Period
to 18 February 2018

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 18 February 2018 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 770 671 749
Rank change year-on-year -99 +78 +62
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 98 179 128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.098% 0.19% 0.12%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.29% 0.57% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 127 85
UK median daily rate £545 £525 £443
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.81% +18.64% -6.84%
10th Percentile £313 £314 £326
90th Percentile £688 £693 £587
UK excluding London median daily rate £578 £525 £425
% change year-on-year +10.00% +23.53% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK 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 33,351 31,141 35,362
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.39% 32.71% 32.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,314 20,316 22,758
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 994 1,108 1,343
UK median hourly rate £22.42 £20.00 £20.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.11% -3.03% +17.86%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.50 £47.50 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.79 £18.94 £20.00
% change year-on-year +15.05% -5.30% +17.65%

Security Operations Centre
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations Centre over the 6 months to 18 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Operations Centre.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Top 11 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 18 February 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 -90 93 £535 +1.90% 34
London -55 58 £533 +2.90% 9
UK excluding London -61 40 £578 +10.00% 26
North of England -5 18 £475 -13.64% 8
Yorkshire -1 17 £475 +5.56% 7
South East -18 12 £625 +19.05% 5
Wales -6 5 £581 +78.85% 1
East of England -23 3 - - 4
Midlands -1 2 £438 +9.38% 5
West Midlands -2 2 £438 +9.38% 2
North West -22 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 February 2018, 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 98 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 63 (64.29%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (40.82%) SIEM
4 38 (38.78%) Information Security
5 30 (30.61%) Finance
6 24 (24.49%) Management Information System
7 18 (18.37%) CISSP
8 17 (17.35%) Security Monitoring
8 17 (17.35%) Project Management
8 17 (17.35%) Security Cleared
9 16 (16.33%) Splunk
9 16 (16.33%) ITIL
10 15 (15.31%) Windows
10 15 (15.31%) ArcSight
10 15 (15.31%) Vulnerability Management
11 14 (14.29%) Mentoring
11 14 (14.29%) Firewall
12 13 (13.27%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (13.27%) Coaching
12 13 (13.27%) Incident Management
12 13 (13.27%) Amazon AWS
13 12 (12.24%) SC Cleared
13 12 (12.24%) Network Security
13 12 (12.24%) JIRA
13 12 (12.24%) Change Management
14 11 (11.22%) QRadar
14 11 (11.22%) Banking
14 11 (11.22%) CISM
15 10 (10.20%) Data Centre
15 10 (10.20%) Service Management

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 8 (8.16%) Confluence
1 8 (8.16%) WordPress
2 1 (1.02%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 13 (13.27%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (4.08%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (4.08%) IaaS
2 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.08%) PaaS
2 4 (4.08%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (14.29%) Firewall
2 12 (12.24%) Network Security
3 9 (9.18%) TCP/IP
4 5 (5.10%) Intrusion Detection
4 5 (5.10%) IPsec
5 4 (4.08%) DMZ
5 4 (4.08%) LAN
5 4 (4.08%) SSL
5 4 (4.08%) WAN
6 2 (2.04%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (1.02%) Internet
7 1 (1.02%) NAS
7 1 (1.02%) SAN
7 1 (1.02%) tcpdump
7 1 (1.02%) VPN
7 1 (1.02%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.08%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 12 (12.24%) JIRA
2 9 (9.18%) Git (software)
3 8 (8.16%) Jenkins
General
1 30 (30.61%) Finance
2 11 (11.22%) Banking
3 7 (7.14%) Investment Banking
4 5 (5.10%) Legal
4 5 (5.10%) Telecoms
5 3 (3.06%) Law
5 3 (3.06%) Retail
6 2 (2.04%) Back Office
6 2 (2.04%) Electronics
6 2 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.04%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (31.63%) Analyst
2 22 (22.45%) Security Manager
3 18 (18.37%) SOC Analyst
4 17 (17.35%) Project Manager
4 17 (17.35%) Security Analyst
5 15 (15.31%) Security Project Manager
6 12 (12.24%) Operational Security Manager
6 12 (12.24%) Security Operations Manager
6 12 (12.24%) SOC Manager
7 11 (11.22%) Cybersecurity Manager
7 11 (11.22%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
8 8 (8.16%) Architect
8 8 (8.16%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 8 (8.16%) Senior Analyst
9 7 (7.14%) Administrator
9 7 (7.14%) Security Architect
9 7 (7.14%) SIEM Analyst
9 7 (7.14%) Web Administrator
10 6 (6.12%) Consultant
10 6 (6.12%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.18%) Web Services
2 8 (8.16%) Regular Expression
3 1 (1.02%) LDAP
3 1 (1.02%) REST
3 1 (1.02%) SOAP
3 1 (1.02%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 24 (24.49%) Management Information System
2 10 (10.20%) Data Centre
3 8 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (8.16%) PKI
4 7 (7.14%) Client/Server
5 5 (5.10%) Computer Science
5 5 (5.10%) Cyber Defence
6 4 (4.08%) Algorithms
6 4 (4.08%) CESG
6 4 (4.08%) Public Cloud
7 3 (3.06%) Cyberattack
7 3 (3.06%) EFT
7 3 (3.06%) FMCG
8 2 (2.04%) CMDB
8 2 (2.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (1.02%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (1.02%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (1.02%) Driving Licence
9 1 (1.02%) e-Learning
9 1 (1.02%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 15 (15.31%) Windows
2 7 (7.14%) Linux
2 7 (7.14%) Windows Server
3 5 (5.10%) Unix
4 1 (1.02%) CentOS
4 1 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 63 (64.29%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (40.82%) SIEM
4 38 (38.78%) Information Security
5 17 (17.35%) Project Management
5 17 (17.35%) Security Monitoring
6 16 (16.33%) ITIL
7 15 (15.31%) Vulnerability Management
8 14 (14.29%) Mentoring
9 13 (13.27%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (13.27%) Coaching
9 13 (13.27%) Incident Management
10 12 (12.24%) Change Management
11 10 (10.20%) Service Management
12 9 (9.18%) DevOps
13 8 (8.16%) Investment Management
13 8 (8.16%) Risk Management
13 8 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (8.16%) Threat Intelligence
13 8 (8.16%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.16%) Python
2 3 (3.06%) C
3 1 (1.02%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.02%) C++
3 1 (1.02%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (18.37%) CISSP
2 17 (17.35%) Security Cleared
3 12 (12.24%) SC Cleared
4 11 (11.22%) CISM
5 10 (10.20%) GIAC
6 9 (9.18%) Degree
7 5 (5.10%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (4.08%) CCNP
8 4 (4.08%) CESG Certified Professional
8 4 (4.08%) CISMP
9 3 (3.06%) CISA
9 3 (3.06%) MCSE
9 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (2.04%) CCFP
10 2 (2.04%) CCNA
11 1 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.02%) PMI Certification
11 1 (1.02%) PMP
11 1 (1.02%) SANS
11 1 (1.02%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (7.14%) PCI DSS
3 6 (6.12%) COBIT
3 6 (6.12%) GDPR
3 6 (6.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (3.06%) NIST 800
5 2 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (1.02%) Data Quality
6 1 (1.02%) RMADS
6 1 (1.02%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.04%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.04%) Snort
1 2 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (2.04%) VMware NSX
2 1 (1.02%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (11.22%) QRadar
2 6 (6.12%) ArcSight ESM
3 3 (3.06%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (2.04%) CSIRT
5 1 (1.02%) Ansible
5 1 (1.02%) EnCase
5 1 (1.02%) RSA enVision
5 1 (1.02%) Terraform
Vendors
1 16 (16.33%) Splunk
2 15 (15.31%) ArcSight
3 10 (10.20%) CheckPoint
3 10 (10.20%) Intel
4 9 (9.18%) Palo Alto
5 8 (8.16%) LogRhythm
5 8 (8.16%) McAfee
6 6 (6.12%) Blue Coat
6 6 (6.12%) Cisco
6 6 (6.12%) CyberArk
6 6 (6.12%) HP
7 4 (4.08%) LogLogic
7 4 (4.08%) Lumension
8 3 (3.06%) AlienVault
8 3 (3.06%) SAP
8 3 (3.06%) Thycotic
8 3 (3.06%) Varonis
9 2 (2.04%) ServiceNow
9 2 (2.04%) VMware
10 1 (1.02%) Meridio