Period
to 30 September 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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 193 298 290
Rank change year-on-year +105 -8 +8
Contract jobs citing CISSP 406 761 925
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.36% 0.87% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.32% 4.45% 4.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 500 636
Median daily rate £525 £538 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.33% +2.38% +5.00%
10th Percentile £332 £388 £376
90th Percentile £675 £738 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £520 £520 £500
% change year-on-year - +4.00% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 2
Median hourly rate £72.00 £60.44 £57.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.14% +5.56% +27.22%
10th Percentile £40.00 £42.50 £46.08
90th Percentile £80.00 £60.87 £65.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £75.00 £60.65 £57.25
% change year-on-year +23.66% +5.94% +27.22%

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 7,626 17,085 18,776
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.58% 19.64% 18.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,611 10,434 11,083
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £415
% change year-on-year +2.27% +6.02% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 828 951
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.84 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.99% +47.35% -15.61%
10th Percentile £17.18 £14.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £60.38 £59.90 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% +50.00% -21.88%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 +111 362 £525 -4.55% 130
UK excluding London +118 219 £520 - 82
London +109 166 £525 -8.70% 49
Work from Home -12 71 £501 +60.24% 21
South West +93 62 £475 +1.06% 15
Midlands +122 61 £575 +9.52% 11
West Midlands +92 55 £575 +9.52% 3
South East +89 34 £535 +3.48% 18
Scotland +51 26 £575 +27.78% 2
North of England +79 24 £415 -20.95% 25
North West +73 15 £420 -20.00% 14
East of England +67 11 £325 -43.48% 9
Yorkshire +47 8 £350 -33.96% 9
East Midlands +58 6 £550 - 8
Wales +20 2 £488 -2.50% 2
North East - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 240 (59.11%) Information Security
2 187 (46.06%) CISM
3 161 (39.66%) Cybersecurity
4 137 (33.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 113 (27.83%) Security Cleared
6 111 (27.34%) Management Information System
7 105 (25.86%) Risk Management
8 98 (24.14%) Azure
9 94 (23.15%) CISA
10 90 (22.17%) Cisco Certification
11 77 (18.97%) Firewall
12 76 (18.72%) NIST
13 75 (18.47%) Microsoft
14 74 (18.23%) Security Architecture
14 74 (18.23%) Information Assurance
15 71 (17.49%) SC Cleared
15 71 (17.49%) Degree
15 71 (17.49%) Active Directory
16 70 (17.24%) CESG Certified Professional
17 69 (17.00%) Finance
18 63 (15.52%) GIAC
19 59 (14.53%) Security Management
20 58 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
21 57 (14.04%) Security Operations
22 55 (13.55%) ITIL
23 53 (13.05%) AWS
24 52 (12.81%) Vulnerability Management
24 52 (12.81%) Cisco
25 50 (12.32%) Information Security Management
26 49 (12.07%) SIEM

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 20 (4.93%) Skype for Business
2 12 (2.96%) SharePoint
3 10 (2.46%) IIS
4 8 (1.97%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.25%) Confluence
5 1 (0.25%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (0.25%) JBoss
5 1 (0.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (1.97%) Microsoft Project
2 7 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.23%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (2.71%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.74%) Oracle Payroll
3 1 (0.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 98 (24.14%) Azure
2 53 (13.05%) AWS
3 35 (8.62%) Office 365
4 11 (2.71%) IaaS
5 10 (2.46%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (2.46%) GCP
6 9 (2.22%) Azure Active Directory
6 9 (2.22%) PaaS
7 6 (1.48%) SaaS
7 6 (1.48%) Serverless
8 3 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.49%) Amazon EKS
9 2 (0.49%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.49%) GitHub
10 1 (0.25%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.25%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 77 (18.97%) Firewall
2 46 (11.33%) Network Security
3 31 (7.64%) Internet
4 26 (6.40%) VPN
5 24 (5.91%) WAN
6 22 (5.42%) Skype
7 17 (4.19%) DMZ
7 17 (4.19%) Wireless
8 16 (3.94%) VoIP
9 14 (3.45%) Unified Communications
10 13 (3.20%) Cisco IOS
11 12 (2.96%) Intrusion Detection
12 10 (2.46%) TCP/IP
13 9 (2.22%) LAN
14 8 (1.97%) Intranet
15 6 (1.48%) DNS
16 5 (1.23%) Reverse Proxy
17 4 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
17 4 (0.99%) IPv4
17 4 (0.99%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (1.97%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.23%) Big Data
3 3 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.25%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.25%) Power BI
4 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (1.48%) Visual Studio
2 4 (0.99%) SonarQube
3 3 (0.74%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.49%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.49%) Bitbucket Server
4 2 (0.49%) Burp Suite
4 2 (0.49%) GitLab
4 2 (0.49%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.49%) Snyk
5 1 (0.25%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.25%) Hudson
5 1 (0.25%) JIRA
5 1 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 69 (17.00%) Finance
2 45 (11.08%) Public Sector
3 35 (8.62%) Legal
4 16 (3.94%) Telecoms
5 15 (3.69%) Banking
6 11 (2.71%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.97%) Electronics
8 7 (1.72%) Law
8 7 (1.72%) Marketing
9 6 (1.48%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.99%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.74%) Local Government
12 2 (0.49%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.25%) Advertising
13 1 (0.25%) Military
13 1 (0.25%) Police
13 1 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 83 (20.44%) Architect
2 80 (19.70%) Consultant
3 64 (15.76%) Security Consultant
4 61 (15.02%) Security Architect
5 57 (14.04%) Analyst
6 48 (11.82%) Security Analyst
6 48 (11.82%) Security Engineer
7 25 (6.16%) Security Specialist
8 20 (4.93%) Information Security Consultant
9 18 (4.43%) Technical Architect
10 17 (4.19%) Security Manager
11 16 (3.94%) Information Analyst
12 15 (3.69%) Security Officer
13 14 (3.45%) Information Security Analyst
14 13 (3.20%) Cybersecurity Consultant
15 12 (2.96%) Cybersecurity Analyst
15 12 (2.96%) Security Technical Consultant
15 12 (2.96%) Technical Consultant
15 12 (2.96%) Technical Security Consultant
16 11 (2.71%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.17%) .NET
2 19 (4.68%) Web Services
3 12 (2.96%) SAML
4 9 (2.22%) OAuth
4 9 (2.22%) OpenID
5 8 (1.97%) LDAP
6 6 (1.48%) SPML
6 6 (1.48%) WCF
6 6 (1.48%) XACML
7 5 (1.23%) Middleware
8 4 (0.99%) SailPoint
9 3 (0.74%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.49%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.49%) ModSecurity
10 2 (0.49%) Node.js
10 2 (0.49%) REST
11 1 (0.25%) J2EE
11 1 (0.25%) React
11 1 (0.25%) Regular Expression
11 1 (0.25%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 111 (27.34%) Management Information System
2 58 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (9.36%) Cyberthreat
4 33 (8.13%) PKI
5 29 (7.14%) Data Centre
6 21 (5.17%) CESG
7 17 (4.19%) Security Operations Centre
8 14 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (1.97%) SCADA
9 8 (1.97%) Virtual Team
10 7 (1.72%) Algorithms
10 7 (1.72%) BYOD
10 7 (1.72%) Data Protection Act
11 6 (1.48%) CMDB
12 5 (1.23%) Cyber Defence
12 5 (1.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 5 (1.23%) Freedom of Information
12 5 (1.23%) Freedom of Information Act
12 5 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (0.99%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 43 (10.59%) Windows
2 25 (6.16%) Linux
3 11 (2.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (1.48%) Unix
4 6 (1.48%) Windows 10
5 5 (1.23%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.49%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.25%) AIX
7 1 (0.25%) Android
7 1 (0.25%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.25%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.25%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.25%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (59.11%) Information Security
2 161 (39.66%) Cybersecurity
3 105 (25.86%) Risk Management
4 74 (18.23%) Information Assurance
4 74 (18.23%) Security Architecture
5 59 (14.53%) Security Management
6 57 (14.04%) Security Operations
7 55 (13.55%) ITIL
8 52 (12.81%) Vulnerability Management
9 50 (12.32%) Information Security Management
10 49 (12.07%) SIEM
11 47 (11.58%) Agile Software Development
12 42 (10.34%) Project Management
12 42 (10.34%) Risk Assessment
13 38 (9.36%) Penetration Testing
14 37 (9.11%) Incident Management
14 37 (9.11%) TOGAF
15 35 (8.62%) Threat Intelligence
16 34 (8.37%) DevOps
17 33 (8.13%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 16 (3.94%) Java
2 11 (2.71%) Bash Shell
3 9 (2.22%) PowerShell
3 9 (2.22%) VB.NET
4 6 (1.48%) C
4 6 (1.48%) C#
4 6 (1.48%) Shell Script
5 2 (0.49%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.49%) Python
5 2 (0.49%) SQL
5 2 (0.49%) VBScript
6 1 (0.25%) C++
6 1 (0.25%) Perl
6 1 (0.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 187 (46.06%) CISM
2 113 (27.83%) Security Cleared
3 94 (23.15%) CISA
4 90 (22.17%) Cisco Certification
5 71 (17.49%) Degree
5 71 (17.49%) SC Cleared
6 70 (17.24%) CESG Certified Professional
7 63 (15.52%) GIAC
8 45 (11.08%) CCNP
9 42 (10.34%) CRISC
9 42 (10.34%) DV Cleared
10 38 (9.36%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 34 (8.37%) CEH
12 30 (7.39%) CCIE
13 29 (7.14%) CCNA
14 26 (6.40%) CCSP
15 21 (5.17%) SSCP
16 19 (4.68%) Microsoft Certification
17 18 (4.43%) SANS
18 15 (3.69%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (33.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 76 (18.72%) NIST
3 42 (10.34%) COBIT
3 42 (10.34%) NCSC
4 35 (8.62%) PCI DSS
5 34 (8.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 31 (7.64%) GDPR
7 24 (5.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 23 (5.67%) Cyber Essentials
8 23 (5.67%) NIST 800
9 22 (5.42%) RMADS
10 17 (4.19%) JSP 440
11 13 (3.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 12 (2.96%) SLA
13 11 (2.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 7 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 6 (1.48%) ISO 31000
15 6 (1.48%) QA
16 3 (0.74%) HIPAA
16 3 (0.74%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 71 (17.49%) Active Directory
2 11 (2.71%) Hyper-V
3 8 (1.97%) BitLocker
4 7 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.99%) VMware NSX
7 2 (0.49%) Docker
7 2 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.25%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 15 (3.69%) Single Sign-On
2 13 (3.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (2.22%) FortiGate
4 8 (1.97%) QRadar
5 7 (1.72%) EnCase
5 7 (1.72%) FTK
6 6 (1.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 5 (1.23%) Ansible
7 5 (1.23%) Terraform
8 4 (0.99%) CASB
8 4 (0.99%) Nessus
9 3 (0.74%) CSIRT
9 3 (0.74%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.74%) Nexpose
9 3 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.49%) IBM Guardium
10 2 (0.49%) Puppet
10 2 (0.49%) SCCM
10 2 (0.49%) Trend Micro Deep Security
11 1 (0.25%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 75 (18.47%) Microsoft
2 52 (12.81%) Cisco
3 21 (5.17%) Oracle
3 21 (5.17%) VMware
4 14 (3.45%) Palo Alto
4 14 (3.45%) Qualys
5 13 (3.20%) CheckPoint
6 12 (2.96%) Splunk
7 11 (2.71%) CyberArk
7 11 (2.71%) Fortinet
7 11 (2.71%) Meraki
7 11 (2.71%) Red Hat
8 8 (1.97%) Juniper
8 8 (1.97%) SAP
9 7 (1.72%) Cellebrite
9 7 (1.72%) Citrix
9 7 (1.72%) ServiceNow
10 5 (1.23%) F5
11 4 (0.99%) ArcSight
11 4 (0.99%) ForgeRock