Period
to 20 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SSCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 January 2019 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.

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 842 837 809
Rank change year-on-year -5 -28 +71
Contract jobs citing SSCP 32 41 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.041% 0.049%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.17% 0.22% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 34 47
UK median daily rate £525 £463 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.51% +5.71% -6.67%
10th Percentile £324 £313 £341
90th Percentile £599 £639 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £538 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +7.50% +11.11% +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

SSCP 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 18,826 18,926 19,956
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.21% 19.04% 20.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,227 11,623 12,526
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £258 £225 £250
90th Percentile £625 £620 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 869 827 876
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.56 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.97% -5.54% -5.45%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.30 £50.00 £49.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.69 £27.50
% change year-on-year +7.05% -6.58% -

SSCP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SSCP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SSCP over the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSCP.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSCP within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 2019. 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 +8 28 £500 +5.26% 23
UK excluding London -12 21 £538 +7.50% 12
London -6 11 £475 +31.03% 12
East Midlands +10 4 £350 -30.00% 2
Midlands +6 4 £350 -30.00% 2
South East +1 4 £600 +20.00% 4
South West - 4 £500 - 1
Wales - 3 £550 -
East of England - 3 £275 - 1
North West -5 2 £500 +17.65% 1
North of England -23 2 £500 -4.76% 3
Scotland +7 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SSCP 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 SSCP.

1 31 (96.88%) CISSP
2 11 (34.38%) Firewall
2 11 (34.38%) Information Security
2 11 (34.38%) Security Cleared
3 10 (31.25%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (31.25%) DevOps
3 10 (31.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
4 9 (28.13%) Python
4 9 (28.13%) CISM
4 9 (28.13%) Bash Shell
4 9 (28.13%) Security Architecture
5 8 (25.00%) SIEM
5 8 (25.00%) Test Automation
5 8 (25.00%) Windows
5 8 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (25.00%) C#
5 8 (25.00%) .NET
5 8 (25.00%) ASP.NET
5 8 (25.00%) Java
5 8 (25.00%) CCNA
6 7 (21.88%) JIRA
6 7 (21.88%) Open Source
6 7 (21.88%) Microsoft Azure
6 7 (21.88%) DV Cleared
6 7 (21.88%) Cybersecurity
7 6 (18.75%) SANS
7 6 (18.75%) Security Management
7 6 (18.75%) Risk Management
7 6 (18.75%) Finance

SSCP
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 (15.63%) OpenStack
2 3 (9.38%) Apache Pig
Cloud Services
1 10 (31.25%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (21.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (15.63%) SaaS
4 3 (9.38%) Office 365
5 1 (3.13%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 11 (34.38%) Firewall
2 5 (15.63%) TCP/IP
2 5 (15.63%) Wireless
3 3 (9.38%) HTTP
3 3 (9.38%) LAN
3 3 (9.38%) SSL
3 3 (9.38%) VPN
3 3 (9.38%) WAN
4 2 (6.25%) Network Security
4 2 (6.25%) VoIP
5 1 (3.13%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (3.13%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (3.13%) DKIM
5 1 (3.13%) DMARC
5 1 (3.13%) DMZ
5 1 (3.13%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 1 (3.13%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 1 (3.13%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.38%) Apache Hive
1 3 (9.38%) Big Data
1 3 (9.38%) Hadoop
1 3 (9.38%) MySQL
1 3 (9.38%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (21.88%) JIRA
2 5 (15.63%) Bitbucket
3 4 (12.50%) Jenkins
4 3 (9.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (9.38%) CodeSonar
4 3 (9.38%) Git (software)
4 3 (9.38%) git-flow
4 3 (9.38%) Robot Framework
4 3 (9.38%) Selenium
General
1 6 (18.75%) Finance
1 6 (18.75%) Legal
2 3 (9.38%) Retail
3 2 (6.25%) Law
4 1 (3.13%) Billing
4 1 (3.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (25.00%) Architect
2 5 (15.63%) .NET Architect
2 5 (15.63%) .NET Solutions Architect
2 5 (15.63%) .NET Technical Architect
2 5 (15.63%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
2 5 (15.63%) Solutions Architect
2 5 (15.63%) Technical Architect
2 5 (15.63%) Technical Solutions Architect
3 4 (12.50%) Analyst
3 4 (12.50%) Security Analyst
4 3 (9.38%) Consultant
4 3 (9.38%) DevOps Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Information Security Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Security Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Software Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Information Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Information Assurance Consultant
5 2 (6.25%) Information Manager
5 2 (6.25%) Network Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.00%) .NET
1 8 (25.00%) ASP.NET
2 5 (15.63%) CSS
2 5 (15.63%) HTML
2 5 (15.63%) JSON
2 5 (15.63%) SAML
3 3 (9.38%) .NET Framework
3 3 (9.38%) Django
3 3 (9.38%) Java EE
3 3 (9.38%) LAMP
3 3 (9.38%) Node.js
3 3 (9.38%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (9.38%) REST
3 3 (9.38%) SOAP
3 3 (9.38%) Spring MVC
3 3 (9.38%) STL
4 2 (6.25%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Greenfield Project
1 5 (15.63%) Linux Command Line
1 5 (15.63%) Management Information System
2 3 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.38%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (6.25%) Cyberattack
3 2 (6.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (3.13%) CESG
4 1 (3.13%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (3.13%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.13%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.00%) Windows
2 6 (18.75%) Linux
3 3 (9.38%) Android
3 3 (9.38%) Apple iOS
3 3 (9.38%) Mac OS X
3 3 (9.38%) Unix
4 1 (3.13%) CentOS
4 1 (3.13%) Fedora
4 1 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (34.38%) Information Security
2 10 (31.25%) DevOps
3 9 (28.13%) Security Architecture
4 8 (25.00%) SIEM
4 8 (25.00%) Test Automation
5 7 (21.88%) Cybersecurity
5 7 (21.88%) Open Source
6 6 (18.75%) Risk Management
6 6 (18.75%) Security Management
7 5 (15.63%) Computer Science
7 5 (15.63%) Conceptual Models
7 5 (15.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 5 (15.63%) ITIL
7 5 (15.63%) TOGAF
7 5 (15.63%) Vulnerability Management
8 4 (12.50%) Mentoring
8 4 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
8 4 (12.50%) Systems Engineering
9 3 (9.38%) API Design
9 3 (9.38%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 9 (28.13%) Bash Shell
1 9 (28.13%) Python
2 8 (25.00%) C#
2 8 (25.00%) Java
3 5 (15.63%) C
4 4 (12.50%) PowerShell
5 3 (9.38%) C++
5 3 (9.38%) JavaScript
5 3 (9.38%) Objective-C
5 3 (9.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 31 (96.88%) CISSP
2 11 (34.38%) Security Cleared
3 9 (28.13%) CISM
4 8 (25.00%) CCNA
4 8 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (21.88%) DV Cleared
6 6 (18.75%) SANS
7 5 (15.63%) CompTIA Security+
7 5 (15.63%) GIAC
7 5 (15.63%) TOGAF Certification
8 4 (12.50%) MCSE
8 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (12.50%) SC Cleared
9 3 (9.38%) Linux+ Certification
9 3 (9.38%) Network+ Certification
10 2 (6.25%) CCNP
10 2 (6.25%) CESG Certified Professional
11 1 (3.13%) CISA
11 1 (3.13%) CRISC
11 1 (3.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (31.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (15.63%) PCI DSS
3 4 (12.50%) GDPR
4 1 (3.13%) COBIT
4 1 (3.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (3.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 4 (12.50%) Docker
2 3 (9.38%) vSphere
3 1 (3.13%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 4 (12.50%) Puppet
2 3 (9.38%) Salt
3 2 (6.25%) QRadar
4 1 (3.13%) Ansible
4 1 (3.13%) CASB
4 1 (3.13%) MIIS
4 1 (3.13%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
2 5 (15.63%) Splunk
3 2 (6.25%) AlienVault
3 2 (6.25%) Apple
3 2 (6.25%) Cisco
3 2 (6.25%) F5
3 2 (6.25%) IBM
3 2 (6.25%) McAfee
4 1 (3.13%) Blue Coat
4 1 (3.13%) CheckPoint
4 1 (3.13%) Forcepoint
4 1 (3.13%) Red Hat
4 1 (3.13%) Riverbed
4 1 (3.13%) SAP
4 1 (3.13%) Sophos
4 1 (3.13%) Symantec