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 26 April 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
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 248 188 220
Rank change year-on-year -60 +32  
Contract jobs citing Network Security 450 749 606
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 1.34% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.05% 8.83% 7.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 294 467 315
Median daily rate £450 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £282 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £524 £489
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £352 £375
% change year-on-year +27.84% -6.13%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 21 21
Median hourly rate £48.00 £38.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.31% +26.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.96 £11.00 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £41.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.63 £39.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -18.89% +11.42%  

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 6380 8486 8228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.73% 15.19% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3873 5131 4503
Median daily rate £400 £387 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.29% +10.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +6.89% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 360 446
Median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +0.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +16.66%  

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 26 April 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 26 April 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 26 April 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 -54 426 £450 +14.64% 146
London -28 196 £450 +5.88% 70
South East -34 97 £450 +12.50% 30
North West 0 32 £425 +21.42% 12
South West -8 28 £400 +14.28% 5
Hampshire -24 27 £435 +8.75% 4
Yorkshire -14 25 £438 +25.00% 9
West Midlands +13 24 £450 +20.00% 8
City of London -19 23 £425 +9.67% 17
Manchester -9 21 £500 +42.85% 7
Berkshire +5 18 £475 +5.55% 8
Scotland +9 17 £400 +16.78% 1
Oxfordshire +5 17 £450 +38.46% 4
Reading +27 13 £450 -2.70% 1
Bristol +4 13 £413 +17.85% 2
Oxford +4 12 £413 - 3
West Yorkshire -3 12 £388 +10.71% 6
Coventry +17 11 £405 -19.00%
South Yorkshire -10 11 £525 +40.00%
Buckinghamshire -12 11 £381 -14.32% 3
Surrey -13 11 £500 +45.98% 2
Sheffield -2 10 £538 +34.37%
East of England -21 10 £494 +27.41% 9
Milton Keynes +2 9 £375 -16.66% 1
Basingstoke +9 7 £464 +42.61% 2
Glasgow -1 7 £400 +6.66% 1
Leeds -8 7 £394 +12.50% 3
Wales +14 6 £323 -37.07% 1
Edinburgh +9 6 £335 -21.17%
East Midlands -22 6 £820 +177.96% 2

For the 6 months to 26 April 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.

1 580 (56.59%) Firewall
2 453 (44.20%) Cisco
3 278 (27.12%) Cisco Certification
4 239 (23.32%) WAN
5 230 (22.44%) CheckPoint
6 227 (22.15%) LAN
7 207 (20.20%) Juniper
8 188 (18.34%) VPN
9 178 (17.37%) Finance
10 170 (16.59%) CCNP
11 167 (16.29%) Data Centre
12 165 (16.10%) Security Cleared
13 153 (14.93%) F5
14 152 (14.83%) TCP/IP
15 147 (14.34%) Wireless
16 146 (14.24%) Linux
17 145 (14.15%) Cisco ASA
18 141 (13.76%) Windows
19 126 (12.29%) ITIL
19 126 (12.29%) SC Cleared
20 121 (11.80%) Palo Alto
21 114 (11.12%) DNS
22 110 (10.73%) Information Security
23 106 (10.34%) Microsoft
24 97 (9.46%) MPLS
25 96 (9.37%) Unix
26 93 (9.07%) Active Directory
27 89 (8.68%) CCNA
28 88 (8.59%) BGP
29 86 (8.39%) Telecoms

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 16 (1.56%) MS Exchange
1 16 (1.56%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.17%) Apache Spark
3 11 (1.07%) Apache
3 11 (1.07%) CMS
3 11 (1.07%) IIS
4 8 (0.78%) OpenStack
5 7 (0.68%) JBoss
5 7 (0.68%) Tomcat
6 6 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.49%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.29%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.29%) nginx
9 3 (0.29%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.20%) Apache Pig
10 2 (0.20%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.20%) Mule
10 2 (0.20%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 25 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.27%) MS Visio
3 9 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.098%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
5 1 (0.098%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.098%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 69 (6.73%) Amazon AWS
2 67 (6.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (3.22%) IaaS
4 22 (2.15%) Office 365
5 19 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
6 18 (1.76%) PaaS
7 12 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 11 (1.07%) SaaS
9 9 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.59%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.49%) GitHub
12 4 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.39%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.29%) CloudFront
13 3 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
14 2 (0.20%) Yammer
15 1 (0.098%) HP Helion
15 1 (0.098%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 580 (56.59%) Firewall
2 239 (23.32%) WAN
3 227 (22.15%) LAN
4 188 (18.34%) VPN
5 152 (14.83%) TCP/IP
6 147 (14.34%) Wireless
7 145 (14.15%) Cisco ASA
8 114 (11.12%) DNS
9 97 (9.46%) MPLS
10 88 (8.59%) BGP
11 81 (7.90%) Intrusion Detection
12 78 (7.61%) OSPF
13 75 (7.32%) SSL
14 72 (7.02%) Cisco Nexus
14 72 (7.02%) DHCP
14 72 (7.02%) VoIP
15 56 (5.46%) IPsec
15 56 (5.46%) VLAN
16 49 (4.78%) NetScaler
17 47 (4.59%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (2.24%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.76%) MySQL
3 14 (1.37%) Hadoop
4 13 (1.27%) Big Data
5 11 (1.07%) HBase
6 9 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
6 9 (0.88%) NoSQL
7 7 (0.68%) Apache Hive
8 6 (0.59%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.39%) Cloudera CDH
9 4 (0.39%) Informix
9 4 (0.39%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.29%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.29%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.29%) DataStax
10 3 (0.29%) DocumentDB
10 3 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 23 (2.24%) Git (software)
2 16 (1.56%) JIRA
3 15 (1.46%) Jenkins
4 11 (1.07%) git-flow
5 9 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.49%) Subversion
6 5 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.39%) Vagrant
8 3 (0.29%) AppScan
8 3 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.20%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.20%) Hudson
9 2 (0.20%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.20%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.098%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.098%) FxCop
10 1 (0.098%) Metasploit
10 1 (0.098%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (0.098%) Selenium
10 1 (0.098%) StyleCop
General
1 178 (17.37%) Finance
2 86 (8.39%) Telecoms
3 69 (6.73%) Banking
4 32 (3.12%) Retail
5 20 (1.95%) Legal
6 19 (1.85%) Electronics
6 19 (1.85%) Law
6 19 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.27%) Military
8 11 (1.07%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.78%) Publishing
10 6 (0.59%) Billing
10 6 (0.59%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.59%) Marketing
11 5 (0.49%) Advertising
11 5 (0.49%) Automotive
12 4 (0.39%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.39%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.29%) Games
13 3 (0.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 321 (31.32%) Network Engineer
2 203 (19.80%) Security Engineer
3 179 (17.46%) Network Security Engineer
4 172 (16.78%) Architect
5 123 (12.00%) Analyst
6 110 (10.73%) Consultant
7 82 (8.00%) Security Consultant
8 79 (7.71%) Security Architect
9 73 (7.12%) Network Architect
10 61 (5.95%) Cisco Engineer
11 60 (5.85%) Network Consultant
12 59 (5.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 59 (5.76%) Network Analyst
12 59 (5.76%) Security Analyst
13 58 (5.66%) Firewall Engineer
14 52 (5.07%) Network Specialist
15 49 (4.78%) Network Security Consultant
16 40 (3.90%) Security Specialist
17 37 (3.61%) Network Security Architect
17 37 (3.61%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (2.83%) Web Services
2 25 (2.44%) 802.1X
3 18 (1.76%) RESTful
4 17 (1.66%) HTML
5 16 (1.56%) CSS
6 14 (1.37%) HTML5
7 13 (1.27%) CSS3
8 11 (1.07%) .NET
8 11 (1.07%) Middleware
9 10 (0.98%) Regular Expression
10 8 (0.78%) Elastic Stack
10 8 (0.78%) JSON
11 7 (0.68%) D3.js
11 7 (0.68%) SOAP
11 7 (0.68%) XML
12 5 (0.49%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.49%) Kafka
12 5 (0.49%) Spring
13 4 (0.39%) AppFabric
13 4 (0.39%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 167 (16.29%) Data Centre
2 86 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (4.78%) Management Information System
4 35 (3.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 28 (2.73%) Computer Science
6 26 (2.54%) PKI
7 25 (2.44%) Security Operations Centre
8 22 (2.15%) User Experience
9 18 (1.76%) iPad
10 17 (1.66%) Hybrid Cloud
11 15 (1.46%) Clustering
12 13 (1.27%) Driving Licence
12 13 (1.27%) iPhone
13 10 (0.98%) iSeries
13 10 (0.98%) Replication
13 10 (0.98%) Tandem
14 8 (0.78%) CESG
15 7 (0.68%) Cyberthreat
15 7 (0.68%) Data Structures
16 6 (0.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 146 (14.24%) Linux
2 141 (13.76%) Windows
3 96 (9.37%) Unix
4 44 (4.29%) Windows Server
5 29 (2.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 16 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (1.37%) Apple iOS
7 14 (1.37%) Windows 10
8 13 (1.27%) AIX
8 13 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (1.07%) Solaris
10 10 (0.98%) OpenVMS
11 9 (0.88%) CentOS
12 7 (0.68%) Windows 7
13 6 (0.59%) Oracle Linux
13 6 (0.59%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.39%) VMS
14 4 (0.39%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (12.29%) ITIL
2 110 (10.73%) Information Security
3 76 (7.41%) Load Balancing
3 76 (7.41%) Network Design
4 69 (6.73%) Network Management
5 68 (6.63%) Agile Software Development
6 65 (6.34%) Cybersecurity
6 65 (6.34%) SIEM
7 62 (6.05%) Project Management
8 53 (5.17%) Change Management
8 53 (5.17%) Migration
9 47 (4.59%) Network Monitoring
10 45 (4.39%) Service Management
11 44 (4.29%) DevOps
12 42 (4.10%) Customer Requirements
12 42 (4.10%) Risk Management
12 42 (4.10%) Security Operations
13 39 (3.80%) Penetration Testing
14 37 (3.61%) Continuous Improvement
14 37 (3.61%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 69 (6.73%) SQL
2 38 (3.71%) Java
3 25 (2.44%) Python
4 22 (2.15%) Perl
5 19 (1.85%) JavaScript
6 18 (1.76%) PowerShell
7 16 (1.56%) Bash Shell
8 13 (1.27%) Apple Swift
8 13 (1.27%) Objective-C
9 12 (1.17%) Ruby
10 10 (0.98%) C
10 10 (0.98%) C#
10 10 (0.98%) PHP
10 10 (0.98%) Shell Script
11 7 (0.68%) VBScript
12 6 (0.59%) Korn
13 3 (0.29%) C++
14 1 (0.098%) Scala
14 1 (0.098%) VB
Qualifications
1 278 (27.12%) Cisco Certification
2 170 (16.59%) CCNP
3 165 (16.10%) Security Cleared
4 126 (12.29%) SC Cleared
5 89 (8.68%) CCNA
6 78 (7.61%) CISSP
7 70 (6.83%) CCIE
8 56 (5.46%) Degree
9 42 (4.10%) CCSP
10 38 (3.71%) DV Cleared
11 34 (3.32%) CISM
12 30 (2.93%) CCSE
13 26 (2.54%) JNCIS
14 24 (2.34%) JNCIP
15 23 (2.24%) CCSA
16 21 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
17 19 (1.85%) JNCIA
18 18 (1.76%) JNCIE
19 17 (1.66%) CCDP
20 14 (1.37%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (6.05%) PCI DSS
2 44 (4.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (3.32%) SLA
4 19 (1.85%) QA
5 12 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (1.07%) HIPAA
7 6 (0.59%) JSP 440
8 5 (0.49%) Government Security Classifications
8 5 (0.49%) PMO
8 5 (0.49%) Web Application Security Consortium
9 4 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.39%) RMADS
10 3 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.29%) ISO27002
10 3 (0.29%) PA-DSS
11 2 (0.20%) Basel II
11 2 (0.20%) FedRAMP
11 2 (0.20%) GMP
11 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 93 (9.07%) Active Directory
2 58 (5.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.15%) Hyper-V
4 14 (1.37%) Docker
5 13 (1.27%) ProxySG
6 11 (1.07%) HDFS
6 11 (1.07%) Snort
7 10 (0.98%) RACF
7 10 (0.98%) VMware ESX
8 8 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (0.68%) Firmware
9 7 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
10 6 (0.59%) PowerHA
10 6 (0.59%) SRDF
11 5 (0.49%) pfSense
12 4 (0.39%) GFS2
12 4 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.39%) OCFS2
12 4 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 48 (4.68%) FortiGate
2 31 (3.02%) Ansible
3 24 (2.34%) Nagios
3 24 (2.34%) Puppet
4 17 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
5 15 (1.46%) SCCM
6 13 (1.27%) vCenter Server
7 12 (1.17%) SCOM
8 9 (0.88%) Kibana
9 8 (0.78%) Cisco Prime
9 8 (0.78%) Cisco UCCX
9 8 (0.78%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 8 (0.78%) QRadar
10 7 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
11 6 (0.59%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
11 6 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
11 6 (0.59%) Nmap
11 6 (0.59%) Stealthwatch
11 6 (0.59%) yum
12 5 (0.49%) EnCase
Vendors
1 453 (44.20%) Cisco
2 230 (22.44%) CheckPoint
3 207 (20.20%) Juniper
4 153 (14.93%) F5
5 121 (11.80%) Palo Alto
6 106 (10.34%) Microsoft
7 84 (8.20%) VMware
8 75 (7.32%) Blue Coat
9 71 (6.93%) Fortinet
10 60 (5.85%) Citrix
11 52 (5.07%) HP
12 38 (3.71%) Dell
13 31 (3.02%) Splunk
14 30 (2.93%) IBM
15 27 (2.63%) Brocade
15 27 (2.63%) Red Hat
16 25 (2.44%) Oracle
17 24 (2.34%) Intel Security
18 22 (2.15%) Riverbed
19 21 (2.05%) Infoblox
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