Period
to 24 February 2021

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 February 2021 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 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 232 266 277
Rank change year-on-year +34 +11 +1
Contract jobs citing Network Security 536 657 970
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.13% 0.97% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.62% 7.20% 7.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 423 475 664
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% -
10th Percentile £314 £300 £313
90th Percentile £638 £646 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £475
% change year-on-year -5.56% -5.26% +3.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 11 34
Median hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +66.36% +5.84%
10th Percentile £16.90 £20.00 £15.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £57.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £50.00 £24.91
% change year-on-year -25.00% +100.72% +49.25%

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 5,574 9,123 12,427
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.80% 13.45% 12.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,520 5,642 7,685
Median daily rate £440 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -2.94% +6.12%
10th Percentile £210 £180 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 275 501 550
Median hourly rate £32.50 £20.11 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +61.65% +14.89% -7.89%
10th Percentile £13.04 £13.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.15 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £26.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +35.90% +14.71% -14.14%

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 February 2021.

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 February 2021.

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 24 February 2021. 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 +32 431 £459 +2.00% 186
UK excluding London +84 248 £425 -5.56% 127
London +1 191 £500 +5.26% 70
Work from Home -109 141 £474 -9.76% 33
South East +85 98 £425 - 30
North of England +41 45 £455 -6.77% 40
Midlands +49 32 £419 -6.94% 23
South West +60 30 £407 +3.37% 14
North West +37 30 £459 -12.57% 27
Scotland +27 28 £525 +20.00% 12
East of England +54 17 £375 -7.98% 7
West Midlands +27 17 £413 -9.34% 15
Yorkshire +28 13 £450 -5.26% 8
East Midlands +26 12 £413 +13.79% 8
North East +31 2 £313 -3.85% 5
Northern Ireland +6 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 24 February 2021, 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.

1 256 (47.76%) Firewall
2 185 (34.51%) Cisco
3 133 (24.81%) Azure
4 122 (22.76%) Security Cleared
5 121 (22.57%) Cisco Certification
6 120 (22.39%) Cybersecurity
7 110 (20.52%) SC Cleared
8 94 (17.54%) Palo Alto
9 85 (15.86%) CCNP
10 81 (15.11%) VPN
11 80 (14.93%) WAN
12 79 (14.74%) SIEM
13 77 (14.37%) Windows
14 76 (14.18%) Fortinet
15 75 (13.99%) AWS
16 72 (13.43%) Information Security
17 71 (13.25%) Finance
18 70 (13.06%) Microsoft
19 69 (12.87%) CheckPoint
20 66 (12.31%) DevOps
21 65 (12.13%) Security Architecture
22 62 (11.57%) LAN
23 61 (11.38%) VMware
24 60 (11.19%) DNS
25 58 (10.82%) Active Directory
25 58 (10.82%) Internet
26 55 (10.26%) CISSP
26 55 (10.26%) Python
27 54 (10.07%) CCNA
28 52 (9.70%) Wireless

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 10 (1.87%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.12%) Confluence
3 4 (0.75%) Apache Spark
3 4 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (0.75%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.56%) Apache
4 3 (0.56%) CMS
5 2 (0.37%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.19%) Apache ServiceMix
6 1 (0.19%) Drupal
6 1 (0.19%) IIS
6 1 (0.19%) nginx
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Fuse
6 1 (0.19%) SAS
6 1 (0.19%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 20 (3.73%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.12%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 133 (24.81%) Azure
2 75 (13.99%) AWS
3 34 (6.34%) Cloud Computing
4 31 (5.78%) Microsoft 365
5 29 (5.41%) Azure Active Directory
5 29 (5.41%) PaaS
6 28 (5.22%) Serverless
7 27 (5.04%) SaaS
8 24 (4.48%) GCP
9 22 (4.10%) IaaS
10 17 (3.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 16 (2.99%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 16 (2.99%) Amazon EC2
11 16 (2.99%) AWS Lambda
12 13 (2.43%) Amazon ECS
13 11 (2.05%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 9 (1.68%) CloudFront
15 7 (1.31%) Amazon S3
15 7 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
16 6 (1.12%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 256 (47.76%) Firewall
2 81 (15.11%) VPN
3 80 (14.93%) WAN
4 62 (11.57%) LAN
5 60 (11.19%) DNS
6 58 (10.82%) Internet
7 52 (9.70%) Wireless
8 48 (8.96%) TCP/IP
9 47 (8.77%) BGP
10 40 (7.46%) DHCP
11 39 (7.28%) OSPF
12 35 (6.53%) VoIP
13 34 (6.34%) MPLS
14 30 (5.60%) Cisco Nexus
15 29 (5.41%) Cisco ASA
16 20 (3.73%) Cisco IOS
16 20 (3.73%) Cisco ISE
16 20 (3.73%) SSL
16 20 (3.73%) Unified Communications
17 18 (3.36%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.54%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.99%) Amazon RDS
3 9 (1.68%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (1.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 7 (1.31%) Azure SQL Database
4 7 (1.31%) Relational Database
5 6 (1.12%) Cosmos DB
5 6 (1.12%) NoSQL
6 5 (0.93%) Big Data
6 5 (0.93%) MySQL
7 4 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (0.75%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (0.56%) Amazon Redshift
8 3 (0.56%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.56%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.56%) HBase
8 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.56%) Presto
Development Applications
1 11 (2.05%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.31%) Burp Suite
3 6 (1.12%) JIRA
4 4 (0.75%) Gradle
4 4 (0.75%) IntelliJ
4 4 (0.75%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.75%) Maven
4 4 (0.75%) SonarQube
4 4 (0.75%) Sublime Text
5 3 (0.56%) GitLab
6 2 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.37%) sqlmap
7 1 (0.19%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.19%) Postman
7 1 (0.19%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.19%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 71 (13.25%) Finance
2 46 (8.58%) Public Sector
3 33 (6.16%) Telecoms
4 24 (4.48%) Banking
5 17 (3.17%) Law
6 11 (2.05%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.87%) Retail
8 6 (1.12%) Legal
8 6 (1.12%) Military
9 5 (0.93%) Multimedia
10 4 (0.75%) Billing
10 4 (0.75%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.56%) Electronics
11 3 (0.56%) Marketing
12 2 (0.37%) Automotive
12 2 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.19%) German Language
13 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 142 (26.49%) Network Engineer
2 99 (18.47%) Security Engineer
3 83 (15.49%) Architect
4 54 (10.07%) Network Security Engineer
5 49 (9.14%) Analyst
5 49 (9.14%) Consultant
6 42 (7.84%) Security Architect
6 42 (7.84%) Security Consultant
7 35 (6.53%) Cloud Engineer
8 24 (4.48%) Azure Engineer
9 21 (3.92%) Network Architect
10 19 (3.54%) Network Consultant
10 19 (3.54%) Solutions Architect
11 18 (3.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 18 (3.36%) Network Security Consultant
11 18 (3.36%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 17 (3.17%) Cisco Engineer
12 17 (3.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 17 (3.17%) Security Specialist
13 16 (2.99%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (3.54%) Web Services
2 11 (2.05%) OAuth
3 9 (1.68%) JSON
4 8 (1.49%) Middleware
4 8 (1.49%) REST
5 5 (0.93%) 802.1X
5 5 (0.93%) Node.js
5 5 (0.93%) OpenID
6 4 (0.75%) .NET
6 4 (0.75%) LDAP
6 4 (0.75%) OAuth2
6 4 (0.75%) SAML
7 3 (0.56%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (0.56%) Flask
7 3 (0.56%) Jinja
7 3 (0.56%) Kafka
7 3 (0.56%) Keycloak
7 3 (0.56%) Loki
7 3 (0.56%) React
Miscellaneous
1 46 (8.58%) Data Centre
1 46 (8.58%) Management Information System
2 34 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.48%) Security Operations Centre
4 20 (3.73%) PKI
5 19 (3.54%) Cyberthreat
6 17 (3.17%) Cloud Native
7 13 (2.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 13 (2.43%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (2.05%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.87%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 9 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
10 9 (1.68%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (1.49%) Cyberattack
12 7 (1.31%) Cybercrime
12 7 (1.31%) User Experience
13 6 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (1.12%) Private Cloud
14 5 (0.93%) RSA SecurID
15 4 (0.75%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 77 (14.37%) Windows
2 47 (8.77%) Linux
3 34 (6.34%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.17%) Windows 10
5 11 (2.05%) Android
6 10 (1.87%) Unix
7 9 (1.68%) VMS
7 9 (1.68%) Windows 7
7 9 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.49%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (1.12%) Apple iOS
10 6 (1.12%) CentOS
11 5 (0.93%) Amazon Linux
11 5 (0.93%) Kali Linux
12 4 (0.75%) Windows Server 2019
13 3 (0.56%) MVS
13 3 (0.56%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
14 2 (0.37%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (22.39%) Cybersecurity
2 79 (14.74%) SIEM
3 72 (13.43%) Information Security
4 66 (12.31%) DevOps
5 65 (12.13%) Security Architecture
6 49 (9.14%) Load Balancing
7 46 (8.58%) Security Operations
8 43 (8.02%) Agile Software Development
8 43 (8.02%) Migration
9 38 (7.09%) Identity Access Management
10 37 (6.90%) Change Management
11 36 (6.72%) Problem-Solving
12 34 (6.34%) ITIL
13 32 (5.97%) Network Virtualisation
13 32 (5.97%) Vulnerability Management
14 31 (5.78%) Threat Intelligence
15 30 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
16 29 (5.41%) Data Security
16 29 (5.41%) Risk Management
17 27 (5.04%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 55 (10.26%) Python
2 21 (3.92%) Java
2 21 (3.92%) SQL
3 17 (3.17%) Bash Shell
4 12 (2.24%) PowerShell
5 10 (1.87%) C#
6 9 (1.68%) Perl
7 8 (1.49%) C++
8 7 (1.31%) C
9 6 (1.12%) R
10 5 (0.93%) JavaScript
11 4 (0.75%) Kotlin
11 4 (0.75%) PHP
12 3 (0.56%) Go
12 3 (0.56%) Ruby
13 2 (0.37%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.37%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.19%) Clojure
14 1 (0.19%) Scala
14 1 (0.19%) XPath
Qualifications
1 122 (22.76%) Security Cleared
2 121 (22.57%) Cisco Certification
3 110 (20.52%) SC Cleared
4 85 (15.86%) CCNP
5 55 (10.26%) CISSP
6 54 (10.07%) CCNA
7 32 (5.97%) CCIE
8 29 (5.41%) Degree
9 20 (3.73%) CISM
10 15 (2.80%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 15 (2.80%) CCSP
11 9 (1.68%) SANS
12 8 (1.49%) CEH
13 7 (1.31%) CCSE
13 7 (1.31%) DV Cleared
13 7 (1.31%) GIAC
13 7 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (1.31%) Microsoft Certification
13 7 (1.31%) OSCP
14 6 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (9.33%) NIST
2 37 (6.90%) NCSC
3 20 (3.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (3.17%) QA
5 15 (2.80%) GDPR
6 8 (1.49%) PCI DSS
6 8 (1.49%) SLA
7 7 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 4 (0.75%) COBIT
8 4 (0.75%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 3 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.37%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.19%) MISRA
11 1 (0.19%) MISRA C
11 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
System Software
1 58 (10.82%) Active Directory
2 39 (7.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (4.66%) Virtual Machines
3 25 (4.66%) VMware NSX
4 16 (2.99%) Docker
5 11 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (1.49%) vSphere
7 7 (1.31%) Hyper-V
7 7 (1.31%) ProxySG
8 5 (0.93%) vCloud
9 4 (0.75%) Snort
10 3 (0.56%) HDFS
10 3 (0.56%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.37%) Firmware
11 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.19%) NFS
12 1 (0.19%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.19%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 35 (6.53%) Ansible
2 26 (4.85%) Terraform
3 22 (4.10%) Kubernetes
4 20 (3.73%) Nessus
5 16 (2.99%) FortiGate
6 10 (1.87%) CASB
6 10 (1.87%) QRadar
7 9 (1.68%) Cisco Prime
8 8 (1.49%) EnCase
8 8 (1.49%) SCCM
9 7 (1.31%) Single Sign-On
9 7 (1.31%) vCenter Server
10 6 (1.12%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 6 (1.12%) Nexpose
10 6 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (1.12%) Puppet
10 6 (1.12%) SolarWinds Orion
11 5 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.93%) vRealize
12 4 (0.75%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 185 (34.51%) Cisco
2 94 (17.54%) Palo Alto
3 76 (14.18%) Fortinet
4 70 (13.06%) Microsoft
5 69 (12.87%) CheckPoint
6 61 (11.38%) VMware
7 43 (8.02%) F5
8 38 (7.09%) Juniper
8 38 (7.09%) Splunk
9 25 (4.66%) LogRhythm
10 24 (4.48%) Aruba
11 20 (3.73%) Citrix
11 20 (3.73%) Meraki
12 19 (3.54%) Blue Coat
12 19 (3.54%) Dell
13 17 (3.17%) Google
14 16 (2.99%) McAfee
15 15 (2.80%) Extreme Networks
15 15 (2.80%) Zscaler
16 14 (2.61%) Oracle