Period
to 19 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Security Operations skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Operations over the 6 months to 19 September 2019 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.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK > England
6 months to
19 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 377 551 466
Rank change year-on-year +174 -85 +10
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 516 340 424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.63% 0.36% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 0.42% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 216 238
England median daily rate £500 £515 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.91% +3.00% +0.50%
10th Percentile £369 £379 £329
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £510 £500
% change year-on-year -1.96% +2.00% +0.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 2 10
England median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £12.00

Security Operations is in the Processes and Methodologies 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 process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 70,591 81,808 78,317
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.85% 86.89% 86.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,901 54,561 51,955
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,004 2,239 1,913
England median hourly rate £24.96 £20.60 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.15% -10.43% -
10th Percentile £11.97 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.25 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.36 £20.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year +18.83% -14.58% +4.35%

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Security Operations as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations in England over the 6 months to 19 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations in England over the 6 months to 19 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
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 Operations within the England region over the 6 months to 19 September 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 +106 259 £525 - 34
South East +104 98 £475 -9.52% 14
North of England +31 65 £400 -11.11% 19
South West +22 46 £425 -15.00% 14
Yorkshire +29 32 £400 -6.71% 11
North West +13 32 £425 -5.56% 8
Midlands +49 30 £450 -14.29% 24
West Midlands +54 29 £444 -15.48% 20
East of England +1 16 £400 -3.03% 10
North East +20 1 £713 +80.38%
East Midlands - 1 £625 - 4
Security Operations
UK

For the 6 months to 19 September 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Security Operations 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 Security Operations.

1 237 (45.93%) Cybersecurity
2 179 (34.69%) SIEM
3 163 (31.59%) Information Security
4 147 (28.49%) Finance
5 126 (24.42%) Security Operations Centre
6 113 (21.90%) CISSP
7 110 (21.32%) Linux
8 104 (20.16%) Vulnerability Management
9 101 (19.57%) Windows
10 86 (16.67%) Security Cleared
11 80 (15.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 78 (15.12%) AWS
13 75 (14.53%) Firewall
14 73 (14.15%) Management Information System
15 71 (13.76%) Threat Intelligence
16 70 (13.57%) Microsoft
17 66 (12.79%) SC Cleared
18 62 (12.02%) Security Architecture
19 61 (11.82%) Azure
20 57 (11.05%) Splunk
21 56 (10.85%) DevOps
22 55 (10.66%) NIST
23 53 (10.27%) Security Monitoring
24 47 (9.11%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
24 47 (9.11%) Qualys
25 45 (8.72%) Penetration Testing
26 44 (8.53%) Python
27 43 (8.33%) CISM
27 43 (8.33%) Intrusion Detection
28 42 (8.14%) Risk Management

Security Operations
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 20 (3.88%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.71%) IIS
3 13 (2.52%) SharePoint Server
4 7 (1.36%) Confluence
5 6 (1.16%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.97%) nginx
7 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.58%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.19%) Apache
9 1 (0.19%) Jupyter
9 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
Applications
1 20 (3.88%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.58%) Camtasia
3 3 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.19%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 78 (15.12%) AWS
2 61 (11.82%) Azure
3 20 (3.88%) Office 365
4 10 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (1.94%) GCP
4 10 (1.94%) GitHub
5 7 (1.36%) SaaS
6 6 (1.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (0.97%) AWS CloudTrail
7 5 (0.97%) PaaS
8 4 (0.78%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.78%) IaaS
9 2 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.39%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.39%) Power Platform
9 2 (0.39%) Serverless
10 1 (0.19%) Amazon ECS
10 1 (0.19%) Google Docs
10 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 75 (14.53%) Firewall
2 43 (8.33%) Intrusion Detection
3 40 (7.75%) Network Security
4 33 (6.40%) Internet
5 18 (3.49%) HTTP
6 16 (3.10%) TCP/IP
7 15 (2.91%) VPN
8 14 (2.71%) HTTPS
9 11 (2.13%) IPsec
10 10 (1.94%) DNS
11 6 (1.16%) SSL
11 6 (1.16%) Wireless
12 5 (0.97%) Kerberos
12 5 (0.97%) SMTP
13 3 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (0.58%) DHCP
13 3 (0.58%) NAS
13 3 (0.58%) Sourcefire
14 2 (0.39%) Cisco Firepower
14 2 (0.39%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (2.13%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.74%) MySQL
3 3 (0.58%) Big Data
4 2 (0.39%) BigQuery
4 2 (0.39%) MS Access
4 2 (0.39%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.19%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.19%) GIS
5 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.19%) Power BI
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (3.29%) Jenkins
2 11 (2.13%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.36%) Burp Suite
3 7 (1.36%) Metasploit
3 7 (1.36%) Visual Studio Team System
4 5 (0.97%) GitLab
4 5 (0.97%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (0.78%) JIRA
5 4 (0.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.19%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.19%) GoCD
6 1 (0.19%) Hudson
6 1 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.19%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.19%) Spinnaker
General
1 147 (28.49%) Finance
2 25 (4.84%) Legal
3 21 (4.07%) Retail
4 19 (3.68%) Banking
5 16 (3.10%) Law
6 14 (2.71%) Telecoms
7 11 (2.13%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.74%) Public Sector
9 7 (1.36%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.97%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.58%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.39%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.39%) Billing
13 1 (0.19%) Arabic Language
13 1 (0.19%) Electronics
13 1 (0.19%) International Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.19%) Marketing
13 1 (0.19%) Military
13 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 183 (35.47%) Analyst
2 105 (20.35%) Security Analyst
3 66 (12.79%) Security Engineer
4 51 (9.88%) SOC Analyst
5 44 (8.53%) Architect
6 39 (7.56%) Operations Analyst
7 37 (7.17%) Security Manager
7 37 (7.17%) Security Operations Analyst
8 36 (6.98%) Consultant
9 35 (6.78%) Security Architect
10 28 (5.43%) Senior Analyst
11 27 (5.23%) IT Analyst
12 26 (5.04%) Security Consultant
13 25 (4.84%) Cloud Engineer
13 25 (4.84%) Cybersecurity Analyst
14 24 (4.65%) IT Security Analyst
15 19 (3.68%) DevOps Engineer
16 18 (3.49%) Business Analyst
17 15 (2.91%) Cybersecurity Manager
18 14 (2.71%) Operational Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (3.88%) Web Services
2 8 (1.55%) JSON
3 7 (1.36%) LDAP
4 6 (1.16%) Middleware
5 5 (0.97%) SAML
6 4 (0.78%) .NET
6 4 (0.78%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (0.78%) HTML
6 4 (0.78%) HTML5
6 4 (0.78%) REST
6 4 (0.78%) XML
7 3 (0.58%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.58%) CSS
8 2 (0.39%) .NET Core
8 2 (0.39%) RESTful
9 1 (0.19%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.19%) 802.1X
9 1 (0.19%) gRPC
9 1 (0.19%) Node.js
9 1 (0.19%) Pandas
Miscellaneous
1 126 (24.42%) Security Operations Centre
2 73 (14.15%) Management Information System
3 30 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (3.49%) Public Cloud
5 17 (3.29%) Cyberthreat
6 15 (2.91%) Self-Motivation
7 14 (2.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 9 (1.74%) Data Centre
8 9 (1.74%) PKI
9 8 (1.55%) Cyberattack
9 8 (1.55%) User Experience
10 7 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (1.16%) CESG
11 6 (1.16%) Enterprise Cloud
11 6 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.16%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.97%) CCTV
12 5 (0.97%) Cyber Defence
13 4 (0.78%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 4 (0.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 110 (21.32%) Linux
2 101 (19.57%) Windows
3 38 (7.36%) Unix
4 18 (3.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 14 (2.71%) Windows Server
6 13 (2.52%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (1.94%) Kali Linux
7 10 (1.94%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (1.36%) Windows 10
9 6 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.78%) CentOS
11 2 (0.39%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (45.93%) Cybersecurity
2 179 (34.69%) SIEM
3 163 (31.59%) Information Security
4 104 (20.16%) Vulnerability Management
5 71 (13.76%) Threat Intelligence
6 62 (12.02%) Security Architecture
7 56 (10.85%) DevOps
8 53 (10.27%) Security Monitoring
9 47 (9.11%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 45 (8.72%) Penetration Testing
11 42 (8.14%) Risk Management
12 40 (7.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 38 (7.36%) Change Management
13 38 (7.36%) Identity Access Management
13 38 (7.36%) ITIL
13 38 (7.36%) Security Management
14 37 (7.17%) Agile Software Development
15 35 (6.78%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 33 (6.40%) Incident Management
17 30 (5.81%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 44 (8.53%) Python
2 28 (5.43%) Bash Shell
3 21 (4.07%) PowerShell
4 16 (3.10%) C
5 13 (2.52%) Java
5 13 (2.52%) JavaScript
5 13 (2.52%) Perl
5 13 (2.52%) Ruby
6 11 (2.13%) SQL
7 7 (1.36%) PHP
8 6 (1.16%) C#
9 5 (0.97%) C++
9 5 (0.97%) VBScript
10 4 (0.78%) Go
10 4 (0.78%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.39%) F#
12 1 (0.19%) Lua
Qualifications
1 113 (21.90%) CISSP
2 86 (16.67%) Security Cleared
3 66 (12.79%) SC Cleared
4 43 (8.33%) CISM
5 39 (7.56%) Degree
6 36 (6.98%) CEH
7 29 (5.62%) SANS
8 26 (5.04%) GIAC
9 24 (4.65%) GCIH
10 21 (4.07%) Cisco Certification
11 20 (3.88%) GCIA
12 16 (3.10%) CCNP
12 16 (3.10%) DV Cleared
13 15 (2.91%) AWS Certification
14 14 (2.71%) CISA
15 13 (2.52%) Computer Science Degree
16 11 (2.13%) GSEC
17 9 (1.74%) OSCP
18 8 (1.55%) SSCP
19 7 (1.36%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (15.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 55 (10.66%) NIST
3 30 (5.81%) PCI DSS
4 26 (5.04%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 25 (4.84%) GDPR
6 18 (3.49%) Cyber Essentials
7 14 (2.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 13 (2.52%) COBIT
9 9 (1.74%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 8 (1.55%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 7 (1.36%) SLA
12 6 (1.16%) ITGC
13 5 (0.97%) ISO 22301
13 5 (0.97%) NIST 800
14 4 (0.78%) PMO
15 3 (0.58%) COSO
15 3 (0.58%) GPG13
15 3 (0.58%) NCSC
15 3 (0.58%) RMADS
16 2 (0.39%) QA
System Software
1 35 (6.78%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.33%) Docker
3 10 (1.94%) Snort
4 5 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.19%) OCFS2
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 29 (5.62%) Nessus
2 22 (4.26%) Ansible
2 22 (4.26%) McAfee ePO
3 20 (3.88%) Puppet
4 19 (3.68%) Terraform
5 13 (2.52%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (2.52%) QRadar
6 12 (2.33%) Nmap
7 11 (2.13%) Kubernetes
7 11 (2.13%) SELinux
8 9 (1.74%) CSIRT
9 7 (1.36%) SCCM
9 7 (1.36%) Suricata
10 6 (1.16%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.97%) HAProxy
11 5 (0.97%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 5 (0.97%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 4 (0.78%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
13 3 (0.58%) SCOrch
13 3 (0.58%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 70 (13.57%) Microsoft
2 57 (11.05%) Splunk
3 47 (9.11%) Qualys
4 29 (5.62%) ArcSight
5 27 (5.23%) McAfee
5 27 (5.23%) ServiceNow
6 18 (3.49%) Cisco
7 17 (3.29%) Palo Alto
8 15 (2.91%) LogRhythm
8 15 (2.91%) Red Hat
9 14 (2.71%) Darktrace
10 13 (2.52%) CyberArk
11 12 (2.33%) Blue Coat
11 12 (2.33%) FireEye
11 12 (2.33%) Symantec
12 9 (1.74%) Proofpoint
12 9 (1.74%) VMware
13 8 (1.55%) Google
13 8 (1.55%) Rapid7
14 7 (1.36%) Zscaler