The table below looks at the statistics for CCSE in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited CCSE over the 3 months to 17 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE)
Rank 530 544 537
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -7
Contract jobs citing CCSE 63 55 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.098% 0.056%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.58% 0.50% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 34 12
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£425 £400 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +16.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £384 £329 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £450 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £401 £400 £308
% change year-on-year
+0.06% +30.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £39.00 £55.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.09% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £55.00 -
% change year-on-year
-29.09% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10798 11013 8885
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.32% 19.54% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6104 6209 4710
Average daily rate £390 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £223 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 547 500
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £48.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

CCSE
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing CCSE within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

CCSE Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

CCSE
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing CCSE within the UK.

CCSE Daily Rate Trend in the UK

CCSE
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing CCSE within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2015.

CCSE Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

CCSE
Hourly Rate Trend

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

CCSE Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

CCSE
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CCSE within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England 0 58 £425 +6.25% 21
London +3 17 £425 +7.93% 5
South East -21 15 £395 -7.05% 8
York +4 14 £413 +3.05%
North Yorkshire -4 14 £413 +3.05%
Yorkshire -16 14 £413 +3.05% 4
City of London +19 7 £488 +11.42% 2
Hampshire -7 7 £395 -8.98%
Berkshire +8 6 - - 4
East of England +20 5 £425 +6.25% 1
Basingstoke - 3 - -
Reading +8 2 - - 1
Bracknell +2 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - - 2
Milton Keynes - 2 - - 1
Essex +10 1 £425 +6.25%
West Midlands -15 1 £450 -
North West - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 £450 -
Stratford-upon-Avon - 1 £450 -
Maidenhead - 1 - - 1
Manchester - 1 - -
Marlow - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Slough - - - - 1
Bedford - - - - 1
Birmingham - - - -
Luton - - - -
Bradford - - - -
Bristol - - - - 2

CCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing CCSE also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited CCSE.

1 136 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 134 (98.53%) Cisco
3 124 (91.18%) Cisco Certification
4 118 (86.76%) Firewall
5 109 (80.15%) CCNP
6 108 (79.41%) F5
7 107 (78.68%) Cisco ASA
8 90 (66.18%) Blue Coat
9 76 (55.88%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 73 (53.68%) OSPF
11 71 (52.21%) Network Security
12 70 (51.47%) DNS
13 67 (49.26%) Cisco IOS
14 63 (46.32%) BIG-IP
15 62 (45.59%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 60 (44.12%) DHCP
17 59 (43.38%) VMware
18 53 (38.97%) BGP
19 52 (38.24%) Juniper
19 52 (38.24%) VMware Infrastructure
20 51 (37.50%) Infoblox
21 50 (36.76%) Citrix
22 47 (34.56%) CCSA
23 40 (29.41%) Linux
23 40 (29.41%) E-Commerce
23 40 (29.41%) Analytical Skills
24 39 (28.68%) HP
25 38 (27.94%) NetScreen
26 37 (27.21%) DMVPN
26 37 (27.21%) Load Balancing

CCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing CCSE also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited CCSE. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.47%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (0.74%) MS Office
1 1 (0.74%) MS Excel
1 1 (0.74%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (4.41%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 118 (86.76%) Firewall
2 107 (78.68%) Cisco ASA
3 76 (55.88%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 73 (53.68%) OSPF
5 71 (52.21%) Network Security
6 70 (51.47%) DNS
7 67 (49.26%) Cisco IOS
8 63 (46.32%) BIG-IP
9 62 (45.59%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 60 (44.12%) DHCP
11 53 (38.97%) BGP
12 38 (27.94%) NetScreen
13 37 (27.21%) DMVPN
14 25 (18.38%) Cisco Nexus
15 22 (16.18%) VPN
16 21 (15.44%) LAN
16 21 (15.44%) Cisco PIX
17 18 (13.24%) WAN
18 16 (11.76%) TCP/IP
19 14 (10.29%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.47%) SQL Server
1 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (10.29%) Telecoms
2 10 (7.35%) Finance
3 5 (3.68%) Banking
3 5 (3.68%) Spanish Language
4 3 (2.21%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.74%) Back Office
5 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.74%) Retail
5 1 (0.74%) Billing
5 1 (0.74%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 49 (36.03%) Network Engineer
2 36 (26.47%) Security Specialist
3 35 (25.74%) Network Specialist
4 34 (25.00%) Network Security Specialist
5 30 (22.06%) Security Engineer
6 18 (13.24%) Network Security Engineer
7 16 (11.76%) Analyst
8 9 (6.62%) Senior Network Engineer
9 7 (5.15%) Network Analyst
9 7 (5.15%) Network Consultant
9 7 (5.15%) Consultant
9 7 (5.15%) Senior Security Engineer
10 6 (4.41%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 6 (4.41%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
10 6 (4.41%) Network Security Consultant
10 6 (4.41%) Security Consultant
11 5 (3.68%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 5 (3.68%) Senior Analyst
11 5 (3.68%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
12 4 (2.94%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.21%) WAP
2 2 (1.47%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 40 (29.41%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (25.00%) Thin Client
2 34 (25.00%) Fat Client
3 7 (5.15%) PKI
4 5 (3.68%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (2.21%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.74%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 40 (29.41%) Linux
2 9 (6.62%) Windows
3 8 (5.88%) UNIX
4 6 (4.41%) Windows 2000
5 2 (1.47%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.74%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.74%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (29.41%) E-Commerce
2 37 (27.21%) Load Balancing
3 21 (15.44%) Mentoring
4 14 (10.29%) Line Management
4 14 (10.29%) ITIL
5 9 (6.62%) Incident Management
6 7 (5.15%) Project Management
6 7 (5.15%) Fault Management
7 6 (4.41%) Network Architecture
7 6 (4.41%) ITIL V3
7 6 (4.41%) Root Cause Analysis
8 5 (3.68%) Network Design
8 5 (3.68%) Migration
9 4 (2.94%) Requirements Analysis
9 4 (2.94%) Project Planning
9 4 (2.94%) Change Management
9 4 (2.94%) Change Control
9 4 (2.94%) Problem Management
10 3 (2.21%) Kalman Filter
10 3 (2.21%) Database Security
Programming Languages
1 26 (19.12%) C
2 4 (2.94%) Shell Script
3 3 (2.21%) Perl
Qualifications
1 124 (91.18%) Cisco Certification
2 109 (80.15%) CCNP
3 47 (34.56%) CCSA
4 28 (20.59%) CCSP
5 17 (12.50%) CCIE
6 12 (8.82%) CCNA
7 11 (8.09%) CCDP
8 9 (6.62%) Security Cleared
9 8 (5.88%) Degree
9 8 (5.88%) SC Cleared
10 6 (4.41%) HP ASE
10 6 (4.41%) HP MASE
10 6 (4.41%) CISSP
11 5 (3.68%) JNCIP
11 5 (3.68%) JNCIE
12 4 (2.94%) Check Point Certification
12 4 (2.94%) JNCIS
12 4 (2.94%) CCDA
13 2 (1.47%) MCSE
13 2 (1.47%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.41%) SLA
2 4 (2.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (2.21%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.21%) GPG13
4 1 (0.74%) QA
System Software
1 52 (38.24%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (12.50%) XenServer
3 13 (9.56%) ProxySG
4 3 (2.21%) Snort
5 2 (1.47%) Squid
5 2 (1.47%) Active Directory
5 2 (1.47%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 6 (4.41%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.21%) OpenView
2 3 (2.21%) Netcool
Vendors
1 136 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 134 (98.53%) Cisco
3 108 (79.41%) F5
4 90 (66.18%) Blue Coat
5 59 (43.38%) VMware
6 52 (38.24%) Juniper
7 51 (37.50%) Infoblox
8 50 (36.76%) Citrix
9 39 (28.68%) HP
10 35 (25.74%) Imperva
11 13 (9.56%) Fortinet
11 13 (9.56%) Nokia
12 8 (5.88%) Microsoft
12 8 (5.88%) Sourcefire
13 6 (4.41%) Radware
13 6 (4.41%) Riverbed
13 6 (4.41%) BMC
13 6 (4.41%) Red Hat
13 6 (4.41%) Nortel
13 6 (4.41%) Remedy