Period
to 25 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Information Assurance skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Information Assurance over the 6 months to 25 February 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.

Information Assurance
UK
6 months to
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 661 566 466
Rank change year-on-year -95 -100 +167
Contract jobs citing Information Assurance 205 297 469
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.31% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.24% 0.37% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 194 313
UK median daily rate £481 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.32% +5.56% -5.26%
10th Percentile £277 £361 £300
90th Percentile £679 £664 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 23 27
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -44.44% +80.00%
10th Percentile £22.50 £26.25 £26.25
90th Percentile £96.78 £43.65 £70.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £41.50
% change year-on-year - -33.73% +50.91%

Information Assurance 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 84,764 79,812 89,407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.78% 83.84% 82.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,572 52,927 58,164
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,044 2,187 2,615
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.60% +22.14%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.37 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.56 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -1.76% -3.85% +20.93%

Information Assurance
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Information Assurance as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Information Assurance in the UK

Information Assurance
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Information Assurance in the UK

Information Assurance
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Information Assurance over the 6 months to 25 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Information Assurance in the UK

Information Assurance
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Information Assurance in the UK

Information Assurance
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Information Assurance over the 6 months to 25 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Information Assurance in the UK

Information Assurance
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 Information Assurance within the UK over the 6 months to 25 February 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 -92 183 £481 +1.32% 47
UK excluding London -89 116 £500 +5.26% 34
London -18 84 £450 -11.76% 14
South West -16 40 £425 -5.56% 9
North of England +32 21 £610 +65.42% 8
South East -39 16 £550 +10.00% 9
Midlands -6 14 £405 -10.00% 5
North West +24 12 £610 +93.65% 5
East Midlands +5 11 £400 -20.00% 1
Yorkshire -7 10 £610 +39.43% 2
Wales -1 9 £550 +10.00%
Scotland -20 9 £418 -28.89% 1
East of England -21 7 £628 - 2
North East - 4 £610 - 1
West Midlands -14 2 £650 +44.44% 4

For the 6 months to 25 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Information Assurance also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Information Assurance.

1 99 (48.29%) Security Cleared
2 72 (35.12%) Information Security
3 66 (32.20%) Management Information System
4 61 (29.76%) Risk Management
5 59 (28.78%) CISSP
5 59 (28.78%) Agile Software Development
6 57 (27.80%) Data Protection
7 56 (27.32%) SC Cleared
8 51 (24.88%) Finance
9 46 (22.44%) Data Protection Act
10 40 (19.51%) Project Management
10 40 (19.51%) PRINCE2
11 36 (17.56%) Migration
12 32 (15.61%) Microsoft Office
13 31 (15.12%) CESG Certified Professional
14 30 (14.63%) Security Architecture
14 30 (14.63%) Programme Delivery
15 29 (14.15%) Cybersecurity
15 29 (14.15%) Analytical Skills
16 28 (13.66%) Legal
17 25 (12.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 24 (11.71%) Degree
18 24 (11.71%) Microsoft Excel
19 23 (11.22%) Security Management
20 22 (10.73%) Stakeholder Management
20 22 (10.73%) ITIL
20 22 (10.73%) Change Control
21 21 (10.24%) Continuous Improvement
21 21 (10.24%) Office 365
22 20 (9.76%) GDPR

Information Assurance
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 9 (4.39%) SharePoint
2 7 (3.41%) IIS
3 4 (1.95%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.95%) SAS
4 2 (0.98%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.49%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.49%) Confluence
5 1 (0.49%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 32 (15.61%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (11.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.98%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 21 (10.24%) Office 365
2 9 (4.39%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.95%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.98%) Amazon EMR
4 2 (0.98%) Amazon Kinesis
4 2 (0.98%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.98%) IaaS
4 2 (0.98%) PaaS
4 2 (0.98%) SaaS
5 1 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.85%) Firewall
2 10 (4.88%) Network Security
3 7 (3.41%) MPLS
3 7 (3.41%) OSPF
3 7 (3.41%) VPN
3 7 (3.41%) WAN
4 6 (2.93%) Internet
4 6 (2.93%) LAN
4 6 (2.93%) SSL
5 5 (2.44%) BGP
5 5 (2.44%) SMS
5 5 (2.44%) VPLS
6 4 (1.95%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (1.95%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (1.95%) DHCP
6 4 (1.95%) DMZ
6 4 (1.95%) DNS
6 4 (1.95%) NetScaler
6 4 (1.95%) Reverse Proxy
6 4 (1.95%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.34%) Hadoop
2 6 (2.93%) Clusterpoint
2 6 (2.93%) Data Lake
2 6 (2.93%) NoSQL
3 5 (2.44%) Big Data
4 4 (1.95%) Apache Hive
4 4 (1.95%) HBase
4 4 (1.95%) MongoDB
4 4 (1.95%) Pentaho
4 4 (1.95%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.46%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.46%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.98%) Amazon QuickSight
6 2 (0.98%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (0.98%) SQL Server
6 2 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.49%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.49%) PowerCenter
7 1 (0.49%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 4 (1.95%) Bitbucket
1 4 (1.95%) JIRA
2 3 (1.46%) Burp Suite
2 3 (1.46%) ERwin
3 2 (0.98%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 51 (24.88%) Finance
2 28 (13.66%) Legal
3 8 (3.90%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.93%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.44%) Banking
5 5 (2.44%) Military
6 4 (1.95%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.46%) Law
7 3 (1.46%) Marketing
7 3 (1.46%) Retail
8 2 (0.98%) Electronics
8 2 (0.98%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 49 (23.90%) Architect
2 24 (11.71%) Security Architect
3 20 (9.76%) Information Architect
4 19 (9.27%) Information Assurance Architect
5 17 (8.29%) Consultant
6 14 (6.83%) Implementation Manager
7 13 (6.34%) Information Security Architect
8 12 (5.85%) Data Architect
8 12 (5.85%) Project Officer
9 11 (5.37%) Lead Architect
9 11 (5.37%) Project Control Officer
9 11 (5.37%) Security Consultant
10 10 (4.88%) Security Manager
11 9 (4.39%) Information Assurance Leader
12 8 (3.90%) Analyst
12 8 (3.90%) Information Manager
13 7 (3.41%) Information Assurance Consultant
13 7 (3.41%) Lead Security Architect
13 7 (3.41%) Project Manager
13 7 (3.41%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.95%) Web Services
2 3 (1.46%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (0.98%) ModSecurity
3 2 (0.98%) PySpark
3 2 (0.98%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 66 (32.20%) Management Information System
2 46 (22.44%) Data Protection Act
3 29 (14.15%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (8.29%) CESG
5 12 (5.85%) Data Centre
6 10 (4.88%) Freedom of Information
7 9 (4.39%) Freedom of Information Act
8 8 (3.90%) BYOD
9 7 (3.41%) Computer Science
10 6 (2.93%) Public Cloud
11 4 (1.95%) Data Structures
11 4 (1.95%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.95%) NHS
11 4 (1.95%) SCADA
11 4 (1.95%) Security Operations Centre
12 3 (1.46%) Cyberthreat
12 3 (1.46%) EFT
12 3 (1.46%) PMI
12 3 (1.46%) Smartphone
13 2 (0.98%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 19 (9.27%) Windows
2 9 (4.39%) Unix
2 9 (4.39%) Windows 10
3 5 (2.44%) Linux
4 4 (1.95%) Windows 7
4 4 (1.95%) Windows 8
4 4 (1.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (1.95%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (0.98%) FreeBSD
5 2 (0.98%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (35.12%) Information Security
2 61 (29.76%) Risk Management
3 59 (28.78%) Agile Software Development
4 57 (27.80%) Data Protection
5 40 (19.51%) PRINCE2
5 40 (19.51%) Project Management
6 36 (17.56%) Migration
7 30 (14.63%) Programme Delivery
7 30 (14.63%) Security Architecture
8 29 (14.15%) Cybersecurity
9 23 (11.22%) Security Management
10 22 (10.73%) Change Control
10 22 (10.73%) ITIL
10 22 (10.73%) Stakeholder Management
11 21 (10.24%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (8.78%) Agile Project Management
12 18 (8.78%) Supplier Management
13 17 (8.29%) Data Management
14 15 (7.32%) Business Intelligence
14 15 (7.32%) Information Security Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (9.27%) C
2 12 (5.85%) Java
2 12 (5.85%) Python
2 12 (5.85%) SQL
3 9 (4.39%) R
3 9 (4.39%) Scala
4 3 (1.46%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.49%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
5 1 (0.49%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 99 (48.29%) Security Cleared
2 59 (28.78%) CISSP
3 56 (27.32%) SC Cleared
4 31 (15.12%) CESG Certified Professional
5 24 (11.71%) Degree
6 19 (9.27%) DV Cleared
7 16 (7.80%) CISM
7 16 (7.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 10 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
8 10 (4.88%) GIAC
9 9 (4.39%) CLAS
10 7 (3.41%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (3.41%) Computer Science Degree
10 7 (3.41%) IISP
11 5 (2.44%) CREST Certified
11 5 (2.44%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (1.95%) CCNA
12 4 (1.95%) CISA
12 4 (1.95%) CITP
12 4 (1.95%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (12.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (9.76%) GDPR
3 15 (7.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 15 (7.32%) RMADS
4 9 (4.39%) QA
5 7 (3.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 7 (3.41%) JSP 440
5 7 (3.41%) PCI DSS
6 6 (2.93%) Data Quality
7 4 (1.95%) COBIT
8 3 (1.46%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (1.46%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.98%) BS7799
9 2 (0.98%) GMP
9 2 (0.98%) ISO 31000
9 2 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.49%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (3.41%) Active Directory
1 7 (3.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (1.95%) Hyper-V
2 4 (1.95%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (1.95%) Terminal Server
2 4 (1.95%) XenApp
2 4 (1.95%) XenDesktop
2 4 (1.95%) XenServer
3 3 (1.46%) BitLocker
4 2 (0.98%) NFS
4 2 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.98%) vSphere
5 1 (0.49%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (2.44%) Nessus
1 5 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (1.95%) EdgeSight
3 3 (1.46%) logstash
3 3 (1.46%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.98%) MIMEsweeper
4 2 (0.98%) WhatsUp Gold
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 17 (8.29%) Cisco
2 15 (7.32%) CheckPoint
3 13 (6.34%) Cloudera
4 12 (5.85%) Microsoft
5 7 (3.41%) Juniper
5 7 (3.41%) VMware
6 6 (2.93%) Citrix
7 5 (2.44%) Blue Coat
7 5 (2.44%) Fortinet
7 5 (2.44%) McAfee
7 5 (2.44%) Oracle
8 4 (1.95%) Informatica
8 4 (1.95%) Ivanti
8 4 (1.95%) SAP
8 4 (1.95%) Tableau
9 3 (1.46%) CA
9 3 (1.46%) CyberArk
9 3 (1.46%) Lumension
9 3 (1.46%) Mercator
9 3 (1.46%) Qualys