Period
to 18 August 2017

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 18 August 2017 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
18 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 293 227 315
Rank change year-on-year -66 +88 +23
Contract jobs citing CISSP 794 1261 839
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 1.16% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.27% 5.48% 3.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 463 812 509
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £473
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.82% +5.00%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £329
90th Percentile £638 £675 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 9
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £48.45 £51.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.06% -5.32% +27.13%
10th Percentile £28.15 £44.58 £46.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £73.83 £60.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £49.90 £52.50
% change year-on-year -7.82% -4.95% +22.09%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18607 22991 21893
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.30% 21.16% 19.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 11279 14339 12847
UK median daily rate £425 £407 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.42% +1.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £379 £375
% change year-on-year +5.68% +0.93% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 948 815 1066
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.62 £23.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.71% +18.16% +16.88%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.78
90th Percentile £51.19 £48.75 £50.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £28.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.71% +16.09% +20.60%

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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017. 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 -87 729 £500 - 156
UK excluding London -43 496 £475 -5.00% 95
London -85 290 £500 -4.76% 67
South East -40 172 £450 -5.26% 41
North of England +5 123 £500 -6.98% 24
North West +11 91 £475 -17.39% 13
South West -16 63 £506 +1.25% 9
East of England -36 57 £485 +10.73% 6
Scotland +46 56 £400 -17.10% 5
Yorkshire -15 23 £550 +18.92% 9
Midlands -23 23 £425 -22.73% 9
West Midlands +27 12 £450 -8.16% 9
East Midlands -35 10 £413 -31.25%
North East +33 8 £426 -36.96% 2
Wales -27 4 £550 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing CISSP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for CISSP.

1 437 (55.04%) Information Security
2 406 (51.13%) CISM
3 251 (31.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 243 (30.60%) Finance
5 219 (27.58%) Cybersecurity
6 172 (21.66%) PCI DSS
7 170 (21.41%) Firewall
8 169 (21.28%) CISA
9 159 (20.03%) Risk Management
10 151 (19.02%) Management Information System
11 143 (18.01%) SIEM
12 136 (17.13%) Security Cleared
13 126 (15.87%) Linux
14 121 (15.24%) Cisco Certification
15 108 (13.60%) ITIL
16 107 (13.48%) Network Security
17 106 (13.35%) Degree
18 102 (12.85%) Windows
19 97 (12.22%) SANS
20 94 (11.84%) Vulnerability Management
21 92 (11.59%) SC Cleared
22 91 (11.46%) Agile Software Development
23 86 (10.83%) COBIT
23 86 (10.83%) Security Architecture
24 85 (10.71%) Security Operations
25 83 (10.45%) Banking
25 83 (10.45%) Penetration Testing
26 78 (9.82%) Java
27 76 (9.57%) CRISC
28 75 (9.45%) Unix

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 31 (3.90%) Apache
2 30 (3.78%) Tomcat
3 28 (3.53%) JBoss
4 15 (1.89%) IIS
5 11 (1.39%) Apache Spark
5 11 (1.39%) OpenStack
6 9 (1.13%) WebSphere
7 8 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (1.01%) SharePoint
8 7 (0.88%) Apache Pig
8 7 (0.88%) Apache Solr
9 5 (0.63%) Mule
9 5 (0.63%) nginx
10 4 (0.50%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.50%) Confluence
11 2 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.25%) CMS
11 2 (0.25%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.13%) MS Exchange
12 1 (0.13%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 21 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.13%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.01%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 61 (7.68%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (4.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (3.40%) IaaS
3 27 (3.40%) SaaS
4 21 (2.64%) Cloud Computing
5 12 (1.51%) PaaS
6 7 (0.88%) Mimecast
7 4 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (0.50%) Office 365
8 2 (0.25%) Cloudflare
8 2 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
9 1 (0.13%) G Suite
9 1 (0.13%) HP Helion
9 1 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 170 (21.41%) Firewall
2 107 (13.48%) Network Security
3 65 (8.19%) TCP/IP
4 64 (8.06%) Intrusion Detection
5 39 (4.91%) LAN
6 36 (4.53%) WAN
7 33 (4.16%) Internet
8 31 (3.90%) VPN
9 27 (3.40%) DNS
10 25 (3.15%) HTTP
11 23 (2.90%) IPsec
12 19 (2.39%) Wireless
13 14 (1.76%) DHCP
13 14 (1.76%) HTTPS
13 14 (1.76%) SSL
13 14 (1.76%) VoIP
14 10 (1.26%) Cisco ISE
14 10 (1.26%) LDAP
15 9 (1.13%) SSH
15 9 (1.13%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (2.77%) Relational Database
2 19 (2.39%) Redis
3 18 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
4 17 (2.14%) Big Data
5 16 (2.02%) Hadoop
5 16 (2.02%) RDBMS
6 10 (1.26%) Apache Hive
6 10 (1.26%) SQL Server
7 9 (1.13%) MongoDB
8 8 (1.01%) MySQL
9 7 (0.88%) DataStax
10 6 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
10 6 (0.76%) Parquet
10 6 (0.76%) Star Schema
11 5 (0.63%) GIS
12 4 (0.50%) HBase
12 4 (0.50%) MariaDB
12 4 (0.50%) Sqoop
13 3 (0.38%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.38%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (1.64%) JIRA
2 10 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.13%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.88%) AppScan
5 6 (0.76%) Metasploit
6 5 (0.63%) Hudson
6 5 (0.63%) Maven
6 5 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.25%) Pylint
7 2 (0.25%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (0.25%) Subversion
General
1 243 (30.60%) Finance
2 83 (10.45%) Banking
3 40 (5.04%) Legal
4 37 (4.66%) Retail
5 36 (4.53%) Telecoms
6 26 (3.27%) Law
7 15 (1.89%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.51%) Investment Banking
9 11 (1.39%) Marketing
10 9 (1.13%) Electronics
11 7 (0.88%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.76%) International Banking
12 6 (0.76%) Local Government
12 6 (0.76%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.50%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.50%) Publishing
14 3 (0.38%) Billing
14 3 (0.38%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.25%) Automotive
15 2 (0.25%) Military
Job Titles
1 201 (25.31%) Consultant
2 175 (22.04%) Security Consultant
3 164 (20.65%) Analyst
4 145 (18.26%) Security Analyst
5 81 (10.20%) Architect
6 75 (9.45%) Security Engineer
7 72 (9.07%) Security Architect
8 65 (8.19%) Security Manager
9 49 (6.17%) Information Security Consultant
10 47 (5.92%) Security Specialist
11 38 (4.79%) Information Analyst
12 37 (4.66%) Information Security Analyst
13 31 (3.90%) Project Manager
14 27 (3.40%) Risk Consultant
15 26 (3.27%) CISSP Consultant
15 26 (3.27%) Cybersecurity Consultant
15 26 (3.27%) Information Manager
16 25 (3.15%) Cybersecurity Analyst
16 25 (3.15%) IT Analyst
16 25 (3.15%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (3.15%) Web Services
2 21 (2.64%) Elastic Stack
3 20 (2.52%) Java EE
4 18 (2.27%) Middleware
5 16 (2.02%) JMS
6 15 (1.89%) ActiveMQ
7 11 (1.39%) JAAS
7 11 (1.39%) JMX
7 11 (1.39%) JNDI
8 7 (0.88%) .NET
8 7 (0.88%) 802.1X
8 7 (0.88%) J2EE
8 7 (0.88%) JSP
8 7 (0.88%) LAPP Stack
8 7 (0.88%) Servlets
9 6 (0.76%) Grok
9 6 (0.76%) Kafka
9 6 (0.76%) RESTful
10 5 (0.63%) AngularJS
10 5 (0.63%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 151 (19.02%) Management Information System
2 67 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
3 40 (5.04%) CESG
4 34 (4.28%) Computer Science
4 34 (4.28%) Data Centre
5 30 (3.78%) Virtual Team
6 23 (2.90%) PKI
7 22 (2.77%) Cyber Attack
7 22 (2.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 20 (2.52%) Cyberthreat
9 15 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
9 15 (1.89%) Security Operations Centre
10 13 (1.64%) PMI
11 11 (1.39%) CESG CLAS
11 11 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (1.39%) Private Cloud
12 10 (1.26%) Public Cloud
13 9 (1.13%) Smart Meter
14 8 (1.01%) Mainframe
15 7 (0.88%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 126 (15.87%) Linux
2 102 (12.85%) Windows
3 75 (9.45%) Unix
4 39 (4.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 17 (2.14%) Solaris
6 16 (2.02%) Windows Server
7 13 (1.64%) Mac OS X
8 8 (1.01%) AIX
9 6 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.63%) CentOS
11 4 (0.50%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.50%) HPUX
11 4 (0.50%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.50%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.25%) Android
12 2 (0.25%) Kali Linux
12 2 (0.25%) SUSE
12 2 (0.25%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 437 (55.04%) Information Security
2 219 (27.58%) Cybersecurity
3 159 (20.03%) Risk Management
4 143 (18.01%) SIEM
5 108 (13.60%) ITIL
6 94 (11.84%) Vulnerability Management
7 91 (11.46%) Agile Software Development
8 86 (10.83%) Security Architecture
9 85 (10.71%) Security Operations
10 83 (10.45%) Penetration Testing
11 75 (9.45%) Project Management
11 75 (9.45%) Stakeholder Management
12 62 (7.81%) Risk Assessment
13 61 (7.68%) Data Protection
14 53 (6.68%) Incident Management
15 52 (6.55%) Information Assurance
15 52 (6.55%) ISMS
16 50 (6.30%) Security Management
16 50 (6.30%) Security Monitoring
17 46 (5.79%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 78 (9.82%) Java
2 41 (5.16%) Python
3 39 (4.91%) Perl
4 35 (4.41%) Bash Shell
5 34 (4.28%) SQL
6 18 (2.27%) Ruby
7 14 (1.76%) C
7 14 (1.76%) C-shell
7 14 (1.76%) Korn
8 13 (1.64%) PowerShell
9 12 (1.51%) C++
9 12 (1.51%) JavaScript
10 8 (1.01%) C#
11 7 (0.88%) VBScript
12 6 (0.76%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.63%) Dart
14 2 (0.25%) Go
14 2 (0.25%) Haskell
14 2 (0.25%) R
15 1 (0.13%) Scala
Qualifications
1 406 (51.13%) CISM
2 169 (21.28%) CISA
3 136 (17.13%) Security Cleared
4 121 (15.24%) Cisco Certification
5 106 (13.35%) Degree
6 97 (12.22%) SANS
7 92 (11.59%) SC Cleared
8 76 (9.57%) CRISC
9 74 (9.32%) CEH
10 49 (6.17%) GIAC
11 45 (5.67%) CCSP
11 45 (5.67%) CESG Certified Professional
12 44 (5.54%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 42 (5.29%) SSCP
14 41 (5.16%) CLAS
15 40 (5.04%) CCNP
16 39 (4.91%) CCNA
16 39 (4.91%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
17 36 (4.53%) DV Cleared
18 31 (3.90%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 251 (31.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 172 (21.66%) PCI DSS
3 86 (10.83%) COBIT
4 53 (6.68%) GDPR
5 32 (4.03%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 29 (3.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 26 (3.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 23 (2.90%) QA
9 19 (2.39%) JSP 440
10 13 (1.64%) RMADS
11 12 (1.51%) Cyber Essentials
12 8 (1.01%) SLA
13 7 (0.88%) ISO 22301
14 6 (0.76%) FedRAMP
14 6 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 5 (0.63%) COSO
15 5 (0.63%) GPG13
15 5 (0.63%) ISAE 3402
16 4 (0.50%) PA-DSS
16 4 (0.50%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 34 (4.28%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.01%) Docker
2 8 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.88%) Apache Flume
4 6 (0.76%) Snort
4 6 (0.76%) vSphere
5 4 (0.50%) HDFS
5 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 4 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.38%) Xen
7 2 (0.25%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.25%) KVM
7 2 (0.25%) LXC
7 2 (0.25%) ProxySG
7 2 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.13%) Sendmail
8 1 (0.13%) Slurm Workload Manager
8 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 41 (5.16%) Puppet
2 33 (4.16%) Opscode Chef
3 24 (3.02%) QRadar
4 20 (2.52%) Nessus
5 16 (2.02%) Nmap
6 11 (1.39%) Kibana
6 11 (1.39%) logstash
7 10 (1.26%) Ansible
8 9 (1.13%) Nexpose
9 8 (1.01%) CSIRT
10 7 (0.88%) Cobbler
10 7 (0.88%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 7 (0.88%) RSA enVision
11 6 (0.76%) BladeLogic
11 6 (0.76%) Computer Incident Response Team
11 6 (0.76%) SCCM
12 5 (0.63%) HP Fortify
12 5 (0.63%) Red Hat Satellite
12 5 (0.63%) WSUS
13 4 (0.50%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 72 (9.07%) Cisco
2 66 (8.31%) Splunk
3 58 (7.30%) Microsoft
4 43 (5.42%) Red Hat
5 35 (4.41%) Qualys
6 34 (4.28%) CheckPoint
7 29 (3.65%) LogRhythm
8 25 (3.15%) McAfee
9 24 (3.02%) ArcSight
10 22 (2.77%) Symantec
11 21 (2.64%) Oracle
12 18 (2.27%) IBM
13 17 (2.14%) HP
14 15 (1.89%) VMware
15 14 (1.76%) Apple
15 14 (1.76%) Juniper
15 14 (1.76%) Palo Alto
15 14 (1.76%) SAP
16 13 (1.64%) Cloudera
17 12 (1.51%) CyberArk