Period
to 26 February 2020

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 26 February 2020 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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 297 294 258
Rank change year-on-year -3 -36 +27
Contract jobs citing CISSP 551 858 1,030
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 0.87% 1.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.77% 4.46% 5.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 538 603
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £377 £404 £368
90th Percentile £721 £691 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 3
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £35.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.14% +45.83% -61.68%
10th Percentile £40.75 £35.00 £23.50
90th Percentile £68.50 £35.00 £32.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £35.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +25.71% +45.83% -62.72%

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 14,604 19,253 19,131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.48% 19.43% 18.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,990 11,519 11,712
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £258 £260 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 659 909 847
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.70 £12.55 £12.15
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.35 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.72 £26.22
% change year-on-year +18.41% +9.54% -4.67%

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020. 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 +7 501 £550 +2.33% 234
UK excluding London +13 304 £550 +4.76% 155
London +22 225 £550 - 89
South East +23 88 £494 -5.95% 34
North of England +30 59 £550 +9.45% 41
South West +19 51 £550 +10.00% 24
East of England +41 38 £562 +12.30% 17
Midlands +38 38 £538 -4.44% 29
North West +7 29 £525 +5.00% 20
Yorkshire +42 28 £550 +18.92% 19
West Midlands +40 28 £525 -2.33% 21
Scotland +4 27 £473 -10.00% 5
East Midlands +40 10 £638 +6.25% 8
Wales +6 4 - - 3
North East +19 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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.

1 326 (59.17%) Information Security
2 297 (53.90%) CISM
3 194 (35.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 180 (32.67%) Cybersecurity
5 149 (27.04%) Risk Management
6 115 (20.87%) Finance
7 104 (18.87%) CISA
7 104 (18.87%) AWS
8 102 (18.51%) NIST
9 99 (17.97%) Security Cleared
10 94 (17.06%) Firewall
11 92 (16.70%) Management Information System
12 89 (16.15%) Security Architecture
13 82 (14.88%) Agile Software Development
14 77 (13.97%) Azure
15 74 (13.43%) Degree
16 71 (12.89%) PCI DSS
17 68 (12.34%) Vulnerability Management
17 68 (12.34%) Analytical Skills
18 66 (11.98%) SIEM
18 66 (11.98%) ITIL
19 65 (11.80%) Security Operations
20 63 (11.43%) Cisco Certification
21 62 (11.25%) Security Management
21 62 (11.25%) GIAC
22 61 (11.07%) CRISC
22 61 (11.07%) Security Testing
23 59 (10.71%) GDPR
24 58 (10.53%) SC Cleared
24 58 (10.53%) 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 7 (1.27%) Confluence
2 6 (1.09%) IIS
2 6 (1.09%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.54%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.36%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.36%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.18%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (0.91%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.54%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 104 (18.87%) AWS
2 77 (13.97%) Azure
3 29 (5.26%) Office 365
4 13 (2.36%) GCP
5 12 (2.18%) SaaS
6 7 (1.27%) IaaS
6 7 (1.27%) PaaS
7 6 (1.09%) GitHub
8 5 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (0.91%) Azure Stack
9 3 (0.54%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.36%) Akamai
10 2 (0.36%) Amazon ECS
10 2 (0.36%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 2 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.36%) Route 53
10 2 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.18%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 94 (17.06%) Firewall
2 56 (10.16%) Network Security
3 21 (3.81%) VPN
4 19 (3.45%) TCP/IP
5 18 (3.27%) WAN
6 15 (2.72%) Internet
7 12 (2.18%) Intrusion Detection
8 9 (1.63%) Wireless
9 8 (1.45%) LAN
9 8 (1.45%) VoIP
10 5 (0.91%) Cisco Firepower
10 5 (0.91%) Cisco IPT
10 5 (0.91%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (0.91%) DNS
10 5 (0.91%) HTTP
11 4 (0.73%) BGP
11 4 (0.73%) HSRP
11 4 (0.73%) IPsec
11 4 (0.73%) OSPF
11 4 (0.73%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.27%) Big Data
2 4 (0.73%) Blockchain
3 2 (0.36%) Data Lake
3 2 (0.36%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (2.00%) JIRA
2 9 (1.63%) Burp Suite
3 8 (1.45%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.36%) AppScan
4 2 (0.36%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.36%) CircleCI
4 2 (0.36%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.36%) git-flow
4 2 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 115 (20.87%) Finance
2 36 (6.53%) Retail
3 35 (6.35%) Public Sector
4 34 (6.17%) Legal
5 31 (5.63%) Banking
6 21 (3.81%) Telecoms
7 12 (2.18%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.45%) Electronics
8 8 (1.45%) Marketing
8 8 (1.45%) Police
9 5 (0.91%) Law
9 5 (0.91%) Military
10 2 (0.36%) Advertising
10 2 (0.36%) International Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.18%) Czech Language
11 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.18%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 130 (23.59%) Architect
2 123 (22.32%) Consultant
3 113 (20.51%) Security Architect
4 100 (18.15%) Security Consultant
5 82 (14.88%) Analyst
6 58 (10.53%) Security Analyst
7 44 (7.99%) Security Manager
8 34 (6.17%) Information Security Consultant
9 28 (5.08%) Security Engineer
10 23 (4.17%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 18 (3.27%) Information Manager
11 18 (3.27%) Security Officer
11 18 (3.27%) Security Specialist
12 16 (2.90%) Cloud Architect
13 15 (2.72%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 15 (2.72%) Information Security Manager
13 15 (2.72%) Information Security Officer
13 15 (2.72%) IT Analyst
13 15 (2.72%) IT Security Analyst
14 14 (2.54%) Head of Security
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (7.62%) Web Services
2 6 (1.09%) .NET
2 6 (1.09%) JSON
3 5 (0.91%) LDAP
3 5 (0.91%) Middleware
3 5 (0.91%) SailPoint
4 3 (0.54%) REST
4 3 (0.54%) SAML
5 2 (0.36%) .NET Framework
5 2 (0.36%) AngularJS
5 2 (0.36%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.36%) GraphQL
5 2 (0.36%) Kafka
5 2 (0.36%) Node.js
5 2 (0.36%) React
5 2 (0.36%) Spring
5 2 (0.36%) Spring MVC
5 2 (0.36%) Vue.js
6 1 (0.18%) J2EE
6 1 (0.18%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 92 (16.70%) Management Information System
2 68 (12.34%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (5.63%) Data Centre
4 19 (3.45%) Cyberthreat
5 12 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (2.00%) Data Protection Act
6 11 (2.00%) Security Operations Centre
7 10 (1.81%) Public Cloud
8 7 (1.27%) Cyber Defence
8 7 (1.27%) Cyberattack
8 7 (1.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 7 (1.27%) PMI
9 6 (1.09%) Enterprise Cloud
9 6 (1.09%) PKI
10 5 (0.91%) Freedom of Information
10 5 (0.91%) Freedom of Information Act
11 4 (0.73%) CESG
11 4 (0.73%) User Experience
12 3 (0.54%) Cloud Native
12 3 (0.54%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 47 (8.53%) Windows
2 37 (6.72%) Linux
3 15 (2.72%) Unix
4 10 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 8 (1.45%) Windows 10
6 5 (0.91%) Android
6 5 (0.91%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.73%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.54%) CentOS
8 3 (0.54%) Check Point GAiA
8 3 (0.54%) Solaris
8 3 (0.54%) VMS
9 2 (0.36%) Fedora
9 2 (0.36%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.36%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.36%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 326 (59.17%) Information Security
2 180 (32.67%) Cybersecurity
3 149 (27.04%) Risk Management
4 89 (16.15%) Security Architecture
5 82 (14.88%) Agile Software Development
6 68 (12.34%) Vulnerability Management
7 66 (11.98%) ITIL
7 66 (11.98%) SIEM
8 65 (11.80%) Security Operations
9 62 (11.25%) Security Management
10 61 (11.07%) Security Testing
11 58 (10.53%) TOGAF
12 56 (10.16%) Risk Assessment
13 54 (9.80%) Problem-Solving
14 51 (9.26%) Identity Access Management
15 45 (8.17%) Information Assurance
16 42 (7.62%) Stakeholder Management
17 41 (7.44%) DevOps
17 41 (7.44%) Information Security Management
18 37 (6.72%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (4.72%) Python
2 18 (3.27%) PowerShell
3 17 (3.09%) C
4 13 (2.36%) Perl
5 11 (2.00%) Bash Shell
6 8 (1.45%) Java
7 6 (1.09%) Ruby
8 4 (0.73%) Shell Script
8 4 (0.73%) SQL
9 3 (0.54%) C++
9 3 (0.54%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.54%) PHP
10 1 (0.18%) C#
10 1 (0.18%) Scala
10 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 297 (53.90%) CISM
2 104 (18.87%) CISA
3 99 (17.97%) Security Cleared
4 74 (13.43%) Degree
5 63 (11.43%) Cisco Certification
6 62 (11.25%) GIAC
7 61 (11.07%) CRISC
8 58 (10.53%) SC Cleared
9 56 (10.16%) CEH
10 52 (9.44%) SANS
11 38 (6.90%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 36 (6.53%) DV Cleared
13 32 (5.81%) CESG Certified Professional
14 25 (4.54%) TOGAF Certification
15 24 (4.36%) CLAS
16 23 (4.17%) CompTIA Security+
16 23 (4.17%) ISSAP
16 23 (4.17%) SSCP
17 20 (3.63%) CCSP
18 18 (3.27%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (35.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 102 (18.51%) NIST
3 71 (12.89%) PCI DSS
4 59 (10.71%) GDPR
5 56 (10.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 55 (9.98%) NCSC
7 31 (5.63%) COBIT
8 16 (2.90%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 13 (2.36%) Cyber Essentials
9 13 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 13 (2.36%) JSP 440
10 12 (2.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (2.00%) RMADS
12 10 (1.81%) PMO
13 9 (1.63%) SLA
14 7 (1.27%) ISO 22301
15 5 (0.91%) Basel II
15 5 (0.91%) Dodd-Frank
15 5 (0.91%) EMIR
15 5 (0.91%) MiFID
System Software
1 33 (5.99%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.72%) Docker
3 10 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.73%) vCloud
5 3 (0.54%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.36%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.36%) NDS
6 2 (0.36%) NFS
6 2 (0.36%) Samba
6 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.36%) VirtualBox
6 2 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.36%) vSphere
6 2 (0.36%) Xen
7 1 (0.18%) Firmware
7 1 (0.18%) IAG
7 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (2.72%) Nessus
2 10 (1.81%) CSIRT
3 9 (1.63%) Kubernetes
4 8 (1.45%) Puppet
5 7 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.27%) QRadar
6 6 (1.09%) Ansible
6 6 (1.09%) Suricata
7 5 (0.91%) CASB
8 4 (0.73%) EnCase
8 4 (0.73%) Nexpose
8 4 (0.73%) Terraform
9 3 (0.54%) FTK
9 3 (0.54%) RSA Archer
9 3 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.36%) HP Fortify
10 2 (0.36%) OpenVAS
10 2 (0.36%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.36%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 41 (7.44%) Microsoft
2 30 (5.44%) Splunk
3 27 (4.90%) Cisco
4 26 (4.72%) Qualys
5 19 (3.45%) VMware
6 15 (2.72%) McAfee
7 11 (2.00%) Google
7 11 (2.00%) SAP
8 10 (1.81%) CheckPoint
9 9 (1.63%) CyberArk
9 9 (1.63%) Rapid7
10 8 (1.45%) Oracle
10 8 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.45%) Symantec
11 6 (1.09%) LogRhythm
12 5 (0.91%) Blue Coat
12 5 (0.91%) Citrix
12 5 (0.91%) F5
12 5 (0.91%) Fortinet
12 5 (0.91%) Palo Alto