Period
to 29 May 2020

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 29 May 2020 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
29 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 394 378 447
Rank change year-on-year -16 +69 +92
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 219 601 505
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.66% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.76% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 381 303
Median daily rate £500 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £325 £405 £371
90th Percentile £753 £750 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £488 £500
% change year-on-year -7.69% -2.50% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 31 5
Median hourly rate £35.00 £12.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +191.67% - -
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 39,726 79,287 87,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.46% 87.25% 86.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,019 52,210 57,865
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £300 £305 £298
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,399 2,131 2,312
Median hourly rate £30.00 £24.91 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.43% +13.23% -12.42%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.85 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.00 £23.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year -3.16% +13.10% -17.65%

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Operations.

Daily rate trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Operations over the 6 months to 29 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Operations.

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 29 May 2020. 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 -8 200 £500 -9.09% 39
UK excluding London +31 113 £450 -7.69% 31
London -1 102 £525 -12.50% 9
South East +53 34 £450 -10.00% 2
North of England +62 23 £425 -5.56% 13
East of England +61 18 £400 +5.54% 1
South West +39 16 £460 -15.60% 7
Scotland +39 14 £450 -13.25%
North West +37 13 £550 +22.22% 6
Work from Home +18 11 £500 -39.39% 7
Yorkshire +55 10 £413 -8.33% 7
Midlands +57 9 £440 -7.37% 7
West Midlands +30 6 £550 +15.79% 4
East Midlands - 3 £330 - 3

For the 6 months to 29 May 2020, 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.

1 113 (51.60%) Cybersecurity
2 67 (30.59%) Information Security
3 65 (29.68%) SIEM
4 59 (26.94%) Azure
5 55 (25.11%) CISSP
5 55 (25.11%) Vulnerability Management
6 54 (24.66%) Security Operations Centre
7 44 (20.09%) Linux
8 43 (19.63%) Finance
9 41 (18.72%) AWS
10 40 (18.26%) Firewall
10 40 (18.26%) Microsoft
10 40 (18.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 39 (17.81%) Splunk
11 39 (17.81%) Threat Intelligence
11 39 (17.81%) Windows
12 36 (16.44%) GIAC
12 36 (16.44%) Security Cleared
13 34 (15.53%) SC Cleared
14 32 (14.61%) ITIL
15 30 (13.70%) Degree
15 30 (13.70%) Public Sector
16 29 (13.24%) Security Monitoring
16 29 (13.24%) Incident Management
17 28 (12.79%) Management Information System
18 25 (11.42%) NIST
18 25 (11.42%) Office 365
18 25 (11.42%) Penetration Testing
19 24 (10.96%) Qualys
20 22 (10.05%) Security Testing

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 (1.83%) Apache Spark
1 4 (1.83%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.46%) Apache
2 1 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.46%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (3.20%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.91%) LibreOffice
3 2 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.28%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 59 (26.94%) Azure
2 41 (18.72%) AWS
3 25 (11.42%) Office 365
4 10 (4.57%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (3.65%) GCP
6 5 (2.28%) SaaS
7 4 (1.83%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (1.83%) G Suite
8 3 (1.37%) IaaS
8 3 (1.37%) Mimecast
8 3 (1.37%) OpenShift
8 3 (1.37%) Serverless
9 2 (0.91%) GitHub
9 2 (0.91%) Google Docs
9 2 (0.91%) Slack
10 1 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.46%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.46%) Cloudflare
10 1 (0.46%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (18.26%) Firewall
2 22 (10.05%) Internet
2 22 (10.05%) Intrusion Detection
3 17 (7.76%) Network Security
4 15 (6.85%) TCP/IP
5 7 (3.20%) VPN
6 5 (2.28%) LAN
6 5 (2.28%) SSL
7 4 (1.83%) DNS
7 4 (1.83%) FTP
7 4 (1.83%) HTTP
7 4 (1.83%) IPsec
7 4 (1.83%) SMTP
7 4 (1.83%) tcpdump
7 4 (1.83%) WAN
7 4 (1.83%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.46%) DMARC
8 1 (0.46%) Kerberos
8 1 (0.46%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.65%) Relational Database
2 4 (1.83%) Hadoop
3 3 (1.37%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.91%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.46%) DB2
Development Applications
1 7 (3.20%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.83%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.37%) Burp Suite
3 3 (1.37%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.91%) Artifactory
4 2 (0.91%) SonarQube
4 2 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 43 (19.63%) Finance
2 30 (13.70%) Public Sector
3 12 (5.48%) Banking
4 7 (3.20%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.28%) Financial Institution
5 5 (2.28%) Legal
6 4 (1.83%) Electronics
6 4 (1.83%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.83%) Marketing
7 2 (0.91%) International Banking
8 1 (0.46%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.46%) Law
8 1 (0.46%) Local Government
8 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.46%) Police
8 1 (0.46%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 86 (39.27%) Analyst
2 68 (31.05%) Security Analyst
3 33 (15.07%) Security Engineer
4 26 (11.87%) IT Analyst
5 25 (11.42%) IT Security Analyst
6 24 (10.96%) Operations Analyst
6 24 (10.96%) Security Operations Analyst
7 17 (7.76%) Security Manager
7 17 (7.76%) SOC Analyst
8 14 (6.39%) Architect
8 14 (6.39%) Security Specialist
9 13 (5.94%) Business Analyst
10 12 (5.48%) Cybersecurity Engineer
11 11 (5.02%) Operational Security Manager
11 11 (5.02%) Security Operations Manager
12 10 (4.57%) Consultant
12 10 (4.57%) Security Consultant
13 9 (4.11%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 9 (4.11%) Splunk Engineer
14 8 (3.65%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.74%) .NET
1 6 (2.74%) LDAP
2 4 (1.83%) Middleware
3 3 (1.37%) SailPoint
4 2 (0.91%) Kafka
4 2 (0.91%) RESTful
4 2 (0.91%) Web Services
5 1 (0.46%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 54 (24.66%) Security Operations Centre
2 28 (12.79%) Management Information System
3 18 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (6.85%) Cyberthreat
5 9 (4.11%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 8 (3.65%) Client/Server
6 8 (3.65%) PKI
7 6 (2.74%) Data Centre
8 5 (2.28%) Cyber Defence
8 5 (2.28%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.83%) CESG
9 4 (1.83%) Cloud Native
9 4 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (1.83%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (1.83%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.37%) Blog
10 3 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.37%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.91%) iPad
11 2 (0.91%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 44 (20.09%) Linux
2 39 (17.81%) Windows
3 6 (2.74%) Unix
4 5 (2.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (2.28%) Solaris
5 3 (1.37%) Kali Linux
6 2 (0.91%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.91%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.46%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (51.60%) Cybersecurity
2 67 (30.59%) Information Security
3 65 (29.68%) SIEM
4 55 (25.11%) Vulnerability Management
5 40 (18.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 39 (17.81%) Threat Intelligence
7 32 (14.61%) ITIL
8 29 (13.24%) Incident Management
8 29 (13.24%) Security Monitoring
9 25 (11.42%) Penetration Testing
10 22 (10.05%) Security Testing
11 20 (9.13%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 19 (8.68%) Change Management
12 19 (8.68%) Risk Management
13 18 (8.22%) Security Architecture
14 16 (7.31%) Kalman Filter
14 16 (7.31%) Threat Management
15 15 (6.85%) DevOps
16 14 (6.39%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (6.39%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 15 (6.85%) Python
2 13 (5.94%) Bash Shell
3 8 (3.65%) Perl
4 7 (3.20%) Shell Script
5 6 (2.74%) PowerShell
6 5 (2.28%) Java
7 4 (1.83%) C++
7 4 (1.83%) PHP
8 2 (0.91%) C#
8 2 (0.91%) Groovy
8 2 (0.91%) SQL
9 1 (0.46%) C
9 1 (0.46%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 55 (25.11%) CISSP
2 36 (16.44%) GIAC
2 36 (16.44%) Security Cleared
3 34 (15.53%) SC Cleared
4 30 (13.70%) Degree
5 22 (10.05%) CISM
6 16 (7.31%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (6.39%) SSCP
8 11 (5.02%) SANS
9 10 (4.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 10 (4.57%) CEH
9 10 (4.57%) CISA
10 8 (3.65%) GCIH
11 7 (3.20%) CCSP
11 7 (3.20%) CREST Certified
11 7 (3.20%) CRISC
11 7 (3.20%) FFIEC
12 6 (2.74%) ISACA
13 5 (2.28%) CSSLP
13 5 (2.28%) GWAPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (11.42%) NIST
2 22 (10.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (5.48%) COBIT
4 11 (5.02%) PCI DSS
5 7 (3.20%) NCSC
6 6 (2.74%) SLA
7 5 (2.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 4 (1.83%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (1.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (1.37%) AICPA
9 3 (1.37%) ISAE 3402
10 2 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.91%) ITGC
10 2 (0.91%) PMO
11 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 16 (7.31%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.83%) Snort
4 2 (0.91%) BitLocker
4 2 (0.91%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.46%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.46%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (5.48%) Nessus
2 6 (2.74%) Terraform
3 5 (2.28%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (1.83%) Kubernetes
4 4 (1.83%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 4 (1.83%) QRadar
5 3 (1.37%) Ansible
5 3 (1.37%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 3 (1.37%) EnCase
5 3 (1.37%) Nmap
6 2 (0.91%) CSIRT
6 2 (0.91%) Demisto
6 2 (0.91%) FTK
6 2 (0.91%) Puppet
7 1 (0.46%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.46%) Nexpose
7 1 (0.46%) PingFederate
Vendors
1 40 (18.26%) Microsoft
2 39 (17.81%) Splunk
3 24 (10.96%) Qualys
4 12 (5.48%) Cisco
5 10 (4.57%) Google
6 9 (4.11%) Palo Alto
6 9 (4.11%) ServiceNow
7 8 (3.65%) VMware
8 6 (2.74%) CheckPoint
8 6 (2.74%) CyberArk
8 6 (2.74%) Intel
8 6 (2.74%) Meraki
8 6 (2.74%) Red Hat
9 5 (2.28%) LogRhythm
9 5 (2.28%) Netsparker
10 4 (1.83%) McAfee
10 4 (1.83%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (1.83%) SAP
10 4 (1.83%) Symantec
11 3 (1.37%) CA