Period
to 21 September 2021

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 September 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 294 255 335
Rank change year-on-year -39 +80 +119
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 692 273 666
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 0.93% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 1.00% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 169 480
10th Percentile £381 £348 £325
25th Percentile £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% -5.00% +5.82%
75th Percentile £615 £588 £630
90th Percentile £713 £638 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 16 6
10th Percentile £51.25 £39.13 £51.88
25th Percentile £53.26 £40.00 £52.50
Median hourly rate £60.87 £54.00 £57.72
Median % change year-on-year +12.72% -6.44% +20.67%
75th Percentile £65.37 £70.00 £60.82
90th Percentile £80.00 £79.38 £60.87
UK excluding London median hourly rate £59.94 £59.00 £57.72
% change year-on-year +1.58% +2.22% +21.51%

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 74,348 27,210 82,910
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.12% 92.46% 94.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,396 18,204 55,415
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £405 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £571
90th Percentile £688 £665 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,063 907 2,740
10th Percentile £11.51 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.57 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.80 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.26% +14.74% +8.57%
75th Percentile £44.69 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £60.95 £53.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.88 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.60% +14.29% -

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Engineer over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Engineer over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 17 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 21 September 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 -41 555 £525 +8.25% 230
London -26 351 £550 +10.00% 92
UK excluding London -71 195 £500 +17.65% 151
Work from Home -131 172 £513 +7.89% 30
South East -54 64 £525 +5.00% 34
North of England -77 46 £467 +11.52% 36
North West -55 33 £450 +12.50% 24
Midlands -63 22 £400 +7.38% 27
South West -28 21 £509 +13.00% 12
East of England -35 17 £500 +26.58% 29
West Midlands -57 15 £413 +22.22% 12
Scotland -89 14 £535 +33.81% 9
Wales -18 11 £575 +9.52% 5
Yorkshire -51 9 £463 -15.91% 8
East Midlands -35 7 £380 - 15
North East - 4 £550 - 4
Northern Ireland - 2 - -

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 September 2021, 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.

1 287 (41.47%) Cybersecurity
2 223 (32.23%) Firewall
3 215 (31.07%) Azure
4 158 (22.83%) Finance
5 155 (22.40%) Network Security
6 149 (21.53%) AWS
7 131 (18.93%) SIEM
8 117 (16.91%) Windows
9 116 (16.76%) Python
10 113 (16.33%) DevOps
11 106 (15.32%) Microsoft
12 99 (14.31%) Linux
13 98 (14.16%) Security Architecture
14 96 (13.87%) GCP
15 88 (12.72%) Information Security
16 87 (12.57%) Terraform
17 86 (12.43%) Social Skills
18 84 (12.14%) Cisco
19 78 (11.27%) Active Directory
20 72 (10.40%) Microsoft 365
21 69 (9.97%) PowerShell
21 69 (9.97%) Security Operations
22 64 (9.25%) Cisco Certification
23 62 (8.96%) Kubernetes
24 60 (8.67%) Banking
25 59 (8.53%) Security Cleared
25 59 (8.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
25 59 (8.53%) Vulnerability Management
26 58 (8.38%) Google
26 58 (8.38%) Palo Alto

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 13 (1.88%) OpenStack
2 12 (1.73%) Confluence
3 10 (1.45%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.87%) Apache
5 5 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.72%) nginx
6 4 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.43%) CMS
8 1 (0.14%) IIS
8 1 (0.14%) SAS
8 1 (0.14%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (1.01%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.72%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.14%) Figma
3 1 (0.14%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 19 (2.75%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 215 (31.07%) Azure
2 149 (21.53%) AWS
3 96 (13.87%) GCP
4 72 (10.40%) Microsoft 365
5 41 (5.92%) SaaS
6 31 (4.48%) PaaS
7 28 (4.05%) Azure Active Directory
7 28 (4.05%) IaaS
7 28 (4.05%) Serverless
8 27 (3.90%) Azure Sentinel
9 20 (2.89%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 14 (2.02%) AWS CloudFormation
11 13 (1.88%) AWS CloudTrail
12 12 (1.73%) AWS Lambda
13 11 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
14 10 (1.45%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 10 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
15 9 (1.30%) Amazon EKS
16 8 (1.16%) GitHub
17 7 (1.01%) Amazon Macie
Communications & Networking
1 223 (32.23%) Firewall
2 155 (22.40%) Network Security
3 53 (7.66%) DNS
4 41 (5.92%) VPN
5 29 (4.19%) TCP/IP
6 28 (4.05%) SSL
7 27 (3.90%) WAN
8 26 (3.76%) Cisco ASA
9 24 (3.47%) BGP
9 24 (3.47%) Internet
9 24 (3.47%) LAN
10 22 (3.18%) Intrusion Detection
11 21 (3.03%) HTTP
12 19 (2.75%) DHCP
13 18 (2.60%) SNMP
14 16 (2.31%) IPsec
15 13 (1.88%) MPLS
16 11 (1.59%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 10 (1.45%) Cisco ISE
18 9 (1.30%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (2.02%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.59%) MySQL
3 10 (1.45%) Big Data
4 7 (1.01%) MongoDB
4 7 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (0.87%) Hadoop
5 6 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
6 5 (0.72%) Couchbase
7 4 (0.58%) BigQuery
8 3 (0.43%) Redis
9 2 (0.29%) Blockchain
9 2 (0.29%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.29%) DTS
9 2 (0.29%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.14%) Amazon Aurora
10 1 (0.14%) HDInsight
10 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 15 (2.17%) Jenkins
2 13 (1.88%) Git (software)
3 10 (1.45%) JIRA
4 9 (1.30%) GitLab
4 9 (1.30%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (0.72%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.58%) Burp Suite
6 4 (0.58%) Metasploit
6 4 (0.58%) Snyk
6 4 (0.58%) SonarQube
7 3 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.29%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.29%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.29%) Spinnaker
8 2 (0.29%) TestRail
8 2 (0.29%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.14%) AutoIt
9 1 (0.14%) GCC
9 1 (0.14%) git-flow
9 1 (0.14%) Hudson
General
1 158 (22.83%) Finance
2 86 (12.43%) Social Skills
3 60 (8.67%) Banking
4 21 (3.03%) Public Sector
5 20 (2.89%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (2.17%) Telecoms
7 11 (1.59%) Organisational Skills
8 10 (1.45%) Games
9 9 (1.30%) Legal
10 8 (1.16%) Presentation Skills
11 6 (0.87%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.87%) Law
11 6 (0.87%) Marketing
11 6 (0.87%) Military
12 5 (0.72%) Automotive
13 4 (0.58%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.58%) Retail
14 3 (0.43%) Back Office
14 3 (0.43%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (4.34%) SAML
2 20 (2.89%) OAuth
3 13 (1.88%) LDAP
3 13 (1.88%) Web Services
4 9 (1.30%) Spring
5 7 (1.01%) HTML
5 7 (1.01%) SOAP
6 6 (0.87%) 802.1X
6 6 (0.87%) ARM Templates
6 6 (0.87%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (0.87%) JSP
6 6 (0.87%) Kafka
6 6 (0.87%) OAuth2
6 6 (0.87%) REST
6 6 (0.87%) Servlets
6 6 (0.87%) Spring Boot
7 5 (0.72%) gRPC
7 5 (0.72%) JWT
7 5 (0.72%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (0.72%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 27 (3.90%) Management Information System
2 23 (3.32%) Cloud Native
2 23 (3.32%) Public Cloud
3 21 (3.03%) Data Centre
3 21 (3.03%) PKI
4 15 (2.17%) Cyberthreat
5 14 (2.02%) Cyberattack
6 8 (1.16%) Cyber Defence
6 8 (1.16%) Data Protection Act
6 8 (1.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 8 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
7 7 (1.01%) RSA SecurID
8 6 (0.87%) Security Operations Centre
9 5 (0.72%) CMDB
9 5 (0.72%) Private Cloud
9 5 (0.72%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (0.72%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.58%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 3 (0.43%) Enterprise Cloud
11 3 (0.43%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 117 (16.91%) Windows
2 99 (14.31%) Linux
3 39 (5.64%) Unix
4 38 (5.49%) Windows Server
5 15 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (1.30%) Windows 10
7 7 (1.01%) Debian
8 6 (0.87%) Kali Linux
9 5 (0.72%) VMS
10 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.29%) CentOS
11 2 (0.29%) FreeRTOS
11 2 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.14%) Android
12 1 (0.14%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.14%) OS/400
12 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.14%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (41.47%) Cybersecurity
2 131 (18.93%) SIEM
3 113 (16.33%) DevOps
4 98 (14.16%) Security Architecture
5 88 (12.72%) Information Security
6 69 (9.97%) Security Operations
7 59 (8.53%) Vulnerability Management
8 56 (8.09%) Agile Software Development
8 56 (8.09%) Threat Modelling
9 44 (6.36%) Migration
10 43 (6.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 41 (5.92%) DevSecOps
11 41 (5.92%) Infrastructure as Code
12 39 (5.64%) Risk Management
13 38 (5.49%) Identity Access Management
14 35 (5.06%) Use Case
15 33 (4.77%) ITIL
16 31 (4.48%) Data Security
17 30 (4.34%) Analytics
18 28 (4.05%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 116 (16.76%) Python
2 69 (9.97%) PowerShell
3 46 (6.65%) Java
4 36 (5.20%) SQL
5 26 (3.76%) JavaScript
6 23 (3.32%) Bash Shell
7 14 (2.02%) Shell Script
8 12 (1.73%) C++
9 9 (1.30%) C
9 9 (1.30%) Go
9 9 (1.30%) Ruby
10 8 (1.16%) Perl
11 6 (0.87%) C#
11 6 (0.87%) Scala
12 4 (0.58%) PHP
13 2 (0.29%) BeanShell
14 1 (0.14%) Groovy
14 1 (0.14%) REXX
14 1 (0.14%) RPG
14 1 (0.14%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 64 (9.25%) Cisco Certification
2 59 (8.53%) Security Cleared
3 57 (8.24%) CISSP
4 48 (6.94%) SC Cleared
5 31 (4.48%) Degree
6 30 (4.34%) CCNP
7 25 (3.61%) CCNA
8 24 (3.47%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 18 (2.60%) CCSP
10 14 (2.02%) CISM
11 12 (1.73%) AWS Certification
12 11 (1.59%) CCIE
13 10 (1.45%) CEH
14 9 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
16 6 (0.87%) MCP
17 5 (0.72%) DV Cleared
17 5 (0.72%) GIAC
17 5 (0.72%) ISSEP
17 5 (0.72%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (8.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 31 (4.48%) NIST
2 31 (4.48%) PCI DSS
3 21 (3.03%) GDPR
4 13 (1.88%) SOC 2
5 8 (1.16%) SLA
6 6 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials
6 6 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (0.72%) GLBA
8 3 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (0.43%) RMADS
9 2 (0.29%) Accessibility
9 2 (0.29%) COBIT
9 2 (0.29%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.29%) PSD2
9 2 (0.29%) QA
9 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 78 (11.27%) Active Directory
2 31 (4.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.61%) Docker
4 14 (2.02%) Hyper-V
5 11 (1.59%) vCloud
6 9 (1.30%) VMware Workstation
7 6 (0.87%) IAG
8 5 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.43%) OpenAM
9 3 (0.43%) Snort
9 3 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.43%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.14%) Kamailio
11 1 (0.14%) KVM
11 1 (0.14%) Squid
11 1 (0.14%) Time Sharing Option
11 1 (0.14%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 87 (12.57%) Terraform
2 62 (8.96%) Kubernetes
3 37 (5.35%) Ansible
4 17 (2.46%) Nessus
5 15 (2.17%) Single Sign-On
6 14 (2.02%) Microsoft Intune
7 13 (1.88%) SCCM
8 10 (1.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 7 (1.01%) Consul
9 7 (1.01%) FortiGate
9 7 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (0.87%) PingFederate
10 6 (0.87%) Puppet
11 5 (0.72%) Fluentd
11 5 (0.72%) Grafana
11 5 (0.72%) HAProxy
11 5 (0.72%) Istio
11 5 (0.72%) Kibana
11 5 (0.72%) Prometheus
11 5 (0.72%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 106 (15.32%) Microsoft
2 84 (12.14%) Cisco
3 58 (8.38%) Google
3 58 (8.38%) Palo Alto
4 53 (7.66%) VMware
5 37 (5.35%) CheckPoint
6 33 (4.77%) Splunk
7 32 (4.62%) McAfee
8 30 (4.34%) Fortinet
9 23 (3.32%) F5
10 18 (2.60%) CyberArk
11 17 (2.46%) Zscaler
12 15 (2.17%) Qualys
13 13 (1.88%) Meraki
14 12 (1.73%) Carbon Black
15 11 (1.59%) ArcSight
15 11 (1.59%) CA
16 10 (1.45%) HP
16 10 (1.45%) Oracle
16 10 (1.45%) Symantec