Period
to 22 November 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 November 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 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 259 279 271
Rank change year-on-year +20 -8 -79
Contract jobs citing Network Security 859 998 993
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 0.96% 0.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.70% 7.41% 7.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 551 605 630
UK median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £300
90th Percentile £650 £613 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £475 £425
% change year-on-year -10.53% +11.76% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 31 14
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £35.00 £33.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.14% +3.55% +0.15%
10th Percentile £16.25 £15.24 £13.26
90th Percentile £58.25 £48.75 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £33.75 £16.52
% change year-on-year +33.33% +104.33% -42.26%

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 11,150 13,464 13,993
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.57% 12.97% 13.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,672 8,117 8,529
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.12% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £191 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 644 637 746
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +5.26% -16.79%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.50 £46.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.27
% change year-on-year +18.42% +4.00% -26.92%

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 November 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 November 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 November 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 +15 776 £450 -5.26% 279
UK excluding London +7 475 £425 -10.53% 191
London +60 351 £500 +5.26% 100
South East +42 198 £425 -10.53% 65
North of England -13 89 £401 -5.76% 38
South West -16 64 £425 -15.00% 23
North West +8 50 £425 -10.53% 20
Scotland +39 46 £523 +1.95% 7
Midlands +45 43 £363 -23.68% 33
Yorkshire +33 33 £401 -4.07% 15
East of England -2 25 £450 +5.88% 20
West Midlands +47 22 £450 -18.00% 19
East Midlands +15 21 £350 -40.43% 14
Wales +24 10 £313 -42.53% 4
North East -17 6 £325 - 3
Northern Ireland -5 1 £313 -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 510 (59.37%) Firewall
2 399 (46.45%) Cisco
3 284 (33.06%) Cisco Certification
4 234 (27.24%) WAN
5 197 (22.93%) Data Centre
6 196 (22.82%) CCNP
6 196 (22.82%) LAN
7 161 (18.74%) Palo Alto
8 154 (17.93%) VPN
9 152 (17.69%) CheckPoint
10 141 (16.41%) Azure
11 136 (15.83%) Cybersecurity
12 131 (15.25%) CCNA
13 130 (15.13%) Windows
14 126 (14.67%) Linux
14 126 (14.67%) Security Cleared
15 124 (14.44%) AWS
16 120 (13.97%) F5
17 118 (13.74%) DNS
18 115 (13.39%) Information Security
19 108 (12.57%) Wireless
19 108 (12.57%) Finance
20 106 (12.34%) Cisco ASA
21 105 (12.22%) BGP
22 103 (11.99%) Active Directory
23 102 (11.87%) Juniper
24 98 (11.41%) Migration
25 97 (11.29%) SC Cleared
26 95 (11.06%) VMware
27 93 (10.83%) ITIL

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 21 (2.44%) SharePoint
2 17 (1.98%) Skype for Business
3 16 (1.86%) OpenStack
4 13 (1.51%) IIS
5 8 (0.93%) Apache
6 7 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (0.70%) nginx
8 4 (0.47%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.23%) Confluence
10 2 (0.23%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.23%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.12%) Cloud Foundry
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 17 (1.98%) MS Visio
2 11 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (1.28%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 141 (16.41%) Azure
2 124 (14.44%) AWS
3 53 (6.17%) SaaS
4 47 (5.47%) IaaS
5 45 (5.24%) Office 365
6 37 (4.31%) PaaS
7 26 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
8 24 (2.79%) Cloud Computing
9 22 (2.56%) GCP
10 19 (2.21%) Amazon EC2
11 15 (1.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 14 (1.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 11 (1.28%) Serverless
14 10 (1.16%) AWS Lambda
14 10 (1.16%) GitHub
15 9 (1.05%) Amazon S3
16 7 (0.81%) CloudFront
17 6 (0.70%) Amazon ECS
18 5 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 4 (0.47%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 510 (59.37%) Firewall
2 234 (27.24%) WAN
3 196 (22.82%) LAN
4 154 (17.93%) VPN
5 118 (13.74%) DNS
6 108 (12.57%) Wireless
7 106 (12.34%) Cisco ASA
8 105 (12.22%) BGP
9 92 (10.71%) OSPF
9 92 (10.71%) TCP/IP
10 83 (9.66%) VoIP
11 77 (8.96%) MPLS
12 63 (7.33%) Cisco Nexus
13 60 (6.98%) Intrusion Detection
14 57 (6.64%) DHCP
15 56 (6.52%) IPsec
16 55 (6.40%) Internet
17 51 (5.94%) EIGRP
17 51 (5.94%) VLAN
18 40 (4.66%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (2.21%) Amazon RDS
2 17 (1.98%) Relational Database
3 15 (1.75%) SQL Server
4 7 (0.81%) Big Data
5 6 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
6 5 (0.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 5 (0.58%) MySQL
7 3 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.23%) MS Access
8 2 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon Athena
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon Aurora
9 1 (0.12%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.12%) Cosmos DB
9 1 (0.12%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.12%) MariaDB
9 1 (0.12%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.12%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.12%) Power BI
9 1 (0.12%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 22 (2.56%) Git (software)
2 15 (1.75%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.81%) Bitbucket
3 7 (0.81%) GitLab
3 7 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (0.58%) Travis CI
5 4 (0.47%) JIRA
5 4 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.35%) gulp
6 3 (0.35%) webpack
7 2 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.23%) Metasploit
7 2 (0.23%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.23%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.12%) Fiddler
8 1 (0.12%) Hudson
8 1 (0.12%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 108 (12.57%) Finance
2 66 (7.68%) Telecoms
3 45 (5.24%) Banking
4 39 (4.54%) Public Sector
5 12 (1.40%) Legal
5 12 (1.40%) Police
5 12 (1.40%) Retail
6 10 (1.16%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.16%) Law
7 9 (1.05%) Marketing
7 9 (1.05%) Military
8 8 (0.93%) Multimedia
9 7 (0.81%) Advertising
9 7 (0.81%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.47%) Billing
10 4 (0.47%) Local Government
11 3 (0.35%) Electronics
11 3 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.35%) Games
11 3 (0.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 316 (36.79%) Network Engineer
2 186 (21.65%) Security Engineer
3 178 (20.72%) Architect
4 143 (16.65%) Network Security Engineer
5 86 (10.01%) Security Architect
6 73 (8.50%) Consultant
7 67 (7.80%) Network Architect
8 60 (6.98%) Analyst
9 46 (5.36%) Security Consultant
10 45 (5.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 36 (4.19%) Cisco Engineer
11 36 (4.19%) Cloud Architect
12 35 (4.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 31 (3.61%) Network Security Architect
14 30 (3.49%) Security Analyst
14 30 (3.49%) Senior Network Engineer
15 24 (2.79%) Network Analyst
16 22 (2.56%) Infrastructure Architect
17 20 (2.33%) Project Manager
18 19 (2.21%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (3.49%) LDAP
2 18 (2.10%) .NET
3 17 (1.98%) Web Services
4 15 (1.75%) 802.1X
5 13 (1.51%) SAML
6 10 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
7 8 (0.93%) CSS
8 7 (0.81%) HTML
8 7 (0.81%) JSON
9 6 (0.70%) YAML
10 5 (0.58%) .NET Core
10 5 (0.58%) ASP.NET Web API
10 5 (0.58%) SOAP
11 4 (0.47%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.47%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 4 (0.47%) CSS3
11 4 (0.47%) jQuery
11 4 (0.47%) Middleware
12 3 (0.35%) HTML5
12 3 (0.35%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 197 (22.93%) Data Centre
2 54 (6.29%) Management Information System
3 42 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
4 33 (3.84%) PKI
5 26 (3.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 19 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (2.10%) Public Cloud
8 17 (1.98%) Hybrid Cloud
9 16 (1.86%) Linux Command Line
10 11 (1.28%) BYOD
11 10 (1.16%) Replication
11 10 (1.16%) Security Operations Centre
11 10 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (0.70%) Blackberry
12 6 (0.70%) Cyber Defence
12 6 (0.70%) Driving Licence
12 6 (0.70%) N-Tier
13 5 (0.58%) Embedded Systems
13 5 (0.58%) Mobile App
13 5 (0.58%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 130 (15.13%) Windows
2 126 (14.67%) Linux
3 62 (7.22%) Windows Server
4 38 (4.42%) Unix
5 15 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (1.28%) Windows 10
7 11 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (1.16%) CentOS
9 8 (0.93%) Mac OS
10 7 (0.81%) Check Point GAiA
10 7 (0.81%) VMS
11 6 (0.70%) Ubuntu
11 6 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.58%) Debian
12 5 (0.58%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.35%) Android
13 3 (0.35%) SUSE
14 2 (0.23%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.23%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (15.83%) Cybersecurity
2 115 (13.39%) Information Security
3 98 (11.41%) Migration
4 93 (10.83%) ITIL
5 84 (9.78%) DevOps
6 79 (9.20%) SIEM
7 77 (8.96%) Load Balancing
8 70 (8.15%) Security Architecture
9 61 (7.10%) Network Design
10 58 (6.75%) Network Monitoring
11 57 (6.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 56 (6.52%) Change Management
12 56 (6.52%) Network Management
12 56 (6.52%) Problem-Solving
13 50 (5.82%) Agile Software Development
14 47 (5.47%) Service Delivery
15 41 (4.77%) Network Architecture
15 41 (4.77%) Security Operations
16 40 (4.66%) Risk Assessment
17 36 (4.19%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 54 (6.29%) PowerShell
2 49 (5.70%) Python
3 27 (3.14%) Bash Shell
4 19 (2.21%) JavaScript
5 18 (2.10%) SQL
6 15 (1.75%) C
7 14 (1.63%) Perl
8 12 (1.40%) C#
9 9 (1.05%) Java
10 8 (0.93%) Ruby
11 6 (0.70%) C++
12 4 (0.47%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.35%) ES6
14 2 (0.23%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.12%) ANSI SQL
15 1 (0.12%) Go
15 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
15 1 (0.12%) PHP
15 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 284 (33.06%) Cisco Certification
2 196 (22.82%) CCNP
3 131 (15.25%) CCNA
4 126 (14.67%) Security Cleared
5 97 (11.29%) SC Cleared
6 87 (10.13%) CISSP
7 83 (9.66%) CCIE
8 55 (6.40%) Degree
9 39 (4.54%) DV Cleared
10 30 (3.49%) CISM
11 24 (2.79%) CCDP
12 22 (2.56%) CCSE
13 19 (2.21%) CCSP
13 19 (2.21%) CRISC
14 17 (1.98%) GIAC
15 16 (1.86%) CCSA
16 13 (1.51%) CCIP
17 12 (1.40%) TOGAF Certification
18 11 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
19 10 (1.16%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (8.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 32 (3.73%) PCI DSS
3 29 (3.38%) GDPR
4 28 (3.26%) NIST
5 19 (2.21%) SLA
6 16 (1.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 14 (1.63%) NCSC
8 12 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 10 (1.16%) COBIT
9 10 (1.16%) QA
10 8 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 7 (0.81%) PMO
12 4 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
12 4 (0.47%) HIPAA
13 2 (0.23%) NIST 800
14 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
14 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.12%) RMADS
System Software
1 103 (11.99%) Active Directory
2 72 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (5.12%) Docker
4 23 (2.68%) VMware NSX
5 21 (2.44%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (2.21%) Hyper-V
7 15 (1.75%) vSphere
8 14 (1.63%) ProxySG
9 13 (1.51%) VMware ESXi
10 9 (1.05%) XenApp
11 7 (0.81%) Firmware
11 7 (0.81%) Snort
12 5 (0.58%) XenDesktop
13 4 (0.47%) KVM
13 4 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.23%) iptables
14 2 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.23%) OCFS2
14 2 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
14 2 (0.23%) Samba
Systems Management
1 62 (7.22%) Ansible
2 36 (4.19%) Kubernetes
2 36 (4.19%) Puppet
2 36 (4.19%) Terraform
3 23 (2.68%) FortiGate
4 16 (1.86%) Cisco CUCM
4 16 (1.86%) Nessus
5 14 (1.63%) Consul
5 14 (1.63%) Packer
6 13 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (1.40%) SCCM
8 10 (1.16%) QRadar
8 10 (1.16%) vCenter Server
8 10 (1.16%) vRealize
9 8 (0.93%) logstash
9 8 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
10 7 (0.81%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 6 (0.70%) Cisco Prime
11 6 (0.70%) Kibana
12 4 (0.47%) Nagios
Vendors
1 399 (46.45%) Cisco
2 161 (18.74%) Palo Alto
3 152 (17.69%) CheckPoint
4 120 (13.97%) F5
5 102 (11.87%) Juniper
6 95 (11.06%) VMware
7 91 (10.59%) Microsoft
8 68 (7.92%) Fortinet
9 44 (5.12%) Citrix
9 44 (5.12%) Meraki
10 39 (4.54%) SolarWinds
11 33 (3.84%) McAfee
12 30 (3.49%) Blue Coat
13 24 (2.79%) Splunk
14 19 (2.21%) Aruba
14 19 (2.21%) Red Hat
14 19 (2.21%) Zscaler
15 18 (2.10%) Dell
16 17 (1.98%) Riverbed
16 17 (1.98%) Symantec