Period
to 24 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Security Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 318 344 416
Rank change year-on-year +26 +72 +33
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 330 626 523
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.77% 0.75% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.82% 0.79% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 451 363
Median daily rate £475 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £350 £338 £335
90th Percentile £700 £688 £620
UK median daily rate £461 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -7.75% +5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 11
Median hourly rate £35.00 £44.92 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.08% -6.09% -5.29%
10th Percentile £19.14 £17.00 £42.50
90th Percentile £80.00 £60.74 £64.00
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £44.92 £47.83
% change year-on-year -6.49% -6.09% -4.34%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 40,452 79,287 87,333
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.83% 94.60% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,835 52,734 57,824
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £250 £277 £270
90th Percentile £662 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £465 £473 £450
% change year-on-year -1.59% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,650 2,453 2,738
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.23 £18.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.20% +3.92% -2.61%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.85 £48.00
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.78 £18.00
% change year-on-year +11.85% +4.31% -5.06%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Security Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Engineer in England.

Daily rate trend for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Engineer in England over the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Engineer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Engineer in England over the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
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 Security Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 24 May 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 +29 181 £515 -6.36% 36
South East +35 52 £413 -8.33% 7
North of England +92 48 £438 -14.63% 19
North West +58 33 £400 -21.95% 10
South West +22 19 £450 -2.70% 2
Midlands +72 16 £405 +8.72% 7
Yorkshire +69 15 £525 +10.53% 9
East of England +41 13 £395 -7.06% 9
West Midlands +71 9 £550 +48.65% 4
East Midlands +39 7 £380 -15.56% 3
Security Engineer
UK

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 May 2020, Security Engineer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Security Engineer in the job title.

1 117 (35.45%) Firewall
2 91 (27.58%) Cisco
3 84 (25.45%) Network Security
4 77 (23.33%) SIEM
5 75 (22.73%) Cybersecurity
6 74 (22.42%) AWS
7 73 (22.12%) Windows
8 68 (20.61%) Finance
9 66 (20.00%) Python
10 61 (18.48%) Linux
11 59 (17.88%) Active Directory
12 56 (16.97%) Azure
13 50 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
14 45 (13.64%) CCNP
15 40 (12.12%) CheckPoint
16 39 (11.82%) Java
17 38 (11.52%) VPN
18 37 (11.21%) WAN
19 36 (10.91%) Data Centre
19 36 (10.91%) Windows Server
20 35 (10.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 35 (10.61%) Security Architecture
21 34 (10.30%) DevOps
22 32 (9.70%) F5
22 32 (9.70%) Microsoft
22 32 (9.70%) Information Security
22 32 (9.70%) DevSecOps
23 29 (8.79%) Change Management
24 28 (8.48%) Wireless
24 28 (8.48%) Security Cleared

Security Engineer Skill Set
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 6 (1.82%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.21%) Apache
2 4 (1.21%) IIS
2 4 (1.21%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.91%) Confluence
4 2 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.30%) nginx
5 1 (0.30%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.30%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.30%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (1.21%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (1.21%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 74 (22.42%) AWS
2 56 (16.97%) Azure
3 26 (7.88%) GCP
3 26 (7.88%) Office 365
4 16 (4.85%) SaaS
5 12 (3.64%) PaaS
6 10 (3.03%) AWS Lambda
6 10 (3.03%) Serverless
7 9 (2.73%) GitHub
8 8 (2.42%) Amazon S3
9 7 (2.12%) IaaS
10 6 (1.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 5 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
11 5 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (1.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
13 3 (0.91%) Amazon ECS
13 3 (0.91%) Cloudflare
13 3 (0.91%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 117 (35.45%) Firewall
2 84 (25.45%) Network Security
3 38 (11.52%) VPN
4 37 (11.21%) WAN
5 28 (8.48%) Wireless
6 24 (7.27%) LAN
7 23 (6.97%) DNS
8 21 (6.36%) Cisco ASA
9 20 (6.06%) Internet
9 20 (6.06%) SSL
10 18 (5.45%) TACACS
11 17 (5.15%) DHCP
11 17 (5.15%) DMZ
11 17 (5.15%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 14 (4.24%) TCP/IP
13 13 (3.94%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
14 12 (3.64%) BGP
14 12 (3.64%) Cisco Nexus
14 12 (3.64%) Intranet
14 12 (3.64%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.52%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.91%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.61%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.30%) DB2
4 1 (0.30%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.30%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 20 (6.06%) Jenkins
2 12 (3.64%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.12%) AppScan
4 4 (1.21%) JIRA
4 4 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.61%) Artifactory
5 2 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.61%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.61%) GitLab
5 2 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.30%) IBM UrbanCode
6 1 (0.30%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.30%) Selenium
General
1 68 (20.61%) Finance
2 24 (7.27%) Banking
3 14 (4.24%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.03%) Legal
5 6 (1.82%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.21%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.21%) Retail
7 3 (0.91%) Back Office
7 3 (0.91%) Private Banking
8 2 (0.61%) Electronics
8 2 (0.61%) Law
8 2 (0.61%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.61%) Marketing
8 2 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.30%) Advertising
9 1 (0.30%) Billing
9 1 (0.30%) French Language
9 1 (0.30%) German Language
9 1 (0.30%) Military
9 1 (0.30%) Norwegian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.67%) .NET
1 22 (6.67%) SAML
2 9 (2.73%) Elastic Stack
3 8 (2.42%) Web Services
4 6 (1.82%) 802.1X
5 5 (1.52%) OAuth
6 4 (1.21%) OAuth2
6 4 (1.21%) OpenID
6 4 (1.21%) SOAP
6 4 (1.21%) XML
6 4 (1.21%) XSLT
7 3 (0.91%) Kafka
7 3 (0.91%) Node.js
8 2 (0.61%) OpenCV
8 2 (0.61%) PyTorch
8 2 (0.61%) TensorFlow
8 2 (0.61%) Velocity
9 1 (0.30%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.30%) LEMP Stack
9 1 (0.30%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 36 (10.91%) Data Centre
2 19 (5.76%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (5.45%) PKI
4 11 (3.33%) RSA SecurID
5 10 (3.03%) Cyberthreat
6 9 (2.73%) Analytical Mindset
6 9 (2.73%) Linux Command Line
6 9 (2.73%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 6 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.82%) Security Operations Centre
8 5 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (1.21%) Blog
10 3 (0.91%) Enterprise Cloud
10 3 (0.91%) Hedge funds
10 3 (0.91%) Public Cloud
10 3 (0.91%) Virtual Team
11 2 (0.61%) Cyberattack
11 2 (0.61%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.61%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 73 (22.12%) Windows
2 61 (18.48%) Linux
3 36 (10.91%) Windows Server
4 11 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (2.73%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (2.42%) Unix
7 7 (2.12%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (1.52%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.91%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.61%) Android
11 1 (0.30%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.30%) CentOS
11 1 (0.30%) Kali Linux
11 1 (0.30%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.30%) Solaris
11 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.30%) VMS
11 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (23.33%) SIEM
2 75 (22.73%) Cybersecurity
3 35 (10.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 35 (10.61%) Security Architecture
4 34 (10.30%) DevOps
5 32 (9.70%) DevSecOps
5 32 (9.70%) Information Security
6 29 (8.79%) Change Management
7 27 (8.18%) Security Operations
7 27 (8.18%) Security Testing
8 26 (7.88%) Migration
8 26 (7.88%) Open Source
9 22 (6.67%) Penetration Testing
10 21 (6.36%) Software Engineering
10 21 (6.36%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 20 (6.06%) ITIL
12 19 (5.76%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (5.76%) Identity Management
13 18 (5.45%) Network Design
14 16 (4.85%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 66 (20.00%) Python
2 39 (11.82%) Java
3 28 (8.48%) PowerShell
4 15 (4.55%) Bash Shell
5 13 (3.94%) Scala
6 12 (3.64%) C#
7 9 (2.73%) Shell Script
8 8 (2.42%) JavaScript
9 6 (1.82%) Clojure
10 4 (1.21%) C++
10 4 (1.21%) Go
11 3 (0.91%) Ruby
11 3 (0.91%) VBScript
12 2 (0.61%) PHP
12 2 (0.61%) SQL
13 1 (0.30%) Apple Swift
13 1 (0.30%) C
13 1 (0.30%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.30%) VB
13 1 (0.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 50 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
2 45 (13.64%) CCNP
3 28 (8.48%) Security Cleared
4 27 (8.18%) CISSP
5 24 (7.27%) SC Cleared
6 17 (5.15%) CCNA
7 14 (4.24%) SANS
8 13 (3.94%) CCIE
8 13 (3.94%) CCSA
8 13 (3.94%) Degree
9 11 (3.33%) CCSE
10 9 (2.73%) CEH
11 6 (1.82%) GIAC
12 5 (1.52%) AWS Certification
12 5 (1.52%) JNCIA
12 5 (1.52%) JNCIP
12 5 (1.52%) JNCIS
13 4 (1.21%) CCIE Security
13 4 (1.21%) CCSP
13 4 (1.21%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (3.94%) NIST
3 8 (2.42%) Cyber Essentials
4 6 (1.82%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 6 (1.82%) QA
4 6 (1.82%) SLA
5 5 (1.52%) PCI DSS
6 4 (1.21%) BS7799
6 4 (1.21%) COBIT
7 3 (0.91%) AICPA
7 3 (0.91%) GDPR
7 3 (0.91%) SSAE 16
8 2 (0.61%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.61%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.61%) NCSC
8 2 (0.61%) RMADS
9 1 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.30%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.30%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 59 (17.88%) Active Directory
2 23 (6.97%) Docker
3 9 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (2.42%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.82%) ProxySG
6 5 (1.52%) VMware NSX
7 3 (0.91%) OpenAM
7 3 (0.91%) OpenIDM
7 3 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.91%) vSphere
8 1 (0.30%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.30%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 12 (3.64%) Terraform
2 11 (3.33%) Ansible
3 10 (3.03%) SCOM
3 10 (3.03%) Single Sign-On
4 9 (2.73%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (2.73%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 8 (2.42%) Grafana
5 8 (2.42%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (2.12%) FortiGate
6 7 (2.12%) Kubernetes
6 7 (2.12%) Prometheus
6 7 (2.12%) SCCM
7 4 (1.21%) Puppet
8 3 (0.91%) IBM BigFix
8 3 (0.91%) QRadar
8 3 (0.91%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.91%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
9 2 (0.61%) Demisto
9 2 (0.61%) HP Fortify
9 2 (0.61%) Nessus
Vendors
1 91 (27.58%) Cisco
2 40 (12.12%) CheckPoint
3 32 (9.70%) F5
3 32 (9.70%) Microsoft
4 26 (7.88%) Palo Alto
5 20 (6.06%) Juniper
5 20 (6.06%) VMware
6 19 (5.76%) McAfee
7 16 (4.85%) CyberArk
8 13 (3.94%) Splunk
9 11 (3.33%) Google
10 9 (2.73%) Blue Coat
10 9 (2.73%) Symantec
11 8 (2.42%) Fortinet
12 7 (2.12%) Sophos
13 6 (1.82%) FireEye
13 6 (1.82%) Zscaler
14 5 (1.52%) CrowdStrike
14 5 (1.52%) LogRhythm
14 5 (1.52%) Netsparker