Period
to 18 June 2018

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 18 June 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.

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
UK
6 months to
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 844 791 850
Rank change year-on-year -53 +59 +16
Contract jobs citing OSCP 24 41 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.024% 0.045% 0.037%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.22% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 19 19
UK median daily rate £556 £425 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.88% -15.00% +73.91%
10th Percentile £313 £389 £395
90th Percentile £738 £680 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £425 £485
% change year-on-year -23.53% -12.37% +61.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 18,856 18,406 22,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.94% 20.26% 21.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,297 11,386 14,182
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.36% +1.81%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 854 942 836
UK median hourly rate £24.69 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.72% -7.69% +44.44%
10th Percentile £12.53 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.75 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.94% -11.43% +55.56%

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 18 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Top 8 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 18 June 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 -67 18 £675 +58.82% 34
London -41 12 £725 +52.63% 19
UK excluding London -36 11 £325 -23.53% 18
Scotland - 4 £325 - 1
East of England -3 2 - -
South East -23 2 - - 8
South West - 2 £594 - 1
Wales - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, 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 14 (58.33%) Penetration Testing
2 12 (50.00%) CISSP
2 12 (50.00%) Information Security
3 11 (45.83%) GIAC
4 9 (37.50%) Finance
4 9 (37.50%) CEH
5 8 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 8 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (33.33%) Firewall
5 8 (33.33%) Web Services
5 8 (33.33%) Fintech
5 8 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
6 7 (29.17%) SANS
6 7 (29.17%) Linux
6 7 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (29.17%) Banking
6 7 (29.17%) Cybersecurity
6 7 (29.17%) DevOps
6 7 (29.17%) Security Testing
6 7 (29.17%) PKI
7 6 (25.00%) CSSLP
7 6 (25.00%) CISA
7 6 (25.00%) Windows
7 6 (25.00%) X.509
7 6 (25.00%) Runbook
8 5 (20.83%) CREST Certified
8 5 (20.83%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 5 (20.83%) OWASP
9 4 (16.67%) Sophos
9 4 (16.67%) Palo Alto

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 1 (4.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (4.17%) AWS CloudTrail
3 1 (4.17%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (33.33%) Firewall
2 6 (25.00%) X.509
3 1 (4.17%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (4.17%) Kerberos
3 1 (4.17%) Network Security
3 1 (4.17%) SSL
3 1 (4.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Burp Suite
1 1 (4.17%) Metasploit
1 1 (4.17%) sqlmap
General
1 9 (37.50%) Finance
2 7 (29.17%) Banking
3 1 (4.17%) Automotive
3 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (25.00%) Application Security Specialist
1 6 (25.00%) Applications Specialist
1 6 (25.00%) AWS Specialist
1 6 (25.00%) Cloud Specialist
1 6 (25.00%) Security Specialist
1 6 (25.00%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
1 6 (25.00%) Senior Security Specialist
2 5 (20.83%) Penetration Tester
2 5 (20.83%) Security Engineer
2 5 (20.83%) Tester
3 4 (16.67%) Architect
4 3 (12.50%) Firewall Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Security Architect
5 2 (8.33%) Consultant
5 2 (8.33%) Cybersecurity Architect
5 2 (8.33%) Security Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Information Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Junior
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (33.33%) Web Services
2 2 (8.33%) SAML
3 1 (4.17%) .NET
3 1 (4.17%) LDAP
3 1 (4.17%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (33.33%) Fintech
2 7 (29.17%) PKI
3 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (8.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.17%) Algorithms
4 1 (4.17%) Cloud Native
4 1 (4.17%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 7 (29.17%) Linux
2 6 (25.00%) Windows
3 2 (8.33%) Unix
4 1 (4.17%) Android
4 1 (4.17%) Apple iOS
4 1 (4.17%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (58.33%) Penetration Testing
2 12 (50.00%) Information Security
3 8 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
3 8 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 7 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (29.17%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (29.17%) DevOps
4 7 (29.17%) Security Testing
5 6 (25.00%) Runbook
6 5 (20.83%) OWASP
6 5 (20.83%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
7 2 (8.33%) Incident Management
7 2 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
7 2 (8.33%) SDLC
7 2 (8.33%) Security Architecture
7 2 (8.33%) Security Monitoring
7 2 (8.33%) Security Operations
7 2 (8.33%) TOGAF
7 2 (8.33%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 3 (12.50%) Java
2 2 (8.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (8.33%) Python
2 2 (8.33%) Ruby
3 1 (4.17%) Bash Shell
3 1 (4.17%) C#
3 1 (4.17%) C++
3 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (50.00%) CISSP
2 11 (45.83%) GIAC
3 9 (37.50%) CEH
4 7 (29.17%) SANS
5 6 (25.00%) CISA
5 6 (25.00%) CSSLP
6 5 (20.83%) CREST Certified
7 3 (12.50%) Degree
8 2 (8.33%) CCIE
8 2 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (8.33%) MCSE
8 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (4.17%) CCDP
9 1 (4.17%) CCNA
9 1 (4.17%) CISM
9 1 (4.17%) GISP
9 1 (4.17%) GPEN
9 1 (4.17%) GWAPT
9 1 (4.17%) MCP
9 1 (4.17%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) GDPR
1 1 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (4.17%) PCI DSS
1 1 (4.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (8.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.17%) Docker
2 1 (4.17%) IAG
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) Nmap
1 2 (8.33%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (4.17%) Kubernetes
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (4.17%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Palo Alto
1 4 (16.67%) Sophos
2 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.17%) Cisco
3 1 (4.17%) Google
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle
3 1 (4.17%) Qualys
3 1 (4.17%) Salesforce.com