Period
to 12 August 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 12 August 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
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 256 263 270
Rank change year-on-year +7 +7 +4
Contract jobs citing Network Security 297 866 945
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.97% 1.05% 1.01%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.21% 8.10% 7.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 554 608
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £314 £300 £309
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £475
% change year-on-year - -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 31 19
Median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +132.14% -61.23%
10th Percentile £19.50 £16.25 £13.05
90th Percentile £48.00 £56.60 £85.35
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £44.50 £34.40
% change year-on-year -7.87% +29.36% -31.20%

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 4,122 10,690 12,587
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.47% 12.90% 13.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,391 6,598 7,746
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £205
90th Percentile £636 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 508 702
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.67 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.87% +18.35% +10.50%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.00 £12.27
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +47.37% +18.75% +5.26%

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 12 August 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 12 August 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 12 August 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 +42 126 £456 -8.75% 49
North of England +53 52 £433 +8.13% 21
South East +6 47 £450 +4.05% 19
North West +66 32 £406 -4.41% 11
Midlands +70 27 £438 +32.08% 11
South West +45 26 £503 +11.72% 11
Yorkshire +58 19 £500 +21.21% 9
West Midlands +77 18 £500 +5.26% 8
East of England +46 9 £495 +10.00% 3
East Midlands +43 8 £364 +48.47% 3
North East +20 1 - - 1
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 12 August 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.

1 165 (55.56%) Firewall
2 104 (35.02%) Cisco
3 78 (26.26%) Cisco Certification
4 73 (24.58%) Active Directory
4 73 (24.58%) Azure
5 70 (23.57%) SIEM
6 68 (22.90%) Windows
7 61 (20.54%) WAN
8 60 (20.20%) LAN
8 60 (20.20%) Cybersecurity
9 57 (19.19%) DNS
10 56 (18.86%) Security Cleared
11 54 (18.18%) VPN
12 49 (16.50%) Data Centre
13 47 (15.82%) Linux
13 47 (15.82%) AWS
14 45 (15.15%) CCNP
14 45 (15.15%) CheckPoint
15 44 (14.81%) F5
16 43 (14.48%) CCNA
16 43 (14.48%) TCP/IP
17 42 (14.14%) VMware
18 41 (13.80%) SC Cleared
18 41 (13.80%) Palo Alto
19 39 (13.13%) Information Security
19 39 (13.13%) Microsoft
19 39 (13.13%) ITIL
20 38 (12.79%) DevOps
21 37 (12.46%) Security Architecture
22 36 (12.12%) Finance

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 12 (4.04%) Confluence
2 9 (3.03%) MS Exchange
3 6 (2.02%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.01%) OpenStack
5 3 (1.01%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.34%) CMS
7 1 (0.34%) IIS
7 1 (0.34%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.34%) nginx
7 1 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 14 (4.71%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.35%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 73 (24.58%) Azure
2 47 (15.82%) AWS
3 35 (11.78%) SaaS
4 25 (8.42%) PaaS
5 24 (8.08%) Office 365
6 14 (4.71%) IaaS
7 11 (3.70%) Azure Active Directory
8 10 (3.37%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (2.69%) GCP
10 7 (2.36%) Serverless
11 6 (2.02%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (1.68%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 5 (1.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 4 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (1.35%) GitHub
13 4 (1.35%) Mimecast
14 3 (1.01%) Amazon S3
14 3 (1.01%) AWS CloudTrail
14 3 (1.01%) Azure Functions
14 3 (1.01%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 165 (55.56%) Firewall
2 61 (20.54%) WAN
3 60 (20.20%) LAN
4 57 (19.19%) DNS
5 54 (18.18%) VPN
6 43 (14.48%) TCP/IP
7 30 (10.10%) DHCP
7 30 (10.10%) Internet
8 27 (9.09%) OSPF
9 26 (8.75%) BGP
10 24 (8.08%) SNMP
11 23 (7.74%) Cisco ASA
12 20 (6.73%) MPLS
13 19 (6.40%) SSL
14 18 (6.06%) Wi-Fi
14 18 (6.06%) Wireless
14 18 (6.06%) X.509
15 17 (5.72%) TACACS
16 16 (5.39%) DMZ
16 16 (5.39%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.02%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (1.68%) Big Data
3 4 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.35%) MySQL
4 3 (1.01%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (1.01%) MongoDB
4 3 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.01%) SQL Server
5 2 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.67%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.34%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.34%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.34%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.34%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 14 (4.71%) Git (software)
2 10 (3.37%) Jenkins
3 7 (2.36%) JIRA
4 6 (2.02%) Metasploit
5 4 (1.35%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (1.01%) Robot Framework
6 3 (1.01%) TestRail
7 2 (0.67%) AppScan
8 1 (0.34%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.34%) GitLab
8 1 (0.34%) Paros
8 1 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 36 (12.12%) Finance
2 22 (7.41%) Banking
3 17 (5.72%) Telecoms
4 16 (5.39%) Public Sector
5 11 (3.70%) Legal
6 4 (1.35%) Retail
7 3 (1.01%) Back Office
7 3 (1.01%) Law
7 3 (1.01%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.67%) Electronics
8 2 (0.67%) Fire and Rescue
8 2 (0.67%) Marketing
8 2 (0.67%) Military
8 2 (0.67%) Police
9 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.34%) German Language
9 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 93 (31.31%) Network Engineer
2 79 (26.60%) Security Engineer
3 49 (16.50%) Architect
4 47 (15.82%) Network Security Engineer
5 32 (10.77%) Security Architect
6 27 (9.09%) Consultant
7 24 (8.08%) Cloud Engineer
8 21 (7.07%) Security Consultant
9 17 (5.72%) Analyst
10 14 (4.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 14 (4.71%) Network Architect
11 13 (4.38%) Security Specialist
12 12 (4.04%) Azure Engineer
13 10 (3.37%) Network Security Architect
13 10 (3.37%) Senior Network Engineer
14 9 (3.03%) Cloud Architect
14 9 (3.03%) Senior Security Engineer
15 8 (2.69%) Network Consultant
16 7 (2.36%) Network Manager
16 7 (2.36%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (7.41%) SAML
2 9 (3.03%) Middleware
3 8 (2.69%) 802.1X
4 7 (2.36%) LDAP
5 5 (1.68%) .NET
5 5 (1.68%) Web Services
6 4 (1.35%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (1.35%) YAML
7 3 (1.01%) RESTful
7 3 (1.01%) SOAP
8 2 (0.67%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.67%) J2EE
8 2 (0.67%) JSON
8 2 (0.67%) Node.js
8 2 (0.67%) Regular Expression
8 2 (0.67%) XML
9 1 (0.34%) .NET Core
9 1 (0.34%) Django
9 1 (0.34%) GraphQL
9 1 (0.34%) LEMP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 49 (16.50%) Data Centre
2 28 (9.43%) Management Information System
3 22 (7.41%) PKI
4 21 (7.07%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (4.04%) Cyberthreat
6 11 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (2.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 6 (2.02%) Private Cloud
8 6 (2.02%) Public Cloud
8 6 (2.02%) Security Operations Centre
8 6 (2.02%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (1.68%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.35%) Algorithms
10 4 (1.35%) Blog
10 4 (1.35%) Cloud Native
11 3 (1.01%) CCTV
11 3 (1.01%) Cyber Defence
11 3 (1.01%) FMCG
11 3 (1.01%) User Experience
12 2 (0.67%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 68 (22.90%) Windows
2 47 (15.82%) Linux
3 21 (7.07%) Unix
4 13 (4.38%) Windows Server
5 7 (2.36%) Windows 10
6 6 (2.02%) CentOS
7 5 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.67%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.67%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.34%) Android
9 1 (0.34%) Check Point GAiA
9 1 (0.34%) HPUX
9 1 (0.34%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.34%) Solaris
9 1 (0.34%) SUSE
9 1 (0.34%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.34%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (23.57%) SIEM
2 60 (20.20%) Cybersecurity
3 39 (13.13%) Information Security
3 39 (13.13%) ITIL
4 38 (12.79%) DevOps
5 37 (12.46%) Security Architecture
6 31 (10.44%) Change Management
7 29 (9.76%) Problem-Solving
8 28 (9.43%) Network Design
9 27 (9.09%) Data Security
10 24 (8.08%) Load Balancing
10 24 (8.08%) Security Operations
11 18 (6.06%) Server Hardening
11 18 (6.06%) Vulnerability Management
12 17 (5.72%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 16 (5.39%) Architectural Design
13 16 (5.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 16 (5.39%) Migration
13 16 (5.39%) Penetration Testing
14 15 (5.05%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 32 (10.77%) Python
2 22 (7.41%) C
3 18 (6.06%) Bash Shell
4 16 (5.39%) Shell Script
5 15 (5.05%) PowerShell
6 14 (4.71%) SQL
7 8 (2.69%) JavaScript
8 6 (2.02%) C++
8 6 (2.02%) Java
9 4 (1.35%) PHP
10 2 (0.67%) C#
10 2 (0.67%) Perl
10 2 (0.67%) VBScript
11 1 (0.34%) Solidity
11 1 (0.34%) Tcl
11 1 (0.34%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 78 (26.26%) Cisco Certification
2 56 (18.86%) Security Cleared
3 45 (15.15%) CCNP
4 43 (14.48%) CCNA
5 41 (13.80%) SC Cleared
6 32 (10.77%) CISSP
7 17 (5.72%) DV Cleared
8 16 (5.39%) CCIE
8 16 (5.39%) Degree
9 12 (4.04%) CCSP
10 11 (3.70%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 10 (3.37%) GIAC
11 10 (3.37%) MCSE
11 10 (3.37%) Microsoft Certification
12 9 (3.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 8 (2.69%) GCED
13 8 (2.69%) GCIA
13 8 (2.69%) GCIH
13 8 (2.69%) GSEC
13 8 (2.69%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (10.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (5.72%) NIST
3 8 (2.69%) PCI DSS
4 6 (2.02%) GDPR
4 6 (2.02%) SLA
5 5 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 5 (1.68%) NCSC
5 5 (1.68%) QA
6 4 (1.35%) COBIT
7 3 (1.01%) AICPA
8 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.34%) FedRAMP
8 1 (0.34%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 73 (24.58%) Active Directory
2 29 (9.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (6.73%) Virtual Machines
4 15 (5.05%) vSphere
5 11 (3.70%) VMware NSX
6 9 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (2.36%) ProxySG
8 5 (1.68%) XenApp
8 5 (1.68%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.35%) Docker
9 4 (1.35%) NFS
9 4 (1.35%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.01%) Hyper-V
11 2 (0.67%) vCloud
12 1 (0.34%) Microcode
12 1 (0.34%) Samba
12 1 (0.34%) Snort
12 1 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 12 (4.04%) Ansible
2 11 (3.70%) Nessus
2 11 (3.70%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 9 (3.03%) FortiGate
4 8 (2.69%) Puppet
4 8 (2.69%) Terraform
5 7 (2.36%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (2.02%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (2.02%) Nmap
6 6 (2.02%) QRadar
7 4 (1.35%) Kibana
7 4 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (1.35%) vCenter Server
7 4 (1.35%) vRealize
8 3 (1.01%) ArcSight ESM
8 3 (1.01%) CASB
8 3 (1.01%) HP ALM
8 3 (1.01%) Kubernetes
8 3 (1.01%) vMotion
8 3 (1.01%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 104 (35.02%) Cisco
2 45 (15.15%) CheckPoint
3 44 (14.81%) F5
4 42 (14.14%) VMware
5 41 (13.80%) Palo Alto
6 39 (13.13%) Microsoft
7 32 (10.77%) Juniper
8 18 (6.06%) Fortinet
9 15 (5.05%) Splunk
10 14 (4.71%) Oracle
11 13 (4.38%) Citrix
12 12 (4.04%) Blue Coat
13 11 (3.70%) HP
13 11 (3.70%) Qualys
14 10 (3.37%) Meraki
15 7 (2.36%) ArcSight
15 7 (2.36%) Huawei
15 7 (2.36%) Nokia
16 6 (2.02%) SAP
16 6 (2.02%) SolarWinds