Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 415 480 548
Rank change year-on-year +65 +68 +159
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 561 431 340
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.44% 0.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 0.53% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 281 244
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £520
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% -8.65% +4.00%
10th Percentile £350 £313 £363
90th Percentile £669 £713 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 5 2
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -68.83% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year - -68.83% -

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 84,751 81,607 87,705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.83% 82.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,773 54,043 56,866
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,963 2,262 2,675
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.42 £23.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.77% +4.58% +16.75%
10th Percentile £11.42 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.08% -4.00% +25.00%

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 17 January 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 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 17 January 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 +63 531 £525 +7.14% 94
UK excluding London +94 285 £500 +11.11% 46
London +18 272 £525 +5.00% 51
North of England +66 108 £500 +3.09% 13
South East +16 82 £525 +10.53% 12
Yorkshire +67 61 £475 +11.76% 11
North West -12 45 £530 -1.85% 1
East of England 0 40 £525 -4.55% 9
Midlands +13 23 £488 +14.71% 8
Scotland -3 21 £500 +11.11% 2
West Midlands +6 19 £488 +14.71% 2
South West 0 9 £475 +18.75% 1
Wales +6 4 £588 +80.77% 1
East Midlands +5 4 - - 6
North East +53 2 - - 1
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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.

1 226 (40.29%) Cybersecurity
2 214 (38.15%) Information Security
3 166 (29.59%) CISSP
4 157 (27.99%) SIEM
5 139 (24.78%) Firewall
6 135 (24.06%) Finance
7 120 (21.39%) Vulnerability Management
8 113 (20.14%) Security Monitoring
9 110 (19.61%) Windows
10 108 (19.25%) Security Operations Centre
11 99 (17.65%) Security Cleared
12 92 (16.40%) Threat Intelligence
13 91 (16.22%) Linux
14 87 (15.51%) Management Information System
14 87 (15.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 85 (15.15%) CISM
16 82 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
17 75 (13.37%) Risk Management
18 73 (13.01%) SC Cleared
19 72 (12.83%) Amazon AWS
20 68 (12.12%) Python
21 67 (11.94%) PCI DSS
22 64 (11.41%) Intrusion Detection
22 64 (11.41%) Penetration Testing
23 63 (11.23%) Banking
24 62 (11.05%) Security Architecture
25 60 (10.70%) Degree
25 60 (10.70%) Cyberthreat
26 59 (10.52%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
27 56 (9.98%) Analytical Skills

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 31 (5.53%) IIS
2 17 (3.03%) SharePoint
2 17 (3.03%) SharePoint Server
3 8 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (1.07%) Confluence
5 4 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
5 4 (0.71%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.53%) Apache
6 3 (0.53%) nginx
7 2 (0.36%) Jetty
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (1.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (0.71%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.53%) SAP GRC
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) SAP SM
Cloud Services
1 72 (12.83%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (8.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (3.39%) IaaS
4 16 (2.85%) PaaS
5 7 (1.25%) SaaS
6 6 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (1.07%) Mimecast
7 5 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.71%) OpenDNS
8 4 (0.71%) Serverless
9 3 (0.53%) Akamai
9 3 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.53%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.36%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.36%) AWS CloudTrail
10 2 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 139 (24.78%) Firewall
2 64 (11.41%) Intrusion Detection
3 48 (8.56%) TCP/IP
4 47 (8.38%) Network Security
5 43 (7.66%) Internet
6 22 (3.92%) LAN
6 22 (3.92%) WAN
7 14 (2.50%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (2.32%) DNS
9 11 (1.96%) VPN
10 9 (1.60%) FTP
10 9 (1.60%) Intranet
11 8 (1.43%) IPsec
11 8 (1.43%) SSL
12 7 (1.25%) SAN
13 5 (0.89%) HTTP
14 4 (0.71%) DMZ
14 4 (0.71%) LDAP
15 3 (0.53%) BGP
15 3 (0.53%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.07%) MySQL
2 5 (0.89%) Big Data
2 5 (0.89%) Relational Database
3 4 (0.71%) Maltego
3 4 (0.71%) SQL Server
4 3 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (0.53%) NoSQL
4 3 (0.53%) Redis
5 2 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (0.36%) Hazelcast
5 2 (0.36%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.36%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.18%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.18%) DB2
6 1 (0.18%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (2.50%) JIRA
2 9 (1.60%) Git (software)
3 8 (1.43%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.07%) Burp Suite
5 5 (0.89%) Gerrit
5 5 (0.89%) Metasploit
6 3 (0.53%) Artifactory
6 3 (0.53%) JMeter
6 3 (0.53%) Selenium
7 2 (0.36%) Maven
7 2 (0.36%) Subversion
7 2 (0.36%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.36%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.18%) AppScan
8 1 (0.18%) GitLab
8 1 (0.18%) Liquibase
8 1 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 135 (24.06%) Finance
2 63 (11.23%) Banking
3 36 (6.42%) Investment Banking
4 23 (4.10%) Retail
5 20 (3.57%) Telecoms
6 17 (3.03%) Legal
7 15 (2.67%) Publishing
8 13 (2.32%) Financial Institution
9 11 (1.96%) Law
9 11 (1.96%) Marketing
10 10 (1.78%) Electronics
10 10 (1.78%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.71%) International Banking
12 3 (0.53%) Military
13 2 (0.36%) Billing
14 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.18%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.18%) French Language
14 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 178 (31.73%) Analyst
2 143 (25.49%) Security Analyst
3 68 (12.12%) Operations Analyst
3 68 (12.12%) Security Manager
3 68 (12.12%) Security Operations Analyst
4 51 (9.09%) Consultant
5 49 (8.73%) Security Engineer
6 47 (8.38%) Security Consultant
7 43 (7.66%) Security Specialist
8 40 (7.13%) Senior Analyst
9 39 (6.95%) Architect
10 37 (6.60%) SOC Analyst
11 36 (6.42%) Security Architect
12 30 (5.35%) Operational Security Manager
12 30 (5.35%) Security Operations Manager
13 28 (4.99%) Project Manager
14 27 (4.81%) Senior Security Analyst
15 25 (4.46%) Cybersecurity Analyst
16 22 (3.92%) Security Project Manager
17 20 (3.57%) Cybersecurity Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (3.03%) Elastic Stack
2 15 (2.67%) Web Services
3 14 (2.50%) Node.js
4 11 (1.96%) Regular Expression
5 10 (1.78%) HTML
6 9 (1.60%) JSON
7 5 (0.89%) Middleware
8 4 (0.71%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (0.53%) REST
10 2 (0.36%) Hystrix
10 2 (0.36%) LAMP
10 2 (0.36%) LEMP Stack
10 2 (0.36%) OAuth
10 2 (0.36%) Ruby on Rails
10 2 (0.36%) Spring
11 1 (0.18%) .NET
11 1 (0.18%) AngularJS
11 1 (0.18%) CSS
11 1 (0.18%) LAPP Stack
11 1 (0.18%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 108 (19.25%) Security Operations Centre
2 87 (15.51%) Management Information System
3 60 (10.70%) Cyberthreat
4 56 (9.98%) Analytical Skills
5 30 (5.35%) Cyberattack
6 20 (3.57%) Data Centre
7 19 (3.39%) Public Cloud
8 18 (3.21%) Client/Server
9 15 (2.67%) PKI
10 14 (2.50%) CESG
11 12 (2.14%) Computer Science
12 11 (1.96%) Cyber Defence
13 8 (1.43%) Data Protection Act
13 8 (1.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 6 (1.07%) Smart Meter
14 6 (1.07%) Virtual Team
15 5 (0.89%) Algorithms
15 5 (0.89%) BYOD
16 4 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
17 3 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 110 (19.61%) Windows
2 91 (16.22%) Linux
3 44 (7.84%) Unix
4 29 (5.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 28 (4.99%) Windows Server
6 18 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (2.85%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (1.25%) Windows 7
10 6 (1.07%) CentOS
11 5 (0.89%) Solaris
12 4 (0.71%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.53%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.53%) VMS
14 2 (0.36%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.36%) Debian
15 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
15 1 (0.18%) Mesosphere
15 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
15 1 (0.18%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (40.29%) Cybersecurity
2 214 (38.15%) Information Security
3 157 (27.99%) SIEM
4 120 (21.39%) Vulnerability Management
5 113 (20.14%) Security Monitoring
6 92 (16.40%) Threat Intelligence
7 82 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
8 75 (13.37%) Risk Management
9 64 (11.41%) Penetration Testing
10 62 (11.05%) Security Architecture
11 59 (10.52%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 52 (9.27%) DevOps
13 46 (8.20%) Project Management
14 44 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
14 44 (7.84%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 41 (7.31%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 39 (6.95%) Incident Management
16 39 (6.95%) Malware Analysis
17 38 (6.77%) Security Management
17 38 (6.77%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 68 (12.12%) Python
2 34 (6.06%) PowerShell
3 29 (5.17%) Bash Shell
3 29 (5.17%) Java
4 20 (3.57%) C
5 19 (3.39%) Ruby
6 17 (3.03%) Perl
7 16 (2.85%) SQL
8 13 (2.32%) JavaScript
9 9 (1.60%) COBOL
10 7 (1.25%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.71%) C#
11 4 (0.71%) PHP
11 4 (0.71%) VBScript
12 1 (0.18%) C++
12 1 (0.18%) C-shell
12 1 (0.18%) Go
12 1 (0.18%) Korn
Qualifications
1 166 (29.59%) CISSP
2 99 (17.65%) Security Cleared
3 85 (15.15%) CISM
4 73 (13.01%) SC Cleared
5 60 (10.70%) Degree
6 41 (7.31%) Cisco Certification
7 37 (6.60%) GIAC
8 33 (5.88%) CEH
8 33 (5.88%) DV Cleared
9 23 (4.10%) CISA
10 22 (3.92%) GCIH
11 19 (3.39%) CCSP
12 18 (3.21%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 17 (3.03%) SANS
14 15 (2.67%) GCIA
15 12 (2.14%) GSEC
15 12 (2.14%) Microsoft Certification
16 11 (1.96%) CCNP
17 10 (1.78%) CCNA
17 10 (1.78%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (15.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 67 (11.94%) PCI DSS
3 36 (6.42%) GDPR
4 31 (5.53%) COBIT
5 15 (2.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (2.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 12 (2.14%) RMADS
8 10 (1.78%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 9 (1.60%) CESG Infosec
9 9 (1.60%) SLA
10 8 (1.43%) Disclosure Scotland
11 6 (1.07%) QA
12 5 (0.89%) NIST 800
13 4 (0.71%) PA-DSS
13 4 (0.71%) SAS 70
14 3 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
14 3 (0.53%) PMO
15 2 (0.36%) GAAP
16 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
16 1 (0.18%) GMP
System Software
1 31 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.14%) Docker
4 11 (1.96%) vSphere
5 4 (0.71%) Snort
6 3 (0.53%) ProxySG
6 3 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.36%) Firmware
7 2 (0.36%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.36%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 33 (5.88%) Nessus
2 26 (4.63%) McAfee ePO
3 25 (4.46%) Ansible
4 19 (3.39%) IBM BigFix
4 19 (3.39%) QRadar
5 17 (3.03%) Terraform
6 15 (2.67%) SCCM
7 13 (2.32%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 13 (2.32%) Packer
8 12 (2.14%) CSIRT
8 12 (2.14%) Norton AntiVirus
8 12 (2.14%) Puppet
9 10 (1.78%) OSSEC
9 10 (1.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 9 (1.60%) logstash
11 8 (1.43%) Kibana
11 8 (1.43%) Kubernetes
11 8 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (1.25%) ArcSight ESM
12 7 (1.25%) Nagios
Vendors
1 51 (9.09%) McAfee
2 50 (8.91%) Microsoft
3 39 (6.95%) Splunk
4 37 (6.60%) Qualys
5 30 (5.35%) Symantec
6 27 (4.81%) Cisco
7 25 (4.46%) ArcSight
7 25 (4.46%) HP
8 24 (4.28%) AlienVault
9 23 (4.10%) Intel
10 22 (3.92%) Oracle
11 21 (3.74%) CheckPoint
12 20 (3.57%) VMware
13 19 (3.39%) IBM
14 16 (2.85%) Red Hat
14 16 (2.85%) SAP
15 14 (2.50%) Palo Alto
15 14 (2.50%) ServiceNow
16 11 (1.96%) Sophos
17 10 (1.78%) Dell