Period
to 18 November 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 November 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 781 774 709
Rank change year-on-year -7 -65 +86
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 108 121 188
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.31% 0.34% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 56 123
UK median daily rate £500 £550 £510
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +7.84% +20.00%
10th Percentile £281 £313 £365
90th Percentile £719 £688 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £498
% change year-on-year - -9.55% +18.45%
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 34,879 35,140 36,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.06% 34.41% 34.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,977 23,238 23,563
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £656 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,063 1,067 1,247
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £20.12 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.62% +0.60% +5.10%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.75 £47.90 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year - -2.44% +10.23%

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 November 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 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 November 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 -19 89 £500 -8.26% 32
UK excluding London -18 69 £450 - 26
London -8 39 £575 -1.88% 10
South East -15 16 £563 +7.14% 3
East of England +17 14 £350 +16.67% 4
Scotland - 11 £550 - 3
Midlands -6 10 £450 +28.57% 9
West Midlands -14 10 £450 +28.57% 7
Wales -13 8 £300 -48.94% 1
South West -35 6 - - 3
North of England -41 4 - - 3
North West -19 2 - - 1
Yorkshire -20 2 - - 2

For the 6 months to 18 November 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.

1 104 (96.30%) Security Operations
2 48 (44.44%) SIEM
2 48 (44.44%) Cybersecurity
3 34 (31.48%) Information Security
4 32 (29.63%) Security Cleared
4 32 (29.63%) Security Monitoring
5 26 (24.07%) SC Cleared
5 26 (24.07%) Vulnerability Management
6 23 (21.30%) Threat Intelligence
7 19 (17.59%) Network Security
8 17 (15.74%) Firewall
9 15 (13.89%) Python
10 14 (12.96%) Banking
10 14 (12.96%) ArcSight
11 13 (12.04%) Incident Management
11 13 (12.04%) CISSP
12 12 (11.11%) Windows
12 12 (11.11%) Intel
12 12 (11.11%) Change Management
12 12 (11.11%) Management Information System
12 12 (11.11%) Finance
13 11 (10.19%) Regular Expression
13 11 (10.19%) Service Management
13 11 (10.19%) ITIL
14 10 (9.26%) HP
14 10 (9.26%) Service Delivery
14 10 (9.26%) LogRhythm
14 10 (9.26%) ArcSight ESM
14 10 (9.26%) Patch Management
14 10 (9.26%) ISO/IEC 27001

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 7 (6.48%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (1.85%) Confluence
2 2 (1.85%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.93%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.70%) Office 365
3 3 (2.78%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.93%) GitHub
5 1 (0.93%) IaaS
5 1 (0.93%) PaaS
5 1 (0.93%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (17.59%) Network Security
2 17 (15.74%) Firewall
3 8 (7.41%) Intrusion Detection
4 6 (5.56%) Internet
5 4 (3.70%) VPN
6 3 (2.78%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.85%) VoIP
8 1 (0.93%) BGP
8 1 (0.93%) DMZ
8 1 (0.93%) LAN
8 1 (0.93%) MPLS
8 1 (0.93%) SSL
8 1 (0.93%) WAN
8 1 (0.93%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.41%) Big Data
1 8 (7.41%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2 (1.85%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.85%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.85%) JIRA
2 1 (0.93%) Bitbucket
General
1 14 (12.96%) Banking
2 12 (11.11%) Finance
3 7 (6.48%) Retail Banking
4 6 (5.56%) Investment Banking
4 6 (5.56%) Law
5 5 (4.63%) Retail
5 5 (4.63%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.85%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.85%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.93%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.93%) Legal
Job Titles
1 48 (44.44%) Analyst
2 29 (26.85%) SOC Analyst
3 27 (25.00%) Security Analyst
4 21 (19.44%) Consultant
5 12 (11.11%) Operations Analyst
5 12 (11.11%) Security Engineer
5 12 (11.11%) Security Operations Analyst
6 9 (8.33%) ArcSight Consultant
7 8 (7.41%) SOC Engineer
8 7 (6.48%) Security Manager
9 6 (5.56%) Information Analyst
9 6 (5.56%) SOC Manager
10 5 (4.63%) Architect
10 5 (4.63%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 5 (4.63%) Network Engineer
10 5 (4.63%) Network Security Engineer
10 5 (4.63%) Operational Security Manager
10 5 (4.63%) Operations Manager
10 5 (4.63%) Security Consultant
10 5 (4.63%) Security Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.19%) Regular Expression
2 6 (5.56%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (4.63%) Middleware
4 4 (3.70%) ModSecurity
4 4 (3.70%) Web Services
5 1 (0.93%) JSON
5 1 (0.93%) Kafka
5 1 (0.93%) REST
5 1 (0.93%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 9 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (8.33%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (3.70%) Cyberattack
3 4 (3.70%) Cyberthreat
3 4 (3.70%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.78%) Clustering
4 3 (2.78%) Cyber Defence
5 2 (1.85%) Algorithms
5 2 (1.85%) AS400
5 2 (1.85%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.85%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.85%) Cybercrime
5 2 (1.85%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.85%) PKI
6 1 (0.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.93%) Fintech
6 1 (0.93%) FMCG
6 1 (0.93%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.11%) Windows
2 8 (7.41%) Linux
3 6 (5.56%) Unix
4 1 (0.93%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (96.30%) Security Operations
2 48 (44.44%) Cybersecurity
2 48 (44.44%) SIEM
3 34 (31.48%) Information Security
4 32 (29.63%) Security Monitoring
5 26 (24.07%) Vulnerability Management
6 23 (21.30%) Threat Intelligence
7 13 (12.04%) Incident Management
8 12 (11.11%) Change Management
9 11 (10.19%) ITIL
9 11 (10.19%) Service Management
10 10 (9.26%) Patch Management
10 10 (9.26%) Service Delivery
11 8 (7.41%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 8 (7.41%) DevOps
11 8 (7.41%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 7 (6.48%) Risk Management
12 7 (6.48%) Target Operating Model
13 6 (5.56%) Information Security Management
13 6 (5.56%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 15 (13.89%) Python
2 5 (4.63%) Bash Shell
3 2 (1.85%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.93%) C
4 1 (0.93%) Java
4 1 (0.93%) SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (29.63%) Security Cleared
2 26 (24.07%) SC Cleared
3 13 (12.04%) CISSP
4 9 (8.33%) DV Cleared
5 7 (6.48%) CEH
5 7 (6.48%) GCIH
6 5 (4.63%) CISM
6 5 (4.63%) SANS
7 4 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (3.70%) Degree
8 3 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (2.78%) CREST Certified
9 2 (1.85%) CCMSE
9 2 (1.85%) CCSA
9 2 (1.85%) CCSM
9 2 (1.85%) Check Point Certification
9 2 (1.85%) GIAC
9 2 (1.85%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
9 2 (1.85%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.85%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 3 (2.78%) GDPR
4 2 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27005
4 2 (1.85%) SLA
5 1 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.93%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (3.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 10 (9.26%) ArcSight ESM
2 7 (6.48%) Kibana
3 6 (5.56%) QRadar
4 5 (4.63%) Nessus
5 2 (1.85%) CSIRT
5 2 (1.85%) logstash
6 1 (0.93%) EnCase
6 1 (0.93%) FTK
6 1 (0.93%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.93%) RSA Archer
6 1 (0.93%) RSA Security Analytics
Vendors
1 14 (12.96%) ArcSight
2 12 (11.11%) Intel
3 10 (9.26%) HP
3 10 (9.26%) LogRhythm
4 9 (8.33%) Splunk
5 8 (7.41%) McAfee
6 6 (5.56%) CheckPoint
6 6 (5.56%) ServiceNow
7 5 (4.63%) Microsoft
7 5 (4.63%) Palo Alto
8 4 (3.70%) Blue Coat
9 3 (2.78%) CyberArk
9 3 (2.78%) Lumension
9 3 (2.78%) Varonis
10 2 (1.85%) AlienVault
10 2 (1.85%) BT
10 2 (1.85%) Cisco
10 2 (1.85%) LogLogic
10 2 (1.85%) Qualys
11 1 (0.93%) IBM