Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 431 404 466
Rank change year-on-year -27 +62 +81
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 470 531 412
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.52% 0.57% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.67% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 302 273
England median daily rate £525 £525 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -5.77%
10th Percentile £355 £364 £313
90th Percentile £750 £675 £713
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £475
% change year-on-year - +10.53% -8.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 17 4
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 79,227 79,417 77,255
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.99% 85.96% 85.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,909 53,607 51,420
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,956 1,841 2,168
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.38 £23.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.53% -1.43% +5.40%
10th Percentile £11.41 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.50 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £23.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year +2.17% +0.70% -0.70%

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 17 January 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 17 January 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 17 January 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 +2 261 £550 +4.76% 45
South East -15 65 £550 +4.76% 16
Midlands +25 48 £500 +2.56% 12
West Midlands +9 45 £500 +2.56% 10
North of England -76 40 £488 -2.50% 20
East of England +6 34 £425 -19.05% 8
North West -29 23 £498 -6.13% 8
South West -16 19 £481 +1.32% 6
Yorkshire -60 16 £450 -5.26% 10
North East -7 1 £560 - 2
Security Operations
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 163 (34.68%) Information Security
2 135 (28.72%) SIEM
3 125 (26.60%) Cybersecurity
4 122 (25.96%) Amazon AWS
5 111 (23.62%) Linux
6 104 (22.13%) CISSP
6 104 (22.13%) Finance
7 103 (21.91%) Vulnerability Management
8 98 (20.85%) Security Operations Centre
9 93 (19.79%) Python
10 92 (19.57%) ITIL
11 91 (19.36%) Agile Software Development
11 91 (19.36%) Security Cleared
12 83 (17.66%) DevOps
13 75 (15.96%) Incident Management
14 72 (15.32%) Qualys
15 71 (15.11%) SC Cleared
15 71 (15.11%) Splunk
15 71 (15.11%) Threat Intelligence
16 69 (14.68%) Security Monitoring
16 69 (14.68%) Firewall
17 64 (13.62%) Penetration Testing
18 61 (12.98%) Microsoft Azure
19 60 (12.77%) Windows
20 59 (12.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
20 59 (12.55%) Ruby
21 57 (12.13%) Bash Shell
22 55 (11.70%) Puppet
22 55 (11.70%) Ansible
23 54 (11.49%) Opscode Chef

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 15 (3.19%) IIS
2 12 (2.55%) OpenStack
2 12 (2.55%) SharePoint
2 12 (2.55%) SharePoint Server
3 10 (2.13%) Confluence
4 5 (1.06%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.64%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.43%) Apache
6 2 (0.43%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.43%) IBM Connections
6 2 (0.43%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (0.43%) WordPress
7 1 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.21%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.21%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (2.98%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.21%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 122 (25.96%) Amazon AWS
2 61 (12.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (6.38%) IaaS
3 30 (6.38%) PaaS
4 29 (6.17%) Datadog
5 16 (3.40%) Google Cloud Platform
5 16 (3.40%) SaaS
6 13 (2.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 8 (1.70%) Amazon ELB
8 7 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (1.49%) Office 365
9 5 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.85%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.64%) Amazon Kinesis
11 3 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.64%) GitHub
11 3 (0.64%) Route 53
11 3 (0.64%) Serverless
12 2 (0.43%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 69 (14.68%) Firewall
2 50 (10.64%) VPN
3 39 (8.30%) Network Security
4 29 (6.17%) Intrusion Detection
5 23 (4.89%) Internet
6 16 (3.40%) HTTP
7 15 (3.19%) Wireless
8 14 (2.98%) TCP/IP
9 13 (2.77%) VoIP
10 12 (2.55%) Cisco Nexus
10 12 (2.55%) LAN
10 12 (2.55%) WAN
11 11 (2.34%) 802.11
11 11 (2.34%) DNS
11 11 (2.34%) SNMP
12 5 (1.06%) SSL
13 4 (0.85%) SAN
14 3 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
14 3 (0.64%) IPsec
14 3 (0.64%) Sourcefire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (2.13%) Hadoop
2 9 (1.91%) Amazon Aurora
2 9 (1.91%) Amazon Redshift
2 9 (1.91%) SQL Server
3 7 (1.49%) GIS
4 6 (1.28%) Big Data
5 4 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.43%) MySQL
8 1 (0.21%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 52 (11.06%) Jenkins
2 50 (10.64%) Git (software)
3 29 (6.17%) Sonatype Nexus
4 14 (2.98%) Metasploit
5 11 (2.34%) Burp Suite
6 10 (2.13%) JIRA
7 9 (1.91%) GoCD
7 9 (1.91%) Octopus Deploy
8 7 (1.49%) Gerrit
8 7 (1.49%) Visual Studio Team System
9 4 (0.85%) Artifactory
9 4 (0.85%) Spinnaker
10 3 (0.64%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.43%) MSI
12 1 (0.21%) Maven
General
1 104 (22.13%) Finance
2 34 (7.23%) Banking
3 18 (3.83%) Law
4 17 (3.62%) Financial Institution
5 14 (2.98%) Legal
6 12 (2.55%) Retail
7 11 (2.34%) Telecoms
8 10 (2.13%) Investment Banking
9 5 (1.06%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.64%) Electronics
11 2 (0.43%) French Language
11 2 (0.43%) International Banking
11 2 (0.43%) Publishing
12 1 (0.21%) German Language
12 1 (0.21%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.21%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 124 (26.38%) Analyst
2 91 (19.36%) Security Analyst
3 57 (12.13%) Consultant
4 56 (11.91%) Security Engineer
5 37 (7.87%) Security Consultant
5 37 (7.87%) SOC Analyst
6 28 (5.96%) Developer
6 28 (5.96%) DevOps Engineer
7 26 (5.53%) Operations Analyst
7 26 (5.53%) Security Manager
7 26 (5.53%) Security Operations Analyst
8 25 (5.32%) Architect
9 24 (5.11%) Cloud Engineer
9 24 (5.11%) ServiceNow Developer
10 19 (4.04%) Information Analyst
10 19 (4.04%) IT Analyst
10 19 (4.04%) IT Security Analyst
10 19 (4.04%) Security Architect
11 18 (3.83%) Information Security Analyst
12 17 (3.62%) Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (5.74%) HTML
1 27 (5.74%) HTML5
1 27 (5.74%) XML
2 24 (5.11%) AngularJS
2 24 (5.11%) CSS
2 24 (5.11%) Web Services
3 11 (2.34%) 802.1X
3 11 (2.34%) JSON
4 8 (1.70%) Regular Expression
5 7 (1.49%) Elastic Stack
6 5 (1.06%) Node.js
6 5 (1.06%) SailPoint
7 4 (0.85%) ModSecurity
7 4 (0.85%) SOAP
8 3 (0.64%) LDAP
8 3 (0.64%) Middleware
9 2 (0.43%) .NET
9 2 (0.43%) REST
10 1 (0.21%) RESTful
10 1 (0.21%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 98 (20.85%) Security Operations Centre
2 51 (10.85%) Management Information System
3 43 (9.15%) Cyberthreat
4 27 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (4.89%) Self-Motivation
6 15 (3.19%) Mobile App
7 12 (2.55%) Enterprise Cloud
8 11 (2.34%) SCADA
8 11 (2.34%) Wiki
9 10 (2.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 9 (1.91%) Data Centre
11 8 (1.70%) Public Cloud
12 7 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (1.06%) PKI
15 4 (0.85%) Clustering
16 3 (0.64%) Data Protection Act
16 3 (0.64%) Robotics
17 2 (0.43%) EFT
17 2 (0.43%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 111 (23.62%) Linux
2 60 (12.77%) Windows
3 44 (9.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 28 (5.96%) Unix
5 12 (2.55%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (2.34%) Kali Linux
7 10 (2.13%) Windows Server
8 7 (1.49%) CentOS
8 7 (1.49%) Solaris
9 2 (0.43%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.21%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.21%) Android
10 1 (0.21%) CoreOS
10 1 (0.21%) Debian
10 1 (0.21%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (34.68%) Information Security
2 135 (28.72%) SIEM
3 125 (26.60%) Cybersecurity
4 103 (21.91%) Vulnerability Management
5 92 (19.57%) ITIL
6 91 (19.36%) Agile Software Development
7 83 (17.66%) DevOps
8 75 (15.96%) Incident Management
9 71 (15.11%) Threat Intelligence
10 69 (14.68%) Security Monitoring
11 64 (13.62%) Penetration Testing
12 50 (10.64%) Security Architecture
13 49 (10.43%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 48 (10.21%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 41 (8.72%) Risk Management
16 32 (6.81%) ITSM
16 32 (6.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 30 (6.38%) Patch Management
18 29 (6.17%) Change Management
18 29 (6.17%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 93 (19.79%) Python
2 59 (12.55%) Ruby
3 57 (12.13%) Bash Shell
4 35 (7.45%) JavaScript
5 26 (5.53%) Java
6 24 (5.11%) Perl
7 23 (4.89%) PowerShell
8 15 (3.19%) C
9 12 (2.55%) C#
10 11 (2.34%) Lua
10 11 (2.34%) SQL
11 8 (1.70%) PHP
12 7 (1.49%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.43%) VB
14 1 (0.21%) COBOL
14 1 (0.21%) Java 8
14 1 (0.21%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 104 (22.13%) CISSP
2 91 (19.36%) Security Cleared
3 71 (15.11%) SC Cleared
4 46 (9.79%) CISM
5 33 (7.02%) Degree
6 30 (6.38%) RHCE
7 28 (5.96%) AWS Certification
7 28 (5.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 25 (5.32%) Cisco Certification
9 22 (4.68%) CEH
10 21 (4.47%) DV Cleared
10 21 (4.47%) GIAC
11 20 (4.26%) CISA
12 19 (4.04%) CCNP
13 16 (3.40%) SANS
14 14 (2.98%) GCIH
15 13 (2.77%) CRISC
15 13 (2.77%) ISSMP
16 11 (2.34%) OSCE
17 9 (1.91%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (12.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 33 (7.02%) PCI DSS
3 16 (3.40%) GDPR
4 15 (3.19%) COBIT
5 14 (2.98%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (0.85%) Cyber Essentials
6 4 (0.85%) QA
7 3 (0.64%) COSO
7 3 (0.64%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 2 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.43%) SLA
9 1 (0.21%) CESG Infosec
9 1 (0.21%) NIST 800
System Software
1 27 (5.74%) Docker
2 26 (5.53%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.85%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.43%) HDFS
5 2 (0.43%) Snort
5 2 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.21%) Firmware
6 1 (0.21%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.21%) vSphere
6 1 (0.21%) Xen
6 1 (0.21%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 55 (11.70%) Ansible
1 55 (11.70%) Puppet
2 54 (11.49%) Opscode Chef
3 31 (6.60%) Kubernetes
4 24 (5.11%) Nessus
5 18 (3.83%) SELinux
6 16 (3.40%) McAfee ePO
7 15 (3.19%) QRadar
7 15 (3.19%) Terraform
8 13 (2.77%) Suricata
9 11 (2.34%) Nmap
10 9 (1.91%) Rundeck
11 8 (1.70%) FortiGate
12 7 (1.49%) ArcSight ESM
12 7 (1.49%) CSIRT
13 6 (1.28%) Grafana
13 6 (1.28%) Nagios
13 6 (1.28%) NetBackup
13 6 (1.28%) Prometheus
14 5 (1.06%) OSSEC
Vendors
1 72 (15.32%) Qualys
2 71 (15.11%) Splunk
3 48 (10.21%) ServiceNow
4 37 (7.87%) Red Hat
5 29 (6.17%) McAfee
6 23 (4.89%) Cisco
6 23 (4.89%) Microsoft
7 20 (4.26%) CheckPoint
7 20 (4.26%) Google
8 19 (4.04%) LogRhythm
9 18 (3.83%) Atlassian
9 18 (3.83%) CyberArk
10 17 (3.62%) ArcSight
10 17 (3.62%) Oracle
11 15 (3.19%) VMware
12 13 (2.77%) SaltStack
13 8 (1.70%) AlienVault
13 8 (1.70%) Intel
13 8 (1.70%) Palo Alto
13 8 (1.70%) Symantec