Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 2017 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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 119 132 156
Rank change year-on-year +13 +24 +29
Contract jobs citing Information Security 2095 2049 1800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.05% 1.94% 1.57%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.43% 2.31% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1298 1345 1167
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% - +4.40%
10th Percentile £313 £338 £325
90th Percentile £675 £688 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £465
% change year-on-year +5.56% -3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 28 34
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £17.50 £38.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.97% -54.43% +34.74%
10th Percentile £13.15 £12.57 £12.42
90th Percentile £43.00 £67.88 £60.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £17.50 £18.51
% change year-on-year -3.97% -5.47% -25.95%

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 86286 88673 93962
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.92% 81.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 57474 58658 60890
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2038 2353 2731
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.48 £11.26 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £24.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -1.96% +4.26% +17.50%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 +19 1935 £485 - 216
UK excluding London +6 1113 £475 +5.56% 141
London +2 928 £500 - 83
South East +17 377 £475 - 46
North of England +55 268 £475 - 45
East of England -12 167 £470 +1.62% 20
North West +31 132 £475 -5.00% 13
Yorkshire +34 120 £470 -10.05% 29
Midlands -13 106 £443 -6.84% 10
Scotland +12 88 £400 -20.00% 6
South West -46 73 £500 +2.56% 12
West Midlands -9 63 £425 -2.86% 8
East Midlands +17 39 £540 +13.68% 2
Wales +1 20 £550 +25.71% 2
North East +43 17 £500 +25.00% 3
Northern Ireland -37 15 £410 +9.92%

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Information Security also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Information Security.

1 548 (26.16%) Finance
2 530 (25.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 493 (23.53%) CISSP
4 401 (19.14%) Management Information System
5 380 (18.14%) Cybersecurity
6 336 (16.04%) Risk Management
7 331 (15.80%) Windows
8 321 (15.32%) CISM
9 317 (15.13%) Data Protection
10 316 (15.08%) GDPR
11 302 (14.42%) Firewall
12 254 (12.12%) Project Management
13 249 (11.89%) PCI DSS
14 246 (11.74%) Security Management
15 234 (11.17%) Microsoft
16 229 (10.93%) Agile Software Development
17 226 (10.79%) Linux
17 226 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
18 221 (10.55%) SIEM
19 218 (10.41%) Degree
20 205 (9.79%) Stakeholder Management
21 198 (9.45%) Security Architecture
22 187 (8.93%) ITIL
23 185 (8.83%) Legal
24 179 (8.54%) Unix
25 178 (8.50%) Vulnerability Management
26 174 (8.31%) Security Operations
27 172 (8.21%) Active Directory
28 170 (8.11%) Information Security Management
29 161 (7.68%) 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 49 (2.34%) SharePoint
2 34 (1.62%) IIS
3 21 (1.00%) OpenStack
4 16 (0.76%) MQSeries
4 16 (0.76%) SAS
4 16 (0.76%) Skype for Business
5 15 (0.72%) Apache Spark
6 14 (0.67%) CICS
6 14 (0.67%) Tomcat
7 13 (0.62%) Confluence
8 9 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.43%) MS Exchange
9 8 (0.38%) Apache
9 8 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (0.33%) WebSphere
11 6 (0.29%) nginx
12 5 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 5 (0.24%) Apache Solr
12 5 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 118 (5.63%) Microsoft Office
2 89 (4.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (2.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (1.19%) MS Visio
5 15 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 7 (0.33%) SmartSuite
6 7 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.53%) SAP GRC
2 6 (0.29%) Sentinel
3 4 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.095%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.095%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.095%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.095%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.095%) SAP SM
4 2 (0.095%) SimCorp Dimension
4 2 (0.095%) Workfront
5 1 (0.048%) assyst
5 1 (0.048%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.048%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.048%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 1 (0.048%) Relativity
5 1 (0.048%) SAP CAR
5 1 (0.048%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
Cloud Services
1 132 (6.30%) Amazon AWS
2 117 (5.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 61 (2.91%) Office 365
4 52 (2.48%) SaaS
5 44 (2.10%) PaaS
6 42 (2.00%) IaaS
7 20 (0.95%) Mimecast
8 19 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
9 17 (0.81%) GitHub
10 12 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
11 8 (0.38%) Amazon S3
11 8 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (0.29%) Amazon Kinesis
12 6 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (0.29%) Route 53
13 5 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
13 5 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
13 5 (0.24%) Google App Engine
14 4 (0.19%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 302 (14.42%) Firewall
2 149 (7.11%) Network Security
3 90 (4.30%) LAN
4 83 (3.96%) Intrusion Detection
5 80 (3.82%) WAN
6 75 (3.58%) TCP/IP
7 66 (3.15%) VPN
8 58 (2.77%) Internet
9 55 (2.63%) SSL
10 44 (2.10%) LDAP
11 39 (1.86%) SAN
12 37 (1.77%) DNS
13 34 (1.62%) HTTP
14 30 (1.43%) Wireless
15 29 (1.38%) VoIP
16 27 (1.29%) SMS
17 25 (1.19%) Intranet
17 25 (1.19%) NAS
18 24 (1.15%) Cisco ASA
19 22 (1.05%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (2.48%) SQL Server
2 42 (2.00%) Big Data
3 37 (1.77%) Relational Database
4 27 (1.29%) Hadoop
5 21 (1.00%) NoSQL
6 20 (0.95%) DB2
7 17 (0.81%) HBase
7 17 (0.81%) MySQL
8 16 (0.76%) Apache Hive
9 15 (0.72%) GIS
9 15 (0.72%) Impala
9 15 (0.72%) Sqoop
10 14 (0.67%) Power BI
11 12 (0.57%) QlikView
12 10 (0.48%) Spotfire
13 8 (0.38%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.38%) SAP HANA
14 7 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
14 7 (0.33%) MongoDB
14 7 (0.33%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 33 (1.58%) JIRA
2 28 (1.34%) Git (software)
3 21 (1.00%) Jenkins
4 13 (0.62%) Maven
5 12 (0.57%) Metasploit
6 11 (0.53%) JUnit
6 11 (0.53%) TeamCity
7 8 (0.38%) Burp Suite
8 7 (0.33%) TestNG
9 5 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 4 (0.19%) IntelliJ
10 4 (0.19%) Mercurial
10 4 (0.19%) Mockito
10 4 (0.19%) MSI
10 4 (0.19%) WebStorm
11 3 (0.14%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.14%) Gradle
11 3 (0.14%) IDA Disassembler
11 3 (0.14%) OllyDbg
11 3 (0.14%) Subversion
General
1 548 (26.16%) Finance
2 185 (8.83%) Legal
3 156 (7.45%) Banking
4 95 (4.53%) Retail
5 78 (3.72%) Law
6 76 (3.63%) Telecoms
7 48 (2.29%) Marketing
8 27 (1.29%) Manufacturing
9 21 (1.00%) Electronics
10 20 (0.95%) Financial Institution
10 20 (0.95%) Front Office
11 18 (0.86%) Investment Banking
12 17 (0.81%) Retail Banking
13 11 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.53%) Publishing
14 7 (0.33%) Advertising
14 7 (0.33%) Games
15 6 (0.29%) International Banking
16 5 (0.24%) Local Government
17 4 (0.19%) Billing
Job Titles
1 471 (22.48%) Analyst
2 337 (16.09%) Consultant
3 301 (14.37%) Security Analyst
4 266 (12.70%) Security Consultant
5 238 (11.36%) Architect
6 195 (9.31%) Security Manager
7 161 (7.68%) Security Architect
8 150 (7.16%) Project Manager
9 144 (6.87%) Information Analyst
10 139 (6.63%) Information Security Analyst
11 117 (5.58%) Information Security Manager
12 115 (5.49%) Information Security Consultant
13 111 (5.30%) Business Analyst
14 104 (4.96%) Information Manager
15 98 (4.68%) Security Specialist
16 94 (4.49%) Security Engineer
17 70 (3.34%) Security Project Manager
18 59 (2.82%) IT Analyst
18 59 (2.82%) IT Manager
19 56 (2.67%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (2.86%) Web Services
2 28 (1.34%) .NET
3 26 (1.24%) Middleware
4 23 (1.10%) REST
5 19 (0.91%) XML
6 18 (0.86%) Kafka
6 18 (0.86%) OAuth
7 17 (0.81%) HTML
7 17 (0.81%) SAML
8 16 (0.76%) SOAP
9 15 (0.72%) Spring
10 14 (0.67%) ISPF
10 14 (0.67%) Spark Streaming
11 13 (0.62%) SailPoint
11 13 (0.62%) Sensu
12 10 (0.48%) D3.js
12 10 (0.48%) Dropwizard
13 8 (0.38%) 802.1X
13 8 (0.38%) JSON
14 7 (0.33%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 401 (19.14%) Management Information System
2 226 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (3.87%) Computer Science
4 80 (3.82%) Data Protection Act
4 80 (3.82%) PKI
5 79 (3.77%) CESG
6 66 (3.15%) Data Centre
7 57 (2.72%) Cyberthreat
8 35 (1.67%) Security Operations Centre
9 33 (1.58%) Virtual Team
10 31 (1.48%) Algorithms
11 24 (1.15%) FMCG
11 24 (1.15%) NHS
12 22 (1.05%) Private Cloud
13 19 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
13 19 (0.91%) Public Cloud
14 18 (0.86%) Cyber Attack
14 18 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
14 18 (0.86%) Life Science
14 18 (0.86%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 331 (15.80%) Windows
2 226 (10.79%) Linux
3 179 (8.54%) Unix
4 67 (3.20%) Windows Server
5 30 (1.43%) Windows 7
6 29 (1.38%) Windows 10
7 21 (1.00%) Solaris
8 18 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
9 14 (0.67%) Apple iOS
9 14 (0.67%) zOS
10 13 (0.62%) Android
10 13 (0.62%) Mac OS X
11 12 (0.57%) AIX
11 12 (0.57%) Windows Vista
12 10 (0.48%) CentOS
12 10 (0.48%) Windows 2000
13 7 (0.33%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.29%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 380 (18.14%) Cybersecurity
2 336 (16.04%) Risk Management
3 317 (15.13%) Data Protection
4 254 (12.12%) Project Management
5 246 (11.74%) Security Management
6 229 (10.93%) Agile Software Development
7 221 (10.55%) SIEM
8 205 (9.79%) Stakeholder Management
9 198 (9.45%) Security Architecture
10 187 (8.93%) ITIL
11 178 (8.50%) Vulnerability Management
12 174 (8.31%) Security Operations
13 170 (8.11%) Information Security Management
14 161 (7.68%) Risk Assessment
15 146 (6.97%) Penetration Testing
16 134 (6.40%) ISMS
17 123 (5.87%) Incident Management
18 118 (5.63%) Identity Access Management
19 100 (4.77%) Change Management
20 97 (4.63%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 120 (5.73%) SQL
2 85 (4.06%) Java
3 82 (3.91%) Python
4 49 (2.34%) Perl
5 43 (2.05%) Shell Script
6 37 (1.77%) PowerShell
7 30 (1.43%) Bash Shell
8 27 (1.29%) C#
9 23 (1.10%) JavaScript
10 19 (0.91%) Scala
11 16 (0.76%) C
12 14 (0.67%) Assembly Language
12 14 (0.67%) CLIST
12 14 (0.67%) JCL
12 14 (0.67%) REXX
13 13 (0.62%) Ruby
14 12 (0.57%) C++
15 9 (0.43%) R
15 9 (0.43%) VB
15 9 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 493 (23.53%) CISSP
2 321 (15.32%) CISM
3 218 (10.41%) Degree
4 145 (6.92%) Security Cleared
5 114 (5.44%) CISA
6 94 (4.49%) SC Cleared
7 90 (4.30%) Cisco Certification
8 68 (3.25%) SANS
9 57 (2.72%) CEH
10 53 (2.53%) CRISC
11 38 (1.81%) CESG Certified Professional
11 38 (1.81%) CLAS
11 38 (1.81%) IISP
12 35 (1.67%) DV Cleared
13 33 (1.58%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 33 (1.58%) GIAC
14 30 (1.43%) CCNA
15 29 (1.38%) SSCP
16 25 (1.19%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
17 24 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 530 (25.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 316 (15.08%) GDPR
3 249 (11.89%) PCI DSS
4 126 (6.01%) COBIT
5 87 (4.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 64 (3.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 56 (2.67%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 56 (2.67%) QA
8 47 (2.24%) SLA
9 38 (1.81%) Cyber Essentials
10 33 (1.58%) PMO
11 24 (1.15%) Data Quality
12 22 (1.05%) HIPAA
13 20 (0.95%) NIST 800
14 18 (0.86%) ISO 9001
15 17 (0.81%) Actionable Recommendations
15 17 (0.81%) RMADS
16 14 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
17 12 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 9 (0.43%) JSP 440
System Software
1 172 (8.21%) Active Directory
2 68 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
4 24 (1.15%) Hyper-V
5 22 (1.05%) vSphere
6 15 (0.72%) Apache Flume
7 14 (0.67%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 14 (0.67%) RACF
7 14 (0.67%) Time Sharing Option
8 13 (0.62%) Docker
9 9 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (0.38%) Firmware
10 8 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
12 6 (0.29%) BitLocker
12 6 (0.29%) XenApp
13 5 (0.24%) NFS
13 5 (0.24%) vCloud
13 5 (0.24%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 36 (1.72%) Nessus
2 33 (1.58%) Ansible
3 27 (1.29%) QRadar
4 26 (1.24%) CSIRT
5 25 (1.19%) SCCM
6 21 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
7 17 (0.81%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 17 (0.81%) Nmap
7 17 (0.81%) SCOM
8 15 (0.72%) RSA Archer
9 14 (0.67%) zSecure
10 13 (0.62%) Prometheus
11 12 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
11 12 (0.57%) Puppet
12 10 (0.48%) Nexpose
12 10 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 9 (0.43%) Red Hat Satellite
13 9 (0.43%) Terraform
14 8 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
15 7 (0.33%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 234 (11.17%) Microsoft
2 138 (6.59%) Cisco
3 88 (4.20%) VMware
4 81 (3.87%) McAfee
5 78 (3.72%) Splunk
6 67 (3.20%) CheckPoint
7 63 (3.01%) SAP
8 61 (2.91%) Oracle
9 58 (2.77%) HP
10 57 (2.72%) Qualys
11 44 (2.10%) Citrix
12 42 (2.00%) IBM
13 38 (1.81%) ArcSight
14 37 (1.77%) Dell
15 33 (1.58%) Juniper
16 32 (1.53%) LogRhythm
17 31 (1.48%) Symantec
18 28 (1.34%) Blue Coat
19 27 (1.29%) CA
19 27 (1.29%) CyberArk