Period
to 12 June 2021

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 12 June 2021 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
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 125 115 133
Rank change year-on-year -10 +18 -1
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,258 897 1,801
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.05% 2.05% 1.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.34% 2.39% 2.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 875 565 1,096
10th Percentile £363 £325 £350
25th Percentile £448 £409 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £523
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -4.31% +4.50%
75th Percentile £625 £619 £610
90th Percentile £725 £754 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 17 21
10th Percentile £20.00 £16.78 £10.55
25th Percentile £23.25 £17.55 £10.58
Median hourly rate £50.09 £30.00 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year +66.97% +36.36% +27.02%
75th Percentile £63.90 £44.00 £41.40
90th Percentile £66.77 £52.10 £60.87
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.18 £20.11 £15.35
% change year-on-year +189.38% +31.02% -11.40%

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 53,850 37,609 79,138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.83% 85.86% 87.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,767 25,102 52,923
10th Percentile £313 £300 £303
25th Percentile £400 £388 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,517 1,091 2,043
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.50 £11.80
25th Percentile £15.17 £16.13 £14.28
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £44.50
90th Percentile £60.00 £55.00 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.22 £20.50 £22.75
% change year-on-year +8.39% -9.89% +19.74%

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 12 June 2021.

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 12 June 2021.

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 12 June 2021. 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 -14 977 £538 +3.37% 427
UK excluding London +1 516 £500 - 325
London +8 502 £575 +9.52% 141
Work from Home -36 391 £525 +5.00% 91
South East -5 129 £514 +6.75% 89
Midlands -3 84 £524 -6.84% 39
North of England -21 84 £480 -8.57% 88
Scotland -11 79 £525 +35.48% 26
South West +16 77 £480 -0.16% 39
West Midlands -10 53 £550 -2.22% 34
North West -29 53 £463 -7.50% 53
East of England +3 47 £500 - 29
East Midlands +15 31 £489 -20.16% 5
Yorkshire +15 30 £495 -14.00% 24
Wales +19 21 £563 +12.50% 13
North East -1 1 £325 -38.82% 11

For the 6 months to 12 June 2021, 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.

1 419 (33.31%) Cybersecurity
2 350 (27.82%) CISSP
3 327 (25.99%) Finance
4 321 (25.52%) Azure
5 313 (24.88%) Social Skills
6 277 (22.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 271 (21.54%) Management Information System
8 256 (20.35%) Risk Management
9 240 (19.08%) Agile Software Development
10 203 (16.14%) CISM
11 195 (15.50%) AWS
12 182 (14.47%) Security Cleared
13 160 (12.72%) Microsoft
13 160 (12.72%) Security Architecture
14 159 (12.64%) DevOps
15 157 (12.48%) Security Management
16 150 (11.92%) SIEM
17 147 (11.69%) Degree
18 146 (11.61%) SC Cleared
19 144 (11.45%) NIST
20 131 (10.41%) Windows
21 129 (10.25%) Stakeholder Management
22 121 (9.62%) Information Security Management
23 117 (9.30%) Python
23 117 (9.30%) Public Sector
24 116 (9.22%) Network Security
25 111 (8.82%) Problem-Solving
26 110 (8.74%) GDPR
26 110 (8.74%) Firewall
27 106 (8.43%) Project Management

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 28 (2.23%) SharePoint
2 20 (1.59%) Confluence
3 12 (0.95%) Jadu
4 9 (0.72%) IIS
5 6 (0.48%) Apache Spark
6 5 (0.40%) CMS
6 5 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.32%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.32%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.24%) NetWeaver
8 3 (0.24%) SAS
9 2 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.16%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.079%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.079%) Camunda
10 1 (0.079%) Headless CMS
10 1 (0.079%) Jetty
Applications
1 23 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (0.87%) MS Visio
3 10 (0.79%) Chatbot
3 10 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.24%) SAP ERP
1 3 (0.24%) Sentinel
1 3 (0.24%) Workday HCM
2 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.16%) Relativity
2 2 (0.16%) SAP MDM
2 2 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.079%) Magento
3 1 (0.079%) OneSumX
3 1 (0.079%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.079%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.079%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.079%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 321 (25.52%) Azure
2 195 (15.50%) AWS
3 84 (6.68%) SaaS
4 66 (5.25%) Microsoft 365
5 63 (5.01%) IaaS
6 55 (4.37%) PaaS
7 49 (3.90%) GCP
8 42 (3.34%) GitHub
9 38 (3.02%) Azure Active Directory
10 30 (2.38%) Cloud Computing
11 29 (2.31%) Azure Sentinel
12 23 (1.83%) Power Platform
13 19 (1.51%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 19 (1.51%) CloudFront
14 18 (1.43%) Azure Key Vault
15 16 (1.27%) AWS KMS
16 15 (1.19%) OpenShift
17 14 (1.11%) AWS CloudFormation
17 14 (1.11%) AWS CloudTrail
17 14 (1.11%) AWS CodeBuild
Communications & Networking
1 116 (9.22%) Network Security
2 110 (8.74%) Firewall
3 35 (2.78%) TCP/IP
4 31 (2.46%) Intrusion Detection
5 30 (2.38%) WAN
6 29 (2.31%) Internet
7 22 (1.75%) DNS
8 21 (1.67%) LAN
9 19 (1.51%) VPN
10 18 (1.43%) HTTP
11 10 (0.79%) DHCP
12 8 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (0.64%) DMARC
13 7 (0.56%) HTTPS
13 7 (0.56%) Intranet
13 7 (0.56%) SD-WAN
13 7 (0.56%) SNMP
13 7 (0.56%) Wireless
14 6 (0.48%) SAN
14 6 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (3.74%) SQL Server
2 26 (2.07%) Relational Database
3 25 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (1.51%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (1.51%) Power BI
5 11 (0.87%) MySQL
5 11 (0.87%) RDBMS
6 10 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (0.64%) Data Lake
8 6 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 6 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2019
10 4 (0.32%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.32%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.32%) SAP HANA
10 4 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.24%) Big Data
11 3 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 56 (4.45%) Git (software)
2 32 (2.54%) Jenkins
2 32 (2.54%) JIRA
3 31 (2.46%) Visual Studio
4 13 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
5 10 (0.79%) Subversion
6 5 (0.40%) Burp Suite
6 5 (0.40%) GitLab
6 5 (0.40%) SonarQube
7 4 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.16%) IDA Disassembler
9 2 (0.16%) Maven
9 2 (0.16%) OllyDbg
9 2 (0.16%) RSpec
9 2 (0.16%) Selenium
9 2 (0.16%) webpack
10 1 (0.079%) JUnit
10 1 (0.079%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.079%) Spinnaker
General
1 327 (25.99%) Finance
2 313 (24.88%) Social Skills
3 117 (9.30%) Public Sector
4 97 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
5 79 (6.28%) Banking
6 68 (5.41%) Legal
7 47 (3.74%) Telecoms
8 39 (3.10%) Presentation Skills
9 36 (2.86%) Manufacturing
10 35 (2.78%) Law
11 33 (2.62%) Marketing
12 26 (2.07%) Electronics
12 26 (2.07%) Influencing Skills
13 22 (1.75%) Local Government
14 21 (1.67%) Organisational Skills
15 20 (1.59%) Retail
16 16 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
17 11 (0.87%) Documentation Skills
18 10 (0.79%) Billing
19 9 (0.72%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 252 (20.03%) Architect
2 184 (14.63%) Consultant
3 174 (13.83%) Analyst
4 155 (12.32%) Security Architect
5 134 (10.65%) Security Consultant
6 101 (8.03%) Security Analyst
6 101 (8.03%) Security Engineer
7 90 (7.15%) Security Manager
8 70 (5.56%) Project Manager
9 66 (5.25%) Information Security Consultant
10 56 (4.45%) Cloud Architect
11 44 (3.50%) Business Analyst
12 41 (3.26%) Information Analyst
13 39 (3.10%) Azure Engineer
13 39 (3.10%) Information Security Analyst
14 38 (3.02%) Technical Architect
15 36 (2.86%) Coordinator
15 36 (2.86%) Solutions Architect
16 34 (2.70%) Information Manager
16 34 (2.70%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (2.94%) Web Services
2 29 (2.31%) JSON
3 26 (2.07%) .NET
4 22 (1.75%) React
5 21 (1.67%) HTML
6 20 (1.59%) AngularJS
7 17 (1.35%) ADO
7 17 (1.35%) SailPoint
8 16 (1.27%) Middleware
9 15 (1.19%) CSS
9 15 (1.19%) RESTful
10 13 (1.03%) ASP.NET
10 13 (1.03%) ASP.NET Core
10 13 (1.03%) Node.js
11 12 (0.95%) HTML5
12 11 (0.87%) CSS3
12 11 (0.87%) OAuth
12 11 (0.87%) REST
12 11 (0.87%) Twig
13 10 (0.79%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 271 (21.54%) Management Information System
2 74 (5.88%) Cloud Native
3 35 (2.78%) Data Centre
4 34 (2.70%) Cyberthreat
5 27 (2.15%) Public Cloud
6 23 (1.83%) Virtual Team
7 21 (1.67%) CESG
8 19 (1.51%) Cyberattack
9 18 (1.43%) Data Protection Act
10 17 (1.35%) NHS
11 16 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
12 15 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
12 15 (1.19%) Security Operations Centre
13 14 (1.11%) User Experience
14 12 (0.95%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 12 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
14 12 (0.95%) PKI
14 12 (0.95%) Social Media
15 10 (0.79%) Data Structures
15 10 (0.79%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 131 (10.41%) Windows
2 100 (7.95%) Linux
3 45 (3.58%) Unix
4 35 (2.78%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.19%) Windows 10
6 12 (0.95%) Mac OS X
7 9 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.56%) Kali Linux
8 7 (0.56%) Mac OS
9 6 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.48%) Windows Server 2016
10 5 (0.40%) AIX
11 4 (0.32%) Windows Server 2019
12 3 (0.24%) Android
12 3 (0.24%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.24%) VMS
12 3 (0.24%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.079%) CentOS
14 1 (0.079%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 419 (33.31%) Cybersecurity
2 256 (20.35%) Risk Management
3 240 (19.08%) Agile Software Development
4 160 (12.72%) Security Architecture
5 159 (12.64%) DevOps
6 157 (12.48%) Security Management
7 150 (11.92%) SIEM
8 129 (10.25%) Stakeholder Management
9 121 (9.62%) Information Security Management
10 111 (8.82%) Problem-Solving
11 106 (8.43%) Project Management
12 102 (8.11%) ITIL
13 101 (8.03%) Security Operations
14 91 (7.23%) Information Assurance
15 84 (6.68%) Project Delivery
16 81 (6.44%) Data Protection
16 81 (6.44%) Identity Access Management
17 79 (6.28%) Risk Assessment
18 74 (5.88%) Computer Science
19 72 (5.72%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 117 (9.30%) Python
2 73 (5.80%) PowerShell
3 52 (4.13%) JavaScript
4 51 (4.05%) Java
5 45 (3.58%) SQL
6 34 (2.70%) Bash Shell
7 26 (2.07%) C#
8 25 (1.99%) PHP
9 24 (1.91%) Ruby
10 22 (1.75%) Shell Script
11 14 (1.11%) TypeScript
12 11 (0.87%) C
13 10 (0.79%) C++
14 9 (0.72%) Go
15 7 (0.56%) VBScript
16 6 (0.48%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.24%) Perl
17 3 (0.24%) Scala
17 3 (0.24%) VB.NET
18 2 (0.16%) VB
Qualifications
1 350 (27.82%) CISSP
2 203 (16.14%) CISM
3 182 (14.47%) Security Cleared
4 147 (11.69%) Degree
5 146 (11.61%) SC Cleared
6 82 (6.52%) CISA
7 76 (6.04%) CRISC
8 67 (5.33%) CESG Certified Professional
9 59 (4.69%) Cisco Certification
10 56 (4.45%) GIAC
11 50 (3.97%) DV Cleared
12 29 (2.31%) SANS
13 27 (2.15%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 26 (2.07%) Computer Science Degree
15 25 (1.99%) CREST Certified
16 20 (1.59%) CCNP
17 19 (1.51%) CCSP
17 19 (1.51%) GCIH
18 18 (1.43%) CEH
18 18 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 277 (22.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 144 (11.45%) NIST
3 110 (8.74%) GDPR
4 87 (6.92%) PCI DSS
5 60 (4.77%) COBIT
6 55 (4.37%) GRC
7 50 (3.97%) QA
8 42 (3.34%) Cyber Essentials
8 42 (3.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 30 (2.38%) NCSC
9 30 (2.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 28 (2.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 25 (1.99%) JSP 440
11 25 (1.99%) NIST 800
11 25 (1.99%) RMADS
12 21 (1.67%) Accessibility
13 19 (1.51%) PMO
14 15 (1.19%) SOC 2
15 13 (1.03%) SLA
16 11 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 81 (6.44%) Active Directory
2 34 (2.70%) Docker
3 12 (0.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.64%) BitLocker
6 6 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.32%) Firmware
7 4 (0.32%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.24%) VMware NSX
8 3 (0.24%) XenApp
9 2 (0.16%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 2 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.16%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.079%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.079%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 81 (6.44%) Terraform
2 49 (3.90%) Kubernetes
3 33 (2.62%) Ansible
4 15 (1.19%) Single Sign-On
5 12 (0.95%) Microsoft Intune
6 10 (0.79%) Nessus
6 10 (0.79%) QRadar
7 9 (0.72%) EnCase
7 9 (0.72%) SCCM
8 8 (0.64%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 8 (0.64%) FTK
9 6 (0.48%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
10 5 (0.40%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 5 (0.40%) Puppet
11 3 (0.24%) CASB
11 3 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
11 3 (0.24%) CSIRT
11 3 (0.24%) Docker Swarm
11 3 (0.24%) Nexpose
11 3 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 160 (12.72%) Microsoft
2 50 (3.97%) Cisco
3 42 (3.34%) Splunk
4 41 (3.26%) SAP
5 36 (2.86%) Google
6 29 (2.31%) ArcSight
6 29 (2.31%) VMware
7 28 (2.23%) Oracle
8 23 (1.83%) ServiceNow
9 16 (1.27%) CyberArk
9 16 (1.27%) IBM
9 16 (1.27%) Palo Alto
10 15 (1.19%) Red Hat
11 13 (1.03%) Okta
11 13 (1.03%) Salesforce.com
12 12 (0.95%) Citrix
12 12 (0.95%) F5
13 9 (0.72%) Atlassian
14 8 (0.64%) Cellebrite
15 7 (0.56%) Trend Micro