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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP)
UK
Rank 557 642 611
Rank change year-on-year +85 -31  
Contract jobs citing SSCP 36 2 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.079% 0.004% 0.025%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.38% 0.018% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 1 6
Median daily rate £430 £400 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% +40.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £400 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £400 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £285
% change year-on-year +12.50% +40.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Median hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £22.50

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9414 11094 10598
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.78% 20.85% 20.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5980 6917 6023
Median daily rate £420 £405 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 405 479
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

SSCP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Top 16 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +63 35 £428 +6.87% 6
North West - 19 £488 - 1
Manchester - 18 £525 - 1
Salford - 12 £538 -
London +44 11 £425 - 4
East of England +1 3 £400 -
Essex -5 3 £400 -
Chelmsford - 3 £400 -
Sheffield - 1 £600 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £600 -
Reading - 1 £425 -
Berkshire - 1 £425 - 1
South East - 1 £425 - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £600 -
Edinburgh - 1 £900 -
Scotland - 1 £900 -

SSCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SSCP 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 SSCP.

1 58 (92.06%) CISSP
2 46 (73.02%) SANS
3 41 (65.08%) Firewall
4 40 (63.49%) Information Security
5 39 (61.90%) WAN
5 39 (61.90%) LAN
6 37 (58.73%) Splunk
7 35 (55.56%) Cybersecurity
8 34 (53.97%) Linux
9 33 (52.38%) Unix
9 33 (52.38%) Windows
9 33 (52.38%) VoIP
9 33 (52.38%) TCP/IP
9 33 (52.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 33 (52.38%) Vulnerability Management
10 32 (50.79%) Patch Management
10 32 (50.79%) VPN
10 32 (50.79%) Apple
11 28 (44.44%) Elastic Stack
11 28 (44.44%) QRadar
12 26 (41.27%) Network Monitoring
13 21 (33.33%) IBM
13 21 (33.33%) Security Operations
13 21 (33.33%) LogRhythm
14 20 (31.75%) Security Cleared
15 19 (30.16%) SC Cleared
15 19 (30.16%) Case Management
16 17 (26.98%) CISM
16 17 (26.98%) Management Information System
17 16 (25.40%) Qualys

SSCP
Top Related 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 3 (4.76%) IIS
2 2 (3.17%) Apache
2 2 (3.17%) Jetty
2 2 (3.17%) Mongrel
2 2 (3.17%) nginx
2 2 (3.17%) Tomcat
2 2 (3.17%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.59%) JBoss
Cloud Services
1 10 (15.87%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (11.11%) Mimecast
4 2 (3.17%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (3.17%) Google App Engine
4 2 (3.17%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 41 (65.08%) Firewall
2 39 (61.90%) LAN
2 39 (61.90%) WAN
3 33 (52.38%) TCP/IP
3 33 (52.38%) VoIP
4 32 (50.79%) VPN
5 6 (9.52%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (7.94%) Wireless
7 2 (3.17%) DHCP
7 2 (3.17%) DNS
7 2 (3.17%) FTP
7 2 (3.17%) HTTP
7 2 (3.17%) IPsec
7 2 (3.17%) Network Security
7 2 (3.17%) SSL
8 1 (1.59%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (15.87%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Jenkins
1 2 (3.17%) Travis CI
General
1 9 (14.29%) Finance
2 5 (7.94%) Banking
2 5 (7.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 26 (41.27%) Analyst
2 23 (36.51%) Security Analyst
3 13 (20.63%) Technical Specialist
4 11 (17.46%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 9 (14.29%) Security Specialist
6 7 (11.11%) IT Analyst
6 7 (11.11%) IT Security Analyst
7 6 (9.52%) Security Officer
8 5 (7.94%) Technical Security Specialist
9 4 (6.35%) IT Security Officer
9 4 (6.35%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (6.35%) Senior Security Analyst
10 3 (4.76%) Cybersecurity Specialist
10 3 (4.76%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
10 3 (4.76%) Senior Security Specialist
10 3 (4.76%) SOC Analyst
11 2 (3.17%) Head of Security
11 2 (3.17%) Information Analyst
11 2 (3.17%) Information Security Analyst
11 2 (3.17%) Splunk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (44.44%) Elastic Stack
2 9 (14.29%) RESTful
3 8 (12.70%) Web Services
4 4 (6.35%) .NET
5 2 (3.17%) J2EE
5 2 (3.17%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 17 (26.98%) Management Information System
2 15 (23.81%) Cyber Attack
3 9 (14.29%) Security Operations Centre
4 5 (7.94%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.59%) Mobile Payment
5 1 (1.59%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 34 (53.97%) Linux
2 33 (52.38%) Unix
2 33 (52.38%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (63.49%) Information Security
2 35 (55.56%) Cybersecurity
3 33 (52.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 33 (52.38%) Vulnerability Management
4 32 (50.79%) Patch Management
5 26 (41.27%) Network Monitoring
6 21 (33.33%) Security Operations
7 19 (30.16%) Case Management
8 16 (25.40%) SIEM
9 14 (22.22%) Security Monitoring
10 11 (17.46%) Open Source
11 10 (15.87%) ITIL
12 8 (12.70%) Analytics
12 8 (12.70%) Data Analytics
12 8 (12.70%) Data Privacy
13 7 (11.11%) Coaching
13 7 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
13 7 (11.11%) Line Management
13 7 (11.11%) Root Cause Analysis
14 6 (9.52%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 9 (14.29%) Python
2 3 (4.76%) Java
3 1 (1.59%) C++
3 1 (1.59%) SQL
Qualifications
1 58 (92.06%) CISSP
2 46 (73.02%) SANS
3 20 (31.75%) Security Cleared
4 19 (30.16%) SC Cleared
5 17 (26.98%) CISM
6 8 (12.70%) Degree
7 5 (7.94%) CEH
8 4 (6.35%) GCWN
8 4 (6.35%) GISF
9 2 (3.17%) CCFP
9 2 (3.17%) CISA
9 2 (3.17%) DV Cleared
9 2 (3.17%) EnCE
9 2 (3.17%) GCFA
9 2 (3.17%) GCIA
9 2 (3.17%) GPEN
9 2 (3.17%) GREM
10 1 (1.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 1 (1.59%) GIAC
10 1 (1.59%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (12.70%) COBIT
2 8 (12.70%) GDPR
2 8 (12.70%) PCI DSS
3 2 (3.17%) ISAE 3402
3 2 (3.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (1.59%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (4.76%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.17%) Xen
Systems Management
1 28 (44.44%) QRadar
2 10 (15.87%) Kibana
3 9 (14.29%) logstash
3 9 (14.29%) Nessus
3 9 (14.29%) Nmap
4 8 (12.70%) Nexpose
5 5 (7.94%) RSA enVision
6 2 (3.17%) Puppet
7 1 (1.59%) SCCM
Vendors
1 37 (58.73%) Splunk
2 32 (50.79%) Apple
3 21 (33.33%) IBM
3 21 (33.33%) LogRhythm
4 16 (25.40%) Qualys
5 9 (14.29%) Microsoft
6 8 (12.70%) ArcSight
6 8 (12.70%) Intel
6 8 (12.70%) Intel Security
6 8 (12.70%) NetWitness
6 8 (12.70%) Snow
7 7 (11.11%) Tufin
8 3 (4.76%) Forcepoint
8 3 (4.76%) Sophos
8 3 (4.76%) Trustwave
9 2 (3.17%) Google
9 2 (3.17%) HP
9 2 (3.17%) VMware
10 1 (1.59%) Cisco
10 1 (1.59%) CyberArk