Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 272 228 222
Rank change year-on-year -44 -6 +3
Contract jobs citing Network Security 976 1,044 1,231
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 1.13% 1.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.32% 7.90% 7.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 635 662 715
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £269
90th Percentile £628 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +11.76% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 17 31
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £42.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -43.48% +41.53%
10th Percentile £17.90 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £33.56 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.82 £17.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year +18.98% -55.14% +11.43%

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 13,329 13,215 15,631
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 14.26% 14.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,223 8,010 9,261
UK median daily rate £415 £402 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +0.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £209 £213
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +1.32% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 737 736 721
UK median hourly rate £19.40 £22.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.84% -12.00% +16.06%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.61 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.99 £25.00
% change year-on-year -9.46% -16.06% +10.23%

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 19 April 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 19 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 15 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 19 April 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 -36 921 £475 +8.57% 261
UK excluding London -12 548 £475 +11.76% 191
London -43 400 £475 +5.56% 85
South East -8 232 £475 +8.88% 71
North of England -25 101 £450 +5.88% 52
South West +17 74 £475 +15.85% 18
Midlands -10 69 £475 +18.75% 19
North West -23 59 £475 +8.57% 28
West Midlands -38 45 £475 +18.75% 14
East of England -21 40 £363 -19.44% 16
Yorkshire -32 32 £415 -2.35% 20
Scotland -50 25 £475 +18.75% 9
East Midlands +4 18 £500 +21.21% 5
North East +32 14 £625 +78.57% 4
Wales -11 10 £438 +27.27% 3

For the 6 months to 19 April 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.

1 493 (50.51%) Firewall
2 348 (35.66%) Cisco
3 202 (20.70%) Cisco Certification
4 193 (19.77%) WAN
5 192 (19.67%) Linux
6 186 (19.06%) Security Cleared
7 170 (17.42%) LAN
8 169 (17.32%) CheckPoint
9 162 (16.60%) ITIL
9 162 (16.60%) Information Security
10 160 (16.39%) Finance
10 160 (16.39%) VPN
11 155 (15.88%) Windows
11 155 (15.88%) Cybersecurity
12 149 (15.27%) CCNP
13 137 (14.04%) Agile Software Development
13 137 (14.04%) Data Centre
14 128 (13.11%) SC Cleared
15 116 (11.89%) Microsoft Azure
16 115 (11.78%) Cisco ASA
17 112 (11.48%) Microsoft
18 110 (11.27%) CISSP
19 103 (10.55%) Juniper
19 103 (10.55%) TCP/IP
20 102 (10.45%) Palo Alto
21 98 (10.04%) Unix
22 97 (9.94%) Wireless
23 94 (9.63%) SIEM
24 93 (9.53%) F5
25 92 (9.43%) Security Architecture

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 21 (2.15%) IIS
2 20 (2.05%) Apache
3 13 (1.33%) Skype for Business
4 10 (1.02%) JBoss
5 9 (0.92%) nginx
5 9 (0.92%) SharePoint
6 8 (0.82%) Apache Spark
6 8 (0.82%) MS Exchange
6 8 (0.82%) WebSphere
7 7 (0.72%) Confluence
8 5 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.51%) Jetty
8 5 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
9 4 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.41%) FileNet
9 4 (0.41%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.41%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.20%) Apache Pig
10 2 (0.20%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.20%) OpenStack
Applications
1 26 (2.66%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.23%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.41%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 2 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.10%) RMDS
3 1 (0.10%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.10%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 116 (11.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 77 (7.89%) Amazon AWS
3 64 (6.56%) IaaS
4 47 (4.82%) PaaS
5 45 (4.61%) Office 365
6 35 (3.59%) SaaS
7 10 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.41%) GitHub
11 4 (0.41%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.31%) Akamai
12 3 (0.31%) NuGet
13 2 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
13 2 (0.20%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.20%) Route 53
13 2 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 493 (50.51%) Firewall
2 193 (19.77%) WAN
3 170 (17.42%) LAN
4 160 (16.39%) VPN
5 115 (11.78%) Cisco ASA
6 103 (10.55%) TCP/IP
7 97 (9.94%) Wireless
8 90 (9.22%) DNS
9 86 (8.81%) BGP
10 77 (7.89%) MPLS
11 71 (7.27%) SSL
12 64 (6.56%) Internet
13 60 (6.15%) IPsec
14 58 (5.94%) Cisco Nexus
14 58 (5.94%) Intrusion Detection
14 58 (5.94%) OSPF
15 51 (5.23%) DHCP
16 48 (4.92%) Kerberos
17 46 (4.71%) VLAN
17 46 (4.71%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (5.43%) Hadoop
2 31 (3.18%) Big Data
2 31 (3.18%) SQL Server
3 12 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
3 12 (1.23%) MySQL
4 10 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
5 9 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (0.72%) HBase
6 7 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (0.61%) Apache Hive
7 6 (0.61%) DB2
7 6 (0.61%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.51%) Blockchain
8 5 (0.51%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (0.51%) Redis
9 4 (0.41%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.31%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.20%) Flink
Development Applications
1 47 (4.82%) Jenkins
2 38 (3.89%) Git (software)
3 23 (2.36%) Maven
4 14 (1.43%) Visual Studio
5 13 (1.33%) Sonatype Nexus
6 12 (1.23%) JIRA
6 12 (1.23%) Vagrant
6 12 (1.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 6 (0.61%) Artifactory
8 4 (0.41%) Gerrit
8 4 (0.41%) Metasploit
9 3 (0.31%) GitLab
9 3 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.20%) Emacs
10 2 (0.20%) Selenium
10 2 (0.20%) Subversion
10 2 (0.20%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.20%) WiX
11 1 (0.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.10%) Hudson
General
1 160 (16.39%) Finance
2 54 (5.53%) Banking
3 47 (4.82%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.25%) Retail
5 20 (2.05%) Legal
6 10 (1.02%) Financial Institution
7 8 (0.82%) Marketing
8 7 (0.72%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.72%) Publishing
9 5 (0.51%) Back Office
10 4 (0.41%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.41%) Law
11 3 (0.31%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
11 3 (0.31%) French Language
12 2 (0.20%) Billing
12 2 (0.20%) Electronics
12 2 (0.20%) Games
12 2 (0.20%) Local Government
12 2 (0.20%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 256 (26.23%) Network Engineer
2 189 (19.36%) Security Engineer
3 170 (17.42%) Architect
4 150 (15.37%) Network Security Engineer
5 109 (11.17%) Security Architect
6 97 (9.94%) Consultant
7 82 (8.40%) Analyst
8 61 (6.25%) Network Architect
9 54 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
10 53 (5.43%) Security Analyst
11 46 (4.71%) Security Consultant
12 43 (4.41%) Network Security Architect
13 39 (4.00%) Cisco Engineer
14 37 (3.79%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 35 (3.59%) Network Specialist
16 33 (3.38%) Senior Network Engineer
17 32 (3.28%) Firewall Engineer
17 32 (3.28%) Project Manager
17 32 (3.28%) Security Specialist
18 30 (3.07%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.41%) LDAP
2 20 (2.05%) Regular Expression
3 16 (1.64%) 802.1X
3 16 (1.64%) Web Services
4 15 (1.54%) JSON
5 11 (1.13%) SAML
6 10 (1.02%) SOAP
7 9 (0.92%) .NET
7 9 (0.92%) HTML
7 9 (0.92%) Middleware
7 9 (0.92%) Spring
8 7 (0.72%) LAMP
8 7 (0.72%) Node.js
9 6 (0.61%) CSS
9 6 (0.61%) MFC
9 6 (0.61%) OAuth
10 5 (0.51%) LEMP Stack
10 5 (0.51%) XML
11 4 (0.41%) OpenID
11 4 (0.41%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 137 (14.04%) Data Centre
2 66 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (6.76%) Management Information System
3 29 (2.97%) Self-Motivation
4 27 (2.77%) Cyberthreat
5 23 (2.36%) PKI
6 20 (2.05%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.84%) Data Protection Act
7 18 (1.84%) Security Operations Centre
8 15 (1.54%) Cyberattack
8 15 (1.54%) Public Cloud
9 14 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
10 13 (1.33%) User Experience
10 13 (1.33%) Virtual Team
11 12 (1.23%) DataPower
11 12 (1.23%) Private Cloud
12 11 (1.13%) Algorithms
12 11 (1.13%) Fintech
13 10 (1.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 9 (0.92%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 192 (19.67%) Linux
2 155 (15.88%) Windows
3 98 (10.04%) Unix
4 46 (4.71%) Windows Server
5 43 (4.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 34 (3.48%) CentOS
7 18 (1.84%) Windows 10
8 11 (1.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (1.02%) Ubuntu
9 10 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (0.72%) AIX
10 7 (0.72%) VMS
11 6 (0.61%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.51%) Check Point GAiA
12 5 (0.51%) zOS
13 4 (0.41%) Windows 8
13 4 (0.41%) Windows XP
14 3 (0.31%) Debian
14 3 (0.31%) Solaris
14 3 (0.31%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (16.60%) Information Security
1 162 (16.60%) ITIL
2 155 (15.88%) Cybersecurity
3 137 (14.04%) Agile Software Development
4 94 (9.63%) SIEM
5 92 (9.43%) DevOps
5 92 (9.43%) Security Architecture
6 84 (8.61%) Network Design
7 79 (8.09%) Change Management
7 79 (8.09%) Load Balancing
8 74 (7.58%) Network Monitoring
9 63 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
9 63 (6.45%) Security Operations
10 59 (6.05%) Migration
11 54 (5.53%) Project Management
12 51 (5.23%) Continuous Integration
13 49 (5.02%) Data Protection
13 49 (5.02%) Stakeholder Management
14 47 (4.82%) Risk Management
15 45 (4.61%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 65 (6.66%) Python
2 50 (5.12%) PowerShell
3 46 (4.71%) SQL
4 44 (4.51%) Java
5 25 (2.56%) Perl
6 24 (2.46%) C
7 18 (1.84%) C#
8 10 (1.02%) C++
8 10 (1.02%) JavaScript
9 9 (0.92%) Bash Shell
10 8 (0.82%) PHP
11 6 (0.61%) Assembly Language
11 6 (0.61%) Embedded C++
11 6 (0.61%) MATLAB
12 5 (0.51%) Ruby
13 4 (0.41%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.41%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.31%) Java 8
15 2 (0.20%) VB
15 2 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 202 (20.70%) Cisco Certification
2 186 (19.06%) Security Cleared
3 149 (15.27%) CCNP
4 128 (13.11%) SC Cleared
5 110 (11.27%) CISSP
6 83 (8.50%) CCNA
7 66 (6.76%) Degree
8 62 (6.35%) CCIE
9 42 (4.30%) DV Cleared
10 29 (2.97%) CCSE
10 29 (2.97%) SANS
11 28 (2.87%) CISM
12 27 (2.77%) CCSA
13 21 (2.15%) GIAC
14 20 (2.05%) CEH
15 17 (1.74%) CISA
16 16 (1.64%) TOGAF Certification
17 14 (1.43%) CCDP
18 13 (1.33%) CREST Certified
19 11 (1.13%) CCIE Routing and Switching
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (6.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (5.43%) PCI DSS
3 47 (4.82%) GDPR
4 13 (1.33%) Cyber Essentials
4 13 (1.33%) QA
4 13 (1.33%) SLA
5 12 (1.23%) COBIT
6 9 (0.92%) PMO
7 6 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 5 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 5 (0.51%) ISO 9001
8 5 (0.51%) RMADS
9 3 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.31%) FIPS 140-2
10 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.10%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.10%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.10%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.10%) PSD2
System Software
1 88 (9.02%) Active Directory
2 51 (5.23%) Docker
3 39 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (2.46%) Hyper-V
5 16 (1.64%) ProxySG
6 15 (1.54%) vSphere
7 12 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.72%) HDFS
9 5 (0.51%) BitLocker
9 5 (0.51%) VMware NSX
10 4 (0.41%) Firmware
10 4 (0.41%) Postfix
10 4 (0.41%) Squid
11 3 (0.31%) Snort
11 3 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 2 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.20%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.20%) zsh
Systems Management
1 69 (7.07%) Ansible
2 36 (3.69%) Terraform
3 28 (2.87%) Nessus
4 24 (2.46%) Puppet
5 20 (2.05%) Kubernetes
6 17 (1.74%) SCCM
7 16 (1.64%) ArcSight ESM
7 16 (1.64%) SCOM
8 15 (1.54%) FortiGate
9 13 (1.33%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 13 (1.33%) QRadar
10 12 (1.23%) Cisco Prime
10 12 (1.23%) Nagios
10 12 (1.23%) Nmap
11 10 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
12 9 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (0.82%) HAProxy
13 8 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
14 7 (0.72%) SELinux
15 6 (0.61%) Forum Sentry
Vendors
1 348 (35.66%) Cisco
2 169 (17.32%) CheckPoint
3 112 (11.48%) Microsoft
4 103 (10.55%) Juniper
5 102 (10.45%) Palo Alto
6 93 (9.53%) F5
7 60 (6.15%) VMware
8 55 (5.64%) Citrix
9 50 (5.12%) Red Hat
10 47 (4.82%) Blue Coat
11 40 (4.10%) HP
11 40 (4.10%) McAfee
12 34 (3.48%) ArcSight
13 32 (3.28%) Oracle
14 23 (2.36%) Fortinet
15 22 (2.25%) IBM
16 21 (2.15%) Qualys
16 21 (2.15%) SolarWinds
16 21 (2.15%) Splunk
17 18 (1.84%) FireEye