Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 277 179 240
Rank change year-on-year -98 +61 +28
Contract jobs citing Network Security 928 1617 1218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.93% 1.52% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.79% 9.68% 7.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 600 1109 681
UK median daily rate £455 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.30% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £300 £275 £256
90th Percentile £638 £588 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 34 46
UK median hourly rate £33.80 £37.50 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.87% -10.18% +94.19%
10th Percentile £13.31 £14.41 £14.25
90th Percentile £51.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.58 £32.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -48.99% -22.62% +136.62%

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 13669 16708 15902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.73% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8303 10144 9104
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £549
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 723 842 1036
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.95% +18.75% -
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.00% +25.00% -

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -91 879 £475 +15.15% 100
UK excluding London -87 522 £425 +13.33% 74
London -86 393 £494 +9.72% 31
South East -28 259 £463 +15.63% 26
North of England -52 96 £410 +2.50% 20
North West -64 57 £418 +1.21% 10
South West +6 49 £375 - 9
Midlands -55 45 £420 +20.00% 6
West Midlands -28 40 £408 +16.43% 5
East of England -79 40 £475 +26.67% 8
Scotland -13 35 £356 -5.00% 3
Yorkshire -28 30 £406 +6.91% 9
North East +57 9 £364 +13.67% 1
East Midlands -34 4 £475 +38.18% 1
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 528 (56.90%) Firewall
2 359 (38.69%) Cisco
3 242 (26.08%) Cisco Certification
4 203 (21.88%) WAN
5 193 (20.80%) CheckPoint
6 191 (20.58%) LAN
7 190 (20.47%) Windows
8 181 (19.50%) TCP/IP
9 171 (18.43%) Linux
10 167 (18.00%) VPN
10 167 (18.00%) CCNP
11 166 (17.89%) Data Centre
12 160 (17.24%) Finance
13 143 (15.41%) Information Security
14 135 (14.55%) Juniper
14 135 (14.55%) Cisco ASA
15 134 (14.44%) Microsoft
16 127 (13.69%) Palo Alto
17 126 (13.58%) Cybersecurity
18 122 (13.15%) Security Cleared
19 118 (12.72%) ITIL
20 112 (12.07%) MPLS
20 112 (12.07%) Wireless
21 111 (11.96%) F5
22 110 (11.85%) IPsec
23 108 (11.64%) CISSP
23 108 (11.64%) Amazon AWS
24 107 (11.53%) DNS
25 106 (11.42%) BGP
26 105 (11.31%) 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 29 (3.13%) IIS
2 22 (2.37%) MS Exchange
3 21 (2.26%) Apache
4 19 (2.05%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (1.51%) WebSphere
6 11 (1.19%) Skype for Business
6 11 (1.19%) WebLogic
7 9 (0.97%) JBoss
7 9 (0.97%) OpenStack
8 8 (0.86%) SAS
9 7 (0.75%) nginx
10 6 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
10 6 (0.65%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
12 4 (0.43%) Apache Pig
12 4 (0.43%) FileNet
12 4 (0.43%) SharePoint
13 3 (0.32%) Apache Solr
13 3 (0.32%) MQSeries
13 3 (0.32%) Mule
Applications
1 12 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
1 12 (1.29%) MS Visio
2 11 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.75%) SmartSuite
4 5 (0.54%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 5 (0.54%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 2 (0.22%) RMDS
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.11%) Maximo
3 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 108 (11.64%) Amazon AWS
2 83 (8.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 57 (6.14%) IaaS
4 46 (4.96%) PaaS
5 26 (2.80%) Office 365
6 23 (2.48%) SaaS
7 13 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
8 10 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 8 (0.86%) Akamai
9 8 (0.86%) Amazon S3
9 8 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
10 7 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 6 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (0.65%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (0.65%) Route 53
12 4 (0.43%) Amazon EMR
13 3 (0.32%) GitHub
13 3 (0.32%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.32%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 528 (56.90%) Firewall
2 203 (21.88%) WAN
3 191 (20.58%) LAN
4 181 (19.50%) TCP/IP
5 167 (18.00%) VPN
6 135 (14.55%) Cisco ASA
7 112 (12.07%) MPLS
7 112 (12.07%) Wireless
8 110 (11.85%) IPsec
9 107 (11.53%) DNS
10 106 (11.42%) BGP
11 87 (9.38%) OSPF
12 81 (8.73%) Cisco Nexus
13 73 (7.87%) HTTP
14 71 (7.65%) Intrusion Detection
15 70 (7.54%) VLAN
16 67 (7.22%) DHCP
17 65 (7.00%) SSL
18 61 (6.57%) VoIP
19 56 (6.03%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (4.42%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.16%) Big Data
3 19 (2.05%) Hadoop
4 9 (0.97%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (0.86%) MySQL
5 8 (0.86%) RDBMS
5 8 (0.86%) Relational Database
6 7 (0.75%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.75%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 5 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (0.54%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
9 4 (0.43%) Apache Hive
9 4 (0.43%) HBase
9 4 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.43%) Sqoop
10 3 (0.32%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.32%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 26 (2.80%) Git (software)
2 21 (2.26%) JIRA
3 17 (1.83%) Jenkins
4 15 (1.62%) git-flow
4 15 (1.62%) Metasploit
5 11 (1.19%) Visual Studio
5 11 (1.19%) WiX
6 10 (1.08%) Maven
7 7 (0.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.54%) Bitbucket
9 4 (0.43%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.32%) IDA Disassembler
10 3 (0.32%) OllyDbg
10 3 (0.32%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (0.32%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.22%) Cucumber
11 2 (0.22%) Hudson
11 2 (0.22%) MSI
11 2 (0.22%) Subversion
11 2 (0.22%) Vagrant
General
1 160 (17.24%) Finance
2 58 (6.25%) Banking
2 58 (6.25%) Telecoms
3 30 (3.23%) Law
3 30 (3.23%) Retail
4 14 (1.51%) Legal
5 11 (1.19%) Billing
6 10 (1.08%) Investment Banking
7 8 (0.86%) Manufacturing
7 8 (0.86%) Marketing
8 5 (0.54%) Retail Finance
9 4 (0.43%) Electronics
9 4 (0.43%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.43%) Music Industry
9 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.43%) Publishing
10 3 (0.32%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.32%) Back Office
10 3 (0.32%) Front Office
10 3 (0.32%) Military
Job Titles
1 273 (29.42%) Network Engineer
2 171 (18.43%) Security Engineer
3 126 (13.58%) Network Security Engineer
4 119 (12.82%) Architect
5 113 (12.18%) Analyst
6 106 (11.42%) Consultant
7 80 (8.62%) Security Analyst
8 78 (8.41%) Security Architect
8 78 (8.41%) Security Consultant
9 65 (7.00%) Cisco Engineer
10 64 (6.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 44 (4.74%) Network Architect
12 40 (4.31%) Network Consultant
13 35 (3.77%) DevOps Engineer
13 35 (3.77%) Senior Network Engineer
14 32 (3.45%) Cloud Engineer
15 30 (3.23%) Firewall Engineer
15 30 (3.23%) Network Security Consultant
15 30 (3.23%) Project Manager
15 30 (3.23%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.63%) Web Services
2 27 (2.91%) .NET
3 20 (2.16%) XML
4 15 (1.62%) HTML
5 14 (1.51%) JSON
5 14 (1.51%) RESTful
6 12 (1.29%) 802.1X
7 11 (1.19%) WCF
8 9 (0.97%) Middleware
8 9 (0.97%) Regular Expression
8 9 (0.97%) SOAP
9 8 (0.86%) LAMP
9 8 (0.86%) WebSphere MQ
10 7 (0.75%) Elastic Stack
11 6 (0.65%) HTML5
11 6 (0.65%) OAuth
12 5 (0.54%) Sensu
12 5 (0.54%) Software Packaging
12 5 (0.54%) Spring
13 4 (0.43%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 166 (17.89%) Data Centre
2 67 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (6.47%) PKI
4 44 (4.74%) Management Information System
5 31 (3.34%) Computer Science
6 26 (2.80%) Public Cloud
7 22 (2.37%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 18 (1.94%) Cyberthreat
9 17 (1.83%) Hybrid Cloud
9 17 (1.83%) Virtual Team
10 16 (1.72%) Private Cloud
10 16 (1.72%) Security Operations Centre
11 12 (1.29%) iPad
12 11 (1.19%) CESG
12 11 (1.19%) User Experience
13 10 (1.08%) iPhone
14 9 (0.97%) Clustering
14 9 (0.97%) Mainframe
15 8 (0.86%) Fintech
16 7 (0.75%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 190 (20.47%) Windows
2 171 (18.43%) Linux
3 90 (9.70%) Windows Server
4 87 (9.38%) Unix
5 40 (4.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 31 (3.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (1.72%) AIX
8 16 (1.72%) Apple iOS
8 16 (1.72%) CentOS
9 13 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (1.08%) Solaris
11 9 (0.97%) VMS
11 9 (0.97%) Windows 7
12 8 (0.86%) SUSE
12 8 (0.86%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.54%) Android
14 4 (0.43%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.32%) Windows 10
15 3 (0.32%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (15.41%) Information Security
2 126 (13.58%) Cybersecurity
3 118 (12.72%) ITIL
4 105 (11.31%) SIEM
5 93 (10.02%) Network Design
6 83 (8.94%) Load Balancing
7 82 (8.84%) Agile Software Development
8 76 (8.19%) Configuration Management
9 70 (7.54%) Penetration Testing
10 69 (7.44%) Security Architecture
11 67 (7.22%) DevOps
12 61 (6.57%) Project Management
13 60 (6.47%) Cryptography
14 59 (6.36%) Network Management
15 56 (6.03%) Migration
15 56 (6.03%) Security Operations
16 44 (4.74%) Security Monitoring
17 42 (4.53%) Network Monitoring
18 39 (4.20%) Change Management
19 37 (3.99%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 98 (10.56%) Python
2 75 (8.08%) Java
3 66 (7.11%) SQL
4 60 (6.47%) Perl
5 54 (5.82%) Bash Shell
6 52 (5.60%) Ruby
7 36 (3.88%) C-shell
7 36 (3.88%) Korn
8 35 (3.77%) PowerShell
9 25 (2.69%) C#
10 23 (2.48%) C++
11 19 (2.05%) C
12 15 (1.62%) Shell Script
13 14 (1.51%) JavaScript
14 11 (1.19%) VB
15 10 (1.08%) Apple Swift
15 10 (1.08%) Objective-C
16 7 (0.75%) Go
17 6 (0.65%) Groovy
17 6 (0.65%) PHP
Qualifications
1 242 (26.08%) Cisco Certification
2 167 (18.00%) CCNP
3 122 (13.15%) Security Cleared
4 108 (11.64%) CISSP
5 84 (9.05%) CCNA
6 83 (8.94%) CCIE
7 71 (7.65%) SC Cleared
8 67 (7.22%) Degree
9 41 (4.42%) CISM
10 29 (3.13%) GIAC
11 28 (3.02%) CEH
12 27 (2.91%) CCSE
13 25 (2.69%) CCSA
14 24 (2.59%) DV Cleared
14 24 (2.59%) SANS
15 23 (2.48%) Microsoft Certification
16 19 (2.05%) CCSP
17 16 (1.72%) JNCIP
18 15 (1.62%) CompTIA Security+
18 15 (1.62%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (5.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (4.09%) PCI DSS
3 24 (2.59%) SLA
4 11 (1.19%) COBIT
4 11 (1.19%) GDPR
5 10 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (0.86%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (0.65%) PMO
8 6 (0.65%) QA
9 4 (0.43%) FedRAMP
10 3 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.32%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.32%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.22%) GAMP
11 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 2 (0.22%) RMADS
System Software
1 95 (10.24%) Active Directory
2 49 (5.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.37%) ProxySG
4 21 (2.26%) Hyper-V
5 19 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (1.72%) Docker
6 16 (1.72%) vSphere
7 11 (1.19%) iptables
7 11 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (1.08%) NFS
8 10 (1.08%) VMware NSX
9 9 (0.97%) VirtualBox
10 8 (0.86%) Openswan
10 8 (0.86%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.75%) pfSense
11 7 (0.75%) Samba
12 6 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.54%) Apache Flume
13 5 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
14 4 (0.43%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 64 (6.90%) Puppet
2 43 (4.63%) Opscode Chef
3 28 (3.02%) Nagios
4 26 (2.80%) FortiGate
5 19 (2.05%) Nessus
6 16 (1.72%) Ansible
6 16 (1.72%) QRadar
7 14 (1.51%) Nmap
8 11 (1.19%) CSIRT
8 11 (1.19%) SCOM
9 10 (1.08%) EnCase
9 10 (1.08%) SCCM
10 9 (0.97%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 8 (0.86%) Cisco Prime
11 8 (0.86%) Kubernetes
11 8 (0.86%) NetBackup
11 8 (0.86%) Terraform
11 8 (0.86%) Tivoli
12 7 (0.75%) EMC NetWorker
12 7 (0.75%) SELinux
Vendors
1 359 (38.69%) Cisco
2 193 (20.80%) CheckPoint
3 135 (14.55%) Juniper
4 134 (14.44%) Microsoft
5 127 (13.69%) Palo Alto
6 111 (11.96%) F5
7 85 (9.16%) VMware
8 74 (7.97%) Citrix
9 62 (6.68%) SolarWinds
10 48 (5.17%) Blue Coat
10 48 (5.17%) Fortinet
11 46 (4.96%) HP
11 46 (4.96%) Riverbed
12 36 (3.88%) McAfee
13 35 (3.77%) Splunk
14 33 (3.56%) Red Hat
15 27 (2.91%) Oracle
16 24 (2.59%) IBM
17 19 (2.05%) Dell
18 18 (1.94%) NetApp