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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Specialist
Rank 549 520 517
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 81 88 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.17% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 50 40
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£500 £420 £419
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.04% +0.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £370 £388
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £505 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
+26.66% -6.25%
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
54988 52129 49569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.20% 92.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 35155 31640 29452
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2023 2014 2146
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.10 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.24 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 -8 77 £500 +17.64% 18
South East -10 32 £450 +9.09% 2
London -21 28 £520 +22.35% 3
Hampshire +14 17 £450 +20.00% 1
Winchester - 14 £450 -
Berkshire +2 10 £550 -
South West +3 8 £513 +36.66% 2
Wiltshire -2 8 £513 +30.15% 1
City of London +12 6 £458 +1.66%
East of England +7 6 £550 +46.66% 5
Suffolk +9 5 £575 +53.33%
Ipswich +2 4 £575 +53.33%
Basingstoke 0 3 £500 -16.66%
Surrey -6 3 £390 -
Scotland -9 3 - - 1
Cobham - 3 £390 -
Glasgow +6 2 - -
Reading -5 2 £350 -
Swindon -5 2 - - 1
North West -29 2 £475 - 2
West Sussex - 2 - -
Malmesbury - 2 - -
East Midlands -6 1 £325 - 2
Cumbria -18 1 £475 -
Manchester -22 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 £325 -
Derby - 1 £325 -
Crawley - 1 - -
Horsham - 1 - -
Luton - 1 £463 - 1

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 62 (43.97%) Information Security
2 52 (36.88%) Firewall
3 46 (32.62%) Finance
4 42 (29.79%) CISSP
5 38 (26.95%) SIEM
6 27 (19.15%) Network Security
7 25 (17.73%) Linux
8 23 (16.31%) Windows
8 23 (16.31%) McAfee
9 22 (15.60%) Risk Management
10 21 (14.89%) PCI DSS
11 20 (14.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 20 (14.18%) Management Information System
11 20 (14.18%) Kalman Filter
12 19 (13.48%) Vulnerability Management
13 18 (12.77%) UNIX
13 18 (12.77%) Penetration Testing
14 17 (12.06%) CISM
15 16 (11.35%) Internet
15 16 (11.35%) CheckPoint
15 16 (11.35%) Security Cleared
16 15 (10.64%) VMware
16 15 (10.64%) Intrusion Detection
16 15 (10.64%) Security Architecture
16 15 (10.64%) CISA
16 15 (10.64%) Cisco
17 14 (9.93%) TCP/IP
17 14 (9.93%) Degree
18 13 (9.22%) VMware Infrastructure
18 13 (9.22%) Risk Assessment

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 5 (3.55%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.13%) Apache
3 2 (1.42%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.42%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.42%) IIS
4 1 (0.71%) Drupal
Applications
1 5 (3.55%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (0.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.42%) BusinessWorks
1 2 (1.42%) TIBCO iProcess
2 1 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.71%) Primavera
2 1 (0.71%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.42%) SaaS
1 2 (1.42%) PaaS
1 2 (1.42%) IaaS
2 1 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (36.88%) Firewall
2 27 (19.15%) Network Security
3 16 (11.35%) Internet
4 15 (10.64%) Intrusion Detection
5 14 (9.93%) TCP/IP
6 10 (7.09%) DNS
7 9 (6.38%) VPN
7 9 (6.38%) HTTP
8 8 (5.67%) Cisco ASA
8 8 (5.67%) Wireless
9 7 (4.96%) DHCP
10 5 (3.55%) SSL
11 4 (2.84%) LAN
11 4 (2.84%) IPsec
12 3 (2.13%) OSPF
12 3 (2.13%) WAN
12 3 (2.13%) FTP
12 3 (2.13%) HTTPS
12 3 (2.13%) Cisco PIX
13 2 (1.42%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.96%) MySQL
1 7 (4.96%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.13%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.42%) DB2
3 2 (1.42%) Spotfire
4 1 (0.71%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.71%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 1 (0.71%) JIRA
1 1 (0.71%) Hudson
1 1 (0.71%) Jenkins
1 1 (0.71%) Trac
General
1 46 (32.62%) Finance
2 8 (5.67%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.26%) Banking
4 5 (3.55%) Retail
5 2 (1.42%) Legal
5 2 (1.42%) Advertising
5 2 (1.42%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.71%) Electronics
6 1 (0.71%) Games
6 1 (0.71%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.71%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.67%) REST
2 6 (4.26%) XML
3 4 (2.84%) Web Services
4 3 (2.13%) .NET
4 3 (2.13%) SOAP
5 2 (1.42%) Middleware
5 2 (1.42%) SAP XI
6 1 (0.71%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.71%) WCF
6 1 (0.71%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
6 1 (0.71%) HTML
6 1 (0.71%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 20 (14.18%) Management Information System
2 12 (8.51%) Data Centre
3 10 (7.09%) PKI
4 9 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.26%) Mainframe
6 5 (3.55%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.84%) SecurID
8 3 (2.13%) SCADA
9 2 (1.42%) Internet of Things
9 2 (1.42%) Algorithms
9 2 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.42%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.42%) IBM Mainframe
9 2 (1.42%) Cryptography
9 2 (1.42%) Fixed Income
9 2 (1.42%) Equities
9 2 (1.42%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.71%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.71%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.71%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 25 (17.73%) Linux
2 23 (16.31%) Windows
3 18 (12.77%) UNIX
4 5 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.84%) Solaris
6 1 (0.71%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (43.97%) Information Security
2 38 (26.95%) SIEM
3 22 (15.60%) Risk Management
4 20 (14.18%) Kalman Filter
5 19 (13.48%) Vulnerability Management
6 18 (12.77%) Penetration Testing
7 15 (10.64%) Security Architecture
8 13 (9.22%) Database Security
8 13 (9.22%) Security Management
8 13 (9.22%) Risk Assessment
9 12 (8.51%) Cyber Security
9 12 (8.51%) Incident Management
10 11 (7.80%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 11 (7.80%) ITIL
11 9 (6.38%) Malware Detection\Protection
12 8 (5.67%) Information Security Management
13 7 (4.96%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 7 (4.96%) SDLC
14 6 (4.26%) Change Management
14 6 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.55%) Java
1 5 (3.55%) PHP
2 4 (2.84%) SQL
3 2 (1.42%) C++
4 1 (0.71%) C#
4 1 (0.71%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.71%) Perl
4 1 (0.71%) VBA
4 1 (0.71%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 42 (29.79%) CISSP
2 17 (12.06%) CISM
3 16 (11.35%) Security Cleared
4 15 (10.64%) CISA
5 14 (9.93%) Degree
6 9 (6.38%) CISMP
7 7 (4.96%) CRISC
7 7 (4.96%) SC Cleared
8 6 (4.26%) CCNP
8 6 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (3.55%) CEH
10 4 (2.84%) CCIE
10 4 (2.84%) GIAC
11 3 (2.13%) CCSE
11 3 (2.13%) MCSE
11 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (2.13%) DV Cleared
12 2 (1.42%) OSCP
12 2 (1.42%) OSCE
12 2 (1.42%) GWAPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (14.89%) PCI DSS
2 20 (14.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (4.96%) COBIT
4 6 (4.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (3.55%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (9.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (7.09%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.42%) RACF
3 2 (1.42%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.71%) XenApp
4 1 (0.71%) XenServer
4 1 (0.71%) Snort
4 1 (0.71%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 11 (7.80%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (1.42%) SCCM
3 1 (0.71%) Puppet
3 1 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.71%) CiscoWorks
3 1 (0.71%) Nagios
3 1 (0.71%) Nessus
Vendors
1 23 (16.31%) McAfee
2 16 (11.35%) CheckPoint
3 15 (10.64%) Cisco
3 15 (10.64%) VMware
4 13 (9.22%) F5
5 12 (8.51%) Blue Coat
5 12 (8.51%) Microsoft
6 11 (7.80%) Tripwire
7 10 (7.09%) IBM
8 9 (6.38%) Qualys
9 8 (5.67%) Oracle
9 8 (5.67%) Websense
10 6 (4.26%) SAP
10 6 (4.26%) Varonis
11 5 (3.55%) Juniper
12 4 (2.84%) TIBCO
12 4 (2.84%) ArcSight
13 3 (2.13%) Rapid7
13 3 (2.13%) Intel
13 3 (2.13%) Splunk
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