Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 232 267 273
Rank change year-on-year +35 +6 0
Contract jobs citing Network Security 462 528 907
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.11% 0.98% 1.03%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.68% 7.32% 8.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 356 592
10th Percentile £300 £308 £300
25th Percentile £388 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £460 £450 £459
Median % change year-on-year +2.22% -1.91% -3.42%
75th Percentile £569 £546 £560
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £463
% change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% -2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 38
10th Percentile £16.02 £17.97 £15.00
25th Percentile £17.00 £19.75 £16.63
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £26.75
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -15.89% +7.00%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.15 £47.40
90th Percentile £62.40 £53.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £41.92 £35.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year +19.76% +30.84% +7.00%

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 4,771 7,216 11,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.43% 13.46% 12.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,071 4,491 7,076
10th Percentile £213 £181 £205
25th Percentile £330 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +1.18% - -
75th Percentile £525 £525 £538
90th Percentile £613 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £443 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +4.12% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 401 481
10th Percentile £12.95 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.85 £15.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +8.33% -5.56%
75th Percentile £48.63 £43.75 £40.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £51.75 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £21.00 £18.03
% change year-on-year +26.19% +16.49% -3.60%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 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 +10 219 £500 +11.11% 62
South East +74 92 £425 - 37
North of England +19 48 £450 -5.26% 52
Midlands +30 38 £413 -10.33% 25
South West +52 32 £425 -15.84% 21
North West +9 28 £459 +2.00% 28
West Midlands +15 24 £413 -9.34% 16
Yorkshire +19 18 £425 -12.82% 20
East Midlands +32 15 £400 -8.83% 9
East of England +38 14 £400 - 8
North East +29 2 £313 -3.85% 4
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 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.

1 235 (50.87%) Firewall
2 170 (36.80%) Cisco
3 118 (25.54%) Cybersecurity
4 115 (24.89%) Azure
5 101 (21.86%) Security Cleared
6 100 (21.65%) Cisco Certification
7 85 (18.40%) SC Cleared
8 83 (17.97%) Palo Alto
9 75 (16.23%) Finance
9 75 (16.23%) Information Security
10 73 (15.80%) CCNP
10 73 (15.80%) Windows
11 71 (15.37%) VPN
12 68 (14.72%) WAN
13 65 (14.07%) Microsoft
13 65 (14.07%) Fortinet
14 63 (13.64%) SIEM
15 62 (13.42%) AWS
16 60 (12.99%) VMware
17 59 (12.77%) CISSP
17 59 (12.77%) DNS
18 58 (12.55%) LAN
19 55 (11.90%) Active Directory
20 49 (10.61%) NIST
21 48 (10.39%) BGP
22 47 (10.17%) Security Architecture
22 47 (10.17%) F5
23 46 (9.96%) Internet
24 45 (9.74%) TCP/IP
25 43 (9.31%) CheckPoint

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 (2.16%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.95%) Confluence
3 6 (1.30%) Apache Spark
4 3 (0.65%) Apache
5 1 (0.22%) Apache ServiceMix
5 1 (0.22%) CMS
5 1 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.22%) IIS
5 1 (0.22%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.22%) Red Hat Fuse
5 1 (0.22%) SAS
5 1 (0.22%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.60%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 115 (24.89%) Azure
2 62 (13.42%) AWS
3 32 (6.93%) Microsoft 365
4 30 (6.49%) PaaS
5 28 (6.06%) Cloud Computing
6 26 (5.63%) GCP
7 24 (5.19%) Azure Active Directory
8 23 (4.98%) SaaS
9 20 (4.33%) IaaS
10 19 (4.11%) Akamai
11 9 (1.95%) Serverless
12 7 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (1.08%) IBM Cloud
14 4 (0.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 4 (0.87%) OneDrive
15 3 (0.65%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 3 (0.65%) Amazon EMR
15 3 (0.65%) Amazon Kinesis
15 3 (0.65%) OpenShift
15 3 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 235 (50.87%) Firewall
2 71 (15.37%) VPN
3 68 (14.72%) WAN
4 59 (12.77%) DNS
5 58 (12.55%) LAN
6 48 (10.39%) BGP
7 46 (9.96%) Internet
8 45 (9.74%) TCP/IP
9 43 (9.31%) Wireless
10 37 (8.01%) OSPF
11 35 (7.58%) Cisco Nexus
12 30 (6.49%) DHCP
13 28 (6.06%) Cisco ASA
14 27 (5.84%) VoIP
15 23 (4.98%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
15 23 (4.98%) MPLS
16 19 (4.11%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 19 (4.11%) SSL
17 18 (3.90%) SD-WAN
18 17 (3.68%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.60%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.52%) Big Data
3 6 (1.30%) Apache Cassandra
4 5 (1.08%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (1.08%) Cosmos DB
4 5 (1.08%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.87%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.87%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.65%) Amazon Athena
6 3 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.65%) Amazon Redshift
6 3 (0.65%) Apache Hive
6 3 (0.65%) HBase
6 3 (0.65%) MySQL
6 3 (0.65%) Presto
6 3 (0.65%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.43%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 11 (2.38%) JIRA
2 7 (1.52%) Burp Suite
2 7 (1.52%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.08%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.87%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.65%) GitLab
5 3 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (0.65%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.43%) sqlmap
7 1 (0.22%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.22%) Maven
7 1 (0.22%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 75 (16.23%) Finance
2 32 (6.93%) Telecoms
3 25 (5.41%) Banking
4 24 (5.19%) Public Sector
5 13 (2.81%) Law
6 12 (2.60%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.52%) Retail
8 5 (1.08%) Legal
8 5 (1.08%) Military
9 4 (0.87%) Billing
10 3 (0.65%) Advertising
10 3 (0.65%) Electronics
10 3 (0.65%) Marketing
11 2 (0.43%) Automotive
11 2 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.22%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 115 (24.89%) Network Engineer
2 79 (17.10%) Security Engineer
3 76 (16.45%) Architect
4 53 (11.47%) Analyst
5 48 (10.39%) Network Security Engineer
6 41 (8.87%) Security Architect
7 31 (6.71%) Consultant
8 27 (5.84%) Cloud Engineer
9 25 (5.41%) Network Architect
10 23 (4.98%) Security Consultant
11 20 (4.33%) Security Analyst
12 19 (4.11%) Azure Engineer
12 19 (4.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 18 (3.90%) Solutions Architect
14 17 (3.68%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
15 14 (3.03%) Network Security Architect
15 14 (3.03%) Security Specialist
16 12 (2.60%) Cisco Engineer
16 12 (2.60%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 12 (2.60%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.81%) Web Services
2 8 (1.73%) Middleware
3 7 (1.52%) .NET
4 6 (1.30%) OAuth
5 5 (1.08%) SAML
6 4 (0.87%) Kafka
7 3 (0.65%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.65%) LDAP
7 3 (0.65%) Node.js
7 3 (0.65%) React
7 3 (0.65%) REST
7 3 (0.65%) YAML
8 2 (0.43%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.43%) Jinja
8 2 (0.43%) jQuery
8 2 (0.43%) JSON
8 2 (0.43%) OpenID
8 2 (0.43%) SailPoint
8 2 (0.43%) Spring
8 2 (0.43%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 40 (8.66%) Data Centre
2 36 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (7.14%) Management Information System
4 26 (5.63%) Security Operations Centre
5 15 (3.25%) Cyberthreat
5 15 (3.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 15 (3.25%) PKI
6 12 (2.60%) Cloud Native
7 11 (2.38%) Public Cloud
8 9 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (1.73%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 7 (1.52%) Cyber Defence
11 5 (1.08%) Cyberattack
12 4 (0.87%) Cybercrime
12 4 (0.87%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.87%) Enterprise Cloud
13 3 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
13 3 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
13 3 (0.65%) Private Cloud
13 3 (0.65%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 73 (15.80%) Windows
2 41 (8.87%) Linux
3 27 (5.84%) Windows Server
4 13 (2.81%) Unix
5 10 (2.16%) Windows 10
6 8 (1.73%) Android
7 7 (1.52%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.08%) Kali Linux
9 4 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.65%) MVS
10 3 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.43%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (0.43%) SUSE
11 2 (0.43%) VMS
11 2 (0.43%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.22%) CentOS
12 1 (0.22%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (25.54%) Cybersecurity
2 75 (16.23%) Information Security
3 63 (13.64%) SIEM
4 47 (10.17%) Security Architecture
5 43 (9.31%) Security Operations
6 42 (9.09%) Load Balancing
7 37 (8.01%) Change Management
8 36 (7.79%) Identity Access Management
9 35 (7.58%) Agile Software Development
10 33 (7.14%) DevOps
10 33 (7.14%) Migration
11 32 (6.93%) Problem-Solving
12 29 (6.28%) ITIL
13 27 (5.84%) Stakeholder Management
14 26 (5.63%) Risk Management
14 26 (5.63%) Threat Intelligence
15 25 (5.41%) Vulnerability Management
16 24 (5.19%) Data Security
16 24 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 24 (5.19%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (9.09%) Python
2 16 (3.46%) Java
3 15 (3.25%) PowerShell
3 15 (3.25%) SQL
4 9 (1.95%) Bash Shell
4 9 (1.95%) C#
5 8 (1.73%) Perl
6 6 (1.30%) JavaScript
6 6 (1.30%) R
7 5 (1.08%) C++
7 5 (1.08%) Go
8 4 (0.87%) PHP
9 3 (0.65%) C
9 3 (0.65%) Ruby
10 2 (0.43%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.43%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.22%) Scala
11 1 (0.22%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 101 (21.86%) Security Cleared
2 100 (21.65%) Cisco Certification
3 85 (18.40%) SC Cleared
4 73 (15.80%) CCNP
5 59 (12.77%) CISSP
6 41 (8.87%) CCNA
7 32 (6.93%) Degree
8 29 (6.28%) CISM
9 19 (4.11%) CCIE
10 17 (3.68%) CISA
11 12 (2.60%) DV Cleared
12 11 (2.38%) CREST Certified
13 9 (1.95%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 9 (1.95%) CCSP
14 8 (1.73%) CCSE
14 8 (1.73%) CEH
14 8 (1.73%) SANS
15 7 (1.52%) GIAC
15 7 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
16 5 (1.08%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (10.61%) NIST
2 34 (7.36%) NCSC
3 15 (3.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (3.25%) QA
4 10 (2.16%) COBIT
4 10 (2.16%) GDPR
5 9 (1.95%) SLA
6 7 (1.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 4 (0.87%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.65%) HIPAA
8 3 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.65%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.43%) FedRAMP
9 2 (0.43%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.43%) GRC
9 2 (0.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.22%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.22%) MISRA
10 1 (0.22%) MISRA C
System Software
1 55 (11.90%) Active Directory
2 35 (7.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (5.41%) VMware NSX
4 16 (3.46%) Docker
5 12 (2.60%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (1.52%) Hyper-V
7 6 (1.30%) ProxySG
8 5 (1.08%) BitLocker
8 5 (1.08%) Snort
9 4 (0.87%) Terminal Server
9 4 (0.87%) vSphere
10 3 (0.65%) HDFS
10 3 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.43%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 2 (0.43%) Firmware
11 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.43%) vCloud
11 2 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.22%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 30 (6.49%) Ansible
2 20 (4.33%) Terraform
3 16 (3.46%) Kubernetes
4 14 (3.03%) FortiGate
4 14 (3.03%) Nessus
5 9 (1.95%) Cisco Prime
5 9 (1.95%) SolarWinds Orion
6 8 (1.73%) CASB
6 8 (1.73%) EnCase
7 7 (1.52%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 7 (1.52%) Puppet
7 7 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (1.30%) QRadar
8 6 (1.30%) SCCM
9 5 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (0.87%) FTK
10 4 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.87%) Suricata
10 4 (0.87%) Trend Micro Deep Security
11 3 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 170 (36.80%) Cisco
2 83 (17.97%) Palo Alto
3 65 (14.07%) Fortinet
3 65 (14.07%) Microsoft
4 60 (12.99%) VMware
5 47 (10.17%) F5
6 43 (9.31%) CheckPoint
7 37 (8.01%) Splunk
8 35 (7.58%) Juniper
9 21 (4.55%) LogRhythm
10 18 (3.90%) Citrix
10 18 (3.90%) McAfee
11 17 (3.68%) SolarWinds
12 16 (3.46%) Meraki
13 15 (3.25%) Aruba
13 15 (3.25%) Zscaler
14 14 (3.03%) Google
15 12 (2.60%) Blue Coat
16 11 (2.38%) Dell
16 11 (2.38%) Radware