Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 284 204 305
Rank change year-on-year -80 +101 -7
Contract jobs citing CISSP 735 403 763
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 1.36% 0.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.95% 5.29% 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 468 257 511
10th Percentile £418 £363 £388
25th Percentile £500 £433 £456
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £588 £535 £540
Median % change year-on-year +9.86% -0.93% +2.86%
75th Percentile £690 £619 £638
90th Percentile £775 £688 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £575 £516 £517
% change year-on-year +11.38% -0.05% +3.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 9 3
Median hourly rate £60.35 £75.00 £60.87
Median % change year-on-year -19.53% +23.21% -9.15%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £76.25 £60.65
% change year-on-year -21.31% +25.72% -9.47%

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 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 14,844 7,624 17,295
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.57% 25.64% 19.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,625 5,095 10,917
10th Percentile £313 £293 £263
25th Percentile £410 £394 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £600 £573 £569
90th Percentile £680 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £454 £440
% change year-on-year +4.72% +3.08% +6.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 679 275 775
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.93 £13.75
25th Percentile £16.25 £21.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.58 £64.50 £58.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -25.00% +73.91%

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 25 September 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 25 September 2021.

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 25 September 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 -88 581 £580 +10.48% 193
London -67 324 £600 +9.84% 89
UK excluding London -126 257 £575 +11.38% 119
Work from Home -113 212 £600 +19.82% 37
South East -44 70 £583 +5.91% 23
South West -52 53 £575 +21.69% 13
Scotland -51 51 £625 +7.30% 11
North of England -60 42 £525 +25.00% 31
North West -41 27 £563 +33.93% 18
Midlands -113 21 £555 -3.48% 14
East of England -41 17 £510 +56.92% 22
Yorkshire -47 15 £514 +17.49% 12
West Midlands -97 15 £575 - 12
East Midlands -35 6 £555 +0.91% 2
Wales -25 2 £520 +73.33% 5
Northern Ireland - 1 £600 -

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 414 (56.33%) Information Security
2 369 (50.20%) Cybersecurity
3 347 (47.21%) CISM
4 232 (31.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 212 (28.84%) Finance
6 210 (28.57%) Risk Management
7 164 (22.31%) Azure
8 162 (22.04%) Degree
9 161 (21.90%) Social Skills
10 160 (21.77%) Security Architecture
11 154 (20.95%) NIST
12 153 (20.82%) AWS
13 139 (18.91%) CRISC
14 138 (18.78%) Management Information System
15 135 (18.37%) Security Cleared
16 131 (17.82%) CISA
17 120 (16.33%) Cisco Certification
18 113 (15.37%) Firewall
19 112 (15.24%) SIEM
20 108 (14.69%) Agile Software Development
21 105 (14.29%) GCP
22 101 (13.74%) SC Cleared
23 96 (13.06%) Vulnerability Management
23 96 (13.06%) Security Operations
24 86 (11.70%) Network Security
24 86 (11.70%) SABSA
25 85 (11.56%) GDPR
26 82 (11.16%) Security Management
26 82 (11.16%) TOGAF
27 81 (11.02%) Microsoft

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 9 (1.22%) IIS
3 8 (1.09%) Confluence
4 7 (0.95%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.27%) CMS
5 2 (0.27%) Drupal
6 1 (0.14%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 21 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.82%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.41%) iTrent
2 3 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.41%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) SAP CCM
4 1 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 164 (22.31%) Azure
2 153 (20.82%) AWS
3 105 (14.29%) GCP
4 49 (6.67%) SaaS
5 42 (5.71%) Microsoft 365
6 28 (3.81%) IaaS
7 25 (3.40%) Serverless
8 24 (3.27%) PaaS
9 20 (2.72%) Azure Sentinel
10 18 (2.45%) Cloud Computing
11 13 (1.77%) AWS CloudFormation
11 13 (1.77%) OpenShift
12 10 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
13 7 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
13 7 (0.95%) Amazon S3
14 5 (0.68%) AWS KMS
14 5 (0.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 4 (0.54%) Amazon Kinesis
16 3 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 3 (0.41%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 113 (15.37%) Firewall
2 86 (11.70%) Network Security
3 25 (3.40%) WAN
4 20 (2.72%) Internet
5 17 (2.31%) SD-WAN
6 15 (2.04%) TCP/IP
7 14 (1.90%) Intrusion Detection
7 14 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
8 13 (1.77%) LAN
9 12 (1.63%) VPN
10 8 (1.09%) SSL
10 8 (1.09%) Unified Communications
11 7 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
11 7 (0.95%) DMZ
11 7 (0.95%) FTP
11 7 (0.95%) HTTP
11 7 (0.95%) Intranet
11 7 (0.95%) VoIP
12 6 (0.82%) Wireless
12 6 (0.82%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (0.95%) SQL Server
2 6 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
2 6 (0.82%) Data Lake
3 5 (0.68%) Big Data
3 5 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (0.54%) Amazon Athena
5 3 (0.41%) Data Mining
5 3 (0.41%) NoSQL
5 3 (0.41%) Power BI
6 2 (0.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 2 (0.27%) DB2
6 2 (0.27%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.27%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.14%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.14%) MS Access
7 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.14%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.14%) Spotfire
7 1 (0.14%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 12 (1.63%) JIRA
2 6 (0.82%) Jenkins
3 4 (0.54%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.54%) Metasploit
4 3 (0.41%) Maven
4 3 (0.41%) SonarQube
4 3 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.27%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.27%) Snyk
5 2 (0.27%) Spinnaker
6 1 (0.14%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.14%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.14%) GitLab
6 1 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.14%) TeamCity
General
1 212 (28.84%) Finance
2 161 (21.90%) Social Skills
3 62 (8.44%) Banking
4 54 (7.35%) Public Sector
5 50 (6.80%) Legal
6 44 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
7 28 (3.81%) Law
8 27 (3.67%) Telecoms
9 21 (2.86%) Presentation Skills
10 19 (2.59%) Financial Institution
11 18 (2.45%) Manufacturing
12 17 (2.31%) Electronics
12 17 (2.31%) Marketing
13 14 (1.90%) Influencing Skills
13 14 (1.90%) Investment Banking
14 9 (1.22%) Organisational Skills
15 7 (0.95%) Local Government
16 6 (0.82%) Military
16 6 (0.82%) Retail
16 6 (0.82%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 210 (28.57%) Architect
2 193 (26.26%) Security Architect
3 133 (18.10%) Consultant
4 111 (15.10%) Security Consultant
5 90 (12.24%) Analyst
6 77 (10.48%) Security Manager
7 62 (8.44%) Security Analyst
8 59 (8.03%) Security Engineer
9 45 (6.12%) Information Security Consultant
10 37 (5.03%) Cloud Architect
10 37 (5.03%) Security Specialist
11 31 (4.22%) AWS Architect
12 30 (4.08%) Information Manager
12 30 (4.08%) Information Security Manager
13 24 (3.27%) Cloud Engineer
13 24 (3.27%) Cybersecurity Manager
14 20 (2.72%) Lead Architect
15 19 (2.59%) Project Manager
16 18 (2.45%) Azure Architect
16 18 (2.45%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.36%) Web Services
2 8 (1.09%) Middleware
3 7 (0.95%) Elastic Stack
3 7 (0.95%) OAuth
3 7 (0.95%) SAML
4 6 (0.82%) 802.1X
4 6 (0.82%) ModSecurity
4 6 (0.82%) Oracle Fusion
5 4 (0.54%) SailPoint
6 3 (0.41%) .NET
6 3 (0.41%) Ruby on Rails
7 2 (0.27%) LDAP
7 2 (0.27%) SOAP
8 1 (0.14%) GraphQL
8 1 (0.14%) REST
8 1 (0.14%) RESTful
8 1 (0.14%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 138 (18.78%) Management Information System
2 39 (5.31%) Cyberthreat
3 32 (4.35%) Data Centre
4 25 (3.40%) Public Cloud
5 17 (2.31%) Cyberattack
6 16 (2.18%) Security Operations Centre
6 16 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
7 15 (2.04%) CESG
7 15 (2.04%) Enterprise Cloud
7 15 (2.04%) Hedge funds
8 14 (1.90%) Data Protection Act
9 12 (1.63%) Cyber Defence
9 12 (1.63%) PKI
9 12 (1.63%) Virtual Team
10 10 (1.36%) Cloud Native
10 10 (1.36%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 10 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
11 9 (1.22%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 8 (1.09%) NHS
13 5 (0.68%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 63 (8.57%) Windows
2 45 (6.12%) Linux
3 17 (2.31%) Unix
4 7 (0.95%) Windows 10
5 5 (0.68%) AIX
6 4 (0.54%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2016
6 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2019
7 3 (0.41%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 414 (56.33%) Information Security
2 369 (50.20%) Cybersecurity
3 210 (28.57%) Risk Management
4 160 (21.77%) Security Architecture
5 112 (15.24%) SIEM
6 108 (14.69%) Agile Software Development
7 96 (13.06%) Security Operations
7 96 (13.06%) Vulnerability Management
8 86 (11.70%) SABSA
9 82 (11.16%) Security Management
9 82 (11.16%) TOGAF
10 73 (9.93%) Data Protection
10 73 (9.93%) Risk Assessment
11 67 (9.12%) Penetration Testing
12 63 (8.57%) Threat Modelling
13 62 (8.44%) Information Security Management
14 56 (7.62%) OWASP
15 55 (7.48%) Computer Science
16 53 (7.21%) Project Management
16 53 (7.21%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 57 (7.76%) Python
2 26 (3.54%) Java
3 20 (2.72%) C
4 18 (2.45%) JavaScript
5 15 (2.04%) C++
6 13 (1.77%) PowerShell
7 12 (1.63%) SQL
8 9 (1.22%) Ruby
9 8 (1.09%) Bash Shell
10 7 (0.95%) VBA
11 6 (0.82%) Groovy
11 6 (0.82%) Perl
12 5 (0.68%) Go
13 4 (0.54%) Scala
13 4 (0.54%) Search Processing Language
14 3 (0.41%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.27%) PHP
16 1 (0.14%) C#
16 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
16 1 (0.14%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 347 (47.21%) CISM
2 162 (22.04%) Degree
3 139 (18.91%) CRISC
4 135 (18.37%) Security Cleared
5 131 (17.82%) CISA
6 120 (16.33%) Cisco Certification
7 101 (13.74%) SC Cleared
8 75 (10.20%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 71 (9.66%) CESG Certified Professional
10 61 (8.30%) GIAC
11 45 (6.12%) CEH
12 44 (5.99%) SANS
13 41 (5.58%) CCSP
14 34 (4.63%) CCNP
15 32 (4.35%) DV Cleared
16 29 (3.95%) Computer Science Degree
17 24 (3.27%) CCNA
18 22 (2.99%) CompTIA Security+
19 21 (2.86%) CREST Certified
19 21 (2.86%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 232 (31.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 154 (20.95%) NIST
3 85 (11.56%) GDPR
4 74 (10.07%) NCSC
5 45 (6.12%) Cyber Essentials
6 43 (5.85%) GRC
7 41 (5.58%) PCI DSS
8 35 (4.76%) COBIT
9 31 (4.22%) NIST 800
10 27 (3.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 25 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 24 (3.27%) SOC 2
13 23 (3.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 21 (2.86%) QA
15 20 (2.72%) RMADS
16 19 (2.59%) JSP 440
17 8 (1.09%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
18 7 (0.95%) HIPAA
19 6 (0.82%) ITGC
19 6 (0.82%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (3.54%) Active Directory
2 22 (2.99%) Docker
3 16 (2.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.54%) XenApp
5 4 (0.54%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.41%) BitLocker
6 3 (0.41%) Squid
7 2 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.14%) KVM
8 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 46 (6.26%) Kubernetes
2 20 (2.72%) Terraform
3 17 (2.31%) QRadar
4 12 (1.63%) CSIRT
5 10 (1.36%) Nessus
6 8 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (0.82%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (0.82%) Nmap
7 6 (0.82%) Opsgenie
8 5 (0.68%) CASB
8 5 (0.68%) SCCM
9 4 (0.54%) Consul
9 4 (0.54%) Istio
9 4 (0.54%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 4 (0.54%) SCOM
10 3 (0.41%) EnCase
10 3 (0.41%) FTK
11 2 (0.27%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 2 (0.27%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 81 (11.02%) Microsoft
2 56 (7.62%) Google
3 52 (7.07%) Cisco
4 35 (4.76%) Splunk
5 21 (2.86%) VMware
6 20 (2.72%) Oracle
6 20 (2.72%) SAP
7 14 (1.90%) Palo Alto
8 13 (1.77%) CheckPoint
8 13 (1.77%) CyberArk
8 13 (1.77%) IBM
9 12 (1.63%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.22%) Qualys
10 9 (1.22%) Red Hat
11 8 (1.09%) Juniper
11 8 (1.09%) McAfee
12 7 (0.95%) Citrix
12 7 (0.95%) Fortinet
13 6 (0.82%) Avaya
13 6 (0.82%) Symantec