Period
to 22 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 410 459 392
Rank change year-on-year +49 -67 +58
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 607 484 651
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.49% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.51% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 397 290 405
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.74% +4.71%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £625 £613 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 2
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +28.57% +29.63%
10th Percentile £35.75 £40.88 £30.35
90th Percentile £103.70 £55.85 £39.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% +28.57% +45.83%

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 97,845 94,346 99,963
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.73% 94.94% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,305 61,972 65,147
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,138 2,810 3,268
UK median hourly rate £17.75 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.08% +3.89% +0.06%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 +63 547 £463 -2.63% 260
UK excluding London +7 307 £450 +5.88% 159
London +47 284 £500 - 115
South East -2 88 £450 -8.86% 43
North of England -3 64 £425 +13.33% 32
East of England +30 46 £364 +2.11% 21
Scotland -45 45 £513 +28.13% 7
North West +1 38 £425 +6.25% 22
South West -15 35 £513 +25.00% 23
Midlands -17 28 £360 -4.00% 27
Yorkshire -7 24 £415 +32.80% 7
West Midlands -13 18 £360 -2.70% 13
East Midlands +18 10 £325 -16.13% 14
Wales -19 4 £513 +156.25% 5
North East +4 2 £360 - 3

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 290 (47.78%) Firewall
2 235 (38.71%) Network Security
3 190 (31.30%) Cisco
4 145 (23.89%) CheckPoint
5 139 (22.90%) Finance
6 115 (18.95%) Cisco Certification
7 108 (17.79%) Cybersecurity
8 106 (17.46%) Windows
9 101 (16.64%) Banking
10 97 (15.98%) Agile Software Development
11 93 (15.32%) Linux
12 86 (14.17%) Palo Alto
13 85 (14.00%) Information Security
14 83 (13.67%) Cisco ASA
15 82 (13.51%) SIEM
16 79 (13.01%) VPN
16 79 (13.01%) CCNP
17 77 (12.69%) Microsoft Azure
18 76 (12.52%) Juniper
19 75 (12.36%) Amazon AWS
20 71 (11.70%) WAN
20 71 (11.70%) LAN
21 69 (11.37%) PKI
22 67 (11.04%) Microsoft
23 66 (10.87%) Data Centre
24 65 (10.71%) CISSP
25 64 (10.54%) ITIL
26 60 (9.88%) Security Cleared
27 58 (9.56%) F5
28 57 (9.39%) Cryptography

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 (1.48%) MS Exchange
2 6 (0.99%) Confluence
3 5 (0.82%) Apache
4 4 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (0.66%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.49%) CICS
5 3 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
5 3 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.49%) MQSeries
5 3 (0.49%) SAS
5 3 (0.49%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.33%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.33%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.33%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.16%) Mule
7 1 (0.16%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 15 (2.47%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.81%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.33%) Advent Portfolio Exchange
Cloud Services
1 77 (12.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 75 (12.36%) Amazon AWS
3 31 (5.11%) IaaS
4 30 (4.94%) Office 365
4 30 (4.94%) PaaS
5 29 (4.78%) SaaS
6 13 (2.14%) AWS CloudFormation
6 13 (2.14%) AWS Lambda
6 13 (2.14%) Google Cloud Platform
6 13 (2.14%) Serverless
7 12 (1.98%) Akamai
8 11 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (1.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 6 (0.99%) GitHub
11 5 (0.82%) Sumo Logic
12 4 (0.66%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.49%) Fastly
13 3 (0.49%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.33%) OneDrive
15 1 (0.16%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 290 (47.78%) Firewall
2 235 (38.71%) Network Security
3 83 (13.67%) Cisco ASA
4 79 (13.01%) VPN
5 71 (11.70%) LAN
5 71 (11.70%) WAN
6 52 (8.57%) Cisco Nexus
7 49 (8.07%) BGP
8 45 (7.41%) TCP/IP
9 42 (6.92%) OSPF
10 41 (6.75%) Cisco ISE
11 40 (6.59%) Wireless
12 36 (5.93%) Cisco Firepower
13 35 (5.77%) Internet
14 31 (5.11%) IPsec
15 28 (4.61%) DNS
16 23 (3.79%) EIGRP
16 23 (3.79%) SSL
17 22 (3.62%) MPLS
18 20 (3.29%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (2.64%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.98%) Hadoop
3 8 (1.32%) Big Data
4 4 (0.66%) DB2
4 4 (0.66%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.49%) MySQL
6 2 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.33%) Apache Hive
6 2 (0.33%) ArangoDB
6 2 (0.33%) Blockchain
6 2 (0.33%) Flink
6 2 (0.33%) HBase
6 2 (0.33%) Impala
6 2 (0.33%) Neo4j
6 2 (0.33%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (2.47%) Jenkins
2 11 (1.81%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (1.48%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 8 (1.32%) Burp Suite
5 7 (1.15%) JIRA
5 7 (1.15%) Travis CI
6 5 (0.82%) Gerrit
7 3 (0.49%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.49%) Selenium
7 3 (0.49%) Subversion
8 2 (0.33%) AppScan
8 2 (0.33%) Buildbot
8 2 (0.33%) GitLab
8 2 (0.33%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.16%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.16%) IDA Disassembler
9 1 (0.16%) OllyDbg
General
1 139 (22.90%) Finance
2 101 (16.64%) Banking
3 16 (2.64%) Law
4 13 (2.14%) Retail
5 10 (1.65%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.32%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.15%) Retail Banking
8 6 (0.99%) Multimedia
9 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.49%) Legal
9 3 (0.49%) Publishing
10 2 (0.33%) Automotive
10 2 (0.33%) Electronics
10 2 (0.33%) French Language
10 2 (0.33%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.16%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.16%) Games
11 1 (0.16%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.16%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.47%) 802.1X
2 13 (2.14%) Middleware
2 13 (2.14%) OAuth
2 13 (2.14%) Web Services
3 11 (1.81%) .NET
3 11 (1.81%) REST
4 10 (1.65%) Spring
5 9 (1.48%) JSON
6 7 (1.15%) SailPoint
6 7 (1.15%) SAML
7 5 (0.82%) HTML
7 5 (0.82%) LDAP
7 5 (0.82%) RESTful
8 4 (0.66%) Kafka
8 4 (0.66%) OAuth2
8 4 (0.66%) OpenID
8 4 (0.66%) XML
9 3 (0.49%) ISPF
9 3 (0.49%) Regular Expression
9 3 (0.49%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 69 (11.37%) PKI
2 66 (10.87%) Data Centre
3 31 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (4.45%) Computer Science
5 21 (3.46%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 18 (2.97%) Public Cloud
7 17 (2.80%) Cyberthreat
8 15 (2.47%) Management Information System
8 15 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.65%) Security Operations Centre
10 8 (1.32%) Mobile App
10 8 (1.32%) Replication
11 7 (1.15%) Driving Licence
12 6 (0.99%) Fintech
13 5 (0.82%) Cyberattack
13 5 (0.82%) EMV
13 5 (0.82%) FMCG
13 5 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (0.82%) Virtual Team
14 4 (0.66%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 106 (17.46%) Windows
2 93 (15.32%) Linux
3 37 (6.10%) Windows Server
4 34 (5.60%) Unix
5 18 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (2.14%) Android
6 13 (2.14%) Windows 10
7 11 (1.81%) CentOS
8 10 (1.65%) Apple iOS
9 7 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.66%) CoreOS
12 4 (0.66%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.49%) Debian
13 3 (0.49%) zOS
14 1 (0.16%) Check Point GAiA
14 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (17.79%) Cybersecurity
2 97 (15.98%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (14.00%) Information Security
4 82 (13.51%) SIEM
5 64 (10.54%) ITIL
6 57 (9.39%) Cryptography
7 49 (8.07%) Continuous Improvement
8 46 (7.58%) Vulnerability Management
9 44 (7.25%) Security Operations
10 43 (7.08%) DevOps
11 37 (6.10%) Resource Management
12 34 (5.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 31 (5.11%) Problem-Solving
14 26 (4.28%) Migration
14 26 (4.28%) Security Architecture
15 25 (4.12%) Kalman Filter
16 24 (3.95%) Load Balancing
16 24 (3.95%) SDLC
17 22 (3.62%) OWASP
18 21 (3.46%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (9.06%) Python
2 38 (6.26%) Java
3 27 (4.45%) PowerShell
4 26 (4.28%) SQL
5 23 (3.79%) Bash Shell
6 19 (3.13%) C#
7 15 (2.47%) Perl
8 14 (2.31%) C
9 11 (1.81%) C++
9 11 (1.81%) Shell Script
10 9 (1.48%) T-SQL
11 7 (1.15%) JavaScript
11 7 (1.15%) Scala
12 5 (0.82%) Java 8
13 4 (0.66%) Assembly Language
13 4 (0.66%) Go
14 3 (0.49%) CLIST
14 3 (0.49%) JCL
14 3 (0.49%) REXX
15 2 (0.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 115 (18.95%) Cisco Certification
2 79 (13.01%) CCNP
3 65 (10.71%) CISSP
4 60 (9.88%) Security Cleared
5 51 (8.40%) SC Cleared
6 49 (8.07%) CCNA
7 42 (6.92%) CCSA
8 40 (6.59%) CCSE
8 40 (6.59%) Degree
9 25 (4.12%) CCIE
10 24 (3.95%) Check Point Certification
10 24 (3.95%) CISM
11 22 (3.62%) Computer Science Degree
12 15 (2.47%) Master's Degree
13 14 (2.31%) AWS Certification
13 14 (2.31%) CEH
13 14 (2.31%) CISA
14 11 (1.81%) CCSP
14 11 (1.81%) DV Cleared
15 9 (1.48%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (3.29%) PCI DSS
3 17 (2.80%) GDPR
4 9 (1.48%) SLA
5 8 (1.32%) COBIT
6 6 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (0.82%) FedRAMP
7 5 (0.82%) HIPAA
8 4 (0.66%) GPG13
9 3 (0.49%) NIST 800
10 2 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.33%) FINRA
10 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.16%) GAMP
11 1 (0.16%) PSD2
11 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (9.39%) Active Directory
2 18 (2.97%) ProxySG
3 17 (2.80%) Docker
4 10 (1.65%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.65%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.99%) BitLocker
6 4 (0.66%) OpenAM
6 4 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.49%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 3 (0.49%) RACF
7 3 (0.49%) Time Sharing Option
8 2 (0.33%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.33%) Firmware
8 2 (0.33%) OpenDJ
8 2 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.33%) vSphere
9 1 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 29 (4.78%) FortiGate
2 25 (4.12%) Ansible
3 20 (3.29%) Terraform
4 19 (3.13%) Kubernetes
5 18 (2.97%) Opscode Chef
6 17 (2.80%) Puppet
6 17 (2.80%) WSUS
7 15 (2.47%) SCCM
8 13 (2.14%) Salt
9 10 (1.65%) Single Sign-On
10 9 (1.48%) Nessus
10 9 (1.48%) Norton AntiVirus
11 8 (1.32%) QRadar
12 6 (0.99%) Cisco Prime
12 6 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
12 6 (0.99%) Stealthwatch
12 6 (0.99%) Trend Micro Deep Security
13 5 (0.82%) CASB
13 5 (0.82%) Istio
13 5 (0.82%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 190 (31.30%) Cisco
2 145 (23.89%) CheckPoint
3 86 (14.17%) Palo Alto
4 76 (12.52%) Juniper
5 67 (11.04%) Microsoft
6 58 (9.56%) F5
7 39 (6.43%) Blue Coat
8 35 (5.77%) Splunk
9 34 (5.60%) Fortinet
10 31 (5.11%) McAfee
11 29 (4.78%) Symantec
12 27 (4.45%) Forcepoint
13 25 (4.12%) CyberArk
14 20 (3.29%) VMware
15 16 (2.64%) CA
16 15 (2.47%) Barracuda Networks
16 15 (2.47%) Riverbed
17 14 (2.31%) SolarWinds
18 13 (2.14%) Meraki
19 12 (1.98%) Google