Period
to 22 August 2019

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 22 August 2019 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
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 263 270 296
Rank change year-on-year +7 +26 -118
Contract jobs citing Network Security 944 1,056 860
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 1.03% 0.90%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.11% 7.70% 6.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 571 668 561
UK median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +12.50%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £300
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 26 14
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £29.90 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.83% -40.20% +25.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.25 £14.77
90th Percentile £55.16 £51.50 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £30.00 £22.88
% change year-on-year +50.00% +31.12% -39.79%

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 11,642 13,706 13,016
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.96% 13.42% 13.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,075 8,391 7,811
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £200
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 599 760 742
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £49.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.17 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% +5.56% -30.77%

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 22 August 2019.

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 22 August 2019.

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 22 August 2019. 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 +1 849 £450 -5.26% 290
UK excluding London +14 581 £435 -3.33% 209
London +6 337 £500 +5.26% 95
South East +19 229 £426 -10.26% 55
North of England +8 110 £388 -11.43% 46
South West +1 83 £450 -7.69% 32
Scotland +41 59 £550 +11.39% 7
North West +18 48 £400 -11.11% 22
Midlands +29 46 £349 -26.58% 37
Yorkshire +18 44 £413 -6.52% 21
East of England +5 42 £450 +18.03% 25
East Midlands +35 25 £245 -59.17% 17
West Midlands +20 21 £475 -7.32% 20
North East +15 18 £300 -20.53% 3
Wales +2 12 £313 -39.02% 7
Northern Ireland -6 1 £313 -

For the 6 months to 22 August 2019, 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.

1 557 (59.00%) Firewall
2 424 (44.92%) Cisco
3 312 (33.05%) Cisco Certification
4 250 (26.48%) WAN
5 237 (25.11%) CCNP
6 217 (22.99%) CheckPoint
7 204 (21.61%) LAN
8 196 (20.76%) Data Centre
9 171 (18.11%) Palo Alto
10 158 (16.74%) CCNA
11 148 (15.68%) VPN
11 148 (15.68%) F5
12 137 (14.51%) Azure
13 133 (14.09%) DNS
13 133 (14.09%) Finance
14 132 (13.98%) Cybersecurity
15 130 (13.77%) Windows
16 129 (13.67%) Security Cleared
17 126 (13.35%) AWS
18 124 (13.14%) Linux
19 120 (12.71%) Wireless
20 115 (12.18%) Cisco ASA
21 111 (11.76%) BGP
22 108 (11.44%) ITIL
22 108 (11.44%) Microsoft
23 103 (10.91%) Security Architecture
24 100 (10.59%) OSPF
25 97 (10.28%) TCP/IP
25 97 (10.28%) Juniper
26 95 (10.06%) Information Security

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 25 (2.65%) SharePoint
2 17 (1.80%) MS Exchange
3 15 (1.59%) OpenStack
4 14 (1.48%) Skype for Business
5 8 (0.85%) IBM Domino
5 8 (0.85%) IIS
6 7 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (0.64%) Apache
8 5 (0.53%) Confluence
9 4 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.42%) nginx
10 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.21%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.11%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.11%) MQSeries
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.11%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.11%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 19 (2.01%) MS Visio
2 18 (1.91%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (1.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 137 (14.51%) Azure
2 126 (13.35%) AWS
3 42 (4.45%) SaaS
4 41 (4.34%) IaaS
5 40 (4.24%) Office 365
6 32 (3.39%) PaaS
7 28 (2.97%) Cloud Computing
8 19 (2.01%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (2.01%) GCP
9 18 (1.91%) Amazon EC2
10 17 (1.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 12 (1.27%) Serverless
12 9 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
12 9 (0.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 9 (0.95%) CloudFront
12 9 (0.95%) GitHub
12 9 (0.95%) Power Platform
13 8 (0.85%) Amazon ECS
14 7 (0.74%) G Suite
15 6 (0.64%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 557 (59.00%) Firewall
2 250 (26.48%) WAN
3 204 (21.61%) LAN
4 148 (15.68%) VPN
5 133 (14.09%) DNS
6 120 (12.71%) Wireless
7 115 (12.18%) Cisco ASA
8 111 (11.76%) BGP
9 100 (10.59%) OSPF
10 97 (10.28%) TCP/IP
11 87 (9.22%) MPLS
12 82 (8.69%) VoIP
13 76 (8.05%) Cisco Nexus
14 72 (7.63%) DHCP
15 56 (5.93%) Internet
15 56 (5.93%) VLAN
16 55 (5.83%) Intrusion Detection
17 53 (5.61%) SSL
18 43 (4.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 43 (4.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (3.07%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.01%) Amazon RDS
3 18 (1.91%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.95%) Azure SQL Database
4 9 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
4 9 (0.95%) Power BI
5 7 (0.74%) Amazon Redshift
5 7 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (0.64%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 4 (0.42%) MySQL
8 3 (0.32%) MS Access
9 2 (0.21%) Big Data
9 2 (0.21%) GIS
9 2 (0.21%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (0.21%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.11%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.11%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.11%) MariaDB
10 1 (0.11%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 16 (1.69%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.48%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.74%) JIRA
4 6 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.53%) Bitbucket
5 5 (0.53%) GitLab
5 5 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (0.53%) Travis CI
6 3 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.32%) gulp
6 3 (0.32%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.32%) webpack
7 2 (0.21%) Hudson
7 2 (0.21%) Maven
7 2 (0.21%) MSI
7 2 (0.21%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.11%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.11%) SoapUI
General
1 133 (14.09%) Finance
2 87 (9.22%) Telecoms
3 46 (4.87%) Banking
4 40 (4.24%) Public Sector
5 20 (2.12%) Retail
6 17 (1.80%) Legal
7 10 (1.06%) Investment Banking
8 9 (0.95%) Marketing
9 8 (0.85%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.85%) Military
10 6 (0.64%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.64%) Local Government
11 5 (0.53%) Advertising
12 4 (0.42%) Billing
12 4 (0.42%) Electronics
12 4 (0.42%) Law
12 4 (0.42%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.32%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.21%) German Language
Job Titles
1 346 (36.65%) Network Engineer
2 206 (21.82%) Security Engineer
3 203 (21.50%) Architect
4 163 (17.27%) Network Security Engineer
5 106 (11.23%) Security Architect
6 81 (8.58%) Network Architect
7 67 (7.10%) Consultant
8 56 (5.93%) Cisco Engineer
9 52 (5.51%) Network Security Architect
10 51 (5.40%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 48 (5.08%) Analyst
12 44 (4.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 36 (3.81%) Senior Network Engineer
14 32 (3.39%) Security Consultant
15 29 (3.07%) Cloud Architect
16 28 (2.97%) Firewall Engineer
16 28 (2.97%) Infrastructure Architect
16 28 (2.97%) Project Manager
17 27 (2.86%) Network Consultant
18 25 (2.65%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (3.71%) LDAP
2 27 (2.86%) Web Services
3 23 (2.44%) .NET
4 13 (1.38%) HTML
5 11 (1.17%) 802.1X
5 11 (1.17%) CSS
5 11 (1.17%) Regular Expression
6 10 (1.06%) jQuery
7 9 (0.95%) SAML
8 8 (0.85%) .NET Core
8 8 (0.85%) .NET Framework
8 8 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web API
8 8 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 8 (0.85%) Middleware
8 8 (0.85%) SOAP
9 7 (0.74%) CSS3
10 6 (0.64%) Elastic Stack
11 5 (0.53%) JSON
12 3 (0.32%) LAMP
12 3 (0.32%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 196 (20.76%) Data Centre
2 56 (5.93%) Management Information System
3 42 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
4 38 (4.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 36 (3.81%) PKI
6 33 (3.50%) Hybrid Cloud
7 24 (2.54%) Data Protection Act
8 18 (1.91%) Public Cloud
9 17 (1.80%) Security Operations Centre
10 13 (1.38%) Self-Motivation
11 12 (1.27%) BYOD
12 11 (1.17%) Replication
13 10 (1.06%) Driving Licence
13 10 (1.06%) SCADA
14 9 (0.95%) Cyber Defence
15 8 (0.85%) CESG
15 8 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
15 8 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
16 7 (0.74%) Clustering
16 7 (0.74%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 130 (13.77%) Windows
2 124 (13.14%) Linux
3 72 (7.63%) Windows Server
4 30 (3.18%) Unix
5 28 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (1.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (1.59%) Windows 10
8 12 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (1.06%) Windows 7
10 7 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.64%) Mac OS
11 6 (0.64%) Ubuntu
11 6 (0.64%) VMS
12 5 (0.53%) Check Point GAiA
12 5 (0.53%) Debian
13 3 (0.32%) CentOS
13 3 (0.32%) SUSE
14 2 (0.21%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.21%) Solaris
14 2 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (13.98%) Cybersecurity
2 108 (11.44%) ITIL
3 103 (10.91%) Security Architecture
4 95 (10.06%) Information Security
5 90 (9.53%) Migration
6 87 (9.22%) DevOps
6 87 (9.22%) Load Balancing
7 82 (8.69%) Network Design
8 80 (8.47%) Agile Software Development
9 76 (8.05%) SIEM
10 71 (7.52%) Network Management
11 67 (7.10%) Network Monitoring
12 62 (6.57%) Service Delivery
13 53 (5.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 53 (5.61%) Problem-Solving
14 50 (5.30%) Project Management
15 49 (5.19%) Change Management
16 46 (4.87%) Security Operations
17 42 (4.45%) Cryptography
17 42 (4.45%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 54 (5.72%) PowerShell
2 46 (4.87%) Python
3 26 (2.75%) SQL
4 23 (2.44%) JavaScript
5 20 (2.12%) Bash Shell
5 20 (2.12%) C#
6 17 (1.80%) C
6 17 (1.80%) Java
7 16 (1.69%) Perl
8 11 (1.17%) C++
9 8 (0.85%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.53%) PHP
11 3 (0.32%) Apple Swift
11 3 (0.32%) ES6
11 3 (0.32%) Objective-C
12 2 (0.21%) Ruby
12 2 (0.21%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.11%) Korn
13 1 (0.11%) VB
13 1 (0.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 312 (33.05%) Cisco Certification
2 237 (25.11%) CCNP
3 158 (16.74%) CCNA
4 129 (13.67%) Security Cleared
5 88 (9.32%) SC Cleared
6 84 (8.90%) CCIE
7 67 (7.10%) Degree
8 65 (6.89%) CISSP
9 48 (5.08%) DV Cleared
10 33 (3.50%) CCDP
10 33 (3.50%) CCSA
10 33 (3.50%) CCSE
11 29 (3.07%) CISM
12 21 (2.22%) Microsoft Certification
13 19 (2.01%) Check Point Certification
14 16 (1.69%) MCSE
15 13 (1.38%) JNCIP
16 12 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
16 12 (1.27%) CRISC
16 12 (1.27%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (4.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (2.44%) GDPR
3 21 (2.22%) SLA
4 18 (1.91%) PCI DSS
5 16 (1.69%) NIST
6 15 (1.59%) PMO
7 11 (1.17%) COBIT
8 10 (1.06%) QA
9 8 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 7 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
11 6 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.32%) NCSC
13 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 1 (0.11%) FedRAMP
14 1 (0.11%) ISO 22301
14 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
14 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.11%) RMADS
System Software
1 90 (9.53%) Active Directory
2 69 (7.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (4.34%) Docker
4 27 (2.86%) VMware NSX
5 22 (2.33%) ProxySG
6 17 (1.80%) Hyper-V
7 13 (1.38%) VMware ESXi
8 12 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
9 11 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
10 10 (1.06%) vSphere
11 9 (0.95%) Snort
12 7 (0.74%) XenApp
13 6 (0.64%) Firmware
13 6 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.53%) XenDesktop
15 4 (0.42%) BitLocker
16 3 (0.32%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 3 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 2 (0.21%) iptables
17 2 (0.21%) NFS
Systems Management
1 55 (5.83%) Ansible
2 36 (3.81%) Kubernetes
2 36 (3.81%) Puppet
3 33 (3.50%) Terraform
4 28 (2.97%) SCCM
5 20 (2.12%) Nessus
6 16 (1.69%) FortiGate
7 15 (1.59%) Cisco CUCM
7 15 (1.59%) Consul
7 15 (1.59%) Packer
8 11 (1.17%) SCOM
8 11 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
9 10 (1.06%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 9 (0.95%) QRadar
11 8 (0.85%) Cisco Prime
12 7 (0.74%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 7 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.74%) vRealize
13 6 (0.64%) SCVMM
13 6 (0.64%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 424 (44.92%) Cisco
2 217 (22.99%) CheckPoint
3 171 (18.11%) Palo Alto
4 148 (15.68%) F5
5 108 (11.44%) Microsoft
6 97 (10.28%) Juniper
7 93 (9.85%) VMware
8 60 (6.36%) Fortinet
9 48 (5.08%) Citrix
10 46 (4.87%) Blue Coat
11 35 (3.71%) Meraki
12 33 (3.50%) SolarWinds
13 32 (3.39%) McAfee
14 31 (3.28%) Riverbed
15 24 (2.54%) Dell
16 22 (2.33%) Red Hat
17 21 (2.22%) Splunk
18 18 (1.91%) Zscaler
19 17 (1.80%) HP
20 16 (1.69%) Google