Period
to 3 July 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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 240 307 274
Rank change year-on-year +67 -33 +33
Contract jobs citing CISSP 434 799 999
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 0.86% 0.97%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.37% 4.55% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 268 496 650
Median daily rate £550 £540 £517
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +4.45% +3.40%
10th Percentile £363 £409 £381
90th Percentile £713 £736 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £513 £500
% change year-on-year +7.32% +2.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 0
Median hourly rate £78.75 £60.44 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.31% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £78.75 £47.72 -
% change year-on-year +65.03% - -

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 9,933 17,573 19,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.01% 18.89% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,890 10,583 11,621
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £239
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 833 910
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +44.33% -19.17%
10th Percentile £15.85 £12.86 £12.63
90th Percentile £57.00 £54.90 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -20.63%

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 3 July 2020.

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 3 July 2020.

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 3 July 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 +87 400 £550 - 71
UK excluding London +66 252 £550 +7.32% 55
London +76 168 £525 -12.50% 25
Midlands +124 67 £550 +4.76% 13
North of England +99 62 £625 +19.05% 5
West Midlands +107 57 £550 +4.76% 13
South West +39 46 £468 -2.40% 11
North West +71 39 £625 +19.05% 3
South East +23 35 £550 +7.21% 14
Work from Home +14 33 £450 - 5
Yorkshire +69 22 £650 +25.00% 1
East of England +62 21 £539 +5.17% 3
Scotland +23 20 £550 +4.76% 8
East Midlands +59 10 £675 +38.46%
Wales +10 2 - - 1
North East +33 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 233 (53.69%) Information Security
2 200 (46.08%) CISM
3 168 (38.71%) Cybersecurity
4 138 (31.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 114 (26.27%) Security Cleared
6 99 (22.81%) Risk Management
7 96 (22.12%) CISA
8 93 (21.43%) Management Information System
9 82 (18.89%) Firewall
10 81 (18.66%) Finance
11 75 (17.28%) Azure
12 74 (17.05%) Active Directory
12 74 (17.05%) GIAC
13 73 (16.82%) AWS
13 73 (16.82%) Information Assurance
14 72 (16.59%) Agile Software Development
14 72 (16.59%) NIST
15 70 (16.13%) Degree
16 69 (15.90%) Cisco Certification
17 66 (15.21%) Microsoft
18 65 (14.98%) Security Architecture
19 60 (13.82%) SC Cleared
20 59 (13.59%) Security Operations
21 56 (12.90%) CESG Certified Professional
22 54 (12.44%) GDPR
22 54 (12.44%) Cisco
22 54 (12.44%) Risk Assessment
22 54 (12.44%) DV Cleared
23 52 (11.98%) Security Testing
23 52 (11.98%) Public Sector

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 14 (3.23%) Skype for Business
2 13 (3.00%) IIS
3 9 (2.07%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.15%) Confluence
5 4 (0.92%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.23%) IBM HTTP Server
6 1 (0.23%) JBoss
Applications
1 8 (1.84%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.15%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (2.07%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.46%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 75 (17.28%) Azure
2 73 (16.82%) AWS
3 23 (5.30%) Office 365
4 11 (2.53%) GCP
5 8 (1.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 8 (1.84%) SaaS
6 7 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (1.61%) IaaS
7 6 (1.38%) Serverless
8 5 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (1.15%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.15%) GitHub
8 5 (1.15%) PaaS
9 2 (0.46%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 82 (18.89%) Firewall
2 35 (8.06%) Network Security
3 32 (7.37%) Internet
4 25 (5.76%) VPN
5 23 (5.30%) WAN
6 18 (4.15%) TCP/IP
7 16 (3.69%) Skype
8 15 (3.46%) VoIP
9 14 (3.23%) Intrusion Detection
10 13 (3.00%) Wireless
11 12 (2.76%) DMZ
12 11 (2.53%) Cisco IOS
12 11 (2.53%) Unified Communications
13 10 (2.30%) DNS
13 10 (2.30%) LAN
14 9 (2.07%) DHCP
15 6 (1.38%) SSL
16 5 (1.15%) NetScaler
17 4 (0.92%) Cisco ASA
17 4 (0.92%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (2.53%) Big Data
2 8 (1.84%) SQL Server
3 6 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.23%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.23%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.23%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (1.61%) Jenkins
2 6 (1.38%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.38%) Visual Studio
3 5 (1.15%) Bitbucket
3 5 (1.15%) GitLab
3 5 (1.15%) Snyk
4 3 (0.69%) Bitbucket Server
5 2 (0.46%) JIRA
5 2 (0.46%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.23%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 81 (18.66%) Finance
2 52 (11.98%) Public Sector
3 44 (10.14%) Legal
4 17 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 11 (2.53%) Banking
6 9 (2.07%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.61%) Electronics
7 7 (1.61%) Law
8 6 (1.38%) Financial Institution
8 6 (1.38%) Marketing
8 6 (1.38%) Military
9 5 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.92%) Retail
11 3 (0.69%) Local Government
12 2 (0.46%) International Banking
12 2 (0.46%) Police
13 1 (0.23%) Advertising
13 1 (0.23%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.23%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (21.89%) Architect
2 80 (18.43%) Security Architect
3 78 (17.97%) Consultant
4 67 (15.44%) Analyst
5 62 (14.29%) Security Analyst
6 59 (13.59%) Security Consultant
7 38 (8.76%) Security Engineer
8 33 (7.60%) Security Specialist
9 23 (5.30%) Security Officer
10 21 (4.84%) Security Manager
11 20 (4.61%) IT Analyst
12 19 (4.38%) Information Security Consultant
12 19 (4.38%) Information Security Officer
12 19 (4.38%) IT Security Analyst
13 15 (3.46%) Information Analyst
13 15 (3.46%) Technical Consultant
14 14 (3.23%) Cybersecurity Analyst
14 14 (3.23%) Information Security Analyst
15 13 (3.00%) Security Technical Consultant
15 13 (3.00%) Technical Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (6.45%) Web Services
2 26 (5.99%) .NET
3 10 (2.30%) SAML
4 9 (2.07%) LDAP
5 6 (1.38%) OAuth
5 6 (1.38%) OpenID
5 6 (1.38%) SPML
5 6 (1.38%) WCF
5 6 (1.38%) XACML
6 4 (0.92%) Middleware
6 4 (0.92%) SailPoint
7 2 (0.46%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.23%) J2EE
8 1 (0.23%) ModSecurity
8 1 (0.23%) React
8 1 (0.23%) REST
8 1 (0.23%) SOAP
8 1 (0.23%) Spring
8 1 (0.23%) Spring Boot
8 1 (0.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 93 (21.43%) Management Information System
2 48 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
3 35 (8.06%) Data Centre
4 28 (6.45%) Cyberthreat
5 24 (5.53%) CESG
5 24 (5.53%) PKI
6 14 (3.23%) Security Operations Centre
7 10 (2.30%) Virtual Team
8 9 (2.07%) Data Protection Act
9 8 (1.84%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 6 (1.38%) BYOD
10 6 (1.38%) Cloud Native
10 6 (1.38%) CMDB
10 6 (1.38%) Freedom of Information
10 6 (1.38%) Freedom of Information Act
10 6 (1.38%) SCADA
10 6 (1.38%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (1.15%) Algorithms
11 5 (1.15%) Cyber Defence
12 4 (0.92%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 50 (11.52%) Windows
2 36 (8.29%) Linux
3 13 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (1.61%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.38%) Unix
6 4 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.69%) Solaris
7 3 (0.69%) VMS
8 2 (0.46%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.46%) CentOS
8 2 (0.46%) Fedora
8 2 (0.46%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.23%) Android
9 1 (0.23%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.23%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.23%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.23%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (53.69%) Information Security
2 168 (38.71%) Cybersecurity
3 99 (22.81%) Risk Management
4 73 (16.82%) Information Assurance
5 72 (16.59%) Agile Software Development
6 65 (14.98%) Security Architecture
7 59 (13.59%) Security Operations
8 54 (12.44%) Risk Assessment
9 52 (11.98%) Security Testing
10 50 (11.52%) SIEM
11 47 (10.83%) ITIL
11 47 (10.83%) Vulnerability Management
12 42 (9.68%) Security Management
13 41 (9.45%) Penetration Testing
13 41 (9.45%) TOGAF
14 35 (8.06%) DevOps
15 33 (7.60%) Data Protection
16 32 (7.37%) Project Management
17 30 (6.91%) Information Security Management
18 28 (6.45%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (4.84%) Java
2 14 (3.23%) Bash Shell
3 11 (2.53%) Python
4 10 (2.30%) PowerShell
5 9 (2.07%) C
5 9 (2.07%) Shell Script
6 7 (1.61%) VB.NET
7 6 (1.38%) C#
7 6 (1.38%) Perl
8 3 (0.69%) C++
8 3 (0.69%) PHP
9 1 (0.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 200 (46.08%) CISM
2 114 (26.27%) Security Cleared
3 96 (22.12%) CISA
4 74 (17.05%) GIAC
5 70 (16.13%) Degree
6 69 (15.90%) Cisco Certification
7 60 (13.82%) SC Cleared
8 56 (12.90%) CESG Certified Professional
9 54 (12.44%) DV Cleared
10 47 (10.83%) CRISC
11 36 (8.29%) CEH
12 31 (7.14%) CCNP
13 30 (6.91%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 24 (5.53%) Microsoft Certification
15 21 (4.84%) CCSP
16 19 (4.38%) SSCP
17 18 (4.15%) CCIE
18 16 (3.69%) SANS
19 14 (3.23%) CCNA
19 14 (3.23%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (31.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 72 (16.59%) NIST
3 54 (12.44%) GDPR
4 48 (11.06%) PCI DSS
5 40 (9.22%) NCSC
6 35 (8.06%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 28 (6.45%) COBIT
8 19 (4.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 16 (3.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (3.00%) Cyber Essentials
11 12 (2.76%) RMADS
12 10 (2.30%) JSP 440
13 9 (2.07%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 8 (1.84%) HIPAA
14 8 (1.84%) NIST 800
15 4 (0.92%) QA
16 3 (0.69%) AICPA
16 3 (0.69%) ISO 22301
16 3 (0.69%) ISO 31000
16 3 (0.69%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 74 (17.05%) Active Directory
2 14 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.53%) BitLocker
3 11 (2.53%) Hyper-V
4 5 (1.15%) VMware NSX
5 4 (0.92%) ProxySG
6 3 (0.69%) Docker
7 2 (0.46%) NFS
7 2 (0.46%) Samba
7 2 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.46%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.46%) Xen
8 1 (0.23%) IAG
Systems Management
1 11 (2.53%) EnCase
1 11 (2.53%) Microsoft Intune
2 10 (2.30%) FortiGate
2 10 (2.30%) FTK
3 9 (2.07%) Terraform
4 8 (1.84%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (1.38%) Ansible
5 6 (1.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 6 (1.38%) Kubernetes
5 6 (1.38%) QRadar
6 5 (1.15%) Nessus
7 4 (0.92%) CSIRT
7 4 (0.92%) Nexpose
8 3 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.69%) Puppet
9 2 (0.46%) Docker Swarm
9 2 (0.46%) Nagios
9 2 (0.46%) OpenNMS
9 2 (0.46%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.46%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 66 (15.21%) Microsoft
2 54 (12.44%) Cisco
3 30 (6.91%) VMware
4 22 (5.07%) Oracle
5 21 (4.84%) Splunk
6 20 (4.61%) Qualys
7 19 (4.38%) CheckPoint
8 18 (4.15%) CyberArk
9 13 (3.00%) Juniper
10 12 (2.76%) Palo Alto
10 12 (2.76%) Red Hat
11 10 (2.30%) Cellebrite
12 9 (2.07%) Fortinet
12 9 (2.07%) Meraki
13 7 (1.61%) F5
13 7 (1.61%) SAP
14 6 (1.38%) ServiceNow
15 5 (1.15%) CA
15 5 (1.15%) Netsparker
16 4 (0.92%) Citrix