Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 879 855 865
Rank change year-on-year -24 +10 +30
Contract jobs citing OSCP 23 12 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.012% 0.026%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.065% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 8 12
UK median daily rate £600 £453 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.60% -15.81% +5.29%
10th Percentile £438 £371 £419
90th Percentile £738 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £515 £600
% change year-on-year -5.34% -14.17% +100.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
UK median hourly rate £47.50 - £35.00
10th Percentile £43.75 - £32.50
90th Percentile £51.25 - £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 - £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 19,074 18,582 22,660
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.55% 18.91% 21.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,269 11,265 14,091
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £243 £235 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 971 899 819
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.52% +5.45% +22.22%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.06 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.71 £47.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £32.00 £27.61
% change year-on-year -21.88% +15.90% +15.04%

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 25 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Top 9 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 25 September 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 -12 22 £600 +32.60% 31
London -2 14 £600 +20.00% 18
UK excluding London -20 9 £488 -5.34% 13
East of England -4 4 - - 2
South East -27 2 - - 6
South West -17 1 £625 -
Wales - 1 - -
North West - 1 £350 - 3
North of England - 1 £350 - 3

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 13 (56.52%) Penetration Testing
2 12 (52.17%) Ethical Hacking
3 11 (47.83%) GIAC
3 11 (47.83%) Information Security
3 11 (47.83%) CREST Certified
4 10 (43.48%) CEH
5 9 (39.13%) CISSP
6 8 (34.78%) SANS
7 7 (30.43%) Security Testing
7 7 (30.43%) Cybersecurity
8 6 (26.09%) Python
9 5 (21.74%) C
9 5 (21.74%) Windows
9 5 (21.74%) Linux
9 5 (21.74%) Banking
10 4 (17.39%) Finance
10 4 (17.39%) DevOps
10 4 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (17.39%) Amazon AWS
10 4 (17.39%) Vulnerability Management
10 4 (17.39%) Security Cleared
10 4 (17.39%) Mac OS
10 4 (17.39%) Reverse Engineering
10 4 (17.39%) Fintech
11 3 (13.04%) Runbook
11 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
11 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
11 3 (13.04%) DV Cleared
11 3 (13.04%) Ruby
11 3 (13.04%) PKI

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 (4.35%) IBM Domino
1 1 (4.35%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (17.39%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (4.35%) G Suite
3 1 (4.35%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (4.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.04%) Firewall
1 3 (13.04%) Wireshark
1 3 (13.04%) X.509
2 2 (8.70%) SSL
3 1 (4.35%) DKIM
3 1 (4.35%) DMARC
3 1 (4.35%) DNS
3 1 (4.35%) HTTP
3 1 (4.35%) Network Security
3 1 (4.35%) SMTP
3 1 (4.35%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Burp Suite
1 2 (8.70%) Xcode
2 1 (4.35%) Jenkins
General
1 5 (21.74%) Banking
2 4 (17.39%) Finance
3 2 (8.70%) Italian Language
3 2 (8.70%) Retail
4 1 (4.35%) Automotive
4 1 (4.35%) Legal
4 1 (4.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Penetration Tester
1 8 (34.78%) Tester
2 3 (13.04%) Application Security Specialist
2 3 (13.04%) Applications Specialist
2 3 (13.04%) AWS Specialist
2 3 (13.04%) Cloud Specialist
2 3 (13.04%) Consultant
2 3 (13.04%) Ethical Hacker
2 3 (13.04%) Security Consultant
2 3 (13.04%) Security Specialist
2 3 (13.04%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
2 3 (13.04%) Senior Security Specialist
3 1 (4.35%) Data Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) E-Commerce Consultant
3 1 (4.35%) Email Analyst
3 1 (4.35%) IT Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Security Manager
3 1 (4.35%) Security Technical Consultant
3 1 (4.35%) Senior Penetration Tester
3 1 (4.35%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) Web Services
2 2 (8.70%) .NET
3 1 (4.35%) LDAP
3 1 (4.35%) Regular Expression
3 1 (4.35%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Fintech
2 3 (13.04%) PKI
3 2 (8.70%) CESG
3 2 (8.70%) Computer Science
3 2 (8.70%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (8.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 2 (8.70%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (8.70%) EMV
3 2 (8.70%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.35%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Linux
1 5 (21.74%) Windows
2 4 (17.39%) Mac OS
3 2 (8.70%) Android
3 2 (8.70%) Apple iOS
3 2 (8.70%) Unix
4 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
4 1 (4.35%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Penetration Testing
2 12 (52.17%) Ethical Hacking
3 11 (47.83%) Information Security
4 7 (30.43%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (30.43%) Security Testing
5 4 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (17.39%) DevOps
5 4 (17.39%) Reverse Engineering
5 4 (17.39%) Vulnerability Management
6 3 (13.04%) OWASP
6 3 (13.04%) Runbook
6 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
7 2 (8.70%) Malware Analysis
7 2 (8.70%) Remediation Plan
7 2 (8.70%) SIEM
7 2 (8.70%) Task Automation
8 1 (4.35%) Coaching
8 1 (4.35%) Continuous Improvement
8 1 (4.35%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (4.35%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) Python
2 5 (21.74%) C
3 3 (13.04%) Bash Shell
3 3 (13.04%) C++
3 3 (13.04%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) Ruby
4 2 (8.70%) Apple Swift
4 2 (8.70%) C#
4 2 (8.70%) Perl
5 1 (4.35%) PHP
5 1 (4.35%) PowerShell
5 1 (4.35%) R
5 1 (4.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (47.83%) CREST Certified
1 11 (47.83%) GIAC
2 10 (43.48%) CEH
3 9 (39.13%) CISSP
4 8 (34.78%) SANS
5 4 (17.39%) Security Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) CISA
6 3 (13.04%) CSSLP
6 3 (13.04%) Degree
6 3 (13.04%) DV Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) GISP
6 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
7 2 (8.70%) Tigerscheme
8 1 (4.35%) CCSAM
8 1 (4.35%) CCSAS
8 1 (4.35%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (4.35%) MCP
8 1 (4.35%) MCSE
8 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.35%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) EnCase
1 1 (4.35%) Kubernetes
1 1 (4.35%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Intune
1 1 (4.35%) Nessus
1 1 (4.35%) Nmap
1 1 (4.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.70%) Remedy
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco
3 1 (4.35%) Google
3 1 (4.35%) IBM
3 1 (4.35%) IronPort
3 1 (4.35%) McAfee
3 1 (4.35%) Proofpoint
3 1 (4.35%) Qualys