Period
to 18 January 2018

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 18 January 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 Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 112 148 144
Rank change year-on-year +36 -4 +46
Contract jobs citing Information Security 2,216 1,771 1,803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.21% 1.82% 1.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.61% 2.17% 2.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,372 1,152 1,168
UK median daily rate £500 £470 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% -1.05% +1.06%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £325
90th Percentile £675 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £455
% change year-on-year +5.56% -1.10% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 16 37
UK median hourly rate £17.33 £14.78 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.28% -64.82% +47.37%
10th Percentile £13.33 £11.28 £13.83
90th Percentile £60.01 £62.50 £60.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £14.78 £42.00
% change year-on-year +13.74% -64.82% +14.29%

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 84,751 81,431 88,505
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.50% 83.80% 82.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,763 53,927 57,391
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,966 2,259 2,698
UK median hourly rate £23.44 £24.50 £23.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.34% +4.93% +16.75%
10th Percentile £11.38 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +25.00%

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 18 January 2018.

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 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor 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 18 January 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 +38 2,054 £500 +5.26% 571
UK excluding London +36 1,151 £475 +5.56% 357
London +24 1,009 £510 +4.62% 243
South East +17 348 £500 +8.40% 106
North of England +66 278 £500 +11.11% 95
East of England +19 176 £470 +10.59% 41
North West +27 137 £514 +3.32% 51
Midlands +25 137 £450 - 55
Yorkshire +70 130 £475 - 31
Scotland +12 98 £400 -20.00% 23
South West -8 96 £425 +3.03% 30
West Midlands +4 80 £425 +4.27% 32
East Midlands +42 54 £533 +18.33% 23
Wales -11 16 £550 +36.65% 5
North East +33 13 £513 +28.13% 13
Northern Ireland -31 7 £410 +6.49% 1

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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.

1 551 (24.86%) CISSP
2 549 (24.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 529 (23.87%) Finance
4 467 (21.07%) Cybersecurity
5 433 (19.54%) GDPR
6 425 (19.18%) Management Information System
7 409 (18.46%) Data Protection
8 402 (18.14%) Risk Management
9 344 (15.52%) Firewall
10 343 (15.48%) CISM
11 331 (14.94%) Windows
12 304 (13.72%) PCI DSS
13 284 (12.82%) Project Management
14 271 (12.23%) SIEM
15 236 (10.65%) Stakeholder Management
16 232 (10.47%) Security Management
17 231 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
18 225 (10.15%) Analytical Skills
19 223 (10.06%) Microsoft
20 222 (10.02%) Degree
21 221 (9.97%) Security Architecture
21 221 (9.97%) Linux
22 210 (9.48%) Security Operations
23 209 (9.43%) Vulnerability Management
24 201 (9.07%) Legal
25 192 (8.66%) ITIL
26 175 (7.90%) Penetration Testing
27 174 (7.85%) Unix
28 165 (7.45%) Information Security Management
29 158 (7.13%) Active Directory

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 (1.94%) SharePoint
2 40 (1.81%) IIS
3 16 (0.72%) Skype for Business
4 15 (0.68%) Confluence
5 12 (0.54%) Tomcat
6 10 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (0.41%) OpenStack
8 8 (0.36%) MS Exchange
8 8 (0.36%) SAS
9 6 (0.27%) CICS
9 6 (0.27%) CMS
9 6 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (0.27%) MQSeries
10 5 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 5 (0.23%) Apache Spark
10 5 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.18%) Drupal
11 4 (0.18%) nginx
11 4 (0.18%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 100 (4.51%) Microsoft Office
2 77 (3.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (1.13%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 5 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.14%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 7 (0.32%) SAP GRC
2 3 (0.14%) SimCorp Dimension
3 2 (0.090%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.090%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.090%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.090%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.090%) SAP SM
3 2 (0.090%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.090%) Workfront
4 1 (0.045%) assyst
4 1 (0.045%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.045%) LatentZero
4 1 (0.045%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.045%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.045%) SAP CAR
4 1 (0.045%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
Cloud Services
1 151 (6.81%) Amazon AWS
2 146 (6.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 61 (2.75%) Office 365
4 54 (2.44%) SaaS
5 53 (2.39%) IaaS
6 49 (2.21%) PaaS
7 26 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
8 22 (0.99%) Mimecast
9 12 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
11 8 (0.36%) Amazon S3
11 8 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 7 (0.32%) npm
13 6 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
13 6 (0.27%) Google App Engine
14 5 (0.23%) Amazon EMR
14 5 (0.23%) GitHub
14 5 (0.23%) Route 53
15 4 (0.18%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 344 (15.52%) Firewall
2 142 (6.41%) Network Security
3 99 (4.47%) Intrusion Detection
4 80 (3.61%) TCP/IP
5 74 (3.34%) LAN
6 65 (2.93%) WAN
7 61 (2.75%) Internet
8 57 (2.57%) SAN
9 52 (2.35%) VPN
10 44 (1.99%) DNS
10 44 (1.99%) SSL
11 38 (1.71%) LDAP
12 37 (1.67%) Intranet
13 31 (1.40%) NAS
14 27 (1.22%) MPLS
15 26 (1.17%) SMS
16 24 (1.08%) HTTP
17 23 (1.04%) Cisco ASA
18 22 (0.99%) Wireless
19 21 (0.95%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (2.12%) Relational Database
2 45 (2.03%) SQL Server
3 27 (1.22%) Big Data
4 20 (0.90%) NoSQL
5 17 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (0.77%) Hadoop
5 17 (0.77%) MySQL
6 16 (0.72%) GIS
7 13 (0.59%) Power BI
8 12 (0.54%) QlikView
9 11 (0.50%) RDBMS
10 10 (0.45%) Spotfire
11 8 (0.36%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.36%) Redis
12 7 (0.32%) DB2
13 6 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
14 5 (0.23%) Blockchain
14 5 (0.23%) HBase
15 4 (0.18%) Maltego
Development Applications
1 35 (1.58%) JIRA
2 28 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 25 (1.13%) Git (software)
4 16 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (0.50%) JUnit
6 10 (0.45%) Maven
7 9 (0.41%) TeamCity
7 9 (0.41%) TestNG
7 9 (0.41%) Visual Studio Team System
8 7 (0.32%) Bower
8 7 (0.32%) NuGet
8 7 (0.32%) Visual Studio
9 5 (0.23%) Burp Suite
10 4 (0.18%) Metasploit
10 4 (0.18%) MSI
10 4 (0.18%) MSTest
11 3 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.14%) JMeter
11 3 (0.14%) Selenium
11 3 (0.14%) Subversion
General
1 529 (23.87%) Finance
2 201 (9.07%) Legal
3 141 (6.36%) Banking
4 98 (4.42%) Retail
5 70 (3.16%) Law
6 69 (3.11%) Telecoms
7 39 (1.76%) Marketing
8 20 (0.90%) Manufacturing
9 17 (0.77%) Investment Banking
9 17 (0.77%) Publishing
9 17 (0.77%) Retail Banking
10 16 (0.72%) Financial Institution
11 14 (0.63%) Advertising
12 12 (0.54%) Electronics
12 12 (0.54%) Front Office
13 11 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
14 10 (0.45%) Military
15 9 (0.41%) Games
16 6 (0.27%) Billing
16 6 (0.27%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 481 (21.71%) Analyst
2 362 (16.34%) Consultant
3 306 (13.81%) Security Analyst
4 283 (12.77%) Architect
5 282 (12.73%) Security Consultant
6 224 (10.11%) Security Manager
7 176 (7.94%) Security Architect
8 171 (7.72%) Project Manager
9 152 (6.86%) Information Analyst
10 141 (6.36%) Information Security Analyst
11 130 (5.87%) Information Security Manager
12 115 (5.19%) Business Analyst
12 115 (5.19%) Information Manager
12 115 (5.19%) Information Security Consultant
13 108 (4.87%) Security Engineer
14 93 (4.20%) Security Specialist
15 86 (3.88%) Security Project Manager
16 57 (2.57%) Security Officer
17 51 (2.30%) Information Security Project Manager
17 51 (2.30%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (2.84%) Web Services
2 31 (1.40%) .NET
3 21 (0.95%) REST
4 18 (0.81%) Node.js
5 17 (0.77%) Middleware
5 17 (0.77%) OAuth
6 16 (0.72%) SAML
7 15 (0.68%) Regular Expression
7 15 (0.68%) SOAP
7 15 (0.68%) XML
8 14 (0.63%) JSON
8 14 (0.63%) SailPoint
9 13 (0.59%) HTML
10 12 (0.54%) Dropwizard
10 12 (0.54%) Spring
11 10 (0.45%) .NET Framework
11 10 (0.45%) D3.js
12 9 (0.41%) 802.1X
13 7 (0.32%) X-Windows
14 6 (0.27%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 425 (19.18%) Management Information System
2 225 (10.15%) Analytical Skills
3 93 (4.20%) Computer Science
4 89 (4.02%) Data Protection Act
5 88 (3.97%) CESG
6 78 (3.52%) PKI
7 64 (2.89%) Data Centre
8 53 (2.39%) Cyberthreat
9 38 (1.71%) Security Operations Centre
10 34 (1.53%) Algorithms
11 28 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
12 27 (1.22%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 25 (1.13%) Mobile App
13 25 (1.13%) Public Cloud
14 22 (0.99%) Virtual Team
15 19 (0.86%) Cyberattack
15 19 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
16 18 (0.81%) Life Science
17 17 (0.77%) Freedom of Information
18 16 (0.72%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 331 (14.94%) Windows
2 221 (9.97%) Linux
3 174 (7.85%) Unix
4 56 (2.53%) Windows Server
5 31 (1.40%) Windows 10
6 29 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 25 (1.13%) Windows 7
8 22 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (0.81%) Solaris
10 17 (0.77%) AIX
11 15 (0.68%) Apple iOS
12 14 (0.63%) Windows 2000
13 13 (0.59%) Android
14 12 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
15 11 (0.50%) CentOS
16 10 (0.45%) Windows Vista
17 8 (0.36%) Mac OS X
17 8 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
17 8 (0.36%) Windows XP
18 7 (0.32%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 467 (21.07%) Cybersecurity
2 409 (18.46%) Data Protection
3 402 (18.14%) Risk Management
4 284 (12.82%) Project Management
5 271 (12.23%) SIEM
6 236 (10.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 232 (10.47%) Security Management
8 231 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
9 221 (9.97%) Security Architecture
10 210 (9.48%) Security Operations
11 209 (9.43%) Vulnerability Management
12 192 (8.66%) ITIL
13 175 (7.90%) Penetration Testing
14 165 (7.45%) Information Security Management
15 156 (7.04%) Risk Assessment
16 131 (5.91%) ISMS
17 120 (5.42%) Incident Management
18 110 (4.96%) Change Management
18 110 (4.96%) DevOps
19 109 (4.92%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 106 (4.78%) SQL
2 80 (3.61%) Java
2 80 (3.61%) Python
3 52 (2.35%) PowerShell
4 38 (1.71%) Bash Shell
5 28 (1.26%) Perl
6 25 (1.13%) Shell Script
7 24 (1.08%) JavaScript
8 18 (0.81%) C#
9 17 (0.77%) C
9 17 (0.77%) Ruby
10 14 (0.63%) Scala
11 11 (0.50%) R
12 10 (0.45%) COBOL
13 9 (0.41%) GraphQL
14 8 (0.36%) VBScript
15 6 (0.27%) C++
15 6 (0.27%) JCL
15 6 (0.27%) PHP
15 6 (0.27%) REXX
Qualifications
1 551 (24.86%) CISSP
2 343 (15.48%) CISM
3 222 (10.02%) Degree
4 158 (7.13%) Security Cleared
5 141 (6.36%) CISA
6 106 (4.78%) Cisco Certification
7 93 (4.20%) SC Cleared
8 78 (3.52%) SANS
9 70 (3.16%) CEH
10 67 (3.02%) GIAC
11 57 (2.57%) CRISC
12 47 (2.12%) CCNP
13 44 (1.99%) CESG Certified Professional
14 39 (1.76%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 33 (1.49%) DV Cleared
16 31 (1.40%) CCNA
17 30 (1.35%) ISEB
18 29 (1.31%) IISP
19 28 (1.26%) PMI Certification
19 28 (1.26%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 549 (24.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 433 (19.54%) GDPR
3 304 (13.72%) PCI DSS
4 128 (5.78%) COBIT
5 87 (3.93%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 68 (3.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 64 (2.89%) QA
8 57 (2.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 36 (1.62%) PMO
10 29 (1.31%) ISO 9001
11 27 (1.22%) HIPAA
12 26 (1.17%) Cyber Essentials
13 24 (1.08%) Data Quality
13 24 (1.08%) SLA
14 18 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
14 18 (0.81%) RMADS
15 17 (0.77%) Actionable Recommendations
15 17 (0.77%) NIST 800
16 14 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 12 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 158 (7.13%) Active Directory
2 79 (3.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
4 24 (1.08%) Docker
5 23 (1.04%) Hyper-V
6 22 (0.99%) vSphere
7 14 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
8 13 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
9 12 (0.54%) Firmware
10 9 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 7 (0.32%) SRDF
11 7 (0.32%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 6 (0.27%) BitLocker
12 6 (0.27%) Job Entry Subsystem
12 6 (0.27%) RACF
12 6 (0.27%) Time Sharing Option
12 6 (0.27%) vCloud
13 5 (0.23%) Snort
13 5 (0.23%) UAG
Systems Management
1 41 (1.85%) Ansible
2 39 (1.76%) Nessus
3 33 (1.49%) Puppet
4 27 (1.22%) QRadar
5 20 (0.90%) Terraform
6 17 (0.77%) CSIRT
6 17 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (0.72%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 15 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
8 15 (0.68%) SCCM
9 13 (0.59%) BladeLogic
10 12 (0.54%) RSA Archer
11 10 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
11 10 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
12 9 (0.41%) IBM BigFix
13 8 (0.36%) Packer
13 8 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 7 (0.32%) CA Single Sign-On
14 7 (0.32%) Nagios
14 7 (0.32%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 223 (10.06%) Microsoft
2 136 (6.14%) Cisco
3 103 (4.65%) VMware
4 84 (3.79%) McAfee
5 66 (2.98%) Oracle
6 62 (2.80%) Splunk
7 61 (2.75%) CheckPoint
8 53 (2.39%) Qualys
9 46 (2.08%) HP
10 39 (1.76%) Citrix
10 39 (1.76%) SAP
11 36 (1.62%) Juniper
12 34 (1.53%) ArcSight
13 33 (1.49%) Symantec
14 31 (1.40%) Blue Coat
15 29 (1.31%) LogRhythm
16 28 (1.26%) CyberArk
17 26 (1.17%) Red Hat
18 25 (1.13%) F5
18 25 (1.13%) Palo Alto