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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Specialist
Rank 563 534 479
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -55
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 50 58 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.11% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.097% 0.12% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 33 56
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£475 £401 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.60% -11.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £354 £364
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £545 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £394 £413
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -4.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 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
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -41 42 £500 +21.13% 36
London -14 16 £550 +10.00% 8
South East -11 15 £438 -12.50% 9
Scotland +7 7 £450 +25.00%
Hampshire +1 6 £450 -14.28% 1
City of London -4 6 £465 +9.41% 2
Glasgow +3 5 £450 -
South West - 4 - - 2
Berkshire +15 3 £350 - 3
East of England +3 3 £600 +54.83% 7
East Midlands -6 3 £325 -
Suffolk - 3 £600 - 5
Gloucestershire - 3 - -
Winchester - 3 £450 -
Basingstoke +4 2 £500 -4.76% 1
Buckinghamshire -2 2 £400 -11.11% 1
Nottinghamshire -9 2 £325 -
Kent - 2 £525 - 2
Edinburgh - 2 £485 -
Newbury - 2 - - 2
Ipswich - 2 £600 - 4
Reading +7 1 £350 - 1
Milton Keynes -3 1 £400 -11.11% 1
Manchester -9 1 £325 - 1
Nottingham -10 1 £325 -
North West -19 1 £325 - 2
West Sussex - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £350 -
Bristol - 1 - - 2
Chatham - 1 £525 -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 45 (31.91%) Firewall
2 44 (31.21%) Finance
3 43 (30.50%) Information Security
4 37 (26.24%) Linux
4 37 (26.24%) Network Security
5 34 (24.11%) CISSP
6 30 (21.28%) CheckPoint
7 29 (20.57%) VMware
8 28 (19.86%) Windows
9 26 (18.44%) VMware Infrastructure
10 25 (17.73%) SIEM
10 25 (17.73%) DNS
11 23 (16.31%) Cisco
11 23 (16.31%) E-Commerce
12 22 (15.60%) Cisco Certification
13 21 (14.89%) CCNP
13 21 (14.89%) DHCP
13 21 (14.89%) Cisco ASA
14 20 (14.18%) Citrix
15 19 (13.48%) UNIX
15 19 (13.48%) Thin Client
15 19 (13.48%) Imperva
15 19 (13.48%) F5
15 19 (13.48%) Fat Client
15 19 (13.48%) Blue Coat
15 19 (13.48%) Cyber Security
16 18 (12.77%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 18 (12.77%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 18 (12.77%) CCSE
16 18 (12.77%) BIG-IP

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 4 (2.84%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (1.42%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.42%) IIS
3 2 (1.42%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (2.84%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.71%) BusinessWorks
1 1 (0.71%) TIBCO iProcess
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.26%) SaaS
1 6 (4.26%) PaaS
2 5 (3.55%) IaaS
3 4 (2.84%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.71%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 45 (31.91%) Firewall
2 37 (26.24%) Network Security
3 25 (17.73%) DNS
4 21 (14.89%) DHCP
4 21 (14.89%) Cisco ASA
5 18 (12.77%) DMVPN
5 18 (12.77%) BIG-IP
5 18 (12.77%) Cisco IOS
5 18 (12.77%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 18 (12.77%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 18 (12.77%) OSPF
5 18 (12.77%) BGP
5 18 (12.77%) NetScreen
6 15 (10.64%) TCP/IP
7 11 (7.80%) Internet
8 9 (6.38%) Intrusion Detection
9 7 (4.96%) HTTP
10 4 (2.84%) Wireless
10 4 (2.84%) LAN
11 3 (2.13%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.67%) MySQL
1 8 (5.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.13%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.71%) Spotfire
3 1 (0.71%) Couchbase
General
1 44 (31.21%) Finance
2 5 (3.55%) Banking
3 4 (2.84%) Games
4 3 (2.13%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.13%) Retail
5 2 (1.42%) Law
5 2 (1.42%) Legal
5 2 (1.42%) Advertising
6 1 (0.71%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.71%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.71%) International Banking
6 1 (0.71%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.71%) French Language
6 1 (0.71%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.67%) Web Services
2 7 (4.96%) XML
3 4 (2.84%) REST
4 3 (2.13%) .NET
5 2 (1.42%) JSP
5 2 (1.42%) SOAP
5 2 (1.42%) SAP XI
5 2 (1.42%) HTML
5 2 (1.42%) WCF
6 1 (0.71%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
6 1 (0.71%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.71%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.71%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.48%) Thin Client
1 19 (13.48%) Fat Client
2 17 (12.06%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (7.80%) Management Information System
4 10 (7.09%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.55%) Public Cloud
5 5 (3.55%) PKI
6 3 (2.13%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.42%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.42%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.42%) SecurID
7 2 (1.42%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.42%) Online Games
7 2 (1.42%) IBM Mainframe
7 2 (1.42%) BYOD
8 1 (0.71%) RMADS
8 1 (0.71%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.71%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.71%) PMI
8 1 (0.71%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 37 (26.24%) Linux
2 28 (19.86%) Windows
3 19 (13.48%) UNIX
4 4 (2.84%) Solaris
4 4 (2.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (1.42%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (1.42%) Android
5 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.42%) CentOS
5 2 (1.42%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.71%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (30.50%) Information Security
2 25 (17.73%) SIEM
3 23 (16.31%) E-Commerce
4 19 (13.48%) Cyber Security
5 17 (12.06%) Vulnerability Management
6 14 (9.93%) Security Architecture
6 14 (9.93%) Risk Management
7 11 (7.80%) Penetration Testing
7 11 (7.80%) Kalman Filter
8 10 (7.09%) Incident Management
8 10 (7.09%) Load Balancing
8 10 (7.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (6.38%) ITIL
9 9 (6.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 9 (6.38%) Mentoring
10 8 (5.67%) Line Management
11 7 (4.96%) Database Security
11 7 (4.96%) Risk Assessment
12 6 (4.26%) Security Management
12 6 (4.26%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 10 (7.09%) C
2 7 (4.96%) PHP
3 3 (2.13%) SQL
3 3 (2.13%) Perl
4 2 (1.42%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.42%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.71%) VBA
5 1 (0.71%) C#
5 1 (0.71%) Java
Qualifications
1 34 (24.11%) CISSP
2 22 (15.60%) Cisco Certification
3 21 (14.89%) CCNP
4 18 (12.77%) CCSE
4 18 (12.77%) Security Cleared
5 11 (7.80%) CISM
6 10 (7.09%) CISA
6 10 (7.09%) SC Cleared
7 8 (5.67%) Degree
7 8 (5.67%) CISMP
8 6 (4.26%) DV Cleared
8 6 (4.26%) CRISC
9 5 (3.55%) GIAC
10 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (1.42%) CCSA
11 2 (1.42%) GCIA
11 2 (1.42%) GCIH
11 2 (1.42%) MCSE
11 2 (1.42%) GCED
11 2 (1.42%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (12.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (8.51%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (2.84%) COBIT
4 2 (1.42%) QA
5 1 (0.71%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.71%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 26 (18.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (5.67%) Active Directory
3 3 (2.13%) Snort
4 2 (1.42%) RACF
4 2 (1.42%) XenServer
5 1 (0.71%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.71%) XenApp
5 1 (0.71%) ClearTrust
5 1 (0.71%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 4 (2.84%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (1.42%) AirWatch
2 2 (1.42%) Tivoli Identity Manager
2 2 (1.42%) Nessus
2 2 (1.42%) SCCM
3 1 (0.71%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 30 (21.28%) CheckPoint
2 29 (20.57%) VMware
3 23 (16.31%) Cisco
4 20 (14.18%) Citrix
5 19 (13.48%) Blue Coat
5 19 (13.48%) Imperva
5 19 (13.48%) F5
6 18 (12.77%) Infoblox
7 13 (9.22%) HP
7 13 (9.22%) McAfee
8 8 (5.67%) IBM
9 6 (4.26%) Microsoft
9 6 (4.26%) Oracle
10 5 (3.55%) SAP
11 4 (2.84%) Websense
11 4 (2.84%) Symantec
12 3 (2.13%) TIBCO
13 2 (1.42%) Red Hat
13 2 (1.42%) Sun
13 2 (1.42%) Rapid7
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