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 22 June 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.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 147 124 178
Rank change year-on-year -23 +54  
Contract jobs citing Information Security 807 1075 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.72% 1.99% 1.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.04% 2.39% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 690 423
Median daily rate £475 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £350 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £631 £650 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £488 £438
% change year-on-year -7.69% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 21
Median hourly rate £17.50 £22.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.34% -44.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.89 £18.83 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.09 £61.50 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £22.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -21.34% -44.37%  

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 39590 44959 45378
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.37% 80.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 25806 29818 29077
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1062 1087 1274
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.80 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 22 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 22 June 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 22 June 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 -28 722 £480 -4.00% 326
London -21 323 £500 - 136
South East -22 132 £490 +8.88% 63
North West +10 81 £525 +16.66% 41
East of England -5 79 £475 +5.55% 28
Scotland +51 60 £440 -12.00% 7
City of London -4 50 £500 -2.43% 27
Berkshire +20 49 £540 +20.00% 11
Yorkshire -1 36 £450 -5.26% 19
Cheshire +37 35 £525 +27.27% 20
Hertfordshire +8 30 £375 -11.76% 11
Manchester -13 27 £500 +5.26% 14
South West -28 27 £406 -18.75% 14
Glasgow +29 24 £440 -6.87% 5
Edinburgh +16 24 £550 +4.76% 1
Reading +24 22 £540 +54.28% 6
Surrey -4 21 £475 - 16
West Yorkshire -2 18 £425 -10.52% 18
Bedfordshire -4 18 £538 +2.38% 4
West Midlands -9 17 £415 -14.43% 17
Cambridgeshire -5 16 £192 -54.82% 11
Hampshire -17 16 £475 - 7
North East +61 14 £425 -46.20% 4
South Yorkshire +3 13 £600 +33.33%
Tyne and Wear +74 12 £450 -42.30% 3
West Sussex +8 12 £440 +3.52% 3
East Midlands -21 12 £425 -20.93% 3
Belfast -32 12 £420 -26.95%
County Antrim -35 12 £420 -26.95%
Northern Ireland -38 12 £420 -26.95%

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 391 (25.84%) Finance
2 389 (25.71%) CISSP
3 354 (23.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 329 (21.74%) Management Information System
5 265 (17.51%) Cybersecurity
6 246 (16.26%) Risk Management
7 241 (15.93%) CISM
8 236 (15.60%) Firewall
9 220 (14.54%) Agile Software Development
10 215 (14.21%) PCI DSS
11 208 (13.75%) Windows
12 195 (12.89%) SIEM
13 182 (12.03%) Microsoft
14 174 (11.50%) Security Management
15 168 (11.10%) Degree
16 163 (10.77%) ITIL
17 158 (10.44%) Project Management
17 158 (10.44%) Stakeholder Management
18 153 (10.11%) Data Protection
19 151 (9.98%) Analytical Skills
20 148 (9.78%) Security Cleared
21 141 (9.32%) Penetration Testing
22 140 (9.25%) Risk Assessment
23 139 (9.19%) Banking
24 137 (9.05%) Security Architecture
25 133 (8.79%) Linux
26 130 (8.59%) Unix
27 118 (7.80%) Legal
28 112 (7.40%) Security Operations
29 110 (7.27%) ISMS

Information Security
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 45 (2.97%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.39%) Skype for Business
3 17 (1.12%) IIS
4 16 (1.06%) CMS
5 14 (0.93%) MS Exchange
6 13 (0.86%) Apache
7 11 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 11 (0.73%) Tomcat
7 11 (0.73%) WebSphere
8 10 (0.66%) Confluence
9 8 (0.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 8 (0.53%) MQSeries
9 8 (0.53%) OpenStack
9 8 (0.53%) SAS
10 7 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
11 6 (0.40%) CICS
11 6 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
11 6 (0.40%) WebSphere Portal
12 4 (0.26%) Apache Solr
12 4 (0.26%) nginx
Applications
1 66 (4.36%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (2.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.59%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.20%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.13%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 8 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (0.40%) Payment Gateway
3 5 (0.33%) BusinessWorks
3 5 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
4 4 (0.26%) SAP GRC
4 4 (0.26%) SAP HR
5 3 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.13%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.066%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.066%) Global One
7 1 (0.066%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.066%) Relativity
7 1 (0.066%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.066%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.066%) SAP Payroll
7 1 (0.066%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 89 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
2 73 (4.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 56 (3.70%) Office 365
4 42 (2.78%) SaaS
5 31 (2.05%) PaaS
6 20 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
7 18 (1.19%) IaaS
8 10 (0.66%) Mimecast
9 8 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 6 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.33%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.26%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.26%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.26%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
13 3 (0.20%) Akamai
13 3 (0.20%) Amazon EMR
13 3 (0.20%) Amazon Kinesis
13 3 (0.20%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 236 (15.60%) Firewall
2 105 (6.94%) Network Security
3 90 (5.95%) TCP/IP
4 87 (5.75%) Intrusion Detection
5 84 (5.55%) Internet
6 73 (4.82%) LAN
7 66 (4.36%) WAN
8 59 (3.90%) SSL
8 59 (3.90%) Wireless
9 57 (3.77%) VPN
10 39 (2.58%) DNS
11 30 (1.98%) HTTP
12 24 (1.59%) LDAP
12 24 (1.59%) VoIP
13 22 (1.45%) Skype
14 18 (1.19%) DHCP
15 14 (0.93%) Cisco ASA
16 13 (0.86%) Ethernet
16 13 (0.86%) HTTPS
17 11 (0.73%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (2.78%) SQL Server
2 32 (2.12%) Relational Database
3 24 (1.59%) Big Data
4 16 (1.06%) NoSQL
5 15 (0.99%) GIS
6 12 (0.79%) MongoDB
7 11 (0.73%) DB2
8 10 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (0.59%) Hadoop
10 8 (0.53%) Data Mining
10 8 (0.53%) MySQL
11 6 (0.40%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.33%) SAP HANA
13 4 (0.26%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.26%) BusinessObjects
13 4 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
13 4 (0.26%) EDRMS
13 4 (0.26%) Redis
13 4 (0.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 3 (0.20%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 27 (1.78%) Jenkins
2 18 (1.19%) Git (software)
3 14 (0.93%) JIRA
3 14 (0.93%) Maven
4 11 (0.73%) JUnit
4 11 (0.73%) Metasploit
5 9 (0.59%) AppScan
6 6 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 6 (0.40%) IDA Disassembler
6 6 (0.40%) IntelliJ
6 6 (0.40%) Mercurial
6 6 (0.40%) Mockito
6 6 (0.40%) OllyDbg
6 6 (0.40%) WebStorm
7 5 (0.33%) ANTLR
7 5 (0.33%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.26%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.20%) Dreamweaver
9 3 (0.20%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.20%) TeamCity
General
1 391 (25.84%) Finance
2 139 (9.19%) Banking
3 118 (7.80%) Legal
4 73 (4.82%) Retail
5 37 (2.45%) Telecoms
6 36 (2.38%) Law
7 33 (2.18%) Financial Institution
8 23 (1.52%) Front Office
9 19 (1.26%) Manufacturing
10 18 (1.19%) Investment Banking
11 14 (0.93%) Marketing
12 11 (0.73%) Military
13 9 (0.59%) Electronics
14 7 (0.46%) Billing
14 7 (0.46%) Local Government
15 6 (0.40%) Advertising
15 6 (0.40%) Digital Economy
15 6 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.26%) Retail Banking
17 3 (0.20%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 348 (23.00%) Analyst
2 265 (17.51%) Consultant
3 243 (16.06%) Security Analyst
4 224 (14.81%) Security Consultant
5 187 (12.36%) Architect
6 144 (9.52%) Security Manager
7 126 (8.33%) Security Architect
8 102 (6.74%) Information Security Consultant
9 100 (6.61%) Project Manager
10 90 (5.95%) Information Analyst
11 88 (5.82%) Information Security Analyst
12 78 (5.16%) Information Security Manager
13 74 (4.89%) Security Engineer
14 68 (4.49%) Information Manager
15 67 (4.43%) Business Analyst
16 53 (3.50%) Security Project Manager
17 50 (3.30%) Security Officer
18 49 (3.24%) Security Specialist
19 47 (3.11%) IT Analyst
19 47 (3.11%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (3.24%) Web Services
2 31 (2.05%) Middleware
3 24 (1.59%) J2EE
4 20 (1.32%) .NET
4 20 (1.32%) HTML
5 18 (1.19%) Spring
5 18 (1.19%) XML
6 16 (1.06%) REST
7 15 (0.99%) SailPoint
8 13 (0.86%) 802.1X
8 13 (0.86%) Elastic Stack
9 11 (0.73%) Hibernate
10 10 (0.66%) ASP.NET
11 8 (0.53%) CSS
11 8 (0.53%) jQuery
11 8 (0.53%) Regular Expression
12 7 (0.46%) DOM
12 7 (0.46%) HTML5
12 7 (0.46%) JMS
12 7 (0.46%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 329 (21.74%) Management Information System
2 151 (9.98%) Analytical Skills
3 75 (4.96%) Data Centre
4 51 (3.37%) CESG
4 51 (3.37%) Computer Science
4 51 (3.37%) Security Operations Centre
5 43 (2.84%) Data Protection Act
6 39 (2.58%) Virtual Team
7 37 (2.45%) PKI
8 36 (2.38%) Cyberthreat
9 18 (1.19%) Cyber Attack
10 16 (1.06%) CESG CLAS
10 16 (1.06%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.06%) PMI
11 14 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
11 14 (0.93%) Mobile App
12 13 (0.86%) FMCG
13 12 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
13 12 (0.79%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 208 (13.75%) Windows
2 133 (8.79%) Linux
3 130 (8.59%) Unix
4 53 (3.50%) Windows Server
5 26 (1.72%) Mac OS X
6 22 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 20 (1.32%) Windows 7
9 18 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (1.12%) Solaris
11 16 (1.06%) Windows 10
12 13 (0.86%) MVS
13 10 (0.66%) AIX
14 8 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
15 7 (0.46%) CentOS
15 7 (0.46%) VMS
16 6 (0.40%) zOS
17 5 (0.33%) Windows NT
18 4 (0.26%) OpenVMS
18 4 (0.26%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 265 (17.51%) Cybersecurity
2 246 (16.26%) Risk Management
3 220 (14.54%) Agile Software Development
4 195 (12.89%) SIEM
5 174 (11.50%) Security Management
6 163 (10.77%) ITIL
7 158 (10.44%) Project Management
7 158 (10.44%) Stakeholder Management
8 153 (10.11%) Data Protection
9 141 (9.32%) Penetration Testing
10 140 (9.25%) Risk Assessment
11 137 (9.05%) Security Architecture
12 112 (7.40%) Security Operations
13 110 (7.27%) ISMS
14 108 (7.14%) Information Security Management
15 103 (6.81%) Incident Management
16 91 (6.01%) Vulnerability Management
17 84 (5.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 82 (5.42%) Identity Access Management
19 75 (4.96%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 79 (5.22%) SQL
2 74 (4.89%) Java
3 57 (3.77%) Python
4 36 (2.38%) Perl
5 33 (2.18%) C
6 28 (1.85%) PowerShell
7 24 (1.59%) Shell Script
8 21 (1.39%) C#
9 18 (1.19%) JavaScript
10 13 (0.86%) Bash Shell
10 13 (0.86%) C++
11 12 (0.79%) Scala
12 9 (0.59%) Assembly Language
12 9 (0.59%) PHP
13 6 (0.40%) CLIST
13 6 (0.40%) Groovy
13 6 (0.40%) JCL
13 6 (0.40%) REXX
14 5 (0.33%) Ruby
14 5 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 389 (25.71%) CISSP
2 241 (15.93%) CISM
3 168 (11.10%) Degree
4 148 (9.78%) Security Cleared
5 105 (6.94%) CISA
6 89 (5.88%) SC Cleared
7 70 (4.63%) Cisco Certification
8 64 (4.23%) SANS
9 38 (2.51%) SSCP
10 37 (2.45%) CRISC
11 35 (2.31%) DV Cleared
12 34 (2.25%) CEH
13 29 (1.92%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 29 (1.92%) CCSP
14 28 (1.85%) CCNA
14 28 (1.85%) GIAC
15 27 (1.78%) CESG Certified Professional
15 27 (1.78%) CLAS
16 26 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
17 22 (1.45%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 354 (23.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 215 (14.21%) PCI DSS
3 109 (7.20%) GDPR
4 71 (4.69%) COBIT
5 58 (3.83%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 37 (2.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 37 (2.45%) SLA
7 34 (2.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 26 (1.72%) PMO
9 23 (1.52%) QA
10 22 (1.45%) JSP 440
11 20 (1.32%) RMADS
12 19 (1.26%) Cyber Essentials
13 18 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 18 (1.19%) NIST 800
14 10 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
15 9 (0.59%) ISO 22301
16 8 (0.53%) Data Quality
17 7 (0.46%) ISAE 3402
18 5 (0.33%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 103 (6.81%) Active Directory
2 45 (2.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.79%) RACF
3 12 (0.79%) vSphere
4 10 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (0.53%) Docker
6 7 (0.46%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.40%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 6 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (0.40%) Snort
7 6 (0.40%) Time Sharing Option
7 6 (0.40%) VirtualBox
8 5 (0.33%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 3 (0.20%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.20%) GlusterFS
9 3 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 2 (0.13%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.13%) pfSense
10 2 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 26 (1.72%) McAfee ePO
2 23 (1.52%) QRadar
2 23 (1.52%) SCCM
3 16 (1.06%) Nessus
4 15 (0.99%) Ansible
5 14 (0.93%) CSIRT
6 12 (0.79%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 12 (0.79%) Nexpose
7 11 (0.73%) Puppet
8 9 (0.59%) Nagios
8 9 (0.59%) Red Hat Satellite
8 9 (0.59%) SCOM
9 8 (0.53%) EnCase
9 8 (0.53%) Nmap
10 6 (0.40%) RSA enVision
10 6 (0.40%) zSecure
11 5 (0.33%) HP Fortify
11 5 (0.33%) RSA Archer
11 5 (0.33%) Tivoli
12 4 (0.26%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 182 (12.03%) Microsoft
2 96 (6.35%) Cisco
3 74 (4.89%) Splunk
4 68 (4.49%) McAfee
5 58 (3.83%) VMware
6 56 (3.70%) Oracle
7 50 (3.30%) CheckPoint
8 47 (3.11%) IBM
9 44 (2.91%) ArcSight
10 42 (2.78%) LogRhythm
11 39 (2.58%) SAP
12 31 (2.05%) Juniper
13 28 (1.85%) Intel
13 28 (1.85%) Symantec
14 25 (1.65%) HP
15 24 (1.59%) FireEye
15 24 (1.59%) Red Hat
16 23 (1.52%) Dell
16 23 (1.52%) Qualys
17 22 (1.45%) Rapid7
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Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
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Rate: £14 - £14.40 per hour
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Rate: Up to £500 per day
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Rate: £700 - £701 per day
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Rate: £450 per day
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London
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London
Lorien Resourcing
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