Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 537 455 482
Rank change year-on-year -82 +27 +158
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 382 463 476
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.47% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.44% 0.55% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 259 301
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £498
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.50% +4.74%
10th Percentile £375 £325 £350
90th Percentile £638 £650 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £480 £450
% change year-on-year -1.04% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 3
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £27.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -56.52% +2.22%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £23.80
% change year-on-year - -49.58% -11.85%

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 87,148 83,863 91,422
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.18% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,559 55,300 60,452
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £279 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,397 2,071 2,392
UK median hourly rate £20.65 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.98% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.39
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.62% +6.31%

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 23 September 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
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 23 September 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 -79 340 £500 - 114
UK excluding London -35 197 £475 -1.04% 83
London -64 180 £525 +5.00% 35
North of England -18 65 £450 - 11
East of England +3 40 £413 -25.00% 15
North West +12 39 £450 +2.86% 6
Scotland +1 30 £475 -5.00% 3
South East -47 28 £525 +8.25% 31
Yorkshire -27 26 £429 -4.72% 5
South West -18 14 £500 +33.33% 6
Midlands -29 12 £525 - 16
West Midlands -33 12 £525 - 12
Wales -11 8 - -
North East -16 1 £395 -

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 122 (31.94%) Information Security
1 122 (31.94%) SIEM
1 122 (31.94%) Cybersecurity
2 118 (30.89%) CISSP
3 98 (25.65%) Finance
4 90 (23.56%) Vulnerability Management
5 83 (21.73%) Security Operations Centre
6 74 (19.37%) ITIL
7 70 (18.32%) Firewall
8 66 (17.28%) Windows
9 61 (15.97%) CISM
9 61 (15.97%) Security Monitoring
10 58 (15.18%) Agile Software Development
11 54 (14.14%) Threat Intelligence
12 53 (13.87%) Linux
13 47 (12.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 47 (12.30%) Degree
14 44 (11.52%) Amazon AWS
15 41 (10.73%) Security Cleared
15 41 (10.73%) Python
15 41 (10.73%) Data Loss Prevention
16 40 (10.47%) Analytical Skills
17 38 (9.95%) Incident Management
18 37 (9.69%) Management Information System
19 36 (9.42%) Splunk
20 35 (9.16%) Intrusion Detection
20 35 (9.16%) Penetration Testing
20 35 (9.16%) Vulnerability Assessment
21 34 (8.90%) DevOps
22 33 (8.64%) SC Cleared

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 4 (1.05%) Confluence
1 4 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
2 3 (0.79%) IIS
3 2 (0.52%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.52%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.52%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
3 2 (0.52%) Tomcat
3 2 (0.52%) WordPress
4 1 (0.26%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.26%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.79%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 44 (11.52%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (6.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (4.45%) SaaS
4 12 (3.14%) PaaS
5 11 (2.88%) GitHub
5 11 (2.88%) IaaS
6 10 (2.62%) Office 365
7 5 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (1.05%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (1.05%) Sumo Logic
9 3 (0.79%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.79%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.79%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.79%) Serverless
10 2 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.52%) Amazon Glacier
10 2 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 70 (18.32%) Firewall
2 35 (9.16%) Intrusion Detection
3 29 (7.59%) Network Security
4 18 (4.71%) DNS
5 17 (4.45%) TCP/IP
6 14 (3.66%) Internet
7 11 (2.88%) VPN
8 7 (1.83%) Software-Defined Networking
9 6 (1.57%) DMARC
9 6 (1.57%) HTTP
10 5 (1.31%) LAN
10 5 (1.31%) WAN
11 4 (1.05%) BGP
11 4 (1.05%) IPsec
11 4 (1.05%) SSL
12 3 (0.79%) Cisco ASA
12 3 (0.79%) FTP
12 3 (0.79%) VoIP
13 2 (0.52%) HTTPS
13 2 (0.52%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.50%) Hadoop
2 14 (3.66%) SQL Server
3 11 (2.88%) Relational Database
4 10 (2.62%) ArangoDB
4 10 (2.62%) Neo4j
5 9 (2.36%) Big Data
6 4 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.52%) Amazon Athena
7 2 (0.52%) Maltego
7 2 (0.52%) MySQL
8 1 (0.26%) Amazon Redshift
8 1 (0.26%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.26%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.26%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.26%) Redis
Development Applications
1 15 (3.93%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.05%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.05%) JIRA
2 4 (1.05%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.52%) Gerrit
4 1 (0.26%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.26%) Hudson
4 1 (0.26%) JMeter
4 1 (0.26%) Maven
4 1 (0.26%) Selenium
4 1 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.26%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 98 (25.65%) Finance
2 29 (7.59%) Banking
3 19 (4.97%) Law
4 16 (4.19%) Retail
5 10 (2.62%) Financial Institution
6 9 (2.36%) Legal
6 9 (2.36%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.83%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.79%) Electronics
8 3 (0.79%) Military
9 2 (0.52%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.52%) International Banking
9 2 (0.52%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.52%) Publishing
9 2 (0.52%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.26%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 135 (35.34%) Analyst
2 106 (27.75%) Security Analyst
3 43 (11.26%) Consultant
4 42 (10.99%) Operations Analyst
4 42 (10.99%) Security Operations Analyst
5 40 (10.47%) Security Engineer
6 35 (9.16%) SOC Analyst
7 31 (8.12%) Security Consultant
8 26 (6.81%) Security Manager
9 24 (6.28%) Developer
10 23 (6.02%) ServiceNow Developer
11 22 (5.76%) IT Analyst
12 20 (5.24%) Architect
12 20 (5.24%) IT Security Analyst
13 16 (4.19%) Security Architect
14 12 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
14 12 (3.14%) Information Analyst
14 12 (3.14%) Operational Security Manager
14 12 (3.14%) Security Operations Manager
14 12 (3.14%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (6.02%) HTML
1 23 (6.02%) XML
2 22 (5.76%) AngularJS
2 22 (5.76%) CSS
2 22 (5.76%) HTML5
3 12 (3.14%) Web Services
4 10 (2.62%) Elastic Stack
4 10 (2.62%) Regular Expression
5 2 (0.52%) LDAP
5 2 (0.52%) Middleware
5 2 (0.52%) ModSecurity
5 2 (0.52%) REST
6 1 (0.26%) JSON
6 1 (0.26%) Node.js
6 1 (0.26%) RESTful
6 1 (0.26%) SOAP
6 1 (0.26%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 83 (21.73%) Security Operations Centre
2 40 (10.47%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (9.69%) Management Information System
4 30 (7.85%) Data Centre
5 28 (7.33%) Computer Science
6 21 (5.50%) Cyberthreat
7 18 (4.71%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (3.14%) Hybrid Cloud
9 10 (2.62%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.57%) PKI
10 6 (1.57%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.31%) Cyberattack
11 5 (1.31%) Data Protection Act
11 5 (1.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 5 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.31%) Private Cloud
11 5 (1.31%) Virtual Team
12 4 (1.05%) Algorithms
12 4 (1.05%) Cyber Defence
12 4 (1.05%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 66 (17.28%) Windows
2 53 (13.87%) Linux
3 33 (8.64%) Unix
4 8 (2.09%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (1.83%) Solaris
6 3 (0.79%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.52%) CentOS
7 2 (0.52%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.52%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.26%) CoreOS
8 1 (0.26%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (31.94%) Cybersecurity
1 122 (31.94%) Information Security
1 122 (31.94%) SIEM
2 90 (23.56%) Vulnerability Management
3 74 (19.37%) ITIL
4 61 (15.97%) Security Monitoring
5 58 (15.18%) Agile Software Development
6 54 (14.14%) Threat Intelligence
7 41 (10.73%) Data Loss Prevention
8 38 (9.95%) Incident Management
9 35 (9.16%) Penetration Testing
9 35 (9.16%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 34 (8.90%) DevOps
11 32 (8.38%) Data Protection
12 26 (6.81%) Security Architecture
13 24 (6.28%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (6.02%) Risk Management
14 23 (6.02%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 22 (5.76%) Change Management
15 22 (5.76%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 41 (10.73%) Python
2 25 (6.54%) Bash Shell
2 25 (6.54%) JavaScript
3 21 (5.50%) Ruby
4 13 (3.40%) SQL
5 12 (3.14%) Go
6 10 (2.62%) Perl
7 7 (1.83%) PowerShell
8 5 (1.31%) Java
9 4 (1.05%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.79%) C
11 1 (0.26%) C#
11 1 (0.26%) PHP
Qualifications
1 118 (30.89%) CISSP
2 61 (15.97%) CISM
3 47 (12.30%) Degree
4 41 (10.73%) Security Cleared
5 33 (8.64%) SC Cleared
6 30 (7.85%) CISA
7 25 (6.54%) CEH
8 23 (6.02%) Cisco Certification
8 23 (6.02%) Computer Science Degree
9 18 (4.71%) GIAC
10 17 (4.45%) SANS
11 15 (3.93%) CCNA
12 12 (3.14%) GCIH
13 8 (2.09%) CCNP
14 7 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
15 6 (1.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 6 (1.57%) BC Cleared
15 6 (1.57%) CESG Certified Professional
15 6 (1.57%) DV Cleared
15 6 (1.57%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (12.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (6.02%) GDPR
3 22 (5.76%) PCI DSS
4 12 (3.14%) HIPAA
5 10 (2.62%) FINRA
6 9 (2.36%) COBIT
7 6 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 5 (1.31%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.52%) COSO
9 2 (0.52%) IASME
9 2 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 2 (0.52%) PSD2
9 2 (0.52%) SLA
10 1 (0.26%) GPG13
10 1 (0.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.26%) ISO 31000
10 1 (0.26%) PMO
10 1 (0.26%) QA
10 1 (0.26%) RMADS
System Software
1 19 (4.97%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.36%) Docker
3 2 (0.52%) HDFS
3 2 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.52%) vSphere
4 1 (0.26%) Snort
4 1 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (4.45%) Terraform
2 15 (3.93%) QRadar
3 12 (3.14%) Nessus
4 11 (2.88%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (2.62%) Kubernetes
5 10 (2.62%) Puppet
6 9 (2.36%) ArcSight ESM
7 7 (1.83%) CSIRT
7 7 (1.83%) Nagios
8 6 (1.57%) Grafana
8 6 (1.57%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.57%) Prometheus
9 5 (1.31%) Ansible
10 4 (1.05%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 3 (0.79%) CASB
11 3 (0.79%) FortiGate
11 3 (0.79%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 3 (0.79%) Kibana
12 2 (0.52%) logstash
12 2 (0.52%) SELinux
Vendors
1 36 (9.42%) Splunk
2 33 (8.64%) McAfee
2 33 (8.64%) Microsoft
3 30 (7.85%) ServiceNow
4 22 (5.76%) Qualys
5 17 (4.45%) CyberArk
5 17 (4.45%) Symantec
6 16 (4.19%) Cisco
7 15 (3.93%) ArcSight
8 14 (3.66%) Intel
9 13 (3.40%) Forcepoint
10 12 (3.14%) ForeScout
10 12 (3.14%) Oracle
11 11 (2.88%) CheckPoint
11 11 (2.88%) Cloudera
11 11 (2.88%) Varonis
12 10 (2.62%) Google
12 10 (2.62%) Hortonworks
12 10 (2.62%) HP
12 10 (2.62%) Sybase