Period
to 26 February 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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 257 266 270
Rank change year-on-year +9 +4 -63
Contract jobs citing Network Security 652 982 978
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 0.99% 0.97%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.13% 7.77% 7.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 645 624
UK median daily rate £450 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% - +11.76%
10th Percentile £275 £313 £310
90th Percentile £638 £625 £624
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £475
% change year-on-year -5.26% - +17.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 37 4
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.50 £25.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.81% +12.76% +5.31%
10th Percentile £20.00 £15.00 £15.95
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £35.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.91 £16.69
% change year-on-year +40.51% +49.25% +0.85%

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 9,150 12,640 13,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.46% 12.75% 13.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,465 7,662 8,175
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £180 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £610 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 581 692
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.64% -6.50% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.90 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.41 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.88% -12.95% -6.98%

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 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 +9 591 £450 -5.26% 274
UK excluding London -18 343 £450 -5.26% 193
London +70 285 £450 -10.00% 95
South East -26 108 £425 -6.59% 61
North of England +8 75 £475 - 58
South West -3 50 £394 -12.50% 23
North West +6 42 £513 +2.50% 35
Midlands +33 41 £450 +13.92% 14
Scotland +27 39 £425 -18.07% 9
Yorkshire +43 29 £481 +16.67% 21
West Midlands +51 26 £468 +10.00% 8
East of England +11 24 £408 -25.91% 23
East Midlands +23 14 £363 - 6
Wales +31 8 £388 -13.89% 5
North East -4 4 £325 -14.47% 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 February 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.

1 346 (53.07%) Firewall
2 277 (42.48%) Cisco
3 188 (28.83%) Cisco Certification
4 145 (22.24%) WAN
5 139 (21.32%) LAN
6 125 (19.17%) Data Centre
7 119 (18.25%) Windows
8 117 (17.94%) VPN
8 117 (17.94%) Azure
9 114 (17.48%) CCNP
10 109 (16.72%) Security Cleared
11 105 (16.10%) Active Directory
11 105 (16.10%) Palo Alto
12 102 (15.64%) Linux
13 98 (15.03%) Finance
14 96 (14.72%) Cybersecurity
15 92 (14.11%) CheckPoint
16 90 (13.80%) Information Security
17 89 (13.65%) SC Cleared
18 88 (13.50%) AWS
19 83 (12.73%) CCNA
20 82 (12.58%) DNS
21 81 (12.42%) BGP
22 75 (11.50%) Microsoft
23 74 (11.35%) Cisco ASA
24 70 (10.74%) SIEM
25 67 (10.28%) DevOps
26 66 (10.12%) Wireless
27 65 (9.97%) Juniper
28 61 (9.36%) TCP/IP

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 19 (2.91%) SharePoint
2 18 (2.76%) Confluence
3 14 (2.15%) IIS
4 10 (1.53%) Apache
5 9 (1.38%) OpenStack
6 8 (1.23%) MS Exchange
7 6 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (0.92%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.61%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.46%) CMS
10 3 (0.46%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.31%) nginx
12 1 (0.15%) Cloud Foundry
12 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2010
12 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.15%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.15%) MQSeries
12 1 (0.15%) WordPress
Applications
1 25 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.07%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 117 (17.94%) Azure
2 88 (13.50%) AWS
3 47 (7.21%) Office 365
4 42 (6.44%) SaaS
5 41 (6.29%) IaaS
6 38 (5.83%) PaaS
7 24 (3.68%) Azure Active Directory
8 15 (2.30%) Serverless
9 13 (1.99%) GCP
10 9 (1.38%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 8 (1.23%) Amazon S3
12 7 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
12 7 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
13 6 (0.92%) Azure Functions
13 6 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 5 (0.77%) GitHub
15 4 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 4 (0.61%) Azure Stack
15 4 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
16 3 (0.46%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 346 (53.07%) Firewall
2 145 (22.24%) WAN
3 139 (21.32%) LAN
4 117 (17.94%) VPN
5 82 (12.58%) DNS
6 81 (12.42%) BGP
7 74 (11.35%) Cisco ASA
8 66 (10.12%) Wireless
9 61 (9.36%) TCP/IP
10 60 (9.20%) MPLS
11 55 (8.44%) OSPF
12 53 (8.13%) Cisco Nexus
13 49 (7.52%) IPsec
14 45 (6.90%) Internet
15 43 (6.60%) Wi-Fi
16 42 (6.44%) VoIP
17 38 (5.83%) VLAN
18 36 (5.52%) Cisco Firepower
19 34 (5.21%) SSL
20 33 (5.06%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (2.76%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.38%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (0.92%) Big Data
4 5 (0.77%) MySQL
4 5 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.61%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.61%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.31%) Blockchain
6 2 (0.31%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.15%) Amazon Aurora
7 1 (0.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.15%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.15%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 20 (3.07%) Git (software)
1 20 (3.07%) JIRA
2 11 (1.69%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.77%) Visual Studio
4 5 (0.77%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 4 (0.61%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.46%) Maven
6 3 (0.46%) Robot Framework
6 3 (0.46%) TestRail
7 2 (0.31%) Ant
7 2 (0.31%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.31%) GitLab
7 2 (0.31%) gulp
7 2 (0.31%) Metasploit
7 2 (0.31%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.31%) Selenium
7 2 (0.31%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.31%) WebDriver
7 2 (0.31%) webpack
General
1 98 (15.03%) Finance
2 41 (6.29%) Public Sector
3 36 (5.52%) Telecoms
4 31 (4.75%) Banking
5 13 (1.99%) Police
6 11 (1.69%) Law
7 10 (1.53%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.23%) Legal
8 8 (1.23%) Multimedia
9 7 (1.07%) Advertising
9 7 (1.07%) Retail
10 6 (0.92%) Marketing
10 6 (0.92%) Military
11 4 (0.61%) Electronics
11 4 (0.61%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.61%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.46%) Billing
12 3 (0.46%) Games
12 3 (0.46%) German Language
13 2 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 225 (34.51%) Network Engineer
2 140 (21.47%) Security Engineer
3 123 (18.87%) Architect
4 103 (15.80%) Network Security Engineer
5 59 (9.05%) Security Architect
6 57 (8.74%) Consultant
7 45 (6.90%) Analyst
8 44 (6.75%) Network Architect
8 44 (6.75%) Security Consultant
9 28 (4.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 27 (4.14%) Security Analyst
11 26 (3.99%) Cisco Engineer
12 25 (3.83%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 24 (3.68%) Senior Network Engineer
14 19 (2.91%) Cloud Engineer
14 19 (2.91%) Network Analyst
15 18 (2.76%) Project Manager
16 17 (2.61%) Cloud Architect
16 17 (2.61%) Network Security Architect
17 16 (2.45%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.37%) .NET
2 20 (3.07%) SAML
3 19 (2.91%) LDAP
4 14 (2.15%) SOAP
5 13 (1.99%) 802.1X
6 10 (1.53%) CSS
6 10 (1.53%) Web Services
7 9 (1.38%) HTML
7 9 (1.38%) OAuth
7 9 (1.38%) OpenID
7 9 (1.38%) YAML
8 8 (1.23%) XML
9 7 (1.07%) ASP.NET
9 7 (1.07%) jQuery
9 7 (1.07%) JSON
9 7 (1.07%) OAuth2
9 7 (1.07%) XSLT
10 6 (0.92%) AngularJS
11 5 (0.77%) Elastic Stack
11 5 (0.77%) React
Miscellaneous
1 125 (19.17%) Data Centre
2 43 (6.60%) Management Information System
3 42 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
4 39 (5.98%) PKI
5 19 (2.91%) Self-Motivation
6 18 (2.76%) Video Conferencing
7 13 (1.99%) Public Cloud
8 12 (1.84%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 11 (1.69%) Linux Command Line
9 11 (1.69%) Private Cloud
9 11 (1.69%) User Experience
10 10 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.92%) SCADA
11 6 (0.92%) Security Operations Centre
12 5 (0.77%) Smartphone
12 5 (0.77%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.61%) Cloud Native
13 4 (0.61%) Hedge funds
13 4 (0.61%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 119 (18.25%) Windows
2 102 (15.64%) Linux
3 37 (5.67%) Windows Server
4 20 (3.07%) Unix
5 16 (2.45%) CentOS
6 13 (1.99%) Mac OS
7 11 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.92%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.77%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.61%) Android
12 3 (0.46%) Check Point GAiA
12 3 (0.46%) VMS
13 2 (0.31%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.31%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.15%) FreeBSD
14 1 (0.15%) Kali Linux
14 1 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.15%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (14.72%) Cybersecurity
2 90 (13.80%) Information Security
3 70 (10.74%) SIEM
4 67 (10.28%) DevOps
5 59 (9.05%) ITIL
6 57 (8.74%) Migration
7 52 (7.98%) Agile Software Development
8 50 (7.67%) Load Balancing
9 44 (6.75%) Security Architecture
10 43 (6.60%) Change Management
11 39 (5.98%) Network Management
12 38 (5.83%) Network Design
13 36 (5.52%) Incident Management
14 35 (5.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 35 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
15 34 (5.21%) Vulnerability Management
16 31 (4.75%) Network Monitoring
16 31 (4.75%) Risk Assessment
17 29 (4.45%) Stakeholder Management
18 28 (4.29%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (6.90%) Python
2 39 (5.98%) PowerShell
3 27 (4.14%) JavaScript
3 27 (4.14%) SQL
4 24 (3.68%) Bash Shell
5 19 (2.91%) Java
6 18 (2.76%) C
7 13 (1.99%) C#
8 9 (1.38%) C++
8 9 (1.38%) Shell Script
9 6 (0.92%) Ruby
10 4 (0.61%) MATLAB
10 4 (0.61%) PHP
11 3 (0.46%) Perl
11 3 (0.46%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.46%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.46%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.46%) VBScript
12 2 (0.31%) ES6
12 2 (0.31%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 188 (28.83%) Cisco Certification
2 114 (17.48%) CCNP
3 109 (16.72%) Security Cleared
4 89 (13.65%) SC Cleared
5 83 (12.73%) CCNA
6 56 (8.59%) CISSP
7 46 (7.06%) CCIE
8 31 (4.75%) Degree
9 22 (3.37%) DV Cleared
10 20 (3.07%) CCSP
11 19 (2.91%) CISM
12 14 (2.15%) CCSE
12 14 (2.15%) CRISC
13 13 (1.99%) Network+ Certification
14 12 (1.84%) GIAC
15 11 (1.69%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 10 (1.53%) CCSA
17 9 (1.38%) CCENT
17 9 (1.38%) CEH
17 9 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (9.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (4.60%) GDPR
3 27 (4.14%) NIST
4 20 (3.07%) PCI DSS
4 20 (3.07%) SLA
5 12 (1.84%) NCSC
6 10 (1.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 8 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 6 (0.92%) Cyber Essentials
10 5 (0.77%) QA
11 4 (0.61%) COBIT
11 4 (0.61%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.46%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.46%) RMADS
13 2 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 2 (0.31%) NIST 800
13 2 (0.31%) PMO
14 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 105 (16.10%) Active Directory
2 35 (5.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.76%) Virtual Machines
4 17 (2.61%) Docker
4 17 (2.61%) VMware NSX
5 13 (1.99%) vSphere
6 11 (1.69%) Hyper-V
7 9 (1.38%) Firmware
8 7 (1.07%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (0.92%) Snort
10 4 (0.61%) XenApp
11 3 (0.46%) KVM
11 3 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.31%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.15%) NFS
13 1 (0.15%) OCFS2
13 1 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.15%) Postfix
13 1 (0.15%) Samba
13 1 (0.15%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 18 (2.76%) FortiGate
2 17 (2.61%) Ansible
3 15 (2.30%) Terraform
4 13 (1.99%) vCenter Server
5 12 (1.84%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 11 (1.69%) Single Sign-On
7 8 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
7 8 (1.23%) Nessus
8 7 (1.07%) Cisco Prime
8 7 (1.07%) Kubernetes
8 7 (1.07%) SCCM
9 6 (0.92%) vRealize
10 5 (0.77%) Microsoft Intune
10 5 (0.77%) OSSEC
10 5 (0.77%) WSUS
11 4 (0.61%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.61%) Nagios
11 4 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
11 4 (0.61%) QRadar
12 3 (0.46%) logstash
Vendors
1 277 (42.48%) Cisco
2 105 (16.10%) Palo Alto
3 92 (14.11%) CheckPoint
4 75 (11.50%) Microsoft
5 65 (9.97%) Juniper
6 61 (9.36%) F5
7 59 (9.05%) VMware
8 41 (6.29%) Fortinet
9 27 (4.14%) Meraki
10 26 (3.99%) SolarWinds
11 22 (3.37%) Citrix
12 21 (3.22%) Aruba
13 17 (2.61%) McAfee
14 15 (2.30%) Blue Coat
15 14 (2.15%) Atlassian
16 13 (1.99%) HP
17 12 (1.84%) Infoblox
17 12 (1.84%) Oracle
18 11 (1.69%) SAP
19 10 (1.53%) Nokia