Period
to 16 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 16 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 645 662 636
Rank change year-on-year +17 -26 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 188 160 217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.18% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.19% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 112 158
England median daily rate £500 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £401 £313 £368
90th Percentile £650 £599 £579
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +7.14%
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 87,492 85,020 93,402
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.74% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,750 56,010 60,380
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £638 £609 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,541 2,892 3,573
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.29 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.15% +0.22% +10.61%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +2.78% -2.70% +12.12%

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 January 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 January 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 -16 81 £525 +10.53% 19
South East +4 56 £500 +12.68% 8
North of England +36 36 £500 +11.11% 9
Yorkshire +36 22 £475 +5.56% 2
North West +1 13 £500 +42.86% 3
East of England -14 8 £463 -11.48% 3
South West 0 4 £513 +34.87% 3
North East +56 1 £120 - 4
West Midlands +1 1 £513 +14.00% 1
Midlands -4 1 £513 +14.00% 3
Security Specialist
UK

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

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, Security Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 80 (42.55%) Information Security
2 74 (39.36%) CISSP
3 59 (31.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 51 (27.13%) Cybersecurity
5 47 (25.00%) Firewall
6 43 (22.87%) Finance
7 42 (22.34%) Cisco Certification
8 41 (21.81%) CISM
9 38 (20.21%) Security Operations
10 33 (17.55%) Network Security
10 33 (17.55%) Security Cleared
11 29 (15.43%) ITIL
12 28 (14.89%) PCI DSS
12 28 (14.89%) Amazon AWS
13 27 (14.36%) Risk Management
14 26 (13.83%) Juniper
14 26 (13.83%) COBIT
15 25 (13.30%) Cisco
16 24 (12.77%) CISA
17 23 (12.23%) Stakeholder Management
17 23 (12.23%) CCSP
17 23 (12.23%) Penetration Testing
17 23 (12.23%) CESG
18 22 (11.70%) SIEM
19 21 (11.17%) Telecoms
20 20 (10.64%) Vulnerability Management
21 19 (10.11%) Management Information System
21 19 (10.11%) Windows
21 19 (10.11%) Agile Software Development
21 19 (10.11%) Data Protection

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 (2.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 4 (2.13%) Drupal
1 4 (2.13%) WordPress
2 3 (1.60%) nginx
3 2 (1.06%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.53%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) assyst
1 1 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.53%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 28 (14.89%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (7.98%) Cloud Computing
3 13 (6.91%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (3.19%) IaaS
5 5 (2.66%) Office 365
6 3 (1.60%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (1.06%) PaaS
8 1 (0.53%) Cloudflare
8 1 (0.53%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 47 (25.00%) Firewall
2 33 (17.55%) Network Security
3 17 (9.04%) Intrusion Detection
3 17 (9.04%) TCP/IP
4 16 (8.51%) SSL
5 13 (6.91%) IPsec
6 12 (6.38%) Intranet
7 11 (5.85%) Internet
7 11 (5.85%) SAN
8 9 (4.79%) VPN
9 8 (4.26%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (3.72%) LAN
10 7 (3.72%) MPLS
10 7 (3.72%) WAN
10 7 (3.72%) Wireless
11 6 (3.19%) DNS
11 6 (3.19%) OSPF
12 4 (2.13%) WLAN
13 3 (1.60%) FTP
13 3 (1.60%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.91%) Star Schema
2 4 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (1.06%) Apache Hive
3 2 (1.06%) Big Data
3 2 (1.06%) GIS
3 2 (1.06%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.53%) MySQL
4 1 (0.53%) Power BI
4 1 (0.53%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.53%) SAP HANA
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.60%) Burp Suite
2 2 (1.06%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.06%) Maven
2 2 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.53%) Metasploit
General
1 43 (22.87%) Finance
2 21 (11.17%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.32%) Banking
4 8 (4.26%) Legal
5 6 (3.19%) Marketing
6 5 (2.66%) Electronics
7 4 (2.13%) Law
7 4 (2.13%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.60%) Automotive
8 3 (1.60%) Publishing
9 2 (1.06%) Financial Institution
9 2 (1.06%) Retail
10 1 (0.53%) Billing
10 1 (0.53%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.66%) .NET
1 5 (2.66%) 802.1X
1 5 (2.66%) Web Services
2 2 (1.06%) JSON
2 2 (1.06%) ModSecurity
2 2 (1.06%) Node.js
2 2 (1.06%) OAuth
3 1 (0.53%) SAP Basis
3 1 (0.53%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.23%) CESG
2 19 (10.11%) Management Information System
3 16 (8.51%) Public Cloud
4 12 (6.38%) PKI
5 11 (5.85%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (5.32%) User Experience
7 9 (4.79%) Cyberthreat
8 7 (3.72%) Data Centre
9 6 (3.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 4 (2.13%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.60%) Client/Server
11 3 (1.60%) Cyberattack
12 2 (1.06%) Algorithms
12 2 (1.06%) Cyber Defence
12 2 (1.06%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (1.06%) Private Cloud
12 2 (1.06%) Security Operations Centre
13 1 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
13 1 (0.53%) Shadow IT
13 1 (0.53%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (10.11%) Windows
2 15 (7.98%) Linux
3 10 (5.32%) Unix
4 4 (2.13%) CentOS
5 3 (1.60%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.06%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.53%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.53%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (42.55%) Information Security
2 51 (27.13%) Cybersecurity
3 38 (20.21%) Security Operations
4 29 (15.43%) ITIL
5 27 (14.36%) Risk Management
6 23 (12.23%) Penetration Testing
6 23 (12.23%) Stakeholder Management
7 22 (11.70%) SIEM
8 20 (10.64%) Vulnerability Management
9 19 (10.11%) Agile Software Development
9 19 (10.11%) Data Protection
10 18 (9.57%) Service Design
11 17 (9.04%) Security Architecture
12 16 (8.51%) Project Management
12 16 (8.51%) Time Management
12 16 (8.51%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 14 (7.45%) Enterprise Architecture
13 14 (7.45%) eTOM
13 14 (7.45%) ITSM
13 14 (7.45%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (3.19%) Python
2 5 (2.66%) C
2 5 (2.66%) Java
2 5 (2.66%) SQL
3 4 (2.13%) Bash Shell
3 4 (2.13%) Ruby
4 3 (1.60%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.06%) COBOL
5 2 (1.06%) C-shell
5 2 (1.06%) Dart
5 2 (1.06%) Korn
6 1 (0.53%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 74 (39.36%) CISSP
2 42 (22.34%) Cisco Certification
3 41 (21.81%) CISM
4 33 (17.55%) Security Cleared
5 24 (12.77%) CISA
6 23 (12.23%) CCSP
7 18 (9.57%) CEH
7 18 (9.57%) Degree
8 17 (9.04%) CCNP
9 16 (8.51%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 12 (6.38%) DV Cleared
11 11 (5.85%) CCIE
12 10 (5.32%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 10 (5.32%) CCNA
12 10 (5.32%) SANS
13 9 (4.79%) CRISC
14 8 (4.26%) SC Cleared
15 7 (3.72%) CISMP
16 6 (3.19%) CESG Certified Professional
16 6 (3.19%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (31.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (14.89%) PCI DSS
3 26 (13.83%) COBIT
4 11 (5.85%) GDPR
4 11 (5.85%) ISO 22301
5 5 (2.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 5 (2.66%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (2.13%) PA-DSS
6 4 (2.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (2.13%) SAS 70
7 3 (1.60%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (1.60%) JSP 440
8 2 (1.06%) CESG Infosec
8 2 (1.06%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (1.06%) RMADS
9 1 (0.53%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.53%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.53%) PMO
9 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (4.79%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.13%) Hyper-V
2 4 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.06%) Docker
3 2 (1.06%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.53%) Firmware
4 1 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (5.85%) QRadar
2 8 (4.26%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 5 (2.66%) Nessus
3 5 (2.66%) Nexpose
3 5 (2.66%) SCCM
4 4 (2.13%) Ansible
4 4 (2.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 4 (2.13%) SCOM
5 3 (1.60%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.06%) CSIRT
6 2 (1.06%) IBM BigFix
6 2 (1.06%) Nmap
6 2 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.06%) OSSEC
6 2 (1.06%) Packer
6 2 (1.06%) Terraform
7 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.53%) WSUS
Vendors
1 26 (13.83%) Juniper
2 25 (13.30%) Cisco
3 18 (9.57%) Symantec
4 15 (7.98%) McAfee
5 13 (6.91%) CheckPoint
5 13 (6.91%) Microsoft
6 10 (5.32%) Blue Coat
6 10 (5.32%) BT
7 9 (4.79%) LogRhythm
8 8 (4.26%) SolarWinds
9 7 (3.72%) F5
9 7 (3.72%) GFI Software
9 7 (3.72%) Sourcefire
10 6 (3.19%) ArcSight
10 6 (3.19%) SAP
10 6 (3.19%) Splunk
11 5 (2.66%) FireEye
11 5 (2.66%) Palo Alto
11 5 (2.66%) Rapid7
11 5 (2.66%) Sitecore