Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Cybersecurity skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Cybersecurity over the 6 months to 21 November 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.

Cybersecurity
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 211 218 432
Rank change year-on-year +7 +214 +141
Contract jobs citing Cybersecurity 1295 1279 551
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.22% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.46% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 824 917 368
UK median daily rate £488 £500 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +3.09% -1.77%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £345
90th Percentile £675 £700 £643
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 8
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £33.75 £40.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -17.43% -6.57%
10th Percentile £22.73 £30.25 £36.18
90th Percentile £64.20 £35.00 £43.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £33.75 £40.88
% change year-on-year +33.33% -17.43% -31.88%

Cybersecurity is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 87132 87864 92880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.90% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 58048 58076 60168
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2060 2332 2734
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.31 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

Cybersecurity
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Cybersecurity as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Cybersecurity in the UK

Cybersecurity
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Cybersecurity.

Contractor daily rate trend for Cybersecurity in the UK

Cybersecurity
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Cybersecurity over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Cybersecurity in the UK

Cybersecurity
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cybersecurity.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Cybersecurity in the UK

Cybersecurity
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Cybersecurity over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Cybersecurity in the UK

Cybersecurity
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 Cybersecurity within the UK over the 6 months to 21 November 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 +5 1187 £488 -2.50% 277
London +47 652 £500 -4.76% 111
UK excluding London -26 612 £475 - 175
North of England +6 178 £475 - 53
South East 0 163 £470 -3.34% 54
Yorkshire +3 91 £500 +4.71% 21
North West -17 84 £425 -5.56% 27
Midlands -26 76 £475 +2.43% 17
Scotland +3 66 £438 +23.24% 6
East of England -9 60 £400 -23.81% 17
South West -42 57 £500 +5.26% 26
West Midlands -25 40 £481 +6.94% 16
East Midlands -1 35 £438 -16.67% 1
Wales +19 21 £575 +27.78% 3
North East +66 3 £1,050 +47.37% 5

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity.

1 391 (30.19%) Information Security
2 374 (28.88%) Finance
3 296 (22.86%) CISSP
4 248 (19.15%) Firewall
5 228 (17.61%) Windows
6 221 (17.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 221 (17.07%) SIEM
7 186 (14.36%) Banking
8 183 (14.13%) Security Operations
9 181 (13.98%) Linux
10 179 (13.82%) Agile Software Development
11 165 (12.74%) CISM
12 138 (10.66%) Analytics
13 135 (10.42%) Security Cleared
14 130 (10.04%) Network Security
15 126 (9.73%) Vulnerability Management
16 124 (9.58%) Penetration Testing
16 124 (9.58%) Risk Management
17 121 (9.34%) Analytical Skills
18 117 (9.03%) Management Information System
19 114 (8.80%) Unix
20 113 (8.73%) Degree
21 112 (8.65%) Project Management
22 110 (8.49%) Stakeholder Management
23 109 (8.42%) ITIL
24 106 (8.19%) Active Directory
25 100 (7.72%) Internet
25 100 (7.72%) Splunk
26 95 (7.34%) Security Architecture
26 95 (7.34%) PCI DSS

Cybersecurity
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 23 (1.78%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
3 13 (1.00%) IIS
3 13 (1.00%) MS Exchange
4 12 (0.93%) Apache Spark
5 11 (0.85%) Tomcat
6 10 (0.77%) OpenStack
7 8 (0.62%) Apache
8 6 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.39%) Confluence
9 5 (0.39%) nginx
10 4 (0.31%) Apache Pig
10 4 (0.31%) ArcGIS
11 3 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.15%) Mongoose
12 2 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.15%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.15%) Skype for Business
13 1 (0.077%) Apache Solr
13 1 (0.077%) Mule
Applications
1 43 (3.32%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.08%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.54%) Adobe Illustrator
5 7 (0.54%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.23%) SAP CO
1 3 (0.23%) SAP FI
1 3 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.077%) assyst
2 1 (0.077%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.077%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 1 (0.077%) Relativity
2 1 (0.077%) Ringtail
2 1 (0.077%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.077%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.077%) SAP FSCM
2 1 (0.077%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.077%) SAP PP
2 1 (0.077%) SDL Web 8
2 1 (0.077%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 83 (6.41%) Amazon AWS
2 56 (4.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (2.63%) Office 365
4 32 (2.47%) SaaS
5 28 (2.16%) PaaS
6 24 (1.85%) IaaS
7 17 (1.31%) Mimecast
8 12 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
9 10 (0.77%) Amazon S3
9 10 (0.77%) Google Analytics
10 5 (0.39%) Akamai
11 4 (0.31%) Cloudflare
11 4 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.31%) OpenDNS
12 3 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
12 3 (0.23%) GitHub
12 3 (0.23%) Route 53
13 2 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 248 (19.15%) Firewall
2 130 (10.04%) Network Security
3 100 (7.72%) Internet
4 78 (6.02%) Intrusion Detection
5 66 (5.10%) TCP/IP
6 52 (4.02%) VPN
7 50 (3.86%) DNS
7 50 (3.86%) LAN
8 36 (2.78%) WAN
9 31 (2.39%) SAN
10 29 (2.24%) VLAN
11 28 (2.16%) SSL
12 23 (1.78%) HTTP
13 22 (1.70%) LDAP
14 19 (1.47%) DHCP
15 17 (1.31%) VoIP
16 16 (1.24%) IPsec
17 15 (1.16%) SMS
18 14 (1.08%) NAS
19 10 (0.77%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (4.63%) Big Data
2 30 (2.32%) Hadoop
3 23 (1.78%) MongoDB
4 19 (1.47%) NoSQL
5 13 (1.00%) SQL Server
6 12 (0.93%) Data Mining
7 11 (0.85%) GIS
8 10 (0.77%) Parquet
8 10 (0.77%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
9 8 (0.62%) HBase
9 8 (0.62%) Maltego
10 7 (0.54%) Apache Hive
10 7 (0.54%) Blockchain
10 7 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
12 5 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
13 4 (0.31%) DB2
13 4 (0.31%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 40 (3.09%) JIRA
2 17 (1.31%) Git (software)
2 17 (1.31%) Jenkins
3 15 (1.16%) Metasploit
4 13 (1.00%) Visual Studio
5 12 (0.93%) GitLab
5 12 (0.93%) Maven
6 9 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.69%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (0.54%) Burp Suite
8 5 (0.39%) Cucumber
8 5 (0.39%) IntelliJ
9 4 (0.31%) Bitbucket
9 4 (0.31%) FishEye
9 4 (0.31%) JUnit
9 4 (0.31%) Selenium
9 4 (0.31%) SoapUI
9 4 (0.31%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.23%) Gradle
General
1 374 (28.88%) Finance
2 186 (14.36%) Banking
3 53 (4.09%) Telecoms
4 47 (3.63%) Legal
5 40 (3.09%) Investment Banking
6 37 (2.86%) Law
7 36 (2.78%) Retail
8 29 (2.24%) Financial Institution
8 29 (2.24%) Manufacturing
9 25 (1.93%) Marketing
10 18 (1.39%) Military
11 13 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
12 12 (0.93%) Retail Banking
13 11 (0.85%) Electronics
14 10 (0.77%) Advertising
15 8 (0.62%) Publishing
16 7 (0.54%) Automotive
16 7 (0.54%) Back Office
16 7 (0.54%) Billing
17 6 (0.46%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 301 (23.24%) Analyst
2 193 (14.90%) Security Analyst
3 149 (11.51%) Consultant
4 143 (11.04%) Architect
5 139 (10.73%) Security Manager
6 128 (9.88%) Security Consultant
7 120 (9.27%) Project Manager
8 98 (7.57%) Security Engineer
9 86 (6.64%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 84 (6.49%) Security Project Manager
11 83 (6.41%) Security Architect
12 74 (5.71%) Cybersecurity Consultant
13 70 (5.41%) Cybersecurity Manager
14 67 (5.17%) Business Analyst
15 62 (4.79%) Security Specialist
16 56 (4.32%) Developer
17 49 (3.78%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
18 41 (3.17%) IT Analyst
18 41 (3.17%) Senior Analyst
19 38 (2.93%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.70%) Web Services
2 29 (2.24%) .NET
2 29 (2.24%) Elastic Stack
3 26 (2.01%) REST
4 24 (1.85%) RESTful
5 22 (1.70%) Kafka
6 21 (1.62%) Node.js
7 20 (1.54%) JSON
7 20 (1.54%) XML
8 19 (1.47%) SAML
9 17 (1.31%) HTML
9 17 (1.31%) Spring
10 16 (1.24%) AngularJS
11 15 (1.16%) Regular Expression
12 14 (1.08%) CSS
13 13 (1.00%) SOAP
14 12 (0.93%) Hibernate
15 10 (0.77%) .NET Core
15 10 (0.77%) ActiveMQ
15 10 (0.77%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 121 (9.34%) Analytical Skills
2 117 (9.03%) Management Information System
3 81 (6.25%) Cyberthreat
4 65 (5.02%) PKI
5 59 (4.56%) Security Operations Centre
6 52 (4.02%) Data Centre
7 39 (3.01%) Computer Science
8 38 (2.93%) Cyber Attack
9 37 (2.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 26 (2.01%) CESG
11 24 (1.85%) User Experience
12 22 (1.70%) Client/Server
12 22 (1.70%) Cyber Defence
13 21 (1.62%) Data Protection Act
14 17 (1.31%) Fintech
15 15 (1.16%) Public Cloud
16 14 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
16 14 (1.08%) Virtual Team
17 13 (1.00%) Cyber Kill Chain
17 13 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 228 (17.61%) Windows
2 181 (13.98%) Linux
3 114 (8.80%) Unix
4 61 (4.71%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 26 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (1.24%) Windows 10
9 12 (0.93%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.62%) Apple iOS
10 8 (0.62%) CentOS
11 5 (0.39%) Solaris
12 4 (0.31%) Android
12 4 (0.31%) Kali Linux
12 4 (0.31%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.31%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.31%) zOS
13 3 (0.23%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 391 (30.19%) Information Security
2 221 (17.07%) SIEM
3 183 (14.13%) Security Operations
4 179 (13.82%) Agile Software Development
5 138 (10.66%) Analytics
6 126 (9.73%) Vulnerability Management
7 124 (9.58%) Penetration Testing
7 124 (9.58%) Risk Management
8 112 (8.65%) Project Management
9 110 (8.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 109 (8.42%) ITIL
11 95 (7.34%) Security Architecture
12 83 (6.41%) Data Protection
13 81 (6.25%) Incident Management
14 70 (5.41%) Change Management
15 64 (4.94%) Identity Access Management
16 61 (4.71%) Security Monitoring
17 60 (4.63%) DevOps
18 56 (4.32%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
18 56 (4.32%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 87 (6.72%) Java
2 56 (4.32%) Python
3 46 (3.55%) SQL
4 32 (2.47%) PowerShell
5 31 (2.39%) C#
6 25 (1.93%) Perl
7 23 (1.78%) C++
8 19 (1.47%) Bash Shell
9 18 (1.39%) JavaScript
10 15 (1.16%) C
11 10 (0.77%) Ruby
12 7 (0.54%) PHP
13 6 (0.46%) Dart
14 5 (0.39%) Scala
15 4 (0.31%) Apex Code
15 4 (0.31%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.15%) C-shell
16 2 (0.15%) Go
16 2 (0.15%) R
16 2 (0.15%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 296 (22.86%) CISSP
2 165 (12.74%) CISM
3 135 (10.42%) Security Cleared
4 113 (8.73%) Degree
5 88 (6.80%) SC Cleared
6 71 (5.48%) SANS
7 56 (4.32%) CEH
8 54 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
9 44 (3.40%) CISA
10 37 (2.86%) GIAC
11 36 (2.78%) DV Cleared
12 35 (2.70%) CRISC
13 32 (2.47%) CCNP
14 31 (2.39%) SSCP
15 25 (1.93%) CESG Certified Professional
16 21 (1.62%) CLAS
17 20 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
18 19 (1.47%) GCIH
18 19 (1.47%) Microsoft Certification
19 17 (1.31%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 221 (17.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 95 (7.34%) PCI DSS
3 77 (5.95%) GDPR
4 43 (3.32%) COBIT
5 38 (2.93%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 30 (2.32%) QA
7 25 (1.93%) PMO
8 24 (1.85%) SLA
9 21 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials
10 19 (1.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 15 (1.16%) NIST 800
12 13 (1.00%) GPG13
13 7 (0.54%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 6 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 6 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
15 5 (0.39%) Data Quality
15 5 (0.39%) ISAE 3402
15 5 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 5 (0.39%) JSP 440
16 4 (0.31%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 106 (8.19%) Active Directory
2 24 (1.85%) Docker
3 21 (1.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (0.77%) HDFS
6 8 (0.62%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.62%) ProxySG
6 8 (0.62%) XenApp
7 5 (0.39%) BitLocker
7 5 (0.39%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 4 (0.31%) NFS
8 4 (0.31%) Snort
8 4 (0.31%) Terminal Services
8 4 (0.31%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.23%) vSphere
10 2 (0.15%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.15%) IAG
10 2 (0.15%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 29 (2.24%) QRadar
2 26 (2.01%) Puppet
3 23 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (1.70%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 22 (1.70%) Nessus
5 21 (1.62%) Ansible
6 20 (1.54%) SCOM
7 19 (1.47%) SCCM
8 18 (1.39%) CSIRT
8 18 (1.39%) McAfee ePO
9 15 (1.16%) Nmap
10 12 (0.93%) logstash
11 11 (0.85%) Kibana
12 8 (0.62%) EnCase
12 8 (0.62%) Nexpose
13 7 (0.54%) Netcool
13 7 (0.54%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 7 (0.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 6 (0.46%) SCOrch
15 5 (0.39%) SCSM
Vendors
1 100 (7.72%) Splunk
2 79 (6.10%) Cisco
3 78 (6.02%) Microsoft
4 51 (3.94%) CheckPoint
5 46 (3.55%) ArcSight
6 42 (3.24%) Citrix
6 42 (3.24%) McAfee
7 41 (3.17%) Qualys
8 40 (3.09%) VMware
9 38 (2.93%) Oracle
10 31 (2.39%) Red Hat
11 29 (2.24%) Symantec
12 27 (2.08%) Blue Coat
13 24 (1.85%) FireEye
14 22 (1.70%) IBM
15 21 (1.62%) CyberArk
15 21 (1.62%) SAP
16 20 (1.54%) Juniper
17 18 (1.39%) Palo Alto
17 18 (1.39%) SolarWinds