Period
to 26 September 2021

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 26 September 2021 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
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 258 237 265
Rank change year-on-year -21 +28 +3
Contract jobs citing Network Security 843 323 926
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.10% 1.05%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.41% 8.11% 7.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 534 193 592
10th Percentile £351 £313 £300
25th Percentile £438 £380 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% - -5.26%
75th Percentile £600 £556 £564
90th Percentile £721 £625 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 17 40
10th Percentile £19.50 £18.95 £16.25
25th Percentile £20.63 £34.00 £19.43
Median hourly rate £42.68 £46.40 £44.50
Median % change year-on-year -8.03% +4.27% +78.00%
75th Percentile £58.19 £48.00 £55.00
90th Percentile £75.87 £54.25 £57.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -44.12% -5.56% +87.50%

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 8,954 3,984 11,623
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.26% 13.52% 13.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,751 2,487 7,218
10th Percentile £225 £210 £200
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £656 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 398 187 603
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.25 £13.00
25th Percentile £14.31 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.00 £25.12
Median % change year-on-year -29.03% +23.41% +32.21%
75th Percentile £47.87 £46.58 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.25 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £27.50 £23.17
% change year-on-year -27.27% +18.71% +23.28%

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 26 September 2021.

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 26 September 2021.

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 26 September 2021. 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 -28 642 £514 +14.23% 252
UK excluding London -20 342 £475 +11.76% 199
London -61 298 £550 +13.40% 83
Work from Home -84 254 £550 +22.22% 37
North of England -5 109 £503 +18.24% 56
South East -42 83 £456 +3.69% 44
North West -9 75 £475 +14.80% 35
South West -19 46 £500 +17.65% 24
Midlands -64 32 £543 +27.65% 24
Scotland -83 29 £475 +6.74% 19
East of England -28 27 £450 -9.09% 20
Yorkshire -28 26 £525 +2.44% 14
West Midlands -67 15 £546 +30.45% 17
East Midlands -30 14 £465 +43.08% 7
Northern Ireland - 10 £255 - 4
North East - 9 £550 - 7
Wales -21 8 £313 -24.24% 8

For the 6 months to 26 September 2021, 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.

1 394 (46.74%) Firewall
2 232 (27.52%) Cisco
3 206 (24.44%) Cybersecurity
4 205 (24.32%) Azure
5 173 (20.52%) Windows
6 165 (19.57%) Social Skills
7 160 (18.98%) Finance
8 150 (17.79%) VPN
9 144 (17.08%) WAN
10 143 (16.96%) Microsoft
11 140 (16.61%) Cisco Certification
12 132 (15.66%) Security Cleared
13 123 (14.59%) Information Security
14 120 (14.23%) Linux
15 118 (14.00%) SC Cleared
15 118 (14.00%) DevOps
16 117 (13.88%) SIEM
17 116 (13.76%) LAN
18 115 (13.64%) AWS
19 111 (13.17%) Data Centre
20 108 (12.81%) VMware
21 94 (11.15%) Palo Alto
22 93 (11.03%) Degree
23 86 (10.20%) CISSP
23 86 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure
24 85 (10.08%) DNS
25 83 (9.85%) BGP
26 82 (9.73%) Migration
27 81 (9.61%) Active Directory
27 81 (9.61%) Security Architecture

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 19 (2.25%) Confluence
2 15 (1.78%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.30%) SharePoint
4 7 (0.83%) Apache Spark
4 7 (0.83%) WebLogic
5 6 (0.71%) Apache
5 6 (0.71%) nginx
6 4 (0.47%) IIS
7 3 (0.36%) CMS
7 3 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.36%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.36%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.12%) Drupal
8 1 (0.12%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (2.25%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.90%) MS Visio
3 13 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.71%) Siemens NX
5 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.83%) Sentinel
2 6 (0.71%) Teamcenter
3 3 (0.36%) Workfront
4 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 205 (24.32%) Azure
2 115 (13.64%) AWS
3 60 (7.12%) GCP
4 58 (6.88%) PaaS
5 50 (5.93%) IaaS
6 46 (5.46%) SaaS
7 44 (5.22%) Microsoft 365
8 25 (2.97%) Azure Active Directory
8 25 (2.97%) Azure Key Vault
9 19 (2.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 16 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
11 12 (1.42%) AWS CloudFormation
11 12 (1.42%) Azure Storage
12 9 (1.07%) Akamai
13 8 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
13 8 (0.95%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 8 (0.95%) Azure Data Factory
13 8 (0.95%) Azure Logic Apps
14 7 (0.83%) Apigee
14 7 (0.83%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 394 (46.74%) Firewall
2 150 (17.79%) VPN
3 144 (17.08%) WAN
4 116 (13.76%) LAN
5 85 (10.08%) DNS
6 83 (9.85%) BGP
7 63 (7.47%) MPLS
8 59 (7.00%) OSPF
9 54 (6.41%) SD-WAN
10 51 (6.05%) TCP/IP
11 40 (4.74%) Cisco ASA
12 39 (4.63%) VLAN
13 36 (4.27%) DHCP
13 36 (4.27%) Multicast
13 36 (4.27%) Wireless
14 35 (4.15%) VoIP
15 34 (4.03%) Wi-Fi
16 30 (3.56%) Intrusion Detection
17 29 (3.44%) IPv6
18 28 (3.32%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (3.91%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.02%) Azure SQL Database
3 14 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
5 10 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (1.07%) MySQL
7 8 (0.95%) Tableau
8 7 (0.83%) NoSQL
8 7 (0.83%) Redis
9 6 (0.71%) Data Mining
9 6 (0.71%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.71%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.71%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.59%) Apache Hive
10 5 (0.59%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (0.59%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.47%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.47%) Power BI
11 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 15 (1.78%) JIRA
2 14 (1.66%) Jenkins
3 11 (1.30%) Git (software)
4 9 (1.07%) Sonatype Nexus
5 7 (0.83%) Burp Suite
6 6 (0.71%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (0.47%) Maven
8 4 (0.47%) Metasploit
8 4 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.47%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.36%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.36%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.24%) GitLab
10 2 (0.24%) Gradle
10 2 (0.24%) Snyk
11 1 (0.12%) Bitbucket
11 1 (0.12%) ClearCase
11 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
11 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio
General
1 165 (19.57%) Social Skills
2 160 (18.98%) Finance
3 62 (7.35%) Telecoms
4 56 (6.64%) Banking
5 51 (6.05%) Public Sector
6 49 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
7 31 (3.68%) Presentation Skills
8 29 (3.44%) Manufacturing
9 24 (2.85%) Documentation Skills
10 18 (2.14%) Law
11 15 (1.78%) Marketing
12 13 (1.54%) Military
13 12 (1.42%) Influencing Skills
14 10 (1.19%) Organisational Skills
15 8 (0.95%) Aerospace
15 8 (0.95%) Billing
15 8 (0.95%) Electronics
15 8 (0.95%) Retail
16 7 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
17 6 (0.71%) Legal
Job Titles
1 201 (23.84%) Network Engineer
2 182 (21.59%) Architect
3 159 (18.86%) Security Engineer
4 91 (10.79%) Network Security Engineer
5 76 (9.02%) Security Architect
6 66 (7.83%) Consultant
7 54 (6.41%) Network Architect
8 51 (6.05%) Azure Engineer
9 39 (4.63%) Security Consultant
10 37 (4.39%) Solutions Architect
11 32 (3.80%) Analyst
11 32 (3.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 31 (3.68%) Cloud Engineer
12 31 (3.68%) Support Engineer
13 29 (3.44%) Senior Network Engineer
14 25 (2.97%) Project Manager
15 23 (2.73%) Cisco Engineer
16 22 (2.61%) Design Engineer
17 21 (2.49%) Cisco Network Engineer
17 21 (2.49%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (2.97%) LDAP
2 22 (2.61%) ARM Templates
3 21 (2.49%) .NET
4 18 (2.14%) 802.1X
5 15 (1.78%) SAML
6 14 (1.66%) Web Services
7 11 (1.30%) YAML
8 10 (1.19%) Regular Expression
8 10 (1.19%) REST
9 8 (0.95%) Kafka
9 8 (0.95%) Spine.js
10 7 (0.83%) HTML
10 7 (0.83%) Middleware
11 6 (0.71%) Apache NiFi
11 6 (0.71%) JDBC
11 6 (0.71%) OAuth
11 6 (0.71%) SOAP
12 5 (0.59%) ODBC
12 5 (0.59%) OLE DB
13 4 (0.47%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 111 (13.17%) Data Centre
2 47 (5.58%) Management Information System
3 33 (3.91%) Public Cloud
4 25 (2.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 20 (2.37%) PKI
6 17 (2.02%) Cyberthreat
7 16 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
8 13 (1.54%) Cloud Native
8 13 (1.54%) Data Protection Act
9 11 (1.30%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.19%) Enterprise Cloud
10 10 (1.19%) User Experience
10 10 (1.19%) Virtual Team
11 9 (1.07%) Security Operations Centre
12 8 (0.95%) Fat Client
12 8 (0.95%) Thin Client
13 7 (0.83%) NHS
14 6 (0.71%) Clustering
14 6 (0.71%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 173 (20.52%) Windows
2 120 (14.23%) Linux
3 61 (7.24%) Windows Server
4 59 (7.00%) Unix
5 21 (2.49%) Windows Server 2016
6 17 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 16 (1.90%) Windows XP
8 15 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
9 14 (1.66%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (1.19%) Solaris
10 10 (1.19%) Windows 10
11 7 (0.83%) AIX
11 7 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.71%) VMS
13 5 (0.59%) Android
13 5 (0.59%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.47%) Debian
14 4 (0.47%) Windows 7
15 3 (0.36%) FreeBSD
15 3 (0.36%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 206 (24.44%) Cybersecurity
2 123 (14.59%) Information Security
3 118 (14.00%) DevOps
4 117 (13.88%) SIEM
5 82 (9.73%) Migration
6 81 (9.61%) Security Architecture
7 78 (9.25%) Agile Software Development
7 78 (9.25%) Network Design
8 69 (8.19%) Computer Science
9 65 (7.71%) ITIL
10 61 (7.24%) Problem-Solving
11 57 (6.76%) Vulnerability Management
12 55 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
13 53 (6.29%) Security Operations
14 50 (5.93%) Disaster Recovery
14 50 (5.93%) Project Delivery
15 49 (5.81%) Infrastructure as Code
16 48 (5.69%) Project Management
17 46 (5.46%) Network Management
17 46 (5.46%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 80 (9.49%) PowerShell
2 73 (8.66%) Python
3 39 (4.63%) SQL
4 28 (3.32%) C#
5 26 (3.08%) Bash Shell
6 22 (2.61%) Java
7 15 (1.78%) JavaScript
8 12 (1.42%) Shell Script
9 9 (1.07%) Go
10 8 (0.95%) C++
11 7 (0.83%) C
11 7 (0.83%) Ruby
12 6 (0.71%) Scala
13 3 (0.36%) Perl
14 1 (0.12%) Haskell
14 1 (0.12%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.12%) VB
14 1 (0.12%) VBA
14 1 (0.12%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 140 (16.61%) Cisco Certification
2 132 (15.66%) Security Cleared
3 118 (14.00%) SC Cleared
4 93 (11.03%) Degree
5 86 (10.20%) CISSP
6 74 (8.78%) CCNP
7 70 (8.30%) CCNA
8 51 (6.05%) CCIE
9 39 (4.63%) CISM
10 28 (3.32%) Microsoft Certification
11 20 (2.37%) Computer Science Degree
11 20 (2.37%) DV Cleared
12 19 (2.25%) MCSE
13 17 (2.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 16 (1.90%) GIAC
15 15 (1.78%) CISA
16 14 (1.66%) CEH
17 12 (1.42%) CREST Certified
18 9 (1.07%) CRISC
19 8 (0.95%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (5.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 31 (3.68%) NIST
3 29 (3.44%) SLA
4 24 (2.85%) GDPR
5 20 (2.37%) PCI DSS
6 16 (1.90%) QA
7 10 (1.19%) NCSC
8 7 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.71%) GLBA
9 6 (0.71%) PMO
10 4 (0.47%) GRC
10 4 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 3 (0.36%) COBIT
11 3 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.36%) FedRAMP
11 3 (0.36%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 3 (0.36%) NIST 800
System Software
1 86 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 81 (9.61%) Active Directory
3 42 (4.98%) VMware NSX
4 40 (4.74%) Virtual Machines
5 28 (3.32%) vSphere
6 21 (2.49%) Docker
7 10 (1.19%) NFS
7 10 (1.19%) vCloud
8 9 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
10 6 (0.71%) Hyper-V
10 6 (0.71%) ProxySG
11 5 (0.59%) HDFS
11 5 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.47%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 4 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (0.47%) XenApp
12 4 (0.47%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.36%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.24%) KVM
Systems Management
1 64 (7.59%) Terraform
2 62 (7.35%) Ansible
3 43 (5.10%) Kubernetes
4 21 (2.49%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 16 (1.90%) FortiGate
6 15 (1.78%) SCCM
7 14 (1.66%) vCenter Server
7 14 (1.66%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 13 (1.54%) Nessus
9 12 (1.42%) WSUS
10 10 (1.19%) vRealize
11 8 (0.95%) QRadar
12 7 (0.83%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 7 (0.83%) systemd
13 6 (0.71%) Cisco Prime
13 6 (0.71%) Oozie
13 6 (0.71%) StackStorm
14 5 (0.59%) Nagios
14 5 (0.59%) Nmap
14 5 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 232 (27.52%) Cisco
2 143 (16.96%) Microsoft
3 108 (12.81%) VMware
4 94 (11.15%) Palo Alto
5 76 (9.02%) F5
6 68 (8.07%) CheckPoint
6 68 (8.07%) Fortinet
7 44 (5.22%) Juniper
8 39 (4.63%) Meraki
9 37 (4.39%) McAfee
10 31 (3.68%) Splunk
11 28 (3.32%) Citrix
11 28 (3.32%) SolarWinds
12 27 (3.20%) Google
13 22 (2.61%) HP
13 22 (2.61%) Red Hat
13 22 (2.61%) Zscaler
14 20 (2.37%) SAP
15 17 (2.02%) Oracle
16 13 (1.54%) Dell