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 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Network Security
UK
Rank 208 222 218
Rank change year-on-year +14 -4  
Contract jobs citing Network Security 524 583 533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.18% 1.10% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.06% 7.50% 6.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 326 277
Median daily rate £425 £400 £386
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +13.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 14
Median hourly rate £29.50 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.66% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.21 £10.80 £18.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.00 £63.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £33.75 £27.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +22.72%  

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 6502 7774 7741
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.64% 14.72% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4001 4619 4207
Median daily rate £400 £385 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +5.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £235 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 337 430
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.95 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -35.27% +34.54%  

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 22 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 22 March 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 22 March 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 +12 493 £425 +6.25% 129
London +31 234 £438 -2.50% 53
South East -14 98 £435 +11.53% 31
West Midlands +39 42 £419 -9.94% 13
North West +23 37 £383 +5.51% 10
Yorkshire -5 31 £406 +8.33% 5
Hampshire -17 26 £456 +29.61% 8
Oxfordshire +15 24 £375 -6.25% 2
Manchester +10 24 £488 +39.28% 4
City of London -5 19 £473 +5.00% 11
South West -12 19 £375 - 5
Scotland +37 18 £500 +31.14% 1
East of England -20 18 £456 -13.09% 7
Birmingham +17 17 £313 -37.50% 4
Berkshire +1 16 £450 +20.00% 7
Oxford +11 15 £375 +66.66%
West Yorkshire +11 14 £388 +3.33% 5
Warwickshire +5 12 £450 +14.64%
Buckinghamshire -5 12 £394 -12.50% 5
Reading +23 11 £450 -5.26% 2
South Yorkshire -15 11 £525 +40.00%
Surrey +2 10 £500 +42.85% 2
Bristol -4 10 £375 +7.14% 2
Sheffield -11 10 £525 +31.25%
Edinburgh +27 9 £538 +26.47% 1
Milton Keynes +4 9 £388 -13.88% 2
Coventry -1 9 £455 -9.00% 3
Wales +18 8 £344 -20.28% 1
Glasgow +5 8 £400 -
Leeds -5 8 £425 +13.33% 4

Network Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 March 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.

1 625 (55.95%) Firewall
2 481 (43.06%) Cisco
3 281 (25.16%) Cisco Certification
4 268 (23.99%) CheckPoint
5 248 (22.20%) WAN
6 246 (22.02%) LAN
7 223 (19.96%) Juniper
8 190 (17.01%) Data Centre
9 188 (16.83%) VPN
9 188 (16.83%) Finance
10 180 (16.11%) Security Cleared
11 177 (15.85%) F5
12 175 (15.67%) CCNP
13 173 (15.49%) Windows
14 162 (14.50%) Cisco ASA
15 159 (14.23%) TCP/IP
16 149 (13.34%) Linux
17 147 (13.16%) SC Cleared
18 144 (12.89%) ITIL
19 140 (12.53%) Wireless
20 137 (12.26%) DNS
21 132 (11.82%) Palo Alto
22 128 (11.46%) Information Security
23 116 (10.38%) Microsoft
24 106 (9.49%) Active Directory
25 104 (9.31%) VMware
26 103 (9.22%) Unix
27 101 (9.04%) CCNA
28 100 (8.95%) Analytical Skills
29 98 (8.77%) MPLS

Network Security
Top Related 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 27 (2.42%) MS Exchange
2 22 (1.97%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (0.90%) CMS
4 10 (0.90%) IIS
5 9 (0.81%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.72%) Apache
6 8 (0.72%) JBoss
7 7 (0.63%) Apache Spark
7 7 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
9 5 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.45%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.45%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.36%) FileNet
10 4 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
10 4 (0.36%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.36%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 3 (0.27%) Jupyter
Applications
1 47 (4.21%) MS Excel
2 32 (2.86%) MS Office
3 20 (1.79%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.36%) MS Project
6 3 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.45%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
1 5 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.090%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.090%) Magento
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.090%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 74 (6.62%) Amazon AWS
2 70 (6.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (2.95%) Office 365
4 30 (2.69%) IaaS
5 20 (1.79%) PaaS
6 17 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (1.07%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 11 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
8 11 (0.98%) SaaS
9 9 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
10 7 (0.63%) Amazon S3
10 7 (0.63%) GitHub
11 5 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.36%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 3 (0.27%) CloudFront
14 2 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
14 2 (0.18%) Yammer
15 1 (0.090%) AWS CloudTrail
15 1 (0.090%) Google Cloud Platform
15 1 (0.090%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 625 (55.95%) Firewall
2 248 (22.20%) WAN
3 246 (22.02%) LAN
4 188 (16.83%) VPN
5 162 (14.50%) Cisco ASA
6 159 (14.23%) TCP/IP
7 140 (12.53%) Wireless
8 137 (12.26%) DNS
9 98 (8.77%) MPLS
10 95 (8.50%) BGP
11 89 (7.97%) Intrusion Detection
12 86 (7.70%) DHCP
13 83 (7.43%) OSPF
14 79 (7.07%) SSL
15 73 (6.54%) Cisco Nexus
16 70 (6.27%) VoIP
17 62 (5.55%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 59 (5.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
19 58 (5.19%) Internet
20 56 (5.01%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (2.69%) SQL Server
2 22 (1.97%) MySQL
3 14 (1.25%) Big Data
4 12 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
4 12 (1.07%) NoSQL
5 8 (0.72%) Relational Database
6 7 (0.63%) Hadoop
6 7 (0.63%) HBase
7 5 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (0.45%) Cloudera CDH
8 4 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 4 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.36%) DB2
8 4 (0.36%) Informix
8 4 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.27%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.27%) DocumentDB
10 2 (0.18%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 20 (1.79%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.25%) Jenkins
3 13 (1.16%) JIRA
4 9 (0.81%) git-flow
4 9 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.45%) Subversion
6 4 (0.36%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.27%) AppScan
8 2 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.18%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.18%) FxCop
8 2 (0.18%) LabVIEW
8 2 (0.18%) StyleCop
8 2 (0.18%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.090%) JBehave
9 1 (0.090%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.090%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.090%) Redmine
9 1 (0.090%) Selenium
General
1 188 (16.83%) Finance
2 76 (6.80%) Telecoms
3 67 (6.00%) Banking
4 40 (3.58%) Retail
5 28 (2.51%) Law
6 24 (2.15%) Legal
7 15 (1.34%) Electronics
7 15 (1.34%) Financial Institution
8 13 (1.16%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.72%) Publishing
10 7 (0.63%) Military
11 6 (0.54%) Automotive
12 5 (0.45%) Billing
13 4 (0.36%) Advertising
13 4 (0.36%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.36%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.36%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.27%) Games
14 3 (0.27%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 343 (30.71%) Network Engineer
2 222 (19.87%) Security Engineer
3 195 (17.46%) Network Security Engineer
4 181 (16.20%) Architect
5 142 (12.71%) Analyst
6 110 (9.85%) Consultant
7 85 (7.61%) Security Architect
8 78 (6.98%) Network Architect
9 76 (6.80%) Security Consultant
10 75 (6.71%) Security Analyst
11 67 (6.00%) Cisco Engineer
12 66 (5.91%) Network Analyst
13 65 (5.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 57 (5.10%) Network Consultant
15 56 (5.01%) Firewall Engineer
16 46 (4.12%) Network Security Consultant
16 46 (4.12%) Network Specialist
17 44 (3.94%) Network Security Architect
18 38 (3.40%) Juniper Engineer
18 38 (3.40%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (2.86%) Web Services
2 29 (2.60%) 802.1X
3 21 (1.88%) HTML
4 20 (1.79%) CSS
5 17 (1.52%) HTML5
6 16 (1.43%) CSS3
7 12 (1.07%) .NET
8 11 (0.98%) RESTful
9 10 (0.90%) Regular Expression
10 9 (0.81%) ASP.NET
11 7 (0.63%) D3.js
11 7 (0.63%) JSON
11 7 (0.63%) Middleware
12 6 (0.54%) Java EE
12 6 (0.54%) WebSphere MQ
13 5 (0.45%) Kafka
13 5 (0.45%) Ruby on Rails
13 5 (0.45%) SOAP
13 5 (0.45%) XML
14 4 (0.36%) AppFabric
Miscellaneous
1 190 (17.01%) Data Centre
2 100 (8.95%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (5.64%) Management Information System
4 41 (3.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 31 (2.78%) Security Operations Centre
6 29 (2.60%) Computer Science
7 25 (2.24%) PKI
8 22 (1.97%) iPad
9 21 (1.88%) User Experience
10 17 (1.52%) Driving Licence
11 14 (1.25%) Digital Media
11 14 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
12 13 (1.16%) Clustering
13 10 (0.90%) iPhone
13 10 (0.90%) iSeries
13 10 (0.90%) Tandem
14 9 (0.81%) Client/Server
14 9 (0.81%) Cyberthreat
14 9 (0.81%) Replication
15 7 (0.63%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 173 (15.49%) Windows
2 149 (13.34%) Linux
3 103 (9.22%) Unix
4 52 (4.66%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 25 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 21 (1.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 17 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (1.43%) AIX
10 15 (1.34%) Windows 10
11 10 (0.90%) Apple iOS
11 10 (0.90%) OpenVMS
12 9 (0.81%) Solaris
13 8 (0.72%) Windows 7
14 7 (0.63%) CentOS
14 7 (0.63%) SUSE
15 5 (0.45%) Windows XP
16 4 (0.36%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.36%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.36%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (12.89%) ITIL
2 128 (11.46%) Information Security
3 92 (8.24%) Load Balancing
4 86 (7.70%) Cybersecurity
4 86 (7.70%) Network Design
5 83 (7.43%) Network Management
6 65 (5.82%) Change Management
6 65 (5.82%) Migration
7 64 (5.73%) SIEM
8 62 (5.55%) Project Management
9 61 (5.46%) Agile Software Development
10 54 (4.83%) Penetration Testing
11 52 (4.66%) Security Operations
12 49 (4.39%) Network Monitoring
13 46 (4.12%) Configuration Management
13 46 (4.12%) Customer Requirements
13 46 (4.12%) Service Management
14 45 (4.03%) Network Architecture
14 45 (4.03%) Risk Management
15 41 (3.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 84 (7.52%) SQL
2 54 (4.83%) Java
3 32 (2.86%) Python
4 28 (2.51%) Perl
5 27 (2.42%) JavaScript
6 26 (2.33%) PowerShell
7 23 (2.06%) PHP
8 18 (1.61%) Bash Shell
8 18 (1.61%) Ruby
9 14 (1.25%) C#
10 12 (1.07%) C
11 10 (0.90%) Apple Swift
11 10 (0.90%) Objective-C
12 6 (0.54%) Korn
12 6 (0.54%) VBScript
13 4 (0.36%) C++
13 4 (0.36%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.090%) Scala
14 1 (0.090%) VB
Qualifications
1 281 (25.16%) Cisco Certification
2 180 (16.11%) Security Cleared
3 175 (15.67%) CCNP
4 147 (13.16%) SC Cleared
5 101 (9.04%) CCNA
6 85 (7.61%) CISSP
7 76 (6.80%) CCIE
8 60 (5.37%) Degree
9 41 (3.67%) CCSP
10 39 (3.49%) CISM
11 33 (2.95%) CCSE
12 32 (2.86%) DV Cleared
13 31 (2.78%) JNCIS
14 27 (2.42%) JNCIP
15 26 (2.33%) CCSA
16 24 (2.15%) Microsoft Certification
17 17 (1.52%) JNCIA
18 16 (1.43%) MCSE
19 14 (1.25%) CCDA
19 14 (1.25%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (6.09%) PCI DSS
2 46 (4.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (2.60%) SLA
4 21 (1.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 19 (1.70%) QA
6 11 (0.98%) HIPAA
7 5 (0.45%) COBIT
7 5 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.45%) Government Security Classifications
7 5 (0.45%) Web Application Security Consortium
8 3 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.27%) ISO27002
8 3 (0.27%) PA-DSS
8 3 (0.27%) PMO
9 2 (0.18%) Basel II
9 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.18%) RMADS
10 1 (0.090%) GxP
10 1 (0.090%) MiFID
System Software
1 106 (9.49%) Active Directory
2 71 (6.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (1.97%) Hyper-V
4 17 (1.52%) ProxySG
5 14 (1.25%) VMware ESX
6 12 (1.07%) Docker
6 12 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (0.98%) Snort
8 10 (0.90%) RACF
8 10 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
9 9 (0.81%) Firmware
10 8 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (0.63%) HDFS
12 6 (0.54%) PowerHA
12 6 (0.54%) SRDF
13 5 (0.45%) pfSense
14 4 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.36%) vCloud
15 3 (0.27%) Xen
15 3 (0.27%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 45 (4.03%) FortiGate
2 33 (2.95%) Puppet
3 28 (2.51%) Nagios
4 25 (2.24%) SCCM
5 22 (1.97%) Opscode Chef
6 20 (1.79%) Ansible
7 16 (1.43%) SCOM
8 10 (0.90%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 9 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (0.72%) Backup Exec
10 8 (0.72%) Cisco UCCX
10 8 (0.72%) Stealthwatch
10 8 (0.72%) WSUS
11 7 (0.63%) Cisco Prime
11 7 (0.63%) Kibana
11 7 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (0.63%) QRadar
12 6 (0.54%) EMC NetWorker
12 6 (0.54%) Graphite
12 6 (0.54%) yum
Vendors
1 481 (43.06%) Cisco
2 268 (23.99%) CheckPoint
3 223 (19.96%) Juniper
4 177 (15.85%) F5
5 132 (11.82%) Palo Alto
6 116 (10.38%) Microsoft
7 104 (9.31%) VMware
8 82 (7.34%) Blue Coat
9 80 (7.16%) Fortinet
10 66 (5.91%) Citrix
11 55 (4.92%) HP
12 47 (4.21%) Dell
13 33 (2.95%) IBM
14 31 (2.78%) Brocade
14 31 (2.78%) Splunk
15 30 (2.69%) Red Hat
16 28 (2.51%) Aruba
17 27 (2.42%) Intel Security
17 27 (2.42%) Sourcefire
18 25 (2.24%) Oracle
London
Advantage XPO
Rate: Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 8 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
IntaPeople
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Middlesex
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago