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 3 months to 29 March 2017 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 293 254 306
Rank change year-on-year -39 +52  
Contract jobs citing CISSP 354 520 369
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.97% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.77% 4.64% 3.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 345 211
Median daily rate £475 £472 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.74% +4.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £358 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £614
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.77% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 1
Median hourly rate £60.87 £50.00 £68.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.74% -26.47%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.62 £50.00 £68.00
% change year-on-year +25.24% -26.47%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9390 11207 10727
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.76% 20.82% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5997 7009 6081
Median daily rate £420 £405 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 409 493
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.51 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.83% +62.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.40 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

CISSP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing CISSP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -42 325 £475 +0.90% 114
London -27 137 £500 - 62
South East -35 75 £450 -2.70% 16
North West +39 44 £538 +5.39% 6
Manchester +35 33 £550 +7.84% 6
Scotland +32 21 £519 +8.07% 4
Hampshire +9 21 £450 +10.91% 1
South West -24 21 £445 -1.11% 6
East of England -16 20 £450 +6.82% 3
Berkshire -3 18 £438 -5.40% 8
Salford - 14 £550 - 1
Buckinghamshire -12 13 £538 +10.25%
Edinburgh +24 12 £539 +5.63% 2
Milton Keynes -1 11 £544 +3.57%
City of London -25 9 £525 +5.00% 16
Glasgow +3 8 £436 +3.86% 1
Yorkshire +2 8 £513 +25.00% 4
Bedfordshire -8 8 £450 +5.88%
West Midlands +11 7 £398 -13.58% 12
Oxfordshire -2 7 £313 -30.55% 1
Surrey -18 7 £468 -2.85% 6
Winchester +6 5 £450 +4.65%
Merseyside +2 5 £483 -
Reading 0 5 £425 -4.22% 4
Essex -8 5 £400 +10.34% 1
Exeter - 5 £340 -
Devon - 5 £340 -
Cheshire +30 4 £411 -41.25%
Wales +10 4 £356 -40.00% 2
Maidenhead -2 4 £490 - 1

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, 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.

1 418 (53.05%) Information Security
2 313 (39.72%) CISM
3 228 (28.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 225 (28.55%) Cybersecurity
5 203 (25.76%) Firewall
6 191 (24.24%) CISA
7 174 (22.08%) Finance
8 169 (21.45%) Security Cleared
9 161 (20.43%) Risk Management
10 159 (20.18%) PCI DSS
11 154 (19.54%) Management Information System
12 133 (16.88%) SC Cleared
13 132 (16.75%) ITIL
14 128 (16.24%) Degree
15 123 (15.61%) Linux
16 113 (14.34%) SANS
17 112 (14.21%) Windows
18 100 (12.69%) SIEM
19 98 (12.44%) Penetration Testing
20 94 (11.93%) Security Architecture
21 90 (11.42%) Security Operations
22 87 (11.04%) Information Assurance
23 86 (10.91%) Vulnerability Management
24 83 (10.53%) Unix
25 82 (10.41%) Network Security
26 76 (9.64%) CESG
26 76 (9.64%) Agile Software Development
26 76 (9.64%) Risk Assessment
27 75 (9.52%) Splunk
28 73 (9.26%) TCP/IP

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 20 (2.54%) JBoss
2 15 (1.90%) Apache
3 13 (1.65%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.65%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.27%) WebSphere
5 9 (1.14%) IIS
6 8 (1.02%) Confluence
7 6 (0.76%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.63%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.63%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.51%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.38%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.38%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.25%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.25%) Jetty
11 2 (0.25%) Mongrel
11 2 (0.25%) Mule
11 2 (0.25%) nginx
Applications
1 26 (3.30%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.52%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.89%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.63%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.25%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 58 (7.36%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (5.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (3.68%) SaaS
4 11 (1.40%) Office 365
5 10 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (1.14%) Mimecast
7 8 (1.02%) IaaS
8 7 (0.89%) PaaS
9 5 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 4 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.51%) Yammer
11 3 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.25%) Google App Engine
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.13%) G Suite
13 1 (0.13%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 203 (25.76%) Firewall
2 82 (10.41%) Network Security
3 73 (9.26%) TCP/IP
4 63 (7.99%) LAN
4 63 (7.99%) WAN
5 59 (7.49%) VPN
6 57 (7.23%) Intrusion Detection
7 48 (6.09%) Internet
8 41 (5.20%) Wireless
9 36 (4.57%) VoIP
10 31 (3.93%) SSL
11 22 (2.79%) IPsec
12 20 (2.54%) DNS
13 16 (2.03%) LDAP
14 15 (1.90%) Cisco ASA
14 15 (1.90%) Wireshark
15 13 (1.65%) HTTP
16 11 (1.40%) MPLS
16 11 (1.40%) WebEx
17 10 (1.27%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (2.54%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.90%) Redis
3 12 (1.52%) NonStop SQL
4 11 (1.40%) Big Data
5 7 (0.89%) Hadoop
5 7 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (0.76%) Apache Hive
6 6 (0.76%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.63%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.63%) Star Schema
8 4 (0.51%) DB2
9 3 (0.38%) DataStax
9 3 (0.38%) MariaDB
9 3 (0.38%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.38%) MySQL
9 3 (0.38%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.25%) HBase
10 2 (0.25%) Sqoop
11 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
11 1 (0.13%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 14 (1.78%) JIRA
2 11 (1.40%) Metasploit
3 7 (0.89%) AppScan
4 6 (0.76%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.51%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.38%) Hudson
7 2 (0.25%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (0.25%) Subversion
7 2 (0.25%) Travis CI
8 1 (0.13%) MSI
8 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 174 (22.08%) Finance
2 52 (6.60%) Banking
3 44 (5.58%) Retail
4 43 (5.46%) Telecoms
5 31 (3.93%) Legal
6 10 (1.27%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.27%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.76%) Financial Institution
8 5 (0.63%) Advertising
8 5 (0.63%) Retail Banking
9 4 (0.51%) Back Office
9 4 (0.51%) Electronics
9 4 (0.51%) Marketing
9 4 (0.51%) Military
10 3 (0.38%) Law
11 2 (0.25%) Billing
11 2 (0.25%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.25%) French Language
11 2 (0.25%) Local Government
11 2 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 183 (23.22%) Analyst
2 154 (19.54%) Consultant
3 152 (19.29%) Security Analyst
4 125 (15.86%) Security Consultant
5 115 (14.59%) Architect
6 100 (12.69%) Security Architect
7 76 (9.64%) Security Manager
8 56 (7.11%) Information Analyst
8 56 (7.11%) Information Security Analyst
9 48 (6.09%) Security Engineer
10 45 (5.71%) Information Security Consultant
10 45 (5.71%) Security Specialist
11 38 (4.82%) Business Analyst
12 27 (3.43%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 27 (3.43%) IT Manager
13 26 (3.30%) Information Manager
13 26 (3.30%) IT Analyst
14 25 (3.17%) Cybersecurity Consultant
14 25 (3.17%) Information Security Manager
14 25 (3.17%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.57%) Web Services
2 30 (3.81%) Elastic Stack
3 11 (1.40%) RESTful
4 10 (1.27%) Middleware
5 9 (1.14%) JMS
6 8 (1.02%) J2EE
7 7 (0.89%) .NET
7 7 (0.89%) Java EE
7 7 (0.89%) SAML
7 7 (0.89%) Servlets
8 6 (0.76%) 802.1X
8 6 (0.76%) JAAS
8 6 (0.76%) JMX
8 6 (0.76%) JNDI
9 5 (0.63%) ActiveMQ
9 5 (0.63%) COM
9 5 (0.63%) JSP
10 4 (0.51%) LAPP Stack
11 3 (0.38%) Ajax
11 3 (0.38%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 154 (19.54%) Management Information System
2 76 (9.64%) CESG
3 50 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
4 48 (6.09%) Data Centre
5 45 (5.71%) Computer Science
6 39 (4.95%) Security Operations Centre
7 26 (3.30%) Cyber Attack
8 23 (2.92%) PKI
9 22 (2.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 19 (2.41%) CESG CLAS
11 18 (2.28%) Data Protection Act
12 17 (2.16%) Cyber Defence
13 14 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
14 13 (1.65%) Virtual Team
15 11 (1.40%) Cyberthreat
16 10 (1.27%) SWIFT
17 8 (1.02%) Algorithms
17 8 (1.02%) Driving Licence
17 8 (1.02%) Public Cloud
18 7 (0.89%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 123 (15.61%) Linux
2 112 (14.21%) Windows
3 83 (10.53%) Unix
4 16 (2.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (1.65%) Mac OS X
6 7 (0.89%) Windows Server
7 6 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.63%) Solaris
8 5 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (0.63%) Windows Vista
9 4 (0.51%) SUSE
10 3 (0.38%) Kali Linux
11 2 (0.25%) VMS
12 1 (0.13%) Android
12 1 (0.13%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.13%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.13%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.13%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 418 (53.05%) Information Security
2 225 (28.55%) Cybersecurity
3 161 (20.43%) Risk Management
4 132 (16.75%) ITIL
5 100 (12.69%) SIEM
6 98 (12.44%) Penetration Testing
7 94 (11.93%) Security Architecture
8 90 (11.42%) Security Operations
9 87 (11.04%) Information Assurance
10 86 (10.91%) Vulnerability Management
11 76 (9.64%) Agile Software Development
11 76 (9.64%) Risk Assessment
12 67 (8.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 63 (7.99%) Data Protection
13 63 (7.99%) Security Management
14 58 (7.36%) Stakeholder Management
15 57 (7.23%) ISMS
16 53 (6.73%) TOGAF
17 52 (6.60%) Cryptography
17 52 (6.60%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (6.98%) Java
2 42 (5.33%) Python
3 35 (4.44%) SQL
4 24 (3.05%) Perl
5 11 (1.40%) PowerShell
6 10 (1.27%) C++
7 9 (1.14%) Bash Shell
7 9 (1.14%) C
7 9 (1.14%) C#
8 7 (0.89%) Ruby
8 7 (0.89%) Shell Script
9 5 (0.63%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.51%) VB
11 2 (0.25%) Go
11 2 (0.25%) Haskell
11 2 (0.25%) R
11 2 (0.25%) Scala
11 2 (0.25%) VBScript
12 1 (0.13%) PHP
12 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 313 (39.72%) CISM
2 191 (24.24%) CISA
3 169 (21.45%) Security Cleared
4 133 (16.88%) SC Cleared
5 128 (16.24%) Degree
6 113 (14.34%) SANS
7 71 (9.01%) CEH
7 71 (9.01%) Cisco Certification
8 64 (8.12%) GIAC
9 57 (7.23%) SSCP
10 49 (6.22%) CESG Certified Professional
11 45 (5.71%) CLAS
12 44 (5.58%) CRISC
13 39 (4.95%) DV Cleared
14 36 (4.57%) CREST Certified
15 34 (4.31%) CISMP
16 29 (3.68%) CCSP
17 28 (3.55%) ISSAP
18 27 (3.43%) ISEB
19 26 (3.30%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (28.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 159 (20.18%) PCI DSS
3 49 (6.22%) COBIT
4 40 (5.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 31 (3.93%) ISO27002
6 25 (3.17%) GDPR
6 25 (3.17%) RMADS
7 24 (3.05%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 19 (2.41%) QA
9 13 (1.65%) Disclosure Scotland
10 11 (1.40%) HIPAA
11 9 (1.14%) Cyber Essentials
12 6 (0.76%) JSP 440
13 5 (0.63%) FedRAMP
13 5 (0.63%) ISO22301
13 5 (0.63%) SLA
14 3 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 3 (0.38%) GPG13
14 3 (0.38%) PMO
15 2 (0.25%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 38 (4.82%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.02%) BitLocker
4 5 (0.63%) Snort
4 5 (0.63%) Xen
5 3 (0.38%) Apache Flume
5 3 (0.38%) Sendmail
6 2 (0.25%) Docker
6 2 (0.25%) HDFS
6 2 (0.25%) KVM
6 2 (0.25%) LXC
6 2 (0.25%) vSphere
7 1 (0.13%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (0.13%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.13%) Slurm Workload Manager
7 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 47 (5.96%) QRadar
2 28 (3.55%) Nessus
3 20 (2.54%) Nmap
4 18 (2.28%) Puppet
5 13 (1.65%) Kibana
6 12 (1.52%) logstash
7 11 (1.40%) Nexpose
8 10 (1.27%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 9 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (0.89%) Nagios
11 6 (0.76%) Cobbler
11 6 (0.76%) RSA enVision
12 5 (0.63%) ArcSight ESM
12 5 (0.63%) EnCase
12 5 (0.63%) FortiGate
12 5 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.63%) Norton AntiVirus
12 5 (0.63%) SCCM
13 4 (0.51%) HP Fortify
13 4 (0.51%) WSUS
Vendors
1 75 (9.52%) Splunk
2 73 (9.26%) Cisco
3 70 (8.88%) Microsoft
4 36 (4.57%) Apple
4 36 (4.57%) IBM
5 34 (4.31%) LogRhythm
6 31 (3.93%) CheckPoint
7 23 (2.92%) Oracle
8 22 (2.79%) Intel Security
8 22 (2.79%) Juniper
8 22 (2.79%) Qualys
9 21 (2.66%) ArcSight
9 21 (2.66%) Red Hat
9 21 (2.66%) SAP
10 17 (2.16%) F5
11 16 (2.03%) VMware
12 15 (1.90%) Palo Alto
13 14 (1.78%) Symantec
14 13 (1.65%) Blue Coat
15 11 (1.40%) CyberArk
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