Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 831 740 798
Rank change year-on-year -91 +58 -11
Contract jobs citing CCSE 60 100 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.058% 0.11% 0.096%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.53% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 78 50
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -2.44% -3.53%
10th Percentile £315 £315 £308
90th Percentile £550 £538 £577
UK excluding London median daily rate £399 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -0.31% +6.67% -6.25%
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 19,459 18,762 23,702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.80% 19.75% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,574 11,537 14,840
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £593 £591
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 947 959 845
UK median hourly rate £24.55 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.17% +7.14% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.17 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.75 £31.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year -18.25% +10.53% +26.67%

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 18 July 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 11 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 18 July 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 -63 59 £413 +3.06% 10
UK excluding London -69 30 £399 -0.31% 4
London -26 29 £413 +3.00% 6
South East -31 19 £425 - 1
East of England -1 5 £363 -3.33%
North of England -29 4 £331 -12.83% 1
Yorkshire -26 3 £338 -10.00%
Midlands -9 1 - - 2
West Midlands -22 1 - - 1
North West - 1 £325 - 1
South West - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 60 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 55 (91.67%) Firewall
3 48 (80.00%) Cisco
4 41 (68.33%) Cisco Certification
5 38 (63.33%) Network Security
6 35 (58.33%) CCNP
7 31 (51.67%) CCSA
8 25 (41.67%) VPN
9 23 (38.33%) Palo Alto
10 22 (36.67%) CCNA
11 20 (33.33%) Juniper
11 20 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
12 19 (31.67%) OSPF
12 19 (31.67%) BGP
13 18 (30.00%) ITIL
14 17 (28.33%) F5
15 16 (26.67%) Linux
15 16 (26.67%) SSL
15 16 (26.67%) Check Point Certification
16 15 (25.00%) TCP/IP
16 15 (25.00%) DNS
16 15 (25.00%) Blue Coat
17 13 (21.67%) Windows
17 13 (21.67%) HP
18 12 (20.00%) WAN
18 12 (20.00%) Wireless
18 12 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
19 11 (18.33%) Management Information System
19 11 (18.33%) Change Management
19 11 (18.33%) VMware

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 6 (10.00%) Apache
1 6 (10.00%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
1 8 (13.33%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 55 (91.67%) Firewall
2 38 (63.33%) Network Security
3 25 (41.67%) VPN
4 20 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
5 19 (31.67%) BGP
5 19 (31.67%) OSPF
6 16 (26.67%) SSL
7 15 (25.00%) DNS
7 15 (25.00%) TCP/IP
8 12 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
8 12 (20.00%) WAN
8 12 (20.00%) Wireless
9 10 (16.67%) IPsec
9 10 (16.67%) LAN
10 9 (15.00%) BIG-IP
11 8 (13.33%) Cisco IOS
11 8 (13.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 8 (13.33%) FTP
12 7 (11.67%) Spanning Tree
12 7 (11.67%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 8 (13.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 8 (13.33%) Finance
2 2 (3.33%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.67%) Back Office
3 1 (1.67%) Banking
3 1 (1.67%) Dutch Language
3 1 (1.67%) Financial Institution
3 1 (1.67%) French Language
Job Titles
1 28 (46.67%) Network Engineer
2 22 (36.67%) Security Engineer
3 21 (35.00%) Network Security Engineer
4 15 (25.00%) Firewall Engineer
5 8 (13.33%) Consultant
6 7 (11.67%) Network Consultant
6 7 (11.67%) Security Consultant
7 6 (10.00%) Network Security Consultant
8 3 (5.00%) Check Point Consultant
8 3 (5.00%) Juniper Engineer
9 2 (3.33%) AWS Architect
9 2 (3.33%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
9 2 (3.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 2 (3.33%) Cisco Security Engineer
9 2 (3.33%) Implementation Engineer
9 2 (3.33%) Lead Security Consultant
9 2 (3.33%) Network Architect
9 2 (3.33%) Network Implementation Engineer
9 2 (3.33%) Network Infrastructure Architect
9 2 (3.33%) Network Team Leader
Miscellaneous
1 11 (18.33%) Management Information System
2 7 (11.67%) Data Centre
2 7 (11.67%) Fat Client
2 7 (11.67%) Thin Client
3 6 (10.00%) DataPower
3 6 (10.00%) PKI
4 5 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (6.67%) Driving Licence
6 2 (3.33%) Computer Science
6 2 (3.33%) NHS
6 2 (3.33%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.67%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 16 (26.67%) Linux
2 13 (21.67%) Windows
3 9 (15.00%) Check Point GAiA
4 6 (10.00%) Unix
5 5 (8.33%) Windows Server
6 2 (3.33%) Mac OS
7 1 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (30.00%) ITIL
2 11 (18.33%) Change Management
3 8 (13.33%) Business Analysis
3 8 (13.33%) High Availability
3 8 (13.33%) ITIL V3
4 7 (11.67%) Change Control
4 7 (11.67%) Load Balancing
4 7 (11.67%) Migration
4 7 (11.67%) Time Management
5 6 (10.00%) Data Loss Prevention
5 6 (10.00%) Network Management
5 6 (10.00%) Performance Tuning
5 6 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
5 6 (10.00%) SIEM
6 5 (8.33%) E-Commerce
6 5 (8.33%) Incident Management
7 4 (6.67%) Network Design
7 4 (6.67%) TOGAF
8 3 (5.00%) Mentoring
8 3 (5.00%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.33%) C
2 3 (5.00%) Python
3 2 (3.33%) Bash Shell
3 2 (3.33%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 41 (68.33%) Cisco Certification
2 35 (58.33%) CCNP
3 31 (51.67%) CCSA
4 22 (36.67%) CCNA
5 16 (26.67%) Check Point Certification
6 6 (10.00%) CCSP
7 5 (8.33%) CCIE
8 4 (6.67%) CCDP
8 4 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
8 4 (6.67%) SC Cleared
8 4 (6.67%) Security Cleared
9 3 (5.00%) CISSP
9 3 (5.00%) JNCIS
9 3 (5.00%) MCSE
9 3 (5.00%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (3.33%) Degree
10 2 (3.33%) DV Cleared
10 2 (3.33%) MCITP
10 2 (3.33%) MCTS
10 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (18.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (16.67%) SLA
3 5 (8.33%) COBIT
4 2 (3.33%) FIPS 140-2
4 2 (3.33%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.67%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.67%) GDPR
5 1 (1.67%) QA
System Software
1 9 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.33%) ProxySG
2 2 (3.33%) VMware NSX
3 1 (1.67%) Firmware
3 1 (1.67%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (11.67%) FortiGate
2 6 (10.00%) SCCM
2 6 (10.00%) SCOM
3 2 (3.33%) ArcSight ESM
3 2 (3.33%) SolarWinds Orion
3 2 (3.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 60 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 48 (80.00%) Cisco
3 23 (38.33%) Palo Alto
4 20 (33.33%) Juniper
5 17 (28.33%) F5
6 15 (25.00%) Blue Coat
7 13 (21.67%) HP
8 11 (18.33%) Citrix
8 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
8 11 (18.33%) VMware
9 10 (16.67%) Barracuda Networks
10 8 (13.33%) Forcepoint
11 6 (10.00%) 3PAR
11 6 (10.00%) IBM
11 6 (10.00%) IronPort
11 6 (10.00%) Trend Micro
12 5 (8.33%) CA
12 5 (8.33%) Imperva
12 5 (8.33%) Infoblox
13 3 (5.00%) Fortinet