Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 250 283 260
Rank change year-on-year +33 -23 +15
Contract jobs citing Network Security 527 364 884
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.07% 0.93% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.43% 7.03% 8.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 354 237 565
10th Percentile £330 £308 £300
25th Percentile £398 £380 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -5.26%
75th Percentile £588 £550 £550
90th Percentile £675 £639 £648
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £458
% change year-on-year +11.11% -1.64% -3.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 35
10th Percentile £16.02 £16.23 £15.00
25th Percentile £20.44 £18.88 £17.00
Median hourly rate £32.42 £21.50 £28.50
Median % change year-on-year +50.77% -24.56% +16.33%
75th Percentile £52.06 £26.57 £47.30
90th Percentile £62.10 £36.89 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year +14.29% +30.84% +9.18%

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 5,586 5,181 10,490
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.39% 13.28% 12.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,610 3,228 6,625
10th Percentile £235 £200 £209
25th Percentile £350 £322 £330
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £430 £435
Median % change year-on-year +4.65% -1.15% +2.35%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £538
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £429
% change year-on-year +5.88% -0.93% +0.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 238 466
10th Percentile £12.24 £13.47 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £15.75 £14.53
Median hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £19.57
Median % change year-on-year +14.63% +4.75% +0.36%
75th Percentile £50.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.00 £51.98 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +18.75% +6.16%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 +5 244 £514 +14.17% 62
North of England +31 85 £453 +0.56% 38
South East +15 75 £463 +8.82% 33
North West +21 58 £455 +7.06% 25
Midlands -3 38 £463 -7.50% 16
South West +11 35 £425 -6.70% 19
Yorkshire +13 25 £465 -7.00% 10
West Midlands -9 23 £543 +8.50% 13
East of England +19 22 £425 +6.25% 9
East Midlands +13 17 £425 +5.59% 3
North East +15 2 £313 -3.85% 3
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 15 June 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.

1 245 (46.49%) Firewall
2 174 (33.02%) Cisco
3 136 (25.81%) Cybersecurity
4 133 (25.24%) Azure
5 113 (21.44%) Finance
6 102 (19.35%) Social Skills
7 95 (18.03%) Windows
8 92 (17.46%) Cisco Certification
9 90 (17.08%) VPN
9 90 (17.08%) Security Cleared
10 89 (16.89%) Information Security
11 79 (14.99%) WAN
12 78 (14.80%) Microsoft
13 76 (14.42%) AWS
14 72 (13.66%) SC Cleared
15 71 (13.47%) SIEM
16 69 (13.09%) CISSP
17 68 (12.90%) Palo Alto
18 65 (12.33%) Active Directory
19 64 (12.14%) DNS
19 64 (12.14%) LAN
19 64 (12.14%) VMware
20 63 (11.95%) Fortinet
21 60 (11.39%) F5
22 57 (10.82%) CCNP
23 55 (10.44%) Linux
23 55 (10.44%) Degree
23 55 (10.44%) Security Architecture
23 55 (10.44%) Data Centre
24 52 (9.87%) Migration

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 11 (2.09%) Confluence
2 9 (1.71%) MS Exchange
2 9 (1.71%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.14%) Apache Spark
4 3 (0.57%) Apache
5 2 (0.38%) CMS
6 1 (0.19%) Apache ServiceMix
6 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.19%) IIS
6 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Fuse
6 1 (0.19%) SAS
Applications
1 15 (2.85%) MS Visio
2 12 (2.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.57%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 133 (25.24%) Azure
2 76 (14.42%) AWS
3 39 (7.40%) PaaS
4 38 (7.21%) GCP
5 33 (6.26%) Microsoft 365
6 31 (5.88%) SaaS
7 26 (4.93%) IaaS
8 20 (3.80%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (3.61%) Akamai
9 19 (3.61%) Azure Active Directory
10 10 (1.90%) AWS CloudFormation
11 8 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
12 7 (1.33%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 7 (1.33%) Serverless
13 6 (1.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 5 (0.95%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 4 (0.76%) Azure Service Bus
15 4 (0.76%) Azure Storage
15 4 (0.76%) Power Platform
16 3 (0.57%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 245 (46.49%) Firewall
2 90 (17.08%) VPN
3 79 (14.99%) WAN
4 64 (12.14%) DNS
4 64 (12.14%) LAN
5 42 (7.97%) TCP/IP
6 39 (7.40%) BGP
6 39 (7.40%) OSPF
7 36 (6.83%) Wireless
8 35 (6.64%) MPLS
9 31 (5.88%) Internet
9 31 (5.88%) SD-WAN
10 27 (5.12%) Cisco Nexus
11 26 (4.93%) Cisco ASA
11 26 (4.93%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 26 (4.93%) VoIP
12 24 (4.55%) DHCP
13 23 (4.36%) Cisco ISE
13 23 (4.36%) VLAN
14 22 (4.17%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (3.80%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.71%) Big Data
3 8 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
3 8 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.14%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (1.14%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.76%) Hadoop
6 4 (0.76%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (0.76%) Power BI
7 3 (0.57%) Amazon Athena
7 3 (0.57%) Apache Hive
7 3 (0.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
7 3 (0.57%) HBase
7 3 (0.57%) MySQL
7 3 (0.57%) Presto
7 3 (0.57%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (2.28%) Jenkins
2 11 (2.09%) JIRA
3 8 (1.52%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.95%) TeamCity
5 4 (0.76%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.57%) GitLab
6 3 (0.57%) Maven
6 3 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.38%) Gradle
8 1 (0.19%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.19%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 113 (21.44%) Finance
2 102 (19.35%) Social Skills
3 46 (8.73%) Banking
4 41 (7.78%) Analytical Skills
5 40 (7.59%) Telecoms
6 22 (4.17%) Public Sector
7 19 (3.61%) Presentation Skills
8 17 (3.23%) Documentation Skills
9 15 (2.85%) Law
10 11 (2.09%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.14%) Billing
11 6 (1.14%) Organisational Skills
11 6 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.95%) Influencing Skills
12 5 (0.95%) Military
12 5 (0.95%) Retail
13 4 (0.76%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.76%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.57%) Advertising
14 3 (0.57%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 116 (22.01%) Network Engineer
2 107 (20.30%) Architect
3 95 (18.03%) Security Engineer
4 57 (10.82%) Security Architect
5 56 (10.63%) Network Security Engineer
6 42 (7.97%) Consultant
7 38 (7.21%) Analyst
8 36 (6.83%) Network Architect
9 30 (5.69%) Security Consultant
10 28 (5.31%) Cloud Engineer
11 24 (4.55%) Azure Engineer
12 22 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
13 17 (3.23%) Project Manager
14 16 (3.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 16 (3.04%) Network Security Architect
15 15 (2.85%) Security Analyst
15 15 (2.85%) Security Specialist
15 15 (2.85%) Senior Network Engineer
16 12 (2.28%) Network Consultant
16 12 (2.28%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.42%) Web Services
2 15 (2.85%) .NET
2 15 (2.85%) LDAP
3 10 (1.90%) Middleware
4 9 (1.71%) 802.1X
5 8 (1.52%) SAML
6 5 (0.95%) OAuth
6 5 (0.95%) YAML
7 4 (0.76%) Kafka
8 3 (0.57%) JSON
8 3 (0.57%) Node.js
8 3 (0.57%) Spine.js
9 2 (0.38%) Jinja
9 2 (0.38%) SailPoint
9 2 (0.38%) WebRTC
10 1 (0.19%) Apache Avro
10 1 (0.19%) OAuth2
10 1 (0.19%) Protocol Buffers
10 1 (0.19%) React
10 1 (0.19%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 55 (10.44%) Data Centre
2 30 (5.69%) Management Information System
3 18 (3.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 18 (3.42%) PKI
4 17 (3.23%) Public Cloud
5 16 (3.04%) Security Operations Centre
6 15 (2.85%) Cyberthreat
7 13 (2.47%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 12 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.90%) Cloud Native
10 7 (1.33%) Cyberattack
10 7 (1.33%) Virtual Team
11 6 (1.14%) Cyber Defence
12 5 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (0.95%) NHS
13 4 (0.76%) Driving Licence
13 4 (0.76%) Fat Client
13 4 (0.76%) Online Banking
13 4 (0.76%) Thin Client
13 4 (0.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 95 (18.03%) Windows
2 55 (10.44%) Linux
3 34 (6.45%) Windows Server
4 22 (4.17%) Unix
5 13 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (2.28%) Windows Server 2016
6 12 (2.28%) Windows Server 2019
7 6 (1.14%) Windows XP
8 5 (0.95%) Android
8 5 (0.95%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.76%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.57%) VMS
11 2 (0.38%) CatOS
11 2 (0.38%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (0.38%) SUSE
11 2 (0.38%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.38%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.19%) CentOS
12 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (25.81%) Cybersecurity
2 89 (16.89%) Information Security
3 71 (13.47%) SIEM
4 55 (10.44%) Security Architecture
5 52 (9.87%) Migration
6 50 (9.49%) DevOps
7 44 (8.35%) Identity Access Management
8 42 (7.97%) Problem-Solving
9 39 (7.40%) Stakeholder Management
10 38 (7.21%) Risk Management
10 38 (7.21%) Security Operations
11 36 (6.83%) Agile Software Development
12 34 (6.45%) Change Management
12 34 (6.45%) Load Balancing
12 34 (6.45%) Network Design
13 30 (5.69%) SABSA
14 29 (5.50%) Vulnerability Management
15 28 (5.31%) ITIL
15 28 (5.31%) Network Management
15 28 (5.31%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 51 (9.68%) Python
2 30 (5.69%) PowerShell
3 22 (4.17%) SQL
4 17 (3.23%) Java
5 16 (3.04%) C#
6 12 (2.28%) Bash Shell
7 9 (1.71%) Go
8 6 (1.14%) JavaScript
8 6 (1.14%) Perl
9 5 (0.95%) Ruby
10 3 (0.57%) R
10 3 (0.57%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.38%) C
11 2 (0.38%) C++
11 2 (0.38%) VBA
12 1 (0.19%) PHP
12 1 (0.19%) Scala
12 1 (0.19%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 92 (17.46%) Cisco Certification
2 90 (17.08%) Security Cleared
3 72 (13.66%) SC Cleared
4 69 (13.09%) CISSP
5 57 (10.82%) CCNP
6 55 (10.44%) Degree
7 42 (7.97%) CISM
8 41 (7.78%) CCNA
9 25 (4.74%) CCIE
10 18 (3.42%) CISA
11 15 (2.85%) Microsoft Certification
12 14 (2.66%) DV Cleared
13 13 (2.47%) GIAC
14 11 (2.09%) CREST Certified
15 9 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
15 9 (1.71%) CRISC
15 9 (1.71%) MCSE
15 9 (1.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 8 (1.52%) GCIH
16 8 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (7.02%) NIST
2 29 (5.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (3.42%) SLA
4 14 (2.66%) GDPR
5 11 (2.09%) NCSC
6 10 (1.90%) QA
7 9 (1.71%) PCI DSS
8 7 (1.33%) COBIT
9 5 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.95%) HIPAA
9 5 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (0.76%) GLBA
10 4 (0.76%) GRC
10 4 (0.76%) NIST 800
11 3 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 2 (0.38%) FedRAMP
12 2 (0.38%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 2 (0.38%) PMO
13 1 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
System Software
1 65 (12.33%) Active Directory
2 43 (8.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.80%) VMware NSX
4 16 (3.04%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (2.47%) vSphere
6 12 (2.28%) Docker
7 10 (1.90%) ProxySG
8 5 (0.95%) BitLocker
8 5 (0.95%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.95%) Snort
9 4 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.57%) HDFS
10 3 (0.57%) vCloud
11 2 (0.38%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 2 (0.38%) Squid
12 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.19%) Xen
12 1 (0.19%) XenApp
12 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 36 (6.83%) Ansible
2 26 (4.93%) Terraform
3 15 (2.85%) FortiGate
4 14 (2.66%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.71%) SolarWinds Orion
5 9 (1.71%) WSUS
6 8 (1.52%) CASB
6 8 (1.52%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 7 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (1.14%) Cisco Prime
8 6 (1.14%) Nessus
8 6 (1.14%) SCCM
9 5 (0.95%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 5 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.95%) Norton AntiVirus
9 5 (0.95%) Puppet
9 5 (0.95%) QRadar
10 4 (0.76%) EnCase
10 4 (0.76%) FTK
10 4 (0.76%) Suricata
Vendors
1 174 (33.02%) Cisco
2 78 (14.80%) Microsoft
3 68 (12.90%) Palo Alto
4 64 (12.14%) VMware
5 63 (11.95%) Fortinet
6 60 (11.39%) F5
7 47 (8.92%) CheckPoint
7 47 (8.92%) Juniper
8 31 (5.88%) Meraki
9 24 (4.55%) Splunk
10 23 (4.36%) McAfee
10 23 (4.36%) SolarWinds
11 21 (3.98%) Google
12 18 (3.42%) Blue Coat
12 18 (3.42%) Citrix
13 15 (2.85%) Zscaler
14 13 (2.47%) Radware
15 12 (2.28%) LogRhythm
16 11 (2.09%) FireEye
17 10 (1.90%) Infoblox