Network Security Contracts

Network Security
UK

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 2 March 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
2 Mar 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 148 226 226
Rank change year-on-year +78 0 +13
Contract jobs citing Network Security 730 823 1,158
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.65% 1.25% 1.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.25% 10.23% 11.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 500 534 777
10th Percentile £400 £375 £363
25th Percentile £467 £469 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £563 £550
Median % change year-on-year -2.22% +2.27% +15.79%
75th Percentile £649 £688 £650
90th Percentile £745 £750 £775
UK excluding London median daily rate £575 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 13 22
10th Percentile - £21.06 £26.50
25th Percentile £7.43 £22.26 £47.41
Median hourly rate £23.00 £43.00 £54.72
Median % change year-on-year -46.51% -21.41% +22.96%
75th Percentile £41.25 £52.13 £64.73
90th Percentile £65.25 £63.23 £73.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.47 £46.11 £54.43
% change year-on-year -77.30% -15.29% +117.72%

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK

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.

Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,960 8,043 9,813
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.46% 12.21% 10.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,576 5,195 6,465
10th Percentile £205 £240 £210
25th Percentile £350 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £520 £500
Median % change year-on-year -7.69% +4.00% +13.64%
75th Percentile £600 £638 £600
90th Percentile £700 £725 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £425
% change year-on-year - +11.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 539 367
10th Percentile £14.27 £9.80 £13.25
25th Percentile £19.98 £10.63 £16.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £19.30 £23.50
Median % change year-on-year +107.25% -17.87% -21.67%
75th Percentile £65.00 £57.33 £48.75
90th Percentile £73.83 £73.75 £65.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +150.00% -5.00% -20.00%

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 2 March 2024.

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 2 March 2024.

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 2 March 2024. 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 +89 627 £550 -4.35% 294
UK excluding London +87 418 £575 +9.52% 211
Work from Home +60 260 £550 -4.35% 136
London +32 204 £547 -8.92% 112
North of England +69 100 £625 +20.48% 42
South East +23 98 £540 -1.82% 62
South West +67 87 £593 -7.35% 28
North West +66 85 £625 +23.76% 26
Midlands +58 67 £525 - 32
West Midlands +47 50 £532 -7.57% 16
East of England +39 46 £475 -29.63% 15
Scotland +25 17 £625 +25.00% 17
East Midlands +23 17 £400 -18.24% 16
Yorkshire +15 14 £500 -6.98% 13
Wales +7 3 £363 -14.71% 11
North East +25 1 - - 3

Network Security
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (1.78%) Microsoft Exchange
2 10 (1.37%) IIS
3 8 (1.10%) Apache Airflow
4 7 (0.96%) Apache Spark
4 7 (0.96%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.82%) Apache
6 4 (0.55%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.27%) nginx
8 1 (0.14%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.14%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.14%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.14%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.68%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.14%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 3 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 175 (23.97%) Azure
2 112 (15.34%) AWS
3 45 (6.16%) Microsoft 365
4 30 (4.11%) GCP
5 27 (3.70%) Azure DevOps
6 21 (2.88%) Azure Sentinel
7 20 (2.74%) Amazon S3
7 20 (2.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 18 (2.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 17 (2.33%) Amazon EC2
10 15 (2.05%) Amazon EKS
10 15 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
10 15 (2.05%) Entra ID
11 12 (1.64%) Route 53
12 11 (1.51%) SaaS
13 10 (1.37%) PaaS
14 9 (1.23%) Power Platform
15 8 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
15 8 (1.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 8 (1.10%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 349 (47.81%) Firewall
2 153 (20.96%) VPN
3 139 (19.04%) WAN
4 123 (16.85%) LAN
5 67 (9.18%) Wireless
6 62 (8.49%) DNS
7 57 (7.81%) Cisco ISE
8 53 (7.26%) BGP
9 48 (6.58%) Converged Networks
10 47 (6.44%) TCP/IP
11 45 (6.16%) Cisco ASA
12 42 (5.75%) VoIP
13 41 (5.62%) OSPF
14 38 (5.21%) SD-WAN
15 36 (4.93%) Intrusion Detection
16 33 (4.52%) 5G
17 31 (4.25%) Skype
18 30 (4.11%) ISDN
19 26 (3.56%) 4G
20 25 (3.42%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (2.19%) Amazon RDS
2 13 (1.78%) Big Data
3 8 (1.10%) BigQuery
4 6 (0.82%) SQL Server
5 4 (0.55%) Amazon Athena
5 4 (0.55%) GIS
5 4 (0.55%) Power BI
5 4 (0.55%) QGIS
6 3 (0.41%) Amazon Redshift
6 3 (0.41%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.41%) MySQL
6 3 (0.41%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.27%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.14%) ClickHouse
8 1 (0.14%) DynamoDB
8 1 (0.14%) InfluxDB
8 1 (0.14%) Metadata
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 37 (5.07%) Git
2 22 (3.01%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.23%) GitLab
4 7 (0.96%) TeamCity
5 5 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (0.41%) Burp Suite
6 3 (0.41%) JIRA
7 2 (0.27%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.14%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.14%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 154 (21.10%) Social Skills
2 81 (11.10%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (10.14%) Public Sector
4 70 (9.59%) Finance
5 36 (4.93%) Banking
6 25 (3.42%) Manufacturing
7 22 (3.01%) Presentation Skills
7 22 (3.01%) Telecoms
8 14 (1.92%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 14 (1.92%) Military
9 12 (1.64%) Documentation Skills
10 10 (1.37%) Retail
11 8 (1.10%) Law
11 8 (1.10%) Organisational Skills
12 7 (0.96%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.96%) Marketing
13 6 (0.82%) Electronics
14 4 (0.55%) Legal
15 2 (0.27%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.27%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 213 (29.18%) Network Engineer
2 130 (17.81%) Architect
3 89 (12.19%) Security Engineer
4 74 (10.14%) Senior
5 56 (7.67%) Network Security Engineer
6 50 (6.85%) Security Architect
7 47 (6.44%) Consultant
8 43 (5.89%) Analyst
9 39 (5.34%) Project Manager
10 38 (5.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 33 (4.52%) Security Consultant
12 29 (3.97%) Senior Network Engineer
13 28 (3.84%) Voice Architect
14 27 (3.70%) Azure Engineer
14 27 (3.70%) Network Architect
15 26 (3.56%) Security Analyst
16 24 (3.29%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 23 (3.15%) Cybersecurity Architect
17 23 (3.15%) Network Specialist
18 22 (3.01%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.78%) .NET
2 10 (1.37%) LDAP
2 10 (1.37%) Regular Expression
3 9 (1.23%) JSON
3 9 (1.23%) NETCONF
3 9 (1.23%) XML
3 9 (1.23%) YANG
4 7 (0.96%) ARM Templates
5 6 (0.82%) Apache NiFi
6 5 (0.68%) HTML
7 4 (0.55%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.55%) RESTful
8 3 (0.41%) 802.1X
8 3 (0.41%) Jinja
8 3 (0.41%) Web Services
9 2 (0.27%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.27%) OAuth
9 2 (0.27%) PySpark
9 2 (0.27%) SAML
9 2 (0.27%) SPML
Miscellaneous
1 90 (12.33%) Data Centre
2 47 (6.44%) Management Information System
3 38 (5.21%) Video Conferencing
4 33 (4.52%) PKI
5 29 (3.97%) Security Posture
6 28 (3.84%) Security Operations Centre
7 24 (3.29%) Operational Technology
8 19 (2.60%) Cyber Threat
9 18 (2.47%) Cyber Defence
10 15 (2.05%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 15 (2.05%) Public Cloud
11 12 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
12 10 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (0.96%) Data Protection Act
14 6 (0.82%) Distributed Applications
14 6 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
14 6 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
14 6 (0.82%) Mobile App
15 5 (0.68%) Cloud Native
15 5 (0.68%) CSOC
Operating Systems
1 88 (12.05%) Windows
2 67 (9.18%) Linux
3 18 (2.47%) Windows Server
4 15 (2.05%) Unix
5 8 (1.10%) Mac OS
6 6 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.82%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (0.68%) Android
7 5 (0.68%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.68%) VMS
7 5 (0.68%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.55%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (0.41%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.14%) AIX
11 1 (0.14%) MVS
11 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (18.90%) Cybersecurity
2 128 (17.53%) Problem-Solving
3 85 (11.64%) Information Security
4 83 (11.37%) DevOps
5 79 (10.82%) Cloud Security
6 73 (10.00%) SIEM
7 68 (9.32%) Load Balancing
8 65 (8.90%) Network Design
9 62 (8.49%) Security Architecture
10 59 (8.08%) Migration
11 58 (7.95%) Identity Access Management
12 56 (7.67%) ITIL
13 53 (7.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 51 (6.99%) Impact Assessments
15 49 (6.71%) Mentoring
15 49 (6.71%) Security Operations
16 47 (6.44%) Agile
16 47 (6.44%) CI/CD
16 47 (6.44%) Network Virtualisation
17 46 (6.30%) Incident Response
Programming Languages
1 77 (10.55%) Python
2 44 (6.03%) PowerShell
3 22 (3.01%) Java
3 22 (3.01%) SQL
4 17 (2.33%) Bash
5 12 (1.64%) Kusto Query Language
6 11 (1.51%) Go
7 7 (0.96%) Shell Script
8 4 (0.55%) C#
8 4 (0.55%) VB
9 2 (0.27%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.27%) Perl
9 2 (0.27%) VBScript
10 1 (0.14%) Bicep
10 1 (0.14%) Korn
10 1 (0.14%) Scala
10 1 (0.14%) Tcl
10 1 (0.14%) tcsh
Qualifications
1 262 (35.89%) Security Cleared
2 169 (23.15%) Cisco Certification
3 135 (18.49%) SC Cleared
4 93 (12.74%) CCNP
5 88 (12.05%) DV Cleared
6 76 (10.41%) CCNA
7 67 (9.18%) CISSP
8 58 (7.95%) Degree
9 46 (6.30%) CISM
10 40 (5.48%) CCIE
11 35 (4.79%) Computer Science Degree
12 30 (4.11%) Azure Certification
13 25 (3.42%) Microsoft Certification
14 22 (3.01%) CompTIA Security+
15 21 (2.88%) JNCIA
16 19 (2.60%) AWS Certification
17 14 (1.92%) CISA
18 13 (1.78%) CCIE Security
19 11 (1.51%) CCSA
20 9 (1.23%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (5.62%) NIST
2 30 (4.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (2.05%) GDPR
3 15 (2.05%) SLA
4 13 (1.78%) NCSC
4 13 (1.78%) PCI DSS
5 11 (1.51%) NIST 800
6 10 (1.37%) COBIT
7 8 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (0.82%) Actionable Recommendations
9 5 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (0.41%) GPG13
11 3 (0.41%) ISA99
12 2 (0.27%) Accessibility
12 2 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.27%) ISO 22301
12 2 (0.27%) JSP 440
12 2 (0.27%) PMO
13 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
System Software
1 45 (6.16%) Active Directory
2 36 (4.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (3.56%) Docker
4 16 (2.19%) VMware NSX
5 10 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.96%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.55%) Samba
8 2 (0.27%) DFS Replication
8 2 (0.27%) Snort
8 2 (0.27%) Squid
8 2 (0.27%) XenApp
9 1 (0.14%) Firmware
9 1 (0.14%) NFS
9 1 (0.14%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.14%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 71 (9.73%) Terraform
2 46 (6.30%) Kubernetes
3 33 (4.52%) Ansible
4 31 (4.25%) FortiGate
5 20 (2.74%) Nessus
6 14 (1.92%) Grafana
7 13 (1.78%) Prometheus
8 12 (1.64%) Puppet
9 10 (1.37%) SCCM
10 8 (1.10%) Microsoft Intune
11 6 (0.82%) Progress Chef
12 5 (0.68%) Nmap
13 4 (0.55%) Cisco CUCM
14 3 (0.41%) Kibana
14 3 (0.41%) QRadar
15 2 (0.27%) CASB
15 2 (0.27%) CSIRT
15 2 (0.27%) HAProxy
15 2 (0.27%) Host Intrusion Detection System
15 2 (0.27%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 248 (33.97%) Cisco
2 124 (16.99%) Palo Alto
3 114 (15.62%) Microsoft
4 111 (15.21%) Juniper
5 63 (8.63%) CheckPoint
6 53 (7.26%) F5
7 50 (6.85%) VMware
8 48 (6.58%) Fortinet
9 32 (4.38%) Zscaler
10 24 (3.29%) Google
11 19 (2.60%) Dell
11 19 (2.60%) Splunk
12 17 (2.33%) HP
12 17 (2.33%) Nokia
13 15 (2.05%) SolarWinds
14 14 (1.92%) Aruba
14 14 (1.92%) Blue Coat
15 13 (1.78%) Red Hat
16 12 (1.64%) Meraki
16 12 (1.64%) ScienceLogic