Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 467 537 475
Rank change year-on-year +70 -62 +206
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 458 309 477
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.34% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.53% 0.40% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 268 193 333
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £357 £313 £365
90th Percentile £638 £648 £723
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £495
% change year-on-year +17.65% -14.14% +4.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 1
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -65.71% +37.25%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 -

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 85,849 77,433 89,750
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.65% 84.78% 84.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,597 50,637 59,106
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,337 2,076 2,273
UK median hourly rate £21.73 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.08% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% -7.41% +25.29%

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 22 June 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 22 June 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 22 June 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 +58 439 £525 +5.00% 102
UK excluding London +52 234 £500 +17.65% 74
London +12 215 £550 +4.76% 34
North of England +19 101 £465 +9.41% 15
South East -11 59 £525 +5.00% 9
Yorkshire +15 53 £488 +30.00% 10
North West -8 48 £458 +7.65% 3
East of England +16 28 £550 - 25
Midlands -2 16 £500 -9.09% 10
South West +7 15 £438 +25.00% 9
Scotland -34 12 £463 - 3
West Midlands -24 7 £450 +5.88% 7
East Midlands -2 4 £450 -5.26% 3
Wales -9 4 £460 +42.08% 2

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 161 (35.15%) SIEM
2 157 (34.28%) Cybersecurity
3 137 (29.91%) Information Security
4 120 (26.20%) CISSP
5 119 (25.98%) Firewall
6 103 (22.49%) Finance
7 88 (19.21%) Security Operations Centre
8 83 (18.12%) Agile Software Development
9 81 (17.69%) ITIL
10 74 (16.16%) Threat Intelligence
11 72 (15.72%) Vulnerability Management
12 61 (13.32%) Amazon AWS
12 61 (13.32%) Degree
13 60 (13.10%) Windows
13 60 (13.10%) Linux
13 60 (13.10%) CISM
14 59 (12.88%) Intrusion Detection
15 58 (12.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 56 (12.23%) Security Cleared
16 56 (12.23%) Security Architecture
17 55 (12.01%) Network Security
18 53 (11.57%) Security Monitoring
19 46 (10.04%) Management Information System
20 45 (9.83%) SC Cleared
21 44 (9.61%) Analytical Skills
22 43 (9.39%) Data Loss Prevention
22 43 (9.39%) Risk Management
23 41 (8.95%) DevOps
24 40 (8.73%) Cyberthreat
25 39 (8.52%) Data Centre

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 13 (2.84%) Confluence
2 8 (1.75%) WordPress
3 7 (1.53%) Tomcat
4 5 (1.09%) IIS
5 3 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.66%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.22%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.22%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 61 (13.32%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (6.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (3.93%) SaaS
4 17 (3.71%) IaaS
5 14 (3.06%) PaaS
6 13 (2.84%) Serverless
7 8 (1.75%) AWS Lambda
8 6 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (1.09%) Akamai
9 5 (1.09%) Office 365
10 4 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.87%) Mimecast
10 4 (0.87%) OpenDNS
11 3 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.66%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.44%) AWS CloudTrail
12 2 (0.44%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 119 (25.98%) Firewall
2 59 (12.88%) Intrusion Detection
3 55 (12.01%) Network Security
4 29 (6.33%) TCP/IP
5 17 (3.71%) DNS
6 15 (3.28%) VPN
7 12 (2.62%) LAN
7 12 (2.62%) WAN
8 9 (1.97%) BGP
9 8 (1.75%) IPsec
10 7 (1.53%) Software-Defined Networking
11 6 (1.31%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (1.31%) Cisco IOS
11 6 (1.31%) DMARC
11 6 (1.31%) Internet
12 5 (1.09%) HTTP
12 5 (1.09%) HTTPS
13 4 (0.87%) 3GPP
13 4 (0.87%) Intranet
13 4 (0.87%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.84%) Big Data
2 8 (1.75%) Hadoop
3 7 (1.53%) SQL Server
4 6 (1.31%) Maltego
5 5 (1.09%) MySQL
6 3 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.66%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.44%) Amazon Athena
7 2 (0.44%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.44%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.44%) Redis
8 1 (0.22%) Amazon Redshift
8 1 (0.22%) Cosmos DB
8 1 (0.22%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.22%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 15 (3.28%) Git (software)
2 13 (2.84%) Jenkins
2 13 (2.84%) JIRA
3 5 (1.09%) Gerrit
4 4 (0.87%) Metasploit
5 3 (0.66%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.44%) JMeter
6 2 (0.44%) Mercurial
6 2 (0.44%) Selenium
6 2 (0.44%) Subversion
7 1 (0.22%) IDA Disassembler
General
1 103 (22.49%) Finance
2 35 (7.64%) Banking
3 21 (4.59%) Retail
4 16 (3.49%) Law
4 16 (3.49%) Legal
5 15 (3.28%) Telecoms
6 12 (2.62%) Investment Banking
7 8 (1.75%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.09%) Military
9 2 (0.44%) Back Office
9 2 (0.44%) International Banking
9 2 (0.44%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.44%) Publishing
10 1 (0.22%) Electronics
10 1 (0.22%) Marketing
10 1 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 147 (32.10%) Analyst
2 124 (27.07%) Security Analyst
3 53 (11.57%) Security Engineer
4 52 (11.35%) Consultant
5 50 (10.92%) Operations Analyst
5 50 (10.92%) Security Operations Analyst
6 43 (9.39%) Security Manager
7 41 (8.95%) Architect
8 39 (8.52%) SOC Analyst
9 36 (7.86%) Security Consultant
10 33 (7.21%) Security Architect
11 27 (5.90%) Business Analyst
12 21 (4.59%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 21 (4.59%) Developer
13 20 (4.37%) ServiceNow Developer
14 19 (4.15%) Security Specialist
15 18 (3.93%) SIEM Analyst
16 17 (3.71%) Operational Security Manager
16 17 (3.71%) Security Operations Manager
17 16 (3.49%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (5.90%) Web Services
2 20 (4.37%) HTML
2 20 (4.37%) XML
3 19 (4.15%) AngularJS
3 19 (4.15%) CSS
3 19 (4.15%) HTML5
4 12 (2.62%) Elastic Stack
5 10 (2.18%) Regular Expression
6 5 (1.09%) Node.js
7 3 (0.66%) JSON
8 2 (0.44%) LDAP
8 2 (0.44%) Middleware
9 1 (0.22%) EDIFACT
9 1 (0.22%) OpenID
9 1 (0.22%) RESTful
9 1 (0.22%) SailPoint
9 1 (0.22%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 88 (19.21%) Security Operations Centre
2 46 (10.04%) Management Information System
3 44 (9.61%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (8.73%) Cyberthreat
5 39 (8.52%) Data Centre
6 29 (6.33%) Computer Science
7 23 (5.02%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (2.84%) PKI
9 12 (2.62%) Cyberattack
9 12 (2.62%) Hybrid Cloud
10 11 (2.40%) Client/Server
11 10 (2.18%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (1.53%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 6 (1.31%) Public Cloud
14 5 (1.09%) CMDB
14 5 (1.09%) Virtual Team
15 4 (0.87%) CESG
15 4 (0.87%) Cyber Defence
15 4 (0.87%) PMI
15 4 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 60 (13.10%) Linux
1 60 (13.10%) Windows
2 29 (6.33%) Unix
3 12 (2.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 12 (2.62%) Windows Server
4 6 (1.31%) CentOS
5 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.44%) Kali Linux
6 2 (0.44%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.44%) Solaris
7 1 (0.22%) Android
7 1 (0.22%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.22%) Scientific Linux
7 1 (0.22%) VMS
7 1 (0.22%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (35.15%) SIEM
2 157 (34.28%) Cybersecurity
3 137 (29.91%) Information Security
4 83 (18.12%) Agile Software Development
5 81 (17.69%) ITIL
6 74 (16.16%) Threat Intelligence
7 72 (15.72%) Vulnerability Management
8 56 (12.23%) Security Architecture
9 53 (11.57%) Security Monitoring
10 43 (9.39%) Data Loss Prevention
10 43 (9.39%) Risk Management
11 41 (8.95%) DevOps
12 39 (8.52%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
13 35 (7.64%) Penetration Testing
13 35 (7.64%) Stakeholder Management
14 34 (7.42%) Project Management
15 31 (6.77%) Change Management
15 31 (6.77%) Incident Management
16 30 (6.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 28 (6.11%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (7.42%) Python
2 25 (5.46%) JavaScript
3 15 (3.28%) Bash Shell
4 11 (2.40%) Shell Script
5 9 (1.97%) C
5 9 (1.97%) Java
6 6 (1.31%) Ruby
7 5 (1.09%) PowerShell
8 3 (0.66%) COBOL
8 3 (0.66%) Go
9 2 (0.44%) Perl
9 2 (0.44%) PHP
9 2 (0.44%) SQL
10 1 (0.22%) C#
10 1 (0.22%) C++
10 1 (0.22%) Erlang
10 1 (0.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 120 (26.20%) CISSP
2 61 (13.32%) Degree
3 60 (13.10%) CISM
4 56 (12.23%) Security Cleared
5 45 (9.83%) SC Cleared
6 34 (7.42%) CEH
6 34 (7.42%) CISA
7 33 (7.21%) Cisco Certification
8 29 (6.33%) GIAC
9 22 (4.80%) SANS
10 20 (4.37%) CCNA
11 17 (3.71%) CCNP
11 17 (3.71%) Computer Science Degree
12 11 (2.40%) GCIH
13 10 (2.18%) DV Cleared
13 10 (2.18%) GCIA
14 9 (1.97%) GSEC
14 9 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
15 8 (1.75%) CCIE
15 8 (1.75%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (12.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (7.86%) PCI DSS
3 21 (4.59%) GDPR
4 14 (3.06%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 13 (2.84%) COBIT
6 8 (1.75%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (1.31%) PMO
7 6 (1.31%) RMADS
8 5 (1.09%) HIPAA
8 5 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.87%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.66%) CESG Infosec
10 3 (0.66%) NIST 800
11 2 (0.44%) GCP
11 2 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 2 (0.44%) QA
11 2 (0.44%) SLA
12 1 (0.22%) FISMA
12 1 (0.22%) ISO 31000
12 1 (0.22%) PSD2
System Software
1 19 (4.15%) Active Directory
2 15 (3.28%) Docker
3 5 (1.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.09%) vSphere
4 2 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.22%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.22%) iptables
5 1 (0.22%) Snort
Systems Management
1 21 (4.59%) Nessus
2 19 (4.15%) QRadar
3 10 (2.18%) ArcSight ESM
3 10 (2.18%) Kubernetes
4 9 (1.97%) Ansible
4 9 (1.97%) Nagios
5 7 (1.53%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.53%) Puppet
5 7 (1.53%) Terraform
6 6 (1.31%) FortiGate
6 6 (1.31%) Kibana
6 6 (1.31%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 5 (1.09%) Grafana
8 4 (0.87%) CSIRT
8 4 (0.87%) SCOM
9 3 (0.66%) IBM BigFix
9 3 (0.66%) OSSEC
9 3 (0.66%) PowerBroker
9 3 (0.66%) SELinux
10 2 (0.44%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 35 (7.64%) ArcSight
2 34 (7.42%) ServiceNow
3 23 (5.02%) Cisco
4 21 (4.59%) Splunk
5 20 (4.37%) McAfee
5 20 (4.37%) Microsoft
6 19 (4.15%) Intel
6 19 (4.15%) LogRhythm
7 18 (3.93%) CyberArk
8 15 (3.28%) Qualys
9 13 (2.84%) AlienVault
10 11 (2.40%) CheckPoint
10 11 (2.40%) Palo Alto
11 10 (2.18%) HP
11 10 (2.18%) IBM
11 10 (2.18%) Red Hat
12 9 (1.97%) F5
12 9 (1.97%) Forcepoint
12 9 (1.97%) Juniper
13 6 (1.31%) Google