Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 753 699 803
Rank change year-on-year -54 +104 +30
Contract jobs citing Security Operations Centre 123 180 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.17% 0.094%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.38% 0.51% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 105 57
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £453
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +10.50% +3.43%
10th Percentile £313 £365 £342
90th Percentile £688 £720 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% -
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 32551 35561 36742
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.44% 33.34% 32.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 21366 23347 23128
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 966 1192 1428
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £20.38 £18.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.46% +7.89% -3.75%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.51 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -5.26%

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 24 September 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 14 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 24 September 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 -36 118 £550 +10.00% 14
London -24 64 £613 +2.08% 4
UK excluding London +12 58 £425 -5.56% 10
South East -9 18 £525 +7.69% 9
North of England +80 16 £425 +3.03%
South West +14 10 £340 -30.96%
Yorkshire +43 9 £325 -18.75%
West Midlands +35 6 £350 -22.22% 1
Midlands +28 6 £350 -22.22% 1
East of England -25 6 £338 -21.74%
North West +22 5 £425 -18.85%
Wales - 3 £581 -
North East - 2 - -
Scotland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 September 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.

1 123 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 44 (35.77%) SIEM
2 44 (35.77%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (32.52%) Information Security
4 32 (26.02%) Security Cleared
5 31 (25.20%) Splunk
6 28 (22.76%) Incident Management
7 27 (21.95%) Firewall
8 24 (19.51%) Cyber Attack
9 22 (17.89%) SC Cleared
10 21 (17.07%) Management Information System
11 19 (15.45%) CISSP
11 19 (15.45%) ITIL
11 19 (15.45%) ArcSight
12 18 (14.63%) GIAC
13 16 (13.01%) Finance
13 16 (13.01%) Network Security
14 15 (12.20%) GCIH
14 15 (12.20%) CSIRT
15 14 (11.38%) Analytics
16 13 (10.57%) Vulnerability Management
16 13 (10.57%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (10.57%) Computer Security
16 13 (10.57%) Degree
16 13 (10.57%) TCP/IP
16 13 (10.57%) McAfee
17 12 (9.76%) Internet
17 12 (9.76%) Windows
18 11 (8.94%) Microsoft
18 11 (8.94%) Intel

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 (1.63%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.63%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.63%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (21.95%) Firewall
2 16 (13.01%) Network Security
3 13 (10.57%) TCP/IP
4 12 (9.76%) Internet
5 7 (5.69%) VPN
6 6 (4.88%) LAN
6 6 (4.88%) WAN
7 5 (4.07%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (3.25%) VoIP
9 3 (2.44%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.63%) ICMP
10 2 (1.63%) SSL
10 2 (1.63%) Wireless
11 1 (0.81%) DHCP
11 1 (0.81%) DNS
11 1 (0.81%) IPsec
11 1 (0.81%) NAS
11 1 (0.81%) NX-OS
11 1 (0.81%) VLAN
11 1 (0.81%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.63%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.81%) Big Data
2 1 (0.81%) DB2
2 1 (0.81%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.81%) MySQL
2 1 (0.81%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.81%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (3.25%) JIRA
2 1 (0.81%) Metasploit
General
1 16 (13.01%) Finance
2 6 (4.88%) Military
3 3 (2.44%) Banking
3 3 (2.44%) Retail
3 3 (2.44%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.63%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.63%) Electronics
4 2 (1.63%) Legal
4 2 (1.63%) Local Government
4 2 (1.63%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.63%) Marketing
4 2 (1.63%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.63%) Spanish Language
5 1 (0.81%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 55 (44.72%) Analyst
2 48 (39.02%) Security Analyst
3 27 (21.95%) SOC Analyst
4 21 (17.07%) Security Manager
5 15 (12.20%) Operations Analyst
5 15 (12.20%) Security Operations Analyst
6 10 (8.13%) Architect
6 10 (8.13%) Security Architect
7 9 (7.32%) SOC Manager
8 8 (6.50%) Consultant
9 7 (5.69%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 7 (5.69%) Incident Analyst
9 7 (5.69%) Security Incident Analyst
10 6 (4.88%) Cybersecurity Architect
10 6 (4.88%) Cybersecurity Manager
10 6 (4.88%) IT Analyst
10 6 (4.88%) IT Security Analyst
10 6 (4.88%) Operational Security Manager
10 6 (4.88%) Security Operations Manager
10 6 (4.88%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.07%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (2.44%) Regular Expression
3 1 (0.81%) CSS
3 1 (0.81%) HTML
3 1 (0.81%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 24 (19.51%) Cyber Attack
2 21 (17.07%) Management Information System
3 13 (10.57%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (8.13%) Cyberthreat
5 8 (6.50%) Computer Science
6 5 (4.07%) FMCG
6 5 (4.07%) PKI
7 4 (3.25%) Algorithms
7 4 (3.25%) CESG
8 3 (2.44%) Cyber Defence
8 3 (2.44%) Data Centre
8 3 (2.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.63%) Fintech
9 2 (1.63%) SCADA
9 2 (1.63%) Shadow IT
10 1 (0.81%) Clustering
10 1 (0.81%) Replication
10 1 (0.81%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 12 (9.76%) Windows
2 7 (5.69%) Linux
3 6 (4.88%) Unix
4 5 (4.07%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 44 (35.77%) Cybersecurity
2 44 (35.77%) SIEM
3 40 (32.52%) Information Security
4 28 (22.76%) Incident Management
5 19 (15.45%) ITIL
6 14 (11.38%) Analytics
7 13 (10.57%) Computer Security
7 13 (10.57%) Vulnerability Management
8 10 (8.13%) Security Monitoring
9 9 (7.32%) Change Management
9 9 (7.32%) Threat Intelligence
10 8 (6.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 7 (5.69%) Agile Software Development
11 7 (5.69%) Project Management
11 7 (5.69%) Security Testing
12 6 (4.88%) Case Management
12 6 (4.88%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (4.88%) Use Case
13 5 (4.07%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 9 (7.32%) Python
2 5 (4.07%) SQL
3 2 (1.63%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.63%) R
4 1 (0.81%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.81%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.81%) Perl
4 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 32 (26.02%) Security Cleared
2 22 (17.89%) SC Cleared
3 19 (15.45%) CISSP
4 18 (14.63%) GIAC
5 15 (12.20%) GCIH
6 13 (10.57%) Degree
7 9 (7.32%) CISMP
8 7 (5.69%) CISM
8 7 (5.69%) DV Cleared
8 7 (5.69%) MCSE
8 7 (5.69%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (4.07%) CCNP
9 5 (4.07%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (4.07%) SSCP
10 4 (3.25%) CESG Certified Professional
10 4 (3.25%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (2.44%) GCIA
11 3 (2.44%) SANS
12 2 (1.63%) CCNA
12 2 (1.63%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.13%) PCI DSS
2 8 (6.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (4.07%) COBIT
3 5 (4.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (1.63%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.63%) GPG13
5 1 (0.81%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (3.25%) Snort
2 2 (1.63%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 15 (12.20%) CSIRT
2 10 (8.13%) QRadar
3 5 (4.07%) Nessus
4 4 (3.25%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 4 (3.25%) Nexpose
4 4 (3.25%) Nmap
5 3 (2.44%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (1.63%) ArcSight ESM
6 2 (1.63%) EnCase
7 1 (0.81%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 31 (25.20%) Splunk
2 19 (15.45%) ArcSight
3 13 (10.57%) McAfee
4 11 (8.94%) Intel
4 11 (8.94%) Microsoft
4 11 (8.94%) Qualys
5 7 (5.69%) AlienVault
5 7 (5.69%) Cisco
6 5 (4.07%) ServiceNow
7 4 (3.25%) Apple
7 4 (3.25%) LogLogic
7 4 (3.25%) Palo Alto
8 3 (2.44%) CheckPoint
8 3 (2.44%) Remedy
8 3 (2.44%) Snow
9 2 (1.63%) FireEye
9 2 (1.63%) LogRhythm
9 2 (1.63%) SAP
9 2 (1.63%) Tableau
9 2 (1.63%) VMware