Period
to 7 April 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 7 April 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
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 134 128 121
Rank change year-on-year -6 -7 +38
Contract jobs citing Information Security 1,152 1,917 2,178
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.90% 1.98% 2.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.23% 2.27% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 1,200 1,355
Median daily rate £513 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.38% +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £350 £338 £325
90th Percentile £738 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 32 42
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.75 £21.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.82% +43.69% -49.65%
10th Percentile £17.53 £10.62 £13.16
90th Percentile £64.00 £60.00 £61.01
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £17.16 £19.82
% change year-on-year +103.96% -13.43% -53.36%

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 51,606 84,575 88,128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.89% 87.25% 86.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,807 56,038 58,320
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £289
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +2.33% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,854 2,143 2,213
Median hourly rate £25.53 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.12% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.38
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.21 £50.20
Median hourly rate £22.50 £23.49 £22.00
% change year-on-year -4.21% +6.77% -12.00%

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 7 April 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 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 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 -8 1,006 £525 - 322
UK excluding London +27 729 £500 - 220
London -26 378 £525 -4.55% 120
South East +15 218 £498 -4.33% 49
North of England +35 174 £525 +16.67% 61
South West +26 108 £550 +10.00% 27
North West +23 103 £500 +11.11% 37
Scotland +51 97 £478 -9.05% 13
East of England +21 74 £488 -2.50% 28
Yorkshire +32 53 £550 +29.41% 20
Midlands +1 50 £550 +15.79% 37
West Midlands -5 32 £544 +14.47% 30
Work from Home -7 32 £550 +19.57% 10
East Midlands +29 18 £550 +57.14% 7
North East +26 18 £531 +18.06% 4
Wales +5 14 £535 +7.00% 3
Northern Ireland +15 1 £450 - 2

For the 6 months to 7 April 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.

1 322 (27.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 303 (26.30%) CISSP
3 296 (25.69%) Cybersecurity
4 292 (25.35%) Management Information System
5 233 (20.23%) Finance
6 227 (19.70%) Risk Management
6 227 (19.70%) CISM
7 201 (17.45%) Security Management
8 174 (15.10%) Windows
9 173 (15.02%) Information Security Management
9 173 (15.02%) Security Cleared
10 165 (14.32%) Microsoft
11 157 (13.63%) Azure
11 157 (13.63%) AWS
12 140 (12.15%) ISMS
12 140 (12.15%) NIST
13 139 (12.07%) GDPR
13 139 (12.07%) Agile Software Development
14 118 (10.24%) Public Sector
15 117 (10.16%) SC Cleared
16 116 (10.07%) ITIL
17 115 (9.98%) Firewall
18 114 (9.90%) Data Protection
19 112 (9.72%) Degree
20 108 (9.38%) Legal
21 104 (9.03%) Active Directory
22 99 (8.59%) PCI DSS
22 99 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
23 96 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
24 95 (8.25%) Problem-Solving

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 50 (4.34%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.39%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.13%) Confluence
4 12 (1.04%) IIS
5 5 (0.43%) Apache Spark
5 5 (0.43%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.26%) ColdFusion
6 3 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.26%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.17%) Apache
7 2 (0.17%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.17%) CMS
7 2 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.087%) Apache Airflow
8 1 (0.087%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.087%) Drupal
8 1 (0.087%) Pachyderm
8 1 (0.087%) WordPress
Applications
1 52 (4.51%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (2.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.52%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.087%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.087%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.087%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.087%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.087%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.087%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.43%) SAP GRC
2 4 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.35%) Elite 3E
2 4 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.26%) Carpe Diem
3 3 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.087%) Aligne
5 1 (0.087%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.087%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.087%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.087%) SAP PLM
5 1 (0.087%) Sprinklr
5 1 (0.087%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 157 (13.63%) AWS
1 157 (13.63%) Azure
2 76 (6.60%) Office 365
3 42 (3.65%) SaaS
4 32 (2.78%) PaaS
5 29 (2.52%) IaaS
6 28 (2.43%) GCP
7 17 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (1.22%) GitHub
9 12 (1.04%) OneDrive
10 11 (0.95%) Azure Active Directory
11 8 (0.69%) Power Platform
11 8 (0.69%) Serverless
12 6 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
14 4 (0.35%) Azure Data Factory
14 4 (0.35%) Google Analytics
15 3 (0.26%) Amazon S3
15 3 (0.26%) Azure Stack
15 3 (0.26%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 115 (9.98%) Firewall
2 67 (5.82%) Network Security
3 48 (4.17%) Internet
4 47 (4.08%) WAN
5 36 (3.13%) LAN
6 29 (2.52%) Intrusion Detection
7 27 (2.34%) TCP/IP
8 24 (2.08%) VPN
9 23 (2.00%) DNS
10 14 (1.22%) SAN
11 13 (1.13%) HTTP
12 11 (0.95%) DHCP
12 11 (0.95%) Wireless
13 9 (0.78%) IPsec
13 9 (0.78%) Reverse Proxy
14 8 (0.69%) SSL
15 7 (0.61%) MPLS
15 7 (0.61%) SMTP
15 7 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
16 6 (0.52%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (3.39%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.39%) Oracle Database
3 12 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (1.04%) MySQL
4 11 (0.95%) Relational Database
5 9 (0.78%) Data Lake
6 8 (0.69%) Power BI
6 8 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
8 6 (0.52%) MongoDB
8 6 (0.52%) Redis
9 5 (0.43%) BigQuery
9 5 (0.43%) Cosmos DB
9 5 (0.43%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.43%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.43%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (0.35%) SAP BW
10 4 (0.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 23 (2.00%) Git (software)
2 19 (1.65%) JIRA
3 15 (1.30%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.78%) AppScan
4 9 (0.78%) Burp Suite
5 7 (0.61%) Bitbucket
5 7 (0.61%) Visual Studio Team System
6 6 (0.52%) Selenium
7 4 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.26%) ScriptRunner
8 3 (0.26%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.17%) ERwin
9 2 (0.17%) Subversion
9 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.087%) Maven
10 1 (0.087%) Metasploit
10 1 (0.087%) Mocha
10 1 (0.087%) MSI
10 1 (0.087%) Serena SBM
10 1 (0.087%) Visual Studio
General
1 233 (20.23%) Finance
2 118 (10.24%) Public Sector
3 108 (9.38%) Legal
4 76 (6.60%) Law
5 58 (5.03%) Retail
6 39 (3.39%) Telecoms
7 32 (2.78%) Manufacturing
8 31 (2.69%) Marketing
9 30 (2.60%) Banking
10 21 (1.82%) Electronics
11 17 (1.48%) Police
12 14 (1.22%) Military
13 7 (0.61%) Back Office
14 6 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.43%) Advertising
15 5 (0.43%) Aerospace
16 4 (0.35%) Financial Institution
17 3 (0.26%) Automotive
18 2 (0.17%) General Ledger
18 2 (0.17%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 215 (18.66%) Analyst
2 192 (16.67%) Consultant
3 157 (13.63%) Security Consultant
4 148 (12.85%) Architect
5 111 (9.64%) Security Analyst
6 90 (7.81%) Security Architect
7 88 (7.64%) Information Security Consultant
8 84 (7.29%) Security Manager
9 58 (5.03%) Information Manager
10 55 (4.77%) Security Engineer
11 52 (4.51%) Project Manager
12 46 (3.99%) Information Security Manager
13 38 (3.30%) Security Officer
14 37 (3.21%) Information Analyst
15 36 (3.13%) Information Security Analyst
16 34 (2.95%) Information Security Officer
16 34 (2.95%) Security Specialist
17 30 (2.60%) Cybersecurity Consultant
17 30 (2.60%) Service Analyst
18 29 (2.52%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (2.26%) Web Services
2 21 (1.82%) .NET
3 12 (1.04%) Middleware
4 11 (0.95%) Elastic Stack
5 10 (0.87%) LDAP
6 8 (0.69%) .NET Framework
6 8 (0.69%) CSS
6 8 (0.69%) HTML
6 8 (0.69%) REST
7 7 (0.61%) JSON
8 6 (0.52%) SailPoint
8 6 (0.52%) Spring
9 5 (0.43%) AngularJS
9 5 (0.43%) J2EE
9 5 (0.43%) SAML
9 5 (0.43%) SOAP
10 4 (0.35%) Flask
10 4 (0.35%) Node.js
10 4 (0.35%) pytest
10 4 (0.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 292 (25.35%) Management Information System
2 99 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (3.13%) Data Centre
4 34 (2.95%) Data Protection Act
5 24 (2.08%) Freedom of Information
6 23 (2.00%) Data Structures
6 23 (2.00%) Security Operations Centre
7 22 (1.91%) Cyberthreat
7 22 (1.91%) Freedom of Information Act
7 22 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
8 16 (1.39%) PKI
9 14 (1.22%) Virtual Team
10 11 (0.95%) e-Learning
10 11 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
10 11 (0.95%) Public Cloud
11 10 (0.87%) CESG
11 10 (0.87%) Cloud Native
11 10 (0.87%) Learning Management System
12 9 (0.78%) NHS
13 8 (0.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 174 (15.10%) Windows
2 92 (7.99%) Linux
3 49 (4.25%) Windows 10
4 46 (3.99%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.34%) Windows 7
6 23 (2.00%) Unix
7 16 (1.39%) Windows Server 2016
8 13 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (0.69%) Apple iOS
10 8 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (0.52%) Android
12 5 (0.43%) Solaris
13 4 (0.35%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.26%) CentOS
14 3 (0.26%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.17%) Debian
16 1 (0.087%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.087%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (25.69%) Cybersecurity
2 227 (19.70%) Risk Management
3 201 (17.45%) Security Management
4 173 (15.02%) Information Security Management
5 140 (12.15%) ISMS
6 139 (12.07%) Agile Software Development
7 116 (10.07%) ITIL
8 114 (9.90%) Data Protection
9 96 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
10 95 (8.25%) Problem-Solving
11 93 (8.07%) Security Operations
12 91 (7.90%) Security Architecture
13 90 (7.81%) Project Management
14 88 (7.64%) Vulnerability Management
15 78 (6.77%) SIEM
16 73 (6.34%) Penetration Testing
17 69 (5.99%) DevOps
18 67 (5.82%) Risk Assessment
19 65 (5.64%) Change Management
20 64 (5.56%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 68 (5.90%) PowerShell
2 64 (5.56%) Python
3 54 (4.69%) SQL
4 29 (2.52%) Java
5 26 (2.26%) C
6 22 (1.91%) C#
7 18 (1.56%) Bash Shell
8 17 (1.48%) JavaScript
9 15 (1.30%) VBA
10 10 (0.87%) C++
10 10 (0.87%) PHP
11 8 (0.69%) T-SQL
12 7 (0.61%) Perl
12 7 (0.61%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.52%) VBScript
14 5 (0.43%) Go
14 5 (0.43%) Scala
14 5 (0.43%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.43%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.35%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 303 (26.30%) CISSP
2 227 (19.70%) CISM
3 173 (15.02%) Security Cleared
4 117 (10.16%) SC Cleared
5 112 (9.72%) Degree
6 77 (6.68%) CISA
7 56 (4.86%) GIAC
8 54 (4.69%) Cisco Certification
9 53 (4.60%) DV Cleared
10 46 (3.99%) CEH
11 45 (3.91%) CRISC
12 36 (3.13%) SANS
13 31 (2.69%) CESG Certified Professional
14 29 (2.52%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 28 (2.43%) CompTIA Security+
16 24 (2.08%) CLAS
17 22 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
18 19 (1.65%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
18 19 (1.65%) TOGAF Certification
19 18 (1.56%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 322 (27.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 140 (12.15%) NIST
3 139 (12.07%) GDPR
4 99 (8.59%) PCI DSS
5 66 (5.73%) NCSC
6 43 (3.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 39 (3.39%) COBIT
8 34 (2.95%) Cyber Essentials
9 28 (2.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 25 (2.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 22 (1.91%) Data Quality
11 22 (1.91%) SLA
12 21 (1.82%) PMO
13 20 (1.74%) QA
14 17 (1.48%) RMADS
15 15 (1.30%) JSP 440
16 12 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 7 (0.61%) NIST 800
18 6 (0.52%) ISO 22301
18 6 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 104 (9.03%) Active Directory
2 34 (2.95%) Docker
3 31 (2.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.95%) XenDesktop
5 10 (0.87%) Virtual Servers
6 8 (0.69%) BitLocker
6 8 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.52%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.43%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 5 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 4 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.35%) XenApp
10 3 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.17%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 2 (0.17%) Firmware
11 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.17%) Snort
11 2 (0.17%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (2.43%) Kubernetes
2 23 (2.00%) SCCM
3 21 (1.82%) Nessus
4 17 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
5 16 (1.39%) CSIRT
5 16 (1.39%) Terraform
6 14 (1.22%) Ansible
7 12 (1.04%) EnCase
7 12 (1.04%) FTK
7 12 (1.04%) RSA Archer
8 9 (0.78%) Grafana
8 9 (0.78%) Prometheus
9 8 (0.69%) Microsoft Intune
9 8 (0.69%) QRadar
10 5 (0.43%) Jamf Pro
10 5 (0.43%) Puppet
10 5 (0.43%) SCOM
11 4 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 4 (0.35%) PowerCLI
11 4 (0.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 165 (14.32%) Microsoft
2 60 (5.21%) Sony
3 54 (4.69%) Cisco
4 50 (4.34%) VMware
5 45 (3.91%) Oracle
6 40 (3.47%) SAP
7 32 (2.78%) Citrix
8 31 (2.69%) Splunk
9 22 (1.91%) Qualys
10 19 (1.65%) ServiceNow
11 18 (1.56%) Google
11 18 (1.56%) McAfee
12 14 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
13 11 (0.95%) Symantec
14 10 (0.87%) CheckPoint
14 10 (0.87%) Fortinet
14 10 (0.87%) Rapid7
14 10 (0.87%) Red Hat
15 9 (0.78%) CA
15 9 (0.78%) Palo Alto