Period
to 1 August 2021

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

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 Engineer
England > London
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 252 242 308
Rank change year-on-year -10 +66 +106
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 310 140 318
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 1.03% 0.89% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 0.96% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 108 232
10th Percentile £400 £366 £413
25th Percentile £450 £413 £494
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £585
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -14.53% +12.50%
75th Percentile £638 £616 £660
90th Percentile £719 £650 £749
England median daily rate £525 £450 £500
% change year-on-year +16.67% -10.00% +9.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £39.50 £52.50
Median % change year-on-year - -24.76% +9.76%
England median hourly rate £59.00 £62.75 £48.21
% change year-on-year -5.98% +30.17% +0.78%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 27,955 14,653 37,904
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.82% 93.01% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,093 10,566 27,549
10th Percentile £350 £313 £313
25th Percentile £438 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £535 £513 £500
Median % change year-on-year +4.39% +2.50% -
75th Percentile £638 £613 £600
90th Percentile £725 £703 £680
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 278 173 461
10th Percentile £14.40 £15.00 £12.04
25th Percentile £20.00 £20.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate £30.50 £35.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -14.08% +77.50% -
75th Percentile £51.00 £47.83 £37.50
90th Percentile £65.98 £61.25 £53.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £20.11 £19.00
% change year-on-year -0.55% +5.84% +7.28%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings that featured Security Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in London

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Engineer in London.

Daily rate trend for Security Engineer in London

Security Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Engineer in London over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Security Engineer in London

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Engineer in London.

Hourly rate trend for Security Engineer in London

Security Engineer
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Engineer within the London region over the 6 months to 1 August 2021. 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
Central London -22 31 £550 +18.92% 34
West London +9 12 £600 +54.84% 13
South London +22 4 £663 +165.00% 7
Security Engineer
England

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, Security Engineer 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 London region featuring Security Engineer in the job title.

1 118 (38.06%) Cybersecurity
2 107 (34.52%) Azure
3 96 (30.97%) Firewall
4 84 (27.10%) Finance
5 74 (23.87%) Network Security
6 67 (21.61%) AWS
7 57 (18.39%) Python
8 50 (16.13%) Windows
9 49 (15.81%) Information Security
10 48 (15.48%) Terraform
11 47 (15.16%) Security Architecture
12 45 (14.52%) Microsoft
12 45 (14.52%) SIEM
12 45 (14.52%) Microsoft 365
13 43 (13.87%) Security Operations
14 42 (13.55%) DevOps
15 41 (13.23%) GCP
16 39 (12.58%) Cisco
17 37 (11.94%) Social Skills
18 34 (10.97%) Linux
19 32 (10.32%) Palo Alto
20 31 (10.00%) Active Directory
20 31 (10.00%) PowerShell
21 29 (9.35%) Google
21 29 (9.35%) Kubernetes
22 27 (8.71%) Identity Access Management
22 27 (8.71%) Banking
23 25 (8.06%) DNS
23 25 (8.06%) Vulnerability Management
24 23 (7.42%) Migration

Security Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 8 (2.58%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.61%) Apache Airflow
2 5 (1.61%) Confluence
2 5 (1.61%) OpenStack
3 4 (1.29%) Apache
4 1 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.32%) nginx
Applications
1 3 (0.97%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.32%) Figma
2 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.26%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 107 (34.52%) Azure
2 67 (21.61%) AWS
3 45 (14.52%) Microsoft 365
4 41 (13.23%) GCP
5 22 (7.10%) SaaS
6 19 (6.13%) IaaS
6 19 (6.13%) Serverless
7 17 (5.48%) Azure Active Directory
7 17 (5.48%) PaaS
8 13 (4.19%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 10 (3.23%) AWS Lambda
10 9 (2.90%) AWS CloudFormation
10 9 (2.90%) Azure Sentinel
11 8 (2.58%) AWS CloudTrail
12 7 (2.26%) Amazon EKS
13 6 (1.94%) AWS KMS
13 6 (1.94%) Azure Key Vault
13 6 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
13 6 (1.94%) Mimecast
14 5 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 96 (30.97%) Firewall
2 74 (23.87%) Network Security
3 25 (8.06%) DNS
4 19 (6.13%) VPN
5 17 (5.48%) Intrusion Detection
6 13 (4.19%) BGP
6 13 (4.19%) TCP/IP
7 11 (3.55%) Internet
7 11 (3.55%) WAN
8 10 (3.23%) LAN
9 9 (2.90%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (2.26%) DHCP
10 7 (2.26%) Multicast
10 7 (2.26%) SSL
11 6 (1.94%) Cisco Firepower
11 6 (1.94%) Wireless
12 5 (1.61%) Cisco IOS
12 5 (1.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 5 (1.61%) Reverse Proxy
12 5 (1.61%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.94%) Data Warehouse
1 6 (1.94%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.61%) MySQL
3 4 (1.29%) BigQuery
4 3 (0.97%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (0.97%) Big Data
4 3 (0.97%) Data Lake
4 3 (0.97%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.97%) Redis
5 2 (0.65%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.65%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.32%) Amazon Aurora
6 1 (0.32%) Couchbase
6 1 (0.32%) Data Vault
6 1 (0.32%) HDInsight
6 1 (0.32%) Power BI
6 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 13 (4.19%) Jenkins
2 9 (2.90%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.26%) GitLab
4 4 (1.29%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.97%) Hudson
5 3 (0.97%) JIRA
5 3 (0.97%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.65%) Snyk
6 2 (0.65%) SonarQube
6 2 (0.65%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.32%) Ant
7 1 (0.32%) GCC
7 1 (0.32%) Gradle
7 1 (0.32%) Maven
7 1 (0.32%) Visual Studio
General
1 84 (27.10%) Finance
2 37 (11.94%) Social Skills
3 27 (8.71%) Banking
4 7 (2.26%) Public Sector
5 5 (1.61%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (1.61%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.29%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.29%) Legal
6 4 (1.29%) Organisational Skills
7 3 (0.97%) Marketing
7 3 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.97%) Presentation Skills
7 3 (0.97%) Publishing
8 2 (0.65%) Automotive
8 2 (0.65%) Documentation Skills
8 2 (0.65%) Games
9 1 (0.32%) Advertising
9 1 (0.32%) Electronics
9 1 (0.32%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.87%) SAML
2 10 (3.23%) Web Services
3 8 (2.58%) Spring
4 6 (1.94%) Spring Boot
5 4 (1.29%) OAuth
6 3 (0.97%) REST
6 3 (0.97%) SailPoint
7 2 (0.65%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.65%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (0.65%) Kafka
7 2 (0.65%) React
8 1 (0.32%) GraphQL
8 1 (0.32%) gRPC
8 1 (0.32%) JWT
8 1 (0.32%) Next.js
8 1 (0.32%) OAuth2
8 1 (0.32%) OpenID
8 1 (0.32%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.32%) Serverless Framework
8 1 (0.32%) Tailwind CSS
Miscellaneous
1 15 (4.84%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.52%) Cloud Native
3 12 (3.87%) Management Information System
4 9 (2.90%) Public Cloud
5 8 (2.58%) Data Protection Act
6 6 (1.94%) PKI
7 5 (1.61%) Cyberthreat
7 5 (1.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (1.61%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.61%) Virtual Team
8 4 (1.29%) Cyberattack
9 3 (0.97%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.65%) Analytical Mindset
10 2 (0.65%) CMDB
10 2 (0.65%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (0.65%) NHS
10 2 (0.65%) Self-Motivation
11 1 (0.32%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.32%) Internet of Things
11 1 (0.32%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 50 (16.13%) Windows
2 34 (10.97%) Linux
3 14 (4.52%) Unix
4 9 (2.90%) Windows Server
5 8 (2.58%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.32%) Debian
6 1 (0.32%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (38.06%) Cybersecurity
2 49 (15.81%) Information Security
3 47 (15.16%) Security Architecture
4 45 (14.52%) SIEM
5 43 (13.87%) Security Operations
6 42 (13.55%) DevOps
7 27 (8.71%) Identity Access Management
8 25 (8.06%) Vulnerability Management
9 23 (7.42%) Migration
10 22 (7.10%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (7.10%) DevSecOps
11 21 (6.77%) Infrastructure as Code
11 21 (6.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 19 (6.13%) Use Case
13 18 (5.81%) Data Protection
14 17 (5.48%) Threat Modelling
15 16 (5.16%) Computer Science
15 16 (5.16%) Data Security
16 14 (4.52%) Patch Management
16 14 (4.52%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (18.39%) Python
2 31 (10.00%) PowerShell
3 19 (6.13%) Bash Shell
3 19 (6.13%) Java
4 13 (4.19%) SQL
5 12 (3.87%) JavaScript
6 5 (1.61%) Perl
6 5 (1.61%) Shell Script
7 4 (1.29%) Go
7 4 (1.29%) Scala
8 2 (0.65%) C
8 2 (0.65%) C#
8 2 (0.65%) C++
9 1 (0.32%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 22 (7.10%) CISSP
2 21 (6.77%) Cisco Certification
3 18 (5.81%) Security Cleared
4 16 (5.16%) SC Cleared
5 13 (4.19%) Degree
6 11 (3.55%) CCNP
7 9 (2.90%) AWS Certification
8 8 (2.58%) CCSP
9 7 (2.26%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 7 (2.26%) CCNA
10 5 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (1.29%) CEH
11 4 (1.29%) FFIEC
11 4 (1.29%) GIAC
12 3 (0.97%) CISM
13 2 (0.65%) CCIE
13 2 (0.65%) CompTIA Security+
14 1 (0.32%) CNE
14 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
14 1 (0.32%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (6.77%) NIST
3 16 (5.16%) GDPR
3 16 (5.16%) PCI DSS
4 10 (3.23%) SOC 2
5 5 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (1.29%) GLBA
7 2 (0.65%) PSD2
7 2 (0.65%) QA
7 2 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.32%) Accessibility
8 1 (0.32%) COBIT
8 1 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.32%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.32%) FedRAMP
8 1 (0.32%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 31 (10.00%) Active Directory
2 21 (6.77%) Docker
3 15 (4.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (2.90%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.65%) vCloud
5 2 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.32%) Kamailio
6 1 (0.32%) KVM
6 1 (0.32%) OpenAM
6 1 (0.32%) Squid
6 1 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.32%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 48 (15.48%) Terraform
2 29 (9.35%) Kubernetes
3 21 (6.77%) Ansible
4 6 (1.94%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (1.94%) Nessus
5 5 (1.61%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.29%) FortiGate
6 4 (1.29%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 4 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.97%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 3 (0.97%) EnCase
7 3 (0.97%) Istio
7 3 (0.97%) Puppet
8 2 (0.65%) CASB
8 2 (0.65%) QRadar
8 2 (0.65%) SCCM
9 1 (0.32%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.32%) SCOM
9 1 (0.32%) SCSM
9 1 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 45 (14.52%) Microsoft
2 39 (12.58%) Cisco
3 32 (10.32%) Palo Alto
4 29 (9.35%) Google
5 20 (6.45%) VMware
6 19 (6.13%) McAfee
7 17 (5.48%) CheckPoint
8 16 (5.16%) Splunk
9 14 (4.52%) Fortinet
9 14 (4.52%) Qualys
10 11 (3.55%) Carbon Black
10 11 (3.55%) Zscaler
11 8 (2.58%) F5
11 8 (2.58%) Meraki
12 7 (2.26%) Juniper
13 6 (1.94%) CrowdStrike
14 5 (1.61%) ArcSight
14 5 (1.61%) CyberArk
14 5 (1.61%) Okta
14 5 (1.61%) Tanium