Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 297 285 309
Rank change year-on-year -12 +24 -80
Contract jobs citing CISSP 785 941 789
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.86% 0.91% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.50% 4.89% 4.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 501 621 461
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.00% -
10th Percentile £405 £380 £363
90th Percentile £738 £700 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 13
UK median hourly rate £60.65 £67.00 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.47% +45.65% -5.06%
10th Percentile £47.82 £67.00 £28.15
90th Percentile £60.87 £67.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.65 £67.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year -9.47% +45.65% -7.82%

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 17,434 19,259 18,622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.13% 18.69% 19.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,572 11,413 11,289
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £249 £250
90th Percentile £648 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £442 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 840 933 947
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £22.93 £29.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.00% -22.92% +7.01%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.65 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.00 £51.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.24 £23.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year +61.90% -25.81% +10.71%

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 17 August 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 17 August 2019.

Contractor 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 17 August 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 -33 694 £525 - 195
UK excluding London -3 459 £513 +2.50% 131
London -13 308 £575 +4.55% 79
South East +32 153 £513 -5.75% 36
South West -13 88 £470 +1.62% 17
North of England -33 70 £525 +5.00% 23
Scotland +30 56 £525 +7.69% 12
Yorkshire -10 39 £525 -4.55% 14
East of England +29 34 £513 -0.73% 8
Midlands -12 31 £525 -4.55% 32
North West -26 29 £553 +26.29% 8
Wales +25 26 £500 +26.74% 2
West Midlands -2 25 £525 +1.20% 22
East Midlands +2 6 £538 -10.42% 10
North East +12 2 £575 +4.55% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 418 (53.25%) Information Security
2 394 (50.19%) CISM
3 269 (34.27%) Cybersecurity
4 212 (27.01%) Finance
5 209 (26.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 187 (23.82%) CISA
7 172 (21.91%) Risk Management
8 168 (21.40%) Security Architecture
9 152 (19.36%) Firewall
9 152 (19.36%) Microsoft Azure
10 148 (18.85%) SIEM
11 146 (18.60%) Amazon AWS
12 126 (16.05%) Cisco Certification
13 125 (15.92%) Management Information System
14 124 (15.80%) Security Operations
15 123 (15.67%) Degree
16 114 (14.52%) Stakeholder Management
16 114 (14.52%) CEH
16 114 (14.52%) PCI DSS
17 112 (14.27%) Security Cleared
18 104 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
19 101 (12.87%) Microsoft
20 100 (12.74%) NIST
21 95 (12.10%) TOGAF
22 93 (11.85%) ITIL
23 89 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
24 86 (10.96%) Identity Access Management
25 83 (10.57%) CRISC
26 82 (10.45%) DevOps
27 74 (9.43%) Legal

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 25 (3.18%) IIS
2 22 (2.80%) OpenStack
3 9 (1.15%) Confluence
3 9 (1.15%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.51%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.38%) JBoss
5 3 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (0.38%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.13%) Apache
6 1 (0.13%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.13%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (2.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (2.17%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.27%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.13%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 152 (19.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 146 (18.60%) Amazon AWS
3 65 (8.28%) SaaS
4 44 (5.61%) PaaS
5 39 (4.97%) Office 365
6 37 (4.71%) IaaS
7 19 (2.42%) Google Cloud Platform
8 15 (1.91%) Azure Active Directory
9 10 (1.27%) Serverless
10 9 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.89%) AWS Lambda
12 5 (0.64%) GitHub
12 5 (0.64%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.51%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.38%) G Suite
15 1 (0.13%) Basecamp
15 1 (0.13%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 152 (19.36%) Firewall
2 67 (8.54%) Network Security
3 43 (5.48%) Internet
4 35 (4.46%) Intrusion Detection
5 33 (4.20%) VPN
6 28 (3.57%) TCP/IP
7 24 (3.06%) VLAN
8 22 (2.80%) LAN
9 20 (2.55%) WAN
10 19 (2.42%) DNS
11 18 (2.29%) Cisco ASA
11 18 (2.29%) HTTP
12 12 (1.53%) BGP
12 12 (1.53%) OSPF
13 11 (1.40%) VoIP
14 10 (1.27%) IPsec
14 10 (1.27%) SAN
15 9 (1.15%) HTTPS
15 9 (1.15%) Software-Defined Networking
16 8 (1.02%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (4.08%) Big Data
2 21 (2.68%) SQL Server
3 12 (1.53%) MySQL
4 9 (1.15%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.51%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.25%) DB2
6 2 (0.25%) GIS
7 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.13%) HBase
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 22 (2.80%) JIRA
2 11 (1.40%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.15%) Burp Suite
4 5 (0.64%) Bitbucket
4 5 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (0.51%) Balsamiq
5 4 (0.51%) Metasploit
5 4 (0.51%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.25%) Android Studio
6 2 (0.25%) Hudson
6 2 (0.25%) Xcode
7 1 (0.13%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.13%) sqlmap
7 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 212 (27.01%) Finance
2 74 (9.43%) Legal
3 45 (5.73%) Retail
4 41 (5.22%) Banking
5 40 (5.10%) Telecoms
6 34 (4.33%) Law
7 8 (1.02%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.89%) Financial Institution
8 7 (0.89%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.89%) Marketing
8 7 (0.89%) Military
9 5 (0.64%) Electronics
10 4 (0.51%) International Banking
10 4 (0.51%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.38%) Advertising
11 3 (0.38%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.25%) Back Office
12 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.25%) Publishing
13 1 (0.13%) Billing
Job Titles
1 214 (27.26%) Architect
2 177 (22.55%) Security Architect
3 137 (17.45%) Consultant
4 117 (14.90%) Analyst
5 115 (14.65%) Security Consultant
6 99 (12.61%) Security Analyst
7 89 (11.34%) Security Engineer
8 58 (7.39%) Information Security Consultant
9 49 (6.24%) Security Manager
10 47 (5.99%) Cloud Architect
11 36 (4.59%) Security Specialist
12 32 (4.08%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 31 (3.95%) Business Analyst
14 24 (3.06%) Information Analyst
14 24 (3.06%) Information Security Analyst
15 23 (2.93%) Information Security Manager
15 23 (2.93%) Senior Analyst
15 23 (2.93%) Solutions Architect
16 22 (2.80%) Information Manager
16 22 (2.80%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.59%) Web Services
2 23 (2.93%) SAML
3 13 (1.66%) LDAP
4 12 (1.53%) JSON
4 12 (1.53%) OAuth
4 12 (1.53%) OpenID
5 9 (1.15%) SailPoint
6 8 (1.02%) .NET
6 8 (1.02%) Middleware
6 8 (1.02%) REST
6 8 (1.02%) SOAP
7 7 (0.89%) OAuth2
8 6 (0.76%) HTML
9 5 (0.64%) CSS
9 5 (0.64%) Kafka
10 3 (0.38%) WCF
10 3 (0.38%) XACML
11 2 (0.25%) 802.1X
11 2 (0.25%) ASP.NET
11 2 (0.25%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 125 (15.92%) Management Information System
2 89 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (6.62%) PKI
4 29 (3.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 29 (3.69%) Security Operations Centre
5 25 (3.18%) CESG
6 22 (2.80%) Public Cloud
7 21 (2.68%) Data Centre
8 20 (2.55%) Cyberthreat
9 14 (1.78%) Hybrid Cloud
10 12 (1.53%) User Experience
11 11 (1.40%) Data Protection Act
11 11 (1.40%) Greenfield Project
11 11 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
12 10 (1.27%) Virtual Team
13 9 (1.15%) Cyberattack
14 8 (1.02%) Mainframe
15 7 (0.89%) SCADA
16 6 (0.76%) N-Tier
17 5 (0.64%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 72 (9.17%) Windows
2 66 (8.41%) Linux
3 51 (6.50%) Unix
4 15 (1.91%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.76%) Solaris
7 4 (0.51%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.51%) CentOS
7 4 (0.51%) Kali Linux
7 4 (0.51%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.38%) Android
9 2 (0.25%) AIX
9 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.25%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 418 (53.25%) Information Security
2 269 (34.27%) Cybersecurity
3 172 (21.91%) Risk Management
4 168 (21.40%) Security Architecture
5 148 (18.85%) SIEM
6 124 (15.80%) Security Operations
7 114 (14.52%) Stakeholder Management
8 104 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
9 95 (12.10%) TOGAF
10 93 (11.85%) ITIL
11 86 (10.96%) Identity Access Management
12 82 (10.45%) DevOps
13 69 (8.79%) Security Management
14 65 (8.28%) Data Protection
15 64 (8.15%) Vulnerability Management
16 63 (8.03%) Penetration Testing
17 58 (7.39%) Risk Assessment
18 57 (7.26%) Project Management
19 50 (6.37%) Ethical Hacking
20 49 (6.24%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 36 (4.59%) Java
1 36 (4.59%) Python
2 28 (3.57%) C
3 16 (2.04%) Bash Shell
4 14 (1.78%) PowerShell
5 12 (1.53%) SQL
6 11 (1.40%) C#
7 10 (1.27%) Shell Script
8 8 (1.02%) Perl
9 5 (0.64%) C++
9 5 (0.64%) Ruby
10 4 (0.51%) Go
11 3 (0.38%) Apple Swift
11 3 (0.38%) PHP
11 3 (0.38%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.25%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.25%) Kotlin
12 2 (0.25%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 394 (50.19%) CISM
2 187 (23.82%) CISA
3 126 (16.05%) Cisco Certification
4 123 (15.67%) Degree
5 114 (14.52%) CEH
6 112 (14.27%) Security Cleared
7 83 (10.57%) CRISC
8 71 (9.04%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 68 (8.66%) SC Cleared
10 60 (7.64%) SANS
11 53 (6.75%) GIAC
12 49 (6.24%) CESG Certified Professional
13 44 (5.61%) TOGAF Certification
14 37 (4.71%) CCNP
14 37 (4.71%) SSCP
15 32 (4.08%) DV Cleared
16 30 (3.82%) GCIH
17 29 (3.69%) CompTIA Security+
18 27 (3.44%) CISMP
19 25 (3.18%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (26.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 114 (14.52%) PCI DSS
3 100 (12.74%) NIST
4 72 (9.17%) GDPR
5 63 (8.03%) COBIT
6 53 (6.75%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 29 (3.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 21 (2.68%) NCSC
9 16 (2.04%) Cyber Essentials
10 14 (1.78%) RMADS
11 12 (1.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 11 (1.40%) HIPAA
13 7 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 5 (0.64%) SLA
15 4 (0.51%) COSO
15 4 (0.51%) ISO 22301
15 4 (0.51%) ISO 9001
15 4 (0.51%) ITGC
15 4 (0.51%) JSP 440
16 3 (0.38%) PSD2
System Software
1 60 (7.64%) Active Directory
2 31 (3.95%) Docker
3 11 (1.40%) ProxySG
4 7 (0.89%) vSphere
5 6 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.38%) NDS
8 2 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 1 (0.13%) HDFS
9 1 (0.13%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.13%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 26 (3.31%) Kubernetes
2 25 (3.18%) CASB
3 22 (2.80%) Nessus
4 20 (2.55%) Single Sign-On
5 11 (1.40%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 11 (1.40%) PingFederate
5 11 (1.40%) QRadar
6 9 (1.15%) Ansible
6 9 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
7 8 (1.02%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 7 (0.89%) CSIRT
9 6 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
9 6 (0.76%) Nmap
9 6 (0.76%) Puppet
10 5 (0.64%) Istio
10 5 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
11 4 (0.51%) Nexpose
11 4 (0.51%) Suricata
11 4 (0.51%) Tivoli
11 4 (0.51%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 101 (12.87%) Microsoft
2 53 (6.75%) Splunk
3 43 (5.48%) Cisco
4 29 (3.69%) CheckPoint
5 28 (3.57%) Symantec
6 23 (2.93%) Oracle
7 22 (2.80%) McAfee
7 22 (2.80%) Qualys
8 18 (2.29%) F5
8 18 (2.29%) Palo Alto
9 17 (2.17%) Tripwire
10 16 (2.04%) ArcSight
10 16 (2.04%) VMware
11 15 (1.91%) Fortinet
12 14 (1.78%) Blue Coat
13 13 (1.66%) Google
13 13 (1.66%) Juniper
14 12 (1.53%) IBM
15 11 (1.40%) CyberArk
15 11 (1.40%) Ping Identity