Period
to 19 July 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 19 July 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 150 150 133
Rank change year-on-year 0 -17 +55
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,899 1,643 2,103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.84% 1.73% 1.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.14% 2.03% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,152 1,059 1,382
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.80%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £338
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 29 39
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £27.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -36.64% +22.76%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.37 £14.20
90th Percentile £67.00 £54.17 £70.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £17.50 £20.83
% change year-on-year -0.51% -15.99% -7.42%

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 88,714 80,881 92,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.74% 84.94% 84.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,518 52,925 61,090
UK median daily rate £450 £447 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.67% +5.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,434 2,131 2,294
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% +3.79% +12.43%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.18 £52.38 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -16.00% - +16.01%

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 19 July 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 19 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Top 17 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 19 July 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 +6 1,748 £500 +5.26% 556
UK excluding London +11 1,047 £475 +5.56% 370
London -2 821 £525 +10.53% 219
South East +7 306 £500 +5.26% 101
North of England -2 275 £438 -5.91% 86
North West -18 147 £400 -15.79% 49
Midlands +37 133 £450 +5.88% 64
Yorkshire +8 118 £473 -0.53% 33
Scotland -16 114 £425 -0.58% 25
South West +39 104 £450 -7.69% 50
East of England -34 101 £550 +15.79% 36
West Midlands +16 79 £450 +8.43% 47
East Midlands +18 46 £425 - 17
North East -2 15 £563 +36.28% 4
Wales -17 13 £427 +11.49% 5
Channel Islands - 2 £525 -
Northern Ireland +1 1 £115 -71.95% 2

For the 6 months to 19 July 2018, 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.

1 538 (28.33%) CISSP
2 456 (24.01%) Finance
3 412 (21.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 383 (20.17%) Cybersecurity
5 378 (19.91%) GDPR
6 370 (19.48%) Risk Management
7 326 (17.17%) Management Information System
8 324 (17.06%) CISM
9 291 (15.32%) PCI DSS
10 270 (14.22%) Firewall
11 257 (13.53%) Agile Software Development
12 250 (13.16%) Data Protection
13 244 (12.85%) Security Architecture
14 223 (11.74%) Windows
15 222 (11.69%) Microsoft
16 220 (11.59%) Stakeholder Management
17 215 (11.32%) CISA
18 213 (11.22%) SIEM
19 203 (10.69%) Degree
20 193 (10.16%) ITIL
21 186 (9.79%) Project Management
22 171 (9.00%) Security Management
23 166 (8.74%) Legal
24 147 (7.74%) Network Security
25 138 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
26 134 (7.06%) Banking
27 132 (6.95%) Linux
27 132 (6.95%) Amazon AWS
28 131 (6.90%) Active Directory
29 130 (6.85%) Risk Assessment

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 (2.26%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.42%) IIS
3 19 (1.00%) Confluence
4 15 (0.79%) Skype for Business
5 6 (0.32%) MS Exchange
5 6 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.26%) Apache
6 5 (0.26%) CMS
6 5 (0.26%) SAS
7 4 (0.21%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.16%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.16%) CICS
8 3 (0.16%) MQSeries
8 3 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.11%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.11%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.11%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.053%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.053%) Marvel
10 1 (0.053%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 62 (3.26%) Microsoft Office
2 46 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.63%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.053%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.053%) InVision
Business Applications
1 17 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.16%) Distributed Ledger
2 3 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.16%) SAP GRC
2 3 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.053%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.053%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.053%) Eloqua
4 1 (0.053%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.053%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.053%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.053%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.053%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 132 (6.95%) Amazon AWS
2 111 (5.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 82 (4.32%) Office 365
4 48 (2.53%) SaaS
5 27 (1.42%) IaaS
6 26 (1.37%) PaaS
7 15 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
9 13 (0.68%) Serverless
10 12 (0.63%) AWS Lambda
11 8 (0.42%) AWS CloudTrail
11 8 (0.42%) GitHub
11 8 (0.42%) npm
12 7 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
13 6 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 6 (0.32%) Trello
14 4 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
14 4 (0.21%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.21%) Azure Data Factory
15 3 (0.16%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 270 (14.22%) Firewall
2 147 (7.74%) Network Security
3 62 (3.26%) Intrusion Detection
4 53 (2.79%) LAN
5 51 (2.69%) WAN
6 50 (2.63%) Internet
7 41 (2.16%) VPN
8 38 (2.00%) TCP/IP
9 36 (1.90%) DNS
10 34 (1.79%) HTTP
11 27 (1.42%) MPLS
12 25 (1.32%) SAN
13 23 (1.21%) IPsec
14 20 (1.05%) SSL
15 18 (0.95%) VoIP
16 17 (0.90%) SMS
17 16 (0.84%) SMTP
17 16 (0.84%) SSH
17 16 (0.84%) VLAN
18 15 (0.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (3.05%) SQL Server
2 18 (0.95%) Big Data
3 17 (0.90%) Oracle Database
4 16 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (0.68%) Hadoop
5 13 (0.68%) MySQL
6 12 (0.63%) Relational Database
7 9 (0.47%) MongoDB
8 8 (0.42%) NoSQL
8 8 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
9 7 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
9 7 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
9 7 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (0.26%) GIS
10 5 (0.26%) HBase
10 5 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (0.21%) Amazon Redshift
11 4 (0.21%) SAP HANA
11 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 34 (1.79%) JIRA
2 33 (1.74%) Jenkins
3 31 (1.63%) Git (software)
4 13 (0.68%) Maven
5 12 (0.63%) SonarQube
6 11 (0.58%) Metasploit
7 8 (0.42%) JUnit
7 8 (0.42%) TeamCity
8 7 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 7 (0.37%) Subversion
9 5 (0.26%) Gradle
9 5 (0.26%) IntelliJ
9 5 (0.26%) Mercurial
9 5 (0.26%) Mockito
9 5 (0.26%) Selenium
9 5 (0.26%) WebStorm
10 4 (0.21%) Bower
10 4 (0.21%) ERwin
10 4 (0.21%) MSBuild
10 4 (0.21%) MSI
General
1 456 (24.01%) Finance
2 166 (8.74%) Legal
3 134 (7.06%) Banking
4 87 (4.58%) Retail
5 57 (3.00%) Telecoms
6 28 (1.47%) Law
7 20 (1.05%) Marketing
8 19 (1.00%) Manufacturing
9 15 (0.79%) Financial Institution
10 14 (0.74%) Advertising
10 14 (0.74%) Electronics
11 13 (0.68%) Investment Banking
12 12 (0.63%) Retail Banking
13 11 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
14 10 (0.53%) Publishing
15 8 (0.42%) Local Government
16 5 (0.26%) Billing
16 5 (0.26%) French Language
17 4 (0.21%) German Language
18 3 (0.16%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 350 (18.43%) Analyst
2 277 (14.59%) Architect
3 266 (14.01%) Consultant
4 252 (13.27%) Security Manager
5 203 (10.69%) Security Architect
6 200 (10.53%) Security Analyst
7 193 (10.16%) Security Consultant
8 163 (8.58%) Information Security Manager
9 151 (7.95%) Information Manager
10 147 (7.74%) Project Manager
11 105 (5.53%) Information Security Consultant
12 89 (4.69%) Information Analyst
13 80 (4.21%) Business Analyst
13 80 (4.21%) Information Security Analyst
14 74 (3.90%) Security Project Manager
15 73 (3.84%) Security Engineer
16 69 (3.63%) Security Officer
17 59 (3.11%) Information Security Officer
18 55 (2.90%) IT Analyst
19 50 (2.63%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (3.05%) Web Services
2 44 (2.32%) .NET
3 35 (1.84%) OAuth
4 34 (1.79%) SAML
5 27 (1.42%) HTML
5 27 (1.42%) REST
6 26 (1.37%) LDAP
7 25 (1.32%) Node.js
8 22 (1.16%) Middleware
9 20 (1.05%) CSS
9 20 (1.05%) JSON
10 17 (0.90%) SailPoint
11 16 (0.84%) ASP.NET
12 14 (0.74%) .NET Framework
12 14 (0.74%) Kafka
13 13 (0.68%) HTML5
14 11 (0.58%) React
15 10 (0.53%) ASP.NET Web API
15 10 (0.53%) jQuery
15 10 (0.53%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 326 (17.17%) Management Information System
2 138 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (3.90%) Computer Science
4 59 (3.11%) Data Centre
4 59 (3.11%) PKI
5 56 (2.95%) Data Protection Act
6 49 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
7 47 (2.47%) Cyberthreat
8 36 (1.90%) Virtual Team
9 32 (1.69%) CESG
10 29 (1.53%) Security Operations Centre
11 27 (1.42%) Fintech
12 25 (1.32%) Public Cloud
13 22 (1.16%) Mobile App
14 17 (0.90%) Online Banking
15 15 (0.79%) SCADA
16 14 (0.74%) Driving Licence
16 14 (0.74%) Mainframe
17 13 (0.68%) PMI
17 13 (0.68%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 223 (11.74%) Windows
2 132 (6.95%) Linux
3 112 (5.90%) Unix
4 49 (2.58%) Windows Server
5 39 (2.05%) Windows 10
6 24 (1.26%) Solaris
7 21 (1.11%) Windows 7
8 20 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 17 (0.90%) CentOS
10 16 (0.84%) Apple iOS
11 12 (0.63%) Android
12 11 (0.58%) Mac OS
12 11 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (0.37%) Windows Vista
14 6 (0.32%) AIX
15 5 (0.26%) HPUX
15 5 (0.26%) Kali Linux
15 5 (0.26%) Windows 8
16 4 (0.21%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 383 (20.17%) Cybersecurity
2 370 (19.48%) Risk Management
3 257 (13.53%) Agile Software Development
4 250 (13.16%) Data Protection
5 244 (12.85%) Security Architecture
6 220 (11.59%) Stakeholder Management
7 213 (11.22%) SIEM
8 193 (10.16%) ITIL
9 186 (9.79%) Project Management
10 171 (9.00%) Security Management
11 130 (6.85%) Penetration Testing
11 130 (6.85%) Risk Assessment
11 130 (6.85%) Security Operations
12 122 (6.42%) Information Security Management
13 112 (5.90%) Problem-Solving
14 106 (5.58%) Identity Access Management
15 102 (5.37%) Vulnerability Management
16 97 (5.11%) Data Privacy
17 96 (5.06%) TOGAF
18 94 (4.95%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 100 (5.27%) SQL
2 80 (4.21%) Java
3 70 (3.69%) Python
4 39 (2.05%) JavaScript
5 37 (1.95%) PowerShell
6 32 (1.69%) C#
7 28 (1.47%) C
8 24 (1.26%) Perl
9 17 (0.90%) Shell Script
10 14 (0.74%) Bash Shell
11 13 (0.68%) Ruby
12 12 (0.63%) PHP
13 9 (0.47%) Scala
14 8 (0.42%) Java 8
14 8 (0.42%) VB.NET
15 7 (0.37%) COBOL
15 7 (0.37%) VB
16 6 (0.32%) Apex Code
16 6 (0.32%) AWK
16 6 (0.32%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 538 (28.33%) CISSP
2 324 (17.06%) CISM
3 215 (11.32%) CISA
4 203 (10.69%) Degree
5 128 (6.74%) Security Cleared
6 100 (5.27%) Cisco Certification
7 85 (4.48%) SC Cleared
8 63 (3.32%) GIAC
9 58 (3.05%) CEH
10 54 (2.84%) CISMP
11 51 (2.69%) CESG Certified Professional
12 48 (2.53%) CRISC
13 43 (2.26%) SANS
14 41 (2.16%) CCNA
15 40 (2.11%) CCNP
16 35 (1.84%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 35 (1.84%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
17 32 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
18 28 (1.47%) ISSAP
19 27 (1.42%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 412 (21.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 378 (19.91%) GDPR
3 291 (15.32%) PCI DSS
4 78 (4.11%) COBIT
5 75 (3.95%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 61 (3.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 32 (1.69%) SLA
8 28 (1.47%) Cyber Essentials
9 26 (1.37%) QA
10 21 (1.11%) Data Quality
11 19 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 17 (0.90%) ISAE 3402
12 17 (0.90%) ISO 22301
13 14 (0.74%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 13 (0.68%) HIPAA
15 12 (0.63%) ISO 9001
15 12 (0.63%) RMADS
16 10 (0.53%) PMO
17 9 (0.47%) ISO 31000
18 6 (0.32%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 131 (6.90%) Active Directory
2 35 (1.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (1.53%) Docker
4 10 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (0.42%) BitLocker
7 6 (0.32%) GlusterFS
7 6 (0.32%) HDFS
7 6 (0.32%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.32%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 5 (0.26%) Firmware
8 5 (0.26%) vSphere
9 4 (0.21%) RACF
10 3 (0.16%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 3 (0.16%) Snort
10 3 (0.16%) Time Sharing Option
10 3 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.16%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.11%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.11%) Squid
Systems Management
1 47 (2.47%) Nessus
2 29 (1.53%) Single Sign-On
3 23 (1.21%) QRadar
4 19 (1.00%) Ansible
4 19 (1.00%) CSIRT
5 18 (0.95%) Puppet
6 17 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
7 16 (0.84%) Kubernetes
7 16 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 14 (0.74%) CASB
9 13 (0.68%) SCCM
10 12 (0.63%) Terraform
11 11 (0.58%) Nmap
12 8 (0.42%) Tivoli Identity Manager
13 7 (0.37%) Salt
13 7 (0.37%) Trend Micro Deep Security
14 6 (0.32%) FortiGate
14 6 (0.32%) Oracle ZFS
14 6 (0.32%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 222 (11.69%) Microsoft
2 86 (4.53%) Oracle
3 85 (4.48%) Cisco
4 66 (3.48%) Splunk
5 62 (3.26%) VMware
6 44 (2.32%) CyberArk
6 44 (2.32%) McAfee
7 39 (2.05%) Qualys
8 37 (1.95%) CheckPoint
9 30 (1.58%) IBM
9 30 (1.58%) SAP
10 27 (1.42%) LogRhythm
11 25 (1.32%) ArcSight
11 25 (1.32%) Citrix
12 24 (1.26%) HP
12 24 (1.26%) Symantec
13 22 (1.16%) Apple
13 22 (1.16%) ServiceNow
14 19 (1.00%) Palo Alto
15 18 (0.95%) Red Hat