Period
to 13 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 13 December 2017.

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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 666 692 672
Rank change year-on-year +26 -20 -19
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 200 171 196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.18% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.19% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 114 140
England median daily rate £500 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +11.76%
10th Percentile £388 £313 £375
90th Percentile £675 £596 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +11.76%
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 90146 90887 97902
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.70% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 60308 59838 63462
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2604 3016 3760
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.82 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.96 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017. 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 0 93 £519 +9.21% 15
South East +10 57 £538 +22.86% 2
North of England +53 34 £500 +17.65% 5
Yorkshire +39 24 £475 +5.56% 3
East of England -20 12 £438 +6.06% 4
North West 0 9 £500 +53.85% 2
North East +61 1 £120 -
Midlands +17 1 £513 +14.00%
West Midlands +15 1 £513 +14.00%
South West -9 1 - - 2
Security Specialist
UK

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

For the 6 months to 13 December 2017, 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 91 (45.50%) Information Security
2 79 (39.50%) CISSP
3 62 (31.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 54 (27.00%) Finance
5 53 (26.50%) Cybersecurity
6 52 (26.00%) CISM
7 42 (21.00%) Firewall
8 39 (19.50%) Cisco Certification
8 39 (19.50%) PCI DSS
9 37 (18.50%) Security Operations
10 36 (18.00%) CISA
11 34 (17.00%) Network Security
12 33 (16.50%) SIEM
13 32 (16.00%) ITIL
14 30 (15.00%) Risk Management
15 29 (14.50%) Security Cleared
16 27 (13.50%) Penetration Testing
16 27 (13.50%) Amazon AWS
17 26 (13.00%) Windows
18 25 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
19 24 (12.00%) Cisco
20 23 (11.50%) COBIT
20 23 (11.50%) CCSP
21 22 (11.00%) Juniper
22 21 (10.50%) Linux
22 21 (10.50%) Degree
22 21 (10.50%) CESG
23 20 (10.00%) TCP/IP
24 19 (9.50%) Vulnerability Management
24 19 (9.50%) Telecoms

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 (2.00%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 4 (2.00%) Drupal
1 4 (2.00%) WordPress
2 2 (1.00%) IIS
3 1 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.50%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.50%) nginx
3 1 (0.50%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.50%) assyst
1 1 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 27 (13.50%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (7.50%) Cloud Computing
3 14 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (3.00%) Office 365
5 5 (2.50%) IaaS
6 3 (1.50%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.50%) PaaS
7 2 (1.00%) SaaS
8 1 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.50%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.50%) Cloudflare
8 1 (0.50%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (21.00%) Firewall
2 34 (17.00%) Network Security
3 20 (10.00%) TCP/IP
4 18 (9.00%) Intrusion Detection
5 15 (7.50%) SSL
6 13 (6.50%) Internet
6 13 (6.50%) SAN
7 12 (6.00%) IPsec
8 11 (5.50%) VPN
9 10 (5.00%) Intranet
10 8 (4.00%) Cisco ASA
10 8 (4.00%) DNS
11 7 (3.50%) LAN
11 7 (3.50%) WAN
11 7 (3.50%) Wireless
12 6 (3.00%) MPLS
13 5 (2.50%) HTTP
13 5 (2.50%) NAS
13 5 (2.50%) OSPF
14 4 (2.00%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.50%) Star Schema
2 4 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.50%) Maltego
3 1 (0.50%) MySQL
3 1 (0.50%) Power BI
3 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.50%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.50%) GitLab
2 1 (0.50%) JIRA
2 1 (0.50%) Metasploit
General
1 54 (27.00%) Finance
2 19 (9.50%) Telecoms
3 15 (7.50%) Banking
4 9 (4.50%) Legal
5 5 (2.50%) Law
6 4 (2.00%) Marketing
7 3 (1.50%) Automotive
7 3 (1.50%) Electronics
7 3 (1.50%) Publishing
8 2 (1.00%) Financial Institution
8 2 (1.00%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.50%) Billing
9 1 (0.50%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.50%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.00%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.50%) .NET
2 5 (2.50%) Web Services
3 2 (1.00%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (1.00%) OAuth
3 2 (1.00%) XML
4 1 (0.50%) JSON
4 1 (0.50%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 21 (10.50%) CESG
2 16 (8.00%) Management Information System
2 16 (8.00%) Public Cloud
3 13 (6.50%) PKI
4 12 (6.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 10 (5.00%) Data Centre
5 10 (5.00%) User Experience
6 9 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (4.50%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (2.00%) Client/Server
7 4 (2.00%) FMCG
7 4 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.50%) Cyber Attack
8 3 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (1.00%) Algorithms
9 2 (1.00%) Cyber Defence
9 2 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (1.00%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.00%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 26 (13.00%) Windows
2 21 (10.50%) Linux
3 11 (5.50%) Unix
4 4 (2.00%) CentOS
4 4 (2.00%) Solaris
4 4 (2.00%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.00%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.00%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.50%) Android
6 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.50%) VMS
6 1 (0.50%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.50%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (45.50%) Information Security
2 53 (26.50%) Cybersecurity
3 37 (18.50%) Security Operations
4 33 (16.50%) SIEM
5 32 (16.00%) ITIL
6 30 (15.00%) Risk Management
7 27 (13.50%) Penetration Testing
8 25 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
9 19 (9.50%) Vulnerability Management
10 18 (9.00%) Project Management
10 18 (9.00%) Security Architecture
10 18 (9.00%) Service Design
10 18 (9.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 17 (8.50%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (8.00%) Data Protection
12 16 (8.00%) Migration
12 16 (8.00%) Time Management
13 14 (7.00%) eTOM
13 14 (7.00%) ITSM
13 14 (7.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (3.00%) Python
2 5 (2.50%) Bash Shell
2 5 (2.50%) C
2 5 (2.50%) PowerShell
2 5 (2.50%) Ruby
2 5 (2.50%) SQL
3 4 (2.00%) Java
4 3 (1.50%) C-shell
4 3 (1.50%) Korn
5 1 (0.50%) Perl
5 1 (0.50%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 79 (39.50%) CISSP
2 52 (26.00%) CISM
3 39 (19.50%) Cisco Certification
4 36 (18.00%) CISA
5 29 (14.50%) Security Cleared
6 23 (11.50%) CCSP
7 21 (10.50%) Degree
8 17 (8.50%) CEH
9 16 (8.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 15 (7.50%) CCNP
11 14 (7.00%) CRISC
12 10 (5.00%) CCIE
12 10 (5.00%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 10 (5.00%) DV Cleared
13 9 (4.50%) CCNA
13 9 (4.50%) SANS
14 7 (3.50%) CISMP
15 6 (3.00%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
15 6 (3.00%) PCI QSA
15 6 (3.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (31.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 39 (19.50%) PCI DSS
3 23 (11.50%) COBIT
4 14 (7.00%) GDPR
5 10 (5.00%) ISO 22301
5 10 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 6 (3.00%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (2.00%) PA-DSS
7 4 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (2.00%) SAS 70
8 3 (1.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (1.00%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.50%) GPG13
10 1 (0.50%) PMO
10 1 (0.50%) QA
10 1 (0.50%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (7.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.00%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.50%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.50%) Firmware
5 1 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.50%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 9 (4.50%) QRadar
2 8 (4.00%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 6 (3.00%) Nessus
3 6 (3.00%) Nexpose
4 5 (2.50%) SCCM
4 5 (2.50%) SCOM
5 4 (2.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (1.50%) Nmap
6 3 (1.50%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.00%) Ansible
7 2 (1.00%) CSIRT
7 2 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.00%) OSSEC
7 2 (1.00%) Packer
7 2 (1.00%) Terraform
8 1 (0.50%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 1 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.50%) Kibana
8 1 (0.50%) logstash
Vendors
1 24 (12.00%) Cisco
2 22 (11.00%) Juniper
3 19 (9.50%) Symantec
4 16 (8.00%) McAfee
5 13 (6.50%) CheckPoint
5 13 (6.50%) Microsoft
6 12 (6.00%) Blue Coat
7 10 (5.00%) LogRhythm
8 9 (4.50%) F5
8 9 (4.50%) FireEye
9 8 (4.00%) BT
9 8 (4.00%) GFI Software
9 8 (4.00%) SolarWinds
9 8 (4.00%) Sourcefire
10 7 (3.50%) ArcSight
11 6 (3.00%) Citrix
11 6 (3.00%) Rapid7
11 6 (3.00%) Splunk
11 6 (3.00%) TippingPoint
12 5 (2.50%) Sitecore