Period
to 17 January 2018

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 17 January 2018 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 853 836 843
Rank change year-on-year -17 +7 -7
Contract jobs citing Digital Forensics 43 29 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.043% 0.030% 0.027%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.051% 0.036% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 10 6
UK median daily rate £600 £381 £563
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +57.38% -32.22% -10.00%
10th Percentile £350 £308 £309
90th Percentile £680 £635 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £625 £388 £581
% change year-on-year +61.29% -33.33% +93.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 4
UK median hourly rate £10.47 £35.00 £35.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -70.09% -0.71% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.47 £35.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year -70.09% -0.71% -

Digital Forensics 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 84,751 81,607 87,705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.83% 82.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,773 54,043 56,866
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,963 2,262 2,675
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.42 £23.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.77% +4.58% +16.75%
10th Percentile £11.42 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.08% -4.00% +25.00%

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 17 January 2018.

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 17 January 2018. 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 +14 42 £600 +38.81% 9
North of England +68 24 £625 -
North West +37 24 £625 -
UK excluding London +30 24 £625 +61.29% 5
London -11 18 £550 +51.72% 4

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 26 (60.47%) Malware Analysis
2 23 (53.49%) Information Security
2 23 (53.49%) Intrusion Detection
2 23 (53.49%) Firewall
2 23 (53.49%) Security Monitoring
3 22 (51.16%) Data Protection
4 20 (46.51%) Security Operations
5 18 (41.86%) Cybersecurity
6 16 (37.21%) SIEM
7 15 (34.88%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 15 (34.88%) Analytical Skills
7 15 (34.88%) Threat Intelligence
8 14 (32.56%) Vulnerability Management
8 14 (32.56%) Management Information System
9 13 (30.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 13 (30.23%) Open Source
10 12 (27.91%) Protective Monitoring
10 12 (27.91%) Information Security Management
10 12 (27.91%) Security Management
10 12 (27.91%) Remediation Plan
11 11 (25.58%) Proactive Monitoring
11 11 (25.58%) Reverse Engineering
11 11 (25.58%) Varonis
11 11 (25.58%) LogRhythm
12 10 (23.26%) CISSP
12 10 (23.26%) Python
12 10 (23.26%) Agile Software Development
12 10 (23.26%) GSEC
13 9 (20.93%) GCIH
13 9 (20.93%) GCFA

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 1 (2.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Relativity
2 1 (2.33%) Ringtail
Communications & Networking
1 23 (53.49%) Firewall
1 23 (53.49%) Intrusion Detection
2 9 (20.93%) FTP
2 9 (20.93%) Intranet
3 3 (6.98%) SMS
4 2 (4.65%) TCP/IP
5 1 (2.33%) ATM
5 1 (2.33%) DHCP
5 1 (2.33%) Ethernet
5 1 (2.33%) HTTP
5 1 (2.33%) HTTPS
5 1 (2.33%) SMTP
5 1 (2.33%) SNMP
5 1 (2.33%) SSH
5 1 (2.33%) SSL
5 1 (2.33%) VPN
General
1 9 (20.93%) Finance
2 2 (4.65%) Law
3 1 (2.33%) Legal
3 1 (2.33%) Military
Job Titles
1 34 (79.07%) Analyst
2 32 (74.42%) Security Analyst
3 16 (37.21%) Operations Analyst
3 16 (37.21%) Security Operations Analyst
4 14 (32.56%) Senior Analyst
4 14 (32.56%) Senior Security Analyst
5 13 (30.23%) Senior Operations Analyst
6 10 (23.26%) SIEM Analyst
7 5 (11.63%) Malware Analyst
7 5 (11.63%) Security Specialist
8 4 (9.30%) Digital Analyst
9 3 (6.98%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 3 (6.98%) Forensic Analyst
9 3 (6.98%) Information Analyst
9 3 (6.98%) Information Security Analyst
10 2 (4.65%) CISSP Analyst
10 2 (4.65%) Security Operations Specialist
10 2 (4.65%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
10 2 (4.65%) Senior Security Specialist
10 2 (4.65%) SOC Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (20.93%) JSON
1 9 (20.93%) Node.js
2 1 (2.33%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 15 (34.88%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (32.56%) Management Information System
3 9 (20.93%) CESG
3 9 (20.93%) Cyberattack
4 2 (4.65%) Handset
5 1 (2.33%) Digital Media
5 1 (2.33%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.65%) Windows
2 1 (2.33%) Linux
2 1 (2.33%) Unix
2 1 (2.33%) Windows 10
2 1 (2.33%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.33%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (60.47%) Malware Analysis
2 23 (53.49%) Information Security
2 23 (53.49%) Security Monitoring
3 22 (51.16%) Data Protection
4 20 (46.51%) Security Operations
5 18 (41.86%) Cybersecurity
6 16 (37.21%) SIEM
7 15 (34.88%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 15 (34.88%) Threat Intelligence
8 14 (32.56%) Vulnerability Management
9 13 (30.23%) Open Source
10 12 (27.91%) Information Security Management
10 12 (27.91%) Protective Monitoring
10 12 (27.91%) Remediation Plan
10 12 (27.91%) Security Management
11 11 (25.58%) Proactive Monitoring
11 11 (25.58%) Reverse Engineering
12 10 (23.26%) Agile Software Development
13 9 (20.93%) Data Analysis
13 9 (20.93%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (23.26%) Python
2 9 (20.93%) COBOL
2 9 (20.93%) Java
3 2 (4.65%) SQL
4 1 (2.33%) Perl
4 1 (2.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (23.26%) CISSP
1 10 (23.26%) GSEC
2 9 (20.93%) GCED
2 9 (20.93%) GCFA
2 9 (20.93%) GCIA
2 9 (20.93%) GCIH
2 9 (20.93%) GIAC
2 9 (20.93%) GREM
3 7 (16.28%) Security Cleared
4 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.33%) CCNA
5 1 (2.33%) CEH
5 1 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.33%) CISM
5 1 (2.33%) Degree
5 1 (2.33%) MCSE
5 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (30.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (20.93%) CESG Infosec
2 9 (20.93%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (2.33%) GPG for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence
Systems Management
1 9 (20.93%) IBM BigFix
2 3 (6.98%) FTK
3 1 (2.33%) Computer Incident Response Team
3 1 (2.33%) CSIRT
3 1 (2.33%) EnCase
Vendors
1 11 (25.58%) LogRhythm
1 11 (25.58%) Varonis
2 4 (9.30%) McAfee
3 1 (2.33%) Apple
3 1 (2.33%) ArcSight
3 1 (2.33%) Cellebrite
3 1 (2.33%) CommVault
3 1 (2.33%) FireEye
3 1 (2.33%) HP
3 1 (2.33%) Nuix