Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 672 694 703
Rank change year-on-year +22 +9 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 215 197 192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.20% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 128 133
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +11.76%
10th Percentile £393 £313 £369
90th Percentile £650 £588 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £440 £450
% change year-on-year +13.64% -2.22% +12.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 23 November 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 13 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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 +19 191 £500 +11.11% 20
UK excluding London +38 125 £500 +13.64% 13
London -4 83 £513 +7.89% 7
South East +20 56 £513 +17.14% 2
North of England +52 35 £500 +15.94% 5
Yorkshire +29 24 £475 +5.56% 3
East of England -17 13 £438 +2.94% 2
North West +7 11 £500 +42.86% 1
Scotland +2 10 £500 -4.31%
Wales +20 9 £550 +10.00%
West Midlands +28 1 £513 +14.00% 1
Midlands +19 1 £513 +14.00% 2
South West -15 1 - - 2

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 101 (46.98%) Information Security
2 75 (34.88%) CISSP
3 62 (28.84%) Cybersecurity
4 61 (28.37%) Finance
5 60 (27.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 56 (26.05%) Firewall
7 47 (21.86%) CISM
8 42 (19.53%) SIEM
9 38 (17.67%) Security Operations
9 38 (17.67%) Cisco Certification
10 37 (17.21%) Network Security
11 36 (16.74%) PCI DSS
11 36 (16.74%) Windows
12 32 (14.88%) CISA
13 31 (14.42%) Security Cleared
14 30 (13.95%) ITIL
15 28 (13.02%) Linux
16 26 (12.09%) Amazon AWS
17 25 (11.63%) Cisco
17 25 (11.63%) Risk Management
17 25 (11.63%) Symantec
17 25 (11.63%) Penetration Testing
18 24 (11.16%) Project Management
19 23 (10.70%) Stakeholder Management
19 23 (10.70%) Agile Software Development
20 22 (10.23%) Internet
20 22 (10.23%) Juniper
21 21 (9.77%) CCSP
21 21 (9.77%) COBIT
22 20 (9.30%) Business Continuity

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 9 (4.19%) IIS
2 4 (1.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 4 (1.86%) Drupal
2 4 (1.86%) WordPress
3 1 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.47%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.47%) nginx
3 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.47%) assyst
1 1 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 26 (12.09%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (6.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (6.05%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (2.79%) Office 365
5 5 (2.33%) IaaS
6 3 (1.40%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.40%) PaaS
7 2 (0.93%) SaaS
8 1 (0.47%) Akamai
8 1 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.47%) Cloudflare
8 1 (0.47%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 56 (26.05%) Firewall
2 37 (17.21%) Network Security
3 22 (10.23%) Internet
4 19 (8.84%) TCP/IP
5 18 (8.37%) Intrusion Detection
6 15 (6.98%) SSL
7 13 (6.05%) SAN
8 12 (5.58%) IPsec
9 11 (5.12%) VPN
10 10 (4.65%) Intranet
11 8 (3.72%) Cisco ASA
11 8 (3.72%) DNS
12 7 (3.26%) LAN
12 7 (3.26%) WAN
12 7 (3.26%) Wireless
13 6 (2.79%) MPLS
14 5 (2.33%) HTTP
14 5 (2.33%) NAS
14 5 (2.33%) OSPF
15 4 (1.86%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.12%) Star Schema
2 4 (1.86%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.47%) Maltego
3 1 (0.47%) MySQL
3 1 (0.47%) Power BI
3 1 (0.47%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.40%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.47%) GitLab
2 1 (0.47%) JIRA
2 1 (0.47%) Metasploit
General
1 61 (28.37%) Finance
2 16 (7.44%) Banking
2 16 (7.44%) Telecoms
3 9 (4.19%) Legal
3 9 (4.19%) Publishing
4 6 (2.79%) Law
5 3 (1.40%) Automotive
5 3 (1.40%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.93%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.93%) Marketing
7 1 (0.47%) Billing
7 1 (0.47%) Electronics
7 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.79%) .NET
1 6 (2.79%) 802.1X
1 6 (2.79%) HTML
2 5 (2.33%) Web Services
3 2 (0.93%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (0.93%) OAuth
4 1 (0.47%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.47%) JSON
4 1 (0.47%) RESTful
4 1 (0.47%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.84%) CESG
2 17 (7.91%) Management Information System
3 14 (6.51%) Public Cloud
4 13 (6.05%) PKI
5 12 (5.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 11 (5.12%) Data Centre
7 10 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (4.65%) User Experience
8 5 (2.33%) Life Science
9 4 (1.86%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.86%) Cyber Attack
9 4 (1.86%) Cyberthreat
9 4 (1.86%) FMCG
9 4 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.40%) Computer Science
10 3 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (1.40%) NHS
11 2 (0.93%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.93%) Data Protection Act
11 2 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 36 (16.74%) Windows
2 28 (13.02%) Linux
3 11 (5.12%) Unix
4 8 (3.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (3.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (3.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.79%) Windows 10
7 5 (2.33%) VMS
8 4 (1.86%) CentOS
8 4 (1.86%) Solaris
8 4 (1.86%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.93%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.47%) Android
10 1 (0.47%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.47%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (46.98%) Information Security
2 62 (28.84%) Cybersecurity
3 42 (19.53%) SIEM
4 38 (17.67%) Security Operations
5 30 (13.95%) ITIL
6 25 (11.63%) Penetration Testing
6 25 (11.63%) Risk Management
7 24 (11.16%) Project Management
8 23 (10.70%) Agile Software Development
8 23 (10.70%) Stakeholder Management
9 20 (9.30%) Business Continuity
10 19 (8.84%) Incident Management
10 19 (8.84%) Vulnerability Management
11 18 (8.37%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 16 (7.44%) Migration
12 16 (7.44%) Service Delivery
12 16 (7.44%) Service Design
13 15 (6.98%) Data Protection
14 14 (6.51%) Time Management
14 14 (6.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 13 (6.05%) PowerShell
1 13 (6.05%) Python
2 11 (5.12%) SQL
3 8 (3.72%) Perl
4 7 (3.26%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.33%) Bash Shell
5 5 (2.33%) Java
5 5 (2.33%) Ruby
6 3 (1.40%) C-shell
6 3 (1.40%) Korn
7 2 (0.93%) C
8 1 (0.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 75 (34.88%) CISSP
2 47 (21.86%) CISM
3 38 (17.67%) Cisco Certification
4 32 (14.88%) CISA
5 31 (14.42%) Security Cleared
6 21 (9.77%) CCSP
7 18 (8.37%) Degree
8 16 (7.44%) CEH
9 15 (6.98%) CCNP
10 14 (6.51%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 14 (6.51%) CRISC
11 10 (4.65%) CCIE
11 10 (4.65%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 10 (4.65%) DV Cleared
12 9 (4.19%) CCNA
12 9 (4.19%) SANS
13 6 (2.79%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
13 6 (2.79%) PCI QSA
14 5 (2.33%) CTC Cleared
14 5 (2.33%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (27.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (16.74%) PCI DSS
3 21 (9.77%) COBIT
4 12 (5.58%) GDPR
5 10 (4.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 9 (4.19%) ISO 22301
7 6 (2.79%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (1.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 4 (1.86%) PA-DSS
8 4 (1.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (1.86%) SAS 70
9 2 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.47%) GPG13
10 1 (0.47%) PMO
10 1 (0.47%) QA
10 1 (0.47%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (8.37%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.86%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.40%) ProxySG
5 2 (0.93%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.47%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (5.12%) SCCM
2 10 (4.65%) QRadar
3 8 (3.72%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 6 (2.79%) IBM BigFix
4 6 (2.79%) Nessus
4 6 (2.79%) Nexpose
4 6 (2.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (2.33%) SCOM
6 4 (1.86%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 3 (1.40%) Nmap
7 3 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.93%) Ansible
8 2 (0.93%) CSIRT
8 2 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.93%) OSSEC
8 2 (0.93%) Packer
8 2 (0.93%) Terraform
9 1 (0.47%) ArcSight ESM
9 1 (0.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.47%) Kibana
Vendors
1 25 (11.63%) Cisco
1 25 (11.63%) Symantec
2 22 (10.23%) Juniper
3 19 (8.84%) Microsoft
4 16 (7.44%) McAfee
5 13 (6.05%) CheckPoint
6 12 (5.58%) Blue Coat
7 10 (4.65%) LogRhythm
8 9 (4.19%) F5
8 9 (4.19%) FireEye
9 8 (3.72%) ArcSight
9 8 (3.72%) BT
9 8 (3.72%) Dell
9 8 (3.72%) GFI Software
9 8 (3.72%) HP
9 8 (3.72%) IBM
9 8 (3.72%) SolarWinds
9 8 (3.72%) Sourcefire
10 7 (3.26%) Oracle
10 7 (3.26%) Splunk