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 5 August 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
5 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Specialist
Rank 555 522 495
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 69 72 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.13% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.14% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 43 55
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£488 £413 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.18% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £387 £371 £369
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £518
UK excluding London average daily rate £463 £388 £413
% change year-on-year
+19.35% -6.06%
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
53473 51353 48123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.48% 92.45% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 33986 31093 28245
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £230
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 1969 2035 2149
Average hourly rate £16.83 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.96% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 5 August 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 5 August 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 64 £500 +20.84% 11
South East -1 29 £450 +20.00% 3
London +5 22 £515 +17.71% 5
Hampshire +3 15 £450 +21.62% 3
Winchester - 11 £450 - 2
Berkshire +6 8 £450 -
City of London +1 7 £450 +5.88% 2
Suffolk +10 5 £575 +53.33%
East of England +6 5 £575 +48.38%
Scotland -2 5 £450 +21.62%
Ipswich +8 4 £575 +53.33%
Glasgow +2 4 £450 -
Basingstoke -3 4 £500 -
South West -4 3 - -
East Midlands -11 3 £325 -
Wiltshire -2 2 - -
North West -18 2 £475 - 1
Nottinghamshire -19 2 £325 -
Newbury - 2 - -
Reading - 2 £350 -
Kent - 2 £525 -
West Sussex - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -8 1 - -
Manchester -11 1 - -
Nottingham -13 1 £325 -
Cumbria -17 1 £475 -
Surrey - 1 £390 -
Cobham - 1 £390 -
Crawley - 1 - -
Horsham - 1 - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 August 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 52 (36.88%) Information Security
2 47 (33.33%) Firewall
3 44 (31.21%) Finance
4 37 (26.24%) CISSP
5 36 (25.53%) Linux
6 31 (21.99%) Windows
6 31 (21.99%) Network Security
7 30 (21.28%) SIEM
8 24 (17.02%) VMware
9 23 (16.31%) CheckPoint
10 22 (15.60%) Risk Management
11 21 (14.89%) VMware Infrastructure
12 20 (14.18%) UNIX
13 19 (13.48%) McAfee
13 19 (13.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 18 (12.77%) Management Information System
14 18 (12.77%) Cisco
14 18 (12.77%) DNS
14 18 (12.77%) Cyber Security
14 18 (12.77%) Security Architecture
15 17 (12.06%) Vulnerability Management
15 17 (12.06%) PCI DSS
16 16 (11.35%) CISM
16 16 (11.35%) F5
17 15 (10.64%) CISA
17 15 (10.64%) Security Cleared
17 15 (10.64%) Cisco ASA
18 14 (9.93%) Penetration Testing
18 14 (9.93%) Blue Coat
18 14 (9.93%) DHCP

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 August 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
2 3 (2.13%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.42%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.42%) IIS
4 1 (0.71%) Apache
4 1 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.71%) Drupal
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%) 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 4 (2.84%) SaaS
1 4 (2.84%) PaaS
2 3 (2.13%) IaaS
3 2 (1.42%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.71%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 47 (33.33%) Firewall
2 31 (21.99%) Network Security
3 18 (12.77%) DNS
4 15 (10.64%) Cisco ASA
5 14 (9.93%) DHCP
6 13 (9.22%) TCP/IP
6 13 (9.22%) Intrusion Detection
7 12 (8.51%) Internet
7 12 (8.51%) OSPF
8 11 (7.80%) BGP
8 11 (7.80%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 10 (7.09%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 10 (7.09%) NetScreen
9 10 (7.09%) BIG-IP
9 10 (7.09%) Cisco IOS
9 10 (7.09%) DMVPN
10 6 (4.26%) Wireless
10 6 (4.26%) HTTP
11 4 (2.84%) LAN
11 4 (2.84%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.67%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.96%) MySQL
3 3 (2.13%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.42%) Spotfire
5 1 (0.71%) MongoDB
5 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 44 (31.21%) Finance
2 6 (4.26%) Retail
3 5 (3.55%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.55%) Banking
4 2 (1.42%) Advertising
4 2 (1.42%) Games
4 2 (1.42%) Legal
4 2 (1.42%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.71%) Electronics
5 1 (0.71%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.71%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.71%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.26%) Web Services
1 6 (4.26%) REST
2 5 (3.55%) XML
3 2 (1.42%) SAP XI
3 2 (1.42%) .NET
3 2 (1.42%) SOAP
3 2 (1.42%) WCF
4 1 (0.71%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
4 1 (0.71%) HTML
4 1 (0.71%) CSS
4 1 (0.71%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 18 (12.77%) Management Information System
2 13 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (7.80%) Thin Client
3 11 (7.80%) Fat Client
4 8 (5.67%) Data Centre
5 6 (4.26%) PKI
6 4 (2.84%) SecurID
7 3 (2.13%) Public Cloud
7 3 (2.13%) Mainframe
7 3 (2.13%) SCADA
8 2 (1.42%) Mathematics
8 2 (1.42%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.42%) Cryptography
8 2 (1.42%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.42%) Fixed Income
8 2 (1.42%) Equities
8 2 (1.42%) BYOD
8 2 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (1.42%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.42%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 36 (25.53%) Linux
2 31 (21.99%) Windows
3 20 (14.18%) UNIX
4 4 (2.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (2.84%) Solaris
5 2 (1.42%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (1.42%) Android
5 2 (1.42%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.71%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.71%) CentOS
6 1 (0.71%) VMS
6 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (36.88%) Information Security
2 30 (21.28%) SIEM
3 22 (15.60%) Risk Management
4 18 (12.77%) Cyber Security
4 18 (12.77%) Security Architecture
5 17 (12.06%) Vulnerability Management
6 14 (9.93%) E-Commerce
6 14 (9.93%) Penetration Testing
7 13 (9.22%) Security Management
7 13 (9.22%) ITIL
8 12 (8.51%) Risk Assessment
8 12 (8.51%) Incident Management
8 12 (8.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 12 (8.51%) Kalman Filter
9 9 (6.38%) Database Security
10 8 (5.67%) Information Security Management
10 8 (5.67%) Mentoring
11 7 (4.96%) Malware Detection\Protection
11 7 (4.96%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 6 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 6 (4.26%) PHP
2 4 (2.84%) C
3 3 (2.13%) Java
3 3 (2.13%) SQL
3 3 (2.13%) Perl
4 1 (0.71%) VBA
4 1 (0.71%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.71%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.71%) C#
Qualifications
1 37 (26.24%) CISSP
2 16 (11.35%) CISM
3 15 (10.64%) CISA
3 15 (10.64%) Security Cleared
4 12 (8.51%) Degree
4 12 (8.51%) CCSE
4 12 (8.51%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (8.51%) CCNP
5 8 (5.67%) CRISC
6 7 (4.96%) CISMP
7 6 (4.26%) SC Cleared
8 5 (3.55%) GIAC
9 4 (2.84%) DV Cleared
9 4 (2.84%) CEH
10 3 (2.13%) MCSE
10 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.71%) PMP
11 1 (0.71%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.71%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (13.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (12.06%) PCI DSS
3 6 (4.26%) COBIT
3 6 (4.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (2.13%) SLA
5 1 (0.71%) QA
System Software
1 21 (14.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (6.38%) Active Directory
3 3 (2.13%) Snort
4 2 (1.42%) RACF
4 2 (1.42%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.42%) XenServer
5 1 (0.71%) XenApp
5 1 (0.71%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 7 (4.96%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (1.42%) Nessus
2 2 (1.42%) SCCM
2 2 (1.42%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.71%) Nagios
3 1 (0.71%) Puppet
3 1 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 24 (17.02%) VMware
2 23 (16.31%) CheckPoint
3 19 (13.48%) McAfee
4 18 (12.77%) Cisco
5 16 (11.35%) F5
6 14 (9.93%) Blue Coat
7 12 (8.51%) Citrix
8 11 (7.80%) Imperva
9 10 (7.09%) Infoblox
9 10 (7.09%) IBM
10 9 (6.38%) Microsoft
11 6 (4.26%) Oracle
11 6 (4.26%) SAP
11 6 (4.26%) HP
11 6 (4.26%) Websense
12 5 (3.55%) Tripwire
12 5 (3.55%) Qualys
12 5 (3.55%) Varonis
13 4 (2.84%) TIBCO
14 3 (2.13%) Fortinet
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