Period
to 15 October 2018

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 15 October 2018 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 261 286 179
Rank change year-on-year +25 -107 +59
Contract jobs citing Network Security 1,050 911 1,630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.02% 0.93% 1.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.73% 6.78% 9.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 630 590 1,126
UK median daily rate £475 £458 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.83% +14.30% +0.06%
10th Percentile £312 £299 £275
90th Percentile £625 £638 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +5.88% +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 15 40
UK median hourly rate £33.15 £33.80 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.92% -13.33% -2.50%
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.31 £14.95
90th Percentile £51.50 £51.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £16.58 £37.50
% change year-on-year +103.59% -55.79% -10.71%

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 13,583 13,440 16,380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 13.66% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,189 8,197 9,981
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £610 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 686 725 838
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -19.79% +20.00%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.10 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.04 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.38 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% -22.48% +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 15 October 2018.

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 15 October 2018.

Contractor 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 15 October 2018. 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 +1 954 £475 - 299
UK excluding London +22 639 £450 +5.88% 213
London -1 384 £475 -5.00% 104
South East -14 229 £459 -3.42% 52
North of England +16 130 £425 +3.66% 59
South West +21 88 £500 +33.33% 34
East of England +21 69 £425 -10.53% 18
North West -12 56 £444 +8.23% 35
Midlands -13 53 £475 +14.80% 32
Yorkshire -4 45 £460 +8.24% 14
Scotland -17 45 £513 +43.86% 9
West Midlands -15 32 £523 +29.41% 24
North East +18 29 £318 -12.71% 10
East Midlands +15 24 £600 +26.32% 8
Wales - 21 £513 - 9
Northern Ireland - 9 - -

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, 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.

1 578 (55.05%) Firewall
2 444 (42.29%) Cisco
3 282 (26.86%) Cisco Certification
4 268 (25.52%) WAN
5 249 (23.71%) LAN
6 236 (22.48%) CheckPoint
7 220 (20.95%) Finance
8 207 (19.71%) CCNP
9 191 (18.19%) VPN
10 182 (17.33%) Data Centre
11 179 (17.05%) Security Cleared
12 175 (16.67%) Juniper
12 175 (16.67%) ITIL
13 166 (15.81%) Windows
14 145 (13.81%) F5
15 144 (13.71%) Palo Alto
15 144 (13.71%) Microsoft Azure
16 142 (13.52%) Active Directory
17 141 (13.43%) Microsoft
18 137 (13.05%) Wireless
19 136 (12.95%) Linux
20 134 (12.76%) Information Security
21 128 (12.19%) SC Cleared
22 125 (11.90%) SIEM
23 120 (11.43%) Cybersecurity
24 116 (11.05%) Cisco ASA
24 116 (11.05%) CCNA
25 114 (10.86%) Cisco Nexus
26 107 (10.19%) Agile Software Development
27 95 (9.05%) BGP

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 14 (1.33%) MS Exchange
2 13 (1.24%) IIS
3 12 (1.14%) Apache
3 12 (1.14%) SharePoint
4 8 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (0.76%) Tomcat
5 6 (0.57%) CMS
5 6 (0.57%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (0.48%) Skype for Business
7 4 (0.38%) Confluence
7 4 (0.38%) JBoss
7 4 (0.38%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.29%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.29%) nginx
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.29%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.19%) FileNet
Applications
1 39 (3.71%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (3.33%) MS Visio
3 15 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.095%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.48%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.19%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 144 (13.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 91 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
3 45 (4.29%) IaaS
4 43 (4.10%) Office 365
5 39 (3.71%) PaaS
6 24 (2.29%) SaaS
7 18 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
8 12 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
8 12 (1.14%) Google Cloud Platform
9 11 (1.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 9 (0.86%) GitHub
11 6 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (0.48%) Akamai
12 5 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 5 (0.48%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
13 4 (0.38%) HP Helion
13 4 (0.38%) Route 53
13 4 (0.38%) Serverless
13 4 (0.38%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 578 (55.05%) Firewall
2 268 (25.52%) WAN
3 249 (23.71%) LAN
4 191 (18.19%) VPN
5 137 (13.05%) Wireless
6 116 (11.05%) Cisco ASA
7 114 (10.86%) Cisco Nexus
8 95 (9.05%) BGP
9 92 (8.76%) TCP/IP
10 87 (8.29%) OSPF
11 82 (7.81%) DNS
12 78 (7.43%) SSL
13 74 (7.05%) Internet
13 74 (7.05%) MPLS
14 71 (6.76%) IPsec
15 69 (6.57%) VoIP
16 60 (5.71%) VLAN
17 59 (5.62%) Wi-Fi
18 58 (5.52%) DHCP
19 56 (5.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (2.76%) SQL Server
2 25 (2.38%) Hadoop
3 13 (1.24%) Big Data
4 7 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (0.48%) Data Lake
6 3 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.29%) Blockchain
6 3 (0.29%) MySQL
6 3 (0.29%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.19%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.19%) Power BI
7 2 (0.19%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.095%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.095%) Geospatial Data
8 1 (0.095%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.095%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.095%) Redis
8 1 (0.095%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 26 (2.48%) Jenkins
2 24 (2.29%) Git (software)
3 15 (1.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 14 (1.33%) Metasploit
5 11 (1.05%) JIRA
6 6 (0.57%) GitLab
6 6 (0.57%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.48%) git-flow
8 3 (0.29%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.29%) IDA Disassembler
8 3 (0.29%) OllyDbg
8 3 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.19%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.19%) Gerrit
9 2 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.19%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.095%) MSI
10 1 (0.095%) PHPCI
General
1 220 (20.95%) Finance
2 80 (7.62%) Banking
3 77 (7.33%) Telecoms
4 28 (2.67%) Legal
5 21 (2.00%) Law
6 16 (1.52%) Retail
7 11 (1.05%) Investment Banking
7 11 (1.05%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.67%) Multimedia
9 6 (0.57%) Financial Institution
9 6 (0.57%) Marketing
10 5 (0.48%) Electronics
10 5 (0.48%) Humanities
10 5 (0.48%) Social Science
11 4 (0.38%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.38%) Billing
11 4 (0.38%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.29%) Back Office
12 3 (0.29%) French Language
12 3 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 284 (27.05%) Network Engineer
2 230 (21.90%) Security Engineer
3 148 (14.10%) Network Security Engineer
4 138 (13.14%) Architect
5 97 (9.24%) Security Architect
6 94 (8.95%) Consultant
7 86 (8.19%) Analyst
8 55 (5.24%) Security Consultant
9 51 (4.86%) Network Architect
10 49 (4.67%) Security Analyst
11 46 (4.38%) Design Engineer
12 39 (3.71%) Cisco Engineer
12 39 (3.71%) DevOps Engineer
12 39 (3.71%) Senior Network Engineer
13 38 (3.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 37 (3.52%) Network Consultant
15 36 (3.43%) Firewall Engineer
16 35 (3.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 35 (3.33%) Network Analyst
17 34 (3.24%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.95%) LDAP
2 26 (2.48%) 802.1X
2 26 (2.48%) Web Services
3 24 (2.29%) OAuth
4 20 (1.90%) OpenID
4 20 (1.90%) SAML
5 16 (1.52%) Middleware
6 13 (1.24%) Regular Expression
7 12 (1.14%) JSON
8 8 (0.76%) HTML
8 8 (0.76%) RESTful
9 7 (0.67%) XMPP
10 6 (0.57%) CSS
10 6 (0.57%) XML
11 5 (0.48%) .NET
11 5 (0.48%) OAuth2
12 4 (0.38%) J2EE
12 4 (0.38%) Node.js
12 4 (0.38%) SOAP
12 4 (0.38%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 182 (17.33%) Data Centre
2 75 (7.14%) Management Information System
3 70 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
4 66 (6.29%) PKI
5 53 (5.05%) Self-Motivation
6 31 (2.95%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 16 (1.52%) Cloud Native
7 16 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
8 15 (1.43%) Security Operations Centre
9 14 (1.33%) Computer Science
9 14 (1.33%) Cyberthreat
9 14 (1.33%) Driving Licence
10 12 (1.14%) Fat Client
10 12 (1.14%) Private Cloud
10 12 (1.14%) Thin Client
11 11 (1.05%) CESG
11 11 (1.05%) Public Cloud
12 8 (0.76%) Mobile App
12 8 (0.76%) N-Tier
12 8 (0.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 166 (15.81%) Windows
2 136 (12.95%) Linux
3 76 (7.24%) Unix
3 76 (7.24%) Windows Server
4 33 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 22 (2.10%) Windows 10
7 16 (1.52%) CentOS
8 13 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.48%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.48%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.38%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.38%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.29%) AIX
11 3 (0.29%) Android
11 3 (0.29%) Data ONTAP
11 3 (0.29%) VMS
11 3 (0.29%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.19%) Check Point GAiA
12 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 175 (16.67%) ITIL
2 134 (12.76%) Information Security
3 125 (11.90%) SIEM
4 120 (11.43%) Cybersecurity
5 107 (10.19%) Agile Software Development
6 94 (8.95%) Cryptography
7 90 (8.57%) Migration
8 75 (7.14%) Security Architecture
9 74 (7.05%) DevOps
10 73 (6.95%) Network Management
11 66 (6.29%) Identity Access Management
11 66 (6.29%) Network Design
12 63 (6.00%) Problem-Solving
13 62 (5.90%) Continuous Improvement
14 60 (5.71%) Load Balancing
15 58 (5.52%) Network Monitoring
16 56 (5.33%) Project Management
17 55 (5.24%) Change Management
18 52 (4.95%) Risk Management
19 51 (4.86%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 61 (5.81%) Python
2 47 (4.48%) PowerShell
3 34 (3.24%) C
4 33 (3.14%) SQL
5 27 (2.57%) Java
6 17 (1.62%) Bash Shell
7 16 (1.52%) Perl
8 15 (1.43%) C#
9 11 (1.05%) C++
10 8 (0.76%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.57%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.48%) Apple Swift
12 5 (0.48%) Assembly Language
12 5 (0.48%) Objective-C
12 5 (0.48%) Tcl
13 3 (0.29%) MATLAB
14 2 (0.19%) Embedded C
14 2 (0.19%) Embedded C++
14 2 (0.19%) PHP
15 1 (0.095%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 282 (26.86%) Cisco Certification
2 207 (19.71%) CCNP
3 179 (17.05%) Security Cleared
4 128 (12.19%) SC Cleared
5 116 (11.05%) CCNA
6 93 (8.86%) CISSP
7 84 (8.00%) Degree
8 52 (4.95%) CCSE
9 50 (4.76%) CISM
10 49 (4.67%) DV Cleared
11 46 (4.38%) CCIE
12 42 (4.00%) CCSA
13 36 (3.43%) Check Point Certification
14 33 (3.14%) Microsoft Certification
15 30 (2.86%) MCSE
16 29 (2.76%) CISA
17 19 (1.81%) CEH
18 18 (1.71%) CCDP
19 13 (1.24%) SANS
20 12 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (5.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 51 (4.86%) GDPR
3 30 (2.86%) SLA
4 29 (2.76%) PCI DSS
5 21 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (1.71%) HIPAA
7 16 (1.52%) COBIT
7 16 (1.52%) QA
8 14 (1.33%) FedRAMP
9 8 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 6 (0.57%) Government Security Classifications
10 6 (0.57%) JSP 440
11 5 (0.48%) NIST 800
12 4 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 4 (0.38%) PSD2
13 3 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 3 (0.29%) ISO 20022
14 2 (0.19%) ISO 22301
14 2 (0.19%) PA-DSS
15 1 (0.095%) RMADS
System Software
1 142 (13.52%) Active Directory
2 61 (5.81%) Hyper-V
3 59 (5.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 29 (2.76%) ProxySG
5 20 (1.90%) vSphere
6 15 (1.43%) Docker
6 15 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
7 11 (1.05%) VMware NSX
8 10 (0.95%) Firmware
9 8 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (0.67%) BitLocker
11 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (0.38%) Postfix
11 4 (0.38%) Squid
11 4 (0.38%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.29%) NFS
12 3 (0.29%) vCloud
12 3 (0.29%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.19%) iptables
Systems Management
1 52 (4.95%) FortiGate
2 44 (4.19%) Ansible
3 23 (2.19%) Nessus
3 23 (2.19%) SCCM
4 21 (2.00%) QRadar
4 21 (2.00%) Terraform
5 16 (1.52%) Cisco CUCM
6 15 (1.43%) ArcSight ESM
6 15 (1.43%) Nmap
7 14 (1.33%) CSIRT
7 14 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
8 11 (1.05%) CASB
8 11 (1.05%) Cisco Prime
9 9 (0.86%) WSUS
10 8 (0.76%) Cisco UCCX
10 8 (0.76%) Puppet
11 7 (0.67%) SCOM
11 7 (0.67%) Stealthwatch
12 6 (0.57%) Kubernetes
12 6 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 444 (42.29%) Cisco
2 236 (22.48%) CheckPoint
3 175 (16.67%) Juniper
4 145 (13.81%) F5
5 144 (13.71%) Palo Alto
6 141 (13.43%) Microsoft
7 84 (8.00%) VMware
8 70 (6.67%) Blue Coat
9 66 (6.29%) HP
10 48 (4.57%) McAfee
11 46 (4.38%) Fortinet
12 35 (3.33%) Citrix
13 33 (3.14%) SolarWinds
13 33 (3.14%) Splunk
14 31 (2.95%) Red Hat
15 29 (2.76%) Aruba
16 28 (2.67%) Meraki
17 27 (2.57%) Infoblox
18 24 (2.29%) ArcSight
18 24 (2.29%) Riverbed