Period
to 10 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Security Architect was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

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
6 months to
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 299 332 348
Rank change year-on-year +33 +16 +130
Contract jobs requiring a Security Architect 271 716 773
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.78% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 0.83% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 491 510
Median daily rate £650 £600 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% - -
10th Percentile £510 £500 £486
90th Percentile £775 £750 £760
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £575 £588
% change year-on-year +4.35% -2.13% +6.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 5
Median hourly rate £70.32 - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £70.32 - £42.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 32,586 86,541 98,091
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.07% 94.34% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,257 56,811 64,213
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.71% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,348 2,963 3,133
Median hourly rate £26.50 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.90% +8.33% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.12 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.16 £17.50
% change year-on-year +18.39% +3.77% -1.52%

Security Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Architect.

Daily rate trend for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Architect over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Architect.

Hourly rate trend for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Architect over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
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 Security Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 10 August 2020. 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 +32 246 £650 +7.39% 28
London +71 139 £650 - 16
UK excluding London +3 109 £600 +4.35% 14
Work from Home 0 38 £700 +33.33% 3
Midlands +75 27 £650 +13.04% 2
South East +75 24 £625 +11.61% 7
West Midlands +57 22 £650 +13.04% 1
Scotland +56 18 £595 -0.83%
South West +31 18 £595 -0.83%
North of England +44 15 £663 +17.78% 2
North West +43 10 £1,000 +70.21% 2
East of England +66 6 £542 +3.24% 1
East Midlands +58 5 £575 +9.52% 1
Yorkshire +55 5 £650 +18.18%
Wales +41 2 - - 2

Security Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, Security Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Security Architect in the job title.

1 130 (47.97%) Security Architecture
2 83 (30.63%) Azure
3 81 (29.89%) Cybersecurity
4 63 (23.25%) CISSP
5 56 (20.66%) Security Cleared
6 55 (20.30%) AWS
7 53 (19.56%) SIEM
8 51 (18.82%) Information Security
9 49 (18.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 48 (17.71%) Agile Software Development
11 47 (17.34%) Firewall
12 44 (16.24%) Risk Management
12 44 (16.24%) Finance
13 42 (15.50%) Microsoft
14 41 (15.13%) SC Cleared
15 40 (14.76%) Public Sector
16 37 (13.65%) Network Security
17 36 (13.28%) Banking
18 30 (11.07%) CISM
19 29 (10.70%) NIST
19 29 (10.70%) DevOps
20 28 (10.33%) Data Security
21 27 (9.96%) SaaS
22 26 (9.59%) Migration
23 24 (8.86%) Active Directory
24 23 (8.49%) GCP
24 23 (8.49%) Vulnerability Management
25 22 (8.12%) Management Information System
26 21 (7.75%) COBIT
27 20 (7.38%) TOGAF

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 2 (0.74%) IIS
1 2 (0.74%) OpenStack
1 2 (0.74%) SAS
2 1 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (0.37%) Confluence
2 1 (0.37%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (2.58%) Microsoft Office
1 7 (2.58%) Microsoft Project
1 7 (2.58%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.48%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.74%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.37%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.37%) PolarLake
3 1 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 83 (30.63%) Azure
2 55 (20.30%) AWS
3 27 (9.96%) SaaS
4 23 (8.49%) GCP
5 17 (6.27%) IaaS
6 15 (5.54%) PaaS
7 12 (4.43%) Serverless
8 7 (2.58%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (1.85%) Amazon Kinesis
10 5 (1.85%) Office 365
11 4 (1.48%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (1.48%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (1.11%) Amazon S3
12 3 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (1.11%) GitHub
13 2 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.74%) Amazon EKS
13 2 (0.74%) Power Platform
14 1 (0.37%) Amazon Cognito
Communications & Networking
1 47 (17.34%) Firewall
2 37 (13.65%) Network Security
3 18 (6.64%) Internet
3 18 (6.64%) X.509
4 10 (3.69%) WAN
5 7 (2.58%) VPN
6 6 (2.21%) S/MIME
6 6 (2.21%) SSL
7 5 (1.85%) LAN
8 4 (1.48%) Wireless
9 3 (1.11%) 3GPP
9 3 (1.11%) 5G
9 3 (1.11%) DMZ
9 3 (1.11%) FCAPS
9 3 (1.11%) Intranet
9 3 (1.11%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (0.74%) DNS
10 2 (0.74%) MPLS
10 2 (0.74%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.95%) Big Data
2 3 (1.11%) Azure SQL Database
2 3 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (1.11%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.74%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (0.74%) Data Lake
3 2 (0.74%) Hadoop
3 2 (0.74%) SAP HANA
4 1 (0.37%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.37%) Power BI
4 1 (0.37%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (2.21%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (1.11%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.74%) Bitbucket Server
3 2 (0.74%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.74%) GitLab
3 2 (0.74%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.74%) JIRA
3 2 (0.74%) Snyk
3 2 (0.74%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.37%) AppScan
General
1 44 (16.24%) Finance
2 40 (14.76%) Public Sector
3 36 (13.28%) Banking
4 13 (4.80%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.58%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.58%) Retail
6 5 (1.85%) Legal
7 4 (1.48%) Electronics
7 4 (1.48%) Marketing
8 3 (1.11%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.74%) French Language
9 2 (0.74%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.74%) Law
10 1 (0.37%) Back Office
10 1 (0.37%) Billing
10 1 (0.37%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.37%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.64%) SAML
2 10 (3.69%) Web Services
3 4 (1.48%) .NET
4 2 (0.74%) Middleware
4 2 (0.74%) Serverless Framework
5 1 (0.37%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.37%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.37%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.37%) RESTful
5 1 (0.37%) SAP Basis
5 1 (0.37%) SOAP
5 1 (0.37%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.12%) Management Information System
2 18 (6.64%) Data Centre
3 15 (5.54%) PKI
4 11 (4.06%) FMCG
4 11 (4.06%) Public Cloud
5 9 (3.32%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (3.32%) Mainframe
6 7 (2.58%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (1.85%) Algorithms
7 5 (1.85%) Cloud Native
7 5 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.48%) Cyber Defence
9 3 (1.11%) CESG
9 3 (1.11%) CMDB
9 3 (1.11%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.11%) Security Operations Centre
9 3 (1.11%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.74%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.74%) Online Banking
10 2 (0.74%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 11 (4.06%) Windows
2 8 (2.95%) Linux
3 3 (1.11%) Unix
4 2 (0.74%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.37%) HPUX
5 1 (0.37%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (47.97%) Security Architecture
2 81 (29.89%) Cybersecurity
3 53 (19.56%) SIEM
4 51 (18.82%) Information Security
5 48 (17.71%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (16.24%) Risk Management
7 29 (10.70%) DevOps
8 28 (10.33%) Data Security
9 26 (9.59%) Migration
10 23 (8.49%) Vulnerability Management
11 20 (7.38%) Enterprise Architecture
11 20 (7.38%) Security Management
11 20 (7.38%) TOGAF
12 19 (7.01%) Decision-Making
13 18 (6.64%) Server Hardening
14 17 (6.27%) Threat Modelling
15 16 (5.90%) Programme Management
15 16 (5.90%) Stakeholder Management
16 15 (5.54%) Architectural Design
16 15 (5.54%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 8 (2.95%) SQL
2 5 (1.85%) Java
2 5 (1.85%) Python
3 4 (1.48%) C
4 2 (0.74%) C++
4 2 (0.74%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.37%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.37%) C#
5 1 (0.37%) Perl
5 1 (0.37%) Scala
5 1 (0.37%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 63 (23.25%) CISSP
2 56 (20.66%) Security Cleared
3 41 (15.13%) SC Cleared
4 30 (11.07%) CISM
5 19 (7.01%) GIAC
6 17 (6.27%) Degree
7 16 (5.90%) CISA
7 16 (5.90%) DV Cleared
8 11 (4.06%) CESG Certified Professional
9 9 (3.32%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (2.58%) AWS Certification
11 6 (2.21%) CLAS
12 5 (1.85%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 4 (1.48%) CCIE
13 4 (1.48%) CCNP
13 4 (1.48%) CEH
13 4 (1.48%) CRISC
14 3 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
14 3 (1.11%) CGEIT
14 3 (1.11%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (18.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 29 (10.70%) NIST
3 21 (7.75%) COBIT
4 18 (6.64%) PCI DSS
5 14 (5.17%) GDPR
6 12 (4.43%) NIST 800
6 12 (4.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 10 (3.69%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 8 (2.95%) NCSC
9 3 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.74%) ISAE 3402
10 2 (0.74%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.74%) ISO 31000
10 2 (0.74%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 2 (0.74%) QA
10 2 (0.74%) RMADS
11 1 (0.37%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.37%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 24 (8.86%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.21%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.11%) VMware NSX
4 2 (0.74%) Docker
4 2 (0.74%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.37%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (4.80%) Terraform
2 10 (3.69%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 7 (2.58%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.58%) QRadar
4 6 (2.21%) Ansible
4 6 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.11%) Nessus
5 3 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (1.11%) Puppet
6 2 (0.74%) CASB
6 2 (0.74%) IBM Guardium
6 2 (0.74%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 1 (0.37%) Argo
7 1 (0.37%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.37%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.37%) Packer
7 1 (0.37%) PingFederate
7 1 (0.37%) SCCM
7 1 (0.37%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 42 (15.50%) Microsoft
2 18 (6.64%) Splunk
3 16 (5.90%) SAP
4 15 (5.54%) Cisco
5 9 (3.32%) Google
6 8 (2.95%) ArcSight
6 8 (2.95%) Oracle
7 7 (2.58%) VMware
8 6 (2.21%) CyberArk
8 6 (2.21%) Dell
8 6 (2.21%) Fortinet
8 6 (2.21%) Qualys
8 6 (2.21%) ServiceNow
8 6 (2.21%) Veracode
9 5 (1.85%) CheckPoint
9 5 (1.85%) Juniper
10 4 (1.48%) Palo Alto
11 3 (1.11%) CA
11 3 (1.11%) IBM
11 3 (1.11%) Zscaler