The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for GIAC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
UK
Rank 575 571 587
Rank change year-on-year -4 +16  
Contract jobs citing GIAC 24 57 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.054% 0.11% 0.065%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.52% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 29 24
Median daily rate £450 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £333 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £560 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £433
% change year-on-year +12.50% -7.51%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 7
Median hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £22.50

GIAC is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9304 11046 10508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.91% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5913 6885 5992
Median daily rate £420 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 403 472
Median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.21% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.02 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

GIAC
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing GIAC as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GIAC over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GIAC within the UK over the 3 months to 23 March 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 +3 23 £450 -7.92% 17
London +9 13 £450 -18.18% 13
Bedfordshire - 7 £450 -
East of England - 7 £450 -
South East 0 2 £395 +17.91% 2
Scotland +26 1 £500 +17.64% 1
Fleet +20 1 £395 +17.91%
City of London +7 1 - - 1
Hampshire 0 1 £395 +17.91%
Buckinghamshire -13 1 - -
Docklands, London - 1 £525 -
Coventry - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - - 1
Glasgow - 1 £500 -

GIAC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing GIAC 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 GIAC.

1 67 (84.81%) CISSP
2 59 (74.68%) Information Security
3 40 (50.63%) SANS
4 35 (44.30%) Firewall
4 35 (44.30%) SIEM
5 31 (39.24%) Cybersecurity
5 31 (39.24%) CISM
6 30 (37.97%) PCI DSS
7 28 (35.44%) Windows
8 27 (34.18%) Linux
9 25 (31.65%) Management Information System
10 24 (30.38%) GCIH
11 23 (29.11%) Security Operations
12 22 (27.85%) Risk Management
12 22 (27.85%) TCP/IP
13 19 (24.05%) CEH
13 19 (24.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 19 (24.05%) Data Centre
14 17 (21.52%) Information Assurance
15 16 (20.25%) Intrusion Detection
15 16 (20.25%) CISA
16 15 (18.99%) Cryptography
16 15 (18.99%) Python
16 15 (18.99%) Vulnerability Management
16 15 (18.99%) CREST Certified
17 14 (17.72%) Penetration Testing
17 14 (17.72%) Incident Management
17 14 (17.72%) ITIL
18 13 (16.46%) Security Architecture
19 12 (15.19%) OWASP

GIAC
Top Related 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 4 (5.06%) IIS
2 3 (3.80%) Apache
2 3 (3.80%) JBoss
2 3 (3.80%) Tomcat
3 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.27%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (3.80%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.86%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (8.86%) SaaS
2 4 (5.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 35 (44.30%) Firewall
2 22 (27.85%) TCP/IP
3 16 (20.25%) Intrusion Detection
4 12 (15.19%) Network Security
5 11 (13.92%) DNS
6 9 (11.39%) Internet
7 8 (10.13%) DHCP
8 7 (8.86%) IPv6
8 7 (8.86%) MPLS
9 6 (7.59%) Ethernet
10 5 (6.33%) IPv4
10 5 (6.33%) OSPF
10 5 (6.33%) Wireless
10 5 (6.33%) Wireshark
11 3 (3.80%) HSRP
11 3 (3.80%) ICMP
11 3 (3.80%) IPsec
11 3 (3.80%) LDAP
12 2 (2.53%) SSL
12 2 (2.53%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.80%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Burp Suite
General
1 10 (12.66%) Retail
2 9 (11.39%) Finance
3 7 (8.86%) Legal
4 6 (7.59%) Financial Institution
5 4 (5.06%) Advertising
6 3 (3.80%) Back Office
6 3 (3.80%) Banking
7 2 (2.53%) Law
7 2 (2.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (24.05%) Consultant
2 18 (22.78%) Security Consultant
3 15 (18.99%) Architect
4 14 (17.72%) Security Architect
5 10 (12.66%) Analyst
6 9 (11.39%) Security Analyst
7 6 (7.59%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 6 (7.59%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 6 (7.59%) Information Security Consultant
7 6 (7.59%) Security Engineer
8 5 (6.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (6.33%) Penetration Tester
8 5 (6.33%) Tester
9 4 (5.06%) Incident Handler
9 4 (5.06%) SIEM Consultant
10 3 (3.80%) Administrator
10 3 (3.80%) CISSP Engineer
10 3 (3.80%) Network Administrator
10 3 (3.80%) SIEM Engineer
10 3 (3.80%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.53%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.27%) .NET
2 1 (1.27%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 25 (31.65%) Management Information System
2 19 (24.05%) Data Centre
3 8 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (10.13%) Computer Science
3 8 (10.13%) Security Operations Centre
4 7 (8.86%) Driving Licence
4 7 (8.86%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (7.59%) Equities
5 6 (7.59%) Fixed Income
6 5 (6.33%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (2.53%) Cyber Defence
7 2 (2.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (2.53%) iSeries
7 2 (2.53%) Tandem
8 1 (1.27%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 28 (35.44%) Windows
2 27 (34.18%) Linux
3 12 (15.19%) Unix
4 4 (5.06%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (5.06%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (5.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (3.80%) Mac OS X
5 3 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.53%) Kali Linux
6 2 (2.53%) OpenVMS
7 1 (1.27%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (74.68%) Information Security
2 35 (44.30%) SIEM
3 31 (39.24%) Cybersecurity
4 23 (29.11%) Security Operations
5 22 (27.85%) Risk Management
6 17 (21.52%) Information Assurance
7 15 (18.99%) Cryptography
7 15 (18.99%) Vulnerability Management
8 14 (17.72%) Incident Management
8 14 (17.72%) ITIL
8 14 (17.72%) Penetration Testing
9 13 (16.46%) Security Architecture
10 12 (15.19%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (15.19%) OWASP
10 12 (15.19%) Threat Detection
11 11 (13.92%) Computer Security
11 11 (13.92%) Ethical Hacking
11 11 (13.92%) Network Design
11 11 (13.92%) Security Patching
12 10 (12.66%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.99%) Python
2 12 (15.19%) SQL
3 11 (13.92%) Perl
4 5 (6.33%) PowerShell
5 3 (3.80%) Ruby
5 3 (3.80%) VBA
6 1 (1.27%) C
6 1 (1.27%) C#
6 1 (1.27%) C++
6 1 (1.27%) Java
6 1 (1.27%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 67 (84.81%) CISSP
2 40 (50.63%) SANS
3 31 (39.24%) CISM
4 24 (30.38%) GCIH
5 19 (24.05%) CEH
6 16 (20.25%) CISA
7 15 (18.99%) CREST Certified
8 11 (13.92%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (11.39%) Degree
10 8 (10.13%) GCIA
11 7 (8.86%) CCNA
11 7 (8.86%) CLAS
11 7 (8.86%) SC Cleared
11 7 (8.86%) Security Cleared
12 6 (7.59%) CNA
12 6 (7.59%) Network+ Certification
12 6 (7.59%) Novell Certification
13 5 (6.33%) CCNP
13 5 (6.33%) GPEN
13 5 (6.33%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (37.97%) PCI DSS
2 19 (24.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (8.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (2.53%) GDPR
4 2 (2.53%) QA
5 1 (1.27%) ISO27002
System Software
1 6 (7.59%) Active Directory
1 6 (7.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.53%) RACF
2 2 (2.53%) Snort
Systems Management
1 7 (8.86%) Puppet
2 6 (7.59%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 5 (6.33%) Nagios
4 4 (5.06%) Nessus
4 4 (5.06%) WSUS
5 3 (3.80%) QRadar
5 3 (3.80%) Red Hat Satellite
6 2 (2.53%) EnCase
6 2 (2.53%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (1.27%) ArcSight ESM
7 1 (1.27%) CSIRT
7 1 (1.27%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (1.27%) PowerBroker
Vendors
1 10 (12.66%) Cisco
2 8 (10.13%) Splunk
3 6 (7.59%) Sun
3 6 (7.59%) VMware
4 5 (6.33%) CheckPoint
4 5 (6.33%) HP
4 5 (6.33%) Infoblox
5 3 (3.80%) F5
5 3 (3.80%) LogRhythm
5 3 (3.80%) Red Hat
6 2 (2.53%) ArcSight
6 2 (2.53%) CyberArk
6 2 (2.53%) Rapid7
6 2 (2.53%) Riverbed
6 2 (2.53%) ServiceNow
7 1 (1.27%) Aveksa
7 1 (1.27%) Bomgar
7 1 (1.27%) Incapsula
7 1 (1.27%) Intel Security
7 1 (1.27%) Varonis