Period
to 18 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 755 781 697
Rank change year-on-year +26 -84 +79
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 123 106 183
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.19%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.37% 0.32% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 50 126
UK median daily rate £511 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.05% +4.76% +23.53%
10th Percentile £300 £350 £344
90th Percentile £725 £688 £706
UK excluding London median daily rate £498 £550 £500
% change year-on-year -9.55% +10.00% +17.65%
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 32,910 33,522 31,999
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.08% 33.42% 32.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,677 22,386 20,809
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £280 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +2.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 997 965 1,129
UK median hourly rate £20.69 £20.66 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.17% +3.28% -
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.29 £11.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.10 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.47%

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 January 2019.

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 13 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 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 +8 100 £500 -9.09% 31
UK excluding London +13 76 £498 -9.55% 26
London -1 46 £575 +4.55% 7
Midlands +2 16 £365 -7.30% 12
West Midlands 0 16 £365 -7.30% 6
South East -3 16 £563 -8.16% 7
East of England +14 12 £350 - 2
Scotland - 12 £675 -
Wales -7 11 £400 -31.91% 2
South West - 6 - - 1
North of England -38 3 £498 +4.74% 2
North West -7 2 £498 +17.06% 2
Yorkshire -34 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, 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.

1 119 (96.75%) Security Operations
2 51 (41.46%) Cybersecurity
3 49 (39.84%) SIEM
4 48 (39.02%) Information Security
5 30 (24.39%) Security Monitoring
6 29 (23.58%) Security Cleared
7 25 (20.33%) Vulnerability Management
8 22 (17.89%) SC Cleared
9 21 (17.07%) Threat Intelligence
10 19 (15.45%) Incident Management
10 19 (15.45%) Finance
11 17 (13.82%) Management Information System
11 17 (13.82%) CISSP
11 17 (13.82%) Network Security
12 16 (13.01%) Firewall
12 16 (13.01%) Banking
13 14 (11.38%) ITIL
14 13 (10.57%) Python
14 13 (10.57%) Service Management
14 13 (10.57%) Amazon AWS
15 12 (9.76%) ArcSight
15 12 (9.76%) Information Security Management
15 12 (9.76%) Security Management
16 11 (8.94%) Risk Management
16 11 (8.94%) Migration
16 11 (8.94%) LogRhythm
16 11 (8.94%) ISMS
17 10 (8.13%) DV Cleared
17 10 (8.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
17 10 (8.13%) DevOps

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 (6.50%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (1.63%) Confluence
2 2 (1.63%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.81%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 13 (10.57%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.44%) Office 365
3 2 (1.63%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.63%) GitHub
3 2 (1.63%) IaaS
3 2 (1.63%) PaaS
3 2 (1.63%) SaaS
4 1 (0.81%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 17 (13.82%) Network Security
2 16 (13.01%) Firewall
3 5 (4.07%) Intrusion Detection
3 5 (4.07%) VPN
4 4 (3.25%) Internet
5 3 (2.44%) LAN
5 3 (2.44%) WAN
6 1 (0.81%) BGP
6 1 (0.81%) MPLS
6 1 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.81%) SSL
6 1 (0.81%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.81%) VoIP
6 1 (0.81%) VSAT
6 1 (0.81%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.07%) Big Data
1 5 (4.07%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Bitbucket
1 2 (1.63%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.63%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.63%) JIRA
1 2 (1.63%) MSI
General
1 19 (15.45%) Finance
2 16 (13.01%) Banking
3 8 (6.50%) Investment Banking
4 7 (5.69%) Retail Banking
5 6 (4.88%) Law
6 5 (4.07%) Financial Institution
6 5 (4.07%) Retail
6 5 (4.07%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.63%) Legal
8 1 (0.81%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 44 (35.77%) Analyst
2 29 (23.58%) Security Analyst
3 24 (19.51%) Consultant
4 22 (17.89%) SOC Analyst
5 13 (10.57%) Security Manager
6 12 (9.76%) Security Engineer
7 11 (8.94%) Operations Analyst
7 11 (8.94%) Security Operations Analyst
8 10 (8.13%) Security Consultant
9 9 (7.32%) Operational Security Manager
9 9 (7.32%) Operations Manager
9 9 (7.32%) Security Operations Manager
9 9 (7.32%) SOC Manager
10 7 (5.69%) SOC Engineer
11 6 (4.88%) ArcSight Consultant
11 6 (4.88%) Cybersecurity Manager
11 6 (4.88%) Project Manager
11 6 (4.88%) Security Specialist
12 5 (4.07%) Architect
12 5 (4.07%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.50%) Regular Expression
2 7 (5.69%) Elastic Stack
3 4 (3.25%) ModSecurity
4 3 (2.44%) Middleware
4 3 (2.44%) Web Services
5 1 (0.81%) EDI
5 1 (0.81%) JSON
5 1 (0.81%) Kafka
5 1 (0.81%) REST
5 1 (0.81%) SOAP
5 1 (0.81%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.82%) Management Information System
2 9 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.88%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (3.25%) Cyberthreat
5 3 (2.44%) Clustering
5 3 (2.44%) Cyber Defence
5 3 (2.44%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.63%) Cyberattack
6 2 (1.63%) Cybercrime
6 2 (1.63%) PKI
7 1 (0.81%) CESG
7 1 (0.81%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.81%) Fintech
7 1 (0.81%) FMCG
7 1 (0.81%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.13%) Windows
2 7 (5.69%) Linux
3 2 (1.63%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.81%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (96.75%) Security Operations
2 51 (41.46%) Cybersecurity
3 49 (39.84%) SIEM
4 48 (39.02%) Information Security
5 30 (24.39%) Security Monitoring
6 25 (20.33%) Vulnerability Management
7 21 (17.07%) Threat Intelligence
8 19 (15.45%) Incident Management
9 14 (11.38%) ITIL
10 13 (10.57%) Service Management
11 12 (9.76%) Information Security Management
11 12 (9.76%) Security Management
12 11 (8.94%) ISMS
12 11 (8.94%) Migration
12 11 (8.94%) Risk Management
13 10 (8.13%) DevOps
13 10 (8.13%) Service Design
14 9 (7.32%) Patch Management
14 9 (7.32%) Use Case
15 8 (6.50%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 13 (10.57%) Python
2 6 (4.88%) Bash Shell
3 4 (3.25%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.44%) SQL
5 1 (0.81%) Java
5 1 (0.81%) VB
5 1 (0.81%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 29 (23.58%) Security Cleared
2 22 (17.89%) SC Cleared
3 17 (13.82%) CISSP
4 10 (8.13%) DV Cleared
5 8 (6.50%) CEH
6 6 (4.88%) CISM
7 5 (4.07%) GCIH
7 5 (4.07%) SANS
8 4 (3.25%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (3.25%) CREST Certified
8 4 (3.25%) Degree
8 4 (3.25%) ISSMP
9 2 (1.63%) CCMSE
9 2 (1.63%) CCSA
9 2 (1.63%) CCSE
9 2 (1.63%) CCSM
9 2 (1.63%) Check Point Certification
9 2 (1.63%) GREM
9 2 (1.63%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
10 1 (0.81%) GCFE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (4.88%) GDPR
3 4 (3.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 3 (2.44%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 1 (0.81%) COBIT
6 1 (0.81%) PSD2
System Software
1 4 (3.25%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (6.50%) Kibana
2 7 (5.69%) ArcSight ESM
3 6 (4.88%) Nessus
4 5 (4.07%) QRadar
5 1 (0.81%) EnCase
5 1 (0.81%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.81%) FTK
5 1 (0.81%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.81%) logstash
5 1 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.81%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (9.76%) ArcSight
2 11 (8.94%) LogRhythm
3 9 (7.32%) Intel
4 8 (6.50%) McAfee
4 8 (6.50%) Qualys
4 8 (6.50%) ServiceNow
4 8 (6.50%) Splunk
5 7 (5.69%) HP
6 6 (4.88%) CheckPoint
7 5 (4.07%) Palo Alto
7 5 (4.07%) Symantec
8 4 (3.25%) Blue Coat
8 4 (3.25%) CyberArk
8 4 (3.25%) Varonis
9 3 (2.44%) AlienVault
9 3 (2.44%) Cisco
9 3 (2.44%) Lumension
10 2 (1.63%) Capita
10 2 (1.63%) LogLogic
10 2 (1.63%) Microsoft