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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Specialist
Rank 496 524 520
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 116 63 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.13% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 41 28
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£450 £450 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £388 £347
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £595 £529
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year
+3.29% -3.12%
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
52636 48524 50207
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.72% 92.71% 93.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 33069 29347 28320
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2112 2131 2472
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -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 31 October 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 31 October 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 +18 114 £450 - 15
London +27 52 £450 -3.22% 4
South East +3 35 £525 - 5
Hampshire -8 19 £525 -
City of London +27 16 £450 +5.88% 2
East of England -12 11 £375 -3.22% 1
Suffolk - 11 £375 -
Ipswich - 11 £375 -
Yorkshire 0 8 £450 +16.12% 1
Berkshire +11 7 - - 3
Surrey +1 7 £400 - 1
West Yorkshire -3 7 £450 - 1
Leeds - 7 £450 - 1
Basingstoke -1 5 £600 +14.28%
South West -25 5 £350 - 3
Swindon -7 2 - -
Wiltshire -14 2 - -
Gloucestershire - 2 £350 - 1
Redhill - 2 £345 -
Reading +12 1 - -
York +4 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire -5 1 £401 +3.35%
North West -15 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Devon - 1 £275 -
Exeter - 1 £275 -
Glasgow - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Skipton - - - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 68 (36.56%) Information Security
2 57 (30.65%) Firewall
3 49 (26.34%) Network Security
4 40 (21.51%) Microsoft
4 40 (21.51%) CISSP
5 39 (20.97%) Cyber Security
6 37 (19.89%) Cisco
6 37 (19.89%) ITIL
6 37 (19.89%) Penetration Testing
7 33 (17.74%) Security Cleared
8 32 (17.20%) Finance
9 31 (16.67%) CheckPoint
10 29 (15.59%) TCP/IP
10 29 (15.59%) PCI DSS
10 29 (15.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 27 (14.52%) F5
12 26 (13.98%) Linux
13 23 (12.37%) UNIX
13 23 (12.37%) Windows
14 22 (11.83%) SC Cleared
14 22 (11.83%) Imperva
14 22 (11.83%) SIEM
15 21 (11.29%) Information Assurance
15 21 (11.29%) Microsoft Certification
16 20 (10.75%) Cisco Certification
16 20 (10.75%) Security Testing
17 19 (10.22%) Law
18 17 (9.14%) HP
19 16 (8.60%) Security Management
19 16 (8.60%) Intranet

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 7 (3.76%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.15%) WebSphere
3 3 (1.61%) Joomla!
3 3 (1.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (1.61%) CMS
3 3 (1.61%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (1.61%) Apache
4 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 14 (7.53%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (6.45%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 57 (30.65%) Firewall
2 49 (26.34%) Network Security
3 29 (15.59%) TCP/IP
4 16 (8.60%) Intranet
4 16 (8.60%) Internet
5 11 (5.91%) DNS
5 11 (5.91%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 9 (4.84%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 9 (4.84%) Cisco ASA
6 9 (4.84%) Cisco IOS
6 9 (4.84%) BGP
6 9 (4.84%) DHCP
7 8 (4.30%) OSPF
7 8 (4.30%) BIG-IP
7 8 (4.30%) NetScreen
7 8 (4.30%) DMVPN
8 5 (2.69%) SSH
8 5 (2.69%) SSL
8 5 (2.69%) LAN
8 5 (2.69%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.69%) DB2
2 2 (1.08%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.54%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.54%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (1.61%) Eclipse
1 3 (1.61%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.54%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.54%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.54%) LoadRunner
General
1 32 (17.20%) Finance
2 19 (10.22%) Law
3 11 (5.91%) Telecoms
4 9 (4.84%) Banking
5 8 (4.30%) Legal
6 6 (3.23%) Financial Institution
7 5 (2.69%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (2.69%) Investment Banking
8 4 (2.15%) Publishing
9 2 (1.08%) Retail
9 2 (1.08%) International Banking
10 1 (0.54%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.54%) Local Government
10 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.54%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.99%) .NET
2 11 (5.91%) HTML
3 8 (4.30%) ASP.NET
3 8 (4.30%) JSP
4 4 (2.15%) XML
5 3 (1.61%) Middleware
5 3 (1.61%) SOAP
5 3 (1.61%) CSS
5 3 (1.61%) REST
6 1 (0.54%) Web Services
6 1 (0.54%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.54%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.38%) Thin Client
1 10 (5.38%) Fat Client
1 10 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.84%) PKI
3 8 (4.30%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.23%) Data Protection Act
4 6 (3.23%) Open Source
5 5 (2.69%) Computer Science
6 4 (2.15%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.15%) Cryptography
6 4 (2.15%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.15%) CESG
7 3 (1.61%) E-Learning
7 3 (1.61%) Economics
7 3 (1.61%) Algorithms
8 2 (1.08%) SCADA
8 2 (1.08%) Clustering
9 1 (0.54%) CESG CLAS
9 1 (0.54%) Replication
9 1 (0.54%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 26 (13.98%) Linux
2 23 (12.37%) UNIX
2 23 (12.37%) Windows
3 9 (4.84%) Windows 7
4 6 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (2.69%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (2.69%) Solaris
6 4 (2.15%) Apple iOS
6 4 (2.15%) AIX
6 4 (2.15%) Windows Mobile
6 4 (2.15%) Windows Vista
6 4 (2.15%) Android
7 3 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.54%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.54%) CentOS
9 1 (0.54%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (36.56%) Information Security
2 39 (20.97%) Cyber Security
3 37 (19.89%) Penetration Testing
3 37 (19.89%) ITIL
4 22 (11.83%) SIEM
5 21 (11.29%) Information Assurance
6 20 (10.75%) Security Testing
7 16 (8.60%) Change Control
7 16 (8.60%) Security Management
8 14 (7.53%) Ethical Hacking
8 14 (7.53%) ISMS
9 13 (6.99%) Analytics
10 11 (5.91%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (5.38%) Data Protection
12 8 (4.30%) Migration
12 8 (4.30%) Risk Assessment
12 8 (4.30%) Risk Management
12 8 (4.30%) Project Management
12 8 (4.30%) E-Commerce
13 7 (3.76%) Information Security Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (6.45%) PowerShell
2 11 (5.91%) JavaScript
3 8 (4.30%) Java
4 6 (3.23%) C
4 6 (3.23%) Python
5 5 (2.69%) SQL
6 4 (2.15%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.15%) Shell Script
6 4 (2.15%) Perl
7 3 (1.61%) C++
7 3 (1.61%) AWK
8 2 (1.08%) VB
9 1 (0.54%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 40 (21.51%) CISSP
2 33 (17.74%) Security Cleared
3 22 (11.83%) SC Cleared
4 21 (11.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (10.75%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (8.06%) CEH
7 14 (7.53%) CISM
7 14 (7.53%) CCSE
7 14 (7.53%) GIAC
8 13 (6.99%) DV Cleared
9 12 (6.45%) MCSE
10 10 (5.38%) CCNP
10 10 (5.38%) Check Point Certification
10 10 (5.38%) CISA
11 8 (4.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 8 (4.30%) MCITP
11 8 (4.30%) ISTQB
11 8 (4.30%) Degree
12 5 (2.69%) CRISC
13 4 (2.15%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (15.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 29 (15.59%) PCI DSS
2 6 (3.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (2.15%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.61%) COBIT
4 3 (1.61%) QA
5 1 (0.54%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.54%) GxP
5 1 (0.54%) SLA
5 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 13 (6.99%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.30%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.08%) NFS
3 2 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.54%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 7 (3.76%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (2.15%) SCCM
3 3 (1.61%) Tivoli Identity Manager
3 3 (1.61%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (1.08%) SCOM
4 2 (1.08%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.54%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.54%) Puppet
5 1 (0.54%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.54%) OpenView
Vendors
1 40 (21.51%) Microsoft
2 37 (19.89%) Cisco
3 31 (16.67%) CheckPoint
4 27 (14.52%) F5
5 22 (11.83%) Imperva
6 17 (9.14%) HP
7 15 (8.06%) McAfee
8 13 (6.99%) VMware
9 10 (5.38%) Sophos
9 10 (5.38%) Citrix
10 9 (4.84%) IBM
10 9 (4.84%) Blue Coat
11 8 (4.30%) Infoblox
11 8 (4.30%) Oracle
12 7 (3.76%) Juniper
13 5 (2.69%) Red Hat
13 5 (2.69%) Lumension
14 4 (2.15%) MobileIron
14 4 (2.15%) ArcSight
14 4 (2.15%) Qualys
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