Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 268 273 224
Rank change year-on-year +5 -49 0
Contract jobs citing Network Security 956 967 1,030
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.00% 0.96% 1.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.96% 7.25% 7.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 633 631 662
UK median daily rate £460 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.16% +11.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £315 £306
90th Percentile £638 £638 £574
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £425
% change year-on-year -5.26% +11.76% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 3 16
UK median hourly rate £30.50 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.00% +4.17% -43.17%
10th Percentile £15.00 £17.90 £15.75
90th Percentile £48.75 £33.56 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.91 £20.82 £17.25
% change year-on-year +19.67% +20.68% -55.78%

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 12,017 13,344 13,140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.62% 13.20% 14.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,405 8,249 7,990
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +2.47% +1.25%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £209
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £386 £380
% change year-on-year +6.15% +1.64% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 565 735 731
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £19.49 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.77% -11.43% -15.38%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.50 £47.50 £51.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -8.37% -9.52% -16.00%

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 April 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 23 April 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 15 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 April 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 +3 887 £455 -4.21% 112
UK excluding London +7 570 £450 -5.26% 82
London +12 371 £500 +5.26% 41
South East +5 222 £450 -5.26% 23
North of England +38 133 £475 +5.56% 16
South West -36 62 £425 -10.53% 8
North West +7 58 £513 +7.89% 10
Midlands -14 54 £375 -21.05% 12
Yorkshire +26 49 £425 +2.41% 6
East of England +28 48 £550 +44.26% 12
Scotland +37 47 £525 +10.53% 6
East Midlands +33 31 £315 -37.00% 2
North East +14 26 £388 -38.00%
West Midlands -39 23 £400 -15.79% 10
Wales 0 8 £450 - 3

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 540 (56.49%) Firewall
2 467 (48.85%) Cisco
3 321 (33.58%) Cisco Certification
4 248 (25.94%) WAN
5 242 (25.31%) CheckPoint
6 226 (23.64%) CCNP
7 209 (21.86%) VPN
8 202 (21.13%) LAN
9 182 (19.04%) Security Cleared
10 173 (18.10%) Finance
11 172 (17.99%) F5
12 155 (16.21%) Palo Alto
13 153 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
14 145 (15.17%) Amazon AWS
15 144 (15.06%) Cisco Nexus
16 143 (14.96%) Data Centre
17 142 (14.85%) CCNA
18 139 (14.54%) Cisco ASA
19 129 (13.49%) SC Cleared
20 127 (13.28%) ITIL
21 126 (13.18%) Juniper
22 125 (13.08%) Windows
23 124 (12.97%) Linux
24 113 (11.82%) Information Security
25 112 (11.72%) Wireless
25 112 (11.72%) Cybersecurity
26 107 (11.19%) Microsoft
27 105 (10.98%) BGP
28 103 (10.77%) DNS
29 100 (10.46%) OSPF

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 23 (2.41%) MS Exchange
2 10 (1.05%) SharePoint
3 8 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (0.84%) IIS
4 5 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.52%) Skype for Business
5 4 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (0.42%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.21%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.10%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.10%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.10%) GroupWise
7 1 (0.10%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.10%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 20 (2.09%) MS Visio
2 16 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.31%) Windchill
6 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.10%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 4 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 153 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 145 (15.17%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (4.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 39 (4.08%) Office 365
5 37 (3.87%) IaaS
6 28 (2.93%) PaaS
7 25 (2.62%) Datadog
8 23 (2.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 19 (1.99%) Azure Active Directory
9 19 (1.99%) Google Cloud Platform
10 16 (1.67%) SaaS
11 13 (1.36%) Amazon ELB
11 13 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
12 10 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
13 9 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (0.84%) Sumo Logic
15 4 (0.42%) Mimecast
16 3 (0.31%) IBM Cloud
16 3 (0.31%) Serverless
17 2 (0.21%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 540 (56.49%) Firewall
2 248 (25.94%) WAN
3 209 (21.86%) VPN
4 202 (21.13%) LAN
5 144 (15.06%) Cisco Nexus
6 139 (14.54%) Cisco ASA
7 112 (11.72%) Wireless
8 105 (10.98%) BGP
9 103 (10.77%) DNS
10 100 (10.46%) OSPF
11 96 (10.04%) MPLS
12 95 (9.94%) TCP/IP
13 66 (6.90%) VLAN
14 62 (6.49%) Internet
15 54 (5.65%) DHCP
16 53 (5.54%) Wi-Fi
17 51 (5.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 49 (5.13%) EIGRP
19 48 (5.02%) VoIP
20 46 (4.81%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.56%) SQL Server
2 21 (2.20%) Amazon Redshift
3 14 (1.46%) Amazon Aurora
4 9 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
5 8 (0.84%) Big Data
5 8 (0.84%) Power BI
6 7 (0.73%) Hadoop
6 7 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.21%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.21%) DB2
9 2 (0.21%) GIS
9 2 (0.21%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (0.21%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.21%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.10%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 41 (4.29%) Jenkins
2 40 (4.18%) Git (software)
3 32 (3.35%) Sonatype Nexus
4 11 (1.15%) JIRA
5 8 (0.84%) GitLab
6 6 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.52%) IDA Disassembler
7 5 (0.52%) OllyDbg
7 5 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.42%) CircleCI
8 4 (0.42%) Maven
8 4 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.42%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (0.42%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.31%) SonarQube
9 3 (0.31%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.21%) GCC
10 2 (0.21%) Hudson
General
1 173 (18.10%) Finance
2 92 (9.62%) Telecoms
3 43 (4.50%) Banking
4 29 (3.03%) Retail
5 17 (1.78%) Legal
6 13 (1.36%) German Language
7 12 (1.26%) Law
8 10 (1.05%) Billing
8 10 (1.05%) French Language
9 8 (0.84%) Electronics
10 6 (0.63%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.63%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.63%) Marketing
11 5 (0.52%) Advertising
12 4 (0.42%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.42%) Military
13 3 (0.31%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.21%) Games
15 1 (0.10%) Mandarin Language
15 1 (0.10%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 315 (32.95%) Network Engineer
2 216 (22.59%) Security Engineer
3 155 (16.21%) Network Security Engineer
4 147 (15.38%) Architect
5 89 (9.31%) Security Architect
6 73 (7.64%) Network Architect
7 70 (7.32%) Consultant
8 55 (5.75%) Analyst
9 53 (5.54%) Security Consultant
10 50 (5.23%) Network Security Architect
11 49 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
12 46 (4.81%) Cisco Engineer
13 42 (4.39%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 39 (4.08%) Firewall Engineer
15 37 (3.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 35 (3.66%) Senior Network Engineer
17 33 (3.45%) Design Engineer
17 33 (3.45%) Network Consultant
18 28 (2.93%) Network Analyst
18 28 (2.93%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.50%) Web Services
2 24 (2.51%) 802.1X
3 17 (1.78%) JSON
4 14 (1.46%) .NET
5 12 (1.26%) Middleware
6 6 (0.63%) SOAP
7 5 (0.52%) HTML
7 5 (0.52%) jQuery
7 5 (0.52%) LDAP
7 5 (0.52%) Regular Expression
8 4 (0.42%) ActiveMQ
8 4 (0.42%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 4 (0.42%) Oracle Fusion
8 4 (0.42%) XML
8 4 (0.42%) YAML
9 3 (0.31%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.31%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3 (0.31%) CSS
9 3 (0.31%) Spring
9 3 (0.31%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 143 (14.96%) Data Centre
2 62 (6.49%) Management Information System
3 36 (3.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 36 (3.77%) PKI
4 35 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (2.20%) Security Operations Centre
6 20 (2.09%) Hybrid Cloud
7 12 (1.26%) Public Cloud
8 11 (1.15%) CESG
8 11 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
9 10 (1.05%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
10 8 (0.84%) Fibre Optics
10 8 (0.84%) Mobile App
10 8 (0.84%) Private Cloud
10 8 (0.84%) Replication
11 7 (0.73%) Clustering
11 7 (0.73%) Cyber Defence
11 7 (0.73%) SCADA
12 6 (0.63%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 125 (13.08%) Windows
2 124 (12.97%) Linux
3 70 (7.32%) Windows Server
4 44 (4.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 31 (3.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (2.20%) Unix
7 18 (1.88%) Windows 10
8 14 (1.46%) Windows 7
9 10 (1.05%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.73%) CentOS
10 7 (0.73%) Windows 8
11 6 (0.63%) Solaris
11 6 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.52%) Android
12 5 (0.52%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.21%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.21%) SUSE
13 2 (0.21%) VMS
13 2 (0.21%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (13.28%) ITIL
2 113 (11.82%) Information Security
3 112 (11.72%) Cybersecurity
4 98 (10.25%) Load Balancing
5 81 (8.47%) DevOps
6 80 (8.37%) Agile Software Development
6 80 (8.37%) Network Design
6 80 (8.37%) SIEM
7 77 (8.05%) Security Architecture
8 70 (7.32%) Migration
9 68 (7.11%) Network Management
10 60 (6.28%) Network Architecture
11 59 (6.17%) Security Operations
12 58 (6.07%) Vulnerability Management
13 55 (5.75%) Project Management
14 50 (5.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 48 (5.02%) Identity Access Management
16 47 (4.92%) Cryptography
16 47 (4.92%) Security Management
17 46 (4.81%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 51 (5.33%) Python
2 48 (5.02%) PowerShell
3 31 (3.24%) SQL
4 22 (2.30%) Java
5 16 (1.67%) Bash Shell
6 13 (1.36%) Perl
7 12 (1.26%) C#
8 11 (1.15%) C
9 10 (1.05%) C++
10 8 (0.84%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.63%) Assembly Language
12 4 (0.42%) PHP
13 3 (0.31%) Apple Swift
13 3 (0.31%) Objective-C
13 3 (0.31%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.31%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.21%) Lisp
14 2 (0.21%) Scala
15 1 (0.10%) Embedded C
15 1 (0.10%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 321 (33.58%) Cisco Certification
2 226 (23.64%) CCNP
3 182 (19.04%) Security Cleared
4 142 (14.85%) CCNA
5 129 (13.49%) SC Cleared
6 79 (8.26%) CCIE
6 79 (8.26%) CISSP
7 74 (7.74%) Degree
8 45 (4.71%) DV Cleared
9 43 (4.50%) CISM
10 38 (3.97%) CCSA
11 32 (3.35%) CCSE
12 29 (3.03%) Microsoft Certification
13 26 (2.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 25 (2.62%) CISA
14 25 (2.62%) MCSE
14 25 (2.62%) RHCE
15 23 (2.41%) CCDP
16 19 (1.99%) Check Point Certification
17 15 (1.57%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (4.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 40 (4.18%) GDPR
3 21 (2.20%) PCI DSS
3 21 (2.20%) SLA
4 20 (2.09%) HIPAA
5 12 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 12 (1.26%) PMO
5 12 (1.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 10 (1.05%) COBIT
7 9 (0.94%) QA
8 8 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials
8 8 (0.84%) FedRAMP
9 5 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 2 (0.21%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.10%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.10%) PMBOK
System Software
1 88 (9.21%) Active Directory
2 53 (5.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (2.51%) Hyper-V
4 18 (1.88%) ProxySG
5 15 (1.57%) Docker
5 15 (1.57%) Firmware
6 13 (1.36%) vSphere
7 12 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (1.26%) Virtual Servers
8 11 (1.15%) VMware NSX
9 10 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (0.84%) XenApp
11 7 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.63%) Samba
12 6 (0.63%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.31%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.10%) KVM
14 1 (0.10%) Snort
14 1 (0.10%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 56 (5.86%) Ansible
2 36 (3.77%) Puppet
3 30 (3.14%) Opscode Chef
4 28 (2.93%) Terraform
5 20 (2.09%) FortiGate
6 19 (1.99%) SCCM
7 13 (1.36%) Cisco CUCM
7 13 (1.36%) Nessus
8 11 (1.15%) Kubernetes
9 8 (0.84%) Istio
9 8 (0.84%) QRadar
9 8 (0.84%) SCOM
10 7 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
11 6 (0.63%) Nagios
11 6 (0.63%) Stealthwatch
12 5 (0.52%) Cisco Prime
12 5 (0.52%) Nmap
12 5 (0.52%) vMotion
12 5 (0.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 467 (48.85%) Cisco
2 242 (25.31%) CheckPoint
3 172 (17.99%) F5
4 155 (16.21%) Palo Alto
5 126 (13.18%) Juniper
6 107 (11.19%) Microsoft
7 78 (8.16%) VMware
8 53 (5.54%) Blue Coat
9 49 (5.13%) Splunk
10 48 (5.02%) Riverbed
11 46 (4.81%) Citrix
12 43 (4.50%) Fortinet
13 42 (4.39%) Red Hat
14 36 (3.77%) Qualys
15 34 (3.56%) SolarWinds
16 33 (3.45%) McAfee
17 32 (3.35%) Dell
17 32 (3.35%) HP
18 29 (3.03%) Meraki
19 26 (2.72%) Aruba