Period
to 14 June 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 14 June 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
14 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 278 253 313
Rank change year-on-year -25 +60 -30
Contract jobs citing CISSP 584 442 755
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.95% 1.02% 0.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.74% 4.27% 4.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 278 453
10th Percentile £416 £371 £407
25th Percentile £495 £457 £456
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £580 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.45% +4.76% +0.48%
75th Percentile £688 £675 £638
90th Percentile £750 £758 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £513
% change year-on-year - +7.32% +3.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 3
Median hourly rate £63.50 £62.00 £60.87
Median % change year-on-year +2.42% +1.86% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £63.50 £62.00 £60.65
% change year-on-year +2.42% +2.22% -

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 12,312 10,359 17,024
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.03% 23.84% 18.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,986 6,661 10,598
10th Percentile £306 £281 £263
25th Percentile £400 £385 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £498 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.84% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £586 £575 £569
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £458 £455 £445
% change year-on-year +0.55% +2.25% +7.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 597 401 737
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.25 £12.46
25th Percentile £17.47 £18.42 £17.09
Median hourly rate £34.01 £30.05 £31.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.16% -4.60% +45.73%
75th Percentile £51.63 £50.00 £46.00
90th Percentile £63.30 £57.50 £53.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.50 £31.71
% change year-on-year +17.65% -19.58% +40.93%

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 14 June 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 14 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 17 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 14 June 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 -13 469 £580 +5.41% 161
London -22 248 £608 +10.45% 59
UK excluding London +7 236 £550 - 124
Work from Home -127 180 £595 +14.98% 45
South East +29 63 £500 -9.09% 40
South West +23 53 £525 +12.18% 11
Midlands -33 39 £588 +2.17% 13
West Midlands -31 35 £600 +9.09% 10
Scotland -23 30 £625 +50.60% 18
North of England -14 29 £525 -19.23% 28
North West -15 16 £525 -16.00% 17
East of England -7 15 £577 +6.50% 9
Yorkshire +1 13 £575 -11.54% 8
Wales +13 5 £600 - 5
East Midlands -1 4 £450 -33.33% 3
Northern Ireland - 1 £600 -
Channel Islands - 1 £550 -

For the 6 months to 14 June 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.

1 348 (59.59%) Information Security
2 314 (53.77%) CISM
3 301 (51.54%) Cybersecurity
4 195 (33.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 173 (29.62%) Risk Management
6 157 (26.88%) Finance
7 138 (23.63%) Security Architecture
8 132 (22.60%) Social Skills
9 126 (21.58%) NIST
10 122 (20.89%) Azure
11 118 (20.21%) Degree
12 113 (19.35%) CISA
13 112 (19.18%) Security Cleared
14 106 (18.15%) Management Information System
15 101 (17.29%) AWS
16 98 (16.78%) CRISC
17 95 (16.27%) Security Management
18 85 (14.55%) Firewall
18 85 (14.55%) Microsoft
19 83 (14.21%) Network Security
20 82 (14.04%) SIEM
20 82 (14.04%) Cisco Certification
21 80 (13.70%) SC Cleared
22 77 (13.18%) SABSA
23 76 (13.01%) Agile Software Development
23 76 (13.01%) TOGAF
24 73 (12.50%) GIAC
25 72 (12.33%) GCP
26 67 (11.47%) CESG Certified Professional
26 67 (11.47%) Windows

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 13 (2.23%) Confluence
2 10 (1.71%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.03%) IIS
4 3 (0.51%) SAS
5 2 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (0.34%) CMS
5 2 (0.34%) Drupal
6 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
Applications
1 16 (2.74%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.37%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.68%) iTrent
1 4 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.68%) Sentinel
1 4 (0.68%) Unit4 Business World
2 2 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) Relativity
3 1 (0.17%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 122 (20.89%) Azure
2 101 (17.29%) AWS
3 72 (12.33%) GCP
4 41 (7.02%) SaaS
5 39 (6.68%) Microsoft 365
6 27 (4.62%) IaaS
7 24 (4.11%) PaaS
8 22 (3.77%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (1.71%) OpenShift
10 8 (1.37%) Azure Active Directory
11 6 (1.03%) Azure Sentinel
12 5 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (0.86%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.86%) CloudFront
13 4 (0.68%) Serverless
14 3 (0.51%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.51%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 3 (0.51%) Basecamp
14 3 (0.51%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 85 (14.55%) Firewall
2 83 (14.21%) Network Security
3 29 (4.97%) Internet
4 19 (3.25%) WAN
5 15 (2.57%) VPN
6 14 (2.40%) LAN
7 13 (2.23%) Intrusion Detection
7 13 (2.23%) Wi-Fi
8 12 (2.05%) TCP/IP
9 8 (1.37%) Cisco ASA
9 8 (1.37%) NAS
10 7 (1.20%) DNS
10 7 (1.20%) Intranet
10 7 (1.20%) SD-WAN
10 7 (1.20%) Wireless
11 6 (1.03%) DMZ
11 6 (1.03%) SSL
11 6 (1.03%) Unified Communications
11 6 (1.03%) VoIP
11 6 (1.03%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.86%) Big Data
2 4 (0.68%) Data Lake
2 4 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.34%) Power BI
3 2 (0.34%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.17%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.17%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.17%) BigQuery
4 1 (0.17%) Looker
4 1 (0.17%) MS Access
4 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (2.74%) JIRA
2 6 (1.03%) Burp Suite
3 3 (0.51%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.51%) SonarQube
4 2 (0.34%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.34%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.17%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.17%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.17%) GitLab
5 1 (0.17%) Maven
5 1 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 157 (26.88%) Finance
2 132 (22.60%) Social Skills
3 49 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
4 47 (8.05%) Banking
5 43 (7.36%) Public Sector
6 40 (6.85%) Legal
7 23 (3.94%) Law
7 23 (3.94%) Telecoms
8 19 (3.25%) Presentation Skills
9 16 (2.74%) Manufacturing
10 12 (2.05%) Electronics
10 12 (2.05%) Marketing
11 11 (1.88%) Influencing Skills
12 8 (1.37%) Financial Institution
13 7 (1.20%) Retail Banking
14 6 (1.03%) Local Government
14 6 (1.03%) Organisational Skills
15 5 (0.86%) Documentation Skills
16 3 (0.51%) Private Banking
16 3 (0.51%) Retail
Job Titles
1 160 (27.40%) Architect
2 146 (25.00%) Security Architect
3 127 (21.75%) Consultant
4 105 (17.98%) Security Consultant
5 61 (10.45%) Security Manager
6 57 (9.76%) Analyst
7 43 (7.36%) Security Analyst
8 37 (6.34%) Information Security Consultant
9 35 (5.99%) Security Engineer
10 32 (5.48%) Cloud Architect
11 27 (4.62%) Security Specialist
12 23 (3.94%) Cybersecurity Consultant
13 20 (3.42%) Coordinator
13 20 (3.42%) Information Manager
13 20 (3.42%) Security Assurance Coordinator
14 18 (3.08%) Cybersecurity Manager
15 17 (2.91%) AWS Architect
15 17 (2.91%) Information Analyst
15 17 (2.91%) Information Security Analyst
16 16 (2.74%) Information Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.23%) Web Services
2 12 (2.05%) OAuth
3 11 (1.88%) ModSecurity
3 11 (1.88%) Regular Expression
4 10 (1.71%) SAML
5 7 (1.20%) JSON
6 6 (1.03%) 802.1X
6 6 (1.03%) Middleware
6 6 (1.03%) SailPoint
7 5 (0.86%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (0.68%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.51%) .NET
9 3 (0.51%) HTML
9 3 (0.51%) LDAP
9 3 (0.51%) RESTful
9 3 (0.51%) SOAP
10 2 (0.34%) XML
11 1 (0.17%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.17%) GraphQL
11 1 (0.17%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 106 (18.15%) Management Information System
2 23 (3.94%) Public Cloud
3 22 (3.77%) Cyberthreat
4 18 (3.08%) Data Centre
5 11 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (1.71%) Cloud Native
7 9 (1.54%) Cyber Defence
7 9 (1.54%) Cyberattack
7 9 (1.54%) PKI
8 8 (1.37%) NHS
9 7 (1.20%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 7 (1.20%) Data Protection Act
9 7 (1.20%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 5 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
11 4 (0.68%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.68%) Cybercrime
11 4 (0.68%) iPad
11 4 (0.68%) Mainframe
11 4 (0.68%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 67 (11.47%) Windows
2 46 (7.88%) Linux
3 27 (4.62%) Unix
4 12 (2.05%) Windows 10
5 6 (1.03%) Windows Server
6 5 (0.86%) AIX
6 5 (0.86%) Kali Linux
6 5 (0.86%) Windows Server 2016
7 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (0.34%) Android
8 2 (0.34%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.17%) Check Point GAiA
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.17%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 348 (59.59%) Information Security
2 301 (51.54%) Cybersecurity
3 173 (29.62%) Risk Management
4 138 (23.63%) Security Architecture
5 95 (16.27%) Security Management
6 82 (14.04%) SIEM
7 77 (13.18%) SABSA
8 76 (13.01%) Agile Software Development
8 76 (13.01%) TOGAF
9 60 (10.27%) Information Security Management
10 58 (9.93%) Information Assurance
11 51 (8.73%) ITIL
12 50 (8.56%) Security Operations
13 49 (8.39%) Penetration Testing
14 47 (8.05%) Problem-Solving
15 46 (7.88%) Computer Science
15 46 (7.88%) Vulnerability Management
16 45 (7.71%) Identity Access Management
16 45 (7.71%) Risk Assessment
17 43 (7.36%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (3.94%) Python
2 15 (2.57%) Java
3 13 (2.23%) PowerShell
4 10 (1.71%) Ruby
5 9 (1.54%) SQL
6 6 (1.03%) Bash Shell
6 6 (1.03%) Go
6 6 (1.03%) JavaScript
7 5 (0.86%) Groovy
7 5 (0.86%) PHP
7 5 (0.86%) Scala
8 4 (0.68%) C
9 3 (0.51%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.34%) C++
11 1 (0.17%) C#
11 1 (0.17%) Perl
11 1 (0.17%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.17%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 314 (53.77%) CISM
2 118 (20.21%) Degree
3 113 (19.35%) CISA
4 112 (19.18%) Security Cleared
5 98 (16.78%) CRISC
6 82 (14.04%) Cisco Certification
7 80 (13.70%) SC Cleared
8 73 (12.50%) GIAC
9 67 (11.47%) CESG Certified Professional
10 43 (7.36%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 42 (7.19%) SANS
12 32 (5.48%) DV Cleared
13 30 (5.14%) CEH
14 27 (4.62%) CCNP
14 27 (4.62%) CREST Certified
15 23 (3.94%) CCNA
15 23 (3.94%) CompTIA Security+
16 22 (3.77%) GCIH
17 20 (3.42%) Microsoft Certification
17 20 (3.42%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 195 (33.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 126 (21.58%) NIST
3 53 (9.08%) GDPR
4 50 (8.56%) COBIT
5 48 (8.22%) NCSC
6 43 (7.36%) PCI DSS
7 36 (6.16%) NIST 800
8 34 (5.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 31 (5.31%) Cyber Essentials
10 26 (4.45%) GRC
11 24 (4.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 23 (3.94%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 23 (3.94%) JSP 440
13 19 (3.25%) RMADS
14 13 (2.23%) QA
15 10 (1.71%) SOC 2
16 7 (1.20%) HIPAA
17 6 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 5 (0.86%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
18 5 (0.86%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 29 (4.97%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.20%) BitLocker
3 6 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.86%) Docker
5 4 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.68%) XenApp
5 4 (0.68%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.34%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.34%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 24 (4.11%) Kubernetes
2 11 (1.88%) Nessus
2 11 (1.88%) Single Sign-On
3 9 (1.54%) Terraform
4 8 (1.37%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 8 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (1.20%) EnCase
5 7 (1.20%) FTK
6 6 (1.03%) Ansible
6 6 (1.03%) CASB
6 6 (1.03%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 5 (0.86%) SCCM
7 5 (0.86%) SCOM
8 4 (0.68%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 4 (0.68%) SolarWinds Orion
9 3 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.51%) QRadar
10 2 (0.34%) CA Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.34%) Nmap
10 2 (0.34%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 85 (14.55%) Microsoft
2 61 (10.45%) Google
3 38 (6.51%) Cisco
4 27 (4.62%) Splunk
5 17 (2.91%) Palo Alto
6 16 (2.74%) Oracle
6 16 (2.74%) SAP
7 12 (2.05%) VMware
8 10 (1.71%) Citrix
8 10 (1.71%) SolarWinds
9 9 (1.54%) ArcSight
9 9 (1.54%) F5
9 9 (1.54%) McAfee
9 9 (1.54%) Red Hat
10 8 (1.37%) CheckPoint
10 8 (1.37%) Fortinet
10 8 (1.37%) Qualys
10 8 (1.37%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.20%) Cellebrite
11 7 (1.20%) CyberArk