Period
to 23 July 2018

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 23 July 2018 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 265 272 180
Rank change year-on-year +7 -92 +51
Contract jobs citing Network Security 1,042 901 1,633
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.01% 0.95% 1.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.58% 6.94% 9.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 658 599 1,065
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £268
90th Percentile £638 £596 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +5.88% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 14 36
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £50.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +25.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £13.80 £29.68 £14.63
90th Percentile £54.35 £51.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £39.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year -11.39% +1.28% -2.50%

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 13,754 12,977 16,967
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.32% 13.64% 15.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,462 7,788 10,281
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £204 £223
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 761 789
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.56% -22.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +19.23%

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 23 July 2018.

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 23 July 2018.

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 23 July 2018. 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 0 947 £475 +5.56% 253
UK excluding London +30 606 £450 +5.88% 168
London -32 407 £475 - 99
South East +22 238 £466 +3.61% 56
North of England +11 126 £425 +3.66% 36
East of England +17 62 £381 -21.79% 17
North West -19 61 £450 +12.50% 19
Midlands 0 60 £475 - 32
South West 0 49 £481 +28.33% 13
Yorkshire -7 45 £415 -3.49% 15
Scotland -27 42 £475 +22.58% 8
West Midlands -22 38 £438 -1.13% 27
North East +15 23 £470 +18.24% 2
Wales +3 22 £450 +39.53% 4
East Midlands +14 18 £450 -12.29% 5
Northern Ireland - 8 - - 2

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, 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.

1 570 (54.70%) Firewall
2 430 (41.27%) Cisco
3 256 (24.57%) Cisco Certification
4 249 (23.90%) WAN
5 231 (22.17%) LAN
6 215 (20.63%) CheckPoint
7 211 (20.25%) Finance
8 205 (19.67%) Data Centre
9 201 (19.29%) VPN
10 190 (18.23%) CCNP
11 172 (16.51%) ITIL
12 169 (16.22%) Security Cleared
13 166 (15.93%) Linux
14 163 (15.64%) Windows
15 150 (14.40%) Juniper
15 150 (14.40%) Information Security
16 140 (13.44%) Microsoft Azure
16 140 (13.44%) Cybersecurity
17 128 (12.28%) SC Cleared
17 128 (12.28%) Microsoft
18 125 (12.00%) Palo Alto
19 124 (11.90%) Cisco ASA
19 124 (11.90%) F5
20 121 (11.61%) Agile Software Development
21 112 (10.75%) Wireless
22 107 (10.27%) DNS
23 105 (10.08%) CISSP
23 105 (10.08%) SIEM
24 102 (9.79%) TCP/IP
25 101 (9.69%) BGP

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 (1.82%) Apache
2 15 (1.44%) IIS
3 13 (1.25%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.06%) JBoss
5 10 (0.96%) WebSphere
6 9 (0.86%) MS Exchange
7 7 (0.67%) nginx
7 7 (0.67%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.58%) FileNet
8 6 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
8 6 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
9 5 (0.48%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.48%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.48%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.38%) Confluence
10 4 (0.38%) Jetty
11 2 (0.19%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.19%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 32 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.50%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.096%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (0.58%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 1 (0.096%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.096%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 140 (13.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 93 (8.93%) Amazon AWS
3 58 (5.57%) IaaS
4 48 (4.61%) PaaS
5 41 (3.93%) Office 365
6 33 (3.17%) SaaS
7 11 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
8 9 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
9 7 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.38%) GitHub
11 4 (0.38%) HP Helion
11 4 (0.38%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.29%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.29%) IBM Cloud
12 3 (0.29%) NuGet
12 3 (0.29%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 570 (54.70%) Firewall
2 249 (23.90%) WAN
3 231 (22.17%) LAN
4 201 (19.29%) VPN
5 124 (11.90%) Cisco ASA
6 112 (10.75%) Wireless
7 107 (10.27%) DNS
8 102 (9.79%) TCP/IP
9 101 (9.69%) BGP
10 95 (9.12%) Cisco Nexus
11 77 (7.39%) IPsec
11 77 (7.39%) OSPF
12 76 (7.29%) SSL
13 74 (7.10%) MPLS
14 67 (6.43%) DHCP
15 63 (6.05%) Internet
15 63 (6.05%) VLAN
16 61 (5.85%) VoIP
17 52 (4.99%) Intrusion Detection
18 51 (4.89%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (2.98%) SQL Server
2 20 (1.92%) Hadoop
3 10 (0.96%) Azure SQL Database
3 10 (0.96%) Big Data
4 7 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (0.48%) Apache Hive
5 5 (0.48%) HBase
5 5 (0.48%) MySQL
5 5 (0.48%) Redis
6 4 (0.38%) Relational Database
6 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (0.29%) Blockchain
7 3 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.29%) InterSystems Cache
7 3 (0.29%) NoSQL
7 3 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.29%) SQLite
8 2 (0.19%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 33 (3.17%) Jenkins
2 16 (1.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 13 (1.25%) Git (software)
3 13 (1.25%) Metasploit
4 12 (1.15%) Visual Studio
5 8 (0.77%) JIRA
6 5 (0.48%) Artifactory
6 5 (0.48%) Gerrit
7 4 (0.38%) Maven
8 3 (0.29%) GitLab
8 3 (0.29%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.19%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.19%) Emacs
9 2 (0.19%) git-flow
9 2 (0.19%) Selenium
10 1 (0.096%) Hudson
10 1 (0.096%) Liquibase
General
1 211 (20.25%) Finance
2 81 (7.77%) Banking
3 62 (5.95%) Telecoms
4 30 (2.88%) Legal
5 21 (2.02%) Retail
6 12 (1.15%) Law
7 9 (0.86%) Financial Institution
7 9 (0.86%) Investment Banking
8 6 (0.58%) Publishing
9 5 (0.48%) Back Office
10 4 (0.38%) Corporate Banking
10 4 (0.38%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.29%) Advertising
11 3 (0.29%) French Language
11 3 (0.29%) Marketing
11 3 (0.29%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.19%) Billing
12 2 (0.19%) Local Government
12 2 (0.19%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 299 (28.69%) Network Engineer
2 221 (21.21%) Security Engineer
3 172 (16.51%) Architect
4 166 (15.93%) Network Security Engineer
5 122 (11.71%) Security Architect
6 91 (8.73%) Analyst
7 85 (8.16%) Consultant
8 63 (6.05%) Network Architect
9 57 (5.47%) Security Analyst
10 55 (5.28%) DevOps Engineer
11 50 (4.80%) Network Security Architect
12 47 (4.51%) Security Consultant
13 43 (4.13%) Azure Engineer
13 43 (4.13%) Senior Network Engineer
14 39 (3.74%) Cisco Engineer
14 39 (3.74%) Design Engineer
15 38 (3.65%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 36 (3.45%) Senior Security Engineer
17 34 (3.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 31 (2.98%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (2.88%) LDAP
2 26 (2.50%) 802.1X
3 22 (2.11%) Web Services
4 17 (1.63%) Middleware
5 15 (1.44%) JSON
6 14 (1.34%) Regular Expression
7 13 (1.25%) HTML
8 11 (1.06%) OAuth
8 11 (1.06%) OpenID
8 11 (1.06%) SOAP
9 9 (0.86%) SAML
10 8 (0.77%) .NET
10 8 (0.77%) CSS
10 8 (0.77%) RESTful
11 7 (0.67%) LAMP
11 7 (0.67%) Node.js
12 6 (0.58%) MFC
12 6 (0.58%) Software Packaging
12 6 (0.58%) Spring
12 6 (0.58%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 205 (19.67%) Data Centre
2 72 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (6.14%) Management Information System
4 58 (5.57%) PKI
5 44 (4.22%) Self-Motivation
6 22 (2.11%) Cyberthreat
7 16 (1.54%) Computer Science
7 16 (1.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 16 (1.54%) Private Cloud
8 15 (1.44%) Driving Licence
8 15 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
8 15 (1.44%) Security Operations Centre
9 14 (1.34%) Data Protection Act
9 14 (1.34%) Video Conferencing
10 13 (1.25%) Algorithms
10 13 (1.25%) DataPower
11 12 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
11 12 (1.15%) Virtual Team
12 11 (1.06%) Clustering
12 11 (1.06%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 166 (15.93%) Linux
2 163 (15.64%) Windows
3 82 (7.87%) Unix
4 49 (4.70%) Windows Server
5 47 (4.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 22 (2.11%) Windows 10
7 17 (1.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (0.86%) CentOS
9 9 (0.86%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.58%) AIX
10 6 (0.58%) VMS
11 5 (0.48%) Windows 7
11 5 (0.48%) Windows XP
12 4 (0.38%) Check Point GAiA
12 4 (0.38%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.29%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
14 2 (0.19%) Solaris
15 1 (0.096%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (16.51%) ITIL
2 150 (14.40%) Information Security
3 140 (13.44%) Cybersecurity
4 121 (11.61%) Agile Software Development
5 105 (10.08%) SIEM
6 86 (8.25%) Change Management
7 84 (8.06%) Migration
8 82 (7.87%) DevOps
9 79 (7.58%) Network Design
10 78 (7.49%) Security Architecture
11 74 (7.10%) Load Balancing
12 66 (6.33%) Problem-Solving
13 63 (6.05%) Network Monitoring
14 62 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
15 61 (5.85%) Cryptography
16 58 (5.57%) Project Management
17 53 (5.09%) Incident Management
18 52 (4.99%) Network Management
19 50 (4.80%) Data Protection
20 48 (4.61%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 70 (6.72%) Python
2 48 (4.61%) PowerShell
3 41 (3.93%) C
4 39 (3.74%) SQL
5 32 (3.07%) Java
6 28 (2.69%) Perl
7 20 (1.92%) C#
8 15 (1.44%) Bash Shell
9 10 (0.96%) C++
9 10 (0.96%) JavaScript
10 8 (0.77%) Embedded C++
11 6 (0.58%) Assembly Language
11 6 (0.58%) MATLAB
12 4 (0.38%) PHP
12 4 (0.38%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.19%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.19%) Embedded C
13 2 (0.19%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.19%) Scala
14 1 (0.096%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 256 (24.57%) Cisco Certification
2 190 (18.23%) CCNP
3 169 (16.22%) Security Cleared
4 128 (12.28%) SC Cleared
5 105 (10.08%) CISSP
6 97 (9.31%) CCNA
7 66 (6.33%) Degree
8 50 (4.80%) CCIE
9 40 (3.84%) CCSE
10 38 (3.65%) DV Cleared
11 32 (3.07%) CISM
12 29 (2.78%) CCSA
13 24 (2.30%) CISA
14 22 (2.11%) Check Point Certification
15 19 (1.82%) SANS
16 18 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
17 17 (1.63%) CCDP
18 16 (1.54%) MCSE
19 13 (1.25%) CEH
20 12 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (5.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 56 (5.37%) GDPR
3 44 (4.22%) PCI DSS
4 21 (2.02%) SLA
5 20 (1.92%) COBIT
6 15 (1.44%) QA
7 10 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials
8 9 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.77%) PMO
10 5 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 5 (0.48%) NIST 800
11 4 (0.38%) JSP 440
11 4 (0.38%) PSD2
12 3 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
12 3 (0.29%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (0.29%) ISO 20022
12 3 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 3 (0.29%) RMADS
13 2 (0.19%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 85 (8.16%) Active Directory
2 54 (5.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (3.93%) Hyper-V
4 23 (2.21%) ProxySG
5 19 (1.82%) Docker
5 19 (1.82%) vSphere
6 15 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (1.06%) BitLocker
8 10 (0.96%) VMware NSX
9 7 (0.67%) Postfix
9 7 (0.67%) Squid
9 7 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.48%) Firmware
10 5 (0.48%) HDFS
11 3 (0.29%) Samba
11 3 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.19%) iptables
12 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.19%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.19%) zsh
Systems Management
1 40 (3.84%) Ansible
2 38 (3.65%) Nessus
3 37 (3.55%) Terraform
4 35 (3.36%) FortiGate
5 23 (2.21%) Nmap
6 18 (1.73%) Puppet
6 18 (1.73%) QRadar
7 15 (1.44%) ArcSight ESM
7 15 (1.44%) SCOM
8 14 (1.34%) SCCM
9 11 (1.06%) Kubernetes
9 11 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
9 11 (1.06%) Single Sign-On
10 10 (0.96%) Cisco Prime
10 10 (0.96%) CSIRT
10 10 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
11 9 (0.86%) Nagios
12 7 (0.67%) Consul
12 7 (0.67%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 6 (0.58%) Forum Sentry
Vendors
1 430 (41.27%) Cisco
2 215 (20.63%) CheckPoint
3 150 (14.40%) Juniper
4 128 (12.28%) Microsoft
5 125 (12.00%) Palo Alto
6 124 (11.90%) F5
7 81 (7.77%) VMware
8 66 (6.33%) HP
9 57 (5.47%) Blue Coat
10 54 (5.18%) McAfee
11 40 (3.84%) Citrix
12 35 (3.36%) Fortinet
13 33 (3.17%) Red Hat
14 28 (2.69%) Oracle
14 28 (2.69%) SolarWinds
15 26 (2.50%) Splunk
16 25 (2.40%) Zscaler
17 24 (2.30%) Barracuda Networks
17 24 (2.30%) Qualys
18 23 (2.21%) Aruba