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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Specialist
Rank 550 518 469
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -49
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 63 71 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.15% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 53 53
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£450 £401 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.35% -11.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £375 £346
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £525 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £400 £413
% change year-on-year
+3.18% -3.03%
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
50953 48768 42881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.48% 92.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 31537 30266 24598
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1993 1997 2122
Average hourly rate £16.54 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.70% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 May 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 May 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 -34 56 £450 +12.35% 15
London +19 31 £475 - 5
City of London +6 13 £465 +3.33% 4
South East -15 13 £425 -10.52% 5
Scotland - 6 £450 -
Buckinghamshire +3 5 £400 -15.78%
South West +13 4 - -
Milton Keynes +7 4 £400 -15.78%
Hampshire +5 4 £438 -12.50% 1
Glasgow - 4 £450 -
East Midlands -12 3 £325 -
Yorkshire -35 3 £401 - 2
Gloucestershire - 3 - -
Winchester - 3 £450 -
Nottinghamshire -8 2 £325 -
West Yorkshire -12 2 - - 2
Oxfordshire -20 2 £350 -
Kent - 2 £525 - 1
Edinburgh - 2 £485 -
East of England -5 1 £375 -6.25% 2
Leeds -10 1 - - 2
Nottingham -11 1 £325 -
North Yorkshire -16 1 £401 -
York -17 1 £401 -
North West -23 1 £325 - 1
Manchester - 1 £325 - 1
Hertfordshire - 1 £375 -
Oxford - 1 £350 -
Pudsey - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 66 (42.04%) Firewall
2 58 (36.94%) Network Security
3 50 (31.85%) Linux
4 46 (29.30%) CheckPoint
5 42 (26.75%) Cisco
6 41 (26.11%) Cisco Certification
6 41 (26.11%) VMware
7 40 (25.48%) Finance
7 40 (25.48%) DHCP
7 40 (25.48%) DNS
8 39 (24.84%) CCNP
8 39 (24.84%) Cisco ASA
9 38 (24.20%) VMware Infrastructure
10 37 (23.57%) F5
10 37 (23.57%) Information Security
10 37 (23.57%) E-Commerce
11 36 (22.93%) OSPF
12 34 (21.66%) Citrix
12 34 (21.66%) CISSP
13 33 (21.02%) Thin Client
13 33 (21.02%) Blue Coat
13 33 (21.02%) Imperva
13 33 (21.02%) Fat Client
14 32 (20.38%) Cisco IOS
14 32 (20.38%) Infoblox
14 32 (20.38%) CCSE
14 32 (20.38%) BIG-IP
14 32 (20.38%) BGP
14 32 (20.38%) NetScreen
14 32 (20.38%) DMVPN

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (2.55%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (1.27%) IIS
3 2 (1.27%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 5 (3.18%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.64%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.82%) SaaS
1 6 (3.82%) PaaS
2 5 (3.18%) IaaS
3 4 (2.55%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 66 (42.04%) Firewall
2 58 (36.94%) Network Security
3 40 (25.48%) DHCP
3 40 (25.48%) DNS
4 39 (24.84%) Cisco ASA
5 36 (22.93%) OSPF
6 32 (20.38%) BGP
6 32 (20.38%) NetScreen
6 32 (20.38%) DMVPN
6 32 (20.38%) BIG-IP
6 32 (20.38%) Cisco IOS
6 32 (20.38%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 32 (20.38%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 15 (9.55%) TCP/IP
8 14 (8.92%) Internet
9 8 (5.10%) LAN
9 8 (5.10%) Intrusion Detection
10 7 (4.46%) Wireless
11 6 (3.82%) WAN
11 6 (3.82%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.10%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.46%) MySQL
3 3 (1.91%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.64%) Couchbase
General
1 40 (25.48%) Finance
2 7 (4.46%) Games
3 6 (3.82%) Retail
4 5 (3.18%) Banking
4 5 (3.18%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.27%) Law
5 2 (1.27%) Legal
6 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.64%) Advertising
6 1 (0.64%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.64%) International Banking
6 1 (0.64%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.64%) French Language
6 1 (0.64%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.82%) Web Services
2 5 (3.18%) .NET
3 4 (2.55%) XML
4 3 (1.91%) JSP
4 3 (1.91%) HTML
5 2 (1.27%) SOAP
5 2 (1.27%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.27%) WCF
6 1 (0.64%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
6 1 (0.64%) REST
6 1 (0.64%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.64%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 33 (21.02%) Thin Client
1 33 (21.02%) Fat Client
2 25 (15.92%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (7.64%) Data Centre
4 11 (7.01%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.18%) Public Cloud
6 4 (2.55%) SecurID
6 4 (2.55%) PKI
7 3 (1.91%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.91%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.27%) BYOD
8 2 (1.27%) Online Games
8 2 (1.27%) IBM Mainframe
8 2 (1.27%) RMADS
8 2 (1.27%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.27%) CESG
8 2 (1.27%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.64%) PMI
9 1 (0.64%) CESG CLAS
Operating Systems
1 50 (31.85%) Linux
2 31 (19.75%) Windows
3 19 (12.10%) UNIX
4 4 (2.55%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (2.55%) Solaris
4 4 (2.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.27%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.27%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.27%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (1.27%) Android
6 2 (1.27%) CentOS
7 1 (0.64%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (23.57%) E-Commerce
1 37 (23.57%) Information Security
2 22 (14.01%) SIEM
3 20 (12.74%) Vulnerability Management
4 19 (12.10%) Cyber Security
4 19 (12.10%) Load Balancing
5 15 (9.55%) Security Architecture
5 15 (9.55%) Mentoring
6 14 (8.92%) ITIL
6 14 (8.92%) Line Management
7 12 (7.64%) Risk Management
8 11 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
8 11 (7.01%) Kalman Filter
9 10 (6.37%) Incident Management
10 9 (5.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 9 (5.73%) Penetration Testing
11 7 (4.46%) Risk Assessment
11 7 (4.46%) Disaster Recovery
12 6 (3.82%) Security Management
12 6 (3.82%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.46%) C
2 6 (3.82%) PHP
3 3 (1.91%) SQL
3 3 (1.91%) PowerShell
3 3 (1.91%) JavaScript
3 3 (1.91%) Perl
4 2 (1.27%) Java
5 1 (0.64%) VBA
5 1 (0.64%) C#
5 1 (0.64%) C++
Qualifications
1 41 (26.11%) Cisco Certification
2 39 (24.84%) CCNP
3 34 (21.66%) CISSP
4 32 (20.38%) CCSE
5 24 (15.29%) Security Cleared
6 17 (10.83%) SC Cleared
7 11 (7.01%) Degree
8 10 (6.37%) CISM
9 8 (5.10%) CISMP
9 8 (5.10%) CISA
10 7 (4.46%) DV Cleared
11 5 (3.18%) CRISC
12 4 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (1.91%) GIAC
13 3 (1.91%) MCITP
14 2 (1.27%) ISTQB
14 2 (1.27%) GCED
14 2 (1.27%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 2 (1.27%) CCSA
14 2 (1.27%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (9.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (8.92%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (1.91%) COBIT
4 2 (1.27%) QA
4 2 (1.27%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.64%) JSP 440
System Software
1 38 (24.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (6.37%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.91%) RACF
3 3 (1.91%) Snort
4 2 (1.27%) XenServer
5 1 (0.64%) ACF2
5 1 (0.64%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.64%) XenApp
5 1 (0.64%) ClearTrust
5 1 (0.64%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 5 (3.18%) Nessus
2 4 (2.55%) TrustSec
3 3 (1.91%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.27%) AirWatch
4 2 (1.27%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 1 (0.64%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.64%) SCCM
Vendors
1 46 (29.30%) CheckPoint
2 42 (26.75%) Cisco
3 41 (26.11%) VMware
4 37 (23.57%) F5
5 34 (21.66%) Citrix
6 33 (21.02%) Blue Coat
6 33 (21.02%) Imperva
7 32 (20.38%) Infoblox
8 22 (14.01%) HP
9 12 (7.64%) Microsoft
10 11 (7.01%) McAfee
11 8 (5.10%) IBM
12 5 (3.18%) Fortinet
12 5 (3.18%) Qualys
13 4 (2.55%) Tufin
13 4 (2.55%) Splunk
13 4 (2.55%) AlgoSec
13 4 (2.55%) Oracle
13 4 (2.55%) SAP
13 4 (2.55%) CA
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