Period
to 5 August 2020

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 5 August 2020 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
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 531 768 882
Rank change year-on-year +237 +114 -42
Contract jobs citing OSCP 18 76 26
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.083% 0.025%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.44% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 64 19
Median daily rate £475 £500 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% -16.67% +34.83%
10th Percentile £355 £393 £313
90th Percentile £621 £700 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £444
% change year-on-year +5.26% +7.04% -0.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £64.00 -
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 8,783 17,353 19,310
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.66% 19.05% 18.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,241 10,557 11,437
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £245
90th Percentile £638 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 819 926
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +54.46% -24.05%
10th Percentile £16.82 £13.49 £12.69
90th Percentile £55.00 £58.15 £50.13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £23.65
% change year-on-year - +47.99% -23.05%

OSCP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing OSCP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing OSCP.

Daily rate trend for OSCP in the UK

OSCP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing OSCP over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

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 5 August 2020. 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 +234 17 £475 -5.00% 6
UK excluding London +223 9 £500 +5.26% 6
London +171 8 £450 -21.74% 3
South East +165 4 £500 +3.90% 1
Work from Home -22 4 £400 -20.00%
North West - 4 £400 - 1
North of England - 4 £400 - 2
East of England - 1 £600 -

For the 6 months to 5 August 2020, 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 12 (66.67%) Penetration Testing
2 10 (55.56%) CREST Certified
3 6 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (27.78%) Firewall
4 5 (27.78%) CISSP
4 5 (27.78%) Mobile App
4 5 (27.78%) Tigerscheme
5 4 (22.22%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 4 (22.22%) CHECK Team Leader
5 4 (22.22%) CHECK Team Member
5 4 (22.22%) Secure Coding
5 4 (22.22%) CISM
5 4 (22.22%) CEH
5 4 (22.22%) Security Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Degree
6 3 (16.67%) OWASP
6 3 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 3 (16.67%) CCSP
6 3 (16.67%) Risk Management
6 3 (16.67%) Cisco
6 3 (16.67%) Okta
6 3 (16.67%) Cyber Scheme
6 3 (16.67%) SANS
6 3 (16.67%) ECSA
7 2 (11.11%) Security Operations
7 2 (11.11%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (11.11%) Cisco Firepower
7 2 (11.11%) Red Team
7 2 (11.11%) IT Strategy

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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (11.11%) Office 365
2 1 (5.56%) Amazon EKS
2 1 (5.56%) AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (27.78%) Firewall
2 2 (11.11%) Cisco ASA
2 2 (11.11%) Cisco Firepower
2 2 (11.11%) Wireless
2 2 (11.11%) Wireless Security
3 1 (5.56%) Internet
3 1 (5.56%) Network Security
3 1 (5.56%) Skype
3 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
3 1 (5.56%) VoIP
3 1 (5.56%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) AppScan
1 2 (11.11%) Metasploit
1 2 (11.11%) Paros
2 1 (5.56%) Burp Suite
2 1 (5.56%) SonarQube
General
1 2 (11.11%) Advertising
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
1 2 (11.11%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (55.56%) Penetration Tester
1 10 (55.56%) Tester
2 4 (22.22%) Security Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Active Directory Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Architect
3 2 (11.11%) CISSP Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Digital Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Digital Transformation
3 2 (11.11%) Digital Transformation Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Applications Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Cisco Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Cisco Security Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Head of Operations
4 1 (5.56%) Security Penetration Tester
4 1 (5.56%) Security Tester
4 1 (5.56%) SIEM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) SAML
2 1 (5.56%) AngularJS
2 1 (5.56%) Node.js
2 1 (5.56%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (27.78%) Mobile App
2 2 (11.11%) Security Operations Centre
3 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.56%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (5.56%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (5.56%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Kali Linux
1 2 (11.11%) Windows
2 1 (5.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (66.67%) Penetration Testing
2 6 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
3 4 (22.22%) Secure Coding
3 4 (22.22%) Security Testing
4 3 (16.67%) OWASP
4 3 (16.67%) Risk Management
4 3 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 2 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (11.11%) DoDAF
5 2 (11.11%) Information Management
5 2 (11.11%) IT Strategy
5 2 (11.11%) Migration
5 2 (11.11%) MODAF
5 2 (11.11%) Open Source
5 2 (11.11%) Red Team
5 2 (11.11%) Security Operations
5 2 (11.11%) Test Automation
5 2 (11.11%) TOGAF
5 2 (11.11%) Validation
5 2 (11.11%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.11%) Python
1 2 (11.11%) SQL
2 1 (5.56%) Bash Shell
2 1 (5.56%) C++
2 1 (5.56%) Java
2 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
2 1 (5.56%) Perl
2 1 (5.56%) PHP
2 1 (5.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (55.56%) CREST Certified
2 6 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (27.78%) CISSP
3 5 (27.78%) Tigerscheme
4 4 (22.22%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 4 (22.22%) CEH
4 4 (22.22%) CHECK Team Leader
4 4 (22.22%) CHECK Team Member
4 4 (22.22%) CISM
5 3 (16.67%) CCSP
5 3 (16.67%) Cyber Scheme
5 3 (16.67%) Degree
5 3 (16.67%) ECSA
5 3 (16.67%) SANS
6 2 (11.11%) CCDP
6 2 (11.11%) CCIE
6 2 (11.11%) CISA
6 2 (11.11%) MCSE
6 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (11.11%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Active Directory
1 2 (11.11%) BitLocker
2 1 (5.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (11.11%) HP Fortify
1 2 (11.11%) Nessus
1 2 (11.11%) Nmap
1 2 (11.11%) Single Sign-On
1 2 (11.11%) WebInspect
2 1 (5.56%) Kubernetes
2 1 (5.56%) QRadar
Vendors
1 3 (16.67%) Cisco
1 3 (16.67%) Okta
2 2 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.56%) ArcSight
3 1 (5.56%) Splunk