Period
to 22 August 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 August 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 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 119 153 150
Rank change year-on-year +34 -3 -20
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,876 1,841 1,728
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.09% 1.80% 1.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.40% 2.08% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,131 1,133 1,084
UK median daily rate £513 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% -2.81%
10th Percentile £336 £325 £313
90th Percentile £725 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 44 30
UK median hourly rate £31.35 £17.32 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.98% -1.03% -16.33%
10th Percentile £10.55 £13.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £73.75 £66.03 £44.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.35 £17.32 £17.50
% change year-on-year +80.98% -1.03% -

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 78,150 88,654 82,583
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.99% 86.82% 86.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,318 58,465 54,067
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,274 2,410 2,093
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -15.15% +5.32%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.18 £11.35
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% -20.00% +3.91%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 +30 1,717 £513 +2.50% 525
UK excluding London +27 1,026 £495 +4.21% 391
London +35 814 £550 +4.76% 174
South East +39 355 £500 -4.76% 114
South West +22 178 £479 +6.44% 40
North of England -35 159 £450 -4.00% 95
Scotland +26 108 £500 +17.65% 23
Midlands +22 101 £475 - 70
East of England +8 93 £513 -0.97% 32
North West -13 85 £425 +6.25% 47
West Midlands +41 74 £475 -5.00% 48
Yorkshire -16 66 £475 -5.00% 43
Wales +30 33 £500 +22.85% 14
East Midlands +6 24 £375 -31.82% 22
North East +18 10 £450 -30.77% 5
Northern Ireland +4 3 £265 +130.43% 2

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 496 (26.44%) Finance
2 433 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
3 414 (22.07%) CISSP
4 406 (21.64%) Management Information System
5 348 (18.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 329 (17.54%) Windows
7 317 (16.90%) Microsoft
8 309 (16.47%) Azure
9 277 (14.77%) Risk Management
10 270 (14.39%) Firewall
11 266 (14.18%) Agile Software Development
12 253 (13.49%) CISM
13 249 (13.27%) Security Management
14 239 (12.74%) AWS
15 218 (11.62%) Security Architecture
16 217 (11.57%) Information Security Management
16 217 (11.57%) Stakeholder Management
17 207 (11.03%) Security Cleared
18 201 (10.71%) ITIL
19 195 (10.39%) Active Directory
20 194 (10.34%) Linux
21 193 (10.29%) SIEM
22 184 (9.81%) ISMS
23 181 (9.65%) Degree
23 181 (9.65%) Security Operations
24 178 (9.49%) Office 365
25 173 (9.22%) DevOps
26 169 (9.01%) Data Protection
27 158 (8.42%) Analytical Skills
28 156 (8.32%) Vulnerability 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 56 (2.99%) SharePoint
2 48 (2.56%) MS Exchange
3 38 (2.03%) IIS
4 32 (1.71%) Apache Spark
5 25 (1.33%) OpenStack
6 21 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
7 18 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
8 17 (0.91%) Apache
9 15 (0.80%) Skype for Business
10 12 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
10 12 (0.64%) Pachyderm
11 11 (0.59%) Confluence
12 7 (0.37%) WebSphere
13 6 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
14 5 (0.27%) CMS
15 3 (0.16%) Jupyter
15 3 (0.16%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
16 2 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 104 (5.54%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (2.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.80%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.21%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.11%) Camtasia
8 1 (0.053%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.053%) Sketch
8 1 (0.053%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.053%) Stata
Business Applications
1 18 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 9 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
4 4 (0.21%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 3 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
5 3 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.16%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.11%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.11%) Relativity
6 2 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.053%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.053%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.053%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.053%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.053%) Remedy AR System
7 1 (0.053%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 1 (0.053%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 309 (16.47%) Azure
2 239 (12.74%) AWS
3 178 (9.49%) Office 365
4 98 (5.22%) SaaS
5 87 (4.64%) PaaS
6 64 (3.41%) IaaS
7 47 (2.51%) GCP
8 38 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
9 30 (1.60%) Serverless
10 20 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
11 18 (0.96%) Amazon EMR
12 17 (0.91%) Amazon S3
12 17 (0.91%) Power Platform
13 16 (0.85%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 16 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
13 16 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
14 12 (0.64%) Datadog
15 11 (0.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 9 (0.48%) iPaaS
17 8 (0.43%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 270 (14.39%) Firewall
2 95 (5.06%) Network Security
3 93 (4.96%) Internet
4 70 (3.73%) DNS
5 62 (3.30%) WAN
6 60 (3.20%) TCP/IP
7 58 (3.09%) VPN
8 47 (2.51%) LAN
9 44 (2.35%) Intrusion Detection
10 42 (2.24%) SAN
11 27 (1.44%) HTTP
12 26 (1.39%) DHCP
13 24 (1.28%) SSL
13 24 (1.28%) Wireless
14 22 (1.17%) NAS
14 22 (1.17%) VLAN
15 20 (1.07%) HTTPS
16 18 (0.96%) SNMP
17 15 (0.80%) SMTP
18 14 (0.75%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (4.32%) SQL Server
2 46 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
3 43 (2.29%) Big Data
4 41 (2.19%) MySQL
5 37 (1.97%) Hadoop
6 21 (1.12%) Relational Database
7 20 (1.07%) NoSQL
8 19 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
9 17 (0.91%) Data Lake
9 17 (0.91%) Redis
10 16 (0.85%) Power BI
11 14 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
12 13 (0.69%) DataStage
12 13 (0.69%) Pentaho
12 13 (0.69%) SAP HANA
13 12 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
14 11 (0.59%) InfluxDB
14 11 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
14 11 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 10 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 48 (2.56%) Git (software)
2 43 (2.29%) JIRA
3 28 (1.49%) Visual Studio Team System
4 25 (1.33%) Jenkins
5 21 (1.12%) CircleCI
6 12 (0.64%) GitLab
7 11 (0.59%) Burp Suite
7 11 (0.59%) TeamCity
8 10 (0.53%) Rational DOORS
9 8 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (0.37%) MSI
10 7 (0.37%) Visual Studio
11 5 (0.27%) Bitbucket
11 5 (0.27%) SonarQube
12 4 (0.21%) Balsamiq
12 4 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 4 (0.21%) webpack
12 4 (0.21%) WinDbg
13 3 (0.16%) Hudson
13 3 (0.16%) Metasploit
General
1 496 (26.44%) Finance
2 154 (8.21%) Law
3 140 (7.46%) Legal
4 122 (6.50%) Banking
5 99 (5.28%) Public Sector
6 60 (3.20%) Telecoms
7 57 (3.04%) Retail
8 32 (1.71%) Manufacturing
9 24 (1.28%) Financial Institution
10 18 (0.96%) Investment Banking
10 18 (0.96%) Marketing
11 17 (0.91%) Military
12 11 (0.59%) Local Government
13 10 (0.53%) Electronics
14 8 (0.43%) Retail Banking
15 7 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
16 6 (0.32%) Police
17 5 (0.27%) Billing
17 5 (0.27%) Publishing
18 4 (0.21%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 353 (18.82%) Architect
2 348 (18.55%) Analyst
3 284 (15.14%) Consultant
4 219 (11.67%) Security Consultant
5 200 (10.66%) Security Architect
6 173 (9.22%) Security Analyst
7 135 (7.20%) Security Manager
8 116 (6.18%) Information Security Consultant
9 109 (5.81%) Security Engineer
10 83 (4.42%) Information Security Manager
11 82 (4.37%) Project Manager
12 78 (4.16%) Business Analyst
13 72 (3.84%) Information Manager
14 59 (3.14%) Cloud Architect
14 59 (3.14%) Information Analyst
14 59 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
15 56 (2.99%) Information Security Analyst
16 53 (2.83%) Security Specialist
17 49 (2.61%) Developer
18 48 (2.56%) Cybersecurity Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (5.01%) Web Services
2 47 (2.51%) REST
3 40 (2.13%) .NET
4 38 (2.03%) SAML
5 34 (1.81%) OAuth
6 29 (1.55%) Node.js
6 29 (1.55%) SOAP
7 23 (1.23%) HTML
7 23 (1.23%) Spring
8 22 (1.17%) Kafka
8 22 (1.17%) OpenID
9 20 (1.07%) CSS
10 18 (0.96%) Elastic Stack
10 18 (0.96%) JSON
10 18 (0.96%) Pandas
11 15 (0.80%) PySpark
11 15 (0.80%) XML
12 14 (0.75%) AngularJS
12 14 (0.75%) LDAP
12 14 (0.75%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 406 (21.64%) Management Information System
2 158 (8.42%) Analytical Skills
3 85 (4.53%) Data Centre
4 69 (3.68%) PKI
5 54 (2.88%) Self-Motivation
6 50 (2.67%) Security Operations Centre
7 48 (2.56%) Public Cloud
8 40 (2.13%) Cyberthreat
9 34 (1.81%) CESG
10 29 (1.55%) User Experience
11 22 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
12 21 (1.12%) Cyberattack
12 21 (1.12%) Private Cloud
12 21 (1.12%) Virtual Team
13 18 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
14 17 (0.91%) Cloud Native
15 16 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
15 16 (0.85%) SCADA
16 15 (0.80%) Replication
17 12 (0.64%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 329 (17.54%) Windows
2 194 (10.34%) Linux
3 110 (5.86%) Windows Server
4 84 (4.48%) Unix
5 48 (2.56%) Windows 10
6 44 (2.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 35 (1.87%) Windows Server 2008
8 32 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 31 (1.65%) Windows 7
10 23 (1.23%) Android
10 23 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (1.07%) Apple iOS
11 20 (1.07%) Ubuntu
12 18 (0.96%) Debian
13 14 (0.75%) Solaris
14 12 (0.64%) openSUSE
14 12 (0.64%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.53%) Windows XP
16 8 (0.43%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.27%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 433 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
2 277 (14.77%) Risk Management
3 266 (14.18%) Agile Software Development
4 249 (13.27%) Security Management
5 218 (11.62%) Security Architecture
6 217 (11.57%) Information Security Management
6 217 (11.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 201 (10.71%) ITIL
8 193 (10.29%) SIEM
9 184 (9.81%) ISMS
10 181 (9.65%) Security Operations
11 173 (9.22%) DevOps
12 169 (9.01%) Data Protection
13 156 (8.32%) Vulnerability Management
14 150 (8.00%) Identity Access Management
15 141 (7.52%) Project Management
16 129 (6.88%) Problem-Solving
17 106 (5.65%) Risk Assessment
18 102 (5.44%) Penetration Testing
19 94 (5.01%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 130 (6.93%) Python
2 118 (6.29%) SQL
3 93 (4.96%) Java
4 85 (4.53%) PowerShell
5 53 (2.83%) JavaScript
6 49 (2.61%) C
7 40 (2.13%) Bash Shell
8 26 (1.39%) C#
9 21 (1.12%) Ruby
10 18 (0.96%) C++
11 17 (0.91%) Perl
11 17 (0.91%) PHP
12 14 (0.75%) Go
13 12 (0.64%) Julia
14 11 (0.59%) Scala
14 11 (0.59%) Shell Script
15 10 (0.53%) Java 8
15 10 (0.53%) T-SQL
16 8 (0.43%) VBScript
17 6 (0.32%) R
Qualifications
1 414 (22.07%) CISSP
2 253 (13.49%) CISM
3 207 (11.03%) Security Cleared
4 181 (9.65%) Degree
5 149 (7.94%) SC Cleared
6 147 (7.84%) CISA
7 104 (5.54%) Cisco Certification
8 70 (3.73%) DV Cleared
9 64 (3.41%) CEH
9 64 (3.41%) CRISC
10 51 (2.72%) SANS
11 44 (2.35%) GIAC
12 41 (2.19%) CCNP
13 39 (2.08%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 37 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
15 29 (1.55%) IISP
16 28 (1.49%) CCNA
16 28 (1.49%) CESG Certified Professional
16 28 (1.49%) CompTIA Security+
16 28 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 348 (18.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 155 (8.26%) NIST
3 142 (7.57%) PCI DSS
4 139 (7.41%) GDPR
5 89 (4.74%) COBIT
6 56 (2.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 42 (2.24%) Cyber Essentials
8 41 (2.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 41 (2.19%) NCSC
9 37 (1.97%) SLA
10 34 (1.81%) QA
10 34 (1.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 27 (1.44%) Data Quality
11 27 (1.44%) JSP 440
12 24 (1.28%) PMO
13 18 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 18 (0.96%) HMG Infosec
14 12 (0.64%) RMADS
15 10 (0.53%) HIPAA
16 7 (0.37%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 195 (10.39%) Active Directory
2 93 (4.96%) Docker
3 55 (2.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
4 22 (1.17%) XenApp
5 17 (0.91%) Hyper-V
6 14 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
6 14 (0.75%) VMware NSX
7 13 (0.69%) XenDesktop
8 9 (0.48%) Shibboleth
9 8 (0.43%) vSphere
10 7 (0.37%) ProxySG
11 5 (0.27%) ISA Server
11 5 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (0.27%) vCloud
11 5 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.16%) IAG
13 3 (0.16%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 81 (4.32%) Kubernetes
2 53 (2.83%) SCCM
3 42 (2.24%) Terraform
4 41 (2.19%) CASB
5 40 (2.13%) Nessus
6 39 (2.08%) Single Sign-On
7 23 (1.23%) Ansible
8 21 (1.12%) WSUS
9 20 (1.07%) Puppet
9 20 (1.07%) QRadar
10 18 (0.96%) SCOM
11 16 (0.85%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 15 (0.80%) Grafana
13 13 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
14 12 (0.64%) Kubeflow
14 12 (0.64%) logstash
15 11 (0.59%) Consul
15 11 (0.59%) Graphite
15 11 (0.59%) Kibana
15 11 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 317 (16.90%) Microsoft
2 107 (5.70%) VMware
3 106 (5.65%) Sony
4 91 (4.85%) Cisco
5 62 (3.30%) Google
6 57 (3.04%) Oracle
6 57 (3.04%) Splunk
7 47 (2.51%) SAP
8 39 (2.08%) Citrix
9 37 (1.97%) Symantec
10 35 (1.87%) ServiceNow
11 33 (1.76%) ArcSight
11 33 (1.76%) Databricks
11 33 (1.76%) IBM
12 32 (1.71%) Adobe
12 32 (1.71%) CyberArk
13 29 (1.55%) Qualys
14 28 (1.49%) McAfee
14 28 (1.49%) Palo Alto
15 20 (1.07%) CheckPoint