The median contractor rate for a Security Architect was £569 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Security Architect
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 408 352 480
Rank change year-on-year -56 +128  
Contract jobs requiring a Security Architect 203 327 145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.61% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.47% 0.64% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 219 79
Median daily rate £569 £550 £535
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.40% +2.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £476 £449 £440
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £538 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +7.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £52.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £52.50 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Security Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Security Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Architect.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Architect over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
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 Security Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 29 March 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 -45 187 £575 +4.54% 35
London -10 105 £600 +3.22% 25
South East -36 26 £475 -5.00% 4
North West +26 18 £533 -5.33% 1
Berkshire +18 14 £525 - 1
Manchester +23 10 £500 -18.36% 1
Bracknell -1 10 - -
West Midlands +13 9 £513 -0.48%
Scotland +25 7 £540 +13.68% 1
Yorkshire +19 7 £475 - 2
Wales +14 7 £550 -18.51%
East of England -22 7 £575 +35.29%
South Wales - 7 £550 -
West Yorkshire +17 6 £450 -5.26% 2
Hampshire +4 6 £469 -16.39% 2
Cheshire +25 5 - -
Edinburgh +15 5 £545 +14.73%
Bedfordshire -3 5 £575 -8.00%
City of London -7 5 £563 +0.44% 4
Newport - 5 £575 -
South West -8 4 £515 -6.36% 1
Surrey -18 4 - - 1
Basingstoke +6 3 £464 -
East Midlands -4 3 £650 +33.33% 1
Lancashire +16 2 £533 -3.18%
Nottinghamshire +11 2 £600 +20.00%
Luton +9 2 £613 -2.00%
Nottingham +8 2 £600 +20.00%
Midlands +5 2 £550 -10.20%
Birmingham +1 2 - -

Security Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, Security Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Security Architect in the job title.

1 178 (37.16%) Security Architecture
2 135 (28.18%) Information Security
3 132 (27.56%) Cybersecurity
4 106 (22.13%) Finance
5 100 (20.88%) CISSP
6 91 (19.00%) Firewall
6 91 (19.00%) Security Cleared
7 88 (18.37%) Network Security
8 78 (16.28%) SC Cleared
8 78 (16.28%) Amazon AWS
8 78 (16.28%) TOGAF
9 68 (14.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 54 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
11 49 (10.23%) Cisco
12 45 (9.39%) PCI DSS
13 44 (9.19%) Microsoft Azure
14 41 (8.56%) SIEM
14 41 (8.56%) Stakeholder Management
15 38 (7.93%) Banking
15 38 (7.93%) CISM
15 38 (7.93%) Security Testing
16 37 (7.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
17 35 (7.31%) Information Assurance
18 34 (7.10%) Risk Management
18 34 (7.10%) Enterprise Architecture
19 33 (6.89%) Management Information System
19 33 (6.89%) Internet
19 33 (6.89%) Active Directory
20 32 (6.68%) Windows
20 32 (6.68%) SAML

Security Architect Skill Set
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 12 (2.51%) OpenStack
2 5 (1.04%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.63%) Apache
3 3 (0.63%) Confluence
4 1 (0.21%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.21%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.21%) IIS
4 1 (0.21%) JBoss
4 1 (0.21%) Liferay
4 1 (0.21%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (1.46%) MS Office
2 6 (1.25%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.42%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.42%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.21%) HipChat
4 1 (0.21%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.21%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 78 (16.28%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (9.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (3.34%) PaaS
4 13 (2.71%) IaaS
5 12 (2.51%) Office 365
6 11 (2.30%) SaaS
7 3 (0.63%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.63%) SuccessFactors
8 2 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.21%) AWS OpsWorks
9 1 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.21%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 91 (19.00%) Firewall
2 88 (18.37%) Network Security
3 33 (6.89%) Internet
4 21 (4.38%) WAN
5 19 (3.97%) Kerberos
6 18 (3.76%) LAN
7 16 (3.34%) VPN
8 15 (3.13%) DMZ
8 15 (3.13%) LDAP
9 14 (2.92%) Cisco ASA
9 14 (2.92%) Wireless
10 11 (2.30%) MPLS
10 11 (2.30%) SSL
11 10 (2.09%) NetScaler
12 9 (1.88%) 3G
12 9 (1.88%) 4G
12 9 (1.88%) LTE
13 8 (1.67%) 2G
13 8 (1.67%) MVNO
13 8 (1.67%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.25%) Big Data
2 3 (0.63%) Blockchain
3 2 (0.42%) MongoDB
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle Database 12c
3 2 (0.42%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.21%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.21%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.21%) DataStax
4 1 (0.21%) DocumentDB
4 1 (0.21%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.21%) HBase
4 1 (0.21%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.21%) NonStop SQL
4 1 (0.21%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.21%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.21%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.21%) SAP HANA
4 1 (0.21%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 5 (1.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 5 (1.04%) Jenkins
2 4 (0.84%) Travis CI
3 3 (0.63%) JIRA
4 2 (0.42%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.21%) Hudson
5 1 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 106 (22.13%) Finance
2 38 (7.93%) Banking
3 21 (4.38%) Retail
4 11 (2.30%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.46%) Legal
5 7 (1.46%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.04%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.63%) Marketing
8 2 (0.42%) Back Office
8 2 (0.42%) Electronics
8 2 (0.42%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.42%) Law
8 2 (0.42%) Local Government
8 2 (0.42%) Military
9 1 (0.21%) Automotive
9 1 (0.21%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.21%) French Language
9 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.21%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (6.68%) SAML
2 16 (3.34%) Web Services
3 10 (2.09%) Middleware
4 8 (1.67%) OAuth
5 3 (0.63%) J2EE
5 3 (0.63%) JSON
5 3 (0.63%) REST
5 3 (0.63%) XML
6 2 (0.42%) Hibernate
6 2 (0.42%) OAuth2
6 2 (0.42%) OpenID
6 2 (0.42%) RESTful
6 2 (0.42%) SOAP
6 2 (0.42%) Spring
6 2 (0.42%) Struts
7 1 (0.21%) JAX-WS
7 1 (0.21%) JMS
7 1 (0.21%) SAP Fiori
7 1 (0.21%) Spring MVC
7 1 (0.21%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 37 (7.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 33 (6.89%) Management Information System
3 22 (4.59%) PKI
4 20 (4.18%) Cyber Defence
4 20 (4.18%) Data Centre
5 16 (3.34%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (3.34%) CESG
6 14 (2.92%) Security Operations Centre
7 11 (2.30%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.46%) Public Cloud
8 7 (1.46%) Reference Data
9 6 (1.25%) CESG CLAS
9 6 (1.25%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.25%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.63%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.63%) Taxonomies
11 3 (0.63%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.42%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 32 (6.68%) Windows
2 13 (2.71%) Unix
3 9 (1.88%) Linux
4 6 (1.25%) Windows Server
5 4 (0.84%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.63%) zOS
7 2 (0.42%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.21%) Android
8 1 (0.21%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.21%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (37.16%) Security Architecture
2 135 (28.18%) Information Security
3 132 (27.56%) Cybersecurity
4 78 (16.28%) TOGAF
5 54 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
6 41 (8.56%) SIEM
6 41 (8.56%) Stakeholder Management
7 38 (7.93%) Security Testing
8 35 (7.31%) Information Assurance
9 34 (7.10%) Enterprise Architecture
9 34 (7.10%) Risk Management
10 32 (6.68%) Risk Assessment
10 32 (6.68%) Security Operations
11 30 (6.26%) SABSA
12 29 (6.05%) Security Management
13 28 (5.85%) Open Source
14 24 (5.01%) Data Security
15 23 (4.80%) Identity Access Management
15 23 (4.80%) OWASP
16 22 (4.59%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 7 (1.46%) SQL
2 5 (1.04%) PowerShell
3 4 (0.84%) C
3 4 (0.84%) Java
4 2 (0.42%) Python
5 1 (0.21%) C#
5 1 (0.21%) PHP
5 1 (0.21%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.21%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 100 (20.88%) CISSP
2 91 (19.00%) Security Cleared
3 78 (16.28%) SC Cleared
4 38 (7.93%) CISM
5 32 (6.68%) CLAS
6 28 (5.85%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (4.59%) CRISC
8 19 (3.97%) SANS
9 18 (3.76%) CESG Certified Professional
9 18 (3.76%) CISA
10 16 (3.34%) Degree
11 14 (2.92%) GIAC
11 14 (2.92%) ISSAP
12 12 (2.51%) CCIE
12 12 (2.51%) CEH
12 12 (2.51%) CISMP
12 12 (2.51%) CREST Certified
13 11 (2.30%) CCNP
13 11 (2.30%) DV Cleared
14 6 (1.25%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (14.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 45 (9.39%) PCI DSS
3 10 (2.09%) COBIT
3 10 (2.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 8 (1.67%) GDPR
5 6 (1.25%) QA
6 4 (0.84%) FedRAMP
7 3 (0.63%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (0.63%) RMADS
7 3 (0.63%) Web Application Security Consortium
8 2 (0.42%) BS7799
8 2 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.42%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.42%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.42%) ISO27002
8 2 (0.42%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.42%) PMO
9 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.21%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 33 (6.89%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.51%) Docker
3 6 (1.25%) vCloud
3 6 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.63%) ProxySG
4 3 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.42%) BitLocker
5 2 (0.42%) Snort
6 1 (0.21%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.21%) HDFS
6 1 (0.21%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 10 (2.09%) Kubernetes
2 8 (1.67%) QRadar
3 7 (1.46%) Oracle Identity Manager
4 6 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (1.04%) FortiGate
6 3 (0.63%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 2 (0.42%) SCCM
8 1 (0.21%) CSIRT
8 1 (0.21%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.21%) Kibana
8 1 (0.21%) logstash
8 1 (0.21%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.21%) OSSEC
8 1 (0.21%) SCOM
Vendors
1 49 (10.23%) Cisco
2 29 (6.05%) CheckPoint
2 29 (6.05%) Splunk
3 23 (4.80%) Google
4 20 (4.18%) Microsoft
5 18 (3.76%) VMware
6 17 (3.55%) Juniper
7 14 (2.92%) Palo Alto
8 13 (2.71%) Forcepoint
8 13 (2.71%) Oracle
9 12 (2.51%) Fortinet
9 12 (2.51%) Symantec
10 11 (2.30%) F5
11 9 (1.88%) Blue Coat
11 9 (1.88%) Intel Security
12 7 (1.46%) Qualys
12 7 (1.46%) SAP
12 7 (1.46%) Trend Micro
13 6 (1.25%) Citrix
14 4 (0.84%) IBM
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