Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 671 783 766
Rank change year-on-year +112 -17 -33
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 137 105 120
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.10% 0.12%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.52% 0.32% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 50 51
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -13.64% +7.84%
10th Percentile £354 £296 £313
90th Percentile £750 £740 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +23.53% - -12.82%
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 26,571 33,234 32,889
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.28% 32.47% 33.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,868 21,551 21,552
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £274 £263
90th Percentile £669 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,048 1,045 1,006
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - -
10th Percentile £11.66 £12.24 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% -5.00% -

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 October 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 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 21 October 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 +107 110 £495 -1.00% 32
UK excluding London +62 83 £525 +23.53% 32
London +98 51 £475 -5.00% 5
South East +39 27 £550 -2.22% 7
Scotland +46 25 £525 +20.00% 2
North of England +46 10 £495 - 4
North West +27 10 £495 - 3
Midlands +49 8 £388 -13.89% 9
West Midlands +33 8 £388 -13.89% 7
East of England +17 7 £700 +83.61% 3
South West -8 6 £425 - 4

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 137 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 86 (62.77%) Cybersecurity
3 79 (57.66%) SIEM
4 52 (37.96%) Information Security
5 30 (21.90%) Linux
6 29 (21.17%) Finance
7 28 (20.44%) CISSP
8 24 (17.52%) Security Cleared
9 23 (16.79%) Security Architecture
10 22 (16.06%) SC Cleared
10 22 (16.06%) Windows
11 20 (14.60%) Microsoft
12 18 (13.14%) Data Protection
12 18 (13.14%) CEH
12 18 (13.14%) Use Case
12 18 (13.14%) Threat Intelligence
13 17 (12.41%) Public Sector
13 17 (12.41%) Banking
13 17 (12.41%) Data Security
14 16 (11.68%) Security Management
14 16 (11.68%) Management Information System
14 16 (11.68%) Unix
14 16 (11.68%) Intrusion Detection
14 16 (11.68%) Degree
14 16 (11.68%) AWS
14 16 (11.68%) Vulnerability Management
14 16 (11.68%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 15 (10.95%) Investment Banking
15 15 (10.95%) HTTP
16 14 (10.22%) HTTPS

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 5 (3.65%) nginx
2 2 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (1.46%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.73%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (5.84%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.73%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.73%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 16 (11.68%) AWS
2 11 (8.03%) Azure
3 7 (5.11%) GitHub
4 5 (3.65%) AWS CloudTrail
5 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Flow
5 1 (0.73%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 16 (11.68%) Intrusion Detection
2 15 (10.95%) HTTP
3 14 (10.22%) HTTPS
3 14 (10.22%) SMTP
4 11 (8.03%) Firewall
4 11 (8.03%) Network Security
5 4 (2.92%) Internet
6 3 (2.19%) DHCP
6 3 (2.19%) DNS
7 2 (1.46%) Sourcefire
7 2 (1.46%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.46%) WAN
8 1 (0.73%) Cisco Firepower
8 1 (0.73%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (0.73%) IPsec
8 1 (0.73%) iSCSI
8 1 (0.73%) LAN
8 1 (0.73%) MPLS
8 1 (0.73%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.73%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 5 (3.65%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.65%) GitLab
2 2 (1.46%) Bitbucket
2 2 (1.46%) JIRA
General
1 29 (21.17%) Finance
2 17 (12.41%) Banking
2 17 (12.41%) Public Sector
3 15 (10.95%) Investment Banking
4 7 (5.11%) Legal
4 7 (5.11%) Retail
5 2 (1.46%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.73%) Law
6 1 (0.73%) Military
6 1 (0.73%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 55 (40.15%) Analyst
2 26 (18.98%) Security Analyst
3 25 (18.25%) Architect
4 23 (16.79%) SOC Analyst
5 19 (13.87%) Security Architect
6 18 (13.14%) Security Manager
7 17 (12.41%) Senior Analyst
8 14 (10.22%) Consultant
9 12 (8.76%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 11 (8.03%) Operational Security Manager
10 11 (8.03%) Security Operations Manager
10 11 (8.03%) Support Analyst
11 10 (7.30%) Cybersecurity Manager
11 10 (7.30%) Enterprise Architect
11 10 (7.30%) Enterprise Security Architect
11 10 (7.30%) Operations Analyst
12 9 (6.57%) Windows Support Analyst
13 8 (5.84%) Security Operations Analyst
13 8 (5.84%) SOC Manager
14 7 (5.11%) SOC Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.46%) Regular Expression
2 1 (0.73%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.73%) LDAP
2 1 (0.73%) Middleware
2 1 (0.73%) REST
2 1 (0.73%) RESTful
2 1 (0.73%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.68%) Management Information System
2 8 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.65%) Cyberthreat
4 4 (2.92%) Cyberattack
5 3 (2.19%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.19%) Driving Licence
5 3 (2.19%) Grid Computing
5 3 (2.19%) PKI
6 2 (1.46%) SCADA
6 2 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.46%) Smart Energy
6 2 (1.46%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.73%) Blog
7 1 (0.73%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (0.73%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.73%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.73%) PMI
7 1 (0.73%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.73%) Taxonomies
7 1 (0.73%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 30 (21.90%) Linux
2 22 (16.06%) Windows
3 16 (11.68%) Unix
4 2 (1.46%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.73%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 86 (62.77%) Cybersecurity
3 79 (57.66%) SIEM
4 52 (37.96%) Information Security
5 23 (16.79%) Security Architecture
6 18 (13.14%) Data Protection
6 18 (13.14%) Threat Intelligence
6 18 (13.14%) Use Case
7 17 (12.41%) Data Security
8 16 (11.68%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 16 (11.68%) Security Management
8 16 (11.68%) Vulnerability Management
9 14 (10.22%) Risk Management
10 13 (9.49%) ITIL
11 12 (8.76%) Ethical Hacking
12 11 (8.03%) ITSM
12 11 (8.03%) Kalman Filter
12 11 (8.03%) SABSA
12 11 (8.03%) TOGAF
13 10 (7.30%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (10.22%) SQL
2 8 (5.84%) Python
3 6 (4.38%) Bash Shell
4 4 (2.92%) C
5 3 (2.19%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.46%) VBScript
7 1 (0.73%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 28 (20.44%) CISSP
2 24 (17.52%) Security Cleared
3 22 (16.06%) SC Cleared
4 18 (13.14%) CEH
5 16 (11.68%) Degree
6 14 (10.22%) CISM
7 10 (7.30%) TOGAF Certification
8 8 (5.84%) GIAC
9 6 (4.38%) DV Cleared
10 5 (3.65%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (2.19%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (2.19%) CCIE
11 3 (2.19%) CCIE Data Center
11 3 (2.19%) CCIE Security
11 3 (2.19%) CCNP
11 3 (2.19%) GCIA
11 3 (2.19%) GCIH
11 3 (2.19%) SANS
12 2 (1.46%) CASP
12 2 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (4.38%) NIST
3 4 (2.92%) NCSC
4 3 (2.19%) GPG13
5 2 (1.46%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (1.46%) GDPR
5 2 (1.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (1.46%) RMADS
5 2 (1.46%) SLA
6 1 (0.73%) GAMP
6 1 (0.73%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.73%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.73%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.73%) PMO
6 1 (0.73%) QA
6 1 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.73%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 7 (5.11%) Snort
2 2 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.46%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (5.11%) Ansible
2 6 (4.38%) Puppet
2 6 (4.38%) Single Sign-On
2 6 (4.38%) Terraform
3 5 (3.65%) HAProxy
3 5 (3.65%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 5 (3.65%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (3.65%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 3 (2.19%) QRadar
5 2 (1.46%) CSIRT
5 2 (1.46%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.73%) Demisto
6 1 (0.73%) Graphite
6 1 (0.73%) Kibana
6 1 (0.73%) logstash
Vendors
1 20 (14.60%) Microsoft
2 10 (7.30%) Splunk
3 7 (5.11%) Cisco
4 5 (3.65%) ArcSight
4 5 (3.65%) McAfee
5 4 (2.92%) LogRhythm
6 3 (2.19%) VMware
7 2 (1.46%) Blue Coat
7 2 (1.46%) FireEye
7 2 (1.46%) Forcepoint
7 2 (1.46%) Intel
8 1 (0.73%) AlienVault
8 1 (0.73%) Mercator
8 1 (0.73%) PagerDuty
8 1 (0.73%) Qualys
8 1 (0.73%) Remedy
8 1 (0.73%) SolarWinds
8 1 (0.73%) Symantec
8 1 (0.73%) Trustwave
8 1 (0.73%) Twitter