Period
to 19 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 19 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 212 219 444
Rank change year-on-year +7 +225 +113
Contract jobs citing Cybersecurity 1263 1281 553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.25% 1.22% 0.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.47% 1.46% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 805 918 370
UK median daily rate £488 £500 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +3.09% -0.51%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £345
90th Percentile £675 £700 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 8
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £40.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -14.37% -31.88%
10th Percentile £22.73 £30.45 £36.18
90th Percentile £64.20 £49.00 £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 85705 87976 93705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.91% 81.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 57093 58207 60721
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 2022 2335 2744
UK median hourly rate £23.32 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.83% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.37 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.50% +2.59% +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 19 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 19 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 19 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 0 1156 £488 -2.50% 204
London +43 636 £500 -4.76% 79
UK excluding London -21 597 £475 - 130
North of England +5 176 £475 - 37
South East +4 161 £469 -3.30% 39
Yorkshire +3 90 £500 +4.17% 14
North West -18 83 £425 -5.56% 21
Midlands -26 71 £475 +2.15% 16
Scotland +4 66 £438 +24.11% 5
East of England -22 55 £400 -23.81% 13
South West -30 55 £525 +7.69% 20
West Midlands -21 38 £488 +8.33% 14
East Midlands +6 32 £438 -16.67% 2
Wales +21 20 £575 +27.78%
North East +70 3 £1,050 +47.37% 2

For the 6 months to 19 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.

1 377 (29.85%) Information Security
2 370 (29.30%) Finance
3 290 (22.96%) CISSP
4 244 (19.32%) Firewall
5 224 (17.74%) Windows
6 216 (17.10%) SIEM
7 213 (16.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 185 (14.65%) Banking
9 180 (14.25%) Security Operations
10 177 (14.01%) Agile Software Development
10 177 (14.01%) Linux
11 159 (12.59%) CISM
12 133 (10.53%) Analytics
13 132 (10.45%) Security Cleared
14 124 (9.82%) Risk Management
15 123 (9.74%) Network Security
16 122 (9.66%) Vulnerability Management
16 122 (9.66%) Penetration Testing
17 120 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
18 115 (9.11%) Management Information System
19 113 (8.95%) Unix
20 110 (8.71%) Project Management
21 109 (8.63%) Stakeholder Management
21 109 (8.63%) Degree
22 104 (8.23%) ITIL
23 100 (7.92%) Active Directory
23 100 (7.92%) Splunk
24 97 (7.68%) Internet
25 95 (7.52%) PCI DSS
26 91 (7.21%) Security Architecture

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 (1.82%) SharePoint
2 20 (1.58%) Elasticsearch
3 13 (1.03%) IIS
3 13 (1.03%) MS Exchange
4 12 (0.95%) Apache Spark
5 11 (0.87%) Tomcat
6 10 (0.79%) OpenStack
7 8 (0.63%) Apache
8 6 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.40%) nginx
10 4 (0.32%) Apache Pig
10 4 (0.32%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.32%) Confluence
11 3 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.16%) Mongoose
12 2 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
13 1 (0.079%) Apache Solr
13 1 (0.079%) Mule
13 1 (0.079%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 43 (3.40%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.11%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.55%) Adobe Illustrator
5 7 (0.55%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.24%) SAP CO
1 3 (0.24%) SAP FI
1 3 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.079%) assyst
2 1 (0.079%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.079%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 1 (0.079%) Relativity
2 1 (0.079%) Ringtail
2 1 (0.079%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.079%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.079%) SAP FSCM
2 1 (0.079%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.079%) SAP PP
2 1 (0.079%) SDL Web 8
2 1 (0.079%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 79 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (4.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (2.45%) Office 365
4 30 (2.38%) SaaS
5 26 (2.06%) PaaS
6 24 (1.90%) IaaS
7 17 (1.35%) Mimecast
8 11 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
9 10 (0.79%) Amazon S3
10 8 (0.63%) Google Analytics
11 5 (0.40%) Akamai
12 4 (0.32%) Cloudflare
12 4 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.32%) OpenDNS
13 3 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.24%) GitHub
13 3 (0.24%) Route 53
14 2 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
14 2 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 244 (19.32%) Firewall
2 123 (9.74%) Network Security
3 97 (7.68%) Internet
4 78 (6.18%) Intrusion Detection
5 65 (5.15%) TCP/IP
6 49 (3.88%) VPN
7 48 (3.80%) DNS
8 47 (3.72%) LAN
9 34 (2.69%) WAN
10 31 (2.45%) SAN
11 28 (2.22%) SSL
12 27 (2.14%) VLAN
13 23 (1.82%) HTTP
14 22 (1.74%) LDAP
15 18 (1.43%) DHCP
16 17 (1.35%) VoIP
17 16 (1.27%) IPsec
18 15 (1.19%) SMS
19 14 (1.11%) NAS
20 9 (0.71%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (4.67%) Big Data
2 29 (2.30%) Hadoop
3 20 (1.58%) MongoDB
4 16 (1.27%) NoSQL
5 13 (1.03%) SQL Server
6 12 (0.95%) Data Mining
7 11 (0.87%) GIS
8 10 (0.79%) Parquet
8 10 (0.79%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.63%) Maltego
10 7 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
10 7 (0.55%) Apache Hive
10 7 (0.55%) Blockchain
10 7 (0.55%) HBase
10 7 (0.55%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
13 4 (0.32%) DB2
13 4 (0.32%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.32%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 39 (3.09%) JIRA
2 17 (1.35%) Git (software)
2 17 (1.35%) Jenkins
3 15 (1.19%) Metasploit
4 13 (1.03%) Visual Studio
5 12 (0.95%) GitLab
5 12 (0.95%) Maven
6 9 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (0.55%) Burp Suite
8 5 (0.40%) Cucumber
8 5 (0.40%) IntelliJ
9 4 (0.32%) Bitbucket
9 4 (0.32%) FishEye
9 4 (0.32%) JUnit
9 4 (0.32%) Selenium
9 4 (0.32%) SoapUI
9 4 (0.32%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.24%) Gradle
General
1 370 (29.30%) Finance
2 185 (14.65%) Banking
3 52 (4.12%) Telecoms
4 44 (3.48%) Legal
5 40 (3.17%) Investment Banking
6 37 (2.93%) Law
7 34 (2.69%) Retail
8 29 (2.30%) Financial Institution
8 29 (2.30%) Manufacturing
9 22 (1.74%) Marketing
10 18 (1.43%) Military
11 13 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
12 12 (0.95%) Retail Banking
13 11 (0.87%) Electronics
14 8 (0.63%) Advertising
14 8 (0.63%) Publishing
15 7 (0.55%) Automotive
15 7 (0.55%) Back Office
15 7 (0.55%) Billing
16 6 (0.48%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 298 (23.59%) Analyst
2 191 (15.12%) Security Analyst
3 145 (11.48%) Consultant
4 140 (11.08%) Architect
5 136 (10.77%) Security Manager
6 124 (9.82%) Security Consultant
7 118 (9.34%) Project Manager
8 96 (7.60%) Security Engineer
9 85 (6.73%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 83 (6.57%) Security Architect
11 82 (6.49%) Security Project Manager
12 71 (5.62%) Cybersecurity Consultant
13 69 (5.46%) Cybersecurity Manager
14 66 (5.23%) Business Analyst
15 61 (4.83%) Security Specialist
16 55 (4.35%) Developer
17 48 (3.80%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
18 41 (3.25%) IT Analyst
18 41 (3.25%) Senior Analyst
19 36 (2.85%) Information Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (2.61%) Web Services
2 29 (2.30%) Elastic Stack
3 27 (2.14%) .NET
4 26 (2.06%) REST
5 23 (1.82%) RESTful
6 20 (1.58%) JSON
6 20 (1.58%) Kafka
6 20 (1.58%) XML
7 19 (1.50%) Node.js
8 17 (1.35%) HTML
8 17 (1.35%) SAML
9 16 (1.27%) Spring
10 15 (1.19%) AngularJS
10 15 (1.19%) Regular Expression
11 14 (1.11%) CSS
12 13 (1.03%) SOAP
13 11 (0.87%) Hibernate
14 10 (0.79%) Grok
14 10 (0.79%) HTML5
15 9 (0.71%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 120 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
2 115 (9.11%) Management Information System
3 80 (6.33%) Cyberthreat
4 65 (5.15%) PKI
5 58 (4.59%) Security Operations Centre
6 49 (3.88%) Data Centre
7 38 (3.01%) Computer Science
8 37 (2.93%) Cyber Attack
8 37 (2.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 24 (1.90%) User Experience
10 23 (1.82%) CESG
11 22 (1.74%) Client/Server
11 22 (1.74%) Cyber Defence
12 21 (1.66%) Data Protection Act
13 17 (1.35%) Fintech
14 14 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
14 14 (1.11%) Public Cloud
15 13 (1.03%) Cyber Kill Chain
15 13 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
15 13 (1.03%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 224 (17.74%) Windows
2 177 (14.01%) Linux
3 113 (8.95%) Unix
4 58 (4.59%) Windows Server
5 26 (2.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (1.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (1.19%) Windows 10
9 12 (0.95%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.63%) Apple iOS
10 8 (0.63%) CentOS
11 5 (0.40%) Solaris
12 4 (0.32%) Android
12 4 (0.32%) Kali Linux
12 4 (0.32%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.32%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.32%) zOS
13 3 (0.24%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.16%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 377 (29.85%) Information Security
2 216 (17.10%) SIEM
3 180 (14.25%) Security Operations
4 177 (14.01%) Agile Software Development
5 133 (10.53%) Analytics
6 124 (9.82%) Risk Management
7 122 (9.66%) Penetration Testing
7 122 (9.66%) Vulnerability Management
8 110 (8.71%) Project Management
9 109 (8.63%) Stakeholder Management
10 104 (8.23%) ITIL
11 91 (7.21%) Security Architecture
12 81 (6.41%) Data Protection
13 80 (6.33%) Incident Management
14 67 (5.30%) Change Management
15 63 (4.99%) Identity Access Management
16 61 (4.83%) Security Monitoring
17 59 (4.67%) DevOps
18 55 (4.35%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
18 55 (4.35%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 85 (6.73%) Java
2 56 (4.43%) Python
3 46 (3.64%) SQL
4 30 (2.38%) PowerShell
5 29 (2.30%) C#
6 25 (1.98%) Perl
7 23 (1.82%) C++
8 19 (1.50%) Bash Shell
9 18 (1.43%) JavaScript
10 15 (1.19%) C
11 10 (0.79%) Ruby
12 7 (0.55%) PHP
13 6 (0.48%) Dart
14 5 (0.40%) Scala
15 4 (0.32%) Apex Code
15 4 (0.32%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.16%) C-shell
16 2 (0.16%) Go
16 2 (0.16%) R
16 2 (0.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 290 (22.96%) CISSP
2 159 (12.59%) CISM
3 132 (10.45%) Security Cleared
4 109 (8.63%) Degree
5 86 (6.81%) SC Cleared
6 71 (5.62%) SANS
7 55 (4.35%) CEH
8 50 (3.96%) Cisco Certification
9 42 (3.33%) CISA
10 36 (2.85%) DV Cleared
11 35 (2.77%) CRISC
12 34 (2.69%) GIAC
13 30 (2.38%) CCNP
13 30 (2.38%) SSCP
14 24 (1.90%) CESG Certified Professional
15 21 (1.66%) CLAS
16 19 (1.50%) Computer Science Degree
16 19 (1.50%) GCIH
17 18 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
18 17 (1.35%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 213 (16.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 95 (7.52%) PCI DSS
3 75 (5.94%) GDPR
4 42 (3.33%) COBIT
5 37 (2.93%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 30 (2.38%) QA
7 25 (1.98%) PMO
8 22 (1.74%) SLA
9 21 (1.66%) Cyber Essentials
10 19 (1.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 13 (1.03%) GPG13
11 13 (1.03%) NIST 800
12 7 (0.55%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 6 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 6 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
14 5 (0.40%) Data Quality
14 5 (0.40%) ISAE 3402
14 5 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 5 (0.40%) JSP 440
15 4 (0.32%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 100 (7.92%) Active Directory
2 22 (1.74%) Docker
3 20 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (0.71%) HDFS
6 8 (0.63%) ProxySG
6 8 (0.63%) XenApp
7 6 (0.48%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.40%) BitLocker
8 5 (0.40%) VMware NSX
9 4 (0.32%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 4 (0.32%) NFS
9 4 (0.32%) Snort
9 4 (0.32%) Terminal Services
9 4 (0.32%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.24%) vSphere
11 2 (0.16%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.16%) IAG
11 2 (0.16%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 29 (2.30%) QRadar
2 26 (2.06%) Puppet
3 23 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (1.74%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 22 (1.74%) Nessus
5 21 (1.66%) Ansible
6 19 (1.50%) SCOM
7 18 (1.43%) CSIRT
7 18 (1.43%) SCCM
8 17 (1.35%) McAfee ePO
9 15 (1.19%) Nmap
10 12 (0.95%) logstash
11 11 (0.87%) Kibana
12 8 (0.63%) EnCase
12 8 (0.63%) Nexpose
13 7 (0.55%) Netcool
13 7 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 5 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
14 5 (0.40%) Nagios
14 5 (0.40%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 100 (7.92%) Splunk
2 75 (5.94%) Microsoft
3 73 (5.78%) Cisco
4 50 (3.96%) CheckPoint
5 45 (3.56%) ArcSight
6 41 (3.25%) Citrix
6 41 (3.25%) McAfee
6 41 (3.25%) Qualys
7 39 (3.09%) VMware
8 38 (3.01%) Oracle
9 30 (2.38%) Red Hat
10 28 (2.22%) Symantec
11 26 (2.06%) Blue Coat
12 24 (1.90%) FireEye
13 22 (1.74%) IBM
14 20 (1.58%) CyberArk
14 20 (1.58%) Juniper
14 20 (1.58%) SAP
15 17 (1.35%) Dell
15 17 (1.35%) Palo Alto