Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 215 237 239
Rank change year-on-year +22 +2 -78
Contract jobs citing Network Security 594 567 492
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.22% 1.07% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.50% 7.50% 6.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 375 333
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +11.76% +13.33%
10th Percentile £250 £313 £300
90th Percentile £588 £625 £550
UK median daily rate £458 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -3.68% +5.56% +13.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 7 6
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £24.00 £31.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.54% -24.13% -15.65%
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.60 £17.02
90th Percentile £54.25 £44.40 £49.75
UK median hourly rate £26.75 £24.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +11.46% -52.00% +31.58%

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 6,989 7,558 7,747
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.37% 14.24% 15.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,100 4,267 4,439
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £391 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +1.44% +2.67%
10th Percentile £199 £200 £200
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 424 549 598
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.72 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.46% - -29.76%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.19 £10.99
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.06 £19.90
% change year-on-year +10.18% -4.22% -23.46%

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 24 June 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 +18 230 £438 -7.89% 26
North of England +26 118 £425 - 8
South West -11 66 £450 -10.00% 5
Scotland +43 60 £550 +10.00% 2
East of England +14 58 £500 +17.65% 10
Midlands +15 54 £325 -31.58% 12
Yorkshire +24 47 £434 +4.52% 2
North West -3 45 £475 +11.76% 6
East Midlands +36 32 £260 -42.22% 2
North East +25 26 £325 -48.00%
West Midlands -10 22 £500 +9.59% 10
Wales -2 8 £450 +2.86%
Network Security
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 313 (52.69%) Firewall
2 296 (49.83%) Cisco
3 213 (35.86%) Cisco Certification
4 157 (26.43%) WAN
5 155 (26.09%) CCNP
6 153 (25.76%) CheckPoint
7 148 (24.92%) LAN
8 125 (21.04%) CCNA
9 121 (20.37%) F5
10 112 (18.86%) Palo Alto
11 102 (17.17%) Data Centre
12 89 (14.98%) VPN
13 83 (13.97%) Security Cleared
14 82 (13.80%) Juniper
15 78 (13.13%) Telecoms
16 76 (12.79%) Finance
16 76 (12.79%) Windows
17 75 (12.63%) Microsoft
17 75 (12.63%) Load Balancing
18 74 (12.46%) DNS
18 74 (12.46%) ITIL
19 71 (11.95%) Microsoft Azure
20 66 (11.11%) Linux
21 64 (10.77%) Amazon AWS
21 64 (10.77%) Cybersecurity
22 60 (10.10%) Security Architecture
22 60 (10.10%) MPLS
23 59 (9.93%) Information Security
23 59 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
23 59 (9.93%) Cisco ASA

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 21 (3.54%) MS Exchange
2 12 (2.02%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.35%) IBM Domino
4 5 (0.84%) IIS
5 4 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (0.67%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.51%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.34%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.17%) Confluence
8 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.17%) GroupWise
8 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 13 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.84%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.51%) Windchill
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.17%) Open Workbench
Cloud Services
1 71 (11.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 64 (10.77%) Amazon AWS
3 27 (4.55%) Office 365
4 9 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (1.52%) IaaS
4 9 (1.52%) SaaS
5 8 (1.35%) GitHub
6 7 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (1.18%) G Suite
7 6 (1.01%) PaaS
8 5 (0.84%) Amazon ECS
8 5 (0.84%) Serverless
9 4 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.51%) Azure Stack
10 3 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.34%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 2 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.34%) Azure Functions
11 2 (0.34%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 313 (52.69%) Firewall
2 157 (26.43%) WAN
3 148 (24.92%) LAN
4 89 (14.98%) VPN
5 74 (12.46%) DNS
6 60 (10.10%) MPLS
7 59 (9.93%) Cisco ASA
8 58 (9.76%) OSPF
9 57 (9.60%) BGP
9 57 (9.60%) Wireless
10 52 (8.75%) TCP/IP
11 49 (8.25%) VoIP
12 42 (7.07%) Cisco Nexus
13 40 (6.73%) VLAN
14 37 (6.23%) DHCP
15 36 (6.06%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 35 (5.89%) SSL
17 34 (5.72%) Wi-Fi
18 30 (5.05%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
19 26 (4.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (2.69%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.51%) Big Data
2 3 (0.51%) Hadoop
2 3 (0.51%) MS Access
3 2 (0.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.34%) GIS
3 2 (0.34%) NonStop SQL
3 2 (0.34%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.17%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 11 (1.85%) Jenkins
2 10 (1.68%) Git (software)
3 8 (1.35%) GitLab
4 7 (1.18%) JIRA
5 5 (0.84%) Bitbucket
5 5 (0.84%) Travis CI
6 3 (0.51%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.51%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.51%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.34%) Hudson
7 2 (0.34%) MSI
7 2 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.17%) IBM UrbanCode
8 1 (0.17%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.17%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.17%) SonarQube
General
1 78 (13.13%) Telecoms
2 76 (12.79%) Finance
3 24 (4.04%) Retail
4 22 (3.70%) Banking
5 13 (2.19%) Legal
6 7 (1.18%) Advertising
7 5 (0.84%) German Language
8 4 (0.67%) Billing
8 4 (0.67%) Electronics
8 4 (0.67%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.67%) Marketing
8 4 (0.67%) Military
9 3 (0.51%) Games
10 2 (0.34%) French Language
10 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.17%) Local Government
11 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 185 (31.14%) Network Engineer
2 106 (17.85%) Architect
3 95 (15.99%) Security Engineer
4 65 (10.94%) Network Security Engineer
5 64 (10.77%) Security Architect
6 59 (9.93%) Network Architect
7 50 (8.42%) Cisco Engineer
8 46 (7.74%) Consultant
9 44 (7.41%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 41 (6.90%) Network Security Architect
11 29 (4.88%) Security Consultant
12 28 (4.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 24 (4.04%) Network Consultant
14 23 (3.87%) Project Manager
15 22 (3.70%) Analyst
16 20 (3.37%) Designer
16 20 (3.37%) Firewall Engineer
17 19 (3.20%) Design Engineer
17 19 (3.20%) Security Manager
18 15 (2.53%) Network Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.86%) Web Services
2 13 (2.19%) LDAP
3 12 (2.02%) .NET
4 9 (1.52%) 802.1X
4 9 (1.52%) HTML
4 9 (1.52%) jQuery
4 9 (1.52%) Regular Expression
5 7 (1.18%) .NET Core
5 7 (1.18%) .NET Framework
5 7 (1.18%) ASP.NET Web API
5 7 (1.18%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 7 (1.18%) CSS
5 7 (1.18%) CSS3
5 7 (1.18%) SOAP
6 4 (0.67%) Middleware
7 3 (0.51%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.51%) React
7 3 (0.51%) Spring
7 3 (0.51%) WAP
8 2 (0.34%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 102 (17.17%) Data Centre
2 32 (5.39%) Management Information System
3 20 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (3.03%) PKI
5 14 (2.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 11 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
7 9 (1.52%) Public Cloud
8 8 (1.35%) Driving Licence
8 8 (1.35%) SCADA
9 7 (1.18%) CESG
9 7 (1.18%) Fibre Optics
10 5 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
10 5 (0.84%) Security Operations Centre
10 5 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.67%) Blackberry
11 4 (0.67%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (0.67%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (0.67%) TM Forum
12 3 (0.51%) Cyberthreat
12 3 (0.51%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 76 (12.79%) Windows
2 66 (11.11%) Linux
3 41 (6.90%) Windows Server
4 22 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (2.86%) Unix
6 15 (2.53%) Windows 10
7 11 (1.85%) Windows 7
8 8 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.67%) Solaris
11 4 (0.67%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.34%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.17%) Android
13 1 (0.17%) CentOS
13 1 (0.17%) Check Point GAiA
13 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (12.63%) Load Balancing
2 74 (12.46%) ITIL
3 64 (10.77%) Cybersecurity
4 60 (10.10%) Security Architecture
5 59 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
5 59 (9.93%) Information Security
6 53 (8.92%) Network Design
7 51 (8.59%) Migration
8 46 (7.74%) Project Management
9 40 (6.73%) Network Management
10 39 (6.57%) DevOps
10 39 (6.57%) Service Delivery
10 39 (6.57%) SIEM
11 36 (6.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 32 (5.39%) Stakeholder Management
13 29 (4.88%) Disaster Recovery
14 28 (4.71%) Problem-Solving
14 28 (4.71%) Risk Management
15 27 (4.55%) Cryptography
15 27 (4.55%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (5.22%) Python
2 28 (4.71%) PowerShell
3 13 (2.19%) C#
4 12 (2.02%) Java
4 12 (2.02%) JavaScript
5 11 (1.85%) Bash Shell
6 10 (1.68%) C
7 9 (1.52%) C++
7 9 (1.52%) Perl
8 7 (1.18%) SQL
8 7 (1.18%) T-SQL
9 4 (0.67%) PHP
10 3 (0.51%) Apple Swift
10 3 (0.51%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.34%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.17%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.17%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 213 (35.86%) Cisco Certification
2 155 (26.09%) CCNP
3 125 (21.04%) CCNA
4 83 (13.97%) Security Cleared
5 47 (7.91%) SC Cleared
6 46 (7.74%) CISSP
6 46 (7.74%) Degree
7 35 (5.89%) CCSA
8 34 (5.72%) CCIE
9 33 (5.56%) DV Cleared
10 32 (5.39%) CCSE
11 20 (3.37%) Check Point Certification
11 20 (3.37%) Microsoft Certification
12 17 (2.86%) CISM
13 16 (2.69%) MCSE
14 14 (2.36%) CCDP
15 13 (2.19%) JNCIP
16 10 (1.68%) JNCIA
17 9 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
17 9 (1.52%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 26 (4.38%) GDPR
3 18 (3.03%) PMO
3 18 (3.03%) SLA
4 10 (1.68%) NIST
4 10 (1.68%) PCI DSS
5 7 (1.18%) Cyber Essentials
6 6 (1.01%) QA
7 4 (0.67%) COBIT
8 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 3 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.34%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.17%) FedRAMP
10 1 (0.17%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.17%) RMADS
System Software
1 56 (9.43%) Active Directory
2 27 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (2.69%) Hyper-V
4 15 (2.53%) VMware NSX
5 11 (1.85%) Virtual Desktop
6 9 (1.52%) Docker
7 8 (1.35%) Firmware
7 8 (1.35%) ProxySG
7 8 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (1.01%) Snort
8 6 (1.01%) vSphere
9 4 (0.67%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (0.67%) XenApp
10 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.34%) Samba
12 1 (0.17%) KVM
12 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (3.70%) SCCM
2 21 (3.54%) Ansible
3 16 (2.69%) Nessus
4 14 (2.36%) Terraform
5 13 (2.19%) FortiGate
6 12 (2.02%) Cisco CUCM
7 10 (1.68%) SCOM
8 8 (1.35%) Kubernetes
8 8 (1.35%) Puppet
9 7 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (1.01%) SCVMM
11 5 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (0.84%) WSUS
12 3 (0.51%) Cisco UCCX
12 3 (0.51%) Nagios
12 3 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
13 2 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 2 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
13 2 (0.34%) OpenNMS
13 2 (0.34%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 296 (49.83%) Cisco
2 153 (25.76%) CheckPoint
3 121 (20.37%) F5
4 112 (18.86%) Palo Alto
5 82 (13.80%) Juniper
6 75 (12.63%) Microsoft
7 50 (8.42%) VMware
8 32 (5.39%) Citrix
9 30 (5.05%) Blue Coat
10 21 (3.54%) McAfee
11 20 (3.37%) SolarWinds
12 18 (3.03%) Fortinet
13 16 (2.69%) Dell
13 16 (2.69%) Meraki
13 16 (2.69%) Red Hat
14 15 (2.53%) HP
14 15 (2.53%) Riverbed
15 12 (2.02%) Zscaler
16 11 (1.85%) IBM
16 11 (1.85%) Splunk