Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 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.

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 859 877 886
Rank change year-on-year +18 +9 +3
Contract jobs citing OSCP 19 17 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.018% 0.016% 0.006%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.099% 0.077% 0.031%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 9 4
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £511
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.15% +36.27%
10th Percentile £379 £443 £510
90th Percentile £663 £610 £678
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £600 -
% change year-on-year -16.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 -

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 19215 21966 22712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.69% 20.73% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 11759 13662 13661
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £382
% change year-on-year +3.23% +1.44% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 916 873 1092
UK median hourly rate £26.55 £26.00 £24.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.13% +7.12% +27.75%
10th Percentile £12.04 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.56% +8.00% +31.58%

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 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Top 7 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 17 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 +18 15 £500 +2.56% 13
UK excluding London +35 10 £500 -16.67% 12
South East +7 5 £500 - 3
London -9 5 £500 +2.56% 3
South West +4 2 £625 -
Scotland - 2 £401 -
East of England - 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 11 (57.89%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Linux
2 10 (52.63%) Information Security
3 9 (47.37%) CEH
3 9 (47.37%) Cybersecurity
4 8 (42.11%) Network Security
4 8 (42.11%) Penetration Testing
4 8 (42.11%) Firewall
4 8 (42.11%) CISSP
4 8 (42.11%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 7 (36.84%) Unix
5 7 (36.84%) Security Testing
6 6 (31.58%) CREST Certified
6 6 (31.58%) Security Monitoring
7 5 (26.32%) Threat Modelling
7 5 (26.32%) Degree
7 5 (26.32%) SIEM
7 5 (26.32%) Ethical Hacking
7 5 (26.32%) Internet
7 5 (26.32%) CISM
8 4 (21.05%) Finance
8 4 (21.05%) Microsoft
8 4 (21.05%) LDAP
8 4 (21.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 4 (21.05%) Nessus
8 4 (21.05%) Computer Science
8 4 (21.05%) PKI
8 4 (21.05%) SANS
9 3 (15.79%) Protective Monitoring
9 3 (15.79%) LogRhythm

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 2 (10.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.53%) Cloudflare
2 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (42.11%) Firewall
1 8 (42.11%) Network Security
2 5 (26.32%) Internet
3 4 (21.05%) LDAP
4 3 (15.79%) LAN
4 3 (15.79%) VPN
4 3 (15.79%) WAN
5 2 (10.53%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (10.53%) Kerberos
6 1 (5.26%) FTP
6 1 (5.26%) HTTP
6 1 (5.26%) IPsec
6 1 (5.26%) SMTP
6 1 (5.26%) SSH
6 1 (5.26%) SSL
6 1 (5.26%) TCP/IP
6 1 (5.26%) VoIP
6 1 (5.26%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (10.53%) Burp Suite
General
1 4 (21.05%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.26%) Banking
3 1 (5.26%) Dutch Language
3 1 (5.26%) French Language
3 1 (5.26%) Games
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Consultant
1 5 (26.32%) Security Consultant
1 5 (26.32%) Security Specialist
2 4 (21.05%) Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Architect
3 3 (15.79%) Security Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Security Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Application Security Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Applications Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Cybersecurity Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Cybersecurity Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Network Consultant
4 2 (10.53%) Network Security Consultant
4 2 (10.53%) Penetration Tester
4 2 (10.53%) Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Cloud Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) IT Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) Junior
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) Splunk Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) .NET
1 3 (15.79%) Web Services
2 2 (10.53%) SAML
3 1 (5.26%) OAuth2
3 1 (5.26%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 4 (21.05%) Computer Science
1 4 (21.05%) PKI
2 2 (10.53%) Algorithms
2 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.53%) Client/Server
2 2 (10.53%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (10.53%) N-Tier
3 1 (5.26%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (5.26%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 11 (57.89%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Linux
3 7 (36.84%) Unix
4 2 (10.53%) Android
4 2 (10.53%) Apple iOS
5 1 (5.26%) Kali Linux
5 1 (5.26%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) Information Security
2 9 (47.37%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (42.11%) Penetration Testing
3 8 (42.11%) Vulnerability Scanning
4 7 (36.84%) Security Testing
5 6 (31.58%) Security Monitoring
6 5 (26.32%) Ethical Hacking
6 5 (26.32%) SIEM
6 5 (26.32%) Threat Modelling
7 4 (21.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (15.79%) Incident Management
8 3 (15.79%) Malware Analysis
8 3 (15.79%) Protective Monitoring
8 3 (15.79%) Risk Management
8 3 (15.79%) Root Cause Analysis
9 2 (10.53%) Identity Access Management
9 2 (10.53%) Patch Management
9 2 (10.53%) SDLC
9 2 (10.53%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) Java
1 3 (15.79%) SQL
2 2 (10.53%) C
2 2 (10.53%) C#
2 2 (10.53%) C++
2 2 (10.53%) PHP
2 2 (10.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 9 (47.37%) CEH
2 8 (42.11%) CISSP
3 6 (31.58%) CREST Certified
4 5 (26.32%) CISM
4 5 (26.32%) Degree
5 4 (21.05%) SANS
6 3 (15.79%) DV Cleared
6 3 (15.79%) GIAC
6 3 (15.79%) Security Cleared
7 2 (10.53%) CISA
7 2 (10.53%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (10.53%) GPEN
8 1 (5.26%) CHECK Team Leader
8 1 (5.26%) CHECK Team Member
8 1 (5.26%) CSSLP
8 1 (5.26%) GCIH
8 1 (5.26%) GWAPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (10.53%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (10.53%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
2 2 (10.53%) GDPR
2 2 (10.53%) PCI DSS
2 2 (10.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (5.26%) QA
System Software
1 2 (10.53%) Active Directory
1 2 (10.53%) IAG
2 1 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) Nessus
2 3 (15.79%) Nmap
3 1 (5.26%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 1 (5.26%) EnCase
Vendors
1 4 (21.05%) Microsoft
2 3 (15.79%) LogRhythm
2 3 (15.79%) Qualys
3 2 (10.53%) AlienVault
3 2 (10.53%) Blue Coat
3 2 (10.53%) Forcepoint
3 2 (10.53%) IBM
3 2 (10.53%) Intel
3 2 (10.53%) McAfee
3 2 (10.53%) Oracle
3 2 (10.53%) Splunk
3 2 (10.53%) VMware
4 1 (5.26%) Bloomberg
4 1 (5.26%) CheckPoint
4 1 (5.26%) Citrix
4 1 (5.26%) F5
4 1 (5.26%) Sitecore