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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Specialist
Rank 507 509 503
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 92 61 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.12% 0.080%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.13% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 49 22
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£428 £401 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.74% -13.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £345 £332
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £505 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £401 £400 £525
% change year-on-year
+0.12% -23.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £68.00 £40.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+70.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £68.00 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year
+70.00% -

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
49598 47956 42731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.38% 92.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30070 28704 24525
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1954 2000 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 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 +19 86 £428 +6.74% 18
London +25 50 £475 +5.55% 8
City of London +28 20 £431 -2.81% 1
South East -24 16 £425 +22.30% 3
Yorkshire -11 14 £401 +0.06% 4
York +8 11 £401 +0.06%
North Yorkshire 0 11 £401 +0.06% 1
Buckinghamshire +3 7 £400 -15.78%
Milton Keynes +2 7 £400 -15.78%
Hampshire -11 5 £425 +23.18%
East of England +5 4 £400 -
Essex +8 3 £400 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £430 - 2
Scotland - 3 £250 -
Oxfordshire -16 2 £350 -
Oxford - 2 £350 -
South West -6 1 £590 +57.33% 1
Berkshire -9 1 - - 2
Gloucestershire -16 1 £590 +57.33%
Hertfordshire - 1 £375 -
Kent - 1 £430 - 1
Cheltenham - 1 £590 -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - - 2
Hammersmith - 1 £625 -
Docklands, London - - - -
North West - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
Moray - - - -
Coventry - - - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 77 (41.18%) Firewall
2 64 (34.22%) Network Security
3 54 (28.88%) Linux
3 54 (28.88%) Cisco
4 53 (28.34%) F5
5 51 (27.27%) CheckPoint
6 48 (25.67%) Cisco Certification
7 46 (24.60%) Imperva
8 44 (23.53%) Information Security
9 42 (22.46%) CCNP
9 42 (22.46%) DHCP
10 41 (21.93%) VMware
11 40 (21.39%) Finance
11 40 (21.39%) Cisco ASA
12 39 (20.86%) E-Commerce
13 38 (20.32%) DNS
13 38 (20.32%) OSPF
13 38 (20.32%) VMware Infrastructure
14 37 (19.79%) CCSE
15 36 (19.25%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 35 (18.72%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 35 (18.72%) Blue Coat
16 35 (18.72%) Citrix
17 34 (18.18%) BGP
17 34 (18.18%) NetScreen
17 34 (18.18%) Thin Client
17 34 (18.18%) BIG-IP
17 34 (18.18%) Cisco IOS
17 34 (18.18%) Fat Client
17 34 (18.18%) Infoblox

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 3 (1.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (0.53%) IIS
2 1 (0.53%) Apache
2 1 (0.53%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.53%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 9 (4.81%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.53%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.67%) SaaS
1 5 (2.67%) PaaS
2 4 (2.14%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.14%) IaaS
3 1 (0.53%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 77 (41.18%) Firewall
2 64 (34.22%) Network Security
3 42 (22.46%) DHCP
4 40 (21.39%) Cisco ASA
5 38 (20.32%) DNS
5 38 (20.32%) OSPF
6 36 (19.25%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 35 (18.72%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 34 (18.18%) DMVPN
8 34 (18.18%) BIG-IP
8 34 (18.18%) Cisco IOS
8 34 (18.18%) BGP
8 34 (18.18%) NetScreen
9 10 (5.35%) TCP/IP
10 8 (4.28%) Internet
10 8 (4.28%) LAN
11 6 (3.21%) WAN
11 6 (3.21%) Intrusion Detection
12 5 (2.67%) Wireless
12 5 (2.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.14%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.60%) MySQL
3 1 (0.53%) DB2
3 1 (0.53%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.53%) Couchbase
3 1 (0.53%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Git (software)
1 1 (0.53%) Jenkins
General
1 40 (21.39%) Finance
2 11 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.35%) Games
4 9 (4.81%) Retail
5 6 (3.21%) Publishing
6 3 (1.60%) Law
6 3 (1.60%) Legal
7 1 (0.53%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.53%) Banking
7 1 (0.53%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.53%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.53%) French Language
7 1 (0.53%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.88%) .NET
2 6 (3.21%) JSP
2 6 (3.21%) Web Services
2 6 (3.21%) HTML
3 5 (2.67%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.60%) SOAP
4 3 (1.60%) XML
5 2 (1.07%) Middleware
5 2 (1.07%) WCF
5 2 (1.07%) REST
6 1 (0.53%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.53%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 34 (18.18%) Thin Client
1 34 (18.18%) Fat Client
2 27 (14.44%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (4.28%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.67%) Open Source
5 4 (2.14%) Cryptography
5 4 (2.14%) SecurID
6 3 (1.60%) PKI
6 3 (1.60%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.07%) CESG
7 2 (1.07%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.07%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.07%) Online Games
7 2 (1.07%) RMADS
7 2 (1.07%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.53%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.53%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.53%) CESG CLAS
8 1 (0.53%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 54 (28.88%) Linux
2 29 (15.51%) Windows
3 19 (10.16%) UNIX
4 6 (3.21%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (1.60%) CentOS
6 3 (1.60%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.07%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.07%) Windows Mobile
7 2 (1.07%) Android
8 1 (0.53%) zOS
8 1 (0.53%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (23.53%) Information Security
2 39 (20.86%) E-Commerce
3 29 (15.51%) Cyber Security
4 25 (13.37%) SIEM
5 22 (11.76%) Load Balancing
5 22 (11.76%) ITIL
6 18 (9.63%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (8.56%) Vulnerability Management
8 15 (8.02%) Security Architecture
9 14 (7.49%) Line Management
9 14 (7.49%) Mentoring
10 13 (6.95%) Penetration Testing
11 11 (5.88%) Incident Management
11 11 (5.88%) Migration
11 11 (5.88%) Risk Management
12 9 (4.81%) Risk Assessment
13 8 (4.28%) Business Continuity
13 8 (4.28%) Security Testing
14 7 (3.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 7 (3.74%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 20 (10.70%) C
2 6 (3.21%) JavaScript
2 6 (3.21%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.67%) Java
4 4 (2.14%) PHP
4 4 (2.14%) SQL
5 3 (1.60%) C++
5 3 (1.60%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.60%) Python
6 2 (1.07%) Perl
7 1 (0.53%) VBA
7 1 (0.53%) C#
Qualifications
1 48 (25.67%) Cisco Certification
2 42 (22.46%) CCNP
3 37 (19.79%) CCSE
4 33 (17.65%) CISSP
5 24 (12.83%) Security Cleared
6 21 (11.23%) SC Cleared
7 16 (8.56%) Degree
8 13 (6.95%) CISM
9 10 (5.35%) CISA
9 10 (5.35%) CRISC
10 7 (3.74%) DV Cleared
10 7 (3.74%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (3.74%) CISMP
11 6 (3.21%) MCITP
12 5 (2.67%) ISTQB
12 5 (2.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 4 (2.14%) CCSA
14 3 (1.60%) Check Point Certification
14 3 (1.60%) GIAC
14 3 (1.60%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (14.44%) PCI DSS
2 15 (8.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.60%) ISO 9001
4 2 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (1.07%) COBIT
4 2 (1.07%) QA
5 1 (0.53%) JSP 440
System Software
1 38 (20.32%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (3.21%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.07%) Snort
3 2 (1.07%) XenServer
4 1 (0.53%) ACF2
4 1 (0.53%) ClearTrust
4 1 (0.53%) ISA Server
4 1 (0.53%) RACF
Systems Management
1 9 (4.81%) Nessus
2 3 (1.60%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.07%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 1 (0.53%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.53%) Puppet
4 1 (0.53%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 54 (28.88%) Cisco
2 53 (28.34%) F5
3 51 (27.27%) CheckPoint
4 46 (24.60%) Imperva
5 41 (21.93%) VMware
6 35 (18.72%) Blue Coat
6 35 (18.72%) Citrix
7 34 (18.18%) Infoblox
8 27 (14.44%) HP
9 14 (7.49%) Microsoft
10 11 (5.88%) McAfee
11 8 (4.28%) IBM
12 7 (3.74%) Qualys
13 6 (3.21%) Fortinet
13 6 (3.21%) Splunk
14 5 (2.67%) Red Hat
15 4 (2.14%) CA
15 4 (2.14%) Symantec
15 4 (2.14%) Oracle
15 4 (2.14%) Tufin
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