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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Specialist
Rank 492 535 494
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -41
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 103 47 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.091% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.098% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 32 30
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£450 £450 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £378 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £503
UK excluding London average daily rate £401 £438 £394
% change year-on-year
-8.45% +11.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average 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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 2014. 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 +26 100 £450 - 12
South East +8 40 £525 - 4
London +26 34 £475 +5.55% 3
City of London +22 21 £450 +5.26%
Hampshire -4 18 £525 -
Yorkshire - 17 £401 - 1
Berkshire +10 10 £350 - 3
York - 9 £401 -
North Yorkshire - 9 £401 -
Leeds - 8 £450 - 1
West Yorkshire - 8 £450 - 1
East of England - 5 £375 - 1
Suffolk - 5 £375 -
Ipswich - 5 £375 -
Surrey -4 3 £410 -
South West -24 3 £350 -12.50% 1
Kent - 2 £313 -
Reading +18 1 £350 -
North West -9 1 - - 2
Swindon -12 1 £425 +6.25%
Wiltshire -16 1 £425 +6.25%
Wales - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -
Redhill - 1 £345 -
Gloucestershire - 1 - - 1
Bedfordshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 1
Essex - - - - 1
Leicestershire - - - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 70 (33.82%) Information Security
2 68 (32.85%) Firewall
3 63 (30.43%) Network Security
4 45 (21.74%) Cisco
5 42 (20.29%) CISSP
6 41 (19.81%) Microsoft
7 40 (19.32%) Cyber Security
8 38 (18.36%) PCI DSS
9 37 (17.87%) ITIL
10 36 (17.39%) Penetration Testing
11 35 (16.91%) Finance
11 35 (16.91%) Linux
11 35 (16.91%) CheckPoint
12 34 (16.43%) Security Cleared
12 34 (16.43%) F5
13 31 (14.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 31 (14.98%) TCP/IP
14 28 (13.53%) Windows
15 27 (13.04%) SC Cleared
16 26 (12.56%) Cisco Certification
16 26 (12.56%) SIEM
16 26 (12.56%) Imperva
17 23 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
18 22 (10.63%) UNIX
19 20 (9.66%) HP
20 19 (9.18%) Information Assurance
20 19 (9.18%) Law
21 18 (8.70%) Security Testing
21 18 (8.70%) DHCP
21 18 (8.70%) CISM

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 (1.93%) MS Exchange
1 4 (1.93%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.45%) CMS
2 3 (1.45%) Joomla!
2 3 (1.45%) Apache
2 3 (1.45%) WebSphere Application Server
2 3 (1.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (0.48%) SharePoint
Applications
1 15 (7.25%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (5.80%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 68 (32.85%) Firewall
2 63 (30.43%) Network Security
3 31 (14.98%) TCP/IP
4 18 (8.70%) DHCP
5 17 (8.21%) Internet
5 17 (8.21%) Cisco ASA
6 16 (7.73%) DNS
6 16 (7.73%) Intranet
7 15 (7.25%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 15 (7.25%) OSPF
8 13 (6.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 13 (6.28%) Cisco IOS
9 12 (5.80%) BGP
9 12 (5.80%) NetScreen
9 12 (5.80%) BIG-IP
9 12 (5.80%) DMVPN
10 10 (4.83%) LAN
11 9 (4.35%) WAN
12 8 (3.86%) SSL
12 8 (3.86%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.42%) DB2
2 3 (1.45%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.48%) Big Data
3 1 (0.48%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.48%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.48%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 3 (1.45%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.48%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.48%) LoadRunner
General
1 35 (16.91%) Finance
2 19 (9.18%) Law
3 16 (7.73%) Telecoms
4 10 (4.83%) Retail
5 8 (3.86%) Legal
6 7 (3.38%) Banking
7 6 (2.90%) Financial Institution
7 6 (2.90%) Publishing
7 6 (2.90%) Games
8 5 (2.42%) Investment Banking
8 5 (2.42%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.48%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.48%) Local Government
9 1 (0.48%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.48%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (8.21%) .NET
2 12 (5.80%) HTML
3 9 (4.35%) ASP.NET
3 9 (4.35%) JSP
4 4 (1.93%) Middleware
4 4 (1.93%) XML
5 3 (1.45%) REST
5 3 (1.45%) SOAP
5 3 (1.45%) CSS
6 1 (0.48%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.48%) Web Services
6 1 (0.48%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.28%) Fat Client
2 13 (6.28%) Thin Client
3 7 (3.38%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.38%) PKI
4 6 (2.90%) Computer Science
4 6 (2.90%) Data Protection Act
4 6 (2.90%) Open Source
5 4 (1.93%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.93%) Cryptography
5 4 (1.93%) CESG
5 4 (1.93%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.45%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.45%) E-Learning
6 3 (1.45%) Economics
6 3 (1.45%) SecurID
7 2 (0.97%) SCADA
7 2 (0.97%) RMADS
7 2 (0.97%) CESG CLAS
7 2 (0.97%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 35 (16.91%) Linux
2 28 (13.53%) Windows
3 22 (10.63%) UNIX
4 5 (2.42%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (2.42%) Windows 7
4 5 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.93%) AIX
5 4 (1.93%) Windows Mobile
5 4 (1.93%) Android
5 4 (1.93%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.97%) Solaris
8 1 (0.48%) SUSE
8 1 (0.48%) CentOS
8 1 (0.48%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.48%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.48%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (33.82%) Information Security
2 40 (19.32%) Cyber Security
3 37 (17.87%) ITIL
4 36 (17.39%) Penetration Testing
5 26 (12.56%) SIEM
6 19 (9.18%) Information Assurance
7 18 (8.70%) Security Testing
8 17 (8.21%) Ethical Hacking
9 14 (6.76%) ISMS
9 14 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
9 14 (6.76%) Change Control
10 13 (6.28%) Analytics
10 13 (6.28%) Security Management
11 12 (5.80%) E-Commerce
12 11 (5.31%) Risk Assessment
12 11 (5.31%) Data Protection
13 10 (4.83%) Migration
14 9 (4.35%) Vulnerability Management
14 9 (4.35%) Load Balancing
15 8 (3.86%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (5.80%) JavaScript
1 12 (5.80%) PowerShell
2 10 (4.83%) Java
3 8 (3.86%) C
4 6 (2.90%) SQL
4 6 (2.90%) Python
5 5 (2.42%) C++
6 4 (1.93%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.93%) Perl
6 4 (1.93%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.45%) AWK
8 1 (0.48%) Ruby
8 1 (0.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 42 (20.29%) CISSP
2 34 (16.43%) Security Cleared
3 27 (13.04%) SC Cleared
4 26 (12.56%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
6 18 (8.70%) CISM
7 16 (7.73%) CCSE
7 16 (7.73%) CCNP
8 15 (7.25%) Degree
9 14 (6.76%) GIAC
9 14 (6.76%) CEH
10 13 (6.28%) MCSE
11 11 (5.31%) DV Cleared
11 11 (5.31%) CISA
12 10 (4.83%) Check Point Certification
13 9 (4.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 9 (4.35%) MCITP
13 9 (4.35%) ISTQB
14 8 (3.86%) CRISC
15 3 (1.45%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (18.36%) PCI DSS
2 31 (14.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.45%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.97%) COBIT
6 1 (0.48%) QA
6 1 (0.48%) SLA
6 1 (0.48%) GxP
6 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 13 (6.28%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.97%) NFS
4 1 (0.48%) ACF2
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.48%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.48%) RACF
Systems Management
1 7 (3.38%) Nessus
2 5 (2.42%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (1.45%) SCCM
3 3 (1.45%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 2 (0.97%) SCOM
4 2 (0.97%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.48%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.48%) Puppet
5 1 (0.48%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.48%) OpenView
Vendors
1 45 (21.74%) Cisco
2 41 (19.81%) Microsoft
3 35 (16.91%) CheckPoint
4 34 (16.43%) F5
5 26 (12.56%) Imperva
6 20 (9.66%) HP
7 15 (7.25%) VMware
8 13 (6.28%) Blue Coat
8 13 (6.28%) IBM
8 13 (6.28%) Citrix
9 12 (5.80%) Infoblox
10 11 (5.31%) McAfee
11 10 (4.83%) Qualys
12 8 (3.86%) Oracle
12 8 (3.86%) Splunk
13 7 (3.38%) Fortinet
14 5 (2.42%) Sophos
14 5 (2.42%) Red Hat
15 4 (1.93%) SAP
15 4 (1.93%) Tufin
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