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 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
UK
Rank 567 615 617
Rank change year-on-year +48 +2  
Contract jobs citing OSCP 32 13 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.072% 0.025% 0.008%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.12% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 6 3
Median daily rate £475 £460 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +67.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £400 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £680 £500 £335
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 -
% change year-on-year +6.25% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9304 11046 10508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.91% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5913 6885 5992
Median daily rate £420 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 403 472
Median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.21% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.02 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

OSCP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing OSCP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Top 13 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 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +55 32 £475 +3.26% 27
South East +31 16 £425 +6.25% 6
Buckinghamshire - 14 £425 - 2
London +24 12 £475 -5.00% 3
Milton Keynes - 8 £425 - 2
Hertfordshire - 2 - - 2
Midlands - 2 - -
East of England - 2 - - 2
Feltham - 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Newport Pagnell - 1 £405 -
Reading - 1 - - 2
Berkshire - 1 - - 3

OSCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing OSCP 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 OSCP.

1 47 (85.45%) CREST Certified
2 41 (74.55%) Security Testing
2 41 (74.55%) CEH
3 40 (72.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 40 (72.73%) Security Cleared
4 37 (67.27%) DV Cleared
5 31 (56.36%) Windows
6 29 (52.73%) Unix
6 29 (52.73%) Risk Management
7 24 (43.64%) Penetration Testing
8 20 (36.36%) Incident Management
8 20 (36.36%) Protective Monitoring
9 17 (30.91%) SC Cleared
10 12 (21.82%) CISSP
11 11 (20.00%) SANS
12 9 (16.36%) Cybersecurity
12 9 (16.36%) Finance
13 8 (14.55%) Information Security
13 8 (14.55%) Network Security
13 8 (14.55%) CHECK Team Leader
13 8 (14.55%) CHECK Team Member
13 8 (14.55%) Threat Management
14 7 (12.73%) Mobile App
15 6 (10.91%) Social Engineering
15 6 (10.91%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 6 (10.91%) Ethical Hacking
15 6 (10.91%) CISA
16 5 (9.09%) Linux
16 5 (9.09%) Nessus
16 5 (9.09%) Degree

OSCP
Top Related 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:

Applications
1 4 (7.27%) MS Excel
1 4 (7.27%) MS Office
1 4 (7.27%) MS Project
1 4 (7.27%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (14.55%) Network Security
2 3 (5.45%) Firewall
3 2 (3.64%) IPv6
Development Applications
1 4 (7.27%) AppScan
2 3 (5.45%) Metasploit
3 2 (3.64%) Burp Suite
General
1 9 (16.36%) Finance
2 4 (7.27%) Legal
3 2 (3.64%) Financial Institution
3 2 (3.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (36.36%) Penetration Tester
1 20 (36.36%) Tester
2 14 (25.45%) Analyst
3 13 (23.64%) Security Analyst
4 9 (16.36%) Consultant
4 9 (16.36%) Security Consultant
5 5 (9.09%) Vulnerability Analyst
6 4 (7.27%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 4 (7.27%) DV Cleared Technical Consultant
6 4 (7.27%) Infrastructure Tester
6 4 (7.27%) Security Technical Consultant
6 4 (7.27%) Technical Consultant
6 4 (7.27%) Technical Security Consultant
6 4 (7.27%) Test Engineer
7 3 (5.45%) Network Consultant
7 3 (5.45%) Network Security Consultant
7 3 (5.45%) Security Architect
7 3 (5.45%) Security Engineer
7 3 (5.45%) Senior Penetration Tester
7 3 (5.45%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.27%) J2EE
1 4 (7.27%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.73%) Mobile App
2 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (7.27%) Management Information System
4 3 (5.45%) CESG
5 2 (3.64%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 31 (56.36%) Windows
2 29 (52.73%) Unix
3 5 (9.09%) Kali Linux
3 5 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (74.55%) Security Testing
2 40 (72.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 29 (52.73%) Risk Management
4 24 (43.64%) Penetration Testing
5 20 (36.36%) Incident Management
5 20 (36.36%) Protective Monitoring
6 9 (16.36%) Cybersecurity
7 8 (14.55%) Information Security
7 8 (14.55%) Threat Management
8 6 (10.91%) Ethical Hacking
8 6 (10.91%) Social Engineering
8 6 (10.91%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 5 (9.09%) OSSTMM
10 3 (5.45%) Cryptography
10 3 (5.45%) Data Flow Diagram
10 3 (5.45%) Defect Management
10 3 (5.45%) OWASP
10 3 (5.45%) SDLC
10 3 (5.45%) Security Architecture
10 3 (5.45%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.27%) C
1 4 (7.27%) C#
1 4 (7.27%) C++
1 4 (7.27%) Java
2 3 (5.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 47 (85.45%) CREST Certified
2 41 (74.55%) CEH
3 40 (72.73%) Security Cleared
4 37 (67.27%) DV Cleared
5 17 (30.91%) SC Cleared
6 12 (21.82%) CISSP
7 11 (20.00%) SANS
8 8 (14.55%) CHECK Team Leader
8 8 (14.55%) CHECK Team Member
9 6 (10.91%) CISA
10 5 (9.09%) Degree
10 5 (9.09%) GIAC
10 5 (9.09%) GPEN
11 2 (3.64%) CISM
11 2 (3.64%) OSCE
11 2 (3.64%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.45%) JSP 440
1 3 (5.45%) Web Application Security Consortium
2 2 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.64%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (9.09%) Nessus
2 4 (7.27%) HP Fortify
3 3 (5.45%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft