Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 2022 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
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 222 223 265
Rank change year-on-year +1 +42 +17
Contract jobs citing Network Security 1,080 500 740
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.24% 1.21% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.36% 9.67% 7.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 732 313 495
10th Percentile £350 £314 £289
25th Percentile £463 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £459 £450
Median % change year-on-year +19.83% +2.00% -5.26%
75th Percentile £650 £573 £538
90th Percentile £775 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 25 25
10th Percentile £24.30 £16.41 £16.25
25th Percentile £49.20 £19.25 £20.00
Median hourly rate £56.00 £40.00 £44.50
Median % change year-on-year +40.00% -10.11% +56.14%
75th Percentile £73.82 £46.00 £53.00
90th Percentile £77.03 £53.75 £58.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.72 £29.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +85.47% -34.44% +80.65%

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 9,511 5,173 9,956
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.93% 12.50% 13.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,256 3,294 6,147
10th Percentile £208 £200 £181
25th Percentile £363 £320 £308
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £438 £412
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +6.19% -3.06%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £516
90th Percentile £699 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 347 265 554
10th Percentile £12.50 £13.15 £13.38
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £33.00 £21.50
Median % change year-on-year -33.33% +53.49% +19.44%
75th Percentile £48.52 £50.00 £46.40
90th Percentile £63.20 £59.50 £52.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.51 £31.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -33.84% +55.00% +14.88%

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 17 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 24 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -31 792 £550 +22.22% 224
London -9 432 £600 +20.00% 87
UK excluding London -22 385 £500 +17.65% 153
Work from Home -14 311 £550 +18.34% 32
North of England -2 100 £550 +17.77% 46
South East -62 93 £500 +17.65% 36
North West -11 64 £598 +27.94% 30
Scotland -22 53 £495 -5.71% 14
South West -41 49 £540 +27.06% 9
Yorkshire -13 35 £513 +7.89% 9
Midlands -52 35 £521 +26.36% 24
East of England -28 33 £375 -6.25% 22
West Midlands -45 23 £518 +29.38% 19
Northern Ireland +18 19 £255 -
East Midlands -26 12 £750 +87.50% 5
Wales -26 6 £190 -53.94% 2
North East -1 2 £308 - 7

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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.

1 469 (43.43%) Firewall
2 329 (30.46%) Azure
3 232 (21.48%) Windows
4 224 (20.74%) Cisco
5 217 (20.09%) Cybersecurity
6 212 (19.63%) Social Skills
7 201 (18.61%) Linux
8 194 (17.96%) DevOps
9 193 (17.87%) AWS
10 182 (16.85%) Finance
11 178 (16.48%) Microsoft
12 160 (14.81%) Security Cleared
13 150 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
13 150 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
14 137 (12.69%) WAN
15 136 (12.59%) Data Centre
16 134 (12.41%) SC Cleared
17 130 (12.04%) CI/CD
18 129 (11.94%) VMware
19 124 (11.48%) Application Security
20 123 (11.39%) Terraform
21 122 (11.30%) Security Architecture
22 119 (11.02%) SIEM
23 115 (10.65%) Palo Alto
23 115 (10.65%) Active Directory
24 114 (10.56%) VPN
24 114 (10.56%) PowerShell
25 112 (10.37%) Migration
25 112 (10.37%) BGP
26 108 (10.00%) LAN

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 14 (1.30%) MS Exchange
2 13 (1.20%) Apache Spark
2 13 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
2 13 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
2 13 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2013
3 12 (1.11%) OpenStack
4 11 (1.02%) Confluence
5 9 (0.83%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.46%) IIS
6 5 (0.46%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.37%) Apache
7 4 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.37%) nginx
8 2 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.093%) Apache Airflow
9 1 (0.093%) CMS
9 1 (0.093%) SAS
9 1 (0.093%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.093%) Tomcat
Applications
1 15 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.37%) Siemens NX
5 2 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) Teamcenter
1 4 (0.37%) Workfront
2 3 (0.28%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.093%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 329 (30.46%) Azure
2 193 (17.87%) AWS
3 86 (7.96%) IaaS
3 86 (7.96%) PaaS
4 85 (7.87%) GCP
5 70 (6.48%) SaaS
6 65 (6.02%) Microsoft 365
7 40 (3.70%) AWS CloudFormation
8 39 (3.61%) Azure Monitor
9 38 (3.52%) Azure Active Directory
10 32 (2.96%) Azure Data Factory
11 26 (2.41%) Azure Pipelines
12 19 (1.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 17 (1.57%) Amazon EC2
14 16 (1.48%) GitHub
15 14 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
16 13 (1.20%) Azure Event Grid
17 12 (1.11%) Azure Key Vault
18 11 (1.02%) Azure Storage
18 11 (1.02%) GitHub Actions
Communications & Networking
1 469 (43.43%) Firewall
2 137 (12.69%) WAN
3 114 (10.56%) VPN
4 112 (10.37%) BGP
5 108 (10.00%) LAN
6 91 (8.43%) DNS
7 88 (8.15%) TCP/IP
8 80 (7.41%) OSPF
9 63 (5.83%) Wireless
10 53 (4.91%) DHCP
10 53 (4.91%) Internet
11 50 (4.63%) IPsec
12 49 (4.54%) MPLS
13 48 (4.44%) SD-WAN
14 40 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
15 38 (3.52%) Cisco Nexus
16 31 (2.87%) HTTP
17 28 (2.59%) Intrusion Detection
17 28 (2.59%) VLAN
18 27 (2.50%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (2.78%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.94%) HDInsight
3 18 (1.67%) Relational Database
4 13 (1.20%) Data Mining
4 13 (1.20%) Tableau
5 8 (0.74%) Apache Hive
5 8 (0.74%) Hadoop
6 7 (0.65%) MySQL
6 7 (0.65%) RDBMS
6 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
6 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (0.56%) Data Lake
8 5 (0.46%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.37%) Big Data
9 4 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.28%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.19%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 42 (3.89%) Jenkins
2 21 (1.94%) JIRA
3 19 (1.76%) Sonatype Nexus
4 15 (1.39%) Git (software)
5 12 (1.11%) Metasploit
6 10 (0.93%) Burp Suite
7 5 (0.46%) SoapUI
7 5 (0.46%) Spinnaker
8 4 (0.37%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.37%) GitLab
9 3 (0.28%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.28%) Balsamiq
9 3 (0.28%) GoCD
9 3 (0.28%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.19%) Snyk
10 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (0.093%) Cucumber
11 1 (0.093%) Gatling
11 1 (0.093%) GDB
11 1 (0.093%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 212 (19.63%) Social Skills
2 182 (16.85%) Finance
3 91 (8.43%) Public Sector
4 79 (7.31%) Banking
5 58 (5.37%) Telecoms
6 55 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
7 35 (3.24%) Law
7 35 (3.24%) Presentation Skills
8 26 (2.41%) Manufacturing
9 25 (2.31%) Documentation Skills
10 23 (2.13%) Influencing Skills
11 21 (1.94%) Investment Banking
12 17 (1.57%) Retail
13 13 (1.20%) Organisational Skills
14 11 (1.02%) Military
15 10 (0.93%) Marketing
16 8 (0.74%) Legal
17 6 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
18 5 (0.46%) Electronics
18 5 (0.46%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 252 (23.33%) Architect
2 235 (21.76%) Network Engineer
3 194 (17.96%) Security Engineer
4 154 (14.26%) Security Architect
5 98 (9.07%) Network Security Engineer
6 79 (7.31%) Azure Engineer
7 71 (6.57%) Network Architect
8 59 (5.46%) Consultant
9 57 (5.28%) DevOps Engineer
10 51 (4.72%) Cloud Engineer
11 47 (4.35%) Cloud Architect
11 47 (4.35%) Design Engineer
12 45 (4.17%) Platform Engineer
13 41 (3.80%) Solutions Architect
14 37 (3.43%) Analyst
15 36 (3.33%) Network Security Architect
16 35 (3.24%) Project Manager
17 30 (2.78%) Support Engineer
18 28 (2.59%) Azure Architect
19 27 (2.50%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (3.80%) .NET
2 30 (2.78%) SAML
3 24 (2.22%) Kafka
4 20 (1.85%) YAML
5 18 (1.67%) 802.1X
5 18 (1.67%) JSON
6 16 (1.48%) REST
7 15 (1.39%) Apache NiFi
7 15 (1.39%) Regular Expression
8 14 (1.30%) Web Services
9 13 (1.20%) ARM Templates
9 13 (1.20%) LDAP
9 13 (1.20%) OAuth
10 12 (1.11%) SOAP
11 11 (1.02%) GraphQL
12 10 (0.93%) Entity Framework
12 10 (0.93%) Middleware
12 10 (0.93%) XML
13 9 (0.83%) JDBC
14 8 (0.74%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 136 (12.59%) Data Centre
2 56 (5.19%) Public Cloud
3 53 (4.91%) Management Information System
4 37 (3.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 36 (3.33%) PKI
6 33 (3.06%) Cloud Native
7 25 (2.31%) Data Protection Act
8 17 (1.57%) Fat Client
8 17 (1.57%) Thin Client
9 16 (1.48%) Private Cloud
9 16 (1.48%) Smartcard
10 15 (1.39%) User Experience
10 15 (1.39%) Video\Live Streaming
11 12 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
11 12 (1.11%) Linux Command Line
12 11 (1.02%) Mobile App
12 11 (1.02%) Self-Motivation
12 11 (1.02%) Virtual Team
13 9 (0.83%) Client/Server
13 9 (0.83%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 232 (21.48%) Windows
2 201 (18.61%) Linux
3 82 (7.59%) Unix
4 77 (7.13%) Windows Server
5 42 (3.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 23 (2.13%) Windows 10
7 21 (1.94%) Solaris
8 19 (1.76%) Windows XP
9 18 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (1.67%) Windows Server 2016
10 15 (1.39%) AIX
11 12 (1.11%) Android
12 10 (0.93%) Apple iOS
12 10 (0.93%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.56%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.46%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.46%) VMS
15 3 (0.28%) CentOS
15 3 (0.28%) Debian
15 3 (0.28%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (20.09%) Cybersecurity
2 194 (17.96%) DevOps
3 150 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
4 130 (12.04%) CI/CD
5 124 (11.48%) Application Security
6 122 (11.30%) Security Architecture
7 119 (11.02%) SIEM
8 112 (10.37%) Migration
9 105 (9.72%) Information Security
10 99 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
11 97 (8.98%) Infrastructure as Code
12 79 (7.31%) Network Design
12 79 (7.31%) Vulnerability Management
13 78 (7.22%) Problem-Solving
14 75 (6.94%) Computer Science
15 65 (6.02%) Threat Modelling
16 64 (5.93%) Security Operations
17 61 (5.65%) Analytics
18 59 (5.46%) Data Protection
18 59 (5.46%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 114 (10.56%) PowerShell
2 101 (9.35%) Python
3 80 (7.41%) Bash
4 64 (5.93%) C#
5 50 (4.63%) Java
6 48 (4.44%) SQL
7 31 (2.87%) C
8 27 (2.50%) Shell Script
9 26 (2.41%) JavaScript
10 21 (1.94%) C++
11 18 (1.67%) Ruby
12 15 (1.39%) Perl
13 9 (0.83%) Scala
14 7 (0.65%) Go
15 2 (0.19%) Groovy
15 2 (0.19%) VBScript
16 1 (0.093%) Apple Swift
16 1 (0.093%) PHP
16 1 (0.093%) VB
16 1 (0.093%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 160 (14.81%) Security Cleared
2 150 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
3 134 (12.41%) SC Cleared
4 101 (9.35%) Degree
5 84 (7.78%) CCNP
6 82 (7.59%) CISSP
7 77 (7.13%) CCNA
8 59 (5.46%) CCIE
9 40 (3.70%) CISM
10 36 (3.33%) Computer Science Degree
11 24 (2.22%) DV Cleared
12 23 (2.13%) CISA
13 22 (2.04%) CEH
14 19 (1.76%) CREST Certified
15 17 (1.57%) Microsoft Certification
16 15 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
16 15 (1.39%) SANS
17 13 (1.20%) MCSA
18 12 (1.11%) CCIE Security
18 12 (1.11%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (7.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 47 (4.35%) NCSC
3 40 (3.70%) NIST
4 30 (2.78%) SLA
5 17 (1.57%) GDPR
6 16 (1.48%) COBIT
7 14 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 13 (1.20%) QA
8 13 (1.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (1.11%) PCI DSS
9 12 (1.11%) PMO
10 8 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
11 7 (0.65%) JSP 440
12 4 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
12 4 (0.37%) GLBA
13 3 (0.28%) Data Quality
13 3 (0.28%) HIPAA
13 3 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.19%) GRC
System Software
1 115 (10.65%) Active Directory
2 99 (9.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (4.35%) Virtual Machines
3 47 (4.35%) VMware NSX
4 30 (2.78%) vSphere
5 27 (2.50%) Hyper-V
6 25 (2.31%) NFS
7 22 (2.04%) Docker
7 22 (2.04%) Virtual Desktop
8 18 (1.67%) vCloud
9 14 (1.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 14 (1.30%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (1.30%) XenApp
10 13 (1.20%) XenDesktop
11 11 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (0.74%) HDFS
12 8 (0.74%) KVM
13 7 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
15 2 (0.19%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 123 (11.39%) Terraform
2 96 (8.89%) Ansible
3 79 (7.31%) Kubernetes
4 26 (2.41%) SCCM
5 25 (2.31%) FortiGate
6 24 (2.22%) Nessus
7 23 (2.13%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 18 (1.67%) CASB
9 16 (1.48%) NetBackup
9 16 (1.48%) QRadar
9 16 (1.48%) vCenter Server
10 15 (1.39%) systemd
11 13 (1.20%) Oozie
12 12 (1.11%) Single Sign-On
13 8 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
13 8 (0.74%) Puppet
13 8 (0.74%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 7 (0.65%) Cisco Prime
14 7 (0.65%) Nagios
14 7 (0.65%) Nmap
Vendors
1 224 (20.74%) Cisco
2 178 (16.48%) Microsoft
3 129 (11.94%) VMware
4 115 (10.65%) Palo Alto
5 60 (5.56%) CheckPoint
6 59 (5.46%) F5
7 58 (5.37%) Juniper
8 57 (5.28%) Fortinet
9 43 (3.98%) Citrix
10 40 (3.70%) Splunk
11 36 (3.33%) Oracle
12 35 (3.24%) Google
12 35 (3.24%) McAfee
13 34 (3.15%) Red Hat
14 32 (2.96%) HP
15 31 (2.87%) Zscaler
16 28 (2.59%) Databricks
17 19 (1.76%) Dell
18 17 (1.57%) SAP
19 16 (1.48%) SolarWinds