Period
to 26 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CompTIA Security+ qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 26 October 2021 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.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
26 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 792 514 774
Rank change year-on-year -278 +260 +93
Contract jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 29 22 39
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.068% 0.046%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.28% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 19 36
10th Percentile £363 £303 £375
25th Percentile £432 £538 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £600 £450
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +33.33% +7.14%
75th Percentile £681 " £538
90th Percentile £700 £650 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £600 £450
% change year-on-year -26.67% +33.33% +10.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £17.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £17.00

CompTIA Security+ 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 15,909 7,883 16,961
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 24.50% 20.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,286 5,305 10,827
10th Percentile £313 £293 £263
25th Percentile £413 £385 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £569 £563
90th Percentile £688 £638 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £451 £443
% change year-on-year +5.32% +1.90% +6.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 699 323 783
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.01 £14.09
25th Percentile £16.19 £20.79 £17.50
Median hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £39.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% -18.99% +69.35%
75th Percentile £53.75 £50.13 £50.00
90th Percentile £66.00 £64.50 £58.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.73 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +0.84% -31.25% +66.67%

CompTIA Security+
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CompTIA Security+ as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing CompTIA Security+.

Daily rate trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing CompTIA Security+ over the 6 months to 26 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing CompTIA Security+.

Hourly rate trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CompTIA Security+ within the UK over the 6 months to 26 October 2021. 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 -237 21 £500 -16.67% 24
London -208 16 £500 -13.04% 6
Work from Home -211 10 £650 +8.33% 2
UK excluding London -170 6 £440 -26.67% 23
Midlands - 2 £375 - 7
South East - 2 £538 - 5
Scotland - 2 £430 - 4
West Midlands - 2 £375 - 5

For the 6 months to 26 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 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 CompTIA Security+.

1 22 (75.86%) CISSP
2 21 (72.41%) Cybersecurity
3 17 (58.62%) Information Security
4 14 (48.28%) SIEM
5 13 (44.83%) ITIL
6 12 (41.38%) Splunk
7 9 (31.03%) Azure
7 9 (31.03%) Incident Management
7 9 (31.03%) Degree
7 9 (31.03%) SSCP
7 9 (31.03%) Social Skills
8 8 (27.59%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (27.59%) Firewall
8 8 (27.59%) Windows
8 8 (27.59%) Microsoft
9 7 (24.14%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (24.14%) SC Cleared
9 7 (24.14%) Security Cleared
9 7 (24.14%) Network Security
9 7 (24.14%) Public Sector
10 6 (20.69%) CEH
10 6 (20.69%) GCIH
10 6 (20.69%) Linux
10 6 (20.69%) GIAC
10 6 (20.69%) Risk Management
11 5 (17.24%) Cisco
11 5 (17.24%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (17.24%) JIRA
11 5 (17.24%) Atlassian
11 5 (17.24%) AWS

CompTIA Security+
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 5 (17.24%) Confluence
2 1 (3.45%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (3.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (3.45%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 9 (31.03%) Azure
2 5 (17.24%) AWS
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft 365
4 2 (6.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (6.90%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (6.90%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (6.90%) Mimecast
4 2 (6.90%) Power Platform
5 1 (3.45%) Azure Sentinel
5 1 (3.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (27.59%) Firewall
2 7 (24.14%) Network Security
3 3 (10.34%) Cisco ASA
3 3 (10.34%) LAN
3 3 (10.34%) WAN
3 3 (10.34%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (6.90%) Unified Communications
5 1 (3.45%) Internet
5 1 (3.45%) Intrusion Detection
5 1 (3.45%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) Data Lake
1 2 (6.90%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (6.90%) Power BI
1 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (17.24%) JIRA
General
1 9 (31.03%) Social Skills
2 8 (27.59%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (24.14%) Public Sector
4 5 (17.24%) Presentation Skills
5 2 (6.90%) Local Government
5 2 (6.90%) Telecoms
6 1 (3.45%) Finance
6 1 (3.45%) Law
6 1 (3.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (41.38%) Analyst
2 7 (24.14%) Incident Analyst
2 7 (24.14%) Security Analyst
3 5 (17.24%) Security Engineer
3 5 (17.24%) Security Incident Analyst
4 4 (13.79%) Architect
4 4 (13.79%) Cybersecurity Engineer
4 4 (13.79%) SOC Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) Consultant
5 3 (10.34%) Security Specialist
6 2 (6.90%) Compliance Specialist
6 2 (6.90%) Coordinator
6 2 (6.90%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Cybersecurity Specialist
6 2 (6.90%) Firewall Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Forensic Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Junior
6 2 (6.90%) Junior Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Security Architect
6 2 (6.90%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.90%) SOAP
2 1 (3.45%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Cyber Kill Chain
2 4 (13.79%) Cyberthreat
2 4 (13.79%) Management Information System
2 4 (13.79%) Security Operations Centre
3 2 (6.90%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (6.90%) IVR
3 2 (6.90%) Smart City
4 1 (3.45%) CESG
4 1 (3.45%) NHS
4 1 (3.45%) PKI
4 1 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (3.45%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 8 (27.59%) Windows
2 6 (20.69%) Linux
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2016
4 1 (3.45%) Android
4 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
4 1 (3.45%) Windows 10
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (72.41%) Cybersecurity
2 17 (58.62%) Information Security
3 14 (48.28%) SIEM
4 13 (44.83%) ITIL
5 9 (31.03%) Incident Management
6 6 (20.69%) Risk Management
7 5 (17.24%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (17.24%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (17.24%) Security Operations
7 5 (17.24%) Vulnerability Management
8 4 (13.79%) Information Security Management
8 4 (13.79%) ITIL V3
8 4 (13.79%) Protective Monitoring
8 4 (13.79%) Security Management
8 4 (13.79%) TOGAF
8 4 (13.79%) Use Case
9 3 (10.34%) Ethical Hacking
9 3 (10.34%) Project Management
9 3 (10.34%) Security Architecture
9 3 (10.34%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.90%) C
2 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (75.86%) CISSP
2 9 (31.03%) Degree
2 9 (31.03%) SSCP
3 7 (24.14%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (24.14%) SC Cleared
3 7 (24.14%) Security Cleared
4 6 (20.69%) CEH
4 6 (20.69%) GCIH
4 6 (20.69%) GIAC
5 4 (13.79%) CCNA
5 4 (13.79%) CISM
5 4 (13.79%) SANS
6 3 (10.34%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 3 (10.34%) CCNP
6 3 (10.34%) CCSA
6 3 (10.34%) CISA
6 3 (10.34%) GSEC
7 2 (6.90%) CISMP
7 2 (6.90%) MOS
7 2 (6.90%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) Cyber Essentials
1 4 (13.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (6.90%) NCSC
3 1 (3.45%) HIPAA
3 1 (3.45%) QA
System Software
1 3 (10.34%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (10.34%) QRadar
2 2 (6.90%) Nessus
2 2 (6.90%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (3.45%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (3.45%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (41.38%) Splunk
2 8 (27.59%) Microsoft
3 5 (17.24%) Atlassian
3 5 (17.24%) Cisco
4 3 (10.34%) CheckPoint
5 2 (6.90%) ForeScout
5 2 (6.90%) Meraki
5 2 (6.90%) ServiceNow
6 1 (3.45%) Apple
6 1 (3.45%) ArcSight
6 1 (3.45%) BMC
6 1 (3.45%) Citrix
6 1 (3.45%) ForgeRock
6 1 (3.45%) Oracle
6 1 (3.45%) Remedy
6 1 (3.45%) VMware