The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Information Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Information Security 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
Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
Rank 159 133 204
Rank change year-on-year -26 +71  
Contract jobs citing Information Security 704 947 603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.57% 1.79% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.89% 2.16% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 461 608 379
Median daily rate £450 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +2.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £350 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 24 11
Median hourly rate £43.00 £56.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.55% +150.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.50 £14.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.70 £67.30 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £60.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -28.33% +166.66%  

Information Security 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 37155 43761 41746
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.08% 82.85% 79.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 24488 28705 25865
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
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 £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 940 1103 1195
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Information Security over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Information Security 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 -30 666 £450 -1.09% 278
London -9 326 £450 -5.26% 132
South East -62 95 £473 +5.00% 47
North West -4 66 £475 - 21
East of England -8 63 £450 +5.88% 13
City of London +2 38 £463 -2.63% 28
Yorkshire -11 36 £475 +15.50% 12
Hampshire -15 31 £475 +30.67% 9
West Midlands +17 29 £425 -10.52% 21
Manchester -4 27 £550 +15.78% 18
South West 0 26 £460 +8.23% 19
Bedfordshire -3 26 £450 +5.88%
Cheshire +41 25 £413 -2.94% 2
Hertfordshire +2 21 £288 -34.65% 5
Berkshire -20 21 £465 +0.54% 15
Surrey -1 16 £525 +5.00% 8
Scotland +7 15 £430 -14.00% 12
West Yorkshire -11 15 £450 +9.75% 7
Buckinghamshire -21 15 £400 -20.00% 4
Reading +14 14 £500 +8.10% 6
South Yorkshire -3 14 £600 +39.53%
Sheffield -4 14 £600 +39.53%
Milton Keynes -7 14 £400 +29.03% 4
Wiltshire +4 13 £445 +4.70% 1
Edinburgh +10 11 £430 -15.68% 4
Merseyside -1 11 £488 +0.51%
East Midlands -3 11 £350 -36.36% 3
Salford - 11 £550 - 3
Cardiff +28 10 £438 -7.89% 3
South Wales +20 10 £438 -7.89% 3

Information Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

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

1 417 (26.13%) CISSP
2 368 (23.06%) Finance
3 363 (22.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 330 (20.68%) Management Information System
5 312 (19.55%) Cybersecurity
6 272 (17.04%) Risk Management
7 260 (16.29%) Firewall
8 238 (14.91%) PCI DSS
9 229 (14.35%) CISM
10 225 (14.10%) Security Cleared
11 211 (13.22%) Windows
12 205 (12.84%) Microsoft
13 195 (12.22%) SIEM
14 183 (11.47%) Security Management
15 173 (10.84%) Agile Software Development
16 171 (10.71%) Security Architecture
17 165 (10.34%) ITIL
18 164 (10.28%) Degree
19 163 (10.21%) SC Cleared
20 159 (9.96%) Stakeholder Management
21 156 (9.77%) Penetration Testing
22 148 (9.27%) Banking
23 147 (9.21%) CISA
24 145 (9.09%) Project Management
24 145 (9.09%) Security Operations
25 136 (8.52%) Data Protection
26 128 (8.02%) Network Security
26 128 (8.02%) Cisco
27 126 (7.89%) Linux
28 124 (7.77%) Risk Assessment

Information Security
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 37 (2.32%) SharePoint
2 19 (1.19%) Skype for Business
3 15 (0.94%) Confluence
3 15 (0.94%) IIS
4 14 (0.88%) CMS
5 12 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 12 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 10 (0.63%) Apache
6 10 (0.63%) WebSphere
7 7 (0.44%) JBoss
7 7 (0.44%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.38%) MS Exchange
9 5 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
9 5 (0.31%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.25%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.19%) SAS
11 3 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.13%) nginx
Applications
1 110 (6.89%) MS Excel
2 53 (3.32%) MS Office
3 26 (1.63%) MS Visio
4 15 (0.94%) MS Project
5 12 (0.75%) MS PowerPoint
5 12 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.25%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 10 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
2 9 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.31%) BusinessWorks
4 5 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
5 4 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.19%) Oracle CRM
6 3 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
6 3 (0.19%) PeopleSoft Financials
6 3 (0.19%) Sentinel
7 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
8 1 (0.063%) Dynamics CRM
8 1 (0.063%) Global One
8 1 (0.063%) Maximo
8 1 (0.063%) Minerva
8 1 (0.063%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.063%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 95 (5.95%) Amazon AWS
2 72 (4.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 43 (2.69%) Office 365
4 31 (1.94%) SaaS
5 28 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
6 25 (1.57%) PaaS
7 21 (1.32%) IaaS
8 17 (1.07%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 11 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (0.63%) Mimecast
11 9 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
11 9 (0.56%) Amazon EMR
11 9 (0.56%) Amazon Kinesis
11 9 (0.56%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.56%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 9 (0.56%) Route 53
12 3 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.13%) IBM Blueworks
13 2 (0.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 260 (16.29%) Firewall
2 128 (8.02%) Network Security
3 121 (7.58%) TCP/IP
4 104 (6.52%) Intrusion Detection
5 101 (6.33%) Internet
6 79 (4.95%) LAN
7 76 (4.76%) VPN
8 73 (4.57%) WAN
9 68 (4.26%) Wireless
10 64 (4.01%) DNS
11 55 (3.45%) SSL
12 36 (2.26%) DHCP
13 29 (1.82%) Cisco ASA
13 29 (1.82%) LDAP
14 24 (1.50%) HTTP
15 23 (1.44%) Ethernet
16 21 (1.32%) Skype
17 20 (1.25%) VoIP
18 18 (1.13%) MPLS
19 17 (1.07%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (2.19%) SQL Server
2 27 (1.69%) Big Data
3 17 (1.07%) Relational Database
4 16 (1.00%) NoSQL
5 12 (0.75%) GIS
6 11 (0.69%) Oracle Database
7 9 (0.56%) MongoDB
8 8 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.25%) Data Mining
10 4 (0.25%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.25%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (0.25%) Oracle Database 12c
10 4 (0.25%) Redis
11 3 (0.19%) Amazon Redshift
11 3 (0.19%) MySQL
11 3 (0.19%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 3 (0.19%) QlikView
11 3 (0.19%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 35 (2.19%) Jenkins
2 24 (1.50%) JIRA
3 10 (0.63%) JUnit
4 9 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 8 (0.50%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.44%) Maven
7 6 (0.38%) Travis CI
8 5 (0.31%) ANTLR
8 5 (0.31%) Eclipse
8 5 (0.31%) IntelliJ
8 5 (0.31%) Mercurial
8 5 (0.31%) Mockito
8 5 (0.31%) WebStorm
9 4 (0.25%) AppScan
9 4 (0.25%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.19%) Dreamweaver
10 3 (0.19%) MSI
10 3 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
11 2 (0.13%) Metasploit
12 1 (0.063%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 368 (23.06%) Finance
2 148 (9.27%) Banking
3 110 (6.89%) Legal
4 86 (5.39%) Retail
5 44 (2.76%) Telecoms
6 27 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 25 (1.57%) Financial Institution
8 19 (1.19%) Military
9 18 (1.13%) Front Office
10 16 (1.00%) Marketing
11 11 (0.69%) Games
11 11 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
12 9 (0.56%) Advertising
13 8 (0.50%) Electronics
13 8 (0.50%) Law
14 7 (0.44%) Investment Banking
15 5 (0.31%) Billing
15 5 (0.31%) Local Government
16 4 (0.25%) Back Office
16 4 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 386 (24.19%) Analyst
2 283 (17.73%) Security Analyst
3 246 (15.41%) Consultant
4 233 (14.60%) Architect
5 195 (12.22%) Security Consultant
6 181 (11.34%) Security Manager
7 137 (8.58%) Security Architect
8 100 (6.27%) Information Analyst
9 99 (6.20%) Information Security Analyst
10 94 (5.89%) Information Security Manager
11 85 (5.33%) Information Security Consultant
12 84 (5.26%) Information Manager
13 81 (5.08%) Project Manager
14 74 (4.64%) Business Analyst
15 73 (4.57%) Security Engineer
16 58 (3.63%) Security Specialist
16 58 (3.63%) Solutions Architect
17 56 (3.51%) Security Officer
18 49 (3.07%) IT Analyst
19 48 (3.01%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (5.26%) Web Services
2 44 (2.76%) .NET
3 33 (2.07%) HTML
3 33 (2.07%) J2EE
4 31 (1.94%) Spring
5 28 (1.75%) ASP.NET
6 25 (1.57%) Hibernate
7 21 (1.32%) Middleware
8 20 (1.25%) Apache Flex
9 17 (1.07%) 802.1X
10 13 (0.81%) Elastic Stack
11 11 (0.69%) REST
11 11 (0.69%) XML
12 9 (0.56%) SAML
13 8 (0.50%) CSS
13 8 (0.50%) Regular Expression
14 7 (0.44%) JSON
14 7 (0.44%) Leaflet
14 7 (0.44%) RESTful
15 6 (0.38%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 330 (20.68%) Management Information System
2 115 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
3 90 (5.64%) Data Centre
4 78 (4.89%) Security Operations Centre
5 63 (3.95%) CESG
6 50 (3.13%) Computer Science
7 40 (2.51%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 39 (2.44%) Cyber Defence
9 38 (2.38%) PKI
10 37 (2.32%) Data Protection Act
11 23 (1.44%) Virtual Team
12 21 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
13 20 (1.25%) Cyber Attack
13 20 (1.25%) Public Cloud
14 18 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
15 16 (1.00%) CESG CLAS
15 16 (1.00%) Client/Server
15 16 (1.00%) Driving Licence
15 16 (1.00%) Mobile App
16 15 (0.94%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 211 (13.22%) Windows
2 126 (7.89%) Linux
3 118 (7.39%) Unix
4 51 (3.20%) Windows Server
5 24 (1.50%) Mac OS X
6 23 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (1.38%) Windows 7
8 19 (1.19%) Windows 10
9 18 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (0.50%) OpenVMS
13 7 (0.44%) Solaris
14 5 (0.31%) MVS
15 4 (0.25%) AIX
16 3 (0.19%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.19%) Windows Vista
17 2 (0.13%) CentOS
17 2 (0.13%) Oracle Linux
18 1 (0.063%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 312 (19.55%) Cybersecurity
2 272 (17.04%) Risk Management
3 195 (12.22%) SIEM
4 183 (11.47%) Security Management
5 173 (10.84%) Agile Software Development
6 171 (10.71%) Security Architecture
7 165 (10.34%) ITIL
8 159 (9.96%) Stakeholder Management
9 156 (9.77%) Penetration Testing
10 145 (9.09%) Project Management
10 145 (9.09%) Security Operations
11 136 (8.52%) Data Protection
12 124 (7.77%) Risk Assessment
13 119 (7.46%) Information Security Management
14 117 (7.33%) Incident Management
15 105 (6.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 96 (6.02%) Information Assurance
17 89 (5.58%) ISMS
17 89 (5.58%) Vulnerability Management
18 82 (5.14%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 80 (5.01%) SQL
2 66 (4.14%) Java
2 66 (4.14%) Python
3 35 (2.19%) C
4 32 (2.01%) JavaScript
5 24 (1.50%) Perl
6 22 (1.38%) C#
7 21 (1.32%) C++
8 20 (1.25%) PowerShell
9 12 (0.75%) Scala
10 10 (0.63%) Shell Script
11 9 (0.56%) Ruby
12 7 (0.44%) Go
13 6 (0.38%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.38%) VB
14 5 (0.31%) Groovy
15 4 (0.25%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.19%) PHP
16 3 (0.19%) R
16 3 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 417 (26.13%) CISSP
2 229 (14.35%) CISM
3 225 (14.10%) Security Cleared
4 164 (10.28%) Degree
5 163 (10.21%) SC Cleared
6 147 (9.21%) CISA
7 80 (5.01%) SANS
8 64 (4.01%) Cisco Certification
9 59 (3.70%) GIAC
10 50 (3.13%) CEH
11 45 (2.82%) DV Cleared
12 40 (2.51%) SSCP
13 39 (2.44%) CRISC
14 35 (2.19%) CCNA
15 31 (1.94%) CISMP
15 31 (1.94%) CREST Certified
16 30 (1.88%) PCI QSA
17 29 (1.82%) ISEB
18 28 (1.75%) CESG Certified Professional
19 27 (1.69%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 363 (22.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 238 (14.91%) PCI DSS
3 69 (4.32%) GDPR
4 47 (2.94%) COBIT
5 36 (2.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 29 (1.82%) QA
7 27 (1.69%) ISO27002
8 25 (1.57%) SLA
9 24 (1.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 23 (1.44%) PMO
11 20 (1.25%) Cyber Essentials
11 20 (1.25%) Disclosure Scotland
12 19 (1.19%) RMADS
13 17 (1.07%) JSP 440
14 15 (0.94%) ISO27005
15 10 (0.63%) GMP
15 10 (0.63%) GxP
16 9 (0.56%) GAMP
16 9 (0.56%) GCP
17 7 (0.44%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 95 (5.95%) Active Directory
2 51 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.00%) vSphere
4 14 (0.88%) Snort
5 12 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
6 10 (0.63%) BitLocker
6 10 (0.63%) Hyper-V
6 10 (0.63%) RACF
7 5 (0.31%) Docker
7 5 (0.31%) ProxySG
8 4 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.19%) Apache Flume
9 3 (0.19%) Firmware
10 2 (0.13%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.13%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 2 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.13%) Xen
11 1 (0.063%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 24 (1.50%) Nessus
2 23 (1.44%) McAfee ePO
3 22 (1.38%) QRadar
4 20 (1.25%) Nagios
5 19 (1.19%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 18 (1.13%) Puppet
7 16 (1.00%) Ansible
8 14 (0.88%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 14 (0.88%) Nexpose
9 12 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
10 11 (0.69%) SCCM
11 8 (0.50%) CSIRT
11 8 (0.50%) Nmap
12 7 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 6 (0.38%) logstash
13 6 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 5 (0.31%) EnCase
14 5 (0.31%) FortiGate
14 5 (0.31%) RSA enVision
14 5 (0.31%) RSA Security Analytics
Vendors
1 205 (12.84%) Microsoft
2 128 (8.02%) Cisco
3 80 (5.01%) VMware
4 74 (4.64%) Splunk
5 72 (4.51%) Intel Security
6 65 (4.07%) CheckPoint
7 60 (3.76%) Oracle
8 50 (3.13%) LogRhythm
9 40 (2.51%) Sourcefire
10 39 (2.44%) Juniper
11 36 (2.26%) Symantec
12 33 (2.07%) Qualys
13 32 (2.01%) F5
14 30 (1.88%) ArcSight
15 28 (1.75%) SAP
16 25 (1.57%) Intel
17 24 (1.50%) Blue Coat
17 24 (1.50%) IBM
18 23 (1.44%) FireEye
19 22 (1.38%) Dell
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