Period
to 18 November 2018

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 18 November 2018 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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 491 436 474
Rank change year-on-year -55 +38 +94
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 393 478 469
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.42% 0.51% 0.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.59% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 273 305
England median daily rate £513 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £359 £350 £338
90th Percentile £701 £648 £725
UK median daily rate £516 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +3.20% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 2
England median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £27.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -56.04% +1.11%
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £27.30
% change year-on-year - -56.04% +1.11%

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 80,882 80,687 83,888
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.38% 85.93% 85.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,167 54,188 55,835
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £300 £283 £263
90th Percentile £648 £638 £610
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,057 1,917 2,252
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.38% +2.17% +4.55%
10th Percentile £11.44 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
% change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +2.27%

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 18 November 2018.

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
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 18 November 2018. 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 -24 207 £550 +10.00% 31
South East -33 51 £544 +13.28% 15
North of England -65 43 £450 - 15
East of England +13 38 £463 -15.91% 10
Midlands -3 33 £500 -4.76% 15
West Midlands -10 30 £500 -4.76% 11
North West -19 26 £450 -3.23% 9
South West -33 19 £463 +2.78% 9
Yorkshire -42 17 £395 -12.22% 6
North East -5 1 £395 -
Security Operations
UK

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, 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.

1 127 (32.32%) Information Security
2 123 (31.30%) SIEM
3 112 (28.50%) Cybersecurity
4 98 (24.94%) Finance
5 94 (23.92%) Vulnerability Management
6 88 (22.39%) CISSP
7 87 (22.14%) Security Operations Centre
8 66 (16.79%) Threat Intelligence
8 66 (16.79%) ITIL
9 65 (16.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 63 (16.03%) Agile Software Development
11 62 (15.78%) Security Cleared
11 62 (15.78%) Security Monitoring
12 61 (15.52%) Linux
13 60 (15.27%) Firewall
14 58 (14.76%) Amazon AWS
15 53 (13.49%) Windows
16 52 (13.23%) Splunk
17 49 (12.47%) Python
18 46 (11.70%) Incident Management
18 46 (11.70%) SC Cleared
19 45 (11.45%) ServiceNow
20 42 (10.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
20 42 (10.69%) DevOps
21 41 (10.43%) Management Information System
22 40 (10.18%) CISM
22 40 (10.18%) Bash Shell
23 39 (9.92%) Penetration Testing
24 36 (9.16%) Degree
24 36 (9.16%) Cyber Threat Intelligence

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 10 (2.54%) OpenStack
2 9 (2.29%) Confluence
3 8 (2.04%) IIS
4 6 (1.53%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.53%) SharePoint Server
5 2 (0.51%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.51%) IBM Connections
5 2 (0.51%) MS Exchange
5 2 (0.51%) WordPress
6 1 (0.25%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 13 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 58 (14.76%) Amazon AWS
2 32 (8.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.78%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (1.53%) Office 365
5 5 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
5 5 (1.27%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (1.02%) PaaS
6 4 (1.02%) SaaS
6 4 (1.02%) Sumo Logic
7 3 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.76%) GitHub
7 3 (0.76%) IaaS
8 2 (0.51%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.51%) G Suite
9 1 (0.25%) Amazon Kinesis
9 1 (0.25%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.25%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.25%) Route 53
9 1 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 60 (15.27%) Firewall
2 33 (8.40%) Intrusion Detection
3 30 (7.63%) VPN
4 26 (6.62%) Network Security
5 19 (4.83%) Internet
6 14 (3.56%) HTTP
7 12 (3.05%) DNS
7 12 (3.05%) LAN
7 12 (3.05%) WAN
7 12 (3.05%) Wireless
8 11 (2.80%) VoIP
9 10 (2.54%) TCP/IP
10 9 (2.29%) 802.11
10 9 (2.29%) SNMP
11 5 (1.27%) SSL
12 4 (1.02%) SAN
13 3 (0.76%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (0.76%) FTP
14 2 (0.51%) IPsec
14 2 (0.51%) Sourcefire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (2.80%) Hadoop
2 9 (2.29%) Big Data
3 5 (1.27%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.51%) GIS
5 1 (0.25%) Data Lake
5 1 (0.25%) MySQL
5 1 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 12 (3.05%) Git (software)
1 12 (3.05%) Metasploit
2 9 (2.29%) Burp Suite
2 9 (2.29%) JIRA
3 7 (1.78%) Gerrit
4 5 (1.27%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.51%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.25%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.25%) Maven
6 1 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.25%) Spinnaker
6 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 98 (24.94%) Finance
2 23 (5.85%) Banking
3 18 (4.58%) Law
4 15 (3.82%) Financial Institution
5 14 (3.56%) Retail
6 12 (3.05%) Legal
7 9 (2.29%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.53%) Investment Banking
9 5 (1.27%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.76%) Electronics
11 2 (0.51%) General Ledger
11 2 (0.51%) International Banking
11 2 (0.51%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.51%) Military
11 2 (0.51%) Publishing
12 1 (0.25%) French Language
12 1 (0.25%) German Language
12 1 (0.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 131 (33.33%) Analyst
2 103 (26.21%) Security Analyst
3 44 (11.20%) Consultant
3 44 (11.20%) SOC Analyst
4 37 (9.41%) Operations Analyst
4 37 (9.41%) Security Operations Analyst
5 34 (8.65%) Security Engineer
6 26 (6.62%) Developer
6 26 (6.62%) Security Consultant
6 26 (6.62%) Security Manager
7 23 (5.85%) ServiceNow Developer
8 20 (5.09%) IT Analyst
9 19 (4.83%) Architect
9 19 (4.83%) IT Security Analyst
10 18 (4.58%) Information Analyst
11 16 (4.07%) Information Security Analyst
12 15 (3.82%) Cloud Engineer
12 15 (3.82%) Security Architect
13 13 (3.31%) DevOps Engineer
14 12 (3.05%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.11%) HTML
1 24 (6.11%) HTML5
1 24 (6.11%) XML
2 23 (5.85%) AngularJS
2 23 (5.85%) CSS
3 14 (3.56%) Web Services
4 11 (2.80%) Regular Expression
5 10 (2.54%) JSON
6 9 (2.29%) 802.1X
7 6 (1.53%) Elastic Stack
8 5 (1.27%) Middleware
9 4 (1.02%) ModSecurity
10 3 (0.76%) SailPoint
11 2 (0.51%) REST
11 2 (0.51%) SOAP
12 1 (0.25%) .NET
12 1 (0.25%) Kafka
12 1 (0.25%) LDAP
12 1 (0.25%) Node.js
12 1 (0.25%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 87 (22.14%) Security Operations Centre
2 41 (10.43%) Management Information System
3 34 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (8.65%) Cyberthreat
4 29 (7.38%) Computer Science
5 19 (4.83%) Data Centre
6 18 (4.58%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (3.05%) Mobile App
8 11 (2.80%) Enterprise Cloud
9 9 (2.29%) SCADA
9 9 (2.29%) Wiki
10 8 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (1.78%) Hybrid Cloud
12 6 (1.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 6 (1.53%) Virtual Team
13 5 (1.27%) PKI
14 4 (1.02%) Algorithms
14 4 (1.02%) Client/Server
14 4 (1.02%) Public Cloud
15 3 (0.76%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 61 (15.52%) Linux
2 53 (13.49%) Windows
3 29 (7.38%) Unix
4 15 (3.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (2.29%) Kali Linux
5 9 (2.29%) Windows Server
6 7 (1.78%) CentOS
6 7 (1.78%) Solaris
7 6 (1.53%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.76%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.25%) Amazon Linux
9 1 (0.25%) Android
9 1 (0.25%) CoreOS
9 1 (0.25%) Debian
9 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (32.32%) Information Security
2 123 (31.30%) SIEM
3 112 (28.50%) Cybersecurity
4 94 (23.92%) Vulnerability Management
5 66 (16.79%) ITIL
5 66 (16.79%) Threat Intelligence
6 63 (16.03%) Agile Software Development
7 62 (15.78%) Security Monitoring
8 46 (11.70%) Incident Management
9 42 (10.69%) DevOps
9 42 (10.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 39 (9.92%) Penetration Testing
11 36 (9.16%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 34 (8.65%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 28 (7.12%) Risk Management
13 28 (7.12%) Security Architecture
14 27 (6.87%) Change Management
14 27 (6.87%) ITSM
15 25 (6.36%) Patch Management
16 21 (5.34%) Cyber Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 49 (12.47%) Python
2 40 (10.18%) Bash Shell
3 27 (6.87%) JavaScript
3 27 (6.87%) Ruby
4 17 (4.33%) PowerShell
5 15 (3.82%) Java
6 14 (3.56%) C
7 11 (2.80%) Perl
8 9 (2.29%) C#
8 9 (2.29%) Lua
9 7 (1.78%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.53%) SQL
11 3 (0.76%) PHP
Qualifications
1 88 (22.39%) CISSP
2 62 (15.78%) Security Cleared
3 46 (11.70%) SC Cleared
4 40 (10.18%) CISM
5 36 (9.16%) Degree
6 27 (6.87%) CISA
7 17 (4.33%) Computer Science Degree
8 15 (3.82%) CEH
8 15 (3.82%) Cisco Certification
9 14 (3.56%) AWS Certification
10 13 (3.31%) CCNA
10 13 (3.31%) DV Cleared
10 13 (3.31%) GIAC
11 11 (2.80%) GCIH
12 10 (2.54%) SANS
13 9 (2.29%) OSCE
14 8 (2.04%) CREST Certified
14 8 (2.04%) CRISC
15 7 (1.78%) ISSMP
16 6 (1.53%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (16.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 32 (8.14%) PCI DSS
3 14 (3.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 13 (3.31%) GDPR
4 13 (3.31%) HIPAA
5 11 (2.80%) COBIT
6 4 (1.02%) SLA
7 3 (0.76%) COSO
7 3 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 3 (0.76%) QA
8 2 (0.51%) IASME
8 2 (0.51%) PSD2
9 1 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.25%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 21 (5.34%) Active Directory
2 13 (3.31%) Docker
3 4 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.76%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.51%) HDFS
5 2 (0.51%) Snort
5 2 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.25%) Firmware
6 1 (0.25%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.25%) vSphere
6 1 (0.25%) Xen
6 1 (0.25%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 21 (5.34%) Nessus
2 14 (3.56%) Kubernetes
3 13 (3.31%) Ansible
3 13 (3.31%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (3.31%) Puppet
3 13 (3.31%) QRadar
4 12 (3.05%) Suricata
5 10 (2.54%) ArcSight ESM
6 9 (2.29%) McAfee ePO
6 9 (2.29%) Nmap
7 7 (1.78%) FortiGate
8 6 (1.53%) Grafana
8 6 (1.53%) Nagios
8 6 (1.53%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.53%) Prometheus
9 5 (1.27%) OSSEC
9 5 (1.27%) Terraform
10 4 (1.02%) CSIRT
11 3 (0.76%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 3 (0.76%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 52 (13.23%) Splunk
2 45 (11.45%) ServiceNow
3 33 (8.40%) Qualys
4 31 (7.89%) McAfee
5 22 (5.60%) CyberArk
6 21 (5.34%) Microsoft
7 17 (4.33%) CheckPoint
8 16 (4.07%) LogRhythm
9 15 (3.82%) ArcSight
10 12 (3.05%) ForeScout
10 12 (3.05%) Google
10 12 (3.05%) Intel
11 11 (2.80%) Forcepoint
11 11 (2.80%) VMware
12 10 (2.54%) Cisco
12 10 (2.54%) HP
13 8 (2.04%) Atlassian
13 8 (2.04%) Red Hat
14 7 (1.78%) Blue Coat
14 7 (1.78%) Oracle