Period
to 7 April 2020

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Security Operations Centre in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Operations Centre over the 6 months to 7 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period over 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 Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 609 742 779
Rank change year-on-year +133 +37 -71
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 69 135 100
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.14% 0.098%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.36% 0.44% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 77 65
Median daily rate £500 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -4.76% +7.69%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £313
90th Percentile £638 £732 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £450 £540
% change year-on-year +13.89% -16.67% +13.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Security Operations Centre is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 19,400 30,798 33,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.91% 31.77% 32.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,036 20,006 21,698
Median daily rate £473 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.53% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £231 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 944 999 1,021
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.81% -2.33% +9.36%
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.85 £11.61
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £50.67
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% -4.76% +16.67%

Security Operations Centre
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Operations Centre as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Operations Centre over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Operations Centre within the UK over the 6 months to 7 April 2020. 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 +136 61 £500 +0.25% 27
UK excluding London +93 41 £513 +13.89% 23
London +112 27 £450 -28.00% 5
South West +44 12 £468 +24.80% 1
North of England +66 9 £750 +84.62% 7
North West +37 9 £750 +84.62% 6
South East +103 8 £571 +1.48% 6
Scotland +29 7 £480 -28.89%
East of England +37 5 £475 +49.61% 4
Work from Home +1 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 7 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Security Operations Centre also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Security Operations Centre.

1 68 (98.55%) Security Operations
2 51 (73.91%) Cybersecurity
3 29 (42.03%) SIEM
4 23 (33.33%) Information Security
5 18 (26.09%) Microsoft
6 17 (24.64%) Incident Management
6 17 (24.64%) Security Cleared
6 17 (24.64%) Splunk
7 16 (23.19%) Finance
7 16 (23.19%) Linux
8 15 (21.74%) Windows
8 15 (21.74%) CISSP
8 15 (21.74%) SC Cleared
9 13 (18.84%) Firewall
9 13 (18.84%) Public Sector
10 12 (17.39%) Python
11 11 (15.94%) GIAC
12 10 (14.49%) Threat Management
13 9 (13.04%) Azure
13 9 (13.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 9 (13.04%) Degree
13 9 (13.04%) Management Information System
13 9 (13.04%) Cisco
13 9 (13.04%) Security Monitoring
14 8 (11.59%) NCSC
14 8 (11.59%) TCP/IP
14 8 (11.59%) VPN
14 8 (11.59%) ITIL
14 8 (11.59%) Use Case
14 8 (11.59%) Analytical Skills

Security Operations Centre
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 2 (2.90%) IIS
2 1 (1.45%) Apache
2 1 (1.45%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (13.04%) Azure
2 7 (10.14%) AWS
2 7 (10.14%) Office 365
3 1 (1.45%) GitHub
3 1 (1.45%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 13 (18.84%) Firewall
2 8 (11.59%) TCP/IP
2 8 (11.59%) VPN
3 7 (10.14%) Network Security
4 6 (8.70%) Intrusion Detection
5 5 (7.25%) Internet
5 5 (7.25%) SSL
6 4 (5.80%) Kerberos
7 3 (4.35%) LAN
8 2 (2.90%) DNS
8 2 (2.90%) WAN
9 1 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (1.45%) FTP
9 1 (1.45%) HTTP
9 1 (1.45%) IPsec
9 1 (1.45%) SMTP
9 1 (1.45%) SNMP
9 1 (1.45%) tcpdump
9 1 (1.45%) VLAN
9 1 (1.45%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.25%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.45%) DB2
2 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Bitbucket
1 1 (1.45%) JIRA
General
1 16 (23.19%) Finance
2 13 (18.84%) Public Sector
3 1 (1.45%) Legal
3 1 (1.45%) Marketing
3 1 (1.45%) Publishing
3 1 (1.45%) Retail
3 1 (1.45%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 28 (40.58%) Analyst
2 23 (33.33%) Security Analyst
3 10 (14.49%) Cybersecurity Analyst
3 10 (14.49%) Security Engineer
3 10 (14.49%) Security Manager
3 10 (14.49%) SOC Manager
4 7 (10.14%) Cybersecurity Manager
5 6 (8.70%) Monitoring Analyst
5 6 (8.70%) Security Monitoring Analyst
6 5 (7.25%) Project Manager
6 5 (7.25%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
6 5 (7.25%) Python Engineer
6 5 (7.25%) Security Project Manager
7 4 (5.80%) Architect
7 4 (5.80%) DBA
7 4 (5.80%) Operations Analyst
7 4 (5.80%) Operations Manager
7 4 (5.80%) SIEM Engineer
7 4 (5.80%) SOC Analyst
7 4 (5.80%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.80%) SAML
2 2 (2.90%) Middleware
3 1 (1.45%) Jinja
3 1 (1.45%) LDAP
3 1 (1.45%) Regular Expression
3 1 (1.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.04%) Management Information System
2 8 (11.59%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (10.14%) Cyberthreat
4 5 (7.25%) Client/Server
4 5 (7.25%) PKI
4 5 (7.25%) Public Cloud
5 4 (5.80%) Cyber Defence
6 2 (2.90%) Blog
6 2 (2.90%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.90%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.45%) CESG
7 1 (1.45%) Cyberattack
7 1 (1.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.45%) NHS
7 1 (1.45%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 16 (23.19%) Linux
2 15 (21.74%) Windows
3 4 (5.80%) Unix
4 1 (1.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (98.55%) Security Operations
2 51 (73.91%) Cybersecurity
3 29 (42.03%) SIEM
4 23 (33.33%) Information Security
5 17 (24.64%) Incident Management
6 10 (14.49%) Threat Management
7 9 (13.04%) Security Monitoring
8 8 (11.59%) ITIL
8 8 (11.59%) Use Case
9 7 (10.14%) Security Architecture
9 7 (10.14%) Threat Intelligence
10 6 (8.70%) Regulatory Compliance
11 5 (7.25%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 5 (7.25%) Project Management
11 5 (7.25%) Risk Management
12 4 (5.80%) Analytics
12 4 (5.80%) Change Management
12 4 (5.80%) OWASP
12 4 (5.80%) Penetration Testing
12 4 (5.80%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 12 (17.39%) Python
2 5 (7.25%) SQL
3 4 (5.80%) Bash Shell
3 4 (5.80%) T-SQL
4 3 (4.35%) C++
4 3 (4.35%) Perl
4 3 (4.35%) PHP
4 3 (4.35%) PowerShell
5 2 (2.90%) C
5 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.45%) Ruby
6 1 (1.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (24.64%) Security Cleared
2 15 (21.74%) CISSP
2 15 (21.74%) SC Cleared
3 11 (15.94%) GIAC
4 9 (13.04%) Degree
5 7 (10.14%) GCIH
5 7 (10.14%) SSCP
6 5 (7.25%) CISM
6 5 (7.25%) SANS
7 4 (5.80%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (5.80%) DV Cleared
8 3 (4.35%) CREST Certified
9 2 (2.90%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 2 (2.90%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (2.90%) CCNP
9 2 (2.90%) CCSP
9 2 (2.90%) CEH
9 2 (2.90%) CISA
9 2 (2.90%) OSCP
10 1 (1.45%) CASP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (11.59%) NCSC
3 7 (10.14%) NIST
4 5 (7.25%) COBIT
4 5 (7.25%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (7.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 5 (7.25%) PCI DSS
5 2 (2.90%) AICPA
6 1 (1.45%) GDPR
6 1 (1.45%) NIST 800
6 1 (1.45%) PMO
6 1 (1.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.45%) Snort
Systems Management
1 2 (2.90%) CSIRT
1 2 (2.90%) QRadar
2 1 (1.45%) Ansible
2 1 (1.45%) EnCase
2 1 (1.45%) Graphite
2 1 (1.45%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (1.45%) Nexpose
2 1 (1.45%) Puppet
2 1 (1.45%) Terraform
Vendors
1 18 (26.09%) Microsoft
2 17 (24.64%) Splunk
3 9 (13.04%) Cisco
4 6 (8.70%) CyberArk
4 6 (8.70%) VMware
5 4 (5.80%) McAfee
5 4 (5.80%) Meraki
5 4 (5.80%) Palo Alto
6 3 (4.35%) ArcSight
7 2 (2.90%) Apple
7 2 (2.90%) Blue Coat
7 2 (2.90%) Juniper
7 2 (2.90%) Sun
7 2 (2.90%) Varonis
7 2 (2.90%) Zscaler
8 1 (1.45%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.45%) Darktrace
8 1 (1.45%) LogRhythm
8 1 (1.45%) PagerDuty
8 1 (1.45%) Symantec