Period
to 28 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Network Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Network Security over the 6 months to 28 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Network Security
UK > England
6 months to
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 243 216 269
Rank change year-on-year -27 +53 +6
Contract jobs citing Network Security 791 423 668
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.13% 1.21% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.16% 9.86% 7.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 279 464
10th Percentile £325 £288 £293
25th Percentile £456 £396 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +22.22% - -5.26%
75th Percentile £675 £569 £538
90th Percentile £800 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £550 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +22.22% - -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 18 16
10th Percentile £36.28 £16.02 £16.25
25th Percentile £47.41 £17.56 £21.04
Median hourly rate £55.00 £37.00 £51.50
Median % change year-on-year +48.65% -28.16% +80.70%
75th Percentile £73.82 £52.81 £57.50
90th Percentile £77.31 £56.13 £68.75
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £42.00 £44.50
% change year-on-year +30.95% -5.62% +56.14%

Network Security is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,786 4,291 8,919
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.15% 12.29% 13.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,175 2,728 5,571
10th Percentile £205 £200 £183
25th Percentile £363 £320 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £429 £413
Median % change year-on-year +16.69% +3.88% -2.94%
75th Percentile £600 £525 £516
90th Percentile £700 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £440 £413
% change year-on-year +13.64% +6.67% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 300 220 470
10th Percentile £12.73 £12.94 £13.25
25th Percentile £15.62 £16.01 £15.31
Median hourly rate £21.50 £32.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -33.85% +54.76% +16.67%
75th Percentile £46.12 £50.00 £46.40
90th Percentile £63.05 £58.00 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £34.98 £21.25
% change year-on-year -37.10% +64.59% +18.06%

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Network Security as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Network Security in England

Network Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Network Security in England.

Daily rate trend for Network Security in England

Network Security
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Network Security in England over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Network Security in England

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Network Security in England.

Hourly rate trend for Network Security in England

Network Security
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Network Security in England over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Network Security in England

Network Security
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Network Security within the England region over the 6 months to 28 January 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
London -6 434 £600 +20.00% 95
North of England -5 98 £550 +19.83% 49
South East -70 92 £500 +17.65% 38
North West -12 62 £606 +32.08% 30
South West -43 47 £525 +23.53% 10
Yorkshire -12 35 £513 +7.89% 12
Midlands -60 35 £518 +23.58% 20
East of England -31 33 £375 -6.25% 17
West Midlands -52 22 £518 +29.38% 15
East Midlands -23 13 £663 +60.61% 5
North East -1 2 £308 - 7
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Network Security also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Network Security.

1 331 (41.85%) Firewall
2 206 (26.04%) Azure
3 166 (20.99%) Windows
4 164 (20.73%) Cybersecurity
5 163 (20.61%) Cisco
6 161 (20.35%) Social Skills
7 146 (18.46%) Linux
8 139 (17.57%) DevOps
9 136 (17.19%) Security Cleared
10 134 (16.94%) Finance
11 129 (16.31%) AWS
12 119 (15.04%) Microsoft
12 119 (15.04%) Cisco Certification
13 111 (14.03%) SC Cleared
14 108 (13.65%) Application Security
15 104 (13.15%) CI/CD
16 103 (13.02%) Data Centre
17 99 (12.52%) Active Directory
18 97 (12.26%) WAN
19 93 (11.76%) VMware
20 92 (11.63%) Information Security
21 91 (11.50%) Agile Software Development
22 90 (11.38%) Security Architecture
23 87 (11.00%) SIEM
24 86 (10.87%) VPN
25 84 (10.62%) Degree
26 83 (10.49%) Palo Alto
27 82 (10.37%) Terraform
28 77 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
28 77 (9.73%) Banking

Network Security
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 14 (1.77%) MS Exchange
2 13 (1.64%) Apache Spark
2 13 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
2 13 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
2 13 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
3 12 (1.52%) Confluence
4 11 (1.39%) OpenStack
5 9 (1.14%) SharePoint
6 6 (0.76%) IIS
7 4 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.51%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.38%) Apache
9 1 (0.13%) Apache Airflow
9 1 (0.13%) CMS
9 1 (0.13%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.13%) nginx
9 1 (0.13%) SAS
9 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.63%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.38%) Siemens NX
5 2 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.51%) Workfront
2 3 (0.38%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.38%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 206 (26.04%) Azure
2 129 (16.31%) AWS
3 68 (8.60%) PaaS
4 64 (8.09%) IaaS
5 61 (7.71%) SaaS
6 56 (7.08%) GCP
7 55 (6.95%) Microsoft 365
8 39 (4.93%) AWS CloudFormation
9 33 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
10 19 (2.40%) Azure Monitor
11 15 (1.90%) GitHub
12 14 (1.77%) Amazon EC2
13 13 (1.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 12 (1.52%) Azure Storage
14 12 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (1.39%) GitHub Actions
16 9 (1.14%) Akamai
16 9 (1.14%) Serverless
17 7 (0.88%) Azure Sentinel
18 6 (0.76%) Azure Key Vault
Communications & Networking
1 331 (41.85%) Firewall
2 97 (12.26%) WAN
3 86 (10.87%) VPN
4 74 (9.36%) DNS
5 69 (8.72%) LAN
6 68 (8.60%) TCP/IP
7 58 (7.33%) BGP
8 44 (5.56%) OSPF
9 43 (5.44%) Wireless
10 33 (4.17%) MPLS
11 32 (4.05%) SD-WAN
12 30 (3.79%) DHCP
13 29 (3.67%) Internet
14 28 (3.54%) IPsec
15 27 (3.41%) Wi-Fi
16 26 (3.29%) HTTP
17 23 (2.91%) Intrusion Detection
18 22 (2.78%) Multicast
19 20 (2.53%) SSL
19 20 (2.53%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (2.53%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.15%) Relational Database
3 13 (1.64%) Data Mining
3 13 (1.64%) Tableau
4 8 (1.01%) Apache Hive
4 8 (1.01%) Hadoop
5 7 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (0.63%) Data Lake
6 5 (0.63%) MySQL
6 5 (0.63%) RDBMS
7 4 (0.51%) Big Data
8 3 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (0.38%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.38%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.25%) BigQuery
9 2 (0.25%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 38 (4.80%) Jenkins
2 19 (2.40%) JIRA
3 11 (1.39%) Git (software)
3 11 (1.39%) Metasploit
4 9 (1.14%) Burp Suite
5 7 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (0.63%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.51%) GitLab
8 3 (0.38%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.38%) Balsamiq
8 3 (0.38%) GoCD
8 3 (0.38%) SoapUI
8 3 (0.38%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.25%) Snyk
10 1 (0.13%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.13%) MSBuild
10 1 (0.13%) Spinnaker
10 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.13%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 161 (20.35%) Social Skills
2 134 (16.94%) Finance
3 77 (9.73%) Banking
4 57 (7.21%) Public Sector
5 52 (6.57%) Telecoms
6 47 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
7 34 (4.30%) Presentation Skills
8 23 (2.91%) Documentation Skills
8 23 (2.91%) Investment Banking
9 21 (2.65%) Law
10 17 (2.15%) Retail
11 14 (1.77%) Influencing Skills
12 10 (1.26%) Manufacturing
13 9 (1.14%) Marketing
14 8 (1.01%) Military
14 8 (1.01%) Organisational Skills
15 6 (0.76%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.76%) Legal
15 6 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.51%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 207 (26.17%) Architect
2 153 (19.34%) Network Engineer
3 140 (17.70%) Security Architect
4 116 (14.66%) Security Engineer
5 60 (7.59%) Network Security Engineer
6 54 (6.83%) Network Architect
7 46 (5.82%) Azure Engineer
8 43 (5.44%) Cloud Architect
9 41 (5.18%) Consultant
10 35 (4.42%) Solutions Architect
11 33 (4.17%) Analyst
12 32 (4.05%) DevOps Engineer
13 30 (3.79%) Network Security Architect
14 27 (3.41%) AWS Engineer
14 27 (3.41%) Project Manager
15 24 (3.03%) Azure Architect
16 23 (2.91%) Design Engineer
16 23 (2.91%) Support Engineer
17 21 (2.65%) Cloud Engineer
17 21 (2.65%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.55%) .NET
2 24 (3.03%) Kafka
2 24 (3.03%) SAML
3 15 (1.90%) Apache NiFi
3 15 (1.90%) REST
4 14 (1.77%) JSON
4 14 (1.77%) Regular Expression
5 12 (1.52%) Middleware
5 12 (1.52%) Web Services
6 11 (1.39%) LDAP
7 10 (1.26%) ARM Templates
7 10 (1.26%) OAuth
8 9 (1.14%) JDBC
8 9 (1.14%) XML
9 8 (1.01%) ODBC
9 8 (1.01%) OLE DB
9 8 (1.01%) SOAP
10 6 (0.76%) 802.1X
10 6 (0.76%) HTML
10 6 (0.76%) Jinja
Miscellaneous
1 103 (13.02%) Data Centre
2 44 (5.56%) Public Cloud
3 39 (4.93%) Management Information System
4 27 (3.41%) PKI
5 26 (3.29%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 22 (2.78%) Data Protection Act
7 18 (2.28%) Cloud Native
8 15 (1.90%) Private Cloud
9 11 (1.39%) Mobile App
9 11 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.26%) Virtual Team
11 9 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
11 9 (1.14%) NHS
12 8 (1.01%) Cyberthreat
13 7 (0.88%) Client/Server
13 7 (0.88%) Cyber Defence
13 7 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
13 7 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
14 6 (0.76%) Robotics
15 4 (0.51%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 166 (20.99%) Windows
2 146 (18.46%) Linux
3 49 (6.19%) Unix
4 41 (5.18%) Windows Server
5 27 (3.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 21 (2.65%) Windows 10
7 19 (2.40%) Windows XP
8 18 (2.28%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (2.28%) Windows Server 2016
9 12 (1.52%) Android
10 9 (1.14%) Apple iOS
11 8 (1.01%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.76%) Mac OS
13 5 (0.63%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.63%) VMS
14 4 (0.51%) Solaris
15 3 (0.38%) FreeBSD
15 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
16 2 (0.25%) CentOS
16 2 (0.25%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (20.73%) Cybersecurity
2 139 (17.57%) DevOps
3 108 (13.65%) Application Security
4 104 (13.15%) CI/CD
5 92 (11.63%) Information Security
6 91 (11.50%) Agile Software Development
7 90 (11.38%) Security Architecture
8 87 (11.00%) SIEM
9 74 (9.36%) Migration
10 68 (8.60%) Infrastructure as Code
11 62 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
12 61 (7.71%) Computer Science
12 61 (7.71%) Vulnerability Management
13 58 (7.33%) Data Protection
14 56 (7.08%) Network Design
15 54 (6.83%) Problem-Solving
16 49 (6.19%) Penetration Testing
16 49 (6.19%) Security Operations
17 46 (5.82%) Project Management
17 46 (5.82%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 63 (7.96%) PowerShell
2 60 (7.59%) Python
3 49 (6.19%) C#
3 49 (6.19%) Java
4 48 (6.07%) Bash
5 28 (3.54%) C
6 21 (2.65%) C++
7 18 (2.28%) Ruby
8 15 (1.90%) Perl
9 14 (1.77%) SQL
10 10 (1.26%) JavaScript
11 9 (1.14%) Scala
11 9 (1.14%) Shell Script
12 7 (0.88%) Go
13 2 (0.25%) Groovy
13 2 (0.25%) VBScript
14 1 (0.13%) Clojure
14 1 (0.13%) F#
14 1 (0.13%) VB
14 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 136 (17.19%) Security Cleared
2 119 (15.04%) Cisco Certification
3 111 (14.03%) SC Cleared
4 84 (10.62%) Degree
5 64 (8.09%) CCNA
6 61 (7.71%) CCNP
7 59 (7.46%) CISSP
8 42 (5.31%) CCIE
9 36 (4.55%) Computer Science Degree
10 34 (4.30%) CISM
11 22 (2.78%) CISA
12 20 (2.53%) CEH
12 20 (2.53%) DV Cleared
13 19 (2.40%) CREST Certified
14 17 (2.15%) Microsoft Certification
15 14 (1.77%) SANS
16 13 (1.64%) MCSA
17 12 (1.52%) CCIE Security
17 12 (1.52%) MCSE
18 9 (1.14%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (5.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 42 (5.31%) NCSC
2 28 (3.54%) SLA
3 27 (3.41%) NIST
4 18 (2.28%) COBIT
5 14 (1.77%) GDPR
5 14 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 13 (1.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (1.01%) PCI DSS
7 8 (1.01%) QA
8 7 (0.88%) JSP 440
8 7 (0.88%) PMO
9 5 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.38%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.38%) GLBA
10 3 (0.38%) HIPAA
10 3 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 2 (0.25%) GMP
11 2 (0.25%) GRC
System Software
1 99 (12.52%) Active Directory
2 77 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (4.42%) Virtual Machines
4 33 (4.17%) VMware NSX
5 22 (2.78%) Docker
6 19 (2.40%) Hyper-V
6 19 (2.40%) vSphere
7 18 (2.28%) vCloud
7 18 (2.28%) Virtual Desktop
8 15 (1.90%) XenApp
9 13 (1.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 13 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
9 13 (1.64%) XenDesktop
10 10 (1.26%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (1.01%) HDFS
11 8 (1.01%) NFS
12 7 (0.88%) VMware Workstation
13 6 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.25%) BitLocker
15 1 (0.13%) KVM
Systems Management
1 82 (10.37%) Terraform
2 74 (9.36%) Ansible
3 59 (7.46%) Kubernetes
4 23 (2.91%) FortiGate
4 23 (2.91%) SCCM
5 20 (2.53%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 19 (2.40%) Nessus
7 18 (2.28%) CASB
8 16 (2.02%) NetBackup
9 15 (1.90%) vCenter Server
10 13 (1.64%) Oozie
11 10 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
12 9 (1.14%) Puppet
12 9 (1.14%) QRadar
13 8 (1.01%) Norton AntiVirus
14 7 (0.88%) Cisco Prime
14 7 (0.88%) Nagios
15 6 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
16 4 (0.51%) HP Fortify
16 4 (0.51%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 163 (20.61%) Cisco
2 119 (15.04%) Microsoft
3 93 (11.76%) VMware
4 83 (10.49%) Palo Alto
5 53 (6.70%) CheckPoint
6 46 (5.82%) F5
7 39 (4.93%) Citrix
8 35 (4.42%) Juniper
9 32 (4.05%) Google
9 32 (4.05%) McAfee
10 31 (3.92%) Splunk
11 29 (3.67%) HP
12 27 (3.41%) Fortinet
13 20 (2.53%) Oracle
13 20 (2.53%) Red Hat
13 20 (2.53%) Zscaler
14 19 (2.40%) Dell
15 15 (1.90%) Ericsson
16 14 (1.77%) ForeScout
17 13 (1.64%) Shavlik