Period
to 22 November 2019

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 22 November 2019 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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 108 150 122
Rank change year-on-year +42 -28 +14
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,824 1,905 2,156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.22% 1.84% 2.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.58% 2.11% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,120 1,212 1,333
UK median daily rate £500 £513 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +6.77% +1.05%
10th Percentile £325 £320 £313
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -4.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 43 40
UK median hourly rate £62.50 £17.32 £17.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +260.85% +0.98% -1.99%
10th Percentile £11.24 £13.00 £13.45
90th Percentile £82.50 £60.00 £58.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £72.50 £17.00 £16.81
% change year-on-year +326.47% +1.16% +3.26%

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 70,587 90,226 88,825
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.90% 86.92% 86.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,176 59,740 59,055
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £294 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £630
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,256 2,333 2,140
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £22.00 £23.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.95% -4.50% +2.39%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.50 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £21.20 £23.50
% change year-on-year +6.13% -9.79% +4.44%

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 22 November 2019.

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 22 November 2019.

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 22 November 2019. 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 +41 1,663 £500 -4.76% 523
UK excluding London +40 1,056 £480 -4.00% 372
London +25 731 £525 -2.33% 177
South East +48 353 £450 -14.29% 107
North of England +4 188 £475 -5.00% 88
South West +34 183 £488 +0.52% 36
Scotland +70 116 £513 +20.59% 14
Midlands +27 100 £463 - 76
North West -2 92 £450 -10.00% 53
East of England +17 91 £506 +1.25% 40
Yorkshire +18 85 £500 - 33
West Midlands +39 78 £450 -12.20% 59
Wales +27 23 £500 +17.65% 11
East Midlands -1 18 £575 +4.55% 17
North East +7 10 £500 -23.08% 2
Northern Ireland +6 4 £358 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 November 2019, 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.

1 428 (23.46%) CISSP
1 428 (23.46%) Finance
2 416 (22.81%) Cybersecurity
3 389 (21.33%) Management Information System
4 343 (18.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 313 (17.16%) Risk Management
6 305 (16.72%) Microsoft
7 291 (15.95%) Azure
8 288 (15.79%) Firewall
9 280 (15.35%) Security Management
10 276 (15.13%) Windows
11 271 (14.86%) CISM
12 261 (14.31%) Security Cleared
13 248 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
14 220 (12.06%) Information Security Management
15 217 (11.90%) AWS
16 206 (11.29%) Security Architecture
17 204 (11.18%) ISMS
18 197 (10.80%) ITIL
19 194 (10.64%) Stakeholder Management
20 189 (10.36%) SC Cleared
20 189 (10.36%) Degree
21 187 (10.25%) SIEM
22 181 (9.92%) Office 365
23 178 (9.76%) Data Protection
24 172 (9.43%) Security Operations
25 167 (9.16%) Active Directory
26 156 (8.55%) GDPR
27 152 (8.33%) Vulnerability Management
28 150 (8.22%) NIST

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 53 (2.91%) SharePoint
2 41 (2.25%) MS Exchange
3 34 (1.86%) IIS
4 29 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 23 (1.26%) Apache Spark
5 23 (1.26%) Confluence
6 21 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (1.10%) OpenStack
8 16 (0.88%) Skype for Business
9 10 (0.55%) Pachyderm
10 9 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
11 5 (0.27%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.16%) Apache
12 3 (0.16%) CMS
12 3 (0.16%) ColdFusion
12 3 (0.16%) Jupyter
13 2 (0.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 2 (0.11%) Tomcat
13 2 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 102 (5.59%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.60%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.055%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.055%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (0.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.33%) Aligne
4 4 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.16%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.16%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.16%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.11%) Carpe Diem
6 2 (0.11%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.11%) Relativity
6 2 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.055%) CODA-Financials
7 1 (0.055%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.055%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.055%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.055%) SAP CS
7 1 (0.055%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 291 (15.95%) Azure
2 217 (11.90%) AWS
3 181 (9.92%) Office 365
4 115 (6.30%) SaaS
5 103 (5.65%) PaaS
6 83 (4.55%) IaaS
7 36 (1.97%) GCP
8 35 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
9 24 (1.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 24 (1.32%) Serverless
10 23 (1.26%) Power Platform
11 17 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
12 14 (0.77%) iPaaS
13 11 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 11 (0.60%) Amazon EMR
13 11 (0.60%) Amazon S3
14 10 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
15 9 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
16 8 (0.44%) Datadog
16 8 (0.44%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 288 (15.79%) Firewall
2 115 (6.30%) Network Security
3 96 (5.26%) Internet
4 86 (4.71%) DNS
5 71 (3.89%) VPN
6 69 (3.78%) TCP/IP
7 65 (3.56%) WAN
8 50 (2.74%) Intrusion Detection
9 45 (2.47%) SAN
10 40 (2.19%) LAN
11 34 (1.86%) NAS
12 32 (1.75%) DHCP
13 28 (1.54%) Reverse Proxy
14 26 (1.43%) Wireless
15 22 (1.21%) SNMP
15 22 (1.21%) VLAN
16 21 (1.15%) HTTPS
17 18 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
18 17 (0.93%) HTTP
19 15 (0.82%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (3.51%) SQL Server
2 43 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
3 30 (1.64%) Hadoop
4 28 (1.54%) Big Data
5 22 (1.21%) Data Lake
5 22 (1.21%) Power BI
6 20 (1.10%) MySQL
7 17 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 13 (0.71%) Cosmos DB
8 13 (0.71%) Data Mart
8 13 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
9 11 (0.60%) DataStage
9 11 (0.60%) Oracle Database
9 11 (0.60%) Pentaho
9 11 (0.60%) SAP HANA
10 10 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
11 9 (0.49%) Redis
11 9 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
11 9 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
12 8 (0.44%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 43 (2.36%) JIRA
2 35 (1.92%) Git (software)
3 24 (1.32%) Jenkins
4 22 (1.21%) Visual Studio Team System
5 18 (0.99%) CircleCI
6 16 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
7 15 (0.82%) Burp Suite
8 10 (0.55%) TeamCity
9 9 (0.49%) SonarQube
10 8 (0.44%) GitLab
11 7 (0.38%) MSI
12 6 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
13 5 (0.27%) AppScan
13 5 (0.27%) webpack
14 4 (0.22%) Balsamiq
14 4 (0.22%) Bitbucket
14 4 (0.22%) Grunt
14 4 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
15 3 (0.16%) Karma Test Runner
15 3 (0.16%) Zephyr
General
1 428 (23.46%) Finance
2 142 (7.79%) Legal
3 127 (6.96%) Law
4 108 (5.92%) Banking
5 104 (5.70%) Public Sector
6 86 (4.71%) Retail
7 61 (3.34%) Telecoms
8 35 (1.92%) Manufacturing
9 27 (1.48%) Investment Banking
10 26 (1.43%) Marketing
11 25 (1.37%) Military
12 19 (1.04%) Financial Institution
13 15 (0.82%) Police
14 13 (0.71%) Electronics
15 7 (0.38%) Back Office
16 6 (0.33%) Publishing
17 5 (0.27%) Advertising
17 5 (0.27%) Retail Banking
18 4 (0.22%) Local Government
18 4 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 388 (21.27%) Analyst
2 334 (18.31%) Architect
3 270 (14.80%) Consultant
4 216 (11.84%) Security Consultant
5 189 (10.36%) Security Architect
6 179 (9.81%) Security Analyst
7 121 (6.63%) Security Engineer
8 111 (6.09%) Information Security Consultant
9 105 (5.76%) Security Manager
10 70 (3.84%) Business Analyst
11 67 (3.67%) Information Analyst
12 65 (3.56%) Information Manager
12 65 (3.56%) Information Security Manager
13 64 (3.51%) Information Security Analyst
14 59 (3.23%) Solutions Architect
15 57 (3.13%) Project Manager
16 52 (2.85%) Cloud Architect
17 45 (2.47%) Service Analyst
18 41 (2.25%) Developer
19 39 (2.14%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (5.26%) Web Services
2 43 (2.36%) REST
3 32 (1.75%) OAuth
3 32 (1.75%) SAML
4 29 (1.59%) .NET
4 29 (1.59%) Node.js
5 27 (1.48%) HTML
6 25 (1.37%) CSS
7 24 (1.32%) SOAP
8 22 (1.21%) AngularJS
9 19 (1.04%) Spring
10 18 (0.99%) OpenID
11 16 (0.88%) Elastic Stack
12 15 (0.82%) J2EE
12 15 (0.82%) Kafka
13 14 (0.77%) JSON
13 14 (0.77%) Pandas
13 14 (0.77%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 14 (0.77%) XML
14 13 (0.71%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 389 (21.33%) Management Information System
2 136 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (3.95%) Data Centre
4 59 (3.23%) PKI
5 48 (2.63%) Security Operations Centre
6 45 (2.47%) Public Cloud
6 45 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
7 33 (1.81%) Cyberthreat
8 32 (1.75%) User Experience
9 31 (1.70%) CESG
9 31 (1.70%) Replication
10 26 (1.43%) Virtual Team
11 20 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (1.04%) Hybrid Cloud
13 16 (0.88%) ASIC
13 16 (0.88%) Cyberattack
13 16 (0.88%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 15 (0.82%) Data Protection Act
14 15 (0.82%) e-Learning
15 14 (0.77%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 276 (15.13%) Windows
2 141 (7.73%) Linux
3 91 (4.99%) Windows Server
4 85 (4.66%) Unix
5 49 (2.69%) Windows 10
6 47 (2.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 34 (1.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 20 (1.10%) Android
11 19 (1.04%) Windows 7
12 17 (0.93%) Windows 8
13 16 (0.88%) Apple iOS
14 14 (0.77%) Debian
14 14 (0.77%) Ubuntu
14 14 (0.77%) Windows XP
15 12 (0.66%) openSUSE
16 10 (0.55%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.33%) CentOS
18 4 (0.22%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 416 (22.81%) Cybersecurity
2 313 (17.16%) Risk Management
3 280 (15.35%) Security Management
4 248 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
5 220 (12.06%) Information Security Management
6 206 (11.29%) Security Architecture
7 204 (11.18%) ISMS
8 197 (10.80%) ITIL
9 194 (10.64%) Stakeholder Management
10 187 (10.25%) SIEM
11 178 (9.76%) Data Protection
12 172 (9.43%) Security Operations
13 152 (8.33%) Vulnerability Management
14 139 (7.62%) Identity Access Management
15 128 (7.02%) Project Management
16 127 (6.96%) DevOps
17 122 (6.69%) Problem-Solving
18 100 (5.48%) Risk Assessment
19 90 (4.93%) Computer Science
19 90 (4.93%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 146 (8.00%) Python
2 119 (6.52%) SQL
3 102 (5.59%) Java
4 94 (5.15%) PowerShell
5 80 (4.39%) C
6 51 (2.80%) JavaScript
7 47 (2.58%) Bash Shell
8 26 (1.43%) C++
9 18 (0.99%) C#
9 18 (0.99%) Ruby
9 18 (0.99%) Shell Script
10 17 (0.93%) Perl
11 14 (0.77%) PHP
12 13 (0.71%) Go
13 11 (0.60%) Java 8
13 11 (0.60%) Scala
14 10 (0.55%) Julia
15 8 (0.44%) T-SQL
15 8 (0.44%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 428 (23.46%) CISSP
2 271 (14.86%) CISM
3 261 (14.31%) Security Cleared
4 189 (10.36%) Degree
4 189 (10.36%) SC Cleared
5 116 (6.36%) CISA
6 103 (5.65%) Cisco Certification
7 94 (5.15%) DV Cleared
8 75 (4.11%) CRISC
9 65 (3.56%) SANS
10 56 (3.07%) GIAC
11 48 (2.63%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 43 (2.36%) Microsoft Certification
13 40 (2.19%) CEH
14 34 (1.86%) CESG Certified Professional
15 31 (1.70%) CCNP
15 31 (1.70%) ITIL Certification
16 30 (1.64%) CCNA
17 27 (1.48%) CCSP
17 27 (1.48%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 343 (18.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 156 (8.55%) GDPR
3 150 (8.22%) NIST
4 128 (7.02%) PCI DSS
5 80 (4.39%) COBIT
6 65 (3.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 56 (3.07%) NCSC
8 37 (2.03%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 36 (1.97%) Cyber Essentials
10 35 (1.92%) QA
11 34 (1.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 32 (1.75%) SLA
13 29 (1.59%) Data Quality
13 29 (1.59%) JSP 440
14 20 (1.10%) PMO
15 18 (0.99%) HIPAA
15 18 (0.99%) RMADS
16 17 (0.93%) HMG Infosec
17 16 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 10 (0.55%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 167 (9.16%) Active Directory
2 70 (3.84%) Docker
3 48 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (1.04%) Hyper-V
5 16 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
5 16 (0.88%) XenDesktop
6 14 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
7 13 (0.71%) XenApp
8 10 (0.55%) vSphere
9 8 (0.44%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 7 (0.38%) BitLocker
11 6 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.27%) Firmware
12 5 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.27%) vCloud
13 4 (0.22%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (0.16%) VMware NSX
15 2 (0.11%) Ceph
15 2 (0.11%) OCFS2
Systems Management
1 60 (3.29%) Kubernetes
2 47 (2.58%) Nessus
3 41 (2.25%) CASB
4 39 (2.14%) Single Sign-On
5 36 (1.97%) SCCM
6 32 (1.75%) Terraform
7 23 (1.26%) SCOM
8 20 (1.10%) Ansible
9 19 (1.04%) CSIRT
10 16 (0.88%) QRadar
11 15 (0.82%) WSUS
12 14 (0.77%) Tivoli
13 13 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
14 12 (0.66%) Grafana
15 10 (0.55%) Kubeflow
15 10 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
16 9 (0.49%) Puppet
17 8 (0.44%) Kibana
17 8 (0.44%) logstash
17 8 (0.44%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 305 (16.72%) Microsoft
2 93 (5.10%) Sony
3 92 (5.04%) Cisco
4 84 (4.61%) VMware
5 77 (4.22%) Splunk
6 60 (3.29%) Google
7 58 (3.18%) Oracle
8 47 (2.58%) SAP
9 44 (2.41%) Citrix
10 43 (2.36%) Qualys
11 40 (2.19%) McAfee
12 33 (1.81%) Adobe
13 32 (1.75%) Palo Alto
14 31 (1.70%) Databricks
15 30 (1.64%) ServiceNow
16 29 (1.59%) CyberArk
16 29 (1.59%) Symantec
17 26 (1.43%) ArcSight
18 25 (1.37%) IBM
19 23 (1.26%) Apple