Period
to 18 May 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 18 May 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 247 266 266
Rank change year-on-year +19 0 +13
Contract jobs citing Network Security 634 483 973
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.11% 0.98% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.77% 7.15% 8.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 394 296 646
10th Percentile £314 £244 £300
25th Percentile £400 £363 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £478 £450 £463
Median % change year-on-year +6.11% -2.70% -2.63%
75th Percentile £569 £550 £563
90th Percentile £650 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 24 38
10th Percentile £16.99 £19.40 £15.00
25th Percentile £20.81 £20.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate £42.00 £35.00 £26.75
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% +30.84% +7.00%
75th Percentile £47.00 £46.25 £47.09
90th Percentile £58.13 £47.81 £50.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £24.91
% change year-on-year -28.57% +40.51% +24.55%

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 6,487 6,753 11,534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.32% 13.66% 12.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,184 4,120 7,264
10th Percentile £225 £178 £203
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £620 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 294 388 537
10th Percentile £12.95 £13.38 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.47 £16.25 £14.43
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +20.00% +0.27%
75th Percentile £50.00 £47.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.70 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.21 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +19.03% +11.43% -4.76%

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 18 May 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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 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 +18 488 £475 +5.56% 217
UK excluding London +38 264 £450 - 156
London +6 231 £500 +11.11% 76
Work from Home -108 185 £500 -17.53% 31
South East +41 83 £450 +10.43% 47
North of England +21 66 £450 -5.26% 44
North West +17 40 £455 +1.11% 26
Midlands +15 38 £425 -15.00% 26
South West +39 34 £425 -17.87% 21
Scotland -30 32 £493 +15.88% 13
Yorkshire +16 24 £425 -11.69% 17
West Midlands +11 23 £471 -5.75% 10
East Midlands +16 16 £400 -8.83% 16
East of England +23 14 £400 -3.61% 1
Wales +11 3 £375 +15.38% 4
North East +19 2 £313 -3.85% 1
Northern Ireland +5 2 - -

For the 6 months to 18 May 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.

1 289 (45.58%) Firewall
2 212 (33.44%) Cisco
3 164 (25.87%) Azure
4 157 (24.76%) Cybersecurity
5 143 (22.56%) Social Skills
6 112 (17.67%) Finance
6 112 (17.67%) Cisco Certification
7 111 (17.51%) VPN
8 106 (16.72%) Security Cleared
9 105 (16.56%) Information Security
10 104 (16.40%) WAN
11 99 (15.62%) SIEM
12 92 (14.51%) Palo Alto
13 91 (14.35%) SC Cleared
14 90 (14.20%) Windows
15 87 (13.72%) DevOps
16 86 (13.56%) Microsoft
17 85 (13.41%) AWS
18 81 (12.78%) LAN
19 77 (12.15%) CCNP
20 76 (11.99%) Fortinet
21 74 (11.67%) Security Architecture
22 73 (11.51%) Active Directory
22 73 (11.51%) DNS
23 71 (11.20%) F5
24 70 (11.04%) CISSP
25 65 (10.25%) VMware
26 63 (9.94%) Data Centre
27 61 (9.62%) BGP
28 58 (9.15%) Python

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 26 (4.10%) Confluence
2 10 (1.58%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.26%) Apache Spark
4 4 (0.63%) Apache
5 3 (0.47%) CMS
6 1 (0.16%) Apache ServiceMix
6 1 (0.16%) Drupal
6 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.16%) IIS
6 1 (0.16%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Fuse
6 1 (0.16%) SAS
Applications
1 17 (2.68%) Microsoft Office
1 17 (2.68%) MS Visio
2 12 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.32%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 164 (25.87%) Azure
2 85 (13.41%) AWS
3 44 (6.94%) GCP
4 41 (6.47%) PaaS
5 39 (6.15%) Microsoft 365
6 37 (5.84%) SaaS
7 29 (4.57%) Azure Active Directory
8 28 (4.42%) Cloud Computing
9 27 (4.26%) IaaS
10 25 (3.94%) Akamai
11 14 (2.21%) Serverless
12 12 (1.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 10 (1.58%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (1.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 7 (1.10%) Azure Key Vault
16 5 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
16 5 (0.79%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 5 (0.79%) Azure Storage
16 5 (0.79%) Power Platform
17 4 (0.63%) Kong
Communications & Networking
1 289 (45.58%) Firewall
2 111 (17.51%) VPN
3 104 (16.40%) WAN
4 81 (12.78%) LAN
5 73 (11.51%) DNS
6 61 (9.62%) BGP
7 56 (8.83%) MPLS
8 50 (7.89%) Internet
9 48 (7.57%) OSPF
10 46 (7.26%) TCP/IP
11 42 (6.62%) Wireless
12 37 (5.84%) Cisco Nexus
13 36 (5.68%) Cisco ASA
14 33 (5.21%) SD-WAN
15 31 (4.89%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 27 (4.26%) VoIP
17 26 (4.10%) Cisco IOS
17 26 (4.10%) IPv6
18 25 (3.94%) DHCP
18 25 (3.94%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (2.21%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.58%) Big Data
2 10 (1.58%) NoSQL
3 9 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.63%) Hadoop
6 4 (0.63%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.63%) MySQL
6 4 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (0.63%) Power BI
7 3 (0.47%) Amazon Athena
7 3 (0.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 3 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (0.47%) Amazon Redshift
7 3 (0.47%) Apache Hive
7 3 (0.47%) HBase
7 3 (0.47%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.47%) Presto
7 3 (0.47%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 18 (2.84%) JIRA
2 13 (2.05%) Git (software)
3 11 (1.74%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
4 7 (1.10%) TeamCity
5 6 (0.95%) Gradle
5 6 (0.95%) SonarQube
6 5 (0.79%) Maven
7 3 (0.47%) Artifactory
7 3 (0.47%) GitLab
8 2 (0.32%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.16%) Burp Suite
9 1 (0.16%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.16%) Postman
9 1 (0.16%) SoapUI
General
1 143 (22.56%) Social Skills
2 112 (17.67%) Finance
3 48 (7.57%) Banking
4 41 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
5 38 (5.99%) Telecoms
6 34 (5.36%) Public Sector
7 23 (3.63%) Documentation Skills
8 19 (3.00%) Presentation Skills
9 15 (2.37%) Manufacturing
10 13 (2.05%) Law
11 8 (1.26%) Organisational Skills
12 7 (1.10%) Billing
12 7 (1.10%) Influencing Skills
12 7 (1.10%) Military
13 6 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
13 6 (0.95%) Retail
14 5 (0.79%) Advertising
14 5 (0.79%) Legal
15 4 (0.63%) Electronics
15 4 (0.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 152 (23.97%) Network Engineer
2 118 (18.61%) Security Engineer
3 115 (18.14%) Architect
4 73 (11.51%) Network Security Engineer
5 65 (10.25%) Consultant
6 54 (8.52%) Security Consultant
7 49 (7.73%) Security Architect
8 46 (7.26%) Analyst
9 36 (5.68%) Cloud Engineer
10 34 (5.36%) Network Architect
11 29 (4.57%) Azure Engineer
12 24 (3.79%) Solutions Architect
13 19 (3.00%) Network Security Consultant
14 18 (2.84%) Network Consultant
14 18 (2.84%) Security Analyst
14 18 (2.84%) Security Specialist
15 17 (2.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 16 (2.52%) Cisco Engineer
17 15 (2.37%) Cisco Network Engineer
17 15 (2.37%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (3.00%) Web Services
2 14 (2.21%) OAuth
2 14 (2.21%) SAML
3 9 (1.42%) .NET
4 8 (1.26%) LDAP
4 8 (1.26%) YAML
5 7 (1.10%) Middleware
5 7 (1.10%) REST
6 6 (0.95%) JSON
6 6 (0.95%) OAuth2
6 6 (0.95%) OpenID
7 5 (0.79%) 802.1X
7 5 (0.79%) Kafka
7 5 (0.79%) SailPoint
8 4 (0.63%) Spine.js
9 3 (0.47%) Keycloak
9 3 (0.47%) Loki
9 3 (0.47%) Node.js
9 3 (0.47%) XML
10 2 (0.32%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 63 (9.94%) Data Centre
2 39 (6.15%) Management Information System
3 24 (3.79%) Cyberthreat
4 21 (3.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 21 (3.31%) Security Operations Centre
5 19 (3.00%) Cloud Native
5 19 (3.00%) PKI
5 19 (3.00%) Public Cloud
6 18 (2.84%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 13 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (1.74%) Cyberattack
9 9 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
10 7 (1.10%) Cyber Defence
11 6 (0.95%) Enterprise Cloud
11 6 (0.95%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.63%) CMDB
12 4 (0.63%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.63%) Fat Client
12 4 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.63%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 90 (14.20%) Windows
2 53 (8.36%) Linux
3 29 (4.57%) Windows Server
4 24 (3.79%) Unix
5 10 (1.58%) Windows 10
6 8 (1.26%) Android
6 8 (1.26%) VMS
7 6 (0.95%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.47%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.47%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.32%) CatOS
11 2 (0.32%) CentOS
11 2 (0.32%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.32%) SUSE
11 2 (0.32%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.32%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (24.76%) Cybersecurity
2 105 (16.56%) Information Security
3 99 (15.62%) SIEM
4 87 (13.72%) DevOps
5 74 (11.67%) Security Architecture
6 57 (8.99%) Identity Access Management
7 53 (8.36%) Load Balancing
8 52 (8.20%) Agile Software Development
9 51 (8.04%) Migration
10 47 (7.41%) Risk Management
11 45 (7.10%) Vulnerability Management
12 43 (6.78%) Network Design
12 43 (6.78%) Problem-Solving
12 43 (6.78%) Security Operations
13 42 (6.62%) Change Management
14 41 (6.47%) Stakeholder Management
15 34 (5.36%) Analytics
15 34 (5.36%) Data Security
15 34 (5.36%) Network Virtualisation
16 32 (5.05%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 58 (9.15%) Python
2 27 (4.26%) PowerShell
3 24 (3.79%) SQL
4 21 (3.31%) Java
5 14 (2.21%) Bash Shell
6 12 (1.89%) C#
7 10 (1.58%) Go
8 7 (1.10%) Perl
9 5 (0.79%) JavaScript
9 5 (0.79%) Ruby
10 4 (0.63%) Kotlin
11 3 (0.47%) C
11 3 (0.47%) R
11 3 (0.47%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.32%) C++
12 2 (0.32%) Scala
13 1 (0.16%) Haskell
13 1 (0.16%) PHP
13 1 (0.16%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 112 (17.67%) Cisco Certification
2 106 (16.72%) Security Cleared
3 91 (14.35%) SC Cleared
4 77 (12.15%) CCNP
5 70 (11.04%) CISSP
6 48 (7.57%) Degree
7 45 (7.10%) CCNA
7 45 (7.10%) CISM
8 37 (5.84%) CCIE
9 19 (3.00%) CISA
10 15 (2.37%) CREST Certified
11 13 (2.05%) DV Cleared
11 13 (2.05%) GIAC
12 11 (1.74%) GCIH
12 11 (1.74%) Microsoft Certification
13 10 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (1.42%) CCIE Service Provider
14 9 (1.42%) GCFA
15 7 (1.10%) SANS
16 6 (0.95%) CCIE Security
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (5.68%) NIST
2 24 (3.79%) NCSC
3 21 (3.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (2.05%) QA
4 13 (2.05%) SLA
5 9 (1.42%) COBIT
5 9 (1.42%) GDPR
6 7 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.95%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.63%) NIST 800
10 3 (0.47%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.32%) FedRAMP
11 2 (0.32%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.32%) GRC
11 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (0.16%) MISRA
12 1 (0.16%) MISRA C
12 1 (0.16%) SOC 2
System Software
1 73 (11.51%) Active Directory
2 42 (6.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.79%) VMware NSX
4 23 (3.63%) Virtual Machines
5 21 (3.31%) Docker
6 8 (1.26%) BitLocker
6 8 (1.26%) Hyper-V
6 8 (1.26%) ProxySG
7 5 (0.79%) Snort
8 4 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.47%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 3 (0.47%) HDFS
9 3 (0.47%) KVM
9 3 (0.47%) Terminal Server
9 3 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.32%) Squid
11 1 (0.16%) NFS
11 1 (0.16%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 46 (7.26%) Ansible
2 38 (5.99%) Terraform
3 25 (3.94%) Kubernetes
4 18 (2.84%) FortiGate
5 14 (2.21%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 10 (1.58%) CASB
6 10 (1.58%) Single Sign-On
7 9 (1.42%) Nessus
7 9 (1.42%) SolarWinds Orion
8 8 (1.26%) Puppet
9 7 (1.10%) EnCase
9 7 (1.10%) FTK
9 7 (1.10%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 6 (0.95%) Cisco Prime
10 6 (0.95%) QRadar
11 5 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.79%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (0.79%) SCCM
12 4 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
12 4 (0.63%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 212 (33.44%) Cisco
2 92 (14.51%) Palo Alto
3 86 (13.56%) Microsoft
4 76 (11.99%) Fortinet
5 71 (11.20%) F5
6 65 (10.25%) VMware
7 53 (8.36%) CheckPoint
8 52 (8.20%) Juniper
9 35 (5.52%) Splunk
10 29 (4.57%) Meraki
11 22 (3.47%) McAfee
12 21 (3.31%) Zscaler
13 20 (3.15%) Aruba
13 20 (3.15%) SolarWinds
14 19 (3.00%) Blue Coat
14 19 (3.00%) Google
15 18 (2.84%) Citrix
16 16 (2.52%) LogRhythm
17 15 (2.37%) Infoblox
17 15 (2.37%) Radware