Period
to 18 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 811 828 816
Rank change year-on-year +17 -12 -36
Contract jobs citing CCSE 93 70 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.089% 0.068% 0.073%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.46% 0.36% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 54 57
UK median daily rate £375 £435 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +16.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £315 £315 £308
90th Percentile £484 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -9.38% +14.29% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 20,013 19,418 20,968
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.09% 18.80% 20.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,890 11,939 13,123
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.13% +3.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 967 887 850
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.69 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.15% +0.75% +2.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.19
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.75 £47.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £26.87 £27.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% -0.50% +8.00%

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 18 December 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 18 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
England +21 87 £375 -13.79% 12
UK excluding London -4 60 £363 -9.38% 11
South East -2 34 £375 -11.76% 6
London +25 33 £425 -15.00% 1
North of England -6 11 £360 +14.29% 3
Yorkshire -2 9 £360 +8.27% 3
Wales - 6 £360 -
East of England - 5 £363 - 2
South West - 4 £413 -
North West -5 2 - -
Midlands -9 1 £350 -26.32%
West Midlands - 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 93 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 91 (97.85%) Firewall
3 65 (69.89%) CCSA
4 58 (62.37%) Cisco
5 50 (53.76%) Network Security
6 39 (41.94%) Cisco Certification
7 38 (40.86%) Juniper
7 38 (40.86%) CCNP
8 37 (39.78%) Palo Alto
9 30 (32.26%) F5
10 29 (31.18%) VPN
11 28 (30.11%) Check Point Certification
12 27 (29.03%) CCNA
12 27 (29.03%) Blue Coat
13 22 (23.66%) Finance
14 20 (21.51%) FortiGate
15 19 (20.43%) Performance Tuning
15 19 (20.43%) Migration
15 19 (20.43%) CA
16 17 (18.28%) Windows
16 17 (18.28%) BIG-IP
17 16 (17.20%) MS Visio
18 15 (16.13%) OSPF
18 15 (16.13%) Banking
18 15 (16.13%) Check Point GAiA
19 14 (15.05%) Cisco Nexus
20 13 (13.98%) NetScaler
20 13 (13.98%) Cisco IOS
20 13 (13.98%) BGP
20 13 (13.98%) TCP/IP

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 5 (5.38%) Apache
1 5 (5.38%) IIS
2 2 (2.15%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 16 (17.20%) MS Visio
2 6 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.30%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 91 (97.85%) Firewall
2 50 (53.76%) Network Security
3 29 (31.18%) VPN
4 17 (18.28%) BIG-IP
5 15 (16.13%) OSPF
6 14 (15.05%) Cisco Nexus
7 13 (13.98%) BGP
7 13 (13.98%) Cisco IOS
7 13 (13.98%) NetScaler
7 13 (13.98%) SSL
7 13 (13.98%) TCP/IP
7 13 (13.98%) WAN
8 12 (12.90%) Cisco ASA
9 10 (10.75%) DNS
9 10 (10.75%) LAN
10 9 (9.68%) Wireless
11 8 (8.60%) Junos
11 8 (8.60%) MPLS
12 7 (7.53%) Cisco ISE
12 7 (7.53%) Internet
Development Applications
1 6 (6.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 22 (23.66%) Finance
2 15 (16.13%) Banking
3 3 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.15%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.15%) Law
4 2 (2.15%) Retail
5 1 (1.08%) Back Office
5 1 (1.08%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.08%) Legal
Job Titles
1 42 (45.16%) Firewall Engineer
1 42 (45.16%) Security Engineer
2 31 (33.33%) Network Engineer
3 22 (23.66%) Network Security Engineer
4 6 (6.45%) Cisco Engineer
4 6 (6.45%) Senior Network Engineer
5 5 (5.38%) Architect
6 4 (4.30%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Cisco Security Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Juniper Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Network Architect
6 4 (4.30%) Senior Network Security Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Senior Security Engineer
7 3 (3.23%) AWS Architect
7 3 (3.23%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (3.23%) Azure Engineer
7 3 (3.23%) Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (3.23%) Network Support
7 3 (3.23%) Network Support Engineer
7 3 (3.23%) Security Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.68%) Data Centre
2 6 (6.45%) DataPower
3 5 (5.38%) Management Information System
3 5 (5.38%) PKI
4 3 (3.23%) Fat Client
4 3 (3.23%) Private Cloud
4 3 (3.23%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (2.15%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.15%) EFT
5 2 (2.15%) Hedge funds
5 2 (2.15%) NHS
5 2 (2.15%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (1.08%) Fintech
6 1 (1.08%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 17 (18.28%) Windows
2 15 (16.13%) Check Point GAiA
3 9 (9.68%) Linux
4 7 (7.53%) Unix
4 7 (7.53%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (20.43%) Migration
1 19 (20.43%) Performance Tuning
2 12 (12.90%) ITIL
3 11 (11.83%) Load Balancing
4 6 (6.45%) Business Analysis
4 6 (6.45%) Change Management
4 6 (6.45%) ITIL V3
5 5 (5.38%) Data Loss Prevention
5 5 (5.38%) SIEM
5 5 (5.38%) Time Management
5 5 (5.38%) TOGAF
6 4 (4.30%) Network Monitoring
6 4 (4.30%) Security Operations
6 4 (4.30%) Translating Business Requirements
7 3 (3.23%) Asset Management
7 3 (3.23%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (3.23%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (3.23%) Web Filtering
7 3 (3.23%) Workshop Facilitation
7 3 (3.23%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.23%) Bash Shell
1 3 (3.23%) Python
1 3 (3.23%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 65 (69.89%) CCSA
2 39 (41.94%) Cisco Certification
3 38 (40.86%) CCNP
4 28 (30.11%) Check Point Certification
5 27 (29.03%) CCNA
6 7 (7.53%) CCSM
6 7 (7.53%) Security Cleared
7 6 (6.45%) JNCIP
7 6 (6.45%) JNCIS
7 6 (6.45%) SC Cleared
8 5 (5.38%) CCIE
8 5 (5.38%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (4.30%) CCMSE
9 4 (4.30%) Degree
10 3 (3.23%) JNCIE
10 3 (3.23%) MCITP
10 3 (3.23%) MCTS
10 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Certified Architect
10 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (8.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (7.53%) SLA
3 1 (1.08%) COBIT
System Software
1 3 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (3.23%) VMware NSX
2 1 (1.08%) Firmware
2 1 (1.08%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 20 (21.51%) FortiGate
2 5 (5.38%) SCCM
2 5 (5.38%) SCOM
3 3 (3.23%) ArcSight ESM
4 2 (2.15%) Nagios
Vendors
1 93 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 58 (62.37%) Cisco
3 38 (40.86%) Juniper
4 37 (39.78%) Palo Alto
5 30 (32.26%) F5
6 27 (29.03%) Blue Coat
7 19 (20.43%) CA
8 12 (12.90%) Citrix
8 12 (12.90%) SolarWinds
9 11 (11.83%) Forcepoint
10 9 (9.68%) Microsoft
11 8 (8.60%) Barracuda Networks
11 8 (8.60%) HP
11 8 (8.60%) IronPort
12 6 (6.45%) IBM
12 6 (6.45%) VMware
13 4 (4.30%) 3PAR
13 4 (4.30%) McAfee
13 4 (4.30%) Trend Micro
14 3 (3.23%) ArcSight