Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 2017 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 766 702 785
Rank change year-on-year -64 +83 +70
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 121 189 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.097%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.35% 0.54% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 122 55
UK median daily rate £550 £516 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.54% +21.47% -11.69%
10th Percentile £313 £375 £347
90th Percentile £688 £725 £612
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £498 £423
% change year-on-year -9.55% +17.75% -6.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £57.50

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 34725 34822 36974
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.68% 33.08% 32.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 23034 22825 23509
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1022 1194 1462
UK median hourly rate £20.97 £20.50 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.28% +5.13% +8.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +10.53% +8.57%

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 23 November 2017.

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 12 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 23 November 2017. 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 -54 117 £545 +4.31% 15
UK excluding London +2 62 £450 -9.55% 10
London -49 59 £586 -2.33% 5
North of England +65 23 £425 -20.19% 3
South East -15 20 £525 +6.87% 5
Yorkshire +32 17 £475 +18.75% 2
South West -9 7 £330 -26.67%
North West +15 6 £425 -24.44%
East of England -28 6 £300 -55.56% 1
West Midlands +31 4 £350 -6.67% 1
Midlands +21 4 £350 -6.67% 1
Wales +16 4 £588 +38.24%

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security Operations Centre also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Security Operations Centre.

1 121 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 58 (47.93%) Cybersecurity
3 41 (33.88%) SIEM
4 35 (28.93%) Information Security
5 29 (23.97%) Security Cleared
6 25 (20.66%) Firewall
6 25 (20.66%) Finance
7 24 (19.83%) Management Information System
7 24 (19.83%) Splunk
8 23 (19.01%) SC Cleared
8 23 (19.01%) Cyber Attack
9 21 (17.36%) Vulnerability Management
9 21 (17.36%) CISSP
10 20 (16.53%) Incident Management
11 17 (14.05%) ArcSight
11 17 (14.05%) Windows
11 17 (14.05%) GIAC
11 17 (14.05%) CSIRT
11 17 (14.05%) Security Monitoring
12 16 (13.22%) QRadar
12 16 (13.22%) GCIH
12 16 (13.22%) ITIL
13 15 (12.40%) TCP/IP
13 15 (12.40%) Network Security
13 15 (12.40%) Computer Security
13 15 (12.40%) Analytical Skills
14 13 (10.74%) Threat Intelligence
14 13 (10.74%) Degree
15 12 (9.92%) Intel
15 12 (9.92%) McAfee

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 (1.65%) Apache Pig
2 1 (0.83%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.65%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.96%) Microsoft Azure
1 6 (4.96%) SaaS
2 5 (4.13%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (3.31%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.31%) IaaS
3 4 (3.31%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (20.66%) Firewall
2 15 (12.40%) Network Security
2 15 (12.40%) TCP/IP
3 10 (8.26%) LAN
3 10 (8.26%) WAN
4 9 (7.44%) Internet
5 6 (4.96%) VPN
6 5 (4.13%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (4.13%) SSL
7 4 (3.31%) DMZ
7 4 (3.31%) IPsec
7 4 (3.31%) VoIP
8 2 (1.65%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (1.65%) ICMP
8 2 (1.65%) Software-Defined Networking
8 2 (1.65%) Wireless
8 2 (1.65%) Wireshark
9 1 (0.83%) LDAP
9 1 (0.83%) NAS
9 1 (0.83%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.48%) Big Data
2 2 (1.65%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.83%) DB2
3 1 (0.83%) MySQL
3 1 (0.83%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (3.31%) JIRA
2 1 (0.83%) Metasploit
General
1 25 (20.66%) Finance
2 9 (7.44%) Banking
3 5 (4.13%) Investment Banking
4 4 (3.31%) Retail
5 3 (2.48%) Legal
5 3 (2.48%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.65%) Local Government
6 2 (1.65%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.83%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.83%) Electronics
7 1 (0.83%) Law
7 1 (0.83%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.83%) Marketing
7 1 (0.83%) Military
Job Titles
1 56 (46.28%) Analyst
2 42 (34.71%) Security Analyst
3 29 (23.97%) SOC Analyst
4 23 (19.01%) Security Manager
5 12 (9.92%) SOC Manager
6 11 (9.09%) Operations Analyst
6 11 (9.09%) Project Manager
6 11 (9.09%) Security Operations Analyst
7 10 (8.26%) Architect
7 10 (8.26%) Operational Security Manager
7 10 (8.26%) Security Operations Manager
7 10 (8.26%) Security Project Manager
8 9 (7.44%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 9 (7.44%) Security Architect
9 8 (6.61%) Cybersecurity Manager
9 8 (6.61%) Incident Analyst
9 8 (6.61%) Project Manager - Cybersecurity
9 8 (6.61%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (4.96%) Security Incident Analyst
10 6 (4.96%) SIEM Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.96%) Regular Expression
2 5 (4.13%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.83%) CSS
3 1 (0.83%) HTML
3 1 (0.83%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 24 (19.83%) Management Information System
2 23 (19.01%) Cyber Attack
3 15 (12.40%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (9.09%) Data Centre
5 9 (7.44%) Computer Science
6 6 (4.96%) PKI
7 5 (4.13%) FMCG
8 4 (3.31%) Algorithms
8 4 (3.31%) CESG
8 4 (3.31%) Client/Server
8 4 (3.31%) Cyber Defence
8 4 (3.31%) Public Cloud
9 3 (2.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (1.65%) Fintech
10 2 (1.65%) Shadow IT
11 1 (0.83%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 1 (0.83%) Cyberthreat
11 1 (0.83%) EFT
11 1 (0.83%) Replication
11 1 (0.83%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 17 (14.05%) Windows
2 10 (8.26%) Linux
2 10 (8.26%) Unix
3 5 (4.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 58 (47.93%) Cybersecurity
3 41 (33.88%) SIEM
4 35 (28.93%) Information Security
5 21 (17.36%) Vulnerability Management
6 20 (16.53%) Incident Management
7 17 (14.05%) Security Monitoring
8 16 (13.22%) ITIL
9 15 (12.40%) Computer Security
10 13 (10.74%) Threat Intelligence
11 11 (9.09%) Analytics
11 11 (9.09%) Change Management
11 11 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (9.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 10 (8.26%) Use Case
13 9 (7.44%) Mentoring
14 8 (6.61%) Coaching
14 8 (6.61%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
14 8 (6.61%) Network Virtualisation
15 7 (5.79%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (8.26%) Python
2 4 (3.31%) SQL
3 2 (1.65%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.65%) R
4 1 (0.83%) C++
4 1 (0.83%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.83%) Perl
4 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 29 (23.97%) Security Cleared
2 23 (19.01%) SC Cleared
3 21 (17.36%) CISSP
4 17 (14.05%) GIAC
5 16 (13.22%) GCIH
6 13 (10.74%) Degree
7 10 (8.26%) CISM
8 9 (7.44%) CISMP
9 5 (4.13%) CCNP
9 5 (4.13%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (4.13%) MCSE
9 5 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (3.31%) CESG Certified Professional
10 4 (3.31%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (3.31%) GCIA
11 3 (2.48%) DV Cleared
11 3 (2.48%) SANS
11 3 (2.48%) SSCP
12 2 (1.65%) CCNA
12 2 (1.65%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (9.09%) PCI DSS
2 8 (6.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (4.13%) COBIT
3 5 (4.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (2.48%) GDPR
5 2 (1.65%) Data Quality
5 2 (1.65%) GPG13
5 2 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.83%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.83%) PSD2
6 1 (0.83%) RMADS
System Software
1 2 (1.65%) Active Directory
1 2 (1.65%) Snort
1 2 (1.65%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (1.65%) VMware NSX
2 1 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 17 (14.05%) CSIRT
2 16 (13.22%) QRadar
3 4 (3.31%) Nessus
3 4 (3.31%) Nexpose
3 4 (3.31%) Nmap
4 3 (2.48%) ArcSight ESM
4 3 (2.48%) EnCase
5 1 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 24 (19.83%) Splunk
2 17 (14.05%) ArcSight
3 12 (9.92%) Intel
3 12 (9.92%) McAfee
4 10 (8.26%) Qualys
5 9 (7.44%) Microsoft
6 8 (6.61%) CheckPoint
7 7 (5.79%) AlienVault
7 7 (5.79%) Palo Alto
8 6 (4.96%) LogRhythm
9 5 (4.13%) Cisco
9 5 (4.13%) ServiceNow
10 4 (3.31%) Apple
10 4 (3.31%) HP
10 4 (3.31%) LogLogic
10 4 (3.31%) VMware
11 3 (2.48%) Remedy
11 3 (2.48%) Snow
12 2 (1.65%) NetWitness
12 2 (1.65%) SAP