Period
to 25 July 2017

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 6 months to 25 July 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
6 months to
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 820 878 866
Rank change year-on-year +58 -12 -3
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 20 32 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.021% 0.029% 0.021%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.025% 0.035% 0.026%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 15 13
UK median daily rate £419 £600 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.21% +9.09% +49.15%
10th Percentile £265 £442 £335
90th Percentile £611 £750 £616
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 £650 £413
% change year-on-year -59.23% +57.58% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK 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 80161 91745 91678
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.24% 83.47% 80.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 52582 60518 58035
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £277 £263 £258
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2050 2197 2596
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.64% +4.76%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.50 £11.17
90th Percentile £52.00 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -3.85% +15.56% +2.27%

Digital Forensics
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 25 July 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 6 months to 25 July 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 +63 20 £419 -30.21% 9
London +25 13 £488 -11.36% 5
UK excluding London +42 7 £265 -59.23% 4
East of England - 6 £265 -
South West +6 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 9 (45.00%) Windows
1 9 (45.00%) Degree
1 9 (45.00%) Cybersecurity
2 7 (35.00%) Computer Science
2 7 (35.00%) Linux
3 6 (30.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 6 (30.00%) SIEM
4 5 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 5 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (25.00%) VMware
4 5 (25.00%) Unix
4 5 (25.00%) Network Packet Analysis
4 5 (25.00%) Forensic Analysis
5 4 (20.00%) Proactive Monitoring
5 4 (20.00%) Nuix
5 4 (20.00%) PowerShell
5 4 (20.00%) Security Cleared
5 4 (20.00%) Varonis
5 4 (20.00%) LogRhythm
6 3 (15.00%) Malware Analysis
6 3 (15.00%) Information Security
6 3 (15.00%) McAfee
6 3 (15.00%) CISSP
6 3 (15.00%) SANS
6 3 (15.00%) Cellebrite
7 2 (10.00%) EnCase
7 2 (10.00%) Web Filtering
7 2 (10.00%) Security Operations
7 2 (10.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP

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:

Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Relativity
1 1 (5.00%) Ringtail
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.00%) Internet
1 2 (10.00%) SMS
1 2 (10.00%) Wireless
2 1 (5.00%) Firewall
2 1 (5.00%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.00%) Data Mining
2 1 (5.00%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 1 (5.00%) IDA Disassembler
General
1 1 (5.00%) Finance
1 1 (5.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 12 (60.00%) Analyst
2 10 (50.00%) Security Analyst
3 6 (30.00%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 5 (25.00%) Incident Analyst
4 5 (25.00%) Security Incident Analyst
4 5 (25.00%) SOC Analyst
5 4 (20.00%) IT Analyst
5 4 (20.00%) IT Security Analyst
6 2 (10.00%) Incident Handler
6 2 (10.00%) Security Incident Handler
7 1 (5.00%) Cybersecurity Engineer
7 1 (5.00%) E-Discovery Analyst
7 1 (5.00%) Financial Analyst
7 1 (5.00%) Forensic Investigator
7 1 (5.00%) Information Assurance Engineer
7 1 (5.00%) Information Security Engineer
7 1 (5.00%) Security Engineer
7 1 (5.00%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (5.00%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
7 1 (5.00%) Splunk Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 7 (35.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (10.00%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (5.00%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (5.00%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 9 (45.00%) Windows
2 7 (35.00%) Linux
3 5 (25.00%) Unix
4 2 (10.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (45.00%) Cybersecurity
2 6 (30.00%) Ethical Hacking
2 6 (30.00%) SIEM
3 5 (25.00%) Forensic Analysis
3 5 (25.00%) Network Packet Analysis
3 5 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 4 (20.00%) Proactive Monitoring
5 3 (15.00%) Information Security
5 3 (15.00%) Malware Analysis
6 2 (10.00%) E-Discovery
6 2 (10.00%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (10.00%) Machine Learning
6 2 (10.00%) Open Source
6 2 (10.00%) Security Operations
6 2 (10.00%) Web Filtering
7 1 (5.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 1 (5.00%) Electronic Discovery Reference Model
7 1 (5.00%) Information Assurance
7 1 (5.00%) Threat Intelligence
7 1 (5.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 4 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (10.00%) Python
3 1 (5.00%) Assembly Language
3 1 (5.00%) C
3 1 (5.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 9 (45.00%) Degree
2 4 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (15.00%) CISSP
3 3 (15.00%) SANS
4 2 (10.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 2 (10.00%) CCSP
4 2 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (10.00%) CISM
4 2 (10.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (10.00%) DV Cleared
4 2 (10.00%) EnCE
4 2 (10.00%) GCIH
4 2 (10.00%) GIAC
4 2 (10.00%) SC Cleared
5 1 (5.00%) CEH
5 1 (5.00%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 5 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
1 5 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) EnCase
2 1 (5.00%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 5 (25.00%) VMware
2 4 (20.00%) LogRhythm
2 4 (20.00%) Nuix
2 4 (20.00%) Varonis
3 3 (15.00%) Cellebrite
3 3 (15.00%) McAfee
4 2 (10.00%) Splunk