) ArcSight
7 35 (3.61%) CheckPoint
7 35 (3.61%) Symantec
8 26 (2.68%) Citrix
9 25 (2.58%) VMware
10 24 (2.48%) CyberArk
10 24 (2.48%) HP
11 22 (2.27%) Oracle
12 20 (2.06%) Fortinet
13 19 (1.96%) Juniper
14 16 (1.65%) Red Hat
15 15 (1.55%) Blue Coat
16 13 (1.34%) LogRhythm
16 13 (1.34%) Palo Alto
17 12 (1.24%) Tripwire