Period
to 20 August 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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 286 314 229
Rank change year-on-year +28 -85 +84
Contract jobs citing CISSP 933 783 1,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 0.82% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.88% 4.21% 5.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 620 459 808
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +6.10%
10th Percentile £381 £363 £363
90th Percentile £700 £640 £677
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 13 8
UK median hourly rate £57.25 £46.00 £48.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.46% -5.06% -5.32%
10th Percentile £46.08 £28.15 £44.58
90th Percentile £65.43 £60.00 £73.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.25 £46.00 £49.90
% change year-on-year +24.46% -7.82% -4.95%

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 19,114 18,579 23,040
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 19.42% 21.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,331 11,247 14,381
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 927 937 813
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.53% +8.18% +22.22%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.20 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -25.81% +10.71% +16.09%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 +31 850 £525 +5.00% 270
UK excluding London -22 526 £500 +5.26% 179
London +50 391 £550 +10.00% 102
North of England -15 141 £481 -3.75% 44
South East -30 141 £550 +22.22% 45
South West +8 85 £463 -8.64% 25
Midlands +28 71 £581 +36.76% 30
North West -31 69 £438 -7.89% 21
Yorkshire +29 64 £550 - 16
Scotland -32 62 £488 +21.88% 7
West Midlands +17 46 £575 +27.78% 25
East Midlands +12 28 £600 +45.45% 5
East of England -44 23 £525 +8.25% 24
North East +3 13 £550 +29.26% 7
Wales -7 9 £395 -28.27% 3

For the 6 months to 20 August 2018, 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.

1 522 (55.95%) CISM
2 513 (54.98%) Information Security
3 321 (34.41%) CISA
4 316 (33.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 288 (30.87%) Cybersecurity
6 262 (28.08%) Finance
7 250 (26.80%) Risk Management
8 196 (21.01%) Security Architecture
9 188 (20.15%) Firewall
10 185 (19.83%) Degree
11 184 (19.72%) Management Information System
12 180 (19.29%) PCI DSS
13 159 (17.04%) Agile Software Development
14 155 (16.61%) ITIL
15 148 (15.86%) GDPR
16 142 (15.22%) Cisco Certification
17 130 (13.93%) SIEM
18 121 (12.97%) Windows
19 112 (12.00%) Security Operations
20 106 (11.36%) Microsoft
21 105 (11.25%) Security Cleared
21 105 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
22 102 (10.93%) Network Security
23 95 (10.18%) Stakeholder Management
23 95 (10.18%) Project Management
24 94 (10.08%) Amazon AWS
25 93 (9.97%) Vulnerability Management
25 93 (9.97%) TOGAF
26 92 (9.86%) Data Protection
27 90 (9.65%) CEH

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 21 (2.25%) IIS
2 9 (0.96%) OpenStack
3 7 (0.75%) SharePoint
3 7 (0.75%) Skype for Business
4 6 (0.64%) SAS
5 5 (0.54%) Confluence
6 3 (0.32%) Apache
6 3 (0.32%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.21%) CMS
7 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.11%) WebSphere
Applications
1 22 (2.36%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.64%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 94 (10.08%) Amazon AWS
2 86 (9.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (5.47%) SaaS
4 50 (5.36%) PaaS
5 43 (4.61%) IaaS
6 29 (3.11%) Office 365
7 15 (1.61%) GitHub
8 13 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
9 8 (0.86%) Mimecast
10 7 (0.75%) IBM Cloud
11 5 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.54%) Serverless
12 4 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
14 2 (0.21%) Akamai
14 2 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
15 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 188 (20.15%) Firewall
2 102 (10.93%) Network Security
3 57 (6.11%) Intrusion Detection
4 31 (3.32%) WAN
5 30 (3.22%) VPN
6 24 (2.57%) LAN
7 22 (2.36%) Internet
8 21 (2.25%) TCP/IP
9 17 (1.82%) DNS
10 16 (1.71%) BGP
11 14 (1.50%) OSPF
12 11 (1.18%) DMZ
12 11 (1.18%) HTTP
12 11 (1.18%) SSL
13 10 (1.07%) DHCP
13 10 (1.07%) Wireless
14 9 (0.96%) IPsec
14 9 (0.96%) MPLS
15 7 (0.75%) Software-Defined Networking
15 7 (0.75%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (2.68%) SQL Server
2 17 (1.82%) Hadoop
3 13 (1.39%) Big Data
4 12 (1.29%) Relational Database
5 11 (1.18%) ArangoDB
5 11 (1.18%) Neo4j
6 6 (0.64%) DB2
6 6 (0.64%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.54%) GIS
8 4 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.43%) NoSQL
8 4 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.32%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.32%) MySQL
10 2 (0.21%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.21%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.11%) HBase
11 1 (0.11%) IBM InfoSphere
11 1 (0.11%) Impala
Development Applications
1 22 (2.36%) Jenkins
2 12 (1.29%) JIRA
3 8 (0.86%) AppScan
3 8 (0.86%) Metasploit
3 8 (0.86%) SonarQube
4 4 (0.43%) GitLab
5 2 (0.21%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.21%) Xcode
6 1 (0.11%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.11%) ERwin
General
1 262 (28.08%) Finance
2 86 (9.22%) Banking
3 58 (6.22%) Legal
4 37 (3.97%) Retail
5 30 (3.22%) Telecoms
6 13 (1.39%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.18%) Law
7 11 (1.18%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.07%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.86%) Publishing
10 7 (0.75%) Military
10 7 (0.75%) Retail Banking
11 5 (0.54%) Marketing
12 4 (0.43%) Advertising
12 4 (0.43%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.32%) International Banking
14 2 (0.21%) Back Office
15 1 (0.11%) Automotive
15 1 (0.11%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 189 (20.26%) Architect
2 172 (18.44%) Consultant
3 166 (17.79%) Analyst
4 165 (17.68%) Security Architect
5 154 (16.51%) Security Consultant
6 130 (13.93%) Security Analyst
7 118 (12.65%) Security Manager
8 60 (6.43%) Information Security Consultant
8 60 (6.43%) Information Security Manager
9 54 (5.79%) Information Manager
10 47 (5.04%) Security Engineer
11 43 (4.61%) Information Analyst
12 40 (4.29%) Security Officer
13 36 (3.86%) Project Manager
14 33 (3.54%) Information Security Analyst
14 33 (3.54%) Information Security Officer
14 33 (3.54%) Security Specialist
15 27 (2.89%) Cloud Architect
16 25 (2.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 25 (2.68%) Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.04%) Middleware
2 18 (1.93%) .NET
2 18 (1.93%) Web Services
3 17 (1.82%) SailPoint
4 9 (0.96%) REST
5 8 (0.86%) SAML
6 6 (0.64%) OAuth
7 5 (0.54%) Kafka
7 5 (0.54%) OAuth2
8 3 (0.32%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.32%) 802.1X
8 3 (0.32%) JSON
8 3 (0.32%) LDAP
9 2 (0.21%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.21%) CSS
9 2 (0.21%) HTML
9 2 (0.21%) OpenID
10 1 (0.11%) SOAP
10 1 (0.11%) WebSphere MQ
10 1 (0.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 184 (19.72%) Management Information System
2 105 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (7.07%) Computer Science
4 55 (5.89%) PKI
5 54 (5.79%) Data Centre
6 42 (4.50%) Cyberthreat
7 36 (3.86%) Self-Motivation
8 30 (3.22%) CESG
9 26 (2.79%) Hybrid Cloud
10 20 (2.14%) Security Operations Centre
10 20 (2.14%) Virtual Team
11 15 (1.61%) Data Protection Act
12 14 (1.50%) Public Cloud
13 13 (1.39%) Driving Licence
13 13 (1.39%) Mobile App
14 10 (1.07%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 10 (1.07%) Fintech
15 9 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
15 9 (0.96%) Private Cloud
16 8 (0.86%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 121 (12.97%) Windows
2 75 (8.04%) Linux
3 61 (6.54%) Unix
4 19 (2.04%) Windows Server
5 8 (0.86%) Solaris
6 7 (0.75%) Apple iOS
6 7 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (0.64%) Android
7 6 (0.64%) CentOS
8 5 (0.54%) AIX
8 5 (0.54%) HPUX
8 5 (0.54%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.21%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.11%) Check Point GAiA
10 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 513 (54.98%) Information Security
2 288 (30.87%) Cybersecurity
3 250 (26.80%) Risk Management
4 196 (21.01%) Security Architecture
5 159 (17.04%) Agile Software Development
6 155 (16.61%) ITIL
7 130 (13.93%) SIEM
8 112 (12.00%) Security Operations
9 95 (10.18%) Project Management
9 95 (10.18%) Stakeholder Management
10 93 (9.97%) TOGAF
10 93 (9.97%) Vulnerability Management
11 92 (9.86%) Data Protection
12 90 (9.65%) Risk Assessment
13 79 (8.47%) DevOps
14 77 (8.25%) Problem-Solving
15 74 (7.93%) Identity Access Management
15 74 (7.93%) Penetration Testing
16 72 (7.72%) PRINCE2
17 67 (7.18%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (3.86%) Python
2 28 (3.00%) SQL
3 21 (2.25%) Bash Shell
3 21 (2.25%) Java
3 21 (2.25%) PowerShell
4 18 (1.93%) Perl
5 13 (1.39%) C
6 11 (1.18%) Go
6 11 (1.18%) Ruby
7 8 (0.86%) C#
8 6 (0.64%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.21%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.21%) C++
9 2 (0.21%) PHP
10 1 (0.11%) Scala
10 1 (0.11%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.11%) VB
10 1 (0.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 522 (55.95%) CISM
2 321 (34.41%) CISA
3 185 (19.83%) Degree
4 142 (15.22%) Cisco Certification
5 105 (11.25%) Security Cleared
6 90 (9.65%) CEH
7 88 (9.43%) CRISC
8 74 (7.93%) CESG Certified Professional
9 69 (7.40%) GIAC
9 69 (7.40%) SC Cleared
10 62 (6.65%) CISMP
11 60 (6.43%) SANS
12 50 (5.36%) CCNA
13 49 (5.25%) CCNP
14 44 (4.72%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 39 (4.18%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
16 34 (3.64%) ISSAP
17 31 (3.32%) Computer Science Degree
18 27 (2.89%) CCIE
19 26 (2.79%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 316 (33.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 180 (19.29%) PCI DSS
3 148 (15.86%) GDPR
4 56 (6.00%) COBIT
5 52 (5.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 46 (4.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 23 (2.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 19 (2.04%) Cyber Essentials
9 18 (1.93%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 17 (1.82%) JSP 440
11 16 (1.71%) HIPAA
11 16 (1.71%) NIST 800
12 14 (1.50%) ISAE 3402
13 12 (1.29%) Data Quality
14 11 (1.18%) FINRA
14 11 (1.18%) RMADS
15 10 (1.07%) ISO 22301
16 9 (0.96%) ISO 31000
16 9 (0.96%) ISO 9001
17 8 (0.86%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 48 (5.14%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.61%) Docker
3 11 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.86%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.86%) XenDesktop
5 7 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.54%) XenApp
7 4 (0.43%) ProxySG
7 4 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.32%) vSphere
9 2 (0.21%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.11%) Firmware
10 1 (0.11%) HDFS
10 1 (0.11%) IAG
10 1 (0.11%) QEMU
10 1 (0.11%) Snort
10 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 37 (3.97%) Nessus
2 17 (1.82%) Nmap
3 16 (1.71%) Kubernetes
3 16 (1.71%) Terraform
4 15 (1.61%) QRadar
5 13 (1.39%) CSIRT
6 12 (1.29%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 9 (0.96%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 9 (0.96%) MIIS
7 9 (0.96%) SCCM
8 8 (0.86%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 6 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (0.64%) Puppet
9 6 (0.64%) Tivoli Identity Manager
10 5 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
11 4 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.43%) RSA Archer
11 4 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 106 (11.36%) Microsoft
2 71 (7.61%) Cisco
3 61 (6.54%) Splunk
4 55 (5.89%) Oracle
5 52 (5.57%) McAfee
6 40 (4.29%) CyberArk
7 31 (3.32%) Qualys
8 30 (3.22%) IBM
9 29 (3.11%) CheckPoint
10 23 (2.47%) Symantec
11 18 (1.93%) ArcSight
12 16 (1.71%) Citrix
12 16 (1.71%) Cloudera
12 16 (1.71%) Palo Alto
12 16 (1.71%) VMware
13 15 (1.61%) ForeScout
14 14 (1.50%) F5
14 14 (1.50%) ForgeRock
15 13 (1.39%) CA
15 13 (1.39%) Varonis