Period
to 18 January 2021

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 18 January 2021 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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 217 252 257
Rank change year-on-year +35 +5 +15
Contract jobs citing Network Security 394 675 941
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.17% 1.03% 1.03%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.37% 7.46% 8.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 488 615
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.26% +2.70%
10th Percentile £288 £288 £313
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +2.11% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 18 25
Median hourly rate £37.00 £53.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.19% +103.85% +56.34%
10th Percentile £16.02 £16.25 £15.50
90th Percentile £54.13 £70.88 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £44.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year -1.12% +56.14% +71.38%

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 4,205 9,052 11,769
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.44% 13.76% 12.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,661 5,661 7,269
Median daily rate £425 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% -3.53% +3.66%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +6.71% -3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 481 522
Median hourly rate £31.25 £21.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.35% +19.44% -0.58%
10th Percentile £12.97 £13.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £32.50 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +44.44% +25.00% -2.04%

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 18 January 2021.

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 18 January 2021.

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 18 January 2021. 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 +10 171 £513 +7.89% 71
South East +82 92 £425 - 37
North of England +53 37 £495 +4.21% 30
South West +70 35 £425 +13.33% 9
North West +52 26 £475 - 22
Midlands +47 22 £400 -5.88% 26
East of England +61 14 £388 -13.89% 6
West Midlands +45 13 £400 -11.11% 15
Yorkshire +19 10 £513 +7.89% 7
East Midlands +28 6 £400 +14.29% 10
North East - 1 - - 1
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2021, 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.

1 215 (54.57%) Firewall
2 142 (36.04%) Cisco
3 106 (26.90%) Security Cleared
4 97 (24.62%) SC Cleared
5 95 (24.11%) Cisco Certification
6 94 (23.86%) Cybersecurity
7 83 (21.07%) Azure
8 73 (18.53%) Palo Alto
9 66 (16.75%) CCNP
10 62 (15.74%) Windows
11 61 (15.48%) VPN
11 61 (15.48%) SIEM
12 60 (15.23%) WAN
13 52 (13.20%) LAN
13 52 (13.20%) AWS
14 49 (12.44%) Fortinet
15 48 (12.18%) Security Architecture
16 46 (11.68%) Finance
16 46 (11.68%) Information Security
16 46 (11.68%) CCNA
16 46 (11.68%) Microsoft
16 46 (11.68%) CheckPoint
16 46 (11.68%) Security Operations
16 46 (11.68%) NIST
17 45 (11.42%) DevOps
17 45 (11.42%) CISSP
18 44 (11.17%) Internet
18 44 (11.17%) DNS
19 43 (10.91%) Active Directory
20 42 (10.66%) VMware

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 10 (2.54%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.02%) CMS
2 4 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (0.51%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.51%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.25%) Apache
4 1 (0.25%) Apache ServiceMix
4 1 (0.25%) Confluence
4 1 (0.25%) Drupal
4 1 (0.25%) nginx
4 1 (0.25%) Red Hat Fuse
4 1 (0.25%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 18 (4.57%) Microsoft Excel
1 18 (4.57%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.02%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.02%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 83 (21.07%) Azure
2 52 (13.20%) AWS
3 22 (5.58%) Azure Active Directory
4 21 (5.33%) GCP
5 17 (4.31%) Cloud Computing
6 16 (4.06%) Office 365
6 16 (4.06%) SaaS
7 14 (3.55%) Serverless
8 12 (3.05%) PaaS
9 10 (2.54%) IaaS
10 7 (1.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 7 (1.78%) AWS Lambda
10 7 (1.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 6 (1.52%) AWS CloudTrail
12 5 (1.27%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (1.27%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 5 (1.27%) OneDrive
12 5 (1.27%) Route 53
13 4 (1.02%) Amazon S3
13 4 (1.02%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 215 (54.57%) Firewall
2 61 (15.48%) VPN
3 60 (15.23%) WAN
4 52 (13.20%) LAN
5 44 (11.17%) DNS
5 44 (11.17%) Internet
6 39 (9.90%) TCP/IP
7 34 (8.63%) BGP
7 34 (8.63%) Wireless
8 32 (8.12%) OSPF
9 30 (7.61%) DHCP
10 27 (6.85%) VoIP
11 24 (6.09%) MPLS
12 21 (5.33%) Cisco ASA
13 20 (5.08%) Cisco Nexus
14 19 (4.82%) SSL
15 17 (4.31%) Unified Communications
16 15 (3.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 14 (3.55%) NetScaler
18 13 (3.30%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (2.54%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (1.27%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.27%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 4 (1.02%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.02%) Cosmos DB
4 4 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.51%) MySQL
6 1 (0.25%) Big Data
6 1 (0.25%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.25%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.25%) Redis
6 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (1.78%) Burp Suite
2 6 (1.52%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.02%) IntelliJ
3 4 (1.02%) JIRA
3 4 (1.02%) Maven
3 4 (1.02%) Sublime Text
4 3 (0.76%) GitLab
4 3 (0.76%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.76%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.51%) sqlmap
6 1 (0.25%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 46 (11.68%) Finance
2 31 (7.87%) Telecoms
3 28 (7.11%) Public Sector
4 15 (3.81%) Banking
5 14 (3.55%) Law
6 8 (2.03%) Retail
7 6 (1.52%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.27%) Legal
8 5 (1.27%) Multimedia
9 3 (0.76%) Electronics
9 3 (0.76%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.76%) Marketing
10 2 (0.51%) Military
11 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.25%) Automotive
11 1 (0.25%) Police
11 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 112 (28.43%) Network Engineer
2 70 (17.77%) Security Engineer
3 67 (17.01%) Architect
4 50 (12.69%) Analyst
5 37 (9.39%) Network Security Engineer
5 37 (9.39%) Security Architect
6 21 (5.33%) Network Architect
7 20 (5.08%) Cloud Engineer
8 19 (4.82%) Consultant
9 17 (4.31%) Cloud Architect
9 17 (4.31%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
10 15 (3.81%) Cisco Engineer
10 15 (3.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 14 (3.55%) Security Analyst
11 14 (3.55%) Security Consultant
12 13 (3.30%) Solutions Architect
13 12 (3.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 11 (2.79%) Azure Engineer
14 11 (2.79%) Network Security Architect
15 9 (2.28%) Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.03%) Middleware
2 7 (1.78%) JSON
3 6 (1.52%) SAML
4 5 (1.27%) Node.js
4 5 (1.27%) Web Services
5 3 (0.76%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.76%) AngularJS
5 3 (0.76%) Flask
5 3 (0.76%) jQuery
5 3 (0.76%) LDAP
5 3 (0.76%) OAuth
5 3 (0.76%) React
6 2 (0.51%) .NET
6 2 (0.51%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.51%) REST
6 2 (0.51%) Spring
7 1 (0.25%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.25%) Laravel
7 1 (0.25%) OpenID
7 1 (0.25%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 37 (9.39%) Data Centre
2 34 (8.63%) Management Information System
3 27 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (5.58%) Security Operations Centre
5 15 (3.81%) PKI
6 14 (3.55%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (3.05%) Public Cloud
8 11 (2.79%) Cyberthreat
9 10 (2.54%) Cloud Native
9 10 (2.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 7 (1.78%) Cybercrime
11 6 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (1.52%) User Experience
12 5 (1.27%) Private Cloud
13 4 (1.02%) CCTV
14 3 (0.76%) CMDB
14 3 (0.76%) Enterprise Cloud
14 3 (0.76%) Replication
14 3 (0.76%) RSA SecurID
14 3 (0.76%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 62 (15.74%) Windows
2 36 (9.14%) Linux
3 20 (5.08%) Windows Server
4 15 (3.81%) Windows 10
5 8 (2.03%) Unix
5 8 (2.03%) Windows 7
6 7 (1.78%) Android
6 7 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.52%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.27%) Kali Linux
9 4 (1.02%) Amazon Linux
9 4 (1.02%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.76%) MVS
10 3 (0.76%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.51%) VMS
11 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.25%) HPUX
12 1 (0.25%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.25%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (23.86%) Cybersecurity
2 61 (15.48%) SIEM
3 48 (12.18%) Security Architecture
4 46 (11.68%) Information Security
4 46 (11.68%) Security Operations
5 45 (11.42%) DevOps
6 40 (10.15%) Load Balancing
7 32 (8.12%) ITIL
8 31 (7.87%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (7.87%) Problem-Solving
9 25 (6.35%) Change Management
10 23 (5.84%) Data Security
11 22 (5.58%) Migration
11 22 (5.58%) Vulnerability Management
12 21 (5.33%) Disaster Recovery
12 21 (5.33%) Threat Intelligence
13 20 (5.08%) Identity Access Management
14 19 (4.82%) Network Design
15 18 (4.57%) Network Virtualisation
16 17 (4.31%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 36 (9.14%) Python
2 16 (4.06%) SQL
3 13 (3.30%) Java
4 11 (2.79%) PowerShell
5 10 (2.54%) C
5 10 (2.54%) C#
6 9 (2.28%) C++
7 5 (1.27%) Perl
8 4 (1.02%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.02%) PHP
9 3 (0.76%) R
10 2 (0.51%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.51%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.51%) Go
10 2 (0.51%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.51%) Ruby
11 1 (0.25%) Clojure
11 1 (0.25%) Scala
11 1 (0.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 106 (26.90%) Security Cleared
2 97 (24.62%) SC Cleared
3 95 (24.11%) Cisco Certification
4 66 (16.75%) CCNP
5 46 (11.68%) CCNA
6 45 (11.42%) CISSP
7 21 (5.33%) Degree
8 16 (4.06%) CCIE
9 12 (3.05%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 12 (3.05%) CCSP
9 12 (3.05%) SANS
10 9 (2.28%) CISM
10 9 (2.28%) MCSE
10 9 (2.28%) Microsoft Certification
11 7 (1.78%) GIAC
12 6 (1.52%) CEH
12 6 (1.52%) GCED
12 6 (1.52%) GCIA
12 6 (1.52%) GCIH
12 6 (1.52%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (11.68%) NIST
2 31 (7.87%) NCSC
3 20 (5.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (3.05%) GDPR
5 11 (2.79%) QA
6 10 (2.54%) SLA
7 7 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 6 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (1.52%) PCI DSS
9 4 (1.02%) COBIT
10 3 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 3 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.51%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 1 (0.25%) MISRA
12 1 (0.25%) MISRA C
12 1 (0.25%) NIST 800
System Software
1 43 (10.91%) Active Directory
2 29 (7.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (4.31%) VMware NSX
4 13 (3.30%) Docker
5 12 (3.05%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (2.03%) vSphere
7 5 (1.27%) Hyper-V
7 5 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (1.02%) vCloud
9 3 (0.76%) NFS
9 3 (0.76%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.51%) Firmware
10 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.25%) ProxySG
11 1 (0.25%) Snort
11 1 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.25%) XenApp
11 1 (0.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 31 (7.87%) Ansible
2 19 (4.82%) Terraform
3 17 (4.31%) Kubernetes
3 17 (4.31%) Nessus
4 11 (2.79%) FortiGate
5 9 (2.28%) Cisco Prime
5 9 (2.28%) SCCM
6 7 (1.78%) EnCase
6 7 (1.78%) Puppet
7 6 (1.52%) CASB
7 6 (1.52%) QRadar
7 6 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (1.52%) SolarWinds Orion
8 5 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (1.27%) vRealize
9 4 (1.02%) Kibana
9 4 (1.02%) MaaS360
9 4 (1.02%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 4 (1.02%) vCenter Server
10 3 (0.76%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 142 (36.04%) Cisco
2 73 (18.53%) Palo Alto
3 49 (12.44%) Fortinet
4 46 (11.68%) CheckPoint
4 46 (11.68%) Microsoft
5 42 (10.66%) VMware
6 35 (8.88%) F5
6 35 (8.88%) Splunk
7 22 (5.58%) LogRhythm
8 21 (5.33%) Juniper
9 19 (4.82%) Citrix
10 16 (4.06%) Dell
10 16 (4.06%) SolarWinds
11 15 (3.81%) Aruba
11 15 (3.81%) Extreme Networks
12 13 (3.30%) Google
13 10 (2.54%) Avaya
13 10 (2.54%) HP
13 10 (2.54%) Meraki
14 9 (2.28%) Blue Coat