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 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 282 148 221
Rank change year-on-year -134 +73  
Contract jobs citing Network Security 372 911 600
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 1.69% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.93% 10.50% 7.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 604 321
Median daily rate £458 £388 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.06% +7.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £589 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +17.24% -3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 20 22
Median hourly rate £50.00 £39.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.20% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.13 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -2.16% -  

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 6274 8675 8108
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.56% 16.13% 14.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 3717 5255 4568
Median daily rate £400 £390 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £345
% change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 426 478
Median hourly rate £27.50 £29.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.17% +23.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £32.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -13.84% +30.00%  

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 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 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 24 June 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 -121 357 £475 +22.58% 126
London -79 162 £500 +14.28% 40
South East -38 89 £425 +13.33% 28
City of London -37 30 £500 +25.00% 6
Hampshire +1 29 £388 +3.33% 9
South West -22 24 £388 +3.33% 12
East of England -35 23 £475 +26.66% 10
North West -46 23 £413 +8.19% 12
Kent +13 19 £400 +39.13% 1
Manchester -27 19 £475 +35.71% 7
Scotland -1 16 £356 +4.01% 5
Surrey -5 15 £500 +42.85% 2
Berkshire -29 15 £500 +47.05% 11
Hertfordshire -7 13 £375 +7.14% 4
Yorkshire -23 12 £430 +19.44% 7
West Midlands -17 11 £400 +23.07% 13
Edinburgh +10 10 £220 -58.09% 2
Bristol -7 10 £488 - 5
Basingstoke 0 9 £345 +15.00% 3
Buckinghamshire -21 9 £395 +31.66% 2
Bracknell +5 8 £550 +74.44% 4
West Yorkshire -13 8 £430 +14.66% 6
Milton Keynes -9 7 £400 +45.45% 1
Guildford +3 6 £501 +25.31% 1
East Midlands -29 6 £475 +58.06% 3
North East +58 5 £353 +8.46%
Hatfield -2 5 £375 -11.76% 3
Southampton -8 5 £388 +3.33% 1
Reading -10 5 £500 +33.33% 2
Leeds -17 5 £440 +17.33% 4

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 474 (51.92%) Firewall
2 373 (40.85%) Cisco
3 240 (26.29%) Cisco Certification
4 201 (22.02%) WAN
5 181 (19.82%) CheckPoint
6 179 (19.61%) LAN
7 148 (16.21%) Linux
8 146 (15.99%) VPN
8 146 (15.99%) Juniper
9 144 (15.77%) Finance
10 143 (15.66%) CCNP
11 140 (15.33%) Windows
11 140 (15.33%) Data Centre
12 134 (14.68%) Security Cleared
13 133 (14.57%) TCP/IP
14 123 (13.47%) Wireless
15 121 (13.25%) F5
16 119 (13.03%) Cisco ASA
17 112 (12.27%) ITIL
18 107 (11.72%) Information Security
19 98 (10.73%) DNS
20 96 (10.51%) CISSP
21 95 (10.41%) Palo Alto
22 92 (10.08%) VMware
23 90 (9.86%) Microsoft
24 86 (9.42%) SC Cleared
25 85 (9.31%) MPLS
26 83 (9.09%) CCNA
26 83 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
27 82 (8.98%) Amazon AWS

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 15 (1.64%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.31%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.20%) IIS
4 10 (1.10%) Apache
4 10 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
4 10 (1.10%) OpenStack
5 9 (0.99%) Tomcat
6 8 (0.88%) Apache Spark
6 8 (0.88%) WebSphere
7 7 (0.77%) Skype for Business
8 6 (0.66%) CMS
8 6 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (0.66%) JBoss
9 5 (0.55%) Apache Solr
9 5 (0.55%) Mule
10 4 (0.44%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.33%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.33%) nginx
12 2 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 23 (2.52%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.75%) MS Visio
3 13 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.22%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 5 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.11%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 82 (8.98%) Amazon AWS
2 74 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (5.48%) IaaS
4 25 (2.74%) PaaS
5 23 (2.52%) Cloud Computing
6 22 (2.41%) Office 365
7 15 (1.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 14 (1.53%) SaaS
9 7 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.66%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.55%) Akamai
11 5 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.44%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.44%) GitHub
13 3 (0.33%) CloudFront
13 3 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.33%) Sumo Logic
14 2 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
14 2 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
14 2 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 474 (51.92%) Firewall
2 201 (22.02%) WAN
3 179 (19.61%) LAN
4 146 (15.99%) VPN
5 133 (14.57%) TCP/IP
6 123 (13.47%) Wireless
7 119 (13.03%) Cisco ASA
8 98 (10.73%) DNS
9 85 (9.31%) MPLS
10 80 (8.76%) BGP
11 65 (7.12%) OSPF
12 64 (7.01%) Intrusion Detection
13 63 (6.90%) IPsec
14 60 (6.57%) DHCP
15 59 (6.46%) VoIP
16 48 (5.26%) SSL
17 47 (5.15%) Cisco Nexus
18 45 (4.93%) VLAN
19 44 (4.82%) Cisco IOS
20 43 (4.71%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (1.97%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.53%) Big Data
3 12 (1.31%) MySQL
4 11 (1.20%) Hadoop
5 9 (0.99%) NoSQL
6 8 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
7 7 (0.77%) Apache Hive
7 7 (0.77%) HBase
8 6 (0.66%) DataStax
9 5 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (0.55%) Relational Database
10 4 (0.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.44%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.44%) Sqoop
11 3 (0.33%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.33%) MariaDB
11 3 (0.33%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.33%) MS Access
11 3 (0.33%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 26 (2.85%) Git (software)
2 19 (2.08%) Jenkins
2 19 (2.08%) JIRA
3 13 (1.42%) git-flow
4 8 (0.88%) Metasploit
5 6 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.55%) Subversion
6 5 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.44%) Hudson
8 3 (0.33%) IDA Disassembler
8 3 (0.33%) OllyDbg
8 3 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.33%) Vagrant
9 2 (0.22%) Maven
10 1 (0.11%) Ant
10 1 (0.11%) AppScan
10 1 (0.11%) FxCop
10 1 (0.11%) MSI
10 1 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.11%) VersionOne
General
1 144 (15.77%) Finance
2 66 (7.23%) Telecoms
3 52 (5.70%) Banking
4 27 (2.96%) Retail
5 20 (2.19%) Electronics
5 20 (2.19%) Law
5 20 (2.19%) Manufacturing
6 18 (1.97%) Legal
7 15 (1.64%) Military
8 8 (0.88%) Billing
9 7 (0.77%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.66%) Marketing
11 4 (0.44%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.44%) Multimedia
11 4 (0.44%) Publishing
12 3 (0.33%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.33%) Automotive
12 3 (0.33%) Front Office
13 2 (0.22%) Advertising
13 2 (0.22%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 245 (26.83%) Network Engineer
2 167 (18.29%) Security Engineer
3 151 (16.54%) Architect
4 133 (14.57%) Network Security Engineer
5 117 (12.81%) Consultant
6 115 (12.60%) Analyst
7 89 (9.75%) Security Consultant
8 73 (8.00%) Security Architect
9 62 (6.79%) Security Analyst
10 59 (6.46%) Network Architect
11 54 (5.91%) Network Consultant
12 48 (5.26%) Cisco Engineer
12 48 (5.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 47 (5.15%) Network Specialist
14 42 (4.60%) Network Analyst
14 42 (4.60%) Network Security Consultant
15 38 (4.16%) Firewall Engineer
16 35 (3.83%) Security Specialist
17 32 (3.50%) Developer
18 30 (3.29%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (3.18%) 802.1X
1 29 (3.18%) Web Services
2 24 (2.63%) RESTful
3 21 (2.30%) HTML
4 18 (1.97%) CSS
5 17 (1.86%) HTML5
6 16 (1.75%) CSS3
7 14 (1.53%) .NET
8 13 (1.42%) Middleware
9 12 (1.31%) Elastic Stack
9 12 (1.31%) Regular Expression
10 9 (0.99%) SOAP
11 7 (0.77%) D3.js
11 7 (0.77%) jQuery
12 6 (0.66%) AngularJS
12 6 (0.66%) JSON
12 6 (0.66%) Spring
13 5 (0.55%) REST
13 5 (0.55%) Spring MVC
13 5 (0.55%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 140 (15.33%) Data Centre
2 83 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 47 (5.15%) Management Information System
4 32 (3.50%) Computer Science
5 26 (2.85%) PKI
6 22 (2.41%) User Experience
7 19 (2.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 17 (1.86%) Clustering
8 17 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
8 17 (1.86%) iPad
9 16 (1.75%) iPhone
10 15 (1.64%) Cyberthreat
11 14 (1.53%) Security Operations Centre
12 12 (1.31%) CESG
13 9 (0.99%) Driving Licence
13 9 (0.99%) Public Cloud
14 7 (0.77%) Private Cloud
14 7 (0.77%) Replication
15 6 (0.66%) CLARiiON
15 6 (0.66%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 148 (16.21%) Linux
2 140 (15.33%) Windows
3 77 (8.43%) Unix
4 52 (5.70%) Windows Server
5 22 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (2.19%) Apple iOS
6 20 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (1.53%) CentOS
9 13 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (1.20%) VMS
11 8 (0.88%) AIX
11 8 (0.88%) SUSE
12 7 (0.77%) Windows 10
12 7 (0.77%) Windows 7
13 6 (0.66%) Oracle Linux
13 6 (0.66%) Solaris
14 5 (0.55%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.44%) OpenVMS
15 4 (0.44%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (12.27%) ITIL
2 107 (11.72%) Information Security
3 74 (8.11%) Cybersecurity
4 72 (7.89%) SIEM
5 68 (7.45%) Network Design
5 68 (7.45%) Penetration Testing
6 62 (6.79%) Agile Software Development
6 62 (6.79%) Load Balancing
7 61 (6.68%) Project Management
8 60 (6.57%) Network Management
9 54 (5.91%) Configuration Management
10 50 (5.48%) Migration
11 46 (5.04%) Security Operations
12 45 (4.93%) DevOps
13 44 (4.82%) Change Management
14 43 (4.71%) Incident Management
15 42 (4.60%) Customer Requirements
16 39 (4.27%) Risk Management
17 37 (4.05%) Disaster Recovery
17 37 (4.05%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 59 (6.46%) SQL
2 55 (6.02%) Java
3 48 (5.26%) Python
4 29 (3.18%) Ruby
5 27 (2.96%) Perl
6 23 (2.52%) JavaScript
7 19 (2.08%) Bash Shell
8 17 (1.86%) PowerShell
9 16 (1.75%) Apple Swift
9 16 (1.75%) Objective-C
10 14 (1.53%) C
11 13 (1.42%) C-shell
11 13 (1.42%) Korn
12 10 (1.10%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.88%) C#
13 8 (0.88%) PHP
14 7 (0.77%) C++
15 4 (0.44%) VBScript
16 3 (0.33%) Assembly Language
16 3 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 240 (26.29%) Cisco Certification
2 143 (15.66%) CCNP
3 134 (14.68%) Security Cleared
4 96 (10.51%) CISSP
5 86 (9.42%) SC Cleared
6 83 (9.09%) CCNA
7 65 (7.12%) CCIE
8 60 (6.57%) Degree
9 33 (3.61%) DV Cleared
10 32 (3.50%) CEH
11 28 (3.07%) CCSP
11 28 (3.07%) CISM
12 27 (2.96%) CCSE
13 25 (2.74%) GIAC
14 23 (2.52%) CCSA
14 23 (2.52%) SANS
15 22 (2.41%) Computer Science Degree
15 22 (2.41%) CREST Certified
16 20 (2.19%) Microsoft Certification
17 19 (2.08%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 35 (3.83%) PCI DSS
3 31 (3.40%) SLA
4 19 (2.08%) QA
5 7 (0.77%) PMO
5 7 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.66%) COBIT
6 6 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials
6 6 (0.66%) HIPAA
6 6 (0.66%) JSP 440
7 5 (0.55%) FedRAMP
7 5 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.33%) Web Application Security Consortium
9 2 (0.22%) Basel II
9 2 (0.22%) GDPR
9 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 2 (0.22%) RMADS
System Software
1 73 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 68 (7.45%) Active Directory
3 27 (2.96%) Hyper-V
3 27 (2.96%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (1.75%) ProxySG
5 15 (1.64%) Docker
6 12 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
8 8 (0.88%) VirtualBox
9 7 (0.77%) HDFS
9 7 (0.77%) Snort
10 6 (0.66%) Apache Flume
10 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 6 (0.66%) SRDF
11 5 (0.55%) pfSense
12 4 (0.44%) Firmware
12 4 (0.44%) GFS2
12 4 (0.44%) OCFS2
12 4 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.44%) RACF
Systems Management
1 49 (5.37%) Puppet
2 41 (4.49%) Opscode Chef
3 37 (4.05%) FortiGate
4 29 (3.18%) Ansible
5 19 (2.08%) Nagios
6 13 (1.42%) Kibana
7 12 (1.31%) Nessus
7 12 (1.31%) QRadar
8 11 (1.20%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 10 (1.10%) Nmap
10 9 (0.99%) Cisco Prime
10 9 (0.99%) SCOM
11 8 (0.88%) Cisco UCCX
11 8 (0.88%) EnCase
11 8 (0.88%) vCenter Server
12 7 (0.77%) logstash
12 7 (0.77%) SCCM
12 7 (0.77%) Stealthwatch
13 6 (0.66%) EMC NetWorker
13 6 (0.66%) yum
Vendors
1 373 (40.85%) Cisco
2 181 (19.82%) CheckPoint
3 146 (15.99%) Juniper
4 121 (13.25%) F5
5 95 (10.41%) Palo Alto
6 92 (10.08%) VMware
7 90 (9.86%) Microsoft
8 60 (6.57%) Citrix
9 59 (6.46%) Fortinet
10 58 (6.35%) HP
11 55 (6.02%) Blue Coat
12 38 (4.16%) Dell
13 34 (3.72%) Red Hat
14 31 (3.40%) Splunk
15 29 (3.18%) Riverbed
16 26 (2.85%) SolarWinds
17 24 (2.63%) IBM
18 21 (2.30%) Oracle
19 20 (2.19%) Brocade
20 15 (1.64%) EMC
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