Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 150 136 138
Rank change year-on-year -14 +2 +30
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,849 1,924 2,039
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.81% 1.94% 1.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.10% 2.26% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,152 1,215 1,353
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £350
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 30 27
UK median hourly rate £17.32 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.03% - -40.22%
10th Percentile £13.22 £13.50 £12.42
90th Percentile £60.00 £43.00 £51.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.32 £17.15 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.98% -1.99% -7.89%

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 88,236 85,185 90,398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.74% 85.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,207 56,461 59,666
UK median daily rate £451 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £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 2,391 2,040 2,460
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.59%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.12 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -19.51% +8.70% +4.55%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -16 1,714 £511 +6.51% 610
UK excluding London -17 1,005 £500 +5.26% 391
London -14 797 £538 +7.50% 245
South East -32 317 £525 +10.53% 93
North of England -28 240 £500 +5.26% 101
South West +32 130 £458 -8.50% 67
North West -23 123 £425 -11.46% 61
Midlands -2 117 £450 +5.88% 63
East of England -33 108 £519 +9.21% 42
Yorkshire -18 107 £500 +8.23% 37
Scotland -18 82 £425 +2.41% 20
West Midlands -1 73 £513 +28.13% 41
East Midlands +20 47 £525 -2.78% 22
North East +2 14 £650 +30.00% 3
Wales -20 14 £408 -18.50% 6
Channel Islands - 2 £525 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 494 (26.72%) CISSP
2 424 (22.93%) Finance
3 392 (21.20%) Cybersecurity
4 388 (20.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 367 (19.85%) Risk Management
6 363 (19.63%) Management Information System
7 327 (17.69%) CISM
8 268 (14.49%) Firewall
9 266 (14.39%) GDPR
10 264 (14.28%) Agile Software Development
11 247 (13.36%) Windows
12 234 (12.66%) Data Protection
13 231 (12.49%) Microsoft
14 227 (12.28%) Security Architecture
15 220 (11.90%) Degree
16 213 (11.52%) CISA
17 210 (11.36%) PCI DSS
18 196 (10.60%) SIEM
19 192 (10.38%) Stakeholder Management
20 186 (10.06%) Microsoft Azure
21 175 (9.46%) Active Directory
22 173 (9.36%) Security Management
23 163 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
24 160 (8.65%) ITIL
25 153 (8.27%) Project Management
26 152 (8.22%) Legal
27 148 (8.00%) Security Cleared
28 140 (7.57%) Amazon AWS
29 138 (7.46%) Problem-Solving
30 134 (7.25%) Identity Access 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 60 (3.24%) SharePoint
2 33 (1.78%) IIS
3 31 (1.68%) MS Exchange
4 25 (1.35%) Confluence
5 22 (1.19%) Apache Spark
6 14 (0.76%) Apache
7 10 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 9 (0.49%) CMS
8 9 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
8 9 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
8 9 (0.49%) SAS
8 9 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 5 (0.27%) Apache Solr
10 5 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.27%) MQSeries
10 5 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.22%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 74 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (1.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.054%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.054%) InVision
7 1 (0.054%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.054%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 15 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 3 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.16%) SAP CRM
4 3 (0.16%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.11%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.054%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.054%) iTrent
6 1 (0.054%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.054%) Oracle FAH
6 1 (0.054%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.054%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 186 (10.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 140 (7.57%) Amazon AWS
3 109 (5.90%) Office 365
4 52 (2.81%) IaaS
5 48 (2.60%) PaaS
6 44 (2.38%) SaaS
7 32 (1.73%) Azure Active Directory
8 30 (1.62%) Mimecast
9 29 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
10 20 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
11 12 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
12 10 (0.54%) Serverless
13 7 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.38%) GitHub
14 6 (0.32%) Akamai
15 4 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
15 4 (0.22%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.22%) Trello
16 3 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 268 (14.49%) Firewall
2 130 (7.03%) Network Security
3 75 (4.06%) LAN
4 73 (3.95%) Intrusion Detection
5 70 (3.79%) VPN
6 69 (3.73%) WAN
7 56 (3.03%) Internet
8 50 (2.70%) TCP/IP
9 44 (2.38%) DNS
10 42 (2.27%) HTTP
11 35 (1.89%) Wireless
12 32 (1.73%) SSL
13 24 (1.30%) Kerberos
14 21 (1.14%) SAN
15 20 (1.08%) MPLS
16 19 (1.03%) DHCP
17 17 (0.92%) VoIP
18 16 (0.87%) SSH
18 16 (0.87%) WLAN
19 15 (0.81%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (2.87%) SQL Server
2 32 (1.73%) Hadoop
3 20 (1.08%) Big Data
4 18 (0.97%) Oracle Database
5 13 (0.70%) Apache Cassandra
5 13 (0.70%) Apache Hive
5 13 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (0.70%) Relational Database
6 12 (0.65%) HBase
7 11 (0.59%) QlikView
7 11 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (0.49%) MySQL
8 9 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (0.43%) GIS
9 8 (0.43%) MongoDB
9 8 (0.43%) NoSQL
9 8 (0.43%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 8 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
9 8 (0.43%) Power BI
10 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 43 (2.33%) JIRA
2 41 (2.22%) Jenkins
3 19 (1.03%) Git (software)
4 16 (0.87%) Metasploit
5 12 (0.65%) Visual Studio
6 10 (0.54%) Artifactory
6 10 (0.54%) Selenium
6 10 (0.54%) SonarQube
6 10 (0.54%) Subversion
7 8 (0.43%) Burp Suite
8 6 (0.32%) ERwin
8 6 (0.32%) Jasmine
8 6 (0.32%) Maven
8 6 (0.32%) MSBuild
8 6 (0.32%) MSI
8 6 (0.32%) TeamCity
9 5 (0.27%) GitLab
9 5 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
9 5 (0.27%) Toad
9 5 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 424 (22.93%) Finance
2 152 (8.22%) Legal
3 108 (5.84%) Banking
4 93 (5.03%) Retail
5 58 (3.14%) Telecoms
6 56 (3.03%) Law
7 21 (1.14%) Marketing
8 20 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
9 19 (1.03%) Financial Institution
10 17 (0.92%) Manufacturing
11 14 (0.76%) Investment Banking
12 11 (0.59%) Billing
13 8 (0.43%) Advertising
13 8 (0.43%) Electronics
14 7 (0.38%) Retail Banking
15 6 (0.32%) Aerospace
15 6 (0.32%) Games
16 5 (0.27%) French Language
17 4 (0.22%) Military
17 4 (0.22%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 382 (20.66%) Analyst
2 288 (15.58%) Consultant
3 263 (14.22%) Architect
4 244 (13.20%) Security Consultant
5 219 (11.84%) Security Manager
6 216 (11.68%) Security Analyst
7 193 (10.44%) Security Architect
8 141 (7.63%) Information Security Manager
9 128 (6.92%) Information Manager
10 124 (6.71%) Information Security Consultant
11 113 (6.11%) Project Manager
12 102 (5.52%) Information Analyst
13 96 (5.19%) Information Security Analyst
14 84 (4.54%) Security Engineer
15 78 (4.22%) Business Analyst
16 59 (3.19%) IT Analyst
17 58 (3.14%) Security Project Manager
17 58 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
18 57 (3.08%) Developer
19 46 (2.49%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (3.84%) Web Services
2 56 (3.03%) .NET
3 48 (2.60%) SAML
4 45 (2.43%) OAuth
5 28 (1.51%) HTML
6 27 (1.46%) LDAP
7 26 (1.41%) REST
8 25 (1.35%) Middleware
9 22 (1.19%) OpenID
10 21 (1.14%) ASP.NET
11 20 (1.08%) SailPoint
12 18 (0.97%) Kafka
13 17 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web API
13 17 (0.92%) CSS
13 17 (0.92%) JSON
13 17 (0.92%) SOAP
14 15 (0.81%) .NET Framework
14 15 (0.81%) JSP
15 13 (0.70%) React
16 12 (0.65%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 363 (19.63%) Management Information System
2 163 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (4.65%) Computer Science
4 80 (4.33%) Data Centre
5 72 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
6 50 (2.70%) Data Protection Act
6 50 (2.70%) PKI
7 39 (2.11%) Virtual Team
8 33 (1.78%) CESG
8 33 (1.78%) Security Operations Centre
9 32 (1.73%) Public Cloud
10 31 (1.68%) Cyberthreat
11 30 (1.62%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 22 (1.19%) Mobile App
13 16 (0.87%) Driving Licence
13 16 (0.87%) Private Cloud
14 15 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
15 14 (0.76%) User Experience
16 13 (0.70%) Cyberattack
16 13 (0.70%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 247 (13.36%) Windows
2 133 (7.19%) Linux
3 78 (4.22%) Unix
4 62 (3.35%) Windows Server
5 43 (2.33%) Windows 10
6 28 (1.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (1.41%) Apple iOS
8 25 (1.35%) Android
8 25 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 23 (1.24%) Windows 7
10 22 (1.19%) Solaris
11 17 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
12 14 (0.76%) Mac OS
13 9 (0.49%) CentOS
14 7 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.27%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.27%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.27%) Windows Mobile
15 5 (0.27%) Windows XP
16 4 (0.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 392 (21.20%) Cybersecurity
2 367 (19.85%) Risk Management
3 264 (14.28%) Agile Software Development
4 234 (12.66%) Data Protection
5 227 (12.28%) Security Architecture
6 196 (10.60%) SIEM
7 192 (10.38%) Stakeholder Management
8 173 (9.36%) Security Management
9 160 (8.65%) ITIL
10 153 (8.27%) Project Management
11 138 (7.46%) Problem-Solving
12 134 (7.25%) Identity Access Management
13 133 (7.19%) Information Security Management
14 129 (6.98%) Security Operations
15 121 (6.54%) Penetration Testing
16 115 (6.22%) ISMS
17 111 (6.00%) DevOps
18 108 (5.84%) Vulnerability Management
19 99 (5.35%) Risk Assessment
20 98 (5.30%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 95 (5.14%) Java
2 87 (4.71%) SQL
3 76 (4.11%) Python
4 75 (4.06%) PowerShell
5 45 (2.43%) C#
6 36 (1.95%) C
7 32 (1.73%) JavaScript
8 18 (0.97%) C++
9 17 (0.92%) Perl
10 16 (0.87%) Shell Script
11 13 (0.70%) Bash Shell
12 11 (0.59%) PHP
13 8 (0.43%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.43%) Scala
13 8 (0.43%) VBScript
14 6 (0.32%) Ruby
15 5 (0.27%) Java 8
15 5 (0.27%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.22%) TypeScript
16 4 (0.22%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 494 (26.72%) CISSP
2 327 (17.69%) CISM
3 220 (11.90%) Degree
4 213 (11.52%) CISA
5 148 (8.00%) Security Cleared
6 97 (5.25%) SC Cleared
7 86 (4.65%) Cisco Certification
8 70 (3.79%) CEH
9 58 (3.14%) GIAC
10 57 (3.08%) CRISC
11 48 (2.60%) Computer Science Degree
12 43 (2.33%) CESG Certified Professional
13 40 (2.16%) CISMP
14 38 (2.06%) DV Cleared
15 34 (1.84%) CCNA
16 30 (1.62%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 30 (1.62%) SANS
17 28 (1.51%) GCIH
18 26 (1.41%) CompTIA Security+
19 25 (1.35%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 388 (20.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 266 (14.39%) GDPR
3 210 (11.36%) PCI DSS
4 56 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 53 (2.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 49 (2.65%) QA
7 46 (2.49%) COBIT
8 39 (2.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 37 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 32 (1.73%) Data Quality
11 30 (1.62%) JSP 440
12 29 (1.57%) Cyber Essentials
12 29 (1.57%) SLA
13 24 (1.30%) HMG Infosec
14 23 (1.24%) HIPAA
15 18 (0.97%) ISAE 3402
16 15 (0.81%) ISO 22301
17 14 (0.76%) PMO
18 12 (0.65%) ISO 9001
19 11 (0.59%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 175 (9.46%) Active Directory
2 38 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (1.73%) Docker
4 20 (1.08%) Hyper-V
5 15 (0.81%) HDFS
5 15 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (0.49%) BitLocker
7 8 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
8 7 (0.38%) Firmware
9 6 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.27%) ISA Server
10 5 (0.27%) vSphere
11 4 (0.22%) Snort
11 4 (0.22%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.16%) GlusterFS
12 3 (0.16%) Job Entry Subsystem
12 3 (0.16%) RACF
12 3 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 3 (0.16%) XenApp
12 3 (0.16%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 38 (2.06%) Nessus
2 37 (2.00%) Ansible
3 31 (1.68%) CASB
4 27 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
5 24 (1.30%) SCCM
6 23 (1.24%) Terraform
7 21 (1.14%) QRadar
8 20 (1.08%) CSIRT
9 17 (0.92%) Puppet
10 15 (0.81%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 15 (0.81%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 15 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
11 14 (0.76%) Hadoop YARN
11 14 (0.76%) Kubernetes
12 13 (0.70%) Nmap
12 13 (0.70%) Oozie
13 10 (0.54%) Trend Micro Deep Security
14 9 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
15 8 (0.43%) FortiGate
15 8 (0.43%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 231 (12.49%) Microsoft
2 96 (5.19%) Oracle
3 73 (3.95%) VMware
4 70 (3.79%) Splunk
5 66 (3.57%) Cisco
6 46 (2.49%) CheckPoint
7 42 (2.27%) CyberArk
8 39 (2.11%) McAfee
9 35 (1.89%) Citrix
9 35 (1.89%) IBM
10 33 (1.78%) Qualys
11 32 (1.73%) SAP
12 30 (1.62%) ArcSight
12 30 (1.62%) Symantec
13 29 (1.57%) Sony
14 22 (1.19%) Red Hat
15 21 (1.14%) CA
16 20 (1.08%) LogRhythm
16 20 (1.08%) Palo Alto
17 19 (1.03%) ServiceNow