Period
to 15 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Security Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 January 2019.

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
15 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 390 423 416
Rank change year-on-year +33 -7 +48
Contract jobs requiring a Security Engineer 633 541 549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.54% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.57% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 354 356
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.76% -
10th Percentile £349 £327 £319
90th Percentile £651 £646 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £407
% change year-on-year +1.88% +4.55% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 13 7
UK median hourly rate £46.50 £47.83 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +11.23% -6.52%
10th Percentile £30.10 £42.50 £23.55
90th Percentile £62.90 £60.77 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.00 £64.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year +4.69% +124.56% -36.31%

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 94,142 94,370 90,851
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.92% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,182 62,737 59,340
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,881 2,760 3,184
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.43
% change year-on-year - +0.40% -3.17%

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 15 January 2019.

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 15 January 2019.

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 15 January 2019. 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 +47 591 £475 - 274
London +59 345 £500 -4.76% 101
UK excluding London -33 274 £433 +1.88% 186
South East -17 79 £429 -4.67% 43
North of England +7 66 £425 +22.30% 31
North West +19 45 £425 +28.79% 22
South West -34 40 £513 +7.89% 27
East of England +24 37 £364 -30.71% 34
Scotland -11 34 £506 +26.56% 6
Midlands -3 23 £360 -1.37% 38
Yorkshire -7 20 £415 +13.70% 9
West Midlands -26 14 £360 -1.37% 19
East Midlands +14 9 £450 +16.13% 19
Wales -12 1 £350 - 4
North East -12 1 £360 -

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 January 2019, 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.

1 281 (44.39%) Firewall
2 235 (37.12%) Network Security
3 176 (27.80%) Cisco
4 148 (23.38%) CheckPoint
5 143 (22.59%) Finance
6 133 (21.01%) Cybersecurity
7 111 (17.54%) Amazon AWS
8 99 (15.64%) Cisco Certification
9 96 (15.17%) Windows
10 91 (14.38%) Information Security
11 90 (14.22%) Agile Software Development
12 89 (14.06%) LAN
12 89 (14.06%) Microsoft Azure
13 86 (13.59%) SIEM
14 84 (13.27%) WAN
14 84 (13.27%) VPN
15 83 (13.11%) Linux
15 83 (13.11%) Banking
16 78 (12.32%) CCNP
16 78 (12.32%) Palo Alto
17 75 (11.85%) CISSP
18 72 (11.37%) DevOps
19 71 (11.22%) Cisco ASA
20 70 (11.06%) Juniper
21 69 (10.90%) Python
22 68 (10.74%) F5
23 64 (10.11%) Security Cleared
24 58 (9.16%) Security Operations
25 57 (9.00%) Cisco Nexus
25 57 (9.00%) Active Directory

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 11 (1.74%) MS Exchange
2 7 (1.11%) Apache Spark
2 7 (1.11%) Confluence
2 7 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
3 6 (0.95%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.79%) IIS
5 4 (0.63%) Apache Solr
5 4 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (0.47%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.32%) Apache
7 2 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.16%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (1.26%) MS Visio
2 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 111 (17.54%) Amazon AWS
2 89 (14.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 37 (5.85%) Office 365
4 36 (5.69%) Google Cloud Platform
5 35 (5.53%) IaaS
6 32 (5.06%) PaaS
7 30 (4.74%) SaaS
8 18 (2.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 14 (2.21%) Sumo Logic
10 8 (1.26%) GitHub
11 7 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.95%) Mimecast
12 6 (0.95%) OneDrive
13 5 (0.79%) Akamai
14 3 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.47%) Datadog
14 3 (0.47%) Fastly
14 3 (0.47%) OpenShift
14 3 (0.47%) Serverless
15 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 281 (44.39%) Firewall
2 235 (37.12%) Network Security
3 89 (14.06%) LAN
4 84 (13.27%) VPN
4 84 (13.27%) WAN
5 71 (11.22%) Cisco ASA
6 57 (9.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 43 (6.79%) BGP
8 42 (6.64%) Wireless
9 39 (6.16%) OSPF
10 31 (4.90%) Cisco Firepower
10 31 (4.90%) Internet
10 31 (4.90%) TCP/IP
11 30 (4.74%) DNS
12 28 (4.42%) Wi-Fi
13 27 (4.27%) Cisco ISE
14 25 (3.95%) WLAN
15 23 (3.63%) MPLS
16 22 (3.48%) NetScaler
17 21 (3.32%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.05%) Hadoop
2 12 (1.90%) Big Data
3 8 (1.26%) SQL Server
4 7 (1.11%) Apache Hive
4 7 (1.11%) HBase
5 5 (0.79%) Impala
6 4 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (0.63%) Flink
6 4 (0.63%) MySQL
6 4 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.32%) ArangoDB
7 2 (0.32%) BigQuery
7 2 (0.32%) Neo4j
7 2 (0.32%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.32%) Sqoop
8 1 (0.16%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.16%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.16%) Redis
Development Applications
1 27 (4.27%) Jenkins
2 26 (4.11%) Git (software)
3 14 (2.21%) Burp Suite
4 11 (1.74%) JIRA
5 9 (1.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 7 (1.11%) Gerrit
6 7 (1.11%) GoCD
6 7 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (1.11%) Subversion
7 5 (0.79%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (0.63%) GitLab
8 4 (0.63%) IDA Disassembler
8 4 (0.63%) Metasploit
8 4 (0.63%) OllyDbg
8 4 (0.63%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.47%) AppScan
9 3 (0.47%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.47%) Travis CI
10 2 (0.32%) Maven
General
1 143 (22.59%) Finance
2 83 (13.11%) Banking
3 20 (3.16%) Law
4 18 (2.84%) Retail
5 17 (2.69%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.90%) Retail Banking
7 10 (1.58%) Financial Institution
8 6 (0.95%) Investment Banking
8 6 (0.95%) Publishing
9 5 (0.79%) Electronics
10 4 (0.63%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.47%) Legal
12 2 (0.32%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.16%) Advertising
13 1 (0.16%) International Banking
13 1 (0.16%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (4.27%) Web Services
2 12 (1.90%) 802.1X
3 9 (1.42%) RESTful
4 8 (1.26%) OAuth
5 7 (1.11%) Spring
6 6 (0.95%) OpenID
7 5 (0.79%) HTML
7 5 (0.79%) Kafka
7 5 (0.79%) LDAP
7 5 (0.79%) REST
8 4 (0.63%) .NET
8 4 (0.63%) JSON
8 4 (0.63%) Spring Boot
9 3 (0.47%) Node.js
9 3 (0.47%) Regular Expression
9 3 (0.47%) SOAP
10 2 (0.32%) Celery
10 2 (0.32%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.32%) SailPoint
10 2 (0.32%) scikit-learn
Miscellaneous
1 46 (7.27%) Data Centre
2 38 (6.00%) PKI
3 31 (4.90%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 26 (4.11%) Management Information System
5 23 (3.63%) Cyberthreat
6 22 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
7 17 (2.69%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.90%) Security Operations Centre
9 10 (1.58%) Public Cloud
10 8 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (1.11%) Cloud Native
11 7 (1.11%) Fintech
11 7 (1.11%) FMCG
11 7 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (0.79%) EMV
12 5 (0.79%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.63%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.63%) CESG
13 4 (0.63%) Cyberattack
13 4 (0.63%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 96 (15.17%) Windows
2 83 (13.11%) Linux
3 40 (6.32%) Windows Server
4 18 (2.84%) Unix
5 14 (2.21%) Android
6 13 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (2.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (1.74%) Apple iOS
7 11 (1.74%) CentOS
8 9 (1.42%) Windows 10
9 7 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.47%) CoreOS
10 3 (0.47%) Debian
11 2 (0.32%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.16%) Check Point GAiA
12 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.16%) Solaris
12 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (21.01%) Cybersecurity
2 91 (14.38%) Information Security
3 90 (14.22%) Agile Software Development
4 86 (13.59%) SIEM
5 72 (11.37%) DevOps
6 58 (9.16%) Security Operations
7 57 (9.00%) Cryptography
8 56 (8.85%) Vulnerability Management
9 46 (7.27%) Security Architecture
10 43 (6.79%) Load Balancing
11 41 (6.48%) Continuous Improvement
12 37 (5.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 36 (5.69%) ITIL
14 35 (5.53%) Penetration Testing
15 31 (4.90%) Resource Management
16 30 (4.74%) Migration
17 28 (4.42%) Security Testing
18 26 (4.11%) Analytics
18 26 (4.11%) Identity Access Management
18 26 (4.11%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 69 (10.90%) Python
2 45 (7.11%) Java
3 37 (5.85%) Bash Shell
4 32 (5.06%) PowerShell
5 18 (2.84%) Perl
6 15 (2.37%) JavaScript
7 14 (2.21%) SQL
8 13 (2.05%) Ruby
9 12 (1.90%) Shell Script
10 7 (1.11%) C
11 6 (0.95%) Go
12 5 (0.79%) Scala
13 4 (0.63%) Assembly Language
13 4 (0.63%) C#
14 3 (0.47%) C++
14 3 (0.47%) Java 8
15 2 (0.32%) Kotlin
16 1 (0.16%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.16%) VB
16 1 (0.16%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 99 (15.64%) Cisco Certification
2 78 (12.32%) CCNP
3 75 (11.85%) CISSP
4 64 (10.11%) Security Cleared
5 56 (8.85%) SC Cleared
6 50 (7.90%) CCNA
7 39 (6.16%) CCSE
8 35 (5.53%) CCSA
9 31 (4.90%) Degree
10 28 (4.42%) CISM
11 25 (3.95%) CEH
12 24 (3.79%) CISA
13 21 (3.32%) Check Point Certification
14 20 (3.16%) CCIE
15 19 (3.00%) ISSMP
16 15 (2.37%) DV Cleared
17 14 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
17 14 (2.21%) CSSLP
18 13 (2.05%) GIAC
18 13 (2.05%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (6.00%) PCI DSS
2 30 (4.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (4.11%) GDPR
4 17 (2.69%) HIPAA
5 14 (2.21%) FedRAMP
6 6 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 4 (0.63%) PSD2
7 4 (0.63%) SLA
8 3 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.32%) COBIT
9 2 (0.32%) FINRA
10 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.16%) FISMA
10 1 (0.16%) GAMP
10 1 (0.16%) PMO
10 1 (0.16%) QA
System Software
1 57 (9.00%) Active Directory
2 30 (4.74%) Docker
3 19 (3.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (2.21%) Hyper-V
5 12 (1.90%) ProxySG
6 6 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.63%) Apache Flume
7 4 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.47%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.47%) Firmware
8 3 (0.47%) HDFS
8 3 (0.47%) vSphere
9 1 (0.16%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 37 (5.85%) Kubernetes
2 32 (5.06%) Ansible
3 24 (3.79%) FortiGate
4 23 (3.63%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (3.32%) SCCM
6 19 (3.00%) QRadar
6 19 (3.00%) Terraform
7 18 (2.84%) Puppet
8 13 (2.05%) Istio
9 11 (1.74%) Nessus
9 11 (1.74%) Norton AntiVirus
10 9 (1.42%) McAfee ePO
11 8 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
12 7 (1.11%) Hadoop YARN
12 7 (1.11%) Oozie
12 7 (1.11%) Rundeck
13 6 (0.95%) TrustSec
14 5 (0.79%) Nagios
14 5 (0.79%) Stealthwatch
15 4 (0.63%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 176 (27.80%) Cisco
2 148 (23.38%) CheckPoint
3 78 (12.32%) Palo Alto
4 70 (11.06%) Juniper
5 68 (10.74%) F5
6 51 (8.06%) Splunk
7 50 (7.90%) Microsoft
8 42 (6.64%) VMware
9 36 (5.69%) Blue Coat
10 35 (5.53%) Fortinet
11 31 (4.90%) Citrix
12 30 (4.74%) McAfee
13 29 (4.58%) CyberArk
13 29 (4.58%) Google
14 28 (4.42%) Symantec
15 22 (3.48%) Atlassian
16 16 (2.53%) Forcepoint
16 16 (2.53%) Qualys
17 15 (2.37%) Meraki
18 12 (1.90%) Riverbed