Period
to 26 October 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 26 October 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
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 120 108 153
Rank change year-on-year -12 +45 -19
Contract jobs citing Information Security 674 1,896 1,871
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.10% 2.25% 1.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.43% 2.60% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 1,208 1,187
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £325 £324 £322
90th Percentile £668 £713 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £480 £495
% change year-on-year -1.04% -3.03% +4.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 32 50
Median hourly rate £31.00 £52.50 £17.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.95% +203.12% -1.03%
10th Percentile £18.91 £10.64 £13.67
90th Percentile £64.20 £82.50 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.90 £58.75 £17.32
% change year-on-year -47.41% +239.20% +3.06%

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 27,791 72,986 90,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.39% 86.56% 87.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,563 47,913 59,516
Median daily rate £475 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.40% +1.11%
10th Percentile £298 £300 £300
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £437 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -0.11% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 988 2,275 2,426
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.93 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.29% +13.93% -12.04%
10th Percentile £12.29 £11.97 £11.18
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +9.76% -14.65%

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 26 October 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 26 October 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 26 October 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 -4 602 £500 - 297
UK excluding London +1 336 £475 -1.04% 216
London +1 293 £525 -4.55% 93
Work from Home -40 108 £500 -4.76% 38
South East +14 101 £500 +4.17% 61
South West +29 74 £468 +1.19% 30
Midlands +54 66 £550 +20.55% 33
West Midlands +31 48 £550 +22.22% 23
North of England +6 42 £375 -21.05% 58
Scotland +7 37 £550 +10.00% 8
North West +17 26 £375 -16.67% 35
Yorkshire +18 15 £400 -15.79% 19
East Midlands +39 14 £400 -23.81% 10
East of England +27 11 £500 -2.44% 21
Wales +14 5 £500 - 3
North East +28 1 £350 -30.00% 4

For the 6 months to 26 October 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.

1 236 (35.01%) Cybersecurity
2 234 (34.72%) CISSP
3 203 (30.12%) Management Information System
4 194 (28.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 159 (23.59%) Risk Management
6 151 (22.40%) Finance
7 144 (21.36%) CISM
8 141 (20.92%) Azure
9 140 (20.77%) Security Cleared
10 137 (20.33%) Microsoft
11 127 (18.84%) NIST
12 106 (15.73%) SC Cleared
13 103 (15.28%) Agile Software Development
14 95 (14.09%) Firewall
15 94 (13.95%) Degree
16 89 (13.20%) Security Management
16 89 (13.20%) SIEM
17 84 (12.46%) Active Directory
18 83 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
19 78 (11.57%) Vulnerability Management
19 78 (11.57%) Windows
20 77 (11.42%) AWS
21 76 (11.28%) Security Operations
22 73 (10.83%) Security Architecture
23 71 (10.53%) DevOps
24 70 (10.39%) ITIL
25 68 (10.09%) Data Protection
26 67 (9.94%) Public Sector
27 66 (9.79%) Information Security Management
28 63 (9.35%) Python

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 27 (4.01%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.37%) Confluence
3 14 (2.08%) IIS
4 13 (1.93%) Apache Spark
5 10 (1.48%) Skype for Business
6 8 (1.19%) CMS
6 8 (1.19%) Umbraco
7 6 (0.89%) Apache
8 5 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.59%) Apache Pig
10 3 (0.45%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.45%) SAS
11 2 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.30%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.15%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.15%) IBM HTTP Server
12 1 (0.15%) JBoss
12 1 (0.15%) nginx
12 1 (0.15%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.15%) WordPress
Applications
1 32 (4.75%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.93%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.48%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.34%) Sentinel
2 7 (1.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.74%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.45%) Oracle Payroll
6 2 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.15%) ReMetrica
7 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.15%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 141 (20.92%) Azure
2 77 (11.42%) AWS
3 47 (6.97%) Office 365
4 31 (4.60%) SaaS
5 23 (3.41%) PaaS
6 22 (3.26%) Cloud Computing
7 18 (2.67%) Azure Active Directory
8 16 (2.37%) Serverless
9 14 (2.08%) IaaS
10 12 (1.78%) Power Platform
11 9 (1.34%) Amazon Cognito
12 8 (1.19%) PowerApps
13 7 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
13 7 (1.04%) Amazon S3
14 6 (0.89%) G Suite
14 6 (0.89%) GCP
14 6 (0.89%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.74%) Azure Functions
15 5 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
15 5 (0.74%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 95 (14.09%) Firewall
2 36 (5.34%) Network Security
3 29 (4.30%) DNS
4 27 (4.01%) Intrusion Detection
5 20 (2.97%) Internet
5 20 (2.97%) TCP/IP
6 17 (2.52%) SSL
7 16 (2.37%) HTTP
8 15 (2.23%) DHCP
9 14 (2.08%) DMZ
9 14 (2.08%) VPN
10 13 (1.93%) LAN
10 13 (1.93%) WAN
11 12 (1.78%) IPsec
12 10 (1.48%) Skype
13 8 (1.19%) HTTPS
13 8 (1.19%) Reverse Proxy
13 8 (1.19%) Wireshark
14 6 (0.89%) SAN
14 6 (0.89%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (3.26%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.78%) Relational Database
3 11 (1.63%) Cosmos DB
4 10 (1.48%) Data Lake
5 9 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (1.19%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (1.04%) Hadoop
7 7 (1.04%) MySQL
8 6 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
8 6 (0.89%) Power BI
8 6 (0.89%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.74%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 5 (0.74%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.74%) SAP HANA
10 4 (0.59%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (0.59%) Big Data
10 4 (0.59%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (0.45%) Apache Hive
11 3 (0.45%) HBase
Development Applications
1 25 (3.71%) Git (software)
2 19 (2.82%) JIRA
3 15 (2.23%) Jenkins
4 11 (1.63%) Octopus Deploy
5 10 (1.48%) Selenium
6 9 (1.34%) GoCD
7 8 (1.19%) SonarQube
8 4 (0.59%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.59%) Subversion
9 3 (0.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.45%) FishEye
9 3 (0.45%) GitLab
9 3 (0.45%) kappa
9 3 (0.45%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.45%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.30%) Hudson
11 1 (0.15%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.15%) Burp Suite
11 1 (0.15%) Maven
11 1 (0.15%) Metasploit
General
1 151 (22.40%) Finance
2 67 (9.94%) Public Sector
3 56 (8.31%) Legal
4 46 (6.82%) Banking
5 25 (3.71%) Telecoms
6 22 (3.26%) Manufacturing
7 20 (2.97%) Retail
8 13 (1.93%) Law
9 9 (1.34%) Financial Institution
9 9 (1.34%) Investment Banking
10 8 (1.19%) Electronics
10 8 (1.19%) Marketing
11 7 (1.04%) Local Government
12 6 (0.89%) Police
13 4 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.45%) Advertising
15 2 (0.30%) Retail Banking
16 1 (0.15%) International Banking
16 1 (0.15%) Military
16 1 (0.15%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 123 (18.25%) Analyst
2 112 (16.62%) Consultant
3 101 (14.99%) Architect
4 91 (13.50%) Security Consultant
5 84 (12.46%) Security Analyst
6 66 (9.79%) Security Architect
7 51 (7.57%) Information Security Consultant
8 45 (6.68%) Security Manager
9 42 (6.23%) Security Engineer
10 31 (4.60%) Information Analyst
11 30 (4.45%) Information Security Analyst
12 29 (4.30%) Security Specialist
13 28 (4.15%) Cybersecurity Analyst
14 21 (3.12%) Information Manager
15 20 (2.97%) Information Security Manager
15 20 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
16 19 (2.82%) Project Manager
17 18 (2.67%) Support Engineer
18 17 (2.52%) Information Officer
19 16 (2.37%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (4.15%) .NET
2 17 (2.52%) LDAP
3 13 (1.93%) SAML
4 12 (1.78%) JSON
5 11 (1.63%) Kafka
5 11 (1.63%) OAuth
6 9 (1.34%) Middleware
6 9 (1.34%) OpenID
6 9 (1.34%) REST
7 7 (1.04%) Node.js
7 7 (1.04%) Spring
8 6 (0.89%) Spring Boot
9 5 (0.74%) .NET Core
9 5 (0.74%) CSS
10 4 (0.59%) AngularJS
10 4 (0.59%) ASP.NET
10 4 (0.59%) React
10 4 (0.59%) Web Services
10 4 (0.59%) XMPP
10 4 (0.59%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 203 (30.12%) Management Information System
2 83 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (4.60%) Cyberthreat
3 31 (4.60%) PKI
4 30 (4.45%) Data Centre
4 30 (4.45%) Security Operations Centre
5 18 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
6 16 (2.37%) Cloud Native
7 14 (2.08%) CESG
8 12 (1.78%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 9 (1.34%) BYOD
9 9 (1.34%) Freedom of Information
10 8 (1.19%) Smartcard
11 7 (1.04%) Virtual Team
12 6 (0.89%) Data Protection Act
12 6 (0.89%) NHS
13 5 (0.74%) Analytical Mindset
13 5 (0.74%) Blackberry
13 5 (0.74%) Freedom of Information Act
13 5 (0.74%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 78 (11.57%) Windows
2 62 (9.20%) Linux
3 30 (4.45%) Unix
4 18 (2.67%) Android
5 17 (2.52%) Apple iOS
5 17 (2.52%) Windows Server
6 14 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (2.08%) Solaris
6 14 (2.08%) Windows 10
7 7 (1.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.89%) Windows Server 2016
9 5 (0.74%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.59%) Debian
10 4 (0.59%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.45%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.30%) MVS
12 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (35.01%) Cybersecurity
2 159 (23.59%) Risk Management
3 103 (15.28%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (13.20%) Security Management
4 89 (13.20%) SIEM
5 78 (11.57%) Vulnerability Management
6 76 (11.28%) Security Operations
7 73 (10.83%) Security Architecture
8 71 (10.53%) DevOps
9 70 (10.39%) ITIL
10 68 (10.09%) Data Protection
11 66 (9.79%) Information Security Management
12 59 (8.75%) Information Assurance
13 58 (8.61%) Security Testing
14 57 (8.46%) Incident Management
15 51 (7.57%) Problem-Solving
15 51 (7.57%) Risk Assessment
16 50 (7.42%) Project Management
17 48 (7.12%) Penetration Testing
18 42 (6.23%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 63 (9.35%) Python
2 62 (9.20%) PowerShell
3 42 (6.23%) Java
4 28 (4.15%) Bash Shell
5 27 (4.01%) JavaScript
6 26 (3.86%) C
7 25 (3.71%) C#
8 23 (3.41%) SQL
9 16 (2.37%) VB.NET
10 15 (2.23%) PHP
11 13 (1.93%) Perl
12 11 (1.63%) C++
13 9 (1.34%) Ruby
14 6 (0.89%) R
14 6 (0.89%) Scala
15 5 (0.74%) VBScript
16 4 (0.59%) Ada
16 4 (0.59%) Groovy
16 4 (0.59%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 234 (34.72%) CISSP
2 144 (21.36%) CISM
3 140 (20.77%) Security Cleared
4 106 (15.73%) SC Cleared
5 94 (13.95%) Degree
6 62 (9.20%) CISA
7 44 (6.53%) GIAC
8 39 (5.79%) CESG Certified Professional
8 39 (5.79%) CRISC
9 37 (5.49%) Cisco Certification
10 36 (5.34%) DV Cleared
11 24 (3.56%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 24 (3.56%) CEH
12 21 (3.12%) Computer Science Degree
13 18 (2.67%) CCSP
14 17 (2.52%) SSCP
15 14 (2.08%) GCIH
16 12 (1.78%) BPSS Clearance
17 10 (1.48%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
18 9 (1.34%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (28.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 127 (18.84%) NIST
3 63 (9.35%) PCI DSS
4 50 (7.42%) COBIT
4 50 (7.42%) GDPR
5 48 (7.12%) NCSC
6 32 (4.75%) Cyber Essentials
7 30 (4.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 29 (4.30%) QA
9 26 (3.86%) NIST 800
10 22 (3.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 21 (3.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 18 (2.67%) SLA
13 16 (2.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 13 (1.93%) RMADS
15 9 (1.34%) ISO 31000
15 9 (1.34%) JSP 440
15 9 (1.34%) PMO
16 6 (0.89%) ISO 22301
16 6 (0.89%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 84 (12.46%) Active Directory
2 21 (3.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.67%) Docker
4 10 (1.48%) Firmware
5 7 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.59%) OpenAM
7 3 (0.45%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.45%) Snort
7 3 (0.45%) vSphere
8 2 (0.30%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.30%) iptables
8 2 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.30%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.15%) KVM
9 1 (0.15%) NFS
9 1 (0.15%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 36 (5.34%) Single Sign-On
2 35 (5.19%) Kubernetes
3 19 (2.82%) Ansible
4 14 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (1.93%) Terraform
6 12 (1.78%) HP ALM
6 12 (1.78%) HP Fortify
6 12 (1.78%) QRadar
6 12 (1.78%) SCCM
7 10 (1.48%) Nessus
7 10 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (1.48%) Puppet
8 9 (1.34%) CASB
8 9 (1.34%) Rundeck
9 7 (1.04%) Nexpose
9 7 (1.04%) WSUS
10 6 (0.89%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 5 (0.74%) SCOM
11 5 (0.74%) Tivoli
12 4 (0.59%) Netcool
Vendors
1 137 (20.33%) Microsoft
2 32 (4.75%) Qualys
3 27 (4.01%) Splunk
4 26 (3.86%) VMware
5 23 (3.41%) ArcSight
5 23 (3.41%) ServiceNow
6 21 (3.12%) Cisco
6 21 (3.12%) SAP
7 17 (2.52%) HP
8 15 (2.23%) Citrix
9 14 (2.08%) Palo Alto
9 14 (2.08%) Red Hat
10 12 (1.78%) Atlassian
10 12 (1.78%) Black Duck
10 12 (1.78%) CheckPoint
10 12 (1.78%) Micro Focus
10 12 (1.78%) Sonatype
11 11 (1.63%) LogRhythm
11 11 (1.63%) McAfee
11 11 (1.63%) Oracle