Period
to 23 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 23 October 2018 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.

Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE)
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 798 793 804
Rank change year-on-year -5 +11 -29
Contract jobs citing CCSE 89 90 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.086% 0.090% 0.088%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.46% 0.48% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 64 57
UK median daily rate £413 £435 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.17% +16.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £315 £325 £308
90th Percentile £538 £538 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -8.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 10 3
UK median hourly rate - £31.93 £52.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -39.19% +34.62%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £31.93 £52.50
% change year-on-year - -39.19% +34.62%

CCSE is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19,188 18,805 22,307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.55% 18.77% 21.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,341 11,479 13,861
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.58% +0.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 952 915 829
UK median hourly rate £24.98 £27.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.16% +3.77% +10.42%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +10.00%

CCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CCSE as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CCSE in the UK

CCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing CCSE.

Contractor daily rate trend for CCSE in the UK

CCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing CCSE over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for CCSE in the UK

CCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing CCSE.

Contractor hourly rate trend for CCSE in the UK

CCSE
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CCSE within the UK over the 6 months to 23 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
England +7 85 £413 -7.30% 18
UK excluding London -15 54 £375 -6.25% 17
London -2 34 £425 -10.53% 3
South East -7 30 £425 -5.56% 4
East of England +8 8 £363 -3.33% 1
North of England -10 8 £355 +7.58% 9
Yorkshire -5 6 £355 +6.77% 8
South West - 4 £413 -
Wales - 3 £355 -
North West -10 2 - - 1
Midlands -11 2 £350 -26.32% 1
West Midlands -21 2 £350 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing CCSE 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 with a requirement for CCSE.

1 89 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 85 (95.51%) Firewall
3 60 (67.42%) Cisco
4 55 (61.80%) Network Security
5 52 (58.43%) CCSA
6 47 (52.81%) Cisco Certification
7 43 (48.31%) CCNP
8 39 (43.82%) Palo Alto
9 35 (39.33%) Juniper
10 32 (35.96%) F5
11 30 (33.71%) Blue Coat
12 27 (30.34%) Check Point Certification
12 27 (30.34%) CCNA
12 27 (30.34%) VPN
13 24 (26.97%) OSPF
14 22 (24.72%) BGP
15 21 (23.60%) Cisco ASA
16 20 (22.47%) ITIL
16 20 (22.47%) BIG-IP
17 19 (21.35%) FortiGate
18 18 (20.22%) Cisco Nexus
18 18 (20.22%) Migration
19 17 (19.10%) TCP/IP
19 17 (19.10%) CA
19 17 (19.10%) HP
19 17 (19.10%) Performance Tuning
20 16 (17.98%) SSL
21 15 (16.85%) Forcepoint
21 15 (16.85%) Cisco IOS
22 14 (15.73%) Wireless

CCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (4.49%) Apache
1 4 (4.49%) IIS
2 1 (1.12%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (15.73%) MS Visio
2 10 (11.24%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 11 (12.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.49%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 85 (95.51%) Firewall
2 55 (61.80%) Network Security
3 27 (30.34%) VPN
4 24 (26.97%) OSPF
5 22 (24.72%) BGP
6 21 (23.60%) Cisco ASA
7 20 (22.47%) BIG-IP
8 18 (20.22%) Cisco Nexus
9 17 (19.10%) TCP/IP
10 16 (17.98%) SSL
11 15 (16.85%) Cisco IOS
12 14 (15.73%) Wireless
13 12 (13.48%) DNS
14 11 (12.36%) IPsec
14 11 (12.36%) WAN
15 10 (11.24%) tcpdump
15 10 (11.24%) Wireshark
16 9 (10.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 9 (10.11%) LAN
17 8 (8.99%) DHCP
Development Applications
1 10 (11.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (12.36%) Finance
2 8 (8.99%) Banking
3 3 (3.37%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.25%) Law
5 1 (1.12%) Back Office
5 1 (1.12%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.12%) French Language
5 1 (1.12%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.12%) Legal
5 1 (1.12%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (43.82%) Security Engineer
2 33 (37.08%) Network Engineer
3 31 (34.83%) Firewall Engineer
4 25 (28.09%) Network Security Engineer
5 7 (7.87%) Consultant
5 7 (7.87%) Security Consultant
6 6 (6.74%) Network Consultant
6 6 (6.74%) Network Security Consultant
7 5 (5.62%) Senior Network Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Architect
8 4 (4.49%) Senior Network Security Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Senior Security Engineer
9 3 (3.37%) AWS Architect
9 3 (3.37%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
9 3 (3.37%) Azure Engineer
9 3 (3.37%) Check Point Consultant
9 3 (3.37%) Cisco Engineer
9 3 (3.37%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 3 (3.37%) Infrastructure Architect
9 3 (3.37%) Network Architect
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.99%) Fat Client
1 8 (8.99%) Management Information System
1 8 (8.99%) Thin Client
2 6 (6.74%) Data Centre
3 5 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.62%) DataPower
3 5 (5.62%) Driving Licence
4 4 (4.49%) PKI
4 4 (4.49%) Private Cloud
5 3 (3.37%) Computer Science
5 3 (3.37%) NHS
6 2 (2.25%) EFT
7 1 (1.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.12%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.12%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 14 (15.73%) Linux
2 13 (14.61%) Windows
3 9 (10.11%) Check Point GAiA
4 6 (6.74%) Unix
5 3 (3.37%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (22.47%) ITIL
2 18 (20.22%) Migration
3 17 (19.10%) Performance Tuning
4 10 (11.24%) Business Analysis
4 10 (11.24%) Change Management
4 10 (11.24%) ITIL V3
4 10 (11.24%) Load Balancing
5 7 (7.87%) Network Management
6 6 (6.74%) TOGAF
7 5 (5.62%) E-Commerce
7 5 (5.62%) Incident Management
7 5 (5.62%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (5.62%) Time Management
8 4 (4.49%) Change Control
8 4 (4.49%) Data Loss Prevention
8 4 (4.49%) SIEM
9 3 (3.37%) High Availability
9 3 (3.37%) Network Monitoring
9 3 (3.37%) Security Operations
9 3 (3.37%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 5 (5.62%) C
2 4 (4.49%) Bash Shell
2 4 (4.49%) Python
2 4 (4.49%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 52 (58.43%) CCSA
2 47 (52.81%) Cisco Certification
3 43 (48.31%) CCNP
4 27 (30.34%) CCNA
4 27 (30.34%) Check Point Certification
5 9 (10.11%) Security Cleared
6 8 (8.99%) SC Cleared
7 6 (6.74%) CCSM
8 5 (5.62%) CCDP
8 5 (5.62%) CCIE
8 5 (5.62%) CCSP
8 5 (5.62%) Degree
9 4 (4.49%) CISSP
9 4 (4.49%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (3.37%) DV Cleared
10 3 (3.37%) MCITP
10 3 (3.37%) MCSE
10 3 (3.37%) MCTS
10 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (14.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (12.36%) SLA
3 4 (4.49%) COBIT
4 1 (1.12%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (1.12%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (8.99%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (4.49%) VMware NSX
3 2 (2.25%) ProxySG
4 1 (1.12%) Firmware
4 1 (1.12%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 19 (21.35%) FortiGate
2 4 (4.49%) ArcSight ESM
2 4 (4.49%) SCCM
2 4 (4.49%) SCOM
3 1 (1.12%) Nagios
Vendors
1 89 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 60 (67.42%) Cisco
3 39 (43.82%) Palo Alto
4 35 (39.33%) Juniper
5 32 (35.96%) F5
6 30 (33.71%) Blue Coat
7 17 (19.10%) CA
7 17 (19.10%) HP
8 15 (16.85%) Forcepoint
9 14 (15.73%) Microsoft
10 12 (13.48%) Barracuda Networks
10 12 (13.48%) Citrix
10 12 (13.48%) VMware
11 7 (7.87%) 3PAR
11 7 (7.87%) IronPort
11 7 (7.87%) Trend Micro
12 6 (6.74%) Infoblox
13 5 (5.62%) IBM
13 5 (5.62%) Imperva
13 5 (5.62%) SolarWinds