Period
to 22 October 2020

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 22 October 2020 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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 242 257 267
Rank change year-on-year +15 +10 +12
Contract jobs citing Network Security 338 890 1,050
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.05% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.03% 7.90% 7.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 578 645
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.26% +4.97%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £313
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £434 £435 £450
% change year-on-year -0.29% -3.33% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 40 28
Median hourly rate £43.20 £44.50 £33.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.92% +34.24% -1.92%
10th Percentile £19.33 £16.25 £14.55
90th Percentile £53.38 £57.63 £59.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £33.75
% change year-on-year -11.11% +33.33% +103.59%

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 4,210 11,268 13,603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.24% 13.28% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,419 6,796 8,190
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £195 £200
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 232 619 666
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +65.79% -1.63%
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.50 £12.20
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £18.79
% change year-on-year +39.33% +33.69% -3.95%

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Network Security.

Daily rate trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Network Security over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Network Security.

Hourly rate trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Network Security over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 2020. 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 +23 286 £460 +2.17% 128
UK excluding London +21 159 £434 -0.29% 87
London +57 141 £490 -2.00% 46
Work from Home -42 75 £450 -12.20% 19
South East +32 46 £420 -1.18% 25
North of England +60 31 £450 +9.09% 30
Scotland +57 24 £513 -4.65% 3
North West +66 23 £431 -4.17% 16
Midlands +66 23 £425 +7.94% 11
South West +58 23 £425 -5.56% 10
West Midlands +63 14 £419 -11.84% 6
East of England +63 10 £418 -7.22% 6
Yorkshire +50 7 £500 +21.21% 12
East Midlands +31 6 £325 -3.70% 5
Wales +30 2 £413 +32.00% 2
North East +29 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 174 (51.48%) Firewall
2 114 (33.73%) Cisco
3 75 (22.19%) Security Cleared
4 73 (21.60%) WAN
5 72 (21.30%) Cisco Certification
5 72 (21.30%) Azure
6 70 (20.71%) Cybersecurity
7 63 (18.64%) SC Cleared
7 63 (18.64%) LAN
7 63 (18.64%) Windows
8 62 (18.34%) VPN
9 58 (17.16%) SIEM
10 54 (15.98%) Linux
11 51 (15.09%) Active Directory
12 49 (14.50%) DevOps
13 48 (14.20%) CheckPoint
14 47 (13.91%) CISSP
15 46 (13.61%) DNS
15 46 (13.61%) Palo Alto
16 45 (13.31%) CCNP
17 44 (13.02%) AWS
18 43 (12.72%) Finance
19 42 (12.43%) Security Architecture
20 41 (12.13%) VMware
20 41 (12.13%) OSPF
21 39 (11.54%) F5
22 36 (10.65%) CCNA
22 36 (10.65%) Management Information System
23 35 (10.36%) Information Security
23 35 (10.36%) Python

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 6 (1.78%) Elasticsearch
1 6 (1.78%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.48%) MS Exchange
3 3 (0.89%) CMS
4 2 (0.59%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.30%) Apache
5 1 (0.30%) Confluence
5 1 (0.30%) Drupal
5 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.30%) IIS
5 1 (0.30%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.30%) nginx
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.30%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (3.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (2.66%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.18%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 72 (21.30%) Azure
2 44 (13.02%) AWS
3 27 (7.99%) Office 365
3 27 (7.99%) SaaS
4 17 (5.03%) GCP
5 16 (4.73%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (4.73%) PaaS
6 15 (4.44%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (2.37%) IaaS
7 8 (2.37%) Serverless
7 8 (2.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 7 (2.07%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (2.07%) AWS CloudTrail
9 6 (1.78%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (1.78%) Route 53
10 5 (1.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 5 (1.48%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 5 (1.48%) Amazon S3
10 5 (1.48%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (1.18%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 174 (51.48%) Firewall
2 73 (21.60%) WAN
3 63 (18.64%) LAN
4 62 (18.34%) VPN
5 46 (13.61%) DNS
6 41 (12.13%) OSPF
7 34 (10.06%) TCP/IP
8 33 (9.76%) Internet
9 26 (7.69%) BGP
10 25 (7.40%) MPLS
11 24 (7.10%) DHCP
12 23 (6.80%) Wireless
13 21 (6.21%) SNMP
14 20 (5.92%) Cisco Nexus
15 18 (5.33%) IPsec
16 17 (5.03%) TACACS
17 16 (4.73%) VoIP
18 15 (4.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 14 (4.14%) DMZ
20 13 (3.85%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.55%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.07%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (1.78%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 4 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (0.89%) MySQL
6 2 (0.59%) Big Data
7 1 (0.30%) Cosmos DB
7 1 (0.30%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.30%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.30%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.30%) Power BI
7 1 (0.30%) Redis
Development Applications
1 10 (2.96%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.78%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.18%) IntelliJ
3 4 (1.18%) Maven
3 4 (1.18%) Sublime Text
4 3 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.59%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.59%) GitLab
5 2 (0.59%) JIRA
5 2 (0.59%) sqlmap
6 1 (0.30%) AppScan
6 1 (0.30%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.30%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.30%) MSI
6 1 (0.30%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.30%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 43 (12.72%) Finance
2 30 (8.88%) Public Sector
3 20 (5.92%) Telecoms
4 15 (4.44%) Banking
5 6 (1.78%) Retail
6 5 (1.48%) Law
7 4 (1.18%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.18%) Legal
7 4 (1.18%) Multimedia
8 3 (0.89%) Police
9 2 (0.59%) Fire and Rescue
9 2 (0.59%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.59%) Military
10 1 (0.30%) Electronics
10 1 (0.30%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.30%) Marketing
10 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 103 (30.47%) Network Engineer
2 86 (25.44%) Security Engineer
3 57 (16.86%) Architect
4 45 (13.31%) Network Security Engineer
5 34 (10.06%) Security Architect
6 22 (6.51%) Cloud Engineer
7 18 (5.33%) Consultant
8 17 (5.03%) Analyst
8 17 (5.03%) Azure Engineer
9 15 (4.44%) Network Architect
10 14 (4.14%) Security Specialist
11 13 (3.85%) Cloud Architect
11 13 (3.85%) Security Consultant
12 11 (3.25%) Senior Network Engineer
13 10 (2.96%) Cisco Engineer
13 10 (2.96%) Operations Engineer
13 10 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
14 9 (2.66%) Firewall Engineer
14 9 (2.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 9 (2.66%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.66%) SAML
1 9 (2.66%) Web Services
2 7 (2.07%) JSON
3 6 (1.78%) Middleware
4 5 (1.48%) 802.1X
4 5 (1.48%) Node.js
5 4 (1.18%) AngularJS
5 4 (1.18%) LDAP
6 3 (0.89%) .NET
6 3 (0.89%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (0.89%) Flask
6 3 (0.89%) jQuery
6 3 (0.89%) React
7 2 (0.59%) J2EE
7 2 (0.59%) OAuth
7 2 (0.59%) Spring
8 1 (0.30%) CSS
8 1 (0.30%) Django
8 1 (0.30%) HTML
8 1 (0.30%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 36 (10.65%) Management Information System
2 31 (9.17%) Data Centre
3 24 (7.10%) PKI
4 15 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (4.14%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (2.96%) Cyberthreat
7 8 (2.37%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 8 (2.37%) Hybrid Cloud
7 8 (2.37%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.78%) User Experience
9 5 (1.48%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.48%) RSA SecurID
10 4 (1.18%) Algorithms
10 4 (1.18%) CCTV
10 4 (1.18%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.18%) NHS
10 4 (1.18%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.89%) CMDB
11 3 (0.89%) Cyber Defence
11 3 (0.89%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 63 (18.64%) Windows
2 54 (15.98%) Linux
3 20 (5.92%) Unix
4 17 (5.03%) Windows Server
5 11 (3.25%) Windows 10
6 9 (2.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (2.37%) Windows 7
8 7 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (1.48%) Android
9 5 (1.48%) Apple iOS
9 5 (1.48%) CentOS
9 5 (1.48%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (1.18%) Amazon Linux
11 3 (0.89%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.89%) VMS
12 2 (0.59%) MVS
12 2 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.59%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.30%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.30%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (20.71%) Cybersecurity
2 58 (17.16%) SIEM
3 49 (14.50%) DevOps
4 42 (12.43%) Security Architecture
5 35 (10.36%) Information Security
6 30 (8.88%) Network Virtualisation
7 29 (8.58%) Problem-Solving
8 28 (8.28%) ITIL
9 27 (7.99%) Load Balancing
10 26 (7.69%) Migration
11 25 (7.40%) Security Operations
12 23 (6.80%) Change Management
12 23 (6.80%) Data Security
13 22 (6.51%) Agile Software Development
14 18 (5.33%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 17 (5.03%) Disaster Recovery
16 16 (4.73%) Network Design
17 14 (4.14%) Decision-Making
17 14 (4.14%) Vulnerability Management
18 13 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 35 (10.36%) Python
2 22 (6.51%) C
3 14 (4.14%) SQL
4 13 (3.85%) Shell Script
5 11 (3.25%) Bash Shell
6 10 (2.96%) Java
7 8 (2.37%) C#
7 8 (2.37%) Perl
7 8 (2.37%) PowerShell
8 5 (1.48%) C++
9 4 (1.18%) JavaScript
10 3 (0.89%) PHP
11 2 (0.59%) Apple Swift
11 2 (0.59%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.30%) Clojure
12 1 (0.30%) Scala
12 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 75 (22.19%) Security Cleared
2 72 (21.30%) Cisco Certification
3 63 (18.64%) SC Cleared
4 47 (13.91%) CISSP
5 45 (13.31%) CCNP
6 36 (10.65%) CCNA
7 21 (6.21%) Degree
8 16 (4.73%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 16 (4.73%) CCSP
9 13 (3.85%) CCIE
9 13 (3.85%) DV Cleared
10 12 (3.55%) CISM
11 11 (3.25%) GIAC
12 10 (2.96%) MCSE
12 10 (2.96%) Microsoft Certification
13 8 (2.37%) GCED
13 8 (2.37%) GCIA
13 8 (2.37%) GCIH
13 8 (2.37%) GSEC
14 7 (2.07%) GREM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (8.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (7.10%) NIST
3 14 (4.14%) NCSC
4 8 (2.37%) GDPR
5 7 (2.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 7 (2.07%) PCI DSS
5 7 (2.07%) QA
6 6 (1.78%) SLA
7 3 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 2 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.30%) COBIT
9 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.30%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 51 (15.09%) Active Directory
2 29 (8.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (8.28%) Virtual Machines
4 12 (3.55%) VMware NSX
5 10 (2.96%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (2.96%) vSphere
6 7 (2.07%) Docker
7 4 (1.18%) ProxySG
7 4 (1.18%) vCloud
8 3 (0.89%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.89%) NFS
8 3 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.30%) Microcode
9 1 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.30%) Samba
9 1 (0.30%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.30%) XenApp
9 1 (0.30%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (6.21%) Ansible
2 15 (4.44%) Terraform
3 12 (3.55%) QRadar
3 12 (3.55%) SCCM
4 10 (2.96%) FortiGate
4 10 (2.96%) Nessus
5 9 (2.66%) Nexpose
6 8 (2.37%) Kubernetes
7 6 (1.78%) Kibana
7 6 (1.78%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (1.78%) Puppet
8 5 (1.48%) CASB
8 5 (1.48%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 5 (1.48%) vRealize
9 4 (1.18%) Cisco Prime
9 4 (1.18%) MaaS360
9 4 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (1.18%) vCenter Server
10 3 (0.89%) ArcSight ESM
10 3 (0.89%) OPNET
Vendors
1 114 (33.73%) Cisco
2 48 (14.20%) CheckPoint
3 46 (13.61%) Palo Alto
4 41 (12.13%) VMware
5 39 (11.54%) F5
6 34 (10.06%) Microsoft
7 33 (9.76%) Juniper
8 25 (7.40%) Fortinet
9 15 (4.44%) Citrix
9 15 (4.44%) Dell
9 15 (4.44%) Splunk
10 14 (4.14%) McAfee
10 14 (4.14%) Oracle
11 13 (3.85%) ArcSight
11 13 (3.85%) SolarWinds
12 12 (3.55%) Meraki
13 11 (3.25%) Blue Coat
14 9 (2.66%) Aruba
14 9 (2.66%) Forcepoint
14 9 (2.66%) Google