Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an IT Security Specialist was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

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.

IT Security Specialist
UK
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 862 874 874
Rank change year-on-year +12 0 -8
Contract jobs requiring an IT Security Specialist 34 12 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.011% 0.017%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.035% 0.012% 0.018%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 10 14
UK median daily rate £500 £511 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.20% -2.62% +37.70%
10th Percentile £385 £213 £400
90th Percentile £550 £578 £628
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £283 £410
% change year-on-year +76.99% -31.10% +23.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

IT Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured IT Security Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IT Security Specialist over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IT Security Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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 +8 27 £500 -2.20% 2
London +5 20 £506 -8.00%
UK excluding London +41 14 £500 +76.99% 2
Scotland - 7 £500 -
East of England +1 5 £425 -18.66%
North of England +58 2 £550 +57.14%
Yorkshire +27 2 £550 +57.14%

IT Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, IT Security Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring IT Security Specialist in the job title.

1 19 (55.88%) Finance
2 15 (44.12%) SIEM
3 13 (38.24%) CISSP
4 12 (35.29%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (35.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (32.35%) Vulnerability Management
5 11 (32.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 11 (32.35%) CISA
5 11 (32.35%) CISM
5 11 (32.35%) Intrusion Detection
6 10 (29.41%) Project Management
7 9 (26.47%) Penetration Testing
7 9 (26.47%) Information Security
7 9 (26.47%) Security Operations
8 8 (23.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 8 (23.53%) Data Centre
8 8 (23.53%) Mobile Device Management
8 8 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
8 8 (23.53%) Incident Management
8 8 (23.53%) PCI DSS
8 8 (23.53%) Migration
8 8 (23.53%) IIS
9 7 (20.59%) Windows
9 7 (20.59%) Linux
9 7 (20.59%) Symantec
9 7 (20.59%) Internet
9 7 (20.59%) Microsoft
9 7 (20.59%) Firewall
9 7 (20.59%) Agile Software Development
10 6 (17.65%) Publishing

IT Security Specialist Skill Set
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 8 (23.53%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) Cloudflare
1 1 (2.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (32.35%) Intrusion Detection
2 7 (20.59%) Firewall
2 7 (20.59%) Internet
3 5 (14.71%) NAS
3 5 (14.71%) SAN
4 1 (2.94%) FTP
4 1 (2.94%) HTTP
4 1 (2.94%) LAN
4 1 (2.94%) LDAP
4 1 (2.94%) SMTP
4 1 (2.94%) SSH
4 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.94%) VPN
4 1 (2.94%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
General
1 19 (55.88%) Finance
2 6 (17.65%) Publishing
3 3 (8.82%) Automotive
3 3 (8.82%) Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.65%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (32.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 8 (23.53%) Data Centre
3 3 (8.82%) Cyberthreat
3 3 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (5.88%) Computer Science
4 2 (5.88%) Cyber Attack
4 2 (5.88%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.88%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.94%) Shadow IT
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.59%) Linux
1 7 (20.59%) Windows
2 6 (17.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 6 (17.65%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (17.65%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (2.94%) Android
3 1 (2.94%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.94%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (44.12%) SIEM
2 12 (35.29%) Cybersecurity
3 11 (32.35%) Vulnerability Management
4 10 (29.41%) Project Management
5 9 (26.47%) Information Security
5 9 (26.47%) Penetration Testing
5 9 (26.47%) Security Operations
6 8 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
6 8 (23.53%) Incident Management
6 8 (23.53%) Migration
6 8 (23.53%) Mobile Device Management
7 7 (20.59%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (17.65%) BCP
8 6 (17.65%) Business Continuity
8 6 (17.65%) Business Continuity Planning
8 6 (17.65%) Data Loss Prevention
8 6 (17.65%) ITIL
8 6 (17.65%) Task Automation
8 6 (17.65%) Web Development
9 5 (14.71%) Converged Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 6 (17.65%) JavaScript
1 6 (17.65%) Perl
1 6 (17.65%) PowerShell
1 6 (17.65%) Python
1 6 (17.65%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (38.24%) CISSP
2 11 (32.35%) CISA
2 11 (32.35%) CISM
3 5 (14.71%) CRISC
4 4 (11.76%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
5 3 (8.82%) Degree
6 2 (5.88%) IISP
7 1 (2.94%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (2.94%) CLAS
7 1 (2.94%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (2.94%) ISACA
7 1 (2.94%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 1 (2.94%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (35.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (23.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 8 (23.53%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.94%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (2.94%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) BitLocker
1 1 (2.94%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 6 (17.65%) IBM BigFix
1 6 (17.65%) SCCM
1 6 (17.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (2.94%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 1 (2.94%) Nessus
2 1 (2.94%) Nmap
2 1 (2.94%) QRadar
Vendors
1 7 (20.59%) Microsoft
1 7 (20.59%) Symantec
2 6 (17.65%) Dell
2 6 (17.65%) HP
2 6 (17.65%) IBM
2 6 (17.65%) Oracle
3 1 (2.94%) ArcSight
3 1 (2.94%) Blue Coat
3 1 (2.94%) Forcepoint
3 1 (2.94%) Fortinet
3 1 (2.94%) LogRhythm
3 1 (2.94%) Qualys
3 1 (2.94%) Splunk