Period
to 21 June 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 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 790 725 733
Rank change year-on-year -65 +8 +55
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 89 121 166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.089% 0.13% 0.16%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.26% 0.39% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 71 107
UK median daily rate £488 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £313 £305 £325
90th Percentile £635 £675 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £413 £438
% change year-on-year +27.27% -5.82% -12.40%
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 33,747 31,149 36,067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.73% 34.17% 33.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,035 20,194 23,607
UK median daily rate £455 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.25% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £271 £263 £250
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +1.25% +5.26% +3.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,051 1,092 1,206
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -6.28% +17.33%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year +16.22% -12.94% +21.43%

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 21 June 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 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 21 June 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 -85 79 £500 -4.76% 28
UK excluding London -20 49 £525 +27.27% 21
London -50 38 £403 -26.15% 7
North of England -49 19 £475 -9.52% 2
South East -9 17 £550 +37.50% 3
Yorkshire -12 15 £475 +35.71% 2
Scotland -31 7 £363 -
Midlands -13 4 £456 +7.35% 4
North West -24 4 - -
West Midlands -13 3 £456 +7.35% 1
Wales -7 2 £518 +59.85%
East Midlands - 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 89 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 43 (48.31%) SIEM
3 41 (46.07%) Cybersecurity
4 29 (32.58%) Information Security
5 24 (26.97%) ITIL
5 24 (26.97%) Finance
6 21 (23.60%) CISSP
7 19 (21.35%) Threat Intelligence
8 18 (20.22%) Windows
8 18 (20.22%) Service Management
8 18 (20.22%) CISM
9 17 (19.10%) Agile Software Development
10 16 (17.98%) Python
10 16 (17.98%) Network Security
11 15 (16.85%) Amazon AWS
11 15 (16.85%) Project Management
12 14 (15.73%) Risk Management
12 14 (15.73%) Security Cleared
12 14 (15.73%) Security Monitoring
13 13 (14.61%) Vulnerability Management
13 13 (14.61%) Analytical Skills
13 13 (14.61%) Threat Management
14 12 (13.48%) ArcSight
14 12 (13.48%) Intrusion Detection
14 12 (13.48%) Intel
14 12 (13.48%) Change Management
14 12 (13.48%) Data Loss Prevention
15 11 (12.36%) Self-Motivation
15 11 (12.36%) Firewall
15 11 (12.36%) Linux

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 (8.99%) Confluence
1 8 (8.99%) WordPress
2 2 (2.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 15 (16.85%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (11.24%) SaaS
3 6 (6.74%) IaaS
3 6 (6.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (6.74%) PaaS
4 2 (2.25%) Mimecast
4 2 (2.25%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (17.98%) Network Security
2 12 (13.48%) Intrusion Detection
3 11 (12.36%) Firewall
4 6 (6.74%) Software-Defined Networking
5 5 (5.62%) DNS
5 5 (5.62%) TCP/IP
6 3 (3.37%) Internet
7 2 (2.25%) Converged Networks
7 2 (2.25%) DKIM
7 2 (2.25%) DMARC
7 2 (2.25%) Kerberos
7 2 (2.25%) VPN
7 2 (2.25%) Wireshark
8 1 (1.12%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (1.12%) DMZ
8 1 (1.12%) IPsec
8 1 (1.12%) SAN
8 1 (1.12%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (8.99%) Big Data
2 7 (7.87%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.25%) Maltego
Development Applications
1 8 (8.99%) Git (software)
1 8 (8.99%) Jenkins
1 8 (8.99%) JIRA
General
1 24 (26.97%) Finance
2 8 (8.99%) Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Investment Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.37%) Retail
5 2 (2.25%) Back Office
6 1 (1.12%) Legal
Job Titles
1 26 (29.21%) Analyst
2 17 (19.10%) Security Analyst
3 15 (16.85%) Security Manager
4 13 (14.61%) SOC Analyst
5 9 (10.11%) Consultant
5 9 (10.11%) Project Manager
6 8 (8.99%) Security Project Manager
7 7 (7.87%) Administrator
7 7 (7.87%) Information Security Manager
7 7 (7.87%) Web Administrator
8 6 (6.74%) ArcSight Consultant
8 6 (6.74%) Information Manager
8 6 (6.74%) Operational Security Manager
8 6 (6.74%) Security Operations Manager
8 6 (6.74%) Security Specialist
8 6 (6.74%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (5.62%) Architect
9 5 (5.62%) Business Analyst
9 5 (5.62%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 5 (5.62%) Information Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.11%) Regular Expression
2 8 (8.99%) Web Services
3 2 (2.25%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (2.25%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (14.61%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (12.36%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (7.87%) Management Information System
4 6 (6.74%) Cyberthreat
4 6 (6.74%) Data Centre
4 6 (6.74%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (4.49%) Client/Server
5 4 (4.49%) Computer Science
5 4 (4.49%) PMI
6 3 (3.37%) CMDB
6 3 (3.37%) Cyberattack
6 3 (3.37%) PKI
7 2 (2.25%) Cyber Defence
7 2 (2.25%) Wiki
8 1 (1.12%) Algorithms
8 1 (1.12%) Data Structures
8 1 (1.12%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.12%) SCADA
8 1 (1.12%) Smart Meter
8 1 (1.12%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 18 (20.22%) Windows
2 11 (12.36%) Linux
3 9 (10.11%) Unix
4 5 (5.62%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 43 (48.31%) SIEM
3 41 (46.07%) Cybersecurity
4 29 (32.58%) Information Security
5 24 (26.97%) ITIL
6 19 (21.35%) Threat Intelligence
7 18 (20.22%) Service Management
8 17 (19.10%) Agile Software Development
9 15 (16.85%) Project Management
10 14 (15.73%) Risk Management
10 14 (15.73%) Security Monitoring
11 13 (14.61%) Threat Management
11 13 (14.61%) Vulnerability Management
12 12 (13.48%) Change Management
12 12 (13.48%) Data Loss Prevention
13 11 (12.36%) DevOps
13 11 (12.36%) Mentoring
14 9 (10.11%) Coaching
15 8 (8.99%) Security Architecture
15 8 (8.99%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 16 (17.98%) Python
2 2 (2.25%) C
2 2 (2.25%) Shell Script
3 1 (1.12%) C++
Qualifications
1 21 (23.60%) CISSP
2 18 (20.22%) CISM
3 14 (15.73%) Security Cleared
4 11 (12.36%) SC Cleared
5 10 (11.24%) SANS
6 9 (10.11%) CEH
7 8 (8.99%) CISA
8 5 (5.62%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (4.49%) CCNA
9 4 (4.49%) Degree
9 4 (4.49%) GIAC
9 4 (4.49%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 4 (4.49%) PMI Certification
10 3 (3.37%) CCNP
10 3 (3.37%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (2.25%) CESG Certified Professional
11 2 (2.25%) CISMP
11 2 (2.25%) ECSA
12 1 (1.12%) GCIH
12 1 (1.12%) ISSEP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (4.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 4 (4.49%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.25%) COBIT
3 2 (2.25%) GDPR
3 2 (2.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (2.25%) SLA
4 1 (1.12%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (1.12%) GPG13
4 1 (1.12%) ISO 31000
4 1 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 3 (3.37%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (10.11%) ArcSight ESM
2 7 (7.87%) QRadar
3 3 (3.37%) PowerBroker
4 2 (2.25%) CSIRT
4 2 (2.25%) Nessus
4 2 (2.25%) RSA enVision
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Incident Response Team
5 1 (1.12%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (1.12%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 12 (13.48%) ArcSight
1 12 (13.48%) Intel
2 9 (10.11%) HP
3 8 (8.99%) Splunk
4 5 (5.62%) CyberArk
5 3 (3.37%) BeyondTrust
5 3 (3.37%) Blue Coat
5 3 (3.37%) CheckPoint
5 3 (3.37%) LogRhythm
5 3 (3.37%) McAfee
5 3 (3.37%) Palo Alto
5 3 (3.37%) ServiceNow
6 2 (2.25%) Cisco
6 2 (2.25%) Lumension
7 1 (1.12%) AlienVault
7 1 (1.12%) Fortinet
7 1 (1.12%) IBM
7 1 (1.12%) LogLogic
7 1 (1.12%) Mercator
7 1 (1.12%) Microsoft