Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 263 192 241
Rank change year-on-year -71 +49 +3
Contract jobs citing Network Security 954 1,278 1,131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.95% 1.33% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.13% 8.88% 7.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 595 855 624
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £310 £300 £276
90th Percentile £618 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +11.88% - +5.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 27 40
UK median hourly rate £16.63 £24.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.71% -42.86% +40.00%
10th Percentile £13.04 £14.38 £13.83
90th Percentile £35.70 £50.00 £49.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.41 £16.53 £42.00
% change year-on-year -6.78% -60.65% +42.37%

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 13,377 14,395 14,950
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.30% 14.98% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,253 8,763 8,640
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £180 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 690 749 910
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £10.99 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £46.18 £49.19 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.51
% change year-on-year -15.56% +4.59% -4.39%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 -64 906 £475 +11.76% 300
UK excluding London -49 561 £448 +11.88% 176
London -92 370 £475 +5.56% 132
South East -15 267 £450 +5.88% 49
North of England -23 98 £438 +2.94% 48
South West +34 78 £448 +9.15% 17
Midlands -43 64 £444 +18.33% 29
North West -30 56 £475 +5.56% 29
West Midlands -27 52 £444 +14.52% 16
Yorkshire -20 35 £414 +0.30% 17
East of England -74 30 £456 +21.67% 24
Scotland -43 26 £400 - 8
East Midlands -11 10 £475 +46.15% 12
North East +38 8 £378 +17.97% 2
Wales +4 2 - - 2
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 527 (55.24%) Firewall
2 369 (38.68%) Cisco
3 241 (25.26%) Cisco Certification
4 199 (20.86%) WAN
5 184 (19.29%) CheckPoint
6 182 (19.08%) LAN
7 177 (18.55%) CCNP
7 177 (18.55%) Linux
8 173 (18.13%) Windows
9 166 (17.40%) Security Cleared
10 159 (16.67%) VPN
11 155 (16.25%) TCP/IP
12 153 (16.04%) ITIL
13 150 (15.72%) Finance
14 145 (15.20%) Information Security
15 144 (15.09%) Microsoft
16 143 (14.99%) Cybersecurity
17 141 (14.78%) Data Centre
18 137 (14.36%) Cisco ASA
19 123 (12.89%) Juniper
20 121 (12.68%) Agile Software Development
21 110 (11.53%) Active Directory
22 108 (11.32%) Network Design
23 107 (11.22%) Palo Alto
24 102 (10.69%) SC Cleared
24 102 (10.69%) Wireless
25 100 (10.48%) F5
26 98 (10.27%) MPLS
27 97 (10.17%) CISSP
28 96 (10.06%) 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 27 (2.83%) IIS
2 17 (1.78%) Elasticsearch
2 17 (1.78%) MS Exchange
3 16 (1.68%) Apache
4 14 (1.47%) Skype for Business
5 8 (0.84%) SAS
6 7 (0.73%) Confluence
7 5 (0.52%) JBoss
7 5 (0.52%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.52%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.42%) MQSeries
8 4 (0.42%) nginx
8 4 (0.42%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.31%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.31%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.21%) Jetty
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 25 (2.62%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.94%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.52%) HipChat
4 3 (0.31%) SmartSuite
5 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.21%) RMDS
3 1 (0.10%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 1 (0.10%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.10%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 84 (8.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 79 (8.28%) Amazon AWS
3 47 (4.93%) IaaS
4 37 (3.88%) PaaS
5 35 (3.67%) Office 365
6 29 (3.04%) SaaS
7 11 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
8 9 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (0.52%) Akamai
9 5 (0.52%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.31%) GitHub
11 3 (0.31%) Route 53
12 2 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
12 2 (0.21%) AWS CloudTrail
12 2 (0.21%) Serverless
12 2 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 527 (55.24%) Firewall
2 199 (20.86%) WAN
3 182 (19.08%) LAN
4 159 (16.67%) VPN
5 155 (16.25%) TCP/IP
6 137 (14.36%) Cisco ASA
7 102 (10.69%) Wireless
8 98 (10.27%) MPLS
9 96 (10.06%) BGP
10 95 (9.96%) DNS
11 78 (8.18%) IPsec
12 70 (7.34%) Internet
12 70 (7.34%) SSL
13 65 (6.81%) OSPF
14 64 (6.71%) Cisco Nexus
15 62 (6.50%) VLAN
16 60 (6.29%) VoIP
17 59 (6.18%) Intrusion Detection
18 55 (5.77%) DHCP
19 48 (5.03%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (4.82%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.51%) Hadoop
3 26 (2.73%) Big Data
4 11 (1.15%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.05%) BusinessObjects
6 8 (0.84%) MySQL
7 7 (0.73%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (0.73%) MongoDB
7 7 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (0.52%) Blockchain
9 5 (0.52%) DB2
9 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.21%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (0.21%) Hazelcast
11 2 (0.21%) HBase
11 2 (0.21%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 36 (3.77%) Git (software)
2 30 (3.14%) Jenkins
3 26 (2.73%) Maven
4 15 (1.57%) Sonatype Nexus
5 14 (1.47%) JIRA
6 13 (1.36%) Visual Studio
6 13 (1.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 13 (1.36%) WiX
7 12 (1.26%) Vagrant
8 7 (0.73%) Metasploit
9 5 (0.52%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.52%) git-flow
10 4 (0.42%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.31%) TeamCity
12 2 (0.21%) Burp Suite
12 2 (0.21%) Cucumber
12 2 (0.21%) MSI
12 2 (0.21%) Subversion
13 1 (0.10%) AppScan
13 1 (0.10%) WebScarab
General
1 150 (15.72%) Finance
2 55 (5.77%) Telecoms
3 49 (5.14%) Banking
4 17 (1.78%) Retail
5 15 (1.57%) Legal
6 10 (1.05%) Law
7 9 (0.94%) Marketing
8 8 (0.84%) Billing
8 8 (0.84%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.73%) Financial Institution
9 7 (0.73%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.63%) Back Office
11 5 (0.52%) Music Industry
11 5 (0.52%) Publishing
11 5 (0.52%) Retail Finance
12 4 (0.42%) German Language
13 3 (0.31%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.31%) Games
13 3 (0.31%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.21%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 290 (30.40%) Network Engineer
2 197 (20.65%) Security Engineer
3 150 (15.72%) Network Security Engineer
4 131 (13.73%) Architect
5 90 (9.43%) Analyst
6 89 (9.33%) Consultant
7 83 (8.70%) Security Architect
8 65 (6.81%) Cisco Engineer
9 62 (6.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 60 (6.29%) Network Architect
11 54 (5.66%) Security Analyst
12 48 (5.03%) Security Consultant
13 37 (3.88%) Cisco Security Engineer
13 37 (3.88%) DevOps Engineer
14 35 (3.67%) Firewall Engineer
14 35 (3.67%) Network Consultant
14 35 (3.67%) Network Security Architect
14 35 (3.67%) Security Specialist
15 33 (3.46%) Network Specialist
16 32 (3.35%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (4.40%) LDAP
2 30 (3.14%) Web Services
3 20 (2.10%) .NET
4 18 (1.89%) Regular Expression
4 18 (1.89%) XML
5 13 (1.36%) WCF
6 11 (1.15%) JSON
7 10 (1.05%) SAML
8 9 (0.94%) LAMP
9 7 (0.73%) 802.1X
9 7 (0.73%) HTML
9 7 (0.73%) Spring
10 6 (0.63%) Middleware
10 6 (0.63%) WAP
11 5 (0.52%) J2EE
11 5 (0.52%) OAuth
12 4 (0.42%) CGI
12 4 (0.42%) Hystrix
12 4 (0.42%) RabbitMQ
12 4 (0.42%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 141 (14.78%) Data Centre
2 65 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (5.77%) Management Information System
4 39 (4.09%) PKI
5 27 (2.83%) Public Cloud
6 23 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 23 (2.41%) Cyberthreat
7 17 (1.78%) Cyberattack
8 16 (1.68%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 14 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
9 14 (1.47%) Security Operations Centre
10 13 (1.36%) Private Cloud
10 13 (1.36%) User Experience
11 12 (1.26%) CESG
12 11 (1.15%) Fintech
13 10 (1.05%) Virtual Team
14 8 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
15 7 (0.73%) Mobile App
16 6 (0.63%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 177 (18.55%) Linux
2 173 (18.13%) Windows
3 95 (9.96%) Unix
4 67 (7.02%) Windows Server
5 37 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 34 (3.56%) CentOS
7 25 (2.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (2.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (1.36%) AIX
10 10 (1.05%) Solaris
11 9 (0.94%) Windows 10
12 7 (0.73%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.63%) Windows 7
14 5 (0.52%) zOS
15 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.42%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.21%) Debian
16 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.21%) SUSE
16 2 (0.21%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (16.04%) ITIL
2 145 (15.20%) Information Security
3 143 (14.99%) Cybersecurity
4 121 (12.68%) Agile Software Development
5 108 (11.32%) Network Design
6 95 (9.96%) Load Balancing
7 93 (9.75%) Security Architecture
8 85 (8.91%) SIEM
9 84 (8.81%) DevOps
10 77 (8.07%) Network Monitoring
11 54 (5.66%) Migration
12 50 (5.24%) Configuration Management
13 49 (5.14%) Change Management
14 48 (5.03%) Penetration Testing
15 46 (4.82%) Project Management
15 46 (4.82%) Security Operations
16 44 (4.61%) Network Management
16 44 (4.61%) Vulnerability Scanning
17 43 (4.51%) Risk Management
18 40 (4.19%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 71 (7.44%) Python
2 61 (6.39%) SQL
3 56 (5.87%) Java
4 40 (4.19%) Perl
5 39 (4.09%) PowerShell
6 29 (3.04%) Ruby
7 28 (2.94%) C#
8 26 (2.73%) Bash Shell
9 20 (2.10%) C++
10 18 (1.89%) C
11 13 (1.36%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.15%) C-shell
12 11 (1.15%) JavaScript
12 11 (1.15%) Korn
13 9 (0.94%) VB
14 7 (0.73%) Go
14 7 (0.73%) PHP
14 7 (0.73%) PL/SQL
14 7 (0.73%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.52%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 241 (25.26%) Cisco Certification
2 177 (18.55%) CCNP
3 166 (17.40%) Security Cleared
4 102 (10.69%) SC Cleared
5 97 (10.17%) CISSP
6 87 (9.12%) CCNA
7 82 (8.60%) CCIE
8 65 (6.81%) Degree
9 43 (4.51%) DV Cleared
10 39 (4.09%) CISM
11 37 (3.88%) CCSE
12 32 (3.35%) CCSA
13 21 (2.20%) SANS
14 20 (2.10%) GIAC
15 19 (1.99%) Microsoft Certification
16 18 (1.89%) CCSP
16 18 (1.89%) CEH
17 14 (1.47%) CCIE Routing and Switching
18 13 (1.36%) CREST Certified
19 12 (1.26%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (6.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 40 (4.19%) PCI DSS
3 28 (2.94%) GDPR
4 20 (2.10%) SLA
5 9 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 7 (0.73%) COBIT
6 7 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 7 (0.73%) QA
6 7 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.52%) RMADS
9 4 (0.42%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.42%) PMO
10 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.21%) FIPS 140-2
10 2 (0.21%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.10%) FedRAMP
11 1 (0.10%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 110 (11.53%) Active Directory
2 51 (5.35%) Docker
3 34 (3.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (1.89%) Hyper-V
4 18 (1.89%) ProxySG
5 17 (1.78%) vSphere
6 12 (1.26%) iptables
7 11 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (0.94%) VMware NSX
9 8 (0.84%) Samba
10 7 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
11 6 (0.63%) XenApp
11 6 (0.63%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.42%) Firmware
13 4 (0.42%) NFS
13 4 (0.42%) pfSense
13 4 (0.42%) Postfix
13 4 (0.42%) Squid
14 3 (0.31%) Snort
Systems Management
1 47 (4.93%) Ansible
2 29 (3.04%) Puppet
3 22 (2.31%) FortiGate
4 20 (2.10%) Kubernetes
4 20 (2.10%) Nagios
5 18 (1.89%) SCCM
6 17 (1.78%) Nessus
6 17 (1.78%) SCOM
7 14 (1.47%) QRadar
8 13 (1.36%) Terraform
9 11 (1.15%) Tivoli
10 9 (0.94%) NetBackup
10 9 (0.94%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 8 (0.84%) ArcSight ESM
11 8 (0.84%) Cisco Prime
11 8 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
11 8 (0.84%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 8 (0.84%) Nmap
11 8 (0.84%) SELinux
11 8 (0.84%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 369 (38.68%) Cisco
2 184 (19.29%) CheckPoint
3 144 (15.09%) Microsoft
4 123 (12.89%) Juniper
5 107 (11.22%) Palo Alto
6 100 (10.48%) F5
7 75 (7.86%) Citrix
8 66 (6.92%) VMware
9 51 (5.35%) Blue Coat
10 40 (4.19%) SolarWinds
11 39 (4.09%) McAfee
11 39 (4.09%) Red Hat
12 37 (3.88%) Fortinet
13 32 (3.35%) HP
14 31 (3.25%) Oracle
15 28 (2.94%) Splunk
16 22 (2.31%) ArcSight
17 21 (2.20%) Dell
17 21 (2.20%) NetApp
18 20 (2.10%) Extreme Networks