The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 26 April 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 156 -
Rank change year-on-year +43 -  
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 20 7 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.72% 0.17% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.77% 0.19% -
Number of daily rates quoted 18 4 0
Median daily rate £413 £538 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.25% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £419 £430
% change year-on-year +7.46% -2.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £68.00

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 2610 3780 3635
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 93.92% 94.38% 94.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1589 2276 1928
Median daily rate £380 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £268 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 154 215
Median hourly rate £16.50 £18.94 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.88% +8.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £12.00 £11.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.33 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.72
% change year-on-year - +4.66%  

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West that featured Security Specialist in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 April 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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +27 20 £413 -16.45%
Security Specialist
England

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

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 21 (70.00%) Cybersecurity
2 17 (56.67%) Security Cleared
3 14 (46.67%) SC Cleared
3 14 (46.67%) Security Operations
4 11 (36.67%) Process Improvement
4 11 (36.67%) TCP/IP
5 10 (33.33%) CISSP
6 9 (30.00%) Firewall
7 8 (26.67%) Apple
7 8 (26.67%) VPN
7 8 (26.67%) LAN
7 8 (26.67%) VoIP
7 8 (26.67%) WAN
7 8 (26.67%) Unix
7 8 (26.67%) Windows
7 8 (26.67%) Linux
7 8 (26.67%) Information Security
7 8 (26.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 8 (26.67%) SIEM
7 8 (26.67%) Splunk
7 8 (26.67%) Patch Management
7 8 (26.67%) QRadar
8 7 (23.33%) SANS
8 7 (23.33%) Network Monitoring
8 7 (23.33%) Vulnerability Management
8 7 (23.33%) Protective Monitoring
8 7 (23.33%) SSCP
9 6 (20.00%) IBM
9 6 (20.00%) Elastic Stack
9 6 (20.00%) Security Operations Centre

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:

Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 11 (36.67%) TCP/IP
2 9 (30.00%) Firewall
3 8 (26.67%) LAN
3 8 (26.67%) VoIP
3 8 (26.67%) VPN
3 8 (26.67%) WAN
4 5 (16.67%) Network Security
5 3 (10.00%) Cisco ISE
5 3 (10.00%) Intrusion Detection
5 3 (10.00%) Wireless
6 2 (6.67%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.33%) Redis
2 3 (10.00%) Oracle Database
2 3 (10.00%) Oracle Database 12c
General
1 3 (10.00%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Banking
2 1 (3.33%) Electronics
2 1 (3.33%) Manufacturing
2 1 (3.33%) Marketing
2 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (20.00%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (10.00%) RESTful
2 3 (10.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.00%) Security Operations Centre
2 4 (13.33%) Management Information System
3 3 (10.00%) Cyber Attack
3 3 (10.00%) PKI
4 1 (3.33%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 8 (26.67%) Linux
1 8 (26.67%) Unix
1 8 (26.67%) Windows
2 2 (6.67%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (70.00%) Cybersecurity
2 14 (46.67%) Security Operations
3 11 (36.67%) Process Improvement
4 8 (26.67%) Information Security
4 8 (26.67%) Patch Management
4 8 (26.67%) SIEM
4 8 (26.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 7 (23.33%) Network Monitoring
5 7 (23.33%) Protective Monitoring
5 7 (23.33%) Vulnerability Management
6 5 (16.67%) Case Management
7 4 (13.33%) Change Control
7 4 (13.33%) Open Source
7 4 (13.33%) Process Management
7 4 (13.33%) Security Monitoring
7 4 (13.33%) Service Management
8 3 (10.00%) Computer Security
8 3 (10.00%) PRINCE2
8 3 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
9 2 (6.67%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 17 (56.67%) Security Cleared
2 14 (46.67%) SC Cleared
3 10 (33.33%) CISSP
4 7 (23.33%) SANS
4 7 (23.33%) SSCP
5 1 (3.33%) CISA
5 1 (3.33%) CISM
5 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (3.33%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 8 (26.67%) QRadar
2 4 (13.33%) Kibana
2 4 (13.33%) logstash
3 3 (10.00%) RSA enVision
3 3 (10.00%) TrustSec
4 2 (6.67%) ArcSight ESM
5 1 (3.33%) Nessus
5 1 (3.33%) Nexpose
5 1 (3.33%) Nmap
Vendors
1 8 (26.67%) Apple
1 8 (26.67%) Splunk
2 6 (20.00%) IBM
3 5 (16.67%) LogRhythm
4 3 (10.00%) ArcSight
4 3 (10.00%) Cisco
4 3 (10.00%) Oracle
4 3 (10.00%) Qualys
5 2 (6.67%) AlienVault
5 2 (6.67%) Microsoft
6 1 (3.33%) HP
6 1 (3.33%) Intel
6 1 (3.33%) Intel Security
6 1 (3.33%) NetWitness
6 1 (3.33%) SAP
6 1 (3.33%) Snow