Period
to 17 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £516 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 726 677 660
Rank change year-on-year -49 -17 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 127 147 228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.17% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.18% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 102 141
England median daily rate £516 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.72% - -
10th Percentile £374 £350 £325
90th Percentile £738 £599 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
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 89,662 83,065 96,769
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.94% 95.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,304 54,178 63,734
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,891 2,681 2,889
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.09 £18.70 £19.50
% change year-on-year -3.29% -4.10% +11.43%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 -25 81 £525 +16.67% 20
North of England -36 18 £452 +0.50% 3
South East -49 15 £650 +39.04% 3
North West -31 10 £452 +0.50% 2
East of England +10 7 £508 +26.88% 1
Midlands -6 5 £368 -22.63% 3
Yorkshire -19 5 £463 -2.63% 1
West Midlands -17 4 £368 -13.53% 3
North East -6 3 £438 -2.78%
East Midlands +1 1 £375 -28.57%
South West -1 1 £400 - 2
Security Specialist
UK

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

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 45 (35.43%) Information Security
2 40 (31.50%) Finance
3 32 (25.20%) CISSP
4 29 (22.83%) Firewall
5 26 (20.47%) Cybersecurity
6 22 (17.32%) Penetration Testing
6 22 (17.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 22 (17.32%) Amazon AWS
7 21 (16.54%) Network Security
8 20 (15.75%) SIEM
9 19 (14.96%) Windows
9 19 (14.96%) GDPR
10 18 (14.17%) Fintech
11 17 (13.39%) CISA
11 17 (13.39%) SC Cleared
11 17 (13.39%) Security Cleared
12 16 (12.60%) Risk Management
13 15 (11.81%) Linux
13 15 (11.81%) Security Operations
14 14 (11.02%) Agile Software Development
14 14 (11.02%) Banking
14 14 (11.02%) CISM
14 14 (11.02%) Security Architecture
14 14 (11.02%) PKI
15 13 (10.24%) PCI DSS
16 12 (9.45%) CEH
16 12 (9.45%) Security Testing
16 12 (9.45%) ITIL
16 12 (9.45%) Active Directory
17 11 (8.66%) Cyberthreat

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 (3.15%) Confluence
2 2 (1.57%) IIS
3 1 (0.79%) JBoss
3 1 (0.79%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.79%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.79%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 22 (17.32%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (7.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 4 (3.15%) AWS CloudTrail
3 4 (3.15%) GitHub
3 4 (3.15%) npm
4 3 (2.36%) IaaS
4 3 (2.36%) Office 365
4 3 (2.36%) PaaS
4 3 (2.36%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (22.83%) Firewall
2 21 (16.54%) Network Security
3 6 (4.72%) Intrusion Detection
3 6 (4.72%) X.509
4 5 (3.94%) SMTP
4 5 (3.94%) SSL
5 4 (3.15%) VPN
6 3 (2.36%) DNS
6 3 (2.36%) Ethernet
6 3 (2.36%) Profibus
7 2 (1.57%) Internet
7 2 (1.57%) IPsec
7 2 (1.57%) LAN
7 2 (1.57%) Software-Defined Networking
7 2 (1.57%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.57%) WAN
8 1 (0.79%) Cisco ISE
8 1 (0.79%) DKIM
8 1 (0.79%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (0.79%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.57%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.79%) Big Data
3 1 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (3.15%) Git (software)
1 4 (3.15%) Jenkins
1 4 (3.15%) JIRA
2 3 (2.36%) SonarQube
General
1 40 (31.50%) Finance
2 14 (11.02%) Banking
3 5 (3.94%) Law
3 5 (3.94%) Legal
3 5 (3.94%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.36%) Advertising
5 2 (1.57%) Retail
5 2 (1.57%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.79%) Electronics
6 1 (0.79%) Marketing
6 1 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.87%) Web Services
2 8 (6.30%) Middleware
3 6 (4.72%) Node.js
3 6 (4.72%) OAuth
3 6 (4.72%) SAML
4 5 (3.94%) RESTful
5 4 (3.15%) LDAP
5 4 (3.15%) OAuth2
6 3 (2.36%) REST
6 3 (2.36%) SOAP
6 3 (2.36%) XML
7 2 (1.57%) .NET
8 1 (0.79%) OpenID
8 1 (0.79%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.79%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.17%) Fintech
2 14 (11.02%) PKI
3 11 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (8.66%) Cyberthreat
4 10 (7.87%) Management Information System
5 6 (4.72%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (3.94%) Data Centre
7 4 (3.15%) SCADA
7 4 (3.15%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (2.36%) Public Cloud
8 3 (2.36%) Smart Meter
9 2 (1.57%) Freedom of Information
9 2 (1.57%) Freedom of Information Act
9 2 (1.57%) Mobile App
9 2 (1.57%) RIA
10 1 (0.79%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.79%) Data Protection Act
10 1 (0.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.79%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 19 (14.96%) Windows
2 15 (11.81%) Linux
3 6 (4.72%) Unix
4 5 (3.94%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.15%) Solaris
6 2 (1.57%) Android
6 2 (1.57%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.57%) Oracle Linux
6 2 (1.57%) VMS
6 2 (1.57%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.79%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.79%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.79%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (35.43%) Information Security
2 26 (20.47%) Cybersecurity
3 22 (17.32%) Penetration Testing
4 20 (15.75%) SIEM
5 16 (12.60%) Risk Management
6 15 (11.81%) Security Operations
7 14 (11.02%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (11.02%) Security Architecture
8 12 (9.45%) ITIL
8 12 (9.45%) Security Testing
9 9 (7.09%) Ethical Hacking
9 9 (7.09%) Privileged Access Management
9 9 (7.09%) Proactive Monitoring
10 8 (6.30%) DevOps
10 8 (6.30%) OWASP
10 8 (6.30%) Runbook
10 8 (6.30%) Vulnerability Management
11 7 (5.51%) Change Control
11 7 (5.51%) Migration
11 7 (5.51%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (6.30%) Java
2 7 (5.51%) Python
3 5 (3.94%) SQL
4 4 (3.15%) Apex Code
4 4 (3.15%) C
4 4 (3.15%) PyPy
5 1 (0.79%) Perl
5 1 (0.79%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.79%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 32 (25.20%) CISSP
2 17 (13.39%) CISA
2 17 (13.39%) SC Cleared
2 17 (13.39%) Security Cleared
3 14 (11.02%) CISM
4 12 (9.45%) CEH
5 8 (6.30%) GIAC
5 8 (6.30%) SANS
6 7 (5.51%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (5.51%) Degree
7 6 (4.72%) CSSLP
7 6 (4.72%) OSCP
8 5 (3.94%) CCNA
8 5 (3.94%) CCNP
9 4 (3.15%) DV Cleared
9 4 (3.15%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 3 (2.36%) CRISC
10 3 (2.36%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
11 2 (1.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 2 (1.57%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (17.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (14.96%) GDPR
3 13 (10.24%) PCI DSS
4 5 (3.94%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (3.15%) NIST 800
5 4 (3.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (1.57%) COBIT
6 2 (1.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (1.57%) SLA
7 1 (0.79%) PSD2
7 1 (0.79%) SAS 70
System Software
1 12 (9.45%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.57%) BitLocker
3 2 (1.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.79%) ACF2
4 1 (0.79%) RACF
4 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (4.72%) PowerBroker
2 5 (3.94%) QRadar
3 4 (3.15%) FortiGate
3 4 (3.15%) Proventia
4 3 (2.36%) Nessus
5 2 (1.57%) Ansible
5 2 (1.57%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (1.57%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.57%) OSSEC
5 2 (1.57%) Puppet
5 2 (1.57%) Salt
5 2 (1.57%) SCCM
5 2 (1.57%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.79%) CASB
6 1 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.79%) Trend Micro Deep Security
6 1 (0.79%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 10 (7.87%) CheckPoint
1 10 (7.87%) Splunk
2 8 (6.30%) CyberArk
3 7 (5.51%) BeyondTrust
3 7 (5.51%) Cisco
3 7 (5.51%) Qualys
3 7 (5.51%) VMware
4 6 (4.72%) Forcepoint
4 6 (4.72%) Microsoft
5 5 (3.94%) F5
5 5 (3.94%) IBM
5 5 (3.94%) Oracle
6 4 (3.15%) AlgoSec
6 4 (3.15%) Palo Alto
6 4 (3.15%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (3.15%) SAP
6 4 (3.15%) Tufin
7 3 (2.36%) McAfee
7 3 (2.36%) Symantec
8 2 (1.57%) Sophos