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 3 months to 23 May 2017 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
3 months to
23 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 251 160 213
Rank change year-on-year -91 +53  
Contract jobs citing Network Security 407 854 601
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 1.60% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.79% 10.16% 7.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 540 316
Median daily rate £450 £391 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.01% +11.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £363 £360
% change year-on-year +24.13% +0.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 24 23
Median hourly rate £50.00 £39.00 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.20% +24.80%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.88 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -42.80% +6.66%  

Network Security is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 5996 8409 8169
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.38% 15.73% 14.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3571 5098 4515
Median daily rate £400 £393 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.91% +12.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +3.33% +10.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 355 378 462
Median hourly rate £26.00 £28.50 £25.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.77% +10.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £35.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -25.71% +34.61%  

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Network Security as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 23 May 2017.

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 3 months to 23 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -86 393 £450 +14.64% 143
London -48 174 £475 +11.76% 62
South East -30 94 £450 +15.38% 27
North West -32 27 £400 +6.66% 8
South West -4 26 £425 +13.33% 12
City of London -36 25 £500 +29.03% 15
Hampshire -3 24 £394 -4.54% 3
Yorkshire -21 20 £423 +16.55% 9
Manchester -19 19 £475 +35.71% 5
Berkshire -23 19 £500 +20.48% 7
East of England -25 18 £485 +21.18% 14
West Midlands -12 16 £400 +14.28% 7
Oxfordshire +13 15 £450 +24.13% 5
Scotland +2 13 £450 +31.38% 5
Kent +15 11 £425 +46.55% 2
Bristol +3 11 £450 +12.50% 6
Surrey -2 11 £500 +42.85% 7
West Yorkshire -8 10 £388 +6.89% 8
Oxford - 10 £450 - 2
Reading +7 9 £500 +11.11% 2
Buckinghamshire -14 9 £388 +0.64% 2
Bracknell 0 8 £550 +61.61% 1
Sheffield -2 8 £550 +37.50%
South Yorkshire -7 8 £550 +46.66%
East Midlands -28 8 £475 +58.33% 2
Milton Keynes +3 7 £395 - 1
Hertfordshire -10 7 - - 4
North East +34 6 £401 +24.41% 2
Edinburgh +17 6 £450 +5.88% 2
Portsmouth +4 6 £400 -3.03%

For the 6 months to 23 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Network Security also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Network Security.

1 516 (53.14%) Firewall
2 404 (41.61%) Cisco
3 252 (25.95%) Cisco Certification
4 215 (22.14%) WAN
5 205 (21.11%) CheckPoint
6 200 (20.60%) LAN
7 171 (17.61%) Juniper
8 168 (17.30%) Finance
9 152 (15.65%) Linux
10 148 (15.24%) CCNP
10 148 (15.24%) Security Cleared
11 146 (15.04%) TCP/IP
11 146 (15.04%) VPN
12 143 (14.73%) Data Centre
13 140 (14.42%) Windows
14 136 (14.01%) F5
15 133 (13.70%) Cisco ASA
16 127 (13.08%) Wireless
17 108 (11.12%) SC Cleared
18 107 (11.02%) Information Security
19 106 (10.92%) ITIL
20 104 (10.71%) DNS
20 104 (10.71%) Palo Alto
21 101 (10.40%) Microsoft
22 91 (9.37%) CISSP
23 88 (9.06%) MPLS
24 86 (8.86%) CCNA
24 86 (8.86%) VMware
25 84 (8.65%) Unix
26 82 (8.44%) 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 16 (1.65%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.44%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.34%) IIS
4 12 (1.24%) Apache
4 12 (1.24%) Apache Spark
5 11 (1.13%) CMS
6 10 (1.03%) Tomcat
7 8 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (0.82%) OpenStack
8 6 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (0.62%) JBoss
9 5 (0.51%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.41%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.31%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.31%) Apache Solr
11 3 (0.31%) Mule
11 3 (0.31%) nginx
12 2 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.21%) Jupyter
Applications
1 25 (2.57%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.13%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
1 5 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.10%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 78 (8.03%) Amazon AWS
2 68 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (5.46%) IaaS
4 25 (2.57%) PaaS
5 20 (2.06%) Cloud Computing
5 20 (2.06%) Office 365
6 14 (1.44%) SaaS
7 13 (1.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 8 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (0.62%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.41%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 4 (0.41%) GitHub
11 3 (0.31%) Akamai
11 3 (0.31%) CloudFront
11 3 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.31%) Sumo Logic
12 2 (0.21%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.21%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 516 (53.14%) Firewall
2 215 (22.14%) WAN
3 200 (20.60%) LAN
4 146 (15.04%) TCP/IP
4 146 (15.04%) VPN
5 133 (13.70%) Cisco ASA
6 127 (13.08%) Wireless
7 104 (10.71%) DNS
8 88 (9.06%) MPLS
9 82 (8.44%) BGP
10 76 (7.83%) Intrusion Detection
11 71 (7.31%) OSPF
12 69 (7.11%) DHCP
13 64 (6.59%) IPsec
14 60 (6.18%) Cisco Nexus
15 59 (6.08%) SSL
15 59 (6.08%) VoIP
16 53 (5.46%) VLAN
17 47 (4.84%) Cisco IOS
18 46 (4.74%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (2.37%) SQL Server
2 17 (1.75%) MySQL
3 14 (1.44%) Hadoop
4 13 (1.34%) Big Data
5 11 (1.13%) HBase
6 8 (0.82%) Apache Hive
6 8 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
6 8 (0.82%) NoSQL
7 6 (0.62%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.51%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.41%) DataStax
9 4 (0.41%) Informix
9 4 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.31%) Cloudera CDH
10 3 (0.31%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.31%) MariaDB
10 3 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.31%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 24 (2.47%) Git (software)
2 18 (1.85%) Jenkins
3 16 (1.65%) JIRA
4 11 (1.13%) git-flow
5 9 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.51%) Subversion
6 5 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.41%) Vagrant
8 3 (0.31%) AppScan
8 3 (0.31%) Hudson
8 3 (0.31%) IDA Disassembler
8 3 (0.31%) Metasploit
8 3 (0.31%) OllyDbg
8 3 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.21%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.10%) Maven
10 1 (0.10%) Redmine
10 1 (0.10%) Selenium
10 1 (0.10%) VersionOne
General
1 168 (17.30%) Finance
2 81 (8.34%) Telecoms
3 65 (6.69%) Banking
4 28 (2.88%) Retail
5 22 (2.27%) Law
6 21 (2.16%) Manufacturing
7 20 (2.06%) Electronics
7 20 (2.06%) Legal
8 15 (1.54%) Military
9 8 (0.82%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.82%) Publishing
10 7 (0.72%) Billing
11 6 (0.62%) Marketing
12 5 (0.51%) Advertising
12 5 (0.51%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.41%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.41%) Automotive
13 4 (0.41%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
14 3 (0.31%) Games
Job Titles
1 275 (28.32%) Network Engineer
2 187 (19.26%) Security Engineer
3 171 (17.61%) Architect
4 153 (15.76%) Network Security Engineer
5 122 (12.56%) Consultant
6 116 (11.95%) Analyst
7 94 (9.68%) Security Consultant
8 79 (8.14%) Security Architect
9 66 (6.80%) Network Architect
10 59 (6.08%) Network Consultant
10 59 (6.08%) Security Analyst
11 55 (5.66%) Firewall Engineer
12 52 (5.36%) Cisco Engineer
12 52 (5.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 49 (5.05%) Network Specialist
14 47 (4.84%) Network Security Consultant
15 46 (4.74%) Network Analyst
16 39 (4.02%) Security Specialist
17 34 (3.50%) Senior Network Engineer
18 31 (3.19%) Network Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (3.09%) 802.1X
1 30 (3.09%) Web Services
2 19 (1.96%) RESTful
3 17 (1.75%) HTML
4 16 (1.65%) CSS
5 15 (1.54%) HTML5
6 14 (1.44%) .NET
6 14 (1.44%) CSS3
7 13 (1.34%) Middleware
8 11 (1.13%) Regular Expression
9 10 (1.03%) Elastic Stack
10 7 (0.72%) D3.js
10 7 (0.72%) JSON
10 7 (0.72%) SOAP
10 7 (0.72%) XML
11 5 (0.51%) ASP.NET
11 5 (0.51%) jQuery
11 5 (0.51%) Kafka
11 5 (0.51%) Spring
12 4 (0.41%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 143 (14.73%) Data Centre
2 82 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
3 45 (4.63%) Management Information System
4 26 (2.68%) Computer Science
5 25 (2.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 23 (2.37%) PKI
7 21 (2.16%) Security Operations Centre
7 21 (2.16%) User Experience
8 18 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
9 16 (1.65%) Clustering
10 14 (1.44%) iPad
11 13 (1.34%) Cyberthreat
11 13 (1.34%) iPhone
12 12 (1.24%) Driving Licence
13 11 (1.13%) Tandem
14 10 (1.03%) iSeries
15 9 (0.93%) CESG
15 9 (0.93%) Public Cloud
16 7 (0.72%) Data Structures
16 7 (0.72%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 152 (15.65%) Linux
2 140 (14.42%) Windows
3 84 (8.65%) Unix
4 40 (4.12%) Windows Server
5 25 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 15 (1.54%) Apple iOS
7 14 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (1.24%) Windows 10
8 12 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (1.03%) CentOS
9 10 (1.03%) OpenVMS
10 9 (0.93%) VMS
11 7 (0.72%) AIX
11 7 (0.72%) Solaris
12 6 (0.62%) Oracle Linux
12 6 (0.62%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.51%) Windows 7
14 4 (0.41%) SUSE
15 3 (0.31%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (11.02%) Information Security
2 106 (10.92%) ITIL
3 73 (7.52%) Load Balancing
4 70 (7.21%) Agile Software Development
5 69 (7.11%) Cybersecurity
6 68 (7.00%) Penetration Testing
7 66 (6.80%) Network Design
8 64 (6.59%) SIEM
9 55 (5.66%) Network Management
10 52 (5.36%) Project Management
11 51 (5.25%) Configuration Management
12 50 (5.15%) Security Operations
13 49 (5.05%) Change Management
13 49 (5.05%) Migration
14 47 (4.84%) DevOps
15 46 (4.74%) Service Management
16 43 (4.43%) Incident Management
17 39 (4.02%) Customer Requirements
17 39 (4.02%) Kalman Filter
18 38 (3.91%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 64 (6.59%) SQL
2 49 (5.05%) Java
3 45 (4.63%) Python
4 25 (2.57%) Ruby
5 23 (2.37%) PowerShell
6 21 (2.16%) Bash Shell
7 20 (2.06%) JavaScript
7 20 (2.06%) Perl
8 13 (1.34%) Apple Swift
8 13 (1.34%) Objective-C
9 12 (1.24%) C
9 12 (1.24%) C-shell
9 12 (1.24%) Korn
10 10 (1.03%) C#
10 10 (1.03%) PHP
10 10 (1.03%) Shell Script
11 7 (0.72%) VBScript
12 3 (0.31%) Assembly Language
12 3 (0.31%) C++
13 1 (0.10%) VB
Qualifications
1 252 (25.95%) Cisco Certification
2 148 (15.24%) CCNP
2 148 (15.24%) Security Cleared
3 108 (11.12%) SC Cleared
4 91 (9.37%) CISSP
5 86 (8.86%) CCNA
6 64 (6.59%) CCIE
7 52 (5.36%) Degree
8 36 (3.71%) DV Cleared
9 35 (3.60%) CCSP
10 30 (3.09%) CISM
11 27 (2.78%) CCSE
11 27 (2.78%) CEH
12 25 (2.57%) CREST Certified
13 24 (2.47%) GIAC
13 24 (2.47%) SANS
14 21 (2.16%) CCSA
14 21 (2.16%) JNCIS
14 21 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
15 20 (2.06%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (4.94%) PCI DSS
2 36 (3.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 31 (3.19%) SLA
4 22 (2.27%) QA
5 14 (1.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (1.13%) HIPAA
7 6 (0.62%) JSP 440
8 5 (0.51%) Government Security Classifications
8 5 (0.51%) PMO
8 5 (0.51%) Web Application Security Consortium
9 4 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.41%) RMADS
10 3 (0.31%) COBIT
10 3 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.31%) FedRAMP
10 3 (0.31%) ISO27002
11 2 (0.21%) Basel II
11 2 (0.21%) GMP
11 2 (0.21%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 81 (8.34%) Active Directory
2 66 (6.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
4 22 (2.27%) Hyper-V
5 16 (1.65%) Docker
6 15 (1.54%) ProxySG
7 12 (1.24%) Snort
8 11 (1.13%) HDFS
9 10 (1.03%) RACF
9 10 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
10 8 (0.82%) VirtualBox
11 7 (0.72%) Firmware
12 6 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 6 (0.62%) SRDF
12 6 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
13 5 (0.51%) pfSense
14 4 (0.41%) Apache Flume
14 4 (0.41%) GFS2
14 4 (0.41%) OCFS2
14 4 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 47 (4.84%) Puppet
2 39 (4.02%) Opscode Chef
3 38 (3.91%) FortiGate
4 32 (3.30%) Ansible
5 25 (2.57%) Nagios
6 14 (1.44%) SCCM
7 11 (1.13%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 11 (1.13%) Kibana
8 10 (1.03%) SCOM
9 9 (0.93%) EnCase
9 9 (0.93%) vCenter Server
10 8 (0.82%) Cisco UCCX
10 8 (0.82%) QRadar
10 8 (0.82%) Stealthwatch
11 7 (0.72%) Nessus
11 7 (0.72%) Nmap
12 6 (0.62%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 6 (0.62%) EMC NetWorker
12 6 (0.62%) yum
13 5 (0.51%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 404 (41.61%) Cisco
2 205 (21.11%) CheckPoint
3 171 (17.61%) Juniper
4 136 (14.01%) F5
5 104 (10.71%) Palo Alto
6 101 (10.40%) Microsoft
7 86 (8.86%) VMware
8 65 (6.69%) Blue Coat
9 64 (6.59%) Fortinet
10 55 (5.66%) Citrix
11 48 (4.94%) HP
12 34 (3.50%) Dell
13 29 (2.99%) Splunk
14 25 (2.57%) Red Hat
15 24 (2.47%) Brocade
16 23 (2.37%) IBM
16 23 (2.37%) Riverbed
17 21 (2.16%) Oracle
17 21 (2.16%) SolarWinds
18 20 (2.06%) Infoblox
City, London
Spencer Rose
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £460 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £25000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
Venn Group
Rate: £26000 - £32000 Per Annum
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £550 - £600 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Kent
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
onezeero.
Rate: £480 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Wimborne, Dorset
AMS contingency
Posted: 18 days ago
Wimborne, Dorset
AMS contingency
Posted: 25 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
South West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago