Period
to 22 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 22 November 2019.

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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 340 419 471
Rank change year-on-year +79 +52 -59
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 538 545 467
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.72% 0.57% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.61% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 382 379 306
England median daily rate £500 £465 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.53% -2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £326 £330 £325
90th Percentile £700 £638 £631
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 5
England median hourly rate £55.00 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +4.54% +8.70%
10th Percentile £27.50 £34.13 £44.63
90th Percentile £57.50 £112.88 £56.63
UK median hourly rate £53.75 £50.00 £46.25
% change year-on-year +7.50% +8.11% +9.47%

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 70,487 90,002 90,044
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.01% 94.80% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,657 60,239 60,008
England median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £260 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,565 2,774 2,678
England median hourly rate £19.64 £18.56 £18.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.82% -0.01% +0.34%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.21
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +8.11% -1.07% +3.89%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Engineer in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Engineer in England

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2019.

Contractor 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 22 November 2019. 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 +63 278 £550 +10.00% 79
South East +63 97 £433 -1.14% 34
South West +33 67 £470 -8.29% 15
North of England +23 54 £475 +12.43% 37
North West +31 43 £475 +11.76% 26
East of England +18 26 £438 +19.86% 35
Midlands +42 17 £350 -2.78% 30
Yorkshire +26 9 £401 -3.49% 11
East Midlands +23 9 £300 -33.30% 11
West Midlands +39 8 £375 +4.17% 19
North East +12 2 £338 -6.25%
Security Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 22 November 2019, 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.

1 214 (39.78%) Firewall
2 172 (31.97%) Network Security
3 155 (28.81%) Cisco
4 120 (22.30%) AWS
5 114 (21.19%) Information Security
6 108 (20.07%) Cybersecurity
7 105 (19.52%) Finance
8 103 (19.14%) Cisco Certification
9 101 (18.77%) Azure
10 97 (18.03%) Windows
11 95 (17.66%) SIEM
12 93 (17.29%) CheckPoint
13 87 (16.17%) Linux
14 85 (15.80%) DevOps
15 84 (15.61%) Palo Alto
16 71 (13.20%) CCNP
17 69 (12.83%) Python
18 63 (11.71%) CISSP
19 57 (10.59%) Active Directory
20 55 (10.22%) Security Operations
21 51 (9.48%) Agile Software Development
22 50 (9.29%) Microsoft
23 49 (9.11%) WAN
23 49 (9.11%) Security Architecture
23 49 (9.11%) Cisco ASA
24 48 (8.92%) PowerShell
25 47 (8.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
25 47 (8.74%) LAN
26 46 (8.55%) Vulnerability Management
27 43 (7.99%) GCP

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 5 (0.93%) Confluence
2 4 (0.74%) IIS
3 3 (0.56%) Apache
3 3 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (0.56%) MS Exchange
3 3 (0.56%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.19%) CICS
4 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (0.56%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 120 (22.30%) AWS
2 101 (18.77%) Azure
3 43 (7.99%) GCP
4 24 (4.46%) Office 365
5 19 (3.53%) SaaS
6 17 (3.16%) Serverless
7 15 (2.79%) AWS Lambda
8 13 (2.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 11 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (1.86%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (1.67%) OpenShift
12 8 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (1.30%) AWS CloudTrail
14 4 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 4 (0.74%) Amazon ECS
14 4 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
15 3 (0.56%) Amazon Kinesis
15 3 (0.56%) CloudFront
15 3 (0.56%) GitHub
15 3 (0.56%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 214 (39.78%) Firewall
2 172 (31.97%) Network Security
3 49 (9.11%) Cisco ASA
3 49 (9.11%) WAN
4 47 (8.74%) LAN
5 41 (7.62%) VPN
6 38 (7.06%) BGP
7 32 (5.95%) TCP/IP
8 27 (5.02%) DNS
8 27 (5.02%) OSPF
9 24 (4.46%) Intrusion Detection
10 23 (4.28%) Cisco Nexus
11 22 (4.09%) Wireless
12 21 (3.90%) Cisco Firepower
13 20 (3.72%) MPLS
14 18 (3.35%) Cisco ISE
14 18 (3.35%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 18 (3.35%) IPsec
14 18 (3.35%) Wireshark
15 17 (3.16%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (2.97%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.04%) Big Data
2 11 (2.04%) MySQL
3 4 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (0.74%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.56%) Blockchain
4 3 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.37%) Amazon Athena
5 2 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.19%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.19%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 22 (4.09%) Jenkins
2 9 (1.67%) Git (software)
2 9 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
3 7 (1.30%) Burp Suite
4 6 (1.12%) JIRA
5 5 (0.93%) SonarQube
5 5 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.74%) AppScan
7 3 (0.56%) GitLab
8 2 (0.37%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.37%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.19%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.19%) MSI
9 1 (0.19%) Subversion
9 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 105 (19.52%) Finance
2 31 (5.76%) Banking
3 16 (2.97%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.23%) Retail
5 10 (1.86%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.30%) Advertising
6 7 (1.30%) Public Sector
7 5 (0.93%) Investment Banking
7 5 (0.93%) Legal
7 5 (0.93%) Local Government
8 3 (0.56%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.56%) Law
9 2 (0.37%) Electronics
9 2 (0.37%) International Banking
9 2 (0.37%) Marketing
9 2 (0.37%) Norwegian Language
10 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.19%) Automotive
10 1 (0.19%) Military
10 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (3.16%) SAML
2 10 (1.86%) OpenID
3 8 (1.49%) .NET
3 8 (1.49%) Web Services
4 4 (0.74%) JSON
4 4 (0.74%) Kafka
4 4 (0.74%) LDAP
4 4 (0.74%) OAuth
4 4 (0.74%) OAuth2
4 4 (0.74%) REST
5 3 (0.56%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (0.56%) RESTful
5 3 (0.56%) XML
6 2 (0.37%) CSS
6 2 (0.37%) Middleware
6 2 (0.37%) Node.js
6 2 (0.37%) SOAP
6 2 (0.37%) YAML
7 1 (0.19%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 39 (7.25%) Data Centre
2 30 (5.58%) Management Information System
3 21 (3.90%) Public Cloud
4 19 (3.53%) PKI
5 18 (3.35%) Greenfield Project
6 12 (2.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 11 (2.04%) Linux Command Line
8 8 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (1.30%) Cloud Native
9 7 (1.30%) Cyberthreat
10 6 (1.12%) Replication
11 4 (0.74%) Clustering
11 4 (0.74%) Fat Client
11 4 (0.74%) Thin Client
12 3 (0.56%) Life Science
12 3 (0.56%) Mobile App
12 3 (0.56%) RSA SecurID
12 3 (0.56%) Security Operations Centre
13 2 (0.37%) Self-Motivation
13 2 (0.37%) Shadow IT
Operating Systems
1 97 (18.03%) Windows
2 87 (16.17%) Linux
3 41 (7.62%) Unix
4 38 (7.06%) Windows Server
5 11 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (1.49%) Android
7 8 (1.49%) CentOS
7 8 (1.49%) Windows 10
8 5 (0.93%) Check Point GAiA
8 5 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.74%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.56%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.37%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.37%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.19%) AIX
12 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.19%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.19%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (21.19%) Information Security
2 108 (20.07%) Cybersecurity
3 95 (17.66%) SIEM
4 85 (15.80%) DevOps
5 55 (10.22%) Security Operations
6 51 (9.48%) Agile Software Development
7 49 (9.11%) Security Architecture
8 46 (8.55%) Vulnerability Management
9 42 (7.81%) Identity Access Management
10 41 (7.62%) Threat Modelling
11 39 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 37 (6.88%) Penetration Testing
13 36 (6.69%) DevSecOps
14 32 (5.95%) OWASP
15 27 (5.02%) ITIL
15 27 (5.02%) Security Monitoring
15 27 (5.02%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 25 (4.65%) Stakeholder Management
17 24 (4.46%) Kalman Filter
17 24 (4.46%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 69 (12.83%) Python
2 48 (8.92%) PowerShell
3 35 (6.51%) Java
4 24 (4.46%) Bash Shell
5 12 (2.23%) Ruby
6 11 (2.04%) C
6 11 (2.04%) Perl
7 8 (1.49%) JavaScript
8 7 (1.30%) SQL
9 6 (1.12%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.93%) C#
10 5 (0.93%) C++
11 4 (0.74%) Go
11 4 (0.74%) Korn
12 3 (0.56%) PHP
13 1 (0.19%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 103 (19.14%) Cisco Certification
2 71 (13.20%) CCNP
3 63 (11.71%) CISSP
4 41 (7.62%) Security Cleared
5 31 (5.76%) CCNA
6 30 (5.58%) SC Cleared
7 21 (3.90%) CCIE
7 21 (3.90%) CEH
8 16 (2.97%) CISM
9 14 (2.60%) CCSE
9 14 (2.60%) Degree
10 13 (2.42%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 13 (2.42%) CCSP
10 13 (2.42%) DV Cleared
10 13 (2.42%) GIAC
11 12 (2.23%) SANS
12 11 (2.04%) CCSA
12 11 (2.04%) OSCP
13 9 (1.67%) GCIA
13 9 (1.67%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (8.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 39 (7.25%) NIST
3 30 (5.58%) PCI DSS
4 18 (3.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (2.79%) COBIT
6 13 (2.42%) NIST 800
7 11 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 10 (1.86%) GDPR
9 7 (1.30%) HIPAA
9 7 (1.30%) SLA
10 5 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.56%) QA
12 2 (0.37%) NCSC
12 2 (0.37%) PSD2
13 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
System Software
1 57 (10.59%) Active Directory
2 41 (7.62%) Docker
3 18 (3.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (2.04%) Hyper-V
5 7 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.93%) OpenAM
6 5 (0.93%) OpenDJ
6 5 (0.93%) Snort
7 4 (0.74%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.56%) OpenIDM
9 2 (0.37%) Firmware
9 2 (0.37%) iptables
9 2 (0.37%) OCFS2
9 2 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.37%) vSphere
10 1 (0.19%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.19%) KVM
10 1 (0.19%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.19%) RACF
Systems Management
1 40 (7.43%) Terraform
2 38 (7.06%) Ansible
3 36 (6.69%) Kubernetes
4 17 (3.16%) Nessus
5 14 (2.60%) FortiGate
6 12 (2.23%) SCCM
7 11 (2.04%) Puppet
7 11 (2.04%) QRadar
8 7 (1.30%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 6 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (0.93%) Cisco CUCM
10 5 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.74%) IBM BigFix
12 3 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (0.56%) Nmap
12 3 (0.56%) SCOrch
13 2 (0.37%) Cisco Prime
13 2 (0.37%) Nagios
13 2 (0.37%) WebInspect
13 2 (0.37%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 155 (28.81%) Cisco
2 93 (17.29%) CheckPoint
3 84 (15.61%) Palo Alto
4 50 (9.29%) Microsoft
5 41 (7.62%) F5
6 35 (6.51%) Splunk
7 32 (5.95%) Juniper
8 29 (5.39%) VMware
9 25 (4.65%) Fortinet
10 21 (3.90%) Google
11 20 (3.72%) ArcSight
11 20 (3.72%) McAfee
11 20 (3.72%) Symantec
12 19 (3.53%) CyberArk
13 17 (3.16%) Zscaler
14 16 (2.97%) Citrix
14 16 (2.97%) Qualys
15 14 (2.60%) Meraki
16 13 (2.42%) AlgoSec
16 13 (2.42%) ForgeRock