The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £455 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Specialist
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 549 522 591
Rank change year-on-year -27 +69  
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 52 122 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.23% 0.098%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.24% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 74 35
Median daily rate £455 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.71% +8.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £350 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £700 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +3.33% +2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Security Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Specialist.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Specialist.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -20 49 £450 -7.73% 18
London -1 18 £450 -14.28% 12
South East -1 10 £438 -2.77% 1
North West +15 6 £475 -2.56%
Surrey +7 6 £455 +1.11%
Yorkshire +12 5 £475 +35.71% 3
Manchester +8 5 £488 +5.12%
East of England -3 5 £400 -8.57%
City of London -4 5 £500 -4.76%
Woking - 4 £468 -
North Yorkshire +9 3 £475 +11.76%
Hertfordshire +1 3 - -
Kent - 3 £425 - 1
Scotland +45 2 £525 +27.27%
Glasgow +3 2 £525 +27.27%
East Midlands -5 2 £525 -
Northamptonshire - 2 £525 -
Northampton - 2 £525 -
Cheshire +25 1 £450 +23.28%
Warrington +22 1 £450 +23.28%
West Midlands +22 1 - - 2
West Yorkshire +14 1 £430 +22.85% 3
Coventry +13 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +1 1 £375 -
Hampshire -1 1 £438 -2.77%
South West -2 1 - -
North East - 1 £450 -
Norfolk - 1 £425 -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 £650 -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Security Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 52 (36.36%) Firewall
2 49 (34.27%) Information Security
3 35 (24.48%) Network Security
4 33 (23.08%) Finance
4 33 (23.08%) CISSP
4 33 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
5 29 (20.28%) Cisco
6 27 (18.88%) Unix
7 25 (17.48%) Windows
8 24 (16.78%) TCP/IP
8 24 (16.78%) SIEM
9 23 (16.08%) Security Cleared
10 20 (13.99%) VPN
10 20 (13.99%) CISM
11 18 (12.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 18 (12.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 17 (11.89%) Stakeholder Management
12 17 (11.89%) Wireless
12 17 (11.89%) F5
12 17 (11.89%) Security Operations
13 16 (11.19%) Management Information System
13 16 (11.19%) Cisco ASA
13 16 (11.19%) SC Cleared
14 15 (10.49%) Internet
15 14 (9.79%) Cisco Certification
15 14 (9.79%) Blue Coat
15 14 (9.79%) Intrusion Detection
15 14 (9.79%) Vulnerability Management
15 14 (9.79%) ArcSight
15 14 (9.79%) LogRhythm

Security Specialist Skill Set
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 2 (1.40%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.70%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.70%) IIS
2 1 (0.70%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (2.10%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (2.10%) Microsoft Project
1 3 (2.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.90%) Cloud Computing
2 6 (4.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.50%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.50%) Office 365
4 3 (2.10%) IaaS
4 3 (2.10%) SaaS
5 2 (1.40%) PaaS
6 1 (0.70%) Akamai
6 1 (0.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.70%) OpenDNS
6 1 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 52 (36.36%) Firewall
2 35 (24.48%) Network Security
3 24 (16.78%) TCP/IP
4 20 (13.99%) VPN
5 17 (11.89%) Wireless
6 16 (11.19%) Cisco ASA
7 15 (10.49%) Internet
8 14 (9.79%) Intrusion Detection
9 12 (8.39%) LAN
10 10 (6.99%) SSL
11 8 (5.59%) DNS
11 8 (5.59%) VoIP
12 7 (4.90%) DHCP
12 7 (4.90%) WAN
13 6 (4.20%) BIG-IP
13 6 (4.20%) OSPF
14 5 (3.50%) BGP
14 5 (3.50%) Cisco IOS
14 5 (3.50%) IPsec
14 5 (3.50%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.50%) Star Schema
2 4 (2.80%) Redis
3 3 (2.10%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.10%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.70%) Big Data
4 1 (0.70%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.70%) Maltego
4 1 (0.70%) MySQL
4 1 (0.70%) SQL Server
General
1 33 (23.08%) Finance
2 6 (4.20%) Banking
2 6 (4.20%) Law
2 6 (4.20%) Pharmaceutical
2 6 (4.20%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.80%) Legal
4 2 (1.40%) Marketing
5 1 (0.70%) Electronics
5 1 (0.70%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.70%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.70%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.39%) 802.1X
2 6 (4.20%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (3.50%) Web Services
3 5 (3.50%) XML
4 3 (2.10%) HTML
4 3 (2.10%) REST
4 3 (2.10%) RESTful
4 3 (2.10%) SailPoint
4 3 (2.10%) SOAP
4 3 (2.10%) SPML
5 2 (1.40%) .NET
6 1 (0.70%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.19%) Management Information System
2 13 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 10 (6.99%) PKI
4 7 (4.90%) Security Operations Centre
5 6 (4.20%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.20%) CESG
5 6 (4.20%) Life Science
5 6 (4.20%) Public Cloud
6 4 (2.80%) Client/Server
6 4 (2.80%) Cyber Attack
7 3 (2.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (1.40%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.40%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.40%) PMI
8 2 (1.40%) RSA SecurID
8 2 (1.40%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.70%) Replication
9 1 (0.70%) Tandem
9 1 (0.70%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 27 (18.88%) Unix
2 25 (17.48%) Windows
3 13 (9.09%) Linux
4 8 (5.59%) VMS
5 6 (4.20%) AIX
6 2 (1.40%) CentOS
6 2 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.40%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.70%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (34.27%) Information Security
2 33 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
3 24 (16.78%) SIEM
4 18 (12.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 17 (11.89%) Security Operations
5 17 (11.89%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (9.79%) Vulnerability Management
7 13 (9.09%) ITIL
8 12 (8.39%) Process Improvement
8 12 (8.39%) Service Management
9 11 (7.69%) Malware Detection/Protection
9 11 (7.69%) Penetration Testing
9 11 (7.69%) Risk Management
9 11 (7.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 10 (6.99%) Multi-Factor Authentication
10 10 (6.99%) Two-Factor Authentication
11 9 (6.29%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (5.59%) Project Management
13 7 (4.90%) DevOps
14 6 (4.20%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.90%) Python
2 5 (3.50%) PowerShell
3 4 (2.80%) Java
3 4 (2.80%) SQL
4 3 (2.10%) Perl
4 3 (2.10%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.40%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.40%) PHP
Qualifications
1 33 (23.08%) CISSP
2 23 (16.08%) Security Cleared
3 20 (13.99%) CISM
4 16 (11.19%) SC Cleared
5 14 (9.79%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (6.99%) Degree
7 9 (6.29%) SANS
8 8 (5.59%) CCSP
9 7 (4.90%) CCNP
10 6 (4.20%) IRCA
10 6 (4.20%) SSCP
11 5 (3.50%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 4 (2.80%) CISA
12 4 (2.80%) PCI QSA
13 3 (2.10%) CCSE
13 3 (2.10%) GIAC
14 2 (1.40%) APMP
14 2 (1.40%) GCIA
14 2 (1.40%) GCIH
14 2 (1.40%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (12.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (9.09%) PCI DSS
3 7 (4.90%) QA
4 6 (4.20%) COBIT
4 6 (4.20%) GxP
5 4 (2.80%) ISO 22301
6 3 (2.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (1.40%) GDPR
7 2 (1.40%) HIPAA
7 2 (1.40%) P3O
7 2 (1.40%) PMO
8 1 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.70%) GPG13
8 1 (0.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.70%) PA-DSS
8 1 (0.70%) RMADS
8 1 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.70%) SAS 70
8 1 (0.70%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (8.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.10%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.10%) vCloud
2 3 (2.10%) VirtualBox
3 2 (1.40%) Docker
3 2 (1.40%) pfSense
3 2 (1.40%) Snort
4 1 (0.70%) ACF2
4 1 (0.70%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.70%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.70%) RACF
4 1 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 9 (6.29%) Nexpose
2 8 (5.59%) QRadar
3 4 (2.80%) Kibana
3 4 (2.80%) logstash
4 3 (2.10%) ArcSight ESM
4 3 (2.10%) Oracle Identity Management
4 3 (2.10%) RSA enVision
4 3 (2.10%) TrustSec
5 2 (1.40%) HAProxy
5 2 (1.40%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (1.40%) Nessus
5 2 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.40%) Puppet
6 1 (0.70%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 1 (0.70%) EnCase
6 1 (0.70%) Nagios
6 1 (0.70%) SCCM
6 1 (0.70%) SCOM
6 1 (0.70%) zSecure
Vendors
1 29 (20.28%) Cisco
2 17 (11.89%) F5
3 14 (9.79%) ArcSight
3 14 (9.79%) Blue Coat
3 14 (9.79%) LogRhythm
4 13 (9.09%) Juniper
4 13 (9.09%) VMware
5 11 (7.69%) CheckPoint
5 11 (7.69%) McAfee
5 11 (7.69%) Splunk
5 11 (7.69%) Symantec
6 9 (6.29%) FireEye
6 9 (6.29%) GFI Software
6 9 (6.29%) Microsoft
6 9 (6.29%) Rapid7
6 9 (6.29%) Sourcefire
6 9 (6.29%) TippingPoint
7 8 (5.59%) IBM
8 7 (4.90%) Fortinet
8 7 (4.90%) Oracle
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