Period
to 6 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Network Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Network Security over the 6 months to 6 August 2020 with a comparison to the 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.

Network Security
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
6 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 190 220 225
Rank change year-on-year +30 +5 +37
Contract jobs citing Network Security 214 595 628
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.19% 1.22% 1.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.71% 8.20% 8.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 385 392
Median daily rate £428 £440 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.84% -2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £280 £259 £285
90th Percentile £605 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £475
% change year-on-year - -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 27 24
Median hourly rate £40.00 £19.71 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +102.94% -43.69% -11.39%
10th Percentile £19.48 £15.00 £13.95
90th Percentile £47.52 £55.00 £63.78
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £44.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -7.87% +27.14% -30.00%

Network Security is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,774 7,260 7,834
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.42% 14.85% 14.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,507 4,247 4,380
Median daily rate £400 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.27% +3.95%
10th Percentile £175 £193 £200
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 209 445 585
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +16.07% +4.78%
10th Percentile £14.04 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.03 £47.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.59 £20.00
% change year-on-year +48.37% +17.95% +5.26%

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Network Security as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Network Security within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 6 August 2020. 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
North of England +58 55 £425 +3.03% 21
South East +16 53 £420 -3.45% 20
Scotland +49 39 £410 -25.45% 10
North West +59 32 £406 -14.47% 12
Midlands +73 28 £438 +32.08% 9
South West +38 26 £503 +11.72% 13
Yorkshire +54 21 £500 +9.89% 9
West Midlands +67 19 £500 +12.68% 7
East of England +47 9 £495 +7.03% 5
East Midlands +45 8 £364 +48.47% 2
Wales +32 5 £263 -16.00% 1
North East +16 2 £110 -66.15%
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 6 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Network Security also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Network Security.

1 117 (54.67%) Firewall
2 86 (40.19%) Cisco
3 66 (30.84%) Cisco Certification
4 57 (26.64%) Active Directory
5 56 (26.17%) LAN
6 53 (24.77%) WAN
7 50 (23.36%) Azure
7 50 (23.36%) SIEM
8 48 (22.43%) Security Cleared
9 45 (21.03%) Cybersecurity
10 43 (20.09%) Windows
11 42 (19.63%) DNS
12 39 (18.22%) CCNP
13 38 (17.76%) CCNA
13 38 (17.76%) CheckPoint
14 37 (17.29%) F5
15 35 (16.36%) Palo Alto
16 34 (15.89%) VPN
16 34 (15.89%) Microsoft
17 32 (14.95%) Linux
17 32 (14.95%) SC Cleared
18 30 (14.02%) Data Centre
19 29 (13.55%) Juniper
20 28 (13.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
20 28 (13.08%) Security Architecture
21 27 (12.62%) ITIL
22 26 (12.15%) TCP/IP
22 26 (12.15%) DHCP
22 26 (12.15%) Information Security
22 26 (12.15%) AWS

Network Security
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding 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 5 (2.34%) Confluence
1 5 (2.34%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.87%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (1.40%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (0.93%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.47%) Apache
5 1 (0.47%) CMS
5 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.47%) nginx
5 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.47%) WordPress
Applications
1 13 (6.07%) Microsoft Excel
1 13 (6.07%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.34%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.40%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 50 (23.36%) Azure
2 26 (12.15%) AWS
3 25 (11.68%) SaaS
4 16 (7.48%) Office 365
5 15 (7.01%) PaaS
6 14 (6.54%) IaaS
7 13 (6.07%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (3.74%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (3.27%) Serverless
10 4 (1.87%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (1.87%) GCP
10 4 (1.87%) GitHub
11 3 (1.40%) Azure Functions
11 3 (1.40%) Google Analytics
11 3 (1.40%) Slack
12 2 (0.93%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
13 1 (0.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 1 (0.47%) Azure Stack
13 1 (0.47%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 117 (54.67%) Firewall
2 56 (26.17%) LAN
3 53 (24.77%) WAN
4 42 (19.63%) DNS
5 34 (15.89%) VPN
6 26 (12.15%) DHCP
6 26 (12.15%) TCP/IP
7 20 (9.35%) Cisco ASA
8 19 (8.88%) OSPF
8 19 (8.88%) Wi-Fi
9 18 (8.41%) BGP
9 18 (8.41%) Internet
9 18 (8.41%) Wireless
9 18 (8.41%) X.509
10 17 (7.94%) Cisco Nexus
11 15 (7.01%) SSL
12 14 (6.54%) IPsec
12 14 (6.54%) MPLS
12 14 (6.54%) VoIP
13 12 (5.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.27%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (1.87%) Big Data
2 4 (1.87%) MySQL
3 3 (1.40%) Cosmos DB
3 3 (1.40%) MongoDB
3 3 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.93%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.93%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 5 (2.34%) Jenkins
1 5 (2.34%) JIRA
2 3 (1.40%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.40%) Robot Framework
2 3 (1.40%) TestRail
3 1 (0.47%) AppScan
3 1 (0.47%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.47%) Paros
3 1 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 21 (9.81%) Banking
2 19 (8.88%) Finance
3 15 (7.01%) Telecoms
4 14 (6.54%) Public Sector
5 10 (4.67%) Legal
6 5 (2.34%) Retail
7 4 (1.87%) Back Office
8 2 (0.93%) Fire and Rescue
8 2 (0.93%) Law
8 2 (0.93%) Military
8 2 (0.93%) Police
9 1 (0.47%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.47%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 82 (38.32%) Network Engineer
2 65 (30.37%) Security Engineer
3 44 (20.56%) Network Security Engineer
4 37 (17.29%) Architect
5 26 (12.15%) Security Architect
6 25 (11.68%) Consultant
7 20 (9.35%) Security Consultant
8 14 (6.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (5.61%) Analyst
10 8 (3.74%) Network Consultant
10 8 (3.74%) Security Specialist
11 7 (3.27%) Azure Engineer
11 7 (3.27%) Designer
11 7 (3.27%) Security Analyst
11 7 (3.27%) Security Designer
11 7 (3.27%) Support Engineer
12 6 (2.80%) Cisco Engineer
12 6 (2.80%) Cloud Architect
12 6 (2.80%) Cloud Engineer
12 6 (2.80%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (9.81%) SAML
2 5 (2.34%) 802.1X
3 4 (1.87%) LDAP
3 4 (1.87%) Middleware
3 4 (1.87%) Web Services
4 3 (1.40%) SOAP
4 3 (1.40%) YAML
5 2 (0.93%) AngularJS
5 2 (0.93%) Django
5 2 (0.93%) GraphQL
5 2 (0.93%) Node.js
5 2 (0.93%) REST
5 2 (0.93%) RESTful
5 2 (0.93%) Spring
5 2 (0.93%) XML
6 1 (0.47%) Ajax
6 1 (0.47%) jQuery
6 1 (0.47%) Laravel
6 1 (0.47%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.47%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.02%) Data Centre
2 15 (7.01%) Management Information System
2 15 (7.01%) PKI
2 15 (7.01%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (5.14%) Video Conferencing
5 7 (3.27%) Cyberthreat
5 7 (3.27%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.80%) Private Cloud
7 4 (1.87%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (1.40%) Blog
8 3 (1.40%) CMDB
8 3 (1.40%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
9 2 (0.93%) NHS
9 2 (0.93%) N-Tier
9 2 (0.93%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.47%) Cyberattack
10 1 (0.47%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 43 (20.09%) Windows
2 32 (14.95%) Linux
3 11 (5.14%) Windows Server
4 9 (4.21%) Mac OS
5 5 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (1.87%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.40%) CentOS
8 2 (0.93%) CatOS
8 2 (0.93%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.93%) Unix
9 1 (0.47%) Android
9 1 (0.47%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.47%) Solaris
9 1 (0.47%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.47%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (23.36%) SIEM
2 45 (21.03%) Cybersecurity
3 28 (13.08%) Security Architecture
4 27 (12.62%) ITIL
5 26 (12.15%) Information Security
6 24 (11.21%) DevOps
7 22 (10.28%) Network Design
8 20 (9.35%) Data Security
9 19 (8.88%) Load Balancing
10 18 (8.41%) Change Management
10 18 (8.41%) Penetration Testing
10 18 (8.41%) Server Hardening
11 17 (7.94%) Problem-Solving
12 16 (7.48%) Migration
13 15 (7.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 13 (6.07%) Architectural Design
14 13 (6.07%) Enterprise Architecture
14 13 (6.07%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 12 (5.61%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (5.61%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (8.41%) Python
2 11 (5.14%) PowerShell
2 11 (5.14%) SQL
3 7 (3.27%) Bash Shell
4 6 (2.80%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.34%) C
5 5 (2.34%) PHP
5 5 (2.34%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.40%) Java
6 3 (1.40%) Perl
7 2 (0.93%) Solidity
7 2 (0.93%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.47%) C++
8 1 (0.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 66 (30.84%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (22.43%) Security Cleared
3 39 (18.22%) CCNP
4 38 (17.76%) CCNA
5 32 (14.95%) SC Cleared
6 25 (11.68%) CISSP
7 12 (5.61%) Degree
8 11 (5.14%) CCIE
8 11 (5.14%) CCSP
8 11 (5.14%) DV Cleared
9 9 (4.21%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 8 (3.74%) CISM
11 7 (3.27%) CCDP
12 6 (2.80%) JNCIA
12 6 (2.80%) JNCIP
12 6 (2.80%) JNCIS
12 6 (2.80%) SANS
13 5 (2.34%) BC Cleared
13 5 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (2.34%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (13.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (4.21%) QA
3 8 (3.74%) GDPR
3 8 (3.74%) NIST
4 5 (2.34%) SLA
5 4 (1.87%) NCSC
6 3 (1.40%) AICPA
6 3 (1.40%) COBIT
7 2 (0.93%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (26.64%) Active Directory
2 16 (7.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (4.21%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (4.21%) vSphere
4 6 (2.80%) ProxySG
4 6 (2.80%) VMware NSX
5 5 (2.34%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (1.87%) NFS
6 4 (1.87%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.93%) vCloud
8 1 (0.47%) Docker
8 1 (0.47%) Firmware
8 1 (0.47%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.47%) Snort
Systems Management
1 11 (5.14%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 8 (3.74%) FortiGate
3 4 (1.87%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (1.87%) Nexpose
3 4 (1.87%) QRadar
3 4 (1.87%) Single Sign-On
3 4 (1.87%) Terraform
3 4 (1.87%) vRealize
4 3 (1.40%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.93%) Ansible
5 2 (0.93%) Forum Sentry
5 2 (0.93%) SCCM
6 1 (0.47%) CA Spectrum
6 1 (0.47%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.47%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.47%) Kibana
6 1 (0.47%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.47%) logstash
6 1 (0.47%) OSSEC
6 1 (0.47%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 86 (40.19%) Cisco
2 38 (17.76%) CheckPoint
3 37 (17.29%) F5
4 35 (16.36%) Palo Alto
5 34 (15.89%) Microsoft
6 29 (13.55%) Juniper
7 23 (10.75%) VMware
8 16 (7.48%) Fortinet
9 13 (6.07%) Meraki
10 10 (4.67%) Blue Coat
10 10 (4.67%) SolarWinds
11 7 (3.27%) HP
12 6 (2.80%) Citrix
12 6 (2.80%) Red Hat
13 5 (2.34%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 5 (2.34%) Aruba
13 5 (2.34%) CA
13 5 (2.34%) LogRhythm
14 4 (1.87%) Atlassian
14 4 (1.87%) Infoblox