Period
to 18 August 2017

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 18 August 2017 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
18 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 275 174 226
Rank change year-on-year -101 +52 +42
Contract jobs citing Network Security 871 1678 1239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.90% 1.54% 1.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.54% 9.83% 7.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 567 1130 671
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £377
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.24% -5.88%
10th Percentile £303 £263 £248
90th Percentile £597 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +13.33% - -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 39 50
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +8.11% +94.74%
10th Percentile £28.86 £14.45 £15.68
90th Percentile £52.25 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.13 £38.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -4.91% -5.00% +97.53%

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 13309 17068 16216
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.80% 15.71% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7973 10356 9138
UK median daily rate £408 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £223 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 746 821 964
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +21.65% +5.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £26.25 £20.60
% change year-on-year -29.52% +27.43% +5.64%

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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 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 -107 829 £450 +12.50% 149
UK excluding London -103 474 £425 +13.33% 103
London -68 386 £475 +5.56% 54
South East -59 208 £436 +9.06% 35
North of England -65 100 £425 +13.33% 28
North West -64 57 £418 +11.33% 15
South West -15 46 £388 +3.33% 14
East of England -60 44 £497 +32.60% 8
Midlands -63 42 £425 +30.77% 10
Scotland -22 34 £356 -5.00% 7
West Midlands -25 32 £404 +19.63% 6
Yorkshire -46 32 £430 +14.67% 12
North East +43 11 £375 +17.19% 1
East Midlands -44 9 £513 +70.83% 4
Wales -9 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Network Security also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Network Security.

1 459 (52.70%) Firewall
2 364 (41.79%) Cisco
3 262 (30.08%) Cisco Certification
4 213 (24.45%) WAN
5 192 (22.04%) LAN
6 181 (20.78%) CheckPoint
7 171 (19.63%) CCNP
8 159 (18.25%) VPN
9 154 (17.68%) Windows
10 152 (17.45%) Linux
10 152 (17.45%) TCP/IP
11 150 (17.22%) Data Centre
12 138 (15.84%) Juniper
13 131 (15.04%) Information Security
14 129 (14.81%) Finance
15 121 (13.89%) Security Cleared
16 119 (13.66%) Cisco ASA
16 119 (13.66%) Palo Alto
17 113 (12.97%) Wireless
18 109 (12.51%) MPLS
19 107 (12.28%) CISSP
20 105 (12.06%) ITIL
21 103 (11.83%) F5
22 102 (11.71%) BGP
23 101 (11.60%) DNS
24 97 (11.14%) CCNA
25 95 (10.91%) IPsec
26 93 (10.68%) Microsoft
26 93 (10.68%) Cybersecurity
27 92 (10.56%) SIEM

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 24 (2.76%) IIS
2 20 (2.30%) Apache
3 15 (1.72%) WebSphere
4 14 (1.61%) MS Exchange
5 12 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (1.38%) OpenStack
6 11 (1.26%) JBoss
7 10 (1.15%) Tomcat
8 8 (0.92%) Apache Spark
8 8 (0.92%) WebLogic
9 7 (0.80%) nginx
9 7 (0.80%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.69%) Apache Pig
10 6 (0.69%) SharePoint
11 5 (0.57%) Apache Solr
11 5 (0.57%) Mule
11 5 (0.57%) SAS
12 4 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
13 3 (0.34%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 16 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
1 16 (1.84%) MS Visio
2 15 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.46%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 4 (0.46%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.23%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.11%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 86 (9.87%) Amazon AWS
2 79 (9.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 54 (6.20%) IaaS
4 33 (3.79%) PaaS
5 19 (2.18%) Cloud Computing
5 19 (2.18%) Office 365
6 15 (1.72%) SaaS
7 12 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
8 11 (1.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 8 (0.92%) Akamai
10 7 (0.80%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (0.57%) Route 53
13 4 (0.46%) Amazon EMR
13 4 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
14 3 (0.34%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 459 (52.70%) Firewall
2 213 (24.45%) WAN
3 192 (22.04%) LAN
4 159 (18.25%) VPN
5 152 (17.45%) TCP/IP
6 119 (13.66%) Cisco ASA
7 113 (12.97%) Wireless
8 109 (12.51%) MPLS
9 102 (11.71%) BGP
10 101 (11.60%) DNS
11 95 (10.91%) IPsec
12 84 (9.64%) OSPF
13 69 (7.92%) DHCP
14 65 (7.46%) Cisco Nexus
15 63 (7.23%) HTTP
15 63 (7.23%) Intrusion Detection
16 62 (7.12%) VoIP
17 59 (6.77%) VLAN
18 53 (6.08%) SSL
19 46 (5.28%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (2.64%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.53%) Big Data
3 21 (2.41%) Hadoop
4 9 (1.03%) Apache Hive
4 9 (1.03%) HBase
5 8 (0.92%) MySQL
5 8 (0.92%) Relational Database
6 7 (0.80%) RDBMS
7 6 (0.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 6 (0.69%) DataStax
7 6 (0.69%) NoSQL
7 6 (0.69%) Sqoop
8 5 (0.57%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.34%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.34%) DocumentDB
10 3 (0.34%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 26 (2.99%) Git (software)
2 22 (2.53%) JIRA
3 17 (1.95%) git-flow
4 16 (1.84%) Jenkins
5 11 (1.26%) Metasploit
6 9 (1.03%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.46%) Hudson
7 4 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.34%) IDA Disassembler
8 3 (0.34%) Maven
8 3 (0.34%) OllyDbg
9 2 (0.23%) MSI
9 2 (0.23%) Vagrant
9 2 (0.23%) VersionOne
9 2 (0.23%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.23%) WiX
10 1 (0.11%) Ant
10 1 (0.11%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.11%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 129 (14.81%) Finance
2 54 (6.20%) Banking
3 48 (5.51%) Telecoms
4 28 (3.21%) Law
4 28 (3.21%) Retail
5 14 (1.61%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.15%) Billing
6 10 (1.15%) Military
7 9 (1.03%) Marketing
8 8 (0.92%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.80%) Electronics
9 7 (0.80%) Legal
10 5 (0.57%) Publishing
11 4 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.34%) Advertising
12 3 (0.34%) Front Office
12 3 (0.34%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.23%) Local Government
13 2 (0.23%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 236 (27.10%) Network Engineer
2 145 (16.65%) Security Engineer
3 129 (14.81%) Consultant
4 121 (13.89%) Architect
5 114 (13.09%) Network Security Engineer
6 105 (12.06%) Analyst
7 92 (10.56%) Security Consultant
8 64 (7.35%) Security Analyst
9 63 (7.23%) Security Architect
10 55 (6.31%) Network Consultant
11 51 (5.86%) Cisco Engineer
11 51 (5.86%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 42 (4.82%) Network Architect
13 39 (4.48%) Network Security Consultant
14 33 (3.79%) Network Analyst
15 32 (3.67%) Project Manager
16 31 (3.56%) Senior Network Engineer
17 30 (3.44%) Firewall Engineer
17 30 (3.44%) Network Specialist
18 27 (3.10%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (3.79%) Web Services
2 25 (2.87%) RESTful
3 24 (2.76%) 802.1X
4 20 (2.30%) .NET
5 16 (1.84%) Middleware
6 14 (1.61%) HTML
7 11 (1.26%) Elastic Stack
7 11 (1.26%) JSON
8 10 (1.15%) SOAP
9 9 (1.03%) HTML5
9 9 (1.03%) WebSphere MQ
9 9 (1.03%) XML
10 7 (0.80%) CSS
10 7 (0.80%) jQuery
11 6 (0.69%) AngularJS
11 6 (0.69%) CSS3
11 6 (0.69%) PySpark
12 5 (0.57%) Regular Expression
12 5 (0.57%) Sensu
12 5 (0.57%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 150 (17.22%) Data Centre
2 48 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (5.05%) Management Information System
4 38 (4.36%) PKI
5 26 (2.99%) Computer Science
6 19 (2.18%) Clustering
6 19 (2.18%) iPad
7 17 (1.95%) iPhone
7 17 (1.95%) Virtual Team
8 16 (1.84%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 15 (1.72%) Private Cloud
9 15 (1.72%) Public Cloud
9 15 (1.72%) Security Operations Centre
10 14 (1.61%) User Experience
11 13 (1.49%) Cyberthreat
12 12 (1.38%) CESG
13 9 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
14 7 (0.80%) FMCG
15 6 (0.69%) Mainframe
15 6 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 154 (17.68%) Windows
2 152 (17.45%) Linux
3 80 (9.18%) Unix
4 71 (8.15%) Windows Server
5 35 (4.02%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 24 (2.76%) Apple iOS
8 19 (2.18%) Windows Server 2012
9 18 (2.07%) CentOS
9 18 (2.07%) Windows Server 2003
10 12 (1.38%) AIX
11 11 (1.26%) SUSE
12 9 (1.03%) VMS
13 8 (0.92%) Windows 7
14 7 (0.80%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.69%) Android
15 6 (0.69%) Oracle Linux
16 5 (0.57%) Mac OS X
17 4 (0.46%) Solaris
18 3 (0.34%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (15.04%) Information Security
2 105 (12.06%) ITIL
3 93 (10.68%) Cybersecurity
4 92 (10.56%) SIEM
5 81 (9.30%) Network Design
6 69 (7.92%) Load Balancing
7 66 (7.58%) Penetration Testing
8 61 (7.00%) Agile Software Development
8 61 (7.00%) Configuration Management
9 60 (6.89%) Project Management
10 59 (6.77%) Migration
11 54 (6.20%) Network Management
12 51 (5.86%) Cryptography
13 47 (5.40%) DevOps
13 47 (5.40%) Security Architecture
14 45 (5.17%) Change Management
14 45 (5.17%) Security Operations
15 41 (4.71%) Security Monitoring
16 36 (4.13%) Risk Management
16 36 (4.13%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 67 (7.69%) Python
2 60 (6.89%) Java
3 52 (5.97%) SQL
4 46 (5.28%) Perl
5 38 (4.36%) Bash Shell
6 32 (3.67%) Ruby
7 29 (3.33%) C-shell
7 29 (3.33%) Korn
8 24 (2.76%) PowerShell
9 17 (1.95%) Apple Swift
9 17 (1.95%) Objective-C
10 14 (1.61%) C
10 14 (1.61%) Shell Script
11 12 (1.38%) JavaScript
12 11 (1.26%) C++
13 8 (0.92%) C#
14 7 (0.80%) PHP
15 6 (0.69%) VB
16 5 (0.57%) VBScript
17 4 (0.46%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 262 (30.08%) Cisco Certification
2 171 (19.63%) CCNP
3 121 (13.89%) Security Cleared
4 107 (12.28%) CISSP
5 97 (11.14%) CCNA
6 78 (8.96%) CCIE
7 73 (8.38%) SC Cleared
8 50 (5.74%) Degree
9 35 (4.02%) CISM
10 30 (3.44%) CEH
11 26 (2.99%) DV Cleared
12 25 (2.87%) CCSA
13 24 (2.76%) CCSE
14 22 (2.53%) GIAC
15 20 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
16 18 (2.07%) JNCIP
16 18 (2.07%) SANS
17 16 (1.84%) CCSP
17 16 (1.84%) CREST Certified
18 15 (1.72%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 34 (3.90%) PCI DSS
3 27 (3.10%) SLA
4 16 (1.84%) QA
5 8 (0.92%) COBIT
5 8 (0.92%) PMO
6 7 (0.80%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.69%) JSP 440
7 6 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (0.57%) FedRAMP
8 5 (0.57%) GDPR
9 4 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.23%) GAMP
11 2 (0.23%) GMP
11 2 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 2 (0.23%) RMADS
System Software
1 83 (9.53%) Active Directory
2 65 (7.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (2.64%) Hyper-V
4 22 (2.53%) VMware ESXi
5 15 (1.72%) ProxySG
6 14 (1.61%) vSphere
7 10 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (1.15%) VMware NSX
8 9 (1.03%) Docker
8 9 (1.03%) HDFS
9 8 (0.92%) Apache Flume
9 8 (0.92%) NFS
9 8 (0.92%) VirtualBox
10 7 (0.80%) Openswan
10 7 (0.80%) XenDesktop
11 6 (0.69%) pfSense
12 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
13 4 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 55 (6.31%) Puppet
2 44 (5.05%) Opscode Chef
3 31 (3.56%) FortiGate
4 28 (3.21%) Ansible
5 25 (2.87%) Nagios
6 15 (1.72%) Nessus
7 12 (1.38%) SCOM
8 11 (1.26%) Nmap
8 11 (1.26%) QRadar
9 10 (1.15%) vRealize
10 9 (1.03%) Cisco Prime
10 9 (1.03%) Cisco UCCX
10 9 (1.03%) EnCase
10 9 (1.03%) Terraform
11 8 (0.92%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 7 (0.80%) CSIRT
12 7 (0.80%) WSUS
13 6 (0.69%) Kibana
13 6 (0.69%) logstash
13 6 (0.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 364 (41.79%) Cisco
2 181 (20.78%) CheckPoint
3 138 (15.84%) Juniper
4 119 (13.66%) Palo Alto
5 103 (11.83%) F5
6 93 (10.68%) Microsoft
7 90 (10.33%) VMware
8 65 (7.46%) HP
9 56 (6.43%) Citrix
10 54 (6.20%) SolarWinds
11 52 (5.97%) Fortinet
12 50 (5.74%) Riverbed
13 42 (4.82%) Red Hat
14 36 (4.13%) Blue Coat
15 33 (3.79%) Splunk
16 23 (2.64%) Oracle
17 19 (2.18%) IBM
17 19 (2.18%) NetApp
18 17 (1.95%) Cloudera
18 17 (1.95%) Dell