The table below looks at the statistics for the Security Specialist role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Security Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Specialist
Rank 513 499 550
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +51
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 82 79 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.15% 0.081%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.16% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 43 31
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£414 £425 £488
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.64% -12.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £374 £388 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £567 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52042 49402 53772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.67% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31512 29330 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2126 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

Security Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Security Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Security Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Security Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Security Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Security Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Security Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Security Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Security Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Security Specialist
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 Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014. 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 -15 75 £415 -2.35% 7
London +27 38 £425 -12.59% 3
South East +14 19 £370 +15.62% 1
Berkshire +16 7 - -
Hampshire - 7 £365 - 1
Scotland -8 6 £370 -
City of London +29 4 £450 -9.54% 1
North West -2 4 - -
East of England -36 4 £375 -4.76%
East Midlands - 4 - - 2
Manchester -4 3 - -
Glasgow - 3 - -
Ipswich - 3 £375 -
Suffolk - 3 £375 -
Swindon -6 2 £394 +25.00% 1
Wiltshire -11 2 £394 +25.00% 1
South West -34 2 £394 +25.00% 1
Basingstoke - 2 - -
Reading +14 1 - -
York +7 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire +1 1 £401 +3.35%
Uxbridge -2 1 £475 -
Yorkshire -2 1 £401 +3.35%
Hertfordshire -16 1 £450 +24.13%
Farnborough - 1 £375 -
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - - 1

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Security Specialist in their job title 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 with Security Specialist in their job title.

1 55 (36.67%) Firewall
1 55 (36.67%) Information Security
2 54 (36.00%) Network Security
3 43 (28.67%) CISSP
4 40 (26.67%) CheckPoint
4 40 (26.67%) Cisco
5 32 (21.33%) Microsoft
5 32 (21.33%) Cisco Certification
6 31 (20.67%) Linux
7 29 (19.33%) Finance
7 29 (19.33%) VMware
7 29 (19.33%) VMware Infrastructure
7 29 (19.33%) F5
8 27 (18.00%) Security Cleared
8 27 (18.00%) Blue Coat
8 27 (18.00%) CCSE
8 27 (18.00%) Citrix
8 27 (18.00%) DNS
8 27 (18.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 26 (17.33%) CCNP
9 26 (17.33%) Thin Client
9 26 (17.33%) E-Commerce
9 26 (17.33%) Penetration Testing
9 26 (17.33%) Fat Client
10 25 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
10 25 (16.67%) Imperva
10 25 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
10 25 (16.67%) DHCP
10 25 (16.67%) BGP
11 24 (16.00%) OSPF

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Security Specialist in their job title 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 with Security Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (4.00%) Joomla!
1 6 (4.00%) CMS
1 6 (4.00%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (0.67%) Apache
3 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 13 (8.67%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.67%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (6.67%) assyst
2 1 (0.67%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.67%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 55 (36.67%) Firewall
2 54 (36.00%) Network Security
3 27 (18.00%) DNS
3 27 (18.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 25 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
4 25 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
4 25 (16.67%) DHCP
4 25 (16.67%) BGP
5 24 (16.00%) OSPF
5 24 (16.00%) NetScreen
5 24 (16.00%) BIG-IP
5 24 (16.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 24 (16.00%) DMVPN
6 17 (11.33%) TCP/IP
7 16 (10.67%) Intranet
8 12 (8.00%) Internet
9 5 (3.33%) SSL
9 5 (3.33%) VPN
9 5 (3.33%) WAN
10 4 (2.67%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.67%) DB2
2 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 3 (2.00%) Metasploit
General
1 29 (19.33%) Finance
2 12 (8.00%) Banking
3 11 (7.33%) Law
3 11 (7.33%) Financial Institution
4 6 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 5 (3.33%) Investment Banking
6 4 (2.67%) Retail
6 4 (2.67%) Legal
7 3 (2.00%) Marketing
7 3 (2.00%) Dutch Language
8 2 (1.33%) International Banking
8 2 (1.33%) Games
8 2 (1.33%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.67%) Advertising
9 1 (0.67%) Publishing
9 1 (0.67%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.00%) .NET
2 5 (3.33%) ASP.NET
2 5 (3.33%) JSP
2 5 (3.33%) HTML
3 3 (2.00%) Middleware
4 1 (0.67%) SOAP
4 1 (0.67%) REST
4 1 (0.67%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 26 (17.33%) Thin Client
1 26 (17.33%) Fat Client
2 15 (10.00%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.33%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.67%) E-Learning
5 6 (4.00%) CESG
5 6 (4.00%) PKI
6 5 (3.33%) Blackberry
6 5 (3.33%) Open Source
6 5 (3.33%) Economics
7 4 (2.67%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.33%) SCADA
8 2 (1.33%) RMADS
8 2 (1.33%) Online Games
8 2 (1.33%) Clustering
9 1 (0.67%) Replication
9 1 (0.67%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.67%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.67%) CESG CLAS
Operating Systems
1 31 (20.67%) Linux
2 24 (16.00%) Windows
3 14 (9.33%) UNIX
4 9 (6.00%) Windows 7
5 6 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 6 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (3.33%) Windows Vista
7 4 (2.67%) Windows Mobile
7 4 (2.67%) Android
7 4 (2.67%) Solaris
8 2 (1.33%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.67%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (36.67%) Information Security
2 26 (17.33%) E-Commerce
2 26 (17.33%) Penetration Testing
3 23 (15.33%) Information Assurance
4 22 (14.67%) ITIL
4 22 (14.67%) Security Management
5 15 (10.00%) Security Testing
6 14 (9.33%) Information Security Management
7 13 (8.67%) ISMS
7 13 (8.67%) Change Control
7 13 (8.67%) Cyber Security
8 11 (7.33%) Risk Management
8 11 (7.33%) Ethical Hacking
8 11 (7.33%) Load Balancing
9 10 (6.67%) SIEM
10 9 (6.00%) Risk Assessment
11 8 (5.33%) Time Management
11 8 (5.33%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (5.33%) Project Management
12 7 (4.67%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.00%) C
2 8 (5.33%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.33%) JavaScript
4 4 (2.67%) Java
5 3 (2.00%) C++
6 2 (1.33%) SQL
6 2 (1.33%) VB
7 1 (0.67%) PHP
Qualifications
1 43 (28.67%) CISSP
2 32 (21.33%) Cisco Certification
3 27 (18.00%) Security Cleared
3 27 (18.00%) CCSE
4 26 (17.33%) CCNP
5 17 (11.33%) Microsoft Certification
6 16 (10.67%) SC Cleared
7 15 (10.00%) CISM
8 12 (8.00%) Degree
8 12 (8.00%) CEH
8 12 (8.00%) CISA
8 12 (8.00%) GIAC
9 11 (7.33%) MCSE
10 10 (6.67%) DV Cleared
11 5 (3.33%) ISTQB
11 5 (3.33%) MCITP
11 5 (3.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 3 (2.00%) CCSP
12 3 (2.00%) Check Point Certification
13 2 (1.33%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (12.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (4.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 7 (4.67%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.00%) JSP 440
4 2 (1.33%) COBIT
4 2 (1.33%) QA
4 2 (1.33%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.67%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (19.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (7.33%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.33%) Terminal Services
3 2 (1.33%) NFS
4 1 (0.67%) RACF
4 1 (0.67%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.67%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 7 (4.67%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (2.67%) SCCM
3 3 (2.00%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (1.33%) SCOrch
4 2 (1.33%) Puppet
4 2 (1.33%) SCOM
5 1 (0.67%) OpenView
5 1 (0.67%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.67%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.67%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.67%) BMC Performance Manager
5 1 (0.67%) Nessus
5 1 (0.67%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 40 (26.67%) CheckPoint
1 40 (26.67%) Cisco
2 32 (21.33%) Microsoft
3 29 (19.33%) VMware
3 29 (19.33%) F5
4 27 (18.00%) Blue Coat
4 27 (18.00%) Citrix
5 25 (16.67%) Imperva
6 24 (16.00%) Infoblox
7 20 (13.33%) HP
8 13 (8.67%) McAfee
9 10 (6.67%) Juniper
10 9 (6.00%) Sophos
11 5 (3.33%) Lumension
12 4 (2.67%) MobileIron
12 4 (2.67%) Sourcefire
12 4 (2.67%) Oracle
12 4 (2.67%) SAP
13 3 (2.00%) Nokia
13 3 (2.00%) Dell
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