Period
to 17 November 2018

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 17 November 2018 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 849 833 863
Rank change year-on-year -16 +30 +33
Contract jobs citing SSCP 35 57 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.055% 0.038%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.29% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 41 40
UK median daily rate £550 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.41% -5.56% -2.70%
10th Percentile £335 £313 £343
90th Percentile £631 £538 £577
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +22.22% - +28.57%
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 19,332 19,375 22,111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.75% 18.84% 20.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,415 11,854 13,761
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £252 £221 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 942 919 873
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.66% +1.92% +6.93%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.06 £12.13
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £28.25 £27.00
% change year-on-year -7.96% +4.63% +8.00%

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 17 November 2018.

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 9 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 17 November 2018. 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 -30 32 £563 +32.35% 27
UK excluding London -9 23 £550 +22.22% 20
London -9 12 £540 +48.97% 8
South East -19 7 £588 +23.68% 7
South West - 5 £550 - 1
East Midlands - 5 - -
Midlands - 5 - -
East of England +3 3 £275 -35.29% 6
Wales - 3 £550 - 1

For the 6 months to 17 November 2018, 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 (88.57%) CISSP
2 15 (42.86%) Security Architecture
3 13 (37.14%) Information Security
3 13 (37.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (34.29%) Security Cleared
5 11 (31.43%) Amazon AWS
5 11 (31.43%) CISM
5 11 (31.43%) Firewall
5 11 (31.43%) Microsoft
5 11 (31.43%) DevOps
6 10 (28.57%) Python
7 9 (25.71%) C#
7 9 (25.71%) .NET
7 9 (25.71%) ASP.NET
7 9 (25.71%) Test Automation
7 9 (25.71%) PCI DSS
7 9 (25.71%) Bash Shell
8 8 (22.86%) SIEM
8 8 (22.86%) SC Cleared
8 8 (22.86%) Windows
8 8 (22.86%) Java
9 7 (20.00%) Linux
9 7 (20.00%) Legal
9 7 (20.00%) JIRA
9 7 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
9 7 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
10 6 (17.14%) SaaS
10 6 (17.14%) Open Source
10 6 (17.14%) Conceptual Models
10 6 (17.14%) Greenfield Project

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 (14.29%) OpenStack
2 3 (8.57%) Apache Pig
Cloud Services
1 11 (31.43%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (17.14%) SaaS
4 3 (8.57%) Office 365
5 1 (2.86%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 11 (31.43%) Firewall
2 6 (17.14%) Wireless
3 3 (8.57%) HTTP
3 3 (8.57%) SSL
3 3 (8.57%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.86%) DKIM
4 1 (2.86%) DMARC
4 1 (2.86%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (2.86%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) Apache Hive
1 3 (8.57%) Big Data
1 3 (8.57%) Hadoop
1 3 (8.57%) MySQL
1 3 (8.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) JIRA
2 5 (14.29%) Bitbucket
3 4 (11.43%) Jenkins
4 3 (8.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (8.57%) CodeSonar
4 3 (8.57%) Git (software)
4 3 (8.57%) git-flow
4 3 (8.57%) Robot Framework
4 3 (8.57%) Selenium
5 1 (2.86%) Metasploit
General
1 7 (20.00%) Legal
2 6 (17.14%) Finance
3 5 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Architect
2 6 (17.14%) .NET Architect
2 6 (17.14%) .NET Solutions Architect
2 6 (17.14%) .NET Technical Architect
2 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
2 6 (17.14%) Security Architect
2 6 (17.14%) Solutions Architect
2 6 (17.14%) Technical Architect
2 6 (17.14%) Technical Solutions Architect
3 5 (14.29%) Information Security Architect
4 4 (11.43%) Analyst
4 4 (11.43%) Information Manager
4 4 (11.43%) Information Security Manager
4 4 (11.43%) Security Manager
5 3 (8.57%) Consultant
5 3 (8.57%) DevOps Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Security Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) Software Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Security Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) SOC Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (25.71%) .NET
1 9 (25.71%) ASP.NET
2 5 (14.29%) CSS
2 5 (14.29%) HTML
2 5 (14.29%) JSON
2 5 (14.29%) SAML
3 3 (8.57%) .NET Framework
3 3 (8.57%) Django
3 3 (8.57%) Java EE
3 3 (8.57%) LAMP
3 3 (8.57%) Node.js
3 3 (8.57%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (8.57%) REST
3 3 (8.57%) SOAP
3 3 (8.57%) Spring MVC
3 3 (8.57%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Computer Science
1 6 (17.14%) Greenfield Project
1 6 (17.14%) Management Information System
2 5 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (14.29%) Linux Command Line
2 5 (14.29%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (5.71%) CESG
3 2 (5.71%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (5.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 2 (5.71%) PKI
3 2 (5.71%) Public Cloud
3 2 (5.71%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (2.86%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 8 (22.86%) Windows
2 7 (20.00%) Linux
3 3 (8.57%) Android
3 3 (8.57%) Apple iOS
3 3 (8.57%) Mac OS X
3 3 (8.57%) Unix
4 2 (5.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.86%) CentOS
5 1 (2.86%) Fedora
5 1 (2.86%) Ubuntu
5 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.86%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (42.86%) Security Architecture
2 13 (37.14%) Information Security
3 11 (31.43%) DevOps
4 9 (25.71%) Test Automation
5 8 (22.86%) SIEM
6 7 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
7 6 (17.14%) Conceptual Models
7 6 (17.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 6 (17.14%) Open Source
7 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
7 6 (17.14%) TOGAF
8 5 (14.29%) Mentoring
8 5 (14.29%) Penetration Testing
8 5 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (14.29%) Security Management
8 5 (14.29%) Strategic Thinking
8 5 (14.29%) Vulnerability Management
9 4 (11.43%) Information Assurance
9 4 (11.43%) Systems Engineering
10 3 (8.57%) Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 10 (28.57%) Python
2 9 (25.71%) Bash Shell
2 9 (25.71%) C#
3 8 (22.86%) Java
4 5 (14.29%) PowerShell
5 4 (11.43%) C
6 3 (8.57%) C++
6 3 (8.57%) JavaScript
6 3 (8.57%) Objective-C
6 3 (8.57%) PHP
Qualifications
1 31 (88.57%) CISSP
2 12 (34.29%) Security Cleared
3 11 (31.43%) CISM
4 8 (22.86%) SC Cleared
5 6 (17.14%) DV Cleared
5 6 (17.14%) GIAC
5 6 (17.14%) TOGAF Certification
6 5 (14.29%) CCNA
6 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (14.29%) CompTIA Security+
6 5 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (11.43%) CESG Certified Professional
7 4 (11.43%) MCSE
7 4 (11.43%) SANS
8 3 (8.57%) CEH
8 3 (8.57%) Degree
8 3 (8.57%) Linux+ Certification
8 3 (8.57%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (5.71%) GCIH
10 1 (2.86%) CHFI
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (37.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (25.71%) PCI DSS
3 3 (8.57%) GDPR
4 2 (5.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 2 (5.71%) JSP 440
4 2 (5.71%) SLA
5 1 (2.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 4 (11.43%) Docker
2 3 (8.57%) vSphere
3 1 (2.86%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (11.43%) Puppet
2 3 (8.57%) Salt
3 1 (2.86%) Ansible
3 1 (2.86%) CASB
3 1 (2.86%) MIIS
3 1 (2.86%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 11 (31.43%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.57%) SAP
2 3 (8.57%) Splunk
3 2 (5.71%) Red Hat
3 2 (5.71%) Sophos
3 2 (5.71%) Symantec
4 1 (2.86%) FireEye
4 1 (2.86%) Forcepoint