Period
to 14 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Security Operations skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Operations over the 6 months to 14 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in 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 (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 454 434 473
Rank change year-on-year -20 +39 +133
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 518 531 474
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.51% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.60% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 301 303
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
10th Percentile £363 £350 £326
90th Percentile £750 £650 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £490 £475
% change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 4
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -48.94% -53.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year - -48.94% -53.00%

Security Operations is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 91,019 88,693 87,901
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.75% 85.91% 85.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,315 59,199 57,906
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £300 £276 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,324 2,065 2,485
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £24.02 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.33% +6.76% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.65 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.00% +11.11% -

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Operations as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Operations.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Operations.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 14 December 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 -25 463 £525 +5.00% 101
London +13 258 £550 +4.76% 47
UK excluding London -45 254 £500 +2.04% 64
South East -25 62 £538 +7.50% 12
Midlands -1 42 £500 - 10
North of England -59 42 £444 -6.58% 22
West Midlands -6 39 £500 - 7
East of England -5 38 £500 -4.76% 8
Scotland -2 33 £525 +5.00% 5
North West -20 25 £474 +0.26% 13
South West -22 19 £481 +1.32% 2
Wales -12 18 £700 +19.15% 4
Yorkshire -52 17 £395 -16.84% 7
North East -1 1 £395 - 2

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Security Operations 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.

1 165 (31.85%) Cybersecurity
2 161 (31.08%) Information Security
3 137 (26.45%) SIEM
4 134 (25.87%) Finance
5 118 (22.78%) CISSP
6 117 (22.59%) Amazon AWS
7 114 (22.01%) Security Operations Centre
8 113 (21.81%) Linux
9 108 (20.85%) Vulnerability Management
10 103 (19.88%) Agile Software Development
11 100 (19.31%) Python
12 98 (18.92%) Security Cleared
13 90 (17.37%) DevOps
14 89 (17.18%) ITIL
15 85 (16.41%) Security Monitoring
16 79 (15.25%) Firewall
16 79 (15.25%) SC Cleared
17 78 (15.06%) Splunk
18 73 (14.09%) Windows
19 72 (13.90%) Ruby
19 72 (13.90%) Incident Management
20 71 (13.71%) Bash Shell
21 70 (13.51%) Threat Intelligence
22 67 (12.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
23 65 (12.55%) CISM
24 64 (12.36%) Jenkins
25 63 (12.16%) Microsoft Azure
25 63 (12.16%) Qualys
26 62 (11.97%) Penetration Testing
27 57 (11.00%) Management Information System

Security Operations
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 12 (2.32%) OpenStack
2 11 (2.12%) Elasticsearch
3 10 (1.93%) Confluence
4 9 (1.74%) IIS
5 6 (1.16%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.16%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (0.58%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.58%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.39%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.39%) IBM Connections
7 2 (0.39%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.39%) WordPress
8 1 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 16 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 117 (22.59%) Amazon AWS
2 63 (12.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (5.79%) PaaS
4 29 (5.60%) IaaS
5 25 (4.83%) Datadog
6 21 (4.05%) GitHub
7 17 (3.28%) SaaS
8 13 (2.51%) Google Cloud Platform
9 11 (2.12%) Office 365
10 10 (1.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 7 (1.35%) Azure Active Directory
12 5 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (0.97%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
13 4 (0.77%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (0.77%) Sumo Logic
14 3 (0.58%) Amazon Kinesis
14 3 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.58%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 79 (15.25%) Firewall
2 43 (8.30%) VPN
3 39 (7.53%) Network Security
4 36 (6.95%) Intrusion Detection
5 23 (4.44%) Internet
6 16 (3.09%) HTTP
7 15 (2.90%) Wireless
8 14 (2.70%) LAN
8 14 (2.70%) VoIP
8 14 (2.70%) WAN
9 12 (2.32%) DNS
9 12 (2.32%) TCP/IP
10 11 (2.12%) 802.11
10 11 (2.12%) SNMP
11 9 (1.74%) Cisco Nexus
12 5 (0.97%) SSL
13 3 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (0.58%) SAN
13 3 (0.58%) Sourcefire
14 2 (0.39%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (5.60%) Hadoop
2 24 (4.63%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.28%) ArangoDB
3 17 (3.28%) Neo4j
3 17 (3.28%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.54%) Amazon Aurora
4 8 (1.54%) Amazon Redshift
4 8 (1.54%) Big Data
5 4 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (0.77%) GIS
6 3 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.19%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.19%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 64 (12.36%) Jenkins
2 46 (8.88%) Git (software)
3 25 (4.83%) Sonatype Nexus
4 15 (2.90%) Metasploit
5 11 (2.12%) Burp Suite
5 11 (2.12%) JIRA
6 10 (1.93%) Visual Studio Team System
7 9 (1.74%) GoCD
7 9 (1.74%) Octopus Deploy
8 8 (1.54%) Gerrit
9 3 (0.58%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.19%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.19%) Hudson
10 1 (0.19%) Maven
10 1 (0.19%) Spinnaker
General
1 134 (25.87%) Finance
2 37 (7.14%) Banking
3 19 (3.67%) Law
4 17 (3.28%) Financial Institution
5 13 (2.51%) Investment Banking
5 13 (2.51%) Retail
6 12 (2.32%) Legal
6 12 (2.32%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.97%) Retail Banking
8 4 (0.77%) Electronics
9 3 (0.58%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.39%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.39%) International Banking
10 2 (0.39%) Marketing
10 2 (0.39%) Military
10 2 (0.39%) Publishing
11 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.19%) French Language
11 1 (0.19%) German Language
Job Titles
1 141 (27.22%) Analyst
2 103 (19.88%) Security Analyst
3 69 (13.32%) Consultant
4 52 (10.04%) Security Engineer
5 47 (9.07%) Security Consultant
6 40 (7.72%) SOC Analyst
7 39 (7.53%) Security Manager
8 34 (6.56%) DevOps Engineer
9 32 (6.18%) Operations Analyst
9 32 (6.18%) Security Operations Analyst
10 29 (5.60%) Developer
11 28 (5.41%) Architect
12 24 (4.63%) ServiceNow Developer
13 23 (4.44%) Security Architect
14 22 (4.25%) Cloud Engineer
14 22 (4.25%) IT Analyst
15 21 (4.05%) Information Analyst
15 21 (4.05%) IT Security Analyst
16 20 (3.86%) Operational Security Manager
16 20 (3.86%) Security Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (5.21%) HTML
1 27 (5.21%) HTML5
1 27 (5.21%) XML
2 24 (4.63%) AngularJS
2 24 (4.63%) CSS
3 20 (3.86%) Web Services
4 15 (2.90%) Elastic Stack
5 11 (2.12%) 802.1X
6 10 (1.93%) JSON
6 10 (1.93%) Regular Expression
7 5 (0.97%) Middleware
7 5 (0.97%) SailPoint
8 4 (0.77%) ModSecurity
8 4 (0.77%) Node.js
8 4 (0.77%) SOAP
9 3 (0.58%) LDAP
10 2 (0.39%) REST
11 1 (0.19%) .NET
11 1 (0.19%) Kafka
11 1 (0.19%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 114 (22.01%) Security Operations Centre
2 57 (11.00%) Management Information System
3 49 (9.46%) Cyberthreat
4 31 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
6 16 (3.09%) Data Centre
6 16 (3.09%) Mobile App
7 11 (2.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 11 (2.12%) Enterprise Cloud
7 11 (2.12%) Public Cloud
7 11 (2.12%) SCADA
7 11 (2.12%) Wiki
8 8 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (0.97%) Cyber Defence
10 5 (0.97%) Cyberattack
10 5 (0.97%) PKI
10 5 (0.97%) Virtual Team
11 4 (0.77%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.77%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 113 (21.81%) Linux
2 73 (14.09%) Windows
3 42 (8.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 32 (6.18%) Unix
5 11 (2.12%) Kali Linux
6 8 (1.54%) CentOS
6 8 (1.54%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.35%) Solaris
8 6 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.58%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.19%) Amazon Linux
11 1 (0.19%) Android
11 1 (0.19%) CoreOS
11 1 (0.19%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (31.85%) Cybersecurity
2 161 (31.08%) Information Security
3 137 (26.45%) SIEM
4 108 (20.85%) Vulnerability Management
5 103 (19.88%) Agile Software Development
6 90 (17.37%) DevOps
7 89 (17.18%) ITIL
8 85 (16.41%) Security Monitoring
9 72 (13.90%) Incident Management
10 70 (13.51%) Threat Intelligence
11 62 (11.97%) Penetration Testing
12 47 (9.07%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 44 (8.49%) Data Protection
14 41 (7.92%) Data Loss Prevention
15 40 (7.72%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
16 39 (7.53%) Risk Management
17 36 (6.95%) Security Architecture
18 32 (6.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 30 (5.79%) Cyber Intelligence
20 29 (5.60%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (19.31%) Python
2 72 (13.90%) Ruby
3 71 (13.71%) Bash Shell
4 38 (7.34%) Perl
5 31 (5.98%) JavaScript
6 27 (5.21%) SQL
7 22 (4.25%) Java
7 22 (4.25%) PowerShell
8 17 (3.28%) Go
9 15 (2.90%) C
10 11 (2.12%) C#
10 11 (2.12%) Lua
11 8 (1.54%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.97%) PHP
13 1 (0.19%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 118 (22.78%) CISSP
2 98 (18.92%) Security Cleared
3 79 (15.25%) SC Cleared
4 65 (12.55%) CISM
5 37 (7.14%) Degree
6 29 (5.60%) AWS Certification
7 26 (5.02%) RHCE
8 24 (4.63%) CISA
8 24 (4.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 22 (4.25%) Cisco Certification
10 21 (4.05%) DV Cleared
11 19 (3.67%) CEH
12 13 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (2.51%) CRISC
12 13 (2.51%) GIAC
13 12 (2.32%) CCNP
13 12 (2.32%) GCIH
13 12 (2.32%) SANS
14 11 (2.12%) OSCE
15 9 (1.74%) ISSMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (12.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 35 (6.76%) GDPR
3 33 (6.37%) PCI DSS
4 17 (3.28%) FINRA
5 15 (2.90%) COBIT
5 15 (2.90%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 8 (1.54%) HIPAA
7 4 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.77%) QA
7 4 (0.77%) SLA
8 3 (0.58%) COSO
9 2 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.39%) IASME
9 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.19%) PSD2
10 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 26 (5.02%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.83%) Docker
3 5 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.58%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.39%) HDFS
5 2 (0.39%) Snort
5 2 (0.39%) vSphere
6 1 (0.19%) Firmware
6 1 (0.19%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.19%) Xen
6 1 (0.19%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 50 (9.65%) Ansible
2 49 (9.46%) Puppet
3 48 (9.27%) Opscode Chef
4 31 (5.98%) Terraform
5 25 (4.83%) Kubernetes
6 23 (4.44%) Nessus
7 17 (3.28%) SELinux
8 15 (2.90%) QRadar
9 13 (2.51%) Suricata
10 11 (2.12%) Kibana
10 11 (2.12%) Nmap
11 9 (1.74%) ArcSight ESM
11 9 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
11 9 (1.74%) Rundeck
12 7 (1.35%) FortiGate
13 6 (1.16%) Grafana
13 6 (1.16%) Nagios
13 6 (1.16%) NetBackup
13 6 (1.16%) Prometheus
14 5 (0.97%) OSSEC
Vendors
1 78 (15.06%) Splunk
2 63 (12.16%) Qualys
3 50 (9.65%) ServiceNow
4 47 (9.07%) McAfee
5 39 (7.53%) Microsoft
6 34 (6.56%) Red Hat
7 32 (6.18%) Oracle
8 24 (4.63%) Symantec
9 22 (4.25%) Varonis
10 21 (4.05%) LogRhythm
11 20 (3.86%) Cloudera
12 19 (3.67%) ArcSight
12 19 (3.67%) Atlassian
12 19 (3.67%) CheckPoint
12 19 (3.67%) CyberArk
13 18 (3.47%) Cisco
14 17 (3.28%) Hortonworks
14 17 (3.28%) Sybase
15 13 (2.51%) Intel
16 12 (2.32%) VMware