Period
to 16 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

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 Specialist
UK > England
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 764 689 666
Rank change year-on-year -75 -23 +26
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 97 167 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.10% 0.18% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.19% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 105 116
England median daily rate £525 £500 £456
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +9.59% -3.95%
10th Percentile £375 £372 £313
90th Percentile £675 £675 £634
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £468
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.95% -1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - -

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 89,253 86,526 92,988
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.70% 94.86% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,403 57,308 61,254
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,841 2,570 2,965
England median hourly rate £18.35 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.87% +1.08% +4.11%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.50
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +2.78%

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist in England over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
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 Specialist within the England region over the 6 months to 16 October 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 -35 52 £550 +7.32% 14
East of England +3 14 £550 +25.71% 2
South East -30 13 £525 +18.31% 3
North of England -44 11 £475 - 9
South West -15 6 £448 - 1
North East - 6 £475 -
Yorkshire -46 3 £350 -26.32% 5
North West -6 2 £475 +2.70% 4
East Midlands -2 1 £375 -28.57% 1
Midlands -17 1 £375 -27.75% 4
Security Specialist
UK

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

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, Security Specialist 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 Specialist in the job title.

1 30 (30.93%) Finance
2 25 (25.77%) Information Security
2 25 (25.77%) CISSP
2 25 (25.77%) Cybersecurity
3 18 (18.56%) Risk Management
3 18 (18.56%) Firewall
3 18 (18.56%) GDPR
4 16 (16.49%) Network Security
5 13 (13.40%) Management Information System
5 13 (13.40%) Penetration Testing
5 13 (13.40%) Security Cleared
6 12 (12.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (12.37%) CISM
7 11 (11.34%) CheckPoint
7 11 (11.34%) Forcepoint
7 11 (11.34%) Windows
7 11 (11.34%) SC Cleared
7 11 (11.34%) PCI DSS
8 10 (10.31%) Linux
8 10 (10.31%) Active Directory
9 9 (9.28%) Law
9 9 (9.28%) Legal
9 9 (9.28%) Microsoft
9 9 (9.28%) ITIL
9 9 (9.28%) Cisco
9 9 (9.28%) Microsoft Azure
10 8 (8.25%) Amazon AWS
10 8 (8.25%) SIEM
10 8 (8.25%) Middleware
10 8 (8.25%) Manufacturing

Security Specialist 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 4 (4.12%) CMS
2 2 (2.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (2.06%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.03%) IIS
3 1 (1.03%) JBoss
3 1 (1.03%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 9 (9.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (8.25%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (3.09%) IaaS
3 3 (3.09%) Office 365
3 3 (3.09%) PaaS
4 2 (2.06%) SaaS
5 1 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.03%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 18 (18.56%) Firewall
2 16 (16.49%) Network Security
3 5 (5.15%) SMTP
3 5 (5.15%) Unified Communications
3 5 (5.15%) Wireless
4 4 (4.12%) Cisco ASA
4 4 (4.12%) Cisco Nexus
4 4 (4.12%) Ethernet
4 4 (4.12%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 4 (4.12%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 4 (4.12%) ISDN
4 4 (4.12%) MPLS
4 4 (4.12%) Profibus
5 3 (3.09%) SSL
6 2 (2.06%) DNS
6 2 (2.06%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (2.06%) LAN
6 2 (2.06%) Software-Defined Networking
6 2 (2.06%) WAN
7 1 (1.03%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.12%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.06%) Blockchain
2 2 (2.06%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.03%) Big Data
3 1 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
General
1 30 (30.93%) Finance
2 9 (9.28%) Law
2 9 (9.28%) Legal
3 8 (8.25%) Manufacturing
4 6 (6.19%) Banking
5 3 (3.09%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (3.09%) Retail
6 2 (2.06%) Advertising
6 2 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.03%) Electronics
7 1 (1.03%) Marketing
7 1 (1.03%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.25%) Middleware
2 5 (5.15%) REST
2 5 (5.15%) SOAP
3 4 (4.12%) OAuth
3 4 (4.12%) XML
3 4 (4.12%) XMPP
4 3 (3.09%) OpenID
4 3 (3.09%) Web Services
5 2 (2.06%) Java EE
5 2 (2.06%) JSON
5 2 (2.06%) SAML
6 1 (1.03%) RESTful
6 1 (1.03%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.40%) Management Information System
2 6 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.19%) Freedom of Information
2 6 (6.19%) Freedom of Information Act
2 6 (6.19%) PKI
2 6 (6.19%) RIA
3 4 (4.12%) Cyberattack
3 4 (4.12%) Hybrid Cloud
3 4 (4.12%) SCADA
4 3 (3.09%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.09%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.06%) Fintech
5 2 (2.06%) Security Operations Centre
5 2 (2.06%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.03%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.03%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.03%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (11.34%) Windows
2 10 (10.31%) Linux
3 4 (4.12%) Unix
4 3 (3.09%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.06%) Solaris
5 2 (2.06%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.03%) Android
6 1 (1.03%) Oracle Linux
6 1 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.03%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (25.77%) Cybersecurity
1 25 (25.77%) Information Security
2 18 (18.56%) Risk Management
3 13 (13.40%) Penetration Testing
4 9 (9.28%) ITIL
5 8 (8.25%) Migration
5 8 (8.25%) SIEM
6 7 (7.22%) Risk Assessment
6 7 (7.22%) Security Architecture
7 6 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (5.15%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (5.15%) Data Loss Prevention
8 5 (5.15%) Security Operations
8 5 (5.15%) Service Management
9 4 (4.12%) Computer Forensics
9 4 (4.12%) Data Privacy
9 4 (4.12%) Information Assurance
9 4 (4.12%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (4.12%) Service Delivery
9 4 (4.12%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 5 (5.15%) Java
2 4 (4.12%) SQL
3 3 (3.09%) Python
4 2 (2.06%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.03%) C
5 1 (1.03%) Perl
5 1 (1.03%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (25.77%) CISSP
2 13 (13.40%) Security Cleared
3 12 (12.37%) CISM
4 11 (11.34%) SC Cleared
5 7 (7.22%) CISA
5 7 (7.22%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (7.22%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
6 6 (6.19%) CESG Certified Professional
6 6 (6.19%) SANS
7 5 (5.15%) CCNP
7 5 (5.15%) GCIH
8 4 (4.12%) Degree
8 4 (4.12%) EnCE
8 4 (4.12%) GREM
9 3 (3.09%) CEH
9 3 (3.09%) CRISC
9 3 (3.09%) DV Cleared
10 2 (2.06%) CompTIA Security+
10 2 (2.06%) GIAC
11 1 (1.03%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (18.56%) GDPR
2 12 (12.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (11.34%) PCI DSS
4 6 (6.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 4 (4.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (3.09%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (3.09%) PSD2
7 2 (2.06%) NIST 800
8 1 (1.03%) COBIT
8 1 (1.03%) SAS 70
System Software
1 10 (10.31%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.12%) ProxySG
2 4 (4.12%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (3.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.06%) BitLocker
4 2 (2.06%) VMware NSX
5 1 (1.03%) ACF2
5 1 (1.03%) Firmware
5 1 (1.03%) RACF
Systems Management
1 4 (4.12%) Cisco CUCM
1 4 (4.12%) Cisco UCCX
1 4 (4.12%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 3 (3.09%) QRadar
2 3 (3.09%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (2.06%) FortiGate
3 2 (2.06%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (2.06%) RSA enVision
3 2 (2.06%) SCCM
3 2 (2.06%) WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
4 1 (1.03%) Ansible
4 1 (1.03%) CASB
4 1 (1.03%) EnCase
4 1 (1.03%) FTK
4 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (1.03%) Nessus
4 1 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.03%) OSSEC
4 1 (1.03%) Puppet
4 1 (1.03%) Salt
Vendors
1 11 (11.34%) CheckPoint
1 11 (11.34%) Forcepoint
2 9 (9.28%) Cisco
2 9 (9.28%) Microsoft
3 8 (8.25%) VMware
4 7 (7.22%) Blue Coat
4 7 (7.22%) Oracle
5 6 (6.19%) Palo Alto
6 5 (5.15%) SAP
7 4 (4.12%) F5
7 4 (4.12%) Meraki
7 4 (4.12%) SolarWinds
8 3 (3.09%) IBM
8 3 (3.09%) McAfee
8 3 (3.09%) Splunk
8 3 (3.09%) Symantec
9 2 (2.06%) AlgoSec
9 2 (2.06%) Juniper
9 2 (2.06%) Tufin
10 1 (1.03%) Becrypt