Period
to 8 August 2020

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 8 August 2020 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 241 255 264
Rank change year-on-year +14 +9 +28
Contract jobs citing Network Security 370 955 1,047
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 1.05% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.83% 8.12% 7.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 604 673
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £313
90th Percentile £630 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £438 £450
% change year-on-year -2.29% -2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 41 25
Median hourly rate £41.00 £44.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.87% +27.14% -30.00%
10th Percentile £19.70 £16.25 £14.10
90th Percentile £47.10 £55.00 £62.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £33.30 £35.00
% change year-on-year +20.14% -4.87% -3.13%

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 4,726 11,758 13,758
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.42% 12.90% 13.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,695 7,191 8,445
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £395
% change year-on-year - +1.27% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 593 769
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.37% +18.75% +3.20%
10th Percentile £14.95 £12.38 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £47.57
Median hourly rate £31.50 £22.50 £19.39
% change year-on-year +40.00% +16.07% +3.66%

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 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 2020. 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 +12 309 £450 - 97
UK excluding London +34 213 £428 -2.29% 74
London +38 130 £450 -10.00% 34
North of England +62 55 £425 +6.25% 19
South East +20 52 £420 -2.89% 15
Work from Home -7 40 £438 -14.63% 10
Scotland +52 39 £410 -25.45% 9
North West +62 32 £406 -9.72% 10
Midlands +76 28 £438 +27.74% 10
South West +42 26 £503 +11.72% 13
Yorkshire +53 21 £500 +9.89% 9
West Midlands +63 19 £500 +5.26% 8
East of England +42 9 £495 +10.00% 5
East Midlands +39 8 £364 +48.47% 2
Wales +33 5 £263 -16.00% 1
North East +14 2 £110 -66.15%

For the 6 months to 8 August 2020, 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.

1 202 (54.59%) Firewall
2 133 (35.95%) Cisco
3 98 (26.49%) Cisco Certification
4 91 (24.59%) LAN
5 88 (23.78%) WAN
6 85 (22.97%) Active Directory
7 80 (21.62%) Windows
7 80 (21.62%) Azure
7 80 (21.62%) SIEM
8 75 (20.27%) Security Cleared
9 71 (19.19%) VPN
9 71 (19.19%) Cybersecurity
10 67 (18.11%) DNS
11 61 (16.49%) Linux
12 58 (15.68%) CheckPoint
13 56 (15.14%) SC Cleared
14 54 (14.59%) CCNA
15 52 (14.05%) TCP/IP
15 52 (14.05%) CCNP
15 52 (14.05%) F5
15 52 (14.05%) Data Centre
15 52 (14.05%) Palo Alto
16 51 (13.78%) Microsoft
17 49 (13.24%) AWS
18 48 (12.97%) Finance
18 48 (12.97%) VMware
18 48 (12.97%) Information Security
19 47 (12.70%) Security Architecture
20 46 (12.43%) OSPF
21 44 (11.89%) ITIL

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 12 (3.24%) Confluence
2 9 (2.43%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (0.81%) OpenStack
5 3 (0.81%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.27%) Apache
7 1 (0.27%) CMS
7 1 (0.27%) IIS
7 1 (0.27%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.27%) nginx
7 1 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.27%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 21 (5.68%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (4.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.35%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.81%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 80 (21.62%) Azure
2 49 (13.24%) AWS
3 40 (10.81%) SaaS
4 27 (7.30%) Office 365
5 26 (7.03%) PaaS
6 16 (4.32%) IaaS
7 14 (3.78%) Azure Active Directory
7 14 (3.78%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (2.43%) Serverless
9 8 (2.16%) GCP
10 6 (1.62%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 6 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (1.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 5 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (1.08%) GitHub
12 4 (1.08%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.81%) AWS CloudTrail
13 3 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.81%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.81%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 202 (54.59%) Firewall
2 91 (24.59%) LAN
3 88 (23.78%) WAN
4 71 (19.19%) VPN
5 67 (18.11%) DNS
6 52 (14.05%) TCP/IP
7 46 (12.43%) OSPF
8 41 (11.08%) BGP
9 36 (9.73%) DHCP
10 35 (9.46%) Internet
11 31 (8.38%) IPsec
12 30 (8.11%) MPLS
13 29 (7.84%) SNMP
14 27 (7.30%) Cisco ASA
15 25 (6.76%) Wireless
16 23 (6.22%) Cisco Nexus
17 22 (5.95%) SSL
17 22 (5.95%) X.509
18 21 (5.68%) Wi-Fi
19 20 (5.41%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.89%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
2 5 (1.35%) Big Data
3 4 (1.08%) MySQL
4 3 (0.81%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (0.81%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.81%) SQL Server
5 2 (0.54%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.54%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.27%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.27%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.27%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 14 (3.78%) Git (software)
2 10 (2.70%) Jenkins
3 8 (2.16%) JIRA
4 6 (1.62%) Metasploit
5 4 (1.08%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (0.81%) Robot Framework
6 3 (0.81%) TestRail
7 2 (0.54%) AppScan
8 1 (0.27%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.27%) GitLab
8 1 (0.27%) Paros
8 1 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 48 (12.97%) Finance
2 29 (7.84%) Banking
3 26 (7.03%) Telecoms
4 21 (5.68%) Public Sector
5 11 (2.97%) Legal
6 5 (1.35%) Retail
7 4 (1.08%) Back Office
8 3 (0.81%) Law
8 3 (0.81%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.54%) Electronics
9 2 (0.54%) Fire and Rescue
9 2 (0.54%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.54%) Marketing
9 2 (0.54%) Military
9 2 (0.54%) Police
10 1 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.27%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.27%) German Language
10 1 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 127 (34.32%) Network Engineer
2 101 (27.30%) Security Engineer
3 64 (17.30%) Network Security Engineer
4 55 (14.86%) Architect
5 36 (9.73%) Consultant
5 36 (9.73%) Security Architect
6 28 (7.57%) Security Consultant
7 25 (6.76%) Cloud Engineer
8 20 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 19 (5.14%) Analyst
10 16 (4.32%) Network Architect
11 14 (3.78%) Security Specialist
12 13 (3.51%) Azure Engineer
13 12 (3.24%) Support Engineer
14 11 (2.97%) Network Consultant
14 11 (2.97%) Senior Network Engineer
15 10 (2.70%) Network Security Architect
16 9 (2.43%) Cisco Engineer
16 9 (2.43%) Cloud Architect
16 9 (2.43%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (7.30%) SAML
2 9 (2.43%) Middleware
3 8 (2.16%) 802.1X
3 8 (2.16%) LDAP
4 7 (1.89%) Web Services
5 5 (1.35%) .NET
6 4 (1.08%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (1.08%) SOAP
6 4 (1.08%) YAML
7 3 (0.81%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.81%) Node.js
7 3 (0.81%) RESTful
8 2 (0.54%) Django
8 2 (0.54%) GraphQL
8 2 (0.54%) J2EE
8 2 (0.54%) JSON
8 2 (0.54%) Regular Expression
8 2 (0.54%) REST
8 2 (0.54%) Spring
8 2 (0.54%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 52 (14.05%) Data Centre
2 29 (7.84%) Management Information System
3 27 (7.30%) PKI
4 22 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (5.14%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (3.51%) Video Conferencing
7 11 (2.97%) Cyberthreat
8 7 (1.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 7 (1.89%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.62%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.62%) Security Operations Centre
10 5 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (1.08%) Algorithms
11 4 (1.08%) Blog
11 4 (1.08%) Cloud Native
11 4 (1.08%) CMDB
11 4 (1.08%) User Experience
12 3 (0.81%) Cyber Defence
12 3 (0.81%) FMCG
12 3 (0.81%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 80 (21.62%) Windows
2 61 (16.49%) Linux
3 22 (5.95%) Unix
4 16 (4.32%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.43%) Mac OS
5 9 (2.43%) Windows 10
6 6 (1.62%) CentOS
7 5 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.81%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.54%) Android
9 2 (0.54%) CatOS
9 2 (0.54%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.54%) Solaris
9 2 (0.54%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.27%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.27%) Check Point GAiA
10 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (21.62%) SIEM
2 71 (19.19%) Cybersecurity
3 48 (12.97%) Information Security
4 47 (12.70%) Security Architecture
5 44 (11.89%) DevOps
5 44 (11.89%) ITIL
6 36 (9.73%) Change Management
7 32 (8.65%) Network Design
7 32 (8.65%) Problem-Solving
8 30 (8.11%) Data Security
9 28 (7.57%) Load Balancing
10 23 (6.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 23 (6.22%) Security Operations
11 22 (5.95%) Migration
11 22 (5.95%) Server Hardening
11 22 (5.95%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 21 (5.68%) Vulnerability Management
13 18 (4.86%) Architectural Design
14 17 (4.59%) Enterprise Architecture
14 17 (4.59%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (10.00%) Python
2 22 (5.95%) C
3 19 (5.14%) Bash Shell
4 17 (4.59%) PowerShell
4 17 (4.59%) Shell Script
5 15 (4.05%) SQL
6 9 (2.43%) JavaScript
7 8 (2.16%) Java
8 6 (1.62%) C++
9 5 (1.35%) Perl
9 5 (1.35%) PHP
10 3 (0.81%) VBScript
11 2 (0.54%) C#
11 2 (0.54%) Solidity
11 2 (0.54%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.27%) Tcl
12 1 (0.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 98 (26.49%) Cisco Certification
2 75 (20.27%) Security Cleared
3 56 (15.14%) SC Cleared
4 54 (14.59%) CCNA
5 52 (14.05%) CCNP
6 37 (10.00%) CISSP
7 23 (6.22%) Degree
8 18 (4.86%) DV Cleared
9 17 (4.59%) CCIE
9 17 (4.59%) CCSP
10 14 (3.78%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 11 (2.97%) CISM
12 10 (2.70%) MCSE
12 10 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
13 9 (2.43%) CCDP
13 9 (2.43%) GIAC
13 9 (2.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 8 (2.16%) CISA
14 8 (2.16%) SANS
15 7 (1.89%) GCED
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (10.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (5.14%) NIST
3 10 (2.70%) GDPR
4 9 (2.43%) NCSC
4 9 (2.43%) QA
5 8 (2.16%) PCI DSS
6 7 (1.89%) SLA
7 4 (1.08%) COBIT
7 4 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (0.81%) AICPA
9 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.27%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.27%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 1 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 85 (22.97%) Active Directory
2 33 (8.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (6.76%) Virtual Machines
4 15 (4.05%) vSphere
5 11 (2.97%) VMware NSX
6 9 (2.43%) ProxySG
6 9 (2.43%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (1.89%) XenApp
8 6 (1.62%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (1.35%) Hyper-V
9 5 (1.35%) NFS
9 5 (1.35%) XenDesktop
10 4 (1.08%) Docker
11 2 (0.54%) vCloud
12 1 (0.27%) Firmware
12 1 (0.27%) Microcode
12 1 (0.27%) Samba
12 1 (0.27%) Snort
12 1 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 13 (3.51%) FortiGate
1 13 (3.51%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 12 (3.24%) Ansible
3 11 (2.97%) Nessus
4 10 (2.70%) QRadar
5 9 (2.43%) Terraform
6 8 (2.16%) Puppet
7 7 (1.89%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.62%) Nmap
9 5 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (1.08%) Kibana
10 4 (1.08%) Nexpose
10 4 (1.08%) vCenter Server
10 4 (1.08%) vRealize
11 3 (0.81%) ArcSight ESM
11 3 (0.81%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 3 (0.81%) Kubernetes
11 3 (0.81%) Packer
11 3 (0.81%) vMotion
Vendors
1 133 (35.95%) Cisco
2 58 (15.68%) CheckPoint
3 52 (14.05%) F5
3 52 (14.05%) Palo Alto
4 51 (13.78%) Microsoft
5 48 (12.97%) VMware
6 40 (10.81%) Juniper
7 21 (5.68%) Fortinet
8 16 (4.32%) Meraki
9 15 (4.05%) Citrix
10 14 (3.78%) Blue Coat
10 14 (3.78%) Oracle
10 14 (3.78%) Splunk
11 13 (3.51%) Qualys
12 12 (3.24%) SolarWinds
13 11 (2.97%) HP
14 9 (2.43%) McAfee
14 9 (2.43%) Nokia
15 8 (2.16%) ArcSight
15 8 (2.16%) Aruba