Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 267 183 242
Rank change year-on-year -84 +59 +26
Contract jobs citing Network Security 971 1500 1208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.94% 1.42% 1.05%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.87% 9.08% 7.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 617 1024 673
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £300 £282 £260
90th Percentile £638 £581 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 32 51
UK median hourly rate £33.80 £37.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.87% -10.71% +40.00%
10th Percentile £13.26 £14.55 £14.50
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.52 £31.06 £42.00
% change year-on-year -46.81% -26.06% +48.67%

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 14144 16517 15992
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.59% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8603 9972 9242
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 842 1032
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.59 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.46% +15.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.20 £47.50 £45.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 17 November 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 17 November 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 17 November 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 -74 917 £475 +11.76% 114
UK excluding London -79 541 £425 +13.33% 74
London -72 413 £488 +4.00% 40
South East -24 279 £450 +12.50% 31
North of England -55 95 £425 +7.94% 19
North West -49 58 £450 +6.51% 8
South West -3 48 £375 -6.25% 6
Midlands -46 47 £425 +21.43% 9
West Midlands -25 41 £425 +13.33% 6
Scotland -30 37 £350 -12.50%
East of England -84 37 £375 +7.14% 9
Yorkshire -21 29 £428 +12.50% 9
North East +52 8 £375 +17.19% 2
East Midlands -26 5 £550 +69.23% 3
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 17 November 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.

1 543 (55.92%) Firewall
2 372 (38.31%) Cisco
3 257 (26.47%) Cisco Certification
4 214 (22.04%) WAN
5 198 (20.39%) Windows
6 197 (20.29%) CheckPoint
7 196 (20.19%) LAN
8 191 (19.67%) Linux
9 182 (18.74%) CCNP
10 181 (18.64%) TCP/IP
11 177 (18.23%) VPN
12 166 (17.10%) Data Centre
13 157 (16.17%) Finance
14 149 (15.35%) Information Security
15 146 (15.04%) Microsoft
15 146 (15.04%) Juniper
16 140 (14.42%) ITIL
17 139 (14.32%) Security Cleared
18 136 (14.01%) Cisco ASA
19 133 (13.70%) Palo Alto
20 124 (12.77%) Cybersecurity
21 117 (12.05%) Wireless
22 113 (11.64%) F5
23 112 (11.53%) DNS
23 112 (11.53%) Active Directory
24 108 (11.12%) MPLS
24 108 (11.12%) BGP
25 104 (10.71%) IPsec
26 103 (10.61%) SIEM
27 101 (10.40%) Agile Software Development

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 31 (3.19%) IIS
2 21 (2.16%) Apache
2 21 (2.16%) MS Exchange
3 19 (1.96%) Elasticsearch
4 16 (1.65%) Skype for Business
5 14 (1.44%) WebSphere
6 11 (1.13%) WebLogic
7 10 (1.03%) JBoss
8 9 (0.93%) OpenStack
9 8 (0.82%) Confluence
9 8 (0.82%) SAS
10 7 (0.72%) nginx
10 7 (0.72%) Oracle Workflow
11 5 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
12 4 (0.41%) FileNet
12 4 (0.41%) MQSeries
12 4 (0.41%) SharePoint
13 3 (0.31%) Apache Pig
13 3 (0.31%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 15 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.34%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.72%) SmartSuite
5 5 (0.51%) HipChat
6 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.51%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 2 (0.21%) RMDS
3 1 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.10%) Maximo
3 1 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.10%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.10%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 99 (10.20%) Amazon AWS
2 88 (9.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (4.84%) IaaS
4 46 (4.74%) PaaS
5 35 (3.60%) Office 365
6 26 (2.68%) SaaS
7 14 (1.44%) AWS CloudFormation
8 11 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (0.82%) Amazon S3
9 8 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (0.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 7 (0.72%) Akamai
11 6 (0.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 6 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (0.62%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (0.62%) Route 53
12 4 (0.41%) Amazon EMR
13 3 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.31%) GitHub
13 3 (0.31%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 543 (55.92%) Firewall
2 214 (22.04%) WAN
3 196 (20.19%) LAN
4 181 (18.64%) TCP/IP
5 177 (18.23%) VPN
6 136 (14.01%) Cisco ASA
7 117 (12.05%) Wireless
8 112 (11.53%) DNS
9 108 (11.12%) BGP
9 108 (11.12%) MPLS
10 104 (10.71%) IPsec
11 87 (8.96%) OSPF
12 83 (8.55%) Cisco Nexus
13 79 (8.14%) SSL
14 69 (7.11%) VLAN
15 67 (6.90%) DHCP
16 66 (6.80%) Intrusion Detection
17 63 (6.49%) HTTP
17 63 (6.49%) VoIP
18 58 (5.97%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.50%) Big Data
2 34 (3.50%) Hadoop
3 13 (1.34%) BusinessObjects
4 11 (1.13%) MySQL
4 11 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (1.03%) Oracle Database
6 8 (0.82%) MongoDB
6 8 (0.82%) RDBMS
6 8 (0.82%) Relational Database
7 7 (0.72%) NoSQL
8 6 (0.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 6 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (0.31%) Apache Hive
10 3 (0.31%) HBase
10 3 (0.31%) MS Access
10 3 (0.31%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 29 (2.99%) Git (software)
2 28 (2.88%) JIRA
3 20 (2.06%) Jenkins
4 15 (1.54%) git-flow
5 13 (1.34%) Maven
5 13 (1.34%) Metasploit
5 13 (1.34%) Visual Studio
5 13 (1.34%) WiX
6 7 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 5 (0.51%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.41%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.31%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.21%) Burp Suite
10 2 (0.21%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.21%) MSI
10 2 (0.21%) Subversion
10 2 (0.21%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.10%) AppScan
11 1 (0.10%) WebScarab
General
1 157 (16.17%) Finance
2 62 (6.39%) Banking
3 57 (5.87%) Telecoms
4 27 (2.78%) Retail
5 24 (2.47%) Law
6 13 (1.34%) Legal
7 10 (1.03%) Billing
7 10 (1.03%) Investment Banking
8 8 (0.82%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.72%) Financial Institution
9 7 (0.72%) Marketing
10 5 (0.51%) Publishing
10 5 (0.51%) Retail Finance
11 4 (0.41%) Back Office
11 4 (0.41%) German Language
11 4 (0.41%) Music Industry
12 3 (0.31%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.31%) Games
12 3 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.21%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 292 (30.07%) Network Engineer
2 185 (19.05%) Security Engineer
3 139 (14.32%) Network Security Engineer
4 115 (11.84%) Architect
5 105 (10.81%) Analyst
6 104 (10.71%) Consultant
7 79 (8.14%) Security Architect
8 68 (7.00%) Cisco Engineer
8 68 (7.00%) Security Analyst
9 67 (6.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 67 (6.90%) Security Consultant
10 46 (4.74%) Network Architect
11 40 (4.12%) DevOps Engineer
12 38 (3.91%) Network Consultant
13 36 (3.71%) Security Specialist
14 35 (3.60%) Cloud Engineer
15 34 (3.50%) Network Specialist
16 33 (3.40%) Firewall Engineer
17 32 (3.30%) Project Manager
18 31 (3.19%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (4.33%) Web Services
2 28 (2.88%) .NET
3 22 (2.27%) XML
4 16 (1.65%) JSON
5 15 (1.54%) HTML
6 14 (1.44%) Regular Expression
7 13 (1.34%) RESTful
7 13 (1.34%) WCF
8 9 (0.93%) LAMP
8 9 (0.93%) Middleware
8 9 (0.93%) SOAP
9 8 (0.82%) Spring
10 7 (0.72%) SAML
10 7 (0.72%) WebSphere MQ
11 6 (0.62%) 802.1X
11 6 (0.62%) OAuth
12 5 (0.51%) Elastic Stack
12 5 (0.51%) J2EE
12 5 (0.51%) Software Packaging
13 4 (0.41%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 166 (17.10%) Data Centre
2 69 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (6.28%) PKI
4 54 (5.56%) Management Information System
5 33 (3.40%) Computer Science
6 24 (2.47%) Public Cloud
7 21 (2.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 20 (2.06%) Virtual Team
9 19 (1.96%) User Experience
10 16 (1.65%) Private Cloud
11 15 (1.54%) Security Operations Centre
12 14 (1.44%) CESG
13 13 (1.34%) Hybrid Cloud
14 12 (1.24%) Cyberthreat
14 12 (1.24%) iPad
15 11 (1.13%) Fintech
16 10 (1.03%) Clustering
16 10 (1.03%) iPhone
17 9 (0.93%) Cyber Attack
17 9 (0.93%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 198 (20.39%) Windows
2 191 (19.67%) Linux
3 94 (9.68%) Windows Server
4 90 (9.27%) Unix
5 38 (3.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 37 (3.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (3.19%) Windows Server 2012
8 19 (1.96%) CentOS
9 17 (1.75%) AIX
10 15 (1.54%) Apple iOS
11 11 (1.13%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (1.03%) Solaris
13 9 (0.93%) Windows 7
14 8 (0.82%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.72%) SUSE
16 6 (0.62%) Windows 10
17 5 (0.51%) Android
18 4 (0.41%) Mac OS X
18 4 (0.41%) Windows Vista
19 3 (0.31%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (15.35%) Information Security
2 140 (14.42%) ITIL
3 124 (12.77%) Cybersecurity
4 103 (10.61%) SIEM
5 101 (10.40%) Agile Software Development
6 99 (10.20%) Network Design
7 92 (9.47%) Security Architecture
8 90 (9.27%) Load Balancing
9 77 (7.93%) DevOps
10 67 (6.90%) Project Management
11 63 (6.49%) Configuration Management
11 63 (6.49%) Network Management
12 59 (6.08%) Migration
13 54 (5.56%) Cryptography
14 52 (5.36%) Network Monitoring
14 52 (5.36%) Penetration Testing
15 47 (4.84%) Security Operations
16 45 (4.63%) High Availability
17 42 (4.33%) Change Management
18 41 (4.22%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 85 (8.75%) Python
2 83 (8.55%) Java
3 75 (7.72%) SQL
4 54 (5.56%) Perl
5 45 (4.63%) Bash Shell
6 42 (4.33%) Ruby
7 34 (3.50%) PowerShell
8 31 (3.19%) C#
9 27 (2.78%) C++
10 26 (2.68%) C-shell
10 26 (2.68%) Korn
11 20 (2.06%) C
12 15 (1.54%) Shell Script
13 14 (1.44%) JavaScript
14 12 (1.24%) VB
15 10 (1.03%) Apple Swift
15 10 (1.03%) Objective-C
16 8 (0.82%) PHP
17 7 (0.72%) Go
18 6 (0.62%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 257 (26.47%) Cisco Certification
2 182 (18.74%) CCNP
3 139 (14.32%) Security Cleared
4 94 (9.68%) CISSP
5 92 (9.47%) CCIE
6 86 (8.86%) CCNA
7 85 (8.75%) SC Cleared
8 75 (7.72%) Degree
9 48 (4.94%) CISM
10 32 (3.30%) CCSE
11 31 (3.19%) DV Cleared
12 28 (2.88%) CCSA
13 24 (2.47%) CCSP
14 22 (2.27%) Microsoft Certification
15 20 (2.06%) CEH
16 16 (1.65%) CCIE Routing and Switching
17 15 (1.54%) CompTIA Security+
17 15 (1.54%) JNCIP
17 15 (1.54%) Security+ Certification
18 14 (1.44%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (5.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (3.91%) PCI DSS
3 24 (2.47%) SLA
4 15 (1.54%) GDPR
5 12 (1.24%) COBIT
6 10 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 9 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
8 8 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
8 8 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.72%) PMO
10 6 (0.62%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 5 (0.51%) RMADS
12 4 (0.41%) Data Quality
13 3 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 3 (0.31%) FedRAMP
13 3 (0.31%) HIPAA
14 2 (0.21%) GAMP
14 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 2 (0.21%) NIST 800
14 2 (0.21%) QA
System Software
1 112 (11.53%) Active Directory
2 43 (4.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (2.78%) Docker
4 24 (2.47%) Hyper-V
5 22 (2.27%) ProxySG
6 19 (1.96%) vSphere
7 17 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
8 13 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
9 12 (1.24%) iptables
10 10 (1.03%) NFS
10 10 (1.03%) VMware NSX
11 8 (0.82%) Openswan
11 8 (0.82%) pfSense
11 8 (0.82%) Samba
11 8 (0.82%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.51%) XenApp
13 4 (0.41%) Apache Flume
13 4 (0.41%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 4 (0.41%) Postfix
13 4 (0.41%) Squid
Systems Management
1 47 (4.84%) Puppet
2 29 (2.99%) Ansible
3 28 (2.88%) FortiGate
4 26 (2.68%) Nagios
4 26 (2.68%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (1.96%) Kubernetes
6 18 (1.85%) Nessus
6 18 (1.85%) QRadar
7 16 (1.65%) SCCM
7 16 (1.65%) SCOM
8 15 (1.54%) Terraform
9 13 (1.34%) Nmap
10 11 (1.13%) CSIRT
11 10 (1.03%) Tivoli
12 9 (0.93%) Cisco Prime
13 8 (0.82%) NetBackup
13 8 (0.82%) SELinux
14 7 (0.72%) EMC NetWorker
14 7 (0.72%) WSUS
14 7 (0.72%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 372 (38.31%) Cisco
2 197 (20.29%) CheckPoint
3 146 (15.04%) Juniper
3 146 (15.04%) Microsoft
4 133 (13.70%) Palo Alto
5 113 (11.64%) F5
6 84 (8.65%) Citrix
7 78 (8.03%) VMware
8 58 (5.97%) SolarWinds
9 53 (5.46%) Blue Coat
10 51 (5.25%) HP
11 45 (4.63%) Fortinet
12 39 (4.02%) Riverbed
13 35 (3.60%) Red Hat
14 33 (3.40%) Splunk
15 32 (3.30%) McAfee
15 32 (3.30%) Oracle
16 28 (2.88%) IBM
17 23 (2.37%) Dell
18 20 (2.06%) NetApp