Period
to 15 December 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for OSCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 15 December 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.

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
UK
6 months to
15 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 740 882 865
Rank change year-on-year +142 -17 +10
Contract jobs citing OSCP 48 27 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.026% 0.034%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 0.14% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 16 12
UK median daily rate £631 £550 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.77% +10.00% +12.36%
10th Percentile £448 £413 £378
90th Percentile £775 £650 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £506 £500 £550
% change year-on-year +1.25% -9.09% +35.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £47.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £47.50 -

OSCP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 16,470 19,924 19,462
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.81% 19.12% 18.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,178 11,845 11,963
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £256 £256 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 805 968 887
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.08% +3.92% -0.73%
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.08 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.69 £26.68
% change year-on-year +31.12% +0.04% -1.18%

OSCP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing OSCP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing OSCP.

Contractor daily rate trend for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing OSCP over the 6 months to 15 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSCP within the UK over the 6 months to 15 December 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 +143 47 £631 +14.77% 27
London +123 35 £680 +13.38% 15
UK excluding London +74 13 £506 +1.25% 12
South East +65 9 £513 - 2
South West - 3 £375 - 1
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 15 December 2019, IT contractor jobs citing OSCP 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 OSCP.

1 33 (68.75%) Penetration Testing
2 26 (54.17%) CREST Certified
3 19 (39.58%) Cybersecurity
4 17 (35.42%) Linux
5 16 (33.33%) AWS
6 15 (31.25%) Finance
6 15 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (29.17%) Windows
7 14 (29.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 11 (22.92%) Security Testing
9 10 (20.83%) OAuth
9 10 (20.83%) OWASP
9 10 (20.83%) Open Source
9 10 (20.83%) Ethical Hacking
9 10 (20.83%) CEH
9 10 (20.83%) PKI
9 10 (20.83%) GCIH
9 10 (20.83%) Python
9 10 (20.83%) X.509
9 10 (20.83%) OAuth2
10 9 (18.75%) JIRA
10 9 (18.75%) Confluence
10 9 (18.75%) SIEM
11 8 (16.67%) PowerShell
11 8 (16.67%) QA
11 8 (16.67%) CISSP
11 8 (16.67%) TCP/IP
11 8 (16.67%) DevOps
12 7 (14.58%) Analytics
12 7 (14.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service

OSCP
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 9 (18.75%) Confluence
2 1 (2.08%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 16 (33.33%) AWS
2 4 (8.33%) Azure
3 2 (4.17%) Office 365
4 1 (2.08%) GCP
4 1 (2.08%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 10 (20.83%) X.509
2 8 (16.67%) TCP/IP
3 7 (14.58%) HTTP
4 5 (10.42%) HTTPS
4 5 (10.42%) SMTP
5 4 (8.33%) Firewall
6 2 (4.17%) SSL
6 2 (4.17%) VoIP
6 2 (4.17%) Wireless
7 1 (2.08%) DMZ
7 1 (2.08%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.58%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 9 (18.75%) JIRA
2 4 (8.33%) Burp Suite
3 2 (4.17%) AppScan
4 1 (2.08%) Selenium
General
1 15 (31.25%) Finance
2 3 (6.25%) Law
3 1 (2.08%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (29.17%) Security Specialist
2 13 (27.08%) Application Security Specialist
2 13 (27.08%) Applications Specialist
3 12 (25.00%) Security Engineer
3 12 (25.00%) Tester
4 9 (18.75%) Penetration Tester
5 8 (16.67%) Analyst
5 8 (16.67%) Security Analyst
5 8 (16.67%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
5 8 (16.67%) Senior Security Specialist
6 7 (14.58%) Applications Engineer
7 5 (10.42%) Security Tester
8 4 (8.33%) Senior Applications Engineer
8 4 (8.33%) Senior Security Engineer
9 3 (6.25%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 3 (6.25%) Cybersecurity Engineer
10 2 (4.17%) Cybersecurity Consultant
10 2 (4.17%) Cybersecurity Manager
10 2 (4.17%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
10 2 (4.17%) Security Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.83%) OAuth
1 10 (20.83%) OAuth2
2 5 (10.42%) Web Services
3 2 (4.17%) .NET
4 1 (2.08%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (2.08%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (20.83%) PKI
2 7 (14.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 6 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (8.33%) Cyber Defence
5 3 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (6.25%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (6.25%) Management Information System
6 2 (4.17%) Virtual Team
7 1 (2.08%) Cyberattack
7 1 (2.08%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 17 (35.42%) Linux
2 14 (29.17%) Windows
3 3 (6.25%) Kali Linux
4 1 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.08%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (68.75%) Penetration Testing
2 19 (39.58%) Cybersecurity
3 15 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (29.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 11 (22.92%) Security Testing
6 10 (20.83%) Ethical Hacking
6 10 (20.83%) Open Source
6 10 (20.83%) OWASP
7 9 (18.75%) SIEM
8 8 (16.67%) DevOps
9 7 (14.58%) Analytics
9 7 (14.58%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
9 7 (14.58%) Fuzz Testing
9 7 (14.58%) SDLC
9 7 (14.58%) Security Auditing
9 7 (14.58%) Threat Intelligence
10 6 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
11 5 (10.42%) Data Science
11 5 (10.42%) Security Operations
11 5 (10.42%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (20.83%) Python
2 8 (16.67%) PowerShell
3 6 (12.50%) SQL
4 5 (10.42%) Bash Shell
4 5 (10.42%) JavaScript
5 4 (8.33%) Java
6 2 (4.17%) PHP
7 1 (2.08%) C
7 1 (2.08%) C#
7 1 (2.08%) C++
7 1 (2.08%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 26 (54.17%) CREST Certified
2 10 (20.83%) CEH
2 10 (20.83%) GCIH
3 8 (16.67%) CISSP
4 7 (14.58%) GPEN
4 7 (14.58%) Tigerscheme
5 6 (12.50%) GCFA
5 6 (12.50%) GCIA
5 6 (12.50%) SANS
5 6 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 6 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 6 (12.50%) SSCP
6 5 (10.42%) CompTIA Security+
6 5 (10.42%) GIAC
6 5 (10.42%) Network+ Certification
6 5 (10.42%) OSCE
7 4 (8.33%) CHECK Team Leader
7 4 (8.33%) CHECK Team Member
7 4 (8.33%) GWAPT
8 3 (6.25%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (16.67%) QA
2 6 (12.50%) NIST
3 2 (4.17%) JSP 440
3 2 (4.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) HP Fortify
1 3 (6.25%) Nessus
1 3 (6.25%) Nmap
2 2 (4.17%) WebInspect
3 1 (2.08%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 6 (12.50%) Darktrace
2 5 (10.42%) Netsparker
2 5 (10.42%) Veracode
3 3 (6.25%) Acunetix
3 3 (6.25%) Palo Alto
3 3 (6.25%) Rapid7
4 2 (4.17%) FireEye
4 2 (4.17%) Proofpoint
4 2 (4.17%) ServiceNow
4 2 (4.17%) Splunk
4 2 (4.17%) TippingPoint
5 1 (2.08%) ArcSight
5 1 (2.08%) Black Duck
5 1 (2.08%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.08%) Cisco
5 1 (2.08%) Google
5 1 (2.08%) HP
5 1 (2.08%) LogRhythm
5 1 (2.08%) Qualys
5 1 (2.08%) Sonatype