Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 391 381 375
Rank change year-on-year -10 -6 +54
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 292 276 329
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.52% 0.51% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.54% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 148 205
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.82% +6.25% +4.23%
10th Percentile £323 £313 £300
90th Percentile £538 £558 £531
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 4
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.50 £45.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% +57.89% +17.40%
10th Percentile £44.58 £39.60 £21.53
90th Percentile £131.23 £52.50 £40.08
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £46.25 £43.00
% change year-on-year +8.11% +7.56% -3.37%

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 53,175 50,965 53,171
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 95.03% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,817 31,299 32,797
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £223
90th Percentile £575 £560 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,385 2,270 2,649
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.74 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.35% +1.37% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.51 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 -5 92 £450 - 53
North of England +7 61 £425 +13.33% 38
South West -37 42 £513 +14.53% 26
Scotland -29 41 £513 +28.13% 2
North West -4 38 £425 +13.33% 22
East of England +12 36 £363 -26.58% 43
Midlands -10 23 £360 -2.70% 42
Yorkshire -6 21 £415 +1.84% 11
West Midlands -23 16 £360 -1.37% 18
East Midlands +8 7 £450 +17.97% 22
Wales -16 3 £513 - 5
North East -4 2 £360 - 5
Security Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 142 (48.63%) Network Security
2 138 (47.26%) Firewall
3 102 (34.93%) Cisco
4 85 (29.11%) CheckPoint
5 60 (20.55%) Windows
6 59 (20.21%) Finance
7 51 (17.47%) Cisco Certification
8 48 (16.44%) Cybersecurity
9 46 (15.75%) Juniper
10 43 (14.73%) Palo Alto
11 42 (14.38%) Security Cleared
12 41 (14.04%) Cryptography
13 40 (13.70%) CCNP
14 39 (13.36%) LAN
14 39 (13.36%) F5
15 38 (13.01%) Cisco ASA
15 38 (13.01%) Agile Software Development
16 35 (11.99%) Banking
16 35 (11.99%) Active Directory
17 34 (11.64%) WAN
17 34 (11.64%) SC Cleared
18 32 (10.96%) Linux
19 31 (10.62%) Cisco Nexus
20 30 (10.27%) Continuous Improvement
21 29 (9.93%) CISSP
22 28 (9.59%) CCSA
23 27 (9.25%) VPN
23 27 (9.25%) SIEM
23 27 (9.25%) Microsoft Azure
23 27 (9.25%) Amazon AWS

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 5 (1.71%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.37%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.03%) Apache Solr
3 3 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (1.03%) IIS
4 2 (0.68%) Apache
4 2 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.34%) CICS
5 1 (0.34%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.34%) SAS
5 1 (0.34%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (1.03%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 27 (9.25%) Amazon AWS
1 27 (9.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (6.16%) IaaS
3 17 (5.82%) Office 365
4 16 (5.48%) PaaS
4 16 (5.48%) SaaS
5 8 (2.74%) OneDrive
6 4 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (1.03%) Fastly
8 2 (0.68%) GitHub
9 1 (0.34%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 142 (48.63%) Network Security
2 138 (47.26%) Firewall
3 39 (13.36%) LAN
4 38 (13.01%) Cisco ASA
5 34 (11.64%) WAN
6 31 (10.62%) Cisco Nexus
7 27 (9.25%) VPN
8 24 (8.22%) Cisco Firepower
9 23 (7.88%) OSPF
10 21 (7.19%) BGP
11 17 (5.82%) Wireless
12 16 (5.48%) Cisco ISE
12 16 (5.48%) Internet
12 16 (5.48%) NetScaler
12 16 (5.48%) Wi-Fi
13 14 (4.79%) TCP/IP
14 13 (4.45%) Cisco IOS
14 13 (4.45%) NX-OS
15 11 (3.77%) BIG-IP
15 11 (3.77%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.40%) Hadoop
2 6 (2.05%) Big Data
3 5 (1.71%) SQL Server
4 4 (1.37%) Apache Hive
4 4 (1.37%) HBase
4 4 (1.37%) Impala
5 3 (1.03%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (1.03%) Flink
6 2 (0.68%) ArangoDB
6 2 (0.68%) Neo4j
6 2 (0.68%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.34%) DB2
7 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (2.05%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (1.03%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.03%) Subversion
2 3 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.03%) Visual Studio
3 2 (0.68%) Jenkins
General
1 59 (20.21%) Finance
2 35 (11.99%) Banking
3 10 (3.42%) Retail
4 9 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.74%) Law
6 3 (1.03%) Electronics
6 3 (1.03%) Publishing
7 2 (0.68%) Automotive
7 2 (0.68%) Legal
7 2 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.34%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.34%) Marketing
8 1 (0.34%) Military
8 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.37%) JSON
1 4 (1.37%) Kafka
2 3 (1.03%) .NET
2 3 (1.03%) LDAP
2 3 (1.03%) RESTful
2 3 (1.03%) XML
3 2 (0.68%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.68%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (0.68%) Flash
3 2 (0.68%) OAuth
3 2 (0.68%) OpenID
3 2 (0.68%) Regular Expression
3 2 (0.68%) REST
3 2 (0.68%) SailPoint
4 1 (0.34%) EDI
4 1 (0.34%) HTML
4 1 (0.34%) Middleware
4 1 (0.34%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.34%) SOAP
4 1 (0.34%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 27 (9.25%) Data Centre
2 25 (8.56%) PKI
3 13 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.08%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 7 (2.40%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.05%) FMCG
7 4 (1.37%) CESG
7 4 (1.37%) Cyberattack
7 4 (1.37%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.37%) Security Operations Centre
7 4 (1.37%) Wiki
8 3 (1.03%) Cyberthreat
8 3 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.68%) Cloud Native
9 2 (0.68%) DataPower
9 2 (0.68%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (0.68%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.68%) User Experience
10 1 (0.34%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 60 (20.55%) Windows
2 32 (10.96%) Linux
3 22 (7.53%) Windows Server
4 11 (3.77%) Unix
4 11 (3.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (3.08%) Windows 10
6 7 (2.40%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (1.03%) CoreOS
7 3 (1.03%) Debian
8 2 (0.68%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.34%) Android
9 1 (0.34%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.34%) CentOS
9 1 (0.34%) Check Point GAiA
9 1 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.34%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (16.44%) Cybersecurity
2 41 (14.04%) Cryptography
3 38 (13.01%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (10.27%) Continuous Improvement
5 27 (9.25%) SIEM
6 26 (8.90%) Resource Management
7 23 (7.88%) Load Balancing
8 22 (7.53%) Information Security
9 19 (6.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 18 (6.16%) ITIL
11 17 (5.82%) Migration
12 16 (5.48%) Vulnerability Management
13 14 (4.79%) DevOps
14 13 (4.45%) Security Operations
14 13 (4.45%) Service Delivery
15 12 (4.11%) Security Architecture
16 11 (3.77%) Data Loss Prevention
16 11 (3.77%) Threat Intelligence
17 10 (3.42%) Performance Tuning
18 9 (3.08%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 21 (7.19%) Python
2 13 (4.45%) PowerShell
3 8 (2.74%) Bash Shell
3 8 (2.74%) Java
4 6 (2.05%) C#
4 6 (2.05%) Perl
4 6 (2.05%) SQL
5 4 (1.37%) C
5 4 (1.37%) Go
5 4 (1.37%) Scala
6 3 (1.03%) C++
6 3 (1.03%) Ruby
6 3 (1.03%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.34%) Assembly Language
7 1 (0.34%) CLIST
7 1 (0.34%) Embedded C
7 1 (0.34%) Embedded C++
7 1 (0.34%) JCL
7 1 (0.34%) REXX
7 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 51 (17.47%) Cisco Certification
2 42 (14.38%) Security Cleared
3 40 (13.70%) CCNP
4 34 (11.64%) SC Cleared
5 29 (9.93%) CISSP
6 28 (9.59%) CCSA
7 23 (7.88%) CCSE
8 22 (7.53%) CCNA
9 17 (5.82%) Check Point Certification
10 15 (5.14%) Degree
11 14 (4.79%) CCIE
12 11 (3.77%) CISM
13 8 (2.74%) DV Cleared
14 6 (2.05%) CCIE Security
14 6 (2.05%) CISA
15 4 (1.37%) JNCIE
16 3 (1.03%) CEH
16 3 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
16 3 (1.03%) GIAC
17 2 (0.68%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (4.45%) GDPR
2 8 (2.74%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 3 (1.03%) PSD2
4 3 (1.03%) SLA
5 2 (0.68%) FINRA
6 1 (0.34%) COBIT
6 1 (0.34%) GAMP
System Software
1 35 (11.99%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.40%) Hyper-V
3 6 (2.05%) Virtual Desktop
4 5 (1.71%) Docker
4 5 (1.71%) ProxySG
5 4 (1.37%) BitLocker
6 3 (1.03%) Apache Flume
6 3 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.34%) Firmware
7 1 (0.34%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 1 (0.34%) RACF
7 1 (0.34%) Time Sharing Option
7 1 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (6.85%) FortiGate
2 10 (3.42%) SCCM
3 7 (2.40%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (2.05%) Stealthwatch
5 5 (1.71%) Ansible
5 5 (1.71%) Kubernetes
5 5 (1.71%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (1.37%) Hadoop YARN
6 4 (1.37%) Oozie
6 4 (1.37%) Puppet
6 4 (1.37%) WSUS
7 3 (1.03%) DatAdvantage
7 3 (1.03%) Nagios
7 3 (1.03%) Terraform
8 2 (0.68%) Aspera SmartTrack
8 2 (0.68%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.34%) Iperf
9 1 (0.34%) QRadar
9 1 (0.34%) SCOM
Vendors
1 102 (34.93%) Cisco
2 85 (29.11%) CheckPoint
3 46 (15.75%) Juniper
4 43 (14.73%) Palo Alto
5 39 (13.36%) F5
6 26 (8.90%) Microsoft
7 20 (6.85%) Citrix
8 19 (6.51%) Blue Coat
8 19 (6.51%) Fortinet
8 19 (6.51%) McAfee
9 17 (5.82%) VMware
10 15 (5.14%) Splunk
11 11 (3.77%) Forcepoint
12 10 (3.42%) CA
13 9 (3.08%) Meraki
13 9 (3.08%) Symantec
14 7 (2.40%) Varonis
15 5 (1.71%) Barracuda Networks
15 5 (1.71%) Tufin
16 4 (1.37%) Riverbed