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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Specialist
Rank 509 527 554
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 111 76 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.14% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.16% 0.089%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 38 28
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£401 £413 £481
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.90% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £388 £337
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £578 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £388 £450
% change year-on-year
- -13.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 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
52704 48932 53740
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.69% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32323 29402 30051
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2063 2086 2672
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 +25 106 £401 -2.90% 13
London +34 52 £425 -11.45% 8
South East +17 31 £400 +25.00% 2
Hampshire +1 14 £490 -
East of England -25 10 £375 -3.22%
Suffolk - 9 £375 -
Ipswich - 9 £375 -
City of London +29 8 £450 +9.09% 3
Berkshire +5 7 - - 2
South West -23 6 £363 +2.76%
Swindon -2 4 £394 +11.62%
Wiltshire -5 4 £394 +11.62%
Scotland -7 3 £435 - 1
Yorkshire -10 2 £425 +9.74%
Basingstoke - 2 £600 -
East Midlands - 2 - - 1
Reading +20 1 - - 1
York +4 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire -3 1 £401 +3.35%
Glasgow - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £450 -
Farnborough - 1 £375 -
North West - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Norfolk - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 1
Devon - - - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 62 (37.13%) Information Security
2 56 (33.53%) Network Security
3 51 (30.54%) Firewall
4 41 (24.55%) CISSP
5 39 (23.35%) Microsoft
6 38 (22.75%) Cisco
7 36 (21.56%) Penetration Testing
8 35 (20.96%) CheckPoint
9 33 (19.76%) Security Cleared
10 29 (17.37%) Finance
10 29 (17.37%) TCP/IP
10 29 (17.37%) Linux
11 28 (16.77%) ITIL
11 28 (16.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 28 (16.77%) Cyber Security
12 23 (13.77%) Windows
12 23 (13.77%) Cisco Certification
13 22 (13.17%) Information Assurance
14 21 (12.57%) SC Cleared
14 21 (12.57%) F5
15 20 (11.98%) Microsoft Certification
16 19 (11.38%) Security Management
16 19 (11.38%) VMware Infrastructure
16 19 (11.38%) VMware
17 18 (10.78%) Security Testing
17 18 (10.78%) Law
18 17 (10.18%) Citrix
18 17 (10.18%) HP
18 17 (10.18%) DNS
18 17 (10.18%) UNIX

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 8 (4.79%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.40%) WebSphere
2 4 (2.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (1.80%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (1.80%) Joomla!
3 3 (1.80%) CMS
4 2 (1.20%) Apache
5 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.60%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 15 (8.98%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (7.19%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 56 (33.53%) Network Security
2 51 (30.54%) Firewall
3 29 (17.37%) TCP/IP
4 17 (10.18%) DNS
4 17 (10.18%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 16 (9.58%) Intranet
5 16 (9.58%) Internet
6 15 (8.98%) BGP
6 15 (8.98%) DHCP
6 15 (8.98%) Cisco IOS
6 15 (8.98%) Cisco ASA
7 14 (8.38%) DMVPN
7 14 (8.38%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 14 (8.38%) BIG-IP
7 14 (8.38%) OSPF
7 14 (8.38%) NetScreen
8 7 (4.19%) SSL
9 6 (3.59%) VPN
10 5 (2.99%) WAN
10 5 (2.99%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.40%) DB2
2 3 (1.80%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.60%) Big Data
3 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.60%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 3 (1.80%) Eclipse
1 3 (1.80%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.60%) LoadRunner
General
1 29 (17.37%) Finance
2 18 (10.78%) Law
3 9 (5.39%) Banking
4 7 (4.19%) Legal
4 7 (4.19%) Financial Institution
4 7 (4.19%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.99%) Pharmaceutical
5 5 (2.99%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.20%) Retail
6 2 (1.20%) Games
6 2 (1.20%) Dutch Language
6 2 (1.20%) International Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.19%) .NET
2 9 (5.39%) HTML
3 6 (3.59%) ASP.NET
3 6 (3.59%) JSP
4 4 (2.40%) XML
4 4 (2.40%) Middleware
5 3 (1.80%) CSS
6 2 (1.20%) SOAP
6 2 (1.20%) REST
7 1 (0.60%) Web Services
7 1 (0.60%) WSH
7 1 (0.60%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.58%) Fat Client
1 16 (9.58%) Thin Client
2 14 (8.38%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (7.78%) Management Information System
4 10 (5.99%) PKI
5 6 (3.59%) CESG
5 6 (3.59%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.99%) Open Source
6 5 (2.99%) Blackberry
6 5 (2.99%) Data Protection Act
7 4 (2.40%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.40%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.80%) Economics
8 3 (1.80%) E-Learning
9 2 (1.20%) Clustering
9 2 (1.20%) CESG CLAS
9 2 (1.20%) RMADS
9 2 (1.20%) Online Games
9 2 (1.20%) SCADA
10 1 (0.60%) Freedom of Information Act
Operating Systems
1 29 (17.37%) Linux
2 23 (13.77%) Windows
3 17 (10.18%) UNIX
4 9 (5.39%) Windows 7
5 6 (3.59%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (2.99%) Solaris
6 5 (2.99%) Windows Vista
6 5 (2.99%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (2.40%) Android
7 4 (2.40%) Windows Mobile
7 4 (2.40%) AIX
7 4 (2.40%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.20%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.60%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.60%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (37.13%) Information Security
2 36 (21.56%) Penetration Testing
3 28 (16.77%) ITIL
3 28 (16.77%) Cyber Security
4 22 (13.17%) Information Assurance
5 19 (11.38%) Security Management
6 18 (10.78%) Security Testing
7 16 (9.58%) Change Control
7 16 (9.58%) ISMS
8 15 (8.98%) E-Commerce
8 15 (8.98%) SIEM
9 13 (7.78%) Ethical Hacking
10 9 (5.39%) Information Security Management
10 9 (5.39%) Risk Assessment
10 9 (5.39%) Risk Management
11 8 (4.79%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (4.79%) Data Protection
11 8 (4.79%) Time Management
11 8 (4.79%) Load Balancing
11 8 (4.79%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (5.99%) PowerShell
2 9 (5.39%) C
2 9 (5.39%) JavaScript
3 8 (4.79%) Java
4 4 (2.40%) C++
4 4 (2.40%) Perl
4 4 (2.40%) SQL
4 4 (2.40%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.80%) Python
5 3 (1.80%) AWK
6 2 (1.20%) VB
7 1 (0.60%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.60%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 41 (24.55%) CISSP
2 33 (19.76%) Security Cleared
3 23 (13.77%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (12.57%) SC Cleared
5 20 (11.98%) Microsoft Certification
6 17 (10.18%) CCSE
7 16 (9.58%) CCNP
8 15 (8.98%) CEH
9 14 (8.38%) GIAC
10 13 (7.78%) MCSE
11 11 (6.59%) DV Cleared
12 10 (5.99%) Degree
12 10 (5.99%) CISM
13 8 (4.79%) Check Point Certification
13 8 (4.79%) CISA
14 6 (3.59%) ISTQB
14 6 (3.59%) MCITP
14 6 (3.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 3 (1.80%) CCSP
16 2 (1.20%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (16.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (9.58%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.80%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.80%) COBIT
4 3 (1.80%) QA
5 2 (1.20%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.60%) GxP
6 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.60%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (11.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (5.39%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.20%) NFS
3 2 (1.20%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.60%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 7 (4.19%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (2.40%) SCCM
3 3 (1.80%) CORE IMPACT
3 3 (1.80%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 2 (1.20%) SCOM
4 2 (1.20%) Puppet
4 2 (1.20%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.60%) OpenView
5 1 (0.60%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.60%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 39 (23.35%) Microsoft
2 38 (22.75%) Cisco
3 35 (20.96%) CheckPoint
4 21 (12.57%) F5
5 19 (11.38%) VMware
6 17 (10.18%) Citrix
6 17 (10.18%) HP
6 17 (10.18%) Imperva
6 17 (10.18%) Blue Coat
7 14 (8.38%) Infoblox
7 14 (8.38%) McAfee
8 9 (5.39%) Sophos
9 8 (4.79%) Juniper
10 7 (4.19%) IBM
11 6 (3.59%) Oracle
12 5 (2.99%) Lumension
13 4 (2.40%) Sourcefire
13 4 (2.40%) ArcSight
13 4 (2.40%) MobileIron
14 3 (1.80%) QNX
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