The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 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 Engineer
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 375 354 398
Rank change year-on-year -21 +44  
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 232 313 262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.58% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.61% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 181 163
Median daily rate £450 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +9.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +0.93% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 16
Median hourly rate £45.00 £40.50 £22.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +77.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.86 £40.50 £16.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.80 £40.50 £53.07
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £40.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year +11.11% +87.93%  

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 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 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 -9 203 £450 +2.27% 53
London -22 90 £450 -5.26% 19
South West +26 35 £400 +14.28% 6
Scotland +38 27 £459 +13.39% 4
South East -22 25 £500 +11.11% 8
North West +33 22 £500 +53.84% 8
Glasgow -3 15 £500 +25.00% 2
City of London -3 15 £439 -12.30% 1
Cheshire +36 14 £525 +68.00% 3
East of England +3 14 £250 -25.92% 7
Devon - 12 £400 -
Plymouth - 12 £400 -
Hampshire +12 11 £450 +2.85% 1
Gloucestershire +12 10 £400 +14.28%
Hertfordshire +6 9 - - 3
Warrington +29 8 £525 - 1
Manchester +14 8 £450 +3.44% 5
Surrey 0 8 £500 - 1
Wiltshire +5 7 £325 -7.14%
Gloucester - 7 £400 -
North East +63 6 £500 +117.39%
Edinburgh +19 6 £375 - 1
Swindon +2 6 £325 -7.14%
Aberdeen 0 6 - - 1
Berkshire -17 6 £475 +13.09% 4
West Midlands +20 4 £391 -15.40% 1
Kent +1 4 £525 -
Welwyn Garden City - 4 - - 1
East Midlands - 4 £425 - 3
Yorkshire +7 3 £225 -35.71% 1

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Security Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 226 (49.02%) Firewall
2 167 (36.23%) Network Security
3 147 (31.89%) Cisco
4 113 (24.51%) Cisco Certification
5 89 (19.31%) Linux
6 84 (18.22%) Windows
7 77 (16.70%) CheckPoint
8 74 (16.05%) Information Security
9 72 (15.62%) Juniper
9 72 (15.62%) Security Cleared
10 71 (15.40%) Amazon AWS
10 71 (15.40%) Palo Alto
11 64 (13.88%) CISSP
11 64 (13.88%) CCNP
12 62 (13.45%) VPN
12 62 (13.45%) Cisco ASA
13 57 (12.36%) Finance
14 56 (12.15%) SC Cleared
15 52 (11.28%) Python
16 50 (10.85%) Security Operations
17 49 (10.63%) WAN
18 47 (10.20%) SIEM
19 45 (9.76%) Data Centre
20 43 (9.33%) Splunk
20 43 (9.33%) Active Directory
21 42 (9.11%) TCP/IP
21 42 (9.11%) LAN
22 41 (8.89%) Internet
22 41 (8.89%) Configuration Management
23 40 (8.68%) F5

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 12 (2.60%) Apache
2 10 (2.17%) Tomcat
3 8 (1.74%) OpenStack
4 6 (1.30%) nginx
5 4 (0.87%) Hubot
5 4 (0.87%) MS Exchange
5 4 (0.87%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.65%) CICS
6 3 (0.65%) MQSeries
6 3 (0.65%) SAS
7 2 (0.43%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.43%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.22%) Confluence
8 1 (0.22%) Mule
8 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.22%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (2.17%) MS Visio
2 8 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.22%) HipChat
4 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.22%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 71 (15.40%) Amazon AWS
2 32 (6.94%) IaaS
3 31 (6.72%) Microsoft Azure
4 24 (5.21%) PaaS
5 20 (4.34%) SaaS
6 11 (2.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 9 (1.95%) Office 365
8 7 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (1.08%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.65%) Amazon ELB
12 3 (0.65%) Bluemix
12 3 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.65%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
13 2 (0.43%) Route 53
14 1 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.22%) AWS OpsWorks
14 1 (0.22%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 226 (49.02%) Firewall
2 167 (36.23%) Network Security
3 62 (13.45%) Cisco ASA
3 62 (13.45%) VPN
4 49 (10.63%) WAN
5 42 (9.11%) LAN
5 42 (9.11%) TCP/IP
6 41 (8.89%) Internet
7 35 (7.59%) SSL
7 35 (7.59%) Wireless
8 31 (6.72%) Intrusion Detection
9 26 (5.64%) Cisco Nexus
9 26 (5.64%) DNS
10 22 (4.77%) BGP
11 20 (4.34%) TACACS
12 19 (4.12%) Cisco IOS
12 19 (4.12%) NetScaler
13 17 (3.69%) MPLS
13 17 (3.69%) OSPF
14 16 (3.47%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.52%) MySQL
1 7 (1.52%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.30%) MongoDB
3 5 (1.08%) Big Data
4 4 (0.87%) Blockchain
4 4 (0.87%) NoSQL
4 4 (0.87%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (0.65%) DB2
5 3 (0.65%) Redis
6 2 (0.43%) Data Mining
6 2 (0.43%) Parquet
6 2 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.22%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 19 (4.12%) Git (software)
2 12 (2.60%) Jenkins
3 8 (1.74%) Maven
4 7 (1.52%) AppScan
4 7 (1.52%) GitLab
5 5 (1.08%) Travis CI
6 4 (0.87%) MSI
7 3 (0.65%) JIRA
8 2 (0.43%) Subversion
9 1 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.22%) CircleCI
9 1 (0.22%) IDA Disassembler
9 1 (0.22%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.22%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.22%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 57 (12.36%) Finance
2 32 (6.94%) Banking
3 15 (3.25%) Retail
3 15 (3.25%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.30%) Publishing
5 5 (1.08%) Electronics
5 5 (1.08%) Investment Banking
5 5 (1.08%) Law
5 5 (1.08%) Legal
5 5 (1.08%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.87%) Marketing
7 3 (0.65%) Aerospace
7 3 (0.65%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.43%) Local Government
9 1 (0.22%) Billing
9 1 (0.22%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.82%) 802.1X
2 12 (2.60%) Web Services
3 9 (1.95%) Middleware
4 8 (1.74%) Node.js
4 8 (1.74%) XML
5 7 (1.52%) Elastic Stack
5 7 (1.52%) J2EE
6 6 (1.30%) DOM
6 6 (1.30%) REST
6 6 (1.30%) SAX
6 6 (1.30%) XSD
6 6 (1.30%) XSLT
7 3 (0.65%) Hibernate
7 3 (0.65%) ISPF
7 3 (0.65%) RabbitMQ
7 3 (0.65%) Regular Expression
7 3 (0.65%) SAML
8 2 (0.43%) JSP
8 2 (0.43%) Servlets
8 2 (0.43%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 45 (9.76%) Data Centre
2 23 (4.99%) Management Information System
3 18 (3.90%) PKI
4 11 (2.39%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (1.95%) Computer Science
5 9 (1.95%) Mobile App
6 7 (1.52%) YubiKey
7 6 (1.30%) Mainframe
8 5 (1.08%) Clustering
8 5 (1.08%) Security Operations Centre
9 4 (0.87%) CESG
9 4 (0.87%) CMDB
9 4 (0.87%) Wiki
10 3 (0.65%) Cyber Attack
10 3 (0.65%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 3 (0.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (0.65%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.65%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.43%) BYOD
11 2 (0.43%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 89 (19.31%) Linux
2 84 (18.22%) Windows
3 31 (6.72%) Unix
4 22 (4.77%) Windows Server
5 16 (3.47%) Windows 10
6 13 (2.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (2.60%) MVS
8 10 (2.17%) Ubuntu
9 9 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (1.95%) zOS
10 3 (0.65%) Android
10 3 (0.65%) CentOS
10 3 (0.65%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.65%) Solaris
10 3 (0.65%) VMS
10 3 (0.65%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.43%) AIX
11 2 (0.43%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (16.05%) Information Security
2 50 (10.85%) Security Operations
3 47 (10.20%) SIEM
4 41 (8.89%) Configuration Management
5 39 (8.46%) ITIL
6 37 (8.03%) Cybersecurity
7 35 (7.59%) Penetration Testing
8 33 (7.16%) DevOps
9 32 (6.94%) Migration
10 29 (6.29%) Kalman Filter
11 25 (5.42%) Security Monitoring
12 24 (5.21%) Project Planning
13 23 (4.99%) Agile Software Development
14 22 (4.77%) Load Balancing
15 19 (4.12%) Cryptography
15 19 (4.12%) Vulnerability Management
16 18 (3.90%) Change Management
16 18 (3.90%) Data Loss Prevention
16 18 (3.90%) Security Architecture
16 18 (3.90%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 52 (11.28%) Python
2 36 (7.81%) Java
3 33 (7.16%) PowerShell
4 32 (6.94%) Bash Shell
5 26 (5.64%) Ruby
6 21 (4.56%) C
7 18 (3.90%) Perl
8 15 (3.25%) C++
9 14 (3.04%) C#
10 10 (2.17%) SQL
10 10 (2.17%) VBScript
11 9 (1.95%) C-shell
11 9 (1.95%) Korn
11 9 (1.95%) PHP
12 8 (1.74%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.87%) CoffeeScript
13 4 (0.87%) Embedded C
13 4 (0.87%) Go
14 3 (0.65%) CLIST
14 3 (0.65%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 113 (24.51%) Cisco Certification
2 72 (15.62%) Security Cleared
3 64 (13.88%) CCNP
3 64 (13.88%) CISSP
4 56 (12.15%) SC Cleared
5 30 (6.51%) CCNA
6 28 (6.07%) CCSP
7 27 (5.86%) CCIE
8 21 (4.56%) CEH
8 21 (4.56%) Degree
9 20 (4.34%) SANS
10 15 (3.25%) CISA
11 14 (3.04%) CISM
11 14 (3.04%) GIAC
12 12 (2.60%) CCSE
12 12 (2.60%) JNCIA
13 11 (2.39%) CCSA
13 11 (2.39%) CREST Certified
14 10 (2.17%) DV Cleared
15 6 (1.30%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (6.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 25 (5.42%) PCI DSS
3 15 (3.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (1.08%) GDPR
4 5 (1.08%) HIPAA
4 5 (1.08%) JSP 440
4 5 (1.08%) QA
4 5 (1.08%) SLA
5 4 (0.87%) RMADS
6 3 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.22%) COBIT
7 1 (0.22%) COSO
7 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 43 (9.33%) Active Directory
2 17 (3.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (3.25%) ProxySG
4 10 (2.17%) Docker
5 6 (1.30%) RACF
6 4 (0.87%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.87%) Snort
7 3 (0.65%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 3 (0.65%) pfSense
7 3 (0.65%) Time Sharing Option
7 3 (0.65%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.43%) ACF2
8 2 (0.43%) Firmware
8 2 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.43%) vSphere
9 1 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 32 (6.94%) Puppet
2 23 (4.99%) FortiGate
2 23 (4.99%) Opscode Chef
3 15 (3.25%) SCCM
4 12 (2.60%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (1.52%) Ansible
5 7 (1.52%) Kubernetes
5 7 (1.52%) Terraform
6 6 (1.30%) Cisco Prime
6 6 (1.30%) Nagios
6 6 (1.30%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (1.30%) zSecure
7 5 (1.08%) CA Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.08%) HP Fortify
7 5 (1.08%) Stealthwatch
8 4 (0.87%) Consul
8 4 (0.87%) SCOM
8 4 (0.87%) yum
9 3 (0.65%) QRadar
10 2 (0.43%) EnCase
Vendors
1 147 (31.89%) Cisco
2 77 (16.70%) CheckPoint
3 72 (15.62%) Juniper
4 71 (15.40%) Palo Alto
5 43 (9.33%) Splunk
6 40 (8.68%) F5
7 39 (8.46%) Blue Coat
8 35 (7.59%) Microsoft
9 33 (7.16%) Fortinet
10 26 (5.64%) McAfee
11 22 (4.77%) VMware
12 21 (4.56%) Citrix
13 19 (4.12%) ArcSight
13 19 (4.12%) FireEye
14 15 (3.25%) SolarWinds
15 11 (2.39%) Riverbed
15 11 (2.39%) Symantec
16 10 (2.17%) Forcepoint
16 10 (2.17%) IBM
17 9 (1.95%) HP
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