Period
to 15 May 2021

The median contractor rate for a Security Architect was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 May 2021.

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
15 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 303 339 357
Rank change year-on-year +36 +18 0
Contract jobs requiring a Security Architect 479 330 659
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 0.66% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 0.71% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 228 425
10th Percentile £500 £513 £500
25th Percentile £550 £563 £525
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £631 £615
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.52% +2.50%
75th Percentile £725 £713 £700
90th Percentile £775 £800 £763
UK excluding London median daily rate £608 £614 £600
% change year-on-year -1.02% +2.29% +4.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Median hourly rate £47.50 £70.32 £60.00
Median % change year-on-year -32.45% +17.20% -29.41%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £64.00 £70.32 -
% change year-on-year -8.99% - -

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 53,056 46,786 86,279
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.82% 93.71% 94.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,361 31,067 57,916
10th Percentile £290 £235 £273
25th Percentile £388 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £473
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.22% +5.11%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,709 1,738 2,607
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.61 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.58 £14.17 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.06
Median % change year-on-year +18.42% +5.23% +3.17%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £40.12
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +1.04%

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 15 May 2021.

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 15 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Architect in the UK

Security Architect
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 Security Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 15 May 2021. 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 +46 379 £650 +1.96% 51
London +36 241 £675 +3.85% 26
Work from Home -162 139 £650 -5.80% 9
UK excluding London +6 136 £608 -1.02% 29
South East +27 43 £587 -2.17% 12
Midlands -7 26 £675 - 5
North of England +22 23 £606 -4.90% 3
West Midlands -2 22 £675 -1.82% 5
Scotland -24 19 £650 +10.64% 4
North West +5 17 £675 +14.89% 2
South West +23 16 £615 +3.36% 4
East of England +25 7 £585 +5.60% 1
East Midlands +17 6 £688 +1.85%
Wales +12 6 £600 -
Yorkshire +28 5 £525 -19.23% 1
North East - 1 - -

Security Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 May 2021, 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.

1 209 (43.63%) Security Architecture
2 168 (35.07%) Azure
3 148 (30.90%) Cybersecurity
4 140 (29.23%) Information Security
5 125 (26.10%) CISSP
6 107 (22.34%) Finance
7 101 (21.09%) AWS
8 93 (19.42%) TOGAF
9 84 (17.54%) GCP
10 81 (16.91%) Agile Software Development
10 81 (16.91%) NIST
11 80 (16.70%) Microsoft
12 76 (15.87%) DevOps
13 70 (14.61%) SABSA
14 66 (13.78%) Security Cleared
14 66 (13.78%) CISM
15 65 (13.57%) Firewall
15 65 (13.57%) Risk Management
16 59 (12.32%) Enterprise Architecture
17 58 (12.11%) Banking
18 57 (11.90%) Social Skills
19 56 (11.69%) Threat Modelling
20 55 (11.48%) SC Cleared
20 55 (11.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 54 (11.27%) Google
21 54 (11.27%) Public Sector
22 52 (10.86%) SaaS
23 48 (10.02%) Network Security
24 46 (9.60%) SIEM
24 46 (9.60%) Degree

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 8 (1.67%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.25%) Confluence
3 5 (1.04%) IIS
4 4 (0.84%) OpenStack
4 4 (0.84%) SAS
4 4 (0.84%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.84%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.21%) Apache
5 1 (0.21%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.21%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 3 (0.63%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (2.09%) SAP S/4HANA
2 7 (1.46%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 168 (35.07%) Azure
2 101 (21.09%) AWS
3 84 (17.54%) GCP
4 52 (10.86%) SaaS
5 29 (6.05%) IaaS
5 29 (6.05%) Microsoft 365
6 23 (4.80%) PaaS
7 22 (4.59%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (3.55%) Cloud Computing
9 13 (2.71%) Serverless
10 12 (2.51%) SuccessFactors
11 11 (2.30%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (2.30%) OpenShift
12 9 (1.88%) Azure Sentinel
13 8 (1.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 6 (1.25%) CloudFront
14 6 (1.25%) GitHub
14 6 (1.25%) Power Platform
15 4 (0.84%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.84%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 65 (13.57%) Firewall
2 48 (10.02%) Network Security
3 20 (4.18%) Internet
4 17 (3.55%) WAN
5 14 (2.92%) VPN
6 11 (2.30%) LAN
7 9 (1.88%) SSL
8 8 (1.67%) DNS
8 8 (1.67%) SD-WAN
9 7 (1.46%) HTTP
10 6 (1.25%) TCP/IP
11 4 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
11 4 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
12 3 (0.63%) MPLS
12 3 (0.63%) VLAN
13 2 (0.42%) 5G
13 2 (0.42%) Cisco Firepower
13 2 (0.42%) Cisco ISE
13 2 (0.42%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.25%) Big Data
1 6 (1.25%) Power BI
2 4 (0.84%) Data Lake
2 4 (0.84%) SQL Server
3 3 (0.63%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (0.63%) OLAP
3 3 (0.63%) OLTP
3 3 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.42%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.42%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.21%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.21%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.21%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.21%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 13 (2.71%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.46%) JIRA
3 4 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (0.63%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.42%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.42%) Spinnaker
5 2 (0.42%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.21%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.21%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 107 (22.34%) Finance
2 58 (12.11%) Banking
3 57 (11.90%) Social Skills
4 54 (11.27%) Public Sector
5 19 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (2.71%) Manufacturing
6 13 (2.71%) Telecoms
7 10 (2.09%) Influencing Skills
7 10 (2.09%) Retail Banking
8 9 (1.88%) Presentation Skills
9 8 (1.67%) Legal
10 6 (1.25%) Electronics
10 6 (1.25%) Marketing
11 5 (1.04%) Documentation Skills
11 5 (1.04%) Law
12 4 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.84%) Retail
13 3 (0.63%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.42%) Investment Banking
15 1 (0.21%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (5.22%) OAuth
2 20 (4.18%) SAML
3 16 (3.34%) Web Services
4 13 (2.71%) OpenID
5 9 (1.88%) Node.js
6 8 (1.67%) .NET
7 6 (1.25%) .NET Core
7 6 (1.25%) AngularJS
7 6 (1.25%) React
7 6 (1.25%) XACML
8 5 (1.04%) Middleware
9 4 (0.84%) Spring
10 3 (0.63%) Azure Blueprints
10 3 (0.63%) OAuth2
11 2 (0.42%) J2EE
11 2 (0.42%) jQuery
11 2 (0.42%) LDAP
11 2 (0.42%) SailPoint
11 2 (0.42%) SOAP
11 2 (0.42%) SPML
Miscellaneous
1 42 (8.77%) Management Information System
2 28 (5.85%) Public Cloud
3 24 (5.01%) Cloud Native
4 16 (3.34%) Data Centre
5 14 (2.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 11 (2.30%) CESG
7 10 (2.09%) Cyberthreat
8 8 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
8 8 (1.67%) PKI
9 7 (1.46%) N-Tier
10 6 (1.25%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 6 (1.25%) Internet of Things
10 6 (1.25%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (1.04%) AS400
11 5 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.04%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (1.04%) Smart Energy
12 4 (0.84%) CMDB
12 4 (0.84%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 24 (5.01%) Windows
2 15 (3.13%) Linux
3 5 (1.04%) Solaris
4 4 (0.84%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.42%) Unix
6 1 (0.21%) Android
6 1 (0.21%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.21%) CentOS
6 1 (0.21%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.21%) SUSE
6 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.21%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 209 (43.63%) Security Architecture
2 148 (30.90%) Cybersecurity
3 140 (29.23%) Information Security
4 93 (19.42%) TOGAF
5 81 (16.91%) Agile Software Development
6 76 (15.87%) DevOps
7 70 (14.61%) SABSA
8 65 (13.57%) Risk Management
9 59 (12.32%) Enterprise Architecture
10 56 (11.69%) Threat Modelling
11 46 (9.60%) SIEM
12 44 (9.19%) Vulnerability Management
13 43 (8.98%) Identity Access Management
14 41 (8.56%) OWASP
14 41 (8.56%) Penetration Testing
15 40 (8.35%) Security Management
16 39 (8.14%) Architectural Design
17 37 (7.72%) Stakeholder Management
18 35 (7.31%) Information Security Management
19 34 (7.10%) Data Security
Programming Languages
1 28 (5.85%) Java
2 27 (5.64%) Python
3 16 (3.34%) JavaScript
4 12 (2.51%) SQL
5 10 (2.09%) C++
6 8 (1.67%) C
6 8 (1.67%) Ruby
7 7 (1.46%) C#
8 6 (1.25%) Go
8 6 (1.25%) Groovy
8 6 (1.25%) PowerShell
8 6 (1.25%) Scala
9 3 (0.63%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.42%) PHP
10 2 (0.42%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 125 (26.10%) CISSP
2 66 (13.78%) CISM
2 66 (13.78%) Security Cleared
3 55 (11.48%) SC Cleared
4 46 (9.60%) Degree
5 28 (5.85%) Cisco Certification
6 25 (5.22%) TOGAF Certification
7 24 (5.01%) CESG Certified Professional
8 23 (4.80%) CISA
9 20 (4.18%) GIAC
9 20 (4.18%) SANS
10 19 (3.97%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 19 (3.97%) CRISC
11 16 (3.34%) CREST Certified
12 12 (2.51%) DV Cleared
13 10 (2.09%) CCSP
14 9 (1.88%) Computer Science Degree
14 9 (1.88%) IISP
15 6 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
16 5 (1.04%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (16.91%) NIST
2 55 (11.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (6.26%) GDPR
4 27 (5.64%) NIST 800
5 23 (4.80%) PCI DSS
6 22 (4.59%) COBIT
7 20 (4.18%) NCSC
8 16 (3.34%) QA
9 13 (2.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 12 (2.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 9 (1.88%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 7 (1.46%) HIPAA
13 5 (1.04%) Cyber Essentials
14 4 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 2 (0.42%) ISO 22301
16 2 (0.42%) ISO 31000
16 2 (0.42%) ISO 9001
16 2 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 2 (0.42%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (4.59%) Active Directory
2 19 (3.97%) Docker
3 7 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (1.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.84%) OpenAM
5 3 (0.63%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.42%) RACF
7 1 (0.21%) IAG
7 1 (0.21%) KVM
7 1 (0.21%) Snort
7 1 (0.21%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.21%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (6.89%) Kubernetes
2 26 (5.43%) Terraform
3 13 (2.71%) Single Sign-On
4 12 (2.51%) Ansible
5 7 (1.46%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (0.84%) Nessus
7 3 (0.63%) CASB
7 3 (0.63%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 3 (0.63%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.42%) FortiGate
8 2 (0.42%) IBM Guardium
8 2 (0.42%) QRadar
8 2 (0.42%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 1 (0.21%) CA Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.21%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.21%) FreeIPA
9 1 (0.21%) SCCM
9 1 (0.21%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.21%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 80 (16.70%) Microsoft
2 54 (11.27%) Google
3 24 (5.01%) Cisco
4 20 (4.18%) SAP
5 13 (2.71%) Oracle
5 13 (2.71%) Splunk
6 11 (2.30%) Palo Alto
6 11 (2.30%) VMware
7 9 (1.88%) Okta
7 9 (1.88%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (1.25%) F5
8 6 (1.25%) Red Hat
8 6 (1.25%) ServiceNow
8 6 (1.25%) Sparx
9 5 (1.04%) Databricks
9 5 (1.04%) ForgeRock
10 4 (0.84%) ArcSight
10 4 (0.84%) CheckPoint
10 4 (0.84%) CyberArk
10 4 (0.84%) Zscaler