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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 4 July 2022 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
4 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 211 248 257
Rank change year-on-year +37 +9 +16
Contract jobs citing Network Security 1,152 726 416
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.29% 1.09% 1.01%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.30% 9.55% 7.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 759 459 258
10th Percentile £388 £338 £267
25th Percentile £453 £406 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £500 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +11.11% -1.10%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £550
90th Percentile £725 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £468 £438
% change year-on-year +6.95% +6.86% -0.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 25 22
10th Percentile £36.28 £19.35 £19.25
25th Percentile £45.00 £19.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate £54.00 £40.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year +35.00% +14.29% +14.75%
75th Percentile £64.50 £46.00 £45.25
90th Percentile £77.05 £57.10 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £21.75 £26.81
% change year-on-year +148.28% -18.87% +27.67%

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 10,195 7,601 5,569
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 11.46% 13.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,773 4,870 3,395
10th Percentile £250 £231 £192
25th Percentile £400 £355 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £615 £550 £538
90th Percentile £700 £638 £637
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £415
% change year-on-year +9.09% -0.60% +2.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 354 288
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.23 £13.50
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.30 £16.25
Median hourly rate £29.06 £25.00 £25.03
Median % change year-on-year +16.24% -0.12% +19.19%
75th Percentile £52.81 £50.00 £46.25
90th Percentile £67.50 £64.50 £53.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £22.19 £20.00
% change year-on-year +1.42% +10.93% +7.54%

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 4 July 2022.

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 4 July 2022.

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 4 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England +29 865 £540 +9.09% 183
Work from Home +29 568 £539 +7.80% 68
London +21 438 £550 +4.76% 61
UK excluding London +3 383 £500 +6.95% 132
South East +27 140 £500 +8.40% 44
North of England -56 80 £550 +10.55% 36
Midlands -26 48 £485 +2.11% 21
South West 0 43 £525 +25.37% 9
North West -46 43 £583 +25.69% 19
Scotland -7 39 £504 +4.90% 3
West Midlands -28 34 £525 +1.45% 10
East of England -6 30 £400 -5.88% 12
Yorkshire -22 28 £506 -1.12% 14
East Midlands -14 14 £425 -10.53% 10
North East -4 11 £550 - 3
Isle of Man - 7 £550 -
Wales -11 4 £350 -6.67% 5

For the 6 months to 4 July 2022, 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.

1 554 (48.09%) Firewall
2 323 (28.04%) Azure
3 305 (26.48%) Cisco
4 253 (21.96%) WAN
5 233 (20.23%) AWS
6 227 (19.70%) Social Skills
7 222 (19.27%) Cybersecurity
8 220 (19.10%) Finance
9 205 (17.80%) LAN
10 198 (17.19%) Windows
11 196 (17.01%) Data Centre
12 182 (15.80%) Agile
13 176 (15.28%) Microsoft
14 174 (15.10%) Palo Alto
15 173 (15.02%) Cisco Certification
16 172 (14.93%) VPN
17 170 (14.76%) Linux
18 158 (13.72%) Security Cleared
19 153 (13.28%) DNS
20 146 (12.67%) VMware
21 143 (12.41%) Security Architecture
22 137 (11.89%) SC Cleared
22 137 (11.89%) DevOps
23 135 (11.72%) BGP
24 128 (11.11%) TCP/IP
25 126 (10.94%) CCNP
26 117 (10.16%) OSPF
27 115 (9.98%) Migration
27 115 (9.98%) Active Directory
28 114 (9.90%) Unix

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 (1.65%) Confluence
2 15 (1.30%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.13%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
4 12 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (0.61%) nginx
6 6 (0.52%) IIS
7 4 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.35%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.26%) Apache
8 3 (0.26%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.17%) MQSeries
Applications
1 23 (2.00%) MS Visio
2 18 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.087%) assyst
2 1 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.087%) Infor M3
2 1 (0.087%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.087%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 323 (28.04%) Azure
2 233 (20.23%) AWS
3 101 (8.77%) SaaS
4 78 (6.77%) GCP
4 78 (6.77%) Microsoft 365
5 74 (6.42%) PaaS
6 53 (4.60%) Azure DevOps
7 44 (3.82%) IaaS
8 33 (2.86%) Pulumi
9 30 (2.60%) Azure Active Directory
10 24 (2.08%) Akamai
10 24 (2.08%) GitHub
11 21 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
12 14 (1.22%) Azure Storage
13 13 (1.13%) Datadog
14 12 (1.04%) Azure Monitor
15 11 (0.95%) Serverless
16 10 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 9 (0.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 9 (0.78%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 554 (48.09%) Firewall
2 253 (21.96%) WAN
3 205 (17.80%) LAN
4 172 (14.93%) VPN
5 153 (13.28%) DNS
6 135 (11.72%) BGP
7 128 (11.11%) TCP/IP
8 117 (10.16%) OSPF
9 102 (8.85%) Internet
10 96 (8.33%) MPLS
11 95 (8.25%) SD-WAN
12 92 (7.99%) Wireless
13 83 (7.20%) Wi-Fi
14 79 (6.86%) IPsec
15 71 (6.16%) Cisco Nexus
16 68 (5.90%) DHCP
17 66 (5.73%) Cisco ASA
18 60 (5.21%) NGFW
19 43 (3.73%) SNMP
20 40 (3.47%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.95%) SQL Server
2 25 (2.17%) Relational Database
3 13 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.43%) MySQL
5 4 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (0.35%) Amazon Redshift
5 4 (0.35%) DynamoDB
5 4 (0.35%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.17%) Big Data
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.087%) BigQuery
8 1 (0.087%) Electronic Patient Records
8 1 (0.087%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.087%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.087%) Redis
Development Applications
1 47 (4.08%) Git (software)
2 38 (3.30%) TeamCity
3 35 (3.04%) JIRA
4 33 (2.86%) Jasmine
4 33 (2.86%) NUnit
4 33 (2.86%) Selenium
4 33 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 33 (2.86%) Visual Studio
5 32 (2.78%) Jenkins
6 21 (1.82%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (0.52%) Bitbucket
7 6 (0.52%) CircleCI
8 5 (0.43%) Spinnaker
9 4 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.17%) Fiddler
11 1 (0.087%) Burp Suite
11 1 (0.087%) MSI
11 1 (0.087%) SoapUI
11 1 (0.087%) Subversion
General
1 227 (19.70%) Social Skills
2 220 (19.10%) Finance
3 84 (7.29%) Public Sector
4 77 (6.68%) Banking
5 60 (5.21%) Telecoms
6 54 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
7 37 (3.21%) Documentation Skills
8 25 (2.17%) Presentation Skills
9 21 (1.82%) Retail
10 17 (1.48%) Influencing Skills
11 16 (1.39%) Law
12 12 (1.04%) Investment Banking
13 11 (0.95%) Financial Institution
13 11 (0.95%) Manufacturing
13 11 (0.95%) Military
14 8 (0.69%) Billing
14 8 (0.69%) Electronics
14 8 (0.69%) Organisational Skills
15 7 (0.61%) Marketing
16 6 (0.52%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 261 (22.66%) Network Engineer
2 232 (20.14%) Architect
3 203 (17.62%) Security Engineer
4 124 (10.76%) Security Architect
5 113 (9.81%) Network Security Engineer
6 85 (7.38%) Consultant
7 80 (6.94%) Project Manager
8 63 (5.47%) Network Architect
9 55 (4.77%) Security Consultant
10 52 (4.51%) Developer
11 50 (4.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 46 (3.99%) Cloud Architect
13 45 (3.91%) Analyst
14 41 (3.56%) Azure Engineer
15 40 (3.47%) Solutions Architect
16 38 (3.30%) Security Manager
17 34 (2.95%) Network Security Architect
18 33 (2.86%) Security Project Manager
18 33 (2.86%) Software Developer
18 33 (2.86%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (3.73%) CSS
2 41 (3.56%) ARM Templates
3 40 (3.47%) HTML
3 40 (3.47%) OAuth
4 35 (3.04%) RESTful
5 33 (2.86%) Entity Framework
5 33 (2.86%) HTML5
6 24 (2.08%) 802.1X
6 24 (2.08%) LDAP
7 22 (1.91%) .NET
7 22 (1.91%) SAML
8 19 (1.65%) JSON
9 14 (1.22%) Middleware
10 12 (1.04%) Web Services
11 10 (0.87%) AngularJS
11 10 (0.87%) REST
11 10 (0.87%) XML
12 9 (0.78%) SOAP
13 8 (0.69%) YAML
14 7 (0.61%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 196 (17.01%) Data Centre
2 74 (6.42%) Management Information System
3 57 (4.95%) Public Cloud
4 44 (3.82%) Cloud Native
5 39 (3.39%) Virtual Team
6 36 (3.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 35 (3.04%) Video Conferencing
8 23 (2.00%) Self-Motivation
9 22 (1.91%) PKI
10 21 (1.82%) Private Cloud
11 20 (1.74%) User Experience
12 17 (1.48%) Linux Command Line
13 16 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
14 15 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
15 14 (1.22%) Security Operations Centre
16 13 (1.13%) Cyberthreat
17 11 (0.95%) Clustering
18 10 (0.87%) Algorithms
18 10 (0.87%) IoT
19 9 (0.78%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 198 (17.19%) Windows
2 170 (14.76%) Linux
3 114 (9.90%) Unix
4 51 (4.43%) Windows Server
5 25 (2.17%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (1.56%) Windows 10
6 18 (1.56%) Windows Server 2016
7 12 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (0.87%) AIX
9 8 (0.69%) Windows XP
10 7 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.52%) CentOS
11 6 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.43%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.43%) VMS
13 4 (0.35%) Check Point GAiA
13 4 (0.35%) Solaris
14 3 (0.26%) Android
14 3 (0.26%) SUSE
15 2 (0.17%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 222 (19.27%) Cybersecurity
2 182 (15.80%) Agile
3 143 (12.41%) Security Architecture
4 137 (11.89%) DevOps
5 115 (9.98%) Migration
6 113 (9.81%) Problem-Solving
7 112 (9.72%) Application Security
8 110 (9.55%) SIEM
9 106 (9.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 96 (8.33%) Project Management
11 95 (8.25%) Information Security
12 94 (8.16%) Load Balancing
13 92 (7.99%) Identity Access Management
14 89 (7.73%) ITIL
15 86 (7.47%) Network Design
16 85 (7.38%) Vulnerability Management
17 79 (6.86%) Risk Management
18 78 (6.77%) Project Delivery
19 75 (6.51%) Change Management
20 71 (6.16%) CI/CD
Programming Languages
1 104 (9.03%) Python
2 56 (4.86%) PowerShell
3 50 (4.34%) C#
4 45 (3.91%) JavaScript
5 37 (3.21%) Shell Script
6 30 (2.60%) Bash
6 30 (2.60%) Java
7 29 (2.52%) SQL
8 20 (1.74%) C
9 15 (1.30%) Perl
10 8 (0.69%) Ruby
11 5 (0.43%) C++
12 3 (0.26%) Go
12 3 (0.26%) VB
12 3 (0.26%) VBScript
13 2 (0.17%) PHP
13 2 (0.17%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.087%) R
14 1 (0.087%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 173 (15.02%) Cisco Certification
2 158 (13.72%) Security Cleared
3 137 (11.89%) SC Cleared
4 126 (10.94%) CCNP
5 73 (6.34%) CCIE
5 73 (6.34%) Degree
6 58 (5.03%) CISSP
7 56 (4.86%) CCNA
8 31 (2.69%) CCDP
9 27 (2.34%) CISM
10 23 (2.00%) DV Cleared
11 19 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
12 17 (1.48%) CISA
13 14 (1.22%) MCSA
14 13 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
14 13 (1.13%) CEH
14 13 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
14 13 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
14 13 (1.13%) PMP
15 12 (1.04%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (7.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 61 (5.30%) NIST
3 32 (2.78%) PCI DSS
4 25 (2.17%) GDPR
5 16 (1.39%) NCSC
5 16 (1.39%) PMO
6 12 (1.04%) QA
6 12 (1.04%) SLA
7 10 (0.87%) GRC
8 9 (0.78%) NIST 800
9 7 (0.61%) COBIT
9 7 (0.61%) JSP 440
10 5 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 5 (0.43%) RMADS
10 5 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 3 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
12 3 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.17%) GLBA
13 2 (0.17%) PSD2
System Software
1 115 (9.98%) Active Directory
2 110 (9.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (5.12%) Docker
3 59 (5.12%) Virtual Machines
4 48 (4.17%) VMware NSX
5 31 (2.69%) vSphere
6 26 (2.26%) Hyper-V
7 19 (1.65%) vCloud
8 18 (1.56%) XenApp
9 15 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
10 14 (1.22%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 13 (1.13%) XenDesktop
12 12 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
12 12 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
13 11 (0.95%) KVM
14 9 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
15 8 (0.69%) PowerHA
15 8 (0.69%) ProxySG
15 8 (0.69%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 5 (0.43%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 114 (9.90%) Terraform
2 91 (7.90%) Ansible
3 62 (5.38%) Kubernetes
4 38 (3.30%) FortiGate
5 33 (2.86%) Puppet
6 24 (2.08%) SCCM
6 24 (2.08%) vCenter Server
7 22 (1.91%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 19 (1.65%) NetBackup
9 15 (1.30%) CASB
9 15 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
10 11 (0.95%) Nessus
11 8 (0.69%) Nagios
11 8 (0.69%) QRadar
12 7 (0.61%) Opsgenie
13 6 (0.52%) Cisco Prime
13 6 (0.52%) Microsoft Intune
14 5 (0.43%) SCOM
14 5 (0.43%) WhatsUp Gold
14 5 (0.43%) WSUS
Vendors
1 305 (26.48%) Cisco
2 176 (15.28%) Microsoft
3 174 (15.10%) Palo Alto
4 146 (12.67%) VMware
5 106 (9.20%) Juniper
6 102 (8.85%) F5
7 89 (7.73%) CheckPoint
8 76 (6.60%) Fortinet
9 53 (4.60%) Citrix
10 49 (4.25%) Splunk
11 47 (4.08%) Meraki
11 47 (4.08%) Oracle
12 44 (3.82%) Google
13 43 (3.73%) HP
14 41 (3.56%) SAP
15 38 (3.30%) Aruba
16 33 (2.86%) Infoblox
17 31 (2.69%) Zscaler
18 24 (2.08%) Dell
18 24 (2.08%) McAfee