Period
to 27 November 2021

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 27 November 2021.

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
27 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 320 268 331
Rank change year-on-year -52 +63 +94
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 584 270 537
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.83% 0.88% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.95% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 181 382
10th Percentile £400 £350 £325
25th Percentile £475 £411 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £629
90th Percentile £725 £638 £700
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 9 3
10th Percentile £22.03 £40.00 £27.50
25th Percentile £48.37 £42.50 £36.88
Median hourly rate £58.22 £53.00 £55.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.85% -3.64% +10.00%
75th Percentile £64.15 £67.50 £57.50
90th Percentile £77.71 £77.75 "
UK median hourly rate £58.22 £50.50 £53.75
% change year-on-year +15.29% -6.05% +7.50%

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 65,954 28,352 70,674
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.57% 92.61% 94.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,757 19,551 47,805
10th Percentile £300 £260 £256
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £466
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +1.93% +3.56%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £668 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,950 1,016 2,455
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £13.88
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.55
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +21.29% +6.00%
75th Percentile £45.85 £45.00 £42.50
90th Percentile £62.33 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -11.11% +20.32% +6.86%

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 27 November 2021.

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 27 November 2021.

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 27 November 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 -35 365 £588 +11.90% 103
South East -57 71 £525 +5.00% 30
North of England -60 43 £540 +32.92% 33
North West -49 34 £530 +32.50% 20
South West -40 26 £509 +13.00% 19
Midlands -57 22 £400 +14.70% 19
East of England -31 19 £488 -2.50% 16
West Midlands -58 14 £400 +14.70% 11
East Midlands -26 8 £390 - 8
Yorkshire -40 5 £475 +5.56% 13
North East - 4 £550 -
Security Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 27 November 2021, 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.

1 249 (42.64%) Cybersecurity
2 211 (36.13%) Firewall
3 189 (32.36%) Azure
4 141 (24.14%) Finance
5 125 (21.40%) Network Security
6 116 (19.86%) Microsoft
7 115 (19.69%) AWS
8 111 (19.01%) SIEM
9 102 (17.47%) Windows
10 96 (16.44%) Active Directory
11 94 (16.10%) DevOps
12 90 (15.41%) Python
13 83 (14.21%) Linux
13 83 (14.21%) Information Security
14 82 (14.04%) Security Architecture
15 77 (13.18%) Cisco
15 77 (13.18%) Social Skills
16 75 (12.84%) Terraform
17 74 (12.67%) Microsoft 365
18 73 (12.50%) GCP
19 70 (11.99%) Cisco Certification
20 68 (11.64%) Kubernetes
21 65 (11.13%) Security Operations
21 65 (11.13%) VMware
22 64 (10.96%) PowerShell
23 62 (10.62%) DNS
24 61 (10.45%) Vulnerability Management
25 59 (10.10%) Google
26 56 (9.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
27 54 (9.25%) CISSP

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 26 (4.45%) OpenStack
2 12 (2.05%) nginx
3 10 (1.71%) Elasticsearch
4 9 (1.54%) Confluence
5 8 (1.37%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.86%) Apache
7 3 (0.51%) CMS
8 2 (0.34%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.17%) Apache Airflow
9 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.17%) IIS
9 1 (0.17%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.17%) SAS
9 1 (0.17%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (1.03%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.17%) Figma
2 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 24 (4.11%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 189 (32.36%) Azure
2 115 (19.69%) AWS
3 74 (12.67%) Microsoft 365
4 73 (12.50%) GCP
5 53 (9.08%) SaaS
6 45 (7.71%) PaaS
7 35 (5.99%) IaaS
8 30 (5.14%) Azure Sentinel
9 29 (4.97%) Azure Active Directory
10 22 (3.77%) Serverless
11 16 (2.74%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 14 (2.40%) AWS CloudFormation
12 14 (2.40%) AWS CloudTrail
13 10 (1.71%) AWS Lambda
13 10 (1.71%) Cloud Computing
14 8 (1.37%) GitHub
15 7 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
15 7 (1.20%) Amazon Macie
15 7 (1.20%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 7 (1.20%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 211 (36.13%) Firewall
2 125 (21.40%) Network Security
3 62 (10.62%) DNS
4 53 (9.08%) VPN
5 39 (6.68%) SSL
6 32 (5.48%) DHCP
7 31 (5.31%) BGP
8 30 (5.14%) IPsec
9 25 (4.28%) TCP/IP
10 23 (3.94%) LAN
11 22 (3.77%) Intrusion Detection
12 21 (3.60%) Cisco ASA
13 18 (3.08%) WAN
14 16 (2.74%) IKE
14 16 (2.74%) Internet
14 16 (2.74%) MPLS
15 14 (2.40%) SNMP
16 12 (2.05%) X.509
17 11 (1.88%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 11 (1.88%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.25%) Big Data
2 12 (2.05%) Hadoop
3 10 (1.71%) Data Lake
4 9 (1.54%) Couchbase
4 9 (1.54%) MongoDB
4 9 (1.54%) MySQL
4 9 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.51%) Apache Hive
6 3 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (0.51%) Blockchain
6 3 (0.51%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.51%) SQL Server
7 2 (0.34%) HBase
7 2 (0.34%) Impala
8 1 (0.17%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.17%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.17%) GIS
8 1 (0.17%) Power BI
8 1 (0.17%) Redis
Development Applications
1 15 (2.57%) Jenkins
2 14 (2.40%) Git (software)
3 13 (2.23%) Sonatype Nexus
4 9 (1.54%) GitLab
5 7 (1.20%) JIRA
6 5 (0.86%) SonarQube
7 4 (0.68%) Metasploit
7 4 (0.68%) Snyk
8 2 (0.34%) Burp Suite
8 2 (0.34%) Gradle
8 2 (0.34%) Maven
8 2 (0.34%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.34%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.34%) TestRail
8 2 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.17%) Ant
9 1 (0.17%) AutoIt
9 1 (0.17%) CircleCI
9 1 (0.17%) IDA Disassembler
9 1 (0.17%) Xcode
General
1 141 (24.14%) Finance
2 77 (13.18%) Social Skills
3 52 (8.90%) Banking
4 29 (4.97%) Telecoms
5 24 (4.11%) Games
6 19 (3.25%) Analytical Skills
6 19 (3.25%) Public Sector
7 11 (1.88%) Financial Institution
8 10 (1.71%) Presentation Skills
9 9 (1.54%) Legal
10 8 (1.37%) Manufacturing
10 8 (1.37%) Military
11 7 (1.20%) Organisational Skills
12 6 (1.03%) Marketing
13 5 (0.86%) Automotive
13 5 (0.86%) Documentation Skills
14 4 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.68%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.51%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.34%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (4.45%) OAuth
2 25 (4.28%) SAML
3 15 (2.57%) OAuth2
4 10 (1.71%) Kafka
5 9 (1.54%) Elastic Stack
5 9 (1.54%) gRPC
5 9 (1.54%) JWT
5 9 (1.54%) RabbitMQ
6 8 (1.37%) ARM Templates
6 8 (1.37%) JSON
7 6 (1.03%) 802.1X
7 6 (1.03%) Jinja
7 6 (1.03%) XML
8 5 (0.86%) REST
8 5 (0.86%) Web Services
9 4 (0.68%) .NET
9 4 (0.68%) SailPoint
10 2 (0.34%) .NET Core
10 2 (0.34%) LDAP
10 2 (0.34%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.14%) PKI
2 24 (4.11%) Management Information System
3 21 (3.60%) Public Cloud
4 20 (3.42%) Cloud Native
5 17 (2.91%) Cyberthreat
6 15 (2.57%) Data Protection Act
7 14 (2.40%) Private Cloud
8 13 (2.23%) Data Centre
9 12 (2.05%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (1.54%) Cyberattack
11 8 (1.37%) Cyber Defence
12 7 (1.20%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 7 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
13 5 (0.86%) BYOD
13 5 (0.86%) CMDB
13 5 (0.86%) Mobile App
13 5 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
14 4 (0.68%) Blog
15 3 (0.51%) Hedge funds
15 3 (0.51%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 102 (17.47%) Windows
2 83 (14.21%) Linux
3 27 (4.62%) Windows Server
4 24 (4.11%) Unix
5 11 (1.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (1.54%) Debian
7 7 (1.20%) Android
8 4 (0.68%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.68%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (0.51%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.51%) VMS
10 2 (0.34%) FreeRTOS
10 2 (0.34%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.17%) CoreOS
11 1 (0.17%) Kali Linux
11 1 (0.17%) OS/400
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.17%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (42.64%) Cybersecurity
2 111 (19.01%) SIEM
3 94 (16.10%) DevOps
4 83 (14.21%) Information Security
5 82 (14.04%) Security Architecture
6 65 (11.13%) Security Operations
7 61 (10.45%) Vulnerability Management
8 45 (7.71%) Agile Software Development
8 45 (7.71%) Risk Management
9 44 (7.53%) Identity Access Management
10 43 (7.36%) DevSecOps
11 42 (7.19%) Threat Modelling
12 40 (6.85%) ITIL
13 36 (6.16%) Analytics
13 36 (6.16%) Data Protection
14 32 (5.48%) Data Security
14 32 (5.48%) Infrastructure as Code
14 32 (5.48%) Migration
15 30 (5.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 26 (4.45%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 90 (15.41%) Python
2 64 (10.96%) PowerShell
3 35 (5.99%) Bash Shell
4 21 (3.60%) Java
5 15 (2.57%) JavaScript
5 15 (2.57%) SQL
6 13 (2.23%) Perl
7 10 (1.71%) Go
8 9 (1.54%) C#
8 9 (1.54%) C++
9 8 (1.37%) C
9 8 (1.37%) Ruby
10 5 (0.86%) Scala
11 4 (0.68%) PHP
11 4 (0.68%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.34%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.17%) Apple Swift
13 1 (0.17%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.17%) REXX
13 1 (0.17%) RPG
Qualifications
1 70 (11.99%) Cisco Certification
2 54 (9.25%) CISSP
3 53 (9.08%) Security Cleared
4 33 (5.65%) Degree
5 32 (5.48%) SC Cleared
6 31 (5.31%) CCNP
7 29 (4.97%) CCNA
8 23 (3.94%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 21 (3.60%) CISM
10 20 (3.42%) CCSP
11 13 (2.23%) DV Cleared
12 11 (1.88%) CCIE
13 10 (1.71%) CESG Certified Professional
14 9 (1.54%) CLAS
15 8 (1.37%) CEH
16 7 (1.20%) AWS Certification
16 7 (1.20%) GIAC
16 7 (1.20%) MCP
16 7 (1.20%) SANS
17 6 (1.03%) CCIE Security
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (9.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 37 (6.34%) NIST
3 23 (3.94%) GDPR
4 18 (3.08%) PCI DSS
4 18 (3.08%) SLA
5 12 (2.05%) SOC 2
6 11 (1.88%) JSP 440
6 11 (1.88%) NCSC
7 10 (1.71%) RMADS
8 8 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 6 (1.03%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.51%) COBIT
11 3 (0.51%) GxP
12 2 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.34%) GLBA
12 2 (0.34%) NIST 800
12 2 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 1 (0.17%) Accessibility
13 1 (0.17%) PSD2
System Software
1 96 (16.44%) Active Directory
2 32 (5.48%) Docker
3 30 (5.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (4.11%) vCloud
5 14 (2.40%) Hyper-V
5 14 (2.40%) VMware Workstation
6 6 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 6 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.34%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.34%) HDFS
7 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.17%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.17%) KVM
8 1 (0.17%) NFS
8 1 (0.17%) RACF
8 1 (0.17%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 75 (12.84%) Terraform
2 68 (11.64%) Kubernetes
3 34 (5.82%) Ansible
4 23 (3.94%) SCCM
5 18 (3.08%) Microsoft Intune
6 15 (2.57%) Consul
7 14 (2.40%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 13 (2.23%) FortiGate
9 12 (2.05%) Grafana
9 12 (2.05%) Nessus
9 12 (2.05%) Prometheus
10 9 (1.54%) Fluentd
10 9 (1.54%) HAProxy
10 9 (1.54%) ZABBIX
11 8 (1.37%) Istio
12 7 (1.20%) Kibana
12 7 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
13 6 (1.03%) Puppet
13 6 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
14 5 (0.86%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 116 (19.86%) Microsoft
2 77 (13.18%) Cisco
3 65 (11.13%) VMware
4 59 (10.10%) Google
5 53 (9.08%) Palo Alto
6 35 (5.99%) CheckPoint
7 29 (4.97%) McAfee
7 29 (4.97%) Splunk
8 23 (3.94%) CA
9 22 (3.77%) Fortinet
10 21 (3.60%) CyberArk
11 16 (2.74%) F5
11 16 (2.74%) Zscaler
12 15 (2.57%) Carbon Black
13 13 (2.23%) Meraki
14 12 (2.05%) Qualys
15 11 (1.88%) HP
15 11 (1.88%) Red Hat
15 11 (1.88%) Symantec
16 10 (1.71%) IBM