Period
to 16 July 2020

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 6 months to 16 July 2020 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
6 months to
16 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 109 125 148
Rank change year-on-year +16 +23 +9
Contract jobs citing Information Security 844 1,908 1,930
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.14% 2.05% 1.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.49% 2.36% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 536 1,158 1,200
Median daily rate £500 £520 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +4.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £317 £345 £325
90th Percentile £744 £725 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 30 53
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.17 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.51% +89.56% -9.09%
10th Percentile £17.55 £10.52 £13.00
90th Percentile £52.05 £73.75 £66.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £33.17 £17.41
% change year-on-year +5.51% +90.54% -0.51%

Information Security 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 33,901 80,813 90,225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.00% 86.97% 86.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,267 53,184 59,482
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,179 2,292 2,460
Median hourly rate £32.50 £24.73 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.45% +15.00% -14.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.85 £11.17
90th Percentile £54.15 £52.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate £25.25 £23.96 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.41% +19.78% -20.00%

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Information Security as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Information Security.

Daily rate trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Information Security over the 6 months to 16 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Information Security.

Hourly rate trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Information Security over the 6 months to 16 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Top 16 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 6 months to 16 July 2020. 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 +10 748 £500 -4.76% 184
UK excluding London +34 472 £500 - 123
London +3 336 £520 -5.45% 78
South East -4 115 £500 - 29
North of England +60 104 £500 +11.11% 29
South West +10 76 £481 +0.79% 18
Midlands +78 73 £575 +12.20% 15
North West +40 66 £475 +7.04% 18
West Midlands +64 59 £575 +15.00% 12
Work from Home +9 58 £475 +5.56% 24
Scotland +15 56 £386 -26.43% 11
East of England +35 39 £500 -2.44% 15
Yorkshire +31 22 £525 +7.69% 10
North East +38 16 £531 +18.06% 1
East Midlands +47 14 £713 +50.00% 3
Wales +18 13 £500 - 5

For the 6 months to 16 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Information Security 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 Security.

1 263 (31.16%) Management Information System
2 238 (28.20%) Cybersecurity
3 230 (27.25%) CISSP
4 213 (25.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 195 (23.10%) Finance
6 178 (21.09%) Risk Management
6 178 (21.09%) Microsoft
7 156 (18.48%) CISM
7 156 (18.48%) Azure
8 135 (16.00%) Security Cleared
9 124 (14.69%) Windows
10 118 (13.98%) Security Management
11 114 (13.51%) AWS
12 112 (13.27%) SC Cleared
13 108 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
14 106 (12.56%) GDPR
14 106 (12.56%) NIST
15 103 (12.20%) Active Directory
16 102 (12.09%) Information Security Management
17 95 (11.26%) ITIL
18 94 (11.14%) Linux
19 91 (10.78%) Analytical Skills
19 91 (10.78%) Public Sector
20 89 (10.55%) Degree
21 83 (9.83%) Legal
22 82 (9.72%) Firewall
22 82 (9.72%) Information Assurance
23 81 (9.60%) CISA
24 71 (8.41%) Security Operations
25 70 (8.29%) Problem-Solving

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 43 (5.09%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.42%) MS Exchange
3 10 (1.18%) Apache Spark
3 10 (1.18%) Confluence
4 8 (0.95%) Umbraco
5 7 (0.83%) Apache
5 7 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.71%) IIS
7 5 (0.59%) Apache Pig
8 4 (0.47%) CMS
8 4 (0.47%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.36%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.12%) CICS
11 1 (0.12%) IBM HTTP Server
11 1 (0.12%) JBoss
11 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 51 (6.04%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (4.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (2.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (2.01%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (1.78%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.12%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.12%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 11 (1.30%) Sentinel
2 7 (0.83%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.59%) SAP GRC
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payroll
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.12%) SAP PLM
6 1 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.12%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 156 (18.48%) Azure
2 114 (13.51%) AWS
3 65 (7.70%) Office 365
4 34 (4.03%) SaaS
5 25 (2.96%) GCP
6 24 (2.84%) Azure Active Directory
7 21 (2.49%) Serverless
8 16 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
9 15 (1.78%) PaaS
10 14 (1.66%) IaaS
11 13 (1.54%) OneDrive
12 8 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.95%) GitHub
13 7 (0.83%) Amazon S3
14 6 (0.71%) Azure Data Factory
14 6 (0.71%) Azure Functions
15 5 (0.59%) Power Platform
16 4 (0.47%) OpenShift
17 3 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 3 (0.36%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 82 (9.72%) Firewall
2 46 (5.45%) Network Security
3 38 (4.50%) Internet
4 24 (2.84%) DNS
5 21 (2.49%) Intrusion Detection
6 20 (2.37%) LAN
6 20 (2.37%) WAN
7 18 (2.13%) TCP/IP
8 13 (1.54%) SAN
9 12 (1.42%) DHCP
10 11 (1.30%) HTTP
11 10 (1.18%) VPN
11 10 (1.18%) Wireshark
12 9 (1.07%) IPsec
13 7 (0.83%) Intranet
13 7 (0.83%) Kerberos
13 7 (0.83%) Reverse Proxy
13 7 (0.83%) Skype
13 7 (0.83%) SSL
14 6 (0.71%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (3.32%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.66%) Relational Database
3 12 (1.42%) MySQL
3 12 (1.42%) Oracle Database
4 11 (1.30%) Data Lake
5 10 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (1.07%) Cosmos DB
7 8 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
7 8 (0.95%) Hadoop
8 7 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
8 7 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (0.71%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.71%) Big Data
9 6 (0.71%) SAP HANA
9 6 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.59%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.59%) Power BI
10 5 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.47%) Apache Hive
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 21 (2.49%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.66%) JIRA
3 8 (0.95%) Bitbucket
4 7 (0.83%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.71%) SonarQube
6 5 (0.59%) Metasploit
6 5 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (0.47%) AppScan
7 4 (0.47%) Selenium
7 4 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (0.47%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.36%) FishEye
8 3 (0.36%) kappa
8 3 (0.36%) ScriptRunner
8 3 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.36%) Subversion
9 2 (0.24%) Maven
9 2 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.12%) Serena SBM
General
1 195 (23.10%) Finance
2 91 (10.78%) Public Sector
3 83 (9.83%) Legal
4 37 (4.38%) Banking
5 32 (3.79%) Telecoms
6 30 (3.55%) Law
7 22 (2.61%) Manufacturing
8 21 (2.49%) Marketing
9 19 (2.25%) Retail
10 16 (1.90%) Electronics
11 10 (1.18%) Military
12 7 (0.83%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
13 6 (0.71%) Police
14 5 (0.59%) Local Government
15 4 (0.47%) Back Office
15 4 (0.47%) Investment Banking
16 3 (0.36%) Advertising
17 2 (0.24%) Aerospace
17 2 (0.24%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 151 (17.89%) Analyst
2 127 (15.05%) Consultant
3 110 (13.03%) Architect
4 101 (11.97%) Security Analyst
5 92 (10.90%) Security Consultant
6 53 (6.28%) Security Architect
7 49 (5.81%) Information Security Consultant
7 49 (5.81%) Security Manager
8 45 (5.33%) Security Specialist
9 38 (4.50%) Information Analyst
10 36 (4.27%) Information Security Analyst
11 35 (4.15%) Project Manager
12 31 (3.67%) Information Manager
13 29 (3.44%) Security Officer
14 27 (3.20%) Head of Security
15 25 (2.96%) Developer
15 25 (2.96%) Information Security Officer
15 25 (2.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 24 (2.84%) IT Manager
16 24 (2.84%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.37%) Middleware
2 18 (2.13%) .NET
3 13 (1.54%) LDAP
4 11 (1.30%) Kafka
5 10 (1.18%) Web Services
6 9 (1.07%) HTML
6 9 (1.07%) JSON
7 8 (0.95%) AngularJS
7 8 (0.95%) OAuth
7 8 (0.95%) REST
7 8 (0.95%) SailPoint
7 8 (0.95%) SAML
8 7 (0.83%) Node.js
9 6 (0.71%) .NET Framework
9 6 (0.71%) CSS
9 6 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
9 6 (0.71%) OpenID
9 6 (0.71%) Spring
10 5 (0.59%) ASP.NET
10 5 (0.59%) Flask
Miscellaneous
1 263 (31.16%) Management Information System
2 91 (10.78%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (3.55%) Cyberthreat
3 30 (3.55%) Freedom of Information
4 27 (3.20%) Data Centre
5 25 (2.96%) Security Operations Centre
6 21 (2.49%) Data Protection Act
7 20 (2.37%) PKI
8 19 (2.25%) Freedom of Information Act
9 18 (2.13%) Data Structures
9 18 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
10 15 (1.78%) Cloud Native
11 14 (1.66%) CESG
12 12 (1.42%) Blackberry
13 10 (1.18%) BYOD
13 10 (1.18%) e-Learning
13 10 (1.18%) Virtual Team
14 9 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
15 7 (0.83%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 124 (14.69%) Windows
2 94 (11.14%) Linux
3 28 (3.32%) Windows 10
4 27 (3.20%) Windows Server
5 20 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 19 (2.25%) Windows 7
7 15 (1.78%) Unix
8 13 (1.54%) Windows Server 2016
9 9 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.95%) Android
11 7 (0.83%) Solaris
12 6 (0.71%) Apple iOS
13 5 (0.59%) Debian
13 5 (0.59%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.24%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.24%) Windows Server 2019
15 1 (0.12%) CentOS
15 1 (0.12%) HPUX
15 1 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 238 (28.20%) Cybersecurity
2 178 (21.09%) Risk Management
3 118 (13.98%) Security Management
4 108 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
5 102 (12.09%) Information Security Management
6 95 (11.26%) ITIL
7 82 (9.72%) Information Assurance
8 71 (8.41%) Security Operations
9 70 (8.29%) Problem-Solving
9 70 (8.29%) Project Management
10 69 (8.18%) ISMS
11 65 (7.70%) Data Protection
11 65 (7.70%) Security Architecture
11 65 (7.70%) Stakeholder Management
12 64 (7.58%) Change Management
13 60 (7.11%) SIEM
14 59 (6.99%) DevOps
15 58 (6.87%) Vulnerability Management
16 55 (6.52%) Incident Management
16 55 (6.52%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 64 (7.58%) PowerShell
2 54 (6.40%) Python
3 42 (4.98%) SQL
4 33 (3.91%) Java
5 31 (3.67%) JavaScript
6 28 (3.32%) Bash Shell
7 24 (2.84%) C#
8 12 (1.42%) VBA
9 10 (1.18%) T-SQL
10 9 (1.07%) PHP
11 8 (0.95%) Perl
12 7 (0.83%) C
12 7 (0.83%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.71%) Shell Script
13 6 (0.71%) VBScript
14 4 (0.47%) Go
14 4 (0.47%) Groovy
14 4 (0.47%) TypeScript
14 4 (0.47%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.36%) C++
Qualifications
1 230 (27.25%) CISSP
2 156 (18.48%) CISM
3 135 (16.00%) Security Cleared
4 112 (13.27%) SC Cleared
5 89 (10.55%) Degree
6 81 (9.60%) CISA
7 66 (7.82%) GIAC
8 42 (4.98%) Cisco Certification
9 27 (3.20%) CRISC
10 24 (2.84%) CEH
10 24 (2.84%) DV Cleared
11 23 (2.73%) CESG Certified Professional
12 21 (2.49%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 17 (2.01%) CREST Certified
14 16 (1.90%) CCSP
15 15 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
15 15 (1.78%) SANS
16 14 (1.66%) SSCP
17 13 (1.54%) CCNP
18 12 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 213 (25.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 106 (12.56%) GDPR
2 106 (12.56%) NIST
3 68 (8.06%) PCI DSS
4 54 (6.40%) COBIT
5 34 (4.03%) NCSC
6 33 (3.91%) Cyber Essentials
7 31 (3.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 26 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 23 (2.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 21 (2.49%) NIST 800
11 19 (2.25%) QA
12 15 (1.78%) Data Quality
13 12 (1.42%) RMADS
14 10 (1.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 9 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 9 (1.07%) PMO
15 9 (1.07%) SLA
16 6 (0.71%) AICPA
17 5 (0.59%) HIPAA
System Software
1 103 (12.20%) Active Directory
2 29 (3.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (3.08%) Docker
4 11 (1.30%) BitLocker
5 8 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (0.59%) VMware NSX
7 5 (0.59%) XenApp
7 5 (0.59%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.47%) Firmware
8 4 (0.47%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.47%) OpenAM
8 4 (0.47%) Snort
9 3 (0.36%) Apache Flume
9 3 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.24%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 2 (0.24%) iptables
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 33 (3.91%) Kubernetes
2 26 (3.08%) Single Sign-On
3 24 (2.84%) SCCM
4 21 (2.49%) Microsoft Intune
5 17 (2.01%) Nessus
5 17 (2.01%) Terraform
6 14 (1.66%) EnCase
6 14 (1.66%) FTK
7 13 (1.54%) Ansible
8 11 (1.30%) QRadar
9 8 (0.95%) WSUS
10 5 (0.59%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 5 (0.59%) Nmap
10 5 (0.59%) RSA Archer
11 4 (0.47%) FreeIPA
11 4 (0.47%) Grafana
11 4 (0.47%) Prometheus
11 4 (0.47%) SCOM
12 3 (0.36%) Puppet
12 3 (0.36%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 178 (21.09%) Microsoft
2 49 (5.81%) Cisco
3 39 (4.62%) VMware
4 33 (3.91%) SAP
5 30 (3.55%) Qualys
6 28 (3.32%) Oracle
7 26 (3.08%) ServiceNow
8 25 (2.96%) Splunk
9 22 (2.61%) CheckPoint
10 21 (2.49%) Red Hat
11 19 (2.25%) Sony
12 16 (1.90%) Citrix
13 14 (1.66%) Cellebrite
14 12 (1.42%) Fortinet
14 12 (1.42%) Palo Alto
14 12 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
15 10 (1.18%) Meraki
16 8 (0.95%) MuleSoft
17 7 (0.83%) HP
17 7 (0.83%) IBM