The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Digital Forensics skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Digital Forensics over the 3 months to 23 April 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.

Digital Forensics
UK
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 606 639 634
Rank change year-on-year +33 -5  
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 11 20 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.036% 0.039%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.028% 0.043% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 12 13
Median daily rate £375 £650 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -42.30% +18.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £505 £360
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £750 £616
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 £700 £413
% change year-on-year -62.14% +69.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £50.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £50.00 -

Digital Forensics is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39358 46364 44831
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.53% 82.93% 79.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 25908 30650 27860
Median daily rate £450 £438 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +5.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1012 1090 1313
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.00 £47.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +20.96%  

Digital Forensics
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Digital Forensics as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Digital Forensics over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK over the 3 months to 23 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +40 11 £375 -42.30% 7
East of England - 6 £265 -
London +29 5 £450 -18.18% 3
Essex - 5 £265 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £375 -

For the 6 months to 23 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Digital Forensics 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 Digital Forensics.

1 20 (71.43%) Degree
2 19 (67.86%) Windows
2 19 (67.86%) Linux
2 19 (67.86%) Cybersecurity
3 15 (53.57%) VMware
3 15 (53.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (50.00%) Computer Science
5 12 (42.86%) Unix
5 12 (42.86%) VMware ESX
5 12 (42.86%) Vulnerability Management
5 12 (42.86%) Forensic Analysis
6 10 (35.71%) Ethical Hacking
7 9 (32.14%) Information Security
8 7 (25.00%) Python
8 7 (25.00%) SIEM
8 7 (25.00%) PCI DSS
8 7 (25.00%) Network Packet Analysis
9 6 (21.43%) CISSP
9 6 (21.43%) CISM
9 6 (21.43%) PowerShell
9 6 (21.43%) GIAC
9 6 (21.43%) Finance
10 5 (17.86%) Firewall
11 4 (14.29%) Wireless
11 4 (14.29%) CCSP
11 4 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (14.29%) Mac OS X
11 4 (14.29%) Internet
11 4 (14.29%) Legal
11 4 (14.29%) GCIH

Digital Forensics
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 2 (7.14%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Relativity
1 2 (7.14%) Ringtail
1 2 (7.14%) Veritas eDiscovery
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) Firewall
2 4 (14.29%) Internet
2 4 (14.29%) Wireless
3 3 (10.71%) TCP/IP
3 3 (10.71%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) Data Mining
1 2 (7.14%) EDRMS
General
1 6 (21.43%) Finance
2 4 (14.29%) Legal
3 2 (7.14%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.57%) Automotive
4 1 (3.57%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (60.71%) Analyst
2 14 (50.00%) Security Analyst
3 11 (39.29%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 8 (28.57%) Incident Analyst
5 7 (25.00%) SOC Analyst
6 4 (14.29%) Consultant
6 4 (14.29%) Forensic Analyst
6 4 (14.29%) Incident Handler
7 3 (10.71%) Digital Analyst
7 3 (10.71%) Security Consultant
8 1 (3.57%) Administrator
8 1 (3.57%) Cybersecurity Consultant
8 1 (3.57%) E-Discovery Specialist
8 1 (3.57%) Information Analyst
8 1 (3.57%) Information Security Analyst
8 1 (3.57%) Information Security Consultant
8 1 (3.57%) Information Security Engineer
8 1 (3.57%) Security Engineer
8 1 (3.57%) Splunk Analyst
8 1 (3.57%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (50.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (10.71%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.57%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (3.57%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (3.57%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 19 (67.86%) Linux
1 19 (67.86%) Windows
2 12 (42.86%) Unix
3 4 (14.29%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (67.86%) Cybersecurity
2 12 (42.86%) Forensic Analysis
2 12 (42.86%) Vulnerability Management
3 10 (35.71%) Ethical Hacking
4 9 (32.14%) Information Security
5 7 (25.00%) Network Packet Analysis
5 7 (25.00%) SIEM
6 4 (14.29%) Kalman Filter
6 4 (14.29%) Web Filtering
7 3 (10.71%) E-Discovery
7 3 (10.71%) GAP Analysis
7 3 (10.71%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (10.71%) Threat Intelligence
8 2 (7.14%) Computer Security
8 2 (7.14%) Configuration Management
8 2 (7.14%) Data Security
8 2 (7.14%) Incident Management
8 2 (7.14%) ITIL
8 2 (7.14%) Machine Learning
8 2 (7.14%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.00%) Python
2 6 (21.43%) PowerShell
3 2 (7.14%) Perl
3 2 (7.14%) SQL
3 2 (7.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (71.43%) Degree
2 6 (21.43%) CISM
2 6 (21.43%) CISSP
2 6 (21.43%) GIAC
3 4 (14.29%) (ISC)2 CCSP
3 4 (14.29%) CCSP
3 4 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (14.29%) GCIH
3 4 (14.29%) SANS
4 1 (3.57%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (25.00%) PCI DSS
2 3 (10.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (7.14%) GPG for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence
4 1 (3.57%) QA
System Software
1 15 (53.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (42.86%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) EnCase
2 3 (10.71%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (7.14%) FTK
3 2 (7.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 15 (53.57%) VMware
2 4 (14.29%) LogRhythm
3 3 (10.71%) Cisco
4 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
4 2 (7.14%) Nuix
4 2 (7.14%) Rapid7
4 2 (7.14%) Splunk
4 2 (7.14%) Symantec
5 1 (3.57%) Dell