Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 241 280 293
Rank change year-on-year +39 +13 -25
Contract jobs citing CISSP 432 624 875
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.04% 0.87% 0.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 4.07% 4.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 451 583
Median daily rate £525 £550 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.55% +2.33% +4.88%
10th Percentile £375 £375 £380
90th Percentile £705 £725 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £481 £525 £525
% change year-on-year -8.43% - +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 3 0
Median hourly rate £44.00 £44.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £68.00 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year +54.55% - -

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 9,480 15,323 18,980
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.86% 21.37% 19.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,185 9,884 11,658
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £276 £256 £256
90th Percentile £648 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 654 838
Median hourly rate £40.00 £33.00 £25.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.21% +30.81% +12.12%
10th Percentile £15.03 £14.16 £12.53
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.83 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +26.08% +13.21% +6.04%

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 19 January 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 19 January 2021.

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 January 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 +66 380 £513 -6.82% 140
UK excluding London +82 209 £481 -8.43% 102
London +36 175 £564 +2.50% 47
Work from Home -105 110 £535 -2.73% 20
South East +105 70 £500 - 34
South West +98 65 £473 -7.80% 9
Midlands +32 21 £525 - 15
North of England +31 20 £463 -15.91% 23
Scotland +26 19 £600 +30.08% 7
West Midlands +32 18 £550 +4.76% 11
North West +46 11 £463 -11.90% 16
East of England +45 10 £575 +2.68% 11
Yorkshire +23 9 £462 -16.09% 2
Wales +21 4 £350 -12.77% 1
East Midlands +31 3 £400 -20.00% 3

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 251 (58.10%) Information Security
2 231 (53.47%) CISM
3 194 (44.91%) Cybersecurity
4 158 (36.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 142 (32.87%) Security Cleared
6 108 (25.00%) Risk Management
7 96 (22.22%) SC Cleared
8 94 (21.76%) Management Information System
9 91 (21.06%) NIST
10 90 (20.83%) Cisco Certification
11 82 (18.98%) Security Architecture
12 78 (18.06%) Azure
12 78 (18.06%) CESG Certified Professional
13 74 (17.13%) CISA
14 73 (16.90%) NCSC
15 71 (16.44%) Degree
16 67 (15.51%) SIEM
17 66 (15.28%) Finance
18 61 (14.12%) AWS
19 60 (13.89%) Firewall
20 59 (13.66%) CRISC
21 57 (13.19%) Security Operations
22 55 (12.73%) Security Management
23 54 (12.50%) Network Security
24 53 (12.27%) Information Assurance
24 53 (12.27%) Vulnerability Management
25 50 (11.57%) Microsoft
26 47 (10.88%) ITIL
26 47 (10.88%) Risk Assessment
26 47 (10.88%) TOGAF

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 9 (2.08%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.39%) IIS
2 6 (1.39%) Skype for Business
3 3 (0.69%) Moodle
4 2 (0.46%) Apache
4 2 (0.46%) Confluence
4 2 (0.46%) SAS
4 2 (0.46%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.46%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.23%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (1.16%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.46%) Relativity
1 2 (0.46%) Sentinel
1 2 (0.46%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.23%) Oracle Payroll
2 1 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 78 (18.06%) Azure
2 61 (14.12%) AWS
3 27 (6.25%) Office 365
4 24 (5.56%) SaaS
5 23 (5.32%) PaaS
6 22 (5.09%) IaaS
7 17 (3.94%) GCP
8 15 (3.47%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (2.08%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.93%) Route 53
11 3 (0.69%) Power Automate
12 2 (0.46%) Amazon EKS
12 2 (0.46%) Serverless
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.23%) Azure Stack
13 1 (0.23%) BPaaS
13 1 (0.23%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.23%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 60 (13.89%) Firewall
2 54 (12.50%) Network Security
3 26 (6.02%) Intrusion Detection
4 19 (4.40%) VPN
5 18 (4.17%) WAN
6 11 (2.55%) LAN
7 10 (2.31%) Internet
7 10 (2.31%) Wi-Fi
8 9 (2.08%) DNS
9 8 (1.85%) TCP/IP
10 6 (1.39%) BGP
10 6 (1.39%) Skype
10 6 (1.39%) Wireless
11 5 (1.16%) Cisco IPT
11 5 (1.16%) DMZ
11 5 (1.16%) IPsec
11 5 (1.16%) Reverse Proxy
11 5 (1.16%) SSL
11 5 (1.16%) Unified Communications
12 4 (0.93%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.46%) Big Data
1 2 (0.46%) MySQL
1 2 (0.46%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.23%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.23%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.23%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 8 (1.85%) Burp Suite
2 6 (1.39%) SonarQube
3 3 (0.69%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.69%) GitLab
3 3 (0.69%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.46%) Hudson
4 2 (0.46%) JIRA
5 1 (0.23%) Bitbucket
General
1 66 (15.28%) Finance
2 47 (10.88%) Public Sector
3 30 (6.94%) Legal
4 19 (4.40%) Banking
5 11 (2.55%) Telecoms
6 9 (2.08%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.62%) Law
7 7 (1.62%) Marketing
8 4 (0.93%) Electronics
8 4 (0.93%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.69%) Automotive
9 3 (0.69%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.69%) Retail
10 2 (0.46%) Local Government
11 1 (0.23%) Military
11 1 (0.23%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 116 (26.85%) Consultant
2 99 (22.92%) Security Consultant
3 97 (22.45%) Architect
4 78 (18.06%) Security Architect
5 52 (12.04%) Analyst
6 37 (8.56%) Information Security Consultant
7 34 (7.87%) Security Analyst
8 33 (7.64%) Security Manager
9 31 (7.18%) Security Engineer
10 23 (5.32%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 19 (4.40%) Cloud Architect
12 18 (4.17%) Security Specialist
13 13 (3.01%) Enterprise Architect
13 13 (3.01%) Enterprise Security Architect
13 13 (3.01%) Information Analyst
14 12 (2.78%) Coordinator
14 12 (2.78%) Cybersecurity Analyst
14 12 (2.78%) Cybersecurity Specialist
14 12 (2.78%) Information Security Analyst
15 11 (2.55%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.08%) ModSecurity
2 7 (1.62%) Web Services
3 6 (1.39%) LDAP
4 5 (1.16%) OAuth
4 5 (1.16%) REST
4 5 (1.16%) SAML
5 4 (0.93%) .NET
5 4 (0.93%) OpenID
5 4 (0.93%) SailPoint
6 3 (0.69%) JSON
6 3 (0.69%) Middleware
6 3 (0.69%) RESTful
6 3 (0.69%) SOAP
7 2 (0.46%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.46%) J2EE
7 2 (0.46%) Node.js
7 2 (0.46%) YAML
8 1 (0.23%) COM
8 1 (0.23%) XML
8 1 (0.23%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 94 (21.76%) Management Information System
2 37 (8.56%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (6.48%) Data Centre
4 26 (6.02%) Cyberthreat
5 21 (4.86%) Security Operations Centre
6 18 (4.17%) PKI
7 13 (3.01%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (1.85%) Cloud Native
9 6 (1.39%) CESG
9 6 (1.39%) Cyber Defence
9 6 (1.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 6 (1.39%) Hybrid Cloud
9 6 (1.39%) Public Cloud
10 4 (0.93%) Cyberattack
10 4 (0.93%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.93%) Enterprise Storage
11 3 (0.69%) Clustering
11 3 (0.69%) Embedded Systems
11 3 (0.69%) Life Science
11 3 (0.69%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 39 (9.03%) Windows
2 27 (6.25%) Linux
3 18 (4.17%) Unix
4 10 (2.31%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.08%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.16%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.46%) Android
7 2 (0.46%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.46%) Solaris
7 2 (0.46%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.23%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 251 (58.10%) Information Security
2 194 (44.91%) Cybersecurity
3 108 (25.00%) Risk Management
4 82 (18.98%) Security Architecture
5 67 (15.51%) SIEM
6 57 (13.19%) Security Operations
7 55 (12.73%) Security Management
8 53 (12.27%) Information Assurance
8 53 (12.27%) Vulnerability Management
9 47 (10.88%) ITIL
9 47 (10.88%) Risk Assessment
9 47 (10.88%) TOGAF
10 44 (10.19%) DevOps
11 42 (9.72%) Agile Software Development
12 40 (9.26%) Information Security Management
13 36 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
14 33 (7.64%) ISMS
14 33 (7.64%) SABSA
15 31 (7.18%) Identity Access Management
16 30 (6.94%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 9 (2.08%) Java
1 9 (2.08%) PowerShell
1 9 (2.08%) Python
2 8 (1.85%) JavaScript
3 7 (1.62%) C
4 6 (1.39%) SQL
5 3 (0.69%) Go
5 3 (0.69%) Shell Script
6 2 (0.46%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.46%) VB.NET
6 2 (0.46%) VBScript
7 1 (0.23%) C#
7 1 (0.23%) C++
Qualifications
1 231 (53.47%) CISM
2 142 (32.87%) Security Cleared
3 96 (22.22%) SC Cleared
4 90 (20.83%) Cisco Certification
5 78 (18.06%) CESG Certified Professional
6 74 (17.13%) CISA
7 71 (16.44%) Degree
8 59 (13.66%) CRISC
9 47 (10.88%) CEH
10 44 (10.19%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 40 (9.26%) CCNP
12 39 (9.03%) GIAC
13 31 (7.18%) SSCP
14 30 (6.94%) CCSP
15 28 (6.48%) SANS
16 27 (6.25%) GCIH
17 26 (6.02%) CCNA
18 23 (5.32%) DV Cleared
19 20 (4.63%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
20 19 (4.40%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (36.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 91 (21.06%) NIST
3 73 (16.90%) NCSC
4 43 (9.95%) PCI DSS
5 36 (8.33%) COBIT
5 36 (8.33%) GDPR
5 36 (8.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 30 (6.94%) Cyber Essentials
7 24 (5.56%) RMADS
8 23 (5.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 21 (4.86%) JSP 440
10 18 (4.17%) NIST 800
11 11 (2.55%) SLA
12 9 (2.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 8 (1.85%) ISO 31000
14 6 (1.39%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 6 (1.39%) QA
15 4 (0.93%) HIPAA
15 4 (0.93%) ISO 22301
15 4 (0.93%) PMO
System Software
1 37 (8.56%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (1.39%) Docker
3 6 (1.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.46%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 11 (2.55%) Single Sign-On
2 10 (2.31%) Nessus
3 9 (2.08%) Ansible
4 6 (1.39%) QRadar
5 5 (1.16%) Kubernetes
5 5 (1.16%) Nexpose
5 5 (1.16%) Terraform
6 4 (0.93%) Consul
6 4 (0.93%) Demisto
7 3 (0.69%) EMC VPLEX
7 3 (0.69%) IBM Guardium
7 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.69%) SCCM
7 3 (0.69%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 2 (0.46%) CSIRT
8 2 (0.46%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.46%) Puppet
9 1 (0.23%) CASB
9 1 (0.23%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 50 (11.57%) Microsoft
2 27 (6.25%) Cisco
3 20 (4.63%) Palo Alto
4 17 (3.94%) Splunk
5 13 (3.01%) Fortinet
6 12 (2.78%) Google
7 11 (2.55%) VMware
8 10 (2.31%) IBM
8 10 (2.31%) Oracle
9 9 (2.08%) ArcSight
10 7 (1.62%) F5
10 7 (1.62%) LogRhythm
11 6 (1.39%) Citrix
12 5 (1.16%) Arista
12 5 (1.16%) Juniper
12 5 (1.16%) SAP
12 5 (1.16%) ServiceNow
12 5 (1.16%) Symantec
12 5 (1.16%) Tripwire
13 4 (0.93%) Meraki