Period
to 7 December 2021

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 7 December 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.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK > England
6 months to
7 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 432 307 414
Rank change year-on-year -125 +107 +76
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 362 239 406
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.51% 0.76% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.87% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 163 287
10th Percentile £416 £375 £350
25th Percentile £468 £425 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £579 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +15.75% - -4.76%
75th Percentile £680 £600 £575
90th Percentile £775 £670 £688
UK median daily rate £575 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +15.00% - -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 6
Median hourly rate £35.00 £12.00 £12.00
Median % change year-on-year +191.67% - -
UK median hourly rate £50.50 £12.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year +320.83% - -

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 63,704 27,411 63,624
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 89.17% 86.94% 86.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,140 18,911 43,081
10th Percentile £325 £300 £294
25th Percentile £418 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - -
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £713 £666 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,557 890 1,860
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.98 £11.59
25th Percentile £15.00 £15.75 £14.75
Median hourly rate £24.36 £27.00 £21.54
Median % change year-on-year -9.78% +25.33% +6.41%
75th Percentile £49.25 £46.75 £46.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year -7.41% +22.73% +8.67%

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Operations in England over the 6 months to 7 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Operations in England over the 6 months to 7 December 2021.

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 7 December 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 -114 212 £595 +8.18% 59
South West -59 34 £575 +22.86% 12
South East -83 33 £525 +10.53% 25
North of England -49 31 £573 +9.05% 33
North West -39 24 £600 +15.50% 21
East of England -38 18 £550 +4.76% 13
Midlands -73 8 £563 +18.42% 14
Yorkshire -40 7 £475 -17.39% 11
West Midlands -66 6 £613 +28.95% 11
East Midlands -38 1 £525 - 2
Security Operations
UK

For the 6 months to 7 December 2021, 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.

1 185 (51.10%) Cybersecurity
2 103 (28.45%) SIEM
3 101 (27.90%) Azure
4 99 (27.35%) Social Skills
5 98 (27.07%) Information Security
6 92 (25.41%) Finance
7 72 (19.89%) CISSP
8 71 (19.61%) Firewall
8 71 (19.61%) Security Cleared
9 67 (18.51%) AWS
9 67 (18.51%) Vulnerability Management
10 63 (17.40%) SC Cleared
11 60 (16.57%) Microsoft
11 60 (16.57%) Security Operations Centre
11 60 (16.57%) Security Monitoring
12 59 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
13 54 (14.92%) Microsoft 365
14 51 (14.09%) Incident Management
15 50 (13.81%) Network Security
16 48 (13.26%) Windows
17 47 (12.98%) CISM
18 46 (12.71%) Security Architecture
19 45 (12.43%) Python
20 44 (12.15%) Active Directory
21 43 (11.88%) Linux
21 43 (11.88%) Risk Management
22 41 (11.33%) Penetration Testing
22 41 (11.33%) Service Management
22 41 (11.33%) Threat Intelligence
23 40 (11.05%) ITIL

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 7 (1.93%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.83%) Apache
2 3 (0.83%) Confluence
2 3 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (0.55%) CMS
3 2 (0.55%) nginx
3 2 (0.55%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.28%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.28%) Site Server
Applications
1 18 (4.97%) MS Visio
2 6 (1.66%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 28 (7.73%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 101 (27.90%) Azure
2 67 (18.51%) AWS
3 54 (14.92%) Microsoft 365
4 32 (8.84%) Azure Sentinel
5 22 (6.08%) Cloud Computing
6 21 (5.80%) Azure Active Directory
7 15 (4.14%) SaaS
8 14 (3.87%) GCP
9 13 (3.59%) PaaS
10 7 (1.93%) Azure Storage
11 6 (1.66%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 6 (1.66%) Azure Logic Apps
11 6 (1.66%) IaaS
11 6 (1.66%) OneDrive
12 5 (1.38%) Amazon ECS
13 4 (1.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 4 (1.10%) Google Workspace
13 4 (1.10%) Serverless
14 3 (0.83%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 3 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 71 (19.61%) Firewall
2 50 (13.81%) Network Security
3 18 (4.97%) BGP
4 17 (4.70%) Reverse Proxy
5 16 (4.42%) Intrusion Detection
6 15 (4.14%) Internet
7 12 (3.31%) TCP/IP
8 10 (2.76%) DNS
9 9 (2.49%) HTTP
10 5 (1.38%) LAN
11 4 (1.10%) Cisco IOS
11 4 (1.10%) ICMP
12 3 (0.83%) Unified Communications
13 2 (0.55%) FTP
13 2 (0.55%) Intranet
13 2 (0.55%) VPN
13 2 (0.55%) WAN
14 1 (0.28%) DMZ
14 1 (0.28%) HTTPS
14 1 (0.28%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.21%) Azure SQL Database
2 6 (1.66%) Redis
2 6 (1.66%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.10%) Big Data
4 2 (0.55%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.55%) Metadata
4 2 (0.55%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.55%) Power BI
4 2 (0.55%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.55%) Tableau
5 1 (0.28%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 10 (2.76%) Metasploit
2 8 (2.21%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.93%) Burp Suite
4 6 (1.66%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.38%) SonarQube
6 4 (1.10%) JIRA
6 4 (1.10%) Snyk
6 4 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.55%) GitLab
7 2 (0.55%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.28%) AppScan
8 1 (0.28%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.28%) AutoIt
General
1 99 (27.35%) Social Skills
2 92 (25.41%) Finance
3 33 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (8.84%) Public Sector
5 23 (6.35%) Presentation Skills
6 15 (4.14%) Legal
7 14 (3.87%) Banking
7 14 (3.87%) Telecoms
8 8 (2.21%) Marketing
9 6 (1.66%) Electronics
9 6 (1.66%) Influencing Skills
9 6 (1.66%) Manufacturing
10 4 (1.10%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 3 (0.83%) Documentation Skills
11 3 (0.83%) Law
11 3 (0.83%) Military
11 3 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
11 3 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.55%) International Banking
12 2 (0.55%) Police
Job Titles
1 67 (18.51%) Analyst
2 65 (17.96%) Architect
3 62 (17.13%) Security Engineer
4 44 (12.15%) Security Architect
5 42 (11.60%) Security Manager
6 38 (10.50%) Security Analyst
7 29 (8.01%) Consultant
8 22 (6.08%) Security Consultant
9 19 (5.25%) Azure Engineer
9 19 (5.25%) Cloud Architect
9 19 (5.25%) Operational Security Manager
9 19 (5.25%) Security Operations Manager
10 18 (4.97%) Cloud Engineer
10 18 (4.97%) Operations Manager
11 16 (4.42%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 15 (4.14%) SOC Analyst
12 15 (4.14%) Solutions Architect
13 14 (3.87%) Business Analyst
13 14 (3.87%) Project Manager
14 13 (3.59%) Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (1.93%) ARM Templates
2 6 (1.66%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (0.83%) Node.js
3 3 (0.83%) OAuth
3 3 (0.83%) SAML
4 2 (0.55%) Apache NiFi
4 2 (0.55%) JWT
4 2 (0.55%) Middleware
4 2 (0.55%) SQLAlchemy
5 1 (0.28%) React
5 1 (0.28%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 60 (16.57%) Security Operations Centre
2 37 (10.22%) Cyberthreat
2 37 (10.22%) Management Information System
3 13 (3.59%) Cyberattack
3 13 (3.59%) Data Centre
4 12 (3.31%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (3.04%) Cyber Defence
5 11 (3.04%) Mobile App
6 8 (2.21%) Cloud Native
7 7 (1.93%) Hybrid Cloud
8 6 (1.66%) Enterprise Cloud
9 5 (1.38%) Data Protection Act
9 5 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
10 4 (1.10%) PKI
10 4 (1.10%) Public Cloud
10 4 (1.10%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.83%) NHS
12 2 (0.55%) Freedom of Information
12 2 (0.55%) Tandem
12 2 (0.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 48 (13.26%) Windows
2 43 (11.88%) Linux
3 19 (5.25%) Windows 10
4 12 (3.31%) Unix
5 7 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (1.93%) Ubuntu
6 6 (1.66%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.55%) HPUX
7 2 (0.55%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.28%) Android
8 1 (0.28%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.28%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (51.10%) Cybersecurity
2 103 (28.45%) SIEM
3 98 (27.07%) Information Security
4 67 (18.51%) Vulnerability Management
5 60 (16.57%) Security Monitoring
6 59 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
7 51 (14.09%) Incident Management
8 46 (12.71%) Security Architecture
9 43 (11.88%) Risk Management
10 41 (11.33%) Penetration Testing
10 41 (11.33%) Service Management
10 41 (11.33%) Threat Intelligence
11 40 (11.05%) ITIL
11 40 (11.05%) Stakeholder Management
12 36 (9.94%) Analytics
13 32 (8.84%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
14 30 (8.29%) Use Case
15 28 (7.73%) DevOps
16 21 (5.80%) Project Delivery
16 21 (5.80%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (12.43%) Python
2 40 (11.05%) PowerShell
3 29 (8.01%) C#
4 18 (4.97%) SQL
5 16 (4.42%) Java
6 15 (4.14%) Bash Shell
7 10 (2.76%) C
7 10 (2.76%) Perl
8 8 (2.21%) C++
8 8 (2.21%) Ruby
9 3 (0.83%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.55%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.28%) Go
11 1 (0.28%) VBA
Qualifications
1 72 (19.89%) CISSP
2 71 (19.61%) Security Cleared
3 63 (17.40%) SC Cleared
4 47 (12.98%) CISM
5 40 (11.05%) Degree
6 21 (5.80%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (4.97%) SANS
8 17 (4.70%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 15 (4.14%) CREST Certified
10 14 (3.87%) CISA
10 14 (3.87%) Computer Science Degree
11 13 (3.59%) DV Cleared
12 12 (3.31%) CEH
13 10 (2.76%) CRISC
14 9 (2.49%) GIAC
15 8 (2.21%) OSCP
16 7 (1.93%) CCSP
17 6 (1.66%) MBCS
18 5 (1.38%) CESG Certified Professional
18 5 (1.38%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (9.12%) NIST
2 31 (8.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (6.35%) GDPR
4 18 (4.97%) NCSC
4 18 (4.97%) PMO
5 11 (3.04%) PCI DSS
6 10 (2.76%) GRC
6 10 (2.76%) QA
7 6 (1.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (1.66%) SOC 2
8 5 (1.38%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (1.10%) SLA
10 2 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.28%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.28%) COBIT
11 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 44 (12.15%) Active Directory
2 15 (4.14%) Docker
3 4 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.28%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
5 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.28%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 26 (7.18%) Terraform
2 23 (6.35%) QRadar
3 19 (5.25%) Microsoft Intune
4 18 (4.97%) Kubernetes
5 13 (3.59%) Nessus
6 8 (2.21%) Ansible
7 7 (1.93%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 7 (1.93%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 6 (1.66%) Demisto
9 4 (1.10%) CSIRT
10 3 (0.83%) Kibana
10 3 (0.83%) logstash
10 3 (0.83%) Nmap
10 3 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
11 2 (0.55%) CASB
11 2 (0.55%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
11 2 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (0.55%) Puppet
11 2 (0.55%) WMI
12 1 (0.28%) Computer Incident Response Team
Vendors
1 60 (16.57%) Microsoft
2 40 (11.05%) Splunk
3 18 (4.97%) ServiceNow
4 17 (4.70%) ArcSight
5 12 (3.31%) LogRhythm
6 9 (2.49%) Snow
7 8 (2.21%) Cisco
7 8 (2.21%) Google
8 7 (1.93%) McAfee
9 6 (1.66%) Oracle
9 6 (1.66%) SAP
9 6 (1.66%) VMware
10 5 (1.38%) CyberArk
10 5 (1.38%) Red Hat
11 4 (1.10%) Carbon Black
11 4 (1.10%) Darktrace
12 3 (0.83%) IBM
12 3 (0.83%) Palo Alto
12 3 (0.83%) Qualys
12 3 (0.83%) Sophos