Period
to 19 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 429 459 410
Rank change year-on-year +30 -49 +42
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 560 455 642
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.47% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.50% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 279 396
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +0.56% +11.88%
10th Percentile £337 £300 £302
90th Percentile £625 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £419 £400
% change year-on-year +7.53% +4.63% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 1
UK median hourly rate £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.29% +11.11% +50.00%
10th Percentile £39.00 £29.33 £40.25
90th Percentile £85.35 £57.20 £40.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £46.25 £40.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% +14.20% +68.75%

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 96,976 91,624 103,086
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.99% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,463 59,515 67,206
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,115 2,815 3,125
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.67%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £46.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +9.99%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 19 August 2018. 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 +28 504 £458 +1.67% 240
UK excluding London +6 295 £450 +7.53% 174
London +29 250 £515 +3.00% 83
South East +21 99 £463 - 43
North of England -8 59 £425 -5.56% 32
East of England +8 39 £365 +2.46% 41
Scotland -57 38 £513 +21.52% 12
North West -10 33 £425 -10.53% 21
South West -28 29 £463 +15.63% 25
Midlands +1 27 £425 +9.68% 16
Yorkshire +12 25 £415 +50.91% 9
West Midlands -14 18 £450 +20.00% 9
East Midlands +3 9 £322 -20.74% 7
Wales -11 5 £513 +156.25% 3
North East -12 1 - - 2

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, Security Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 269 (48.04%) Firewall
2 225 (40.18%) Network Security
3 182 (32.50%) Cisco
4 121 (21.61%) Finance
5 112 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
6 107 (19.11%) CheckPoint
7 104 (18.57%) Cybersecurity
8 101 (18.04%) Windows
8 101 (18.04%) Linux
9 90 (16.07%) Cisco ASA
10 84 (15.00%) Banking
11 82 (14.64%) Agile Software Development
12 81 (14.46%) VPN
13 78 (13.93%) CCNP
14 76 (13.57%) Palo Alto
15 73 (13.04%) Data Centre
15 73 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
16 71 (12.68%) Information Security
17 70 (12.50%) Juniper
17 70 (12.50%) SIEM
18 68 (12.14%) WAN
19 66 (11.79%) ITIL
19 66 (11.79%) PKI
20 65 (11.61%) Microsoft Azure
21 64 (11.43%) LAN
22 63 (11.25%) Microsoft
23 59 (10.54%) TCP/IP
24 57 (10.18%) Python
25 54 (9.64%) BGP
25 54 (9.64%) Security Cleared

Security Engineer 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 9 (1.61%) Apache
2 6 (1.07%) MS Exchange
3 3 (0.54%) CICS
3 3 (0.54%) Confluence
3 3 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (0.54%) MQSeries
3 3 (0.54%) OpenStack
3 3 (0.54%) SAS
4 2 (0.36%) IIS
4 2 (0.36%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.18%) CMS
5 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.18%) Mule
5 1 (0.18%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.96%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.36%) Advent Portfolio Exchange
2 1 (0.18%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 73 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
2 65 (11.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (5.71%) PaaS
4 30 (5.36%) IaaS
4 30 (5.36%) SaaS
5 22 (3.93%) Office 365
6 14 (2.50%) AWS Lambda
6 14 (2.50%) Serverless
7 13 (2.32%) Akamai
7 13 (2.32%) AWS CloudFormation
8 12 (2.14%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.07%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.89%) GitHub
11 3 (0.54%) OpenShift
11 3 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.36%) AWS CloudTrail
12 2 (0.36%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.18%) Azure Active Directory
13 1 (0.18%) HP Helion
13 1 (0.18%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 269 (48.04%) Firewall
2 225 (40.18%) Network Security
3 90 (16.07%) Cisco ASA
4 81 (14.46%) VPN
5 68 (12.14%) WAN
6 64 (11.43%) LAN
7 59 (10.54%) TCP/IP
8 54 (9.64%) BGP
9 52 (9.29%) Cisco Nexus
10 40 (7.14%) Cisco ISE
11 39 (6.96%) DNS
12 38 (6.79%) SSL
13 37 (6.61%) OSPF
13 37 (6.61%) Wireless
14 36 (6.43%) Internet
14 36 (6.43%) IPsec
15 30 (5.36%) Cisco Firepower
16 27 (4.82%) MPLS
17 25 (4.46%) Intrusion Detection
18 23 (4.11%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.04%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.25%) Hadoop
3 5 (0.89%) Relational Database
4 4 (0.71%) Big Data
4 4 (0.71%) Blockchain
4 4 (0.71%) DB2
4 4 (0.71%) NoSQL
4 4 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.54%) MySQL
6 2 (0.36%) ArangoDB
6 2 (0.36%) Neo4j
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 19 (3.39%) Jenkins
2 11 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (1.96%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.61%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.07%) Travis CI
4 6 (1.07%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 4 (0.71%) JIRA
6 3 (0.54%) HP UFT
6 3 (0.54%) LoadRunner
6 3 (0.54%) Subversion
7 2 (0.36%) AppScan
7 2 (0.36%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.36%) GitLab
7 2 (0.36%) JMeter
7 2 (0.36%) Selenium
8 1 (0.18%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.18%) Burp Suite
8 1 (0.18%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 121 (21.61%) Finance
2 84 (15.00%) Banking
3 15 (2.68%) Law
4 8 (1.43%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.25%) Investment Banking
5 7 (1.25%) Retail
6 5 (0.89%) Multimedia
6 5 (0.89%) Publishing
7 4 (0.71%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.54%) Legal
8 3 (0.54%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.36%) Automotive
9 2 (0.36%) French Language
10 1 (0.18%) Advertising
10 1 (0.18%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.18%) Games
10 1 (0.18%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.18%) Marketing
10 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.93%) OAuth
2 20 (3.57%) SAML
3 16 (2.86%) 802.1X
4 14 (2.50%) Middleware
4 14 (2.50%) Web Services
5 13 (2.32%) .NET
6 12 (2.14%) LDAP
6 12 (2.14%) REST
7 10 (1.79%) OAuth2
7 10 (1.79%) Spring
8 8 (1.43%) JSON
8 8 (1.43%) RESTful
9 7 (1.25%) SailPoint
10 6 (1.07%) SOAP
11 5 (0.89%) HTML
11 5 (0.89%) XML
12 4 (0.71%) Spring Security
13 3 (0.54%) ISPF
13 3 (0.54%) OpenID
14 2 (0.36%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 73 (13.04%) Data Centre
2 66 (11.79%) PKI
3 35 (6.25%) Computer Science
4 32 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (3.57%) Public Cloud
6 15 (2.68%) Management Information System
6 15 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (2.32%) Cyberthreat
8 12 (2.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 9 (1.61%) Fintech
10 8 (1.43%) Online Banking
10 8 (1.43%) Replication
11 6 (1.07%) Driving Licence
11 6 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
12 5 (0.89%) DataPower
12 5 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (0.89%) Mainframe
13 4 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
13 4 (0.71%) Virtual Team
14 3 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 101 (18.04%) Linux
1 101 (18.04%) Windows
2 41 (7.32%) Unix
3 35 (6.25%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (1.79%) Windows 10
6 7 (1.25%) Android
6 7 (1.25%) CentOS
6 7 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.71%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.54%) Check Point GAiA
9 3 (0.54%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.54%) zOS
10 2 (0.36%) CoreOS
11 1 (0.18%) Debian
11 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
11 1 (0.18%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (18.57%) Cybersecurity
2 82 (14.64%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (12.68%) Information Security
4 70 (12.50%) SIEM
5 66 (11.79%) ITIL
6 50 (8.93%) Cryptography
7 46 (8.21%) DevOps
8 41 (7.32%) Security Operations
9 35 (6.25%) Vulnerability Management
10 33 (5.89%) Continuous Improvement
10 33 (5.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 33 (5.89%) Problem-Solving
11 30 (5.36%) Kalman Filter
12 27 (4.82%) SDLC
13 26 (4.64%) Change Management
13 26 (4.64%) OWASP
13 26 (4.64%) Security Architecture
14 25 (4.46%) Resource Management
15 22 (3.93%) Data Loss Prevention
15 22 (3.93%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 57 (10.18%) Python
2 37 (6.61%) Java
3 29 (5.18%) PowerShell
4 27 (4.82%) Bash Shell
5 24 (4.29%) SQL
6 22 (3.93%) C#
7 19 (3.39%) Perl
8 17 (3.04%) C++
9 12 (2.14%) C
10 11 (1.96%) T-SQL
11 7 (1.25%) Java 8
11 7 (1.25%) JavaScript
11 7 (1.25%) Ruby
12 6 (1.07%) Scala
12 6 (1.07%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.54%) Assembly Language
13 3 (0.54%) CLIST
13 3 (0.54%) Go
13 3 (0.54%) JCL
13 3 (0.54%) REXX
Qualifications
1 112 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
2 78 (13.93%) CCNP
3 54 (9.64%) Security Cleared
4 49 (8.75%) SC Cleared
5 47 (8.39%) CISSP
6 46 (8.21%) CCNA
6 46 (8.21%) Degree
7 32 (5.71%) CCSA
8 27 (4.82%) Computer Science Degree
9 24 (4.29%) CCSE
10 22 (3.93%) CCIE
10 22 (3.93%) CISM
11 20 (3.57%) Master's Degree
12 14 (2.50%) AWS Certification
13 13 (2.32%) Check Point Certification
14 12 (2.14%) CCSP
15 10 (1.79%) CISA
16 8 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
17 7 (1.25%) CEH
17 7 (1.25%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (4.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (3.04%) GDPR
3 12 (2.14%) PCI DSS
4 9 (1.61%) SLA
5 8 (1.43%) COBIT
6 5 (0.89%) PMO
7 4 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.71%) GPG13
8 3 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.54%) GCP
8 3 (0.54%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.36%) FINRA
9 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.18%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.18%) PSD2
10 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 49 (8.75%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.86%) ProxySG
3 15 (2.68%) Docker
4 11 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (1.25%) vSphere
6 6 (1.07%) BitLocker
6 6 (1.07%) Hyper-V
6 6 (1.07%) OpenAM
7 5 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.71%) RACF
9 3 (0.54%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 3 (0.54%) Time Sharing Option
9 3 (0.54%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.36%) OpenDJ
10 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.36%) XenApp
11 1 (0.18%) Firmware
11 1 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 23 (4.11%) Ansible
2 20 (3.57%) WSUS
3 19 (3.39%) Terraform
4 17 (3.04%) FortiGate
4 17 (3.04%) Kubernetes
5 16 (2.86%) Puppet
6 15 (2.68%) Opscode Chef
7 13 (2.32%) Salt
7 13 (2.32%) Single Sign-On
8 11 (1.96%) SCCM
9 8 (1.43%) Nessus
9 8 (1.43%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 8 (1.43%) SCOM
10 6 (1.07%) Nagios
10 6 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (0.89%) CASB
11 5 (0.89%) Cisco Prime
11 5 (0.89%) Trend Micro Deep Security
12 4 (0.71%) CSIRT
12 4 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 182 (32.50%) Cisco
2 107 (19.11%) CheckPoint
3 76 (13.57%) Palo Alto
4 70 (12.50%) Juniper
5 63 (11.25%) Microsoft
6 45 (8.04%) F5
7 32 (5.71%) Blue Coat
8 27 (4.82%) Fortinet
9 25 (4.46%) VMware
10 22 (3.93%) Forcepoint
10 22 (3.93%) Splunk
11 21 (3.75%) McAfee
12 20 (3.57%) Symantec
13 18 (3.21%) SolarWinds
14 17 (3.04%) CyberArk
15 15 (2.68%) Infoblox
16 14 (2.50%) Barracuda Networks
16 14 (2.50%) Sophos
17 13 (2.32%) Citrix
17 13 (2.32%) IBM