Period
to 22 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 22 July 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
England > North West
6 months to
22 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 178 227 236
Rank change year-on-year +49 +9 -46
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 24 15 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.42% 0.20% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.21% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 10 2
North West median daily rate £438 £481 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +20.31% +29.03%
10th Percentile £304 £350 £328
90th Percentile £550 £750 £473
England median daily rate £450 £460 £450
% change year-on-year -2.17% +2.22% +12.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 5385 7273 7225
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 94.32% 94.70% 94.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3262 4449 4010
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £235 £250 £225
90th Percentile £544 £538 £550
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 303 413
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £18.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.79% +2.81% +8.71%
10th Percentile £11.03 £11.26 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.50 £47.39 £51.75
England median hourly rate £18.40 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -3.16% +8.57% +2.94%

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in the North West

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Specialist in the North West

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist in the North West over the 6 months to 22 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Specialist in the North West

Security Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Specialist in the North West

Security Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 22 July 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
Manchester +21 23 £425 -10.53%
Cheshire +24 1 £450 +23.29%
Security Specialist
England

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 North West region featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 20 (83.33%) Cybersecurity
2 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
3 10 (41.67%) Process Improvement
3 10 (41.67%) Security Operations
4 9 (37.50%) SIEM
4 9 (37.50%) TCP/IP
5 8 (33.33%) SC Cleared
5 8 (33.33%) Splunk
5 8 (33.33%) QRadar
6 7 (29.17%) CISSP
6 7 (29.17%) Windows
6 7 (29.17%) Linux
6 7 (29.17%) Firewall
7 6 (25.00%) Information Security
7 6 (25.00%) Unix
7 6 (25.00%) LAN
7 6 (25.00%) VoIP
7 6 (25.00%) WAN
7 6 (25.00%) Apple
7 6 (25.00%) VPN
7 6 (25.00%) IBM
7 6 (25.00%) Network Security
7 6 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 6 (25.00%) Elastic Stack
7 6 (25.00%) Patch Management
8 5 (20.83%) Protective Monitoring
8 5 (20.83%) SANS
8 5 (20.83%) Security Operations Centre
8 5 (20.83%) Vulnerability Management
8 5 (20.83%) Network Monitoring

Security Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (4.17%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 9 (37.50%) TCP/IP
2 7 (29.17%) Firewall
3 6 (25.00%) LAN
3 6 (25.00%) Network Security
3 6 (25.00%) VoIP
3 6 (25.00%) VPN
3 6 (25.00%) WAN
4 3 (12.50%) Cisco ISE
4 3 (12.50%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (12.50%) VLAN
4 3 (12.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) Redis
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) GitLab
1 1 (4.17%) JIRA
General
1 2 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) Elastic Stack
2 4 (16.67%) RESTful
3 3 (12.50%) Web Services
4 1 (4.17%) JSON
4 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.83%) Security Operations Centre
2 4 (16.67%) Management Information System
3 3 (12.50%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 7 (29.17%) Linux
1 7 (29.17%) Windows
2 6 (25.00%) Unix
3 5 (20.83%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (83.33%) Cybersecurity
2 10 (41.67%) Process Improvement
2 10 (41.67%) Security Operations
3 9 (37.50%) SIEM
4 6 (25.00%) Information Security
4 6 (25.00%) Patch Management
4 6 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 5 (20.83%) Network Monitoring
5 5 (20.83%) Protective Monitoring
5 5 (20.83%) Vulnerability Management
6 4 (16.67%) Case Management
6 4 (16.67%) Change Control
6 4 (16.67%) Open Source
6 4 (16.67%) Process Management
6 4 (16.67%) Service Management
7 3 (12.50%) Computer Security
7 3 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (12.50%) Security Monitoring
8 2 (8.33%) Coaching
9 1 (4.17%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 3 (12.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
2 8 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 7 (29.17%) CISSP
4 5 (20.83%) SANS
4 5 (20.83%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) GPG13
Systems Management
1 8 (33.33%) QRadar
2 5 (20.83%) Kibana
2 5 (20.83%) logstash
3 3 (12.50%) ArcSight ESM
3 3 (12.50%) RSA enVision
3 3 (12.50%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 8 (33.33%) Splunk
2 6 (25.00%) Apple
2 6 (25.00%) IBM
3 5 (20.83%) LogRhythm
4 3 (12.50%) AlienVault
4 3 (12.50%) ArcSight
4 3 (12.50%) Cisco
4 3 (12.50%) Qualys
5 1 (4.17%) HP