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 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
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 282 148 219
Rank change year-on-year -134 +71  
Contract jobs citing Network Security 386 922 612
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 1.71% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.08% 10.59% 7.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 263 609 320
Median daily rate £450 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.94% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £583 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £360 £355
% change year-on-year +18.05% +1.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 20 23
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 6351 8706 8089
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.55% 16.14% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3763 5295 4556
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 £213 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 397 422 468
Median hourly rate £27.38 £29.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.58% +22.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £13.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

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 22 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 22 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 22 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 -123 373 £453 +16.83% 130
London -78 172 £500 +16.27% 41
South East -44 92 £412 +9.86% 31
Hampshire -1 33 £400 +6.66% 10
City of London -31 32 £513 +28.52% 5
South West -10 27 £400 +6.66% 12
East of England -34 23 £475 +26.66% 10
North West -43 23 £413 +13.79% 12
Manchester -26 19 £475 +35.71% 6
Kent +13 17 £400 +37.93% 1
Berkshire -36 15 £500 +47.05% 10
Scotland -14 14 £425 +24.08% 6
Hertfordshire -6 13 £375 +3.44% 4
Surrey -7 13 £500 +42.85% 3
Yorkshire -14 12 £430 +19.44% 7
Bristol -5 11 £469 +10.29% 5
West Midlands -17 11 £400 +23.07% 14
Edinburgh +6 9 £335 -36.19% 2
Basingstoke +1 9 £345 +15.00% 3
Buckinghamshire -20 9 £395 +31.66% 2
Bracknell +6 8 £550 +74.44% 4
West Yorkshire -12 8 £430 +14.66% 5
Milton Keynes -11 7 £400 +45.45% 1
Guildford +3 6 £501 +25.31% 1
Portsmouth +2 6 £400 -
East Midlands -33 6 £475 +58.20% 2
North East +56 5 £353 +8.46%
Hatfield -3 5 £375 -11.76% 3
Reading -9 5 £500 +33.33% 2
Southampton -11 5 £388 +3.33% 1

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 469 (51.54%) Firewall
2 368 (40.44%) Cisco
3 237 (26.04%) Cisco Certification
4 198 (21.76%) WAN
5 178 (19.56%) CheckPoint
6 176 (19.34%) LAN
7 148 (16.26%) Linux
8 146 (16.04%) VPN
9 144 (15.82%) Juniper
10 143 (15.71%) Finance
11 141 (15.49%) CCNP
12 140 (15.38%) Windows
12 140 (15.38%) Data Centre
13 134 (14.73%) Security Cleared
14 133 (14.62%) TCP/IP
15 121 (13.30%) Wireless
16 119 (13.08%) F5
17 118 (12.97%) Cisco ASA
18 111 (12.20%) ITIL
19 105 (11.54%) Information Security
20 97 (10.66%) DNS
21 95 (10.44%) CISSP
22 92 (10.11%) VMware
23 91 (10.00%) Palo Alto
24 90 (9.89%) Microsoft
25 86 (9.45%) SC Cleared
26 84 (9.23%) MPLS
27 83 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
28 82 (9.01%) CCNA
29 80 (8.79%) 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 (1.65%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.32%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.21%) 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 6 (0.66%) CMS
7 6 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (0.66%) JBoss
8 5 (0.55%) Apache Solr
8 5 (0.55%) Mule
8 5 (0.55%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.44%) Apache Pig
10 3 (0.33%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.33%) nginx
11 2 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 23 (2.53%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.76%) MS Visio
3 13 (1.43%) 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 80 (8.79%) Amazon AWS
2 72 (7.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (5.49%) IaaS
4 25 (2.75%) PaaS
5 23 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
5 23 (2.53%) Office 365
6 14 (1.54%) SaaS
7 13 (1.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 7 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (0.66%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.55%) Akamai
10 5 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.44%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 4 (0.44%) GitHub
12 3 (0.33%) CloudFront
12 3 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.33%) Sumo Logic
13 2 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 469 (51.54%) Firewall
2 198 (21.76%) WAN
3 176 (19.34%) LAN
4 146 (16.04%) VPN
5 133 (14.62%) TCP/IP
6 121 (13.30%) Wireless
7 118 (12.97%) Cisco ASA
8 97 (10.66%) DNS
9 84 (9.23%) MPLS
10 79 (8.68%) BGP
11 64 (7.03%) OSPF
12 63 (6.92%) Intrusion Detection
13 62 (6.81%) IPsec
14 60 (6.59%) DHCP
15 58 (6.37%) VoIP
16 49 (5.38%) SSL
17 46 (5.05%) Cisco Nexus
18 45 (4.95%) VLAN
19 43 (4.73%) Cisco IOS
20 41 (4.51%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (1.98%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.43%) Big Data
3 12 (1.32%) MySQL
4 11 (1.21%) 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 (2.86%) Git (software)
2 19 (2.09%) Jenkins
2 19 (2.09%) JIRA
3 13 (1.43%) 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%) MSI
10 1 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.11%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (0.11%) StyleCop
General
1 143 (15.71%) Finance
2 66 (7.25%) Telecoms
3 52 (5.71%) Banking
4 26 (2.86%) Retail
5 20 (2.20%) Electronics
5 20 (2.20%) Law
5 20 (2.20%) Manufacturing
6 18 (1.98%) Legal
7 15 (1.65%) 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%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 241 (26.48%) Network Engineer
2 166 (18.24%) Security Engineer
3 152 (16.70%) Architect
4 131 (14.40%) Network Security Engineer
5 117 (12.86%) Consultant
6 114 (12.53%) Analyst
7 89 (9.78%) Security Consultant
8 74 (8.13%) Security Architect
9 61 (6.70%) Security Analyst
10 59 (6.48%) Network Architect
11 54 (5.93%) Network Consultant
12 47 (5.16%) Network Specialist
13 46 (5.05%) Cisco Engineer
13 46 (5.05%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 42 (4.62%) Network Analyst
14 42 (4.62%) Network Security Consultant
15 37 (4.07%) Firewall Engineer
16 35 (3.85%) Security Specialist
17 32 (3.52%) Developer
18 30 (3.30%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (3.19%) 802.1X
1 29 (3.19%) Web Services
2 24 (2.64%) RESTful
3 21 (2.31%) HTML
4 18 (1.98%) CSS
5 17 (1.87%) HTML5
6 16 (1.76%) CSS3
7 14 (1.54%) .NET
8 13 (1.43%) Middleware
9 12 (1.32%) Elastic Stack
9 12 (1.32%) 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%) Hibernate
13 5 (0.55%) Struts
13 5 (0.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 140 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 83 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
3 45 (4.95%) Management Information System
4 32 (3.52%) Computer Science
5 26 (2.86%) PKI
6 22 (2.42%) User Experience
7 20 (2.20%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 17 (1.87%) Clustering
8 17 (1.87%) Hybrid Cloud
8 17 (1.87%) iPad
9 16 (1.76%) iPhone
10 15 (1.65%) Cyberthreat
11 14 (1.54%) Security Operations Centre
12 12 (1.32%) 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 (16.26%) Linux
2 140 (15.38%) Windows
3 76 (8.35%) Unix
4 52 (5.71%) Windows Server
5 22 (2.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (2.20%) Apple iOS
6 20 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (1.54%) CentOS
8 14 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (1.21%) VMS
10 8 (0.88%) AIX
10 8 (0.88%) SUSE
11 7 (0.77%) Windows 10
11 7 (0.77%) Windows 7
12 6 (0.66%) Oracle Linux
12 6 (0.66%) Solaris
13 5 (0.55%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.44%) OpenVMS
14 4 (0.44%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (12.20%) ITIL
2 105 (11.54%) Information Security
3 76 (8.35%) Cybersecurity
4 71 (7.80%) SIEM
5 68 (7.47%) Penetration Testing
6 66 (7.25%) Network Design
7 62 (6.81%) Agile Software Development
7 62 (6.81%) Load Balancing
8 61 (6.70%) Project Management
9 60 (6.59%) Network Management
10 54 (5.93%) Configuration Management
11 50 (5.49%) Migration
12 47 (5.16%) Security Operations
13 45 (4.95%) DevOps
14 44 (4.84%) Change Management
15 43 (4.73%) Incident Management
16 42 (4.62%) Customer Requirements
17 38 (4.18%) Risk Management
18 37 (4.07%) Disaster Recovery
18 37 (4.07%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 59 (6.48%) SQL
2 55 (6.04%) Java
3 48 (5.27%) Python
4 29 (3.19%) Ruby
5 27 (2.97%) Perl
6 23 (2.53%) JavaScript
7 19 (2.09%) Bash Shell
8 17 (1.87%) PowerShell
9 16 (1.76%) Apple Swift
9 16 (1.76%) Objective-C
10 14 (1.54%) C
11 13 (1.43%) C-shell
11 13 (1.43%) 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
1 237 (26.04%) Cisco Certification
2 141 (15.49%) CCNP
3 134 (14.73%) Security Cleared
4 95 (10.44%) CISSP
5 86 (9.45%) SC Cleared
6 82 (9.01%) CCNA
7 64 (7.03%) CCIE
8 60 (6.59%) Degree
9 33 (3.63%) DV Cleared
10 31 (3.41%) CEH
11 28 (3.08%) CCSP
12 27 (2.97%) CCSE
12 27 (2.97%) CISM
13 25 (2.75%) GIAC
14 23 (2.53%) CCSA
14 23 (2.53%) SANS
15 22 (2.42%) Computer Science Degree
15 22 (2.42%) CREST Certified
16 20 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
17 19 (2.09%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 35 (3.85%) PCI DSS
3 31 (3.41%) SLA
4 19 (2.09%) QA
5 7 (0.77%) PMO
5 7 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.66%) COBIT
6 6 (0.66%) HIPAA
6 6 (0.66%) JSP 440
7 5 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials
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%) GMP
9 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.22%) RMADS
System Software
1 73 (8.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 68 (7.47%) Active Directory
3 27 (2.97%) Hyper-V
3 27 (2.97%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (1.65%) Docker
5 14 (1.54%) ProxySG
6 12 (1.32%) 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 (5.38%) Puppet
2 41 (4.51%) Opscode Chef
3 37 (4.07%) FortiGate
4 29 (3.19%) Ansible
5 19 (2.09%) Nagios
6 13 (1.43%) Kibana
7 12 (1.32%) QRadar
8 11 (1.21%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 11 (1.21%) Nessus
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
1 368 (40.44%) Cisco
2 178 (19.56%) CheckPoint
3 144 (15.82%) Juniper
4 119 (13.08%) F5
5 92 (10.11%) VMware
6 91 (10.00%) Palo Alto
7 90 (9.89%) Microsoft
8 60 (6.59%) Citrix
9 59 (6.48%) Fortinet
10 57 (6.26%) HP
11 53 (5.82%) Blue Coat
12 38 (4.18%) Dell
13 34 (3.74%) Red Hat
14 30 (3.30%) Splunk
15 28 (3.08%) Riverbed
16 26 (2.86%) SolarWinds
17 24 (2.64%) IBM
18 21 (2.31%) Oracle
19 20 (2.20%) Brocade
20 15 (1.65%) EMC
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Falkirk
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £275.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
East London
Tria Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Aylesford, Kent
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
FRG Technology Consulting
Rate: £450 - £510 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry
FRG Technology Consulting
Rate: £400 - £520 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Wimborne, Dorset
AMS contingency
Posted: 22 days ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Didcot, Oxfordshire
Energus
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Energus
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
FRG Technology Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago