Period
to 16 December 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 16 December 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 876 861 865
Rank change year-on-year -15 +4 +33
Contract jobs citing OSCP 27 35 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.026% 0.034% 0.021%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.14% 0.18% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 12 12
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +12.36% -14.51%
10th Percentile £413 £378 £393
90th Percentile £650 £663 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £550 £405
% change year-on-year -9.09% +35.80% -23.58%
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 19,914 19,302 21,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.11% 18.81% 20.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,841 11,866 13,230
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.38% +2.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 884 853
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.60 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.54% +0.37% +2.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.17
90th Percentile £51.18 £49.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.69 £26.87 £27.00
% change year-on-year -0.64% -0.50% +8.00%

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 16 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Top 10 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 16 December 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 -9 26 £550 +10.00% 31
London +24 14 £600 +11.63% 15
UK excluding London -20 13 £500 -9.09% 16
Midlands -20 5 £500 - 4
East of England -16 4 - - 1
South East -15 2 - - 7
West Midlands - 2 - - 2
North West - 1 £350 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £550 -
North of England - 1 £350 - 4

For the 6 months to 16 December 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 16 (59.26%) Penetration Testing
2 15 (55.56%) CREST Certified
3 13 (48.15%) Python
4 10 (37.04%) C
4 10 (37.04%) Ethical Hacking
4 10 (37.04%) Cybersecurity
4 10 (37.04%) SANS
5 9 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (33.33%) GIAC
5 9 (33.33%) C#
5 9 (33.33%) Linux
6 8 (29.63%) Java
6 8 (29.63%) HTTP
6 8 (29.63%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (29.63%) Ruby
6 8 (29.63%) Degree
6 8 (29.63%) Burp Suite
7 7 (25.93%) Tigerscheme
7 7 (25.93%) Computer Science
7 7 (25.93%) PowerShell
7 7 (25.93%) Bash Shell
7 7 (25.93%) Information Security
7 7 (25.93%) CEH
8 6 (22.22%) GPEN
8 6 (22.22%) Mobile App
8 6 (22.22%) Social Engineering
8 6 (22.22%) Metasploit
8 6 (22.22%) Mathematics
8 6 (22.22%) Remediation Plan
9 5 (18.52%) Cyber Threat Intelligence

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 5 (18.52%) OpenStack
2 1 (3.70%) IBM Domino
2 1 (3.70%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 8 (29.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (18.52%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.70%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 8 (29.63%) HTTP
2 5 (18.52%) 802.11
2 5 (18.52%) SAN
2 5 (18.52%) SNMP
2 5 (18.52%) VPN
3 4 (14.81%) Wireless
3 4 (14.81%) Wireshark
4 3 (11.11%) Firewall
4 3 (11.11%) VoIP
5 1 (3.70%) DKIM
5 1 (3.70%) DMARC
5 1 (3.70%) DNS
5 1 (3.70%) Network Security
5 1 (3.70%) SMTP
5 1 (3.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.70%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 8 (29.63%) Burp Suite
2 6 (22.22%) Metasploit
3 3 (11.11%) Jenkins
4 2 (7.41%) Git (software)
4 2 (7.41%) Xcode
General
1 2 (7.41%) Banking
1 2 (7.41%) Italian Language
1 2 (7.41%) Military
1 2 (7.41%) Retail
2 1 (3.70%) Automotive
2 1 (3.70%) Finance
2 1 (3.70%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (51.85%) Penetration Tester
1 14 (51.85%) Tester
2 3 (11.11%) Consultant
2 3 (11.11%) Data Engineer
2 3 (11.11%) Ethical Hacker
2 3 (11.11%) Security Consultant
3 2 (7.41%) Machine Learning Engineer
4 1 (3.70%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 1 (3.70%) Cybersecurity Consultant
4 1 (3.70%) Data Science Engineer
4 1 (3.70%) Data Scientist
4 1 (3.70%) E-Commerce Consultant
4 1 (3.70%) Email Analyst
4 1 (3.70%) IT Engineer
4 1 (3.70%) Machine Learning Scientist
4 1 (3.70%) Security Analyst
4 1 (3.70%) Security Engineer
4 1 (3.70%) Team Leader
4 1 (3.70%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (3.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (18.52%) 802.1X
2 2 (7.41%) .NET
3 1 (3.70%) LDAP
3 1 (3.70%) Regular Expression
3 1 (3.70%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 6 (22.22%) Mobile App
2 5 (18.52%) Cyberthreat
2 5 (18.52%) SCADA
3 3 (11.11%) Wiki
4 2 (7.41%) CESG
4 2 (7.41%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (7.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (7.41%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (7.41%) EMV
5 1 (3.70%) Algorithms
5 1 (3.70%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (33.33%) Linux
2 5 (18.52%) Kali Linux
2 5 (18.52%) Windows
3 4 (14.81%) Mac OS
4 2 (7.41%) Android
4 2 (7.41%) Apple iOS
4 2 (7.41%) Windows Server
5 1 (3.70%) Unix
5 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (59.26%) Penetration Testing
2 10 (37.04%) Cybersecurity
2 10 (37.04%) Ethical Hacking
3 9 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (25.93%) Computer Science
4 7 (25.93%) Information Security
5 6 (22.22%) Mathematics
5 6 (22.22%) Remediation Plan
5 6 (22.22%) Social Engineering
6 5 (18.52%) Cyber Intelligence
6 5 (18.52%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 5 (18.52%) Open Source
6 5 (18.52%) OSINT
6 5 (18.52%) Patch Management
6 5 (18.52%) Security Architecture
6 5 (18.52%) Software Delivery
6 5 (18.52%) Threat Intelligence
6 5 (18.52%) Waterfall
7 4 (14.81%) Reverse Engineering
7 4 (14.81%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (48.15%) Python
2 10 (37.04%) C
3 9 (33.33%) C#
4 8 (29.63%) Java
4 8 (29.63%) Ruby
5 7 (25.93%) Bash Shell
5 7 (25.93%) PowerShell
6 5 (18.52%) Lua
7 4 (14.81%) C++
8 3 (11.11%) R
9 2 (7.41%) Apple Swift
9 2 (7.41%) Perl
10 1 (3.70%) PHP
10 1 (3.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 15 (55.56%) CREST Certified
2 10 (37.04%) SANS
3 9 (33.33%) GIAC
4 8 (29.63%) Degree
5 7 (25.93%) CEH
5 7 (25.93%) Tigerscheme
6 6 (22.22%) GPEN
7 5 (18.52%) CISSP
7 5 (18.52%) OSCE
8 4 (14.81%) Security Cleared
9 3 (11.11%) DV Cleared
9 3 (11.11%) GISP
9 3 (11.11%) SC Cleared
10 1 (3.70%) CCSAM
10 1 (3.70%) CCSAS
10 1 (3.70%) CompTIA Security+
10 1 (3.70%) GCFA
10 1 (3.70%) MCSA
10 1 (3.70%) MCTS
10 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.70%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (3.70%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (7.41%) Active Directory
1 2 (7.41%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (18.52%) Nessus
1 5 (18.52%) Nmap
2 2 (7.41%) EnCase
2 2 (7.41%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (7.41%) SCCM
3 1 (3.70%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 2 (7.41%) McAfee
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft
1 2 (7.41%) Remedy
2 1 (3.70%) Cisco
2 1 (3.70%) IBM
2 1 (3.70%) IronPort
2 1 (3.70%) Proofpoint