Period
to 18 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

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 Engineer
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 380 386 358
Rank change year-on-year +6 -28 +67
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 304 260 358
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.55% 0.50% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.52% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 128 209
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £314 £313 £284
90th Percentile £525 £575 £530
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 2
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +28.57% +45.83%
10th Percentile £42.35 £40.18 £30.35
90th Percentile £122.05 £57.10 £39.65
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% +28.57% +29.63%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 52,023 49,647 56,397
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 95.04% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,731 30,266 34,697
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £240 £225 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £544
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,455 2,258 2,661
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +1.84% +1.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.23
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.00 £45.25
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.28
% change year-on-year -3.74% +2.33% +1.58%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Security Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in the UK excluding London

Security Engineer
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 Security Engineer in the UK excluding London.

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

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

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

Security Engineer
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 Security Engineer in the UK excluding London.

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

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK excluding London

Security Engineer
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 Security Engineer within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 October 2018. 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 +3 86 £450 -8.86% 38
North of England -12 64 £425 +13.33% 30
East of England +16 47 £364 +2.11% 22
Scotland -38 45 £513 +28.13% 10
North West -9 38 £425 +6.25% 20
South West -9 34 £513 +25.00% 23
Midlands -5 27 £360 -4.00% 24
Yorkshire -9 24 £415 +32.80% 8
West Midlands -13 17 £360 -2.70% 12
East Midlands +11 10 £325 -16.13% 12
Wales -13 4 £513 +156.25% 6
North East -3 2 £360 - 2
Security Engineer
UK

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, Security Engineer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Security Engineer in the job title.

1 146 (48.03%) Network Security
2 139 (45.72%) Firewall
3 112 (36.84%) Cisco
4 88 (28.95%) CheckPoint
5 63 (20.72%) Cisco Certification
6 62 (20.39%) Finance
7 57 (18.75%) Windows
8 53 (17.43%) Cybersecurity
9 50 (16.45%) Juniper
10 48 (15.79%) Banking
11 46 (15.13%) CCNP
12 42 (13.82%) Agile Software Development
13 40 (13.16%) LAN
13 40 (13.16%) Palo Alto
14 39 (12.83%) Security Cleared
15 38 (12.50%) Linux
16 37 (12.17%) WAN
17 36 (11.84%) Cisco ASA
18 35 (11.51%) Microsoft Azure
18 35 (11.51%) F5
18 35 (11.51%) Cryptography
19 34 (11.18%) VPN
20 33 (10.86%) PKI
20 33 (10.86%) SC Cleared
21 31 (10.20%) Data Centre
22 30 (9.87%) Continuous Improvement
23 29 (9.54%) Active Directory
24 27 (8.88%) Microsoft
24 27 (8.88%) CCSA
25 26 (8.55%) Information Security

Security Engineer Skill Set
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 4 (1.32%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.99%) CICS
2 3 (0.99%) MQSeries
2 3 (0.99%) SAS
3 2 (0.66%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.33%) Apache
4 1 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.33%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.33%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.33%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (1.32%) MS Visio
2 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 35 (11.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (7.57%) IaaS
3 21 (6.91%) SaaS
4 20 (6.58%) Amazon AWS
5 19 (6.25%) PaaS
6 12 (3.95%) Office 365
7 9 (2.96%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.99%) Fastly
9 2 (0.66%) GitHub
9 2 (0.66%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.33%) Akamai
10 1 (0.33%) HP Helion
10 1 (0.33%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.33%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 146 (48.03%) Network Security
2 139 (45.72%) Firewall
3 40 (13.16%) LAN
4 37 (12.17%) WAN
5 36 (11.84%) Cisco ASA
6 34 (11.18%) VPN
7 26 (8.55%) Cisco Nexus
8 25 (8.22%) OSPF
8 25 (8.22%) TCP/IP
9 24 (7.89%) BGP
9 24 (7.89%) Cisco Firepower
10 21 (6.91%) Cisco ISE
11 18 (5.92%) Internet
12 14 (4.61%) Cisco IOS
13 12 (3.95%) Wireless
14 11 (3.62%) IPsec
14 11 (3.62%) NX-OS
14 11 (3.62%) Wi-Fi
15 10 (3.29%) MPLS
15 10 (3.29%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.29%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.32%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.99%) DB2
3 3 (0.99%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.66%) ArangoDB
4 2 (0.66%) Big Data
4 2 (0.66%) Neo4j
4 2 (0.66%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
1 8 (2.63%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (0.99%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.33%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.33%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.33%) JIRA
4 1 (0.33%) Selenium
4 1 (0.33%) SoapUI
General
1 62 (20.39%) Finance
2 48 (15.79%) Banking
3 14 (4.61%) Law
4 9 (2.96%) Retail
5 4 (1.32%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.66%) Automotive
6 2 (0.66%) Legal
6 2 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.66%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.33%) Electronics
7 1 (0.33%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.33%) Games
7 1 (0.33%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.33%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.63%) .NET
2 5 (1.64%) JSON
2 5 (1.64%) XML
3 4 (1.32%) LDAP
3 4 (1.32%) OAuth
3 4 (1.32%) OAuth2
4 3 (0.99%) 802.1X
4 3 (0.99%) ISPF
4 3 (0.99%) Middleware
4 3 (0.99%) REST
4 3 (0.99%) SAML
5 2 (0.66%) Flash
5 2 (0.66%) HTML
5 2 (0.66%) Regular Expression
5 2 (0.66%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.33%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.33%) Kafka
6 1 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.33%) RESTful
6 1 (0.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 33 (10.86%) PKI
2 31 (10.20%) Data Centre
3 19 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (3.29%) Public Cloud
5 7 (2.30%) Driving Licence
6 6 (1.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 6 (1.97%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.64%) Computer Science
7 5 (1.64%) Replication
7 5 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.32%) Cyberattack
8 4 (1.32%) Cyberthreat
8 4 (1.32%) FMCG
8 4 (1.32%) Security Operations Centre
8 4 (1.32%) Wiki
9 3 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.99%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.66%) CESG
10 2 (0.66%) Fintech
10 2 (0.66%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 57 (18.75%) Windows
2 38 (12.50%) Linux
3 21 (6.91%) Windows Server
4 13 (4.28%) Unix
5 12 (3.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (2.96%) Windows 10
7 6 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.99%) CoreOS
8 3 (0.99%) Debian
8 3 (0.99%) zOS
9 2 (0.66%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.33%) Android
10 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.33%) CentOS
10 1 (0.33%) Check Point GAiA
10 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (17.43%) Cybersecurity
2 42 (13.82%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (11.51%) Cryptography
4 30 (9.87%) Continuous Improvement
5 26 (8.55%) Information Security
5 26 (8.55%) ITIL
5 26 (8.55%) Resource Management
5 26 (8.55%) SIEM
6 22 (7.24%) Security Operations
7 17 (5.59%) Vulnerability Management
8 16 (5.26%) Migration
9 15 (4.93%) Data Loss Prevention
10 14 (4.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 14 (4.61%) Kalman Filter
11 12 (3.95%) DevOps
11 12 (3.95%) Load Balancing
12 11 (3.62%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (3.62%) Service Delivery
12 11 (3.62%) Software Engineering
13 10 (3.29%) Programme Delivery
Programming Languages
1 17 (5.59%) Python
2 16 (5.26%) C#
3 15 (4.93%) SQL
4 14 (4.61%) PowerShell
5 11 (3.62%) Java
6 8 (2.63%) T-SQL
7 7 (2.30%) Bash Shell
7 7 (2.30%) C++
8 6 (1.97%) C
8 6 (1.97%) Perl
9 5 (1.64%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.32%) Go
10 4 (1.32%) Scala
11 3 (0.99%) Assembly Language
11 3 (0.99%) CLIST
11 3 (0.99%) JCL
11 3 (0.99%) REXX
12 2 (0.66%) Embedded C
12 2 (0.66%) Embedded C++
12 2 (0.66%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 63 (20.72%) Cisco Certification
2 46 (15.13%) CCNP
3 39 (12.83%) Security Cleared
4 33 (10.86%) SC Cleared
5 27 (8.88%) CCSA
6 25 (8.22%) CCNA
6 25 (8.22%) CISSP
7 21 (6.91%) CCSE
8 19 (6.25%) Check Point Certification
9 15 (4.93%) CCIE
10 13 (4.28%) Degree
11 9 (2.96%) CISM
12 7 (2.30%) BPSS Clearance
12 7 (2.30%) CCIE Security
13 6 (1.97%) DV Cleared
14 5 (1.64%) CCDP
14 5 (1.64%) CISA
14 5 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (1.32%) DBS Check
15 4 (1.32%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.95%) GDPR
2 7 (2.30%) PCI DSS
3 6 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.32%) GPG13
5 3 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.99%) SLA
6 2 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.66%) FINRA
7 1 (0.33%) COBIT
7 1 (0.33%) GAMP
7 1 (0.33%) PSD2
System Software
1 29 (9.54%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.62%) ProxySG
3 8 (2.63%) Docker
4 4 (1.32%) BitLocker
4 4 (1.32%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.99%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 3 (0.99%) RACF
5 3 (0.99%) Time Sharing Option
5 3 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.33%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 22 (7.24%) FortiGate
2 13 (4.28%) WSUS
3 7 (2.30%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.30%) SCCM
4 6 (1.97%) Stealthwatch
4 6 (1.97%) Trend Micro Deep Security
5 5 (1.64%) Ansible
5 5 (1.64%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 4 (1.32%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.99%) Puppet
7 3 (0.99%) Terraform
7 3 (0.99%) zSecure
8 2 (0.66%) Aspera SmartTrack
8 2 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.66%) QRadar
9 1 (0.33%) Iperf
9 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.33%) Nagios
9 1 (0.33%) Nessus
Vendors
1 112 (36.84%) Cisco
2 88 (28.95%) CheckPoint
3 50 (16.45%) Juniper
4 40 (13.16%) Palo Alto
5 35 (11.51%) F5
6 27 (8.88%) Microsoft
7 26 (8.55%) Blue Coat
8 18 (5.92%) McAfee
9 17 (5.59%) Fortinet
10 16 (5.26%) Forcepoint
11 13 (4.28%) Splunk
12 10 (3.29%) CA
12 10 (3.29%) Symantec
13 9 (2.96%) Barracuda Networks
14 7 (2.30%) Citrix
14 7 (2.30%) Meraki
15 6 (1.97%) Sophos
15 6 (1.97%) Tufin
15 6 (1.97%) VMware
16 5 (1.64%) Riverbed