Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 635 741 786
Rank change year-on-year +106 +45 -101
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 84 143 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.15% 0.099%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.39% 0.46% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 82 60
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -4.76% +1.45%
10th Percentile £347 £301 £313
90th Percentile £699 £718 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £450 £530
% change year-on-year +16.67% -15.09% +6.00%
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 21,276 31,372 33,345
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.59% 31.93% 32.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,324 20,447 22,110
UK median daily rate £460 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.16% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £234 £275 £259
90th Percentile £675 £660 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 962 1,024 1,018
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.32 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.14% -5.51% +10.26%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.62
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £48.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.37 £20.00 £20.53
% change year-on-year +6.84% -2.58% +11.73%

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 February 2020.

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 23 February 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 +106 66 £525 +10.53% 32
UK excluding London +76 46 £525 +16.67% 26
London +125 37 £425 -29.17% 8
Scotland +27 18 £525 -22.22% 2
South East +62 10 £570 -0.93% 13
North of England +44 9 £750 +84.62% 3
North West +33 9 £750 +84.62% 3
South West +26 5 £480 +28.00% 2
Midlands +36 2 £375 -11.76% 3
West Midlands +31 2 £375 -11.76% 2
East of England +28 2 £700 +115.38% 3

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 84 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 56 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (47.62%) SIEM
4 25 (29.76%) Finance
5 24 (28.57%) Information Security
6 22 (26.19%) Security Cleared
7 19 (22.62%) SC Cleared
8 18 (21.43%) Microsoft
9 16 (19.05%) Linux
9 16 (19.05%) Splunk
9 16 (19.05%) Public Sector
10 14 (16.67%) Windows
11 13 (15.48%) Banking
11 13 (15.48%) Risk Management
11 13 (15.48%) Degree
12 12 (14.29%) Firewall
12 12 (14.29%) Investment Banking
12 12 (14.29%) SQL
13 11 (13.10%) CISSP
14 10 (11.90%) Security Management
14 10 (11.90%) Management Information System
14 10 (11.90%) Threat Management
14 10 (11.90%) Incident Management
15 9 (10.71%) Security Architecture
15 9 (10.71%) HTTPS
15 9 (10.71%) Cisco
15 9 (10.71%) Unix
15 9 (10.71%) SMTP
15 9 (10.71%) HTTP
15 9 (10.71%) Security Monitoring

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 1 (1.19%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (7.14%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.14%) AWS
1 6 (7.14%) Azure
2 5 (5.95%) Office 365
3 2 (2.38%) GitHub
4 1 (1.19%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 12 (14.29%) Firewall
2 9 (10.71%) HTTP
2 9 (10.71%) HTTPS
2 9 (10.71%) SMTP
3 8 (9.52%) Intrusion Detection
4 6 (7.14%) Network Security
4 6 (7.14%) VPN
5 5 (5.95%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.76%) Internet
6 4 (4.76%) Kerberos
6 4 (4.76%) SSL
7 2 (2.38%) LAN
7 2 (2.38%) WAN
8 1 (1.19%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (1.19%) DNS
8 1 (1.19%) FWSM
8 1 (1.19%) MPLS
8 1 (1.19%) SNMP
8 1 (1.19%) Spanning Tree
8 1 (1.19%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.38%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.38%) Bitbucket
1 2 (2.38%) JIRA
General
1 25 (29.76%) Finance
2 16 (19.05%) Public Sector
3 13 (15.48%) Banking
4 12 (14.29%) Investment Banking
5 7 (8.33%) Legal
6 1 (1.19%) Marketing
6 1 (1.19%) Publishing
6 1 (1.19%) Retail
6 1 (1.19%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 33 (39.29%) Analyst
2 21 (25.00%) Security Analyst
3 16 (19.05%) Security Manager
4 12 (14.29%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 12 (14.29%) SOC Manager
5 10 (11.90%) Cybersecurity Manager
5 10 (11.90%) Operational Security Manager
5 10 (11.90%) Security Operations Manager
6 7 (8.33%) Operations Analyst
6 7 (8.33%) Security Engineer
7 6 (7.14%) Architect
7 6 (7.14%) Consultant
7 6 (7.14%) Operations Manager
7 6 (7.14%) SOC Analyst
7 6 (7.14%) Support Analyst
7 6 (7.14%) Windows Support Analyst
8 5 (5.95%) Project Manager
8 5 (5.95%) Security Architect
8 5 (5.95%) Security Operations Analyst
8 5 (5.95%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.76%) SAML
2 2 (2.38%) Middleware
2 2 (2.38%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.90%) Management Information System
2 8 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (8.33%) Cyberthreat
4 6 (7.14%) PKI
5 5 (5.95%) Public Cloud
6 4 (4.76%) Cyber Defence
6 4 (4.76%) Data Centre
7 2 (2.38%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.38%) Cyberattack
7 2 (2.38%) Driving Licence
7 2 (2.38%) Grid Computing
7 2 (2.38%) Private Cloud
8 1 (1.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.19%) NHS
8 1 (1.19%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 16 (19.05%) Linux
2 14 (16.67%) Windows
3 9 (10.71%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 56 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (47.62%) SIEM
4 24 (28.57%) Information Security
5 13 (15.48%) Risk Management
6 10 (11.90%) Incident Management
6 10 (11.90%) Security Management
6 10 (11.90%) Threat Management
7 9 (10.71%) Security Architecture
7 9 (10.71%) Security Monitoring
8 8 (9.52%) Identity Access Management
8 8 (9.52%) Threat Intelligence
8 8 (9.52%) Vulnerability Management
9 7 (8.33%) Data Protection
9 7 (8.33%) ITIL
10 6 (7.14%) Runbook
10 6 (7.14%) Use Case
11 5 (5.95%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 5 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
11 5 (5.95%) Regulatory Compliance
Programming Languages
1 12 (14.29%) SQL
2 7 (8.33%) Python
3 5 (5.95%) C
4 3 (3.57%) C++
4 3 (3.57%) Perl
4 3 (3.57%) PHP
4 3 (3.57%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.19%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.19%) Ruby
5 1 (1.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (26.19%) Security Cleared
2 19 (22.62%) SC Cleared
3 13 (15.48%) Degree
4 11 (13.10%) CISSP
5 7 (8.33%) GIAC
6 6 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (7.14%) CISM
7 5 (5.95%) DV Cleared
8 4 (4.76%) CCNP
8 4 (4.76%) SANS
9 3 (3.57%) CEH
10 2 (2.38%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 2 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (2.38%) CASP
10 2 (2.38%) CCIE
10 2 (2.38%) CCIE Data Center
10 2 (2.38%) CCIE Security
10 2 (2.38%) CCSP
10 2 (2.38%) CISA
11 1 (1.19%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 7 (8.33%) NCSC
1 7 (8.33%) NIST
2 5 (5.95%) Cyber Essentials
2 5 (5.95%) PCI DSS
3 3 (3.57%) COBIT
4 2 (2.38%) NIST 800
4 2 (2.38%) PMO
5 1 (1.19%) GDPR
5 1 (1.19%) GPG13
5 1 (1.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (1.19%) QA
5 1 (1.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.19%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (7.14%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (4.76%) CSIRT
3 2 (2.38%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (2.38%) QRadar
4 1 (1.19%) Ansible
4 1 (1.19%) EnCase
4 1 (1.19%) Graphite
4 1 (1.19%) Nexpose
4 1 (1.19%) Puppet
4 1 (1.19%) Terraform
Vendors
1 18 (21.43%) Microsoft
2 16 (19.05%) Splunk
3 9 (10.71%) Cisco
4 5 (5.95%) CyberArk
4 5 (5.95%) McAfee
5 4 (4.76%) Meraki
5 4 (4.76%) Palo Alto
5 4 (4.76%) VMware
6 2 (2.38%) ArcSight
6 2 (2.38%) Blue Coat
6 2 (2.38%) Juniper
6 2 (2.38%) LogRhythm
6 2 (2.38%) Sun
6 2 (2.38%) Varonis
6 2 (2.38%) Zscaler
7 1 (1.19%) Becrypt
7 1 (1.19%) Darktrace
7 1 (1.19%) PagerDuty
7 1 (1.19%) ServiceNow
7 1 (1.19%) SolarWinds