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 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Specialist
Rank 508 503 555
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +52
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 104 83 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.16% 0.085%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.17% 0.091%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 43 30
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£401 £425 £481
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.76% -11.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £388 £339
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £570 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £450
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -13.88%
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
52430 48925 53586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.73% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29264 29965
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2056 2117 2633
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 September 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 September 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 +21 98 £401 -5.76% 22
London +30 48 £425 -11.45% 13
South East +28 28 £400 +25.00% 3
Hampshire - 11 £525 - 2
Berkshire +14 7 - - 1
East of England -20 7 £375 -3.22%
South West -42 6 £363 +2.76% 3
Suffolk - 6 £375 -
Ipswich - 6 £375 -
City of London +27 5 £450 +5.88% 5
Swindon -6 4 £394 +11.62% 1
Wiltshire -9 4 £394 +11.62% 1
Scotland -10 4 £435 -
East Midlands - 4 - -
Glasgow - 2 - -
Basingstoke - 2 £600 - 1
Reading +15 1 - - 1
York +3 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire -3 1 £401 +3.35%
Yorkshire -5 1 £401 +3.35%
Uxbridge -8 1 £475 +4.97% 1
Hertfordshire - 1 £450 -
Farnborough - 1 £375 -
West Midlands - - - - 2
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Norfolk - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Devon - - - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 63 (38.41%) Information Security
2 56 (34.15%) Network Security
3 52 (31.71%) Firewall
4 43 (26.22%) CISSP
5 37 (22.56%) Cisco
5 37 (22.56%) Microsoft
6 36 (21.95%) CheckPoint
7 33 (20.12%) Penetration Testing
8 31 (18.90%) Finance
9 30 (18.29%) Security Cleared
10 28 (17.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 28 (17.07%) ITIL
11 27 (16.46%) Linux
11 27 (16.46%) Cyber Security
12 25 (15.24%) TCP/IP
12 25 (15.24%) Cisco Certification
13 24 (14.63%) Windows
14 22 (13.41%) VMware
14 22 (13.41%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (13.41%) Information Assurance
14 22 (13.41%) F5
15 20 (12.20%) Blue Coat
15 20 (12.20%) CCSE
15 20 (12.20%) DNS
15 20 (12.20%) Security Management
15 20 (12.20%) Citrix
15 20 (12.20%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 19 (11.59%) Thin Client
16 19 (11.59%) Microsoft Certification
16 19 (11.59%) CCNP

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 8 (4.88%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 4 (2.44%) CMS
2 4 (2.44%) Joomla!
3 2 (1.22%) Apache
4 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.61%) SharePoint
Applications
1 13 (7.93%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (7.32%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 56 (34.15%) Network Security
2 52 (31.71%) Firewall
3 25 (15.24%) TCP/IP
4 20 (12.20%) DNS
4 20 (12.20%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 18 (10.98%) Cisco IOS
5 18 (10.98%) Cisco ASA
5 18 (10.98%) DHCP
5 18 (10.98%) BGP
6 17 (10.37%) NetScreen
6 17 (10.37%) Intranet
6 17 (10.37%) OSPF
6 17 (10.37%) BIG-IP
6 17 (10.37%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 17 (10.37%) DMVPN
7 16 (9.76%) Internet
8 7 (4.27%) SSL
9 6 (3.66%) VPN
10 5 (3.05%) SSH
10 5 (3.05%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.83%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.22%) DB2
3 1 (0.61%) Big Data
3 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.61%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 3 (1.83%) Metasploit
General
1 31 (18.90%) Finance
2 18 (10.98%) Law
3 10 (6.10%) Banking
4 8 (4.88%) Financial Institution
5 6 (3.66%) Telecoms
5 6 (3.66%) Legal
6 5 (3.05%) Investment Banking
6 5 (3.05%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (1.83%) Retail
7 3 (1.83%) Dutch Language
8 2 (1.22%) Games
8 2 (1.22%) International Banking
8 2 (1.22%) Marketing
9 1 (0.61%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.61%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.61%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.10%) .NET
2 5 (3.05%) ASP.NET
2 5 (3.05%) JSP
2 5 (3.05%) HTML
3 4 (2.44%) Middleware
4 2 (1.22%) SOAP
4 2 (1.22%) REST
5 1 (0.61%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.61%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 19 (11.59%) Thin Client
1 19 (11.59%) Fat Client
2 15 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (7.93%) Management Information System
4 7 (4.27%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.27%) PKI
5 5 (3.05%) CESG
5 5 (3.05%) Open Source
5 5 (3.05%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.44%) Data Protection Act
6 4 (2.44%) E-Learning
6 4 (2.44%) Economics
6 4 (2.44%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.22%) SCADA
7 2 (1.22%) Online Games
7 2 (1.22%) Clustering
8 1 (0.61%) Replication
8 1 (0.61%) CESG CLAS
8 1 (0.61%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.61%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 27 (16.46%) Linux
2 24 (14.63%) Windows
3 17 (10.37%) UNIX
4 9 (5.49%) Windows 7
5 6 (3.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (3.05%) Windows Vista
6 5 (3.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (3.05%) Solaris
7 4 (2.44%) Android
7 4 (2.44%) Windows Mobile
7 4 (2.44%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.22%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.61%) AIX
9 1 (0.61%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (38.41%) Information Security
2 33 (20.12%) Penetration Testing
3 28 (17.07%) ITIL
4 27 (16.46%) Cyber Security
5 22 (13.41%) Information Assurance
6 20 (12.20%) Security Management
7 18 (10.98%) E-Commerce
8 17 (10.37%) Security Testing
9 16 (9.76%) SIEM
9 16 (9.76%) Change Control
10 15 (9.15%) ISMS
11 13 (7.93%) Ethical Hacking
12 11 (6.71%) Risk Management
13 10 (6.10%) Information Security Management
14 9 (5.49%) Load Balancing
14 9 (5.49%) Risk Assessment
15 8 (4.88%) Project Management
15 8 (4.88%) Identity Management
15 8 (4.88%) Stakeholder Management
15 8 (4.88%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.49%) PowerShell
1 9 (5.49%) C
2 5 (3.05%) Java
2 5 (3.05%) JavaScript
3 4 (2.44%) C++
3 4 (2.44%) SQL
4 3 (1.83%) Python
5 2 (1.22%) VB
6 1 (0.61%) Ruby
6 1 (0.61%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.61%) Perl
6 1 (0.61%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 43 (26.22%) CISSP
2 30 (18.29%) Security Cleared
3 25 (15.24%) Cisco Certification
4 20 (12.20%) CCSE
5 19 (11.59%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (11.59%) CCNP
5 19 (11.59%) SC Cleared
6 15 (9.15%) CEH
7 14 (8.54%) GIAC
8 13 (7.93%) MCSE
9 11 (6.71%) Degree
9 11 (6.71%) CISM
10 10 (6.10%) DV Cleared
11 9 (5.49%) CISA
12 5 (3.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (3.05%) ISTQB
12 5 (3.05%) MCITP
12 5 (3.05%) Check Point Certification
13 3 (1.83%) CCSP
14 2 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (17.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (8.54%) PCI DSS
3 6 (3.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.83%) COBIT
4 3 (1.83%) QA
4 3 (1.83%) ISO 9001
5 2 (1.22%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.61%) GxP
6 1 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.61%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (13.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (5.49%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.22%) Terminal Services
3 2 (1.22%) NFS
3 2 (1.22%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.61%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 7 (4.27%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (2.44%) SCCM
3 3 (1.83%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (1.22%) SCOM
4 2 (1.22%) Puppet
4 2 (1.22%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.61%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.61%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.61%) BMC Performance Manager
5 1 (0.61%) OpenView
5 1 (0.61%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 37 (22.56%) Cisco
1 37 (22.56%) Microsoft
2 36 (21.95%) CheckPoint
3 22 (13.41%) VMware
3 22 (13.41%) F5
4 20 (12.20%) Blue Coat
4 20 (12.20%) Citrix
5 18 (10.98%) Imperva
6 17 (10.37%) HP
6 17 (10.37%) Infoblox
7 14 (8.54%) McAfee
8 9 (5.49%) Juniper
8 9 (5.49%) Sophos
9 6 (3.66%) Oracle
10 5 (3.05%) Lumension
11 4 (2.44%) Sourcefire
11 4 (2.44%) ArcSight
11 4 (2.44%) MobileIron
12 3 (1.83%) Fortinet
12 3 (1.83%) Qualys
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