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 3 months to 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Network Security
UK
Rank 205 214 213
Rank change year-on-year +9 -1  
Contract jobs citing Network Security 527 608 570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.17% 1.14% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.08% 7.73% 7.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 346 293
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £288 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +13.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 17
Median hourly rate £29.50 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.66% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.21 £10.80 £19.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.00 £58.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £33.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -28.88% +12.50%  

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 6519 7870 8007
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.51% 14.78% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4021 4698 4373
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 359 337 444
Median hourly rate £24.50 £32.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.43% +16.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +23.33%  

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Network Security as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 497 £425 +6.25% 133
London +34 239 £438 +2.94% 47
South East -30 103 £425 +20.73% 31
West Midlands +25 36 £425 -1.16% 16
North West +15 36 £383 +9.28% 11
Hampshire -18 32 £450 +27.84% 9
Yorkshire -7 28 £406 +16.07% 6
Oxfordshire +11 25 £375 -6.25% 2
Manchester +7 23 £488 +39.28% 6
South West -7 22 £400 +6.66% 9
City of London -4 21 £475 +17.28% 11
Scotland +27 18 £475 +24.59% 2
East of England -19 18 £425 - 7
Oxford +7 16 £375 +66.66%
Berkshire +6 16 £450 +12.50% 7
Warwickshire +9 12 £450 +14.64% 1
West Yorkshire +5 12 £388 +10.71% 6
Reading +25 11 £450 -5.26% 3
Birmingham +8 11 £325 -35.00% 3
Bristol +2 11 £375 +7.14% 3
Buckinghamshire -9 11 £388 -13.88% 4
South Yorkshire -15 11 £525 +40.00%
Sheffield -8 10 £525 +31.25%
Surrey -12 10 £475 +35.71% 3
Edinburgh +25 9 £539 +26.76% 1
Coventry +10 9 £455 -9.00% 4
Wales +15 8 £344 -20.28%
Milton Keynes +6 8 £375 -16.66% 2
Glasgow -2 8 £400 - 1
Basingstoke +12 7 £464 +23.60%

Network Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 615 (55.26%) Firewall
2 475 (42.68%) Cisco
3 279 (25.07%) Cisco Certification
4 259 (23.27%) CheckPoint
5 247 (22.19%) WAN
6 243 (21.83%) LAN
7 220 (19.77%) Juniper
8 191 (17.16%) Finance
9 189 (16.98%) VPN
9 189 (16.98%) Data Centre
10 184 (16.53%) Security Cleared
11 176 (15.81%) F5
12 174 (15.63%) CCNP
13 172 (15.45%) Windows
14 161 (14.47%) Cisco ASA
15 156 (14.02%) TCP/IP
16 154 (13.84%) Linux
17 151 (13.57%) SC Cleared
18 140 (12.58%) Wireless
19 139 (12.49%) ITIL
20 132 (11.86%) DNS
20 132 (11.86%) Palo Alto
21 129 (11.59%) Information Security
22 118 (10.60%) Microsoft
23 110 (9.88%) Active Directory
24 108 (9.70%) Unix
25 105 (9.43%) VMware
26 101 (9.07%) Analytical Skills
27 97 (8.72%) CCNA
27 97 (8.72%) MPLS

Network Security
Top Related 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 25 (2.25%) MS Exchange
2 22 (1.98%) SharePoint
3 11 (0.99%) CMS
3 11 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (0.99%) IIS
3 11 (0.99%) JBoss
3 11 (0.99%) WebSphere
4 10 (0.90%) Apache
4 10 (0.90%) Apache Spark
5 7 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (0.63%) Tomcat
6 6 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
7 5 (0.45%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.36%) FileNet
8 4 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (0.36%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.36%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.27%) Jupyter
10 2 (0.18%) SAS
Applications
1 48 (4.31%) MS Excel
2 33 (2.96%) MS Office
3 19 (1.71%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.36%) MS Project
6 3 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.45%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
1 5 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
3 2 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.090%) Magento
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.090%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 74 (6.65%) Amazon AWS
2 72 (6.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (2.88%) Office 365
4 30 (2.70%) IaaS
5 21 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
5 21 (1.89%) PaaS
6 12 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 11 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
7 11 (0.99%) SaaS
8 8 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (0.63%) Amazon S3
9 7 (0.63%) GitHub
10 5 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.36%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 3 (0.27%) CloudFront
13 2 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.18%) Yammer
14 1 (0.090%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.090%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.090%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 615 (55.26%) Firewall
2 247 (22.19%) WAN
3 243 (21.83%) LAN
4 189 (16.98%) VPN
5 161 (14.47%) Cisco ASA
6 156 (14.02%) TCP/IP
7 140 (12.58%) Wireless
8 132 (11.86%) DNS
9 97 (8.72%) MPLS
10 93 (8.36%) BGP
11 90 (8.09%) Intrusion Detection
12 85 (7.64%) SSL
13 82 (7.37%) DHCP
14 81 (7.28%) OSPF
15 73 (6.56%) Cisco Nexus
16 72 (6.47%) VoIP
17 62 (5.57%) IPsec
18 61 (5.48%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 58 (5.21%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
20 55 (4.94%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (2.70%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.89%) MySQL
3 14 (1.26%) Big Data
4 12 (1.08%) BusinessObjects
5 11 (0.99%) NoSQL
6 10 (0.90%) Hadoop
7 9 (0.81%) HBase
8 8 (0.72%) Relational Database
9 5 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
9 5 (0.45%) Cloudera CDH
10 4 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (0.36%) Apache Hive
10 4 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.36%) Informix
10 4 (0.36%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.27%) Data Lake
11 3 (0.27%) DB2
11 3 (0.27%) DocumentDB
Development Applications
1 22 (1.98%) Git (software)
2 15 (1.35%) Jenkins
2 15 (1.35%) JIRA
3 11 (0.99%) git-flow
4 10 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.45%) Subversion
6 4 (0.36%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.27%) AppScan
8 2 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.18%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.18%) FxCop
8 2 (0.18%) Hudson
8 2 (0.18%) LabVIEW
8 2 (0.18%) StyleCop
8 2 (0.18%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.090%) JBehave
9 1 (0.090%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.090%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.090%) Redmine
General
1 191 (17.16%) Finance
2 77 (6.92%) Telecoms
3 69 (6.20%) Banking
4 41 (3.68%) Retail
5 26 (2.34%) Law
6 24 (2.16%) Legal
7 17 (1.53%) Electronics
8 15 (1.35%) Financial Institution
8 15 (1.35%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.72%) Publishing
10 7 (0.63%) Billing
10 7 (0.63%) Military
11 6 (0.54%) Automotive
12 4 (0.36%) Advertising
12 4 (0.36%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.36%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.36%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.27%) Games
13 3 (0.27%) Marketing
13 3 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 337 (30.28%) Network Engineer
2 217 (19.50%) Security Engineer
3 190 (17.07%) Network Security Engineer
4 189 (16.98%) Architect
5 139 (12.49%) Analyst
6 110 (9.88%) Consultant
7 87 (7.82%) Security Architect
8 77 (6.92%) Security Consultant
9 76 (6.83%) Network Architect
10 71 (6.38%) Security Analyst
11 66 (5.93%) Cisco Engineer
11 66 (5.93%) Network Analyst
12 64 (5.75%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 58 (5.21%) Network Consultant
14 56 (5.03%) Firewall Engineer
15 47 (4.22%) Network Security Consultant
16 46 (4.13%) Network Specialist
17 43 (3.86%) Network Security Architect
18 38 (3.41%) Juniper Engineer
19 37 (3.32%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.79%) Web Services
2 29 (2.61%) 802.1X
3 20 (1.80%) CSS
3 20 (1.80%) HTML
4 16 (1.44%) CSS3
4 16 (1.44%) HTML5
5 15 (1.35%) RESTful
6 12 (1.08%) .NET
7 11 (0.99%) Middleware
8 9 (0.81%) Regular Expression
9 8 (0.72%) ASP.NET
9 8 (0.72%) JSON
9 8 (0.72%) WebSphere MQ
10 7 (0.63%) D3.js
10 7 (0.63%) SOAP
11 6 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
11 6 (0.54%) Java EE
12 5 (0.45%) Kafka
12 5 (0.45%) Ruby on Rails
12 5 (0.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 189 (16.98%) Data Centre
2 101 (9.07%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (5.57%) Management Information System
4 41 (3.68%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 30 (2.70%) Computer Science
5 30 (2.70%) Security Operations Centre
6 25 (2.25%) PKI
7 24 (2.16%) iPad
8 22 (1.98%) User Experience
9 16 (1.44%) Clustering
9 16 (1.44%) Driving Licence
10 14 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
11 12 (1.08%) iPhone
12 10 (0.90%) iSeries
12 10 (0.90%) Tandem
13 9 (0.81%) Client/Server
13 9 (0.81%) Private Cloud
13 9 (0.81%) Replication
14 8 (0.72%) Cyberthreat
14 8 (0.72%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 172 (15.45%) Windows
2 154 (13.84%) Linux
3 108 (9.70%) Unix
4 53 (4.76%) Windows Server
5 32 (2.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (2.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (1.44%) AIX
8 16 (1.44%) Windows Server 2003
9 15 (1.35%) Windows 10
10 13 (1.17%) Apple iOS
11 11 (0.99%) CentOS
12 10 (0.90%) OpenVMS
13 9 (0.81%) Solaris
14 8 (0.72%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.54%) SUSE
16 5 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
17 4 (0.36%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.36%) Windows 8
17 4 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (12.49%) ITIL
2 129 (11.59%) Information Security
3 91 (8.18%) Load Balancing
4 86 (7.73%) Network Design
5 85 (7.64%) Cybersecurity
6 79 (7.10%) Network Management
7 66 (5.93%) SIEM
8 65 (5.84%) Agile Software Development
8 65 (5.84%) Migration
9 64 (5.75%) Change Management
10 62 (5.57%) Project Management
11 52 (4.67%) Penetration Testing
12 49 (4.40%) Network Monitoring
12 49 (4.40%) Security Operations
13 47 (4.22%) Risk Management
14 45 (4.04%) Customer Requirements
14 45 (4.04%) Service Management
15 44 (3.95%) DevOps
16 43 (3.86%) Network Architecture
17 42 (3.77%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (7.46%) SQL
2 50 (4.49%) Java
3 32 (2.88%) Python
4 28 (2.52%) Perl
5 26 (2.34%) PowerShell
6 23 (2.07%) JavaScript
7 18 (1.62%) Bash Shell
8 17 (1.53%) PHP
8 17 (1.53%) Ruby
9 13 (1.17%) C
9 13 (1.17%) C#
10 12 (1.08%) Apple Swift
10 12 (1.08%) Objective-C
11 10 (0.90%) Shell Script
12 7 (0.63%) VBScript
13 6 (0.54%) Korn
14 5 (0.45%) C++
15 1 (0.090%) Scala
15 1 (0.090%) VB
Qualifications
1 279 (25.07%) Cisco Certification
2 184 (16.53%) Security Cleared
3 174 (15.63%) CCNP
4 151 (13.57%) SC Cleared
5 97 (8.72%) CCNA
6 84 (7.55%) CISSP
7 76 (6.83%) CCIE
8 60 (5.39%) Degree
9 41 (3.68%) CCSP
10 40 (3.59%) CISM
11 32 (2.88%) CCSE
11 32 (2.88%) DV Cleared
12 31 (2.79%) JNCIS
13 27 (2.43%) JNCIP
14 26 (2.34%) CCSA
15 24 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
16 17 (1.53%) JNCIA
17 16 (1.44%) MCSE
18 14 (1.26%) CCDA
18 14 (1.26%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (6.20%) PCI DSS
2 45 (4.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (2.70%) SLA
4 20 (1.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 18 (1.62%) QA
6 11 (0.99%) HIPAA
7 5 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.45%) Government Security Classifications
7 5 (0.45%) JSP 440
7 5 (0.45%) Web Application Security Consortium
8 4 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.27%) COBIT
9 3 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.27%) ISO27002
9 3 (0.27%) PA-DSS
9 3 (0.27%) PMO
10 2 (0.18%) Basel II
10 2 (0.18%) FedRAMP
10 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.18%) RMADS
System Software
1 110 (9.88%) Active Directory
2 72 (6.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (1.98%) Hyper-V
4 16 (1.44%) ProxySG
5 14 (1.26%) VMware ESX
6 13 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (1.08%) Docker
8 11 (0.99%) Snort
9 10 (0.90%) RACF
10 9 (0.81%) Firmware
10 9 (0.81%) HDFS
10 9 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (0.54%) PowerHA
12 6 (0.54%) SRDF
13 5 (0.45%) pfSense
14 4 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.36%) vCloud
15 3 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
15 3 (0.27%) Xen
Systems Management
1 45 (4.04%) FortiGate
2 33 (2.96%) Puppet
3 27 (2.43%) Nagios
4 24 (2.16%) Ansible
5 23 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
5 23 (2.07%) SCCM
6 15 (1.35%) SCOM
7 10 (0.90%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 9 (0.81%) Kibana
9 8 (0.72%) Cisco UCCX
9 8 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (0.72%) QRadar
9 8 (0.72%) Stealthwatch
9 8 (0.72%) WSUS
10 7 (0.63%) Backup Exec
10 7 (0.63%) Cisco Prime
10 7 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
11 6 (0.54%) EMC NetWorker
11 6 (0.54%) Graphite
11 6 (0.54%) yum
Vendors
1 475 (42.68%) Cisco
2 259 (23.27%) CheckPoint
3 220 (19.77%) Juniper
4 176 (15.81%) F5
5 132 (11.86%) Palo Alto
6 118 (10.60%) Microsoft
7 105 (9.43%) VMware
8 81 (7.28%) Blue Coat
9 78 (7.01%) Fortinet
10 65 (5.84%) Citrix
11 52 (4.67%) HP
12 45 (4.04%) Dell
13 34 (3.05%) IBM
13 34 (3.05%) Red Hat
14 31 (2.79%) Splunk
15 30 (2.70%) Oracle
16 29 (2.61%) Brocade
17 28 (2.52%) Aruba
18 27 (2.43%) Sourcefire
19 26 (2.34%) Intel Security
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 hours ago
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Essex
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedfordshire
Tria Recruitment
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedfordshire
Claremont Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £400 to £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 13 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £550.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago