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 23 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.

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP)
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 573 628 637
Rank change year-on-year +55 +9  
Contract jobs citing SSCP 29 15 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.062% 0.028% 0.004%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.13% 0.019%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 9 1
Median daily rate £380 £400 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% -15.78%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £400 £475
% change year-on-year +10.00% -15.78%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9015 11714 10685
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.26% 21.77% 19.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5392 7313 6190
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 493 442 560
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +16.32%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.55 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.08 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

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 23 June 2017.

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 20 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 23 June 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 +44 27 £375 -6.25% 6
London +19 16 £325 -35.00% 3
South East +9 6 £440 +1.14% 2
City of London +2 5 £325 -35.00%
West Sussex +15 4 £445 +2.89%
South West +4 2 - -
East of England -6 2 £363 -9.37%
Scotland - 2 £900 -
Peterborough - 2 £363 -
Edinburgh - 2 £900 -
Wimborne - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £363 -
Dorset - 2 - -
Surrey +8 1 £260 -43.78%
Crawley +2 1 £450 -
Manchester - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Southampton - 1 - -
Staines - 1 £260 -
North West - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 49 (75.38%) CISSP
2 39 (60.00%) Information Security
3 35 (53.85%) Cybersecurity
4 33 (50.77%) Firewall
5 32 (49.23%) SANS
6 31 (47.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 29 (44.62%) Windows
8 27 (41.54%) Splunk
9 23 (35.38%) CISM
10 20 (30.77%) LAN
10 20 (30.77%) WAN
11 19 (29.23%) Linux
11 19 (29.23%) LogRhythm
12 17 (26.15%) Unix
12 17 (26.15%) IBM
12 17 (26.15%) Active Directory
12 17 (26.15%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 16 (24.62%) VoIP
13 16 (24.62%) Network Monitoring
13 16 (24.62%) Elastic Stack
13 16 (24.62%) QRadar
13 16 (24.62%) SIEM
13 16 (24.62%) Vulnerability Management
14 15 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
14 15 (23.08%) Security Operations
14 15 (23.08%) Patch Management
14 15 (23.08%) TCP/IP
14 15 (23.08%) VPN
14 15 (23.08%) Apple
14 15 (23.08%) PCI DSS

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 3 (4.62%) IIS
2 2 (3.08%) Apache
2 2 (3.08%) Jetty
2 2 (3.08%) Mongrel
2 2 (3.08%) nginx
2 2 (3.08%) Tomcat
2 2 (3.08%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.54%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 15 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (10.77%) Mimecast
4 2 (3.08%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (3.08%) Google App Engine
4 2 (3.08%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (50.77%) Firewall
2 20 (30.77%) LAN
2 20 (30.77%) WAN
3 16 (24.62%) VoIP
4 15 (23.08%) TCP/IP
4 15 (23.08%) VPN
5 7 (10.77%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (6.15%) DNS
6 4 (6.15%) Network Security
6 4 (6.15%) Wireless
7 2 (3.08%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (3.08%) DHCP
7 2 (3.08%) FTP
7 2 (3.08%) HTTP
7 2 (3.08%) IPsec
7 2 (3.08%) SSL
8 1 (1.54%) DMZ
8 1 (1.54%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.85%) Redis
Development Applications
1 3 (4.62%) Metasploit
2 2 (3.08%) Jenkins
2 2 (3.08%) Travis CI
General
1 11 (16.92%) Finance
2 3 (4.62%) Banking
2 3 (4.62%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.08%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 37 (56.92%) Analyst
2 36 (55.38%) Security Analyst
3 14 (21.54%) IT Analyst
3 14 (21.54%) IT Security Analyst
4 13 (20.00%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) Security Specialist
6 5 (7.69%) Security Officer
7 4 (6.15%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) Senior Security Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Head of Infrastructure
8 3 (4.62%) Head of Security
8 3 (4.62%) IT Security Officer
8 3 (4.62%) Operations Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Security Operations Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
8 3 (4.62%) Senior Security Specialist
8 3 (4.62%) SOC Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Technical Specialist
9 2 (3.08%) Cybersecurity Specialist
9 2 (3.08%) Splunk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (24.62%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (9.23%) RESTful
2 6 (9.23%) Web Services
3 2 (3.08%) .NET
3 2 (3.08%) J2EE
3 2 (3.08%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 14 (21.54%) Management Information System
2 8 (12.31%) Security Operations Centre
3 7 (10.77%) Cyber Attack
4 3 (4.62%) Mainframe
5 2 (3.08%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (3.08%) NHS
6 1 (1.54%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 29 (44.62%) Windows
2 19 (29.23%) Linux
3 17 (26.15%) Unix
4 12 (18.46%) Windows 7
4 12 (18.46%) Windows Server
5 7 (10.77%) Windows 10
6 5 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (4.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (4.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (3.08%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (60.00%) Information Security
2 35 (53.85%) Cybersecurity
3 17 (26.15%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 16 (24.62%) Network Monitoring
4 16 (24.62%) SIEM
4 16 (24.62%) Vulnerability Management
5 15 (23.08%) Patch Management
5 15 (23.08%) Security Operations
6 11 (16.92%) ITIL
7 10 (15.38%) Case Management
7 10 (15.38%) Open Source
8 8 (12.31%) Data Privacy
9 7 (10.77%) Coaching
9 7 (10.77%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (10.77%) Line Management
10 6 (9.23%) Configuration Management
10 6 (9.23%) DevOps
11 5 (7.69%) Data Protection
12 4 (6.15%) Root Cause Analysis
12 4 (6.15%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 8 (12.31%) Python
2 5 (7.69%) PowerShell
3 2 (3.08%) Java
Qualifications
1 49 (75.38%) CISSP
2 32 (49.23%) SANS
3 23 (35.38%) CISM
4 12 (18.46%) Security Cleared
5 11 (16.92%) SC Cleared
6 9 (13.85%) CEH
6 9 (13.85%) Degree
7 6 (9.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (6.15%) GCWN
8 4 (6.15%) GISF
8 4 (6.15%) MCSA
9 3 (4.62%) CHFI
10 2 (3.08%) CASP
10 2 (3.08%) CompTIA Security+
10 2 (3.08%) DV Cleared
10 2 (3.08%) GIAC
10 2 (3.08%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 2 (3.08%) MCSE
10 2 (3.08%) Security+ Certification
11 1 (1.54%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (47.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 15 (23.08%) PCI DSS
3 13 (20.00%) COBIT
4 8 (12.31%) GDPR
5 2 (3.08%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (3.08%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (26.15%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.08%) Xen
Systems Management
1 16 (24.62%) QRadar
2 9 (13.85%) Kibana
3 8 (12.31%) logstash
4 4 (6.15%) RSA enVision
5 2 (3.08%) Nessus
5 2 (3.08%) Puppet
Vendors
1 27 (41.54%) Splunk
2 19 (29.23%) LogRhythm
3 17 (26.15%) IBM
4 15 (23.08%) Apple
5 13 (20.00%) Microsoft
6 9 (13.85%) Qualys
7 8 (12.31%) Sophos
8 7 (10.77%) Tufin
9 6 (9.23%) Symantec
10 4 (6.15%) McAfee
10 4 (6.15%) Palo Alto
11 3 (4.62%) Cisco
11 3 (4.62%) CyberArk
11 3 (4.62%) FireEye
11 3 (4.62%) Forcepoint
11 3 (4.62%) Red Hat
11 3 (4.62%) Trustwave
12 2 (3.08%) CheckPoint
12 2 (3.08%) HP
12 2 (3.08%) VMware