Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 2017 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 442 475 579
Rank change year-on-year +33 +104 +132
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 507 479 324
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.46% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.54% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 307 198
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £350 £338 £350
90th Percentile £644 £725 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £500
% change year-on-year - -5.00% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 8
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £27.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.56% - -29.87%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £27.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -55.56% - -

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 85705 87976 93705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.91% 81.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 57093 58207 60721
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2022 2335 2744
UK median hourly rate £23.32 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.83% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.37 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.50% +2.59% +18.75%

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 19 November 2017.

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
Top 16 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 19 November 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 +21 474 £500 - 43
UK excluding London +43 256 £475 - 28
London -15 245 £500 - 19
North of England +54 86 £450 -8.40% 6
South East +12 72 £480 -2.29% 8
Yorkshire +53 54 £450 -25.00% 4
East of England -7 34 £550 +10.00% 4
North West -10 30 £465 +3.33% 1
Midlands +35 24 £525 +16.67% 5
Scotland +8 22 £500 +11.11% 3
West Midlands +35 20 £525 +23.53% 5
South West +2 18 £450 +12.50% 1
Wales +18 4 £588 +38.24% 1
East Midlands +11 4 - -
North East +68 2 - - 1
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security Operations 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.

1 180 (35.50%) Cybersecurity
2 172 (33.93%) Information Security
3 138 (27.22%) SIEM
4 133 (26.23%) Finance
5 126 (24.85%) CISSP
6 121 (23.87%) Security Operations Centre
7 111 (21.89%) Firewall
8 106 (20.91%) Vulnerability Management
9 99 (19.53%) Windows
10 95 (18.74%) Linux
11 94 (18.54%) Security Monitoring
12 81 (15.98%) Agile Software Development
12 81 (15.98%) Security Cleared
13 75 (14.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 68 (13.41%) Management Information System
15 67 (13.21%) CISM
16 66 (13.02%) Amazon AWS
17 65 (12.82%) Banking
18 63 (12.43%) PCI DSS
18 63 (12.43%) Threat Intelligence
19 60 (11.83%) Python
20 57 (11.24%) SC Cleared
21 56 (11.05%) Penetration Testing
22 55 (10.85%) TCP/IP
22 55 (10.85%) Analytical Skills
23 54 (10.65%) Splunk
24 53 (10.45%) Risk Management
25 51 (10.06%) Incident Management
26 50 (9.86%) Microsoft
27 47 (9.27%) Unix

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 28 (5.52%) IIS
2 12 (2.37%) SharePoint
2 12 (2.37%) SharePoint Server
3 5 (0.99%) Apache
3 5 (0.99%) nginx
4 4 (0.79%) Cloud Foundry
4 4 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (0.79%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.39%) Apache Pig
5 2 (0.39%) Jetty
5 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.20%) Confluence
6 1 (0.20%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (1.38%) SAP GRC
2 3 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.20%) SAP SM
Cloud Services
1 66 (13.02%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (7.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (5.13%) IaaS
4 24 (4.73%) PaaS
5 12 (2.37%) SaaS
6 6 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.99%) Mimecast
8 4 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.79%) OpenDNS
9 3 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.39%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.39%) AWS CloudTrail
10 2 (0.39%) GitHub
10 2 (0.39%) Office 365
10 2 (0.39%) Route 53
10 2 (0.39%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 111 (21.89%) Firewall
2 55 (10.85%) TCP/IP
3 46 (9.07%) Network Security
4 43 (8.48%) Internet
5 34 (6.71%) Intrusion Detection
6 24 (4.73%) LAN
6 24 (4.73%) WAN
7 14 (2.76%) VPN
8 13 (2.56%) DNS
9 11 (2.17%) HTTP
9 11 (2.17%) HTTPS
9 11 (2.17%) SSL
10 10 (1.97%) Cisco ASA
11 9 (1.78%) IPsec
12 8 (1.58%) SAN
13 6 (1.18%) VoIP
14 5 (0.99%) NAS
15 4 (0.79%) DMZ
15 4 (0.79%) LDAP
16 3 (0.59%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.38%) Big Data
1 7 (1.38%) SAP HANA
2 6 (1.18%) Data Mining
3 5 (0.99%) MySQL
3 5 (0.99%) SQL Server
4 4 (0.79%) Maltego
4 4 (0.79%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.59%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.39%) Hazelcast
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle BI EE
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.20%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.20%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.20%) Power BI
7 1 (0.20%) Redis
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (1.58%) Jenkins
1 8 (1.58%) JIRA
2 6 (1.18%) Burp Suite
2 6 (1.18%) Metasploit
3 5 (0.99%) Artifactory
3 5 (0.99%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.39%) Maven
5 2 (0.39%) Subversion
5 2 (0.39%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.39%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.20%) AppScan
6 1 (0.20%) JMeter
6 1 (0.20%) Selenium
6 1 (0.20%) Travis CI
General
1 133 (26.23%) Finance
2 65 (12.82%) Banking
3 32 (6.31%) Investment Banking
4 20 (3.94%) Retail
5 17 (3.35%) Telecoms
6 16 (3.16%) Publishing
7 13 (2.56%) Legal
8 11 (2.17%) Financial Institution
8 11 (2.17%) Law
9 10 (1.97%) Marketing
10 9 (1.78%) Electronics
10 9 (1.78%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.99%) International Banking
12 3 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.39%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.39%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.39%) Local Government
14 1 (0.20%) Automotive
14 1 (0.20%) French Language
14 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 160 (31.56%) Analyst
2 127 (25.05%) Security Analyst
3 55 (10.85%) Operations Analyst
3 55 (10.85%) Security Operations Analyst
4 54 (10.65%) Security Engineer
4 54 (10.65%) Security Manager
5 49 (9.66%) Consultant
6 45 (8.88%) Architect
7 44 (8.68%) Security Consultant
8 39 (7.69%) Security Architect
9 38 (7.50%) Security Specialist
10 37 (7.30%) SOC Analyst
11 27 (5.33%) Senior Analyst
12 24 (4.73%) Operational Security Manager
12 24 (4.73%) Security Operations Manager
13 22 (4.34%) Operations Engineer
14 19 (3.75%) Project Manager
15 17 (3.35%) Business Analyst
16 16 (3.16%) IT Analyst
16 16 (3.16%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (4.34%) Elastic Stack
2 11 (2.17%) HTML
2 11 (2.17%) Web Services
3 10 (1.97%) Regular Expression
4 6 (1.18%) Node.js
5 5 (0.99%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (0.79%) Middleware
7 3 (0.59%) LAPP Stack
8 2 (0.39%) Hystrix
8 2 (0.39%) LAMP
8 2 (0.39%) LEMP Stack
8 2 (0.39%) OAuth
8 2 (0.39%) REST
8 2 (0.39%) Ruby on Rails
8 2 (0.39%) Spring
8 2 (0.39%) XML
9 1 (0.20%) JSON
9 1 (0.20%) RESTful
9 1 (0.20%) SailPoint
9 1 (0.20%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 121 (23.87%) Security Operations Centre
2 68 (13.41%) Management Information System
3 55 (10.85%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (6.31%) Cyberthreat
5 29 (5.72%) Cyber Attack
6 26 (5.13%) PKI
7 22 (4.34%) Data Centre
8 14 (2.76%) Client/Server
8 14 (2.76%) Computer Science
8 14 (2.76%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.97%) Cyber Defence
9 10 (1.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 8 (1.58%) Virtual Team
11 6 (1.18%) CESG
11 6 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (0.99%) Algorithms
12 5 (0.99%) BYOD
12 5 (0.99%) FMCG
12 5 (0.99%) Smart Meter
13 4 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 99 (19.53%) Windows
2 95 (18.74%) Linux
3 47 (9.27%) Unix
4 27 (5.33%) Windows Server
5 22 (4.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 18 (3.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (3.35%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (2.37%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.58%) Windows 7
10 6 (1.18%) Solaris
11 4 (0.79%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.39%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.39%) Debian
12 2 (0.39%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.39%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.20%) AIX
13 1 (0.20%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.20%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.20%) VMS
13 1 (0.20%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (35.50%) Cybersecurity
2 172 (33.93%) Information Security
3 138 (27.22%) SIEM
4 106 (20.91%) Vulnerability Management
5 94 (18.54%) Security Monitoring
6 81 (15.98%) Agile Software Development
7 63 (12.43%) Threat Intelligence
8 56 (11.05%) Penetration Testing
9 53 (10.45%) Risk Management
10 51 (10.06%) Incident Management
11 46 (9.07%) Security Architecture
12 45 (8.88%) DevOps
13 41 (8.09%) ITIL
14 40 (7.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 37 (7.30%) Project Management
16 31 (6.11%) Identity Access Management
16 31 (6.11%) Investment Management
16 31 (6.11%) Stakeholder Management
16 31 (6.11%) Vulnerability Scanning
17 30 (5.92%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (11.83%) Python
2 27 (5.33%) Java
2 27 (5.33%) PowerShell
3 23 (4.54%) Ruby
4 19 (3.75%) Perl
4 19 (3.75%) SQL
5 18 (3.55%) Bash Shell
6 15 (2.96%) JavaScript
7 8 (1.58%) Go
8 6 (1.18%) VBScript
9 5 (0.99%) C
9 5 (0.99%) C#
10 4 (0.79%) PHP
11 3 (0.59%) C-shell
11 3 (0.59%) Korn
12 2 (0.39%) R
12 2 (0.39%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.20%) C++
13 1 (0.20%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 126 (24.85%) CISSP
2 81 (15.98%) Security Cleared
3 67 (13.21%) CISM
4 57 (11.24%) SC Cleared
5 47 (9.27%) Degree
6 29 (5.72%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (4.73%) GIAC
8 23 (4.54%) DV Cleared
9 20 (3.94%) CEH
9 20 (3.94%) GCIH
10 17 (3.35%) SANS
11 16 (3.16%) CISA
12 14 (2.76%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 13 (2.56%) CCSP
14 10 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
15 9 (1.78%) CISMP
15 9 (1.78%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
15 9 (1.78%) SSCP
16 8 (1.58%) CCNP
16 8 (1.58%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (14.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 63 (12.43%) PCI DSS
3 26 (5.13%) GDPR
4 25 (4.93%) COBIT
5 18 (3.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 8 (1.58%) QA
7 8 (1.58%) RMADS
8 7 (1.38%) Disclosure Scotland
8 7 (1.38%) SLA
9 4 (0.79%) PA-DSS
9 4 (0.79%) SAS 70
10 3 (0.59%) PMO
11 2 (0.39%) Data Quality
11 2 (0.39%) GAAP
11 2 (0.39%) GPG13
11 2 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.39%) NIST 800
12 1 (0.20%) GCP
12 1 (0.20%) GMP
System Software
1 27 (5.33%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (1.38%) vSphere
4 4 (0.79%) Docker
4 4 (0.79%) Snort
5 3 (0.59%) ProxySG
6 2 (0.39%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (0.39%) Firmware
6 2 (0.39%) VirtualBox
6 2 (0.39%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 31 (6.11%) Nessus
2 28 (5.52%) Puppet
3 27 (5.33%) QRadar
4 24 (4.73%) Ansible
5 23 (4.54%) Opscode Chef
6 18 (3.55%) CSIRT
6 18 (3.55%) McAfee ePO
7 17 (3.35%) SCCM
8 11 (2.17%) IBM BigFix
8 11 (2.17%) logstash
9 10 (1.97%) Norton AntiVirus
9 10 (1.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 9 (1.78%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 9 (1.78%) Packer
10 9 (1.78%) Terraform
11 7 (1.38%) Nagios
11 7 (1.38%) Salt
12 6 (1.18%) Kibana
12 6 (1.18%) Nmap
12 6 (1.18%) OSSEC
Vendors
1 54 (10.65%) Splunk
2 50 (9.86%) Microsoft
3 44 (8.68%) McAfee
3 44 (8.68%) Qualys
4 29 (5.72%) Symantec
5 25 (4.93%) ArcSight
5 25 (4.93%) HP
5 25 (4.93%) VMware
6 21 (4.14%) AlienVault
6 21 (4.14%) IBM
7 20 (3.94%) Cisco
7 20 (3.94%) Oracle
8 19 (3.75%) CheckPoint
8 19 (3.75%) Intel
9 17 (3.35%) SAP
10 16 (3.16%) Red Hat
11 13 (2.56%) Palo Alto
12 10 (1.97%) Dell
12 10 (1.97%) LogRhythm
12 10 (1.97%) Sophos