Period
to 4 June 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 4 June 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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 262 254 263
Rank change year-on-year -8 +9 -14
Contract jobs citing Network Security 431 941 1,006
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 1.05% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.14% 8.29% 7.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 629 666
Median daily rate £450 £463 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £212 £300 £313
90th Percentile £658 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £450 £464
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.96% +9.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 34 6
Median hourly rate £35.00 £26.75 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.84% +9.18% -13.32%
10th Percentile £19.30 £15.00 £13.13
90th Percentile £47.00 £54.55 £45.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.91 £24.91 £24.00
% change year-on-year +24.07% +3.79% +33.35%

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 6,039 11,348 13,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.45% 12.62% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,478 6,993 8,301
Median daily rate £425 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +3.16%
10th Percentile £182 £205 £205
90th Percentile £625 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £390
% change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 339 534 730
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £19.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +2.64% -5.54%
10th Percentile £13.94 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £19.06
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.56% -3.58%

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 4 June 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 4 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 17 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 4 June 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 -2 370 £450 -2.70% 86
UK excluding London +10 262 £438 -2.78% 57
London +11 145 £475 -5.00% 32
North of England +52 75 £463 -2.63% 20
South East +3 66 £400 -9.09% 14
Scotland +36 42 £400 -27.27% 3
North West +54 40 £438 -14.63% 12
South West +27 35 £450 - 10
Yorkshire +52 31 £488 +7.14% 8
Midlands +49 24 £500 +48.15% 8
Work from Home +6 20 £538 +4.88% 8
West Midlands +58 16 £500 - 7
East of England +23 16 £415 -9.04% 2
Wales +31 7 £325 -27.78%
East Midlands +19 7 £364 +39.90% 1
North East +5 4 £325 -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 4 June 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.

1 228 (52.90%) Firewall
2 162 (37.59%) Cisco
3 109 (25.29%) Cisco Certification
4 107 (24.83%) LAN
5 103 (23.90%) Security Cleared
6 96 (22.27%) WAN
7 91 (21.11%) Active Directory
8 89 (20.65%) Windows
9 82 (19.03%) Azure
9 82 (19.03%) Data Centre
10 79 (18.33%) SIEM
10 79 (18.33%) SC Cleared
11 73 (16.94%) VPN
11 73 (16.94%) DNS
12 72 (16.71%) Cybersecurity
13 68 (15.78%) Microsoft
13 68 (15.78%) Linux
14 63 (14.62%) CCNP
15 62 (14.39%) CheckPoint
15 62 (14.39%) BGP
15 62 (14.39%) Palo Alto
16 60 (13.92%) DevOps
16 60 (13.92%) CCNA
17 56 (12.99%) AWS
18 54 (12.53%) Finance
19 51 (11.83%) TCP/IP
19 51 (11.83%) ITIL
20 45 (10.44%) F5
21 44 (10.21%) Security Architecture
21 44 (10.21%) Juniper

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 (5.57%) Confluence
2 13 (3.02%) MS Exchange
3 10 (2.32%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.39%) Apache
4 6 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (1.39%) IIS
4 6 (1.39%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.70%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.70%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.23%) CMS
7 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.23%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.23%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.23%) nginx
7 1 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 30 (6.96%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.39%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.46%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 82 (19.03%) Azure
2 56 (12.99%) AWS
3 41 (9.51%) SaaS
4 34 (7.89%) Office 365
5 29 (6.73%) PaaS
6 27 (6.26%) IaaS
7 17 (3.94%) Azure Active Directory
8 15 (3.48%) Serverless
9 9 (2.09%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (1.62%) Azure Functions
11 5 (1.16%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (1.16%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (1.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (0.93%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.93%) GCP
12 4 (0.93%) GitHub
12 4 (0.93%) Logic Apps
13 3 (0.70%) Amazon ECS
13 3 (0.70%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 3 (0.70%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 228 (52.90%) Firewall
2 107 (24.83%) LAN
3 96 (22.27%) WAN
4 73 (16.94%) DNS
4 73 (16.94%) VPN
5 62 (14.39%) BGP
6 51 (11.83%) TCP/IP
7 41 (9.51%) MPLS
8 40 (9.28%) OSPF
9 38 (8.82%) Cisco ASA
10 36 (8.35%) DHCP
11 35 (8.12%) Wi-Fi
12 34 (7.89%) IPsec
12 34 (7.89%) SSL
13 30 (6.96%) Cisco Nexus
14 29 (6.73%) Internet
15 25 (5.80%) Wireless
16 23 (5.34%) SNMP
17 22 (5.10%) X.509
18 19 (4.41%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.09%) Azure SQL Database
1 9 (2.09%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.16%) Big Data
3 4 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (0.93%) MySQL
3 4 (0.93%) NoSQL
3 4 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (0.70%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (0.70%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.46%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.23%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 19 (4.41%) JIRA
2 16 (3.71%) Git (software)
3 8 (1.86%) Jenkins
4 5 (1.16%) Metasploit
4 5 (1.16%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (0.93%) Visual Studio
5 4 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.70%) Robot Framework
6 3 (0.70%) TestRail
7 2 (0.46%) AppScan
8 1 (0.23%) Ant
8 1 (0.23%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.23%) gulp
8 1 (0.23%) Maven
8 1 (0.23%) Paros
8 1 (0.23%) Selenium
8 1 (0.23%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.23%) webpack
General
1 54 (12.53%) Finance
2 33 (7.66%) Banking
3 29 (6.73%) Telecoms
4 25 (5.80%) Public Sector
5 11 (2.55%) Legal
6 7 (1.62%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.16%) Military
7 5 (1.16%) Retail
8 4 (0.93%) Back Office
9 3 (0.70%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.70%) Law
10 2 (0.46%) Electronics
10 2 (0.46%) German Language
10 2 (0.46%) Marketing
10 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.23%) French Language
11 1 (0.23%) Norwegian Language
11 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 143 (33.18%) Network Engineer
2 94 (21.81%) Security Engineer
3 77 (17.87%) Architect
4 65 (15.08%) Network Security Engineer
5 45 (10.44%) Consultant
6 43 (9.98%) Security Architect
7 31 (7.19%) Security Consultant
8 23 (5.34%) Network Architect
9 19 (4.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 17 (3.94%) Analyst
11 16 (3.71%) Cloud Engineer
12 14 (3.25%) Network Consultant
12 14 (3.25%) Project Manager
12 14 (3.25%) Support Engineer
13 13 (3.02%) Network Security Architect
14 11 (2.55%) Infrastructure Architect
14 11 (2.55%) Security Manager
14 11 (2.55%) Security Specialist
15 10 (2.32%) Security Project Manager
15 10 (2.32%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (6.96%) SAML
2 15 (3.48%) LDAP
3 11 (2.55%) .NET
4 9 (2.09%) Web Services
5 8 (1.86%) SOAP
6 7 (1.62%) 802.1X
6 7 (1.62%) Middleware
6 7 (1.62%) XML
7 6 (1.39%) AngularJS
8 5 (1.16%) ASP.NET
8 5 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
8 5 (1.16%) React
8 5 (1.16%) YAML
9 4 (0.93%) JSON
9 4 (0.93%) KnockoutJS
9 4 (0.93%) OAuth
9 4 (0.93%) OpenID
9 4 (0.93%) XSLT
10 3 (0.70%) Node.js
10 3 (0.70%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 82 (19.03%) Data Centre
2 33 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (7.42%) PKI
4 25 (5.80%) Management Information System
5 21 (4.87%) Self-Motivation
6 16 (3.71%) Video Conferencing
7 12 (2.78%) Private Cloud
8 9 (2.09%) User Experience
9 8 (1.86%) Cyberthreat
10 7 (1.62%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 7 (1.62%) Security Operations Centre
11 6 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.39%) SCADA
11 6 (1.39%) Smartphone
12 5 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (1.16%) Public Cloud
13 4 (0.93%) Blog
13 4 (0.93%) N-Tier
14 3 (0.70%) CCTV
14 3 (0.70%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 89 (20.65%) Windows
2 68 (15.78%) Linux
3 18 (4.18%) Windows Server
4 15 (3.48%) Mac OS
5 13 (3.02%) Unix
6 8 (1.86%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.62%) CentOS
7 7 (1.62%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.70%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.46%) Android
10 2 (0.46%) CatOS
10 2 (0.46%) Kali Linux
10 2 (0.46%) Solaris
11 1 (0.23%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.23%) Check Point GAiA
11 1 (0.23%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (18.33%) SIEM
2 72 (16.71%) Cybersecurity
3 60 (13.92%) DevOps
4 51 (11.83%) ITIL
5 44 (10.21%) Security Architecture
6 43 (9.98%) Network Design
7 42 (9.74%) Information Security
8 38 (8.82%) Change Management
9 36 (8.35%) Load Balancing
10 35 (8.12%) Agile Software Development
10 35 (8.12%) Data Security
11 33 (7.66%) Migration
12 28 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
13 24 (5.57%) Vulnerability Management
14 22 (5.10%) Server Hardening
15 21 (4.87%) Network Management
16 20 (4.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 19 (4.41%) Office Automation
18 18 (4.18%) Security Operations
18 18 (4.18%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 37 (8.58%) Python
2 26 (6.03%) SQL
3 22 (5.10%) PowerShell
4 17 (3.94%) JavaScript
5 15 (3.48%) C
6 13 (3.02%) Bash Shell
6 13 (3.02%) Java
6 13 (3.02%) Shell Script
7 7 (1.62%) C#
8 5 (1.16%) C++
8 5 (1.16%) PHP
9 3 (0.70%) MATLAB
9 3 (0.70%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.70%) VBScript
10 2 (0.46%) Perl
10 2 (0.46%) Solidity
10 2 (0.46%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.23%) ES6
11 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 109 (25.29%) Cisco Certification
2 103 (23.90%) Security Cleared
3 79 (18.33%) SC Cleared
4 63 (14.62%) CCNP
5 60 (13.92%) CCNA
6 28 (6.50%) CISSP
7 25 (5.80%) DV Cleared
8 21 (4.87%) CCIE
9 18 (4.18%) Degree
10 12 (2.78%) CCSP
10 12 (2.78%) CISM
10 12 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (2.09%) BC Cleared
11 9 (2.09%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (2.09%) CCDP
11 9 (2.09%) CISA
11 9 (2.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (1.86%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 8 (1.86%) CCIE Service Provider
12 8 (1.86%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (9.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (4.18%) GDPR
3 16 (3.71%) NIST
4 9 (2.09%) PCI DSS
4 9 (2.09%) QA
5 7 (1.62%) SLA
6 4 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.70%) AICPA
7 3 (0.70%) COBIT
7 3 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.46%) NCSC
8 2 (0.46%) RMADS
9 1 (0.23%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.23%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 91 (21.11%) Active Directory
2 26 (6.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (3.48%) Virtual Machines
4 12 (2.78%) VMware NSX
5 11 (2.55%) vSphere
6 9 (2.09%) ProxySG
7 8 (1.86%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (1.62%) XenApp
9 5 (1.16%) Docker
9 5 (1.16%) Hyper-V
9 5 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (1.16%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.93%) Snort
11 3 (0.70%) NFS
12 2 (0.46%) Firmware
13 1 (0.23%) Microcode
13 1 (0.23%) Samba
13 1 (0.23%) vCloud
13 1 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 15 (3.48%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 13 (3.02%) Nessus
3 12 (2.78%) Ansible
4 11 (2.55%) FortiGate
5 10 (2.32%) Terraform
6 7 (1.62%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (1.39%) Puppet
8 5 (1.16%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (1.16%) Nmap
8 5 (1.16%) QRadar
8 5 (1.16%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.93%) Kibana
9 4 (0.93%) OSSEC
10 3 (0.70%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.70%) SCCM
10 3 (0.70%) vMotion
10 3 (0.70%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 3 (0.70%) WSUS
Vendors
1 162 (37.59%) Cisco
2 68 (15.78%) Microsoft
3 62 (14.39%) CheckPoint
3 62 (14.39%) Palo Alto
4 45 (10.44%) F5
5 44 (10.21%) Juniper
6 43 (9.98%) VMware
7 22 (5.10%) Fortinet
8 17 (3.94%) Citrix
9 15 (3.48%) Blue Coat
10 14 (3.25%) Atlassian
11 13 (3.02%) Qualys
12 12 (2.78%) Nokia
13 11 (2.55%) HP
13 11 (2.55%) Huawei
13 11 (2.55%) McAfee
14 10 (2.32%) Meraki
14 10 (2.32%) Oracle
14 10 (2.32%) Splunk
15 9 (2.09%) SAP