The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Security Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Security Specialist
Rank 558 551 531
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -20
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 99 110 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.19% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.20% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 77 74
Median daily rate £450 £475 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% +15.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £390 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £560 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £475 £400
% change year-on-year
-13.15% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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
50649 54325 53290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.96% 93.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 33107 34727 32509
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1691 2060 2120
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Security Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Security Specialist in the job title.

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 September 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 91 £450 -5.26% 27
London +2 41 £475 -9.52% 8
South East -10 16 £413 -8.33% 2
North West +19 15 £325 -31.57%
Berkshire +9 9 £515 -6.36% 1
City of London +15 8 £470 +7.42% 2
Manchester +3 7 £338 -
Merseyside - 7 £325 -
Southport - 7 £325 -
Scotland +14 5 £545 - 1
East of England +4 5 £413 -25.00% 2
Yorkshire +9 4 £469 - 4
Hertfordshire - 4 £413 - 1
Reading +16 3 £515 +3.00%
West Yorkshire +4 3 £488 - 1
Cheshire +2 3 - -
South West +1 3 £400 -21.95% 3
West Midlands - 3 £450 - 8
Stirling - 3 £545 -
Welwyn Garden City - 3 - -
Salford - 3 £325 -
Buckinghamshire +19 2 £431 +32.69% 1
Bradford +15 2 - -
Surrey +5 2 £215 -44.87%
Bedfordshire -5 2 £438 -5.40% 1
Hampshire -11 2 £400 -11.11%
North East - 2 - -
Gloucestershire - 2 £400 - 2
Sunderland - 2 - -
Tyne and Wear - 2 - -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, Security Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 70 (31.96%) Information Security
2 68 (31.05%) Cybersecurity
3 55 (25.11%) CISSP
4 54 (24.66%) Finance
5 52 (23.74%) Firewall
6 46 (21.00%) CISM
7 37 (16.89%) Security Cleared
7 37 (16.89%) Windows
8 34 (15.53%) Unix
9 30 (13.70%) Linux
9 30 (13.70%) CISA
9 30 (13.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 29 (13.24%) Cisco
11 27 (12.33%) Stakeholder Management
12 25 (11.42%) SC Cleared
13 23 (10.50%) CESG
13 23 (10.50%) Management Information System
13 23 (10.50%) Internet
14 22 (10.05%) TCP/IP
15 21 (9.59%) ITIL
15 21 (9.59%) Security Operations
16 19 (8.68%) Microsoft
16 19 (8.68%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 19 (8.68%) PCI DSS
17 18 (8.22%) Network Security
17 18 (8.22%) SIEM
18 17 (7.76%) Intel Security
18 17 (7.76%) Cisco Certification
18 17 (7.76%) VPN
18 17 (7.76%) Banking

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (2.28%) IIS
1 5 (2.28%) WebSphere
2 2 (0.91%) nginx
2 2 (0.91%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.46%) CICS
3 1 (0.46%) SAS
Applications
1 13 (5.94%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.28%) MS Office
3 2 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.91%) assyst
2 1 (0.46%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.65%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (1.37%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.37%) Google Apps
2 3 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.37%) Office 365
2 3 (1.37%) Trello
3 1 (0.46%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (23.74%) Firewall
2 23 (10.50%) Internet
3 22 (10.05%) TCP/IP
4 18 (8.22%) Network Security
5 17 (7.76%) VPN
6 16 (7.31%) SSL
7 14 (6.39%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (5.94%) Wireless
9 9 (4.11%) Intrusion Detection
9 9 (4.11%) LAN
9 9 (4.11%) WAN
10 7 (3.20%) DNS
11 5 (2.28%) Reverse Proxy
12 4 (1.83%) HTTP
13 3 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
14 2 (0.91%) Cisco Nexus
14 2 (0.91%) DHCP
14 2 (0.91%) Intranet
14 2 (0.91%) MPLS
15 1 (0.46%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.28%) DB2
2 4 (1.83%) MySQL
3 2 (0.91%) MongoDB
3 2 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.91%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.91%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 3 (1.37%) AppScan
1 3 (1.37%) JMeter
1 3 (1.37%) JUnit
1 3 (1.37%) LoadRunner
1 3 (1.37%) Selenium
1 3 (1.37%) SoapUI
1 3 (1.37%) Zephyr
2 2 (0.91%) CircleCI
2 2 (0.91%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.91%) Travis CI
General
1 54 (24.66%) Finance
2 17 (7.76%) Banking
3 15 (6.85%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.20%) Law
4 7 (3.20%) Legal
5 2 (0.91%) Automotive
5 2 (0.91%) Retail
6 1 (0.46%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.02%) 802.1X
2 9 (4.11%) .NET
3 7 (3.20%) XML
4 4 (1.83%) ASP.NET
4 4 (1.83%) HTML
4 4 (1.83%) Regular Expression
5 2 (0.91%) .NET Framework
5 2 (0.91%) Middleware
5 2 (0.91%) Web Services
6 1 (0.46%) OAuth
6 1 (0.46%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.46%) SAML
6 1 (0.46%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 23 (10.50%) CESG
1 23 (10.50%) Management Information System
2 17 (7.76%) PKI
3 16 (7.31%) Data Centre
4 15 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (5.02%) Mainframe
6 7 (3.20%) Cryptography
6 7 (3.20%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 4 (1.83%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (1.83%) Security Operations Centre
7 4 (1.83%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.37%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.37%) NHS
8 3 (1.37%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.91%) Computer Science
9 2 (0.91%) Cyber Attack
9 2 (0.91%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.91%) SCADA
10 1 (0.46%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.46%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 37 (16.89%) Windows
2 34 (15.53%) Unix
3 30 (13.70%) Linux
4 7 (3.20%) AIX
4 7 (3.20%) Windows Server
4 7 (3.20%) zOS
5 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (1.37%) CentOS
6 3 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.37%) Solaris
7 2 (0.91%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.91%) HPUX
8 1 (0.46%) Android
8 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (31.96%) Information Security
2 68 (31.05%) Cybersecurity
3 27 (12.33%) Stakeholder Management
4 21 (9.59%) ITIL
4 21 (9.59%) Security Operations
5 19 (8.68%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 18 (8.22%) SIEM
7 16 (7.31%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (7.31%) Penetration Testing
8 15 (6.85%) Process Improvement
9 14 (6.39%) Data Loss Prevention
9 14 (6.39%) Security Testing
9 14 (6.39%) Service Management
10 13 (5.94%) Project Management
10 13 (5.94%) Risk Management
10 13 (5.94%) Time Management
10 13 (5.94%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 12 (5.48%) Malware Detection/Protection
12 11 (5.02%) Strategic Planning
12 11 (5.02%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (6.85%) Java
2 11 (5.02%) JavaScript
3 10 (4.57%) PHP
4 9 (4.11%) Python
4 9 (4.11%) Ruby
5 8 (3.65%) C++
6 7 (3.20%) PowerShell
7 5 (2.28%) Perl
8 3 (1.37%) C
8 3 (1.37%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.37%) VBScript
9 2 (0.91%) COBOL
10 1 (0.46%) SQL
10 1 (0.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 55 (25.11%) CISSP
2 46 (21.00%) CISM
3 37 (16.89%) Security Cleared
4 30 (13.70%) CISA
5 25 (11.42%) SC Cleared
6 17 (7.76%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (4.11%) DV Cleared
8 8 (3.65%) CESG Certified Professional
9 7 (3.20%) CCNA
9 7 (3.20%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (2.74%) CCNP
11 5 (2.28%) CEH
11 5 (2.28%) Degree
11 5 (2.28%) ISTQB
11 5 (2.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (2.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 5 (2.28%) MCITP
12 4 (1.83%) APMP
12 4 (1.83%) ISEB
12 4 (1.83%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (13.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (8.68%) PCI DSS
3 10 (4.57%) COBIT
4 6 (2.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (1.83%) ISO22301
6 2 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.46%) QA
7 1 (0.46%) RMADS
7 1 (0.46%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (3.65%) RACF
2 6 (2.74%) Active Directory
3 5 (2.28%) ISA Server
3 5 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.83%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.37%) Snort
6 2 (0.91%) vSphere
7 1 (0.46%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 10 (4.57%) Nexpose
2 8 (3.65%) QRadar
3 7 (3.20%) zSecure
4 4 (1.83%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.83%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (1.83%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (1.83%) Nagios
4 4 (1.83%) Puppet
4 4 (1.83%) SCCM
5 3 (1.37%) HP Fortify
5 3 (1.37%) Nessus
5 3 (1.37%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.46%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.46%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.46%) OSSEC
Vendors
1 29 (13.24%) Cisco
2 19 (8.68%) Microsoft
3 17 (7.76%) Intel Security
4 15 (6.85%) Juniper
5 13 (5.94%) ArcSight
5 13 (5.94%) FireEye
6 12 (5.48%) LogRhythm
6 12 (5.48%) Symantec
7 11 (5.02%) F5
8 10 (4.57%) Blue Coat
8 10 (4.57%) GFI Software
8 10 (4.57%) Rapid7
8 10 (4.57%) Sourcefire
8 10 (4.57%) TippingPoint
9 9 (4.11%) HP
9 9 (4.11%) Splunk
9 9 (4.11%) VMware
10 7 (3.20%) CheckPoint
11 6 (2.74%) Akamai
11 6 (2.74%) Forcepoint