Period
to 17 September 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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 264 243 263
Rank change year-on-year -21 +20 +16
Contract jobs citing Network Security 652 285 857
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.03% 1.08% 1.05%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.03% 7.90% 8.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 423 179 557
10th Percentile £350 £313 £303
25th Percentile £425 £380 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +12.22% - -4.76%
75th Percentile £613 £550 £550
90th Percentile £725 £628 £650
UK median daily rate £519 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +15.33% - -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 14 28
10th Percentile £19.75 £18.73 £16.78
25th Percentile £34.12 £26.68 £21.27
Median hourly rate £50.00 £43.20 £46.00
Median % change year-on-year +15.74% -6.09% +137.30%
75th Percentile £73.82 £49.50 £55.40
90th Percentile £76.75 £54.63 £61.38
UK median hourly rate £40.17 £42.50 £44.50
% change year-on-year -5.48% -4.49% +78.00%

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 7,220 3,606 10,705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.37% 13.69% 13.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,659 2,287 6,725
10th Percentile £230 £204 £200
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.43% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £656 £630 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +9.94% +1.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 168 505
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.70 £12.50
25th Percentile £14.31 £17.69 £15.50
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.75 £23.75
Median % change year-on-year -30.71% +33.68% +18.75%
75th Percentile £48.75 £47.25 £46.40
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.13 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £31.75 £23.75
% change year-on-year -29.13% +33.68% +25.00%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 -47 308 £550 +15.79% 88
North of England -4 110 £508 +15.34% 56
South East -46 81 £463 +10.12% 44
North West -14 74 £475 +13.10% 39
South West -17 49 £525 +23.53% 26
Midlands -65 31 £543 +26.90% 26
Yorkshire -27 28 £525 +5.00% 9
East of England -24 26 £450 -5.26% 25
East Midlands -33 14 £465 +43.08% 6
West Midlands -59 14 £543 +26.16% 20
North East - 9 £550 - 8
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 300 (46.01%) Firewall
2 186 (28.53%) Cisco
3 169 (25.92%) Cybersecurity
4 140 (21.47%) Windows
5 137 (21.01%) Finance
6 136 (20.86%) Azure
7 119 (18.25%) Social Skills
8 112 (17.18%) Information Security
9 111 (17.02%) Cisco Certification
10 107 (16.41%) Security Cleared
11 101 (15.49%) VPN
12 99 (15.18%) Linux
13 98 (15.03%) WAN
14 95 (14.57%) Microsoft
14 95 (14.57%) SIEM
15 94 (14.42%) SC Cleared
16 83 (12.73%) VMware
17 81 (12.42%) AWS
18 80 (12.27%) Data Centre
18 80 (12.27%) DNS
19 79 (12.12%) CISSP
20 74 (11.35%) Palo Alto
21 73 (11.20%) LAN
21 73 (11.20%) Degree
22 68 (10.43%) DevOps
23 64 (9.82%) VMware Infrastructure
24 63 (9.66%) Security Architecture
24 63 (9.66%) CCNP
25 62 (9.51%) Active Directory
26 61 (9.36%) CCNA

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 15 (2.30%) Confluence
2 14 (2.15%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.69%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.07%) Apache
5 6 (0.92%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.92%) nginx
6 4 (0.61%) IIS
7 3 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.46%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.31%) CMS
8 2 (0.31%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.31%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.15%) SAS
Applications
1 15 (2.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (1.99%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.46%) Siemens NX
6 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.07%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.46%) Teamcenter
2 3 (0.46%) Workfront
3 2 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 136 (20.86%) Azure
2 81 (12.42%) AWS
3 46 (7.06%) GCP
4 42 (6.44%) PaaS
5 36 (5.52%) Microsoft 365
5 36 (5.52%) SaaS
6 33 (5.06%) IaaS
7 20 (3.07%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (2.91%) Akamai
9 15 (2.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 12 (1.84%) Azure Storage
11 10 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
12 9 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
13 8 (1.23%) Azure Key Vault
13 8 (1.23%) Azure Logic Apps
14 7 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
14 7 (1.07%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 6 (0.92%) IBM Cloud
16 5 (0.77%) Mimecast
16 5 (0.77%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 300 (46.01%) Firewall
2 101 (15.49%) VPN
3 98 (15.03%) WAN
4 80 (12.27%) DNS
5 73 (11.20%) LAN
6 47 (7.21%) BGP
7 45 (6.90%) SD-WAN
7 45 (6.90%) TCP/IP
8 37 (5.67%) OSPF
9 34 (5.21%) VoIP
10 33 (5.06%) MPLS
11 31 (4.75%) Cisco ASA
12 30 (4.60%) DHCP
13 26 (3.99%) Multicast
13 26 (3.99%) Wireless
14 25 (3.83%) Intrusion Detection
14 25 (3.83%) Wi-Fi
15 24 (3.68%) HTTP
15 24 (3.68%) IPv6
15 24 (3.68%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (4.14%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.45%) Azure SQL Database
3 13 (1.99%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (1.53%) SQL Server 2016
5 8 (1.23%) Tableau
6 7 (1.07%) MySQL
7 6 (0.92%) Data Mining
7 6 (0.92%) MongoDB
7 6 (0.92%) NoSQL
7 6 (0.92%) Redis
7 6 (0.92%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.77%) Apache Hive
8 5 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
8 5 (0.77%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.61%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.61%) Power BI
9 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.46%) Amazon Aurora
Development Applications
1 18 (2.76%) JIRA
2 11 (1.69%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.38%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.07%) Burp Suite
5 5 (0.77%) SonarQube
5 5 (0.77%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.61%) Metasploit
7 3 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.46%) SoapUI
7 3 (0.46%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.31%) GitLab
8 2 (0.31%) Gradle
8 2 (0.31%) Maven
8 2 (0.31%) Snyk
8 2 (0.31%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.15%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.15%) ClearCase
9 1 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 137 (21.01%) Finance
2 119 (18.25%) Social Skills
3 51 (7.82%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (7.82%) Telecoms
4 48 (7.36%) Banking
5 39 (5.98%) Public Sector
6 32 (4.91%) Presentation Skills
7 16 (2.45%) Documentation Skills
7 16 (2.45%) Manufacturing
8 14 (2.15%) Marketing
9 12 (1.84%) Law
9 12 (1.84%) Military
10 10 (1.53%) Influencing Skills
11 8 (1.23%) Aerospace
11 8 (1.23%) Electronics
11 8 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
11 8 (1.23%) Retail
12 7 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.77%) Billing
13 5 (0.77%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 148 (22.70%) Network Engineer
2 133 (20.40%) Architect
3 115 (17.64%) Security Engineer
4 67 (10.28%) Network Security Engineer
5 65 (9.97%) Security Architect
6 48 (7.36%) Consultant
7 42 (6.44%) Network Architect
8 30 (4.60%) Security Consultant
9 29 (4.45%) Azure Engineer
10 25 (3.83%) Analyst
10 25 (3.83%) Senior Network Engineer
11 24 (3.68%) Project Manager
11 24 (3.68%) Solutions Architect
12 21 (3.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 21 (3.22%) Support Engineer
13 16 (2.45%) Tester
14 15 (2.30%) Cloud Engineer
14 15 (2.30%) Network Security Architect
15 14 (2.15%) Infrastructure Manager
15 14 (2.15%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.37%) LDAP
2 20 (3.07%) .NET
3 19 (2.91%) Web Services
4 13 (1.99%) 802.1X
5 11 (1.69%) ARM Templates
5 11 (1.69%) REST
5 11 (1.69%) SAML
6 10 (1.53%) Regular Expression
7 7 (1.07%) Kafka
8 6 (0.92%) Apache NiFi
8 6 (0.92%) HTML
8 6 (0.92%) JDBC
8 6 (0.92%) Middleware
8 6 (0.92%) OAuth
9 5 (0.77%) ODBC
9 5 (0.77%) OLE DB
9 5 (0.77%) SOAP
10 4 (0.61%) CSS
11 3 (0.46%) OpenID
11 3 (0.46%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 80 (12.27%) Data Centre
2 36 (5.52%) Management Information System
3 26 (3.99%) Public Cloud
4 21 (3.22%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 19 (2.91%) PKI
6 13 (1.99%) Cyberthreat
7 12 (1.84%) Data Protection Act
8 11 (1.69%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
10 9 (1.38%) Security Operations Centre
10 9 (1.38%) Virtual Team
11 8 (1.23%) Enterprise Cloud
12 7 (1.07%) Cloud Native
12 7 (1.07%) NHS
13 5 (0.77%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 5 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
14 4 (0.61%) Clustering
14 4 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
14 4 (0.61%) Life Science
14 4 (0.61%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 140 (21.47%) Windows
2 99 (15.18%) Linux
3 43 (6.60%) Windows Server
4 39 (5.98%) Unix
5 17 (2.61%) Windows Server 2016
6 15 (2.30%) Windows XP
7 14 (2.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.99%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (1.07%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.77%) Android
11 5 (0.77%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.77%) VMS
12 4 (0.61%) Debian
12 4 (0.61%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.46%) FreeBSD
13 3 (0.46%) Solaris
14 2 (0.31%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.31%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 169 (25.92%) Cybersecurity
2 112 (17.18%) Information Security
3 95 (14.57%) SIEM
4 68 (10.43%) DevOps
5 63 (9.66%) Security Architecture
6 59 (9.05%) ITIL
7 57 (8.74%) Problem-Solving
8 50 (7.67%) Migration
8 50 (7.67%) Network Design
9 48 (7.36%) Vulnerability Management
10 47 (7.21%) Network Management
11 46 (7.06%) Computer Science
12 44 (6.75%) Security Operations
13 43 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
14 41 (6.29%) Agile Software Development
14 41 (6.29%) Disaster Recovery
14 41 (6.29%) Identity Access Management
15 40 (6.13%) Project Management
16 35 (5.37%) Penetration Testing
16 35 (5.37%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 54 (8.28%) Python
2 51 (7.82%) PowerShell
3 29 (4.45%) SQL
4 27 (4.14%) C#
5 21 (3.22%) Java
6 15 (2.30%) Bash Shell
7 8 (1.23%) C++
8 7 (1.07%) Go
8 7 (1.07%) JavaScript
9 6 (0.92%) C
10 5 (0.77%) Ruby
10 5 (0.77%) Scala
11 3 (0.46%) Perl
11 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.31%) VBA
13 1 (0.15%) PHP
13 1 (0.15%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.15%) VB
13 1 (0.15%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 111 (17.02%) Cisco Certification
2 107 (16.41%) Security Cleared
3 94 (14.42%) SC Cleared
4 79 (12.12%) CISSP
5 73 (11.20%) Degree
6 63 (9.66%) CCNP
7 61 (9.36%) CCNA
8 40 (6.13%) CISM
9 36 (5.52%) CCIE
10 24 (3.68%) Microsoft Certification
11 18 (2.76%) CISA
11 18 (2.76%) Computer Science Degree
11 18 (2.76%) DV Cleared
12 17 (2.61%) MCSE
13 16 (2.45%) CEH
13 16 (2.45%) GIAC
14 15 (2.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 12 (1.84%) CREST Certified
16 10 (1.53%) CRISC
17 9 (1.38%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (5.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 26 (3.99%) NIST
3 24 (3.68%) SLA
4 23 (3.53%) GDPR
5 13 (1.99%) PCI DSS
6 11 (1.69%) QA
7 8 (1.23%) NCSC
8 7 (1.07%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.92%) COBIT
9 6 (0.92%) PMO
10 5 (0.77%) GLBA
10 5 (0.77%) GRC
10 5 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 3 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.46%) FedRAMP
12 3 (0.46%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (0.46%) NIST 800
13 2 (0.31%) Data Quality
System Software
1 64 (9.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 62 (9.51%) Active Directory
3 26 (3.99%) VMware NSX
4 24 (3.68%) vSphere
5 21 (3.22%) Virtual Machines
6 17 (2.61%) Docker
7 9 (1.38%) vCloud
8 6 (0.92%) ProxySG
9 5 (0.77%) HDFS
9 5 (0.77%) Hyper-V
10 4 (0.61%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 4 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (0.61%) XenApp
10 4 (0.61%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.46%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.46%) NFS
11 3 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.31%) Squid
Systems Management
1 45 (6.90%) Terraform
2 42 (6.44%) Ansible
3 29 (4.45%) Kubernetes
4 16 (2.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 12 (1.84%) FortiGate
5 12 (1.84%) SCCM
6 11 (1.69%) Nessus
6 11 (1.69%) WSUS
7 9 (1.38%) vCenter Server
8 8 (1.23%) QRadar
9 6 (0.92%) Cisco Prime
9 6 (0.92%) Oozie
10 5 (0.77%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 5 (0.77%) Nmap
10 5 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (0.77%) Puppet
11 4 (0.61%) cPanel
11 4 (0.61%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.61%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 186 (28.53%) Cisco
2 95 (14.57%) Microsoft
3 83 (12.73%) VMware
4 74 (11.35%) Palo Alto
5 60 (9.20%) F5
6 57 (8.74%) CheckPoint
7 43 (6.60%) Fortinet
8 40 (6.13%) Juniper
9 35 (5.37%) McAfee
10 33 (5.06%) Meraki
11 25 (3.83%) Google
12 24 (3.68%) Citrix
13 23 (3.53%) Splunk
14 22 (3.37%) SolarWinds
15 20 (3.07%) HP
16 18 (2.76%) Red Hat
16 18 (2.76%) Zscaler
17 14 (2.15%) Radware
18 13 (1.99%) SAP
19 12 (1.84%) Infoblox