Period
to 29 March 2020

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 29 March 2020 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 258 265 274
Rank change year-on-year +7 +9 -52
Contract jobs citing Network Security 558 919 929
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.98% 1.03% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.31% 8.16% 7.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 383 606 631
Median daily rate £450 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% - +7.95%
10th Percentile £300 £304 £313
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £475 £475
% change year-on-year -5.26% - +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 40 3
Median hourly rate £24.66 £30.50 £33.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.16% -9.76% +14.15%
10th Percentile £19.30 £15.00 £19.28
90th Percentile £52.52 £48.75 £35.70
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.50 £33.80
% change year-on-year +14.75% -9.76% +40.83%

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 7,629 11,261 12,316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.43% 12.66% 13.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,548 6,908 7,643
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £180 £205 £200
90th Percentile £603 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 440 500 662
Median hourly rate £21.13 £18.25 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.75% -8.75% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.23 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.30 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.06 £19.24
% change year-on-year +24.62% -6.17% -12.08%

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 29 March 2020.

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 29 March 2020.

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 29 March 2020. 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
Job
Vacancies
London +60 254 £450 -10.00% 55
South East -13 98 £425 -5.56% 42
North of England -1 88 £488 +2.63% 44
North West +21 48 £500 -2.44% 28
South West +5 48 £440 +1.21% 21
Midlands +45 40 £455 +16.67% 26
Yorkshire +47 36 £500 +33.33% 14
West Midlands +57 27 £468 +19.87% 21
East of England +11 20 £445 -19.09% 16
East Midlands +13 12 £403 +23.37% 5
North East -17 4 £325 -9.09% 2
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 29 March 2020, 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.

1 306 (54.84%) Firewall
2 228 (40.86%) Cisco
3 160 (28.67%) Cisco Certification
4 136 (24.37%) WAN
5 132 (23.66%) LAN
6 119 (21.33%) Data Centre
7 111 (19.89%) Windows
8 110 (19.71%) Azure
9 109 (19.53%) Active Directory
10 102 (18.28%) Security Cleared
11 98 (17.56%) VPN
12 97 (17.38%) CCNP
13 93 (16.67%) Linux
14 91 (16.31%) Cybersecurity
15 90 (16.13%) AWS
16 85 (15.23%) Palo Alto
17 83 (14.87%) SC Cleared
18 79 (14.16%) SIEM
19 74 (13.26%) Finance
20 73 (13.08%) DNS
21 70 (12.54%) DevOps
22 69 (12.37%) BGP
23 68 (12.19%) Microsoft
24 66 (11.83%) CheckPoint
25 65 (11.65%) CCNA
26 59 (10.57%) Information Security
27 57 (10.22%) VMware
27 57 (10.22%) ITIL
28 56 (10.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
29 55 (9.86%) Cisco ASA

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 23 (4.12%) Confluence
2 13 (2.33%) SharePoint
3 12 (2.15%) IIS
4 10 (1.79%) MS Exchange
4 10 (1.79%) OpenStack
5 9 (1.61%) Apache
6 6 (1.08%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.72%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.54%) CMS
9 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.18%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.18%) MQSeries
10 1 (0.18%) nginx
10 1 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 29 (5.20%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.08%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 110 (19.71%) Azure
2 90 (16.13%) AWS
3 46 (8.24%) SaaS
4 41 (7.35%) Office 365
5 37 (6.63%) IaaS
6 36 (6.45%) PaaS
7 24 (4.30%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (3.05%) Serverless
9 13 (2.33%) GCP
10 9 (1.61%) Amazon S3
11 8 (1.43%) AWS Lambda
12 7 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
12 7 (1.25%) Azure Functions
13 6 (1.08%) GitHub
13 6 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 4 (0.72%) Azure Stack
15 3 (0.54%) Amazon ECS
15 3 (0.54%) CloudFront
15 3 (0.54%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 306 (54.84%) Firewall
2 136 (24.37%) WAN
3 132 (23.66%) LAN
4 98 (17.56%) VPN
5 73 (13.08%) DNS
6 69 (12.37%) BGP
7 55 (9.86%) Cisco ASA
8 54 (9.68%) MPLS
8 54 (9.68%) TCP/IP
9 52 (9.32%) Wireless
10 45 (8.06%) OSPF
11 43 (7.71%) Wi-Fi
12 39 (6.99%) Cisco Nexus
13 37 (6.63%) SSL
14 36 (6.45%) DHCP
15 33 (5.91%) IPsec
16 32 (5.73%) Internet
17 30 (5.38%) Cisco Firepower
18 29 (5.20%) VoIP
19 25 (4.48%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.05%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.79%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (1.08%) Big Data
4 5 (0.90%) MySQL
4 5 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.72%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.54%) Cosmos DB
6 3 (0.54%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.36%) Blockchain
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.18%) Amazon Aurora
8 1 (0.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 24 (4.30%) Git (software)
2 21 (3.76%) JIRA
3 11 (1.97%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.90%) Visual Studio
5 5 (0.90%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.54%) Metasploit
7 3 (0.54%) Robot Framework
7 3 (0.54%) TestRail
8 2 (0.36%) Ant
8 2 (0.36%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.36%) GitLab
8 2 (0.36%) Maven
8 2 (0.36%) Selenium
8 2 (0.36%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.18%) AppScan
9 1 (0.18%) Fiddler
9 1 (0.18%) Paros
9 1 (0.18%) Subversion
General
1 74 (13.26%) Finance
2 34 (6.09%) Telecoms
3 32 (5.73%) Banking
4 29 (5.20%) Public Sector
5 13 (2.33%) Police
6 11 (1.97%) Legal
6 11 (1.97%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.79%) Law
8 7 (1.25%) Marketing
8 7 (1.25%) Retail
9 6 (1.08%) Military
10 5 (0.90%) Electronics
11 3 (0.54%) Back Office
11 3 (0.54%) Billing
11 3 (0.54%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.54%) Games
12 2 (0.36%) German Language
12 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.18%) French Language
13 1 (0.18%) Norwegian Language
Job Titles
1 197 (35.30%) Network Engineer
2 124 (22.22%) Security Engineer
3 106 (19.00%) Architect
4 90 (16.13%) Network Security Engineer
5 55 (9.86%) Security Architect
6 46 (8.24%) Consultant
7 37 (6.63%) Security Consultant
8 33 (5.91%) Network Architect
9 28 (5.02%) Analyst
10 27 (4.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 21 (3.76%) Cisco Engineer
11 21 (3.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 19 (3.41%) Cloud Engineer
12 19 (3.41%) Senior Network Engineer
13 18 (3.23%) Project Manager
13 18 (3.23%) Security Analyst
14 16 (2.87%) Network Security Architect
15 14 (2.51%) Cloud Architect
15 14 (2.51%) Developer
16 13 (2.33%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (5.20%) SAML
2 22 (3.94%) .NET
3 17 (3.05%) LDAP
4 14 (2.51%) SOAP
5 10 (1.79%) Web Services
5 10 (1.79%) YAML
6 9 (1.61%) CSS
6 9 (1.61%) OAuth
6 9 (1.61%) OpenID
6 9 (1.61%) XML
7 8 (1.43%) HTML
7 8 (1.43%) JSON
8 7 (1.25%) 802.1X
8 7 (1.25%) ASP.NET
8 7 (1.25%) jQuery
8 7 (1.25%) OAuth2
8 7 (1.25%) XSLT
9 6 (1.08%) AngularJS
10 5 (0.90%) React
10 5 (0.90%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 119 (21.33%) Data Centre
2 42 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (7.53%) Management Information System
3 32 (5.73%) PKI
4 19 (3.41%) Self-Motivation
5 18 (3.23%) Video Conferencing
6 13 (2.33%) Private Cloud
7 12 (2.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 12 (2.15%) User Experience
8 10 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
8 10 (1.79%) Public Cloud
9 9 (1.61%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.08%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
11 5 (0.90%) SCADA
12 4 (0.72%) CCTV
12 4 (0.72%) N-Tier
12 4 (0.72%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.72%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 111 (19.89%) Windows
2 93 (16.67%) Linux
3 32 (5.73%) Windows Server
4 18 (3.23%) Unix
5 15 (2.69%) CentOS
6 10 (1.79%) Mac OS
7 8 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.72%) Android
10 3 (0.54%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (0.36%) Kali Linux
11 2 (0.36%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.36%) VMS
11 2 (0.36%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.36%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.18%) SUSE
12 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (16.31%) Cybersecurity
2 79 (14.16%) SIEM
3 70 (12.54%) DevOps
4 59 (10.57%) Information Security
5 57 (10.22%) ITIL
6 49 (8.78%) Migration
7 46 (8.24%) Network Design
7 46 (8.24%) Security Architecture
8 44 (7.89%) Load Balancing
9 43 (7.71%) Agile Software Development
10 38 (6.81%) Change Management
11 35 (6.27%) Problem-Solving
12 34 (6.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 33 (5.91%) Data Security
14 27 (4.84%) Network Monitoring
15 26 (4.66%) Incident Management
16 25 (4.48%) Network Management
17 24 (4.30%) Architectural Design
17 24 (4.30%) Project Management
18 23 (4.12%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 52 (9.32%) Python
2 36 (6.45%) PowerShell
3 31 (5.56%) SQL
4 25 (4.48%) JavaScript
5 24 (4.30%) Bash Shell
6 18 (3.23%) Java
7 16 (2.87%) C
8 12 (2.15%) C#
9 10 (1.79%) C++
9 10 (1.79%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.90%) Ruby
11 4 (0.72%) MATLAB
11 4 (0.72%) Perl
11 4 (0.72%) PHP
12 3 (0.54%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.54%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.54%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.54%) VBScript
13 2 (0.36%) Solidity
13 2 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 160 (28.67%) Cisco Certification
2 102 (18.28%) Security Cleared
3 97 (17.38%) CCNP
4 83 (14.87%) SC Cleared
5 65 (11.65%) CCNA
6 45 (8.06%) CISSP
7 33 (5.91%) CCIE
8 30 (5.38%) Degree
9 24 (4.30%) DV Cleared
10 19 (3.41%) CCSP
11 12 (2.15%) GIAC
11 12 (2.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 12 (2.15%) Network+ Certification
12 11 (1.97%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 11 (1.97%) CRISC
13 9 (1.61%) CCENT
13 9 (1.61%) CCSE
13 9 (1.61%) CISM
13 9 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 8 (1.43%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (10.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (5.38%) NIST
3 24 (4.30%) GDPR
4 19 (3.41%) SLA
5 15 (2.69%) PCI DSS
6 12 (2.15%) NCSC
7 10 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 9 (1.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 6 (1.08%) QA
11 5 (0.90%) COBIT
12 4 (0.72%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 3 (0.54%) HIPAA
13 3 (0.54%) RMADS
14 2 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 2 (0.36%) ISO 9001
14 2 (0.36%) NIST 800
14 2 (0.36%) PMO
15 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 109 (19.53%) Active Directory
2 34 (6.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (3.41%) Virtual Machines
4 18 (3.23%) VMware NSX
5 15 (2.69%) Docker
6 14 (2.51%) vSphere
7 11 (1.97%) Hyper-V
8 8 (1.43%) XenApp
9 7 (1.25%) Snort
9 7 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.90%) ProxySG
11 4 (0.72%) Firmware
11 4 (0.72%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.36%) NFS
13 1 (0.18%) KVM
13 1 (0.18%) OCFS2
13 1 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.18%) Samba
13 1 (0.18%) vCloud
13 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 19 (3.41%) FortiGate
2 17 (3.05%) Ansible
3 15 (2.69%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 14 (2.51%) Terraform
5 13 (2.33%) vCenter Server
6 12 (2.15%) Single Sign-On
7 9 (1.61%) Nessus
8 5 (0.90%) Cisco CUCM
8 5 (0.90%) Kubernetes
8 5 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.90%) OSSEC
8 5 (0.90%) vRealize
9 4 (0.72%) AirWatch
9 4 (0.72%) HP Fortify
9 4 (0.72%) Puppet
9 4 (0.72%) WSUS
10 3 (0.54%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.54%) Nmap
10 3 (0.54%) SCCM
10 3 (0.54%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 228 (40.86%) Cisco
2 85 (15.23%) Palo Alto
3 68 (12.19%) Microsoft
4 66 (11.83%) CheckPoint
5 57 (10.22%) VMware
6 53 (9.50%) Juniper
7 52 (9.32%) F5
8 36 (6.45%) Fortinet
9 28 (5.02%) Citrix
10 20 (3.58%) Blue Coat
11 17 (3.05%) Meraki
12 16 (2.87%) SolarWinds
13 15 (2.69%) Atlassian
13 15 (2.69%) McAfee
14 13 (2.33%) HP
14 13 (2.33%) SAP
15 12 (2.15%) Nokia
15 12 (2.15%) Oracle
16 11 (1.97%) Aruba
17 10 (1.79%) Splunk