Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 756 871 848
Rank change year-on-year +115 -23 +23
Contract jobs citing SSCP 33 36 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.041% 0.034% 0.053%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.18% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 19 42
UK median daily rate £550 £540 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +27.06% -5.56%
10th Percentile £460 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £605 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £438
% change year-on-year - +25.71% -2.78%
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 16,585 20,091 19,488
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.72% 19.08% 18.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,235 11,942 11,974
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £256 £256 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 816 968 886
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.08% +3.15% -1.19%
10th Percentile £14.85 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.93 £51.00 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year +32.08% -1.85% -

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 12 December 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 11 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 12 December 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 +103 28 £550 +1.85% 16
UK excluding London +75 25 £550 - 12
South East +57 13 £541 -7.87% 1
London +98 8 £550 +3.29% 4
South West +3 5 £525 -4.55% 3
Wales +25 3 £550 -
Scotland - 2 £600 -
Midlands +45 1 £550 +57.14% 6
North of England +43 1 - - 1
East Midlands +21 1 £550 +57.14% 1
North West +14 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 27 (81.82%) CISSP
2 17 (51.52%) Finance
3 15 (45.45%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (36.36%) Microsoft
5 11 (33.33%) CISM
6 10 (30.30%) Firewall
6 10 (30.30%) Windows
6 10 (30.30%) Linux
6 10 (30.30%) Azure
6 10 (30.30%) AWS
6 10 (30.30%) Security Architecture
6 10 (30.30%) SIEM
7 9 (27.27%) Test Automation
7 9 (27.27%) TOGAF
7 9 (27.27%) TOGAF Certification
8 8 (24.24%) CompTIA Security+
8 8 (24.24%) Information Security
9 7 (21.21%) Network+ Certification
9 7 (21.21%) GCFA
9 7 (21.21%) Legal
9 7 (21.21%) Python
9 7 (21.21%) HTTPS
9 7 (21.21%) Computer Science
9 7 (21.21%) Open Source
9 7 (21.21%) SaaS
9 7 (21.21%) Security Operations
9 7 (21.21%) Greenfield Project
9 7 (21.21%) DevOps
9 7 (21.21%) Technology Roadmap
9 7 (21.21%) Architectural Design

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 2 (6.06%) Apache Spark
1 2 (6.06%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (6.06%) OpenStack
2 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 10 (30.30%) AWS
1 10 (30.30%) Azure
2 7 (21.21%) SaaS
3 3 (9.09%) Office 365
4 2 (6.06%) GCP
4 2 (6.06%) OpenShift
5 1 (3.03%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 10 (30.30%) Firewall
2 7 (21.21%) HTTPS
3 6 (18.18%) HTTP
4 5 (15.15%) SMTP
4 5 (15.15%) TCP/IP
5 4 (12.12%) Network Security
6 2 (6.06%) DNS
7 1 (3.03%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (3.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.06%) Big Data
2 1 (3.03%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Bitbucket
1 2 (6.06%) Git (software)
1 2 (6.06%) git-flow
1 2 (6.06%) JIRA
General
1 17 (51.52%) Finance
2 7 (21.21%) Legal
3 1 (3.03%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.03%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 10 (30.30%) Architect
2 8 (24.24%) AWS Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Analyst
3 7 (21.21%) AWS Solutions Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Azure Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Cloud Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Cloud Solutions Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Solutions Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Technical Architect
3 7 (21.21%) Technical Solutions Architect
4 5 (15.15%) Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) Security Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Security Engineer
6 3 (9.09%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 3 (9.09%) Information Assurance Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Security Architect
7 2 (6.06%) Automation Tester
7 2 (6.06%) Firewall Engineer
7 2 (6.06%) Information Security Architect
7 2 (6.06%) Security Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.06%) .NET
1 2 (6.06%) AngularJS
1 2 (6.06%) ASP.NET
1 2 (6.06%) GraphQL
1 2 (6.06%) Kafka
1 2 (6.06%) Node.js
1 2 (6.06%) React
1 2 (6.06%) REST
1 2 (6.06%) Spring
1 2 (6.06%) Spring MVC
1 2 (6.06%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (21.21%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (12.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 4 (12.12%) PKI
4 2 (6.06%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (6.06%) Virtual Team
5 1 (3.03%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (3.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (3.03%) Management Information System
5 1 (3.03%) SCADA
5 1 (3.03%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 10 (30.30%) Linux
1 10 (30.30%) Windows
2 5 (15.15%) Unix
3 4 (12.12%) Apple iOS
4 2 (6.06%) AIX
4 2 (6.06%) Android
4 2 (6.06%) Mac OS X
4 2 (6.06%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (45.45%) Cybersecurity
2 10 (30.30%) Security Architecture
2 10 (30.30%) SIEM
3 9 (27.27%) Test Automation
3 9 (27.27%) TOGAF
4 8 (24.24%) Information Security
5 7 (21.21%) Architectural Design
5 7 (21.21%) Computer Science
5 7 (21.21%) Conceptual Models
5 7 (21.21%) DevOps
5 7 (21.21%) Open Source
5 7 (21.21%) Security Operations
5 7 (21.21%) Technology Roadmap
6 5 (15.15%) Analytics
6 5 (15.15%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 5 (15.15%) Data Science
6 5 (15.15%) Malware Detection/Protection
6 5 (15.15%) Penetration Testing
6 5 (15.15%) Task Automation
6 5 (15.15%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 7 (21.21%) Python
2 6 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 6 (18.18%) SQL
3 5 (15.15%) Bash Shell
3 5 (15.15%) JavaScript
4 3 (9.09%) C
5 1 (3.03%) VBA
Qualifications
1 27 (81.82%) CISSP
2 11 (33.33%) CISM
3 9 (27.27%) TOGAF Certification
4 8 (24.24%) CompTIA Security+
5 7 (21.21%) GCFA
5 7 (21.21%) Network+ Certification
6 6 (18.18%) GCIA
6 6 (18.18%) GCIH
6 6 (18.18%) OSCP
7 4 (12.12%) CEH
7 4 (12.12%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (12.12%) Degree
8 3 (9.09%) CESG Certified Professional
8 3 (9.09%) GIAC
9 2 (6.06%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 2 (6.06%) CCNA
9 2 (6.06%) GCFE
9 2 (6.06%) Linux+ Certification
9 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (6.06%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (18.18%) PCI DSS
2 5 (15.15%) NIST
3 4 (12.12%) COBIT
3 4 (12.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 4 (12.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (9.09%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (6.06%) GDPR
System Software
1 3 (9.09%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.06%) Docker
2 2 (6.06%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (12.12%) CSIRT
2 2 (6.06%) Kubernetes
3 1 (3.03%) EnCase
3 1 (3.03%) FTK
Vendors
1 12 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 4 (12.12%) Palo Alto
3 3 (9.09%) Darktrace
4 2 (6.06%) Citrix
4 2 (6.06%) FireEye
4 2 (6.06%) Google
4 2 (6.06%) Proofpoint
4 2 (6.06%) ServiceNow
4 2 (6.06%) TippingPoint
4 2 (6.06%) VMware
5 1 (3.03%) ArcSight
5 1 (3.03%) CheckPoint
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco
5 1 (3.03%) LogRhythm
5 1 (3.03%) Splunk