The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI QSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 June 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.

PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI QSA)
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 641 641
Contract jobs citing PCI QSA 0 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK - 0.006% 0.009%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.026% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 2
Median daily rate - £501 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.40%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £501 £425
% change year-on-year - +17.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

PCI QSA 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 8902 11739 10644
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.24% 21.83% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5326 7337 6185
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 445 556
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.64 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

PCI QSA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for PCI QSA in the UK

PCI QSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing PCI QSA.

Contractor daily rate trend for PCI QSA in the UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PCI QSA 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 PCI QSA.

1 13 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 11 (84.62%) Information Security
3 8 (61.54%) CISSP
4 6 (46.15%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (46.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (38.46%) Firewall
6 4 (30.77%) Information Security Management
6 4 (30.77%) Security Management
6 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
6 4 (30.77%) Client/Server
6 4 (30.77%) LAN
6 4 (30.77%) COBIT
6 4 (30.77%) Microsoft Azure
6 4 (30.77%) Office 365
6 4 (30.77%) Data Analysis
6 4 (30.77%) Data Protection
6 4 (30.77%) CESG Certified Professional
6 4 (30.77%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
6 4 (30.77%) NIST 800
6 4 (30.77%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (7.69%) Data Loss Prevention
7 1 (7.69%) CLAS
7 1 (7.69%) CREST Certified
7 1 (7.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (7.69%) Presales
7 1 (7.69%) Identity Access Management
7 1 (7.69%) Cybersecurity
7 1 (7.69%) CEH
7 1 (7.69%) Resource Management
7 1 (7.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley

PCI QSA
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 4 (30.77%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (30.77%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (38.46%) Firewall
2 4 (30.77%) LAN
Job Titles
1 8 (61.54%) Consultant
2 4 (30.77%) Audit Consultant
2 4 (30.77%) Compliance Consultant
2 4 (30.77%) Information Security Consultant
2 4 (30.77%) Information Security Specialist
2 4 (30.77%) Information Specialist
2 4 (30.77%) PCI DSS Consultant
2 4 (30.77%) PCI DSS Specialist
2 4 (30.77%) Security Consultant
2 4 (30.77%) Security Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Cybersecurity Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Information Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Information Security Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Security Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Security Architect
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Client/Server
1 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
2 1 (7.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) Information Security
2 6 (46.15%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (30.77%) Data Analysis
3 4 (30.77%) Data Protection
3 4 (30.77%) Information Security Management
3 4 (30.77%) Security Management
4 1 (7.69%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (7.69%) Data Loss Prevention
4 1 (7.69%) Identity Access Management
4 1 (7.69%) Presales
4 1 (7.69%) Resource Management
Qualifications
1 8 (61.54%) CISSP
2 4 (30.77%) CESG Certified Professional
2 4 (30.77%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
3 1 (7.69%) CEH
3 1 (7.69%) CISA
3 1 (7.69%) CLAS
3 1 (7.69%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (100.00%) PCI DSS
2 6 (46.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (30.77%) COBIT
3 4 (30.77%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 4 (30.77%) NIST 800
4 1 (7.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley