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 28 May 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
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 280 227 291
Rank change year-on-year -53 +64  
Contract jobs citing CISSP 368 609 428
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 1.12% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.22% 5.16% 3.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 381 251
Median daily rate £500 £500 £451
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.86%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £375 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £675 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £500 £428
% change year-on-year -5.00% +16.95%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 3
Median hourly rate £46.00 £72.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.55% +52.63%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £72.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year -36.55% +52.63%  

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 8717 11795 10762
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.47% 21.63% 19.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 5270 7317 6164
Median daily rate £430 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +9.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 478 420 547
Median hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +44.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 -48 350 £500 - 119
London -19 141 £500 - 64
South East -13 87 £461 -2.89% 13
North West +16 49 £500 -13.04% 13
South West -4 30 £520 +30.00% 8
Hampshire +20 28 £450 - 2
Berkshire -4 25 £550 +10.00% 4
East of England -12 22 £493 +12.57% 9
City of London -17 22 £525 +5.00% 20
Manchester +4 20 £463 +8.82% 9
Cheshire +45 19 £450 +20.00% 2
Scotland +39 18 £400 -20.00% 9
Glasgow +14 15 £395 +9.72% 2
Kent +17 10 £400 -11.11% 1
Bedfordshire +1 10 £518 +3.50% 3
Merseyside -1 10 £575 +15.00% 2
Bristol -6 10 £520 +6.66% 3
Winchester +9 8 £456 +1.38% 1
Liverpool -1 8 £600 +20.00% 2
East Midlands -17 8 £425 -28.27%
Northamptonshire - 8 £425 -
Reading -1 7 £550 +10.00% 2
Surrey -3 7 £500 +8.10% 3
Northampton - 7 £413 -
Dorset +16 5 - - 3
Oxfordshire +6 5 £473 - 1
Luton +3 5 £550 +10.00% 1
Yorkshire +3 5 £475 +15.85% 6
Hertfordshire -1 5 £550 +37.50% 3
Buckinghamshire -20 5 £388 -20.51%

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 387 (52.37%) Information Security
2 339 (45.87%) CISM
3 211 (28.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 191 (25.85%) Finance
4 191 (25.85%) Cybersecurity
5 180 (24.36%) Firewall
6 158 (21.38%) CISA
7 157 (21.24%) Risk Management
8 154 (20.84%) PCI DSS
9 135 (18.27%) Security Cleared
10 132 (17.86%) Management Information System
11 122 (16.51%) Degree
12 119 (16.10%) Linux
13 108 (14.61%) ITIL
14 105 (14.21%) SIEM
15 103 (13.94%) SC Cleared
16 98 (13.26%) SANS
17 92 (12.45%) Network Security
17 92 (12.45%) Cisco Certification
18 87 (11.77%) Windows
19 85 (11.50%) Agile Software Development
19 85 (11.50%) Penetration Testing
20 77 (10.42%) Java
21 76 (10.28%) Security Architecture
22 74 (10.01%) Cisco
23 73 (9.88%) Unix
23 73 (9.88%) Risk Assessment
24 72 (9.74%) Vulnerability Management
25 70 (9.47%) TCP/IP
26 69 (9.34%) Security Operations

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 30 (4.06%) JBoss
2 29 (3.92%) Apache
3 28 (3.79%) Tomcat
4 14 (1.89%) SharePoint
5 13 (1.76%) IIS
6 10 (1.35%) WebSphere
7 8 (1.08%) Confluence
8 7 (0.95%) nginx
9 6 (0.81%) Apache Pig
10 5 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.54%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.54%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.54%) ArcGIS
11 4 (0.54%) MS Exchange
11 4 (0.54%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.41%) Mule
12 3 (0.41%) Skype for Business
13 2 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 2 (0.27%) Mongrel
13 2 (0.27%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (1.76%) MS Visio
2 10 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.14%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 59 (7.98%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (4.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (2.98%) IaaS
4 18 (2.44%) SaaS
5 11 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (1.22%) Mimecast
7 8 (1.08%) PaaS
8 6 (0.81%) Office 365
8 6 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.27%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.27%) Google App Engine
11 2 (0.27%) Yammer
12 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudTrail
12 1 (0.14%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.14%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 180 (24.36%) Firewall
2 92 (12.45%) Network Security
3 70 (9.47%) TCP/IP
4 59 (7.98%) Intrusion Detection
5 47 (6.36%) LAN
6 46 (6.22%) WAN
7 39 (5.28%) Internet
7 39 (5.28%) Wireless
8 37 (5.01%) VPN
9 33 (4.47%) IPsec
10 23 (3.11%) HTTP
10 23 (3.11%) SSL
11 19 (2.57%) DNS
11 19 (2.57%) VoIP
11 19 (2.57%) Wireshark
12 16 (2.17%) HTTPS
13 14 (1.89%) DHCP
14 11 (1.49%) Cisco ISE
14 11 (1.49%) LDAP
15 10 (1.35%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.25%) Redis
2 18 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
3 17 (2.30%) Relational Database
4 16 (2.17%) RDBMS
5 13 (1.76%) Big Data
5 13 (1.76%) Hadoop
5 13 (1.76%) SQL Server
6 9 (1.22%) Apache Hive
7 5 (0.68%) GIS
7 5 (0.68%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.68%) Star Schema
8 4 (0.54%) DataStax
8 4 (0.54%) MariaDB
9 3 (0.41%) DB2
9 3 (0.41%) HBase
9 3 (0.41%) Sqoop
10 2 (0.27%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.27%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.27%) MySQL
11 1 (0.14%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 12 (1.62%) Jenkins
2 11 (1.49%) JIRA
3 10 (1.35%) AppScan
4 5 (0.68%) Maven
4 5 (0.68%) Metasploit
4 5 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.54%) Hudson
6 2 (0.27%) Pylint
6 2 (0.27%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (0.27%) Subversion
6 2 (0.27%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
General
1 191 (25.85%) Finance
2 62 (8.39%) Banking
3 43 (5.82%) Telecoms
4 39 (5.28%) Retail
5 27 (3.65%) Legal
6 12 (1.62%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.35%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.08%) Law
9 6 (0.81%) Local Government
10 5 (0.68%) Advertising
11 4 (0.54%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.54%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.54%) Marketing
11 4 (0.54%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.41%) Billing
12 3 (0.41%) Electronics
13 2 (0.27%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.27%) French Language
13 2 (0.27%) Publishing
14 1 (0.14%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 173 (23.41%) Analyst
2 167 (22.60%) Consultant
3 149 (20.16%) Security Analyst
4 137 (18.54%) Security Consultant
5 88 (11.91%) Architect
6 77 (10.42%) Security Architect
7 66 (8.93%) Security Manager
8 57 (7.71%) Security Engineer
9 53 (7.17%) Information Analyst
10 52 (7.04%) Information Security Analyst
11 39 (5.28%) Information Security Consultant
12 34 (4.60%) Security Specialist
13 33 (4.47%) Business Analyst
14 27 (3.65%) Cybersecurity Analyst
15 26 (3.52%) IT Manager
16 25 (3.38%) Project Manager
17 23 (3.11%) CISSP Consultant
17 23 (3.11%) Cybersecurity Consultant
17 23 (3.11%) IT Analyst
17 23 (3.11%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (4.60%) Web Services
2 21 (2.84%) Elastic Stack
3 20 (2.71%) Java EE
4 15 (2.03%) ActiveMQ
4 15 (2.03%) JMS
4 15 (2.03%) Middleware
5 11 (1.49%) .NET
5 11 (1.49%) JAAS
5 11 (1.49%) JMX
5 11 (1.49%) JNDI
6 10 (1.35%) RESTful
7 9 (1.22%) J2EE
8 8 (1.08%) 802.1X
8 8 (1.08%) Servlets
9 7 (0.95%) LAPP Stack
10 6 (0.81%) JSP
11 4 (0.54%) Hibernate
11 4 (0.54%) SOAP
11 4 (0.54%) Spring
11 4 (0.54%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 132 (17.86%) Management Information System
2 53 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
3 47 (6.36%) CESG
4 40 (5.41%) Computer Science
5 38 (5.14%) Data Centre
6 27 (3.65%) Virtual Team
7 24 (3.25%) PKI
8 23 (3.11%) Security Operations Centre
9 18 (2.44%) Cyber Attack
10 16 (2.17%) Cyber Defence
10 16 (2.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 14 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
12 12 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.49%) Smart Meter
14 10 (1.35%) Cyberthreat
14 10 (1.35%) PMI
14 10 (1.35%) SWIFT
15 9 (1.22%) CESG CLAS
16 8 (1.08%) Mainframe
16 8 (1.08%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 119 (16.10%) Linux
2 87 (11.77%) Windows
3 73 (9.88%) Unix
4 30 (4.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 15 (2.03%) Mac OS X
6 14 (1.89%) Solaris
7 7 (0.95%) Windows Server
8 5 (0.68%) CentOS
8 5 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.54%) SUSE
9 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.41%) AIX
10 3 (0.41%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.27%) VMS
11 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.14%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.14%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.14%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.14%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (52.37%) Information Security
2 191 (25.85%) Cybersecurity
3 157 (21.24%) Risk Management
4 108 (14.61%) ITIL
5 105 (14.21%) SIEM
6 85 (11.50%) Agile Software Development
6 85 (11.50%) Penetration Testing
7 76 (10.28%) Security Architecture
8 73 (9.88%) Risk Assessment
9 72 (9.74%) Vulnerability Management
10 69 (9.34%) Security Operations
11 68 (9.20%) Stakeholder Management
12 59 (7.98%) Data Protection
13 52 (7.04%) Information Assurance
13 52 (7.04%) ISMS
14 46 (6.22%) Cryptography
14 46 (6.22%) Identity Access Management
15 41 (5.55%) Project Management
15 41 (5.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 40 (5.41%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 77 (10.42%) Java
2 39 (5.28%) Python
3 31 (4.19%) SQL
4 29 (3.92%) Bash Shell
5 23 (3.11%) Perl
6 22 (2.98%) Ruby
7 14 (1.89%) C-shell
7 14 (1.89%) Korn
8 13 (1.76%) C
8 13 (1.76%) C++
9 9 (1.22%) C#
10 8 (1.08%) PowerShell
11 7 (0.95%) JavaScript
11 7 (0.95%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.68%) Dart
13 3 (0.41%) VBScript
14 2 (0.27%) Go
14 2 (0.27%) Haskell
14 2 (0.27%) R
14 2 (0.27%) Scala
Qualifications
1 339 (45.87%) CISM
2 158 (21.38%) CISA
3 135 (18.27%) Security Cleared
4 122 (16.51%) Degree
5 103 (13.94%) SC Cleared
6 98 (13.26%) SANS
7 92 (12.45%) Cisco Certification
8 59 (7.98%) GIAC
9 55 (7.44%) CEH
9 55 (7.44%) CESG Certified Professional
10 48 (6.50%) SSCP
11 43 (5.82%) CRISC
12 37 (5.01%) CLAS
12 37 (5.01%) DV Cleared
13 35 (4.74%) CCSP
14 33 (4.47%) CCNP
15 32 (4.33%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 32 (4.33%) CCNA
16 30 (4.06%) CREST Certified
16 30 (4.06%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 211 (28.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 154 (20.84%) PCI DSS
3 63 (8.53%) COBIT
4 41 (5.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 37 (5.01%) GDPR
6 35 (4.74%) ISO/IEC 27002
7 28 (3.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 24 (3.25%) RMADS
9 18 (2.44%) QA
10 15 (2.03%) JSP 440
11 11 (1.49%) HIPAA
12 7 (0.95%) ISO 22301
12 7 (0.95%) SLA
13 6 (0.81%) FedRAMP
14 5 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials
14 5 (0.68%) ISAE 3402
14 5 (0.68%) PMO
15 4 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
15 4 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 4 (0.54%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 21 (2.84%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.35%) Snort
4 7 (0.95%) Docker
5 5 (0.68%) Xen
6 4 (0.54%) Apache Flume
6 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 4 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (0.41%) HDFS
8 2 (0.27%) KVM
8 2 (0.27%) LXC
8 2 (0.27%) vSphere
9 1 (0.14%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.14%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.14%) Sendmail
9 1 (0.14%) Slurm Workload Manager
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 39 (5.28%) Puppet
2 32 (4.33%) Opscode Chef
3 30 (4.06%) QRadar
4 13 (1.76%) Kibana
5 12 (1.62%) logstash
6 10 (1.35%) Nmap
6 10 (1.35%) RSA enVision
7 9 (1.22%) Cobbler
8 8 (1.08%) Nagios
8 8 (1.08%) Nessus
9 7 (0.95%) Ansible
10 6 (0.81%) Computer Incident Response Team
10 6 (0.81%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 6 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.68%) FortiGate
11 5 (0.68%) HP Fortify
11 5 (0.68%) SCCM
12 4 (0.54%) EnCase
12 4 (0.54%) IBM BigFix
12 4 (0.54%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 74 (10.01%) Cisco
2 64 (8.66%) Splunk
3 61 (8.25%) Microsoft
4 38 (5.14%) LogRhythm
4 38 (5.14%) Red Hat
5 36 (4.87%) CheckPoint
6 31 (4.19%) IBM
7 19 (2.57%) SAP
8 18 (2.44%) Oracle
9 17 (2.30%) F5
9 17 (2.30%) Qualys
9 17 (2.30%) VMware
10 16 (2.17%) Apple
10 16 (2.17%) HP
10 16 (2.17%) McAfee
11 15 (2.03%) Juniper
12 14 (1.89%) ArcSight
12 14 (1.89%) CyberArk
13 13 (1.76%) Palo Alto
14 12 (1.62%) Rapid7
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