Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 2022 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
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 311 255 311
Rank change year-on-year -56 +56 +5
Contract jobs citing CISSP 736 432 608
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.85% 1.04% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.42% 4.58% 3.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 480 269 425
10th Percentile £425 £363 £375
25th Percentile £500 £450 £456
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £595 £525 £550
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% -4.55% +4.76%
75th Percentile £675 £638 £638
90th Percentile £750 £705 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £563 £481 £525
% change year-on-year +17.00% -8.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 8 3
10th Percentile £41.00 £34.75 £40.80
25th Percentile £45.80 £40.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate £60.00 £56.50 £44.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.19% +28.41% -
75th Percentile £65.00 £69.25 £60.75
90th Percentile £83.13 £70.60 £70.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.22 £66.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year -16.34% +50.00% -

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 16,656 9,432 15,414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.15% 22.79% 21.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,887 6,227 9,940
10th Percentile £313 £277 £256
25th Percentile £415 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £619 £563 £556
90th Percentile £700 £650 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £482 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.11% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 656 498 637
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.69 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.53 £40.25 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -1.80% +23.85% +22.84%
75th Percentile £53.81 £53.75 £49.50
90th Percentile £65.65 £64.65 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.69 £38.25 £29.36
% change year-on-year -9.31% +30.30% +10.77%

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 16 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 24 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -83 585 £578 +10.00% 196
London -68 310 £600 +6.19% 75
UK excluding London -83 257 £563 +17.00% 137
Work from Home -60 210 £600 +12.15% 28
South East -47 84 £550 +15.79% 30
South West -63 53 £575 +22.60% 18
Scotland -26 44 £610 +1.67% 7
North of England -42 36 £563 +20.00% 38
North West -29 29 £575 +24.32% 14
East of England -38 19 £550 -4.35% 11
Midlands -69 18 £580 +5.45% 24
East Midlands -25 9 £568 +19.47% 10
West Midlands -66 9 £625 +13.64% 14
Yorkshire -39 6 £475 -4.62% 19
Wales -30 3 £520 +1.46% 9
North East - 1 £270 - 5

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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.

1 387 (52.58%) CISM
2 364 (49.46%) Information Security
3 304 (41.30%) Cybersecurity
4 237 (32.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 176 (23.91%) Risk Management
5 176 (23.91%) Finance
6 170 (23.10%) Security Cleared
7 162 (22.01%) Social Skills
8 160 (21.74%) Azure
9 159 (21.60%) CISA
10 158 (21.47%) Security Architecture
11 155 (21.06%) NIST
12 154 (20.92%) Management Information System
13 144 (19.57%) CRISC
14 143 (19.43%) Degree
15 140 (19.02%) Cisco Certification
16 132 (17.93%) SC Cleared
17 131 (17.80%) AWS
18 124 (16.85%) Firewall
19 122 (16.58%) Agile Software Development
20 116 (15.76%) SIEM
21 101 (13.72%) Security Management
22 91 (12.36%) Windows
23 88 (11.96%) NCSC
24 83 (11.28%) Vulnerability Management
25 82 (11.14%) (ISC)2 CCSP
25 82 (11.14%) Network Security
26 80 (10.87%) CEH
26 80 (10.87%) Public Sector
26 80 (10.87%) GDPR

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 15 (2.04%) OpenStack
2 6 (0.82%) IIS
3 3 (0.41%) Confluence
3 3 (0.41%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.27%) Drupal
5 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.14%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (0.14%) JBoss
5 1 (0.14%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.14%) SAS
5 1 (0.14%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (2.31%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.95%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.82%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 160 (21.74%) Azure
2 131 (17.80%) AWS
3 73 (9.92%) GCP
4 44 (5.98%) Microsoft 365
5 39 (5.30%) SaaS
6 25 (3.40%) Serverless
7 22 (2.99%) IaaS
8 21 (2.85%) PaaS
9 17 (2.31%) Azure Sentinel
10 16 (2.17%) AWS CloudFormation
11 10 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
12 8 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (1.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 7 (0.95%) Amazon ELB
13 7 (0.95%) AWS KMS
13 7 (0.95%) GitHub
13 7 (0.95%) Route 53
14 6 (0.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 6 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 124 (16.85%) Firewall
2 82 (11.14%) Network Security
3 37 (5.03%) WAN
4 26 (3.53%) TCP/IP
5 22 (2.99%) SD-WAN
6 21 (2.85%) VPN
7 17 (2.31%) HTTP
7 17 (2.31%) Intrusion Detection
8 14 (1.90%) LAN
9 10 (1.36%) Cisco IPT
9 10 (1.36%) Internet
9 10 (1.36%) Wireless
10 9 (1.22%) BGP
10 9 (1.22%) Cisco ASA
10 9 (1.22%) OSPF
10 9 (1.22%) VoIP
11 8 (1.09%) DNS
11 8 (1.09%) WLAN
12 7 (0.95%) Cisco IOS
12 7 (0.95%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (1.49%) Big Data
2 9 (1.22%) SQL Server
3 6 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (0.82%) Data Lake
4 5 (0.68%) Amazon Athena
5 3 (0.41%) DB2
5 3 (0.41%) GIS
6 1 (0.14%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.14%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.14%) Power BI
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.14%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 13 (1.77%) Jenkins
2 7 (0.95%) GitLab
2 7 (0.95%) JIRA
3 5 (0.68%) AppScan
3 5 (0.68%) Burp Suite
3 5 (0.68%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
4 4 (0.54%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.41%) Metasploit
5 3 (0.41%) Snyk
6 2 (0.27%) MSI
6 2 (0.27%) Spinnaker
6 2 (0.27%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.14%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
7 1 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 176 (23.91%) Finance
2 162 (22.01%) Social Skills
3 80 (10.87%) Public Sector
4 53 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
5 49 (6.66%) Banking
6 42 (5.71%) Legal
7 35 (4.76%) Law
8 33 (4.48%) Influencing Skills
8 33 (4.48%) Telecoms
9 29 (3.94%) Presentation Skills
10 22 (2.99%) Manufacturing
11 19 (2.58%) Financial Institution
12 16 (2.17%) Electronics
12 16 (2.17%) Marketing
13 15 (2.04%) Investment Banking
13 15 (2.04%) Retail
14 11 (1.49%) Organisational Skills
15 9 (1.22%) Documentation Skills
16 8 (1.09%) Military
17 6 (0.82%) Police
Job Titles
1 196 (26.63%) Architect
2 177 (24.05%) Security Architect
3 122 (16.58%) Consultant
4 96 (13.04%) Security Consultant
5 84 (11.41%) Analyst
6 77 (10.46%) Security Engineer
7 67 (9.10%) Security Manager
8 56 (7.61%) Security Analyst
9 45 (6.11%) Information Security Consultant
10 31 (4.21%) Cloud Architect
10 31 (4.21%) Cloud Engineer
11 25 (3.40%) Information Security Manager
12 22 (2.99%) Information Manager
12 22 (2.99%) Project Manager
12 22 (2.99%) Security Specialist
13 21 (2.85%) Design Engineer
14 20 (2.72%) Head of Security
15 19 (2.58%) AWS Architect
16 18 (2.45%) Cybersecurity Architect
16 18 (2.45%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.17%) REST
2 12 (1.63%) .NET
3 9 (1.22%) Web Services
4 8 (1.09%) SOAP
5 7 (0.95%) JSON
5 7 (0.95%) OAuth
6 6 (0.82%) SAML
7 5 (0.68%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.68%) XML
8 4 (0.54%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.54%) LDAP
8 4 (0.54%) Middleware
8 4 (0.54%) ModSecurity
9 3 (0.41%) OpenID
9 3 (0.41%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.41%) Spring Boot
10 2 (0.27%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.27%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.27%) RESTful
10 2 (0.27%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 154 (20.92%) Management Information System
2 37 (5.03%) Data Centre
3 25 (3.40%) Cyberthreat
4 21 (2.85%) Self-Motivation
5 20 (2.72%) Public Cloud
6 19 (2.58%) Security Operations Centre
7 17 (2.31%) Hedge funds
7 17 (2.31%) PKI
8 16 (2.17%) Enterprise Cloud
9 14 (1.90%) Cloud Native
10 12 (1.63%) CESG
10 12 (1.63%) User Experience
11 11 (1.49%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 11 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
11 11 (1.49%) Virtual Team
12 10 (1.36%) Mobile App
13 9 (1.22%) Data Protection Act
14 8 (1.09%) Cyberattack
15 6 (0.82%) Cybercrime
15 6 (0.82%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 91 (12.36%) Windows
2 51 (6.93%) Linux
3 26 (3.53%) Unix
4 11 (1.49%) Windows Server
5 7 (0.95%) AIX
6 6 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (0.82%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (0.68%) Android
7 5 (0.68%) Mac OS
7 5 (0.68%) Windows Server 2019
8 4 (0.54%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.27%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.14%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 364 (49.46%) Information Security
2 304 (41.30%) Cybersecurity
3 176 (23.91%) Risk Management
4 158 (21.47%) Security Architecture
5 122 (16.58%) Agile Software Development
6 116 (15.76%) SIEM
7 101 (13.72%) Security Management
8 83 (11.28%) Vulnerability Management
9 79 (10.73%) Application Security
10 77 (10.46%) Security Operations
11 75 (10.19%) TOGAF
12 73 (9.92%) Data Protection
13 71 (9.65%) SABSA
14 69 (9.38%) ISMS
15 66 (8.97%) Information Security Management
15 66 (8.97%) ITIL
16 61 (8.29%) DevOps
17 60 (8.15%) Threat Modelling
18 55 (7.47%) Incident Management
18 55 (7.47%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 40 (5.43%) Python
2 32 (4.35%) Java
3 27 (3.67%) C
4 18 (2.45%) JavaScript
5 14 (1.90%) C++
5 14 (1.90%) PowerShell
6 13 (1.77%) SQL
7 9 (1.22%) Bash
8 6 (0.82%) PHP
9 5 (0.68%) C#
9 5 (0.68%) Ruby
10 4 (0.54%) Perl
10 4 (0.54%) VBA
11 2 (0.27%) Go
11 2 (0.27%) Groovy
11 2 (0.27%) Scala
11 2 (0.27%) Search Processing Language
11 2 (0.27%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.14%) VB
12 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 387 (52.58%) CISM
2 170 (23.10%) Security Cleared
3 159 (21.60%) CISA
4 144 (19.57%) CRISC
5 143 (19.43%) Degree
6 140 (19.02%) Cisco Certification
7 132 (17.93%) SC Cleared
8 82 (11.14%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 80 (10.87%) CEH
10 79 (10.73%) CESG Certified Professional
11 51 (6.93%) GIAC
12 44 (5.98%) CCNP
13 43 (5.84%) CCSP
14 40 (5.43%) SANS
15 36 (4.89%) DV Cleared
16 29 (3.94%) CCNA
16 29 (3.94%) CISMP
17 24 (3.26%) CompTIA Security+
18 23 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
18 23 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 237 (32.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 155 (21.06%) NIST
3 88 (11.96%) NCSC
4 80 (10.87%) GDPR
5 46 (6.25%) PCI DSS
6 39 (5.30%) COBIT
7 38 (5.16%) RMADS
8 35 (4.76%) Cyber Essentials
8 35 (4.76%) GRC
9 31 (4.21%) JSP 440
10 28 (3.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 25 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 18 (2.45%) NIST 800
13 17 (2.31%) SOC 2
14 15 (2.04%) QA
15 14 (1.90%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 12 (1.63%) SLA
17 8 (1.09%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
18 7 (0.95%) HIPAA
19 6 (0.82%) Actionable Recommendations
System Software
1 37 (5.03%) Active Directory
2 26 (3.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.26%) Docker
4 19 (2.58%) Hyper-V
5 15 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (0.68%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.54%) XenApp
9 3 (0.41%) Firmware
9 3 (0.41%) Squid
10 2 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.27%) vSphere
11 1 (0.14%) KVM
11 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 41 (5.57%) Kubernetes
2 27 (3.67%) QRadar
3 23 (3.13%) Terraform
4 16 (2.17%) CASB
5 14 (1.90%) Nessus
6 11 (1.49%) CSIRT
7 9 (1.22%) Ansible
8 8 (1.09%) Nexpose
9 7 (0.95%) Consul
9 7 (0.95%) Istio
10 6 (0.82%) HP Fortify
10 6 (0.82%) Opsgenie
11 5 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (0.68%) Nmap
11 5 (0.68%) SCCM
11 5 (0.68%) SCOM
11 5 (0.68%) WebInspect
12 4 (0.54%) DatAdvantage
13 3 (0.41%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 3 (0.41%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 75 (10.19%) Microsoft
2 61 (8.29%) Cisco
3 34 (4.62%) Splunk
4 29 (3.94%) VMware
5 21 (2.85%) CyberArk
6 20 (2.72%) CheckPoint
6 20 (2.72%) Google
6 20 (2.72%) SAP
7 19 (2.58%) IBM
8 16 (2.17%) Qualys
9 15 (2.04%) McAfee
10 13 (1.77%) Oracle
11 12 (1.63%) Juniper
11 12 (1.63%) Palo Alto
12 10 (1.36%) ServiceNow
13 9 (1.22%) Symantec
14 8 (1.09%) LogRhythm
14 8 (1.09%) Trend Micro
15 7 (0.95%) F5
15 7 (0.95%) Forcepoint