Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 October 2019 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 215 227 241
Rank change year-on-year +12 +14 -87
Contract jobs citing Network Security 538 635 518
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.17% 1.16% 0.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.66% 7.95% 6.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 356 344
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £288 £284 £296
90th Percentile £600 £606 £621
UK median daily rate £450 £475 £455
% change year-on-year -5.26% +4.40% +13.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 25 8
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.50 £16.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.46% +96.05% -55.79%
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.10 £13.00
90th Percentile £61.50 £52.45 £47.20
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £32.50 £33.80
% change year-on-year +36.92% -3.85% -13.33%

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 7,026 7,990 8,179
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.28% 14.56% 15.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,033 4,360 4,676
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £193 £200 £175
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 520 575
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -1.30% -23.00%
10th Percentile £12.74 £12.20 £11.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +50.00% - -20.83%

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Network Security as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Network Security in the UK excluding London

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Security in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor 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 17 October 2019. 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
South East +30 225 £425 -8.11% 56
North of England 0 95 £400 -5.82% 27
South West -12 78 £450 -8.86% 38
North West +25 51 £425 -2.86% 18
Scotland +29 44 £550 +7.32% 8
Midlands +36 42 £363 -23.68% 38
East of England +12 42 £450 +5.88% 15
Yorkshire +23 35 £407 -18.70% 6
East Midlands +34 22 £325 -45.83% 10
West Midlands +22 20 £475 -9.09% 28
Wales +13 12 £313 -39.02% 6
North East -6 9 £325 - 3
Northern Ireland -2 1 £313 -
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 306 (56.88%) Firewall
2 276 (51.30%) Cisco
3 189 (35.13%) Cisco Certification
4 148 (27.51%) CCNP
5 138 (25.65%) LAN
6 136 (25.28%) WAN
7 120 (22.30%) CheckPoint
8 116 (21.56%) CCNA
9 115 (21.38%) Palo Alto
10 104 (19.33%) Data Centre
11 91 (16.91%) DNS
12 86 (15.99%) F5
13 85 (15.80%) Azure
14 83 (15.43%) Cybersecurity
15 76 (14.13%) Security Cleared
16 72 (13.38%) Information Security
17 71 (13.20%) VPN
18 70 (13.01%) TCP/IP
19 69 (12.83%) Juniper
20 68 (12.64%) Windows
21 64 (11.90%) ITIL
21 64 (11.90%) Microsoft
21 64 (11.90%) Load Balancing
22 62 (11.52%) OSPF
23 58 (10.78%) Telecoms
23 58 (10.78%) BGP
24 57 (10.59%) Wireless
25 56 (10.41%) VMware
25 56 (10.41%) Active Directory
26 55 (10.22%) VoIP

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 14 (2.60%) SharePoint
2 12 (2.23%) Skype for Business
3 11 (2.04%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.67%) OpenStack
5 8 (1.49%) IBM Domino
6 2 (0.37%) Apache
6 2 (0.37%) IIS
7 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.19%) Confluence
7 1 (0.19%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.19%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.19%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.19%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 12 (2.23%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.49%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 85 (15.80%) Azure
2 38 (7.06%) AWS
3 26 (4.83%) SaaS
4 24 (4.46%) IaaS
5 23 (4.28%) Office 365
6 17 (3.16%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (2.79%) PaaS
8 12 (2.23%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 9 (1.67%) GitHub
10 7 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
10 7 (1.30%) G Suite
10 7 (1.30%) GCP
11 3 (0.56%) Serverless
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon ECS
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.37%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.37%) Azure Stack
12 2 (0.37%) CloudFront
12 2 (0.37%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 306 (56.88%) Firewall
2 138 (25.65%) LAN
3 136 (25.28%) WAN
4 91 (16.91%) DNS
5 71 (13.20%) VPN
6 70 (13.01%) TCP/IP
7 62 (11.52%) OSPF
8 58 (10.78%) BGP
9 57 (10.59%) Wireless
10 55 (10.22%) VoIP
11 52 (9.67%) Cisco ASA
12 42 (7.81%) DHCP
12 42 (7.81%) MPLS
13 33 (6.13%) SSL
14 32 (5.95%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 32 (5.95%) Internet
15 31 (5.76%) Intrusion Detection
16 30 (5.58%) Unified Communications
17 29 (5.39%) Cisco Nexus
17 29 (5.39%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.79%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.56%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (0.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.37%) Big Data
3 2 (0.37%) MS Access
3 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.19%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.19%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.19%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.19%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.19%) MySQL
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.19%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 11 (2.04%) Git (software)
1 11 (2.04%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.93%) Bitbucket
2 5 (0.93%) GitLab
2 5 (0.93%) Travis CI
3 3 (0.56%) SonarQube
4 2 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (0.37%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.37%) MSI
4 2 (0.37%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.19%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.19%) JIRA
5 1 (0.19%) Maven
5 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 58 (10.78%) Telecoms
2 41 (7.62%) Finance
3 24 (4.46%) Banking
4 23 (4.28%) Public Sector
5 13 (2.42%) Legal
6 7 (1.30%) Retail
7 4 (0.74%) Advertising
7 4 (0.74%) Local Government
8 3 (0.56%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.37%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.19%) Electronics
10 1 (0.19%) Games
10 1 (0.19%) International Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Marketing
10 1 (0.19%) Military
Job Titles
1 218 (40.52%) Network Engineer
2 131 (24.35%) Security Engineer
3 107 (19.89%) Architect
4 102 (18.96%) Network Security Engineer
5 61 (11.34%) Security Architect
6 46 (8.55%) Network Architect
7 41 (7.62%) Cisco Engineer
8 40 (7.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 37 (6.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 35 (6.51%) Consultant
11 31 (5.76%) Analyst
12 24 (4.46%) Cloud Architect
12 24 (4.46%) Network Security Architect
13 21 (3.90%) Security Consultant
14 17 (3.16%) Cisco Security Engineer
14 17 (3.16%) Firewall Engineer
15 14 (2.60%) Network Analyst
15 14 (2.60%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
15 14 (2.60%) Network Support
16 13 (2.42%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.79%) LDAP
2 13 (2.42%) .NET
3 12 (2.23%) Web Services
4 9 (1.67%) .NET Core
4 9 (1.67%) ASP.NET Web API
4 9 (1.67%) Regular Expression
4 9 (1.67%) SOAP
5 8 (1.49%) .NET Framework
5 8 (1.49%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 8 (1.49%) CSS
5 8 (1.49%) CSS3
5 8 (1.49%) HTML
5 8 (1.49%) jQuery
6 6 (1.12%) SAML
7 4 (0.74%) 802.1X
8 3 (0.56%) LAMP
9 2 (0.37%) XML
10 1 (0.19%) ADO
10 1 (0.19%) J2EE
10 1 (0.19%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 104 (19.33%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.39%) Management Information System
3 22 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (3.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 14 (2.60%) Public Cloud
6 12 (2.23%) Hybrid Cloud
6 12 (2.23%) PKI
7 10 (1.86%) Driving Licence
7 10 (1.86%) Linux Command Line
7 10 (1.86%) Replication
8 6 (1.12%) N-Tier
9 5 (0.93%) CESG
9 5 (0.93%) Cyber Defence
9 5 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
9 5 (0.93%) NHS
9 5 (0.93%) RSA SecurID
9 5 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
10 4 (0.74%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.74%) SCADA
10 4 (0.74%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 68 (12.64%) Windows
2 51 (9.48%) Linux
3 42 (7.81%) Windows Server
4 16 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (2.23%) Unix
6 11 (2.04%) Windows 10
7 9 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (1.12%) Windows 7
8 6 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.74%) CentOS
9 4 (0.74%) VMS
10 3 (0.56%) Check Point GAiA
10 3 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.19%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.19%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.19%) Solaris
11 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (15.43%) Cybersecurity
2 72 (13.38%) Information Security
3 64 (11.90%) ITIL
3 64 (11.90%) Load Balancing
4 54 (10.04%) Security Architecture
5 52 (9.67%) SIEM
6 47 (8.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 40 (7.43%) Migration
8 38 (7.06%) Change Management
8 38 (7.06%) Network Design
9 35 (6.51%) Network Monitoring
10 34 (6.32%) Disaster Recovery
11 32 (5.95%) Network Management
11 32 (5.95%) Service Delivery
12 30 (5.58%) Agile Software Development
12 30 (5.58%) DevOps
13 29 (5.39%) Cryptography
14 28 (5.20%) Problem-Solving
15 27 (5.02%) Project Delivery
16 26 (4.83%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (3.72%) PowerShell
2 16 (2.97%) Python
3 13 (2.42%) JavaScript
4 12 (2.23%) C
5 10 (1.86%) C#
6 8 (1.49%) Java
6 8 (1.49%) T-SQL
7 6 (1.12%) C++
8 5 (0.93%) Bash Shell
8 5 (0.93%) Perl
8 5 (0.93%) SQL
9 2 (0.37%) PHP
9 2 (0.37%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.19%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.19%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 189 (35.13%) Cisco Certification
2 148 (27.51%) CCNP
3 116 (21.56%) CCNA
4 76 (14.13%) Security Cleared
5 50 (9.29%) CISSP
6 46 (8.55%) SC Cleared
7 43 (7.99%) CCIE
8 38 (7.06%) DV Cleared
9 30 (5.58%) Degree
10 29 (5.39%) CCSE
11 26 (4.83%) CCSA
12 22 (4.09%) CCDP
13 20 (3.72%) CISM
14 14 (2.60%) Check Point Certification
15 13 (2.42%) CCIP
16 12 (2.23%) BPSS Clearance
17 11 (2.04%) TOGAF Certification
18 9 (1.67%) CRISC
18 9 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
19 7 (1.30%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (7.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (3.53%) PCI DSS
3 17 (3.16%) GDPR
4 13 (2.42%) NIST
4 13 (2.42%) SLA
5 10 (1.86%) QA
6 9 (1.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (1.49%) PMO
8 4 (0.74%) NCSC
9 2 (0.37%) COBIT
9 2 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.19%) FedRAMP
10 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.19%) RMADS
System Software
1 56 (10.41%) Active Directory
2 40 (7.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (3.53%) VMware NSX
4 14 (2.60%) Hyper-V
5 10 (1.86%) vSphere
6 9 (1.67%) Docker
7 8 (1.49%) Snort
7 8 (1.49%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (1.12%) ProxySG
9 4 (0.74%) Firmware
9 4 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.56%) KVM
11 2 (0.37%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.37%) iptables
11 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.37%) XenApp
12 1 (0.19%) NFS
12 1 (0.19%) Postfix
12 1 (0.19%) Samba
12 1 (0.19%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 17 (3.16%) Nessus
2 16 (2.97%) Ansible
3 15 (2.79%) SCCM
4 14 (2.60%) FortiGate
5 8 (1.49%) Puppet
5 8 (1.49%) vRealize
6 7 (1.30%) Cisco CUCM
6 7 (1.30%) QRadar
6 7 (1.30%) vCenter Server
7 6 (1.12%) Kubernetes
8 5 (0.93%) Nagios
8 5 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (0.93%) Terraform
9 4 (0.74%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 4 (0.74%) SCOM
10 3 (0.56%) HAProxy
10 3 (0.56%) Nexpose
10 3 (0.56%) PowerCLI
10 3 (0.56%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.37%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 276 (51.30%) Cisco
2 120 (22.30%) CheckPoint
3 115 (21.38%) Palo Alto
4 86 (15.99%) F5
5 69 (12.83%) Juniper
6 64 (11.90%) Microsoft
7 56 (10.41%) VMware
8 37 (6.88%) Fortinet
9 29 (5.39%) Citrix
10 27 (5.02%) McAfee
11 26 (4.83%) Meraki
12 20 (3.72%) SolarWinds
13 18 (3.35%) Blue Coat
14 16 (2.97%) Dell
15 14 (2.60%) Extreme Networks
16 13 (2.42%) Symantec
16 13 (2.42%) Zscaler
17 12 (2.23%) Riverbed
18 11 (2.04%) Alcatel-Lucent
18 11 (2.04%) Avaya