Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 314 391 498
Rank change year-on-year +77 +107 -47
Contract jobs citing Security Operations 259 505 458
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.61% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.84% 0.71% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 349 286
Median daily rate £500 £500 £517
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.29% +3.40%
10th Percentile £360 £350 £362
90th Percentile £638 £688 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £468 £461 £500
% change year-on-year +1.46% -7.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 6
Median hourly rate £35.00 £12.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +191.67% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £12.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year +95.83% - -

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 30,966 70,841 90,451
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.08% 86.17% 87.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,375 46,287 59,868
Median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £296 £294 £300
90th Percentile £660 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -1.71% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,167 2,264 2,343
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.37% +7.95% -4.50%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.75 £50.50
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £21.20
% change year-on-year +22.22% +6.13% -9.79%

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 23 November 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Security Operations over the 6 months to 23 November 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Top 15 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 November 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 +97 228 £500 +1.78% 73
London +91 130 £525 +5.00% 29
UK excluding London +94 103 £468 +1.46% 48
Work from Home -96 51 £488 -5.34% 10
South West +96 37 £460 +8.24% 3
South East +124 26 £425 -15.00% 15
Scotland +39 13 £463 -11.90% 2
North of England +44 11 £525 +31.25% 9
North West +50 9 £520 +22.24% 3
Midlands +74 8 £511 -0.73% 8
East of England +80 7 £525 -16.00% 9
West Midlands +45 6 £511 +7.63% 6
East Midlands +52 2 - - 2
Yorkshire +33 2 £575 +43.75% 4
Wales +32 1 £550 +41.03%

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 111 (42.86%) Cybersecurity
2 96 (37.07%) SIEM
3 83 (32.05%) Information Security
4 66 (25.48%) Azure
5 65 (25.10%) Firewall
5 65 (25.10%) CISSP
6 62 (23.94%) Security Operations Centre
7 61 (23.55%) Vulnerability Management
8 57 (22.01%) AWS
9 54 (20.85%) Finance
10 50 (19.31%) Security Cleared
11 47 (18.15%) SC Cleared
12 43 (16.60%) Management Information System
13 41 (15.83%) DevOps
14 38 (14.67%) Network Security
14 38 (14.67%) ArcSight
14 38 (14.67%) Threat Intelligence
15 37 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 37 (14.29%) Windows
16 33 (12.74%) Microsoft
16 33 (12.74%) Splunk
17 31 (11.97%) Intrusion Detection
17 31 (11.97%) DevSecOps
18 28 (10.81%) Penetration Testing
19 27 (10.42%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
19 27 (10.42%) Public Sector
20 26 (10.04%) Cisco Certification
21 25 (9.65%) GIAC
21 25 (9.65%) Incident Management
22 24 (9.27%) Cyberthreat

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 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (0.77%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.39%) Apache
3 1 (0.39%) Confluence
3 1 (0.39%) IIS
3 1 (0.39%) nginx
3 1 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.77%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.39%) LibreOffice
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.32%) Sentinel
2 3 (1.16%) Oracle Payroll
3 2 (0.77%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 66 (25.48%) Azure
2 57 (22.01%) AWS
3 21 (8.11%) Office 365
4 10 (3.86%) GCP
5 9 (3.47%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (2.32%) Amazon Cognito
8 5 (1.93%) Amazon EKS
8 5 (1.93%) IaaS
8 5 (1.93%) Mimecast
9 4 (1.54%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 4 (1.54%) Logic Apps
9 4 (1.54%) PaaS
10 3 (1.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (1.16%) Amazon ECS
10 3 (1.16%) AWS CloudTrail
10 3 (1.16%) SaaS
11 2 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 65 (25.10%) Firewall
2 38 (14.67%) Network Security
3 31 (11.97%) Intrusion Detection
4 16 (6.18%) Internet
5 10 (3.86%) TCP/IP
6 5 (1.93%) HTTP
6 5 (1.93%) IPsec
7 4 (1.54%) HTTPS
7 4 (1.54%) VPN
8 3 (1.16%) DNS
8 3 (1.16%) SSL
8 3 (1.16%) Wireless
9 2 (0.77%) LAN
9 2 (0.77%) SAN
10 1 (0.39%) BGP
10 1 (0.39%) ISDN
10 1 (0.39%) OSPF
10 1 (0.39%) Sourcefire
10 1 (0.39%) WAN
10 1 (0.39%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.25%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.09%) MySQL
3 2 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (0.77%) Cosmos DB
3 2 (0.77%) MongoDB
3 2 (0.77%) Redis
4 1 (0.39%) Big Data
4 1 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (5.02%) Jenkins
2 9 (3.47%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (1.93%) GitLab
4 5 (1.93%) GoCD
4 5 (1.93%) JIRA
5 4 (1.54%) Artifactory
5 4 (1.54%) Snyk
6 3 (1.16%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.39%) Burp Suite
7 1 (0.39%) Hudson
7 1 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 54 (20.85%) Finance
2 27 (10.42%) Public Sector
3 8 (3.09%) Banking
4 5 (1.93%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.54%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.54%) Retail
6 2 (0.77%) Back Office
6 2 (0.77%) Law
6 2 (0.77%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.39%) Electronics
7 1 (0.39%) Legal
7 1 (0.39%) Local Government
7 1 (0.39%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 69 (26.64%) Analyst
2 52 (20.08%) Security Engineer
3 40 (15.44%) Security Analyst
4 24 (9.27%) Consultant
5 22 (8.49%) Operations Engineer
6 21 (8.11%) SOC Analyst
7 20 (7.72%) Architect
8 16 (6.18%) DevSecOps Engineer
8 16 (6.18%) Security Architect
8 16 (6.18%) Security Consultant
9 13 (5.02%) Operations Analyst
9 13 (5.02%) Security Operations Analyst
9 13 (5.02%) SIEM Engineer
10 12 (4.63%) IT Analyst
10 12 (4.63%) Security Specialist
11 11 (4.25%) Security Manager
12 10 (3.86%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 10 (3.86%) Cybersecurity Engineer
12 10 (3.86%) IT Security Analyst
13 9 (3.47%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.09%) SailPoint
2 7 (2.70%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (1.93%) Middleware
3 5 (1.93%) Node.js
3 5 (1.93%) REST
3 5 (1.93%) SAML
3 5 (1.93%) SOAP
4 3 (1.16%) Kafka
5 2 (0.77%) Web Services
6 1 (0.39%) .NET
6 1 (0.39%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.39%) Flash
6 1 (0.39%) JSON
6 1 (0.39%) MEAN Stack
6 1 (0.39%) ModSecurity
6 1 (0.39%) React
6 1 (0.39%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.39%) RESTful
6 1 (0.39%) Spring
6 1 (0.39%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 62 (23.94%) Security Operations Centre
2 43 (16.60%) Management Information System
3 24 (9.27%) Cyberthreat
4 23 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (5.41%) Data Centre
5 14 (5.41%) PKI
6 9 (3.47%) Cyberattack
7 8 (3.09%) Cloud Native
7 8 (3.09%) Cyber Defence
7 8 (3.09%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.54%) BYOD
8 4 (1.54%) NHS
9 3 (1.16%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (1.16%) CESG
9 3 (1.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (1.16%) Public Cloud
9 3 (1.16%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.77%) RSA SecurID
10 2 (0.77%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 37 (14.29%) Windows
2 23 (8.88%) Linux
3 18 (6.95%) Unix
4 9 (3.47%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.39%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.39%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.39%) Solaris
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (42.86%) Cybersecurity
2 96 (37.07%) SIEM
3 83 (32.05%) Information Security
4 61 (23.55%) Vulnerability Management
5 41 (15.83%) DevOps
6 38 (14.67%) Threat Intelligence
7 31 (11.97%) DevSecOps
8 28 (10.81%) Penetration Testing
9 27 (10.42%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 25 (9.65%) Incident Management
11 23 (8.88%) Agile Software Development
12 21 (8.11%) Security Testing
13 20 (7.72%) Patch Management
14 19 (7.34%) Ethical Hacking
14 19 (7.34%) Secure Coding
14 19 (7.34%) Security Monitoring
14 19 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
15 18 (6.95%) Security Architecture
15 18 (6.95%) Use Case
16 17 (6.56%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (8.88%) Python
2 14 (5.41%) Bash Shell
3 10 (3.86%) PowerShell
4 9 (3.47%) SQL
5 8 (3.09%) Perl
6 7 (2.70%) Java
6 7 (2.70%) Ruby
7 3 (1.16%) C
7 3 (1.16%) PHP
8 2 (0.77%) C#
8 2 (0.77%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.39%) Go
9 1 (0.39%) Groovy
9 1 (0.39%) Scala
9 1 (0.39%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 65 (25.10%) CISSP
2 50 (19.31%) Security Cleared
3 47 (18.15%) SC Cleared
4 26 (10.04%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (9.65%) GIAC
6 21 (8.11%) GCIH
7 19 (7.34%) CISM
8 17 (6.56%) CCNP
8 17 (6.56%) Degree
9 13 (5.02%) CCNA
10 12 (4.63%) GCIA
10 12 (4.63%) GSEC
10 12 (4.63%) SSCP
11 11 (4.25%) CEH
12 10 (3.86%) Computer Science Degree
12 10 (3.86%) SANS
13 9 (3.47%) DV Cleared
14 7 (2.70%) FFIEC
14 7 (2.70%) GCED
14 7 (2.70%) GREM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (8.49%) NIST
3 15 (5.79%) NCSC
4 13 (5.02%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 12 (4.63%) PCI DSS
6 11 (4.25%) SLA
7 6 (2.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 4 (1.54%) PMO
9 3 (1.16%) COBIT
9 3 (1.16%) RMADS
10 2 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.77%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.77%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 1 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.39%) GDPR
11 1 (0.39%) ISAE 3402
11 1 (0.39%) ISO 31000
11 1 (0.39%) NIST 800
System Software
1 17 (6.56%) Docker
2 13 (5.02%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.54%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 19 (7.34%) Kubernetes
2 17 (6.56%) Ansible
3 16 (6.18%) Terraform
4 15 (5.79%) QRadar
5 11 (4.25%) Puppet
6 9 (3.47%) Nessus
7 8 (3.09%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (2.32%) Microsoft Intune
9 5 (1.93%) Kibana
9 5 (1.93%) Rundeck
9 5 (1.93%) SCCM
10 4 (1.54%) OpenVAS
11 3 (1.16%) Docker Swarm
11 3 (1.16%) Single Sign-On
12 2 (0.77%) logstash
13 1 (0.39%) Consul
13 1 (0.39%) Grafana
13 1 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
13 1 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
13 1 (0.39%) Rancher
Vendors
1 38 (14.67%) ArcSight
2 33 (12.74%) Microsoft
2 33 (12.74%) Splunk
3 23 (8.88%) CyberArk
4 22 (8.49%) Qualys
5 20 (7.72%) Cisco
6 17 (6.56%) McAfee
7 16 (6.18%) Palo Alto
8 14 (5.41%) Fortinet
9 10 (3.86%) LogRhythm
10 9 (3.47%) Oracle
11 8 (3.09%) VMware
12 6 (2.32%) Atlassian
12 6 (2.32%) Carbon Black
12 6 (2.32%) Darktrace
12 6 (2.32%) Symantec
13 5 (1.93%) SaltStack
14 4 (1.54%) Google
15 3 (1.16%) Axway
15 3 (1.16%) Tripwire