Period
to 13 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Network Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Network Security over the 6 months to 13 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.

Network Security
UK
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 270 279 199
Rank change year-on-year +9 -80 +45
Contract jobs citing Network Security 1,048 985 1,413
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.99% 0.95% 1.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.70% 7.05% 9.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 652 620 964
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £292
90th Percentile £625 £638 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £440 £388
% change year-on-year +7.95% +13.55% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 12 29
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.28 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.48% -27.79% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.24 £13.16 £14.48
90th Percentile £48.13 £51.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £16.41 £27.60
% change year-on-year +98.11% -40.56% -34.29%

Network Security is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,612 13,973 15,461
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.92% 13.53% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,222 8,590 9,419
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 652 712 790
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.73 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.81% -16.78% +7.48%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.23 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £18.56 £24.40
% change year-on-year -2.72% -23.92% +19.02%

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Security over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Security over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Network Security within the UK over the 6 months to 13 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 +3 974 £475 - 301
UK excluding London -8 613 £475 +7.95% 210
London +15 411 £475 - 104
South East -44 217 £475 - 59
North of England +38 151 £450 +2.86% 55
South West -4 94 £481 +16.67% 23
North West -4 73 £475 - 31
East of England +20 55 £438 -20.45% 30
Midlands -17 49 £475 +4.40% 30
Yorkshire +4 41 £423 +2.42% 15
North East +24 37 £325 -13.33% 9
Scotland -17 32 £513 +43.86% 6
East Midlands +25 27 £588 +11.90% 15
West Midlands -43 25 £524 +23.24% 15
Wales -5 15 £588 - 4
Northern Ireland - 9 - - 3

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Network Security 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 Network Security.

1 572 (54.58%) Firewall
2 457 (43.61%) Cisco
3 291 (27.77%) Cisco Certification
4 261 (24.90%) WAN
5 248 (23.66%) CheckPoint
6 234 (22.33%) LAN
7 223 (21.28%) CCNP
8 221 (21.09%) Security Cleared
9 204 (19.47%) Finance
10 199 (18.99%) VPN
11 186 (17.75%) ITIL
12 165 (15.74%) Juniper
12 165 (15.74%) SC Cleared
13 164 (15.65%) F5
14 162 (15.46%) Data Centre
14 162 (15.46%) Windows
15 157 (14.98%) Microsoft Azure
16 148 (14.12%) Wireless
16 148 (14.12%) Palo Alto
16 148 (14.12%) Cisco Nexus
17 141 (13.45%) Active Directory
18 139 (13.26%) Microsoft
19 138 (13.17%) Linux
20 133 (12.69%) Information Security
21 125 (11.93%) CCNA
22 124 (11.83%) SIEM
23 120 (11.45%) Cisco ASA
24 116 (11.07%) Amazon AWS
25 111 (10.59%) TCP/IP
26 108 (10.31%) Agile Software Development

Network Security
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 16 (1.53%) IIS
2 15 (1.43%) MS Exchange
3 10 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
3 10 (0.95%) SharePoint
4 9 (0.86%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.67%) Apache
5 7 (0.67%) Skype for Business
6 6 (0.57%) CMS
7 5 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (0.38%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.29%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.19%) nginx
10 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.095%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.095%) Cloud Foundry
11 1 (0.095%) Confluence
11 1 (0.095%) JBoss
11 1 (0.095%) WebLogic
Applications
1 38 (3.63%) MS Visio
2 35 (3.34%) Microsoft Office
3 21 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.67%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 157 (14.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 116 (11.07%) Amazon AWS
3 44 (4.20%) IaaS
4 42 (4.01%) Office 365
5 41 (3.91%) PaaS
6 38 (3.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 24 (2.29%) Datadog
8 21 (2.00%) SaaS
9 19 (1.81%) Google Cloud Platform
10 17 (1.62%) Azure Active Directory
11 15 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
12 11 (1.05%) Sumo Logic
13 10 (0.95%) Amazon ELB
14 6 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.57%) GitHub
15 4 (0.38%) Akamai
15 4 (0.38%) IBM Cloud
16 3 (0.29%) Mimecast
17 2 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 2 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 572 (54.58%) Firewall
2 261 (24.90%) WAN
3 234 (22.33%) LAN
4 199 (18.99%) VPN
5 148 (14.12%) Cisco Nexus
5 148 (14.12%) Wireless
6 120 (11.45%) Cisco ASA
7 111 (10.59%) TCP/IP
8 99 (9.45%) BGP
9 95 (9.06%) OSPF
10 80 (7.63%) MPLS
11 71 (6.77%) DNS
12 67 (6.39%) VoIP
13 65 (6.20%) Internet
14 60 (5.73%) Cisco Firepower
15 58 (5.53%) Wi-Fi
16 54 (5.15%) SSL
17 52 (4.96%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 51 (4.87%) Cisco IOS
18 51 (4.87%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.34%) SQL Server
2 27 (2.58%) Hadoop
3 19 (1.81%) Big Data
4 14 (1.34%) Amazon Redshift
5 13 (1.24%) Amazon Aurora
6 6 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
6 6 (0.57%) Data Lake
7 4 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (0.38%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.38%) MySQL
8 3 (0.29%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.29%) DB2
8 3 (0.29%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.19%) Power BI
9 2 (0.19%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.095%) DTS
10 1 (0.095%) HBase
10 1 (0.095%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.095%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 53 (5.06%) Git (software)
2 47 (4.48%) Jenkins
3 26 (2.48%) Sonatype Nexus
4 13 (1.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 12 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
6 11 (1.05%) JIRA
7 9 (0.86%) GitLab
8 8 (0.76%) IDA Disassembler
8 8 (0.76%) OllyDbg
9 6 (0.57%) Metasploit
9 6 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (0.48%) git-flow
11 3 (0.29%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (0.29%) Rational DOORS
11 3 (0.29%) TeamCity
12 2 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.19%) GCC
12 2 (0.19%) Maven
12 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio
13 1 (0.095%) MSI
General
1 204 (19.47%) Finance
2 83 (7.92%) Telecoms
3 53 (5.06%) Banking
4 24 (2.29%) Legal
5 21 (2.00%) Retail
6 16 (1.53%) Law
7 12 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.86%) Billing
8 9 (0.86%) Electronics
8 9 (0.86%) French Language
8 9 (0.86%) German Language
9 8 (0.76%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.76%) Marketing
10 7 (0.67%) Investment Banking
10 7 (0.67%) Multimedia
11 5 (0.48%) Humanities
11 5 (0.48%) Social Science
12 4 (0.38%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.38%) Mandarin Language
13 3 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 298 (28.44%) Network Engineer
2 247 (23.57%) Security Engineer
3 149 (14.22%) Network Security Engineer
4 135 (12.88%) Architect
5 102 (9.73%) Consultant
6 91 (8.68%) Security Architect
7 65 (6.20%) Security Consultant
8 63 (6.01%) Analyst
9 52 (4.96%) Network Architect
10 50 (4.77%) DevOps Engineer
11 44 (4.20%) Design Engineer
12 42 (4.01%) Firewall Engineer
12 42 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 40 (3.82%) Senior Network Engineer
14 38 (3.63%) Cisco Engineer
15 35 (3.34%) Network Consultant
16 33 (3.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 33 (3.15%) Network Security Architect
17 32 (3.05%) Security Analyst
18 31 (2.96%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.10%) Web Services
2 24 (2.29%) 802.1X
3 22 (2.10%) LDAP
4 20 (1.91%) OAuth
5 17 (1.62%) JSON
6 16 (1.53%) OpenID
7 14 (1.34%) Middleware
7 14 (1.34%) SAML
8 13 (1.24%) Regular Expression
9 8 (0.76%) .NET
9 8 (0.76%) RESTful
10 6 (0.57%) XML
10 6 (0.57%) XMPP
11 5 (0.48%) OAuth2
12 4 (0.38%) Oracle Fusion
12 4 (0.38%) SOAP
13 3 (0.29%) CSS
13 3 (0.29%) Node.js
14 2 (0.19%) PostGIS
14 2 (0.19%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 162 (15.46%) Data Centre
2 75 (7.16%) Management Information System
3 53 (5.06%) Self-Motivation
4 49 (4.68%) PKI
5 46 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
6 36 (3.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 20 (1.91%) Security Operations Centre
8 14 (1.34%) CESG
8 14 (1.34%) Cloud Native
8 14 (1.34%) Hybrid Cloud
9 12 (1.15%) Private Cloud
9 12 (1.15%) Public Cloud
10 10 (0.95%) Mobile App
11 9 (0.86%) Driving Licence
12 7 (0.67%) Cyberthreat
12 7 (0.67%) Fat Client
12 7 (0.67%) N-Tier
12 7 (0.67%) Thin Client
13 6 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.57%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 162 (15.46%) Windows
2 138 (13.17%) Linux
3 88 (8.40%) Windows Server
4 58 (5.53%) Unix
5 43 (4.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 39 (3.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (1.72%) CentOS
8 17 (1.62%) Windows 10
9 10 (0.95%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (0.86%) Windows 7
11 6 (0.57%) Android
11 6 (0.57%) Apple iOS
12 5 (0.48%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.29%) Data ONTAP
13 3 (0.29%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.29%) VMS
14 2 (0.19%) zOS
15 1 (0.095%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.095%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.095%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (17.75%) ITIL
2 133 (12.69%) Information Security
3 124 (11.83%) SIEM
4 108 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
5 99 (9.45%) Cryptography
6 97 (9.26%) Cybersecurity
7 93 (8.87%) Migration
8 86 (8.21%) DevOps
9 75 (7.16%) Network Management
10 74 (7.06%) Identity Access Management
11 70 (6.68%) Load Balancing
12 67 (6.39%) Continuous Improvement
13 66 (6.30%) Security Architecture
13 66 (6.30%) Vulnerability Management
14 61 (5.82%) Risk Management
15 57 (5.44%) Network Design
16 55 (5.25%) Service Delivery
17 54 (5.15%) Change Management
17 54 (5.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 53 (5.06%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 51 (4.87%) Python
2 47 (4.48%) PowerShell
3 33 (3.15%) SQL
4 28 (2.67%) Java
5 21 (2.00%) C
6 14 (1.34%) Bash Shell
7 13 (1.24%) C++
8 12 (1.15%) C#
9 10 (0.95%) Assembly Language
9 10 (0.95%) Perl
10 5 (0.48%) Apple Swift
10 5 (0.48%) Objective-C
10 5 (0.48%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.48%) Tcl
11 4 (0.38%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.29%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.29%) PHP
13 2 (0.19%) Lisp
14 1 (0.095%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.095%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 291 (27.77%) Cisco Certification
2 223 (21.28%) CCNP
3 221 (21.09%) Security Cleared
4 165 (15.74%) SC Cleared
5 125 (11.93%) CCNA
6 94 (8.97%) CISSP
7 93 (8.87%) Degree
8 62 (5.92%) CISM
9 54 (5.15%) DV Cleared
10 53 (5.06%) CCSA
11 50 (4.77%) CCSE
12 48 (4.58%) CCIE
13 46 (4.39%) CISA
14 37 (3.53%) Check Point Certification
15 35 (3.34%) Microsoft Certification
16 34 (3.24%) MCSE
17 29 (2.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 23 (2.19%) RHCE
19 19 (1.81%) CCDP
20 17 (1.62%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (5.34%) GDPR
2 51 (4.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 37 (3.53%) PCI DSS
4 32 (3.05%) HIPAA
5 26 (2.48%) SLA
6 25 (2.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 21 (2.00%) FedRAMP
8 14 (1.34%) QA
9 10 (0.95%) COBIT
10 8 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 6 (0.57%) Government Security Classifications
11 6 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 6 (0.57%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.48%) NIST 800
13 4 (0.38%) PA-DSS
14 3 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
15 2 (0.19%) ISO 22301
16 1 (0.095%) Disclosure Scotland
16 1 (0.095%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 141 (13.45%) Active Directory
2 63 (6.01%) Hyper-V
3 58 (5.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (2.19%) ProxySG
5 16 (1.53%) vSphere
6 15 (1.43%) Firmware
7 14 (1.34%) Virtual Desktop
8 13 (1.24%) Docker
9 11 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (0.86%) VMware NSX
11 6 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (0.57%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.38%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.38%) vCloud
13 3 (0.29%) NFS
13 3 (0.29%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 61 (5.82%) Ansible
2 48 (4.58%) FortiGate
3 33 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
3 33 (3.15%) Puppet
4 23 (2.19%) SCCM
5 21 (2.00%) Terraform
6 18 (1.72%) QRadar
7 17 (1.62%) Cisco CUCM
8 16 (1.53%) ArcSight ESM
9 15 (1.43%) Nessus
10 12 (1.15%) Cisco Prime
11 11 (1.05%) CASB
11 11 (1.05%) Istio
12 8 (0.76%) Stealthwatch
12 8 (0.76%) TrustSec
12 8 (0.76%) WSUS
13 7 (0.67%) Cisco UCCX
13 7 (0.67%) Kubernetes
13 7 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
13 7 (0.67%) Nagios
Vendors
1 457 (43.61%) Cisco
2 248 (23.66%) CheckPoint
3 165 (15.74%) Juniper
4 164 (15.65%) F5
5 148 (14.12%) Palo Alto
6 139 (13.26%) Microsoft
7 85 (8.11%) VMware
8 60 (5.73%) HP
9 59 (5.63%) Blue Coat
10 55 (5.25%) McAfee
11 54 (5.15%) Red Hat
12 52 (4.96%) Splunk
13 50 (4.77%) Fortinet
14 42 (4.01%) Citrix
15 36 (3.44%) Meraki
16 34 (3.24%) Qualys
17 33 (3.15%) SolarWinds
18 32 (3.05%) Oracle
19 30 (2.86%) Aruba
20 28 (2.67%) Riverbed