Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 429 384 463
Rank change year-on-year -45 +79 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 537 639 508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.61% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.64% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 402 284
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £320 £313 £280
90th Percentile £625 £622 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.31% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 25
UK median hourly rate £46.25 £42.25 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.47% +56.48% -3.57%
10th Percentile £41.13 £24.38 £17.10
90th Percentile £54.55 £47.83 £60.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £29.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year +52.54% +36.89% -64.08%

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 14 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 23 November 2017. 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 -52 467 £475 +5.56% 70
UK excluding London -3 276 £425 +6.25% 42
London -61 249 £500 +5.26% 29
South East -55 82 £456 +7.35% 17
Scotland +8 62 £400 +6.67% 1
North of England +56 44 £370 +5.71% 12
South West +23 42 £448 +23.45% 5
East of England -23 30 £463 +29.82% 5
North West +25 22 £375 -16.67% 7
Midlands +21 22 £375 -6.37% 2
Yorkshire +24 19 £365 +14.06% 5
West Midlands +32 17 £375 -16.67% 2
East Midlands -8 5 £381 +25.00%
North East +51 3 - -

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 258 (48.04%) Firewall
2 191 (35.57%) Network Security
3 165 (30.73%) Cisco
4 143 (26.63%) Windows
5 140 (26.07%) Linux
6 134 (24.95%) Finance
7 117 (21.79%) Cisco Certification
8 102 (18.99%) CheckPoint
9 98 (18.25%) Cybersecurity
10 94 (17.50%) Information Security
11 93 (17.32%) SIEM
12 89 (16.57%) CISSP
12 89 (16.57%) Amazon AWS
13 82 (15.27%) CCNP
14 72 (13.41%) Juniper
15 71 (13.22%) Active Directory
15 71 (13.22%) Microsoft
16 70 (13.04%) Palo Alto
17 69 (12.85%) Python
18 67 (12.48%) VPN
19 64 (11.92%) DevOps
20 61 (11.36%) Unix
20 61 (11.36%) Cisco ASA
21 60 (11.17%) Microsoft Azure
21 60 (11.17%) Agile Software Development
22 58 (10.80%) TCP/IP
23 55 (10.24%) Java
24 51 (9.50%) Security Operations
25 50 (9.31%) Splunk
26 48 (8.94%) Cisco Nexus

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 14 (2.61%) OpenStack
2 12 (2.23%) Apache Spark
3 8 (1.49%) Tomcat
4 5 (0.93%) Apache
4 5 (0.93%) IIS
5 4 (0.74%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (0.74%) Drupal
5 4 (0.74%) WordPress
6 3 (0.56%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.37%) Apache Airflow
7 2 (0.37%) CICS
7 2 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.37%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.37%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.37%) nginx
7 2 (0.37%) SAS
7 2 (0.37%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.37%) Site Server
8 1 (0.19%) CMS
8 1 (0.19%) JBoss
Applications
1 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 4 (0.74%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) RMDS
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 89 (16.57%) Amazon AWS
2 60 (11.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (4.47%) IaaS
4 17 (3.17%) PaaS
5 12 (2.23%) SaaS
6 11 (2.05%) Amazon EC2
6 11 (2.05%) Office 365
6 11 (2.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 9 (1.68%) AWS CloudFormation
8 6 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.93%) Google App Engine
10 4 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.56%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.56%) Mimecast
11 3 (0.56%) Serverless
12 2 (0.37%) Akamai
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.37%) Cloudflare
12 2 (0.37%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 258 (48.04%) Firewall
2 191 (35.57%) Network Security
3 67 (12.48%) VPN
4 61 (11.36%) Cisco ASA
5 58 (10.80%) TCP/IP
6 48 (8.94%) Cisco Nexus
7 46 (8.57%) DNS
8 41 (7.64%) Intrusion Detection
8 41 (7.64%) LAN
9 39 (7.26%) WAN
10 38 (7.08%) BGP
11 34 (6.33%) MPLS
12 28 (5.21%) OSPF
13 24 (4.47%) Internet
14 21 (3.91%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
15 20 (3.72%) IPsec
15 20 (3.72%) SSL
16 17 (3.17%) DHCP
16 17 (3.17%) Wireless
17 15 (2.79%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.35%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.79%) MySQL
2 15 (2.79%) Relational Database
3 13 (2.42%) Big Data
4 11 (2.05%) Parquet
5 5 (0.93%) NoSQL
5 5 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (0.74%) DB2
6 4 (0.74%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.56%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.56%) Blockchain
7 3 (0.56%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.56%) Redis
8 1 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.19%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 17 (3.17%) Git (software)
2 16 (2.98%) JIRA
3 10 (1.86%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.49%) TeamCity
5 7 (1.30%) Burp Suite
6 5 (0.93%) GitLab
7 4 (0.74%) SonarQube
7 4 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (0.56%) Maven
8 3 (0.56%) Metasploit
9 2 (0.37%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.37%) FxCop
9 2 (0.37%) Gradle
9 2 (0.37%) IntelliJ
9 2 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.37%) sqlmap
9 2 (0.37%) Travis CI
10 1 (0.19%) AppScan
10 1 (0.19%) CircleCI
10 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio
General
1 134 (24.95%) Finance
2 30 (5.59%) Telecoms
3 26 (4.84%) Banking
4 18 (3.35%) Retail
5 15 (2.79%) Law
6 10 (1.86%) Legal
7 9 (1.68%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.68%) Publishing
8 7 (1.30%) Marketing
9 5 (0.93%) Electronics
10 4 (0.74%) Military
10 4 (0.74%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.56%) Advertising
12 2 (0.37%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.37%) Billing
12 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Back Office
13 1 (0.19%) Front Office
13 1 (0.19%) German Language
13 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (7.08%) Web Services
2 16 (2.98%) .NET
2 16 (2.98%) Elastic Stack
2 16 (2.98%) Regular Expression
3 12 (2.23%) Kafka
4 11 (2.05%) Grok
4 11 (2.05%) REST
5 6 (1.12%) 802.1X
5 6 (1.12%) FIX Protocol
5 6 (1.12%) OAuth
6 5 (0.93%) Middleware
6 5 (0.93%) SAML
6 5 (0.93%) XML
7 4 (0.74%) HTML
7 4 (0.74%) WPF
8 3 (0.56%) CSS
8 3 (0.56%) DOM
8 3 (0.56%) JSON
8 3 (0.56%) XSD
8 3 (0.56%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 48 (8.94%) Data Centre
2 32 (5.96%) Management Information System
3 23 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (3.72%) PKI
5 16 (2.98%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.42%) Mobile App
7 7 (1.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
8 6 (1.12%) BYOD
8 6 (1.12%) Private Cloud
9 5 (0.93%) Algorithms
9 5 (0.93%) CMDB
9 5 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
9 5 (0.93%) Fintech
9 5 (0.93%) Life Science
9 5 (0.93%) Public Cloud
10 4 (0.74%) Cyber Attack
10 4 (0.74%) Mainframe
10 4 (0.74%) Security Operations Centre
11 3 (0.56%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 143 (26.63%) Windows
2 140 (26.07%) Linux
3 61 (11.36%) Unix
4 34 (6.33%) Windows Server
5 20 (3.72%) Windows 10
6 16 (2.98%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (2.61%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (2.23%) Android
10 9 (1.68%) Solaris
10 9 (1.68%) Windows 7
11 8 (1.49%) Apple iOS
12 6 (1.12%) AIX
12 6 (1.12%) CentOS
12 6 (1.12%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (1.12%) zOS
13 3 (0.56%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.56%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.19%) Debian
14 1 (0.19%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (18.25%) Cybersecurity
2 94 (17.50%) Information Security
3 93 (17.32%) SIEM
4 64 (11.92%) DevOps
5 60 (11.17%) Agile Software Development
6 51 (9.50%) Security Operations
7 48 (8.94%) Configuration Management
8 46 (8.57%) ITIL
9 44 (8.19%) Security Architecture
10 38 (7.08%) Vulnerability Management
11 34 (6.33%) Kalman Filter
12 31 (5.77%) SDLC
13 30 (5.59%) Incident Management
14 28 (5.21%) Change Management
15 27 (5.03%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 26 (4.84%) OWASP
16 26 (4.84%) Penetration Testing
17 25 (4.66%) Continuous Integration
17 25 (4.66%) Network Design
18 24 (4.47%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 69 (12.85%) Python
2 55 (10.24%) Java
3 39 (7.26%) Perl
4 34 (6.33%) PowerShell
5 27 (5.03%) SQL
6 26 (4.84%) Bash Shell
7 23 (4.28%) Ruby
8 18 (3.35%) C#
9 15 (2.79%) C
9 15 (2.79%) VBScript
10 14 (2.61%) Go
11 9 (1.68%) C++
12 8 (1.49%) Shell Script
13 7 (1.30%) JavaScript
14 6 (1.12%) PHP
15 2 (0.37%) Assembly Language
15 2 (0.37%) CLIST
15 2 (0.37%) JCL
15 2 (0.37%) REXX
16 1 (0.19%) Korn
Qualifications
1 117 (21.79%) Cisco Certification
2 89 (16.57%) CISSP
3 82 (15.27%) CCNP
4 43 (8.01%) Security Cleared
5 34 (6.33%) Degree
6 30 (5.59%) SC Cleared
7 28 (5.21%) CISM
8 26 (4.84%) CEH
9 23 (4.28%) CCIE
9 23 (4.28%) CCSE
10 22 (4.10%) CCNA
11 20 (3.72%) CCSP
12 16 (2.98%) CCSA
12 16 (2.98%) CISA
13 15 (2.79%) SANS
14 13 (2.42%) Microsoft Certification
15 10 (1.86%) MCSE
16 9 (1.68%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 9 (1.68%) DV Cleared
16 9 (1.68%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.84%) PCI DSS
2 22 (4.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (3.72%) GDPR
4 13 (2.42%) QA
5 6 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.93%) SLA
7 3 (0.56%) COBIT
7 3 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.37%) GPG13
8 2 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.19%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.19%) GAMP
9 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.19%) PMO
9 1 (0.19%) RMADS
System Software
1 71 (13.22%) Active Directory
2 30 (5.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.05%) ProxySG
4 10 (1.86%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (1.68%) iptables
5 9 (1.68%) vSphere
6 8 (1.49%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.93%) Docker
7 5 (0.93%) vCloud
7 5 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.74%) RACF
8 4 (0.74%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.56%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.56%) Snort
9 3 (0.56%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.37%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 2 (0.37%) Time Sharing Option
10 2 (0.37%) XenApp
11 1 (0.19%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 24 (4.47%) Puppet
2 23 (4.28%) SCCM
3 21 (3.91%) Ansible
3 21 (3.91%) FortiGate
4 19 (3.54%) Norton AntiVirus
5 18 (3.35%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (2.42%) Terraform
7 11 (2.05%) SCOM
8 10 (1.86%) Nessus
9 9 (1.68%) SELinux
10 8 (1.49%) Kubernetes
10 8 (1.49%) logstash
11 7 (1.30%) Cisco Prime
11 7 (1.30%) Nagios
11 7 (1.30%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 7 (1.30%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 6 (1.12%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 4 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
13 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 4 (0.74%) zSecure
Vendors
1 165 (30.73%) Cisco
2 102 (18.99%) CheckPoint
3 72 (13.41%) Juniper
4 71 (13.22%) Microsoft
5 70 (13.04%) Palo Alto
6 50 (9.31%) Splunk
7 44 (8.19%) VMware
8 41 (7.64%) Symantec
9 40 (7.45%) F5
10 39 (7.26%) McAfee
11 30 (5.59%) Blue Coat
11 30 (5.59%) Fortinet
12 25 (4.66%) SolarWinds
13 22 (4.10%) Qualys
14 21 (3.91%) Citrix
15 16 (2.98%) AlienVault
15 16 (2.98%) FireEye
16 15 (2.79%) HP
16 15 (2.79%) IBM
16 15 (2.79%) Red Hat