Period
to 7 December 2019

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 7 December 2019 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
7 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 279 293 300
Rank change year-on-year +14 +7 -53
Contract jobs citing CISSP 733 927 927
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 0.89% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.43% 4.64% 4.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 511 618 520
UK median daily rate £525 £539 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.55% +7.75% -
10th Percentile £379 £380 £363
90th Percentile £725 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £488
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -2.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 10
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £57.25 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.40% +33.92% -11.11%
10th Percentile £40.75 £46.08 £23.50
90th Percentile £68.50 £65.43 £61.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £57.25 £42.75
% change year-on-year +0.44% +33.92% -23.66%

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 16,544 19,968 19,458
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.61% 19.07% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,206 11,851 11,994
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £258 £256 £223
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 822 971 896
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.08% +5.75% -1.73%
10th Percentile £14.34 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.00 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £26.68
% change year-on-year +32.08% -0.68% +0.08%

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 7 December 2019.

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 7 December 2019.

Contractor 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 7 December 2019. 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 +17 659 £550 +0.92% 206
UK excluding London +34 409 £525 - 139
London +11 298 £550 - 76
South East +33 118 £516 -5.10% 40
North of England +6 87 £550 +8.91% 25
South West 0 70 £500 -4.76% 16
Yorkshire +36 53 £550 +4.76% 6
Scotland +42 45 £450 -14.29% 7
Midlands +27 43 £525 -6.67% 38
West Midlands +24 36 £525 -12.50% 33
East of England +46 34 £564 +9.95% 12
North West -1 32 £525 - 19
Wales +23 11 £413 -25.00% 2
East Midlands +15 7 £538 -10.42% 4
North East +14 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 7 December 2019, 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.

1 421 (57.44%) Information Security
2 391 (53.34%) CISM
3 254 (34.65%) Cybersecurity
4 243 (33.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 198 (27.01%) Risk Management
6 164 (22.37%) Finance
7 160 (21.83%) AWS
8 152 (20.74%) Security Architecture
9 149 (20.33%) CISA
10 137 (18.69%) Firewall
11 131 (17.87%) Azure
12 127 (17.33%) Management Information System
13 124 (16.92%) SIEM
14 121 (16.51%) NIST
15 118 (16.10%) PCI DSS
16 115 (15.69%) Degree
17 106 (14.46%) Security Operations
18 105 (14.32%) Cisco Certification
18 105 (14.32%) Security Cleared
19 104 (14.19%) ITIL
20 92 (12.55%) Agile Software Development
21 88 (12.01%) Stakeholder Management
22 87 (11.87%) Microsoft
22 87 (11.87%) TOGAF
23 84 (11.46%) Network Security
24 82 (11.19%) Identity Access Management
25 80 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
25 80 (10.91%) GDPR
26 76 (10.37%) Vulnerability Management
27 75 (10.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)

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 23 (3.14%) IIS
2 15 (2.05%) OpenStack
3 12 (1.64%) SharePoint
4 7 (0.95%) Confluence
5 2 (0.27%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.27%) JBoss
5 2 (0.27%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.27%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.14%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.14%) ColdFusion
6 1 (0.14%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 15 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (1.50%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 160 (21.83%) AWS
2 131 (17.87%) Azure
3 56 (7.64%) SaaS
4 43 (5.87%) Office 365
5 36 (4.91%) PaaS
6 29 (3.96%) IaaS
7 20 (2.73%) GCP
8 12 (1.64%) GitHub
9 8 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.95%) Amazon Cognito
10 7 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
10 7 (0.95%) Serverless
11 5 (0.68%) Azure Stack
12 4 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (0.55%) G Suite
12 4 (0.55%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.27%) Basecamp
13 2 (0.27%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.27%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 137 (18.69%) Firewall
2 84 (11.46%) Network Security
3 42 (5.73%) VPN
4 31 (4.23%) TCP/IP
5 26 (3.55%) WAN
6 25 (3.41%) Internet
6 25 (3.41%) Intrusion Detection
7 17 (2.32%) LAN
8 16 (2.18%) DNS
8 16 (2.18%) VoIP
9 15 (2.05%) HTTP
9 15 (2.05%) VLAN
10 13 (1.77%) Wireless
11 12 (1.64%) IPsec
12 9 (1.23%) Cisco ASA
12 9 (1.23%) MPLS
12 9 (1.23%) Software-Defined Networking
13 8 (1.09%) BGP
13 8 (1.09%) Cisco Firepower
13 8 (1.09%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.27%) Big Data
2 11 (1.50%) MySQL
2 11 (1.50%) SQL Server
3 5 (0.68%) Hadoop
4 4 (0.55%) Blockchain
5 3 (0.41%) DB2
6 1 (0.14%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.14%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.14%) GIS
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.14%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 20 (2.73%) JIRA
2 14 (1.91%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.23%) Burp Suite
4 5 (0.68%) Visual Studio Team System
4 5 (0.68%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 4 (0.55%) Balsamiq
6 2 (0.27%) AppScan
6 2 (0.27%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.27%) CircleCI
6 2 (0.27%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.27%) git-flow
6 2 (0.27%) Hudson
7 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 164 (22.37%) Finance
2 61 (8.32%) Retail
3 56 (7.64%) Legal
4 42 (5.73%) Banking
5 29 (3.96%) Telecoms
6 28 (3.82%) Public Sector
7 22 (3.00%) Law
8 14 (1.91%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.23%) Electronics
9 9 (1.23%) Investment Banking
9 9 (1.23%) Marketing
10 8 (1.09%) Police
11 4 (0.55%) Military
12 3 (0.41%) Advertising
13 2 (0.27%) Czech Language
13 2 (0.27%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.27%) International Banking
13 2 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.27%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 191 (26.06%) Architect
2 156 (21.28%) Security Architect
3 143 (19.51%) Consultant
4 121 (16.51%) Security Consultant
5 115 (15.69%) Analyst
6 86 (11.73%) Security Analyst
7 65 (8.87%) Security Engineer
8 48 (6.55%) Security Manager
9 45 (6.14%) Information Security Consultant
10 43 (5.87%) Cloud Architect
11 28 (3.82%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 28 (3.82%) Security Officer
12 26 (3.55%) Business Analyst
13 24 (3.27%) Information Analyst
13 24 (3.27%) Information Security Analyst
14 23 (3.14%) Senior Analyst
15 22 (3.00%) Cybersecurity Analyst
16 20 (2.73%) Information Manager
17 19 (2.59%) Information Security Manager
17 19 (2.59%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (7.23%) Web Services
2 12 (1.64%) JSON
3 11 (1.50%) SAML
4 8 (1.09%) SailPoint
5 7 (0.95%) .NET
6 6 (0.82%) Middleware
7 5 (0.68%) LDAP
8 4 (0.55%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.55%) OAuth
8 4 (0.55%) OAuth2
8 4 (0.55%) OpenID
8 4 (0.55%) REST
9 2 (0.27%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.27%) GraphQL
9 2 (0.27%) Kafka
9 2 (0.27%) Node.js
9 2 (0.27%) React
9 2 (0.27%) RESTful
9 2 (0.27%) Vue.js
9 2 (0.27%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 127 (17.33%) Management Information System
2 80 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (4.37%) Data Centre
4 29 (3.96%) PKI
5 28 (3.82%) Cyberthreat
6 20 (2.73%) Security Operations Centre
7 17 (2.32%) CESG
8 14 (1.91%) User Experience
9 12 (1.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 12 (1.64%) Public Cloud
10 11 (1.50%) Enterprise Cloud
11 9 (1.23%) Cyberattack
11 9 (1.23%) PMI
11 9 (1.23%) SCADA
12 8 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
13 7 (0.95%) Self-Motivation
14 6 (0.82%) Cyber Defence
14 6 (0.82%) Data Protection Act
14 6 (0.82%) N-Tier
14 6 (0.82%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 65 (8.87%) Windows
2 57 (7.78%) Linux
3 42 (5.73%) Unix
4 14 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 8 (1.09%) Windows 10
6 7 (0.95%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.68%) Android
7 5 (0.68%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.41%) Check Point GAiA
8 3 (0.41%) Kali Linux
8 3 (0.41%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.27%) AIX
9 2 (0.27%) CentOS
9 2 (0.27%) Solaris
9 2 (0.27%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 421 (57.44%) Information Security
2 254 (34.65%) Cybersecurity
3 198 (27.01%) Risk Management
4 152 (20.74%) Security Architecture
5 124 (16.92%) SIEM
6 106 (14.46%) Security Operations
7 104 (14.19%) ITIL
8 92 (12.55%) Agile Software Development
9 88 (12.01%) Stakeholder Management
10 87 (11.87%) TOGAF
11 82 (11.19%) Identity Access Management
12 76 (10.37%) Vulnerability Management
13 69 (9.41%) DevOps
14 67 (9.14%) Security Management
15 63 (8.59%) Risk Assessment
16 55 (7.50%) Problem-Solving
16 55 (7.50%) Security Testing
17 53 (7.23%) Data Protection
18 52 (7.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 50 (6.82%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (4.77%) Python
2 34 (4.64%) C
3 26 (3.55%) PowerShell
4 19 (2.59%) Java
5 15 (2.05%) Perl
6 13 (1.77%) Bash Shell
7 11 (1.50%) Ruby
8 5 (0.68%) Shell Script
9 4 (0.55%) C++
10 3 (0.41%) Go
10 3 (0.41%) JavaScript
10 3 (0.41%) SQL
11 2 (0.27%) C#
11 2 (0.27%) PHP
11 2 (0.27%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.14%) Scala
12 1 (0.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 391 (53.34%) CISM
2 149 (20.33%) CISA
3 115 (15.69%) Degree
4 105 (14.32%) Cisco Certification
4 105 (14.32%) Security Cleared
5 74 (10.10%) CRISC
6 72 (9.82%) CEH
7 67 (9.14%) SANS
8 64 (8.73%) GIAC
9 57 (7.78%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 54 (7.37%) SC Cleared
11 43 (5.87%) DV Cleared
11 43 (5.87%) TOGAF Certification
12 41 (5.59%) CESG Certified Professional
13 32 (4.37%) CCNP
14 29 (3.96%) ISSAP
15 27 (3.68%) AWS Certification
15 27 (3.68%) CCIE
15 27 (3.68%) GCIH
15 27 (3.68%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 243 (33.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 121 (16.51%) NIST
3 118 (16.10%) PCI DSS
4 80 (10.91%) GDPR
5 75 (10.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 56 (7.64%) COBIT
7 44 (6.00%) NCSC
8 24 (3.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 20 (2.73%) Cyber Essentials
10 12 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 11 (1.50%) HIPAA
11 11 (1.50%) SLA
12 10 (1.36%) ISO 22301
12 10 (1.36%) RMADS
13 9 (1.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 7 (0.95%) JSP 440
14 7 (0.95%) NIST 800
14 7 (0.95%) PMO
15 6 (0.82%) COSO
15 6 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 48 (6.55%) Active Directory
2 35 (4.77%) Docker
3 6 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.55%) vCloud
4 4 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.41%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.41%) vSphere
6 2 (0.27%) NDS
7 1 (0.14%) Firmware
7 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 28 (3.82%) CASB
2 25 (3.41%) Nessus
3 23 (3.14%) Kubernetes
4 16 (2.18%) Single Sign-On
5 13 (1.77%) Puppet
6 12 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (1.50%) Suricata
8 9 (1.23%) CSIRT
8 9 (1.23%) PingFederate
9 7 (0.95%) QRadar
10 6 (0.82%) Ansible
10 6 (0.82%) Terraform
11 4 (0.55%) NetIQ Identity Manager
12 3 (0.41%) IBM Guardium
12 3 (0.41%) Nmap
13 2 (0.27%) Cisco LMS
13 2 (0.27%) FortiGate
13 2 (0.27%) HP Fortify
13 2 (0.27%) WebInspect
14 1 (0.14%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 87 (11.87%) Microsoft
2 51 (6.96%) Splunk
3 34 (4.64%) Qualys
4 31 (4.23%) Cisco
5 24 (3.27%) McAfee
6 17 (2.32%) Google
7 15 (2.05%) ArcSight
7 15 (2.05%) BeyondTrust
8 14 (1.91%) CheckPoint
8 14 (1.91%) CyberArk
8 14 (1.91%) Symantec
8 14 (1.91%) VMware
9 13 (1.77%) Oracle
10 12 (1.64%) Rapid7
10 12 (1.64%) SAP
11 10 (1.36%) LogRhythm
12 9 (1.23%) Citrix
12 9 (1.23%) Juniper
12 9 (1.23%) Ping Identity
13 8 (1.09%) Darktrace