Period
to 14 December 2018

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 14 December 2018 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 298 289 241
Rank change year-on-year -9 -48 +63
Contract jobs citing CISSP 917 948 1,091
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 0.92% 1.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.58% 4.87% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 614 530 708
UK median daily rate £538 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - -
10th Percentile £380 £363 £350
90th Percentile £688 £650 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £488 £493
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.02% +3.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 8
UK median hourly rate £57.25 £42.75 £48.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.92% -11.11% -6.01%
10th Percentile £46.08 £23.50 £38.63
90th Percentile £65.43 £61.03 £73.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.25 £42.75 £56.00
% change year-on-year +33.92% -23.66% +25.14%

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 20,024 19,460 21,239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.09% 18.85% 20.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,907 11,970 13,304
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £610 £599
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 966 888 855
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.60 £25.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.54% -1.08% +3.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.21
90th Percentile £51.13 £49.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.69 £26.87 £27.00
% change year-on-year -0.64% -0.50% +7.48%

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 14 December 2018.

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 14 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 15 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 14 December 2018. 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 -6 841 £540 +8.00% 299
UK excluding London -53 491 £525 +7.69% 180
London +36 409 £550 +4.76% 134
South East -41 147 £550 +15.79% 46
North of England -11 118 £505 +1.00% 49
South West -45 69 £525 +5.00% 20
Midlands +14 66 £594 +25.00% 25
Yorkshire -8 56 £525 -4.55% 15
West Midlands +1 52 £600 +26.32% 16
North West -28 51 £525 +7.69% 28
Scotland -22 44 £525 +31.25% 7
East of England -52 31 £513 +5.67% 25
Wales -22 20 £550 -4.35% 7
East Midlands +21 18 £600 +33.33% 9
North East +9 13 £475 -28.30% 6

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, 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.

1 522 (56.92%) CISM
2 480 (52.34%) Information Security
3 323 (35.22%) Cybersecurity
4 305 (33.26%) CISA
5 258 (28.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 229 (24.97%) Finance
7 216 (23.56%) Risk Management
8 191 (20.83%) Security Architecture
9 179 (19.52%) Management Information System
10 159 (17.34%) Degree
11 149 (16.25%) Firewall
12 142 (15.49%) PCI DSS
13 141 (15.38%) GDPR
14 132 (14.39%) Security Cleared
15 129 (14.07%) Agile Software Development
16 126 (13.74%) SIEM
17 123 (13.41%) Microsoft Azure
18 122 (13.30%) Amazon AWS
19 118 (12.87%) Security Operations
20 115 (12.54%) TOGAF
21 113 (12.32%) Cisco Certification
22 111 (12.10%) CRISC
23 110 (12.00%) Vulnerability Management
24 108 (11.78%) Microsoft
24 108 (11.78%) Windows
25 102 (11.12%) Penetration Testing
26 95 (10.36%) CEH
26 95 (10.36%) ITIL
27 94 (10.25%) Network Security
28 90 (9.81%) Stakeholder Management

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 12 (1.31%) IIS
2 7 (0.76%) Confluence
3 6 (0.65%) OpenStack
4 5 (0.55%) Apache
4 5 (0.55%) Skype for Business
5 4 (0.44%) Apache Pig
5 4 (0.44%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.33%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.22%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.22%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.11%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.11%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (1.20%) Oracle EBS R12
1 11 (1.20%) Oracle FAH
2 4 (0.44%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.11%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 123 (13.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 122 (13.30%) Amazon AWS
3 45 (4.91%) SaaS
4 40 (4.36%) Google Cloud Platform
5 33 (3.60%) IaaS
6 30 (3.27%) PaaS
7 29 (3.16%) Mimecast
8 27 (2.94%) Office 365
9 26 (2.84%) GitHub
10 16 (1.74%) Azure Active Directory
11 10 (1.09%) Sumo Logic
11 10 (1.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.55%) Serverless
13 3 (0.33%) Akamai
13 3 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
14 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
14 2 (0.22%) OneDrive
15 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
15 1 (0.11%) G Suite
15 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 149 (16.25%) Firewall
2 94 (10.25%) Network Security
3 48 (5.23%) VPN
4 43 (4.69%) Intrusion Detection
5 36 (3.93%) WAN
6 26 (2.84%) LAN
7 22 (2.40%) Internet
8 14 (1.53%) Wireless
9 13 (1.42%) SSL
10 12 (1.31%) HTTP
10 12 (1.31%) TCP/IP
11 11 (1.20%) BGP
11 11 (1.20%) OSPF
11 11 (1.20%) VLAN
11 11 (1.20%) WLAN
12 10 (1.09%) Cisco ASA
13 8 (0.87%) NFC
13 8 (0.87%) SAN
14 7 (0.76%) MPLS
15 5 (0.55%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (3.05%) Hadoop
1 28 (3.05%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.40%) Relational Database
3 19 (2.07%) ArangoDB
3 19 (2.07%) Neo4j
4 17 (1.85%) Big Data
5 11 (1.20%) Essbase
5 11 (1.20%) Oracle BI EE
6 7 (0.76%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.65%) GIS
8 5 (0.55%) Apache Hive
8 5 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.55%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.44%) Data Lake
9 4 (0.44%) MySQL
10 3 (0.33%) EDRMS
10 3 (0.33%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.22%) DB2
12 1 (0.11%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 35 (3.82%) Jenkins
2 24 (2.62%) JIRA
3 17 (1.85%) Burp Suite
4 12 (1.31%) Metasploit
5 10 (1.09%) SonarQube
6 9 (0.98%) Bitbucket
6 9 (0.98%) Visual Studio
7 5 (0.55%) AppScan
7 5 (0.55%) Selenium
8 4 (0.44%) GitLab
9 3 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.33%) CodeSonar
9 3 (0.33%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.33%) git-flow
9 3 (0.33%) Robot Framework
10 2 (0.22%) GCC
10 2 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.22%) Travis CI
10 2 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.22%) Xcode
General
1 229 (24.97%) Finance
2 76 (8.29%) Banking
3 69 (7.52%) Legal
4 44 (4.80%) Retail
5 21 (2.29%) Telecoms
6 17 (1.85%) Financial Institution
7 13 (1.42%) Investment Banking
8 10 (1.09%) Law
8 10 (1.09%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.98%) French Language
9 9 (0.98%) German Language
9 9 (0.98%) Military
10 8 (0.87%) Back Office
10 8 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.55%) Electronics
12 4 (0.44%) Advertising
12 4 (0.44%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.44%) International Banking
12 4 (0.44%) Marketing
12 4 (0.44%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 198 (21.59%) Architect
2 194 (21.16%) Consultant
3 175 (19.08%) Security Architect
3 175 (19.08%) Security Consultant
4 149 (16.25%) Analyst
5 120 (13.09%) Security Analyst
6 98 (10.69%) Security Manager
7 69 (7.52%) Security Engineer
8 53 (5.78%) Information Security Consultant
9 44 (4.80%) Information Analyst
10 42 (4.58%) Cloud Architect
11 41 (4.47%) Security Specialist
12 40 (4.36%) IT Analyst
13 39 (4.25%) IT Security Analyst
14 36 (3.93%) Information Security Manager
15 35 (3.82%) Solutions Architect
16 34 (3.71%) Cybersecurity Analyst
17 32 (3.49%) Information Manager
17 32 (3.49%) Information Security Analyst
18 30 (3.27%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (5.13%) Web Services
2 19 (2.07%) .NET
3 13 (1.42%) Middleware
4 12 (1.31%) SAML
5 11 (1.20%) OAuth
6 10 (1.09%) ASP.NET
7 9 (0.98%) ISPF
7 9 (0.98%) SailPoint
8 8 (0.87%) LAMP
8 8 (0.87%) REST
9 7 (0.76%) JSON
9 7 (0.76%) OpenID
10 6 (0.65%) LDAP
10 6 (0.65%) ModSecurity
11 5 (0.55%) CSS
11 5 (0.55%) HTML
11 5 (0.55%) SOAP
12 4 (0.44%) Kafka
12 4 (0.44%) OAuth2
13 3 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 179 (19.52%) Management Information System
2 78 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (5.78%) PKI
4 45 (4.91%) Self-Motivation
5 30 (3.27%) Data Centre
6 29 (3.16%) Cyberthreat
7 25 (2.73%) CESG
8 24 (2.62%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 23 (2.51%) Mobile App
10 19 (2.07%) Public Cloud
11 17 (1.85%) Security Operations Centre
12 15 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
13 12 (1.31%) Cyberattack
14 11 (1.20%) Mainframe
14 11 (1.20%) Virtual Team
15 10 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
16 9 (0.98%) Cybercrime
16 9 (0.98%) Driving Licence
16 9 (0.98%) EMV
17 8 (0.87%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 108 (11.78%) Windows
2 64 (6.98%) Linux
3 33 (3.60%) Unix
4 24 (2.62%) Windows Server
5 22 (2.40%) Android
5 22 (2.40%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.42%) Solaris
7 11 (1.20%) zOS
8 4 (0.44%) CentOS
9 3 (0.33%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.22%) CoreOS
10 2 (0.22%) Debian
10 2 (0.22%) HPUX
10 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.22%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.11%) AIX
11 1 (0.11%) Fedora
11 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 480 (52.34%) Information Security
2 323 (35.22%) Cybersecurity
3 216 (23.56%) Risk Management
4 191 (20.83%) Security Architecture
5 129 (14.07%) Agile Software Development
6 126 (13.74%) SIEM
7 118 (12.87%) Security Operations
8 115 (12.54%) TOGAF
9 110 (12.00%) Vulnerability Management
10 102 (11.12%) Penetration Testing
11 95 (10.36%) ITIL
12 90 (9.81%) Stakeholder Management
13 83 (9.05%) Data Protection
13 83 (9.05%) Identity Access Management
14 82 (8.94%) SABSA
15 77 (8.40%) DevOps
16 74 (8.07%) Risk Assessment
17 70 (7.63%) Computer Science
18 69 (7.52%) Security Management
19 64 (6.98%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 48 (5.23%) Python
2 39 (4.25%) Java
3 36 (3.93%) Bash Shell
4 30 (3.27%) PowerShell
5 29 (3.16%) SQL
6 27 (2.94%) Perl
7 25 (2.73%) C#
8 21 (2.29%) Ruby
9 19 (2.07%) Go
10 16 (1.74%) C
11 12 (1.31%) JavaScript
12 10 (1.09%) JCL
12 10 (1.09%) REXX
13 8 (0.87%) C++
13 8 (0.87%) PHP
14 4 (0.44%) Objective-C
15 3 (0.33%) Apple Swift
16 1 (0.11%) Dart
16 1 (0.11%) Kotlin
16 1 (0.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 522 (56.92%) CISM
2 305 (33.26%) CISA
3 159 (17.34%) Degree
4 132 (14.39%) Security Cleared
5 113 (12.32%) Cisco Certification
6 111 (12.10%) CRISC
7 95 (10.36%) CEH
8 80 (8.72%) SC Cleared
9 74 (8.07%) CESG Certified Professional
10 56 (6.11%) GIAC
10 56 (6.11%) ISSAP
11 55 (6.00%) DV Cleared
11 55 (6.00%) SANS
12 49 (5.34%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 36 (3.93%) Computer Science Degree
14 34 (3.71%) CompTIA Security+
15 33 (3.60%) TOGAF Certification
16 32 (3.49%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
16 32 (3.49%) Microsoft Certification
16 32 (3.49%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 258 (28.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 142 (15.49%) PCI DSS
3 141 (15.38%) GDPR
4 49 (5.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 35 (3.82%) COBIT
6 28 (3.05%) HIPAA
7 27 (2.94%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 27 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 24 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 24 (2.62%) JSP 440
9 19 (2.07%) FINRA
10 13 (1.42%) Cyber Essentials
10 13 (1.42%) ISAE 3402
11 11 (1.20%) HMG Infosec
12 10 (1.09%) FedRAMP
12 10 (1.09%) ISO 9001
12 10 (1.09%) RMADS
13 9 (0.98%) ISO 22301
14 8 (0.87%) ISO 31000
15 6 (0.65%) NIST 800
System Software
1 44 (4.80%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.74%) Docker
3 10 (1.09%) ACF2
3 10 (1.09%) RACF
4 8 (0.87%) ISA Server
5 6 (0.65%) ProxySG
5 6 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.44%) vSphere
7 3 (0.33%) Firmware
8 2 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.22%) XenApp
9 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.11%) HDFS
9 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.11%) QEMU
9 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.11%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 23 (2.51%) Terraform
2 22 (2.40%) Nessus
3 18 (1.96%) CASB
3 18 (1.96%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 17 (1.85%) QRadar
5 16 (1.74%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 15 (1.64%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 13 (1.42%) Kubernetes
8 11 (1.20%) Puppet
9 10 (1.09%) CSIRT
9 10 (1.09%) EnCase
9 10 (1.09%) Istio
10 9 (0.98%) FTK
11 8 (0.87%) Nmap
11 8 (0.87%) Trend Micro Deep Security
12 7 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.76%) SCCM
13 6 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 4 (0.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 108 (11.78%) Microsoft
2 71 (7.74%) Splunk
3 63 (6.87%) McAfee
4 56 (6.11%) Oracle
5 42 (4.58%) CheckPoint
6 40 (4.36%) Cisco
7 37 (4.03%) Symantec
8 34 (3.71%) Google
9 32 (3.49%) Qualys
10 31 (3.38%) CyberArk
11 29 (3.16%) IBM
12 23 (2.51%) Cloudera
13 19 (2.07%) Hortonworks
13 19 (2.07%) Sybase
13 19 (2.07%) Varonis
14 18 (1.96%) F5
15 17 (1.85%) Proofpoint
16 16 (1.74%) SAP
17 15 (1.64%) ArcSight
17 15 (1.64%) Tripwire